Aus Open: Schiavone wins 4th round match in 4 hours & 44 mins

first_imgOne of the players was so exhausted she forgot who was serving. The other kept checking the ticking clock on center court and thinking to herself, “Brava, Francesca!”.The clock finally stopped at 4 hours and 44 minutes, when French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy overcame Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in the fourth round at the Australian Open and set a record for the longest women’s Grand Slam match in the Open era.Italy’s Francesca Schiavone (left) shakes hands with Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova after their fourth round match at the Australian Open on Sunday. Schiavone won 6-4, 1-6, 16-14. APExhausted but elated, Schiavone described the match as “fantastic!” Schiavone is now 30, the age when many players are considering retirement. But she’s on a roll, playing the best tennis of her career and creating new pieces of history as she ages. She won the French Open last year, becoming the first Italian to win a major and the oldest woman to win her first Grand Slam in four decades. She also became the oldest woman in 12 years to crack the top 10 for the first time.With Sunday’s win she set a new personal best, reaching her first Australian Open quarter-finals in 11 tries. She has played in 42 consecutive Grand Slams. She is also expected to rise from her current ranking of No. 6, which was already a career high. “When you’re in a situation like this, I think every point is the most important. It’s like every point is match point. You have to keep going,” she said. To be exact, Schiavone saved six match points and closed the final set on her third match point. “Physically you are tired,” she said. “Mentally it’s the same.”advertisementSchiavone kept fresh by dousing herself with bottled water at game changeovers, pouring it over her head and her arms and legs. Both players sought rub-downs from their trainers to ease tight muscles. The third set was a three-hour marathon, with incredible shots and saves by both players, going more-or-less game for game until Schiavone edged ahead and ended to it at a staggering 16-14.The longest previous women’s match in a Grand Slam was in Melbourne last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-3 in a match lasting 4:19.At Roland Garros last year, Schiavone gained a reputation for dropping to the court and kissing the clay, a ritual that started in the quarter-finals and continued through the final. There was no kissing the ground at Melbourne Park. Schiavone raised both arms to the sky and then walked to the net to hug Kuznetsova. “At some stage, I was like, ‘What’s the score? Who’s serving?”’ Kuznetsova said.Sunday’s record-setting match was almost spiritual. “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. I’m still alive and sitting here,” said the No. 26-ranked Russian. “I am a religious person and I believe in God. If he makes me go through this, I will go through this and keep my head high and work even harder. I’m proud of the work I’ve done,” she said.Schiavone said her focus never strayed. “I was watching the clock. I say, ‘Brava, Francesca! You are tough!” she said. The Italian expects another tough match in the quarter-finals when she faces No. 1 Wozniacki. Asked if she’ll have the energy for the next round, she smiled, “If you ask me now, I say, ‘No.”’ “But I am young. I can run,” she said. “I can do anything.”Match summary Kuznetsova vsSchiavone  69 1st Serve% 57 5 Aces 3 3 Double Faults 10 68 Unforced Errors 67 69 Winners (Including Service) 59 33 Break Point Conversion % 35 181 Total Points Won 177last_img read more

2nd Test: Ton-up Ben Stokes defiant as West Indies bounce back against England

first_imgA battling century from Ben Stokes rescued England on the first day of the second Test at Headingley but West Indies still dismissed Joe Root’s side for 258 on a much better day for the tourists.Stokes was eventually dismissed for exactly 100 — his sixth Test century — with Kemar Roach (4-71) and Shannon Gabriel (4-51) the main wicket-takers as West Indies put their first-Test rout behind them.The tourists’ batsmen then negotiated a tricky final 45 minutes to finish on 19/1, with Kraigg Brathwaite on 13 and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on one.The day would have had an even better had they held their catches but Stokes was dropped twice, on nine and 98, and Root, who went on to score 59, also put down on eight.England’s batsmen rode their luck and Root’s half-century was his 12th in successive Tests — equalling the world record of South Africa’s AB de Villiers.Even though their total could prove a good score on a helpful pitch, it was hardly what Root would have imagined when he won the toss and chose to bat.With the ball nipping around, England’s former captain Alastair Cook was the first to depart, edging Gabriel to Kyle Hope at third slip having made 11.Tom Westley lasted only 11 balls, his innings ending when he was trapped plumb lbw by Roach, and England slumped to 37 for three shortly after the hour mark when Mark Stoneman was caught by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich when his attempted drive off Roach found the inside edge.This was a familiar England tale of top-order woe and worse followed after the interval when Dawid Malan was bowled off an inside edge by a delivery from Jason Holder.advertisementIt was left to Root and Stokes to stem their advance until England’s captain was dismissed, tickling an attempted sweep off Devendra Bishoo to Jermaine Blackwood at first slip.The wicket swung the day back towards the visitors who were celebrating again when Jonny Bairstow was caught low down at second slip by Holder off Gabriel.At the other end, Stokes motored on, adding 64 runs with Moeen Ali in 10 overs after tea before Moeen was caught slashing to cover.If anything, England’s formidable middle order has been strengthened by the introduction of Chris Woakes and he added 23 to help Stokes through to his century off 122 balls.Stokes did not add to that score and, in the same over he had been dropped on 98, was caught behind off Gabriel, who gave the batsman a verbal send-off.England’s last three wickets fell for no runs off 10 balls, leaving West Indies, who had lost 19 wickets in a day in the first Test, to face England’s Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad in overcast conditions.Backed up by a ring of close fielders, Anderson proved particularly challenging and had Kieran Powell snaffled at slip by Cook, his 150th Test catch, for five.But West Indies held on to give provide themselves with a good platform on which to build on Saturday.England are one nil up in the three-Test series.last_img read more

Man who crashed wedding dreams: Noida-based fake lavish marriage planner finally arrested

first_imgCashing in on the craze for destination weddings, candid photography and exotic food spread during the wedding season, a Noida-based MBA graduate allegedly floated a fake wedding planner company and started duping people on pretext of organising lavish weddings at luxurious hotels and foreign destinations.The fraud was busted by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh police with the arrest of Abhishek Kashyap (30), owner of Wedding Amigo.He allegedly cheated several couples who approached him to make their wedding memorable but Kashyap fled with their money.An FIR was registered against Kashyap in Ghaziabad where the complainant Nitin Sharma alleged he came in contact with staff of Wedding Amigos.The staff reportedly claimed it is the number one company in organising high-budget weddings and candid photography.”It was our sister’s wedding and Kashyap took us to Clarks Inn Suites. He gave us a budget of Rs 10 lakh and all the payments were made. Prior to the event, we tried to check the preparations at the hotel but found there was no booking on our name. When we contacted Kashyap, he started avoiding us saying he was travelling in Malaysia, Indonesia and Mumbai. When we insisted, he threatened us and refused to return our money,” Sharma said in the FIR at Indirapuram PS.Kashyap created fake wedding planner websites, social media page and listing on an online directory using copied images.Investigators claim he created other fake websites related to cinematography and film-making and used to show it to those clients who were interested in wedding photography.advertisementAn avid social media user, he also flaunted his pictures with celebrities, sports star and other high-profile people on his social media page. He maintains multiple profiles on Facebook.”He had no professional experience of wedding planning but realised that a lot of people are interested in it and are ready to spend handsome amounts. He used to sell exotic plans of arranging the best hotels, photographers and food, and soon after receiving the money, changed his number and cities,” said ASP Triveni Singh.Interestingly, Kashyap maintained a lavish lifestyle as he used to live in posh Jaypee Greens and drove a Mercedes car. He was a frequent foreign traveller and also maintained an international number.The STF team caught him red-handed from Lucknow after setting up a trap.The team confirmed his whereabouts by posing as clients and showed their interest in hiring a wedding planner.He was booked under several sections of IPC, including forgery. Police are yet to identify his gang members and how many people were duped by them.Kashyap maintains several bank accounts and police are trying to verify their details.last_img read more

ORConf meets Wuthering Bytes in the UK September 2017

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tobias Strauch says: Continue Reading Previous Trends and highlights from Embedded World 2017Next No one expected Jack the Gripper “Thanks for a great article, Tobias. For the record, we’ve been trying to get Tobias to orconf for several years, and we’re happy to have him this time. Max, I’m happy to write something about our work with FOSSi Foundation, LibreCores and orconf for EETim 3 thoughts on “ORConf meets Wuthering Bytes in the UK September 2017” March 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply March 21, 2017 at 6:35 pm “…the “Wuthering Bytes” Festival…nnI LOVE it — I wish I’d thought of that — I’m from Sheffield in South Yorkshire — if I was still living in the UK I would love to go to this — I’m going to let my chum Adam Taylor know about this one — quaff a Max The Magnificent says: March 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm Olof Kindgren says: One thing I really like about being an engineer is that you can attend workshops around the world. This means that you get to see new places that are usually not on your family’s vacation short list. I fell in love with Great Britain in 2015 while attending the International Conference on Field-programmable Logic and Applications (FPL 2015) in London and EuroForth 2015 in Bath, having a great time at both events. Therefore, I was very happy to read that this year’s ORConf 2017 — an open source digital design and embedded systems conference — will be held in Hebden Bridge, UK.But wait a minute; Hebden Bridge? Where the hack (pun intended) is that? Well, according to the Wikipedia, Hebden Bridge is a market town that forms part of Hebden Royd in West Yorkshire, England. In April 2005, Hebden Bridge was named the fourth quirkiest place in the world by High Life (the British Airways flight magazine). In a national survey by the New Economics Foundation in 2010, Hebden Bridge was ranked sixth on a diversity scale. The “Fox and Goose,” West Yorkshires first Co-Operative pub, is owned by 262 residents of Hebden Bridge. Combined with the lovely pictures of the town and the area, it looks to be the perfect place to hang out with one’s peers in an early autumn week (or weekend) in September.The reason I mention this is that ORConf 2017 will be held September 8-10, 2017, as a featured event of the Wuthering Bytes Festival, a festival of technology in the heart of the Pennines, which kicks off on September 1. The ORConf itself is an open source digital design and embedded systems conference, covering areas of electronics from the transistor-level up to Linux user space and beyond. This looks like days full of mind-blowing inspirations from many interesting talks and presentations. And we mustn’t forget all the follow-up discussions that are sure to take place in the “Fox and Goose” pub (only to support the brave 262 local residents, of course).So what can we expect from ORConf 2017. First, this is a conference that is organized and held by enthusiasts, who obviously love what they are doing. The open-minded organizers and participants are eager to contribute to the community and to have a great time. From hobbyist to experts in their own fields, everyone is open for sharing their thoughts and helping others, which means this is the perfect occasion for networking.We can expect updates along with future plans and discussions on the Fossi Foundation website; this is the group of open source enthusiast behind ORConf 2017. Also of interest is the fact that the RISC-V guys will be sending a representative who will be happy to answer any-and-all RISC-V-related questions.A string of interesting talks on RISC-V and OpenRISC will also be presented, along with many other of sessions covering different aspects in the open source silicon world. I expect a wide variety of interesting and inspiring presentations. I’m afraid that three days will not be enough for everything that’s planned.Would you like to present your project/work on something related to free and open source silicon related hardware or software? FPGAs, ASICs, EDA, Linux… you name it. If so, don’t hesitate to contact the ORConf guys, who will do their very best to welcome you. And I personally would love to meet up and have a beer with you at… well, you know where.Last, but certainly not least, if you are anywhere near the Technical University of Munich on the March 23, you should visit the Open Source Silicon with RISC-V event. This is being organized by Stefan Wallentowitz, who is one of the brave guys behind the Fossi Foundation. Krste Asamovic and Alex Bradbury will also be there. I can’t wait for the latest update on their great work. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “Max, honestly, I was hoping that you rethink your fall travel arrangements. It would be even better, if Adam and Crusty come along as well. Oh boy, that would be unbelievable. I did rent a 4-room cottage in Hepdonstall, you guys feel invited !!!nnOther Log in to Reply last_img read more

Manchester City v West Ham United: match preview

first_imgShare on Twitter Topics If Pep Guardiola could choose a team against whom to try to gain a 20th win on the trot he might well pick West Ham. David Moyes’s side suffered a 4-0 humiliation at fellow-strugglers Everton in mid-week, which included Wayne Rooney’s wonder goal, and will surely not fancy facing Manchester City away. If Manchester United win at Arsenal on Saturday it may put some pressure on Guardiola’s side but, really, they should still defeat West Ham whatever may have happened. Jamie JacksonKick-off Sunday 4pm Venue Etihad StadiumLast season Manchester City 3 West Ham United 1Live Sky Sports Premier LeagueReferee Mike DeanThis season G10, Y35, R1, 3.70 cards per gameOdds H 1-9 A 22-1 D 9-1Manchester CitySubs from Bravo, Mangala, Touré, Adarabioyo, Díaz, B Silva, Danilo, Jesus,Foden, GündoganDoubtful NoneInjured Stones (hamstring, Jan), Mendy (knee, Apr)Suspended NoneForm WWWWWWDiscipline Y27 R2Leading scorers Agüero, Sterling 9West Ham UnitedSubs from Trott, Pike, Haksabanovic, Masuaku, Sakho, Fernandes, Arnautovic, Martínez, QuinaDoubtful Reid (unknown)Injured Byram (thigh), Carroll (knee), Collins, Hernández, Reid (all hamstring, all 9 Dec), Fonte (ankle, Jan)Suspended NoneUnavailable Hart (terms of loan)Form LDLLDLDiscipline Y31 R2Leading scorer Hernández 3 Manchester City West Ham United Premier League Share on Messenger Match previews Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on WhatsApp news Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

These Protein-Packed Chips are Made From Crickets

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks Snacking on insects might sound like an outrageous idea at first, but once you start looking at the facts, it starts to make a whole lot of sense. It’s time to change your perception about eating bugs.I mean, sure, you’ve probably eaten one or two at some point in your life — maybe it was a chocolate-covered grasshopper somebody bought you at an airport gift shop, or maybe you just forgot to wear a motorcycle helmet that one time–  but now it’s time to fully embrace the idea of bugs as a legitimate food sourceDue to rampant population growth, scientists predict that global demand for meat will double by the year 2050. That’s a demand that we just can’t meet. The cattle industry already accounts for roughly 50 percent of our water use, and crops used for cattle feed take up 10 percent of our arable land. In other words, the time has come to start exploring alternative sources of protein.That’s where SixFoods comes in. This burgeoning startup aims to alleviate the problem with a line of bug-based foods — the first of which happens to be chips made out of crickets.Chirps, as they’re called, are made from black beans, rice, and a special flour made entirely from dehydrated, fine-ground crickets. Unlike potato chips, they’re baked instead of fried, so in addition to boasting ridiculous amounts of calcium and iron, they also contain nearly half the amount of fat. And because they’re made with cricket flour, they’ve also got a massive amount of protein. Seven grams per serving, to be exact. That’s more than an entire egg.We haven’t tried them out for ourselves just yet, but word on the street is that they’re actually quite tasty. Find out more here. How to Buy a House: Must-Read Steps and Tips to Guide You Through the Processlast_img read more

LOCAL FILMMAKER GLAD TO BE WORKING IN EDMONTON

first_imgAdam Scorgie is pulling off the seemingly impossible, making it big as a film producer while being based not in Los Angeles, New York or even Toronto, but Edmonton.Scorgie, 38, has produced a number of critically and commercially successful documentaries, including two on the business and culture of cannabis and Ice Guardians, a compelling piece of journalism on the misunderstood culture of National Hockey League enforcers. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: He’s now completed his new film, Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story, which will appear on Sportsnet this winter.For all his successes, Scorgie’s life could easily have gone in a vastly different direction, one that speaks to Scorgie’s fascination with morally murky topics like the cannabis trade and the world of violence and intimidation in the NHL.BY GREG SOUTHAM | EDMONTON JOURNAL Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ill never be able to hold mine again

first_imgAPTN National NewsFamilies and friends of missing and murdered Aboriginal women were on Parliament Hill Tuesday.An independent group called Families of Sisters in Spirit held a vigil in memory of their lost loved ones.The group is determined to raise political awareness surrounding the issue.For some families, the vigil was a tough reminder of what they’ve lost.last_img

LLRC recommendation likely by March

The government is hoping to implement some of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) by March this year.External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris told reporters today that the government will not formally submit the LLRC report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which is meeting in March. Responding to a question on this Minister Peiris said that the recommendations of the LLRC might be implemented by March and if so then the concerns raised on Sri Lanka will also be addressed. The UNHRC is expected to once again discuss Sri Lanka and may even take up the UN expert panel report on the final stages of the war in the country.

EU delegation to visit Sri Lanka to review reconciliation process

A delegation of the European Parliament is to visit Sri Lanka to discuss national reconciliation and greater women’s empowerment.The EU office in Colombo said that progress on national reconciliation and ways to empower Sri Lankan women politically and economically will be the focus of the visit from 31 October to 3 November 2016 by a four member delegation from the European Parliament. The European Union has nearly doubled its development assistance to Sri Lanka for the years up to 2020 to €210 million (approximately LKR 34 billion), financing projects on the nonrecurrence of conflict, as well as trade development and reducing poverty in Sri Lanka’s poorest estate and rural areas. The EU will also provide support under the Government’s Peacebuilding Priority Plan. (Colombo Gazette) The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will visit Colombo, Trincomalee and Batticaloa to meet government, local government, parliamentary and civil society representatives. The MEPs will also visit European Union-supported projects in Trincomalee and Batticaloa. The projects, in the areas of psychosocial care, housing, dairy, and waste management, are implemented by the Family Rehabilitation Centre, UN-Habitat, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and United Nations Office for Project Services.During his recent visit to Brussels, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss issues including Sri Lanka’s application for GSP Plus, the role of SAARC, accountability and justice, minority rights and poverty alleviation. They will also look at the groundwork laid for a successful GSP+ application. The visiting delegation will be led by Ms. Jean Lambert (UK), Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Countries of South Asia, and include Sajjad Karim (UK), Thomas Mann (Germany) and Ms. Ulrike Müller (Germany). read more

Peel Police searching for murder suspect

Peel Police are searching for a man in connection with a deadly shooting in Mississauga.Officers were called to the area of Rathburn Rd. and Dixie Rd. around 5 a.m. Monday morning for reports of shots fired.Police found the body of a 26-year-old woman outside a home.The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Joseph Chang of Toronto.Police say he and the victim knew each other.Chang is believed to be driving a black Infiniti with the licence plate CAXM 834.Police say he is considered armed and dangerous and are asking anyone who sees him or the vehicle to call 911.

Ending 2001 session committee recommends measures to bolster UN peacekeeping

At the close of its 2001 session yesterday, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations approved its report on the comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects, which has been the panel’s mandate since its establishment in 1965.Among the recommendations, the report suggests that a Director of Management be created in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and that the Peacekeeping Best Practices Unit be strengthened. A small new unit in the Office of Mission Support should also be created to assist in developing overall policy guidance for administrative support.The Special Committee – which is made up of 100 UN Member States, mostly current or past contributors of peacekeeping personnel – reiterated its support for Integrated Mission Task Forces and recommended further strengthening of the Office of Operations, so that the latter could focus on planning, mission support, and consultation with Member States. The report also recommended reinforcing the Situation Centre as a vital component of strengthening the overall coordination function assigned to the Office. The report also asks the Security Council to consider the possibility of putting into action recommendations of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations to strengthen cooperation between troop-contributing countries, the Council and the UN Secretariat. It further asks the Council to give “serious and timely consideration” to proposals for a new mechanism of consultation between the Council and troop-contributing countries.Other recommendations included improving the Department’s civilian recruitment processes, support for an upgrade of the Mine Action Service and the creation of a limited capability in the Civilian Police Division to assist on criminal law and judicial issues.It is estimated that the new proposals would cost an additional $2 million to the world body’s regular budget for 2002-03 and another $25 million for the support budget for the first six months of 2002. read more

Eurozone worries to pressure stocks loonie traders look to bank earnings

TORONTO – Traders can look forward to what will likely be another week of high anxiety after worries about the eurozone continued to erode gains on the TSX last week.But there will be some distraction during a shortened trading week in Canada in the form of quarterly earnings reports from some of the country’s big banks, along with the latest readings on Canadian retail sales and U.S. durable goods orders.Investors will also look to see if the loonie can find a more solid perch. The Canadian currency has swooned about three US cents during May, largely because of market nervousness over the eurozone.Uncertainty has persuaded traders to pile into safe havens such as U.S. Treasuries and avoid riskier assets such as commodities (which have fallen to multi-month lows) and resource-based currencies such as the Canadian dollar.“In the immediate near term, we have a spike higher in risk aversion,” said Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotia Capital.“It sends flows into the U.S. market, the U.S. dollar really, just because the U.S. is the deepest capital market in the world. I think the other side is that Europe is a global problem and if there is an escalation in the European crisis, it has global growth ramifications and that will weigh on commodity prices and in turn the Canadian economy and the Canadian dollar.”Slowing global economic conditions coupled with uncertainty over whether Greece will stay in the eurozone and growing problems with Spanish banks sent the TSX tumbling 3.54 per cent last week, leaving the main index at its worst levels since October. This week will see only four days of trading on the TSX, as the exchange shuts down for the Victoria Day holiday Monday.The worry is that Greek political parties dead set against the austerity programs that have made crucial bailouts possible will be in an influential position after the next election June 17. A repudiation of those agreements would likely trigger a default and Greece would have to exit the eurozone.In the meantime, worries are spreading to Spain, which is deemed to big to bail out.Ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services downgraded 16 Spanish banks Thursday as they face a rising tide of bad loans linked to Spain’s recession, a gloomy real estate market and high unemployment.Spain’s central bank said Friday that the level of bad loans on the books of the country’s banks has risen to an 18-year high.“We’re starting to see that, the concerns about the banks are pretty seriously spreading even beyond Greece out to Spain certainly and even Italy, we’re seeing banks about to get downgraded, regions are getting downgraded,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“There’s quite a bit of concern out there and this could go on for awhile because nothing is going to get resolved before the Greek election, which is a month away and we’re going to see that uncertainty continue.”Meanwhile, traders are expecting another healthy run of quarterly reports from the big Canadian banks.“The Canadian economy ran pretty well during the winter as we know from the employment reports so you would think their general core banking operations should be pretty good,” said Cieszynski.He said the banks will continue to see weakness in revenue from their capital markets divisions, reflecting a downturn on stock markets late in the quarter.“That’s likely because we had a pretty good run to the beginning of March then things tailed off. You will probably see mixed results out of there.”CIBC World Markets expects average earnings for the big banks to decline by four per cent from the previous quarter, but up five per cent from the same quarter a year earlier.“The sequential earnings contraction is largely due to the shorter quarter but is also being driven by a softer market outlook,” said CIBC’s Robert Sedran.He is also looking for dividend increases from National Bank (TSX:NA), Canadian Western Bank (TSX:CWB) and Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB).Bank of Montreal hands in earnings Wednesday while TD Bank (TSX:TD) and Royal Bank (TSX:RY) report the following day. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) will deliver its earnings report on May 29, with National Bank and CIBC (TSX:CM) following up on May 30.It’s a thin week for economic news.In Canada, Statistics Canada is expected to report retail sales rose by 0.4 per cent in March following a 0.2 per cent dip in the previous month. Economists say sales will be affected by a pullback in auto sales.In the U.S., it is expected that durable goods order for April rose 0.5 per cent following a 3.9 per cent slide in March, which was largely caused by a drop in aircraft orders. It is expected a rebound in business equipment demand will support the rise. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2012 6:00 am MDT Eurozone worries to pressure stocks, loonie; traders look to bank earnings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Queen was told she should not marry Duke of Edinburgh by courtiers

first_imgThe Queen has been happily married to the Duke of Edinburgh for nearly 70 years, recently referring to him as her “strength and stay”.But the royal couple may never have got together – if the Queen had listened to her courtiers.Biographer A.N. Wilson has revealed the young Elizabeth was told frequently that the Duke was the wrong man to marry because he is too funny. All the courtiers said he was entirely the wrong person to chooseAN Wilson ‘The fact that he makes all these so-called gaffes, well I don’t think they are gaffes. They are the kind of jokes a naval officer of a certain age might make. I think [they are] made rather wonderfully.” 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.center_img Despite their concerns, the couple’s engagement was officially announced in July 1947 when the Queen was 21 years old. They married in November that year, four years before her coronation.Wilson told the audience the Duke’s first comment to the Queen after her coronation at Westminster Abbey was “where did you get that hat?” ‘Many of his jokes are extremely funny,” he said. “He has been what she has described which is a tower of strength. She was warned the then naval officer was “entirely the wrong person to choose” and made “gaffes”, he said.Speaking at Cheltenham Literary Festival, Wilson, who has recently written a biography on the monarch, said: “When she made it quite clear from the age of about 14 that she was in love with Prince Philip, who was a beautiful German Prince with blond hair, all the courtiers said he was entirely the wrong person to choose.“They said it for lots of reasons, but the fact is he was wrong. The Queen is very reserved, diligent person. He isn’t. He was a naval officer and he was also quite funny.”last_img read more

Radu Voina is a newold coach of Oltchim

← Previous Story Anja Andersen about Oltchim: “They don’t think long term” Next Story → Men’s EURO 2012 Qualification (Round 3): “Exciting Wednesday” Radu Voina Coach of the Romanian national team, with whom as a chief, Romania won bronze medal at the EHF EURO 2010, Radu Voina, will replace Anja Andersen at the coach position in Oltchim Valcea. He will stay in the club until end of the season and try to achieve EHF Champions League semifinals.Two years ago he led this team to the EHF CL semifinal.

The last Kodachrome film canister has been developed

first_imgIt’s a sad day for fans of vintage photography: today is the first day forever in which it will be impossible to print out one of Kodak‘s legandary and beautifully toned canisters of Kodachrome film, after the last lab that processed it has stopped accepting orders.The manufacturing of Kodachrome film stopped last year much to many photographer’s regret, as it had a beauty, refinement and color palette that gave images a wistful, almost ethereal and fairy tale like look.AdChoices广告At its peak, Kodachrome film was printed at 25 different labs across the world, but up until yesterday, only one remained: Dwayne’s Photo in the small town of Parsons, Kansas.The owner of Dwayne’s Photo is Dwayne Steinle, and the reason they are no longer going to produce Kodachrome prints is because they’re simply out of the chemicals it takes to process the film, and there’s no where else to get them anymore.Just like that, a legendary film from a legendary company has been snuffed out. The last snapshot developed? A picture of all of Dwayne’s employees, and the epigraph: “The best slide and movie film in history is now officially retired. Kodachrome: 1935-2010.”Read more at New York Timeslast_img read more

How to watch the Lyrid meteor shower tonight and why you should

first_imgIf you happen to have some dark sky where you live the Lyrid meteor shower will be peaking tonight, possibly shooting as many as 20 meteors an hour right above your head.If you needed evidence that we’re doing something right with how we measure time as a species, the Lyrid meteor shower is it. The shiny space debris finds itself over our heads at almost the exact same time every year, with the peak of the shower hitting on April 22 routinely. The entirety of the shower lasts typically from April 16th to the 25th, but the peak of the shower is when you’re most likely to be able to casually look up and see dozens of shooting stars fill the sky.The Lyris meteor shower’s annual light show competes directly with the nearly full Moon, and as a result is best viewed in the hours before sunrise. If you’re planning to lay out and wait for the shower to appear, NASA advises not to focus directly on Lyra. The more impressive visuals will happen if your lay flat on your back or reclined and stare straight up at the sky, otherwise you’ll only see Lyrids with tails that are either short and unimpressive or nonexistent.Named for its position near the constellation Lyra, the Alpha Lyrids are the result of the historically famous Comet Thatcher. Thatcher was last seen streaking across our skies on the eve of the US Civil War in 1861, and is expected to return during the year of America’s quincentennial in 2276. We’ll never get to see Comet Thatcher for ourselves, but at least you can wrap up your Earth Day by checking out an impressive light show as a result of its existence. Hopefully it won’t be accused of any crash landings this year.last_img read more

Ridgefield mayor Council ready to name new manager

first_imgAfter a closed-door meeting Monday afternoon, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow said the City Council knows who its next city manager will be.The council will name one of two high-profile candidates for the city’s top administrative job at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. In the meantime, city staffers will work on a contract proposal, which will also go up for a vote at the meeting, Onslow said. The remaining finalists are Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart and Vancouver Police Department’s assistant chief, Chris Sutter. Onslow couldn’t say which one the councilors want, but he was confident they’re prepared to deliver a decision. “It was a great meeting,” he said. “We talked a great deal about the candidates and we talked about the contract.”Sutter declined to talk about the situation with The Columbian until the hire has been announced, and Stuart didn’t respond to requests for comment. In a previous interview with The Columbian, Onslow praised each of the finalists and said he was excited to hear what staff and residents think of them. Sutter, 52, served as Vancouver’s interim police chief for about a year after former Chief Cliff Cook resigned amid a number of controversies. Last fall, Sutter applied to fill the position permanently, but the city went with James McElvain instead.last_img read more

Disney on Ice makes return to South Florida

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The magic of “Disney on Ice” making a stop in South Florida this weekend.The show features four of Disney fans’ favorite stories: “Frozen,” “Toy Story,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Cars” all hitting the ice.“It’s amazing cause we’re actually the only show that has the cars out driving on the ice,” said performer Sophie Harding. “It’s really really cool to see them, you know, moving around. And all the kids get really excited cause it’s like Radiator Springs right in front of them.”Lightning McQueen and the rest of the gang will be at the American Airlines Arena till Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

UN calls for pressure on China Russia over Rohingya crisis

first_imgSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee addresses a news conference after her report to the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 13 March, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe United Nations’ independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar.UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee, who was last week barred by the Myanmar government from visiting the country, singled out China and Russia because they had failed to back some moves in the UN aimed at trying to halt the Myanmar military’s crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine province.”I’d like to ask the international community to continue to work with China and Russia to persuade them to stand on the side of human rights,” Lee told Reuters in an interview.Neither has joined the United States, the European Union, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in condemning the crackdown that has led to the exodus of what aid agencies estimate to be 655,000 refugees into Bangladesh.In response to Lee, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that “external actors” adding pressure over human rights will not help to resolve the issue, and may make it more complicated.This would not be in the interests of Myanmar, its neighbours or the international community, she said at a regular news briefing in Beijing on Thursday. “We hope that countries or individuals external to the issue can create a positive environment that is more conducive to Myanmar resolving the issue for themselves,” Hua added.The Russian foreign ministry did not respond to a request for comment.The Russian government has previously warned against interfering in Myanmar’s internal affairs. Russia’s ambassador to Myanmar, Nikolay Listopadov has said it is “against excessive intervention, because it won’t lead to any constructive results.”BARRIER TO ICCThe Myanmar armed forces are accused by members of the Rohingya community and human rights advocates of carrying out killings, rapes and village burnings, in what top officials in the United Nations and United States have described as ethnic cleansing.The Russian and Chinese stance is particularly important because either of them can block the UN Security Council from referring allegations of crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The ICC cannot act against Myanmar without a referral because Myanmar is not an ICC member.Myanmar has denied human rights abuses, saying its military is engaged in a legitimate counter-insurgency operation. The military exonerated itself of all accusations of atrocities in an internal investigation, which published its findings on 13 Nov.Myanmar’s foreign affairs ministry has said Lee was not objective or impartial in a report she issued in July, and it wanted a fair investigator.Lee said there had to be a fair, partial and independent investigation.”The families of the victims have a right to know what happened, and I think the people of Myanmar need to know what happened, because we’re seeing, in front of our eyes, the worst humanitarian crisis.”Surveys of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh by aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres have shown at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine state in the month after violence flared in late August, the aid group said last week.The special rapporteur also criticised recent government crackdowns on media in Myanmar, including the arrest this month of two Reuters journalists who had reported on the crisis in Rakhine.She said that the authorities were creating “a national gag” that would prevent journalists from reporting what they see. “That will have consequences on the general public too – people will not be able to speak as freely.”Myanmar has said the reporters “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media.”last_img read more