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first_imgFour elephants have died at the Nandanakanan Zoo here after being infected by a virus, prompting the Odisha government to seek assistance from experts of Assam and Kerala.All the four calves died of Endotheliotrophic Herpes Virus within a span of one month.“The state government has contacted experts in Assam and Kerala where similar virus has killed several elephants in the past,” Forest and Environment Minister of Odisha, B Karukha, said on Saturday. Since there is no such vaccine to check the spread of the virus, the state government has sought assistance of experts to contain further outbreak. Out of the eight elephants in the zoo, the Endotheliotrophic Herpes Virus claimed lives of four jumbos so far, the minister said. Efforts are on to save the remaining jumbos, Arukha said, adding, the latest elephant death was reported on Friday night when a female elephant calf, ‘Gauri’, succumbed to the EEHV (Elephant Endotheliotrophic Herpes Virus). Gauri was brought to the Nandankanan Zoo from Athagarh Forest Range in 2012. Out of the remaining four elephants, three are adults. The EEHV mostly affects elephant calves below 15 years of age. Since most of the elephants were brought from different forests of the state, blood samples will be collected to ensure that the EEHV has not spread to the wild also, the minister said. All precautionary measures are being taken to save lives of the remaining elephants in the zoo, the Deputy Director of Nandankanan Zoo, Jayant Das, said.It is not clear whether the virus has also affected the remaining elephants, he said.last_img read more

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first_imgAdamson clips UST for first win And as Jarin reigned supreme in the NCAA, Ayo hoisted the UAAP crown with De La Salle University.Now that the 80th Season of the UAAP is in full swing, the two are once more in each other’s crossfires. But despite their rivalry, both have nothing but praise for each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Both of us are very familiar with each other and I have so much respect for that coach,” said Ayo after his Green Archers outdueled Jarin’s National University Bulldogs 115-109 Saturday. “He always brings the best in me.”Jarin, despite losing to Aldin in their first NCAA season, seems to have buried the hatchet and was quick to return the complement.  “It’s always interesting when you coach against La Salle and Aldin is a really good coach,” said Jarin.“He brings out the best in his players, and what he said is really appreciated and he brings out the best in me also.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJamike Jarin and Aldin Ayo go a long way.The two first tangled in the 91st Season of the NCAA when Ayo led Letran to the title, before Jarin steered San Beda back to the apex.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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first_imgALLEN PARK, MI— Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah isn’t worried about facing any hostility over his religious views.“For the most part people are very respectful,” said Abdullah, who is Muslim. “I don’t go outside hoping no one says anything to me about my religion, because that’s not living a normal life. I just live a normal life, just going about my day.”With Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be blocked from coming into the United States — and with fears of terrorism simmering throughout America following the Paris attacks and the shootings in San Bernardino, California — Abdullah and other Muslim athletes in the NBA and NFL expressed hope of continued acceptance. None of the players reported being taunted or confronted by fans because of religion.Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks said he’s had no problems in his home nation of Germany or in the U.S. Ryan Harris of the Denver Broncos said the controversy is a chance for Muslim athletes to speak out against violence and hate speech.“We take every opportunity as Muslims to tell people that terrorists are distorting the faith that a billion of us practice peacefully every day,” Harris said. “Whatever Trump has planned or whatever he says, it’s playing on a fear that’s growing and is negative toward those everyday peaceful Muslims and citizens of the United States. That’s why we’ve got to say something.”Trump — who is ahead of all other Republican presidential candidates in the polls — proposed preventing Muslims from entering the U.S. “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” After President Barack Obama gave a speech mentioning Muslim sports heroes, Trump tweeted: “What sport is he talking about, and who?”“I read his tweet about the pro athletes. Come on, man. I think we have amazing athletes,” Kanter said. “Like Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon. Legends.”Abdullah said the Trump comments were disappointing.“When you have someone like him say some things — he has a very large following — it’s kind of disappointing from my perspective,” Abdullah said. “I just encourage everyone to educate yourself before you take a stance on something that you may not really know about. It’s a very foreign thing for this country. A majority of this country are Christians.”Schroder says he hasn’t noticed any hostility about his faith.“I never hear nothing bad in Germany or here,” he said. “I think a lot of people know that ISIS is not the same as Muslim people and that’s the reason I have no problems with fans or anybody.”Harris condemned both violence from terrorists and the anti-Muslim backlash. He mentioned one recent incident in which a severed pig’s head was left outside a mosque in Philadelphia.“The overwhelming majority of Muslims condemn the acts of extremists who have taken parts of the religion and used them to justify heinous acts. At the same time we abhor the comments that play on the fear of others and in some instances have already caused some actions,” Harris said. “It’s important to speak out against that kind of hate speech now so that it doesn’t escalate, and the positive thing is a lot of non-Muslims have been speaking out and speaking in unity with Muslims they know.”In the aftermath of Paris and San Bernardino, Harris said both Muslims and non-Muslims have reasons to feel jittery.“I fear for everyone. I think everyone fears for everyone’s safety, not just Muslims’ — and that’s the effect that the terrorists want to have on us, they want us to be afraid to go to public places, they want us to be afraid to show unity and they want us to be afraid and start trying to divide and start pointing fingers at each other,” he said. “But every Muslim that I know abhors the violence and the terrorism that we’re seeing, and it’s so against Islam.”NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer___AP Sports Writers Cliff Brunt, Charles Odum and Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 13:45 IST Kedar Jadhav was seen break-dancing for the amusement of his team mates (BCCI Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSKedar Jadhav break-danced for the amusement of his team mates at the airportRohit Sharma too tried his hand at the floss dance but was outperformed by a young girlIndia play Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series in Adelaide on TuesdayTeam India are on their way to Adelaide for the second one day international of the three-match ODI series. As the team waited for their flight, Kedar Jadhav was seen showing off his dance moves.The Indian cricket team posted a video on their social media handles in which Kedar can be seen break-dancing for the amusment of his team mates.Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja among others were left in splits on seeing Kedar Jhadav’s dance moves.Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted another video in which Rohit can be seen trying the ‘floss’ dance. Rohit can be seen ‘flossing’ while a young girl out does the Indian cricketer masterfully.Hitman learning the floss dance be like #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/37lGysldJCBCCI (@BCCI) January 13, 2019Rohit in an interview with Yuzvendra Chahal for the BCCI website, revealed what Team India’s plan was when he and Shikhar Dhawan walked out to bat in the 1st ODi in Sydney against Australia on Saturday.”When we started batting, we had a plan of playing the new ball well, since their opening bowlers are good.,” said Rohit.WATCH: In our fun segment of Chahal TV, we bring you up close with centurion @ImRo45 from Sydney – by @RajalAroraYou think @yuzi_chahal did a good job?Full Video Link https://t.co/6V0258Zmtz pic.twitter.com/O5B7YxTDodBCCI (@BCCI) January 13, 2019advertisementThat did not happen though as Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were sent back within four overs.”Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Sometimes, the opposition bowls well. This is a good learning experience for us, what to do in such situations,” said Rohit.Rohit starred with the bat for India, scoring his 22 ODI hundred but could not take his team to victory as India lost the match by 34 runs, despite his fighting 133.Kedar did not feature in the first ODI and will be hoping to get a chance to perform if he is selected in the upcoming ODI.Also Read | Resting World Cup-bound fast bowlers in IPL 2019 wrong thought process: NehraAlso Read | Dhoni’s form important in the run-up to World Cup: DasguptaAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kedar JadhavFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow AdelaideFollow Sydney Kedar Jadhav shows off his dance moves as Team India head for AdelaideKedar Jadhav left his Team India mates in splits with dance moves as they waited at the Sydney airport on their way to Adelaide for the second ODI against Australiaadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgMore than half of Canadians think the Trudeau government was wrong to settle with former child soldier and Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr, according to a recent poll.An Angus Reid poll, which was released on Monday, found that 71 per cent of Canadians disagree with the settlement and believe the federal government should have continued to fight Khadr in court.Only 29 per cent feel Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did the right thing in offering a formal apology and making the $10.5-million payout.Liberal supporters are also showing their disapproval. Sixty-one per cent of people who say they voted Liberal in the last election say the wrong decision was made concerning Khadr.Last Friday, the Canadian government apologized to Khadr as part of a settlement of his civil lawsuit for breaches of his rights during his imprisonment by the Americans in Guantanamo.While 65 per cent of those polled said they reject the view that the government had “no choice” but to offer Khadr an apology and a payout, one-quarter of Canadians said they would support an apology but not a monetary settlement.The survey polled 1,521 Canadians online from July 7-10 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Read the poll results below, or click here to view it.Poll on Omar Khadr compensation by CityNewsToronto on ScribdMeantime, Tabitha Speer, the widow of an American killed in Afghanistan, will file a motion on Thursday, asking the Ontario Superior Court to freeze the payment to Khadr.Speer was the wife of Sgt. Chris Speer, who was killed by a grenade allegedly thrown by Khadr after a fierce battle in Afghanistan in July 2002. Khadr had confessed, but recanted that he threw a grenade that killed Speer and wounded another American solider, Layne Morris. With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgIn response to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue have partnered with luxury charity auction site Charitybuzz.com to launch FASHION FOR SANDY RELIEF, an online auction as a collective industry fundraiser to benefit those affected by the storm.Through an outpouring of support from the fashion community and friends including celebrities, designers, athletes and business icons, the CFDA and Vogue have secured nearly 150 once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the auction block just one week after launching on November 13.Current participants include Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, David Yurman, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Tyler, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and many more.Dozens of new experiences will be added daily at www.Charitybuzz.com/FashionforSandyRelief through December 5.“Sandy has hit us hard here at home,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg. “It is devastating to see so many friends and neighbors affected. As we did for Haiti and Japan, our industry has come together to raise funds with Fashion for Sandy Relief.”All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and other relief organizations in the tri-state area. Bidding is open internationally to supporters around the globe over 18 years of age.Entertainment and influencer auction highlights include:• Play a round of golf with Mayor Michael Bloomberg• Have Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter as your waiter for dinner at the Beatrice Inn• Join Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader on the set of their upcoming film Skeleton Twins as a featured extra with a walk-on role• Visit the set of HBO’s Girls and meet the cast• Have lunch with Allison Williams, star of HBO’s Girls, at ABC Kitchen, plus three nights at the Thompson Hotel and a Sephora makeover• Meet Baz Luhrman and Catherine Martin at the premiere of The Great Gatsby with two VIP tickets plus two tickets to the after party• Meet Jerry Seinfeld at a NYC comedy club, where you will hang out with him backstage before he performs• Attend the film premiere and after party for Les Misérables in NYC on December 10• Take home a Mick Jagger signed guitar or score 2 front row tickets to see The Rolling Stones at the Barclays Center• Meet Anjelica Huston on the NYC set of NBC’s SMASH• Meet Steven Tyler and Joe Perry with VIP ticket to see Aerosmith at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas• Meet Celine Dion with 2 front row tickets to her show in Las VegasFashion auction highlights include:• Attend a fashion show with Anna Wintour and the Vogue editors, tour the Vogue offices, have lunch in the Condé Nast cafeteria and take home a Vogue goodie bag• A week long stay at Tommy Hilfiger’s Palm Beach estate on the island of Mustique• Enjoy lunch with Diane von Furstenberg plus a private tour of the DVF Headquarters• Meet Michael Kors backstage at his February Fashion Show, including a $10,000 shopping spree• Meet Victoria Beckham backstage at her February New York Fashion Week Show• A 4-night fantasy vacation at Donna Karan’s Estate on the Private island of Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos• Enjoy a modeling lesson with Coco Rocha in NYC• Meet Vera Wang backstage at her 2013 February Ready to Wear Show• A one week internship at DKNY in the PR department with DKNY PR Girl @DKNY• Makeup lessons from beauty guru Bobbi Brown• A fabulous Ralph Lauren experience in Paris with hotel and round-trip airfare• Get styled by Charlotte Ronson with 2 front row tickets to her runway show and after party• Meet Heidi Klum at the upcoming Project Runway finale show on February 8 in New York• Join Brian Atwood for a personal shopping experience at his Madison Avenue boutique• Lunch with Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills• Join Christian Louboutin for lunch plus receive a signed pair of men’s or women’s Louboutin shoes• Have lunch with Tory Burch in New York plus enjoy a Tory Burch Boutique shopping spree with a personal shopperCulinary auction highlights include:• Enjoy dinner with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali in New York• Appear on-air at HSN with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Cat Cora, Emeril Lagasse, Curtis Stone or Todd English• Dinner for two at The Lambs Club plus a private kitchen tour with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zacharian and two nights at the Chatwal HotelSports highlights include:• Meet Roger Federer with two tickets to the US Open plus take home a signed racquet• Meet Joe Girardi at Yankee Stadium with Legends seats to the Yankees vs. Orioles game• Meet Maria Sharapova at her all access pre-US Open Nike Event plus two tickets to the US Open and a signed tennis racquet• Have lunch with Tyson Chandler at the Knicks Practice Facility in Tarrytown, NY• Take home a signed Carmelo Anthony jersey and Jordan sneakers• Meet Jeff Gordon at the Daytona 500 with accommodations included• And much more!Charitybuzz.com raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through exclusive online charity auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and luxury brands.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a big weekend for Gino Odjick who was back home in Maniwaki, Que.The community held a special ceremony for the former NHL enforcer.Odjick recently shocked his fans and the hockey world saying he may only have weeks to live.APTN’s Tim Fontaine has the story.last_img

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Rabat – King Mohammed VI of Morocco arrived on Thursday evening in Laayoune, the main city of the Sahara (refereed to in western Media as Western Sahara) in southern Morocco.The king flew to Laayoune immediately after he inaugurated the first plant of the Ouarzazate solar complex (Noor I), and the official launch of the construction works of the second and third plant of this megaproject (Noor II and Noor III).This is King Mohammed VI’s second visit to the Sahara in less than three months, after he visited the region on November 6 of last year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Green March. The King is due to chair a Council of Ministers on Friday in Laayoune. During this meeting, the Monarch will approve the appointment of new Moroccan Ambassadors to several foreign capitals.Thereafter, he is expected to inaugurate and launching socio-economic projects that he had initiated last November on the 40th anniversary of the Green March. read more

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Rabat – King Mohammed VI received Nizar Baraka, the newly elected secretary general of the Istiqlal Party (PI) at the royal palace Thursday in Rabat, lauding his efforts in “carrying out the various missions entrusted to him.” Baraka, who succeeded Hamid Chabat after an election marked by turmoil, told the press after the meeting that it gives “a real momentum to our [Istiqlal party] role as an active actor in the rehabilitation of the politics of Morocco.”For the new head of the Istiqlal, the meeting motivates the party to “provide answers to the major issues raised and thus contribute to building a balanced and supportive society.” Could this new “impetus” mean a possible return to the government coalition? After the dismissal of various ministers, especially from the Socialist and Progress Party (PPS) and the Popular Movement Party (MP), many have speculated about a possible reintegration of Istiqlal into the government.But according to Khadija Zoumi, a member of the PI executive board, these are “merely baseless rumors.” In a statement to news daily Assabah, Zoumi stated that Baraka “did not receive any offer to join the government so far to replace the sacked ministers.” “The subject wasn’t even brought up during the board’s weekly meeting held after the royal audience,” she says. Assabah cited another Istiqlal leader, who wished to stay anonymous, and who stated that his party is not a “rebound.” “We will only participate on our terms if a cabinet reshuffle is announced,” affirmed the source, adding that the party “would lose a lot if Nizar Baraka agreed, in the current context, to participate in the government at the head of the executive’s demande.” On October 24, King Mohammed VI instructed the head of government to make proposals of ministers to replace the current vacancies. At the time being, Saad Eddine El Othmani is racing against the clock. Barely recovering from its long-lived government deadlock, the possibility of change in the parties in the government majority could be a nightmare for the head of government. read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo arrived this morning in Turin, Italy to complete the formalities of his transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus.Juventus fans gathered this morning in Turin to welcome one of the best football players, Ronaldo.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had a medical with Juventus today. Ronaldo will  chair a press conference this afternoon on his move. Ronaldo completed his GBP 105 million move on July 10.While everybody is shouting his name, the Five-time golden ball winner met his fans with a happy face. Ronaldo also signed autographs on shirts and posed for selfies with his fans. read more

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15 November 2011The head of the International Criminal Court (ICC) called for the creation of more synergies between the international justice and development spheres, citing the devastating effects of conflicts and large-scale violence on development. The head of the International Criminal Court (ICC) called for the creation of more synergies between the international justice and development spheres, citing the devastating effects of conflicts and large-scale violence on development.“Any efforts to help a society regain health, wealth and capacity to profit from its own resources must include accountability for past atrocities and strengthening of the rule of law,” said ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song.Speaking at the opening of the 2011 Law, Justice and Development Week in Washington D.C. yesterday, Judge Song stressed the importance of synergies between general justice reforms and more specific development efforts to address atrocity crimes.“Where impunity is allowed to reign, it leaves a desire for vengeance among populations who have been victims of massive crimes, and provides fertile ground for the recurrence of conflicts,” he said.According to this year’s World Development Report, the average cost of civil war is equivalent to more than 30 years of gross domestic product (GDP) growth for a medium-sized developing economy, making it essential for various sectors to collaborate among themselves to ensure peace and economic development go hand in hand.During his speech, Judge Song appealed to development agencies to support the empowerment of national jurisdictions to prosecute and prevent war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. He also provided examples of how international justice organizations can help improve the living conditions of those affected by conflict and violence.Judge Song pointed to the Trust Fund for Victims set up by the ICC, which empowers war victims through its provisions and helps them obtain sustainable livelihoods, making it an important element that complements humanitarian and developmental initiatives.Judge Song emphasized that the collaboration between the justice and development sectors needs to be structured to ensure long-term stability in countries.“Lasting peace and prosperity in post-conflict societies can only be achieved if development challenges and justice enforcement are addressed in a coordinated manner,” he said. read more

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Sales of existing homes in Canada rose in January from December and fell only modestly from a year earlier, suggesting the housing sector’s recent slowdown hasn’t developed into a full-blown correction.[np_storybar title=”IMF says Canada’s housing market still overvalued” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/02/14/imf-says-canadas-housing-market-still-overvalued-warns-more-intervention-may-be-needed/”%5DOttawa’s efforts to cool overheated mortgage borrowing and home values have helped, but prices and construction are both still excessive, the IMF warned this week. Read more [/np_storybar]Sales were up 1.3% in January from December, the Canadian Real Estate Association said on Friday.The trade group for the country’s real estate agents said that compared with a year earlier actual sales for January, not seasonally adjusted, were down 5.2%.CREA’s Home Price Index rose 3.1% in January from a year earlier, the smallest gain since April 2011.We’ve seen adjustment in the housing market, we think there’s a bit more to come in the next few yearsYear-over-year sales began falling sharply in 2012, hurt by the Canadian government’s tightening of mortgage regulations in July. The Conservative government took steps to cool the property market due to fears that ultra-low borrowing costs could fuel a bubble.Economists have been divided over whether there will be a U.S.-style housing crash or a soft landing in which slower sales gradually stabilize prices.Canadian home prices rose at the slowest pace in three years in December year-on-year, and housing starts fell more steeply than expected in January.“We’ve seen adjustment in the housing market, we think there’s a bit more to come in the next few years. Again, I think Canadians have listened to the message and they are adjusting,” Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney told CTV in an interview broadcast on Friday.CREA noted that if sales activity holds near levels seen since last August, year-over-year declines will begin to fade after the crucial spring buying season.“Until then, the focus may remain on how sales were stronger in the first half of last year compared to lower, but stable, national activity since then,” CREA’s chief economist Gregory Klump said in a statement.BORROWING COSTS STILL LOWThe association pointed out home sales picked up from December in about half of all local markets, including the major centers of Toronto and Vancouver, Canada’s two most expensive markets.The number of newly listed homes rose 1.6% month over month in January, the first monthly increase since last September.Analysts noted January is typically a slow month for home sales, making it harder to discern trends. But they also pointed out that the outlook for interest and mortgage rates is helping to support the market.The Bank of Canada’s key lending rate has been at 1% since September 2010 and the central bank said last month that soft economic growth and tame inflation mean an interest rate increase is not imminent.“With the Bank of Canada backpedaling from its tightening bias, the risk of a reacceleration in housing remains non trivial,” Mazen Issa, Canada macro strategist at TD Securities, said in a note to clients.“Our base case heading forward is for a stabilization in the housing market and we do not expect a more pronounced correction until the bank begins to lift the overnight rate.”The median forecast in a recent poll of Canada’s 12 primary dealers, the institutions that deal directly with the central bank as it carries out monetary policy, showed their median forecast for the next rate hike was the first quarter of 2014. © Thomson Reuters 2013 read more

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“The commitments of this [Brussels] Conference provide a crucial window of opportunity for the next four years,” Mr. Ban said. He highlighted important headway the Government has made since the London conference towards promoting transparency, accountability, and improving public services, despite complex challenges. “Of course, the ultimate goal of the reform agenda is real change in people’s lives,” he said. “The substantial levels of assistance that this Conference is seeking can only be justified – to the people of Afghanistan and of donor countries – if the lives of Afghans are visibly and sustainably improved.” In this regard, he said Afghanistan’s women must be provided greater space to play their full role as political actors and peace-makers. He went on to welcome the Government’s commitment to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs) which is crucial to reduce poverty, address food insecurity and child malnutrition, improve literacy rates and empower women and girls. However, conflict remains the main obstacle to the prosperous future that the people of Afghanistan deserve, Mr. Ban warned. “I am deeply concerned by the record numbers of civilian casualties and growing numbers of people forced from their homes,” he said, citing that this year alone, more than one million Afghans will be on the move within Afghanistan and across borders. In an interview with the UN News Centre ahead of the Brussels conference, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission there (UNAMA), said that the most fundamental challenge in the country is security, which affects all activities of life. After the drawdown of the international forces in 2014, the Taliban has tested the ability of Afghan national forces to defend the country, creating a rather difficult situation in 2015, when the Taliban insurgency was able to make headway in terms of expanding their areas of control, Mr. Yamamoto said. In today’s address, the Secretary-General stressed the need to support a peace process for Afghanistan and the region, calling on all of Afghanistan’s regional partners to seize opportunities for cooperation and do their part to help build a prosperous and peaceful future. “My message is clear: Keep Afghanistan on the path towards stability, accountability and greater self-reliance. Build bridges. Put the Afghan people first,” Mr. Ban said. Secretary of State of the United States John Kerry (left) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg (right), at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan hosted by the European Union and the Government of Afghanistan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “In their efforts to rebuild their country, the people of Afghanistan have been able to count on international development assistance,” Mr. Ban told the gathering of representatives from some 70 countries and 20 international organizations and agencies in the Belgian capital of Brussels, which was co-hosted by the European Union and the Afghan Government. “To consolidate gains, international support will remain necessary for years to come,” the UN chief said, stressing the importance of ensuring that assistance is predictable, shaped by sustained commitment to mutual accountability and aid effectiveness, and aligned with the priorities of the Afghan Government as set out in its national peace and development framework.Afghanistan has been in protracted conflict for almost 35 years, which has seen an ever-growing number of civilians killed and poverty reduction and development efforts seriously hampered. The Brussels conference comes two years after the London conference, which provided a platform for then newly-elected president Ashraf Ghani to set out his Government’s vision for reform and for the international community to demonstrate enduring solidarity and support for Afghanistan. The Government outlined a clear path toward a better future, including measures to tackle corruption, advance governance reforms, and address the illicit economy. The Brussels conference is also a follow-up from the 2012 Tokyo conference where the international community agreed to provide four billion euros a year in funding until the end of 2016, based on a partnership of mutual accountability. read more

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The 11-member Oceania Football Confederation says it is backing FIFA President Gianni Infantino for re-election.The Oceania group says its executive committee — comprising 11 member federation presidents in New Zealand and the Pacific islands — voted unanimously to support the FIFA leader.Infantino is seeking a full four-year term from 211 FIFA member countries at a June 5 vote in Paris. He was elected in February 2016 to complete the mandate of Sepp Blatter, who was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee.Infantino has no clear challenger yet before a Feb. 5 deadline for potential candidates.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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The Raptors need to win this game to take the NBA Finals.This will be the Warriors’s last game at Oracle Arena before they move across the bay to San Francisco.If the Warriors win Game 7 will take place in Toronto on Sunday. Summary OAKLAND – Someone is going to fail.That’s the stage we’re at in the NBA season. After thousands of games — big ones, small ones, boring ones and electric ones — it’s come to this:Between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, someone is going to fail, fall short and have to live with the regrets that come with the recorded fact.The Warriors have been dealing with their regrets already. They might even be energized by them.Even with a potentially series-ending Game 6 coming up Thursday night — the Warriors’s last game at Oracle Arena before they move across the bay to San Francisco — they were still looking back at the decision to play Kevin Durant in Game 5.“Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right. But that’s easy to say after the results.”The aftershocks are still being felt after the Warriors star fell to the floor early in the second quarter and grabbed his right leg. He had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on Wednesday morning.His absence will hang over this series regardless of if the Warriors claw back from down 3-1 to claim their fourth championship in five years or if the Raptors make history and win their first.While justifying playing Durant after he sat out 33 days with a strained calf and emphasizing the collaborative nature of the decision, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr also said he wished they could have it all back, a do-over.“This last month was a cumulative collaborative effort in his rehabilitation,” said Kerr. “And that collaboration included Kevin and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, our medical staff, his own outside second-opinion doctor, outside of our organization. Kevin checked all the boxes, and he was cleared to play by everybody involved.“Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right. But that’s easy to say after the results.”It goes for everything, really, because we’re at the stage of the season that they are playing for everything, but you can’t fix anything.I’m absolutely thrilled to be coaching in another Finals game. This is awesome, right?”When the Finals are over, one team is going to wake up feeling like it made all the right choices and joyfully relive them for decades. The other is going to be hungover all summer, replaying what they should have done differently, lamenting the bad choices made late on a June night.Making decisions that can’t be corrected is part of the deal, because at least you were in the mix, trying to get it right while everyone else could only watch.Would Raptors head coach Nick Nurse like to reconsider his choice to call a timeout with three minutes left in Game 5 when his team was rolling, up six, an NBA Championship in view?Well, he just might. His club was minutes away from an NBA title and he made a choice. He can’t take it back.“[The losses] all hit you hard. Listen, I’m like anybody that was there that understands the outcome of that one changes things a little bit,” Nurse said. “But I’ll say this: I’m absolutely thrilled to be coaching in another Finals game. This is awesome, right?“All these things when you look back on them, every single thing you do, if it doesn’t turn out, you wish you would have called another play or had somebody else in or got somebody else a shot, et cetera …. I’m not sure that that timeout had anything to do with about 14 plays after that. Maybe it did. Maybe it didn’t.”“We’re not even thinking about the future. We’re just thinking about enjoying this last show at Oracle we’re about to give our fans.”So now in Game 6, everyone gets another chance to succeed or fail, but the chances are running out. It’s a clean slate, but everyone knows what’s coming. The Raptors have to figure out — among many things — how to somehow keep the best shooting backcourt in NBA history under some semblance of control. Think too much about it and it’s terrifying. Simply being on the floor with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson invites risk, the chance that they can do something great and you’re merely the prop for another one of their magic acts as they showed in the final moments of Game 5.“It’s all game. It ain’t just down the stretch. You got to be aware. When they’re on the floor, you got to be aware of them,” said Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. “They’re probably two of the top, whatever, all-time shooters in the game of basketball. So when they step on the floor first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter, you got to be aware of them at all times.”Fail to keep them within reach and the price is steep. The Raptors got a taste of it in Game 5 when Curry and Thompson combined to hit three-straight threes in the space of 95 seconds to extend the series to a sixth game, stopping a Canada-wide celebration in its tracks.The pair are shooting 44 per cent from three through five games and combined to shoot 12-of-27 — or 44 per cent — in Game 5.They have every conceivable motivation to draw from. Oracle Arena has been a source of Golden State’s power over the years, although the fanbase may have gentrified from its Oakland-based roots when the Warriors weren’t the glamour team they’ve morphed into now. But Curry has played there for 10 seasons and Thompson eight. They feel a responsibility to put on a good show on the building’s last night.Similarly, the image of Durant hobbling off the floor in Game 5, having risked his health for a chance to help them win their third-straight title is vivid in their minds as well.“We’re not even thinking about the future. We’re just thinking about enjoying this last show at Oracle we’re about to give our fans,” said Thompson. “And I expect our fans to be the loudest they have ever been, especially in the name of Kevin, and bringing his type of spirit he would bring to the fight and the competitiveness.“I know our fans will do that because we deserve it, but more importantly Kevin does for what he gave this team, this organization. There wouldn’t be banners if it wasn’t for his presence. So we expect our crowd to be loud for him.”Chances are if the Warriors are to survive and force a Game 7, it will have a lot do with Thompson and Curry, making plays and taking shots that only they would think about and shooting them freely. They’re prepared to risk failing because they’ve succeeded so many times.“As far as stepping into those shots, we practise those every single day,” says Thompson. “I know Steph has been doing it for 10 years with this organization, and me eight. So we know what it’s like to take those, and we can live with the make-or-miss. It’s just what it comes down to.”With only a maximum of two games left, the pressure ramps up. Dealing with it is part of the job. There’s no hiding from it because everyone is watching.Kawhi Leonard is as stoic as they come, but don’t be fooled. The Raptors star feels the heat too, but he has the advantage of being able to do something about it.“Even before it gets down to the stretch, you feel like you want to play great. You want to make the next shot or get the next stop,” he said. “You want to get a stop or a score.“[But] to really say at that time like, ‘Oh, I feel so much pressure.’ You really don’t. I think, once your adrenaline is going, it’s a lot different than you watching the game because your mindset is totally different. You’re within that moment, and you’re embracing it and enjoying what’s going to happen next.”This is what’s going happen next: Leonard and the Raptors can win their third-straight game at Oracle Arena in the NBA Finals and break the hearts of Warriors fans that have called the building home for nearly 48 years while lifting the hearts of Raptors nation, also known as Canada.Or they can fall short, likely falling victim to Thompson and Curry raining threes from above and head home to Game 7 with the weight of the NBA world on their shoulders.Someone is going to fail in Game 6, we just don’t know who yet.It’s why they are all lucky to play, to have the chance for things to go wrong and an opportunity to make it right. BROWSE nba finals | raptors | sports read more

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With just about five weeks remaining in the 2014-15 regular season, we present another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. How do these numbers work? In a nutshell, each team is ranked according to a projection of its strength over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology, see our introductory rankings post.A few observations on this week’s ratings:Don’t look now, but the Charlotte Hornets suddenly have a 53 percent chance of making the playoffs in the East. Winners of six of their last seven games (including five straight), they also saw their long-term talent rating improve greatly with the prospect of guard Kemba Walker returning for the season’s stretch run. A knee injury has kept Walker out of action since late January.The Atlanta Hawks, owners of the league’s second-best record, still rank just 8th in our power ratings. What’s going on? It’s not their loss Saturday to the lowly Sixers, nor is it a disconnect between the team’s winning percentage and its point differential (they rank third overall in Basketball-Reference’s adjusted efficiency differential, so they’ve been winning by margins plenty strong). Instead, the issue is similar to what plagued the Hawks last week: Injury-related playing time allocations are working against them in the short term. This time, FiveThirtyEight favorite Kyle Korver sat out over the weekend and is listed as day-to-day in the injury report, which means more projected minutes for Kent Bazemore. Since Korver carries one of the best RPM ratings in the NBA (+4.5) and Bazemore sports one of the worst (-3.8), any shift in minutes from the former to the latter takes a toll on Atlanta’s power rating.The week’s two biggest risers are the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, and both boosts come largely because key players are returning from injury.Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, owner of the seventh-best RPM in the NBA, suited up last week for the first time since aggravating his nagging shoulder injury on February 21, and his presence alone improved New Orleans by 2.5 rating points (to say nothing of the points gained by not having to play his backups as much). For Dallas, the big gains come with Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons re-joining the lineup. Our projections expect that pair to play about 54 combined minutes per team game over the upcoming week — an increase of 25 minutes per team game that yields a 1.9-point rating improvement for the Mavericks. They also project to gain 0.6 rating points via decreased minutes for players lower on the depth chart.Since the news of Jimmy Butler’s injury broke too late to be accounted for in last week’s rankings, the full extent of its damage can be seen in Chicago’s power rating this time around. A reduction of 26 minutes per game to Butler’s projection cost the Bulls 1.7 rating points, while big playing-time upticks for low-rated wings E’Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott set Chicago’s rating back by another 1.5 points. The loss of Butler was much more damaging to the Bulls than that of Derrick Rose, whose injury only cost the team about 0.4 points of power rating after his backups were accounted for.The Miami Heat have been hemorrhaging playoff probability for weeks now and are down to just a 30 percent chance of making the postseason despite sitting at 93 percent back on Feb. 2. The team has gone 7-8 since then, while Indiana, Boston and Charlotte — at that time, three of Miami’s chief competitors for the final pair of unclaimed Eastern Conference playoff slots — have gone a combined 28-14. But Miami’s bigger problem is that their talent pool has been drained, even after winning the trade deadline. Highly-rated players such as Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside, Luol Deng and prized deadline acquisition Goran Dragic are all injured (or listed as day-to-day), while the team is projected to give big minutes to poor RPM players such as Henry Walker, Michael Beasley and rookies Tyler Johnson and Shabazz Napier. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuela crisis: Maduro given ultimatum by European leadersJanuary 26, 2019In “World”Venezuela crisis: Maduro to close border with BrazilFebruary 21, 2019In “latest news”Juan Guaidó flies back to Venezuela despite arrest riskMarch 4, 2019In “latest news” President Nicolás Maduro (L) is under pressure from his rival Juan Guaidó declared himself “acting president” on WednesdayBBC- Venezuela’s opposition leader has told the BBC that people are living in a “dictatorship”, and renewed his calls for fresh elections.Juan Guaidó declared himself interim leader last week and has been recognised by more than 20 countries, including the US.President Nicolás Maduro retains the support of Russia, which has accused the US of “illegal” interference.The UN says that 40 people are believed to have been killed in recent unrest.Protests have been growing since Mr Maduro began a second term as president this month. He was elected last year during a controversial vote in which many opposition candidates were barred from running or jailed.Venezuela has been struggling with a massive economic crisis. Hyperinflation and shortages of essentials such as food and medicine have forced millions to flee the nation.Speaking to BBC Mundo in Caracas on Monday, he defended his claim to be interim leader.Mr Guaidó said the Venezuelan constitution allowed him, as the head of the National Assembly, to take power when the president was considered to be illegitimate.“My duty is to call for free elections because there is an abuse of power and we live in a dictatorship,” Mr Guaidó said.He added: “In Venezuela, we either accept domination, total oppression and torture… from Maduro’s regime or we choose freedom, democracy and prosperity for our people.”Mr Guaidó said the Maduro administration was “killing young poor people” in the streets.He has pledged to act as interim leader to oversee fresh elections in the country. However, his declaration of leadership has divided the international community.Mr Guaidó has called for further demonstrations this week, after tens of thousands came out to protest against Mr Maduro last Wednesday.Russia renewed its criticism of what it calls US interference on Tuesday.It came after US National Security Adviser John Bolton announced sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm PDVSA.Mr Bolton said the move was to ensure President Maduro and his allies could “no longer loot the assets of the Venezuelan people”. He again appealed to the military to switch allegiance to Mr Guaidó.Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, sharply criticised the sanctions, which he said “violate all possible international norms” in pursuit of regime change.Mr Lavrov also “pledged to do everything to support the legitimate government of President Maduro”, during a Tuesday news conference.The Russian ministry of finance said on Tuesday that it expected Venezuela to keep up debt repayments it owed, despite the ongoing crisis.Venezuela broke off relations with the US last week in response to its recognition of Mr Guaidó as interim leader and ordered all US diplomats to leave the country.More than 20 countries have followed the US in recognising Mr Guaidó as interim president.Russia, China, Mexico and Turkey are among those who have publicly backed Mr Maduro.On Saturday, several European countries including Spain, Germany, France and the UK said they would recognise Mr Guaidó as president if elections were not called within eight days.The estimated death toll of 40 includes 26 people shot dead by pro-government forces, five killed in house raids and 11 during looting, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said on Tuesday.Another 850 people have reportedly been detained since 21 January – including dozens of children as young as 12. read more

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first_imgSuperior Industries has introduced a new conveyor mobility option – Radial Travel Tracks. When applied with the company’s TeleStacker® telescoping radial stacking conveyor, it allows high-capacity radial stockpiling in applications, such as low pressure soils, sand or wet clay, where maximum flotation and traction is required. It is a particularly suitable and cost-effective mobility option for gold and copper heap leach operations. The tracks can be retrofitted onto existing conveyors and provide versatility for site to site operation.The company says, “When combined with the new track-mounted Mobile Pivot Base conveyor mobility option, producers realise the ultimate in mobility with the combination of free-ranging onsite and transfer point mobility, as well as radial travel capability – all while reducing the need for haul trucks and loaders, and additional labour and material handling.”They are engineered for easy, simple bolt-on installation and consist of two 609 mm steel tracks on each side of the conveyor, which attach directly to the FD axle radial fold-down arms, and are easy to remove for road portability. The system is designed to reuse existing planetary drives and is equipped with hydraulic hoses and fitting connections.Superior Industries also offers non-powered travel tracks for use on short stackers, jump or grasshopper conveyors. The tracks can be bolted on right over the standard tyre hub when flotation and traction is needed.Headquartered in Morris, Minnesota, Superior Industries designs and fabricates a full line of portable and stationary conveying equipment including telescoping conveyors, truck unloading systems, feed systems, and design-build conveyor systems; and a complete line of idlers, pulleys and other conveyor components.last_img read more

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first_img C – I sleep in the middle (352) Poll Results: WE KNOW HOW you feel. The week is stretching out in front of you and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here inTheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing questions.This week: We think a lot about our beds on Monday mornings (and how we’d like to be back in them).When you are in bed, are you one of those people who MUST sleep on a particular side of it?A. Absolutely, I have my side of the bed, or…(Image: Andrew Blight/Flickr)B. …No, I’m not fussed.(Not even fussed about where the bed is? Image: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)Vote here: B – No, I don’t care which side I sleep on (2865) D – Can’t we all just get along? (210) A – I definitely have ‘my’ side of the bed (1847) A – I definitely have ‘my’ side of the bedB – No, I don’t care which side I sleep onC – I sleep in the middleD – Can’t we all just get along?VoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at tips@thejournal.ie.See previous Burning Questions>last_img read more

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first_imgSamsung may have only recently launched its latest Android flagship collaboration with Google, the Galaxy Nexus, but the push is reportedly on for the next big thing for the Galaxy line-up. According to a report straight out of Korea, the Samsung Galaxy S3 could be on its way to Mobile World Congress 2012 — and launch a few months later.We had already heard that the Galaxy S3 would pack Samsung’s own Exynos 4412 processor, a 32nm quad-core chip based on the ARM Cortex A9 architecture. That’s a terrific boost in hardware over the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus, at least on paper — the jury’s still out on whether or not a quad-core chip is really worth putting in a phone or tablet when most apps aren’t designed with multithreading in mind.It’s a necessary progression, however, when competitors like HTC are known to be working on similar devices. HTC’s Zeta is expected to arrive during the same time frame, and with Qualcomm promising that its Snapdragon S4 would be ready to power retail devices early in 2012 there will no doubt be other models on the way.As for what else Samsung is going to cram into the Galaxy S3, the list of rumored specs certainly looks drool-worthy. In addition to the Exynos 4412, there could be a 12MP camera, 720×1280 Super AMOLED Plus display, LTE support, twice as much RAM as any current superphone at 2GB, and Android 4.0. Of course, until Samsung shows us something (or someone else gets their hands on one) we won’t know how closely that hardware lines up with reality.Keep your eyes peeled for news out of MWC when its kicks off in Barcelona on February 27.More at Unwired Viewlast_img read more

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