‘I had to push you’, a determined De Grasse tells an amused Bolt

first_imgUsain Bolt is not doubt the fastest man on earth. He never frets, rarely takes strain but is always seen leading the pack at the finish line. At Rio, Bolt has been hardly challenged that he has had enough time for the photographers during the races.  ‘The Lightning Bolt’ as he is called has already won a Gold in his 100 metre sprint adding to his Olympic medal tally and is in the quest for his eighth later on tonight when he touches down the track in the 200 metre event. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)In a light hearted incident that happened last night, the whole world witnessed what was nearly an upset.  Bolt, in his typical fashion, was jogging midway through the race after taking a healthy lead over his opponents. With nobody in contention, Bolt slowed down a little and that didn’t go down well with De Grasse it seemed as he pushed himself to the limit and almost caught Usain until the latter realised him closing in when he looked sideways. Bolt managed to survive the De Grasse scare and crossed the finish line to come first with a timing of 19.78 seconds.As the event was over, the Jamaican was within his rights to ask De Grasse about his sudden acceleration and more effort towards the end as sprinters don’t put in too much effort in a semi-finals and heats. A laughing De Grasse replied that he had to push Bolt and he managed to do that. (Also read: Usain Bolt through to 200m final but Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake crash out)advertisementAs he gets ready to grab his eight straight Olympic Gold later tonight, Bolt would certainly not want to take any risks. De Grasse would have to come up with something special if he wants to beat the thundering Bolt.Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse smiling at each other during the 200m semis pic.twitter.com/NavVA3j7jq St_Hill (@St_Hill) August 18, 2016last_img read more

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World Champion Petrounias Undergoes Surgery in France

first_imgATHENS – World champion and Olympic gold medallist Lefteris Petrounias, who competes in the still rings event in artistic gymnastics, underwent surgery to his left shoulder in Annecy, France, on Monday to correct a problem with his tendon that has troubled him for some months. The surgery was held in the morning and the Greek champion will remain in the Annecy General Clinic for 24 hours. Petrounias, who won the gold medal on Friday at the World Championship in Doha, will stay in France for a couple of days for the doctors to monitor his post-op course and return to Athens by the end of the week.According to the rehab programme, the 27-year-old athlete will start full training in three months, while he will be ready to compete again in five months.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Apollon Awarded Win by Cyprus FA Due to Ineligible Player

first_imgNICOSIA (AP) — Apollon Limassol got a three-point boost Monday when the Cyprus Football Association overturned a 1-0 loss to Anorthosis Famagusta earlier this month following a ruling that Anorthosis’ goalkeeper was ineligible to play in the match.In a 17-page ruling, the FA’s sports adjudicator ruled that Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Odinaka Uzoho played on Feb. 2 with an invalid health certificate and awarded Apollon the win while docking Anorthosis six points.Uzoho was handed a one-match suspension and a fine of 1,000 euros ($1,130). The Cyprus Sports Organization had initially declared Uzoho’s health certificate void as of Feb. 9, but in a follow-up decision Monday annulled it altogether, saying that it considered the document “as never having been issued.”The matter, which rankled Cyprus’ fervent soccer fans for nearly two weeks, was raised after Apollon alleged Uzoho’s health certificate may have been obtained using forged medical documents.Apollon said the health certificate had been issued hours before Uzoho arrived in Cyprus, meaning he hadn’t even undergone the necessary medical exams for the document to be valid. Uzoho joined Anorthosis on loan from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna on Jan. 31.The decision will not go into effect for eight days but means that Apollon could move to first place in the Cyprus First Division with a win or draw against APOEL, which leads the table, on Sunday.A police investigation is currently underway. Last week, a Cyprus court ordered a 42-year-old man to be held in police custody for three days, but he was released without investigators seeking to extend his detention.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic sets up US Open final with Juan Martin del Potro

first_imgNovak Djokovic outclassed Kei Nishikori in straight sets in the US Open semi-final on Friday. In Sunday’s final, Djokovic will take on Juan Martin del Potro, who advanced after world No.1 Rafael Nadal retired with a knee injury.The Serb beat Japan’s Nishikori 6-3 6-4 6-2 in second semi-final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.Del Potro won the first semi-final earlier in the day after defending champion Nadal retired after the second set.A weary and wounded Nadal was trailing del Potro 7-6(3) 6-2, sending the Argentine back to the Flushing Meadows final for the first time since his 2009 triumph. Rafael Nadal retired with a knee injury (Reuters Photo)Djokovic, this year’s Wimbledon champion, kept Nishikori under relentless pressure, carving out 17 break point opportunities and winning 80 percent of his own first serve points to win in two hours and 23 minutes.”We’ve played 18 times. I have tremendous respect for him as a person and a player.”@DjokerNole’s thoughts on @delpotrojuan #USOpen pic.twitter.com/ytvBJfdvVvUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2018Twice champion Djokovic, who reached his eighth final at Flushing Meadows and is seeded sixth this year, broke Nishikori in his first service game and closed out the opening set with an ace in 37 minutes without facing a break point.”It felt really good,” Djokovic said courtside. “Easier said than done – you have to execute the shots against Kei Nishikori, who is one of the quicker movers on the tour.”Nishikori improved in the second set, coming to the net more often, but Djokovic was in imperious form. He fended off the only two break points he faced and broke the Japanese again for a 3-2 lead.advertisement Juan Martin del Potro reached the US Open final for the first time since 2009 (Reuters Photo)The Serb dominated from the baseline while Nishikori’s cause was undermined by 51 unforced errors.Djokovic, who was forced to skip last year’s tournament due to an elbow injury and returned to the tour this year after surgery, said he was thrilled to be back on the big stage.”It means the world to me obviously,” he added. “Like thousands of other tennis players around the world I’m trying to be the best I can be.”9 years later:@delpotrojuan will contest his 2nd Grand Slam final here in Flushing Meadows.The 2009 champion awaits the winner of Djokovic/Nishikori…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/lPhFY8AafGUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018Reaching a second consecutive Grand Slam final suggests the 13-time major champion is nearly back to his best, though he will need to be even more clinical against Del Potro, who has only dropped one set in six matches in New York.Nishikori began the third set with a confident hold of serve but the 28-year-old made four unforced errors in his next service game to set Djokovic on the road to victory.Unfortunately, Rafa Nadal has retired after 2 sets in the semifinals, sending Juan Martin del Potro through to the final…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/uegztbgIylUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018The Japanese player’s spirit was finally broken and his serve followed, with Djokovic claiming his fourth break with a fist-pumping celebration before serving for the match.for a champion…@delpotrojuan always showing respect…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/GaukdtprbLUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018The 31-year-old, who was beaten by Nishikori at Flushing Meadows in 2014, sealed victory on his second match point to improve his head-to-head record against the Japanese to 15 wins from 17 meetings.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Mumbai University 2019: UG first merit list released, check all details here

first_imgMU UG first merit list 2019: Mumbai University first merit list for admission to first year undergraduate courses has been released. The merit list has been released online on the official website of the affiliated colleges. The merit list was released on June 17, 2019 at 5 pm. Interested candidates can visit the official website of the respective college and check the merit list.This year the Mumbai University received a total of 7.8 lakh applications from 2.6 lakh candidates. The document verification process for candidates who are seeking admission through the first merit list will begin from today, June 18, 2019. Candidates will be able to submit the application fee from June 18, 2019 to June 20, 2019. The Merit list was expected to release earlier on June 13, 2019 but due to delay in submission of MSBSHSE HSC marksheet the merit list has been released on June 17, 2019.Mumbai university UG first merit list 2019: Important datesThe first merit list has been released on June 17, 2019The second merit list is expected to release on June 20, 2019The document verification process will begin from June 20, 2019Submition of the application fee from June 20, 2019 to June 22, 2019The third merit list is likely to release on June 24, 2019Document verification for third merit list is from June 24, 2019Mumbai university UG first merit list 2019: Documents RequiredCandidates will require some important documents during admission. Check the list of the required documents here.Candidate’s passport size photographScanned signature of the applicantSelf-attested class 10 certificate/ mark sheet containing the date of birthSelf-attested Class 12 certificate or marksheetCaste certificate (if the candidate belongs to reserved category)EWS Certificate is a candidate is applying under reserved quotaSelf-attested copies of sports and ECA certificatesadvertisementAbout Mumbai University:The university aims to provide a free and conducive atmosphere for creative thinking and impart deep disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary bandwidth to the learners in order to make them problem solvers, leaders, and entrepreneursIt has a mission to assimilate and transmit the values of honesty, equality, human dignity, and inclusivityIt encourages making optimum use of available resources and investments through unconventional meansIt has an objective to undertake research in frontier and emerging areas to advance knowledge and through innovation turn it into intellectual property and entrepreneurship to accelerate growthIt aims to contribute effectively to the welfare of society, address the local and global challenges; respecting the culture, environment, and sustainabilityREAD:Yogi Adityanath alerts education department officials to not hold files for more than 3 days, strict actions to be takenREAD: NEST Result 2019 to be out today by 5 pm @ nestexam.in: Direct link to check NEST resultslast_img read more

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Kante & Drinkwater fit to face Roma

first_imgUEFA Champions League Kante & Drinkwater available for Chelsea’s trip to Roma Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 07:14 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) N'Golo Kante - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Chelsea Roma v Chelsea Roma Antonio Conte’s midfield could be reinforced by the former Leicester City men for the Champions League meeting with Roma Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is set to call on fit-again midfield pair N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater for Tuesday’s crunch Champions League clash away to Roma.The Blues can move five points clear in Group C with a win at Stadio Olimpico, where both of Roma’s league defeats have come this term.Chelsea 7/4 to win with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kante has been sidelined for almost a month with a hamstring injury sustained on France duty, while Drinkwater only made his Premier League debut for the club as a late substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Bournemouth.The duo will come under consideration against Eusebio Di Francesco’s side, with the extent of Kante’s involvement to be determined on matchday.”We’ve recovered Drinkwater and Kante. When you’re out with an injury it takes some time to recover full fitness, though. [Victor] Moses will need some more time,” Conte said at his pre-match press conference.”Kante has trained with us. He trained also before the game against Bournemouth. I think it’s very important, in this moment, to speak with the player and then see his sensation.”There are two big games before the international break, against Roma tomorrow and then Manchester United on Sunday.”But I like to repeat that the most important thing is to go game by game. The most important game is tomorrow, against Roma.”‘If he is ready, he plays.’Antonio Conte on @nglkante.  pic.twitter.com/Ikaderu9lH— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 30, 2017Conte reiterated his confidence in the long-term future of Alvaro Morata, who on Monday stressed his satisfaction with life at the Blues having earlier voiced his desire to settle elsewhere.”I think Alvaro is a good person and is enjoying his time in London, enjoying playing with Chelsea, a great team,” Conte said.”And I know very well where he’s living now with his wife. It was the same building that I lived in last season. A lovely place, and not so far from the training ground.”When you stay abroad to work, and above all you work with a lot of pressure, it’s good to have your family with you. This season, for example, I solved this problem because my family stay with me and we’re enjoying our time living in Cobham.”We are enjoying London, enjoying this league. It’s a fantastic experience for me, for Alvaro, for every single player who decides to have this fantastic experience in a really tough league.”last_img read more

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10 months agoCasemiro ‘so happy’ with Real Madrid return

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Casemiro ‘so happy’ with Real Madrid returnby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCasemiro is excited to be back in the Real Madrid team this week.The midfielder featured in the Club World Cup semifinal against Kashima Antlers.Casemiro said, “I’m so happy to be back playing with my teammates. It’s been a harsh lesson but I’m back now and I’m ready when the coach needs me. I would like to thank the doctors and the physios for how much they’ve helped me and the kindness they’ve shown. “They’ve been keen to get me back playing. Now I have to get back match-fit so I can play like I was doing before the injury. “We go away with the job done, we’re very happy. We have to respect the opposition, it’ll be a tough game. If they’re in the final, they’re there on merit. We’re eager to win the final because it’s a hugely important title for us. We have to head into this game as we always do, this club always demands the best.” last_img read more

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Virginia Tech DE Trevon Hill Reportedly Makes Transfer Decision

first_imgVirginia Tech helmets.BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 03: Virginia Tech Hokies players’ helmets rest on the field prior to the Hokies’ game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Lane Stadium on September 3, 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)Update: Trevon Hill appears to be pushing back on the report of his transfer to Miami. Stay tuned.@TheStateOfTheU you probably seen this but pic.twitter.com/1yZrXPiqZO— #MakeTheCribGreat (@PhinsCulture) January 24, 2019Earlier: Although most of the marquee names in the NCAA transfer portal were quarterbacks, defensive lineman Trevon Hill also made the decision to leave Virginia Tech.Hill finished three seasons with the Hokies, registering 11.5 sacks, 94 tackles and forced a fumble.With the former Virginia Tech defender entering his final season of eligibility, he’s been actively searching for another football program to call home. Considering that he was dismissed from the team due to an incident with his coaching staff during last year, it’s imperative that he makes the most of his next opportunity.It appears Hill wants to remain in the ACC and also play for one of the best defensive minds in football.Christopher Stock of 247Sports is reporting that Hill is expected to transfer to the Miami Hurricanes.Manny Diaz has already added UCLA defensive tackle Chigozie Nnoruka through the transfer market, as he is clearly looking to add experience in the trenches.Via @247CanesFormer Virginia Tech DE Trevon Hill is expected to transfer to Miami pic.twitter.com/zJGK4KOsWm— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) January 24, 2019After a very disappointing season back in 2018, the Hurricanes are looking to bounce back under Diaz.The main concern for Miami will be based on which quarterback wins the starting job. However, it should be noted that Diaz already landed Tate Martell earlier in the month.If Hill does in fact leave from Virginia Tech to Miami, he’ll anchor the defensive line for the Hurricanes and give Diaz the veteran presence he needs.last_img read more

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BIMCO Dry Bulk Fleet Tops 800 Mn dwt

first_imgzoom Driven by a drop in dry bulk demolition and a surge in deliveries, the dry bulk fleet grew by 2.6% year-on-year in January 2017 exceeding 800 million dwt, according to shipping association BIMCO.Dry bulk demolition was halved in the first month of 2017 when compared to the same period a year earlier, while total dry bulk deliveries reached the highest level since January 2013.As the fleet continued growing at 2.8% in February 2017, BIMCO informed that if the fleet growth remains above 2%, the dry bulk shipping industry “cannot rely on global demand to cure the oversupply caused by this fundamental imbalance in the market.”The shipping association said that industry actions, such as demolition, need to get back to the activity levels seen in the first half of 2016, where demolition figures balanced out close to 80% of the inflow of new dry bulk ships to the market.Despite an uneasy start to 2017, fleet growth will start to stagnate and BIMCO expects to see a supply growth of 1.6% for the whole of 2017.“We expect to see an increase in the fleet across the board for dry bulk shipping in the first quarter of 2017, in part because this is always the quarter with the most deliveries of newbuilt ships,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.Some 19 million dwt could be sent to the shipbreaking yards in 2017, less than the previous two years of demolition activity when the industry scrapped around 30 million dwt annually.Segmented demolition and delivery activityThe capesize segment breached the 2% fleet growth barrier in January 2017, after a constant increasing growth rate during 2016, since a 0% fleet growth rate in January and February 2016.This increasing capesize fleet growth is a result of capesize deliveries exceeding demolition activity. The first half of 2016 saw net capesize fleet growth of 0.3 million dwt and 5.6 million dwt in the second half of the year. In the first two months of 2017, the capesize fleet has grown by 2.2 million dwt.The panamax segment experienced a stall in fleet growth in the first three quarters of 2016, which led to a decrease in the growth rate. As the second half of 2016 delivered the lowest number of panamax bulkers in seven years, the demolition activity also stalled and the year on year fleet growth went from – 0.3% in October 2016 to 1.7% in February 2017.The handymax achieved the largest drop in fleet growth rates of all four segments, as it decreased from 7.2% in January 2016 to 4.9% in October 2016. However, it is still the highest fleet growth rate across all dry bulk segments, but shows an increasing willingness towards scrapping, as 4.3 million dwt of demolished handymax tonnage in 2016 was the second highest ever.The handysize segment saw the lowest amount of dwt entering the market in eight years, while demolition activity also dropped to the lowest amount of dwt in six years. Thereby, the dry bulk shipping industry did not reap the full benefit of the reduced handysize deliveries, although handysize fleet growth decreased from 1.7% to 1.5% during 2016.last_img read more

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Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

first_imgNEW YORK — The Associated Press has found that researchers who reported the role of Israeli spyware in the targeting of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle are in turn being targeted by international undercover operatives.Twice in the past two months men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance.Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert on Friday described the stunts as “a new low.”Who these operatives are working for remains a riddle, but their tactics recall those of private investigators who assume elaborate false identities to gather intelligence or compromising material on critics of powerful figures in government or business.Raphael Satter, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Lisbon Court Sentences Moroccan Man For Recruiting for ISIS

Rabat – On July 9, the Court of Lisbon sentenced Moroccan national Abdessalam Tazi to 12 years in prison for his involvement with ISIS.The judge sentenced Tazi after the Portuguese court found the defendant guilty of recruiting young Moroccans to fight for ISIS. Most of the young men recruited by Tazi were of Moroccan nationality.The 65-year-old Moroccan national was convicted on seven charges. Besides recruiting fighters for ISIS, he was found guilty of providing financial support to the terrorist group via forged credit cards. However, the public prosecution office failed to find evidence proving Tazi’s direct affiliation with the leaders of ISIS. During the hearing, the prosecutor recognized that Tazi was a highly intelligent person who had been able to bring Moroccan citizens to Portugal with the intention of sending them to Syria.Tazi’s lawyer, Lopez Guerrero, told reporters that he was surprised to hear the verdict, stating that he was considering an appeal. “He was acquitted of belonging to an international terrorist organization, but he was convicted of recruiting people to an organization he does not belong to,” he added. read more

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Darfur after ouster of aid groups UN focuses on minimizing immediate risks

13 March 2009The United Nations system is focusing on the immediate risks posed to the 4.7 million people dependent on humanitarian aid in Sudan’s war-racked Darfur region after the ordered expulsion of 13 aid groups, a spokesperson for the Organization said today. At the same time, UN officials continued to press for the reversal of the decision of the Sudanese Government on expelling the non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which came immediately after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir last week for alleged crimes committed in the region.Fighting between Government troops, their allied militias and rebels has led to the deaths of an estimated 300,000 people and displaced some three million more in Darfur since 2003.The results of an ongoing joint UN-Sudanese mission to assess current needs will be made public next week after it competes its work on 18 March, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that the planned distribution of two months rations to the 1.1 million people who had been served by the expelled by partner NGOs would begin in the coming days, probably Sunday or afterward.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is concerned by the impact on the quality and the distribution of water, said it was working with the Government and its UN partners to meet immediate needs and to assure the most urgent needs could be met for up to three months. An urgent priority of the World Health Organization (WHO) is containing the spread of a meningitis outbreak in the Kalma Camp in southern Darfur. Fifty-four cases, four of them fatal, have already been diagnosed.Meningitis is very dangerous, especially in crowded areas, WHO pointed out, warning that if people are not immunized rapidly, the disease would spread.The health agency said its work is made much more difficult because some of the expelled NGOs had been doing surveillance and detection of such outbreaks on a daily and weekly basis. They are also on the frontline of the fight against malnutrition and water-borne and insect-borne diseases, and worked actively on reproductive health issues, WHO said. read more

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Weak global conditions to keep Canada in slow lane until 2013 OECD

The risk of a new major (global) contraction cannot be ruled outOTTAWA — With global conditions weakening, Canada’s economy will remain in the slow growth lane until the middle of next year, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development predicts in a new forecast.The OECD projects Canada’s economy will grow by 1.5% in the final three months of this year, and advance only 1.8% in 2013.Next year’s projection is half a point below the Bank of Canada’s official forecast, although the two institutions agree that 2014 will see an improvement to 2.4% growth.The Bank of Canada may need to raise its benchmark lending rate by the second half of next year to avoid inflation, the OECD said.While growth will remain “moderate” until the middle of 2013, “economic slack is not large,” the OECD said.Canadian household debt has surged to a record amid low interest rates, prompting policy makers to warn of risks to the country’s financial system.The OECD said the tightening of mortgage-insurance rules by the government in June will cool house prices. “If housing- market imbalances worsen, the government should respond with further macro-prudential measures,” the OECD said, referring to regulatory steps rather than monetary action.Overall, the Paris-based organization’s analysis mirrors that of the Canadian central bank and that of many private sector economists in most respects.The OECD blames weak export markets abroad, government austerity and high household indebtedness at home as the key reasons for the lacklustre projections.But its outlook for Canada is still far stronger than for Europe, which is expected to remain in recession through most of 2013.And Canada’s growth rates are stronger than the average in the 34 nations of the OECD, which includes most of the industrialized world.While the international organization does not see the Canadian economy slumping, it cautions that policy-makers should be prepared for shocks.“Federal and provincial budget consolidation is needed and welcome, but if new shocks were to weaken underlying growth materially, the pace of debt reduction should be slowed,” the report states.The report’s outlook for the world is decidedly bleaker than for Canada, pointing out that after five years of crisis, the global economy is again weakening, and risks proliferate.“The risk of a new major contraction cannot be ruled out,” said Pier Carlo Padoan, the OECD’s chief economist, citing the ongoing recession in the euro area, a below-par economy in the U.S., and a slowdown in many emerging markets.Referring to the problems in Europe, he said it is “not difficult to imagine a situation in which something goes wrong.”If that happened, Canada would be impacted through the trade, financial market and confidence channels, the OECD said, but noted that the country is much more dependent on the U.S., whose economy is better balanced.In fact, the OECD anticipates the U.S. will speed up faster than Canada’s next year at 2% and in 2014, at 2.8% growth.Because the U.S. is starting from further behind, Canada will still maintain an advantage in the recovery over its southern neighbour, however. For instance, the organization projects Canada’s unemployment rate will fall below 7% by 2014, while in the U.S., it is expected to remain close to 8%.With files from Bloomberg read more

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Four Sri Lankan refugees detained with coral reefs

The seized coral reef and the arrested refugees were handed over to the Forest Department for further action. The arrested refugees were; S. Selvakumar (28), S. Anandaraja (48), I. Parthiban (20) and C. Diwakaran (21). Coral reefs weighing about 20 kg were seized from four Sri Lankan refugees by the Q Branch police in the Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, India.The Hindu newspaper quoted police sources as saying that the coral reefs were seized during the regular raid conducted by the Q branch police in the refugee camp at Kozhiporvilai near Kaliyakavilai. The refugees reportedly confessed to the police that they brought the coral reef banned under the Schedule I of the Wildlife Act from Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour in Kerala for using them in fish tanks. read more

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Loonie heads higher despite disappointing Chinese manufacturing data

Loonie heads higher despite disappointing Chinese manufacturing data by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2013 9:04 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar headed higher Thursday despite weaker-than-expected manufacturing data from China.The loonie climbed 0.73 of a cent to 97.14 cents US.HSBC reported that its preliminary Purchasing Managers Index fell to a seven-month low of 49.6 in May from April’s 50.4. Numbers below 50 indicate that activity is contracting. Analysts had expected a more modest decline to 50.3.The disappointing data had spurred concerns over the future outlook for commodities, like copper.“People, I think, are selling equities and taking comfort in either bonds or currencies because the Canadian dollar was weaker yesterday,” said John Tsagarelis, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.But he added that if the Chinese data continues to worsen, the Canadian dollar will likely follow.“Given what’s happening in China, I can’t imagine if commodities are weakened, the Canadian dollar will stay where it is,” said Tsagarelis.The loonie has been declining against the strong U.S. dollar, with some expecting the currency to stray further from parity, a position it was close to just a few weeks ago.On the commodities front, June gold bullion continued to show strength, rising $24.40 to US$1,391.80 an ounce. The July crude contract was down three cents to US$94.25 a barrel, while July copper fell eight cents to $3.30 a pound. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Short survey UN News wants to know what you think

A year ago, the multimedia news hub changed a lot, to improve the way it delivers the latest information through videos, audio, social media, text stories, and more.To take stock of the improvements made and understand how to better meet the information needs of those interested in the work of the UN, the team is inviting everyone to take a very quick survey and provide feedback.It’s only seven questions, and it doesn’t take more than four minutes!CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATEWe look forward to hearing from you! The survey will close at the end of the day on 25 March. read more

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Football Wall Street Journal lists Ohio State as the most valuable college

Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s football team might only be No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Poll Rankings, but it ranks as the most valuable program in college football, being evaluated at more than $1 billion, according to a study done by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, and published in the Wall Street Journal.Brewer’s exact value estimate of the program is $1,510,482,000, one of only three teams that is worth more than $1 billion, with Texas being evaluated at $1.24 billion and Oklahoma at $1 billion. Michigan was the only other Big Ten team in Brewer’s top 10, ranking at No. 6 with a value of $893 million.Brewer told the Wall Street Journal that he could envision the Longhorns surpassing the Buckeyes and that the adjusted revenue Texas brings in annually is higher than Ohio State’s, but that the on-field success of the Buckeyes and lack thereof from the Longhorns pushes Ohio State out in front.The study was conducted in a way to try and measure how much a team would be worth if it were sold on the open market like a professional sports team. With that said, Ohio State would rank last among all NFL teams in terms of total value, as the 32nd team in the NFL is the Buffalo Bills worth $1.6 billion, according to Forbes. The Dallas Cowboys are No. 1 with a current value of $4.8 billion.Ohio State was ranked No. 1 last year in the same study, also conducted by Brewer. At the team, it was valued at $946.6 million, indicating a 59.6 percent increase from last season.Ohio State reserve quarterback Joe Burrow weighed in on the news.Our team is worth 1.5 BILLION dollars but it wouldn’t be fair to other students if we get a free hamburger https://t.co/SKHPmhzeRq— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) September 22, 2017 read more

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Eight in ten offers are unconditional at one British university Ucas figures

The number of unconditional offers has risen sharply in recent years Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The number of unconditional offers has risen sharply in recent years Eight in ten offers are unconditional at one British university, new figures from Ucas show.Suffolk University promised 1,110 offers to students last summer irrespective of their A-level grades.Unconditional offers made up 83.8 per cent of all offers the university made in 2018, rising steeply from the 23 per cent it made the year before.There are ten universities that gave more than half of their offers as unconditional last year, according to data published by the university admissions service in its end of cycle report.The number of unconditional offers has risen sharply in recent years, with students now 30 times more likely to receive one than five years ago.Fierce competition between universities to attract students has seen sixth form pupils increasingly offered places regardless of their exam results.Some institutions hand out “incentivised” offers, where they tell students that their offer will be unconditional but only if they accept it as their first choice university.For the first time, Ucas has published an in depth study into the rise of unconditional offers as part of its annual end of cycle report.“The growth in unconditional offer-making since 2013 is the consequence of a combination of the growing number of providers that use unconditional offers, and among those providers, the increasing extent to which they do so,” the report said.”However, while the number of providers making unconditional offers has increased each year since 2013, a number of providers have only done so for one or two cycles, then reduced or halted their use of unconditional offer-making.” Earlier this month, the higher education watchdog warned that universities making unconditional offers may be breaking the law by “pressure selling”’ to students.The Office for Students published a report which found that applicants who accept an unconditional offer are more likely to miss their predicted A-level grades by two or more grades.Nottingham University announced that it will cease giving out unconditional offers from this September onwards.It is the first Russell Group university to do so, and cited concern at the “reported variation” between predicted and actual A-level results for students with unconditional offers, indicating that some pupils “may lose motivation at a critical period in their studies”.Last year, 11.4 per cent of Nottingham’s offers were unconditional making it the second highest among the Russell Group universities. Birmingham University gave out the most, at 18.9 per cent of its total.Clare Marchant, chief executive of Ucas, said: “It’s crucial that students can make well-informed choices. UCAS is here to provide step-by-step support, to help them make the right decisions for their future, including advice on unconditional offers.”Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said that the steep rise in unconditional offers is “disturbing” and should not be used as a tactic to “get students through the door”.He said: “What I find particularly concerning is the OfS’s finding of how many of those accepting unconditional offers then miss their predicted A Level grades, because if university didn’t work out for that student it is those A Level grades they would fall back on.” read more

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