Lady Bulldogs sweep way to PVL Collegiate crown

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Read Next Arellano gets PVL bronze, turns back Adamson BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Santiago validated her conference MVP plum with a 22-point outing, but she also got a lot of help from playmaker Jasmine Nabor, who dished out 45 excellent sets.Nabor, who also got six points, took home the Finals MVP award. She had 46 excellent sets in Game 1 on Wednesday.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 Lady Bulldogs smelled blood, entering the fourth set where they took control early, 17-10, and never letup.Jeannette Villareal and Czarina Carandang scored 10 points each for the Lady Tamaraws, who missed the services of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza anew. Pons and Atienza suited up in the UAAP beach volleyball finals where FEU fell short to the Golden Tigresses.NU also won the finals opener in four sets, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University put the exclamation point to what had been a dominant campaign after a 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, win over Far Eastern U sweep the in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Led by by Most Valuable player Jaja Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs also completed a perfect run after nine games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

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Amit Shah, Smriti Irani slam Rahul in Congress bastion

first_img(EDs: Combining related stories) By Arunav SinhaAmethi (UP), Oct 10 (PTI) BJP chief Amit Shah today took on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi, questioning him over development in the “Nehru-Gandhi family bastion” despite his three generations getting elected from here.Shah, joined by union minister Smriti Irani and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, slammed Gandhi for “mocking” at Gujarats development and said he “cannot see development as he sports Italian spectacles.”Addressing a public meeting here, the BJP chief said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Adiyanath will ensure all- round development of Amethi as also rest of the state. “You have trusted a family for 60 years, now trust BJP and Modi and you will not feel betrayed,” Shah told the gathering in the presence of Adityanath and Irani, who had lost to Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Amethi.He said there were two models of development here — a “Nehru-Gandhi model” and the “Modi model”.Amethi is known all over the world as a “Nehru-Gandhi family bastion” but there has been no development, he said.Responding to Gandhis repeated posers as to what the BJP had done during its rule, Shah said, “the Congress ruled the country for 70 years. I want to ask you that you have been MP here for a long time but why is there no collectors office, TB hospital and Akashwanis FM here? Erosion of land due to Gomti river has not been stopped.”He added that the BJP has “given a prime minister who speaks”.advertisementSlamming Gandhi for questioning development in Gujarat, Shah said, “He is mocking at the development in Gujarat. I want to ask Shahzada of the Congress as to what your three generations have given to Amethi? You sought account of our past three years but people of Amethi are taking account of works done here by your past three generations.” Taking a swipe at Gandhi, Shah said, “Rahul baba cannot see development as he sports Italian spectacles.”He said the Modi government had launched 106 schemes over the last three years and named some of those. “For the first time in 35-40 years, I am seeing that the winning candidate (Rahul Gandhi) remains missing from his constituency and a defeated candidate (Irani) is giving time to the people,” Shah said hailing the work being done in the area by Irani. “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will develop UP,” he asserted. Irani, while attacking Gandhi, said she wanted to address those who saw Amethi just from the point of view of votes.She said there is not even the Collectors office in Amethi.She said Gandhi used to talk about development in the country and abroad and is mocking at Gujarats development but the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation here has not returned land taken from farmers. “Rahul Gandhi, who used to talk about relief to farmers, did not return their land taken by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation here,” the Union minister for information and broadcasting and textiles said.Referring to the closure of a cycle factory called Samrat, she said, “… the country was surprised that the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, headed by Rahul, which did not do any commercial activities has purchased it. The land should be freed and given back to the farmers.”Irani had created a stir in 2015 when she accused the top Congress leadership of usurping nearly 65 acres of land acquired from farmers for setting up a manufacturing unit, Samrat Cycle, a project that never materialised.Noting that the BJP won four out of five seats during the 2017 assembly polls when Shah had come here, Irani said, “In 2019 (Lok Sabha polls) BJP will win here.” Irani led a high-voltage campaign against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in 2014. Gandhi secured 4,08,651 votes against Iranis 3,00,748. Though Irani lost to the Congress vice president in Amethi, she managed to reduce his victory margin from around 3.70 lakh in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014.Adityanath said, “We will leave no stone unturned in developing Amethi or for that matter the entire state.”He also said no son-in-law or son will be allowed to grab land in the state, but did not take any names. At todays meeting, a slew of projects were unveiled for Amethi and a number of foundation stones were laid, days after Rahul Gandhi had during his visit here accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of re- inaugurating the projects launched by the previous UPA regime in the district. PTI NAV ABN SMI AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Braves Darken Mets Knight, 1-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATLANTA — It wasn’t an easy decision to order a pinch-hitter for Julio Teheran after the right-hander allowed only one hit in seven scoreless innings.Pedro Ciriaco’s clutch hit made that tough call by Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez look good.Teheran outlasted Matt Harvey in an impressive matchup of right-handers, Ciriaco’s pinch-hit single in the seventh scored the only run and Atlanta shut out the New York Mets 1-0 on June 21 to complete a three-game sweep.Harvey (7-5) matched Teheran through six scoreless innings before giving up Ryan Lavarnway’s two-out double and Ciriaco’s run-scoring single up the middle.Teheran had thrown only 78 pitches and Atlanta’s bullpen has struggled this season, so it wasn’t an easy call for Gonzalez to bring Ciriaco off the bench.“I knew for sure if it was a runner on first base I would have let Julio hit,” Gonzalez said. “But once we get into scoring position, we’ve got to take a shot at it. We did and (Ciriaco) made me look good.”The Mets have lost five straight and scored no more than one run in four of the losses. It has made for a series of disappointments for New York’s starting pitchers.“We’re getting used to it, really,” said Mets Manager Terry Collins. “Some pretty good pitching and we can’t score. It’s a little frustrating for everybody. But Matt pitched a great game.”Teheran (5-3) improved to 4-0 at Turner Field. He allowed two walks — both to Curtis Granderson — with five strikeouts. He has a 2.35 ERA in home games and a 7.17 mark on the road.“It’s different when we play at home and I’ve got the motivation of the fans,” Teheran said.Right-hander Jim Johnson pitched out of a ninth-inning jam for his fourth save. Closer Jason Grilli was unavailable after earning saves in the first two games of the series.Granderson led off the ninth with a single to right field and moved to second on a bunt single by Juan Lagares. The runners held on Lucas Duda’s fly ball to left field. Michael Cuddyer hit into a double play to end the game.Eric Campbell snapped a 0-for-18 drought with a two-out double off Nick Masset in the eighth. Left-hander Dana Eveland struck out pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr.The game’s defensive highlight came in the second when center fielder Cameron Maybin raced toward second base before making a diving catch of Kevin Plawecki’s shallow fly ball.(CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Moto G6 Plus launched in India: Full specs, features, price and everything you need to know

first_imgMotorola just announced the Moto G6 Plus for India. The phone comes a few weeks after the Moto G6 and G6 Play. In many ways, this is a bigger, more powerful version of the Moto G6. Both the phones sport a similar design, but the Plus model offers a more upgraded hardware and a slightly bigger display. The G6 Plus is a mid-range offering that comes at a time when the segment is seeing some pretty fierce competition from the likes of the Poco F1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus. Does it have what it takes to impress you?The Moto G6 Plus touts a tall 18:9 display, a premium all-glass design, dual cameras and a nearly stock version of Android Oreo. Motorola is also highlighting a smart camera and serious performance under-the-hood. Here’s what you need to know.SpecificationsDisplay: The Moto G6 Plus sports a 5.9-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 630 chipset with Adreno 508 GPURAM: The phone will be offered with 6GB of RAMInternal storage: It will come with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable via a dedicated microSD card slotRear camera: The Moto G6 Plus sports a dual camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth-of-field support.Front camera: Up front, you get an 8-megapixel sensorBattery: The G6 Plus houses a 3,200mAh battery with turbopower charging supportSoftware: The phone will ship with a near stock Android Oreo out-of-the-boxadvertisementKey features– The Moto G6 lineup is all about delivering a premium look and feel. Much like the G6, the G6 Plus comes with a tall, immersive 18:9 display on the front and a 3D glass panel on the back. The glass curves around edges and the rear panel gives off an S-shaped pattern as light reflects on it. When we reviewed the Moto G6, we called it one of the best-looking phones under Rs 20,000. The G6 Plus should also deliver a similar design language.– The dual camera system on the Moto G6 Plus promises good low-light photography. The company is also touting a dual autofocus pixel technology for fast focus and depth effects. The cameras also get software-based features like selective black and white, spot colour and portrait mode. The front camera will also be used for facial recognition. Notably, the camera app will also get Google Lens that can be used to recognise objects and landmarks.– The 3,200mAh battery inside the G6 Plus should give you an all-day battery life. The phone also supports TurboPower fast charging with a 15W charger bundled with the box. The company promises hours of battery life with just a few minutes of charge.Moto G6 Plus India price and availabilityThe Moto G6 Plus has been priced at Rs 22,499. There is only one 6GB + 64GB variant of the device on offer. The phone goes on sale starting September 10 at leading mobile stores across India and online exclusively on Amazon India. The device will be available in Indigo Black colour. Launch offers include up to Rs 3,000 cashback on purchase of the device at stores using Paytm Mall app as well as No Cost EMIs. Jio customers can also enjoy benefits of up to Rs 4,450 through Jio cashback vouchers worth Rs 2,200, Cleartrip cashback vouchers worth Rs 1,250 and AJIO discount of Rs 1,000. The Jio offer will only be applicable on Rs 198 and Rs 299 plans.At this price point, the Moto G6 Plus will take on the Poco F1, Oppo F9 Pro, Vivo V11 Pro and Nokia 7 Plus to name a few. This will be a pretty tough challenge for the company since the specs on offer can be found in phones well below Rs 20,000.last_img read more

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SGT. BLUFF TO HOST PIONEER VALLEY DAYS

first_imgThe city of Sergeant Bluff will be celebrating its heritage Saturday with the 43rd annual Pioneer Valley Days.There will be a parade starting at 1st and South D Street and running north to 6th and D Street, finishing at Sergeant Square Drive.A BBQ Bash will take place at the Sgt. Bluff Community Center through the day, open to both professionals and amateurs.There’s also live music and in the afternoon there’s kids games and inflables at the soccer fieldA 33-mile bike ride starts around 7:30 a.m. at the city’s Recreation Complex at 903 Topaz Drive.Look for the horseshoe & sand volleyball tournaments and other activities too .————————–last_img read more

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Wenger expects inquiry after crowd chaos delays Arsenal-Cologne tie

first_imgApart from crowd ticketing and safety issues, there may also be a fine because of the flares the away fans lit during the game. In the days leading up to the match the two clubs had held discussions about the probability of an excess of away fans coming to London. “We were aware, there were lots of conversations in advance to try to avoid the situation of fans coming without tickets,” an Arsenal spokesman explained. Those conversations were not enough, though, to prevent the difficulties on the night. “The safest option is to play the game. We plough on and have a football match.”It was less than ideal preparation for the players. “We waited patiently in our dressing room,” said Wenger. “What was difficult is we had all sorts of plans to think about. Do we play tomorrow? What time? Do we play next week? But they have the Bundesliga and we have the League Cup. Do we move to Tuesday and play Thursday? There were all kind of speculation.”Once the game started, Arsenal toiled and went behind, only to recover to win 3-1 on the night. Arsène Wenger Cologne Arsenal caught on the hop as boozy Cologne fans make it an anxious night Play Video FC Köln fans march parade around Oxford Circus ahead of Arsenal clash – video Share on LinkedIn “When I saw the pictures I thought we cannot take the gamble to play the game. At some stage I thought we will not play because I can’t see the police taking any risks. We live in society of 100% security. Our supporters dealt with the situation well.”Wenger’s counterpart from Cologne refused point blank to make any meaningful remarks about it. “No comment about the fans,” offered Peter Stöger. “I am the coach and my job is the team and not the fans.” A spokesman for the German club added: “We will inform ourselves and officially talk about that in future days.”In the couple of hours leading up to the original scheduled kick-off time of 8.05pm it was obvious there was a challenging situation to manage outside the stadium. Fans had been congregating in Islington since mid-afternoon. news Read more Barney Ronay at the Emirates Stadium 0:37 Topics Europa Leaguecenter_img Read more Reuse this content Share on Pinterest The Metropolitan Police closed the main bridges that form major access points to the stadium concourse around two hours before kick-off, and with thousands of Cologne supporters filling the bridges and causing serious congestion it became difficult for the fans with tickets to get anywhere near the turnstiles. There were four arrests on the night and the police called in extra resources. The clubs and authorities decided that the “safest option” was to play the game rather than attempt to disperse the crowd. The next complication was segregation and it seemed as if the decision was made to attempt to direct all the visiting fans to the Clock End of the ground. This led to Arsenal fans with tickets in that area having to move without much clear direction as to where they should head. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Arsenal Share on Messenger Alexis Sánchez soothes nerves after Cologne and fans give Arsenal a fright Arsène Wenger expects a Uefa inquiry into the chaotic scenes that forced a one-hour delay to the kick-off of Arsenal’s Europa League match against Cologne on Thursday night. Overcrowding around the Emirates Stadium, with an estimated 20,000 visiting fans in London far outnumbering the official allocation of 3,000 tickets, created a complex and dangerous environment as the match approached.“Only they know the facts to analyse what happened. They should certainly make an inquiry to find out what happened, for sure,” said Wenger afterwards. “There were certainly more people here than had tickets. We left that to the police. I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans. Did they go through membership or the internet? I don’t know but they did it very well. Share via Emaillast_img read more

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It is Max Gradel’s world and Toulouse are living in it … dangerously

first_img3Lyon281450 Angry Bayern let it all out and nudge Dortmund off their throne 10Strasbourg281038 While his colleagues were perhaps not of the same standard, Galtier famously squeezing the best from middling resources, Gradel handled the pressure expertly. Although Saint-Étienne repeatedly fell short of the top three, Gradel’s match-winning displays convinced Bournemouth to spend £7m to acquire his services. Without Gradel, Saint-Étienne were noticeably diminished with his leadership, goals and consistency very difficult to replace.Having ruptured a knee ligament on his full Premier League home debut, when Gradel eventually returned to fitness he found himself on the fringes and bereft of confidence, rhythm and form. Unable to assert himself on the south coast, having discussed a move with a number of Ligue 1 clubs, Gradel joined Les Violets at the start of last season under the stewardship of the inspirational, if one-dimensional, Pascal Dupraz.Dupraz had somehow kept Toulouse in the division a year earlier, having joined with a 10-point gap to safety with 10 games to play, but his ferocious man management and aggressive intensity had quickly worn off. The club meekly dropped down the table after a lightning start the following year and the onus was on Gradel to perform and lead upon arrival. Perhaps encapsulating his Toulouse career, the Ivorian forward bagged the opening goal on his debut at Parc des Princes, underlining his quality and fearlessness.Toulouse went on to endure a disastrous campaign. Dupraz was replaced by his assistant Mickaël Debève as the team slumped to 18th in the table, which would have relegated them a year previously, but they instead became the first beneficiary of the relegation play-offs. Their opponents Ajaccio were without various suspended players and were forced to play their home leg in Montpellier behind closed doors after a lengthy brawl in the previous round. Gradel’s superb free-kick opened the scoring and inspired a 4-0 aggregate win. European club football Read more 14Nantes27-331 Members of the ultra group,Les Indians Tolosa, protest at the weekend. Photograph: Rémy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Despite the slight improvement in results, all is not well at the Stade Municipal. Ultra group, Les Indians Tolosa, who placed ‘wanted’ posters featuring club president Olivier Sadran (supposedly “the killer of passion”) around the ground this weekend and staged a protest over repeatedly poor results during the narrow defeat of Guingamp. “Weary and resigned”, according to an Indians statement, the opening 20 minutes were boycotted while a sarcastic minute’s worth of applause was held in the 40th, the average number of points that the club has finished with since the 2014/15 season.Although 86% of fans polled on LesViolets.com want Casanova sacked, the manager has remained diplomatic stating his “situation is secondary to that of the team and that his squad were very concerned about the future of the club’’, nevertheless his stay beyond the summer remains unlikely. Despite joyous dressing room scenes after the win over Guingamp depicting a united squad, if they lose the player wearing the armband, they may have little else to celebrate for the foreseeable future.Talking Points• After 28 games last season, Lille sat second bottom. A prohibitively youthful squad lacking in confidence and direction after Marcelo Biesla’s disastrous spell seemed doomed to relegation with the incoming Christophe Galtier, who had rescued and rejuvenated Saint-Étienne nearly a decade before, appearing unable to repeat the feat. Lille are now second top at the same stage. Galtier has carefully added experience, cajoled consistency from talented youngsters and enjoyed the explosion of Nicolas Pépé. The Ivorian’s late strike, his 17th in Ligue 1, secured another win at Saint-Étienne and a seven-point gap to third. Few in world football have had a better year than Galtier.• Upon promotion, Reims were organised and stubborn, but rarely captivating. That mattered little to David Guion as wins over Marseille and Lyon propelled this team towards Europe. Now, however, SDR are starting to evolve. Kosovan midfielder Arber Zeneli’s arrival from Heerenveen, where he had reached double figures for assists, has been a revelation. His vision, pace and eye for goal have proven uncontrollable; creating three and scoring two in his last four, as Reims netted nine in that undefeated run. Despite a frustrating draw at Dijon this weekend, Zeneli (24) equalising, with top scorer Rémi Oudin (23), striker Boulaye Dia (22) and gifted midfielder Mathieu Cafaro (21) all on form, Reims’ vibrant new attack is one to watch.• Since winning Ligue 1 in 2009, Bordeaux have struggled. Lately relegation form has resulted in mid-season sackings. Willy Sagnol, Jocelyn Gourvennec and Gus Poyet were all party to this vicious cycle. With American investors GACP now on board and general manager, Ricardo Gomes, dismissed with Les Girondins again struggling, former Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa was unveiled this weekend. Sousa’s first task will be to reinvigorate an exasperated fan base, but longer term he will be expected to push for Europe while coalescing with the focus on youth development. Although he will be afforded greater resources, this will be a tough and lengthy project. The next implosion may again be just a few months away. Thank you for your feedback. Show Moise Kean’s explosive return offers Juve secret weapon against Atlético Pinterest 6St Etienne28243 Share on Twitter 8Rennes27340 2Lille282257 11Nimes27-236 1PSG266471 4Marseille28947 PosTeamPGDPts 9Nice28-840 13Bordeaux28-333 Monaco 1-1 Bordeaux, Dijon 1-1 Reims, Amiens 2-1 Nimes, Strasbourg 2-2 Lyon, Marseille 1-0 Nice, Rennes 3-1 Caen, Toulouse 1-0 Guingamp, St Etienne 0-1 Lille, Montpellier 2-2 Angerscenter_img Share on WhatsApp Hide Share on Messenger 20Guingamp28-3319 Quick guide Ligue 1 results Share on Pinterest 18Dijon27-2021 17Monaco28-1527 7Montpellier28742 Was this helpful? 19Caen28-1620 5Reims28343 Topics Twitter Guardian Sport Network 12Angers28035 Read more Share on Facebook Facebook features 16Amiens28-1928 Having started the year in the bottom two, Gradel leading his team to safety had become a theme, while those around him wilted. Although Gradel’s eight strikes made him the club’s top Ligue 1 scorer, his unexciting statistics conceal the influence he had on the team; dictating play, leading by example, initiating attacks, maintaining possession under pressure and leading less experienced players through difficult games. Gradel quietly sacrificed himself for the team.However, having been made captain, Gradel has assumed responsibility for just about everything since. A bizarre decision to reinstate Alain Casanova, who left with the club fighting relegation in 2015, as coach this summer has seen the team fail to kick on. Without their talisman’s 10 goals and four assists to date, Toulouse, who currently sit 15th and clear of danger, would likely be in the bottom three.Toulouse have Gradel’s goals, assists and influence to thank for a host of points they barely deserved. A late Gradel equaliser against 19th placed Caen two weeks ago saved TFC from being sucked back into the relegation fight, while another late leveller secured a creditable draw with Reims last month. A brace away at second place Lille to win 2-1 in December, a goal and assist in saving a point against strugglers Dijon two weeks before and another equaliser in a fortunate 1-1 at Strasbourg before Christmas all underline the forward’s importance and were pivotal in setting up a relatively stress free run-in. 15Toulouse28-1531 With modern football characterised by intensity and collective ideals, for a team to be completely dominated by one player is rare. But few clubs across European football are as dependent on one man as Toulouse are on Max Gradel. After years of scrapping a Ligue 1 existence via miraculous escapes and relegation play-offs, the potential loss of the Ivorian this summer could signal disaster at the Stade Municipal.Talismanic status is not new for Gradel. Before a misadventure with Bournemouth, his time at Saint-Étienne under Christophe Galtier, now coaching Lille, focused on one thing: qualifying for the Champions League. Ligue 1’s most successful ever club, Saint-Étienne are a proud and historic outfit with a raucous fan base, but forays into Europe’s premier club competition have been rare of late. With Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and others gone, Gradel became the epicentre of Les Verts’ hopes. Ligue 1last_img read more

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10 months agoYan Valery proud of Southampton breakthrough

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Yan Valery proud of Southampton breakthroughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveYan Valery is delighted to have made his debut for Southampton.The 19-year-old right back has graduated from Saints’ under-23 side to regular first team action in the space of six weeks. He told the Daily Echo: “Obviously, I wanted to become the first choice right back at Southampton.“I can’t say I could see it coming, but I was ready and waiting for it. It’s been amazing.“I’ve worked hard in the under-23’s and we were doing great this season. I wanted to improve myself and become a better player.“I’ve been playing a lot and the manager has shown me that he trusts me, so I’ve been really pleased with it.“I just wanted to give it back on the pitch, so it’s been really good.“If you are the first choice right-back in the Premier League then you can start thinking about the national team as well.“I’ve got a lot of dreams and targets but the main one was to be the first choice right-back at this club.“It’s been a really big month for me and my family, they are really proud of it.” last_img read more

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Photos: Nebraska Wearing Custom Gold And Orange DLillard1 Sneakers For 3rd Annual #AveryStrong Game

first_imgAvery Strong hashtag for Nebraska.Twitter/@TMAG1CFormer Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman now coaches at New Mexico, but the Huskers are still supporting his son Avery’s battle with leukemia. Today, when Nebraska hosts Michigan, it will have its third annual #AveryStrong game. Students will be wearing #AveryStrong shirts, and NBA star Damian Lillard is providing the team with gold and orange DLillard1 sneakers, which represent pediatric cancer and leukemia awareness.Shout out to @HuskerHoops and what they are doing to support pediatric cancer and young Avery today. #AveryStrong pic.twitter.com/Fj1YoCB7m2— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016Avery Harriman is only 8 years old, but has battled and beaten childhood leukemia 3 times. #AveryStrong— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016The #miadidas #DLillard1 and tees @huskerhoops will wear today have gold for pediatric cancer and orange for leukemia. #AveryStrong— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016Here is more on #AveryStrong from Nebraska:To honor the fight that Avery has gone through, the first 500 students at Saturday’s game will receive an #AveryStrong shirt provided by Husker IMG Sports Marketing, turning the Red Zone gold on Saturday. The gold shirt symbolizes pediatric cancer, while the orange is the color for leukemia, symbolizing Avery’s battle. Fans between the ages of 18 and 44 can sign up on Saturday to join the national bone marrow registry, as volunteers will be on hand to swab the cheeks of potential bone marrow donors. Any fan who signs up for the Bone Marrow Registry on Saturday will receive a free #AveryStrong T-shirt. In addition, information will be available to fans about the National Marrow Donor Program. Avery and other children battling pediatric cancer will be special guests of the Husker basketball program on Saturday and be recognized during pregame and halftime ceremonies.This is an amazing move by the program to continue to support Avery and the Harriman family, even after Chris moved on to another school.last_img read more

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Prospects Remain Strong for Stabilized Origin BioMed

first_imgHomegrown life-sciences business Origin BioMed has increased monthly sales, and with new leadership, is about to ramp up an aggressive marketing campaign across North America. The company is raising $1 million for the push, including a $350,000 equity investment from Nova Scotia Business Inc., which will become shares in the company. In February, Origin BioMed restructured and brought in new management. “Anyone who understands business, understands there are ups and downs,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Origin BioMed has made significant improvements, and Nova Scotia is supporting its turnaround and continued success.” NSBI, a shareholder in the Origin BioMed, first made an equity investment in the company in 2007 and has invested $6,578,000 in the company overall. The latest investment will help maintain and support the growth of a knowledge-based health care company in Nova Scotia. “The company has made significant improvements in its financial management and presented NSBI with a sound business strategy to return to profitability,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “We’re focused on the public investment already made in Origin BioMed and ensuring it is positioned for growth.” The company manufactures health care products to manage neuropathic pain, such as the tingling, burning, stabbing and shooting pain often associated with diabetes. Its primary product is Neuragen, which is sold at more than 20,000 retail stores in Canada and the U.S., including Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid, McKesson Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. “Origin BioMed, today, is a much different company than the Origin BioMed of six months ago,” said Carlo Shimoon, executive chairman of Origin BioMed’s board. “We have a highly experienced leadership team that has been able to stabilize the company. Origin BioMed, is a small business with a large distribution network, and employs six full-time and four part-time staff.” Origin BioMed, Inc. is a privately held Canadian consumer health products company with business operations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in Halifax, Origin BioMed Inc. manufactures health products with the highest quality active ingredients, at therapeutic levels, with evidence of scientific or clinical efficacy since 2001. Its leading drug product, Neuragen, helps relieve pain caused by diabetic nerve damage. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca .last_img read more

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Amazon ambassadors flood Twitter with fake messages Report

first_imgSan Francisco: There has been a surge in Amazon employees’ accounts on Twitter who are praising the e-commerce giant, the workplace and its policies on the platform, creating suspicion among former workers whether this is actually the case. The employees — known as “fulfillment centre (FC) ambassadors” — have flooded Twitter in recent times, tweeting about how much they love working at Amazon, the Vice reported on Friday. “The accounts are spread across the world, with users not just based in the US but Spain, the UK, Germany and elsewhere too,” the report said. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “I suffer from depression too, and at one point I wanted to quit Amazon. But I realized it was my fault for the problems I was dealing with, and not Amazon’s. I’m allowed to talk to people, but sometimes I don’t want to. Now I have some great coworkers to pass the nights with,” tweeted Hannah, an Amazon FC Ambassador. Another Twitter account by the name of @AmazonFCRafael tweeted: “It’s true that our managers don’t have the power to improve our wages, but they can help and look out for employees like me on doing the job that we do. The wages of the FC is $15-$17/hr, with good benefits and paid tuition for school”. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India However, some former Amazon ambassadors aren’t convinced by the new claims. “That account you linked to seemed suspiciously fake. Like they hired a PR person to work as an associate for a bit or something,” one former ambassador told Motherboard. “You’d never expect to see a FedEx or UPS factory worker making posts about how great it is to work there,” the ex-Amazon ambassador added. Amazon said the accounts were indeed controlled by full-time employees. “These accounts are run by FC employees who understand what it’s actually like to work in our FCs,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. Motherboard found the vast majority of accounts posted tweets using a social media management tool called “Sprinklr”. “It appears that many of the FC Ambassador accounts are linked to an Amazon email address specifically created for handling part of the FC’s social media presence.” Amazon last year created a series of Twitter accounts for its “FC ambassadors”. “The ambassadors tweeted about the plentiful bathroom breaks offered them by their employer with a false cheer common to hostages. In exchange for their testimony, the workers reportedly received one additional paid day off, and a $50 gift card,” reports The Verge. Amazon has been criticised for “poor working practices” at its fulfillment centres. In July, Amazon workers and activists took to the streets as the retail giant’s biggest sales event of the year, Prime Day, kicked off. The workers voiced opposition protesting the company’s general culture, working conditions, pay and benefits. Activists said that workers at Amazon face long hours with few bathroom breaks and do not get a living wage.last_img read more

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Dhoni has proved age is just a number says Kohli

first_imgDharamsala: India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday yet again showered praise on M.S. Dhoni, saying there is no replacement for experience for the 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman who has, on many instances, shown that age is just a number. Following the World Cup in England, Dhoni first made himself unavailable for the limited-overs series against the West Indies and then opted out of the T20I series against South Africa beginning Sunday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Experience is always going to matter whether you like it or not. Many players have proven in the past that age is just a number and even Dhoni has done that a lot in his career,” Kohli told reporters on the eve of the first T20I. “One thing great about him is that he thinks for Indian cricket. When to stop playing cricket, is completely an individual decision. No one should give opinions regarding the matter,” he added. Voices have grown in the cricket fraternity for Dhoni’s retirement following the World Cup where he was criticised heavily for his slow batting. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later In the recent times, Kohli added fuel to Dhoni’s retirement speculations after he posted a picture with Dhoni on Instagram. The 30-year-old remembered 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia and said that Dhoni made him run like in fitness test. However, Kohli was quick to clear the intention behind that social media post and said: “I did not have anything on my mind, I was just sitting at my home and I just uploaded the picture. It became news. It is a lesson for me about what I think about myself, the world does not necessarily see it that way.” “That game is very special, I have not openly talked about it so that is why I uploaded the picture but people took it otherwise,” he added. Following that post from Kohli, netizens were quick to draw conclusions and rumours about Dhoni’s retirement flooded the internet. But, later, BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad cleared the air, saying that the rumours were untrue and that the board was not aware about such news. Talking about the upcoming series, Kohli said the team management wants to give opportunities to guys who have been performing well in the domestic circuit with a roadmap to build the team for next year’s World T20. “We wanted to give opportunities to players who have done well for the past two years in the domestic circuit and T20 cricket in the IPL. It is about finding the best possible balance we can for the side and not necessarily stick to one particular type of balance. If other teams can bat till number nine, so why cannot we? Whatever decisions are made, they are made looking at the future,” Kohli added. “The first two to three T20I series will help us assess every situation. Definitely the roadmap for T20 World Cup in 2020 is on our mind. It is an exciting prospect looking at the new bunch of guys in our lineup,” he added.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia kicks off New Years Day polar bear dips in spite

first_imgHALIFAX – Organizers cancelled two New Year’s Day polar bear dips in Ontario because of the frigid temperatures, but not even a layer of ice could stop hundreds of people from plunging into the freezing waters of Herring Cove, N.S.Just hours before it was scheduled to begin, organizers of the Courage Polar Bear Dip in Oakville, Ont., announced they were calling off the event because of “significant” ice and rock movement that would have made the plunge unsafe.They said it was the first time in 33 years the event had been cancelled.Toronto organizers cancelled their New Year’s Day plunge on Sunday.In spite of the extreme cold warnings issued by Environment Canada that covered much of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and southern Quebec, many events went ahead.The dip outside Halifax was only delayed a few minutes while a boat chipped away at a sheet of ice covering the cove.Once the water was cleared, 83-year-old Arnie Ross took the inaugural leap with “2018” scrawled across his chest.The crowd chanted his name as Ross clawed up the icy ladder. He said the water was every bit as refreshing as it had been for his past 21 jumps.“Twenty-two years,” he exclaimed, flexing his muscles for the crowd.Robert Garnier said he has braved snowstorms, pounding surf and biting winds in his 27 years taking the plunge, a New Year tradition he said he inherited from his late father.“He said, ‘How you live this day is how you live the rest of your year,’” said Garnier. “I start it with a bang and look at it like a rebirth, if you will, or a baptism to 2018.”About 250 jumpers followed the octogenarian into the ice-cold water, organizers said, including children as young as 10, international students and burly men donning Hawaiian skirts and kilts.While temperatures were frigid across most of the country, hundreds of dippers across B.C.’s South Coast were greeted with sunshine and a high of 4 C.Garett Clayton took his first polar bear dip in Victoria.“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” he said. “My parents did it a long time ago and I just thought it was the coolest thing ever.”Wearing a festive Santa hat, veteran dipper Monica Flexhaug said she was taking part for the third time.“2018 is going to be a great year, might as well start it great and chipper,” she said.last_img read more

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Book on motherhood aims to give moms support when they struggle and

first_imgNORTH GRENVILLE, Ont. – Motherhood isn’t easy. Women around the world are expected to balance raising their children and personal and career growth, all while maintaining a Pinterest-perfect living space.And talking about their struggles that happen behind closed doors is taboo and stigmatized. One woman is aiming to open the doors for moms to share their struggles and find support from people just like them.Author and art therapist Anne Walsh has released her newest book–Out of the Mouth of Moms, from the Trenches of Motherhood— just in time for Mother’s Day, in hopes of giving other mothers something of a support group.“As an art therapist, I have a studio in our barn and I decided to start working with moms–with women in general, but I had a lot of moms coming in,” said Walsh, describing how her book came to be.“And they would come in looking like they had everything under control. There was no indication that they were struggling. But they would come in and start telling me all these doubts they had or that they had failed–that they screamed at their kid this morning or that they missed an appointment or that they worked and couldn’t go to their kid’s play. Or something like that.”It was then Walsh says she realized moms are more alike than they might know.“Because we don’t talk, we don’t know that we’re all struggling! That visual of all these moms in their homes individually struggling, feeling isolated–it was painful to think of that,” she said.“But what if we just talked? What if we actually stopped pretending and we just said, ‘I’m having a really hard day. It’s much harder than I thought and I could really use a friend right now’? Maybe the person two doors down is having a great day and they can come over and they can be your person to talk to. And when they’re struggling, they can feel comfortable coming over and saying ‘I’m really struggling today’ and we can help each other that way… as opposed to crying in the shower and then going out with your makeup done and your hair done and smiling and pretending everything is hunky dory when it’s not.”Book cover of ‘Out of the Mouth of Mothers’ by Anne Walsh. (SOURCE: Anne Walsh)Walsh hopes her book, which is a collection of other mother’s stories of their struggles and their triumphs, will help moms also having a tough time realize they are not alone.“What we struggle with might be different…but if we look at what we’re doing–we’re all doing the same thing. We just want to do the best job we possibly can raising our children so they grow up to be well-adjusted children.”On top of that, there’s very little recognition, validation, or support for moms.Walsh says that there should be a designated support system for mothers, built into everyday things. She uses the example of going to the gym.“I wanted to work out and there was no gym in my area that had a daycare attached. Some gyms have that but that wasn’t an option where I lived. And I remember I couldn’t go work out [because of that]… It would be nice to know that in your community you can go and work out somewhere where they’re taking care of your child so you can do that and not organize daycare or a babysitter or whatever, just to get out the door. And the same goes for groceries.”Every mom has a nightmare story of their child throwing a tantrum in aisle five and they have to decide if they should power through the rest of their trip or if they need to abandon their cart and return to the sanctuary of their car. Part of the book includes a few concrete ideas and tangible changes communities make to better support parents, like adding a daycare or supervised play place parents can leave their kids in while they grocery shop.Those changes are welcome ideas for Jennifer Luckhardt, first-time mom to a five-month-old girl. She hopes that some employers will take a look at being more flexible and supportive for parents.“Women are set up to fail. I know that things are getting better for women in terms of jobs and stuff, but what if I want to stay at home [longer]?” Luckhardt says with her job, her schedule is inconsistent with shifts that flip flop, making being a working mom difficult.“Now, I am lucky, because my company is looking into helping me working from home, which they didn’t do before. And other jobs won’t do that.” And it goes beyond the workplace, says Luckhardt, adding support systems in general need to be stepped up.“When you become a mother, if you don’t want to go back to work and you want to raise your own child, you are only a mother now. I am struggling so much to maintain my identity and it is so difficult,” she said, adding there are still other people who may not have the supportive families that she does.“My identity is so important [to me]. I was so afraid to lose who I was and just become ‘mom’. I have so many goals, but when you become a mother you have so little support that your only goal becomes your child–and that’s wonderful for some people–but I want to be something for me and I want to progress, but that’s so difficult to do on my own. But western society expects us to do it on our own.”She echoes Walsh, saying there’s a lot of stuff she wants to do, but can’t tackle some personal goals due to a lack of societal support. “We idolize maternal sacrifice, but at what cost? Why aren’t we concerned about a mother’s happiness?”Luckhardt also wants to eventually see the stigma surrounding the title of stay-at-home mom be broken down.Some of the proceeds of the sales of Walsh’s book will go to helping moms in need in her community south of Ottawa.last_img read more

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Magic Johnson Addresses The Nations High School Dropout Rate

first_imgIn an effort to increase the number of former dropouts receiving their high school diploma, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, two-time NBA Hall-of-Famer and business titan, is making new friendships to take action in addressing the high school dropout epidemic.This new organization, called Friends of Magic, will be a network of individuals, foundations and companies whose mission is to provide Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy students who are at risk or have dropped out the resources and assistance they need to not only graduate high school, but the opportunity to build their future through educational resources, internships and real world experiences.“As many as one quarter of our nation’s students are not finishing high school,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “Our goal is to ensure that no student falls through the cracks, and that all students have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”According to Natalie Williams, Vice-President of Strategic Alliances, the intent behind the Friends of Magic organization is to be a thought leader in dropout recovery and prevention solutions by providing valuable educational resources in urban areas. The resources received will be directed to provide scholarships, internships and program enhancements for students who attend the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies across the country.Williams also stated that in addition to securing resources, the Friends of Magic organization plans to recruit legions of volunteers to drive the dropout recovery and prevention mission at a grassroots level.“Our goal is to see more young people reach their fullest potential,” said Williams. “Friends of Magic will put the resources where they are needed the most. This includes providing scholarships, mentoring programs, and internships that propel each and every high school graduate toward their goals.”To officially launch the Friends of Magic movement nationally, Magic Johnson is hosting a press conference in Chicago.The very first “friend” of the Friends of Magic organization is Chicago-native rapper/actor Common. The hip-hop star will participate in the press conference and lend his support to the movement.“I have always admired Magic’s commitment to bring business and services to our community. In Chicago, the violence is so bad that we all need to band together whenever possible to provide real alternatives and give young people a reason to hope and to dream for a brighter future for themselves,” Common said. “I think this opportunity is a step in that direction for so many students. I’m honored to be a part of the launch of Friends of Magic and to work with Magic, through Common Ground Foundation, to do what we can for our youth in Chicago.”last_img read more

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Health Canada gives short notice for temporary closure of 2 nursing stations

first_imgAPTN National NewsHealth Canada gave two remote First Nations a two-day notice that their nursing stations would close temporarily according to a statement released Thursday by Nishnabe Aski Nation (NAN) Thursday.According to the statement, Health Canada plans to close the stations in Keewaywin First Nation and Summer Beaver (Nibinamik First Nation) until mid-September. It’s not clear why the stations are being temporarily closed but according to NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler it seems that staffing shortages are the reason.“It is unacceptable that two of our remote communities were given as little as two days’ notice that their nursing stations will be temporarily closed and that the few nurses in their communities would be pulled out as soon as today,” said Fiddler in the release. “We recognize the challenges Health Canada is facing with the recruitment and retention of qualified nursing staff, but giving our leaders such short notice that their only health care services are closing, even on a temporary basis, is intolerable.Fiddler said that Canada wanted to put in place an “alternative service delivery plan” until a solution could be found.“It is unacceptable for remote and isolated First Nations to face the possibility of their nursing stations closing, even temporarily, and I strongly disagree with Health Canada’s reliance on alternative sites for health care access and telemedicine as temporary solutions,” said Deputy Grand Chief Jason Smallboy. “Residents of remote fly-in communities cannot simply drive to neighbouring communities.”Health Canada had not responded to requests for comment as of the posting of this story.But NDP Indigenous Affairs critic Charlie Angus said this is not the way to move forward with reconciliation.“NAN declared a health state of emergency and the government ignored them for months,” wrote Charlie Angus in a statement to APTN National News. “People have been dying from a lack of the most basic medical services. And this government’s response to the crisis is to send two days’ notice that they will be shutting down nursing stations in remote fly-in communities?”Angus said the move flies in the face of the Liberal’s promise of a “new relationship” with Indigenous people, adding “it’s simply more of the same old, same old disinterest that we saw with the last government.”last_img read more

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La Provincia Iran Colludes with Polisario to Destabilize North Africa

Rabat – The Islamic Republic of Iran is reportedly growing its geostrategic weight in Africa, using Hezbollah to “destabilize North Africa.”According to Spanish newspaper La Provincia, Tehran’s geopolitics in recent months suggest a long-term plan to establish a strategic stronghold in North Africa, a region traditionally allied with Washington on security, especially in the fight against terrorism.“Iran colluding with Polisario to wreak havoc in North Africa,” the newspaper headlined its report, backing Morocco’s claim that Iran is using its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to train and equip the Polisario Front, the secessionist militia in Western Sahara. On May 1, Morocco made headlines in diplomatic circles with a brisk announcement that it was immediately severing diplomatic ties with Tehran. In a statement explaining Rabat’s move, Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s foreign affairs minister, said that Moroccan security cameras had garnered “strong evidence” that Tehran-backed Hezbollah was providing guerilla training and heavy weaponry to the Polisario Front. “We have strong [and indisputable] proof, including names and specific incidents, that indicate that Hezbollah is logistically and strategically supporting the Polisario Front,” Bourita said. He explained that “Hezbollah sent military officials to Tindouf,” the Polisario Front’s de facto capital, “provided the front with weapons, and trained its troops on urban warfare.”American Support for Morocco’s Position in Western Sahara Following Morocco’s denunciation of Iran’s alleged desire to destabilize Morocco and undermine its interests, the US expressed support for its North African ally. Rabat, as a bastion of anti-terrorism, sociopolitical stability, and “tolerant Islam,” is Washington’s surest ally in a traditionally unstable North African region, Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon analyst, wrote in the aftermath of Rabat’s move to sever ties with Iran.Citing a more recent case of senior US lawmakers supporting Morocco in its diplomatic and ideological rift with Iran, La Provincia quoted Congressman Joe Wilson as saying that Iran is known for financially backing “terrorist” groups like Hezbollah and providing them with logistical support.The Spanish newspaper added that, like Congressman Wilson, a number of legislators in Washington think Iran-Hezbollah-Polisario collusion in North Africa is hardly surprising. Iran, they reportedly argue, has a vetted interest in undermining not only American strategic interests, but also those of US allies.As the US fears that Tehran may establish a North African security backdoor via the insecure and porous borders under the control of the Polisario Front, La Provincia explained, Washington is increasingly pushing for a politically negotiated peace in the Western Sahara territorial dispute.And while the US’s desire to thwart the Iranian threat in North Africa is primarily grounded in a need to secure America’s strategic interests, the US genuinely believes that Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara is “credible, serious, and realistic,” La Provincia concluded. read more

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TD Bank hikes dividend as earnings beat market expectations

TORONTO — TD Bank’s first-quarter net income fell seven per cent from a year earlier to $2.35 billion as a result of special items but its adjusted earnings came in ahead of analyst estimates.Removing the impact of a $405 million charge related to U.S. tax reform and other items, the Canadian lender had $2.946 billion, or $1.56 per share, in adjusted diluted earnings per share.That was up 15 per cent from a year earlier and above the analyst estimate of $1.46 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters.Laurentian Bank says progress being made on problematic mortgagesScotiabank hikes dividend amid solid earnings as international banking focus pays offRoyal Bank’s mortgage juggernaut shows little sign of slowingThe bank says its quarterly payment to common shareholders will increase seven cents or 11.7 per cent to 67 cents per share.TD Bank is the last of Canada’s six biggest lenders to report its results for the fiscal first quarter ended Jan. 31.Like the others, the bank’s earnings got a lift from strong growth at home and internationally.Its Canadian retail banking arm reported net income of $1.757 billion, up 12 per cent from a year ago, while its U.S. retail banking arm posted a 19 per cent jump in net income to $952 million.“Our businesses continued to deliver good revenue growth this quarter and we further accelerated our innovation agenda by investing in capabilities to make the Bank successful well into the future,” said Bharat Masrani, TD’s chief executive officer in a statement. read more

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Sri Lanka to draft new laws to implement Ottawa Convention

Commonly known as the Ottawa Treaty, the Convention was concluded by the Diplomatic Conference on an International Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Land Mines at Oslo, Norway on 18th September 1997. There are currently 163 State Parties to the Treaty This month the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention came into effect for Sri Lanka as of 1 June 2018.As of this date and in accordance with treaty provisions, Sri Lanka undertook to “never, under any circumstances, use, produce or transfer anti-personnel mines.” In addition, Sri Lanka has undertaken to destroy its stockpiled mines within the next four years, remove anti-personnel mines from affected areas within the next ten, and committed to assist victims and survivors of these weapons to live on an equal basis with other members of society. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is to draft new laws to implement the Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction.Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorala to advice the Legal Draftsman to drat legislations enabling the provisions of the convention in Sri Lanka. The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka last year deposited the Instrument of Accession to the Ottawa Treaty at the Treaty Section of the United Nations in New York. read more

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Are The Giants Sneaking Up On Us Again

In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

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