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first_img“Its a terrible feeling to lose in the same way two “Its a terrible feeling to lose in the same way two times in two weeks. I dont know if I played better (than in the NSCI Open final), but I definitely got more points off him,” said Mangaonkar after his loss. “As the match progressed, my accuracy became lower and lower; thats where he got me. I was always on the defending end. I need to work on being calm and composed on court, but also tactically smart.” “It was almost exactly the same as Sunday. It was a tough first game, very important for me. I saved two game balls and that gave me momentum to go on and win the second game too,” said Waller. “Mahesh came out absolutely firing in the third. But I managed to come back and get momentum. And even though I lost it, I carried the momentum into the fourth and managed to close it out. Im happy to win again,” he explained. Tournament top-seed Borja Golan of Spain had the edge in the match against qualifier Mohamed Reda of Egypt and won 11-6, 11-3, 15-13 in just 47 minutes. Results (1st round): Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) beat Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5; Adrian Waller (ENG) beat Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 13-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5; Borja Golan (ESP) beat Mohamed Reda (EGY) 11-6, 11-3, 15-12; Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) beat Ben Coleman (ENG) 10-12, 13-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-3; Mazen Hesham (EGY) beat Harinderpal Sandhu (IND) 5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5. PTI SSR RSY BS CM BASadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRice industry paralysis For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments MOST READ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress TNT gains twice-to-beat, edges San Miguel Beer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ inspiring run in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament has come to an end after losing to Ateneo 86-79 in Game 2 of the championship round.The Growling Tigers got swept in their first finals appearance since 2015 and Mark Nonoy, the Rookie of the Year, said the defeat will serve as the team’s fuel come Season 83.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This will be our motivation going forward to achieve our goal,” said Nonoy in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Although we lost three seniors today, what we did was for them and we’ll also dedicate our campaign next year to them.”UST lost seniors Renzo Subido, Zachy Huang, and Enrique Caunan due to graduation but the superstar duo of Nonoy and Season MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo will still be with the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceCaptain CJ Cansino and Rookie of the Year runner-up Sherwin Concepcion are still in the fold.Nonoy and the rest of the Growling Tigers flew under the radar heading into the season but they emerged as the fourth seeds after the elimination round with an 8-6 record. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ The Growling Tigers then, went through a gauntlet in the stepladder semifinals, beating Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines in knockout duels en route to the finals where they were once again the underdogs.Ateneo walloped UST, 91-77, in the finals opener before fending off the Tigers to clinch its third consecutive crown.“I think it hurts because we didn’t get our goal but we will bring this pain next year season,” said Nonoy who had 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists in Game 2. “We will prepare not just for the silver, but for the gold.”ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu reached her second consecutive final at the year-ending BWF World Tour Finals 2018 (read BWF Super Series Final till last year) with a scintillating victory over Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in Guangzhou, China on Saturday. Sindhu beat Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes in the semi-final to reach the final. Sindhu will now face Nozomi Okuhara in the final in a repeat of last year’s BWF World Championships final.Sindhu is still unbeaten in the tournament as she won all three of her group games and came into the semi-final in a solid form and she showed her repertoire of strokes against the Thai player.Intanon is a deceptive player much like the world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan — all she lacks is the consistency and the mental fortitude to play her strokes freely. Tai Tzu in fact has openly stated that Intanon is the one player she is scared to face because they think alike.Earlier in the tournament, Sindhu had managed to decode the Tai Tzu puzzle and ended her six-match losing streak against the world No.1. There was no such streak against Intanon but her display on Saturday was world class.Sindhu was throughout in control in the first game of the semi-final with Intanon looking like she was still settling into the court and the match. Sindhu, on the other hand, was at her attacking best from the word go.What Sindhu has shown in the tournament so far is the variety in her strokes and the level of maturity and strokeplay she has achieved since she last competed in this tournament.advertisementOn Saturday, it was pretty much the same — take around Intanon, patiently play strokes, conserve energy and hit the stride when you’re absolutely sure you’re going to get the point.In the first game, Sindhu applied her strategy to perfection and took a 1-0 lead in the match.The second game was a feisty contest with Intanon also beginning to bring her deceptive strokes into play completely. Many a times, Sindhu was caught wrong footed because Intanon would change her strokes right at the last moment.But Sindhu had cracked a far more deceptive player (read Tai Tzu) and Intanon makes more mistakes, which make it a little easier to exploit her weaknesses.Sindhu stuck to her gameplan, got everything she could back to the other side of the court and stayed neck-and-neck with the Thai. Intanon led 11-10 at the break but Sindhu stormed right back to take a 15-13.Intanon was not giving up and the two were tied at 18-18. From there, it was like they alternated points. Some breathtaking rallies followed, some high-energy strokeplay was at display as the audience in Guangzhou began to leave a gasp at almost every point.From 20-20 to 23-23, Intanon had three game points but Sindhu levelled it every time. Sindhu had one match point of her own when Intanon smashed back at her to level the proceedings.However, with Sindhu bringing in her second match point, she played a brilliant calm rally, sought out her nerves and with a steep smash at the net, she made her way to the final stage of the tournament.SAMEER LOSES TO SHI YUQI Sameer Verma won the first game but lost the next two to lose the BWF World Tour Finals semi-final. (BAI Photo)Sameer Verma seemed like he has tired away by the time his semi-final against Shi Yuqi came to the last stages. It might be mental, it might be physical with all the court coverage but the end result was just one — Sameer bowed out of the tournament and could not make it to the final.Sameer lost 21-12, 20-22, 17-21 to Yuqi after an hour and 8 minute-battle in Guangzhou in front of the latter’s home crowd that grew in voice and confidence towards the end as Yuqi began to smash the court away.Despite a start from Sameer that left everyone gasping over his quality of badminton, it was his lack of athleticism at the end that took centre stage.Sameer started the match brilliantly, absolutely demolishing Shi Yuqi with each stroke of his. It was similar to what he did to Wangcharoen on Friday, tearing apart the opponent’s attack and defence with his staunch retrieval, fluid movement and crafty strokes.In what was a dominant show, Sameer took the first game 21-12 in just 17 minutes.Yuqi began the second game well taking an 8-3 lead over the Indian. However, Sameer upped the ante once again and went on a spree of seven straight points to take a 10-8 lead. He even went into the break with a two point-advantage.advertisementAfter the break, Sameer kept his control and went up 14-11, only for Yuqi to fight back and make it 14-14. From there, the two alternated points before a match point arrived for Sameer at 20-19.Yuqi, though, jumped and smashed his way to 20-20. Then lady luck smiled at him when his tap at the net was called right even though the replays showed that it was very close and may be, the shuttle had not crossed-over to his side of the court. He made no mistake with the game point in hand though and took the second game 22-20 in 26 minutes.Yuqi began the decider with a sense of real purpose. Both the players were going for the kill, not wanting to engage in long rallies and Yuqi took a 9-6 lead.Sameer, however, fought back and levelled it to 9-9 before Yuqi took another two points to go into the break with a little cushion.After the break, Yuqi came down hard and fast at Sameer, smashing his way to points. Sameer tried to fight back but he was tired and Yuqi had the energy of the crowd.In the end, the home fans smiled as Shi Yuqi had entered another final and Sameer had to be content with a semi-final finish in his maiden BWF World Tour Finals.Also Read | Saina Nehwal marries Parupalli Kashyap: ‘A perfect match that resulted in a tie’Also Read | Saina Nehwal ties the knot with Parupalli KashyapAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgManchester City 4 Bournemouth 0: Aguero inspires emphatic win Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 12/24/17 aguero-cropped Getty Images Sergio Aguero scored a brace as Manchester City hammered struggling Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Manchester City’s astonishing winning run stretched to 17 games with a 4-0 hammering of Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium, as record-breaker Sergio Aguero stole the show with a double.Pep Guardiola’s side could perhaps be accused of not reaching their usual lofty standards, but Bournemouth rarely appeared capable of punishing any complacency and once Aguero – who is reportedly unhappy with his coach’s rotation policy – opened the scoring, there was no looking back.City looked particularly sluggish at times in the first half, though it still was not surprising when they took the lead just before the half-hour mark, as Aguero nodded in his 100th goal at the Etihad, the perfect tonic for any Guardiola grievances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The hosts tightened things up in the second half and looked a far more focused unit, especially after doubling their lead through Sterling, who scored his seventh goal in five games against the Cherries.Aguero doubled his tally for the day 11 minutes from time with another well-taken header to round off an impressive performance from the Argentinian.2 – Sergio Aguero netted two headed goals in a game for the first-time ever within Europe’s big five leagues. Crown.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017And Danilo added their fourth late in the day with his first goal for the club, as City go to within two victories of the longest winning run ever in Europe’s top five leagues and 14 points clear of Manchester United, who face Leicester City later on Saturday.Despite City’s attempts to monopolise possession, Bournemouth will have been happy with their start, as they went close to the opening goal in the 10th minute.Adam Smith darted up the right flank and delivered a cross, pulling it back towards the edge of the area where Junior Stanislas was waiting to volley just wide of the right-hand post.City eventually crafted their first opportunity 10 minutes later, as Aguero latched on to Nicolas Otamendi’s lofted pass and put his effort over.He found his range shortly after, though, steering a stooping header into the bottom-left corner from Fernandinho’s cross after being left completely unmarked.But Bournemouth finished the first half well and threatened to equalise just before the break.Ryan Fraser’s pass in behind City’s defence forced Ederson to rush off his line and make a tackle on the edge of the area, knocking the ball to Kyle Walker, who passed it straight to Callum Wilson, only for Otamendi to make an important last-ditch intervention.City appeared much sharper all over the pitch upon the restart, affording Bournemouth even fewer opportunities to attack.And their second goal in the 53rd minute effectively ended the visitors’ already slim chances.7 – Raheem Sterling has scored in all five of his Premier League games against Bournemouth, netting seven goals in total. Potent.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017David Silva – back after missing the last two games for personal reasons – found Aguero on the edge of the box and the striker flicked a fine pass into the area for Sterling to collect and slot past Asmir Begovic.City’s control on proceedings only seemed to increase after that goal and they added a third for good measure in the 79th minute – Aguero heading in Bernardo Silva’s fine cross.Danilo then rounded things off late on, sweeping a left-footed effort inside the left-hand post after a fine run and pass from the electric Sterling.Key Opta facts:- Manchester City became the first top-flight team to score 100 goals in a calendar year since Liverpool in 1982 (106)- Bournemouth failed to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January 2016.- City extended their winning run to 17 Premier League games. Within Europe’s big five leagues, only one side has ever enjoyed a longer winning streak – Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2013-14.- City’s current winning run is one more victory than Bournemouth have picked up in total in the Premier League since the start of last season (16). read morelast_img read more

first_imgRugby World Cup Eddie Jones and gurus relish finest hour in their pursuit of perfection Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Rugby World Cup 2019 Saracens Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on WhatsApp Rugby union news Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share via Email Eddie Jones insists England must find another level to claim the World Cup against South Africa on Saturday – despite producing one of the greatest performances in their history to defeat the All Blacks.England will seek to avenge their 2007 World Cup final defeat against the Springboks after South Africa’s 19-16 win against Wales in the semi-final on Sunday. Jones was adamant his players cannot be satisfied with their campaign unless they finish the job. Jones has also warned his players he may make changes to his side, suggesting he could break up the George Ford-Owen Farrell axis again.The coach has already been forced into a change with Willi Heinz ruled out because of a hamstring injury and Ben Spencer called up in his place. The Saracens scrum-half, who has just three caps, was due to arrive in Japan on Monday and, with Ben Youngs the only other No 9 in Jones’s squad, he seems certain to make his World Cup debut in the final. There also remain lingering concerns over Farrell and Jonny May, both of whom suffered dead legs against the All Blacks, while Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson were also due to be further assessed on Sunday. England rugby union team Despite their injury worries, England will go into the final as the favourites, having inflicted New Zealand’s first World Cup defeat for 12 years, and having done so in dominant fashion. It was a sixth career victory for Jones over the All Blacks – his first with England – and while he is contracted to the Rugby Football Union until 2021 the clamour in Australia for him to return and take over the Wallabies grew louder on Sunday.After Wales’s elimination Warren Gatland could not resist one last dig at England, suggesting that they may have peaked too early. “We have seen teams play their final in the semi-final and don’t turn up for the final,” he said. “We will see what England do.” Jones is determined to ensure that does not prove to be the case and, while England have moved to the top of the world rankings for the first time since 2004, the message from the head coach was clear. “We want to be the best in the world and we’re not,” said Jones, who was in attendance to watch South Africa beat Wales alongside his assistant John Mitchell. “We’re not going to be satisfied until we’re the best in the world. We’re going to have to find another level and it’s definitely there.“We’ve got to play better next week. It’s about making sure no one gets too far ahead of themselves and this team has got no reason to, because we haven’t achieved what we want to achieve. All it’s done is give us another week in the competition.”Ford and Farrell finished the match as England’s joint top tacklers and while the captain sustained his injury in the first half, Jones said he did not contemplate replacing him. “I think you would have needed a samurai sword to get him off!”Ford took over the kicking duties and was on target with four penalties following his recall to the side. He was omitted for the quarter-final victory over Australia with Farrell preferred at fly-half and a centre pairing of Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade, and Jones hinted he may change tack again. “[George and Owen] defended well but next week is another situation,” said Jones. “We’ll look at how we need to play and what the opposition are going to bring to the party and then we’ll decide on selection.”England are due to return to central Tokyo today for their final preparations and will move into the same hotel the Springboks stayed in last week. England have already beaten Argentina, Australia and New Zealand and are bidding to complete the Rugby Championship set.“It’s just another week,” Jones said. “The mindset you create during the week is very important. And it’s about not inventing shadows. Everywhere you look, there are shadows, so you have to make sure you are looking at the right shadows. We’ll have a couple of days of recovery. We’ll get stuck into work on Tuesday.”last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Wenger offers update on Arsenal futures of Wilshere and Welbeck Chris Burton 15:43 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jack Wilshere Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League The Gunners are yet to tie a rejuvenated midfielder to terms past the end of the season, while their England forward will be out of contract in 2019 Arsene Wenger wants Arsenal to extend Jack Wilshere’s contract “very quickly” and remains hopeful that Danny Welbeck will commit to fresh terms.Extension talks have become something of an issue for the Gunners of late, with long-running sagas involving Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez providing an unwelcome distraction in 2017.The former eventually put pen to paper, but the latter was moved on to Manchester United during the January transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Exit talk is now building around England international Wilshere, as he continues to head towards free agency, but Wenger hopes a deal, which has been mooted for some time, will soon be signed.The Arsenal boss said of the 26-year-old midfielder: “That decision doesn’t depend only on me.“I want him to sign very quickly.“We are still to make the decision and find the pen somewhere. I’m happy to give him one.”Wilshere has previously stated that he would be willing to extend his stay in north London, as a product of Arsenal’s academy system.He is not the only one posing future problems for the Gunners, though, with several other players having entered the final 18 months of their respective deals.Danny Welbeck, ArsenalEngland forward Welbeck is among those set to be out of contract in 2019, but Wenger is also looking for him to offer a new deal – despite the 27-year-old having suffered an injury-ravaged spell at Emirates Stadium.“I want to keep him because I believe he has gone through a torrid time,” explained the Frenchman.“He has come out well. I see signs in training now that are positive. If he can stay on the pitch and not be injured, I want him to stay here.”Discussions with Welbeck may have to wait, with Arsenal’s focus at present locked on a Europa League last-32 clash with Ostersunds, a Carabao Cup final meeting with Manchester City and an ongoing battle to try and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_imgzoom ITIC has warned that the so-called ‘hold harmless’ clauses in many of the contracts entered into by its members may contain pitfalls which could prejudice their rights. A mutual hold-harmless indemnity clause should provide that each party to the contract agrees to take responsibility for – and to indemnify the other against – injury and loss to its own personnel and property and its own consequential losses, even if the accident and related losses are caused by negligence. But ITIC notes that, in many of the contracts it reviews, the party with the greater bargaining power will naturally seek to swing the balance back in its favour.Writing in the latest issue of The Wire, the ITIC newsletter for the offshore and hydrographic sector, Robert Hodge, Senior Underwriter for the Offshore Sector, says, “It is staggering how often we see contracts stipulating that ‘the consultant shall indemnify the company against any and all losses’, yet there is no reciprocal benefit to the consultant. The clause must have a mutual provision.”Meanwhile, the mutual hold-harmless clauses seen by ITIC often leave the distribution of third-party liabilities unclear. Hodge says, “A hydrographic consultant on a survey vessel, for example, should be protected from third-party claims arising from the operation of the vessel. The consultant should not be responsible for potentially multi-million-dollar pollution liabilities or collision damages to third-party property. These should fall on the party which has insurance for these liabilities.”ITIC notes that, in some cases, it sees hold-harmless clauses amended to state that if one of the parties is found to be grossly negligent it will not be held harmless. Robert Hodge emphasises, “There is no true concept of gross negligence under English law. The line between negligence and gross negligence can become blurred, and cases will turn on facts and expert evidence. The inclusion of gross negligence within a hold-harmless clause in a contract pursuant to English law can lead to uncertainty and increased litigation costs.”ITIC also warns that the distinction between indirect and direct loss can be complicated. Robert Hodge says, “A common misconception is that all ‘loss of profits’ is indirect loss. This is wrong. Loss of profits can be either direct or indirect, depending on the facts of the case. If, for example, a consultant was providing design work for sub-sea equipment and carried out the design negligently, this could cause not only damage to property but also lost drilling time, leading to lost revenue and profit. In such a case, a tribunal could find that the loss of profit arose naturally from the breach and was therefore a direct loss not excluded under the hold-harmless clause.“Taking into account the current day rates of drill rigs, this could form a substantial part of any claim. The clause should be amended to state that loss of profits is excluded, whether direct or indirect.”ITIC concludes that hold-harmless clauses should be carefully reviewed to ensure that they are actually mutual.ITIC, February 28, 2014last_img read more

first_imgHighland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach will host its annual Gaelic language day, entitled Cainnt ‘s Cànan on Saturday, Nov. 18. Cainnt ‘s Cànan (speech and language) runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The sessions will introduce reading skills to people learning Gaelic. Instruction will focus on basic sounds of the Gaelic alphabet. Reading lessons will include stories transcribed from field recordings of Gaelic folklore in Cape Breton. The day will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions that focus on vernacular phrasing and vocabulary. A session on traditional Cape Breton Gaelic songs will end the day. Jim Watson, Highland Village manager of interpretation, will lead the sessions. Cainnt ‘s Cànan provides an opportunity for Gaelic students to advance speaking and reading skills in a relaxed and historical setting. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Highland Village visitor centre. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. Participants must provide their lunch. Tea and coffee will be served during intermissions. For more information on this event or other Highland Village programs, call 902-725-2272 or e-mail Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona Victoria Co., overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is part of the Nova Scotia Museum family.last_img read more

first_imgBy a vote of 9 to 3, the Strait Regional School Board voted Wednesday, Nov. 7, to approve an amended set of procedural bylaws as directed by Minister of Education Karen Casey. “I am pleased that the members of the Strait Regional School Board have complied with my directives,” said Ms. Casey. “It is now incumbent on them to demonstrate, by their behaviour, that they are acting in the best interests of Strait area students, whose welfare remains our chief concern.” On Oct. 3, the minister wrote a letter to the board expressing her concern about recent actions of board members and interaction with each other, staff and the community. In that letter, she directed the board to amend its code of ethics to emphasize respectful behaviour and confidentiality, which was done on Oct. 17, and its board procedural bylaws dealing with meeting absences and maintaining quorums. An initial deadline of the end of October was extended to Nov. 7, the next scheduled meeting.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — Alimentation Couche-Tard and CrossAmerica Partners LP have signed a deal to swap convenience and gas station assets in the U.S.Under the agreement, Couche-Tard has agreed to sell 192 U.S convenience and fuel retail stores to CrossAmerica, with an aggregate value of about US$184.5 million.Meanwhile, CrossAmerica has agreed to sell Couche-Tard assets valued at US$184.5 million, including the real estate property for 56 U.S. company-operated convenience and fuel retail stores leased and operated by Couche-Tard and 17 stores owned and operated by CrossAmerica in the U.S. Upper Midwest.Couche-Tard says the deal is expected to take place through a series of transactions over a period of up to 24 months.The closing of each transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.Couche-Tard’s wholly owned subsidiary CrossAmerica GP is the general partner for CrossAmerica Partners LP.“We believe this transaction will be beneficial to both parties,” Couche-Tard chief executive Brian Hannasch said in a statement.“The transfer of Couche-Tard’s retail stores to CrossAmerica will help optimize the long-term value of these assets, further strengthens Couche-Tard’s core retail business and is a win-win for both sets of stakeholders.” The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)last_img read more

Brock University is mourning the death of a former member of the University’s board of governors.Dr. Lillian Clark served on the board from 1990-1996. The MD, who grew up in Niagara, died Sunday. She was 94.Clark specialized in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and later obtained her fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada.In 1944, she joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was posted to Canada’s East Coast where he met her future husband and fellow doctor, John Clark.Throughout her career, Clark served on several local medical committees while practising pediatrics in Niagara Falls until 1993.She was also involved with local community organizations.A service of remembrance will happen Thursday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. at Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be shared online. read more

“I am deeply dismayed and saddened by the loss of life in the refugee camp and the serious damage caused to UNRWA and Palestinian Authority schools,” said Mr. Hansen, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. “This is another case of disproportionate force being used against civilian targets, including schools full of children.”According to UNRWA, Israeli tanks directed heavy fire at shelters in the Rafah refugee camp in a clash with Palestinians protesting the erection of a new Israeli military watchtower. Among the seven Palestinians who were killed, there were two children and two women who died as some of the shelters collapsed under the impact of tank shells, the Agency said. A further 27 Palestinians were reported injured, some critically.In addition, heavy machine gun fire from tanks hit a UNRWA school and a Palestinian Authority school. Children in the UNRWA school had to be moved to the basement for safety. Later, a tank shell hit UNRWA’s Rafah Preparatory Boys School and heavily damaged its laboratory. A tank shell also hit a Palestinian Authority school, but did not explode. No injuries were caused by the shelling as by that time the children had been sent home, the Agency said. read more

“The year 2015 ushered in a new era of optimism and climate action with the Paris climate change agreement. But it will also make history as marking a new era of climate change reality with record high greenhouse gas concentrations,” said World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. Mr. Taalas says that ‘without tackling carbon dioxide emissions, we cannot tackle climate change and keep temperature increases to below 2 degrees Celcius above the pre-industrial era. “It is therefore of the utmost importance that the Paris Agreement does indeed enter into force well ahead of schedule on 4 November and that we fast-track its implementation,” he added. The weather agency had warned earlier this year that the Earth is already one degree Celsius hotter than at the start of the 20th century, halfway to the critical two-degree threshold, and national climate change plans adopted so far may not be enough to avoid a three-degree temperature rise.CO2 levels had previously reached the 400 parts per million barrier for certain months of the year and in certain locations but never before on a global average basis for the entire year. The growth spurt in carbon dioxide was fuelled by the El Niño event, which started in 2015 and had a strong impact well into 2016. This triggered droughts in tropical regions and reduced the capacity of “sinks” like forests, vegetation and the oceans to absorb CO2. These sinks currently absorb about half of CO2 emissions but there is a risk that they may become saturated, which would increase the fraction of emitted carbon dioxide which stays in the atmosphere, according to the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.Between 1990 and 2015 there was a 37 per cent increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on our climate – because of long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide (N2O) from industrial, agricultural and domestic activities.“The 400 parts per million threshold is of great symbolic importance,” said the previous WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud in 2014. “It should serve as yet another wakeup call about the constantly rising levels of greenhouse gases which are driving climate change and acidifying our oceans,” he said. For thousands of year’s carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere, trapping heat and causing the earth to warm further. The lifespan of carbon dioxide in the oceans is even longer. It is also the single most important greenhouse gas emitted by human activities. According to the WMO it is responsible for 85 per cent of the warming effect on our climate over the past decade. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left) in discussion with Petteri Talaas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.”> Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left) in discussion with Petteri Talaas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas. Post-Paris climate action“The recent agreement in Kigali to amend the so-called Montreal Protocol and phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in air conditioners and refrigerators, which act as strong greenhouse gases, is good news. WMO salutes the commitment of the international community to meaningful climate action,” said Mr Taalas.The landmark deal to reduce the emissions of potent chemicals, signed by nearly 200 countries, was hailed by The UN Environment Programme as the single largest contribution the world has made towards keeping the global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.The deal to curb HFCs comes amid a flurry of climate-related action, as a couple of weeks ago, two key events occurred: Member States of the UN civil aviation agency, known as ICAO, agreed on a new standard to control global greenhouse gas emissions from international airline flights; and the Paris Agreement on climate change cleared the final threshold of 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global emissions required for the accord to enter into effect, now set for early November. read more

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #SMITHWICK: The solicitor for the family of murdered RUC officer Pat Breen has accused Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams of attempting to “legitimise the murder” of two RUC officers. Adams said they had a “laissez faire” attitude shown towards their security.2. #NAMA: The National Asset  Management Agency has met its “first major milestone” of redeeming €7.5 billion senior bonds before the end of 2013. It redeemed €500 million of these bonds today.3. #JOBS: Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced that 150 jobs are to go at its Newbridge manufacturing plant. The company will seek the redundancies in 2014.4. #PHOENIX PARK: A 17-year-old girl who was being questioned in connection with the murder of Gerard Donnelly in the Phoenix Park last week has been released from custody.5. #COURTS: TV chef Nigella Lawson has admitted to taking cocaine, but has denied having a drug problem or being addicted to the substance. She told the court that her ex-husband Charles Saatchi tried to “destroy her” by making false allegations about her use of the drug.last_img read more

first_imgTHE DEAF FEDERATION of South Africa has described the interpreter used during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service yesterday as a “fake”.In a statement issued today, the national director Bruno Druchen said the deaf community were outraged, confirming that the man who was shown on screens across the globe is not a recognised professional interpreter.“He is not known by the Deaf Community in South Africa nor by the South African Sign Language interpreters working in the field,” he said.The news first came to light through a deaf community site, The Limping Chicken, which said the man was signing in a way they were not familiar with.With his statement his morning, Druchen listed the mistakes the man made during the broadcast, including grammar errors and the lack of facial expressions.“In South African Sign Language, facial expressions are an important part of communication. The facial expressions you use while doing a sign will affect the meaning of that sign,” he explained.Handshapes used were meaningless, he added, before concluding: This ‘fake interpreter’ has made a mockery of South African Sign Language and has disgraced the South African Sign Language interpreting profession. The organisers of the memorial service, and indeed any event, should have contacted organisations who coordinate South African Sign Language interpreting services to secure a professional, trained experienced interpreter.Concerns about the sign language being used while presidents Jacob Zuma and Barack Obama delivered speeches were noted across social media sites during the memorial yesterday.South African parliament member Wilma Newhoudt, a member of the ruling party and deaf community, also confirmed that the man communicated nothing with his hand and arm movement.(YouTube: Andy Palmer)Read: Mandela’s body lying in state after solemn journey through PretoriaMore: South Africans honour “giant of history”, Madibalast_img read more

first_imgTHE TRADE UNION representing Ireland’s doctors has recommended that its members vote to accept the Haddington Road public pay proposals.The council of the Irish Medical Organisation issued the recommendation after a non-unanimous vote this afternoon.The council had originally met to discuss the proposals two weeks ago, but had deferred a recommendation until it received clarifications on some aspects of the proposals.This evening the IMO’s director of industrial relations Steve Tweed said the Government’s commitment to enter talks on ensuring that highly-qualified doctors remained within the Irish system, instead of being lured abroad, was a key attraction.It said the proposals put on the table vindicated its decision to walk out of the original Croke Park 2 talks, as the proposals now up for consideration were a significant improvement upon the deal that followed the first round of negotiations.It expressed “deep concern”, however, that the proposal would continue a policy of reducing spending in the healthcare sector, which it claimed would “negatively impact on the ability of doctors to deliver best quality care to their patients”.The recommendation will be good news for the government, as the IMO had been one of the loudest voices in opposition to the failed Croke Park 2 deal, in spite of its relatively minor influence on the outcome of the final decision.Members will now be balloted on the proposals.Read: “This was a very difficult decision”: INMO accepts Haddington Road dealMore: Dáil vote means top earners set to take pay cut from Julylast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re in the market for a new processor, want to pick up a Haswell part, but are purchasing on a strict budget, Intel is about to help you out. The chip giant is set to introduce 7seven new Haswell processors carrying more budget-friendly pricing.Cheaper chips means lower performance as you’d expect, but none of the new parts are going to struggle if used inside a day-to-day office PC.At the low end there’s three new dual-core Pentium processors carrying the names G3220, G3420, and G3430. Each has 3MB of on-board cache and HD Graphics as standard. The only difference comes from their clock speed, which are 3GHz, 3.2GHz, and 3.3GHz respectively. None of the chips have Turbo Boost or Hyper-Threading and all have a TDP of 54W. As for pricing, you can expect to pay around $70, $90, and $100, which matches the Ivy Bridge parts they replace.Moving on to the new dual-core Core i3 processors, we have the 4130, 4330, and 4340 parts. Again they are rated at 54W TDP, but unlike the Pentiums, include Hyper Threading. The 4130 includes 3MB of cache, a HD 4400 GPU, and runs at 3.4GHz. The 4330 and 4340 both have 4MB of cache and a HD 4600 GPU. The differentiator is that the 4330 runs at 3.5GHz where as the 4340 is clocked at 3.6GHz. Pricing for the three chips is around $137, $155, and $166 respectively.Finally we have the new quad-core Core i5-4440. For $197 you get a 3.1GHz processor with Turbo Boost taking that up to 3.3GHz. There’s 6MB of on-board cache and a HD 4600 GPU. The TDP for this chip increases to 84W, but there’s no Hyper Threading.None of the new processors are available yet, but the fact they have pricing suggests they will arrive soon and are already listed for pre-order at some online retailers.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Losses for Greek tourism are contained so far this year according to data regarding international arrivals at the country’s main airports released by the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE). Arrivals posted a 3.1 per cent yearly decline in the year’s first eight months, dropping from 8,833,785 in the January-August 2011 period to 8,559,165 this year. However, with the exception of the country’s main and costliest airport, arrivals are showing a small rise from last year, with Athens International Airport experiencing a 13.6 per cent drop in the number of visitors to the country compared to 2011. Nevertheless, in August the yearly decline in arrivals amounted to just 1 per cent, as bookings from foreign markets increased pace following the election results in June and the formation of a stable government. Arrivals this August amounted to 2,226,201, down from 2,249,466 in 2011. Cephalonia airport reported an annual increase of 14 per cent last month, followed by Mykonos (13.7 per cent) and Hania (11.6 per cent), while Kavala saw arrivals shrink by 18.9 per cent, Samos by 13.3 per cent and Athens by 10 percent. The Russian market is proving the driving force behind the rebound of local tourism in the latter part of the year and is close to cancelling out losses from traditional markets such as the German and the British. For the first time Russians arriving at Iraklio airport outnumbered other nations at 69,989 in August alone. On Rhodes the increase in arrivals from Russia amounted to 57.5 per cent year-on-year, while there was also a 2.1 percent rise in visitors from the United Kingdom. Zakynthos reported a surprising increase in Italian arrivals, amounting to 61.6 percent from August 2011, while visitors from Russia increased by 39.4 per cent. German arrivals dropped 7.5 per cent and those from Britain by 3.3 per cent. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgThe 2014 Royal Melbourne Show is now on at the Melbourne Showgrounds until Wednesday 1 October. A great day of fun, discovery and excitement for the whole family, the show is presented annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) to promote and celebrate agriculture. It is Victoria’s largest annual community event, providing visitors with a range of unique and memorable experiences that are entertaining, interactive and educational.See Victoria’s largest display of animals up close, join the Disney entertainment or sample Victoria’s award-winning local produce. For the youngest ones, there’s an array of exhilarating carnival rides and spectacular nightly fireworks to enjoy. When: Until 1 October, 9.30 am to 9.30 pm daily Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale For more information visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more