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Canada Beats Sweden, 3-0 For Gold

first_imgSOCHI, Russia — Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Sweden’s goalie to the ice with a textbook-quality deke and sliding a perfect backhand into the net.Canada did everything by the book at the Sochi Olympics, winning all six games with a ferocious commitment to defense and discipline. When Canada’s captain finally got his first goal of the games Feb. 23, it had none of the dramatics of Crosby’s last Olympic goal four years ago in Vancouver.But it was every bit as golden.Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, Carey Price made 24 saves in his second consecutive shutout, and Canada defended its Olympic men’s hockey title with a 3-0 victory over Sweden.“We’re just an amazing team to watch, the way we work together,” Toews said. “We were just all over them. It’s fun to be a part of.”Chris Kunitz also scored as the Canadians confirmed their worldwide dominance in their national game by winning the gold for the third time in the last four Olympics. No team in the NHL era has controlled a tournament like this group, which allowed just three goals in six games and never trailed at any point in the 12-day tournament on the shores of the Black Sea.“Not quite as dramatic as the other one,” Crosby said. “Just real solid all the way through. We knew the way we wanted to play, and the last couple of games, we were solid. With each game, we seemed to build more and more confidence.”By the final event of the Sochi Olympics, that confidence was unshakable. Canada became the only repeat Olympic champ in the NHL era and the first team to go unbeaten through the Olympic tournament since the Soviet Union in Sarajevo in 1984.Canada won its record ninth Olympic hockey gold medal — its first outside North America since 1952 — and joined the women’s team to complete Canada’s second straight Olympic hockey sweep.The Canadians didn’t allow a goal in their final 164-plus minutes at the Bolshoy Ice Dome after the first period of the quarterfinals against Latvia, shutting out the U.S. and Sweden.Steve Yzerman, the architect of this roster for Hockey Canada, called it the greatest display of defensive hockey by any Canadian national team. Yzerman also said he’s stepping down as Canada’s Olympic Executive Director.The Swedes also were unbeaten until the final, but they couldn’t compete with Canada’s formidable defense and Price, a first-time gold medalist who played splendidly in Sochi, allowing three goals in five games.“That was the hardest-working team I’ve ever seen,” Price said. “I really can’t say enough about that group of defensemen and that overall team in front of me. Our work ethic was what won us this championship.”The Canadians exchanged hugs and leaped over the boards at the final horn, gathering at Price’s net for a celebration that had seemed inevitable since Crosby scored in the second period.Toews, who scored on a first-period tip-in, and Crosby are among Canada’s 11 returning players from the 2010 championship team. Kunitz, widely criticized for failing to finish chances earlier in Sochi, capped the scoring with a vicious wrist shot in the third.If these games were the last with NHL players joining their national teams, Canada’s pros put on a landmark show. The NHL won’t decide for several months whether to allow its players to go to Pyeongchang.“It is amazing to see the guys that have the raw talent and ability commit themselves to doing all the little things right,” said Toews, who has two Stanley Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals at 25. “We knew that’s what it was going to take in this tournament to win the championship, and guys were willing to do that.”Lundqvist stopped 33 shots, but the depleted Swedes couldn’t keep pace with the new Big Red Machine in Russia.While Canada got goals from its two best centers, Sweden had to play without its top three centers. With Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg already out for the tournament, Nicklas Backstrom was scratched shortly before game time. Swedish Olympic officials said Backstrom had a positive drug test because of an allergy medicine.“With all the turnovers, Hank could only do so much for us,” Sweden captain Niklas Kronwall said. “We thought that if we played a perfect game, we’d have a chance. … It doesn’t feel great. I didn’t feel like we gave ourselves an honest chance.”After both teams hit a post in the opening minutes to put a little buzz into the quiet Russian crowd, Canada went ahead nearly 13 minutes in when Jeff Carter threw a quick pass in front to Toews, who deflected it underneath Lundqvist for his first goal in Sochi. Toews also scored Canada’s first goal in the gold-medal game in Vancouver.Late in the second period, Crosby scored after forcing a turnover at the Canada blue line. Loui Eriksson couldn’t catch him, and Lundqvist couldn’t stop the backhand with his sprawled toe.When Backstrom was ruled out shortly before game time, Sweden was left without its top three pivots. Jimmie Ericsson attempted to fill in between Daniel Sedin and Eriksson, but he’s not a natural center, and he lost all six of his face-offs in the first period.“They had a good game plan against us, and they stuck to it,” Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson said. “We couldn’t really break through a brick wall.”(Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Alive! Rangers Win in OT

first_imgNEW YORK  — The New York Rangers were less than two minutes away from seeing their season end before coming up with two goals to beat Washington 2-1 in overtime on Friday and stay alive in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.Going into the game trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Rangers’ season looked over before Chris Kreider tied the game with 1:41 left and Ryan McDonagh netted 9:37 into overtime to trim the series deficit to 3-2.In the day’s other game, Anaheim won 4-2 at Calgary to go 3-1 up in that series.The Rangers continued their uncanny knack of staving off elimination in home games at Madison Square Garden. They have won each of their past nine home playoff games when facing elimination, dating back to 2008.“We are still alive,” Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said after a 28-save performance. “Being in their shoes, we’ve been there. Going home now there is a lot of pressure for them. I know for sure they don’t want to come back here for another game. So we’ll try to use that to our advantage.”The Capitals lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Sunday in Washington, and there is bound to be pressure on the Capitals. Since 1985, they have lost nine series in which they led either 2-0 or 3-1. That includes a first-round loss to the Rangers in 2013 in which they led 2-0 and 3-2.“Of course you want to close out the series,” said Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, who is still looking to reach his first conference final. “You have to forget about it and move forward.”Goaltender Braden Holtby made 41 saves for Washington, and Curtis Glencross scored.The overtime winner came when Jesper Fast kept the puck in the Washington end and sent a pass to Derek Stepan in the left circle. Instead of shooting, Stepan hesitated and found McDonagh coming late down the middle. His shot flew into the net and set off a second loud celebration at Madison Square Garden.Earlier, Kreider scored the late tying goal from the top of the left faceoff circle. He took a pass from Stepan and fired a shot quickly to the far corner that Holtby never saw.The goal came seconds after Lundqvist left his net for a sixth skater.Until the goal, it seemed that the Capitals were going to win on Holtby’s second shutout of the series and another winning goal by one of Washington’s unknowns.Joel Ward had the winner in the opener. Jay Beagle and Andre Burakovsky had the winners in Washington and Glencross seemed destined in Game 5. He broke through with 9:06 left in regulation, scoring on a breakaway after being sent in all alone by defenseman Matt Niskanen.Lundqvist actually stopped the breakaway attempt, but Glencross chipped the rebound over the prone netminder.Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey broke a tie on a power play early in the third period and the Ducks went on to victory at Calgary.Anaheim leads the series 3-1 and can close it out at home Sunday.Jakob Silfverberg, Andrew Cogliano and Patrick Maroon also scored for the Ducks, and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland scored for Calgary, and Karri Ramo stopped 25 shots.Anaheim was 2 for 4 on the power play. Calgary failed to score on a two-man advantage for 56 seconds in the third, finishing 0 for 2.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgIf Centre and states work together, they can do wonders inpromoting welfare of people:VPPuducherry, Jul 6 (PTI) Vice-President M VenkaiahNaidu today said if the Centre and States work togetherforgetting all differences they can do wonders indevelopmental activities and promoting welfare of the people.He was speaking after declaring open a Rs 7.2 croremulti-purpose indoor sports complex and laying foundation fora Rs 5 crore swimming pool and Rs 11.8 crore SAI Girls hostelhere. “Launching of these facilities underjoint programmesof the centre and state governmentis a good example how wecan achieve great results through joint initiatives. This is a good example of the positive outcome ofworking together of centre and state governments forgettingall differences,” he said. Naidu, who was on his first visit to Puducherryafter becoming vice-president, said there should be intensivefocus on promotion of sports and games. The Centre and state governments should ensure thatschools had playgrounds so that the younger generation couldbecome fit and physically sound, he said. “Sports should be made a compulsory subject and extramarks should be earmarked in examinations for sports and aquota should also be place in jobs for sportspersons,” hesaid. “The most worrying trend in current education systemis the neglect of physical activity. There has been a mushrooming of significantly largenumber of schools and colleges without playgrounds,” he said.This unhealthy trend should be stopped and the states must notallow mushrooming of such institutions, he said.advertisement Good sportsmen could become good leaders with greatquality of leadership, Naidu said. He said Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, who earlierhighlighted the importance of `University SocialResponsibility in Puducherry,’had taken several initiativesto implement Swachch Bharath in Puducherry to give a faceliftto the environment. “Clean India` movement is a people`s campaign-JanataAndolan and it is the duty of all people to cooperate inensuring clean environment,” he said. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said the Centreshould earmark sufficient funds to Puducherry for itsdevelopmental activities. He also urged the Vice President to ensure thatstudents of Puducherry are sanctioned sufficient seats inundergraduate and postgraduate courses in institutions underthe Pondicherry University’s control. PTI COR BNBN BN BNlast_img
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‘Fun while it lasted’ – Bolt ends pro football dream

first_imgUsain Bolt has announced he will no longer pursue a career in football, saying “it was fun while it lasted” but admitted the situation was not handled in the best way.The 32-year-old Jamaican sprinting legend won multiple Olympic gold medals in London, Beijing and Rio, only to try his hand at professional football after his retirement from track.Bolt had trained with multiple clubs over the past few years, with Borussia Dortmund and Norweigian side Stromsgodset some of the biggest among them, but his best opportunity came with the Central Coast Mariners of Australia’s A-League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Appearing in friendlies with the club, Bolt scored a double in a match in October and earned the chance to sign a contract with the team.However the two sides could not come to an agreement on compensation, as commercial backing to finance Bolt’s desired wages were not found.As a result, the Mariners and Bolt agreed to mutually terminate the trial in early November.Bolt also turned down an offer from Maltese side Valletta in October, and ultimately he was unable to find another option.Now Bolt has decided to end his dream of becoming a professional footballer and expressed some regret with how it was handled, even if he did enjoy the overall experience.“I don’t want to say it wasn’t dealt with properly, but I think we went about it, not the way we should and you learn your lesson, you live and you learn,” Bolt said.”It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted.”Having left football behind, and sprinting in his past, Bolt explained he is focused on business going forward..“I’m just doing many different things – the sports life is over, so I’m now moving into different businesses,” Bolt added. “I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be a business man now.”last_img read more

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Minister Upset About Incident at Bedford School

first_imgEducation and Early Childhood Development Minister Ramona Jennex was upset about an alleged incident at Bedford South School in Bedford. Halifax Regional School Board notified the department today, May 21, about an allegation that a child-care staff member taped shut the mouth of a child during the Excel after school program on May 16, the last day of school before the long weekend. “As the Minister of Education, a former teacher and a grandparent, I am very upset about this alleged incident,” Ms. Jennex. “I want to reassure parents that this behaviour is not acceptable nor will it be tolerated. I have asked the board to keep me informed as to the progress of the investigation and its outcome.” The employee is off work while the board completes its investigation. Halifax Regional Police are also investigating. “Our schools need to be safe havens for children in this province,” said Ms. Jennex. “I expect the school board to have answers about this alleged incident shortly and we will work with the board to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”last_img read more

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Abdelilah Benkirane Slams PJDs Stance on French Teaching Law Calls on

Rabat – The former Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, recorded a 26-minute video in which he strongly criticized a draft framework law seeking to push for a widespread adoption of French as language of instruction of most subjects in Moroccan schools.  In a parliamentary meeting on n March 25,  the majority Moroccan political party leaders agreed to pass Draft Law 51.17 on language of instruction in Moroccan schools.Adopting the law would impose on Moroccan schools to teach  science and technology subjects being taught in French, a move the former PJD head has decried from the outset. in Moroccan schools.Benkirane, a trenchant critic of what he perceives as a more pointed “Francization” of an already Francophile education system, is urging members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) to ditch the draft law. Minister of Education Said Amzazi proposed the law, which received a nod from the heads of the political parties in parliament.Amzazi said that “some subjects should be taught in a foreign language,” alluding to French.According to the minister, the proposal is in line with the Strategic Vision for the Reform of the Moroccan School launched by the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research in 2015.Read Also: Moroccan Political Parties Agree to Teach More School Subjects in FrenchBenkirane, who had taken aim at Amzazi in earlier statements on the language controversy, vehemently disagreed with the minister’s proposal. He rebuked PJD members for agreeing to Amzazi’s proposal, telling them that they “have no right to vote on this law.” The move, Benkirane argued, is a serious“betrayal of the principles of the party [PJD] and the Constitution and its vision.”Describing the draft law as “a fatal blow to the Justice and Development Party,” Benkirane warned PJD members: “Do not accept to be false witnesses, even if it requires the fall of this government and the appointment of another.”Why did MPs agree on the draft law?Draft Law 51.17 stresses the importance of having students master many other languages in addition to Arabic, the language in which they pass their baccalaureate exam. The draft points out that alongside Arabic, students should be proficient in languages such as Tamazight (Berber), which is Morocco’s second official language, as well as in two other foreign languages.Also included in the draft is the long-term objective to make Moroccan students able to speak two foreign languages by the age of six.While Benkirane has not overtly opposed the plan to make Moroccan students more proficient in languages other than Arabic, he views the law as a subtle move with the long-term goal of abandoning Arabic altogether as the country’s primary language of instruction. Addressing Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, he said it would be a “shame” to undo the three-decade-long  “honor of the Arabization of scientific subjects.” Benkirane was referring to the early 1970s, when Morocco’s Al Istiqlal party (Independence Party) campaigned for the urgent need to Arabize the educational system. The nationalism-flavored move aimed to curb the then perceived threat of the predominance of French in Morocco’s educated circles.Read Also: French Vs. English: How Morocco Is Debating Foreign Languages in SchoolsEl Othmani should resignIn a particularly scathing section of his 26-minute message, Benkirane drew parallels between passing the law and the blockade period in 2016, when, according to him, he was forced to leave his position as Head of Government after his principled refusal to include in his government parties he fundamentally disagreed with on Morocco’s future. Rather than surrender to RNI’s pressure to pass Draft Law 51.17, Benkirane advised El Othmani, he should consider giving up on hi position. According to Benkirane, resignation would be more honorable for El Othmani than  surrender to principles that clash with his party’s founding philosophy. He said, “Are you the first head of government to fall? I refused the entry of four parties in the blockade period.” All fuss about deja vu?The Language debate is not new in Morocco. Morocco’s linguistic dilemma has historically been the source of furious exchanges between opposing parties and sections of Morocco’s political and cultural scene. Liberal Moroccans have mostly called for French or English to be adopted in most schools. They argue that, because most of the scientific knowledge reaching Morocco is produced in English or French, teaching science in Arabic puts Moroccan students at a disadvantage in the current globalized knowledge economy. In March, the Conference of University Presidents (CPU) issued a statement announcing that Moroccan schools should not teach science in Arabic, weighing into the intensifying political debate on which language should be used to teach science in Morocco.While acknowledging the importance of Arabic and Tamazight (Berber) in Morocco, CPU said that “technology, science, and knowledge are produced in foreign languages, especially English and French.”In conservative circles, however, Arabic is perceived as the unquestioned national language. Giving foreign languages like French or English preeminence over Arabic is seen in such circles as a grave blow to Morocco’s national pride and honor. In February, the Independence Party slammed any moves to adopt French as teaching language. The party linked any such move to a “crime,” pointing out that Arabic should have the upper hand over French. read more

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UN nuclear inspectors leave DPR Korea

16 April 2009After being ordered out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier this week, United Nations nuclear inspectors left the East Asian nation today. On Tuesday, the DPRK informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it was no longer cooperating with the agency, on the heels of the Security Council’s condemnation of its recent rocket launch.The country also requested the IAEA to remove all of its containment and surveillance equipment, ordering the UN inspectors to leave immediately.Yesterday, inspectors at the Yongbyon nuclear facilities removed all IAEA seals and switched off its surveillance cameras.In 2007, the IAEA verified that the DPRK had closed the Yongbyon reactor, and since then, its inspectors had continued to monitor and verify the shutdown status.In a presidential statement issued on Monday, the Security Council said it deems the DPRK’s 5 April launch to be in contravention of resolution 1718, which demanded that the country “not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile,” following its claims to have conducted a nuclear test in October 2006. “The Security Council demands that the DPRK not conduct any further launch,” according to the statement, which expressed the body’s desire for a “peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation” and welcomed Member States’ efforts to reach a “comprehensive solution through dialogue.” It also said that it will adjust sanctions, imposed by the 2006 resolution, by the end of this month. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the adoption of the Council statement, “which sends a unified message of the international community” on the DPRK’s launch. Mr. Ban voiced hope in a separate statement that the Council’s actions will “pave the way for renewed efforts towards the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues in the region, including through the early resumption” of inter-Korean dialogue and of the Six-Party Talks, which involve China, DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States. read more

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New Ontario sexed curriculum

The discussion around updating sex-ed has been ongoing for years but now Premier Kathleen Wynne says the changes will be in place by September.In the new health and physical Education curriculum, grade 1 students will learn the proper names for body parts, by grade 3 kids will be taught about same sex relationships. Students in grade 4 to 6 will learn about online risks of posting or sharing sexual images or information and discussions about contraception, anal and oral sex, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections will happen in grades 7 and 8.Education minister Liz Sandals says the revisions will bring Ontario in line with the rest of the country and that a lot of the information contained in the 240 page document is already in the curriculum now, it will just be taught at an earlier grade level. The liberals backed away from updating the sex ed curriculum in 2010 after protests from some religious groups.The opposition says there wasn’t enough parental consultation this time around but they still haven’t had a chance to review the document’s contents. While the province’s education minister says the old policy was badly out of date, not everyone is in agreement with the new one. read more

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Business Highlights

___Weak manufacturing threatens consumer-fueled growthNEW YORK (AP) — Manufacturers are facing stunted growth amid the damaging trade war between the U.S. and China, and that has some on Wall Street worried that it will crimp the consumer-fueled economy. Factory output has been slowing all year, and suffered its first contraction in three years during August. For now consumers are still doing much of the lifting for the U.S. economy. But a trade-war-damaged manufacturing sector could eventually dash consumer confidence and spending.___‘Middle of the herd’ no more: Amazon tackles climate changeNEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon has revealed a carbon footprint that rivals that of a small country, and is vowing to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels. The company ships more than a 10 billion items a year on fuel-guzzling planes and trucks, and says it has ordered 100,000 electric vans that will start delivering packages in 2021. It also plans to have 100% of its energy use come from solar panels and other renewable energy by 2030. That’s up from 40% today.___Airbnb says it will go public in 2020NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb Inc. said Thursday it plans to go public in 2020, a long-awaited move by the home-sharing company that is both loved and reviled for its disruption of the hotel business. Airbnb disclosed the news in a brief statement.___Walgreens, Google affiliate to launch drone delivery testWalgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered. The companies said Thursday that snacks like Goldfish crackers or gummy bears as well as aspirin for a sick child will be delivered starting next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, by a 10-pound drone that flies as fast as 70 miles per hour.___California promises fight to keep auto emission authoritySACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration has decided to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks. California officials have vowed to fight in court. That lawsuit could last years. In the meantime, California regulators are considering ways to reduce emissions. Those include strengthening limits on refinery emissions and imposing roadway pricing, which could include higher tolls during rush hour.___Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug pricesWASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to be trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue — prescription drug prices. She’s announced an ambitious plan that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The plan also would limit copays for seniors covered by Medicare’s “Part D” prescription drug program to $2,000. But a top GOP senator says the plan has “no chance —zero, zip, nada” of passing.___Facebook CEO visits lawmakers amid push for tech oversightWASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting lawmakers to discuss regulation of the tech industry. It is Zuckerberg’s first public visit to Washington since he testified before Congress last spring about privacy, election interference and other issues. Congress has been debating a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to collect and make money off users’ personal data.___How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone updateNEW YORK (AP) — Apple’s iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements — though in some cases, you need to take the time to understand how they work. Among the changes: You’ll be able to sign in to third-party services with your Apple ID account rather than Facebook’s or Google’s. You’ll also get more notices and warnings about apps tapping location data. The free update is available for existing iPhones on Thursday and will ship with new models out Friday.___Can green investment help relaunch Germany’s economy?FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A recession looms for Germany and the European Central Bank is pleading for the government to spend more to revitalize economic growth. Yet despite having the luxury of borrowing money for nothing, the German government is keeping tight control on its finances.___US stock indexes finished mixed after early rally fadesNEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes ended mixed Thursday after an early rally lost its strength toward the end of the day. The S&P 500 managed to hold on to a tiny gain that extended its winning streak to a third day. Gains in health care, technology, utilities and other sectors outweighed losses elsewhere in the market. Bond yields were little changed. The market rallied in the early going on a batch of encouraging economic reports.___The S&P 500 index rose 0.06 of a point, or less than 0.1%, to 3,006.79. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 52.29 points, or 0.2%, to 27,094.79. The Nasdaq added 5.49 points, or 0.1%, to 8,182.88. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks shed 6.87 points, or 0.4%, to 1,561.47.The Associated Press read more

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Vans drive more registration records

October sets another CV registration record at 33,672, up 10.4 per cent Rolling year also sees record results at 384,567 10 months to October see 6.8 per cent growth year on year Heavy vans are still driving growth for the month and year ‘October’s figures show record commercial vehicle registrations and the rolling year total beat the 2003 full-year record of 363,687’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘These figures clearly point to a record year for CV registrations. Heavy vans are in the driving seat, pushing monthly figures up 24 per cent and year to date figures up 16 per cent. Overall, registration volumes are very high and likely to stay that way through at least the first half of next year.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Jack Shepherd visited by mum and sister in Georgian jail

Jack Shepherd, the “speedboat killer”, has been visited in a Georgian prison by his mother and sister, it emerged yesterday, as his victim’s family described their pain on what would have been her 28th birthday.Shepherd, 31, has been detained at the maximum security Gldani jail in Tbilisi for five weeks after handing himself into the authorities following ten months on the run.A source close to the family told a Sunday newspaper: “Jack’s mum and sister made a short visit last week. He was delighted and it raised his spirits.”Shepherd was convicted in his absence of killing Charlotte Brown, 24, when his speedboat flipped during a champagne-fuelled, late night ride on the Thames.The web designer from Devon was jailed for six years for manslaughter by gross negligence but has not yet served a day of his sentence.Miss Brown, from Bexley, south-east London, died when she was flung into the river from his defective vessel on what was their first date in December 2015. “Did not know it was possible to feel so much pain.”An official request was last week submitted to extradite Shepherd to the UK.Irakli Chilingarashvili, the head of the International Department of the Prosecutors Office of Georgia, said he was “very confident” the extradition would go ahead, although it was up to a judge to decide.”We will do our best to finalise this case successfully and to give the possibility to our UK colleagues to bring this person before justice in the United Kingdom,” he told the BBC.Shepherd, who was using the false name Jack Grant while on the run, has vowed to fight extradition, claiming his life would be in danger if he had to serve his sentence in Britain.He is said to be keen to explain his actions on the night of Miss Brown’s death to her grieving family but they have made it clear he had that chance during his trial.James Brokenshire, the Conservative MP who has been supporting the Browns, said: “It is unbelievable that seemingly, even now, Shepherd can only selfishly think about himself rather than the appalling consequences of his actions.”Shepherd’s legal team could not be contacted for comment. Charlotte Brown, who should have been celebrating her birthdayCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA Graham Brown, her father, spoke yesterday of the family’s ongoing pain as they marked her 28th birthday.“Happy Birthday to my daughter Charlotte – always remembered never forgotten, missed every day,” he wrote online. Charlotte Brown, who should have been celebrating her birthday Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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NKorea no longer a nuclear threat

first_imgU.S. President Trump and North Korea`s Kim hold a signing ceremony at the conclusion of their summit in Singapore on 12 June. Photo: Reuters.North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, nor is it the “biggest and most dangerous problem” for the United States, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on his return from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.The summit was the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader and followed a flurry of North Korean nuclear and missile tests and angry exchanges between Trump and Kim last year that fuelled fears of war.”Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump said on Twitter.”There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!”On Tuesday, Trump told a news conference after the summit that he would like to lift sanctions against the North but that this would not happen immediately.North Korean state media lauded the summit as a resounding success, saying Trump expressed his intention to halt U.S.-South Korea military exercises, offer security guarantees to the North and lift sanctions against it as relations improve.Kim and Trump invited each other to their respective countries and both leaders “gladly accepted,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.”Kim Jong Un and Trump had the shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” KCNA said.Trump said the United States would stop military exercises with South Korea while North Korea negotiated on denuclearisation.”We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith – which both sides are!” he said on Twitter.U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump’s reasoning for halting the exercises was “ridiculous”.”It’s not a burden onto the American taxpayer to have a forward deployed force in South Korea,” Graham told CNN.”It brings stability. It’s a warning to China that you can’t just take over the whole region. So I reject that analysis that it costs too much, but I do accept the proposition, let’s stand down (on military exercises) and see if we can find a better way here.”Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he hoped all parties could “grasp the moment of positive changes” on the peninsula to take constructive steps towards a political resolution and promoting denuclearisation.”At this time, everyone had seen that North Korea has halted missile and nuclear tests, and the United States and South Korea have to an extent restricted their military actions. This has de facto realised China’s dual suspension proposal,” he told a daily news briefing.”When it comes to Trump’s statement yesterday that he would halt South Korea and the United States’ military drills, I can only say that China’s proposal is indeed practical and reasonable, is in line with all sides’ interests and can resolve all sides’ concerns.”China, North Korea’s main ally, last year proposed what it calls a “dual suspension”, whereby North Korea suspend nuclear and missile tests, and South Korea and the United States suspend military drills.SURPRISEThere was some confusion over precisely what military cooperation with South Korea Trump had promised to halt.The U.S.-South Korean exercise calendar hits a high point every year with the Foal Eagle and Max Thunder drills, which both wrapped up last month. Another major exercise is due in August.The United States maintains about 28,500 soldiers in South Korea, which remains in a technical state of war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce not a peace treaty.Trump’s announcement on the exercises was a surprise even to South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, who has worked in recent months to help bring about the Trump-Kim summit.Asked about Trump’s comments, South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters there was a need to seek measures that would help improve engagement with North Korea but it was also necessary to confirm exactly what Trump had meant.Moon will be chairing a national security meeting on Thursday to discuss the summit.Trump’s administration had previously ruled out any concessions or lifting of sanctions without North Korea’s commitment to complete, verifiable and irreversible steps to scrap a nuclear arsenal that is advanced enough to threaten the United States.But a joint statement issued after the summit said only that North Korea “commits to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is to lead the U.s. side in talks with North Korea to implement outcomes of the summit, arrived in South Korea on Wednesday, to be greeted by General Vincent Brooks, the top U.S. commander in South Korea, and U.S. Charge d’Affaires Marc Knapper.Pompeo had a meeting with Brooks before heading to Seoul, according to a pool report. He is set to meet Moon on Thursday and hold a three-way meeting with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.On Tuesday, just after Trump’s surprise announcement, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea said they had not received any instruction to cease joint military drills.Although the Pentagon said Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was consulted, current and former U.S. defence officials expressed concern at the possibility the United States would halt the exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea lowering the threat.CRITICS IN THE UNITED STATESCritics in the United States said Trump had given away too much at a meeting that gave Kim long-sought international standing.The North Korean leader had been isolated, his country accused of widespread human rights abuses and under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.”For North Korea, they got exactly what they wanted,” said Moon Seong-mook, a former South Korean military official current head of the Unification Strategy Centre in Seoul.”They had a summit as a nuclear state with Kim on equal turf with Trump, got the United States to halt joint military exercises with South Korea. It’s a win for Kim Jong Un.”Japan’s Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera said that, while North Korea had pledged denuclearisation, no concrete steps had been taken and Japan would not let down its guard.”We see U.S.-South Korean joint exercises and the U.S. military presence in South Korea as vital to security in East Asia,” Onodera told reporters. “It is up to the U.S. and South Korea to decide about their joint exercises. We have no intention of changing our joint drills with the U.S.”Japan would only start shouldering the costs of North Korea’s denuclearisation after the International Atomic Energy Agency restarts inspections, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.The Singapore summit did not get top billing in the main state news outlets in China.The English-language China Daily said in an editorial that while it remained to be seen if the summit would be a defining moment, the fact it went smoothly was positive.”It has ignited hopes that they will be finally able to put an end to their hostility and that the long-standing peninsula issues can finally be resolved. These hopes should not be extinguished,” it said.last_img
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first_imgStay on target Major League Baseball has added wearable biometric monitors to its starting lineup.Designed for athletes, the Whoop Strap 2.0 is the first wrist-worn device approved by the MLB for use during games.The organization last year sanctioned the Motus Baseball Sleeve and Zephyr Bioharness heart and breathing monitor, but still, prohibits popular consumer gadgets like Jawbone and Fitbit on the diamond.Lightweight and waterproof, the Whoop Strap automatically measures functions like heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), ambient temperature, and motion. It also analyzes strain, sleep, and recovery, providing recommendations to enhance performance and avoid overtraining.WhoopThe MLB remains tight-lipped about the wearable’s use on the field. But Whoop founder and CEO Will Ahmed has a few suggestions.“One obvious possibility is the manner in which pitchers are deployed,” he wrote in a blog post. “Traditionally, managers tend to remove starting pitchers when their pitch counts get too high. But, what if there’s a better way to gauge whether or not a pitcher can continue to be effective?”More than 200 minor league players last year donned Whoop Straps for a collaborative performance study with MLB; findings revealed the effect of travel, correlations between recovery and in-game performance, and injuries.“It also demonstrated that players wanted to voluntarily wear Whoop to better understand their bodies,” Ahmed said.And now they can.WhoopAs reported by ESPN, the device is meant to be worn 24 hours a day, collecting data to help a player and team monitor the current state of an athlete’s body heading into a match.Previously, the use of biometric monitors has given the MLB pause: Wearables raise various privacy concerns among users. The league last year agreed to specific terms, including the promise that all gathered data can only be used internally; the vendor has no rights to that information.“We aim to facilitate a process that allows the teams and players to come together on mutual goals related to health and performance,” an MLB spokesman told Geek. “Players can choose to wear the technology voluntarily,” and any data collected can be accessed only after a game—not during it.A consumer model of the Whoop Strap 2.0 went on sale in November for $500. Major League Baseball, however, plunks down $1,200 per athlete per year—including access to analytics, ESPN said.“We believe that athletes and competitors alike deserve data to help them better understand their bodies and ultimately perform at a higher level,” Ahmed wrote. “This data … will make for healthier athletes, longer careers. I know teams, athletes, and fans alike can benefit from that.” Yankees, White Sox to Face Off at ‘Field of Dreams’San Diego Padres Criticized For Needless Bee Murders last_img read more

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Colin Powell email leak fallout continues

first_imgI was never a fan of Colin Powell after his weak understanding of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq = disaster. We can do much better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2016 Initial batch of iPhone 7’s sold out.Apple says initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus sold out: https://t.co/vNUsFUYEHw pic.twitter.com/tATYAkLqzV— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 15, 2016 Australians prepare for “Magpie swooping season”, where they get attacked by birds.During magpie swooping season, Australians band together as if motivated by a national war effort https://t.co/8xkO48IDYO— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 15, 2016 Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a dramatic movie trailer. Hanks, starring Sully Sullenberger.  Advertisement We do sports, but every morning we bring you the most interesting non-sports stories across the headlines to start your day. It’s Stick to Sports for today, September 15, 2016.center_img Fallout from Colin Powell emails critical of Presidential candidates continues.Leaked email shows Colin Powell thought Dick Cheney was an “idiot” https://t.co/5fDnL8ZwJT pic.twitter.com/hwsjh0d98j— The Hill (@thehill) September 15, 2016 Dog OD’s after fleeing suspect tosses heroin into doggy day care. (Dog OK)Video: Dog sent to vet after eating heroin at doggy daycare https://t.co/Tn3joMyRTb pic.twitter.com/tsuJmWB8Xf— WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (@WTAE) September 15, 2016 Teen sues parents for posting embarrassing photos on Facebook.Teen sues parents for posting embarrassing childhood photos on social media https://t.co/ZYTCZ93CFI pic.twitter.com/80mvADLNHn— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) September 15, 2016 Giant inflatable Chick Fil-A cow found in a backyard.Stolen giant inflatable cow from Arizona Chick-fil-A found in backyard https://t.co/4lzIfC0nVP pic.twitter.com/JHy9jHrAk7— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 15, 2016 Congrats if you had Jeff Bezos in your billionaire fantasy league. He just took over the #3 spot from Warren Buffet.Jeff Bezos swaps spots with Warren Buffett to become the world’s 3rd richest person https://t.co/zotLqNyOHD pic.twitter.com/Zx8tLXCFbh— Forbes (@Forbes) September 14, 2016last_img read more

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1330 Restaurant hosts exhibit by Guatemalan artist Herssonoe

first_imgRelated posts:What to do in Costa Rica: concerts, culture and love around the country PHOTOS: Latin Americans gather in Costa Rica for graffiti festival Ballet performance raises funds for low-income patients and families Benefit concerts for Guatemala to take place in Costa Rica, Mexico 13’30 Restaurant, located in Barrio Escalante in eastern San José, also serves as a small gallery space for both national and international artists, designers and musicians. Today it will be inaugurating the exhibition “Amorfia” by Guatemalan artist Herssonoe.The exhibit is 13’30’s first international artist exhibition and features nine different paintings focused on the artist’s concept of imperfection. The paintings are portraits in a bright, vivid color palette, with irregular lines and a lack of perspective.The exhibition’s inauguration is today at 7:00 p.m. at 13’30 in Barrio Escalante. Entrance fee is for free and the exhibition is up for 15 days. All of Herssonoe’s paintings are on sale. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page, Herssonoe’s Facebook page or 13’30’s Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Rex launches new air service from Cairns

first_imgRegional Express (Rex) today launched its first flight between Cairns and Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Airport, a new service that will operate each week day.Rex general manager network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said the new service will bring safe and reliable air travel options to regional communities in Australia.“The Rex Board has set aside a considerable budget to fulfil this commitment and we will explore all viable propositions from any community that wants to work in partnership with Rex as was showcased today in our collaboration with the NPA council,” Mr Lodge said.Since Rex commenced flights on the Gulf route in January this year, Mr Lodge said the company has been approached by businesses and individuals demanding direct flights between Cairns and Mount Isa – a service which has been unavailable for three months.“Today I am pleased to announce that Rex will commence a direct Regular Public Transport (RPT) service between Cairns and Mount Isa with effect from Monday 25 May 2015,” Mr Lodge said.“This will allow business travellers from Cairns to spend a full day in Mount Isa before returning home late evening.”From 25 May, the airline will base three aircraft in Cairns with the possibility of expanding its fleet size in the new financial year.The expansion has resulted in Rex investing in infrastructural support in far North Queensland, where they will open a new crew base in Cairns and will purchase a large engineering facility to service and maintain the aircraft.Rex, Australia’s largest independent regional airline, consists of a fleet of more than 40 Saab 340 jets and operates 1,300 weekly flights to 53 domestic destinations.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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Economist Sees Disconnect Between Low Unemployment Rate and Housing Activity

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies Economist Sees Disconnect Between Low Unemployment Rate and Housing Activity The U.S. unemployment rate dropped down to 5.5 percent in February, its lowest figure since May 2008, as 295,000 jobs were added, according to the February 2015 Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.February’s job gains were higher than the average monthly gain for the last 12 months (266,000), and higher than January’s revised number of jobs added to the payrolls (239,000), which was 18,000 fewer than the number originally reported. February’s total number of unemployed persons, 8.7 million, represents a year-over-year decline of 1.7 million.”Despite concerns that energy job cuts, worker strikes, and inclement weather would weigh on February’s headline number, today’s jobs report showed a pickup in hiring to 295,000,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan, who is one of the scheduled speakers for the Five Star Government Forum on March 18 in Washington, D.C. “Even with the downward revision of 18,000 jobs in January, the three-month average job gain moderated to a still robust 288,000.”According to that same BLS report, however, good economic news was hard to find beyond job gains and the declining unemployment rate, which Duncan attributes largely to people leaving the labor force. The average hourly wage – a metric that nearly all economists and analysts agree must grow at a healthy rate in order to precipitate a full housing recovery – changed little month-over-month. Hourly wages increased by just 3 cents from January to February, up to an average of $24.78, after rising by 12 cents from December to January. Average hourly earnings have increased by just 2 percent since February 2014.”We’re seeing some disconnect between the strong labor market and lackluster housing activity in early 2015,” Duncan said. “(Fannie Mae’s) February National Housing Survey, to be released next Monday (March 9), is expected to show a marked improvement in consumers’ view regarding the direction of the general economy amid choppy improvement in sentiment regarding housing. We maintain our belief that once upbeat hiring translates into stronger income growth, which we believe it likely will, a stronger housing recovery will follow.”Other metrics that changed little month-over-month in February, according to BLS, include the civilian labor force participation rate (62.8 percent, and it has remained between 62.7 and 62.9 since April 2014), the number of long-term unemployment persons, or those unemployed for more than 27 weeks (2.7 million), involuntary part-time workers, or workers employed part-time for economic reasons (6.6 million), persons marginally attached to the labor force (2.2 million), and discouraged workers, or those who are not currently looking for work because they believe there are no jobs available (732,000). Bureau of Labor Statistics Doug Duncan Fannie Mae Unemployment Rate 2015-03-06 Samantha Guzmancenter_img March 6, 2015 500 Views Sharelast_img read more

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