Lastlook: The Glitterati

first_imgWhat happens when you combine jewel craft with perfect timing? You get this Bvlgari high jewellery timepiece which is uber sexy and sleek. The timepiece makes a shimmering style statement for those who like to wear their heart on their wrist. Its artistic coils wrap themselves around the owner’s wrist,,What happens when you combine jewel craft with perfect timing? You get this Bvlgari high jewellery timepiece which is uber sexy and sleek. The timepiece makes a shimmering style statement for those who like to wear their heart on their wrist. Its artistic coils wrap themselves around the owner’s wrist, asserting their hold over them. The serpent motif has inspired countless designs for the brand in its 127-year history and is once again used in this haute joallerie collection to create brilliant magic. The snake stands for immortality and infinity and the design of the piece incorporates these characteristics, giving it a fluid look and feel. The watch is inconspicuous or ‘secret’ and at first glance the piece looks like nothing more than a dazzling piece of jewellery with impeccable craftsmanship. The eyes of the snake are created using inlaid celestine or malachite and the sleek head has a dial studded with pave diamonds. The gems used are of the highest quality and the timepiece is set with 172 diamonds and has a white gold case which weighs 40 grams. The coiled bracelet is set with an additional 386 diamonds and 388 emeralds and the quartz movement the timepiece sports has been customised for the brand. The glittering serpent symbolises wisdom and a contemporary design language has been used by Bvlgari to showcase its slithering form with elan. The Bvlgari Serpenti high jewellery collection is available in boutiques across India.Price: Rs 1.2 crorelast_img read more

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Atlanta Hawks escape Minnesota Timberwolves in OT

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? It certainly wasn’t their prettiest with 24 turnovers, but the Hawks made just enough hustle plays to overcome blowing a 22-point lead and beat Minnesota 123-120 in overtime Friday night.Kent Bazemore scored 23 points and John Collins added 21 to back up Pierce’s boast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“It definitely shows you he has confidence in what we’re capable of,” said Dewayne Dedmon, who made two big foul shots with 1.7 seconds left to preserve the win. “Just hearing that made us just turn up a little bit and keep fighting.”Trae Young and Kevin Huerter each had big 3-pointers in the final minutes of overtime, and the Hawks earned their fifth road win despite matching their season high in turnovers. “We’re a young team and we like to play fast,” Bazemore said. “With all the inexperience out there and playing fast, it’s kind of a bad combo for taking care of the ball. But, you know, Coach . doesn’t tell guys to be less of themselves. He wants everyone to be aggressive.”The Timberwolves were done in by missed free throws, dunks and layups.After Huerter’s 3 made it 121-117, Karl-Anthony Towns made two free throws before Andrew Wiggins went to the line for two shots with 4.5 seconds left. After missing two big free throws a few seconds earlier, Wiggins hit the first but missed his second.Dedmon hit his two foul shots with 1.7 seconds left. Rookie Josh Okogie pumped faked DeAndre Bembry and tried to draw contact from the corner, but his 3-point attempt fell short without a whistle.Bazemore sent it to overtime with a fast-break layup after stealing an inbounds pass with 20 seconds left to play. Justin Anderson blocked Derrick Rose’s buzzer-beater attempt as time expired.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 MINNESOTA MISCUESThe Wolves were out of sorts from the start; Wiggins forgot to put his jersey on underneath his warmups, and things went downhill in a hurry.Towns led the Wolves with 31 points and 19 rebounds. Robert Covington had 28 points but missed a dunk late in regulation and, in overtime, lost the ball on a wide-open layup underneath the basket. Young followed by hitting a 3 to give Atlanta a 118-117 lead with 1:49 to play.The Timberwolves erased a 22-point deficit after Atlanta silenced the home crowd early with a season-high 42 first-quarter points. The Wolves held the Hawks to 47 total over the next two quarters.“We came out the second half and played with the edge we should have for all 48,” Towns said. “We put ourselves in that position. We dug ourselves out of a tremendous hole. We just didn’t close it out.”Minnesota went 21 of 38 from the free throw line.“It happens, “Wiggins said. “It’s one of those days and one of those games.”WIGGINS’ FREE-THROW WOESWiggins, a career 74 percent free-throw shooter, was Minnesota’s biggest offender from the stripe. He went 5 of 12 and heard frustrated boos from the home crowd.“That’s fans for you. We’ve got some (expletive) fans and we’ve got some good fans. That’s just how it works,” he said.center_img Russel Westbrook explodes for 40 as Thunder pull away to beat Suns LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES ROSE UPDATERose scored 25 points but sprained his right ankle late. He started again for PG Jeff Teague, who missed his sixth straight game with inflammation in his left ankle.TALKING BASKETBALLLynx star Rebekkah Brunson will be part of the Timberwolves’ broadcast team this season. She’ll do 10 upcoming games either as a second analyst during the game or work on the pregame show. Brunson’s in-game debut will be on Jan. 2 when Minnesota visits Boston. Former Lynx player Lindsay Whalen did eight broadcasts last season.TIP-INSHawks: Bazemore has scored 20 points in five of his last eight games. … Alex Poythress scored 12 points in his third game since being called up from the G League. All of his points came in the first quarter. … It was only the second time this season Atlanta has held a 20-point lead; the Hawks won the first game on Oct. 21 at Cleveland.Timberwolves: Rookie Keita Bates-Diop was active for the game for the first time since being recalled Dec. 22 from Iowa of the G League. “He’ll be back with us for a while now, and then when we have another opportunity to send him down we will. But he’s coming along very nicely,” coach Tom Thibodeau said.UP NEXTHawks: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.Timberwolves: Visit Miami on Sunday. MOST READ Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore, right, drives as Atlanta Hawks’ Alex Poythress, left, sets a pick on Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS  — With the Hawks’ momentum gone and a noisy sellout crowd cheering the Timberwolves, first-year Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce made a bold prediction.“I told our guys at the end of the third quarter, ‘This is going to be our best win of the season,’” Pierce said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Knee joint replacement prosthesis

first_imgA prosthesis is a device designed to replace a missing part of the body, or to make a part of the body work better. The metal prosthetic device in knee joint replacement surgery replaces cartilage and bone which is damaged from disease or aging.Review Date:9/22/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img

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India wins 308 medals in South Asian Games, breaks own record: All you need to know

first_imgThe 12th South Asian Games were organised in Guwahati andShillong, India from February 5, 2016 to February 16, 2016. Indian PrimeMinister Narendra Modi inaugurated the event in Guwahati on February 5. A totalof 2,672 athletes competed in 226 events in over 22 sports. The famous Assamesesong by Bhupen Hazarika,  ‘Ei Prithibi EkKrirangan’ was chosen as the anthem of the games and the official motto was ‘Playfor Peace, Progress and Prosperity’. The South Asian Games concluded with India dominating the ranking with 308medals, which includes 188 gold medals, 90 silver medals and 30 bronze medals.Sri Lanka finished second with 186 medals, followed by Pakistan with 106 medals.India became the champions for the 12th time consecutively and thisyear, India broke it’s own record with 308 medals.The final medal list as the 12th South Asian Games concluded:1. India: 308 medals (188 Gold, 90 Silver, 30 Bronze)2. Sri Lanka: 186 medals (25 Gold, 63 Silver, 98 Bronze)3. Pakistan: 106 medals (12 Gold, 37 Silver, 57 Bronze)4. Afghanistan: 35 medals (7 Gold, 9 Silver, 19 Bronze)5. Bangladesh: 75 medals (4 Gold, 15 Silver, 56 Bronze)6. Nepal: 60 medals (3 Gold, 23 Silver, 34 Bronze)7. Maldives: 3 medals (2 Silver, 1 Bronze)8. Bhutan: 16 medals (1 Silver, 15 Bronze)last_img read more

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Dele Alli almost back to his best, says Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Real Madrid clash

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder Dele Alli is returning to his best form at just the right time as they prepare for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Real Madrid.Alli was suspended for Tottenham’s first three Champions League matches after receiving a red card in their final European game last campaign.Tottenham are top of their group with two wins and a draw from their opening three fixtures, level on seven points with Real Madrid, who they drew 1-1 with at the Bernabeu last month.”When a player is not involved, you feel a little bit down,” Pochettino told reporters on Tuesday. “Now, we’re so happy with the way he’s doing.”His internal motivation is higher now, to try to compete at his best level. We’re very happy with his performances, he’s increasing his level.”Alli, who has scored three goals in 10 league games this campaign, is keen to make an impact when the Spanish champions visit Wembley.”I’m really looking forward to it. Obviously it’s been hard to be sitting on the sidelines watching and knowing that you can’t play but the team have been doing really well so hopefully I can get on the pitch… ” Alli told the club’s website.”We go into every game looking to win and it’s not going to be any different just because we’re playing Real Madrid, although I think we have to be focused a lot more. If you make any mistakes, they’re going to punish you…”last_img read more

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No personal goal, extra pressure in last World Cup: Mashrafe Mortaza

first_imgBangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has pointed out that he does not have any “personal goal” and will not take “any extra pressure” in his last ICC Cricket World Cup.”This is definitely my last World Cup. I have to perform as a player, and of course, my role as captain is going to be important too. I have to fulfill my duties, but there is nothing more I can do. I do not have any personal goals. I never want to take any extra pressure,” ICC quoted Mortaza, as saying.”I am a believer in luck. So what is meant to happen, will happen. It is also not that I will do any extra preparation. It is just another big tournament for us and we want to play well to make it memorable. Nothing is impossible, but it will be very important for us to handle the ups and downs,” he said.The 35-year-old said that Bangladesh squad named for the forthcoming marquee event is similar to the squads that contested the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and Asia Cup 2018, adding, the players that have got the ticket to England for the World Cup, are the “best available” in the team.”It is the same team apart from one or two players, which has been playing together for the last two-three years but we do not have any trophy to show even though we played some finals,” he said.”The team did not do anything so significant in the meantime that they should have been termed as the best team. This kind of tag creates unnecessary pressure on the players. I do not want to say it is the best team but yes, we are going to play the World Cup with our best available team. That is it,” Mortaza said.advertisementThe 50-over tournament, beginning May 30, will see 10 teams competing in a round-robin format, with the top four sides qualifying for the semi-finals. So, the squad depth will be the key to stay at the top.”No doubt this World Cup is going to be tougher for us because of the format. But I still believe we are capable of doing something extraordinary. Just we need to start the tournament on a good note. We need to take it to match by match rather than thinking too far,” Mortaza said.Bangladesh will play Pakistan and India in the warm-ups, before opening its World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 2 at The Oval.Also Read | The girls and I are proud of you: Wife Candice’s emotional message for David WarnerAlso Read | World Cup would have been different experience but I have moved on: Rishabh PantAlso Seelast_img read more

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New England stuck in a no-Nguyen situation

first_imgTransfers How will Lee Nguyen’s standoff with New England Revolution end? Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 05:07 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lee Nguyen MLS 02012018 Winslow Townson Transfers MLS New England The playmaker is holding out in search of a trade away from New England, but the Revs aren’t budging. Here is a closer look at the mess Major League Soccer’s offseason has seen several of its top attacking midfielders change employers during a whirlwind winter of trades driven by the league’s infusion of targeted allocation money — cash that has made wheeling and dealing the new normal in a league that has never seen so much trade action.That makes the case of Lee Nguyen’s tug-of-war with the New England Revolution all the more puzzling. The 31-year-old is currently holding out from the Revs’ preseason training camp in the type of move more often seen in the NFL, and never so publicly in MLS.For those catching up, Nguyen requested a trade after the end of the 2017 season, deciding six seasons in New England was enough. Rather than put the wheels in motion to trade away their best player, the Revs did nothing. Even after Nguyen took the extra step of making his request a formally written one, New England responded by telling Nguyen he wasn’t going anywhere. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In the midst of all this, we watched the New York Red Bulls trade Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City and Sporting Kansas City deal Benny Feilhaber to LAFC. The Columbus Crew received a trade request from Justin Meram and eventually found a home for him in Orlando, landing a hefty amount of allocation money in the process.As those trades came and went, the Revs continued to stand firm in their decision to not just shoot down the request, but not even look into what the market might yield for the midfielder.That refusal has led Nguyen to hold out, with his hope being that the Revs might relent and trade him away. Revs general manager Mike Burns made it clear on the first day of Nguyen’s holdout that the team had no intention of backing down.”Lee didn’t report to preseason and he’s not honoring his contract,” Burns told reporters last week. “We’ll handle the matter internally, and we’ve already had discussions with MLS. It’ll be handled appropriately. We have zero tolerance for guys who don’t honor their contracts.”Clearly Burns and the Revs believe they’re not doing anything wrong by standing their ground. Nguyen is in the third year of a five-year deal he readily accepted when it meant doubling his salary at the time, so he isn’t exactly blameless in this situation. That said, New England choosing to essentially ignore Nguyen’s trade request has only served to leave the team with fewer options when they could have made the situation work out for them.Lee Nguyen New England RevolutionThe Revs will argue that Nguyen has signed two new deals since joining them, securing sizable salary increases in both instances. Nguyen, to his credit, continued to outperform his salary and finished 2017 as one of the best values in the league, with his 11 goals and 15 assists last season putting him among the league’s best goal producers. His $500,000 salary was far and away the lowest of any player in the league who finished with double-digit goals and assists, a group that consists of just four players.Was Nguyen’s trade request a gesture to try and force New England into another new contract, or was he simply ready to leave? The Revs clearly believe it was the former, but sources close to Nguyen tell Goal a new Revs contract wouldn’t make him stay.Here we are, a week into Nguyen’s holdout and it’s tough to see a good outcome to this conflict. Will either side blink? New England can afford to wait out Nguyen because of its plentiful midfield options, including U.S. national team midfielder Kelyn Rowe, who can slide into a playmaking role. But the fact that the Revs can replace Nguyen makes their decision to fail to even entertain the possibility of a trade all the more mind boggling.Is Nguyen really ready to forgo his salary and potentially sit out for weeks and months to force a trade? If he were to miss a season holding out, it wouldn’t count toward his contract, meaning he is stuck in place unless New England relents, which is looking highly unlikely, though you have to wonder how long the Revs are willing to let this go on.The situation isn’t making either side look great. The Revs are only adding to their reputation of being a nightmare for players to deal with, a rep earned over more than a decade of well-publicized battles. As for Nguyen, some will see him as spoiled and unprofessional for not reporting for training camp, and you wonder if some potentially interested teams might have been put off by his decision to hold out.There are definitely teams that could use Nguyen, and that have the resources to make a reasonable offer for him, but it’s a safe bet that whatever price teams are willing to pay now is much lower than it was before the whole situation turned messy and public. Teams aren’t allowed to contact Nguyen because it would be considered tampering, and the Revs aren’t listening to any offers.Which teams might be interested in Nguyen at this point? Here are some MLS teams that could make sense as a destination for Nguyen:CHICAGO FIRE. After missing out on Juan Quintero for a second time, the Fire are on the market for a playmaker. They are currently considering international options, but Nguyen could fit in very well with the setup the Fire currently have. The trading away of David Accam has given the Fire even more allocation money to work with.MONTREAL IMPACT. Blerim Dzemaili’s return to Bologna has left the Impact with a glaring need for a playmaker. Newly-acquired Chilean midfielder Jeisson Vargas could conceivably help fill the void in the middle of the field, but the Impact are on the market for another central midfielder.NEW YORK RED BULLS. The Alejandro Romero Gamarra saga continues, and the man the Red Bulls had lined up to replace Kljestan still isn’t under contract. If that big-money transfer falls through, the Red Bulls could be left scrambling for a playmaker. Does Nguyen fit in with Jesse Marsch’s system? More importantly, would the Revs trade Nguyen to a rival?PHILADELPHIA UNION. The Union need a playmaker, and they showed in their acquisition of David Accam that they are willing to spend big on proven MLS quality. A midfield with Nguyen, Accam, Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin would have Union fans thinking playoffs, but it might take more than just allocation money to pry Nguyen away from the Revs. Perhaps adding a player like Derrick Jones or Keegan Rosenberry could do the trick.COLORADO RAPIDS. The Rapids aren’t exactly overflowing with creative midfield threats on their roster, and sending Nguyen to a Western Conference team would be preferable. Would a move to Colorado be what Nguyen had in mind when he sought his exit from New England?last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd plan January move for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen

first_imgMan Utd plan January move for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are planning a January move for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen.Goal says United are weighing up the possibility of renewing their interest in Eriksen when the transfer window reopens.The Denmark midfielder has made no secret of his intention to leave Spurs, and was strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United or Real Madrid in the summer.But a move failed to materialise and Eriksen, whose contract expires next summer, was forced to stay put until January.However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains interested in Eriksen in his desperate bid to bolster his midfield ranks.United weighed up a £70million summer swoop for Eriksen but dropped their interest due to the midfielder’s willingness to join Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Bartlett Calls for Region to Give Priority to Health Security

first_imgStory Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Caribbean needs to take a serious look at health security, which, he noted, is a critical area for the continued growth and development of tourism in the region. The initiative forms part of a regional tourism and health project, funded through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant, which promotes the development of a sustainable and profitable tourism product in the Caribbean. Minister Bartlett noted that with most countries in the region being heavily dependent on tourism, health security must be given priority. He pointed out that of the 22 countries in the Caribbean, 16 rely on tourism for more than 50 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Caribbean needs to take a serious look at health security, which, he noted, is a critical area for the continued growth and development of tourism in the region.“Health is such a key part of that chain of connection to secure the integrity and reputation of the destination and also earn a large amount of money. Out of it flows things like health tourism, which is now an economic activity that is one of the largest subsectors of commercial activity in tourism,” he noted.Minister Bartlett was addressing the recent launch of the Jamaica Tourism and Health Programme at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in St. James.Health security is defined as the activities required to minimise vulnerability to acute public health events that endanger the collective health of populations.Minister Bartlett noted that with most countries in the region being heavily dependent on tourism, health security must be given priority. He pointed out that of the 22 countries in the Caribbean, 16 rely on tourism for more than 50 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).“We, in the Caribbean, are the most tourism-dependent region on Earth. We have something to protect, and nothing damages international travel than health scares and health pandemics,” he argued.He added that health must be seen as an economic activity, as it impacts the value of tourism.Mr. Bartlett, in the meantime, said the Ministry is willing to partner with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Ministry of Health on research that will provide relevant data on health tourism, and food safety and security.“We want to do more, and I believe that providing data that you can measure and manage is critical in finding the solutions. We want to invest in research with you… we are willing to work with you. Let’s see how we can put together that research that is going to give us current data that will help to inform the management of our health arrangements in the region better,” he said.The Jamaica Tourism and Health Programme is a collaborative effort of the Ministries of Tourism and Health.The initiative forms part of a regional tourism and health project, funded through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant, which promotes the development of a sustainable and profitable tourism product in the Caribbean.last_img read more

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Canadian Premiers Unite to Help Apprentices Train More Quickly and Easily

first_imgThe Canadian premiers approved an apprentice mobility protocol today, July 16, making it easier for apprentices to move between provinces and territories while completing their training. This Nova Scotia-led initiative, which is expected to be in place by January, will ensure technical training and relevant hours worked are recognized across the country no matter which province or territory they were completed in. It will also ensure that students graduating from pre-apprenticeship training programs get full recognition for their program training. “Skilled labour is key to major projects in Nova Scotia and to our economic development,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This agreement will make it easier for Nova Scotians who began their apprenticeship journey elsewhere to come back and complete their training at home.” The agreement will also make it easier for employers to get the skilled workforce they need. “We need to attract and retain more apprentices to meet the growing demand in the automotive service industry,” said Troy Bennett, fixed operations manager with Atlantic Acura. “Opening doors across the country will make it easier for out-of-province apprentices to come home or to make a home in Nova Scotia, and that’s good for the industry, for employers, and for apprentices and their families.”last_img read more

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Former FBI director James Comey likens US President Trump to Mafia boss

first_imgTORONTO – Former FBI director James Comey likened U.S. President Donald Trump to a self-serving Mafia boss Thursday during a talk in which he defended the decision to reopen the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the 2016 vote.Speaking in Toronto, Comey lamented the current state of American politics, suggesting truth has all but disappeared from public discourse.“Ethical leadership is about having external reference points. Near as I can tell, this president only has one reference point and it is internal,” Comey said during a conversation with bookstore executive Heather Reisman. “That’s very similar to a Casa Nostra boss.”Trump, Comey went on, makes decisions without proper information because nobody wants to challenge him.The president fired Comey, 57, a year ago this week amid reports he was unhappy with the FBI investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia. Just a week before his dismissal, Comey had given details to the U.S. Senate about the probe into Russia’s alleged effort to sway the vote in Trump’s favour.Comey, however, refused to offer an assessment of whether an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into links between the Trump campaign and Russia might lead to impeachment proceedings or criminal charges against the president.“I can’t rely on anything I see in the media because there are no leaks coming out of Robert Mueller’s operation, so I don’t know what he knows,” Comey said. “I really don’t know what he has. What I do know is that he and his team are an all-star team of pros.”The former FBI boss, who has just released his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” also discussed the email scandal that dogged Clinton, the former Democratic candidate who lost to Trump.He was adamant he had no choice but to announce 11 days before the presidential vote that the FBI was reopening a probe into whether she had criminally mishandled classified information when she was secretary of state.The bureau and justice department, he said, have to be seen to be independent and professional, and the information that came their attention about thousands of recently discovered emails meant the public had to know. Concealing the information would have been “catastrophic,” he said.“The act of concealment would be devastating to the institutions of justice for a generation,” Comey said. “And, if she’s elected, devastating to her presidency.”After closing the second investigation, Comey characterized Clinton’s conduct with respect to the sensitive emails as “extremely careless.” What he should have said, he now says, was that she had been “really sloppy.”Ultimately, he said, the investigation uncovered “evidence of wrongdoing” but not enough to warrant prosecution. The bureau found no indication Clinton knew that what she was doing was wrong.Even in retrospect, he said, he would make the same key decisions he made at the time.Comey went on to slam Trump for crossing the line by meeting alone with him shortly after Trump was elected.“He knew what he was doing,” Comey said. “The first explicit request for loyalty surprised me. By the time he came back and asked for my loyalty again, there’s no doubt he knew it was a violation of norms.”Comey also said he would work to make Americans understand the importance of integrity in public office.“I’m worried that people are going to get discouraged and come to believe that truth is not the central value of leadership,” Comey said. “We’re in great peril now as a country of that touchstone of the truth being washed away like a sand castle.”last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,552.06, up 67.74 points)Katanga Mining Limited. (TSX:KAT). Miner. Down 88 cents, or 49.16 per cent, to 91 cents on 10.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 26 cents, or 5.31 per cent, to $5.16 on 8.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up one cents, or 0.25 per cent, to $4.01 on 8.7 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 59 cents, or 6.85 per cent, to $8.02 on 6.9 million shares.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down 16 cents, or 0.88 per cent, to $18.08 on 6.6 million shares.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 6.71 per cent, to $1.59 on 5.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Maxar Technologies (TSX:MAXR). Technology. Down 26 cents, or 0.45 per cent, to $57.87 on 140,028 shares. The president of Canadarm-builder MDA says setting up the company’s parent firm in the United States won’t have any impact on jobs in Canada. In October 2017, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, based in Richmond, B.C., became Maxar Technologies Ltd. after it acquired DigitalGlobe, an American satellite imaging company. Maxar’s headquarters were in San Francisco before recently moving to Westminster, Colo.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.31 per cent, to $6.49 on 1.8 million shares. The oilsands producer says co-founder Bill McCaffrey will be retiring from his role as CEO as well as from the board of directors following its annual general meeting on May 31. The Calgary-based company says director Harvey Doerr is to act as interim CEO while it searches for a permanent replacement.last_img read more

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Top UN relief official visits Ethiopias volatile Ogaden region

27 November 2007The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator arrived in Ethiopia today to visit the strife-torn Ogaden region where over 640,000 people are in urgent need of food, water, medical supplies and other assistance. “This was a valuable opportunity to get an impression for myself of the situation on the ground, and to see the work the UN team has already done to confront the serious humanitarian challenges in the region,” said Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. Humanitarian conditions have worsened in the region in the past several months due to fighting between the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the world body has dispatched more than 7,300 metric tonnes of food to the five military zones in the region. Preparations are also being finalized to deploy 15 mobile health teams including 10 in the area of conflict. Mr. Holmes discussed how the UN can further help during meetings with local officials in the regional capital of Jijiga. He also discussed ways to improve the humanitarian situation in Ogaden with representatives of the UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the area. From Jijiga, Mr. Holmes travelled to Kabridehar, where the UN recently established a field presence, and met with government officials, UN staff and NGO personnel to discuss the main needs in the area and how to address them, as well as the challenges that affect relief operations. Mr. Holmes said he plans to raise the issues of access and freedom of commercial activity in his meetings with senior Ethiopian officials, including the Prime Minister, tomorrow in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa. He is also scheduled to meet the chief of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and heads of UN agencies before departing the country for Sudan, the next leg of his current three-nation tour which will also include a stop in Kenya for talks on massive displacement in neighbouring Somalia. read more

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UN Data Forum explores ways to improve and modernize national statistical systems

“Success requires that all communities represented in this room fulfill a critical role and find ways to work together and create partnerships and synergies,” Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said at the opening plenary of the UN World Data Forum under way in the South African city of Cape Town.Mr. Wu stressed that accurate, reliable, timely and disaggregated data is essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted at a UN summit in September 2015. “This Forum takes place at a crucial time for strengthening data and statistical capacity around the world. We have begun the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda, an agenda that will guide international development efforts and national policy making through 2030,” he said.In particular, National Statistical Offices (NSOs) have a key role to play, and therefore it is also essential to strengthen national statistical capacities in countries where financial and human resources for statistics are lacking, he added. The Forum will also serve as a launching pad where diverse data producers and users can get behind the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data, which will be formally approved by the UN Statistical Commission at its 48th session in March this year. This Plan calls for the full, active and focused commitment of government, policy leaders and the international community to undertake key actions under six strategic areas: coordination and strategic leadership; innovation and modernization of national statistical systems; strengthening of statistical systems; dissemination of data on sustainable development; building of partnerships; and mobilization of resources. In addition to the opening plenary, titled ‘Harnessing the Power of Data for Sustainable Development,’ today’s events included sessions on big data innovations; state of the art in data visualizations and dashboards to support the 2030 Agenda; rethinking capacity development; recent initiatives to improve capacity on migration and refugee statistics; and integrating human rights with data collection and dissemination. read more

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UN aid chief calls for access funds to prevent spread of South

Stephen O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, travelled to Ganyiel, Southern Unity state, considered one of the most violent areas in the fight for political control of the country.Among the people he met was a starving boy whose grandmother carried him through waist-high swamp to get away from the fighting. His parents are apparently missing. “1000s similar. Horrendous,” Mr. O’Brien wrote on social media, posting a number of photos of people who had fled the fighting and sexual violence. Humanitarian partners, such as the International Red Cross, are setting up clinics directly in the swamps to reach more people, he noted. Some people with nothing to eat survived by chewing on water lilies.“Millions of people prevented from receiving aid by parties to conflict. Immoral, unlawful and unacceptable. We need access now,” Mr. O’Brien has said. He is in South Sudan to see first-hand the critical humanitarian situation and the response which his agency, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is assisting.RELATED: Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UNThe UN declared a famine in parts of South Sudan on 20 February, increasingly blaming the lack of food and the collapsing economy on the rival forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing Riek Machar.A formal declaration of famine means that people have already started dying of hunger. About 100,000 people are facing starvation, and an additional one million are on the brink of a famine, according to the UN. The total number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 5.5 million at the height of the lean season in July if nothing is done to curb the severity and spread of the food crisis.The situation is worsened for the 3.4 million Sudanese, some of whom Mr. O’Brien met today, who have been displaced and separated from their families.Humanitarian organizations have appealed for $1.6 billion to provide life-saving assistance and protection to some 5.8 million people across South Sudan in 2017.Mr. O’Brien came to South Sudan from Kenya and previously, from Yemen. He is next scheduled to visit Somalia. read more

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William Bill Pero

November 28. 1933 – May 25, 2019William “Bill” Pero, 85 of Jerome, ID, passed away on May 25, 2019 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID. He was born November 28, 1933 in Castle Gate, UT to Philip and Catherine Pero. He grew up in Price, UT and attended schools there.Following his Army service in Germany, he graduated from Western State in Gunnison, CO with a BA in Business Administration. He worked for Hercules in Salt Lake City, UT. Bill accepted a transfer with Hercules and moved the family to VA. He returned to Utah in 1982 and worked for Deseret G & T.On September 2, 1983 Bill married Roberta Johnson in Vernal, UT. He retired from Deseret in 1995 and they moved to Hayden, CO. In August 2014, Bill and Roberta moved to Jerome, ID.Bill was a Master Woodworker and enjoyed time in his shop crafting beautiful pieces for his family, friends, and many others. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Twin Falls, ID. Bill was a 20-year member of The American Legion, past Commander of Post 89 in Hayden, CO and a member of Post 46 in Jerome. He was also a member of VFW Post 3001 in Jerome. Bill was very honored to serve on the Honor Guard for Veteran funerals.Survivors include wife, Roberta of Jerome; son, Stephen (Robin), Brooksville, FL; David (Donna), Dunedin, FL; Andrea Cress (Doug), Wesley Chapel, FL; step-children: Peggy Bourne (Dave), Jerome, ID; Beverly Reynolds (Bill), Vernal, UT; Jeanne May (Shaun), Mineola, TX; and Kirby Johnson (Stacey), Tucson, AZ; aunt, Ruby Tunno of Salt Lake City, UT; nephew, James Kaye (Karen), Salt Lake City, UT;  16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  All of Papa’s family will miss him very much.A Celebration of Life will be held for Bill on June 29, 2019 with Military Honors at Jerome Cemetery at 10:00 am, with a memorial service to follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Twin Falls at 11:30 am and a luncheon following the service.Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Bill’s memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com. read more

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RGIII Falling Out of Good Graces of Many Redskins

Want to learn how tough Robert Griffin III is? How he handles the next week, amid criticism and mounting calls for backup Kirk Cousins, will go a long way to determining that critical question for the Washington Redskins’ quarterback.In just two weeks, Griffin–the darling of D.C., if not the NFL after a thrilling rookie season–has learned how quickly fans can turn on you when you do not produce. Following a second straight sorry start to games, both losses, the message boards and sports talk shows in D.C. are flooded with calls for Griffin to sit down until healthy in place of his backup, Cousins.Comments like, “Cousins gives us the best chance to win,” and “Robert Griffin is not the same guy. . . yet. He’s not that guy.”The case against Griffin is tangible. The Redskins fell behind significantly in the season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and trailed the Green Bay Packers 24-0 in Sunday’s 38-20 loss on the road. In each case, Griffin looked timid in his throwing motion, favoring his surgically repaired knee that kept him sidelined all of the preseason.“If I’ve got to do a little bit more to clean up that sloppiness,” he said Sunday, “then I’ll do it. . . I don’t point the finger at anybody else. Whatever goes on on that field, I’m responsible for that.”He added: “I’m not afraid to sit here and say, ‘Put that on my shoulders,’ ” Griffin said. “I’ll take that. We didn’t start fast because of me.”What made Griffin RGIII was his ability to escape the pocket with his mobility and gain yards as a runner, making him a double threat that crossed up defenses last season. By design or by choice, Griffin hardly uses his legs as an asset, making him predictable and easier to defend. The results have been the Redskins falling behind to insurmountable deficits.Hence, many are left to wonder if Griffin truly is healthy enough to lead the team at this point. He can point to the second half numbers as proof of his effectiveness. But most of the respectable final number he posted came when the opponents went into the so-called prevent defense, backing off and allowing receivers to catch the ball in front of them.The consensus is that Griffin is not healthy enough to run and is scared to run because of his knee, and it has stifled the offense. To wit: he rushed 8 1/2 times a game last season. In the two games this year, he has run the ball just four times a game.In 2012, Griffin averaged 8½ rushes in games he started and finished. He has averaged four runs a game. And his absence as a running possibility minimizes the team’s offensive creativity.“I’m not just going to run just to show people that I’m back,” Griffin said Sunday. “I think that’s stupid.”It’s not viable that he is the same player when he passes 49 times as he did Sunday and 40 the opening week.For sure, not playing in the preseason has hurt; Griffin looks more rusty than anything else. But the health concerns are legitimate. His passing motion is muted–he does not step through the throwing motion to get the proper velocity on the ball.Still, the cries for Cousins are pointless; Griffin is the man and will be, barring injury. It’s just a matter of when he gets more confidence in his ability to run and plant on the knee as he passes that will determine when his legion of fans return en masse. read more

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Debtors owing emergency property tax to face fines

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Property owners who have failed to pay any instalments of the emergency property tax (EETA) that is levied via electricity bills face the risk of being classified as debtors to the state and fined accordingly, Greece’s largest power company said this week.In a statement released on Tuesday, Public Power Corporation (PPC) said debtors’ names will be forwarded to the Finance Ministry as stipulated by law.July 25 is the deadline for meeting any outstanding debts, the statement said.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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GreekCypriot doctor on trial for saving his own daughter

first_imgGreek-Cypriot Dr Jack Kerry (Kyriacou), a doctor who gave CPR to his daughter in his clinic two years ago following a heroin overdose, is on trial for treating his daughter and saving her life. He rushed to his daughter despite evidence that her friend, 43-year-old Luke Pike, who was with her at the time, and had also overdosed on heroin, was in a worse physical state than her.Athena Kyriacou survived but Lucas Pike could not be revived and died shortly after.Dr Kerry won’t speak publicly about what actually took place at his clinic on 4 March, 2016, after finding his daughter and her friend on his clinic’s floor but during the South Australian Coroner’s Court hearing on Thursday, the doctor was repeatedly asked to explain why he continued CPR on his daughter while she still had a pulse, despite evidence that Pike was in a worse physical state than her.“Fatherly instinct. I went straight to my daughter,” he responded.“You did so even though Mr Pike appeared to be in a far worse state than your daughter?” he was asked.“Yes,” Dr Kerry responded adding that he thought that Pike had had a cardiac arrest.“One look at him. His lips were blue…his face was a reddish hue, not moving at all. I thought he was dead.”The court also heard that the heroin was injected by the pair’s friend Mark Campbell.Dr Kerry denied removing evidence of the drug used from the scene (including syringes) and told the court Mark Campbell left the room with the syringe in his hand and returned less than a minute later without it.“Fatherly instinct; I went straight to my daughter,” said Dr Jack Kerry“I believed he was guilty of the crime – administering heroin to two innocent people,” Dr Kerry said.Athena Kyriacou, aged 30In a statement to police, Dr Kerry’s daughter Athena Kyriacou, aged 30, revealed that her brother — and Dr Kerry’s only son — had previously died of a drug overdose 11 years ago.Giving evidence on Wednesday, Ms Kyriacou said both Pike and Campbell, who passed away in 2017, were patients of her father’s and that Campbell had connections to her late brother.Some of the questions put to Dr Kerry by Counsel assisting the coroner, Naomi Kereru, were of behalf of Pike’s father, brother and sister, who also attended the inquest that is expected to finish on Friday.Members of the Greek and Cypriot community as well as the broader South Australian community have taken on social media to express their support towards Dr. Kerry, noting that he did “what any parent would do in a similar situation.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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TShirt Tuesday Best Star Wars Shirts

first_img T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Hulk ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts Stay on target Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: eleven sweet-ass shirts inspired by the most popular sci-fi franchise of the modern age.Bounty HunterThere are some insanely talented artists out there making shirts. First up: beastpop, who fuses Boba Fett with Speed Racer in a colorful, painterly style to produce one of the coolest images of the legendary bounty hunter we’ve ever seen. Fett has been one of the Star Wars universe’s most popular characters since debuting as part of the ill-remembered Holiday Special, and this shirt just reminds us why – his design manages to walk the line between iconic simplicity and lived-in detail with aplomb. Just a really sweet shirt here that wouldn’t be out of place on a van in the mid-1980s.$20, buy it here.Casualties Of WarsIt’s easy to forget with all of the family-friendly stuff in the universe like Ewoks and LEGO Star Wars games that it actually has “war” right there in the title, and war is hell. Designer locustyears hasn’t forgotten that, as evidenced by this shirt depicting all of the limbs that have been severed on-screen in the original trilogy. Starting with C3PO’s original gold arm, we also see Ponda Baba’s arm (cut off by Obi-Wan), the Wampa arm taken by Luke Skywalker, and then the hands of both Luke and Darth Vader.$20, buy it here.Thrash VaderThe Sith Lord and heavy metal – two great tastes that go great together. This badass design from thrashwolf takes Darth Vader’s severed head and decks it out with all kinds of awesome signifiers, from tattoos and piercings to slime dripping from the mouthpiece. It’s a totally individualistic design on the iconic villain that hits our sweet spot here at Geek HQ. Bang the heads that do not bang – even if you have to use the Force to do it.$20, buy it here.Rebel RebelThe loss of Carrie Fisher is a huge one for the Star Wars franchise and the world in general. She was a truly unique actress who didn’t give a damn about what anybody thought of her, and that attitude made its way to the screen in fine form. Many artists took to shirts to memorialize her after her death, but our favorite design is courtesy of DastardlyApparel, who mashed Leia up with David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust album cover to create a fine tribute to the General.$20, buy it here.Millennium Falcon Targeting ComputerThe great thing about the original Star Wars trilogy is that even though they’re creeping up on half a century old, they don’t look all that dated. George Lucas and crew’s production design managed to come up with hardware and software that felt real and lived-in, and even though real world technology has outpaced it by leaps and bounds, it all still makes sense. This minimalist design from gt14199 is a fine example – the Millennium Falcon’s vector graphic targeting display. This primitive display has become a lesser-known Star Wars icon, and it looks great on a shirt.$20, buy it here.Like A BosskOne of the best things about the Star Wars universe is the sheer number of minor characters floating around, each with their own lore and backstory. No matter how obscure you are, there’s somebody out there who loves you. Case in point: artist blairjcampbell‘s tribute to Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk, which takes the pose from R. Crumb’s classic “Keep On Truckin” image and transplants it into a galaxy far away. It’s a deeply silly design that makes us laugh every time we see it.$20, buy it here.Love Will Tear Us ApartThe image of Han Solo encased in a block of Carbonite is one of the Star Wars franchise’s most indelible concepts, a remarkably scary fate for such a light-hearted character. Designer brentbaldwin takes the much-parodied cover image from Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album and reshapes the waveforms to outline Captain Solo’s frozen form. It’s going to take a second for the average person to get what’s going on here, but the punchline is totally worth it.$20, buy it here.Watercolor StormtrooperIt’s crazy to think how many of Lucasfilm’s designs still hold up after decades of use. The all-white Stormtrooper uniform is a perfect example. Sure, it seems ridiculous for an intergalactic fighting force to go with white (especially after Labor Day), but somehow the overall visual design of the franchise makes it work. Maybe it’s the stark contrast with the weathered, lived-in look of everything else. This watercolor by ILoresart adds a little splash of color to bring out the detailing in the helmet, and we really dig it.$20, buy it here.C3PCrow & Tom2Serv2Name a more iconic pair. I’ll wait. C3PO is the only character to appear in every Star Wars movie, and this clever little mashup from RoguePlanets fuses him and R2-D2 with another iconic duo of droids – Tom Servo and Crow from the recently reanimated Mystery Science Theater 3000. Is it just a coincidence that both franchises came back from the dead at around the same time? Or are there powerful hands pulling the strings behind the scenes? Whatever the reason, this is a geeky T-shirt that is absolutely perfect.$20, buy it here.Yub NubsPopular opinion on the Ewoks is… mixed, to put it mildly, with some considering them the precursor to Jar-Jar Binks and the infantilization of the franchise. We’re of two minds about Endor’s fuzzy little guerrillas, but we have to give props to wytrab8‘s hilarious diner-style design featuring Wicket advertising the best yub nubs the galaxy has to offer. The facial expression here is worth the cost of the T-shirt all by itself.$20, buy it here.Visit TatooineThe twin suns of Tatooine were one of the earliest images George Lucas had produced for Star Wars from illustrator Ralph McQuarrie, and the desert planet has featured in more of the movies than any other world. Unfortunately, there’s not all that much to do there, which is why the Chamber of Commerce presumably paid FloresArts to make this stylish shirt and get tourism up there. Designed like a classic ’70s souvenir shop tee, it’s a low-key way to pledge your love for the franchise.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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