Crowdfunding underway for victims of Jan. 2 tragic accident

first_imgA crowdfunding campaign has been launched in the wake of a traffic accident that killed two Squamish men and injured five other locals near Alice Lake on Jan. 2.The ” Fund for Squamish Accident Victims” aims to raise $25,000 for the men’s families.“The accident has left the family members and close-knit community shaken, and we are asking for you to wholeheartedly support the families,” said Amandeep Kaur Mann on the campaign website. Read it at Squamish Chief Related Itemslast_img read more

D’Antoni to coach Team Stephen in NBA All-Star Game

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni questions a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 115-113. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW YORK — Houston coach Mike D’Antoni will lead Team Stephen in the NBA All-Star Game.D’Antoni and his staff earned coaching honors Friday when the Rockets clinched the best winning percentage in the Western Conference through games of Feb. 4 among eligible coaches. Golden State’s Steve Kerr is ineligible because he coached in the game last year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Kemba Walker hits big 3-pointers in Hornets win   Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH D’Antoni has led the Rockets to a 34-13 record, second in the league to Golden State’s 39-10.The 2017 NBA Coach of the Year will be coaching in the All-Star Game for the second time, having led the West to a rout in 2007 in Las Vegas when he coached the Phoenix Suns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe NBA has gone to a new format this year in which captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted teams. D’Antoni will coach Curry’s team on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles, while the East coach will be in charge of Team LeBron. Toronto’s Dwane Casey has the inside track there with Boston’s Brad Stevens ineligible. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas: ‘All you need is 1 team to love you’

first_imgThe Lakers want Thomas to mentor their young players, and they’re giving him rest and recovery time when he needs — mindful that he wants to go into this summer as healthy as possible.“I think he’s been judged pretty harshly with the fact that he missed that much time,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s playing good for us. I think with the more time he has just playing basketball, the better he’ll get as far as getting back to doing the things he was doing in Boston last season.”Walton speaks highly of Thomas, which suggests that the Lakers could be that one team Thomas is looking for.Games like Thursday certainly won’t hurt his cause. He came into the night averaging 14.3 points in 26 minutes on 37 percent shooting. Against the Heat, he shot 11 for 20, 6 for 11 from 3-point range.“If they give me a bigger opportunity, I’m capable of bringing more to the table,” Thomas said. “Until then I’m doing what I can. I’m getting as healthy as I possibly can. Every day I’m feeling a lot better. I’m just grinding it out and just trying to be ready for any opportunities that come my way.”ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Thomas went through pain of the emotional and physical kind with the Celtics a year ago, after his sister died in a car crash just before the start of Boston’s postseason run. About three weeks later, on the day Chyna Thomas would have turned 23, her brother — a day removed from oral surgery — scored 53 points to lead the Celtics past Washington.Not long after that, the Celtics shut the 5-foot-9 guard down because of the right hip problem.“Him being a competitor and a warrior, he made his injury even worse instead of putting his stock up there and saying ’I’m done, let me get ready for the next season so I can get a max deal,’” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, a Thomas teammate in Cleveland this season. “He kept trying to fight and fight and fight for the city that he was playing for. So it’s a tough situation.“One thing I know about him, you don’t become a household name at 5-foot-whatever-he-is without having grit, without having toughness and without knowing you can overcome anything.”That’s the belief Thomas still has these days.He doesn’t think he can merely return to the level he was at last year. He thinks he can get even better. The challenge will be making someone else believe that this summer.“It’s ‘what have you done for me lately.’ That’s the league we’re in and I understand that,” Thomas said. “But if I’m given the same opportunity I was given in Boston, I would do the same thing. And that’s just what it is. My resume speaks for itself. What I can do on the basketball floor speaks for itself. I can’t do nothing but control what I can control, and that’s taking advantage of any opportunity I’m given and playing my heart out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nothing is certain now.He’s gone from a star in Boston to being cast aside in Cleveland and now finds himself as a backup with the Los Angeles Lakers, still trying to get healthy after hip surgery. If that wasn’t enough, there’s the added strain that what he does over these next few high-stakes weeks will go a long way in determining what he’ll earn and where he’ll play over the next few years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“All you need is one team to love you,” Thomas said Thursday. “It’s like the draft all over again. You just need one team.”He averaged just under 29 points per game last season. And until Thursday night, when he led the Lakers to a 131-113 win in Miami over the Heat, he hadn’t scored more than 24 in any game this season. He couldn’t get on the floor until January while recovering from the hip surgery and lasted only 15 games with the Cavaliers before getting traded to the Lakers in early February. Thomas was the main piece that Cleveland got from Boston in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, and his on-court Cavs tenure lasted roughly one month. Read Next FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) gestures during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The way Isaiah Thomas sees it, what awaits in free agency this summer is like what he faced when he was the last pick in the NBA Draft. “I only need one team to love me,” Thomas said Thursday, candidly opening up about his health, his past, his present and his future while he deals with a season that absolutely has not gone the way he envisioned. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez, File)MIAMI — Isaiah Thomas still feels like there’s time.He’s four months away from free agency, the wheeling-and-dealing period when — the way things were looking a year ago — he would be signing a contract worth well over $100 million, ensuring himself a level of wealth that would be well beyond what the player picked last in the 2011 NBA draft should have reasonably expected.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Lakers shred Heat defense, stay hot with easy win Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Anderson Peters wins javelin for 2nd-ever world gold for Grenada

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Peters won the javelin throw Sunday night for his country’s second-ever gold medal at the world championships. He joins the ranks of sprinter Kirani James, the sprinter who captured the 400-meter title in 2011. Peters remembers being glued to his television that day — and being inspired.“That was an unbelievable moment for our whole country,” Peters said. “If he can do it, it’s possible for everybody to have a chance to become a world champion.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manA junior at Mississippi State, Peters’ winning throw was 86.89 meters as he added another title to the NCAA championships crown he won in June and Pan-Am Games win in August. Magnus Kirt of Estonia was second (86.21) and Johannes Vetter of Germany was third (85.37).“There are no words to explain being a world champion,” Peters said. “I’m grateful for the chance.” View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers CENTROWITZ & SALAZARAmerican distance runner Matthew Centrowitz said leaving Alberto Salazar’s training group last season had nothing to do with an investigation and more to do with needing a change.Salazar was kicked out of the world championships last week after being handed a four-year ban in a case long pursued by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Salazar leads the Nike Oregon Project, which Centrowitz joined after the 2012 London Games“Alberto never once offered me anything that I was uncomfortable taking or made any those decisions you may be reading about,” said Centrowitz, who finished eighth in the 1,500 meters and more than 3 seconds behind winner Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya. “I had no idea that any of this was going on when I was with the group.“That had nothing to do with my decision. … I felt like I needed some change, something fresh, something new.”The 2016 Olympic gold medalist is now running for the Bowerman Track Club.THE COUNCILThe IAAF elected six new members to its athletes’ commission: French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams, U.S. distance runner Bernard Lagat, Belgian 400-meter runner Kevin Borlee, Greek pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi, and Jamaican middle-distance runner Aisha Praught-Leer.Hall of Famer Carl Lewis said on his Twitter account that he applied to be a member of the IAAF athletes’ commission.“Let’s see if they want someone speaking to power about the issues that really affects athletes, gets in,” Lewis wrote. “Stay tuned.” “That’s not going to help,” Peters said, laughing. “As a kid, I was thinking about becoming a world champion and an Olympic champion and having the titles at the same time.”One down, one to go next summer at the Tokyo Games.EUGENE ON DECKOregon Gov. Kate Brown was in the stadium to present the men’s 4×100 relay medals.In two years, the renovated Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, will be the site of worlds. It marks the first time the championships are heading to the U.S.“We’re absolutely honored,” Brown said. “It’s amazing it’s going to be in the heart of track and field territory — Eugene, Oregon. We’re excited to see everyone there.”EMPTY STEPThree steps on the podium, but only two teams. A chaotic changeover in the women’s 4×400 relay led to more than an hour of uncertainty.Jamaica finished third, then was disqualified, then reinstated. After all that, the Jamaican squad didn’t turn up for its medal ceremony, leaving the gold medalists from the U.S. and second-placed Poland to take a lopsided podium photo.At issue was whether Jamaica had gained an advantage by not lining up correctly for a changeover. Fourth-placed Britain argued the Jamaicans had benefited, but that was later overturned on an appeal by Jamaica. Becoming his own man Joshua Pacio to defend ONE strawweight title vs Rene Catalan in Manila Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Anderson Peters, of Grenada reacts on his way to winning the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)DOHA, Qatar — As a kid, Grenadian javelin thrower Anderson Peters would hurl sticks at mangoes and apples to get them to fall to the ground.He had the best arm of all his friends. He showed it off on an even bigger stage.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Growing up, he had two ambitions — be a famous cricket player or the next Usain Bolt.But the javelin became his calling when on his first try at an event in primary school he broke the school record. All those days of throwing rocks and sticks at fruit in the trees in Grenada keeps paying off.“We used to have races and say, ‘Let’s see who could pick the most,’” Peters said. “I was pretty good.”Peters has to hurry back to school — he has two big tests this week.Any chance his gold medal might help him buy some extra time with his professors?ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Dier confident Tottenham will be in title race

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Dier confident Tottenham will be in Premier League title race Declan Payne 21:21 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eric Dier Tottenham Getty Tottenham Hotspur Premier League England v Germany Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Germany England Friendlies The midfielder is looking for his club to keep pushing the boundaries following the sustained progress made under Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham’s Eric Dier is confident the early gulf opened up by Premier League leaders Manchester City is not insurmountable.Spurs go into the international break eight points behind City following a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace which followed up a memorable victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League.It was a positive response from Spurs after losing at fellow title rivals Manchester United in late October, and midfield marshal Dier believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side are on the right track. 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 “I believe what we are doing is right, that has been the case for a long time,” he said.“Win, lose, or draw against Real Madrid, that would have been the same. Winning that game has obviously given us confidence as individuals and as a group.“You’ve got to keep trying to improve and push the boundaries. That’s the same for club and country; you’ve got to keep trying to improve. That’s the key.”The contrast between the dazzling performance against European champions Madrid and the gritty nature of the struggle against Palace has also Dier confidence that Spurs will be in the thick of the title race come season’s end.“The games we have had in the last month have been really good and the results have been very positive,” he said.“Obviously, Manchester City have been fantastic recently but there is so much football to be played before the end. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of twists and turns before the end.”Eric Dier England Slovakia WCQ 09042017Dier was one of six Tottenham players called up for England duty, but that number has been cut to three after Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks withdrew from the squad due to injury.Having secured World Cup qualification, glamour friendlies against current world champions Germany and Brazil will act as a benchmarking tool for the Three Lions.Despite the mixed reputation attached to international friendlies in recent times, Dier says it is still an honour to step onto the pitch for England.“Playing for your country is the pinnacle of football,” he said.“It is what you all want to do and it has to be special. I think that it’s essential, you cannot just think you will be in every squad because you have done ‘X and X’ in preview years, it has to be constant.”Dier believes the mood among the England squad is more competitive than ever – a belief backed by the fact that Three Lions mainstay Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was dropped after a series indifferent performances for Liverpool.He said: “You always have to be on your toes to get the call-up otherwise you can become complacent and I don’t think that is a good thing.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

23 days agoChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile

first_imgChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashileby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.Le 10 Sport says Chelsea have the 18 year-old high on their shopping list.While they’re banned from working the market in January, Chelsea are actively drawing up plans for the 2020 summer transfer window.Chelsea have been watching Badiashile since he was 15 years of age.Badiashile is a first team regular with ASM this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Germany: Ferus Smit Launches MV Reggeborg (VIDEO)

first_imgzoom Ferus Smit shipyard in Leer (Germany) recently launched the ice-classed multipurpose vessel m.v. Reggeborg.The vessel, with a cargo capacity of 23.000 tons, measuring nearly 170 meters in length and 20,40 meters in width, is the largest vessel Wagenborg ever owned. This is also the largest vessel ever built at Shipyard Ferus Smit.After m.v. Reestborg, m.v. Reggeborg is the second vessel in a series of three. This series will be completed with m.v. Roerborg. Her launch is expected in September 2014. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, January 2, 2014last_img read more

I used sun screen zip mints while bowling Panesar

first_imgLondon: Former England spinner Monty Panesar made shocking revelations about ball tampering, saying he would use sun screen, mints and also the zip of his trouser to make the ball reverse swing. In an excerpt of his book ‘The Full Monty’, which appeared on the Daily Mail, Panesar said he was told to keep the ball as dry as possible by the likes of James Anderson for whom he used to prepare the ball. “Whether we broke the laws depends on how you interpret them. We found that mints and sun cream had an effect on the saliva, and that helped the ball to reverse,” the 37-year old was quoted as saying. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “I might also have ‘accidentally’ caught the ball on the zip of my trouser pocket to rough it up a little. “We all tried to change the condition of the ball, because reverse swing has such a huge impact. When I came into the England side, my job was to prepare the ball for the seamers. They’d say, ‘Listen mate, if you want to bowl with us it’s on one condition. Make sure you don’t get your sweaty hands on our shiny side.’ “Opening bowler Jimmy Anderson would say: ‘I just want you to keep that ball as dry as possible.’ ” Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Panesar, who played 50 Tests between 2006 and 2013, said although rules of the game said the use of uniform was legal, there was some breach of the spirit. “That was probably a hairline fracture of the spirit of the game, even if the laws said you were allowed to ‘use your uniform’.” Law 42.3 of the MCC’s Laws of Cricket states that a fielder is free to polish a ball “provided that no artificial substance is used”. Last year, then Australia captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were suspended by Cricket Australia for ball tampering during their Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. Previously, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was also found guilty of ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council after using mints to alter the condition of the ball against Australia in 2016.last_img read more

No real progress says HRW

In April 2011, a panel of experts authorized by the UN secretary-general issued a comprehensive report on violations of international law by both sides during the final months of the armed conflict. It called on the Sri Lankan government to carry out genuine investigations and recommended that the UN create an independent international mechanism to monitor the government’s implementation of the panel recommendations, conduct an independent investigation, and collect and safeguard evidence.The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in late August. Human Rights Watch repeated its call for the UN secretary-general or other UN body to create an independent international investigation into violations by government forces and the LTTE. This investigation should make recommendations for the prosecution of those responsible for serious abuses during the armed conflict, including the ACF case.Participating countries at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka in November should publicly express concern about the government’s minimal response to these and other serious abuses, Human Rights Watch said. On May 23, 2009, shortly after the LTTE’s defeat, Rajapaksa and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a joint statement in Sri Lanka in which the government said it “will take measures to address” the need for an accountability process for violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law. “The Rajapaksa government is good at throwing bones to the international community, but not at taking serious measures to find and punish those responsible for serious abuses,” said James Ross, legal and policy director at Human Rights Watch. “If the families of 17 aid workers can’t get justice for their loss, it’s hard to be hopeful for anyone else.” “Governments seeking justice for the victims of atrocities during Sri Lanka’s long armed conflict should publicly demand an international inquiry,” Ross said. “Sri Lanka’s history of inaction on even prominent cases with strong evidence demonstrates the need for concerted international action.” In July 2013, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in apparent response to increasing international pressure, took long overdue steps by directing state lawyers and investigators to review the case and prepare a comprehensive list of witnesses. This was one of several recent moves by the government to adopt previously disregarded recommendations of its Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in 2011, created following the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009.The University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) has published detailed findings on the Mutur killings based on accounts from witnesses and weapons analysis that implicate government security forces in the area at the time. The group reported that two police constables and naval special forces commandos were alleged to be directly responsible, and that senior police and justice officials were linked to an alleged cover-up. The killings occurred after a several-day battle between government forces and the LTTE for control of the town. The ACF team had been providing assistance to survivors of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The New York based human rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Sri Lankan government has made no real progress in holding accountable those responsible for the execution style slaying of 17 aid workers seven years ago despite renewed international calls for action.On August 4, 2006, gunmen executed 17 Sri Lankan aid workers – 16 ethnic Tamils, four of them women, and a Muslim – with the Paris-based international humanitarian agency Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger, ACF) in their office compound in the town of Mutur in eastern Trincomalee district. In July 2007, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, established after the Mutur killings to investigate 16 major human rights cases, exonerated the army and navy in the massacre and instead blamed LTTE forces or Muslim militia. Families of ACF workers who wished to testify to the commission reported security forces personnel. The commission’s full report to President Rajapaksa has never been made public.In March 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka, reiterating the concerns of a 2012 council resolution, which focused on the lack of accountability for human rights violations. The council called upon the Sri Lankan government to “conduct an independent and credible investigation” into alleged rights abuses and “take all necessary additional steps” to meet its legal obligations to ensure justice and accountability for all Sri Lankans.The Sri Lankan government has long had a poor record of investigating serious human rights abuses, and impunity has been a persistent problem. Despite a backlog of cases of unlawful killings and enforced disappearance going back two decades that run into the tens of thousands, there have been only a small number of prosecutions. Past efforts to address violations through the creation of ad hoc mechanisms in Sri Lanka have produced very few prosecutions. On July 26, the government announced yet another commission to look into cases of enforced disappearances. read more

UN envoy to Liberia says runoff election was conducted peacefully

In a statement made after visiting polling places in Buchanan and Gbarnga and across Monrovia, Alan Doss said the process was free of disruption or violence.”Today’s run-off election offers the people of Liberia the opportunity to leave behind the war that has wrecked this country for so long and to enter into a future of peace and stability,” said Mr. Doss, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia. All of Liberia’s 3,070 polling places were open, with polling staff standing by, and voting took place without obstruction to the Liberians who chose to vote.Mr. Doss refrained from commenting on turnout, pending a count, and from assessing yet whether the voting was free and fair. He also appealed to the candidates “to urge their supporters to be patient in waiting for the results and to accept the results peacefully.”Civilian police and troops from the UN peacekeeping operation in Liberia (UNMIL) were deployed at key locations and patrolled very visibly across the country to ensure a secure voting environment. Five arrests, including three for assault, were reported, according to Mr. Doss, who noted that hundreds of international observers and thousands of domestic observers were on hand to witness and report on any challenges to the proper administration of this run-off election.”While we do not know this evening which of the two candidates will be chosen as the newly elected leader of Liberia, we do know that today, Liberian voters have taken a major step towards rebuilding their nation,” the envoy said. read more

GE 1Q profit declines 12 per cent although industrial businesses boost earnings

by News Staff Posted Apr 20, 2012 9:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GE 1Q profit declines 12 per cent, although industrial businesses boost earnings NEW YORK, N.Y. – General Electric’s first-quarter net income topped Wall Street expectations on a strong performance from the conglomerate’s industrial businesses.GE said Friday that net income fell 12 per cent to $3.03 billion, or 29 cents per share. Excluding charges, GE earned 34 cents in the quarter, a penny better than Wall Street estimates.The industrial and financial giant said its primary manufacturing operation has rebounded after posting weak results following the global recession. Operating profit at its industrial businesses, which include transportation, health care and energy infrastructure, rose by 10 per cent on a 14 per cent gain in revenue.That’s an improvement from 2011, when GE was able to grow revenue in the industrial segment but operating profit remained flat.The Fairfield, Connecticut, company has a stake in almost every sector of the economy, from light bulbs and credit cards to windmills.Altogether, GE reported earnings of $3.03 billion for the first quarter. That compares with $3.4 million, or 31 cents per share, for the same part of 2011.Revenue slipped by 8 per cent to $35.2 billion. That topped Wall Street’s forecast of $34.8 billion. Stripping out revenue from NBC Universal from last year’s quarter, revenue rose 4 per cent. GE sold its stake in NBC last year.GE said profit increased 10 per cent in energy infrastructure, its largest industrial business by revenue. Profit also rose 48 per cent in its transportation segment, 10 per cent in health care, and 2 per cent in aviation. The only decline came in the home and business solutions segment.On top of the strong operating profit, orders for locomotives, aircraft engines and other industrial equipment grew by double-digit rates for the quarter.“I’m encouraged by the industrial side of GE,” said Nicholas Heymann, an analyst with William Blair & Co. “It performed very well. Orders are up.”The company’s GE Capital lending reported a profit increase of 6 per cent.Shares of GE rose 25 cents to $19.39 in premarket trading. Citi analyst Deane Dray expects GE shares to increase by “a low single digit percentage” on the results. She has a $24 price target for the shares. read more

Role of real estate agents evolving to keep pace with changes in

TORONTO – The internet and social media have made it easier than ever to shop for and sell a home, forcing real estate agents to offer more services in order to stay relevant.Realtors once served as gatekeepers of data, providing customers with access to exclusive information that helped them price their homes or determine the true value of the properties they were eyeing.But with reams of data now online and virtual tours available at the click of a mouse, the role of real estate agents has started to evolve, with more agents expanding their repertoires to include services like staging and professional photography.Pauline Aunger, president of the Canadian Real Estate Association, defends agents, saying they possess detailed knowledge of local markets.“The realtor’s value is interpreting the data,” says Aunger, who’s also a realtor based in Smiths Falls, Ont. “Though you can look at a snapshot of what the house next door sold for, you may not know what’s in that house.”Agents can also ensure that all of the necessary inspections have been conducted and regulations have been met.“You can almost equate it to doing your taxes on your own versus doing them with a professional,” says Toronto real estate agent Derek Ladouceur. “Yes, you save money doing it on your own, but there’s a good chance you might be audited because you skipped something.”Ladouceur says clients can also benefit from agents’ expansive networks of contacts — from stagers and contractors who can help you polish up your home before it hits the market to other agents who will bring their clients in to have a look.Nonetheless, some homeowners are finding the costs of using an agent are simply too high as house prices in several Canadian cities soar higher — and so too do the commissions earned by realtors.Sellers typically pay six per cent of the sale price, with half going to their agent and the other half to the buyer’s agent. For a $1 million home — now the average price for a detached house in Toronto and Vancouver — that translates to $60,000 in fees.“I don’t think people need to pay that kind of money,” says Paul Rouillard, a realtor and the owner of discount brokerage Flatprice.ca.Although homeowners can’t list their properties themselves on the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, a slew of discount brokerages can prepare the listing for a fraction of the cost charged by a full-service agent. At Flatprice.ca, realtors help home sellers list their properties on MLS for only $99.But others still prefer the convenience of using an agent.Pam Campbell and her husband recently sold their home and bought a new one, both in Acton, Ont., with the help of an agent. Between working full-time as an accountant, taking courses to upgrade her credentials and raising a six-year-old boy, Campbell says there’s “no way” she could have found the time to sell her home.“We would have had too much on our plate to try to do it,” she said. “I think it’s worth the commission that you pay.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 2, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Role of real estate agents evolving to keep pace with changes in technology read more

Central African Republic UN chief says security fragile calls for vote by

Mr. Ban expressed appreciation for the announcement, with the support of the international community, to convene the Bangui Forum as early as possible next year, and to complete the election process before August 2015. He urged Ms Samba-Panza to continue showing leadership to ensure a successful, inclusive, transparent transition was completed in a timely manner.Meanwhile, the UN Senior Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic (CAR), Claire Bourgeois, recalled that one year ago, a cycle of violence reached Bangui triggering the displacement of half a million people, accompanied by the massacre of innocent civilians, leaving deep wounds in the communities that still have difficulties in living side by side today. “More attention needs to be given to CAR in order to find appropriate and immediate solutions to the complexity of the current humanitarian crisis which stemmed from a persisting political, developmental and humanitarian crisis spanning over many years,” she said, underscoring that despite the progress achieved so far, she strongly condemned the upsurge in violence that occurred yesterday, causing more bereavement to the population in Bambari.In addition, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned that the CAR faced one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises, with more than 187,000 refugees having fled to neighbouring countries over the last year, bringing the total number of refugees and internally displaced people over 850,000, about a fifth of the country’s entire population.“Some 430,000 people remain displaced, half a million less than at the end of December 2013,” UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler, briefing reporters in Geneva earlier today. He stressed that the improvement did not mean an end to the crisis.“The security situation in the country remains volatile, with sporadic incidents of violence as witnessed in October, when clashes broke out between militias and international forces,” he said, warning: “It is at risk of becoming overshadowed by other pressing crises if more support is not provided.”UNHCR and its partners presented a Regional Refugee Response Plan in 2014 that included financial requirements of $209 million. The response is currently funded at only 51 per cent and Mr. Spindler urged donors and the international community “to provide continued support and hope to the beleaguered citizens of the Central African Republic.”“The one-year anniversary of the conflict marks one year that children have been out of school, a year of learning lost, and a year of their lives scarred and shattered,” said Sarah Crowe of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Nearly two years of violence in the Central African Republic has affected more than two million children and plunged the country’s formal education system into a state of crisis. Many school buildings had been damaged, looted or taken over for other purposes.”UNICEF launched a campaign in November that aimed to help return hundreds of thousands of children to school after the deterioration in the security situation forced many teachers and students to flee.The “Back to School” initiative aimed to help a total of 662,000 children to resume their studies, and UNICEF is delivering “school in a box” kits that contain essential equipment, such as exercise books and pencils, and school backpacks, to enable children to resume their educations. Currently, 300,000 children were reported back in school, a significant step that has had “a ripple effect throughout the whole community and lent a sense of momentum and optimism.” read more

Millionaire businessman told intruders I dont deal weed I work for an

first_imgMr Mardon said there was a safe in his room but it was empty and he feared the intruders would kill him if they found it. The man with the gun stood over him and started counting down from 10, the court heard.”I was panicking to offer him something that would placate him, just to stop him from shooting me frankly,” said Mr Mardon. “I pointed out that my wallet was on the side of my bed which had several hundred pounds in to pay a taxi driver and there was a valuable watch by my bed.”He seemed disappointed I only had £300. He seemed to want more than that.” A jury at Chelmsford Crown Court was played Mr Mardon’s 999 phone call, which he made shortly before he was shot in the leg with a shotgun. The call captured the 51-year-old begging for help and also being asked for “weed money” by the raiders. Mr Mardon told the court the intruders had become “extremely aggressive” when they discovered his bedroom door was locked. They tried to kicked the door in before he was shot and someone entered the room, he said. “The person who had entered the room [then] started screaming at me, started pointing the gun at my head and threatening me,” said Mr Mardon. He said the first thing the intruder yelled was “where is the weed money?” “I had no idea what he was asking about,” said Mr Mardon. “I think I said ‘I don’t deal weed, I work for an insurance company’.”He basically said he would kill me if I didn’t tell him where the weed money was.” I had no idea what he was asking about… He basically said he would kill me if I didn’t tell him where the weed money wasTimothy Mardon I was panicking to offer him something that would placate him, just to stop him from shooting me franklyTimothy Mardon A millionaire businessman told armed robbers “I don’t deal weed, I work for an insurance company” after they demanded drug money and shot him, a court has heard.Intruders are said to have believed Timothy Mardon, who works for a Bermuda-based insurance company, was a drug dealer when they allegedly broke into his Grade II-listed mansion in Sible Hedingham, Essex, in February this year.  The intruder told Mr Mardon that if he was lying, he would return to kill his family, the court heard.Mr Mardon, who had just returned from Tokyo and was due to fly out to join his wife in Florida later that morning, said he told the intruders where keys were to cars in his garage worth up to £70,000.When an intruder threatened for a second time to kill him, he said “I’m dying already”, the court heard.Mr Mardon had fallen on his mobile phone and the line to the 999 operator remained open as it lay beneath his bloodsoaked dressing gown, the jury heard.Charlie Simms, 23, Kalebh Shreeve, 24, and Christopher Bergin, 27, all deny offences including aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm. Simms also denies attempted murder.The trial continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more