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British Irish Parliamentary Assembly meeting to discuss making trade easier

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – October 24, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Twitter British Irish Parliamentary Assembly meeting to discuss making trade easier WhatsApp Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Previous articlePresidential election votes being cast on Donegal’s islandsNext articleGardai renew information appeal folllowing weekend ATM thefts News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter The banking crisis and the economy will top the agenda at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly meeting in England over the next two days.In a joint statement, co-chairs – Lord Cope and Donegal North East TD Joe McHugh – said issues of justice and human rights will also be discussed at the meeting which takes place at the Grand Hotel in Brighton.Deputy Mc Hugh says a major priority must be to make it as easy as possible for Irish firms to trade in the UK…….. Pinterest WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Trevor Bauer trade grades: Indians get high marks; Padres give up a lot; what are the Reds doing?

first_imgThe bottom line— The Indians make out like bandits. They get the outfield power they need, an arm that can slot into the rotation in the future and two kids. That’s a big, big haul.— What are the Padres doing? Trading Reyes makes some sense, but dealing Allen with him doesn’t, and only getting one prospect in return is very, very light.— The Reds might not contend this year, and giving up a top prospect hurts, but hey, it can’t ever be bad to get a starter of Bauer’s caliber. Cleveland got a ton — a metric crap-ton, if you will — in return from the Padres and Reds, the other teams involved in the three-way swap.MORE: Here’s how to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whiparound show, free on DAZNWithout further ado, let’s break it down:Indians: A-On the surface, this certainly seems as though Cleveland is waving the white flag on the season, but it isn’t. The Indians still have Shane Bieber at the top of the rotation, and he has been a revelation this season. They’re also expecting to get Corey Kluber back from injury in the coming weeks, and Danny Salazar is slated to return this week. Starting pitching isn’t a concern.The Indians got back Yasiel Puig, a rental, from the Reds and a young, controllable stud outfielder in Franmil Reyes from the Padres. Those two should fix some of the offense’s holes and solve the outfield issues the Indians have been having this season — and neglected in the offseason. (I digress.)Bauer was having a good season for the Indians: He was leading the majors in innings pitched and had posted a respectable 3.79 ERA. He is, however, on pace to give up a career high in home runs (even with MLB’s recent massive influx of power, 1.3 home runs per nine innings is up there), and all of his other peripherals have taken a step down from his awesome 2018 season.The Indians also get back Logan Allen, 22-year-old left-hander who was still under prospect status with San Diego. He has had a rough go of it early in his MLB career (eight games in various roles), but he’s still well-regarded, ranking No. 98 in MLB Pipeline’s top 100. Also, if any MLB team can get the most out of Allen, it’s Cleveland.They also get Victor Nova, a 19-year-old infielder/outfielder who’s hitting well over .300 in rookie ball, from the Padres, and Scott Moss, a left-handed pitching prospect, from the Reds.Even though Bauer has been the rock of the rotation this season, Cleveland is still in a good spot with regard to wild-card contention going forward. Adding Puig and Reyes should only help the offense and outfield moving forward. Make no mistake, this deal puts pressure on the rest of the pitching staff to perform over the next few weeks before Kluber makes his return, but on the surface, this is a very, very, very (three verys!) good deal for the Tribe.Padres: C+The Padres might as well change their name to the San Diego Prospects.Netting Taylor Trammell from Cincinnati in the deal — MLB Pipeline’s No. 30 overall prospect — is a decent return, even if they had to part with the 24-year-old Reyes. San Diego is flush with outfielders on its 40-man roster, but none of their potential game-breaking prospects are outfielders.Giving up Allen and Nova in addition to Reyes makes this one a bit of a head-scratcher.That trio seems like a lot to give up — a lot — for one prospect who might profile as a top corner outfielder in the future, essentially a lottery ticket with good odds of being able to hit in the majors. Giving away pieces that are good now for a potentially good piece is iffy. The Padres must see superstar potential in Trammell. That’s really all there is to it — there would be more here, but that’s all the return that San Diego got. Very, very light.Reds: C+The Reds’ pitching has thrived this season. Giving up Trammell hurts, but getting Bauer for at least one additional season could be a safe bet.The Reds have one of the lowest rotation ERAs in baseball this season (3.83), and adding Bauer is only going to help, so long as he stays with Cincinnati past the 4 p.m. ET deadline on July 31.Bauer, Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray make for a formidable top three, and, well, that’s cool and all but … where’s the offense coming from?The Reds, as interesting as they’ve been, likely aren’t going to make the postseason this year. They still have one of the worst offenses in the NL and they gave away Puig’s 22 home runs in the deal. That’s confusing. Even if Bauer is under contract for another season — and he’s in line to get a hefty raise in his final year of arbitration before hitting the open market — giving up a top prospect to maybe, hopefully, potentially compete in 2020 is something else — unless Cincinnati flips Bauer to another contender before the deadlineThe Reds are going to have to make some more big moves to fix that offense, and the process won’t be pretty. As always, prospects are suspects until they prove otherwise, and while it seems questionable to give up a top prospect, if you can get Bauer for now and maybe consider him trade capital for the future, what’s the harm in that? There is a Bauer outage in Cleveland.The Indians reportedly shipped Trevor Bauer, their controversial-yet-effective right-handed starter, to the Reds on Tuesday night, a surprising move that both answers and asks a fair amount of questions. One thing’s for certain: Sending Bauer to southeast Ohio netted the Tribe excellent results.last_img read more

Week 13 Fantasy Busts: Rashaad Penny, James Washington among risky ‘starts’

first_imgWeek 13 Fantasy Busts: DefensesGreen Bay Packers @ Giants (Heyen). The Packers have shown they can get gashed on the ground and over the middle of the field, and the Giants have enough talent to take advantage.Los Angeles Rams @ Cardinals (Iyer). You can’t go here vs. Kyler Murray after that debacle we saw on Monday night.San Francisco 49ers @ Ravens (Lutovsky). You’ve seen Lamar Jackson, right? He’s carved up the Patriots, and he’ll do enough against the 49ers to severely limit their fantasy value. Does anyone eat duck for Thanksgiving? Because the Browns defense will be looking to stand up for suspended Myles Garrett against Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges and the Steelers on Sunday, and that has us very concerned about the Pittsburgh WR corps. That’s part of what makes James Washington one of the worries in our Week 13 busts list.We also don’t love that Rashaad Penny is getting so much love. We all know he’s a first-rounder, but it’s not like Chris Carson is hurt. It wasn’t even a total doghouse thing for Carson on Sunday — the backs interspersed. It’s probably a committee, and the Vikings have a strong run defense, so while Penny is playable, it’s hard to expect a repeat this week. WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe concerns you’re having about your Texans players against New England are totally valid. We’ve got both Carlos Hyde and DeAndre Hopkins on our busts list. Hopkins is especially tricky to consider sitting, but if anyone is going to shut him down, it’s Stephon Gilmore. We also are wary of Mark Andrews in an equally difficult matchup against the 49ers.We nailed some of our Week 12 bust picks. Brian Hill stunk. Tom Brady against Dak Prescott went about how we expected, with an assist from the bad weather. Courtland Sutton, Brandin Cooks, and Amari Cooper were all held down, too.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPOur biggest whiffs came at running back, where we were down on Devin Singletary and Jonathan Williams. We also didn’t anticipate a good game coming from Jared Cook, and both the 49ers and Patriots D/STs played up to their usual abilities.For our Week 13 sleeper picks, click here.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 13 Fantasy Busts: Running backsCarlos Hyde, Texans vs. Patriots (Billy Heyen). The Texans might move the ball through the air against New England, but there won’t be any success on the ground for Hyde.Joe Mixon, Bengals vs. Jets (Vinnie Iyer). The Jets have looked dominant against the run of late, and with Andy Dalton back, Cincinnati won’t force “give-up runs” when trailing in the second half, instead chucking it downfield.Rashaad Penny, Seahawks vs. Vikings (Matt Lutovsky). Everyone’s excited about Penny, and while he could get more touches, it’s not as if Chris Carson is going away. He’s been too good this year, and the Seahawks have stuck by him through worse ball-security issues. Plus, this is a brutal matchup, as the Vikings allow the seventh-fewest fantasy points to RBs. MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSWeek 13 Fantasy Football Busts: QuarterbacksBaker Mayfield, Browns @ Steelers (Heyen). The Pittsburgh defense has been strong of late, and Baker is due for a dud after feasting on a couple of bad matchups in recent weeks.Kirk Cousins, Vikings @ Seahawks (Iyer). Seattle’s pass defense isn’t as bad as you think anymore, and there’s a good chance Jadeveon Clowney will return at home on Monday night. Cousins is overdue for a prime-time clunker against a good team, and this is it.Philip Rivers, Chargers @ Dolphins (Lutovsky). Maybe Rivers would shake his two slump after a bye week, but …nah, we’re counting on it. The Broncos are allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to QBs, and watching Rivers throw seven INTs the previous games, you just can’t trust him right now. Week 13 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide receiversAmari Cooper, Cowboys vs. Bills (Heyen). Cooper should get the full Tre’Davious White treatment, which has led to very little production for top receivers all season long. This might be a heavy Zeke and Michael Gallup game.Deebo Samuel, 49ers @ Ravens (Iyer). The Ravens’ cornerbacks are extremely deep, so the rookie might struggle to separate for Jimmy G.JuJu Smith-Schuster/James Washington, Steelers vs. Browns (Lutovsky). JuJu (knee, concussion) might not play and has been one of the biggest boom-or-bust receivers this year — more often busting that booming. During his one game with Duck Hodges under center, he had one catch for seven yards (four targets). Washington came through with a long touchdown from Hodges last week, but that’s not something you can always rely on. Hodgers was 15-of-20 for 132 yards, a touchdown, and an INT against the Chargers, and the Browns do a similar job in terms of limiting fantasy wide receivers, so the pickings will be slim for Pittsburgh’s WRs. (Update: JuJu is officially out.)Bonus: DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Patriots (Lutovsky). It might seem crazy to sit Hopkins, but only one wide receiver has caught a touchdown against the Pats all year (Golden Tate), and only one has had more than 78 yards against them (also Tate). You could argue they’re due to give up some TDs the rest of the way, and the Deshaun Watson-Hopkins duo is better than any QB-WR passing duo the Pats will have faced all year, especially when you factor in the weather in last week’s game against Cowboys. But even with all that said, Hopkins seems more likely to give you a 4-41 line than anything better, and in a must-win week, is that really going to get the job done?Week 13 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight endsGerald Everett, Rams @ Cardinals (Heyen). The Rams just aren’t using Everett anymore. He feels like an obvious start against the Cardinals, but if he’s only on the field for about 15 snaps, which has been the case each of the past two weeks, it will be hard to find production. (Update: Everett is officially out because of a knee injury.)Mark Andrews, Ravens vs. 49ers (Iyer). The 49ers do not allow the tight end to get open, and he has a lot of competition for snaps and red-zone targets all of a sudden.Jared Cook, Saints @ Falcons (Lutovsky). Cook has scored in four of his past five games, and that kind of hot streak is due to end soon. The Falcons have been solid against TEs this year, allowing just four total TDs to a trio of so-so players (Darren Fells, Maxx Williams, Gerald Everett). This just feels like a game where Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara dominate and the rest of the Saints have to fight for the scraps. tlast_img read more

Man arrested after fatally shooting suspected burglar and going back to sleep without calling police

first_imgAuthorities in Texas have arrested a man who fatally shot a suspected burglar and went back to sleep without contacting authorities.The incident was reported Thursday at a home on the 5400 block of Philip Avenue in Dallas.Officials say 72-year-old James Michael Meyer reported that he heard a noise in his yard around 5:00 am and went to check it out. When Meyer looked through his window, he says he noticed a man near his shed with a pickax.Meyer then retrieved his gun and went outside to confront the suspect. The resident chambered a round and yelled to the suspect to “stop what he doing and not come any closer or else he’d shoot.” Meyer says the suspect then took several steps towards him and that’s when Meyer fired a warning shot.The suspect then reportedly dropped the pickax and took off running into a nearby park.Meyer says he then fired in the direction of the park before walking back inside and going to back to bed.The resident says that at 7:00 am he then woke up for the morning and noticed what looked like a black bag laying on the ground at the park, however, upon further inspection, Meyer realized it was a body.According to the report, Meyer’s wife then contacted an attorney and that’s when Meyer’s called authorities to report the attempted burglary with a suspect in need of medical attention.When investigators arrived on the scene, they found an unidentified deceased male but stated that they did not find bullet casings.Meyer later told authorities that he cleaned up the casings and threw them in the trash.While Meyer is claiming his actions were in self defense prosecutors are reporting that once the suspect dropped the pickax and ran away, there was no longer any danger to Meyer.He has since been taken to the Dallas County Jail and was being held on a $150,000 bail.Several other sources have reported that he has since been released from jail but is still facing murder charges.last_img read more

United Way Holding Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Drive for School Supplies

first_img“Working directly with local schools, we have been able to identify those items needed most by our area children,” says Timothy Hearne, president and CEO of United Way of Monmouth County. “Providing educational supplies helps support a child’s ability to learn while removing some of the financial burden from parents, many of whom are struggling. Many of these children have been further impacted by the effects of Super Storm Sandy, so these donations are needed now more than ever.”In addition to offering an opportunity to donate school supplies, each site offers volunteers a way to give their time to the drive. Volunteers are needed at each of the community events, and also to help sort donations throughout the month of August.Interested volunteers should register by contacting United Way of Monmouth County at 732-938-5988, ext. 2042.More than 20 United Way corporate partners also will be collecting donations for the 2013 Stuff the Bus drive.Area groups and local businesses are welcome to hold their own school supply collections, which will become part of the Stuff the Bus drive.For more information on participating, please contact Kaarina Romero at [email protected] • Aug. 3 at Target of Middletown• Aug. 9 at Walmart of Freehold• Aug. 10 at Target of Manalapan• Aug. 16 at Target of Howell• Aug. 17 at Target of Ocean United Way of Monmouth County’s annual Stuff the Bus school-supply drive will be held at five locations during the month of August to meet the growing demand for school supplies in the community.The drive is designed to help ensure that all children in Monmouth County begin the school year with the tools they need to succeed.Stuff the Bus events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following stores, where shoppers are invited to purchase and donate new school supplies on site:last_img read more

Saints captures first win of 2010 on road at UFV

first_imgFraser Valley was quick out of the gates in the third period and made the game close, as back-to-back goals from Travis Gorman and Graham Fast drew the Cascades within one. But Leighton Allsop’s goal at the midway point of the period provided insurance before Caleb Roy scored into an empty net with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. The Cascades found themselves in penalty trouble for much of the game, as Mike Wilson and Chris Price picked up cross-checking and elbowing majors in the first and second periods respectively. And the Saints made their hosts pay with the man-advantage, striking for three goals in the second and finishing 3-for-7 on the night. Georgetti was named the game’s first star with two goals — including the game winner — and three points, while Roy and Allsop each scored and assisted. Spensor Wong was strong between the pipes for the Saints, making 37 saves on a night where his team was outshot by a 40-28 margin. Cullen, Gorman and Nathan Sagert each had two points in the defeat for Fraser Valley, who received 23 saves from netminder Rhys Chesney.  Next up for the Saints is a home game double header against Simon Fraser University on Nov. 5 at 7pm and Nov. 6 at 4pm, all at the Castlegar Complex.This article is a press release from Selkirk College. The Selkirk College Saints made the first road trip a memorable one as the Kootenay-based team doubled the University of the Fraser Valley 6-3 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League play Friday at at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.Former Nelson Leaf snipers, Caleb Georgetti of Nelson and Scott Jago of Castlegar, provided the offence, as Selkirk exploded for four second period goals in a span of 4:54.Georgetti, with a pair, Jago and Logan Simpson scored for the winners after the Cascades scored first. last_img read more

CAL protests claims of ‘milking’ Guyana to make up for T&T losses

first_imgCaribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) has refuted claims that it has been “milking” Guyana to make up for losses on flights on the domestic air bridge. This comes in light of a study done by the Competition and Consumer Affairs Division which suggested that a State-sponsored airline be commissioned to end the monopoly Caribbean Airlines has over the Georgetown to JFK route.However, in a response to the article on Wednesday, CAL described the article as “inaccurate”, adding that it has done major damage to the airline and Guyanese citizens who frequently fly with them.CAL said it has “loyally served” Guyana “for many decades”, even when competitors pulled out when times got hard.“Caribbean Airlines and its predecessor BWIA International Airways have faithfully served Guyana since 1947. While other providers have come and gone, Caribbean Airlines has maintained its commitment to Guyana regardless of whether times are good or bad,” the Company stated.Some of the competitors that pulled out of the Guyana market are Dynamic Airways after a shaky start in 2014 suspended its operations for four months. It returned and started to offer as many as five flights per week and that frequency climbed in the peak seasons. In July 2017, Dynamic Airways announced that it had filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition with the United States which was likely the result of an unrelated lawsuit.Fly Jamaica started operations in Guyana in 2013. In November 2018, the airline’s fortunes made a sudden change following the emergency landing and crash of its 757 aircraft at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). Mechanical problems forced the pilots to head back to Guyana and make the emergency landing. Several passengers were injured during the emergency landing. The airline has exited the market following this incident.Addressing the claims of imbalanced ticket pricing, CAL said the statistics quoted in the article bear no relation to the airline’s data or the truths.Further, it said it carefully manages ticket prices in the Guyana market to remain competitive and appealing to its customers.“Caribbean Airlines has and continues to carefully manage ticket prices for the Guyana market. The airline’s pricing policies are done in line with its operational costs and not with a view to exploiting any given market, so the claim of artificially high prices, based on a monopoly is respectfully wrong,” CAL added.The airline said nothing could be further from the truth as after returning to a profit-making business, it is currently looking to reinvest with a new fleet, new routes, and improved services and not subsidising existing routes, which will also benefit Guyana.“This includes for Guyana, where we launched the new service to Havana, Cuba, added additional flights on existing routes including New York, and have further expansions planned over the next few months and years”.“Guyana is the only market outside of Trinidad and Tobago which offers “Caribbean Layaway” which allows customers to use a payment plan to purchase tickets”.CAL warned against using skewed figures and anticipated a major change that would allow the airline to decrease its ticket prices.“May we suggest that in the future, rather than using selective and inaccurate sensationalism, you look, instead, at the wider angle of a major success story that brings enormous benefits to the Guyanese economy, Guyanese employment and connectivity for Guyana across the Caribbean and beyond,” CAL remarked.CAL said pricing can be adjusted but these changes can only be made by officials in Guyana. The airline ended by promising to continue to serve Guyana and the region as a whole.Guyana tourism statistical digest for 2016 indicated that for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 the number of visitors to Guyana was 200,060; 205,824; 206,819 and 235, 312 respectively.last_img read more

Keven Chavez: League in good hands with this pair

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaYes, Mr. Naismith. Basketball is a team game. Everyone gets that. But when two stars collide, it’s just natural to expect out-of-this-world results. It arrived in earnest on the game’s final possessions as Kobe Bryant took the ball with a 97-97 tie. He spun away from some tough defense from LeBron James and a late attempt at a double-team to knock in a fall-away jumper for the go-ahead basket with 8.6 seconds left. James answered with a post move on Bryant, spinning to the rack and drawing a foul with 5.2 seconds remaining. James made the first free throw and missed the second, but he got a second chance after an offensive rebound by Cleveland. With 4.2 seconds left, James got a step on Bryant, pulled up for the potential game-winner but clanked it off the rim in the Lakers’ 99-98 victory. Kobe vs. LeBron, as good of an individual matchup as it gets. And they’re demonstrating this season that putting their names in the mix with NBA greats like Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain is no longer hyperbole. LOS ANGELES – The ticket stubs all said Lakers vs. Cavaliers. But there was a two-man show everyone in Staples Center expected to break out on Thursday night. center_img It was the appropriate end for the Kobe vs. LeBron show. Even Lakers coach Phil Jackson, the foremost authority on team-oriented hoops, knew it was just a matter of time before two of the game’s most dynamic players would step into the forefront and make this a personal challenge. “I’m sure it will,” Jackson said before the game. “I’m not concerned about it, but I’m sure it will happen.” It happens because both Bryant and James have the ability to rise above the game itself. With James, that’s a literal translation as the 21-year-old is legitimately a man-child. His driver’s license might indicate he can barely buy a beer, but his chiseled physique and freakish leaping ability suggest someone far more polished. James smothers the rims like a young kid that’s outgrown his Fisher-Price backboard set. As the Cavaliers opened up a lead with an 8-0 run before halftime, LeBron got a nice view of the orange paint job on the top of the rim before nearly ripping it off the backboard on an arena-rattling dunk. Bryant did his best work slithering through double teams and contorting around would-be shot-blockers like an overgrown Slinky. “They’ll be some opportunities some people would like to see,” Jackson said, “but the outcome of the game is not going to depend on it.” Bryant entered the game as the hottest scorer in the league. He has scored 40 or more points in five consecutive games. That’s nothing new to Kobe, who actually had a nine-game run of 40-plus points in the 2002-03 season. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Champagne Appetites and Beer Budgets

first_imgSome of your prospective clients have champagne appetites and beer budgets. And not that fancy craft beer you drink now. I mean the cheap stuff you drank when you didn’t have any money.These prospective clients want you to create the greatest value that you are capable of producing for them. They want the very best products you offer. The want the platinum service and the accompanying service level agreements. And they expect you to invest massively in their program so that you can produce those results. But, unfortunately, they are unable or unwilling to pay for all the things they want.UnderinvestingSometimes you win a deal and then discover that your new client expects champagne after they paid for beer. They work hard to make you feel as if you are cheap, when they in fact have the beer budget. They pretend that they are investing for the results they need and that you are somehow failing them for not investing enough, when they are not investing enough. This can complicate your relationship.Let Them Eat CakeOne way to make sure your prospective clients gets what they want—and what they can pay for—is to show them a range of choices available to them. Show them the menu, and explain to them what investments are necessary to provide all the things that they say they want. Then show the other investment options that they might make, including the “just right” offering and the “too cheap” option.If they want the platinum-plated everything solution, make sure that is what they get. If they can only afford the “just right” option, then allow them to choose that option. If they later decide they want the platinum program, they can pay the difference and have everything they want.You can’t buy champagne with a beer budget. Champagne requires a greater investment.What do your clients want that they refuse to invest in and later expect?What options should you be showing them to help them understand the investment needed to give them what they want?When is the best time to present these options?How do you prevent beer budget clients from expecting champagne?last_img read more

Survey New York factories grow at slower pace in November

first_imgWASHINGTON – Manufacturing activity in New York expanded at a slower pace this month but remains at a healthy level.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State Manufacturing Survey slid to 19.4 in November from a three-year high 30.2 last month. But any reading over zero signals growth. New orders grew faster this month, though shipments and hiring expanded at a slower pace.Across the United States, factories are benefiting from a strengthening global economy and from a weaker dollar, which makes U.S. products cheaper in foreign markets.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported earlier this month that U.S. manufacturing has expanded for 14 straight months.The New York Fed’s report adds to evidence that the U.S. economy is healthy. Growth clocked in at a solid 3 per cent annual pace from July through September on top of a 3.1 per cent gain in the second quarter of the year. Unemployment has dropped to 4.1 per cent, close to a 17-year low.last_img read more

Amid buzz Hedi Slimane unveils deja vu Celine Paris debut

first_imgPARIS – Where Hedi Slimane goes, the buzz is sure to follow.The love-him-or-hate-him designer, credited with starting the global skinny menswear style via Dior Homme and later revamping Saint Laurent, returned at long last to the Paris Fashion Week calendar to unveil his debut at Celine Friday.The reception was muted among critics who viewed it as deja vu from Slimane’s Saint Laurent days.Earlier in the day, Balmain’s ode to Parisian couture impressed insiders at almost as much as the show’s infectious soundtrack, which had model Cara Delevingne lip-synching.Here are some highlights from the Spring 2019 shows:BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ AS CELINE BECOMES SLIMANELady Gaga exited her limo to a flurry of paparazzi snaps.One editor was nearly run over.Catherine Deneuve pouted on the front row inside, as revelers drank from champagne labelled, of course, Céline.This was, by every indication, the biggest show of the calendar.In the giant makeshift Japanese-style building constructed for the 15-minute show at Les Invalides, an in-house staff member then whispered magic words into an earpiece: “The (LVMH-owning) Arnault family is seated and Karl (Lagerfeld) as well.”And that was that — the collection began.Soldiers in regal garb began drumming dramatically as a giant crystal opened to reveal the first look of 96.Some editors raised their eye-brows — others simply smiled — as a polka dot 80s balloon micro dress filed by.This was beginning to look like a case of fashion deja vu.Slimane, in his debut show for storied Maison Céline that was founded in 1945, has done, well, almost exactly what he did at Saint Laurent in his successful creative tenure there from 2012-2016.The sparkling 80s disco micro dresses. The waif-like models who stomped like angry teenagers. The grungy hair. The leopard or striped fur coats. The sparkle.But whatever the inspiration was, there was plenty of style to be had.Frothy shoulderless tops followed hot truncated black leather jackets.Giant round or geometric arms then appeared, cutting a fine shape in some sort of visual reference to the styles of Celine’s predecessor Phoebe Philo.If this was meant as an homage, it was short lived.These ensembles were accessorized with black veiled hats, bringing their style firmly back to the New Romantics-era that Slimane favoured at Saint Laurent.In an audacious admission of pastiche of himself and of fashion in general — square handbags shaped like vintage Chanel sported near interlocking CC’s.Chanel’s designer Lagerfeld, 85, looked on poker faced, next to Lady Gaga.In a first for Celine, Slimane used his love for androgyny to introduce men’s style to the runway.It resulted in some must-have leather shoes — thought the skinny ties on several suit looks were a little unoriginal. They weren’t the only thing.___BALMAIN CHANNELS PARIS FASHION AND MONUMENTSIn homage to the French capital’s reputation as a centre of fashion design know-how, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing declared his mantra was mastering “the rules before you…break them.”Guests at Balmain’s ambitious spring show, including model Alessandra Ambrosio and socialite Olivia Palermo, looked on with delight as the presentation mixed the fashion capital’s traditional couture DNA up in deconstruction.With white the dominant colour, the Balmain atelier’s needle-workers had gone to work skillfully on creating structure.A giant oval wrap that opened in segmented shell-like sections had guests snapping their cameras.The same shell-like sections were seen later, but this time deconstructed, looking almost-upside down, with a fan shape stitched onto a skirt.The look — a skintight white peaked-shoulder gown — was made with strips of material that were snipped away in places to resemble bandages — almost like the wrapping of an Egyptian mummy.The Egypt idea, in fact, was revealed as a dominant theme as the collection progressed.Rousteing explored his “fascination with the impressive obelisks, pyramids and columns that date from Napoleon’s campaigns and adorn” Paris.Dramatic Egyptian shoulders mixed with hieroglyphic prints, while denim and tweed were treated to look like ancient papyrus.Some of the detailing came across as too much, but the enthusiastic applause the designer received was well-deserved.“I enjoy pushing envelopes, thinking outside the box,” he said in a note placed on guest’s seats — in an envelope.___CARA DELEVINGNE LIP-SYNCS, DANCES BACKWARDIt’s quite a feat when a fashion show soundtrack stands out as much as the clothes.At Balmain’s Friday morning show, catchy pop hits had front-row editors tapping their feet, nodding their heads and joyfully mouthing or singing the lyrics.Model and actress Cara Delevingne should be credited for initiating the sing-along enthusiasm among normally purse-lipped fashion insiders.Delevingne opened the show in a white peaked-shoulder coat and metallic black bustier, lip-synching Prince’s “When Doves Cry” all the way down the runway.As she took a finale bow with designer Rousteing, Delevingne mouthed some lyrics again as she danced backward in heels, trying not to trip and sticking her tongue out a few times.The infectious spring collection soundtrack also included Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”It had guests humming all the way down the gilded staircase of the venue — Paris’ opulent City Hall.___ISSEY MIYAKE’S HANDS-ON FASHION“The history of mankind has been made by hands,” Issey Miyake said in presenting a collection featuring a new flexible and malleable cloth.The Franco-Japanese house famed for its cutting-edge use of techno-fabrics this season decided to showcase a material called “DOUGH DOUGH.”The 31-piece collection began underwhelmingly with a series of gowns reminiscent of tie-dye. But then swathes of billowing fabric in celestial blue and white were used to form tops and skirts with beautifully abstract silhouettes.Models in giant hats twisted the rims of the headwear as they smiled and walked by.“Cloth too, seeks freedom,” read the program notes.One scrunched-up grey dress shown toward the end had a wonderful organic feel with veiny stripes.The cloth was a fresh fashion idea by designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at read more

New Parkour Park Vandalized

first_imgCity staff updated the post sharing there is video surveillance in the area and the video captured has been given to Fort St. John RCMP and is now under investigation.The budget for the project was $5.5 million for the redevelopment of the park to facilitate a new permanent stage, picnic shelter, a pedestrian walkway, formal garden, washroom, and two playgrounds.To view the FB post; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The recently opened ‘Parkour Park’ that was opened at the Centennial park was vandalized with graffiti, this past weekend.Reported to the City of Fort St. John’s FB page on Sunday, August 25th, 2019, the vandal’s used spray paint to tag the new play structure.last_img read more

Delhi Police busts gang of robbers

first_imgNew Delhi: The team of Safdarjung Enclave police station busted a gang of robbers on Monday near Arjun Nagar T-point, solving at least five pending cases in the process. A loaded country-made pistol, two live cartridges, one stolen scooty, and two stolen mobile phones were recovered from them.The team led by SHO Shivraj Singh Bisht was set up under the supervision of ACP Ishwar Singh (Safdarjung Enclave) to asses the inputs of security threats.Police were deployed at Arjun Nagar T-point to keep an eye out for the accused persons when they noticed a white scooty at about 7 pm coming from Aurobindo Marg with three people on it, all without helmets.When asked to stop their vehicle, the three sped away in the direction of Ring Road riding on the wrong side of the road. Following a motorcycle pursuit, the police apprehended all three suspects namely; Abhishek, Suraj, and Sunil.Police investigations revealed that Abhishek was the lock picker while others used to steal vehicles and used them to commit other crimes. It was also revealed that the mobile phones stolen by the gang would be sold by another of their associates named Om Prakash, who is on the police radar.South-West District DCP Devender Arya said that the meticulous planning and execution of the team has led to the successful busting of the gang.A case under sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act and 411/34 of the IPC has been registered at the Safdarjung police station against the three apprehended.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball hits the books in preparation for No 22

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorComing off a 35-point loss to Maryland in a season that’s been marred by turbulence, Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is taking a variety of steps to right his inexperienced team’s ship. He’s always been an avid reader, but, in an effort to find something that might help his players, Matta recently began reading a new book about psychology. Although he declined to disclose its name, Matta started sharing lessons from the text with his team hoping that something — anything — might click with his youthful Buckeyes. “The good news is I just started it and it’s, like, 250 pages,” a smiling Matta said. In its 19 games thus far, OSU narrowly lost to then-No. 10 Virginia and stunned then-fourth-ranked Kentucky at a neutral site, but the Buckeyes (12-7, 4-2) have lost three games by at least 20 points. Figuring out just what makes this team so different on a night-to-night basis is like breaking the Enigma code — it might take a computer to do it. Or a book. “Yesterday (Matta) said he’s on page 36,” freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle said. “Yesterday he read us four quotes out of the book … so who knows how many quotes we’ll get the rest of the week. One of the quotes yesterday was something like, ‘if you look at things differently, maybe the outcome will be differently.’ It was just quotes that compare to us.” Looking at their next game differently is exactly what might work for the Buckeyes. They’ve had similar games like Thursday’s against No. 22 Purdue (15-3, 4-2) before, but in each of those, the outcome has been less than desired. The three games with parallels to the forthcoming tilt with the Boilermakers — on the road against a top-flight program in Connecticut, Indiana and Maryland — all ended in 20-plus point defeats. So, looking at things differently as the Buckeyes head to West Lafayette, Indiana, might be what it takes for the team to crack the code and become the consistent basketball team it strives to be. OSU has struggled to bring the necessary energy to compete with its more talent-laden opponents when facing them on the visitor’s home floor. That, however, should not be the case Thursday, Lyle said. “I’m expecting us to come in there and play hard all 40 minutes,” Lyle said. “Start playing hard from the jump, not waiting for the second media timeout or anything like that. Just trying to play hard the entire game, I feel like we haven’t done that in a while. “We need to get back to doing that.” “With the lights on”Bouncing back from such an embarrassing loss could be difficult, but Matta said his team has been putting forth a solid showing in the gym in the days following. OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“We’ve had a couple of pretty good practices,” Matta said. “But we’ve practiced relatively well throughout the (season). When you step into Mackey Arena (Thursday) night, it’s on.” To be a better team when the first whistle blows, Matta said, the effort Lyle mentioned needs to be there, but it cannot be just be up to one player. Every player that sees the court needs to consistently be playing hard, the coach said, even through any mistakes the team makes. When those mistakes happen, which they are bound to, as they are just a part of the game, sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said, Matta always emphasizes the importance of playing through them, rather than letting them weigh players down. “Coach Matta isn’t one of those coaches who’s gonna yell at you for a bad shot,” Tate said. “He doesn’t really care about the mistakes that you make. He just wants to see you play through them. As long as you play hard, then there’s no problem. That’s just what we’ve got to do a better job of.” “It’s on”While OSU is looking at its matchup against Purdue differently, that won’t change the fact the Buckeyes will have their hands full when the game starts. The Boilermakers come into Thursday’s game on the heels of a 107-57 throttling of Rutgers on Monday. Although the Scarlet Knights aren’t exactly a heavyweight opponent, Purdue used the same balanced attack in that game that has helped it throughout the season. That balanced scoring comes from three dominant post players, in senior center A.J. Hammons, sophomore center Isaac Haas and freshman forward Caleb Swanigan. The entire trio averages double-figure scoring, with the 7-foot Hammons leading the way with 13.4 points a game. Haas, who checks in at 7-foot-2, puts up 10.9 points a contest, while Swanigan chips in 10.4 points and 8.9 rebounds. Matta said he is well aware of the three-headed monster in the paint. “They are huge,” the coach said. “We’ve got to do a great job, the best job we can, with our post defense. It’s no secret. If you look at their shot totals, they’re going to get the ball inside to those guys.”Although denying all the entry passes to the trio would be the best-case scenario for Matta’s team, that is unrealistic. Once it gets down there, though, it is on OSU’s post players, like freshman Daniel Giddens and redshirt sophomore Trevor Thompson, to step up, Matta said. “They’re going to score,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that but we’ve got to do the best job we can challenging them, taking away their favorite moves. And (we need to) rebound the basketball.” Up nextAfter the Buckeyes take on the Boilermakers, they’re set to return to Columbus and take on Penn State at 7 p.m. on Monday. read more

Global stardom hasnt changed Liverpool winger Sadio Mane – Aliou Cisse

first_imgMane will be under pressure to impress for his nation as he gets their World Cup campaign is underway against Poland in Group H on Tuesday.But Senegal boss Aliou Cisse who has watched Mane scoring 20 goals for Liverpool last season and blossoming since he took part in the Olympic Games in London six years ago says his feet remain firmly on the ground.“I don’t want to say he could become one of the best players in the world, he is already one of the best, you have to stress this,” Cisse said according to Liverpoolechoes.“He plays for an iconic club in Liverpool, which is one of the best clubs in Europe. He has shown he is top notch with his club and he has something unique.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“He’s unpredictable. At any point he can make the difference with a dribble and pass so for me he is already one of the best players.“Sadio is a unique player and he can’t be compared to any other Senegal players, even if we’ve had some major ones in the past.“He’s unique and despite everything that has occurred to him in the last two or three years, he hasn’t changed. He’s just as humble as the first time I met him, six years ago at the Olympics.“His mentality hasn’t changed, his behaviour to staff and his humility to his team-mates is the same, so he’s a player who can bring a lot to the team.”last_img read more

Jupp Heynckes named German coach of the year

first_imgBayern Munich’s recently retired coach Jupp Heynckes has been voted the best manager in GermanyThe 73-year-old replaced the fired Carlo Ancelotti on an interim basis in October last year following a disastrous start to their campaign and his arrival was largely credited for their success with Bayern going on to secure a sixth successive Bundesliga crown and finishing 21 points ahead of their nearest rivals.Heynckes was named as the German coach of the year last weekend after his 91 votes edged out the 89 votes that Schalke’s young manager Dominico Tedesco had won.New Bayern boss Niko Kovac came third with 77 votes following an impressive campaign with Eintracht Frankfurt.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s particularly nice to see an older coach win the vote in times marked by a certain obsession with youth,” said Bayern president Uli Hoeneß on the club website.“Jupp Heynckes has absolutely earned this award because it is so unusual for a man to be introduced to such a tricky situation, completely turn it around from day one and see it through to the end.”Heynckes has now won the award four times throughout his managerial career following previous triumphs in 1981, 1986 and 2013.last_img read more