FIFA World Cup 2014: Shaqiri’s hat trick puts Swiss into 2nd round

first_imgSwitzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side’s 2nd goal. (AP Photo) Xherdan Shaqiri scored all three goals to put Switzerland into the second round of the World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Honduras. The Swiss will next face Lionel Messi and Argentina on Tuesday in Sao Paulo. Shaqiri scored his first goal in the sixth minute, dribbling into a crowd of defenders and curling a shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar. In the 31st, he collected a pass from Josip Drmic after a defensive error and easily beat Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares. Shaqiri completed his hat trick in the 71st. Drmic did well to beat Honduras defender Victor Bernardez on the left and pass to a charging Shaqiri, who one-timed his shot past a diving Valladares.  Lineups: Honduras: Noel Valladares; Brayan Beckeles, Victor Bernardez, Maynor Figueroa, Juan Carlos Garcia; Oscar Boniek Garcia, Jorge Claros, Wilson Palacios, Roger Espinoza; Carlo Costly, Jerry Bengtson. Switzerland: Diego Benaglio; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Johan Djourou, Fabian Schaer, Ricardo Rodriguez; Valon Behrami, Gokhan Inler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Admir Mehmedi; Josip Drmic.last_img read more

Serena Williams ousted from Rogers Cup

first_imgTop-ranked Serena Williams stumbled in the Rogers Cup semifinals Saturday night, falling 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 to Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic.The 18-year-old Bencic became the youngest player to beat Williams in a completed match since Maria Sharapova at 17 in the 2004 WTA Finals.”I can’t describe the feeling right now,” said Bencic, the winner this year at Eastbourne for her first career title. “I was very overwhelmed from the situation on the court, but I’m just so happy the (winning) forehand landed in and she couldn’t reach it anymore. It was an incredible feeling. I have no words.”The winner of the first three Grand Slam events of the season, the 33-year-old Williams lost for only the second time in 45 matches this season. She won titles in Toronto titles in 2001, 2011 and 2013.”I think I played really crappy today,” Williams said. “I’ll try to be politically correct. And I don’t think you would disagree.”In the other semifinal, second-ranked Simona Halep of Romania beat Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-4.Williams had 16 aces to just one for Bencic, but the American double-faulted 12 times.”I just really didn’t play up to par today – what a professional tennis player should play like. I played like an amateur, to be honest. … “Today was not my day and hopefully I can rectify that going into next week and then going into hopefully the (U.S.) Open,” Williams said. “Hopefully, I can have a few more better days.”Bencic nearly let the third set slip away. She raced to a 5-1 lead, but Williams picked up two breaks – sealing the second one on a double fault – to get back on serve.advertisement”I was very nervous in that moment,” Bencic said. “But I told myself today is my chance and I really have to stay focused and be mentally tough, even if I didn’t do it on the first try.”In the final game, Bencic delivered a driving backhand that Williams couldn’t return to get to match point and hit a stinging forehand winner to seal the victory.”This is why I worked for 15 years,” Bencic said. “I mean the practice is not always easy. It was hard, it was tough. Sometimes I didn’t want to and sometimes you feel very motivated. And all this work paid off today I think and this feeling is indescribable.”Bencic, ranked 20th, has knocked off three seeded players en route to her first career appearance in a Premier-5 Level event. She opened with a victory over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard and followed with wins over fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki and fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic.Halep has three victories this year.”I’ve had a great week,” Halep said. “And you know, when you come to the tournaments without expectations, you are more relaxed and you have to play without pressure, play (like) during the practices and just trying to play your best every match. So I did this and I don’t know how I’m in the finals, to be honest. But it’s nice and I have just enjoyed it.”In the doubles semifinals, fourth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia beat top-seeded Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Sania Mirza of India, 6-3, 6-2; and third-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic topped Kristina Mladenovic of France and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-6 (5).last_img read more

Superchoke! Worst Play in History Taints Otherwise “Game for the Ages”

first_imgGLENDALE, AZ – It would’ve been a game for the ages. For all intents and purposes, it should have been.  And for 59:40 out of 60 minutes, it was.But then, with only 20 seconds left in the game, arguably the worst play call in Super Bowl history – that’s saying a lot, but it’s easy to back up – turned what should have been one of the greatest Super Bowls ever into one of the most preposterous and frustrating ones of all.It was a classic battle: the vaunted New England Patriots, whose head coach Bill Bellichick and quarterback Tom Brady had already appeared in five Super Bowls together – three wins and two losses – versus a Seattle Seahawks team that looked like a dynasty in the making – after dismantling the high octane Denver Broncos in last year’s big dance, and outlasting another offensive juggernaut, the Green Bay Packers, by a sheer will to win, to emerge as the NFC champions and head to their second straight Super Bowl.Seattle’s ferocious defense, unstoppable running back Marshawn Lynch, and prolific passing/rushing quarterback Russell Wilson made them an easy pick to get to the final game again. On the other side, in the AFC, were the New England Patriots, after a shellacking by the Kansas City Chiefs on national television early in the season on Monday Night Football 41-14, the pundits wrote Brady’s epitaph. Courageously, he rose to the occasion like a true champ and proved them wrong.  The Pats came back to win the conference, as the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos faded – largely due to their own aging legend, quarterback Peyton Manning, who suffered a quad injury that hobbled him during the home stretch.Then, after dismantling the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. the Patriots endured a major distraction – Deflategate – for the past two weeks: the allegation being that they deflated their footballs below NFL standards, thereby “cheating” their way to a Super Bowl berth.  Well, if nothing else, they proved the footballs’ PSI count to be a moot point, as they more than held their own against the league’s top defense in Super Bowl 49 – with Brady throwing for four touchdowns.  If that alone would have accounted for the Patriots win, what a great story it would have been!Seattle, in turn, came back from an early New England lead to claim a 24-14 lead in the third quarter. After picking off Brady twice, they looked as if they’d coast to their second consecutive Super Bowl win, cementing themselves a bona fide dynasty in the making.Admirably, the Patriots came back again – with two consecutive TD scores, leading by four points, 28-24, with about two minutes to play.But if the Patriots set the standard for clutch over the past two decades, the Seahawks have matched that play for play over the last couple of years. And with two minutes left, Wilson drove them down the field to the half yard line.There, they were supposed to give the football to Marshawn Lynch – the most ferocious, unstoppable running back since…maybe Jim Brown. The Seahawks didn’t have to disguise their play: they could have announced, on the scoreboard: “WE ARE HANDING OFF THE BALL TO MARSHAWN LYNCH – HE HAS 1/2 YARD TO DRIVE – SO FEEL FREE TO PUT YOUR ENTIRE DEFENSE ON COVERING HIM.”  It would not have mattered. Lynch would have scored.  It is the simple laws of physics.It is like prompting an elephant to break a defense line comprised of flamingos.  The elephant wins – every time.Astonishingly, however, the Seahawks decided to throw the football.  As if they were the flamingos facing a wall of elephants. And throw they did – right into the hands of Patriots’ safety Malcolm Butler. He intercepted the ball.  The Patriots held serve, and won the game.This game should have ended one of two ways: either the Patriots should have brushed off the Deflategate distraction and used their surgical skills to pierce through the Seahawks’ vaunted defense, or the defending champions should have dominated with their superior talent.It would have been worth noting that Seattle’s defense was hobbled to begin with, and got even more hurt as the game progressed. Had they been healthy, it is likely that clutch or no clutch, Brady would have had a TD or two at best, with four interceptions.Good for Brady – good for the Patriots. I’m glad they shook off the September 29 cobwebs and bounced back. Too bad their heroics were tainted by the worst call in Super Bowl history.  At least we can be thankful for one thing: the Patriots have proven they are great at scoring points, no matter what the footballs’ PSI level. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ON Semi: RSL10 sensor development kit for power-optimised IoT applications

first_imgON Semiconductor announce the introduction of the RSL10 Sensor Development Kit, bringing together the highly integrated RSL10 System-in-Package (RSL10 SIP) with a range of advanced low power sensors from Bosch Sensortec. The development platform provides 9 degrees of freedom detection and environmental monitoring, including ambient light, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), pressure, relative humidity and temperature. An ultra-low noise digital microphone is also included, along with a user-programmable RGB LED, three programmable push-button switches, and 64 kbit of EEPROM.Using the RSL10 Sense and Control mobile application, developers can connect to the RSL10 Sensor Development Kit to monitor sensors and to evaluate the kit’s features (optional right out-of-the-box). The app also supports multiple commercial cloud platforms for uploading sensor data.The RSL10 Sensor Development Kit is available now from ON Semiconductor alongside a number of other energy-efficient rapid prototyping platforms for IoT, including the Bluetooth IoT Development Kit and the recently-introduced Energy Harvesting Bluetooth Low Energy Switch. The RSL10 is available in a 5.5 mm2 WLCSP, a 6x6mm QFN package, and a complete SiP with an integrated antenna. Visit ON Semiconductor at Embedded World for a live demonstration of how service-provider companies can use the RSL10 Sensor Development Kit to monitor worker safety. ON Semiconductor experts will be onsite showcasing our latest solutions for IoT including energy harvesting, smart lighting, and audio edge AI.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Syslogic: new touch panel computer optimized for automationNext SMART Modular Technologies: N200 SATA flash family offers capacities ranging from 32GB to 1TBlast_img read more

Kepa pays Bilbao 80 million-euro buy-out fee to pave way for Chelsea move

first_imgAthletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his 80 million-euro ($92.8 million) buy-out clause to break his contract with the Spanish side ahead of a reported move to Chelsea.The 23-year-old is expected to sign for the Premier League side on Wednesday, with current goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois poised to move to Real Madrid.”La Liga has confirmed to us that Kepa Arrizabalaga has fulfilled the requirements for the unilateral termination of his contract with Athletic Club,” said Bilbao in a statement.”(He has ended) the relationship that linked him to us since the 2004-05 season and the amount of compensation established in the contract has been deposited.”At 80 million euros, Arrizabalaga will become the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, ahead of Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, who moved from AS Roma for 75 million euros earlier in the transfer window.After being strongly linked to Real Madrid, Arrizabalaga signed a new deal with Bilbao in January which raised his release fee to 80 million.Sarri praises KepaWith Chelsea’s Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois absent from training on Monday and Tuesday in an apparent attempt to force a move to Real Madrid, Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has praised Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga.”I don’t know (if Courtois will leave), I want to speak with my club and then together we will decide,” Italian coach Sarri told reporters on Tuesday after Chelsea drew 0-0 with Olympique Lyonnais in a pre-season friendly at Stamford Bridge.”I saw (Kepa) one year ago, my first impression was that he is a very good goalkeeper, very young but very good.”advertisementSpanish and English media reported that Arrizabalaga will fly from Madrid to London on Wednesday to complete his move.last_img read more

Photo: The ACC Network Misidentified UNC Point Guard Joel Berry As N.C. State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

first_imgACC Network used NC State QB Jacoby Brissett's picture for Joel Berry.North Carolina is taking on Boston College on the road today, and Tar Heels freshman point guard Joel Berry is returning to the court after missing nearly a month with an injury.The ACC Network put up the following graphic to discuss Berry’s return, with one small problem. The player in the headshot isn’t Berry. Instead, it’s N.C. state quarterback Jacoby Brissett.Nope. That’s not @JoelBerryII. pic.twitter.com/L1l3A1KnXi— UNC Humor (@UNCMemes) February 7, 2015Now, Brissett and Berry share the same initials and both play in the state of North Carolina. And the point guard is the quarterback on the basketball court, right? So I guess it’s close enough.Actually no, it’s not. At all. But at least this graphic was in coherent English, as opposed to this one involving UNC.last_img read more

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata moves to Atletico Madrid on loan

first_img Reuters LondonJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 22:23 IST Alvaro Morata has scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for Chelsea (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlvaro Morata has joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of next seasonMorata had joined Chelsea in July 2017 and made 72 appearancesMorata’s last appearance for Chelsea was against Nottingham Forest on January 5Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of next season, the Spanish side said in a statement on Monday.The 26-year-old had a medical in Spain on Sunday ahead of the move after Chelsea signed Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain on loan last week.Morata spend four seasons at Atletico’s academy before signing for rivals Real Madrid. He also played for Juventus before joining Chelsea in July 2017 and scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the London club.@AlvaroMorata will wear number 22!You can now purchase his shirt in our stores! https://t.co/vlRifIGf4k#AúpaAtleti #BienvenidoMorata pic.twitter.com/02olCsRARUAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019His last appearance for Chelsea was against Nottingham Forest on January 5 where he scored both goals in a 2-0 FA Cup victory.”Morata has proven himself as a prolific goalscorer in some of Europe’s most competitive leagues,” Atletico said on their website.”With Morata’s arrival, we add a very talented striker to our club, who has the ability to score with his feet and his head thanks to his height… and to combine with his team mates.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Alvaro MorataFollow Atletico MadridFollow Chelsea Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata moves to Atletico Madrid on loanAlvaro Morata had a medical in Spain on Sunday ahead of the move after Chelsea signed Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain on loan last week. Morata’s last appearance for Chelsea was against Nottingham Forest on January 5.advertisementlast_img read more

David Warner emulates Virat Kohli with 16th ODI hundred in 110 innings

first_img view more view less Saurabh Kumar NottinghamJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 18:53 IST David Warner slammed his 2nd century of World Cup 2019 against Bangladesh in Nottingham. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner slammed his 16th ODI hundred vs Bangladesh in NottinghamDavid Warner equalled Virat Kohli to become only the 2nd batsman to achieve the feat in 110 inningsThis was David Warner’s second hundred in World Cup 2019David Warner hit his 16th ODI hundred as Australia cruised towards a big total against Bangladesh in a World Cup 2019 match in Nottingham on Thursday. This was Warner’s 2nd hundred for Australia in this edition of the tournament and his third overall.David Warner equalled Virat Kohli as he became only the second batsman to complete 16 ODI tons in 110 innings. Hashim Amla, who scored his 16th ODI century in 94 innings, holds the record for fewest innings to this feat.David Warner’s first century came against Pakistan in Australia’s winning cause in Taunton. Warner began the 2019 World Cup with an unbeaten 89 against Afghanistan before falling cheaply against West Indies.David Warner added 121 for the opening wicket with Aaron Finch and then continued to dominate as Usman Khawaja joined him in the middle.David Warner had also won the Orange Cap in the 2019 Indian Premier League with 692 runs from 12 matches. David Warner’s first hundred in World Cups came in the last edition of the tournament. He had hit 178 out of Australia’s total of 401 for 6 off 50 overs against Afghanistan.Currently, David Warner is in top five run getters in World Cup 2019 and Australia assistant coach Ricky Ponting has backed him to end up as the leading run-getter in the ongoing tournament.Earlier in the tournament, Warner had played a match-winning knock of 107 off 109 balls, which included 11 fours and a six and helped Australia defeat Pakistan by 41 runs.”You could see by the way he moved into his shots picking up the length early, he hit a lot of pull shots early in his innings, which is always a good sign for him,” said Ponting.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury scare ahead of Afghanistan matchAlso Read | Rishabh Pant likely to make World Cup debut against AfghanistanAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Australia vs Bangaladesh Next scorecard No data available! commentary David Warner emulates Virat Kohli with 16th ODI hundred in 110 inningsWorld Cup 2019: David Warner hit his 16th ODI hundred and his 3rd in World Cups on Thursday as Australia continued to dominate Bangladesh in Nottingham. graphs advertisementlast_img read more

Former Proteas cricketer Gulam Bodi sentenced to 5 years in prison for spot-fixing

first_img Next Former Proteas cricketer Gulam Bodi sentenced to 5 years in prison for spot-fixingGulam Bodi is the first South Africa sportsman to be imprisoned under the under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 18, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 18:00 IST Gulam Bodi was involved in South Africa’s 2015 domestic spot-fixing scandal. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSGulam Bodi has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonmentBodi was involved in the 2015 domestic spot-fixing scandalThe cricketer earlier pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruptionFormer South Africa cricketer Gulam Bodi has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for his involvement in South Africa’s landmark 2015 domestic spot-fixing scandal.Bodi is the first South Africa sportsman to be imprisoned under the under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004 that came into effect after the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal.Bodi, who has played 2 ODIs and a solitary T20 match for South Africa, is appealing the case. The crickter earlier pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption before his sentencing was delayed due to a reported lack of legal funds from his side.Good day for cricket!!!Gulam Bodi just been sentenced to 5 years in prison.He will apply for leave to Appeal and to extend bail his bail, pending the outcome of the appeal.Alviro Petersen (@AlviroPetersen) October 18, 2019Bodi was banned by Cricket South Africa for 20 years for influence aspects of the 2015 RamSlam T20 domestic tournament. After retiring from the game and as a commentator, Bodi began to offer domestic players and former team-mates money for certain actions or results during the RamSlam T20 domestic tournament.The crickter handed himself over to police in July last year and pleaded guilty on November 4, 2018.Alviro Petersen, one of the players who Bodi is said to have approached, was present at the sentencing hearing on Friday. Petersen put out a tweet after Bodi was sentenced, saying, it was a good day for cricket.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAnita Jatlast_img read more

Meat Harlem Shambles…

first_img Olympia Provisions’ Elias Cairo on Making Charcuterie and More Meat is not generally something that shows up on a trend report, but for all you foodies and conscientious eaters out there, here is something to think about – organ meats. Initially I thought the topic was “Oregon” meats, but I had misunderstood. I spoke with Tim Forrester, co-owner of Harlem Shambles, to dissect this topic.“I think that people have been introduced to organ meats and find that they are quite different from traditional steaks and something new that they can play with in the kitchen.  At the same time, we have people who have cooked with organ meats for a long time, but have had difficulty finding them.  They are happy to find a more traditional butcher shop that carries some of the odd bits,” explained Tim.Tim and his brother Mark opened the butcher shop back in 2011. “I was originally looking more in the Morningside / Upper West Side area, but when I walked through South Harlem I really liked the vibe a lot better.”Forrester believes that the organ trend might be driven in part by the economy. “I think when people are on tighter budgets they are glad to find some steaks that they don’t necessarily see in the grocery store,” he said.Forrester says the shop gets liver, heart, tongue and kidney.  “Tongue is popular in a braise (delis prepare it just like corned beef and slice it for sandwiches). The heart is probably my favorite, and is really good just cut into thin slices and grilled. Very simple and tasty.”Because the heart is a muscle, Forrester says it acts more like a tender steak than the other organs, which tend to have a very different texture.New cuts of beef are also a rising trend in the world of meats. “Some of our popular cuts include the Denver cut, petit filet, rump steaks and pave’, and most customers haven’t heard of these cuts.  They are priced well below the filet and rib eye, and have a lot to offer,” Forrester said. The lesser-known cuts are lower in cost and have gained momentum in sales. Here is a break down: A Denver cut is located in the upper part of the “chuck”, a petit filet is a smaller cut from the center of the tenderloin, rump steaks are self explanatory, and the pavé cut a.k.a filet de rumsteak is a thin and strong flavored part of the rump as well.Aside from keeping up with the latest trends – quality and ethical practices are important to the Harlem Shambles team. Forrester says he started visiting farms all over New York State until he found the ones with the right philosophy and quality. “It turned out that there were a number of farms raising grass fed beef, and hormone free animals, etc. but when we sampled the beef it just wasn’t any good, and wasn’t something I felt l could sell.  But we’re very happy with the producers we have and have formed close relationships with them,” he noted.If you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a quality steak or organ meats, make sure to stop by Harlem Shambles at 2141 Frederick Douglass Blvd.Let us know if you have a local butcher selling organ meats and any recipes you have found noteworthy.Check out Harlem Shambles on Twitter and Facebook  What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Editors’ Recommendations Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartarelast_img read more

Apolis and Indigo & Cotton Market Bag Collab

first_img Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Even with all of the modern conveniences of technology, we still have piles of things we carry around on a daily basis, from phones to keys, Kindles and cork screws. Of course, not just any old sack will do. One we love is this sturdy guy born from a collaboration between  Indigo & Cotton (The finest menswear shop in Charleston, South Carolina) and Apolis (An outstanding company bridging commerce and microeconomic development).We spoke to Brett Carron, owner of Indigo & Cotton about the collaboration:Apolis launched their Local + Global project a few years ago, now with partnerships in 30 shops across six countries.  Each bag is produced by a co-op of female artisans in Bangladesh with the intention of shining a light on their local community through industry.We were thrilled when they approached us about making a market bag for  Charleston.  The bag’s simple, rustic aesthetic utilizes 100% natural jute fiber harvested there in Bangladesh and incorporates durable vegetable dyed leather straps.  It even has a waterproof lining making it ideal for trips to the market or even the beach.Order yours here and know you just made the world a better place. Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Nowlast_img read more

Residents of Portland Benefit from PIOJ Lecture Series

first_img Highlighting the importance of the lecture series, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Marketing and Communication at PIOJ, Marcia Blake-Hall noted that the aim is to gain additional feedback from Jamaicans that will inform policy formulation and programme development. The PIOJ’s Dialogue for Development Lecture Series is targeted at senior secondary school students and tertiary students, leaders of community organisations, leaders of civil society groups and non-government organisations and technical staff in ministries, departments and agencies. Residents of Portland were given the opportunity to highlight concerns and make recommendations towards Jamaica’s progress in attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs), at the recent staging of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Dialogue for Development Lecture Series. Residents of Portland were given the opportunity to highlight concerns and make recommendations towards Jamaica’s progress in attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs), at the recent staging of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Dialogue for Development Lecture Series.The event, was held at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education in Port Antonio on October 31.It was the second in the series, and was held under the theme: ‘The Jamaica We Want: Vision 2030 Jamaica, advancing the SDGs…leaving no one behind’.Highlighting the importance of the lecture series, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Marketing and Communication at PIOJ, Marcia Blake-Hall noted that the aim is to gain additional feedback from Jamaicans that will inform policy formulation and programme development.“The dialogue this year is particularly important, as we examine how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be translated into action at the national level,” Mrs. Blake- Hall said.The SDGs are part of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2015. It emphasises a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.“For Jamaica, the implementation of the SDGs is a priority, as Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, is hinged on the principle of inclusive growth and sustainable development. So, the lecture series is designed to enhance the knowledge of the SDGs, tell how they will be implemented in Jamaica and to facilitate dialogue with respect to the role of all citizens in our National Development Plan,” the Senior Director explained.During the staging of the series in Portland, focus was placed on developments in the Parish, in relation to agriculture, the environment, health, youth and tourism.A panel discussion with specialists in the fields of development, the environment, public health, agriculture and education updated residents on the progress that is being made by Jamaica in attaining the global SDGs which aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.The highlight of the event was a speaking competition dubbed ‘The Jamaica I Want’ which featured nine students from high schools and institutions within the parish. Student at the Buff Bay High School, Kyshawn Suer emerged the winner of the competition.The PIOJ’s Dialogue for Development Lecture Series is targeted at senior secondary school students and tertiary students, leaders of community organisations, leaders of civil society groups and non-government organisations and technical staff in ministries, departments and agencies.The first session in the lecture series was held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on October 12. The third and final session will be held on December 5 at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew. Story Highlightslast_img read more

60-Day Extension of Mount Salem and Denham Town ZOSOs

first_img The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days. Prime Minister Holness told the House that the Denham Town ZOSO has transitioned into the third and perhaps the most challenging segment, which is the build phase. Mr. Holness said the extended periods are necessary to enable transformation of the communities through intensified delivery of social services as well as giving the State the ability to continue to take back full control of the areas. The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.The House of Representatives on Wednesday (April 11), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Mr. Holness said the extended periods are necessary to enable transformation of the communities through intensified delivery of social services as well as giving the State the ability to continue to take back full control of the areas.This will be the fourth extension for the Mount Salem Zone, the first to become operational on September 1, 2017, while it will be the third for Denham Town.Prime Minister Holness told the House that the Denham Town ZOSO has transitioned into the third and perhaps the most challenging segment, which is the build phase.As such, he said, “we need to assure the residents that during this period and moving forward, the… joint forces will continue to provide an effective presence to prevent the return of criminals and their influence”.He informed that the joint force will coordinate with the social-intervention committee as it carries out the various projects during the build phase.With respect to Mount Salem, the area has already undergone three extensions to facilitate development through the ‘clear, hold and build’ strategy and is currently undergoing increased social-intervention activities under the build phase.Prime Minister Holness said the Zone will continue in the build phase during the extended period, with activities to intensify.“The Mount Salem Zone continues to be secured by members of the joint force. The operational objective is to continue to provide a secure environment for the roll-out of the social-intervention activities. There have been no reports of major crimes in Mount Salem, no report of abuse by the security forces, and the residents continue to cooperate with the security forces,” he pointed out.Prime Minister Holness noted that before the establishment of the ZOSOs, Mount Salem and Denham Town were experiencing rampant criminality.He said there was a breakdown in the rule of law and lack of control by the State, but, most importantly, the residents were perpetually fearful for their lives.“Today, I can unequivocally report that this has changed. Crime has been significantly reduced and the residents have been enjoying some level of peace in their community,” Mr Holness told the House.“Though we recognise that there is still much to be done if enduring success and peace is going to prevail, building trust between all parties is a process and will only be realised over time. The residents can now envision lasting peace and hope for their communities,” he added.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Queens Counsel Appointments Announced

first_img “These appointees have earned the respect of colleagues and many others by making strong personal contributions to their communities and the legal profession,” Mr. Landry said. Recommendations are made to cabinet by an independent advisory committee. Criteria include a minimum of 15 years as a member of the bar of Nova Scotia, demonstrated professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law. Sir Graham Day, Hantsport John D. Plowman, Halifax William Delaney, Halifax Vincent A. Gillis, Sydney Lawrence John Stordy, Halifax Karen Oldfield, Halifax Anthony M. Tam, Halifax John A. McKiggan, Halifax R. Daren Baxter, Hammonds Plains C. LouAnn Chiasson, Dartmouth Dwight J.W. Rudderham, Sydney Phillip M. Saunders, Halifax Twelve lawyers can add the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation to their considerable legal and community accomplishments. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ross Landry announced the Q.C. appointments today, Dec. 22. The appointees are:last_img read more

Avoid comfort food during stress

first_imgIndulging in high-calorie ‘comfort’ foods when you are stressed can lead to more weight gain than usual, scientists say. Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia discovered a molecular pathway in the brain, controlled by insulin, which drives the additional weight gain. Using an animal model, the team showed that a high-calorie diet when combined with stress resulted in more weight gain than the same diet caused in a stress-free environment. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”This study indicates that we have to be much more conscious about what we’re eating when we’re stressed, to avoid a faster development of obesity,” said Herbert Herzog, who led the study. Some individuals eat less when they’re stressed, but most will increase their food intake – and crucially, the intake of calorie-dense food high in sugar and fat. To understand what controls this ‘stress eating’, the team investigated different areas of the brain in mice. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile food intake is mainly controlled by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, another part of the brain – the amygdala – processes emotional responses, including anxiety. “Our study showed that when stressed over an extended period and high calorie food was available, mice became obese more quickly than those that consumed the same high fat food in a stress-free environment,” said Kenny Chi Kin Ip, lead author of the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. At the centre of this weight gain, the scientists discovered, was a molecule called NPY, which the brain produces naturally in response to stress to stimulate eating in humans as well as mice. “We discovered that when we switched off the production of NPY in the amygdala weight gain was reduced. Without NPY, the weight gain on a high-fat diet with stress was the same as weight gain in the stress-free environment,” said Ip. “This shows a clear link between stress, obesity and NPY,” he said. To understand what might control the NPY boost under stress, the scientists analysed the nerve cells that produced NPY in the amygdala and found they had receptors, or ‘docking stations’, for insulin – one of the hormones which control our food intake. Under normal conditions, the body produces insulin just after a meal, which helps cells absorb glucose from the blood and sends a ‘stop eating’ signal to the hypothalamus feeding centre of the brain. In the study, the scientists discovered that chronic stress alone raised the blood insulin levels only slightly, but in combination with a high-calorie diet, the insulin levels were 10 times higher than mice that were stress-free and received a normal diet. The study showed that these prolonged, high levels of insulin in the amygdala caused the nerve cells to become desensitised to insulin, which stopped them from detecting insulin altogether. In turn, these desensitised nerve cells boosted their NPY levels, which both promoted eating and reduced the bodies’ normal response to burn energy through heat, the study showed. “Our findings revealed a vicious cycle, where chronic, high insulin levels driven by stress and a high-calorie diet promoted more and more eating.”last_img read more

CIBC to move to new Toronto headquarters with twotower complex to be

TORONTO — CIBC plans to move its headquarters in Toronto to a pair of office towers being built in the city’s financial district a few blocks south.The bank said in a statement that about 15,000 of its local employees will relocate from its current headquarters at Commerce Court and other locations to the new Bay Park Centre.The centre spans two towers and totals 2.9 million square feet of which CIBC will lease up to 1.75 million square feet for its headquarters, which will include a flagship bank.The bank said its lease agreement stipulates that Bay Park Centre will be rebranded under a CIBC name in the coming months.The two towers are expected to be completed in 2020 and 2023, during which time some of CIBC’s employees will relocate to their new space.Spokeswoman Caroline Van Hasselt said in an email that the bank will still have a presence at its Commerce Court location, including a bank. read more

Markets plunge around the world

If you were trading stocks today, or worrying about your retirement income, chances are, you’ve had a pretty rough day. Markets in Europe and North America plunged in early morning trading, making life tense for investors, both large and small.The problem isn’t North America, which is good news for the United States, and at least a little bit of comfort for Canada. But while the U.S. economy is showing promising signs of revival, Canada is not as fortunate. In fact at the moment, Canada has one of the weakest stock markets, in the world.When the NYSE opened this morning the big board was on a downward dive and everyone was being affected. For several months now, there have been worried whispers about China, which is the second largest economy in the world.“The Chinese economy isn’t exactly crashing, that’s a terrible word to say but the Chinese economy is slowing.” explains Eric Lam, from Bloomberg News.And that’s especially bad news, for Canada because we export so many raw materials to China, oil in particular.Lam says the last week has wiped out nearly a year of market gains, but we’re still nowhere near the global recession of 2008. read more

Leica Geosystems partners with Maptek for long range mine scanning products

first_imgLeica Geosystems’ Spatial Solutions Division, which includes HDSTM terrestrial laser scanning products, has selected Maptek to supply a long range laser scanner and associated mine scanning software to be sold under the Leica Geosystems brand. The global OEM supply agreement with Maptek that will facilitate the supply of Maptek’s I-Site products to Leica Geosystems. Maptek develops and markets I-Site 3D laser scanning hardware and software, as well as Vulcan 3D mine planning software, and the MineSuite interactive, mine production monitoring system. Leica reports that the partnership follows many months of competitive evaluation and negotiation. Technical demonstrations by Maptek in Leica Geosystems’ Heerbrugg, Switzerland headquarters were followed by a comprehensive qualification of Maptek’s manufacturing facility in Adelaide, South Australia.Jürgen Dold, President of Leica Geosystems Geospatial Solutions Division, says: “Our industry-leading HDS laser scanners and software already effectively address short- and mid-range, high-accuracy as-built and topographic survey applications. This agreement with Maptek adds complementary, long-range scanning hardware and mining-specific software solutions for easier, faster and more accurate mine quantity surveys and mine mapping. The Maptek partnership promises to be especially beneficial in certain geographic regions. The first long range scanners were delivered to Leica in January 2009 for marketing into the Russian, Eastern Bloc and Asian markets. The OEM Supply Agreement is based on current products and may also be extended to next generation products. ”“Maptek’s high-performance I-Site 4400 Laser Scanning Systems, Studio Software package, and internal support organization, combined with Leica Geosystems’ global distribution network and leadership position in the overall laser scanning industry, forms a winning partnership,” explained Maptek CEO, Barry Henderson. “The agreement represents a major step forward for Maptek commercially. Maptek can focus on vital I-Site R&D projects and delivering quality products as the I-Site team continues to evolve and enhance the products. The alliance serves to underpin the significant investment in Maptek’s manufacturing infrastructure and capabilities.”Maptek’s Vulcan, one of the world’s dominant 3D mine planning and modelling packages, has more than 3,500 licences in use. I-Site is an easy-to-use software and hardware system for mine survey, face mapping and stockpile calculations, while MineSuite targets production monitoring and fleet management applications.Leica Geosystems says it “is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualise and present spatial information.Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.last_img read more

PhosAgro delegation led by CEO Andrey Guryev attends World Economic forum annual

first_imgAndrey Guryev, President of the Russian Association of Fertilizer Producers and CEO of PhosAgro, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, will take part in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 17-20.The official Russian delegation in Davos this year will be led by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov. The WEF’s 2017 annual meeting will focus on the fourth industrial revolution, which involves the integration of innovative digital technologies into modern industry.For PhosAgro, in addition to this overarching topic, important areas for discussion will include food security, global economic development scenarios, environmental protection, and the outlook for Russia.Guryev said: “In addition to our priority Russian market, PhosAgro supplies its environmentally pure products, including 33 grades of fertilizers, to 100 countries worldwide. We play an important role in global food security, and I look forward to discussing our successful experience in the context of development of the agricultural sector and food systems for the future.“I am also particularly interested in panel discussions looking at the outlooks for Europe and Latin America, to which we export significant volumes of our product. We opened trading companies in Brazil two years ago, and last year in Switzerland, France, Germany and Poland.“Another relevant topic is the situation in China, as the devaluation of the Yuan has had a significant impact on commodities prices globally.“I hope that the forum, which brings together business leaders and economists from all over the world, will produce useful recommendations on how to address the important issues that face the international community today, including securing sustainable economic growth for the world economy.”This year PhosAgro is a sponsor of Russia House, the official residence for the Russian mission in Davos, which will also serve as a place for discussions, business meetings and other events.PhosAgro is one of the leading global vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers. It focuses on the production of phosphate-based fertilizers, feed phosphate and high-grade phosphate rock (P2O5 content of not less than 39%).The company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe, the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock worldwide and the third largest MAP/DAP producer in the world (excluding China), according to Fertecon. PhosAgro is also one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia. It is Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate.last_img read more