AEK Holds Milan to 0-0, Apollon Draws Atalanta

first_imgAC Milan wasted a chance to make the Europa League knockout stage with two games to spare after AEK Athens held it to a second straight goalless draw on Thursday.The other favorite, Arsenal, advanced despite also being in a goalless game.Lazio won Group K to secure a knockout spot after beating Nice 1-0 thanks to Maxime Le Marchand’s own goal in injury time.Dynamo Kiev made it through from Group B by beating Young Boys 1-0, and a 1-1 draw was also enough for Romania’s FCSB against Hapoel Beer-Sheva in Group G. Russia’s Zenit also made sure to draw at Rosenborg to advance from Group L.In an unusual incident, Marseille substitute Patrice Evra was given a red card before his game in Portugal because of a clash with the crowd. A photo showed him aiming a kick at a fan’s head after reported arguments between him and Marseille supporters.Marseille lost to Vitoria 1-0.Another Italian club, Atalanta, was on course to advance before conceding a goal deep in stoppage time in Cyprus.Everton hopes were squashed.Here’s a look at the action:MILAN’S SCORING DROUGHTMilan scored eight goals in the first two group matches then began to emulate its poor performances in Serie A, where it lost to Juventus 2-0 at home on Saturday and has won just one of its past six matches.AC Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo, left, jumps for the ball with Athens’ Andre Simoes during the Europa League group D soccer match between AEK Athens and Milan at Olympic stadium of Athens, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Milan strikers Andre Silva and Patrick Cutrone were kept at bay by solid AEK defending.Austria Vienna won at Rijeka 4-1 in another game in Group D. All four teams still have a shot to make the next round.ARSENAL FOLLOW SUITArsenal manager Arsene Wenger usually rests his stars in Europe, and he replaced the entire lineup that beat Swansea 2-1 on Saturday. In goal, Matt Macey made his European debut. He was OK, the problem was at the other end.Striker Olivier Giroud should have converted one of his many chances.Arsenal leads Group H by five points from Red Stars. Third-placed BATE lost at Cologne 3-2.EVERTON ELIMINATEDLyon knocked out struggling Everton 3-0, with all the goals in the second half.Bertrand Traore scored the first on a fast counter, substitute Houssem Aouar added the second, and Memphis Depay finished Everton off with a header.Everton defender Cuco Martina was taken off on a stretcher with concussion and neck pain, after landing awkwardly from an aerial challenge before halftime. He was cleared at a hospital to return with the team to England, where Everton can fully concentrate on reviving its Premier League campaign. It sits in the relegation zone.Atalanta led Apollon Limassol 1-0 from halftime to deep into the match, and looked set to advance after a 26-year absence in Europe. But then Emilio Zelaya equalized four minutes into injury time.Atalanta and Lyon still control Group E, five points ahead of Apollon.KIEV KICKS ONDynamo Kiev needed a win over Young Boys in Bern and got it courtesy of Vitaliy Buyalskiy, who scored late.Dynamo leads Group B by five points from Partizan Belgrade, which was second after beating Skenderbeu 2-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IBASE: 8th gen Intel Xeon E/Core based ATX motherboard with M.2 NVMe and CNVi functions

first_imgIBASE Technology announce its MB995 motherboard based on the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processor family. With optimized processor and graphics performance, the ATX platform supports the C246 (MB995VF-C246) and the Q370 (MB995VF) chipsets.The motherboard boasts of improved I/O capability and various expansion slots. Aside from 1x PCIe(x16), 1x PCIe(x4), 1x PCIe(x1), and 3x PCI slots, it comes with an M.2 (2280) to support NVMe drives with write speeds up to 3500MB/s – 7 times over SATA SSDs, and M.2 (2230) with CNVi architecture designed for WiFi and Bluetooth devices. Onboard memory and network connectivity support include four DDR4 sockets to accommodate up to 64GB system memory and dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet.MB995 is designed for high-end applications in industrial automation, kiosk, digital signage, medical imaging and gaming markets. Available advanced features are iAMT (11.6) for remote management and repair of systems, TPM (2.0) for improved systems integrity, vPro and IBASE’s owned iSMART technology that enables energy-efficient systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Lattice expands sensAI stack with optimized solutions for always-on, on-device AINext Creative Chips becomes ARM Approved Design Partnerlast_img read more

Competition Comm slaps Rs 22 cr fine on Essel Shyam Communication

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) The Competition Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 22.36 crore on Essel Shyam Communication, now known as Planetcast Media Services, for bid-rigging in tenders floated by sports broadcasters, including for Indian Premier League in 2012.The quantum of fine on the company and its officials were reduced by the regulator under lesser penalty provisions of the Competition Act, an official release said today.The matter of bid rigging in tenders floated by sports broadcasters was taken up by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on the basis of disclosures by Globecast India Pvt Ltd and Globecast Asia Pvt Ltd. Subsequently, Essel Shyam Communication Ltd (ESCL) also approached the regulator as a lesser penalty applicant during investigation. Globecast, a subsidiary of the Orange Group, is a provider of broadcasting services and ESCL is a technology service provider with specialisation in media broadcasting. They had indulged in “bid-rigging in tenders floated by sports broadcasters for procurement of end-to-end broadcasting services ie. ground segment services as well as satellite bandwidth services for various sporting events during the period July 2011-May 2012, including Indian Premier League 2012,” the release noted. The watchdog found that ESCL and Globecast operated a cartel amongst them in the various sporting events held during the years 2011-12. They exchanged information and quoted bid prices as per the arrangements between them, which is in violation of competition norms, as per the release. Following a probe, the CCI decided to impose penalties of Rs 31.94 crore and Rs 1.33 crore on ESCL and Globecast, respectively. Besides, fines leviable on individual officials of Globecast and ESCL was computed at the rate of 10 percent of the average of their income for preceding three years.advertisementHowever, the watchdog decided to completely do away with the penalty on Globecast and its officials while the fine amount was reduced by 30 per cent in the case of ESCL and its officials to Rs 22.36 crore.The decision was taken after taking into consideration the “stage at which the lesser penalty application was filed, co-operation extended in conjunction with the value addition provided by the evidences furnished by the lesser penalty applicants in establishing the existence of cartel,” the release said. PTI RAM ABMABMlast_img read more

Vijender hints at September fight, opponent yet to be decided

first_imgKolkata, Jul 17 (PTI) Indian boxer Vijender Singh today said his much-awaited fight for the Commonwealth super middleweight title could be held in September after being cancelled earlier this month, but the opponent has not yet been finalised. “Perhaps it will be in September, the Commonwealth committee will decide the opponent,” Vijender said at a promotional event here. The 32-year-old, who is now fourth in the latest WBO rankings for the super middleweight category, was to fight for the Commonwealth title on July 13 against Lee Makhram but the fight was cancelled after the British boxer pulled out citing injury. “Not all the boxers go to the Olympics and the Asian Games. They can come to pro boxing. I am not saying the cream should opt for pro boxing, but those who feel they can do well at pro level should come,” Vijender, whoholds the WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific titles, said. Busy training but with enough time in hand to catch up on the heroics of Hima Das, the latest sensation to light up Indian sports with her historic 400m gold in the under-20 world championships. Vijender said the 18-year-old track sensation needs all the help that she can get in her career at this stage. “What a finish, she looks really promising to me. But I have heard that she hails from a very poor family. People are only talking about her show. Instead of the big talks, she should be funded well and looked after well to ensure that she stays focused,” said India’s first Olympic medallist in boxing.advertisement “She has to keep working hard. It takes a lot to win an Olympic medal. I remember people had written me off as I was the last to qualify for the Beijing Olympics but I kept working hard till I made the cut from Asian qualifiers in Kazakhstan,” he added. The versatile boxer, who has dabbled in acting and modelling too, said he has realised that his sport is what makes him truly happy. “I have realised that I don’t know anything other than boxing. I have tried my hands in various things like doing a movie, a TV reality show but I get bored very easily,” Vijender said. PTI TAP PM PM PMlast_img read more

Unwell Katie Ledecky withdraws from 200, 1,500 freestyle

first_imgKatie Ledecky withdrew from the 200 metres freestyle and will miss her 1,500 title defence at the world swimming championships later on Tuesday due to illness, USA Swimming said.Ledecky, who won Olympic gold in the 200, 400 and 800 in Rio, had been feeling under the weather since arriving in South Korea last week, it added.The 22-year-old had been a heavy favourite to win her fourth straight 400 world title in Gwangju but was stunned by Australia’s Ariarne Titmus on Sunday.A decision has been made by Team USA in consultation with Katie, her coach and the team’s medical staff for her to withdraw from the 200-meter freestyle event on medical grounds, said the statement.Katie has not been feeling well since arriving to Gwangju on July 17 and these precautionary measures are being taken to ensure her well-being and proper recovery, and to allow her to focus her energy on an abbreviated schedule.USA Swimming later said she had withdrawn from the 1,500. There was no word on whether she would be well enough to compete in the 800 later in the week.Ledecky, who has 14 world titles to her name, is scheduled to swim all four events at the 2020 Tokyo Games after the 1,500 was added to the Olympic programme.Read more | Ace shooter Manu Bhaker gets admission in Lady Shri Ram College under sports quotaAlso see:last_img read more

Wood saves the day for U.S.

first_imgUnited States USMNT player ratings: Wood saves the day, Gonzalez struggles vs. Honduras Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 08:01 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bobby Wood USA Honduras United States Honduras v United States Honduras WC Qualification CONCACAF Opinion The striker came off the bench to secure a crucial equalizer in the U.S. national team’s 1-1 draw with Honduras Bobby Wood may have been reduced to a role off the bench Tuesday in Honduras, but it turned out to be exactly where the U.S. national team needed him.The Hamburg striker came on in the second half, with the U.S. teetering on the edge of a devastating blow to its World Cup qualification hopes, and brought the Americans level with a composed 85th-minute equalizer in San Pedro Sula.The likes of Jordan Morris, Kellyn Acosta and Matt Besler joined Wood in stepping up to salvage the point — saving face for Omar Gonzalez, whose first-half miscue ramped up the tension for Bruce Arena’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Here are Goal ‘s full player ratings from the Americans’ 1-1 draw with Honduras:GK BRAD GUZAN, 6: Made the saves he needed to make, and there wasn’t much he could do about Romell Quioto’s strike.D GRAHAM ZUSI, 4: Wasn’t much of a presence going forward and was at times exposed for a lack of pace defensively before coming off in the second half.D OMAR GONZALEZ, 3: Made a brutal mistake on the opener, misreading the situation and failing to clear when he had the opportunity.D MATT BESLER, 6: Was solid defensively, avoiding any notable miscues, and played a key role in keeping the opportunity alive on Bobby Wood’s equalizer.D DAMARCUS BEASLEY, 5: Largely did well to contain his Houston teammate Alberth Elis, though he didn’t offer much on the overlap. Exited early in the second half.M CHRISTIAN PULISIC, 5: Had his moments creating danger but again drifted in and out of the match, unable to make that game-changing play.M MICHAEL BRADLEY, 6: Hit some decent set pieces and worked hard on the defensive side, even if he wasn’t overly influential in possession.M KELLYN ACOSTA, 6: Didn’t find as much time on the ball as he would’ve liked in central midfield, but he showed his versatility with a move to the left side and hit the blistering free kick that led to Wood’s tally.M DARLINGTON NAGBE, 4: His smooth style of play seemed particularly stifled by the rough field conditions, with some touches and services getting away from him.F CLINT DEMPSEY, 4: Had a couple clever touches but was invisible for most of the match, squandering one golden opportunity in the second half.F JORDAN MORRIS, 7: Worked hard to carve out a couple opportunities with his pace and energy, including a nice combination with Pulisic before halftime, and had the flicked header to assist Wood.Substitutes M PAUL ARRIOLA, 5: Brought a burst of energy on the flank but couldn’t create much in the final third.D GEOFF CAMERON, 6: Added some stability to the back line, winning his individual battles.F BOBBY WOOD, 7: Drew the U.S. level with an opportunistic — and crucial — equalizer, showing composure and awareness to bring the ball down with his chest before finishing.last_img read more

No Need to Panic Over Proposed UK Non-Dom Tax Changes

first_imgzoom Shipowners likely to be affected by wide-ranging changes to the taxation of non-UK-domiciliaries introduced in the UK Summer Budget have been urged not to panic as the proposed changes are currently short on detail, and there is enough time to prepare for the planned implementation of the changes on April 6, 2017, an international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says.What is known so far is that UK residents will be deemed domiciled for income tax and capital gains tax purposes after 15 years of residence, and will pay tax on their worldwide income and gains, according to Moore Stephens. This rule will also apply to inheritance tax. There is already a deemed domicile rule for inheritance tax but this applied where someone had been resident for more than 16 out of the previous 20 years of assessment.There will be no grandfathering provisions, so these rules will apply regardless of when someone came to the UK. However, the old regime will continue to apply where someone leaves the UK before April 6, 2017. It will only be possible to break this deemed domicile status by ceasing to be resident in the UK for five tax years.This means that the recently introduced GBP 90,000 remittance basis charge (RBC) for residence of more than 17 out of 20 tax years will not apply from 2017/18, as individuals will now be deemed domiciled at that point. The result is that the proposal to elect into the remittance basis for tranches of three years has been scrapped. The GBP 30,000 and GBP 60,000 RBC rates will still apply, says Moore Stephens.The potential good news is that non-doms who have set up an offshore trust before they become deemed domiciled in the UK may not be taxed on trust income and gains that are retained in the trust, and the assets will remain outside the scope of inheritance tax (unless UK residential property). They could be taxed on trust distributions and benefits. However, there will be detailed consultation on the new rules as it is recognised that this will be a significant change to a complex area of law, says Moore Stephens.It also seems that these rules do not affect an individual’s domicile status under general law, so an individual may continue to pass their non-domicile status on to their children.”The UK government has repeatedly shown that it understands the important contribution made by the shipping industry to the UK economy, and there are indeed changes in the Summer Budget which will come as good news to the shipping and offshore sectors,” Gill Smith, a tax partner with Moore Stephens, said.”UK corporation tax, for example, will reduce from 20 percent to 19 percent in 2017 and to 18 percent in 2020. The application of the basin-wide investment and cluster area allowances will also be widened in order to support investments on the UK Continental Shelf, and the definition of investment expenditure will be extended to include certain discretionary non-capital spend and long-term leasing of production units.”last_img read more

Finance Minister Responds to Criticism of Pension Reform

first_imgFinance Minister Graham Steele is responding today, March 1, to ongoing opposition criticism of reforms to the Public Service Superannuation Pension Plan. “Nova Scotians are being misled into believing that pension reforms are taking money out of their pockets. In fact, these reforms are saving between $160 million and $200 million each year,” said Mr. Steele. “These criticisms are a misrepresentation of the facts.” As part of the 2010 budget, pension reforms were introduced through the Financial Measures Act to address a $1.5-billion unfunded liability in the public service plan. The reforms included reducing pension benefits and refinancing a portion of the unfunded liability, $536 million, at a lower interest rate. The most recent Standard and Poor’s credit rating for Nova Scotia cites the pension indexing as a positive factor in affirming the province’s A+ rating with a positive outlook. As well, in fall 2010, the credit-rating agency, DBRS, cited pension reforms as a strength in Nova Scotia’s rating consideration.last_img read more

Man murdered in South Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A man was murdered in South Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur area, police said on Thursday. According to police, on August 28, a PCR call at about 8:19 pm was received at the police station regarding stabbing of a person at night shelter and drug de-addiction center in Bapu Park area.Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Parminder Singh stated that at the spot, it was learnt that a stabbing incident took place at about 7.30 pm in which one Manoj had sustained stab injuries and his family members have taken him to AIIMS trauma centre. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”At the hospital, Manoj was declared brought dead by the doctors. The uncle of the deceased disclosed that in the afternoon, an altercation took place between Manoj and one Saheer inside night shelter over the dispute of theft of water motor,” police said. In the evening, accused Saheer again came to the night shelter and started stabbing Manoj and after that ran away from the spot. Both the deceased and alleged were known to each other. A case under appropriate sections of law has been registered. “Several teams have been deployed to apprehend Saheer,” police further added.last_img read more

Indian fishermen remanded in Sri Lanka

Informed sources in Rameswaram said that that the Sri Lankan navy was keen on arresting the Indian fishermen after those in the island nation submitted a petition to them. They said the fishermen held a meeting on July 11 and decided to urge their authorities to stop Indian fishermen entering into their waters, complaining that they are damaging their fishing gear. They also threatened that if the navy is not acting, they will start taking custody of the Indian fishermen entering their waters. After this development, the navy is keen on arresting the Rameswaram fishermen and the recent arrest and the earlier arrest of 10 fishermen indicate the same, the sources said. (Times of India) Twenty-three fishermen, who were held by the Sri Lankan navy on Saturday night were produced in Mannar court and were remanded till August 6. Meanwhile, fishermen associations in Rameswaram have called for an indefinite strike till all the fishermen, including the five held on drug peddling charges on November 11, are released.U Arulanandam, president of Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF) said that the arrested fishermen were kept in Talaimannar police station on Sunday and were produced before the court on Monday. The judge has remanded the fishermen till August 6. They are locked up in Anuradhapuram prison. “We are working on getting drop action order from the attorney-general in Sri Lanka and we are expecting them to be released as early as possible,” he said. “The families of those five fishermen suffer untold miseries with their breadwinners locked up in Sri Lankan prisons. Our government agencies have certified that they were not involved in drug peddling offence, yet the Sri Lankan government is not releasing them,” he added. “Recently, Seemon (19) younger brother of Emerson, the boat owner in Sri Lankan prison committed suicide due to family problems. He was studying engineering in Chennai and the boy was struggling to pay his college fees. The families is struggling without proper income,” Jesuraja pointed out.“It is unfortunate that the government is not coming out with an amicable solution for the conflict between Sri Lankan Navy and our fishermen. Our fishermen should have been trained on alternate fishing methods to avoid this harassment, but government stops merely with announcements in spite of our repeated demands,” rued Arulanandam. “Our only demand is that 23 fishermen, who were arrested recently and the other five should be released immediately. We have decided to go on an indefinite strike in this regard,” said B Jesuraja, district secretary of Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boats Fishermen Association. read more

DR of Congo mob attacks UN mission injures sector chief with machete

The mob, in the already volatile town of Bunia, was dispersed by UN troops, who fired warning shots in the air, but it returned to lay siege to the mission soon after, a UN spokesman said in New York. Machine guns and light arms were discharged at the headquarters and at least one explosion from either a grenade or rocket was heard. The UN Security Council strongly condemned the attacks and called on all parties to immediately cease aggression. The Council was briefed by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guéhenno who told members Bunia “is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.He said Secretary-General Kofi Anan was “extremely concerned” and had phoned regional heads of state. The Security Council is to take up the issue again on Monday “to decide on effective measures to halt the attacks and the violence,” the Council President for May, Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram, said in a statement.The Ituri region, of which Bunia is the chief town, has been the scene of deadly violence between two rival groups vying for control, with five people killed and countless others wounded last weekend alone, despite efforts by the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to enforce a ceasefire.”As we’ve been reporting, several thousand civilians have sought refuge at the airport – where a small UN force is stationed,” Mr. Eckhard said. “These people have no food, water or sanitation facilitates.”He said that in the first attack the UN sector commander was slightly injured when attacked by a machete, and UN vehicles and other property were destroyed. There was no information on any UN casualties in the second attack, but several UN armoured personnel carriers and a bulldozer were called in from the small contingent of Uruguayan UN troops at the airport and they managed to clear the street in front of the headquarters.Although the area was still under siege, and sporadic gunfire continued to be heard in the vicinity, the situation became quieter as night fell but it remained extremely tense.Asked whether the situation could be a prelude to the sort of ethnic tensions and slaughter of Hutus and Tutsis that occurred in Rwanda in the 90s, Mr. Eckhard replied: “With reference to Rwanda I would have to tell you that, yes, that has been in the minds of some of the peacekeeping department people and political department people who advise the Secretary-General on the Congo.”There is concern that the situation could turn very badly and I believe that the Secretary-General has expressed his concerns to the Council,” he added.Fighting in the region between Hema and Lendu militias started after the Ugandan army’s withdrawal on 6 May and has continued daily, mostly near the airport, affecting the civilians gathered there. The Lendu are currently in control of the town while the Hema are three kilometres outside. The more than 700 Congolese national police sent to Bunia have been unable to provide any real security and have reportedly dispersed.MONUC has some 625 Uruguayan troops in Bunia and is today sending an additional 50, constituting its total reserve force.Asked whether these troops were enough to guarantee peace, Mr. Eckhard said: “We’d have to get a military assessment on that, but I think it’s probably safe to say in light of the things that are happening most recently, including today, that it does not look like a sufficient number of soldiers to guarantee security for that region.”He said that among the leaders Mr. Annan had phoned was President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, “asking for coordination between Uganda and the UN troops there as Uganda pulls out and the UN tries to add additional military resources to the region to replace them.” read more

US consumer confidence falls to 823 in April but Americans expect rebound

FILE – In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Luke Gill, left, of Quicken Loans, talks with job candidate Jasmine Boykins at a job fair at the Matrix Center in Detroit. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for April on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates, File) US consumer confidence falls to 82.3 in April, but Americans expect rebound to continue AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence fell in April over concerns about hiring and business conditions, even though many people foresee a strengthening economy in the months ahead.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index dropped to 82.3 from a March reading of 83.9. Despite the decline, consumer sentiment for the past two months has been at its strongest levels since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning.Concerns about the state of the economy fell for the first time since the federal government partially shut down in October.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said consumer sentiment tailed off in April because the pace of hiring, while strengthening, “is still slow, and the tougher environment is hurting American confidence.”Even though consumers are a bit more downbeat about existing economic conditions, their outlook for future growth held steady, noted Conference Board economist Lynn Franco. The expectations component of the index rose to an eight-month high in April.Consumer confidence is closely watched because consumer spending accounts for about 70 per cent of the U.S. economy.The number of people who thought jobs were hard to get rose slightly to 32.5 per cent from 31.4 per cent in March. Economists expect sentiment about the job market to brighten if the pace of hiring quickens.Employers added 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 jobs in February, after cold winter weather had caused hiring to stall in the prior months. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 per cent last month despite the hiring because more Americans are seeking work. People without jobs are counted as unemployed only when they start looking for one.The Labor Department will release its April employment report on Friday. Economists have forecast that 210,000 jobs will have been added this month, according to a survey by FactSet.The April consumer sentiment report showed that households with incomes of more than $125,000 continue to have the most confidence in the economy, as do people younger than 35.Plans to buy autos and appliances fell in April, while slightly more Americans are considering whether to buy a home, according to the report.Those purchases could be influenced by interest rates. The Federal Reserve has held rates near historic lows, though mortgage rates have increased over the past year.At its December, January and March meetings, the Fed trimmed its monthly bond purchases. The purchases have been intended to keep long-term rates low. The Fed has cut back on its bond buying because it deems the recovery to have strengthened.Fed officials are meeting this week and are expected to further reduce their monthly bond purchases. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2014 8:20 am MDT read more

Slovenia beat Serbia in first friendly match

Slovenia beat Serbia 36:32 (15:15) in their first friendly match just three days before the official start of the Men’s EHF EURO 2018. Matevz Skok (10 saves) and Blaz Janc (7) were the main forces in the winning team, while Petar Djordjic netted five goals for defeated team alongside goalkeeper Vladimir Cupara with 14 saves.SLOVENIA – SERBIA 36:32 (15:15)Murska SobotaSLOVENIA: Blagotinšek 5, Heningman 2, Marguč 5(2), Janc 8(1), Cingesar 3, Cehte, Medved 2, Zarabec, Bezjak 2, Grebenc 2, Žabić 1, Mačkovšek 2, Leban 1, SKok 10 saves, Lesjak 6 saves, Suholeznik 2, Mlakar 1SERBIAA: Sesum 2, Djukić, Nenadić 4, Radivojević 3, Marković 2, Djordjić 5, Stojković, Ilić N 4(1) Zelenović 3, Beljanski 2, Marsenić 2, Obradović, Vujin 3, Jovanović 2, Ivanišević 1 save, Cupara 14 savesRESULT: 2:2 (5.) 7:5 (10.) 7:7 (13.) 9:7 (18.) 9:10 (20.) t.a 12:13 (25.) 19:16 (35.) 21:20 (38.) 25:21 (43.) 30:23 (48.) 30:25 (50.) 31:26 (52.) ta 33:29 (56.) 35:31 (58.)Two teams will meet again on Wednesday in Velenje (18.00) ← Previous Story Prokop selects squad for title race at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 Next Story → Montenegro without first star Vuko Borozan at EHF EURO 2018 read more

The weather over the bank holiday will be mild with a bit

first_img Image: William Murphy/Flickr/CC By Aoife Barry Share34 Tweet Email Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 7:53 AM Source: Met Éireann/TwitterTomorrow we can expect some dampness, with spells of rain and drizzle during the day. But if you’re in Leinster and Munster, the national forecaster suggests you will be happy as it will “stay generally dry”. Temperatures will reach 12 – 15 degrees.On Saturday, it will be “dry and cloudy” with highs of 12 – 14 degrees, though outbreaks of rain will appear to spoil the evening.Sunday will again see cloud, rain and drizzle, but with “good dry periods” too.Temperatures are set to reach highs of 13 – 14 degrees.We can expect more rain and dry periods on Monday, but by the middle of next week we should start anticipating frost at night time.Read: Over 500 schools will close today kicking off a season of strikes> THE WEATHER THIS bank holiday weekend is set to pretty mild – so unremarkable, so Irish, in fact, that we’re struggling to make this intro sound exciting.Still, it’s good news if you feared a weekend of lashing rain and cold: we can expect temperatures up to 14 degrees in some places.But we’ll still get rain… and drizzle.Starting off with today, Met Éireann says that it will be cloudy and often dry but we can still expect patchy mist, drizzle and light rain to continue throughout the day, “turning persistent at times across Connacht and Ulster”.The highest temperatures will be 13 – 15 degrees. Image: William Murphy/Flickr/CC 9,588 Views center_img Short URL 6 Comments The weather over the bank holiday will be mild (with a bit of rain… and drizzle) Rain, dry periods, temperatures up to 14 degrees. Oct 27th 2016, 7:53 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Computer glitch sees Cork peoples phones flooded with well flood alerts

first_img Short URL “Due to a technical fault in the Bandon Flood Early Warning System, the system has inadvertently been issuing a number of inaccurate text alerts to subscribers,” Cork County Council said in an updated statement.Cork County Council wishes to advise that it is a systems fault. Subscribers are advised to ignore the content of the messages. Cork County Council has taken immediate steps to try to identify the source of the fault giving rise to these erroneous messages. Share44 Tweet Email2 249 messages 😵😵😵😖😖😣😖— Annmarie O’Donovan (@Anna_MTV) February 7, 2017 13,399 Views I wonder has @corkcoco tried turning it off and turning it back on again? #FEWSGate— Conor O’Neill 🐢🏃 (@conoro) February 7, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17 Comments By Cianan Brennan File photo: Members of the defence forces rescuing stranded motorists near Bandon in December 2015 Source: Denis Boyle BAA COMPUTER SYSTEMS glitch has caused natives of Bandon, Co Cork, to be inundated with flooding text alerts for their locality.Cork County Council has confirmed that the alerts being sent relate to a “system error” and that there is no cause for alarm.“We are currently trying to resolve the issue,” a spokeswoman said.The current FEWS (Flood Early Warning System) is ‘green’ with little rain forecast for the coming week. Cork County Council regrets this incident and is working hard to resolve it. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.center_img Source: Conor Hallahan ☘/Twitter Source: Conor O’Neill/Twitter JESUS CHRIST MAKE IT STOP— Conor Hallahan ☘ (@conorhallahan) February 7, 2017 Computer glitch sees Cork people’s phones flooded with, well, flood alerts One user reported getting nearly 250 alerts over the course of this afternoon. The malfunctioning system had issued in some cases hundreds of flood alerts to people signed up to the service over the course of this afternoon.The alerts have led to much puzzlement on social media, though many are choosing to see the humorous side of things. The Council has published clarifications on its website, various social media platforms, and also to the media advising that this is a systems fault and that the inaccurate text alerts should be disregarded. Source: Annmarie O’Donovan/Twitter Feb 7th 2017, 5:03 PM Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 5:03 PM Currently, the FEWS website is down, although the messages themselves mercifully seem to have stopped. The system was introduced several years ago to warn residents and businesses of any flooding risk.The Cork town has a long history of flooding. In November 2009 many businesses and homes were destroyed when the River Bandon burst its banks.Read: Photos of children used in Doonbeg brochure without consent of parentsRead: This town has the highest rate of empty shops and offices in Irelandlast_img read more

IMF team reviews effectiveness of adjustment plan

first_imgInternational Monetary Fund representatives were recently in Athens to speak to officials involved in drawing up Greece’s first memorandum of understanding with the troika in 2010 as well as with opponents of the bailout terms as the Washington-based organization attempts to assess the effectiveness of the agreement.Kathimerini understands that a team of IMF experts has been set up to review the Greek bailout. The exercise comes in the wake of the IMF’s chief economist, Olivier Blanchard, admitting that the organization had underestimated the recessionary impact of austerity measures in Greece and other countries. In January, Blanchard said the IMF assumed the fiscal multiplier of spending cuts and tax hikes was around 0.5 percent of gross domestic product but discovered that it was actually between 0.9 and 1.7 percent.The team assessing the Greek program is led by James Gordon, who is the deputy director of the IMF’s Office of Budget and Planning.While in Athens, IMF experts met with Greek officials such as former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou and Bank of Greece Governor Giorgos Provopoulos but, according to sources, also spoke to academics that were highly critical of the memorandum from the start. Kathimerini understands that the IMF is also speaking to officials and experts outside of Greece in its bid to assess whether mistakes were made in the formulation of the Greek program. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Unwanted Australians call for federal government apology

first_imgA largely secret and often tragic aspect of Australia’s migration history with ongoing consequences is just now coming to light, as a result of a major investigation by two SBS journalists.It involves a group of elderly migrants, including some from Greece, who are still feeling aggrieved at the discrimination they faced from conservative federal governments over their political beliefs, often over decades.SBS journalists Kristina Kukolja and Lindsey Arkley began uncovering these stories as they examined declassified security files relating to denial of citizenship.Over a period of several years, Kukolja and Arkley gradually gained access to thousands more pages of previously secret ASIO and Immigration Department files.Their investigation reveals that from the 1950s until the early 1970s, there were more Greeks than any other nationality among those whose application for Australian citizenship was denied on political grounds.Most refusals were under policy to deny citizenship to anyone with confirmed or suspected Communist links – a policy eventually dropped when the first Labor government in 23 years was elected in late 1972.One Greek man had worked and paid taxes for most of his life in Australia and should have been on the aged pension when he was finally granted citizenship – 43 years after first applying.That seems to have been the Australian record – but plenty of others had to wait decades for their applications to be approved.Greek community targets included members of the Democritus League in Melbourne, the Atlas Club in Sydney, and supporters of the Cyprus self-determination movement.Those denied citizenship were unable to travel outside Australia for fear of being unable to return – even if they were married to Australians.An extensive surveillance network, including paid informers, covered their community, club and even church gatherings – leaving many associates with security files.The plight of what Kukolja and Arkley have dubbed these ‘Unwanted Australians’ was known at the time to some members of their communities, and to some politicians from whom they sought assistance.However, no comprehensive report on the issue has ever been published until now. “We found isolated examples of these people who managed to get themselves some publicity in the 1960s, but that’s about it,” says Kukolja.“Specialists in Australian migration history have admitted that very little is known about what we have uncovered, perhaps largely because so much of it was hidden in files that were only recently declassified. “One thing some have noted are the possible parallels between the way these people were treated and what’s going on in present-day Australia in the name of counter-terrorism. “Individuals – and in some cases whole social groups – were targeted by authorities simply for daring to think differently to mainstream Australia.” Kukolja and Arkley have also discovered that despite their status as WWII allies, many Greeks were also among the migrants who faced potential internment in Australia after being placed on what was known as a Special Alien Index. Existence of the index, which began being compiled after the end of WWII, has still never been publicly acknowledged.Those on the index included migrants and refugees from Soviet bloc countries – but also included any other migrant with suspected left-wing leanings, including all those whose citizenship applications had been rejected.The index, prepared as a measure to implement in the event of an outbreak of another war, was maintained into the 1970s, and at its height, contained the names of more than 16,500 people.Ominously, the SBS investigation also reveals new information about how Australian officials kept Greek authorities informed about the activities of “troublesome” left-wing Greek citizens in Australia.“This information did not relate to any criminal offences in Australia – just legitimate trade union and other political activity,” says Kukolja.Following the SBS investigation, some of the ‘Unwanted Australians’ are making an unprecedented call for the federal government to publicly admit that they were unfairly treated in having their citizenship applications refused.Some want a formal apology.Their call for acknowledgment is being supported by a number of leading academics and legal figures, including former High Court judge Michael Kirby, who recently headed a UN investigation into alleged human rights abuses in North Korea. Kirby suggests it may be appropriate for some expression of regret in the federal parliament over wrongs done to the ‘Unwanted Australians’. “Australia is often referred to as a parched continent,” he says. “Sometimes it is necessary to bring the healing waters of justice to flow. This appears to be such a case.”‘Unwanted Australians’ aired on SBS World News at 6.30 pm on Sunday 10 July. The full investigation is available on and is also scheduled to be broadcast on SBS Radio’s Greek language program. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Njogu Bah’s trial adjourned due to absence of defence counsel

first_imgBy Mamadou DemThe alleged abuse of office trial involving Dr. Njogu L. Bah, the former Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Presidential Affairs Minister, was adjourned yesterday, 27 January, due to the absence of his defence attorney, Lamin Mboge.Prior to the adjournment of the matter till the 4th of February by Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court , Dr. Bah told the court that his lawyer had informed him that he was at the High Court and appealed the magistrate to stand down the case temporarily to enable his lawyer to appear in court later.State Counsel, Abdourahman Bah, did not object to the application solicited by the accused.Ruling on the request to stand down the case, the trial magistrate indicated that he was not feeling well. He said he has been waiting for the matter to proceed but since the defence counsel was absent, he has adjourned the matter.Dr. Bah is alleged to have abused the authority of his office as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service in the month of January, 2013 by interfering with the recommendation and posting of Ms. Jainaba Jobarteh to the Gambia’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York, without following the proper procedure of nomination  ]]>last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   “Yeremiah is the kind of guy you love to have on your football team,” said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians in a press release. “He’s a guy with experience as a starter who has been very productive. He’s also been incredibly durable, starting every game but one over the last five years. Team-wise he’s exactly the type of player you want in your locker room — a football junkie who loves the game.”In his career, Bell has combined to make 651 tackles and has picked off six passes to go along with 12 sacks. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009 when he was playing for new Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles in Miami.Earlier Wednesday the Cardinals released safety Kerry Rhodes. Bell, 35, is a nine-year veteran who played last season with the New York Jets. He finished third on the team with 103 tackles (83 solo) to go along with three fumble recoveries, one sack and four passes defensed. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals added veteran safety Yeremiah Bell to their secondary.The news was first reported by’s Darren Urban. The @azcardinals add RB R Mendenhall, QB D Stanton, CB J Powers, LB L Alexander and S Yeremiah Bell as free agents. Cut Rhodes #free agency— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) March 13, 2013last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Cathay Pacific Airways

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCathay Pacific Airways hosted a preview of its new Business Class Lounge at The Pier at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), following a comprehensive refurbishment. Located adjacent to Gate 65 in the North West concourse of HKIA, the new Business Class Lounge occupies a space of 3306 square metres – approximately 1000 square metres larger than the previous lounge – and is now the largest among all Cathay Pacific lounges, with seating for 550 people.Designed by Studioilse, the London-based design studio led by Ilse Crawford, The Pier Business Class Lounge aims to create an environment that makes passengers feel relaxed and refreshed, engaging the senses and focusing on wellbeing. Aligning with the airline’s brand ethos and reflecting the airline’s commitment to a Life Well Travelled, the overall concept has been designed around imaging the space as a street with a distinctly Hong Kong identity, enabling passengers to enjoy the facilities according to their preferred pace.The lounge experience starts from the street which is divided into ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ lanes. Entering the fast lane, passengers will find an array of food and beverage offerings. Among the various dining options are The Food Hall, a fun and vibrant space with self-service kiosks,and The Noodle Bar – an iconic feature of Cathay Pacific’s lounges. The Food Hall features a coffee cart, with a design inspired by street food carts found around Asia, offering freshly brewed coffee prepared by professional baristas. The Noodle Bar provides a variety of signature noodles, including the popular Dan Dan and Wonton noodles, in addition to Asian style noodles and Chinese dim sum and buns throughout the day.The slow lane features extensive lounge seating with views out of the big glass windows and glazed timber screens. The space is anchored by Cathay Pacific’s bespoke Solo Chairs, each equipped with a built-in reading lamp and an individual side table for those looking for a quiet space to enjoy the view over the airport runway and beyond, or to catch up on their work.Beyond the bustle of the street, passengers enter the Tea House – a brand-new feature developed specifically for The Pier Business Class Lounge. This is a quiet space which marks the transition into the wellbeing area. A wide selection of teas is served by a tea specialist, allowing passengers to relax with a soothing drink after a shower or before returning to the buzz of the airport.Fourteen shower suites and a relaxation room, featuring low upholstered loungers and footstools, form the wellbeing area at the end of the lounge, offering passengers a calm and stress-free environment in which to freshen up and wind down.Aligning with Cathay Pacific’s brand ethos, which emphasises contemporary Asian elements alongside a focus on warmth and simplicity, the lounge makes use of high-quality natural materials to give a sense of generosity and permanence to the space. Warm, tactile and timeless materials such as limestone and cherry wood are used in the refurbishment; acoustics are softened where possible and a considered approach has been adopted in the lighting. An abundance of natural plant-life adds a more natural and healthier look, while the airline’s support for Hong Kong artists is highlighted through the extensive use of local artworks.The Pier Business Class Lounge is accessible to First and Business Class passengers, Silver and above Marco Polo Club members, members of all tiers who earned lounge passes and/or their friends and family members, and Emerald and Sapphire oneworld members who are departing or transiting in Hong Kong. The opening hours will be 5.30am until the last departure.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more