Kyrie Irving says trade request was about optimizing his potential

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I can’t wait to get on the floor and maximize my potential,” Irving at an introductory news conference at the Boston Garden arena on Friday.“I just want to be around those incredible coaches and those incredible minds and those incredible individuals. I feel like in doing that, Boston came right at the exact time and it was meant to be that way. I trust in that, and I’m glad to be here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 25-year-old point guard praised his former superstar teammate James, describing his three seasons with James as “awesome” and told reporters that “I learned so much from that guy.”READ: LeBron James has ‘nothing but respect’ for Kyrie Irving The Celtics introduced Irving on Friday after the blockbuster trade sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick and the Miami Heat’s 2020 second-round pick in exchange for Irving.READ: Irving will wear no. 11 with CelticsIrving was asked about his decision to leave Cleveland and the status of his relationship with James.“I haven’t spoken to (James) and my intent (in asking for a trade), like I said, was for my best intentions,” Irving said.“To look back at the amount of ground we covered in the last three-year span. To really realize how special that was and how much stuff happened in that amount of time, I’d be sitting up here and telling you guys a lie if I didn’t tell you I learned so much from that guy.”ADVERTISEMENT Delight as Serena Williams welcomes baby girl Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READcenter_img Irving averaged a career-high 25.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and 5.8 assists last season. He has three years and $60 million remaining on his contract.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics during the press conference at TD Garden on September 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. AFP/GETTY IMAGESBOSTON—Kyrie Irving, who requested a trade out of Cleveland in July, said Friday that he hasn’t spoken to LeBron James since he joined the Boston Celtics.But the four time NBA all-star Irving said there are no bad feelings and that the reason he wanted to end his partnership with the James-led Cavaliers was so he could optimize his game.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasionlast_img read more

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Knicks Shoot Past Suns, 128-97

first_imgPHOENIX — Sasha Vujacic made the most of a rare opportunity to start and play big minutes.The veteran guard scored a season-high 23 points and knocked down a career high-tying 6 of 7 3-pointers to help the New York Knicks blow out the Phoenix Suns 128-97 on March 9.“I just got into a game rhythm early. We played the right way. We were swinging the ball, we played as a team on both ends of the court. That helped everybody to have a good game,” Vujacic said.Vujacic made his first start since last November and logged a season-high 33 minutes after not playing at all in two of the Knicks’ last three games. Carmelo Anthony added 23 points for New York.“For somebody who has sat and not played as long as Sasha had and come out and make a contribution he did at both ends of the court,” Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis said, “he really helped establish our outside shooting game as well. I was happy for him.”The Knicks hit a season-high 16 3s and achieved their highest point total and largest margin of victory in a game this season. Derrick Williams scored 18 points and Jose Calderon added 10 points and 12 assists.“We got good scoring opportunities, good open shots and guys were willing to move the basketball,” Rambis added. “Guys got open shots and their feet were set and nice rhythm shots, and that always helps the ball go in.”Rookie Devin Booker led Phoenix with 32 points. Tyson Chandler’s nine rebounds gave the veteran center 9,005 for his career, making him the 50th player in NBA history to reach that milestone.The Suns tried to mount a comeback in the third quarter and trimmed a 20-point halftime deficit to 13 on a jumper by Alex Len with 3:35 to go. But Anthony responded with his third 3-pointer of the game to make the score 83-67, and the Suns never got closer than 13 points in the second half.“They made some big shots all night to kill our runs and we didn’t have an answer for them,” Suns guard Ronnie Price said.The Knicks opened a 54-28 advantage in the first half. Former Suns center Robin Lopez blocked a shot at one end, then put in a hook shot at the other during their run that broke open the game.Anthony scored 12 points in the second quarter and made 8 of 10 shots in the first half. New York led by as many as 36 points, which was the Knicks’ largest lead at any point in a game this season.“We didn’t have it today,” Booker said. “They were getting wide-open shots. It was target practice. Anybody in the NBA can make those.”Newly-signed Chase Budinger scored two points in his Suns debut.(JOSE M. ROMERO)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Sakkari bows out of the Australian Open

first_imgMaria Sakkari bid farewell to the Australian Open on Saturday succumbing to in-form Croatian Mirjana Lucic Baroni in the third round of the Grand Slam tournament.The 20-year-old Greek champion won the first set 6-3 but lost the other two 6-2, 6-3 to bow out of Melbourne after reaching the third round for the first time in her career.Her advance to the last 16 of the women’s singles draw is certain to boost her WTA rating, after breaking into the top-100 just a few months ago.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Didn’t expect to bat this well: Smriti Mandhana after her exploits in England

first_imgSmriti Mandhana has been something of a revelation in Indian cricket ever since her debut back in 2013. Mandhana represented the Brisbane Heat in the second edition of the Women’s Big Bash League and is currently playing for the Western Storms in the Women’s Cricket Super League in United Kingdom.While she had a decent outing in Australia for the Heats, Mandhana has set the KSL on fire for the Storms.Mandhana smashed 387 runs in seven innings at an average of 77.40, and a strike rate of 185.16 for the Storms.This includes a 60-ball hundred and two fifties, one of which was the fastest in women’s T20 cricket.”I didn’t expect to bat this well in this tournament. I always wanted to come to this tournament to learn a few things that would help me in the T20 World Cup. But yeah, the first T20 century is always special,” she told BCCI in an interview.SPECIAL: The very stylish @mandhana_smriti speaks about her maiden T20 ton, what T20 leagues have taught her and how she has her eyes set on the Women’s T20 World Cup – by @RajalAroraFull Video Link —> https://t.co/iqd8b865Am pic.twitter.com/qVCNkfIbitBCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2018″More than the scores, the way I have been timing the ball in the nets and in the matches is really pleasing. I hope I continue this form in the World Cup.”READ – Smriti Mandhana credits Women’s Cricket Super League, WBBL for T20 successadvertisementShe also smashed an 18-ball fifty against the Loughborough Lightning to be joint top with New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, who had slammed a half-century off 18 balls against India. She has already smashed the most number of sixes – 21 – in the tournament’s history.Mandhana is also on top of the charts for highest average and highest strike rate, and has hit the only century of the competition so far.READ – Smriti Mandhana slams joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s for Western StormBut for Mandhana the WCSL is only a pit stop on her way to a larger goal – the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.”When I got this offer from Trevor (Griffin), our coach, the only thing which I was keen was that the World Cup is coming, I didn’t take even, maybe a day to say yes to him, because I was really keen to play this league,” she said.”I’ll be playing the same bowlers in the World Cup, and to play them beforehand would be a really big thing and I will also be able to tell all my teammates how they are bowling, and what they are strategising. That was a really big bonus for me.”READ – Smriti Mandhana smashes first hundred of Women’s Cricket Super League 2018″Heather Knight, Shrubsole, Fran Wilson, along with the other England girls, and Stafanie Taylor as well, from the West Indies. So I have been picking her brain as well – how the wickets will be in the West Indies, what the weather will be, so that I can understand the conditions. It’s been really good interactions with them,” said Mandhana.”I have had one or two lessons with Wilson about reverse sweep, because that’s one thing which I don’t really play, and I am really keen to learn, because you never know in T20 cricket, you have to use one someday. So really good interactions and good friends also. Maybe one day it will help me play better against some international teams.”She also revealed that her meeting with Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is her inspiration when it comes to batting.”I was a huge fan of him (Sangakkara) from when I started watching cricket on TV. Whenever I don’t feel good about my batting, I go back and watch his clips,” she said.”He was doing commentary on our game. So I asked him, ‘Did you feel anything wrong in my batting, which I can improve on?'”He was like, ‘You are in very good touch. If you think too much about it, you won’t bat the way you are. So just go out there, the way you are batting, I don’t think there’s anything there.’advertisement”That was something really good to know from a legend like Sangakkara sir that he likes my batting and my drives. That was a really good confidence-booster for me,” said Mandhana.Prior to the WCSL, there was the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, where a knee injury hurt Mandhana’s aspirations.She found other ways to make the most of the opportunity, though.”As Indians you are not used to staying alone, doing your own work, doing your washing, cooking for yourself that is something that improves you as a human being,” she said.”It makes you a bit more mature.”Mandhana’s next fixture is against Loughborough Lighting, followed by the game against Surrey Stars, and then on to the big day. If she can keep her form going, Storm will be a cinch to defend the title they won last season.last_img read more

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17 days agoScotland coach Clarke raps fans barracking Liverpool fullback Robertson

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Scotland coach Clarke raps fans barracking Liverpool fullback Robertsonby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScotland coach Steve Clarke has hit back at the Tartan Army barracking Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson.For the defeats against Russia and Belgium, Robertson received the brunt of the criticism levelled at the squad.”Listen, when you don’t win matches you are going to be crucified,” Clarke told The Scotsman.”Andy is experienced enough to realise that. He is the captain and the one who gets it. But it is unfair. It’s unfair to single out Andy Robertson and say that he should take the criticism.”Everyone should take the criticism. It’s a collective thing. I have spoken to Andy since, we had a good chat and he is fine.”Robertson is not the first Scottish Liverpool player to be questioned for his performances at international level. Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen were both subjected to the same treatment.”There is always going to be certain criticism – Alan Hansen wasn’t good enough to play for Scotland either,” Clarke bemoaned.”The best way to avoid the criticism is to get points, to win matches and draw matches you are expected to lose. That just makes everyone feel a little bit better.”It’s the same in club football. Winning covers a multitude of sins. If you start to win matches everyone will be on board and more positive about it. They will stop talking about the players who are not selected and instead speak about the ones who are.” last_img read more

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5 lakh units of Realme 3 sold within 3 weeks: Price, next sale date

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 10:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme claims it sold 3,11,800 units of the Realme 3 in the first two sales.The Realme 3 was launched in India starting at Rs 8,999.The next sale date for Realme 3 is Tuesday, April 9 at 12pm.After a successful debut last year, Realme seems to have started 2019 on a high note as well. The company has announced that it has sold 5 lakh units of the Realme 3 (Review) since its first sale three weeks ago. The Realme 3 was launched in India in March touting a premium glasstic design, a waterdrop display, a dependable Helio P70 chipset and Android Pie with ColorOS 6, all at a budget price starting under Rs 10,000.Realme claims it sold 3,11,800 units of the Realme 3 in the first two sales. The Realme 3 was launched in India starting at Rs 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is also a second variant with a 4GB/64GB configuration that is priced Rs 10,999. The Realme 3 is available in Dynamic Black, Radiant Blue and Black colours. It is sold on Flipkart and Realme.com, and the next sale date is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 at 12pm.Realme 3 specificationsThe Realme 3 brings a similar dewdrop display as the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1. You get a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) screen with a high screen-to-body ratio. The Realme 3 is also the company’s first phone to sport gradient colours in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. The rear panel is of a glossy, glass-like material that seamlessly curves around the sides to offer a unibody design.Realme’s latest handset gets the same 2.1GHz Helio P70 octa-core chipset as the Realme U1. This is a MediaTek chipset with four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. In our review, we found the processor capable of running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 really well. The Realme 3 is also the first Realme phone to ship with Android Pie with the latest ColorOS 6.0 on top.advertisementThe Realme 3 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera system on the back with a Nightscape mode for impressive low-light photography and Chroma Boost mode that uses AI to offer better dynamic range, contrast and exposure in daylight conditions. On the front, the Realme 3 gets a single 13MP f/2.0 selfie snapper housed in the waterdrop notch. The Realme 3 also gets the same 4,230mAh battery as the Realme 2, delivering a day and a half of battery life on a single charge with ease.ALSO READ | Realme 3 review: A good all-rounder, but can it take on Redmi Note 7Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Realme 3Follow Realme 5 lakh units of Realme 3 sold within 3 weeks: Price, next sale dateThe Realme 3 was launched in India in March touting a premium glasstic design, a waterdrop display, a dependable Helio P70 chipset and Android Pie with ColorOS 6, all at a budget price starting under Rs 10,000. advertisementlast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Inverness County

first_imgINVERNESS COUNTY: Chisholm Bridge The intersection of Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road will be closed for repairs to Chisholm Bridge from Tuesday, June 19, until Friday, July 6. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-756-3192 -30-last_img

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Women engineers employed at Tata Steel mine in Jharkhand

first_imgJamshedpur (Jharkhand): Private steel manufacturer Tata Steel has employed women engineers at its Noamundi iron ore mine in Jharkhand, a release said. The company has recruited ten women officers from mining, electrical, mechanical and mineral processing engineering disciplines, the firm’s statement on Monday said. “Tata Steel is the first company in India to employ women in all shifts in mines from September 1, 2019,” it said. The release said measures such as sanitary vending machines, canteens, rest rooms, female security guards, transportation and deployment of women in groups of not less than three in a shift are being put in place. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Security measures such as GPS and CCTV monitoring have been implemented, it said. The statement said written consents have been taken from every woman prior to their posting in the mines. The initiative comes after the Centre earlier this year scrapped Section 46 of the Mines Act, 1952 which restricted employment of women in the mines. Arun Misra, vice president, raw materials division of Tata Steel, said, “We are enhancing facilities to recruit more women in all sections of our mines.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Misra said employing women in mines leads to generation of innovative ideas and perspectives. The release said the initiative is in line with the company’s target of achieving 20 per cent women officers in the workforce by 2025. It said all norms stipulated by Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) are being adhered to. Earlier, the company had started two shifts for women employees at its Jamshedpur plant shop floor on April 1 this year, it added. A total of 52 female employees were posted at its coke plant and electrical repair shop floor in A and B shifts between 6 am and 10 pm, the release said.last_img read more

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City of Fort St John Canada Day Events Schedule

first_imgThe Canada Day schedule is as follows:8 am Free Pancake Breakfast at the Fort St. John Firehall10 am – 11 am Pre Parade Entertainers (100 St) including performers from HulaHoop Circus.10 am – 4 pm Classic Car Show & Shine on 100 Street10 am – 4 pm Farmers Market located at the Old Visitor Centre lot11 am – 12 pm Parade (scroll down to view parade route map)11 am – 4 pm Food Trucks12 pm Mayor`s Kick Off & Opening ceremonies in Centennial Park – Opening Remarks, National Anthem, Land Blessing, Mayor’s remarks, Thank you to our sponsors (bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit and enjoy)12 pm- 4 pm Family Activities in Centennial Park – Bouncy castles, balloon animals, face painting, Mini Golf with the Fort St John Public Library, roving entertainers, live entertainment, carnival games, spray park and more!10:45 pm Tim Hortons Canada Day Fireworks at Surerus Park.  (Parking at this location is crowded, please do your best to carpool, walk, bike, or watch from an alternate location)Here is a copy of the Canada Day Parade Route FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Monday, July 1st, 2019, come downtown to celebrate the national day with the community of Fort St. John for Canada Day.An exciting day has been planned for this Canada Day with multiple events held around the downtown core. Start your day with a pancake breakfast and end your day with a bang at the fireworks display.These are free family-friendly events to celebrate Canada turning 152 years old.last_img
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US Marine Banned From Daughters School for Objecting to Lessons on

By Jonathan WalshRabat – John Kevin Wood, a Marine veteran from the United States, has sought legal help after allegedly being banned from his daughter’s school after he complained about her education on Islam, reports The Washington Post.He claims that the lessons on the subject, which included learning about the fiver pillars of the religion and reciting the Shahada (Islamic declaration of faith), promoted the religion. He felt that this impeded his “strong Christian faith.” A sample of the work completed in class, which teaches students about the differences between radical and peaceful interpretations of the religion, can be seen below:Wood’s lawyers have released the school’s justification for him being banned, which says that the accused “made verbal threats against the school.”Despite this, Wood insists that he never made any threats of physical aggression against the school, and his threats were merely legal.The incident first came about in 2014, when Wood made complaints about a unit that intended to teach students about the role Islam played in the history of the Middle East.In a statement released at the time, the school reiterated that Islam was not the only religion being covered as part of the course. Christianity is taught in topics about the Renaissance, and Hinduism and Buddhism are covered when discussing Chinese and Indian history, they said.The case is similar many other situations in America, when families have linked the teaching of Islamic values with a promotion of radical groups, and a discrimination against Christianity. Earlier this month, the Tea Party, a far-right US movement launched complaints that children were being indoctrinated into Islam due to a school’s teaching that Allah is the same God as in the Bible. read more

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Mark Carney faces prospect of another fierce grilling — this time in

OTTAWA — Following the grilling in London last week, outgoing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney may be in for a second round of tough questioning Tuesday, this time from Canadian MPs.Canada’s federal finance committee has traditionally tended to be respectful, even deferential, to Bank of Canada governors, but analysts say Tuesday’s two-hour session may see a different tone since it’s the first time the MPs will be speaking with Carney since he announced he’s leaving for the Bank of England in June.On monetary policy, Carney is likely to be asked why the central bank had been so wide off the mark on its growth forecasts for the second half of 2012, and if the most recent estimate of a 2% advance this year could also be an overshot, given recent underwhelming data.The governor will also likely be grilled on his decision to depart for a bigger pond while the Canadian economy is still fragile and over reports he was approached to run for the Liberal leadership at the same time he was vacationing with Liberal finance critic Scott Brison.Few expect the Canadian hearing will be as gruelling as last week’s near four-hour marathon before a panel of British MPs. That session began with the chairman bluntly asking Carney to explain why he at first turned down the Bank of England job, then changed his mind, followed by whether he was worth $1.3-million a year.It was a “thorough grilling,” said TD Bank chief economist Craig Alexander, but understandable under the circumstances.The economy in the United Kingdom continues to drag along the bottom — having already suffered through a double-dip recession — and now faces the possibility of the third extended period of contraction.“So I think it’s only natural you would expect a testimony to the (U.K.) Treasury committee to be a tough event because they are basically evaluating whether this foreign national should be allowed to conduct monetary policy for England,” he said.Alexander points out that circumstances are far different in Canada, which has enjoyed mostly an expanding economy since the recession, better that average employment growth and a sound banking system.But Bank of Montreal economist Doug Porter says the circumstances surrounding the hearings are sufficiently distinct from past Carney appearances.“It might be interesting this time, given the political dimension and the fact that Mr. Carney is leaving in June, so it will be interesting to see if the tone changes,” he said.“Hopefully the discussion will revolve mostly around the economy. I think there are some concerns here the bank needs to address.”The Bank of Canada has been at the upper end of the forecast consensus for most of the past year, particularly for the last two quarters of 2012.Although the bank did a mea culpa in January, last week’s trifecta of bad economic news — outright job losses, lower exports volumes and plummeting housing starts — casts further doubt on the bank’s 2.3% call for the first quarter of this year, and also the two-per-cent forecast for 2013 as a whole.The economic consensus is down to 1.8% for this year and some, like research firm Capital Economics, now believe growth will average no better than one per cent.Porter said it is not inconceivable that Carney may admit to a further downgrade in his projections at Tuesday’s meeting.“That’s where I’d like to see the conversation go. What’s going on here? Is it short-term or have we badly underestimated the potential of the economy?” asked Porter.Another sour development, to some economists, is the suddenly ice-cold Canadian housing sector. Carney supported the government’s clamp-down on mortgage rules in July to slow down household debt accumulation, particularly on mortgages.But the correction may be more than Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Carney bargained for. On Friday, CMHC reported that housing starts collapsed to 160,600 annualized for January, a 19% tumble in one month.Capital Economics cited the new housing downturn in their revision of gross domestic product growth to one per cent.“In theory it is possible that… the drop in January’s starts figures could just be statistical noise,” explained chief economist David Madani. “Coupled with the corresponding slump in building permits over the past couple of months, however, it is clear this is no statistical fluke, but rather the start of a severe downward trend.”Carney could also face question about the impact of falling oil prices on the economy.Last week, Flaherty told reporters lower commodity prices were starting to have a detrimental impact on government revenues.According to Bank of Canada research on the deficit between what Canadians pay for oil and what Alberta producers receive, it can be as high as $40 a barrel at times. read more

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Karunanidhi slams Indian Centre on Lankan navy

Karunanidhi, while focusing on the plight of Tamil fishermen, questioned the Centre with a poser, “What has the Indian government got to say over the arrest of 19 Tamil fishermen who are lodged in a Lankan prison and whose remand has now been extended till April 11?”. The DMK patriarch also sought to know from the Centre on how it would justify the “discrimination” of fishermen from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.“Is it justifiable to discriminate between fishermen from Kerala and Tamil Nadu? So far 600 Tamil fishermen have been killed by the Sri Lankan Navy. Were there at least one instance, where the Indian government has shown the same interest, approach and promptness in coming to the rescue of Tamil fishermen, as it had shown in the Kerala fishermen – Italian Marines issue?,” he stated. He found fault with the way the state government handled the arrest of five Sri Lankan fishermen and pointed out, “While arrested Tamil fishermen’s remands are being extended (in Sri Lanka), those arrested Sinhalese fishermen are being released here in a haste.” The DMK in Tamil Nadu, which quit the Indian government over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, on Sunday slammed the Centre for adopting “discriminatory” approach in protecting fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who have been allegedly suffering at the hands of Sri Lankan Navy.The Press Trust of India quoted DMK chief M. Karunanidhi as saying in a letter to his partymen that while the Centre initiated series of diplomatic and legal steps when two Italian Marines killed two fishermen from Kerala, the same approach was lacking when Tamil Nadu fishermen were battered by the Island nation’s Navy. Nineteen fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by the Lankan Navy on March 13 for allegedly crossing into its territory and were later remanded to judicial custody in a prison at Anuradhapuram. read more

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New indicators point to a better second half of 2014 for Canadian

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 2, 2014 8:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New indicators point to a better second half of 2014 for Canadian economy TORONTO – A fresh manufacturing report in Canada and surprisingly strong employment numbers from the United States offer a hint of encouragement to Canada’s economic prospects entering the second half of 2014.While not all the data is in, the first half of the year produced a hiccup for the economy — although bad weather was an extenuating factor — after a strong finish to 2013.With a first-quarter growth rate of 1.2 per cent and an anticipated two per cent rate in the second, both are well below what had been forecast by the Bank of Canada at the beginning of the year.But analysts are pointing to the second half of 2014 to put the economy back on track, mostly because the U.S. economy looks poised to kick into the best stretch of expansion since the 2008-09 recession.“There are signs of improvement,” said Nathan Janzen, an economist with the Royal Bank, commenting on his bank’s manufacturing purchasing manager’s index for June, which shot up to 53.5 following consecutive contractions in April and May.“There is some signs of improvement in the external background, especially the U.S. About 50 per cent of Canadian manufacturing sales are exported and the bulk of that is going to the United States.”The June PMI suggested Canadian manufacturers experienced the best conditions for growth in half a year, RBC said.The report was uniformly solid with stronger output and new orders providing the biggest boost. As well, new export orders inched up, while the backlogs of work and the quantity of purchase indexes also rose.The most encouraging indicators came from the United States, which appears poised to leave behind its disastrous first quarter, when its economy shrank by 2.9 per cent.More evidence of the strong turnaround underway appeared Wednesday with payroll processor ADP reporting private employers in the U.S. added 281,000 jobs last month.CIBC economist Andrew Grantham said the surprisingly strong number supports the view that the American economy is picking up steam and that growth will likely stay strong in the third and fourth quarters as well.That is good news for the Canadian economy. The Bank of Canada has long been awaiting a so-called “rotation” in the economy from one driven by housing and consumer spending to one that is led by increased foreign demand for Canadian exports and business investment to meet the higher demand.Grantham said the early signs of such an economy are appearing, if faintly. “What we expect to see is exports picking up in the second half of this year and, with that happening, business investment will be a strong indicator maybe next year,” he said.The latest National Bank provincial forecast advances the theme, projecting that better export prospects will “rekindle” employment and business investment in Canada’s two most populous provinces. The bank sees Ontario’s economy growing by 2.1 per cent this year and 2.4 per cent in 2015, with Quebec’s advancing by 1.9 and 1.7 per cent in the same years.The fly in the ointment is the Canadian dollar, which continues to firm on currency markets. The loonie rose above 94 cents US briefly Wednesday after having fallen as low as 88 cents in March.Still, Grantham said he did not believe the dollar appreciation would have a major impact on exporters unless it continued to gather strength and returned to or near parity with the U.S. currency. read more

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Apple says Two is better than one in latest iPhone advert

first_imgWhile AT&T may be gearing up to defend its network and keep sales steady of the iPhone 4, Verizon is surely planning an advertising assault to steal users from its rival. But Apple is having none of it, and embracing both networks and both phones.The latest iPhone 4 advert has yet to go live on Apple’s official YouTube channel, but YouTube user Canamerica6776 managed to record a HD version we can watch. It’s short, has no voiceover, and sees both AT&T and Verizon iPhones doing exactly the same functions.The tag line at the end of the ad simply reads:Two is better than one So while Apple enjoys the two networks fighting and selling ever more of its latest smartphone, it can keep reminding everyone from the sidelines that there are options and it doesn’t mind which one you take as long as you pick one and buy an iPhone.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

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Starbucks to train workers on unconscious bias CEO says

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing.Johnson, who has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He said he hopes to meet with the two men in the next couple of days and apologize face to face.“I’d like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through,” said Johnson, who has been CEO for about a year. Stewart Cohen, the lawyer for the two men, said he hopes “something productive for the community” can come out of such a meeting.The incident is a major blow to Starbucks’ image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighborhood hangouts where anyone is welcome. After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.And on Monday morning, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” A Starbucks regional vice president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down.last_img read more

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Soy Growers Participate in Commodity Summit

first_imgLeaders of 25 farming and agriculture organizations joined together last week to talk about the continuous improvement of today’s agriculture, ways that we can enhance transparency and communication and what it means to be more efficient working on a host of issues.  No single issue was identified – instead the group discussed processes, collective challenges and opportunities.ASA, NCGA and CropLife co-hosted the summit of ag organizations.last_img

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Soy Growers Discuss Online Outreach Help St Louis Hungry

first_imgThis week in St. Louis, the 48 members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Board of Directors met at the annual ASA winter meeting to discuss the priorities for the association in the coming year. The meeting began Wednesday morning with the annual Monsanto Partnership Day, an opportunity for industry leaders to come together with technology provider partners to discuss ways to better advocate for agriculture.In addition to presentations from McDonald’s on customer engagement and from Monsanto on access to seed science for educators, Monsanto’s Vance Crowe and Janice Person discussed the industry’s evolving outreach to opinion drivers online.Following the Partnership Day, Matt Dace of the St. Louis Area Foodbank spoke to the board on the intersection of agriculture issues with anti-hunger issues. Upon the conclusion of Dace’s presentation, the board collected a donation of $1,560, which according to the foodbank provides 6,240 meals for the hungry in the St. Louis area. The ASA donation was unplanned and prompted by ASA Minnesota Director Lawrence Sukalski.The St. Louis Area Foodbank is the local affiliate of Feeding America, and serves 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois. At the national level, Feeding America and ASA have joined to lead an effort of anti-hunger and agricultural groups to explore how these two segments of the food industry can better understand the other’s needs and priorities.last_img read more

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RollsRoyce Disappointed as Emirates Cancels Orders for 70 Airbus A350 Aircraft

first_imgAirbus A350 (representational picture)Wikimedia CommonsEmirates Airlines has cancelled an order for Airbus’s 70 A350 aircraft, UK aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce has revealed.Emirates placed 50 orders for the A350-900 and 20 for the A350-1000, which were confirmed in 2007, with deliveries due from 2019. Rolls-Royce stated that the cancellation would lead to a £2.6bn hit to its order book.”While disappointed with this decision, we are confident that the delivery slots which start towards the end of this decade vacated by Emirates will be taken up by other airlines,” read a Rolls-Royce statement. “Demand for the Airbus A350 remains strong, with more than 700 aircraft and 1,400 Trent XWB engines already sold.””We retain a close working relationship with Emirates and continue to support their 38 Rolls-Royce powered wide body aircraft currently in service,” it added.Meanwhile, an Emirates spokesperson informed BBC that the decision was made after the airline reviewed its fleet requirements.Airbus, who builds the aircraft’s body, also suffered heavy losses like Rolls-Royce but stated they are confident new orders in the near future would compensate the loss suffered by the cancellation.”There’s no impact on the programme as deliveries were scheduled to start at the end of the decade,” an Airbus spokesman was quoted as saying.This comes after the company stressed that it is “very confident” in its A350 XWB programme.”Half a year before entry into service, the A350 XWB order book stands at a healthy 742 firm orders. The A350 flight test campaign is progressing well and is on track for Type Certification in the coming months,” an Airbus statement read.”Interest in the game changing A350 has always been very high with customers. Airbus expects the A350 order book to continue growing in 2014.”A350, which is a competitor to Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has been overwhelmed by years of delays and cost overruns. The two-engine, wide-bodied airliner is the first Airbus jet with both fuselage and wing structures, made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer.A350 can carry 250 to 350 passengers in a typical three-class seating layout, or can accommodate a maximum of 440 to 550 people, depending on the variant of the plane.last_img read more

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Sunlight funnel collects light from all directions

first_img Explore further Journal information: Nature Communications Researchers have designed a light-harvesting funnel that absorbs sunlight from any direction and concentrates it onto smaller areas, such as high-performance solar cells. By stacking multiple funnels, each tuned to a different wavelength of light, the researchers expect that it could be possible to convert the entire solar spectrum into electricity with high efficiency. Citation: Sunlight funnel collects light from all directions (2018, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-sunlight-funnel.html Tweaking quantum dots powers-up double-pane solar windows Randomly oriented light-harvesting pigments (green) funnel the sun’s energy to other molecules (red) that all have the same orientation, which diret the energy onto a photoconversion device. Credit: Pieper et al. Published in Nature Communicationscenter_img © 2018 Phys.org The scientists, led by Peter Jomo Walla at the University of Braunschweig in Germany, have published a paper on the light-harvesting funnels in a recent issue of Nature Communications.Although other solar concentrators exist that collect the sun’s energy from large areas and direct it onto smaller areas, these devices face certain limitations. For instance, they don’t work well in the shade, instead requiring direct solar irradiation, and as a result they usually rely on active sun-tracking systems. Nature has shown, however, that it’s not impossible to design a solar collector that overcomes these limitations. In living organisms that use photosynthesis, hundreds of randomly oriented pigments absorb photons even from indirect light, and funnel the energy toward a photosynthetic reaction center. Each step in this process occurs with nearly 100% efficiency.In the new study, the researchers modeled the new light-harvesting funnels on nature’s design. The devices consist of a large number of randomly oriented “donor” pigments that can absorb light from nearly all incident angles, and funnel it onto a smaller number of “acceptor” molecules that are all oriented in a single direction in order to direct the light onto a photoconversion device. This concept can reduce the intrinsic losses of previous solar concentrators to below 10%.”By minimizing intrinsic loss mechanisms of previous light concentrators, I believe we have found a concept and an affordable realization that can help lead to the more widespread use of precious high-performance photovoltaics,” Walla told Phys.org.In tests, the researchers demonstrated that the new solar concentrator absorbs approximately 99% of the incident light, with minimal losses due to reabsorption and reflection. The device also has a light redirection quantum efficiency of 80%, which the researchers note is the most important parameter as it depends on the particular wavelength of the photons. In the future, the researchers expect that these devices can be stacked on top of each other, with each device containing different pigments corresponding to different spectral ranges of sunlight. As the device materials are affordable, a stacked structure could lead to a low-cost, efficient method of collecting the sun’s energy from across the entire solar spectrum. “The pigments used in our proof-of-principle study currently cover only the blue spectral range and are not stable enough for long-term exposure to sunlight,” Walla said. “However, our concept allows for screening a multitude of additional stable pigments of different colors for their ability to act either as light-harvesters or light-redirectors. We are very enthusiastic about finding further suitable pigments and stacked architectures to ultimately cover the entire solar spectrum with high efficiency.” More information: Alexander Pieper et al. “Biomimetic light-harvesting funnels for re-directioning of diffuse light.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03103-4 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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