Boulder falls on train near Lonavla; 3 hurt

first_imgThree passengers were injured when a boulder fell on a coach of the Mumbai-bound Hubballi-LTT Express near Lonavla in Mumbai division of Central Railway early this morning, an official said.The large rock came crashing on the train when it was moving at a restricted speed between Monkey Hill and Thakurwadi stations around 5.30 am, Central Railway’s Chief PRO Sunil Udasi said.The boulder pierced the roof of the train and fell in the middle of S6 coach injuring three passengers, he said. The injured persons were admitted to a railway hospital in neighbouring Thane district’s Kalyan township. “They were stated to be out of danger,” Mr. Udasi said.The mishap occurred in the Lonavla-Karjat ghat section, which is prone to landslides and falling of rocks during the monsoon season. Senior officials of the Central Railway rushed to the spot to take stock of the incident.“No train was held up due to the incident as the track was declared safe for the movement of trains. The affected train later moved to Karjat from where it left for its final destination — Mumbai,” Mr. Udasi said.last_img read more

Baijayant Panda booked for ‘incorrect’ affidavit

first_imgThe Odisha police on Friday registered a criminal case against suspended BJD MP Baijayant Panda on the charge of filing incorrect affidavit for the 2014 general election, following a direction from a court.Mr. Panda represents Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency and was suspended by the BJD in January for alleged anti-party activities.A case was registered against Mr. Panda under IPC Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and Section 125-A of the Representation of People Act following directions by the Kendrapara sub-divisional magistrate court, sub-divisional police officer Rajib Lochan Panda said.Investigation has been launched with the registration of the case, police said adding that it will verify the MP’s poll affidavit documents. Mr. Panda may be quizzed in connection with the case, the SDPO added.The SDJM court acting on a petition by Dillip Das, a resident of Thakurhaat, had issued directions to the police to register a criminal case against the sitting Lok Sabha MP and file a compliance report to the court by July 25. The petition stated that Mr. Panda was officiating as vice-chairman of Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys, the corporate house owned by his family, and was drawing salary in crores of rupees. However, in the election affidavit, he had wilfully covered the facts which went against the spirit of Representation of People Act. Besides, he perpetrated fraud and unfair practice by suppressing facts in his poll affidavit, the petitioner alleged.Mr. Panda was not immediately available for comment but his office in a statement said that the law will take its course.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils Team Profile

first_imgDelhi witnessed their worst-ever season in the IPL during the 2014 editionDelhi Daredevils appeared promising throughout their IPL career but are yet to add silverware in their trophy cabinet. Their title dreams were shattered after losing against Chennai Super Kings in the 2012 semi-final. The team, coached by former India captain Rahul Dravid, will be lead by Zaheer Khan this year.Delhi finished second from last in the 2015 season despite spending big at the auctions last year. However, they released marquee player Yuvraj Singh ahead of the auctions. The team will be counting on young Shreyas Iyer and fiery Quinton de Kock up in the batting order while the presence of World T20 final hero Carlos Brathwaite, Saurabh Tiwary, JP Duminy and Pawan Negi will bolster their middle-order.Delhi’s bowling attack this season will be led by veteran pacer Zaheer while Chris Morris, Nathan Coulter-Nile will be seen in the supporting role. Delhi is also well-equipped in the spin bowling department with Amit Mishra, Imran Tahir and Shahbaz Nadim at their disposal.Delhi also have quite a few U-19 stars who reached the finals of this year’s U-19 World Cup in Bangaldesh. After spending big at the auctions this year, Delhi Daredevils will be looking to turn it around this year especially after a tumultuous four-point season in 2014.Full Squad: Zaheer Khan (captain), Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Shami, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreyas Iyer, Albie Morkel, Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Pawan Negi, Sam Billings, SK Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Joel Paris, Pawan Suyal, Chama Milind, Akhil Herwadkar, Mahipal Lomror advertisementlast_img read more

Yankees Retire Posada’s No. 20

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The Yankees most recent championship teams were built around a group of players that came to be known as the “Core Four.” There was the suave leader Derek Jeter, the homespun starter Andy Pettitte and the classy closer Mariano Rivera.Jorge Posada was the fiery one.He spoke his mind in a clubhouse of singularly focused players. The catcher called out teammates and pushed the younger Yankees to perform up to their standards.For that passion and effort, the Yankees on Aug. 22 before playing the Cleveland Indians retired Posada’s No. 20 and unveiled a plaque in Monument Park honoring his 17-year career — all in navy pinstripes — in which he was a key part of four World Series championships.“Ever since I could remember all I wanted to do was play baseball. Ever since growing up in beautiful Puerto Rico, everything I did was work toward my goal. I don’t think I had a plan B,” Posada said. “Baseball was my passion and luckily I had the privilege and honor to play for the greatest franchise in all of sports.”Fans chanted the familiar “Hip, hip, Jorge!” several times during a ceremony, that included a nearly eight-minute speech by Posada made in front of family and many of his former teammates.On Aug. 24, there was another ceremony to celebrate Yankees hegemony of the late 1990s and 2000s, when Pettitte’s No. 46 was taken out of circulation.Manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 was retired last year, center fielder Bernie Williams’ No. 51 was hung up in May. Rivera’s number was retired in 2013, and Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill have also been given plaques.All that’s left is a big bash for Jeter, his No. 2 the final available single digit.Pettitte and Posada teamed up to combine for a 100-51 record as the starting battery for New York, according to a tweet by the Elias Sports Bureau. The two became a tandem in the lowest levels of the minor leagues.“The years you put in and the friendship you build up, just the trust you build with one another,” Pettitte said. “He knew how to push my buttons and get me going. We all know how fiery Georgie could be. I love that.”Taken as a second baseman in the 24th round of the 1990 draft, Posada holds the record for most postseason games as a catcher (119) and won five silver slugger awards as the best hitter at that position.“Catching for the New York Yankees was such a thrill every day,” Posada said. “I got to play the same position as my idols Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Elston Howard and No. 15, Thurman Munson.”Berra, now 90, wrote Posada a letter that was posted on the videoboard in center field.“I’m proud of you, kid,” Berra wrote.A five-time All-Star, Posada hit .273 with 275 homers and 1,065. He played a remarkable 1,574 games of his 1,829 big league games behind the plate.He made his debut in 1995 and eventually took over as starting catcher from Joe Girardi a few years later. Posada then played under Girardi his final four seasons, bristling when Girardi took away his catching duties then pulling himself out of the lineup one day when he saw his name listed as the No. 9 hitter.But Girardi said this week he had no issues with Posada. In fact, he admired him. “He was obviously a very skilled player, but he brought an attitude,” Girardi said. “It was great to see every day.”Posada’s son Jorge Jr. may be as fiery as his dad. After Posada sailed a high ceremonial first pitch that tipped off the glove Jorge Jr., wearing a tailored suit, the son could be seen holding his arms out in a questioning pose, then waving his arms and holding his glove high over his head while Jorge Sr. put his arm around Jr.Posada Jr. was born in 1999 with a life-threatening skull deformation, craniosynostosis, that required eight operations, but Rivera recalled Posada never wavering in his commitment to the Yankees while going through tough personal times.“I remember the passion and the determination he had to win, the dedication, going through tough times, adversities, family issues, but he was there,” Rivera said. “He was there for us.”Posada took a moment during his speech to acknowledge Indians utility player Mike Aviles, whose 4-year-old daughter has leukemia. Aviles, watching the ceremony along with several of his teammates, pointed at Posada and tipped his cap.“Everybody knows Posada is a class act, there’s not a person in here that doesn’t know, if they didn’t know, they do know today,” Aviles said after the game. “It definitely put a pit in my throat.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Yedlin evolves into lock-down right back

first_imgUnited States Yedlin’s evolution gives USMNT a lock-down right back Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 02:48 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DeAndre Yedlin USA Panama 10082017 Mike Ehrmann United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Panama Panama The Newcastle United defender has made the U.S. national team’s right back position his own, giving the team its best option since Steve Cherundolo ORLANDO, Fla. — DeAndre Yedlin is an attacking player at heart, from his earliest days as a youth standout through his time in college at Akron, where Caleb Porter first sold him on the idea of a future as an attacking right back.The defensive side of his game often felt like a bit of an afterthought early on in his career, as a standout for the Seattle Sounders and as a surprising inclusion on the 2014 U.S. World Cup team. Generally speaking, Yedlin focused more on getting forward, and letting his world-class speed cover for inevitable defensive mistakes.That wasn’t going to cut it in England, though, not at the top levels, and it wasn’t going to be enough for him to become the regular starter at right back the national team had needed since Steve Cherundolo retired. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. If that doesn’t sound like the Yedlin you watched masterfully neutralize Panama’s dangerous wingers in the World Cup qualifying win against Panama on Friday, it’s because Yedlin is no longer that player. His time at Tottenham, Sunderland and now Newcastle have helped him hone his defensive game to the point that he is no longer a liability, but instead arguably the most reliable defender in the U.S. pool.Now, the player who used to live for bombing forward finds himself liking the defensive side of the game in a way he didn’t used to.”I enjoy it more now. Once you start to become OK at something, you learn to enjoy it more,” Yedlin said after Friday’s win. “I don’t think I was the best defender before so it wasn’t fun for me. It’s getting better.”Experience as a starter for then-Premier League side Sunderland in 2016 helped Yedlin begin his progression as a defender, but the full year spent playing in the League Championship with Newcastle under Rafa Benitez really helped him hone the defensive instincts he used to lack.”(It helped) massively,” Yedlin said. “I think it’s one of the things that we work on a lot in training. It’s a bit boring, but you don’t really realize when you’re doing it as well, but when you get into the game situations, it’s much easier and things get slowed down for you and you see situations that you’ve seen before in training, so things just become much easier.”DeAndre Yedlin quote gfxYedlin hasn’t missed a beat since Newcastle’s jump to the Premier League, and has enjoyed an impressive start to the new season. He brought that form into Friday’s match against Panama, during which he read the game well and consistently put himself in good positions, both to support U.S. right winger Paul Arriola and contain Panama’s speed on the flank.”I’ve always been fast, it’s God-given talent,” Yedlin said. “I just try and use that to my advantage, but I’m learning more and more positionally so I don’t have to rely on my pace so much.””He played against some good players (on Friday) and did well,” U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. “He’s a good player that continues to grow. It’s great to get him back in.”Yedlin was sorely missed by the U.S. during the September qualifiers, when Costa Rica and, especially, Honduras enjoyed success going after Graham Zusi. Yedlin’s presence not only limited Panama’s options, but he also continued to develop a partnership with Arriola, forming a tandem Arena could very well stick with in the near future — and potentially when the World Cup rolls around.”He’s got the wheels, he’s a hard worker, and for me he makes my life easy at times where there’s times I can’t get back and he can deal with it,” Arriola said. “But the way he flies forward it’s funny that we’re very similar characteristic-wise. But it’s just a matter of learning when I go in he’s going to be flying up, and I think that the confidence that we have is continuing to rise and I look forward to building it.”Yedlin will be vitally important to a U.S. team that — if it can qualify for the World Cup  — will be hoping to advance past the round of 16 for the first time since 2002. Right back had become a position filled by those better suited in other roles, with the likes of Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron headlining the list of players who have helped fill the void left when Cherundolo — the best right back in U.S. national team history — faded out of the national team picture in 2012.Now the U.S. has a true right back who is developing into a two-way difference maker, and at 24, still has plenty of room to grow even more. Three years after being seen as a major surprise on the 2014 World Cup roster, Yedlin will head toward the 2018 World Cup as one of the team’s best players, and Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago will provide one more opportunity how much he has improved, and how important he has become.last_img read more

Korean Register to Examine, Certify Indian Ships

first_imgzoom Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, has inked an agreement with the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) to deliver services on behalf of the Indian flag administration. Under the deal, Korean Register is to carry out relevant vessel surveys and audits and issue certificates to Indian-flagged ships for SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ICLL, and MLC.The move comes as the Indian government eyes growth in the maritime industry prompted by the country’s recent economic growth which has brought about an increase in the value of import and export trade. However, the port facilities and vessels to accommodate this growth are lacking. Therefore, the Indian government is now seeking foreign investment to build port infrastructure and to stimulate the shipping industry, including shipbuilding.The agreement follows the Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS) that was held in Mumbai from 14 to 16 April 2016. During the summit’s two sessions, over 120 business and concession agreements and EPC contracts that are worth over USD 12 bn were signed. In addition, 20 letters of intent were signed covering an investment of USD 1.3 bn.During the first day of the summit, India’s Cochin Shipyard Limited entered into an agreement with South Korean Shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to build LNG ships in India. In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding related to the establishment of Wadhavan Port was also signed. During the MIS, South Korea and India inked a MoU on port development.last_img read more

Seatruck Ferries Sets Up New BristolDublin Service

first_imgzoom UK ferry operator Seatruck Ferries, part of the Danish shipping company Clipper Group A/S, has commenced a weekend service connecting Bristol and Dublin, enabling car manufacturers to enter Ireland directly. The company said the new service uses a vessel that would otherwise be idle during weekends.The company now operates 66 departures a week across its three regular routes including Heysham–Warrenpoint, Heysham–Dublin and Liverpool–Dublin.August saw a 24.9% volume increase of unaccompanied trailers moved by Seatruck, compared with the previous year.Seatruck’s fleet is comprised of 12 roll-on roll-off (RoRo) freight ferries.last_img read more

Two Canadians among those sought by US authorities over attack on protesters

first_imgWASHINGTON – Two Canadians are among more than a dozen people sought in connection with a violent attack on protesters during an official visit by Turkey’s president to the U.S. capital last month.Police in Washington, D.C., say they have issued arrest warrants for Mahmut Sami Ellialti on charges of felony aggravated assault and felony assault with significant bodily injury, as well as for Ahmet Dereci on charges of felony assault with significant bodily injury and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner.A police spokeswoman said the two are residents of Canada but it is not yet known whether they have Canadian citizenship.The pair told the CBC last year that they are staunch supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and had voted to elect him.“Recep Tayyip Erdogan was chosen by the Turkish people. We voted for him and we want him to be our president,” Dereci told the broadcaster at the time.The New York Times reported last month that Dereci travelled to Washington with his cousin.Also sought by U.S. authorities are nine Turkish security agents and three Turkish police officers, who face either misdemeanour or felony assault charges.In a news conference Thursday, District of Columbia Police Chief Peter Newsham urged those being sought and some still unidentified to surrender and face American justice, adding two Americans were arrested a day earlier in the case.The brawl, which exacerbated the already strained U.S.-Turkey relations, broke out as Erdogan arrived May 16 at the Turkish ambassador’s residence after a White House meeting with President Donald Trump.Newsham said video showed security guards and some Erdogan supporters attacking a small group of protesters. Nine people were hurt.Erdogan’s security detail returned with him to Turkey after his visit, so it was unclear if any would face any immediate U.S. legal repercussions. However, they could end up being threatened with arrest if they return to the U.S. If any are still in the country, they could be expelled if Turkey refuses to waive diplomatic immunity.last_img read more

New tax incentives for investment could increase Canadas emissions

first_imgOTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says big greenhouse-gas emitters can take advantage of new tax incentives for manufacturers even as the government acknowledges that the resulting investment could increase emissions.Morneau’s fall fiscal update will allow manufacturing and processing companies, including heavy emitters like oil producers and refiners, to write off the full cost of buying new equipment and machinery as soon as they put the purchases into use.The change is intended to encourage capital investment in manufacturing and processing sectors that are exposed to international competition — including oil producers and refineries, and big chemical companies.However, on the very last page of the fall fiscal update the government admits that these investments could result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create more air, water and soil pollution.The government is hopeful that extending the same tax incentives to clean energy equipment purchases will reduce emissions enough to offset any increases to emissions from other companies, but it admits right now it can’t say if that will happen.Canada’s international climate change commitments already require a reduction in existing emissions by nearly 200 million tonnes a year, which is the equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road by 2030.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tyendinaga Mohawk youth shutting down the highway of tears

first_imgAPTN National NewsGrade 8 students from the Quinte Mohawk public school just released a compelling album called, The Problem.For three weeks, the students collaborated on the project with musicians to create songs that educate, empower and inspire.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Facebook extends ban on hate speech to white nationalists

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is broadening its definition of hate speech to apply to “white nationalists” and “white separatists.”The company previously allowed posts from those groups even though it has long banned “white supremacists.”In a blog post Wednesday, the social network said it previously linked expressions of white nationalism with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — such as American pride or Basque separatism, both of which are still allowed.But civil rights groups and academics called this view “misguided” and have long pressured the company to change its stance. Facebook says it concluded after months of “conversations” with them that white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.The Associated Press read more

Top UN officials challenge delegates at Climate Change Conference to take action

The United Nations’ top officials today appealed to delegates from some 150 nations who are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia to take urgent action to tackle global warming.“We simply cannot afford to fail our people by leaving this unique island without convergence of science and politics,” Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told the six heads of State and 144 government representatives attending the meeting.“The challenge you face is to tell the world that you want to change the direction of the world’s future into a low-emissions economy,” he said. “An economics-based response to climate change will yield numerous, tangible economic gains for all.”Mr. de Boer said participants should seize the opportunity at the Conference to kick-start formal negotiations, agree on a comprehensive agenda and set 2009 as the deadline for negotiations so that a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol can enter into effect in 2013.Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, stressed that the science is unequivocal about the warming of the climate system.The IPCC has also noted that the costs necessary to meet emissions targets by 2030 equate to less than three per cent of global GDP per year.Emphasizing the crucial rule of the UN in combating climate change, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said that “the multilateral system has been at the heart of facilitating, catalyzing and enabling a global response.”“What we are actually seeing here in Bali, what we have seen throughout the year of 2007, is that pointing to each other’s differences, focusing on one another’s failures and using those to stop us from acting is leading us down a tragic path,” Achim Steiner said.Global warming poses a major risk to food security, and increased hunger and malnutrition will result if action is not taken immediately, said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“Vulnerable people and food systems will be particularly affected,” he said, also speaking on behalf of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). “People who are already vulnerable and food insecure are likely to become even more so.”Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) warned that efforts to mitigate climate change must take the alleviation of poverty into account.“Only if industrialization is pursued in a sustained manner can we hope to address climate protection in a way that is compatible economic growth and development,” he said, urging the widespread transfer of clean energy technologies to developing nations.Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, also appealed for leaders to incorporate sustainable development into efforts to combat climate change.“Unchecked, climate change may roll back hard-won progress on sustainable development,” he said. “The poorest in all society, especially in developing countries, are most at risk.”Adaptation measures to global warming must take into account that for the first time in human history, over half the world’s population lives in cities and towns, the head of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) noted.“From time immemorial, human settlements have been determined by climate conditions,” Anna Tibaijuka said. Emphasizing the importance of the local dimension in halting global warming, she said “how we plan our cities, how we build our houses, our lifestyles in cities and towns, will come to determine the future.”Tourism is both a contributor to and a victim of global warming, Francisco Frangialli, Director-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), noted. He asked delegates to “not unfairly target tourism” for it role in climate change. “We satisfy needs that are just as essential.”Meanwhile, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) announced the creation of a new African centre for climate policy studies. The centre will be a joint collaboration between ECA and Mr. Pachauri’s The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and Ad Melkert, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) also spoke at today’s session.Also addressing delegates today, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick said that lowering greenhouse gas emissions will have the dual effect of protecting the environment and allowing developing nations to grow their economies.Meanwhile, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) stressed the role that information communication technologies (ICT) can play in reducing emissions, such as its use in remote monitoring and the gathering of crucial scientific data. 12 December 2007The United Nations’ top officials today appealed to delegates from some 150 nations who are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia to take urgent action to tackle global warming. read more

Canadas debtfuelled economy running on fumes Carney warns

Ottawa tightens mortgage rules to avert household debt crisis Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced a number of measures today to make it harder for people to buy or borrow on their homes. Read more OTTAWA — Canada’s relatively healthy economy has been largely based on borrowed money, but the situation cannot go on indefinitely, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney warned Thursday.The central bank governor’s stern words to a business audience in Halifax comes just hours after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty moved to clamp down on household lending by reducing the amortization period on mortgages to 25 years from 30, and by limiting home equity loans.Carney makes clear that he endorses the moves, calling them “prudent” and “timely” to support the long-term stability of the housing market and guard against financial excesses. [np-related]And although he repeats language used in the past, Carney also suggests he has no patience for the view that instead of raising interest rates his next move will be to cut the trendsetting policy setting from the current 1%, where it’s been since September 2010.“Our economy cannot … depend indefinitely on debt-fuelled household expenditures, particularly in an environment of modest income growth,” he said in notes of the speech released in Ottawa.“Notably, housing investment rose further in the first quarter, accounting for an unusually elevated share of the overall Canadian economy.”Earlier this month, Statistics Canada reported that household debt in relation to disposable income had reached a new record at 152%, but much of that was due to falling incomes rather than increased borrowing.Still, there’s evidence of consumer fatigue already. In a report issued Thursday, Statistics Canada said retail sales fell an above-consensus 0.5% in April.Carney said that if the current economic expansion in Canada continues, “some modest withdrawal” of monetary stimulus — interest rate hikes — may become appropriate.The governor has used similar language on interest rates before, most notably the last two policy setting dates, but markets are largely ignoring his warning given the darkening storm clouds gathering outside Canada’s borders.On Thursday, the CIBC suggested that Carney may have little choice but to keep interest rates where they are until 2014, assuming that’s the time the U.S. economy shows some signs of life.Carney gives every indication in his speech that he is worried about the global recovery, particularly the growing risk that Europe’s debt crisis will expand and set off a chain of events that lead to slower global growth, and possibly even a double-dip recession.Some of the risks around the European crisis are materializing, he said, and now the outlook is “skewed to the downside,” which means it is more likely the situation will get worse than improve.This is already impacting the global economy. Slow growth in advanced nations have slowed expansion in China and other emerging markets, which have supported what little global growth there is. For Canada, this has meant the price of commodities like oil that Canada sells to the world have fallen, although they remain elevated.But the real danger is of European contagion, which given the inter-dependent global financial markets, will hit Canada as well.Even Canada’s strong fundamentals won’t save us, Carney said.“Given the reality of global finance, it is not enough to have our house in order unless we seal ourselves off from the world,” he said. “And if we do that, we will end up much poorer.”Carney’s words echo those of Flaherty early in the day, when he warned that unless Europe acts quickly to contain the damage, Canadians will be in for a difficult summer.The government made clear the solutions will not be easy, nor will they be instant. He said policy-makers must work to get the structure of the global economy right, fix the European monetary union, move to resolve global imbalances between borrowing nations like the U.S. and creditor nations like China, and continue with financial reforms that will end “too-big-to-fail” banks and build resilient institutions. read more

All schools except flood affected to reopen on Monday

All schools in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces, except those affected by the floods will re-open on Monday.The Education Ministry said that 39 schools in the Southern province which were damaged during the floods or are being used as temporary shelters, will remain closed.

Firefighters turn out for Capt Tim Vails funeral

Hundreds of first responders from all over Ontario came out to pay their last respects to Niagara Falls Fire Captain Tim Vail.Vail lost his life on Remembrance Day while taking the family dogs for a walk. Vail died attempting to rescue one of hisdogs trapped in an old well.Vail was taking his dogs for a walk behind Prudhommes Landing in Vineland, the smaller dog got stuckin an old well. He attempted to rescue dog when he became trapped and suffered fatal injuries.Vail leaves his wife Samantha and children Tanner and Abbi.Vail became a paramedic in 1991, a few years later he joined the fire department but stayed on as a paramedicpart time. The Honour Guard of hundreds gave Tim Vail a final salute as the hearse carrying his body passed by.Many came to pay their final respects. read more

US unemployment benefit applications fall to 350000 still elevated by California backlog

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US unemployment benefit applications fall to 350,000, still elevated by California backlog WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 last week, though the total was elevated for the third straight week by technical problems in California.The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average jumped by nearly 11,000 to 348,250.Weekly applications have been inflated for the past three weeks, largely because California has been processing a huge number of applications that were delayed because of a computer upgrade. The 16-day partial government shutdown has also lifted claims this month because a number of government contractors were laid off temporarily.A government spokesman said the backlog in California affected last week’s figures but noted shutdown’s impact appears to be fading.Applications have declined for the past two weeks, suggesting California is working through its backlog. And in August, before all the distortions, applications had fallen to pre-recession levels. That indicated companies were cutting very few workers.Falling applications for unemployment benefits are typically followed by more hiring. But in recent months hiring has slowed, rather than accelerated.Employers added only 148,000 jobs in September, the government said Tuesday, down from 193,000 in August. The September jobs report was delayed 2 1/2 weeks because of the shutdown.Hiring has slowed since the beginning of the year: Job gains averaged 207,000 from January through March, but fell to 182,000 from April through June and dropped further to 143,000 from July through September.And hiring likely weakened further in October. Government contractors temporarily laid off workers. Other companies, such as restaurants and hotels located near national parks that were closed, also likely cut jobs.About 350,000 government workers were temporarily laid off during the shutdown, which ended on Oct. 16. Thursday’s report showed that more than 44,000 laid-off federal workers applied for benefits in the week ended Oct. 12, the latest data available. That’s down from 70,000 in the previous week. Applications by federal workers, however, are not included in the unemployment claims data.Most federal workers will have to repay the benefits once they receive back pay, but that varies according to state law.Nearly 3.9 million people were receiving unemployment aid in the week ended Oct. 5, the latest data available. That’s about 70,000 fewer than the previous week.Many economists estimate the shutdown cut about $25 billion from the economy. Several have lowered their forecasts for growth in the October-December quarter by a half-point to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 6:34 am MDT read more

Like father like son for Ohio State wrestlings Tom and Jake Ryan

OSU redshirt freshman Jake Ryan during a match against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. OSU won 21-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOhio State coach Tom Ryan has a special relationship with all of his wrestlers, but he might be forgiven for admitting he has a closer bond than usual with redshirt freshman Jake Ryan.The two share more than a last name. They also share blood ties, being father and son.Jake Ryan joined the team last season after coming to OSU by way of Olentangy Liberty High School, where he was a star wrestler.Tom Ryan has been the wrestling coach at OSU since 2006, having come from Hofstra University, where he spent 11 years at the helm. Before that, he was an assistant at Indiana and a standout wrestler at Iowa.It’s no wonder his son picked up the sport.“He definitely introduced me to it, but he never forced me and never made me do anything,” Jake Ryan said. “It is a big factor as to why I fell in love with the sport. When you’re pushed really hard like that from a father’s aspect, it makes the sport less fun.”He started wrestling at age 6 while the family was living in New York.Tom Ryan developed a sharp eye for skill through his years of coaching, and even when his son was in elementary school, he recognized that Jake had talent.“He was strong and stayed in good position,” the coach said. “You hope that at some point he loves it enough to continue to do it at this level. There is only one way to continue at this level. You have to have some sort of love for it.”Jake Ryan was Olentangy Liberty’s first two-time state placer, and despite being recruited by universities like Duke, he said he had no doubt he would wear scarlet and gray.Being in such close proximity to his family was a huge factor in his decision to come to OSU. They are never far away whenever he wants a home-cooked meal or to visit his siblings.OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOf the four children in the Ryan family, only Jake has taken up competitive wrestling at the collegiate level. His younger brother, Teague, died at the age of 5 of a congenital heart condition, which is shared by his older brother, Jordan. The family also has a daughter, Mackenzie, who is 15.The youngest Ryan son showed great promise in the eyes of his father before he died.“Not only do I have a son on the team, but I have another son who wrestled, as well, that had equally, if not more, talent as a young kid that never got the opportunity to do this,” the coach said. “It puts both (himself and Jake) in a very unique scenario.”Tom Ryan said he thinks his family’s situation — losing an athletically gifted son, yet still having another one able to wrestle collegiately —  transpired in an unlikely manner.“It makes the scenario almost one in a million,” the coach said. Even through tragedy, both Jake and Tom Ryan have persevered to earn their way to this point. The coach led the Buckeyes to their first team title last season, and his son has wrestled his way into the top 25 in the nation at the 157-pound class with a 13-2 record this season.Both of the Ryans said they feel fortunate to have this chance before them.“We are both extremely grateful,” the coach said. read more

Remarriage on the rise as over50s buck the decline

first_img 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. “Many will have weathered the last big recession and seen their careers and their wealth rebound.“That’s particularly true of men who might be more advanced in careers than their female counterparts.”Nicola Haines, of the vital statistics outputs branch, Office for National Statistics, said: “Despite this overall decline, marriages at older ages rose; the number of weddings increased for men aged 50 and over and women aged 35 to 39 years and 45 and over.“This is the first full year for which marriages were available for same-sex couples and they accounted for 2.6 per cent of all marriages.” Re-marriage in later life is on the rise as over-50s buck the trend of declining marriage rates. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in 2015 marriage rates for opposite-sex couples were the lowest on record.A total of 239,020 marriages of opposite-sex couples took place in 2015, a 3.4 per cent drop from 2014.But older couples are going against the grain. The number of weddings increased for men aged 50 and over and women aged 35 to 39 years and 45 and over, the ONS said.”In general, marriage rates among older people have been increasing over recent years and falling at younger ages,” the report said. “Men and women aged under 20 have recorded the largest percentage decrease in marriage rates since 2005 (56 per cent for men and 66 per cent for women).”Relationship charity Relate suggested that plummeting rates could be down to the “rising cost of marriage”. “It’s also possible that many people are now prioritising other things over getting married, such as education, starting a family, buying a house and going travelling. This could also be a reason for the rising average age of marriage,” said chief executive Chris Sherwood.  Harry Benson, research director of the  Marriage Foundation, said the decline in teen marriage was “no bad thing”.”Teens have least experience of the world at large and the stats confirm that those who marry in their teens are by far the most likely to split up,” he said. “However the similarly abrupt collapse of marriage among those in their early twenties is a far more serious problem. The current acceptability of cohabitation means that too many potentially fragile couples move in together too soon and get stuck and too many strong couples wait in a no-man’s land of unspoken ambiguity and uncertainty.”Women’s average age at marriage reached 35 for the first time ever. It has been rising since the early 1970s, when it was around 26.  The figures show that divorcees have in particular have embraced the later-life marriage, with the number of divorced men aged over 55 re-marrying reaching 25,000 for the first time ever, while the number of widowers re-marrying has fallen from a recent high of 4,343 in 2003 to 3,430 in 2015.Abigail Lowther, associate solicitor with Hall Brown Family Law, said: “Men and women have realised that neither advancing years nor the heartbreak of divorce should necessarily be an obstacle to enjoying what’s left of their lives.last_img read more

The Burning Question Should you drink hot drinks on a hot day

first_img Yes, it actually cools you down (2764) No. How could you even? (1651) WE KNOW HOW you feel.It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: The summer gods are still blessing us with some sunshine and heat so it got us thinking about our usual eating and drinking habits.Across the Atlantic, once the change of season comes, Americanos and Earl Greys get swapped out for iced teas and coffees. But, here, we seem to stick with our hot cuppa. Are we wrong?Should you drink hot drinks on a hot day? Caffeine, baby. (1613)center_img Poll Results: Yes, it actually cools you downNo. How could you even?Caffeine, baby.Votelast_img read more

Astronomers accurately measure how much the universe has cooled since the Big

first_imgWhenever you dream of rising through military ranks to become the captain of your very own space battlecruiser, you probably have fantasies about telling your XO to throw a traitorous crew member out of the airlock, executing that crew member by exposing them to the harsh conditions of space. Movies tend to portray space exposure in a handful of ways: suffocation, people’s eyes or head exploding, or a flash freezing of the entire body. Astronomers took to science to explore one of those three effects, and thankfully, it didn’t have to do with suffocating people or making their eyes explode out of their heads. Rather, they used a telescope array in Australia to take the temperature of the universe.The international team of astronomers used the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) run by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The array is composed of six antennas, measuring in at 22 meters each. The theory of the Big Bang states that as the universe expands, the temperature cools, and the team of astronomers have now accurately found out just how much.In order to get an accurate temperature reading, the astronomers set their sights on gas from a galaxy 7.2 billion light years away from Earth, and how that gas affects the radio waves coming from an even farther galaxy. The gas absorbed some energy from the radio waves from the other galaxy, which in turn left a signature that helped the astronomers calculate a temperature: -267.92 degrees Celsius (-450.256 Fahrenheit).Because of how light can’t instantly travel across vast distances, that temperature is an accurate measurement of how cool it was when the universe was about half its current age. Currently, the universe measures in at -270.27 degrees Celsius (-454.486 Fahrenheit). The three or so degree difference between the universe now and the universe around 7 billion years ago not only shows that the universe is indeed cooling as time goes on, but provides an estimate as to how much.Though three degrees of cooling in an infinitely vast, mostly desolate wasteland may not seem like it matters very much, the accurate reading does corroborate the portion of the Big Bang theory that suggests the universe cools over time.last_img read more