Trade China sure to surface as Trudeau meets Trump congressional leaders

first_imgWASHINGTON — Justin Trudeau is headed back to the White House today in what could prove to be a pivotal visit to the U.S. capital not only for North American trade and Canada’s strained relationship with China, but for the campaign-bound prime minister himself.An earnest end to the tensions between Trudeau and President Donald Trump, which erupted into full view following last year’s G7 summit in Quebec, could prove useful to his governing Liberals when Canadians head to the polls this fall.The Oval Office meeting, Trudeau’s third since Trump was elected in 2016, is aimed primarily at pushing the new North American trade deal over the finish line in both countries.But Trudeau will also be looking to the U.S. president to speak out against the detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been languishing behind bars in China since shortly after Canada arrested high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou late last year at the behest of U.S. authorities. Canada has been caught in the crossfire after detaining Meng last December in Vancouver, where she awaits extradition south of the border to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.Trudeau is hoping Trump will go to bat for Kovrig and Spavor when he meets China’s President Xi Jinping at next week’s G20 leaders’ summit in Japan.Vice-President Mike Pence has promised Trump would do just that, but Trudeau will find out today whether the mercurial president plans to follow through.And then there’s the new NAFTA.Trump needs to persuade his Democratic opponents in the House of Representatives — in particular Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom Trudeau is scheduled to meet later in the day — to allow the actual start of the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Lawmakers in Mexico voted Wednesday to ratify the deal.Pelosi and her fellow Democrats, never rabid fans of free trade generally, want stronger enforcement mechanisms for the deal’s new labour and environmental provisions — and Trudeau’s visit might be just the thing needed to pry loose her support.Canada, meanwhile, has been building strong support for the new NAFTA and open borders within the U.S. and it has many American business allies who remain active.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the powerful House ways and means committee Wednesday that he’s willing to co-operate with Democrats to move forward on the new trade bill.“Getting this done sooner rather than later is in everybody’s interest,” he said. “It saves jobs, it helps the economy, it gets certainty in place.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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TSX closes higher but Wall Street firmly in the red

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday as rising oil and gold prices offset disappointing economic data south of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 40.11 points at 14,942.55 while the loonie rose 0.25 of a U.S. cent to 79.20 cents.In the U.S., markets were sharply lower amid a string of disappointing economic reports. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 77.94 points at 17,698.18, the Nasdaq lost 20.66 points to 4,880.23 and the S&P 500 was off 8.20 points at 2,059.69.“We were all expecting the economy to come out of this period on sustainable footing and a few data points seem to suggest that maybe we’re on shakier ground than we thought,” said Patrick Blais, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.A report from the ADP private payrolls firm said 189,000 new jobs were created in March — below market expectations for an increase of around 250,000.As well, the closely followed ISM survey of manufacturing executives fell in March for a fifth consecutive month, hitting its lowest level since mid-2013, as it slipped to 51.5 from 52.9 in February.Blais said strength in the U.S. currency and weakness in foreign economies are largely to blame for the disappointing U.S. manufacturing data.Meanwhile, consumer spending has been lagging year-to-date, although Blais said that is likely weather-related and will prove to be temporary.U.S. auto sales were up less than one per cent in March compared with the same month a year ago — a slowdown from the 14% gain seen in January and the five per cent gain in February.Construction spending also decreased in February, according to the U.S. Commerce department. A slight increase had been expected.On the commodity markets, the May crude oil contract was up $2.49 at US$50.09 a barrel as U.S. domestic crude production fell for the first time since the end of January and delays were reported in negotiations with Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program. A deal with Tehran could lead to reduced sanctions on the Middle East oil exporter and send even more oil flooding already glutted world markets.“What’s good for oil is good for Canada,” said Blais.However, U.S. government data did show that crude inventories in the United States rose by 4.8 million barrels in the week ended March 27. That was more than the 4.2 million barrels expected by analysts.Gold prices also rose sharply, with the June bullion contract up $25 at US$1,208.20 an ounce.Despite the troubling figures out of the U.S., Blais said Europe — which has been casting a shadow over the global economy lately — is showing signs of recovery.“If they’re at a point where they can deliver economic growth through a combination of quantitative easing, restructuring, a lower currency and a lower oil price, then I think that will be taken as an overall positive for equity markets,” he said. read more

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Its getting nasty No end in sight for cryptocurrency selloff as Bitcoin

Turmoil engulfed cryptocurrency markets again on Tuesday, with every major coin extending a rout that’s rocked confidence in the nascent asset class just as U.S. regulators try to close in on alleged fraud.Bitcoin tumbled below US$4,225 to a 13-month low, before regaining some ground. The slide helped fuel a sell-off among rival tokens Ether, Litecoin and XRP, which pared an earlier loss that reached 17 per cent.After months of enjoying relative stability, cryptocurrency bulls are left reeling by a sudden market downturn in November and increased regulatory reviews. Digital assets have now lost almost US$700 billion of market value since crypto-mania peaked in January, according to CoinMarketCap.com. Trading on futures markets, where investors can bet against Bitcoin, has soared.Bitcoin’s slide resumes, piercing through $5,000 and dragging other cryptocurrencies down with it‘I didn’t sleep well last night’: Bitcoin’s slide just the beginning as analysts brace for a 70% dropBitcoin is plunging again and crypto bulls are wondering how low it will go this timeWhile the trigger for the latest sell-off is unclear, it has coincided with a “hard fork” of Bitcoin Cash. The move, which split the offshoot of the original Bitcoin into two, has underscored the sometimes chaotic nature of a crypto community racked by infighting. Bitcoin, which began the year above US$14,000, broke through its floor of around US$6,000 last week.“If you significantly slice through a level like US$6,000, people don’t have a lot of protection below it — and then you see a lot of stop-loss selling which exacerbates the move,” said Marc Ostwald, global strategist at ADM Investor Services International in London. “It doesn’t help that we have a genuinely risk-averse environment, with equities and credit under pressure.”Bitcoin, the biggest digital coin, was down 7.9 per cent as of 7:12 a.m. in New York. Ether, Litecoin and XRP all fell at least 8.8 per cent.Regulatory concerns have also weighed on sentiment. On Friday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced civil penalties against two cryptocurrency companies that didn’t register their initial coin offerings as securities. And on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether last year’s epic rally was fueled in part by manipulation, with traders driving up Bitcoin with Tether — a popular but controversial digital token.“The whole move by the SEC has seemed like a nail in the coffin, and with talk about price-rigging the market, it’s getting nasty,” said ADM’s Ostwald. He said the approach of Bitcoin futures expiration can also give gyrations to the market.The combined open interest in Bitcoin futures on exchanges run by CME Group Inc. and Cboe Global Markets Inc. swelled to the equivalent of 22,266 Bitcoins on Monday, an all-time high. CME’s current contract is set to finish trading in 10 days. Volume in the contracts, which allow institutional investors to profit from declines in cryptocurrencies, jumped to the highest level since July.–With assistance from Michael Patterson.Bloomberg.com read more

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Rona pays former CEO Robert Dutton 45 million departure package

Rona pays former CEO Robert Dutton $4.5 million departure package AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 1, 2013 6:03 pm MDT MONTREAL – Hardware and lumber retailer Rona Inc. says it paid former CEO Robert Dutton a severance package worth more than $4.5 million as part of nearly $6.9 million in total compensation last year.In regulatory documents it filed ahead of its annual meeting in May, the Quebec-based company said Dutton’s severance package included $1.8 million in cash representing two years of base salary and the vesting of more than 224,000 options granted since 2009.Rona (TSX:RON) disclosed it paid Dutton $75,000 a month to work as a consultant during a three-month transition period after he resigned last November.The 35-year Rona employee also earned $793,141 in base salary in 2012, $845,138 in share-based awards, $281,513 in options and a pension value of $304,000.Dutton earned $2 million in 2011, including $876,413 in base salary, $845,470 in share-based awards, $281,832 in option-based awards, $87,641 in bonuses and a negative $89,000 pension value due to a change in the way his pension was calculated.He has been eligible since November to receive an annual pension of $508,000, excluding the value voluntary employee contributions made over his years with the company.Dominque Boies, who filled the dual roles of chief financial officer and acting chief executive, took home total compensation of $1.9 million, up from $580,000 in 2011 when he was just chief financial officer. His base salary increased to $412,430 while he also received more shares and options and a $57,740 bonus.Boies will remain chief financial officer following the selection of former Metro (TSX:MRU) vice-president Robert Sawyer as CEO.Joining Sawyer on Rona’s board will be 13 other members, including several people added in January. Steven Richardson and Eric Claus are proposed for election, while Jean-Roch Vachon and Geoff Molson won’t seek re-appointment.The new board will have one woman — Suzanne Blanchet of Cascades (TSX:CAS) — and six members from outside Rona’s base in Quebec.Analysts applauded Rona’s selection of Sawyer as a proven retail executive and a “man of action, focused on execution.”But Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets said he’s “unconvinced” by a key point of Rona’s strategy to shift from big-box stores to smaller “proximity” locations outside of Quebec.“Our concern is whether there is enough ‘white space’ between big box warehouses and hardware stores for the urban proximity store to flourish,” he wrote in a report.He said it’s questionable whether these smaller stores can attract a significant number of former Rona big-box customers and those of its large and small-format rivals. The smaller store format in urban markets was hurt when home improvement warehouses expanded in Canada. In the United States, these stores were completely eliminated by big-box competition.Howlett said the only other company to try such a strategy is California-based Orchard Supply, which has a greater focus on gardening products than Rona.While Rona is in severe competition with Home Depot and Lowe’s, its hardware segment will also face off with retailers Home Hardware, Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC), Sears and Wal-Mart.Rona’s big box business outside of Quebec has about $750 million in annual retail sales. The commercial and professional business sells another $450 million. Reducing $1.2 billion of sales could affect its supply chain infrastructure, the analyst added.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Rona’s shares closed down 23 cents at $10.95 in Monday trading. read more

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Fox Sports 1 ads to appear on American Youth Soccer Organization jerseys

TORRANCE, Calif. – Fox is extending its soccer involvement to the youth level, where thousands of teams will wear “Fox Sports 1” advertisements on their jerseys.The network, which has rights to the next three World Cups and to the European Champions League through 2017-18, announced a five-year partnership Wednesday with the American Youth Soccer Organization. “Fox Sports 1” will be added this string to the right chest of AYSO jerseys, which have had AYSO logos on the left chest for a half century.Fox will televise the Women’s World Cup in June and this year began an eight-year contract with Major League Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation. It also has rights to England’s FA Cup and in August will resume televising the Bundesliga, whose rights it had lost after the 2005-06 season. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE- In this July 3, 2012, file photo, Jonah Valdez of Santa Clarita, Calif., shows off his skills during opening ceremonies of the American Youth Soccer Organization National Games in Knoxville, Tenn. The Fox network announced a five-year partnership Wednesday, March 11, 2015, with the American Youth Soccer Organization. “Fox Sports 1” will be added this string to the right chest of AYSO jerseys, which have had AYSO logos on the left chest for a half century. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Adam Brimer, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 2:27 pm MDT ‘Fox Sports 1’ ads to appear on American Youth Soccer Organization jerseys read more

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UN chief urges Member States staff to participate in MDG 1000 Days

“Over the next 1,000 days, let us give 1,000 percent,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates and UN staff gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York.“Thanks to the hard work of governments, civil society and other partners around the world – the MDGs have mobilized action and achieved results,” Mr. Ban said, but cautioned that the world continues to struggle against extreme poverty, inequality and insufficient access to sanitation.Mr. Ban was joined at today’s event by his Special Adviser for the MDGs, Jeffrey Sachs, as well as Gary Quinlan of Australia and Eugene-Richard Gasana of Rwanda, the Co-chairs of the MDG Advocacy Group.Since last Friday, the UN has been working partners around the world to build momentum to achieve greater gains by the 2015 target date.On social media platforms, UN agencies, partners, and individuals have sent over 40,000 tweets calling for hashtag #MDGMomentum to more than 26 million accounts, Mr. Ban said.The UN chief met with young people in Spain last week to discuss the urged need for action and have a ceremonial kick-off to the 1,000 Days at a Real Madrid football match.He also spoke via Skype with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl attacked for going to school, about the importance of education.Mr. Ban then carried his 1,000-days message to Vatican City where he had an audience with Pope Francis, and more recently to the White House in a meeting with President Barack Obama.Joking that even his family has gotten into the act, Mr. Ban said his granddaughter was born on the 999-day milestone, “she was due a bit later, but it seems she couldn’t wait to join us in spreading the 1,000 day message.”The eight time-bound MDGs address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combating AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.According to UN figures, since the MDGs were adopted by all UN Member States in 2000, global extreme poverty rate has been cut in half and two billion more people have gained access to safe drinking water.In addition, according to those figures, maternal and child mortality have dropped. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.A record number of children are also enrolled primary school, with the number of girls equalling the boys for the first time. read more

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Marker of CTE found in brain of Kosta Karageorge

Kosta Karageorge was a red-shirt senior defensive lineman. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen former Ohio State football player and wrestler Kosta Karageorge was reported missing in Nov. 2014, a dark cloud was shadowed over the OSU-Michigan game that Saturday. That dark cloud soon formed a black hole that swallowed the hearts of Karageorge’s teammates. The senior walk-on killed himself and was found in a dumpster near his house close to campus.His family sent his brain to be examined by a brain bank in Massachusetts who continues to examine the brains of several former athletes post mortem.A report from The New York Times on Tuesday stated that Karageorge had a protein on his brain that is consistent with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative disease found in those who suffer from repeated blows to the head. The article stated Karageorge suffered 15 concussions in his lifetime.Neuropathologist Ann McKee examined Karageorge’s brain and found the protein Tau and diagnosed him with Stage 1 CTE. The report handed to the Karageorge family said that McKee discovered traces of “past microhemorrhaging in Karageorge’s prefrontal cortex” which often “leads to cognitive issues involving impulsivity, disinhibition, poor judgment and maybe even suicidal ideation,” according to McKee’s report outlined in the article.Concussions have been a focus of discussion for the better part of three years. Former Buckeye Ray Griffin sued the Big Ten and the NCAA just over a week ago over the same issue.The article stated that McKee said that it is impossible to distinguish if chronic head trauma is directly related to Karageorge’s suicide.OSU offers suicide prevention resources. The Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Services can be reached at 614-292-5766. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. read more

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Hudson Street Hooligans boast Ohio State roots

Some people call Columbus Crew fans loud, rowdy and even crazy, but if you ask them, they prefer the term “Hooligans.” Ohio State students and half-brothers, Grant Thurmond and Cord Andrews, along with their friend Drew Abdalla, started watching the Crew as kids during the team’s inaugural season in 1996. Their love for the Crew continued into their college years, but the mediocre soccer club drove many fans away, triggering a staggering decline in attendance. But in 2006, the group of three, in an effort to support a struggling team that, at times, seemed to lack a passionate fan base, formed the Hudson Street Hooligans. “The atmosphere was just really dull,” said Thurmond, a fourth-year in sport and leisure studies. “And I think we all wanted to change that. We had a vision to fill the stadium.” As they searched to make that change, the three began meeting at Abdalla’s house near the corner of High Street and Hudson Street on game days to tailgate. And after repeated tailgates, Andrews, a fourth-year in construction management, said only one thing was missing from the group – a name. “After it started to become a regular thing, we decided we needed a name for our group,” Andrews said. “We called ourselves the Hudson Street Hooligans because we had to walk up Hudson to get to the stadium.” But the small group of three was just the beginning. “We tried to get a lot of people over to Drew’s and to the game,” Andrews said. “I started recruiting a bunch of people from my girlfriend’s dorm and we saw the group start to grow.” But the group didn’t see noticeable change until the 2008 season when the Crew captured their first MLS cup, defeating the New York Red Bulls, 3-1. In summer 2010, the group formed themselves into a club that required a paid membership, and as a result, needed to find a venue that would accommodate the hundreds of people coming to tailgate for the games. The group found Ruby Tuesday on Summit Street and called it home until June 2010 when they opened their own bar, Hudson Street Hooligans Pub, located at 2236 Summit Street. “It was an exciting time,” Thurmond said. “We had our own place and the club was getting huge.” But the club’s plans were put on hold when problem arose during an inspection by the City of Columbus, after which the pub’s certificate of occupancy was revoked on July 28, 2011. The club was forced to close its doors after just one season. “We tried to keep it open,” Thurmond said. “But we decided that the amount of effort it would take to keep it was too much.” Despite the closing, the group continues to thrive, boasting more than 1,000 paid members to date. “I don’t know if any of us expected the group to be this big,” Andrews said. “It crossed our minds that it could be big, but that was never a realistic thought to us.” But the founders said they know the club wouldn’t be what it is without its members. Aaron Aebie, a second-year in communication and member of the Hudson Street Hooligans, said the rowdiness of the Hooligans is what makes the games fun. “It’s crazy,” Aebie said. “With all the people that are there, the atmosphere is just electric.” Aebie said without the Hooligans, the games just wouldn’t be the same. “We have our own section and it’s kind of a free-for-all at times,” Aebie said. “It’s such a fun thing to be a part of.” That’s what the Hudson Street Hooligans are all about. “When you’re a Hooligan, you feel like you’re part of the game,” Thurmond said, “and beyond that, you feel like you’re actually a part of the team.” read more

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Care homes are banning relatives who complain about quality of care investigation

first_imgIn one case a family only had to lodge a single formal complaint about poor care before they were stopped from visiting Credit:John Stillwell You have a contract with the care home… the care home sets the terms and the conditions and you have to obey themSolicitor Jemma Garside Care homes are banning relatives who complain about the quality of care their family members receive, it has emerged.Hundreds of families are thought to have been affected and, in the worst cases, elderly residents have been told they must leave their homes. A former care worker also claimed she had heard of some relatives being arrested. In one case, a family only had to lodge a single formal complaint about poor care before they were stopped from visiting and told they must find somewhere else for their mother to go. Former care worker Eileen Chubb, who campaigns for better regulation in the industry, said she hears from up to 60 families a year who face the same problem.Gary FitzGerald, the chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse, said:  “That older people and their families worry that they will be asked to leave their care home if they make a complaint is evidence of just how many older people are living in a culture of fear – fear that their rights and dignity will be eroded and that they will have no recourse to justice. “And unfortunately, these fears are not unfounded. It has been too easy to brand those who make complaints as troublemakers or as a danger to other residents and issue eviction notices. Home should be a sanctuary, but for some of those living in residential care, it has been anything but.”Prof Martin Green, the chief executive of Care England, which represents independent care services, said it would be useful if there was a mechanism to keep track of such incidents. He added: “There may be times residents’ conditions change and that nursing home isn’t the appropriate place to give that person the right care.”The Care Quality Commission on Wednesday published guidance on visitation rights. Andrea Sutcliffe, the chief inspector of adult social care, said: “Care homes are people’s homes. They, their family and friends should not live in fear of being penalised for raising concerns. “Good providers know this and we see plenty of excellent practice where managers and staff respond to complaints positively and make sure it is as easy as possible for people to visit their loved ones in a welcoming, friendly environment.“But we know this is not always everyone’s experience, with reports of visiting restrictions and people being forced to leave against their wishes.  We also know that too many people are frightened to raise concerns because they think this is going to happen.” The two siblings claimed their mother was evicted from her care home in Essex because they complained staff failed to treat an injury properly and moved an aggressive resident to the same area as her.In another case, a son was stopped from seeing his father after he raised concerns about his hearing aid not being switched on or cleaned properly, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme found. Paul Doolan told the BBC he was stopped from visiting his father Terry at his nursing home in Somerset after he kept a log of issues and complained that his father’s hearing aid batteries kept running out. He was forced to instead meet his father at a local Conservative club while a chaperone was also present.Describing the situation as “deeply upsetting, he said: “The care home fees were fairly hefty, and I thought it was the least they could do to make sure he could hear properly and give him some fresh air and take him to the doctors.” It has been too easy to brand those who make complaints as troublemakersGary FitzGerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse In one case a family only had to lodge a single formal complaint about poor care before they were stopped from visiting  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Doolan said he was told he had to stop visiting his father in August 2012 via email, with the home claiming he had behaved in an unacceptable way towards staff. He denies this claim.  A spokesman for the home told BBC it had followed “all regulations set by the Care Quality Commission and all guidelines set by our local authority”.One solicitor told the BBC families have to “obey” the homes as they lay out the contract. Jemma Garside, a solicitor at Duncan Lewis, said: “You have a contract with the care home, the resident and public body if they are funding it; the care home sets the terms and the conditions and you have to obey them.” last_img read more

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Truck drivers return to work

first_imgStriking truck drivers called off their weeklong action on Sunday saying that they would enter talks with the government aimed at resolving the deep rift over the deregulation of their sector.The decision prompted hopes that all gas stations around the country would be in a position to serve customers yesterday and that the delivery of products to supermarkets and other stores would resume straight away.Following a marathon meeting of the various unions representing the truck drivers, their representatives emerged to tell reporters that the strike, which began last Monday, was being called off.However, the president of the Confederation of Greek Truck Drivers, Giorgos Tzortzatos, said that the government, and Transport Minister Dimitris Reppas in particular, had to live up to the “commitments” they had made to the drivers. Tzortzatos did not elaborate but sources said that the government offered to withdraw the civil mobilization order issued last week, which could have led noncompliant truckers being arrested, in return for the strike being called off.Sources added that the government has made it clear to the drivers that it will not negotiate a 2013 deadline for deregulation of their profession so that the number of licenses issued is no longer restricted. But Reppas also informed them that he would be willing to talk about the possibility of tax breaks, adjustments to their social security benefits and the possibility of drivers being able to get business development loans at special rates.The draft law on deregulating the road freight sector is due to be submitted next month and Reppas said that he is willing to hold talks with the truckers regarding these changes prior to their submission, on the condition that they do not call another strike.The truck drivers’ protest had caused a severe shortage of fuel but this was gradually eased over the weekend with the help of army vehicles. It was expected that most gas stations would have fuel by this morning. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Morgan says nobody should blame Puel

first_imgLeicester City lost 2-1 against Football League two minnows Newport County in the FA Cup Third Round, but for the player, manager Claude Puel is not at fault.After Leicester City was kicked out of the FA Cup on the Third Round, many blamed coach Claude Puel.But a footballer has come out on is defense: Wes Morgan.“I do think any criticism (of Puel) would be unfair,” Morgan told The Independent.“Obviously people will look at the result and judge by that. But if you look at the chances and opportunities we had, we could have won that game quite easily.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We’ve got a good squad and the gaffer’s got the problem of finding the right balance. He’s got to give players rest and other players opportunities,” he explained.“It’s the same for every manager and every team – and I thought we were definitely strong enough.”“It was a difficult day and the magic of the FA Cup happened, definitely,” Morgan commented.“It’s a big day for Newport and good luck to them.”last_img read more

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Report Julen Lopetegui a surprise candidate for USA job

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is reportedly already being lined up for a new job with the United StatesThe 52-year-old has been fired twice in the past six months from Spain and now Real.Despite this though, Lopetegui’s reputation remains intact and he has already been linked with a return to the dugout at Mexico.But AS reports that the US football federation have taken a keen interest in Lopetegui and feel he could be the man to turn their recent torrid run of form around.videoReport: MLS will expand again in 2022 George Patchias – August 20, 2019 The 2022 season will see the MLS boast 28 teams.In a report from ESPN, the MLS announced it had awarded an expansion team to…The US have only won three of their 10 games this year after Bruce Arena’s departure in October 2017 as manager following their failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.Lopetegui impressed while in charge of Spain and didn’t lose a single one of his 20 games in charge of the team.David Sarachan has been in charge on an interim basis since November 2017.last_img read more

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Vision Zero Anchorage seeks ways to eliminate trafficrelated fatalities

first_imgAnchorage is joining a global campaign to eliminate traffic-related deaths. The muni is gathering public comments from drivers, bikers, walkers, and everyone else to try to achieve Vision Zero.Vision Zero started in Sweden in 1994 with a simple goal: eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by improving education, road design, vehicle technology, and law enforcement. And it’s working. Their fatality rates dropped 30 percent even though road usage increased. The same is happening in New York and other US cities. Chelsea Ward-Waller, who is coordinating Anchorage’s initiative on behalf of the city and Bike Anchorage, says they’ve used a variety of solutions.“They’ve redesigned intersections, they’ve brought communities together to work on education, and brought people out on group rides. Doing walk assessments of streets.”She says it’s a participatory process and she’s working with community groups and residents around Anchorage to see which solutions will work here. During the first town hall meeting, 30 people gave suggestions like making sidewalks better lit, enforcing speed limits, and providing educational materials in multiple languages.Community member Michele Mcmanus attended the meeting because she’s known multiple people who have been injured or killed by vehicles. She says part of the solution is simple — people need to notice each other.“Respecting each other’s space, common courtesy, being aware,” she lists. “People wearing reflectors or lights so they are seen. Drivers just being aware and taking that extra moment to double check that there’s not somebody walking or riding a bike.”In Alaska, the Department of Transportation says that in general, statewide, there’s been a noticeable decline in serious injuries for pedestrians and bicyclists since the mid-1990s. That’s when state policies started actively considering the needs of non-motorized users. But in Anchorage, municipal data says total traffic-related fatalities have been on the rise for the past decade.Vision Zero is hosting another town hall meeting this week, have an online survey, and will present its initial information gathering report in early May.last_img read more

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Yes Bank signs 265 mn loan agreements with OPIC Wells Fargo to

first_imgYes Bank, India’s 5th largest private sector bank, has signed an agreement with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, for debt financing of $245 million to increase lending to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India.U.S.-based lender Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. will act as sponsor and co-lender to the project, providing a loan of $20 million, bringing the total facility amount to $265 million. Specifically, half of the financing will be used to support either Micro-SMEs or SMEs in under-served rural and urban markets.Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC’s President and CEO, signed the loan agreement underscoring OPIC’s commitment to growing the small and medium business sector in India. Loan guarantee support from OPIC allows Yes Bank, an experienced local lender with a broad network in India to more confidently extend financing to MSMEs.”MSMEs are the growth engines and employment generators of our economy, and access to banking credit is one of the key enablers. This significant co-financing agreement of Yes Bank with OPIC and Wells Fargo will help further accentuate Yes Bank’s ability to address the unique needs of SME and MSME sectors. It is also extremely encouraging that world’s leading development finance institutions have reiterated their faith in Yes Bank’s business and financial model and have in fact further enhanced the loan amounts post due diligence,” said Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, Yes Bank.”I’m proud to finalise a commitment first initiated on the occasion of President Obama’s visit to India earlier this year. OPIC’s exciting partnership with Yes Bank, a proven Indian lending institution, and Wells Fargo will spark inclusive economic growth in India,” said Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC’s President and CEO.”Wells Fargo is pleased to sponsor this important facility on behalf of YES Bank and work with OPIC as they continue to support Yes Bank’s lending to the small and micro businesses vital to economic growth in India,” said Richard Yorke, head of Wells Fargo’s International Group.The World Bank estimates that viable and addressable demand for MSME lending in India debt surpasses supply by $48 billion, a shortfall that holds back the transformative effect a thriving entrepreneur class can have on a developing economy. This gap is particularly pronounced in India’s low income states, where approximately two-thirds of the MSME debt gap resides.last_img read more

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Dhaka Riyadh sign 5 MoUs

first_imgBangladesh and Saudi Arabia sign five memorandums of understanding at the King Saud Palace in Riyadh on 17 October. Photo: PIDBangladesh and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday signed five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) regarding cooperation in industrial and power sectors.The MoUs were signed at the King Saud Palace in Riyadh.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the signing ceremony following her meeting with leaders of the Council of Saudi Chamber and the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce.The instruments are MoU on Concerning Principles of Cooperation between Bangladesh Chemical Industries and Engineering Dimension of Saudi Arabia, MoU on Construction Cooperation between Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation and Hanwah Engineering of Saudi Arabia, MoU between Bangladesh Steel & Engineering Corporation (BSEC) and Engineering Dimension of Saudi Arabia, MoU between Industries Minister of Bangladesh and Alfanar Company of Saudi Arabia on development of solar power project in Bangladesh, and MoU between the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEPZA) and Al Bawany Co. Ltd of Saudi Arabia.PMO secretary Sajjadul Hassan signed all the instruments on behalf of Bangladesh side.last_img read more

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Houston Remembers Longtime TV Sports Anchor Bob Allen

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /01:18 Bob Allen worked for nearly four decades in TV sports, in a career that spanned from the Houston Oilers to the Texans. He was also known for his charity work. Allen started out working in radio and then moved to the weekend sports desk at KTRK Channel 13. He later became sports director, and held that job until he moved on to KHOU Channel 11 in 2013.Former KTRK host Don Nelson remembers Allen for his hard work and his humor, and someone who had a strong dedication to the Houston community.“He had local roots,” says Nelson. “He had the chance to stay close to his family. It was a major market so naturally he wasn’t going anywhere. It’s just a very comfortable thing.”Nelson recalls Allen’s work with the Sunshine Kids, a charity for children with cancer. He even took the kids on ski trips. And when it came to sports, Nelson says Allen lived and breathed it, going all the way back to the “Luv Ya Blue” days with the Oilers and Coach Bum Phillips. “I mean I can only imagine the tapes and pictures Bob has in his home, that will be forever cherished by family members for years to come, that are actually one of a kind,” adds Nelson. “He interviewed everyone under any circumstance.”Allen had been battling cancer and he took a leave of absence from KHOU last year. He was 70. Sharelast_img read more

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Les Deux Noirs Premieres At Mosaic Theater

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer, mgreen@afro.comWhy do people go to the theater?This past Sunday HBO presented the season premiere of final episodes of “Game of Thrones.” It could arguably be one of the last communal television watching experiences in our lifetime. It’s the last of the water cooler subjects. As more and more people splinter off into their own microcosms of conversation and viewing habits, trying to pull a topic everyone can grapple with together is getting harder and harder.Why do people go to the theater?For a dedicated group of audience goers the theater presents that communal experience, and unlike film, offers a unique performance each time the actors step out on stage. Theater offers whoever sits in the plush chairs an opportunity to engage in a larger conversation. And you don’t have to search for people to talk to about the subject, everyone is in the room with you.The Mosaic Theatre production of Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Sun, directed by Raymond Caldwell, written by Psalmayene 24 and starring James J. Johnson (left) and Jeremy Hunter (right) runs at Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St N.E. (Courtesy Photo)Good theater does even more. It subverts your expectations and plays at the mediums strengths, live performance, engaging the imagination in real time. Pushing boundaries or language and reality.This week the Mosaic Theater Company presented “Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son,” written by Psalmayene 24 and directed by Raymond O. Caldwell, a fast paced musically and poetically charged play based on the a meeting of three literary giants, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes in a Paris Cafe in 1953. In this interpretation of the encounter, the playwright focused on Wright and Baldwin and their fraught relationship brought to a steaming angry froth thanks to Baldwin’s scathing reviews of Wright’s 1940 novel “Native Son.”The situation and the play that encompasses the situation are both specific to Black life and age old at the same time. Baldwin committed the ultimate “no-no,” which is to publicly chastise another Black person, to downgrade or ridicule their work. But in the more general sense, he did what every young writer did to their heroes, they kicked them right off the pedestal. Everyone wanted to be like Ernest Hemingway, until they didn’t. So many writers lived by Joan Didion’s complex writing, but the next generation critiqued her style.This tradition of the next generation challenging their predecessors was taken to new heights in the hand of Psalmayene 24 who took the heart of most writers, a glob of narcissism, ego,and insecurity, and wrapped it into genuine emotions and care. You felt for Richard Wright, played by James J. Johnson, as he navigated hurt feeling and betrayal at the hands of a young up and comer he tried to support. And yet you also feel for Baldwin, played by Jeremy Hunter, who’s critiques of Wright’s work had some validity and rang true in many ways.Psalmayene 24 used the filter of battle raps to fully convey the battle of old and new young and old, rising star, and established act. During the performance there are literal dance-offs, bouts of words and near microphone drops as each artist  proports their skills and their rationale for being king.Both Johnson and Hunter seem to relish their roles filling them with swagger, intelligence and heart. Baldwin, for many, has a much more prominent place in our subconscious with many YOUTUBE archived battles Baldwins has conducted. We have a short hand in our minds of who we think Baldwin may be, so on stage it resonates. Wright’s work seems to stand out in the mind more than him as a flesh and blood character in literary society, so Johnson has reign to create how we see the author.The point of the play and the experience to me is less of what transpired. Facts are not as relevant as the larger literary truth. What I saw was two Black men, fighting for their right to exist to be, in and of themselves, but also in conjunction with one another. They are brothers whether divided by ideology, age, temperament or financial circumstances. And it is a sight to see them laugh, fight and love their way through greatness.The play is full of surprises, none of which I will spoil, but needless to say the cast serves the writing, and the writing serves the cast. RJ Pavel and Musa Gurnis round out the cast. Les Duex runs through April 27th at the Mosaic Theater’s Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H Street NE. For more information please go to https://www.mosaictheater.org/last_img read more

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Geek Pick Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

first_img Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet Stay on target There are so many wearable devices available, but it could be hard to choose the right one for your wellness needs. If you’re looking for a combination of a smartwatch and fitness tracker, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active might be a good option for you: It comes with a sleek design and comes with standard fitness tracking features, including heart rate monitoring and digital workout shortcuts.Our sister site PCMag.com says the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is a great exercise companion, if you would like a smartwatch-fitness tracker hybrid that is suitable for many types of physical activities and keeps you in the loop with smartphone notifications. At $199.97, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active doesn’t come cheap, but it will give you similar features to the Apple Watch, Fitbit Versa, and other wearable devices. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is available to buy on Amazon.Unlike other wearable devices, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active has a sleek, sporty design that won’t weigh you down whenever you’re at the gym. It’s super AMOLED touch display is sharp and makes it easy to swipe through if you want to see your stats during a workout.If you’re ready to work up a sweat, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is ready to monitor some vitals: It’s powered by Samsung’s Tizen 4.0 operating system, which is compatible with Android and iOS and has an easy interface to use to access Spotify or receive incoming text notifications. For tracking, you can receive updated stats on your activity, heart rate, sleep, and stress levels. There are 40 different types of physical activities and auto-detection for biking, running, rowing, and more. The watch also offers distance tracking, however, you will have to do it before and after your exercise for accurate results.A downside of the Samsung  Galaxy Watch Active is its battery life: Samsung claims it can last up to 45 hours on a single charge, but with frequent use, it could be up to 27 hours. While it’s slightly less than the standard Galaxy Watch, it still offers more battery life than other Wear OS watches tested by PCMag.For more specs on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, head over to PCMag.com for the full review. If you would like to see other wearable device options, read our Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music review, our Fossil Sport review, and our Best Fitness Trackers for Tech Lovers roundup.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Garmin Vivoactive 3 MusicGeek Pick: Fossil Sport Is a Stylish Smartwatch for Everyday UseBest Fitness Trackers for Tech Loverslast_img read more

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Giant nets could remove orbiting space junk

first_img Explore further A dozen space vehicles, equipped with 200 nets each, could scoop up the space debris floating in low Earth orbit, clearing the way for a future space elevator. That’s the idea described last Friday at the annual Space Elevator conference by Star Inc., a company that is receiving funding for the project from DARPA. Star Inc. president Jerome Pearson was one of the early pioneers of space elevators; in 1975, Pearson wrote a paper on the subject that inspired Arthur C. Clarke’s description of a space elevator in his popular science fiction book The Fountains of Paradise. Consisting of a long cable of nanomaterials, a space elevator would stretch from Earth to a point in geostationary orbit about 22,000 miles above the surface, carrying people and objects into space on its shuttles. However, one of the biggest obstacles to building a space elevator is space debris: defunct satellites, fragments of rockets, and any unused object originally built and launched by humans that is no longer used. At the conference two years ago, former NASA scientist Ivan Bekey pointed out that, if a space elevator were built, every single piece of space debris would eventually collide with the elevator cables at some point. Pearson predicts that, over a period of seven years, a dozen of Star Inc.’s Electrodynamic Debris Eliminator (EDDE) vehicles could potentially capture all 2,465 identified objects over 2 kilograms currently floating in low Earth orbit. After capturing the objects, the EDDEs could either fling them into the South Pacific, send them closer to Earth where they would eventually decay, or recycle the materials. As Pearson explained, the aluminum and other materials collected by the EDDEs could be used to build structures that could host crews or store equipment.In order for the 12 EDDEs to operate safely in space without colliding with one another, Pearson also emphasized the need to have some form of space traffic control. Already, he said, the US Federal Aviation Administration is looking into regulating space traffic, such as requiring space vehicles to schedule flight plans.Star Inc. plans to launch test flights in 2013, and if everything goes well, could start removing trash in 2017. The company is also shifting the project from DARPA to NASA – and possibly later to the UN – to alleviate concerns that the EDDEs could be used for military purposes to remove enemy satellites from orbit. via: TechWorld This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Giant nets could remove orbiting space junk (2010, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-giant-nets-orbiting-space-junk.htmlcenter_img Riding A Ribbon To Space A Thousand Feet Closer © 2010 PhysOrg.com The white dots represent space debris that is currently being tracked by NASA. The dots are not scaled to Earth. Credit: NASA.last_img read more

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