Olympics 2018: N Korea calls off joint cultural performance with South

first_img2018 Winter Olympics January 30, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Olympics 2018: North, South Korea hockey players team up File photo of a bus transporting a North Korean team for the inspection of an art venue for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics arriving on the Grand Unification Bridge near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea.   –  Reuters SHARE Published on North Korea prepares grand military parade on Olympics eve COMMENT × 2 Koreas discuss Northern art troupe’s visit during Olympics Plan for joint Olympics team with North gets icy reception in South Korea South Korea says still pushing forward on other projects with North Korea South Korea will go ahead with other Winter Olympics projects with North Korea despite Pyongyang calling off a joint cultural performance that was less than a week away, a South Korean government official said on Tuesday.North Korea called off the joint cultural performance, which had been scheduled for Feb. 4, late on Monday, blaming South Korean media for encouraging “insulting” public sentiment. However, the North and South were still in negotiations over details regarding sending South Korean athletes to train at North Korea’s Masikryong ski resort, an official at the Ministry of Unification in Seoul told Reuters.There seemed to be no problems regarding plans for the joint training programme, said the official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. However, given the North’s decision on Monday, the official said it was unlikely that any joint performance would be held before the Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang on Feb 9. The Unification Ministry was expected to send its formal response to North Korea’s decision some time on Tuesday.North and South Korea launched rare talks early in January to bring North Koreans to the Pyeongchang Games after the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, said in a New Year’s address he was willing to open up discussions with Seoul. President Moon Jae-in has seen his support rate drop over his administration’s response to North Korea’s participation in the Games, especially after it decided to form a combined women’s ice hockey team with athletes from the two Koreas for the Winter Olympics.Many South Koreans have complained that the unified women’s hockey team – the only such joint team to be formed – was unfair to the South Korean players. More than a hundred petitions against the unified team have been sent to the presidential Blue House’s website.Government and opposition parties criticised Pyongyang’s decision to call off the performance on Tuesday, with Moon’s Democratic Party saying in a statement “frequent promise-breaking leads to fatigue. It’s North Korea’s responsibility to show its sincerity. It’s no help flipping on agreements like one would flip their hand,” the party said. North Korea RELATED South Korea File photo of a bus transporting a North Korean team for the inspection of an art venue for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics arriving on the Grand Unification Bridge near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea.   –  Reuters sport COMMENTSlast_img read more

Misbah, Younis shouldn’t leave Pakistan at same time, says Abdul Qadir

first_imgLegendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir feels that Misbah-ul-haq and Younis Khan shouldn’t leave the Test team at the same time as it could cause problems for the Men in Green in the longest format of the game.Both Misbah and Younis have announced that they will bid adieu to international cricket after the ongoing three-match Test series against West Indies.Citing examples of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Qadir insisted that the retiring veterans, Misbah and Younis, shouldn’t leave the team at the same time as it could bring the team in disarray.”I was really sad when [Kumar] Sangakkara and [Mahela] Jayawardene left the Sri Lankan team together. Look at their team now, they are in such a disarray,” Express Tribune quoted Qadir as saying.”Likewise, both of these batsmen leaving together could cause problems for Pakistan’s Test team. However, they have been great servants to the country,” he added.The 61-year-old also identified the players he feels could fill in the void created after the retirement of Misbah and Younis.”Azhar [Ali], Babar [Azam] and [Asad] Shafiq are capable enough of taking over the reins when both veterans leave,” he said.”However, if you need to bring someone in then give Umar Akmal an extended run in Tests because he still has the ability if he works hard and focuses on his game. Another choice can be Fawad Alam but everyone knows where he is – nowhere in the picture,” he added.last_img read more

Not just badminton, PV Sindhu’s style game is also totally on point!

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Harry Kane and Dele Alli on target for Tottenham as Watford regret misses

first_imgIf the result is all that matters at this late stage of the season, then Tottenham will reflect on this low-key victory with a measure of satisfaction. It did not bother Mauricio Pochettino that there were times when his bruised players tried too hard to extinguish their disappointment at failing to reach the FA Cup final. They still won with plenty left in the tank and, in the end, this was a timely reminder that the modern Tottenham possess more resolve than many of their predecessors.That is why Pochettino likes to speak about this young team’s development. The Argentinian has hardened their mentality and, while Tottenham’s wait for their first trophy since 2008 will not end this season, the bottom line is that they can guarantee a top-four finish by beating West Brom on Saturday and Newcastle next Wednesday.Dele Alli’s opener provided them with a springboard to move five points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea and Tottenham will pip Liverpool to third place if they win their final three matches. They endured some awkward moments here and Watford, who are still not arithmetically safe from relegation, felt aggrieved not to have won for the first time since 3 March. Harry Kane’s 38th goal of the season killed off Javi Gracia’s side, though, and left Pochettino praising his team’s response to losing their FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United last weekend. Share on Facebook The striker has looked out of sorts since returning from an ankle injury and he is still playing himself back into form. Yet his importance to this team has never been in doubt and, with Gareth Southgate in the stands, this was a good time for England’s best hope at the World Cup to rediscover his scoring touch. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Europe “It is important in the last few games that we win,” Pochettino said. “We were all disappointed. Our fans the same. You felt it. I am so proud of the mentality and commitment they showed.”The game was played in a subdued atmosphere, with plenty of empty seats dotted around the ground, and Spurs were often there for the taking. There was a slight air of edginess about their play and Pochettino frowned at his team’s tentativeness in the final third, especially when Kane spurned a decent shooting opportunity with an awkward piece of control in the 12th minute. Watford sensed an opportunity to exploit that unease, showing inventiveness on the break, and Spurs’ defenders were relieved to see Hugo Lloris deny Andre Gray in the 25th minute.The frustration for Watford, however, was that one defensive aberration had already undermined their enterprising approach by the time Gray saw his snapshot pushed away.A team with Tottenham’s attacking options rarely require a helping hand from their opponents and Orestis Karnezis will wince when he watches a replay of the mistake that handed the home team an undeserved lead.The threat looked minimal when Kieran Trippier whipped a cross towards the near post from the right flank. It should have been a routine catch for Karnezis. Instead, the Watford goalkeeper was distracted by Christian Kabasele ducking underneath the ball and his fumble presented Christian Eriksen with the chance to tee up Alli, who drove a low shot into the unguarded net. Reuse this content League TwoChampions: Accrington Stanley Promoted: Luton Town, WycombePlay-offs: Lincoln v Exeter, Coventry v Notts CountyRelegated: Barnet, Chesterfield.National League: Macclesfield Town were promoted as champions, with Tranmere Rovers winning the play-off final. ChampionshipChampions: WolvesPromoted: CardiffPlay-off final: Fulham v Middlesbrough or Aston Villa (Sat 26 May)Relegation: Sunderland, Burton, Barnsley Thank you for your feedback. Facebook Tottenham Hotspur Share on Pinterest Harry Kane scores Tottenham’s second goal. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images Quick guide Promotion and relegation: how they stand Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. match reports League OneChampions: Wigan (pictured)Promoted: BlackburnPlay-offs: Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe or Rotherham (Sun 27 May)Relegated: Oldham, Northampton, MK Dons, Bury Pinterest Tottenham emerged with renewed focus at the start of the second half and normal service was resumed when Kane made it 2-0. The goal stemmed from one of those flowing moves that have made Spurs so enjoyable to watch under Pochettino, Eriksen shuffling a pass to Alli, who poked the ball through to Son Heung-min on the left. Son wasted no time turning the ball across goal and, although Kane slipped in the middle, the striker sprung back to his feet to meet Trippier’s centre with a crisp shot.Watford, winless on their travels since 25 November, had been put in their place. Richarlison contrived to fire over from close range and Gerard Deulofeu had a goal correctly ruled out for offside. But despite losing Mousa Dembélé to an ankle injury, Tottenham closed out the game after Kane’s goal.center_img Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Premier LeagueChampions: Manchester CityChampions League: Manchester United and Tottenham in the group stage, Liverpool will face a play-off unless they win this year’s final.Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal and BurnleyRelegation: Swansea, Stoke and West Brom Twitter Share on Messenger Was this helpful? Watford Show ScotlandPremiership: Celtic sealed their seventh straight title with Aberdeen in second and Rangers in third qualifying for the Europa League. Ross County are relegated, with Partick playing second-tier Livingston in a promotion-relegation play-off.Championship: St Mirren are promoted as champions, while Brechin are relegated. Dumbarton also went down after losing their play-off to Alloa.League One: Ayr United are champions with Alloa joining them in the second tier. Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers are relegated.League Two: Montrose are champions with Stenhousemuir going up via the play-offs. Cowdenbeath stayed up after winning their relegation play-off with Cove Rangers. Read more However, Pochettino was mistaken if he thought that isolated show of composure from Alli would settle his players. Watford targeted Tottenham’s unconvincing high line, forcing Lloris to race out of his area to beat Abdoulaye Doucouré to a through-ball, and all that was missing was a touch of ruthlessness.A lovely backheel from Will Hughes released Doucouré, who shot straight at Lloris, and Richarlison also had an effort pushed away after combining with Gray. “We conceded a few chances but Lloris showed fantastic skills in goal,” Pochettino said. His side would make Watford regret their generosity. “We conceded cheap goals,” Gracia said. “When we created chances we didn’t score.” Share on LinkedIn Tottenham facing up to reality check as stadium costs escalate Share on WhatsApp Premier League Hide last_img read more

3 days ago​Liverpool, Chelsea set to compete in revamped Club World Cup

first_img​Liverpool, Chelsea set to compete in revamped Club World Cupby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Chelsea will be involved in a revamped FIFA Club World Cup.The competition is heading to China starting in 2021 and will take the place of the Confederations Cup, per the New York Times.It also means the previous Club World Cup will not take place after the 2020 edition.There will be 24 teams participating in the tournament, with eight of them coming from Europe.Those places go to the teams that win the Champions League and Europa League over a four year period.It means that Liverpool and City would be among the competitors in the 2021 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid would also be involved for Europe. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Visited Major Program Yesterday

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is getting close to making a decision on his transfer, as he’ll reportedly announce his commitment this upcoming week.The former Tigers’ starting QB, who transferred out when Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence the starter, visited a major program on Saturday night.Bryant was at Auburn.The former Clemson quarterback appeared to enjoy his visit.Bryant was posting on his Instagram account inside Auburn’s stadium:Clemson transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant touring Jordan-Hare Stadium tonight (via Instagram) pic.twitter.com/fR7JD66sAh— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) December 2, 2018Auburn and Missouri are seen by most as the two favorites to land Bryant, though several major programs have reportedly expressed interest.Bryant will be announcing his decision on Dec. 4.last_img read more

Drewry: Spot Container Rates Surge after Hanjin Collapse

first_imgzoom Spot container freight rates on the major routes from Asia soared by up to 42% on September 1 following the collapse of South Korean container carrier Hanjin Shipping, according to data provided by Drewry’s World Container Index.Rate assessment increased by 42% to USD 1,674 per 40ft container on the Shanghai-Los Angeles route, by 19% to USD 2,151 on the Shanghai-New York route and by 39% to USD 1,826 on the Shanghai-Rotterdam route.“Unpredictable freight rates are not new phenomenon in the container industry, however a major upheaval of supply like this is likely to cause extreme short-term price volatility. Shippers should expect increasing freight costs and tight allocation for several weeks at least,” said Richard Heath, general manager of WCI.“The Hanjin bankruptcy means a shock to the market – some of our shipper customers are making contingency plans and asked us to assess the impact of this on their supply chains,” said Philip Damas, director at Drewry, which jointly owns WCI alongside Cleartrade Exchange.last_img read more

NCL Refinances Its Senior Secured Credit Facility

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has agreed a refinancing of its senior secured credit facility.The company amended its existing senior secured credit facility by repricing its USD 875 million revolving credit facility, repricing and increasing its Term A loan facility to USD 1.6 billion and extending the maturity dates for both to January 2024.The proceeds from the increase in the Term A Loan were used to prepay the entire outstanding amount under the company’s existing Term B loan facility.The amendment also reduced the applicable margin under the Revolver and Term A Loan by 25 basis points. Both the Revolver and Term A Loan bear interest at LIBOR plus an applicable margin of between 1.00% and 1.75%, depending on the Company’s leverage ratio.“The refinancing of this facility further builds on our foundation for the future by strengthening our liquidity profile through more favorable rates and the extension of maturities,” said Mark Kempa, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.“We remain focused on strengthening our balance sheet and remain on track to reach our targeted leverage range of 2.5 to 2.75 times by the end of 2020.”last_img read more

We expect to get Cabinet approval to float InvIT by September NHAI

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) expects to get Cabinet nod for floating its infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) in two to three months, its Chairman N N Sinha said Wednesday. To fund the country’s ambitious highways building plans, including Bharatmala, NHAI also plans to mobilise Rs 75,000 crore from the market this fiscal, he said. “This is the first time we are attempting something like this (InvIT) so cannot say firmly when the trust will take shape. We expect to get Cabinet approval in two to three months and implementation will take four to five months,” Sinha said on the sidelines of an event here. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHe said the NHAI board has already approved the InvIT and talks are on with market regulator SEBI for its approval. InvITs are instruments on the pattern of mutual funds and are designed to pool small sums of money from a number of investors to invest in assets that give cash flow over a period of time. Besides InvIT, NHAI is looking at raising Rs 75,000 crore from the market this fiscal. “In this year we propose to mobilise around Rs 75,000 crore from the market and a significant part of the highways development comes from the borrowings …Our ministry is looking at creating an agency for financing… This is a long term issue,” he said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsSinha said NHAI is also looking to tap the carbon credit market for various green highways, including the Delhi-Mumbai expressway that is set to reduce travel time between the two metros to 12-13 hours from the present 24 hours. “We know that green highways like Delhi-Mumbai goes through backward area…with controlled access the speed of movement will be much more….This should also ensure tapping the carbon credit market. Our ministry is looking at various modes of mobilisation of resources for the highways development programme,” he said. Sinha said NHAI is going to tap all kinds of resources to propel infrastructure growth and contribute towards making India a $5 trillion economy. He emphasised that growth of economy is critically linked to the highways sector. Earlier, addressing the National Roads and Highways Summit organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said due to escalation in land acquisition cost, Bharatmala’s timeline could be stretched. “Forty four economic corridors have been identified for construction of 9,000 km under Bharatmala based on surveys of 12,000 km of routes and mapping of 600 cities,” he said. Sinha said economic corridors would assure last mile connectivity and eventually the target was to reduce the existing logistics cost to about 8-9 per cent from 14-15 per cent.last_img read more

LOréal Paris Canadas The Worth It Show celebrates the power of women

first_img Facebook TORONTO, ON – On Friday, Sept. 7th, L’Oréal Paris Canada, the Official Beauty Sponsor for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), debuted the #WorthIt Show in Canada. First launched at the Cannes International Film Festival, the #WorthIt Show is an inspiring platform to give voice to women in the film industry. L’Oréal Paris spokeswomen Andie MacDowell and Amber Heard, joined TIFF Share Her Journey Ambassador Shohreh Aghdashloo and ET Canada host Sangita Patel at the Globe and Mail Centre this afternoon to discuss the current climate of women in film.The show also drove awareness for the #WorthSaying campaign, in support of TIFF’s Share Her Journey program, that reinforces the values of inclusivity and empowerment. Throughout the duration of TIFF, consumers can take part in the conversation on social media, where L’Oréal Paris Canada will donate $0.25 to TIFF’s Share Her Journey for each #WorthSaying mention. Amber Heard Amber Heard Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Andie MacDowell Andie MacDowell Amber Heard Amber Heard, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard Amber Heard . Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement About L’Oréal ParisL’Oréal Paris, the world’s no.1 beauty brand, is dedicated to empowering women and men by offering the most luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market. For most, the name “L’Oréal” is immediately evocative of the brand’s signature phrase, “Because I’m Worth It.”— the tagline behind the legendary advertising campaign for the Superior Preference® hair colour launch in 1973. Today, it represents the essence of the L’Oréal Paris brand as a whole, a spirit which is about helping every woman – and man – embrace their unique beauty while reinforcing their inner sense of self-worth. For more than 100 years, L’Oréal Paris has held an unparalleled commitment to advancement in technology, innovation and research, providing ground-breaking, high-quality products for women, men, and children of all ages and ethnicities in five major beauty categories:  cosmetics, skincare, hair color, haircare, and men’s grooming.Twitter: @lorealparisCANFacebook: @lorealpariscanada    Instagram: @lorealmakeup @lorealhair @lorealskin & @lorealmenWebsite: www.lorealparis.caHashtags: #WorthSaying, #LOREALTIFFPhoto credit: Ryan EmberleyAbout TIFF Share Her JourneyTIFF has made a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera through the Share Her Journey campaign. Learn more at tiff.net/shareherjourney. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Odawa provides safe space for LGBTQ community to exercise in Ottawa

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsMembers of Ottawa’s LGBTQ community have a new safe space to workout.Thanks to an initiative created by two local youth.And the Odawa Native Friendship Centre.last_img

UN mission welcomes unveiling of presidential poll date in Côte dIvoire

14 April 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today welcomed the announcement that the country’s much delayed presidential elections will now be held on 30 November this year. The publication of the poll date “is one of the greatest achievements in the Ivorian peace process since the outbreak of the crisis more than four years ago,” UNOCI said in a press release issued in Abidjan.Côte d’Ivoire became divided in 2002 between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north, but last year’s Ouagadougou Peace Agreement paved the way for an end to the conflict and included a provision calling for free and fair elections to be held.Presidential polls were to be held as far back as 2005, but have been delayed several times since then.In its statement UNOCI encouraged all Ivorian parties “to consolidate the current momentum by demonstrating the same will to move ahead and the same commitment to public interest.”However, in a mid-term report to the Security Council that was released today, the Côte d’Ivoire Group of Experts said it had gathered credible information that members of the defence and security forces of both the Government and the Forces Nouvelles are being trained in the territories of other UN Member States, a breach of a 2004 Council resolution.The Group also voiced deep concern that UNOCI has been unable to inspect sites held by the Garde Républicaine to monitor the arms embargo established by the Council, and that Ivorian authorities routinely deny access to such sites, claiming that inspections are outside UNOCI’s mandate.Turning to the area of customs, the Group said the major weakness of the embargo stemmed from the failure of Ivorian authorities to sensitize customs staff to be vigilant and not allow the export or imports of prohibited goods.During the reporting period the experts were also informed by Mali that an attempt was made last December to export 31 rough diamonds, purportedly of Malian origin, through Bamako airport.Exporting rough diamonds from Mali is illegal as the West African country is not a member of the Kimberley Process, the system set up in 2003 to prevent rebel groups and others from profiting from diamond sales.The Group said the diamonds may be of Ivorian origin, it recommends that the Kimberley Process send a technical working group to Bamako to examine the seized diamonds. read more

The top 10 books on Apple BooksUS

Apple Book charts for week ending August 4, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)1. Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter – 9781501193682 – (Gallery Books)2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)3. One Good Deed by David Baldacci – 9781538750551 – (Grand Central Publishing)4. The New Girl by Daniel Silva – 9780062834898 – (Harper)5. True Believer by Jack Carr – 9781501180866 – (AtriaEmily Bestler Books)6. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda – 9781501165399 – (Simon & Schuster)7. Dark Age by Pierce Brown – 9780425285954 – (Random House Publishing Group)8. The Russian by Ben Coes – 9781250140814 – (St. Martin’s Publishing Group)9. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)10. Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand – 9780316419994 – (Little, Brown and Company)____The Associated Press read more

Facebook face recognition feature to replace tag suggestions

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says it is ending its practice of using face recognition software to identify users’ friends in uploaded photos and automatically suggesting they “tag” them.Instead, it is replacing the feature, called “tag suggestions,” with its broader face recognition setting, which identifies people’s faces in photos for various uses, not just tagging. Beginning Tuesday, people who are new to Facebook, or previously had the tag suggestions setting turned on, will instead get the face recognition setting, which they can turn on or off.People who had the tag suggestions setting turned off will see a notice about face recognition and a button to turn it on or keep it off.Facebook was sued in Illinois over the tag suggestion feature and a federal appeals court has ruled the lawsuit can proceed.The Associated Press read more

Ad agency joins UN Population Fund to fight fistula

The London office of the advertising agency Young & Rubicam is lending its creative services to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for a campaign to end fistula, a debilitating and sometimes deadly obstetric condition.The agency will work with UNFPA to break the silence around the injury, which often carries stigma, through the production of broadcast, print and electronic materials.”The public needs to know about fistula because there is something we can do about it,” said James Murphy, Managing Director of Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe (RKCR/Y&R), the London affiliate of the Young & Rubicam network.Obstetric fistula is a preventable childbirth injury that affects at least 2 million women worldwide. Lack of medical intervention during prolonged obstructed labour damages the woman’s soft pelvic tissues and creates a hole, or fistula, in her bladder and/or rectum.The condition is usually fatal for the baby, while causing severe physical and emotional trauma to the mother who may suffer from leaking, infections and nerve damage. The social fallout is also severe, with many victims ostracized by their communities.”Fistula is a double sorrow because these women lose their babies and they lose their lives,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA. “Fistula is more than just a medical condition. It is also a social problem because it is linked with shame and rejection.”In addition to being preventable, fistula is curable through reconstructive surgery, which typically has success rates of 90 per cent for uncomplicated cases.”The key to ending fistula lies with prevention,” stressed Ms. Obaid, pointing out that many developed nations have achieved this over the last century. “In countries where family planning is available and affordable, births are attended by skilled medical professionals and emergency obstetric care is available for women who develop complications, fistula is uncommon.” read more

Housing starts off for third straight month in November CMHC

Housing starts off for third straight month in November: CMHC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2012 9:20 am MDT OTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of housing starts fell in November for a third straight month.The agency says there were 17,646 actual starts last month, which translates to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 196,125 units, down from 203,487 in October.The decrease was mainly attributed to declines in single-detached and multi-unit housing construction in Ontario and British Columbia.A 45.6 per cent drop in starts in Atlantic Canada was primarily due to a decrease in multi-unit housing construction in Halifax, following higher than normal activity in October.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased by four per cent to 174,323 units in November, with urban single starts off by 5.4 per cent to 58,606 units and urban multiple starts down 3.2 per cent to 115,717 units.November’s seasonally adjusted annual rates of urban starts fell 14.3 per cent in Ontario and 16.5 per cent in British Columbia, but rose 15.4 per cent in Quebec and 16.1 per cent in the Prairies. read more

Despite RGIIIs Pleas Redskins Will Not Rush QB On

Photo by The Washington PostRobert Griffin III, perhaps the most recognizable personality in the NFL, wants to do more than 7-on-7 drills. The Washington Redskins’ second-year quarterback said he feels great after major knee surgery in January. He’s ready to go.The Redskins are not so ready for him to go.No matter how strong and stable Griffin says his knee feels, the team will not succumb to his desires. That’s what got him in this position in the first place.“We do have a plan for him,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He may not always like that plan, but that’s my job sometimes not to be liked. My job is to do the best thing for him. That’s what I’ll do.” Shanahan added:“You always want them a little bit antsy. I don’t want to put him in there too quick for the obvious reasons, but I like what I’ve seen. He’s had no swelling. He’s making a lot of progress. We’re getting a lot of quality work done.“If he continues this with no setback, we’ll keep on giving him more freedom, a little bit more reps and hopefully get him ready. When you slow a guy down, that’s the job of a head coach to hopefully put him in a position where he’s going to be healthy and ready to play by the first game.” read more

Oxford college president pleads with wealthy donors amid British Empire backlash

The head of an Oxford college has pleaded with donors not to withdraw their money amid a row over the university’s links to the British Empire. “I hope that this addresses your concerns,” she concludes. In a lengthy letter seen by the Sunday Telegraph, Professor Snowling appeals to one furious benefactor to reconsider withdrawing their “kind donation”. A number of donors have said that they will withhold their grants this year in protest, while others have threatened to do so. The row was provoked by a job advert… Professor Maggie Snowling, president of St John’s College, has been accused by angry benefactors of backing an attempt to strip the institution of its colonial past, it is understood. read more

17GHz quadcore LG Optimus G Pro unveiled

first_imgNTT DoCoMo recently unveiled its new spring line-up, and the LG Optimus G Pro is officially on the starting roster. As previously leaked, it’s a significant upgrade over last year’s Optimus G — which was already a pretty darn nice phone.LG started off by kicking the original 4.7-inch 720p display to the curb and upgrading the Optimus G Pro to a full 1080p panel that measures a full five inches. The processor has been bumped, too. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core chip is clocked at 1.7GHz, matching the muscular ZTE Grand S in terms of sheer processing power. Other flagship devices like Sony’s Xperia Z and the Huawei Ascend Mate are sticking with stock speeds of 1.5GHz.With great power comes the need for a great battery, and LG has delivered on that front: the Optimus G Pro packs a generous 3000mAh battery. That’s quite a bit less than the Ascend Mate’s 4050mAh, but the G Pro isn’t quite in half-foot slab territory. 3000mAh should provide LG’s customers with plenty of juice.Several of the original’s features have been left untouched. The G Pro still has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera. Those are all still fairly top-shelf specs, and LG clearly didn’t think there was a need to shake things up just yet.The Optimus G Pro will go on sale in Japan this April, but LG hasn’t announced its plans for the rest of the world yet. An announcement could be coming at MWC 2013, and it’s hard to imagine the company deciding not to push the successor to one of its biggest smartphone successes to date in every market it can.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

21 MPP chiefs vicepresidents take oath in Kamareddy

first_imgKamareddy: Of the total 22 Mandal Praja Parishads in Kamareddy district, 21 Mandal MPP and vice-MPPs have sworn in here on Thursday and immediately took over the responsibilities.Krishnaveni could not take the oath of office as Nagireddipet MPP, as she was disqualified. Patola Jyoti Durga Reddy took oath as the President of Nizamsagar Mandal Praja Parishad. Also Read – SP AV Ranganath advises newly promoted ASIs to render dedicated service in Nalgonda Advertise With Us Jukkal MLA Hanmanth Shinde and ZP chairman Dafedar Raju attended the sworn in programme. Ashok Patil had sworn in as Bichkunda MPP president. Telangana Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy attended the swearing-in ceremony of Banswada MPP Neeraja Venkat Reddy. Srinivasa Reddy congratulated vice-chairman and co-opted members after they took oath. Also Read – Educational institutions in TS region ignored in the past: Minister Advertise With Us Pippri Anjaneyulu has sworn in as Kamareddy Mandal and Urudhonda Naresh has sworn in as vice-president. Kamareddy MLA Gampa Govardhan congratulated them. Bhiknoor MPP Jangri Galireddy, vice-president Gidise Yadagri, Machareddy MPP Loyapalli Narasinga Rao, vIce-president Jeedipalli Narsimhareddy, Bibipet MPP Pasuladi Balamani, vice-MPP Kappera Ravinder, Sadashivnagar Gayne Anasuya, vice-MPP Srinivas Reddy, Thadvai MPP Ravi, vice-MPP Mudam Narasimhulu, Rajampet MPP Lingala Swarupa, vice-MPP Dhubbani Savitri, Bherkut MPP Raghu, vice-MPP Kanigiri Kashiram, co-option member Arif, Nasrullabad MPP Paltiya Vital, vice-MPP Prabhakar Reddy, Co-option member Mustafha Hussain, Madnoor MPP Lakshmibai, Jukkal MPP Surna Yashodha Patil, Pitlam MPP Kavita Vijay, PeddaKodapagal MPP Pratap Reddy, Lingampet MPP Gareebhunnissa Begum, and Gandari MPP Ketavath Radha sworn in the presence of Special Officers. Dasarathara Reddy had sworn in as Ramaredyy Mandal MPP along with his governing body. The event was attended by MLA Jajala Surender. Yellareddy MPP Karre Madhavi and vice-president E Narasimha, both from Congress, sworn in on the day.last_img read more