There is no plan B for Pyeongchang Games, says Bach

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the Executive Board meeting of the IOC in Lima, Peru.   –  Reuters COMMENTS North Korea triggers 2018 Winter Olympics security scare null RELATED The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not considering any plan B for the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics despite the escalating crisis with North Korea, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.The run-up to the first winter Games in Asia outside Japan has been overshadowed by the diplomatic crisis and the United Nations Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions on Monday against the country over North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted on Sept. 3.Bach said any scenario other than holding the Games in Pyeongchang in February next year would be undermining diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution. “Speaking now about different scenarios for the Olympic winter Games would send the wrong message,” he told at the opening of the IOC session in the Peruvian capital. “It would be a message against our own belief in peace and diplomacy. It would undermine the efforts of those who are working towards a diplomatic solution so that peace will prevail on the Korean peninsula.”Earlier this month North Korea launched its biggest nuclear bomb test, prompting global condemnation as US President Donald Trump said “appeasement” would not work.North Korea has warned the United States that it would pay a “due price” for spearheading efforts on UN sanctions, which now include a ban on the country’s textile exports and capping imports of crude oil. “We know how volatile this situation continues to be. So we will follow the developments closely and will keep promoting our position,” Bach said.The Pyeongchang Games will run from Feb 9-25. COMMENT The Pyeongchang Games will run from Feb 9-25. Video: IOC’s Bach: No ‘Plan B’ for Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics Los Angeles gets formal go-ahead to host 2028 Olympicscenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE September 13, 2017 International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the Executive Board meeting of the IOC in Lima, Peru.   –  Reuters Published on sport × Soohorang, Bandabi mascots for Pyeongchang 2018 Olympicslast_img read more

El Clasico: Real Madrid FC, Barcelona FC to battle in virtual title decider

first_imgReal Madrid and Barcelona will be vying to get a grip on La Liga title race as they meet in a very crucial El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Real Madrid currently sit atop the La Liga table with 75 points in 31 matches while Barcelona are second just three points behind having played a game more.In the context of the table, the game holds immense importance because if Barcelona win the game they’ll pip Real to the top of the table on the basis of goal difference, a department where Barcelona are way ahead of the table toppers with the number of 61 in comparison to Real’s 49.Both the teams will be missing a member of the infamous front three. While Neymar will be missing the game due to suspension, Gareth Bale is expected to miss the tie with a calf injury that he incurred during the first leg of the Champions League match against Bayern Munich.Barcelona will be looking to get back on track after a disastrous home game in the Champions League against Juventus while Real Madrid will be high on spirit after a 4-2 controversial win against Bayern Munich at home.Real will also count on Cristiano Ronaldo’s big match performance like he recently produced against Bayern Munich in Champions League where he scored a brace in the first leg and a hat-trick in the second. Cristiano proved yet again that he’s a big match player and Zinedine Zidane would be counting on that.(Reuters Photo)On the other hand, Lionel Messi had a terrible second leg against Juventus and will be looking to stamp his authority over the huge game.advertisementThe Clasico has always been a heated prospect and it doesn’t help that this particular tie might be deciding the La Liga winner of the season. Just a few days ago, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique were at loggerheads yet again after the latter tweet cryptically over Madrid’s controversial win against Bayern Munich.One of the most interesting things to see in the Clasico would be the defensive scenario. Both Real and Barcelona have been weak in defence lately and with Raphael Varane and Pepe still unavailable for Real Madrid, it will be exciting to see how Barcelona will exploit that. Coming to the last line of defence, the goalkeepers, Ter Stegen has been far more solid for Barcelona than Keylor Navas who has been unsuccessful in keeping clean sheets for Real Madrid.A factor that might tilt the tie in Real Madrid’s favour is the depth of their squad. With a bench as strong as their main team, Madrid have a definite upper hand over their staunch rivals.Real Madrid and Barcelona will both have different objectives when they go against each other on Sunday. While Real Madrid will look to virtually seal the La Liga title by opening a six-point lead against Barcelona, the Catalan giants will want to keep their hopes of the title alive.Here are some statistics of the El Clasico:1. The last Clasico, which was played on December 3, 2016, ended in a tie with Sergio Ramos pulling through a 90th minute equaliser to Suarez’s 53rd minute goal.2. The last five Clasicos have seen both the teams winning two games each.3. Lionel Messi is the top El Clasico scorer with 21 goals to his name while Cristiano Ronaldo lags behind with 16.4. Real Madrid leads the head to head results in competitive matches with 93 wins to Barcelona’s 90, while Barcelona leads in total matches with 109 wins to Real Madrid’s 97.last_img read more

Happy birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Master Blaster turns 44

first_imgHappy birthday Sachin Tendulkar!Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born today in 1973 in Dadar in Mumbai in a Maharashtrian family. His father Ramesh Tendulkar, a renowned Marathi novelist, was a big fan of the legendary musician Sachin Dev Burman, hence the God of cricket was named after him. Tendulkar holds many records in the rich history of cricket, including 100 international centuries and most international runs.Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1989 at the age of 16 years and 205 days and remains the youngest Indian to do so. He went on to play a record 200 Test matches for India in a career that lasted 24 years.The Little Master, who wanted to be a fast bowler, hammered 51 Test hundreds and 49 centuries in one day internationals. He went to MRF pace academy but Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee advised Tendulkar to focus on his batting. The rest is history.He finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international. He played his final match –his 200th Test — at his home ground in November 2013 at the Wankhede stadium when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.Tendulkar was the first player to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.advertisementTendulkar also played at the lucrative Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78 matches, the master blaster scored 2334 runs with the help of one century and 13 fifties.”Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, based on Tendulkar’s life and his glorious cricket career, is set to hit the theatres next month. The trailer of the film was launched earlier this month and Tendulkar revealed the biopic has helped him “relive important moments” of his life.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: India duo Abhijit Sarkar and Rahim Ali hail great experience

first_imgIndia midfielder Abhijit Sarkar and forward Rahim Ali on Friday said the FIFA U-17 World Cup was a great learning experience for them and one that they would never forget.India gave a good account of themselves despite losing all three Group A matches against the US, Colombia and Ghana.On returning home, Bengal boys Sarkar and Ali said the World Cup would help them in the future and the experience has been massive.”It was a great learning process for me as it will help me to play better in future,” Ali told reporters here.Sarkar said he wants to support his family and that is the reason he wants a job despite being only 17.”Every state like Manipur, Mizoram have given cash incentives in lakhs to the players. And Bengal is the home of Indian football. We have done so much and I feel we also deserve to get something. I hope the state government helps us as well,” he said.Sarkar rued his missed chance from a good angle against Colombia in the second game where India lost 1-2 but were brilliant.”It was a great learning experience for all of us. We will never forget the moments. I got a great opportunity against Colombia but failed to convert the golden chance. I still can’t forget that moment,” he said.The U17 @IndianFootball team inspired millions of aspiring young footballers across nation wid it’s indomitable spirit. #FIFAU17WC #SAI?????? SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) October 13, 2017He also expressed his desire to play for a big club.advertisement”Now it’s time to graduate to the next level and play for India seniors but before that I would like to get a good club.”Also I am in search for a job now, my parents are old and it’s time that I look after them. It would be real help if the government helps us.”Sarkar hails from Bandel, in Chinsurah subdivision of Hooghly district of West Bengal.”It’s been a tough journey to the World Cup. I have sacrificed many things since childhood. My parents and coach have supported me throughout my career.”There was a time when I did not even have boots but my coach bought it for me and supported me. I will never be able to forget those days of hardship. Dad never said no even if he was unable to afford something. I am grateful to my parents,” he said.Defender Jitendra Singh also landed in the city along with the duo and they were received by their families.”I couldn’t sleep last night after we failed to reach the knock-out stages,” he said..@IndianFootball team lost d match but won hearts for their sheer spirit & determination.Well played! We are proud of u.#FIFAU17WC #SAI?????? SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) October 13, 2017last_img read more

The kind of people who describe gigs as ‘pop concerts’

first_imgReuse this content Sergio Agüero has no need to apologise for car accident, says Pep Guardiola Share on WhatsApp Those same City fans woke up to the weird news that only two sleeps before City’s biggest Premier League match of the season to date, their star goal-getter had in fact been knacked in a collision in the Dutch capital after attending a gig by the Colombian singer-songwriter Maluma, a smouldering Latin crooner who, despite occasional forays into reggaeton, would like it to be known he is not a reggaetonero, specifically, but also a purveyor of other genres including “ballads, mambo, merengue and underground stuff”. But The Fiver digresses: Sergio’s chances of mambaing his way through another Maluma gig, breaking Eric Brook’s Manchester City goalscoring record or indeed sneezing, laughing or even breathing without yelping in extreme pain any time soon have been put on hold.“The taxi driver did not see the curve and skid,” Agüero was quoted as telling Argentinian radio. “And when he skidded, we hit him with the pole. I broke my rib, now I’m resting. It hurts me badly. I’ll be discharged in a little while.” The news has prompted thousands of unqualified doctors to speculate on the length of Agüero’s absence via an array of social media aberrations (“the number of days he will be out, I don’t know,” sighed Pep Guardiola), but what it does mean is that the late Brook’s record will remain intact a little while longer. Which, in a weird way, seems almost fair as his goalscoring exploits were curtailed prematurely by both the outbreak of the second world war and a fractured skull.Since news broke of Agüero’s accident, the kind of people who describe gigs as “pop concerts” have been wondering what on earth a professional athlete was doing at such a soiree so soon before a big game, when he should have been spending his evening off at home with his feet up relaxing. Pity them, for they know not that the rhythm is gonna get you. And, as another Latin crooner Gloria Estefan once sagely pointed out, when it does there’s no way you can fight it every day. QUOTE OF THE DAY“We did our due diligence before we put these logos to the membership and as I said, we are perfectly comfortable” – far be it from The Fiver to give airspace to Ukip chairman Paul Oakden, but something suggests we haven’t heard the last of their – somewhat familiar – new logo. Share on Twitter Pinterest Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Facebook Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Dele Alli has been given a one-match ban for “making an offensive and unsporting gesture” in England’s match against Slovakia. Fifa also fined Alli 5,000 Swiss francs, but did not conclude that his single-digit salute was aimed at the referee.Jürgen Klopp wants to Stop Football – if only for Christmas Eve. “I really cannot imagine that anyone wants to watch football on that night,” Klopp mused in response to the planned rescheduling of Liverpool’s festive trip to Arsenal. “Sky has to make a decision if they really want to do this.”José Mourinho says Paul Pogba’s case of hamstring-twang is “long term”, bracketing the midfielder with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, who are both due to be out until December.England women have appointed Mo Marley as their new interim head coach, following the sacking of Mark Sampson. Marley, a former England captain, led the under-19 side to European Championship success in 2009.Steve Cotterill is on to his eighth Football League club after replacing ‘Arry Redknapp as Birmingham City manager. “We have every faith in Steve Cotterill to help us achieve the ambitions we all share,” tooted chief suit Ren Xuandong.In more new manager news, Chesterfield have appointed Jack Lest … wait … what’s this? Oldham have only gone and interviewed Clarence Seedorf for their vacancy!And former Margate striker Freddie Ladapo could make his Crystal Palace debut at Old Trafford, with no other fit forwards available. “The fact he’s training every day and he’s a centre forward puts him very much in the frame,” whooped Mr Roy.THE RECAPSign up and receive the best of Big Website’s coverage, every Friday, it says here. Seems to be a curious lack of mentions for The Fiver …STILL WANT MORE?“I have a lot of tattoos, 90% have a meaning” – Manchester City’s Danilo gets his chat on with Jamie Jackson. We’re just wondering about the other 10%. Facebook SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“If Carlo Ancelotti has been sent ‘skittering down Werner-Heisenberg-Allee’ (yesterday’s Quote of the Day) then, based on the famed Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which states that neither the position nor the momentum of an object can be measured simultaneously with infinite precision, does this mean that we don’t truly know whether Ancelotti has actually been booted?” – Bob Zoellner (and others).“I certainly can’t be the only one who is sorely disappointed with the lack of respect shown by the suits at Bayern Munich. Surely one as venerable as Carlo Ancelotti should have at least been invited to mach ein or fanne uno before skittering away. Sad!” – Guy Robert (and one other).“After the mention of It’s a Wonderful Life (yesterday’s Fiver) I was inspired to start to write a witty email about my love of the film, and maybe a pun on Real Madrid’s poor start to the season and any whining of the players meaning that they are Zizou’s petals. But in the end I thought ‘sod it’ and just scribbled down: bring back the TV and radio guide” – Simon Dunsby.Send your letters to And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Rollover.BITS AND BOBSRonald Koeman is stuck in a deep funk after Everton’s 2-2 draw with 10-man Apollon Limassol in Big Vase. “They are afraid of playing,” Koeman thundered. “We know the fans like us to go forward, not back, back, back.” Fans of all numbers other than 10 will be disappointed by the latest Premier League things to look out for this weekend.When Chelsea won a league game and a Wembley cup final in the same weekend. By Steven Pye.Andy Brassell on Bayern and Carlo Ancelotti.Simon Burnton on Watford boss Marco Silva.Get your fingers around the quiz of the week.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!SO MUCH NO Danilo, possibly showing off some of the 90%. Photograph: Fabio De Paola for the Guardian KUN’ELLHaving learned on Thursday night that Benjamin Mendy was facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with knee-knack, Manchester City fans could at least console themselves with the knowledge that their in-form striker was almost certainly tucked up in bed before Saturday’s big match against Chelsea and almost certainly not attending a concert in Amsterdam on a night out that would end with him sustaining rib-snap when a car in which he was being shuttled back to the airport collided with a lamp-post. After all, that would be a completely preposterous scenario? A chain of events so outlandish and ludicrous that it could have no conceivable basis in reality? One so implausible that any media outlets reporting it first thing on Friday morning could be dismissed as purveyors of Fake News, eh? Oh. Twitter Football The Fiver features Cecil didn’t die for this. Photograph: PA Pinterest Topics Pinterest Some Merseyside mood music. Photograph: Super/SilverHub/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Messenger Share via Email Facebook last_img read more

NYK Takes Delivery of Newbuild Coal Carrier

first_imgzoom NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Japanese NYK Group based in Singapore, has taken delivery of a new 100,000 deadweight tonnage coal carrier at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., located in Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture.A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on September 25th.The ship, named Tenryu Maru, is the first coal carrier to be jointly owned by a power company and a shipping company. After delivery, the ship will be assigned to transport coal mainly from Australia and Indonesia to power plants operated by Chubu Electric Power.Tenryu Maru has been built with a wide beam and shallow draft, improving transportation efficiency to ports having a limited water depth, compared with a standard 70,000-ton Panamax bulk carrier.Commenting on the delivery NYK said: “In accordance with its medium-term management plan, “More Than Shipping 2018,” NYK will continue its efforts to make use of creative solutions to provide stable and economical coal transport.”The ship boasts 249.9 meters in length overall, 43 meters in breadth and will sail under Singaporean flag.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Many Canadians not ready for legalized pot poll finds

first_imgAlthough Ottawa has delayed legalizing recreational marijuana by a month, more than half of Canadians still think it’s all happening too fast, according to an exclusive poll for CityNews by Dart Insight.Last week, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Cannabis Act would go into effect on Oct. 17, a full 55 per cent of Canadians polled said they wanted the date pushed back by up to a year.In fact, three provinces — including Quebec, where the desire for a delay is highest — asked for more time to figure out how to regulate the production, distribution and consumption of pot.Members of the Senate’s Aboriginal people’s committee had also proposed a delay as they were particularly concerned about the risks to Indigenous communities already struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, mental health issues and a suicide epidemic.The government, however, promised the committee more funding for services, help with the licensing process and full reports to Parliament in the fall and within 12 months.Still, 53 per cent of those polled are worried marijuana will have a negative effect on their community. Six in 10 don’t believe their municipal police force is ready for the change, and 55 per cent don’t believe their province has plans to deal with impaired driving.Manitoba’s justice minister Heather Stefanson has said she’s concerned reliable roadside testing devices won’t be available by Oct. 17.The survey found only one in five (21 per cent) Canadians are likely to use marijuana when it’s legal — nine per cent are more likely to do so — and many are concerned about the health effects.Half are concerned about addiction for underage kids, and seven in 10 believe adults with children should be banned from smoking pot in their home.Most — 73 per cent — want pot regulated the same as cigarettes.Although provinces are creating their own distribution channels, seven in 10 Canadians are concerned a black market will continue for lower-priced pot.And while six in 10 Canadians are cynical about the Liberal government’s motives for legalizing pot, two-thirds won’t vote them out in the next federal election because of it.However, for at least one-third (35 per cent), marijuana legalization could affect how they vote.“It may well be that for many who were going to vote against the Liberals already it just adds one more log on the fire,” Dart Insight said.The survey was conducted between June 8 and 13 among 2,666 randomly-selected Canadian adults who are members of an online panel. It’s accurate to within +/- 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccos Government Adopts New Law Regulating Explosive Materials

Fez – In the wake of the growing use of homemade explosives in terrorist attacks around the world, Morocco’s government council adopted a draft law on Thursday restricting the civilian use of explosive materials, including fireworks and any form of pyrotechnic materials.Following the council’s meeting, Mustapha El Khalfi, Morocco’s Minister of Communication, stated that the project aims to keep pace with the economic and technological developments in manufacturing, transporting, and storage of explosives.El Khalfi pointed to the significant use of explosives by civilians in a number of industrial sectors, particularly energy, mining, and development of infrastructure, and the dangers explosives pose to people and property in almost all stages of importing, manufacturing, use and disposal. The government must take precautions to control the risks associated with the explosive materials, and to decrease the number of accidents and the chance of illegal usage, potentially in terrorist incidents, added the minister.The draft law calls for the creation of a national explosives committee and regional bodies to determine the nature of explosive materials, and to label them in order to facilitate tracking and tracing materials.It also prohibits the sale of expired, damaged or decomposed explosive materials and transporting them on land, in addition to enacting stringent regulations restricting selling, transporting, storing and using gunpowder that is meant for shows and celebrations. read more

Kim Kardashian West Studying to Become Lawyer to Fix the System

Rabat – Kim Kardashian West, an American reality television star and beauty mogul, made waves by revealing she plans to add “lawyer” to her resume by 2022.Kardashian can become a lawyer despite not having a college degree as California is one of four states in the US that allows residents to take the bar exam without having graduated from college or law school. Residents can follow a method called “reading the law” instead, meaning they can do a four-year apprenticeship with a lawyer or a law firm instead of taking the traditional pathway through higher education.Kardashian revealed to Vogue that she began the four-year apprenticeship program last year and has two lawyer mentors who help her study for 18 hours a week at a law firm not far from her home. This summer, Kardashian will take what is known as the “baby bar,” an exam which will deem her eligible or not to continue the apprenticeship for the final 3 years. The star seems to be on the right track to pass so far; telling the magazine “crim (sic) law I can do in my sleep. Took my first test, I got a 100. Super easy for me. The reading is what really gets me. It’s so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds.”Kardashian’s decision has surprised some, as the media often paints her as simply a one-dimensional reality star. However, what spurred her to become a lawyer reveals there is more than meets the eye.In May 2018, Kardashian learned via social media of a 63-year-old grandmother, Alice Marie Johnson, who had been in prison on a nonviolent drug charge since 1996.The story deeply touched Kardashian. “Here’s a grandmother who took part in her first-time nonviolent offense and received the same sentence as Charles Manson. I just thought, This is so wrong and so bizarre, and how could that be? I sent it to my attorney and said, ‘What can we do?’” she told the magazine.Kardashian’s desire to help the woman led her to the White House. She arranged a meeting with Donald Trump to discuss prison reform, and after meeting with Kardashian, Trump commuted Johnson’s life sentence. This ignited Kardashian’s passion for prison reform. “I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” she told Vogue. “I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.” Even Kardashian’s mother and manager, Kris Jenner, was caught by surprise by her daughter’s decision to commit to four years to becoming a lawyer. “I did not see this one coming.” However, a passion for criminal law runs in the family. Kardashian’s father, who died in 2003 when she was 23 years old, was famously a member of football player O.J. Simpson’s defense team, while Simpson was on trial for the murder of his ex-wife, one of the most-discussed criminal cases in Hollywood history. Kardashian explained she was always intensely curious about her father’s work, recalling in her interview: “My dad had a library, and when you pushed on this wall there was this whole hidden closet room, with all of his O.J. evidence books. On weekends I would always snoop and look through. I was really nosy about the forensics.”Read also: Ex-Trump Lawyer: ‘Trump Is a Racist, Conman, and a Cheat’ read more

Closing Bell TSX Wall Street markets lose ground despite positive US job

TORONTO — North American markets lost some ground Thursday even though the U.S. reported rosier-than-expected unemployment insurance numbers, a sign that the world’s largest economy may be continuing with its recovery.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,543.90 -41.15 -0.33%S&P 500 — 1,626.67 -6.02 -0.37%Dow — 15,082.62 -22.50 -0.15%Nasdaq — 3,409.17 -4.10 -0.12%The S&P/TSX composite index was down 41.15 points to 12,543.90.The Canadian dollar dipped 0.41 of a cent at 99.26 cents US.The U.S. Department of Labor said jobless claims dropped by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, indicating that there may be more hiring as the number of layoffs return to pre-recession levels. Economists had expected a slight uptick to 358,000.The department said the four-week average dropped 6,250 to 336,750 — the lowest it’s been since November 2007, one month before the recession began.Despite the positive news, the optimism wasn’t reflected on Wall Street.The Dow Jones industrials fell 22.50 points to 15,082.62 after it closed above 15,000 for the first time earlier this week. The Nasdaq dropped 4.10 points to 3,409.17 while the S&P 500 declined 6.02 points to 1,626.67.Andrew Pyle, a portfolio manager with Scotia McLeod in Peterborough, Ont., said it will be difficult for the markets to maintain record levels, which may explain some of the small clawbacks.“One of the problems we have right now is that we have U.S. markets at record highs. A lot of optimism has been pumped into this market,” Pyle said.“Investors are encouraged by the continued onslaught of central bank stimulus, whether it’s from the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan or the European central bank. It is almost gotten to the point now that investors are moving into the equities market because there is less risk — which is a very dangerous perception to have.”Pyle predicts a major pullback will happen sometime in the summer because current levels are “unsustainable in the short run.”The markets have been buoyed in recent days by a number of factors, including signs that the U.S. economy is gaining momentum in its recovery and that Europe’s debt crisis may be easing. but with stock markets headed towards mixed territory, it may be a signal that investors are planning on taking a breather from the record-high levels seen earlier this week.The Toronto Stock Exchange was mostly mixed at the close, with healthcare being largest advancer, ahead 2.15%, as Extendicare Inc. (TSX:EXE) says it plans on separating its Canadian and U.S. businesses due to the complexity of operating on both sides of the border and the changing nature of the operations. Shares in the long-term care provider were up 16%, or 95 cents to $6.88.The technology sector also got a boost, pushed up by a nearly 4% shot in share price for BlackBerry amid buzz U.S. business magnate Carl Icahn bought shares in the smartphone maker. BlackBerry shares were up 59 cents to $15.49.The gold sector was the leading decliner, dropping at 1.37% while real estate declined by more than one% as Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A) reported its profits in its latest quarter declined from $722 million to $697 million, sending its stocks down nearly two% to $38.41.Commodities also retreated from a day earlier, when oil, gold and copper all closed at prices not seen in more than a month.The June crude contract declined 23 cents to US$96.39 a barrel. June gold bullion dropped $5.10 to US$1,468.60 an ounce, after having closed up nearly $25 on Wednesday, while July copper was down three cents to US$3.34 a pound.In corporate news, shares in Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. (TSX:CTC.A) surged more than 11% on news that the national retailer was planning on creating a $3.5-billion real estate investment trust, with an initial public offering later this year. Canadian Tire says it saw a 2.9% increase in first-quarter earnings amid a 1.7% increase in total revenue to $2.48 billion from $2.44 billion in the same 2012 quarter. Canadian Tire stocks rose $8.32 to $82.36.Meanwhile, Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) closed nearly six% higher at $4.47 after it reported a 25% increase in revenue in the first quarter to US$4.3 billion and said its new CSeries airliner remains on schedule. The plane and train builder says net income was down eight cents per share at US$148 million, but up eight cents on an adjusted basis at US$156 million.Overnight, world markets declined after higher than expected inflation figures were released from China and investors cashed in on some recent gains.Government figures showed China’s consumer price index rose 2.4% in the year to April, up from 2.1% the previous month and ahead of expectations of a more modest advance of 2.2%.What housing crisis? Many homeowners would be spared in major correctionCanadian Tire reveals plans for $3.5B REIT, new retail bossCanada’s condo sector slowing as developers hit credit crisisBombardier shares take off on news CSeries first flight on trackON DECK FRIDAY ECONOMIC NEWSG7 finance ministers and central bankers meet in London CANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report (April): Economists expect a gain of 15,000 jobs and the jobless rate to remain unchanged at 7.2% UNITED STATESU.S. Fed’s Ben Bernanke speaks at Chicago Fed Conference 2 p.m.Treasury Budget (April) read more

Lawyer Dragged passenger lost 2 teeth and broke his nose

Lawyer: Dragged passenger lost 2 teeth and broke his nose FILE – In this July 8, 2015, file photo, United Airlines and United Express planes prepare to takeoff at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. After a man is dragged off a United Express flight on Sunday, April 9, 2017, United Airlines becomes the butt of jokes online and on late-night TV. Travel and public-relations experts say United has fumbled the situation from the start, but it’s impossible to know if the damage is temporary or lasting. Air travelers are drawn to the cheapest price no matter the name on the plane. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, FIle) by Don Babwin And Sara Burnett, The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 6:41 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO – The passenger dragged from a United flight lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion, his lawyer said Thursday, accusing the airline industry of having “bullied” its customers for far too long.“Are we going to continue to be treated like cattle?” attorney Thomas Demetrio asked.The passenger, Dr. David Dao, has been released from a hospital but will need reconstructive surgery, Demetrio said at a news conference, appearing alongside one of Dao’s children. Dao was not there.The 69-year-old physician from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was removed by police from the United Express flight Sunday at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport after refusing to give up his seat on the full plane to make room for four airline employees.Cellphone video of him being pulled down the aisle on his back and footage of his bloody face have created a public-relations nightmare for United.One of Dao’s five children, Crystal Pepper, said the family was “horrified, shocked and sickened” by what happened. She said it was made worse by the fact that it was caught on video.For Dao, who came to the U.S. after fleeing Vietnam by boat in 1975 when Saigon fell, being dragged off the plane “was more horrifying and harrowing than what he experienced in leaving Vietnam,” Demetrio said.Demetrio, who indicated Dao is going to sue, said the industry has long “bullied” passengers by overbooking flights and then bumping people, and “it took something like this to get a conversation going.”“I hope he becomes a poster child for all of us. Someone’s got to,” the lawyer said.Early on, United CEO Oscar Munoz added to the furor when he apologized for the incident but accused Dao of being belligerent. Later, Munoz offered a more emphatic mea culpa, saying, “No one should ever be mistreated this way.”He promised to review the airline’s policies to make sure something like that never happens again, and said United will no longer use police to remove bumped passengers. The airline also said all passengers on the flight would get a refund.In a statement issued immediately after Thursday’s news conference, United insisted that Munoz and the airline called Dao numerous times to apologize. Munoz himself said on Wednesday that he had left a message for Dao.But Demetrio said neither Dao nor his family had heard from United.Demetrio said his client accepts the apology. But the attorney questioned its sincerity, suggesting United acted because it was taking a PR “beating.”The attorney was unable to say precisely how Dao was injured. Dao didn’t remember exactly what occurred because of the concussion he suffered, Demetrio said.Pepper said her father and mother had been travelling from California to Louisville, Kentucky, and had caught a connecting flight at O’Hare. After what happened, Dao “has no interest in ever seeing an airplane” and will probably be driven to Kentucky, Demetrio said.United had selected Dao and three other passengers at random for removal from the plane after unsuccessfully offering $800 in travel vouchers and a hotel stay to customers willing to give up their seats.The three officers who removed Dao have been suspended from their jobs at the Chicago Aviation Department.At a City Council committee hearing Thursday, aldermen ripped officials from United and the department about the episode.“There are no excuses,” Alderman Michael Zalewski said.John Slater, a United vice-president, said that bumping passengers to accommodate airline employees happens infrequently, and that federal guidelines requiring rest for crew members made it necessary to get the employees on the Sunday flight to Louisville.The Aviation Department’s roughly 300 officers guard the city’s two main airports but are not part of the regular Chicago police force, receive less training and cannot carry guns inside the terminals.“To be quite frank, Chicago employees should not be doing the dirty work for the friendly skies airline,” said Alderman Ed Burke, who played video of Dao being removed.Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans told the committee that the officers had the authority to board the flight but that what happened on the plane is being investigated. read more

Ramon Sessions Goes From Lakers To Bobcats

Ramon Sessions did not provide the Los Angeles Lakers the backcourt production they needed last season, and he could sense he was not wanted back. Sure enough, Steve Nash came over and the Lakers now believe they are talking championship again.Sessions was courted by the Dallas Mavericks, but ended up signing with Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats, who could use the help. Sessions and the Bobcats agreed on a two-year contract worth about $11 million.Sessions replaces D.J. Augustin, whose qualifying offer was rescinded earlier Thursday. The move made Augustin, last year’s starting point guard, an unrestricted free agent.Sessions is entering his sixth season and averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 points per game last season for the Lakers with 19 starts. He’s previously played for Milwaukee, Minnesota and Cleveland and has averaged 11.1 points and 5 assists per game during his career.Sessions opted out of his contract with the Lakers to sign with the Bobcats.It’s unclear at this point who’ll be the team’s starting point guard. The Bobcats drafted Kemba Walker with the ninth pick in last year’s draft and Jordan likes the savvy of the former Connecticut star, although he’s a little undersized at 6-foot-1. Jordan has a major role in the decision to draft Walker, who played in spurts last season and had one triple-double as a rookie.Augustin, the ninth overall pick in the 2008 draft, leaves after four seasons with the Bobcats. read more

US indicts Russian intel officers ahead of TrumpPutin meet

first_imgRussian Matryoshka dolls depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump are on sale in the Ruslania book store in Helsinki on 9 July 2018. Photo: AFPTwelve Russian intelligence officers were charged on Friday with hacking Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party in a stunning indictment just three days before president Donald Trump meets with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow.Democratic leaders immediately called for Trump to cancel Monday’s scheduled meeting with Putin in Helsinki, but the White House said the summit would go ahead.”It’s on,” spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.The 29-page indictment accuses members of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU of carrying out “large-scale cyber operations” to steal Clinton campaign and Democratic Party documents and emails.”There’s no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result,” deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said in announcing the charges at a press conference in Washington.”There’s no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime,” Rosenstein added, although the “conspirators corresponded with several Americans during the course of the conspiracy through the internet.”However, he said, “there’s no allegation in this indictment that the Americans knew they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers.”Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday’s announcement and that the timing was determined by “the facts, the evidence, and the law.”News of the indictment came as Trump was meeting Queen Elizabeth II and just 72 hours before his meeting with Putin.”This indictment makes clear just how vast this operation was — including Russian intelligence officers’ intrusion into the website of a state election board and theft of information related to approximately 500,000 voters,” Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez tweeted.”The Russian government attacked our democracy in 2016, and the DNC was a primary target of that attack,” he wrote.Calls to cancel Putin meetingSenator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate minority leader, urged Trump to cancel the Putin talks.”These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: president Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help president Trump win,” Schumer said in a statement.”President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections.”Republican Senator John McCain said the summit should be called off if Trump is not ready to warn Putin there is a “serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world.””If president Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward,” McCain said.Speaking in Britain before the indictments were unveiled, Trump said he would ask Putin about the allegations of election meddling.”I will absolutely, firmly ask the question, and hopefully we’ll have a good relationship with Russia,” he told a joint press conference with British prime minister Theresa May.But he simultaneously denounced the Mueller investigation as a “rigged witch hunt,” and said he has been “tougher on Russia than anybody.”The US president recalled that 60 intelligence officers were expelled from the Russian embassy in Washington in response to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.Russia has denied any involvement in the attack and rejected accusations that it interfered in the US presidential election in a bid to help Trump win.No ‘knowing involvement’ by Team TrumpIn a statement, the White House highlighted Rosenstein’s remarks that no Americans had been charged.”Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result,” it said. “This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that the indictments were “good news for all Americans.””The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the president and say president Trump is completely innocent,” Giuliani said.Rosenstein called for unity in the face of Russian meddling.”When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans,” he said.The indictment alleges that beginning in March 2016, the GRU agents began targeting over 300 employees and volunteers of the Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the DNC.”The conspirators covertly monitored the computers of dozens of DCCC and DNC employees, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code, and stole emails and other documents,” it said.Around June 2016, they began releasing tens of thousands of the stolen emails and documents using “fictitious online personas, including ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0,'” the indictment said.Some of the documents and emails were released through a website identified in the indictment only as “Organisation 1” — believed to be Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks.Other documents and emails were made public through a website and Twitter account known as DCLeaks, which the GRU falsely attributed to a group of “American hacktivists.”Mueller previously indicted 13 Russians and three companies for allegedly interfering in the presidential vote.Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been charged with money laundering and other crimes, while former national security adviser Michael Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI.last_img read more

Black Math Professor at Baylor University in Waco Honored

first_imgBy PHILLIP ERICKSEN, Waco Tribune-HeraldWACO, Texas (AP) — The overdue nature of Baylor University’s efforts to honor Vivienne Malone-Mayes, the school’s first Black professor, was not lost on the attendees of a ceremony recognizing her legacy as a scholar, civic leader and civil rights activist.The Waco Tribune-Herald reports an overflow crowd of some 100 people packed the third-floor lobby of the Sid Richardson Building at Baylor on Tuesday as the institution that denied Malone-Mayes admission as a graduate student in 1961 because of her race acknowledged her achievements and unveiled a bust of her.In this 1988 photo, Vivienne Malone-Mayes, Baylor University’s first black professor, poses in her office in Waco, Texas. The university unveiled a bust of her during a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, recognizing her legacy as a scholar, civic leader and civil rights activist. She taught math at Baylor from 1966 to 1994 (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)She taught math at Baylor from 1966 to 1994.“For years, people have asked me, ‘What has Baylor done to honor your mom?’” Malone-Mayes’ daughter, Patsyanne Wheeler, said. “And because she had a humble spirit, I would always say, ‘Oh, they’ve been pretty good to her.’“But now, I can truly say that Baylor University has stepped up, showed out and made us proud.”The 50-pound, 2-foot bust will be displayed at the lobby in a clear case next to an educational display about her life. A Waco native and A.J. Moore High School graduate, Malone-Mayes earned her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin after Baylor denied her admission into graduate courses.Baylor President Linda Livingstone said such ceremonies remind the university it has “a long way to go” in its pursuit of a more inclusive campus. Malone-Mayes was more than just a titan of her field, Livingstone said.“More than the things that she did, was the person that she was and the values that she represented,” Livingstone said. “I’m especially touched by her bravery and her courage through extremely challenging times to stand up for what she believed in, to do it with pride and grace, and to really stand up for justice in the midst of extreme persecution at not an easy time to do that.”Robert Darden, a Baylor journalism professor and former Waco Tribune-Herald reporter, was a driving force behind the ceremony. After he saw Malone-Mayes’ gravesite at Greenwood Cemetery vandalized in 2017, Darden sparked campuswide discussions about how she could be recognized by the university more than two decades after her death in 1995.He said the best way to honor her legacy would be for Baylor to better commit to hiring diverse faculty members and administrators. Less than 7 percent of Baylor’s faculty is African-American, he said.“We call ourselves a Christian school, and I believe, everybody believes, it works toward that goal,” Darden said. “But we have to be better than the world in this. We have to be better. And if they call us hypocrites, it’s our own fault. But we have got to do better.”He said he remembers seeing Malone-Mayes on campus during his freshman year and at a football game that year.“She was most alone person I’d ever seen in my life,” Darden said.Malone-Mayes’ death came two days before the death of former Baylor President Abner McCall, according to the university. Darden said their funerals were held at the same time, and most of the Baylor community attended McCall’s.Also in attendance at Tuesday’s ceremony was Edray Goins, a math professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and president of the National Association of Mathematicians, an organization Malone-Mayes helped start as a resource to minorities in the field.Goins was recently profiled in The New York Times in an article that noted less than 1 percent of doctorate degrees are awarded to African-Americans.“It can be debilitating, and it can cause you to question your own worth, but Dr. Malone persisted,” Goins said Tuesday.He told the story of Malone-Mayes being denied a seat in classes and study sessions at UT taught by Robert Lee Moore, a mathematician who discriminated against Jewish people, Black people and women.“My mathematical isolation is complete,” Goins recounted Malone-Mayes saying in 1975.Lance Littlejohn, chairman of Baylor’s math department, thanked Malone-Mayes’ family and supporters throughout the ceremony and said he is relieved to see her legacy properly, and finally, recognized.___Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.comlast_img read more

Twitter Renews MLB Deal to LiveStream Free Weekly Games for 2018 Season

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Twitter is back for more peanuts and Cracker Jack: The social service renewed its deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream one day game per week for the 2018 season.The weekly MLB games will be available only in the U.S., free to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter and connected TV devices via and @MLB.Twitter doesn’t have exclusive rights to the games. Each weekly stream will be a simulcast of a participating team’s local TV broadcast. Each of the two dozen MLB matchups on Twitter will be day games. By contrast, Facebook inked a deal with MLB for exclusive global rights to 25 day games this year — which won’t be available on TV or any other platform.Tech companies have been drawn to sports in the last two years like flies to honey, as players including Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Verizon and Google look to use premium sporting events to build audiences. In another MLB tech partnership, YouTube recently expanded its marketing deal with the league under which YouTube TV will be presenting sponsor of the World Series for 2018 and 2019. Popular on Variety center_img MLB will launch its weekly Twitter game this Thursday, April 5, with out-of-market live streaming of the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. The current schedule for the other games this month is: April 10, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox; April 19, Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners; and April 25 Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros.For the MLB games, Twitter will offer advertising packages for the content to be made available to sponsors. The internet company first carried live MLB games in 2016.In addition, MLB again will also make real-time game highlights available on Twitter in English at @MLB and in Spanish at @LasMayores. Ahead of league’s 2018 season start, Twitter and MLB teamed up to create custom hashtag-triggered emoji for all 30 clubs.last_img read more

11 Villains We Want to See in the New Season of Daredevil

first_img For the longest time, the prevailing wisdom was that DC did better TV shows and Marvel did better movies. While the home of Superman and Batman still hasn’t caught up to the MCU (not for lack of trying), Marvel has been slowly and steadily making inroads through streaming services. Their Netflix deal wisely created a ground-level New York environment for the Defenders — Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones — to work out their issues in. As you probably know, DD is entering his third season this week, and while we know that Bullseye is the Big Bad, we wanted to dive into the back issue bins to spotlight 11 other bad guys who could turn up.Death-StalkerSometimes all you need is a good old-fashioned revenge plotline. Philip Wallace Sterling was a scion of wealth until he came into possession of an experimental device that allowed him to briefly pass through solid objects. Using it for crime – because that’s what you do – he was beaten by Daredevil and the device malfunctioned, trapping him in an otherdimensional limbo from which he could only return for a short period at a time. Needless to say, this made him a little pissed off, and he stole a pair of gloves that delivered a lethal dose of microwave radiation on contact and proceeded to make the hero’s life a living hell. It’s a simple power, but a scary one as no place is safe.Maggie FarrellVillains don’t have to have fancy costumes or alternate identities to be terrifying. In Joe Quesada’s Daredevil: Father miniseries, the sightless vigilante comes up against an unassuming woman named Maggie Farrell who just happens to be the serial killer Johnny Sockets, so named because she gouges out her victim’s eyes as a calling card. Maggie’s father was saved by a young Matt Murdock, which seems good until you realize that he was an abusive monster. When Daredevil’s identity goes public, Maggie steals Matt’s rolodex and starts murdering his clients to get back at him. Creepy stuff that would be a nice B-plot for the season.The ProfileMaintaining the secrecy of his civilian identity has always been a problem for Daredevil — without the intervention of Dr. Strange, the entire Marvel universe would still know it. So introducing a bad guy who has the power to pierce that veil could add some new wrinkles to the Netflix series. The Profile is a mutant with the ability to “read” a person’s life history just by looking at them. He was mostly a Moon Knight villain, but interacted with Daredevil during the Shadowland cross-over so we’re going to allow it, especially because we haven’t seen a Moon Knight TV show yet.PaladinWe’ve already seen Matt face off with another vigilante when the Punisher debuted in season 2, but what if he met his opposite number? Paul Denning, better known as the Paladin, is a mercenary private investigator who sells his considerable skills to the highest bidder. He’s not necessarily a villain per se, but he’s always on his own hustle which brings him into conflict with both good guys and bad. He’s also not averse to using lethal force to complete his jobs, which tends to piss Daredevil off. He’d be a great wrench to throw in the works of a season, opening up lots of storylines about trust and methodology.TombstoneOne of Wilson Fisk’s most dependable enforcers, the man known as Tombstone was born in Harlem and learned how to be tough fighting back against bullies who picked on him for his albinism. In a strange mirror of the accident that gave Daredevil his powers, he was exposed to an experimental preservative that made his skin incredibly durable. He also filed his teeth and fingernails to sharp points, which should give you a clue about how dirty a fighter this guy is. Tombstone is a great heavy with a chip on his shoulder that Daredevil always has to think outside of the box to beat, and it’d be interesting to see how he’s handled in live action.BlackheartThis might be a bit of a stretch, but hearkening back to Ann Nocenti’s cult hit run on Daredevil in the late 1980s could be the source for some fun storylines. One of the most unusual pitted Daredevil, who had left New York to find himself on the roads of America, against Blackheart, the demonic son of Mephisto. Leaning hard into the supernatural is a way to wrestle with Matt Murdock’s catholicism, and although the original comic book storyline ended with guest appearances by the Silver Surfer we might want to figure out something a little less cosmic if we’re going to use the character.AmmoWhen a power failure plunges New York into darkness, a war veteran street gang leader named Ammo takes it as his cue to overthrow the social order and set up a new way of life in the city. His crew first raided an armory to get equipped with military-grade weaponry, and then targeted a hospital as part of Ammo’s plan to set himself up as the ruler of a post-apocalyptic society. Daredevil managed to stop that plot, but Ammo was later freed from jail by Typhoid Mary and beat the hero severely in their follow-up encounter.LadykillerThis one-and-done villain from Frank Miller’s seminal run on Daredevil would be a fine piece of cannon fodder to keep the hero busy while Bullseye hunts him down. When Melvin Potter, formerly the criminal Gladiator, is suspected in a series of street attacks on women, it’s up to Daredevil to find the real culprit. Michael Reese was a psychotic misogynist who was motivated by sexual sadism to punish women for imaginary offenses. DD tracked him down at an S&M bar where Ladykiller and his cronies tried to gang up on the hero, only to fall to his very justified rage.IkariMatt Murdock has the edge in a fight thanks to his heightened senses, which give him a 360 degree picture of the world around him and let him anticipate his opponent’s actions. But what if he had to fight someone who had the same abilities — or better ones? Ikari was hired by the Kingpin to battle Daredevil while he held Foggy and Kirsten hostage, but with the caveat that if DD won, Fisk would murder one of the hostages. The pair brawled for hours, stretching each other to the limits of their endurance, before a lucky break sent Ikari off the roof. Not being able to use his time-tested tricks could throw Matt off his game and let the show deliver the kinetic, uncompromising fights that it is famous for.RotgutThis relatively obscure villain only lasted two issues, but he’d make for a solid B-plot in the Netflix series. Hell’s Kitchen has never been a particularly sanitary environment, but it was even worse for the man known as Rotgut. Raised by an obsessive-compulsive mother to believe that disease lurked everywhere, he grew into a sociopathic neat freak who engaged in an escalating war on the streets and citizens of the neighborhood. A lanky, paranoid maniac, Rotgut starts out trying to “cut the bad parts” out of streetwalkers and escalates to poisoning an entire apartment building.The BeastSometimes the greatest enemies come from within. In the Shadowland storyline, Matt Murdock finally took control of his eternal ninja enemies the Hand. Things… didn’t go well for him. After building a temple / prison in Hell’s Kitchen, Matt’s methods become increasingly brutal, bringing him into conflict with former allies. The cause of all this trouble is actually possession by the Beast of the Hand, an ageless demon that had guided the clan since its inception. Watching Matt battle with an invading force while struggling to keep control of the streets might be too much for this season, but why not pencil it in for season 4?Watch Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix.More on Season 3 is Bullseye’s Origin StoryMost Original Shows on NetflixOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe11 Superheroes Who Became Villains Stay on targetlast_img read more

AB Proving the Steelers Made the Right Move

first_imgAB proving the Steelers made the right moveAntonio Brown is now a Raider, but can’t get the Steelers off his mind. Brown is now engaged in a Twitter war of words with former understudy JuJu Smith-Schuster for no apparent reason, and Colin thinks the Steelers are in line for a big year now that he’s gone.While Brown keeps talking, Ben Roethlisberger has decided to end his radio show that spawned so much controversy in the locker room, and will be locked in after an offseason that saw his reputation take a hit. Despite the Browns loading up on talent, Colin has the Steelers winning the AFC North. After the latest drama, he’s doubling down. Also:– LeBron’s turned from a “we” to a “me” guy in L.A.– Colin’s NBA Regular Season Awards– Kyle Guy’s free throws were all-time clutch Guests:Chris Broussard, Eddie House, Chris Haynes, and T. J. Houshmandzadehlast_img read more

Which Analytics Do You Really Need

first_imgOctober 7, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. A Boeing 787 aircraft generates half a terabyte of data on an average flight. That’s an enormous amount. Though it’s filled with meaningful insights, the sheer quantity can make it seem like an endless maze.The best way through the maze is to determine a path to follow. A recent survey by NewVantage Partners reveals that 97 percent of executives are investing in analytics projects. What this figure does not reveal is that each of those projects is unique, incorporating different tools in pursuit of individual goals. Business analytics are a powerful tool, but only if you embrace the type that is right for you.Related: How Big Data Science and Analytics Is the Lure for Businesses TodayAnalytics come in four distinct types, and each builds off the other. Imagine a pyramid, with each level supporting the next: descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive.The base of the pyramid is descriptive analytics, which report what happened and allow analysis of past performance data in order to identify known strengths and weaknesses. A descriptive report for United Airlines, for example, could show how many tickets the airline sold last month in different major markets.The next level is diagnostic analytics, which report on why something happened and reveal what factors drive positive and negative performance. If United’s descriptive report shows that sales are down in one market, a diagnostic report might show that it’s because of reduced marketing spend.With those as our foundation, we can use predictive analytics to report on what could happen, based on past performance. If United wanted to increase revenue, its predictive report could show where higher marketing spend would go farthest to increase revenue.Related: How Predictive Analytics Can Help Your Business See the Future (Infographic)At the very top we have prescriptive analytics, a report on what should happen. Here, artificial intelligence and machine learning mine past data to inform future decisions. Prescriptive data could tell United’s marketers exactly which price points to push in their latest sales copy.Analytics from the bottom up.Companies often prioritize a single tier of the analytics pyramid without first securing more primary tiers.The process starts with stabilizing your operational data. Only once operational data has been properly structured and organized is it possible to think about more advanced analytics. Companies that fail to build an analytic foundation are often saddled with huge tech costs, business intelligence software that can’t meet its full potential and weak overall insights.After mastering descriptive analytics, companies can explore whether the higher tiers are even necessary for them. Having access to high-volume, high-velocity data is essential for some enterprises, but many others can get by with “small data.” As with all aspects of analytics, the key is to be realistic about your needs and capabilities.Building your own analytics agenda.Developing your own analytics agenda starts with asking the right questions. This helps you fully understand your needs and wants, your strengths and weaknesses. Begin with these important inquiries:1. Do you have a single source of truth?The first step of any analytics agenda is to clean up and integrate your data so that it’s consistent and reliable, because a company isn’t ready for even diagnostic reporting if it relies on conflicting data sources.Access to high-quality data is a common problem in the medical world. Prudential Financial’s vice president of employee benefits, Andrew Gregg, said at U.S. News and World Report’s Healthcare of Tomorrow conference that healthcare analytics across the U.S. is a “data dump” in a “sad state.” Care providers routinely store their information in disjointed systems, which can come to carry conflicting information because of inconsistencies in user input and a lack of standardization in data collection. That disjointed data is one reason the American healthcare system has been surpassed by other nations, Dr. Lisa Ishee of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said at the same conference.Step one is cleaning up your data so that it’s consistent and reliable. Decide on a comprehensive source of information to draw on. Without that, your insights will be inevitably incomplete and inaccurate.2. Do you have a data analyst?Data analysts are trained in statistical analysis and data modeling. Having one on staff is important for keeping data organized and actionable and for identifying and interpreting insights.In a conversation, data consultant Lillian Taylor once described to me a business confusing correlation with causation. A longitudinal database study she conducted on K-12 attendance information showed a high dropout rate for students of one particular third-grade teacher. It would be easy to conclude, Taylor said, that this was an awful teacher, but there are additional data points to consider, including that the teacher may have been in an especially high-risk district.Related: Data Without Context Is Bogging Your Team DownUntil you have an analyst on board, you risk drawing false conclusions from your data. Making someone specifically responsible for analytics ensures your efforts are productive and efficient.3. Do you have dynamic reporting?Dynamic reporting generates reports and visualizations essentially on demand. That way, they incorporate the most complete and accurate information possible and give you the most relevant insights available.Say you have a board meeting tomorrow and need to prepare a deck. You go to your well-managed database or data source, export the required information, save it as a spreadsheet, and then build the visualizations you want in Excel or something similar. By the time your meeting rolls around, your insights have gone stale.Instead, use one of the myriad reporting softwares to source your reports directly from the database and create real-time analysis and visualizations. Dynamic reporting will give you up-to-date information you can be confident in and will pave the way for using diagnostic analytics.4. Do you have a business plan?High-level analytics require high-level data. Predictive and prescriptive analytics are both possible, but the data and technology required are both expensive. Without the right financial incentive, the ROI on high-level analytics may not justify the investment. Companies must carefully weigh costs and benefits before pursuing more advanced analytics.The first step is to make sure you have a way to put your data insights to productive use. Otherwise, the cost of acquiring those insights could be prohibitive.The potential of analytics is endless, so it’s tempting to push projects forward and try to learn as you go. The better approach is to exercise caution and prioritize planning. The more that companies calibrate analytics up front, the more valuable they will be in the long run.last_img read more

Corporate travel a GFC victor survey

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A As the damage caused by the global financial crisis (GFC) is swept into balance sheets, the Australian corporate travel industry announced it breezed through the past financial year and expects a steady future. The latest survey from Travelscene Corporate, which polled major corporate suppliers in travel, trade, government and associated industries, revealed 67 per cent of respondents posted an increase in revenue over the past financial year.When asked of their expectations for the coming fiscal year, 40 per cent of the corporate industry specialists surveyed were “extremely optimistic’, while the rest forecasted steady revenue.Travelscene Corporate General Manager David Padman said it was the adaptability if the corporate travel industry and resilient and dedicated travel agents that prompted the survey’s results.“Our industry was definitely put through a test during the GFC and has come out on top with a steady future ahead,” Mr Padman said. More than half of the survey’s respondents feel fundamental changes to the corporate travel industry will result from the recent economic downturn, pointing to smaller changes such as increased supplier renegotiations and travel policy enforcement.“A revolution in corporate travel has arrived, and it is about how we adapt to this transition that will see us remaining as leaders in the industry,” Mr Padman said.last_img read more