Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday.Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also given the thumbs up under a proposal that will see a total of 18 new medal events, nine each for men and women, contested by an extra 474 athletes at the Games.”This package of events represents both traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, all of which are popular both in Japan and internationally,” Tokyo organisers said in a statement.”They will serve as a driving force to further promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal, and will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”Under new rules, Olympic host cities can hand-pick sports they want included at the Games, joining the existing 28 core sports.The final decision rests with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will vote on the 2020 recommendations next August.Bowling, squash and wushu had also been short-listed for inclusion in Tokyo but were left off the final recommended list, leaving their supporters devastated.HEARTBROKEN”I know I speak on behalf of the millions of squash players around the world for whom the opportunity of seeing their sport participate in the Olympics has been an absolute priority — and, like me, they will be heartbroken,” World Squash Federation President Narayana Ramachandran said.
Shawn Achor is teaching executives at a major investment bank in New York and workers at Adobe software in California to start their day with a little gratitude and praise. And he’s using the same techniques in his work and life.“The very first thing they do is write down three things they’re grateful for,” said Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage (subtitled: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work). Their list stays on their desks, and they see it growing day by day, and their brains are scanning the world for the good in their work world. Once they raise their optimism, they increase their productivity too, he said.Then when they first open their email inbox, before they start plowing through messages, they are expected to send one short – two sentence – email praising someone on their team, or among their family and friends.They’re doing this partly because Achor has a book chock full of scientific studies and research that shows people who feel good about themselves and their situations are more productive and successful. The key point: Happiness leads to success, even though we’re taught the reverse.“We have scientific evidence that links happiness to the bottom line. The greatest competitive advantage in the modern workplace is a positive and engaged workforce,” said Achor, a former Harvard University teaching fellow.He uses a daily checklist of activities to assure his happiness and success and to charge his batteries. His list includes:GRATITUDE. He also writes down “three gratitudes” from daily life.EXERCISE. He’s vigilant about scheduling in time to exercise, usually. Shawn uses tennis and weight lifting as his main forms of exercise. And he also plays guitar and writes in his journal as other regular forms of happiness exercises.MEDITATE. Five minutes of meditation serve as a short break from daily tasks. He would like to meditate longer, but says five minutes is the “lowest level at which we can get an impact.” Often, his “aha moments” arrive afterward.“I see so many people who research happiness who are not happy themselves,” he said. They work too hard, as he does sometimes as a consultant and entrepreneur. So Achor uses a whiteboard at home to track the happiness habits he’s building and to check them off day by day.“When I do it, I find that my day is more positive…. Your brain realizes that you’re successful. You’re tackling these things. You’ve been successful in one domain and I bet you can be successful everywhere,” he said.“Happiness is actually a precursor to a greater level of success,” Achor said. So on those days when you’re trying to work harder and faster, take time for a little joy and a little breath. If winter’s cold gray days seem to turn your happiness cold and grumpy, he suggests reminding yourself you have a comfortable home and a thick coat, which is much more than some others. “Focus on the warm boots, not the cold weather.”
Boca Juniors have had their bid to be awarded the Copa Libertadores title rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The Copa Libertadores final second leg – which was postponed after Boca’s bus was attacked on the way to the original fixture on November 24 – will finally take place at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday.However, Boca confirmed on Friday that, having had an initial appeal rejected by CONMEBOL, they would take their case to CAS, claiming that they should be awarded the trophy without playing in the rearranged Superclasico against their arch rivals. 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, in a statement issued on Saturday, CAS confirmed that it has denied Boca’s appeal, and the second leg will take place as planned.”CAS has dismissed the urgent request for provisional measures presented by Boca Juniors, who requested the suspension of the second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores 2018,” the statement read.The first leg between the two, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch before taking place on November 11, finished 2-2.Boca president Daniel Angelici had revealed in November that his side were opposed to having to play the second leg following the actions of their rivals.He said: “We have decided to submit a request for disqualification to River.”Today we expand the petition with 46 more pages, with videos, photos and evidence. Now the Disciplinary Tribunal has to answer.”I hope that the court gives its answer with reasons. We are not willing to play any matches until the court decides. We believe that there are reasons to attend our request.”If the court decision is negative, we will see if the reasons are strong. If they are not, we will appeal to the Chamber of Appeals of CONMEBOL.”The rescheduling of the game is a decision of the CONMEBOL Executive Committee, not the Disciplinary Tribunal. We want them to adhere to the law, we believe that within CONMEBOL there are precedents for the request of Boca to be received positively.”I have the duty and the obligation to defend Boca. It is a very serious fact, it is not about waiting for someone to die to make decisions. River have had many sanctions during this Copa Libertadores. Boca is going to exhaust all administrative instances.”
UEFA Europa League Europa League draw: Arsenal vs Ostersund, Celtic vs Zenit, AC Milan vs Ludogorets & last 32 in full Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:36 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) UEFA Europa League Arsenal Celtic The draw took place in Switzerland and has thrown up some interesting ties, with some of Europe’s top teams facing each other Arsenal have been paired with Ostersund, while Celtic face a daunting trip to Zenit in the Europa League last 32.Since they were seeded, the Gunners, will play away first in Sweden before hosting the second leg at the Emirates, while the Hoops will host the first leg against Zenit since they were unseeded.The draw, which took place immediately after its Champions League counterpart in Switzerland on Monday, also sees Borussia Dortmund take on Serie A side Atalanta, while Atletico Madrid face Copenhagen.The official result of the Round of 32 #UELdraw!Most exciting tie? pic.twitter.com/166NCzW7wq— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) December 11, 2017Napoli have been drawn against fellow Champions League transfer team RB Leipzig and AC Milan take on Ludogorets, while Mario Balotelli’s Nice must travel to Russia where they will play Lokomotiv Moscow. 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 The games are scheduled to take place in February 2018, with the first leg coming on February 15 and the second leg set for a week later on February 22.Seeded teams will have the second leg of the tie at home.EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 32 IN FULL Match Leg 1 Leg 2 Borussia Dortmund vs Atalanta Feb 15 Feb 22 Nice vs Lokomotiv Moscow Feb 15 Feb 22 Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid Feb 15 Feb 22 Spartak Moscow vs Athletic Bilbao Feb 15 Feb 22 AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kiev Feb 15 Feb 22 Celtic vs Zenit Feb 15 Feb 22 Napoli vs RB Leipzig Feb 15 Feb 22 Red Star Belgrade vs CSKA Moscow Feb 15 Feb 22 Lyon vs Villarreal Feb 15 Feb 22 Real Sociedad vs Red Bull Salzburg Feb 15 Feb 22 Partizan vs Viktoria Plzen Feb 15 Feb 22 Steaua Bucharest vs Lazio Feb 15 Feb 22 Ludogorets vs AC Milan Feb 15 Feb 22 Astana vs Sporting Lisbon Feb 15 Feb 22 Ostersund vs Arsenal Feb 15 Feb 22 Marseille vs Braga Feb 15 Feb 22
Portugal 1 Morocco 0: Record-breaker Ronaldo sends Renard’s men out Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 22:01 6/20/18 Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo scored after four minutes to become the leading European international goal-scorer of all time as Portugal beat Morocco. Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that made him the top-scoring European in international football as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in Moscow to dump Herve Renard’s men out of the World Cup.One the tournament’s star performers so far picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s opening 3-3 Group B draw, heading Fernando Santos’ men into an early lead with a goal that moved him to 85 international goals – one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings.Morocco head coach Renard came into the game having seen his players denied a point after dominating much of their opening encounter against Iran and they were largely the better side here too, keeping Portugal on the back foot and quelling the threat of Ronaldo for long periods. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Renard was involved in discussions with officials over two rejected first-half penalty claims but his side created enough chances to score from open play had they been more accurate in front of goal.Portugal once again relied upon Ronaldo to produce their best moments and the weaknesses evident throughout the rest of Santos’ team belie their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites.Morocco will have the chance to restore some pride by claiming a result from their final Group B game against Spain and will then head home disappointed not to have had more to show for two good displays in Russia, while Portugal took a huge step towards the last 16.Victory for #POR thanks to another goal from @Cristiano! #PORMOR pic.twitter.com/lLlQIU7WSt— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Khalid Boutaib headed wide as Morocco began the match on the front foot but they were undone by the irrepressible Ronaldo before they could find their stride. Morocco defender Manuel da Costa failed to track the Real Madrid star as Joao Moutinho swung in a corner and Ronaldo stooped to power a header over goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi and into the middle of the goal. Their World Cup campaign hanging by a thread, Renard’s side rallied and Medhi Benatia brought a good low save from Rui Patricio with a downward far-post header and he was soon tested again by Hakim Ziyech’s raking drive from 20 yards. Portugal were pinned back for extended spells as Morocco attacked in waves without causing any major scares, and they might have extended their lead when Ronaldo played Goncalo Guedes into the box but Munir stood tall and made a one-handed save.Ronaldo blazed over the crossbar when Bernardo Silva’s mishit presented him with a clear shooting chance on the edge of the box early in the second half.Patricio then made a stunning save to preserve Portugal’s lead when Ziyech’s free-kick was headed towards goal by Younes Belhanda, the goalkeeper diving to palm the ball away from danger after it bounced up at him awkwardly.Ziyech whistled another set-piece just over the crossbar from 25 yards as the minutes ticked away and both Nordin Amrabat and Benatia fired over with better chances, but there was to be no last hurrah for Morocco as their hopes of making the knockout stage slipped out of reach.Key Opta stats:- Portugal have not lost against a non-European nation at the World Cup since June 2002, when they lost 1-0 to South Korea (W6 D3 since).- Morocco have lost seven of their last nine World Cup matches (W1 D1), failing to score in over half of those games (5).- Morocco have lost their opening two group games at the World Cup for the third different edition (also 1970 and 1994).- Portugal kept a clean sheet in a World Cup match for the first time since 2010, when they kept three in three group stage games – they had conceded in five consecutive games prior to today.- Ronaldo has become the first Portuguese player since Jose Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament.- Ronaldo is the first player to score five consecutive World Cup goals for his team since Oleg Salenko for Russia in 1994. read more
zoom US-based shipbuilder Philly Shipyard closed the first quarter of this year with a net income of USD 17.2 million, considerably higher from USD 1.9 million delivered in the same period of 2016. During 1Q 2017, the company’s operating revenues and other income were USD 167.8 million, up from USD 35.7 million seen in the three-month period a year earlier.As disclosed, operating revenues and other income were primarily driven by the delivery of American Freedom, the second of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers that the company is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan.In addition, the results were affected by the related sale by Philly Tankers of American Freedom’s shipping assets to Kinder Morgan and continued progress on the Matson vessels.EBITDA for 1Q 2017 stood at USD 29.9 million, compared to USD 2 million recorded in the same quarter of 2016.On March 31, 2017, the company had an order backlog of USD 624.4 million, with two APT’s MR2 product tankers and two Matson’s Panamax containerships under construction.The shipbuilder said that key focus areas for its operations this year are deliveries of the abovementioned ships according to contract delivery dates.In addition, main focus areas for Philly Shipyard’s business in 2017 would be securing new contracts and seeking capital to finance the construction of new vessels. Although there are no firm orders in place, the shipbuilder said it has started design work and procurement activities to build Hulls 031 and 032 as container vessels, with the construction planned for 2Q 2018.“While Philly Shipyard is currently focused on large containerships for its next contracts, Philly Shipyard continues to explore potential new construction projects in other areas of the Jones Act market,” the shipbuilder said.However, the shipbuilding company said that due to the current uncertainty in securing new orders beyond Hull 030, the PHLY Board decided not to pay dividends for the first quarter of 2017.In line with its diversification efforts, the company has teamed up with Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) and Vard Marine to compete for the detail design and construction of the US Coast Guard’s next generation heavy polar icebreaker.
Ghazni (Afghanistan): A Taliban car bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more Sunday, officials said, in a massive blast that came amid ongoing peace talks in Qatar.The Taliban are meeting with US negotiators and Afghan representatives in Doha as the US pushes to end its 18-year involvement in Afghanistan, but violence from the insurgents and the US military has continued apace.Sunday’s suicide car bomb attack hit the eastern city of Ghazni and targeted an intelligence unit, Ghazni provincial governor spokesman Aref Noori told AFP. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingWahidullah Mayar, a health ministry spokesman, said 12 people had been killed.Additionally, “179 people, mostly civilians including children, were wounded”, he added.The number of wounded jumped up from an earlier toll of 70 and suggests a massive explosion.The Taliban claimed the attack in a WhatsApp message.The seventh round of Taliban-US talks is aimed at forging a deal that would see the US military quit Afghanistan in return for various guarantees.Both sides have reported substantial progress in the talks, which are paused Sunday and Monday while the Taliban meet with Afghan representatives for a so-called intra-Afghan dialogue.
MONTREAL — Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated countryman Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) in first-round action at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday afternoon.A rising teenage star playing at his hometown tournament for the first time, the Montreal native looked nervous at times, but eventually got the job done in front of an adoring crowd at IGA Stadium to advance at the US$5.7-million ATP Tour Masters 1000 series event.Ranked 21st in the world to match a career-high, Auger-Aliassime was in complete control early, but Pospisil — 207th overall and working his way into form after a long injury absence — battled in a back-and-forth second set before the Vancouver product ultimately grabbed a hard-fought tiebreak on centre court to even the match.With Auger-Aliassime up 4-3 in the third set despite a number of unforced errors, the 29-year-old Pospisil appeared to cramp up. He double faulted and sent his next shot into the next, but recovered to even things up once again before the match went to another tiebreak.With the partisan crowd urging him on, Auger-Aliassime went up 6-3 and sealed it when Pospisil sent a shot long.The Canadians patted each other on the shoulder at the net after a match that lasted two hours 33 minutes — much longer than most observers expected.Auger-Aliassime will now take on 19th-ranked Milos Raonic in another all-Canadian tilt in the second round. The 28-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., defeated France’s Lucas Pouille on Monday.Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont. — a 20-year-old ranked 32nd — also won his first-round match Monday and will meet No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria next.The women’s side of the 2019 bracket is being played in Toronto. The tournament alternates between the cities every year.Set to turn 19 on Thursday, Auger-Aliassime came into the afternoon showdown with Pospisil having already won 28 matches this season, including a 12-4 record in his past four tournaments.Auger-Aliassime, who started 2019 ranked 106th with just six tour-level victories to his name, has reached three ATP finals in the past six months, but is still looking for that first title.He’s hoping that will come in Montreal.In other early action Tuesday, 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over qualifier Bradley Klahn of the United States. Seeded 14th in Montreal, Cilic made the quarterfinals at last year’s Rogers Cup in Toronto before falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal of Spain.Hard-hitting American John Isner, the No. 12 seed, also moved on with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Australia’s Jordan Thompson.Germany’s Alexander Zverev, the 2017 Rogers Cup champion in Montreal, and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who won last week’s Citi Open in Washington, headlined Tuesday’s evening action in their respective matches.Zverev is ranked No. 7 in the world and seeded third. Kyrgios is ranked 27th.Nadal, the world No. 2 and top seed at this edition of the tournament, is the clear favourite with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer skipping the event.The Spaniard is expected to open his tournament Wednesday in the second round.Pospisil is attempting to rediscover his form after spending eight months on the sidelines with a serious back injury. He reached the semifinals in Montreal in 2013, where he lost to Raonic. Auger-Aliassime, who had just turned 13 at the time, said Monday he remembers the match well.Auger-Aliassime entered Tuesday with a 2-0 record against Pospisil — the last of three Canadian wild-card entries to be bounced in the first round.He beat Pospisil in straight sets at Indian Wells last year and again in the first round at Wimbledon in July, winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted nearly three hours.The pair played doubles together for the first time Monday, falling to French duo of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in straight sets.
Wilfried Lemke, the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, took part in a panel discussion on the role of sport in education, one of a series of panels on the third and final day of the Beyond Sport Summit.The summit – attended by more than 350 high-level participants – aims to generate ideas for ways in which sport can promote development or other socially useful activities and to help set up strategic partnerships between government, business, philanthropy and the sports community.Earlier this week Mr. Lemke attended the 13th General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees in Africa, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria. Since taking up his role as Special Adviser in April last year, Mr. Lemke has given special attention to Africa, particularly sports programmes that empower women and girls or people living with physical or intellectual disabilities. 9 July 2009The United Nations official tasked with promoting sport for development and peace today joined retired sports stars Ian Thorpe, Michael Johnson and Dikembe Mutombo and senior international political, religious and business figures such as Tony Blair, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson at a London summit on how sport can drive social change.
Astrid Van Genderen Stort, a UNHCR spokeswoman in Pristina said the number of arrivals through Blace and other border crossings continued all through the weekend, although at a lower rate than earlier last week. Over 1,500 people had crossed on Friday, but on Sunday the number of new arrivals had decreased to 557 people. Still, there have been 27,000 new arrivals in less than 10 days, adding that the total number of Macedonians displaced since 3 May was close to 39,000. In southern Serbia, over 700 Macedonians of different ethnic background were reported entering at the end of last week, UNHCR said, bringing the total number of arrivals from the FYR of Macedonia to over 3,500.
Loan growth helps boost Discover Financial Services’ 2Q net income by 13 per cent An increase in loans and interest income helped boost Discover Financial Services’ net income by 13 per cent in the second quarter, trumping Wall Street expectations.The credit card issuer and lender said Tuesday that sales volume for its namesake credit card grew 4 per cent to $27.6 billion in the April-June period. Credit card loans rose 5 per cent to $49.8 billion.David Nelms, Discover’s chairman and CEO, told Wall Street analysts during a conference call that card loan growth during the quarter was at the high end of what the company expected. He also noted that card spending trended higher as the quarter went on, ending with spending being up in June versus the same month last year.“So on the one hand it feels like we might have a little more momentum building,” Nelms said. “On the other hand, we still see a lot of mixed economic data coming in.”Credit card issuers such as Discover benefit from an improving economy and consumer spending.This year, the economy is showing more robust signs of growth, with employers having added an average 202,000 jobs the past six months, up from 180,000 in the previous six. The housing market is also gaining strength. And consumer confidence last month hit the highest level since January 2008, according to the Conference Board.While consumers are increasing their spending, their pace has dropped off sharply from the start of the year. Core U.S. retail sales — which excludes volatile spending on autos, gasoline and building supplies — increased from April through June at a 2.7 per cent annual rate. That’s down from a 4.2 per cent rate during the first three months of the year.The U.S. economy is still struggling four years after the recession officially ended. Growth remains tepid. Wages are barely keeping pace with inflation. And unemployment is a still-high 7.6 per cent.Nelms said in an interview that the growth in consumer confidence bodes well for card spending, which has been outpacing loan growth for some time. He noted that the rate of late payments has fallen to all-time lows, which suggests that unemployment isn’t an issue for the company’s cardholders and borrowers.“So I’m not sure the unemployment rate is going to necessarily impact us going forward,” Nelms said.Apart from credit cards, Discover benefited from loan growth across several of its operating units, including private student loans, personal loans and home loans.Private student loans grew 5 per cent from a year earlier, while personal loans, which many borrowers are using to pay down debt, jumped 22 per cent.All told, overall loans increased 6 per cent to $61.7 billion from a year earlier. Net interest income, or money earned from loans, rose by 9 per cent to $1.43 billion.Discover plans to begin offering home equity loans in the current quarter, but the move likely won’t be a factor on its bottom line before next year.The company sees an opportunity for demand in home equity loans, as home values continue rise and mortgage interest rates increase, making refinancing a less attractive option for homeowners.Discover’s payment services business didn’t fare as well as its other segments. It generated a $21 million loss for the quarter, partly because of charges that Discover booked to support its Diners Club International franchises in Europe.Some of Discover’s local partners in Europe are struggling through the region’s economic slowdown. So, in order to minimize a disruption to cardholders, Discover acquired the Diners Club franchise in Italy and is providing financial assistance to help a European bank acquire the franchise.“I don’t see Europe turning around really quickly, but I also don’t see it being a major drag to Discover,” Nelms said.For the three months ended June 30, Discover posted a profit after paying preferred dividends of $588 million, or $1.20 per share.That compares with net income of $520 million, or 99 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue net of interest expense climbed to $2.04 billion from $1.87 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of $1.15 per share on $2 billion in revenue.Riverwoods, Ill.-based Discover, best known for its namesake credit card, is the sixth-largest U.S. credit-card issuer.Discover’s shares ended regular trading down 17 cents at $50.71. The stock added 29 cents to $51 in after-hours trading. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 4:33 pm MDT
The Latest: Death toll rises to 507 from Ecuador earthquake Miriam Vera sits inside her home after it was severely damaged by the earthquake in Manta, Ecuador, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Miriam and her family slept outside for security. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2016 2:42 am MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MANTA, Ecuador – The latest on the deadly earthquake in Ecuador (all times local):7:30 p.m.Ecuadorean authorities say the death toll from the weekend earthquake has risen to 507.The Attorney General’s Office says 499 of the dead have been identified so far and returned to loved ones.It says 11 foreigners were among those killed.___7:20 p.m.The devastation caused by Ecuador’s earthquake is being felt in the newsroom of one of the South American country’s oldest newspapers.For the first time in its 82-year history, El Diario wasn’t able to publish Sunday after electricity and Internet servers were knocked out of service by heavy damage in its newsroom in Portoviejo.The paper managed to resume circulation Monday, aided by power generators and the dedication of its staff spread across Manabi province, which is the hardest hit by the earthquake. Some employees travelled for hours to personally deliver photos of the devastation on pen drives.Even so, El Diario was able to publish only half its normal 40 pages.Editor Jaime Ugalde says the paper’s news staff is still working with computers with screens cracked during the quake.Ugalde adds: “Our goal is still to reach our public, in all corners of Manabi.”___4:35 p.m.The official death toll from Ecuador’s most-powerful earthquake in decades has risen to 480.Deputy Interior Minister Diego Fuentes also says that 2,000 people had been reported as missing to a government registry created to track casualties. But it’s not clear if all of those people remain unaccounted for.Earlier Tuesday, Ecuador’s Defence Ministry said 231 people were missing.___3:15 p.m.Mexican authorities are trying to quash rumours that a powerfully destructive earthquake supposedly has been predicted to strike the country.The rumours began spreading on social media after the Saturday night quake in Ecuador that killed at least 433 people. The rumours said there had been predictions that a quake of up to magnitude 8.6 was imminent in Mexico.At least one message in circulation cited the country’s National Seismological Service and the National Autonomous University of Mexico as the purported sources of the alert. But the Seismological Service posted a scrolling, ticker-like notice on its website Tuesday assuring Mexicans that the agency “is NOT issuing any seismic alert.”It linked to information explaining that quakes cannot be predicted.In 1985, a magnitude-8.0 quake near the Mexican coast caused hundreds of buildings in the capital to collapse and killed at least 9,500 people.___2:05 p.m.President Barack Obama says the United States will do everything it can to support Ecuador as it recovers from the devastating earthquake.Obama spoke by phone with Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Tuesday. The White House says Obama offered condolences on behalf of the American people for lives lost and that the two leaders discussed U.S. government assistance to support earthquake victims.The White House says that Correa thanked Americans for helping during the difficult recovery period.The call comes as Ecuador’s government says the death toll is now at least 433, with another 4,027 injured.Obama called the Ecuadorian leader shortly before departing on a trip to Saudi Arabia and Europe.___1:25 p.m.Ecuador’s government has updated its death toll for the weekend’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake. It now says at least 433 people have died.The Defence Ministry also gave an estimate of the missing for the first time, putting that number at 231. That means the death toll is likely to rise in the coming days.Another 4,027 people are injured.___12:35 p.m.While the human tragedy of Ecuador’s most-powerful earthquake in decades is still sinking in, the government is just beginning to evaluate the monumental task of rebuilding.President Rafael Correa says it could cost as much as $3 billion to rebuild. That’s about 3 per cent of Ecuador’s gross domestic product.He told reporters Tuesday: “It’s going to be a long battle.”The problem is Ecuador doesn’t have the extra money. Prices for its commodities have been falling of late on lower demand from China.Ecuador’s growth last year was stagnant. And even before the earthquake, the International Monetary Fund was forecasting its economy would shrink by around 4.5 per cent in 2016. Oil is Ecuador’s largest export and cover 35 per cent of the government budget.___12:15 p.m.Ecuador’s foreign minister says at least nine foreigners are among the 413 dead from the country’s earthquake.Guillaume Long tells state-run Gamavision that a citizen of Great Britain, two Canadians, three Cubans, two Colombians and a person from the Dominican Republic are on the official list of those reported dead.He did not count an American citizen who the State Department Monday said was also killed.Long said the list of foreigners is likely to rise because the epicenter of the magnitude-7.8 quake is an area of laid-back, pristine beaches popular with foreign tourists and expats.10:25 a.m.The U.S. is deploying disaster experts to Ecuador and sending $100,000 in supplies as the country grapples with tens of thousands of people displaced by Saturday’s earthquake.The U.S. Agency for International Development announced Tuesday that it was joining the effort to help survivors of Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake in the South American country. Teams from Mexico, Switzerland, Colombia, Venezuela and other countries are already in place.The agency says U.S. workers will help analyze the situation on the ground and work to meet humanitarian needs.___4:50 a.m.A nun from Northern Ireland killed in the Ecuador earthquake has been remembered as a “superstar” by her family.A Roman Catholic religious order says Sister Clare Theresa Crockett was leading a group of young trainee nuns to safety at a school where she worked when a stairwell collapsed. She and five of the young postulants died. Three injured nuns were rescued from the rubble.Crockett, who was 33 and from Londonderry, taught music at the Colegio Sagrada Familia school in Playa Prieta.The order of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother said Crockett and other nuns had been working to help residents hit by heavy local flooding when the earthquake struck on Saturday.The order said in a statement that “Sister Clare had spent nearly 15 years of her life in consecration to the Lord. She was a generous Sister with a special gift for reaching out to children and young people.”Crockett’s cousin Emmet Doyle said: “She was a superstar. Everybody loved her.”“She died as she lived, helping others.”___3:30 a.m.Ecuador’s foreign minister says more international rescuers are heading to the country’s disaster zone of flattened buildings to help in the race against time to find survivors from a powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquakeGuillaume Long tweeted that 654 search experts from other nations were on the ground late Monday and that more were expected to arrive Tuesday — bringing to 13 the nationalities involved in the rescue.The government reported Monday that the official death count had increased to 413 and was expected to rise further in the days ahead. Among the dead were an American and two Canadians.Complicating rescue efforts is the lack of electricity in many areas, meaning noisy power generators must be used, making it harder to hear people who might be trapped beneath rubble.More than 2,000 people were injured.Spain’s Red Cross said as many as 5,000 people might need temporary housing because of destroyed homes and 100,000 need some sort of aid.
As all its inhabitants were evacuated to Antigua in the wake of Hurricane Irma, in addition to providing shelter and basic necessities to the residents, the social services on Antigua are under great strain – providing places for 600 additional children; medical services for the elderly; and a means of income for the able-bodied. “For the first time in over 300 years, there is now no permanent resident on Barbuda. The footprints of an entire civilization have been emasculated by the brutality and magnitude of Irma,” he said. Mr. Browne stressed that Barbuda is not only a natural disaster, it is a humanitarian crisis that now consumes Antigua. “Whatever position on climate change any nation takes, the evidence of global warming is now irrefutably stronger,” he underscored. “We are the least of the polluters, but the largest of the casualties. The unfairness, injustice and inequality are painfully obvious,” he added. He pointed out that according to preliminary estimates, rebuilding would cost Barbuda about $250 million – representing 15 per cent or more of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) of approximately $1.5 billion. “Antigua and Barbuda urgently requires the assistance of the international community, including the international development and finance institutions, to accomplish this vital task of rebuilding Barbuda,” he said. Caribbean islands need to construct more resilient buildings and infrastructure, requiring international developmental and financial institutions to provide financing at concessionary rates without artificial impediments – or cost in lives and property would be “too frightening to contemplate.”Full statement available here
Albert Pujols will miss the rest of the Major League Baseball season because of his injured left foot, the Los Angeles Angels announced Monday.Pujols agreed to sit out for the remainder of the season after the front office and medical staff advised him to avoid rushing back to the Angels’ miserable season.“It’s not an easy decision, as competitive as I am,” Pujols said at his locker before the Angels opened a series against Cleveland. “But I also understand that we (need) to look beyond the season.”The slugger has been in walking boot since July 26, when he partially tore his left plantar fascia in Oakland.Pujols repeatedly said he was looking forward to a return in September, but after he consulted with owner Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry Dipoto he agreed to a hard decision to shut himself down for the season.“It was a decision of the organization, Arte and Jerry, because I don’t make a decision here,” said Pujols, who had career lows of 17 homers and 64 RBIs this year. “I put my uniform on and get ready to play. They said, ‘This is what’s best for the organization in the long run,’ and they came and brought it to me. And I just told them, ‘Whatever you guys want to do, I’m all for it.’ It’s definitely hard, as I want to be out there, but I also understand that I can’t be selfish and put myself out there.”
University of Washington senior Kelsey Plum doesn’t spend much time thinking about her accomplishments on the basketball court. It’d be too easy to get lost amid all the points the point guard has scored in her UW career (3,498, the most in the history of women’s Division I hoops) or even how many she’s netted in just her final season (1,080, another D-I milestone). Although she views the accolades as nice, they’re a distraction from bigger goals: In 2016, she led UW to the program’s first ever Final Four, and with her team a No. 3-seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, she’s hoping for more.“I should probably relish the attention a bit more,” she said. “But right now, I don’t really care. I don’t just want to be remembered as a scoring champ, and personally, it’d be kind of sad if that’s what ends up happening.”According to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions, the Huskies’ chances are slim — they play No. 2-seed Mississippi State on Friday night but have just a 5 percent chance of returning to the Final Four and a less than 1 percent chance of winning the tournament — but there isn’t another player in women’s hoops who can carry her team offensively like Plum can. Of the 31 D-I players who have scored or assisted on more than 600 plays in the halfcourt this season, Plum has been the most effective, contributing 136 points per 100 halfcourt plays, according to Synergy Sports Technology. Even as opponents know Plum is the focal point of the Huskies’ offense, Plum still manages to score with ease.Against No. 6-seed Oklahoma in the round of 32 on Monday, Plum used a variety of shots to net 38 points, helping dismantle the Sooners 108-82. “The first time you are on the floor with [Plum], you don’t really know what to do,” OU coach Sherri Coale told the Oklahoman ahead of the game.Pac-12 opponents have had four years to figure out Plum, and those teams have done little to slow down the guard. This season, she has encountered an array of defensive approaches, including face guarding,1When a defender turns her back to the ball to deny an entry pass. flat hedging picks2When the screener’s defender stays near the ballhandler after a pick to prevent a 3-point attempt, while allowing the opposing guard a chance to recover. and box and 1s.3A four-person box zone defense with the remaining defender playing man defense on what is typically the opponent’s best player. Yet she posted a true shooting percentage of 66.3 percent in 2016-17. Considering that she essentially never leaves the court, playing more than 90 percent of possible minutes, that level of efficiency is remarkable.“At the end of the day, no matter how familiar you are with her, you have to figure out how to stop her or at least figure out how to slow her down,” Coale told the Oklahoman. “Nobody has been able to do that, really. Nobody.”Plum’s game is buttressed by her ever-growing comfort operating within Washington’s pick-and-roll sets — according to Synergy, nearly a third of her plays are pick-and-rolls, a career high, and she scores 108 points per 100 plays, which ranks in the 98th percentile for all of D-I. That’s a significant uptick from her junior (83 points per 100 plays) and sophomore (89) seasons. A student of the games of both Chris Paul and James Harden, Plum relies on a variety of counters the moment she gets a window of separation from her defender. She’s converted 42.9 percent of her threes this season and often attempts a shot as soon as she steps behind a pick.Plum isn’t the quickest guard, but like Harden, she has a keen sense of how to use hesitation moves to generate extra space between herself and her opponent, and she often unveils those herky-jerky pauses after she dribbles off a pick. “I appreciate the left-handed craftiness,” Harden, a fellow southpaw, told WNBA.com earlier this year.Standing just 5-foot-8, Plum has long learned how to use her shiftiness and agility to her advantage. She does it in a variety of ways: On some sets, she keeps the ball nearly behind her body at her hip — which helps mask her dribbling from the defender’s vision — and breaks a defender down with just a slight shuffle or jab step. On other plays, she looks ready to shoot, but by the time a defender approaches, Plum has already blown by her and is in the lane (she’s averaging 124 points per 100 plays on drives off the pick-and-roll, according to Synergy). She can also suddenly pull up mid-drive, causing her opponent to wave frantically at her shot (she generates 116 points per 100 plays on dribble pull-ups, ranking in the 94th percentile), or immediately attack the interior, bulldozing through opponents and either scoring a basket or getting fouled.One of Plum’s most rewindable possessions happened in a late February game against Colorado — situated in the left corner, Plum feinted a step-back three, causing the defender to lurch forward, at which point the UW guard crossed her up, drove baseline and was fouled.Harden and Plum are both masters of contorting their bodies to draw fouls. Plum, who shoots more than eight free throws per 40 minutes, splays her various limbs much the same way that Harden does. Not only does she cock her elbows and raise her arms above her head, she seeks out the angles that will maximize the contact between her and a defender. She spent this past summer training with ex-Husky (and former NBA guard) Nate Robinson, who advised her on how to use her size, ball-handling and hesitation mastery to get to the line even more frequently.For Washington, making the Final Four will probably require scoring from more than just Plum. UW’s offense can devolve into four players waiting for Plum to make a move, and that stagnancy is compounded when she goes through an in-game scoring drought. When those brief periods occur, Plum isn’t without talented teammates: Chantel Osahor is a unique DI talent talents, a 6-foot-2 center who launches threes with profound accuracy (37.9 percent), and freshman Aarion McDonald averages nearly 10 points per game.The Oklahoma game might provide a good blueprint — Plum had 11 assists and the first double-double of her career, and UW immolated the Sooners defense, scoring 1.47 points per possession. If Washington wants to get out of its region (which will probably require beating No. 1-seed Baylor in the process) — much less accomplish the unthinkable and defeat UConn (likely waiting in the national semifinals) — it, and Plum, will need more games like that.Check out our March Madness predictions.
THE NEW PRESIDENT of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation has said that the country has “hit a tax ceiling”.John Kennedy told the crowd at IBEC’s annual President’s Dinner that rumoured increases to tax in next month’s budget should be scrapped.Kennedy spoke to the crowd at last night’s dinner, which included Taoiseach Enda Kenny, saying that increasing taxes such as VAT would lead to a loss to the exchequer.“There is increasing evidence that further tax increases are likely to result in less revenue for the state, not more. VAT receipts are not hitting targets and last year’s significant excise hike has not delivered the anticipated return. A clear signal is needed that the end of austerity is in sight.”Kennedy added that all government departments should help to drive business. This means putting in place a regulatory and tax environment that encourages companies to locate and invest here. If we make the right choices we can drive Ireland’s recovery.The event also marked the launch of IBEC’s re-branding, which is part of a wide range of changes set out in the organisation’s new strategy, “The Future is This Way”.Read: Ireland technically exits recession as economy records growthRead: Good news for Dundalk as 200 jobs on way
JUNIOR FINANCE MINISTER Brian Hayes has said that legislating with regards to public sector savings “is inevitable if there is no agreement”.He cautioned against having to go down this route, however, saying: “We don’t want to impose some unilateral settlement if we cannot find agreement”.Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, Hayes said that he wasn’t surprised by yesterday’s protest by frontline staff, but said that further cuts to public sector pay required looking “under the bonnet” in order to help cut the €1 billion that government require.While legislating for pay cuts alone would be “too simplistic”, he said that government instead hoped to deal with the “systematic problem” that existed instead and that things such as weekend overtime and premium pay could not be excluded.Extending the talksWith Croke Park Agreement talks continuing, and with the deadline of the end of February now ‘looming’, Hayes hinted that the date could be extended.Downplaying large scale industrial action by saying that the “great majority of public service unions were still around the table”, he said that it would be foolish to not extend the deadline, if required.Read: ‘We have no more to give’: Over 3,000 attend Frontline services rally >
Solar Impulse : l’avion solaire a décollé pour son premier vol de nuitPayerne, Suisse – Après l’annulation d’une première tentative de vol jeudi dernier, l’avion expérimental propulsé à l’énergie solaire, Solar Impulse, a décollé mercredi matin de Payerne, en Suisse, pour son premier vol de nuit.C’est peu avant 7h ce mercredi matin que Solar Impulse a décollé pour un vol qui devrait durer 25 heures, de jour comme de nuit. André Borschberg, co-fondateur de Solar Impulse avec l’explorateur Bertrand Piccard, a pris les commandes de l’avion.À lire aussiLe plus grand “soleil artificiel” du monde vient de s’allumer en AllemagneLe défi de Solar Impulse vise à se maintenir dans les airs toute une nuit grâce à l’énergie solaire qu’il aura accumulé durant la journée. Après les 13 premières heures de vol, ce sera à la tour de contrôle de décider si le pilote poursuivra ou non sa route de nuit. Une décision qui dépendra de la capacité du soleil à recharger les batteries de l’avion durant la journée, mais aussi de la menace de forts vents en altitude, a expliqué Claude Nicollier, ancien astronaute responsable du contrôle du vol.Une première tentative avait échoué jeudi dernier, suite à la découverte à la dernière minute d’un problème technique concernant le système de télémétrie de l’avion. Solar Impulse, qui a l’envergure d’un Airbus A340, soit 63,4 mètres, mais ne pèse que 1600 kilos, avait réussi son tout premier vol le 7 avril dernier. Un vol d’environ une heure et demie, qui constituait la première étape d’une série de vols d’essais. A long terme, l’objectif de Bertrand Piccard et son équipe est de parvenir d’ici trois ans, à effectuer un vol autour du monde en cinq étapes, et ce uniquement grâce à l’énergie solaire captée par les quelque 12.000 cellules photovoltaïques dont les ailes de Solar Impulse sont recouvertes. Mis en route il y a sept ans, ce projet a pour visée première de montrer ce qu’il est possible de faire grâce aux énergies renouvelables.Le 7 juillet 2010 à 11:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Ever since Frankenstein we’ve fantasized about bringing dead things back to life by just blasting them with electricity. Personally, I never feel more alive than when I’m holding the electrified metal handles of that Uncle Fester arcade game.But when used safely, electricity does have legitimate medical benefits, with defibrillators being used to shock hearts back into their proper rhythm. Now, doctors may have refined another shockingly successful technique: using electricity to zap a patient out of a coma.Okay, so they didn’t hurl a bolt of lightning and turn a corpse into Aaron Eckhart. But set aside your cartoon vision of electric resurrection and you’ll see the reality is still pretty dramatic. Following a car accident 15 years ago, a 35-year-old French man suffered heavy brain damage that left him in a vegetative state. After years of failed tests, Angela Sirigu and her team at the French National Center in Bron tried something a little different to hopefully restore the man’s consciousness.Current research suggested that stimulating the man’s vagus nerve and the various aspects of the nervous system it controls could provide promising results. So in a careful, months-long ongoing procedure, the team placed electrodes and implants throughout the man’s head, alternated between stimulation and rest, adjusted the voltage, and recorded the results.If you were hoping the team just gave him a shock and he popped up good as news, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. The sheer amount of damage the man sustained means he’ll likely never walk or talk again. However, the results were still positive. The man was eventually alert enough to turn his head, look around the room, and nearly smile when asked. Definitely an improvement. No word on whether he wiggled his big toe.The team now wants to study why this vagus nerve technique has been successful and figure out how it might help other coma patients recover. Maybe doctors of the future will be able to pull souls out of Hell itself with their electrified fingertips.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Researchers Uncover Most Powerful Electric Eel EverThermal Battery Could Power Solar Systems Overnight
November 29, 2018 Updated: 6:15 PM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom visited San Diego County Thursday to get a first-hand look at local immigration facilities and meet advocates offering legal help to asylum seekers.Newsom visited the Otay Mesa Immigration Detention Center and spoke with reporters at the San Ysidro Civic Center. In addition to the border visit, Newsom said he plans to meet with officials from the Mexican government during this weekend’s inauguration of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.At the post-visit news conference, Newsom called on the city of San Diego and San Diego and Imperial counties to do more to support immigrants illegally coming to the U.S., rather than just simply responding to the influx.Newsom acknowledged that the state government also needs to make a greater effort in supporting immigrants and asylum seekers, suggesting that they often end up homeless without access to the proper support networks and resources.“My job is to be constructive, my job is to try to find ways to bring people to the table and to address what legitimately can be described as a humanitarian crisis,” Newsom said. “We’re all in this together. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to address the issues that we as a broader community face and I think we need to humanize this issue, not politicize the issue.”Newsom critiqued federal immigration authorities on Twitter over the weekend after a clash between members of the migrant caravan in Tijuana and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents resulted in the use of tear gas to quell the crowds.CBP officials shut the San Ysidro Port of Entry completely for multiple hours as a result of the incident and multiple migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.“These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas,” Newsom wrote on Twitter after photos surfaced of a woman at the border with two young children trying to avoid tear gas cannisters. “Women and children who left their lives behind — seeking peace and asylum — were met with violence and fear. That’s not my America. We’re a land of refuge. Of hope. Of freedom. And we will not stand for this.” KUSI Newsroom, Gavin Newsom speaks after touring the immigration detention center and meeting with asylum advocates Posted: November 29, 2018