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Lyceum, EAC now marked NCAA teams

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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection 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 Teng drops 30 pts anew Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hardly creating a ripple in the NCAA in past seasons, Lyceum and Emilio Aguinaldo College are finally getting attention for the right reasons.Keeping their solid core and with prized recruits finally suiting up, the Pirates and Generals are setting lofty goals for Season 93 which opens on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.ADVERTISEMENT The Pirates, who joined the league in 2011, have been tipped to challenge San Beda for the title after a preseason semifinal stint in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.“We’ll be marked in the season but that’s part of the challenge,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“To be honest, we want the Final Four now,” said coach Ariel Sison, whose Generals spent the last eight seasons in the bottom half of the standings. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

When Tiger Pataudi’s suggestion helped Virender Sehwag overcome poor form

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first_imgWe always knew that Virender Sehwag is a good student of the game. In fact, in a lot many ways, with an unmatched potential. But this was a rare occasion when the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ wanted to talk about his life as a college student. Yes, Sehwag did go to a university unlike many others from his state and national team who dropped out early and just focused on building their cricket career.On Saturday, the 37-year-old was at his alma mater – the Jamia Millia Islamia. The occasion was naming of the University Sports Complex after former India skipper Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and inauguration of the new ‘Virender Sehwag Pavilion’ at university cricket ground.’Big, big day’ “This is a big honour for me. I never thought that a cricket pavilion will be named after me in the same university from where I passed out. This is a big, big day for me. Though DDCA also named ends of Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium after me but it was only for one Test match. This will be forever, for my entire lifetime. Till this cricket ground exists in Jamia,” Sehwag told India Today.  Sehwag enrolled as a Jamia student in late 90s when in his own words “no other university in Delhi was ready to give him admission.” He completed his Bachelor’s degree after making his debut for India.’Used to miss classes’ “I used to miss my classes and practice here, at this very Jamia ground, for hours. But inspite of that, the then VC allowed me to appear in examinations. I think I will be the only student in the history of Jamia Millia who got a third division but was still given the degree in front of entire university. It was only because of a few teachers that I am able to call myself as a graduate now,” the man who holds the Indian record for scoring highest number of Test double centuries says.advertisementPataudi’s tip One of the most dangerous batsman to have played the game, Sehwag also spoke about how a meeting with MAK Pataudi helped him regain form and hit another triple hundred. “I only met Pataudiji a couple of times. In 2006, when I was going through a bad patch, a short journey in car with him changed everything for me. I asked him if he has seen me play. He said yes. I then asked him if he would suggest any change in my batting style. Sir told me that I am a good batsman and should keep faith in my ability. But when I insisted further, Nawab Sir suggested a small change in my batting stance, that I should open my left leg a bit more. I followed what he said and scored my second triple century.”  That was when he still wielded his bat but Sehwag’s current stint as a mentor with the Punjab Kings XI team in Indian Premier League hasn’t turned out to be that fruitful. “My contribution as a mentor too would’ve been appreciated had Kings XI performed better. Now, it is only criticism. We have to face that. I am quite used to it,” Sehwag said.last_img read more

BMW discontinues three variants of the X5 SUV

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first_imgBMW has discontinued three variants of its widely popular SUV, the X5. This discontinuation comes as a part of BMW’s ongoing revisions to its India range. The X5 range now includes the XDrive 30d Design Pure Experience and the xDrive 30d M Sports trim. The top-spec performance variant X5 M remains unchanged.Prices for the Design Pure Experience starts at Rs 74.70 lakh, and Rs 80.10 lakhs for the M Sport. The X5 M costs rs 1.72 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi).The models which have been discontinued from X5’s India range is the 306bhp, 3.0-litre xDrive 35i petrol model, the base-spec xDrive 30d Expedition and the Design Pure Experience 5+2 (seven-seater).BMW is slated to bring a bunch of cars in 2018, starting with the 6-series, the all-new M5, i8 Roadster, and the third-gen X3.last_img read more

Fan says MS Dhoni finished Sehwag’s career. Viru’s response is epic

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first_imgIt’s an open secret that MS Dhoni asked the Indian team management to pick younger players in place of few senior players in India’s limited-overs sides after he took over the captaincy of the team.The change in approach also led to many stories of how the decision led to rift between Dhoni and few senior players. One of the players who was rumoured to have a poor relationship with former skipper was Virender Sehwag.The rumours first emerged after Sehwag was benched in the favour of Yusuf Pathan for World T20 final against Pakistan. The opening batsman, who was a Team India regular for the major part of his career, witnessed a decline in the chances offered to him after the 2011 World Cup. He was also later ignored from the probables list for 2015 World Cup.However, since retiring Sehwag has refuted the claims but some fans still believe the rumours.On Saturday, Sehwag put out a special message for Dhoni as the wicketkeeper-batsman turned 37.MS Dhoni turns 37: 37 cool facts about Captain CoolSehwag wrote: “Happy Birthday MS Dhoni .May your life be longer than this stretch and may you find happiness in everything, faster than your stumpings. Om Finishaya Namaha!”One of the fans replied to Sehwag’s post saying that Dhoni finished the Delhi cricketer’s career. Sehwag had an epic reply to the fan’s comments. Meanwhile, Dhoni celebrated his birthday with wife Sakshi, daughter Ziva and all the members of the Indian team in his hotel room after the game.advertisementMS Dhoni 3rd Indian after Tendulkar and Dravid to play 500 internationalsDhoni cut a cake with his family present at his side while his teammates sang Happy Birthday. The celebrations were led by Captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma as the rest of the team members also joined in.last_img read more

Pochettino needed a trophy for Spurs this year as top-four battle gets tighter

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first_imgPerhaps the kindest thing to say about Mauricio Pochettino’s honesty in excusing Tottenham’s removal from two cups in four days is that he cannot be accused of self-interest or personal promotion.If it is true, and it seems widely accepted, that the Spurs manager’s name is on some very short lists for consideration at some of the most select clubs around Europe, there will be people at those clubs pointing out that for all his personable promise Pochettino has won precisely nothing yet, and furthermore his team have regained a reputation for choking when the important tests come along. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino defends record after ‘egos’ comments Share via Email Pochettino could have done with some silverware this season just to shut off that background noise. He may well be right in that putting Brasso on the shopping list for the first time in 11 years is not as solid a sign of progress as maintaining Champions League status for the foreseeable future, but supporters tend to take a different view. When Pochettino said cups were only good for egos, presumably he meant the egos of the manager and his players. A top-four club with only a League Cup to its name in the 19 years of the present millennium probably ought to be taking the egos of its paying customers into account.The general feeling in football is that success of any kind makes everyone at the club feel a little better about themselves. Times might have changed since Sir Alex Ferguson saved himself from an ignominious end to his Old Trafford career by winning the FA Cup in 1990 – that was pre-Champions League and priorities have unquestionably shifted in the last couple of decades – but what a manager usually strives to do is foster a winning mentality within the dressing room.For a club such as Spurs, still trying to shake off the charge of mental flimsiness that Ferguson himself helped bring to everyone’s attention, a tangible reward becomes even more critical. Prizes such as the Carabao Cup and these days even the FA Cup may be relatively small beer for a club that will be fighting it out with the best in Europe next month, but elite clubs ought to have the squad depth to at least give the impression they are interested in extending their honours list. If you would like winning to become a habit then it has to start somewhere, and realistically Spurs are unlikely to go from zero to a Premier League or Champions League crown any time soon. The difficulty with distancing yourself from the domestic cups is that the season then becomes a plateau Share on Pinterest Tottenham celebrate their 2008 League Cup final triumph, the club’s only trophy this century. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Twitter Share on Twitter Pochettino must know that, though merely to accuse him of sour grapes, an unromantic attitude or a slavish devotion to the financial necessity of remaining in the Champions League elite is to ignore the fact that he found himself in a difficult situation. He has an injury crisis, for a start, highlighting the fact his squad is on the small side, the whole Wembley arrangement has gone on far longer than anyone anticipated, and before the cup exits Spurs were beaten at home by Manchester United. A week ago everyone was being beaten by Manchester United, they were the form team in Europe and the possibility still exists that Ole Gunnar Solksjær will lead his club back into the top four by the end of the season. No one was expecting that.At the midway point of the season in early January, Spurs were second in the table and United 13 points behind. United have cut that gap impressively. Suddenly retaining Champions League status is no longer just about staying close to Liverpool and Manchester City and doing enough to frustrate Arsenal or Chelsea. If United are back in the mix then two big names are going to miss out, and one can fully understand Pochettino, just like Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri, doing everything possible to try to make sure they end up on the right side of the cut. Share on WhatsApp Topics All things considered, Pochettino is perfectly within his rights to view the cups as disposable – no one is giving Emery or Jürgen Klopp too much grief about it after all. The difference is that Arsenal have won titles in recent memory, while Klopp is presently looking a reasonable bet to end Liverpool’s long Premier League wait. For most teams the difficulty with distancing yourself from the domestic cups is that the season then becomes a plateau, and before you know it several seasons have done the same thing.History may come to view Pochettino’s entire time at Spurs as just that. The sunlit uplands, undoubtedly, but still a fairly featureless plateau. Of course it is an achievement to reach the Champions League every year – as Arsène Wenger used to point out it makes money and helps the club grow – but it is not like winning a trophy. No one takes pictures of a top-four finish, not even in black and white.center_img Read more Read more Sportblog Facebook comment Pinterest Transfer window: Almirón arrives at Newcastle and Suárez to join Arsenal – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Arsenal and Chelsea missed out on the Champions League last season, and Emery and Sarri were both hired with the brief to return their clubs to the top four. Pochettino is not as new, but his priorities are exactly the same, and events since the turn of the year have demonstrated that Spurs cannot take a top-four finish for granted. Hence the casual attitude to competitions seen as distractions. That is modern football, and Pochettino seems comfortable with it, even to the extent of joking that Spurs’ glory, glory period was so long ago that the pictures are all in black and white. That is true, if a little near the knuckle, because what it means is that a couple of generations of supporters have grown up in the meantime wondering when it might be their turn for league success. Only cups of various shapes and sizes have sustained Spurs since 1961 and, in the 58 years that followed the double, 13 different teams have claimed the title, including Leicester, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Mauricio Pochettino Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The Latest On The Urban Meyer Meeting: Evening Update

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first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)It’s been a long day for Urban Meyer, Ohio State and the rest of the college football world. Here is the latest on everything that’s going on with the Buckeyes and their impending decision on the head coach.The meeting, as said several times, began at 9 a.m. E.T. The Board of Trustees meeting is open to the public, but it quickly broke off into a private, executive session.Urban Meyer showed up to the building shortly after 9. His wife, Shelley Meyer, joined him inside the building after 2 p.m. E.T.According to reports, Meyer is not inside the room with the Board of Trustees and Ohio State’s president, Michael Drake.There have been few updates throughout the day. The latest is this: Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, and his wife arrived a couple of hours ago.Mr. and Mrs. Gene Smith arrive at OSU. The Athletic Director enters the Longaberger Alumni House. pic.twitter.com/tBykEZtWqE— 97.1 The Fan (@971thefan) August 22, 2018We’re now going on 9 hours since the meeting began. Reporters and fans have been outside the building, Ohio State’s alumni center, all day.There was this report from Ohio State insider Dave Biddle:“Ohio State’s BoT wants to reinstate Urban Meyer immediately. University president Michael Drake is balking at that; wants Meyer to serve a suspension. Meyer refuses to serve suspension since he thinks he did nothing wrong,” he tweeted.CliffsNotes version (from what I’ve been told): Ohio State’s BoT wants to reinstate Urban Meyer immediately. University president Michael Drake is balking at that; wants Meyer to serve a suspension. Meyer refuses to serve suspension since he thinks he did nothing wrong. #Buckeyes— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) August 22, 2018That, of course, has yet to be confirmed. The Board of Trustees, the school’s president and Meyer have been inside all day. Nothing official has been said.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Thank you Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith bids goodbye to IPL 2019

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first_imgThank you Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith bids goodbye to IPL 2019Steve Smith will join the Australian squad for the upcoming World Cup after leading the Rajasthan Royals for five games in IPL 2019. No data available! view more view less graphs advertisementcenter_img India Today Web Desk BengaluruMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 10:26 IST Steve Smith took over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane mid-way through IPL 2019 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith scored 319 runs in 12 matches for RR including 3 half-centuriesSmith, who took over captaincy from Rahane, led RR to 3 wins from 5 gamesSmith joined the Royals after missing IPL 2018 due to his one-year ball-tampering banSteve Smith had a memorable Indian Premier League this season as he made his comeback to the tournament after a one-year gap and immediately made an impact for his franchise, Rajasthan Royals. But the Australian cricketer has to return home now to join his national team’s preparations for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.Steve Smith, who had missed the IPL in 2018 due to his ball-tampering ban, returned to the Royals this season and scored 319 runs in 12 matches at an average of 39.87 which also included three half-centuries.Smith also took over the captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane after the first 8 games due to Rajasthan’s poor record in the initial stage of the tournament this season.The change in leadership made a significant difference for the Royals as they won three matches out of five in which Smith was the captain while their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore got washed out due to rain in Bengaluru on Tuesday.Smith wrote a heartfelt message for his team as he bid adieu to the IPL and Rajasthan Royals.”Thank you @rajasthanroyals for the last 7 weeks. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this ipl and I’m glad to be involved with such a great franchise with so many wonderful people. Good luck in Delhi boys!” Smith wrote on social media.The match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Tuesday night was reduced to five overs per side due to rain which delayed the start by over 3 hours in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers rode on captain Virat Kohli’s 7-ball 25 to post 62 for 7 in 5 overs.They would have got to an even bigger target had it not been for Rajasthan leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal, who took a hat-trick to stem the flow of runs after RCB got off to a flying start scoring 23 runs in the first over bowled by Varun Aaron.The Royals were 41 for one in 3.2 overs when the rain returned to the Chinnaswamy with Sanju Samson (28 off 13) being their top-scorer.The no result keeps Royals mathematically alive in the tournament as they have 11 points from 13 games with one match to go.RCB got a point from the called off game, taking them to nine points from 13 games, ending all their hopes of progressing in the tournament.Also Read | Feels good to take those wickets: Shreyas Gopal after maiden IPL hat-trick vs RCBAlso Read | RCB playoff hopes over after rain ruins thrilling game vs Rajasthan RoyalsAlso Read | RCB vs RR Highlights Score, IPL 2019: Match abandoned due to rain, Bangalore knocked outFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen commentary scorecardlast_img read more

CMA CGM Posts 67 Percent Quarterly Profit Growth

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first_imgzoom French container line CMA CGM Group recorded USD 156 million net profit for the quarter ended June 30, up 66.7% compared to USD 94m net profit in the second quarter of 2014, with greater volumes carried and a dip in unit costs helping offset a sharp fall in freight rates and industry overcapacity. Volumes carried during the second quarter increased by 6.2% year-on-year, to 3.3 million TEUs, compared to global market volume growth of between 1% and 2%. The company’s unit costs for the quarter fell 10.9%, largely due to the sharp fall in oil prices. However, average revenue per container carried decreased by 7.8%, leading to a 2.1% dip in quarterly revenue for the period, which stood at USD 4.11 billion.CMA CGM’s fleet grew by 8.6% compared to 2Q2014, from 430 vessels to the current 467 vessels in service. The 37 newly introduced boxships increased the carrier’s carrying capacity by 12.2%, from 1.589 million TEU operated at the end of 2Q2014, to the current 1.783 TEU.Core EBIT was up 59.3% compared to the second quarter of 2014 to USD 325 million, as the company’s lower unit costs outpaced the decline in average revenue per container carried.During the first half of 2015, volumes carried were up 8.2% to 6.4 million TEUs, revenue was at USD 8.1 billion and net profit almost tripled to USD 562 million compared to 1H2014.Looking ahead, CMA CGM expects freight rates to remain particularly volatile for Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean lines in the third quarter of 2015. As a result, the company will continue to adjust its capacities.In the coming weeks, CMA CGM expects to take delivery of one 2,100-TEU vessel, one 9,300-TEU vessel, and two 18,000-TEU vessels, including CMA CGM Bougainville, set to become the largest container ship sailing under the French flag.last_img read more

Divya Khosla Kumar to star in John Abrahams Satyameva Jayate 2

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first_imgMumbai: Divya Khosla Kumar is likely to return to acting with the sequel of John Abraham-starrer “Satyameva Jayate”. Divya made her acting debut in Bollywood opposite Akshay Kumar in “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon”. After her marriage to producer Bhushan Kumar she directed two youth centric films “Yaariyan” and “Sanam Re”. According to sources close to the development, Divya has been approached for the sequel of “Satyameva Jayate” and she has signed the film on the dotted line. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Directed by Milap Zaveri, “Satyameva Jayate”, an action-drama featured John and Manoj Bajpayee in the lead. The film narrated the story of a cop (Bajpayee), who has been given the task to catch a person named Vir (John), who is on a spree of killing corrupt police officials. Both Bajpayee and John fight for the same reason but they are divided by law. The film will go on floors this year. Milap is currently working on his next directorial venture “Marjaavaan” starring Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria. While John is busy with Anees Bazmee’s “Pagalpanti”.last_img read more

Former MP wants Philpott to intervene in department handling of drug safety

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first_imgOTTAWA – Former Conservative MP Terence Young is calling for Health Minister Jane Philpott to personally review her department’s handling of a law that bears his daughter’s name — a request supported by both opposition parties.Young says a robust drug safety bill — called Vanessa’s Law — cleared the House of Commons and Senate without dissent but he now believes Health Canada is quietly looking to dilute its powers in related regulations.He points to consultation documents from the department this summer as evidence of this, suggesting key requirements in the law — including mandatory adverse drug reaction reporting by health care institutions — are being “gutted.”Philpott cannot allow this to happen, he said.“I would tell her she’s got to intervene and tell Health Canada ‘I want all serious drug reactions that happen in Canada’,” Young said. “I would tell her if you don’t do this, you are going to set us back 10 years on prescription drug safety.”For Young, who lost his seat in 2015, the issue is personal: he’s spent years advocating for improved drug safety laws following the death of his 15-year old daughter after she took a medication to treat a mild form of an eating disorder.He said when the legislation became law in November 2014, he was “naive” that this would be the end of his fight.“I thought, ‘OK, my battle is over, I’ve achieved this’,” he said. “They have dishonoured the person the bill is named after, 15-year-old Vanessa Young.”Conservative health critic Colin Carrie agrees his former colleague has raised legitimate concerns, saying the minister needs to take a close look at what is going on in her department.“I think she needs to be concerned that the proposal being put forward by her department doesn’t follow through with what we passed in the House and it is legitimate for her to ask questions,” he said, adding he intends to raise the issue in the Commons in the fall.“This was something supported by all parties.”NDP health critic Don Davies also sees a reason for the minister to be concerned.“The bill has given the government real potential to improve drug safety and save lives, but I am concerned that with the release of the … documents that the government may be attempting to water down the protections I think the bill really was intended and sought to bring in,” Davies said.“We should be seeking to capture every serious adverse drug reaction so we have the widest possible data if we are really going to meet the bill’s objectives of saving lives.”David Lee, Health Canada’s chief regulatory officer of health products and food branch, said the department is conducting consultations on regulations for Vanessa’s Law and is working to follow the intent of Parliament and focus on patient safety.“The department sees Vanessa’s Law and the changes to the Food and Drugs Act as very essential safety inclusions,” he said in an interview.“If there are comments that make us think about the scope of a provision or the kind of information that should be publicly available, that’s exactly what we want to know through the consultation.”Philpott’s office has not provided further comment, but in a letter sent to Young in May, the minister said she welcomed the opportunity to discuss the law’s implementation.Young said that meeting has yet to happen.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

American Express 2Q Earnings Snapshot

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NEW YORK (AP) _ American Express Co. (AXP) on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $1.76 billion.On a per-share basis, the New York-based company said it had net income of $2.07.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.05 per share.The credit card issuer and global payments company posted revenue of $10.84 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $10.82 billion.American Express expects full-year earnings in the range of $7.85 to $8.35 per share.American Express shares have risen 35% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 19%. The stock has increased 25% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AXP at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AXPThe Associated Press read more

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Mens Volleyball Backtoback NCAA champ Ohio State prepares to face backtoback runnerup

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Then-junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen serves the ball in the 2017 NCAA tournament. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will face a familiar foe on Saturday: No. 7 BYU. The Buckeyes (1-0) beat the Cougars (1-1) in back-to-back national championship games, which means St. John Arena could have a tournament-like feel at 7 p.m. Saturday when the two teams take the court.The Buckeyes also will welcome Stanford (0-3) to Columbus for a 7 p.m. contest Friday.In addition to being national championship runner-ups, the Cougars have a powerful offense led by three seniors — outside attacker Brenden Sander, middle blocker Price Jarman and setter Leo Durkin — who were named to the preseason All-American team.Sophomore outside hitter Storm Fa’agata-Tufuga (28 kills, .333 hitting percentage in first match of season) and freshman opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez (35 kills, .288 hitting percentage in first match of season) also will pose a challenge for the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson believes his team’s match against BYU will be a necessary early test. “Right now, in the season, we aren’t as ready as we will be by the end of the year,” he said. “We still have a lot of kinks to work out at different positions… I’m looking forward to this weekend to see where we match up against some of the top teams in the country.”Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, the Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, jump-started his final collegiate season with the most votes for the preseason All-American team. He said he is excited to play against BYU in a nonchampionship setting for the first time.“They’re more of a physical team, where we’re more a technical team,” Szerszen said. “We still have to improve in a lot of technical components of our game … They might be more ready than us right now, but we’ll just see how it goes, give it our best, and play hard.”With two players named preseason All-Americans, Stanford also might be a source of stiff competition for the Buckeyes on Friday night. First-team All-American libero Evan Enriques and second-team All-American middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw might prove a difficult pair for the Buckeyes to deal with if Enriques is able to funnel Buckeye serves and attacks to Stanford’s setter for in-system attacks down the middle by Rakestraw. Stanford began the season ranked No. 10, but dropped out of the rankings after three losses to begin the year.“As we’ve watched some film and prepared our scout report, it looks like they had a couple of freshmen playing on the floor … At this stage of the season, it’s a learning process,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said.Stanford and BYU aren’t the only teams with young players. After graduating four starters after the 2017 season, Szerszen, Leeson and senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir are a few of the leading figures on an otherwise young Ohio State team. read more

Christian nurse sacked for offering to pray with patients was just showing

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first_imgShe said Mrs Kuteh’s “spirituality blurred the professional boundary” between herself and patients.”Following reasonable management requests formed a pivotal aspect of Mrs Kuteh’s contract of employment with the Trust,” she added.Mrs Kuteh said she was “serious” about her Christian faith but did not impose it on patients.She said she would sometimes be prompted to initiate religious discussion with patients by questions on the pre-op questionnaire.She told the hearing: “I don’t want it to look like it was a habit. I would not always initiate it, only when I’m prompted in the questionnaire.”Mrs Kuteh said she would have liked to have had supervised practice and a weekly review instead of being sacked. Another patient said being subjected to such religious “fervour” by Mrs Kuteh was “bizarre”, and he compared the experience with a “Monty Python skit”.One other patient felt Mrs Kuteh spent more time talking about religion than completing a pre-operative questionnaire, according to statements submitted at an employment tribunal held in Ashford, Kent.Mrs Kuteh, a nursing sister with 15 years of experience, was sacked last August after several months’ suspension and referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for disqualification proceedings.She appealed but the panel agreed that the decision to dismiss Mrs Kuteh was “entirely appropriate”.The hospital denied that she had been sacked because of because of her faith. Instead Victoria Leivers-Carruth, who chaired the hospital trust’s appeal hearing, said the panel believed Mrs Kuteh was using her one-to-one time with patients to “impose her religious beliefs” on them. She said in a statement: “We did not believe that Mrs Kuteh was being disciplined because she was a Christian.”It was apparent to us that Mrs Kuteh was disciplined because she had engaged in conversations about religion that were unwanted by patients and contrary to her line manager’s instructions.”At a hearing on Thursday her lawyer Pavel Stroilov said that she had simply been doing her job by showing compassion to people who were suffering. He said: “A nurse without compassion would be unworthy of the name. On top of performing her immediate duties, a good nurse would try and find kind words to say to her patient.”Sarah Collins, general manager for medicine at Darent Valley Hospital, said she had been given warnings about her behaviour but had “persisted with questioning patients on religious grounds”.  A Christian nurse who was fired for offering to pray with patients before surgery was simply showing “compassion”, a tribunal heard.Sarah Kuteh lost her job last year after patients complained that she talked more about religion than their procedures and told them that if they prayed to God they were more likely to survive. Mrs Kuteh was dismissed for gross misconduct from Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent. Eight patients who were “extremely vulnerable” and facing surgery had submitted complaints about her behaviour.Now her case has been brought to an employment tribunal after she claimed she was unfairly dismissed. One cancer patient facing bowel surgery complained after mother-of-three Mrs Kuteh told him if he prayed to God he would have a better chance of survival. She said: “I love nursing, I love what I do and I love talking to patients.”What I wanted the trust to have done was to give me the opportunity to show a change.”Tribunal judge Martin Kurrein reserved judgment. I love nursing, I love what I do and I love talking to patients. What I wanted the trust to have done was to give me the opportunity to show a change.Sarah Kuteh A view of Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent A view of Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, KentCredit: Gareth Fuller/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

C360million investment to support Yukon mine development

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first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver announced the news of investment to support Yukon mine development at a press conference this past weekend. A combined C$360 million in federal and territorial funding will be used to improve road access in two mineral-rich areas of Canada’s Yukon territory.The announcement was made at a Saturday (September 2) press conference during Justin Trudeau’s first visit to the Yukon as prime minister. The federal government will contribute C$247,381,000 to the project, said Trudeau, while the Yukon government will provide C$112,802,000.Called the Yukon Resource Gateway Project, the initiative will focus on the Dawson Range in Central Yukon and the Nahanni Range Road in southeast Yukon. It will help upgrade over 650 km of road and build or replace numerous bridges, culverts and stream crossings.The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) applauds the investment “in critical infrastructure that will greatly assist the territory in seizing growth opportunities in the mining industry.“Two MAC members have projects in the region: Goldcorp’s Coffee project and Western Copper and Gold’s Casino project. These projects will contribute billions in new investment in the territory, and will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs.”“This collaboration between both levels of government is exactly the strategic action needed to capitalize on the significant mineral potential in the Yukon and across Canada’s North. In turn, sustainable mineral development will help grow the economy, and contribute to building healthy and vibrant local and Indigenous communities,” stated Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. “We thank the Prime Minister and the Yukon Premier for their leadership and we hope this serves as an example of what can be replicated to great success across the northern regions of the country.”Infrastructure plays a critical role in the industry’s competitiveness and Canada’s ability to attract new mining investments against other countries. At the same time, the Canadian mining industry’s growth opportunities are increasingly located in areas where infrastructure is severely lacking or does not exist. A recent study found that the infrastructure deficit across the territories and northern areas of the provinces has been inhibiting sustainable mining development, despite the significant mineral potential that exists in these regions. The study found that it costs up to six times more to explore, and more than double to build a mine in remote and northern Canada compared to southern regions of the country.last_img read more

LIran affirme avoir éradiqué Stuxnet

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first_imgL’Iran affirme avoir éradiqué StuxnetIran – Soulagement du côté iranien. Le gouvernement assure que le virus informatique Stuxnet a été nettoyé. Des rumeurs stipulaient que des installations nucléaires étaient menacées dans le pays.L’Iran ne semble plus menacée. La semaine dernière, le virus Stuxnet s’était infiltré dans les réseaux informatiques de plusieurs équipements informatiques iraniens et avait créé un mouvement de panique puisque les rumeurs soutenaient qu’il menaçait des installations industrielles et nucléaires du pays. Les spécialistes ont a priori maîtrisé le malware, qui a muté au moins trois fois avant d’être éradiqué : “Ce virus a été créé il y a un an et a collecté des informations sur les ordinateurs industriels. Les ordinateurs personnels étaient les plus affectés par le malware”, explique Mohsen Hatam, vice-ministre de l’Industrie. Ainsi, le seul but de ce virus était de collecter des informations sur les ordinateurs. L’Inde, l’Indonésie et le Pakistan ont aussi été touchés.Le 4 octobre 2010 à 12:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hitzfeld Bayern Munich lack squad depth

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first_imgFormer Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld believes his old club must invest in the transfer market due to a lack of competition for placesThe Bundesliga champions have signed Canadian teenage winger Alphonso Davies from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC.Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi have both also been recently linked with moves to the Allianz Arena.And Hitzfeld believes it’s essential Bayern bring in new players in order to address the clear lack of depth in their squad.“Of course they have to do something – that’s clear,” Hitzfeld told AZ.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“What they have neglected this season is that there isn’t really any competition at some positions.”But the 69-year-old doubts there will be any big January arrivals at Munich, despite reports suggesting Bayern have agreed to fork out €80m on Lucas.“This season, Bayern will be observing closely, but they won’t make any hectic transfers in the winter,” added Hitzfeld.Hitzfeld coached Bayern in two separate spells between 1998 to 2008 and led them to five league titles along with a Champions League crown.last_img read more

Off Beat Bike safety including theft deterrents gets people out pedaling

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first_imgBike Clark County Founder Eric Giacchino is no stranger to bike theft. A fleet of bikes used by the organization for an after-school bike education program was stolen out of the empty Hough Pool on Aug. 9.He took a bike of the same model to display at last weekend’s Vancouver Brewfest on Saturday, where the organization was offering free valet bike parking. People were very sympathetic about the loss, he said.A lot of people are afraid to ride their bikes somewhere and leave them unattended because they might get stolen, Giacchino said. Even when bikes are locked up, parts and accessories are prey to theft.“There are so many expensive things on people’s bikes now,” he said.Lights, reflectors, bike pumps and speedometers can be detached from a bike. Expensive parts, such as carbon fiber wheels, saddles, or handlebars can be unbolted and removed in a few steps. A bike with expensive add-ons may be worth up to $10,000, he said.“Somebody’s spending $400 or $500 on a wheel, they’re going to protect it,” Giacchino said.Companies in the bike industry have tried to combat theft by making small cable locks to tether parts like seats and wheels to the bike frame.last_img read more

Uber drivers protest low pay ahead of multibilliondollar IPO

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first_imgUber drivers in San Francisco protest in front of the company’s headquarters. Dara Kerr/CNET Uber drivers around the world took the streets on Wednesday to protest their wages. From Sydney to London to New York to San Francisco, drivers say they’re working increasingly long hours for increasingly less pay and it’s becoming impossible to earn a living. Along with protests, drivers in several cities are shutting down their apps for 12 hours as a form of strike against the ride-hailing company. The strike and protests come two days before Uber is expected to debut on the stock market with an initial public offering that is expected to raise around $9 billion and would value Uber at about $91.5 billion. That means hundreds of Uber employees will likely become overnight millionaires and the disparity of wealth between company employees and drivers will get even wider.”When I started it was part time, but now everyone is full time just to pay our bills,” said San Francisco driver Mostafa Makled and one of the organizers of the Bay Area protest. “Every year they change their policies regarding their rates.”Uber has changed drivers rates over the past couple of years, according to Harry Campbell, a Los Angeles driver who runs a popular blog called The Rideshare Guy. The company often makes these changes without a lot of warning or explanation to drivers.This isn’t the first time drivers have protested against Uber. Over the years, they’ve become increasingly unhappy with steadily lower pay, longer working hours and little to no support. They’ve staged protests, filed lawsuits, quit driving for the company or switched to rival Lyft. For its part, Uber has rolled out new initiatives in an effort to make things better for drivers, such as in-app tipping, a feature that pays drivers extra if they have to wait for customers and 24/7 phone support. Uber’s very existence depends on retaining drivers, because without them, it doesn’t have customers. Still, drivers say these initiatives aren’t enough.San Francisco protestAbout 100 drivers gathered in San Francisco in front of the company’s downtown headquarters. The atmosphere was more festive than tense as a brass band played and protestors chanted, “What do we want? Fair pay. When do we want it? Now.” Some people toted signs saying “Uber CEO: $43 million/year, Uber driver: $9/hour” and “Uber you are driving us to poverty.”One of the protestors was Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer who’s brought several cases against Uber on behalf of drivers. These lawsuits center around Uber’s classification of drivers as independent contractors, rather than employees. Drivers must pay their own health insurance and don’t get benefits like sick days or vacation leave; they also have to pay for their own car maintenance, gas and other associated driving costs.Liss-Riordan has said that a lot of Uber’s success is built on the backs of the drivers and that the company shifts many of its costs of running a business onto workers since they aren’t classified as employees. She said she was happy to see the drivers come together for the protest on Wednesday.”It’s when people come together that they make a difference,” Liss-Riordan said. Gary Branson has been an Uber driver in the Bay Area about two years. He said he’s given about 5,000 rides with Uber, but he still can barely earn a living. Share your voice Uber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionaires Uber tries to ‘rebuild the love’ with drivers. Can it work? Uber’s IPO filing dishes on frenemies, synergies and #DeleteUber Related stories Tags 5center_img Comments Tech Industry Roadshow “I live an extremely minimalist lifestyle and see what I can do to move past this situation,” Branson said. “Uber could charge more for their rides and pay their drivers enough to pay their rent.”Makled and the group he organizes with, called Gig Workers Rising, said he’s reached out to Uber headquarters a number of times about driver conditions but hasn’t heard back. So he’s taken his battle to California’s capitol and has met with Gov. Gavin Newsom and a handful of senators. He hopes to get laws passed that will better protect drivers.”[Uber is] pressuring everyone to drive 70 to 80 hours a week,” Makled said. “And that needs to stop.”Uber didn’t return request for comment.  Uberlast_img read more

Digimon Adventure Tri Is Good Sad Anime Nostalgia

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first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… Stay on target As we all know, no brand can ever truly stay dead again, and anime brands are no exception. Was your first anime experience as a 90s American child watching Dragon Ball Z? Well here’s Dragon Ball Super. Was Sailor Moon more your speed? Here’s Sailor Moon Crystal. Even Pokemon, a brand that never actually went away, is chasing those nostalgia bucks with a new movie that’s a retelling of the anime’s first arc. But if you’re a fan of monsters of the digital variety, your current nostalgia anime of choice is Digimon Adventure Tri.Since 1997 the Digimon media franchise has had plenty of anime shows and video games and card games and weird little virtual pets that scan barcodes. But Digimon Adventure Tri is specifically a follow-up to the first two seasons of the anime, set in a shared continuity, that first introduced Greymon and the gang to lots of American kids when it was dubbed in the early 2000s.One of those kids was me, which is why Digimon Adventure Tri is an exception to my famous anti-anime stance. Nostalgia’s a hell of a drug. I also find the project’s structure to be intriguing. It’s essentially a third season of the original show. But the 24-ish episodes are being bundled as a series of six, thematically connected movies released every few months. The season began in late 2015 and should end either late this year or in early 2018. It’s always a nice surprise when the next film unexpectedly drops just as I was starting to forget.The first Digimon Adventure Tri film got dubbed into English late last year. It even featured (most of) the original voice cast and a remix of the classic theme song. But Japan is already up to the fourth film in the sextet, and I watched it over the weekend.First, a recap. After the mostly ignored events of Digimon Adventure 02, the original Digidestined are now high school students with high school problems. Their spirits are lifted when their Digimon partners suddenly reappear in their lives in the real world. However, this is just the prelude to a larger threat involving powerful infected monsters, the Digital World bleeding into the real world, a new girl named Meiko and her partner Digimon I don’t know why I should care about yet, and what looks to be the Digimon equivalent of a Sith Lord.Compared to the hyperactive original kids show, Digimon Adventure Tri has thus far been a slow and kind of artsy show. At its worse, it can feel like plodding filler, but at its best, it’s mature and moody in a way that reflects the older characters. Each film is named after the dominant emotion of the narrative. This most recent film, Loss, deals with the Digidestined attempting to reconnect with their partner Digimon after an emergency reboot wiped their memories. The plot still slowly grinds in the background, but it’s the more human (and digital monster) drama that the movies seem actually interested in. The first film set this precedent by making the driving theme guilt over the destruction the Godzilla-esque Digimon brawls cause in the real world. You don’t think about that stuff as a child.Of course, there are still fights. Every film so far ends with a kaiju rumble between some new big bad monster and one the friendly partner Digimon, the one at the center of that particularly film’s drama, evolved into their previously unseen Mega form. Loss is no exception. After being hostile towards her partner Sora due to the reboot, Biyomon finally accept’s Sora’s love and Digivolves into Phoenixmon to save the day, at least for now.These showdowns also show off the higher animation quality thanks to the feature film production values and more relaxed release schedule. It’s no Studio Ghibli, and you can tell the lengthy transformation sequences are just being used and reused to kill time because anime, but the computer critters are all very pleasant to look at.Let’s be real, while its games were inferior, Digimon’s serialized plot was always superior to Pokemon’s. I still remember how the surprisingly depressing first Digimon movie (basically Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars version 1.0) messed me up as a kid. Digimon Adventure Tri continues that tradition, even if it’s more for fans who’ve grown up more than current young children. But don’t take my word for it. I hate anime! See Digimon Adventure Tri for yourself with Crunchyroll.last_img read more

Tokyo Game Show to cut energy consumption 25 with LED lighting

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first_imgThere are only a handful of big gaming conferences on the calendar each year, and next to E3 the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) has to be the stand out event. With both Sony and Nintendo being Japanese companies you usually get the odd surprise announcement and at the very least new footage and details of games that excited us at E3 earlier in the year.This year TGS is sure to be impressive as 146 companies have signed up to show off their latest games, hardware, and peripherals. But while there will be no shortage of stuff to look at for attendees, Japan is still suffering power issues following the devastating earthquake in March and subsequent Fukushima nuclear plant problems.At a conference that has thousands in attendance and relies on electricity powering the TVs, consoles, and lights, you can’t really turn stuff off for a while. So the organizers of TGS have come up with another solution: drastically reduce the power required for the entire event.In fact, new technology seems to have come to the rescue of TGS. One of the biggest power drains at this and any public indoor event is providing enough light to the huge halls. Until now that has meant installing large conventional light bulbs that consume hundreds of watts of power each. Not this year, though. TGS is switching to LED lighting for the first time and with it intending to save at least 25% on previous year’s power requirements.Attendees may also have to suffer a little as TGS won’t be turning on the escalators that travel down. We’d also suggest turning the ones that go up off too so everyone gets a bit more exercise, but there’s probably a health and safety reason why that can’t happen.TGS runs between September 15-18 this year and is sure to include more details on the Wii U, PS Vita, and Microsoft’s plans for world console domination using Kinect.via Andriasanglast_img read more