ICC Champions Trophy: Asian teams rule the roost in far away England

first_imgFor the second time in an ICC tournament, three teams from the sub-continent will feature in the semi-finals. Defending champions India will be joined by Bangladesh and the winners of the match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the last-four stage of the ICC Champions Trophy in England.India’s easy win over South Africa on Sunday saw them go through to the semis after Bangladesh advanced thanks to Australia’s loss against hosts England in a rain-truncated match in Birmingham on Saturday.Sri Lanka and Pakistan will battle it out for the last semi-final spot at Cardiff on Monday. The winner of this crucial match will face England next at Cardiff two days later, while India and Bangladesh are almost but certain to play the second semi-final in Birmingham on June 15.It has been a remarkable journey for Bangladesh in this short but highly-competitive tournament. The Champions Trophy being held in England for the second successive year after 2013 meant that the eight participating teams had to worry about rain being the additional factor here.One loss can spell doom for any side in this tournament but Mashrafe Mortaza’s boys have gone through to the last-four despite one win, one loss and one washout from their three league matches. Such are the rules of the ICC and the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method when rain comes into the play.Group A was the worst-hit due to the English weather and Bangladesh made the most of it by stunning New Zealand at Cardiff in their final group match. They had until then collected just one point from the last two matches owing to a loss against England and a washout against Australia.advertisementThe Aussies were the unluckiest team this year with two of their games getting wiped out by rain – first against New Zealand and then against Bangladesh.They were in a tight spot in their opening clash against the Black Caps, chasing 235 they were reduced to 53/3, before the heavens opened up and no further play was possible. Rain again played spoilsport when they were chasing 183 against Bangladesh and were just 100 runs short of the target when the match got abandoned.Steve Smith and his batters could have taken a risk early on and aimed to get to the below-par target in less than 20 overs but they chose the safer option and at 83/1 in 16 overs, even though they were ahead of the D/L par score at that stage, the match fell short by just four overs hence, a result wasn’t possible.A 40-run loss against England after that meant that the world champions had to pack their bags and go home with no wins and one completed match, giving the Tigers an improbably shot at the title.On the other hand in Group B, all four teams were tied on two points each after two games with India topping the table thanks to their superior net run rate. The India vs South Africa clash, which was billed as a blockbuster, turned out to be a highly disappointing affair as the Proteas crumbled under pressure and conceded an 8-wicket victory against Virat Kohli’s team, thus, confirming India as the table toppers from the group.Sri Lanka and Pakistan both registered impressive wins over India and South Africa respectively to keep their hopes alive in the tournament after losing their opening matches.The islanders will now have to win by over 294 runs to topple India from the top spot while Pakistan will have to win by over 267 runs which is highly unlikely in ODI cricket. Their sole aim at this point in time would be to win at all cost and qualify for the semis.last_img read more

India the real deal now, can combat in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand: Allan Border

first_imgLions at home, lambs abroad? Well that is not the case anymore with the Indian cricket team as they now have a group of quality fast bowlers which makes Virat Kohli and his men “the real deal now” in world cricket, feels Australian legend Allan Border.India Sunday retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a comprehensive 137-run win in the third Test at the MCG on Sunday, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.”They’re the real deal now, they’re the No. 1 team. They’ve been a great side to watch and they deserve this win,” Border told foxsports.com.au.”They’ve had their struggles away from home, but they’re starting to improve because they’ve had some good fast bowling.”Now they can combat Australia, South Africa and New Zealand countries that produce those fast, bouncy, seaming wickets. They used to struggle on those, but they don’t struggle on those now.”Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as the best bowler in world cricket now with 48 wickets in his debut Test season. He is part of a lethal pace trio involving the veteran Ishant Sharma and the wily Mohammed Shami.The trio have collectively taken 134 away wickets (Bumrah 48, Ishant 40 and Shami 46) in a single calender year, eclipsing the 34-year-old record that stood in the name of the fearsome West Indies trio of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner (130 wickets in away tours in 1984).Border heaped praise on India’s pace unit, saying: “It’s as a good an Indian bowling attack as I’ve ever seen.advertisement”They’ve had some fantastic individual bowlers over the years, particularly famous for their spin, going back to when I first started with Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar.”Now they’ve settled on a fantastic fast bowling group, plus they’ve got a couple in the wings that are pretty handy, plus they’ve got a couple of good spinners and their batting is very, very good,” Border said.Also Read | This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restAlso Read | Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph

first_imgSome of the other nations have a lot of work to do. Probably the biggest disappointment for me at this World Cup was Argentina, with Diego Maradona and his grotesque gestures just about summing it up. What a waste of talent this team represents. But the word “team” is the wrong one to employ here, that’s the problem. This is a country that has always produced top-class footballers but this World Cup just underlined that they are at the end of a cycle and they need to start over. So many good players but no team – I was very disappointed by them.I was saddened, too, that no African team managed to get past the first round. Sure, there were glimpses that could provide optimism – Nigeria weren’t far from the second round, Senegal shone at times and Morocco didn’t have much luck on their side. But, and I’m putting my Ghana hat on here, we really need to work out a way to get better results at the World Cup. Share on LinkedIn Read more Marcel Desailly (@marceldesailly)Je t’aime ❤️Didier ! ⭐️⭐️🇫🇷🔥 pic.twitter.com/o6yUU1kBIBJuly 16, 2018 Play Video 0:53 Before the tournament began, many wondered how it would be in Russia. There were security fears after the frightening images and incidents at Euro 2016 involving Russian hooligans. But I have to say that the Russians organised a great tournament. People were very open, very welcoming and I felt there was a genuine curiosity as the country opened its doors to so many foreigners coming to support their teams. The enthusiasm was a really welcome surprise for all of us who were discovering the country.Let me finish by coming back to the celebrations that followed the French victory. Any team that wins a competition will celebrate, of course, there’s nothing more normal. But the scenes we witnessed over the past couple of days underlined the great atmosphere in the French camp and it gives us a timely reminder of the importance of team spirit. England went further than expected with their best performance in years and we all saw how Gareth Southgate had created something special in the England camp. The opposite to what was going on with the Argentinians. It’s much easier to fight for your teammates when you get on well with them, when there is harmony in the squad. Mes amis, it was a long night. World champions, a second star on the jersey and, naturellement, the celebrations were long and loud and joyful. I found myself in the changing room with the players after the game and the air was thick with laughter and song and then a certain dizziness, too, as the result began to sink in. I embraced my old friend Didier Deschamps, still soaked to the skin from the rain-drenched trophy ceremony. He was in a state of euphoria – he had done it!By leading Les Bleus to a second triumph, 20 years after being our captain when we won the World Cup in France, Didier became only the third man to have won the competition as both player and manager. He’s in rare company, alongside Mário Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer, but when he was reminded of the fact he just shrugged, smiled and said those two were far better players than he ever was. Typical Didier, that. Deflecting the praise, trying not to take himself too seriously. Humble. French team celebrate World Cup win with Paris victory parade Topics There has never been an African team in the semi-finals and we need to ask the right questions to help put that right. Maybe the qualifying system needs an overhaul? Perhaps we should adopt a South America style of qualifying? One thing’s for sure – Africa needs to have its best teams at the World Cup. There is a meeting in Rabat this week to discuss the state of African football and I hope something positive comes out of these talks.Another thing that struck me at this World Cup was just how difficult it proved for individuals to shine. Sure, we had a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick and an amazing Lionel Messi goal but globally it wasn’t a World Cup for individuals. Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Luis Suárez, Robert Lewandowski all struggled to shine. This was a tournament where teams proved stronger than individuals, which is why Luka Modric deserved the prize of best player at the tournament. He was immense at this World Cup and is a real team player, of course. Modric brings out the best in others, creates space for his teammates and performed at a consistently high level throughout. Read more Read more For these young players, being world champions will take a bit of time to really sink in. Little by little they will realise what they have achieved and the significance of it all. They got a glimpse of what it means to people on Monday when they paraded along the Champs Élysées in front of hundreds of thousands of partying supporters. They are world champions for life.In England many of you can name the World Cup-winning team of 1966, despite it being such a long time ago and the fact most of you probably weren’t even born. In France, nobody has forgotten the names of the 22 players who won our first World Cup and several of us were lucky enough to be in Moscow to see first-hand this new group add their names to history. For the likes of Laurent Blanc, Lilian Thuram, Didier and me the World Cup was a kind of consecration – we had already won lots of trophies with our clubs and were experienced players. It’s different for this France team. For many of these youngsters the World Cup is almost the first thing they’ve won! Which makes me think France are looking good for the next few years.When we won in 1998 it gave us tremendous belief and we became a much better team afterwards – think back to how we dominated England a year later at Wembley with a couple of goals from Nicolas Anelka. Remember Euro 2000, when we played much more attacking football than two years earlier. No wonder Didier will stay on as France manager – he can sense the potential he has at hand. Many of these players will be even better in two or four years’ time. Didier left talent such as Alexandre Lacazette, Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial at home but they are still young and we have plenty of other players coming through – Clément Lenglet just joined Barcelona from Sevilla and is a fine defender. The future is really bright for France. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter French players invade Didier Deschamps’s press conference – video comment World Cup 2018 Share via Email Share on WhatsApp World Cup The World Cup colour chart – a photographic journey But this triumph for French football is very much his. Didier has crafted a team and a spirit, very much in the way Aimé Jacquet did with us in 1998. Just like 20 years ago, when Aimé decided to do without Eric Cantona and David Ginola, so Didier opted to leave out Karim Benzema, arguably France’s most talented No 9. Just like 20 years ago, critics complained about the style of play and a lack of French flair but, just like Aimé, Didier’s mindset is all about results. It’s all about winning and Didier set up his teams accordingly.The players threw Didier into the air after the game and later stormed his press conference, throwing water over everybody and chanting their manager’s name. But it wasn’t just water they poured over him, it was praise, too, and you could see they knew how much they owed him. It was touching. David Squires on … France’s World Cup win and a final look at Russia 2018 Share on Facebook Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. France Reuse this content Share on Messenger After the final in Moscow we were treated to some great scenes. The France players sang with us in the changing room, danced around the French president and filmed each other non-stop in general hilarity. Of course we partied 20 years ago after our triumph but you can see the difference with this generation. Whereas we were sometimes still shy in front of the media, in front of the cameras, this generation has grown up with social media.Most of them film each other all the time and are totally at ease in front of a camera. Their attitude is refreshing and the way they spoke, too. Fun and laughter, of course, but respect, too. Respect for each other, for their coaches and for the country that unites them – some powerful words were pronounced.Welcomed back to France by President Macron at the Élysée Palace, the players gathered round the presidential couple for a group photo and Olivier Giroud launched the singing of our national anthem, la Marseillaise belted out by the players at the top of their voices.Later, in the Élysée gardens, hundreds of kids from the local teams the France players started out at were treated to a rousing speech from President Macron, who reminded the players to never forget where they came from. Paul Pogba took the microphone and soon everybody was singing the N’Golo Kanté song. It was the beginning of another long night.last_img read more

‘Nine surgeries, 20 concussions’: Rob Gronkowski reflects on toll of NFL career

first_imgHe finished his career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns and was one of the most dominant receivers in the game when he was fully fit. He was also known for his colorful personality on and off the field.Last month Gronkowski reflected on the hours after Super Bowl LIII – the final game of his career – saying he was in bed in tears after playing a vital role in the Patriots’ 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.He couldn’t enjoy it because of the pain.Gronkowski was hit in the quadriceps during the game, leaving him with the deepest bruise he had ever had in his life. He spent weeks unable to walk properly, sleeping just 20 minutes per night.His mood was volatile – one moment, he’d be feeling fine, as if he overcame the discomfort. The next moment, he’d be aching, unable to even sit down without focusing on the pain. Over the next month, he had to drain a liter of blood from his thigh.That’s when he knew it was time to retire.“I was like all right. This is a sign,” he told the Associated Press in August. “I was saying to my friends that this is a goodbye present from the NFL.” Rob Gronkowski played the goofball but few can doubt his greatness NFL CBS News (@CBSNews).@RobGronkowski told CBSN’s @reenaninan that he’d let his son play football ––only after educating him about what he went through in the game. He said he had about “nine surgeries, probably had 20 concussions” playing football. https://t.co/CYw25maOgo pic.twitter.com/dltWn6Y4k2September 12, 2019 “I truly believe that any injury that you receive is fixable,” Gronkowski said. “I went through it. I had nine surgeries, probably had like 20 concussions in my life, no lie. I remember five blackout ones.”Gronkowski, a three-time Super Bowl champion, established himself as one of the most dominant tight ends in NFL history and was named to the All-Pro first team on four occasions. But he was dogged in his final seasons by back, knee, ankle and arm injuries that limited his ability to stay on the field. Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who announced his retirement in March, said in an interview that he absorbed about 20 concussions in a lifetime on the gridiron.Gronkowski, 30, told CBS News correspondent Reena Ninan that he would only allow a future son to play football after educating him about the suffering he endured during nearly a decade in the trenches. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Read more US sports Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp New England Patriots Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Maersk Rolls Out Shares Plan for Its Top Brass

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Danish A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S has decided to establish a restricted shares plan for the members of its Executive Board in addition to the stock option plan established in 2017.Under the plan, Maersk wants to connect the board members’ compensation to the long-term interests of the shareholders and the company’s performance by linking a higher proportion of their annual pay to Maersk’s share price development.In addition, the group believes the plan would help retain the board members within Maersk.The group said its board of directors would decide on granting the shares on annual basis, normally on or around  April 1.“The restricted shares will be granted free of charge to the executive board member and upon vesting the member will receive one B share in A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S of nominally DKK 1,000 for each vested restricted share. The restricted shares will vest five years after the main grant date in the year of the grant,” Maersk detailed in an announcement.The theoretical market value of the restricted shares is based on the 5-day volume weighted average of Maersk’s B shares in the 5 trading days immediately following the publication of the annual report. In 2018, this value is DKK 10,476, the group said.The value of the restricted share will not exceed 25 pct of the respective board member’s annual fixed base salary. Based on the theoretical market value, approximately 1,002 restricted shares in total are expected to be granted to the executive board members in 2018, Maersk added.The plan is being launched on the back of Maersk group’s transformation from a conglomerate to an integrated global container logistics company, which is expected to take between three to five yearsFor the transformation to be completed, Maersk is yet to finalize the separation of its energy business, as structural solutions are still being sought for Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service. Maersk believes that these will be defined before the end of 2018.last_img read more

I try not to get affected by criticism Rahane

first_imgNorth Sound: India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who withstood intense pressure to score match-winning knocks in the first Test against the West Indies, said he made a conscious effort to ignore criticism directed at him for not reaching three figures in the last two years. Coming into the Test series, Rahane’s form was a subject of widespread debate but he silenced his critics with scores of 81 and 102 in India’s 318-run win over the West Indies here on Sunday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I try not to get affected by criticism as it is unwanted and I can’t control it. You are always happy when you make a hundred,” Rahane told fellow Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma in a chat aired on ‘bcci.tv’. “It was satisfying as I had to grind a lot. Needed to put the team in a good position before getting to the hundred,” he added. Despite the dip in his performance, the Indian team management persisted with Rahane and it paid off. Skipper Virat Kohli has also backed him to do well for the team and persistently defended the batsman’s credentials in the face of questions over his form. The second and final Test between the two sides begins in Jamaica on Friday. The series is part of the inaugural World Test Championships, in which India are currently on top in the points table.last_img read more

Vancouver officer apologizes for kissing girl woman at sentencing hearing

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – A former Vancouver police detective publicly apologized for kissing and betraying the trust of a teenage girl and a 21-year-old woman at his sentencing hearing on Friday.James Fisher told provincial court he is “embarrassed and ashamed” as he apologized to the two young women, the Vancouver Police Department and the Crown.The teenager was 17 when he kissed her on three occasions for up to 10 minutes. Fisher said he regretted causing her to lose her faith in police.“I know that she trusted me and for the rest of my life I’ll regret that breach of trust,” he said. “I offer no excuses or justification. It was wrong and I want to publicly apologize to both of them.”Fisher has pleaded guilty to three charges, including breach of trust and sexual exploitation for kissing the teenager, and breach of trust for kissing the young woman.Before his arrest and subsequent retirement, Fisher was a 29-year veteran of the force and a member of a team that investigates prostitution, criminal exploitation and child sex abuse.The sexual exploitation charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 days in jail.The Crown recommended Fisher serve 18 to 20 months of jail time, followed by probation, while the defence asked that Fisher serve his mandatory minimum sentence on weekends and be given conditional sentences for the other two charges.The girl who was 17 when Fisher kissed her said in a victim impact statement that the officer’s actions caused her to relapse with a drug addiction and drop out of school.“Those memories are still some of the most painful ones of my life,” she said in a video played for the court. “It feels like the ultimate breach of trust from someone when I was most vulnerable.”The court heard recorded conversations in which Fisher admitted kissing both complainants.The teenage girl complained to Vancouver police in the spring of 2016 and the department initiated an investigation. She agreed to allow police to record her phone calls.In the summer of 2016, Fisher learned that a false rumour was circulating in the department that he’d had sex with the girl, Crown lawyer Amanda Starno told court.Fisher asked his friend in the department to interview the girl — a plan investigators thought was questionable, but one they approved in order to record the conversation, court heard.He called the girl, then 18, just before his friend was scheduled to interview her. His voice shook and he breathed heavily during the phone call, which was played for the court.Fisher urged her to tell the officer that she either didn’t remember saying they’d had sex, or that she’d said it while she was high, and that intercourse never happened either way.She agreed not to say anything that would get him in trouble. But she told him she was hurt by the kissing and “it didn’t seem right that a police officer was making out with me.”“I never, ever meant to hurt you,” Fisher replied. “I thought that it was mutual, and when I did see it wasn’t, I stopped. … I’m sorry.”Defence lawyer William Smart said Fisher called the girl at her request and by telling her to say she was high or didn’t remember falsely saying they’d had sex, he was counselling her to tell the truth.Smart provided 11 letters to the judge about Fisher’s character, including one written by his daughter, who was in the courtroom. His former Vancouver police colleagues wrote that he was highly respected and hard-working, often working through the night and neglecting his home life.The defence lawyer also disputed the Crown’s assertion that his client misled police in a stabbing investigation involving the 21-year-old woman he kissed.The Crown said the woman told Fisher she had stabbed someone, but he misled the investigating officer by providing an outdated phone number for the woman and describing her as a witness.But Smart said Fisher thought at the time the woman was only a witness. She told him later that she had carried out the stabbing, but he believed she was covering for someone, Smart said.Police ultimately granted her immunity for the crime and she agreed to help with their investigation into Fisher in the fall of 2016. She recorded her conversation with Fisher in a coffee shop.In the recording, Fisher assured her he had said nothing about her involvement in the stabbing and repeatedly asked her not to tell him anything more.The woman said she “opened up” to him the last time they spoke and she was shocked when he kissed her. It left her feeling shaken, she told him.“I trusted you. … Why did you kiss me?” the woman asked. “I looked up to you like a father.”“I shouldn’t have done that. I apologize for that,” Fisher responded.The woman said in her victim impact statement that she used to joke about Fisher walking her down the aisle someday. But the kissing transformed her from a happy, upbeat person to a negative, depressed drug addict, she said.“My life went downhill fast.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy Launches Letter Writing Contest

first_imgThe Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy today announces a national letter writing contest, highlighting the beneficial connection between reading and writing abilities.The “Devotedly, Dad” contest is open to America’s dads and granddads to encourage a love of literacy in their own families. Two winners from each state will be selected and receive a copy of All the Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings, personally signed by President George H.W. Bush, plus a pair of his favorite and fun First Family socks.“The art of letter writing certainly hasn’t been lost on my dad. For decades, he has been a prolific writer, penning notes, letters and emails to his colleagues, friends and family,” said Jeb Bush, Foundation co-chair. “Of course, the personal letters written to my brothers, sister and me happen to be my favorite…always signed…Devotedly, Dad”Be sure to view the letter contest video from Jeb Bush here.The contest coincides with the release of President George H.W. Bush ’s new edition of All the Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings, which includes 100 additional pages of photos, diary entries and letters.Contest Rules: • Original letters (maximum word count 800) should be written by fathers or grandfathers to a child or grandchild of any age. Write from the heart, head or funny bone about the importance of literacy and learning – simply sign it “Devotedly, Dad” • Submit letter online here. They’re looking for letters from across America; they’ll randomly select two letters per state. • Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., April 12, 2013 • Winners will be notified through email. Select letters will be posted on Father’s Day, June 16, 2013 at www.BarbaraBushFoundation.com.The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was established in 1989 by former First Lady Barbara Bush. The Foundation supports the growth of family literacy programs across the country, having invested more than $50 million across all 50 states. As a public charity committed to 100% literacy, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of programs that allow parents and children to learn together. For more information about family literacy visit the Foundation’s web site at www.barbarabushfoundation.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Iran says tanker its oil pursed by US sold to unnamed buyer

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian government spokesman says an oil tanker pursued by the U.S. has been sold to an unnamed buyer, along with its 2.1 million barrels of crude oil.Ali Rabiei made the announcement at news conference on Monday in Tehran. He says the ship’s buyer will decide on the tanker’s ultimate destination.The Adrian Darya, previously known as the Grace 1, was held for weeks off Gibraltar after being seized by authorities there on suspicion of violating EU sanctions on Syria.The U.S. has a warrant in federal court to seize the ship and has been warning nations not to accept it.The ship had put its destination as Turkey, but later removed it. It’s still in the Mediterranean Sea heading east.Its cargo is worth some $130 million.The Associated Press

IMF urges Canada to resist pressure stay course on mortgage stress test

Canada should hold off on changes to make homebuying more affordable but should speed up efforts to reduce trade barriers within its borders, advises the International Monetary Fund.The organization calls for policies that focus on ensuring a sound financial system, enhanced co-operation between federal and provincial governments and structural reforms that target productivity growth in a wide-ranging report by staff following an official visit to Canada.“The Canadian Free Trade Agreement signed in 2017 provides a platform for co-operation in reducing internal trade barriers, but several problematic aspects need to be resolved,” the report released Tuesday notes, calling for clear targets to cut exemptions and reconcile regulatory regimes. Scrapping mortgage rules would boost Canadian home prices by about $32,000, TD says Mortgage stress test is keeping Toronto home buyers on sidelines, says real estate board Don’t kill the mortgage stress test — modify it: CIBC’s Benjamin Tal “The potential gains are sizable and could increase real GDP by almost four per cent — a much larger gain than expected from recently signed international trade agreements.”Real gross domestic product growth is projected to decline to 1.5 per cent in 2019, the IMF says, but is expected to pick up again in 2020 as the economy recovers from last year’s slowdown in oil-related activity.Over the medium term, low productivity growth and population aging will limit potential growth to around 1.7 per cent, it says.The forecast for 2019 matches Bank of Montreal’s forecast from last month. Statistics Canada said the growth rate in 2018 was 1.8 per cent.The IMF report comes on the heels of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s pledge last week to rework the Liberal’s mortgage stress test to make home-buying more affordable for Canadians if he forms government.The IMF, however, says it would be “ill-advised” to stimulate activity in the housing sector, suggesting Canada aim instead for a gradual slowdown in overheated real estate markets to reduce risk to the economy.“The government is under pressure to ease macroprudential policy or introduce new initiatives that buttress housing activity,” said the IMF in its report.“This would be ill-advised, as household debt remains high and a gradual slowdown in the housing market is desirable to reduce vulnerabilities.”The tightened mortgage rules, brought in by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, mandated that would-be borrowers undergo a stress test to determine whether they could still make payments if faced with higher interest rates or less income.In a report last month that calls for a rethinking of the mortgage stress test, CIBC economist Benjamin Tal estimated the measure accounted for more than half of a $25-billion or eight per cent drop in new mortgages started last year. read more

Government contractors could refuse LGBT workers under new US religious exemption

By Kate RyanNEW YORK, Aug 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – U.S. businesses with federal government contracts would be allowed not to hire LGBT+ candidates on religious grounds under a proposed rule announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.The policy change would state that government contractors, including universities, hospitals and corporations, can claim religious exemptions in employment decisions if they can produce evidence of “religious purpose” in their organization.The policy, overseen by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) which sets anti-discrimination rules for businesses working with the government, would weaken an LGBT+ nondiscrimination order by former U.S. President Barack Obama.“Today’s proposed rule helps to ensure the civil rights of religious employers are protected,” said acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella in a statement.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“As people of faith with deeply held religious beliefs are making decisions on whether to participate in federal contracting, they deserve clear understanding of their obligations and protections under the law.”About one in four workers is employed by a government contractor, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).Opponents expressed concern that the rule amounted to tax-funded discrimination against vulnerable populations, including single mothers and LGBT+ Americans.They also criticized a potentially loose interpretation of what constitutes a religious contractor, saying that was both deliberate and dangerous.Government contractors would be able to site evidence of religious purpose through founding documents, articles of incorporation or other means under the new policy.“This proposal guts the executive order without having to take the step of removing it,” Ian Thompson, a senior legislative representative for the ACLU told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“This is about religiously motivated discrimination.”With no federal protections and inconsistent state policies on LGBT+ workers, workplace discrimination against that population has undergone fierce debate in the United States in recent years.The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in October about whether LGBT+ employees of private business are protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin or religious affiliation.President Donald Trump’s administration has argued that protections based on sex do not extend to LGBT+ people.The proposed rule draws on Supreme Court rulings favoring employers or businesses on religious freedom grounds, including one in which a baker refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.Thompson likened the administration’s latest proposal to an ongoing assault on the LGBT+ community.The Department of Labor held that religious exemptions had long been included in OFCCP’s regulations.“The proposed regulation merely clarifies the regulation’s definition of ‘religion’ and related terms to confirm that ‘religion’ includes not merely belief, but also “all aspects of religious observance and practice,” it said in an email.(Reporting by Kate Ryan, Editing by Chris Michaud read more

Barcelona natives full force on field hockey team

The No. 6-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (11-3, 3-1) is riding a five-game winning streak and is poised to make a run at the Big Ten championship. One of the reasons for the Buckeyes’ recent success is the key performances of sophomore forward Berta Queralt and freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque. Queralt has scored six goals and Pastor-Pitarque has added three goals during the current winning streak. The two are from Barcelona, Spain, and have been playing together long before they teamed up at OSU. “We’ve played together for the last seven years, since I was 13 and she was 12,” Pastor-Pitarque said. The two first played on the same national team before Pastor-Pitarque decided to join Queralt on the same club team. The highlight of the pair’s Spanish careers was when they beat Germany for the bronze medal in the Under-21 European Field Hockey Championship. “We beat Germany in overtime and I’ve never beat Germany before,” Queralt said. After knowing each other for so long, the duo developed a solid chemistry both on and off the field. As a freshman in 2009, Queralt led OSU’s team in scoring with 46 points and started in every game. This year, Pastor-Pitarque came to OSU because she wanted to study abroad and continue her field hockey career. Knowing the transition from Spain would be hard, Pastor-Pitarque felt more comfortable with her decision because Queralt was already on the team. “We are really used to each other and it helps us on the field,” Queralt said. Pastor-Pitarque added, “We have played for the same coaches for so long, so we’ve been taught the same things.” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson has noticed the special bond between the two forwards. “They have a sixth sense for each other as far as where they are on the field,” Wilkinson said. OSU looks to continue its winning streak playing Michigan (10-5, 4-0) as 3 p.m. Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Irish government deliberately didnt issue warning about Thalidomide

first_imgA NEW INVESTIGATION has found that the Irish government deliberately didn’t issue a public warning about the dangers of Thalidomide because it believed such a move would be ‘undesirable’.Documents revealed by RTE’s Prime Time tonight show that the Irish government instead issued an ineffective recall of the drug after it had already been fully withdrawn for sale in the UK and Germany over its devastating side effects.The programme also revealed that former Attorney General John Rogers has agreed to act as mediator in an action by survivors against the Irish State.Thalidomide was sold to pregnant women as a cure for morning sickness in the 1950s and early 1960s but was found to cause severe physical disabilities in infants born to mothers who had taken the drug. The manufacturers of the drug apologised to victims in September 2012, but said that there was no way that the consequences could have been detected before the drug was put on the market.Irish survivors say they believe that up to nine people were subjected to the drug because the Irish government did not fully withdraw it from the market in November 1961.RTE’s Prime Time found a briefing note given to the then-Tánaiste Brendan Corish in February 1974 about how the Thalidomide issue had unfolded 12 years previously and how the Government had responded.The document shows that the Government decided not to make a public announcement about the dangers of the drug but instead left it up to chemists and medical officers to withdraw it from shelves.The note says that Thalidomide, which was first sold in Ireland in 1959, came under suspicion in 1961. When UK and German manufacturers suspended distribution in winter 1961, Irish distributors followed suit, asking chemists, wholesalers and doctors to return any stock of the drug they had.A Department of Health conference in June 1962 noted that there as “no definite evidence in this country of a connection between Thalidomide and the occurrence of defects in infants”. Nonetheless, it accepted that “the drug was so suspect that precautions were necessary”.Six months after the drug was supposed to have been withdrawn, the Department said that any supplies which had already reached domestic stocks presented a special problem “which could be tackled only by public announcements”.The note states: “This step was regarded as undesirable and it was thought that, even if it were taken, it would prove largely ineffective”.Instead, a circular was issued to Chief Medical Officers asking them to look after returning unused stocks.Thalidomide survivors’ groups say the ineffective recall meant some women continued to take the drug.A total of 20 of the 32 Irish Thalidomide survivors are currently engaged in legal action against the State, with mediation discussions due to get underway in the new year.Read: Thalidomide survivors call for proper compensation > Read: Thalidomide makers issue first ever apology to victims >last_img read more

Coalition leaders seek troika compromise

first_imgIn preparation for the return of the troika to Athens, scheduled for December 2, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Premier Evangelos Venizelos met  to discuss the remaining reforms Greece has to carry out to meet its lenders’ demands but a deal still seems some distance away.Venizelos told Samaras that PASOK would not accept changes to the restrictions on mass dismissals and the lifting of a moratorium on home foreclosures. Although Venizelos told journalists after the meeting that the differences with the troika are close to being bridged, it is thought that the arrival of officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund might be delayed.Greece is hoping that its willingness to compromise on other issues will mean further holdups are avoided. One such example is the fate of Hellenic Defense Systems (EAS), with Samaras and Venizelos agreeing that the state-run firm should be downsized. This will lead to 700 out of some 1,000 employees losing their jobs. The government, however, would like EAS to continue to operate for another 18 months at least with a focus on exporting its products.The 700 firings will count toward the 2,000 more civil servants the government has to dismiss by the end of the year. Another 500 are to come from bureaucrats who are leaving for health reasons, 300 from civil servants who are found guilty of committing offenses and 150 from the closure of the Greek National Road Fund (TEO).The remaining redundancies will derive from the merger or closure of a number of public bodies.The government has also been dogged by the ongoing strike by university administrative staff, which has led to Athens University and the National Technical University of Athens being closed for the last 12 weeks. Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos is due to meet on Wednesday with representatives of the administrative staff, who are protesting their inclusion in a public sector labor mobility scheme.The meeting will take place amid speculation that the minister is set to soften his targets for the number of university staff that will have to be placed in a labor pool. Kathimerini understands that 100 employees, rather than the previously planned 500, will leave Athens University under the minister’s new proposals.Samaras also met on Tuesday with European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who said talks on debt relief should be held if Greece achieves a primary surplus and backed Greek calls for the issue to be resolved before European Parliament elections due in May.Once Eurostat has established that there is a primary surplus, “then we will stick to our promises,” Schulz said, referring to an agreement in November last year between Greece’s creditors. “If we have signs of growth, we should act quickly, as we did in the case of rescuing [Greece],” Schulz said.He also called for troika envoys to Greece to be more “democratically accountable.”Samaras, for his part, expressed his belief that the first signs of recovery in Greece will appear during the country’s six-month presidency of the European Union, which begins on January 1.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The day Mourinho felt betrayed by Sir Alex Ferguson

first_imgA revealing book by Spanish journalist Diego Torres, tells the story of the day when Jose Mourinho felt betrayed by Sir Alex Ferguson.We are already going on five years since Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire, since then we have heard about many stories but we hadn’t read about the one involving Jose Mourinho and the Scotsman’s final days as a manager.In a more recent article, we shared David Moyes side of the story as he revealed that he was one of the first people who heard about Sir Alex’s decision to end his career with the Red Devils.But in the latest book by the name of ‘Prepare to Lose: the Mourinho Era’, Spanish journalist Diego Torres gives us another perspective of the final days in which Sir Alex Ferguson shared his secret with a select group of people about his retirement.The decision to leave David Moyes as the new Red Devils’ boss, brought a terrible wound between Ferguson and Jose Mourinho’s relationship because the Portuguese manager truly believed that he would be the next man to take on the job at Manchester United.Turns out that the Portuguese manager was under the impression that Ferguson wanted him to succeed him on the Red Devils, but the Scottish boss had other plans and Jose wasn’t even on the loop.Jose Mourinho reveals SECRET Sir Alex Ferguson told him that left him SCARED for a MONTH https://t.co/NFejS66NN8 pic.twitter.com/CxSCShZdPt— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) November 20, 2018The key period of time when it all went down was during the month of May, which was exactly when Ferguson had that meeting with Moyes and revealed that he would be the one to follow his legacy.The Portuguese manager was following all the news from Madrid when he was still the Spanish club’s manager and was completely devastated when he realized that Ferguson picked the Everton boss instead of him.“Mourinho thought that Ferguson was, besides his ally, also his friend and godfather,” Torres wrote on his book via Express.“He was convinced that they were tied by a relationship of genuine trust. He thought that his fabulous collection of titles constituted an ‘endorsement’ unreachable to any other contenders.”“When he knew that Ferguson had chosen Moyes, the Everton coach, he was struck by a terrible disbelief.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“These were the most unfortunate hours of Mourinho’s phase as Real Madrid coach. He endured them between dozing and waking, glued to his mobile phone in search of clarifications, on the night of the 7th and the morning of the 8th of May, tucked into the Sheraton Mirasierra hotel,” he added.https://t.co/9JBGTHhKjQ— Roopz @ roops (@roopzzzzzzz) November 21, 2018Looking at the final months of Jose Mourinho as the Real Madrid manager, there was a certain behavior that we could pick up from the Portuguese manager which suggested that he knew what his next destination would be.Not too long after Ferguson decided to make his announcement, Mourinho was also announced by Chelsea but these new revelations tell us that things didn’t really go the way that Jose was planning them all along.Years after this incident, Mourinho is already the Manchester United manager and the relationship has been restored between the two men.But there was absolutely a time when Jose didn’t even want to hear Sir Alex Ferguson’s name, especially when he also found out that Pep Guardiola had been offered the position at Manchester United exactly a year before the Scotsman decided to retire.There are even statements that Sir Bobby Charlton made to The Guardian in December of 2013, where he stated that Ferguson didn’t even like Mourinho that much in the first place. Things have changed quite a bit since then, haven’t they?Of all managers to have taken charge of 300 or more @premierleague games only Sir Alex Ferguson has a better win percentage than Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/O4hOoZpYKb— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 11, 2018Why do you think Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t choose Mourinho as his successor at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Hamsik thanks Napoli fans after China move

first_imgMarek Hamsik has penned down an emotional open letter to Napoli fans after joining Dalian Yifang stating “I’ll love this city forever.”Napoli confirmed on Thursday that Hamsik was on his way to Dalian Yifang, and the midfielder did not hold his emotions back in a long Instagram post cited on Football Italia.Hamsik joined the Naples side in 2017, where scored 121 goals in 520 games for the Serie A side. He went on to win the Coppa Italia twice.He is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and record appearance holder.“I have to apologize to you” Azzurri fans, “began the departing Partenopei captain.“I wanted, hoped and dreamed of saying goodbye to you. A big lap around the field, embraced by your applause.“You’re always supported and loved me unconditionally, in both I’ll always be grateful.“I’ve tattooed Naples on my skin, as well as our first victory in the Italian Cup after 25 years. It’s impossible to forget that game.“It’s impossible to forget that moment when I beat Bruscolotti’s record or when I broke the Azzurri’s record goal, Diego Armando Maradona.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“That makes me extremely proud. Here in Naples, my three children were born, Neapolitans in every way.“I’d like to thank everyone: the President who gave me the possibility of staying here for 12 years and accepting my willingness to try a new experience; all the Coaches who trained me, to whom I owe my growth as a player and as a man; all the medical and technical staff and everyone else at SSC Naples; my friends who I’ll miss, but I know they’ll never leave me because they’re part of my family.“As soon as it’s possible, I hope you’ll be one of the best at the San Paolo.“I love you all and I’ll love this city forever. THANK YOU FROM MY HEART to the rest of the season: I hope you can win the Europa League! “last_img read more

Skateboarder struck and killed by car in Mission Bay

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: September 17, 2018 September 17, 2018 Skateboarder struck and killed by car in Mission Bay SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 22-year-old man riding a skateboard was struck and killed when he fell off his skateboard and ran after it into traffic in Mission Bay, police said Monday.It happened shortly before 8:40 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The man was riding his skateboard eastbound on West Mission Bay Drive when he lost control of it, chased after it across the eastbound lanes and center divider and was struck in the left lane of westbound West Mission Bay Drive by a 25-year-old man driving a Nissan sedan, Buttle said.The victim was transported to a hospital with major injuries, where he later died, Buttle said. His name was withheld pending family notification.The Nissan driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with officers, Buttle said.Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be factors in the collision, Buttle said.Department traffic division officers were investigating the collision. last_img read more

SARAI Program Sheyenne Seeds Arrive in Afghanistan for Spring Planting

first_imgAfter traveling over 7,000 miles from Albert Lea, Minn., 68.5 metric tons (2,498 bushels) of Sheyenne seeds arrived at Bangram Airfield in Afghanistan and are being delivered to the Shelter for Life facility.The seeds started their journey back on Feb. 1, when they left the Albert Lea Seed House to be planted by over 5,000 subsistence farmers, including approximately 500 women, in Afghanistan. Through the USDA’s Food for Progress Program, WISHH and its partners have established Afghanistan’s first commercial soybean value-chain.The farmers will sell the resulting crop to Afghanistan’s first soybean processing business that the USDA-funded project established. The facility also processes U.S. soybeans, which creates a steady supply to meet the growing demand for soy protein for humans and livestock in Afghanistan.Special thanks to Col. Howard Shauer, who helped facilitate shipment through the U.S. Department of Defense Denton Program, which provided free air transportation for the seed shipment. Sheyenne seeds are unloaded at the Shelter for Life facility after arriving at Bangram Airfield. (WISHH photo)last_img read more

After Parnell Concession Walker Transition Formally Begins

first_imgDownload AudioWith the governor’s race called in favor of unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker and conceded over the weekend, the transition process is formally underway.The concession came without ceremony. There was no press conference from the defeated Republican incumbent, Sean Parnell. There also wasn’t a victory event from Walker, who is currently on a brief vacation in Hawaii.Instead, Parnell sent out an e-mail to his supporters titled “Honor of a lifetime” on Saturday evening. With nearly a 5,000-vote gap between him and Walker and just 10,000 absentee votes left to count, Parnell stated that his reelection was “numerically possible” but “highly improbable.”The transition for a Walker administration began the same day. Walker’s team now has access to state office space in Juneau and Anchorage, and is beginning to form policy working groups on over a dozen issues. Those working groups won’t be in charge of personnel decisions.The logistical aspects of the transition are being handled by small circle of advisors, which includes at least one member of Walker’s incoming staff.“That effort is largely being led by Jim Whitaker, who is the designated incoming chief of staff,” says campaign advisor Bruce Botelho.Whitaker, a moderate Republican, served as mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough for six years. He also served four years in the Legislature.When asked about the Whitaker hire, a Walker spokesperson said the campaign is reserving comment on appointments until later this week.The inauguration is scheduled for December 1.last_img read more

Silicon Light Bulbs to Compete with Fluorescent Bulbs

first_img Citation: Silicon Light Bulbs to Compete with Fluorescent Bulbs (2008, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-silicon-bulbs-fluorescent.html In order to improve this efficiency, the fluorescent bulb has recently gained popularity as an alternative that uses about 25% of its power for light and lasts up to 10,000 hours, compared with the incandescent bulb’s 1,500-hour lifetime. However, unlike the recyclable incandescent bulb, fluorescent bulbs contain phosphor and mercury – toxic chemicals that could pose disposal problems on a large scale.But a company from Ottawa, Canada, is hoping to create a light bulb that further increases the efficiency of fluorescent bulbs, while using completely non-toxic materials. Since 2003, Group IV Semiconductor has been working on a unique bulb design, one that uses a tiny computer chip in place of a traditional wire filament or gas. The new bulbs, officially called solid state light bulbs, use low-cost silicon technology originally developed for fiber optic networks in the early 2000s. The chips were intended to boost the light signal, increasing its speed and allowing it to travel longer distances. Today, silicon is widely used in cell phones, computers, and other electronics.But as the telecommunications market began to lose its appeal, Group IV’s chief executive Stephen Naor looked into other applications. As he explains, in North America alone, 2.2 billion light bulbs are replaced every year, and lighting is a $12-billion global industry. Several countries, including the UK and Australia, have laws to ban incandescent bulbs by 2011. Other countries, including the US, are considering bans. As it stands, fluorescent bulbs are currently the main replacement bulb.But solid state light bulbs could offer a non-toxic alternative, better lighting quality and higher efficiency than fluorescent bulbs. While some types of solid state lighting exist, they are currently too expensive for mass production. For example, LEDs use expensive semiconductors such as gallium nitride, rather than silicon, and often give off an undesirable bluish hue. But the challenge with using silicon is that the material is poor at emitting light. To solve this, Group IV uses electrical current to energize electrons within silicon quantum dots, which give off energy in the form of photons. Naor hopes to have final prototypes of the technology by 2010, with bulbs on store shelves by 2011 that cost about the same as fluorescent bulbs.The company has attracted several big investors, such as Vinod Khosla, the founding chief executive of Sun Microsystems. Applied Materials Inc., which makes manufacturing equipment, plans to help Group IV ramp up production of the bulbs once the prototypes have been perfected. Then Group IV plans to sell the microchip technology to major electrical companies such as General Electric, which will incorporate the chip in their own bulb production.More information: www.GroupIVSemi.com Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880, and, since the 1920s, the incandescent light bulb has remained largely unchanged. While that’s a testament to Edison’s ingenuity, it’s also a bulb that uses up to 95% of its power to generate heat rather than light. Engineers report a new low-power lighting technology Explore further Logo: Group IV Semiconductor. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more