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View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Vietnam ruled the event with 8.43, while Thailand was second with 8.37. Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I said to myself I will avenge my defeat,” said a teary-eyed Reyes after it was clear that they won the gold. Malaysia was second and Indonesia was third (8.04).Reyes, earlier, vied for gold but ended up with bronze in the men’s individual event which the Malaysian took.The trio won bronze in the World Championships in 2014 before bagging the 2015 SEA Games gold in Singapore.“We are very happy because we worked very hard for it,” said Dustin who along with the team also won bronze in the 2016 World Championships in Peru and this year’s Korea Open.The women’s team of Jocel Lyn Ninobla, Rinna Babanto and Juvenille Faye Crisostomo in poomsae won bronze in the event with a score of 8.27.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippine poomsae team of (L to R) Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella performs its routine in the finals of men’s poomsae team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The Filipinos took home the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines scored a gold medal in taekwondo men’s team poomsae via defending champion Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday.Completing a routine with grace and snap, the Philippines accumulated 8.40 points to overcome title favorite Malaysia (8.34).ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Former world champion Rani Ortega hugged the three jins, whom she had mentored after the scores were flashed on the screen of the KLCC Hall 1.It was a big relief for the Philippine taekwondo team here as Malaysian competitors were getting scores deemed too high for their performances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We didn’t play like we are the defending champion. We still worked on it like this was our first time,” said Dustin.Dustin and Raphael won the same event in 2013 with a different teammate, and the 2015 edition with Reyes in tow. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next
MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “He has been showing up earlier to our kids and teens classes, to interact with them and instill values of loyalty, commitment and camaraderie,” according to a letter dated Thursday and signed by McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh. “… He is undoubtedly the greatest role model for the kids in our gym, and for the people of Ireland of all ages.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplined McGregor and Nate Diaz after the men and members of their groups yelled at each other and eventually hurled water bottles at an Aug. 17 press conference ahead of UFC 202. McGregor’s original penalties consisted of a $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. That was reduced in March to 25 hours and a $25,000 fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLast week, however, neither McGregor nor Mayweather held back on profanities and exchanged racially insensitive and homophobic remarks during a four-city promotional tour for their upcoming fight in Las Vegas.Mayweather at one point used a homophobic slur during a tirade against McGregor. LATEST STORIES The comments, which can be found online, are likely to be remembered — and possibly imitated — by children who see them, said Dorothy Espelage, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and an expert on bullying.“He has to recognize that these kids look up to him, that they will imitate him, and he needs to check himself,” she said, referring to McGregor. “He was a wonderful opportunity to deliver a message, but he can’t be speaking out of both sides of his mouth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Wizards’ Wall inks 4-year, $170 m extension View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor twice told Mayweather “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during the news conferences. That’s an insult to black men that dates back to slavery.Per regulations, the athletic commission may fine or discipline an individual licensed to fight in the state of Nevada if the person behaves “at any time or place in a manner which is deemed by the Commission to reflect discredit to unarmed combat.”Executive director Bob Bennett told The Associated Press on Friday that the athletic commission “in no way, shape or form condones homophobic, racist or inappropriate sexual comments,” but the board does not plan to take disciplinary action against Mayweather and McGregor “at this point.”He said the board would investigate and consider appropriate action if unsportsmanlike conduct that could physically hurt someone took place in Las Vegas, such as when bottles were thrown during the McGregor-Diaz press event.The remarks from Mayweather and McGregor were condemned on social media last week, including by LGBT activists and organizations.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor gestures during a news conference at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAS VEGAS — UFC star Conor McGregor has completed the 25 hours of community service imposed by Nevada officials following a profanity-laced, bottle-throwing fracas with a rival during a pre-fight news conference last year in Las Vegas.A document obtained by The Associated Press shows McGregor talked with children and teenagers in Dublin about physical, verbal and online bullying. But anti-bullying experts say his efforts may have been canceled out by the profanities he recently exchanged with his next opponent, Floyd Mayweather Jr., for which neither will be disciplined.ADVERTISEMENT
Manchester United head coach Louis van Gaal has asserted that he will hold on to his post at the English Premier League (EPL) club, no matter what happens at the end of the football season.United remain in contention for a top-four finish and are in the FA Cup final but speculation over the Dutchmans future at the club persists.”I knew it would be like this. Thats why they hired me and we spoke about it. We always knew that the process would take three years. I wanted to sign only for two years,?? Van Gaal was quoted as saying by goal.com on Saturday.”The club wanted me to sign for three years, not me. I signed for three years — so next year you will see me again. Every week for (the last) six months I have been sacked — and yet I am still here. But this has happened to me at every club I have been at.??Former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with replacing van Gaal but the 64-year-old is relaxed about his future and said he always felt it would take time to bring success to the club.”I am doing the same job at United that I was hired to do at every club. People should assess the squad that I took over and make a comparison to the players we have now in terms of age,?? the manager said.”There is a big difference between what the people in the street think and the media. A big difference. I can only tell you my experiences and I dont have to defend myself. I am a realistic man and so I only speak about facts,?? the 64-year-old added.advertisement
Sauber will continue to use 2016-specification Ferrari engines next season after deciding to focus their resources on building a better chassis, team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said on Friday.The struggling Swiss-based Formula One team are last in the standings and still without a point after 16 of the season’s record 21 races.Including last year’s results, they have not scored for 19 races in a row.”We will be using the latest specification of the 2016 Ferrari engine in 2017,” Kaltenborn told reporters at Suzuka. “We took this decision a while ago…at a time where actually the rules for next year were not 100 percent clear. (Also read: Nico Rosberg fastest on opening day of practice at Japanese Grand Prix)”We took a strategic decision that we want to focus the resources we have on chassis development and performance development, and in a way leave the engine side to the areas we know,” she added.The decision means only Ferrari and U.S.-owned Haas will have the latest engines next year with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, who currently use 2015 specification units, switching to Renault.Kaltenborn said the team was financially stable and the 2017 car’s development remained on course.Sauber, Formula One’s fourth oldest team, announced in July a change of ownership with Swiss-based investment firm Longbow Finance taking over. The current drivers are Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr.
Jenson Button says he has no plans to race again in Formula One after Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, even though McLaren are keeping the door open for a possible return in 2018.”I go into this weekend thinking it is going to be my last race. I think that is the best way to be,” the 2009 world champion told reporters on Thursday.”At this moment in time I do not want to be racing in Formula One past this race. I think of this as my last race and hopefully everybody else does as well.”The 36-year-old Briton will be replaced at McLaren by Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne next season but the team have presented the veteran’s departure as a year’s sabbatical.That was seen by many as more of an insurance policy in case Spaniard Fernando Alonso decided to walk away at the end of 2017, as well as strengthening McLaren’s hand in contract negotiations.Asked what had changed since September, when the announcement was made, Button said there was nothing in particular.”I dont want to go into this race and think its not my last. And it is my last,” he said. “It is true that I have a contract for 2018 but at this moment in time I dont want to be racing in 2018.”The whole idea about having a contract was that in three months time, when Ive eaten myself stupid and am thinking of things to do in the future and maybe feel I need Formula One back in my life…advertisement”But at this moment in time that isnt the case. So this is my last race and thats the way I think about it at the moment. But who knows? That could change in six months, eight months, one year.”Button is the most experienced Formula One driver on the grid, and Sunday’s race will be the 305th start of a career that started with Williams in 2000. He won the title with Brawn, the team that emerged from the embers of Honda and became Mercedes.Formula One has been his life’s focus since he started out in karting.”It has been a long journey,” he said. “You get to Formula One with many dreams and you aspire to be something. You hope to leave the sport with memories and that is something I definitely do have.”I raced with two of the teams I dreamt of racing for as a kid, Williams and McLaren, and when I did win the championship it was with a privateer team which I think is also pretty special.”
Ziva Dhoni had been Chennai Super Kings’ biggest Super Fan during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. From cheering for “Paapa” from the stands to goofing around in the CSK camp with her charming personality, Ziva added a lot of colour to the CSK camp.Ziva Dhoni found great company in the other Super Cubs from the team, including Suresh Raina’s daughter Gracia, Harbhajan Singh daughter Hinaya among others.CSK’s social media posts involving their youngest Super Fans were a big hit and it seems not just the star cricketers but their little ones had fun during the team’s run to the final in IPL 2019.It seems, Ziva Dhoni has been missing all the madness. In a social media post on her official Instagram account, Ziva can be seen playing with Dwayne Bravo while Gracia Raina is chasing her with a soft toy in hand.The post was captioned: “Memories”.Bravo high fives Ziva but when Dhoni’s daughter attempts another one, the Super Kings all-rounder tricks her by removing his hand just in time. However, Ziva goes on to hold Bravo’s hand tight before completing another high five.Earlier this week, photos of Ziva Dhoni hugging her father as they waited at the airport during the IPL 2019 season went viral on social media.Right after the IPL 2019 Qualifier 2 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, Ziva Dhoni was also seen teaching Rishabh Pant vowels in Hindi.advertisementZiva had also spread awareness about the importance of voting during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in her own cute way. Notably, Dhoni had flown to Ranchi between two crucial matches to make sure he completed his duty as a citizen of the country.Dhoni will be heading to the United Kingdom for his 4th World Cup appearance. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman is still an integral member of Virat Kohli-led Indian ODI side and he will be expected to play a key role at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Also Read | Watch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral videoAlso Read | Used to call MS Dhoni a terrorist but he became a saint: Former teammateAlso See:
Saracens fear salary cap rules could cost them homegrown stars like Maro Itoje Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest On Wednesday the Pro14 chief executive, Martin Anayi, said his organisation was more than willing to tweak its fixture schedule once every four years to give the Lions extra preparation time. But the Premiership is continuing to seek eight‑match tours, rather than 10, across five weeks as opposed to six. Furthermore, as part of the proposed changes to the global calendar – agreed at a World Rugby meeting in January – the Premiership plans to extend its season into June from 2020.“The Lions need to recognise they are doing themselves quite a lot of damage if they don’t engage in a more positive way. But that is for another three years’ time,” McCafferty said. “It’s very clear what was agreed. Nobody at the moment has approached us or contacted us, so at the moment as far as we’re concerned it’s all part of what was agreed under the auspices of World Rugby.“They [the Lions] need to contact us and if they deign to speak to us maybe we have got some things to talk about.“The Lions are absolutely a key part of the rugby makeup. I’m not sure they recognise everyone else is as well. The only people who have spoken out about their future is themselves. The Lions is great, it’s a fantastic brand, it’s a brilliant entity, we support it but everything has to have a balance and that’s what the discussions were about.“What the Pro14 wants to do is its call. There are a variety of solutions to it but people need to talk as ever. One of the other options may be for some of the unions involved to cancel one of their internationals that year. Those are the questions is there is a debate to be had.” England women’s rugby union team … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Premiership Rugby union Women’s rugby union Read more Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook British & Irish Lions Support The Guardian Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news news Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Share on WhatsApp McCafferty also acknowledged fears raised by the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, that homegrown internationals such as Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje may leave amid soaring wage demands. McCall believes homegrown internationals should be at least partially exempt from the £7m salary cap, which currently includes £600,000 that accounts for “homegrown player credits”.McCafferty said: “We completely get the point, it’s not a new point, that’s why we brought the homegrown credits in, to try to give some flexibility for clubs that develop their own players. That’s one issue we’ll consider, we’ll go back to the board in April-May next year and decisions will be made.”Ben Youngs, meanwhile, has revealed his withdrawal from this year’s Lions tour was “a very easy decision”. Youngs pulled out after learning that his sister-in-law, Tiffany – the wife of his brother and Leicester captain, Tom – had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.“I ended up watching it as a fan,” Youngs said. “We all watched it as a family together. It would have been nice to be there but I wasn’t and I accepted that pretty easily. I never sat there thinking: ‘I wish I was out there.’“[I didn’t discuss the decision with Tom] because I didn’t want him to ever think that he influenced my decision. I didn’t want him to feel that he stopped me from doing something.“My brother is an incredible person. When you see him play you see 1% of it. It is his team-mates and people like myself who see it every day and you see what he does around the club and how he conducts himself and approaches situations likes he is dealing with.”Scott called into England’s World Cup final squad Danielle Waterman’s World Cup final heartbreak has opened the door to Emily Scott, who has been called into the England squad as a result. Waterman will miss the match against New Zealand in Belfast on Saturday after sustaining concussion during the semi-final victory against France. Scott had been ruled out of the tournament through injury but could find herself on bench duty with the England head coach, Simon Middleton, expected to consider the centre Emily Scarratt at full-back in place of Waterman and fielding Megan Jones alongside Rachel Burford in midfield. Sarah Hunter has warned England to focus on winning back‑to‑back World Cups before celebrating the feat. The captain said: “If we start thinking about what it would feel like to be double world champions, we will lose what’s important between now and then.” PA The Premiership Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty, has accused the British & Irish Lions of “doing themselves damage” by pointing the finger at plans to reduce the length of future tours. McCafferty also revealed the Premiership is not about to follow the Pro14’s lead by changing its schedule to allow the Lions greater preparation time in 2021, suggesting the home nations could cut their number of international matches instead.In New Zealand this year John Spencer, the Lions tour manager, repeatedly raised concerns over trimming future tours after Warren Gatland’s squad arrived three days before their first match. Spencer even went as far as to suggest that England players may be marginalised for future tours if the Premiership continues to dig its heels in. Since you’re here… Reuse this content
Next Tokyo Olympics marathons to be moved to Sapporo to avoid searing heatThe International Olympic committee on Wednesday came up with a plan in which marathons and race walking events will be moved from Tokyo to Sapporo wherein the forecast temperatures are 5 to 6 degrees cooler during the day than in Tokyo. Associated Press TokyoOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 20:08 IST World Athletics Championships: Men’s marathon in Doha (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarathons and race walking events at Olympics 2020 to be held in SapporoDecision to move marathons and race walking out of Tokyo due to heat fearsAn Olympic panel has been assessing heat and weather issues for Tokyo GamesThe International Olympic Committee wants to move the Tokyo Games marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to avoid the searing heat in the city.The IOC detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events in Sapporo, the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympics, which “will mean significantly lower temperatures for the athletes.”Forecast temperatures in Sapporo are “five to six degrees centigrade cooler during the day than in Tokyo,” the Olympic body said.”The Olympic Games are the platform where athletes can give ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ performances, and these measures ensure they have the conditions to give their best,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.An Olympic panel has been assessing heat and weather issues for the July 24-Aug. 9 games and is consulting with sports governing bodies.”The IOC working group identified the marathon and race walk as the events that would put particular heat stress on the athletes,” it said.The marathons were already due to start at 6 a.m. in Tokyo to ease the heat effect on runners. The men’s 50-kilometer race walk final was slated for a 5:30 a.m. start.Marathons were run after midnight in 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) this month at the track and field world championships in Doha, Qatar.The IOC said it informed the track body and said it will consult with Olympic teams and broadcasters.An Olympic panel overseeing games preparation will discuss heat measures at its Oct. 30-Nov. 1 meeting in Tokyo.”These include better shade, water sprays, better access to water supplies and an initiative to help the athletes in their preparations,” the IOC said.advertisementThe plan driven by increasing summer heat cuts into a key promise of Tokyo’s bidding, first for the 2016 Olympics won by Rio de Janeiro and then its successful 2020 campaign, to deliver a “compact games” with 85% of venues in an 8-kilometer (5-mile) city center cluster.Also Read | Dharun Ayyasamy plans to undergo surgery after OlympicsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow marathons
zoom The expected expansion of the chemical shipping fleet in 2017, driven by the large number of orders placed in previous years, will continue “squeezing rates on major routes over the next two years,” shipping consultancy Drewry said.Time charter rates weakened in 2016, especially for larger tankers, and freight rates on major long-haul routes dropped. Although the trade volume from the US to Europe and Northeast Asia surged in 2016, the appearance of speculative vessels brought rates down.Although the fleet will continue to expand, growth will be subdued compared to 2015-16, Drewry informed. While deliveries and ordering have reduced in 2016, there are still many ships scheduled to be delivered in the next five years because of heavy ordering during 2014 and 2015.More demolitions are expected because of new regulations that will come into force in 2017. Coupled with the implementation of the Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in September 2017, the adoption of the global 0.5% sulphur cap may potentially accelerate the rate of vessel demolition towards the end of 2020. However, “this is likely to have little impact on fleet supply,” as most of the older ships are of less than 10,000 dwt, and thus, the capacity that can be scrapped will be a small percentage of the total fleet.“We expect fleet oversupply to persist in 2017 and time charter rates for larger ships, especially MRs, to decline because of stiff competition. However, rates for vessels in the smaller categories are likely to remain stable in 2017,” Hu Qing, Drewry’s lead analyst for chemical shipping, said.“The chemical fleet grew by 5.2% in 2016 and is expected to expand by 3.3% to the end of 2017, which will continue squeezing rates on major routes over the next two years. New orders and deliveries are also expected to decline further because of the depressed market and financial woes of shipyards,” Qing added.
Palghar: At least 50 passengers, most of them students of colleges, of a state transport bus were injured on Tuesday when it crashed into bushes after hitting a divider on Pivli-Wada route near Jambulpada village in Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said. The condition of at least two students is stated to be serious. The incident occurred around 7 am when the driver of the bus lost his control over the wheel while trying to save a girl who was crossing the road. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The bus jumped the lane, hit the divider, and landed on the other side of the road. It came to halt after crashing into bushes along the road,” said Wada police station Assistant Police Inspector, Govind Borade. He said the injured persons have been admitted to Wada rural hospital and the seriously injured to Thane civil hospital. The bus driver, identified as Vinayak Jadhav (27) has been arrested and booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rash driving and Motor Vehicles Act.
He thanked Iraq for the warm welcome given to Iranian pilgrims and asked for facilitated trade for Iranian businessmen.The two neighboring countries have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion of the Muslim country. “In our eyes Iraqi government and nation enjoy specific position,” Zarif noted. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting with Sri Lanka’s new envoy to Iran, has voiced Tehran’s willingness to further boost ties with Sri Lanka, Iranian media reported.During seperate meetings held in Tehran with the envoys of Iraq, Benin and Sri Lanka, Zarif said Iran has resolved to further boost mutual interactions with the three countries. At the meeting with Iraq’s new ambassador, the Iranian minister described the relations between Baghdad and Tehran as “special”, and hoped for stronger ties in all aspects.
Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 319,000, a sign of steady job market by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2014 6:56 am MDT In this April 22, 2014 photo, Bryan Preston of Hannaford supermarkets, left, talks with job seekers during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving.The drop follows two weeks of increases that reflected mostly temporary layoffs around the Easter holiday. The holiday can cause an uptick in layoffs of bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other school workers during spring break. Those earlier increases caused the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, to rise 4,500 to a seasonally adjusted 324,750.With the impact of the holiday fading, applications are returning to pre-recession levels. The average fell in early April to 312,000, the fewest since October 2007. The recession officially began in December 2007.“Through the volatility, the data remain encouraging,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.The four-week average of applications is down from an average of 343,000 for all of last year, O’Sullivan noted. That is “consistent with the pick-up in employment growth” that’s taken place this year, he added. Monthly job gains have averaged 214,000 from January through April, up from 194,000 in 2013.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and so the decline suggests that companies are cutting fewer jobs. That trend is typically followed by more hiring, though the relationship is not always exact.About 2.69 million people are receiving benefits, 76,000 fewer than in the previous week. That figure has fallen nearly 11 per cent in the past year. An additional 1.3 million people lost benefits when an emergency program that had provided up to 47 extra weeks of aid expired at the end of 2013.Employers have stepped up hiring in recent months. The economy gained 288,000 jobs in April, the most in 2 1/2 years, the government said last week.In addition, the unemployment rate plunged to 6.3 per cent from 6.7 per cent. But that drop occurred because fewer people looked for work. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively searching.The improved hiring should help boost economic growth for the rest of this year.The economy barely expanded in the first three months of the year, growing at an annual rate of just 0.1 per cent. That was largely because a brutal winter kept consumers away from shopping malls, shut down factories and discouraged home and car sales.But many signs suggest that the economy has rebounded since then as the weather has warmed. Most analysts estimate that the economy is growing at a healthy annual pace of about 3.5 per cent in the current April-June quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Today, SMMT released figures for May pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in May 2015 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the May 2015 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Wycombe council in the Chilterns is to become the first in Britain to require developers to plant enough trees so their canopies to cover at least 25% of the land on any new estate – or risk being refused planning permission. If successful, it is seen as a model for councils nationwide. The move also follows new research demonstrating the value of urban trees in… Planners chose 25% because of research showing it is the “tipping point” between being classed as a poor rather than a leafier prosperous neighbourhood, using multiple indices of social deprivation. Developers will be required to plant “urban forests” that provide tree cover over a quarter of their new estates under pioneering plans.
MPH Ventures has signed a formal agreement with Rio Algom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton, and with Goldcorp, for the acquisition by the company of 93.45% of the outstanding shares of Pidgeon Molybdenum Mines Ltd (PMML). PMML holds a 100% interest in 210 ha of mining claims under the name ‘Pidgeon Molybdenum Deposit’. The Pidgeon deposit is accessible through the #1 Trans Canada Highway and is approximately 50 km east from the city of Dryden, District of Kenora, Northwestern Ontario. In addition to the accessibility of the property by road, it also has power lines running though its entire length, and is within 8 km of the nearest rail link. MPH says “historic drilling demonstrates excellent potential for a significant large scale and high-grade molybdenum deposit. The system remains open in all directions.”Work on the property for molybdenum dates back to 1946 with diamond drilling carried out in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Several historical resource estimates, produced in the 1950s through to the late 1980s, have been prepared on the Pigeon deposit that include reports by T. Bottrill for BHP Billiton (September 17, 1979) and consulting engineering firm Strathcona Mineral Services for BHP Billiton (July 16, 1980). These reports are the most recent and extensive on the deposit and are believed to be the most reliable. The most recent reports indicate the contained tonnage in the mineralized zone varies from Strathcona’s report of 9,000,000 t drill indicated at 0.096% Mo to as much as Bottrill’s report of 55,000,000 t inferred with grades of 0.081% Mo. Both reports used a cutoff grade of 0.04% Mo. The tonnage varies depending on the parameters used and the assumptions made with respect to molybdenum grades, limits of the mineralization, and geometry of the mineralized body. The historic estimates were based on a total of 76 variably spaced diamond drill holes completed on the property. The company has not yet completed the work necessary to verify the classification of the mineral resource estimates and since the resource estimates are historical in nature and predate and are non-compliant with NI 43-101 standards, the estimates should not be relied upon. In conjunction with Wardrop Engineering, MPH Ventures has initiated a technical report to confirm the historic data and plans to initiate a fill-in diamond drill program to provide sufficient reliable information to complete a NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate. This diamond drill program will commence immediately upon receiving the necessary recommendations from Wardrop Engineering. The Pidgeon mineralization is contained within what has been referred to as a ‘mineralized shell’. This shell has a strike length of 1,500 m and an average true thickness of 30 m and dips 45o to the south. The bulk of the known deposit is within 100 m of surface. The property covers an elongated granodiorite that has intruded metavolcanic rocks. The granodiorite trends almost east west and forms the core of an anticline. Molybdenum mineralization occurs within the granodiorite along the contact with the metavolcanic rocks. Molybdenum mineralization is associated with abundant aplitic sills that intrude the outer margins of the granodiorite. The simple geology with 30 m widths and shallow dips indicate potential for development as an open pit mine. Only a portion of the prospective geology on the property has been adequately tested. “Based on the preliminary geologic interpretation of the Pidgeon Molybdenum Deposit, the Company believes there is real potential of increasing the tonnage significantly”, stated Jim Pettit, President of MPH Ventures, “upon completion of a technical report by Wardrop Engineering, the Company will initiate a drill program to confirm existing historical information, expand upon the known zone, and to test new targets.”
Port of Vancouver commissioner candidate Kris Greene said that a misplaced photo on campaign material sent out to voters on behalf of his opponent is part of a “broader, more insidious problem” of “narrowly focused national interest groups funded by out-of-state billionaires” involved in the race.Earlier this week, the political action committee affiliated with the Seattle-based Washington Conservation Voters mailed out its “2017 Election Guide” for the race. WCV is actively supporting Don Orange in the race, and the four-page guide praised his opposition to a proposed oil terminal at the port while criticizing Greene’s past support for the project and his ties to oil companies. On the cover of the guide is a panoramic picture of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia.Shannon Murphy, WCV president, called the mix-up an “unfortunate mistake” that she attributed to the rapid pace her group has adopted to keep up with the large amount of oil money funding Greene.“The Washington Conservation Voters have no real ties to the local community,” reads a statement from Greene’s campaign. “They have such little concern for us that they don’t even know the difference between a picture of Vancouver, WA and Vancouver B.C.”The race for the Port of Vancouver commissioner District 1 position has become one of the most expensive in the state. Both sides have accused the other of being beholden to funding sources based outside of Vancouver.
Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 40-yard pass in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton was “heavenly”, says former Tottenham striker Garth CrooksThe 19-year-old proved to be a constant threat in the game at Anfield and made more open play crosses (5) than any other Liverpool player.The most notable moment came when Alexander-Arnold made a 40-yard half volley cross to Mohamed Salah, who scored the match-winner in the 23rd minute.Below is a clip of the momentAfter being included in his “Team of the Week”, Crooks lavished praise on Alexander-Arnold.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.He told the BBC: “This lad gets better every time I see him. Against a dogged Brighton, the Liverpool and England full-back showed a maturity well beyond his years.“I was surprised to see Arnold standing on his own ready to take the free-kick that hit the bar while Mohamed Salah and James Milner stood and watched.“Alexander-Arnold is a defender who loves to play forward, not square or back, because he’s not afraid and has the talent to do it.“But the moment of the match for me was the 40-yard pass to the feet of Salah on the other side of the pitch. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. What a ball.”Liverpool have won all three of their opening Premier League games without conceding a goal.Next up for the Reds will be Leicester City on Saturday at the King Power Stadium.
The candidates have appeared together so often they could finish each other’s sentences.The standing-room audience packed into the Gaiser Hall Auditorium at Clark College was asked not to applaud, and mostly complied.Still, there was plenty of opportunity to judge the six candidates running for the open 3rd Congressional District seat Thursday evening as they fielded questions on topics from the war in Afghanistan to the economy at home.There were a few surprises: Democrat Denny Heck said “every member of Congress ought to take a 10 percent pay cut” until the economic crisis that is crippling middle-class families has passed.Republican David Castillo, responding to a question about national energy policy, called climate change “bunk.”Republican David W. Hedrick said, “climate change may be real, but there is no evidence whatsoever that humans caused it.”Heck emphatically dissented, saying, “climate change is real, and the fact is we have an imperative to reduce our use of fossil fuel.”Candidates sparred over immigration reform, health care reform, the war in Afghanistan and tolling Clark County residents to pay for a new bridge over the Columbia River.Political newcomer Norma Jean Stevens, an Independent who lives in Ocean Park, answered most questions by reading from her website issues page, but she took a pass on a question about impending water shortages, admitting that’s a topic she hasn’t studied.Olympia peace activist Cheryl Crist, whose son is on active duty in the Air Force, called for bringing American troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, closing some of the nation’s 800 military bases around the world, and redirecting billions of dollars from the Pentagon to solving critical problems at home.
Pentagon employees Floyd and Rhonda Rasmussen talked about skipping work in the morning, but she had an important briefing scheduled.So they went to work, where Rhonda’s office wound up right in the path of a hijacked airliner.“It ran over her desk,” Floyd said.Floyd Rasmussen is among several current or former Clark County residents who went to work 10 years ago in Washington, D.C., and New York City and became part of 9/11.Yvette Brown-Wahler was a Navy commander working in the Pentagon.Brian Baird was in his congressional office near the Capitol.Lawson Fite was walking from his Twin Towers subway stop.They tell us how Sept. 11, 2001, unfolded for them.Lawson Fite boarded his New York City subway about six minutes before the world changed.Fite, a 1996 graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School, caught the subway at 8:40 a.m. and started to read a spy novel as his train headed for the mall below the World Trade Center.His first hint that something had happened was the scream of sirens coming from the street above him.“I had never heard so many at once,” said Fite, and they all were racing toward the World Trade Center. He remembered the 1993 attack, when terrorists tried to bring down the World Trade Center with a truck bomb.“It would have been really weird to be present at that attack,” Fite told himself.“Weird” doesn’t begin to describe the scene when Fite walked up a stairway and onto the street. More accurately, he tried to walk up the stairway. It was a slow-motion march: Go up one step and wait; go up one step and wait.“In New York, you move quickly. If there is a backup on the subway, peoples’ natural reaction is to get irritated: ‘What’s going on?’ As I got closer to the top of the stairs, I still could not see out. However, I started to hear people reaching the top of the stairs and, one by one, saying “Oh, —-!’ Now I was wondering what the hell was going on.