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Cavs try to adjust on both ends after Game 1 beating

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, defends a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. APOAKLAND, California — Tyronn Lue has a new No. 1 priority for LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals: Stop the ball. First and foremost, then make sure Golden State’s sharpshooters have a hand in their face.Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving through the paint and dunking at will with nobody even around him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “It’s going to be a wrestling match down there, and you have to keep it going and make it tough for them and just try to wear them out,” said Cavs center Tristan Thompson, held scoreless in the opener.The Warriors are plenty confident even if Cleveland closes out on the perimeter. Both teams were slow getting started offensively after long layoffs: nine days for Golden State, six for the Cavs.Cleveland shot 11 for 31 from long range and the Warriors 12 of 33. But Golden State hit 9 for 20 from deep in the second half on the way to 106 total shots — a jaw-dropping 20 more than the Cavs — while attacking at every chance when Cleveland just couldn’t keep up with Steph and KD.Draymond Green loved watching Durant do his thing with ease down the middle in his first Finals game for Golden State.“Going into the game I know what their game plan is, and it’s to take the 3 away,” Green said. “Now to say that you’re going to get that many open lanes, you can’t forecast that. You can’t go into the game saying, ‘Oh, KD is going to have six driving lanes to the rim and where don’t get touched and he dunks. You just can’t forecast that.”James, in his seventh straight Finals, has a remarkable run of having won at least one game on the road in 29 straight postseason series. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30.“We had a lot of unforced turnovers. Some of them were from aggression,” James said. “I had two charges, that’s aggression. I can take those. But also had some when I got caught in the air and tried to make some skip passes and they were able to pick them off. Those are like pick sixes. That’s like throwing the ball to Deion Sanders. Most of the time it’s going to be a touchdown going the other way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Well, I’m pretty sure that won’t happen tomorrow,” Durant said with a grin Saturday. “They will be way more physical. They’re going to be way more aggressive in the pick-and-roll on the offensive end and defensively. They’re going to try to get their 3-point shooters going and rebound the ball. They’re going to try to get more offensive rebounds. They’re just going to muck the game up and be physical.”That’s the plan for the defending champions Sunday night and will be key if they want to even the best-of-seven series and look respectable after the Warriors whipped them 113-91 Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant scored 38 points and dunked easily, six times in the first half alone and many of which he went untouched to the rim.“We can’t let Durant get easy baskets like that,” Lue said as his team practiced at Warriors headquarters amid a media frenzy. “With him being probably one of the best scorers in the NBA, you can’t give guys like that easy opportunities at the basket.” Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READcenter_img View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Taking care of the ball will be equally important after that became a major problem in the opener for Cleveland, which committed 20 turnovers in an uncharacteristically sloppy game.The 13-0 Warriors are on a roll and matched a Finals low with only four turnovers, and if Klay Thompson finds his shooting touch at last it could be another tough day on defense for the Cavs. They want to get physical, contest shots, somehow find a way to get Golden State out of its groove.“Effort, effort, yep,” Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly. “And our ability to make sure that when we’re mismatched in transition, that the only thing that matters is stopping the basketball and settling down in the half court, then we match up from there.”Durant and Curry combined for 66 points and 18 assists, moving the Warriors three straight wins from becoming the first team to go unbeaten on the way to a title.Not that they’re discussing it. While Cleveland searches for the right adjustments, Golden State’s roster of perfectionists believes it can play far better still with KD and Steph leading the way, or any of the others who are capable of getting hot in a hurry.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast ‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finalelast_img read more

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Congress(I) govt in Delhi looks to ride Asian Games success, announces municipal polls

first_imgIt was three years too long in the coming. But when last fortnight the Government announced municipal elections in Delhi for February 5, it seemed at first that the Congress(I) could not have timed it better.The party was riding high on the success of the Asian Games and all six,It was three years too long in the coming. But when last fortnight the Government announced municipal elections in Delhi for February 5, it seemed at first that the Congress(I) could not have timed it better.The party was riding high on the success of the Asian Games and all six of Delhi’s Congress(I) MPs had advised Mrs Gandhi that the political climate could not be more favourable. All this, of course, was before the Congress(I)’s stunning defeat in the south. And in a space of four days the rising confidence of the Congress(I) was shattered and the morale of the Opposition received its biggest boost.The plans for the elections had obviously been laid carefully. According to informed sources within the Congress(I) the decision was taken by the high command on December 14 and Mrs Gandhi instructed the Home Ministry to inform the Election Commission about the Central Government’s willingness to go to the polls before leaving for her election tours. Another sign came on January 2 when President Zail Singh issued an ordinance amending both the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act and Delhi Administration Act to avoid the revision of the electoral rolls to include those who became 21 years old on or before January 1, 1983.This proved quite conclusively that the matter had been given careful consideration. According to the original schedule the elections to the 56-member Metropolitan Council (MC) and the 100-member Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) were to be held on February 20. The date was advanced, it is believed, to free the city administration and the police force for the non-aligned meet in March.advertisementPopular Mandate: For the Congress(I), this election was supposed to give their de facto rule of the city a popular mandate. Ever since the Central Government superseded the Janata-dominated MC and MCD on the grounds of inefficiency and maladministration, the party has tried to consolidate a power base. And the decision to hold the elections now proved that the ruling party felt sure of the 33 lakh electorate.Vajpayee addressing RJP workers (left) and Congress(I) workers at the party head quarter: Grim battleSaid H.K.L. Bhagat, Union minister for works and housing and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee(I) president: “We are proud of our achievements during the last three years.Besides holding the Asian Games, we have ensured the uninterrupted supply of essential commodities, improvement in the law and order situation, effective implementation of the prime minister’s 20-point programme in resettlement colonies. Delhi looks better than what the Janata Party left for us.”Optimism was equally evident in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp who had 40 members in the MC and 60 in the MCD in 1980 and will prove the biggest challenge to the Congress(I). Before January 5, they had already had 40,000 ticket-seekers. After the news of the Congress(I) rout in the south broke the numbers swelled to over 50,000.Said a jubilant Vijay Kumar Malhotra, president of the BJP’s Delhi unit: “Our emphasis is on positive aspects. The people have seen our rule in the past and know that only the BJP can run Delhi with dignity and efficiency. And we will prove it again.”Aware of the Congress(I)’s main planks and strategies, the BJP seems determined to fight the party on its own ground. ‘Referring to the Congress(I)’s claims about the Asiad, BJP General Secretary Madan Lal Khurana said: “Asiad was a sports success but it is a monumental scandal as they have squandered money on many unwanted projects. People would like to scrutinise the Asiad expenses more carefully.” Expecting Mrs Gandhi to campaign extensively in the city, the BJP plans to prove that Delhi has suffered specifically because of her rule. The other weapon in the BJP arsenal is the charisma of its President Atal Behari Vajpayee. The party hopes that Vajpayee with his oratorial skills will swing borderline votes.Apart from the growth of corruption, the other issues that the Opposition will fight on are the worsening law and order situation, the humiliation of the bureaucracy by senior Congress(I) members and the unbalanced development of Delhi.Bhagat, Malhotra and Kishore Lal: Girding for the fraySpeaking on one issue, the Janata Party’s Delhi unit President Kishore Lal said: “If one goes by the number of unsolved crimes. Delhi has become quite safe for the criminal tribe. Ever since the Congress(I) come to power, over 50 per cent of the heinous crimes have not been solved.”Unity Moves: What has emerged so far is that the elections will be a straight contest between the BJP and the Congress(I). Recognising the Congress(I) as the common foe there have been two alliances: one between the BJP and the Lok Dal(C) and the other between the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the Lok Dal (K), H.N. Bahuguna’s Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) and Jagjivan Ram’s Congress(J).advertisementOn January 10 the BJP conceded nine of the 100 MCD seats and six of the 56 MC seats to the Lok Dal(C). Just before the nominations were filed other electoral adjustments were hurriedly arrived at. Then CPI, CPI-M, the Lok Dal(K) and the DSP decided to band together with the Akali Dal (Longowal) supporting them.The Tara Singh faction went along with the Congress(I). With Muslims and Sikhs holding the balance on over 24 MC and MCD seats. Lal exulted: “With public declarations of Sikhs and some Muslim groups to vote against both the BJP and the Congress(I), our poll prospects have brightened.”The BJP, however, looks at the situation from a very different angle. Their thinking is that three-cornered contests would help the party. In Harijan-dominated east Delhi and the resettlement constituencies, a CPI, CPI-M or Congress(J) candidate will, it is felt, cut into the Congress(I) vote.The situation is the same with the Sikh and Muslim vote. Both these communities, though unwilling to vote for the BJP will nevertheless help it by choosing either an Akali candidate or one backed by the DSP because of their disenchantment with the ruling party.Populist Ploys: The Congress(I), however, is not entirely dependent on its campaign machine to woo voters. Just before the announcement of the election the Central Government regularised over 400 unauthorised colonies with a combined population of over 10 lakh.The government also sanctioned more than Rs 15 crore for the improvement of slums in Old Delhi, allowed private house owners to add a third storey, permitted the resale of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flats and plots before the expiry of the 10-year limit, announced the new pay scales for 6,000 DDA employees and promised accommodation to all the commercial squatters on public land.The vote-catching devices were more than necessary. The Delhi unit of the party is hopelessly split by factionalism and the lack of a strong local leadership. The three main warring groups are headed by Bhagat who has a following among the Punjabis.Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress(I) President Jagdish Tytler who has carved a niche with the youth and labour, and MP Dharam Dass Shastri leading the Harijans. Another impediment is the strained relationship between Bhagat and Delhi’s powerful Lt-Governor Jagmohan. With the electoral debacle of the Congress(I) in the south still fresh in the public mind, prospects for this divided house seem to be dim.last_img read more

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Luis Enrique relives Paris nightmare

first_imgBarcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted that it would be difficult for his side to pull off another great escape after they again suffered a heavy first-leg defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday.Having overcome a 4-0 first-leg deficit against Paris St Germain in the previous round with a 6-1 win at home, Barca contrived to lose 3-0 at Juventus in their quarter-final first leg in Turin. (Champions League: Two-goal Paulo Dybala upstages Lionel Messi as Juventus thump Barcelona)”This time, it’s more difficult to believe in a comeback,” said Luis Enrique. “It was like reliving a nightmare… I can’t get the first half out of my head.”Paulo Dybala scored twice to put Juve 2-0 ahead inside 22 minutes and defender Giorgio Chiellini headed in the third early in the second half in a rousing performance by the Italians.”It’s difficult to pull off another turnaround like the one against Paris St Germain, although on the other hand I also thought it was unlikely that we could lose again like we did against the French team,” Luis Enrique told reporters.”It was a very difficult first half, very similar to the one in Paris, and although we improved after halftime, the first half was full of problems.””It’s difficult for a coach to try and do everything right for the team and then realise that he hasn’t succeeded,” he added.”I don’t really want to think about it now. Tomorrow will be the time to get up again and think that we have to score three goals to level the tie and four to win it.”advertisementJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri wanted to make sure his team did not get carried away with one of their best performances under his leadership.”We have to put some brakes on our enthusiasm,” he said. “Of course, the lads have produced a great performance, both in attack and in defence.”But it’s just the first step. In Barcelona, it will be different and we have to try and score a goal.”last_img read more

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Chris Woakes ready to cash-in IPL experience at Champions Trophy

first_imgComing off on the back of a successful maiden stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Kolkata Knight Riders, England pacer Chris Woakes has insisted that he is absolutely fit and ready to play a pivotal role for the national side in the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 at home turf.Woakes said that the lessons he has learned in the IPL battle would keep him in good shape as England pursue their maiden 50-over global title.”T20 cricket is a good experience to have behind you going into an ODI tournament because you still have to bowl death overs in ODI cricket. And it is almost just an extended version of T20. So clearly it would keep me in good stead going into an ODI tournament,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Woakes as saying.The right-arm pacer emerged as KKR’s leading wicket-taker this year with 17 wickets from 13 appearances, including his best figures of three for six in a memorable victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).He is now training with the rest of the England squad in Spain ahead of next week’s three-match ODI series against South Africa, where he and his fellow IPL returnees, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, are expected to undergo some of the more intense physical training drills, as England coach Trevor Bayliss steps up the team’s preparations ahead of the Champions Trophy.And Woakes is adamant to use the opportunities to immerse himself in the tournament rather than outweighing the risk of starting the English season with fatigue.advertisement”That is what we had to weigh up before coming here. Either take time off or come and have this experience. You don’t know if these opportunities are going to come around ever again. It might be a one-off for myself. You just never know,” Woakes said.”So I did not feel like it was an opportunity that I could turn down. My body feels pretty good. As a fast bowler, you are always hurting somewhere. You always have to look after parts of your body. I’m no different. I feel good. I feel fine going back to England and hopefully playing a key part for England this summer,” he added.England are slated to play three-match ODI series against the Proteas from May 24 in Leeds before beginning their Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Arrow Electronics announces Artificial Intelligence Experience Tour

first_img Continue Reading Previous Ultimaker products now available from FarnellNext IBASE: IoT gateways with TPM security Arrow Electronics announced a series of events that will bring together leading authorities in the design and deployment of artificial intelligence. Starting in September, the “AI Experience Tour” will demonstrate how AI is being used in commercial applications today and help attendees to understand how they can leverage AI to advance their own applications. Arrow is hosting this unique tour with Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia and other suppliers who are leading the way in AI.AI has become an established, powerful tool for analysing large data sets in the cloud. Now it is increasingly moving to the edge of the network, bringing sophisticated processing to local devices and enabling the hybrid edge/cloud scenario. Machine learning, deep learning and neural networks can now be implemented in embedded devices, which brings a host of potential benefits including reduced latency, improved network resiliency and greater data privacy. New tools and techniques are required to harness AI at the edge and turn smart devices into cognitive devices.Visitors to each one-day event will learn about AI trends, key growth areas, best practices and use cases that will help in the development of their future products. They will see how Arrow can help with the design ecosystem, bringing together the leading suppliers and combining them with Arrow’s own services to deliver end-to-end solutions for accelerating the design-to-deployment journey. Through eInfochips, Arrow is able to offer critical in-house engineering resources to support complex AI development.Arrow Electronics’ AI Experience Tour will run at ten locations: Tel Aviv (Sep 10), Odense (Sep 24), Stockholm (Oct 7), Hamburg (Oct 24), Paris (Oct 29), Madrid (Nov 6), Milan (Nov 21), Berlin (Nov 26) London (Dec 3), and Munich (28 Jan 2020).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

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Gateway Stop Work Order Lifted

first_imgThe Department of Environment and Labour has lifted the stop workorder against Gateway Materials Limited, today, Oct. 17. The stop work order was issued on Aug. 14, after a blast at theKearney Lake quarry resulted in rocks being thrown over Highway102 and into several apartments on the far side of highway. “The stop work order has been lifted at the quarry as bothGateway Materials and Dyno Nobel, the company contracted to doblasting at the site, have complied with orders to develop a codeof practice for blasting for the site,” said Jim LeBlanc,director of the occupational health and safety division,Department of Environment and Labour. “These codes of practicewill standardize blasting practices and introduce a more thoroughinternal review and accountability for each blast.” The code of practice for both companies includes improvedcommunications, redesign of the blasting practices, increasedlevel of site supervision, training and the implementation of aquality control and quality assurance program. The environmentalapproval for the site has also been amended to be consistent withthe code of practice. Although blasting may resume, the department’s investigation filefor the August incident has not been closed.last_img read more

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Province Confirms 10million Investment Welcomes Federal Commitment

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE–Province Confirms $10-million Investment, Welcomes Federal Commitment Premier Darrell Dexter today, Jan. 21, confirmed the province’s commitment to invest $10 million toward a new multi-use regional civic centre in Truro. The premier also welcomed a commitment for funding announced by the government of Canada. In November 2008, the province announced $10 million to help fund the civic centre. “This was an important investment in not only the communities of Colchester County, but also in the health and well-being of people in the area,” said Premier Dexter. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was also in Truro today to announce the federal investment of $10 million for the centre. “I want to recognize the government of Canada, and the prime minister personally, for his tremendous support in helping to ensure this facility becomes a reality,” said Premier Dexter. “With the support of all three levels of government, this facility will provide many opportunities for people to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.” The new a state-of-the-art recreation facility will be equipped with an NHL-size ice surface, six-lane swimming pool, walking track, fitness facility, multi-purpose/community rooms and office space for potential community partners.last_img read more

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Community Feedin Tariff Program Accepting Applications

first_imgOn the first day of applications more than 60 project proposals were received from more than a dozen community groups for a unique, made-in-Nova Scotia initiative to encourage community participation in renewable energy projects. The Community-Based Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) concept was introduced in the 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan to help reduce green-house gas emissions, provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices and create jobs. The program began accepting applications Monday. “It’s exciting to see this kind of response for these community green energy projects,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “These projects will reduce our dependence on coal and get communities involved in innovative partnerships and opportunities. It allows for broader participation in renewable energy, resulting in projects that benefit, and are rooted, in communities.” Almost 100 community projects are registered with the department from a variety of eligible groups. All projects must pre-registered to be checked for eligibility. COMFIT allows eligible groups to receive an established price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for projects producing electricity from certain renewable resources. The feed-in tariff rates were established by the Utilities and Review Board in September. Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the river tidal developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives and not-for-profit groups. Hundreds of interested parties have attended information sessions across the province, or participated in an online seminar. The COMFIT program will help the province reach its aggressive renewable electricity targets of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. The province expects 100 megawatts to be produced through the COMFIT. For more information on the program and to apply, visit www.nsrenewables.ca .last_img read more

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Les NéoÉcossais sont invités à faire preuve de prudence pour éviter les

first_imgOn rappelle aux Néo-Écossais qu’ils doivent être prudents avec l’électricité, les flames nues et autres sources de chaleur quand ils célèbrent, font la cuisine et décorent durant les Fêtes. Le Commissaire des incendies de la province encourage tous les Néo-Écossais à ne pas oublier les conseils de base en matière de prévention des incendies au cours des prochaines semaines. Au nombre de ces conseils, n’oublions pas qu’il est important de choisir un arbre fraîchement coupé et d’utiliser un support qui peut contenir au moins un gallon d’eau, et de vérifier le niveau de l’eau tous les jours. L’arbre, les cadeaux, le papier d’emballage et les décorations doivent toujours être placés loin des sources de chaleur, y compris les radiateurs, les foyers, les poêles à bois, les téléviseurs et les écrans d’ordinateur. Veillez également à ce que l’arbre ne bloque pas une sortie. « Les Fêtes sont une belle période de l’année où célébrer en famille et avec les amis, de dire la ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire, Marilyn More. Un arbre de Noël vient ajouter une touche de beauté dans n’importe quelle maison durant les Fêtes, mais il faut en prendre bien soin. Je veux rappeler à tous les Néo-Écossais qu’il faut d’abord penser à prévenir les incendies durant cette période de célébrations, que ce soit en décorant l’arbre, en se gardant au chaud, en allumant des chandelles, en décorant la tablette de cheminée ou en faisant la cuisine pour les amis et la famille. » Lorsque vous décorez l’arbre, assurez-vous qu’il n’y a pas de fils craqués ou effilochés ni de douilles brisées. Utilisez toujours des lumières, des rallonges et des décorations incombustibles approuvées par la CSA (Association canadienne de normalisation). N’utilisez pas de lumières et de rallonges d’extérieur à l’intérieur de la maison et évitez de faire passer des rallonges dans les montants de porte ou sous les tapis. Ne laissez jamais les lumières ou les chandelles allumées lorsque vous n’êtes pas dans la pièce ou lorsque vous allez vous coucher. Les lumières et l’équipement décoratif d’extérieur devraient être branchés dans une prise avec disjoncteur de fuite de terre. N’utilisez jamais de clous ou de punaises pour percer l’isolant et attacher des lumières; utilisez plutôt des crochets en plastique ou des agrafe isolées lorsqu’il est possible de le faire. Les lumières d’extérieur devraient être installées avec les ampoules orientées vers le bas pour éviter que l’humidité ne s’accumule dans la douille. « Les pertes attribuables à un incendie qui survient durant les Fêtes sont tragiques, de souligner le commissaire des incendies de la province, Harold Pothier. Dans un effort pour que tous les Néo-Écossais soient en sécurité, je vous encourage à penser sécurité-incendie durant les Fêtes pour que vous puissiez tous profiter de cette belle période passée en compagnie de vos proches. » Quand vous serez prêts à vous débarrasser de votre arbre, nous vous rappelons de ne pas le faire brûler dans le foyer ou dans le poêle à bois. La combustion rapide et la chaleur excessive peuvent endommager la chambre de combustion et la cheminée, créant ainsi un sérieux danger d’incendie. Il est préférable de consulter votre municipalité pour déterminer les jours où les arbres pourront être placés en bordure de la rue ou de la route. N’oubliez pas de vérifier les détecteurs de fumée toutes les semaines durant la période des Fêtes. Les extincteurs, les échelles de secours, les détecteurs de fumée, les trousses d’urgence et les lampes de poche font aussi de très bons cadeaux. Pour plus d’information sur la sécurité-incendie durant les Fêtes, appelez le Bureau du commissaire des incendies au 902-424-5721.last_img read more

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Harvey likely to have little impact on Canada – but next storm

first_imgHALIFAX – Although Hurricane Harvey isn’t expected to have much of an impact on Canada, forecasters are warning of another potentially powerful storm that could blow through eastern parts of the country next week.Halifax meteorologist Jim Murtha said Harvey — which strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it steered toward the Texas coast on Friday — could bring some rainfall anywhere from southern Ontario to the Maritimes in several days.But Murtha — who works out of the Canadian Hurricane Centre — says the bigger concern is another storm that could develop over the weekend off the east coast of Florida.He says the system has the potential to be “quite a storm” and could bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to parts of Atlantic Canada mid-next week or beyond.Murtha says the centre is hoping forecasts become clearer over the weekend.He says if the storm forms and unfolds with tropical characteristics, the next name on the list in Irma.last_img read more

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Morocco Grants Visa to Syrian Refugee Child Haider to Join His

Rabat – Following a YouTube video gone viral in which 10-year-old Syrian refugee Haider appeals to King Mohammed VI to grant him a visa to enter Morocco and join his father, the young boy will get his petition and reportedly receive his visa.According to a post on the official Twitter account of Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar, Haider will be reunited with his family.The Tweet posted on Sept Monday, was sent in response to a question an individual by the name of Issam Eddine Abail asked the Minister if he was aware of little Haider’s case. The tweet posted in French reads: “yes SM (Salaheddine Mezouar) has given instructions to facilitate his visa and he will join his own [family] on Wednesday, God willing [inchallah].” @issamed oui SM a donné des instructions pr faciliter son visa il sera parmi les siens mercredi inchallah— Salaheddine Mezouar (@Salahmezouar) September 7, 2015The Syrian child has tried to join his father Bashar Jalabi (38) in Morocco since last June. Jalabi is married to a Moroccan woman and they live in Morocco. Haider has been held in Istanbul, Turkey ever since, for not having a Moroccan residency permit.The story has made the news all over the world. According to Yabiladi News, Dutch-Moroccan journalist Boutaina Azzabi and Haider’s supporters have created a Twitter hashtag #MoroccoLetHaiderEnter, which has had great impact among social media users.Also, Azzabi has been personally taking care of Haider since mid-July when his father had to return to Morocco.  She had previously told Middle East Eye, “I spend all my time with him because I don’t want him to feel lonely. He has no relatives in Turkey now, and I have been supporting him financially”.Haider has had his visa petition denied 3 times by Moroccan authorities.The child’s public appeal to the King and continued lobbying from his supporters have moved the hand of Moroccan officials to grant his permit. The Syrian refugee will soon join his father in the Kingdom. read more

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As Maithripala backs death penalty Pope says Catholics will oppose

As President Maithripala Sirisena stands firm to implement the death penalty on some individuals, Pope Francis today announced that the Catholic faith will officially oppose the death penalty in all circumstances.Pope Francis has changed the teachings of the Catholic faith to officially oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, the Vatican has said, according to the BBC. It now says it is “inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”. The Catechism of the Church, a codified doctrine which sums up teachings, had previously stated that the death penalty could be used in some cases. Pope Francis has spoken out against executions in the past.Last October, he had said the Church’s policy on the death penalty was one area where teaching was not static and could change with modern concerns. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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In Washington Annan discusses regional hotspots with Congressional leaders

The Balkans, the Middle East, Iraq and peacekeeping missions in Africa, topped the agenda of Mr. Annan’s morning session with Representative Richard Gephardt, the Democratic Minority leader, and three members of the House Appropriations Committee — David Obey, Nita Lowey and Nancy Pelosi.According to a UN spokesperson, that meeting also touched on the Secretary-General’s call to action against HIV/AIDS. When the issue of the UN budget came up in the discussions, the Secretary-General’s top financial official, Under-Secretary-General for Management Joseph Connor, emphasized that the world body’s cost outlays had not grown since 1994.The meeting was followed by a question-and-answer session with over 30 members of the House International Relations Committee, including Chairman Henry Hyde and ranking minority member Tom Lantos. Participants raised a broad range of issues, including the Secretary-General’s proposed Global Fund for AIDS and Health, recent elections to the UN Human Rights Commission, and political hotspots such as the Middle East and the Balkans.The UN spokesperson said that the discussions also touched on the possibility of the United States rejoining the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which the US had left in the 1980s. One participant noted that legislation to permit the country to rejoin UNESCO had been introduced last week. Following a private luncheon, Mr. Annan was scheduled to meet with the Editorial Board of The Washington Post and hold further talks with members of Congress. read more

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UN agency launches 50 million project to reverse land degradation in Africa

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched a $50 million pioneering project that would determine the key causes of land degradation in Africa and draw up plans to stop and reverse the destruction.Backed by Governments and the Global Environmental Facility, the project also involves the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in identifying a number of key dry lands in nine African countries, including Zimbabwe, Senegal, Namibia and Kenya.The project aims to offset some of the worst impacts of global warming and develop alternative livelihoods, UNEP said, citing a pilot study in Mali that has shown that planting banks of trees for fodder, close to the city, cut pressure on nearby forests while boosting incomes. “The fodder ‘banks’ are producing 4.5 tons per hectare, giving an income of $630 a year in a country where the average annual wage is $270,” the agency said.The scheme would also seek to harmonize modern land management techniques with traditional ones, which local people and tribes developed for survival in harsh, low rainfall areas and which have allowed them to grow crops and graze livestock without sacrificing the fertility and stability of the land, UNEP said. The action plans for the scheme would serve as the blueprints for land recovery and wildlife conservation projects in similar kinds of desert margin areas elsewhere in Africa.Rising populations in Africa over the past few decades and the gradual erosion of traditional values and cultivation methods in favour of Western or Northern-style systems has intensified pressure on desert-fringed lands and their biodiversity, UNEP said.UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said that 66 per cent of Africa is classified as desert or dry lands, while 46 per cent is vulnerable to desertification and more than half considered at high or very high risk. “There is no silver bullet to solve these complex problems,” he said. “But we must solve them for the sake of the people living there and for the sake of the hauntingly beautiful landscapes that play their own role in the web of life.” read more

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The Latest Lithuania says UK must say if decision is final

The Momentum campaign group holds a “Keep Corbyn” demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London, at the same time as the Parliamentary Labour Party is due to meet inside, on Monday June 27, 2016. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE The Latest: Lithuania says UK must say if decision is final by The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2016 8:48 am MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union (all times local):11:04 p.m.Lithuania’s foreign minister says the United Kingdom must clarify whether its decision to leave the European Union is “clear and final,” saying the current uncertainty is not only detrimental to financial markets but to millions of Europeans.Speaking at the United Nations in New York, Linas Linkevicius said that if the decision is final, UK-EU talks should start without any artificial delays.He said the UK could stay in the single market like Norway which pays large fees to the EU budget, it could follow Switzerland which has about 100 agreements with the EU in different fields, or it could negotiate a free trade treaty with the EU.“Whatever outcome, damage will be huge,” Linkevicius said.___9:15 p.m.Fitch Ratings has downgraded the United Kingdom’s credit rating by one notch following the vote to leave the European Union.The move to AA from AA+ follows the decision earlier Monday evening by Standard and Poor’s to drop the country’s sovereign rating by two notches to AA from AAA.“Fitch believes that uncertainty following the referendum outcome will induce an abrupt slowdown in short-term GDP growth, as businesses defer investment and consider changes to the legal and regulatory environment,” the agency said in a statement.“Medium-term growth will also likely be weaker due to less favourable terms for exports to the EU, lower immigration and a reduction in foreign direct investment. An adjustment in the value of sterling and changes in the business environment could also affect growth.”___9 p.m.Britain’s main opposition party is in turmoil as its leader resists attempts by his own lawmakers to oust him in the wake of the country’s vote to leave the EU.Labour lawmakers implored leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down during a meeting at Parliament, as hundreds of Corbyn supporters rallied outside.Corbyn emerged to address the crowd and appeal for unity, saying “Don’t let the people who wish us ill divide us.” Labour finance spokesman and Corbyn ally John McDonnell said: “Jeremy Corbyn is not resigning, he’s staying.”Some 20 members of Corbyn’s top team of lawmakers have quit since Sunday in a bid to force him to resign. He could still face a secret ballot of lawmakers to trigger a leadership contest.Opponents accuse Corbyn, who represents the socialist left wing of the party, of making little effort to persuade Labour supporters to back remaining in the EU, and they fear he cannot win a national election that could be called as early as the autumn.Corbyn says he has the support of grass roots party members, who joined in their thousands to elect him last year.___8:55 p.m.Members of a European trade alliance that Britain helped set up over a half-century ago say they’re open to letting the UK back in now it has voted to leave the European Union.Ministers from the European Free Trade Association met Monday in Bern for a previously planned gathering, but Britain’s decision last week to leave the EU loomed large.At a time when France actively blocked Britain from joining the EU’s predecessor, Britain helped create EFTA as an alternative. It left EFTA in 1972 to join the EU, but English remains the official working language of its four current members: Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.EFTA leaders noted that Britain has many issues to work through, but Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann told reporters that its return would strengthen the association.___8:50 p.m.European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that “probably the best word would be sadness” to describe his reaction to the British vote to leave the European Union.Draghi told participants arriving for an ECB conference in Sintra, Portugal, that he was “trying to find the right word to describe our feelings” and referred to “our British friends.”He urged conference participants at a dinner Monday to put the “extraordinary circumstances” of the past week aside and focus on the conference’s academic themes. The Sintra conference is a counterpart to one held by the U.S. Federal Reserve every year in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen have cancelled amid concern over the impact of the British vote on the economy and markets.___8 p.m.The leaders of Germany, France and Italy want the upcoming European Union summit in Brussels to start finding answers to the challenges the bloc is facing after Britain’s vote to leave.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said in a joint statement Monday that they will propose Tuesday to fellow European leaders “to start a process based on a concrete timeframe and precise obligations.”The three leaders said after meeting in Berlin that the remaining 27 EU heads of state should come together again in September to discuss their common priorities.They also called for EU countries to agree on concrete projects focusing on growth and security that should be implemented within six months.___7:45 p.m.European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is pulling out of a panel later this week at the bank’s annual policy conference in Portugal so he can attend a meeting of EU leaders.The European Council of heads of state and government is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels for the first time since Britain voted to leave the European Union, throwing British and European politics into disarray.Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and Bank of England governor Mark Carney were to have appeared with Draghi at the panel discussion on Wednesday, but have also cancelled. The ECB’s conference in Sintra, Portugal is similar to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming — a place for heavyweight economists to confer.Draghi is still giving the keynote speech Tuesday, the ECB said___7:25 p.m.In a joint statement the leaders of Germany, France and Italy say the European Union “must dedicate itself to the worries expressed by its citizens.”In their statement Monday, the three leaders said that the EU is a success and that the bloc is indispensable in securing “the economic and social progress for our people, and to assert Europe’s role in the world.”But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi acknowledged that the EU can only advance if it is supported by its people.The union and especially its policy makers in Brussels have often been criticized for being detached from ordinary people’s worries — a sentiment that has led to a strengthening of anti-EU movements in several of its member states.___7:15 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union must not “cut the nose off to spite the face.”Kerry, in London to meet Prime Minister David Cameron, says the U.S.-U.K. special relationship remains undiminished despite last week’s vote.Kerry says he regrets the outcome. But he believes Britain and the EU can protect shared values and remain strong U.S. partners.Kerry arrived Monday after meeting top EU officials in Brussels. He urged the bloc’s leaders to be “responsible, sensitive, thoughtful and strategic” in upcoming talks with Britain.Appearing alongside Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Britain would still play a major role in the world. He, too , said anger would help no one. But Hammond acknowledged emotions were still “raw.”___7:05 p.m.The leaders of Germany, France and Italy say they want to send fresh impulses for the future of the European Union and come up with new measure on issues such as security, migration, economic growth and youth unemployment.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi were meeting in Berlin on Monday ahead of the upcoming EU summit in Brussels.Hollande stressed that while they respected Britain’s vote to leave the union, “we also can expect respect from them,” adding that Europe doesn’t want to lose time to get started working on these important issues with “clarity, speed and unity.”Renzi said that despite the leaders’ sadness about Britain’s decision, it was “also a convenient time to work on a new chapter for Europe.”___6:55 p.m.Standard & Poor’s has stripped the United Kingdom of its top credit grade in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.The rating agency downgraded the country’s sovereign rating by two notches, from AAA to AA, saying the vote is a “seminal event” that “will lead to a less predictable, stable and effective policy framework in the U.K.”It is also keeping a negative outlook on the rating, which means it could downgrade the country further.It added in a report published Monday that the outlook reflects the risk to the economy and public finances, as well as the pound’s role as an international reserve currency.It also cited “risks to the constitutional and economic integrity of the U.K.” as Scotland’s strong vote to remain in the EU could raise the prospect of another referendum on Scottish independence.___5:50 p.m.The leaders of Germany, France and Italy say there can be no negotiations with Britain on the country’s depature from the European Union until London has formally declared its intention to quit.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says, “we agree there will be no formal or informal talks” with Britain until Article 50 has been invoked.Merkel spoke Monday in Berlin after meeting with French President Francois Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi.___4 p.m.Poland’s Foreign Minister says that his government wants to lead an informal group of nations within the European Union that will seek renewal of a bloc battered by the British vote to leave.Witold Waszczykowski spoke on Monday following two separate meetings with other foreign ministers, first in Prague and then Warsaw. In Prague, Waszczykowski met his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany and France. The Warsaw meeting, only hours later, brought together nine foreign ministers and the British EU minister David Lidington.Waszczykowski indicated that Poland’s efforts are a counterweight to meetings on the future after Britain’s vote that have only included some of the bloc’s founding members in Western Europe.He said the Polish prime minister, Beata Szydlo, might present Poland’s ideas to other EU leaders on Tuesday in Brussels, and said they would be “radical.”___3:40 p.m.British Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK will not trigger formal EU exit talks at this stage.He says the referendum result is “not the outcome I think is best for Britain” but says the result must be respected and implemented in the “best possible way.”The Conservative Party leader says there will be no immediate changes for EU citizens now living in the UK.He says an EU exit will be “far from plain sailing” for Britain’s economy, but adds that UK financial institutions have “robust” plans and can withstand the uncertainty of a Brexit —a British exit from the bloc.____3:05 p.m.The powerful leader of Poland’s conservative ruling party says that his countryman Donald Tusk, one of the European Union’s top leaders, is to blame for Britain’s decision to leave the bloc and should “disappear from European politics.”Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has long been a bitter political rival of Tusk, the president of the European Council, said Tusk should have done more to ease British concerns over membership.He said Monday that “as a negotiator Donald Tusk bears direct responsibility … but that also goes for the whole European Commission in its current composition.”Kaczynski also voiced hope that Britain might hold a second referendum and choose to remain in the European Union after all.Poland considered Britain its most important ally within the 28-nation bloc. Polish and British leaders had common cause in a desire to maintain strong national sovereignty while some other members pushed for greater union.Britain has also absorbed hundreds of thousands of Poles over the past 12 years who would have struggled to find well-paid jobs in their homeland, easing some political pressure from the ruling elites.___2:55 p.m.Finland’s prime minister says Britain’s departure from the European Union should happen “as soon as possible.”Juha Sipila acknowledged Monday that Britain needed “some time to bring its own ranks into line” and that a suitable time to begin the exit process would be in early autumn.Sipila described Britain as an “exceptionally important partner both for Finland and the EU.”He told reporters after a meeting of the parliamentary grand committee that it was important for Finland that negotiations are carried out in a businesslike and pragmatic way, putting aside the emotional tumult that arose from the vote.He said: “All talk of revenge and similar (emotions) must be forgotten.”___2:25 p.m.An influential Conservative Party committee says a new leader should be in place by Sept. 2 at the latest — with nominations opening on Wednesday and closing on Thursday.The 1922 committee, which sets party policy, ruled after an emergency meeting Monday the contest should be run under the same rules as 2005. That means lawmakers will choose and then put two candidates to the wider membership.Such a process favours established candidates.Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, the primary backer of the “leave” campaign and Home Secretary Theresa May, who backed “remain,” are considered the front runners in the race to replace former Prime Minister David Cameron.___2:05 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warns the other 27 European Union nations not to be revengeful toward Britain despite last week’s referendum vote to leave the bloc.After meeting Monday with his EU counterpart Federica Mogherini, Kerry said anger would not help anyone solve the fundamental issue of the break-up. He said it’s “absolutely essential that we stay focused on how, in this transitional period, nobody loses their head, nobody goes off half-cocked, people don’t start ginning up scatterbrained or revengeful premises.”There has been growing anger in the EU that despite British decision to leave, the British government could wait for months before starting the complicated process of disentanglement.Instead, Kerry said both sides must “look for ways to maintain the strength that will serve the interests and the values that brought us together in the first place.”The United States has said it’s disappointed by Britain’s vote, but also says Britain will continue to have a special relationship with Washington.___1:55 p.m.The chiefs of the Bank of England and U.S. Federal Reserve will not appear at a high-level banking conference in Portugal that they were due to speak at this week.Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Fed chair Janet Yellen were due to speak on a panel Wednesday but were taken off the updated schedule released Monday.Though no official reason was given, the turmoil that has engulfed global financial markets since Britain voted to leave the European Union will have focused the minds of policymakers, particularly in Britain. As the British pound drops to a 31-year low, fueling inflation, and the country’s economy faces the risk of recession, the Bank of England will consider how to boost confidence.Analysts say it could cut interest rates, a sharp reverse from its earlier plans to soon raise them.___1:35 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she understands that Britain may need “a certain amount of time to analyze things” regarding its departure from the European Union but adds that a “long-term suspension” of the question wouldn’t be in either side’s economic interest.British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated he plans to leave invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty, which would trigger negotiations on Britain’s exit, to his successor, who will be chosen in several months. Cameron resigned after his ‘remain’ side lost Thursday’s vote.Merkel said Monday she has a “certain amount of understanding” for the fact that Britain may need “a certain amount of time” to analyze what happens next. She wouldn’t comment on whether it’s acceptable for London to wait until October, as Cameron plans.She says EU leaders will discuss how much time Britain needs when they meet tomorrow in Brussels.___1:25 p.m.London Mayor Sadiq Khan has asked London police to be on heightened alert to deal with a possible increase in hate crimes as a result of the British vote to leave the European Union.Khan said Monday there would be “zero tolerance” for any attempt to divide communities. He spoke after a Polish diplomat complained about abuse directed at the Polish community since Thursday’s vote.A Polish community centre in west London was vandalized and police in Cambridgeshire are looking into reports of racist notes being given to Polish residents.Immigration was a big issue in the vote. Those wanting to take Britain out of the EU say that will make it easier for Britain to control its borders.Prime Minister David Cameron has also condemned a spate of racist attacks since the referendum, saying he would “not tolerate intolerance.”___1:10 p.m.Polish authorities are expressing concern over incidents of xenophobia directed at Poles and other foreigners in Britain following the British vote to leave the European Union.The Polish ambassador in London, Witold Sobkow, said on Monday that his embassy is in contact with British police as they investigate the incidents.In one reported case, offensive graffiti telling Poles to go home in vulgar terms was sprayed on the front of a Polish cultural centre in London.Sobkow said: “We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community and other U.K. residents of migrant heritage.”___12:45 p.m.The number of senior leaders resigning form opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle over his lacklustre efforts to prevent a Brexit has grown ever larger.Unlike Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservatives, leader of the failed ‘remain’ side in the British vote on EU membership, Corbyn has refused to resign. But top Labour officials are resigning in droves, fearful that the party could be seriously hurt if Corbyn leads them into an early election that may be called.Angela Eagle, the party’s spokeswoman on Business Innovation and Skills, has opted to resign from the senior party position in light of Britain’s vote to leave the EU. She is the most senior member of his team to resign.Eagle says the party needs a leader “who can unite rather than divide the Labour Party.”Over 20 members of Corbyn’s “shadow Cabinet” — experts in specific topics like health care or the economy — have resigned to protest his leadership.___12:30 p.m.French and German foreign ministers are calling for “a strong Europe,” listing ambitious long-term proposals following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier pointed out some priorities for Europe in a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press: a common security agenda, fighting terrorism and integrated asylum and refugee policies.They acknowledge there are “different levels of ambitions” among the European countries but say France and Germany are responsible for better cohesion and solidarity.They suggest things like creating a European prosecutor for terrorism and organized crime as well as having international coast guard and border guard units. They also propose working on a common immigration law for Europe.Ayrault stressed Monday that the British vote to leave the EU “could help Europeans become aware that Europe needs to come closer together.”___12:05 p.m.The pound has dropped to a new 31-year low, trading below $1.32 for the first time since 1985. By midday in London it was at $1.3216.The drop reflects investors’ concerns about the economic impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union. It also shows they are expecting the Bank of England to cut interest rates in coming months as the economy suffers.The Bank of England had until recent weeks been expected to consider raising interest rates this year, but analysts say it is now more likely to cut them by a quarter point before the end of the year. Lower rates tend to weaken a currency.Investors also fled to the perceived safety of bonds. The yield on the 10-year British government bond fell below 1 per cent for the first time ever to hit a record low of 0.96 per cent. The yield drops as the price of a bond rises.___12:00 p.m.The top U.S. diplomat and NATO’s boss say the military alliance is even more important now as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he expects “an even stronger NATO going forward” as a result. He says the alliance brings clarity at a time of uncertainty in Europe.And NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Britain’s vote to pull out of the EU makes NATO more important now for defence and security co-ordination among European allies.Meeting Monday at NATO headquarters, Kerry and Stoltenberg said NATO was on track for its July 8-9 summit in Warsaw.Kerry will later meet EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. He then travels to London to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Minister Philip Hammond.___11:45 a.m.Though Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the nearly 1,000 British nationals who work for the bloc’s executive body won’t have to quit their jobs if they don’t want to.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote in an internal memo circulated to the executive’s staff that according to regulations, they are “union officials” and work for Europe.He wrote: “You left your national ‘hats’ at the door when you joined this institution and that door is not closing on you now.”The memo was distributed to Commission personnel after the results of Thursday’s British referendum on EU membership became known. It was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday.According to the British Permanent Representation to the EU, 980 British nationals work for the Commission, accounting for 4.2 per cent of the total.Britons are also employed by the EU’s External Action Service, Council and Parliament.___11:10 a.m.Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says Brussels can’t afford to spend a “year on procedures” for Britain’s exit from the European Union.Briefing the Senate Monday, Renzi noted the EU “spent a year on negotiations” aimed at satisfying Britain ahead of last week’s referendum.The premier will huddle later in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and the EU president on the crisis.The EU summit this week on Britain’s departure “won’t be the last” in Renzi’s view. But he says those meetings must concentrate on “the relaunching of Europe, not just procedures.”Renzi says “pluck, lucidity and intelligence” is needed by European leaders, adding now’s not the time for improvisation.His advice to the EU? “Deal more with social issues and less with bureaucratic issues.”___11:00 a.m.The implications of Britain’s departure from the European Union have started to bite on British businesses.Real estate agent Foxtons has issued a profit warning, expressing concern that an upturn anticipated in the second half of the year is “now unlikely to materialize.”The parent company of British Airways, IAG, warned on Friday that profits would take a hit this year. Budget airline easyJet also warned on profit, saying it anticipates economic and consumer uncertainty this summer.The profit warnings come amid fears that thousands of jobs could be lost in London’s financial heartland. JP Morgan, HSBC and Goldman Sachs all said prior to the vote that thousands of jobs could be moved to the continent in the event of a British exit from the EU, or Brexit.___10:50 a.m.Trading in shares of two big British banks has been temporarily suspended amid volatility in the markets following the country’s decision to leave the European Union.The London Stock Exchange says trading the Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays was suspended when they briefly moved out of the trading range of 8 per cent — an automatic action. RBS is down 14.6 per cent to 175.55 pence ($2.4). Barclays is down 10 per cent to 137.55 pence.Trading resumed after five minutes.Other British stocks are also experiencing sharp volatility in the aftermath of the vote. They include airline EasyJet, home builder Taylor Wimpey and insurer Legal & General.___10:45 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says there can’t be informal talks on the conditions for Britain leaving the European Union before London has filed formal notice of its intention to quit the bloc.Only Britain can invoke Article 50 of the EU treaty, which triggers the formal process by which the country would leave the union. Departing Prime Minister David Cameron has signalled that that could take several months, while many European leaders want it to come immediately.Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that “if the government needs a reasonable amount of time to do that, we respect that,” but the uncertainty cannot continue forever.Seibert said: “One thing is clear: before Great Britain has sent this notification, there will be no informal preliminary talks about the exit modalities.”___10:30 a.m.The foreign minister of the Czech Republic says that a “fast and hasty integration” of the remaining 27 members of the European Union would be a “bad response” to Britain’s decision to leave the EU.Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said Monday that doing nothing would also be bad, but that popular support was needed for further integration and new EU policies.Zaoralek spoke after a meeting in Prague with his colleagues from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany and France.Zaoralek said that “I hope we will be able to try and start persuading the people in Europe that the EU is a project that can appeal to them, that can solve the issues they are facing in a practical way.”Another meeting of foreign ministers of non-founding members of the EU is scheduled to take place in Warsaw later Monday.___10:10 a.m.Former London Mayor Boris Johnson says there is no great rush to leave the European Union as he praised Treasury chief George Osborne’s efforts to calm gyrating financial markets.Johnson, one of the most prominent campaigners behind the vote to have Britain leave the EU, also praised Osborne’s decision to forgo an emergency austerity budget.Osborne had said such budget would be necessary during the campaign, which was nicknamed “Project Fear” because of its dire predictions on the fate of the nation in the event of a British exit from the EU, or Brexit.Johnson told reporters Monday: “It’s clear now the Project Fear is over,” and that he was reassured by Osborne’s words.___9:30 a.m.Several more members of Britain’s opposition Labour Party have resigned from party posts, calling on leader Jeremy Corbyn to quit.Half a dozen lawmakers who serve as spokespeople on key issues quit Monday morning. They follow 11 members of Corbyn’s shadow cabinet — the opposition party’s mirror government — who resigned Sunday after Corbyn fired Labour foreign affairs spokesman Hilary Benn for allegedly plotting against him.Corbyn says he will not resign, and has appointed lawmakers loyal to him to fill the vacated posts. He insists he will run in any new leadership contest, and says he has the support of the party’s grassroots.Many Labour lawmakers accuse Corbyn of running a lukewarm campaign in support of remaining in the EU. They also fear the left-winger cannot win a general election, which could come well before the scheduled date of 2020.Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will step down by October, and a new prime minister may call an early election to solidify a mandate before negotiating Britain’s EU exit.___9:10 a.m.Germany’s defence minister says she doesn’t expect Britain to rejoin the European Union in her lifetime.A majority of older British voters favoured leaving the EU in Thursday’s referendum, while most younger voters wanted to stay in.Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who is 57, told Germany’s ARD television Sunday night: “Great Britain will not re-enter the European Union in my lifetime, but perhaps our children or grandchildren will be smart enough to restore the strength of Europe.”Von der Leyen also added her voice to calls for Britain to clarify its intentions and trigger the negotiating process quickly. Departing Prime Minister David Cameron has signalled that he wants to wait several months to begin the country’s exit from the 28-nation bloc.Asked to define quickly, she said: “I can’t define that in days or weeks. That is not in my hands. But the idea of ‘months’ takes some getting used to for us — it is actually not acceptable.”___8:50 a.m.A leading business group says 20 per cent of its members plan to move some of their operations outside of the U.K. in light of the country’s decision to leave the European Union.The Institute of Directors said Monday that a survey of its 1,000 members showed that three out of four believe that Britain’s exit from the EU, or Brexit, will be bad for business.Simon Walker, the director-general of the group, says that while businesses will be busy working out how they are going to adapt, “we can’t sugar-coat this, many of our members are feeling anxious.”The group says over a third of its members say that the vote result will prompt them to cut investment in their businesses.___8:35 a.m.Germany’s EU commissioner is urging Britain to clarify its intentions after voters chose to leave the European Union, and says he can’t imagine the government backing off that decision.Departing Prime Minister David Cameron has signalled that he wants to wait several months to begin the country’s exit from the 28-nation bloc. Many European leaders want it to start immediately.Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Deutschlandfunk radio Monday that Britain’s governing Conservative Party needs to figure out what to do. He said: “With every day of uncertainty, investors in the whole world will be discouraged from investing in Great Britain or from believing in Europe.”Oettinger said the referendum “has great authority, however much it annoys one.” He added that he “can’t imagine the British government putting that into question.”___8:30 a.m.The French finance minister is insisting that Britain pull itself out of the EU as soon as possible and is dismissing speculation that a British exit, or Brexit, may never actually come to pass.Michel Sapin said on France-2 television Monday there is “no difference” between France and Germany on the timetable for a withdrawal, though French officials appear in a particular hurry to close this difficult chapter in post-war European unity.“Should Britain go quickly? Yes. France, like Germany, thinks that Britain voted, Britain voted for Brexit, and the Brexit should be put in place starting now,” Sapin said.He said European authorities should not allow Britain to stay in an “indefinite, we’ll see later” mindset but must force the British to accept the consequences of last week’s historic vote.The British exit is priority No. 1 as French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet later Monday in Berlin with EU President Donald Tusk and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, ahead of an EU-wide summit Tuesday and Wednesday.___8:10 a.m.British and European stock markets fell again on Monday amid the uncertainty over what the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union might lead to.The FTSE 100 benchmark in London was down about 1 per cent at 6,090 while Germany’s DAX was 0.5 per cent lower at 9,509.One of the reasons the FTSE 100 has not dropped more since Friday, when it closed only 3.2 per cent lower, is that many of its listed companies earn money in foreign countries, and the pound’s sharp drop will translate into higher profits when that money is brought back to the U.K. The pound’s drop also makes those shares cheaper for investors outside Britain.The pound continued to suffer the most losses in the markets, dropping another 1.6 per cent against the dollar on Monday, to $1.3462. Since early Friday it has dropped to levels last seen in 1985.Stockholm’s stock exchange, which was closed for a holiday on Friday, when the vote’s result caused heavy losses on global markets, dropped by 6 per cent on Monday.___7:30 a.m.Treasury chief George Osborne has sought to calm nerves in the markets, as investors worry about the consequences of Britain leaving the European Union.In his first public appearance since the vote to leave the bloc Thursday, Osborne tried to reassure markets shaken by the result, saying “our economy is about as strong as it could be to face this challenge.”Yet, he acknowledged it would not be plain sailing in the days ahead.The pound fell in Asian markets amid fears of the consequences of the vote. Political turmoil has roiled the country, as the leaders grappled with the question of how precisely the country would separate Britain from the other 27 nations in the bloc.Germany, Britain and France will be meeting to discuss the decision. read more

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Bonds or GICs for your portfolio choose whats right for your needs

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bonds or GICs for your portfolio, choose what’s right for your needs OTTAWA – The stocks held in your portfolio may get all the attention when looking at the performance of your investments, but advisers say finding the right mix in your fixed-income holdings is also important.While bonds and GICs help provide stability in a portfolio and hopefully generate future cash flow, selecting a suitable combination of these interest-paying investments will depend on your individual needs including liquidity, tax efficiency and returns.“When you compare rates today between the average GIC and Government of Canada bonds, it is much easier to find GICs that pay more than Government of Canada bonds,” says Stan Tepner, a portfolio manager at CIBC Wood Gundy.“So today, there’s something to be said for the GICs over the bonds, but then if you want to get your money out, it is not so easy.”Bonds can be sold if you find yourself with an unexpected need of cash, while the rules for GICs are more restrictive and they may not be cashable or involve paying a penalty in you need to access them before the term is up.However there’s costs related to buying or selling a bond, as mutual funds that invest in bonds or bond exchange-traded funds charge management fees. If interest rates start to rise, you may also face the possibility of losing money on a bond if you have to sell it for less than you paid.The chance of a default of a government bond is nearly zero but corporate bonds carry a measure of risk depending on the company that issues them. That often means higher returns but if something happens to the issuer you could be left with a big loss.“The guarantee that they offer is the strength of the issuer, the strength of the corporation or government issuing the bond. The stronger it is, the better the guarantee,” Tepner says.Meanwhile, Jeremy Rock, a branch manager at Alterna Savings in Ottawa, says a GIC will have a specific term and a specific interest rate.“If you’re locked in for a five-year period and you start to see interest rates rise, you’re fixed and stuck with the interest rate that you signed at the time of offering,” he says of GICs.However, he adds, if interest rates start to rise, the value of your GIC will not go down.GICs also carry a guarantee. If the original term to maturity is five years or less and they are held by a member institution of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corp. they are insured up to a maximum of $100,000, including principal and interest. The provinces also have their own deposit insurers that protect deposits at provincial credit unions.The insurance protects depositors if something goes wrong.A rush by depositors at Home Capital to withdraw their money prompted a liquidity crisis at the company. However depositors at Home Capital are protected up to the CDIC limits even if the company is forced to close its doors.Tepner says most people who hold GICs get them from their bank, but he says it pays to shop around as rates do vary from institution to institution.“I’m looking at my GIC rate sheet today from 20 different issuers and all have one- to five-year terms and I’m just shopping along to find A: who has the best rate, and B: can I keep them under the CDIC coverage for the term they need,” he says. read more

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Bucks do away with Hoosiers sit atop crowded Big Ten race

The Ohio State men’s basketball team extended its in-conference winning streak Wednesday, beating the lowly Indiana Hoosiers 69-52. The Buckeyes (19-6, 9-3) started the game on a 9-0 run, but the Hoosiers held their own for a brief period in the first half to climb within two points at 22-20. The success, however, was short lived. As junior Evan Turner sat on the bench with two early fouls, the Buckeyes ended the half on a 12-0 run. OSU led by 14 at the break and the Hoosiers were never close again.Even after playing only three minutes in the first half, Turner ended the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Sophomore William Buford led the way offensively for the Buckeyes, scoring 21 points on 9-17 shooting. He added seven rebounds and four assists. The story of the game, however, was the stellar play that OSU got from the center position. Junior Dallas Lauderdale matched his career high with 14 points, but more importantly, he grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a season-high seven shots. Reserve center Kyle Madsen added a career-high 11 points on 4-5 shooting.The win was the Buckeyes’ eighth in a row in Big Ten play, and with the Michigan State Spartans losing their third game in a row on Tuesday, OSU is now in a three-way tie for first in the conference.The Buckeyes are tied with the Spartans and their next opponent, Illinois. Considering their 1-3 start to conference play, it is fairly remarkable for them to be atop the league at this point in the season. If the Spartans continue to struggle, a win Sunday against the Fighting Illini could leave the Buckeyes all alone in first place. An outright regular season conference championship would be OSU’s first since the 2006-2007 season. Ohio State and Illinois square off in Champaign, Ill., Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

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Anthony Lea appointed President of the International Copper Association

first_imgThe International Copper Association (ICA) has appointed Anthony (Tony) Lea as its new President. He holds the senior management responsibility for all aspects of the organisation, overseeing the global operations of the extended Copper Alliance™ across six continents. He will continue the process of organisational, strategic and program improvement initiated by ICA’s members in 2014.He previously served for 12 years as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning, within the ICA, a position that provided him with a unique perspective on the challenges faced in the end-use markets for copper and a wealth of experience in conducting programs to develop and defend copper use. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology, both in the UK.“I am confident that under Tony’s leadership ICA will continue to provide great value to the copper industry by promoting and defending copper markets and developing a positive image for copper among its wide range of stakeholder communities,” said Jean-Sebastien Jacques, Chairman of the ICA Board of Directors. “On behalf of the ICA Board, I am pleased to welcome Tony into his new position, and I am confident he will lead the ICA as a strong advocate for the copper industry.”The ICA leads the world’s copper industry on the issues critical to securing copper’s future growth. ICA’s members represent a majority of global copper production, and include many of the largest copper and copper alloy fabricators. ICA’s status as a not-for-profit trade association provides its members with a credible, independent advocate to address challenges faced by the collective industry. ICA increases awareness and use of copper by communicating the unique attributes that make this sustainable element an essential contributor to the formation of life, to advances in science and technology, and to a higher standard of living throughout the world.The Copper Alliance is a network of regional copper centre and their industry-leading members developed by ICA in 2011. The Copper Alliance is responsible for guiding policy and strategy and for funding international initiatives and promotional activities. With its headquarters in New York, the organisation has offices in four primary regions: Asia, Europe and Africa, Latin America and North America. Copper Alliance programs and initiatives are executed in more than 60 countries through its regional offices and country-level copper promotion centres.last_img read more

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Haver Boecker optimises mining operations with NIAflow software

first_imgHaver & Boecker has introduced NIAflow plant simulation software to the market, which it says helps producers optimise mine operations by diagramming plant flow, machine placement, product pre-calculations and more. Haver & Boecker will feature NIAflow during MINExpo in Las Vegas at the end of this month.Developed by Haver & Boecker engineers, NIAflow “instantly analyses existing or proposed processes, records plant statuses, and recognises potential for plant optimisation.” The software is available for download on Windows-based systems. “NIAflow supports the user in every engineering phase, from drafting flow diagrams for product pre-calculation to plant start-up and simulating parameter changes. Its intuitive menu control makes it easy for all levels of experience, and Haver & Boecker provides several levels of training, if needed. These can be group, company or even individual training sessions.”“As part of our ongoing efforts to optimise plant efficiency for our customers, we are constantly developing innovative machines, programs and software to help them be successful,” said Karen Thompson, President of Haver & Boecker Canada. “NIAflow will serve as a cornerstone in the development of process engineering projects. When paired with other Haver & Boecker technology, such as Pulse vibration analysis software, our customers will hold all of the tools they need to optimise process flow and increase productivity and profits.”NIAflow allows users to analyse more than 90 different process equipment pieces, from crushers and vibrating screens to material washers and conveyors. Beyond equipment, the system uses scientific-based methods to monitor the operation’s input, output and waste piles. The program calculates the mass and volumetric flow rates as well as the valuable content with machine-specific operating parameters to prevent plant bottlenecks before equipment is in place.“NIAflow will significantly impact the efficiency and profitability of our mineral processing customers,” said Joachim Hoppe, Haver & Boecker Mining General Manager. “The thought process behind this software development was to give our partners tools to closely monitor their plant setup as a whole, allowing them to identify problems and plant bottlenecks. NIAflow helps producers discover the most efficient set up for existing equipment as well as determine equipment needed to enhance productivity and increase production.”NIAflow is available for purchase for aggregates and mining. The NIAflow Aggregates version is the extensive, full version of the NIAflow simulation software that allows unlimited machine input. NIAflow Mining complements the Aggregates full version, but offers additional equipment options, such as classifying and sorting equipment. A basic, complementary version of NIAflow is available for download at www.niaflow.comlast_img read more

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DKB Bundesliga Kiel win over HSV – Flensburg demolish Fuchse in Berlin

17TV Grosswallstadt273222660 – 750-908 6TSV Hannover-Burgdorf271647811 – 7951636 In two derby matches of DKB Bundesliga, THW Kiel and SG Flensburg beat their rivals. THW Kiel wins over HSV Handball 30:27 in front of 10.285 fans in “Sparkasse Arena”.THW Kiel: Omeyer (16/1 saves, 1.-60.); Palicka n.e.; Jicha 8, Vujin 6, Toft Hansen 3, Zeitz 3, Ilic 2, Klein 2, Sprenger 2, Palmarsson 2, Sigurdsson 1, Narcisse 1, Ahlm, Ekberg, Wiencek n.e.HSV Handball: Bitter (17/1 saves., 1.-60.); Beutler Duvnjak 9, Lijewski 4, Vori 4, Petersen 3, Lindberg 2, Schröder 2, Hens 1, Kraus 1, Lackovic 1, Jansen, Flohr, Nilsson, Terzic n.e.Fuchse Berlin was demolished by SG Flensburg 16:27 (10:12) in Max Schmelling Arena.Füchse Berlin – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 16:27 (10:12)Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (6 saves), Stochl (4 saves; ab 42.) – Laen, Löffler (2), Spoljaric, Jaszka, Nincevic (1), Christophersen, Iker Romero, Pevnov (2), Bult (1), Lund, Igropulo (4), Sellin (6/1)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (27/2 saves) – Karlsson, Machulla (1), Eggert (7/2), Glandorf (5), Mogensen, Svan Hansen (5), Weinhold (6), Heinl, Gustafsson (1), Kaufmann (1), Knudsen (1) 7SC Magdeburg2714211775 – 7453030 15GWD Minden275418711 – 814-10314 12TuS-N-Lubbecke2711214765 – 778-1324 11MT Melsungen2711412750 – 756-626 ← Previous Story Gorazd Skof signs for US Creteil until end of season Next Story → Marcus Ahlm to retire at the end of season 1THW Kiel272313892 – 70318947 9TBV Lemgo2713212740 – 741-128 2Rhein-Neckar-Lowen272043759 – 6798044 13Balingen-Weilsteten279315761 – 804-4321 14VfL Gummersbach276318706 – 813-10715 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt261934792 – 65913341 16TV Neuhausen275121708 – 827-11911 4Füchse Berlin271836776 – 7086839 18Tusem Essen273222687 – 846-1598 5HSV Hamburg261736788 – 7107837 10HSG Wetzlar2712312780 – 779127 dkb bundesligaHSV HandballTHW Kiel 8FA Goppingen2713212781 – 7354628 read more