A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments “Being the first playing on it winning in five sets, everybody will have forgotten that in a while,” Mahut said. “But I will keep it within me.” Tim Cone gives vote to Justin Brownlee as Gilas’ naturalized player MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “More than the pressure, it was a lot of great memories,” the Sicilian said. “I entered the court focused. He definitely raised his level but I shouldn’t have lost this match.“I had three break points to go up 4-3 in the fifth but I didn’t push hard enough and he produced three winners. Bravo,” Cecchinato added. “I didn’t take control of the match when it was there to be won. I’m very disappointed about that”It was the 30th career win in Grand Slams for Mahut, and at age 37 he hinted that it may have been one of his last.“I don’t know what to tell you, because if I say yes, it means that I’m ready to stop,” Mahut said when asked if he is considering retirement. “If I say no, I won’t be totally honest with you.”It was the first men’s match on the new Court Simonne Mathieu and Mahut seemed to thrive off the support from home fans.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP In 2018, Cecchinato came in ranked No. 72 and memorably beat Djokovic in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual runner-up Dominic Thiem in the semis.Cecchinato couldn’t surprise anyone this year, entering with the No. 16 seed, but he deflected any thought that high expectations for a repeat performance weighed him down. Italy’s Marco Cecchinato reacts as he plays against France’s Nicolas Mahut during their men’s singles first round match on day 1 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 26, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)PARIS — Marco Cecchinato’s achievements at Grand Slam tournaments still start and end with his stunning run to the semifinals of last year’s French Open, which included an upset win over Novak Djokovic.The Italian clay-courter wasted a two sets-to-none lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 loss to French wild card Nicolas Mahut in the opening round at Roland Garros on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I haven’t really digested the match yet but it’s never nice to lose when you’re up two sets to none — and even more so after last year’s semifinal,” Cecchinato said.Cecchinato has now lost in the opening round of eight of the nine majors he has entered — with his performance in Paris a year ago the only exception.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

Little runner Budhia Singh’s biopic on cards

first_imgBudhia SinghBollywood has taken a shine to the sport biopic. After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom comes a film on Budhia Singh , who ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri in 2006 when he was just four.Filmmaker Soumendra Padhi has roped in Manoj Bajpayee to play Biranchi Das, Budhia’s coach,,Budhia SinghBollywood has taken a shine to the sport biopic. After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom comes a film on Budhia Singh , who ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri in 2006 when he was just four.Filmmaker Soumendra Padhi has roped in Manoj Bajpayee to play Biranchi Das, Budhia’s coach, and Tillotama Shome as the marathon boy’s mother.last_img

Premier League: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold Eyes Captain’s Armband

first_img AnfieldcaptainliverpoolPremier League First Published: November 1, 2019, 2:21 PM IST Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has already played in two Champions League finals and is set to make his 100th appearance for the club on Saturday and the 21-year-old now has his sights set on the captain’s armband.”I am not shy in saying that (being Liverpool captain) is a dream for me,” he said in an interview with the BBC here “Whether it comes true or not is not up to me. I don’t pick who is captain.”But that is something I would love to do one day. Captaining Liverpool is something I have always dreamed of and it is something that motivates me.”Alexander-Arnold grew up in the city and entered the club’s academy at the age of six. He has no thoughts about playing anywhere else.”I’ve always been a Liverpool player, Liverpool has always been my home,” he added. “I have never thought about changing clubs.”When I grew up, the dream was always to play for Liverpool. Now I am living the dream and I can’t see that changing.”Liverpool face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

One-man show: Just another day for Cristiano Ronaldo, yet another record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo displayed a one-man show and did what he does best – create records. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner reached two different centuries across the two legs of Real Madrid’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.As the Spanish giants beat the Bundesliga table toppers 6-3 on aggregate, Ronaldo became the first player to reach 100 Champions League goals in the second leg on Tuesday along with reaching the same milestone in European competitions in the first leg last week.After netting a brace in the first leg and becoming the first player to get 100 goals in European competitions, Ronaldo proved his critics wrong once again and showed his character of a big match player by leading Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the competition.Real Madrid were hosting Bayern Munich with a 2-1 advantage from their last week’s win in Allianz Arena and despite Robert Lewandowski’s penalty goal, Ronaldo stepped up to net thrice in normal and extra-time to take his team through.On a night when Bayern rued their decisiveness in front of the goal with the partially fit Lewandowski not being at his best, Ronaldo single-handedly inspired the Madrid giants to the victory.Though he was offside for both his second and third goals, nothing can be taken away from the sharpness and cleverness Ronaldo showed with his movement that proves his reputation of being a match winner.”I don’t care about my hat-trick, I care that Madrid qualified,” Ronaldo said. On being asked whether a street should be named after him, he said, “Street after my name? I just ask the Bernabeu not to whistle, I beg.”advertisementRonaldo has been under criticism since the beginning of the year. After having a lifetime of a year in 2016, he hasn’t looked in his elements since sometime and that has lead to the infamous impatience of the Bernabeu crowd. Ronaldo is often jeered and whistled at in Real Madrid’s game at the Santiago Bernabeu and even captain Sergio Ramos has criticised the crowd for the same.At the age of 32, Ronaldo is no more the pacy and creative winger that he was in his early days, he fits in the role of a centre forward now and makes sure that no one cuts his way. Despite not being at his best, Ronaldo has netted 19 times in 24 La Liga games along with picking six assists. In the Champions League, Ronaldo has now scored seven goals and five assists in the 10 matches that he has played.Last night, Ronaldo displayed his range as a goal scorer as he scored a header, left-footed strike and a right-footed tap in. For his first goal, Ronaldo beat Philip Lahm as he connected with Casemiro’s fine cross to head home.His second goal was a work of art, though offside, as he controlled Ramos’ delivery and shot a half-volley past Manuel Neuer. His hat-trick came due to the sheer unselfishness of Marcelo who made a brilliant run through a hoard of defenders only to pass to a waiting Ronaldo on the right and all the Real Madrid talisman had to do was tap it in.It is Ronaldo’s ability to read the game and be in the right spot at the right time that makes him so great. Again and again, he keeps answering his critics with his statistics and proves that there’s so much more football left in him.last_img read more

Rogers Cup: Nadal edges past Khachanov to set up final vs Tsitsipas

first_imgRafael Nadal defeated Karen Khachanov 7-6(3) 6-4 in a rain-delayed evening match to set up the Rogers Cup final in Toronto against Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.Nadal overcame six aces from the big-serving Russian Khachanov to punch his ticket to his fifth final of the year, where he will be seeking his 33rd career Masters 1000 title.”I’m happy with the way that I played and overall I think I have been improving,” said the 32-year-old Nadal.”Tomorrow is a big test against a player who is playing great, a young one.”I am looking forward to play that match. I’m excited about it and it’s an opportunity for me to play a good match against one of the best players.”World No.1 @RafaelNadal is into his 116th @ATPWorldTour final, defeating Khachanov 7-6(3) 6-4.#RogersCup pic.twitter.com/KoJgD87n2pTennis TV (@TennisTV) August 12, 2018Tsitsipas on the other hand slayed another tennis giant on Saturday, saving a match point as he toppled big-serving Kevin Anderson 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(7).Tsitsipas will play his first ATP Masters 1000 final on his 20th birthday on Sunday, has dispatched Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in tournament so far.READ – Rogers Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Kevin Anderson to reach final”It never gets easier. You just get better,” Tsitsipas wrote on a camera lens after the match.Fourth top 10 win this week.One match point saved.@StefTsitsipas reaches first Masters 1000 final 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(7) over Kevin Anderson.#RogersCup pic.twitter.com/6nup1mxTgoadvertisementTennis TV (@TennisTV) August 11, 2018With the win, Tsitsipas is projected to climb to at least number 15 when the new rankings are released on Monday.”I didn’t even have this in my head,” Tsitsipas said of reaching the final.”I thought winning a couple of rounds would be amazing but I’m in the final already. I can’t believe what just happened.That feeling you get when you reach the biggest final of your young career. @StefTsitsipas #RogersCup pic.twitter.com/mHKFzQrbXjRogers Cup (@rogerscup) August 11, 2018″I didn’t aim that high and I think with low expectations I managed to pull out my best tennis.”Despite his recent success Tsitsipas will be a big underdog when he takes on the French Open champion.Nadal dominated in his only previous meeting with Tsitsipas, a straight sets win in the final of the Barcelona Open on the Spaniard’s preferred surface of clay.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

After Game of Thrones Season 8 debuts, Hotstar bumps up price of its monthly Premium subscription

first_imgThe latest and the last season of Game of Thrones is finally out and if you are a die-hard fan of the series, you must have been preparing for the next episode, which will debut on Monday. In India, for the first time, you can watch Game of Thrones simultaneously with the US on Hotstar. The edited version of the show is also being aired on Star World and its HD iterations. Therefore, Hotstar is the only way to catch up with the latest episodes on par with the world. And it seems Hotstar isn’t leaving any opportunity to reap more benefits.Hotstar has increased the price of its monthly plan to the Premium subscription. The monthly plan now costs Rs 299. Previously, this plan was available for Rs 199 per month. Hotstar hasn’t mentioned any reason for increasing the price of the monthly plan. However, from what it seems, the company must be seeing an increase in membership during the Game of Thrones Season 8 duration and wants to cash-in on the opportunity.For Rs 299, subscribers will get access to all the Premium content for the duration of an entire month, including all the English shows and Hollywood movies. Additionally, the monthly pack also gives access to Hotstar Specials and live cricket matches.For fans of Game of Thrones, this may be a slight setback. However, Game of Thrones Season 8 will span for a period of two months. Therefore, a two-month subscription via the monthly plan will amount to Rs 598. This is comparatively cheaper than the annual Premium plan that costs Rs 999. However, the annual plan at Rs 999 offers superior value over the monthly pack. You will get access to all the Premium content for the period of an entire year.advertisementHotstar also has another plan for value-conscious consumers. A few months ago, the company came up with the VIP plan that costs Rs 365. The plan offers a yearly subscription to some of the premium content. The VIP pack will let viewers watch all the sports channels with the live broadcast, all Hindi TV shows as well as Bollywood movies. However, the VIP plan doesn’t offer access to English content, which means you won’t be able to watch Game of Thrones with this pack.ALSO READ | Hotstar 365 VIP plan is cheap and nice but you can’t watch Game of Thrones with itALSO READ | How to watch Game of Thrones in India: What are the legal options and how much will it costlast_img read more

ESPN Names 3 Schools As Potential Transfer Options For Georgia QB Justin Fields

first_imgJustin Fields throws a pass for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Earlier tonight, USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported that Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields is planning on transferring. Fields was the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2018 class.Now, a new report from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach indicates that Fields leaving isn’t a done deal. Schlabach cites a source saying it is something that has been discussed but that Fields could ultimately return to Georgia.Schlabach added that Fields practiced today and is expected to play in the Sugar Bowl.However, if Fields does decide to leave, Schlabach named three schools as potential destinations:The source said that Fields and his father have had multiple meetings with Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart about his future over the past few weeks, and that Fields hasn’t formally requested a transfer, nor has he been placed in the NCAA’s transfer portal, which notifies other schools that he’s interested in leaving.Sources told ESPN that Fields might consider Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma if he decides to leave.Of course, as Schlabach writes, Fields is still technically part of the Georgia program. If he were to transfer though, these three choices make some sense.Fields visited Florida State multiple times before ultimately deciding on Georgia, though he did so when Jimbo Fisher was still coaching the Seminoles.Ohio State is likely losing Dwayne Haskins to the NFL, but the Buckeyes have highly-touted Tate Martell behind him. Ryan Day is said to be high on Martell, but adding Fields to the fold might be too good of an opportunity to pass up.As for Oklahoma, well, they are about to lose Kyler Murray to baseball or the NFL or both. There is a chance for immediate playing time in Norman, which would work out if Fields is able to secure an NCAA waiver to play immediately, should he transfer.Other schools that could be fits for Fields include Mississippi State, where former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead is the head coach. Fields was a onetime Penn State commit. LSU was involved with Fields in high school, and Jimbo Fisher, who tried to recruit him to FSU, is now at Texas A&M.Florida and Miami might also want to kick the tires on Fields as well, considering the uncertainty at the QB position at both places.last_img read more

Natalie Doucette Provinces First Mikmaw Child Welfare Specialist

first_imgNatalie Doucette is often on the road offering support to families in transition as the province’s first Mi’kmaw child welfare specialist. “I bring a different perspective that is grounded in our culture. I believe this will open the doors overall for better communication and understanding.” Natalie’s priority is to connect with First Nations communities across Nova Scotia as she gets underway in this newly created position. “This unique role will provide me with the opportunity to explore and develop culturally relevant practices in the delivery of Mi’kmaq child welfare.” At times this will involve a regular commute between offices in Sydney and Eskasoni. And other days, she will be reaching out to 13 First Nation communities as far afield as Pictou Landing, Millbrook, Bear River and Acadia. Natalie will be working closely with Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services. This close relationship is based on the experience she gained by working with the agency for 24 years. “To be honest, when I was thinking about taking this new position I got a lot of encouragement – so much that you could almost call it peer pressure,” she laughs. As she embraces this responsibility, her attitude is committed and realistic. Her approach weaves together lessons from her personal life, wisdom from her community, and knowledge from her practice and studies. Natalie spent her childhood in Potlotek First Nation, also known as Chapel Island, on the Bras D’or Lake in Cape Breton. Her parents encouraged education and community service in all their children. Thanks to their influence, the family is involved with children and youth, recreation, education, nursing, counselling and social work. “You could say this was in my blood from a young age. With my father being the chief, we always had people come to our family home who were on the forefront of the social and economic issues facing our Mi’kmaw communities,” she says. “This provided me with a good sense of the issues affecting our communities which directed my desire to become a Mi’kmaw social worker.” She continues to be inspired by her late father Chief Noel Doucette who helped found Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services. Natalie took her mother’s belief in education to heart by first earning a degree in community studies and sociology from the University College of Cape Breton and then following up with another degree in social work from Dalhousie University. In the community, it’s well known that you can call on ‘Curly’ to roll up her sleeves and get things done. The Chapel Island Community Club keeps her busy volunteering and organizing a wide variety of gatherings. She’s happiest in the middle of community events involving extended family, new and old friends, and other volunteers. Recently, she was busy with Wi’kapaltimk Aqtapuk, a feast marking the start and end of the ceremonial year. “I was right there in the kitchen, getting ready to feed people.” And after all the preparations are done, her favorite time comes. She loves to serve the food and chat with everyone passing by. No matter the time of the year, she will be leading volunteers in her community to come together during crises and celebrations alike. “I’m dedicated and this work is very dear to me,” she says. -30-last_img read more

Piece of board halts Metro services for a few minutes

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Metro services were disrupted on Friday after piece of a board fell on the track near Rabindra Sadan Metro station. Normal service resumed after a few minutes.”At 4.11 pm, the loco pilot noticed a piece of board on the track. Immediately, he applied the brakes and stopped the train,” spokesperson of Metro Railway Indrani Banerjee told Millennium Post. The train was heading towards Dum Dum. The incident took place between Rabindra Sadan and Netaji Bhawan Metro stations. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWithin minutes after the motorman saw a piece of the board on the track, he informed the Metro officials. Metro Railway officials cut off the power supply immediately and then went to the spot and removed the piece after which the services were restored. According to the passengers, Metro train services were disrupted for more than half-an-hour. Just two days ago, the hand of a passenger who was inside the coach got caught between the doors. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe incident took place at 8.47 am at Netaji Bhavan station in a Dum Dum-bound non-AC train. Meanwhile, the Metro Railway has installed two convex mirrors at the driving motorman’s end on both Up and Down platforms at Park Street Metro station. These mirrors will help the driving motorman to observe any irregularities happening in the platform while closing the Metro rake doors. Ensuring security of the passengers, more CCTVs will be installed at different spots. Kolkata Metro is the first underground Metro railway in India. It extends from Dum Dum near Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport to Kavi Subhash station near Patuli.last_img read more

Diplomats file 28M suit against Canada over injuries suffered in Cuba

first_img— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Five Canadian diplomats and their family members who became mysteriously ill while posted to Cuba are suing Ottawa for more than $28 million.In a statement of claim filed Wednesday in Federal Court, the diplomats say the Canadian government failed to protect them, hid crucial information and downplayed the seriousness of the risks.Global Affairs Canada acknowledges that a total of nine diplomats posted to the Canadian Embassy in Havana, as well as several dependants, have developed unusual illnesses with symptoms including nausea, dizziness, headaches and trouble concentrating.READ MORE: Canada reduces presence in Cuba after another diplomat falls illGlobal Affairs has said the government is trying to pinpoint the cause, stressing that the health and safety of diplomatic staff and their families are the priorities.Speculation has focused on some kind of acoustic or microwave assault, unknown contaminants and even chirping crickets.Officials have all but ruled out environmental factors, such as toxins in the air, soil or water, and no longer suspect a sonic attack is to blame.In April, Canada announced that diplomats posted to Cuba would not be accompanied by dependants due to the ongoing uncertainty.The statement of claim says that not only “were the diplomats prevented from considering the true risks of a Havana posting to their own health, but they were also denied the opportunity to protect their children, and must live with the knowledge that they may never fully recover.”The allegations have not yet been tested in court.A doctor is now working full time to provide advice and assistance to those who have continuing symptoms.In their claim, however, the diplomats say Ottawa has “actively interfered” with their ability to seek appropriate medical care.The RCMP is leading an investigation into the cause of the ailments, which also struck several American diplomats in Havana.Canada has been working with the U.S. and Cuban authorities on the baffling puzzle.last_img read more

Skipping breakfast may increase death risk

first_imgDo you skip your morning meal and eat dinner late at night? If so, it may increase the risk of death and other heart-related problems, researchers have warned. The findings, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, suggest that people with such an unhealthy lifestyle had a four to five times higher likelihood of early death and increased chances of a second heart attack. “Our research shows that the two eating behaviours are independently linked with poorer outcomes after a heart attack but having a cluster of bad habits will only make things worse,” said co-author Marcos Minicucci, from Sao Paolo State University in Brazil. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We also think that the inflammatory response, oxidative stress, and endothelial function could be involved in the association between unhealthy eating behaviours and cardiovascular outcomes,” he added. For the study, the team involved 113 patients with a mean age of 60, of which 73 per cent were men. The study enrolled patients with a particularly serious form of heart attack called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). According to the team, this was the first study to evaluate these unhealthy behaviours in patients with acute coronary syndromes. Skipping breakfast was observed in 58 per cent patients, having late night dinner in 51 per cent, and both behaviours in 41 per cent. To improve eating habits, researchers recommended a minimum two hour interval between dinner and bedtime. A good breakfast usually consists of dairy products (fat-free or low fat milk, yogurt and cheese), a carbohydrate (whole wheat bread, bagels, cereals), to name a few.last_img read more

‘Aladdin’ soars, but ‘Booksmart’ barely passes at box office

LOS ANGELES — Moviegoers have voted with their dollars and chosen the familiar over the new this Memorial Day weekend.The Walt Disney Co.’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” has crushed the competition at the box office including the critically acclaimed teen comedy “Booksmart” and the horror movie “Brightburn.”Studios on Sunday say “Aladdin” grossed an estimated $86.1 million to take the top spot in North America. It’s expected to pass $100 million by Monday.“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” placed second with $24.4 million, “Avengers: Endgame” took third with $16.8 million, and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” landed in fourth with $13.3 million.Sony’s modestly budgeted horror movie “Brightburn” opened in fifth with $7.5 million.And “Booksmart” debuted in sixth with only $6.5 million, despite excellent reviews and steady buzz from its SXSW film festival debut.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press read more

Targeting journalists unforgivable UN says after death of BBC Afghan reporter

9 June 2008The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed its sadness at the killing of an Afghan reporter working for the BBC in the country’s southern Helmand province, stressing it is “unforgivable” that journalists should be targeted for simply doing their jobs. Abdul Samad Rohani was the Pashto service reporter for the BBC World Service in Helmand. He was reportedly abducted on Saturday and his body was found the next day in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. “Afghan journalists risk their lives everyday to highlight the concerns and needs of ordinary Afghan people and it is unforgivable that such selfless individuals are being targeted for no other reason than doing their job,” UNAMA’s Nazifullah Salarzai told reporters in Kabul today. “We urge the Afghan authorities to leave no stone unturned in search of those responsible for this callous murder,” he added. Mr. Rohani was one of two BBC journalists killed over the weekend. Nasteh Dahir, who worked for the BBC and the Associated Press, was gunned down in Kismayo, Somalia, on Saturday. read more

Harrison takes on Nimal on paddy at MRIA

Rural Economic Development Minister P Harrison questioned the statement made by Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva on the decision to store paddy at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA).Harrison dismissed the claim that the paddy had resulted in birds flocking to the airport and causing damages. Minister P. Harrison however says the MRIA was paid to store the paddy and the income it got as a result was more than it was earning on a normal day.He said that Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva should be careful in what he says in public. However he insisted that the comments did not mean there was a rift between the United National Party and Sri Lanka Freedom Party. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister said that the environment at the airport had been damaged as a result of paddy being stored at the airport premises. He said that birds had begun to flock around the airport after paddy was brought to be stored in one of the stores in the airport by the Paddy Marketing Board.The Minister, under who the subject of civil aviation now operates, said that he will give the Paddy Marketing Board time to remove the paddy in stages. Nimal Siripala de Silva had said recently he wants paddy stored at MRIA removed and the airport maintained at international standards. read more

OPP investigate break and enter at Caledonia school

The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after several electronic items and notebooks were stolen from a Caledonia school. Police were called to River Heights Elementary School on Forfar St. East around 6:50 a.m. on Saturday for a break and enter. Investigators have determined the items were likely stolen sometime between 4:50 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police.

EBay 2Q Earnings Snapshot

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ EBay Inc. (EBAY) on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $402 million.On a per-share basis, the San Jose, California-based company said it had net income of 46 cents. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and non-recurring costs, were 68 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share.The e-commerce company posted revenue of $2.69 billion in the period, also topping Street forecasts. Twelve analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.67 billion.For the current quarter ending in October, eBay expects its per-share earnings to range from 62 cents to 65 cents.The company said it expects revenue in the range of $2.61 billion to $2.66 billion for the fiscal third quarter. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $2.68 billion.EBay expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.70 to $2.75 per share, with revenue ranging from $10.75 billion to $10.83 billion.EBay shares have risen 39% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 19%. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $39.03, a rise of 3% 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 EBAY at https://www.zacks.com/ap/EBAYThe Associated Press read more

Steps needed to stem accidental deaths of dolphins in North Sea UN

“Placing a clear limit on the levels of dolphins and porpoises being lost in fishing gear could play an important role in guaranteeing a recovery of these charismatic and intelligent marine mammals in European waters,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said in a statement on Saturday. The agency reports that members of an international conservation treaty – the Agreement on Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) – will press the European Commission to restrict the level of marine mammals that die after becoming entangled in nets to 1.7 per cent of their populations as a first step in improving their conservation. ASCOBANS hopes that these “by-catch” limits will be taken up when the Commission undertakes a review of its Common Fisheries Policy, set to be concluded in December 2002. “Studies indicate that in some parts of the North Sea and adjacent waters, such as the Celtic Sea, 6 per cent of small cetaceans are dying after becoming entangled in fishing nets,” Mr. Toepfer said. “This may amount to more than 2,000 harbour porpoises annually in the Celtic Sea. Scientists advise that this level of by-catch is unsustainable and threatens to undermine conservation efforts.” Mark Tasker, the chair of ASCOBANS, has noted that technologies such as “pingers” are available to help fishermen reduce the level of by-catch. Pingers are small devices attached to nets which emit sounds designed to warn marine animals of imminent danger. According to UNEP, tests in British and Danish waters indicate that the by-catch of small cetaceans can be cut by more than 90 per cent when pingers are used. read more

Canadian dollar slightly lower Ottawa postpones balanced budget by a year

Canadian dollar slightly lower, Ottawa postpones balanced budget by a year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Tuesday as traders digested news that the federal budget won’t be balanced until 2016-17, a year later than previously forecast.The loonie was off 0.06 of a cent at 99.81 cents US as federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered a fiscal update that said the federal deficit will rise by about $5 billion to $26 billion this year.He said the key problem is a weak global economy which has depressed prices for commodities Canada sells to the world. In turn, this erodes government tax revenues.The loonie also moved lower amid wrangling over dealing with more bailout money for Greece and worries about the approaching “fiscal cliff” in the United States.The dollar has been under pressure recently as nervous traders have bought into the safe-haven status of U.S. Treasuries and avoided riskier assets such as resource-based currencies.The looming end-of-year deadline over the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and the automatic launch of massive spending cuts at the end of the year continued to cast a pall over markets. Economists reckon that such a scenario, the so-called fiscal cliff, would take a big chunk out of economic growth, likely pushing the U.S. back into recession and taking other economies down with it.Meanwhile, financial markets also focused on Greece after ministers from the 17 countries that use the euro failed to agree on how to put Greece’s bailout program back on track.The EU and the International Monetary Fund disagree on the timeline for bringing Greece’s debts down to a manageable level. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, wants to give Greece until 2022 to reduce its debt to 120 per cent of gross domestic product. But the IMF wants to stick to the original deadline of 2020.Giving Greece the extra time means the country would require about €33 billion in extra funding.Finance ministers will meet Nov. 20 to decide where that extra funding will come from.Meanwhile, Greece raised €4.06 billion from the sale of short-term treasury bills Tuesday. With the disbursement of a massive €31.5-billion instalment from Greece’s international bailout long delayed, Athens would have found it impossible to repay a €5-billion treasury bill maturing on Friday, the day on which Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said Greece would run out of money.Commodities were mixed as crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 19 cents at US$85.38 a barrel. December copper shook off early losses to close unchanged at US$3.47 a pound. And December gold bullion edged $6.10 lower to US$1,724.80 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 4:29 pm MDT read more

Bridget Jones would be fine now because the age of the singleton

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. Helen Fielding made the comments at the Hay FestivalCredit:Clara Molden for the Telegraph But Fielding said times have changed. “The pressure from society was so great – remember that scene in the first movie where she goes to a dinner party with six married couples who asked, ‘Why aren’t you married?'” she told an audience at the Hay Festival.”And I think what probably has shifted now is that pressure to be in a couple. I think people are too embarrassed now to say, ‘Why aren’t you married?’ because they know it’s a stupid question.”Women are big multi-taskers now. There’s lot of reasons for not wanting to take that traditional route. People live in urban families in cities, people make their families out of their gay friends, their single friends, their married friends.”Life is very complicated. Gender roles are evolving apace and people choose to live the way they live.” The age of the singleton is over, according to Helen Fielding, who says Bridget Jones’s Diary would be a different book if it was written today.The original 1996 book and the film adaptation divided the world into single people and ‘smug marrieds’, who looked at her with pity because she didn’t have a man. Helen Fielding “Judging themselves on how many ‘likes’ they get on Instagram is pretty stupid really,” she said, adding that the Bridget Jones stories were “about the gap between how we think our lives should be and how they actually are”.The author, who has written three sequels to her original book, also laughed off those who said her books were anti-feminist because the heroine wanted to find a husband.”My god-daughter told me that at her university they’re studying Bridget as ‘post-feminist’, so that’s one to put in one’s pipe and smoke,” she said. But Fielding said her main concern for today’s young women is the self-doubt brought on by social media.last_img read more

Greek only handouts continue despite ban

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 2,000 people queued last week to receive free food outside Golden Dawn’s headquarters in Athens after the far-right party was banned from conducting the handout in Attikis Square. The police’s decision to forbid all public gatherings, as it did last week when German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble visited Greece, came after Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said he would not allow Golden Dawn to use the central square for its ‘Greeks only’ event. Kaminis congratulated the police and Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias for helping him to prevent the handout taking place in a public square. The authorities’ actions, however, failed to deter Golden Dawn and its supporters and the venue was switched to the party’s offices near Larissis Station. Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos used the occasion to deliver a speech to the crowd, which booed whenever he mentioned foreigners or people of other race and the word ‘democracy’. Reports say a Greek version of the Horst Wessel song – known as Keep the Banner Flying in Greek – was played on loudspeakers outside the central Athens offices of the Golden Dawn party. A video of the event, including the sound of the song, was posted on the party’s website. The handout coincided with the anniversary of democracy being restored to Greece after the collapse of the military dictatorship, which the far-right party exalts. “They are celebrating the so-called anniversary of democracy but in fact they are celebrating the arrival of the kleptocracy, scandals and betrayal,” said Golden Dawn’s leader. Earlier, Mr Michaloliakos’s wife Eleni Zaroulia, who is also an MP, caused outrage when she referred to SYRIZA deputy Yiannis Dragasakis’s daughter as a “junkie” and asked whether she was still in jail. According to reports, she was arrested in March with three other suspects for allegedly possessing drugs and selling weapons. Zaroulia’s comments were wiped from parliamentary records and prompted Parliament Speaker Evangelos Meimarakis to threaten her with expulsion. “The phrases used are disgusting and are more excessive than anything that has been heard until today,” he said. Source: Kathimerini, Washington Postlast_img read more