India Growth Boosts Western Union

first_imgStrong growth in India, the Middle East, and Philippines fueled money transfer agent Western Union’s profits, despite declines in its U.S. revenues. The company’s profit rose 11 percent in the third quarter to $240.8 million from $216.3 million a year ago. Revenue rose 10 percent to $1.38 billion, from $1.26 billion last year.Transactions that originated outside the U.S. posted revenue growth of 21 percent, the company said, while U.S. revenues declined 3 percent.  Related Itemslast_img

Twitter appears down across much of planet

first_imgPeople across much of the planet were having problems accessing Twitter on Thursday, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to cause a spike in use of the micro-blogging site.The company acknowledged the problem, saying in a statement that its engineers are “currently working to resolve the issue,” although it didn’t go into any further detail. Visitors to the site were greeted with the half-formed message: “Twitter is currently down for %(equals) reason %.””We expect to be back in %(equals) deadline %,” the site said.Sluggishness or outages were reported from countries in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Some users were apparently able to post updates – known as “tweets” – through their phones or third-party applications. Updates about the Olympic torch – which is currently wending its way through central London – were still pouring in, albeit far more slowly than earlier in the day.The Olympics are expected to bring an unprecedented surge of activity by sports fans on social networking sites such as Twitter.At the recent European Championship final, users fired off more than 15,000 tweets per second, setting a sports-related record for the site.last_img read more

Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns each suspended 2 games

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, looks for a shot as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 117-95. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK — Philadelphia center Joel Embiid and Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns have each been suspended two games without pay for an on-court altercation and continued escalation.Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the suspensions Thursday, a day after the undefeated 76ers’ 117-95 home victory over the Timberwolves.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThey were ejected after a video review.“We deemed the altercation a fight. Therefore, by rule, they’re both ejected,” said Mark Ayotte, the officials’ crew chief. “I just saw them each lock arms. And that escalated to the fight.” Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis View comments The star players were ejected after tangling with 6:42 left in the third quarter and the 76ers ahead 75-55. Embiid shoved Towns, who answered with a punch that missed as both men fell to the floor. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons jumped in and forcefully held Towns down as other players and coaches ran onto the court.“I didn’t throw any punches, so I shouldn’t get suspended,” Embiid said Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ ‘A group of heartbroken men’: Astros fall short of title Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations, issued a statement after the suspensions were handed down.“While we are disappointed with the league’s decision, we understand the magnitude of this unfortunate incident,” Rosas said. “The NBA is highly competitive and last night was a reflection of that. We support Karl and will move forward together as a group.”Embiid will sit out Saturday night at Portland and Monday night at Phoenix. He’s averaging 23.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in three games this season.Towns will miss games Saturday night at Washington and Monday night at home against Milwaukee. He’s averaging 27.3 points and 11.5 rebounds in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Owens signed with AEK

first_imgJosh Owens is the new member of AEK BC, as he announced himself via instagram. The 27 years old power forward who spend last season in Umana Venezia will play for next season in Greece and also in the Eurocup.After starting his career in the NBADL and the Idaho Stampede, Owens had played in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv (2013-14) and in Italy with Trento (2014-15) and Venezia (2015-16).Last season he averaged 11,1 points and 5,2 rebounds in the team that finished 5th in the regular season standings in Legabasket.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Eileen Ash, world’s oldest living Test cricket, turns 107

first_imgFormer English cricketer Eileen Ash, who is the world’s oldest living Test cricket, turned 107 on Tuesday.Born on October 30, 1911 at Highbury in London, Eileen made her Test debut for England against Australia on June 12 at Northampton and played her last Test match against the New Zealand 12 years later at Auckland on March 26, 1949.She was a specialist bowler by trade and in 2011 she became the first female Test player to reach 100 years old.In her 12-year international career either side of World War II, she played seven Tests and took eight wickets with best figures of 3/35.However, she had more success in the provincial matches compared to internationals. She made 102 not out and took 5/10 against Victoria Country and also played representative cricket for Civil Service Women, Middlesex Women and South Women.80 years after her debut, she rang the @HomeOfCricket bell for us at the start of the #WWC17 final!Happy birthday Eileen! pic.twitter.com/uPsX0JMrzXICC (@ICC) October 30, 2018Last year on July 23, she became the eldest living women’s cricketer to ring a bell at Lord’s before the 2017 Women’s World Cup final between India and England. The bell is rung to signify the start of play before a match and it is considered a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of a big game.And the English women’s team made it special for her as well by making a sensational comeback in the game and beating India by 9 runs in the match. Anya Shrubsole starred with the ball and picked up 6/46 to script a remarkable win.advertisementThe International Cricket Council also released a video which they took from ECB to mark Eileen’s 107th birthday, where she can be seen teach England captain Heather Knight yoga.The pair could be heard talking about the old times and seeing pictures of Ash’s matches during the World War. Ash went on to add that she would love to be 25 all over again. To which, Knight replied that she should consider a comeback as England could do with another seam bowler.The oldest living Test cricketer turns 107 today!Eileen Ash debuted for England in June 1937 – current skipper @Heatherknight55 caught up with her earlier this year for a spot of yoga! pic.twitter.com/6QEN5YMlcmICC (@ICC) October 30, 2018The pair also played a game of pool before the video came to an end.Ash would surely be now watching Knight play as she leads her time out in West Indies for the women’s World T20, starting on November 2.last_img read more

We wanted to do Superman things: Faf du Plessis on South Africa’s World Cup failures

first_imgSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis on Sunday said that the team wanted to do play like a superhero in the previous editions of the World Cup, adding that his team leaves no stone unturned in giving their best during such tournaments.”In previous World Cups, we wanted to do Superman things. We thought we had to be more special, we had to do something more than we usually do, and we did not do what was good enough before,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Du Plessis as saying.”We haven’t always got that right in the past, to play our best cricket at the World Cup, because we put so much pressure on ourselves. We want to just focus on enjoying our cricket,” he added.South Africa have built a reputation for themselves of “chokers” after losing big matches. The team has never gone past the semi-final stages of the World Cup. Du Plessis highlighted that the team needs to overcome its fear of failure to succeed in the World Cup.”We started a year or two ago with a real focus on mental preparation and, as a captain, I probably speak more about that than previous captains. But I really believe it’s an area we can get better in. I’ve been there and I know the pressures, I understand how to deal with them,” Du Plessis said.”There’s a reason why we want the guys to play freely – because we don’t want them to have a fear of failure, which is what the World Cup is for some of them. Our success in England over the next couple of months depends on how well we release that aspect of our play – we need that for the team to be at our best. Each player needs to find out his own strengths,” he added.advertisementThe 34-year-old also said that the team would go with the best possible playing XI in every match, hinting that Hashim Amla’s form in the warm-up matches will play a key role in his selection in the playing XI in the first match against England.”In terms of team selection, that’s a call we will make when we get to that first game. We have two warm-up games. Generally, we want to pick on form. If we believe Hash Amla is the guy with the best form for the first game, then he will be picked. But if we feel there are other guys that are more in form we will pick them,” Du Plessis said.South Africa squad for the World Cup: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.South Africa take on Sri Lanka and West Indies in the warm-up matches before the World Cup on May 24 and May 26.The team will face England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | I’ll come back in 2023 World Cup if MS Dhoni is still around: AB de VilliersAlso Read | Dale Steyn: Want to finish career with a World Cup medal, not bothered about chokers taglast_img read more

Hook & Albert Allows Travelers to Adventure in Style

first_imgSimilar to the way a stylish rug beautifully ties a room together, a proper set of accessories has the uncanny ability to dramatically elevate one’s personal style. Despite the system of accessorizing seeming to be one of fashion’s core tenets, finding a suitable one-stop-shop is like finding a needle in a haystack. Knowing this to be true, entrepreneurs Adam Schoenberg and Cory Rosenberg — who first met and bonded at a wedding over a shared affinity for colorful socks — elected to alter this unfortunate fact facing the men’s fashion world and founded the accessory-centered business, Hook & Albert.As the duo built its foundation by offering an extensive selection of timeless accessories, it wasn’t long before Hook & Albert began dabbling in the sector of travel. From carryalls and portfolio bags to weekenders and accessory totes, the business soon offered more than just standard outfit-accompanying fare. With summer right around the corner, two of Hook & Albert’s essential travel items look perfect for any amateur or avid traveler: Its water-resistant Overnight Bag and the pocket-heavy Dopp Kit.Concerning the Overnight Bag, Hook & Albert outfit its new signature not just with a water-resistant exterior but also includes a clip-in laundry bag, water bottle pocket, and shoe bag making it a prime companion for any gym-goer. Its sleek and clean design is accentuated by melange canvas and black denim accents that scream sophistication. If its excursion you crave, the Overnight Bag proves a worthy travel partner, capable of holding a weekend’s worth of clothing, shoes, accessories, or otherwise, with absolute ease — it even meets any domestic or international carry-on requirements.In addition to the classy Overnight Bag, the company also recently released what it’s calling the “ideal toiletry travel companion,” the Travel Dopp Kit. Available in either melange fabric or vegetable tanned leather, Hook & Albert’s Dopp kit excels in offering users incredible functionality in an extremely lightweight design that’s utterly stylish. Featuring three separate compartments for stored goods, owners have the ability to stash toiletries in either the large central rectangular pocket or in either of the two side zip flaps.With each boasting a level of quality that essentially assures they’ll be a part of anyone’s travel ensemble for years, Hook & Albert’s Travel Dopp Kit and Overnight Bag are must-haves for any avid traveler. To see the company’s full collection, head on over to the Hook & Albert website. 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear Editors’ Recommendations What to Wear for Labor Day and the Unofficial End of Summer Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Menlast_img read more

Province Approves Additional Appropriations for 200708

first_imgThe province has approved $300 million in additional program and capital expenses for the fiscal year ending March 31. “Thanks to a forecasted increase in provincial revenues for 2007-08, we’ve been able to make some major investments throughout the province,” said Jamie Muir, chair of Treasury and Policy Board and acting Finance Minister. “Students, in particular, will benefit from these additional investments as we move forward in our plan to educate to compete.” Total provincial revenues for 2007-08 are forecast to be $8.26 billion, up from $8.02 billion at budget time. This is a three per cent increase of about $244 million. Compared to the last public forecast in December, there have been increases in prior years’ adjustments, personal and corporate income tax revenues, and petroleum royalties. The 2007-08 appropriations include: — $165 million in assistance for students and universities — up to $75 million to set up potential Crown Share trust funds for education, energy, and protected land — $26 million for capital requirements such as roads and buildings throughout the province — $20.8 million for economic development, including the Industrial Expansion Fund, and various community development projects — $15 million to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations for a first responder’s program and an assessment services transfer — $12 million to Health Promotion and Protection for the Halifax Regional Municipality Canada Games/Mainland Common and $1.1 million for the provincial immunization program — $2.9 million for community museums and strategic community investments in tourism, culture and heritage — additional funding for agriculture, natural resources, and transportation and infrastructure renewal Nova Scotia’s legislature annually authorizes spending budgets — or appropriations — for individual departments, groups of departments or other categories. Where final net expenses in each area exceed the amount authorized, an additional appropriation is required. Other changes in appropriations may be required once department budgets are finalized for Public Accounts, the province’s annual financial statements.last_img read more

Investigation Into Transfer of Robert Thomas Crowe Complete

first_imgAn internal investigation by the Department of Justice has found that human error was the reason Robert Thomas Crowe was not included on a court transfer document, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced today, July 9. “This type of mistake should not happen,” said Mr. Landry. “I have just received this information and immediate action is being taken.” There is a series of checks and balances in place to ensure the correct offenders are transferred, including automated and manual functions. These processes were not followed properly. Performance shortcomings will be addressed with two staff and an additional review of the administrative process for court listings will be completed. “We take these matters very seriously,” said Mr. Landry. “We have worked very hard throughout the Department of Justice to ensure the right training, equipment and procedures are in place at all of our correctional facilities. Now we are making sure they are followed.” Mr. Crowe was re-arrested today on new charges in connection with an incident that occurred on June 27. He is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today to face these new charges.last_img read more

Shubenacadie Sam Prepared for His CloseUp

first_img —————————————————————Nova Scotia elementary school students will enjoy a visit with Shubenacadie Sam, the province’s famous groundhog, on Groundhog Day, Thursday, Feb 2. NATURAL RESOURCES–Shubenacadie Sam Prepared for His Close-Up Sam will be encouraged to appear from his shelter at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, at 8 a.m., as part of the traditional ceremony that celebrates the folklore that a groundhog’s behaviour on that day indicates how long winter will last. “This fun, family event is a great mid-winter activity and an opportunity to see some Nova Scotia wildlife up close,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. The ceremony will feature a proclamation by a town crier, a bagpiper, refreshments and a photo opportunity with Sam. If the groundhog sees his shadow and hurries back into his home, according to tradition, Nova Scotia will see six more weeks of winter. If it stays outside, folklore says spring is on the way. Because of our time zone, Shubenacadie Sam is the first groundhog in North America to make the weather prediction each year. Germans first used hedgehogs to predict if they would have six more weeks of winter or an early spring. German settlers brought the tradition to Pennsylvania in the 18th century, and began to use groundhogs instead of hedgehogs. Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. Shubenacadie Sam will help Ducks Unlimited Canada promote the day’s festivities, including activities at the Greenwing Legacy Interpretation Centre at the park and on the park’s grounds. Entrance into the park is free. Gates open at 7 a.m. and activities go until noon, including a guided nature walk at 8:30 a.m., free coffee and hot chocolate, face painting, and an opportunity to make a frog flip book. Directions to the park are at http://wildlifepark.gov.ns.ca/park/info.html#location .last_img read more

OMERS and partner selling plastics firm Husky in US385 billion deal

first_imgTORONTO – The private equity investment arm of the OMERS pension plan says it and Berkshire Partners are selling plastics firm Husky IMS International Ltd. to Platinum Equity for US$3.85 billion.OMERS Private Equity says that since buying the Bolton, Ont.,-based injection molding company in 2011 they have increased its earnings by investing in product development and expanding its customer base.Husky, with manufacturing operations in eight countries and customers in more than 100, develops and maintains injection molding machines for a range of plastic products including drink containers, packaging and medical applications.Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity says John Galt, who has served as Husky CEO since 2005, will stay on to lead the business.The deal, still subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the second quarter of next year.OMERS Private Equity had about $11 billion in capital invested at the end of 2016 as part of the assets controlled by the pension plan of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.last_img read more

American War Veterans Show Support for Muslims at New England Rally

By Jonathan WalshRabat – Military Veterans in Boston showed their support for their local Islamic community on Saturday, February 27, by holding a rally at the states’ largest mosque in opposition to the rising anti-Islamic rhetoric created by the Republic candidates, such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.Around 200 members of the group ‘Veterans for Peace’ carried out the demonstration, carrying signs reading “Muslims are not our enemy”, and waving flags with the group’s emblem of a white dove painted across them. According to organizers, the message of the day was to add balance to the Islamophobia created from people like Donald Trump.“When you listen to what’s going on in presidential politics there is a lot of misinformation and some people are really misrepresenting what this religion is,” said US Army veteran Bob Funke. “They’re using it as a wedge issue and they’re scaring people. It’s the politics of fear.”Veterans for Peace, founded in 1985, aims to ‘build a culture of peace’ by using their experiences in war, and aims to work towards an ‘end of all wars’ according to their mission statement. Saturday’s rally was one of many events that will take place across the country as part of a campaign called “Veterans Challenge Islamophobia”.Speaking at the rally, local police commissioner William Evans spoke of his belief that Muslims and non-Muslims alike share a greater common goal. “We all yearn for peace; we are all Muslims deep down.” He said“I don’t think we can tolerate bigotry toward the Muslim population. They’re an important part of our city. I just want to reassure them that we’re here for them,” he added.The words are a welcome message in America, a country where hate-crimes against Muslims have become worryingly commonplace in recent months read more

Top UN officials in Sudan call for more political support in year

14 June 2010The most senior United Nations officials in Sudan told the Security Council today that the international community must take a more active role in promoting democracy after the recent national elections, particularly ahead of next year’s referendum on possible southern secession, and also focus on stabilizing the increasingly violent Darfur region. The most senior United Nations officials in Sudan told the Security Council today that the international community must take a more active role in promoting democracy after the recent national elections, particularly ahead of next year’s referendum on possible southern secession, and also focus on stabilizing the increasingly violent Darfur region. “Sudan needs to be encouraged and assisted to expand the democratic space opened by the recent elections and establish a broad-based system of national governance that leads to a more equitable society and durable peace,” Haile Menkerios, head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), told the 15-member UN body.“The international community must not only encourage and urge the parties to stay the course to ensure the timely conclusion of the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] implementation and continue peace and mutual benefit, but also to assist,” he added.The planned referendum on self-determination in the south is meant to be the final phase of the 2005 CPA, which ended a two-decade-long civil war in the African country.Mr. Menkerios said that the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – both signatories to the CPA – have separately informed UNMIS that they “desire UN engagement at a much greater level” than in April to help ensure a fair vote, but have yet to provide Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with detailed requests.Mr. Menkerios cautioned that with the UN is ready to extend technical and logistical support to the local referendum bodies, “parties need to be encourages, indeed urged, to push on with the necessary preparations without further delay.” Formal negotiations between the parties are scheduled to start on 21 June in Ethiopia, with the assistance of the African Union (AU).Also speaking to the Security Council, the head of the joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ibrahim Gambari, briefed the body on the upsurge in violence in Darfur where 447 people were killed in May alone. “The fighting between the two belligerent parties is still continuing, and the security situation in parts of Darfur remains tense and volatile,” Mr. Gambari said, detailing the recent “serious escalation” of hostilities between the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Government forces.“The military confrontations may continue for some time unless urgent efforts at ensuring a ceasefire are made by the international community,” Mr. Gambari warned. UNAMID peacekeepers in Darfur, whose mandate is focused on protection of civilians, is boosting its military and police patrols among camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The recent fighting has caused up to 50,000 people to flee.The blue helmets are also working with Government officials to open up more roads to increase access for the humanitarian community. In the days before today’s briefing, Mr. Gambari met with Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha in Khartoum. He said the Government had agreed to instruct its agencies to allow greater aid access, and a ban on helicopter flights was lifted on 13 June. The Security Council also heard from the Joint AU-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur Djibril Bassolé, who said a major meeting with civil society will be held in the first two weeks of July, and from the Chairperson of the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD) Thabo Mbeki. read more

House vandalised on Lovers Lane

The last thing any homeowner wants to wake up to is walking out the front door to find that your house has been vandalized. That was the reality for one Ancaster family and they’re now trying to clean up the mess after their house was covered with hateful graffiti overnight. The crime happened sometime between 10pm when Julie Hall’s mother and father went to bed and 3am when her mother noticed smudges on one of their windows. At the time, she wasn’t sure what it was and in the morning, upon discovering the graffiti she called her daughter.Despite the sparkly pink hue and the fanciful, curly writing style, the words are ugly “I should burn this house. This tree is worth 10,000 of you.” Not only on the garages, but the driveway, windows and door, patio stones and stucco.The tree in question was an oak that once stood on the city-owned setback on Lovers Lane and was deemed a hazard by a certified arborist. It had to be remobed before it fell on something or worse, someone. That work finished on Thursday. It was on city property and it was damaged and dangerous, when looking at the stump up close it was obvious that it was rotting in the middle. The fact that there were bright pink markings on the stump proves that who ever committed this crime could see that for themselves.The family is still trying to figure out how to clean up the paint, in fact they may have to repaint the entire house to fix the vandalism. To make matters worse, two months ago Julie’s father unexpectedly underwent surgery to remove a tumor, and he’s trying to recover. With their recent medical crisis the family’s financial situation has suffered and they’re feeling very overwhelmed.Hamilton Police were on the scene Friday to take a statement but haven’t said anything regarding what they can do about it, if anything, especially since there doesn’t appear to be any surveillance footage. read more

UN is Africas unwavering partner on road to stability and growth –

“The United Nations is your unwavering partner in this pursuit,” he said at the opening session of the 22nd session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “There is hardly any higher priority for the United Nations than tangible and sustainable development in Africa.” “We support African-owned and African-led efforts to achieve this objective. Peace, development and human rights as well as the rule of law are inextricably linked. Conflict-shattered economies can take a quarter of a century to recover. The United Nations aims to deepen our partnership with the AU Peace and Security Architecture.” Mr. Eliasson noted that Africa lags in achieving many of the UN’s anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline, stressing the essential role that agriculture and food security in reducing poverty and achieving the MDGs.But he also noted the strides that have been made towards some of the Goals, especially education, maternal and child health, and gender equality, and cited Africa’s “advancement and impressive growth” at a time when the rest of the world is struggling to recover from the global economic crisis. “Now this growth should be translated into transformative economic development, more jobs, greater equality and better living conditions,” he declared. “Investing more in education, health, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship will permit the acceleration of development on the whole continent and offer new opportunities.” Turning to conflicts in various African countries, Mr. Eliasson voiced deep concern at the situation in South Sudan, calling for “our combined efforts” to focus on protecting civilians, preventing gross human rights abuses and facilitating humanitarian aid, while urging the parties to strictly fulfil the cessation of hostilities accord signed last week, and intensify efforts for reconciliation.In the Central African Republic (CAR) he said the common AU-UN goal must be to end the “atrocious confrontation” between Christians and Muslims and restore the harmony that had for long marked relations between the two communities, and he called on all UN Member States to offer generous donations for the “seriously underfunded” AU peacekeeping mission known as MISCA that is trying to restore stability in the country. “As we address crises facing African countries, we celebrate Africa’s impressive progress,” Mr. Eliasson concluded. “The United Nations stands firmly at the side of the African Union and its Member States as you advance for the benefit of all the people of this great continent, offering them a better future and a life of dignity.” read more

Syria Life living nightmare for children in East Ghouta UNICEF chief warns

“The violence shows no sign of abating,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore in a statement. “For children who remain trapped under siege and under wanton, heavy violence across Syria, life is a living nightmare. They are struggling just to stay alive.”Violence is intensifying in several parts of Syria, and in East Ghouta alone, hundreds of children are in urgent need of medical evacuation, she said, noting that four years of siege have crumbled health and other basic services and over the past few months, malnutrition has increased five-fold.Evacuation of sick children ‘not a bargaining chip’“Children, wherever they are in Syria, must have access to healthcare. The evacuation of sick and wounded children from besieged areas should be a given, not part of bargaining efforts,” she warned.“I am heartbroken by what the children of Syria continue to suffer because of actions taken by adults – actions that show total disregard for the protection, safety and wellbeing of children,” she added.Protection of children must be paramount at all times, and schools, hospitals and playgrounds should be places of safety, never targets, she stressed, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria. read more

Reports Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to have shoulder surgery

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs away from a Clemson defender during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorTwo days after receiving his second Silver Football as the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller is set to have surgery on his throwing shoulder, according to media reports.The procedure is minor and is for an injury he sustained during OSU’s 40-35 loss to Clemson Jan. 3 in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.Set for Friday, the surgery should not greatly affect Miller’s status for spring practice, according to the reports.An OSU spokesman did not immediately return The Lantern’s request for comment Thursday evening.When asked about his shoulder after the Orange Bowl loss, Miller said he thought his injury only affected his ability to run the ball against the Tigers.“Throwing-wise, it was cool. I don’t know what happened,” Miller said in the locker room after the game. “I landed on my elbow, but it shot up right through my shoulder. It was hurting real bad.”The injury was not the first for Miller in 2013.Miller completed 162 passes for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing seven interceptions in 2013, despite missing nearly three games for a sprained MCL in his right knee suffered in the Buckeyes’ 42-7 victory against San Diego State Sept. 7. Miller suffered the injury in the first quarter against the Aztecs.The Buckeye signal caller rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 scores on 171 carries this past season, down from his team-leading 227 carries and 1,271 yards in 2012.Miller and the Buckeyes are set to start their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

The Patriots Super Bowl Path Is The Easiest In Modern NFL History

1Patriots2017Titans77.2%Jaguars71.0%54.8%? The Patriots’ Super Bowl cakewalkThe teams with the easiest roads to the Super Bowl, based on how their opponents would have fared against a generic conference finalist 1990-2017 12Jaguars1999Dolphins74.1Titans58.343.2 14Bears2010Seahawks84.3Packers50.842.8 9Giants2000Eagles67.2Vikings66.044.3✓ 21Bills1990Dolphins64.4Raiders61.639.7✓ 2Eagles2004Vikings75.6Falcons72.254.6✓ 8Bills1993Raiders73.8Chiefs61.145.1✓ Generic Team’s Chances 18Seahawks2014Panthers70.5Packers57.540.5✓ 10Patriots2016Texans76.2Steelers56.943.4✓ 24Cowboys1995Eagles70.6Packers54.638.5✓ 4Patriots1996Steelers68.7Jaguars77.853.4✓ 15Saints2009Cardinals69.4Vikings60.942.3✓ 23Bills1991Chiefs62.4Broncos63.339.5✓ 6Packers2007Seahawks68.6Giants67.746.5 13Vikings1998Cardinals80.2Falcons53.743.1 20Patriots2012Texans64.7Ravens61.439.7 22Steelers2001Ravens61.9Patriots63.839.5 11Steelers1994Browns65.0Chargers66.643.3 Game No. 1Game No. 2 17Eagles2002Falcons70.9Buccaneers57.941.0 3Bears2006Seahawks74.6Saints72.754.2✓ On Sunday, the New England Patriots will make their 12th AFC Championship Game appearance under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the legendary coach/QB combo will be gunning for a record eighth Super Bowl appearance together against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cut through all the drama, the speculation about Brady getting old and questions about the Pats’ defense, and it has been a pretty vintage championship-caliber season in Foxborough: another year, another seemingly effortless trip to the Super Bowl.They’ve had a little help, though. According to our Elo ratings, which estimate a team’s strength at any given moment, the Pats will have faced the easiest pair of opponents of any conference title-game participant with a first-round bye since 1990 (when the NFL established its current playoff structure). Given who they’ve played, it would have been much more surprising for New England to not make the Super Bowl than to return to it for a third time in four seasons.For one thing, the AFC was exceptionally weak this year. In inter-conference play during the regular season, NFC teams went 41-23 against their AFC counterparts, which was the second-best record for one conference against the other in a season since 1990. (Only the 2004 season, in which the AFC went 44-20 against the NFC, saw a wider split.) As a result, the AFC playoff field contained only two teams with more than 10 regular-season wins, as opposed to five in the NFC. That meant a path was already forming for the top-seeded Pats to sail through to another Super Bowl.Then a few key upsets boosted New England’s advantage. First, the Tennessee Titans toppled the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card game, setting up a huge divisional-round mismatch at Gillette Stadium. According to Elo, the Pats were favored by 12, since Tennessee rated at 1499 — below the league average rating of 1505 — even after knocking off K.C. That made it the third-most lopsided divisional matchup since 1990, trailing only the Pats vs. the Tim Tebow Broncos in the 2011 season and Minnesota vs. Arizona in 1998. The Titans hung with the Pats for about a quarter, but New England eventually dropped 35 unanswered points on Tennessee and rolled to victory.The next day, another upset further cleared the way for New England. The Jaguars went into Heinz Field and took a quick 28-7 lead over the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers, then hung on for a 45-42 win. Elo had only given the Jags a 24 percent chance of winning — even lower than Tennessee’s chances at Kansas City — and it still only ranks Jacksonville as the 12th-best team in football, below five teams that were knocked out of the playoffs and three that didn’t even make it to the playoffs.Just like that, the two AFC teams Elo thought had the best chance of beating the Pats going into the playoffs — the Chiefs and the Steelers — were gone, and in their place were a below-average team and another that doesn’t rate much higher. According to Elo, New England is a 10-point favorite to beat Jacksonville, with an 81 percent chance of winning the Lamar Hunt Trophy yet again.If we multiply together the Patriots’ pregame odds of beating the Titans (85 percent) with that of the Jaguars (81 percent), we could say they had a staggering 69 percent chance of making the Super Bowl before they ever played a game. (This is assuming we’d somehow know that both of their opponents would pull off the upsets they did.) That’s easily the best number for any conference title-game participant since 1990.Of course, some of that is also because the Patriots are a very good team; they went into the playoffs with the sixth-best Elo of any Pats season since the Brady Era began in 2001. We shouldn’t penalize them for being so darned good that they created some of their own easy path. There’s an easy fix for this, though. We can swap out the Patriots’ Elo ratings for a generic rating of 1646, which represents the average for all conference title-game teams since 1990, and then recalculate the odds of reaching the Super Bowl against the opponents a team faced.For our generic NFL “final four” team, that requires multiplying together a 77 percent chance against the Titans and a 71 percent chance against the Jaguars, which gives a 55 percent Super Bowl probability. In other words, that number represents the relative ease of any good team making it through the Pats’ specific path to the Super Bowl — and it’s the easiest of any championship-game entrant since 1990. 7Patriots2011Broncos81.4Ravens57.046.4✓ 5Steelers1995Bills74.2Colts69.951.9✓ 16Eagles2003Packers59.9Panthers69.841.8 25Dolphins1992Chargers62.6Bills61.338.4 Note that the Pats’ situation this year — with several upsets leading to easier-than-expected playoff matchups — is a pretty common thread across all of these smooth-sailing runs from the past. Being lucky enough to face a low-seeded opponent in one or both conference playoff games is a major advantage, and it’s no coincidence that eight of the nine teams below New England on the list above went on to represent their conference in the Super Bowl.In these topsy-turvy AFC playoffs, that’s not exactly guaranteed for the Pats, despite their seemingly straightforward path to Minneapolis. Jacksonville was one of the most inconsistent teams in football this season, so it’s difficult to predict which version of the Jags will show up Sunday. If it’s the one that torched the Steelers for 45 points last weekend, New England’s relatively unimpressive defense could be in real trouble.But the odds are that Brady, Belichick and company will punch that return ticket to the Super Bowl. And if they do, they can be thankful that one of the softest playoff red carpets ever was rolled out in front of them. 19Redskins1991Falcons67.7Lions59.640.4✓ The generic team has an Elo rating of 1646, which is used to generate probabilities against each opponent.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com TeamSeasonOpponentWin %OpponentWin %Super Bowl %Made SB? read more

TerraSource Global lands crushing and screening deal with Uralkali

first_imgTerraSource Global has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to supply a crushing and screening system to Uralkali at one of its potash processing plants in Russia. The system will include three Gundlach brand crushers, three screens from sister company Rotex and other process equipment provided as part of a package. Terrasource stated: “Uralkali expects to improve production efficiencies through better crushing capabilities and improved screening efficiency maximising their potash production. Uralkali has recognised both TerraSource Global and Rotex as leaders in this industry for this type of equipment.”“This is the beginning of what we expect will be a long and happy relationship with Uralkali,” said Sam Farman, Director, CIS, TerraSource Global. “We have been working closely with Uralkali over the last couple of years, and have demonstrated how our TerraSource Global and Rotex equipment can improve their process through better crushing and screening efficiency.” TerraSource Global supports the Russian market out of its office located in Moscow and provides technical engineering, service and spare parts support to the region.The group also recently announced that it is expanding its Belleville, Illinois manufacturing facility, investing $5.1 million and increasing its workforce by 12 %. TerraSource Global is constructing a new 9,000 ft2 building near its current plant to accommodate office space, training areas and meeting rooms. Site preparation began in early May with the project slated to be completed by October 2013. TerraSource Global, formerly known as Gundlach Equipment Corp, has been in Belleville since the 1920s.last_img read more

HOMBRADOS IN HISTORY New record holder with 607 matches in ASOBAL

← Previous Story Golden League in Paris Bercy a week before EHF EURO 2016 start Next Story → EHF CL 2015/2016 opening match: Dream start for IFK Kristianstad 1990–19931993–19981998–19991999–20002000–20022002–20112011–20132013–20152015 –SAFAAtlético MadridCantabriaTeucroAdemar LeónPortland San AntonioCiudad RealAtlético MadridHSG Wetzlar Jose Javier Hombrados The legendary Spanish goalkeeper Javier Jose Hombrados set the new record in number of the matches in Spanish ASOBAL. The 43 years-old member of BM Guadalajara has played his 607th match in the domestic Championship last weekend against BM Ademar Leon. The match is ended 25:25, but moreover, amazing record of the former BM Ciudad Real and HSG Wetzlar goalie was in minds of all people in the hall.Hombrados won four EHF Champions League trophies. The first one with Teka Cantabria in 1994, and three others with amazing team from La Mancha, BM Ciudad Real.Hombrados’ career: read more