Mercury rises in Kashmir Valley, Jammu region

first_imgA day after clocking the lowest minimum temperature in a decade, mercury across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, rose by several degrees due to overcast conditions.The night temperature across Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region improved by several degrees on Firday night due to cloudy skies, the Meteorological Department said.In Jammu region, the night temperature also showed a marked improvement even as the weatherman forecast light snowfall in the higher reaches in the next 24 hours.Mercury, at most places in the valley, settled above the freezing point, providing residents some relief from the cold.Gulmarg the ski-resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius and Pahalgam which is one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, registered the minimum of minus 0.2 degree Celsius .Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded the minimum temperature of 1.3 degrees Celsius, up by over four degrees from previous night’s minus 3.1 degrees Celsius, the official said.On the previous night, the city had experienced the lowest night temperature during past 10 years in the month of November.The mercury in Qazigund and Kokernag towns in south Kashmir settled at a low of 0.2 degree Celsius and 1.2 degrees Celsius respectively, he said.Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of 0.1 degree Celsius while Leh, in Ladakh region, recorded a low of minus 10.6 degrees Celsiu, an increase of over two notches, the official said.The minimum temperature in the nearby Kargil town settled at a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, up nearly four degrees, the official said.The MeT Department has forecast light rains or snowfall at isolated places in the state over few days from today.The minimum temperature in Jammu settled at 8.2 degrees Celsius. Mercury in Banihal, the gateway town to Jammu region, rose by almost four notches to settle at 7 degrees Celsius.The nearby Batote town recorded a low of 7.1 degrees while Katra town, which serves as the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi Shrine, recorded a low of 9.9 degrees.last_img read more

House Hearing Skates Over Big Disagreements on NSF Reauthorization

first_imgCongressional hearings can sometimes hide more than they reveal. So it was yesterday, when the research panel of the U.S. House of Representatives science committee held its first public airing of a bill that would make some controversial changes to peer review at the National Science Foundation (NSF).One key change would require the NSF director to certify that every grant will achieve one or more of six national goals—including strengthening the U.S. economy, bolstering national defense, increasing partnerships between academia and industry, and training the next generation of scientists. The director would also have to post a description of each pending award before it is made, along with the names of the relevant program managers who made the decision.A casual observer might easily have come away from the 95-minute hearing with the impression that such language, drafted by the committee’s Republican majority, is in line with current NSF policy. The witnesses didn’t dwell on the language, and Representative Larry Bucshon (R-IN), who chairs the subcommittee, said that the proposed changes to NSF’s merit review system were “consistent with steps the NSF is already considering to improve accountability, which have been approved by the National Science Board.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)That’s not exactly true, says Dan Arvizu, chairman of the 24-member board, which sets policy for the $7 billion agency. The presidentially appointed board has yet to review the 96-page bill, Arvizu told ScienceInsider, much less sign off on any of its provisions.Arvizu explained that he and acting NSF Director Cora Marrett did meet in September with Bucshon and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), who leads the full committee. “We embraced the idea of transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement,” says Arvizu, adding that Smith told him those concepts were also guiding principles for the committee. But Arvizu says that none of the specific language in the bill, dubbed the FIRST (Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology) Act, was even discussed.Two weeks ago, when science lobbyists were given a 2-page description of the draft legislation, committee staffers repeated the message that the science board supported the changes. And after today’s briefing, a senior aide said that the board had told Smith at the September meeting that it had adopted new guidelines that were consistent with the FIRST Act.But Arvizu takes issue with that description. What actually happened, he says, is that the board heard a presentation last month in closed session from Marrett and her aides about “NSF’s approach to implementing” the principles that had been discussed at the September meeting with Smith. The board has asked NSF officials “to implement those principles independent of any legislation” the committee might adopt, Arvizu added.Although Arvizu declined to give details of NSF’s plan, he said it consisted of reinforcing existing procedures at the agency “both before and after an award is made.” Such steps are likely to include better documentation of how each award satisfies the agency’s two funding criteria—scientific merit and broader impacts—as well as a clearer description for the public of what the researcher hopes to accomplish.A second false assumption from the hearing would be that the gentle criticism of those provisions from two former NSF senior officials means only minor tweaks are needed to satisfy the scientific community. In reality, the testimony of Richard Buckius, vice president for research at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Tim Killeen, vice chancellor for research for the State University of New York (SUNY) system, pointed to a fundamental misunderstanding in the bill of how NSF operates and, more broadly, the purpose of federally funded research.Oddly enough, Bucshon hinted at the first problem in his opening question to Buckius. “Yes or no, does the proposed FIRST bill have what you might call any congressional interference in the peer review mechanism for evaluating grants at NSF?” he wondered.A professor of mechanical engineering who led NSF’s engineering directorate for 3 years before going to Purdue in 2008, Buckius immediately asked for some wiggle room. “Can I do yes and no?” he replied. But then he gamely plunged ahead.“My first point is who would actually affirm the awards that go out,” Buckius began. “The bill says the director should. But I don’t believe anyone is all-knowing enough to affirm the 11,000+ awards made every year. So I’d change that.”Buckius then offered up a more substantive criticism, suggesting that posting pending grant winners would spur widespread second-guessing of reviewers. “The bill talks about the prior announcement of awards before they are made,” he began. “In some of our competitions, we only fund a few out of a hundred proposals. So that means there will be 90+ folks who, prior to the award, can energize the system and create chaos. So the system could become extremely bogged down.”After the hearing, Killeen also amplified Buckius’s concerns about posting advance information about an award. “It could lead to the worse type of grandstanding,” he told ScienceInsider, “with scientists making their case in public for why NSF should have funded their research. It could become a real free-for-all.”Arvizu was also disturbed by the provision. “I don’t believe NSF has ever published information about an award before it was made,” he said. “I’m not even sure how that would work. It certainly was not part of our discussion [with Smith].”For Killeen, who served as head of NSF’s geosciences directorate for 4 years before joining SUNY in 2012, a bigger problem with the legislation is how it regards basic research. “If I have a concern, it’s mostly the message that this bill will send out to the world, in fact. As my testimony indicated, I hope it’s a vibrant, enthusiastic, ‘let’s take on the 21st century,’ United States can-do kind of [legislation] rather than one that seeks to find the constraints and stiffen the sinews. My personal experience with NSF is that it is a magnificent national asset. We don’t want to throttle it back.”The list of goals in the legislation also troubles him. “I do worry about every proposal having to conform to a specified set of criteria,” Killeen said. “That’s why I used the word vibrant in my testimony. Scientific inquiry includes following leads that may not take you anywhere, and setting out hypotheses. But yes, the overall portfolio should address all of those statements.”What’s next? Bucshon said in his opening remarks that “members and staff on both sides of the aisle are continuing to work on the final legislation.” But he did not say when the subcommittee planned to mark up the bill, and he handed off the gavel to Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) and left before the hearing ended.The status of the bill could be affected by a private sitdown next week between the science board and Smith, which will take place during the board’s regular 2-day meeting at the foundation. Arvizu said it would be a chance for the board and the science committee’s chairman “to understand one another, for the board to say, ‘Here’s what we are planning to do,’ and to ensure him that we are moving in a productive manner to address his concerns.”In a statement this morning, Smith said that “I look forward to continued discussions with the National Science Board next week on this draft legislation and ways to boost R&D funding.” The statement clarifies Bucshon’s comments by explaining that the draft legislation “is consistent with the plan approved by the National Science Board that requires NSF staff to provide clear justifications for why grants are worthy of American taxpayer funds.”last_img read more

Zim vs Ken: Zimbabwe beat Kenya by 161 runs

first_imgCraig Ervine provided an important thrust to the innings as Zimbabwe set Kenya a big target and then completed a 161-run rout on Sunday in the last Group A match of the World Cup. ScoreErvine’s stroke-filled 66 stood out in a batting performance that helped Zimbabwe score an imposing 308 for six after electing to bat in the inconsequential match.In reply, Kenya were all out for 147 in 36 overs in the face of some tight bowling by the spinners.Zimbabwe finished with two wins after having beaten Canada earlier in the league, while Kenya remained without a win.Kenya were led by veteran all-rounder Steve Tikolo in his last match after regular captain Jimmy Kamande was ruled out due to a knee injury.Kenya’s batting succumbed in the face of Zimbabwe’s first 300-plus total in the tournament.Ervine provided the impetus amid a strong middle-order batting performance, striking a brisk 66 and adding 105 runs for the fifth wicket with Elton Chigumbura, who made 38.Ervine struck nine fours and a six during his fluent 54-ball knock, during which he often worked the ball cleverly off his legs. He was out in the 48th over when he played on a delivery from pace bowler Elijah Otieno.But the Kenyans got no respite as Prosper Utseya struck 19 off just six balls, including a six and three boundaries off the first four deliveries off the last over of the innings bowled by Otieno.Zimbabwe had earlier made up for two early dismissals as Tatenda Taibu and Vusi Sibanda added 110 for the third wicket in just under 20 overs.advertisementThe partnership was broken due to a mix up that saw both batsmen at the same end. Sibanda had to go back after an entertaining 57-ball 61 in which he hit seven fours and a six to Tikolo that had taken him to his 13th half-century.Taibu struck 53 off 74 balls, completing his 18th half-century as well as 3,000 runs in limited-overs internationals with a well-timed four to the point boundary. But he was out soon after as he tried one reverse-sweep too many against leg-spinner James Ngoche and was trapped lbw.The Kenyan batting line-up struggled from the start.After pace bowler Chris Mpofu provided the initial breakthrough by trapping David Obuya lbw, left-arm spinner Ray Price showed his expertise with the new ball.He removed Tikolo and well-set opener Alex Obanda, both lbw. Collins Obuya was run out and Utseya removed Tanmay Mishra as half the Kenyan side was dismissed by the 12th over.The game meandered on from then with Kenya only ensuring there were no embarrassment, Nehemieh Odhiambo making an unbeaten 44.last_img read more

Premier League 2019 Leicester City vs Arsenal Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. Leicester City and Arsenal will lock horns on Saturday night for their Premier League 2019-20 fixture at the King Power Stadium. Leicester City, who are in great form this season, will look to climb to the second place on the Premier League table. On the other hand, Arsenal will be eyeing a top-four finish. The Premier League 2019-20 Leicester City vs Arsenal will commence at 11PM. Leicester City are ahead of Arsenal with six points and the Leicester game is a must-win for the Gunners manager Unai Emery, who is under immense pressure after Arsenal have been held to four straight draws across all competitions.The Gunners will travel to Leicester without Dani Ceballos, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he has side a fully fit for their upcoming home game. Premier League 2019-20 Leicester City possible starting line-up vs Arsenal: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi, Tielemans; Perez, Maddison, Barnes; VardyPremier League 2019-20 Arsenal possible starting line-up vs Leicester City: Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney; Guendouzi, Torreira; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; LacazetteWhere to watch Premier League 2019-20 Leicester City vs Arsenal match live in India (TV channels)?Leicester will welcome Arsenal at 11:00PM on Saturday. The EPL 2019-20 Leicester City vs Arsenal will be played at the King Power Stadium. Premier League Leicester City vs Arsenal game’s live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD channels in India.How and where to watch online EPL 2019-20 Leicester City vs Arsenal match live streaming?Leicester City vs Arsenal live stream will be available on Hotstar app and website in India for premium users. arsenalenglish premier leagueEnglish Premier League 2019EPL First Published: November 9, 2019, 6:33 PM ISTlast_img read more

Football : La decision has been made, Griezmann stays at Atletico Madrid

first_imgAdvertisement Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Players to watch – Cristiano RonaldoFIFA World Cup 2018: Players to watch – Thomas Müller Antoine Griezmann is coming to BarcelonaAdvertisement(Photo credits:Google Images)French striker Antoine Griezmann has decided to stay at his beloved Atletico Madrid for the upcoming years putting the rumours of joining barcelona to rest. He revealed his decision to stay through video that shows him standing in front of Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico’s home.“My fans, my team, my home,” Griezmann said in his message with also had the video on his twitter page confirming that the frenchman will stay at Atletico despite interests from the team at Camp Nou.Mi afición, mi equipo, MI CASA! @atleti 🔴⚪🔴Mes supporters, mon équipe, MA MAISON ! @AtletiFR 🔴⚪🔴My fans, my team, MY HOME!!! @atletienglish 🔴⚪🔴— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) June 14, 2018While some feel the whole Antoine Griezmann fiasco has alienated both Barca and Atleti fanbases, The frenchman said he wishes to create history at Atletico rather than repeat it at the camp nou. With Lemar signed and Sidibe being linked to a potential move to atletico madrid, Griezmann said they are doing everything to keep Atletico growing and one day play the Champions League final. By roping in big name players, Atletico are looking to make a formidable team in order to win the laliga and be a force to reckon with in The champions league.Grriezmann scored 28 goals in 48 games last season, driving them to a second place in the laliga and a historic europa league victory.last_img read more

Cross voting a high probability in UP RS polls tomorrow

first_imgLucknow, Jun 10 (PTI) With stage set for tomorrows polling for 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, for which an extra candidate is in the fray, leaders of all major parties today took stock of their numbers as the possibility of cross voting loomed large. 34 first preference votes are needed for the victory of a candidate. In the 403-member Assembly, SP has 229 MLAs, BSP 80, BJP 41 and Congress 29. The rest belong to small parties or are Independents who hold the key. Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), which has eight MLAs, has promised to transfer its votes to Samajwadi Party and Congress. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has 80 MLAs and with 34 first preference votes needed for the victory of a candidate, the party can easily ensure success of its two nominees with 12 votes to spare. Mayawati has, however, kept the suspense over which way her 12 surplus MLAs will vote in Rajya Sabha biennial polls, saying the results will show the voting pattern. “Whom we have supported, whom we have not supported, everything will be clear when the results come out,” she told reporters yesterday when asked which way the 12 MLAs will go. BSP has fielded Satish Chandra Mishra and Ashok Sidharth. BJP has fielded Shiv Pratap Shukla whose victory is certain. The nomination of social worker Preeti Mahapatra, who forced a contest by jumping in the fray as an Independent, was proposed by 16 BJP MLAs, rebel SP MLAs and some members of smaller parties and Independents. BJP will be left with 7 surplus votes which might go to Mahapatra, who will have to manage a chunk of votes for win. Ruling Samajwadi Party has fielded seven candidates but its seventh candidate is short of nine first-preference votes. On the other hand, Congress, which has 29 MLAs, needs five more votes for victory of its candidate and former Union minister Kapil Sibal, who now feels comfortable with RLDs backing. Rajya Sabha candidates in the fray are — Amar Singh, Beni Prasad Verma, Kuwar Rewati Raman Singh, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Sukhram Singh Yadav, Sanjay Seth and Surendra Nagar (all SP), Satish Chandra Mishra and Ashok Sidharth (both BSP), Kapil Sibal (Cong), Shiv Pratap Shukla (BJP) and Preeti Mahapatra (Ind). PTI SMI RGadvertisementlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Roger Federer stunned by 19-year-old, Pakistan legend unsure about future

first_imgFederer stunned by German teenager in Halle semifinalsRoger Federer’s bid for a ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open came to an end when he was beaten in the semifinals by Alexander Zverev, a rising German prospect who notched the biggest win of his young career.Misbah-ul-Haq defers decision on future, leaves for England tourMisbah-ul-Haq is yet to take a decision on his Test future and as of now wants to focus on Pakistan’s crucial tour of England.Messi scores as Argentina storm into Copa America semis Lionel Messi starred as Argentina drubbed  Venezuela 4-1 to setup semifinal clash against the US in Copa America.Vargas nets four as Chile rout Mexico 7-0 in Copa quarters Eduardo Vargas scored four goals, Edson Puch added two, as defending champion Chile thoroughly dismantled Mexico 7-0 in Copa America quarterfinal.Croatia, Turkey face UEFA action over crowd troubleUEFA said it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the soccer federations of Croatia and Turkey for crowd trouble during two games at the Euro 2016 tournament in France this week.last_img read more

Virat Kohli retains top spot, R Ashwin returns to top five in ICC T20I rankings

first_imgIndian Test skipper Virat Kohli has maintained his number one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 batsmen rankings released on Tuesday, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to the top five in the bowlers’ list, climbing up to fourth spot from seventh.Other Indians making an upward movement in the rankings are Rohit Sharma and promising opener Lokesh Rahul.Rohit vaulted five spots to 17th while Rahul rose 67 places to be placed 31st after his unbeaten century in the first of the two-match series against the West Indies in Lauderhill, US.The 24-year-old Rahul scored an unbeaten 110 in India’s loss to West Indies in the first game.With the second match of the series being called off due to wet conditions, reigning T20 champions West Indies won the T20 series 1-0, which helped the Caribbean side narrow the gap with India in the team rankings.West Indies, who were six points behind second-placed India’s 128 points before the series, are now just one point adrift at 125 with India on 126. New Zealand lead the table with 132 points.West Indian opener Evin Lewis’ 49-ball 100 in the first T20 has helped him move up 288 slots to reach 51st position.BUMRAH SLIPSIn the bowlers’ ranking, Ashwin moved northwards rising three spots to be placed at the fourth position while pacer Jasprit Bumrah dropped a place to third in the table led by West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree.Bhuvneshwar Kumar (67th) and Mohammad Shami (82nd) were the others to move up the bowlers’ rankings for India.advertisementLeg-spinner Amit Mishra, playing his first match since the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014, has re-entered the rankings at 104th position with three for 24 in the second match.last_img read more

McLaren Headed Back to Indy 500 and Eventually IndyCar

first_imgMcLaren made the Indianapolis 500 its personal playground in the 1970s with three victories in 10 appearances. Then the manufacturer was done, back to England with a focus on Formula One and no time for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”Fernando Alonso’s quest to win motorsports version of the Triple Crown has sparked a renewed interest in Indy for McLaren, which has entered next month’s race while exploring an eventual full-time entry in IndyCar. McLaren and its trademark papaya orange car will be back on the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday for a test, the first time the team has been an official participant for the 500 since Johnny Rutherford won in 1976.Alonso had McLaren’s support in his 2017 Indianapolis 500 debut, but he drove for Andretti Autosport and McLaren as a team carried little responsibility.This May, the entire effort will be from McLaren.“It’s definitely more nerve-wracking than when we did it with Andretti,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, an American and former Indianapolis resident. “Michael did everything and you knew it was going to be a mega car. We’ve started this thing from scratch. We built the cars ourselves, put the team together, and they’re all experienced guys, but we’re rookies.”FILE – In this May 27, 2017, file photo, Fernando Alonso, of Spain, waits for the start of the drivers meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis. McLaren will put a car on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time since 1976 when Fernando Alonso tests Wednesday. Alonso is trying to win motorsports version of the Triple Crown, while the famed manufacturer is considering a return to IndyCar competition. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)It is a tremendous undertaking for McLaren, which desperately does not want to embarrass itself or Alonso. The two-time Formula One champion has wins at Monaco and Le Mans on his resume and adding the 500 would allow him to join Graham Hill as the only drivers to complete the sweep.A fallout in F1 with engine supplier Honda hurt Brown’s bargaining to get Alonso back with Andretti or another established team, and Roger Penske wasn’t interested in adding the Spaniard to his Chevrolet lineup. But Chevy was willing to give Alonso an engine, so Brown decided McLaren would go ahead and enter Indianapolis on its own.Brown picked a team of McLaren employees and they built Alonso’s car at their England headquarters and shipped it to Indianapolis for Wednesday’s session. Alonso was on the track earlier this month for a day of testing at Texas Motor Speedway in a different car, built by IndyCar team Carlin as part of a technical alliance McLaren struck to ensure it is properly prepared. That car will be Alonso’s backup next month.“All the people that are on the (Indy) team put their hand up and said, ‘I really want to go to Indy,’ so there’s a lot of enthusiasm,” Brown said. “We’re taking it on. We’re doing it ourselves.”Alonso, following a full day at Texas in which Rutherford was on hand to observe, said he is confident he will have a solid entry from McLaren. He led 27 laps in the Andretti entry in 2017 and might have been in contention to win had his engine not expired 21 laps from the finish.His previous appearance exposed him to the enormity of the event, and Alonso said he is ready to go.“I feel quite a lot more prepared. I know the race, the atmosphere of the 500, the drivers’ parade, I know the formation laps. I know a lot of things that you spend energy on your first time there because everything comes as a surprise,” he said. “I think that energy, I can save it now. I know how it goes, so I can go into the rhythm of the race, come into qualifying with a little bit more energy and more concentration.“I don’t want to take for granted anything. I want to review every single race from the past, start from zero with engineers and everything. I want to make as much preparation as possible.”The attention will be on Alonso, who captivated the audience and proved to be a popular addition to the field two years ago. But scrutiny will be on McLaren and its preparation for a fulltime IndyCar entry. McLaren announced last week it will enter a sports car in IMSA next season, and Brown believes its deliberate approach has allowed the F1 effort to improve even amid expansion to different series.“We wouldn’t have gone to the effort we’ve gone in buying equipment and doing what we’re doing if we did not have an intention to get in (IndyCar) at some point,” Brown said. “I don’t know if it’ll be (next year). I think it’s more of a when than an if we all want to do it.”By: Jenna Fryer, AP Auto Racing WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

There’s something loose between my legs: Vettel’s message on team radio has everyone in splits

first_imgFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel lost out to Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton, as the Brit raced to his fifth world title at the Mexico GP. But Vettel seems to be taking the loss in his stride, as he left an unusual message on Ferrari team radio during the second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes topped the session, who has yet to win in a season dominated by team mate Hamilton, who just 0.003 seconds behind. Bottas set the fastest time of one minute 08.846 seconds on an overcast day at Interlagos with a few spots of rain.Vettel was third fastest, 0.073 off the pace after complaining of something loose around his feet, which seemed to be problems with his car’s front suspension.”There’s something loose between my legs,” Vettel explained to his teammates on the radio.”Apart from the obvious. Something is flying around my feet. I’d be proud if it was what you think it is, but it’s not.”OK… Seb may have won team radio of the year #BrazilGP #F1 1 (@F1) November 9, 2018″The car’s been OK, but not good yet so still some work to do,” said Vettel. “We are in the ball park but I think we can still launch forward from where we are.”When asked what it actually was, Vettel clarified that it was just a small screw.So what exactly *was* loose in Seb’s cockpit earlier on Friday…?#BrazilGP 1 (@F1) November 9, 2018Funny as it may have been, when asked later in an interview, Vettel joked that the Interlagos circuit was bewitched and someone had a spell cast on it. He refused though to elaborate on his comments.advertisementMercedes will of course retain the constructors’ championship on Sunday if Ferrari fail to outscore them by 13 points.Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg crashed heavily at the tight Juncao left-hander, one of the key bends on the track, as it held up Hamilton in one of the sessions.”The car felt better than it did in Mexico, but we are still working our way through some issues. The pace doesn’t seem too bad, so we just have to keep working on it and improving it,” said Hamilton.”It’s very close between all of us at the front, but I think there’s more potential in our car, so we just need to try and squeeze it out.”Hulk smash #BrazilGP #F1 1 (@F1) November 9, 2018OIL LEAKMexican Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen had been fastest in the opening session, with a lap of 1:09.011, but was sidelined at the start of the second session as Red Bull worked to fix an oil leak.”They think it’s something that might have actually started in Mexico,” said team boss Christian Horner. “It compromised his track time but we got enough to get some good data.”Verstappen can still become the youngest driver to take a pole position on Saturday, but the 21-year-old played down the chances of that happening.”I had to go a bit too quickly through my programme initially and I had some traffic as well. It’s not ideal but I don’t think we are going to fight for pole position anyway,” he said.Ricciardo will have a five-place grid penalty after the team changed the turbocharger on his car before the start of track action. Horner said it had been damaged in Mexico by a marshal spraying foam on the car after he retired from the race.”It ruined the turbo and the other turbo that Daniel has in his pool was on the engine that failed in Austin,” said Horner. “And Renault say that every time they’ve run a turbo after a failure like that, they usually stop after 400km.”We don’t really want to put him in that position.”Force India’s Esteban Ocon will also have a five-place drop after an unscheduled gearbox change.Hamilton finished fourth in Mexico and has a habit of not winning again in a season where he takes the title early, something he is keen to end.Haas were best of the rest in the morning, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen seventh and eighth. The pair were then split by Sauber’s Charles Leclerc in the afternoon.Magnussen’s car also shed a wing mirror during the session.Antonio Giovinazzi, who will replace Ferrari-bound Leclerc next season, took Marcus Ericsson’s car and was 13th fastest in the opening session.British teenager Lando Norris, another 2019 rookie, was also on track in Fernando Alonso’s McLaren for the first session and was faster on the quicker soft tyres than the team’s departing Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne on mediums.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Man Utd team news & likely line-up vs Bournemouth

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs AFC Bournemouth Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:16 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have a lot to prove in the next few weeks following the derby defeat to neighbours City which has seen them fall 11 points off the pace in the Premier League title race.United’s performance on Sunday has attracted plenty of attention for its timidity, and only a string of more expressive displays is likely to salve the wounds of Reds supporters still smarting from the City loss.And with Chelsea having won at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, United need the three points against Bournemouth on Wednesday to keep some distance between themselves and the third-placed Blues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN UTD INJURIES Phil Jones returned to United’s 18-man squad for Sunday’s derby but was not called upon, despite Marcos Rojo leaving the field at half-time due to a head injury. The Argentine may well miss out on Wednesday as a result of the knock suffered in his challenge on David Silva, meaning Jones or Victor Lindelof could start in his place.Eric Bailly appeared to be on the verge of a return from a groin injury but has suffered a setback in his recovery and is likely to be out for another six to eight weeks.Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned against City having sat out a couple of fixtures due to complications surrounding his recovery from a serious ACL injury and is likely to again be among the substitutes.Michael Carrick will be given plenty of time to recover following a procedure to deal with an irregular heart rhythm but is not expected to return to play for the time being at least, while there is some hope that Marouane Fellaini might be available again after a knee injury.Eric Bailly Jan Vertonghen Manchester United Tottenham Premier LeagueMAN UTD SUSPENSIONS Paul Pogba serves the second game of a three-match suspension following his sending-off against Arsenal for a bad challenge on Hector Bellerin. United will also be wary of Ander Herrera’s disciplinary record, as a booking against Bournemouth would rule the Spaniard out of Sunday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion and leave Jose Mourinho scrambling for alternatives in midfield. Ashley Young is another who is one yellow card shy of a ban, while the Cherries’ Steve Cook would miss the weekend clash with Liverpool if he is booked at Old Trafford.MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPJose Mourinho could make a handful of changes as his team backs up from Sunday’s game just three days on, meaning the likes of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia will be considered for a rest. That could open the door for Matteo Darmian or Luke Shaw.Juan Mata may well be recalled in the attack, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has only featured for 20 minutes of the past seven matches in all competitions but could return to the 18-man squad. Mourinho will be hoping that Marouane Fellaini is fit for selection given his lack of options in midfield in Paul Pogba’s absence.Chris Smalling has started 16 straight games at centre-back so could be a candidate for a night off, but with Marcos Rojo potentially missing out with a head injury it may well be a shoot-out between Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof to start alongside Smalling.Man Utd possible XIBOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS After a poor start to the season which saw them fall to four straight defeats, Bournemouth have regained their feet enough to start Wednesday’s fixture three points clear of the Premier League drop zone. A run of three wins in four fixtures in October and November have propped up their campaign to this point, but they have yet to beat anybody higher in the table than 12th-placed Huddersfield Town.Eddie Howe has exclusively used a three-man backline against top-six clubs so far this season, but the use of such tactics against Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea has resulted in a Cherries defeat every time. If he goes with a similar shape at Old Trafford rather than his usual back four, don’t be surprised to see Jose Mourinho match up with the same formation as has been his trend in 2017.Callum Wilson’s hat-trick against Huddersfield represents his entire Premier League goals account for the season and yet he sits top of his side’s scoring charts, underlining where Bournemouth’s problems have been to this point. However, Bournemouth may feel they owe United a tough outing following last season’s controversial 1-1 draw at the Theatre of Dreams, which led to lengthy suspensions for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings.Callum Wilson BournemouthBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Bournemouth have found the net at least once in each of their four Premier League meetings with Manchester United – making them the side the Red Devils have faced the most in the competition without keeping a clean sheet. Bournemouth are one of four clubs that Jose Mourinho has faced more than once at home in his league managerial career but not beaten (D1 L1), after Burnley (D2), Genoa (D2) and Roma (D2). Manchester United’s 40-game unbeaten run at Old Trafford came to an end in their 1-2 derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday (now W29 D11 L1) – In fact, Man City are the only side to have defeated Manchester United at home since February 2016, doing so twice. Manchester United haven’t lost successive home matches in all competitions since January 2014 (v Spurs in the Premier League and Swansea in the FA Cup). Jermain Defoe has scored against Manchester United in the Premier League for both Spurs and West Ham United. Only eight players have previously scored against the Red Devils for 3+ clubs in the competition – Les Ferdinand (4 clubs), Darren Bent (4), Chris Sutton (3), Brian Deane (3), Nicolas Anelka (3), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (3), Yakubu (3) and James Milner (3). Marcus Rashford has now been involved in 15 goals for Manchester United this season, only Romelu Lukaku has been involved in more (17). However, Rashford has averaged a goal involvement every 93 minutes on average in 2017-18, compared to Lukaku’s ratio of 122 mins per goal involvement. Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in four Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, including four in his last appearance against them: a 6-3 win for Everton in February 2017. Lukaku has scored just one goal in his last nine Premier League appearances, despite attempting 22 shots in this run – converting just 4.5% of these. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 20:00GMT on Wednesday, with no live coverage available in the UK.In the US, watch the Premier League live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Larry Nassar’s ‘death warrant’: sexual abuser jailed for up to 175 years

first_img 1997 Support The Guardian 1996 Reuse this content Share on Facebook ‘Larry Nassar, I hate you’: abuse victims in their own words – video Thank you for your feedback. Gymnastics Play Video Victim impact statements against Larry Nassar: ‘I thought I was going to die’ 2:41 … 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. Play Video “For the past week, survivors came forward to courageously face a perpetrator of evil and to share their painful stories,” Raisman wrote on Twitter. “Many of them, myself included, claim the USOC is also at fault. Was the USOC there to ‘focus on supporting the brave survivors’? No. Did they issue any statement then? Crickets …” ‘Little girls don’t stay little forever’: abuse victims confront Larry Nassar – video 1992 Share on Twitter The former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison for abusing athletes in his care.Judge Rosemarie Aquilina reached her decision after a sentence hearing that heard from dozens of women and girls, including the Olympic champions Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. Hide Eighteen women file a lawsuit against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, MSU and Twistars Gymnastics Club. The lawsuit alleges Nassar assaulted the women over a period of 20 years and the institutions named in the suit failed to prevent his behaviour.  Nassar pleads guilty to seven charges of criminal sexual abuse. He later pleads guilty to three further accounts as part of a plea agreement.  According to a lawsuit, Nassar commits his first recorded assault, abusing a 12-year-old girl in the guise of medical research. A year later Nassar gains his medical degree from Michigan State University, where he will commit many of his assaults. US sports Timeline Larry Nassar abuse case The first recorded complaints about Nassar are received. According to a 2017 lawsuit, youth gymnastics coach John Geddert fails to investigate the allegations.  Nassar had already admitted in November to molesting seven girls in his care under the guise of treatment. But a total of 156 girls and women came forward to speak at the seven-day sentencing hearing, saying they had also suffered abuse at his hands, with two dozen more submitting private letters to the court.Late on Wednesday, the president of Michigan State University, where Nassar also treated athletes, said she was tendering her resignation. Lou Anna Simon had faced a barrage of criticism for not doing enough to halt the abuse by the doctor, including a scathing front-page editorial by the independent student newspaper that cast “Simon, her appointees and cheerleaders” as “enablers”. “As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger,” Simon said in her resignation letter.Judge Aquilina told Nassar Wednesday: “It is my honor to sentence you because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. Anywhere you walk, destruction would occur to those most vulnerable.”She added: “I just signed your death warrant.” 1:42center_img Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Show January 2017 January 2018 Share via Email Was this helpful? 1:58 Since you’re here… Nassar becomes national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics before the Atlanta Olympics. He will go on to treat athletes at the next five Olympics and abuse many of them. Olympic champions Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney are among those who said they were abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.  Nassar is given a jail term of up to 175 years for sexually abusing athletes in his care. In total, 156 women make impact statement at his sentence hearing, saying he abused them. Handing down the sentence, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says: “I just signed your death warrant”. ‘I’m a survivor’: US Olympian confronts abuser Larry Nassar in court – video Share on Pinterest Read more Michigan news Claims against Nassar go public for the first time after the Indianapolis Star publishes an investigation into sexual abuse at USA Gymnastics. Rachael Denhollander files a criminal complaint against Nassar, saying she was first abused by him when she was 15. Aquilina said the sentence reflected not only the seven counts to which Nassar pleaded guilty, but also the survivors who came forward during the sentencing hearing “because the depth of all of your crimes have cut into the core of this community”.“The breadth and ripple of this defendant’s abuse and destruction is infinite,” the prosecuting attorney Angela Povilaitis said in her closing remarks. “Nassar used his prestige to gain [his victims’] trust and to exploit them, leaving many of them emotionally shattered by a man they not only trusted but loved. In competitive gymnastics, he found the perfect place for his master manipulation.”The disgraced physician gave a brief statement before Aquilina handed down the sentence, acknowledging the “pain, trauma and emotional destruction” experienced by his victims.“Your words these past several days have had a significant emotional effect on myself and have shaken me to my core,” he said. “I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.”“Sir, I hope that’s true,” the judge said after Nassar concluded. Aquilina read portions of the six-page, single-spaced letter Nassar wrote to the judge last week in which he said it was too difficult for him to listen to the victim impact statements, citing it as proof that “you have still not owned what you did”.“Would you like to withdraw your plea?” the judge asked.“No, your honor,” he said.“Because you’re guilty, aren’t you, sir?”“I accept my plea.”Rachael Denhollander, one of three survivors to speak on Wednesday, was “absolutely” satisfied with the sentence on a day she wasn’t sure would ever come when she became the first of Nassar’s victims to come forward publicly in September 2016.“The number of sexual assault victims Larry had was plain to me,” she said. “Whether or not anyone would feel safe to come forward, that was the wild card.”After Aquilina delivered the sentence, the US Olympic Committee called on the directors of USA Gymnastics to resign. “The purpose of this message is to tell all of Nassar’s victims and survivors, directly, how incredibly sorry we are,” the USOC chief executive, Scott Blackmun, wrote in an open letter. “We have said it in other contexts, but we have not been direct enough with you … The Olympic family is among those that have failed you.”Those who confronted Nassar in the Michigan courtroom included household names such as Raisman and Maroney but most of those he abused never reached the elite level. The first witness in court when the hearing started last week was Kyle Stephens, who told the court she was abused by Nassar, a family friend, between the ages of six and 12. “Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don’t stay little for ever,” Stephens said. “They grow into strong women that destroy your world.”Simone Biles, one of the stars of the Rio Olympics, said she had also been abused by the 54-year-old although she chose not to appear in court. “Most of you know me as a happy, giggly, and energetic girl,” the four-times Olympic gold medalist wrote on Twitter last week. “But lately I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams. I am not afraid to tell my story anymore.”Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the USOC have all been named as co-defendants in civil suits that appear headed to trial, with allegations that officials knew about Nassar’s abuse. One of the most vocal critics of the organisations that allegedly enabled Nassar has been Raisman. 1986 Larry Nassar joins USA Gymnastics as a trainer August 2016 Share on Messenger November 2017 Play Video “Adult after adult protected you,” Raisman, who won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, said when she appeared in court last week. “How do you sleep at night? You are the person they had ‘take the lead on athlete care’.” “I will not rest until every last trace of the influence you had on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is.”Raisman also told ESPN that USA Gymnastics “told [her] to be quiet” when she first told the organisation she had been abused by Nassar. On Monday, three USA Gymnastics board members resigned over the scandal. Raisman took the USOC to task for taking credit for the resignations.last_img read more

England can go toe-to-toe with world’s best teams, says Steph Houghton

first_imgnews Topics Share on Pinterest Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Share via Email Share on Messenger Read more And it was Houghton’s indirect free-kick that pulled England level three minutes after a blistering Megan Rapinoe half-volley had put the US in front. “I don’t practise indirect free-kicks but the technique and how I strike the ball I practise a lot,” said the Lionesses’ captain. “I knew where I was going to put it but Rapinoe was standing right in front of me, in my eyeline so I was like: ‘Could you actually move so I can have a look?’ But at the same time it’s about remaining calm in those moments and sticking to where you want to put it, kind of like a penalty, make a decision and go for it.”England have come a long way since their defeat against the USA in this tournament last year and Houghton believes this side is now showing they can go “toe to toe with the best teams in the world”.“Everyone is pushing for that starting place,” Parris said. “No one can be complacent and that’s what you need in order to push on and win a World Cup. You need everyone firing.” Women’s football Share on WhatsApp Thank you for your feedback. Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Hide center_img England women’s football team Reuse this content England’s Steph Houghton and Nikita Parris score to earn draw with USA Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Against the Americans, though, she refused to get frustrated. “Whenever I see any midfielder get their head up and have five yards of space, I know my role: get in behind,” she said. “If it doesn’t come, it doesn’t come. The girls will pick out the pass the next time. You can’t get frustrated. You’ve just got to keep making them runs.”With England level, thanks to a stunning Steph Houghton free-kick, her chance finally came and she gave England a 2-1 lead in the 52nd minute. “I knew if I got in behind Crystal Dunn I would be able to have at least two yards on her. She is quick, she will recover but I’m just as quick and, if I’ve got two yards, I’m going to go for it.”Falling behind in both matches has tested the team in a new way and both times they have shown resilience and confidence. “From the start in the game against Brazil, when we went 1-0 down, to here, when we went 1-0 down, our responses are unbelievable. We don’t ever get down on ourselves because we know the quality that we’ve got and in offensive moments we can cause some damage and we did that today.”Houghton laughed when asked whether Phil Neville should give his half-time talks pre-game: “Obviously we’ve travelled a long way, some of us have played a lot of games for our clubs and we’re coming into an environment with 22,000 screaming USA fans,” she said of their slow starts. “But we handled it and grew into the game.” Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Show Was this helpful? The England forward Nikita Parris has had a busy two weeks with three crucial games for Manchester City, including a 120-minute grind against Arsenal to their third Continental League Cup, before travelling to the US to take part in the SheBelieves Cup.Parris has since started the Lionesses’ 2-1 defeat of Brazil and the impressive 2-2 draw against the USA on Saturday night and it would have been no surprise if the pacy forward had found a little less in her legs. Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Action Plan Launched on International Day of La Francophonie

first_imgNova Scotia is marking the 32nd International Day of La Francophonie, today, March 20, with the release of a plan to attract and retain French immigrants. The International Day of La Francophonie celebrates French language and francophone culture. “Our Acadian and francophone communities are an essential component of our Nova Scotian identity and heritage,” said Acadian Affairs and Francophonie Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “On International Day of La Francophonie, we celebrate French language and francophone culture and honour the important contributions francophones have made to our province and our country.” Immigration plays an important role in supporting Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone communities. Recognizing this, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and the Office of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie have developed the Francophone Immigration Action Plan. This plan outlines the strategic direction and actions for encouraging francophone immigration. Such actions include attracting francophone foreign nationals to immigrate to Nova Scotia and supporting the retention and integration of French-speaking immigrants through access to services and programming. “It is fitting to launch this plan on the International Day of La Francophonie,” added Ms. Metlege Diab. “Immigrants want to come to our province and attracting and retaining newcomers will help grow our population, strengthen our economy and revitalize our communities – benefiting all Nova Scotians.” More information on the Nova Scotia Francophone Immigration Action Plan can be found here, .last_img read more

Quebec Anishinabe community gets help in keeping dogs population down

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn many Aboriginal communities across the country there are just too many dogs.At times, they can be lethal.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has a story about one community getting help in keeping their canine population in check.last_img

Stocks slip but remain on track for another winning week

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks slipped in Friday morning trading, as falling oil prices dragged down energy companies, but the S&P 500 remained on track to close out its third straight winning week following a brutal December.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 was down 14 points, or 0.6 per cent, at 2,582, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 155, or 0.6 per cent, to 23,846, and the Nasdaq composite lost 44, or 0.6 per cent, to 6,942.CRUDE CALL: Energy stocks in the S&P 500 fell 1 per cent for the largest loss among the 11 sectors that make up the index. Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips all dropped more than 1 per cent.Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell 81 cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $51.75 per barrel and on pace to break a long winning streak. Oil has climbed for nine straight days, as it recovered a portion of sharp losses from prior months when worries flared about weakening demand and too much supply.Brent crude, the international standard, sank $1.07 to $60.61. If it remains down, it would be the first drop for oil in two weeks.2019 RELIEF: The S&P 500 has been clawing back gains since running to the edge of what traders call a “bear market,” when it dropped 19.8 per cent between setting a record in September and a low on Christmas Eve. Stocks have climbed on soothing words from the Federal Reserve about the future path of interest rates, plus hopes that the U.S.-China trade dispute may ease. That’s helped to at least paper over worries about slowing growth for corporate earnings and the possibility of a looming recession.Even with Friday’s weak opening, the S&P 500 is on pace for a 1.9 per cent gain this week. It would be the third consecutive winning week for the index, its longest since August. Not only that, the last three weeks of gains have all been of at least 1.8 per cent. If that holds, it would be the longest such streak since 2001.US-CHINA TALKS: Talks between American and Chinese negotiators may have ended without significant breakthroughs, but traders are choosing to focus on the positives. The fact that talks lasted a day longer than planned, conciliatory statements from both sides and the possibility of higher-level talks in the near future are driving gains in Europe and Asia. In December, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day tariffs cease-fire, for negotiators to soothe tensions that have unsettled trade.MARKETS ABROAD: In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 1 per cent, the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.6 per cent and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 0.5 per cent. In Europe, France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.6 per cent, and Germany’s DAX lost 0.6 per cent. The FTSE 100 in London fell 0.4 per cent.INTEREST RATES: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.68 per cent from 2.73 per cent late Thursday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Spare a thought for the poor and the needy says Sanjay Mitra

first_imgKolkata: Union Defence secretary Sanjay Mitra on Saturday urged the management students of International Management Institute (IMI), Kolkata, to contribute towards making the life of the poor and deprived in the county better. “As alumni of this prestigious school, the array of possibilities for carving out a successful career is waiting for you. By all means make money, get rich, be successful but somewhere in some corner of your mind, do keep a thought of how your achievements can translate into contributing towards making the life of the poor and needy better,” Mitra said, addressing the 7th Convocation of IMI, Kolkata, on Saturday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra further reminded the students about their role in chartering the country to its progress path in the days to come. “Our country, with its immense reserve of human and physical resources, is lacking not in the quantity and quality of these resources but in the way we have utilised them. You, with your intellect and training, can bring on board the much-needed competence and balance to the field of public administration, thus becoming a part of the nation building process. I urge you to consider this as an option in your endeavours,” he said. 125 students of the premier management institute that includes 49 girls received their PGDM at the Convocation. Arindam Banik, director of IMI Kolkata, spoke about the institute’s growing number of international collaborations with business schools in France, China and Finland. “We have received 3,500 applications in PGDM from 29 states across India which clearly proves the growing popularity of the institute,” Banik maintained.last_img read more

Security Council approves structure of UNAfrican peacekeeping force in Darfur

“The Security Council notes that agreement between the African Union and the United Nations on this joint report is an important development in the comprehensive approach to the peace process in Darfur,” the 15-member body declared in a statement read out by its May President, Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States.The new mission will be the final phase in a three-step process in which the UN is supporting and enhancing the existing but under-resourced AU peacekeeping mission to Darfur, known as AMIS. Most of the troops in the hybrid force will be African. As part of the first phase, known as the “light support package,” the UN handed over medical support items ranging from a fully equipped ambulance to pharmaceutical products such as drugs and vaccines to AMIS. The UN and AU have stepped up their peacemaking efforts over the past year amid mounting international concern at the situation inside Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described Darfur as the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and the conflict between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias – notorious for their attacks on civilians – and rebel groups has threatened to spill into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). 25 May 2007The Security Council today called for the immediate implementation of a joint report of the United Nations and the African Union (AU) that sets out the mandate and structure for the planned hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission for the violence-wracked Darfur region of Sudan. read more

Libya UN envoy calls for end to fighting in Benghazi urges political

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, has condemned the escalating hostilities in the country’s eastern city of Benghazi and the heavy toll being felt by the area’s civilians, the United Nations mission in the country confirmed today. In a press release issued earlier this morning, Mr. León, who also heads the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), deplored the repeated shelling of residential areas in the city while reiterating his belief that “there can be no military solution to the conflict.” The fighting in Libya has provoked a growing displacement crisis within the country with the number of people displaced almost doubling from an estimated 230,000 last September to more than 434,000, according to the UN’s refugee agency. The largest bloc of internally displaced, some 105,000 people, is located in Benghazi, where the UN has been working with the municipality, as well as local and international NGOs to distribute items to some 6,000 of the most vulnerable IDPs between March and June. Meanwhile, the violence is also adding to the mounting list of casualties. This week alone, noted UNSMIL, at least 10 fatalities were reported among civilians in Benghazi including a number of children. “Coming at a time of successful reconciliation and ceasefire efforts at different localities in the country, and as the political dialogue among Libyan stakeholders was making major progress, it is high time for Benghazi which has suffered for too long to enjoy peace,” the UNSMIL press release continued. “A vast majority of the Libyan people want an immediate end to the conflict. The Special Representative reiterates his conviction that a political agreement through dialogue is the best hope for achieving peace across Libya.” Mr. León also reminded all parties that attacks against civilians were prohibited under international humanitarian law and could constitute war crimes. To that point, he called on all parties “to cease immediately all indiscriminate attacks.” read more