Taking five wickets was not on my mind: Ravichandran Ashwin

first_imgOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who on Saturday bowled India to a 200-run lead against England with his career’s 22nd five wicket haul, said he only wanted to bowl to his strength.Ashwin returned with figures of 5/67 as England were bowled out for 255 in their first innings shortly before the tea break at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here.He caused plenty of trouble for the English duo Ben Stokes (70) and Jonny Bairstow (53) on a pitch which does not have too much grass.Ashwin, who scored a half-century in India’s first essay, ripped through the English batting line-up as India ended the third day with a healthy 298-run lead in the second innings. (Also read: Vizag Test: Ashwin’s 5/67, Kohli’s 56* put India in command)”Hadn’t had a five-wicket haul against England, but it was not at the top of my mind. I knew I would get it if I stuck to what I do right. The challenges are actually a hassle for the batsmen. Not every ball spins,” Ashwin said after the match.He explained about the plan which he and Skipper Virat Kohli discussed to dismiss Joe Root (53).”I was in the middle of a very good rhythm. I told Virat I will get Root out caught out at short midwicket. Virat said let’s get mid-on up and make him go for a slog sweep. I thought the moment he steps out I was going to go wider. That worked,” Ashwin said.”The last wicket was slow so I changed my action to create more air space. It is not about trials, it is about having the heart to try it in the middle of the game. I am sure I have it,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ranveer Singh in this super-wintry outfit looks like he just returned from the North pole

first_imgBe it dancing on the streets or wearing a condom-like suit, Ranveer Singh leaves no opportunity to get the world talking about him, every time he steps out of the house. While it’s nothing new to have the star show up in the weirdest of outfits, the man doesn’t fail to amuse us.Sticking true to his reputation of being the harbinger of avant-garde fashion in the country, the Padmavati actor just made an airport appearance in a strange outfit, again.Also Read: Ranveer Singh’s shorts are taking us back to the jungle, not in a nice waySauntering out of the airport in his classic, carefree demeanour, Ranveer was clad head-to-toe in warm clothes–and made us wonder if he thinks he’s too ‘cool’ for the weather?Ditching his iconic colourful-clothing, Ranveer sported a pair of white, asymmetric joggers with black details, and a really long, white hoodie. While the white pair of joggers was quite trendy, it lost its charm to the hoodie, thanks to the weird length which gave it a kurta-like look.Photo: Yogen Shah While the white basics were really decent–given Ranveer’s fashion history–he went over-the-top with his choice of a blingy, quilted jacket. First things first, we don’t know how he didn’t melt in the jacket that looked just too warm for the weather. Apart from making no sense at all, the silver jacket was extremely loud, and looked too bulky.  Also Read: Can you spot the crazy new trend Ranveer Singh is trying to start?advertisementAs eye-pinching as it was, Ranveer made it look all the more tacky by teaming it with his easy-breezy clothes, and that hoodie.Photo: Yogen Shah Portraying his eternal love for big, quirky sunnies, he sported a pair of white-framed reflectors, and did what he does best–added another unfathomable look to his kitty.last_img read more

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Sports Highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 Hours EXPECTED STORIES:*Report of 3rd T20I between India and England in Bristol.*Stories related to Wimbledon.*Report of Gymnastics World Challenge Cup. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-GOLF-LAHIRILahiri slips in third round, but stays in contention at Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs (US), Jul 8 (PTI) Anirban Lahiri staged a terrific fightback after a disappointing front nine to bring home a card of one-over 71 in the third round of the Greenbrier Classic here. SPO-GOLF-ADITIAditi Tied-26th at Thornberry LPGA Classic Oneida (US), Jul 8 (PTI) Aditi Ashok shot her third straight round in the 60s with a three-under 69 and moved to 11-under 205 at the Thornberry LPGA Classic here. SPO-BOX-AKHIL Boxing’s national observer Akhil Kumar enrolls for coaching course at NIS New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Indian boxing’s national observer Akhil Kumaris all set to foray into coaching and has enrolled for a one-year diploma course at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. SPO-ASIAD-PENCAKSILATStunning for most, Indian Pencak Silat team in Asiad cause for celebration in J&K By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) For most, it was a bolt from the blue, quite a few even scoffed at it but for one man in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pencak Silat’s inclusion in the Indian Asian Games contingent was the perfect culmination of a lone journey he started eight years ago in Korea. SPO-RACING-WOMActress, dentist, mother of two in India’s first all women racing teamadvertisementBy Bharat SharmaCoimbatore, July 8 (PTI) An actress, a dentist, a mother of two: Females from all walks of life have joined forces to form India’s first all women racing team, which expectedly turned heads in the opening round of the JK Tyre National Championship. SPO-IND AIndia A batsmen make merry before ‘Test’ meanders to draw Beckenham, Jul 8 (PTI) A splendid batting performance from India A raised visions of victory before West Indies A managed to hold on to a draw in the four-day ‘Test’ that concluded here yesterday. PTI APA APA APAlast_img read more

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No signings? No problem for Spurs as Alli sinks Newcastle

first_imgNewcastle, Aug 11 (AFP) Dele Alli silenced the complaints about Tottenham’s lack of signings as the England midfielder sealed a 2-1 win at Newcastle in their Premier League opener on Saturday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are the first club in the Premier League era not to make a single signing since the introduction of the pre-season transfer window.That low-key approach has frustrated Tottenham fans, but Alli lifted the gloom with a clinical header to seal at the points at St James’ Park.Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring with an early header and Joselu’s equaliser was quickly erased by Alli as all three goals came in the first 18 minutes.Despite Tottenham’s hard-fought victory, there was another August blank for Harry Kane, who started even though the England striker had only returned to training on Monday following his notable World Cup exploits.The World Cup Golden Boot winner has now gone 14 games spanning 988 minutes without scoring in the opening month of the campaign, though on this occasion, it mattered little.The season kicked-off to the backdrop of a protest staged by hundreds of Newcastle fans outside the nearby branch of Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct.Ashley, the club’s notoriously parsimonious billionaire owner, saw fit to spend 90 million pound (10.6 million euros, $11.5 million) on the ailing department store group House of Fraser. Meanwhile his Magpies posted a net transfer profit of 20 million pound, despite the arrival of seven new signings, the most expensive of which, Japanese international forward Yoshinori Muto, cost 9.5m pound from German side Mainz.advertisement — Deft header –=================Tottenham fans appear rather less dissatisfied, despite their club failing to make a single addition to Pochettino’s squad since the end of last season.Such inactivity proved no impediment as the visitors rode their luck to seal a repeat of their opening day victory at St James’ Park 12 months ago.The visitors took an eighth-minute lead when Christian Eriksen’s corner was headed towards goal by Davinson Sanchez, allowing fellow defender Vertonghen to find the net off the underside of the bar with a deft glancing header which crossed the line before Martin Dubravka was able to claw the ball back.Newcastle were level within three minutes when Sanchez and Vertonghen were caught ball-watching as Matt Ritchie sent over an inviting centre from the right which Joselu headed into the bottom corner of the net past an exposed Hugo Lloris.With momentum on their side and a full-house roaring them on, Benitez’s side looked set to build from a position of strength.But thanks to more questionable defending, their parity lasted just seven minutes.Tottenham’s second goal was simple in its construction and should have been comfortably dealt with.Newcastle allowed Alli a free run at the far post to send a precise header back across Dubravka into the far corner from Serge Aurier’s inviting cross, which was whipped in from the right.An increasingly open second period surprisingly failed to produce further addition to the score, as both goalkeepers excelled.Dubravka saved well to deny Alli when the midfielder deflected Kane’s mis-hit shot towards goal.Newcastle’s Slovakian keeper provided an even better stop to keep out a well-struck effort from Moussa Sissoko.Not to be outdone at the other end, Lloris stood up well to block Ayoze Perez’s shot.The Frenchman was fortunate, however, as Kenedy’s control let the Brazilian down at a crucial point, when a more assured first touch would have put the on-loan Chelsea midfielder in on goal.Mo Diame and substitute Salomon Rondon both struck the woodwork as Newcastle pressed for what would have been a fully deserved equaliser, but Tottenham held firm. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham Reid

first_imgIndia need to consistently score goals under tight marking to narrow the gap with top teams like Australia, said coach Graham Reid after his first major assignment with the national hockey team.On their tour of Australia that concluded on Friday, India lost both the games against the hosts after beating the A team.Speaking about the tour comprising five matches, Reid, who was appointed as India coach last month, said that the assignment in his home country was an opportunity for him to understand his team better.”It was good to get a view of where the team (India are raked five) is at, compared to the World Number 2 side (Australia). They have been playing against world-class oppositions on a regular basis in the FIH Pro-League since the World Cup last year, and this showed up in our two matches against them,” he said.”For me, those matches provided a good benchmark as to the level we have to be at as we move towards the Olympic qualification. So, in terms of preparation for our upcoming FIH Men’s Series Finals (here next month), the tour was ideal.The Indian Men’s Hockey Team comes home to a rousing welcome from their Australian Tour 2019 on 19th May. The team will kickstart preparations for the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 shortly.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/8Q3Y2ZjfDjHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 19, 2019″It provided me a great opportunity to view players at much closer quarters and under the pressure of a world-class team. Our first quarter in the first Match on Wednesday night showed me the level this team can play, we just need to do that on a more consistent basis. Not only across quarters but across games,” said Reid.advertisementThe 55-year-old Australian said that his team was focused on improving its attack.”Our ability to score goals under tight marking pressure will be critical if we are to close the gap with teams like Australia. Over the next few weeks in Bhubaneswar during our National Camp (starting Monday), we need to create as many opportunities as possible for our attackers to experience this tight pressure,” he said.”It will also be critical for our defenders to keep improving this area from a defensive point of view. With speed and power becoming the dominant forces in World Hockey, we also need to keep improving in these areas.”Hockey India on Sunday named a list of 32 players for the national camp. It has retained all the 18 players of the team that travelled to Australia. India won against WA Thundersticks and Australia ‘A’, drew another one against Australia ‘A’ before losing the two matches to the senior Australia team.Also Read | India end Australia tour with loss in the final matchAlso See:last_img read more

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How Miami’s AD Reacted To Mark Richt’s Decision To Retire

first_imgMark Richt throws up the U at his intro press conference.CORAL GABLES, FL – DECEMBER 04: New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the ‘U’ sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)The college football coaching carousel got a little crazier on Sunday when Miami head coach Mark Richt announced he would be stepping down.Though as surprised as many fans were, it would appear that Miami athletic director Blake James was equally shocked.According to Yahoo! Sports writer Pete Thamel, James said he is “in shock” by Richt’s decision to leave the school.Richt’s Hurricanes went 7-5 in the regular season before getting blown out by Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. Miami lost the game 35-3, one of their worst bowl defeats ever.Just spoke to Miami AD Blake James. He said he’s “in shock” over Mark Richt’s decision to step down at Miami.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 30, 2018In three years at Miami, Richt went 26-13, making three bowl games and winning the ACC Coastal division title in 2017. The Hurricanes ultimately lost the ACC Championship game to Clemson that year.The 2018 season proved to be a trying year for Miami, and their seven wins were the second-fewest of Richt’s head coaching career.Prior to his three-year stint with Miami, Richt served 15 seasons as head coach of Georgia, winning two SEC titles during his time there.Miami will be holding a press conference this afternoon to address the news.last_img read more

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The Gift of Life Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week OpEd

first_imgTo look at me, you’d never know that just over a year and a half ago I was fighting for my life, battling cystic fibrosis. That’s when I was at my worst, wondering how much time I had left. But then I received a phone call that led to my second chance at life. A double-lung transplant on Dec. 13, 2012. Every day I was at war with my lungs. Fighting for each breath. All my energy spent on breathing and little left for anything else. However, although the circumstances were serious, I didn’t waste any time feeling negative about my situation, instead my oxygen tank, wheelchair and I went out in the city and had a blast. I made many transplant friends and together we made incredible memories. “Transplantland” is an amazing and inspiring place. I also drew strength from the support of my family, friends and hometown and shared, and continue to share, my story through my online blog, Live Laugh Lungs. I received the most selfless, priceless gift a person could give. Because someone made the decision to register as an organ donor, and have the discussion with their family, I am alive today. I don’t have words to describe my gratitude for those people. They are my heroes. How can I possibly explain my life now? Today, I can finally envision a future. I am as healthy as I could ever dream of being. I am not attached to oxygen tubing, I no longer need a feeding tube, I don’t require a wheelchair, I don’t gasp for breath, coughing is no longer the background music to my life, and I don’t have to rely on others every day. Cystic Fibrosis and the transplant have given me incredible opportunities and experiences. Everyone has a story, this just happens to be mine. I know, and continue to meet, many others fighting Cystic Fibrosis and/or waiting for transplant — I advocate strongly for both. I ask people to have conversations about organ donation and think of the significance it has. I am living the miracle of organ donation. I hope, during Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, which lasts until April 27, or any time of the year, you’ll discuss organ donation with your family, and register as a donor. For more information, I encourage you to go www.legacyoflife.ns.ca . -30-last_img read more

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JK parties will fight attempt to abrogate special status of state

first_imgSrinagar, Aug 4 (PTI) Regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday unanimously resolved to fight any attempt to abrogate the constitutional provisions that guarantee it special status or any move to trifurcate the state.National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, reading out a resolution adopted at the meeting, said the parties have decided to send delegations to meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of political parties to apprise them about the consequences of any attempt to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution, or carry out delimitation of constituencies or trifurcating the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The meeting was also attended Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), Omar Abdullah (NC), Taj Mohiuddin (Congress), Muzaffar Beig (PDP), Sajad Lone and Imran Ansari (Peoples Conference), Shah Faesal (J&K Peoples Movement) and M Y Tarigami (CPI-M). The parties appealed to India and Pakistan not to take any steps that will escalate tension in the region, Abdullah said. He also appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace. The meeting, which was scheduled to be held at residence of PDP president Mufti, was held at Farooq Abdullah’s residence due to his ill health. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKashmir remained on edge on Sunday as authorities stepped up security deployment at vital installations and sensitive areas amid heightened terror threat and flare up of hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC). After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations.last_img read more

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Stars Attend Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament

first_imgA number of celebrities were spotted out-and-about at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles.at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf CourseRock legend Gene Simmons couldn’t help but show his love for Darth Vader and some of the Star Wars Storm Troopers at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles.Former Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Nick Carter showed each other some love (and played as a team!) at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf TournamentProceeds from this event benefited family members of LAPD employees that have experienced catastrophic circumstances resulting from officer’s injury or death.Among the famous faces were Gene Simmons, Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Nick Carter, Luke Wilson, Kendall Schmidt, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Alan Thicke, and Andy Garcia.Since it’s inception in 1972, the Foundation has granted more than $16 million for medical, funeral and educational expenses without any taxpayer money. Sponsors from the event included: Live Nation, Rubicon Resources, Kaiser Permanente, In-N-Out Burger and William Comfort Products.last_img read more

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DeMo effect 5 million jobs lost in 2 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Unemployment rate in India has doubled in eight years to 2018 as 50 lakh lost jobs in last two years beginning with demonetisation in November 2016, a new research by a privately run university said. A report by Azim Premji University researchers led by Amit Basole said with the government not releasing results of the new high-frequency Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), they used data from the Consumer Pyramids Survey of the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIC-CPDX) to understand the employment situation between 2016 and 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Unemployment, in general, has risen steadily post 2011. Both the PLFS and the CMIE-CPDX report the overall unemployment rate to be around 6 per cent in 2018, double of what it was in the decade from 2000 to 2011,” the report posted on the university’s website said. India’s unemployed, it said, were mostly the higher educated and the young. “Our analysis of CMIE-CPDX reveals that five million men lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018, the beginning of the decline in jobs coinciding with demonetisation in November 2016, although no direct causal relationship can be established based only on these trends,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostA leaked report of the periodic labour force survey by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) had shown unemployment at a 45-year high of more than 6 per cent in 2017-18 but the government has officially not yet released the report, saying the version reported in the media was not final. The Azim Premji University research report said among urban women, graduates are 10 per cent of the working age population but 34 per cent of the unemployed. The age group 20-24 years is hugely over-represented among the unemployed. Among urban men, for example, this age group accounts for 13.5 per cent of the working age population but 60 per cent of the unemployed. “In addition to rising open unemployment among the higher educated, the less educated (and likely, informal) workers have also seen job losses and reduced work opportunities since 2016,” it said. “In general, women are much worse affected than men. They have higher unemployment rates as well as lower labour force participation rates”. The report said India’s labour statistics system is in transition. The five-yearly employment-unemployment surveys conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSS-EUS), the last of which was in 2011-12, have been discontinued. The annual surveys conducted by the Labour Bureau (LB-EUS) have also been discontinued. The last available survey in this series is from 2015. “The government has not released the results of the new high-frequency Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by the NSSO,” it said adding in the absence of official survey data, numbers from the Consumer Pyramids Survey of the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE-CPDX) was used to understand the employment situation between 2016 and 2018. “CMIE-CPDX is a nationally representative survey that covers about 1,60,000 households and 5,22,000 individuals and is conducted in three ‘waves’, each spanning four months, beginning from January of every year. An employment-unemployment module was added to this survey in 2016,” the report said. “We find that the CMIE-CPDX estimates of the labour force participation rate (LFPR) and the workforce participation rate (WPR) for men are comparable to those from the LB-EUS survey, as well as the NSS-EUS. For women, these rates differ substantially across surveys.”last_img read more

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Somalia UN envoy urges concerted global support for efforts to restore stability

21 November 2011The United Nations envoy for Somalia today emphasized the importance of the roadmap adopted in September setting out a series of tasks to be completed ahead of concluding the country’s political transition process, and called for coordinated international efforts to ensure the implementation of the plan. “It is critical that the entire donor community understand the centrality of the roadmap to the political process and support its implementation with the necessary resources,” said Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, writing in the regional weekly, The EastAfrican.The roadmap spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August, in the areas of security, the drafting of a new constitution, reconciliation and laying the foundation for good governance.Mr. Mahiga stressed that Somali leaders must be made to understand that future assistance will depend on their willingness to play their role in the implementation of the roadmap.The political developments in Somalia are underpinned by a major improvement of security, especially since August, when the insurgents of Al Shabaab were forced to withdraw from the capital, Mogadishu, under pressure from forces supporting the transitional Government and the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Mr. Mahiga wrote.“This is a remarkable achievement and has led to roads being repaired, homes rebuilt and markets reopening. If Somalia – and indeed the international community – is to capitalize on these gains, and at the same time address the emerging challenges, then boosting AMISOM’s capabilities, especially in the areas of personnel, logistics, mobility, intelligence, aviation and disposal of unexploded ordnance, will be critical.”A stabilization plan for Mogadishu addresses key reconstruction issues that will be critical to ensuring “political buy-in” from ordinary Somalis, Mr. Mahiga said.Kenya’s decision last month to send its armed forces into Somalia to confront Al Shabaab militants is a demonstration of the importance the region attaches to Somalia’s instability and the broader risk of regional insecurity if the insurgency is not contained, he stated.“Somalia remains the most challenging issues on the international community’s radar. One thing is certain – only sustained engagement by all stakeholders at the local, regional and international levels will ensure that this rare moment is fully exploited,” wrote Mr. Mahiga. read more

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Somalias parties could resume talks says UN envoy

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative François Lonsény Fall returned to Nairobi yesterday after meeting with leaders of both sides in the troubled African country.Mr. Fall met the Somali President and other officials in Baidoa, where he urged them to maintain unity among the Transitional Federal Institutions, a UN spokesman said. In Mogadishu, which he drove through to assess the state of the Somali capital, Mr. Fall met members of the Executive Council of the Islamic Courts.The spokesman added that Mr. Fall also announced that a UN team will visit Mogadishu soon to begin humanitarian assistance there for those in need.Early last month, militias associated with the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts drove warlords out of Mogadishu and took control of parts of Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since the fall of President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime in 1991.On 22 June, the Transitional Government and the Supreme Council reached an accord that included a commitment to refrain from any provocations that could lead to an escalation of the situation. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,344.56 up 12.71 points):Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Mining technology. Up eight cents, or 6.50 per cent, at $1.31 on 4.49 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.41 per cent, at $14.44 on 4.01 million shares. The gold sector led the decliners on the subgroups, sliding 1.24 per cent to 233.25 points.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up two cents, or 0.14 per cent, at $14.12 on 3.98 million shares.Suncor Energy (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 32 cents, or 1.09 per cent, at $28.94 on 3.97 million shares.Tuscany International Drilling Inc. (TSX:TID). Oilfield services. Up 4.5 cents, or 50 per cent, at 13.5 cents on 3.73 million shares. The company said it’s looking at strategic options in the wake of a major drop in its share price last week that accelerated a two-year decline in market value. The Calgary-based oilfield services company didn’t specify what options it would consider.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up seven cents, or 1.78 per cent, at $4 on 2.75 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,041.39 down 0.46 point):Sterling Resources Ltd. (TSXV:SLG). Oil and gas explorer. Up a penny, or 1.30 per cent, at 78 cents on 10.90 million shares.Northern Shield Resources Inc. (TSXV:NRN). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 27.78 per cent, at 11.5 cents on 2.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down two cents, or 0.13 per cent, at $14.90 on 2.72 million shares. Presales are underway for the keypad version of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone in the United Kingdom but its actual arrival isn’t until the end of the month. Many longtime BlackBerry users chose to wait for the keyboard model rather than buy the touchscreen that arrived in stores earlier this year.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down 18 cents, or 0.30 per cent, at $59.44 on 2.31 million shares. The federal government is investigating the external contractor being used by the big bank to outsource dozens of Toronto jobs. RBC has said it has not hired temporary foreign workers to take over the duties of current employees.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Media. Down seven cents, or 0.29 per cent, at $24.41 on 684,394 shares. The Calgary-based company announced after markets closed it signed a deal to buy Enmax Envision Inc. from Enmax Corp. for $225 million. Envision runs one of Calgary’s largest fibre-optic networks and specializes in providing large amounts of bandwidth to businesses and that require a connection or connect multiple locations over private networks. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 5:31 pm MDT read more

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Commentary SECs depth argument seems unrealistic

In college football it is widely accepted the Southeastern Conference is the best.Seven straight national championships is hard to argue with, especially when six of those title games have been by double digits.But the argument that the SEC is the deepest conference in America because any team can beat any team doesn’t seem to be realistic.From the start of the 2012 season until last Friday, the top six teams in the SEC based on their conference record: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas A&M had a combined total of one loss to the bottom eight teams in the conference.Now after five of those teams lost to lower tier SEC squads – LSU to Ole Miss, Texas A&M to Auburn, South Carolina to Tennessee, Florida to Missouri and Georgia to Vanderbilt – the conference is being touted as the deepest in America.That just doesn’t seem logical, you cannot go from being blatantly top heavy to ultra deep just because the stars lined up one weekend and a bunch of teams lost.One week simply does not make a deep conference.If things continue along this trend and the top teams continue to falter then maybe that argument could be made, but for now, it doesn’t have enough merit.Even if you look at the SEC’s national titles over its collective run of dominance it is top heavy. Of the four championships won since Florida claimed their second in 2008-09, Alabama has won the title three times, with arch-rival Auburn being the only team to unseat them.And after the BCS rankings were released Sunday, the Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1, look poised to bring home another this year.If you are a league that supposedly boasts parity then shouldn’t those championships be more spread out? Wouldn’t you expect a team like Georgia or Texas A&M to contend for a championship?Last season the argument was made that the Big Ten conference was made up of Ohio State, who could not participate in the postseason because of sanctions stemming from tattoo-gate, and then everyone else.Couldn’t you make the same argument with Alabama this season?Sure, until someone manages to unseat the SEC as reigning national champions they will remain as the class of college football. But the conference doesn’t need the added hype making it seem better than it is.The gap in talent between conferences is closing, but until the SEC is brought back down to earth things will remain as they are in college football. read more

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The Lakers Werent Supposed To Be Like This

As things stand, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are not going to make the playoffs this year. In the video above, Chris Herring looks at how the Lakers got to this point and what they would need to do to somehow keep James’s playoff streak alive.

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Ohio State upset in NCAAs

The Drake University Bulldogs scored in overtime to get the upset bid over the Ohio State men’s soccer team Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The second round tournament game saw the Bulldogs score a goal in the seventh minute of overtime to defeat the Buckeyes 1-0 and move to the third round.The winning goal was scored by midfielder Luke Gorczyca. The ball was kicked into the box and bounced off several players before Gorczyca poked it over OSU goalie Matt Lampson. “It was a scramble,” coach John Bluem said. “We failed to clear the ball, and the ball was bouncing awkwardly. They’re a team who was attacking, and when the ball is in the air, it’s easier to get in [the goal] than out.”  There were several OSU defenders who had a chance to clear the ball. Somehow the ball snuck into the net and set off a celebration among Drake players.The first half saw few scoring chances for both teams. Drake held the ball several times inside the box, but the OSU defense kept the ball out of the goal. OSU goalie Matt Lampson had a key save that helped keep the score at zero.   The Buckeyes had their first great opportunity to score on a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, but the ball floated just wide of the goal.  OSU turned up the pressure in the second half and dominated the ball, consistently keeping it on the Drake side of the field.OSU had several shots on goal but failed to make anything of the opportunities. “It just wasn’t our day; it wasn’t meant to be,” Bluem said. “I thought we had the majority of play in the second half, and I thought we were going to get one. Our inability to produce a goal eventually bit us, and a team like that hangs in there long enough, they catch a break.”   Drake caught a break on the last play and capitalized on its chance. Drake finished with nine shots, and OSU had 10, but the Bulldogs had the one they needed most. The Buckeyes end their season with a record of 12-5-4, a Big Ten regular season championship and a Big Ten tournament championship. “We had a great season and we accomplished a lot,” Bluem said. “Today we fell short of a dream on a day where things just didn’t go our way.” read more

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HP TouchPad 4G with 15GHz processor coming soon to ATT

first_imgAT&T will soon have a new tablet to offer alongside its myriad iPad options and the original Samsug Galaxy Tab. No, it won’t be one of the many newer Android tablets you may have been reading about. It’s the HP TouchPad that is coming soon to the carrier’s network.This won’t be a run-of-the-mill, launch day TouchPad, either. The AT&T version will feature a 4G modem, 32GB of internal storage, and a 1.5GHz processor. That’s a nice bump from the Wi-Fi only TouchPad’s 1.2GHz powerplant, and an upgrade which will no doubt squash some of the performance issues reviews bemoaned in their early hands-on testing. PreCentral got its hands on this information courtesy of some leaked presentation slides just last week, and now it’s been officially confirmed by HP.AdChoices广告What hasn’t been confirmed is a launch date, outright purchase price, or contract pricing. PreCentral had pegged the 4G TouchPad for an August launch, and that certainly fits with HP’s vague “in time for back-to-school” remark in the official post.The announcement also comes hot on the heels of HP shuffling the executive deck over at its webOS unit, with former lead Jon Rubenstein moving into a new role with HP’s personal systems group as its “product innovation” chief. Stephen DeWitt, who headed that same personal systems group, will bring his waste-cutting, profit boosting skills to webOS as its new head. The move has some webOS diehards nervous, fearing that the operations-minded DeWitt might put a damper on webOS innovation. Under his watch HP laptops generally got sexier, however, and a little added sex appeal wouldn’t hurt webOS, either.More at HPlast_img read more

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Greek candidates win big

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Parliament will continue featuring a strong Greek presence, as all of the Labor MPs of Greek background managed to get re-elected, and are even augmented by a new member, Kat Theophanous.This impressive electoral performance has already led to speculation that more Greeks might also find their way to the cabinet of the new Andrews government, following the landslide Labor victory.Both of the current Victorian State Ministers, Jenny Mikakos and Philip Dalidakis managed to get re-elected in Northern and Southern Metropolitan Regions respectively, while both Steve Dimopoulos and Nick Staikos were easily re-elected, both increasing Labor’s reach in their respected electorates.Bentleigh in particular was considered to be an ultra-marginal seat, but Staikos not only managed to defend it, he also marked a swing of 12.6 per cent in favour of Labor, winning with 62.6 per cent.In Oakleigh, Dimopoulos also boasts for a swing of eight per cent, beating his main opponent, Andrew Edmonds (himself of Greek background) by 66.2 per cent to 33.8 per cent.The most significant victory is that of Kat Theophanous, who apparently managed to take the Northcote seat out of the Greens’ hands, beating Lidia Thorpe with 52.8 per cent.Another Labor candidate of Greek background was going for a Greens seat; Jennifer Kanis was a strong contender for the seat of Melbourne, trailing 1.2 per cent behind Ellen Sandell, who looks like she will retain the seat.All in all, the Greeks seem to be well-represented in the Victorian Parliament, albeit only in the Labor Party. The Liberals’ South Barwan current member Andrew Katos met the fate of the Party, and appears to be losing his seat, following an eight per cent swing in favour of the Labor Party.last_img read more

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TRAPPIST1 Moonphase Watch Brings Cosmos to You

first_img Only 39 light years away, ultra-cool red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 has become one of the most interesting places to look for extraterrestrial existence.It is also the inspiration for the ultra-cool TRAPPIST-1 Moonphase watch.The runaway Kickstarter success from San Francisco-based Xeric pays tribute to NASA’s recent discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a single star.And while you may not be heading into space any time soon, you can now pre-order this otherworldly timepiece, expected for release later this month.Available in seven color combinations, the watch features a domed grille made of space-age material Hesalite. The transparent plastic was developed in the 1960s as a crystal replacement for NASA’s space-bound wristwatches.More than just a unique design detail, the curved grid represents what a first glimpse of the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like through the observatory deck of a spaceship.“As the spacecraft makes its 12 parsecs journey from Earth, the TRAPPIST-1 system would begin to come into view amongst the vast starry backdrop,” the original campaign page said.Just below, two glowing planets orbit a central axis, displaying hours and minutes. Time, according to the manufacturer, reads like a traditional watch. (But I’ll be the first to admit this accessory could benefit from a digital counter, as well.)At the heart of the TRAPPIST-1 Moonphase lies the chronometer’s namesake: a rotating display showcasing the current lunar phase. So you’ll never miss another Blue Sap Moon.Selling for a reasonable $350, the Xeric TRAPPIST-1 Moonphase comes with a limited-time pre-order discount ($70 off), or the option to add a free strap.NASA announced its cosmic breakthrough in early 2017. More than a year later, the search for alien presence continues, as nonprofit research organization SETI Institute reported no signs of life—yet.“We now have unambiguous proof of the existence of the TRAPPIST-1 planet, and we know about their orbits, their sizes, and their mass,” Franck Marchis, exoplanet research chair and senior scientist at SETI, wrote in an update.“But a lot still remains to be learned before we can claim that they have liquid water on their surface,” he continued. “And we need to know far more than that before we can conclude that these planets might be habitable, or inhabited.” Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Soy Growers Welcome USDA Deregulation of DicambaTolerant Soybeans

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the agency will deregulate Monsanto’s Dicamba-resistant soybeans. Following the news, the American Soybean Association (ASA) issued a statement welcoming the decision and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly finalize the label for the companion Dicamba herbicide technology.“Today’s decision by USDA to deregulate Dicamba is great news for American soybean farmers. In almost all of our 30 soy-growing states, farmers face a strong foe in herbicide-resistant weeds, and this technology presents another mode of action with which we can combat this issue,” said ASA President and Brownfield, Texas, farmer Wade Cowan. “We appreciate USDA’s work on this issue and encourage them to continue addressing our industry’s need for a more reliable biotech approvals process. We turn our attention now to the final registration of the Dicamba product label at EPA, and then to approvals in key soybean export markets like China, so our farmers can fully implement this technology on their farms.”Because of the importance of export markets to U.S. soybean farmers, ASA has a long-standing policy requiring technology providers like Monsanto to seek and obtain approvals in key U.S. soy export markets prior to commercializing those traits domestically. ASA works closely with technology companies, fellow members of the soy value chain and government entities to facilitate timely, science-based reviews of new biotech soybean traits both domestically and abroad.last_img read more

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