first_imgEven as the nation is outraged over Pakistan’s alleged involvement in the Uri attack, which killed 18 Indian soldiers, public sentiment continues to rise asking the government to act against the perpetrators. (Virat Kohli unable to contain emotions after seeing Uri attack picture)Former India captain Kapil Dev today urged the government to take steps to make the country feel safe. Speaking to India Today on the sidelines of a Kabbadi World Cup launch event, Kapil said: “Government should have a policy. My saying will not make a difference. I hope the government take steps that our nation stays safe, our jawans feel safe and there is no blood shed.”Significantly, Kapil was commissioned as Lt. Col of the Territorial Army in 2008 and had initiated holding a benefit match during the height of Kargil war to raise funds for the family of martyrs.A question was asked from the organisers about the absence of Pakistan team in the Kabbadi World Cup, to which Kapil stepped in and said ‘an Indian should not be asking such a question’. Kapil’s public statement was received with a thunderous applause from the audience.On suspension of future Indo-Pak sporting ties, Kapil left the ball in the government’s court. “These decisions are best handled by the government. We are players and we play when asked to by the government,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgKohima, Dec 10 (PTI) SNF Band of Nagaland has won the coveted title of Hornbill International Rock Contest 2016.In the final of the contest held last night here, SNF Nagaland pipped eight other bands from different parts of the country to win the cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.Crystal and the Witches from Sikkim bagged the second prize of Rs 2 lakh while The Prophets from Mizoram won the third position of Rs 1 lakh.In the individual awards the best vocals went to The Prophets, best guitarist was from SNF, Crystal and the Witches got the best drummer, and the best bassist award was bagged by Mount Groove from Darjeeling.The other finalists who also performed were Mount Groove (Darjeeling), A Touch of Madness (Nagaland), Anti-Trust (Nagaland), Ambush(Assam), Soul Bucket (Nagaland) and I Am We (Kolkata).The judges for the contest were Rudy Wallang, Luke Kenny and Atsung Jamir.Organised annually as part of the Hornbill Festival by the states Music Task Force under Youth Resources and Sports Department, the acclaimed Hornbill International Rock Contest had 20 bands jamming it up before a cheering and clapping audience.Meanwhile, the closing ceremony of 10-day long Hornbill Festival will be held at this evening at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama here. PTI NBS SUS SUSlast_img read more

first_imgAB de Villiers usually has the best seat in the ground to watch Virat Kohli’s mastery in Indian Premier League but the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman missed out on it as his captain went berserk in the IPL 2019 tie against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday.Virat Kohli hit his fifth IPL hundred as he came up with a masterclass, pacing his innings brilliantly well in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s must-win match. Kohli’s 100 from just 58 balls helped RCB post 213 for 4 after being sent in to bat by KKR captain Dinesh Karthik.It was Kohli’s fifth IPL hundred and the first of the IPL 2019 as the RCB skipper smashed nine boundaries and four sixes for his 58-ball 100. Kohli lost his wicket in the final ball of RCB’s innings but he had done enough damage by then.Kohli opened the batting for RCB and started cautiously as Kolkata Knight Riders’ new-ball bowlers removed Parthiv Patel early and kept the scoring rate under the check. Kohli kept the scoreboard moving and stitched a 41-run stand with No.3 batsman Akshdeep Nath.In the absence of AB de Villiers, it looked like RCB lacked momentum in the middle overs but Moeen Ali walked in at No. 4 and completely changed the momentum of the innings. Smashing 66 from just 28 balls, Ali made sure RCB had the platform to go big in the end overs. Ali was quite severe against spinners, especially Kuldeep Yadav as he took the India leg-spinner to the cleaners in his final over wherein 27 runs were collected.advertisementOn the other hand, Kohli came up with a lesson on how to construct a limited-overs innings. Kohli had gotten to his fifty in the 40th ball of his innings but got the next 50 runs in just 18 balls.Kohli did not face a single dot ball in the last 26 balls of his knock wherein he collected 63 runs from the said period. RCB collected 64 runs in their last four overs as Kohli took the KKR bowlers to the cleaners in the death overs.Awestruck by Kohli’s hundred at the Eden Gardens, cricket fraternity heaped rich praise on the India captain, who seems to be warming up for the 2019 World Cup, staring May 30 in England and Wales.VIRAT!!!!!!!!!!!?????? you little biscuit @imVkohli Top knock from @MoeenaliAli as well??Bowlers to follow through what’s been a very good 1st halfAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 19, 2019He must have enjoyed the 100 a lot. Just wants to be in that space where everything is positive. Well played @imVkohliBoria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 19, 2019Virat Kohli has shown us once again why he is regarded ‘The Best’Hunger & Passion Unlimited ??#KKRvRCBHemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 19, 2019.@RCBTweets didn’t look like getting 200+ but what a class performance from @imVkohli!! Moen too looked too good for @KKRiders bowlers, strange that Piyush Chawla bowled just one over?#KKRvRCBR P Singh ????? ?????? ???? (@rpsingh) April 19, 2019Sublime innings from the KING @imVkohli !! True batting masterclass. A straight six through the line, followed by a classic cover drive … WHEW !! Truly enjoyable display by @RCBTweets !! #KKRvRCB !! @DanishSait – Mr Nagsss, what you gotta say about this magnificence ? ????Amitashh Pradhan (@amitashpradhan) April 19, 201950 of 40 balls and another 50 in just 17 more , only King Kohli @imVkohli can do this to one of the best attacks in IPL today, magnificent display of batsmanship and an amazing Century, #RCBvsKKR #IPL2019 #KingKohliKris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 19, 2019Hats off to Virat ????@imVkohli. @RCBTweets #IPL2019Ian Pont (@Ponty100mph) April 19, 2019Also Read | IPL 2019: Kuldeep Yadav breaks down after Moeen Ali onslaught at Eden GardensAlso Read | Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also See:last_img read more

first_imgA player stading at the 50 yard line of USC's football field.LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 9: Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans prays in the middle of the field before the game against the California Golden Bears on October 9, 2004 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)It has only been two weeks, but USC has had quite the roller coaster of events so far this season.First, starting quarterback JT Daniels suffered a season ending torn ACL. Then, backup quarterback Kedon Slovis led the Trojans to a come-from-behind upset victory against Stanford. And finally, athletic director Lynn Swann resigned on Monday.It is highly likely he was strongly encouraged to do so by USC leadership given the current mediocrity of the sports teams. Now, the school is seeking out its new athletic director.USC is certainly a nationally recognized program and global brand. But recent reports suggest contacted candidates for the job aren’t interested. This certainly goes to show how far USC has fallen. While head coach Clay Helton’s job is currently safe, there has been speculation this could be his last year. Of course, it all depends on how the season goes and who the new AD is.But on Tuesday, former NFL head coach Jack Del Rio voiced his interest in potentially coaching for USC one day.Jack Del Rio on ESPN radio: “I’m fully supportive of Coach Helton. I’m supporting him. I’m not undermining him. If and when there was ever was anything, yeah I would be interested.” #USC— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 10, 2019So to summarize — he supports coach Helton, but wouldn’t mind taking his job one day. Certainly a bold way to unofficially submit a resume for a job which is currently filled.Del Rio is a USC alum. The former linebacker played for the Trojans from 1981-84. Clearly, he wants a shot to return to his alma mater and coach for the program he once played for.Would Del Rio be a good fit at USC?last_img read more

first_img Under his chairmanship, NHT housing starts have increased dramatically and in the 2017/18 financial year, the NHT is set to achieve approximately 5,200 housing starts, which will be, by far, the highest number of NHT housing starts in approximately twenty (20) years. Story Highlights In expressing appreciation to Dr. Clarke, Prime Minister Holness stated, “In accordance with the policy of my government, Ambassador Clarke’s stewardship of the National Housing Trust has been characterized by a refocusing of the Trust on its central task of providing housing solutions, and in particular, affordable housing solutions.” Prime Minister Andrew Holness today thanked Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke for his service to Jamaica as Chairman of the National Housing Trust, Chairman of the Board of the Port Authority of Jamaica and Deputy Chairman of the Economic Growth Council. Prime Minister Andrew Holness today thanked Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke for his service to Jamaica as Chairman of the National Housing Trust, Chairman of the Board of the Port Authority of Jamaica and Deputy Chairman of the Economic Growth Council.Having been elected as Member of Parliament for NW St. Andrew last week Ambassador Clarke has given up all positions he held on government boards.In expressing appreciation to Dr. Clarke, Prime Minister Holness stated, “In accordance with the policy of my government, Ambassador Clarke’s stewardship of the National Housing Trust has been characterized by a refocusing of the Trust on its central task of providing housing solutions, and in particular, affordable housing solutions.”Under his chairmanship, NHT housing starts have increased dramatically and in the 2017/18 financial year, the NHT is set to achieve approximately 5,200 housing starts, which will be, by far, the highest number of NHT housing starts in approximately twenty (20) years.In addition, under Dr. Clarke’s Chairmanship, the NHT has completed planning for over 20,000 NHT housing starts by 2020 and has spearheaded innovative programs to drive even more growth in affordable housing solutions through partnership with the private sector.With respect to the Port Authority, the Prime Minister stated, “Dr Clarke assumed the Chairmanship of the Port Authority at a delicate time during the final stages of the divestment process of the Kingston Container Terminal and successfully oversaw the divestment and over US$400 million of investment for Jamaica.”Ambassador Clarke also served as Vice Chairman of the Economic Growth Council.The Prime Minister stated, “Ambassador Clarke was a guiding force behind the Work of the EGC; including wide ranging policy reform recommendations many of which have since been adopted by the Government.”Dr. Clarke continues to serve as an advisor to Prime Minister Holness and Ambassador of Economic Affairs, working out of the Office of the Prime Minister, interfacing with Multi-lateral agencies, and working closely in the monitoring of the Precautionary Stand-By Agreement with the IMF.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says the Ministry is committed to empowering persons with disabilities through skills training so that they can make a decent living. “The stage has been set for young men and women with disabilities to make their invaluable contribution to the creative arena,” Mr. Mayne said, while addressing a function at the Abilities Foundation on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on Thursday (May 31). He informed that discussions have been initiated with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts towards the implementation of training courses “that will create inclusion for persons with disabilities.” Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says the Ministry is committed to empowering persons with disabilities through skills training so that they can make a decent living.He said that in addition to traditional vocational training, focus is being placed on helping disabled persons to harness their creative talents for income generation.He informed that discussions have been initiated with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts towards the implementation of training courses “that will create inclusion for persons with disabilities.”“The stage has been set for young men and women with disabilities to make their invaluable contribution to the creative arena,” Mr. Mayne said, while addressing a function at the Abilities Foundation on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on Thursday (May 31).He said that his Ministry will continue to promote the rights and dignity of disabled persons so that they can reach their full potential, and lauded the work of the Abilities Foundation in “facilitating their social and emotional adjustment in the wider society.”Through the entity’s Social and Economic Inclusion Project, aimed at increasing employability and skills development of poor persons with disabilities, 60 students have been placed in work solutions over a three-year period. Last year, 30 students were placed, which was the largest single placement.A number of public and private sector institutions are supporting the work of the institution, with Digicel Foundation sponsoring a Beauty Services Unit that is providing the students with training in cosmetology, nail technology and make-up artistry.The Abilities Foundation provides vocational education to persons with disabilities, to enable them to function as creative and productive citizens. It was established in November 1991 and is a registered voluntary organisation.The Foundation works in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the HEART Trust/NTA.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – The president of the Winnipeg Rifles of the Canadian Junior Football League has resigned after writing a Facebook post that made reference to Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban.Todd Wilson posted an image Saturday night of a beer vendor working at Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place as the Jets were playing the Vegas Golden Knights in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Western Conference final.The vendor appears to be black; Subban is black.The caption reads: “Two nights ago he was in game 7. Tonight PK Suban (sic) is selling me beer” in reference to the Jets’ downing of Nashville in the second round of the playoffs.Wilson, who is also the league’s deputy commissioner, apologized in a statement on the league’s website, saying it was a poor attempt at humour and that he took it down right after the game.The Rifles football club said in a statement issued Sunday on its website that Wilson’s resignation was effective immediately.“It appears that some people interpreted the post as something other than it was intended,” Wilson said in his statement. “I sincerely apologize for the post and please understand that my comments do not represent any of the organizations that I volunteer with.”League commissioner Jim Pankovich said in a statement on the same website that Wilson’s comment offended several individuals and groups, and is not consistent with the values of the junior football league.“The CJFL does not support or stand by the comments and we want to offer our apologies to anyone who was hurt by the immature behaviour,” he said.Rifles vice-president Dale Driedger, who has taken over as president, said in a statement on the team’s website that the culture of Winnipeg’s amateur football community is about diversity and that the posting is out of step with what the team instills in its players.“Ours is and will always be a welcoming environment for any young person wanting to become involved in minor football,” said Driedger, who has served on the Rifles board since 2015.This is not the first time Subban has been the subject of racial comments during the playoffs.In 2014, the Boston Bruins denounced fans who posted comments on social media targeting the then-Montreal-Canadiens defenceman after he scored in double overtime.Earlier this year, his father, Karl Subban, wrote a letter in support of efforts to have Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the National Hockey League, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.Subban said O’Ree, who stepped onto the ice with the Boston Bruins in 1958, was a “pioneer and a trailblazer” whose story must not be forgotten.“Willie achieved in the face of adversity. He changed the game and he changed society and he changed minds,” he wrote. “He has made it possible for my boys to have the NHL dream and to believe they could achieve it. He changed hockey which is now for everyone. Hockey needed him and so does the Hockey Hall of Fame. The time is right!”Besides P.K., Karl Subban has two other sons who play professional hockey — Malcolm, a goalie with the Vegas Golden Knights and Jordan, a defenceman in the American Hockey League.(The Canadian Press, CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in November indicates that the labour market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Household spending has continued to grow strongly, while growth of business fixed investment has moderated from its rapid pace earlier in the year. On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy remain near 2 per cent. Indicators of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance.Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee judges that some further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate will be consistent with sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labour market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 per cent objective over the medium term. The Committee judges that risks to the economic outlook are roughly balanced, but will continue to monitor global economic and financial developments and assess their implications for the economic outlook.In view of realized and expected labour market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 per cent.In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 per cent inflation objective. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labour market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments.Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Jerome H. Powell, Chairman; John C. Williams, Vice Chairman; Thomas I. Barkin; Raphael W. Bostic; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; Richard H. Clarida; Mary C. Daly; Loretta J. Mester; and Randal K. Quarles.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rabat – Amidst the launching of a master class series, Martin Scorsese expressed his concerns regarding the future of the cinema industry in a world that is facing an industrial and technological revolution.“Everyone can make films today,” and routes to finance films can be found, “but no one can see them, theaters are closing,” explained Scorsese at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM).It is hard to know where the movie theater business is heading in the age of streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, and Hulu. Today, many cinemas have closed, and the number of moviegoers is decreasing globally as people become resentful of the idea of going to the cinema. Despite all the amenities that a cinema theater can offer, attendance graphs show fewer and fewer people are going to the movies.“We’re in a second industrial revolution, and I have no idea how the future is going to shape up in terms of visual storytelling to an audience, in a room, with people watching one screen. I know that it’s essential, and we have to fight to keep theatres open as much as possible because it’s a communal experience,” Scorsese argued.There are countless reasons why many people do not go to the cinema anymore and prefer to watch movies online from the comfort of their home.First of all, the rise of home video streaming services has widened home entertainment options. Large high-definition televisions, Blu-Ray, and DVD players also allow people to watch what they want, when they want, and in cinema level quality.Secondly, movie ticket prices and cinema gimmicks have reached record highs. Movie theater concessions have large markups as cinema exhibitors do not make the money they used to in the past. Most of the ticket cost goes to film production companies and film distributors. Cinema exhibitors are obliged to mark-up the price of concessions to keep their cinemas alive and working.Read Also: Marrakech Festival: Robert De Niro Criticizes Trump’s ‘America First’ Another reason why people stopped going to movie theaters is because the internet has affected the industry as well. The world wide web has enabled viewers to watch films on their phones and computers.Unlike opera and theater, cinema has always been the working man’s medium. Everyone was able to afford a ticket. It was the only form of escapism the working class had.When Scorsese was a child, he was diagnosed with severe asthma. “I couldn’t play sports, I couldn’t run, I couldn’t laugh too much because of the spasms.” Cinema was the only escape for Scorsese. “We were working class people who didn’t have books in the house, so everything was visual … we couldn’t afford to go to the theater and see the plays by Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller.” Filmmakers and storytellers like Martin Scorsese help fight xenophobia, racism, intolerance, and populist nationalism.“If you’re interested in continuing the human species you have to address core issues such as nurturing love, compassion, and understanding other people. Because we now have the power to wipe out mankind. Essentially I keep coming back to these subjects,” said Scorsese. read more

8 February 2007Citing security and development concerns, the United Nations refugee agency, Pakistan and Afghanistan have made plans to close four camps, accommodating more than 230,000 Afghan refugees, by the end of this summer, while providing residents with repatriation and relocation options. “We understand that security near the border is a top priority and stress that refugee camps must retain their civilian nature,” said Guenet Guebre Christos, the representative in Pakistan for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “At the same time, the authorities should recognize genuine humanitarian needs, as they have done in the last 30 years, and offer options to Afghans affected by camp closure.”Under the new arrangement, which was agreed upon at the 12th Tripartite Commission meeting among Pakistan, Afghanistan and UNHCR in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, those residing in the camps located in Pakistani border provinces scheduled for closure this year will be offered two options: voluntary repatriation with UNHCR assistance, or relocation to other camps in Pakistan for those who cannot return to Afghanistan immediately.“We see Afghans who are repatriating from Pakistan as our goodwill ambassadors and I assure you that the government of Pakistan will try to maintain the goodwill,” Pakistan’s Minister of States and Frontier Regions Sardar Yar Muhammed Rind, who oversees refugee issues, told reporters.According to Mr. Rind, more than 2 million Afghan refugees have registered with the Pakistani Government and have been given Proof of Registration cards.Following the agreement, refugees with these cards will receive an enhanced reintegration package of $60, double the amount distributed to those without cards, if they deregister them upon returning to Afghanistan. The two countries have agreed to pool resources to increase this package to $100. Mr. Rind says that Pakistan will pledge $5 million to the fund.“We believe that giving $100 per returnee will help them to reintegrate in a more sustainable way,” said Afghanistan’s Minister for Refugees and Repatriation Ustad Mohammad Akbar Akbar, himself a former refugee.Afghanistan has launched several schemes aimed at helping refugees returning home, including a land allocation scheme establishing 50 townships in 29 provinces, with further plans to set up a total of 100 townships within three years.Shortages of land and shelter are the reasons cited by most Afghan refugees to not to return to their country. A 2005 survey of Afghans residing in Pakistan showed that 57 per cent said repatriation was not a possibility because of a lack of land or shelter to return to.The Tripartite Commission, to be flexible and adapt to changing realities on the ground, will amend and extend the agreement concerning voluntary repatriation until the end of 2009, pending approval by the Governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan, UNHCR said. read more

“You can help us meet the crucial challenge of mobilizing finance to meet the climate challenge,” he said in a video message to more than 100 ministers in Monaco at the start of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).This meeting, focusing on the theme “Mobilizing Finance for the Climate Challenge,” is the largest gathering of environment ministers since last December’s historic UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, where 187 countries agreed to launch a two-year process of formal negotiations on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.Today, Mr. Ban called on the participants at the three-day Monaco conference – also including business leaders, economists, scientists and local government officials, among others – to press ahead with forging a post-Kyoto agreement.The negotiations process is scheduled to wrap up next year at a major summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.“Achieving a deal there is my priority, and that of the entire UN family,” said the Secretary-General, who has made tackling climate change a top priority. “We must sustain the momentum, including through practical actions now.” 20 February 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to environment ministers from around the world to usher in a “new generation” of solutions to climate change. read more

The meeting of the Commission on Population and Development, which began yesterday and concludes on Friday, is focusing on the opportunities and challenges posed by increasing urbanization. The UN estimates that, by the end of this year, half of the world’s 6.7 billion people will live in urban areas. This session of the Commission is “particularly interesting” because the topic of urbanization and its implications has not been dealt with for 10 years, said Hania Zlotnik, Director of the Population Division in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).“What we’re finding is that, as we expected, there’s still great reluctance by governments to acknowledge that urbanization can have even positive effects,” she said at a press conference earlier today.While urbanization poses a number of challenges to local government in terms of governance and the provision of basic services to an increasing population, it also offers opportunities for economic growth. The South African city of Cape Town has been rapidly urbanizing for the past three or four decades. “Ironically, much of the urbanization is happening to Cape Town precisely because there is a viable, vibrant economy that has been booming for the last 10 years and attracting people from across the sub-continent,” the city’s Mayor, Helen Zille, pointed out.She added that modern cities succeed to the extent that they link their populations with the nation’s economy and the nation’s economy with the global economy. “The city has to get both of those right to improve life for the very poor and to enable all to have opportunities in the city,” she stated.David Satterthwaite, from the International Institute for Environment and Development, emphasized that compact, well-designed and well-managed cities can generate a “fantastic” quality of life at a relatively low level of greenhouse gas emissions. “So not only are cities very important for poverty reduction, they’re also very important for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. 8 April 2008Urbanization can have a positive impact on development issues such as poverty, inequality and environmental degradation, so long as the appropriate policies are in place to manage the problems and challenges, experts attending the current session of the United Nations population body said today. read more

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials announced Friday that job growth in the world’s fifth largest economy is now in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s as the longest on record.The country’s most populous state needs between 8,000 and 9,000 new jobs each month to keep up with its growing workforce. But for the past nine years, California has averaged 29,200 new jobs each month, according numbers released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.The more than 3.2 million jobs California has added since 2010 account for more than 15% of the country’s job gains over that time. Friday, the state’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.1% for July, tying a record low first set in 2018.“In every way the American economy is substantially impacted by how California is doing,” Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday at an unrelated news conference. “We continue to be optimistic, but not naive.”The United States’ trade war with China could put California’s job gains in peril, according to Michael Bernick, a former director of the California Employment Development Department who is now special counsel with the Philadelphia-based law firm Duane Morris.Analysts have been warning for a year that tariffs on Chinese imports could threaten U.S. job growth. So far, that hasn’t happened, but the Trump administration recently intensified the conflict by imposing 10% tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese imports, raising fears China would respond with tariffs on U.S. exports.Earlier this month, federal trade officials announced they would delay tariffs on about 60% of those imports until December.“There is no reason we can’t expect continued strong employment throughout 2019 in the absence of some external event. And the tariffs are that potential event,” Bernick said.California’s booming economy was felt earlier this year when Newsom signed a state spending plan that included an estimated $21.5 billion surplus, the largest in at least 20 years. But Newsom and others have been cautious about spending it, warning the country is due for a recession given the unusual length of the recovery.“It is what keeps me up at night,” California Treasurer Fiona Ma said Thursday about a possible recession. “Our president moves the market every day through his Twitters, and that is very unnerving for us.”California’s unemployment rate was lowest in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the country’s tech industry is headquartered. Bernick said while Silicon Valley itself does not account for many jobs in the state, the money it produces has fueled a surge in accompanying industries including finance, real estate and retail.The unemployment rate was highest in the Central Valley, reflecting the seasonal demands of the state’s $20 billion agriculture industry. Imperial County in Southern California had an unemployment rate of more than 20% as surveys reported more than 14,000 people were out of work.___Associated Press reporter Don Thompson contributed.Adam Beam, The Associated Press read more

In the latest update on the tense situation following an Eritrean ban on UN helicopter flights in the so-called Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), the force commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Maj. Gen. Rajender Singh, told a news briefing he was negotiating with Ethiopian military leaders on a withdrawal of their troops to December 16, 2004, levels as called for by Security Council resolution 1640.The resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-member body last week, threatened action, which could include sanctions, against Eritrea and Ethiopia if, in the case of Eritrea, it does not immediately rescind its flight ban, and against both parties if they do not reverse their military build up.Maj. Gen. Singh said he was hopeful for a positive response from the Ethiopians and also intended to meet with the Eritrean Defence Forces leadership on compliance with the resolution.Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that the situation could lead to another round of “devastating hostilities,” which ended following the Algiers peace accords of 2000. Apart from forcing UNMEE to evacuate 18 posts in the TSZ, the ban has endangered peacekeepers who need to be evacuated for medical treatment, forcing them to take the long land route.In its resolution, the Council also demanded that Ethiopia accept the final and binding decisions of the Boundary Commission to which the two governments themselves entrusted the entire demarcation of their border. read more

Conversations with Goodman host Susan LeBlanc speaks with Brock graduate Paul Pounder (BBA ’98) about his academic career.After graduating from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business with a BBA degree and a concentration in entrepreneurship, Pounder returned to his home in Barbados, where he worked for the government for several years and became interested in operations management. This led him to pursue a PhD in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at the University of Birmingham, and more recently to The University of The West Indies where he teaches entrepreneurship and strategic planning.One notable area of his research is social entrepreneurship where he has recently studied prisoner re-entry programs.In this podcast, he describes his research efforts to help prisoners see that they have the potential to expend the energy they had previously put into negative endeavours such as illegal businesses and put it into their re-entry to society in a positive way.Based on the research, prisoners have the entrepreneurial intentions and attitudes that are important in setting up a new business.“They had the toolkit that’s really necessary to leverage an entrepreneurial venture and they were big risk takers which I think is a key part of entrepreneurship – identifying the opportunity, being able to correlate all the resources together and take advantage of the opportunities that existed out there. All those characteristics were very prevalent within the population that I interviewed,” Pounder said.Pounder was on campus earlier this year to visit some of his colleagues that he has kept in contact with since his time at Brock.This podcast is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more

Terry White, Brock University’s President from 1988-96, recalls his chance meeting nearly 30 years ago with Lutz Teutloff, the German art collector and philanthropist who died this past summer. That conversation would have a huge impact on the aesthetic development of Brock’s campus.  • • • • • • • •I joined Brock University in 1988, and in my early meetings with community leaders that summer I stated that one of my objectives was to maintain strong ties with St. Catharines, while also growing contacts with other communities in the Niagara Peninsula from Grimsby to Port Colborne to Niagara Falls to Niagara-on the-Lake. I invited them to share their ideas, suggestions and any individual contacts on how we might work to make this a reality, i.e., viewing Brock as Niagara’s university.Wilbur Dyck, then Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, was hosting a function in August and introduced me to someone he thought I might want to meet — Lutz Teutloff. We had a very interesting and animated conversation, during which I learned that he was an international art dealer based in Germany with galleries at various times in Berlin, Cologne, Bielefeld, Tel Aviv and New York. His interest in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the time was as a developer of commercial and residential property. When he learned that I was the new President at Brock, he admitted he didn’t know much about the University, but was very keen when I invited him to join me on the coming Sunday for breakfast and a campus tour.It was a beautiful Niagara morning for our rendezvous as we walked the campus from one end to the other and viewed the interiors of our buildings. He was highly impressed with the beauty of the site, the Escarpment, manicured lawns and wetlands, trees and flower beds, the architecture, and the already extensive programs and activities offered at Brock.We talked about the potential of Brock to be an important element in Niagara, as a centre for learning, innovative research and creative activities, as well as an economic hub in an area that was struggling with layoffs and closures.Path of Possibilities in its current location beside Brock’s Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research ComplexLutz was swept up in the brainstorming and observed, “Your campus is beautiful, but you don’t have any sculpture!”  Ah, I thought, this could be an important moment for Brock. I replied to him, “You are correct Lutz, as a young university we don’t have any sculpture or public art, BUT, I know someone who could do something about that.”We both judged the morning to be an enjoyable, stimulating time together and committed to being in touch again, before long.We did keep in touch. Lutz had engaging thoughts that he kindly shared on a number of matters.  He was particularly keen on the work of a young Israeli sculptor, Ilan Averbach. He shared photographs of his bold creations and suggested Brock would be an excellent setting for Averbach’s “Path of Possibilities,” which Lutz owned.  Is there a better statement of what Brock in its work could offer its students and faculty than “Path of Possibilities”?As we advanced our thinking, it was apparent that we needed to establish policies for art selection; site location on campus; transportation and installation strategies for such heavy objects; maintenance across a variety of weather, materials and other variables; insurance; security; interpretation to assist viewers; and a host of other logistics that each arrival would entail if we ever were to have more than a single creative work.As a first step, we created a President’s Fine Arts Committee to make recommendations on artwork selection, e.g., to determine if an artwork would be a good fit for Brock’s campus. The composition of the Committee included a representative from the Fine Arts Department (usually as Chair of the Committee), faculty, staff and students.  Of course, their first assignment was, would they recommend that Brock welcome the loan of “Path of Possibilities” to our campus?After campus-wide consultations and Committee deliberations, they unanimously recommended that “The Path of Possibilities” be situated at Brock. I immediately contacted Lutz to share the news of the recommendation, and to confirm that he was ready to commence this partnership with the University.  We both were very happy with his confirmation. The relocation work could begin.Bringing such a large sculpture from abroad to our campus involved many complexities, as one can imagine. Fortunately, Vice-President Terry Varcoe was an exceptional problem solver, one of the best I had seen in my university career. He and his group in Physical Plant (Director Bill Armstrong and Mike Little), along with others from various administrative departments, teamed up to make this project happen, on top of all their other ongoing work.In the meantime, I kept the Teutloffs informed about progress. Hannelore Teutloff is a very talented individual, highly knowledgeable in artistic matters.  She and Lutz were a dynamic team, bouncing ideas off each other and making good things happen. Consultations during the project also included the sculptor Ilan Averbach.Terry White, left, with Hannelore and Lutz Teutloff in an undated photo in London, U.K.Great universities have stimulating and challenging environments. Of course, this is a basic requirement in their teaching/learning and research and creative activities, but also in their culture and surroundings. Brock in its early years had done an excellent job in building the fundamentals in teaching/learning, and research and creative activities. Even with limited funding, it had made good strides with its fine arts presentations in the Centre for the Arts and its speakers’ program. “The Path of Possibilities” would be an important step in enhancing its cultural richness.Over the next months, there was much activity involving the Brock team and Lutz and the sculptor Ilan. When finally the concrete was being poured for the sculpture’s base pad, on the grassy quadrant in front of the Schmon Tower, it was exciting, but gave no indication of all the efforts and initiatives that had preceded that moment.The many pieces of the disassembled sculpture, wood and stone, etc. were next to arrive. The scene reminded me of a family Christmas setting, with Ilan Averbuch playing the part of the parent ready to assemble for the child a huge, complex train set or doll house. As the sculpture emerged from the reconstruction of the components, its beauty and size were striking and impressive. Its presence had an immediate visual impact on the hub of our campus.Lutz Teutloff’s vision was a remarkable reality!It didn’t take long for the news to spread, across campus and around Niagara. For many, “The Path of Possibilities” was a hit.  For others, there was a period of contemplation required to adjust to the newcomer on campus.To repeat an earlier observation in this report, “Great universities have stimulating and challenging environments.” As expected, fine art can be a great catalyst for discussions, opinions and even controversy. Brock was abuzz with “The Path of Possibilities.”Lutz and Hannelore were interested and delighted with my reports on the reception the sculpture was receiving. They also were very complimentary on the professionalism and skill of Brock’s Physical Plant people and others involved in the shipping and installation. Before long, Lutz was suggesting other sculptures that we might be interested in.Over the next several years, the roster of the Teutloff Collection at Brock grew; Lutz saw Brock as a beautiful and safe location for his treasures. “The Gate” was a simple but substantial and impressive piece at the front doorstep of the campus. “Bleeding Harp” led the way as the first interior installation, and attracted attention and commentary from patrons of events in the Performing Arts Centre lobby.The collection grew, the sculptures serving as exclamation marks on the campus where members of the Brock community and visitors could enjoy, learn, discover, react, discuss and contemplate. Certain pieces truly were like exclamation marks. For instance, “She Wolf” was disliked by some feminists, but was highly popular with the students. They seemed to see something in it that they liked.Lutz visited from time to time, and during one of our walk-abouts he suggested that we should think about a “sculpture park.” We could make the collection more widely known as an attraction, a place where visitors to Niagara could come and enjoy the sculptures in their beautiful setting on our campus on the Escarpment. Also, in my mind, not only would it create a better awareness and appreciation of Brock University, but it might plant seeds in the minds of potential students about a very attractive option for their post-secondary educations.Professor Derek Knight was an important link in the process with the Teutloffs. He had talked with them, met the sculptors and had ideas on the Sculpture Park notion and interpretation strategies that would assist in the learning and viewing pleasure of the Brock community, as well as campus visitors. A brief brochure was prepared showing the location of the sculptures on the campus (in the “Park”). It wasn’t long until tourists and other visitors began discovering Brock’s beautiful campus and the sculptures.I recall a meeting of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) that we hosted. For many of the presidents in attendance it was their first time at Brock. A number of them took me aside and shared their compliments on what they were witnessing. They were impressed with what they were learning about our academic programs, the research and creative activities, and the beauty of the campus and our facilities. They liked the “feel” of Brock and were surprised that it had a maturity to it that they hadn’t expected in a younger university. And, of course, the Teutloff Collection was an unanticipated bonus.When I left Brock in 1996, Sue and I took a quiet walk around the campus where the Teutloff Collection had grown to a significant number. At every turn, we could remember the people who made an impact on Brock during our time there.  There were memories of the strong performances of our committed faculty; the caring and creative efforts of our staff; and, of course, the variety and boundless talents, energy and enthusiasm of our students in their studies and extracurricular activities. Also, it was particularly gratifying to think about the support and encouragement of numerous donors, politicians, media and a network of many people and institutions. Altogether, they saw something special in Brock that resonated with them, and they joined together to help it along.This aide-memoir provides a vignette of two special people, Lutz and Hannelore Teutloff, who through their passion for art, have made a memorable contribution to Brock University. Thank you.Terry White, September 2017 read more

Led by brash rookie QB Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns suddenly merit keeping an eye on.Are they legitimate playoff contenders yet? Of course not; only their most ardent fans would say so.Still, the Browns — owners of just one victory over the previous two entire seasons combined — are a club that now matters, not just because they’re capable of winning, as they did 35-20 against the falling-apart Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but also because they have some real characters.First and foremost, of course, both on and off the field, is Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick who helped the Browns (4-6-1) end a 25-game road losing skid that was one shy of the NFL record. After tossing four TD passes and zero interceptions, he made sure to get in his shots against his former head coach, Hue Jackson, who was fired by Cleveland less than a month ago and quickly took a job with the Bengals as a defensive assistant.Afterward, when they met on the field for a handshake, Mayfield resisted what appeared to be Jackson’s attempt to bring him in for a hug. Then, speaking to reporters, Mayfield took what could only be construed as a jab at Jackson and the also-fired Todd Haley, the Browns’ former offensive co-ordinator, saying: “We have people that we believe in calling the plays now.”Wide-eyes emoji!“Didn’t feel like talking,” Mayfield said of his brief postgame interaction with Jackson. “Left Cleveland, goes down to Cincinnati. … It’s just somebody that was in our locker room asking us to play for him and then goes to a different team we play twice a year. Everybody can have their spin on it. But that’s how I feel.”There was more, too. When Browns safety Damarious Randall grabbed a pick in the first half, he ended up out of bounds on the Bengals’ sideline and handed the ball right to Jackson. Hmmmm.With Mayfield joined on offence by dynamic running back Nick Chubb — the fourth rookie in league history with rushing and receiving touchdowns in consecutive games — and young talent such as Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward on defence, plus the sort of swagger Randall showed, it looks as if the Browns might no longer provide the must-not-see-TV they’ve offered for quite some time.In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 12th Sunday:FOSTER’S CASEThe most important takeaway from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster’s arrest on a domestic violence charge could be what, if anything, the NFL ends up doing about it. The 49ers said Sunday they’ll put Foster on waivers; spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is reviewing the matter.FIGHT!As this season spirals out of control, Doug Marrone’s Jacksonville Jaguars keep finding new ways to embarrass themselves. The latest example: Running back Leonard Fournette, who went from his team’s sideline to the opposite sideline to throw punches at Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson near the stands in Buffalo’s 24-21 victory. As if that weren’t enough, the scrap spilled into the tunnel after both players were ejected. Fournette might have been able to help the Jags (3-8) avoid a seventh loss in a row had he remained in the game. Plus, as Hall of Famer Deion Sanders put it on the NFL Network: “This fool ran across the field?!”RIVERS THREW ITHe wasn’t exactly facing much of an opponent, but Chargers QB Philip Rivers sure turned in a performance to remember, completing 25 straight passes and finishing with a 96.6 completion percentage (connecting on 28 of 29 throws) — both single-game NFL records — to help LA top the Arizona Cardinals 45-10 and improve to 8-3. “It was a fun day, to say the least,” Rivers said.LUCK COULD RUN OUTGive Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich credit for creative play designs, having Andrew Luck run pass routes in back-to-back games, including one that resulted in a 4-yard catch on fourth down to move the sticks on a TD drive in Sunday’s 27-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins. But, the coolness of Luck’s first career reception aside, someone also needs to remind Reich that his team’s success depends largely on Luck — and that the QB missed all of last season with a shoulder injury. So maybe it’s time to put those trick plays back in Reich’s pocket.___AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow contributed to this report.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at AP NFL: and Fendrich, The Associated Press read more

A lift stands in use outside of Ohio Stadium as part of a multi-million dollar renovation project Aug. 28. The project is set to be completed Sept. 5, the day before OSU is scheduled to play its first home football game of the year.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorA multi-million dollar Ohio Stadium renovation project is set to be completed just a day before the Ohio State football team is scheduled to take the field for its home opener.Don Patko, associate athletic director for facilities operations, told The Lantern in May that the project was tentatively scheduled to be completed by Aug. 14, but left the option of extending the deadline open.OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in a Thursday email that the project end date was officially changed to Sept. 5, while the Buckeyes are scheduled to play Virginia Tech in the stadium Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.“The bulk of the work will be complete by Monday with minor activities likely to occur throughout next week,” Wallenberg said.Wallenberg said there was “no specific reason” for the change to a later project end date.A construction worker works on a lift outside of Ohio Stadium Aug. 28.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe stadium is undergoing a project that is slated to cost $13.7 million and will see the addition of 2,600 seats to the south stands, the addition of permanent lighting around the stadium for night games and the final stages of a waterproofing project on select parts of A-deck.Additionally, OSU installed a new turf field in the stadium as part of a separate $1.7 million project that saw four new fields installed at multiple OSU facilities.Wallenberg said the project’s final budget hasn’t changed. read more

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference stages a research paper competition each year, and those papers usually contain results and ideas that are far more interesting than anything uttered on stage during the conference’s panels. Here are five trends that emerged in this year’s eight finalists:It’s all about big data sets: Camera-tracked data isn’t new to the pro sports scene; PITCHf/x data has been around for a decade. But only recently have we started to see it, along with other relatively large data sets, take over the research competition at Sloan. Four of the eight paper finalists used camera-tracked data, two more used sizable play-by-play databases, and another used a massive collection of geotagged in-game mobile-device requests from MLB stadiums. Simply put, research that doesn’t have to grapple with the demands of bigger data sets is becoming less common among Sloan paper finalists.The rise of machine learning: With the increased prominence of such large data sets, it was inevitable that state-of-the-art machine-learning techniques would begin to make their mark at Sloan. For instance, one of this year’s most interesting finalists used a “random forest” framework to predict the outcome of a tennis point after any shot based on the speed, trajectory and location of the ball, the context of the shot and priors for a player’s style derived from cluster analysis. (What this means to you is that if it works, the algorithm will be able to ferret out not only the most crucial points in a match, but also the most crucial shots.) Another paper used supervised learning to develop custom player-by-player strategies for pick-and-roll defense in the NBA — a clever way to translate statistical knowledge about a player into actionable tactics. In many ways, an amount of data so staggering can only be coherently processed using these kinds of advanced statistical techniques, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see them used more in future research.A focus on classifying player types: As part of its model, that tennis paper developed what it called “style priors” for each player based on the types of shots he tends to play. Another paper, about complementary players in basketball, estimated the effect of an individual player’s skill set on the behavior of his teammates. The emphasis on underlying tendencies and similar player types to provide context and inform prediction isn’t unprecedented — PECOTA was doing a version of that 13 years ago — but it is now being used with far more granular data, to improve prediction in a wider variety of sports (particularly dynamic ones such as tennis and basketball).The Hot Hand, Part 1,000,000: Few topics have generated more research in psychology and statistics than the hot-hand fallacy. It has surfaced again with a Sloan paper finalist. The seminal work on the subject declared the hot hand nothing more than a trick of the mind, but there’s been a recent trend toward debunking the hot-hand debunkers. Here, that trend continues — using baseball data, the authors find that recent changes in player performance can be predictive and that opposing teams mostly react to them in an appropriate manner. But I’m guessing this won’t be the final word in the hot-hand wars.Fewer finalists from the “Big Four” and more from the business of sport: Compared to Sloan conferences past, this year’s crop of finalists featured easily the fewest papers focused on the North American “Big Four” sports of baseball, basketball, football and hockey. Football1010 NO. OF FINALIST PAPERS Hockey1010 Tennis0001 Business0012 Gambling0010 Using the Internet Archive, I tracked the breakdown of finalists by sport going back to 2013; that year, seven of the eight finalists researched a Big Four sport. This year, the number is down to four. Also of note is the emergence of finalists concerned with the business of running a sports franchise. Zero finalists focused on the subject in 2013 and 2014, but that changed last year with the inclusion of a paper about dynamic ticket pricing. Now we’re up to two finalists focused on topics like brand engagement and sponsorship revenue. Soccer1111 TOPIC2013201420152016 Baseball1312 Basketball4422 read more

first_imgThe 33-year-old was jailed last year for eight-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving not far from Cowell’s home. When he broke into Cowell’s house he was on licence for other burglaries and public order offences. The jury of nine men and three women took less than an hour to find him guilty at Isleworth Crown Court following a four-day trial. He shook his head in disagreement as the verdict was returned.His DNA was found on gloves dropped on his escape from the scene, and on a handprint on a wall at the property, where Cowell has lived for 10 years.February was identified by a security worker as he fled, and later by police who were aware of his “prolific” sprees on previous occasions. It must have been terrifying for the occupants to imagine someone was inside their home while they slept, particularly with a young child in the houseDetective Sergeant James Howarth CCTV showed Darren February outside the house CCTV showed Darren February outside the houseCredit:Metropolitan Police /PA Darren February Some of the jewellery was recovered at the scene but it is understood most of it was not returned. Detective Sergeant James Howarth, the investigating officer, said: “Darren February is a danger to society with numerous convictions under his belt. “It must have been terrifying for the occupants to imagine someone was inside their home while they slept, particularly with a young child in the house.”February will be sentenced on Wednesday morning.  A serial burglar has been found guilty of an almost £1 million raid on Simon Cowell’s home as the music mogul and his family slept and his security guard used the toilet.Police said Darren February, who has committed 58 offences over two decades including 37 convictions for burglary, is a “danger to society”. He broke into the five-bed property in Holland Park, west London, through a patio door and stole jewellery and two passports. Just 10 days after he burgled the X Factor supremo’s home on December 4 2015, February hit 52-year-old father and motorcyclist Kenneth Baldwin with a car and killed him.  Simon Cowell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He told how the couple were “very concerned” for their son Eric, then aged two, when they were woken from their sleep to be told of the break-in. Among the items taken were a ring estimated to be worth half a million pounds, earrings, watches and a diamond bracelet.In his statement Cowell said: “I wish to say that no-one has the right or authority to steal from Lauren or myself.”One of the stolen passports was dropped nearby and recovered that morning, while another was found at a recycling facility in Wandsworth and handed to police. Giles Newell, defending, said his client had been caught up in a case of mistaken identity, but February did not provide an alibi and opted not to give evidence to the court. On one of the days he refused to leave prison to come to court and the trial went ahead in his absence.It emerged during the proceedings that Cowell’s security worker Simon Williams concluded he must have been using the bathroom when the burglary took place.He rejected a suggestion made to the media by Cowell shortly after the raid that it could have been an “inside job”.In a statement read to the court Cowell explained the safe had been left open to allow his partner Lauren Silverman to “quietly get her jewellery” ahead of a flight abroad that morning. Cowell was “very concerned” about his son when the burglary took placeCredit:Rich Fury /AP  Darren FebruaryCredit:CENTRALlast_img read more