Indian women’s hockey team loses US tour opener

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team went down fighting 2-3 to their US counterparts in the opening match of their pre-Olympic tour here on Tuesday.Kathleen Sharkey (6th minute), Katie Bam (31st) and Kelsey Kolojejchick (48th) scored for the hosts while Preeti Dubey (33rd) and Deepika (38th) reduced the margin for India.Both teams came into the match looking to play cautious hockey and avoid defeat. The game’s tone was set with both looking to hold fort and react through counter-attacks.The US team took the lead via Kathleen in the opening quarter. In an otherwise timid first half, India’s Vandana Katariya’s attempt at goal was unsuccessful as the ball hit the post.India came back tougher in the second quarter and started making inroads into the US defence. They soon started playing strategically compact hockey, denying the US players the ball in scoring areas. The two teams went into the half time break with the hosts leading 1-0.The third quarter was a hard fought battle, as India looked to get back into the game and started pushing forward in numbers. The US team, defending deep and working on the counter, were lucky when Katie scored their second goal via a penalty corner. India countered quickly and capitalised on their advantage as Preeti scored the their first goal.Deepika scored the equaliser soon after with both teams entering the final quarter locked at 2-2. However, the final quarter saw the hosts take the lead with Kelsey scoring their third goal.advertisement”These matches are extremely crucial as our final preparations for Rio Olympics. We had a neck-neck fight today, the girls played well. We are going to analyse the loopholes and better on in our subsequent matches,” India’s chief coach Neil Hawgood said after the matchIndia’s next match with Champions Trophy bronze medalists US is on July 21.last_img read more

Report: Wolfsburg 1 Bayern Munich 3

first_imgRobert Lewandowski scored twice and set up the other as 10-man Bayern Munich eased the pressure on Niko Kovac with a much-needed 3-1 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday.Arjen Robben’s second-half dismissal for two needless bookings – the first a dive on the edge of the area – gave Kovac some unnecessary concern, but James Rodriguez popped up in the 72nd minute to curtail a four-game competitive winless run.Lewandowski had earlier struck either side of half-time to establish a two-goal buffer that was reduced through Wout Weghorst soon after Robben’s departure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But, a day after Bayern president Uli Hoeness labelled press treatment of the club a “joke”, the headlines are kinder for Kovac thanks to Colombia star James, a player with whom he has reportedly shared a tense relationship.Scoreless in five matches for club and country, Lewandowski’s struggles initially continued when his mishit follow-up to a Robben effort allowed Koen Casteels to scramble the ball off the line.Salvation soon came for the Poland international as, in the 30th minute, he read Thiago Alcantara’s dummy of a Mats Hummels pass and finished through the goalkeeper’s legs.Wolf hunter @lewy_official #WOBFCB 0-1— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 20, 2018Casteels denied James before the break only for Wolfsburg to gift away the second within three minutes of the restart, defender William’s backward header presenting Lewandowski with a simple one-on-one finish.An unlikely lifeline for the hosts came through Robben’s second booking for a trip on Elvis Rexhbecaj and they took advantage six minutes later as Yannick Gerhardt squared for Weghorst reduce the deficit.However, the hope proved to be fleeting, James profiting from a fine Lewandowski pass to get the champions back on track in the Bundesliga.What it means: Performance matches resultKovac claimed in his pre-match press conference that Bundesliga champions Bayern were performing well despite recent results and his comments were justified at Volkswagen Arena, a dominant first half allied to a resilient last half hour that demonstrated a team in good working order.Thiago sets the tempoPartnered with Javi Martinez in midfield, Spain international Thiago injected Bayern with a sense of calm in possession, while his clever decision to leave Hummels’ pass in the first half set Lewandowski free for the essential opener.Robben’s avoidable redBayern were coasting until the experienced Robben drew a second booking that offered Wolfsburg a way back into the contest their play had never previously looked like meriting.Key Opta stats:- Bayern have won four consecutive Bundesliga matches at Wolfsburg for the first time. – Lewandowski has scored 18 Bundesliga goals against Wolfsburg, only verus Augsburg has he managed as many goals.- Javi Martinez has won 10 out of 10 competitive matches against Wolfsburg.  2011 – Arjen Robben has received his first red card since April 2011 (v 1. FC Nürnberg). Tschüss.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 20, 2018What’s next?Bayern visit AEK Athens in the Champions League on Tuesday before a weekend trip Mainz, while Wolfsburg head to lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf next Saturday. read morelast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd keeper David de Gea donates £175,000 to Spanish storm victims

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper David de Gea donates £175,000 to Spanish storm victimsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has donated £175,000 to the victims of the devastating Spanish storm.The storm has claimed the lives of seven people.Spain’s Red Cross confirmed the cash donation by thanking the shot-stopper for his generosity yesterday/on Thursday.The organisation said in a social media message alongside a picture of the footballer: “€200,000 to support the people affected by the flooding in Alicante and Murcia.“David de Gea, thanks for your solidarity.”The provinces of Alicante and Murcia were the worst affected by last week’s storm, with torrential rain causing widespread flooding and leaving many areas cut off. last_img read more

Throttle Jockey: Spring return-to-riding pro tips

first_img What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Ah, it’s finally that time of year. Well, if you live on the West Coast, it’s actually been that time of year for a quite a while now, what with all the February days in the 60s with no rain. What the hell?East Coast and Midwest riders have had a tougher time of it. I hope you are all digging out, drying out and ready for riding season to begin again. I know it’s been a slog this winter.If you’re like most fair-weather riders and parked your bike when it finally got too cold, too wet and dark too early (or all of the above), you’re probably pretty amped to get back in gear and get back out on the road. I’m with ya.But some vintage words to the wise: check yourself before you wreck yourself. That’s right; just putting the key in your bike and hitting the streets without prior preparation can become an unlikely precursor to a ruined riding season – or worse.First, check out your bike. Check the tires, and air ’em up. Motorcycle tires slowly lose air over time, in fact pretty much all tires do. Rolling into a turn with a front tire that’s now 10 pounds under pressure can result in a washout and crash, or some suddenly very scary handling, to say the least. If you don’t have a pump or compressor at home ($60 at Harbor Freight, yo), find a buddy that does or stick some quarters in the machine at the gas station. Just use an accurate pressure gauge to make sure your tires are in the sweet spot. For street bikes, that means at least 30psi and probably 35 at the most. Check your tire’s website for more precise recommendations.Oil check: if you’re like me (that is, you’re somewhat fanatical about upkeep), you changed your oil and filter when you parked your bike for the winter. Then you got sandwich baggies and rubber banded them over the exhaust pipes to keep out critters and moisture. Then you pulled the battery out and put it on a floating tender before swaddling your precious with a fitted cover and smudging the garage with burnt sage while chanting to keep away evil spirits.Oh, you didn’t do all that? Well, while you weren’t riding, the oil in your bike separated into layers of sludge and while the temperature went up and down, condensation (water droplets) formed inside the engine and has now mixed with the oil, setting you up for a possible bearing seizure/blown engine. I’d change it before riding again.Check your fork seals for weeping or outright leaks, have a shop put in new seals if you find a problem. If you let it go, the fork oil can leak down onto the front brakes, leaving you with essentially no brakes. That’s bad news, so don’t wait to get it done.Pump the brakes and roll the bike back and forth to see if they are sticking at all. If so, you’ll need to get the brakes purged, which is something you can do at home on most bikes. There are kits for doing it correctly. If the brakes still stick, you’ll need to locate the guilty caliper and have it rebuilt. Rule of thumb: flush and replace brake fluid every two years at least, every year is best. It also helps prevent caliper problems.Next, gas up, and at a gas station, not from the jerry can in the garage (unless you just filled it up). If you filled up and put fuel stabilizer in your tank when you parked for the winter, you’re in good shape, go burn through that tank on a long ride if possible. Put fresh premium gas in before you get home. If you just parked your bike last winter and have no idea how much is in the tank, condensation has likely also formed inside and mixed with the gas. Water in your fuel can play havoc with your fuel system, be it carbs or digital fuel injection. If you let the gas tank sit half full and untreated, it’s watery crap gas by now. Siphon it out (DO NOT USE YOUR MOUTH) before filling up your bike with fresh new gas.Lastly: take it easy. I don’t care how long you’ve been riding, when you take a long break (more than a few weeks), skills fade. It’ll take a bit to re-acclimate your body to the riding dynamics and your mind to the task of keeping you alive while under way. Be sure to gear up. Start with a gentle cruise to get synced up again, maybe on a Sunday morning when traffic is light. Get out of town, take a few easy curves, run through the power to remind yourself that you’re not in a car anymore. Pay attention to how the bike feels and performs. Any funny noises or smells? Brakes OK? Instruments correct? Good deal, have a great year riding.And this coming winter, don’t forget the sage.Photo by Bill Roberson. Rider: Jerry Blazek A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Jomers Is Making Your New Favorite Pair of Jeans for Under $40last_img read more

US must observe nuclear deal if it wants talks Iran

first_imgKuala Lumpur: The United States must observe a landmark nuclear deal and halt “economic terrorism” against Iran if it wants to hold talks, the Islamic republic’s foreign minister said Thursday. Tehran and Washington have been locked in a bitter standoff since last year when US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme. Trump said Monday he was ready to meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani within weeks, in a potential breakthrough reached during a G7 summit in the French seaside resort of Biarritz. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut Rouhani has said Washington must first lift sanctions imposed since its withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and Foreign Minister i9ijjjjMohammad Javad Zarif reiterated that message. “The United States is engaged in economic war against the Iranian people, and it won’t be possible for us to engage with the United States unless they stop imposing a war, engaging in economic terrorism against the Iranian people,” he told reporters during a visit to Malaysia, “We spoke to the United States, we spoke at length with the United States, we reached an agreement and they need to implement the agreement that we have reached before they expect to have more talks,” he added, referring to the nuclear deal. Iran was still talking to other world powers involved in the deal, he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If (the US) wants to come back to the room there is a ticket that they need to purchase, and that ticket is to observe the agreement,” he added. Trump’s announcement this week came after Zarif travelled to France on Sunday for the second time in a matter of days, and held meetings on the sidelines of the G7 summit. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper also called Wednesday for Iran to enter discussions with the US to ease tensions in the Gulf region. “We are not seeking conflict with Iran. We want to engage with them diplomatically,” Esper said. In response to the US withdrawal and its imposition of crippling sanctions, Iran has hit back by abandoning commitments under the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, The EU’s diplomatic chief said Thursday that the bloc would support talks between the US and Tehran, but only if the current nuclear deal with Iran is preserved. Tehran and Washington have been locked in a bitter standoff since last year when US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme. The idea of direct talks between Washington and Tehran as a way out of the crisis has grown this week after Trump mooted the idea and the new US defense secretary urged Iran’s leaders to engage. The EU has desperately sought to stop the deal from collapsing completely, arguing it is the best way to stop Iran developing nuclear bombs. EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini gave a cautious welcome to the idea of negotiations, after Trump said Monday he was ready to meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani within weeks. “We are always in favour of talks, the more people talk, the more people understand each other the better, on the basis of clarity and on the basis of respect,” Mogherini said as she arrived for a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers in Helsinki. But she added “first and foremost what is existing needs to be preserved” — specifically the 2015 deal known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. “We will always advocate for the full respect by all sides of the UNSC resolutions and that includes the JCPOA,” she said. At the G7 summit in Biarritz, Trump showed openness to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal of a summit with Rouhani. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper followed up on Wednesday by urging Tehran to engage, but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Washington must respect the deal and halt what he called “economic terrorism” against his country.last_img read more

Latvias president calls for comprehensive approach to UN peacekeeping

26 September 2007The President of Latvia today called for a comprehensive approach to United Nations peacekeeping, involving all facets of the system, in his address to the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly. The President of Latvia today called for a comprehensive approach to United Nations peacekeeping, involving all facets of the system, in his address to the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly. A former surgeon, President Valdis Zatlers drew an analogy between surgery and collective security. “It is not enough for the Security Council to prescribe peacekeeping operations, crucial as they are for international peace and security,” he said. “The whole United Nations system is necessary for the long-term recovery of conflict zones.” He paid tribute to dedicated staff working in difficult peacekeeping missions. “It is our duty in our capitals and here at the UN Headquarters to support their efforts, each Member State according to its capacity,” he said. On the specific case of Kosovo, he expressed support for the proposal put forward by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari. “This proposal currently remains the only viable diplomatic solution on the table,” he said, calling the active involvement of the European Union “important to achieve a lasting solution.” Mr. Ahtisaari’s proposal calls for a phased process of independence for the Albanian-majority Serbian province. “We urge both parties to show flexibility and commitment to a peaceful, negotiated outcome,” said President Zatlers.The President of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, cautioned against letting the situation in Kosovo become protracted.He pointed out that some conflicts in the world are not visible, calling situations in the GUAM area – Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova – ‘frozen conflicts.’“‘Frozen conflicts’ in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus may become ‘very hot’ unless we act immediately,” he warned. “Let us not forget that it is not only the conflicts that are frozen, but also the lives and dreams of the people living in those areas of artificial conflict.“This is where the United Nations should be more visible and more outspoken,” he asserted. “This also applies to Kosovo, where attempts to create another ‘frozen conflict’ must be excluded.” read more

In Pakistan UN chief urges rapid assistance for floodstricken communities

15 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for the rapid delivery of assistance for millions of people in flood-stricken Pakistan, as he saw for himself the devastation wrought by the recent disaster. Mr. Ban arrived in the South Asian nation to demonstrate the support of the United Nations and the international community in the wake of what has been called the country’s worst disaster in living memory, having claimed more than 1,200 lives and leaving at least 2 million homeless.“I’m here to see what is going on? I’m here also to urge the world community to speed up their assistance to the Pakistani people,” the Secretary-General told reporters on arrival.An estimated 14 million people have been affected by the floods, which began late last month in the wake of particularly heavy monsoon rains and which have destroyed homes, farmland and major infrastructure in large parts of the country, most notably the north-west province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).Speaking at a news conference after touring the affected areas, Mr. Ban described what he witnessed as “heart wrenching,” recalling scenes of washed-out roads, bridges and even whole villages, as well as people marooned on tiny islands with flood waters all around them. “I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have visited the scenes of many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this,” he stated.“The scale of this disaster is so large so many people, in so many places, in so much need.”Last week the UN and its partners announced they are seeking almost $460 million to help Pakistan tackle the needs of flood-affected families, including food, clean drinking water, tents and other shelter and non-food items, as well as medical supplies.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported yesterday that although the scale of the disaster continues to expand, just 20 per cent – some $93 million – of the funding requirements set out in the Pakistan Initial Floods Response Emergency Plan have so far been covered.“These unprecedented floods demand unprecedented assistance,” stated the Secretary-General. “The flood waves must be matched with waves of global support.”He also announced that he will allocate a further $10 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the relief effort, bringing the total disbursement since the beginning of the crisis to $27 million.According to OCHA, ensuring access to clean water remains a top priority as rates of diarrhoeal disease continue to increase in affected areas.The Secretary-General noted that UN agencies and their partners are aiming to provide at least six million people with safe drinking water and food as soon as possible.Before travelling to the flood-affected areas, Mr. Ban met separately with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, and expressed the solidarity of the UN with the Government and people of Pakistan.He said he hoped his visit will help accelerate the rate of generous support from the international community, and noted that the immediate relief efforts would need to be complemented by longer-term reconstruction, with help from the UN and global partners. “As the waters recede, we must move quickly to help people build back their country and pick up the pieces of their lives. Farmers will need seeds, fertilizers and tools to replant. Education, health and nutrition need to be restored quickly.“In the longer term, the huge damage to infrastructure must be repaired. The UN will be part of all this too,” said Mr. Ban, who added that he will report to the General Assembly on his visit later this week. read more

On International Day UN honours legacy of transatlantic slave trade victims

“The living legacy of 30 million untold stories” is the theme of this year’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which is observed annually on 25 March.“By studying slavery, we help to guard against humanity’s most vile impulses,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to mark the Day. “By examining the prevailing assumptions and beliefs that allowed the practice to flourish, we raise awareness about the continued dangers of racism and hatred.“And by honouring slavery’s victims – as we do with this International Day, with a permanent memorial that will be established at the UN Headquarters complex in New York, and with the observance of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent – we restore some measure of dignity to those who had been so mercilessly stripped of it,” he added.Mr. Ban also addressed a special commemorative meeting of the General Assembly to mark the Day, at which he said the challenge today is to remember slavery then, and continue the fight against its contemporary versions now, including debt bondage, domestic servitude, forced marriages and trafficking in children.“This International Day forces us to confront human beings at their worst,” said the Secretary-General. “But in those who opposed slavery then and now, we also celebrate people at their best: the brave slaves who rose up despite mortal risk; the abolitionists who challenged the status quo; the activists today who fight intolerance and injustice,” he stated. “Whether renowned or unsung, these heroes show that the pursuit of human dignity is the most powerful force of all.” General Assembly President Joseph Deiss said today’s meeting is an occasion to renew the commitment to education programmes on slavery. “Public awareness about the causes, consequences, lessons and legacy of the 400-year-long slave trade are key for a better understanding of history and for educating future generations about the dangers of racism and prejudice and about the universality of human rights.“Furthermore, it is an opportunity to highlight the fact that regretfully, two centuries after the official abolition of slavery, contemporary forms of slavery-like practices persist, and millions of human beings around the world are still being treated as commodities in a variety of ways,” he noted.The keynote address at the meeting was delivered by the first African-American President of an Ivy League University in the US, Ruth Simmons, President of Brown University. The Brown family, after whom the University is named, were slave traders.Among the other events the UN organized over the past week for the fourth annual commemoration of the Day was a one-day global videoconference for teachers, curriculum supervisors and administrators from countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and North America focusing on new research, curricula and teaching of the transatlantic slave trade.The events will culminate with a Living Legacy concert that will be staged in the General Assembly Hall tonight featuring prominent artists such as Melba Moore and Randy Weston of the United States, Morgan Heritage of Jamaica, Aurelio Martinez of Honduras, Khaira Arby of Mali and a cultural group from Equatorial Guinea. 25 March 2011The United Nations today capped off a week of activities to honour the memory of the millions of innocent victims who suffered over four centuries due to the transatlantic slave trade, focusing on the legacy of those enslaved and their contributions to the societies in which they lived. read more

Drugmaker Pfizers 3Q profit drops 14 per cent as generic Lipitor competitors

Drugmaker Pfizer’s 3Q profit drops 14 per cent as generic Lipitor competitors slash revenue AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TRENTON, N.J. – Drug giant Pfizer Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter profit fell 14 per cent as sales plunged, mainly due to increased U.S. generic competition to cholesterol fighter Lipitor, long the world’s top-selling drug.Still, the company just beat Wall Street’s profit expectations and raised its 2012 profit forecast, so its shares only fell slightly.Sales of Lipitor, which has lost patent protection in all major countries, dropped 87 per cent in the U.S. and 71 per cent worldwide, to a $749 million total.Altogether, sales for more than two-thirds of Pfizer’s medicines declined, most by 10 per cent or more. That was mainly due to generic competition, which cut prescription drug sales by about $2.5 billion.However, Pfizer remains the world’s biggest drugmaker by revenue —because its rivals also are being hammered by generic competition, the weak global economy and price cuts by government health programs, particularly in Europe.The New York-based company said net income was $3.21 billion, or 43 cents per share, down from $3.74 billion, or 48 cents per share, a year earlier.Adjusted earnings hit 53 cents per share, a penny more than expected. That excludes a $1.1 billion gain from a tax settlement, a $491 million charge to settle a Justice Department probe over past improper marketing of immunosuppressant drug Rapamune and other one-time items.Revenue fell 16 per cent to $13.98 billion, well below expectations for $14.66 billion. Unfavourable exchange rates cut worldwide revenue by 4 per cent, or 2 cents per share.“Sales were weaker than expected across … the company’s pharmaceutical, animal health and consumer segments,” Edward Jones analyst Linda Bannister noted, but taxes and expenses also came in lower than expected.Chief Financial Officer Frank D’Amelio said Pfizer is working to offset sales losses to generics “with expense discipline” and share repurchases. The company cut spending on production, sales, administration and research to $8.2 billion, down $1.3 billion from a year ago.Revenue from prescription drugs dropped 18 per cent, to $12.12 billion, as sales fell sharply for primary care and specialty care medicines and dipped by a per cent or two for cancer drugs and drugs sold in emerging markets such as China and India. The established products business, which sells popular off-patent medicines, saw sales rise 7 per cent to $2.4 billion — because Lipitor sales in the U.S. and Japan were shifted to that category from primary care sales.Lipitor, which once brought in as much as $13 billion a year, got generic competition on Nov. 30, 2011. Pfizer slowed defections while it had limited, slightly cheaper generic competition through May, with big rebates to insurers and $4 copayment offers for most patients staying on Lipitor. But prices plunged when multiple generics hit the market at the end of May. Pfizer then ended the insurer rebates and most patients switched to generics.Prevnar 13, a shot against ear infections and meningitis that’s the top-selling vaccine ever, saw sales fall 12 per cent to $868 million. Still patent protected, it’s lost some steam with the end of older children getting “catch up” doses because it protects against more disease strains than the original Prevnar shot they got earlier. Few adults have been getting it because it’s only recommended in the U.S. for those with weak immune systems. CEO Ian Read said an 80,000-patient study under way could lead to a recommendation that all adults get it.The bright spots were increases of 14 per cent to $1.04 billion for what’s now Pfizer’s top seller, Lyrica for fibromyalgia and other pain; 5 per cent for painkiller Celebrex, to $676 million, and 5 per cent for erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, to $517 million.Sales of consumer health products such as pain relievers Advil and Anbesol increased 2 per cent to $780 million, helped by two small acquisitions. Veterinary medicine sales, including the Convenia antibiotic for dogs and cats, fell by 2 per cent to $1.02 billion.Pfizer raised its 2012 profit forecast, to $1.30 to $1.38 per share, from $1.21 to $1.36, but reduced the top end of its revenue forecast by $1 billion. It now expects $58 billion to $59 billion.Read noted three new drugs have recently been approved in the U.S. or Europe, and two others that could be big sellers — tofacitinib for rheumatoid arthritis and Eliquis for preventing blood clots — could get approved by March.“In ’13, ’14 and ’15, we’re expecting (patent expirations) to continue on a pace of about $3.5 billion to $4 billion a year,” Read said in an interview. “We will grow again and we will become a reasonable-growth company, but it’s over a long period of time.”Pfizer’s board of directors authorized a new $10 billion share repurchase program. It’s to start when Pfizer completes the pending sale of its nutrition business for $11.85 billion to Nestle SA, likely in the next few months.Pfizer has bought back about 302 million shares in the past 12 months and has $4.1 billion remaining under its current buyback program.Pfizer’s stock fell 42 cents, or 1.7 per cent, at $24.45 in afternoon trading.___Linda A. Johnson can be followed at by News Staff Posted Nov 1, 2012 3:30 pm MDT read more

Drivers beware Bridge closures ahead

Drivers headed to Brock University this spring and summer may need to find an alternative route to get to campus.Two bridges will be replaced and both will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic while work is done.Beaverdams Road Bridge, located east of Highway 406, will be close April 6 and is expected re-open in August.Power Canal Bridge on Marrittville Highway, immediately south of Decew Road, will close in August and remain closed for one year. The bridge is expected to re-open in August 2016.The Region will post signs indicating detour routes that can be used during the closures.For more information, visit the Region online. read more

The Warriors Are Making A Mockery Of The NBA Salary Cap

It’s probably clear by now just what a steal Cousins is at $5.3 million, but here’s one more note: Our CARMELO projection system, which spits out fair dollar values for every player’s production, thinks Cousins should be worth about $46.1 million next season. The NBA’s maximum salary rules preclude him from getting quite so much, of course, but he still figures to be worth far more than the mid-level pittance Golden State is doling out for his services.From Cousins’s perspective, it does make some sense to cut this particular deal. He’s coming off a major injury last season, and he may not be available to the Warriors until after the 2018-19 season begins. The Pelicans’ unexpected surge without him during the playoffs reinforced old questions about Cousins’ ability to win, and the market for bigs was looking cash-poor anyway this summer, with the repercussions of 2016’s wild spending spree crashing down on teams’ cap and luxury-tax budgets. According to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, Cousins didn’t receive any “significant” contract offers when free agency opened up. So instead, Cousins is gambling that he can fit in with the Warriors’ legendarily unselfish group for a year, produce solid numbers, ease back into health, win a ring — and in the process, ditch his longtime label as a me-first malcontent. If all goes according to plan, he’ll be due for a much bigger payday next summer than he could’ve gotten had he played the normal free-agent game this summer.But even if things work out well for Cousins, it will have meant dealing another blow to whatever competitive balance is left in the league. For a brief while, things seemed to be taking a turn toward increased excitement: The Rockets spent a season suggesting the Warriors weren’t as unbeatable as they seem — coming within a Chris Paul injury and some historically cold shooting of possibly proving it in the playoffs — and James is just starting to form his own Western Conference challenger in LA. But then, Golden State strengthened their grip on the NBA with another deal that turned the salary cap’s rules against their own underlying purpose. The Warriors proved once again that the most exciting time on the pro basketball calendar is during the summer free-agent frenzy — when no games are played, but the fate of the following season is sealed. Just when you thought competitive balance in the NBA couldn’t be worse, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors swooped in Monday night, stole the thunder from LeBron James’s coronation in Los Angeles and signed DeMarcus Cousins (the best big man still available in free agency) for well below market value. Now, what already felt like the biggest foregone conclusion in sports — yet another Warriors championship — seems even less in doubt, somehow.Doesn’t the NBA have an incredibly complex set of salary-cap rules to prevent this kind of thing from happening? In theory, yes. But from Kevin Durant’s discount contract to Klay Thompson’s talk1Which his father, former NBA player Mychal Thompson, later downplayed. of leaving millions on the table to remain with Golden State (not to mention the coups the team scored with veterans like David West), the Warriors have a long history of convincing stars to take less money for the sake of the dynasty. Cousins is just the latest example — and maybe the most shocking, since he signed for less than Aron Baynes, Marco Belinelli or Mario Hezonja will reportedly make next season.The Warriors were able to sign Cousins as a free agent despite being tens of millions of dollars over the cap thanks to one of the NBA’s many salary-cap loopholes: in this case, the mid-level exception, or MLE. The MLE comes in several different varieties depending on how far past the cap a team’s payroll is, but the Warriors used the so-called taxpayer MLE to give Cousins his $5.3 million next season. It’s all legal, at least according to the letter of the salary cap rules. (As for the spirit? Not so much.)The MLE was introduced in the NBA’s 1999 collective bargaining agreement as a way for capped-out contenders to still be able to add quality role players in support of their stars. Perhaps the best examples of the MLE working as originally intended are Shane Battier, who joined the Miami Heat in 2011 and played a vital role on two title squads, and Shaun Livingston, who signed with the Warriors before the first of their three championship runs over the next four years. Those are the kind of guys who are supposed to be available via the mid-level exception — solid players, not stars.Cousins, however, is much, much better than your typical MLE pickup. Sure, there are questions about how he’ll fit on Golden State’s roster. But he also made the All-NBA second team as recently as 2016, and has generated 11.2 points of value over replacement player (VORP) — worth roughly 30 wins — over the previous three seasons according to, a tally that ranks tied for 16th best in basketball during that span.Using archives of Basketball-Reference’s database of contracts going back to the 2012-13 season, I identified 175 instances of the MLE (or one of its variants, including the taxpayer/“mini” mid-level and the so-called “room exception”) being used to sign a player in recent years, prior to the summer of 2018. In that group, the average MLE signee had generated 1.2 VORP in the three seasons leading up to his contract — meaning Cousins was worth about 27 more wins (!) than the typical MLE-worthy player in the years before signing his new contract. No other MLE pickup in our data set was even remotely close to as valuable going into his new deal as Cousins was: read more

Drunken girl gang jailed after posting sex attack of amateur footballer on

first_imgI sentence three people for glorifying in the humiliation and degradation of a fellow human beingJudge Graham Knowles A drunken gang of girls who took Snapchat photos and videos of a “ritualised humiliation” sex attack on an amateur footballer has been jailed.Brogan Gillard, the 26-year-old ringleader of the group, was filmed dancing around the victim’s naked body as she cut his hair, sliced onions over him and sexually assaulted him with a pair of scissors.Paige Cunningham, 22, and Shannon Jones, 20, also posed for “trophy photographs” with the unconscious 19-year-old victim and a Snapchat post showed one girl holding the man’s penis. In another she makes a gun with her fingers and points it at him. Mother-of-three Gillard ignored the crying of her children upstairs as she and the co-accused sexually demeaned their victim, whose mother phoned his mobile during the attack and heard “girly screams”.The court heard in his victim impact statement that he has flashbacks and suicidal thoughts and feels anxious.Gillard has a string of previous convictions, including arson, false benefits claims, harassment of a neighbour, theft, and drink driving. Cunningham, a mother of two, has previous for battery, theft, shoplifting and assaulting a police officer.All three pleaded guilty to sexual assault. Gillard also pleaded guilty to unrelated child cruelty charges.Mitigating for Gillard, Sharon Watson, said her client had been drunk and did it as a joke, but admits it is “deeply unpleasant, disturbing and upsetting”. Two of her children have now been adopted, it was added. Mitigating for Cunningham, Mike Brady, said she is remorseful and “it was a sexual assault in unique circumstances”.Brian Williams, for Jones, who has no previous convictions said she has little memory of that night because she was very drunk and had taken drugs. “She was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people,” said Mr Williams.All three must sign the sex offenders register and are subject or restraining orders. The purpose of the drunken exploits was to demean and humiliate for their own pleasureFrancis McEntee The drunken girls picked up the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, in a bar in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.Prosecutor Francis McEntee said the victim had met his girlfriend in Barrow on November 28, 2015, but after an argument he continued drinking alone in Healey’s Bar.The three girls met him and lured him back to Gillard’s home in Keith Street, where they plied him with vodka until he lost consciousness. They stripped him by shredding his clothes.The next he recalled was waking up naked apart from his shoes on his doorstep at 5.25am, where his mother found him clutching his shredded jeans over his private parts.“His hair had been cut off in clumps and he literally fell in through the front door,” said Mr McEntee.He was said to be semi-conscious and screaming “get them off”. He had no clear recollection of the evening, but felt “significant pain”, the court heard. Paige Cunningham, who was sentenced to 10 months in prison Shannon Jones arrives at Preston Sessions House Courtcenter_img The video was shared on social media and was seen by their victim’s girlfriend, Preston Crown Court heard. Gillard then joked about using carrots and onions in the sex assault on Facebook.Judge Graham Knowles QC said he sentenced as if it had been three men on a female.“I sentence three people for glorifying in the humiliation and degradation of a fellow human being,” he said. He said the video and images were “profoundly disturbing”.He sentenced Gillard to 31 months and Cunningham to 10 months imprisonment. Jones will be sentenced at a later date.Judge Knowles said they “entirely dehumanised” their victim. Shannon Jones arrives at Preston Sessions House Paige Cunningham, who was sentenced to 10 months in Paramedics and police were called and the “dazed and confused” man was taken to hospital.Later that day, his girlfriend told his mother she had seen the video on social media.Police investigated and found photographic and video footage on Gillard’s white Samsung mobile. She told police: “I cut his hair and clothes because he’s a d–k.”They stripped him naked and as he lay in the foetal position on a kitchen floor, while Gillard sheared off his hair egged on by the other two.“Gillard performed what might be described, by her dancing, a ritual humiliation, encouraged by Jones and Cunningham,” Mr McEntee said.All three posed individually for “trophy photographs” beside their naked victim. “The purpose of the drunken exploits was to demean and humiliate for their own pleasure,” said Mr McEntee.As the video and some of the 40 stills were shown in court, Gillard broke down in tears. They showed Gillard, sporting a bare midriff,  giving a “V” sign for victory in front of a full frontal nude of the footballer. Other Snapchats showed her in “gangster style” poses and dancing provocatively.Judge Graham Knowles QC described Gillard as “gloating”. “She is smirking, thrusting her own backside towards the camera, beer in hand, and one finger characteristic of people in gangster pose,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

JKSimMet wins ICT Industry award and chance to compete in Melbourne

first_imgJKTech delivery of innovative products and services to the minerals industry has been recognised with the opportunity to win an iAward from the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). The company’s flagship software product is JKSimMet, a program that has captured the research and development outcomes of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) in this field for more than 40 years. JKSimMet is now the industry standard for design and optimisation of communication and classification circuits with over 400 licences worldwide.The iAwards celebrate the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) industry’s accomplishments, contribution to strong and efficient business across the economy and the importance of technology innovation to Australia’s international competitiveness. On Thursday 1st July, JKTech was awarded the Queensland State Merit Award for JKSimMet in the Industrial Application category and will now go on to compete as a national finalist in Melbourne in August.last_img read more

Golden Dawn pictures expose Nazi leanings

first_imgAs an investigation into the alleged criminal activities of Golden Dawn continues, a barrage of pictures released this week is expected to bolster the case against Greece’s far-right party.The images, published Monday in the Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper, depict party leader Nikos Michaloliakos and other senior party officials wearing Nazi insignia giving the Nazi salute in front of swastika-emblazoned flags.One of the photos shows a young Michaloliakos, currently in pretrial custody at Korydallos Prison, performing a Nazi salute in front of a large swastika. It is not clear when the picture was taken.Another photo, dated April 2009, shows second-in-command Christos Pappas, also in Korydallos, giving a salute at the tomb of former Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in Predappio, Italy.Another image shows Athens mayor candidate Ilias Kasidiaris with a group of six men performing the Nazi salute while holding a flag emblazoned with the swastika. One of them has been identified by local media as murdered GD member Lambros Fountoulis.GD did not question the authenticity of the pictures.“The collaborators of the Fourth Reich who have pillaged the country are anxious to find a way to deal with the nationalist movement with 30-year-old photographs,” a statement released by the party said.“The Greek people who have been slapped with the brutal austerity policy are indifferent to the ridiculous systemic propaganda and acknowledge that GD only fights for Greece and the Greeks,” it said.In a related development, Artemis Matthaiopoulos became the latest GD MP to be granted an extension in the ongoing probe. His deposition was postponed to June 30 in the wake of a request for the dismissal of special magistrates Ioanna Klapa and Maria Dimitropoulou filed by Michaloliakos earlier this month.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 1210 WWE Smackdown viewers are up

first_img Pinterest Facebook Now Playing Up Next Last night’s 12/10 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew 2.13 million viewers, up from last week’s show that that drew 2.04 million viewers.Smackdown drew a 0.55 rating among adults 18-49 on Thursday night.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 36.18%0:03Remaining Time -3:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Google+ Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Ben Roethlisberger Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

New Zealand minimum wage to rise to 1575

first_imgThe minimum wage in New Zealand will rise by 50 cents to $15.75 (£9.03) an hour from 1 April 2017.The starting-out and training hourly minimum wage rate will remain at 80% of the adult minimum wage, rising from $12.10 (£7.01) an hour to $12.60 (£7.30) an hour in April 2017.Michael Woodhouse, workplace relations and safety minister, said: “The government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting our lowest paid workers and ensuring jobs are not lost. An increase to $15.75 will benefit approximately 119,500 workers and will increase wages throughout the economy by $65 million per year.“At a time when annual inflation is 0.4%, a 3.3% increase to the minimum wage will give our lowest paid [employees] more money in their pockets, without hindering job growth or imposing undue pressure on businesses.“Annual increases to the minimum wage since 2009 reflect this government’s commitment to growing the economy, boosting incomes and supporting job growth throughout New Zealand.”Richard Wagstaff, president at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, added: “People who are earning the minimum wage need a wage to live on. Too many working Kiwis are paid the minimum wage because people aren’t able to negotiate collectively.“What is needed is a change in the calculation of the minimum wage. The minimum wage needs to be two-thirds of the average wage; this would make it much fairer. Working people have been advocating for this change as a way to make real and measurable progress in improving the lives of some of our poorest families.“A 50 cent increase is certainly a step in the right direction but with small steps like this, it will take a very long time to achieve a fairer New Zealand; the New Zealand which working people are telling us they need.”last_img read more

Smokepurpp Announced As Monster Energys Outbreak Tour 2018 Headliner

first_img Twitter Facebook Smokepurpp Announced As Monster Energy’s Outbreak Tour 2018 Headliner Email Smokepurpp To Headline 2018 Outbreak Tour smokepurpp-announced-monster-energys-outbreak-tour-2018-headliner News The SoundCloud rap star has been tapped to headline Monster Energy’s 2018 Outbreak TourBrian HaackGRAMMYs Mar 7, 2018 – 11:48 am The Monster Energy’s Outbreak Tour has played host to many rising stars in its seven-year run. Names like Logic, 21 Savage, and Post Malone have all played installments of the “Outbreak Presents…” tour series on their way up the career ladder to mainstream fame. Now, for its 2018 edition, Outbreak have announced rising SoundCloud rapper Smokepurpp as their summer headliner.”We’re thrilled to announce Smokepurpp,” said Outbreak Tour founder Steve Glazer in the 2018 tour announcement. “As with past Outbreak headliners, we continuously strive to showcase not only emerging artists coming into their own but artists that display that rare ability to reshape pop culture through music.”As one of the better-known frontrunners of the SoundCloud rap movement and a big influence on younger crossover rappers like Lil Pump, Smokepurpp’s name has been bubbling up from the underground ever since his hit summer single “Audi” went viral in 2017. Shortly after singing with Interscope imprint Alamo Records, Smokepurp announced his debut commercial mixtape Deadstar in March 2017, which climbed to No. 42 on the Billboard 200.Smokepurpp’s 2018 Monster Energy Outbreak Tour will kick off on April 19 in Orlando, Fla., and run for five weeks before wrapping up on May 24 in Houston, Tex., at the House Of Blues.  Presale tickets and full show date details are available from the Outbreak Tour website.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

Carlos Ghosn detention extended over Christmas and New Year

first_imgCarlos Ghosn, Chairman of NissanNissanFormer Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will be spending Christmas and the beginning of 2019 behind bars after a Tokyo court on Sunday extended his detention through to January 1.The court’s decision is the latest twist in a rollercoaster saga that has gripped Japan and the business world since the auto sector titan was arrested out of the blue in Tokyo on November 19. “Today, a decision was made to detain (Ghosn). The full term of the detention will expire on January 1,” the Tokyo District Court said in a statement to media.This does not however mean that Ghosn can expect to taste freedom on New Year’s Day, as prosecutors can apply for a further 10-day extension as they quiz him on allegations of financial misconduct. Authorities are pursuing three separate lines of enquiry against the 64-year-old Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian executive.They suspect he conspired with his right-hand man, US executive Greg Kelly, to hide away around half of his income (some five billion yen or $44 million) over five fiscal years from 2010. They also allege he under-reported his salary to the tune of four billion yen over the next three fiscal years — apparently to avoid criticism that his pay was too high.The third allegation is that he shifted a personal investment loss made at the height of the financial crisis worth more than $16 million to the Japanese automaker with help from a Saudi acquaintance. Prosecutors have pressed formal charges over the first allegation but not yet over the other accusations.Ghosn reportedly denies all the allegations, saying the transactions were done legally. In connection with the third suspicion, local media say Ghosn is not contesting that payments from Nissan totalling $14.7 million went to the Saudi person, whom he has known for some three decades.But Ghosn has maintained that the money was for the person’s work to help Nissan in the region. Ghosn’s case has seen several twists and turns since his stunning arrest on the night of November 19 as his private jet touched down at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.On Thursday, observers were caught wrong-footed as the court threw out a request from prosecutors to extend his detention over the second set of allegations (under-reporting his salary between 2015 and 2018) in an almost unheard-of move.This raised his hopes of a release in time for Christmas and he was reportedly gearing up to hold a news conference to put his side of the story for the first time. But those hopes were then dashed on Friday when prosecutors sought and obtained his re-arrest over the new accusations of breach of trust.”The accused was responsible for managing Nissan’s overall operations and for dutifully fulfilling his role as CEO not to cause damage to Nissan and its subsidiaries… but he took action that betrayed his role and caused financial damage to Nissan,” prosecutors alleged in a statement on Friday.Since his arrest, the once jet-setting executive has languished in a tiny cell in a detention centre in northern Tokyo, where he has complained about the cold and the rice-based menu.Ghosn has told embassy visitors he is being well treated and sources at French car giant Renault have described his frame of mind as “combative” as he fights the charges against him. His lengthy detention — in Japan, suspects can be “re-arrested” several times over different allegations — has sparked criticism, especially from abroad.After his arrest last month, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors promptly sacked Ghosn as chairman but Renault kept him on and appointed an interim boss as it waited to assess the legal procedures against him.In addition to charges against Ghosn and Kelly, prosecutors had also indicted Nissan itself, as the company submitted the official documents that allegedly under-reported the income.Kelly, who was also arrested last month, could be released as early as next week. Ghosn’s fall from power at Nissan has exposed a deep rift in the three-way alliance — which outsold all of its rival groups last year.The tycoon was once revered for his role in turning around Nissan and forging the fractious alliance, in which Renault remains the dominant shareholder.Some executives at Nissan — which now contributes more profits than Renault to the group pot — were said to bristle at the French company’s leadership position.last_img read more

US bars entry to 16 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

first_imgSalin Saudi journalist Jamal Khashogg. AFP file photoThe US State Department on Monday barred entry to 16 Saudi nationals over what it described as their role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes as the administration of President Donald Trump has faced pressure from Congress over its response to the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, which sparked unprecedented international scrutiny of the kingdom’s human rights record.A statement by the State Department listed the individuals and said that they had been designated under under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2019.The section “provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.”The law requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.”The State Department previously revoked the visas of nearly two dozen Saudi officials and froze the assets of 17 others.A critic of the Saudi regime, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has never been recovered.After having denied the murder, Saudi Arabia said the operation was carried out by agents who were out of control. A trial of 11 suspects opened earlier this year in Saudi Arabia.But much of the case remains shrouded, beginning with the role of Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman.The US Senate, after a closed-door briefing by the CIA, adopted a resolution in December naming the crown prince as “responsible” for the murder, while President Donald Trump has refused to publicly take a stand.last_img read more