Celtics Τake 3-0 Series Lead with OT Win over 76ers

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Al Horford had no use for the premature celebration that showered confetti all over the 76ers’ home court at the end of regulation, delaying overtime and prompting an impromptu cleanup job.Turns out, Horford has the Celtics just a game away from a real sweep.Horford scored the go-ahead basket for Boston late in overtime in a wild Game 3 where the Philadelphia 76ers were sloppy with the basketball and the confetti, leading the Celtics to a 101-98 victory and a 3-0 series lead on Saturday night.“These are the kind of moments you want to be in as a basketball player,” Horford said.He saw some wild ones down the stretch.Marco Belinelli had hit a buzzer-beater to end the fourth quarter that sent the Sixers into a wild celebration on the court as confetti shot out of a cannon that made it rain over chunks of the arena.Hold up.Game 3 was only headed into OT.“I wanted to play right away,” Horford said. “I didn’t care about the confetti.”The tale of the (ticker) tape shows the Celtics are still the team to beat.The Celtics, who rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 108-103 in Game 2, can advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season on Monday.The ending to regulation was about as wild as it gets for both teams. JJ Redick threw away the basketball on an errant pass to no one that was scooped by Terry Rozier who threw to Jaylen Brown for the basket and an 89-87 lead.Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington (33) goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics’ Aron Baynes (46) during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Seconds later, Belinelli stunned everyone with a falling 22-footer in front of the 76ers bench as time expired that sent the game into overtime — and confetti mistakenly blasted from the cannon. There was about a seven-minute delay while team employees scrambled to clean up the mess on the court. Some players even scooped up confetti as everyone waited for the start of overtime.Confetti Guy — wearing a “Breaking News: I Don’t Care” T-shirt — pushed the button too early and the rectangular pieces were soaring everywhere.Confetti Guy — who declined to give his name — came over to press row and said the Sixers “better win or I’m done.”They didn’t.Belinelli opened OT with a 23-footer and Redick followed with a 3 that appeared to take him off the hook.But the Celtics wouldn’t let them pull away and Horford escaped for a layup with 5.5 seconds that gave Boston a 99-98 lead. Ben Simmons then threw the ball away after a timeout and Horford sealed the win with two free throws.Sixers coach Brett Brown said he thought Belinelli had won the game with a 3-pointer.“Walk off 3. I thought it was. I actually left the court,” he said. “You come back on and there’s confetti. You move on. It slows the game down a lot but you move on.”Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Rozier had 18.Joel Embiid had 22 points and 19 rebounds for the Sixers, Redick scored 18 and Simmons 16.Horford hit the big shots in the final minute of overtime to silence what had been a rabid crowd. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles rang the ceremonial bell and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. One fan waved a sign that said “Philly Special 2.0” as a nod to the trick play called that allowed Foles to catch a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots.But not every Philly team can beat one from New England in a big game.Simmons, the rookie of the year favorite, had a miserable Game 2 and scored only one point and failed to score a field goal for the first time all year. Hall of Famer Allen Iverson called Simmons and gave him a needed pick-me-up.“Just play the game I’ve been playing,” Simmons said AI told him. “I know how to play the game. I can’t think about it too much. I’ve just got to go out there and do it.”Determined not to get embarrassed again, Simmons scored on a driving layup less than a minute into the game.“My goal isn’t to go out there and drop 30 every game,” Simmons said. “My goal is to go out there and facilitate and get the best shots we can.”He did it all in the second quarter when the Sixers looked every bit the team that ended the season on a 16-game win streak.Trailing by 10 early in the second, Simmons had an emphatic slam to kickstart a rally. Simmons would make the highlight reel with a behind-the-back pass to a charging Embiid for a thunderous dunk over Aron Baynes. Embiid made the free throw and the crowd was going bonkers.Redick and Dario Saric each hit 3s during the 13-0 run that helped the Sixers take a 51-48 lead into halftime.TIP-INS76ers: The Sixers have suddenly become one of the hottest teams at attracting celebrities. Rapper Meek Mill, Questlove of The Roots, celebrity physician Dr. Oz, UFC President Dana White and director M. Night Shyamalan were all at the game, as were other members of the Eagles.Celtics: The Celtics missed 15 of 22 3s in the first half and only attempted four free throws.CRYING FOULEmbiid was just 2 of 3 from the free-throw line and believed he was hacked most of the game.“I’m too big not to get fouled every time I go to the basket,” he said.BALL HAWKCoach Brett Brown endorsed assistant coach Lloyd Pierce as the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Pierce interviewed for the job on Friday.“It’s a no-brainer. I would hire Lloyd Pierce yesterday,” Brown said.UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday at the only-in-the-postseason tip time of 6 p.m. EDT—By DAN GELSTON ,  AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Andrew Symonds reveals how Monkeygate led to his alcohol abuse and ‘downhill slide’

first_imgFormer Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds opened up on the infamous monkeygate scandal which took place during the 2008 Test match against India in Sydney.Symonds revealed the exact conversation which took place between him and India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on day three of the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and how the incident changed his life forever.”I said, ‘Listen here d***head, we’re not out here to make friends, you’re about to get hurt here’,” Symonds told ABS News in a podcast.Andrew Symonds stretched ‘Monkeygate’ incident too far: Michael Clarke”And he [Harbhajan] started going: ‘You’re nothing but a monkey.’ He said it probably two or three times. From that moment on that was my downhill slide.”The scandal led to Harbhajan getting a three-match ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC) following a hearing which consisted of then-Australia captain Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke who testified in Symonds’ favour in a hearing after the match.Mike Procter criticises Tendulkar’s role in 2008 Monkeygate controversyFormer India captain Sachin Tendulkar was the lone witness speaking in favour of Harbhajan as he was probably the closest person to hear what was going on between the mercurial Aussie and his teammate at the other end of the pitch. Tendulkar said the ban imposed on Harbhajan left the team furious and players did not wish to continue the 2008 tour (Reuters Photo)Ponting slams Tendulkar for aiding Harbhajan during ‘monkeygate’ rowThe Indian team later appealed against the punishment’s levied on Harbhajan along with the racial-abuse charge. The ban was eventually lifted on Bhajji after appeal was heard by New Zealand High Court judge John Hansen, who found the racism charge was “not proven”.advertisement10 years after the events of the Sydney Test, Symonds has now gone on record to admit that the incident left a deep scar in his heart and also led to his alcohol abuse.”I felt the pressure and the weight of dragging those mates of mine into the cauldron of this cesspit that should never have got to this sort of point where we felt guilty. I was dealing with it the wrong way.”I started to drink heavily as a result of it and my life was starting to dissolve around me. I felt guilty that I’d dragged my mates into something I didn’t think they deserved to be involved in,” Symmo said.Symonds also revealed that Harbhajan had called him a monkey several times even before the Sydney Test.”I’d spoken to Harbhajan the series before in India, he’d called me a monkey before in India,” Symonds revealed. Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke who testified in Symonds’ favour in a hearing after the 2008 Sydney Test (Reuters Photo)Incidentally, Symonds was subject to racial abuse by Indian spectators in a one-day international in Vadodara in 2007 where a section of the crowd was believed to have taunted Symonds by making monkey noises while he was fielding at the boundary line.But relations between India and Australia have slowly started to improve after players from both teams started playing together for the various franchises in the Indian Premier League.Symonds and Harbhajan also shared the dressing room at Mumbai Indians, where they played together for in the 2011 season. The duo eventually buried the hatchet and became friends with Sachin Tendulkar helping his team-mates in doing that.”When I got to Mumbai it was icy, when I walked in there the first time. We’d had a few drinks and Harbhajan came over to me. He said, ‘Boss can I talk to you for a minute?'”He said, ‘I really want to apologise for what I did and what I said, I hope it hasn’t harmed you or your family too badly,’ and he broke down. I could just see the weight lift off his shoulders when he got that off his chest,” Symonds said.last_img read more

Watched a bit of the men’s ODI and decided to keep things simple: Smriti Mandhana

first_imgIndia opener Smriti Mandhana took nearly a year to score a hundred and had to tell herself to not play rash shots during her match-winning knock against New Zealand in the first women’s ODI in Napier on Thursday.India rode on Mandhana’s 105 to chase down a below-par score of 193 against the hosts to win the match by 9 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at McLean Park.Mandhana, who last scored a hundred in February last year, brought up her fourth ODI century in the 33rd over but got out with India needing just 3 runs to win the match.Her 190-run partnership for the opening wicket with Jemimah Rodrigues set up the victory. Rodrigues ended up with 81 not out.”Really happy. I have a thing of getting out in the 70s and 80s, so I had to talk to myself, ‘don’t hit any rash shots, don’t hit any lofted shots, just play in singles and doubles’.”I’m really happy with that aspect. I was able to stick in and guide the team through. Again, if I’d scored three runs I would have been a lot happier,” Mandhana said after she was adjudged player of the match.Comprehensive win for #TeamIndia as they wrap the 1st ODI by 9 wickets. 1-0 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/MoU73CwSOXBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) January 24, 2019This was Mandhana’s first knock in New Zealand but the 22-year-old hardly looked in any trouble while batting in the middle. The 22-year-old later revealed that she watched the men’s match between India and New Zealand to see how the wicket behaved at McLean Park.advertisement”The wicket was really good to bat on, and initially we just played according to the merit of the ball. We just had to react to the ball, because they had good pacers.”The plan was to see how the new ball was doing. This was the first time we were batting in New Zealand, and we didn’t really know we watched a bit of the men’s match and also how the first innings went. So we decided to just keep it simple, play according to the merit of the ball,” Mandhana said.Just like the women’s team, Virat Kohli’s Indian side crushed New Zealand by 8 wickets in the first ODI at the same venue on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. It was the men’s team’s first win against New Zealand in New Zealand since 2009.last_img read more

Koeman not interested in Netherlands job

first_imgRonald Koeman Koeman not interested in Netherlands job amid Everton struggles Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:13 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronald Koeman Everton Getty Images Netherlands Everton Premier League WC Qualification Europe The Toffees boss has been reported as a candidate to succeed Dick Advocaat, but he remains focused on improving results at Goodison Park Ronald Koeman has distanced himself from succeeding Dick Advocaat as Netherlands coach, as he intends to stay on as Everton manager.Advocaat took over as Oranje coach in May to oversee the conclusion of Oranje’s World Cup qualifying campaign. The Dutch missed out on a play-off place after finishing behind Sweden on goal difference and the KNVB are expected to appoint a new long-term coach after their failure to qualify.Everton 7/5 to beat Brighton 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. Everton’s poor start to the season has sparked reports that Koeman could be sacked if results do not improve soon and he has been reported as a possible target for the Dutch Football Association (KNVB).However, the 54-year-old remains focused on bringing Everton back up the table instead of considering a jump to the national team“I am not surprised they put my name in because they did the same some years ago,” he told reporters.“I am not surprised. But I am Everton manager. That’s the most important and nothing else.“It’s not realistic now because we have other business to do with Everton.”Netherlands have now failed to qualify for two consecutive major tournaments, causing much discussion about the nation’s stature on the international stage.Koeman, a member of the Euro 1988 winning side, believes the Dutch are not producing great players anymore and feels a lot must change for them to recover from the latest failure.”We’ve lost quality in Netherlands,” he continued. “We have no real top European players left. Arjen Robben was maybe the last and he has stopped. “We have good talents, but they leave Netherlands too quickly and we must change that.”Belgium and Germany changed a lot of things and we have to as well. But we’ll come back because we’ve always had good players.”last_img read more

a month agoAston Villa defender Tyrone Mings: Something has to change

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings: Something has to changeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings says something has to change at Aston Villa following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal.With just 10 men, the Gunners came from behind twice to claim the home victory over Mings’ Villa outfit.It wasn’t the first time Villa have blown a lead this season, and Mings wants to see a different attitude from his teammates.Speaking after the game, Mings said: “We were good at times but it feels like when we go ahead there is desperation to hold onto the lead rather than going and getting another goal and really being ruthless.”I don’t know what it is at the moment but something needs to change, especially when we go either ahead or have a man advantage. It seems to have the opposite effect.”We know that we should have done the same things as we did in the first half that got us into the lead.”The manager didn’t really give us a message but we should have been able to troubleshoot on the pitch. We’re a pressing team and we like to go and press. We just stopped doing that.”As a team we need to be a bit braver and go and stop teams higher up the pitch, especially with a man advantage. But we said the same after Tottenham when we appeared to drop off so it’s a tough one to take.”I don’t question the group of lads that we’ve got one bit. There’s just certain elements of our game – and when certain things happen – it seems to affect us in a negative way, rather than a positive.”The mentality we have has got us into the lead on two occasions. It’s a natural thing to drop off when we’ve got a goal, but we need to start doing what we did when we got into the lead in the first place. It’s been our downfall.” last_img read more

More Bang For Your Buck : Buck Mason Launches

first_img The Best Graphic Tee Companies to Liven Up Your Wardrobe Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments Wow. What can we say about Buck Mason? The all-American-made brand is like a mash-up of Netflix and Warby Parker – but for your wardrobe. The premise behind Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn’s brainchild – men hate shopping for clothes (in the traditional sense) – so why do it?Well guys, Schnakenberg and Koehn are here to make it easier for you. Both entrpreneurs are very savvy, with backgrounds in fashion, digital adverstising and technology. They know what they like – and that’s quality. Koehn’s father was a sculptor and Schnakenberg’s a brick mason. Hence the name Buck Mason.Six classic, American made essentials (dress shirts, jeans, polo shirts, etc) will be sent to your home à la carte. You only have to pay for what you keep. Brands include: Jungmaven, Crate of California, Jacob Davis and more. Receiving a curated collection of clothing in a box would pair perfectly with your Mantry subscription.Every few months you will receive a new package with six new pieces from various American brands. Kind of genius if you ask us.To shop the collection piece by piece, head on over to www.buckmason.comlast_img read more

Province Introduces New Respiratory Therapists Act

first_imgRespiratory therapists will be able to provide better patient care thanks to new legislation introduced today, March 20, by Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “We are pleased to support an act that will provide Nova Scotians with high quality respiratory care,” said Mr. D’Entremont. “The Department of Health is able to introduce legislation because of the collaborative effort and hard work of the Respiratory Therapists Society of Nova Scotia.” Respiratory therapists are health-care providers who assist in the diagnosis, treatment and health promotion of patients with cardiorespiratory disorders. They perform respiratory assessments of patients, test and monitor cardiopulmonary function and assist with the transport of high-risk patients. They are also involved in the maintenance, repair, testing and evaluation of respiratory equipment. The legislation will regulate the practice of respiratory therapy by ensuring that practice standards are established and maintained. The act will also establish a complaints and discipline process to enforce the standards and requirements and deal with concerns from the public. Most respiratory therapists are members of the Respiratory Therapists Society of Nova Scotia which is a volunteer organization. The society has been working with the Department of Health to introduce legislation. “This act will ensure our profession is current and in line with other self-regulating health professions,” said Phil Richardson from the Respiratory Therapists Society of Nova Scotia. There are about 200 respiratory therapists in Nova Scotia. More than 70 per cent of respiratory therapists work in hospitals across the province.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Person

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Harmony Hoy has been located.  She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Harmony Hoy.According to RCMP, Hoy was last seen in the Grande Prairie area in late March and was reported missing on April 3, 2019. Hoy is described as:CaucasianMixed coloured hair, possibly green and purpleHazel eyes5’5″/ 126lbsThere is a concern for her well being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information on Hoy’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Morocco’s Houria Esslami Appointed Chair-Rapporteur of UN’s Body on Enforced or…

Rabat – Morocco’s Houria Esslami has been elected chair-rapporteur of the United Nations’ Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.Esslami, 47, has become the first woman in the history of the WGEID to be elected chair of the UN’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances since its inception 35 years ago.The Oujda-born Moroccan was Executive Director of Driss Benzekri Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Families of the Disappeared and Victims of Enforced Disappearance in Morocco. Esslami is a founding member of the Moroccan Forum for Truth and Justice and worked for the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).She is also member of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco (CNDH) and chairperson of its Working Group on Development Partnerships and Cooperation. A graduate of King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier, Esslami coordinated the elaboration of the Report on the Situation of Enforced Disappearances, submitted in 2012 as part of the UPR-Morocco.The Working Group was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UPS: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

ATLANTA (AP) _ United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $453 million.On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had net income of 52 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.94 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.91 per share.The package delivery service posted revenue of $19.85 billion in the period, which did not meet Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $19.92 billion.UPS expects full-year earnings in the range of $7.45 to $7.75 per share.UPS shares have risen almost 4 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen roughly 7 per cent. The stock has decreased 21 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on UPS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/UPSThe Associated Press read more

UN agency urges action to prevent further spread of deadly pig disease

“African Swine Fever is fast becoming a global issue,” Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer, states in a news release issued by the Rome-based agency. “It now poses an immediate threat to Europe and beyond. Countries need to be on the alert and to strengthen their preparedness and contingency plans,” he added. There is currently no vaccine for African Swine Fever (ASF), which is very often lethal to pigs but is not harmful to humans, according to FAO. The disease was introduced into Georgia from southern Africa in late 2006, entering through the Black Sea port of Poti, where garbage from a ship was taken to a dump where pigs came to feed.FAO says the disease is now spreading northwards at the rate of roughly 350 kilometres a year. Outbreaks are distinctly seasonal, with the highest number of cases registered in the summer and autumn. But the agency warns that as the disease wave travels northwards a separate phenomenon, long-distance “jumps,” is also occurring.“ASF long-distance jumps are food-borne, with virus surviving in pig meat products taken by travellers. At the destination, food scraps may be fed to pigs, setting off a new outbreak,” notes FAO. “The frequency of such jumps is increasing as the originally-infected territory enlarges. The ASF virus strain now spreading is a very aggressive one.”The disease is now considered as being established in Georgia, Armenia and the southern part of Russia. Countries are encouraged to carry out risk analyses to evaluate the situation and assess potential consequences. “Such analyses should pave the way for fully-fledged contingency plans and provide the rationale for selecting disease-control strategies,” states FAO.Preventive strategies include quarantine, on-farm security and other measures aimed at minimizing the risk of the disease being introduced and becoming established. Early-warning contingency plans include epidemiological information-gathering, training and awareness campaigns. 26 May 2011The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for stepping up measures to prevent the further spread of a deadly pig disease that is already present in the Caucasus region and Russia and is likely to spread in the coming months. read more

TSX advances amid improving earnings

The Toronto stock market advanced Thursday after four losing sessions amid higher commodities, positive earnings news and data showing Britain’s economy is growing again.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 103.84 points at 12,298.86 as “a lot of the numbers that came out of Canada were reasonably in-line and positive and that’s certainly helping things,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada. “So far, so good for Canada.”The TSX Venture Exchange gained 14.4 points to 1,303.15.The Canadian dollar was well off early highs, edging up 0.08 of a cent to 100.59 cents US as markets also got a boost from data that showed Britain’s economy emerged from recession in the July-to-September quarter after a nine-month downturn.U.S. indexes were also higher with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 36.45 points to 13,113.79, the Nasdaq advancing 10.65 points to 2,992.35 and the S&P 500 index up 5.18 points to 1,413.93.Markets have lost ground over the last few days as results from big American multinationals such as McDonald’s, DuPont chemical and conglomerates General Electric and 3M Inc. disappointed and reminded investors about how fragile economic conditions are overseas, particularly in Europe.Analysts also see traders getting more cautious ahead of the U.S. election on Nov. 6 which is seen as too close to call.Traders were relieved Thursday to see strong reports from German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse.And U.S. multinational consumer products giant Procter & Gamble said quarterly net income fell seven per cent to $2.81 billion, or 96 cents per share, down from $3.02 billion, or $1.03 per share, last year. Adjusted results of $1.06 a share beat expectations by a dime, however, and the world’s largest consumer products maker reiterated its annual guidance, sending its shares up 3.8 per cent to US$70.68.In Canada, Potash Corp. says its third-quarter profit fell 22 per cent from a year ago to US$645 million or 74 cents per share. Revenue was $2.14 billion, down from $2.32 billion in the third quarter of 2011. The revenue was in line with analyst estimates but profit was below expectations by two to three cents per share, depending on adjustments. Its shares dipped four cents to $40.25.Elsewhere in the resource sector, oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) said its net income fell to $59 million, or 11 cents per share in the third quarter from $200 million, or 38 cents per share a year ago due to lower cash flow and the impact of several non-recurring items. Nexen also said it expected the $15.1-billion deal that would see it acquired by China National Offshore Oil Co. to be completed by the end of this year. Its shares climbed 22 cents to $23.85.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) says its net income fell by 43 per cent from a year ago to $289 million or 38 cents per share before adjustments, missing analyst estimates by a wide margin. But Cenovus’s cash flow, a more closely watched metric in the energy sector, rose by 41 per cent to $1.12 billion or $1.47 per share, 25 cents better than estimates. Its shares lost early momentum and declined four cents to $33.95.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) shares dipped five cents to $7.47 as it saw its third-quarter profit drop 53 per cent to $39 million or 14 cents a share in the last quarter, which was five cents short of expectations. Revenue slipped 1.7 per cent to $484.8 million against expectations of $497.9 million.The TSX energy sector was up 0.65 per cent as oil prices strengthened after five days of losses, including a drop of almost $1 on Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much larger increase in crude inventories last week than had been expected. The December contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange added one cent to US$85.74 a barrel.The gold sector rose 2.85 per cent as December bullion gained $14.90 to US$1,716.50 an ounce and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) handed in a strong earnings report. Goldcorp posted a third-quarter profit of US$498 million or 61 cents a share, helped by improvements at its Red Lake and Penasquito mines. Adjusted for one-time items, Goldcorp’s earnings were 54 cents per share, six cents better than estimates and its shares rose $2.27 to $43.06.Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. (TSX:AEM) bounded ahead $3.46 to $54.84 as it increased its production guidance for the year and it reported a better than expected third-quarter profit of US$106.3 million.The metals and mining sector was flat as copper gave up an early modest gain and moved down a penny to US$3.56 a pound. Copper closed unchanged Wednesday but prices for the metal, which is viewed as an economic barometer, saw a slide of 18 cents in the previous four sessions. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 37 cents to $31.76.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) gained 45 cents to $20.94 as it reported quarterly net income from continuing operations of $133 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, for down from $167 million or 37 cents per share in the same period last year. Revenue, however, was up 2.5 per cent to $1.21 billion for the quarter compared to $1.81 billion year over year.European bourses were mixed as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.1 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.41 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 was off 0.18 per cent. read more

UN development agency renews agreement to provide loans to poor in Nicaragua

The goal of the initiative run by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in cooperation with the Financieras Nicaraguense de Inversiones (FNI), is to alleviate poverty by providing access to financial services for poor communities in the Departments of Jinotega, Nueva Segovia, Estalí, Matacalpa and Madriz, UNDP said in a statement issued today in New York. During the first phase, the project allocated 20 loans totalling $3.1 million to nine local micro-credit institutions in the region, which provided services for 4,380 people. Women accounted for nearly 60 per cent of the total number of borrowers. Three-quarters of the loans are for less than $500, an indication that the project is reaching borrowers who are poor, UNDP said. The project also aims to help the local credit institutions become self-sustaining, with four out of five institutions supported by the project having achieved that goal so far. “The easy availability of loans without any conditions is an obstacle to the adoption of better financial practices,” said Carmelo Angulo Barturén, UNDP Resident Representative. “The criteria for eligibility for loans should be based on objective factors, geared to the circumstances and needs of the target groups and a commitment to promoting sustainability.” According to Mr. Barturén, loans provided at subsidized rates are not a guarantee of success in providing support for micro and small businesses. Priority should be given to providing access to credit, which he said could only be assured if the credit institutions were sustainable. The project’s most significant achievement has been to change the outlook local institutions from an aid-oriented to an entrepreneurial approach, he added.In other news from UNDP, the agency reported today that it was joining forces with an organization called the Open Society Fund to rehabilitate rural schools in Lithuania through a $140,000 project. Lithuanian Vice Minister of Education Vaiva Vebraite, who signed the project agreement, emphasized the importance of the project as a model for the country. read more

South Sudan Horrific acts by government may constitute war crimes says UN

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, issued a report on Tuesday, noting the “deliberate…and brutally violent” targeting of civilians, particularly women and children, in April and May.According to the report, at least 120 women and girls were raped and those unable to flee were killed as part of a deliberate “scorched earth” policy that has displaced thousands of people.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on the Government to halt all attacks against civilians, launch investigations and hold the perpetrators accountable, including those who bear the responsibility of commanding fighters.“The perpetrators of these revolting acts against defenceless civilians, including those bearing command responsibility, must not be allowed to get away with it,” High Commissioner Zeid said.OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told journalists in Geneva that at least 232 people were killed in the attacks on villages in opposition-controlled areas, in Mayendit and Leer.The perpetrators of these revolting acts against defenceless civilians…must not be allowed to get away with it,” – UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al HusseinAdditionally, the report highlighted that opposition armed groups also carried out retaliatory attacks on civilians; its findings coming amid reported progress in peace talks between rival factions in the country, who have been embroiled in brutal civil conflict since late 2013.The elderly, people with disabilities and very young children, were killed in horrific acts of violence – some hung from trees and others burned alive in their homes, the investigation found. “There must be consequences for the men who reportedly gang-raped a six-year-old child, who slit the throats of elderly villagers, who hanged women for resisting looting, and shot fleeing civilians in the swamps where they hid,” Zeid said.“Those who ordered and facilitated these horrific crimes must be brought to account. The Government of South Sudan and the international community have the obligation to ensure justice,” he added.Ms. Shamdasani said that the investigation had identified three individuals with the “greatest responsibility” for the violence.Zeid called on the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan and the African Union to move quickly towards establishing the proposed Hybrid Court for South Sudan, to ensure accountability for gross human rights violations.The UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, and humanitarian actors have stepped up action, such as increasing the presence of peacekeepers; providing aid to those in need; continuing to monitor and report on rights violations; and engaging with Government officials, commanders of both forces, as well as civil society. read more

Back to the future with Foresight Vehicle

The first day will deal with advanced and conventional batteries and alternative forms of storage. A second seminar addressing how different power systems are deployed in low carbon vehicles will be held on the following day. Products to be discussed will include those from major vehicle manufacturers, converters and niche suppliers. The afternoon workshops on both days will encourage networking opportunities and generate research proposals. The objective is to stimulate research and innovation in the field of energy storage for a variety of low-carbon vehicle types. Low carbon research seminar in January SMMT Foresight Vehicle is organising a two-day seminar entitled “Low Carbon Vehicle Power Systems” to be held on 14 and 15 January at the MIRA engineering centre in Nuneaton. The event will be supported by the Technology Strategy Board and hosted on behalf of the Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Knowledge Transfer Network. For more information, please contact Lorna Courts at lorna@smmtforesightvehicle.org.uk. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

April Jones Leading forensic psychologist now aiding search

first_imgDetective Superintendent Reg Bevan holding up a photo of the land Rover belonging to 46-year-old Mark Bridger who has been arrested following the abduction of April Jones. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)April was last seen willingly getting into a vehicle, believed to be a Land Rover Discovery, at around 7.30pm on Monday after playing with friends at the Bryn-y-Gog estate.It is understood that police have been searching a small farmhouse in the village of Ceinws, where Bridger had been living most recently, with search teams also lifting up pavement slabs outside the property.Bridger’s dark blue Land Rover Discovery has been seized for inspection by police.Detectives have appealed to anyone with information of Bridger’s movements between 5pm on Monday and 3.30pm on Tuesday to contact them.They have stressed that members of the public should not assume that someone else had already contacted them with their information. Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said: “Even if you feel yours is trivial, please contact us.”Readers in the UK can call 0300 2000 333 with any information. A LEADING FORENSIC psychologist has been brought in to assist the Welsh authorities in their search for missing five-year-old April Jones, as the investigation enters its fifth day.Dr Joe Sullivan is an expert in the character and behaviour of child sex offenders and previously advised British and Portuguese police in the search for Madeleine McCann.Police have until 5pm today to question a 46-year-old man about April’s disappearance, after which he must be charged or released – although they can apply for a further 24 hours warrant of detention, reports the BBC.Mark Bridger was arrested at 3.30pm on Tuesday following the five-year-old’s disappearance from the mid Wales town of Machynlleth.last_img read more

Ramos is ruthless and brutal – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been silent concerning the challenge of Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos on key player Mo Salah during the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.After the clash Ramos was publicly criticized after injuring Salah which forced him out of the pitch and stalled his performance for the 2018 World Cup for his national side, Egypt.However, he has finally opened up about how he felt, describing Ramos as ruthless and brutal.“If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid, then you think it is ruthless and brutal,” Klopp said as quoted in Sky Sports.“If you put all of the situations of Ramos together, and I have watched football since I was five years old, then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“[With Salah] you don’t think ‘Wow, good challenge’. The thing is, I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup afterwards and nobody really thinks about that later.“But I think in a situation like that, somebody needs to judge it better. If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card or whatever but to look again and say ‘What is that?’“It was ruthless. I don’t think Mo would have always got injured in that situation, this time it was unlucky, but it is an experience that we cannot have.“I’m not sure if it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goal scorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game.”last_img read more

Last week to vote on Columbians top stories of 2011

first_imgIn your opinion, what was the top story of 2011 in Clark County?Murder-suicides by fire: Tuan Dao kills himself and 5 children/ Washougal standoff‘Gang Green’ is biggest local drug raidAbuse cases: caged autistic kids; starved teen twinsBreaching Condit DamColumbia River Crossing design pickedLousy economy: personal poverty and unemploymentState and federal deficits mean local service cutsDavy Crockett ship clean-up on the Columbia RiverAfter a 7-month push to bring the Bears professional baseball to Vancouver, supporters struck outDowntown makeover: Burgerville demolished; new library opens; new City Hall; U.S. Army goes after 162 yearsFirst Independent Bank: another local business icon is soldOther (You decide!)Visit our online poll to vote.Maybe it was the biggest series of marijuana arrests in county history. Maybe it was a tragic fire that killed a desperate father and his children or last week’s standoff in Washougal. Or maybe it was the economic slump that continues to touch nearly everyone’s lives.It’s time to pick the top local story of 2011, and readers are invited to participate.Every year The Columbian’s news staff selects the top local news stories of the year. This year, our retrospective looking at these stories will be published Sunday, Jan. 1.Already our reporters and editors have culled nearly 30 nominees to select the 10 finalists. We’d like our readers to choose a single top story of the year by taking a survey on our website at www.columbian.com/bestof2011 or on our Facebook page, where the finalists are listed in random order. The results will be printed in the Jan. 1 newspaper and online.If you have another suggestion for a top story, please enter it in the comments box. Of course, it’s possible the biggest story of the year hasn’t happened yet. But that’s the news business.Please take the survey only one time, and do so before Monday, Dec. 19.Thank you in advance for your participation.last_img read more

Pizza delivery nets driver 1000 tip

first_imgSomething for the weekend…A pizza delivery driver received an unexpected bonus when she made a delivery to an Ohio church during a service.The reverend of Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington, Columbus, invited her onstage to ask what the largest tip she had ever received was. After replying that it was around $10, the Domino’s Pizza driver was presented with a $1,000 tip from the congregation.The move was part of the reverend’s teachings about acts of generosity.We wonder how many employers in the congregation took the concept back to their workplace…last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 1622 May 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 16 and 22 May 2019 were:European court rules that member states must measure employees’ working timeJohn Lewis Partnership to close defined benefit section of workplace pension schemeBT Group adopts employee ownership model for 100,000 staffFloating bar in Caribbean Sea seeks bartender for summer workTwo-fifths are most interested in receiving paid annual leave as employee benefitDuPont launches global paid parental leave policyGoodman Masson and London City Airport shortlisted for Best financial wellbeing strategyPWC Australia to pay superannuation contributions while staff are on parental leaveDefra pilots financial education platform for 23,800 civil service employeesChiswick Park launches summer event programme for 9,000 stafflast_img read more