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Man beaten to death in Bihar

first_imgA man was beaten to death by a mob which suspected him to be a thief at Labarpura village in Nawada, Bihar, on Monday night. The police said the women of the village were engaged in a ceremony when the victim, Rupan Manjhi, reached there. “They raised an alarm and the villagers caught him suspecting him to be a thief. They beat him brutally…he died while undergoing treatment,” said Rajdeo Sao, Hisua police station in -charge.last_img

Five policemen suspended for violence in Puri

first_imgFive police personnel were placed under suspension for alleged dereliction of duty during vandalising of public property in Puri on October 3.Five police personnel, including four constables and one havildar, reportedly failed to control a group of people that attacked the house of Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty, who is the local MLA.Violence had erupted in the coastal town during the bandh called by Jagannath Sena protesting against the ‘dhadi darshan’ (queue system for entering the temple) introduced by the Shree Jagannath Temple administration on the recommendation of the Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium.Protesters had also attacked the house of Puri Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sarangi.The police arrested 15 more protesters on Sunday taking the total number of arrests to 38. The district police had rounded up a total of 47 protesters who, as per CCTV footage, were reportedly found participating in violence The Supreme Court is monitoring reforms being undertaken in the 12th-century temple where devotees have long been alleging ill-treatment in the hand of servitors.last_img read more

Daughter tells of dad’s unlikely bond with Charles Barkley

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Charles Barkley joins the crowd before the start of the world welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. A chance meeting in a hotel lobby sparked an unlikely friendship between former NBA star Charles Barkley and a cat litter scientist in Iowa. The story has been shared widely since it was told last week by the scientist’s daughter on “Only A Game,” an NPR sports show produced by Boston-based WBUR. Shirley Wang says that her father, Lin Wang, approached Barkley at a hotel while on a business trip. The two began talking, got dinner and exchanged numbers. They would meet up over the years to watch basketball games or hang out on the set of Barkley’s show. When Lin Wang died this year, Barkley showed up at his funeral in Iowa to the surprise of other attendees. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)BOSTON — A chance meeting in a hotel lobby sparked an unlikely friendship between former NBA star Charles Barkley and a cat litter scientist in Iowa.The story has been shared widely since it was told last week by the scientist’s daughter on “Only A Game,” an NPR sports show produced by Boston-based WBUR.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Shortly afterward, Lin Wang was diagnosed with cancer. He died this year.Shirley Wang says her family was shocked when Barkley showed up at his funeral in Iowa.A video posted on YouTube shows Barkley telling those who gathered to remember Lin Wang that he was blessed to know him.“He was a selfless man. He really cared about other people. And the world is going to be a little less happier because he’s not here,” Barkley said.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Pacers hire NBA’s 1st female assistant general managercenter_img Lin Wang, who immigrated from China, approached Barkley when they both happened to be staying at the same Sacramento, California, hotel. The two began talking, got dinner and exchanged numbers.Over the next couple of years, they would meet up to watch basketball games or hang out on the set of Barkley’s TV show “Inside the NBA,” Shirley Wang said. Her dad’s co-workers didn’t believe he was actually friends with the basketball legend and would tease him, she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefWhen Barkley’s mother died in 2015, Lin Wang traveled to Leeds, Alabama, to be at the funeral. Barkley recounted to Shirley Wang on the WBUR show how her father stood out, and friends and family wondered who he was.“I just started laughing. I said, ‘That’s my boy, Lin,’” Barkley said. “They’re, like, ‘How do you know him?’ I said, ‘It’s a long story.’” MOST READ View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Bayern Munich rule Brazil winger Douglas Costa out of Rio Games

first_imgBayern Munich’s pacey Brazilian winger Douglas Costa has withdrawn from the Rio Olympics due to injury, the German champions said on Monday.Costa had been chosen along with Barcelona’s Neymar among the over-age players in Brazil’s squad for the first summer Games in South America.Bayern said on their website (www.fcbayern.de) that an injury to Costa’s left thigh had not healed and they had told the Brazilian football federation that the player could not be released.”I greatly regret this,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We all wanted Douglas to contest the Olympic Games in his home country, but the player’s health and fitness takes priority.”Bayern said Costa, who joined them a year ago from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, would continue his sports rehabilitation programme in Munich.The Olympic gold medal is the only major soccer title the five times world champions have never won.last_img read more

Wimbledon: Djokovic romps into quarters, Del Potro taken to rest day

first_imgNovak Djokovic trumped Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the 10th time on Monday. There was no stopping the Serb on Court One as he took just an hour and 46 minutes to get past his opponent.And Djokovic timed his win to perfection as he had just about two hours of daylight left if he wished to avoid taking the match into Tuesday’s rest day.Ahead of Djokovic, Kevin Anderson took almost three and a half hours to get past France’s Gael Monfils and that left Djokovic will little time.Having arrived at the court after 7pm, Djokovic sealed the victory on his third match point at 8.50pm. It was Khachanov’s tired backhand that went into the net which ended that 20-stroke rally.An excellent #Wimbledon continues for @DjokerNole…The Serbian progresses to the quarter-finals and will face Kei Nishikori pic.twitter.com/AYhIqo8ygvWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018Djokovic, winner of three singles titles at the All England Club, will next meet Japan’s 24th seed Kei Nishikori.STUBBORN SIMON TAKES MATCH WITH DEL POTRO INTO REST DAYTime for rest, and then resume again tomorrow.Juan Martin del Potro vs Gilles Simon is suspended with the Argentinean leading 7-6(1), 7-6(5), 5-7 #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/gbYS0CytEqWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro met stubborn resistance from Frenchman Gilles Simon and had to settle for a suspension of their Wimbledon fourth round match as he led 7-6(1), 7-6(5), 5-7 after more than three hours on Court Two on Monday.advertisementThe big Argentine was looking to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Rafael Nadal, looking to avenge his defeat by the Spaniard, seeded second at Wimbledon, in the French Open semi-finals last month.Del Potro saved two break points in the sixth game, a deft chip from the baseline that dipped over the net followed by a forehand winner, before taking the opening set in a 7-1 tiebreak.Also read – Watch: Roger Federer shows off his cricketing skills in WimbledonSimon, looking for his third Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 33, secured the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead in the second set when Del Potro netted a return.But the Argentine broke back immediately with a volley and then saved another break point at 5-5 with an ace.The 12th game went to deuce eight times, with Simon saving four set points, as Del Potro failed to take his chances, the worst when he put an easy volley over the baseline with the court wide open.Also read – Wimbledon 2018: Karolina Pliskova knocked out, Serena Williams advancesDel Potro, who made more than 20 unforced errors in the set, made hard work of winning the tiebreak, clinching it 7-5 on the seventh set point when Simon put a return high and wide and the Argentine roared in celebration.Del Potro fell 4-1 behind in the third set after Simon broke in the third game.The Argentine, who leads the stubborn baseliner 4-3 in previous encounters, levelled on his second break point and it went to 5-5, but Simon broke again to take the first set off Del Potro in the tournament so far.Earlier, both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals.FIRST EVER GRAND SLAM QUARTER-FINAL FOR DIVIJ AND SITAKDivij Sharan has reached a Grand Slam quarter-finals for the first time in his career as he combined with Artem Sitak to stage yet another dramatic comeback after being by down by two sets to defeat Jonathan Erlich and Marcin Matkowski at the Wimbledon on Monday.Sharan and New Zealand’s Sitak prevailed 1-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 over the Isralei-Polish combination after a gruelling men’s doubles third round which lasted three hours and fifty minutes.Reaching the third rounds at Australian Open this year and at French Open (2017) and US Open (2013) was the best performance for the left-hander till today’s win.It is second consecutive win where Sharan and Sitak erased a two-set deficit to eke out a five-set thrilling win.”It was a mental battle out there. Even though we lost first two sets, we believed we could still win. We fought really hard and stayed strong mentally through the last three sets. There were many games where we were serving and were down but we played big and came back to hold those games,” Sharan told PTI.advertisement”There was a lot of support for us from our respective teams and fans and that also helped,” he added.Up next for them are American seventh seeded Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.OTHER RESULTS:Kevin Anderson beat Gael Monfils 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 5-7, 7-6(4)John Isner beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6(8), 7-6(4)Milos Raonic beat Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2(With agencies inputs)last_img read more

Manav Kaul to play Parineeti Chopra’s coach in Saina Nehwal biopic

first_imgParineeti Chopra is perfecting her badminton skills before stepping into the shoes of ace badminton player Saina Nehwal for her biopic. At a time when Parineeti is busy training on the court, makers of the film have roped in actor Manav Kaul to play the role of her coach in the film.A source close to the development told Mumbai Mirror, “Amole and his team felt that Manav would suit the role. He has begun prep and the research for his role. The film is expected to go on the floors in October.”Manav was last seen in Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu. Manav came into limelight with his role in Vidya Balan-starrer Tumhare Sulu (2017). Though the film was mostly dominated by Vidya, Manav managed to make a mark with his performance as her husband in the film.It is for the first time that Parineeti and Manav will share screen space. In an earlier interview with the daily, Parineeti elaborated on her practice sessions.”Prep usually starts early because we have booked courts in slots when there are no distractions of any kind. We start at 6 am and wind up by 8 am. I will have to live this regimented life for the next nine months, but I am pretty kicked about it. I want to do justice to the film and to Saina,” Parineeti had said.The actress also took to social media to share pictures from her practice sessions.Parineeti is making her debut in biopic genre with the film on Saina Nehwal, and the actress is excited to play Saina on screen. In an earlier interview, Parineeti had said, “I am actually quite excited to get into the skin of a world champion because playing a fictional character is not as exciting as playing a real character. Here, I have somebody who has extensive documentation on exactly how she plays, who she played every match in her life. Every single moment that she has ever played badminton is on screen. So, to kind of imbibe that and to learn that is really exciting for me as an actor. I wanted to do a sports biopic for a long time so this project is absolutely perfect.”ALSO READ: Parineeti Chopra reveals exact moment she knew Priyanka and Nick were meant for each otherALSO WATCH: Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra talk about what kind of wedding they would likelast_img read more

CBS Sports Ranks Mason Rudolph as No. 5 QB in 2017 NFL Draft

first_imgIt’s never too early to take a peak at what the scouts and pundits have to say about NFL prospects. Even if it isn’t until April, lists are already being made about where prospects may be slotted in the 2017 NFL draft. And as it stands now, CBS Sports thinks highly of Oklahoma State’s signal caller Mason Rudolph.CBS Sports has him as the No. 5 QB to be taken off the board in next year’s draft, behind Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Brad Kaaya, and Chad Kelly.One issue, however, is the place he is slotted. Although he is the No. 5 quarterback on the draft board for CBS, he is the No. 71 overall prospect, which would make him a mid-third round pick.The other quarterbacks are considerably higher on the board and are all projected first rounders. Watson (No. 1), Kizer (No. 4), Kaaya (No. 16), and Kelly (No. 32), are all very good prospects considered by many to be the upper echelon.Here’s what CBS Sports said about his strengths and weaknesses as a prospect:A durable, well-built prospect, Rudolph fits the mold of a prototypical NFL pocket passer with his size and arm strength. He generates easy velocity with a simple stroke and understands trajectory and touch, delivering a very catchable ball for his receivers. Rudolph tosses an accurate deep ball, whether he is dropping the ball in the bucket or firing a strike on a downfield post. His production is inflated due to the Oklahoma State offense, but it also showcases his confidence to test deep routes and distribute the ball all over the field.While his arm strength is above average, Rudolph needs to show better follow-through on his delivery and finish with his hips. In the Cowboys’ offense, he isn’t consistently asked to move from 1-to-2-to-3 in his progressions, often locking onto his initial target and staring through him with laser focus. Rudolph also needs to improve his anticipation to throw receivers open instead of waiting for them to come open before delivering the ball. He isn’t a poor athlete, but struggles to feel the pressure, shuffle his feet and reset as his tape doesn’t show many second–chance throws.Even with Rudolph a third round pick, he appears to be in a second tier of quarterbacks if he were to put his name in the draft for next year. Not surprisingly, there’s a pretty big paycheck discrepancy between first and third round draft picks. It’s still very early to really speculate, but Rudolph, at least at this point in time, could make himself a lot of money if he were to return for a senior year to improve his draft stock. But that’s a decision he’ll likely make after the season, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see him strapping up the orange and black for one more year if his stock doesn’t improve considerably throughout this season.H/T @TravisB06052015/twitterIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

What next for Italy after their failure to qualify for the World Cup?

first_imgIs Italy’s failure a one-off or the start of something more long-term?Neil Morris: The wrong coach was hired and everything after that was inevitable. This was about incompetence at the top and that’s where the rebuilding needs to start.Luca Hodges-Ramon: Italy’s failure to qualify represented a nadir in what has been a pretty dismal decade. Barring performances at Euro 2012 and 2016 (the latter was in large part down to the brilliance of Antonio Conte), the era has been one of bad decision-making from the top down, which culminated in the hiring of Giampiero Ventura and the FIGC’s inertia when it was clear Ventura needed firing.Blair Newman: This was a huge shock but, as bad as Italy were, they only lost out in a play-off to an extremely well-organised Sweden side. That defeat was the culmination of something that started while Conte was in charge. He did an excellent job, but he also ignored a huge amount of talent, particularly young and inexperienced players. His tactics at Euro 2016 papered over the cracks in an ageing and poor squad, which made the transition really hard for his successor, Ventura, to manage.Emmet Gates: It’s a one-off. They failed to qualify for Euro 92 and came back to make it to the final of USA 94. Facebook Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Blair: Because of the way tactics have changed, today’s defenders have to be good on the ball, drive forward and pick a pass. It’s surprising to hear Chiellini bemoaning this as he’s proficient in these skills. Young Italian defenders may not have his aggression, but that doesn’t mean Italy is losing its defensive nous. Alessio Romagnoli, Mattia Caldara, Daniele Rugani are all under 24 and they can fill the void when Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci join Andrea Barzagli in international retirement.Is Italy’s failure to reach the World Cup down to a decline in talent production?Blair: Italy still produces top talent, but it’s irrelevant if their path to the national team is blocked by tacticians with rigid ideas. Hopefully their next manager will be more open-minded.Emmet: Italy has stuttered in producing world-class players, especially in the No10 position. Where is the new Baggio or Totti? The country has some of the highest rising obesity levels in Europe, which suggests younger generations aren’t playing football as much as they did, say, 30 years ago. And the kids who do play are conditioned to get results rather than develop their creativity and innovation. Italy needs to overhaul its footballing ethos. Only in Italy could Rino Gattuso, as hard-working as he was, gain more caps than Roberto Baggio.Neil: There was enough talent to qualify and they may have avoided Spain in the group had they taken their friendly schedule more seriously. There has been a dip in talent but there are reasons to be excited about the next generation coming through.Luca: Italy’s youth teams (and current squad) have promising youngsters breaking through: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Roberto Gagliardini, Bryan Cristante, Chiesa, Caldara, Rugani, Cutrone, Belotti and plenty of others. But at the same time, Italy’s talent pool has undeniably dwindled since their last Word Cup victory in 2006. Share via Email features Sweden players celebrate their World Cup qualification. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images World Cup stunning moments: Luis Suárez bites Giorgio Chiellini in 2014 Facebook Reuse this content Read more Read more Twitter The Gentleman Ultra World Cup Neil: Last year 52% of players in Serie A were foreign. Compare that to 56.1% in Portugal (who won Euro 2016) and 53% in Germany (who won the 2014 World Cup) and you see the argument does not stack up. Foreign players make up 64% of the Premier League yet England qualified easily.Is caretaker boss Luigi Di Biagio the best option going forward?Luca: Carlo Ancelotti would not only bring a wealth of experience and tactical nous, but his quiet leadership style would help restore confidence and nurture Italy’s youngsters.Blair: Di Biagio has experience working with the new generation but I wasn’t hugely convinced by his U21 side. Vincenzo Montella could be a good call. He’s not tied to his systems; he’s not dogmatic; and, as he showed at Milan, he’s willing to give young players a chance.Emmet: Ancelotti. He has won the Champions League more times than any manager alive so has nothing to prove at club level. The international arena would suit him perfectly: he’s a cup specialist who can maximise players for short bursts of excellence and he would command respect from every Italian player, something Ventura did not have as he hadn’t won anything as a manager. Twitter Giorgio Chiellini says the art of defending is being ruined. Is this a problem for Italy?Emmet: As Chiellini himself noted, all defenders (and goalkeepers) are now expected to play the ball. When I see Caldara, Rugani, Romagnoli and so on, I don’t see a new Chiellini, a new Claudio Gentile, a new Ciro Ferrara. I see a lot of Alessandro Nestas, which is hardly a bad thing, but every smooth Nesta needs a Chiellini beside him.Neil: This is part of a vicious circle. Because defenders such as Chiellini have perfected their art, others teams have been forced to adapt and play another way. As a result, the game has changed and the art of defending has become more intricate. It is now up to Italian defenders to embrace that challenge – thankfully the younger generation are doing so. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Facebook My obsession with football stickers (which has nothing to do with Panini) Share on LinkedIn Luca: Jorginho can become Italy’s next great midfield conductor; Insigne is one of the few senior squad members with genuine flair; and Rugani will step into Chiellini’s role.Blair: Jorginho is the beating heart of Napoli’s possession game so must start in the deep-lying midfield role; Verratti needs to step up; and Belotti can lead the line.• This is an article from The Gentleman Ultra• Follow Luca, Blair, Emmet and Neil on Twitter England Italy World Cup 2018 Topics Rino Gattuso won more Italy caps than Roberto Baggio. Photograph: Rick Stewart/Getty Images Pinterest Share on Pinterest Pinterest The best kits in the last 50 years of Serie A Which three players will be integral in leading Italy to Euro 2020?Emmet: Marco Verratti, if he leaves the glass ceiling of PSG and develops his abilities; Belotti, who also needs to move on from Torino to grow; and Lorenzo Insigne.Neil: Jorginho will pull the strings in the midfield for many years to come; Insigne is perhaps Italy’s most creative player; and Caldara will emerge, alongside Rugani, as a crucial part of what should be a new-look defence in 2020. Twitter Luigi Di Biagio will lead Italy against at Wembley. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Are foreign players in Serie A hampering the development of Italian youngsters?Luca: People looked for an easy explanation when Italy failed to qualify and, mirroring the current socio-political environment in the country, some impulsively decided to blame foreigners for blocking the path of Italian youngsters. There is a debate to be had here but I fear ignorance and intolerance cloud some people’s judgement. Quotas on foreign players is not the answer – although youth academies need much more investment as they are very underfunded when compared, for example, to their Spanish counterparts.Emmet: If they were good enough, they’d play. Italy had a wealth of talent in the 1990s when Serie A housed the world’s greatest players, to such an extent that they left out Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini for USA 94, Baggio and Beppe Signori for Euro 96, Gianfranco Zola and Fabrizio Ravanelli for France 98. Serie A Share on Facebook Read morelast_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Response To Question About Jim Harbaugh Is Going Viral

first_img “Year for what?” Meyer said with a coy smile.Is this finally Michigan’s year? @OSUCoachMeyer and the rest of the @CFBonFOX crew weigh in on the Wolverines’ CFP chances in 2019. pic.twitter.com/BB5BmCjmi7— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 24, 2019Meyer never lost to Michigan or Harbaugh during his time in Columbus, going 7-0 against his main rival.The former Ohio State head coach is picking the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten, though he is a fan of the Wolverines’ roster.“They certainly have the players. They have some of the best unknown players in America,” Meyer said. “The question is are they going to be able to transition to a spread offense fast enough to not lose a game.”Michigan has had struggles on offense in games against Ohio State, though the Wolverines have brought in former Alabama assistant Josh Gattis to run the offense, and expectations are high heading into 2019.The Wolverines and the Buckeyes are set to meet in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 30. A closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer made his 2019 college football analyst debut for FOX on Saturday, taking part in the network’s season preview show ahead of Week 0’s games.The former Ohio State head coach turned analyst did a nice job in his first day on set, providing some intriguing coaching insight into the college football pregame show world.One of Meyer’s comments during the show has gone viral, too. Unsurprisingly, it has to do with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.Meyer was asked by FOX host Rob Stone if this will finally be “the year” for Harbaugh and the Wolverines.last_img read more

Tiny house big dilemma advocates must move social housing project for Whitehorses

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National NewsA tiny house in the Yukon needs a new home.The house is used as a safe place for homeless people living with HIV to get their lives back on track.But because of new development, the house will have to be moved, and advocates are scrambling to find a new location.last_img

Manitoba media APTN heading to court to allow cameras in Fontaine murder

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of media outlets, including APTN, is applying to have cameras in the courtroom to record and broadcast during the trial of Raymond Cormier.Cormier is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine.The 15-year-old girl’s body was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg on Aug. 17, 2014.APTN, along with CTV News, Global Winnipeg and CBC Manitoba are seeking permission from the courts to live stream the Cormier’s trial with portions being broadcast on TV and radio.A hearing on whether cameras will be allowed begins June 12 in Winnipeg.Anyone wishing to intervene on the camera access can file a brief with the courts before May 23.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Unexpectedly weak data on inflation retail sales cloud central banks next step

first_imgOTTAWA – A pair of unexpectedly soft economic reports are creating fresh doubts about the timing of the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate hike.For months, experts have been predicting Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz to raise his benchmark rate at next month’s meeting. But broadening economic unknowns — mostly linked to trade concerns around U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist agenda — have begun to lead some analysts to wonder if Poloz will stand pat on July 11.And on Friday two reports from Statistics Canada added more uncertainty to the interest rate outlook.One release by the agency found Canada’s annual inflation rose at a pace of 2.2 per cent in May for the second straight month. The number, however, was cooler than market expectations of 2.6 per cent.In the second report, Statistics Canada found that retail sales contracted in April by 1.2 per cent for the reading’s first month-to-month decline since December.“These reports kind of highlight an economy that has slowed pretty significantly from the last year or two,” Robert Kavcic, senior economist for BMO Capital Markets, said in an interview.“Given a lot of the uncertainty out there, and a little bit of a softer tone to this data, I think expectations for a July rate hike have probably come down a little bit.”Royce Mendes of CIBC Capital Markets wrote in a report that Friday’s “bad data” make it even more difficult for the Bank of Canada to hike rates in July. Mendes noted, however, that things could improve before Poloz’s July 11 meeting because more important numbers on gross domestic product and employment are still on the way.Nathan Janzen, RBC senior economist, said the combination of Friday’s figures, somewhat slower economic growth and a deteriorating tone in trade discussions with the U.S. “aren’t all that encouraging” and will make the Bank of Canada’s rate decision closer than previously thought.Ranko Berich, head analyst at Monex Canada and Monex Europe, said the central bank’s July rate decision is “now an unknown factor.”The hunt for clues into Poloz’s thinking will continue next Wednesday when he gives a speech to the chamber of commerce in Victoria, B.C.The May annual inflation number in Friday’s report followed the 2.2 per cent reading for April and 2.3 per cent for March.The main contributors to inflation last month were led by gasoline prices. Compared to a year earlier, they climbed 22.9 per cent in May and helped drive overall energy prices for the month 11.6 per cent higher.Inflation also received a lift because Canadians paid more last month for restaurants, airline tickets and mortgage interest costs.Consumers, however, paid less in May for telephone services, natural gas and digital devices and computers.The report also found the average of the Bank of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which leave out more-volatile numbers like pump prices, slowed to 1.9 per cent last month.The core readings, which are closely monitored by the central bank, averaged 2.03 per cent in April, which was the strongest pace in six years.On retail trade, the April contraction of 1.2 per cent pulled total sales down to $49.5 billion.The April decrease was mostly due to a 4.3 per cent decline in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers — with new car dealerships reporting a 5.1 per cent drop and used car lots seeing a contraction of 4.1 per cent.Statistics Canada said April’s unusually cool temperatures and bad weather in many parts of the country may have been to blame for the overall decline.The decrease was concentrated in the largest provinces. Sales fell 2.3 per cent in Ontario, while Quebec saw a 2.7 per cent drop.Statistics Canada, however, did release an upward revision to its retail sales data for March. The updated reading shows a 0.8 per cent increase, compared to its preliminary 0.6 per cent estimate.Friday’s reports will help feed the Bank of Canada’s deliberations as its governing council considers its next interest rate decision.For inflation, the bank can use interest rate hikes as a tool to help prevent it from climbing too high. The Bank of Canada tries to keep inflation from moving outside a range of between one and three per cent.Recent inflation readings — including Friday’s — have been hovering just above the two per cent mid-point of the bank’s target range.It’s unlikely, however, to have a significant impact on upcoming rate decisions because governor Poloz has predicted inflation to stay above two per cent for all of 2018. He’s predicted inflation to average 2.3 per cent this year before settling back down to 2.1 per cent in 2019 — in large part due to the temporary effects of higher gas prices and the introduction of minimum wage increases in some provinces.He’s raised the trend-setting interest rate three times since last July, but he hasn’t touched the rate since January. It’s been at 1.25 per cent ever since.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Anti-Drug Fight: Over 500 Tons of Cannabis Seized in 2013: Minister

first_imgRabat – More than 500 tons of cannabis were seized in 2013 as part of efforts to fight against drug trafficking led by Morocco, in accordance with its international commitments in this area, said Thursday in Rabat, Minister of Communication, government spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi.The government is driven by a clear desire to fight against drug trafficking, said El Khalfi during a press briefing at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting.According to the minister, there is a progress made in this area, as evidenced by the statistics related to drug seizure operations and the increase of economic development policies for the areas used for this illegal cultivation.last_img read more

UN humanitarian agency rushes emergency aid to floodravaged Uruguay

Approximately 12,000 people have been forced from their homes and 110,000 people, the majority being the poor and vulnerable such as women, children and the elderly, have been affected by the heavy rains, OCHA reported. Seven of the country’s 19 departments have been affected, with three central ones – Durazno, Soriano and Treinta y Tres – suffering the worst.Most of the displaced are currently living in Council shelters and local sports clubs, and most schools in the affected areas have been shut down.Thousands of homes and much of the public infrastructure – such as the water supply, sewer and drainage systems, power and telephone lines, roads, agricultural land and municipal buildings – have been damaged.The OCHA grant, which comes after an official Government request for UN assistance, will be channelled through the world body’s Resident Coordinator in the South American country and will be utilized for the purchase of relief supplies and to provide logistical support for national and local authorities.Of particular concern is the water and sanitation situation in the areas affected by the flooding, with roughly 30,000 people having no access to clean drinking water. There is also an increased risk of waterborne disease spreading in vulnerable communities.Preliminary needs include food, blankets and mattresses for those driven from their homes, as well as chlorine, soap and other cleaning supplies to prevent the spread of disease.With adverse conditions expected to persist in the coming days, the number of people affected by heavy rains is expected to increase, especially as flood waters reach lower-lying areas. 10 May 2007The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today that it is sending an emergency cash grant of $30,000 to Uruguay to aid victims of flooding, the worst the country has seen in half a century. read more

International Criminal Court judge warns Kenyan suspects on incitement

7 April 2011A judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today warned suspects accused of being involved in post-election violence in Kenya three years ago that arrest warrants could be issued against them if they instigated further unrest through inflammatory speech. Three of six suspects – William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua arap Sang – appeared before the ICC pre-trial chamber in The Hague for the purposes of verifying their identities and to be clearly informed of the crimes which they are alleged to have committed and of their rights under the Rome Statute that established the ICC.“It came to the knowledge of the chamber by way of following some articles in the Kenyan newspapers that there are some movements towards retriggering the violence in the country by way of using some dangerous speeches,” said Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, the presiding judge at today’s hearing.“I would like to remind the suspects – and I’m not referring to anyone in particular but this is a general point to be made to all the suspects – that such type of action could be perceived as a sort of inducement which may constitute the breach of one of the conditions set out in the summonses to appear, namely, to continue committing crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court,” she said.“Accordingly, this might prompt the chamber to replace the summonses to appear with warrants of arrest […],” Judge Trendafilova added.The pre-trial chamber set 1 September as the day when the ICC will begin the confirmation of charges hearing.A confirmation of charges hearing is held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that each suspect committed each of the crimes they are charged with. If the charges are confirmed, the pre-trial chamber commits the suspect to trial before a trial chamber.Mr. Ruto served as Kenya’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, but is currently suspended from the position, while Mr. Kosgey was Minister of Industrialization and is also suspended. Mr. Sang is a radio presenter.The other three suspects are Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet; Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; and Mohamed Hussein Ali, who was Police Commissioner at the time of the violence.More than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced in the violence that followed the December 2007 elections. There were also hundreds of rapes, possibly more, and at least 100,000 properties were destroyed in six of Kenya’s eight provinces, according to ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. read more

Tom Koenigs of Germany named as senior UN envoy to Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Tom Koenigs, a German national who has served the UN in Kosovo and Guatemala, as the new head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Mr. Koenigs will replace Jean Arnault of France, who has served in the post since February 2004.The Frankfurt city official served from 1999 to 2002 as Deputy Special Representative for Civil Administration of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and from 2002 as Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA).Mr. Koenigs is presently the Commissioner of Environment of Frankfurt as well as a senior member of its city administration, where he has held a variety of posts since 1989. Trained in economics and bank management, he began his political career in 1984 as an assistant to the Green Party’s Parliamentary group in the federal State of Hessen. In other news, the Secretary-General today appointed Poland’s former Prime Minister, Marek Belka, as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).The Secretary-General and the Security Council President also exchanged letters confirming that the mandate of the head of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, Javier Rupérez, will be extended through the end of next year.A separate exchange of letters confirmed that Mohamad Sahnoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, will continue in that post through 31 December 2006. read more

Push for Global Goals makes partnerships innovation more important than ever UN

Adnan Kassar, a prominent business leader from Lebanon, being designated the Honorary Chairman of the UN Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance. Photo: UN News/Vibhu MishraThe opening session also saw the designation of Adnan Kassar, a prominent business leader from Lebanon, as the Honorary Chairman of the UN Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance.Today’s agenda at the World Forum also featured addresses by senior Government officials, business leaders, representatives of regional organizations and civil society leaders; a plenary session on the Maritime-Continental Silk Road; a side event on SDGs in Bahrain, which was organized jointly by UNIDO ITPO-Bahrain, UNDP and the UN Global Compact; and the inauguration of the Bahrain Entrepreneurs Exhibition.The day also saw the launch of the Maritime-Continental Silk Road Entrepreneurs Alliance and Action Plan, and the unveiling of the Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance Focal Point.UN News is on location in Manama, Bahrain, covering the Forum and its associated events. Follow @UN_News_Centre and @UNNewsArabic for up to date news and highlights from WEIF 2017.AUDIOBoosting entrepreneur development along the New Silk Road Secretary-General’s message to the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF) plays during its opening session. Photo: UN News/Vibhu MishraAlso speaking at the opening, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, the UNIDO Deputy Director General and Managing Director of External Relations and Field Representation, highlighted the importance of global partnerships for sustainable development.“Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, and promoting impact investment […] is more important today than ever before, as we all work together worldwide towards achieving the 2030 Agenda,” he said, adding:“The role of impact investment and innovation is further highlighted by the SDGs, and especially Goal 9, which seeks to ‘build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation’.”In his remarks, Mr. Kuniyoshi highlighted UNIDO’s collaboration with Bahrain on programmes promoting investment and economic empowerment of youth and women through entrepreneurship development and support systems.Further, recalling the Manama Declaration, adopted at the First International Entrepreneurs Investment Forum, in 2015, the senior UNIDO official called for a coordinated and inclusive approaching in promoting entrepreneurship involving all stakeholders, including civil society and academia. Convened under the theme of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through entrepreneurship and innovation, the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF) 2017 seeks to leverage entrepreneurship and creative thinking to strengthen sustainable development around the world.“Inclusive and sustainable industrial development will continue to be a key driver of progress as we support [UN] Member States in this essential work,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, via a video message, to the World Forum.“I commend you for focusing this year’s forum on the SDGs.”Recalling the establishment of UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)’s first Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO-Bahrain) in Manama, in 1996, Mr. Guterres noted that, over the years, the so-called Bahrain model has created more than 16,000 jobs and raised more than $2 billion in investment.“Today, in 52 countries, it continues to advance entrepreneurship and change lives for the better,” he added.Organized by UNIDO in partnership with the Government of Bahrain, the World Forum is expected to draw more than 1,000 entrepreneurs; representatives of micro, small and medium enterprises; as well as financial institutions to build and foster partnerships and share best practices in entrepreneurship and innovation. read more

Volunteers sought to help incoming international students improve their conversation skills

International Services is looking for volunteers to help non-English speaking students coming to Brock University with their conversation skills.The Conversation Partners Program provides students who have English as an additional language with opportunities to build confidence and to practice and improve their conversation skills by partnering them with volunteers who have English as their first language.The English Conversation Partners Program is also a great way to make new friends on campus. The program is looking for:Volunteers: Current Brock students who have English as their first language who would like to share Canadian culture and in return learn about new cultures.English Conversation Learners: Current Brock students who wish to practice their English conversation skills.The partners meet for one hour per week for face-to-face conversation and are encouraged to go out and explore the region. The time and place will be arranged by the partners.This program will run throughout the school year (September to August). At the end of the year, volunteers are encouraged to submit their hours to the program co-ordinator so the time can be recorded in ExperiencePlus.For more information about the program, click here. read more

Heralded recruiting class could help talented Buckeyes get even better

Little has been said about the 2010 Ohio State women’s basketball class, but OSU made quite a catch.Coach Jim Foster has made a habit of recruiting players that complement the team perfectly while recruiting both highly touted and predominantly unknown players.His recruiting success and judgment of players is hard to refute since he came to OSU eight years ago. His OSU resume already includes six Big Ten regular season titles, two trips to the Sweet Sixteen and seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances.Four seniors leave the team after this season, but every starter will return. Amy Scullion: Salem, Ohio (Salem H.S.)Scullion is ranked as the No. 43 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 95 out of 99.She is ranked No. 2 at her position by the Collegiate Girl’s Basketball Report, a highly regarded National Scouting Service for women’s basketball. The Report also called Scullion a player who possesses athleticism that OSU has yet to see.Standing 6 feet tall and being very athletic made Scallion a multi-sport player. She plays volleyball as well as basketball and most say that volleyball is actually her best sport.She said she would have played volleyball for Team USA over the summer if she had not chosen to play basketball at OSU.Scullion told multiple sources that she chose OSU because of the program’s success and how they are seemingly “stockpiling” talent.Martina Ellerbe: Teaneck, N.J. (St. Mary’s H.S.)Ellerbe is ranked as the No. 108 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 93 out of 99. ESPN classifies her as a player who could contribute as a freshman and eventually start for a top national program.She is 6 feet 2 inches tall and classified as a forward. She has the ability to beat women as tall as her off the dribble, much like center Jantel Lavender.Ellerbe is also a great rebounder with strong hands. In a game against the No. 13 team in New Jersey earlier this season, Ellerbe scored 26 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked six shots.Her defense is also a great attribute. She has great timing for blocking shots and has quick feet for being as tall as she is, which lets her guard players smaller than her.Ellerbe is not just a basketball player — she is an excellent student. She is carrying a 3.9 GPA in St. Mary’s advanced studies program and has received various academic athlete honors.Ashley Adams: Siloam Springs, Ariz. (Siloam Springs H.S.)Adams is ranked the No. 116 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 92. She will be able to make immediate contributions as a freshman if needed and has the potential to start for a top tier program, according to ESPN. Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall makes her the tallest player in this class and the tallest on OSU’s roster next year. She is expected to be a center or a forward at OSU.Adams is also said to have great vision and an ability to pass the ball very well from the post.Adams led Siloam Springs to the championship game her junior year while averaging 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game.Darryce Moore: Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman H.S.)Moore was given a grade of 89 by ESPN. She is ranked the No. 14 center in the nation by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. The report also called Moore a player who has the capability to burst onto the national scene unexpectedly.She is 6 feet 2 inches tall and very strong in the post, which allows her to get position to get rebounds. Moore’s brother, J.T. Moore, is in the OSU football recruiting class of 2010 and was the first commitment for the class. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State appears at No 23 in Associated Press Top

Ohio State freshman forward Jaedon Ledee (23) dunks the ball during the second half of the game against South Carolina State on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorDefying expectations has become somewhat of a trend for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.The Buckeyes entered the 2018-19 campaign with unflattering predictions from media outlets, with most estimating the team to be among the bottom half of the Big Ten conference.Yet, Monday, in the latest updated of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Buckeyes sit at No. 23 in the rankings, ahead of No. 24 Purdue and No. 25 Wisconsin. Among conference teams, Ohio State sits behind only No. 9 Michigan and No. 11 Michigan State.In the second season under head coach Chris Holtmann, Ohio State has jumped out to a 4-0 start, with wins coming against Cincinnati and Creighton. Ohio State reached the NCAA Tournament in its first season under Holtmann, finishing in the final poll before Selection Sunday as the No. 17 team in the country and receiving an at-large bid to be a No. 5 seed in the West region. The Buckeyes beat South Dakota State in the first round, but were eliminated by Gonzaga in the second.Despite the success, Ohio State was not expected to repeat in 2018-19, losing reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop, as well as captain Jae’Sean Tate and guard Kam Williams, all of whom were starters. However, the Buckeyes have been carried by strong early season performances from senior guard C.J. Jackson, as well as freshman guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington, with sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson leading the team in rebounds thus far.The Buckeyes will compete for the first time in the 2018-19 season as a ranked team at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Samford at the Schottenstein Center. The team will then face Cleveland State at 8 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena, in a game Ohio State has already announced will be sold out. read more