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Spotted: Athiya Shetty pairs the same footwear with five looks, and it works

first_imgBollywood’s latest debutant Athiya Shetty is gradually rising up as a style star. One film old, the starlet has been seen sporting a mix of designer gear and high street labels. She loves her sneakers as much as she loves her heels, but as these pictures suggest, nothing beats her trusted old pair of flats.We saw her wearing the same flats five times during her promotional spree for Hero, her Bollywood debut opposite Sooraj Pancholi.And we believe she has five solid reasons for wearing the same too.Also read:  Style spy: Kangana Ranaut has a major airport style essential. Know what The colourIt’s nude, which basically means that it will go with practically everything you wear. The girl even paired it with her Sabyasachi!Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Not your basic flip-flopSneakers are cool, but in this heat, all you want to wear are thong sandals. Enter Athiya’s pair–a not-so-basic crossover thong sandals. Chic, right?Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah FlatsThem high heels might be sexy but breaking your legs all the time isn’t worth all that effort. Here’s Athiya sporting her pair with a Ka Sha dress.Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Also read: Hero: After Athiya Shetty, who does Sooraj Pancholi want to work with? Tall girl’s saviourWhen you have sky high pins then heels aren’t exactly your go-to pair. Towering over humankind ALL THE DAMN TIME is not as much fun as it might seem. Thankfully at 5feet 9inches, Athiya has her good old flats to fall back on.advertisementPicture courtesy: Yogen Shah The signature pairIf three is a trend then five has to be a signature. It’s possible she might not be conscious about the fashion police when it comes to making appearances in the same footwear but it’s proof enough that this pair is Athiya’s summer staple.Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah The reasons pretty much make us want to splurge on a pair as well.last_img read more

‘Genius’ David Warner makes it all look so easy at the WACA

first_imgFor a player once dismissed as a Twenty20 slogger, Australia opener David Warner gave a very good impression of a world class Test batsman at the peak of his powers when he scored 244 not out against New Zealand at the WACA on Friday.The 29-year-old has scored hundreds in all three of his innings in the series against the Blacks Caps so far and he finished the day with the most runs ever scored by any batsman on the opening day of a Test in Australia.He now has 15 centuries — a milestone only compatriot Donald Bradman, India’s Sunil Gavaskar and Englishman Herb Sutcliffe achieved in fewer than the 45 Tests Warner has played.Also read: Hosts dominate as Warner hits double century In the process of accumulating the second highest test score ever at the WACA, he became the 25th Australian batsman to accumulate 4,000 Test runs. Only Bradman, Matthew Hayden and Neil Harvey did it in fewer innings.”He was outstanding,” Usman Khawaja, who shared a stand of 302 for the second wicket with Warner, told ABC Radio.”I was shocked when he got his third hundred in a row, that’s pretty impressive, not many people can do that.”I just kept telling him he’s a genius and he is, he’s on fire. The way he’s batting at the moment, he’s making it look so easy.”Test cricket isn’t easy, no matter who you play against. It’s just really nice to watch, I hope it continues for a long time, you don’t want to waste good form.”advertisementSpeed of scoring and aggression have always been Warner’s trademarks but to those strengths he has added a new level of fitness, the ability to maintain concentration over long periods as well as an appreciation of when to fire and when to hold back.”He had times when he was scoring freely, then he wasn’t, then the new ball came up and he took that on,” Khawaja, who scored 121 as Australia ended day one on 416 for two, added.”That’s the maturity he has now. What’s that 15 Test centuries? That’s pretty impressive for only 40 odd test match games. Hopefully he can keep it up for a very long time.”Maturity was not a word often associated with the brash Sydneysider in the early years of his Test career when he was the self-confessed “attack dog” of Australia’s sledging effort.Just two years after being banned for part of the Ashes series for punching England’s Joe Root in a bar, however, Warner is now vice-captain of the Australia Test team.last_img read more

Everton reveal proposed new stadium capacity

first_imgEverton have confirmed their proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock will have a capacity of 52,000, with the potential to expand to 62,000.The Toffees are looking to leave their current Goodison Park stadium, their home for 126 years, as the site is too small for redevelopment.The club identified a site for their proposed new ground at Bramley Moore, located on the Liverpool waterfront, in 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They have since held extensive supporter consultation over the stadium’s design and capacity as well as speaking to stadium design experts.Everton say they took into account several other factors including orientation of the stadium on a dock site, current and future ticket demand and forecast revenues and costs.The proposed capacity of 52,000 would make it the eighth-largest stadium in the Premier League, just behind Newcastle’s St James’ Park and Anfield, home of their city rivals Liverpool.The design would allow the capacity to be increased to 62,000 and also incorporate rail seating should safe standing be introduced in the Premier League.Everton will hold a second supporter consultation in the summer where they will reveal the proposed stadium design as well as their legacy plans for Goodison Park.The club then hope to submit planning permission for both sites in the second half of 2019.Everton’s stadium development director Colin Chong told the club’s website: “There is still much work to do as we develop our plans and seek the views of our supporters and local communities as well as bodies such as Liverpool City Council, the Local Planning Authority and Historic England.“At this stage, it is important to stress that this is our ‘proposed’ capacity and it is what we are currently working towards. It is important to emphasise that the final capacity and design will be subject to further engagement and consultation.“Extensive work has gone into assessing the optimum capacity at the point of opening to create the best possible atmosphere for fans and, in turn, supporting the players on the pitch.“At this stage it is not possible to say if and when any capacity expansion to an absolute maximum of 62,000 would take place. That would also be subject to further design work, fan and community consultation and planning approval.”On the pitch Marco Silva’s side are looking for a first win in five games on Sunday when they host Tottenham in their final match before Christmas. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Four-nation meet will help us test our strength: Jhingan

first_imgMumbai, Apr 30 (PTI) Indian football team premier defender Sandesh Jhingan is hopeful that the upcoming four-nation tournament in June to be played here would be a good test for the side. The AIFF will be hosting the inaugural edition of the four-nation Intercontinental Cup to be played at the Mumbai Football Arena from June 1 to 10. Apart from India, South Africa, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei will take part in the Quadrangular tourney.. “That (the Intercontinental Cup) is really good. Our main priority is to be ready for the Asian Cup and it starts in January. This tournament, along with the teams that are coming in including New Zealand, will be a very good test for us,” the 24-year-old defender told PTI. “The more better teams you play, the better you get. It (the tournament) is the right opportunity to test ourselves. We never come across teams like these quite often — New Zealand, South Africa, they are going to play a different kind of football,” Jhingan said. He was speaking on the sidelines of a fan-engagement activity organised by Star Sports late last night. “Of course, it will be good preparation ahead of Asian Cup (next year). I believe that they (South Africa, New Zealand) are good sides and I believe we need to play good teams,” he added. Jhingan said that apart from maintaininbg peak fitness, he is also aiming to improve on the technical and tactical side of his game. “I am working on a lot of things. I need to improve upon my fitness and thats the priority. I am still learning, I am just 24. The technical and tactical side, all areas I have to improve and I am going to keep improving,” he added.advertisement Jhingan also revealed that while he is a big Manchester United fan, his elder brother follows rival club Arsenal. “I follow Manchester United, my elder brother is a Arsenal fan and there is rivalry among the house but I just love Man U and the love gets better and better,” he signed off. PTI NRB KHS KHSlast_img read more

Asus ROG Strix Scar 3 review: Asus redefines gaming laptops

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 17:54 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe ROG Strix Scar 3 has been designed in conjunction with BMW Designworks.The ROG Strix Scar 3 can be ordered with up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU.The Scar 3 comes with up to 240Hz display with thin bezels and no webcam.What comes to your mind when I say gaming laptops? Most people would draw a gaudy-looking bulky laptop with lots of RGB lighting everywhere. And it is quite true gaming laptops have been the same for many years now. Of late, we have seen some premium ones going for a sophisticated design with sleek and slim bodies but the majority of the market still sees the traditional gaming laptop that’s impractical to live with.Asus is possibly the only company who keeps updating its laptops more frequently than anyone else. For the last few years, Asus has been updating its core models with up-to-date specifications but the design of its laptops remained the same. Until now as Asus has just unveiled its 2019 range of ROG gaming laptops in India. Most of the models have received massive updates to the design and the most popular one of the lot the Strix Scar series, has also got new clothes and updated muscle. It starts at Rs 2,00,000 in India and it is easily my favourite gaming laptop for this year. Why? Read on my review.BMW’s design expertise lends Scar 3 a premium and balanced lookGaming laptops have always sported extremely striking designs with wild graphics and stickers. Not the ROG Strix Scar 3 it takes laptops designs to a whole new level. The ROG Strix Scar 3 is one of the most handsome designs I have seen in a laptop in a long time excluding the 17-inch ROG Zephyrus that I played with earlier this year. And there’s a good reason behind this handsome design it’s designed by BMW’s Designworks studio.advertisement Hence, the ROG Strix Scar 3 offers a smart fusion of Asus’ traditional gaming designs and the modern lines that you have seen on BMW products. Most BMW sportscars, such as the M4, M5 and M8, manage to strike a perfect balance between elegance and sporty. The ROG Strix Scar 3 also does that the heat vents all around the laptop make for an aggressive and sporty design while the brushed aluminium lid lends it an elegant design. And Asus goes in with its striking touch the glowing ROG logo that looks hot in the dark.Now, this isn’t an original design the ROG Strix Scar 3 seems to have taken inspiration from Dell’s Alienware gaming laptops just look at the stubby end at the rear. Asus says this chubby section with the vents gives the interior of the laptop a lot of space to breathe and keep the temperatures down by up to 10 per cent. In fact, the entire design is focused to keep temperatures under control.This is still a thick laptop despite the premium design but Asus has cleverly masked it with the wraparound RGB LED strip. To describe this, I only have two words Absolutely amazing! Last year’s Scar 2 had an LED strip at the front but this year’s model has it on the three sides and well concealed under the bulk of the laptop. When you switch it on, it gives a halo effect with shifting colours. In dark rooms, the laptop feels like it’s floating on a carpet of light. All gaming laptops should offer this as standard. All while hiding the bulk, Asus has offered all the essential connectivity options — three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone and microphone combo jack, an RJ45 Ethernet port and a power port. And at 2.3Kg, it is quite light for what it offers.Open the lid and you will see a familiar Asus design with some neat BMW design touches. The keyboard deck is made of plastic with a glossy two-tone carbon fiber finish. Towards the right, you will see a wrinkled pattern that has a slot for the Keystone. The Keystone is basically a key with an NFC chip that, when plugged in the slot, activates custom profiles and a secret encrypted Shadow Drive in which you cans tore anything. This drive goes away as soon as the keystone is removed this is stuff that you see Ethan Hunt using in Mission Impossible films.And if this wasn’t cool enough, the trackpad can act as a touchscreen Numpad with red backlighting what else do you need to stand out from the crowd. There’s a standard-sized keyboard with individually backlit keys this makes for an awesome light show at night. The lid itself is firm and holds a 15.6-inch display with extremely thin bezels on the edges and thick bezel at the bottom that surprisingly doesn’t hold a webcam. I was okay with no webcam but those who live stream may need an additional high-quality webcam.advertisementOn the whole, I think Asus needs to be commended for designing a laptop that excites the 6-year-olds inside grown-ups.Striking design has raw power to back it upAsus always focuses on delivering top-notch performance in all of its laptops and with the Strix Scar 3, it doesn’t change anything. This is a laptop that can run anything you throw at it with absolute ease.Let’s go through the specifications the variant I had flaunted a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU clocked at 2.6GHz. It comes with 16GB RAM and 1TB NVMe PCIe storage with an extra 2.5-inch drive bay. My unit has an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU which is the mid-range GPU in Nvidia’s lineup. I had to make do with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen with 144Hz refresh rate but you can equip it with a screen of 240Hz refresh rate. For even the most hardcore gamer, this specification combo is more than enough to play the latest high-end gaming titles with shedding sweat. When it comes to multitasking, the Strix Scar 3 can handle up to 10 tabs in Chrome, a couple of word documents and a game installation in the background with ease. Show the Strix Scar 3 some games and it will happily chew up the latest titles. Games such as FIFA 19, F1 2018, Watch Dogs 2, Project Cars 2 and PUBG ran on the highest setting with frame rates between 50-60fps. In games such as PUBG where faster networking is required, the laptop managed good network performance to keep things smooth and steady. Thermal management is good with the laptop never showing signs of stress after many hours of constant gameplay.All the while you play games, the brilliantly designed thermal management systems ensure the laptop keeps on performing without any throttling. In fact, the ROG Strix Scar 3 throws out the interior heat in clever ways so that it never becomes uncomfortable to use.The 15.6-inch display is quite good to look at. The screen produces colours that are vibrant and have high contrasts. Brightness levels are good whereas the viewing angles are wide with minimal colour loss. The 144Hz refresh rate does make games, as well as mundane Windows tasks, look smooth. The keyboard makes for a decent typing experience. The keys have substantial travel that makes it comfy to type on long documents. The individual RGB backlighting doesn’t cause a distraction while typing.The only issue that the Strix Scar 3 has is something that all gaming laptops suffer from unimpressive battery life. The 66WHr, 4-cell Li-ion battery is good enough for non-gaming tasks at a maximum stretch of up to four hours. But then, gamers will always plug in the charger while playing which is why the battery life doesn’t matter in these laptops.VerdictGaming laptops are getting immensely powerful with each passing day and the ROG Strix Scar 3 is an immensely capable machine that can fuel your fantasies in the virtual worlds. Being a ROG series laptop, there is no surprise about what this laptop can do with its sheer computing power. However, what impressed me more is the design. Asus has finally gone for a design that makes its gaming laptop look elegant and aggressive at the same time. Kudos to the design inputs from the BMW Designworks for making a conventional gaming laptop so appealing. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that this is one of the most exciting gaming laptops you can buy today.advertisementAt a starting price of around Rs 2,00,000, the ROG Strix Scar 3 is a great gaming laptop that pleases on the eyes. With reliable top-notch performance, this is a package that’s hard to miss out.Asus ROG Strix Scar 3 review 8/10 ProsLooks amazingFlawless performanceGood displayConsAverage batteryGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow AsusFollow Gaming Laptops Asus ROG Strix Scar 3 review: Asus redefines gaming laptopsThe Asus ROG Strix Scar 3 represents a completely new direction for gaming laptops in 2019. The Scar 3 is extremely powerful, looks stunning and is easy to carry around – no other laptop can do this.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Perry Ellis Launches New Fragrance

first_imgThe summer months are good for lighter, crisp fragrances, while the colder months are generally associated with deeper, richer colognes. Thankfully, for the first time in three years Perry Ellis, the cool and preppy sportswear line is launching a new scent that is the perfect transitional cologne.The scent is fresh and rugged, perfect for that transition from summer to fall with it’s complex ingredients which transition from a lighter citrus scent to a deeper woodsy fragrance. The eau de toilette starts with a bitter orange note, and some other notes you are likely to find in your pantry – or your Mantry, such as cardamom, coriander and clary sage.The scent develops into warmer notes of fir, mint, cedar wood and lavender before finishing off with base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, white moss, tonka bean, amber and musk. It’s like a nature retreat in a bottle.The bottle is not too shabby either – a sleek minimalist black metal container with a teal glass “dot” will fit in just fine in your man bathroom. The “dot” by the way, is a Perry Ellis signature, perfect for representing the brand’s legacy and playfulness.Fall is all about shedding old ways and starting new ventures, so head over to PerryEllis.com to give the women a little something new to whiff.  The fragrance is currently on pre-order and will be available to ship on the 21st of August. Pisco Cocktails are the Refreshing Balm You Need for the Dog Days of Summer Editors’ Recommendations Duke Cannon Has Entered the Fragrance-Sphere With the Proper Cologne Line  Demeter Fragrance Library May Be the Natural Solution to Cheap Colognes For a Grown-Up Spin on a Slushy, Try A Mangoneada 8 Best-Smelling Solid Colognes for Men last_img read more

Combat Sports Authority Act Introduced

first_imgGovernment is taking steps to clearly define the roles and responsibilities when it comes to staging professional and amateur combat sport in Nova Scotia. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine today, Sept. 28, introduced the Combat Sports Authority Act which will modernize the current Boxing Authority Act by bringing the supervision and regulations around combat sports, including boxing and mixed martial arts, in line with the Criminal Code of Canada. “This legislation reflects what the authority has been practicing the past several years, and brings clarity to how both professional and amateur combative sport is governed in our province,” said Mr. Glavine. “We have consulted and listened to those in the industry and are making the necessary changes that will help to ensure the continued safety of athletes.” With the emergence of mixed martial arts (MMA), the boxing authority has seen a large increase in sanctioning requests beyond traditional boxing matches. In June 2013 section 83 of the Criminal Code dealing with prohibition of prize fights was amended to legalize mixed martial arts and to ensure that it does not prohibit legitimate amateur combat sports. Prior to the amendment boxing was the only exemption to the prize fighting offence. The amendments provide clarity that the authority governs professional boxing and all other combat sports designated by the regulations. The authority’s role in amateur sport will be specified by order-in-council which will specify whether the authority or a provincial sport organization has authority over each amateur combat sport. A federal-provincial-territorial working group on safety in combat sport has provided recommendations for ministers on standards across Canada in amateur combat sports with the intention to increase safety. “It’s great that government is making the changes that are needed to ensure rules and regulations are in place to protect combatants in all the different disciplines of combat sports,” said Mickey MacDonald, incoming chair of the new Combat Sports Authority. The authority will have up to nine member positions that are appointed by governor-in-council. It regulates the licensing of contestants and promoters, annual medical examinations, medical procedures and suspensions, officials, referees and ringside doctors, premises, facilities and equipment and other procedures and protocol for operating a combat sport event.last_img read more

Whales show brains social interaction go together study

first_imgThe rich social interaction and highly evolved brains of some whales are linked in a kind of evolutionary feedback loop, a newly published paper suggests.The research, largely done at the University of British Columbia, sheds new light on similarities between whale and human evolution.“Similar pressures and possibilities in the environment can select for a similar outcome,” said Kieran Fox, now a postdoctoral student at California’s Stanford University and co-author of the new paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution.Fox and his colleagues studied brain sizes and social behaviours of a wide variety of whale species.They found that whales with the most complex forms of social interaction — which includes learning from elders, social hierarchies, co-operation and play — tend to live in mid-sized groups of between five and 20. In species such as orcas, individuals have extended one-on-one contact required to develop social behaviour.“Orcas are in matrilineal family clans,” Fox said. “These groups stay together, very tight-knit, through their whole lives.”In addition, Fox found that whales with the largest “social repertoire” also have the largest and most developed brains relative to their bodies.But which came first, the bigger brain or the richer relationships? Fox said his research suggests the two go hand in hand.Learning beneficial new skills or social behaviours eventually requires a larger, more powerful brain. And a species that evolves a more powerful brain is better able to learn or develop relationships.“That’s the theory to this extremely powerful driver of brain evolution — once it gets going, you get some brain tissue that supports (social skills), then these individuals are going to do really, really well, because social co-operation and learning are very powerful survival strategies.”Fox calls the effect a positive feedback loop.“Let’s say a random increase in brain size or complexity gives you a greater capacity for social co-operation. If these new social skills pay off, then natural selection will keep favouring expansion of this same brain area. The capacity for social skills and co-operation will expand in turn, and the cycle will repeat.“What you’ll eventually expect to see is that species that have large, complex brains will also tend to possess a wider repertoire of social behaviours — and this is exactly what we found among the whales and dolphins.”Humans are the classic example of how the link between powerful brains and rich, adaptive cultures can create a smashing evolutionary success. Fox said his research shows how the same process may be at work in a completely different environment and species.Whales aren’t the only example of this kind of evolutionary strategy. Some primates and elephants also possess it, said Fox.“A very different species in a totally different environment, diverging millions and millions of years ago, can nonetheless be selected for this very similar life strategy.”What’s more, that strategy can be accomplished with very different types of brains. While whales lack the frontal lobes that humans rely on for most of their complex thinking, they have large and well-developed brain regions that don’t really have a human counterpart.Some scientists still maintain that because whale brains are so different, they can’t be “intelligent.”“To me, that’s foolish,” Fox said.“It denies the very possibility that a different brain structure could give rise to similar complexity or social skills. I think the evidence clearly shows that’s possible.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

UN envoy calls for action on Afghanistan Compact development plan

As key national and international officials gathered in Kabul to usher forward a major development plan for Afghanistan, the senior United Nations envoy to the country urged determined action to see it through.“Much hard work lies ahead if progress is to be assured, if peace is to prevail, if human rights are to be strengthened, if friendly relations with neighbours are to flourish, and if economic growth is to start benefiting all Afghanistan’s citizens,” Tom Koenigs told a meeting of the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, which was set up to resolve strategic issues and provide high-level political support for the Compact’s implementation over the next five years.Adopted at a donors conference in London earlier this year, the Compact contains more than 70 measurable and time-bound benchmarks in the areas of security, governance, sustainable development and counter-narcotics.Mr. Koenigs called attention to recent progress in Afghanistan, such as economic growth and democratic advancement. But he cautioned that much remains to be done to restore normalcy in the war-ravaged and still-volatile country. “We must not blind ourselves to the difficult realities that many Afghans still face, nor to the challenges we are all up against,” he cautioned.The Monitoring Board, he stressed, must “push and to pull, give advice and support, coordinate efforts and monitor progress as well as shortcomings to achieve each and every of the many benchmarks in time.”Among those attending the meeting were the Afghan President’s Senior Economic Advisor, Ishaq Nadiri, representatives of Afghanistan’s six largest development assistance contributors (the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, European Union and India), three neighbouring countries (Pakistan, Iran and China), three regional countries (Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Russia), international military supporters (NATO, CFC-A, Canada, Netherlands, Italy and France), and two international financial institutions (the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank).The Board will meet next on 30 July. read more

Markets Right Now US stocks give back most of an early gain

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):11:45 a.m.Stocks gave up most of an early gain on Wall Street and were little changed by midday.Drugmakers dropped in late morning trading Wednesday after President-elect Donald Trump called for efforts to reduce the government’s spending on drugs.The Nasdaq Biotechnology index dropped 2.7 per cent in midday trading following Trump’s comments at a news conference. It was little changed shortly before.AbbVie dropped 2.3 per cent and Pfizer lost 2.2 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was little changed at 2,269.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 42 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 19,896. The Nasdaq composite fell 5 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 5,546.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.36 per cent.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are getting off to a mixed start on Wall Street as investors look ahead to the start of corporate earnings reports later this week.Health care and utilities stocks are higher in early trading Wednesday, but banks and phone companies fell.Drugmaker Merck jumped 5 per cent on news that regulators will do a quick review of one of its cancer drugs.Big U.S. companies start reporting fourth-quarter earnings this week. On Friday JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America release their results.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 20 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 19,874. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 1 point to 2,267. The Nasdaq composite fell 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 5,549. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 7:42 am MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Markets Right Now: US stocks give back most of an early gain read more

New jobs and business loans empower families in occupied Palestinian territory –

“The $50 million will go towards the ongoing work of the Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Programme (DEEP), an initiative that has changed the lives of thousands of poor Palestinian households by helping family members become self-reliant,” according to a news release from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The 30-month DEEP works with local non-governmental organizations and microfinance institutions to provide financial and non-financial services to meet the needs of the poor and very poor families in Palestine, including seed capital, technical assistance and small loans.Funded through the IDP, the programme receives additional financing from the Governments of Japan, Sweden and New Zealand. Since its launch five years ago, the first phase of the programme created employment opportunities for 12,000, close to half of them women-headed households, UNDP reported. In addition, the jobs contributed over $20 million per year to the Palestinian gross domestic product (GDP). The second phase will expand the work and develop additional public social services at the district level, according to the UN agency. “From now on, these families will not be left alone to sink back into hardship,” said Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator in the occupied Palestinian territory. “They will be supported by governmental and non-governmental protective social safety nets.”Some 230,000 households live below the poverty line in the occupied Palestinian territory. Of which, some two-thirds could be operating profitable economic activities, according to UN labour figures. read more

How Injuries To Steph Curry And Chris Paul Affect The Playoffs

ATL122+1 It’s been a bad couple of days for MVP-caliber point guards.On Monday afternoon, Warriors fans waiting for the results of the MRI on Stephen Curry’s right knee got their answer: Curry will miss at least two weeks with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, according to the Warriors’ PR Twitter account. CLE233525+2 Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers were hit with even worse injury news Monday night. Chris Paul broke his hand and will likely miss the remainder of the postseason.The good news for Golden State is that Curry hasn’t been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs, particularly if the Warriors advance beyond the second round. The bad news is that he’s out for the time being. So for each team still active in the playoffs, let’s game out the chances they’ll win the title depending on various (hypothetical) levels of Curry participation over the rest of the playoffs.For this exercise, I’m going to use the plus-minus metric that drives our CARMELO projections1Specifically, I’m using a 50-50 blend of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus and Basketball-Reference.com’s Box Plus/Minus, according to research by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver. to generate Pythagorean ratings for the Warriors based on Curry’s availability. With Curry in the lineup, for instance, the metric says the Warriors possess roughly 67-win true talent (per 82 games) based on plus-minus; with Curry absent, that number falls to 53 wins. Those numbers can then be used to generate expected probabilities of advancing in the playoffs, all the way up to winning the NBA title.(Obviously this ignores all the ways in which matchups matter, as well as the dynamic effect of teammates’ playing together that isn’t captured by plus-minus. But as a rough cut, this method ought to do the trick.)Here’s how each team’s title odds would change if Curry played at full strength and had never been injured (specifically, logging 81 percent of the Warriors’ available minutes — the rate at which he played in last year’s playoffs), if he misses “two weeks” (which we’ll define here as being out until the conference finals), and if he doesn’t play at all: OKC5149+4 BOS000— ODDS OF WINNING TITLE WITH … GS52538-14 Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com VIDEO: Neil Paine on the Warriors’ and Spurs’ title chancesCheck out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 NBA Playoff Predictions. LAC000— MIA000— HOU000— CHA011+1 Which teams benefit from Curry’s absence? POR000— TOR233+1 TEAMFULL CURRYNO CURRYCURRY OUT 2 WKSDIFF., 2 WEEKS AND FULL SA16%39%22%+6 Regardless of how long Curry is out, the biggest beneficiaries of his injury are obviously the San Antonio Spurs. Their title odds jump by about 23 percentage points if Curry doesn’t play from here on out and 6 percentage points even if he is back in action after the conference semifinals. One reason is simple: The Curry-less Warriors pose far less of a threat to the Spurs than the 73-win superteam San Antonio battled all season. But the Spurs also benefit disproportionately from an increased chance, however small, that Golden State could be knocked out before ever facing San Antonio.Before Paul’s injury, the Clippers were in position to profit from Curry’s absence. If Curry missed the entire second round and CP3 had been healthy, LA’s chances of winning the title would have roughly quadrupled. But without Paul, the Clippers have very little chance of going all the way, regardless of Curry’s status — the latest in a string of missed opportunities for the franchise over the past few seasons.Finally, it’s worth noting that the second-biggest leap in title probability if Curry is absent for the rest of the playoffs belongs to the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose chances of winning the championship go up 12 percentage points even though they couldn’t be affected by the injury until the NBA Finals. (For those curious, the plus-minus-based system I used in this article is higher on the Cavs than something like our Elo ratings, because plus-minus thinks Cleveland is more talented than how it’s played the past few seasons.)Of course, all these calculations can change if Curry is able to return — and play like himself — at some point in the Warriors’ playoff run. The sheer gravity of Golden State’s presence in the bracket has been enough to derail the Spurs’ and Cavs’ claims to favorite status all season long. So best-case, the Warriors weather the second round against the Blazers or depleted Clippers and then pick up where they left off with Curry back for the conference finals. But if his return is delayed or scrubbed entirely, the Warriors’ chances of defending their title will look more fragile than Curry’s knee. IND000— read more

Boston Red Sox select Ohio State pitcher Travis Lakins in 6th round

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins (1) delivers a pitch against Illinois on May 2, 2015. OSU lost, 6-5.Credit: Elliot Gilfix / For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team may have narrowly missed out on postseason play this season, but it finally had some reason to celebrate during the second day of the 2015 MLB draft.Right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins became the highest OSU player drafted since fellow righty Alex Wimmers went 21st overall in 2010. The Boston Red Sox selected Lakins in the sixth round — 171st overall — on Tuesday afternoon.Lakins, a hard-throwing product of Franklin, Ohio, is coming off a sophomore season in which he went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 starts. He struck out a team-high 84 in 96.0 innings pitched.Lakins’ final start of the season was arguably his strongest, as he neutralized Iowa’s lineup to the tune of six hits and one run allowed over eight innings in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament. However, a blown save in the ninth following Lakins’ departure gave the Hawkeyes the 3-2 victory.In the righty’s freshman campaign, he was used primarily out of the bullpen, where he made 23 of his 25 appearances. In 55.0 innings of work, he fanned 55 batters and compiled a 2.45 ERA, the second best on the team.He later made headlines after his freshman season when he threw a perfect game on June 20, 2014 while pitching for the Chillicothe Paints in summer ball. He struck out 14 in the perfect game against the West Virginia Miners, which was the first in the history of the Prospect League.Should Lakins choose to sign with Boston, the slot value for the 171st pick is $287,500, according to Baseball America. He was previously set to play for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League this summer alongside outfielder Ronnie Dawson.The 2015 draft marked the fourth consecutive year at least one OSU player was drafted, following John Kuchno in 2012, Jon Pellant, Brett McKinney and Brad Goldberg in 2013 and Greg Greve last season.The MLB draft is scheduled to conclude with the 11th through 40th rounds on Wednesday. read more

Duchess of Cambridge urges children to sit and feel real nature in

Kate speaks with parents and teachers at the garden Amina Hawa, seven, from Ashburnham Community School in Chelsea, said the duchess asked her what they grew in the school allotment. “I said we’ve grown sunflowers, onions, pumpkins, garlic and potatoes.”She said it was the first time she had eaten a toasted marshmallow, proclaiming them “delicious”.The duchess was keen to encourage the children to smell things such as the pine needles, to a mixed response. As she offered a handful of moss for one boy to smell, she asked him: “Does that smell nice?” No, he said, it didn’t. The Royal Family have recently expanded their own use of Instagram, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex regularly sharing surprise announcements and behind-the-scenes photo reels for their 8.1m fans.  Her words echo those of her husband and brother-in-law Prince Harry, who has regularly spoken about the downside of social media and the all-encompassing effect it has on children’s lives.  Today, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke with mother Alison Shockledge during a tour of the Back to Nature Garden, designed in collaboration with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White.Ms Shockledge said: “She’s a mum. She was talking about it from a mum’s perspective: put your devices down, let’s go out.”Be relaxed with your children, let them get muddy.” Kate urged children to smell flowers, and enjoy the scent of the open campfire. She said: “Have a smell, they smell amazing.”The mother-of-three finished her time in the garden by writing a note with one of her memories of enjoying the natural world. Her note read: “Boulder hopping in the Lake District.” The Duchess of Cambridge helps a child’s boat make its way downstreamCredit:PA The Duchess of Cambridge has urged families to escape the on-screen visuals of Instagram to make time to “sit and feel” the natural world. The Duchess, who showed a group of schoolchildren around her Chelsea Flower Show “Back to Nature” garden, said she considered it ” really important the kids start to understand nature, and care for it, so they can protect it as well”. Last night, she had brought her own three children along to the garden to show them the moss, pine cones and sticks they had collected from the Norfolk countryside to help her, letting them play on a rope swing and paddle in the stream. As she visited the garden today to put in the finishing touches before the Queen arrives this afternoon, she encouraged local London schoolchildren to do the same: toasting marshmallows, making boats out of reeds, and climbing a ladder to show them the view from a treehouse. Speaking to teachers, the Duchess was heard to say: “It’s really important the kids start to understand nature, and care for it, so they can protect it as well.”With Instagram everything is so visual. It’s nice to sit and feel.” As she met the children today, he said, “you could tell that she was really enjoying the interaction with the kids, seeing the passion and the enthusiasm.” The Duchess of Cambridge climbs the ladder into the treehouse during a visit to her garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower ShowCredit:PA Kate speaks with parents and teachers at the gardenCredit:Reuters The garden is designed to encourage families to get “back to nature”, and is intended in part to underline the Duchess’s message about the benefits of outdoor play in early years’ development. As she toured the garden, the duchess was helped by George Hassall, 13, from Manchester, an RHS young ambassador who worked on the garden with her last week.He said: “I was doing some planting, some periwinkle and some ferns. She was really nice, really down to earth. She really got into it – she did not point, she got her hands dirty. She got stuck in.” One little girl, Maya Bell-Springer, six, from Christ Church primary school in Battersea, who was sitting in a mini-den made of hazel sticks, had a rapturous expression on her face as she said: “It is lovely and relaxing.”She said afterwards: “She helped me cook my marshmallows. It was awesome.” The Duchess of Cambridge helps a child's boat make its way downstream Prince George and Princess Charlotte dip their toes in the stream on a special visit on SundayCredit:Matt Porteous Prince Louis examines a stone in the garden with the help of his mother Prince Louis examines a stone in the garden with the help of his motherCredit:Matt Porteous Thank you everyone that joined The Duchess of Cambridge in her #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden this morning! pic.twitter.com/02l240rY1s— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 20, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge climbs the ladder into the treehouse during a visit to her garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show He said his reed boat had not fared well. “Mine was called the Titanic, for obvious reasons. It did not make it to the end.” Rebecca Beale, who also spoke with the Duchess, said: “Children are often sat still looking at screens. She said it was important to be multi-sensory.”Speaking of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and their reaction to the garden, their mother disclosed: “The children played last night in a way I hadn’t imagined. “They were throwing stones. I hadn’t actually thought that that was what they would be doing. They kicked their shoes off, and wanted to paddle in the stream… using it in a way that I hadn’t anticipated.” Prince George and Princess Charlotte dip their toes in the stream on a special visit on Sunday read more

Monchi reflects on 20 months at Roma

first_imgThe Roma director of football has been 20 months with the Italian Lega Serie A after moving from the Spanish La Liga club Sevilla.Monchi left Sevilla 20 months ago, as he joined Italian Lega Serie A club Roma.And he talked to Chiesa Di Totti how he feels after this time.“It’s better to judge a project when it’s done, and I still have a long way to go here. Judging by last season, you’d say it’s positive,” he said.“But the results this season up until now have not been good. But a few bad results won’t change my way of thinking, or dull my enthusiasm for working in Rome.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I’ve got plenty of flaws, but two big strengths: I recognize when I’m wrong, and I like to learn,” he explained.“The Monchi that first arrived here had second-hand knowledge of Italian football, today I know it better and I understand it’s better to sign Italian players when you can.”“Of the signings made, often the ones that have done better are Italian,” he added.“That doesn’t mean I’m just going to skip looking at the transfer market abroad, but Roma will be very Italian in the future.”last_img read more

Van Dijk appeals for patience from Liverpool fans

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has called for more patience from the club’s supporters after the crowd appeared nervy during the home draw with Leicester City.The Reds failed to extend their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League standings to seven points following their 1-1 draw at Anfield with the Foxes on Wednesday night.The result means Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to beat a team outside the top six in the league for the first time this season.Asked if he could sense the nervousness during the game, Van Dijk said, according to talkSPORT:“It sounded like it.”“I don’t think [it transmits to the players] but obviously you get that feeling as well from the crowd and I think it’s not really necessary at the moment.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“But obviously everyone wants to win so bad and that’s what we want as well but sometimes you need to be very patient.”“In the end it’s all about showing on the pitch and we’re not going to be affected by that.”“[But] we want everyone to cheer us on and keep pushing even if we have tough moments, even if we’re 1-0 down or maybe more.”“We just need everyone to pull in the same direction and keep going, that’s the only way forward.”last_img read more

Battle Ground aims to move past tough campaign season

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — With new leadership in place, Battle Ground faces a question: Can a revamped city council salve the wounds of an acrimonious campaign season?The answer, city council members say, hinges on whether they can step toward the future and forget the politically turbulent past.“The citizens of Battle Ground are disenfranchised with government right now,” Mayor Shane Bowman said. “In the past, it’s been an us-versus-them type of thing (between councilors).”But with a new-look council in place, the mayor is optimistic the future will include a bit more unity.Bowman, a two-year council veteran, was appointed mayor in January. He replaced Lisa Walters, who lost her seat in November to Mike Dalesandro, one of the newly elected council members.The two new faces on council — Dalesandro and Lyle Lamb — defeated incumbents Walters and Mike Ciraulo.A third, Chris Regan, defeated Alex Reinhold. Regan isn’t entirely new to the council, however. He previously served two terms until he was defeated in 2011.With new council members behind the dais, the city can make a fresh start, Bowman said.He said the top issue will be getting the new council up to speed on the city’s budget-writing process. Battle Ground operates on a biennialbudget, which must be completed by the end of this year.last_img read more

Smithsonian Plans Definitive HipHop Anthology Box Set

first_imgNews Twitter 40 Years Of Hip-Hop Compiled For New Box Set smithsonian-plans-definitive-hip-hop-anthology-box-set Facebook Smithsonian Plans Definitive Hip-Hop Anthology Box Set Email Learn how you can contribute to the definitive anthology of rap and hip-hop historyBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 17, 2017 – 5:24 pm The Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History & Culture launched a new 30-day Kickstarter campaign around creating a definitive anthology of some or the most socially influential music of the last 40 years.The Smithsonian Anthology Of Hip-Hop And Rap box set will include a 300-page booklet, complete with extensive liner notes, essays, and photos that “will illustrate different social and political trends within the genre, such as police brutality, feminism, and Afrocentrism.” The touchstone of the collection will be a 9-CD set comprised of more than 120 tracks that exemplify the musical progression, sonic experimentation, and lyrical evolution of rap and hip-hop over the past 4 decades.”[The Anthology] will also serve as an extension of the objects and stories of hip-hop already displayed in the galleries of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, offering perspective on the African American experience and its impact on American culture,” according to the Smithsonian’s Kickstarter project description.Curatorial support for the endeavor comes by way of an advisory board comprised of artists — including Chuck D, MC Lyte, Questlove and 9th Wonder — industry veterans, authors, journalists, music critics, and university scholars. In addition, the advisory committee reached out to more than 50 artists, DJs, photographer, filmmakers, and members of the hip-hop community for input on the track list and final package for the anthology.The Kickstarter campaign will run through Nov. 16. Pending a successful campaign, the Smithsonian Anthology … is expected to release in December 2018.Queen Latifah Receives Icon Award At Revolt Music ConferenceRead morelast_img read more