DETROIT – Increased demand from rental car companies, strong truck and SUV sales, and recovery from hurricanes in Florida and Texas weren’t enough to push U.S. auto sales into positive territory for October.Sales for the month fell 1.3 per cent compared with a year ago as slowing demand made it almost certain that 2017 will be the first year with declining sales in seven years. Full-year sales almost certainly will fall below last year’s record of more than 17.5 million, although most analysts say demand is still healthy. Automakers reported selling 1.35 million vehicles for the month, according to Autodata Corp.Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen all reported gains for October on Wednesday, but Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Hyundai and others posted declines.At Ford, sales rose 6 per cent due to a big gain in F-Series pickup demand and an increase in sales to fleet buyers such as governments and rental car companies. Nissan sales were up 8 per cent on record sales of the Rogue small SUV, which rose 43 per cent. Analysts said Nissan also had a big increase in fleet sales, although the company said sales to individual buyers increased as well. Toyota and Honda each reported gains of about 1 per cent, while VW brand sales were up nearly 12 per cent.But Fiat Chrysler sales dropped 13 per cent as a 43 per cent cut in fleet sales offset an October record for Ram pickup sales. GM sales fell 2 per cent as all four of its brands posted declines. At Hyundai, sales fell more than 15 per cent with car sales suffering as buyers continued the shift toward trucks and SUVs.September is the only month this year with positive sales numbers. And if history is any indication, November and December will be good months to buy vehicles because companies are likely to raise already high discounts, said Akshay Anand, executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “I do think that consumer interest is still strong regardless,” he said.The October drop came despite big numbers for pickup trucks and SUVs, higher incentives such as cash rebates, and higher sales to fleet buyers. Trucks and SUVs accounted for about 65 per cent of new vehicle sales in October, with cars in the 35 per cent range, which has been typical for much of the year, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice-president of forecasting for the LMC Automotive consulting firm.With millions of late-model cars coming off leases into the used-car market and automakers still trying to clear dealer lots of slow-selling cars, it’s a great time to get a deal on a less-popular sedan, Anand said.New vehicle sales also got a bump from replacement of hurricane-damaged vehicles, although Schuster said it wasn’t as large as expected because many people bought used vehicles. Based on data for the first three weeks of October, sales in Florida rose 5 per cent as shoppers finished purchases delayed by Hurricane Irma. In Houston, they rose only 3 per cent as the recovery from Hurricane Harvey wound down.Automakers raised discounts on vehicles to an average of $3,901, beating the previous record for October of $3,835 set last year, according to J.D. Power. But the average sale price, including incentives, rose to an October record of $32,185, as consumers bought more expensive trucks and SUVs and loaded them with options.Analysts say incentives could go higher toward the end of the year with big marketing pushes to meet year-end sales numbers.
TOKYO – The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal on Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade.The ambitious pact signed in Tokyo runs counter to President Donald Trump’s moves to hike tariffs on imports from many U.S. trading partners. It covers a third of the global economy and markets of more than 600 million people.“The EU and Japan showed an undeterred determination to lead the world as flag-bearers for free trade,” Abe said at a joint news conference with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.Tusk praised the deal as “the largest bilateral trade deal ever.” He said the partnership is being strengthened in various other areas, including defence, climate change and human exchange, and is “sending a clear message” against protectionism.The leaders did not mention Trump by name, but they did little to mask what was on their minds — highlighting how Europe and Japan have been pushed closer by Trump’s actions.The agreement was largely reached late last year. The ceremonial signing was delayed from earlier this month because Abe cancelled going to Brussels over a disaster in southwestern Japan, caused by extremely heavy rainfall. More than 200 people died from flooding and landslides.The measures won’t kick in right away and still require legislative approval. But they will bring Japanese consumers lower prices for European wines, pork, handbags and pharmaceuticals. Japanese machinery parts, tea and fish will become cheaper in Europe.The deal eliminates about 99 per cent of the tariffs on Japanese goods sold to the EU. About 94 per cent of the tariffs on European exports to Japan will be lifted, rising to 99 per cent in the future. The difference reflects exceptions on such products as rice, which enjoys strong political protection from imports in Japan.Overall, European farmers will benefit, Juncker said, though European consumers will be able to more easily buy luscious Kobe beef and famous Yubari melons.The EU said the trade liberalization will help raise European exports of chemicals, clothing, cosmetics and beer to Japan. Japanese will get cheaper cheeses, such as Parmesan, gouda and cheddar, as well as chocolate and biscuits.The imported wine and cheese could hurt sales by Japanese wineries and dairies, but Japanese consumers have historically coveted such European products.The major step toward liberalizing trade has been discussed since 2013.Apart from its deal with the EU, Japan is working on other trade agreements, including a far-reaching trans-Pacific deal. The partnership includes Australia, Mexico, Vietnam and other nations, although the U.S. has withdrawn.Abe praised the deal with the EU for helping his “Abenomics” policies, designed to wrest the economy out of stagnation despite a shrinking population and cautious spending. Japan’s growth remains heavily dependent on exports.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyama
Rabat – Police arrested an employee at the Exchange Office in Casablanca for soliciting a bribe in exchange of giving preferential treatment to a company owner. According to news website Al Yaoum24, the employee is accused of soliciting money from a company owner in exchange of simplifying administrative procedures for him.The company owner reported the bribery case to the authorities using the hotline number recently launched by the Ministry of Justice “which aims to root out unethical practices such as bribery cases and corruption wherever it is found.” The hotline number made available by the Ministry of Justice also led to the arrest of an agent of public authority in Casablanca last week, who accused of soliciting a MAD 10, 000 ($1,100) bribe from a citizen.The Ministry of Justice said it aims through this initiative to encourage people to report cases of bribery and corruption and simplify the administrative and judicial procedures that prevent people from registering corruption and bribery complaints.People will be able to report any case of bribery or corruption by calling the hotline number 08.00.00.47.47. The hotline is currently available in Arabic. Amazigh and French are expected to follow.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
“I will be stopping on my way in Rome to see, I hope, the former king and the people who have been working with him in this so-called Rome process,” Mr. Brahimi told a press conference in Tehran. The envoy also expressed concern about the impact of the military campaign on innocent Afghans, noting that the bombing “is affecting a number of civilians… is hitting a number of Afghan targets, whereas there is absolutely nobody in the whole world, including the Americans and the other members of the coalition, who believe that the Afghans themselves have been guilty of anything.”Expressing regret over the additional sufferings being inflicted on Afghan civilians, Mr. Brahimi reiterated the Secretary-General’s call for an end to the bombing campaign “as soon as possible.”The envoy also confirmed that he was drafting a text offering suggestions on how to advance a broad-based Afghan Government. “On the basis of a paper which we are preparing, we hope to bring together these Afghans and move ahead, by preparing this meeting of Afghans that hopefully are going to start a process – the process – of reaching a broad-based Government,” he said.The Special Representative stressed the need for post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan, saying that the international community for the first time had understood the importance of “a determined, serious, lasting effort to help the people of Afghanistan reconstruct themselves.””We have been given very strong assurances that substantial resources will be made available for this effort,” he said, adding that the UN was already trying to prepare the ground for reconstruction programmes.The press conference followed a meeting between Mr. Brahimi and Iranian President Mohammed Khatami. Meeting later with representatives of UN humanitarian agencies based in Tehran, Mr. Brahimi reaffirmed that the relief effort was currently his foremost concern.
Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2013 5:23 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,996.34 up 49.05 points):Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Down a penny, or 8.70 per cent, at 10.5 cents on 63.94 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 27 cents, or 1.49 per cent, at $18.44 on 8.22 million shares. The giant gold miner finally closed in the black after four consecutive days of slide. Gold stocks were punished as price of the bullion lost its lustre earlier in the week. The June gold contract rose US$9.80 to $1,392.50 per ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 30 cents, or 5.85 per cent, at $5.43 on 6.16 million shares. The gold sector was the biggest gainer among the subgroups, rising 2.74 per cent to 189.16 points.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 4.30 per cent, at $3.64 on 5.63 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 12 cents, or 0.87 per cent, at $13.99 on 5.48 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 40 cents, or 3.51 per cent, at $11.80 on 5.2 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (932.94 up 9.34 points):Renegade Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:RPL). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 4.10 per cent, at $1.27 on 5.54 million shares.Soltoro Ltd. (TSXV:SOL). Oil and gas. Up 1.5 cents, or 7.14 per cent, at 22.5 cents on 3.63 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down 49 cents, or $13.80 on 2.47 million shares. A short outage at the smartphone maker’s apps store left users unable to download content. The company did not say how many BlackBerry users were affected by the technical glitch.Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A). Retailer. Up 57 cents, or 0.79 per cent, at $72.86 on 193,505 shares. The general merchandise, clothing and sporting goods retailer reached a long-term agreement on contracts with the franchise dealers who operate its 490 Canadian Tire stores.
“When solidarity is lacking in one country, it’s felt around the world,” the pontiff said according to an FAO statement. He told delegates from the 172 nations attending the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to make sure their pledges assure food security to all citizens are put into concrete practice, saying that the right to a healthy diet was about dignity, not charitable hand-outs. Despite there being enough food for everyone, food issues are regularly subject to manipulated information, claims about national security, corruption and “teary-eyed” evocations of economic crisis, Francis said. “That is the first challenge we need to overcome,” he said, urging that the rights of the human person need to be embedded in all aid and development programmes.The fight against hunger and under-nutrition is being handicapped by “the priority of the market and the pre-eminence of profit, which have reduced food to a thing to be bought and sold, and subject to speculation,” the pontiff added. He also highlighted the need to care for the environment and protect the planet. “Humans may forgive but nature does not,” he said, continuing: “We must care for Mother Nature, so that she does not respond with destruction,” flagging the upcoming UN climate conference in Lima, Peru COP20 (COP20) and France (COP21) as opportunities for doing so. Global leaders on Wednesday approved the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and a Framework for Action, embracing voluntary principles aimed at addressing today’s major nutrition challenges and identifying priorities for enhanced international cooperation on nutrition. Among its priorities are to forge ways to tackle obesity, a growing global health problem even in lower-income countries, to combat micronutrient deficiencies that affect two billion people worldwide, and assure access of all people to healthy diets required for development. “For the first time in history, humanity can say that misery is not fate and that hunger is completely avoidable,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said while introducing the pontiff. Pope Francis has been an outspoken advocate for the poor, saying it is a “God-given right of everyone to have access to adequate food” and urging everyone to be more conscious of their “food choices,” including waste, to end the “global scandal” of hunger. Earlier this month, the Pontiff wrote a letter to global leaders at the G-20 summit in Brisbane, citing malnutrition as the first of the problems they should seek to solve. Queen Letizia of Spain, also speaking at ICN2, highlighted the “special importance” of women in ensuring family nutrition. She also argued that in addition to the moral imperative of tackling hunger, there is an economic one. “Investing in better nutrition can raise productivity and economic growth, reduce health care costs and promote education,” she said.
OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) intercepts a ball in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAny fan who only watched the first three quarters of play would probably assume No. 2 Ohio State was overcome by a poor offensive display and occasionally weak defense against No. 3 Michigan. But the last half of the game belonged to the Buckeyes, including the double overtime period that saw OSU score twice.Late-game heroics by junior H-back Curtis Samuel, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the entire OSU defense led the Buckeyes to one of the most thrilling victories ever in the greatest rivalry college football has to offer. Sure, this game might not have been as great as the 2006 No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown in Ohio Stadium. But the thrilling conclusion to a gritty and intense matchup will remain in the minds of players, coaches and fans for years to come. OSU co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he was happy for the sendoff the seniors received, and was pleased with his defense, even with 310 yards surrendered. Drama in about every form happened in this game. From failed fake punts, missed open receivers, a few scuffles and even a Jim Harbaugh meltdown, the 113th meeting between OSU and Michigan is one for the record books. Here are five takeaways from The Game on Saturday.“Feed off each other”The phrase “feed off each other” was used by Fickell in the postgame press conference immediately following the game. He was referring to the OSU offense feeding off the success of its defense. While the Buckeyes’ offense was struggling, the Silver Bullets were keeping OSU in the game.One of the biggest plays that happened all game was a tackle for loss by redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard. For Michigan, the dynamic junior linebacker/defensive back/do-it-all player Jabrill Peppers lined up as a quarterback in the redzone. He took the snap and moved left, but Hubbard was right there.Normally in this scenario, the defensive player, especially when it’s a lineman, would get juked out of his shoes. Instead, Hubbard stayed home, planted his feet, drove his hips and was able to get his hands on Peppers’ ankles. OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker was there to help finish the tackle Hubbard started.“We were thinking there was going to be a sweep or something like that,” Hubbard said. “He picked the ball up and tried to get on the edge, he squared up and tried to shake me and I squared up. I just dove for his legs and got his legs. Good thing I had Malik there to help me out.”It might have taken a few plays for OSU to capitalize on a touchdown-saving tackle, but the energy level on the sideline following the big play early on was instantly elevated. Each unit for the Buckeyes’ has been complimenting the other, and that’s when they are the most dangerous. Case in point, Saturday’s come-from-behind win.Raekwon McMillan will most likely leave for the NFL draftAlthough there are more important things on the mind of OSU coaches following a top-five win, this one should take precedence the moment the season is over. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan played out of his mind on Saturday, further solidifying his already high draft stock.A standout since his freshman year, McMillan is the epitomization of an agile and hard-hitting middle linebacker — the exact reason he led the team in total tackles with 16 and was tied for the lead with seven solo tackles.Right now, McMillan is ranked as the No. 4 inside linebacker prospect by WalterFootball.com. His speed and long arms make him an asset to any team looking for an instant starter at the next level.OSU is not thinking of replacing players quite yet, but losing McMillan in the middle would create an enormous hole in the defense that hasn’t existed since he came to campus in 2014. The biggest downfall in his game is over the middle pass coverage, but that can be helped. The Buckeyes are celebrating Saturday’s win for now, but it seems likely they will be without their leading voice on defense next season.2016 OSU vs. Michigan is an instant classic“That was the craziest this place has been ever since I’ve been here,” said redshirt senior center Pat Elflein. “That was the ultimate … it was an electric atmosphere.”A fitting Senior Day end for a player who has logged five years in Columbus. Three quarters of dull and lifeless play were wiped away as Samuel lept across the goal line in double overtime.To read about it, you probably wouldn’t believe all that transpired on a chilly autumn afternoon in Columbus. But, the comeback for OSU happened, and the Buckeyes have now defeated Michigan in five straight contests.Harbaugh did his best Meyer impression by tossing his headset after a disputed call, reminiscent of the Meyer throwing his headset during the 2014 Sugar Bowl after Alabama was flagged for running into the kicker and not a personal foul. Needless to say, he was not pleased.The game-winning play by Samuel with Elflein leading the way and the team embrace in the endzone was picturesque. Even the mob scene in the middle of the field following the game will be something remembered by OSU fans for a long time to come.There has been more than 100 meetings between the two rivals, but this one is near the top of the list of best finishes.Barrett’s legs are his biggest assetAfter early-season discussions about a possible Heisman run for Barrett, OSU fans have had to deal with mediocre passing from the redshirt junior. In his last two game, he’s 25-for-54 for just 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Those numbers are far from the four touchdown performances against Oklahoma and Nebraska. Against Penn State, Barrett tossed a touchdown and picked up 245 yards, but ran for just 26. In a game where the offense needs a spark, it’s up to the legs of the redshirt junior to keep OSU moving forward. OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs into the endzone for a touchdown during the first overtime of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorContrary to his poor passing numbers, Barrett has rushed for 230 yards in his last two appearances. His ability to tuck it and run allows OSU to free up space for other runners, and even cause the secondary to cheat up on some passes.Saturday against Michigan is a prime example of Barrett using his legs more than his arm, as a key run in the first overtime period was crucial to OSU’s victory. With Barrett at the helm of the Buckeyes, the ability to turn to the run when the pass isn’t working is what masks him one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten.OSU should have a spot reserved in playoffThis one has a lot of speculation behind it, but needs just a little thought to understand. OSU beat a very, very good Michigan team, even if the Wolverines came in with a loss. Currently sitting at No. 2, OSU has wins over the No. 3 team (Michigan), No. 6 team (Wisconsin) and No. 8 team (Oklahoma). A close loss to No. 7 Penn State hurts, but the fact that OSU is 4-1 against teams ranked in the College Football Playoff poll makes them a very convincing case for the playoffs. Elflein said himself, “How can you keep us out?”Barrett too, feels it’s unrealistic to keep out the Buckeyes.“At this time, I think we are one of the top four teams in the country, personally, but I think that, like I said, it’s up to the committee to do their thing,” he said. “Hopefully everything works out in our favor.”FiveThirtyEight.com, one of the most used online statistics websites, did a probability of each team near the top reaching the playoff. And at the top was OSU with a 90 percent chance. Alabama, the No. 1 team in the nation, has a 91 percent chance.The stars aligned for the Buckeyes in 2014, and this year has the makings of more luck for the Scarlet and Gray. Take a look back at some of the breaks OSU had on Saturday, like Michigan miscues on offense or the spot for Barrett’s draw on fourth and inches, even though later pictures proved he did make it.A 90 percent chance is not a guarantee, but it’s definitely going to make viewers tune in on Tuesday for the latest playoff polls. Expect to see OSU’s name in the No. 2 spot again.
A DEADLY CHILL still has much of the United States and Canada in its wintry grip, as the record-breaking cold snap brings temperatures lower than on the surface of Mars.Authorities have opened shelters for the homeless and anyone else who needed a warm place, and have reported at least 21 cold-related deaths across the country since Sunday, including seven in Illinois, and six in Indiana.At least five people died after collapsing while shoveling snow, while several victims were identified as homeless people who either refused shelter or didn’t make it to a warm haven soon enough to save themselves from the bitter temperatures.In Missouri on Monday, a 1-year-old boy was killed when the car he was riding in struck a snow plough, and a 20-year-old woman was killed in a separate crash after her car slid on ice and into the path of a tractor-trailer.Polar bearIt was so cold in Chicago that the polar bear at the Lincoln Park zoo was brought inside to warm up, and she had not built up the winter fat stores of her wild cousins.In Kentucky, an escaped inmate begged to be let back into prison so he could warm up after spending the night shivering in an abandoned house.All of Canada and all the US states bar tropical Hawaii recorded temperatures below freezing on Tuesday, even usually sunny and warm Florida and California.But the most dangerous cold, that can cause frostbite in a minute and death in a matter of hours, hit the Midwest as the ‘polar vortex’ brought frigid air from the Arctic.A homeless man who wanted to be identified as John, tries to stay warm on a steam grate in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)Schools, businesses and government offices were closed. Water mains and household pipes froze. Airplanes were grounded, trains were halted and roads and sidewalks became ice rinks.The town of Embarrass, Minnesota, recorded the lowest temperature in the United States yesterday at a frigid -37 Celsius.Factoring into wind chill, temperatures dipped as low as -52 Celsius in Montana and was in the -40 to -50 Celsius range in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.That’s cold enough to toss a cup of boiling water into the air and watch it turn into snow before it hits the ground.Colder than MarsThe Mars Rover has been sending back daily temperature readings from its tour of the Red Planet ranging from -25 to -31 degrees Celsius.“To be fair, though, Mars is still way colder,” the Smithsonian Institute wrote in a blog post. But then again, Mars is 78 million miles further away from the Sun.For a more Earthly comparison, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station recorded a temperature of -23 Celsius and a wind chill factor of -35 Celsius on Tuesday.Brutal chillThe brutal chill came as people in the Great Lakes region were still digging out from two massive snow storms which dumped more than two feet of snow.More than 500 people spent Monday night stuck on a train that was stranded by snowdrifts on the line between Detroit and Chicago, while nearly 2,500 flights were cancelled in the United States on Tuesday and 3,400 were delayed.That brought the total of flights cancelled since the latest snowstorm hit on Thursday to more than 18,000.Toronto’s Pearson Airport temporarily halted ground operations early Tuesday because of “equipment freezing” and out of concern for the safety of airport personnel, it said on its Twitter account.Police reinforcements were called in to the airport to deal with rising tension among stranded travellers.The governor of Illinois declared a state of emergency Monday and called up the National Guard to help rescue stranded motorists as high winds whipped up blinding snow.Guardsmen were also deployed in Indiana and New York, a Pentagon spokesman told AFP.Even hardy Canadians were complaining of the cold amid widespread power outages.Meteorologists predict the cold snap will ease of Wednesday. The Curiosity rover is driving around in a crater at, roughly, the equivalent latitude of Venezuela.
During a press conference this Tuesday, Pep Guardiola revealed that he doesn’t expect a more mature version of left-back Benjamin Mendy.In football there are players like Benjamin Mendy, who are different from the rest, they have a more jovial demeanor as they can’t seem to have an off switch and manager Pep Guardiola knew this when he first signed the Frenchman from AS Monaco.Ever since he got to Manchester City, this player has always shown a predilection for the more active way of life, the one that isn’t necessarily as private as perhaps the manager would like.Pep Guardiola has learned to separate the player from the public persona with Mandy and other players, but the Frenchman is the one who has given him a more challenging relationship.From the very start at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola repeatedly stated that he never really appreciated the social media life that his defender led, Mendy vowed to slow it down a bit but he never really did it.Now after a couple of years have passed, it appears that the Catalan manager has finally given up on his pursue to stop Mendy from being so public with his life and he has finally accepted the Frenchman for who he is.🗣 | Pep Guardiola: “Benjamin Mendy is in the squad tomorrow (against Burton). Maybe on the bench.”#FPL #FantasyPL #FFScout #GW24 #mcfc pic.twitter.com/6y3xXxq5NU— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) January 22, 2019On Tuesday, when asked about this public persona that Benjamin Mendy has on all his social media accounts, Guardiola explained why he doesn’t have a problem with it anymore.The Catalan manager will be happy as long as the payer responds on training and on the pitch, he doesn’t care about the stuff outside work anymore.“I am delighted with Benjamin,” Guardiola told a news conference via Four Four Two.“I am sad because we were not able to play him because of injuries but that sometimes happens.”“The way he is training, the way he is in the locker room… you cannot imagine how much the people love him. I am delighted – I just want to use him more! That’s all.”“I am not unhappy with Mendy [using social media heavily]. I am not here to change his mentality. His way, the way he lives… is what it is. When we bought him, we knew it.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So, when we are talking about training sessions, always it’s perfect but he is active on social media. He likes to be. It is what it is.”“We try to convince him, but I’m not his father! [I tell him]: ‘Be focused on your job and what we have to do. You are young, and you can be one of the best left-backs, but it’s up to you,’” he added.Pep Guardiola: Benjamin Mendy ‘needs to be focused’ to achieve potential https://t.co/OYoao9X0Z6 pic.twitter.com/SsCpZHlnCg— Prem Brew (@prembrew) January 23, 2019After hearing Pep Guardiola speak frankly about Benjamin Mendy’s lifestyle, thinking about the poor way in which Jose Mourinho managed this with Paul Pogba at Manchester United is inevitable.The Portuguese manager truly hated this side of the French midfielder, they were always at odds for several reasons but one of the biggest disagreements they had was due to an Instagram story that Pogba posted after Manchester United was eliminated from the FC Cup by Derby County.We could see Paul laughing on a short video right after the Red Devils were eliminated in penalties, this was the origin of the already famous argument between the two of them on next morning’s training session after the infamous defeat.Pep Guardiola takes a very different approach to this with Benjamin Mendy, he prefers to understand his players instead of trying to limit him and this has brought a very peaceful relationship between the two.Even if Pep Guardiola doesn’ like the whole circus that is the social media lifestyle, he understands that times have changed and everybody has to adapt to the new era.‘I’m not his dad’ – Guardiola won’t change much-loved Mendy https://t.co/3P2ThhhBvl pic.twitter.com/KZXk9nDGia— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 22, 2019What’s your take on players who love using social media for everything? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
First look at Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S Now playing: Watch this: 3:16 Gaming Culture Post a comment The new horror game is based on a smoking statistic. Valery Sharifulin/Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration is changing how it’s tackling tobacco use among teenagers. One Leaves is a free horror game for Xbox and PC designed to educate teens about smoking dangers.Part of the FDA’s The Real Cost antismoking campaign, the game targets the 12-17 age range, the group most likely to experiment with cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The game’s premise is based on the statistic that three out of every four teens who smoke in high school will continue into adulthood despite trying to quit. You wake up in a cage with three other people. An ominous voice tells you the rules: The four of you must try to escape, but only one of you will. The rest will be trapped inside forever. You can run, but only in short bursts because you have poor lung capacity.”This game is part high school, part hospital and part hell,” Gary Resch of marketing agency FCB New York said in a release Wednesday. FCB helped create the game and the Real Cost campaign. If you’re not the first to make it out, the voice gives you the bad news. “You’re trapped. Game over. Just like three out of four teens who think they’ll escape smoking — but don’t know the real cost of cigarettes,” it says. Another catch? The maze changes each time you play the game. So if there’s a way to win, it’s going to be a challenge. Popular esports gamer and Fortnite star Ninja tweeted a playthrough of the game on Tuesday. He said the game’s message was important to him because his grandfather was a heavy smoker. Share your voice Watch my playthrough of a NEW game called One Leaves! I swear it wasn’t scary at all… 😶 https://t.co/L97U4MVNOS @KnowTheRealCost #OneLeavesGame #ad— Ninja (@Ninja) March 19, 2019 The game has been available since February. Plans are in the works to make One Leaves a real-life escape room experience at this year’s Winter X Games. 0 Tags
Vijayawada: Former Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu has visited the flood-affected areas in the city. He interacted with the residents of Geetanagar and Ramalingeswar Nagar in the city limits. He inquired about flood relief operations. The TDP supremo said that the state government hatched a conspiracy to submerge his residence by not regulating the flood properly. As a result, thousands of houses were submerged with floodwater. He wondered as to why the government was worried about the flood threat to his residence. He said that the government failed to extend help to victims in the flood-affected areas. He took strong objection to the decision of the government to close Anna canteens. He said that the canteens would have provided food to flood victims. TDP MLAs and leaders were also present.
Gaurav had been suspended by the university administration last year for his alleged role in the violence that singed the campus in 2017 over the issue of safety of students. He was accused of helping to burn down a bus in the violence, reported NDTV.The police have accessed the CCTV footages to apprehend the accused. “We have arrested four people in this matter. It was a case of personal enmity,” Anil Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Varanasi Cantonment told a news agency. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot.FacebookA Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student was shot at outside the gates of his hostel inside the university campus on Tuesday evening. The student, Gaurav Singh, succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning.The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot. The BHU student was pursuing his masters and resided in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on the university campus. He was standing outside his hostel and talking to his friends when the mishap occurred. Although he was rushed to the trauma centre of the BHU’s Institute of Medical Sciences after sustaining bullet injuries, his life could not be saved. Rakesh Singh, Gaurav’s father, reportedly works at BHU.
Fact fileAnger mounted in London on Wednesday over a devastating tower block blaze which killed at least 17 people, as police said some of the victims were left unrecognisable by the blaze.Locals yelled questions at Mayor Sadiq Khan as he walked through the west London neighbourhood where the 24-storey Grenfell Tower went up in flames early on Wednesday.”How many children died? What are you going to do about it?” a boy asked Khan, as the mayor tried to stop tensions rising further.”You can see the anger for the community, justifiably so,” he said.”Many people have been saying for some time now, their concerns about the housing we’re talking about now, but also other tower blocks around London.”Grenfell Tower was home to around 600 people and whole families remain missing after the fire, which forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety.Of the 17 victims found by emergency services so far, six were outside the tower, while it has not yet been deemed safe enough to recover the 11 bodies found inside.”They are simply not recognisable because of the fire,” Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police’s identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower.One of the victims was named as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.”Mohammed undertook a dangerous journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the UK, in his own home,” the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.As the fire continued to burn more than 36 hours after the blaze started, police commander Stuart Cundy said he did not expect to find any survivors.”There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody. The process will be very long. We’re talking weeks, we’re talking months,” he said.Cause of fire unknownQuestions are growing about how the flames spread so quickly, engulfing the tower’s 120 apartments in what fire chiefs said was an unprecedented blaze.The focus of criticism centres on the cladding fitted to external walls on the 1970s concrete block as part of a £8.7 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) refit completed last year.According to the BBC, the cladding had a plastic core and was similar to that used by high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, which had also suffered fires that spread.Rydon, the firm responsible for the refit, said the project “met all required building regulations”.Harley Facades, which fitted the panels, told the BBC: “At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.”London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said they still did not the cause of the fire, where it started or why it spread in such a way.’Shaken to the core’Earlier on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry, an official review of action by public institutions.In addition to debate over the cladding, questions have also been raised over why there was no sprinkler system in the Grenfell Tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or any central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents.Official fire service advice for residents to stay in their homes and use towels to block out smoke, while awaiting help, has also come under scrutiny.Local lawmaker Emma Dent Coad said grieving families had “lost their loved ones and their communities have been shaken to the core. They need answers”.Fellow London MP Harriet Harman urged politicians to pursue the inquiry without delay, warning Fire Minister Nick Hurd if they didn’t act “you and all of us are culpable”.Emergency fundGrenfell Tower is part of a social housing estate in north Kensington, just streets away from some of the most expensive homes in the world in Notting Hill.Residents have said their safety concerns were ignored, arguing their fears would have been addressed before the tragedy had they lived in a more upmarket area of London.”If this happened somewhere near Knightsbridge this would have been resolved. It wouldn’t have been an issue,” said Nana Akuffo, 46, a chef volunteering at a local community centre.David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said the building’s management had failed to listen to residents’ calls for improvements on fire safety.”This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn’t get served by the people representing them,” Collins told AFP.The government on Thursday set up an emergency fund to allow the local authorities to deal with the disaster.Hundreds of thousands of pounds have already been raised online for the victims, while local community centres were inundated by donations of clothes and food.
Kolkata: Bringing to the fore the failure of production houses in clearing payments in West Bengal’s entertainment industry, an association of suppliers on Monday threatened to go on a cease work agitation if their dues were not cleared in the next four days. “The suppliers are facing huge problems as certain producers haven’t cleared payments (in crores) for a very long time… Till Thursday if we don’t see any initiation of payment, the suppliers will not take the responsibility to support the industry,” Neet Paul, General Secretary, Cine Video and Stage Supplier Welfare Association (CVSSWA), told the media here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata It is a body of members who supply camera, generator, lights, costume, vehicles and other props required for shootings. There are 60-70 members in the welfare body and more than 600 people who work under them. Many suppliers have become bankrupt and one of them even thought about committing suicide. “We are no one to stop work but the vendors are helpless and will not be able to provide the supplies without payments. We could have taken a legal step but wanted the channels, producers and suppliers to sit together and solve the issue,” Argha Mitra, Assistant Secretary, CVSSWA, said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Pal named one producer Rana Sarkar who owes the suppliers more than Rs 2 crore and is absconding. The said producer has allegedly not cleared payments of 14 suppliers for some of his television serials. “We still hope that the industry will support us. We do believe in the judicial system but we cannot wait for months and years involved in a legal process and want the matter to be solved within ourselves,” Paul said. The West Bengal Motion Picture Artists’ Forum is supporting the suppliers. “We are approaching the channels as the serials are their products and they can easily solve the issue by making the payments. If the artists and technicians can get their dues, the suppliers should not be left behind,” Mitra added. Costume supplier Zakir Hossen Mollick, a member of the body, said the producers thought that the suppliers lacked a collective voice and no one will stand up against them.
Don’t be mysterious. You wouldn’t believe how many business websites I’ve scanned where the phone number, address, contact names, product prices and hours of operation are either hard to find or missing altogether. Check your site to see if your vital info can be easily found. Get those contacts in bigger fonts, up higher, and visible on every page of your site, not hidden under a ‘contact’ tab.Have you changed your business website lately? What updating tips did you find useful? Leave a comment and let us know. Refresh the About page. Your About page is usually the second-most visited page of any site, which means it’s an important page that needs to put a friendly ‘face’ on the company. Rewrite it to include fresh company news — awards won, new products introduced, offices opened or new team members who’ve joined. Blog — or don’t. If your business website has a blog that hasn’t been updated in three months or more, it’s time for a serious talk. Blogs can drive new prospects to your site, but a dusty, dated blog doesn’t send a good message. Make a decision to either kick that blog back into gear — posting at least once a week — or get rid of it. min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Get a makeover. If your site hasn’t gotten a new look in several years, it’s probably starting to look dated, Rusenko notes. Customers become bored and feel nothing new is happening at your company. Consider a redesign that reflects your company’s current direction and attitude. January 13, 2012 When’s the last time you read your own website? No, seriously — the last time you looked at every page, clicked every link and read every word on it.If it’s been a while, it’s probably time to refresh both your site’s content and its look. Here is a seven-step program for giving your site a tune-up — some tips are courtesy of David Rusenko, CEO and co-founder of the site-building platform Weebly, while some are my own: Add news and stories. Want some free media coverage? Start putting out press releases and posting them on your site. When reporters visit, they’ll scan those and get the sense that your business has a lot going on. Each of those releases might spark media interest on their own, too. For extra credit, post a specific media contact name, so reporters know just who to call. Fix the problems. As websites get updated, things tend to get hinky in the design. One page uses a different color or font. Another has different margins or a different template. Links get broken. The next thing you know, the whole site looks chaotic or sloppy. Take the time to check each page, smooth out the bumps and make sure information is accurate and links are working. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Simplify. Do you have three sidebars crammed with different widgets? Get back to basics. Look at each page of your site and ask yourself what one action you’d like visitors to take — sign up on your email list? Pick up the phone and call you? Whatever it is, make that the only action to take on that page. Too many choices cause confusion and make prospects leave. Register Now »
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. October 8, 2018 For many of us, we probably take for granted how frequently we look at screens. If you’re working at a desk, you’re spending hours on end staring at one, and then if you take a brief glance around any public transportation or grocery store line, more often than not you’ll seen an array of bowed heads as people swipe at their phones.Screens are pretty hard to avoid. That’s why a new company called IRL is making a pair of glasses that not only block out the sun, but also block out LCD and LED screens (not OLED screens such as those found in the newest iPhones. That’s apparently coming in version 2.).Related: 9 Sleep and Health Myths You Should Stop BelievingThe startup set up a Kickstarter for its IRL Glasses and have already surpassed its goal of $25,000 with $55,382 and counting, with 22 days to go. The glasses retail for $79, but the first 100 backers will get theirs for $39. According to the Kickstarter page, IRL spoke with optics engineers at Waymo, Nasa and Snap to figure out how to make an even more advanced pair.The glasses will ship to backers in April 2019. But if you’re thinking that the no-screen life sounds pretty good in the meantime, there are a few things that you can do to cut down on screen time.Cutting down on screen timeIf you’re at work, leave your phone and computer at your desk during breaks and go socialize with some friends or colleagues. Sit at a lunch table in the office or even, and — we know this sounds crazy but hear us out — go outside.As convenient as Gchat and Slack are in the workplace, try changing it up. If you need to talk to someone, get up and walk over to their desk, get on the phone or recommend a walking meeting and take a lap outside your office building.To make it cutting back on screen time a habit, actually set a timer. Whether it’s for every 30 minutes or every two hours, when that alarm goes off, you have to get up and away from your devices, wherever you are.Related: 5 Meditation Apps to Help You Find Your PeaceYou could also take your devices out of your bedroom. We’ve all been there, it’s after midnight and you’re thinking, it’s fine, it’s just one more level in this game or one more Instagram Story. Remove the temptation and see how your sleep improves.A lot of times we default to screens because we’re bored. If you’re commuting, instead of scrolling through Twitter of Facebook, bring an actual book or magazine. Or swap out another hobby that is easily transportable. Maybe take up knitting.Those are just our suggestions. How do you take a break from screens? Let us know in the comments. How Success Happens 3 min read Listen Now
News | Enterprise Imaging | January 16, 2019 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Partners With Philips for Health IT and Clinical Informatics Philips announced that NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has chosen to implement the company’s IntelliSpace Enterprise… read more Related Content Sponsored Content | Webinar | PACS | January 17, 2019 WEBINAR: Seamless Interoperability – Fact or Fiction? This ScImage-sponsored ITN/DAIC webinar will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. read more August 18, 2008 – ProSolv CardioVascular, a FUJIFILM company, today released ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0, a new software release featuring a Web-based application for full viewing and reporting capabilities using Web communication protocols, secured via SSL, in addition to a Web URL single-click application download and installation for easier deployment. Other enhancements include new advanced clinical tools to further aid the diagnostic process, and the full integration to FUJIFILM Medical Systems’ Synapse PACS.The company said the Web-based functionality delivered in ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0 will enable all cardiac modalities to be merged into a single system for a single point of access anywhere.A number of new clinical reporting features are included in ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0. An echocardiography, pediatric echo reporting and a Z-score module have been added so users can easily report more than 40 pediatric measurements and calculations against the normal ranges and Z-scores. For nuclear cardiology, Invia 4DM-spect version 5.2 is now supported, offering features like saved state. Other new features and enhancements introduced in ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0 include a new default echo measurement analysis package, improvements to ProSolv CardioVascular’s coronary tree functionality, and resting ECG management, including holter monitoring support delivered by ProSolv CardioVascular’s OpenECG Module, powered by Epiphany.Rounding out the new features in ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0 is the seamless integration of FUJIFILM’s Synapse PACS radiology application, enabling all ProSolv cardiology users to access a patient’s complete radiology data from one workstation, with a single sign-on and familiar user interface. ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0 is immediately available in the U.S.For more information: www.prosolv.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more Podcast | Cardiac Imaging | March 12, 2019 PODCAST: Fitting Artificial Intelligence Into Cardiology How smart algorithms might reduce the burden of modern practice read more Technology | Cardiac PACS | February 13, 2019 Philips Launches Latest Iteration of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular at HIMSS 2019 Philips announced the launch of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 4.1, its next-generation cardiovascular image and… read more News | August 17, 2008 New ProSolv Cardiovascular 4.0 Web-Based Image Viewing Software Released News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more Dianna Bardo, M.D., is the vice chair of radiology for clinical development at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Sponsored Content | Webinar | Enterprise Imaging | March 06, 2019 WEBINAR: Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital The webinar “Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital” will take place at 2 read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Radiology and Cardiology is Focus of June Conference The integration of artificial int… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 16, 2019 Ebit and DiA Imaging Analysis Partner on AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with the Italian healthcare IT company Ebit (Esaote Group), to offer DiA’s LVivo… read more
Yesterday, the Rust team announced the release of Rust 1.34. This release introduces alternative cargo registries, includes support for ‘?’ operator in documentation tests, stabilized TryFrom and TryInto, and more. Support for alternative cargo registries Rust provides a public crate registry called crates.io where developers can publish crates with the cargo publish command. However, as this crate registry is not for people maintaining proprietary code, they are forced to use git or path dependencies. This release brings support for alternate cargo registries, which coexists with crates.io. So, users will now be able to write software that depends on crates from both crates.io and their custom registry. Support for the ‘?’ operator in documentation tests It was proposed in RFC 1937 to add support for the ‘?’ operator in the main() function, #[test] functions, and doctests allowing them to return Option or Result with error values. This ensured a non-zero exit code in the case of the main() function and a test failure in the case of the tests. Support for the main() and #[test] functions were already implemented in previous versions. However, in the case of documentation tests, support for ‘?’ was limited to doctests that have an explicit main() function. In this release, the team has implemented full support for ‘?’ operator in doctests. Stabilized TryFrom and TryInto The TryFrom and TryInto traits that were proposed in an RFC back in 2016 are finally stabilized in this release to allow fallible type conversions. A ‘Infallible’ type is added for conversions that cannot fail such as u8 to u32. In future versions, the team plans to convert Infallible to an alias for the (!) never type. Library stabilizations This release comes with an expanded set of stable atomic integer types with signed and unsigned variants from 8 to 64 bits available. In the previous versions, non-zero unsigned integer types, for example, NonZeroU8 were stabilized. With this release, signed versions are also stabilized. The ‘iter::from_fn’ and ‘iter::successors’ functions are also stabilized. To know more about the updates in Rust 1.34, check out its official announcement. Read Next Chris Dickinson on how to implement Git in Rust The npm engineering team shares why Rust was the best choice for addressing CPU-bound bottlenecks Rust 1.33.0 released with improvements to Const fn, pinning, and more!
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Posted by MIAMI — Bookings are now open for a number of port-intensive cruises aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships, including the Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Sun.The cruise line has announced four new ports, including the new homeport of Athens for its 2020 season. Here are the highlights:NORWEGIAN SPIRITFollowing a multi-million-dollar, bow-to-stern revitalization in January 2020, Norwegian Spirit will return to Asia for a series of itineraries.From May 9 through Dec. 21, 2020, it will sail a mix of nine- to 15-day voyages that include four new ports of call for the brand. These include Beppu, Kumamoto, Niigata and Nagoya, Japan. The ship will also overnight in Tokyo and Kyoto (Osaka), Japan; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong.NORWEGIAN SUNFollowing a three-year hiatus in the region, Norwegian Sun will return to Alaska on May 21, 2020, joining Norwegian Bliss, Joy and Jewel. It will offer the brand’s most extensive itineraries in the area with nine- to 12-day voyages from Seattle with calls to Sitka, Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Holkham Bay, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as a stop in Victoria, B.C. Guests can also spend a full day exploring Icy Strait Point.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedNorwegian Sun is fresh off a bow-to-stern renovation in April 2018 that included refreshed staterooms and public spaces, as well as three new venues: Los Lobos Cantina, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge.NORWEGIAN JADEBeginning Sept. 8, 2020, Norwegian Jade will offer a variety of one-way, 10- to 11-day Greek Isles, Italy and Mediterranean cruises departing or returning from Barcelona, Venice and Athens, where the company will homeport for the first time. Calls include Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples and Messina in Italy, and Olympia, Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos in Greece, as well as Kusadasi, Turkey. Share Books open on NCL’s new 2020 itineraries Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line