Kolkata, May 5 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said he will speak to the All India Football Federation on the issue of I-League champions Aizawl FC threatening a fast unto death if they are left out of a proposed unified leagues top tier. “As far as the controversy between Aizawl FC and Indian Super League (ISL) is concerned, Im going to talk to the AIFF. Definitely I would like to take their case up at AIFF,” Goel said during his inspection of the Saltlake Stadiums preparation for the U-17 World Cup in October. Goel, however, said hes yet to receive any official letter from the I-League champions. Ironically, Aizawl are not a part of the merger plans and stare at relegation into second division. In the new ISL, the existing eight clubs will be joined by at least three I-League clubs. The AIFF is in talks with Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. In a statement, the club said it had submitted a “formal claim to the AIFF to continue in the top league even after proposed merger of the existing top league with the ISL.” Aizawl FC said they would approach PM Narendra Modi and Asian Football Confederation president Salman Bin Ibrahim Al- Khalifa if they are denied an opportunity to defend their I- League title next season. The Mizo side also threatened to resort to fast unto death if the AIFF relegates the club to the second division, as is being widely speculated. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisement
Manchester United rolled to their 10th win in 11 games under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday, climbing into the top four in the Premier League for the first time since the opening weekend.Paul Pogba fired United ahead from an impossibly tight angle in the 14th minute, springing in behind the defence and onto a pass from Anthony Martial on the left, turning and shooting first time between keeper Sergio Rico and the near post.Martial doubled the lead nine minutes later in style, collecting the ball on the halfway line, jinking past Denis Odoi and racing all the way into the area before stroking his shot beyond the reach of Rico.Fulham had begun the game brightly, creating four shots in the first five minutes, but their chances petered out and they seemed to lose confidence as United controlled the ball for long periods.WWWWWWWWDWW pic.twitter.com/hGid1WyXgYManchester United (@ManUtd) February 9, 2019Their best chance was in the opening minute when Andre Schurrle broke forward and floated the ball across the area and down into the path of Luciano Vietto. The Argentine, however, sent his shot just wide of the far post.United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku had an anonymous first half, outshone by his two French team mates. But he helped create the penalty that led to the third goal when he charged forward to pass to Juan Mata, who was bundled over inside the area by Fulham’s Maxime Le Marchand.advertisementPogba converted from the spot to put the game beyond Fulham’s reach, and was then substituted, most likely to keep him fit ahead of a tough schedule in the coming weeks.United face French champions Paris St Germain in a Champions League last-16 tie, Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round, and host arch-rivals Liverpool all within the month.The win at Fulham lifts United into fourth place in the league, ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Manchester City on Sunday.Pogba appeared happy with the result but remained focused on his side’s busy schedule ahead.”The good atmosphere helps the team, and for me, being more in the box gives me more chances to score… There’s still a long way to go and we have a lot of big games coming up,” he told BBC.We can’t stop singing this! #MUFC #FULMUN pic.twitter.com/ZoIv2BUncoManchester United (@ManUtd) February 9, 2019Fulham remain in relegation territory in 19th place, and they too have a tough schedule ahead. Yet to win away from home this season, their next three visitors at Craven Cottage are all powerhouses – Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.Schurrle came off near the start of the second half, giving way to Cyrus Christie as the Cottagers looked for ways to get themselves back in the game.But luck was not on their side at all, with Ryan Babel somehow managing to miss a golden opportunity from barely two feet out in the closing minutes, sending Joe Bryan’s cross onto the post and out.The crowd, unimpressed at the Schurrle substitution and the very late introduction of promotion heroes Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney, booed Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri off at the end of the match.
UEFA Champions League Chelsea in for scary Halloween with Dzeko in best form of his career Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 2 years ago 22:25 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Goal UEFA Champions League Chelsea Roma v Chelsea Roma Manchester City Serie A Edin Džeko Opinion After a dire first season at Roma, the Bosnian has proven himself one of the best strikers in the world, as underlined by his Ballon d’Or nomination The morning after Edin Dzeko had become Roma’s newest centurion, he was hailed by both Tuttosport and the Corriere dello Sport as the new king of the Eternal City.It caps a remarkable rise for a striker once cruelly referred to as ‘Edin Cieco’ (‘Blind Edin’) by bemused supporters during a debut season at the Stadio Olimpico blighted by horrendous misses.Dzeko first goal 7/2 with dabble 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 “I am personally proud to reach 100 appearances in a Roma jersey and, after my first year, nobody thought that was possible,” he acknowledged after Roma’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on October 18.Indeed, many pundits felt that Roma had been ripped off – despite only paying Manchester City a grand total of €15 million for Dzeko in 2015.The Bosnian contrived to squander one open goal after another during his first season in Serie A – there was one miss against Palermo that Dzeko himself says was inexplicable – and he ended the campaign having netted just eight times in 31 outings.A move to Galatasaray was rumoured but Dzeko was not about to give up. He refused to walk away.“Rome is similar to Bosnia,” he told Il Messaggero in January. “The people don’t just criticise you, they insult you. So, I’m used to it.”I did think about leaving because you do when you don’t play… but I decided to stay and I was convinced of that, even after the final game of the season, against Chievo.”I didn’t play but I said to myself, ‘I’m not leaving here.’ “And that was my decision; no one asked me to stay. I saw it as a challenge to win.”I went on holiday, I switched off and I started over.”Indeed, Dzeko impressed Luciano Spalletti with his determined attitude and prolific performances in friendlies ahead of the 2016-17 season.He saw a difference in Dzeko and he gave him all of the encouragement in the world in order to convince the forward that he could win over the notoriously demanding Roma fans.”I told him that I had confidence in him and even flattered him a bit, as that’s necessary too sometimes,” the former Giallorossi coach explained in April.”Dzeko has now started believing he’s a top striker. He can feel the confidence of the club and his team-mates, who have improved with him and in turn fuelled his confidence.”Edinh had to suffer the judgements made about him last year but he’s a smashing lad, loves the dressing room banter and trains well.”He’s humble and polite. He just needed to discover his form.”He did exactly that, equalling the club record for goals in a solitary Serie A season – set by Rodolfo Volk in 1930-31 – by striking 29 times to claim the 2016-17 Capocannoniere award. Indeed, since the start of last season, he has scored as many goals as Cristiano Ronaldo (49) and, across Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues, only Lionel Messi (70) and Edinson Cavani (58).Spaletti’s summer departure for Inter, coupled with the sale of Roma’s creative fulcrum Mohamed Salah to Liverpool, seemed to spell trouble for Dzeko, who took a thinly veiled swipe at the tactics employed by new coach Eusebio Di Francesco after being left isolated during a dour 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid in September.”I scored many goals last season,” he mused, “but this year it’s tougher and I didn’t touch the ball many times tonight.” However, Di Francesco promptly “cleared the air” with his No.9, coinciding with Dezko rediscovering his very best form.There were six goals in his next four Serie A matches, as Roma forced their way back into the title race, while he struck three times in his next two Champions League appearances, against Qarabag and Chelsea, to propel the Giallorossi into second place in Group C.It was the opening goal in the brilliant brace at the Bridge that really stood out, with his first-time volley evoking memories of Andriy Shevchenko – whom Dzeko idolised as a child in Sarajevo. Ahead of the return match versus Chelsea on the night of Halloween on Tuesday, Dzeko is again expected to give Antonio Conte’s men a big fright.The striker feels that in his two years in Italy he’s learned more about the game, and himself, than he did during his previous eight, in England and Germany.Dzeko is now 31 but is playing better than ever before, as underlined by his Ballon d’Or nomination. “I don’t feel old,” he has said. “I want to keep playing regularly and at a high level.”It’s taken him a long time to get to this stage and it’s never been easy, so he’s determined to enjoy it for as long as possible.In short, the King of Rome is not about to give up his throne any time soon.
Monaco 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Cavani & Neymar bail out wayward Mbappe Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 05:59 11/27/17 AFP A wayward Kylian Mbappe helped keep Monaco in the match against Paris Saint-Germain, but the visitors’ class eventually told on Sunday. Paris Saint-Germain pulled further clear in the Ligue 1 title race with an ominous 2-1 win over Monaco, despite Kylian Mbappe’s difficulties on his return to Stade Louis II.Edinson Cavani and Neymar scored either side of half-time as Unai Emery’s men rocketed nine points clear at the top.Mbappe – whistled throughout by the home fans – was in a forgiving mood, the teenager incredibly wasting four clear-cut chances before he inadvertently deflected in a late consolation for the hosts. 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 Cavani was less generous in the first half as he spared his team-mate’s blushes by stabbing in the opener inside 20 minutes.Mbappe’s ongoing profligacy plagued PSG after the restart but it ultimately proved inconsequential to the result, which Neymar sealed by winning and scoring a penalty.Monaco, who for much of the match looked incapable of mounting a fightback, did gain hope when Joao Moutinho’s free-kick deflected off Mbappe to cut the deficit, but it was not enough to prevent the champions from falling further off the pace.FULL TIME: PSG edge Monaco for a 2-1 win and three points on the road !! #ASMPSG #ALLEZPARIS pic.twitter.com/X3hntlMDGf— PSG English (@PSG_English) November 26, 2017Mbappe was sprightly on his return to the principality, but his first chance came and went early on as he raced onto Neymar’s pass and touched the ball past the onrushing Danijel Subasic, only to inexplicably finish wide of a vacant net from a manageable angle.A second clear-cut chance for an early opener escaped PSG in similarly agonising fashion. Cavani cleverly helped Mbappe’s byline cut-back to the far post, where a stretching Julian Draxler could only steer it the wrong side of the upright.But the visitors only had to wait until the 19th minute to make their dominance count.Adrien Rabiot fed a simple pass into Draxler’s feet and the German did likewise for an unmarked Cavani, who poked high into the roof of the net at close range.Monaco had Subasic preventing greater damage at the end of a one-sided first half after the goalkeeper reacted sharply to Draxler’s low drive.PSG started the second half in much the same manner as they began the first, Neymar first cracking the right-hand post before Mbappe tried to be too cute in a one-on-one.But any frustration evaporated even quicker this time around as the Brazilian dispatched a 52nd-minute spot-kick into the bottom-left corner, having been bundled over in the area by Almamy Toure.However, even the two-goal buffer could not ease Mbappe’s nerves around goal. The France star blazed another fine chance over the bar and could have had four when he poked wide with a final one-on-one.And the jitters seemed to spread, Cavani nodding wide of a gaping target shortly after Jemerson had turned a low cross against his own post.Mbappe became even more central to Emery’s irritation when Moutinho’s free-kick flicked off his head and wrong-footed Alphonse Areola in the 81st minute, but PSG were never truly threatened again in stretching their lead at the top. KEY OPTA STATS- Kylian Mbappe missed four big chances, the most in a Ligue 1 game this season.- PSG have only lost once in their last 34 Ligue 1 games (W28, D5), v Nice on 30 April 2017 (1-3).- Monaco have scored in their last nine league games, only Marseille are currently on a better streak in the French top-flight (18).- PSG have scored 45 goals after 14 games in Ligue 1 this season, their highest tally ever at this stage and the highest in Ligue 1 since St Etienne in 1969/70 (46).- Emery’s side have netted 71 goals in all competitions this season. In 2016/17, they achieved this on 24 January 2017 versus Bordeaux.- Paris have hit the woodwork 12 times in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team. read more
When planning a vacation, the ultimate goal of any getaway is to distance yourself as far as you possibly can from the stresses in your life. For some, that means ditching the routine 9-5 and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. For Frank & Oak, they’re staying put right where they are and taking a much different type of vacation – a Spring Staycation.Frank & Oak’s inspiration behind their new April Collection, Fresh Perspectives, came from the idea of looking beyond the known in our cities and uncovering the hidden gems that show the true heart and character of our stomping grounds. Instead of sitting in a beach chair or hiking through the mountains this spring, take a Staycation in style and rediscover your city in some rad Frank & Oak threads.With spring in the air and warmer temperatures on the horizon, Frank & Oak is transitioning from layers to short sleeves and tees. They’re unique concept of an escape also means that their showcasing bold prints and statement pieces to give you a confident look during your Staycation.Two fashionable materials that they’re working with this spring are denim and linen. Some of the more popular styles feature a Short-Sleeve Denim Shirt in either blue or black, and a Collarless Short-Sleeve Linen-Blend Shirt in white. Frank & Oak is also well-known for some great printed shirts and this month is no different with their new Fruit Fiesta Printed Short-Sleeve Poplin Shirt in both blue and red. These fun, bright shirts are perfect for sunny weekends and pair well with their Tyler Skinny Stretch Denim Jeans in dark grey and Cotton Twill Hi-Top Sneakers in off-white for a complete, top-to-bottom look.Frank & Oak’s Lightweight Loose Fit T-Shirts are sure to be one of the hottest selling items from this month’s collection. They’re available in either white heather or black heather, and both are stylish basics that feature a space-dye pattern which has become really popular in men’s street-wear this season. They’re comfortable, lightweight, and they pair well with either the Tyler Skinny Stretch Denim Jeans in black or the Lincoln Twill Pant in kelp.This “pants-less” craze has gone way overboard recently (We’re looking at you, Alexander Skarsgård) so instead of exploring the city in your boxers, Frank & Oak is dishing out some shorts that’ll make you want to say, “Suns out, thighs out.” Their Long 5-Pocket Slim Shorts in dark grey, dark green, and true black are great options for a day at the ballpark or a stroll through the city. These shorts are Frank & Oak’s famous twill pants cut just above the knee for a slight ease at the thigh and a slim leg opening. Looking for some shorts to go with those new tees? Well then these are the shorts for you.Depending on where you’re from, it might take a while longer for the weather to transition from winter to spring. Frank & Oak took that into consideration this April, and they’ve made the perfect lightweight jacket for your Staycation. The Water-Resistant Ike Jacket in navy was designed by the army and modernized for the contemporary closet. During this time of the year, April showers are always a possibility. With that in mind, this jacket is constructed with 100% cotton and a water-resistant fabric to keep you warm and dry in any climate.Frank & Oak delivers new threads and themes each month, so check out their April collection while you can because these styles are guaranteed to sell fast. How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt 1. Lightweight Loose Fit T-Shirt in Black Heather 2. Long 5-Pocket Slim Short in True Black 3. Tyler Skinny Stretch Denim in Black 4. Fruit Fiesta Printed Short-Sleeve Poplin Shirt in Blue 5. Tyler Skinny Stretch Denim in Dark Grey 6. Long 5-Pocket Slim Short in Dark Green 7. Long 5-Pocket Slim Short in Dark Green 8. Water-Resistant Ike Jacket in Navy 9. Fruit Fiesta Printed Short-Sleeve Poplin Shirt in Red 10. Short-Sleeve Denim Shirt in Black 11. Short-Sleeve Denim Shirt in Blue 12. Collarless Short-Sleeve Linen-Blend Shirt in White 13. Lincoln Twill Pant in Kelp 14. Lightweight Loose Fit T-Shirt in White Heather 15. Cotton Twill Hi-Top Sneakers in Off-White The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands Editors’ Recommendations There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground
Look To The Stars recently spoke to 15-year NBA veteran John Salley about his charity interests.John Salley has an impressive resume. Not only is he the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams, he is the host of ‘The Best Damn Sports Show Period’, has appeared in blockbuster movies including Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2, and as a vegan, strongly supports PETA. But it’s his touching encounter with Anthony Purcell and his cause, Walking with Anthony that grabbed our attention.Walking with Anthony is a charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). Founded by Micki Purcell two years ago, Walking with Anthony was established after Micki’s son Anthony (then 22 years old) dove into the ocean into a hidden sand-bar, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.Micki and Anthony with John SalleyAfter two years of intensive recovery therapy at San Diego-based Project Walk, Anthony has shown miraculous recovery and can now stand with the aid of a walker and is getting better each day, an occurrence that doctors said would never happen two years ago.Micki just put on a fundraiser event this past month to raise awareness, and basketball legend John Salley decided to jump on board to help in any way he could – acting as spokesperson for Walking with Anthony and being the master of ceremonies at April’s Fundraiser.Look to the Stars was honored to speak with the NBA veteran and Anthony about this remarkable story.John, how did you learn about Walk with Anthony?A friend of mine had asked me about hosting an event for him and I was hooked after watching his video and reading about him. I don’t think anyone could not be moved by his determination.What was it that hooked you?He’s someone working hard at something to get back to a point – to see his spirit crushed and where he was, and how hard he is fighting, pushing for a second chance, not giving up, its inspiring.You had met him prior to his accident?Yes, I had met him three years earlier at my daughter’s birthday party in Malibu. He was just being a fun kid and he came over and sat next to me and said ’What’s up John’ and was joshing around with me and he left quite an impression.What have you learned from Anthony?Quite a bit. Perseverance and strength of character to name a few. I never thought in my life that I’d know someone like Anthony who is going through something like this, especially after meeting him, and it made me think about my own life and how it could happen to anyone really. When you get older you think about your future and you never really know.He’s inspired you?I think he definitely has an amazing spirit about him, he is going to be healthy again and nobody is getting in his way, especially a spinal cord injury.And finally, if you had a theme song, what would it be?Bob Marley, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’.After speaking with Salley, we spoke with Anthony, a former model with an amazing and inspirational outlook on life. He describes his meeting with Salley three years ago as ‘luck’ and is determined to help ‘as many people as possible’ with spinal cord injuries.Anthony, you left quite an impression on John Salley when you first met him several years ago at his daughter’s birthday party in Malibu. What three words would you use to describe this chance meeting?Luck, Fate, Chance.Since the accident, you continue to shatter the current perception that your spinal cord injury is unchangeable-that you’ll never walk again. Where are you now in the process of recovery?I have recovered dramatically. I have made progress to the point where I can stand on a walker with very little assistance. Not only physically, but emotionally I have made leaps and bounds…and that’s very important.How is ‘Walking With Anthony’ helping others with spinal cord injuries?Walking With Anthony’s mission is to forever change the recovery outcome of spinal cord injury, currently perceived as unchangeable. It is very costly to recover from this injury. Luckily, my family has the necessary funds to help me seek treatment. So I wanted to raise money and help others who are not as fortunate as I am. I’m thrilled that this organization is growing at the rapid speed that it is. I want to help as many people as possible, and I am excited to do that.It must be difficult to focus on your own well-being while helping others heal from similar injuries without draining yourself emotionally. Have you been able to draw strength from others in similar situations and/or all your friends and family posting videos on your site?Seeing others going through some of the same things that I am going through inspires me. When I am down-in-the-dumps and having a bad day I think about them and how this happened for a reason, and the reason is for me to draw strength from that and help them.Speaking of drawing strength, your parents are amazing. How has it been working with your mother, Micki? Did you know she was Wonder Woman before your accident?My mother is my rock. Working with her has also inspired me, due to the simple fact that she has never given up on me. She has always been wonder woman, even prior to my accident. A true inspiration. I’m not the hero here, she is.Tell us a little bit about your first annual “Movement for Change” red carpet fundraiser, how was the event and explain what the ‘Movement for Change’ is all about? And what was it like having Salley and Jerry West there supporting you?‘Movement for Change’ turned out amazing. It was great to see all my friends and family from around the country gather for such a great cause. ‘Movement for Change’ simply means our foundation is trying to change the way doctors perceive spinal cord injury recovery. Having John and Jerry there was awesome. Growing up as a big NBA fan, it meant a lot for them to give back.Do you have any statistics regarding the number of people with SCI’s that might ‘recover’ with proper rehab?There are 13,000 SCI injuries a year. And there are 1.5 million people that are in wheelchairs because of this injury. Very many with rehab can get stronger, healthier and more independent.Tell us a little bit about Legends Fight Night?Walking With Anthony was chosen to be one of the beneficiaries for Legends Fight Night (at Soldier Stadium in Chicago). It was a great way to get our name out there and raise money for WWA. I had an awesome time!Do you think more celebrities should step-up and help others?Absolutely! The more the merrier. Having a celebrity by your side really brings recognition and helps build your foundation in a positive way.Do you surf? There are numerous organizations that harness the healing power of the ocean, it’s amazing. I was just curious – as I’m sure you’ve heard of Life Rolls On, recently absorbed by the Chris/Dana Reeve Foundation?No. Being from South Florida you would think that I would, but I just never got the hang of it! I have heard of Life Rolls On and how it is a great cause.And if you had a theme song, what would it be?Corey Smith – If I could do it again.And finally, please tell us you have plans to get back into modeling?You might catch me in a magazine or two ;)Look to the Stars and this writer in particular would like to thank John Salley for his time and Anthony and Micki Purcell for ‘walking the walk’.Please visit Walking With Anthony for more information.Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
Rabat- Morocco expressed understanding, on Monday, of the refusal of Saudi Arabia to sit on the UN Security Council, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.“The Kingdom of Morocco expresses understanding of the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of its refusal to sit as non-permanent member (the Security Council of the UN) for the 2014/2015 period, a position which has been widely welcomed internationally with consideration and respect,” the ministry said.The statement added that Morocco is keen to see the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continue to play its active and effective role in the defense of the just causes of the Arab and Islamic nation, urging the Security Council to remove the barriers that hinder its action. “The Kingdom of Morocco expresses pride in the constant coordination with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on all regional and international issues, in the context of the strong fraternal relations uniting HM King Mohammed VI, and his brother, the Custodian of the Two holy Places of Islam, HM King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,” the statement added.
The Minister said that the GMOA never had talks with him on the vehicle permit issue mentioned in the budget or increasing the basic salary of Government doctors by Rs. 10,000. Dr. Senaratne said that the last time he met the GMOA the discussion focused on improving the health sector.The Minister also noted that the last discussion he had with the GMOA ended positively. (Colombo Gazette) He says at times he is forced to hear of concerns of the GMOA through the media and not at face to face discussions. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne urged the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) to have talks with the Government to address their issues.A statement by the Health Ministry quoited the Minister as saying, having discussions and not protesting, is the best was to resolve any issue.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2015 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week in latest sign of job market health In this Oct. 6, 2015, photo, military veteran Mark Cannon, of Miami, right, talks with Cynthia Carcillo, a veterans outreach representative for Career Source Broward, about employment opportunities at a job fair for veterans, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The Labor Department reported Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, that fewer Americans sought unemployment aid a week earlier, fresh evidence that companies are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) WASHINGTON – The Labor Department reported Thursday that fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, fresh evidence that companies are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless benefits dropped 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 271,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 3,000 to 270,750.The number of people that are receiving benefits was mostly unchanged, at 2.18 million.KEY DRIVERS: Businesses appear to have been mostly unfazed by a weaker economy in the July-September quarter, when growth slowed to just 1.5 per cent at an annual pace. They haven’t responded by cutting more jobs.BIG PICTURE: Hiring is typically healthy when applications are so low. Employers added 271,000 jobs in October, the largest monthly gain this year. The unemployment rate fell to 5 per cent from 5.1 per cent in the previous month.There have also been signs that average pay is finally picking up after roughly six years of sluggish growth. Average hourly wages rose 2.5 per cent in October from a year earlier, the largest annual gain since 2009.Still, that remains below the 3.5 per cent pace that is typical in a healthy economy.October’s job gain came after two months of tepid hiring in August and September. Yet employers have added an average of 206,000 jobs a month this year. That’s enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.ANALYST’S VIEW: “Firms are holding onto employees” perhaps in part because they worry that replacing people will be difficult, said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.THE TAKEAWAY: Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the low level suggests companies are cutting few jobs.
TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard poured in 27 points, and the Toronto Raptors rediscovered their three-point touch in a 125-107 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday.The win was the Raptors’ fourth in a row, and at 16-4, made for their best start through 20 games in franchise history.Kyle Lowry added 15 points and nine assists for the Raptors.Toronto shot a season’s best 17-for-39 from three-point range.The Raptors’ second unit outscored Washington’s 59-39. OG Anunoby, playing his first game after missing three with a wrist injury, led the way with 15 points, while Fred VanVleet chipped in with 13, Serge Ibaka had 12, and Delon Wright chipped in with 10.Bradley Beal led the Wizards (6-12) with 20 points. The Raptors were home from a 3-1 road trip, their one loss coming in overtime in Boston to kick off the trip. They were playing their first game at Scotiabank Centre since Dwane Casey led his Detroit Pistons to comeback — and revenge — victory over his old team.The Raptors led by as many as 16 points in the first half before the Wizards, Toronto’s first-round opponent in last season’s playoffs, opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run to briefly take the lead. But Toronto closed the third with a 15-6 run to lead 101-87 with one quarter to play.The Wizards would pull within 10 points early in the fourth, but by the time Lowry chucked up a circus shot with four and a half minutes to play, the Raptors were fully in the driver’s seat with a 114-99 lead.The Raptors struggled from three-point range on the road, shooting 38 per cent from long distance in their 124-108 win in Atlanta on Wednesday.“We are shooting it not very well and I’m crossing my fingers and rubbing my rabbit’s foot that hopefully some of those shots start going in,” coach Nick Nurse said prior to Friday’s tip-off. “I think it’ll go back to the norm, and that’s good news.”His words proved prophetic. The Raptors missed their first four three-point attempts before the flood gates opened.“We’re looking for certain shots and we’ve got goals each game of which shots we’re looking for,” Nurse explained selection analytics. “We’re meeting those and exceeding those guidelines.”The Raptors, who’d beaten the Wizards 117-113 in Washington on Oct. 19, debuted their gold-on-white OVO city edition jerseys designed in collaboration with Drake, who was in his courtside seat for the first time this season.After their four three-point misses, back-to-back threes by Ibaka and Danny Green kick-started the barrage. Toronto had seven threes in the first quarter, and led 38-26 to start the second.A reverse layup by Delon Wright gave Toronto a 16-point cushion less than a minute into the second, but the Wizards closed the gap and a three-pointer by Tomas Satoransky cut Toronto’s lead to 70-62 at halftime.The Raptors host Miami on Sunday, then play in Memphis on Tuesday before returning home to host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press
An unmistakable confidence has pervaded Columbus Crew training sessions in the week leading up to this Saturday’s home-leg playoff match against the Colorado Rapids, despite trailing 1-0 in total goals scored. “We are very confident that we can overcome this deficit,” said Columbus head coach Robert Warzycha on Thursday. Warzycha’s assertiveness has rubbed off on Crew players. Andy Gruenebaum, who will be the Crew’s starting goalkeeper Saturday, is relishing the pressure. “We’re all very confident, it is true,” Gruenebaum said. “No one is freaking out, there’s no frantic behavior. This is what we play for, to be the higher seed and to have this game at home.” The Rapids were aggressive and took advantage of defensive miscues by Columbus en route to a 1-0 win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the opening leg of the series on Oct. 28. Gruenebaum hopes to guide the Crew to a stronger defensive showing Saturday. “As a defensive unit, we need to keep a high line and maintain pressure on the ball and their big playmakers like Conor Casey and [Omar] Cummings,” Gruenebaum said. Robbie Rogers started in the midfield for the Crew in the first leg match at Colorado and provided insight into Saturday night’s must-win contest. “It’s positive in the locker room right now, we’ll be keeping the ball better and we’ll tighten it up on defense,” he said. With the Crew organization expecting a sizable turn-out for Saturday’s match, Rogers sees the loyal Columbus fan base as the final piece of the winning equation. “Just being here at home with all the fan groups is special,” Rogers said. “We have a close connection with all the people in this stadium. They’re the best in the MLS, so the atmosphere is going to be in our favor. This is in our hands.”
As investigations continue into the foiled robbery that occurred on the Liliendaal Embankment Road of Greater Georgetown on Tuesday, August 29, and left a suspected bandit dead,Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has indicated that no charges are expected to be filed against the bodyguard who fired the fatal shot.Dead bandit: 24-year-old Trydon MunroeTrydon Munroe, 24, was killed during Tuesday’s brazen robbery attempt on a 42-year-old interior flight services supervisor and her security escort (bodyguard), who had travelled to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport to uplift a package containing valuables.Reports indicate that the woman was cornered along the Liliendaal Railway Embankment Road in the vicinity of the Giftland Mall junction when a dark coloured vehicle drove into her path, blocking her. Two men then exited that vehicle bearing weapons, and pounced on the businesswoman, being unaware that her armed escort was seated in the vehicle.Dismissed Prison Officer Trydon Munroe of Levi Dam Angoys Avenue New Amsterdam was shot and killed by the businesswoman’s bodyguard during the robbery attack, while his accomplice escaped with gunshot wounds, but later surfaced at a city hospital.Munroe’s lifeless body was found by detectives near a .32 pistol with three live matching rounds. He allegedly had been dismissed from the Guyana Prison Service after several breaches of the rules and regulations of that entity.Meanwhile, the dead suspect’s alleged accomplice remains under police guard at a city hospital, where he is a patient nursing gunshot wounds. This was disclosed by senior police ranks on Wednesday as they confirmed that the suspect’s condition is listed as stable, and that he would be charged as soon as he has been released from the medical facility. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccomplice of killed bandit was sentenced for armed robberySeptember 1, 2017In “Crime”Update: killed bandit was ex Prison officer, injured accomplice checks into GPHCAugust 29, 2017In “Crime”Accomplice in botched ECD robbery remandedSeptember 5, 2017In “Court”
Guerre des brevets : Facebook et Yahoo à l’amiable ?En conflit depuis le mois de mars dernier, Facebook et Yahoo tentent de trouver un accord pour éviter de passer par la case tribunal. Les deux firmes s’accusaient mutuellement de violation de brevets. En discussions depuis des semaines, ils ont réclamé un prolongement de la période de médiation qui avait été fixée par la justice.La guerre qui oppose Facebook à Yahoo pourrait s’achever par un accord à l’amiable, sans avoir besoin d’être réglée par un tribunal. Depuis le mois de mars, les deux firmes s’affrontent en s’accusant mutuellement de violations de brevets. Mais visiblement bien décidées à s’entendre, elles ont demandé au juge de San Francisco en charge de cette affaire de prolonger la période de médiation qui avait été décidée, rapporte le site All Things Digital.Tandis que le monde des nouvelles technologies est, depuis des années, agité par une guerre des brevets sans trêve, opposant tous les géants du secteur, c’est Yahoo qui a engagé celle-ci en attaquant Facebook pour violation de propriété intellectuelle. “La majorité des technologies sur lesquelles repose Facebook ont été initialement conçues par Yahoo!”, affirmait alors la firme américaine de services sur Internet. Mais deux semaines plus tard, la société de Mark Zuckerberg contre-attaquait, en accusant à son tour Yahoo de violer les dix brevets en cause dans cette affaire. Les licences concerneraient des technologies utilisées dans divers produits et notamment dans la création d’un fil d’informations, la personnalisation de son compte ou encore de partage de photos, tels que la plateforme Flickr.De nouveau partenaireÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Facebook expliquait alors déplorer l’attitude de Yahoo et avoir décidé de porter plainte en réponse aux “décisions à courte vue de Yahoo! d’attaquer l’un de ses partenaires et de donner la priorité aux contentieux par rapport à l’innovation”. Les deux groupes s’offrent donc aujourd’hui une dernière chance de trouver un accord avant de s’engager dans une longue bataille judiciaire. Rappelons que depuis le début de cette affaire, les deux firmes ont connu nombre de bouleversements. Facebook est entré en Bourse – avec plus ou moins de succès – et a enrichi son catalogue de brevets d’un vaste stock racheté à Microsoft pour quelque 550 millions de dollars. Quant à Yahoo, la firme en pleine restructuration envisagerait, selon AllThingsDigital, de céder l’intégralité de son activité de recherches sur Internet au géant de Redmond. Ses technologiesdepublicitésciblées pourraient elles être rachetées par son principal concurrent, Google. Une nouvelle qui vient d’être révélée.Le 22 juin 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
Former England captain Wayne Rooney claims some of his ex-teammates are jealous of the success of the current crop of playersRooney, England’s 53-goal record scorer, who never got past a major quarterfinal during his international career recently admitted he wants only the best for the current players after saying goodbye after the friendly against the US.“I know there are some ex-players who I’ve spoken to who can’t come to terms with England doing well,” Rooney told several national newspapers before Sunday’s Nations League showdown with Croatia and reported by ESPN.“That is wrong. I’m not like that. I’m a fan now. I want England to do well. I’m proud to have played for England so many times and I always have been.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’ve had my time. I’m happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress.“I’ve enjoyed being around Gareth [Southgate], the players, the coaching staff and seeing how it’s all developing.“I wouldn’t say I’ve got regret [over my England career]. The main thing is that I can look back and say to myself I gave everything. It didn’t always work. It didn’t always pay off. But I have given everything when playing for England and I’ve tried to make us successful.“Sometimes everything just isn’t enough. But no, I’ve got no regrets. I’ve had my time and it didn’t quite work out in terms of trophies. I’m happy with my international career and I’ll always look back and be proud of what I achieved for England.”
The Port of Vancouver on Monday released a copy of the lease it approved for 42 acres last week with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build the largest oil-handling terminal in the Pacific Northwest.The 429-page document shows the companies are required to maintain $25 million in “pollution legal liability insurance,” which would cover, among other things, claims for “bodily injury, property damage (including third-party claims)” and “natural resources damages.”The pollution insurance would come on top of $15 million in liability insurance, according to the lease.Citing the “deliberative process” exemption under state law, the port did not provide a copy of the draft lease before commissioners unanimously approved it on July 23. The port released the document after media, including The Columbian, made formal requests under state public records law. The port redacted parts of the lease agreement.The oil terminal would handle up to 380,000 barrels of crude per day, hauled by train from North Dakota’s Bakken site.Commissioners approved the lease despite overwhelming public testimony against the oil terminal. But it was only a first step. That’s because the Tesoro-Savage proposal must undergo an examination by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which would make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has final say.Aaron Corvin: http://twitter.com/col_econ; http://on.fb.me/AaronCorvin; 360-735-4518; email@example.com
American Business Media on Thursday handed out its annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards. Taking the top honor, ABM’s Grand Neal Award, was IEEE Media’s IEEE Spectrum for its article, “Why Mars? Why Now?”ABM named Bob Tippee, editor of PennWell Corp.’s Oil & Gas Journal, the winner of its Crain Award. Rick Bush, editorial director of Penton’s Transmission & Distribution World took received the annual Timothy White award and Bill McDowell, vice president and editorial director of the Marketing & Technology Group, was named the 2010 McAllister Editorial Fellow.Click here for a complete list of winners and finalists.
Avengers: Endgame toys could be showing up at a Walmart near you.CNET’s Caitlin Petrakovitz spotted a new line of Hasbro toys themed after the Marvel movie at an Arizona Walmart on Saturday. Some of the playthings showcase the heroes in costumes that resemble the white outfits that debuted in the movie’s recent Honor teaser trailer.New Avengers: Endgame toys appear to be trickling onto shelves at an Arizona Walmart. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Figurines spied wearing the new costume include Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America and Iron Man. Hawkeye no more? Clint Barton is known as Ronin on the packaging for these Hasbro figures. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Clint Barton, whom the packaging refers to as Ronin instead of Hawkeye, wears a black outfit seen in teasers.Captain America dons a new suit. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET And the version of Hulk seen on the shelf appears to be similar to the hero shown in an alleged Hulk photo from February, which led to speculation that a version of Professor Hulk (a merged Brunce Banner and Hulk personality) might debut in Endgame.Hulk’s face appears to be a little more Bruce Banner-like in the Titan Hero Series line seen at Walmart. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Part of the Walmart display also shows a new Endgame poster, which includes a very fiery-looking take on the Hulk.A new poster for Avengers: Endgame is part of the toy display at Walmart. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Some of the figures, such as the Titan Hero Series line depicting Captain America and Black Panther, wear a more classic costume that’s closer to their appearance in their standalone films.Three Titan Hero Series figures on the shelf at Walmart: Iron Man, Captain America and Black Panther, all in costumes like those in their standalone films. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET These Avengers: Endgame toys don’t reveal anything about the movie’s plot beyond what we’ve already seen in the trailers, and it’s worth noting that movie tie-in toys don’t always reflect scenes that ultimately end up in films. CNET has reached out to Walmart for comment. Hasbro didn’t comment on the Walmart release when reached by CNET.For now, we do know Endgame is likely to be a three-hour film and that it’ll tie up the ongoing story that’s been part of all the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies so far. We also know it’ll be in theaters worldwide April 26. Tags How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies 🚨#AvengersEndgame toys are on shelves! Spoilers ahead**Are they spoilers if we saw some of these in the trailer? In any case, click-thru at your own risk pic.twitter.com/J441Os5tew— cait petrakovitz 👑 (@misscp) March 30, 2019 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 3:41 Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: 26 Photos Share your voice Marvel Walmart The Avengers
Apoorva and Rohith TiwaritwitterThe murder of politician ND Tiwari’s son Rohit had shocked the nation. And now, it has come to light that the 39-year-old was killed by his wife for sharing a drink with his cousin’s wife in his car.Rohit’s wife Apoorva Shukla, 35, is a Supreme Court advocate and they had got married in 2018. But their married life was not so cheerful and Apoorva was not happy with their life. She was arrested by Delhi Police last week and was produced before the court after his post-mortem report claimed that he died due to asphyxiation. She is currently on two days’ police custody.”She confessed that she murdered her husband and said their marriage was unhappy. She said her hopes and dreams were all dashed,” senior police officer Rajiv Ranjan told NDTV.According to the crime branch officials, the couple had a very unstable relationship and used to fight a lot, but they always used to patch up. On April 15, when Apoorva video called her husband, she saw him drinking alcohol with his cousin’s wife Kumkum from the same glass. This made her furious.Rohit had gone to Uttarakhand to cast his vote and was returning to Delhi with his mother Ujjwala and Kumkum when Apoorva called him. After returning to their Defence Colony house, a fight broke between the couple. Apoorva told Rohit to not talk to Kumkum ever again but he disregarded her warning. In a fit of rage, she pounced on Rohit and strangled him to death with her bare hands.An intoxicated Rohit was unable to overpower his wife and died. After confirming his death, Apoorva destroyed all the proof of her involvement and acted as if she had no part in the murder. She also made his mother believe her act.Rohit’s mother Ujjwala, 75, said: “When we went to immerse Rohit’s ashes at Kankhal in Haridwar, Apoorva said, ‘amma, ab tum hi mera sahaara ho’. Little did I know the post-mortem report next day would show it was an unnatural death, and that she killed my Rohit,” reports The Indian Express.She had asked Rohit’s help for an MLA ticket from Indore, but he had refused saying that he was not settled and won’t be able to provide her with one. She also used to interfere in the family’s property matters and wanted to isolate Rohit from his family.Ujjwala has claimed that her daughter-in-law did this to possess her son’s property. However, she tried to mislead the investigation officers by sharing a different story. When asked about the strangulation marks over Rohit’s neck, she had told the officials that they shared an intimate moment the night before his death.
Kolkata: With cancellation of the meeting between Jomi Jibika Bastutantra O Paribesh Raksha Committee in Bhangar and highest levels of the state government, the District Magistrate has been entrusted with the job.The District Magistrate visited Bhangar II on Monday afternoon to oversee the developmental projects taken up in the area and to ensure that the work progresses fast.There was a meeting scheduled to take place at Nabanna. Members of the committee, that had been protesting against setting up of the power grid sub-station in Bhangar for quite some time, was supposed to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, the state Power minister and other concerned officials were also supposed to be present there but unfortunately it got cancelled at the last moment and the District Magistrate was entrusted with the job. It is learnt that senior officials of the district went to Bhangar to take necessary steps so that development projects in the area are undertaken without any delay. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSenior officials held meeting with their counterparts at the block level. It is learnt that the committee had placed certain demands like strengthening of a stretch of a road at Polerhat, arsenic-free water in areas including Machibhanga and Khamarait, etc.Concerned officials of the state Public Works Department (PWD) were present along with senior officials of the district to chalk out a plan to ensure fast completion of the projects.More stress has been given for development activities in the past one month and camps were organised to ensure proper distribution of caste certificates and residential certificates. The steps taken up by the government is helping to build confidence among the locals of the area.It is learnt that the meeting between members of the committee and the District Magistrate would be taking place soon in which there would be further discussion on different issues related to Bhangar.
Kolkata: The state Pollution department is going to set up machines at 11 different locations in the city and its adjoining districts to measurepollution.Currently, there are machines to measure pollution at two places in the state: near Victoria Memorial Hall and Rabindra Bharati University.Now, initiatives have been taken up to install machines to measure pollution at different locations.The places where the machines will be installed include Maddox Square, Beadon Street, Basanti Devi College, Jadavpur, near Administrative Training Institute (ATI) in Salt Lake and Joka IIM. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSame machines will be installed near Barrackpore Police Training College. In Hooghly, it will be set up at Chinsurah.A pollution measuring machine will also be installed in Birbhum.The top brass of the department went to different spots to identify suitable places for setting up themachines maintaining all the parameters.According to the experts, this is a major step taken to check pollution in the state. With the setting up of the machines, a data on pollution can be prepared, which is essential to take subsequent steps to curb the same. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe work of installation of the machines will be carried out soon without any delay and the top brass of the department will be supervising the work to ensure timely completion of the project.In the past seven years, the state Environment department has taken up several projects to check pollution and now the situation is going to improve further after the machines are installed.It is learnt that steps would be taken later to install similar machines in other parts of the state as well.