Curry takes verbal swipe at Rihanna after Finals antics

first_imgLATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Warriors reserve Andre Iguodala missed the entire fuss about Rihanna.“I was just really focused on the floor, so anything outside of that, I don’t pay any mind to it,” he said.James said he blocks out all the crowd noise, even supportive shouts, to focus on the game, especially on the road as his Cavaliers are for the first two games in the best-of-seven championship series.“I really don’t hear the noise. I couldn’t really care less,” James said. “It really doesn’t matter to me. I’m just here to play ball and compete for a championship.”Stories about Rihanna’s hoops fan devotion to James also get ignored as he tries to win his fourth title in eight career finals appearances.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Asked if Rihanna’s music was banned from the pre-game locker room musical offerings played by the Warriors, Curry said, “I don’t think it was on there to begin with.”Curry said the Warriors block out most noise and famous faces in the audience as distractions to their on-court focus, but take a moment to notice people they know beyond celebrity fame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“At times, yeah, there’s a lot of noteworthy people that show up, especially this time of year to The Finals games,” Curry said. “I saw (actor) Kevin Hart on the sidelines. He’s over there cracking jokes the whole game. Stuff like that, you can have fun with at times.“You don’t want to obviously let it distract you. As players we do a pretty good job of being able to tune out noise and distractions and stuff on the fly when we need to  be able to do what we do on the floor, but still enjoy the atmosphere of the stage that we’re on.” “The narrative and people writing articles and things like that, I don’t care. Those things doesn’t bother me,” James said.“So it’s hard for me to even tell my teammates, ‘Hey, don’t listen to it,’ because I don’t even get involved in it. I stopped caring a long time ago, so it doesn’t even bother me at all.”Warriors guard Klay Thompson is on a media blackout as well, noting fame is nice but, “It means nothing if you come out here and lay an egg.”“It’s either going to make you feel too good or it’s going to make you feel bad about yourself,” he said. “You want to stay even-keeled and not get too caught up in what people are saying because then you get stuff that’s unnecessary into your head.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recording artist Rihanna attends Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. AFPGolden State’s Stephen Curry joked about singer Rihanna on Saturday after the famous Cleveland Cavaliers fan’s courtside antics during the NBA Finals opener.The Barbados born actress-singer bowed to Cleveland star LeBron James, dismissed hecklers among the hometown Warriors supporters and got a quick staredown from Kevin Durant after her assistant heckled him before a third-quarter free throw in Golden State’s 113-91 victory Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cavs try to adjust on both ends after Game 1 beating  BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Health alert: Treatment of ankle sprain with acupuncture

first_imgAnkle sprain is a common condition of the motor system. It occurs when the balance of the body is broken, causing a sudden change in the center of gravity of the ankle joint. When the ankle joint is at the state of planter flexion, a slight movement of both sides of the tarsomegaly causes the ankle joint to become unsteady.As a result, a sprain occurs. We used acupuncture to treat ankle sprain and obtained excellent results.1. CLINICAL DATA1.1. General DataOut of the 126 cases, 70 were males and 56 were females; the oldest was 56 years old and the youngest 15 years old; the shortest course was 3 hours and the longest course was I year. Most patients were treated within two days of a sprain.Ankle sprain occurs when the balance of the body is broken, causing a sudden change in the center of gravity of the ankle joint1.2. Diagnostic CriteriaThe diagnosis revealed external injury, accompanied by tumefaction and pain in the ankle, and difficulty in walking. When entropion and sprain appeared, the upper lower part of the lateral malleolus was distended and tender; the foot was performing various actions; blocking ache occured in the upper lower part of the lateral malleolus. X-ray revealed no fractures, no rupture of ligaments, nor trusion of the ankle joint.2. METHOD OF TREATMENTThe main point was Qiuxu(GB40) in the non-affected leg. Filiform needles (diameter: 0.38 mm, length: 40 mm) were used. After routine sterilization, we fixed the point with the left hand and inserted the needle quickly with the right hand into the subcutaneous part to a depth of about 25 mm. We usedthe reducing method as the main method, with the affected foot moving and the ankle joint doing plantar flexion, entropion, and eversion, we applied sufficient lifting and thrusting to induce a feeling of soreness, numbness, distention, and pain in the local area.advertisementThe needle was manipulated at 5 minutes intervals, and retained for 20 or 30 minutes. For certain patients with minimal sprain, and whose symptoms had disappeared, we did not retain the needle. For patients with serious sprain, we combined cold therapy, massage, and TDP, and obtained excellent results. Treatment was given once a day; one course consisted of 7 days of treatment.3. OBSERVATION OF CURATIVE EFFECT3.1. Standard of Curative EffectCured: The ankle joint recovered its normal functions, pain disappeared, the patient could walk as before. Marked effect: The clinical symptoms almost disappeared, pain was relieved significantly, there was minimal pain when walking. Moderate effect: The clinical symptoms were improved, pain was relieved, ankle joint function improved after treatment. No effect: Symptoms and physical signs showed no improvement.3.2. ResultsOf the 126 cases, 98 cases (77.78%) were completely cured, 17cases (13.49%) showed a marked effect, 8cases ( 6.35%) showed a moderate effect, and there was no effect in 3cases 2.38%. The total effective rate was 97.62%. Of the 98 cases that recovered completely, the least number of treatments is 1 and the most is 7, the average is 4 treatments.4. TYPICAL CASEA 21-year-old male student, was first seen on December 10, 1993. He had sprained ankle joint going down the stairs. Examination showed red swelling and tenderness in the lateral malleolus; he could not walk without aid.He was referred to the Department of Acupuncture and was treated with the above method. Pain was relieved significantly after 10 minutes. The needles were retained for 30 minutes, and the treatment was given once a day. After 4 treatments, the red swelling and tenderness disappeared, and he was cured.5. DISCUSSIONQiuxiu(GB40), which has a powerful analgesic effect, is located at the starting point of the extensor digitonimbrevis where the lateral anterior malleolar artery and vein are distributed; the branches of later dorsal cutaneous nerve of the foot and the superficial peroneal nerve are also located there.Puncturing this point diverts the focus of excitation of pain in the cerebral cortex, or directly stimulates the afferent nerves and blocks afferent pain fibers. The opposite needling method, which involves the selection of points contralateral to the affected side, is often used to treat patients with pain and dysfunction.This study has been done by acupuncture department, Henan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Zhongzhou, China.The author is the head of the department of Acupuncture at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. You can write your queries to Dr. Raman Kapur at kapuracu@kapuracu.comlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active with 4,000mAh battery to launch on June 10: Report

first_imgSamsung will reportedly launch the Galaxy S7 Active, a rough and tough version of the flagship Galaxy S7 phone on June 10. A new Venture Beat report suggests that the upcoming Galaxy S7 Active will be exclusively sold through exclusive AT&T in the US, just like its predecessor phone, the Galaxy S6 Active. It will further be available in stores in June.The Galaxy S7 Active, as per its leaked hardware specifications in the report stands nearly identical to the Galaxy S7 except its resistance properties to wear and tear. The Galaxy S7 Active will be dust and water-proof much like its predecessor and will reportedly have a bigger 4,000mAh battery inside. The phone will weigh in at 185grams and will be 9.9mm in thickness.Rest of the specifications remain the same as the Galaxy S7, meaning a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge launched in India, price starts at Rs 48,900It will sport a 12-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone will further run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI.The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phones were launched in India in March this year. Prices start at Rs 48,900 for the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7, while the larger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge costs Rs 56,900.Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge boast of almost similar design aesthetics (glass and metal) as their predecessors. Samsung has employed curved 2.5D glass on the new Galaxy S7, while the Galaxy S7 Edge has a screen that curves on two sides giving you quick access to notifications etc al (via Edge panel). advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgRussian race walking is among the events most seriously Russian race walking is among the events most seriously affected by doping. Russia voluntarily withdrew its walking team from last years world championship over doping concerns. Nizhegorodov comes from a training center that has seen over 30 doping cases, including several for Olympic champions, and where senior officials have been banned for organizing drug use. He was threatened with losing his Olympic bronze from 2008 after a retest came back positive, but was cleared when the “B sample did not correspond with the original finding. The appeal by Nizhegorodov and Vasilyeva came as IAAF President Sebastian Coe defended the decision to ban Russia, saying it should not be seen as an attempt to stop clean Russians from competing. “We did not make a decision on clean athletes,” Coe wrote in an article for Britains Sunday Telegraph newspaper. “We evaluated a system and a culture within which all athletes in Russia are competing. A tainted system that cast doubts on every athlete who is part of it.” Coe also provided further details on an IAAF program to allow a select few Russians to compete if they have been based outside the country with testing from a rigorous foreign anti-doping agency. “Some of them made the tough personal decision to get out and are now training in systems that are effective and safe,” Coe wrote. “It is these athletes we believe should be offered the opportunity to compete, not for Russia, but for themselves and for all clean athletes.” The International Olympic Committee has convened a summit for Tuesday to discuss the issue but said in a statement Saturday that it supported the IAAF ruling. Russian pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva said that next weeks Russian national championship would be the last competition of her career if the ban is not lifted in time for the 34-year-old athlete to go to Rio. “If IOC wont allow us to participate in the Olympic Games, it will be my final (competition) in the career,” she wrote on Instagram. Isinbayeva is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won bronze in 2012. AP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli faced with dilemma as Ravindra Jadeja serves ban

first_imgUnder Virat Kohli, India have dominated Test cricket like never before. In 28 matches with Kohli at the helm, India have won 18 matches and lost only three. The remaining seven were drawn.However, the perenially charged-up skipper has hardly ever gone in with a settled XI. That can partly be attributed to a string of injuries to key players. Then there is the matter of bringing back established players even at the cost of rookies who performed admirably under pressure (read: Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav).Kohli and the rest of the team management cannot be faulted for their tactics. India have won eight successive series and they are well on course to wrap up a second whitewash within a year.But the world number one Test team has been jolted in their charge with the suspension of top Test all-rounder and bowler Ravindra Jadeja. His 70 and five-for in India’s historic innings win in Colombo won him the man-of-the-match but he also earned three demerit points for throwing the ball dangerously at Malinda Pushpakumara.Photo Credit: Ravindra Jadeja Official Twitter India have R Ashwin of course and in all likelihood, Kuldeep Yadav will replace Jadeja at Pallekele for the final Test starting August 12. But India have also called in Axar Patel to the squad as a back-up, just in case.Patel, the team felt was a like-for-like replacement, giving him the nudge over Jayant, who impressed with bat and ball against England at home in the winter of 2016.Kuldeep had a memorable Test debut in Dharamsala when Kohli was forced to sit out with a shoulder injury. The young left-arm chinaman bowler ripped through the Australian batting line-up in the first innings and served notice to the other star spinners – in the West Indies, he was the pick of India’s bowlers and has since been screaming for a spot in the final XI of the Test team.advertisementBut therein lies the problem for Kohli. He has strongly advocated the case for playing only five regular batsmen. Ashwin did the job at number six with Wriddhiman Saha and Jadeja bringing up the rear.In Sri Lanka, Hardik Pandya has emerged as India’s latest all-round option because Kohli felt he needed more balance in the lower order. But Jadeja’s absence upsets the apple cart.Kuldeep’s bowling has threatened to dismantle the best but he has not yet been tested with the bat in the course of his young international career. Axar has not yet made his Test debut but his batting has been impressive in limited-overs cricket.So what does Kohli go with? This team believes in backing up players who have spent time in the dressing-room. Axar, talented as he is, was not even considered for the England and the Australia series the previous season.India have already won the series but Kohli would surely be gunning for a 3-0 whitewash over the Sri Lankans. Will he show faith in his batsmen and all-rounders and play Kuldeep? Or will he play safe and strengthen the lower-order with Axar?Who said captaining the world’s best Test teams was easy?last_img read more

Working with ISL, I-League clubs will be key: Igor Stimac

first_imgIndia’s newly appointed men’s football coach Igor Stimac on Friday said finding a balance between I-League clubs and Indian Super League franchises and using the resources both sides possess will be key to furthering football in the country. “We need to work together,” said Stimac in his first interaction with the media since his appointment.Stating that the ISL is a privately owned league and it’s normal if investors are looking to make gains, Stimac said: “But I-League has something that the ISL cannot buy — tradition.”Stimac said the presence of the two leagues was good for him because of the talent pool they offered. “The ISL is most of the competitive stuff is while most of the young players are developing in the I-League and that is good for me. I will be here to help managers of clubs from both leagues and to give my opinions,” he said.With speculation being rife of Indian Super League set to be made the top flight of the Indian football, I-League clubs in a letter demanded clarity from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on their future. When they received no response, the clubs pulled out of the Super Cup that was held in April. It has since emerged that the AIFF has imposed fines on the I-League clubs for their action and the tussle has taken the spotlight since the end of the season.Technical director Isac Doru however feels that he doesn’t view the situation as a conflict. “When I looked at this situation from the outside, it did not look good. But since coming here I have realised that it is not a conflict. It is not war. We are together. I don’t see if a club is from the ISL or I-League. It is all Indian football,” he said.advertisementDoru said that the effort should be on improving the quality of games played in the country. “It is not the quantity but the quality of the games that is important. That is when we can have a comparitive approach with all the other leagues in the world,” said the 56-year-old.Stimac’s first assignment as coach will be to lead the team in the King’s Cup that starts on June 5 in Thailand.Also Read | Igor Stimac should be demanding: Sunil ChhetriAlso Read | Will give our 100 per cent: Sunil Chhetri on Igor Stimac’s appointmentAlso Seelast_img read more

Australian Mixed Assistant Coach Required

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is the current holder of the Trans Tasman Trophy, following the success of our Teams at the Trans Tasman Series held in Wollongong in April this year. In particular the Mixed Open team was very successful winning every match of the 3 match series. To ensure the momentum continues, TFA are calling for expressions of interest for 1 (one) Assistant Coach to the Mixed Open team and coach Bernie Morrison.  The coach will be appointed to join the coaching team at the January 2010 Trans Tasman series in Auckland, New Zealand.Please see attachment below.Related Filesmixed_assistant_advert_memo-pdflast_img read more

Worlds 1st LNGPowered Aframax Completes Maiden Voyage

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Sovcomflot/Navigate PR Sovcomflot’s Aframax crude oil tanker Gagarin Prospect completed its first voyage across the Baltic and North Seas from Primorsk to Rotterdam powered by LNG as fuel.The ship delivered a cargo of 104,815 tonnes of crude oil on October 22, 2018, marking its first export delivery of Russian crude oil under a long-term time-charter contract between SCF and Shell.The ship received its first LNG fuel from Shell’s specialized LNG bunker vessel, Cardissa, at the beginning of October, and after less than two weeks, the vessel loaded its first export cargo of Russian crude oil at the Port of Primorsk.The operation marked a number of other firsts, as it was also the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to take place in the Port of Rotterdam.Gagarin Prospect is the world’s first Aframax crude oil tanker designed to operate on LNG as the primary fuel.The second tanker in this series, Lomonosov Prospect, was delivered to Sovcomflot in October 2018.The Russian shipping major expects to have six such LNG-fueled Aframax tankers in operation by the beginning of Q2 2019.Sovcomflot is gradually switching its conventional tanker fleet from traditional heavy fuel oil to LNG as a way of . complying with tightening sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations, including the IMO’s global 0.5% sulphur cap, which takes effect in 2020.last_img read more

Agencies razed 20 structures on Dwarka Expressway in 2 months

first_imgGurugram: In order to expedite the construction of Dwarka Expressway, the public agencies have expedited the work in getting over with the barriers. In two months there have been 20 structures that have been brought down.The public official also mentioned that construction is expected to begin as soon as all the litigations regarding the expressway have concluded. Following the announcement, there has been a hectic process that has been followed for allotment of the plots and razing all the structures. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarFor long the residents have been demanding for the completion of 28 kilometres of road that will lead to the growth of social infrastructure in the area. However, legal hurdles in land acquisition and inadequate compensation provided to villagers have resulted in the project prolonging since 2007. Even though it has been said that the Dwarka Expressway will be completed in 18 months various problems have resulted in the delays. In order to put pressure on the government, certain residents have taken an online route to put forth the difficulties faced by them. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”In Dwarka Expressway we are living in a situation where the social infrastructure is non-existent. There is no light, no water, security, sewerage, roads and hospitals. Assurances have been given to the residents for long now we expect that the action will be done on the ground,” says Sushil Kumar. After a long struggle, ninety thousand families residing in Dwarka expressway got a reprieve after Nitin Gadkari provided assurance that all the legal hurdles were over and the construction on the Gurugram side will begin soon. As NHAI is expected to take over the reins of developing Dwarka expressway, residents are also demanding that the Kherki Dhaul toll should be removed and better streamline connectivity should be developed for Dwarka Expressway.last_img read more

Morocco Spain keen to develop legal cooperation

Madrid – A delegation from the Court of Cassation held, on Tuesday in Madrid, a series of meetings with officials from the Spanish legal apparatus on means to foster bilateral cooperation in the legal field.The Moroccan delegation, led by public prosecutor at the Court of Cassation Mostafa Maddah, held a meeting with the Spanish state’s prosecutor Eduardo Torres-Dulce on ways to promote cooperation and share experiences related to laws and jurisprudence.On this occasion, Maddah gave a presentation of the large-scale reforms undertaken by Morocco in the different areas particularly in relation with the judiciary. Maddah told MAP, after the meeting, that the delegation’s visit is meant to further legal ties between the two countries and get informed about the functioning of the Spanish legal system. read more

Home prices fall 55 in weakest January for sales since 2015

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says last month was the weakest January for residential sales since 2015, with the number of transactions down four per cent nationally from last year.The association says about 23,968 properties were sold through the Multiple Listing Service in January, down from 24,977 a year earlier.CREA says the national average price for all types of residential properties sold in January was $455,000, down 5.5 per cent from the same month in 2018 — the biggest year-over-year decline for a month since May 2018.The MLS house price index — which adjusts for differing property types — was up 0.8 per cent year-over-year, the smallest increase since June 2018.In the Greater Vancouver area, price index was down about 4.5 per cent year-over-year but up 4.2 per cent in Victoria and up 9.3 per cent from a year ago elsewhere on Vancouver Island.The index for the Greater Toronto Area was up 2.7 per cent and up 6.3 per cent for the Greater Montreal area, but down in Regina (minus 3.8 per cent), Saskatoon (minus 2.0), Calgary (minus 3.9), and Edmonton (minus 2.9). read more

Maintaining biodiversity is key to ending world hunger UN official says

In a speech at a World Food Day ceremony in Rome, Mr. Diouf said FAO was raising the alarm about the situation in which “just 12 crops and 14 animal species now provide most of the world’s food.””For many rural families, the sustainable use of local biodiversity is their key to survival. It allows them to exploit marginal lands and ensure a minimum level of food production even when faced with extremely harsh conditions,” he said. “Global food security depends not just on protecting the world’s genetic resources, but also on ensuring that these resources remain available to all.”Preserving biodiversity should be a joint effort involving farmers, commercial plant breeders and the scientific community, he said.FAO’s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture entered into force this year. It secures the conservation and sustainable utilization of the world’s agricultural genetic diversity. It guarantees that farmers and breeders have access to needed genetic materials and ensures that farmers receive an equitable share of the benefits derived from their biodiversity work. For the first time on a World Food Day, which is observed on 16 October, farmers from across the planet spoke about their experiences in enhancing biodiversity and increasing sustainable food production. Mr. Diouf also introduced the newly appointed FAO Goodwill Ambassador, Italian ballerina Carla Fracci, director of the Balletto dell’Opera of Rome. FAO Goodwill Ambassadors help to focus global attention on devising ways to end hunger and poverty.The UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Executive Director, James Morris, called attention to the enormous toll of hunger. “It is a shocking fact that now in the twenty-first century hunger is still claiming more lives than AIDS, TB and malaria combined. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), under-nourishment deprives the world of more productive life years than any other health risk.”Meanwhile, for every underfed child who made news headlines, millions more went unnoticed, he said.”When was the last time we read about hungry people in Azerbaijan, Guinea, Sri Lanka or Tajikistan? Even in regions that regularly hit the television screens, the hungry do not merit a mention. In all the news coverage of the West Bank and Gaza, when did we last hear about hungry Palestinians?” Mr. Morris asked.Solving these problems would take political will and determination, not just on World Food Day, but in the following days, weeks and years to come, he said. read more

Eurozone leaders reach agreement on Greek bailout

Summary by Patricia D’Cunha Posted Jul 13, 2015 5:22 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 7:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eurozone leaders reach agreement on Greek bailout Nine hours after a self-imposed deadline passed, the leaders announced the breakthrough early Monday.Greek debt stands at around 320 billion euros ($357 billion) — 180 per cent or so of the country’s GDP.If the talks had failed, Greece could have faced bankruptcy and a possible exit from the euro. A man walks past a European and Greek flags in central Athens, on June 30, 2015. The European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday and with it, any possible access to the remaining rescue loans it contains. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Petros Giannakouris By: Pan Pylas And Raf Casert, The Associated PressA summit of eurozone leaders reached a tentative agreement with Greece on Monday for a bailout program that includes “serious reforms” and aid, removing an immediate threat that Greece could collapse financially and leave the euro.Nine hours after a self-imposed deadline passed, the leaders announced the breakthrough early Monday.If the talks had failed, Greece could have faced bankruptcy and a possible exit from the euro, the European single currency that the country has been a part of since 2002. No country has ever left the joint currency, which launched in 1999, and there is no mechanism in place for one to do so.For three days of negotiations between Greece and its international creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held out for a better deal to sell to his reluctant legislature in Athens this week, even though financial collapse is getting closer by the day.A breakthrough came in a meeting between Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and EU president Donald Tusk. Details were not immediately available.The breakthrough came after the threat of expulsion from the euro put intense pressure on Tsipras to swallow politically unpalatable austerity measures because his people overwhelmingly want to stay in the eurozone.Greece has requested a three-year, 53.5 billion-euro ($59.5 billion) financial package, but that number grew larger by the tens of billions as the negotiations dragged on and the leaders calculated how much Greece will need to stay solvent. The creditors are demanding tough austerity measures in exchange for Greece’s third bailout in five years.Early Monday, a Greek official said the key sticking points were the involvement of the International Monetary Fund in Greece’s bailout program and a proposal that Greece set aside 50 billion euros ($56 billion) worth of state-owned assets in a fund for eventual privatization.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the negotiations, said any agreement would provide quick help for Greek banks from the European Central Bank. Without it, they risk running out of money this week.The negotiations began Saturday with a meeting of finance ministers. The heads of state convened mid-afternoon Sunday and were still negotiating at dawn Monday.The deal on the table appeared to include commitments from Tsipras to push a drastic austerity program including pension, market and privatization reforms through parliament by Wednesday, and from the 18 other eurozone leaders to start talks on a new bailout program.Sunday’s four-page discussion paper put to eurozone leaders and obtained by The Associated Press spoke of a potential “time-out from the euro area” for Greece if no agreement could be found.It highlighted the increasing frustration of European leaders during five months of fruitless talks with Greece.“The most important currency has been lost: that is trust and reliability,” Merkel said.Tsipras insisted his government was ready to clinch a deal.“We owe that to the peoples of Europe who want Europe united and not divided,” he said. “We can reach an agreement tonight if all parties want it.”Hollande insisted it was vital to keep Greece in the euro and said in the event of a departure, “it’s Europe that would go backward. And that I do not want.”Greece has received two previous bailouts, totalling 240 billion euros ($268 billion), in return for deep spending cuts, tax increases and reforms from successive governments. Although the country’s annual budget deficit has come down dramatically, Greece’s debt burden has increased as the economy has shrunk by a quarter.The Greek government has made getting some form of debt relief a priority and hopes that a comprehensive solution will involve European creditors at least agreeing to delayed repayments or lower interest rates.Greek debt stands at around 320 billion euros ($357 billion) — a staggering 180 per cent or so of the country’s annual gross domestic product. Few economists think that debt will ever be fully repaid. Last week, the International Monetary Fund said Greece’s debt will need to be restructured.Menelaos Hadjicostis and John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels contributed to this story. read more

European eyewear giant in merger of Luxottica and Essilor

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 2:46 am MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – A new European eyewear giant is set to emerge as Italian frames maker Luxottica — maker of brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley — joins with French lens manufacturer Essilor in a multibillion-euro merger.Essilor International SA announced Monday it had reached a share exchange deal with Luxottica’s main shareholder, Delfin, to create a combined company making both frames and lenses.Shares in Luxottica and Essilor jumped on the news.The statement said the new company would have combined revenues of more than 15 billion euros ($16 billion), 140,000 employees and sales in more than 150 countries.Essilor said the merger is an effort to meet growing global demand for corrective lenses, sunglasses and luxury frames. European eyewear giant in merger of Luxottica and Essilor read more

President Macrons party dominates French parliamentary vote

A child waits outside a polling box in the final round of parliamentary elections in Bayonne, southwestern France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. French voters are casting ballots Sunday in the final round of parliamentary elections that could clinch President Emmanuel Macron’s hold on power, as his fledgling party appears set to rout mainstream rivals and turn politics as usual on its head. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron’s party, including untested novices, will be sweeping into the lower house of the French parliament, hogging a clear majority of seats after winning an overwhelming victory in Sunday’s elections and clinching the young leader’s hold on power.Macron fulfilled his wish to disrupt politics as usual with new faces — including a farmer, a teacher and a math genius — and a new approach. But he may be getting more than he bargained for with the entry into parliament of loud voices from the ultra-left and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, both promising to fight his plans to overhaul French labour laws, one of the touchiest subjects in France.“Through their vote, a wide majority of the French have chosen hope over anger,” said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, reiterating his “total” determination to work on major reforms in the coming months.A minor reshuffle of the Cabinet, an obligatory move after parliamentary elections, is expected this week, perhaps as soon as Monday.The May 7 election of the 39-year-old Macron, himself untested, upended France’s political landscape, a phenomenon that continued with the parliamentary victory of a party that didn’t exist 14 months ago. With the June 27 start of the new session, the novices within the ranks of Macron’s Republic on the Move! party will be learning at high-speed. Half of the candidates in the running for his party were drawn from civilian life, and half were women.Starting Monday, many will be taking their first official steps in the corridors of power, invited to pick up keys and the blue-white-red sashes warn by elected officials, and learn their way around.Pollsters projected Republic on the Move! and its allies could take up to about 360 of the lower chamber’s 577 seats. Official partial results confirmed the trend, showing them with 327 seats, with 33 seats yet to be counted. The party will have far more than the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority to carry out Macron’s program.Mainstream conservatives and their allies, the closest rivals, held their ground better than expected. The Interior Ministry counted the Republicans and allied candidates with 131 seats, with 33 seats still uncounted.The Socialist Party, which dominated the outgoing Assembly, was flattened by the unpopularity of former President Francois Hollande. With its allies, it could get fewer than 50 seats, according to projections. The stinging reality of defeat pushed party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who lost in last week’s first-round vote, to resign — and blast the Macron system “with all the power.”The Macron steamroller effect could be blunted with the entrance into parliament of some prickly opponents.Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who rivaled him for the presidency, won a seat representing her northern bastion around Henin-Beaumont with more than 58 per cent of the vote. Her National Front party was expected to place up to eight lawmakers in the lower chamber, compared to two lawmakers in the outgoing Assembly.Le Pen said she would “fight with all necessary means the harmful projects of the government,” especially what she called Macron’s pro-European, pro-migrant policies.“We are the only force of resistance to the dilution of France, of its social model and its identity,” Le Pen said, claiming the mainstream opposition parties were but “satellites” of the Macron power structure.Le Pen’s nemesis, the ultra-left Jean-Luc Melenchon, vowed a “social coup d’etat,” saying Macron’s plans to reform labour laws amount to “destruction of the social order.” Unlike the National Front, Melenchon and his allies will have the required 15 lawmakers needed to form a group, a tool that provides extra funds, speaking time and other ways to weigh on policy.Macron’s bid to ease hiring and firing through a set of measures aimed at bringing down the unemployment rate — now just below 10 per cent — is the most sensitive plan on his agenda. Unions fear it would destroy workers’ protections.Workers unions have already criticized the labour reform and the president’s decision to skirt normal procedure to pass changes that would short-circuit extended debate and nix amendments. The measures must, however, be ratified by parliament.Macron also wants to clean up politics to change the image of a political class dominated by career politicians, peppered with corruption and losing credibility. The new government has already presented a draft bill with new restrictions on how lawmakers operated.Disillusion with the political class is one reason given for what is likely to be a record low participation rate that could outdo the record low in last Sunday’s first round, measured at 43 per cent — five points lower than last week.Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.Confusion also played a role, according to Frederic Dabi, of the IFOP polling firm. Macron’s party, which didn’t exist 14 months ago and offered novice candidates from civilian life, has drawn from left and right to fill its ranks, effectively blurring the traditional left-right political divide.Macron’s party “vampirized” the left and right after his huge win in the presidential balloting, Dabi said on CNews TV.___Philippe Sotto in Paris contributed to this report. by Elaine Ganley And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2017 12:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Macron’s party dominates French parliamentary vote read more

Onlive is said to be closing up shop company denies rumors Updated

first_imgThere are mixed reports floating around the internet this afternoon, some of which say that video game streaming service Onlive has laid off its entire staff and is shutting its doors. If true it’s bad news for the employees, gamers, and associated companies, like LG and Ouya, but that might not be the case. The company has denied the rumors and say it’s business as usual. The lack of acknowledgement of any changes on their Twitter feed seems to verify this.The Twitterverse is alight with conflicting claims about Onlive “no longer being an entity” and then about how the company does not speak to rumors, but as to the rumor of being shuttered, well, “of course not“. It appears that the rumor originated with messages sent to Polygon,’s gaming arm, from more than one Onlive staffer (or former staffer, as the case may be).Of course, both side could be true — Online could be having layoffs and remaining open for business. Even if a large portion of the staff was let go the company could still presumably continue operations, work on established partnerships with Ouya, LG, Vizio, and others, and stream games.At this point the company has not spoken about the layoffs, but has made it clear that they are not going out of business. There have been clear statements which hopefully will be addressed before long, as this would certainly affect the future of the product.This is one of the tweets that started it all:Their employees are sending out emails that #OnLive will be closed by the end of the day.— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) August 17, 2012Fargo is a games industry veteran and would be a trusted source for information like this. Apparently he was sent an email speaking about the layoffs and closure, which was later recalled. The email is available here. It notes how the company is closing, layoffs will be made, and then a new company will be formed in the future.We’ll have to see how this one shakes out. For now it seems that things are stable at Onlive, as least as far as gamers are concerned. Update: 4:11pm – According to Kotaku, Onlive had an all-hands meeting this morning and announced that the company was filing for bankruptcy. A new company would be formed from the ashes and some some employees would be rehired by the new entity in order to continue operations.last_img read more

Schism threatens Federation of Greek Communities

first_imgAn ecclesiastical coup threatens the unity of the Federation of Greek Communities of Australia and the existence of its Autocephalic Church in Adelaide. According to reliable sources the coup was hatched by a number of renegade communities with the specific aim to impede attempts by interested members of the Federation to engage in dialogue with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. The same sources confirmed to Neos Kosmos that the leadership of the Federation were oblivious to the schism until it was announced by the Secretary of the self-proclaimed Holly Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and Oceania father George Athanasiadis. In a media release Rev. Athanasiadis verified the ecclesiastical schism and informed the community that the newly established Metropolis, currently operating from Clayton, Victoria, will be led by Archbishop Seraphim, head of an old calendar splinter group based on the Island of Salamina. Rev. Athanasiadis also advised the community that Archbishop Seraphim was approached by bishop Christodoulos, former head of the Autocephalic Church of America and Australia, and members of the clergy devoted to Christodoulos. Until recently bishop Christodoulos was the head of the Autocephalic Church of America and Australia and a staunch supporter of the ecclesiastical status quo within the Federation. His key role in ensuring the services of Archbishop Seraphim validates rumours circulating in Adelaide of a fall out with the leadership of the Federation. Documents procured by Neos Kosmos reveal that Seraphim was defrocked by the Church of Greece in 1984 after he was found guilty of voluntary unfrocking while a minister of religion at the Metropolis of Kythera. Determination 6/19B1/27/07/84 of the Holy Synod of the Church Of Greece states that Seraphim Mixas was found guilty of voluntary unfrocking and as such he was defrocked and was returned to lay status. Community leaders told Neos Kosmos the schism is a blow to the unity of the Federation and a blemish to its reputation. “The schism threatens to split the Federation asunder and cause further damage to its reputation already tarnished from previous ecclesiastical experiment. The leadership of Federation must act decisively against the rebels and rid itself of elements which place their personal interest against the interest of the community” they said. Neos Kosmos understands that the matter will be dealt with by the Federation at a special meeting to be held in Adelaide, Sunday 12 February. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Oregon sheriffs sergeant who lives in Vancouver arrested

first_imgA Clackamas County sheriff’s patrol sergeant who lives in Vancouver has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.Steven P. Hyson, 46, is accused of assaulting his 22-year-old stepson on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Clackamas County, Ore. sheriff’s office.Hyson turned himself in Thursday at the Clark County Courthouse and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault domestic violence, said Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Allais.Hyson has been placed on paid administrative leave and will face a professional standards investigation in Clackamas County, in addition to the criminal investigation in Clark County, according to the news release.Hyson was arrested in January 2008 on suspicion of fourth-degree assault after his wife, Lora, said he struck her in the left eye with an orange during an argument. That case was never prosecuted because prosecutors said they did not believe the allegations could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.Hyson has been with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office since 1996.last_img read more

Carlos Santana Ringo Starr Confirmed For Bethel Woods Woodstock Anniversary

first_imgThe Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter as well as an on-field screening of the original film will commemorate 1969’s epic concertPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 21, 2019 – 1:58 pm The lineup for the Woodstock anniversary celebration at the historic rock festival’s original site have been confirmed for Aug. 15–17 by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, with performances by the Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, and the Edgar Winter Band. Titled “A Season of Song & Celebration,” this is distinct from the official Woodstock 50 event being planned by the 1969 festival’s original organizer Michael Lang.On Aug. 15 — the day the original fest began — the Bethel Woods Center will screen Woodstock: The Director’s Cut on the historic field. Ringo Starr will be joined by Arlo Guthrie and the Edgar Winter Band on stage on Aug. 16. Carlos Santana and the Doobie Brothers’ Aug. 17 date at Bethel Woods is part of their summer Supernatural Now tour. Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr Confirmed For Bethel Woods’ Woodstock Anniversary Facebook Twitter Santana, Ringo Starr To Play At Woodstock’s 50th carlos-santana-ringo-starr-confirmed-bethel-woods-woodstock-anniversary “We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed,” said Darlene Fedun, the Center’s CEO. “We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song & Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”The Center also expects to announce an Aug. 18 event in the future and invites email sign-ups for news updates on their Golden Anniversary web page.Santana Plans Epic 2019 Supernatural Now Tour With The Doobie BrothersRead more News Email last_img read more

20 labourers fall sick hospitalised

first_imgPetbasheerabad: Tension prevailed in Gundlapochampally Municipality in Petbasheerabad Police Station limits on Monday, when about 20 labourers fell sick at a time. The police said that they were immediately rushed to a government hospital for treatment. The labourers came from Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand to work in a construction company. The company constructed small shelters for them to live near a sewage filled lake due to which all of them got infected and fell sick. Police are further investigating.last_img read more