December 6, 2019
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first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s something we need to continue to work on going forward especially since we’re going up against San Miguel next game. But until we do a good job rebounding, it’s going to be difficult in this conference.”Meralco hopes to ride the momentum when it faces the four-time conference champions at the same venue next Friday.Blackwater, on the other hand, has Rain or Shine next on its list. They tangle on Jan. 30 at Cuneta Astrodome.The scores:Meralco 99 – Jackson 19, Tolomia 15, Salva 14, Amer 13, Hodge 12, Hugnatan 10, Caram 7, De Ocampo 6, Newsome 3, Faundo 0, Dillinger 0, Quinto 0.Blackwater 94 – Maliksi 17, Sumang 16, Jose 15, Belo 12, Digregorio 11, Tratter 8, Javier 8, Dario 3, Desiderio 2, Palma 2, Alolino 0.Quarters: 16-25, 48-42, 73-64, 99-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next #KicksStalker: Superstition? CJ Perez switches kicks in tale of 2 halves View comments LATEST STORIES Trevis Jackson leads Meralco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Trevis Jackson came off the bench to provide a much-needed boost for Meralco en route to a 99-94 win over Blackwater Saturday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here.As if following the footsteps rookies Robert Bolick and CJ Perez, the surprise fifth pick of the PBA Draft scattered 19 points and a pair of assists to lead the Bolts in scoring in their first win of the conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I’m very happy we’re able to bounce back in this game after suffering a very painful loss to Phoenix,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.“A lot of guys I felt really stepped up and helped us tonight led by Trevis who made a lot of good outside shots for us and helped us open up (Blackwater’s) defense,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJackson, who played Division I basketball in the US NCAA, was also behind the triple that provided separation from the Elite, 81-78, with 5:18 left in the match.From there, Cliff Hodge and Nico Salva continued their balanced attack to keep Meralco in front and preserve the earlier efforts from Mike Tolomia and now-healthy Ranidel de Ocampo.center_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Meralco’s bench outscored Blackwater’s 47-27, with six of the Bolts’ cagers providing double-digit production.“That’s what we really envisioned going into this year when I drafted Trevis. I thought with him along with Baser (Amer) and Chris (Newsome), we’d spread the wealth and move the basketball around to get good shots and run a little bit, which we haven’t done in the past. “Blackwater, who was also dealt with a first-game loss, drew commendable performances from its old reliables Allein Maliksi, Raymar Jose and Roi Sumang, even burying the Bolts by as much as 12 in the first half.But with only Mac Belo and Chris Javier providing a reprieve for their starters, the Elite faltered in the second half and ran out of gas to play catch-up to drop to a 0-2 record.“For our second game in a row, our defense is pretty solid, our only problem right now is how to shore up our rebounding because we’re getting a lot of stops but we’re giving up a lot of defensive rebounds at the same time,” Black said.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

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first_imgRoger Federer may be 34, and nearing the closing stages of a distinguished career. But he has no intention of quitting just yet.The 17-time Grand Slam winner has been unable to win a major title since 2012. He has come close to breaking the drought twice this year. But the Swiss veteran suffered back to back heartbreaks at the hands of Serb superstar Novak Djokovic, losing the Wimbledon final last July before seeing the US Open title slip out of his grasp at the Arthur Ashe Stadium here late on Sunday.But far from being discouraged after Djokovic carved out a gruelling 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over three hours and 20 minutes, Federer is already planning to return to Flushing Meadows next year.”I had a wonderful last two weeks. I’m very pleased where my game’s at. Being back in the finals is where you want to be. Playing against a great champion like Novak is a massive challenge and I enjoyed it. I thought it was a great match,” Federer was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after the final.”I love the sport, I’ve got a lot of passion and one last thing, I’ll see you guys next year.”Also read: Djokovic beats Federer for second US Open titleThe 23,000-strong crowd stayed firmly behind Federer throughout the final and the Swiss great asserted that the love from his fans pushes him to perform at his best.”They kept me going, and that’s definitely one of the reasons I still keep playing, because of these moments, goose bump moments.”advertisementFederer, however, admitted that conceding too many unforced errors cost him the US Open. He had committed 17 more unforced errors than Djokovic in the final and also missed 19 break points. “I had too many break chances. Of course, some of them I could have done better, should have done better, you know, all these things.””There were a lot of opportunities missed. If it’s backhand, forehand, volleys, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. I know why I lost the match, very clearly – the moment I sat down at 5-2 down in the fourth or after the match was over,” Federer said.”It’s something I will work on, and keep moving forward. It’s no problem for me.”last_img read more

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first_imgAlso read: FIFA WC 18: Argentina Vs Croatia ReviewFIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 7 AdvertisementGood afternoon, readers! We bring to you today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”.Players of Germany DR celebrating after winning against Germany FR in 1974; photo credits: FIFA.comHere is an excerpt from FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1974 – Australia win their first point at a FIFA World Cup after drawing 0-0 with Chile.               Germany FR and Germany DR play each other in Hamburg, with Jurgen                         Sparwasser scoring the only goal of the game in the 77th minute to give                       Germany DR a 1-0 victory.1986 – Argentina defeat England 2-1 in a historic quarter-final match in Mexico City.                 Diego Maradona nets both Argentinian goals, the first of which as remembered               as the infamous “Hand of God” goal, while the second remains one of the                       greatest goals ever seen in FIFA World Cup history.2002 – A golden goal against Senegal by Ilhan Mansiz in the 94th minute ensures                     Turkey reach a historic semi-final.2006 – Ghana become the only newcomers in the 2006 tournament to advance to the               second stage, courtesy of their 2-1 victory over the USA, with fellow debutants               Angola, Cote d’ Ivoire, Togo and Trinidad and Tobago all eliminated at the end               of the group stage.                                                                                                     In the group-stage match between Brazil and Japan, Carlos Alberto Parreira                   becomes the first coach in FIFA World Cup history to have faced national teams             from all six confederations.2010 – Ten days after beating Cesare Maldini’s record as the oldest coach in the history             of World Cup, Greece’s German coach Otto Rehhagel sets a new record at the                 age of 71 years and 317 days in his team’s 2-0 defeat by Argentina.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: June 22 center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgPINEHURST, North Carolina — Michalle Wie and Lexi Thompson are the only two players under par at the U.S. Women’s Open after Friday’s second round at the demanding Pinehurst course.Wie finished with back-to-back birdies for a 2-under 68 to give her a three-stroke lead at 4-under 136, while Lexi Thompson ran off three straight birdies to match her for the lowest score une 20 and remain in touch.Their second-round performances perhaps set up a rematch from the first major of the year when Thompson soundly beat Wie in the final round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.“Definitely too early,” Thompson said. “Thirty-six holes in a major, that’s a lot of golf to be played, especially at a U.S. Women’s Open.”Wie relied on her table-top putting stance to twice make long par saves. She finished with a 6-iron that set up a 12-foot birdie putt, and a 15-foot birdie on the par-5 ninth to reach 4-under 136.“It’s a grind out there. It’s not easy,” Wie said. “Really grateful for the par putts that I made and some of the birdie putts that I made. I can’t complain. I’ll take it.”Just when it looked as if Wie might run away with it, Thompson pulled off a remarkable shot to remain in contention.From the sand and bushes left of the fairway on the par-5 fifth hole, Thompson blasted a 5-iron from 195 yards just off the green, setting up two putts for birdie from about 60 feet.That was her third straight birdie, and she closed with four pars.Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 player in women’s golf who opened with a bogey-free 67, picked up a bogey on her first hole in a wild round of six bogeys, three birdies and a tough 73.“I hung around, and that’s what you’ve got to do at this tournament,” said Lewis, at even-par with Amy Yang (69) and Minjee Lee, the 18-year-old amateur from Australia who played bogey-free on the back nine to salvage a 71.Lucy Li, the precocious 11-year-old and youngest qualifier in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open, started with a double bogey for the second straight day and shot another 78 to miss the cut.The cut was 9-over 149.Na Yeon Choi had a 70 and was at 1-over 141, followed by a Paula Creamer (72) at 2-over 142. The group at 143 included Karrie Webb (73) and So Yeon Ryu, who saved her hopes with three straight birdies on the front nine. All of them are former Women’s Open champions.“When you think seven shots, you think that’s a lot,” Webb said after battling for a 73, leaving her seven shots behind. “But really at the U.S. Open, I don’t think that’s too far out.”Wie is in contention on the weekend in her second straight major. The last time that happened was when she was 16 and had a chance in three of them. Wie already has won this year in Hawaii, and she has eight top 10s and is No. 2 on the LPGA money list.Attribute that to a putting stroke that she owns, no matter how peculiar it looks with her back bent severely, almost parallel to the ground.“You look at the way Michelle has played the last six months and you look at her differently,” Lewis said. “She’s become one of the best ball-strikers on tour. She hits it really consistent. She knows where the ball’s going. And she’s figuring out how to win. That’s the big thing.”(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgAn almost field-level view of colorado's football stadiumBOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 19: A general view of the stadium as the Washington State Cougars drive against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 19, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado defeated Washington State 38-24. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)A former Ohio State four-star football commit has announced a new commitment, as he’s heading to the Pac-12.Jake Wray, a four-star offensive tackle in the 2020 class, de-committed from the Buckeyes back in December.The decision was a surprising one, as Wray’s older brother, Max, is a current offensive lineman for OSU.Still, Jake Wray has opted to play his college football elsewhere. The 6-foot-5 offensive lineman has committed to Colorado.“Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout this process. Specifically my teammates, my coaches and my family. I am committed to The University of Colorado,” he announced.Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout this process. Specifically my teammates, my coaches and my family. I am committed to The University of Colorado #GoBuffs pic.twitter.com/5va78Mv9mT— Jake Wray (@wrayjake77) May 23, 2019Wray had offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas, among other programs.The offensive tackle becomes Colorado’s highest-ranked recruit for the 2020 class, which now includes four commits.last_img read more

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first_img Indo Asian News Agency New DelhiJune 28, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 15:55 IST Hardik Pandya scored 46 runs against West Indies as India won the match by 125 runs on Thursday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq offered to coach Hardik PandyaHardik Pandya scored 46 runs as India posted 268/7 against West IndiesIndia defeated West Indies by 125 runs on ThursdayInsisting that India’s Hardik Pandya’s batting technique had flaws that prevented him from becoming the best all-rounder in world cricket, former Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzaq has offered to help improve it.On Thursday, Pandya scored a brisk 46 and shared a crucial 70-run partnership with M.S. Dhoni to help India post a competitive total of 268/7 against West Indies in their World Cup game at the Old Trafford. India came out with a clinical bowling performance as they dismissed Windies for mere 143 and registered a thumping 125 run victory.Pandya chipped in with the ball and also took the wicket of opener Sunil Ambris. In fact, his send-off to the Windies opener became one of the talking points of the game.However, Razzaq said Pandya’s game had weaknesses, which needed to be worked upon.”Today I have been closely observing Hardik Pandya and I see a lot of faults in his body balance while hitting the bowl hard. I observed his foot work as well and I see that has also let him down sometimes,” Razzaq wrote on Twitter.”If I can give him coaching, for example in the UAE, I can make him one of the best all-rounders, if not the best. If the BCCI wants to make him a better all-rounder I will always be available,” he added.Abdul Razzaq “give me 2 weeks and I will make Hardik Pandya the world’s best all-rounder” #Cricket pic.twitter.com/o3eIt69nfNSaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 27, 2019So today I have been closely observing Hardik pandya and I feel like I see a lot of faults in his body’s balance when hitting the bowl hardly and I observed his footwork aswell and I see that also let’s him down sometimes and I feel like if I give him Coaching in for example UAEadvertisementAbdul Razzaq (@ARazzaqPak) June 27, 2019I can make him one of the best all rounders if not the best and if BCCI wants to make him a better all rounder I will always be available. ThanksAbdul Razzaq (@ARazzaqPak) June 27, 2019Razzaq’s coaching offer to Hardik Pandya invited mixed response as some praised the Pakistan all-rounder for his performances all through his career while others rather adviced him to train Pakistan crickters.Razzaq’s coaching offer to Hardik Pandya invited mixed response on social media as some praised the Pakistan all-rounder for his performances all through his career while others adviced him to rather train Pakistan crickters.Look who’s talking about footwork and body balance. Anwar Ali ko theek Kar nahi sake aur chale hai pandya ko advise Karne.a (@SInaayat) June 28, 2019Whenever Pak need a wicket they give the ball to Razzaq and he picks up a wicket in his very first overLegend!Srilankan (@itismurugan) June 27, 2019U want job but BCCI is not going to give u job so focus on PCB job shukriyaaaKay (@Kufkaaz) June 27, 2019After the win against Windies, India have moved to the second spot on the points table. They will next play England at Edgbaston on Sunday.Also Read | Whoever beats India will win the World Cup 2019: Michael VaughanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India may deliberately lose to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to oust Pakistan, says Basit AliAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Abdul RazzaqFollow Hardik Pandya I can make Hardik Pandya one of the best all-rounders: Abdul RazzaqWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq had said he would like to coach Hardik Pandya to turn him into one of the best all-rounders.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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first_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations There’s a good chance your granddad spent time enjoying life in a rocking chair, and it might well have been a Brumby rocker since they’ve been around since Thomas Brumby created the first one in 1875. This American classic has been handed down for generations as a valued heirloom. Even if you weren’t lucky enough to have one passed to you, you can start your own traditions by purchasing a new one.The Brumby Chair company flourished for 70 years until 1944 when the factory was closed and sold to a manufacturing company in Ohio. The Brumby family, however, retained the Brumby Rocker trademark and Brumby chair name—a smart move which paved the way to the chairs returning to production in 1972 under a license to Frank and Carole Melson.After Carole Melson retired, production of the chairs ultimately landed back in the hands of The Brumby Chair Company President Otis A. Brumby, Jr., who is the youngest grandson of the original founder. It remains in the family today under the leadership of two of Otis Brumby’s daughters: Anna Brumby and Spain Brumby Gregory.Each chair is exquisitely hand crafted out of Appalachian Red Oak in the company’s factory in Marietta, Georgia. Local artisans product the caned seats and backs using an intricate herringbone pattern. It can take up to 10 hours to complete the caning of one chair.Items offered for sale on the website include the Jumbo Rocker ($995), Baby Rocker ($395), Courting Rocker ($1,499), Brumby Lap Desk ($150), and the Brumby Footstool ($355). Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – Canadian researchers have developed a predictive model for detecting lung cancer in early stages when the disease has a greater potential to be curable.The Pan Can Model, developed by a team of health researchers across the country, uses a wider range of factors that contributes to lung cancer compared with current screening practices. The new study found the model resulted in more people being diagnosed with the disease at early stages.Dr. Stephen Lam, the Vancouver-based co-principal investigator on the study, said although smoking rates have dropped significantly, past smokers are still at risk of developing lung cancer and survival rates for the disease are poor.“The overall survival of lung cancer patients is less than 18 per cent,” said Lam, who is also chair of the Provincial Lung Tumour Group at the BC Cancer Agency. “If we find cancer early, the survival is over 70, 80 per cent range so that is why this is a dramatic change in how we find and treat cancer.”The study looked at more than 2,500 current and former smokers between the ages of 50 and 75 in eight cities across Canada who were determined to have minimum two per cent risk of developing lung cancer within six years.Factors that determined their risk included age, how long and how much they smoked, family history of lung cancer, education level, body-mass index, recent chest X-ray results and history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.These factors differ from the leading U.S. study on the issue, the National Lung Screening Trial, which focused specifically on participants’ age and smoking history.Canadian participants were tested with a low-dose CT scan at the onset of the study, and then at the one- and four-year mark.Lam said the radiation exposure from the low-dose CT scan is small enough not to cause any harm and is extremely effective in catching lesions even one millimetre in size that X-rays and other testing could miss.The screenings resulted in 6.5 per cent of participants being diagnosed with lung cancer — a higher rate than the four per cent of cases caught through the U.S. model.Seventy-seven per cent of the Canadian diagnosed were also caught in very early stages, compared with 57 per cent of cases in the U.S. trial.Ottawa resident Debi Lascelle, 60, was among those diagnosed and said the study saved her life.Lascelle was a smoker for 27 years before quitting at the age of 41. Her parents were also smokers and her father died of lung cancer months after the disease was discovered at Stage 4.“I know how quickly it normally goes,” she said, adding she’s volunteered in hospice care with people her age and younger dying as a result of the disease.After the first CT screening in 2011, doctors noticed a small lesion in her lung that a biopsy would confirm was cancer. Lascelle said she had surgery soon after, which removed 15 per cent of her lung capacity, but no further chemotherapy or radiation was needed.Having no significant symptoms and leading an otherwise healthy lifestyle when taking part in the study, Lascelle said she believes this screening process caught the disease that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.“I don’t believe it would have been looked at until it was a problem,” she said. “I did ask when it was found would this lesion have been found with a regular (chest) X-ray … and the answer I was given was likely not because it was very small.”Lam said lung cancer screening isn’t widely available yet in Canada and patients currently need to have symptoms to be sent for testing.A pilot project based on the Pan Can model has been launched at three sites in Ontario, Lam added, and screenings can be done through the study site in Vancouver.Although smoking rates among the population has declined, Lam said he wants to see this screening model developed nation-wide to catch potential cases while it’s treatable.The study, which was funded by the Terry Fox Research Institute and Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, was published Wednesday in the journal The Lancet Oncology.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

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This will be the first visit to the area for Christopher Ross since taking up the post last month. It follows meetings he held in New York last week, including with Mr. Ban and members of the Security Council, as well as with Morocco and the Frente Polisario.He will be in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, tomorrow, followed by Tindouf and Algiers. He will then travel to Madrid and Paris, the capitals of two of the members of the Group of Friends, from 25 to 27 February.Mr. Ross, who replaced Peter van Walsum, is expected to return to New York following the trip for further consultations at UN Headquarters.Several rounds of UN-led talks, bringing together representatives from Morocco and the Frente Polisario, held last year resulted in the parties agreeing to continue negotiations in good faith towards a solution to the issue.Morocco holds that its sovereignty over Western Sahara should be recognized, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option. 17 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara is on his way to the region for consultations with the parties, Morocco and the Frente Polisario, as part of United Nations efforts to help broker a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution regarding the Territory’s status. read more

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TORONTO — Scotiabank is the latest lender to create waves in the mortgage market after lowering its special fixed five-year rate to 2.97%, the lowest fixed rate among the big banks.The rate is effective until June 7, and comes amid growing competition for mortgages that have pushed rates down in recent months.It’s also below the 2.99% level that drew sharp criticism from Ottawa in the past over fears that such rates could overheat the housing market and encourage buyers to borrow too much.However, Scotiabank says the rate is on par with others in the market. David Stafford, Scotiabank’s managing director of real estate secured lending, said the trick is to use the low rates to your advantage because they won’t last forever.“Our best advice to people renewing from a higher-rate mortgage is don’t change your payment,” he said.“If you have a 5% mortgage and you’re up for renewal and you’re renewing into a 3% mortgage and your payment isn’t killing you, keep the payment because the interest cost to your mortgage will drop but the additional payment will all go to principal.”The special five-year rate doesn’t come with the strict restrictions that usually accompany such low rates, he added, so that borrowers can have the flexibility they’ll need if their circumstances change.John Andrew, a real estate expert with Queen’s University, said it was likely that other banks would follow Scotiabank’s lead to keep in pace in a competitive market — especially given a lag in sales in the all-important spring market which was delayed by bad winter weather.“There’s no question that the mortgage lenders are very concerned about this slow spring and are obviously trying to catalyze the market and it’s obviously even more competitive right now than it normally would be,” Andrew said.“We’re looking at mortgage rates very, very, close to this level being predominant right into the fall, and then I think we’re going to see bond yields begin to creep up again and we’ll start to see some rates rising.”Finance Minister Joe Oliver has said in the past that unlike his predecessor Jim Flaherty, he had no plans to wade into the debate over the setting of mortgage rates, calling it a “private” decision by lenders. But he has signalled he would keep an eye on the changes, noting that Ottawa has intervened in the past.On Wednesday, he called the Scotiabank change a small drop in rates and restated he wasn’t planning to become involved.“It’s a tiny difference and we’re not here to determine mortgage rates for the industry,” Oliver said in Ottawa.Andrew said he wouldn’t expect a big crackdown from the federal government if rates continue to drop.“There’s not a lot else they can do, unless they decide to increase the minimum down payment from 5%, and rightfully so, I think they’re quite scared to do that because that would have a huge impact on first time home buyers (and) in the home building industry and mortgage lending and so on,” he said.Investors Group recently offered a 1.99% rate for a 36-month closed, variable-rate mortgage, but Scotiabank is the first of the big banks to push its fixed rate down below 3% in recent months.As part of its special rates, Scotiabank is also offering a five-year variable rate of 2.47%.Rating agency DBRS published a report Wednesday saying that low and stable interest rates are the largest factor driving increasing levels of household debt and decreasing mortgage debt servicing. It found that mortgage debt servicing fell to 3.1%, the lowest level since record keeping started in 1990. read more

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Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 6Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 6 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game *Not including yards gained vs. the Eagles.Source: ESPN 3N.Y. GiantsPaul Perkins2512+13 3N.Y. GiantsOrleans Darkwa2254-32 YARDS GAINED/GAME 1WashingtonRob Kelley3051-21 BAL75BAL72CHI+2.4– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CAR57CAR53PHI+1.4– GB56GB66MIN-14.2– 6CarolinaJonathan Stewart-450-54 NO58DET51NO-11.3– OAK68OAK61LAC+5.7– 5ArizonaChris Johnson2131-10 HOU83HOU85HOU-1.0– CORRECTION (Oct. 17, 6 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that if the Eagles were to win the NFC East this season, it would be the eighth consecutive season that the division would have a different champion. It would be the 13th season.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2Kansas CityKareem Hunt81110-29 Running backs perform poorly against the EaglesRushing yards gained against the Eagles vs. season average against other teams, among running backs with five or more carries in games against Philadelphia JAX66%JAX55%LAR+10.5– KC77KC73PIT+3.2– TEN59TEN63TEN+0.3– The domination of the Eagles’ front seven has meant that opposing teams have been forced to try their luck through the air. Philly ranks 29th in the league in total passing yards given up per game, but that’s largely because opposing teams have launched an onslaught on the Eagles’ secondary — Philly’s defense ranks No.1 in the league in pass attempts faced. Also, the Eagles have already faced Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer — four of the top six quarterbacks in passing yards per game through Week 6. When you strip the numbers back, the Eagles’ defense ranks 17th in the league in yards given up per passing attempt and 14th in opponents’ passer rating — still not great, but not terrible either.On the other side of the ball, the Eagles have gotten by with a balanced offense that ranks third in the league in total yards gained per game. Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz is off to a solid start to the year — Wentz has thrown 13 touchdowns and three interceptions and has a 99.6 passer rating through six games. And Eagles fans may be thinking this is the return of the Wentz they saw in the first three games of last season, when the team started 3-0 and before Wentz threw 14 interceptions in his final 13 games (when the team went 4-9). Thanks to the contributions of tight end Zach Ertz and running back LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia is the only team in the league to have three players averaging more than 50 receiving yards per game2 and a running back averaging more than 60 rushing yards per game.3 With much of the hype surrounding the team’s defense, the offense has quietly emerged as one of the most dynamic in the game.So can the Eagles keep on winning? The answer might be “yes” — in the regular season at least. The Eagles’ opponents in their remaining 10 games have an average team Elo rating of 1484 (that’s a metric that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game — an Elo rating of roughly 1500 is considered average). Of those 10, just two — Washington and the Los Angeles Rams — have top-10 passing offenses (by passing yards per game). With Rodgers down for what could be the rest of the season, the Eagles could do some damage in the playoffs too. Now, obviously, a lot can change with 11 weeks remaining in the regular season, but of NFC teams currently in playoff positions, only the Saints’ Drew Brees ranks in the top 10 in passing yards per game.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 6 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was full of surprises. In fact, it was the fifth-most-upset-laden week in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, according to the Brier Score of this week’s games (that’s a measure used to show how accurate each team’s pre-game win probabilities were).There were multiple games that both our Elo algorithm and you, the readers, got wrong. One of the biggies was the Green Bay-Minnesota game — but readers really took a bath on the Packers’ defeat, losing 14.2 points on average even compared with Elo. Readers also lost big when the Giants won (you read that right) on the road against the Broncos. It wasn’t all bad for readers, though — their best game of the week came when the Rams beat the Jaguars on the road (that’s what Elo gets for betting on the Jags). PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NE67NE78NE+3.7– WSH83WSH80WSH-2.9– WK.TEAMPLAYERVS. EAGLESSEASON AVG.*DIFF. ATL78ATL83MIA-9.5– 4L.A. ChargersMelvin Gordon2267-45 DEN77DEN84NYG-13.6– ARI58TB53ARI-12.4– In Week 6, the NFL’s best showed off their very worst. The Falcons blew a 17-0 lead to the Dolphins at home. The Patriots flirted with disaster against the Jets. The Chiefs were uncharacteristically lackluster in a loss at home. And the Packers suffered the worst loss of all when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. One contender that did take care of business: the Philadelphia Eagles. And it might be time to start taking them seriously.The Eagles beat the Panthers on the road on Thursday to improve to 5-1, and it appears that the NFC East could have its 13th consecutive season with a different champion (don’t even think about it, Giants fans). The Eagles now have a 76 percent chance of winning the division according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL forecast; that’s the best chance of ending the season atop a division for any team other than the Chiefs. While it might be too early to bet the house that the Eagles will win the Super Bowl, there are plenty of reasons for optimism.Philadelphia’s defense is one major reason. Through Week 6, Doug Pederson’s rush defense is ranked No.1, surrendering just 66 yards per game. The Eagles have been so good that the 394 total yards that their defense has given up on the ground are the fewest they’ve conceded through six games in 63 years. Oh, and rookie sensation Kareem Hunt of the Chiefs is the only running back to rush for more than 35 yards1 against the Eagles this season, and even he ran for less than he has against other opponents this season, on average. read more

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first_imgTHE WORLD IS full of disgusting things, if you think about it.  Fortunately, you can avoid most of them.However, some of them you have no choice but to confront.Here are eight revolting things you’re forced to deal with in your everyday life.Pulling hair out of the shower drain Source: arlenGross, slimy, tangled hair.It’s fine when it’s on your head, but the minute it hits that drain it turns into something that would turn your stomach.Bin juice Source: myrrh.ahnThe smelly mystery liquid that always seems to be at the bottom of the bin is a real life horror.The water in a vase of flowers Source: tomyleesOh sure, at first you’re delighted with your beautiful flowers.It’s only when they’re dead and you’re forced to deal with the now rancid water at the bottom of the vase that the tide turns.  Blech.Food particles that clog the drain Source: Rusty SheriffYou’ve finished the dishes but the water won’t drain.You have no choice but to stick your hand in that manky water and pull out the bits of gross food (usually pasta or stringy veg) that are causing the problem.  Awful.Fat in the grill pan Source: Phil and PamGrilling sausages is certainly a healthy alternative to frying, but if you’re not careful you end up with a build up of white, hardened fat at the bottom of the pan.No one wants to deal with that.  It’s also important to note that this is the same congealed fat that appears on your once delicious sausages once they’ve cooled.  Revolting.The toilet brush Source: jbhalperIt’s a necessary evil but if you actually think about it, your stomach will turn.It’s used over and over again for one thing, and one thing only and it keeps going back into that little holder.  Ew.Other people’s food detritus in the margarine cartonNO NO NO NO NO.Nail clippings Source: quinn.anyaWhy are they so gross?  Not sure. They’re perfectly fine while they’re attached to your body but the minute they become entities of their own?  Horrible.8 unpleasant habits we should all start being honest about>Poo in the pool? 11 of the worst things about going swimming>last_img read more

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first_img Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 6:29 PM Current rate:  25 cases per 100,000‘Medium intensity’ rate: 59 cases per 100,000Normal/standard rates: 18 cases per 100,000The current strain of influenza particularly affects those aged 65 years and older. This particular form of flu is preventable by receiving a vaccine, which takes effect after two weeks and can last up to six months.Other at risk groups, including children with chronic diseases, pregnant women and healthcare workers, are listed on the HSPC site.The HSE advises that if you feel you’ve picked up the flu and you’re not in the risk group, usually you do not need to see your doctor or attend an emergency department as most flu can be treated at home.It is advised that you drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost from sweating, to get lots of rest and eat healthily.Read: The flu has caused 29 deaths and 835 hospitalisations this winter and will remain for up to four weeksRead: Seven people have died from flu this winter as medics warn people to take care 66 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 57 people have died this winter because of the flu The HSE are urging those at risk to get vaccinated. FIFTY-SEVEN DEATHS have been linked with the flu virus this winter.The majority of those who died were aged 65 years and older, according to a surveillance report from Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC).The rate of deaths is still increasing, despite the overall rate of flu in Ireland decreasing.For nine consecutive weeks, the rate of people with the flu virus has been higher than what is considered standard. http://jrnl.ie/3231860 By Gráinne Ní Aodhacenter_img Share13 Tweet Email 13,128 Views Image: Shutterstock/Image Point Fr Short URL Feb 9th 2017, 6:29 PM Image: Shutterstock/Image Point Frlast_img read more

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first_imgLibreOffice disponible en version 3.5LibreOffice, l’outil conçu par The Document Foundation a été amélioré et doté de nouveautés pour faciliter son utilisation.L’outil bureautique LibreOffice, un projet OpenOffice.org et mis en place par l’organisme The Document Foundation, s’est vu doté d’une nouvelle version 3.5 qui apporte son lot de changements. Les modifications par rapport à la version 3.4 concernent notamment le correcteur orthographique au sein du logiciel de traitement de texte Writer, qui reçoit une nouvelle interface pour les en-têtes, sauts de lignes et pieds de page, relaye Clubic. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les feuilles de calcul Calc peuvent désormais atteindre les 10.000 prises en charge et les fonctions (macros) ont été rendues compatibles avec les spécifications ODF OpenFormula. De meilleures performances lors de l’importation d’un fichier Excel sont également promises. De son côté, l’outil de dessin vectoriel Draw, ainsi que le logiciel de présentation Impress, permettent l’importation de figures géométriques depuis un fichier PPT ou PPTX. Enfin, il sera possible d’insérer un fichier multimédia et d’importer un document depuis Microsoft Visio. Si bon nombre de ces modifications s’avèrent utiles, The Document Foundation ne conseille toutefois qu’aux utilisateurs avancés de passer sur cette version 3.5. Les utilisateurs plus novices ont tout intérêt à rester plutôt sur la 3.4, d’après les développeurs. Le 19 février 2012 à 13:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgWal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest private employer in the country, plans to start offering health coverage next year to domestic partners of full-time employees — including those in same-sex relationships.The extension, outlined in a postcard sent to workers this week, follows a series of recent court rulings in favor of gay marriage around the country.Though spokesman Randy Hargrove wouldn’t divulge how many people Wal-Mart expects to sign up for the program, he said that more than half of the company’s 1.3 million U.S. associates are covered by the retailer’s health insurance plan.That equates to 1.1 million associates and family members, he said.To qualify for Wal-Mart’s coverage, associates must “live together in an ongoing, exclusive, committed relationship similar to marriage” with a same- or opposite-sex spouse or unmarried partner and “have been together at least 12 months and intend to continue sharing a household indefinitely,” Hargrove said.Significant others must also meet standard requirements – such as being old enough for marriage and unrelated to their partner, he said.“Since we operate in all 50 states, we thought it was important to develop a single definition so we can ensure consistency for all our associates across the country,” Hargrove said.The Bentonville, Ark., retail giant also noted that 2014 comes with a new vision plan, including eye exams, glasses and contacts. Wal-Mart also said employees would see the lowest medical premium increases in years – somewhere between 3 percent and 10 percent from last year, Hargrove said.last_img read more

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first_imgA small group of U.S. freelance writers is calling for a boycott of Fresh Home and Best You, two new magazines published by the Reader’s Digest Association.The issue, according to the group, is that repurposing content from abroad reduces working opportunities for U.S.-based freelancers. Fresh Home, a quarterly home improvement title that RDA launched late last month, repurposes editorial from the publisher’s Australian title The Family Handyman, while the soon-to-launch Best You repurposes editorial from Best Health, which RDA launched in Canada last year. Organizer Meg Weaver, who runs Woodenhorse Publishing, said writers are asking other writers, family and friends not to purchase the magazines. “We want to make Fresh Home and Best You RDA’s most spectacular flops,” Weaver wrote in a statement. “What caught my eye was the interview of RDA’s Alyce Alston by Samir Husni in which Ms. Alston stated that without ‘repurposing’ material, these magazines would not have been able to launch,” Weaver told FOLIO:.  “This didn’t ring true to me, as writing fees have become miniscule compared to the budget of a 300,000 circ magazine.  So, I asked for clarification and, eventually, received an answer, which basically said: We don’t care where we get our content.”In an e-mail to Weaver posted on the Woodenhorse Web site, RDA’s Home & Garden and Health & Wellness Group editor-in-chief Neil Wertheimer defended RDA, describing it as one of the “largest and proudest users of freelance writers in America.” He indicated that just two short features and seven do-it-yourself projects were repurposed.“All other content was original and written either by American freelancers or American staff editors,” Wertheimer wrote. “Our freelancers were paid very fair and competitive wages under contracts they happily signed. Yes, we did use work-for-hire contracts, but that is because the articles we commissioned were OUR ideas, and we pitched them to the writers. Frankly, they were thrilled to get the work and to participate in the launch of a great new magazine.”“That is a deplorable attitude of a major publisher,” Weaver said. “ I would like to change that and start a communication between writers and publishers to arrive at a more equitable situation that will be a win for everybody, including the readers.””Ms. Weaver’s accusations serve no one, especially writers,” an RDA spokesperson told FOLIO:. “Worse still, she chose to further disseminate these statements in a press release even after being made aware of the facts.  So it’s a small amount of ado about nothing.”In a previously announced partnership with Saddleback Valley Community Church pastor Rick Warren, RDA in January launched the Purpose Driven Connection, a quarterly magazine featuring all original content.RDA Restructuring?The boycott news comes after reports that RDA has hired law firm Kirkland & Ellis to explore restructuring options, including a possible bankruptcy filing. RDA also has hired financial adviser Miller Buckfire. Both firms will “assist the company in staying ahead of the problems in the market by exploring strategic initiatives, including, but not limited to, raising additional capital and easing our debt burden,” the spokesperson said. Last month, credit agency Moody’s called RDA’s credit structure “unsustainable” and said the company—which is owned by Ripplewood Holdings—may violate its covenants, or restructure, within the next 18 months.“This isn’t terribly surprising,” said DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “Most of the media companies that were acquired by private equity firms over the past few years—and therefore are saddled with a substantial amount of bank debt—are examining their options, which typically include refinancing or restructuring.”last_img read more

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first_imgHesha ChimahPR HandoutHesha Chimah is one of the most popular beauty blogger’s in our country today. She is also a fashion and wellness TV and Web host. For quite a long time, Hesha is working in the fashion and lifestyle industry, which has helped her grow over the past decade and gain immense popularity.Hesha started her career as a content writer with Channel [v] & few months down the line, her knack for fashion landed her a job as an assistant stylist for 3 shows for the same channel at an early age of 19. After that, she worked as an assistant guest stylist for Kaun Banega Crorepati 7. Along with that, the talented fashionista also dressed several television actors for red carpet appearances, social events and more.Hesha also worked for a lot of renowned magazines and publications. However, she wanted to do more given her passion and love for fashion and style. In 2014, Hesha Chimah quit her job and started her very own blog ‘The Style Company’ which within its very first month was listed in the top 50 beauty blogs in India. After this big hit, there was no looking back for Hesha and she collaborated with many popular lifestyle, fashion and beauty brands.Her in depth understanding of Social Media Marketing & Public Relations led her to consult with a popular Mumbai based PR agency as a digital publicist for renowned industry labels such as Manish Malhotra, Kama Ayurveda, Four Seasons Hotel, H&M among many others in 2016.Since then, there was no stopping. It was her skill set of being a natural in front of the camera with her flair for content creation that landed her the role of a Consulting Fashion & Beauty Director of a popular entertainment portal at the early age of 26 that allowed her to showcase her talent to a larger audience.All thanks to her popularity, talent and hardwork, Hesha Chimah has interviewed many Bollywood celebrities on her blog such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Tabu, Kiara Advani, Pooja Hegde to name a few. She was also spotted with Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Rahul Bose at the opening ceremony of Mumbai’s first ever Walkathon end of last year.Today, Hesha is a household name with her own TV show Apna Khayal Rakehin on TataSky Beauty where she creates 30 minutes of episodic content in Hindi and provides affordable at home beauty and grooming tips on skincare, haircare and more.last_img read more

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first_imgPresident Donald Trump arrives for a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. India is under huge US pressure to keep Huawei out. ReutersThere is intense speculation in telecom circles whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be able to resist US President Donald Trump’s pressure to keep out Chinese telecom giant Huawei from supplying 5G technology. A recent circular that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) under S Jaishankar issued seeking the views of all stakeholders on a US warning to companies against supplying US-origin technologies or products to Huawei is an indication of how carefully the government is handling the US-China trade wars and Huawei matter.A former career diplomat, Jaishankar has served as India’s ambassador to Washington and Beijing and is considered cued in on the ways these governments respond to similar situations. He was also foreign secretary from 2015 to 2018 when the Indian external affairs department watched the phenomenon of Trump evolve. His longest stint in a foreign mission was in Beijing from 2009 to 2013 making him aware of the way the establishment led by President Xi Jinping could respond to international pressure.The exercise is of extreme importance in view of the announcement by Minister of Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad that 5G technology trials will begin as early as possible. Huawei holds the most number of 5G patents and is a major player on the global stage. Some officials think keeping Huawei out would affect India’s technological progress. The other two players, Ericsson and Nokia, are European companies and there is some suspicion in government circles about their long-term dependability. The MEA circular was reportedly in response to a letter from Washington warning Indian government that companies found supplying equipment or other products of American origin to Huawei or its units could face punitive action, a report on the Economic Times website said. The May 27 letter sent to MEA is seen as part of US efforts to intensify pressure on India to act against the Chinese company, the report said. The MEA sought the views of the Department of Telecom (DoT), Niti Aayog, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Commerce and the principal scientific adviser on the implications of US curbs on Huawei on Indian firms, the report says citing a senior government official. India is treading carefully on the matter of allowing Huawei 5G technology into the country in view of US pressure. FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty ImagesThe MEA wants the stakeholders to examine the information provided by the US, including the possibility of action against Indian firms that supply US-origin software and equipment to Huawei. It also wants their views on the recommendations of a recent 5G security conference at Prague and overall opinion on the matter, the official said. The recommendations of the Prague conference that took place in May and attended by telecom czars of 32 countries (China was not an invitee) had been “general” and did not single out any company.The US communication targeted Huawei and a list of companies and entities identified as its units. These included 35 companies registered in China and their affiliates such as Huawei Sri Lanka, Huawei Pakistan and Huawei Hong Kong.An official said the Prague summit called for a robust security framework, according to the report. “A country’s communications system should be designed with resilience and security, and should have its own security policies,” he said, citing the summit’s recommendations. It didn’t name any company or country.last_img read more

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first_img Parenting just got a lot easier with the Kano Computer Kit Complete.The DIY laptop, powered by Raspberry Pi 3 and Kano OS, is a comprehensive learn-to-code tool for kids of all ages (starting at six years).For $250, get all the bits, buttons, and boards necessary to build your own PC: HDMI cable, speaker, wireless keyboard, SD card, sound sensor, 10.1-inch HD display, three-port USB hub, and battery.An included storybook serves as your coding counselor; follow step-by-step challenges for more than 150 hours of creative play.Inside the box (via Kano)Using real programming languages like Javascript and Python, consumers are encouraged to get creative—make art, games, and apps, hack Minecraft, go on command-line adventures, and explore in Story Mode.The portable PC also works with popular Web services like YouTube, WhatsApp, Google Maps, and Wikipedia.“It’s a fun way to make, play, and express your creativity with technology, and not just consume it,” Kano’s product page said. “We guarantee that no technical wizardry is required.”Computer Kit Complete works out of the box with Kano’s Pixel Kit ($79.99) and Motion Sensor Kit ($29.99), and connects to Kano World—an online community for makers to share projects.The “backpack-friendly” device comes with colorful components, a protective case, parental controls, and a rechargeable battery (which should provide about four hours at a time of continuous use).Set to ship on Nov. 20, the Computer Kit Complete is available now to pre-order for $249.99.Get your code on (via Kano)Unlike the Kano Computer Kit 2017 ($149.99), Computer Kit Complete does not include a programmable light ring for making light shows.The cheaper model, released in March with many of the same features as its next-gen sibling, hooks up to a TV or monitor for hours of coding fun. Snag a Computer Kit direct from Kano, or via Amazon.com, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and Target.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land DroneLego’s New Boost Coding Kits Let You Build and Control R2-D2 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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