first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. — Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities from Oregon to South Carolina crowded into minor league ballparks Monday to watch the solar eclipse at game-day viewing parties.The Lincoln Saltdogs wore special black-and-white jerseys and stopped their game just before 1 p.m. to watch the eclipse darken the sky. Spectators erupted in applause at 1:02 p.m. as the moon crawled in front of the sun until the whole sky looked like a late-evening sunset. The air turned chilly and went still.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: NBA teams exploit solar eclipse to mock Phoenix Suns Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:1355,000 early birds flock at Manila North Cemetery02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “This was really the easiest place to get to that was in the path of the totality,” he said as he walked into the Lincoln stadium. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event — that minute and a half of experiencing something out of this world.”Jordan Wilson and his wife, Nicole, brought their 5-year-old son, Izayah, to the game to see the eclipse. On the way down from their home in Omaha, the family sat through bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 80.“It’s probably the last full eclipse we’ll see in our lifetimes,” he said.In South Carolina, the Columbia Fireflies celebrated a “Total Eclipse of the Park” event as they hosted the Rome Braves. The Fireflies wore special glow-in-the-dark jerseys that were scheduled to be auctioned after the game, with proceeds benefiting local science, technology, math and engineering programs.No Major League Baseball games coincided with the event, but some players checked out the eclipse as their teams warmed up to play hours later. And the cosmic spectacle caught the interest of teams from other sports preparing for their season openers.Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey scheduled practice to end in time so that the team could watch the eclipse on the practice field.“It was pretty cool to be out there with the rest of the team, looking like 9 o’ clock at night at 1:30,” linebacker Derrick Morgan said.As the Titans gathered to watch the eclipse, Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” and “Dancing In The Dark” and Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses At Night” played over the loudspeaker.Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said he and his teammates were all excited to see the eclipse. “We’ve been talking about it in the locker room,” he said.The Minnesota Golden Gophers tweeted out their practice play list for the day, with songs ranging from Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “It made me all teary-eyed,” said Robyn Mason, who watched with her husband, Greg, from a grassy embankment near the third base outfield. “It was just so momentous. Just really cool — and very pretty.”Other teams hosting events included the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Oregon, the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Bowling Green Hot Rods in Kentucky, Tennessee’s Nashville Sounds and the Greenville Drive, Columbia Fireflies and Charleston RiverDogs, all in South Carolina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Volcanoes’ game against the Hillsboro Hops started late because the Hops got stuck in traffic. The game stopped briefly in the first inning as fans and players paused to watch the eclipse. Many players donned disposable protective glasses and sat in the grass in front of each dugout. At one point, the sellout crowd chanted, “Let’s go science!”In Nebraska, the Saltdogs sold game tickets to buyers from as far away as the United Kingdom and Germany, team spokesman Michael Shively said. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games One of the Germans was Theo Kleinfeld, 65, who flew to Lincoln last week so he could photograph the eclipse at the Saltdogs’ game against the Gary Southshore Railcats.Kleinfeld said he watched the 1999 eclipse that crossed Germany and traveled to Shanghai for another in 2009. But in Shanghai, he said, the sky was overcast.“This is a good opportunity,” Kleinfeld said as he set up his camera outside Saltdogs Stadium. “If it doesn’t work today, I’ll just have to come back in 2024,” when the next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will occur.Paul Kobs, 38, of Minneapolis, took a day off work and drove to Lincoln with his girlfriend. The couple started planning the trip three months ago and picked Lincoln because it was one of the places closest to their home to see the eclipse.Kobs said they initially planned to drive down to Beatrice, Nebraska, where eclipse viewers gathered at the Homestead National Monument, but the cloudy forecast for that area persuaded him to stay in Lincoln.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBritish tennis star Andy Murray on Sunday declared his intention to pair up with former coach Ivan Lendl before the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club. (Latest Tennis stories)The 29-year-old has been without a coach since splitting with Amelie Mauresmo shortly before the French Open last month.Lendl, a former World No.1 and winner of eight Grand Slams, acted as the coach of the Scotsman from 2012 to 2014.During their association, Murray won Wimbledon, the US Open and an Olympic gold medal.Since Murray split up from Lendl and teamed up with Mauresmo, he has struggled to reach his top form.”Ivan’s single-minded and knows what it takes to win the big events,” The BBC quoted Murray saying in a statement.”I had two very successful years working with him. I’m looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals.”last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s premier fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins needed an experienced batsman to bowl to at the Sydney Cricket Ground nets and who better to answer the call than David Warner.The former vice-captain was seen facing the fiery quicks from the Aussie Test squad, who are currently preparing for the upcoming four-match series against India starting December 6.Australia coach Justin Langer also joined the proceedings and kept a keen eye on Hazlewood and Cummins’ progress as they bowled at full tilt at Warner, testing him out with short deliveries among other stuff.Steve Smith and David Warner to serve out bans in full: Cricket AustraliaDavid Warner facing Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in the SCG nets. Aus coach Justin Langer standing as umpire pic.twitter.com/UBOwaaEbb0Samuel Ferris (@samuelfez) November 25, 2018Warner is still four months away from returning to international cricket as he continues to serve the one-year ban. The opening batsman, along with former captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will have to serve out their ball-tampering bans in full after Cricket Australia (CA) reached a unanimous decision on the suspended trio.Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David WarnerSmith and Warner were handed one-year bans from international and state cricket after the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in March in South Africa.Bancroft, who was caught on cameras rubbing a sandpaper on the ball, was suspended for nine months.’Australian pace trio very difficult challenge for Virat Kohli’s Team India’advertisementWhile Smith and Warner are into the 8th month of their bans, Bancroft will be eligible to play after December 29.Meanwhile, Australia have named two uncapped players in an inexperienced Test squad to take on India next month.Steve Smith disappointed as ball-tampering ban continues: Pat CumminsOpening batsman Marcus Harris and paceman Chris Tremain were included in the 14-man squad announced on Thursday to take on the top-ranked Indian tourists in the first two Tests in the four-match series in Adelaide and Perth.Usman Khawaja has recovered from the operation he underwent after injuring his knee against Pakistan and will bring some welcome experience to the top order of skipper Tim Paine’s side.Australia still a good side, says Brisbane T20 hero Marcus StoinisShaun Marsh, who has been in fine form with the bat recently, also offers plenty of test match experience, while his all-rounder brother Mitch is one of the team’s vice-captains.Middle order batsman Travis Head also made his debut in the series loss to Pakistan and retains his place in the squad while batsman Peter Handscomb, who was dropped for the Pakistan tests, returns for another chance to cement his spot in the side.Renshaw, South Africa-born batsman Marnus Labuschagne, all-rounder Michael Neser and fast bowlers Jon Holland and Brendan Doggett have all been dropped.As expected, the first choice pace bowling attack of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood remains intact while off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s spot was also guaranteed.Batsman Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March and will be eligible to return in January, while Smith and Warner will have to wait until the end of March.The first test against India begins on Dec. 6 with the series concluding in Melbourne and Sydney around the New Year.Squad: Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Chris Tremain, Peter Siddle.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association’s 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup competition continued with Round Four action at the Bankstown and Tempe venues on Friday 10 August 2007. The first month of jousting in Sydney’s elite affiliate based Touch Football competition concluded Friday night with some outstanding performances and spirited displays across the Men’s and Women’s Premier divisions. In the Men’s Premier division Canterbury Bulldogs hosted reigning Vawdon Cup champions the Penrith Panthers in the eagerly anticipated 2006 Grand final replay at Bankstown at 7.50pm.Canterbury recorded a convincing 8-4 victory over the young Panther tyros who have been struggling to find their rhythm and consistency early in the season after last year’s historic Vawdon Cup Premiership.The Doggies made it four from four in 2007 and are playing with focus, measured skill, and a cohesiveness that is usually associated with business end of the season form. The Dogs, upon the Referee’s signal, unleashed hell to skip out to an early 3-0 lead to shock the Penrith lads early.To the Panther’s credit, the defending champions composed themselves and pulled a couple of touchdowns back to stay in touch with the rampant Dogs who went to the break 5 –2 up.The Canterbury litter was mindful of last year’s Vawdon Cup Grand Final where they had collectively let a handy half-time lead slip against the Panthers, and as a result, endured a heartbreaking loss in the decider.On Friday night, to a man the Canterbury combination resolved to dig in and go right on with the job in the second stanza.The Dogs came out and picked up where they had left off after half-time to post an 8-4 victory over a Penrith unit still finding their way in the initial weeks of the competition, and grappling with the realities and expectations that com with the defending Premiers tag.Committed driving, relentless defence, and a clinical use of the football ensured the Doggies claimed the three premiership points.Canterbury’s 2006 New South Wales Mixed Open representatives Daniel Walsh and Stuart Brierty, along with defensive machine Mark Heiss, provided the framework for the likes of the mercurial Garry Sonda, Intercept king Joel Willoughby, and speedy Steve Roberts to weave their magic close to the line to secure the decisive victory. The experienced Scotty Danswan was again Penrith’s most potent player in a performance that the Panthers will put behind them with better efforts on the training paddock and on game night in coming weeks.The words to the victory song may have been a little difficult to recall, but the beer definitely tasted better for the first time in a long time for the Cronulla Sharks as they broke a long standing run of losses on Friday night with a comfortable 8-4 win over Easts Roosters at Tempe at 7.50pm.The Shire lads had not won a game in this competition since 2005, but Coach Tony Trad and a core group of players who have kept the faith and worked hard over the last 12 months to ensure a brighter future for the embattled Sharks, are finally seeing their investment of effort translate into results. Easts began the game brilliantly with Jarrat Wood showing a clean pair of heels to the Sharkies defence to race 40 metres to score the opening touchdown.The Sharkies hit back almost immediately, and the two sides traded touchdowns in tit for tat touch for the remainder of the half.Sharkies took a narrow 5-4 advantage into oranges with the game as wide open as the Pacific Highway on Christmas Day.Cronulla’s defence was outstanding upon the resumption with numerous quality Rooster raids on the Sharkies line being repelled.Buoyed by their watertight defence, the Sharkies posted back-to-back touchdowns in the sixth and seventh minutes of the second half to put some space between themselves and the Roosters.The Sharks wrapped it up with some fancy footwork from 2007 Australian Mixed Open star Brad “BJ” Holden to seal the victory 8 touchdowns to 4.In a fantastic team effort, Sharkies were best served by veterans Phil Jarrett and Robbie Brien who led brilliantly from the front, whilst Jarrat Wood and young gun Dave Maher played well for the Tri-colours.Hornsby produced a performance that would have left Harry Houdini asking the Lions boys for a rookie workshop on the art of escape after their nail biting 6-5 win over a gallant Parramatta Eels at Tempe in the 8.40pm timeslot.The Eels, building on their triumph over Manly last week, were the subject of a late betting plunge from astute punters who trusted the Eels improving form and backed them in to bring the competition’s early pacesetters to their knees with an unlikely victory.Paramatta, through the leadership and drive of the accomplished Troy Malcolm and 2007 Australian Men’s Open flyer Jamie Stowe, looked likely to clap the bookies in irons until a late touchdown tipped the scales in the “Young Lions” favour.The teams gave each other plenty of tap off move practice by swapping touchdowns as frequently as Phil Blake used to swap footy clubs during his League career.The seesawing contest was delicately poised at 5-5 until that man Dylan Hennessey donned the red cape and lifted his side to engineer the match winner six minutes from fulltime.For Paramatta, the mercurial Troy Malcolm was in fantastic touch leading the way in both attack and defence for the Eels and bringing back memories of his vintage 2003 World Cup form for Australia. Adam Lollback and Jason Everitt chipped in with several sensational touches out wide to save the Eels with last ditch defensive efforts that frustrated the fleet footed Lions attack. Whilst Hennessey provided the magic for Hornsby, Mick Abood book ended the defensive effort, and two touchdown heroes Ricky Morris and Michael Walkadan played strongly for the Lions.Walkadan is in rare scoring form and has rattled up 8 touchdowns already to put master statistician David Middleton on notice that scoring records may fall if the Hornsby juggernaut continues to roll on for the remainder of 2007.Western Suburbs Magpies, without the services of playmaker Jason Stanton who was in Queensland completing a “carve-athon” in the SEQTL, recorded a 10- 8 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at Tempe at 8.40pm. The two sides, who could get a run at the Fijian National One Touch Championships after Friday night, went end to end and let the ball do the work in a high scoring affair.Spectators needed to strap themselves in for a thrill a minute trip to Overlap city and the scoreboard attendant needed to be subbed several times to keep up as both teams let attack win the day in a game that produced 18 touchdowns.Wests went to the interval 6-5 the better thanks to the class and experience of Daniel Rushworth and Michael Farhat who were the architects behind many of the Wests touchdowns.Manly kept replying in kind to Wests all out attack with Graham Beale and Jamie Chan weaving their magic to keep Manly well and truly in the contest.Manly were ruing not having dynamic playmaker Harry Berryman available for the sort of game that would have been right up his alley.Wests youngsters Ben Nercessian and 18 year-old Premier League debutant Ben Antonio also impressed in a game that both teams recognize did good things for attacking combinations, but nothing for defensive cohesiveness.Wests eventually sealed the deal two minutes from full time to complete a 10 – 8 victory. In Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League action, the Canterbury Bulldogs continued on their winning way with a comfortable 6 – 1 victory over Penrith at Bankstown at 7.00pm.The Doggies settled in nicely from the get go and raced to a 3-0 lead after only eight minutes of play.The Penrith effort was disjointed early, with only 8 players starting the game and many of the Panthers players heads still stuck in the Sydney traffic that had delayed the arrival of several of their playing roster.The professional Canterbury outfit was sharp early with committed rucking creating field position, time, and space for expansive ball movement that resulted in some quality team touchdowns in the opening exchanges.Ariana Te Raki was prominent early showing great natural flair and vision to create several touchdowns for the Dogs machine as it clicked into high gear.The Doggies went to the interval at 5-0 up and very much in control.The break allowed Penrith’s rookie team the chance to reassess their game plan for the remainder of the contest.Their resolve to stem the Canterbury onslaught with a more committed attitude to their defence, rather than lock the Canterbury girls in the dressing rooms, was a far more practical and rewarding plan that paid dividends in the second stanza.The improved second half Penrith defence resulted in numerous quality Doggies attacking raids being thwarted on the scoreline.Canterbury eventually got another touchdown after concerted pressure, but the Panthers refused to go quietly into the night and nailed a touchdown of their own with Lisa Clark crossing to make the final score 6-1.Haylee Hendersen, Rebecca Hannon, and Lisa Clark were the Panthers best, whilst Claire and Louise Winchester again led a balanced Doggies charge that smacked of teamwork and combination. In the 7.00pm clash at Tempe, Premiers Easts Roosters completed a hard fought 2-1 victory over a committed and gutsy Cronulla Sharks outfit that pushed the defending champions all the way.Easts got away to a 2-0 lead by half time, but struggled to find their rhythm on resumption against a Cronulla side who hung in and played great team touch to force their more fancied rivals into error.Cronulla’s Olivia Bayley hit a fantastic hole in the link to make the score 2-1 and the Sharkies pressed the Roosters line several times, only to be denied by desperate last ditch defence from the premiers who were stretched for the first time this season.Vanessa Arnerich, Kath Fitzgerald, and Rebecca Howe were the Sharkies best in an assertive performance that hints at better times ahead for the Shire combination. Evergreen Giselle Martin lifted her team in a tough battle and was the Roosters best.The Roosters, whilst respectful of Cronulla’s spirited efforts, were disappointed with themselves after producing a below par performance and will be looking to atone this week against the Central Coast Dolphins.Despite breaking their usual bedtime curfew, the “Young Divas” from the Wollongong Devils stayed up late enough to win their 9.30pm battle at Bankstown with the Central Coast Dolphins 7-1 in emphatic fashion.The Dolphins, already without absent Australian Women’s Open gun Kylie Hilder, were struggling for playing numbers and did an admirable job against a confident Devils outfit that was led by the in form Jess Mc Call who has begun the season exceptionally well.  Australian 20 Years Women’s Squad member Amanda Skwarko excelled in defence for the Devils and there were significant improvements in both attack and defence for the “Young Divas” who continue to build confidently in their initial season in the Women’s Premier League.Western Suburbs Magpies grafted out a 3-2 win over a game Manly Sea Eagles at Tempe at 9.30pm.The Magpies were without the services of one of the form players of the competition, Nola Campbell, as well as the experienced Suzie Cubillo, and Sara Hamilton.To compound the loss of these key players, West’s 2007 Australian Women’s Open star Stacey Lapham received news that her grandfather had passed away Friday morning.Showing tremendous courage, Lapham, decided to play the game to pay respects to her grandfather, Valentine Knight. Valentine had been a pivotal supporter of Stacey’s touch football career, and the West’s playmaker was determined to honour his memory with a standout performance.Stacey inspired her team with a typically gutsy and intelligent display to bankroll the win, whilst her teammates donned black armbands and rallied to produce a whole hearted performance to show their support for Stacey and her family.Manly with Kylie Peard, Rachel Byrne, Gloria Berryman, and Lisa Fiaola leading the way, showed their undoubted ability by driving strongly and running hard for the duration to provide plenty of headaches for the Wests defence.The teams traded touchdowns and Manly were up 2-1 before Stacey Lapham scored a great solo touchdown right on half time to lock it up at 2-2.Both teams created chances in the second half but it was the focused Lapham who dug deepest, proving her champion qualities, by busting the Manly line from half before calmly scouring the in-goal and linking with Tara Mohi to claim the decisive 3-2 advantage.Kim Fretus played an invaluable role in defence to guide the Magpies home, but it was the performance and courage of Stacey Lapham under the most difficult of circumstances that won the day for Wests. Round Five of the 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup will continue Friday 17 August 2007 with all games to be played at Penrith.Men’s Premier League action will feature a 7.20pm clash between Wests Magpies and an improving Paramatta Eels combination that will be keen to build on last week’s close loss to Hornsby.Cronulla, also buoyed by their breakthrough victory last Friday, will front up to top of the table Canterbury with nothing to lose and everything to gain in what could be a tough night at the office for the Blue and Whites in the 8.10pm clash.The Panthers and the Sea Eagles will meet at 8.10 pm, whilst the Hornsby Lions will want to consolidate their place as joint competition leaders with the Dogs by snaring the points against Easts Roosters at 9.00pm.The Women’s Premier League Round 5 schedule includes what promises to be an absorbing battle at 8.10pm between West Magpies and the youthful Wollongong Devils. The Young Divas, who have secured two confidence-boosting victories in as many weeks, will face an acid test against the potent Magpies.Defending champions Easts Roosters will be hell-bent on producing a more cohesive effort on Friday night against the Central Coast Dolphins at 8.10pm.Cronulla Sharks and the Canterbury Bulldogs will meet at 9.00pm, and the Dogs cannot afford to take the Sharks lightly after their stellar effort against Easts last week.Penrith and Manly will both be searching for their first victory of the season in the last game of the round at 9.00pm.Action will continue in the Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Division 1 and 2, and the Men’s Seniors and Masters divisions Friday night at Penrith.This weeks Blackest Cat for Player of the Week in the Men’s Premier Division goes to the entire Cronulla Men’s Premier League Team whose losing streak has lasted almost as long as the drought in Western Queensland… Congratulations on breaking the drought, remember, two wins in a row, constitutes a roll!This week’s “Go to Girl” for the Player of the Week in the Women’s Premier Division goes to Western Suburbs Australian Women’s Open star Stacey Lapham for her courageous and inspiring performance after the sad passing of her grandfather on Friday. Stacey piloted a below strength Wests to a gutsy victory that epitomized her depth and strength of character.Many thanks to all players and coaches for their assistance in compiling the Round Four Wrap.A quick reminder to players to always use their own flashy, crowd pleasing, non-federation touch steps…For draws, results, ladders and all other information about the Vawdon Cup please visit the New South Wales Touch Association website: www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgEmery wary of burnout concerns for Arsenal playersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is wary of burnout concerns for his players.He has admitted he has reduced the workload of some of his players to ensure they are in good shape going into the business end of the season.When asked whether he would give players a break or make changes to his training regime, Emery answered: “We are doing that. We are working, and also thinking and speaking with our performance [analyst] Darren [Burgess] and Julen Masach [strength and conditioning coach], for this week and this month.”You have to balance the players because they play a lot of matches in the next month, with the Europa League and the FA Cup. So we are doing that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hapag Lloyd’s containership Yantian Express, which suffered a fire last month while en route to Halifax, Canada, has arrived in the Bahamas.The 7,506 TEU boxship reached Freeport on February 4, 2019, a spokesperson of Hapag-Lloyd told World Maritime News.“Various parties will now be involved with evaluating the condition of the vessel and coming up with the next steps for discharging the cargo,” according to the spokesperson.“To ensure that the cargo discharge is as safe as possible, and has no impact on the environment, the evaluation process and preparation of the pier might take several days and even up to a week or more.”Once the evaluation is finalized, the company said it will be able to determine next steps both for cargo deemed to be damaged or undamaged.On January 3, Germany-flagged Yantian Express was sailing from Colombo to Halifax when the fire broke out in one of the containers on the ship’s deck, spreading to additional containers. The incident occurred approximately 650 nautical miles from the Canadian coast.Efforts were made to extinguish the fire, however, they were suspended due to inclement weather conditions. On January 6, the ship’s crew was evacuated after the fire increased in intensity.German shipping company said in its update at the end of January that the fire was widely contained. The company also declared General Average on the vessel under which all parties with a financial interest in the voyage would proportionally share the losses resulting from an incident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Tech sector entrepreneurs whose Canadian cities were snubbed by Amazon in its search for a second corporate campus say they are disappointed, despite fears they would have seen increased competition for scarce skilled talent.They say the American online giant’s promised contribution of $5 billion in construction and up to 50,000 high-paying jobs would have been good for their city’s economy and its technology sector in the longer term.On Thursday, Amazon said Toronto was the only non-American city to make a list of 20 finalists.“In the short term, it’s another company competing for limited talent, that jumps to mind,” said Mike Johnston, founder and CEO of REDSpace, a designer of media software systems and corporate e-learning programs in Halifax, one of 238 cities to bid for the centre.But, he added, “when a world-calibre company pays attention to this region, I think the trickle-down effects are valuable. It means more students come here to study, it means more people stay here.”Johnston said his firm has nearly 200 staff members after adding 45 new hires last year.He said he was part of a “brain drain” that left Nova Scotia for better opportunities in the United States after high school before returning in 2000 during the dot.com tech stock meltdown.Like Johnston, Benevity Inc. CEO Bryan de Lottinville said he was disappointed but not surprised that his home town of Calgary failed to win its bid for the Amazon HQ.His company, which makes software for corporate charity programs, has nearly doubled employment in the past two years to 420, but he says he’s not worried that Amazon would have stolen his staff or driven up wage levels.“You know, people don’t work for companies, they work for the employee experiences and leaders and things like that,” he said, adding that to be frightened of competition is “not how you build business, an identity and a brand.”De Lottinville said he supports economic diversification initiatives to help Alberta’s economy evolve from a dependence on oil and gas production.In Ottawa, CEO and co-founder Jason Flick of You.i TV, says Amazon would have been a disruptive force for employment, real estate and local cost inflation — but he still wished they had chosen his home town.“There would be a double-edged sword for sure,” he said. “The fight for talent would go higher. The U.S. dollar is stronger to pay more. Building space would be at a premium. But I was definitely looking forward to it.”Flick said he wasn’t worried Amazon would steal his workforce, which has grown from about 35 to 200 in three years — because “we do really cool stuff.” The company has developed a multi-screen TV and media app platform.He said another large employer could have sparked improvements like more flights at the airport.Studies suggest a big Amazon presence in the Toronto area might accelerate a brain drain from Canada to the U.S. as the brightest Canadians are promoted to U.S. headquarters, said University of Waterloo assistant economics professor Joel Blit.He added it could also drive up local costs for housing and wages.But he said the potential positive impact of Amazon as one of the anchors in a Waterloo-Toronto technology hub similar to Silicon Valley in California would still outweigh the negatives for the tech industry.“We took a big hit with BlackBerry where it is now,” he said, referring to job cuts and downsizing at the telecommunications firm over the past several years.“It’s nice that Google is here. If we had Amazon and maybe a couple of others, truly it could be a world-leading cluster that could be driving a lot of wealth for Canada.”He said potential positives include a larger labour pool, enhanced regional business relationships and the opportunity for informal shared knowledge between companies.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,613.46, up 37.36 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 14 cents, or 5.65 per cent, to $2.34 on 21.2 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Down 11 cents, or 2.01 per cent, to $5.37 on 9.1 million shares.Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S). Materials. Down 10.5 cents, or 28.77 per cent, to 26 cents on 7.9 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 82 cents, or 8.49 per cent, to 10.48 on 7.6 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 29 cents, or 2.92 per cent, to $9.64 on 7.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Down 26 cents, or 1.89 per cent, to $13.47 on 7.5 million shares.Companies reporting:Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier Inc. said Friday it will follow the urging of Quebec’s financial market regulator and scrap a controversial executive compensation plan. The announcement followed a review by the Autorite des marches financiers that found the plane-and-train maker’s roll-out of its Automatic Stock Disposition Plan in August did not breach securities law, but likely incurred a negative perception. Bombardier said in November, when the investigation was launched, that the plan allows some of its senior executives to sell their vested shares as an added incentive in performance-based compensation, so long as the trades are made by independent securities brokers and in line with trading parameters.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO). Down 75 cents, or 1.88 per cent to $39.19. Imperial Oil Ltd. raised its dividend nearly 16 per cent to 22 cents per share despite reporting that its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago. The increased payment to shareholders came as Imperial reported a profit of $293 million or 38 cents per diluted share for its first quarter. That compared with a profit of $516 million or 62 cents per share in the same quarter last year. Rich Kruger, Imperial’s chairman and chief executive, says Alberta’s mandatory production curtailment order significantly affected the company’s financial performance.Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Down 14 cents to $45.66. Saputo Inc. has signed a deal to buy the specialty cheese business of Lion – Dairy & Drinks in Australia for roughly $265 million. Montreal-based Saputo says the Australian business includes two manufacturing facilities in Tasmania and employs approximately 400 people. The specialty cheese business produces, markets and distributes a variety of specialty cheeses under several Australian brands, including South Cape, Tasmanian Heritage, Mersey Valley and King Island Dairy. It generated about $182 million in revenue in 2018. It is expected to close in the second half of this year.Sherritt International Corp. — Sherritt shares fell after the company reported disappointing earnings blamed on low cobalt prices and complications in Cuba. The Toronto-based miner reported a net loss of $61.8 million for the first quarter, compared with a net loss of $600,000 for the same quarter last year. The losses came after the company saw cobalt prices fall 70 per cent year over year. The Cuban government also paid out less of the foreign reserves it owes the company than expected.The Canadian Press read more

The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera called on the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at the Commonwealth Secretariat in Marlborough House.The meeting entailed discussion on issues of mutual interest related to Sri Lanka’s longstanding cooperation within the Commonwealth, the Foreign Ministry said today. (Colombo Gazette)

Calling for more funds and a quicker response from governments to combat the polio virus in endemic countries and regions, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Indonesia’s first case of the crippling disease since 1995.The case was discovered on the Indonesian island of West Java, the WHO’s Christine McNab said in Geneva. An 18-month-old child was infected with a strain of the polio virus that can be traced to a recent outbreak in West Africa, which started when polio vaccination activity stopped in Nigeria.Polio is a water-borne virus that primarily attacks children. It is deadly to many patients and it leaves others partially or completely paralyzed. Ms. McNab said that after looking at the genetic sequence of the Indonesian case, WHO researchers believed that the virus had somehow made its way to the country through the Red Sea area where cases had been reported in Saudi Arabia and Sudan.Though such importations were normal in disease eradication programmes, Ms. McNab stressed that the key to avoiding further infections was to ensure that countries had strengthened surveillance systems for polio, and when the virus was detected, that action was taken quickly to vaccinate children under the age of five.“This was already happening in Indonesia, which was targeting five million children in the larger region,” she said, but added that WHO and countries needed to continue to closely monitor the “polio virus reservoirs” like Nigeria and India, where the virus was endemic.WHO also said it needed to raise $50 million between now and the end of July to conduct polio vaccination campaigns for children in those places, and an additional $200 million was required for next year’s activities. read more

LAS VEGAS — Sam Fuehring scored 18 points, including a layup with 2.5 seconds left, and grabbed X rebounds to help No. 5 Louisville beat 19th-ranked Arizona State 58-56 on Friday in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.Dana Evans added 11 points six assists and three steals. Asia Durr finished with 14 points on just 5-of-18 shooting for Louisville (4-0).Kianna Ibis was fouled on a 3-point shot and hit all three free throws to pull Arizona State (2-2) within two points with 19.3 seconds left. Fuehring and Reili Richardson traded two foul shots apiece to make it 56-54 with 12.2 left and, after a Louisville timeout moved the ball to the front court, Elenga stole Arica Carter’s inbound pass, was fouled and hit both free throws 1.5 seconds later. Evans then drove the baseline and wrapped a pass around a defender to Fuehring for winner.Carter stole the ensuing inbound pass to seal it.Elenga led the Sun Devils with 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Ibis, who came in averaging a team-leading 14.7 points and shooting 50 per cent from the field, finished with eight points on 2-of-11 shooting.Louisville made 7 of 13 from the field, while the Sun Devils were 3-of-15 shooting, in the fourth quarter.BIG PICTURELouisville: Durr, the 2017-18 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, came averaging 25.7 points (No. 5 in the nation) and 5.3 made 3s (No. 3) per game. … Yacine Diop, a graduate transfer from Pittsburgh, left the game in the second quarter after an apparent knee injury. She came into Friday’s game averaging 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.Arizona State: The Sun Devils, who lost to No. 4 Baylor on Nov. 11, shot just 32.8 per cent against Louisville. They have made just 40 of 128 (31.3 per cent) from the field against ranked opponents, while shooting 46.9 per cent (60 of 128) combined against unranked Incarnate Word and Arkansas.UP NEXTThe Sun Devils play Southern Illinois on Saturday in their final game of the South Point Shootout before returning home for the ASU Classic on Dec. 1.Louisville wraps up the South Point Shootout against Hartford on Saturday before beginning a five-game home stand against Miami (Ohio) on Monday.The Associated Press read more

Some adult respondents also had high intakes of caffeine and alcohol. The poll also looked at breakfast habits and found that a quarter of secondary school pupils did not eat breakfast on the day of the survey, with one in 10 primary children saying the same.Only 18 per cent of secondary school students reported including any fruit or vegetables in their first meal of the day.Dr Lucy Chambers, senior scientist at the BNF, said: “The implications of a bad night’s sleep can go much further than feeling tired.”Where lack of, and disturbed, sleep can lead to both adults and young people feeling grumpy and irritable, regular poor-quality sleep can have a negative impact on dietary choices, including higher intakes of calories and more frequent snacking on less healthy foods.”The BNF’s Task Force report, published earlier this year, highlighted that lack of sleep, and interrupted sleep, may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.” A third of primary school children are not getting enough sleep, putting them at risk of obesity, experts have warned.A new poll for the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) found that 43% of adults sleep less than the recommended minimum of seven hours a night, while 32% of primary and 70% of secondary school pupils sleep for less than nine hours – the absolute minimum they should get.The survey covered more than 6,000 primary and secondary school children and just over 1,500 adults.It also found that 80 per cent of adults and 50 per cent of secondary school students reported waking up at least once during the previous night.Screens may be to blame for disturbed sleep, the poll suggests, with 59 per cent of secondary school pupils, 50 per cent of adults and 49 per cent of primary school children saying they used a screen before bed on the previous night. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

← Previous Story Serbian “Eagles” take on Chile in last friendly before OG qualification! Next Story → Aron Palmarsson (Iceland): “If we don’t qualify for London, that would be a catastrophe” Lokomotiva Zagreb lost the first game against Le Havre with 23:17 in France, and will have to play a much stronger game in Zagreb if they want to find themself in the final.LE HAVRE – LOKOMOTIVA 23:17 (13:8)Le Havre: Pereira, Pradel (18 odbrana), Vanparys, Alberto 3, Kresoja 4, Baudouin 5, Sawaneh, Tounkara 6, Tracol, Petricien, Martins 1, Tissier, Frecon, Silva dos Santos 2, Espirit 2.Lokomotiva: Razum (12 odbrana), Bukovina (4 obrane), Smiljanić 3, Puljić 1, Krsnik 1, Ježić 2, Janković 5, Bušić, I.Milić, Milanović-Litre 1, Bašić, M.Milić 1, Čović 1, Poljak 2.In the other semi-final, the 2nd French team Fleury-Loriet beat the Turkish Muratpasa with 30:29.In the Cup Winners Cup, FTC beat Dinamo Volgograd with 34:26, while Leipzig beat Viborg with 30:29.Finally, in the EHF cup, Zalau is the final after beating Alicante in the matches played in Romania, 30:20 and 24:26. Russian Lada beat KIF Vejen with 21:19. read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 35th Greek Festival of Sydney was crowned with success, as crowds flocked Darling Harbour for a weekend of music, dance, food and comedy. Glykeria and Gerasimos Andreatos, the festival’s headliners, proved to be particulary popular, attracting the largest crowd ever recorded since the festival’s relocation to the city centre. The two singers offered a taste of genuine Greek culture to the delighted audience, performing a series of beloved songs. Glykeria and Gerasimos Andreatos sang many old, beloved laika songs.But the large crowd and great music were not the only reasons that made festival organisers happy. It was also the presence of the state representative, MP Mark Coure, who presented the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales with a donation of $20,000 for the purposes of the festival. Given that funding had ceased in recent years, this gesture is more significant than the actual sum, as it comes as a promise for more funding from the state government.Young festival-goer Nikos Varoutsos. Photo: Yiannis DramitinosAnother measure of the festival’s success was the presence of many young Greeks, who came to admire the talent onstage − the younger generation of the Community was in charge of the festival’s second stage, which attracted not only Greeks, but also the broader community and many tourists. Despite rainy weather being a minor setback, dance groups still performed on Saturday, much to the enjoyment of those who defied the rain. Particularly impressive was the Greek Community Dance Group, led by the mother-daughter duo of Paroula Thurban and Nicole Englezos.Sunday was comedy day, with George Kapiniaris taking on the role of MC with his usual gusto, welcoming on stage popular comedy acts, not least among them Mary Coustas in her iconic ‘Effie’ moniker. A performance by Karagiozis proved to be popular among children of all ages, as was the loukoumades eating contest. The SBS Greek program was broadcast live from its own stage, around which gathered many festivalgoers. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, Harris Danalis, thanked the community for their support and, in his address, emphasised the festival’s contribution to the state’s multicultural status. Comedy legend George Kapiniaris and SBS Greek executive producer, Themis Kallos, on the SBS stage. Photo: Nick BourdaniotisAmong those who attended was the Consul General, Dr Stavros Kirimis, federal MP Tony Burke, NSW State Opposition Leader Luke Foley, Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas, Delphi Bank head of NSW Tom Christopoulos, vice president of the Cypriot Community of NSW, Sotiris Tsouris, chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, Panagiotis Doukas, and also honorary chairman Jack Passaris, as well as other prominent members of the broader community.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 31, 2018 – Nassau – “You can’t buy heritage,” says motor sports icon David McLaughlin, “and no one has a heritage in motor sport like The Bahamas. Use it well and you’ll be amazed at the international attention.”McLaughlin, a former race car driver turned major classic car event organizer and the first FIA director for Caribbean motor sport development and road safety, felt compelled to comment after back-to-back reminders of the pivotal role Nassau played in race car history.“Dan Gurney, a legendary race car driver and a true pioneer in the sport, died this week,” McLaughlin said.  “Gurney was the first driver to win in every category of racing — Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR.  There was not an event in motor sport that he did not participate in and not a major event that either he or the team he created did not win.  Only Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya could approach the same class of achievement and fame.  And when Dan died of complications from pneumonia last Sunday (January 14), what photo accompanied the news around the world?  It was a grinning, handsome Dan Gurney holding the trophy he won in December 1962 in Nassau Speed Week.”The world remembers Nassau, Bahamas, as the seat of history in Formula One and Ferrari racing, McLaughlin said.  But The Bahamas is not taking advantage of its important heritage in a sport that is watched by more than 400 million people.The second reminder was a magazine article in MOTOR SPORT, the premier British motor racing magazine.  The piece traced the history of the famed Ford GT40, the car Henry Ford II built to beat Ferrari when Ferrari would not sell out to him.  The car that would go on to win the grueling 24-hour Le Mans was first unveiled in 1964 Nassau Race Week.“Nassau Race Week 1964 marked the first time that an American car beat a European car, another piece of motor sport history that is still being remembered around the world and cited regularly outside The Bahamas,” said McLaughlin.  “That car today would be worth $15 million.”Nassau Race Week, which was held between 1954 and 1966 in Oakes Field, was the highlight of the social season and drew CEOs and stars of screen and industry from all over along with hundreds of spectators who lined the streets.  McLaughlin chaired the revival editions from 2011-2015 but without a proper circuit, the events were more glamour than speed though they did attract international attention along with the presence of the legendary Sir Stirling Moss.“If you Google Nassau Speed Week, you get 1.5 million references, including a very extensive entry on Wikipedia with individual chapters on its history, the revival, all the drivers,” said McLaughlin, whose role with the governing body of motor sport, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) includes a road safety initiative.“The Bahamas has this incredible history and heritage and yet there is no race track now, no museum, almost no recognition,” said McLaughlin.  “There is a world of opportunity waiting.”Release: DPA News Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgWest Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta reckons Samir Nasri has plenty to offer them and hopes he will be given time to regain his fitnessThe 31-year-old midfielder has been without a club since ending a disappointing stay in Turkey with Antalyaspor in January.Although it’s been 18 months since Nasri last played competitive football due to the ban he received from FIFA for breaching World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules in 2016.But the Frenchman is now training at West Ham in a bid to convince them of awarding him a contract.Zabaleta is aware of what his former Manchester City teammate is capable of and is certain Nasri can still deliver on the field.“Manuel [Pellegrini] knows Samir very well from his time at Manchester City,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports.“We need players with his quality, especially because also we lost two key players who brought quality into this team – Manuel Lanzini in the summer before the World Cup and then [Jack] Wilshere, who is very close to coming back to the team.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“On the ball [Nasri] is fantastic. He is one of those players who can give to the team some possession and play between the lines to help the attacking players to create chances.”The Argentine hopes that Nasri is given time to prove his fitness levels at West Ham.“Samir needs a bit of time,” Zabaleta said.“He has not been football training for more than a year but sometimes those players are technically very good so he probably needs to focus more on his fitness levels than his passing and all this.“We know Samir and his quality. When he is fit he is on a different level. He is a fantastic player.“Hopefully he can reach his best fitness level. He has to feel physically good because we know that the Premier League is so demanding physically.”last_img read more

first_img June 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Summer safety tips from the Burn Institute KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It is officially summer, but with summer comes a lot of outdoor events. Susan Day from the Burn Institute was on set with us at Coasterra highlighting all the dangers that come with enjoying summer in San Diego. Posted: June 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img February 8, 2019 Updated: 7:12 PM Posted: February 8, 2019 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Man with motorcycle helmet robs two San Diego credit unions SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Investigators asked for help today in identifying a gloved bandit sought for robbing two San Diego credit unions. The first robbery occurred Jan. 29 at the California Coast Credit Union at 4265 Genesee Ave.The second occurred Feb. 7 at the San Diego County Credit Union at 11965 Bernardo Plaza Drive.Surveillance footage from both banks show a man carrying a motorcycle helmet and wearing gray gloves, a black sweatshirt, dark pants, glasses or sunglasses and a hat.In both robberies, the man handed the teller a note demanding money and left after being handed an undisclosed amount of cash.The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds, with a patchy, reddish-brown beard.Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts was asked to call the FBI’s San Diego office at (858) 320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 to make an anonymous tip. Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgHow is TFA preparing those teachers for any changes from the White House: “It is certainly a very scary time for our DACA teachers because they don’t know and we as an organization don’t really know what will happen with a program. So our lawyers are meeting with our corps members on a case-by-case basis to make sure that if there’s any other opportunity for them to adjust their status, that they have access to do that. We’ve also have implemented different systems in case, if DACA does go away, we want to make sure that we’re supporting our teachers in every way possible, whether that is to help them move closer to home or to another state. So we’re providing financial support in helping them do that. But right now there’s a lot of uncertainty.”  Listen X Laura IsenseeViridiana Carrizales manages a program to support DACA teachers hired through Teach for American. She currently supports almost 150 DACA teachers, including more than 50 in Texas. Laura IsenseeViridiana Carrizales manages a program to support DACA teachers hired through Teach for American. She currently supports almost 150 DACA teachers, including more than 50 in Texas.With the new Trump Administration, there are a lot of questions about changes to immigration, including teachers who are immigrants.The national nonprofit Teach for America recruits teachers who came to the United States illegally as children but have a reprieve from being deported – for now.That reprieve is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which was started by the Obama Administration.News 88-7 Education Reporter Laura Isensee recently talked with the group’s Viridiana Carrizales.Carrizales was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 11 years old. Based in San Antonio, she manages almost 150 teachers nationwide who face an uncertain future without DACA.Here are some highlights from their conversation:Why does Teach for America recruit teachers who have deferred action on their immigration status? “I cannot emphasize enough how it really is so important for undocumented students to see themselves in other teachers. When you don’t have a status here and you don’t have a Social Security Number, you’re constantly hearing all the things that you can’t do. So a lot of our undocumented students sometimes stop trying in school because they’ve just feel like, ‘Why should I keep trying if there’s really not an opportunity for me to do anything once I finish high school, once I go to college?’ So I feel that many of our DACA teachers are changing those narratives and really helping thousands of undocumented students who otherwise were probably just fall through the cracks.” 00:00 /03:30 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: What advice does she have for immigrant teachers and students: “This fear that a lot of our students feel today didn’t just start two months ago or with the new administration. For the past decade, there’s been a lot of deportations that are separating thousands of families and impacting, in very harmful ways, our students. I think that this administration is probably heightening some of those feelings of fear. But I think my biggest message to educators is you have control of your classroom and your school community. And at least for those eight hours of the day that our students are in the classroom or in school, they should feel safe.” Sharelast_img read more