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Cook, Bell guide England into commanding position

first_imgAlastair Cook continued to plunder the Australian bowling on Wednesday, becoming the most prolific English run scorer in an Ashes series in eight decades and guiding the visitors into a series-winning position in the fifth Test.Alastair Cook after his century in Sydney. AP PhotoThe 26-year-old opener scored 189 and shared a 154-run sixth-wicket partnership with Ian Bell, who survived a dropped catch and a controversial umpire overrule before notching his first Test century against Australia and helping England reach 488-7 at stumps on the third day, a first-innings lead of 288.England have an unbeatable 2-1 lead and needs only a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground to claim its first Test series victory in Australia since 1987.Cook had some contentious moments on 46 and 99, both against left-arm spinner Michael Beer, but passed 5,000 career runs and lifted his series tally to 776 runs at an average of 127 with another commanding innings.The 26-year-old Cook scored an unbeaten 235 in the first Test and has only been out five times in the series. He surpassed Herbert Sutcliffe – who scored 734 in the 1924-25 series in Australia – as England’s second-highest scorer in an Ashes series. Only the great Wally Hammond has scored more for England in a series, accumulating 905 in 1928-29 at average of 113.Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman holds the record with his 974 runs in 1930 series in England.Cook was out soon after the tea interval, caught by Mike Hussey off Shane Watson’s bowling to make the England total 380-6.Bell continued to score his maiden century in Australia, but it will remain contentious. He challenged umpire Aleem Dar’s decision when he was caught behind on 67 off Watson’s bowling. The TV umpire Tony Hill ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence that Bell got an edge on a Shane Watson ball that went between bat and bad. But later television technology indicated Bell did snick the ball and Dar’s decision should have stood.advertisementThe English No. 6 was also dropped on 84 when legspinner Steven Smith put down a regulation return catch.Still, after 11 half centuries against Australia, he finally reached three figures. He was caught by Michael Clarke at second slip to give Mitchell Johnson a third wicket six minutes before stumps was called due to bad light.Bell shared century stands with Cook and wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who hit a classic straight six and five boundaries as he raised 50 from 54 balls. He was not out on 54 when play was stopped six overs before the scheduled close.Cook’s innings wasn’t without its anxious moments.He was four runs short of a half century when he appeared to be caught out off Beer’s bowling late on the second day, only for umpire Billy Bowden to refer the decision to the TV umpire, suspecting a no-ball. The third umpire confirmed Beer had overstepped the crease.On 99, Cook clipped a Beer delivery to bat-pad, where Phil Hughes claimed a catch at ground level. But Cook stood his ground despite loud and sustained appeals from the Australians, and got the benefit of the doubt when video replays seemed to show the ball touching the grass millimeters before Hughes got his fingers under it.But otherwise, his eight-hour, 342-ball innings was full of confident, well executed strokes and contained 16 boundaries.England resumed on Wednesday at 167 for three in reply to Australia’s 280 and only lost four wickets in three sessions, including night watchman Jimmy Anderson – bowled by Peter Siddle for seven – and Paul Collingwood – caught for 13 stepping down the wicket to Beer in the morning.last_img read more

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Defeated Novak Djokovic will regroup at Indian Wells doubles

first_imgNovak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Philipp Kohlschreiber at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)World number one Novak Djokovic was trying hard to take his shock loss at the ATP Indian Wells Masters in stride on Tuesday, but it wasn’t easy.“To be honest, I don’t enjoy losing,” Djokovic said after falling 6-4, 6-4 to 39th-ranked German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Things to work on, without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “I’m not at my highest level, but slowly building, and hopefully I’ll be able to peak in Miami.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kohlschreiber notched his first ever victory over a number one-ranked player, ending Djokovic’s bid for a sixth Indian Wells crown.“Especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past …” Djokovic said. “But it just happens, one of those days.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDjokovic, playing his first tournament since lifting his record seventh Australian Open title in January, knew he’d have to work his way back into top form.He admitted he was nervous in the early going of his 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, win over US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in his second-round opener. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img With sights set on Tokyo 2020, PH skateboarding holds regional qualifiers Nevertheless, he thought he was poised for a deeper run, something he’ll now try to achieve in doubles alongside Italian playing partner Fabio Fognini.Shortly after falling to Kohlschreiber, Djokovic was headed out for doubles, teaming with Fognini for a 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 10/6 victory over Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau to reach the semi-finals.“You just have to deal with it, move on, turn the next page,” Djokovic said. “Miami is the next tournament singles-wise for me.“I’m going to try to go all the way here in doubles. I’m really excited about that.”But he’ll also be putting in some solid singles practice.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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ICC World T20: Group threatens to ‘dig up pitch’ if Pakistan plays at Dharamsala

first_imgDemanding that the Pakistan cricket team should not be allowed to play in the World Twenty20 match against India on March 19, the Anti-Terrorist Front on Friday threatened that it would dig the pitch to protest the holding of the match at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium.”If the Pakistan team comes to Dharamsala to play against Indian cricket team, we will dig the pitch in HPCA stadium,” Virender Shandilya, national president of Anti-Terrorist Front of India, said. Also read: Pakistan to assess security arrangements before World Twenty20 “There is a high risk that Pakistani terrorists can enter the area during the match and if Himachal Pradesh government allows the tie, it will be the disrespect towards the martyrs of Pathankot and Pampore.”Shandilya claimed that he had written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard and will also meet state chief minister Virbhadra Singh and leader of opposition PK Dhumal.”We will protest against this match in Dharamshala in a big way in the coming days,” said Shandilya.last_img read more

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CONCACAF Gold Cup: Early Rodolfo Pizarro goal gives Mexico 1-0 win over Honduras

first_imgA goal after three minutes from Rodolfo Pizarro gave CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico a 1-0 win over Honduras on Thursday and a place in the semi-finals of this year’s tournament.They now face Jamaica, who beat Canada 2-1 in the evening’s other quarter-final.Group C winners and tournament joint favourites Mexico brought a second-string team but started brightly against a nation that progressed to the knock-out stage despite not scoring a goal in any of their three group games.Jesus Duenas’ inviting cross was missed by the entire Honduran defence and Pizarro nipped in at the back post to side foot home from three yards out.The game took place in a 90-degree Fahrenheit heat in Arizona and neither side was able to dominate a scrappy match.Mexico had the better of the first half and Honduras improved in the second period, almost grabbing an equaliser direct from a corner kick when keeper Jesus Corona had to look smart to punch out Alex Lopez’ inswinger.One goal was enough, though, to take Mexico to a semi-final tie against Jamaica.”We knew it would be a hard game and difficult to get behind them as they play deep,” Pizarro told TV cameras after the game. “We are getting better each game and the object now is to reach the final.”Jamaica’s Shaun Francis put his side ahead after just six minutes with a powerful side-footed shot and Romario Williams doubled their leader five minutes into the second period when he curled the ball into the far corner from just outside the box.advertisementCanada’s David Junior Hoilett scored an almost identical goal five minutes later but the Reggae Boyz held on to progress to Sunday’s semi-final at the Rose Bowl.The match will be a repeat of the 2015 final, which Mexico won 3-1 to lift their seventh Gold Cup.Costa Rica will face hosts the USA in the first semi-final in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday.The final will be played in Santa Clara on July 26.last_img read more

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PepsiCo taps healthier drinks market with SodaStream deal

first_imgNew York, Aug 20 (AFP) PepsiCo today said it was buying Israeli company SodaStream for USD 3.2 billion as the US beverage giant contends with falling demand for sugar-laden soft drinks among health-conscious consumers.SodaStream makes machines that carbonate home tap water, and both PepsiCo and its arch-rival Coca-Cola have been diversifying away from their mainstay fizzy drinks in part to counter the onset of anti-obesity sugar taxes around the world.SodaStream offers consumers “the ability to make great-tasting beverages while reducing the amount of waste generated”, PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi, who is stepping down following 12 years at the helm, said in a statement.Along with the health appeal of its product over traditional soft drinks, SodaStream’s reusable bottles are another marketing point exploited by the Israeli company as consumers are urged to shun polluting plastics.Under the cash deal, PepsiCo is to pay USD 144 per share for SodaStream’s outstanding stock, a premium of 11 per cent over its closing price on Friday.SodaStream shares were up more than 10 per cent at USD 143.02 in pre-market US trading today. PepsiCo stock was flat ahead of the open.Nooyi said SodaStream’s approach was aligned with “our philosophy of making more nutritious products while limiting our environmental footprint”.Ramon Laguarta, who is set to replace Nooyi in October, added: “SodaStream is highly complementary and incremental to our business, adding to our growing water portfolio.” PepsiCo launched Drinkfinity this year, a new beverage based on tap water. Consumers buy flavoured pods to inject a choice of tastes into a reusable bottle, such as acai berry, coconut-watermelon and elderflower.advertisementCoca-Cola, for its part, said last week that it was buying a stake in BodyArmor, a maker of sports drinks that is endorsed by retired basketball star Kobe Bryant.The drink is a rival to PepsiCo’s Gatorade, and the US titans have also been tussling in the market for diet sodas.Matthew Barry, senior analyst of beverages at Euromonitor International, said deals like the SodaStream purchase were vital for PepsiCo as it passes to new management.”With sugary carbonates and juices struggling and no turnaround in sight, mitigating the losses through newer and healthier products will be essential for PepsiCo,” he said in a research note.”Consumers around the world are more and more interested in low-sugar beverage options. Sugar taxes also represent a prominent threat.” (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

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A sweet gesture: Pastries and strawberries for Virat Kohli after 6000 Test runs

first_imgVirat Kohli became the second fastest batsman from India to complete 6000 Test runs on Friday during the ongoing fourth Test between India and England at Southampton. Scoring just 6 runs on Friday, Kohli reached the milestone and he got there with a boundary off James Anderson.Kohli fell to Sam Curran at 46 runs in the innings but Cheteshwar Pujara scored a glorious century to bat India out of trouble and give them a 26-run lead over England.After the end of the day, Kohli was treated to pastries and strawberries by the hotel in Southampton where the Indian team is staying during the match for completely 6000 runs in Test cricket.Kohli took to Twitter to share a picture of the “sweet gesture” by the staff and acknowledging their efforts, he wrote “great hospitality”.What a sweet gesture by the staff at the Harbour hotel in Southampton. Great Hospitality. pic.twitter.com/RenuAIOyiTVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 31, 2018Kohli, who had endured a horror Test series in England four years back, has been in supreme form this year. He started off with a classy 149 and a gutsy 51 in the first Test at Edgbaston before managing only 23 and 17 in an innings defeat at Lord’s.At Trent Bridge, Kohli was at his best again, scoring 97 in the first innings in tough conditions. He looked set for a hundred but was caught by Ben Stokes at slip off the bowling of Adil Rashid.But there was plenty of time left in the Test to get another hundred. India had posted 329 in their first innings and Hardik Pandya picked up a maiden five-wicket haul to dismiss England for 161. Kohli walked out to bat again on Day 2 and remained unbeaten on 8.advertisementIn the second innings, Kohli looked determined to bring up another three-figure mark and he got there to score his 23rd Test hundred but fell short of the 6000-run mark by 6 runs. India however, won the match by 203 runs to cut down England’s lead in the series to 2-1.Kohli is the second fastest batsman from India to reach the landmark after Sunil Gavaskar, who made his debut in 1971 and took 9 years and 323 days to reach 6000 Test runs. The legendary Indian opener brought up 6000 runs in his 65th Test and 117th innings. Kohli got there from 70 Tests and 119 innings. Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli’s idol and hero, got to 6000 Test runs in 76 Tests and 120 innings.Australian legend Don Bradman remains the fastest to 6000 Test runs (45 Tests and 68 innings) followed by Garfield Sobers (65 Tests and 111 innings). Steve Smith, who has been banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal, is the third fastest, reaching the landmark in 61 Tests and 111 innings.Overall, Virat Kohli is the ninth fastest to the milestone of 6000 Test runs.last_img read more

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HEAT TAKES A TOLL ON AREA HIGHWAYS

first_imgThe excessive heat over the weekend caused roads to buckle around the Siouxland area.In Dakota Dunes, Cottonwood Lane going south and South Derby Lane going North were closed Friday evening when the pavement buckled from the heat.Troy Clouse of the Iowa Department of Transportation says he and his crews were working Saturday evening on five damaged roads in Plymouth and Sioux Counties:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BUCKLE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..with concrete. ;19Clouse says the high heat causes the pavement to expand looking for anopportunity to relieve the pressure under the pavement.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BUCKLE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………our pavement buckle. ;09Some vehicles ended up with punctured tires after driving over the sharp concrete pieces.last_img read more

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10 months ago​Leicester loanee Benkovic reiterates Celtic desire

first_img​Leicester loanee Benkovic reiterates Celtic desireby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City loanee Filip Benkovic has admitted that he wants to stay at Celtic for the rest of the season.The 21-year-old is on loan at the Scottish champions, where he has impressed this season.He is a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ team.”I really hope I will stay here until the end of the season,” Benkovic told the Scottish Sun.”It’s not a decision for me but the Leicester coach has said I can stay here and that’s good for me.”I think staying here for a year will make me improve as a player. Coming from the Croatian league to the English Premier League is a very big difference.”I was only there for one month but I saw it was a big step up. I think this step, coming to Scotland, can make me better.”The least I can do is give 110 percent for the coach, the team and the fans.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Begins on March 23

first_img The Tourism Linkages Network will be hosting the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival from March 23 to 25 at Newcastle in St. Andrew.The festival is part of the initiatives to foster the strategic growth of culinary tourism in Jamaica.The three-day event will showcase the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region and feature Blue Mountain coffee, coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops.Speaking with JIS News, Senior Tourism Network Strategist with the Tourism Linkages Network, Simone Harris, said that the festival will be “all things coffee, packaged with food, entertainment, nature and culture in one weekend”.Highlighting the various activities, Miss Harris noted that day one, dubbed ‘Trade Day’, will include business development workshops for coffee industry players, and is being hosted by the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).“There will be presentations on different business development projects, information relevant to the farmers, and we will also be presenting on the agri-linkages exchange platform that is coming out of the Tourism Linkages Network,” she said.On Saturday, March 24, the general public will be able to participate in various competitions, food demonstrations, as well as enjoy performances from the Charles Town Maroons, Dance Expressionz and Tarrus Riley.Miss Harris also informed that there will be an hourly shuttle service from the University of Technology to the event in Newcastle.The final day, dubbed ‘Experience the Jamaica Blue Mountain Culinary Trail’, will promote, showcase and facilitate tours and stops at the various eateries along the path.A key component of the festival is the coordination of an Incoming Buyer Mission through the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) that will provide local producers of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee with access to new and existing markets.With the assistance of JAMPRO, the festival will become an industry-specific platform for setting up business matchmaking appointments among coffee buyers, processors and exporters.The festival is intended to create an event that attracts locals and tourists to the Blue Mountains; leverage the high quality and uniqueness of Blue Mountain coffee and the Blue Mountain experience, and promote export of coffee and coffee-related products. Highlighting the various activities, Miss Harris noted that day one, dubbed ‘Trade Day’, will include business development workshops for coffee industry players, and is being hosted by the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). Story Highlights The Tourism Linkages Network will be hosting the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival from March 23 to 25 at Newcastle in St. Andrew. The three-day event will showcase the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region and feature Blue Mountain coffee, coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops.last_img read more

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BMT Defence Services Applies NAPA Software in Design of …

first_imgzoom Naval design and engineering company BMT Defence Services Ltd today announced that it has applied a software package created by leading maritime software house NAPA during the design process for the new logistics and support vessel (LSV) ordered by the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organisation (NDLO).Naval architects have applied NAPA for Design to the vessel’s stability and hydrodynamics modelling to produce a compartmentation model that can provide hull form throughout the design process to production.The model will support the lifetime eco-efficiency of the vessel, either in combination with NAPA for Operations systems and the NAPA Loading Computer, or as a standalone system that provides vital information on the vessel when it cannot be observed.Will Giles, the Naval Architecture Lead for BMT Defence Services, said: “NAPA’s prompt and high quality technical support is extremely valuable during the tight design schedule for NDLO’s new logistics and support vessel. The software’s performance in complex calculations means we are able to analyze the results quickly, which frees up time for improvements to the design itself.”BMT Defence Services was named as design contractor for the $230 million contract in June 2013. The project’s delivery will be supported by sister companies, BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd and BMT Isis Ltd. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), a long term user of NAPA software systems, will construct the vessel.Mikko Forss, Sales Manager for NAPA said: “NAPA for Design combines both sheer calculation performance and an efficient design process to produce detailed analysis at a fast pace, ensuring naval architects can deliver on this demanding new LSV project, in terms producing the vessel’s design in a short timeframe. Unlike other packages on the market, NAPA has excellent tools to post process and analyze the results in order to understand how the design could be even further improved.”The vessel will be built in DSME’s Okpo yard and will measure 180 meters in length, 26 meters in beam, and have a displacement of over 26,000 tonnes. Delivery to the Royal Norwegian Navy is expected in September 2016.NAPA, December 12, 2013last_img read more

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Duncan Aglukkaq rejected invitation to visit Oxygripped Cat Lake

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was taken off the shelves in Ontario at the end of February.But there’s still enough OxyContin to make it easy to get for a price.On Cat Lake First Nation in northern Ontario, they’re trying to stop the flow and help people get off the drug.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.last_img

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Business Highlights

first_img___Stocks surge as Powell hints at slower interest rate hikesNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks made their biggest gain in eight months after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hinted that the Fed might be willing to raise interest rates at a slower pace next year. That relieved investors who were concerned that rising rates could slow the U.S. economy enough to bring an end to the nine-year-old bull market.____Powell: US economy healthy and rate hikes aren’t automaticWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes next year to assess the impact of its credit tightening. Powell’s comments ignited a rally on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging more than 200 points after his comments were released.____US economy grew at brisk 3.5 pct. annual rate last quarterWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3.5 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, led by lower but still strong consumer spending and more business investment than previously estimated. The Commerce Department’s figure for gross domestic product, released Wednesday, was the same as its first estimate last month. GDP is the broadest measure of the nation’s output of goods and services and covers everything from homebuilding to haircuts.____Trump suggests he’s looking into tariffs on car importsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hinting that he’s looking into slapping tariffs on car imports, a day after he threatened to slash federal subsidies to General Motors for wanting to close five U.S. factories. GM announced Monday that it wants to shutter the plants and slash 14,000 jobs in North America.____Not just jobs riding on fate of GM plant after Trump promiseLORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — General Motors’ major restructuring plan includes the possible closing of a plant in an Ohio industrial corridor where just last year President Donald Trump promised manufacturing jobs would be coming back. GM now faces a high-stakes decision on whether to shut down the Lordstown assembly plant, which makes the Chevy Cruze. Trump has blasted GM, threatening to cut off the automaker’s federal subsidies while also singling out the Ohio plant as one he wants to stay open.____Google CEO to make long-awaited congressional appearanceSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify next week at a congressional hearing on the company’s business practices, just three months after aides put up an empty chair to symbolize his refusal to appear. Pichai is scheduled to appear Dec. 5 before the House Judiciary Committee. Among other things, lawmakers are expected to grill him on whether Google rigs its influential search engine to stifle conservative voices.____Fed: Some US businesses’ debt at highest level in 2 decadesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is signalling potentially vulnerable spots in the financial system, citing some U.S. businesses’ debt at the highest levels in two decades and risky debt growing. The Fed’s report issued Wednesday was its first assessing the stability of the U.S. financial system. Ten years after the financial crisis, the new report points to excessive borrowing by households and businesses, banks’ elevated debt levels, and unrealistically high prices for stocks and other assets.____Suddenly, luxury stores miss free-spending Chinese touristsNEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany & Co. is noticing that there is something missing in its stores: Chinese tourists. For the second time in a many months, a big seller of high-end goods noticed that a particularly crucial demographic of its shopping base had made itself sparse. On Wednesday, shares of Tiffany & Co. plunged 12 per cent after reporting weaker-than-expected sales in its third quarter. CEO Alessandro Bogliolo said that Chinese tourists have failed to show up.________UK central bank warns of deep recession without Brexit dealLONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has warned that leaving the European Union without a divorce deal could plunge Britain into its deepest recession in nearly a century. It says the economy could shrink 8 per cent within months as unemployment and inflation soar. The stark projection on Wednesday came the same day the government’s own economists said the country will be poorer after Brexit than if it had stayed in the EU.____The S&P 500 index climbed 61.62 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 2,743.79. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 617.70 points, or 2.5 per cent, to 25,366.43. The Nasdaq composite jumped 208.89 points, or 2.9 per cent, to 7,291.59. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks leaped 37.53 points, or 2.5 per cent, to 1,530.38.Benchmark U.S. crude slipped 2.5 per cent to $50.29 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, sank 2.4 per cent to $58.76 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline lost 1.6 per cent to $1.40 a gallon. Heating oil fell 2.5 per cent to $1.84 a gallon. Natural gas rocketed 10.6 per cent to $14.72 per 1,000 cubic feetThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Assembly President and Turkish leader discuss Gaza flotilla incident

The two leaders discussed steps to establish an “independent and credible” international probe into the incident on 31 May, according to a statement issued by Dr. Treki’s spokesperson following the talks in Istanbul.They also discussed a number of other issues on the United Nations agenda, in particular efforts to promote dialogue among the world’s various civilizations.On arriving in Turkey yesterday, Dr. Treki met with President Abdullah Gül. Their talks centred on efforts to reform the UN, in particular the revitalization of the General Assembly and the proposed changes to the composition of the Security Council.They both reaffirmed the need to strengthen the UN, and exchanged ideas on several related issues, including giving more power to the General Assembly in the selection process of the Secretary-General. The role the General Assembly plays in international peace and security, development, human rights and rule of law also came up for discussion.Dr. Treki briefed the Turkish President on his initiatives to hold high-level meetings in the General Assembly to address global challenges, including water, disarmament, international piracy, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, trans-national organized crime as well as the situation in the Middle East.Dr. Treki also briefed Mr. Gül on the preparations for the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September. Mr. Gül confirmed that he will attend the event.Yesterday evening, Dr. Treki attended a dinner hosted by Mr. Erdogan in honour of heads of State and government and other senior officials attending the third Summit of the Conference on the Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), which is taking place in Istanbul this week. 8 June 2010General Assembly President Ali Treki today held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan focusing on the recent Israeli interception of a flotilla of boats carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip that led to nine civilians being killed. read more

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Canadas biofuels industry facing increasing headwinds despite climate change push

CALGARY – Canada’s biofuels industry is facing significant headwinds even as interest grows in ways to reduce carbon emissions.A combination of low oil prices, the end of a biofuels incentive program, continued competition from U.S. imports, lack of infrastructure, and stricter fuel efficiency regulations are all expected to be barriers to growth in the industry.Production could even go down, with the International Energy Agency predicting in its latest five-year outlook that Canada’s ethanol production will plunge 38 per cent, from about 1.68 billion litres a year in 2015 to around 1.04 billion litres by 2020 because of those headwinds.Andrea Kent, president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, said in an email that she disagrees with that outlook.“Canada continues to be well positioned to be a leader in renewable fuels,” said Kent.She said biofuels are well placed to help governments achieve carbon reductions, and is pushing to increase the required amounts of biodiesel in gasoline from two per cent to five.“This presents an ideal opportunity to leverage the successful biofuels mandates to help governments reach those ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets,” said Kent.But Environment and Climate Change Canada spokeswoman Natalie Huneault said the department “has no plans to make changes to the federal Renewable Fuels Regulations at this time.”The government has also confirmed that the ecoENERGY biofuels program, which paid producers an extra per-litre rate to encourage more domestic production, will expire as planned in 2017.Despite the program, Canada has never produced enough ethanol to meet the five per cent federal blending mandate, and imports hundreds of millions of litres a year from the U.S. to help supply the 2.2 billion litres of ethanol needed.And some question how effective increasing production would actually be on reducing carbon emissions.“I would argue it’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem, and isn’t really where we need to go,” said David Layzell, director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research Initiative at the University of Calgary.He’s looked at the life cycle impact of ethanol on carbon emissions and said it doesn’t offer significant overall savings.Estimates of actual carbon reductions vary, but the U.S. Energy Department says corn-based ethanol reduces carbon emissions 19 per cent on average compared with gasoline, and can be as much as 52 per cent.How much that carbon reduction costs is also up for debate, with Layzell saying in some cases it could cost as much as $800 per tonne of carbon reduction.“I would argue that may not be worth it,” said Layzell.Biodiesel is more effective at reducing emissions, but it suffers from poor economies of scale and the IEA is forecasting largely flat production in Canada of 348 million litres a year for the next five years.Ian Thomson, president of the Western Canada Biodiesel Association, said the fuel would be able to compete without incentives if governments put a real price on carbon, one that is multiples above the $30 a tonne being proposed.“If you had a real cost of carbon you wouldn’t need any quote unquote subsidies for biofuels, because you’d have a level playing field,” said Thomson.He said biofuels are important because they offer a proven and immediate solution to carbon emissions.“Biofuels can deliver really significant reductions right now. And there’s room for more of them,” said Thomson.Natural Resources Canada spokeswoman Tania Carreira-Pereira said in an email that the government may yet consider new policies for biofuels, as discussions continue on Canada’s framework to address climate change.“Consideration of the transportation sector, including the role of that alternative fuels can play to meet these commitments, will be part of these ongoing discussions,” she said.— Follow @ibickis on Twitter In this photo from Jan. 6, 2015, Ryan Brock fills a sample bottle with ethanol produced at the Green Plains ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. Canada’s biofuels industry is facing significant headwinds even as interest grows on ways to reduce carbon emissions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nati Harnik by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s biofuels industry facing increasing headwinds despite climate change push read more

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Buckeye womens volleyball set for pair of Michiganbased opponents

Junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (23) jumps up to spike the ball in a game against Northwestern on Oct. 11 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Abigail Hofrichter / Lantern photographerIt’s Michigan week for the No. 20 Ohio States women’s volleyball team (14-6, 5-3) as it’s scheduled to face Michigan State and Michigan this weekend.While many fans might associate Michigan with the football rivalry, the women’s volleyball team approaches the matchup the same way in their sport, senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said.“We came in here on Monday and we were all saying it was Michigan week,” Winner said. “It’s big for us and it means a lot to the school too.”And while the games this weekend have meaning to the team, they also have some personal significance for junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson, a native of Ypsilanti, Mich., which is about a 20 minute drive from the Michigan campus.“My dad graduated from Michigan, so he’s really pumped up about seeing this game,” Richardson said. “My aunt graduated from (Michigan) State, so both (being near) my hometown area (is) really exciting for this weekend.”The Spartans (12-7, 5-3) are led by senior libero Kori Moster, a native of Cincinnati, who is third in the Big Ten in digs per set with 4.45, and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in setter Rachel Minarick, who is seventh in the conference with 10.02 assists per set.The Wolverines (10-8, 5-3) are led by back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Week sophomore middle blocker Abby Cole, who is second in the conference with a .418 hitting percentage, fourth in points with 4.24 per set and fifth in kills with 3.57 per set.Coming off a 1-1 road trip in Indiana, OSU junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said the team struggled to find consistency, but added if the Buckeyes are consistent against the Spartans and Wolverines, they can pull out both wins.She added that because the team only plays the Spartans once this season, it adds meaning that the team wants to make a statement.“Obviously with the rivalry, that’s really exciting,” Campbell said. “Just to be able to bring in all the fans … just to play some good volleyball from both sides, I think that will be able to represent (both) schools and the rivalry and competiveness.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Spartans on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by the Wolverines on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Both matches are set to be played at St. John Arena. read more

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On The Verge Top 3 Stories of NBA Offseason

Sports journalist Chris Mannix gives his three things to keep an eye on during the NBA’s offseason.The main story is on the future of Dwight Howard. Will he resign with the Los Angeles Lakers? Time is running out.What will the Nets look like after they acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pearse? With the addition of those two, the Nets starting five are bound to command attention, especially with Jason Kidd as the new head coach.Finally, the Miami Heat year after year have always added someone to their roster to make them a better team. Who will it be this year? read more

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Football Ohio State ends fall practice with uncertainty

Freshman cornerback Tyreke Johnson (13) and freshman safety Josh Proctor (15) warm up as Ohio State finishes its final practice in fall camp. Photo: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOn the surface, everything seemed to stay the same. As Ohio State practiced for the final time during Fall Camp, the coaching staff continued to weave in and out of the warm up lines, encouraging their players prior to the beginning of regular season practices when classes start on Tuesday. However, instead of the bellowing sounds of head coach Urban Meyer in the middle of the huddle prior to the first period of the final practice, it was Ryan Day as the acting head coach. Despite all of the national attention surrounding Ohio State, with the ongoing investigation of Meyer by the university and his knowledge of domestic abuse allegations made against former assistant coach Zach Smith, the Buckeyes still have a game to prepare for. Ohio State will open the season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State, two weeks after the end of fall camp. After the practice update Day released Friday, there were not many surprises on the football field. On the offensive line, with sophomore Thayer Munford and fifth-year senior Brady Taylor sidelined, the first team had junior Michael Jordan in the middle at center, flanked to the left by redshirt junior Joshua Alabi and fifth-year senior Malcolm Pridgeon and with fifth-year senior Demetrius Knox and senior Isaiah Prince on the right. Freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin was seen throwing, still with limited movement inside the pocket and with a brace on his left knee as he continues to recover from an ACL injury. In Friday’s update, Day said the Lake Travis, Texas native “will not be 100 percent for another couple of weeks.” Freshman safety Marcus Hooker was also sidelined and not in pads for Saturday’s practice and had a sling on his right arm. In drills, running backs coach Tony Alford had his position group, participate in catching drills, highlighting the ability of both sophomore J.K. Dobbins and freshman Master Teague in that element of the running game. For the tight ends, Kevin Wilson led his group in blocking drills to start the day. With the amount of attributes in the tight end room, with redshirt sophomore Luke Farrell coming in as primarily a blocking tight end and freshman Jeremy Ruckert, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound athlete coming in with hype involving his pass catching ability, Wilson began with blocking drills, something that, no matter what the offensive scheme is in the tight end room, could be vital to the run-heavy attack Ohio State has had in the past. During the warm-up period, first-year safeties coach Alex Grinch continued to get in the faces of players, saying over and over “It’s a depth chart day.” Even with the focus on football, there still seemed to be something missing on the practice field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. With two weeks to go before the first game against the Beavers, it is still uncertain if that will continue into the regular season. read more

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Ecoefficient comminution

first_imgIn June 2012 CEEC, in association with JKTech, ran a workshop to develop a roadmap for eco-efficient comminution.  The workshop was attended by invited senior industry figures from Australia and overseas representing mining companies, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers and the research community.  The participants worked in teams to identify opportunities and risks related to the implementation of eco-efficient comminution, with a view to creating a template which can be used by companies to develop a strategy for energy efficiency in any mine site. A full article on this will appear in the October issue of International Mining (with extra distribution at IM’s second IPCC conference – http://corporate.im-mining.com/imevents/). The editors of the final roadmap have tried to accurately reflect the output of the teams’ roadmaps which were the main products of the workshop, plus the many useful comments made during plenary sessions.  Thanks are due to Prof Tim Napier-Munn, Diana Drinkwater of JKTech and Grant Ballantyne of JKMRC who had the onerous task of bringing together this material to form the final report.In producing the final document they kept in mind the following points:A roadmap is not a plan, but rather a path to a planTried to make the document pithy and concise. Details are confined to appendicesResisted the temptation to include things that were thought should be there and to remove things that were thought shouldn’t be there. The aim was to fairly reflect what actually happened at the workshop.Consideration was given at all times to the potential customers for the roadmap, including:Senior industry personnel considering whether they should develop a company-based strategy for energy-efficient comminution, whom the roadmap should assist in making that decision and then in formulating a planGovernment or industry associations considering industry-wide strategies (e.g. AMIRA)Commercial  or research organisations looking for opportunitieshttp://www.ceecthefuture.org/2fresources/2fceec-workshopslast_img read more

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Birthrate down 10 while stillbirths jump by 215 in Greece

first_imgResearch from the National School of Public Health (ESDY) in Greece has shown that austerity has fuelled a dramatic decrease in the birthrate and a rapid increase in stillbirths. The research, whose findings were published in the Greek daily Eleftherotypia, found that from 2009 to 2011, the birthrate has fallen consistently, from 10.45 births per 1,000 inhabitants in 2009, 10.15 births per 1,000 inhabitants in 2010 and 9.39 births per 1,000 inhabitants in 2011, an overall decrease of 10.13%. Also, between 2008 and 2011, the rate of stillbirths has increased 21.5%, from 3.31 per 1,000 in 2008, to 4.28 in 2009, 4.36 in 2010 and 4.01 in 2011.Existing research has shown the strong correlation between an increase in stillbirths and a decline in access to healthcare. In Greece, people who have been unemployed for over a year not only lose their benefits but also their public health insurance. Efi Simou who contacted the ESDY study stated that “The low birthrate, coupled with an increase in the population aged over 65, is alarming. In times of crisis, such as the present one, there is a compelling need for policies that, on the one hand, will motivate couples to have children and, on the other, will provide women with comprehensive prenatal and perinatal care, regardless of their economic or their employment situation”. It is worth noting that in Portugal, where severe austerity measures are also being applied to the economy, the birth-rate has fallen 14% since 2008. Source: enetenglish.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Military Should Prioritize Energy Security Efficiency Projects Spending Panel Says

first_imgThe Defense Department should pursue a range of actions to enhance its installations’ energy security and efficiency, including investing in renewable energy, microgrids and smart technology, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2019 military construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill the House Appropriations Committee approved earlier this month. Those types of projects would help shield mission-critical operations from disruptions to the power grid while saving money, the lawmakers stated. They praised installations in Hawaii for leading the way in increasing energy security and efficiency through efforts to develop net-zero energy facilities, demonstrating microgrid technology, and upgrading systems to improve energy and water efficiency.The committee pointed to a January 2017 study commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts that concluded DOD could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually by investing in microgrids and renewables. The study found that microgrid power systems are more reliable than the stand-alone diesel generators typically used for backup power and could save from $8 million to $20 million over a 20-year period. It also found that DOD could save up to $1 billion a year simply by increasing the use of commercially available energy efficiency measures in its facilities, according to the report.Photo by Steve Kohls Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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