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Ishant Sharma fined over wild celebration of Dawid Malan wicket

first_imgIshant Sharma has been fined 15 per cent of his match fees and received one demerit point after he was found guilty of violating Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during day 3 of the first Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday.Ishant, who took a five-wicket haul on Friday, violated Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match”.During the first session’s play on Friday, Ishant Sharma celebrated the dismissal of Dawid Malan in close proximity with him — an action that the match officials felt could have provoked an aggressive reaction from the departing batsman.Ishant Sharma admitted to the offence after the end of the day’s play and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and therefore, a formal hearing for the incident was not needed.INDIA VS ENGLAND, 1ST TEST DAY 4 LIVE CRICKET SCOREThe charge was levelled at Ishant by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Chris Gaffaney, third umpire Marais Erasmus as well as the fourth umpire Tim Robinson.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.On the third day of the Edgbaston Test, Ishant Sharma tore apart England’s middle-order with an inspired spell of fast bowling. After R Aswhin snared Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings and Joe Root, Ishant got into the act with the wickets of Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Staurt Broad as England were bowled out for 180 in the second innings.advertisementIshant took five wickets in the second innings but four of them came in the three overs. He took the wickets of Bairstow, Stokes and Buttler in the 31st over itself to peg England back.Ishant is the most experienced bowler in the Indian team and produced a majestic spell to leave England gasping for breath. Ishant bowled with pace, fire and plenty of aggression. He squared Malan up with a great outswinger before removing the dangerous Bairstow with a nice inswinger. Two balls later, Stokes had no clue how to deal with another outswinger from around the wicket. Next up, right after lunch, Ishant got Buttler to edge one behind the wickets to Dinesh Kartik.The fifth wicket took a while coming for Ishant. He bowled another peach and Broad drove at a ball which was shaping away from him; Dhawan, who had dropped two easy chances before, took it safely at first slip.This was a spectacular performance from Ishant, who had single-handedly demolished a strong England batting line-up four years ago at Lord’s to set up a historic victory for India.With England all out for 180, India need 194 runs to win the match. Despite Ishant’s heroics on Day 3, India failed to chase the target and were all out for 162 with Virat Kohli (51) ending up as the highest scorer.England won the Test by a close margin of 31 runs.last_img read more

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Oval Test Day 3: England take control with 154-run lead despite India fightback

first_imgIndia fought back with some outstanding performances from its lower order with the bat and then with the bowlers in the final session but the advantage still rests with England, who are in a dominant position in the fifth and final Test match after taking a lead of 148 runs in the second innings.England reached 114 for 2 at stumps on Day 3 with Alastair Cook (46*) and Joe Root (29*) adding 52 runs for the third wicket in relatively quick time.England came out to bat for the second time after bowling out India for 292 late in the second session with Cook getting a standing ovation as he batted for the final time in his international career.India vs England 5th Test Day 3: HighlightsThe former England captain and Keaton Jennings managed to negotiate a tricky passage of 9 overs before the tea break after which Cook came into his own, batting patiently till the close of play while wickets fell at the other end.That’s all for Day 3!We’re 114-2 with Cook (46) & Root (29) at the crease, a lead of 154. Well played lads #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/pUbWWg296nEngland’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 9, 2018India vs England 5th Test Day 3 at The Oval: As it happenedRoot, who was on a pair, gave him good support as he looked to play positively while Cook held up one end. The duo managed to increase the run rate in the final session as the Indian bowlers started to tire.Hanuma Vihari becomes 26th Indian to score 50 on Test debutadvertisementFor the visitors, it was Mohammed Shami who managed to draw first blood as he castled Jennings from around the wicket for 10.Jennings scratched around for 10 before offering no shot to a Mohammed Shami delivery to be clean bowled — extending his run of test innings without a half century to 18.Once again India’s seam attack bowled with menace and at one stage delivered 31 dot balls before Cook broke the siege.Moeen Ali was fortunate to survive when his attempted drive off Ishant Sharma took a thick edge and flew head high to KL Rahul at second slip but he dropped the chance.Cook took the lead past 100 but India made a timely breakthrough as Jadeja tempted Moeen into a drive and bowled him through the gate out of the rough.With clutches of wickets falling late on the previous two days India’s hopes of a consolation win to end a losing series remained just about intact but Root and Cook were taking the game away from them by the close.Stumps on Day 3 of the 5th Test.England 332 & 114/2, lead India 292 by 154 runs.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/P2srdAjAzEBCCI (@BCCI) September 9, 2018India need to be mentally stronger to win overseas: Adam GilchristEarlier, India mounted a spirited fightback earlier to limit their first-innings deficit to a modest 40 thanks to a superb 86 by Ravindra Jadeja and a debut half century from Hanuma Vihari.Having begun the day in a hole on 174-6 in reply to England’s 332, India were eventually all out for 292.Winning the last Test before going home will be really important: RahaneVihari completed his half-century and became the 26th Indian Test player to score 50-plus on debut but got out soon after for 56.Jadeja then took charge of the innings and entertained the Oval crowd for more than an hour as he batted superbly with the tail-enders.India’s resistance frustrated James Anderson’s quest to grab the three wickets he needs to overtake Australia’s Glenn McGrath’s all-time test-wicket record of 563 for a fast bowler.Jadeja, who replaced all-rounder Hardik Pandya in this Test match, went on to reach 86 before running out of partners. His knock, which included 11 boundaries and a massive six, kept India in the game after yet another failure from the Indian top order.James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes finished with two wickets each while Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and Sam Curran got one each.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Superlatives from the Texas Game

first_imgWinner: The defense. As Mark Cooper noted, Texas’ offense struggled mightily against Glenn Spencer in the second half: 25 plays, 48 yards. Jerrod Heard accounted for 35 yards passing and 8 yards rushing in the second half.Loser: Texas’ special teams.MVP: Jordan Sterns. I could easily throw him in here just about every week. He’s not usually flashy, but he’s all over the field and has the best range of any safety Oklahoma State has had since I’m able to remember. Saturday, he brought the boom.Here’s Jordan Sterns being Jordan Sterns. pic.twitter.com/iF0UvqTp5h— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 26, 2015AdChoices广告Player who stepped up: Jarrell Owens. After Ogbah lost his helmet and was forced to the sidelines to watch as Texas went for a fourth down conversation, Owens not only held his own, but sacked Jerrod Heard on a critical defensive stop.Best play: Worst play: This wasn’t real ideal.Oops. pic.twitter.com/48wX5fbsBF— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 26, 2015OK, we’ll take it play: This one.Hahaha. Roughing the passer on Texas. Wow. pic.twitter.com/YyK7wbGk0k— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 26, 2015Hustle play of the game: Miketavious Jones has come to ball the past two games. He forced a turnover last week early in the game, and wrestled down Jerrod Heard in a huge defensive stop Saturday.What a play here from Miketavius Jones. pic.twitter.com/jsyFO8mrdF— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 26, 2015Quote of the game: “I loved the way it ended.” – Glenn SpencerBest catch: ATEMAN.Here’s that sick ball from Rudolph to Ateman. What a throw. What a catch. pic.twitter.com/q2gOgrOtye— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 26, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Foundation Calls for Partnership for Development of St. Elizabeth

first_img Chairman of the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation, Donna Parchment-Brown, has called on key stakeholders to collaborate for the development of the parish.Mrs. Parchment-Brown, who was speaking at the monthly meeting of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council in Black River on September 12, noted that the parish has tremendous assets and with partnership and linkages it can contribute more to the growth of the parish and the nation.“St. Elizabeth has an opportunity to lead by having a strong, vibrant growing sense of being a joined-up parish where we are doing things together,” she said.She urged council members to collaborate with the foundation on its development plans, especially its students’ empowerment programme, aimed at encouraging students to excel.In his response, Mayor of Black River, Councillor Everton Fisher, said the Council welcomes partnerships as working together will usher in development results at a much faster rate than initiatives undertaken by one individual or entity.“We believe that partnership will bring more results, and these are the sort of initiatives that we at the St. Elizabeth Parish Council want to spearhead. Whether it is the Chamber of Commerce, the Homecoming Foundation, Ministers’ Fraternal – all these groups have contributions to make, and we will be working with you as best as possible. Working with each other hand-in-hand can only enhance the development of the parish,” the Mayor said.The St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation, which is celebrating its 21st year in 2013, is a medium for the co-ordination of economic and social initiatives for the development of the parish.Recently, the foundation established a transformation team headed by businessman, Dr. Trevor Hamilton, to accelerate development projects for the parish. Story Highlights The St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation celebrates its 21st year in 2013 Council members urged to collaborate with the foundation on its development plans Partnership and linkages can contribute more to the growth of the parish and the nationlast_img read more

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Improve fitness and stay injury free Gopichand

first_imgHyderabad: Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand wants his wards to improve their fitness and stay injury free as they look to put up a good show in the upcoming tournaments this season. Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to win a title this season after she clinched the Indonesia Masters following the injury to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final. B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth came close to winning titles when they reached the finals of Barcelona Spain Masters and India Open Super 500 event before losing to China’s Shi Yu Qi and Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen respectively. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevAsked about the performance of Indian players this year, Gopichand said: “I have spoken about it in the last few days. The training is going on. Hopefully, we will be able to improve our fitness and injury worries. “Next month, we have tournaments in Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, and hopefully we will have good performances.” He was speaking on the sidelines of a foundation laying (Bhumi Puja) ceremony for a new badminton training centre, sports science centre and a coach development centre at the Gopichand Badminton Academy here. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsThe ceremony was attended by Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan, Telangana Sports Minister V Srinivas Goud, among others. The new training centre would have six air-conditioned courts which would help players in a big way as most international events are held in air-conditioned courts, Gopichand said. “Overall, it’s great to have six air-conditioned courts. Because, most international events are held in weather-controlled, air-conditioned courts. So, to actually have them for practice, is something very good,” he said. The sports science centre would have space for gyms and also dedicated personnel for nutrition, physiology, psychology along with physiotherapy and bio-mechanics, he said. It will also host facilities for sports research, sport analysis and also video analysis. “So, we will have these entire set up which is the back support for the players and also coach development which is looking at developing coaches for the future,” he said.last_img read more

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Mohammed V Airports Custom Services Avert an Attempt to Smuggle 160000

first_imgCasablanca – Custom officers in Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport have recently averted an attempt to smuggle $160,000 in two separate operations.Sources from Mohammed V Airport said that two citizens from Hong Kong had attempted to smuggle $78,000 in the first operation that was averted by Custom officers on Thursday. The arrested smugglers were reportedly heading to Guinea.On Friday, a German citizen, custom officers arrested a German citizen who was trying to smuggle $82,000 as he was preparing to board a Paris-bound flight. According to the same sources, the individuals were immediately inspected thoroughly as soon as the airport’s custom officers suspected their behavior.The sums of money they were trying to smuggle were carefully hidden in their travel luggage.last_img read more

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Rabat on New York Times List of 52 Places to Go

Rabat – The New York Times included Morocco’s capital Rabat in its annual list of Places to Go 2015.Rabat, a Unesco World Heritage site since 2012, is ranked 31st out of 52 global destinations recommended by the newspaper to tourists as potential places to visit in the summer of 2015.“Long overshadowed by the Hollywood luster of Casablanca and the storybook Moorish cities Fez and Marrakech, this seaside metropolis is finally in the limelight,” said the prestigious American newspaper in its description of the Moroccan capital. The paper’s travel section cites the opening of the Mohammed VI Museum, the nation’s first art museum, the recently expanded airport and modern tram system as reasons to visit Rabat and experience its “Roman ruins, labyrinthine medieval districts and European-style boulevards.”The New York Times also mentions that the opening of the much-anticipated Ritz-Carlton Resort which is due to open in late 2015, “so Rabat is set for a style infusion, as well.”Milan topped the New York Times 2015 Places to Go list followed by Cuba, Philadelphia, Yellowstone National Park, Elqui Valley, Chile, Singapore, Durban, South Africa, Bolivia, Faroe Islands and Macedonia. read more

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King Mohammed VI Visits Restored Historical Sites in El Mellah Neighborhood

Marrakech – King Mohammed VI visited, on Wednesday, several historical sites which were revamped as part of the first phase of the El Mellah Neighborhood Urban Upgrading Project, renamed “Hay Essalam,” of the old medina in Marrakech.King Mohammed VI’s visit shows the monarch’s unwavering will to preserve the architectural aspect of the Marrakech old medina, and promotes the historical city’s influence, one of the highly-coveted tourist destinations of Morocco.It is in line with the approach advocated by the sovereign seeking to enhance the intangible heritage, one of the Nation’s main wealth criteria.King Mohammed VI visited the public squares of Sidi Ahmed El Kamel, Lakzadriya (ironmongers), Souikat (market), and Moulay Mustapha and Touma Foundouks (inns), as well as El Mellah Souikat.These historical sites were restored under the global program for El Mellah neighborhood urban upgrading totaling the sum of MAD 194 million.Meant for rehabilitating the El Mellah neighborhood, improving the living conditions of its inhabitants and reinforcing basic infrastructure, this leading program, which is nearing completion by up to 65%, provides in its second phase for the revamping of the Al Miaarra public square, the Borj (grain silo) and the Tazi and Souloubane Foundouks, in addition to the construction of four community facilities for the neighborhood’s old people, women, youth and children.The said project is part of preserving the Jewish component of the Moroccan identity and testifies to the values of tolerance and openness which have always characterized the Kingdom.The global program for El Mellah neighborhood urban upgrading consists of refurbishing run-down buildings, pulling down buildings falling into ruin and impossible to repair, redeveloping public squares, rehabilitating alleys, Foundouks and shops, rebuilding some commercial premises, renewing roofs using wood, fostering tourist routs and restoring facades. Fruit of a partnership between the housing ministry, the Marrakech-Safi region’s wilaya, the Marrakesh commune and the Al Omrane group, the program is aimed at embellishing the urban landscape, improving working conditions for shopkeepers, and eradicating ruinous buildings.It also seeks to preserve some traditional crafts, promote local handicraft products and bolster the sector’s organization. read more

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Saudi Arabia Drops Dress Code for Foreign Women to Boost Tourism

Rabat – The Saudi Ministry of Tourism has announced that women tourists no longer need to follow a dress code while visiting Saudi Arabia.Traditionally, Saudi and foreign women must wear a long black robe, known as an abaya, when they go out in public.Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed al-Khateeb told Reuters that women tourists will not be obliged to stick to abayas. The announcement comes as the country is also starting a new visa program to attract foreign companies to invest in the tourism sector.Al Jazeera said that Saudi Arabia’s goal is to increase tourism earnings to 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.The visa programs, Al Jazeera added, stipulate that tourists can get visas for a fee of $80 (MAD 800) “with no restriction for unaccompanied women as in the past.”“Access to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina is restricted,” according to Al Jazeera.Read also: European Countries Condemn Torture, Lack of Human Rights in Saudi ArabiaThe tourism chief will provide more details on which countries can get the visas later on Friday, but he emphasized that Saudi Arabia is targeting Japan, Europe, the US, and China.Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has enacted several reforms. The reforms encouraged some Saudi women to defy the dress code.Earlier this month, Saudi Mashael Al Jaoud made news headlines for posing in an orange top and white with high heels, without covering up with an abaya.Al Jaoud was not the only Saudi woman to defy the dress code, as other women launched a campaign to encourage others to go out wearing “Western clothes.”Manahel Al Otaibi, a Saudi activist, said in an online post recently that she has been living in Riyadh for four months without wearing an abaya.The crown prince had previously hinted about a change in the dress code from during an interview broadcast in March 2018 by CBS TV. Mohammed bin Salman had said hinted his country might relax the dress code for women.However, he said, “The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of Sharia [Islamic law]: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men.” read more

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UNICEF rushing emergency aid to cholera victims in northern Iraq

30 August 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing life-saving assistance to thousands of victims of a cholera outbreak in northern Iraq, as local authorities and their partners try to limit the spread of the infectious and often fatal water-borne disease. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing life-saving assistance to thousands of victims of a cholera outbreak in northern Iraq, as local authorities and their partners try to limit the spread of the infectious and often fatal water-borne disease. Yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the UN response to the outbreak, reported that Sulemaniyah governorate experienced close to 5,000 cases since 10 August, with 10 deaths reported and 51 confirmed cases in Kirkuk. Two hospitals in the stricken governorate also reported treating 2,000 diarrhoea cases. To help area hospitals treat the overwhelming number of victims, UNICEF has delivered medical supplies including 15,000 sachets of oral rehydration salts, which are critical to prevent death from the dehydration caused by severe diarrhoea. In addition, 4,000 safe water kits are being delivered today to families in Sulemaniyah, where significant numbers of displaced people are also at risk. UNICEF’s team is also helping to run a comprehensive monitoring and community awareness programme to better detect cases and help families stay away from contaminated water, the likely source of the outbreak. The agency is appealing to families in the affected areas to ensure that children are kept away from areas contaminated with raw sewage, always wash their hands with soap and only drink water that has been purified or boiled. Serious problems with water quality and sewage treatment are being blamed for the outbreak. Local reports indicate that only 30 per cent of the population in Sulemaniyah has an adequate water supply. If the epidemic spreads, there will be an urgent need for additional support including delivery of additional oral rehydration salts, water purification tablets, short-term water tankering and hygiene promotion campaigns. read more

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Solar firm Day4 Energy to delist from Toronto Stock Exchange

BURNABY, B.C. — Solar power company Day4 Energy Inc. announced a plan Monday that will see its senior management acquire the company’s assets in exchange for $500,000 and assumption of its liabilities.The company will also delist itself from the Toronto Stock Exchange.Day4 has struggled with a difficult market in recent months, hurt by oversupply, falling prices and uncertainty regarding the future of government subsidies.[np-related]Under the deal announced Monday, a company indirectly owned by Day4 chief executive George Rubin and chief financial officer Douglas Keast will acquired the assets and liabilities.Day4 will have no assets or liabilities other than $500,000 cash once the deal is closed.The plan requires the approval by at least two-thirds of the votes cast by Day4 shareholders and must also be approved by the holders of Day4’s shares other than those shares held by George Rubin and Douglas Keast.Day4 produces solar panels for residential, commercial and utility scale installations. read more

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New head of UN independent probe into Hariri assassination arrives in Lebanon

“We don’t need any more arms or any instigation in the situation and we will have to take measures to dissuade people who are sending in weapons,” Mr. Annan said in response to questions from the press outside the Security Council.“As to measures or initiatives, there are no specific initiatives but we have made appeals, and it may well be that down the line some specific measures will have to be taken by the Council.”Mr. Annan also confirmed that Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa had assured him that his Government is going to cooperate fully with the new head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC), Serge Brammertz, who had just arrived in Beirut.Assuming charge of the investigation today in Lebanon, Mr. Brammertz paid tribute to his predecessor and expressed gratitude for the Secretary-General’s confidence.“My priority will remain to assist the Lebanese authorities in their investigation,” Mr. Brammertz said, noting that the Commission would also provide technical assistance in the Lebanese investigations into terrorist attacks perpetrated in Lebanon since 1 October 2004.“I am acutely aware of the expectations on the part of the families of the victims, the people of Lebanon, and the international community, and I will do my utmost to meet these expectations,” he added.Last month, the Security Council extended UNIIIC’s mandate for at least another six months and authorized it to give technical assistance to investigations into those terrorist attacks.The Council took that action by a unanimously adopted resolution which followed on the Commission’s latest report offering new evidence pointing to Syria’s involvement in Mr. Hariri’s murder and Syrian procrastination and efforts to hinder the probe. read more

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US service firms expand at a slower pace in September as sales

US service firms expand at a slower pace in September as sales plunge, new orders slow AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2013 8:35 am MDT WASHINGTON – Growth at U.S. service companies slowed in September from an eight-year high in August, as sales fell sharply, new orders dipped and hiring weakened.The Institute of Supply Management said Thursday that its service-sector index fell to 54.4 in September, down from 58.6 in August. August’s reading was the highest since December 2005. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.The sharp drop in sales suggests consumers and businesses pulled back on spending last month, which should keep growth weak. And the decline comes at a critical time when the government shutdown threatens to weigh on growth in the October-December quarter, if it goes beyond a week.The services report measures growth in service industries, which cover 90 per cent of the workforce, including retail, construction, health care and financial services.The “index still points to moderate growth in the fourth quarter,” said Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics.Ashworth forecasts growth in the October-December quarter at an annual rate of 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent. That would be only slightly better than the 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent growth rate economists predict for the July-September quarter.But Ashworth said the fourth-quarter growth rate assumes the shutdown lasts no more than two weeks. If it persists, the shutdown could shave about 0.15 percentage points from the fourth-quarter figure for each week it lasts, according to estimates from a number of economists.In the ISM survey, a measure of sales fell seven points to 55.1. And a gauge of hiring dropped sharply to 52.7 from 57 in August. New orders also dipped, but remained just below 60, suggesting there is plenty of demand in the pipeline.Five industries, including hotels and restaurants, arts and entertainment, and health care reported lower business activity. Twelve reported growth, though report doesn’t specify on the industry level if growth was slower than the previous month.The survey’s jump in August was an encouraging sign that growth may be picking up. But other data point to an economy that remains sluggish.Consumers boosted their spending in August only slightly. On Wednesday, private payroll provider ADP said that hiring by service firms dipped in September from the previous month. The ADP figures usually diverge from the government’s more comprehensive employment report. But that report, scheduled to be released Friday, will be delayed because of the partial shutdown.The government closure may depress consumer confidence, particularly if it lasts for more than a week. That could cause Americans to cut back on their spending at service firms such as restaurants, retailers and hotels. Consumer spending drives roughly 70 per cent of economic activity. read more

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Syria Civilians bear brunt of unilateral sanctions exacerbating unparalleled suffering destruction says

“I am deeply concerned in the way that sanctions are being implemented,” Idriss Jazairy, the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, said on Thursday.At the invitation of the Government, Mr. Jazairy visited Syria from 13 to 17 May, witnessing first-hand how the crisis, among other things, has severely affected the economy.The gross domestic product has fallen by two thirds, half of working-age Syrians are unemployed and the currency value is one-tenth of what it was in 2010.To make matters worse, the cost of food has increased eight-fold since the crisis began in 2011, leaving about one-third of the population food-insecure.Sanctions on the Government and its members include a European Union arms embargo; a ban on dealing with the Syrian central bank; travel bans and asset freezes affecting military personnel, business people and scientists accused of developing chemical weapons, according to media reports.“I do not wish to diminish the role of the conflict in creating this terrible situation,” Mr. Jazairy said, “but I emphasize that restrictive measures are only making the situation worse.” “The Syrian people should not have to suffer for what has become an international conflict of unbelievable complexity.  All those seeking to meet basic human rights require our help, not our red tape,” he concluded.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work. read more

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The circle of life means new trees for willowfilled space

The 64 large willow trees in Isaac Brock Circle had been a part of Brock University for half a century, but Grounds Services Manager John Dick knew the time had come for them to come down.“They’ve been in decline for a number of years. Willows have a lifespan of about 40 or 50 years and they’ve reached the end of their lives,” he said, pointing out that the original willows were planted 54 years ago.Over the past few years, a significant number of the dying willows were taken down, and this spring the remaining trees will also be felled and their stumps removed.The good news is that replanting of 64 new willow trees will happen this year. The new trees will be around six to eight feet tall when planted.“We have two good windows of opportunity — in the spring or in the fall. If it gets too late into the spring we’ll wait until the fall, but they will be planted by the end of this year,” Dick said.The original willows were planted in eight groups of eight trees. Dick believes the number 64 was not an accident and reflects Brock’s founding year of 1964. That pattern will be repeated, but the locations of the groupings will be shifted slightly to create more open vistas looking north to Schmon Tower and east/west toward the main entrance to campus.“That space is always going to be retained as part of the campus landscape. It’s a huge backbone of the original landscape and road system anchoring the campus mall north and south,” said Dick. “Now that there are more buildings on campus, the core is becoming more congested. This new configuration will really open up the views.” read more

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EYEWITNESS Confessing…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMaking hay…December 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Playing around…February 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Call in the police…September 30, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …police failureIt says a lot about the status of the Guyana Police Force when the “Best Cop Award” was snagged by a member of the Police band! And to rub salt into THAT particular wound, it’s not as if OUR Police band gets hired by anyone to play on festive public occasions, like the foreign ones do. Much less than being like the English pop group Police that produced Sting!Now your Eyewitness has nothing against marching bands and such like. It’s just that when, out of the THREE THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED or so members of our Police Force who’re supposed to “Serve and Protect” us, we can’t find even ONE that did some ‘serving and protecting”, you know something stinks to high heavens. It’s like you’re supposed to be honouring the cricketer of the year and you hand the trophy over to the water boy!! Hey!! Water’s critical and all that… but it ain’t what cricket’s all about, is it??But seriously, folks, in the case of the Police, when you think about Guyana’s murder rate being at least FIVE TIMES THAT OF NY CITY; robberies being rampant; car-jackings taking off as a new cottage (body-shop?) industry; woman-hacking becoming a tag-team sport, it does tell you something about what our REAL cops are doing. And it has very little to do with going after criminals!!Some say it’s because the police are underpaid. Really?  Remember that just last week, SIXTY-FIVE CARS OWNED BY POLICEMEN had to be stripped of tint?? And that’s only the tip of that dark iceberg! Can you image how many of them didn’t tint their cars? If the Police are making such lousy salaries, hasn’t it crossed the mind of any of their superior officers to at least ask the police-owners of their illegally tinted cars how they were able to purchase them?And have the bosses checked out how many policemen own minibuses — that just so incidentally can do whatever they want on the roads? But hold it!! Word is that the bosses themselves are the biggest owners of buses!But shakedowns aren’t the only source of low performance of policemen. Have you noticed how many serving and ex-policemen are involved in crimes? How can you solve crimes if you’re busy planning and executing them??But the rot starts at the very top…the VERY top. Based on the game of musical chairs the President just played with the top brass of the GPF, every cop knows that efficiency in solving crimes ain’t the criteria by which they’re being evaluated. It’s loyalty to the layer above you – and closing your eyes to their transgressions.The Police Band probably plays the tune to which the police have to dance!!…to pedophiliaOne convicted child rapist was just given a life sentence. He was a “devout” member of a Church in which that nasty crime reached such epidemic proportions it became a world scandal. But pedophilia is rampant in all levels and sections of society — as the news reminds us, ever so often. And one of our challenges is that we as a society don’t take it as seriously as we ought to.Even those whose children have been violated. Can any of us imagine what happens to these children for the rest of their lives? They become damaged, that’s what. Damaged physically, mentally and emotionally. Very few of them can have stable relationships later…trust issues abound, since invariably their trust was violated. The men (and pedophiles are generally men) who sexually abuse children are not only sick to want to inflict violence on a helpless child — and it’s the violence more than anything — They’re psychopaths who have deeply imbedded impulses.They must be chemically castrated.…control uber allesThe President’s bypassing of the JSC to recruit a Chancellor or CJ is another signal — in case anyone needed it — of his Burnhamite drive to become paramount over the state.That person, after all, will be called to pronounce on elections rigging!! read more

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Internet Explorer 9 to be released on March 14th

first_imgEven as Microsoft does their damnedest to kill IE6 off once and for all, they’re also preparing to give a modern, standards-compliant version of Internet Explorer to the world… and now they’ve announced when we can all expect to download it. The official release of Internet Explorer 9 will drop on March 14th, bringing along with it a massive overhaul that imbues IE with some desperately needed standards support, as well as a healthy speed boost and the benefit of hardware acceleration.AdChoices广告It’s been a fairly long time coming. The first Platform Preview of IE9 dropped almost a year ago, and Microsoft has been consistently updating the previews and betas since then, fleshing out its HTML5 and CSS 3 compliance, along with improving its feature set. HTML5 and CSS 3 compliance are particularly nice to get, since IE8 doesn’t support HTML5 at all, and is at least part of the reason why the web has been slow to adopt the latest iteration of the standard.This is all very good news. It’s true that the likes of Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome are all pretty far along in Safari compliance, but Internet Explorer — sad though it may be — is still the de facto standard when it comes to the web, if only by dint of its huge market position. IE9’s official release is potentially the first step to an even more amazing internet… provided both users and web developers upgrade.Whether people will upgrade, though, is a big question. After all, Microsoft’s had a hard enough time killing off IE6, which still has a 12% share of the browser market after ten years. IE9 doesn’t even run on Windows XP, which is still one of the biggest operating systems in the world. IE9 is a great effort on Microsoft’s part, but whether or not it will be a game changer is very much in the air.Read more at Windows Team Bloglast_img read more

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No one will be moving Genoa president

first_imgFor Enrico Preziosi, the team’s superstar Krzysztof Piatek will not be moving to a new team even after all the rumors about it.The great season Polish footballer Krzysztof Piatek is having with Genoa has attracted lots of attention.And there are many rumors that he will move soon from the team.But today Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has put a stop to these rumors.“Transfer market? No one will be moving in January. Maybe we will let some players go next June but it won’t be before this,” he told Calcio Mercato.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We need to hold on to players like Kouame, Ramirez, and Piatek since they have been doing great for us. There is always a lot of talk but we did not receive any offers.”“We are happy to hold on to our best players since we have objectives to reach. Players coming in? We need a few quality players in the midfield that’s for sure.”“Krunic from Empoli? Yes, we like him and we made an offer for him. Sturaro? Yes, this is another good idea. He won’t come cheap but we do like him a lot,” he commented.“He might not be ready yet but he would like to get back into things with us. Let’s see how it goes as the next few weeks will be intense.”last_img read more

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Robins AFB to Add 1200 jobs to Aviation Depot

first_imgThe Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins AFB, Ga., will be hiring 1,200 personnel by the end of 2019 after the depot experienced its “most consequential year for new workload growth in over a decade,” Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, the complex’s commander, said Wednesday. “Just over a year ago they rolled out the very first Global Hawk we did here,” Kubinec said. “We have inducted our very first J-STARS aircraft for [programmed depot maintenance]. We have brought in our first Marine Corps C-130 for overhaul.”The Air Logistics Complex, which now employs 7,200 people, will need to hire engineers, mechanics and computer scientists, reports the Telegraph. Kubinec praised Congress for providing direct hire authority, which will allow base officials to hire candidates on the spot following a job interview. The additional workforce will generate an annual economic impact of $69 million, according to statement from the base located in Middle Georgia. About 24,000 people work at Robins now.Telegraph photo by Jason Vorhees Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Kodiak farmers market kerfuffle results in market move addition of new market

first_imgA “hoop house” green house on Sunday, May 20, where Judy Hamilton is growing greens to sell at the Kodiak Farmers Market. (Photo by Daysha Eaton)After allegations that farmers market vendors were selling food that violated state food safety laws, the biggest farmers market in Kodiak is moving. And a new market is springing up where the old one used to be, bringing the number of markets in town to three.Listen nowIt’s 40 degrees and pouring rain in Kodiak, but inside Judy Hamilton’s greenhouse, it’s downright balmy and rows of vegetables are growing.“We have Chinese cabbage and bok choy, lettuce , arugula, kale, Brussels sprouts,” Hamilton said.For years, Hamilton has sold her produce at the Kodiak Farmers Market at the local fairgrounds. But this year the market is moving after a controversy erupted about who should run it.Deplazes has organized the market since it came together organically about eight years ago.“Well it kind of all began when a friend of mine and I were talking about our gardens and how we were gettin’ a little tired of having to chase people down the road with bags of Swiss chard and kale and my friend said, ‘We should have a farmers market’. And I said, ‘Wouldn’t that be nice’,” Desplazes said.The market flourished at the fairgrounds and expanded to include 20 to 30 vendors selling vegetables, fruit, arts, crafts and more.But recently, Deplazes says, members of the Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair Board, which runs the fairgrounds, began approaching her about taking over the market.“I think it may have begun last summer,” Desplazes said. “I believe that one of the members of fair board approached me at one of the later markets in the summer and said something to the effect of, ‘We’d like to take over management of the market’. At which point I said, ‘Oh you guys have plenty on your plates, you don’t need that too’ and left it at that.”And Desplazes says it didn’t stop there.“And then at one point, I talked to the president of the fair board and she flat said, ‘We’re taking over management of the farmer’s market.’ And I was kind of speechless,” Desplazes said.“There was items being sold that were against state law,” Sadie McCusker, president of the fair board said.McCusker alleges the main reason they stepped in was food safety and liability concerns.“There was items being fried on scene in open flame. There was meat products being sold, there was dairy products being sold that were not, not legal,” McCusker said. “We tried to address this concern multiple times in different ways and they were not being recognised.”State law allows vendors to sell “cottage foods,” like jams breads and pastries, without a permit. Food not allowed includes meat and fish products, baked goods that require refrigeration and cheeses – basically anything that requires temperature control to insure food safety. Packaged foods must be labeled.The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation handles food safety and sanitation for farmers markets around the state. Because of state budget cuts the DEC closed their office in Kodiak 2016. DEC representatives visited Kodiak four times in 2017 for inspections, but they did not inspect farmers markets. They have not yet visited in 2018.“We are the managers of the fairgrounds,” McCusker said. “We lease the property from the borough, so if state law is not being followed we are liable and so is the borough.”As a result of the allegations, Deplazes recently moved the venue for the farmers market from the fairgrounds, across town to the Kodiak Baptist Mission. Then, McCusker announced that the fair board will host a new farmers market at the fairgrounds.Farmers market vendor, Judy Hamilton says she has never seen problems with Deplazes’ management.“She’s always addressed concerns about things and i really think — her management style is loose, but she also makes sure that everyone that comes in, alright you’re going to sign this, here’s the cottage rules, if you have a question you need to talk to DEC,” Hamilton said.And Hamilton adds that there is such a demand for fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables in Kodiak, that perhaps another farmer’s market isn’t such a bad idea.“There is a tremendous market for all those things, so we can just hope that Kodiak growers can expand to fill it,” Hamilton said, adding that she plans to be at the new Kodiak Farmers Market location at the Baptist Mission on Saturdays.last_img read more

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