LOOK: Conor McGregor, Draymond Green trade barbs on Instagram

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ AP source: Free agent Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs Call me C.J Watson! https://t.co/9m2Omw4Wca pic.twitter.com/GZMzxxTsbb— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 11, 2017In true McGregor fashion, he left another stinging comment and made sure he had the last word.“Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.j. when I don’t know or give a f**k about basketball,” he wrote. “I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here kid.”  /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES As if the ongoing war of words between UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t enough, another high-profile athlete has decided to enter the picture.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 starsAhead of the monumental bout between the combat sports’ biggest athletes, reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green took a swipe at the Irish superstar on Instagram for wearing a classic Golden State Warriors jersey.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 “The Notorious” was rocking a No. 23 jersey, which just so happens to be currently used by the eccentric forward. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “We rocking with Floyd bro not you… take that off bruh,” Green captioned the photo, expressing his allegiance to the undefeated boxer.As anticipated, the equally brash McGregor fired back at his unlikely detractor, explaining who the jersey was intended for.“That’s C.J. Watson mate,” he responded. I don’t know who the f**k you are. No disrespect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school.”McGregor, of course, was referring to former Warriors guard C.J. Watson, who used the same jersey number during his stint with the team from 2008 to 2010.In a tweet last January, McGregor also used Watson to troll his boxing opponent, after rumors that the NBA veteran had been involved with Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

Juventus close in on title, Totti scores late brace in Roma win

first_imgAS Roma stalwart Francesco Totti came off the bench with four minutes left and scored twice to give his Champions League-chasing side a dramatic 3-2 win over Torino in Serie A on Wednesday.The 39-year-old’s performance, the latest twist in a career spanning an extraordinary 24 seasons at Roma, overshadowed leaders Juventus who moved closed to their seemingly inevitable fifth successive title with a 3-0 win over 10-man Lazio.Totti, whose lack of playing time since January has reportedly caused friction with coach Luciano Spalletti, needed just 22 seconds to equalise with his first touch, volleying in at the far post after Miralem Pjanic’s cross was touched on.The irrepressible playmaker jumped over two advertising hoardings, barely managing to clear them, as he went to celebrate the goal with the Curva Sud, who had jeered Spalletti and applauded Totti at the start of the game. Totti was back for more three minutes later, stepping up to convert a penalty after Nikola Maksimovi was harshly ruled to have handled to keep Roma firmly in third place, the Champions League playoff spot.Totti had begun the match on the bench and watched helplessly as Andrea Belotti put Torino in front from a penalty, Konstantinos Manolas headed Roma level and Josef Martinez put the visitors back in front.Juventus had no such problems as they notched their 23rd win in their last 24 league games to stay nine points clear of Napoli, who had briefly reduced the deficit with a 6-0 demolition of Bologna on Tuesday. Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus a halftime lead and the game was effectively over after Lazio had Gil Patric sent off for a second bookable offence three minutes after the break.advertisementPaulo Dybala converted a penalty after Leonardo Bonucci went tumbling in the area, a decision which provoked angry Lazio protests, and the Argentine finished off a typically incisive break just after the hour to complete the win.Juventus have 82 points from 34 games, with Napoli on 73 and Roma on 68.Roberto Mancini’s Inter saw their Champions League hopes all but extinguished in a 1-0 defeat at Genoa where Sebastian De Maio scored the winner with 13 minutes left.Bottom three Frosinone, Palermo and Verona all moved closer to Serie B after a dramatic evening at the basement end of the table. Daniel Ciofani gave Frosinone a fifth minute lead at Chievo but they then had Arlind Ajeti and Raman Chibsah sent off as they crashed to a 5-1 defeat.Palermo also got off to a flying start when Franco Vazquez converted a second-minute penalty at home to Atalanta.However, Marco Boriello and Gabriel Paletta replied for the visitors and the Sicilians, where Davide Ballardini is in his second stint of the season as coach, needed a late equaliser from Aljaz Struna for a point.Verona were left seven points adrift at the bottom and almost certain to go down after they were beaten 1-0 at Empoli by a second-half goal from Massimo Maccarone.last_img read more

Alastair Cook contradicts Kevin Pietersen, says Mohammad Amir entitled to make comeback

first_imgEngland captain Alastair Cook hopes the Test series against Pakistan will be more remembered for cricket rather than controversy as spot-fixer Mohammad Amir returns on Thursday at Lord’s.The 24-year-old Amir has served his five-year punishment for bowling deliberate no-balls, also at Lord’s in 2010, and will spearhead Pakistan’s pace attack against a strong England batting lineup.While compatriot Kevin Pietersen said Amir ‘deserved no second chance’, Cook backs the bowler.’AMIR ENTITLED TO COME BACK'”I’ve said all along I don’t think match-fixers should be allowed to play but at the time he (Amir) was given his punishment, he’s served it so he’s entitled to come back. He’s served his time,” Cook said.”I just hope that we can concentrate on the cricket now. It’s the big story about this Test match, but I thought the way both sides played in the UAE (last year) that the spirit between us was different to in the past, and I hope we can carry that on and talk about the cricket.” (Also read: Amir’s return to Lord’s will make me feel sick, says Swann)England has rested fast bowler James Anderson for the opening test of the four-match series and 25-year-old Nottinghamshire paceman Jake Ball will be making his Test debut. (Also read: Amir can lead Pakistan attack in England: Akram) ‘GREAT OPPORTUNITY JAKE'”Unfortunately Jimmy has missed out, but it’s a great opportunity for Jake,” Cook said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes. He’s had a great year with Notts and looks a fine bowler. He’s got wicket-taking balls in him, the ability to get good players out on flat wickets, and he puts the ball in good areas with good pace.”advertisementAnderson sustained a shoulder injury during the Test series against Sri Lanka last month and although he bowled in the nets, Cook said the selectors preserved England’s leading Test wicket-taker for the second test at Old Trafford.”He’s not (bowling) quite at full pace, and I think the risk of going into five-day Test match with that injury, an injury that not too many people have had, just had a bit of a doubt about it,” Cook said. “I think the selectors decided that there are three other games, and he should be fit for Old Trafford.”PAKISTAN LOOK TO END LORD’S DROUGHTPakistan has a long drought of not winning a Test match at Lord’s for two decades since winning by 164 runs in 1996.However, Pakistan had the best of the preparations of nearly a month to get accustomed to English conditions as the team arrived last month and also played two warm-up matches.Barring opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez, who scored only 70 runs in four innings in the two side games, the rest of the top order batsmen got used to conditions well with No. 3 batsman Azhar Ali scoring two centuries.Newly appointed coach Mickey Arthur has named 12 for the Saturday’s Test match with one of the two fast bowlers – Wahab Riaz or Imran Khan – getting the final nod for a place in the playing team.last_img read more

Griezmann unveils France-Uruguay ‘mate’ boots

first_imgFrance and Uruguay are the two countries Antoine Griezmann holds closest to his heart – making tomorrow’s friendly extra-special for the forward. And the Atletico Madrid star has chosen to mark the occasion with a pair of unique boots honouring both teams. Griezmann’s love affair with Uruguay is well known, the phenomenon having started from his very first days as a professional.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Upon arriving at Real Sociedad as a teenager the player fell under the wing of Carlos Bueno, a journeyman forward who represented the Basques in the 2009-10 season and also appeared 22 times for Uruguay. Bueno helped to instil in the young Griezmann a passion for Montevideo giants Penarol as well as a taste for mate, a tea-like infusion popular in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and parts of Brazil. Griezmann continued to have an affinity for the Celeste even after leaving San Sebastian. The Frenchman struck up a deep, lasting friendship with Uruguay bruiser Diego Godin when the pair joined up at Atletico, with the defender the godfather to Griezmann’s daughter. Griezmann is rarely seen without a mate in hand, while he caught the headlines during France’s 2018 World Cup win when he refused to celebrate scoring against Uruguay. Now, with the stakes rather lower than in that 2-0 quarter-final victory, he will show his love of each nation with an extraordinary gesture of friendship. Paire spéciale pour un match spécial pour moi 🇫🇷🇺🇾 @pumafootball pic.twitter.com/SJXfPXmMRN— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) 19 de noviembre de 2018″A special pair for a special match for me,” the forward declared on Twitter as he published a photo of his new boots, with one featuring a mate decked in the colours of the French flag and the other, the Uruguayan flag. Even the studs are carefully colour-coded to reflect each side, while the design also features a fresh star for France to celebrate their two World Cup triumphs. “I have great respect for them, I had friends and team-mate on the other side. I did not want to celebrate out of respect,” Griezmann had explained during the World Cup when asked about his muted reaction to the goal. The player’s professed admiration of Uruguay, however, has not always been well-received on the other side, with Luis Suarez in particular criticising his posture. “Just so you see that he is not Uruguayan, he is French and scored against us,” the Barcelona striker fired after the match. Before the match Suarez had explained: “However much he says that he is half-Uruguayan, he is French and he does not know what it feels like to be Uruguayan. “He doesn’t know the sacrifices we made to triumph in football with the few of us there are. He has his customs and his Uruguayan accent, but we feel differently.”France and Uruguay will face off on Tuesday in Paris’ Stade de France, with Griezmann and Suarez both likely to lead their countries’ respective attacks.last_img read more

Johanna Konta falls as Aleksandra Krunic delivers first US Open shock

first_imgSerbian Aleksandra Krunic produced the first shock of the U.S. Open as she rallied past British seventh seed Johanna Konta 4-6 6-3 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round of the season’s final grand slam.After first-round losses in her last two visits to Flushing Meadows, Krunic looked poised for yet another early exit after Konta, one of eight women here with a chance to leave New York with the world number one ranking, claimed a tight first set.But the 78th-ranked Serb, who beat Petra Kvitova en route to reaching the last 16 in 2014, dug in to level the match.In the third set it was Krunic who scored the decisive break to go up 4-2 and then held her nerve as she finished off her opponent on her second match point when Konta sent her return long and wide.”I feel amazing, happy the way I played the way I fought,” Krunic said during her on-court interview. “I had to be at my best from the first point.”Today it was all about intensity. I am proud of myself, I was tactically able to do the things I had in my head.”It was a stunningly quick end for Wimbledon semi-finalist Konta, who had been expected to be among the title contenders after reaching the fourth round here the last two years.The 26-year-old certainly had her chances.After capitalising on all three break chances in the first set, Konta was unable to convert any of her three break points in the second.advertisement”First rounds in every tournament, and especially at slams it can be tricky,” said Konta. “She played quite freely, and I think she was able to find her level much quicker and more consistently than I.”last_img read more

Stepan Lifts Rangers in Debut

first_imgNEW YORK — Eric Staal hardly had a storybook debut with the New York Rangers: no goals and not a lot of big plays.The 31-year-old forward had to settle for a win, courtesy of Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta.Stepan’s short-handed goal snapped a tie with 2:48 to play and Raanta preserved the win with a last-second save to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.“It’s been a lot of fun coming here and joining this group,” said Staal, who has not been on a playoff team since 2009. “It’s a great group of guys that made me feel real welcome right off the bat. It feels real nice to get the win — that’s what we’re focused on here as a group.”Staal, acquired in a trade with Carolina on Sunday, had one shot on goal and his failure to get the puck out of his zone in the waning seconds forced Raanta to make a crucial stop.“Everybody saw the size and puck protection capabilities as he gets more comfortable with the group,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Every time you add a new piece, you change the dynamics of the group. You got a guy here who comes in and was a captain. He is going to help our leadership group, and we just need to give him a little bit of time to get used to the environment.”Mats Zuccarello also scored and Raanta made 26 saves in giving the Rangers their 13th win in 18 games (13-4-1). Henrik Lundqvist’s backup denied Cam Atkinson on the doorstep with less than a second remaining to preserve the victory.Atkinson scored his 20th goal of the season and Joonas Korpisalo had 22 saves for Columbus, which finished 7-3-3 in February.Stepan gave the Rangers the lead on a partial breakaway while Eric’s brother, Marc Staal, was in the penalty box. Raanta made it stand up with a pad save on Atkinson just before the final horn. Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray put in the rebound but it came after time ran out.Raanta wasn’t sure whether the goal counted, but his teammates quickly told him it was late.“I thought it was in,” Murray said. “I didn’t hear the horn. The adrenaline was going I guess, but I didn’t hear it.”Eric Staal was the initial focus of this game, after being obtained for prospect Aleksi Saarela and two second-round draft picks.The Rangers hope Eric Staal will provide scoring for another Stanley Cup run, and he was cheered almost every time he touched the puck in the early going. He started out centering the third line, played left wing on the first line in the third period and finished with almost 16 minutes of ice time. He had one outstanding scoring chance, a second-period shot from the left circle that Korpisalo hugged to his chest.While Staal had the attention of the Madison Square Garden crowd, the game turned out to be a tight-checking affair in which the goalies were the best players, although Stepan and Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh made the biggest play in the game.After the Rangers totally shut down a Blue Jackets power play, McDonagh chopped the puck out of his zone and Stepan collected it at the Columbus blue line. He skated in on Korpisalo, gave him a pump-fake with his leg and then cut across the crease to put the puck in an open net.“It was a great play by Mac,” Stepan said. “I am able to jump up in a situation where it’s just me and the goaltender. Originally I was going to shoot it. I took a look up and took my chances trying to beat him to the back pipe.”Raanta nursed a 1-0 lead into the third period until Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi made a horrible cross-ice pass at the point that Atkinson intercepted, giving him a clear run at the net.Raanta stopped the initial shot but Atkinson slammed home the rebound to tie it.Minutes later, Korpisalo denied Kevin Hayes on a breakaway.“I thought we did a lot of good things,” said Columbus coach John Tortorella, the Rangers’ bench boss before Vigneault. “I thought we defended well. Again, neither team got too many scoring chances, but they found a way to win.”The Blue Jackets outshot the Rangers 13-8 in the first period and had the better of play, but they trailed 1-0 thanks to Zuccarello.Playing what was an extended shift, he took a pass from Dan Boyle, circled the net and banked in a shot off the skate of Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout for his 21st goal of the season.NOTES: This was the first time the Rangers had brothers in the lineup since Chris and Peter Ferraro on March 7, 1997, at Anaheim. … Columbus captain Nick Foligno played in his 600th NHL game. … Rangers forward Jesper Fast was out with the flu, so defenseman Dylan McIlrath skated on the fourth line as a right wing. He also got into a second-period fight with Jared Boll. … This was the Blue Jackets’ fifth game in eight days. … Boyle picked up his 599th career point on Zuccarello’s goal. … The Rangers’ 10-3-1 record in February matched a franchise best for the month.TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

QA Systems announce major new version of Cantata unit test tool

first_imgQA Systems announced the upcoming release of Cantata version 8.0. This is a major new release of the Cantata unit and integration testing framework for C and C++. This version automates test maintenance, custom code injection, and makes it easier to test across multiple embedded environments.A new Code Change Analysis feature has been added to cut test maintenance when C/C++ code is changed after initial testing. This identifies code changes which impact tests and gives detailed guidance on suitable test updates. Automatically generated suggestions can be selected, triggering automatic test refactoring for many types of code change.When code is re-used over multiple embedded platforms for different product variants, new deployment switching in Cantata version 8.0 makes it simple to re-use the same tests. It is also now possible to inject extra test code anywhere into source code without modifying the production code.  This provides greater flexibility for injecting errors and white-box testing. Version 8.0 contains improvements to the Cantata user interface. A new Cantata Eclipse Perspective has been added and includes a Test Explorer as the test centric control hub.As with previous versions, Cantata 8.0 will be certified to the highest safety integrity levels for ISO 26262 (automotive), IEC 61508 (industrial safety), IEC 62304 (medical devices), EN 50128 (railways), IEC 60880 (nuclear) by SGS-TÜV Saar soon after release. Cantata 8.0 will be generally available from May 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Express Logic to obtain Common Criteria EAL4+ Security Certification for X-Ware IoT Platform SCNext TI: 1-A DC/DC step-down power modules feature tiny MicroSiP packaginglast_img read more

ICC Test rankings: Kohli maintains lead at the top, Bumrah and Pant make big gains

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada have maintained their top positions in the ICC Test Player rankings which was announced on Monday.Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the third Test in Melbourne, but still enjoys a 34-point lead over Kane Williamson, according to an ICC’s statement.Kohli, who attained a career-high 937 points during the year, which is the highest ever by an India batsman, scored 1322 runs in all. Kohli overtook Steven Smith in August and has now held the top position for 135 days.Rabada, who split the top ranking with England’s seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary.Rabada, who became the youngest to take top position among bowlers during the year and held the spot for 178 days during the year, grabbed six wickets in the opening match at Centurion that South Africa won by six wickets to finish with 52 wickets in 10 Tests in 2018.Kohli’s compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara has maintained the fourth position after a first-innings century in Melbourne, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has gained 10 slots to reach a career-best 38th position.Debutant opener Mayank Agarwal has entered the batsmen’s list at an impressive 67th place after scores of 76 and 42 that helped his side win by 137 runs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th after his match haul of nine for 86, the best-ever by an India seam bowler in Australia. He is now the highest-ranked India fast bowler in the format with Mohammed Shami next in 23rd position.advertisementFor Australia, Pat Cummins has been the pick, gaining five slots to reach a career-best third position after finishing with nine wickets in the match. He has also gained 13 slots to reach 91st place among batsmen with some useful runs down the order. Travis Head (up seven places to 56th) has also benefitted in the latest rankings update.New Zealand fast bowlers have a lot to cheer about following their record 423-run win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Trent Boult’s nine wickets in the match have helped him gain seven slots to reach the seventh position while Tim Southee (up two places to ninth) and Neil Wagner (up one place to 15th) have also moved up.Century-makers at Christchurch, Henry Nicholls (up two places to seventh) and Tom Latham (up eight places to 14th), and Jeet Raval (up two places to 35th) have also gained in the latest rankings update.For South Africa, former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 11th place) and Temba Bavuma (up four places to 31st) have gained among batsmen while fast bowler Duanne Olivier has gained 17 places to reach 36th position after his player of the match effort of 11 wickets.Pakistan’s Babar Azam has gained nine slots to reach 27th position after innings of 71 and six while left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir (up two places to 34th) and Shaheen Afridi (up 38 places to 73rd) have advanced after taking four and five wickets in Centurion.Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged South Africa to take third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after starting the series against Sri Lanka with a chance of going up to the second position with a 2-0 win.last_img read more

K Line on the Rebound

first_imgzoom The Japanese shipping conglomerate K Line posted Yen 26.8 billion (USD 223.1 million) in net income for the fiscal year ending March 2015, a 61% surge year-on-year.The company’s revenues stood at JPY 1.35 trillion, against JPY 1.22 trillion, up 10% from the prior year.K Line’s container shipping business rebounded from a loss of JPY 100 million, posting JPY 20.6 billion profit in 2014 fiscal year.The company said its container cargoes rose 4% year-on-year amid steady cargo movements and falling bunker prices pushing company into the black.The company’s dry bulk business recorded higher revenues but lower income amid market fluctuations. A similar situation has been reported in the company’s car carrier sector.Other businesses of the conglomerate remained steady except for its offshore energy arm that recorded a loss.For the 2015, the company expects operating revenues to reach JPY 1.46 trillion and a net income of JPY 20 billion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Its not easy being GG Payette tries to reassure staff as criticism

first_imgOTTAWA – Governor General Julie Payette says the criticism she is facing at the end of her first year in office is a natural course of events and in a memo to her staff she says they shouldn’t let the critics get them down.“As you know, a number of recent news stories and commentaries have portrayed an unfavourable image of our work at the beginning of this mandate,” Payette wrote in an email to all Rideau Hall employees on Sept. 27.“I sincerely regret if this has affected you and it shouldn’t in any way negatively impact the pride you take in your work and in being part of this office. Though not without challenges, the past year has been extraordinary. I am very proud of all we have achieved together to date and it is a privilege to work with such a dedicated and talented group of people.”But some insiders are questioning what exactly Payette thinks she has achieved as she gets set to mark one year on the job on October 2, and their concerns are spilling into the public realm and media.Payette has made some vocal enemies who use words like “disaster” and “outrageous” to describe her style and work as the governor general.Nobody close to Rideau Hall would speak on the record fearing reprisals but the general message is the same — Payette, whose whip smart intellect and headstrong personality suited her well in life as an astronaut, is like a square peg trying to fit into a very round hole as governor general.Their concerns range from her work ethic — she has attended 195 official events in her first year compared to more than 250 for the last two governors general — to her tendency to micromanage her staff.And she is breaking with a tradition that saw governors general visit all provinces and territories in her first year, missing Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Yukon to date.One insider says one of the biggest problems is that she insisted on reviewing all the governor general’s patronages — organizations she endorses and which can cite her role in their promotional materials — but a year into her mandate hasn’t released the new criteria.She isn’t the first to set new criteria. Michaelle Jean introduced new guidelines when she took office. But the length of time it is taking has upset some organizations which have received the governor general’s endorsements for decades.Payette said recently the patronage criteria will be posted soon.Payette’s decision to appoint as her top adviser a close friend with no experience in protocol or the governor general’s operations also ruffled a lot of feathers, and several senior staff have left in the year since Payette was sworn in.Payette did not agree to an interview with The Canadian Press. But in an interview with CPAC last week Payette addressed some of her critics head on, including saying the staff who left did so because they were looking to advance their careers and that she and they are still in touch.There are some who fear Payette is being treated too harshly for making changes to her workplace.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said there is a need to respect traditions but also allow new leaders to bring their own strengths to the role.“I think she’s been working at hard at that,” said McKenna.Barbara Messamore, an associate professor of history at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, said the job of the governor general is “not well suited to introverts” which may be one of Payette’s issues. But she also said the last three governors general kept up “punishing schedules” and Payette should perhaps not be considered a failure because she isn’t keeping up to them.Payette told CPAC she has learned from an early mistake when she spoke at a scientists’ conference and criticized people who don’t believe in climate change or who believe in creationism.“The purpose of my speech wasn’t to criticize but to encourage discussion, foster debate in a democracy, in a knowledge society,” Payette said in French.But Payette says she thought hard about the ensuing backlash after the speech and says she could have chosen her words more carefully.“I made a speech as I had as an astronaut and I’m not an astronaut any longer, I’m governor general,” Payette said. “I represent all Canadians. I’ve learned those lessons.”On Friday, Payette launched a new website, with her stamp on it. It unveils two initiatives she wants to spearhead. The first is called GGActive, to encourage Canadians to become physically active, and the other is called GGDirect, which will be an online program allowing selected groups to interact with Payette directly about topics such as Canada, space and science.last_img read more

Household debt and housing remain key risks for financial system Bank of

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s housing market and high levels of consumer indebtedness remain the top vulnerabilities for the financial system, but both have shown signs of easing, according to the Bank of Canada.The central bank said in a report Thursday that worries about the amount Canadians owe have begun to pull back, but it remains a concern.“Because the total amount of debt carried by Canadian households is so large, we know that it will be with us for a long time,” Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz told a news conference.The assessment came in the Bank of Canada’s latest financial system review, which assesses key vulnerabilities that could amplify or propagate economic shocks.Key risks associated with the vulnerabilities include a severe recession, a house price correction in overheated markets and a sharp spike in long-term interest rates.Federal mortgage lending rules have been tightening in recent years with the application of stress tests on borrowers. New rules implemented at the start of this year introduced a test for borrowers who do not require mortgage insurance and had not previously been subject to stress testing.The central bank said it will monitor the extent to which borrowers seek out alternative lenders, such as credit unions and private lenders, who are not always subject to the federal rules.“It’s still too soon to fully assess the impact of the newest changes to mortgage lending guidelines,” said Poloz, who added the bank is scrutinizing the housing and mortgage data as it becomes available.The tighter lending rules, and higher mortgage rates from lenders, have helped to cool the housing market in recent months from its red-hot pace it set at the start of last year.The central bank has raised its key interest rate three times since last summer and it is expected to raise it again later this year, perhaps as soon as July. The increases have prompted the big Canadian banks to raise their prime rates which are used to set the rates charged for variable-rate mortgages and other floating-rate loans. The cost of new fixed-rate mortgages has also climbed in recent months as bond yields have risen.In assessing the housing market risk, the report noted that housing price growth has slowed, led by a drop in the Greater Toronto Area. However, it said the condominium markets in Toronto and Vancouver remain strong with some evidence of speculative activity.In addition to household debt and the housing market, the report also identified cyberattacks as a key area of concern.“Even as defensive capacity improves across the financial system, some attacks will inevitability succeed,” the report said. “Having strong recovery plans can help to quickly restore financial system functioning and prevent a loss in confidence.”Last week, two of Canada’s biggest banks warned that personal and financial information of up to 90,000 customers may have been accessed by “faudsters.”The Bank of Canada report comes as fears of a trade war have increased with the U.S. implementing new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and Canada replying with its own tariffs on U.S. goods.Poloz said the impact of the tariffs will be part of the Bank of Canada’s next monetary policy report, but added that the overall economic backdrop has improved over the past six months and that’s good for the financial stability.The Bank of Canada also announced Thursday that it will no longer publish its financial system review report twice a year.The report will become an annual review published in June and a member of the bank’s governing council will make a speech in the fall to update its assessment of the vulnerabilities and risks to the financial system.It will also create a new financial system hub on its website that will publish research and analysis throughout the year.The Bank of Canada’s quarterly monetary policy report will also include a more in-depth discussion of the relevant issues as warranted.last_img read more

WatchHackers who breached Ashley Madisons site are threatening to release nude photos

TORONTO — A Canadian-owned dating website for married people seeking affairs says it has suffered a cyber attack after hackers claimed to have stolen confidential customer information and threatened to publish it unless the company is shut down.Avid Life Media, which owns Toronto-based cheating site AshleyMadison.com, said Monday that it had taken steps to secure its sites.“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,” the company said in a statement. “We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds, and have had stringent security measures in place.”Adultery a booming business: AshleyMadison.com seeks London IPO as more women sign up to have affairsAshley Madison, dating website for married people, sues South Korea after being blockedAshley Madison, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” claims it has more than 37 million anonymous members around the world.While its site appeared to be working normally Monday morning, an online security blog, KrebsOnSecurity.com, posted what appeared to be a screenshot of the site’s homepage on Sunday bearing a message from those allegedly behind the hack.“We are the Impact Team. We have taken over all systems in the entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, emails,” the message said, according to Krebs, before going on to demand that Ashley Madison, as well as another Avid Life Media site — EstablishedMen.com — be shut down.“Shutting down AM and EM will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more,” the message said. “We will release all customer records, profiles with all customers’ secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.”Whoever hacked the sites claimed they did so to expose alleged lies Ashley Madison told customers about a service that allows members to erase profile information for a $19 fee, Krebs reported. Avid Life Media said it had launched an investigation into the breach and employed a top IT security team to “take every possible step towards mitigating the attack.”“Our team has now successfully removed the all posts related to this incident as well as all personally identifiable information about our users published online,” the company said. “Our team of forensics experts and security professionals, in addition to law enforcement, are continuing to investigate this incident.”Avid Life Media also owns a website called Cougarlife.com.The company said all its sites had been secured, with all unauthorized access points closed. It added that it had “stringent security measures in place,” but noted that the current online environment was one where no company’s online assets were safe from cyber vandalism.The Ashley Madison breach comes about two months after dating site AdultFriendFinder.com suffered a cyber attack. read more

Palestinian Bedouin community faces demolition after Israeli court ruling warns UN rights

Spokesperson Liz Throssell said that the imminent destruction of buildings used by Khan al Ahmar al Helu residents comes after the Israeli High Court ruled against any further delay.“The community is home to 181 people – more than half of them children,” Ms Throssell told journalists in Geneva, noting that it is “at high risk of forcible transfer” owing to Israeli practices and policies “that coerce people and communities to move”.The Khan al Ahmar al Helu community has spent the last decade opposing the move in a part of the central West Bank called Area C.In total, around 7,000 people from 46 Bedouin communities live there “and we are concerned about all of them”, the OHCHR spokesperson said, noting that the community is located near existing “large Israeli settlements”.Describing Israel’s planning policy as “discriminatory” and incompatible with international law, Ms Throssell explained that “most properties are considered illegal” because planning permits are not granted to Palestinians in the area.  In an appeal to the Israeli authorities, the OHCHR spokesperson said that if the demolitions went ahead, “people would lose their homes, children would lose their schools” and residents “would lose their community”.Such a development would “likely amount to forced evictions” and violate the community’s right to housing, Ms Throssell said. She added that once demolitions take place, the community is expected to be encouraged to move about 10 kilometres away to a suburban area on the outskirts of East Jerusalem.Such a move is “not really appropriate for a community that has animals and needs grazing”, Ms Throssell said, adding that this had happened before, affecting 150 Bedouin Palestine refugee families between 1997 and 2007.“The demolition itself may not amount necessarily to forced eviction – the people may try to stay in the area,” she said. “But as you can imagine, it really increases the risk of forced transfer, so our main call to the Israelis, is not to proceed with the demolition of this community.”Ms Throssell added that international humanitarian law prohibits the forced transfer of the population of an occupied territory, regardless of the motive. read more

Baseball Ohio State limps to 73 loss in Big Ten opener against

Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch Friday night against Nebraska in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team (17-8, 0-1 Big Ten) got off to a hot start, scoring three times against Nebraska starter Luis Alvarado in the first two innings.But the Cornhusker ace blanked the Buckeyes over the next 6.1 innings and Nebraska (14-12, 2-2 Big Ten) finished off a 7-3 win in the Buckeyes’ conference opener Friday night.“We tried to control [Alvarado]’s rhythm a little bit, but he was pounding the strike zone,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Give his competitive spirit credit, because he got popped in the mouth early in the game and stayed in there and kept competing.”With no outs and a runner on first in the fifth inning, Husker junior shortstop Angelo Altavilla laid a sacrifice bunt attempt down the third base line. Third baseman Conner Pohl threw the ball away, allowing Nebraska sophomore center fielder Joe Acker to score on the throwing error. Altavilla later crossed home plate on a single by senior first baseman Scott Schreiber to give Nebraska the 5-3 lead.In the bottom of the ninth inning, a pinch-hit single, a fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Ohio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry. Nebraska closer Jake Hohensee shut down the opportunity and polished off his sixth save of the season with his third strikeout.Junior Connor Curlis started on the mound for the Buckeyes and was nearly unhittable through three innings, sitting down nine of 10 batters with four strikeouts. But the game began to unravel in the fourth inning.Schreiber smacked his team-leading seventh home run of the season, a no-doubter over the left field fence. Senior second baseman Zac Repinski kept things going with a one-out double to put two runners in scoring position. Both runners scored on a ground ball and a single to even the game at three.Curlis finished with eight strikeouts, surrendering three earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Ohio State extended its early lead when redshirt junior designated hitter Nate Romans deposited the 1-0 pitch directly above the 400-foot sign in center field during the bottom of the second inning that put the Buckeyes ahead 3-0.“He came at me with the changeup first pitch and he didn’t hit with it, so I was sitting fastball and he left it up,” Romans said. “It’s kind of funny too, because we’ve got these new bat regulations and stuff and the wind was blowing in.”Nebraska scored two insurance runs in the eighth inning, closing the door on a potential Buckeye comeback. read more

Armed police surround London home over claims man inside has hazardous items

first_imgArmed police at the scene in NortholtCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP Police said items inside the property could be dangerous and officers have consequently not forced entry. Negotiators are present and a 200-metre cordon has been erected. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “At this stage police believe there is one man inside the address. Whilst it is not known what the man has inside the property, police are treating seriously reports that the items could be dangerous and that attempts have been made by the man to prevent access to the address.”  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. Armed police have surrounded a property in London after claims a man barricaded himself inside with “hazardous items”. Around 80 people have been evacuated from the area near Wood End Lane in Northolt, north west London, after officers descended on the street shortly before 1am.  Steve Carroll, 42, told Get West London that armed police were using the nearby leisure centre car park due to an “emergency”.He said: “We got there around 8.20am for kids swimming lessons. When we arrived there was one car outside with lights on. By the time we parked in the leisure centre car park and walked round to the entrance there was 3 cars and 3 vans. Police cordon off Whitton Ave West #northolt and police all over Northolt Leisure centre. An “emergency” being announced on PA system.— Kaustav Bhattacharya (@jupiterorbit) October 22, 2016 Armed police at the scene in Northolt She said: “When I eventually got there, five vans were parked at the leisure centre. We don’t know what is happening. I have never seen anything like this on such a mass scale in Northolt.”London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade staff are working with officers.  Police said items inside the property could be dangerous “When we were coming out about 9.45am the car park was blocked off by police and there was police cars and vans everywhere. Armed police there too.”Dr Rekha Elaswarapu told the Evening Standard she was driving to the leisure centre at around 7.45am when she saw “police vans everwhere”.  Just outside the 200 m police cordon in #Northolt . @metpoliceuk say it concerns ‘ one occupant and hazardous items ‘ … pic.twitter.com/rwgN00Oqkk— Ayshea Buksh (@AysheaBuksh) October 22, 2016 Police said items inside the property could be dangerousCredit:MAAA/ZDS  They added that there was no suggestion the incident is terror related and said it was not linked to any other ongoing investigation or operation. “The priority of the Metropolitan Police Service is to bring this incident to a safe conclusion,” the spokesman added.last_img read more

OLD RIVALS NOW STUDENTS Mattias Anderson works in Kiel with Wolff and

Mattias Andersson ended professional handball career with the title of German champion with SG Flensburg Handewitt. The 40-years old Swedish goalkeeper ended one chapter of his handball road to open another – coaching one, in the team of the biggest rival of his previous team.Yes, Andersson became a goalkeeper coach of THW Kiel where he will work with Niklas Landin and Andreas Wolff in the upcoming season.Andersson will stay based in Sweden with his family, but he will travel to Kiel twice per month to work with the goalies.This is, how those who remember him only from time in Flensburg, his comeback to Kiel where he played between 2001 and 2008 with many trophies including EHF Champions League title in 2007.PHOTO: THW Kiel ← Previous Story Fuchse Berlin beat Montpellier HB for the Heide Cup trophy! Next Story → Tatabanya Grundfos win tournament in Zagreb Mattias AnderssonTHW Kiel read more

Its surreal Kildare family syndicate scoops €500k in EuroMillions

first_imgA KILDARE FAMILY is celebrating after winning half a million euro in the EuroMillions Plus draw.The National Lottery said today that the winners were a family syndicate from Co Kildare who bought their quick pick ticket in a shop in Athy.The winners were understandably described as “excited” when they collected their cheque for €500,000 at the National Lottery offices.They won the top prize in last Friday’sEuroMillions draw on 25 October.They didn’t want their names to be revealed,  but did say: We’re so happy. We’ve been playing for years and while you always hope it’ll be you, you never expect it to happen. It’s all so surreal.The group’s €24 multi draw winning ticket was bought in Murphys, Ballylinan, Athy, Co Kildare on Tuesday 22 October.They toasted their good fortune with a glass of champagne, saying: “We’re looking forward to making plans for the win. It’s a really exciting time.”Tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot is a guaranteed €15 million (but you had to buy your ticket before 7.30pm).Read: Luck of the Irish: Another EuroMillions winner but they have yet to claim prize>Explainer: What happens when you win big money on a Lottery gameshow?last_img read more

Ireland loses one MEP to make room for Croatia in EU

first_imgIRELAND IS SET to lose one of its 12 MEPs when the next European elections are held in June 2014.The cut follows the approval by a European Parliament committee of a draft report which reallocates the number of MEPs to make space for Croatia when it joins the union this July.The recommendation by Europe’s Constitutional Affairs committee will see seats scraped from a number of other countries – predominantly larger ones – in order to make room for the 11 seats that Croatia will receive as a result of its population.After the rearrangement, Ireland (population 4.6 million) will be alongside Croatia (4.3 million) and Lithuania (2.9 million) in the number of MEPs it holds.The new arrangements also account for shifts in populations in other countries, and will see Spain gain four MEPs – from 50 to 54 – while France and Sweden will both get two more, to 74 and 19 respectively.Committee approval means the new system for seat assignments – which brings the membership up to 751, its legal limit under the Lisbon Treaty – is almost guaranteed to be approved by the parliament as a whole next month.The proposal will then be sent to the European Council – the body made up of the heads of government of all 27 member states – for final approval.Some difficulties for IrelandThe rearrangement will mean some difficulty for the Irish government, however, as last year’s Constituency Commission assumed Ireland would keep 12 MEPs when it proposed to maintain the status quo for the 2014 elections.New legislation will need to be brought through the Oireachtas this year to redesign the constituencies that currently exist – and possibly lead to another reform of the European constituencies.Ireland’s 12 MEPs are currently split equally between four constituencies: Dublin (which incorporates the four Dublin council areas), South (all of Munster except Clare), East (all of Leinster excluding Dublin, Westmeath and Longford) and North-West (the remainder of the country).The cut to 11 will mean the constituencies will have to be redrawn – and because Irish law requires the seats to return either 3, 4 or 5 members, the most likely prospect is a single constituency for Dublin (or the greater Dublin area) with the remainder of the country split on a north-south basis.last_img read more

Hatzigiannis wows at intimate concert

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mihalis Hatzigiannis has given a small group of die hard Greek Australian fans the chance to see him up close for an intimate concert, the first of its kind in the new Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture. On Thursday night, just two days before his major concert at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl, the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) was able to book the signer for a small fundraising concert for the new centre. With each ticket going for $300, about 110 fans and members of the Greek Australian community flocked to see the singer. In a more approachable and energetic set, Hatzigiannis started with music from his newest albums, Mesa Sou Vriskome and Kati Dinato. Backed by a phenomenal orchestra travelling with him from Greece, he encouraged the whole audience to get up from their seats and dance along with the music. Young and old got as close to the stage as possible, creating a tavern atmosphere in the new centre. Opened just weeks before, it was the first time the GOCMV held a special event in their new building, and with a headliner like Mihalis Hatzigiannis, it was christened with style.The Greek star is now booked to perform a huge concert alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Saturday at 6pm.Tickets are still available, and can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/event/13004CF694CA1918For more information visit https://www.melbournefestival.com.au/mihalis-hatzigiannis/last_img read more

Black Lightning Is Back So Where Does He Go Now

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img By this point, Black Lightning has firmly established what kind of superhero show it intends to be. Now it has to figure out where to take things from here. We have an older hero coming out of retirement in the face of rampant gang violence in his city. We have a younger superhero just discovering her powers. All the show needs is something for these characters to do. By the end of last night’s episode, it didn’t quite find that, but it set some interesting things in motion. It’s the first time we get a clear idea of where the season plans to take Jefferson Pierce and his family.Right away, Black Lightning has to deal with something other than The 100, at least at first. Hearing a strange noise in the boys’ bathroom of his school, Jefferson rushes in to find a boy going into an uncontrolable rage. Rage that gives him super strength. Jefferson tries to calm the situation with words, but soon has to resort to some well-placed lightning bolts to knock the kid out. He finds a strange drug in the boy’s pockets and immediately suspects the 100. One fight with a dealer later, he has a name: Two Bits. Even the dealer knows it sounds kind of dumb. Jefferson also gets a lead from the kid he found in the bathroom. He learns the name of the dealer who sold the strange drug, which we learn is called Green Light. Unfortunately, that dealer is already dead. He overdosed on his own supply.Meanwhile, Tobias Whale is feeling some heat from Black Lightning’s recent activities. His boss, Lady Eve is losing money. With Black Lightning’s return, people aren’t as scared of Tobias anymore. She makes it clear he needs to do something about that. People may not be scared of Tobias, but they should be scared of Lady Eve. She has tremendous presence in every scene she’s in, and she’s terrifying. When their conversation ends and you realize she’s been sewing up an awake, living person… chills. Tobias gets right on making people fear him again, starting with the doctor who originally reported Black Lightning’s death. Since Black Lightning is still alive, he decides to take the doctor’s life.Jill Scott as Lady Eve and Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias (Photo: Carin Baer/The CW)Anissa also gets to explore her heroic side this episode. She happens upon two drug dealers trying to sell to her students. She gets the girls to safety and stares down the dealers. It’s a great moment, and you know it won’t be too long before she does a lot more than stare. It takes a little bit to get there. Just as her father did, she has to decide to take the first step towards vigilantism. At a family dinner with Inspector Henderson that night, she bristles at Henderson’s implication that Black Lightning is a criminal. She goes as far as to say that the superhero is doing the police’s job for them. The exchange gets her so heated, she immediately takes her anger out on the dealers from earlier. She sends them flying across the gas station parking lot with one punch. As cool as it looks, that kind of violence isn’t clean, and Anissa learns that being a vigilante isn’t as easy as Black Lightning makes it look. She realizes she’s done some serious harm to these guys. Yeah, they’re drug dealers, but she can’t just leave them for dead. She calls an ambulance. I guess this is the moment she decides she isn’t a murderer.While Anissa is dealing with her own superhero awakening, Jefferson is investigating the source of Green Light. It turns out he and Two Bits grew up together. At first, he tries to get information out of him by posing as a concerned old friend. When that gets him nowhere, he returns as Black Lightning. Electric punches are much more persuasive. He gets a drop location but not much else. That turns out to be more helpful than it sounds. His new suit has X-Ray vision. That makes things easier. Or it would if he weren’t distracted by a loud bang nearby. That’s Anissa, once again using her powers, only this time not out of anger. She and her new girlfriend, Grace are walking out of a bar when some strange men attack them. When Grace gets knocked out, Anissa goes into action. She does some serious damage to the attackers, which she doesn’t feel nearly as bad about. It certainly helps that Grace agrees that Anissa should hurt bad people if she has the power to do so. We know a father-daugher superhero confrontation is coming, but it doesn’t happen this episode. By the time Black Lightning checks out the loud noises he heard, Grace and Anissa are gone.Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias (Photo: Carin Baer/The CW)This is the first episode that doesn’t have a ton of forward momentum. It’s all set-up for future dilemmas and confrontations to come. Thankfully, this show recognizes that it has to give us some superhero action even during a setup episode like this. Jefferson gets a minor victory in the end. The kid from the beginning runs to a drug den for another dose. His dad calls, asking Jefferson for help. One loud, hallway punch-fight later, the boy is safe. It’s a fun action sequence, but what’s really interesting is what it sets up for the future. Due to Jefferson’s unwillingness to expel the kid from school, he’s forced to give up final say over disciplinary issues. In the future, they’ll be handled by a vote from the board. It’s implied that the board is largely made up of older white people. And they probably won’t have as much sympathy or understanding for the students’ situations as Jefferson does.Tobias is emerging as more of a villain as well. We meet his henchwoman, Syonide, though we don’t see her do much yet. She is smart though. When news breaks that Khalil’s shooting during the protest last week severed his spinal cord, she sees an opportunity. At her suggestion, Tobias makes a massive donation to pay for Khalil’s hospital bills. Now on his good side, he visits Khalil in the hospital at night and convinces him that Black Lightning is the reason he’s paralyzed. It sounds like Tobias wants to turn Khalil into a supervillain. And since Khalil is Jennifer Pierce’s boyfriend, that’s going to make for a much tougher fight than anything Black Lightning’s faced so far. This episode may not have been Black Lightning’s best, but it set a lot of different parts in motion. It made some big promises, but from what we’ve seen so far, I have no doubt this show can live up to them.last_img read more