Moto M metal unibody smartphone to arrive in India soon

first_imgMoto India has posted a tweet that hints at the launch of its next Moto phone – the Moto M. The device was unveiled in China with a price tag of RMB 1999 (about Rs 16,928) alongside the Lenovo P2 at an event hosted by Lenovo on November 8.Also Read: Moto G4 Plus V Moto M: Top specs shootout The company tweeted a picture from its Moto India twitter handle that shows off a grainy, golden color texture and text reading “coming soon”. A phone faintly visible in the picture can be identified as the Moto M from its typical elongated rear camera unit; the “M” of Moto logo prominently visible on the top left corner.Something different is coming your way. Stay tuned to know more. #ComingSoon Moto India (@Moto_IND) November 28, 2016From the China launch it’s known that the phone sports a water-resistant unibody built. Made out of metal, it carries a different design outlook than previous Moto smartphones – with minimalist bezels beside the screen and a circular fingerprint sensor at the back. But it also retains some Moto-ish cues of a curved back, rounded corners, robot-lip-like earpiece.Moto M has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080p. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor with 4GB RAM, and 32GB storage. The internal storage is expandable via microSD card by 128 GB, though it’s unclear if the Indian variant will be dual SIM or not.It has a rear camera with 16 megapixel sensor fitted with phase detect auto focus and a dual tone LED flash outside; on the front it has an 8 megapixel sensor. The phone supports fast charging (Moto’s Turbo charging) through its USB-C port and houses a 3050mAh battery.advertisementLike we said earlier, Moto M with its price and specs could very well fill the gap between the Moto G4 Plus and the Moto Z Play, replace the old Moto X Play. The Moto G4 Plus sells at Rs 13,499.Also Read: Moto G4 Plus review: Two steps forward, one step backlast_img read more

Financial pressure may persuade French Open to give Maria Sharapova a wild card

first_imgTuesday is D-Day for Maria Sharapova as she awaits the announcement of the French Tennis Federation as to whether she will receive a wild card into this year’s French Open.The Russian’s return from a 15-month ban for a doping violation has divided opinion with many players asking whether Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome were right to give her a wild card into their events.Sharapova reached the semi-finals on her return in Stuttgart last month but did not have enough ranking points to get straight into the main draw in Paris, nor the qualifying event.As a grand slam event, the French Open is perhaps less in need of extra publicity than a regular Tour event, its sponsorship and advance ticket sales largely unaffected by the presence of an individual player.However, the Roland Garros tournament, which will announce the decision on Facebook Live at 1900 local time (1700 GMT) on Tuesday, may feel under financial pressure to grant Sharapova a wild card, either for qualifying which starts on May 22 or for the main draw six days later.As the smallest of the four grand slam venues, Roland Garros has the lowest attendance and generates the least revenue, and a decade-long stalemate over its plans to expand means it faces being left behind as the other slams continue to grow.French Open revenue was 187.3 million euros ($205 million) in 2015, compared to Wimbledon at 169.7 million pounds ($219 million) and the U.S. Open ($291 million).Even the Australian Open, long considered the weakest of the four, has caught up in revenue terms, generating the equivalent of 188 million U.S. dollars in 2015 and 207 million in 2016, with a further anticipated rise from this year.advertisementRoland Garros is also lagging behind in terms of facilities. The Australian Open has a roof over three courts while the U.S. Open will have a second roof by 2018 and Wimbledon will add a second one by 2019.The French Open has none which has an adverse effect on television rights, where the guarantee of play no matter what the weather will boost revenue.Total prize money for this year’s French Open is 35.98 million euros ($39.46 million), a 12 percent increase on 2016, with the singles champions each receiving 2.1 million euros.Next month’s Wimbledon has a total prize money pot of 31.6 million pounds ($40.8 million). This year’s Australian Open, which was badly affected by exchange rates, had $37 million and the U.S. Open will dish out a total of $50 million.OLYMPIC BID COULD BOOST ROLAND GARROSWhile the Paris 2016 figure of 413,907 people through the gates is not that far behind Wimbledon (493,928), it is dwarfed by the U.S. Open, which had 691,280 people in 2015, and the Australian Open, which this year had 728,763.Revenue and attendance figures are likely to go up as each slam expands its facilities but the French capital’s attempts to build into the neighbouring botanical gardens have been hamstrung by red tape.Until the plans to expand are approved – and the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympics could be a key factor in that happening – facilities at Roland Garros will look forlorn by comparison.On Monday, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said Roland Garros was a key part of the Olympic bid.”In 2024, Roland Garros will be bigger, more comfortable and more beautiful in order to host five sports including tennis and boxing,” she said on Twitter.The issue of Sharapova has been a sensitive one.Bernard Giudicelli, the new president of the French Tennis Federation said in March that it would be difficult to give the former world number one a wild card when it was spending a lot of money on anti-doping.”It’s complicated. We prefer that she returns completely rehabilitated,” Giudicelli told a French journalist.”Integrity is one of our strong points. We cannot decide, on the one hand, to increase the amount of funds we dedicate to the anti-doping battle and, on the other, invite her.”Former player Guy Forget, now the French Open tournament director, has been canvassing opinion from within the sport as to what the reaction would be should Sharapova receive a wild card.Former world number one Martina Navratilova said this month that Sharapova should now be allowed to get on with her tennis and as a two-time champion in Paris could justifiably be given a wild card into the main draw.With the issue of revenue to consider, however, organisers — already hit by Monday’s withdrawal of 18-times grand slam champion Roger Federer from the men’s event — might be canny to give Sharapova a wild card into qualifying.advertisementIn 2016, 17,689 people attended qualifying at Roland Garros, compared to 48,894 at the U.S. Open. Add Sharapova to the qualifying event and interest would grow, including from broadcasters who provide most of the revenue.”I think I’d be prepared to play in the juniors if I had to,” Sharapova told reporters in Stuttgart last month. “I think everyone in this room knows what a competitor I am and I don’t take anything for granted and if I get the opportunity to be in a draw then I will take it.”The French Federation did not respond when asked for comment.last_img read more

Navarino Challenge: Enriched Activities in Messinia

first_imgATHENS – The Greek sports tourism event Navarino Challenge returns for a 7th consecutive year, on October 11-13, 2019, to Messinia and Costa Navarino.The annual event was recently honored with a Gold Award at the Tourism Awards, the highest distinction in Greek tourism. Navarino Challenge has updated and enriched its program this year with innovative activities at the Municipality of Pylos-Nestor aiming at breaking the record of 7,500 athletes, visitors and volunteers.The event’s 3-day program includes Open Water Swimming, where enthusiasts will have the chance to compete in a chip-timed event on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the beautiful Navarino Bay from the scenic Pylos Harbor, covering the unique 1 mile (1.6 km) route of the open water swimming race by. The route has been designed by the national federal technical coach, Nikos Gemelos (the coach who has earned countless Olympic and world-class honors in open water swimming for Greece).Challenge The Wind – Sailing Races, an interclub sailing race on a triangle course with Optimist and Laser 4.7 boats, will be held for the first time from October 11-13. The race will be co-organized with the Maritime Athletic Pylos Association Nestor under the aegis of the Hellenic Sailing Federation.To be held on the second weekend of October, Challenge The Wind, as its name suggests, hopes to become an annual tradition and sporting benchmark for sailing competitions in the coming years.Open water swimming at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasSea Κayaking in the Navarino Bay will be held for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 12. It will start from the port of Pylos at Poseidonia and head to the island of Sphacteria, supported by Explore Messinia. Participants will paddle towards the inside of the bay exploring the coastline of Sphacteria.Basketball Camp with Joe Arlauckas will be the sport of honor at the Pylos indoor basketball court. On Sunday, Oct. 13, children from Pylos and Messinia, ages 8-16 will have the opportunity to attend basketball lessons for free by the Euroleague legend Joe Arlaukas, while on Saturday, Oct. 12, a basketball clinic will be held at Costa Navarino.Kids’ Athletics returns for another year to Pylos Square on Saturday, Oct. 12, with Periklis Iakovakis, the Olympic & World Champion in 400 meter hurdles, as its ambassador. This is an activity that aims at getting children acquainted with track and field sports. The Kids’ Athletics activities include long jump, the sport of the legendary Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras, who was born in Pylos, Messinia.The Visit to Olympic Champion Tsiklitiras’ HouseOn Saturday, Oct. 12, enables visitors to Pylos to visit the refurbished family home of the Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras. It is now a museum housing a Library and Art Gallery with rare documents, paintings, historical maps, and many interesting exhibits.ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIESOn Saturday, Oct. 12, athletes and visitors can partake of Messinia’s rich culinary heritage as Pylos comes alive with booths celebrating local flavors: traditional lalagia, loukoumia, pasteli sesame seed bars and nuts with honey created by food blogger Mamatsita, Poseidonia and Pylos Poems.Sailing at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasAt Sunset Beach at Voidokilia on Friday, Oct. 11, instructor Dimitris Moros and FitnessArt will hold sunset beach yoga sessions by Messinian Spa to the backdrop of the mythical Voidokilia, Messinia’s famed beach in the shape of the letter Omega in the Greek alphabet (written as “Ω”).Active Media, the organizing company which innovates in the field of destination and hotel sports tourism, promises a unique event with many surprises for everyone. Active Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Akis Tsolis said, “Sports tourism is one of the fastest-growing segments in the entire travel industry, and we’ve been fortunate over the past several years to really establish Messinia as a go-to sporting destination with Navarino Challenge. Youth, amateur or professional athletes are traveling to compete more than ever today, and they’re bringing with them their coaches, fans, parents, siblings, and friends – all of whom contribute to the hosting region’s local economy. Messinia is a unique region offering unparalleled on-site experiences as well as awesome restaurants, hotels, and attractions to visiting athletes, to enjoy during their leisure time. That’s a rare combination in the travel sports industry, and something we’ve really been able to leverage.”More information on accommodation packages can be found on the following link on the website of: is a 30% discount on registration until May 31.Entries for the award-winning sporting event are underway and interested parties can take part by completing the special form available at the following link: more information on accommodation packages in the region visit VitaNTravel: at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City’s World Cup stars rested and ready

first_imgManchester City players who participated in the World Cup 2018 could miss the Community Shield tie against Chelsea and Premier League opener against Arsenal as they recover from a sustained period of club and international action, manager Pep Guardiola has said.Guardiola’s title-winning squad had 16 players at the tournament in Russia, including England’s John Stones and Raheem Sterling, Spain’s David Silva, Brazil’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus among others.Following the conclusion of the tournament last Sunday, a majority of City’s first team players have yet to resume full training and Guardiola says he will not rush them back.”It is what it is,” Guardiola told reporters. “We spoke – they have to come back ready. If the days before they are tired and they don’t want to fight for the Community Shield, play at Arsenal, then stay on holidays.”We cannot forget what we’ve done, but we start again. If they are ready they’ll help us and if not, we’ll wait for them. If they are not mentally and physically ready, they won’t come back.”Guardiola also spoke of his disappointment in missing out on transfer target Jorginho after the Italy midfielder joined Chelsea on a five-year deal last weekend.”I was disappointed (not to sign him),” he added. “We tried but players have to go where they go.”It would have been a mistake for him if he came and he wanted to go to Chelsea with (new manager) Maurizio Sarri. If they want to come, that’s great but if he wants to go to Chelsea, all the best for him.advertisement”My advice is always go where they want to go.”City play FA Cup winners Chelsea in the Community Shield on Aug. 5 and begin their title defence at Arsenal a week later.(With Reuters inpus)last_img read more

Report: Leverkusen 1 Dortmund 1

first_imgBayer Leverkusen 1 Borussia Dortmund 1: Yarmolenko strike rescues visitors Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 00:27 12/3/17 andriyyarmolenko-cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund are without a win in seven games in all competitions after labouring to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bayer Leverkusen. Andriy Yarmolenko rescued a point for Borussia Dortmund with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bayer Leverkusen that might earn head coach Peter Bosz a stay of execution.Dortmund went into the game with Bosz under intense pressure after a run of six games without a win, but his side fell behind after half an hour.Kevin Volland’s opening goal came after a defensive howler from Neven Subotic, but Leverkusen then had Brazilian full-back Wendell sent off just before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Against 10 men, the visitors dominated the second half possession but failed to break down Heiko Herrlich’s well-drilled outfit until Andre Schurrle teed up Yarmolenko for his third league goal of the season.Despite salvaging a point, the laboured nature of Dortmund’s performance with a man advantage against a side below them in the Bundesliga standings might lead the club’s board to make a decision over Bosz’s future before the trip to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.Punkt. #b04bvb 1-1 FT.— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 2, 2017Bosz was forced into an early substitution when Maximilian Philipp was stretchered off with a serious knee injury after seven minutes, and Schurrle replaced him in attack for the visitors.Former Dortmund defender Sven Bender aimed a header towards goal five minutes later but Roman Burki, returning to the BVB side after recovering from a concussion, made a reflex save and parried the ball around the post.Burki rescued Dortmund again moments later when he made a one-handed save to keep Julian Brandt’s bouncing volley from finding the net, before Yarmolenko gave Bayer goalkeeper Bernd Leno his first test with a low, angled drive that was comfortably saved.The goal the game had threatened finally materialised on the half hour after Neven Subotic made a hash of what should have been a straightforward pass on the half-way line.Kai Havertz took full advantage, sending a pass into the path of Volland who rounded Burki 30 yards from goal before rolling the ball into the empty net.The home side’s momentum was spoiled by Wendell, whose crunching challenge on Gonzalo Castro earned him a straight red card after 43 minutes, referee Robert Hartmann using VAR before making his decision, and left the Dortmund midfielder unable to continue.Yarmolenko had a claim for a penalty waved away early in the second half after going down under a challenge from second-half substitute Panagiotis Retsos, and Shurrle hit the side-netting in the 55th minute after a superb back-heel pass by fellow substitute Shinji Kagawa.With just under 20 minutes left, Burki made a vital intervention when he saved from Volland at close range and one minute later the visitors broke down the left wing, where Schurrle sent over a low cross that Yarmolenko controlled before poking the ball past Leno and into the net.#sempresempreavanti #b04bvb 1-1— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 2, 2017Dortmund pressed for a winner but struggled to find a way through a packed Leverkusen defence, while Leon Bailey had a dipping free-kick saved by Burki at full stretch at the other end, and ultimately the full-time whistle brought with it frustration for both managers. Key Opta stats:- Dortmund have won none of their last seven Bundesliga games (three draws, four losses) – their longest winless run in three years, since September to November 2014, then under Jurgen Klopp).- After keeping a clean sheet in their first five league games of the season, Dortmund conceded at least one goal in their last nine BL games – their longest run of this kind in almost two years, since October 2015 to January 2016, then under Thomas Tuchel.- Dortmund scored at least one goal in their last 17 games in all competitions – their longest scoring run in two years (33 games between April and November 2015, then under Klopp and Tuchel, respectively).- In Dortmund’s last seven Bundesliga matches there have been five red cards – three BVB players and two opposition players have been sent off. Dortmund have seen more red cards in their last seven league matches than in the 128 matches before (two).- In his 16th game for Borussia in all competitions, Andriy Yarmolenko scored his fifth goal – all of them have come away from home. read morelast_img read more

Rooney: Kane may leave if Spurs don’t win

first_imgTransfers Rooney: Kane may leave Tottenham if Spurs don’t win trophies Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 10:01 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HarryKane-cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Everton man warned that the striker’s motivation may turn from goals to titles amid reported Real Madrid interest Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes Spurs star Harry Kane could leave Tottenham in pursuit of trophies.Kane – linked with Real Madrid – has established himself as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe, having won back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot awards.The 24-year-old tops the scoring charts again this season with 22 after reaching 100 Premier League goals in Tottenham’s thrilling 2-2 draw at Liverpool Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tottenham, fifth in the table and a point outside of the Champions League places, finished second last season, but Rooney warned Kane’s motivation may turn from goals to trophies.”At the moment, he is probably the best striker in Europe,” Everton veteran Rooney told Sky Sports.”He can go where he wants to, he’s that good. He is like a young Alan Shearer. He scores all different types of goals.”The problem that Tottenham are going to have is that his motivation is goals, but his motivation is going to change from goals to trophies.”And if Tottenham don’t win trophies in the next year, maybe two, he is going to want to move elsewhere to win trophies.”That is a decision he is going to have to make in the next year or two, but Tottenham have also got to make a decision — bring more players in and have a real push to win the Premier League.”Rooney added: “The goals are great, and they take you to a certain level. But the top players are remembered for the trophies they have won. The trophies take you on to that next level.”I think if Harry Kane was in Man City’s team and was going to win the Premier League this season, people would be talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane.”last_img read more

Trends of the Game

first_imgThe Breakfast this year will feature a coaching workshop for participants, whilst also having topic presentations led by Australian Open Coaches Tony Trad (Men’s), Kerry Norman (Women’s) and Bernie Morrison (Mixed) and 2009 Youth Trans Tasman Australian 18s Girls coach, Peter Bell.  A continental breakfast including a selection of cereals, yogurt, fruit, juice tea & coffee will be served upon arrival. The cost of the Breakfast is $10 per person payable at the door, or prior to the breakfast for large groups.  Tregister your attendance please email TFA Technical Manager Tara Steel by Friday 4th September.last_img read more

The Arlo Skye Carry-on Will Go the Distance With You

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze If you’ve traveled with a carry-on, you know how important it is to find the right one. Flimsy ones can leave you with your clothes splayed out all over the place at the airport. Ones that are too heavy might put you over the weight limit if you fly an airline that puts weight limits on carry ons. Also, the right price point is very important. If you’re going to pay a lot for a suitcase, you’ll want to make sure it won’t crack in a year’s time, especially if you’re always traveling. The folks at Arlo Skye came up with a suitcase that’s stylish, sleek and functional. Made of 7 micron anodized aluminum magnesium alloy, the Arlow Skye carry-on comes in three colorways: penguin black, sardine silver, or champagne. It weighs only 9.2 pounds, full-grain leather handles, integrated TSA locks, anti-microbial, high density lining, silent run Lisof wheels, and it holds 32 liters. Designed in New York, and assembled in China, the carry-on will go with you wherever you bring it. Plus, you get more than just a suitcase. Included are two removable compression, packing panels, one laundry bag, a set of notecards featuring the Art of Daydreaming series by James Magnusson, one portable charger with a charging cable, two shoe bags, and one full-grain leather name tag.  The design team behind the Arlo Skye carry-on took to the sky for inspiration, thinking about stargazing, pondering, and dreaming. They say, “if you’re going to get lost in the clouds, you might as well do it with elegance.” With the Arlo Skye carry-on, you can do that and much more.The Arlo Skye Carry-on, $500 at How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Roadlast_img read more

Pleads guilty Nexen fined 750K for huge pipeline spill in northern Alberta

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary energy company has pleaded guilty to federal and provincial environmental charges over one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history.Nexen has been ordered to pay a total of $750,000 in fines for the Long Lake spill southeast of Fort McMurray that released five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water over an area of 16,000 square metres of lake and muskeg in 2015.“A number of landbird, shorebird, waterbird and waterfowl species protected by the Migratory Birds Convention Act use and were observed in the impacted area and adjacent unnamed lake,” said the agreed statement of facts.Nexen, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd., acknowledged the pipeline southeast of Fort McMurray was leaking for more than four weeks before it was discovered by workers in the area.The statement said the leak began June 13. Although the spill was visible from satellite imagery by July 3, it wasn’t until July 15 that Nexen realized there was a problem when two employees spotted it while doing work in the area.The double-walled pipeline — designed to carry raw bitumen from the ground to a processing plant — had been installed a year earlier. The pipeline, which used a relatively new technology, operated at 100 degrees Celsius in order for the thick bitumen to flow.Nexen said the release went undetected because a computer failed to sound an alarm.“This failure was unknown to Nexen prior to the release,” says the statement. “Nexen had no written procedure in place to check for the type of failure that occurred.”The pipeline remains out of operation.“Over the last three years, we’ve kept a close eye on Nexen’s operations to bring the company back into compliance,” Jim Ellis, head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, said in a release.“The pipeline responsible for this spill will remain suspended until Nexen can demonstrate to us that the company can operate it safely.”The total provincial fine is $460,000. About $450,00 of that will go into funds to help establish best practices on pipeline spills and to expand an environmental sciences degree program for Indigenous youth.The federal fine of $290,000 is to go into an environmental damages fund for migratory bird habitat.(Companies in this story: TSX:NXY)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier story said the pipeline began leaking two days before the problem was discovered.last_img read more

Wont let MP become Bengal Shivraj on BJP workers killing

first_imgIndore: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday slammed the killing of a 60-year-old man by a Congress supporter in Indore allegedly for “voting for the BJP” and said he won’t allow the state to become another West Bengal. After visiting the deceased Nemichand Tanwar’s son, who was injured in the attack, in a hospital in Indore, the BJP leader tweeted: “We won’t let goons take over Madhya Pradesh and allow it to become West Bengal. People are being threatened, the BJP will not tolerate this at any cost.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Tanwar was shot at inside his home in Palia village by Congress worker Arun Sharma, who accused him of “voting for the BJP”, police said. He was declared brought dead. Announcing a relief of Rs 5 lakh for Tanwar’s family , Chouhan said: “Such an incident of violence has never happened in Madhya Pradesh. Congress workers threatened BJP worker Nemichand Tanwar when he talked about voting for the saffron party and in the evening entered his house and shot him dead.” Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi He further wrote: “Nemichand’s wife and son critically were injured in trying to save him. Where is Kamal Nath taking the state? The Congress has been working with political vendetta since the time it came to power in the state. False cases are being lodged against the BJP government.” According to the police, Arun Sharma, who is close to a state minister, had on Sunday entered into an argument with Tanwar and hurled casteist abuses at him, accusing his entire community of voting for the saffron party. Later in the evening, he arrived at Tanwar’s house and fired at him with a country-made pistol.last_img read more

Strong winds expected later today

As a result showers or thundershowers will develop over most parts of the island particularly during the afternoon and night. The Department of Meteorology has warned that strong winds may be experienced in most parts of the country today.It said that the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) (Northern and Southern hemispheric winds convergence Zone) is currently over Sri Lanka. There may be temporary localized fairly strong winds during thundershowers. The general public have also been advised to take adequate precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities.Last morning the Department of Meteorology issued a bad weather warning saying showers with lightning activities can be expected in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,512.22, down 122.45 points):Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up four cents, or 4.44 per cent, at 94 cents on 11,791,848 shares.Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Down 0.5 cents, or 2.17 per cent, at 22.5 cents on 9,808,030 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.5 per cent, at $3.29 on 7,943,303 shares.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Consumer technology. Down 36 cents, or 4.62 per cent, at $7.44 on 4,833,377 shares. Research In Motion shareholders have called for a major upheaval at the BlackBerry maker, telling the company’s annual meeting Tuesday that those who have guided the company need to be held to account for its current strife.BlackPearl Resources Inc. (TSX:PXX). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 0.99 per cent, at $3 on 4,520,730 shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 99 cents, or 2.65 per cent, at $36.37 on 3,690,972 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,199.36 down 12.62 points):Natcore Technology Inc. (TSXV:NXT). Solar technology. Down 37 cents, or 23.87 per cent, at $1.18 on 2,565,563 shares.Zodiac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 22.22 per cent, at 3.5 cents on 2,177,000 shares.Companies reporting major news:BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Telecommunications. Up 22 cents, or 0.52 per cent, at $42.78 on 1,203,054 shares. Bell proposed Tuesday tangible benefits valued at $200 million to help support the country’s broadcasting industry as part of the CRTC’s approval of the company’s acquisition of Astral Media.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Convenience chain. Up $1.66, or 3.75 per cent, at $45.90 on 1,229,642 shares. Couche-Tard had big increases in both fourth-quarter and full-year earnings, as it benefited from acquisitions, higher sales and improved margins as well as a one-week longer reporting period. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 10, 2012 6:02 pm MDT read more

Former Olympian Jenny Potter looks to guide new era for OSU womens

OSU women’s ice hockey coaches including head coach Jenny Potter (third from right), pose for a picture. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWhen the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team dropped the puck to open its season on Friday, it did so with several new faces but perhaps none more significant than its four-time Olympian head coach.Jenny Potter was named the third head coach in program history less than one month after the resignation of Nate Handrahan, who coached the team for four seasons before stepping down on March 11.“Obviously, you think about the long history of athletic tradition, and I am excited to be a part of trying to win here,” Potter said.Potter, 36, played collegiate hockey at Minnesota-Duluth and was most recently the head coach at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, for two seasons. While there, the Bantams won the 2015 New England Small College Athletic Conference championship, their first in program history. Now she is at a much larger university, albeit with a less storied hockey program, in OSU.However, Potter is looking forward to instilling her brand of hockey right away in the team’s 16th season.“I know there are expectations, and I’m not sure that we’re going to be the most talented team. But we will be the hardest-working team on the ice, and I’m expecting us to compete every whistle,” Potter said.Potter is one of the most decorated coaches to ever be hired by OSU, winning six gold medals in international competition and leading the United States in scoring at the 1999 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship. However, she said coaching after retiring from play does not bother her.“I always knew I was going to stay in hockey and coach in hockey when I was playing,” Potter said. “I’ve spent my whole life in it.”The stability that comes with a hockey life is important for a team that experienced turnover in more areas than just its coaching staff. In addition to Handrahan’s resignation, the team graduated all three of its captains last spring and welcomed five freshmen to the 2015-16 squad.“We’re looking for some of these young women to step up, but I know that they can, and I think we can expect to see that right away,” Potter said.Perhaps the program already has. In the first weekend with Potter at the helm, the team won its first two games against Lindenwood, scoring a combined eight goals, including five in the first game and two from senior forward Kendall Curtis. Last season, the team scored more than four goals in just three games.Potter said she hopes the team’s play so far this year is out of respect for the coaching staff, not out of reverence.  “I hope I can teach these young women,” Potter said. “I think we’re all interested in just building a winning tradition here.”The building will continue this weekend when the Scarlet and Gray travels to Madison, Wisconsin, to face the Badgers in its Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener. Puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. read more

Lavender collects 4th Big Ten Player of the Year accolade

Ohio State center Jantel Lavender on Monday became the first basketball player in Big Ten history to receive the conference’s highest honor four times. The Big Ten announced that Lavender was named Co-Player of the Year by the media, alongside Michigan State senior forward Kalisha Keane, who was selected by the conference coaches. “It’s a great honor, well-deserved,” OSU coach Jim Foster told The Lantern. “Heck of an accomplishment for anybody to be named once — but to be named four times is, I mean, just an incredible honor.” Lavender is the only women’s basketball player in the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 or SEC ever to be named her conference’s Player of the Year four times. The senior Buckeye, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week six times this season, was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten pick by both the coaches and media. Lavender was the conference’s leader in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, averaging 22.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, and shooting 53.2 percent from the field this season. En route to earning her fourth Player of the Year nod, Lavender became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in rebounds with a career total of 1,352 boards. The Cleveland native also is just the second player in Big Ten history to surpass the 2,600-point mark — to date, she has 2,677 career points. The conference also recognized several other Buckeyes. Junior guard Samantha Prahalis was named to the second- and third-team All-Big Ten by the media and coaches, respectively. Sophomore guard Tayler Hill was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media. The coaches named Hill to the All-Defensive team and freshman center Ashley Adams to the All-Freshman team. In 2008, Lavender became the first freshman in the Big Ten to be named Player of the Year. She shared the award that year with Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson, before exclusively winning the award the following two years. “I think (it was) deserved — more than deserved,” Foster said. “Terrific, very happy for her, as for all of our players who were honored.” read more

Man arrested after French soldier stabbed in the neck

first_imgPOLICE INVESTIGATING THE stabbing of a French soldier in Paris have arrested a suspect sources described as a supporter of “radical Islam”.“The suspected perpetrator of the attack on a soldier on Saturday evening in La Defense (business district) was arrested this morning,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement.The statement said the suspect was arrested in Yvelines, just west of Paris.Sources close to the investigation said the 22-year-old man has been a follower of a “traditionalist even radical Islam for the last three or four years.”But the sources urged caution in a case that is still in its early stages, saying the suspect was not previously known to authorities as a radical.“The investigation will determine at what time he decided to carry out a jihadist act,” one of the sources said.The suspect was known to police, having carried out petty crimes and thefts, a police source said.Police officers stand near the cordoned-off spot where the soldier was stabbed in the busy commercial district of La Defense. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)A police source said he was identified thanks to video footage from the crime and traces of his DNA found on items left at the scene in a plastic bag, including a knife and a bottle.In his statement Valls expressed his thanks to investigators.“The investigation carried out under the authority of anti-terrorist prosecutors should determine… the environment and motivations of this young man,” it said.The Paris prosecutors’ office is to hold a press conference on the arrest at 9.30am today.The attack on Saturday in a busy underground shopping and transport hub echoed the grisly killing of another soldier in London, but authorities have not established a link between the two cases.Valls told Canal+ on Monday that police had “serious leads” on the identity of the attacker, who stabbed and injured French soldier Cedric Cordiez in the neck while he was on patrol with two colleagues.The attacker, described by police at the time as bearded and around 1.9 metres tall, approached the 23-year-old soldier, stabbed him and then disappeared into a crowd.Sources close to the investigation said Monday that the suspect was seen on video praying a few minutes prior to the attack.Cordiez meanwhile was released from a military hospital on Monday morning and rejoined his unit, military officials said.Police in France are seeking to determine if the attack was a copycat of the brutal murder of the British soldier in London last Wednesday.The key suspect in that attack, Michael Adebolajo, was captured on video carrying bloodied knives and a meat cleaver after the attack, saying he had murdered off-duty soldier Lee Rigby because British troops were killing Muslims.- © AFP, 2013Read: French soldier stabbed in neck outside Paris > Read: Sixth man arrested in connection with Lee Rigby murder >last_img read more

The contract that created Apple has just sold for 159 million

first_imgWith the death of Steve Jobs still fresh in everyone’s minds, anything relating to his history and the history of Apple has predictably increased in value. Some of those items are set to create a few millionaires, as an auction at Sotheby’s in New York has just demonstrated.Wade Saadi, founder of IT recruitment company Pencom Systems, managed to purchase the original 3-page contract that signalled the formation of Apple the company in 1994. The owner before that was Ronald Wayne, one of the original co-founders of Apple. Wayne sold the contract to Saadi for a few thousand dollars, who held on to it until this week.The contract is highly sought after because it signals the beginning of Apple on April 1st, 1976. As well as having the signatures of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on it, there’s also an amendment added 11 days later when Wayne quit the company. He did so because he feared his assets were in danger if Apple failed as a company.What may surprise you is just how much someone was willing to pay for these three sheets of paper. The estimate before the auction began was no more than $150,000.Sotheby’s said there were five bidders involved, with the winning bid being $1.35 million. However, Sotheby’s included a 12% buyer’s premium, meaning the winner ended up paying $1,594,500 in total.The amount paid is sure to spur others on to dig out anything remotely Apple-related, or with Steve Jobs’ signature on and put it up for auction.Read more at BBC News and Sotheby’slast_img read more

Holden report forecasts 16000 job losses

first_imgA South Australian Government commissioned report evaluating Holden’s contribution to the local economy has found that up to 16,000 jobs would be lost overall if Holden were to shut its northern Adelaide plant at Elizabeth. The report was tabled by the Premier in State Parliament, painting a grim outlook for South Australia with estimates of losses between 6,000 and 16,000 jobs in the state reducing economic activity by between $0.5 billion to $1.5 billion and a decline in state revenue of between $25 million to $83 million. Holden is negotiating to get more money from both the SA and Federal Governments to support its operations in a co-investment from the Government to continue car making in South Australia. Following consideration by Government, the proposal will be sent on to be ratified by the board of General Motors in the US where further negotiations may take place, but the overall feeling is both the South Australian and Federal Governments will do anything to keep Holdens’ Adelaide plant going. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Businessman Michael Issakidis charged with tax fraud

first_imgPolice and tax office investigators seized $40 million in luxury assets as authorities allege the Greek-born property developer is involved in a multi-million dollar tax evasion and money laundering scheme with an associate.Issakidis was recently successfully sued friend and Wheel of Fortune game show host Baby John Burgess for rent he claimed Burgess owed him for living in his Gold Coast penthouse apartment. The property mogul, a prominent figure in the Gold Coast social scene, was charged with conspiring to deal in proceeds of crime worth $63 million and defrauding the Australian tax Office of tens of millions of dollars. The proceeds of crime charge relates to tax fraud. Among Issakidis’s seized possessions was a Gold Coast waterfront mansion, a luxury property in Sydney’s Northbridge, two yachts and a number of prestigious vehicles.Mr Issakidis was expected to appear in Queensland’s Southport Magistrates’ Court to face charges of conspiracy to deal in the proceeds of crime of $1 million or more, – which carries a maximum jail term of 25 years, and conspiracy to dishonestly cause a loss to a third person, namely the Australian Taxation Office, carries a maximum jail term of 10 years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Project Scorpio is the forever Xbox console generations are over

first_img <> For as long as there have been consoles, there have been console generations. Typically, a video game system remains viable for about 5-7 years before a newer, more powerful successor is released. That’s the way things have always been, but now with iterative consoles from Sony and Microsoft on the horizon, it appears that traditional console cycles may be a thing of the past.During a recent interview, head of Xbox games marketing, Aaron Greenberg, said that he believes Project Scorpio will be the last Xbox console. This doesn’t mean that Microsoft will stop producing Xbox systems altogether. It will continue to manufacture new consoles, just not in the way we’re used to.As Xbox chief Phil Spencer stated back in February, Microsoft hopes to emulate the iterative nature of smartphones and PCs with the next Xbox. As such, we should expect to see updated SKUs of the Scorpio every 2-3 years. There wouldn’t be a need to create a brand-new Xbox system when you have one that is periodically upgraded.Though Greenberg believes that doing away with console generations is a big risk, he also thinks that Scorpio will be a success. One of the main reasons for this is how each system in the Xbox Scorpio line would be backwards and forwards compatible. Gamers would no longer have to start their collections over from scratch when buying a new system. Let’s also not forget how reception to the Scorpio from Xbox fans has been generally positive. For the most part, people seem receptive to the idea of a new Xbox console just four years after the launch of the Xbox One.Greenberg says Project Scorpio could “change the way we think about the future of console gaming.” This is certainly true, but we won’t know for sure until that system is released in the fall of 2017. Before that, Sony is holding a press event on September 7, where it is believed the company will unveil its PlayStation 4 Neo. Maybe then we’ll get a better idea of what the future actually holds for iterative consoles. 1/13AssemblerGameslast_img read more

KPBSD Contract Negotiations Postponed Due To Possible Threat To Staff

first_imgKPBSD Superintendent John O’Brien: “The safety of our employees was the very first consideration in canceling this evenings session. This is still an ongoing investigation so I cannot discuss the details or particulars. The associations were informed that we will contact them tomorrow to discuss next steps.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ongoing contract negotiations scheduled for Wednesday were postponed after a number of threats were made to the National Education Association’s office in Anchorage. The phone number was registered to the Seward area. Both the Anchorage Police Department, and Alaska State Troopers are investigating the threats made. This is a developing story- additional details will be posted as they are made available. In a statement from the school district: “This afternoon three calls were made threatening the National Education Association’s office in Anchorage. The phone number was a Kenai Peninsula phone number. The evening’s bargaining session scheduled at Soldotna High School for September 11th was canceled out of concern for safety and protocol. This is still an ongoing investigation so we cannot discuss details.” The District and Associations will discuss next steps in the near future on moving forward with the next bargaining session, according to the release from KPBSD. The district has been in negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association. The associations voted on May 22 to authorize a strike over rising healthcare costs. The strike would take place on September 16 at the earliest.last_img read more