first_imgSkipper Rohit Sharma played a sublime knock to lead Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win over laggards Royal Challengers Bangalore, ensuring themselves of a berth at the IPL play-offs, here today.RCB, opting to bat, put up 162 for eight with Ab de Villiers hammering 43 off 27 balls.It was a rather straightforward chase for Mumbai as the home team reeled off 59 runs in the last six overs, courtesy some crisp hitting from Rohit, who ended with 56 off 37 balls.Hardik Pandya remained unbeaten with the captain, scoring 14 off nine balls.With the win at Wankhede, Mumbai moved to the top of the points table with eight wins out of 10 games fetching them 16 points.On the other hand, it was another disappointing performance from the star-studded RCB, who are very much out of contention for a play-off berth. The loss was their eighth in 11 matches.Fittingly, Rohit hit the winning runs, a cracking drive past mid-off. It was one of the six boundaries he hit alongside a maximum.The quick start to the chase was provided by Jos Buttler (33 off 21) and Nitish Rana (27 off 28) after Parthiv Patel was out for a first ball duck.Earlier, Mitchell McClenaghan claimed three wickets as Mumbai Indians produced a disciplined bowling performance to restrict RCB to a modest total.Besides McClenaghan (3/34), Krunal Pandya (2/34) took two wickets, while Karn Sharma (1/23) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/33) accounted for wicket apiece.For RCB, de Villiers emerged as the top-scorer after he blasted three fours and as many sixes during his 27—ball innings, while Pawan Negi (35) and Kedar Jadhav (28) provided the late charge to take the team past the 150-mark.RCB lost their first wicket in the fourth over when Mandeep Singh (17) went for the slog sweep and was caught by Hardik.In the sixth over, McClenaghan removed Virat Kohli (20) when the RCB skipper flicked a slower ball straight to short midwicket and Rohit took a simple catch, reducing the visitors slipped to 40 for two.De Villiers then blasted McClenaghan over backward point for a four before sending him over sweeper cover for a maximum as RCB scored 52-2 in the powerplay overs.The South African gave Krunal Pandya the same treatment as RCB accumulated 13 runs off the ninth over.After 10 overs, they were 80 for 2 but Travis Head (12) holed out to Hardik at deep midwicket and RCB slumped to 85-3.De Villiers brought up the 100 with a six off Krunal over the square leg boundary but was dismissed in the next delivery by the same bowler for the fourth time in as many meetings.Shane Watson’s poor run continued and he went down cheaply again to leave RCB struggling at 108-5 in 13.4 overs.Negi and Jadhav then steadied the innings, taking ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking.Negi finally exploded in the 18th over, producing a couple of sixes off Lasith Malinga over extra cover and long-off, before smashing a six over long-on boundary in the next over to bring up the 150.The final over yielded just five runs as McClenaghan dismissed Negi and Jadhav in successive deliveries, while S Aravind ran himself out while looking for a single. cricket Mumbai Indians players Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya celebrate their win against Royal Challengers Bangalore during the IPL Match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. – PTI COMMENT × SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHAREcenter_img Mumbai Indians players Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya celebrate their win against Royal Challengers Bangalore during the IPL Match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. – PTI May 01, 2017 IPL 2017 Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgHis Instagram post: AdvertisementThe Manchester United striker recently posted on his Instagram account that he has signed a “long-term deal” with Puma just when the World Cup fever has just started. We have seen him wearing Adidas boots throughout the last season and last week we’ve seen him wearing Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 against Egypt. However, during Belgium’s World Cup warm-up matches, Lukaku wore PUMA One boots and scored three goals in three gamesRomelu Lukaku wore PUMA One boots for BelgiumHe posted on social media: “I’m so excited to finally announce that my long awaited boot deal is with PUMA Football! It seems Lukaku’s decision of signing with Puma came after he joined rapper and business mogul Jay-Z’s management agency Roc Nation Sports in March and Jay-Z is a big fan of Puma. Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia vs Saudi Arabia Review (Video                                     Highlights)FIFA World Cup 2018: Player to watch out for – Diego Costa Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFielding a variety of questions on foreign and domestic issues, Fu, a former Vice Minister of Foreign affairs minced no words in attacking the US which she said is primarily responsible for the militarisation of the Asia-Pacific, specially the South China Sea (SCS) which has become the new theatre of conflict between Beijing and Washington.Some people have connected China with SCS issue and militarisation of the region. The issue of militarisation has been hyped up, and is misleading using the “language of hegemony” while blaming China for affecting freedom of navigation in the SCS, she said.”Talking about the militarisation if we look at the advanced aircraft and ships entering the area, majority of them are from US,” she said adding that it was Washington which decided to deploy 70 per cent of its naval assets under its pivot to Asia strategy.”Isnt it militarisation?” she asked in reply, adding that the US wrongly accusing China of militarisation in the SCS waters is misleading.Most Chinese lawmakers and ordinary people are not pleased and do not agree with the US showing off its military power by sending warships in waters close to the SCS islands and reefs, she said. The US said it did not take sides in the South China Sea disputes, however, its acts and rhetoric make people feel that it is raising tensions in the region, Fu said.”If the United States is really concerned about regional stability and peace, is should support negotiations between China and neighbouring countries,” she said.advertisementFu defended Chinas construction projects in the islands and reefs of SCS which were objected to by a number of other claimants to the dispute. They are necessary for providing public services and strengthening Chinas capacities for safeguarding regional peace, she said.China claims the whole of SCS as its own which has been objected to by Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan as they have counter claims over the area, stated to be rich in minerals and oil deposits.China also has a long-running border dispute with India which has not been resolved either.Deployment of missiles and other military equipment by China in the artificially built islands also drew ire from these countries.Fu said China has never recognised some countries illegal occupation of some islands and reefs, and its policy of putting aside disputes and seeking joint development is based on Chinas sovereignty over those islands and reefs.As the islands and reefs are far from China, they should have defence capacities, but those efforts should not be described as militarisation, Fu added. PTI KJV KUNlast_img read more

first_imgArsene Wenger has received a three-match ban from the English Football Association (FA), along with a fine of 40,000 pounds for misconduct on Friday.The Arsenal manager will not be able to stand at the touchline and direct his players for Arsenal’s next three games.The three games Wenger is going to miss are Arsenal’s FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, the first leg of EFL semi-final against Chelsea on January 10 and a Premier League match against Bournemouth on January 14.Wenger was accused of foul language and behaviour against match officials in their changing room after Arsenal drew 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League last Sunday.Wenger who felt unfair after a late penalty was awarded against his team spoke inappropriately to the match officials post the game.ALSO WATCH”It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour … was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee,” the FA said in a statement.Wenger last received a four-match ban for misconduct in January 2016 for pushing a fourth official after Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Burnley.On the other hand, FA has asked Wenger to submit his observations regarding his comments over refereeing decision that went against Arsenal over the festive period.In the hearing, Wenger stayed put with his controversial remarks before and after Wednesday’s Premier League match against Chelsea. He went on to say that he will keep speaking out his mind as and when he feels strongly about it.advertisementThe FA has given Wenger time until evening of January 9 to give his explanations over the comments.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgVladivostock (Russia), Jul 24 (PTI) Five Indian shuttlers, including Ajay Jayaram, progressed to the men’s singles second round of the USD 75,000 Russia Open BWF Tour Super 100 here today. Jayaram, who finished runners-up at the White Nights International Challenge earlier this month, brushed aside Canada’s Xiaodong Sheng 21-14 21-8 in the opening round match to set up a clash with compatriot Subhankar Dey, who got a bye in the first round.Pratul Joshi dumped Canada’s Jeffrey Lam 21-11 21-8 and will take on Israel’s Misha Zilberman at the Sport Hall Olympic tomorrow. Among others, Mithun Manjunath, Siddharth Pratap Singh and Rahul Yadav Chittaboina also reached the second round. Mithun defeated Belgium’s Elias Bracke 21-14 21-13, Siddharth beat Malaysia’s Jia Wei Tan 21-17 21-16, while Rahul streamrolled Russia’s Maksim Makalov 21-11 21-10. While Rahul will face eighth seeded compatriot Sourabh Verma, Siddharth meets fellow Indian Bodhit Joshi. Parupalli Kashyap and RMV Gurusaidutt, who got byes in the first round, will face Japan’s Ryotaro Maruo and Russia’s Vladimir Malkov respectively. Chirag Sen, who was also handed a bye in the first round, will take on the top seeded Spaniard Pabo Abian. Also in action tomorrow will be Vaidehi Choudhari, Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka, Vrushali Gummadi, Mugdha Agrey and Rituparna Das in the women’s singles. The men’s doubles team of Arun George and Sanyam Shukla will also begin its campaign tomorrow. The duo will take on local pair Vladimir Nikulov and Artem Serpionov. PTI ATK ATK AHAHlast_img read more

first_imgTopics Share on Messenger The Observer 19 Manquillo Corners On a Tyneside day when enthusiasm petered out with the daylight, Newcastle United lost to Watford to ensure that for the 12th time in 12 seasons under the ownership of Mike Ashley, the fifth round of the FA Cup will not be troubled by black and white dreams.For a club that has been finalists 13 times, and for a city where FA Cup heritage continues to hold meaning, it is a dismal state of affairs. WAT52NEW48% 15 Cathcart Possession match reports Newcastle 18 Gray 41 Woodman (s 72′) 7 Murphy Substitutes Share on Facebook 18 13 Substitutes (s 68′) 6 Mariappa 52 48 18 Fernandez Those among the 35,000 crowd at St James’ Park who voiced their anger on the final whistle were entitled to. However, plenty more shuffled out quietly but feeling just as demoralised.They know all about frustration in these parts but this – losing to a semi-interested Watford team that included 11 changes – is an insult to commitment. It was not just the result but the level of performance. Newcastle had one shot on target.As with other shaky visitors to St James’ Park this season, Watford were there to be beaten. But Newcastle were flat in shape and devoid of energy. The ground was silenced after 10 minutes of sloppy passing and the first half was an exercise in futility. Watford at least had the wherewithal to find a couple of decent passes after the interval, which led to the decisive goals. From the first, delivered by the clever left foot of Will Hughes, Andre Gray rattled in a low shot just past the hour. From the second, supplied by the lively Domingos Quina, Isaac Success tapped in at the far post as the clock ticked on to 90 minutes.Success cost Watford £12m in July 2016 – a reasonable sum for a useful forward. In stark contrast, success eludes Newcastle, despite them recently being ranked as the 19th richest club in the world on Deloitte’s list.Rafael Benítez was the most downcast he had been since yesterday, when the one January transfer Newcastle had lined up – Jordan Lukaku on loan from Lazio – fell through, leaving Newcastle bereft of new recruits.“I am disappointed because I felt, if we did a bit more, we could win this game,” Benítez said.“We just have to maximise what we have. The fans know – it’s not as though I have to explain the situation every time. It proves we have to concentrate more on one competition.”That focus remains on the relegation battle, and Manchester City visit St James’ on Tuesday night – the first of 15 so-called cup ties.But this was a real one that mattered to Newcastle fans. They were unhappy with the substitution of Matt Ritchie in the second half, and there will be more than a few disappointed that Salomón Rondón did not make it off the bench.Instead, Benítez made seven changes to his starting lineup, fielding the likes of Javier Manquillo and Jacob Murphy, while his counterpart, Javi Gracia, changed the whole Watford team. Although there were several recognisable first-team players, Watford were not approaching the game in do-or-die terms. 2 Clark 2 Janmaat Lineups Share via Email FA Cup 10 Success 21 Joselu Goal attempts 36 Longstaff Nevertheless, the healthy following of 1,400 fans who travelled north saw their team shade a meagre first half. Five minutes in, Quina produced a fierce shot from 20 yards that rocked Freddie Woodman, Newcastle’s England Under-21 goalkeeper. Not long after, Nathaniel Chalobah curled a free-kick narrowly wide of Woodman’s left-hand upright. It is an indication of the utter mediocrity of the first half that an off-target shot merits a mention.The second half started just as drably until Hughes swivelled in midfield and made space for himself. He appeared to be about to pass the ball to Watford’s left but instead clipped a reverse pass to Gray, who ran on to it with pace and struck a shot that beat Woodman at his near post.Newcastle’s response was an unlikely run and lob from Manquillo – cleared by Ben Wilmot – and then a late shot from substitute Ayoze Pérez.As the stadium emptied, Watford’s Success added the finishing touch for the visitors.“I’m very pleased,” said Gracia, who added that the afternoon had been “demanding”. There are plenty on Tyneside who would agree. (s 82′) 12 Dubravka 9 Rondon 5 Newcastle Off target 4 Watford 0 Newcastle On target 3 Watford Watford Watfordcenter_img 1 Gomes 29 Capoue 6 Lascelles Fouls 15 Kenedy Match stats 19 Hughes 11 Masina 24 Wilmot 23 Navarro (s 81′) 9 Deeney 30 Dahlberg 17 Perez WAT NEW (s 73′) 7 Deulofeu 20 Quina 5 2 11 Ritchie 20 Lejeune 30 Atsu Matthew Dolan stuns Middlesbrough with late strike to earn Newport replay Martyn Waghorn’s late winner ends Accrington Stanley’s FA Cup dream 3 Britos 14 Chalobah 5 Schar 22 Yedlin Read more 14 Hayden Newcastle United Read more Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp 17 Penaranda Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool are determined to build on their Champions League triumph and land more major silverware in 2019-20, says Andy Robertson.The Reds had gone seven years without lifting a trophy before wrapping up a memorable European success in Madrid.Jurgen Klopp’s side, on the back of three previous final defeats under their German coach, made amends for narrowly missing out on the Premier League title by claiming a continental crown. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Those on the books at Anfield now have a taste of that winning feeling and are eager to compete across multiple fronts again next term – with two more honours up for grabs on their schedule.“We have got massive games from the off: Manchester City at Wembley in the Community Shield,” Robertson told the club’s official website.“Of course it’s the game just before the season starts but you’re still playing in a massive stadium against one of your biggest rivals. Then we’ve got Chelsea in the Super Cup.“The biggest one is Norwich for getting the Premier League off to a good start in front of our home fans for the first time since we won the Champions League. That’s what we’ve got to use as motivation now – the winning feeling we had.“Last season was completely different, we used the disappointment and heartbreak of losing as motivation to not be in that position again. That’s probably why we had so many last-minute winners, big comebacks and things like that.“This season we need to use that feeling of being on that bus and lifting that trophy to drive us forward. We want more of that feeling. That’ll be in all our minds for the season ahead.”Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 2018-19Robertson contributed significantly to Liverpool’s cause in 2018-19, registering 13 assists across his Premier League and Champions League outings.His efforts were complemented by those on the opposite flank of Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the pair of buccaneering full-backs ready to rekindle their personal battle for posting the best numbers.Robertson added when asked if the pair will be staging another assist competition: “We’ve had a brief discussion over it. We’ll set it up again.“Probably too much was made of it but for me and Trent it brought the best out of us, the numbers we both produced. Near the back end of the season he was unbelievable with the numbers he produced.“I feel it brought the best out of both of us. If we can do that and get similar numbers this season, of course it helps the team. That’s what both of us want to do.“But first and foremost we want to just put in the same performances we put in last season and try to kick on even further.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_img How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Where’s your weak spot for clutter? Is it your desk? Your garage where you stock more tools than Home Depot? Or maybe your closet where you stash a little of everything?Everyone has clutter—that doesn’t mean everyone is a hoarder like those featured on some TV shows where they suffer the thought of discarding just about anything. If you’ve seen those episodes, you know some can have severe difficulty letting go of old tires, mildew-filled books, even empty soda cans. Those are extreme cases linked to mental disorders. But normal clutter shows up in just about everyone’s home as a result of day-to-day living and if you’re aware enough you can stop it in its tracks before it threatens to take over your life.Lauren Rosenfeld, author of the newly published Breathing Room, offers strategies for decluttering even if you think you don’t have a problem. “Many men have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mindset about clutter,” says Rosenfeld.Here are five tips to push into practice:1 – Listen to your significant other. If you are living with someone and your clutter bothers them, find out why and be willing to negotiate. “Don’t value stuff over your relationship,” says Rosenfeld. “A lot of men can’t understand why it’s a problem for someone else, but if it’s making the other person uncomfortable then it is a problem.”2 – Don’t be defensive. “Most everyone has a “don’t touch my stuff,” kind of mindset,” says Rosenfeld. Instead of letting clutter be the trigger for an argument, really communicate and find a strategy that will make both of you comfortable in your shared living space.3 – Start small. There are some clutter warriors out there who decide they’ll “attack” the garage on a weekend. “Clutter isn’t the enemy,” says Rosenfeld. “People make the mistake of thinking they’ll clean out the garage in a short period of time. Then they get tired, barely see results and decide there’s no point in proceeding.” It’s better to designate a small area to clear first. Then when you successfully clear it, you can celebrate the progress and move to other areas.4 – Take inventory of what you have. A lot of people build up clutter because they can’t find that roll of packing tape or hammer and go out to buy new ones; then they wind up with more than they need. Create a space for items that you find yourself searching for.5 – Be aware of clutter before it snowballs. If you can’t even find the top of your desk then clutter has stacked up to a point that may be overwhelming to deal with. Work on strategies to clear the surface on a more frequent basis. Same goes for electronic clutter. It’s easier to delete unneeded emails when they come in instead of facing tens of thousands to clear through after a certain period of time.[Photo credit: trekandshoot, Shutterstock] The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale last_img read more

first_imgThe three countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement are to vote on whether to investigate if Canada is failing to enforce environmental legislation on tailings ponds in Alberta’s oilsands.The vote is required after the trade treaty’s environmental watchdog concluded there were serious questions about how the federal government enforces the Fisheries Act in relation to the giant ponds.Studies have suggested the ponds leak water containing tailings from oilsands production into the Athabasca River.The ponds are estimated to hold 1.3 trillion litres of contaminated water.“Canada’s response does not provide sufficient information about why Canada did not undertake enforcement actions,” said the finding from the Commission on Environmental Cooperation.NAFTA allows non-governmental organizations and citizens of the three countries to submit complaints if they believe that environmental laws and regulations are not being enforced.If the commission determines the concerns are well-grounded, the member countries have 60 days to vote on whether to hold an investigation called a factual record. That record does not include recommendations or conclusions.The commission began its examination after a 2017 complaint from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defence Canada and a member of the K’ahsho Got’ine Dene First Nation.They assert that no company has ever been prosecuted for allowing pond water to leak into and contaminate the Athabasca River. A 2014 Environment Canada study backed suspicions that leaks were occurring when it “fingerprinted” toxins found in groundwater and matched them to chemicals in the tailings.That study didn’t quantify how much was leaking. Previous studies estimated it at 6.5 million litres a day.The complaint is similar to one filed in 2010.That went to a vote in 2014. Canada persuaded its fellow NAFTA members that a factual record wasn’t needed because a Canadian court was considering similar issues — even though that case had been withdrawn.That action is no longer a factor, said Dale Marshall of Environmental Defence.“That case has been entirely put to bed,” he said.The second complaint also contains new information.“When we resubmitted, we updated it with new information that had come, including that 2014 ‘fingerprint’ study,” said Marshall.The submission cites other studies, many from industry, that conclude at least some tailings water was escaping into local creeks. Under the Fisheries Act, it is illegal to release a “deleterious substance” into any body of water containing fish.Canada has argued the fingerprint study was not conclusive. It says it’s still working to develop scientific tools for future investigations and that significant advancements have been made.It also says repeated inspections of the ponds were made between 2009 and 2014.“In 2014, following five years of effort to inspect tailings ponds with no reasonable grounds to support violations of the act, (Environment Canada) redirected its proactive enforcement efforts toward other regional and national issues,” says the government submission.That submission doesn’t refer to any research more recent that 2013.Although NAFTA requires the vote to be held within 60 days, that deadline has been ignored in the past.Marshall acknowledges that even if Canada was eventually found not to be enforcing its own laws, the consequences are slight.“There’s not a lot repercussions, other than public shaming.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at row@1960last_img read more

first_imgPFI Western Store and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) are excited to welcome back the PFI/PBR Party in the Parking Lot concert on Thursday, September 3rd starring Thomas Rhett.The concert kicks off PBR Week when the Built Ford Tough Series returns to JQH Arena, September 11-13, with the PFI Western Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops.Rhett’s debut album “It Goes Like This” earned him a nomination for the ACM “New Artist of the Year” that had two consecutive Platinum-certified No. 1 hits, including a three-week run with “It Goes Like This.” His new single, “Make Me Wanna” also topped Billboard’s list of Best Country Songs of 2014. The same project produced the platinum-certified No. 1 smash “Get Me Some Of That,” as well at two Top 15 hits, “Beer With Jesus” and “Something To Do With My Hands.”General admission tickets are $30 and standing pit tickets are $40. They’re on sale now at O’Reilly Auto Parts, PFI Western Store or online here. A portion of the proceeds from Party in the Parking Lot will benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, a local 501c3 that provides resources and support for local individuals and families impacted by breast cancer. Another portion of the proceeds benefits The Rider Relief Fund. This 501c3 charity provides financial assistance to athletes of all ages that have been injured in the competitive sport of bull riding.Concert Information:-Five great performers lined up and ready to entertain: Lindsey Highlander, Jason Pritchett, Tucker Beathard, Members Only, and, of course Thomas Rhett.-Gates will open at 4:00 pm. No sooner.-First artist takes the Cooper Tires Stage at 5:30pm.-Coors Light Party Trailers will be On-Site so come thirsty.-Chairs will be provided only in general admission. All Pit admission is standing room only.-Concessions will be available from Hardee’s, Ozark Empire Fair and PriceCutter so come hungry. No coolers or outside food or drink will be allowed.-Party in the Parking Lot performers will play rain or shine.-Kids two years old and younger will be free and will sit on a parent’s lap. Strollers will not be allowed.last_img read more

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index rose moderately Tuesday as investors awaited a highly-anticipated rate decision from the Bank of Canada.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 43.86 points to 15,149.14, helped by gains in the metals, energy and material sectors.Bank and insurance stocks, which mostly benefit in a higher-interest rate environment, also finished the session ahead.In currencies, the Canadian dollar dipped 0.19 of a U.S. cent to an average trading price of 77.40 cents US.All eyes will be on the loonie Wednesday as expectations run high that Canada’s central bank will raise its key interest rate for the first time in nearly seven years amid signs of an economic recovery.Speculation has been swirling for several weeks amid repeated hints from Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz that Canada’s economy has strengthened sufficiently following a crash in oil prices.The Canadian dollar climbed quickly as a result last week, but has since pulled back slightly in the past two days.Peggy Bowie, a senior trader at Manulife Asset Management, says if the rate hike happens as anticipated, the loonie will likely “see some sideways action” because expectations have already been baked in.Otherwise, for the news to have a dramatic impact on the dollar, investors will have to be surprised by either a larger-than-expected rate increase or no increase at all.“There is a feeling that Poloz will follow what is going on with the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England,” she said. “A rate hike here isn’t going to cramp the growth that has been happening.”Bowie says the markets will be particularly interested in the governor’s remarks following the announcement to see if there will be any hints about the future pace of increases.South of the border, markets were in a wait-and-see mode as Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen is scheduled to address Congress on Wednesday and Thursday. Investors will look for clues as to how aggressively the Fed will continue to raise rates and start to unwind its big bond-buying program.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average saw an uptick of 0.55 of a point to 21,409.07, the S&P 500 index shed 1.9 points to 2,425.53, and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 16.91 points to 6,193.30.Commodities were higher with the August crude contract up 64 cents to US$45.04 per barrel and the August natural gas contract ahead 12 cents to US$3.05 per mmBTU.The August gold contract gained $1.50 to US$1,214.70 an ounce and the September copper contract was up two cents at US$2.67 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Ramanujam said militant and extremist organisations remain banned in the state, while a strict vigil is maintained to curb overt and covert activities. It said that relevant agencies of the two countries have ongoing cooperation and no such information has been brought to the notice of the Government of India.About 150 terrorists, trained in India, have landed in Sri Lankan shores in the garb of fishermen to destabilise the country, a local newspaper reported on Monday quoting Sri Lankan state intelligence. The police today denied reports that some 150 LTTE cadres have infiltrated the north and east from Tamil Nadu.When contacted by the Colombo Gazette, police spokesman S.P Ajith Rohana said that the police did not have any information of such infiltration and felt the report was a “bogus” news item. ‘The suggestion contained in the news item regarding the training of terrorists at three secret camps in Tamil Nadu, India is entirely erroneous and baseless,” the High Commission said. Meanwhile the Indian High Commission in Colombo also denied the news report. The Tamil Nadu Police meanwhile on Monday termed as “totally baseless” the Sri Lankan newspaper item on the existence of three LTTE camps in the state which reportedly trained 150 cadres of the banned outfit.“There are no such training camps in Tamil Nadu. Some time back a similar report surfaced in Sri Lanka and later it was retracted by seeking to put the blame falsely on the Indian media,” DGP K Ramanujam said in a statement.He said the news item stated that over 150 LTTE cadres underwent special arms training in three secret camps in Tamil Nadu and then returned to Sri Lanka disguised as fishermen to carry out a destabilisation campaign. “Any activist identified is lodged in a special camp. There is therefore no question of any training camps functioning or being allowed to function in Tamil Nadu,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Amnesty International has written to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) ahead of its 23rd session beginning on May 27, calling for a credible and independent international investigation into allegations of crimes under international law committed by Sri Lankan government forces and allied armed groups as well as the LTTE.The human rights group says investigation should be conducted in accordance with international standards and, where sufficient admissible evidence is found, lead to the criminal prosecution of individuals found responsible in full conformity with international standards for fair trial. It also called for the strengthening of UN measures to prevent intimidation or reprisals by or tolerated by the Sri Lankan government against individuals who seek to cooperate or have cooperated with the UN, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights. Amnesty International has also called for stronger action, including at the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th Session, if by 1 September 2013 the Government of Sri Lanka has still not taken substantial real measures for accountability and ended systematic attacks on freedom of expression, association and assembly. In the letter, Amnesty International also urged the government to publicly acknowledge that human rights violations have been committed against individuals exercising their right to freedom of expression, and demonstrate unequivocally that such attacks and threats, harassment, and intimidation will not be tolerated, regardless of the opinions such individuals hold and express, and regardless of the rank or political affiliation of the suspected perpetrator.“Ensure that all suspected perpetrators of crimes under international law are prosecuted in proceedings which comply with international standards for fair trial. Ensure that all attacks on individuals, irrespective of the identity of perpetrators or victims, are promptly, independently, impartially and effectively investigated. Those suspected of committing or complicity in attacks must be prosecuted in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards. Make public the report of the 2006 Commission of Inquiry on 16 serious violations of human rights, that includes the findings of  investigations into the killing of five students in Trincomalee and the 17 ACF aid workers, and, as recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in February 2013, accept international assistance to resolve outstanding cases,” the letter said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The spokesman said that yesterday around 724 Army deserters had been arrested.The Army has in the past declared amnesty periods for the deserters to surrender and avoid disciplinary action. Over 700 army deserters have been arrested in a special operation launched by the military, the Army media unit said.An Army spokesman told the Colombo Gazette that the operation to arrest deserters will be conducted for a week.

by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2015 11:59 am MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2015 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Backlash against the temporary foreign worker program has made Ottawa leery of finding a new way for the food-processing sector to get the people it needs to fill vacant jobs, officials say.Mark Chambers is with an industry group that has presented a plan to the federal government on how it should deal with a labour shortage that he says is hobbling exports.It calls for a new program to make it easier to hire foreign workers who would become permanent residents of Canada and ultimately citizens, he said.“We have laid it out in black and white, but I think the challenge is it is a political hot potato,” said Chambers, who is a manager at Sunterra Farms, a hog operation near Acme, Alta.Chambers said the federal government wants the industry to hire Canadians to fill vacant jobs in slaughter and processing plants in rural areas.So does the industry, he said, but Canadians who live in urban areas with high unemployment rates just don’t want the available jobs.The meat industry estimates it is currently short about 1,000 workers. That will be exacerbated July 1 when the federal government is to cap the number of new foreign workers that companies can hire at 20 per cent.Chambers said Ottawa has been aware of the labour shortage for more than a year, but there is no indication it will back off its plans. Next year the cap is to be cut to 10 per cent.The Canadian Meat Council said the shortage is jeopardizing the industry at a time when government is working to bolster agriculture.The new Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement calls for duty-free access to the European Union for 50,000 tonnes of beef products and up to 81,000 tonnes of pork.Ron Davidson, a council spokesman, said that will be tough to fill without enough workers.Davidson said the government got lots of positive media coverage last year when it announced changes to the temporary foreign worker program because of problems in the mining and banking sectors.But that controversy should not get in the way of a new program for agriculture, he suggested.“We don’t want temporary foreign workers,” he said. “We want permanent workers. And if there aren’t Canadians who are willing to do the job, then we wish to be able to bring in people who want to immigrate to Canada and be Canadian citizens.”Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the government does have some programs that allow foreign workers to become permanent residents, but acknowledged that more needs to be done.“Our government knows the red-meat sector needs long-term employment solutions, not temporary fixes,” Ritz said in an email.“The goal of the temporary foreign worker program review was to ensure Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs, regardless of the industry, and that the programs operate in the best interests of Canadians and our economy.”The industry group hopes to meet with federal officials this summer.Chambers said Ottawa’s approach is frustrating. He noted there are already 20 vacant jobs at Sunterra Farms, which has a small meat-processing plant.“We now have some new markets in Asia, but if we can’t get enough people cutting the meat, we won’t be able to capture those opportunities. It makes no sense.”Canadian companies may have to export more live animals to the United States for processing, which would mean lost jobs and economic growth, he said. Food processors want foreign workers that can become Canadian citizens read more

University of Louisville Hospital FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A University of Louisville administrator has faced tough questioning from state lawmakers delving into details of the school’s plan to purchase financially ailing Jewish Hospital.The financing package revealed last month includes the state backing the deal by loaning $50 million to UofL – half of which would be forgivable if certain conditions are met.- Advertisement – That funding will require legislative approval after Kentucky lawmakers convene in early January for their 2020 session. The financing for the deal received some initial pushback from some lawmakers during a meeting of a Medicaid oversight legislative panel on Monday.Leitchfield Republican Sen. Stephen Meredith says there are some serious reservations about the deal.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)Related Article: Don’t stop the presses: UofL studying printing solar panels9/9/2019 1:01:21 PM (GMT -4:00) read more

Brock University Athletics closed out the first half of the 2014-15 season the same way much of the last four months have gone – with another victory.“What a fall the Badgers have had,” said interim director of Athletics Chris Critelli. “Gold, silver and bronze was a predominant colour this autumn. Homecoming was the best in Brock’s history, the Seymour-Hannah Centre was packed and electric for the Steel Blade, we sold out our basketball home opener, increased participation for PAWS and B4B, and won the last game of the semester in men’s hockey.“The first half of the season was a success, and with more sports to come we can look to the court, rink, mats, pool and pistes for more excitement and championships.”The fall of 2014 was full of victories and athletic achievements as Brock University celebrated 50 years as an institution. The Brock baseball and men’s rowing teams both captured OUA titles, giving the Badgers 102 (33 national and 69 provincial) championships in school history.The Brock baseball team also captured silver at the OUA/OCAA championships, finishing the 2014 season with a 32-4 overall record – one of the top finishes in its 20-year history. Men’s rowing took home bronze at Elk Lake in Victoria, B.C. at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.The Brock women’s lacrosse team captured OUA silver for the third time in school history. The men’s rugby, men’s golf and women’s rowing teams all captured OUA bronze, while the Brock men’s lacrosse (12-2 overall) and cheerleading teams placed top four at their respective national championships.The Badgers had some top conference honours led by the baseball trio of head coach Jeff Lounsbury (OUA Coach of the Year), Justin Gideon (OUA Top Hitter) and Justin Ayles (OUA Top Pitcher).Connor Fitzsimmons led the OUA men’s rugby team in scoring for his second straight season, finishing with a career-high 100 points, adding seven tries, seven drop goals and 22 converts. Greg Davidson led the CUFLA Lacrosse West Division in points, highlighted by a career-high 47 goals.The Brock men’s rowing led the way with 21 OUA All-Star selections: Taylor Ashwood, James Potts, Grayson Gray, James Myers, Austin Cameron, Bryan Haakman, Michael Brunton, Zachary Whiteley, Eric Buchanan, Matthew Wortley, Will Bryden, Matthew Finley, David De Groot, Justin Buttigieg, Jacob Thomas, Brandon D’orazio, Zachary Lewis, Patrick Branch, Lucien Brodeur and coxswains Amy Maclean and Earl Cabaluna.Men’s rowing also had 11 CURC All-Canadian honours, which included Matthew Finley, David De Groot, Taylor Ashwood, James Potts, Grayson Gray, James Myers, Matthew Wortley, Brandon D’orazio, Lucien Brodeur, Will Bryden and coxswain Amy MacLean.Both the Brock baseball and men’s rugby team had five OUA-All-Star selections. Justin Gideon, Justin Ayles, Phil Owen, Phil Steer and Dan Nicoletta earned OUA baseball All-Star honours, while Connor Fitzsimmons, Tyler Mirco, Chris Gladney, Matt Mufandaedza and Ben Thompson were selected as OUA men’s rugby All-Stars.Brock men’s lacrosse had five CUFLA West Division All-Canadians selections including Brandon Slade, Brandon Staal, Gage Board, Nico Beaudoin and Parker Baile.The Brock golf and women’s lacrosse teams both had a school record four OUA All-Stars. Men’s golf finished with three all-star selections, including Brett Mitchell, Adam Graham and Taylor Tyminski, while Shannon Rowan earned an OUA All-Star for the women’s golf program.Earning OUA All-Star honours for women’s lacrosse were Kendra Byers, Eyrn Matisz, Breanne Gillie and Sarah Simpson. Byers was also named the Top Graduating Senior in the OUA.Rounding out the OUA All-Stars for the Badgers were Eric Bradey (men’s soccer) and Katie Faust (women’s rugby).Click here for more 2014 first-half highlights. read more

See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyePlayoff LeBron is hereLeBron James posted 45 points in Sunday’s win over the Indiana Pacers, with a further 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The Cavaliers will advance to face the Toronto Raptors, so if LeBron hopes to keep up his otherworldly performance now would be the time to do so. It’s not particularly clear if anyone else on the Cavs plans to show up, after all. [FiveThirtyEight]Ovechkin is the greatest to never make a conference finalAlex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is by far the best forward — based on point shares through their age 32 season since 1987 — to have never once make a conference final. His postseason disappointment is in a lot of ways the result of a tough time closing out series — his Caps are 3-7 in game sevens. [FiveThirtyEight]Baker Mayfield to BrownsBaker Mayfield was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. As long as we’ve had data on QBR seasons, since 2004, Mayfield singlehandedly posted two of the six best seasons ever, and his quarterback rating of 92.1 in his final two seasons is the best of any quarterback in the set. On the other hand, he is going to Cleveland. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Barkley to NYCThe New York Giants are making a go of it and drafted Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick. This gives Barkely the fourth-highest paid salary among running backs in terms of average annual value. New York desperately needs a shot in the arm for the run game; they haven’t finished with a top-10 rushing season in eight years. [ESPN, ESPN]Jets to enjoy bakeoffWith their third pick in the draft, the New York Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold. This means that the Jets currently have five quarterbacks on the roster, including Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Darnold. For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, there can only be one single quarterback on the field at a given time, so this is far too many quarterbacks. [ESPN]Harden rolls over JazzJames Harden posted his sixth career playoff game where he scored 40 or more points in a win over the Utah Jazz. His 41 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists helped the Houston Rockets dispatch Utah 110-96 in the series opener. [ESPN]Big Number(s)53 percentWe have a bona fide favorite for the NBA title. The Houston Rockets are a 53 percent chance of winning the title, while everybody else combines for only 47 percent chance of taking the championship. It certainly appears their rivals for the title will be from either Toronto or Philly; they each have a respective 42 percent and a 37 percent chance of representing the East in the NBA Finals. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: gfoster:I don’t speak Italian. But this looks cool.AI Image Labandrea:Oh that is cool. You can tell something is cool when you’re impressed even though you don’t actually understand any of the words. Mama mia! Oh, and don’t forgetNew Orleans longreaad We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Predictions NBA All newsletters read more

Ohio State sported jerseys dating back to 1942 during Saturday’s meeting with Michigan, but the game’s result continued a tradition established in the last decade. The No. 8 Buckeyes rolled to their seventh consecutive win over rival Michigan, beating the Wolverines, 37-7, and clinching a share of their sixth straight Big Ten title in front of 105,491 fans at Ohio Stadium. As part of the Nike Pro Combat series, OSU wore custom-designed uniforms to honor the 1942 national championship team. The 2010 Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1) likely won’t be a part of any title game, but moved a step closer toward a BCS bowl invite with their ninth win in the last 10 games against Michigan (7-5, 3-5). “It’s always the same feeling,” linebacker Ross Homan said. “Every time we beat Michigan, it’s always a great feeling and a success.” It took the Buckeye offense a quarter to warm up on a chilly Columbus afternoon. After a scoreless first frame, OSU exploded for 24 points in the second quarter. Devin Barclay opened the scoring with a 33-yard field goal to cap a 10-play, 74-yard OSU drive. “They put in some schemes that we hadn’t seen before, and it took us a little while to adjust to them,” senior offensive lineman Bryant Browning said. “I thought as the game went on, our offense was more effective.” An 18-yard punt placed the Buckeyes’ next possession at the Michigan 35-yard line. Five plays later, quarterback Terrelle Pryor found Dane Sanzenbacher for a 7-yard touchdown. Michigan responded with an 80-yard drive, culminating with a 1-yard touchdown run by Michael Shaw, but Jordan Hall returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to push the OSU lead to 17-7. “Words can’t explain it,” Hall said. “I’ve been waiting for it so long. We’re supposed to give the ball to the ref after we score, but I don’t even know where I put it.” The Buckeyes then cashed in on a lost fumble by Michigan running back Vincent Smith with a 60-yard touchdown drive. Pryor connected with DeVier Posey across the middle, and the junior receiver dove into the end zone to increase OSU’s advantage. Pryor completed 18 of 27 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Posey hauled in five catches for 81 yards. Turnovers hindered Michigan’s first-half productivity. The Wolverines twice turned the ball over on downs and also lost a pair of fumbles. “We took advantage of their turnovers,” Pryor said. “Normally if you win the turnover margin, you have a good chance of winning.” Despite outgaining the Buckeyes 258-229, Michigan trailed 24-7 at halftime. Quarterback Denard Robinson, widely considered the Heisman trophy favorite throughout the first half of the season, rushed for 105 yards before intermission. However, coach Rich Rodriguez said at halftime that the sophomore dislocated a couple of fingers on his non-throwing hand. Robinson sat out Michigan’s final drive of the first half and much of the second half. “It wouldn’t have been much of a problem, but he likes to grip it with that hand and he couldn’t get any feeling back,” Rodriguez said. “He tried to go back in the second half but he just couldn’t do it. It’s unfortunate because he was playing well today.” Sophomore Tate Forcier, whom the Buckeyes picked off four times in Ann Arbor, Mich., in last year’s matchup, took over. He threw an interception on the first play after halftime. The Buckeye running game struggled before the break. Dan “Boom” Herron totaled minus-1 yards on five first-half carries. His fortunes changed in the third quarter. Herron scored from 32 yards out on OSU’s opening drive of the second half, his 11th straight game with a touchdown. “It was a strange game offensively where we kind of led with the pass in the first half and all of a sudden we got a couple turnovers and we are looking more at leading with the run the second half,” coach Jim Tressel said. “It wasn’t like all of a sudden a snowstorm came in or something. It was just that’s not what we needed to do and we always talk about we do what the team needs, and first half we needed to throw it.” Michigan punter Will Hagerup didn’t travel to Columbus after being suspended for what the team called “a violation of team rules.” After backup punter Seth Broekhulzen pinned the Buckeyes at their own 2-yard line, Herron thundered down the sideline to the end zone. A holding call against receiver Dane Sanzenbacher near the end of the run turned a 98-yard touchdown into an 89-yard pickup. Herron’s rush tied the school record for longest play from scrimmage. Gene Fekete gained 89 yards on a carry against Pittsburgh in 1942. “I didn’t think it was a penalty but I don’t make the calls,” Sanzenbacher said. “I wouldn’t change what I did if I could do the play again, if that makes it any better. Sorry to Boom to steal his touchdown. I was just trying to help clear the way for him to get into the end zone.” Herron finished with 22 carries for 175 yards, the third time he has topped the century mark in the last four contests. The game resembled the last trip the Wolverines made to the Horseshoe, when they fell 42-7 in Rich Rodriguez’s first season in 2008. read more