On Post Traumatic Recessionary Stress Disorder

first_imgThe hangover from the recession is, unfortunately, still with us. Just like the Great Depression, the Great Recession has left a lot of people with deep psychological scarring. Let’s call it “Post Traumatic Recessionary Stress Disorder.”After the Great Depression, people changed their habits. They were much more frugal. They were always concerned that the next Great Depression was lurking right around the corner. My grandmother used to say, “You didn’t live through the Depression,” and “Roosevelt saved this country,” (causing my libertarian sensibilities chafe, but that’s another story). That’s what people are going to say about this recession, too.What’s Old Is What’s NeededA lot of your buyers are still reeling from the Great Recession, even five years on. They are still afraid to take risks, and many still believe that we are in the middle of a recession, even though, with the exception of 2009, the economy has grown every year. In 2008, the economy was 14.7 trillion dollars. Now it’s 16.2 trillion dollars, and many companies have better balance sheets and more profits than they did before the recession. But they’re still afraid to buy.If you want to help your dream client move forward, you need to work on building trust. They need to know that you are going to be there for them. Caring is what trust is built on.If you want to help your dream clients make the right investments now, you have to provide them with evidence that you are going to produce results, that you are going to be accountable.You have to help your prospective clients overcome their fear and move forward. This requires presence, patience, and the reassurance that they are going to get the benefit of their bargain.What’s needed now is the old stuff, like caring, trust, good counsel, accountability, and a partner-minded approach. That’s what has always driven out fear—and with it Post Traumatic Recessionary Stress Disorder.last_img read more

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Six venues to host Test matches for first time

first_imgMagnificent view of HPCA stadium in Dharamsala, one of the six stadia to host Test matches. File Photo   –  The Hindu Magnificent view of HPCA stadium in Dharamsala, one of the six stadia to host Test matches. File Photo   –  The Hindu × SHARE null COMMENT Ishant likely to comeback for England Test series COMMENTS cricket Rajkot, Vizag, Pune, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Indore were upgraded as Test centres in November last year. SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Six new Test centres, including Dharamsala and Ranchi, will host five-day matches for the first time during a packed home season for the Indian cricket team beginning with the New Zealand series in October-November.A busy international schedule awaits the Indian team in the coming home season with 13 Test matches, eight One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals pencilled in by the BCCI.Rajkot, Vizag, Pune, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Indore, upgraded as Test centres in November last year, will host five-day matches for the first time, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement.The new centres would also host Tests this season against the visiting New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh, the BCCI announced after the meeting of its Tour Programmes and Fixtures Committee here today.The home season will start with three Test matches and five ODIs against New Zealand followed by five Test matches, three ODIs and as many T20Is against England.Australia are to visit India in February-March, 2017 to play four Test matches while Bangladesh is slated to play a one-off Test match in India for the first time since the country got Test status.The three Tests against New Zealand would be played at Indore, Kanpur and Kolkata while Dharamsala, Delhi, Mohali, Ranchi and Vizag are to host the five ODIs against the Kiwis.Five Test matches against England would be held at Mohali, Rajkot, Mumbai, Vizag and Chennai, with the ODIs to be held at Pune, Cuttack and Kolkata and the three T20 games scheduled at Bengaluru, Nagpur and Kanpur.Australia are to tour India in February, 2017 to play four Test matches to be played at Bengaluru, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Pune while Hyderabad would be the venue for the stand-alone Test match against Bangladesh.All these venues will get matches subject to the condition that they have numbered the seats in the stadiums and fulfil all the guidelines laid down by the BCCI, said Shirke.The domestic cricket season will kick off in September with the Duleep Trophy, which was not held in 2015-16 season.The tournament is set to be played under lights with pink ball for the first time.This is being done to help Indian cricketers, all of whom are expected to take part, become familiar with playing under lights with the pink coloured ball, ahead of playing Test cricket in these conditions at home during the packed season.During the season, 918 matches are to be organised by the Board, including Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Irani Trophy, women’s cricket and all other age group cricket.Chhattisgarh has been added to the Ranji Trophy schedule for the first time.“This translates into 1,882 playing days between September 2016 to March 2017,” Shirke said.“I welcome the new Test venues hosting this prestigious format of cricket and their arrival will take Test match cricket, to every corner of the country,” said BCCI President Anurag Thakur.“We are equally excited about the domestic season as we will be playing the Duleep trophy with the pink ball under lights and take this opportunity to welcome Chhattisgarh, who will play Ranji trophy for the first time.”“A combined team of Affiliate and Associate states will participate in the junior age group tournaments, which will provide the much needed opportunity to the emerging players from these areas. This further reaffirms our commitment to spread the game by providing the appropriate platforms to our next generation cricketer,” he added.BCCI secretary Shirke noted that the advance announcement of international match staging centres for the coming season will give them enough time to buckle up for the task ahead.“Some of the best teams of world cricket are coming to play in India this season and we are excited to announce the schedule well ahead of time. This gives the staging associations and the BCCI sufficient time to prepare and present one of the most memorable cricketing seasons for our fans,” said Shirke.“I have full faith in our team at BCCI to deliver international and domestic cricket simultaneously and engage the ardent fans on all fronts,” he added. June 09, 2016 Published onlast_img read more

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Boxing: Jaime Munguia vs Liam Smith likely headed to Los Angeles on July 21

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementJaime Munguia will likely defend his WBO Junior Middleweight title against Sadam Ali on July 21st in Los Angeles on HBO.Munguia, the 2017 prospect of the year, burst on the scene when he walked through former champion Sadam Ali. It was an easy victory for Munguia as he hurt Ali every time he landed a punch in route to fourth-round TKO victory.Ironically enough, Liam Smith was originally scheduled to face Ali but pulled out of the bout with an injury. Smith who has not been in the ring since late last year, when he defeated Liam Williams by majority decision. Can Smith make it a fight against the young lion that has showed tremendous power?On the undercard of the bout it seems like the network will bring back Demetrius Andrade to face Yamaguchi Falcao. Andrade is a tremendous talent that has suffered from inactivity and career mismanagement. The undefeated middleweight has fought just five times in the last four years. He defeated Alantez Fox by unanimous decision in October of last year.Falcao is undefeated but has never been in the ring with anyone the caliber of Andrade. Can he make it an interesting bout? Who knows, in boxing anything is possible but it’s a tall task that doesn’t seem likely.The third bout could be WBA super featherweight titlist Alberto Machado facing Rafael Mensah. Machado, a native of Puerto Rico, captured the title when he defeated Jezreel Corrales by eighth round knockout.Mensah is also unbeaten and a native of Ghana. If the bout takes place it will be his first shot at winning a major title. He has not been in the ring since August of last year, when he defeated Martin Ahiadekey by fourth round TKO.Also Read..Boxing: Javier Fortuna vs Adrian Granados ends in controversial ‘No Decision’last_img read more

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Rio Olympics not on my mind, says Mahesh Bhupathi

first_imgMahesh Bhupathi insists that his consistent presence on the pro circuit should not be considered preparations for the Rio Olympics since all he is trying to get his rhythm after recovering from a knee injury.Bhupathi is competing at the Delhi Open, an ATP Challenger circuit event, with country’s top singles player Yuki Bhambri. It raised speculation that he may have planned a comeback for the Olympic Games since he had hardly played in the last two years.The 41-year-old though sought to play down the speculation and said that if he stops enjoying the game next week, he will stop playing tennis.”Olympics is not on my mind at all. I am just enjoying out there. I am feeling healthy. I was injured so I was not playing. I have Protected Ranking now, so I am playing,” Bhupathi said.”As long as I enjoy, I will play. As soon as I stop enjoying, I will stop playing. If (next week) in Dubai I feel I am not playing well and my body starts hurting, I will stop playing. Luckily I have the luxury of making my own schedule,” he asserted.A player, who has not been a part of competitive tennis for six months due to injury, can participate in nine tournaments or nine months (whichever is early) with Entry Protection. Protected Ranking (PR) is determined by the player’s average ATP rankings position during the first three months of his injury.The Entry Protection excludes wild cards and entries as a Direct Acceptance with his current position in the ATP Rankings.advertisementBhupathi may not be eyeing appearance at his sixth Olympics but if he gets good results and improves his ranking, he can actually stake a claim to be considered for selection in the Indian squad despite not meeting the eligibility criteria.Bhupathi has not represented the country in Davis Cup since September 2011 and rules require a player to be nominated in the Davis Cup squad at least thrice in an Olympic cycle (four years), to be eligible for selection.However, an ITF official told PTI that a National Association can appeal to the ITF Olympic Committee on behalf of a player, who does not meet Davis Cup/Fed Cup eligibility criteria for his inclusion.Bhupathi said he was not aware about the rules. “I don’t know the rules. But physically I am feeling good which is the most important thing. Next week I am playing in Dubai with (Aisam-ul-Haq) Qureshi.”I am just trying to get my rhythm back. More matches I play, the better I feel. Compared to Chennai Open, I am feeling much better now. Three matches I played in Chennai, two in Bangkok, two in Australia, three in France and now one here. That’s 10 matches. It’s more than what I played in the last two years,” Bhupathi said.Asked by what time he expects to get back his top game, Bhupathi said he “can’t say.” “I am having fun out there, I want to play as much as I can. Let’s see how it goes. I am not at that level (as of now).”Rohan Bopanna, at present, is India’s top-ranked doubles player at number eight followed by Leander Paes (52), who is eyeing a record seventh Olympics appearance but has been struggling for form.Bhupathi, who is world No.286 right now, has time till June 6 to improve his ranking since world rankings on that day will be considered for entry into the Rio Games.last_img read more

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Odisha asks cos to spend CSR funds as per local needs

first_imgBhubaneswar, Dec 21 (PTI) Odisha government has asked the corporate houses to take up projects under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives as per local need in sync with the states priorities.The suggestions were made by chief secretary A P Padhi who presided over a CSR Council meeting held here today.”The chief secretary has advised the companies and corporate houses to take up the projects as per local needs,” said an official after the meeting.Padhi further advised them to focus on 22 districts which were not covered under the District Mineral Fund (DMF) and Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC).The meeting resolved that the CSR funds should be spent on education, health services and rural development projects.Other categories of projects to be included under the funds are environment conservation and improvement, gender equality and empowerment, relief works, Swachh Bharat, preservation of development of national heritage, armed forces, sports, slum area development and technology incubators.Industries secretary Sanjeev Chopra said CSR spending in the state from fiscal year 2014-15 to 2017-18 has been to the tune of Rs 1,426 crore.Around 1,593 rural development projects, 1,119 education and skill development projects, 1,011 health care projects, 384 environment improvement projects, 273 projects for promotion of sports & culture, 204 national heritage conservation projects, 191 projects under Swachh Bharat, 160 projects relating to gender equality & improvement, 16 relief oriented projects, 7 slum area development projects have been implemented with the CSR funds so far, Chopra said.So far, an additional 1,021 projects in these sectors with estimated cost of around Rs 1,832 crore have been received from different districts and government departments, Chopra said.advertisementThe CSR is governed by Section 135 and Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013. Companies having either net worth of Rs 500 crore or more, turnover of Rs 1,000 crore or more, or annual net profit of Rs 5 crore are required to spend at least 2 per cent of their average net profit on CSR activities. PTI AAM JMlast_img read more

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Rapinoe: I stand by my White House comments

first_imgMegan Rapinoe only apologised for her swearing as she reflected on a promise not to visit the White House should the USWNT win the Women’s World Cup.Rapinoe had already drawn criticism from US president Donald Trump for not singing the national anthem in protest when a video was published earlier this week of her insisting she had no intention of visiting the White House.USA are the defending champions and among the favourites to win the World Cup again in France, but Rapinoe told Eight by Eight: “I’m not going to the f****** White House.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Trump responded by telling Rapinoe to ‘win first’ but has invited the team to visit regardless of their success – or lack of – at the tournament.However, Rapinoe has again repeated she will not be attending and urged her team-mates to also miss out.Speaking before fielding questions at Thursday’s news conference, Rapinoe said: “I’ll just address it head-on and then we can get to the soccer questions. Obviously [there has been] a lot of news recently.”I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House, with the exception of the expletive – my mum will be very upset about that.”I’m obviously entering with a lot of passion considering how much time and effort and pride we take in the platform that we have and using it for good and for leaving the game in a better place and hopefully the world in a better place.”I don’t think that I would want to go and I would encourage my team-mates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way and doesn’t fight for the same things that we fight for.”I’ll just leave it at that and I’m not interested in answering any of those questions. We can get to the real reason we’re here, which is a huge game.”Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019….in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019….invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019Trump cancelled the Philadelphia Eagles’ traditional visit for the Super Bowl champions in 2018 after several NFL players said they did not wish to attend.That feud appeared to be sparked by Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest bringing attention to police brutality and racial inequality – an action Rapinoe has joined.USWNT coach Jill Ellis has no issue with the attention Rapinoe attracts, though.”The personality of our players, that’s part of the make-up of the players,” she said, appearing alongside Rapinoe. “They’re elite people that live on a stage that are always under scrutiny.”This team has a remarkable focus. We all support Megan. She knows that. We know we have each other’s backs in there. For our players, there’s only one purpose, one mission that we’re here.”Comments, media, whatever – that’s always been something we can block out pretty easily.”last_img read more

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Transition Coordinators Appointed for Mulgrave Parrsboro

first_imgMUNICIPAL AFFAIRS–Transition Co-ordinators Appointed for Mulgrave, Parrsboro John Leefe will serve as transition co-ordinator for Parrsboro and Gordon MacInnis will assume this role for Mulgrave. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill made the announcement today, Nov. 5, at the fall conference of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “In seeking strong solutions to real problems, these communities and their leaders are acting with courage and integrity,” said Mr. Churchill. “I’m confident that these transition co-ordinators will help create governance structures that are foundations for healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities for years to come.” Mr. MacInnis is a chartered accountant and vice president of finance and operations at Cape Breton University. He served as town manager for Glace Bay, and as deputy chief administrative officer for Cape Breton Regional Municipality during the 1995 amalgamation. “We’re looking forward to working with Mr. MacInnis through the dissolution process,” said Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald. “We’re confident he will help us reach an agreement with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough so that our community continues to be a great place to live.” Mr. Leefe served as transition co-ordinator for the process that led to the Town of Springhill merging with the Municipality of the County of Cumberland. He is former mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality and was a long-serving MLA and cabinet minister. “Mr. Leefe’s experience in Springhill gives us confidence in his ability to guide our community through this process,” said Parrsboro Mayor Lois Smith. “We look forward to building a new governance structure with the Municipality of the County of Cumberland that ensures long-term sustainability for our community.” The transition co-ordinators will manage the dissolution process outlined in the Municipal Government Act. The province will provide support to the municipalities throughout the mergers. —————————————————————-FOR BROADCAST ONLY: Transition co-ordinators have been appointed to oversee the change in governance for Mulgrave and Parrsboro. John Leefe will serve as transition co-ordinator for Parrsboro and Gordon MacInnis will assume this role for Mulgrave. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill made the announcement today (Nov. 5th) at the fall conference of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. Mr. Churchill says that in seeking strong solutions to real problems, these communities and their leaders are acting with courage and integrity. He says he is confident that these transition co-ordinators will help create governance structures that are foundations for healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities for years to come. -30- ————————————————————–Transition co-ordinators have been appointed to oversee the change in governance for Mulgrave and Parrsboro. last_img read more

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Christine Hanson Appointed New CEO of Human Rights Commission

first_imgA Halifax native, diplomat and international lawyer, is the new director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Christine Hanson, a Dalhousie University law graduate, and current Minister-Counsellor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will take over the role effective Feb. 8. “I’m very pleased that someone of Ms. Hanson’s impressive background, experience and dedication will be leading Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “She will be a strong asset for the commission and a strong advocate for human rights in this province.” Ms. Hanson has held a variety of roles in the Legal Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including deputy director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Division. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take on this important role in my home province,” said Ms. Hanson. “I look forward to working closely with the commissioners and commission staff to protect and promote human rights in Nova Scotia.” In 2014, she was awarded the Building a Better World alumni award from Dalhousie University. She was also an International Women’s Forum Global Leadership Foundation Fellow in 2014-15. She is married and has two daughters. Ms. Hanson takes over from interim director and CEO, Michelle Higgins, a senior solicitor with the Department of Justice. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that administers the province’s Human Rights Act.last_img read more

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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit cremated with full state honours

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was laid to rest Sunday with full state honours at Nigambodh Ghat. A host of political leaders across party lines attended the last rites of veteran Congress leader, who died of cardiac arrest on Saturday. Top Congress leaders, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were present at the funeral. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Home Minister Satyendar Jain were among those who attended the last rites. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayVeteran BJP leaders L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj also visited Dikshit’s residence and paid tributes to her. Earlier in the day, Dikshit’s mortal remains were brought to AICC headquarters at 24 Akbar Road where party leaders, including Manmohan Singh, chief ministers Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath, paid their respects. Later, the body was taken to the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, the city unit which she was heading at the time of her death. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatOn Saturday, leaders from different political parties paid their tribute to Dikshit, remembering her contribution in shaping the capital city. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, former union minister Vijay Goel and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari reached her Nizamuddin East home to pay respects after her death. Dikshit, who was the Delhi CM for 15 years from 1998 to 2003, had been out of power for six years, except for a short stint as Kerala governor in 2014. She worked with central governments under both NDA and UPA, with many BJP leaders Sunday calling her a true statesman who went above party lines to ensure Delhi’s development. Condoling Dikshit’s death, Sonia Gandhi said, “She was a friend…almost like an elder sister. This is a big loss to the Congress party.”Kejriwal, a bitter political foe — AAP made several allegations of corruption against Dikshit during its campaign in 2013 and 2015 — Saturday said he was saddened by Dikshit’s demise: “Delhi will miss her… Even though we were from different parties, she was always affectionate. There will be a vacuum in Delhi politics. Unhone Dilli ke liye achha kaam kia.” On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote: “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti.”(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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BJP has offered Sena 106 seats in Maha Source

first_imgMumbai: The BJP has offered 106 seats to its main alliance partner Shiv Sena for the next month’s Maharashtra Assembly polls, but the latter is not likely to accept less than 120 seats, a source said on Thursday.The seat-sharing talks between the two parties are likely to conclude in a day or two, a BJP source said here. The Assembly has a total of 288 seats. Last time the two parties had fought the elections separately. “We have offered the Sena 106 seats. But the Sena may agree to 120 (and not less),” the source said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Jan Surajya Shakti Party, another ally, has agreed to contest four seats, he said. The party, which has a presence in western Maharashtra had demanded nine seats to start with, but its leader Vinay Kore agreed to four seats during the talks on Wednesday, the source said. Discussions are still on with the remaining allies, namely, Republican Party of India led by Union minister Ramdas Athawale, ShivSangram and Rashtriya Samaj Party, sources said. The three parties had rejected the BJP’s proposal that their candidates contest with the BJP symbol. In 2014, when they contested the state polls separately (and joined hands later), the BJP had won 122 seats and the Shiv Sena 63.last_img read more

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Brookfield Asset Management reports Q1 profit down compared with a year ago

Companies in this story: (TSX:BAM.A) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Brookfield Asset Management Inc. reported its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago.The alternative asset manager, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it earned US$1.26 billion or 58 cents per diluted for the quarter ended March 31. That compared with a profit of $1.86 billion or 84 cents per diluted share in the first three months of 2018.Revenue totalled $15.21 billion, up from $12.63 billion.Funds from operations slipped to $1.05 billion or $1.04 per share compared with $1.17 billion or $1.16 per share a year ago.In March, Brookfield announced a deal to acquire a roughly 62 per cent of global investment manager Oaktree Capital Management.The two companies together will have roughly $475 billion of assets under management. read more

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TSX Wall Street end in the red as gold surges for second

TORONTO — North American stock markets settled in the red amid continued debate over what the U.S. Federal Reserve will do on interest rates.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index declined 73.08 points to 14,240.02, weighed down by falling energy, consumer staples and metals and mining stocks.It was a similar picture in New York, as the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 19.86 points at 17,985.19, while the broader S&P 500 composite index dipped 3.64 points to 2,115.48.The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite lost 16.02 points to 4,958.62.Investors are taking a breather from the recent rally in equities and instead fleeing into the safe haven of gold, driving up the August gold contract up $10.40 to US$1272.70 an ounce.The Canadian dollar was at 78.66 cents US, down 0.10 of a cent as the July crude contract was down 67 cents at US$50.56 per barrel, still near a 2016 high.Natural gas contracts for July were up 15 cents at nearly US$2.62 per mmBTU, and July copper contracts fell two cents to US$2.04 a pound. read more

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UN envoy to Kosovo urges swift resolution of provinces permanent status

Joachim Rücker, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told an open debate that anxieties have risen with Kosovo since a decision last month to delay the unveiling of a UN proposal on permanent status until after the Serbian elections on 21 January.“Keeping momentum in the status process thereafter will be a key factor in heading off a feeling of uncertainty on the way ahead, which is a potential source of instability,” he said.Independence and autonomy within Serbia are among the options for the province, where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other groups by about 9 to 1. The Serbian Government opposes independence for Kosovo, which has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.Mr. Rücker stressed that “delay is more than just a loss of time. Delay will raise tension and play into the hands of extremists on all sides. Delay will not make a solution easier; it will make it much more difficult.”He also reiterated that the implementation of standards – an internationally-agreed series of targets including building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system – remains at the heart of the work of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).“The Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister [Agim] Çeku, has continued to demonstrate effective leadership of standards implementation,” he said, noting recent laws establishing the equal status of the Albanian and Serbian languages and others containing provisions on religious freedom and cultural heritage.Efforts are also being made to repair inter-community relations following the outbreak of violence in March 2004 in which 22 people were killed and hundreds of others injured during attacks by ethnic Albanians on Serb, Roma and Ashkali communities.But Mr. Rücker said many Kosovo Serbs have not returned to their home communities since those riots, and called on Belgrade to encourage returns when conditions are created.The envoy added that Serbia’s continuing call for the province’s Serbian population to boycott Kosovo institutions has undermined the work done by UNMIK and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) to reach out to minority groups.One of the most frequently cited complaints, he said, is the inadequate security for ethnic Serbs, but statistics indicate there has been a sharp drop in potentially ethnically motivated incidents.Mr. Rücker said that UNMIK has already begun planning for what needs to be done – “a highly complex task,” he stressed – once a formal decision on status is made.He said the province will need a new constitution to replace the current framework, which relies on the presence of UNMIK, elections, a review of all legislation passed since UNMIK has been on operation, and a study of what new public institutions will need to be created.“We need to do as much as possible – without prejudice to the status process – before the formal transition period begins with the passage of a resolution by this Council.”After Mr. Rücker’s speech, representatives of numerous countries then addressed the Council during the open debate, with most reiterating their support for the work of UNMIK. read more

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BC Ferries gets new chief financial officer reports 61m loss in last

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2015 3:12 pm MDT BC Ferries gets new chief financial officer, reports $6.1m loss in last quarter VICTORIA – BC Ferries has announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer who most recently worked in Ontario’s energy sector.Ferries president Mike Corrigan says that starting in April, Dennis Dodo will also be responsible for government and regulatory affairs.Current CFO, Robert Clark is deferring his retirement and will lead new programs including e-commerce and information technology upgrades, which Corrigan says are critical to the company’s long-term success.BC Ferries says it lost $6.1 million between last October and December, about half the loss it incurred for the same period a year earlier.During the last quarter of 2014, BC Ferries provided 41,000 sailings compared to 45,000 during the same period in 2013 due to planned service cuts in some communities.It says earnings were about $84 million for the last nine months of 2014, up from about $56 million compared to the same period a year earlier. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Its Never Too Early For Gregg Popovich To Call A Timeout

TeamQuick timeouts Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Philadelphia 76ers18 Chicago Bulls17 Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/pop_new.mp400:0000:0000:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“You want the clean version or the unedited version of what he’s telling us?” a smiling Green asked me after a recent practice. “In a nutshell, when he calls us over that quickly, it’s to say: ‘Wake up — get your head out of your butt. This is a big game. You can’t fall asleep on defense and fail to execute on the very first play of the game.’ He uses language that’s a little stronger than that, but if he has to call timeout that early, it’s pretty much to chew you out for not really being in the game mentally yet.”Popovich, the longest-tenured coach in American professional sports, has never been shy about burning an early timeout to get his point across. In fact, the Spurs have called 50 percent more timeouts during the first two minutes of games than the next closest team over the past 10 regular seasons, according to analysts Vincent Johnson and Ken Woolums of ESPN Stats & Info. Popovich has called an NBA-high five timeouts within the first two minutes of a game this season — an eye-popping number given that more than a third of the teams in the league haven’t used even one such timeout — and is currently on pace to call more than he ever has in a single season.3As of Monday morning, the Spurs had 12 games left in their season. Dallas Mavericks20 Golden State Warriors18 No other team is closeMost total timeouts within the first two minutes of a game, 2009-18 In a way, the numbers highlight the degree to which this has been an unusually trying year for a Spurs club that’s widely considered the gold standard for consistency in pro sports. San Antonio has reached the playoffs in 20 consecutive seasons — a span in which it won five NBA titles — largely because of its unparalleled injury prevention and perhaps also its ability to enjoy peace and quiet from the drama that threatens so many other franchises.But that hasn’t been the case this year — particularly with injuries. It’s no coincidence that San Antonio, after a rough 6-11 patch over the past 17 games, finds itself in an unfamiliar battle for one of the West’s last playoff spots.4As of Monday morning, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection model gave the Spurs — who are on a three-game win streak — a 78 percent probability of reaching the postseason, a vastly improved position from just a week earlier, when the model gave them a 54 percent chance. All this while being unsure of when and whether franchise cornerstone and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard will come back from a troubling quad injury that’s kept him out nearly the entire season.“If you have different lineups every night and different players, it’s going to be more challenging,” said Popovich, whose team still boasts the third-best defense in the NBA this season. “But you know, quit your crying and just play. And that’s what we’ve done. No one’s crying. No one’s making any excuses. Everybody has problems they have to overcome with their teams.“With us, it’s been the injuries. And it’s very disappointing because we wanted to pick up where we left off last year after 61 wins and going to the conference finals. We had really high hopes. Even without Tony and Kawhi to start, we did very well. Then we kind of hit a wall.”Popovich attributes some of that stagnation to “running out of fuel,” a nod to the less-experienced players he’s had to lean on more than he expected to heading into the season.The surplus of youngsters — and the challenging nature of the season — may explain why Pop has been so quick to call timeouts this season compared with others. Aside from having a military-like focus on the details, he has seemingly felt more of a need to point out veteran players’ miscues so they aren’t repeated by reserves who could someday replace them as the team’s leaders.“He expects us, as veterans who’ve been here long enough, to know these things. To lead more, and to do more,” Green said. “Our leash is exactly the same as everyone else’s. Maybe even shorter. So it’s on us to get those (younger) guys in gear as well. The timeouts are kind of designed to say, ‘If these (starters) can fall in line and take the criticism, you better fall in line, too.’”Popovich said there was no true rhyme or reason to the nature of his timeout calls, other than something looking out of place. “It’s just by the seat of my pants,” he told me. “If I see something that’s particularly egregious based on what our game plan was supposed to be, then I try to do something to get them focused a little bit quicker. It mostly depends on the level of execution deficit, I suppose.”5In fairness to Popovich, while the timeout against the Cavs might have seemed a tad quick, it is unusual for a team to hit a three in the game’s first 10 seconds. Crowder’s three against the Spurs is the only such play in the NBA this season, per Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index.Popovich’s dedication to precision and his highly choreographed style haven’t always gone over perfectly with his players, of course. Creative playmakers Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, both of whom figure to reach the Hall of Fame someday, have said it took time for them to adjust to Popovich.But the 69-year-old has never been shy about deviating from established coaching norms — sometimes in ways that aren’t immediately recognizable. In the past, Popovich would call timeouts a minute or two ahead of first-quarter commercial breaks that were scheduled to happen anyway — a practice that allowed him to sit his starters and buy them a little bit of extra rest. He’d then bring those players back much earlier in the second quarter than most opponents would, often allowing the Spurs to dominate second periods as a result. (Something easier to recognize: He isn’t afraid to sub all five of his starters out at once if he’s unhappy with effort or execution.)Popovich also doesn’t hesitate to let his players do some of the coaching from time to time. He allowed Parker to walk into the coaches’ huddle during a timeout, then sent Parker to relay the plan to his teammates on the bench — an occurrence that wouldn’t have been that unusual had it not been during the NBA Finals.6Popovich also gives his players quizzes about current events and world history in hopes of having them connect with one another better. SAN ANTONIO — The game against the Cleveland Cavaliers had tipped off only 10 seconds earlier, but as soon as Jae Crowder’s 3-pointer fell through the basket, San Antonio guard Danny Green knew what was coming. The Spurs hadn’t even run an offensive play yet, but as soon as he crossed half-court, Green began walking toward the bench, knowing that his coach would call a timeout.To most watching that nationally televised game in January, the stoppage 14 seconds in seemed out of place. It marked the quickest timeout in an NBA game in almost three years,1Interestingly, Cleveland was the last team to call a timeout this quickly. In March 2015, during a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, the David Blatt-led Cavs called a timeout just 11 seconds after the game started, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. But to Green, it was nothing new. He’s come to expect this sort of thing from Gregg Popovich, who’s called more abrupt timeouts than anyone in recent years — in some cases to shout at Green specifically.2The Spurs’ timeout in January marked the fastest Popovich has called for time in the 21 full seasons he’s been on the job. Prior to this one, you’d have to go back to the 2011-12 season, in which he called a timeout 18 seconds into the action to yank DeJuan Blair, who committed a bad defensive foul after being out of position. San Antonio Spurs30 Popovich’s tinkering this season may have been for naught if Leonard doesn’t return. The Spurs have begun to look like a car that had just enough gas to get home but then had to make a run to the store while still on fumes. Similar to last season, Leonard was the difference between San Antonio potentially contending in the playoffs and simply being another solid NBA team.But regardless of whether the Spurs make the playoffs, one thing is clear: Popovich will always get his points about precision across to his players — even if it means calling a timeout 14 seconds into a game to do so.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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With losing streak finished Ohio State mens lacrosse gets ready for No

OSU players celebrate after a goal during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“Back to business” might be the best way to describe the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team’s mentality.The Buckeyes (6-7, 1-2) are set to take on No. 5 Maryland (10-2, 3-0) on Sunday, the team’s first game since ending its six-game losing streak on Saturday against Michigan in the annual Showdown in the Shoe.“It (had) been so long since we’ve won, and to have that feeling again was great,” said senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos. “We had guys in the locker room saying, ‘Dang this is what it feels like to win again.’”However, with the matchup against the fifth-ranked Terrapins on the horizon and still standing on the outside looking in when it comes to the Big Ten tournament, OSU coach Nick Myers said his team is focused on what’s ahead.“When you get to this point in the year, every game is crucial. We understand the importance of these next two games, and, of course, to qualify for our league tournament,” he said. “But I think the focus still needs to be put on playing Buckeye lacrosse and the execution and efforts to get the result that you want.”Kapinos added that the team is viewing it as a must-win.“Going down to Byrd Stadium will be a great fight, and we’ve definitely got to get this W,” he said.After losing two its first three games, Maryland comes into the game on a nine-game winning streak, including a 10-5 triumph over No. 7 Navy on Tuesday.The Terrapins are 5-0 at home this season. However, Myers said his team is focusing on the matchup and not the venue.“We don’t look too much into the numbers in terms of what their records are. We just know that they’re a great team,” Myers said. “We just got to be really clean and execute our game plan.”Kapinos echoed his coach’s words, stressing the need for the Buckeyes to not be intimidated by the opponent.“We have to be smart with the ball, time our slides well and make sure that we’re … possessing the ball and not afraid to play,” he said.Reliance on seniorsSenior attacker Carter Brown was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals and adding two assists in Saturday’s win over Michigan.Senior attacker Ryan Hunter made plays for the Buckeyes on offense, and senior defensemen Robby Haus and Chris Mahoney anchored a defense that only allowed seven goals on the day.Myers said the veteran leadership his seniors provide are essential as the season comes to a close.“I think any time you’re making a run at the end of the year and you’re coming down the home stretch, your seniors really set the tone,” Myers said.The experience of these seniors could certainly help with the team’s confidence on Sunday. OSU defeated then-No. 6 Maryland last season in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals — a game that was at College Park, Maryland.Emergence of offenseAfter failing to score double-digit goals in six straight games, the Buckeyes have posted two consecutive contests above the 10-goal mark.Myers, however, said there is still a lot of room for improvement for his 44th-ranked offense.“We’ve got to finish the ball better than we have,” Myers said. “We still think we haven’t shot the ball the way we’re capable of. So those are going to be important pieces.”The offense will have to continue to step up as it faces a tough Maryland defense on Sunday.The Terrapins’ defense ranks 10th in the nation, only allowing 7.75 goals per game. Additionally, Maryland senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr is 20th in the nation with a save percentage of 54.4 percent.Kapinos said the gameplan Myers and assistant coach Brad Ross have put together will help the offense to be successful on Sunday.“As long as (the offense) can execute the gameplan and make the fundamental plays, as far as putting the ball in each other’s sticks, throwing their hands when a double comes and making the smart plays, I feel like that’s when they’ll be successful,” Kapinos said.What’s nextThe Scarlet and Gray are scheduled to finish their regular season next week when they take on Rutgers on April 30. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

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What words does President Donald Trump most like to tweet

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3363909 Short URL By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,274 Views US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump reaches a landmark 100 days in office tomorrow.His time has been punctuated by a number of things; international tensions, trouble with his cabinet and staff and, of course, copious tweets.The world’s most powerful man had sent 486 tweets as of yesterday lunchtime, meaning he will average around 4.8 a day by day 100.But what have been in those tweets? The team at Twitter crunched the numbers and found that these are Trump’s most tweeted words from his @RealDonaldTrump account: Friday 28 Apr 2017, 2:20 PM Image: Andrew Harnikcenter_img Share Tweet Email1 22 Comments What words does President Donald Trump most like to tweet? He reaches 100 days in office tomorrow. Apr 28th 2017, 2:20 PM Image: Andrew Harnik GreatAmerica/American News/MediaJobsTodayFake NewsThankPeople BigCountryAnd who is he tweeting at? The most used handles in his tweets are:@Whitehouse@NYTimes & @foxandfriends (tie)@FoxNews@VP@CNN & @ POTUSUnsurprisingly, his most used hashtag is #MAGA. And this, sent in the wake of protests against him, is the most retweeted of his tweets:Trump was most mentioned on day one, 20 January, but his travel ban on some Muslim majority countries, his border wall executive order and his claim Barack Obama had his wires tapped all make it into his busiest days.Read: Trouble for Le Pen as her replacement steps aside amid allegations of Holocaust deniallast_img read more

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Final 820 WWE Smackdown rating overall rating down

first_img Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Mae Young Classic participants debuting for ROH, ROH originals returning during UK tour Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Facebookcenter_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles The 8/20 WWE Smackdown on Syfy did a 1.70 cable rating with 2.43 million viewers. This number is up from last week’s show that did a 1.57 cable rating with 2.08 million viewers.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Arboretums future uncertain as oversight struggles

first_imgHeritage plaques on John Stanger’s home vouch for the historic significance of the structure, which was built in 1867.A memorial at Vinson Weber’s grave, in the side yard of the home he shared with wife Jane, notes his death in 2000.Those markers commemorate the two families that have owned the waterfront property since the 1840s.For years, the future of that property, known as the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum, has been under discussion. Options in the conversation include a city park, a return to private ownership as the site of a family home, or continuing its current role as a nonprofit’s community green space.Weber bequeathed the six-acre property, which slopes from Southeast Evergreen Highway down to the Columbia River, to the Clark College Foundation. He wanted it to become an arboretum honoring his wife, who died in 1974. The dentist and Clark College instructor also envisioned the property becoming an academic resource for the college.Then Weber set up a board of five oversight trustees to ensure that his wishes would be followed.Kelly Punteney, one of the trustees, has gotten a start on landscaping. He also lived on the property for seven years as a caretaker. The project benefits from the hands-on support of volunteers such as Anne Devereaux and Linda Heglin, who showed up a few days ago to work on their favorite garden areas.“Sometimes it takes me an hour to get from my car to my area,” Devereaux said. “I see things to do.”“Mostly, I pull a lot of weeds and keep the blackberries down,” said Heglin, whose home adjoins the Weber property.But despite good intentions, the split ownership-oversight roles are not looking like a great fit for the partners.“It’s an awkward position to be an owner, but not feel like we can make decisions we might (need to) make,” said Lisa Gibert, president and CEO of the Clark College Foundation. “We can’t do this any more.”Punteney said that the trustees have been looking for donors to advance the cause, but “It’s not easy getting grant money when grant agencies don’t know the future.”last_img read more

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