London Olympics: Usain Bolt proves he is the greatest

first_imgWhen Usain Bolt arrived on the stage- well, that’s what London’s Olympic Stadium was for the Jamaican Express- the stadium announcer quite appropriately called him the “World’s Fastest Travelling Show”. What else can you call him anyway? On Thursday night, if one needed to see a champion become a legend, Bolt did exactly that as he clocked a season best 19.32 seconds to seal the 200m race. In that process, the Jamaican became the first man to win the 100m and 200m races in two back-to-back Olympics.Focus is what any trainer or coach would tell a runner minutes before an Olympic final. Not Bolt. He had time for everything else.He flirted with a lady carrying his starting block into the stadium; he had a chat with young team-mate and rival Yohan Blake; he then waved as if he was about to make a statement.And then Bolt ran past the field and became a blur.Race over, Bolt stopped, turned around to greet the man coming in second, and showed he still had a lot of gas left in him by doing 10 push-ups. He then kissed the track, grabbed a photographer’s camera and clicked pictures.Next, he decided to go around doing high fives and posed in his traditional style, much to the delight of people with cameras- professionals and amateurs!At the end of it all, as Bolt went up and collected his second Olympic gold medal at the London Olympics and the fifth of his career, the giant electronic scoreboard read:advertisement1. Jamaica. 2. Jamaica. 3. Jamaica.American fans and journalists could not believe it. This big man Bolt and his fellow Jamaicans had blown away a huge tradition that American sprinters had built up over the years.And when Carl Lewis spoke about the ugly dope word, it only reflected the frustration of the Americans, who have only an old legacy to cling to.While retaining the sprint double, Bolt also equalled the 200m time clocked by Michael Johnson in 1996 at Atlanta. But then Bolt took it easy in the last 20 metres, almost to ensure that he didn’t go too far ahead of the rest on Thursday night.The most striking thing about Bolt is his enormous size. At six feet and five inches, each giant stride he makes eats metres of the track and is a treat to watch.Even on the bend, when you would imagine the laws of physics demand the runner slows down or makes adjustments to his running stride, Bolt is very different. And if in the 100m race, his reaction time to the starter’s gun was slow, there was no such trouble for him in the 200m.Most people would wait for the final dash to cover ground, but as this man had already won the race, he actually appeared to slow down! While all this is a sheer delight to watch, the ability to achieve feats like this on a fast track has to stem from sheer confidence.Before the race, Bolt indulged in a bit of showmanship. It’s his own way of confidence boosting, if he needs to do it. From television commentators to men in eighties who have watched former giants such as Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, the debate has ended.Usain Bolt is now ‘The Greatest’.last_img read more

Mark Hughes sacked as Southampton manager eight months after taking charge

first_imgMark Hughes has been sacked as Southampton manager on Monday, after the club’s miserable start to the 2018/19 Premier League season where they have managed only win so far.The Welshman was rewarded with a three-year contract in May but has struggled to improve the team’s form this campaign.”Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” they said in a statement.#SaintsFC can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes.Full statement: Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 3, 2018Hughes’s assistant Mark Bowen and first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.Southampton are 18th in the standings having lost seven out of their 14 matches and they squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Manchester United on Saturday to take their winless run to 10 games.In eight months at Southampton, former Wales, Manchester City and Stoke City boss Hughes managed only five victories in 27 games in all competitions.Their only league win this season came against Crystal Palace in September.Before Saturday’s draw with United, Southampton had lost 3-2 at fellow relegation-threatened side Fulham and had been knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester City on penalties.First-team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.Southampton said they had begun the search for a new manager, with Hughes’s successor set to be the club’s fourth boss in two years.Since Ronald Koeman left to join Everton in 2016 Southampton have also fired Claude Puel and Mauricio Pellegrino.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)Also read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedAlso read | Manchester City win 3-1 vs Bournemouth, United draw at SouthamptonAlso read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gesturelast_img read more

Winter WonderLuxe: Skiing and Spa-Dates and Bentleys, oh my!

first_imgMost importantly, though, is that Bentley flourishes in cold weather. Just three years ago, the brand set the Ice Speed Record in the Continental Super Sports Convertible. The land of super-premium vehicles is littered with Sunday drivers and summertime sport cars, but thanks to its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, the GT Speed really is the only car that can hang in the winter, too.With that in mind, we grabbed the keys to our Bentley GT Speed Coupe and Convertible, and we headed west from Denver, climbing higher and higher into the Rocky Mountains.MUST VISIT: The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor GulchWe decided to take our ski trip to the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch; a 185-room ski resort at Beaver Creek, voted one of the best hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure. It’s gold rated by Condé Nast and received a 4-star rating from Forbes. With its brand-new Bachelor’s Lounge bar and 21,000 sq. ft. spa, it’s truly one of the only places in North America fit for a GT Speed owner’s ski week getaway.Our group split our time between those who could ski (or were willing), and those who wanted to relax in the spa. I’ve skied before, or at least tried, so I was instructed to meet with the folks at the Gorsuch ski shop in the main lobby. The shop has a wide array of equipment available for rent and purchase, including a pair of very impressive, $9800 Bentley skis made by Zai. The resort also offers personal instructors, but I decided to hit the slopes and take my chances.While I skied, a few of our friends pampered themselves in the Bachelor Gulch Spa. The spa’s menu of treatments is extensive, ranging from facials and massages, to wraps and baths, to time available in oxygen chambers to counter the high altitudes of the Rockies. Following our appointments, we sat down to dinner at Spago, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and imbibed in a few select bourbons at the resort’s new Bachelor’s Lounge, which lends a decidedly modern aesthetic twist to an otherwise warm, rustic hotel. The entire experience was one of real luxury and surprisingly homey comfort, making this Ritz-Carlton a welcome escape for the bustling world around us.Walking away from this trip, I realize that I played the role of an interloper–a writer who had stolen a small slice of rich and the famous pie. We surrounded ourselves with fine accommodations, fine foods, and one fabulously refined car. These are things that we could budget for in the future, and probably even take a long weekend to experience, but there’d still be one thing we wouldn’t have; we couldn’t just pick up and go tomorrow, and that’s where we’d miss the luxury of spontaneity. Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep I guess you could say that the Bentley PR guy did his job well; he mentioned something about the “luxury of spontaneity”, and now that phrase has lodged itself inside my head.He didn’t say anything beyond that; there were no details about what it meant. He simply planted the seed, and what grew from it was fertilized of my own imagination.Fast-forward two months to present day, and I’m sitting here in Colorado – slouched comfortably into my seat at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch’s great room, legs sore from a day’s worth of skiing. It’s the middle of the week, and I’ve just experienced one of those ‘pinch me moments’, where I realized that my friends were all at work in their midtown offices.“What a joy it is that I could take the week off to hit the slopes,” I ponder to myself. “And, to think that I’m spending the week in the snow with a GT Speed…”Yeah, that must be it. If you’re shopping for a Bentley, of course you can pick up and vacation on a whim. And that is because spontaneity is a luxury commodity, too.MUST DRIVE: The 2014 Bentley Continental GT SpeedMore often than not, exotic car owners don’t just own one Ferrari; they own a whole fleet of vehicles. Sports cars may be the most exciting way to enjoy the road, but they’re oftentimes garaged in winter months, while Cayennes and Range Rovers move more casually through the snow.It’s not that those SUVs aren’t lovely; they’re perfectly comfortable machines for the family. But, if you’re the type who wants to take the sports car to the mountain, there’s really only one brand that makes that possible, and we had the keys to the brand’s fastest set of wheels.The Bentley Continental GT Speed is a 616-horsepower, W12-powered sports coupe with all the performance, style and prestige deserving of a Fortune 500 CEO. Its leathers are sourced from an Alpine ranch in Austria; its sheet metal superformed and hand-assembled in the UK. 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Heritage committee to boost tourism in state

first_imgKolkata: State Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim announced the constitution of heritage committee in each of the municipalities with an aim to give a boost to tourism in the state.”There are heritage structures through out the state. The temples in Bishnupur are part of our heritage , similarly a number of places in Purulia are heritage spots. The heritage committee will ensure that urban and rural heritage are given equal priority. They will suggest measures on how the heritage places can be beautified so that it can attract tourists,” Hakim said while tabling the West Bengal Municipal (Amendment ) Bill 2019 at the state Assembly. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe municipalities will have to constitute a committee called Heritage Conservation Committee with the Chairman of a municipality as its chairman and the Executive Officer of the municipality as the convener. There would be a nominee of the district magistrate of the concerned district, a nominee of the Director of the state Information and Cultural Affairs, an eminent architect, an artist, an environmentalist, a historian having knowledge of the region, and the concerned executive engineer of the Municipal Engineering Directorate along with the Town Planner of the municipality in the committee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Bill empowers the state government to extend the term of administrator or Board of Administrators for a period of one year. Earlier the government had extended the term of administrator for six months, hence now the administrator can be at the helm of a municipality for a period of 18 months. Elections will have to be held within this 18 months period. “The government wants to conduct elections of all municipalities at one time. Holding polls of municipalities at different times affect administrative work,” Hakim maintained. The Bill was passed at the House on Tuesday and awaits the nod of the Governor.last_img read more

Inputs on likely terror attack in south India Top commander

first_imgPune: The Army has received inputs that there may be a terror attack in southern part of India, a top Army commander said on Monday. Some abandoned boats have been recovered in the Sir Creek area, Lt Gen S K Saini, GOC-in-C of the Army’s Southern Command, told reporters at an event near Pune. “We have got many inputs that there may be a terrorist attack in southern part of India and the peninsular India,” he said. The Army has undertaken measures for capacity building and capability development in the Sir Creek area, keeping in mind the enhanced threat perception, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He was replying to a question related to terror inputs and Pakistan’s enhanced deployment close to the Sir Creek area. “We are taking precautions to ensure that any designs of the inimical elements or terrorists are stalled and they do not get the success which they are wishing,” he said. Lt Gen Saini was speaking on the sidelines of the commencement of Phase II infrastructural development at the Army Law College near Kanhe. Asked about the changing dynamics and threats emanating from a neighboring country, he said any conflict which is in the sub-conventional domain has got both external and internal dimensions. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “In the case of J&K, the external dimension is much more pronounced than the internal dimension. We have a very clear cut policy based on which have been resolving insurgencies. “The government takes a comprehensive view of every conflict and undertakes political, economic, social and diplomatic measures to resolve it. The Army’s role is to create conducive conditions for such initiatives by the government,” he said. The Army is “fully geared” for any contingency which arises in the situation as far as J&K is concerned, he said. Asked about threats issued by political and military leadership of Pakistan recently, he said, “Threats do not change the functioning of the army and we are ready to fight any eventuality.” On the Sir Creek demarcation issue, he said as far as resolution of the dispute is concerned, it is a matter between two governments.last_img read more

Group of masked blackclad people roams Hamilton damaging stores cars

first_imgHAMILTON – A band of masked vandals describing themselves as “ungovernables” roamed through a stretch of an Ontario city hurling rocks at small businesses and causing up to $100,000 in damage, local police said Sunday.Cafes, stores and vehicles along a roughly one-kilometre stretch of road in Hamilton took the brunt of the damage as between 20 and 30 people marched along the route on Saturday night.City police Insp. Paul Hamilton said the group, clad in black, sporting masks and carrying a banner saying “we are the ungovernables,” mobilized at a local park before taking to the streets shortly before 10:00 p.m.Police were called to the park after reports that people were spray-painting messages in the area, he said, adding some officers witnessed as the situation quickly escalated.“As they went along the street, they damaged some vehicles that were parked on the street, threw some rocks at some homes, set off some fireworks,” he said in a telephone interview. “Then they got onto Locke Street … which is heavily populated by restaurants and cafes, and threw rocks through windows of a number of the businesses there.”The chaos on the street caused anxiety inside many local restaurants fielding busy Saturday night crowds, said Tony Greco, Chair of the Locke Street Business Improvement Area.Patrons hid under tables as they listened to glass shattering and bangs echoing through the neighbourhood.Although no one was injured, Hamilton said police have so far received about 10 reports of mischief and estimate total damages of about $100,000 so far.Greco said that can take a significant toll on the sorts of independent operations involved in Saturday’s vandalism.“Insurance covers a certain amount. It puts a big dent in a small business,” he said.“It’s a hard thing that happened.”The vandalism came as a particular shock to local coffee and donut outfit Donut Monster, which just opened its doors as a retailer about two months ago after extensive renovations.Owner Reuben Vanderkwaak said he arrived at the shop late Saturday night to find at least half the newly installed windows shattered inside the shop and what appeared to be landscaping stones lying nearby.He said several other storefronts in the area appear to have been similarly hard-hit.But Donut Monster was open for business again Sunday morning, and Vanderkwaak said community members appeared eager to show support and move on from the vandalism.Encouragement came from the political realm too, as NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who represents the riding where the vandalism took place, tried to urge residents to get back out and patronize the damaged shops.“Let’s come together to greet each other as neighbours, shop local on Locke, and show these vandals that this attack will only make us stronger,” she tweeted.Vanderkwaak said his shop doors are open to all, including the alleged perpetrators, adding that understanding the mob’s motives for their destructive march could be helpful in preventing similar events in the future.“Violent actions don’t communicate very well,” he said. “I wanted an opportunity for people to come together and actually communicate in a peaceful way and … try to bring some reconciliation to whatever issues are at hand.”Neighbourhood resident Brianna Baraniecki, who witnessed 10 to 15 police cars converging on Locke Street towards the end of the march, shares the desire to understand what motivated the participants.She said a wish to treat the incident as a one-off is tempered by concern that the unknown group may plan further action.“I guess I’m just standing here kind of waiting to see what’s going to happen next,” she said. “I don’t really know if I believe that this was a truly isolated event or if they have intention, whoever they are, of continuing to do this. I guess I’m just a bit apprehensive.”Hamilton said police have made no arrests in the case so far, adding the arrival of nearly 30 police officers on the scene sent marchers scattering, shedding stray items of clothing along the way.He said police did not know details about the makeup of the group, including the ages or genders of its members.He said police are combing through evidence from the scene as well as surveillance footage from local businesses, but urged anyone else with information to come forward.last_img read more

Trudeau sits down with Chinas premier at Asian summit over free trade

first_imgSINGAPORE — The Trudeau Liberals’ commitment to what they describe as “progressive” trade deals was put into the spotlight today as promise hung over a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Chinese premier.Trudeau and Li Keqiang met at a key gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders, hoping to push ahead on talks toward a free trade agreement.Trudeau kicked off the meeting by saying the two leaders would have a “frank and open” talk.After the meeting, International Trade Minister Jim Carr told reporters the government remains interested in having a deal that helps female entrepreneurs, Indigenous Peoples and promotes other Canadian values.China has had a cool response to the proposals, but Carr didn’t say how Li and the Chinese delegation responded to the concepts at the meeting during the annual ASEAN summit.Carr says any trade deal will take time to pull together.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jimmy Kimmel To Be Honored At Varietys Power Of Comedy Event

first_imgVariety is pleased to announce that Jeff Ross will be hosting their 4th Annual Variety’s Power of Comedy event presented by Xbox One on November 16 at The Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.This entertaining evening of stand-up, sketch comedy and musical acts will feature performances by Joel McHale, David Spade, Adam Carolla, Dana Gould, Kevin Nealon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! house band Cleto and the Cletones. The celebration will honor Jimmy Kimmel with the 2013 Variety’s Power of Comedy Award, and will once again support The Noreen Fraser Foundation’s mission of raising funds for women’s cancer research.This year’s gala is presented by Xbox One and sponsored by Amazon Studios, GUINNESS and Johnnie Walker and will bring together over six hundred VIP guests, including some of Hollywood’s most talented comedians.“The caliber of comedic talent for our 4th Annual Variety’s Power of Comedy event is truly outstanding. We are thrilled to have Jeff Ross and so many wonderful performers join us in raising awareness for The Noreen Fraser Foundation,” said Michelle Sobrino, Publisher, Variety. “With Xbox One, Amazon Studios, GUINNESS and Johnnie Walker generously providing their support to such a worthy cause, this is sure to be a memorable event and also one of the funniest rooms in Hollywood that night.”Tickets and tables are currently available for purchase at a variety of supporting levels via The Noreen Fraser Foundation’s website and through Levy, Pazanti & Associates events. The event’s presenting sponsor, Xbox One, will be showcasing the new entertainment system at the event just days prior to its highly-anticipated launch on November 22. Xbox One is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system built for the 21st century living room — introducing a new world of games, music, live TV, movies, sports, apps and Skype, all personalized and accessible with the sound of your voice.Guests attending Variety’s Power of Comedy will be responsibly enjoying the legendary GUINNESS beer, as well as specialty cocktails featuring Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch, the world’s number-one selling Scotch whisky brand. GUINNESS and Johnnie Walker remind you to drink responsibly.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Lebanon

first_imgUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is visiting Lebanon to highlight the plight of Syrian children, and to thank the Lebanese people for assisting refugees as the conflict enters its fourth year.On her three-day visit, which began this weekend, she met refugee families and held talks with President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Tammam Salam.Jolie welcomed the adoption of UN Security Council 2139 on Humanitarian Assistance to Syria, which she described as “a long overdue step in the right direction for the hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women and children trapped in hard to reach areas across Syria.”The Special Envoy emphasized the need for the resolution to be more than just a paper declaration: “It must be implemented – and that will take political will and courage. The unity that the Council has shown must not be a one-off, but the start of a new phase in ending the conflict.”Jolie met orphaned Syrian children who fled to Lebanon and who are now living in the Bekaa Valley. There are 3,500 unaccompanied children, or children who have been separated from their families, now known to be living in Lebanon.Jolie said: “Meeting these children was a heart-rending experience. They have lost their families and their childhood has been hijacked by war. They are so young, yet they are bearing the burdens of their reality as if they are adults.”Access to education is one of many of the challenges faced by the refugee population. Syrian refugees struggle to maintain their shelter, pay the rent and access water. She met one little boy who expressed a wish to be a doctor when he grows up. His siblings started to laugh, explaining that he doesn’t understand what has happened to him. “How can he become a doctor in an empty tent?” they asked.Throughout the visit, Jolie stressed the vital contribution that Lebanon is making as the recipient of the largest share of refugees from the crisis. With the number of registered refugees nearing the one million mark, Lebanon has the highest per capita concentration of refugees of any country in recent history. If the US were to welcome a comparable number of refugees relative to its population size, it would be sheltering 75 million people.The Special Envoy discussed the humanitarian crisis with President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Tammam Salam. She paid tribute to Lebanon for generously receiving refugees despite its own internal challenges.“The generosity and solidarity shown by Lebanon and Lebanese to its neighbor serves as an example to the world for which we should all be grateful. We all need to help them bear this burden,” said Jolie.Jolie’s visit to Lebanon is her third on behalf of UNHCR. She was last in the country in September 2012.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

Adam Sandler Surprises Veterans At Comedy Boot Jam

first_imgAdam Sandler surprised veterans, more than 50 military service members and their dates from Camp Pendleton at the Hollywood Improv rehearsing new material at Boot Campaign’s “Comedy Boot Jam” on Oct. 28.Adam Sandler Performs At Boot JamCredit/Copyright: Boot Campaign“Comedy Boot Jam” was a star-studded, private event created on behalf of Boot Campaign to show appreciation for our military heroes in a unique and fun way. Hosted by critically-acclaimed comedian Josh Wolf (E!‘s Chelsea Lately, CMT’s The Josh Wolf Show), “Comedy Boot Jam” was a night filled with laughs made by A-list stand-up comedians, including Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Leslie Jordan and more. They joined celebrity supporters in celebrating Active and Veteran service members.The night began with arrivals on a military camo-themed red carpet and the show was kicked off by Boot Campaign Chief Operating Officer Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Joey Jones, USMC.“Comedy Boot Jam” was created to raise unique awareness for Boot Campaign, a national nonprofit, charity dedicated to promoting patriotism, awareness and assistance to current and former military service members and their families. Learn more at read more

Israel Prevents Moroccan Minister from Entering Gaza

Taroudant, Morocco- Israel turned down the request of the Moroccan political delegation, led by Nabil Ben Abdallah, Secretary General of the Progressive Socialist Party (PPS) and Minister of Housing, to enter to the Gaza strip on Friday.As part of their visit to Palestine, the delegation of the PPS was expected to visit the Gaza Strip in order to “ascertain the level of the human tragedy caused by the Israeli war machine,” the delegation said.During the visit, the Moroccan delegation met on Thursday in the West Bank with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who informed them on the latest developments of the situation in the Palestinian territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people due to the recent Israeli aggression. Mahmoud Abbas also stressed that the Palestinian Authority is making tremendous efforts to rebuild Gaza and alleviate the suffering of people.In the same context, the President of the Palestinian National Authority entrusted Benabdellah and his comrades with a message of thanks to King Mohammed VI for his role in supporting the Palestinians during the Israeli aggression on Gaza. read more

Business Highlights

___Ethiopian pilot pleaded for training weeks before Max crashNEW YORK (AP) — Emails obtained by The Associated Press show an Ethiopian Airlines pilot pleaded with bosses for more training on the Boeing 737 Max just weeks before one of the airline’s jets crashed. Pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin began emailing managers at Ethiopian just days after a Lion Air Max crashed in Indonesia last October, killing 189. He warned that without more training, specifically on the Max’s anti-stall system, Ethiopian’s pilots could be overwhelmed and their plane could next to crash.___US stocks close lower, on track for 1st monthly loss of 2019NEW YORK (AP) — Another round of selling gripped Wall Street on Wednesday as nervous investors fled health care, technology and other high-risk stocks in favour of the safety of bonds. The broad sell-off, which lost some momentum in the last hour of trading, keeps the market on track for its fourth consecutive weekly loss and its first monthly drop this year. Bond prices held steady after an early slide. Investors are worried that the U.S.-China trade war will derail global economic growth.___AP: Purdue foreign arm caught up in opioid probe in EuropePARMA, Italy (AP) — A new Associated Press report finds Big Pharma still pushed opioids overseas even amid the American epidemic. The report details a vast corruption investigation in Italy alleging pharmaceutical officials paid a pain doctor who wrote studies and organized events that would help them market opioids in the country. Two managers with the foreign arm of Purdue Pharma have accepted pleas in connection with the case.___China dangles a potentially harmful new threat in trade warWASHINGTON (AP) — Facing new trade sanctions and a U.S. clampdown on their top telecommunications company, the Chinese issued a pointed reminder that they have new weapons for a trade war, too: State media suggested that China could cut America off from exotic minerals used in electric cars and mobile phones. The threat to use the country’s rich supply of so-called rare earths as leverage in a trade war with the United States contributed to losses on the U.S. stock market.___As craft beer market grows, so do wild flavoursBrewers have always experimented. But as craft beers have boomed, competition for attention has intensified. That has a lot of brewers looking for ways to differentiate themselves and get noticed. At the Strange Brew Festival in Reno, Nevada, this month, visitors could sample a peanut butter and pickle pilsner, a tamale lager and a smoked carrot stout. The Brewers Association says the U.S. had 7,346 craft brewers last year, up 93% from 2014.___On the Money: Mainstream autos get driver-monitoring devicesDETROIT (AP) — Would you pay more for a car or SUV that warns you if you’re falling asleep or not paying attention behind the wheel? Auto companies are figuring that because your life could depend on it, you will. As safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane-centring make their way from luxury vehicles down to lower-cost rides for the masses, distracted driver alert systems are coming with them.___Veteran China dissident urges linking of human rights, tradeTOKYO (AP) — Veteran Chinese dissident Wang Dan is urging Western nations to restore the link between human rights and trade with China. Wang was speaking Wednesday in Tokyo days ahead of the 30th anniversary of the 1989 student pro-democracy protests centred on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, of which he was a key leader.___Uber to boot riders from app if they repeatedly misbehaveSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you misbehave repeatedly while getting a ride from Uber, you could get booted off the app. The company says that starting Wednesday, riders with a rating from drivers that’s significantly below average could lose their ability to ride. But before that happens they’ll get tips on how to improve ratings by being polite, not leaving trash in vehicles and not asking the driver to violate the speed limit. Uber says they’ll get several chances to improve their rating before getting the boot.___Airlines group: Boeing jet won’t return before AugustGENEVA (AP) — The global airline trade group says it expects the Boeing 737 Max jet will remain grounded at least through mid-August after two deadly crashes. The spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, Anthony Concil, said Wednesday that the group estimates the planes will not fly for at least another 10-12 weeks.___Crumbling roads, spotty internet trouble small businessesNEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses want the federal government to follow through on promises of $2 trillion to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. The problem isn’t just crumbling roads and bridges, but also a need for broadband coverage in areas where internet and cellphone service is poor. All businesses must deal with added expenses caused by poor infrastructure, but smaller companies don’t have revenue cushions to absorb those costs. They also lose revenue when employees are stuck in traffic on bad roads.___The S&P 500 index fell 19.37 points, or 0.7%, to 2,783.02. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 221.36 points, or 0.9%, to 25,126.41. The Nasdaq composite slid 60.04 points, or 0.8%, to 7,547.31. The Russell 2000 index of small companies dropped 14.07 points, or 0.9%, to 1,489.95.The Associated Press read more

Ban welcomes resumption of Cyprus reunification talks

26 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the resumption of talks that aim to reunify the Mediterranean island country of Cyprus, urging both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to be guided by the spirit of give-and-take in their negotiations. Today’s meeting was the first between the two parties since Derviş Eroğlu replaced Mehmet Ali Talat as the Turkish Cypriot leader following elections in the northern part of Cyprus last month. Demetris Christofias, the Greek Cypriot leader, headed his delegation.In remarks delivered by his Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer, Mr. Ban said he was encouraged by the progress made during the previous round of talks in March.“I am very encouraged by the convergences that were reached. I am also encouraged that the two leaders have agreed to continue on the basis of the United Nations parameters, Security Council resolutions and the joint statements made on 23 May and 1 July 2008,” he said.Mr. Ban told both delegations that a settlement was within their grasp and urged them to seize the opportunity within the limited time they had.“Achieving an agreement will require vision, statesmanship and courage. Your communities want and expect a settlement,” Mr. Ban said. “This will require give-and-take on both sides, and the ability to understand the issues and what is at stake from the perspective of the other side,” he added.“You must convince not only your own community of the value of a settlement; you must also convince the other community of your good faith. This is not a zero-sum game. It is possible, and indeed necessary, to arrive at a solution that clearly benefits both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots,” the Secretary-General said.He assured the delegations that the international community was committed to continuing its support for this Cypriot-led process, saying he truly believed that they can reach an agreement in the coming months. “Together with my representative, Mr. Downer, I remain ready and willing to help,” he added.In remarks to the reporters, Mr. Downer said the meeting was held in a warm and positive atmosphere, adding that both Mr. Christofias and Mr. Eroğlu had welcomed the Secretary-General’s statement.“What the two leaders agreed was that they would confirm existing convergences and they would continue the discussions on property from where they were left off before the talks broke up earlier in the year,” said Mr. Downer.He said the two leaders will meet again on Thursday next week. Their representatives will meet on Monday.A UN peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP been stationed in Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence. read more

BC wants additional benefits from Alberta on energy export deal Redford

VANCOUVER — British Columbia and Alberta both have their reasons, but the bottom line is the two provinces are still wrangling over conditions linked to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, and those arguments have forced the last-minute postponement of talks between Premier Christy Clark and Premier Alison Redford.“We don’t want to get into finger pointing with Alberta,” said Ben Chin, Clark’s director of communications, noting an inter-provincial working group is making progress on the five conditions set by B.C., but without significant recent movement, he said there was no reason for the premiers to meet.“Alberta is not ready yet to accept the five conditions,” he said in confirming cancellation of the talks, planned for Tuesday in Vancouver, between Clark and Redford.Those conditions must be met before B.C. will consider the Enbridge project and include ensuring British Columbia’s share of the financial benefits reflect the environmental and economic risk assumed by the province.Redford arrived in Vancouver Monday prior to a Tuesday speech at an energy forum hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade and a release from her office issued late Monday said there is still work to be done on meeting B.C.’s pipeline conditions.She said Alberta thought that if it met those conditions it could proceed, but British Columbia now wants to — quote — “negotiate additional benefits.”Redford did not say what those additional benefits would be, but suggested B.C. is mulling additional charges on industry.She said it’s not clear why B.C. thinks Alberta is the partner to negotiate that issue.“If the Government of B.C. decides to place additional charges on industry, that go beyond the federal and provincial restrictions on responsible resource development, this is not something for the Government of Alberta to negotiate — it is for the Government of B.C. to negotiate directly with producers and industry,” Redford said in the news release.The Alberta leader said her province is willing and “happy” to assist B.C. if that is what it wants to do.Earlier this year, Clark and Redford clashed when Clark announced the five conditions, including strict environmental standards and assurances, for the Northern Gateway project.Then last month, it appeared the feud was ebbing as both Clark and Redford said they had identified shared goals like opening new markets and expanding export opportunities for oil, gas and other resources.“Alberta understood that B.C.’s five conditions were designed to ensure responsible energy production and safe transport to new markets,” Redford said.“Alberta’s firm belief is that meeting those conditions gives projects the social licence to proceed, as well as clear economic benefits for B.C. They also could mitigate the risk of increased shipments through B.C.“It is now clear that B.C. is seeking to negotiate additional benefits.”Redford is expected to comment further after her midday speech to the energy forum, while Clark has announced a media availability at the Vancouver cabinet offices for 11 a.m. read more

ISM corrects US factory index to show solid growth in May orders

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 8:49 am MDT ISM corrects US factory index to show solid growth in May; orders and production jump. WASHINGTON – The Institute for Supply Management has twice corrected its May manufacturing index to show that factories grew at a strong pace last month. The original report said that manufacturers had expanded at a weaker pace.The ISM’s manufacturing index for May now reads 55.4, up from 53.2 in the initial report. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.The corrected figures show that measures of production and orders rose, rather than fell. Production surged to 61 from 55.7 in April. Factories added jobs, according to a gauge of employment, but at a slower pace. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

At G20 Summit Ban says response to terrorism needs to be robust

‹ › But the Secretary-General warned they will not keep the world “under the dangerous 2-degree Celsius threshold.” He said the global community will have to go “much further and faster.” To this end, he underlined four essential elements for success in Paris at the COP21 conference. “First, durability,” he explained. “Paris must send a clear signal to markets that the low-carbon transformation of the global economy is inevitable and beneficial.” “Second, flexibility,” he continued. “The agreement must be able to accommodate changes in the global economy while striking balance between the leadership role of developed countries and the increasing responsibilities of developing countries.” He said the third point is solidarity. “Developed countries must keep their pledge to provide $100 billion a year by 2020 for both adaptation and mitigation,” he stressed, calling, as a fourth point, for credibility through strong monitoring mechanisms. Turning to the refugee crisis, the UN chief said he also counts on G20 leaders for support. “This is not only a crisis of numbers; it is a crisis of global solidarity.” Paying tribute to Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon for hosting four million Syrian refugees, he strongly appealed to European nations coping with mass forced displacement not to reduce development assistance to finance the cost of refugee flows. “Helping people in need should not be a zero sum game,” he stated, further urging G20 leaders to heed the growing global call for a recovery plan for the region, “perhaps akin to the Marshall Plan in scale.” Concluding his remarks, he said reaching a political settlement in Syria should be a top priority. “I welcome the renewed sense of urgency that the International Syria Support Group is bringing to these efforts, and I commend the leadership of U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and others involved in the talks yesterday in Vienna,” he told the press, urging participants to move beyond their differences so they can push further for a nationwide ceasefire, combat terrorism and address key governance and constitutional issues. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Abdullah Gül (left), Former President of Turkey during his official visit to attend the 2015 G20 Summit in Antalya. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcomed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) of Turkey, at the 2015 G-20 Summit in Antalya. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe While the G20 Summit opened today in the Turkish city Antalya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will stress to world leaders that the global response to terrorism needs to be robust, but always within the rule of law and with respect for human rights. “Let me start by reiterating my profound condolences to the people of France following the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night,” Mr. Ban told reporters at a press conference on the margins of the Summit. Warning that terrorism is a threat to all humankind, the UN chief recalled that in the past four days alone, “horrendous” terrorist bombings have also killed dozens of people in Beirut and Baghdad. “We will be discussing terrorism at this Summit,” he noted. “We also need to address the underlying drivers of violent extremism. I will soon present to the Member States of the United Nations a comprehensive Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.” Meanwhile, the Secretary-General pointed out that the Summit is taking place as the global community approaches the end of “what has been a watershed year for international cooperation,” with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Governments will soon meet in Paris to finalize a global climate change agreement,” Mr. Ban highlighted. “One hundred and sixty-one countries representing more than 90 per cent of global emissions have now submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDC. These plans will bend the emissions curve downward, and move us in the right direction.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) of Turkey, in Istanbul. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) of Turkey, in Istanbul. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

EHF CL TOP 16 phase starts in Plock

EHF Champions LeagueWisla Plock The VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase will start today with Orlen Wisla Plock-RK Vardar match in Poland (18.30 hrs).Here are the TOP 12 teams, who will fight to join FC Barcelona Lassa and Paris Saint Germain at quarter-finals:Wisla Plock – RK Vardar SkopjeSaturday:PPD Zagreb – Rhein Neckar Lowen (20.00)Motor Zaporozhye – MVM Veszprem 18 hrsMeshkov Brest – Vive Tauron Kielce (19)Montpellier Handball – SG Flensburg (17.30)Sunday:PICK Szeged – THW Kiel (18.30) ← Previous Story Dmitry Zhitnikov from Plock to Szeged Next Story → Tarabochia saves Wisla against Vardar

England v Ireland What the Boys in Green will learn from tonight

first_imgWhere the rivalry with England standsCall it the remnants of post-colonialism, call it looking over your neighbour’s fence, but the question of whether Ireland could beat England has remained curiously consistent over the last two decades.If Roy Hodgson’s side are not exactly the benchmark, the prospect of giving them a game has always been a decent barometer for the current status of the Irish team. And, over that time, there have been a few points when a peak for Ireland has coincided with an English dip. A meeting around 2001 would have been a proper contest, as would one in 2007 for very different reasons.Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad obviously aren’t at England’s level at the moment but, with all of the circus surrounding Roy Hodgson’s side, they aren’t a chasm away either. ‘A result’ isn’t out of the question. The last time that Ireland were definitively better than England was that infamous game in 1995.It’s also that which game provides some of the context for where the rivalry stands off the pitch. Whatever about violence, will the game at Wembley experience any political chanting? In truth, given how the relationship between the two countries has developed in the last decade, normal circumstances would probably see an exceptionally benign and amicable occasion.The last week in London has seen some wholly abnormal events, though, not least the killing in Woolwich which has given rise to a slight surge in English nationalism. The English Defence League have also talked about some kind of demonstration, while there has been a furore about the FA explicitly asking fans to not song ‘No Surrender’ – in contrast to every other home game.The pity, of course, would be for the actions of a minority to overshadow the enjoyment of the vast majority. Because, as Robbie Keane referenced yesterday, it’s difficult to see anything other than a good-natured rivalry at present.How the new era is coming alongFor all of the never-ending issues around the English national team, their baseline of quality remains one of the best in the game. While they still frustratingly lack that capacity to impact beyond the last-eight of a tournament, the ability to regularly get to that kind of stage is naturally under-appreciated. Call it Tim Henman syndrome.As such, they will provide a firm test for how far/fast Trapattoni’s new team has developed. The game away to Sweden offered encouragement before Austria represented a slight regression. Given the greater emphasis on passing with the likes of James McCarthy in the centre, integration is perhaps going to take a little more understanding and patience. Although it is easier and quicker for a manager to just place a pragmatic framework on a team – as we’ve seen from Stoke — it is much better and more productive in the long-term to develop technique and a progressive game. A team will always be less bound to their limits and thereby possess so much more potential. How much Ireland actually take the game to England and get on the ball tonight will be telling.Pic: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesThe match will also be interesting in that sense, however, because of Roy Hodgson’s own aversion to possession football. In Euro 2012, it could even have been said that England were merely a higher-quality version of Trapattoni’s Ireland. If Ireland actually use that to develop possession against a superior side, it will represent significant evolution.SnapshotsWith Wigan Athletic relegated and Roberto Martinez departed, the sought-after James McCarthy is keen for a transfer that keeps him in the Premier League. An influential performance against some of England’s better midfielders might initiate things.odd as it is to say it, a fully matured star like Wayne Rooney is in a similar position. After an inconsistent campaign and Manchester United’s indifference to actually keeping him, the forward could do with putting in the kind of commanding display that has been missing all season.the Irish defence has understandably looked much more open than when the Richard Dunne-led backline was at its peak, while Daniel Sturridge has appeared increasingly fluid and dangerous for Liverpool of late. That mobility will provide a stern test for whether the new defence can stick together. Ireland’s Owen Garvan signs new deal with promoted PalaceLampard: Cole captaincy against Ireland is deservedlast_img read more