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Fear The Beard: James Harden on a roll, revives HoustonFear The Beard: James Harden on a roll, revives Houston

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As Harden has been piling up points, opponents are searching for ways to slow him down. He’s often asked about the different things teams have thrown at him and seems amused at the varying tactics.“I’ve been seeing double teams, triple teams, zones,” he said. “I’ve been seeing it all these past few weeks.”During this streak more than one opposing coach has considered it an accomplishment to limit Harden to less than 40 points.Kenneth Faried, who signed with Houston last week, has had to defend Harden in the past and noted the mindset he had when faced with that task.“He’s going to get 30,” Faried said. “It’s going to happen. So you might as well just mark that down in the book. You’ve just got to make sure he doesn’t get the 60 points.”In the days following his 61-point show at Madison Square Garden, the Beard was asked if he feels like he’s un-guardable right now.“I mean, I’ve always felt like that,” he said with a sly smile and laugh. “So I don’t know about now, but I’ve had that feeling. It’s just confidence. That’s all it is.”Houston went 12-5 in 17 games without Paul, who returned over the weekend. The Rockets have won three straight to improve to 29-20 and are in fifth place in the Western Conference. While they’ve made strides since a terrible start had them near the bottom of the conference, Harden and Houston know they need to get much better if they hope to bring the team its first title since 1995.That, Harden says, is why he doesn’t like all the talk about his high scoring and why those close to him know they shouldn’t discuss it either.“Nobody can praise me,” he said. “None of my friends and close family, I don’t want them to be talking about it. We’ve got a long way to go.” Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “When we left here we thought he was really good and then somehow, some way he’s gotten even better,” he said. “Last year he was the MVP and now he’s even better and it’s a credit to him, his work ethic and the passion that he plays the game with.”Harden led the league in scoring last season for the first time by averaging 30.43 points a game, but injuries to Chris Paul and Clint Capela have forced him to carry an even bigger load this year and he’s averaging in NBA-best 36.33.If he keeps this pace up for the rest of the season he would be the first player to average more than 36 points a game since Michael Jordan averaged 37.09 in in 1986-87. If the season ended today, Harden would have the seventh-highest scoring average in NBA history behind that season by Jordan, which ranks fifth, and five seasons by Chamberlain.His average is seven points higher than Steph Curry and Anthony Davis, who are tied for second with 29.3 points a game. But as much as Harden is scoring, he’s also finding ways to get his teammates involved, and his 8.2 assists a game are tied for fourth in the league.“I know the attention I draw on the court and the defense is locked on me so I try to help the guys get their opportunities to make it easier for them to score,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city “I love to hoop,” he said. “I love to just be out there and the grind.”He scored 40 points in Houston’s win over Orlando on Sunday night to extend his stretch of consecutive 30-point games to 23, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history behind three such streaks by Chamberlain. In 13 games this month, last season’s MVP is averaging 44.1 points. He has scored at least 40 points in eight games in January, including two 50-point games and a franchise-record 61 in a win over the Knicks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s remarkable,” teammate Eric Gordon said. “I’ve been around a lot of big-time players and he’s for sure the best scorer I’ve ever been around and he does it so easily. It’s a credit to him. He’s one of the best scorers ever.”It isn’t only Harden’s teammates who have been wowed by his work. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who worked for the Rockets from 2011-16, gushed about him. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates the 114-110 over the New York Knicks at the end of the game at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2019 in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden has been scoring at a pace not seen since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s.He doesn’t want to talk about it, of course. He never does, whether things are going well or not. But it is clear he is enjoying this because his scoring outburst has coincided with Houston climbing the standings, back among the top teams in the Western Conference after an early-season slump.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Realme 3 Pro sold out in minutes during first sale, next sale at 4pm todayRealme 3 Pro sold out in minutes during first sale, next sale at 4pm today

first_imgThe Realme 3 Pro went on its first sale today at 12pm on Flipkart and Within a matter of minutes, all variants of the Realme flagship went out of stock. At the time of its launch in India, Realme said that it would have a good stock of Realme 3 Pro units for the sale on April 29, which is probably why the company is holding another “surprise” sale of the Realme 3 Pro (Review) later today at 4pm.Realme announced that it is restocking Realme 3 Pro units for the next sale that starts at 4pm. Customers who were unable to purchase the Realme 3 Pro during the first sale can once again try their luck in the upcoming sale. The launch offers will remain the same on Flipkart, which means customers can avail a flat discount of Rs 1,000 on purchasing the Realme 3 Pro with an HDFC Bank credit or debit card and on EMI transaction, Complete Mobile Protection at a low price, No Cost EMI for 3 to 6 months and Jio benefits worth Rs 5,300.The Realme 3 Pro comes at a starting price of Rs 13,999 for the base variant that offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB variants are available at Rs 15,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. The Realme 3 Pro is available in Nitro Blue, Lightning Purple and Carbon Grey colours. Realme’s latest flagship and successor to last year’s Realme 3 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dewdrop display. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with Adreno 616 GPU. The Reame 3 Pro is the only phone to come with this chipset in the sub Rs. 15,000. It is also the only phone for now to support Fortnite out-of-the-box. The device ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.advertisementThe Realme 3 Pro is the company’s first phone to support VOOC 3.0 fast charging that promises to charge the 4,045mAh battery in 80 minutes. It sports a dual camera setup with a primary 16-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX519 sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. Up front, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25-megapixel selfie camera.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: 6 things to know before you buy this Realme flagshiplast_img read more

Why a former bankrupt Watford owner is in position to buy BoltonWhy a former bankrupt Watford owner is in position to buy Bolton

first_imgBassini has form as a football club owner, having been in charge of Watford from April 2011 to June 2012, and his record does not need forensic investigation to assess: it was all very public. Having previously been bankrupt, Bassini, who stated his business then as property development, borrowed a total of £4.6m from two brothers, Giacomo and Vincent Russo, to help him finance the Hornets.The accounts for his year in charge, 2011-12, stated that Watford had made a £7m operating loss; and the club was in financial difficulties before the current owners, the Pozzo family, bought it for £550,000 and set the club on its arc of revival, promotion and this season’s FA Cup final.In March 2013 a Football League independent disciplinary commission of three QCs found Bassini guilty of dishonesty and deception and banned him for three years from being involved in a position of authority at any Football League club. It followed an inquiry into loans he took out of £2.6m. Made to alleviate the cashflow problems at Vicarage Road, the loans were effectively secured on future transfer fees from the sale of the striker Danny Graham to Swansea, and on future league TV income. Such “forward funding” arrangements were permitted but clubs had to inform the league first.The commission accepted Bassini did not profit personally from the loans and was trying to get money into Watford but stated he had been “dishonest in his dealings with the league and with his fellow directors”, and “practised secrecy and deception” when he failed to tell the league or the Watford board about the loans.By June 2012 the Russo brothers were complaining they had received no money back from the loans they had made to Bassini, and they sued him in the high court, then in December 2012 obtained a freezing order on his assets. In March 2014 the Russos, represented by Nicholas Stewart QC, won a judgment in that case, which ordered Bassini to repay £4.2m, the loans plus interest, following £959,000 he had been ordered to pay a year earlier.The Watford Observer, which covered the case and Bassini’s tenure at the club in detail, reported that Bassini’s barrister, Jonathan Crystal, informed the judge that Bassini would take personal insolvency advice following the judgment.Watford have been reinvented under the Pozzos, winning promotion to the Premier League in 2015, with sustained shrewd player recruitment, initially with eight players on loan from the family’s Serie A club, Udinese, including the Czech striker Matej Vydra. Throughout these years the companies Bassini used for his ownership of the club, Watford Leisure Ltd and Watford FC Ltd, have been grinding through a liquidation process, having gone bust in July 2013 and December 2014 respectively. The most recent liquidators’ report of Watford FC Ltd, dated 28 February 2018, stated that Bassini was bankrupt at that time.Bolton’s plight since Davies staunched his funding, under Anderson, who was disqualified in September 2005 from being a company director for eight years, has been similarly played out in public view. A winding-up petition led by HMRC has been adjourned to 8 May, while another winding-up petition, against the club’s hotel on the stadium site, was adjourned on Wednesday, the same day Anderson announced the deal to sell the club to Bassini.In a brief conversation with the Guardian on Thursday, Bassini said he was “sitting on £20m cash” to save Bolton, and has an alternative story to tell about his time at Watford. He said the three-year ban imposed by the commission was “being overturned at the moment”.Asked whether that was the case, an EFL spokesman said: “The position on this is the ban imposed by the disciplinary commission in 2013 is now time served. We have nothing further to add on this matter.”Bassini said the commission had been wrong to accuse him of being dishonest. “I’ve never done a dishonest thing in my life,” he said.If Anderson does proceed to sell Bolton – the 145-year-old Football League founder member club – to Bassini the EFL is likely to find he passes its owners and directors “fit and proper persons” test because he has served his ban and has no criminal convictions.Bassini would then have to show he has the money to keep the club, who could be relegated to Division One on Friday, going and nothing would then stand in his way. Share on Messenger Bolton agree sale of club to former Watford owner Laurence Bassini Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp One of many sad elements in Bolton’s financial crisis and other current indignities is that for years they were supported by an owner most clubs would consider ideal. Eddie Davies, originally a Bolton lad, made a fortune marketing the heating elements in kettles and he brewed up £185.5m in loans to Wanderers before pulling the plug in November 2015.By then Bolton were falling to a hard landing without the parachute payments from their second stint in the Premier League between 2001 and 2012, with players to pay and making heavy losses. In September, just days before he died, aged 72, Davies made one last loan of £5m, to the current owner, Ken Anderson.Yet for the Bolton supporters anxious and embarrassed about pending winding-up petitions, the squad not yet paid for March and difficulties keeping the stadium open, the news that Anderson is selling to Laurence Bassini is not greatly reassuring. featurescenter_img Football League Read more Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Bolton Wanderers Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan 3rd fastest to 1000 List A runs, Rohit Sharma goes past MS DhoniShikhar Dhawan 3rd fastest to 1000 List A runs, Rohit Sharma goes past MS Dhoni

first_imgadvertisement Shikhar Dhawan 3rd fastest to 1000 List A runs, Rohit Sharma goes past MS DhoniIndia vs Australia: Shikhar Dhawan became the 3rd fastest to 10000 List A runs after Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers while Rohit Sharma now holds the record for most sixes in ODIs by an Indian. graphs commentary Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 16:31 IST India vs Australia 4th ODI Mohali: Shikhar Dhawan scored his 16th ODI century on Sunday. (AP Photo)Shikhar Dhawan became the third fastest batsmen to reach 10,000 List A runs after Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers during the fourth one-day international between India and Australia in Mohali on Sunday. Dhawan, had not scored a hundred in ODIs in 17 innings, returned to form with a dominating hundred.Dhawan has reached the 10,000 List A runs mark in 239 innings. Virat Kohli remains the fastest to have reached the landmark in 219 innings while AB de Villiers is second on the list (225 innings).Dhawan was out for 143 which is now his career-best in one-day internationals. He had last scored a fifty in ODIs back in January against New Zealand and had since struggled to get going. His return to form before the World Cup will be a huge relief for India.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA LIVE SCORE, 4TH ODIMeanwhile, Rohit Sharma fell five short of his 23rd ODI hundred but he went past MS Dhoni to hit most sixes for India in ODIs.Rohit would have overtaken Sourav Ganguly to move third in the list of century makers for India. Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Virat Kohli (41) head the all-time list for century makers in one-day cricket.Dhawan silenced his critics with a classy 143. Before the start of the 3rd ODI, Gautam Gambhir had suggested KL Rahul should be the preferred opener. But Rahul, playing his first ODI since the Koffee with Karan controversy, batted at No.4.He (Dhawan) was never my backup opener. He was always my first-choice. The kind of form he has shown in the two T20Is… I thought was fabulous. He was our best batsman though Virat Kohli and other people got runs. They should have continued giving him these five games (ODIs). Irrespective of how he delivers, he should have played all these games,” Gautam Gambhir said before the start of the match.advertisement”When you play the first match at the World Cup, you want all your batsmen to be in top form. Not only these two matches, the IPL and the warm-up matches at the World Cup, I think the team management will be looking at whether KL Rahul is hitting the ball well or Shikhar Dhawan,” VVS Laxman had said.”Shikhar has not been in great form. Australia series and then in New Zealand and these three ODIs he has looked very, very shaky. There was no rhythm to his game. He is a rhythm player. When players like him don’t have rhythm, they will not be able to rotate the strike and it will put pressure on his partner,” Laxman added.Also Read | Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan set new Indian record in ODIs against AustraliaAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan hits 16th ODI hundred to roar back to formAlso Read | Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan surpass Tendulkar-Sehwag in ODIsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 4th ODIcenter_img No data available! view more view less scorecardlast_img read more

La Loche school shooter convicted of killing 4 injuring 7 to appealLa Loche school shooter convicted of killing 4 injuring 7 to appeal

first_imgREGINA – The mother of a teacher’s aide who died in a shooting at a northern Saskatchewan school says she’s disappointed her daughter’s killer is filing an appeal.The young man who killed four people and injured seven others in La Loche was sentenced in May as an adult to life in prison with no chance at parole for 10 years. His lawyer filed an appeal of the sentence Tuesday.“I don’t want him to get an appeal,” said Jackie Janvier, whose daughter, Marie Janvier, was one of those killed. “That’s one thing I don’t want, because I’ve been through enough as it is already and yet have to start all over again.”The shooter was weeks away from his 18th birthday in January 2016 when he killed teenage brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine at their home before he fatally shot Janvier and teacher Adam Wood at the high school.Although he was sentenced as an adult, he can’t be named because of his appeal.The shooter’s defence lawyer, Aaron Fox, said Tuesday that he will ask for the order that directs his client to be sentenced as an adult to be set aside.“There’s really not much else I can say at this time,” Fox said. “That’s the issue: should he have been sentenced as a youth or an adult. We’re arguing that he should have been sentenced as a youth.”Fox wouldn’t say why he didn’t appeal the decision immediately after the judge made the ruling in February. He said his office filed the notice of appeal within 30 days of sentencing, as allowed by the rules of the court.Crown prosecutor Pouria Tabrizi-Reardigan referred all questions for the case to the Ministry of Justice.“The Crown argued the teen should be sentenced as an adult given the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s circumstances. That is what happened,” a spokeswoman from the Ministry of Justice said in an email.No date has been set for the hearing. A court communications officer indicated it is unlikely to be scheduled before the Court of Appeal’s fall sittings.“The parties each have to file a written argument. The court will then set a date for the hearing of the appeal,” Fox said.Janvier travelled from her home in La Loche to every court appearance since the shooting and said the appeal will be no different.“I just want justice to be done,” she said.The young man had been imprisoned at a provincial correctional centre, but was to serve his sentence in a federal penitentiary. Fox wouldn’t say where his client has been serving his sentence.The shooter pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.During the sentencing in May, Judge Janet McIvor called the shootings “senseless” and “coldly horrific.”“These school shootings were planned and calculated to inflict as much damage as possible,” she told court.Court heard the shooter began formulating a plan as early as September 2015. He researched different kinds of guns and the damage they could do to people.The night before the shootings, he did an online search asking, “What does it feel like to kill someone?”McIvor said the shootings have had a lasting impact on the northern community. Fewer teachers are willing to work there and there has been an increase in substance abuse and suicides, the judge said.Students in the community aren’t receiving the support they need and are being revictimized, she added.The shooter told court he can’t undo what he’s done, but he would if he could.His motive for the shooting is still unclear. Fox has said his client told him: “I ask myself that every day.”last_img read more

Brooke Henderson repeats as Canadian Press female athlete of the yearBrooke Henderson repeats as Canadian Press female athlete of the year

first_imgThere was a quiet poise to Brooke Henderson on that Sunday morning last summer in Regina ahead of her final round at the CP Women’s Open.She had experienced big moments before: her first LPGA Tour win as a 17-year-old in 2015, her first major victory a year later, her first appearance at the Olympics.This tournament was different.No Canadian had won the national open since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973. Supporters who crammed the galleries could sense something special was happening.Henderson would deliver in emphatic fashion, firing a closing-round 65 for a four-shot victory.“The 18th hole, standing on that green, surrounded by family and friends and hundreds of fans and spectators cheering me on = it was sort of a surreal moment,” Henderson said. “To finally hold that trophy that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl, it gives me chills just thinking back on it.”It was one of two tournament titles and 11 top-10 finishes for Henderson last season. On Wednesday, she was rewarded for her stellar campaign by being named a repeat winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year.Henderson, who has won the award in three of the last four years, picked up 30 of 54 votes (55.6 per cent) in a poll of broadcasters and editors from across the country.“Especially this year being an Olympic year with all the great athletes that competed in the Winter Olympics, it’s a big honour and I’m just really proud to take home this award again,” Henderson said.Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond and short-track speedskater Kim Boutin tied for second place with 10 votes each (18.5 per cent).The winner of the Lionel Conacher Award as Canada’s male athlete of the year will be named Thursday and the team of the year will be named Friday.With wet weather in the forecast, Henderson had an early start for her final round at the CP Women’s Open. Showing no sign of nerves or timidity, she lashed her opening drive down the fairway and birdied the hole for a two-stroke lead.Angel Yin, Sung Hyun Park, Su Oh and others tried to make charges that day but Henderson wouldn’t buckle. In fact, the Canadian found another gear.Henderson pulled away with four straight birdies on the back nine and tapped in a birdie putt on the 18th hole to send the crowd into a tizzy. Her seventh career LPGA Tour victory moved her one behind Sandra Post’s record for all-time wins by a Canadian.“The blinders were on,” Post said. “She was looking at the finish line and she just looked like it was hers. She wasn’t nervous. It was hers.”It was an emotional summer for Henderson and her family. Her maternal grandfather died in early June and her paternal grandfather died in early August.Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., remained steady and consistent throughout the year. She won the Lotte Championship last April in Hawaii, earned US$1.47 million over the season and finished ninth in the world rankings.“Big performances on the biggest stage amongst stiff competition in one of the highest-profile sports in the world,” said Edmonton-based Postmedia editor Craig Ellingson.Henderson was fourth in scoring average (69.99) on the LPGA Tour, eighth in driving distance (268-yard average) and fourth in greens in regulation (74.5 per cent).Her short game statistics were middle of the pack. Henderson was 72nd in putting average (29.7 putts per round) and 87th in sand saves (43.7 per cent).“It’s easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going perfectly,” Henderson said. “I feel like I stayed really patient through the majority of the year. When things were not very good, they always turned around. You just have to wait them out and I did that.“Even going into the CP Women’s Open, I was in contention a few times and wasn’t able to get the job done. But I feel like I learned from those experiences and then when I put myself in position in Regina, I wasn’t going to let it go that time. I was able to seal the deal.”Bobbie Rosenfeld, an Olympic medallist in track and field and a multi-sport athlete, was named Canada’s best female athlete of the half-century in 1950.The first winner of the Rosenfeld award was golfer Ada Mackenzie in 1933. Marlene Stewart Streit leads all golfers by taking the honour on five occasions (1952, ’53, ’56, ’57, ’63).last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Don’t miss the thrilling series premiere of 21 Thunder, tonight at 9/9:30NT on CBC! Check out the trailer here: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: 21 Thunder Series Premiere TONIGHT July 31 at 9/9:30NT!In the cutthroat world of pro soccer, a club lives and dies by the stars on its under-21 team. They are the future and lifeblood of any franchise, but most will never make it. 21 THUNDER is the story of the Montreal Thunder U21 team, following the team’s star players on and off the field. A story of love, crime, race, sex and athletic glory, at its core the series is about how a group of players and coaches unite as family in the whirlwind of life, one step away from the pros.The game is about to begin. Twitterlast_img read more

UN war crimes tribunal rejects Karadžić claim for immunity from prosecutionUN war crimes tribunal rejects Karadžić claim for immunity from prosecution

Three judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sitting in The Hague, denied a motion by lawyers for Mr. Karadžić, saying he had not been able to establish that there has been an abuse of process.Mr. Karadžić says that he reached a deal with US representatives, led by its official Richard Holbrooke, that he would be immune from any subsequent war crimes prosecution if he gave up politics and withdrew from public life in mid-1996. Mr. Holbrooke has denied making such an agreement.But the ICTY agreed with prosecutors that Mr. Karadžić could not show that any such agreement was arranged under the authority of the Security Council, which set up the tribunal to handle the cases of the worst atrocities committed during the Balkan wars.After more than a decade as a fugitive, Mr. Karadžić – who served as the president of Republika Srpska and commander of Bosnian Serb forces during part of the 1990s – was arrested a year ago and transferred to The Hague to stand trial on charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, wilful killing, persecutions, deportations, inhumane acts and other crimes. 8 July 2009The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the 1990s Balkan conflicts today rejected an application by the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić that he should be granted immunity from prosecution because of an agreement he says he struck with the United States Government in 1996. read more

With pledge to continue its work UN honours those who died inWith pledge to continue its work UN honours those who died in

“At this time of sorrow and loss, let us pledge to honour their sacrifice by continuing to make the UN presence in Nigeria a beacon of peace and hope,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message delivered by UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria Daouda Touré.Eleven UN staff members and 12 other people died and 116 were injured in the 26 August attack. “This terrorist attack showed utter disregard for human life,” Mr. Ban said. “It was an assault not just on our premises, but on our values and our work. There can be no justification for such wanton killing and destruction.”He noted that the 11 UN victims, who came from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), were concerned only with helping Nigeria’s poor and vulnerable, and supporting the country in addressing its varied challenges. He commended all UN personnel in Nigeria for “the admirable resolve with which you are continuing your work and adapting to the new and more difficult circumstances in which we must now operate.“Our work is with people, and would suffer if we are confined to a fortress-like environment. Yet our work also depends crucially on safety. That is the conundrum we face; that is the balance we must strive to find,” he added.“The lives we mourn today personify the deep commitment that characterizes the work of the United Nations in Nigeria and globally.” 15 September 2011With calls to persevere through adversity, the United Nations held a memorial ceremony in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, today for the staff members who died when its offices there were attacked by a suicide bomber last month. read more

First Nations environmentalists occupy salmon farm in British ColumbiaFirst Nations environmentalists occupy salmon farm in British Columbia

ALERT BAY, B.C. — A group of First Nations and environmentalists are occupying a salmon farm near Alert Bay, B.C., and say they won’t leave until the provincial and federal governments revoke permits for the facility.Ernest Alfred, a traditional leader from the ‘Namgis, Tlowitsis and Mamalilikulla First Nations, said he and other protesters arrived six days ago at the farm owned by Marine Harvest Canada on Swanson Island and are now building a shelter.He said the farm is threatening their traditional way of life by impacting wild salmon and herring stocks, and he’s also demanding an overall end to open-net fish farming in the sensitive Broughton Archipelago area.“We can’t sit by. I cannot sit by any longer while these farms continue to infest our waters, putting all of our marine ecosystem at risk,” he said.“The time for the very long debate about fish farms has passed. … These licences of occupation need to be removed immediately.”Alfred added that the company does not have a formal agreement with the ‘Namgis to operate in their traditional territories.Alexandra Morton, a biologist and long-time fish farm critic, is participating in the occupation with five others aboard a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel. She said four Indigenous protesters have set up on the farm itself.The protest was prompted in part by video filmed by Alfred and another First Nations leader, which was then released by Sea Shepherd last week that purported to show Atlantic salmon inside fish farms in the area between Alert Bay and Campbell River.Many of the fish appeared blind, deformed or diseased, Morton said.“I was stunned. There were so many fish that were clearly in poor health,” she said.Ian Roberts, a spokesman for Marine Harvest Canada, said no images indicate or prove disease. He said deformities are very rare in salmon, but like other animals and humans, they can occur.“We are able to remove any poor performing or deformed fish from our farms before they are sent to market,” he said. “Our salmon are very healthy, are regularly checked for health by licensed veterinarians and audited by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.”He said the company has regularly invited the ‘Namgis First Nation and its members to visit and observe its operations, but to date they had declined to visit or meet.“While this unscheduled visit was a surprise to us, we have allowed them to remain on site to observe our operations as long as they remain respectful and peaceful, and not harass our staff or harm our fish,” he said.“To date, they have remained relatively peaceful, but we are growing increasingly concerned about the health and welfare of the individuals. … We have again contacted the nation’s elected representative to meet and discuss their concerns.”Roberts confirmed the company does not have a formal agreement with the ‘Namgis, but he said the company has provided juvenile fish to the First Nation in the past for its land-based salmon farm, Kuterra.British Columbia’s Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said she has not reached out to the protesters, but she plans to raise the issue with First Nations leaders at a gathering in Vancouver next week.“Our relationship and partnership with the First Nations around issues like this are critically important,” she said.No new tenure permits for fish farms have been approved in B.C. since 2015. A committee is currently examining wild salmon and the aquaculture industry, and is expected to submit a report at the end of November, said Popham.Fisheries and Oceans Canada is also responsible for granting operating licences to fish farms. The department did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.The recent escape of Atlantic salmon from a Washington state pen that held 305,000 fish has spurred debate in Canada about open-net fish farming and has led to calls for the country to focus on land-based aquaculture.— By Laura Kane in Vancouver read more

Spending cuts tax increases help reduce eurozone deficit in 2012 but debtSpending cuts tax increases help reduce eurozone deficit in 2012 but debt

BRUSSELS – Official figures show the austerity medicine pursued across a number of European countries is working, at least when it comes to reducing annual borrowing levels.Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, says Monday that the cumulative level of government deficits across the 17 EU countries that use the euro dropped in 2012 to around 353 billion euros ($460 billion) from 391 billion the year before.As a result, the budget deficit of the whole eurozone fell to 3.7 per cent of the region’s annual gross domestic from 4.2 per cent in 2011.Though the spending cuts and tax increases are helping to reduce deficits, the eurozone’s debt burden rose because economic growth has flat-lined. In 2012, eurozone debt was worth 90.6 per cent of the region’s annual GDP, up from 87.3 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2013 5:03 am MDT Spending cuts, tax increases help reduce eurozone deficit in 2012 but debt still rising read more

Family of late New Orleans chef Prudhomme donates cookbooksFamily of late New Orleans chef Prudhomme donates cookbooks

NEW ORLEANS – A museum in New Orleans dedicated to southern cuisine says the family of the late New Orleans chef Paul Prudhomme has donated his extensive cookbook collection to the museum.The Southern Food & Beverage Museum said in a statement Monday that Prudhomme’s wife, Lori, donated the approximately 600 cookbooks, as well as wine and food documents and books on food science to the museum.Prudhomme died on Oct. 8 last year. The chef popularized the food of his Cajun upbringing and became one of the first American chefs to achieve worldwide fame.The museum said Prudhomme made notes in some of the cookbooks. The museum said the collection is a testament to Prudhomme’s “love for cuisine of all countries, particularly the regional cuisine upon which he built his career.” by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2016 10:12 am MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Family of late New Orleans chef Prudhomme donates cookbooks read more

Aequitas upstart stock exchange in Toronto marks one year since launchAequitas upstart stock exchange in Toronto marks one year since launch

Aequitas, upstart stock exchange in Toronto, marks one year since launch TORONTO – Nearly a year ago, a new upstart stock exchange launched in Toronto with an ambitious goal: to create a stock market where ordinary investors wouldn’t fall prey to predatory trading strategies.Statistics released by the Aequitas NEO Exchange, which provide a glimpse into trading activities on the new stock market, suggest the plan is working, according to president and CEO Jos Schmitt.“On our market, over 50 per cent of all the trades are taking place between regular or natural investors — so a retail investor or an institutional investor trading with another retail investor or institutional investor,” says Schmitt.“That is an incredible achievement. … It means that you are avoiding unnecessary intermediation, and unnecessary intermediation is typically the source of predatory trading.”Predatory trading strategies are employed by some high-frequency traders, or HFTs, to make a virtually risk-free profit at the expense of investors.In one such strategy, referred to as front running, an HFT that has discovered an investor’s intent to buy a particular stock will race ahead and purchase all of the outstanding shares of that stock on all of the various exchanges.The HFT will then sell the shares to the investor at a slightly higher price and pocket the difference.The Aequitas NEO Exchange, which celebrates the one-year anniversary of its launch on Sunday, has a “speed bump” in place to prevent high frequency traders from using such strategies.So far, the exchange has captured four to six per cent of trade volume in Canada, says Schmitt. It aims to have 20 per cent market share by mid-2019.In addition to trading securities that are listed on the TSX and the TSX Venture Exchange, Aequitas has also launched a listing service that allows companies looking to issue stock to list on the NEO Exchange rather than the TSX.Growing that side of its business has been a challenge, says Schmitt.“What we saw is a lot of interest,” says Schmitt. “People loved our value proposition, but everyone was looking at it like, ‘We would love to be on your exchange but we would like to be the second one, not the first one. We want to make sure that it all works and that there’s not going to be any issues.’”In January, the NEO exchange announced it had snagged its first application for a listing — the PowerShares DWA Global Momentum Index ETF, which is expected to start trading later this month.While it continues to focus on growing its trading and listing businesses, Aequitas is also tackling another goal — to provide real-time market data at a competitive price.Aequitas contends that market data is overpriced in Canada, particularly given the size of the Canadian marketplace relative to that of our U.S. neighbours.In the U.S., investment advisers pay US$72 monthly for real-time data of all trading that occurs on any public exchange in the country.In Canada, it costs investment advisers C$30 for TSX data and another C$25 for TSXV data, bringing the total to C$55 a month.However, those two markets represented on average 62 per cent of Canadian trading volume last year, according to statistics from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.Aequitas says it’s important to take into account the fact that Canada’s market capitalization is US$2 trillion, compared to US$28 trillion south of the border.That means Canadian investment advisers are paying C$55 a month for a snapshot that comprises only a portion of the trading taking place in a much smaller marketplace, according to the upstart.“If you want to have a view of the trading and activity that’s taking place in a security, it is extremely difficult and extremely costly,” says Schmitt.“I think personally that the securities regulators have a role to play over here.”In a filing submitted to the Competition Bureau last year, Aequitas alleges that TMX Group (TSX:X), which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, has used its dominant market position to artificially push up the cost of market data — a claim that TMX Group calls “inaccurate and misleading.”Eric Sinclair, the president of TMX Datalinx, says market data fees in Canada are priced competitively relative to global peers, adding that it’s deceptive to factor in the relative sizes of the Canadian and U.S. marketplaces.“Our fees are actually less than the U.S., so the way to make us appear more expensive is to either divide the U.S. fees by the market cap of their companies, or multiply ours,” Sinclair says.“That’s a very deceptive way of making us appear out of step with everybody else.”The Investment Industry Association of Canada says it has been advocating for regulatory change on the issue of market data for several years, to no avail.In a statement posted on a website run by Aequitas, the association’s president and CEO called the cost of market data “considerable.”“Given the lack of regulatory response to this significant and pressing issue for Canadian dealers, the IIAC is supportive of industry efforts to develop a solution to this long standing problem,” Ian Russell said.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2016 11:35 am MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

July vehicle production figuresJuly vehicle production figures

Source:CarsCommercial VehiclesTotal vehicles % of total75.7%76.6%61.5%60.7%74.4%74.6% 8.8%-4.7%10.0%20.1%9.0%-0.8% Total129,735894,02813,985123,935143,7201,017,963 % of total24.3%23.4%38.5%39.3%25.6%25.4%Car production ‘UK car production in July saw favourable year-on-year growth of 10.1 per cent and continues the underlying trend of stabilisation’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Having weathered the storms of new model introductions, a number of key car-makers have increased output and given a renewed edge to passenger car manufacturing in Britain.’ Commercial vehicle production ‘Legislative distortions in the heavy truck arena seem to have settled and we are at last seeing signs of growth in large commercial vehicle production in the UK’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Taking all CV output into consideration, the modest rise in volumes, if sustained over the second half of the year, should result in an annual total of some 215,000 units.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT LtdJul-07YTD 2007Jul-07YTD 2007Jul-07YTD 2007 10.5%-1.9%-17.5%-7.0%7.6%-2.4% Home31,466209,3665,38448,73336,850258,099 10.1%-2.5%-8.7%2.1%7.9%-2.0% Export98,269684,6628,60175,202106,870759,964 read more

Sudbury gets its first new mine in decadesSudbury gets its first new mine in decades

first_imgLast week Vale celebrated the official opening of Totten mine, the first new mine in the Sudbury Basin in more than 40 years, the company claims. “Totten mine represents a significant investment in the future of our operations in Ontario and across Canada,” said Peter Poppinga, President & CEO of Vale Canada and Vale’s Executive Director of Base Metals and Information Technology. “The opening of Totten reinforces the strong confidence we have in our worldclass base metals assets to deliver sizeable value through all commodity cycles.”Totten features the latest in mine technology and safety automation, including a wireless underground communication system and location tracking on mechanical and personal protective equipment. It has also incorporated industry-leading environmental features in its design to minimize its operating footprint and impacts on the surrounding area.The official opening ceremony was attended by the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development & Mines, members of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and many other community leaders.Premier Wynne spoke about the significance of the mine’s official opening. She also cut the ceremonial ribbon along with Minister Gravelle, and toured Totten’s state-of-the-art control room. “Totten mine is so important to the prosperity of Northern Ontario,” said Premier Wynne. “It will create good jobs and help foster economic growth in the region and beyond. I want to thank Vale for strengthening Ontario’s position as a global mining power, while respecting our environment and local communities.”With a budget of more than $700 million, the development of Totten took seven years to complete. About 500 people were employed at the site during peak development periods. The safety record of the mine during construction was exemplary, achieving over 1 million person-hours without a lost time injury.Located in Worthington (some 40 km west of Copper Cliff), the mine is now in operation and will employ approximately 200 people. It will produce copper, nickel and precious metals over the next 20 years. It will produce about 2,200 t/d of ore.“There is no question that Ontario is a world leader in mining, and with incredible partners like Vale who invest in our province and our people, our reputation can only grow stronger,” said Minister Gravelle. “When a new mine opens, it has an immensely positive impact on the regional economy and every community surrounding it shares in the benefits.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this historic opening.”Another key distinction of Totten is the relationship Vale has with the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation. Vale signed an Impact Benefits Agreement with Sagamok in 2012 and is committed to sharing the mine’s economic benefits.“Sagamok Anishnawbek congratulates Vale on their achievement and our First Nation looks forward to continuing to participate in the Totten Mine Project, including through employment, mine service delivery and environmental stewardship,” said Chief Paul Eshkakogan, Chief of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation.“Totten represents the future of mining for Vale’s Sudbury operations,” said Kelly Strong, Vice-President of Ontario & UK Operations, Vale. “It’s an extraordinary facility built by a dedicated team of mining professionals and represents an accomplishment our company and community can be very proud of.”last_img read more

Contactless payments to cut the time you spend in a queueContactless payments to cut the time you spend in a queue

first_imgTRANSACTION AND QUEUEING times are set to be reduced as more and more contactless payment terminals make their way to Ireland.Sage Pay today announced that 6,000 of these terminals are now operational in Ireland which should result in consumers having to carry less cash while at the same time reducing the security risks associated with using cards.Customers who wish to use the new terminals are limited to spending €15 in a single transaction. Once a customer spends a maximum of €45 across any number of retail outlets they will automatically be asked for their pin to prove that the card that they are using is actually theirs.Sean Wilson from Sage Pay said that the terminals would reduce the “top-heavy cost to retailers” of having to deal with low value payments on a daily basis.He added: There is also a huge value to customers, recent figures report that Irish customers spend 11.2 minutes queuing daily to pay for low-value purchases. Contactless payments help eliminate these lengthy queues.More than 2.4 million Laser cards are due to be replaced with Visa Debit Contactless cards by the end of 2013.Read: Scammers targeting shops in attempt to get card details >last_img read more

Geek deals 15 off coupon for 30inch Dell UltraSharp U3014Geek deals 15 off coupon for 30inch Dell UltraSharp U3014

first_imgWhen it comes to monitors, I have one simple mantra: bigger is better. Most of the time when we find a deal on a big monitor, it’s a 27-inch that offers up either 1080p or WQHD (2560×1440) resolution. Either is a good display, with the latter being desirable, but the truly elusive monitor deals are those on 30-inch models.30-inch monitors definitely make up a small part of the LCD industry, but are the most desirable option for extreme multi-taskers and media junkies. A 27-inch monitor can be had for hundreds cheaper, but the reality of first-hand usage is that WQHD resolution on a 27-inch display can give you text that is on the uncomfortable side of small for long-term usage. Stepping up to a 30-inch display, especially one with more vertical resolution, lets you keep all the benefits of a high resolution panel while being able to read your content easier.Dell’s UltraSharp U3014 is one of their newest monitors and a class-leading model to boot. It rocks 2560×1600 resolution across its 30-inch display, utilizing an IPS LCD panel. It comes factory calibrated and supports a full 1.07 billion colors, making it perfectly suited for any color-sensitive work that you graphics professionals might throw at it.It will connect to nearly any device you’ve got via the DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI video inputs and even has goodies like a media card reader and USB 3.0 built right in. To help make the most of these 30-glorious-inches, the U3014 comes with software that allows you to tile and arrange your windows in a variety of ways. The whole package is protected by a 3 year warranty with advance exchange and a bright pixel guarantee. Don’t take my word on the awesomeness of this display though; PCMag gave it their Editor’s Choice award.We’ve only seen this monitor on sale a couple times in the last few months, making this 15% discount a strong offer.Dell U3014 30-inch UltraSharp LED-backlit LCD monitor for $1,249.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,499.99)Update: The original offer on the U3014 has ended, but a new one has started that is $25 cheaper. Just follow the link above and $250 instant savings is applied automatically.Our other deals:Refurb Linksys E2500 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router for $33.24 + free shipping (reg. $89.99 | use coupon HSDISH5)Krups B100 BeerTender Kegerator for $149.99 + free shipping (reg. $180)Seagate 4TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus External Hard Drive for $149.99 + free shipping (reg. $239.99)last_img read more

Hacker Croll le pirate de Twitter condamné à cinq mois de prisonHacker Croll le pirate de Twitter condamné à cinq mois de prison

first_imgHacker Croll : le pirate de Twitter condamné à cinq mois de prison avec sursisFrance – François C., plus connu sous le nom de Hacker Croll, a été condamné hier à cinq mois de prison avec sursis par le tribunal correctionnel de Clermont-Ferrand. Le jeune homme de 23 ans était jugé pour avoir piraté de nombreux comptes Twitter, et notamment celui de Barack Obama.Alors que le procureur avait requis deux mois de prison avec sursis et 1.000 euros d’amende à l’encontre du jeune homme qui affirme avoir seulement voulu “montrerque Twitter n’est pas si sécurisé qu’on le croit”, le tribunal a finalement condamné Hacker Croll à cinq mois de prison avec suris.Une décision que François C. accepte. Il se dit en effet soulagé et n’a pas l’intention de faire appel. Quant à ses parents, ils ont accueilli la décision du tribunal comme “une bonne nouvelle”.Pour sa défense, le jeune homme qui avait piraté de nombreux comptes Twitter (dont ceux de Barack Obama, Britney Spears et l’un des fondateurs du site de microblogging), affirmene pas être un pirate au sens propre du terme puisqu’il n’a en aucun cas voulu nuire à qui que ce soit. Hacker Croll s’était en effet contenté de publier des copies d’écran des pages piratées quand il aurait pu voler des données personnelles et les monnayer. François C. dit avoir voulu prouver que “le maillon faible n’est pas la machine, mais l’humain”. Et d’ajouter : “J’ai fait ça dans un but préventif, pas dans le but de nuire.C’était pour sensibiliser les internautes sur le choix de leur mot de passe”. Un piratage altruiste qui a permis à François C. de décrocher un travail dans une société informatique belge !Le 25 juin 2010 à 15:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un photographe récompensé pour son travail sur les communautés du delta duUn photographe récompensé pour son travail sur les communautés du delta du

first_imgUn photographe récompensé pour son travail sur les communautés du delta du ParanàLe prestigieux prix de l’Iris d’Or des Sony World Photography awards a été décerné à l’Argentin Alejandro Chaskielberg. Le photographe a été récompensé pour sa série de photographies intitulée “High Tide” : marée haute. Après deux ans d’immersion au sein d’une communauté d’insulaires dans le delta du Paranà, en Argentine, le photographe Alejandro Chaskielberg a enfin dévoilé son travail lors des Sony World Photography. Sa galerie baptisée “High Tide” et composée de dix photographies, a été accueillie avec un véritable succès. Un enthousiasme qui a valu à l’auteur la plus grande distinction à savoir le prix de l’Iris d’Or.À lire aussiA quoi ressemblerait le monde avec seulement 100 personnes ?Le projet “High Tide” révèle des portraits fascinants des insulaires du delta, une population souvent bien méconnue du public. “Grâce à la photographie, j’ai été en mesure de présenter une autre version du delta du fleuve Paraná et de sa communauté absente jusque là des œuvres des photographe”, souligne Alejandro Chaskielberg.Francis Hodgson, célèbre critique photographique du Financial Times et président du Jury déclare à The Guardian, à propos de  “High Tide” : “Ces images soigneusement mises en scène révèlent des solides vérités, sur la fatigue et la survie marginale de la communauté, d’une manière magnifiquement implicite”. Découvrez la série de photographies du projet “High Tide” en cliquant ci-dessous : Le 3 mai 2011 à 19:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more