Sindhu settles for silver after losing Olympic final

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 19 (PTI) P V Sindhus gallant attempt to win a coveted gold medal for India ended in heart-break when she went down fighting against Spains Carolina Marin and settled for a silver medal in the womens singles badminton competition at the Rio Olympics here today. The 21-year-old Indian, who has been simply unstoppable in the tournament so far, crumbled under the tremendous pressure created by the two-time World Champion from Spain to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a high-intensity final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes at the Riocentre here. Sindhu thus became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London). The two-time World championship bronze medallist also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics history and the first to clinch a silver. She is also the youngest India to win a medal at the Olympics. Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London), shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) and wrestler Sakshi Malik (Rio, 2016) are the other women players from India to clinch a medal in the quadrennial sports spectacle. Sindhu, in fact, trailed 16-19 in the opening game before reeling off five straight points to clinch it. She was then outclassed in the second to lose it tamely. In the decider, the lanky shuttler from Hyderabad trailed 1-6 at one stage and caught up at 10-10 but could not keep the tempo after the short break as Marin simply changed gears to surge to Spains first gold medal in badminton. In their last five meetings in the last two years, Marin has beaten Sindhu four times with the Indian gaining an upper hand during the Denmark Super Series last year, but today she could not repeat the feat. The hyper-aggressive Marin mixed power with precision to dominate the rallies with her acute-angled smashes interspersed with clever drops to catch the Indian often on the wrong-foot. Sindhu struggled with the length of her strokes as gave away many points by hitting long and wide but she fought tooth and nail till the end only to come second best. In the opening game, the Spaniard grabbed a 11-8 lead at the interval. Sindhu could not vary the pace of the rallies even as Marin came with some razor-sharp net play to extend the lead to 15-11 at one stage. A net error and a long shot gave Sindhu two points to narrow the gap and kept breathing down the neck of the Spaniard till 15-17. MORE PTI TAP ATK SSR ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli among 3 Indians celebrities to earn over Rs 100 crore in 2017

first_imgIt would be safe to say that 2017 has been the best year for Virat Kohli both on and off the field.After making waves on the field for the second year running, Kohli capped off an already brilliant year by marrying Bollywood star Anushka Sharma in an intimate ceremony in Tuscany, Italy, on December 11 and hosted a grand reception in New Delhi on Thursday night.Kohli’s superlative form with the bat saw him score 2818 runs across formats in international cricket including 11 hundreds in 46 matches. All the runs he accumulated this year also helped him cash in on his brand value as well.In its annual study of celebrity brand values in India, Duff & Phelps (global valuation and corporate finance advisor) found out that Kohli had pipped Bollywood megastars like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar to be ranked the No.1 celebrity brand in the country in 2017.Kohli topped the list with brand value of $144 million, followed by actors Shah Rukh ($106 million), Deepika Padukone ($93 million), Akshay Kumar ($47 million) and Ranveer Singh ($42 million).But what is even more staggering is the fact that the Indian captain was the third highest earner in the country this year.Kohli was ranked the top sports personality in 2017 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List with a gross income of Rs 100.72 crore this year, putting him in third place in the overall list behind Bollywood actors Salman Khan (Rs 232.83 crore) and Shah Rukh Khan (Rs 170.5 crore).They had finished top three in 2016 as well but their cumulative earnings have dropped by almost 20 per cent.advertisementSachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013, is second in the sports list (Rs 82.50 crore), followed by former India captain MS Dhoni (Rs 63.77 crore) and Ravichandran Ashwin (Rs 34.67 crore). In all, 21 athletes made the top-100 list this year.The 29-year-old Delhi cricketer seems to be getting better with each passing year. This year he scored 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals. He also hammered 11 hundreds including three double centuries (one vs Bangladesh and two vs Sri Lanka).He had a sensational run in ODIs through the year, beginning with his hundred against England. He was in fine form in the Champions Trophy, got runs in West Indies and then against Australia and New Zealand at home.In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. The Delhi dasher has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli also has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.Sky is the limit for the Indian cricketer, who is at the peak of his career. Let’s hope that marriage brings him more luck so that he can outperform himself next year.last_img read more

Sports court confirms Russia ban from Rio Paralympics

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — Two days after Russia finished fourth in the Olympic medal table, its Paralympic team was barred from the next big games in Rio de Janeiro as punishment for a state-backed doping program.Sport’s highest court on Tuesday upheld a decision by the International Paralympic Committee to exclude the sports superpower. It was a step the IOC declined to take when it had the chance last month.The 267 entries which Russian Paralympic athletes earned in 18 sports for the Sept. 7-18 games in Rio will now be allocated to other nations not judged responsible for orchestrated cheating.Russia won 36 gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, second most in London, and was a runaway table-topping leader at its home 2014 Winter Paralympics.Still, the Sochi Winter Games and Winter Paralympics are now notorious for results corrupted by state-funded agencies plotting to swap tainted doping samples from Russian athletes for clean ones at official testing laboratories.In the fallout from those recent revelations — by the Russian lab director who has fled to the United States, and a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry set up to investigate his claims — the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its urgent verdict Tuesday.CAS dismissed the Russian Paralympic Committee’s appeal against exclusion from competing in Rio after a hearing was held in Brazil on Monday.The court said its judges agreed the world Paralympic body “did not violate any procedural rule” in banning the Russian team two weeks ago.Then, in Rio, the IPC President Philip Craven had said of Russia that: “Their medals over morals mentality disgusts me.”“(The) decision to ban the (Russian team) was made in accordance with the IPC Rules and was proportionate in the circumstances,” the sports court said Tuesday in a statement.Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev blamed the doping ban on politics.“The investigation about the Russian doping is a thick and disgusting mix containing 80 percent of politics and 20 percent of the actual doping, the politics targeting against sports, Russian athletes and Russia as a country,” Medvedev wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.Medvedev described the ban as “a doubly cynical decision since we’re talking about people who have to overcome themselves every day. It’s a blow for all disabled people, not just the Russian ones.”A further appeal to Switzerland’s federal court is possible, though unlikely before the games open, an attorney representing the Russian athletes, Alexei Karpenko, said in televised remarks.The Swiss supreme court could intervene if the legal process was abused by Lausanne-based CAS, though it would not re-judge the evidence. The CAS panel was satisfied that organized Russia doping was proven.The Russian appeal to CAS “did not file any evidence contradicting the facts on which the IPC decision was based,” the court’s judging panel said.The world Paralympic governing body used evidence from an ongoing WADA-appointed investigation into a Russian state program of doping and cover-ups which ran from 2011 to 2015 in almost 30 summer and winter sports.The IPC said two weeks ago it had evidence of manipulated doping tests relating to 44 Russian athletes, including 27 from competitors in eight sports on the Paralympic program.On Tuesday, Craven said the ruling was a “sad day for the Paralympic Movement, but we hope also a new beginning.”“Today’s decision underlines our strong belief that doping has absolutely no place in Paralympic sport, and further improves our ability to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all Para athletes around the world,” Craven said in a statement.Still, it was “not a day for celebration and we have enormous sympathy for the Russian athletes who will now miss out on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” the British official said.Craven is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, whose executive board declined to use similar evidence from WADA investigator Richard McLaren’s report to exclude Russia for the Rio Olympics which ended Sunday.Instead, the IOC asked individual sports governing bodies to decide if Russian teams and athletes could compete. Russia’s weightlifting team was banned and only one track and field athlete, who trained in the U.S. out of the Russian testing system, was ruled eligible.Russia won 56 Olympic medals, including 19 gold, in Rio to trail only the U.S., Britain and China.Medvedev suggested Russia’s strength as a competitor was a factor in the blanket ban.“One certainly sees in this decision a striving of some leaders of the international Paralympic movement to eliminate strong rivals since our team always won top spots,” the former state president wrote.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgMP docs successfully operate on Pakistani toddler’s cleft lip,palateIndore, Jun 29 (PTI) A Pakistani child can now sport abroad smile, literally, after doctors at a hospital heresuccessfully operated on his cleft lip and palate.One-year-old Musa Malik was operated for thedeformity, called orofacial cleft in medical parlance, in twostages in April and on June 26 at Indore’s CHL Hospital, DrJaideep Singh Chauhan informed today.Chauhan, who led the team that operated on thetoddler, said that it was a condition afflicting at least oneout of 800 children in the sub-continent and it createdfeeding, speech and hearing problems as well as frequent earinfections.He added that the operation was carried out for freewith the help of an NGO, Smile Train India.Musa’s father, Kamran Malik (35), a welder inRawalpindi in Pakistan’s Punjab province, expressed gratitudeto the team of doctors for rectifying the child’s deformity.The child’s mother, Sayma, thanked the Indiangovernment for providing visas to them on two occasions toensure Musa could be operated upon.She added that she wanted to visit the country nexttime on a tourist visa and travel to Agra to see the TajMahal. PTI HWP LALBNM BNM BNMlast_img read more

Despite 0-5 Start, Nebraska Fans Have Taken Over Northwestern’s Stadium

first_imgNebraska fans celebrate during game.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Student fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska, still looking for its first win of the season, has a road game on Saturday against Northwestern. But it looks like the Cornhuskers will have a good amount of support regardless.Fans in attendance at Ryan Field have been tweeting for hours about how much support Nebraska has had in the stadium. Some have even posted photos of all the red in the stands.It’s tough to see for Northwestern fans – especially since the Cornhuskers are off to an 0-5 start in Scott Frost’s first campaign. That said, Nebraska fans have always traveled well.Take a look at the reactions on social media to Nebraska’s fans taking over the stadium.Homecoming game vs Nebraska?And yes as of now it looks like a Nebraska home game #AtMedill— Andre LaVista Toran (@AndreToran) October 13, 2018Nebraska: Chicago’s Big Ten team.— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) October 13, 2018There are more Nebraska fans than Northwestern fans at Ryan Field, and it isn’t close.— Inside NU (@insidenu) October 13, 2018Nebraska almost certain to outnumber NW fans today. It’s not real close 7 minutes before kickoff.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 13, 2018Nebraska lost last week at Wisconsin, but their schedule gets easier moving forward. Kirk Herbstreit thinks they could even wind up in a bowl game.Earlier in the day, Nebraska fans got some good news about a transfer quarterback.Nebraska and Northwestern kick off at Noon ET. Northwestern is favored, but the Cornhuskers have all the motivation in the world to get their first win of the year.last_img read more

NWC to Invest Billions in Water Projects under K-Factor Programme

first_imgNational Water Commission (NWC) Chairman, Dr. Leary Myers, says the agency will spearhead the implementation of projects valued over $3.7 billion per year, for the next eight years, until the expiration of the organisation’s K-Factor Programme in 2021. He was speaking during Wednesday’s (January 9) contract signing for implementation of the NWC’s $745 million Sector F Sewerage Systems Rehabilitation Project in Majestic Gardens, Seaview Gardens and Riverton City, St. Andrew, at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change. The K-Factor is an Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) monitored facility, which allows the NWC to use a pre-determined percentage on customers’ bills to implement non-revenue water reduction, sewerage and other specifically approved operational efficiency projects. The K-Factor funds are later repaid to customers as an X-Factor on their bills. Dr. Myers pointed out that the 24-month sewage rehabilitation project is one of several earmarked for implementation by an “expanded” K-Factor Unit, with the OUR’s approval. The Chairman gave the assurance that the projects to be implemented over the eight-year period “will, simultaneously, improve service delivery to customers and strengthen the NWC’s financial position”. “This (Sector F Rehabilitation Project) contract signing demonstrates, not only that the National Water Commission is working assiduously at providing the best possible service to its customers from existing systems across the country, but (that) positive steps are also being taken to improve and expand its infrastructure and service islandwide,” Dr. Myers stated. Just over 3,000 residents of Majestic Gardens, Seaview Gardens, and Riverton City will benefit from rehabilitation works to be carried out on sewerage facilities serving those communities, under the NWC’s Sector F Sewerage Systems Rehabilitation Project, being executed by civil engineering firm, Ashtrom Building Systems Limited. The scope of works will entail: replacing, where necessary, existing pipes with 100mm to 300mm PVC pipes; designing and establishing appropriate collection and conveyance systems to upgrade, retrofit and extend the present network; pipe trenching; construction of all the required manholes; and investigating and establishing the current and future needs of the sewerage system to ensure its sustainability over a minimum period of 25 years, after the project’s completion.last_img read more

Cruise surprises ComicCon fans with Top Gun Maverick trailer

first_imgLos Angeles: Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise surprised the San Diego Comic-Con fans by presenting the first look trailer of Top Gun: Maverick, which he said was his “love letter to aviation”. The actor unscheduled appearance during Paramount Pictures’s Terminator: Dark Fate panel to deliver the nostalgic trailer of the film, a follow up to Tony Scott’s 1986 action drama Top Gun that made him a superstar. Recalling that he shot Top Gun on the streets of San Diego, Cruise said, “For 34 years, you guys have been very patient with me, and I felt it was my responsibility to finally deliver for you. I have a little piece for you to see. This is our very first trailer. You are the first people in the world to see it and everything you see in this film, is obviously for real.” “I really wanted to give you a feel of what it is to be inside that aircraft. For me, Top Gun is about competition, it is about family, it is about sacrifices, it is about heroism and it is about aviation and I love aviation. It is a love letter to aviation,” he added amid loud cheers from fans. The film will release in 2020.last_img read more

Doctor found dead in Lajpat Nagar area

first_imgNew Delhi: A 30-year-old doctor was found dead at his rented accommodation in South East Delhi’s Lajpart Nagar area.Police said that body was lying on a mattress along side the door in decomposed condition and a cannula, injection was administered in his hand. From dustbin, empty vials of medicine were found. Police said that they received information at 8:51 am on Tuesday that in a flat in Lajpat Nagar-l, door of the room of his friend is closed from inside and foul smell is coming. The caller Dr Rudra JR(PG) LNJP Hospital was residing along with Dr Sudhanshu Singh who was JR (PG) anesthesia, at Safdarajang Hospital in separate rooms. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Dr Rudra had gone to his native place Goa on July 19 and arrived back early morning at 2.30 am. At about 8.00 am, Rudra noticed that room of his friend Sudanshu is locked from inside and foul smell was coming. “Room of Dr Sudhanshu was got broke open in the presence of his sister, who had come on call from gurugram and found that his body was lying,” police said. Dr Sudhanshu was the permanent resident of Mughalsarai UP and pursuing his MD in Safdarajang Hospital since 2017. He was residing at Lajpat Nagar Since May 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAs per enquiry from Safdarjung Hospital, Dr Sudhanshu performed his duty till Sunday morning and after that he did not turn up on Monday. Inquest proceeding u/s 174 CrPC is underway. Police have questioned several persons in this regard to get clues regarding doctor taking extreme step. In March a 28 year-old doctor died under mysterious circumstances after she was found inside her cabin of the Neuro ward where she worked. The police claimed to have found a syringe lying next to her body and a mark on her left hand.last_img read more

State to provide training to make Jangalmahal candidates employable

first_imgKolkata: In a unique initiative to provide employment to the youths of Jangalmahal who were once involved in Maoist activities and have now abandoned their guns, the Bengal government has decided to introduce training programmes so that they can be inducted in the ITI colleges across the state.The Technical Education and Training and Skill development department is all set to introduce an induction training for the youths of Jangalmahal who were once associated with extremist activities. The department will start the training so that those who have not cleared class VIII examination, get an opportunity to take part in the programme. Those who will successfully complete the training will be able to enroll themselves with the ITI colleges. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe step taken by the Bengal government will help these youths to pursue various technical studies, thereby making them employable. It will also create a job opportunity for them in those areas. A huge number of people who were once associated with extremist groups have shunned violence after the Mamata Banerjee government introduced various development schemes in the region. Many of the Maoist cadres have joined the mainstream, responding to the call of the Chief Minister. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPurnendu Basu, the minister of Technical Education and Training and Skill development, on Wednesday said: “The students are admitted in the ITI colleges in two ways. Under one section, the applicants have to clear class VIII examination while on the other, they have to clear Madhyamik. Induction training for a year will be given to those candidates from the Jangalmahal who have not cleared the class VIII exam. Those who will successfully clear the training will get a chance to take admission in the ITI colleges. The training will begin soon.” The state government introduced one-year special training for the ITI aspirants last year so that people from the Maoist affected areas can get employment after completing the courses. The minimum eligibility for a candidate to undergo ITI training was to clear VIII examination. Those who have not attained the class were not allowed to take part in the ITI training. Now, the candidates who have not passed the class VIII exam will find a different alternative to get admission in the ITI colleges.last_img read more

Former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle to undergo psychiatric assessment

first_imgOTTAWA – Former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle, who faces a string of assault charges, will undergo a comprehensive psychiatric assessment.Boyle’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, told an Ontario court Friday that an initial evaluation found his client fit to stand trial, but added he would benefit from a more extensive assessment at a mental-health centre in Brockville, Ont.Boyle’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 26, when the assessment should be complete.Boyle was arrested by Ottawa police late last month and charged with various offences, including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to take a noxious substance.As a result of revisions from the Crown, Boyle now faces a total of 19 charges, up from 15.The charges against the 34-year-old relate to two alleged victims, but a court order prohibits the publication of any details that might identify them or witnesses.None of the charges — related to incidents that allegedly occurred after Boyle returned to Canada in October from his Afghan captivity — have been tested in court.Greenspon would not speculate on how the coming report on Boyle’s mental state might affect his defence.“We’ll have to wait and see the psychiatric assessment,” Greenspon said after the hearing. “That’ll go a long way to determining how we deal with the matter going forward.”Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple, and the three children they had during their five years in captivity, were freed by Pakistani forces last October.The family had been living in an Ottawa apartment for about a month when Boyle was arrested.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement MONTREAL — A Montreal actress is calling on voters to think critically about what they see online after being falsely accused of appearing in a campaign video for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.Adina Katz says she’s still reeling from the barrage of attacks she received from social media users who misidentified her in a video posted to Scheer’s social media earlier this month.In the video, a woman who introduces herself as Adina discusses health care with Scheer citing her experience as a cancer survivor, and says she’ll be voting Conservative. Facebook Katz says she was on vacation in Connecticut last week when a friend sent her a text to alert her that her name and image were circulating on Twitter.She says she stayed up all night trying to refute attacks calling her a terrible and “immoral” actress who would pretend to be a cancer survivor for a paycheque.The 41-year-old actress says the online ambush, which also included insults about her appearance, has given her insight into the harms of cyberbullying.A spokesperson for Scheer did not immediately return a request for comment.The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Montreal actress Adina Katz, shown in a handout photo, is calling on voters to think critically about what they see online after finding herself at the centre of a political onslaught over being misidentified in a campaign video for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Katz says she’s still reeling from the barrage of attacks she’s received from social media users who falsely accused her of portraying a cancer survivor in a video posted to Scheer’s social media earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-John Gilbert MANDATORY CREDIT Twitterlast_img read more

Fort St John City Council All Candidates forum tonight

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Join 100.1 Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News, and CJDC-TV at the Lido Theatre tonight (October 2) as candidates for Fort St. John city council debate the issues facing the city over the next four years.Twelve candidates have put their names forward for six council seats and will debate their ideas on the progress they want to see made by 2022, and how they plan to get there. The forum promises to be a mix of policy and personality, with topics on the economy and development, taxes and social challenges, the arts and sports, and plenty more to help voters get to know the candidates.“After hosting separate forums for candidates in past elections, we’ve partnered to maximize our resources to cover this year’s race for council, and ensure residents get out to the polls,” said 100.1 Moose FM news director Chris Newton. Newton will moderate the debate with Matt Preprost, managing editor of the Alaska Highway News.The event is open to the public and free to attend, and questions will be taken from the audience.“We’re challenging candidates to bring forward their opinions on the last four years of city development, and their ideas for the next four,” said Preprost.The debate will be broadcast live on Facebook through Alaska Highway News, Moose FM/, and CJDC-TV. It will also be broadcast live on the radio through 100.1 Moose FM and 98.5 Sun FM.Voter turnout in the 2014 election was just 15 percent in Fort St. John, the lowest of all municipalities in British Columbia.The forum is being sponsored by the BC Northern Real Estate Board and Lido Theatre, with support from the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a candidate meet and greet, with the debate to begin at 7 p.m. Seats can be reserved by calling the Lido at 250-785-3011.The election will be held October 20, with advanced voting opportunities on October 10 and 17. Voting will take place at the Fort St. John Legion from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.last_img read more

Ilyas el Omari heads Moroccan Business Delegation to Washington

Washington – President of Morocco’s Tangier, Tetouan and Al Hoceima region, Ilyas el Omari, is leading a delegation of business leaders in Washington this week. The trip is aimed at exploring potential business opportunities and making critical economic connections between the two countries.The delegation, which arrived in Washington earlier this week, includes Chairman of the Casablanca Chamber of Commerce, Mustapha Amhal.Hoping to discover new areas of commonality, and open new business investment doors, “the trip’s agenda includes numerous meetings with educational institutions, federal and local government officials and a host of business leaders” the Moroccan American Network said in a communique. The world’s economy is changing and Morocco’s is developing rapidly. “For El Omari and the delegation, it’s a match made in trade heaven,” Mohamed El Hajjam, President of the Moroccan American Network (MAN) and CEO of AV Actions in Alexandria, VA, told Morocco World News in a phone interview.Addressing the aim of the delegation’s foray into Washington, El Omari said, “The world economy is changing and we have to change our human resources to keep up with it.”“I am delighted to work with the Moroccan American Network to meet with those individuals and institutions with whom we might partner to do this.” He emphasized that Morocco is “ready to move forward rapidly to accelerate Morocco’s economic development.”The trip was organized around the 2017 edition of the Moroccan American Network’s CEO Summit 2. This year’s event has focused on nurturing small businesses, a segment of investment which often gets overlooked.Elisabeth Myers, General Counsel and Strategic Advisor to the Moroccan American Network, described the summit as an ideal “opportunity for entrepreneurs and CEOs who want to grow their businesses in the U.S. or who wish to explore small business opportunities in Africa, and especially in Morocco, to network and meet with others with similar interests and concerns.”Photo by Morocco World NewsOn Wednesday, the delegation met with Democratic Congressman Don Beyer as well as the Mayor of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, Allison Silberberg. Former Mayor of Alexandria, Va, Bill Euille, also played a critical role in making the Moroccan delegation’s visit possible.Thursday’s agenda saw the delegation visiting the Virginia Technology Institute, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the Children’s Medical Center’s Shiekh Zayad Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.Describing the key role the Moroccan American Network plays in expanding economic connections between the US and Morocco,  El Hajjam explained that the “Moroccan American Network focusses on small business, the backbone of every country’s economy. Through our business, media, and cultural events, we expand business networks, enhance Morocco’s image, and strengthen economic ties between Morocco and the US.”On Friday, Ilyas El Omari will be feted as the guest of honour at the summit. For Meyers, the presence of such a high-profile Moroccan dignitary speaks volumes. “We are thrilled to have such a prominent businessman and leader as Mr. El Omari here with us in Washington. This delegation visit will serve to greatly facilitate and enhance the exchange of know-how and expertise between Morocco and US.” read more

What you need to know before markets open

North American markets look set for a higher open today with investors focused on a cease-fire deal in Ukraine, earnings misses and a major corporate shakeup at transportation giant Bombardier Inc.Bombardier in particular will be closely watched after the iconic Canadian corporate giant announced that longtime chairman Laurent Beaudoin — a member of the family that has controlled the company since it was founded — will be replaced by his son Pierre Beaudoin, who has been chief executive. Bombardier is also suspending its dividend and plans to issue up to $2.5 billion of securities to bolster its cash reserves. Bombardier has faced a string of delays related to its new CSeries jetliner. The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.55 of a cent to 79.66 cents US as the American currency weakened and commodity prices advanced. U.S. futures were also positive as France and Germany brokered a deal that will see a ceasefire take effect in Ukraine on Sunday. The Dow Jones industrial futures gained 84 points to 17,915, the Nasdaq futures were ahead 26.5 points to 4,323 and the S&P 500 futures were up 10.5 points to 2,076.2. Insurance stocks could also weigh on the TSX in the wake of earnings reports from Manulife Financial and Sun Life Financial. Manulife earned $640 million or 33 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of last year compared with a profit of $1.3 billion or 68 cents a year earlier. The insurer said its core earnings per share amounted to 36 cents per diluted share, five cents below estimates. It also said that macroeconomic factors including low interest rates “produces headwinds in 2015.” Sun Life’s net income dropped to $502 million or 81 cents per diluted share from $550 million or 90 cents in the same 2013 period. Total revenue was $7.38 billion, up from $4.71 billion in the same 2013 quarter. On an adjusted basis, Sun Life reported underlying net income of $360 million or 59 cents per share, missing estimates of 78 cents per share. There was also further evidence of how the collapse in oil prices is forcing companies to quickly cut costs. Cenovus Energy expects to cut its staff by about 15%, the bulk of which it says will come from its contract workforce. Prices have slid about 50% from the highs of last summer amid a huge supply/demand imbalance. On Thursday, March crude gained $1.49 to US$50.33 a barrel after falling $4 over the last two sessions amid the latest sign of rising inventories in the U.S. Elsewhere, April copper gained four gains to US$2.58 a pound while April bullion rose $3.70 to US$1,223.30 an ounce. The Greek debt crisis also vied for investor attention after the country’s talks with eurozone creditors on overhauling its bailout loans broke down. Still, markets were optimistic a deal will be reached in time for Greece to avoid a potential exit from the euro. read more

Asian stocks climb on strong Dow close US service report

HONG KONG – Asian stocks rose Tuesday following another record day on Wall Street as investor optimism bounced back quickly after the Italian referendum.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.5 per cent to 18,360.54 and South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1.4 per cent to 1,990.53. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.8 per cent to 22,676.55 while the Shanghai Composite index edged 0.1 per cent higher to 3,207.19. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.5 per cent to 5,428.70. Benchmarks in Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia also advanced.QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The markets appear to have come to the realization that the concerns paid to the Italian referendum may be too much or too early,” said Jingyi Pan of IG Markets in Singapore. “Relief rally has become the favourite description for the overnight trend seen in both European and U.S. stock markets as traders tuned back to riskier assets.”SOUTH KOREAN RECKONING: Top business leaders were grilled by lawmakers over allegations that President Park Geun-hye allowed a corrupt confidante to pull government strings and extort companies. With Park facing possible impeachment, the Finance Ministry said it would “frontload” nearly 70 per cent of government spending for 2017 to help boost the slowing economy. Shares jumped in response.SERVICE SURVEY: Activity at U.S. services companies grew at its fastest pace last month in more than a year, according to a monthly survey of purchasing managers. The report, which found that production, hiring and new export orders all grew faster in November than the month before, is an encouraging sign for the broader U.S. economy, the world’s largest.WALL STREET: Major U.S. benchmarks pushed higher and the Dow Jones industrial average set another record high, rising 0.2 per cent to 19,216.24. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 0.6 per cent to 2,204.71. The Nasdaq composite added 1 per cent to 5,308.89. The U.S. rally erased any remaining pessimism following Italy’s weekend referendum in which voters defeated proposed constitutional changes, triggering Premier Matteo Renzi’s resignation. Investors are now looking ahead to the year’s final market-moving event, next week’s Fed meeting at which policymakers are expected to raise interest rates from ultralow levels.ENERGY: The rally in oil prices petered out after four days of gains fueled by the OPEC deal to trim production. Benchmark U.S. crude futures lost 38 cents to $51.41 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 11 cents to $51.79 per barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 29 cents to $54.65 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 114.06 yen from 113.70 yen in Thursday’s trading. The euro rose to $1.0751 from $1.0756. A man holds a newspaper reporting a story of constitutional change in Italy as he looks at an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Asian shares tumbled Monday after Italian voters’ rejected constitutional changes, raising questions over whether Italy will stay in the European Union and keep using the euro. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2016 11:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Asian stocks climb on strong Dow close, US service report read more

Maintaining Brock connections after graduation

You are a student for a short time but an alumnus for life.That’s the message that Shelley Huxley, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, wants to get out to all graduating students by inviting them to the 2017 Grad Send-off hosted by the Brock University Alumni Association.The event will showcase the many ways students can stay connected to Brock long after graduation.“Once students cross the stage at convocation they become a member of the Alumni Association. We want them to know that we will be here every step of the way while they go out into the world and maximize the value of a Brock degree,” Huxley said.The event takes place Monday, Feb. 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium. Each student that has applied to graduate has the opportunity to register for the event and learn about the benefits of becoming a Brock alumnus.The office of Development and Alumni Relations has taken the opportunity to collaborate with Career Services and invited employers and career advisors to attend.Lisa Kuiper, Employer Development Manager with Career Education (formally Career Services), said it was a natural fit to collaborate with the Alumni office on the event.“I hope our graduating students will attend this event and realize the support and value of staying connected to the University,” Kuiper said, calling the available resources an “invaluable source of support.”Resources are available to assist during the transition from school to work, to aid with job searches, connect graduates with employers and reconnect alumni down the road.Career Education offers resources and support for current students and alumni when planning their career goals and provides employers with information about campus recruitment efforts at Brock.Students planning on crossing the stage during Spring or Fall Convocation can register here for the event. read more

Egyptian revolutionary why online activism can work

first_imgTHE COMPUTER ENGINEER who helped spark revolution in Egypt with a Facebook page has said that online activism can evoke change – if you can engage people with a cause.Wael Ghonim, who told the Dublin Web Summit today that he “meet more politicians than geeks” these days, created a Facebook page in protest at the torture and death of a fellow Egyptian at the hands of police in Alexandria. The “We Are All Khaled Said” page gathered 100,000 followers in just four days in early 2011. Ghonim asked people to protest peacefully in the streets and was taken into police custody for 11 days.Upon his release in February 2011 the Nobel Peace Prize nominee continued to call for removal of the Mubarak government and addressed a public protest in Tahrir Square. The fall of Mubarak, said Ghonim today, was “not a Facebook revolution” but a “people’s revolution”. He said: I believe the leadership by charisma is going into decline and leadership by empowering people will rise.Ghonim, aged 31, said he had employed some of his knowledge about digital marketing, picked up in his time as an engineer for Google, to engage others in the Facebook campaign and ensure that it transferred to the streets. “It was very collaborative,” said Ghonim, explaining that every decision to meet or protest publicly was done after conducting a survey among followers of the page.This survey was conducted on a low-cost website called, run by “just two guys”. Ghonim said:People who work in media and people who work in technology are the change agents in this world. I’m sure those two guys would never have known that their service was used in Egypt for democracy and participation.So-called clicktivism – where online users express a desire for change – is not necessarily without teeth, he said.Those who are online are not zombies, they are actual human beings. All it takes is to convince him that it is important to act. Another thing is to find a way that interests them – that’s why surveys are important. (Wael Ghonim at today’s Web Summit in the RDS. Image: WebSummits/Flickr)Ghonim also attributed the uprising in Egypt to the social and political context in the area at the time, “the Tunisian uprising, the forged elections in Egypt… these also sent people to the streets”. He added: “A lot of people think an activist is someone who distances himself from people. That’s why I made the Facebook page mainstream.”Maya Baratz of ABC News said at the summit that the Arab Spring had seen the voices of ordinary people become a tool for journalism, giving the news a “360-degree angle”.Ghonim has written about his experiences in Egypt in 2011 in a new book, Revolution 2.0. All proceeds are to go to an education and poverty-fighting charity in Egypt.Read more news from the 2012 Dublin Web Summit here>‘Clicktivism isn’t a replacement for boots-on-the-ground activism – but it does work’>last_img read more

Dog Gets Loose on Plane Bites Flight Attendant

first_imgThere are certain career paths in which the possibility of being bitten by a dog is something of a calculated risk. Working at a pet shop or a kennel, for one. And then there’s also the mail carrier, a position that’s famous for being in the crosshairs of suburban canines. Flight attendants, on the other hand, have had a pretty easy time of it, when it comes to being bitten by animals on the clock. That all ended when a passenger’s dog got loose on a Phoenix-bound flight from Newark, NJ and bit a flight attendant, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Pittsburg. Once on the ground again, passengers were taken off the plane, as the crew searched for the dog. No word on how severe the bite was. According to US Airways’ policy, passengers can bring a small animal on a flight in an “escape-proof” carrier for a one-way fee of $100.last_img read more

Explosions In The Sky Announce 20th Anniversary Tour

first_img Facebook Explosions In The Sky Reveal 20th Anniversary Tour explosions-sky-announce-20th-anniversary-tour News Explosions In The Sky Announce 20th Anniversary Tour The post-rock greats will begin their U.S. tour dates on Sept. 11 in Mesa, ArizJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 15, 2019 – 5:37 pm Post-rock greats Explosions In The Sky have announced that their first tour in some time will be in celebration of their 20th anniversary. “Hi everyone, our band turns 20 years old this year and to celebrate we’re playing some shows this Fall,” the instrumental band tweeted. “We hope to see some of you out there. And thanks so much for sticking with us for so long. We truly appreciate it.” Email Twitter EITS will begin their U.S. tour dates after dates in Asia on Sept. 11 in Mesa, Ariz. The band will stop in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Detroit and more before closing out their tour in Oklahoma City on Oct. 24.The Texas band, known for their epic instrumental indie rock and emotional live shows, have released seven studio albums and contributed to movie soundtracks, including 2004’s Friday Night Lights.  The band has been celebrating past releases on social media, including the anniversary of 2007’s All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, and their latest album, The Wilderness, which came out in 2016. Presale tickets will be available April 16 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, visit the band’s website.last_img read more

Congress alone can develop country Shabbir Ali

first_imgKamareddy: Congress alone can develop the country, stated former Minister Shabbir Ali after unveiling party flag at Harijanawada in Kamareddy on Wednesday.He criticised that democracy is being murdered in Telangana State and the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is leasing the country’s sovereignty to USA. A third country’s intervention in Kashmir will be a blow to the country’s integrity, he said and added that the party’s defection is reducing the respect of lawmakers.last_img read more