Fury Says He’ll Beat Klitschko

first_imgBOLTON, England — As Tyson Fury prowled the practice ring, stopping regularly for some shadow-boxing and imagining Wladimir Klitschko on the end of his punches, his father looked on with pride.“They wrote him off, saying he wouldn’t live,” said John Fury, recalling the day — 27 years ago — when the second of his six sons was born three months early, weighing just one pound (.45 kg).“I told them, ‘It’s his destiny to live, and I’ll tell you one better than that — he’ll end up nearly 7 feet (2.13 meters) tall, 20 stones (280 pounds/127 kg), and be the heavyweight champion of the world. And his name’s going to be Tyson, after Mike Tyson.’”It could turn out to be some prophecy.Tyson Fury is now 2.09m (6-foot-9) tall, weighs 255 pounds (116 kg), is unbeaten in 24 professional fights, and says he is ready to shake up the heavyweight division by taking the WBA, WBO and IBF belts off Klitschko in a world heavyweight title fight in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Nov. 28.If he wins, the boxing world had better watch out. Fury might be among the most colorful and interesting characters in sports.Born in Manchester, he is of Gypsy heritage — he calls himself “Gypsy King” on Twitter — and comes from a bloodline of bare-knuckle champions on both sides of his family.Fury is deeply religious. He wears Ugg boots. He appeared at a recent news conference dressed up as Batman, and wrestled a man wearing a Joker costume to the floor.He’s a wannabe politician. He has suffered from depression and successfully battled against bulimia. And then there’s his eye-catching name.“If I can’t fight, nobody can,” Fury told The Associated Press in an interview at his gym in Bolton, northwest England. “Like a racehorse is bred for racing, I’m bred for fighting. Nothing else. I’m what you call a pure-bred. Pure-bred fighter. Pure-bred idiot.”An hour in the company of Fury and his entourage — all family members — is entertaining. The conversation switches quickly from his pride at his Gypsy background to his faith, his future — he says he could become a pastor after retiring from boxing — his distaste for material goods, and his belief that he’ll become a boxing legend.“There has been no one like me,” he says.In his small gym, there are drawings of boxing greats on every wall: Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Harry Greb, Muhammad Ali. A drawing of Fury himself is just to the right of Louis.One of the good-luck messages written by youngsters who train at the gym reads: “Hell Hath No Fury Like Tyson.”“As I’m in this room now, I’m like a fish in water,” Fury said, with intensity in his eyes. “It’s my place. It’s where I’m supposed to be. I’m never happier than in a boxing ring.”Fury is in the best shape of his life and is about five pounds (2.2 kg) lighter than his usual fighting weight, according to his trainer and uncle, Peter Fury.“He’s’ 110 percent prepared,” Peter Fury said, shrugging off the fact that the fight against Klitschko was delayed five weeks after the Ukrainian was injured in training. “This is the stiffest test Wladimir has had in his career.”Tyson Fury describes Klitschko as “the ultimate in heavyweight history” because of his 26 title defenses, but says the heavyweight division needs a change after a decade of dominance from Klitschko and his brother Vitali.“He’s very good at boxing, not a very good entertainer,” Fury said of his opponent. “Unfortunately, fans have had to put up with it for a long time. He’s been able to get away with it because of his athleticism and size over the other victims. They go in there without a chance. But that’s where I change it all. I’m taller, heavier, younger, fresher, faster.”It will be a huge step-up for Fury, who is a former British, Irish, European and Commonwealth champion.He could also be inspired by the return of his father in his corner. John Fury — a former bare-knuckle fighter nicknamed “Gypsy John” and also a one-time British heavyweight contender — was sentenced to 11 years in jail in 2011 for gouging out a man’s eye in a brawl.He is out on parole and has been given special permission to travel to Germany. “We’ve been through a lot, you know,” John Fury said. “But nothing is going to stop him now.”(STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rana Daggubati’s look as N Chandrababu Naidu in NTR biopic revealed. See pic

first_imgNTR biopic, which went on floors early this year, stars Balakrishna and Vidya Balan in the lead roles. Directed by Krish Jagarlamudi, the biopic also has Rana Daggubati, Rakul Preet, Prakash Raj and Murli Sharma in pivotal roles.Rana Daggubati will be playing Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the movie. The Baahubali actor started shooting for the film, a few weeks ago. His look in the movie has been leaked and is going viral on social media.NTRBiopic Leaked Still.. @RanaDaggubati as @ncbn in #NTRBiopic #RanaAsNCBN #NBK #NBK103 #NTR #ranadaggubati @DirKrish @manabalayya @NBKFilms_ @movies369 @JaiTDP @RanaDaggubati #tdp #hyderabad #amaravathi #Sydney #london #america #NewYorkCity #chicago #Malaysia #telugupeople pic.twitter.com/3mip3ulVkzSatya (@Mavuri7) September 7, 2018He has lost a lot of weight to look like N Chandrababu Naidu. In the leaked photo, he is seen wearing a white linen shirt and sports a different hairdo, resembling Chandrababu Naidu.The cast and crew shot some important sequences in NT Rama Rao’s own apartment in Abids, Hyderabad.In an interview to a leading daily, Rana said, “My excitement doubled when the first call sheet I received for this film read ‘Location: NTR residence, Abids’. From that day to walking into that house was like travelling through history and time for me. It was the same house where NTR lived, the room where he put on his make-up. It’s been left intact, just touched up a bit to show what it looked like back in the day. Recreating his story in his own home was surreal and probably will be the most memorable day in my life in films. (sic)”advertisementWhile Balakrishna aka Balayya is seen reprising his father NTR, Vidya Balan will play the actor-politician’s wife Basavatarakam.ALSO SEE | Rana Daggubati meets Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu ahead of NTR biopic shootALSO WATCH | Slap happy MLA: Balakrishna stokes controversy again after assaulting fanlast_img read more

Jesus unaware of Man City contract talks

first_imgTransfers Man City forward Gabriel Jesus unaware of contract extension talks Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:52 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gabriel Jesus Manchester City Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Chelsea Chelsea v Manchester City Premier League The Brazil star, who has been in inspired form for Pep Guardiola’s side since arriving in January, still has four years left on his current deal Gabriel Jesus says he is unaware of reports claiming Manchester City are preparing to offer him a new contract.The Brazil international has been in stunning form since arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Palmeiras in January, scoring 12 goals in 19 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side.Man City 10/11 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Jesus, 20, still has four years left on his current deal but there has been speculation claiming City are considering tying him down to fresh terms due to his excellent performances.However, in quotes reported by the Press Association, Jesus said when asked about a potential new deal: “It does not exist. I don’t know anything about it. Nothing came to me yet.”City did not talk to me about it, neither my agent. So there is nothing in process. My focus is to help Manchester City.”Jesus was left out of Man City’s 5-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday before being taken off after 54 minutes during Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.But the forward insists he is happy with Guardiola’s rotation policy, adding: “If one player is in a better moment, I have to respect that. I’m really okay with that, I accept it.”If I’m not playing well and deserve to be on the bench, that’s it, and it happens with any player here.”Pep is doing a great work here, using a lot of players in the squad and every player is helping Manchester City, that’s the most important thing.”Jesus will be hoping feature when City take on champions Chelsea in the league at Stamford Bridge this Saturday.last_img read more

Shaqiri hoping for more from hat-trick hero Firmino

first_imgLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri hopes Roberto Firmino can build on his “fully deserved” hat-trick against Arsenal in the Premier League.Firmino has struggled for goals this season but took his tally to seven in the league with a treble in the 5-1 victory at Anfield on Saturday.The Brazil international helped the league leaders come from behind after Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ opener and completed his hat-trick when Mohamed Salah – who added to Sadio Mane’s goal to extend Liverpool’s lead – allowed him to take a second-half penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Shaqiri was happy for Firmino and he hopes it leads to a big second half of the season for the 27-year-old.”It was fully deserved. He had a very good game,” Shaqiri told the club’s website.”It’s always good to have people who can score in the team, he scored the second one very nicely. He fully deserved to score a hat-trick and I’m happy for him. I hope he can keep going like this.”It was a top game; obviously Arsenal have their quality and you can see that with the first goal they scored.”It was a little wake-up call for us, we were straight on after we conceded and scored for 1-1 – that was the big point for us to change the game and to win in the end.”Liverpool are nine points clear at the top and next face Manchester City in a blockbuster clash on Thursday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

EU to Help Former Finnish Shipyard Workers

first_imgzoom STX shipyard in TurkuThe European Commission has proposed to provide Finland with €1.4 million (USD 1.77m) from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 565 former workers of the shipyards STX Finland Oy to find new jobs.The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers for approval.EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor, said: “The crisis has accelerated the transformation of the shipbuilding sector, with much of this industry moving to Asia. This proposal for 1.4 million euros from Europe’s Globalisation Fund would help prepare the dismissed workers for new job opportunities in other promising sectors.”Finland applied for support from the EGF following the dismissal of 634 workers in STX Finland Oy in Rauma and Turku. The dismissals were the result of increased competition from Asian shipyards.The measures co-financed by the EGF would help the 565 workers facing the greatest difficulties in finding new jobs by providing them with coaching and other preparatory measures, training and re-training, entrepreneurship promotion, as well as pay subsidies and various allowances.The total estimated cost of the package is €2.3 million (USD 2.91), of which the EGF would provide €1.4 million.The redundancies are caused by the closure of the STX shipyard in Rauma, with some ensuing job losses at the bigger STX shipyard in Turku.Following a dramatic increase in demand for ships before the global economic and financial crisis, new shipyards were built, most of them in Asia. However, the crisis halved the demand between 2007 and 2013.Thus, the sector is currently suffering from a global overcapacity leading to severe competition. The EU share of the global shipbuilding market has plummeted from 13% in 2007 to 5% in the first three quarters of 2013 (measured by production volume), while the combined share of China, South Korea and Japan has increased from 77 to 86% in the same period.The Korean STX Group, which owned the shipyards in Turku and Rauma, experienced difficulties in early 2013. In May, the group put all its European shipyards on the market, including the one in Rauma, but no potential buyers could be found. In September of the same year, STX Finland announced that it would stop its operations at the Rauma shipyard and would concentrate them in Turku.The areas affected by the redundancies are Rauma and, to a lesser extent, the region of Turku in Southwest Finland. The closure of the shipyard is expected to increase the unemployment rate in the Rauma region by more than 2 percentage points. Press Release; October 14, 2014; Image: STX Europelast_img read more

Paul McCartney Writes To Vladimir Putin Over Detained Greenpeace Activists

first_imgSir Paul McCartney has written a letter to Vladimir Putin in support of the 30 Greenpeace activists currently being held in Russia after being arrested for protesting against oil exploration in the Arctic in September.“Dear Vladimir,” wrote Sir Paul. “I hope this letter finds you well. It is now more than ten years since I played in Red Square, but I still often think about Russia and the Russian people.“I am writing to you about the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held in Murmansk. I hope you will not object to me bringing up their case. I hear from my Russian friends that the protesters are being portrayed in some quarters as being anti-Russian, that they were doing the bidding of western governments, and that they threatened the safety of the people working on that Arctic oil platform.“I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organisation. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.“And above all else they are peaceful. In my experience, non-violence is an essential part of who they are.“Vladimir, millions of people in dozens of countries would be hugely grateful if you were to intervene to bring about an end to this affair. I understand of course that the Russian courts and the Russian Presidency are separate. Nevertheless I wonder if you may be able to use whatever influence you have to reunite the detainees with their families?“Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for the White Album, back when it wasn’t fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: “Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it’s good to be back home.”“Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?”McCartney sent the letter a month ago and still hasn’t received a reply, although the Russian Ambassador responded by saying that their situation ‘is not properly represented in the world media’.Find out more about the plight of the Arctic 30 here.last_img read more

Pretty Little Liars Star Visits New Horizons Workshop

first_imgLast week, “Pretty Little Liars” star Brant Daugherty visited the New Horizons workshop in the San Fernando Valley.Brant Daugherty visits the New Horizons workshop in the San Fernando ValleyNew Horizons is a non-profit that has been serving adults with special needs like Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy & Epilepsy for over 60 years. The New Horizons “workshop” provides employment opportunities for the individuals New Horizons serves.Find out more about New Horizons here.last_img read more

Glimpsing Cinemas Northern Lights at Canadas Top Ten Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO — Critics’ best-of lists for 2016 are everywhere you turn, but Canada has one all its own. Every December, the Toronto International Film Festival announces Canada’s Top Ten, a list of the country’s best films of the year as voted by a panel of experts that includes critics, filmmakers and programmers. For a movie to qualify, it needs to have either had its premiere at a major Canadian film festival or opened theatrically. It’s a tradition that began 16 years ago and has expanded from features to include lists of short films and student shorts that make up a touring festival. (This year, the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival runs through Jan. 26 in Toronto.)It may seem odd for a country to declare its own best films in this institutionalized fashion, but Canadian cinema is largely drowned out by the dominant influx of American culture. It’s pretty rare for even one Canadian film to play the local multiplex at any given time, even in metropolitan hubs.That’s why extra efforts have to be made to showcase films that would otherwise mostly go unnoticed and unseen. Canadian cinema is institutionalized to begin with, as filmmakers depend on governmental financing bodies like Telefilm Canada. And yet the hottest Canadian filmmakers right now are making American movies, including Jean-Marc Vallée, who adapted “Wild,” and Denis Villeneuve, who just directed the sci-fi hit “Arrival” and is behind the forthcoming “Blade Runner” sequel. Twitter The names of filmmakers that would be familiar to Canadians are the same that would be known to American viewers: David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan and perhaps Guy Maddin. And yes, they are often the usual suspects on this annual list. However, none of them released a film in 2016, and so this year the Top Ten is refreshingly original and diverse, hinting at a shift toward a rejuvenated independent culture. Some entries may appear in step with preconceptions of Canadian film identity, but a majority are notably fresh. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX up Chinese manufacturing expands RIM soars on analyst share

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Thursday after data showed that China’s manufacturing sector is back in expansion mode after 13 months of contraction.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,153.10 +53.04 0.44%S&P 500 — 1,391.03 +3.22 0.23%Dow — 12,836.89 +48.38 0.38%Nasdaq — 2,926.55 +9.87 0.34%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 53.04 points to 12,153.1 while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 5.7 points to 1,248.36.The TSX also benefited from a sharp run-up from Research In Motion Ltd. Its shares jumped $1.77 or 17.3% to $12, its highest level since early May, on a heavy volume of 12.6 million shares. The surge came after National Bank analyst Kris Thompson hiked his target on RIM shares to US$15 from $12. RIM unveils its new line of smartphones Jan. 30.Earlier this week, analyst Peter Misek at Jefferies & Co. doubled his share target to US$10, saying he has been seeing better than expected support from carriers.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar was lower in the wake of a disappointing read on September retail sales. The loonie was down 0.07 of a cent at 100.28 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that sales edged up just 0.1% to $39.1-billion in September.Economists had expected retail sales to rise by 0.5% during the month.New York markets were closed for the American Thanksgiving holiday. U.S. markets reopen Friday for a shortened session.HSBC Corp.’s purchasing managers’ index showed that China’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.4 in November, up from 49.5 in October. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion. The PMI index measures overall manufacturing activity by surveying numerous indicators including orders, employment and actual production.The HSBC reading was particularly good news for the global economy, which is still recovering slowly from the 2008 financial crisis and recession.“Looks like the Chinese economy is perking up a bit and that’s good for commodities and the whole risk trade,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.It’s also a big positive for a primarily resource-based market such as the TSX. China, the world’s second-largest economy, has had a huge appetite for commodities, in turn raising prices for oil and metals and stock prices for energy and mining companies.The base metals sector gained 1.24 cent with copper unchanged at US$3.51 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices had risen earlier in the wake of the Chinese report. Copper is viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many applications and China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal. First Quantum Minerals was ahead 35 cents to C$21.92 while Teck Resources was up 82 cents to $32.59.Industrials were also higher with Canadian National Railway ahead $1.36 to $87.12.Financials also provided lift as CIBC rose 35 cents to $79.05.The energy sector was ahead 0.55% while oil prices dipped after running up strongly in the past few days on concerns that fighting between Israel and Hamas could spread, jeopardizing shipments of oil from the Mideast.The January crude contract was off 26 cents to US$87.12 a barrel. Cenovus Energy advanced 50 cents to C$33.62.The gold sector was off about 0.15% as December bullion gained $1.30 to US$1,729.50 an ounce. Kinross Gold Corp. faded eight cents to C$9.81.Traders were also focused on whether the White House can come to a deal with Congress on a budget to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the start of next year, a shock to the economy that would likely tip the U.S. back into recession.There have also been concerns about whether Greece will get its next batch of bailout cash. Greece is expected to finally get the approval for the release of the money it needs to avoid bankruptcy at a meeting in Brussels on Monday.In corporate news, SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewer, has reported a 13% increase in first-half profit driven by its acquisition of Australian brewer Foster’s. The brewer of brands including Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch reported Thursday that net profit rose to $1.6-billion from $1.4-billion a year earlier. Group revenue was up 11% to $17.5-billion.Here’s the news investors were watching today:2015 target for balanced budget back on: FlahertyHere’s why you should buy RIM before the BlackBerry 10 launchEurozone on verge of deepest downturn since financial crisis, while China shows signs of growth David Rosenberg supports loonie as reserve currencyON DECK FRIDAYU.S. markets close at 1 p.m.ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (Oct): Economists expect 0.1% rise from the month before, 1.1% year over year read more

Sri Lanka joins calls for FTA within BIMSTEC member countries

When asked about a timeline to complete the FTA, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara said it was still unclear whether the agreement would go forward during the summit.“Even for the framework (2004) it took seven years. It is easy to negotiate an FTA between two countries. India and Sri Lanka have it. But when seven countries are involved maybe it is not so easy,” she said. Thailand’s Ambassador Chutintorn Gongsakdi pointed out that the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway had not been completed, which is crucial to trade movement between the countries. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has supported calls to create a Free Trade Agreement (FTAS) among BIMSTEC member countries.BIMSTEC suffers from a “lack of visibility” in the region, said the envoys of seven member countries who form the “Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation,” who also called for the speedy conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement within the group comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal,Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, The Hindu newspaper reported. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join a summit of leaders from BIMSTEC countries in Kathmandu on August 30-31 and hold bilateral talks with most of them, including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Oli. At an event organised by business chamber FICCI just ahead of the summit, envoys of BIMSTEC countries said the FTA should be the top priority for them. “It is really disappointing that we are yet to finalise and conclude the FTA which was negotiated in 2004. We need to expedite the BIMSTEC FTA to boost our intra-regional trade from its present level of 7% to 21%,” said Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali. “The visibility of BIMSTEC needs to be enhanced in a region where already a few other regional cooperation groups like ASEAN, SAARC, SASEC are in place,” he added. Others added that at present the negotiations of the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), due to be completed by the end of 2018, were taking precedence.The envoys also spoke about the need for the upcoming summit to promote security issues including “terrorism and violent extremism” in the region.“Terrorism is the most significant threat in the Bay of Bengal region as well as South East Asia and we call for more cooperation amongst the member states on this issue,” said Myanmar Ambassador Moe Kyaw Aung. read more

UN human rights expert concerned over military order signed by US President

The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Param Cumaraswamy, today sent an urgent appeal to the United States Government regarding the military order signed earlier this week by President George W. Bush on the detention, treatment and trial of certain non-citizens in the war against terrorism. In his appeal, the Special Rapporteur expressed concern about a number of matters, including the setting up of military tribunals to try those subject to the order and the absence of a guarantee of the right to legal representation and advice for persons in detention. He also raised questions regarding the establishment of an executive review process to replace the right to appeal the conviction and sentence to a higher tribunal, as well as the exclusion of jurisdiction of any other courts and international tribunals. In addition, the Special Rapporteur expressed deep concern about the implications of the order on the rule of law, and “the wrong signals it sent, not only in the United States, but around the world.””The very fact that such powers are available to the executive strikes at the core of the principles of the rule of law, equality before the law and the principles of a fair trial,” he wrote. While acknowledging the national emergency declared on 14 September, the Special Rapporteur said he was “not convinced that such repressive measures curtailing the core values of the rule of law and a fair trial are necessary.” read more

Donors pledge over 400 million for 2015 UN rapid humanitarian response fund

Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, had encouraged Member States to donate $450 million to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) ahead of the coming year as proliferating crises and sustained conflicts continue to push global humanitarian needs to unparalleled heights and place growing demands on the UN. “Humanitarian assistance is one of the most important functions of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban told delegates gathered at UN Headquarters in New York today. “When natural disasters strike and conflict rages, it is our duty to do everything we can for the women, children and men caught up in crisis.”2014 has been a particularly difficult year dominated by “very severe humanitarian emergencies,” the Secretary-General noted. In Syria and Iraq, millions were surviving on a “bare minimum” while hundreds of thousands of others lived in “harsh conditions” at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya – the largest of its kind in the world. Other crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic as well as in the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak were pushing the humanitarian system to its limits, he explained. “The depth and severity of humanitarian crises is rising, due to the effects of climate change, urbanization, population growth and competition for resources,” Mr. Ban continued. “When the Central Emergency Response Fund started in 2006, some 30 million people were in need of aid. Now that number is more than 100 million.”CERF has grown to become one of the largest and most reliable sources of humanitarian funding available, according to its website. In particular, it makes money available “at the beginning of a crisis, when time is of the essence and it is critical that emergency relief operations get under way quickly.” Since 2006, it has disbursed more than $3.6 billion to emergencies in 88 countries. In 2014, however, the majority of CERF funding went to assist with crises in South Sudan, Sudan and the Central African Republic. Another $280 million went towards funding rapid response projects, including efforts to provide shelter for displaced communities in Pakistan and to meet the urgent needs of families affected by floods in Bolivia, Burundi and the Solomon Islands. At the same time, $170 million in allocations helped humanitarian responses in 22 of the world’s most neglected crises – from Chad to Yemen to Haiti. The largest amount for an underfunded emergency, $20 million, went to Somalia. Meanwhile, CERF funding also helped kick-start the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.To that point, Valerie Amos underscored the impact of the response funding, noting that in “truly challenging times” with humanitarian needs reaching “unprecedented levels,” the UN and international community needed to ensure that CERF “continues to be effective and serves the needs of the most vulnerable.”“The Central Emergency Response Fund is one of the most effective tools we have to help people face the immediate, devastating effects of natural disasters, armed conflict and chronic emergencies,” agreed Mr. Ban. “It is fast. It is reliable. It saves lives.” In addition, although he pointed out that new disasters could not be predicted, Mr. Ban reminded Member States that millions of people would inevitably continue to need help into 2015. “Now, more than ever, it is essential that every dollar spent on humanitarian aid is spent to maximum effect. The needs are huge. There are millions of lives at stake,” he said. “I urge you to dig deep, and to contribute generously to this proven life-saving fund. With your support, we will once again exceed our $450 million dollar target for the coming year.” Updated: 05:06 PM ET read more

Elton Brand Finds New Home In Dallas

Unceremoniously released Wednesday through the amnesty clause by the Philadelphia 76ers, Elton Brand became the subject of something like a silent auction. On the NBA’s new “amnesty waivers,” teams had a chance to make offers on the 6-foot-9 forward with the most lucrative deal the new destination for the 33-year-old former all-star.Late Friday, the league announced that . . . drum roll, please. . . the Dallas Mavericks had the winning waiver bid, so to speak.“Excited,” Brand said when reached Friday by ESPN.com. “I figured that I’d be claimed [off waivers] and that’s definitely the destination I was hoping for.”Just as exciting for the Mavericks is that they get a quality big man and do not have to pay his $18.2 million salary for the upcoming season; the 76ers must pay it.“It’s going to be great playing with someone of Dirk Nowitzki’s caliber,” Brand said. “Chris Kaman is still a really good player and is going to show everybody that. And I’ve heard a lot of good things about coach [Rick] Carlisle.”Only teams under the salary cap were eligible to bid on claiming Brand off waivers. He would have become an unrestricted free agent had he cleared waivers, but the Mavericks were determined not to let the opportunity to claim Brand pass as they continue their recovery from missing out on top free-agent targets Deron Williams and Steve Nash.The Mavericks have rallied this week to add Brand, the former All-Star center Kaman and starter-level point guard Darren Collison all to n one-year deals, enabling Dallas to preserve maximum salary-cap flexibility for the summer of 2013 and its planned pursuits of stars such as Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.Brand said he knows he’ll be expected to play center alongside Nowitzki, despite the fact that the German is taller, but the former All-Star, said he welcomes the opportunity.“I did it all last season,” Brand said of guarding centers. “Of course, there’s a few guys we all have trouble with, but I’m not worried about it all.” read more

Ohio State offense shines under JT Barrett delivers 497 clobbering of Rutgers

Correction: An earlier version of the story said last year’s game between Ohio State and Michigan was on Nov. 27, when it in fact was on Nov. 29. PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Led by redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett making his first start at quarterback in 10 games, No. 1 Ohio State thoroughly dominated Rutgers on both sides of the ball to walk away with a 49-7 victory.Barrett, who last started against Michigan on Nov. 29 of last season before going down with an ankle injury and lost the starting job to redshirt junior Cardale Jones for the first seven games of the 2015 season, picked up 324 yards: 223 in the air and 101 on the ground.“J.T. doesn’t surprise me,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “I think he’s back … I think he’s in full swing again.”The OSU defense held Rutgers (3-4, 1-3) to 293 yards, while the offense gained 530 yards of its own, led by Barrett’s 14-of-18 effort through the air.“It’s getting close to the end of the season, and it’s really time for the best teams in the country to start showing it,” junior defensive end Joey Bosa said. “We’ve got to get going, and I think this was a good start.”While not reflective of things to come, OSU (8-0, 4-0) looked vulnerable on the game’s opening drive, giving up plays of 18 and 25 yards to senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo and redshirt senior running back Paul James, respectively. The Buckeyes came away unscathed from Rutgers’ red-zone trip, however, when a 29-yard field-goal try bounced off the right upright.The Buckeyes then embarked on a long, but fruitless, drive of their own. Barrett ran the ball four times for 55 yards, but on his final one he collided with OSU redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas. The ball came out of Barrett’s hands after the friendly fire and was picked up by the Scarlet Knights.Thomas said after the game that he will not know what specifically went wrong on the play until he views film later in the week.OSU used a combination of aerial and ground attacks on its second drive to achieve a better result. Barrett completed two of three passes for 32 yards, while Elliott received four carries, the last of which was a two-yard touchdown run up the middle with 10 seconds left in the opening quarter to put the Buckeyes up 7-0.Later in the second quarter, Thomas was atoned for his inadvertent tackle by hauling in a pass from Barrett in the open field and cutting past a defender to take it to the house untouched. The 50-yard connection was good for Thomas’ sixth score of the year and gave OSU a 14-0 lead.“I had to make a play for my team, spark the offense, get them going, show Coach Meyer that we could exploit the secondary,” Thomas said.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller took over the heavy lifting on OSU’s following drive to bring its lead to 21-0 late in the first half. Barrett aired out a slightly underthrown ball for the H-back 45 yards downfield. Miller juggled the ball but pulled it in while on the ground. He then followed that up with a 16-yard run out of the wildcat formation, before Barrett put the finishing touches on the scoring drive with a two-yard sneak up the middle.“Braxton is a very unique athlete, an elite athlete, so nothing he can do surprises me,” OSU offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said. “I’ve seen him do things that make me say ‘wow’ every time, but he’s getting better and better at catching the ball and tracking it with his eyes and hands, so it’s good for him and it’s good for us.”At the intermission, OSU led Rutgers in total yards 248-145, with 64 of the Scarlet Knights’ output coming on their opening drive.Barrett was 5-of-7 for 136 yards in his first half as a starter in 2015 and also gained 85 yards on the ground. Rutgers redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano was 9-of-15 at the half for 99 yards, with 55 of them coming on three connections to Carroo.Despite only picking up 15 yards on the ground in the first half, Elliott came out strong in the second. On the Buckeyes’ opening drive, he had three carries for 46 yards, setting up Barrett to find sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel open in the end zone from 30 yards out to extend the score to 28-0.Barrett added a 10-yard rushing score on the next drive, a 10-play, 72-yard trek. “He played awesome,” Elliott said about Barrett. “We had great momentum today, everybody made plays when their number was called. We can’t ask for more from this.”Just eight plays after redshirt sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley intercepted Laviano on Rutgers’ first play of its drive, Barrett shoveled it to redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, who looked to throw — albeit illegally — but then trotted into the end zone to make it 42-0. The scores were Barrett’s fourth and fifth of the night — three passing and two rushing.In the final offensive possession for the starters, Elliott took a draw play up the middle for 55 yards and a score. The drive was set up at midfield from a blocked punt by Conley.Jones entered the game with the win safely at hand in next drive and engineered a lengthy 15-play drive, though it ended with a turnover on downs.Rutgers spoiled the shutout with 13 seconds to go, as a 58-yard reception set up a four-yard touchdown pass.“We were pretty upset,” Bosa said. “Of course as a defense we try to go and shut teams out, and we were that close to it. But overall we played really well, so we can’t really be upset.”Laviano only completed one pass in the second half in five attempts, while Barrett was 9-of-11 for 87 yards in the latter stanza. Thomas finished as the Buckeyes’ leading receiver after piling up 103 yards in five catches.Elliott finished with 142 yards on 19 carries, extending his streak of consecutive games with over 100 yards on the ground to 13 games.“I think we’ve improved every week. I think we’re playing at a very high level right now,” Meyer said. “There’s a good mindset in there.”The Buckeyes have beaten Rutgers by a combined 105-17 in the programs’ two all-time meetings after topping the Scarlet Knights 56-17 a season ago.The Buckeyes are next set to resume action — following a bye week — against Minnesota on Nov. 7. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. OSU players do “quick calls” before a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway Township, NJ . OSU won 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

Mother of 2 shot in her face killed by bandits for

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne in terror as bandits kill anotherFebruary 8, 2017In “Crime”Armed bandits terrorise Corentyne familyAugust 13, 2019In “Crime”WPO condemns merciless killing of Corentyne motherFebruary 11, 2017In “Crime” A mother of two is now dead following a tragic break and entry at her Tain, Corentyne home last night. Killed: Lilawattie MohamedLilawattie Mohamed, a 45-year-old domestic worker was reportedly in the company of her two children at their lot 149 Tain Settlement, Corentyne home when two armed bandits ambushed them. According to reports, the incident occurred around 23:30hrs last night, and the two bandits allegedly broke down the door of their home to gain entry. Inews understands that the bandits began to threaten the trio and demanded that they turn over all valuables. However, Mohamed reportedly told them that she had no money in her possession, but this only angered the perpetrators, leading to one of them shooting the mother of two in her face. The men then fled the scene, while Mohamed died shortly after.No one has been apprehended since the murder and police are continuing their investigations. (Ramona Luthi) read more

2nd gen Chromebooks to use Ivy Bridge

first_imgGoogle’s web-focused Chrome OS is a tough concept for many people to swallow, despite the company’s insistence that a browser is good enough for the majority of your computing tasks. But even those willing to consider the web app-dependent platform have gotten hung up on lackluster Chromebook hardware, which chokes when put through heavy use.Google recently responded to those criticisms, saying that their second round of devices would be faster, and now there’s a hint at how they might fulfill that promise: Intel’s Sandy Bridge and unreleased Ivy Bridge processors.The clue comes straight from the team working on ChromiumOS, the open-source project behind Google’s operating system. The developers have been making contributions to coreboot, another open-source concept that aims to replace the typical BIOS found in most computers. Google believes they can use coreboot to load Chrome OS “super fast,” and has been adding code to make sure the two will work together. The ChromiumOS team’s latest contribution was support for Cougar and Pather Point chipsets, which are found in Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, respectively.Between Google’s claims about faster hardware on the horizon and the work they’ve put into supporting Intel’s current and future processors, it seems likely that second generation Chromebooks will move from Atom to Sandy/Ivy Bridge processors. Though that change might impact the highly-touted Chromebook battery life, it sounds like a good move for the Chrome OS platform—if you’re going to focus on the web alone, then you’d better do it well.via CNETlast_img read more

The Central Bank is fighting a bill to tackle high mortgage rates

first_img Take me to Fora Dec 9th 2016, 6:01 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: The Central Bank is fighting a bill to tackle high mortgage rates. Here’s why Variable mortgage rates in Ireland are well above the EU average. 10,757 Views AN OIREACHTAS BILL aimed at driving down variable mortgage rates is misguided and could have several unintended negative effects.That was the message driven home at a Dáil committee today by a senior figure at the Central Bank, who also suggested that variable mortgage rates in Ireland tend to be high because of the risk banks bear in lending.Ed Sibley, the director of Credit Institutions Supervision at the Central Bank, said repossession rates in Ireland are low, which means that banks have to take on more risk.He also said that the new bill could warp rates and result in more high-risk lending not being priced properly.Variable mortgage rates have caused considerable controversy in the last year or so. While variable mortgage rates in the Republic have been slowly sliding over the past year as the banks start delivering profits again, the average rate still stands at about 3.6%.That compares to roughly 2% for new business across Europe, where lenders have been enjoying rock-bottom funding costs.Recently a bill was proposed by Fianna Fáil would give the Central Bank powers to cap variable mortgage rates, with the party’s stated aim to essentially force rates down.Variable rates can rise or fall depending on wholesale interest rates, which are ultimately set by the European Central Bank (ECB).If the ECB rate rises, a bank can raise the interest rate on their customer’s mortgage, and vice versa. However, the bank is not obliged to pass on any fall in the ECB rate to its customers. Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThis is different to a tracker rate, which does directly track the ECB rate. A tracker rate is set at a fixed level above the ECB rate, for example the ECB rate and one percentage point, and tracks any rises or fall in the official rate.There was traditionally little difference between the two, however after the crash, and particularly in the last few years, the ECB has cut its rate to record lows. This means that tracker mortgages are also historically cheap, and banks are losing money on them.DefaultsHowever, in a statement to the joint committee on finance, public expenditure and reform today, Ed Sibley, the director of Credit Institutions Supervision at the Central Bank, argued against the bill.“European Banking Authority stress-test data shows that Ireland’s mortgage default rate is more than 10 times higher than many other Eurozone and European Union countries,” he said. Friday 9 Dec 2016, 6:01 AM By Fora Staff “In other words, mortgages are higher risk in Ireland than in the majority of those countries with which mortgage rates are compared.“The stress test data also shows banks operating in Ireland need to hold significantly more capital for Irish mortgages on average per euro of mortgage lending than other European banks, with associated higher costs, and hence mortgage rates.”RepossessionsSibley also said that banks find it difficult to repossess properties in Ireland compared to other EU countries, which makes it more risky for them to lend.He said that the low-level of repossessions makes it uncertain for banks as to how easily they can get back collateral from borrowers.“Cross-country comparative research shows that increased recovery time is associated with lower availability of credit, and higher interest rates,” he said.Sibley added that the proposed bill may “not only be unsuccessful but runs the risk of being counter-productive”. The Central Bank headquarters on Dame Street Source: RollingNews.ie“It is essential that banks have sustainable business models that take into account the risks that are inherent in their lending practices,” he said.There is a risk that capping interest rates will result in an under-pricing of credit risk, as was experienced in Ireland and internationally to such dangerous effect in the past.He added: “Were this legislation to be introduced, lenders may adapt their credit standards and offer variable mortgage loans only to new customers with a low risk profile, ultimately reducing credit availability.Lenders could also raise interest rates on other loans, and increase fees and commissions, in order to maintain or achieve sustainable capital generation.Sibley also said that with regard to the interest rates charged on existing variable rate mortgage loans “are subject to existing contracts and contract law, which only a judge could override, not a public body like the Central Bank”.“We are also concerned about the extension of the (Central Bank’s) statutory functions to encompass the regulation of competition, which is a function already carried out by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.”Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.iecenter_img 34 Comments Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/3127851 Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tyrone GAA fan who had cash and match ticket robbed as he

first_img Mar 25th 2019, 11:02 PM https://jrnl.ie/4560961 A TYRONE GAA fan, who was robbed as he slept in a Dublin hotel, has been awarded €10,000 damages in the Circuit Civil court for personal injuries arising from the psychological aftermath of the burglary.Patrick Joseph Fahy, a 75-year-old retired solicitor, of Creaghmore Road, Drumquin, Omagh, Co Tyrone, told Circuit Court President, Justice Raymond Groarke, that it took him a full two years to recover from the after-effects of his traumatic experience.Fahy, now engaged in legal consultancy, said he had visited Dublin in July 2016 for a Tyrone-Mayo quarter-final and had booked in to the North Star Hotel, Amiens Street, and after dinner and two glasses of wine in the city on the Saturday night had retired to his sixth-floor bedroom.“It was a very warm July evening so I left a patio door slightly ajar from my room onto a balcony at the rear of the hotel before going to sleep,” Fahy told his counsel Kevin Byrne, who appeared with Michael Devlin solicitors.He said that when he awoke on the Sunday morning he found his trouser pockets had been rifled and his belongings strewn all around the room. About €150 and his mobile phone was missing as well as his ticket to the match.Fahy told Mr Byrne he “was very shook and got physically sick” and had been unable to contact any friends because of the loss of his phone.The hotel had given him €120 and when gardaí arrived they told him they would source a match ticket for him.  As it happened he had got a better ticket than the one that had been stolen.Fahy said he had met some Tyrone friends at the match and had felt somewhat better afterwards but in weeks following the incident he had become very upset. It had kept going through his mind what might have happened to him had he been woken by the burglar in his room.“I was glad I wasn’t aware of what was happening around me and I remained upset and annoyed for a considerable period of time afterwards,” he said.Fahy, who sued BC McGettigan Limited, which trades as the North Star Hotel, for damages of up to €60,000, said he visited his GP at home and had been prescribed tablets aimed at lessening the stress and upset. He had also availed of counselling for trauma but said it was a full two years before he had fully recovered from the ill effects of the burglary.Judge Groarke said Fahy had felt safe enough six floors up to leave his balcony door ajar on a warm night but had been unaware that the balcony was shared with six or seven other bedrooms. Awarding Mr Fahy €10,200 damages, the judge said the court was satisfied the criminal had gained access to his bedroom by way of the shared balcony. He said Fahy had been given no warning that his balcony was a shared facility.  A warning sign had since been attached to the balcony door.Tyrone were beaten by Mayo by a single point, 12 to 13. Tyrone GAA fan who had cash and match ticket robbed as he slept in Dublin hotel awarded €10k Fahy said it took him a full two years to recover from the after-effects of his traumatic experience. File image Share6 Tweet Email2 No Comments By Ray Managhcenter_img Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Dragon Images 42,890 Views Monday 25 Mar 2019, 11:02 PM File image Image: Shutterstock/Dragon Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

JAMPRO Takes Brand Jamaica to The Bahamas

first_img Related Items:#jamprotothebahamas, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, May 31, 2017 – Kingston – As part of the Agency’s strategy to develop Jamaican exporters and increase export to regional markets, JAMPRO, Jamaica’s trade and investment promotions agency, will lead 18 companies on export promotion missions to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas. The Caribbean Market Mission, a part of JAMPRO’s export development programme Export Max, will commence on June 18, 2017 in Barbados and end on June 30, 2017 in The Bahamas.The Mission will give companies the opportunity to promote Brand Jamaica in the region and increase the export of Jamaican products to regional markets. The companies will have scheduled business meetings with buyers to promote their products, execute trade visits to key retail outlets, and have key discussions with private and public sector partners to garner market intelligence. The Caribbean Market Mission will support Export Max’s goal of increasing overall exports for the participating companies by 50%.Export Max II is a three-year initiative geared towards providing focused capacity building and market penetration support for exporting and export-ready firms. Vice President of Export and Market Development at JAMPRO, Robert Scott, said the programme has already provided development services for the enrolled companies to improve their strategic planning, marketing, labelling and productivity.#magneticmedianews#jamprotothebahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more