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Will appeal to the Prime Minister: Narsingh

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Aug 19 (PTI) Banned for four years and disgraced after being eliminated from the Olympics Village, dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav today vowed to take his battle to the Prime Ministers Office. His dream of representing the country in the Games shattered after he was slapped with a four-year ban by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) for flunking a dope test after WADA challenged the clean chit given to him by NADA, a devastated Narsingh Yadav said today that he will fight till the end. “Meri toh naam badnam hui, isse pura desh pe kala dhabba lag gaya hai (My name has been tarnished, not just me, this ban is a blot on India). Chahe mujhe phaasi ho jaye, mein iski chhanbin karwaoonga, din-raat ek kar doonga (Let me be hanged, I will take this to higher courts and will leave no stone unturned),” the 74kg freestyle wrestler told PTI here. “I will appeal to the Prime Minister to investigate this matter thoroughly. The truth must come out, even if we need CBI for that. If Im the culprit, hang me, Im ready for it. Do a NARCO test on me and also the people who are involved,” he said. Narsingh had claimed that his drinks/food were spiked during the pre-Games training in Sonepat by unknown persons, which was agreed to by the National Anti-Doping Agency that exonerated him on the dope charge and allowed him to take part in the Games. Narsingh further said he could have easily competed in the Olympics had the evidence of wrong doings were stronger. “Theres a big lobby involved in this and the names should be out. Its a matter of countrys future in sport. I have become a victim of all this without any fault of mine. All my four years hardships to win an Olympic medal have gone in vain.” He said that such kind of politics mars Indias medal prospects in Olympics. “If I dont get the justice the future for sport will be bleak. Not many will be encouraged to join sport and win medal for India. We ourselves are to be blamed.” Narsingh was evicted from the Olympics Village this morning as the ban meant his accreditation and entry was cancelled and he had to be shifted to a hotel from where he would leave for New Delhi. Without directly pointing fingers at anyone in particular, Narsingh said: “Its clear from the series of episodes who all are involved.” Meanwhile, the Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said Narsingh became unconscious last evening after hearing about four-year ban imposed on him. Demanding a CBI inquiry, WFI president told PTI: “Narsingh behosh ho gaya tha kal, aaj thik hai (Narsingh became unconscious yesterday, he is fine today). We dont want to accuse anyone. Our only demand is a CBI inquiry. “Everything will become clear after a thorough investigation. All the skeletons will tumble out of the closet once the boy is nabbed. We will press hard for an investigation.” PTI TAP CM SSR CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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SPORT-F1 2LAST

first_img“Theres lots of new things we are going to have to start “Theres lots of new things we are going to have to start putting into place, bringing them up to speed … I am very, very happy that they can come in and do things (for the sport),” Ecclestone told The Associated Press. Ecclestone is optimistic Liberty has the resources, expertise and outlook to drive the growth of F1, particularly in the United States. “I hope they do a lot because they are American and have had dealings in television in America for a long time,” Ecclestone said. “They have dealings with a lot of sponsors because of their TV networks and social media which we havent done (as much) in the past.” The sport returned to the US in 2012 after a five-year absence, with Austin hosting the race under the current deals. “I have been trying to do things in America for years but not very successfully,” Ecclestone said. “We tried, but maybe they are the people that can get it done.” Asked about challenging NASCARs supremacy in the US, Ecclestone said: “They are the people that should be concerned, of course.” At the time of the sale, CVC had a 35.5 per cent stake in F1, followed by US fund manager Waddell & Reed with slightly more than 20 per cent. Ecclestone has 5.3 per cent stake in F1 but his family Bambino Trust has a further 8.5 per cent, rounding up his involvement up to about 14 per cent. AP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Volkswagen Tiguan first drive review

first_imgMost people acknowledge Volkswagen in India as a manufacturer of hatchbacks and sedans and there is a reason for that. The only SUV the company ever launched in India was the Touareg and it was in a segment which is out of bounds for most. The Touareg also led a short life and was taken out of the portfolio many years back, leaving the SUV section blank. Quite a ‘no, no’ in a country fascinated by these big beasts. Now there is an option in the form of the Tiguan.Design:Let’s start with a fact which is not clear to the naked eye. The Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s famous MQB platform and the same makes its debut here in India with this SUV. The Tiguan follows the brand’s global design philosophy and as a result this SUV has a very different take on SUV design. It is not butch and bulky but smooth and sophisticated.Build quality inside is top class. Soft touch dash adds to plushness. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The front end design is unmistakably VW with the grille flanked by a sleek pair of headlamps. These lamps are all LED units and incorporate daytime running lights and indicators. The bumper adds a sporty hue and also houses the fog lamps and cornering lamps. Mind you these are both separate units and not combined into one and we can vouch that they come really handy especially driving around in the hills.  In profile the Tiguan looks good thanks to the prominent cladding and the strong shoulder line.advertisementThe 2.0-litre engine offers ample grunt and is smooth too. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)It is here that we come to a rather unique figure, the ground clearance. VW in Europe claim the Tiguan to offer 200mm of clearance but here that figure has reduced to 149mm. Now before you dismiss the Tiguan, let us tell you that this lesser figure is due to the fact that the Indian authorities have started measuring ground clearance at full payload or gross vehicle weight. Hence the difference.At the back, the large LED tail lamps take up most of the space and the roof spoiler adds to the sporty feel.The front end design is unmistakably VW with the grille flanked by a sleek pair of headlamps. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Features:Inside the Tiguan looks and feels well-built much like most other VW products. There are multiple shades of black in the offering and the dash is soft to touch. There is a deep glove box and the centre console houses an infotainment system which supports Android and Apple devices. The system also offers the ‘Think Blue Trainer’ which essentially marks the way one drives and gives a real time score on 100 marks.At the back, the large LED tail lamps take up most of the space and the roof spoiler adds to the sporty feel. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)On the downside, the system does not come with an in-built sat nav. The multi-function steering wheel is good to grip and the comprehensive IP displays all things related to the car. The Tiguan also comes with a three-zone climate control system and that means the driver, front passenger and the rear passengers can set their own temperatures. The driver’s perch is all electric and comes with memory function as well. The cabin also sports mood lighting which highlights the panoramic sunroof. This five-seater SUV offers ample space for its occupants and is pretty versatile as well. The rear seats are foldable and can help increase boot space. So with the rear seat in place, the Tiguan can take in 615 litres of cargo which can go up to 1,655mm with the rear seats folded.The Tiguan also offers a unique feature which comes as a help while loading up the boot. Say you reach the SUV with your hands full. To access the boot you will have to drop it all somewhere and then open the boot. Not in the Tiguan. With the key within proximity, a certain gesture below the rear bumper is enough to release the boot.The 18 inch Kingston alloy wheels are only available with the top end variant of the Tiguan. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Safety Features:When it comes to safety VW has decided to load up the Tiguan properly. The SUV comes with six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Program, ABS Hill Decent Control and Hill Hold functions. Further to that the Tiguan also comes with an Active Hood designed to save the pedestrian in case of a collision.advertisementEngine:Under the bonnet, VW has decided to plonk in the tried and tested 2.0-litre TDI motor which is tuned to offer 143bhp and 340Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a seven-speed DSG gear box which sends power to all four wheels (if necessary) using VW’s 4MOTION AWD system. The 4MOTION system can be further regulated using a knob placed conveniently on the centre console. The driver can then choose to leave it in auto or select modes depending on the type of terrain he or she is attempting to tread.Blue Drive gives the driver marks based on driving patters. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Now this is the only combination which the company is offering here in India and both Comfortline and Highline variants get the same mechanicals.Drive Quality:The Tiguan on the road feels extremely refined. The engine comes to life without much clatter and within the cabin things remain rather quiet thanks to the excellent NVH packaging. Our test route was a mix of city, highway and hilly terrain and it gave us the opportunity to truly test out the capabilities of this SUV. In the city to start with one does feel a bit of a lag. It is primarily because the motor hits the sweet spot just around the 2,000rpm mark and till then one has come to a stop. So in stop-and-go traffic things get better if the manual mode is used on the gearbox.Photo: Nishant JhambShift down a gear, get the Tiguan motor in the right rev range and then acceleration is brisk. On the highway though, the Tiguan comes into its own. The smooth DSG gearbox shifts up and once you start cruising, the Tiguan gathers speed rapidly and can sit at high speeds all day long. Overtaking on the highway too is no problem as there is ample power to take care of most situations. We simply enjoyed our highway run more than the crowded city roads.   Handling:Moving on to the ride and handling department. The Tiguan to begin with does not feel like a SUV on the move. It feels extremely well-planted on the highway and the suspension is tuned to take on and dismiss most rough patches with ease. This means that the passengers generally get to hear but not feel bad sections.The motor is mated to a seven-speed DSG gear box which sends power to all four wheels (if necessary) using VW’s 4MOTION AWD system. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)We also loved the way the Tiguan handled around the twisties. The taught suspension helps reduce body roll and the driver should feel ever so confident. The steering too is well-balanced and offers plenty of feedback to the driver which helps tackling twisties. So overall, the Tiguan looks much like an SUV but drives like a car and that should be taken as a compliment.Dimension:Last but not the least, the delicate topic of the 149mm ground clearance. We were driving well loaded most of the time and at no point did we feel scared of a speed hump or getting off the road. At one stage we did lose our way and entered a village section with literally no roads. Even in such sections we came out with the under body un-scraped.advertisementVerdict:The Tiguan in itself has proved to be a rather complete SUV. It looks good, offers a plethora of features, is efficient, comes with AWD tech and last but not the least offers brilliant ride and handling. What’s not to like? Now here comes the real question of how much?Taught suspension reduces body roll, gives confidence while tackling twisties.(Photo: Nishant Jhamb)At Rs 31.4 lakh for the Highline and Rs 27.9 lakh for the Comfortline, the Tiguan sure is pricey. It should ideally compete with the Hyundai Tucson and the soon to be launched Jeep Compass, but it competes with SUVs a notch above. This should only be the cause of concern for the Tiguan buyer. Rest everything is just brilliant.ALSO READ:Volkswagen Tiguan vs Ford Endeavour vs Toyota Fortuner vs Isuzu MU-XALSO READ:Volkswagen Tiguan launched in India, prices of SUV begin from Rs 27.68 lakhlast_img read more

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Neetu Chandra keen to do P.T. Usha biopic

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Actress Neetu Chandra, who has been a sportswoman too, says she would love to do a biopic on legendary athlete P.T. Usha as she feels telling stories of successful Indian women can inspire young girls to take up sports seriously.Neetu has recently been appointed community ambassador of Patna Pirates, the Pro Kabaddi team from her hometown Patna. She has a natural affinity towards sports as she has been involved in the promotion of basketball in the country through her close association with the NBA and Taekwondo.Asked if she would like to do a sports biopic and if yes, on whose life, Neetu told IANS over email: “Yes, why not! I’m a sportsgirl myself. I represented India three times and a fourth Dan black belt. And I’ve been associated with NBA basketball of India for six years now.”I still play a lot and I’m an actor too. So I’d be more than happy to do a biopic on the life of sportswoman P.T. Usha. She has been an exceptional sportsperson with a truly incredible journey and I’d love to bring her inspiring journey alive on screen.”She finds it “fabulous” that there are films being made on the lives of successful Indian sportswomen.”That could actually inspire a lot of girls in India to play some or the other sport which is very important because playing any sport would help in personality, grooming, growth, confidence, sincerity, and discipline which is very essential for anyone’s life,” added the “Garam Masala” and “Traffic Signal” actress.What urged her to be a community ambassador for Patna Pirates?”I was born and brought up in Patna… I’m very emotional towards Patna because I have grown up and learned my sports here and played for India,” said Neetu, who finds the Patna Pirates team very strong.”I love the tactics and strategy with which they play. And it reminds me of my childhood when I used to play. It is a very strong team also as they are very united. I was always favouring Patna and when they offered me to be the community ambassador, I thought this was a great opportunity to associate with them and go back to my roots.”As a community ambassador, she will be travelling with them for their practice sessions and will be cheering them in all their matches. “I’ll be representing and being the face of the team in a very sporty and positive way,” she said, adding that “kabaddi is a great sport because it keeps you on your toes, alert and you have to strategize very well”.”You’re not only playing the game physically but even mentally. Also, while playing the game and saying ‘kabaddi kabaddi’, your breathing has to be very strong and it also helps you in a certain kind of breathing practice which is great for health. So I think that detailing of breath holding and saying kabaddi makes it all the more unique as compared to the other games.”–IANSrb/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

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A Michigan Fan Proposed To His Girlfriend At The Game Saturday

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: General view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 20-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines earned another conference victory, defeating the Indiana Hoosiers.For most fans, the game was just another step closer to the College Football Playoff. However, it will go down as a very important moment for one specific couple.During the Wolverines’ showdown this past weekend, one fan made the decision to propose to his girlfriend. With the crowd going wild and the couple shown on the big screen, they stole Michigan’s thunder.The video of the proposal is going viral on Twitter.Well, today I finally got to ask my best friend to marry me! Walked into the @bighouse as my girlfriend then walked out as my fiancé! Having 110,000 fans witness it on the big screen a moment we will never forget! I love you @KaylaHanna_ ?? pic.twitter.com/aPADehW8iw— Luke Kaesmeyer (@panchopilot1331) November 18, 2018From proposing to your best friend to watching the Wolverines dominate the Hoosiers in the second half, this past weekend will always be remembered by this Michigan fanatic.His fiancée also posted images of this memorable moment on social media.I. love. you. forever….& this perfect rock you picked out! Oh Michigan, you were so so good to me! ???? pic.twitter.com/9r2GcqJoZa— Kayla Hanna (@KaylaHanna_) November 19, 2018Now, it’ll be on Michigan to keep this positive wave of momentum going, as they face Ohio State this upcoming weekend.If they win that game, then this couple might have to plan their wedding as well as book a trip to the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

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BOFFO Building Fashion: Michael Bastian X Bittertang

first_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America 1. BOFFO Building Fashion: Michael Bastian + Bittertang 2. BOFFO Building Fashion: Michael Bastian + Bittertang 3. BOFFO Building Fashion: Michael Bastian + Bittertang 4. BOFFO Building Fashion: Michael Bastian + Bittertang 5. BOFFO Building Fashion: Michael Bastian + Bittertang Editors’ Recommendations On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens center_img Every year, the non-profit arts organization BOFFO fuses fashion and architecture through BOFFO Building Fashion. The program connects a fashion designer who has never had a retail space with an architect who designs the space. The first of this year’s partners, menswear designer Michael Bastian and Bittertang, debuted their collaboration this week at New York’s SuperPier. Visitors can peruse through Bastian’s fall 2013 collection in the immersive space, a giant haystack created from two shipping containers. Shoppers have the chance to purchase items from the line, along with one-of-a-kind garments that can’t be found elsewhere. The Manual spoke to both Bastian, and Antonio Torres from Bittertang about the endeavor.Tell us about your fall 2013 collection.Bastian: Our fall 13 collection was inspired by Andrew Wyeth, the American painter, and that idea he lived in worked in this tiny little corner of Maine, and Maine is such an interesting state to me anyways because it’s dark and remote and freezing most of the year. It’s kind of like one of the last American wildernesses, and he explored that a lot in his painting, and we were thinking about a lot about the idea of American gothic and the darker corner of America and American menswear.How was it designing a space for the collection?Torres: All the ingredients were already set up by Michael and his description of the collection and his interest in the art and Andrew Wyeth and the Windsor chairs became a big departure point for a lot of the furniture, and formerly we also spoke a lot about a lot of New England architecture and the houses and we were kind of imagining being under an attic where you see these angles that are always pushing you down, grounding you to the floor, and creating the atmosphere and the mood for the collection, and also giving the people a more visceral experience to the whole space.What do you think of the pop-up shop?Bastian: The Bittertang guys came back and took our idea and took it 10 blocks further down the road with the idea of this cocoon made out of wax and a 20-foot hay sculpture on the exterior and incorporating all these things that we had in the collection, like the feathers and the colors, the red, white and black bird. It was one of those moments when these guys really got us.BOFFO Building Fashion: Michael Bastian + Bittertang is located at SuperPier through November 21. For more information, visit boffo-ny.org. Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Nowlast_img read more

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Agriculture Minister Highlights Potential of Dairy Industry

first_img Addressing the official opening of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show on August 5, Mr. Samuda noted that the industry should be tapped in order to restore the “40 million litres of liquid milk that we produced as far back as the mid-1980s and early 1990s”. Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the dairy industry represents a potential area for economic growth. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the dairy industry represents a potential area for economic growth.Addressing the official opening of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show on August 5, Mr. Samuda noted that the industry should be tapped in order to restore the “40 million litres of liquid milk that we produced as far back as the mid-1980s and early 1990s”.He informed that, currently, Jamaica produces “but a fraction of that”, satisfying only 12 per cent of the country’s total demand for milk.Mr. Samuda said the country must use “whatever means possible to introduce quality animals to restore outputs, for the country to be more self-sufficient in the dairy industry”.“The dairy industry not only satisfies our need for milk, but it also satisfies our need for agro-industrial products,” he added.The Minister hailed some private-sector companies for their investment in the dairy industry as well as the cattle industry in general.Notable companies include the Caribbean Broilers Group (through Nutramix), Seprod Limited (through Serge Island), Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited and the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, which have come together to increase the production and consumption of Jamaican milk over the next 10 years.These players also aim to overhaul the industry by introducing fundamentally different approaches to farming, processing and retailing.This is to be done through the introduction of new and improved technology, farm-management practices and new pasture-management programmes.Earlier this year, Mr. Samuda said the Government is targeting a revival of Jamaica’s dairy industry, and urged greater utilisation of technology by farmers to improve production. The Minister hailed some private-sector companies for their investment in the dairy industry as well as the cattle industry in general. last_img read more

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NSBI Executive Appointed to PSLO Network

first_imgA trade development executive has broken new ground and aims to create a number of world-wide opportunities for Nova Scotians. The World Bank Group has appointed Wendy Luther, trade development executive with Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), to join the Private Sector Liaison Officer network. Supported by the World Bank Group, the liaison officer network was founded in 1999 to foster trade and investment between countries. As the first liaison officer in Nova Scotia, Ms. Luther will work to open doors between Nova Scotia and World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank funded projects. She will facilitate companies’ access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services, and knowledge, connecting Nova Scotia companies to contracts to help improve standards of living in developing countries. “Our Nova Scotia exporters are already bidding on contracts, and successfully implementing projects, around the world,” said Ms. Luther. “This appointment will improve our access to information about international development opportunities and will help our companies increase their chances of success.” The liaison officer network includes 62 officers from 46 countries in Europe, Africa, South and East Asia, North America and Latin America. As a member of the network, NSBI will become a central location for Nova Scotia companies interested in World Bank procurement contracts and will increase its global visibility. “Congratulations to Wendy on her appointment as the first PSLO in Nova Scotia,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “With the support of knowledgeable and resourceful trade professionals like NSBI’s Wendy Luther, Nova Scotia companies continue to succeed globally while making a difference in the lives of those in the developing world.” Nova Scotia exporters and potential exporters gathered at the Halifax Club to learn how they can tap into World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank opportunities. The luncheon included guest speaker Laura Dorling, senior counsellor, Canadian Executive Director’s Office with the Inter-American Development Bank. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.last_img read more

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Bid On Tony Hawks Motorbike For Charity

first_imgHere is your chance to bid on a 2012 Triumph Bonneville T100 110th Anniversary Edition from skateboarder Tony Hawk.Custom treatments include the following to create a genuine café racer: café racer handle bars, bobbed front and rear fenders, small headlight, performance exhaust, wide rear tire kit, oversize front tire kit, blacked out trim, and shaved/relocated turn signals. This one-of-a-kind, limited edition bike comes with a numbered handlebar clamp to maintain the uniqueness and collectibility of the model.Originally priced at $10,499, this bike is now valued at more than $15,000. 100% of the money raised from this bike goes directly to the Tony Hawk Foundation a registered 501c3 non-profit organization empowering at-risk youth through the creation of free, public skatepark projects.The auction is open until August 18 and can be accessed here.last_img read more

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Montreals Queer Performance Camp is a rare opportunity to create

first_imgAdvertisement Alexis O’Hara (Sigi Pablo)The workshops include “Hello Sunday Morning! Queer Rave Afterglow,” which runs the same morning that Trudeau and company gear up for the Pride Parade. Put on  by performer, choreographer and curator Andrew Tay (who will be very busy this weekend — he also has a show at Toronto’s SummerWorks), it’s described as “part dance party, part ritual, totally irrational,” which sounds like quite the event for a Sunday at 10 a.m. This weekend Montreal celebrates Pride, which will surely be anticipated by many thanks to Justin Trudeau’s first appearance in the parade as Prime Minister. But there’s a concurrent, brand new series of events being organized by a group of people with no official affiliation to Pride that is just as worthy of your attention.From today through August 15, Montreal’s Studio 303 is putting on the inaugural Queer Performance Camp, a non-commercial, non-corporate approach to community building that offers participants an opportunity to explore, create, perform and network through a series of daytime workshops facilitated by a wide range of “queer artist guides.” It’s open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, though its focus is on providing a safe space where “queer is the dominant culture.”“I’ve wanted to do this for a while,” says Miriam Ginestier, General and Artistic Director at Studio 303. “It affirms Studio 303’s latent, queer identity. It’s part of our identity and we really need to have an event that says ‘queer’ out loud. It is a bit of a pilot project. But I think people are really excited about it and feel that it is necessary.” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Glimmers of hope ahead for Canada world even as economies lose momentum

OTTAWA — The Canadian and global economies will continue struggling to maintain momentum this year, but in a relatively hopeful new outlook, the International Monetary Fund says it sees light at the end of the tunnel.The IMF now expects Canada’s economy will expand by a modest 1.8% this year — two-tenths of a point weaker than it forecast three months ago — and by 2.3% in 2014, off one-tenth of a point.[np_storybar title=”BoC signals no rate hikes anytime soon as economy slows” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/23/bank-of-canada-signals-no-rate-hikes-anytime-soon/”%5D While the Bank of Canada acknowledges the economic outlook here and elsewhere “is slightly weaker” than thought, policymakers are also offering up some hope for the near future. Continue reading here. [/np_storybar]For the global economy as a whole, the international financial organization says growth will hit 3.5% in 2013, slightly lower than its October forecast but still stronger than last year’s 3.2% advance. In 2014, the world economy will rebound to 4.1%, the strongest rate in three years, it says.However, the IMF adds the global economy is coming out of the doldrums and that recent actions taken by governments and central banks around the world could pay quick dividends and produce stronger numbers starting this year.“Policy actions have lowered acute risks in the euro area and the United States,” the Washington-based fund says in a release issued Wednesday morning.“If crisis risks do not materialize and financial conditions continue to improve, global growth could be stronger than projected.”The IMF cautions that many of the troubles that have plagued the world since the 2008-09 recession remain. The eurozone recession will carry into 2013, the report predicts, although it won’t be as deep as last year’s.Meanwhile, the U.S. could still stumble if policy-makers too aggressively tackle the country’s long-term budget hole. As it is, the IMF believes government spending cuts in America will sap 1.25 percentage points from output growth in 2013.“The priority is to avoid excessive fiscal consolidation in the short term, promptly raise the debt ceiling and agree on a credible medium-term fiscal consolidation plan focused on entitlement and tax reform,” the IMF advises. Still, the overall take from the new analysis is more upbeat than recent releases from the group.It notes that while Japan has slid into recession, the slump is expected to be short-lived and growth will resume this year. It adds that government action is helping boost activity in some emerging markets, particularly China, where growth is anticipated to top eight per cent in both 2013 and 2014 after a sub-par year in 2012.While the IMF did not issue a specific analysis for Canada, the 1.8 and 2.3% growth rates for 2013 and 2014 are in line with the consensus of private sector economists.Many analysts believe Canada has one more year of below-trend growth ahead of it and that the U.S., a laggard since the recession, is poised to turn the tables on its northern neighbour in terms of economic performance.“It’s reasonable to argue that the U.S. is more likely to have some pent-up demand in housing and the consumer sector to unleash, whereas Canada is at structural peaks across all these things,” explained Derek Holt, vice-president of economics for Scotia Capital.With the housing sector slowing and Canadian consumers holding record debt levels, economists reason exports and business investment will need to carry the ball going forward. But that is unlikely to happen in a meaningful way until expansion in the U.S. and the global economies becomes a reality.The Canadian Press read more

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Brock prof among the first in new autism journal

A Brock University education assistant professor is among the first researchers to publish papers in an inaugural online journal covering developmental disabilities.Research by Kimberly Maich and Carmen Hall from Fanshawe College in London, Ont. appeared in the DAAD Online Journal (the Journal of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities) whose Volume 1, Number 1 was issued in December 2014.“I’m very excited about it,” says Maich of the new journal and her paper, titled “Using a Photographic Electronic Activity Schedule to Decrease Latency in Transition Time for a Nine-Year-Old Girl with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.”As part of a pilot project with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, Maich and her team examined how a nine-year-old girl living with autism used an iPad to help her keep a schedule of learning activities at school.She explains that children living with autism find it difficult switching from one activity to another and end up using valuable teaching time getting from place to place physically and mentally.“We’re trying to decrease her ‘latency’ or her time not doing purposeful activity before she transitions into another activity,” says Maich.Typically, such children use a laminated-type paper schedule. An iPad enables children to see vivid images of what they are supposed to do next. Maich says people with autism tend to respond well to visual images.“Sticking to a schedule is a life skill,” explains Maich. “We’re always thinking about developing future independence: the idea of being able to get to work on time, to get to the bus on time, do your housework in a timely manner, all of those things.”Maich’s research is one of more than a dozen studies in the inaugural DAAD Online Journal, published by the Council for Exceptional Children, a U.S.-based advocacy and research group billed as “the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.”According to its webpage (http://daddcec.org/Portals/0/CEC/Autism_Disabilities/Research/Publications/DADD%20Online%20Journal%20V1%202014.pdf), the DAAD Online Journal “integrates research and practice, reflecting the need for evidence-based and practice informed strategies and interventions within this diverse field.”Topics include: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), assistive and adaptive technologies, intellectual disability, and mental health. read more

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FTC sues Match Group for fake ads

NEW YORK — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Match Group for allegedly using fake love interest ads to trick consumers into paying for a subscription to dating site Match.comThe site lets people create profiles for free but you need to pay for a subscription to respond to messages. Match sent emails to non-subscribers telling them they had received a response on the site. But the FTC says Match sent millions of emails about notices that came from accounts already flagged as likely fake. Match did prevent subscribers from getting email from suspected fake accounts, the FTC says.The FTC says hundreds of thousands of people subscribed to Match.com after receiving communications from fake profiles.Match Group said it blocks 96% of bots and fake accounts.The Associated Press read more

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TSV St Otmar wont extend contract of Czech coach Jan Filip

← Previous Story BIGGEST HALL READY FOR WCH 2015: Qatar and Serbia to open “Lusail Multipurpose hall” Next Story → Darko Stanić to Rhein Neckar Lowen Jan FilipTSV St. Otmar Swiss team TSV St. Otmar won’t extend contract of the current coach Jan Filip. A 41 years-old co-head-coach of Czech Republic will have to find a new challenge in his career from the next June, after three years in which he worked as player-coach in Sent Gallen.St. Otmar is currently the fourth team of the Swiss Championship, seven points behind the leader – Pfadi Winterthur.Filip will lead Czech Republic in 2015 World Championship in Qatar together with Daniel Kubeš. read more

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The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #ESB A new row is said to have broken out between unions and the ESB over terms of the settlement to avert threatened strike action. The ESB has said that the deal will not add any liabilities to their balance sheet – but unions disagree.2. #SHOOTINGS Gardaí are investigating separate shootings that took place in Dublin and Offaly last night. In Tullamore, a man returning home with his child was shot, as was a woman in her 20s; in Dublin two men were walking in Coolock when one was shot in the leg.3. #WHITE COLLAR CRIME At least 10 solicitors are being investigated by the garda fraud bureau under anti-money laundering laws, the Irish Independent reports. It says that a fresh wave of prosecutions is expected thanks to new laws.4. # THAILAND The prime minister of Thailand has called a snap election to try and defuse the kingdom’s political crisis. But the leaders of the anti-government movement said that they were not satisfied with new elections.5. #HSE The HSE is to ask the Government for an additional €199 million in funding for this year, the Irish Times reports. It says that an overall net deficit of €219m is to be recorded by the health authority for this year.6. #REVIEW A Civil Service performance review has been deemed a failure – after the majority of civil servants assessed passed, the Irish Times reports. The performance of less than 1 per cent of those assessed was described as ‘unacceptable’ or ‘needing improvement’.7. #SOPHIE Concern has been expressed by the solicitor of Ian Bailey after garda documents from the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder investigation are said to have gone missing. Bailey is seeking a number of documents in his civil action against the State.8. #NARCOLEPSY Children and adults suing the State over narcolepsy contracted after getting a swine flu vaccination are no longer to receive HSE medical expenses, says RTÉ. However the HSE said its Director General was not aware of the letter sent to these people.9. #SYMPHYSIOTOMY Survivors of Symphysiotomy have said they are ‘appalled’ at the Government’s decision to oppose its cross-party private members’ bill. SOS is to take its case to the UN Committee Against Torture next year, the Irish Examiner reports.last_img read more

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Russia seizes another Crimean military base

first_imgRUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE seized control of a new Ukrainian military base in Crimea, throwing stun grenades and tying up the hands of Ukrainian marines, the Ukrainian defence ministry said.The Russian troops stormed the naval base in Feodosia in western Crimea in the early hours of the morning, using armoured personnel carriers and stun grenades, the spokesman of the Ukrainian defence ministry for Crimea, Vladislav Seleznyov, wrote on his Facebook page.He said that three Russian vehicles were then seen leaving the base carrying Ukrainian marines whose hands had been tied up. Russia last week incorporated Crimea into its territory, in defiance of international anger.Russia last week incorporated Crimea into its territory, in defiance of international anger, and Moscow has in the last days moved to ensure total military control over the peninsula.Elite Russian troops firing into the air and backed by armoured vehicles had on Saturday stormed Ukraine’s Belbek airbase in Crimea after earlier taking other bases as well as naval vessels. © AFP, 2014Read: “The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine”: Kiev fears Russia ready to attacklast_img read more

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Sean Dyche discusses goalkeeping situation at Burnley

Sean Dyche discusses goalkeeping situation at Burnley

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has praised the attitude of the club’s three goalkeepers ahead of their FA Cup clash against Barnsley.Nick Pope is in line for his first game since picking up a shoulder injury in the UEFA Europa League clash with Aberdeen last summer while Tom Heaton, who has featured in the last two Premier League games, and Joe Hart are also in contention.Hart has lost his place in the starting lineup to Heaton last week and Dyche revealed the former England international was disappointed with the decision, having started every league game since joining the club at the start of the season.“He’s a top class pro and has a lot of respect for Tom and vice versa, they’ve known each other a long time,” Dyche said of Hart, according to Lancashire Telegraph.“He’s not happy, of course, but not happy as an individual. He absolutely wants the team to do well, he’s bought into what we do.”Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“He didn’t come in under any illusions, and I told him it would be a tough season. I commend him for that.”“A lot of the things that have happened this season have not been down to Joe.”“I tried a few different things and eventually had to change the goalkeeper.”“That’s just the way it goes, but there’s been a lot of things that haven’t been right in front of him at times, and he’s helped us put points on the board.”last_img read more

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Fire guts Dania Beach office building

Fire guts Dania Beach office building

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire gutted a Dania Beach office building Friday afternoon.The fire happened along Stirling Road and 58th Avenue in Dania Beach.Flames shot out of the second-story window of the building.People were inside the building at the time of the fire, but they all got out safely.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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