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first_imgIt’s kind of strange at Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Even though it was raining heavily outdoors, with the retractable roof on you could shut out the elements.On Wednesday, though, it took Venus Williams a greater effort to put out the never say-die Kimiko Date-Krumm in two hours and 56 minutes with the scoreline reading 6-7(8), 6-3, 8-6.It is matches like these that stir up a Grand Slam – where the combatants hit each ball with such intensity as if their lives depend on it. Venus versus Kimiko was not a battle between teenagers.It was a battle between two senior pros, though barring their dates of birth, there was nothing to suggest that these two are old in any sense. At 31, a lot of people say Venus is over the hill.Kimiko Date-Krumm reacts during her match against Venus Williams.Today, up against the 40-year-old battle-hardened Japanese, Venus would have felt younger as her fresher legs carried her through the gut- wrenching second- round tie. Down 1-5 in the first set and again trailing in the tie- break, Venus was not in orbit.The style of play defied the combined age of 71 years as the two fought for every point with intensity and treated the audience to the richest tapestry of tennis thus far at The Championships.Once Venus had lost the first set, there were whispers that the former champion had lost the plot. To have been away from the tennis courts for five months and a poor comeback at Eastbourne did not help her cause.advertisementBut then the older Williams sister played without inhibition and her white jumper dress was proof how much she loves the freedom in her stroke production.As a player who likes to express herself, the white jumper with a triangular slit in the back was pretty bold. However, Venus still thinks it’s a simple dress with a lot of draping on the shoulders.In the second set, Venus forced an early break to go up 2-1 and another break of serve ensured she would serve in the decider.With no tie-break, the final set turned out to be an amazing battle.Venus’s big serve versus Kimiko’s hard and flat groundstrokes made for great viewing as each point was a teaser. What was even more captivating was how Kimiko hit the ball deep and with penetration.Finally, when Kimiko hit a backhand into the alley in the 14th game of the decider, it was all over for the Japanese star. ” I returned to the Centre Court after 15 years and lost. Though I lost, I am happy I could match Venus. My claycourt season was bad but it’s hard to lose a match like this,” said Kimiko.Asked how tough it was to work on her fitness at this stage of her career for a match like this, Kimiko said: ” After 30 or 40, you lose muscles.So I have to train hard,” she said.But the seasoned pro was not willing to reflect on retirement. “I can only think about this match now,” she added.For her part, Venus was philosophical.”I was serious about winning. Even at 1- 5 down in first set I was trying to win. And even in the tie- break I wanted to win,” said the former champion.Asked to describe her opponent’s game Venus said: ” She hit into the corners and came to the net. Yes, it took me a while to adjust to her game. She played well and took a lot of risks.” Looking ahead to the future, Venus said the 2012 Olympics were a priority for her.”It’s big for me and I see Kimiko as a role model.At this age she still plays so well,” said Venus.Results Men’s singles 2nd roundRichard Gasquet (FRA x 17) bt Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) 6-1, 6-4,6-4; Tomas Berdych (CZE x 6) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; Mardy Fish (USA x10) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4; Alex Bogomolov Jr (USA) bt Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG x25) 6-0, 6-3, 6-4; Simone Bolelli (ITA) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x14) 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4); Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Ryan Sweeting (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4; Andy Murray (GBR x4) bt Tobias Kamke(GER) 6-3, 6-3, 7-5Women’s singles 2nd roundVenus Williams (USA x23) bt Kimiko Date-Krumm(JPN) 6-7 (6), 6-3, 8-6; Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) bt Monica Niculescu (ROM) 6-3, 6-0; Victoria Azarenka (BLR x4) bt Iveta Benesova (CZE) 6-0 , 6-3; Vera Zvonareva (RUS x2) bt Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-1, 7-6 (5)Women’s singles 1st roundAgnieszka Radwanska (POL x 13) bt Olga GovortsovaBLR) 6-0, 3-0 (retired); Julia Goerges (GER x16) bt Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-0; Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x24) bt Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 3-6, 6-3, 8-6; Flavia Pennetta (ITA x21) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2; Misaki Doi (JPN) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA x30) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has surgery on dislocated thumb Vucevic shot 11 for 21 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin added 15 points for the Magic.“It was what we came here for. We were coming from (three) straight losses and we knew the trip was not going be easy against a team that was going to regroup,” Vucevic said. “It was tough, but we found a way in the end and now we are focusing on Utah for Saturday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefZach LaVine scored 23 points but the Bulls (6-23) lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games and remained with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.The Bulls, playing in Mexico for the first time in their history, were the main attraction for the game in a country where the franchise is considered the second-most popular among local fans. Many of them fell in love with the team when Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the 1990s. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Most of the 20,201 fans that packed the Arena Ciudad de México were using the red and black colors from the Bulls, who arrived in Mexico amid reports of turmoil in the locker room under new coach Jim Boylen.“We knew about the fans and we wanted to come here and give Mexico City an exciting game and we did,” said Justin Holiday, who finished with 18 points for the Bulls. “We are on the right direction. We got another loss but we are on the right direction.”After Lauri Markkanen tied it at 91 with 1:06 left to play, Vucevic nailed a 15-foot jumper to put the Magic ahead and Augustin iced the game with four free throws in the final seconds.The Bulls led 26-24 after the first quarter, but Augustin nailed a couple of 3-pointers in an 11-3 run in the middle of the second and Orlando was ahead 39-29 with seven minutes left to play. LaVine scored on back-to-back jumpers to close the deficit to 51-46 at halftime.LaVine had 14 points after two quarters while Vucevic led the Magic with 13.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Orlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin moves the ball as Chicago Bulls’ Ryan Arcidiacono defends during their regular-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)MEXICO CITY — The Bulls had the fans, but Nikola Vucevic and the Magic got the win.Vucevic scored 26 points, including a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds remaining, and Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over Chicago on Thursday night in its first of two games in Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Chicago started the second half on a 7-2 run and tied it at 53 after a couple of free throws from Wendell Carter Jr., but Orlando took a six-point lead into the fourth period after 3-pointers from Jonathon Simmons and Mo Bamba.The game was the NBA’s 27th in Mexico, and Orlando will play Utah on Saturday. Only the United States and Canada have hosted more.Eight of the last 26 games in Mexico have been regular-season contests.TIP-INSMagic: With 11 3-pointers, the Magic have 19 games with 10 or more and have an 11-8 record in those games. … Orlando broke a four-game losing streak to the Bulls, who swept them in the 2017-18 series for the first time since 2012-13.Bulls: The game was the first neutral-site, regular-season game for Chicago outside of the United States. … Holiday made four 3-pointers and has converted at least one in 39 straight games, the longest streak in Bulls history and the longest of his career.UP NEXTMagic: Play at Mexico City against Utah.Bulls: Play at San Antonio on Saturday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAmit Phangal and Gaurav Bidhuri (in picture), both making their debut at the mega-event. File Photo   –  The Hindu Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Amit Phangal and Gaurav Bidhuri (in picture), both making their debut at the mega-event. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE null RELATED Amit Phangal (49kg) and Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg), both making their debut at the mega-event. COMMENT × Indian boxers were off to a resounding start at the 19th World Boxing Championships, notching an all-win opening day with contrasting victories here.Amit Phangal (49kg) and Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg), both making their debut at the mega-event, were the only Indians in action in the late evening session and they had the contingent ecstatic by moving into the second round here yesterday.Asian bronze-medallist Amit was the first to take the ring and shrugged off a slow start to edge past Italian Federico Serra in a split verdict. The 21-year-old from Haryana, competing in the biggest tournament of his career, was rather sluggish in the opening round, allowing his rival easy shots.However, he shook off the slumber in the second and third round with some well-placed hooks and straights. In fact, Amit managed to out-pace his rival quite well in the closing three minutes, which perhaps tilted the scales in his favour. “This is my first year in the senior circuit and so far it has turned out to be quite well. I am happy with the results I am getting,” Amit, whose biggest achievement so far has been the Asian bronze medal he won earlier this year, told PTI after his bout.His ascent to the senior level has been rather meteoric, considering that he never figured prominently in Indian boxing’s youth circuit. “Yes, I have never been among the most talked about in the youth circuit, didn’t get too many opportunities either but at the senior level, I am trying to make a mark. I spent an entire year trying to figure out my weaknesses and that is what is getting me results now,” he added.“I take pride in being a hardworking boxer. I slog a lot and that is getting me the results perhaps,” he added.The nimble-footed boxer will be up against Carlos Quipo of Ecuador in his second-round bout. Quipo is seeded seventh and has got an opening round bye.Gaurav was the next man in for India and he was up against Sam Goodman, an 18-year-old world youth bronze-medallist and Oceania champion who sought crowd-funding to compete in the big event. The 23-year-old Indian, disadvantaged to an extent by his short height, more than made up for it with his relentless attacks and didn’t concede much to his younger opponent. In fact, Goodman was left rather dazed by Gaurav’s hitting and had little to offer in retaliation. Gaurav’s upper cuts stood out for impact and the judges had no hesitation in awarding the bout unanimously to the Delhi boxer.Awaiting him in the second round is sixth-seeded Mauritian Jean-Jordy Vadamootoo. Vadamootoo is the reigning African champion and got a bye into the second round. Gaurav’s entry to the World Championship has been nothing short of a lucky break. He had lost in the Asian Championships quarterfinals to miss out on automatic qualification but got a wild card from the Asian Boxing Confederation to make the cut. COMMENTS Amit, Gaurav enter quarters of World Boxing Championships August 26, 2017 sportlast_img read more

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first_imgAamir Khan was pleasantly surprised to see Arjun Mathur, an assistant director in his film Rang De Basanti, in web series Made In Heaven. Arjun Mathur shared a throwback picture of him with Aamir Khan from the sets of Rang De Basanti in which he had worked as an assistant director. On Tuesday, Aamir reposted the picture and praised Arjun for his work in Made In Heaven.Aamir wrote, “Hey Arjun, so wonderful to see you doing such great work. I really enjoyed Made in Heaven. Love, a.”Earlier, Arjun had written a long note about how Rang De Basanti was his fourth and last film as Assistant Director and how he had felt honoured to be part of the film and watch Aamir act. He wrote, “Major #throwback – the year 2005. Standing-in on mark for the ‘present day D.J.’ next to #ChandrashekharAzad for one of the past/present #VFX transition shots required for the #climax in #RangDeBasanti. #RDB was my fourth and last film as an #AssistantDirector (and the end of utility jackets for me). What an honour to have been a part of this #rebellion, this #movement. Yes, it was much more than a film. And what a grand privilege to have gotten to observe the genius and work-ethic of @_aamirkhan on not one, but two entire feature-films, even before I had started acting professionally. There’s just so much I’ve gotten to imbibe from this man.. and in case you can’t tell from my longing gaze, I’m forever #grateful for it.”In the picture, Aamir is seen in Chandrashekhar Azad’s look for the climax scene in the film, while Arjun is seen sitting next to him wearing the AD utility jacket. Arjun sports a pony tail in the picture.Made In Heaven is an Amazon Prime web series directed by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti. The series stars Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh, Jennifer Salke and Shashank Arora in pivotal roles. Made In Heaven chronicles the lives of Tara and Karan, two wedding planners in Delhi.Aamir, whose last film Thugs of Hindostan failed at the box office, will soon start working on his next film, Lal Singh Chaddha, an official adaptation of Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump.ALSO READ | Aamir Khan reveals son Junaid and daughter Ira want to enter BollywoodALSO WATCH | In conversation with Aamir Khan and Kiran Raolast_img read more

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first_imgDemonstrating its ability to mobilize numerous resources and supporters to help others give back and foster a more compassionate world, unite4:good (www.unite4good.org) today announced that The Eva Longoria Foundation is the latest to join its coalition of charitable organizations and sponsors as a Founding Affiliate.Founded by global philanthropist and entrepreneur Anthony Melikhov, the unite4:good movement is committed to a message of inspire:empower:share:love and inspiring positive action to deliver a day when the number of people who want to help outnumber those who need it.Established by Eva Longoria, the Eva Longoria Foundation helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. The Foundation offers programs which help Latinas graduate from high school college-ready. Additionally, it provides Latina entrepreneurs with capital and training to start and grow their businesses. By investing in Latinas, the Foundation hopes to build a stronger future for our country.“unite4:good shares our belief that if you empower people with the tools they need, everyone benefits,” said Maggie Neilson, Executive Director of the Eva Longoria Foundation. “This partnership will strengthen our programs and help expand our efforts to highlight the huge and relatively untapped potential of Latinas.”unite4:good and The Eva Longoria Foundation will work together to support the Foundation’s parent engagement training and micro-loans program. The parent engagement training is a nine-week program that teaches parents how to help their children graduate from high school college-ready. The micro-loans program provides needed capital to borrowers who may not qualify for traditional credit, and incorporates business and financial management skills.“There are millions of kind actions taking place right now in all cultural traditions,” said Mr. Melikhov. “We are thrilled to unite with charitable organizations such as The Eva Longoria Foundation to collaborate, expand and amplify our work. Together, we can transform our world.”last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The busiest social season of the year is upon us, and Grayes has the perfect antidote to the age old question: what do I wear? With a set of curated, work-appropriate essentials from Grayes that look as good in the workplace as they do after hours, your outfit woes are over! Scroll through to see how your new favourite pieces can have you looking chic from the earliest Monday AM meeting to the latest after-hours holiday party.Searching for the ultimate day-to-night piece that can take you from boss in the boardroom to queen of the dance floor? Look no further: Grayes’ best-selling Blazer Dress will effortlessly take you from a 9 am meeting to 9 pm drinks and beyond. No need to spend time trying on outfits in the morning or pack an entirely separate look for eveningwear; keep it simple by layering the open blazer over a simple blouse and a pencil pant for an easy professional look. Once five o’clock hits, button up the blazer into a dress, lose the pants, and trade in your daytime accessories for a little evening-appropriate sparkle (think statement earrings). Apply a bold lip to contrast the neutral tone of the dress and you’re all set for a night out. Advertisement Never use ‘blazer’ and ‘boring’ in the same sentence again! The Notch Blazer is an updated take on the workwear staple with a figure-flattering fit and comfortable stretch that you won’t want to take off. Pair it with with the classic Pencil Pant for an elevated suit that’ll make you stand out in a sea of traditional workwear. Once you’re off the clock, pair it with your favourite skinny jeans and  a sparkly statement heel, or leather pants and jewel-toned booties and let the notch blazer keep you comfortable and sophisticated all night long.In need of a one-and-done, go-to dress for any occasion? You can never go wrong with a LBD. The Cap Tunic Dress in black lace stripe makes this LBD a little more interesting and will be the most-worn item in your closet. Its simple, flattering cut and subtle elongating stripe pattern make it the perfect base for any outfit. Don a structured blazer for a no-nonsence look that’ll keep you cool and confident no matter what the work week throws at you. When it’s time for some well-deserved fun, head out the door in a flash by swapping out the blazer for a leather jacket and toss on some chic knee-high boots for a striking head to toe look. Layer on minimalist stacking rings, a nude lip and finish your look off with an en vogue clutch. Your evening ensemble is now ready to go, no changeroom required!For more work-to-holiday soiree outfit inspo, visit grayes.com.Hashtag: #GrayesEverydayTwitter: @GrayesTorontoInstagram: @GrayesFacebook: @GrayesTorontoAbout Grayes:Established in 2016, Grayes is a sophisticated Canadian-made professional workwear brand with a point of view. Grayes’ mission is to provide an edited collection of impeccable essentials that are versatile, functional and easy to wear. Everyday pieces that express your personal style, celebrate ambition and empower you to feel confident at work — and beyond. The brand sources fabric from top mills around the globe and works exclusively with factories in the Toronto area to ensure premium quality product. For more information about the company, please visit grayes.com. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Rabat – Expert travelers and beauty seekers have known for decades that Morocco, with its gorgeous landscapes and multicultural heritage, is an alluring and enlightening travel destination. For those who didn’t know, the British newspaper Daily Express has mentioned Morocco in its list of “The darling buds of May”, urging travelers to pay the country a visit during the spring month. The website says that the Kingdom is a perfect destination in the month of May, referring to a listing by Australian travel website Lonely Planet. The Kingdom made it to the listing thanks to its “ideal temperature”, marvelous landscapes and flower festival. Daily Express reports that “Marrakech hovers in the high 20°C not too oppressive for wandering the souks; coastal Essaouira is a refreshing 20°C (68°F); and the Sahara is hot (30°C+; 86°F+) but more manageable than July to August (40°C+; 104°F+).” The Daring Buds of May article invited travelers to explore the red city of Marrakech and its “grandmother” Taroudant before wandering into the Atlas Mountains. It also made a special reference to the Valley of the Roses, at the High Atlas Mountains for being “particularly pretty during its mid-May flower festival.” In addition, it highlighted Mount Toubkal which, reaching 13,671 feet high, offers an adventurous hikes for adrenaline junkies and promises an unforgettable experience to whoever visits it.For family excursions, Daily Express turned to the mountain village of Imlil, saying that it is “a good base for shorter, family-friendly excursions into Berber country,” adding that the village could be reached though various roads, while mules could be hired to carry baggage and even lift children.The valleys of Morocco are “vibrantly green,” enjoying warm sunshine and lovely temperature, abd though they get a bit chilly at night, they remain a perfect destination for hikers. read more

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Workers are trying to free an Amtrak train with 183 passengers aboard that has been stuck since Sunday after hitting a tree that fell on the tracks near Eugene, Oregon.Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train left Seattle for Los Angeles early Sunday but hit a tree in Oakridge, Oregon, about 6:20 p.m. Oakridge is about 45 miles (72 kilometres) southeast of Eugene.Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan says crews are clearing the track and were expected to reach the train by 6 a.m. PST Tuesday. He says the train will move back to Eugene and Portland.Amtrak made the decision to keep passengers on the train because electricity is out in Oakridge. Amtrak says there is ample food on board.Passenger Carly Bigby tells KOIN-TV parents have run out of diapers and there is limited cellphone service.The Associated Press read more

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His comments come on the same day that members of the Security Council are holding closed-door talks on imposing new United Nations sanctions against Iran.Under the agreement brokered by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Iran will ship its low-enriched uranium out of the country in exchange for high-enriched uranium for use at a civilian nuclear research site in Tehran, media reports say.Iranian authorities hold that the country’s activities are for peaceful purposes, while some nations contend they are driven by military ambitions. In 2003 it was discovered that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly stated that it cannot confirm that all Iran’s nuclear material is for peaceful activities because the country has not provided the necessary cooperation.Mr. Ban, according to his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, believes that enhanced openness is crucial in alleviating concerns over Iran’s nuclear programme, with the new deal possibly helping build confidence about its nuclear activities if also followed by broader engagement with the IAEA and with the international community.The IAEA has received the text of the Joint Declaration signed yesterday by Iran, Brazil and Turkey, and the Agency is awaiting written notification from Tehran that it agrees with the relevant provisions in the agreement.The Secretary-General, Mr. Nesirky said, looks forward to the IAEA’s assessment on the substantive elements of the Declaration.“He also urges once again that Iran comply fully with the relevant Security Council resolutions and provide cooperation to the IAEA to the fullest extent to resolve all the outstanding concerns over its nuclear programmes.”This development comes as more than 100 nations are continuing their five-yearly review conference of the NPT to discuss how to further full implementation and enhance the universality of the pact.On the first day of the gathering, Mr. Ban personally urged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to restore international trust in the peaceful nature of his country’s nuclear programme by adhering to the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA.At a meeting requested by Mr. Ahmadinejad, the Secretary-General urged the resumption of talks between Iran and a group of six countries – China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.In his opening remarks to the NPT conference, Mr. Ban stressed that it was up to Iran to take the initiative. “Let me be clear: the onus is on Iran to clarify the doubts and concerns of its programme,” he said. In response, Mr. Ahmadinejad told the conference no credible proof had been provided that Iran had anything but peaceful intentions.The Security Council has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Iran, including a ban on all items which could contribute to the country’s enrichment of uranium, a necessary step for both peaceful and militaristic uses of nuclear energy, and arms sales and a freeze on assets. Last October, a draft agreement on fuel for a civilian nuclear research site in Tehran was put forward in which Iranian low-enriched uranium would be shipped for further enrichment to Russia and then on to France to be fabricated into fuel, but Iran has yet to approve the deal. 18 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the initiative by Brazil and Turkey regarding nuclear fuel for an Iranian reactor could be a positive step, and underscored the need for bolstered transparency to help resolve concerns over Tehran’s nuclear programme. read more

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The Toronto stock market was slightly lower late morning Friday with buyers inclined to do little at the end of a negative week amid rising oil prices and a strong earnings report from American banking giant JPMorgan Chase.The S&P/TSX composite index eased 28.02 points to 12,205.93, while the TSX Venture Exchange was 5.85 points lower at 1,294.09.The Canadian dollar shed early gains and was unchanged at 102.18 cents US.New York markets were also listless as JPMorgan handed in a record quarterly profit of US$5.7 billion, up 34 per cent from a year ago as the bank set aside less money for bad loans. Earnings were $1.40 per share, far exceeding the $1.21 predicted by analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue rose six per cent to $25.1 billion, beating expectations of $24.4 billion. JPMorgan stock dropped 37 cents to US$41.73. However, the stock has already come back strongly from a low of $31 in early June after the bank announced a surprise trading loss that ballooned to $6 billion.Indexes also failed to find support from a strong consumer confidence reading.The Dow Jones industrials climbed 10.94 points to 13,337.33 as the University of Michigan’s index for October came in at 83.1, up from 78.3 in September. The Nasdaq composite index slipped 0.76 of a point to 3,048.65, while the S&P 500 index was down 2.22 points at 1,430.62.Earnings expectations are low for the third quarter as the eurozone debt crisis continues to take a toll on economies in Europe, affecting the results of multinationals. The malaise has also spread to developing economies such as China.Analysts expect a 2.1 per cent year-over-year decline in S&P 500 operating earnings, which would be the first year-over-year drop since the recession that followed the 2008 financial collapse.Traders also took in better than expected earnings from U.S. bank Wells Fargo. It posted third-quarter earnings per share of 88 cents, beating estimates by a penny. Revenue rose eight per cent to $21.21 billion, which was slightly lower than analysts expected and its shares fell $1.23 to US$33.95.The TSX is set to end the week lower in the wake of a gloomy assessment of the global economy by the International Monetary Fund, which reduced its growth forecast for the world economy to 3.3 per cent this year from its previous estimate of 3.5 per cent.Still, the TSX is up over seven per cent from the market lows of early June, largely because of a commitment from European Central Bank president Mario Draghi to do whatever it takes to preserve the monetary union and another round of quantitative easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve.“There had to be a letdown and we are getting it,” said Pat McHugh, senior managing director and Canadian equities strategist at Manulife Asset Management.“This move from the time Draghi made his comments (in early August) to now has all been policy driven, it hasn’t been earnings driven, it hasn’t been fundamentally driven. For the near term, I’m afraid I don’t see any triggers that will move this market.”The tech sector led TSX advancers with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (TSX:MDA) ahead 63 cents to $50.53.The energy component rose 0.13 per cent as fears that the conflict in Syria could widen and threaten oil shipments from the Mideast continued to push crude prices higher. The November contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 23 cents to US$92.30 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 19 cents to C$30.20.The telecom component was down 0.3 per cent as BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gave back nine cents to $42.92.The base metals sector was flat as metal prices backed off with December copper down three cents to US$3.72 a pound.Gold stocks were also little changed as December bullion was off $4.40 to US$1,766.20 an ounce.It was a light day on the economic calendar. In the U.S., a second month of sharp gains in gasoline costs drove wholesale prices higher in September. But outside of the surge in energy, prices were well contained. Wholesale prices rose 1.1 per cent in September following a 1.7 per cent gain in August.European bourses were weak as London’s FTSE 100 dipped 0.28 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was down 0.3 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 declined 0.44 per cent.Earlier in Asia, markets were mixed by the close. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index ended a bad week with another 0.2 per cent decline.Telephone company Softbank led the way lower after it plunged 16.9 per cent on news that it is in talks to take a substantial stake in U.S. carrier Sprint Nextel Corp.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 0.7 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi was flat. read more

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WASHINGTON — A government official says the Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions and fuel economy standards.The official, who is familiar with the regulatory process, says the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing paperwork for the White House that would set a single national standard for fuel economy. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not yet been made public.President Donald Trump has said he wants to revoke California’s authority as part of an effort to relax mileage standards nationwide.Administration moves to rescind that authority, which was granted by Congress, would likely face legal challenges.The plan would have to be posted in the Federal Register and be subject to public comment.Tom Krisher And Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press read more

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TORONTO – Apple Pay officially launched in Canada on Tuesday, but only a small number of Canadians will be able to buy books, burgers and bagels with their mobile phones at first.The mobile payments app allows users to upload credit card data to their Apple devices and use it for tap-to-pay systems or in-app purchases.Apple said it is partnering with seven retailers for the launch, including Tim Hortons, Petro-Canada and Indigo Books and Music, but that anywhere that accepts tap-and-pay for American Express should be able to accept Apple Pay.Yet most Canadians won’t be able to use Apple Pay immediately because it currently accepts only American Express cards issued by Amex Bank of Canada and the tap-and-pay system only works with the iPhone 6 and 6S models.That means no Visa or MasterCard, which together account for more than 90 per cent of the Canadian market. American Express accounts for 8.2 per cent of the total.Apple will require the co-operation of banks and card issuers such as Visa and MasterCard to make the system work on a widespread basis, but Canada’s large financial institutions have so far been silent on working with the Cupertino, Calif.,-based tech company.Penelope Graham, editor at RateSupermarket.ca, said the banks are wary of Apple cutting in on the transaction fees they charge merchants, which Visa and MasterCard agreed to cap at 1.5 per cent earlier this year.American Express, as an independent company, can set its own fees and doesn’t have to negotiate with a bank because it is both the lender and the issuer of most of its cards.American Express cards issued through the company’s partnership with Scotiabank cannot be used for Apple Pay.“There’s less red tape for Apple to work with American Express to launch it here,” she said.According to media reports, Apple charges a 0.15 per cent fee in the United States and a lower fee in the United Kingdom, where EU rules put much lower limits on transaction fees.Graham said it is inevitable that Apple and the big banks will come to some sort of an agreement, because both sides are interested in growing the mobile payments market in Canada.All five major banks have their own mobile payment apps, and independent competitors such as SureTap and Ugo are also looking to grab a slice of the market.“If you look at the direction all of the banks are going, putting this kind of investment into their financial technology, they certainly anticipate that this is the future of payments,” she said.Aside from the absence of Visa and MasterCard, Apple Pay also faces an obstacle in that only the Apple Watch and its latest two iPhones, the iPhone 6 and 6S, include the built-in wireless technology known as near-field communication that makes contactless payments possible.Apple Pay can also be used for in-app purchases on the iPad models that feature Apple’s fingerprint-sensing security.Apple Pay launched in the United States in October 2014 and in the United Kingdom in July 2015. Australians can also use Apple Pay as of now, but they too are limited to American Express cards.Jonathan Magder, senior manager at Accenture, said his company’s research has shown that Canadians won’t adopt mobile payments just for the convenience of reaching into a different pocket.He said Apple needs to work with retailers to provide discounts and link its product with existing loyalty programs in order to drive adoption.“You, as a consumer, don’t walk into a store thinking about how you want to pay,” he said. “One organization cannot do this alone. You need to have that collaboration there.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Apple Pay was limited to Apple’s seven partner retailers. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 17, 2015 8:20 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple Pay launches in Canada for American Express card customers read more

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Speaking of the NBA’s likeliest regression candidates for 2015-16, CARMELO projects Kyle Korver to lose the ninth-most WAR of any player this season. Last year was a career year for Korver — unfortunately, you only get one of those. But Korver’s comp list is also littered with sharpshooters who played with grace into their late 30s. So despite the drop-off, Korver probably has at least a few more solid seasons left in his tank. Dennis Schroder was drafted on potential — perhaps specifically the potential that he’d become the next Rajon Rondo. He has the dimensions — 6-foot-1 with a deceptively long wingspan and huge hands — as well as the passing; he even borrowed the poor shooting efficiency. But Rondo was an elite defender, at least once upon a time, and that couldn’t be further from what Schroder is. Instead, Schroder seems to be at a crossroads this season: Some of his comps eventually turned into pretty good players, while others disappeared from the league completely. One of the unsung heroes of the 2014-15 Hawks was DeMarre Carroll, whose combination of shooting and defense made him one of the NBA’s best all-around wings. However, Carroll left for Toronto over the summer, and the only major newcomer brought in to replace his minutes was Tim Hardaway Jr., a poor imitation at best. Sure, Hardaway is a solid shooter who can score some, but — unlike Carroll — he’s completely lost on defense. His sub-replacement-level projection is a big reason why CARMELO thinks the Hawks will take a step backward this season. The good news: There’s a lot of blue on the left side of Paul Millsap’s player card — the dude is darned good at just about everything. The bad: Most of Millsap’s closest historical doppelgangers (save for … Julius Erving?!) declined steeply from this point in their careers onward. The latter explains why CARMELO calls for Millsap to suffer the NBA’s fifth-biggest drop in wins above replacement between 2014-15 and 2015-16. Here’s what to expect from Atlanta’s most important players in 2015-16 (you can find all of the Hawks — and every other NBA player — here): Acquired from the San Antonio Spurs in a salary dump that enabled the Spurs to sign LaMarcus Aldridge, Tiago Splitter might prove to be one of the steals of the offseason. Although he doesn’t stretch the floor with shooting like the outgoing Pero Antic did, Splitter does a bit of everything else well. He’ll put Atlanta’s backup big-man minutes to much better use than the likes of Antic, Mike Muscala or Mike Scott. With Al Horford’s abundant skill set — look at all those pretty blue dots! — you feel like the sum of his parts should be worth more than mere “good starter” status. Yet that’s Horford, who according to VORP (value over replacement player) has been a top-10 NBAer only once (in 2010-11) and at age 29 is entering the decline phase of his career. Luckily, CARMELO predicts a gentle descent; while the comparisons to Googs and Reef are concerning, hope abides in the forms of Lanier, Gasol, Parish and ’Sheed. Note: I worked for the Hawks as a statistical consultant during the 2013-14 season.How do you build on what was arguably the best season in franchise history? That’s the question facing the Atlanta Hawks on the eve of the 2015-16 season. And what a campaign to have to surpass: 60 wins, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and a berth in the NBA’s Final Four (albeit a brief one, ending in a sweep). Aside from the loss of swingman DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta will bring back all of its key players from a year ago, but FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system thinks it will still be difficult for the Hawks to reach last season’s heights. Our projections call for declines from practically all of the players who powered Atlanta’s unexpected rise, particularly Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver. What’s left over after the fall should still be a solid-enough team. But CARMELO projects Atlanta to go 45-37, which may not place the Hawks among the top half of Eastern Conference playoff teams, much less allow them to vie for the East’s best record again. Another option for filling Carroll’s minutes on the wing is Thabo Sefolosha, an even better defender than the man he’d be replacing (to say nothing of his massive edge over Hardaway on D). But Sefolosha doesn’t come without concern: He’s old, injury-prone — not to mention the broken leg he suffered during an off-court incident involving police last spring — and a near non-entity on offense. It’s not even clear how close to full health he’ll be when the season starts, so the Hawks could be in trouble if they’re counting on Sefolosha to replace anything more than a fraction of Carroll’s production. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Yet another Hawk who enjoyed a career-best season last year (are you sensing a theme here?), Jeff Teague skipped a couple of rungs on the NBA ladder during his climb from mediocre (2013-14) to very good (2014-15). CARMELO is skeptical that the latter will stick, and while good things were yet to come for some of his top comps — notably Paul Westphal, Kevin Johnson and Mark Jackson — the majority of Teague-like historical players were on the downturn by age 27. read more

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first_imgFacebook valorisé à 50 milliards grâce à Goldman SachsUne levée de fonds de 500 millions de dollars (376 millions d’euros), auprès de Goldman Sachs en grande partie, aurait permis la valorisation de Facebook à 50 milliards de dollars (37,7 milliards d’euros). La banque d’affaire américaine a investi environ 450 millions de dollars (338 millions d’euros) dans le réseau social sur la base d’une valorisation de 50 milliards de dollars, a révélé ce matin le New York Times. Ainsi, grâce à Goldman Sachs et à un investisseur russe qui a ajouté 50 millions de dollars, Facebook serait désormais mieux valorisé que eBay, Yahoo! et Time Warner, qui existent depuis plus longtemps, rapporte LeFigaro.fr.Grâce à cette levée de fonds, Facebook, qui devient ainsi encore plus populaire et crédible, va pouvoir recruter de nouveaux employés, développer d’autres produits et poursuivre ses activités d’acquisition. Mais de ce fait, il semblerait que Mark Zuckerberg, CEO du site, ne puisse plus rester encore très longtemps en dehors du système boursier. C’est en tout cas ce qui s’est passé pour Microsoft et Google. La popularité de leurs parts les avait poussé à réaliser une introduction en bourse.Aujourd’hui, Facebook dépasserait en popularité la page Google.com aux Etats-Unis. Une première. Le 3 janvier 2011 à 13:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgOpera 12 : une version bêta disponibleUne bêta de la nouvelle version d’Opera est disponible au téléchargement. Une importante mise à jour qui apporte quelques nouveautés esthétiques, mais surtout une nette amélioration des performances du navigateur.Opera Software vient de mettre en ligne la bêta de la dernière mouture de son navigateur, Opera 12 (lien non disponible), aussi connue sur le nom de code Wahoo. Cette version test nous permet de découvrir quelques changements esthétiques, avec l’arrivée de nouveaux thèmes pour habiller le navigateur.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais c’est du côté des performances que se trouvent les évolutions les plus notables. Opera 12 mise sur une plus grande rapidité et une meilleur stabilité, via entre autres la séparation des processus des plug-ins, comme le font déjà Chrome, Safari et Firefox. Ce système permet au navigateur de continuer à fonctionner en cas de plantage de plug-in, et améliore donc sa stabilité.La nouvelle version d’Opera s’enrichit en outre du support de plusieurs standards web, comme le glisser-déposer de HTML5, le WebRTC, ou encore le CSS Generated Content. Le navigateur intègre également la fonction Do Not Track qui permet de se protéger contre le pistage publicitaire.Des nouveautés et améliorations qui séduiront peut-être les internautes et permettront au navigateur de se faire une plus grande place sur le marché. Aujourd’hui, d’après les derniers chiffres de NetMarketShare, Opera doit se contenter d’une part de seulement 1,6%.Le 28 avril 2012 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_img No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’Watch These Fighting Games at EVO 2019 Stay on target During the same weekend game journalists were putting the finishing touches on their Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite reviews and opinion pieces, Bandai Namco decided to release a beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ. Was this intentional? It’s unclear, but I’d like to believe it was. If that’s the case, then kudos to you, Bandai Namco. Your troll game is strong.When not occupied with my Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite piece, I got some decent quality time with Dragon Ball FighterZ. Unlike the ten (or so) minutes I spent playing Dragon Ball FighterZ at this year’s E3, I spent many hours with Arc System Works’ upcoming fighter this weekend. Like I said in my hands-on preview, this is the Dragon Ball Z game fans have waited decades for. After playing through the beta, I am now one hundred percent convinced my initial assertion was correct. This game will blow people away.The beta was about as bare bones as you could imagine. After you selected your region and a lobby within said region, you were transported to a small hub world with other players. Here, you selected your roster of fighters, their colors, and the background stage and music. After that, players could either spectate matches, view replays of others’ bouts, or fight against each other.Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of the most wildly over-the-top fighting games I’ve ever experienced. Arc System Works — the same folks behind the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue franchises — has done a tremendous job of capturing the frenetic action of the animated series. Confusion is possible for players not familiar with fighting games or Dragon Ball Z. If you’re familiar with both, then you’ll have no trouble making sense of the on-screen chaos.During the E3 demo, I had no clue what I was doing. I basically button mashed my way through fights and prayed for the best. This time, fellow gamers watching my livestream gave me pointers on how to fight. Thanks to them, I learned how to perform basic combos and super moves. I didn’t have a complete grasp of the game’s mechanics, but I did improve over time with the little knowledge I did have.This demo had a larger roster of characters than the one from E3. There was the originally revealed Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Frieza, Perfect Cell, and Buu. Joining them in this beta were Android 18, Trunks, Android 16, Piccolo, and Krillin. Despite so many characters to choose from, most selected Saiyans. I would scold them for that, but my team largely consisted of Saiyans too. I did try out every character eventually, though. While most played identically, each had enough unique special and super moves to make them distinct.Despite my clumsiness, I still had a blast playing. While there are some canned combos, I was largely able to create my own on the fly. I got a deep sense of satisfaction from chaining standard combos into super attacks. I appreciated how seamlessly combos flowed into one another. Some opponents were so adept at chaining combos that I couldn’t escape their multi-hit air combos. Even when things became somewhat unfair, I knew that, given enough time and practice, I could pull off spectacular combos myself.Betas exist for developers to stress test their titles with actual players. They aren’t inherently feature rich. With that said, I found it perplexing that there wasn’t a tutorial or training mode. Though it shares the DNA of previous Arc System Works titles, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a brand-new game. Since that’s the case, a tutorial breaking down basic functions or a training mode to test combos was necessary. With no tutorial or training modes, players were left to divine the game’s mechanics on their own.For the most part, I had no issues playing online. The netcode isn’t on the level of Street Fighter IV, and there were certainly times where the connection was less than ideal. Despite some random connection hiccups, things never got to the point where the game became unplayable. The only time I saw heavy dips in quality (and frame rates) was during the final hour of the final beta on Sunday. I’ll assume everyone was jumping into the game to get one final crack at it. Overall, I think DBF has decent netcode. I’ll chalk up any hitches I encountered to this being a beta. However, I do hope things improve with the final game.Bandai Namco promises to release another beta sometime in January. I want to see an even more stable online experience, more characters to choose from, and of course, some type of training/tutorial mode. This beta was relatively small, so I hope the upcoming one includes more users. I also hope to improve my skills since some of these online dudes were ridiculously good. I want to unleash my own insane combos on unsuspecting players!My excitement for Dragon Ball FighterZ has only increased thanks to this beta, so I look forward to the next one. In the meantime, I’ll entertain myself with Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. It’s a great time for fighting game fans, isn’t it?Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release in February 2018 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_imgBarcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara has admitted that he remains uncertain on where he will play his football next seasonThe Brazilian scored seven goals in 28 appearances for Barcelona during the 2016/17 season, but was absent in the latter part of the campaign with a knee injury and did not return to action until January.After seeing his opportunities at the Camp Nou diminish in his absence, Rafinha joined Inter Milan on loan for the second half of last season and finished the campaign with two goals in 17 Serie A appearances.But, despite the claims of both the 25-year-old and his father that he had offers, Inter ultimately chose to turn the down the chance to sign Rafinha on a permanent basis.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“If I knew my future, I promise I would say it,” said Rafinha on Mundo Deportivo.“Many things have come out and that is why I leave my people with my confidence to take these topics to me. I have spent a lot of good time at Inter and I would have loved to continue there, but I am a Barça player.”Rafinha is contracted to Barcelona until June 2020.last_img read more

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