The Magic, benefiting from the return of starting point guard Elfrid Payton, snapped a two-game losing streak. New York, playing without scoring Kristaps Porzingis (ankle and elbow injuries), had its three-game winning streak come to an end.With Porzingis out, Tim Hardaway, Jr. was the Knicks’ only consistent scoring threat, and had 26 points.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 Knicks entered the game having won six of their last seven games, but they seemed out of synch offensively without Porzingis. They shot 53 percent from the field but committed 23 turnovers.Orlando, meanwhile, got its offensive rhythm back with Payton in the game. The Magic shot 54 percent from the field and 46 from 3-point range mainly on the strength of spacing with Payton on the floor. ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and Evan Fournier added 23 to help the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 112-99 on Wednesday night.Jonathon Simmons scored 15 of his 16 points in the second half. He had 11 straight points early in the fourth quarter to push the Magic’s lead back to double figures.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Read Next Knicks: Hosts Sacramento on Saturday night.Magic: At Phoenix on Friday night. Payton was a stabilizer in his return from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss eight straight games, but he finished with 11 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes.Aaron Gordon also came through for the Magic with 21 points. He was 4 for 6 from 3-point range and 8 for 11 from field after a few signature alley-oop passes from Payton.TIP-INSKnicks: Forward Michael Beasley started in place of injured Porzingis. Beasley scored four points. … Point guard Jarrett Jack converted 3 of 4 field goals in the first half and had four assists but he also had four turnovers.Magic: Fournier had five steals in the first half and was a major reason the Magic outscored the Knicks on fast break points 14-0 during the first two quarters. For the game, the Magic outscored the Knicks 21-4 on fast breaks. … Orlando outscored the Knicks in paint 30-18 in the first half.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) reacts after a basket by Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. The Magic won 112-99. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Anthony’s flagrant foul stands, NBA rescinds Westbrook’s Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments
2020 Tokyo Paralympicsbronzediscus throwIndia First Published: November 13, 2019, 8:48 AM IST 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. Dubai: Three foul attempts, but promising Indian thrower Yogesh Kathuniya didn’t give up hope to claim the bronze medal in men’s discus throw F56 final at the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships here on Tuesday.In doing so, Kathuniya also booked the seventh Tokyo 2020 qualification spot for India in Para-Athletics, before Praveen Kumar joined him with a fourth-place finish in the men’s high jump T64 final last evening. He attained a personal best clearing the bar at 1.92 metres. Under International Paralympic Committee rules, the top four ranked athletes at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in each of the individual medal events on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Programme (excluding marathon) will each obtain one qualification slot for their respective country.The 23-year-old Kathuniya hurled the discus to a distance of 42.51 metres in his sixth attempt to take the bronze. For the most part, he stayed in the second place behind eventual winner Brazilian Claudiney Batista dos Santos (45.92m) but Iran’s Ali Mohammadyari was lucky to manage just one right attempt in his last – a 43.51 metres – to take the silver.In fact, there was a protest from the Iranian after he was disqualified by the jury.”After the first three fouls, I threw the next three easy. There was no pressure on me. I just wanted to make a mark in my first World Championships and finally, I did it. I am happy to get the bronze,” Kathuniya told the Paralympic Committee of India.”It was my first major Championships and a big learning experience here. And when I go back, I will work on my technique with my coach,” said Kathuniya, who trains under Naval Singh at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The medal also came on a “special day” for the youngster as he completed three years in Para sport on the day.”Today I completed three years in Para Athletics. Its my life now. But we need to be mentally and physically fit, thus I play sports and love studies as well,” said Kathuniya, who is pursuing his Masters in Commerce from Kirori Mal College in Delhi University.He now eagerly looks forward to get home in Bahadurgarh, Haryana. “My parents will be really proud that I have qualified for the Paralympics. It’s a big thing for them. Now my focus is to start training for Tokyo 2020,” he added.India now has two gold, one silver and two bronze from this Championships.
Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 is right around the corner and ahead of mobile mega fest, the tech world is bracing itself for the event that would witness some of the biggest and most important smartphone launches of the year. Sure we won’t see Apple or Google gracing the event but it will nonetheless be a star-studded affair wherein companies like LG, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, OnePlus, Nokia and Xiaomi will showcase some of their most advanced smartphones.LG, in particular, has some grand plans reserved for its the event which it will host at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona on February 24. While the company has already confirmed that it won’t be introducing a foldable display phone this year despite having the technology to do so, that doesn’t mean that its MWC 2019 event is going to be all lacklustre. The Korean electronics giant is planning to launch a host of new devices, including two of its flagship devices, in Barcelona next week.Here’s everything that LG is planning to launch at its MWC 2019 event:5G Phone LG has already confirmed that it will be unveiling its first 5G enabled phone at its MWC 2019 event. The company’s 5G phone will be a part of its flagship V-series — the LG V50 ThinQ. LG has partnered with Sprint to launch its 5G phones, images of which we saw last week, in the US.LG has already confirmed that the LG V50 ThinQ will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and feature a gigantic 4,000mAh battery. Using Snapdragon 855 also means that the phone will have Qualcomm’s X50 modem in its core.advertisementWhile not much is known about LG’s upcoming 5G phone at the moment, reports suggest that it will run on Android 9 Pie and that it will come with a flip-cover type display that will effectively turn the phone into a dual-screen device.LG G8 ThinQAnother device that LG has confirmed will be taking a trip to Barcelona is LG’s G-series device – the LG G8 ThinQ. LG has already spilled the beans about this one and thanks to company we know a lot about the features the phone will come with. For starters, LG has already confirmed that G8 ThinQ will come with time-of-flight (ToF) sensors that will improve the accuracy of its 3D face recognition system and quality of its selfies.Additionally, the Korean company has also confirmed that the phone would come with the Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) technology that would turn the phone’s display into an audio amplifier. On audio front, the LG G8 ThinQ would also sport DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Boombox Speaker and Master Quality Authenticated technologies.Apart from the details that LG has already shared, the phone has been a topic of rumours and speculations for long. Rumours suggest that just like the LG V50 ThinQ, G8 ThinQ too would come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and run on Android 9 Pie. It is likely to sport a triple rear camera setup. However, images of LG G8 ThinQ shared by Evan Blass last week suggest that the phone would come with a dual-rear camera setup instead. Additionally, it is likely to come with 6GB RAM with an internal memory that can be expaned up to 2TB using a microSD card. If reports are to be believed, the LG G8 ThinQ could come with a hefty price tag. The phone, as per a Reddit user, is likely to come with a price tag of $1199.99 CAD, which translates to Rs 64,300 approximately in India.However, the most interesting feature of the phone, just like the V50 ThinQ, could come with a flip-cover type display that would act a second screen to the phone.LG K12 PlusApart from launching its premium budget flagship devices, the company is expected to launch a budget smartphone. The company is expected to launch the LG K12 Plus at its MWC 2019 event. While LG so far has not confirmed anything about the phone, a report by the XDA Developers, which spotted the phone of the Google Play Console suggests that the phone will come with MediaTek MT6762 chipset and it will run on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.The listing also revealed that the phone would come with 3GB RAM and an HD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1,440 pixels.LG K40 PlusApart from the above mentioned phones, LG is also expected to launch another budget smartphone- the LG K40 ThinQ. According to a report by the XDA Developers, the phone was spotted on the Google Android Enterprise Recommended list last week, which indicates that K40 Plus could one of the phones in LG’s MWC 2019 line-up.advertisementAgain, not much is known about the phone as of now, however, if the report by the publication suggests that the LG K40 Plus could come with a 5.7-inch display and run on Android 8.1 Oreo. It is likely to come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and feature NFC and a fingerprint scanner.Notably, while we know that LG is planning to launch two premium budget smartphones at its MWC 2019 event. However, at this point it remains uncertain if its MWC 2019 lineup includes two budget smartpphones as well.ALSO READ: | LG V50 ThinQ image leaked online ahead of the MWC 2019 launchALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ images leaked online ahead of MWC 2019 launchALSO READ: | LG K12 Plus to launch alongside LG G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019
Share on Messenger Talking Horses After all, jumps horses are not made of granite. They do not all stay sound and healthy if you race them repeatedly. If you bring them to a peak for some new event in January, they may struggle to reproduce that form in March. At the start of each year, we get disappointing news about high-profile horses that have been ruled out of Cheltenham with some setback or other. Promoting other targets earlier in the season will increase the risk of such injuries. We’re in a golden time of the year for jump racing fans, with good-quality racing each Saturday. There’s the Mackeson (as was), the Betfair Chase, the Hennessy (as was), the Tingle Creek, the December Gold Cup, the SGB (as was) and the King George. If you find yourself thinking that one or two of them are “substandard renewals”, just try picking the winner. I intend to enjoy all of those races, and the others on those cards, enormously. After they’ve been run, I’ll think about whether the winners or the beaten horses might win something at Cheltenham or Aintree, secure in the knowledge that connections would love to do that if they possibly could and will not wrong-foot me by aiming at some other event I hadn’t considered (a regular problem on the Flat). Now, how can this be a bad thing? British Flat racing would love to have a climactic focal point like the Cheltenham Festival and has spent an obscene amount of money trying to contrive one. Let’s remember the value of what we already have. The Guardian has managed to put together four winning naps in a row, so I dare say the whole edifice is about to come crashing down around my ears. Cheltenam De Vaige (3.10) carries the burden today and not just because I’m obsessed with Cheltenham, you understand. Read more Share on Twitter The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. I can’t agree. The fundamental point for me is that the Festival is a wonderful occasion, enjoyed by people far beyond the ordinary limits of horse racing’s appeal, which must also have been an introduction to jump racing for many who now follow it closely. Of course there are always things that can be done to strengthen the rest of the season and I dare say the sport’s rulers will continue to think about that. But I’m basically comfortable with the season as it is and worry that increased promotion of other events could detract from Cheltenham. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Horse racing Support The Guardian Topics Horse racing tips Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Having passed through the yards of Giles Smyly and Mark Wall, he joined Fergal O’Brien for this season and came up short by just half a length on his debut for the yard at Plumpton last month. Another half-mile will help and he should be a bit sharper this time, so I like him, though 6-4 in a 15-runner handicap is hardly finding money in the street.Kim Bailey has a couple of handicap chasers running for him for the first time today at Lingfield and both have been backed. The ex-Irish Lake Field (1.50) is the one that interests me at 11-2 from 8s, he having winning form that makes him look well-treated if Bailey has got him firing again. Carqalin, who runs at 3.50pm, is 7-2 from 9s after joining Bailey from David Pipe’s. Given that the grey has never yet finished within 20 lengths of a winner, I can watch him unbacked at those odds.Keel Haul (2.50) might be a bit big at 14-1, if he’s fitter for his reappearance. Henry Oliver’s charge is a stone below his last winning mark and still capable of running well, on the evidence of last season. His second outing was his best of last term, judged by Racing Post Ratings.At Worcester, the money seems to be coming for Finula (2.30), who is back to 14s after drifting to 20s. He was running a big race at Warwick in May when unseating three-out, in his handicap debut and with a first-time tongue tie on. He’s 1lb lower now. Tips for all Tuesday races Worcester 1.00 Tommy Silver 1.30 Rolling Dylan 2.00 Some Man 2.30 Finula (nb) 3.00 Rainy Day Dylan 3.30 Hint Of Grey Huntingdon 1.10 Cause Toujours 1.40 Firmount Gent 2.10 Call Me Lord 2.40 Darebin 3.10 Cheltenam De Vaige (nap) 3.40 Avarchie Lingfield 12.50 Bullfrog 1.20 Jabulani 1.50 Lake Field 2.20 Argyle 2.50 Keel Haul 3.20 Gabrial The Great 3.50 Carqalin Read more Today’s best bets, by Chris CookThe perennial argument about whether the Cheltenham Festival is too much of a good thing has been reignited this morning by James Knight, who holds a senior position at Ladbrokes Coral. Knight goes so far as to say that the Festival’s best races are “ridiculously hyped” and “done to death”. James (@jamesaknight)The absurd Cheltenham obsession in NH racing needs to be reversed. There are several excellent races during the rest of the season that are just as good as (if not better than) the ridiculously hyped and done-to-death Championship Festival races.November 14, 2017 MP alleges ‘basic’ failures in BHA’s handling of Hughie Morrison case Share on LinkedIn features Reuse this content
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Newcastle manager Bruce: I was briefed on takeover todayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Steve Bruce is reluctant to discuss Peter Kenyon’s takeover push.Kenyon, the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive, has teamed up with US investors GACP Sports to launch a £300million bid to buy out Mike Ashley.But today Bruce said: “Honestly, until I was briefed this morning, news to me. It’s not something I can comment on. I have had no chats (with Ashley).”I can’t influence anything like that. The only thing I can influence is how I play Saturday. That is only thing I can focus on.”Of takeover speculation, he added: “You have to get used to it. It’s happened three or four times to me before, you get used to it.”This club always has speculation round it and it has never happened, so watch this space.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR -Review of Land Application of Sewage andSeptage Sludge Sewage and septage sludges can no longer be applied to propertyin Nova Scotia. The Department of Environment and Labour hassuspended land application of the sludges until officialscomplete a review of the approval process for the activity. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash released furtherdetails of the review today, Jan. 16, saying it is intended toensure that Nova Scotia’s policy reflects best practices. “There are many benefits to using these sludges to enhanceagricultural land, but it’s also understandable that people couldhave concerns about their safety,” Mr. Morash said. “So we’llimpose a time out to make sure that it’s the right choice.” Septage sludge is the solid material that remains after water isremoved from the sediments pumped from a septic tank. Sewagesludge is the residue generated during the treatment of sewage ina treatment plant. The review began in the fall of 2003 and will be complete by May1, and will lead to a recommendation to Cabinet. It includes assessment of standards used for approving landapplication of sludges; consideration of alternatives to landapplication and discussions with concerned groups. Municipalgovernments, septic tank pumpers, and the agricultural communitywill be among those invited to submit comments. “We want provincial policy to lead to appropriate and sustainablesolutions for local governments and individual homeowners,” Mr.Morash said. The department has stopped issuing new approvals for landapplication of sewage and septage sludges. Current approvalholders are being contacted and advised that they may not applysludges until further notice. The decision should have no short-term consequences for approvalholders. All current approvals forbid the land application ofsludges when the ground is frozen.
For first time in more than 10 years, government is doing a comprehensive review of the province’s electricity system. Over the next 12 months, Nova Scotians and key industry members will be invited to comment on the province’s electricity future. “Our commitment to developing energy policy puts ratepayers first,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger. “As our province moves toward cleaner and more innovative energy sources, we want to have an open and frank conversation about Nova Scotia’s electricity future.” The Electricity Reform Act passed by the government in the fall calls for an electricity system review in three areas: emerging technologies that impact demand and supply market trends that help stabilize electricity prices emerging trends in the oversight and delivery of electricity generation and transmission systems Requests for proposals for technical expertise will be issued by the end of this week, and the department is now seeking feedback on the scope of the public consultation and technical needs. The two-phase review will look at technical factors and expert views on identifying future opportunities. The second phase will be broad public consultation on future electricity policy. The consultation will be based on input from Nova Scotians and information from the first phase of the review. “I look forward to engaging Nova Scotians and hearing more about their views on our electricity system,” said Mr. Younger. “I have already been invited to visit various communities and organizations to discuss our future electricity market. There will be many ways to participate through online forums, written submissions and public meetings, so I hope ratepayers will take the opportunity to get involved in this review.” Comments for the scope of the review can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, submitted online at www.novascotia.ca/electricityfuture, or mailed to Nova Scotia’s Electricity Future, P.O. Box 2664, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3P7. The deadline for comment is Feb. 7. A report summarizing consultation findings is to be released in spring 2015. More information about Nova Scotia’s electricity review can be found at www.novascotia.ca/electricityfuture.
A Midwinter’s Night Dream, an annual charity fundraiser held by Northport High School students that supports Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research was recently held at Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY.The event raised more than $400,000 – which brings their all-time total to $3 million dollars in the nine years since the charity began.The event is unique in that it is run entirely by high school students, ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old. Each year they honor several Heroes for Hope that give support and inspiration to the students and the charity. Past honorees include Curtis Martin, Nick Swisher, Katie Couric, Christine Taylor, Curtis Granderson, Billy Baldwin, Curt Schilling, and Edie Falco. This year honorees were Vincent Piazza from Boardwalk Empire and Holland Reynolds.New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin delivered a personal message to Holland, who is known for her collapse near the finish line of the state championship cross country tournament in 2010, and her finish was in honor of her coach, Jim Tracy, who had been diagnosed with ALS. Coughlin used her story last season as inspiration for the Giants, who went on to win the 2012 Super Bowl.Boardwalk Empire’s Vincent Piazza said, “The word hero I don’t take lightly, when I think about what you do, and think about how proactive you are for something that is so dear to you…it’s easy to feel like a coward in your presence.”Students at the school became proactive in fighting ALS after a second teacher in their district was diagnosed with the disease. The students work year round on the charity, putting on multiple events to benefit ALS research. Last January, their beloved teacher, David Deutsch lost his battle with the disease.In 2006 they began an ALS Research Program, where the students participate in ALS research over the summer at the following labs: Jenifer Estess Stem Cell Lab, Jackson Labs, ALS TDI, Columbia University, ALS HOPE, Johns Hopkins and Stony Brook. AMND has also created and funded a variety of ALS-related initiatives including a patient services program for those diagnosed with ALS, and a Philanthropy Center that teaches grade school students about the importance of philanthropic work in their lives.Those in attendance also included: Students and faculty of the Northport High School, Adam Graves (New York Rangers), Jackie Martling (Comedian), Bobby Burke (Gossip Girl), Caroline Rhea (Comedian), Valerie Estess (Project ALS), Meredith Estess (Project ALS), Cecil Fielder (New York Yankees), and Greg Buttle (New York Jets).
Along a dirt track on an unexpectedly cool and windy night on Jordan’s border with Syria, as shadows lengthened across the barren hills, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie listened to the stories of men women and children who had fled Syria just hours before.Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Border With UNHCRCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/O.Laban-MattelShe heard stories of bombs and pain and loss from people fleeing Homs, Dara’a and Qusair, three of the communities devastated by the Syrian conflict. Ms. Jolie encouraged the refugees to tell her, and through her the world, of their ordeal. “We can’t know your pain,” Ms. Jolie said at one point, speaking to families who had lost their loved ones. But she listened.Ms. Jolie is in Jordan to mark World Refugee Day, which each year is commemorated on June 20. She and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, arrived in the country on 18 June. Mr Guterres started his visit to the region in Lebanon, where he met with refugees and government officials. In Jordan, he and Ms. Jolie will meet with the government and refugees living in Jordan’s cities, as well as in the sprawling Za’atri refugee camp.The purpose of her visit, said Ms. Jolie, is “to show support for Syria’s refugees, to call on the world to address their plight, and to better understand needs in Jordan and other countries in the region most directly affected by this devastating conflict.”At the Syrian border, Ms. Jolie heard stories of great courage and sadness. Mohammed Al-Kassem, his wife Walida and their young daughter Faten had just arrived after escaping from Qusair, the site of a bitter battle which left the town in rubble and unleashed a new wave of refugees into neighbouring countries. “In the battles and bombing, most of my friends died,” he said. “There is nothing left, all was destroyed, no buildings, no medicines. Ninety five men died because their wounds became infected and there was nothing to treat them with. I was the only one of my family to escape. Those who could not flee can only wait for death.”After meeting with refugees, Ms Jolie was briefed by Maj. General Hussein Al-Zyoud, the commander of the Jordan Border Security Forces, and his staff. As they talked, shelling just across the border in Syria could be clearly heard.The war in Syria forced more people to flee last year than any other conflict in the world. In the last six months the number has more than doubled to 1.6 million, of whom 540,000 are in Jordan.“The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today,” said Ms. Jolie.She urged the world to do much more to help the people of Syria. “The international response to this crisis falls short of the vast scale of this human tragedy,” she said. “Much more humanitarian aid is needed, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict must be found.”Source:UNHCR
The opposition United National Party (UNP) says there is a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate the media into silence ahead of crucial elections.UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera says a dangerous trend is being set commencing with twin attacks on the Uthayan newspaper publishing in the country’s north in the space of less than a month and followed up with a threat against the Sirasa Media Network. “Let those who attempt to terrorize the media remember that every successive attack will not only unify the media against the ruling powers, but also galvanize all sections of the opposition to join the fight against a common enemy. I call upon all media institutions to shed their differences and stand together in the unequivocal condemnation of this latest threat against Sirasa and Uthayan in the knowledge that while today it might be their turn, the suppression will not end until each and every newspaper, radio station and television station is effectively silenced and subjugated,” the UNP MP added. (Colombo Gazette) “We reiterate that this consistent assault on independent media institutions is a gross infringement of the people’s fundamental right to free expression and impedes their right to information and condemn this culture of intimidation and suppression unreservedly.” Samaraweera added.He noted that a campaign to suppress dissent is underway and its mission is to wipe out the last vestiges of the independent media in the country and rob the people, perhaps permanently, of their right to information. “We call upon the Government to ensure the safety of the premises, equipment and personnel of the Sirasa Media network and the Uthayan newspaper. For too long the incumbent regime has left questions unanswered about repeated and debilitating attacks on this country’s Fourth Estate. Scribe killers, white vans and armed groups terrorising media institutions have roamed outside the ambit of the law for long enough,” he said. The UNP says it is a travesty that as such crimes against the nation’s free press go unpunished, the Government’s law enforcement arm remains exclusively preoccupied with brutally quelling garbage disputes in Colombo’s low income neighbourhoods or attacking peaceful demonstrators protesting against the meteoric rise of extremist groups that are sowing hate and discord between communities of people in this country.
A 17-year-old boy has been upgraded to stable condition after being thrown off his motorcycle following a collision with a minivan.The teen was riding a Yamaha motorbike on Golf Links Rd. in Ancaster just before 7 p.m. Wednesday when the crash happened.He was taken to Hamilton General Hospital with serious injuries but is now stable. Hamilton police are investigating the collision.
FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, shoppers Manuel Orellano, center, with his daughter Marcela, left, and her son Manuel, 6, shop for children’s clothing at JCPenney at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 said the U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed survey shows consumer spending, manufacturing driving US economic expansion by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 12:04 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest survey of business conditions around the country.The Fed survey found many areas of strength and for the first time this year, the report did not see a need to qualify growth by using words like “modest” and “moderate.”The Fed said that business executives remain optimistic about the prospects for growth in 2015. The gains in economic activity were coming as overall inflation remained subdued although the report did find upward wage pressures for some skilled workers.The report, known as the Beige Book for the colour of its cover, will form the basis for discussion at the Fed’s final policy-making meeting of the year on Dec. 16-17.The comments in the report suggest the Fed will leave a key short-term interest rate at a record low for the time being. The rate has been near zero since December 2008. Many private economists believe that the economy will be growing strongly enough and unemployment will be low enough that the central bank will begin raising rates in the middle of 2015.Much of the optimism reflected reports of solid consumer spending, which the Fed said reflected in part the fact that gasoline prices have fallen, giving households more money to spend on other items. In addition, an early cold spell in parts of the country spurred sales of winter clothing.The report said auto sales were particularly strong in the Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco districts with lower gas prices boosting sales of SUVs and light trucks in the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago districts.Manufacturing showed gains in most districts with the automotive and aerospace industries continuing to be sources of strength. Steel production was up in the Cleveland, Chicago and San Francisco districts while manufacturers of heavy machinery in the Chicago district reported improvements in sales of construction machinery but continued weakness in demand for farm and mining equipment.High-tech manufacturers in the Boston, Dallas and San Francisco districts reported steady growth in demand with revenue from biotech industries increasing in the San Francisco district.Home construction was mixed with only about half of the districts reporting increases in home sales. Construction of non-residential projects was up in most districts, however, with office building relatively strong in large urban areas such as New York City and Philadelphia.Employment gains were widespread across the country in October and November with Boston reporting increases in the software and information technology sectors while New York found financial firms, which suffered heavy layoffs following the 2008 financial crisis, were hiring more workers.
COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD – International Space Station astronaut and possibly the best person on Twitter – has taken part in one of Reddit’s Ask Me Anything sessions.We learned, among other things, that his daughter is in Ireland, his son is on China, and he probably doesn’t watch porn in space.Here are our top nine favourite questions:1. How is your family doing? Nervous still, or relaxed at this point?My family is fine – in fact my son Evan is helping support my social media, and taught me how to use Reddit. My other son is in China and turns 30 tomorrow (Happy Birthday Kyle!) and my daughter is in Ireland. I talked with my wife today, she’s fine too – all were at launch in Kazakhstan.See that? His daughter is in Ireland! And he’s looking down on her:2. You mentioned on Twitter that the ISS is peppered with meteors but has armour. Do you hear them hit? What about things like solar panels? They look delicate.Hadfield responded:Sometimes we hear pings as tiny rocks hit our spaceship, and also the creaks and snaps of expanding metal as we go in and out of sunlight. The solar panels are full of tiny holes from the micro-meteorites.To which the poser of the question replied: YouTube/Qronos16. My daughter Rhegan asks……. also, in anticipation of your AMA she has been talking about astronauts all morning and told her 3 year old sister, that you have to have a suit, and be in a rocket, and go up into space, before you can be an astronaut. what are your thoughts on her prerequisites?Commander Hadfield responded:To be an astronaut you have to be healthy (eat your greens and exercise), smart (do your homework), and trustworthy (do your jobs well). Then you get the suit and rocket. 8. I’m wondering how often do you hit your head off things on a daily basis?9. If you look at porn in space, do you get ads about hot single girls in lower earth’s orbit?Commander Hadfield didn’t answer.Sadface.7 things we learned when Arnold Schwarzenegger said “ask me anything”>Pic: This is what Dublin looks like from space>‘Weed? I’d legalise immediately’: Anonymous Garda invites people to ‘ask me anything’> Commander Hadfield does have a damn fine moustache, and there was one very popular suggestion for who should play him in the movies: This is Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation:Nice Ronnie (Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)4. Which part of the world looks coolest from space?Australia looks coolest – the colours and textures of the Outback are severely artistic…Here are some of Commander Hadfield’s pictures of the Outback from space:5. Quit throwing rocks at Russia. Assuming it wasn’t you did you notice any activity from your vantage point?We didn’t see the meteorite that did all the damage in Russia, as we were on the other side of the Earth. But I see small ones burn up between ISS and the earth every day. Whoa (YouTube/Screengrab)3. If you discover intelligent life, who should play you in the movie?
SEATTLE — Lawyers for a New York man who bought Costco’s Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Fish Oil have sued the company and manufacturer Trident Seafoods.The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit alleges that the dietary supplement contains less than half of the sought-after omega fatty acids that the labeling claims.The suit, which seeks class-action status, was filed this week on behalf of Norman Leibowitz in federal court in New York City.It claims the companies violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and state consumer protection laws.Neither Costco nor Seattle-based Trident Seafoods returned newspaper requests for comment.Fish oil is marketed for health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol, and maintaining cardiovascular health. The claims are not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.The complaint cites testing of the oil performed by two companies.
SEATAC (AP) — Two Boeing 787 Dreamliners took off Tuesday afternoon from Seattle-Tacoma airport, including the one grounded Monday by a maintenance issue.The Seattle Times reports All Nippon AIrways flew the 787 into Sea-Tac from Japan on Monday. It was the first of the new Boeing planes to land there. The plane took off on its return flight at 1:55 Tuesday, more than a day after scheduled.After a welcoming ceremony at the airport Monday, the plane was grounded by a faulty valve in the cooling system for the electronics bay.A second Dreamliner arrived at Sea-Tac from Tokyo on Tuesday morning, 77 minutes ahead of schedule.That flight also took off for its return to Japan on Tuesday afternoon.
Something for the weekend: Motivating employees upon their return from the Christmas break can require some creative thinking. However, US manufacturing organisation Bertch Cabinets has succeeded in ensuring staff are excited about the new year thanks to an organisation-wide cruise around the Caribbean.The week-long holiday, which will stop at exotic destinations such as the island of Cozumel, off the coast of Mexico, aims to reward the organisation’s 800 employees for meeting the customer-orientated and financial goals set by Gary Bertch, president and co-founder at Bertch Cabinets.Leaving on Sunday 8 January 2017, luggage-laden staff will fly directly to Miami and spend a night in a five-star hotel, before heading to the port on Monday 9 January to board the cruise ship.Bertch Cabinets announced the news in December on its Facebook page:“Bertch is excited to announce [an organisation-wide] vacation! We will be closing all facilities [on] January 9-13 so we can set sail for the sunny Caribbean! This trip wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our incredible Bertch associates! Happy Holidays, everyone!”Here at Employee Benefits, we could not believe that Bertch had previously taken staff on cruises to Acapulco and Hawaii too! We’re creating our destination wish list to pop in the workplace suggestions box…
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday ordered the police to lodge a FIR, within five days, against Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar, ex-Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and at least 70 others in a Rs 1,000 crore scam in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank. A division bench of Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari and Justice S.K. Shinde held that there was prima facie credible evidence and directed the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to initiate the proceedings invoking the relevant provisions of the laws. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us Besides the Pawar duo, the name of NCP state President Jayant Patil also figures, several other prominent politicians, government and bank officials who have been named in a PIL filed by a Mumbai-based activist Surinder M. Arora. They were accused of causing losses worth around Rs 1,000 crore to the state”s apex cooperative bank between 2007-2011. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Earlier, a quasi-judicial probe panel under the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, had blamed Pawars and the other accused in the matter. The National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) had also inspected and audited the MSCB, revealing flouting of various banking and Reserve Bank of India rules, while distributing loans to sugar factories and spinning mills, and the subsequent defaults on repayments and recoveries of the dues. Despite the probe reports and complaints lodged by Arora, no action or a FIR was filed in the matter after which he filed a PIL in the high court in 2015.
J.D. Salinger’s small-but-influential oeuvre is now available as a digital download.Little, Brown this week published e-book editions of the influential author’s four texts: “The Catcher In the Rye,” “Nine Stories,” “Franny and Zooey,” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”A recluse famous for his obsessively private life, Salinger’s aversion to technology kept his work offline for decades.Nearly 10 years after his death, though, son Matt—an actor and producer who helps run the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust—is changing all that.In hopes of making his father’s work accessible to new generations, the younger Salinger has finally brought these famous tales to digital readers worldwide.“This is the last chip to fall in terms of the classic works,” Terry Adams, vice president, digital and paperback publisher of Little, Brown, told The New York Times. “All of the other estates of major 20th century writers have made the move to e-books, but Matt has been very cautious.”J.D. Salinger (Photo Credit:Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images)“I hear his voice really clearly in my head,” the Salinger heir said, “and there’s no doubt in my mind about 96 percent of the decisions I have to make, because I know what he would have wanted.”Hence why you’ll probably never seen a big-screen adaptation of Holden Caulfield, or a tote bag emblazoned with the “Nine Stories” logo.“Things like e-books and audiobooks are tough, because he clearly didn’t want them,” Matt added.He began to reconsider the idea, though, about five years ago, when a woman wrote to him about a disability that makes it difficult for her to read printed books.Then, on a recent trip to China, Matt realized that many young people overseas read exclusively on digital services, and e-books may be his best chance to introduce his father’s writing to them.J.D. Salinger “was leery of many things,” Matt said, “but he had a profound love for his readers. He wouldn’t want people to not be able to read his stuff.”This fall, fans can visit the New York Public Library to see the first public exhibition of Salinger’s personal archives, including letters, family photographs, and the typescript for “The Catcher In the Rye”—complete with the author’s handwritten edits.Matt, only five when Salinger published his final story, “Hapworth 16, 1924,” is also working to release his father’s unprinted writing—a project estimated to take another five to seven years.“I wanted people to know that yes, he did keep writing, there’s a lot of material, and yes, it will be published,” he told the Times.Watch: Amazon Kindle ReviewMore on Geek.com:Dive Deeper Into Wizarding World With Harry Potter E-BooksMarvel Comics to Get Audiobook TreatmentGeek Pick: Amazon Kindle Oasis Is a Relaxing eReader Stay on target Dive Deeper Into Wizarding World With Harry Potter E-Books3D gesture-aware interface only requires one camera