Former BJP leaders join Congress in Rajasthan

first_imgFormer BJP leaders Ghanshyam Tiwari, Surendra Goyal and Janardan Singh Gehlot joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi at an event of party workers here on Tuesday. Twelve Independent MLAs were also inducted into the Congress as associate members after they agreed to support the ruling party in the Rajasthan Assembly.Mr. Tiwari, a six-time BJP MLA and considered a hardliner, had rebelled against the then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and floated the Bharat Vahini Party ahead of the 2018 Assembly elections. Mr. Goyal, a Minister in the previous Vasundhara Raje government, had resigned from the BJP after being denied ticket from Jaitaran constituency in the Assembly polls.Mr. Gehlot, who was originally in the Congress, had resigned and joined the BJP in 2008 when he was denied party ticket from Karauli constituency. Jaipur Zila Pramukh Moolchand Meena and Jaipur Mayor Vishnu Lata also joined the Congress at the meeting of booth-level party workers, who were identified and trained for the Lok Sabha election campaign.Welcoming the leaders into the party fold, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said nobody could have imagined that a BJP stalwart like Mr. Tiwari could join the Congress. “Mr. Tiwari has spent 50 years in Jan Sangh, RSS and BJP. One can understand the disquiet he must have felt in the Sangh Parivar, which has posed an existential threat to the country,” he said.Mr. Tiwari, who had contested and lost from Jaipur’s Sanganer seat in the Assembly election, said he had felt that it was important to join Congress “at this juncture for the protection of democratic values”.BSP leader Dungar Ram Gedar joined the Congress as a full-fledged member. The 12 MLAs who were given associate membership of the party are Suresh Tak, Baljeet Yadav, Kanti Prasad, Ramila Khadia, Rajkumar Gaur, Laxman Meena, Babulal Nagar, Alok Beniwal, Khushveer Singh, Ramkesh Meena, Mahadev Singh Khandela and Sanyam Lodha.last_img read more

Suronjoy leads the charge of boxing trio

first_imgWhen boxers M. Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Paramjeet Samota (91+kg) step into the ring for the finals on Wednesday, they will have an opportunity to help India better their record gold haul.India had won a gold, two silver and three bronze for the best-ever boxing show at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The hosts have already gone one-up this time, having won four bronze and ensured three silver.If the Indians win even two gold, they would break the record. Suranjoy will face surprise package Benson Njangiru of Kenya; Manoj will be up against the former European champion Bradley Saunders of England and Paramjeet will clash with Tariq Abdul Haqq of Trinidad & Tobago.Leading from the front will be Suranjoy, who has won lopsided bouts so far. In the semifinals, he crushed England-born Pakistani sensation Haroon Iqbal 9-3, as he chases the seventh gold in just one-and-an-half years.But to make it a reality he has to surmount the challenge from Njangiru. The Kenyan had snatched the spoils from Botswana’s Oteng Oteng in the dying moments of their semi-final bout to emerge as a surprise winner.Suranjoy, however, is least bothered about the growing reputation of Njangiru. “I am never scared of any opponent. I will play my own game and he will play his own. The only thing I know is that I have to play a better game to win, which I am sure I will,” he said.Manoj has made a fairytale comeback by reaching the finals after remaining out of action for around two years due to a wrist injury. Though his opponent Saunders has a formidable record, he is not in awe of the Englishman.advertisement”If I can reach this far, I can cross this hurdle as well. My confidence is sky-high after defeating a few strong contenders. I am fit and I will play my natural game,” Manoj said.Paramjeet, a Commonwealth Championships gold medallist, is in pursuit of breaking the myth that the Indian heavyweights can’t excel at major tournaments.”If you have will power, you can do everything. I have the will power and strong punches. So I can demolish the opponent of any stature,” he said. The boxing bouts featuring the Indians start at 7 pm on Wednesday.last_img read more

Kei Nishikori wins 2-day five-setter, Novak Djokovic easily advances

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Women who beat Serena, Osaka in Paris are quickly gone In a match ridden with unforced errors, 15 breaks of serve, but also some beautiful shots, Nishikori prevailed after a nearly four-hour battle. Their fourth-round match had been suspended by darkness on Sunday, with Nishikori leading by two sets to one.Nishikori extended his impressive record in five-set matches to 23-6, including a 6-1 mark at the clay-court Grand Slam. He also holds the best percentage of wins in deciding sets (132-45) — either in best-of-five or best-of-three matches — since the Open Era began in 1968.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn damp conditions, Paire’s all-risk tennis was working when they came back on court. The Frenchman saved two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker and served for the match at 5-3, but he was finally made to rue his awful mistakes.“He was serving for the match, and I just tried to play one point at a time,” Nishikori said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Paire hit 15 double-faults and 79 unforced errors.“Never easy to finish a match,” Paire said. “It was tough emotionally. I’m very sad to lose this match but glad for what I did this week.”Nishikori will play in a third quarterfinal in Paris but faces a tall order in the next round. Nadal has won 10 of their 12 previous matches, including all three on clay.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic had an easier time against 45th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, becoming the first man to reach the French Open quarterfinals 10 years in a row with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory. His quarterfinal opponent will be No. 5 Alexander Zverev or No. 9 Fabio Fognini.Last year’s runner-up, Dominic Thiem, ended French hopes of Roland Garros glory by ousting Gael Monfils, the last Frenchman remaining in the draw, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT Monfils had not dropped a set in his three previous matches but could not find an answer to his opponent’s consistency. Thiem produced a superb winner in the third set when, after being dragged to the net, he chased a backhand toward the baseline and fired a winner between his legs.“He was just stronger, he impressed me a lot today,” Monfils said.In the women’s draw, Sofia Kenin and Katerina Siniakova could not follow up their upsets of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.Kenin lost to eighth-seeded Ash Barty 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, while 14th-seeded Madison Keys advanced to the last eight for the second straight year with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Siniakova.Keys and Barty will face off in the quarterfinals.“It’s going to be a tough one,” said Keys, a semifinalist in Paris last year. “I feel like clay actually suits her game really well with her kick serve and slice.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Japan’s Kei Nishikori plays a shot against France’s Benoit Paire during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)PARIS — When it comes to the deciding set, count on Kei Nishikori.The Japanese player won his eighth consecutive five-set match on Monday to defeat Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5 over two days and set up a quarterfinal against defending champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Harry Kane among the world’s finest forwards, says Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Read more Share on Twitter Pochettino said that Kane belonged in the most illustrious of company and, when making comparisons, the Tottenham Hotspur manager wondered whether there was a more lethal No9. He does not consider either Messi or Ronaldo to be pure centre-forwards.“Harry is world-class,” Pochettino said. “Of course, Messi and Cristiano are different. Today – one striker in the world, a specific position – who is better than Harry? It’s difficult to say he’s the best but he’s shown to everyone he’s one of the best. Both of his records are massive – to break the Premier League record set by Alan Shearer and then, if you see that over the last seven, eight or nine years, it’s always Messi and Cristiano and now, it’s Harry as well.”Pochettino noted that a big part of Kane’s challenge now was to maintain his level; to reproduce these numbers over a period of years. “Becoming better may be a very small step of improvement but when you are at this level, you need to fight with all your determination to keep at this level,” the Argentinian said.“To do this, you need to work hard, more than before, be more professional and more focused. If you achieve something and you say: ‘If I need to run 10 metres but I will run only nine,’ you will cheat yourself, and that is a massive problem.“The most important thing is to keep the same mentality. The secret is to work hard every day. You cannot say no for one day. That is the secret of the big players like Harry, Cristiano and Messi. You cannot afford not to work every day.”Kane promised to take his team-mates for dinner to thank them for helping him to his latest landmarks. “It was hard not to think about the records today and I’m very proud of them,” he said. “Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for so long and they’re two of the greatest players ever so it’s an honour to even be compared to them.“I’ll keep working harder. It’s about finding little per cents to get better and doing things on the training ground to make you better. How have I improved this year? I’d say physically, recovery from games, eating right and looking after my body. We have such a busy schedule but I feel sharp and I feel at my best. I’m getting more experience.”Mauricio Pellegrino did not use Virgil van Dijk for the third game in succession and the Southampton manager offered no assurances that the defender would be at the club after the January transfer window. Van Dijk pushed for a move to Liverpool last summer only to see it break down and he has now been linked to Manchester City.“We have to wait until January,” Pellegrino said. “I can’t control the market. Virgil is part of our club and he’s an important player for us but we’ll see what happens.“Manchester City? I can’t control the whispers and news from outside. We tried to do the best for the team [last summer]. The board decided to try to keep our best player at the club. This situation is a big learning curve for everybody and now we decide what is the best for the club.” Share on Pinterest Harry Kane Harry Kane breaks record in style as Tottenham brush aside Southampton Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Mauricio Pochettino asked whether there was a better centre-forward in world football than Harry Kane after watching him inspire a 5-2 rout over Southampton with a record-breaking hat-trick.Kane will finish 2017 with 39 Premier League goals – eclipsing Alan Shearer’s record from 1995 – while his tally of 56 for club and country during the calendar year makes him the leading scorer in Europe, ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.Kane has made plain his determination to one day rival Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s top player and he has achieved that over a remarkable 12 months – during which he has scored eight hat-tricks. Topics Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn news Reuse this content Southampton Share via Emaillast_img read more

The forgotten story of … the striker saved by football in Saddam’s Iraq

first_img Pinterest The forgotten story of … Di Jones and the footballers who died of tetanus Whilst in hiding, he was contacted by one of his former coaches who suggested he should return to football. He told him Salahaddin, based in Tikrit, the home city of Iraq’s president, were looking for a striker. A few minutes into the trial, Sahib had convinced them to offer him a contract. He was registered to play for the club with the Iraq FA and scored two on his debut, returning home to celebrate with Fadhil. But now, four games in, Fadhil was gone.Sahib told his mother he would go to the local security directorate to ask what had happened. As a player from Salahaddin, a club headed by a high-ranking Ba’athist official and backed by the regime, he believed he would be safe. Just in case, club president Mohammed Al-Watani – known as Abu Kahla – had given him a contact in Karbala who he said Sahib should contact if he had any problems.Sahib went to see Captain Zuhair, the contact his club president had given him. He was the man responsible for investigations at the security directorate in Karbala. “I asked about my brother,” Sahib remembers. “Who are you?” Zuhair asked in response. “Sahib Abbas,” came the reply. “We’ve been asking about you,” said the captain. “We wanted to take you at the game against Najaf but Abu Kahla said the club didn’t have a striker.”Sahib froze. The locals in Karbala had a saying that anyone who entered a security directorate building never returned. He tried to speak, but nothing came out. Zuhair told him to speak to him about what he had done against the state. “What did you want to be, the governor of Karbala? What did you do? How many did you kill? What did you bomb? Your name and file is all here.”Sahib was thrown into a jail cell. His eyes were covered and his hands were tied behind his back. He was locked up with four people who had fought with him and each day they would be taken to the interrogation rooms where they would be bloodied and beaten. They told Sahib that the beatings were because of him but that they refused to give their torturers his name. Later that day, Sahib was made to sit on an electric chair with wires placed on his feet, hands and genitalia and told that if he lied, the apparatus would know and he would immediately be electrocuted. Share on Messenger Before he had left home, Sahib had told his mother that if he was late or never returned, she should go straight to Salahaddin and tell Abu Kahla and his coach Abdelilah Abdul-Hamed where he was. And on the day of his interrogation they arrived in Karbala, partly because Salahaddin’s players had gone on strike and told management they would not play if Sahib wasn’t in the team. The next day Sahib was released with the death penalty hovering over his head lifted because of the mercy shown by his club president and the pleading of his coach. Football had saved his life but Fadhil and his four friends were executed by the state for their part in the 1991 uprisings.It was a tragedy marked by bloodshed and tears yet there was to be some good news in 2003, after the regime fell, with the discover that Sahib’s other brother, Mohammed, was still alive. The family believed he too had been killed but rather he had escaped and fled to neighbouring Iran. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Sahib Abbas, top left, during his time with Iraq’s leading club, Al-Zawraa. Photograph: Handout Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Twitter Read more Read more Sahib had two constructive seasons in Tikrit as Salahaddin’s top scorer before he orchestrated a move to the country’s top club, Al-Zawraa, where he went on to secure consecutive league and cup doubles in the mid-90s. He left Al-Zawraa in 1998 after a dispute with a member of the club’s board and for several years the sports authorities had a large red X marked by Sahib’s name so he could never play for Iraq nor move abroad to take up a lucrative contract in Qatar.However, under the immense pressure of the public, the best finisher in the Iraqi league was called up by the great coach Ammo Baba for an Asian Cup qualifier in 1996. He scored on his debut and kept his place in the squad for the finals in the UAE. Sahib went onto become the all-time top scorer in the Iraqi league with 177 goals, between 1991 and 2012, but never truly got his chance with the national side, making only 14 appearances and scoring three goals, between 1996 and 2001.Sahib went onto retire twice, first in 2010 to coach Karbala-based club Al-Hindiya before returning for a final season at the ripe old age of 41 for the Karbala Sports Club.“The bitterness of leaving football and moving away from it is mixed with the joy of the celebration and extent of the attention from the large crowd who had been a credit to me and to where I have reached,” said the now 46-year-old having recently, and unsuccessfully, ran as a political candidate – in Karbala. The forgotten story of … Luton Town’s Manager Idol Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian The forgotten story of… features Topics Reuse this content Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Iraq Just as he had done after every game, Sahib Abbas took the journey back to Karbala by bus. This time, however, there was no sign of his brother Fadhil. An amputee who had lost part of a leg during the Gulf War, his hobbling brother liked to quiz Sahib about the result as they made the 200-yard walk home, rejoicing with him when they won and commiserating when they lost. But, four matches into Sahib’s fledgling career with the top-division side Salahaddin, Fadhil was nowhere to be seen.“They came and took him a week ago,” explained Sahib’s mother when he arrived home. “They” being the security officers. It had been only few months since Saddam Hussein ordered his army to invade neighbouring Kuwait before withdrawing under the pressure of the US-led coalition. President George Bush called on the Iraqi people to take matters into their own hands and force Saddam to step down. Along with his two brothers and a group of friends, the teenage Sahib would go out in his father’s Toyota Land Cruiser and attack checkpoints held by the army. But then the government declared a complete victory and Sahib was forced to flee for his life. Since you’re here… Facebook last_img read more

Style + Tech = Stone Island mesh reflective down jacket

first_imgBehold the first-ever content series between Digital Trends and The Manual. The Bromance has begun. Since there are a plethora of brands out there melding style and technology, we thought we would take this opportunity to profile one item per week for the month of October, breaking them down and offering each of our unique takes on their tech and style components.For the whole series, click here; for a jacket that will make you 150-percent less likely to be hit by cars, read on …The Manual:When the temperatures drop, we are big fans of the local bar crawl. And taking into consideration that we will be wobbling around dark and often snowy streets till the wee hours, it sure would be nice to not get hit by a car, bike, bear or anything else for that matter. That is why we are so stoked about this new mesh reflective down jacket from Stone Island.This Italian company is known for taking fabric innovation to the next level but the “Mesh Reflective” really takes the cake. Created with highly reflective fiberglass, this sucker is like putting on a lighthouse – even the hood is made with 3M reflective material. Oh, it’s also warm as hell with its down stuffing, two waterproof zip close pockets and reverse entry hand warmer pockets. The reflective material also makes the piece water and wind resistant.This way, when you line up that cartwheel across an ice patch, which you know you were born to do, and you fall flat on your face, everybody will see it happen.Digital Trends:We agree with everything The Manual said, but feel they didn’t give enough credit where it’s due to the science behind this thing. We mean, look at this video; we defy you to explain what is going on here and what it has to do with the jacket.We get that the outer surface is comprised of “1000s of glass microspheres” that sit under a layer of mesh, and that these “1000s of glass microspheres” are bending and refracting light. And, yes, all this bending and refracting results in a jacket that appears to be shining, even in the dark.But what the hell does the telescope have to do with anything?We’re not criticizing – we’re just acknowledging that Stone Island is on to some next level stuff with the Mesh Reflective jacket, and we straight up can’t keep up. This isn’t simply a product that gloriously combines tech and style; this is a product that may be solving the problem of nuclear fusion while you’re wearing it and you wouldn’t even know! So, yeah. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Gamelast_img read more

Cecon Heading for Bankruptcy

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed subsea contractor Cecon ASA has requested from a Norwegian court to declare it bankrupt having failed to present a restructuring plan.Over the last 4 months, Cecon has been subject to compulsory composition proceedings, during which time it explored all possibilities for a debt restructuring solution which would give the creditors of the company a minimum of 25% dividend over time.“Up until very recently, the company was working on a solution that, while being complex, was promising. However and due to recent and unforeseen events, the company’s cash balance (in Escrow against the Gdf contract ) was given to GdF against the company´s will and understanding of the Escrow terms. This has eliminated a very important building block in the restructuring solution,” Cecon said in a statement.As a result, the company’s  board of directors  has decided to notify the compulsory composition committee that Cecon is unable to present a plan for a compulsory composition – whereby the committee will notify the same to the City Court of Aust-Agder and request that the company is declared bankrupt.last_img read more

ESL Shipping to Buy Swedens Shipping Firm AtoBC

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ESL Shipping Finnish dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping is to acquire all the outstanding shares of Sweden’s shipping company AtoB@C.The company said that the enterprise value is EUR 30 million (USD 34.9 million). The final purchase price will be mainly financed by Aspo’s existing financing reserves, and EUR 4.2 million will be covered by new shares issued by Aspo Plc, the owner of ESL Shipping.The transaction will require the competition authority’s approval in Finland to be completed. It is estimated that the transaction will be completed in the third quarter of 2018.AtoB@C operates 30 vessels in size of 4,000-5,000 tonnes. The company owns six dry cargo vessels in full, and it has a share of 49% of two vessels. The other 22 vessels are time-chartered.ESL Shipping informed that, with the transaction, the net sales of the company are expected to increase from EUR 80 million to EUR 160 million using the figures from 2017.“The acquisition will shift ESL Shipping to a new size class and put it in a good position to improve operational efficiency and overall profitability of the shipping company,” Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping, said.last_img read more

Province Helps Rebuild Community Hall

first_imgAn important community landmark in Halifax Regional Municipality will reopen with support from the provincial government. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris announced a $25,000 investment in the Beaver Bank Community Hall today, March 1. The building, also know as Brown Hall, was completely gutted by fire in October. An RCMP investigation determined the cause of the fire was arson. “We are proud that this investment will ensure that a cornerstone of this community will be preserved,” said Mr. Paris. “Numerous groups count on this facility for meetings, celebrations, fundraising, and recreation. I am personally relieved to know that these important events will continue to have a home in Beaver Bank.” Brown Hall, established in 1921 through the hard work and donations of area citizens, is home to the 2nd Beaver Bank Scouting group. “Brown Hall typically hosts more than 300 events each year, and this support from the province will allow us to restore what we lost and make some improvements,” said Beaver Bank Community Hall chair Brian Johnson. “If everything goes according to plan, we hope to be able to reopen at the end of March.” The total cost of this project is $99,000. HRM Councillor Barry Dalrymple will contribute $15,000 from the Capital District Fund, and the remainder will come from insurance coverage and community fundraising. The province’s investment comes from the Strategic Funding Initiative, which helps ensure economic growth and sustainable communities for Nova Scotia by building on their assets and strengths. The one-time funding is to be used for non-recurring capital costs and investments for not-for-profit organizations.last_img read more

Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTREAL — In an octagonal chamber at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, a spectator in a trance-like state hums Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as numbers on a digital display leap up to 631. That’s how many people on Earth are streaming Cohen’s version of the secular anthem right now, each represented by a recorded voice humming the song.In a nearby neighborhood is Bar Suzanne, a new speakeasy named after one of Cohen’s most celebrated muses and songs. The lyrics “takes you down”are written in bold black letters on the stairs — a playful allusion to the song. Olivier Farley, the owner, said he chose the name because “Everyone in Montreal is proud of Leonard Cohen — the French, the English; he is sacred here.”Then there is the imposing, luridly colorful mural that stretches nine full stories down the side of a building in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood. Pilgrims come daily to pay homage to the painted portrait of Cohen, staring plaintively from under his signature fedora. A second, even more towering Cohen-inspired mural, can be found in the heart of downtown. Login/Register With: Advertisement Photo: CTV New Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hydro One Q3 profit drops to 194 million from last years strong

first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – Hydro One Ltd. is reporting that its net profit decreased by 11.4 per cent in the third quarter to $194 million.The parent company of Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility says it earned 32 cents per diluted share for the period ended Sept. 30, compared with $219 million or 37 cents per share a year earlier.The prior year’s profits were boosted by regulatory catch-up revenues and a lower effective tax rate.Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits slipped 4.2 per cent to $227 million or 38 cents per share, from $237 million or 40 cents per share in the prior year.Revenues were $1.61 billion, up 3.1 per cent from $1.52 billion, reflecting higher consumption from favourable weather.Hydro One was expected to earn 35 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.61 billion in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

Opposition confident noconfidence will pass

The opposition today said it was confident the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will pass in Parliament.Former Foreign Minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian, Professor G.L Peiris said that while 112 MPs had signed the motion, there are others who could not sign it and so the actual number in the end will be higher. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena will then need to appoint a new Prime Minister who has the majority support of Parliament.“From the time Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as Prime Minister he had a minority Government and not a majority,” he said. Professor G.L Peiris also noted that the term of the current Parliament ends in 2016 and not this year.But the President needs a Government and Prime Minister who has the confidence of Parliament to pass the 20th Amendment to the constitution.Peiris also noted that the new Government has hurt China and relations with some other countries. “Some of those who support the motion could not sign it because they did not get the opportunity. But they will sign it so the number will go up,” he said. He said the concerns over the Port City Project should have been discussed with China and not make it a political issue. Peiris said that once the motion is passed with a Parliament majority, the cabinet and not Parliament, will be dissolved. The former Foreign Minister also noted that some comments allegedly made on Australia could hurt Sri Lanka’s relations with Australia. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Transat says lower loonie offset gains by Canadians escape from winter cold

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jean-Marc Eustache, president and CEO of Transat A.T. Inc., is pictured, March 11, 2009 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Transat says lower loonie offset gains by Canadians’ escape from winter cold MONTREAL – Transat A.T. says the lower loonie is offsetting any financial gains that may have come from more Canadians flying south to escape this winter’s particularly harsh weather.The Quebec-based airline and package tour operator said the sharp currency change in December and January accelerated its losses in the first quarter and will linger through the rest of the winter, a key part of its fiscal year.Transat (TSX:TRZ.B) lost $25.6 million or 67 cents per share in the three months ended Jan. 31, compared with a net loss of $15.1 million or 39 cents in the same year-earlier period.Revenues increased 5.1 per cent to $847.2, compared with $805.7 million a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, Transat lost $23.3 million or 60 cents per share in the quarter, compared with a loss of $21.6 million or 56 cents per share a year earlier. Analysts had on average expected adjusted losses would be 45 cents per share.After the results were announced, Transat’s shares plunged to as low $8.02 before recovering somewhat, closing down $1.91 or 17.35 per cent, at $9.10 Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Volume was very heavy at more than 749,000 shares, compared with a daily average of less than 164,000.Transat said the weaker dollar increased operating expenses by 2.7 per cent or $14 million, mainly for hotel and fuel costs that are largely paid for in U.S. dollars.“We would have cut the losses by half” without the currency hit, CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said Thursday.Meanwhile, Transat said it also expects its second-quarter results to be weaker than last year, despite the imposition Jan. 27 of a $35 currency surcharge on holiday packages that could generate $10.5 million in revenue over the winter.If the currency remains at its current value, the company expects costs would increase 3.7 per cent and reach $40 million for the winter period, although the impact on profits should be mitigated by higher fares, as was the case in the first quarter.Eustache said the surcharge has had no impact on consumer demand, especially as people seek to head to sun destinations.“It’s clear that the colder it is and the more it snows…the more people want to leave,” he told reporters after the company’s annual meeting in which former Quebec finance minister Raymond Bachand was elected to the board.“The worse the winter is the happier I am,” said Eustache, who joked he prayed hard for snow.The surcharge will continue through the summer on sun packages and fares purchased without hotels to Florida. However, the surcharge won’t apply to Europe.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said Transat continues to perform well below potential.“The company should not continue to lose significant money in the winter for the long term,” he wrote in a report which said the potential for a turnaround was “very significant.”“However, the probability and timing of such recovery remain unclear at this point.”The analyst said the impact of Air Canada Rouge’s 15 per cent increase in capacity on leisure transatlantic routes this summer is unclear, although early data suggests the downside may not be significant.Eustache said he sees little impact as fares are up five per cent.During the quarter, North American operations lost $25 million despite a 4.6 per cent increase in revenues. The European segment lost $8.6 million on a 8.7 per cent rise in revenues.Despite the weaker results, Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said higher average selling prices in most markets and a positive outlook for the summer is positive despite the weaker loonie.“We like management’s disciplined approach to achieving superior margins by focusing on capacity management and higher selling prices,” he wrote in a report.Transat A.T., with about 6,500 employees, is an integrated international tour operator offering packaged holidays to more than 60 countries, although it operates mainly in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin. It also operates Air Transat.Follow @RossMarowits on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the currency surcharge this summer won’t apply to flights purchased without hotels. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 6:35 am MDT read more

Cuttingedge tech a doubleedged sword for developing countries UN report

The over-riding message of the report is that appropriate, effective policies are essential, if so-called “frontier technologies” are to change the world for the better, helping us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change: without good policy, they risk exacerbating existing inequality.Amongst several positive indicators, WESS 2018 found that the energy sector is becoming more sustainable, with renewable energy technology and efficient energy storage systems giving countries the opportunity to “leapfrog” existing, often fossil fuel-based solutions.The wellbeing of the most vulnerable is being enhanced through greater access to medicines, and millions in developing countries now have access to low-cost financial services via their mobile phones.Referring to the report, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that “good health and longevity, prosperity for all and environmental sustainability are within our reach if we harness the full power of these innovations.” However, the UN chief warned of the importance of properly managing the use of new technologies, to ensure there is a net benefit to society: the report demonstrates that unmanaged implementation of developments such as artificial intelligence and automation can improve efficiency but also destroy quality jobs.“Clearly, we need policies that can ensure frontier technologies are not only commercially viable but also equitable and ethical. This will require a rigorous, objective and transparent ongoing assessment, involving all stakeholders,” Mr. Guterres addedThe Survey says that proactive and effective policies can help countries to avoid pitfalls and minimize the economic and social costs of technology-related disruption. It calls for regulation and institutions that promote innovation, and the use of new technologies for sustainable development.With digital technology frequently crossing borders, international cooperation, the Survey shows, is needed to bring about harmonized standards, greater flexibility in the area of intellectual property rights and ensuring that the market does not remain dominated by a tiny number of extremely powerful companies.Here, the UN has a vital role to play, by providing an objective assessment of the impact that emerging technologies have on sustainable development outcomes – including their effects on employment, wages and income distribution – and bringing together people, business and organizations from across the world to build strong consensus-led agreements. read more

Wednesdays Daily Brief Help for Venezuelans Burundi Ebola vaccine drive Paraguay poison

Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for millions of Venezuelans in need Burundi has received doses of the Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV to protect against the Zairian strain of the virus, which is currently affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).   ‘Palpable reduction’ in violence following Eid truce says Libya Mission, as UN investigates deadly bombing which left 3 dead  Our full coverage here. New Ebola vaccination deployed for health workers in Burundi Further scientific research is required before the vaccine can be licensed.  A collective effort to coordinate and intensify the ongoing humanitarian response, the plan aims to significantly mitigate the impact of the crisis on the country’s most vulnerable populations.  Read our story here. Disarmament discussions must make urgent progress, says UN’s new top diplomat in Geneva Tatiana Valovaya, who’s the first woman Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, as well as the first female UN Director-General in the Swiss city, warned that escalating tensions around the world were “severely jeopardizing” the gains made in the last 40 years at the Conference by Member States.   The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday a new Ebola vaccination campaign in Burundi to protect health and front-line workers there.  In a tweet on Wednesday, UNAMA, said they had died in a search operation carried out in Paktia province, in the east of the country, during the Eid festival earlier this week.      Noting that the plan “only represents a limited number of all people in need”, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that $223 million was required from donors, to achieve this goal.  UN panel urges Paraguay to probe poisonings, contamination from agrochemical sprays   The WHO-supported campaign is being implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control, and financially supported by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.  In a statement at the beginning of the month, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need to avoid what he called “destabilizing developments” and to urgently seek agreement on a new common path for international arms control.   According to the Human Rights Committee, the large-scale spraying of “toxic agrochemicals” in Canindeyú department in the east of the country, has severely-impacted living conditions, health and livelihoods.   The expert panel maintained that water resources and aquifers had been contaminated by industrial soybean production that had caused the loss of fruit trees, the death of farm animals and severe crop damage.   Following the UN’s plea last Thursday, both the forces loyal to the UN-recognized Government and the self-styled Libyan National Army of commander Khalifa Haftar, announced that they would respect a truce.   A UN call for a humanitarian truce over this week’s Eid al-Adha religious holiday led to a “palpable reduction” of violence around the embattled capital of Tripoli, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement released on Wednesday.  Ms. Valovaya’s comments follow the recent ending of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia.   The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth.   In Geneva, the UN’s top diplomat there has urged Governments at the Conference on Disarmament to be more successful in tackling global threats to peace.   It said in a statement that despite samples being found in people’s homes that showed the presence of banned chemicals many years ago, subsequent investigations had “made no substantive progress”, and had not led to any finding of criminal responsibility, or to the redress of the harm” caused.   Paraguay should take action to prosecute those responsible for the illegal use of fertilizers that allegedly led to the death of one farmer and the poisoning of at least 20 others, a UN-appointed panel of independent experts has said.   The committee also highlighted a court ruling in Paraguay which found that the authorities had failed to protect people from the toxic products, while also calling for a buffer zone between housing and growing areas.    The development, which reportedly claimed the lives of students, comes as UNAMA continues to support preparations for the delayed Afghan-led presidential election, due to take place next month.   Afghanistan: grave concern at reports 11 civilians killed by pro-Government forces The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, says it is gravely concerned at reports that 11 civilians were killed during a State-sponsored security operation.   Accountability is essential and harm to civilians must stop, the Mission insisted.   “For us to move forward and get things done to deliver on the important mandate bestowed on this body, we must ensure that the Conference does what it was intended to do”, she said, “to negotiate and agree new instruments governing complex, sensitive and urgent issues of national and international security, issues that impact on every living being on this planet.”   Although the vaccine has not yet been approved nor has its commercial use been authorized, it has shown itself to be effective and safe during Ebola outbreaks in West Africa.   New scientific, technological developments and dynamics were challenging international security, Ms. Valovaya insisted, while also calling for the Conference to “overcome their differences” in search of results.   Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 14 August on SoundCloud: read more

Andreescu reaches US Open quarters with win over Townsend

Related Stories Nadal not sure if light first week helps or hurts at US OpenTownsend moves to 4th round, Gauff faces Osaka at US OpenAndreescu defeats Wozniacki to advance to fourth round at US OpenMississauga teen Andreescu wins Rogers Cup after Williams retires NEW YORK — As she has done for most of the 2019 tennis season, Bianca Andreescu kept winning Monday night at the U.S. Open.Make that early Tuesday morning, when the 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., won her way into the quarter-finals in her first main-draw appearance at the U.S. Open.Andreescu defeated American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to advance to a final-eight meeting Wednesday with No. 25 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium.The clash between two versatile, all-court players who have so delightfully pushed the boundaries of the women’s game during this final Grand Slam of the season was highly anticipated.And from a tactical point of view, it did not disappoint.“I think I’m a pretty good problem solver on the tennis court”It wasn’t a hitting contest as much it was a chess match, played on a tennis court.It was a match of momentum swings and adjustments, as the Canadian and her 23-year-old opponent threw everything in their considerable bag of tricks at each other.Townsend’s serve-and-volley game plan had gotten her to the second week of the tournament. But she quickly had to go back to the drawing board when Andreescu had an answer for everything.The Canadian teenager had seen Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, one of her role models, fail to counter Townsend’s forward-thinking game in a shocking second-round upset.But Andreescu had solutions.The Canadian tried to keep her first-serve percentage at a high level, so Townsend wouldn’t be able to chip and charge on her weaker second serve. She put more heat on her second serve, which caused some double faults, but also kept the American from attacking as often.“I heard some Canadian fans here and there, which was nice, especially in tougher moments”She jammed Townsend with some body serves to create some awkward returns, thus reducing the American’s opportunities to take the net.Andreescu came to the net herself and finished off points with volleys. She hit drop shots to lure Townsend in under circumstances that were not of her own choosing.The Canadian also hugged the baseline on both the first- and second-serve returns, standing some six feet closer, on average, than Halep had.That positioning robbed Townsend of the element serve-volleyers most covet: those extra nanoseconds of time to get as close to the net as possible for that first volley.Andreescu directed many of her returns down the line. That’s harder to do, but she found areas of the court Townsend couldn’t cover on the volley.Andreescu also established the lob early on — something Halep never conjured up against a player who sometimes, literally, had her nose right over the net.“I think I’m a pretty good problem solver on the tennis court,” she said. “I wasn’t always very good at that. It developed over time, I guess, with practise. I’m glad that showed today.”The crowd, which had to wait more than half an hour after the end of the match between Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic, was sparser then the encounter might have deserved.Those who did stay were mostly on Townsend’s side.“I heard some Canadian fans here and there, which was nice, especially in tougher moments,” Andreescu said. “But no, it’s not easy. I tried not to pay attention to that, but it’s hard when it’s, like, everyone. I’m glad with how I managed to just keep my cool.”Andreescu countered the crowd with an aggressive presence built to quiet those fans whenever she could. The Canadian hit 13 winners and went 7-for-10 at the net in a quick first set, while holding Townsend to just seven winning points in 17 trips.Almost everything she hit went in. But those narrow margins worked against Andreescu in the second.Suddenly, she was making more errors. And it was Townsend who got off to the fast start in the second set by jumping out to a 2-0 lead.As the overhitting continued, the crowd support for her opponent increased. And for the first time in her last few matches, the pressure and stress — and the Grand Slam opportunity that beckoned enticingly — began to show a little bit.A double fault into the net — her seventh of the match — gave the second set to Townsend. And after an hour and 12 minutes, all that great work was neutralized.Townsend was only 6-for-14 at net in the second set — 13-for-31 overall.And yet, the match was dead even.“I tried to take the momentum from the first set into the second set as much as I could. She was just on top of it really in the second set. She played really, really well. She was coming up with incredible shots, just getting me off balance. Obviously the crowd really helped her, I’m sure,” Andreescu said.“But I just tried to stay in my own bubble. I tried to just focus more on myself and my game.”Andreescu was definitely unsettled and a little shaky. But she has known almost nothing but winning in 2019. And that carried her through. She found her rhythm again.Andreescu has now won her last 11 three-set matches. Andreescu defeated American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to advance.Andreescu has now won her last 11 three-set matches. Summary BROWSE Andreescu | tennis | us open read more

No 16 Seeds Are Due

1991Arkansas2034Georgia St.144896.639.0 1997Kentucky2181Montana157897.727.9 1991UNLV2187Montana159298.443.1 1999Michigan St.2112Mount St. Mary’s142898.925.0 1985St. John’s1948Southern163687.783.7 1999Connecticut2140Texas San Antonio146898.625.3 2009North Carolina2103Radford152098.010.8 1986Kansas2059North Carolina A&T151797.179.6 2005Washington1964Montana150495.217.4 2013Kansas2024Western Kentucky149997.76.5 2012Syracuse2054UNC-Asheville161994.97.5 1992Duke2209Campbell134599.738.2 1990UNLV1989Ark.-Little Rock160794.048.0 2007Kansas2063Niagara161395.212.6 This data suggests that No. 16 seeds have in fact been pretty unlucky. On average, Elo would have given the No. 1 seed a 97.6 percent chance of winning each individual game; the range runs from 99.9 percent (Duke against Florida A&M in 1999) to 87.1 percent (Memphis against Oral Roberts in 2006). But given 124 chances to pull a rabbit out of their hats, No. 16 seeds “should” have come away with about three victories, according to Elo. Furthermore, the probability of them having gone winless is only about 5 percent. I wouldn’t call the No. 16s phenomenally unlucky — we’re talking about odds of about 20-to-1 against, not 20,000-to-1 against — but this confirms my intuition that they haven’t caught very many breaks.The good news for No. 16 seeds is that their situation has been improving very slightly. Since the tournament introduced its play-in game in 2001, the average No. 16 to play a No. 1 had an Elo rating of 1504; before that, their average rating was 1470. The play-in games are helpful to the cause of the No. 16 seeds in two ways. First, the truly execrable No. 16s, like Florida A&M in 1999 (which came into the tournament with a 12-18 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), will be routed into the play-in game and will usually lose it instead of wasting one of the 16-seeds’ four opportunities. Second, the play-in winners will have a game of NCAA Tournament experience under their belts. That helps both in real life and for a team’s Elo rating, since Elo weights recent games (and especially recent tournament games) more heavily.So cheer up, Holy Cross, Hampton, Florida Gulf Coast University and Austin Peay State. Yes, you’re probably going to lose by 30 points. But sooner or later, one of you is going to make history.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. 1988Purdue2015Fairleigh Dickinson150297.562.6 1988Oklahoma2043Chattanooga152995.759.9 Embed Code 1999Duke2295Florida A&M124899.925.3 YEARNO. 1 SEEDELONO. 16 SEEDELOTHIS GAMECUM. GAMES 1985Georgetown2135Lehigh125699.7%99.7% 1989Illinois2094McNeese St.150998.553.6 1994Arkansas2001North Carolina A&T136498.932.7 2011Duke2117Hampton147598.78.2 Every No. 1 vs. No. 16 men’s NCAA Tournament matchup, ever 2015Wisconsin2129Coastal Carolina148498.95.1 1990Michigan St.2052Murray St.160794.543.8 1987North Carolina2133Pennsylvania149298.869.3 2007Florida2046Jackson St.136598.712.4 2009Connecticut2024Chattanooga150397.411.1 1995Kentucky2115Mount St. Mary’s144399.031.4 By Nate Silver 2007Ohio St.2084Central Conn. St.155097.713.2 1992Kansas2106Howard141098.937.8 2003Arizona2069Vermont148198.520.3 It’s the sort of statistic that seems ripped from pages of the Washington Generals media guide. Since the men’s NCAA Tournament went to a 64-team format in 1985, No. 16 seeds are winless: an imperfect 0-124 record.No. 16 seeds can be pretty bad basketball teams, of course. Often, they’re teams from small conferences that won automatic bids by winning their conference tournament in a series of upsets after having barely cleared .500 during the regular season. (Small-conference teams that win both the regular season and their conference tournaments will usually wind up with No. 13, 14 or 15 seeds instead.) Furthermore, No. 16s have the misfortune of being matched up against No. 1 seeds, which are theoretically the four best teams in the country.But being bad is one thing; going 0 for 124 is another. My hunch is that No. 16 seeds have been unlucky not to have pulled off at least one upset.Consider that in the 1998 women’s NCAA Tournament, No. 16 seed Harvard (those plucky upstarts) beat No. 1 seed Stanford. And in the men’s tournament, several No. 16 seeds have come close to winning. Two of them, Princeton and East Tennessee State, lost by a single point in 1989 to Georgetown and Oklahoma, respectively. The next year, No. 16 seed Murray State took Michigan State to overtime before losing by four.Meanwhile, plenty of No. 15 seeds have won. Well, not plenty, but seven of them have upset No. 2 seeds. And No. 14 seeds have beaten No. 3 seeds 20 times. These results suggest that 16-versus-1 upsets ought to be possible, especially because there isn’t always a whole lot of daylight separating teams from one seed to the next. As its choices this year made clear, the selection committee is not infallible. Sometimes a team gets seeded as a 16 when it should probably have been a 14 or 15. Sometimes a No. 1 seed should have been a No. 2 seed. If a No. 15 seed can beat a No. 2 seed, then surely a 15-seed that’s mis-seeded as 16 can beat a 2-seed that’s mis-seeded as a No. 1.But we can be more precise about this. In building our NCAA Tournament forecasts this year, we developed an Elo ratings system for college basketball. Although our forecasts for this year blend Elo with several other computer ratings, we can run Elo-based projections for past tournament games going back as far as we like.Here, then, is how Elo would have forecast every past 1-versus-16 matchup on the day it was played. Once we figure out the No. 1 seed’s odds of winning each game, we can simply multiply the probabilities to figure out their cumulative odds of winning all 124. It’s a long table, so scroll down to the bottom for the punch line. 2014Wichita St.2041Cal Poly153997.45.9 1988Temple2058Lehigh152197.258.2 1993Michigan2095Coastal Carolina146398.534.6 1990Oklahoma2101Towson150498.651.1 2013Louisville2124North Carolina A&T145199.06.8 2001Stanford2113UNC-Greensboro145999.123.4 2006Villanova2035Monmouth150597.413.7 2013Gonzaga2032Southern143598.46.7 1992UCLA1959Robert Morris148597.036.6 2006Duke2084Southern143199.116.5 1995UCLA2059Florida Intl.131399.531.2 2009Louisville2059Morehead St.153497.010.1 1993Kentucky2066Rider142798.835.1 1995Wake Forest2077North Carolina A&T136199.131.7 1994Purdue2036Central Florida137399.034.2 2000Michigan St.2125Valparaiso147098.824.7 1991North Carolina2108Northeastern155797.241.9 1987Georgetown2015Bucknell148197.364.2 1994North Carolina2082Liberty145098.433.1 2011Kansas2117Boston U.157098.18.1 1996Kentucky2127San Jose St.157797.830.5 2007North Carolina2097Eastern Kentucky149498.413.5 2010Syracuse1986Vermont161992.68.8 1996Massachusetts2127Central Florida136599.629.4 1998Kansas2144Prairie View131799.626.4 1996Connecticut2134Colgate146698.829.1 2014Florida2086Albany155498.06.0 2010Duke2059Arkansas Pine Bluff142298.79.5 Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. 2008Memphis2023Texas Arlington144298.111.4 2000Duke2161Lamar137299.624.0 1997Minnesota2023Texas St.142398.327.4 1995Kansas2049Colgate147997.732.0 1987UNLV2064Idaho St.150697.367.4 2001Michigan St.2105Alabama St.145098.522.6 2010Kansas2161Lehigh151499.09.7 2002Kansas2066Holy Cross156197.321.9 2009Pittsburgh2021East Tennessee St.153696.210.4 2014Virginia2028Coastal Carolina145197.85.5 2006Connecticut2109Albany153197.916.2 2002Maryland2110Siena154298.321.5 1993North Carolina2147East Carolina148098.936.2 2012Kentucky2105Western Kentucky147698.57.9 2012Michigan St.2029Long Island U.157995.76.9 2003Oklahoma1975South Carolina St.147397.820.6 2004Stanford2041Texas San Antonio145098.418.5 2004Kentucky2085Florida A&M142199.018.3 1992Ohio St.2038Miss. Valley St.147598.138.3 2005Illinois2132Fairleigh Dickinson147599.017.2 1996Purdue2050Western Carolina153996.829.5 2002Cincinnati2055Boston U.149497.821.1 1993Indiana2130Wright St.155797.935.5 2004Saint Joseph’s1941Liberty144896.518.9 2015Duke2028Robert Morris155496.45.2 2005North Carolina2095Oakland151098.417.0 1998Duke2135Radford146298.826.5 2011Pittsburgh2008UNC-Asheville159494.58.3 CHANCE THAT NO. 1 SEED WINS … 2001Illinois2030Northwestern St.147598.023.0 2012North Carolina2059Vermont162996.07.2 1999Auburn1988Winthrop143897.425.7 2008North Carolina2141Mount St. Mary’s156398.311.6 1997Kansas2194Jackson St.145199.228.6 1991Ohio St.1997Towson153096.540.4 2006Memphis1931Oral Roberts162987.114.1 1986Kentucky2029Davidson152495.674.2 1989Oklahoma2028East Tennessee St.151796.254.4 2010Kentucky2029East Tennessee St.152696.59.8 2002Duke2193Winthrop141199.522.5 1989Georgetown2055Princeton153196.751.9 2013Indiana1986James Madison157494.56.2 1985Oklahoma1963North Carolina A&T154495.795.4 2004Duke2037Alabama St.133999.318.8 2011Ohio St.2115Texas San Antonio152398.78.0 1988Arizona2003Cornell149497.756.9 2003Texas1919UNC-Asheville127298.419.6 1986Duke2116Miss. Valley St.160797.577.7 1997North Carolina2099Fairfield143399.128.8 2005Duke2058Delaware St.146998.316.7 1994Missouri2003Navy141498.333.6 2015Villanova2086Lafayette149998.05.4 2001Duke2149Monmouth154498.623.7 2008UCLA2074Miss. Valley St.135099.512.3 1989Arizona2117Robert Morris136099.556.6 2003Kentucky2149IUPUI155998.119.9 2014Arizona2012Weber St.155795.75.6 1998North Carolina2155Navy146498.926.8 1986St. John’s2006Montana St.154094.470.1 2015Kentucky2158Hampton150399.05.4 2008Kansas2102Portland St.169895.511.8 1987Indiana2007Fairfield147398.066.0 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 1990Connecticut2015Boston U.153396.446.3 1985Michigan2024Fairleigh Dickinson146198.082.0 2000Stanford2092South Carolina St.141798.424.1 2000Arizona1982Jackson St.139699.024.5 1998Arizona2159Nicholls St.152198.827.1 read more

Flooding in Thailand could see hard drive prices skyrocket

first_imgAs much as our world is dependent on computers of various sizes and form factors, sometimes the original “computer” of mother nature can conflict with our modern lifestyle in unexpected ways. It turns out that some serious flooding in Thailand of late is seriously effecting worldwide hard drive supplies. As Thailand is a significant center for hard drive manufacturing, this has already put some strain on supplies, and production has already been lowered by 25 percent.The flooding, which has been centered around the Bangkok area of Thailand, has already shut down several notable hard disk manufacturing plants. Toshiba, who makes about ten percent of all hard drives, has been operating at half capacity due to the flooding. Even more significant is the plant owned by Western Digital, which is one of the largest hard drive manufacturers in the world. The company produces 30 percent of the world’s hard drives, so when their two most prominent plants (which combine to make 60 percent of their hard drives) are shut down, alarm bells start ringing.The plants have been shut down for several days already, and are expected to be closed for at least a few more. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that this will all be cleared up within the next week, as the flooding isn’t expected to subside anytime soon.To make matters worse, key component manufacturers have also been hit by the flooding. A company called Nidec, who supplies the majority of worldwide hard drive motors, has been forced to cut 30 percent of its production. Another supplier of drive suspension assemblies, Hutchinson Technologies, has temporarily shut down operations in Thailand and is shifting production to its US plants.What does this mean for us, the consumers? It’s hard to say at this point, but none of this has yet led to higher hard drive pricing. It turns out that hard drive demand isn’t exactly at an all-time high, so dwindling supplies aren’t necessarily going to translate to the cash register. Still, if something hard drive-related is in your future, you may want to look sooner rather than later. The strain has managed to remain behind the scenes so far, but if these floods continue, we could potentially be looking at a new premium on hard drives and the devices that use them.via InfoWorldlast_img read more

11 Other Late 90s TV Shows That Could Use a Reboot

first_img Everything old is new again, and next week the CW will debut the premiere of Roswell, New Mexico, a sci-fi drama about teens in the notorious desert town where an alien spacecraft is rumored to have landed in the 1950s. Sounds familiar? That’s because back in 1999, the WB (the network that would eventually digivolve into the CW) debuted Roswell, a sci-fi drama about teens in the notorious desert town where an alien spacecraft is rumored to have landed in the 1950s. There are differences between the two projects, because a lot has changed on TV in the last few decades, but it got us to thinking: what other late ’90s shows are ready for a comeback?Let’s dust off the old TV Guides and pick a few winners.Harsh RealmIf you want to talk shows ahead of their time, Fox’s Harsh Realm is your poster child. The sci-fi series about a group of people trapped inside a virtual reality simulation hit the airwaves just a few months after The Matrix debuted in theaters, and it didn’t really hold up in comparison. That’s no insult — the Wachowskis basically redefined modern sci-fi with their take on the same concept. Harsh Realm stood out for the explicitly military setting — instead of the boring real world, the online space was an America ravaged by nuclear bombs and controlled by warlords. Two decades later, we’re more in thrall to the digital world than ever before and the time could be right to revisit the idea in a form longer than a Black Mirror episode.Get the DVDMission HillThe late 90s were a flabbergastingly good time for adult animation — both South Park and Futurama debuted in 1999. One other grown-up cartoon that hit the airwaves the same year didn’t manage to find its niche, but devoted fans have been lobbying for a return for decades. Mission Hill was wildly ahead of its time, a slacker slice-of-life comedy created by a pair of Simpsons alumni. With a unique visual style and some great voice actors, the show had everything it needed for success except the support of its network, the WB, which canned it before the first season was through.Get the DVDPreyNow here’s one that only the diehards will have heard of. Prey only lasted a single season, but it’s got such a bizarre premise that we want to see somebody else take a crack at it. Debra Messing plays an anthropologist who discovers a trove of research by her murdered mentor demonstrating that a new offshoot of humanity is evolving – one without mercy or compassion, willing to dominate normal humans by any means necessary. Also gifted with low-level psychic abilities, these “dominants” are serial killers looking to demonstrate status by racking up body counts. It was a cool idea that didn’t get executed too well, but we could see it finding a home in today’s grislier media landscape.Buffy The Vampire SlayerNo show encapsulated the geek culture of the late 1990s quite like Joss Whedon’s teen vampire-killing epic. Not only did Buffy brilliantly tweak horror tropes on a bologna sandwich budget, it also built a cast of distinctive, complex characters unlike just about any other ensemble of the era. The show’s peak seasons still stand up to the competition, and while the original cast has aged out of high school the universe continues in comic books to this day. There’s been talk of a reboot of the series circulating for some time, with Lost‘s Monica Owusu-Breen attached as showrunner.Watch it on AmazonBatman BeyondOne of the defining characteristics of the DC universe is their embrace of “legacy heroes,” where the man (or woman) behind the mask changes with the times. 1999’s animated offering Batman Beyond was a bold take on that concept, pushing us forward into a Dark Knight Returns-inspired future where Bruce Wayne has hung up the cowl and retired from his lonely crusade, only to be brought back into the game by meeting Terry McGinnis, a high school student who faces his own tragedies before becoming the Batman of 2039. Significantly darker than most cartoons of the era, the show was supposed to go to four seasons but only got three. We can rectify that mistake right now.Get the DVDTenacious DSure, Jack Black is a big-time movie (and YouTube) star now, but the time is right for him to return to the property that made him famous. Along with Kyle Gass, Tenacious D made their series debut on HBO in 1997, releasing two episodes that year, two in 1999 and two in 2000. That’s the kind of release schedule we can get behind, and coming back around to see how the boys are doing in the era of Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber could be a worthwhile use of a little of that Game of Thrones money. The duo have reunited for sporadic appearances, but we want the pure stuff straight into our veins. Make it happen, HBO.Watch it on AmazonMillenniumThe success of The X-Files in the mid-90s opened the door for a flood of conspiracy and supernatural shows. Some of them sucked, some of them were good, and then there was Millennium. Created by Chris Carter, the show starred craggy-faced Lance Henriksen as former FBI forensic profiler Frank Black, a man with an uncanny ability to put himself in the shoes of killers and criminals, for better or for worse. The show got more intense and fantastical as it went, and after it was cancelled an X-Files episode showed Frank in a mental hospital. Henriksen’s 78 and still working, so why not give the guy another shot at the show in a post-millennial world?Get the DVDThe Chimp ChannelThe late ’90s were a wild time for cable television – as HBO was finding success with The Sopranos, other networks tried to find their own angles on original programming, with varied levels of success. We’re not going to try to convince you that TBS’s The Chimp Channel was a landmark in terms of quality, but it was so ridiculous that it had to land on the list. Consisting of dubbed footage of chimps in ridiculous costumes acting out a variety of parodies and spoofs, it’s the kind of thing that would thrive in a post-YouTube world. I’m sure the rights are cheap.Strange WorldBefore Tim Kring burned out all of his goodwill with the last few seasons of Heroes, he was responsible for this oddball ABC show that only saw three episodes air in 1999 (SyFy showed the rest of the season a few years later, for some reason). Protagonist Paul Turner has a rare form of aplastic anemia that leaves him bedridden, but he’s motivated to investigate victims of scientific and medical experimentation when a mysterious woman gives him an experimental medicine that alleviates his symptoms. Complex, dark and grounded in the reality of current-day science, this was a challenging show that didn’t get its due.ProfitOne of the most under-the-radar cult classics of the decade, Fox’s short-lived Profit was just too weird for the gung-ho capitalism of the 90s, but seems remarkably prescient in our world of Elon Musks. Adrian Pasdar starred as Jim Profit, an executive at a multinational corporation obsessed with success to the cost of everything else. A deeply damaged protagonist, Profit was raised by an abusive father in rural Oklahoma who forced him to sleep in a cardboard box. After murdering his family, he reinvents himself as an Ivy League business prodigy, but still carries the scars of his past with him. Fox cancelled the show after just three episodes were aired, but we’d love to see somebody take another crack at it.Get the DVDCleopatra 2525Straight up we’re not saying this was a good show, but Cleopatra 2525, which premiered in syndication in January of 2000 so we’ll bend the rules for it, was so totally bizarre and goofy that it deserves a new audience. When exotic dancer Cleo’s breast implant surgery goes awry, she’s put into a cryogenic freezer and thawed out in the futuristic year 2525, where humanity has moved into underground colonies to escape the attacks of the “Baileys,” mysterious flying machines. It’s absolutely ridiculous low-rent science fiction cheese, and you know what? The world could use a little more of that these days.Get the DVDMore on Geek.com:Marvel’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived By Disney‘Nightflyers’ and the History of Sci-Fi HorrorHulu and George R.R. Martin Are Developing New ‘Wild Cards’ Shows Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Stay on targetlast_img read more

White Christmas blankets parts of the West

first_imgNEW YORK — If it’s a white Christmas you’re after, you’d better follow this familiar advice: Go West.Snow will be falling in the western U.S. today, with anywhere from 2 to 6 inches in the valleys up to a foot in higher elevations in northern California, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, according to the National Weather Service.The Dakotas and Minnesota already have accumulations of several inches from Wednesday’s storm.Weather service spokesman Patrick Burke said gusty winds are expected in states such as Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania — but not the snowy weather for which some holiday-minded people are longing.“The place where it’s tranquil is Texas and the Gulf Coast,” he said.Christmas Eve was windy, wet and warm across the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered swath of the South, where at least four people were killed.More than 300 flights were canceled in the U.S. according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was hardest hit, accounting for about 100 of the cancellations.In Michigan, utility companies braced for extremely strong winds a year after a storm put thousands of people in the dark at Christmas. The weather service said the strongest winds would last nearly until dawn on Christmas Day.last_img read more