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BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu assured of 3rd straight medal after stunning Tai Tzu Ying

first_imgBWF World Championships: PV Sindhu assured of 3rd straight medal after stunning Tai Tzu YingIndian star shuttler PV Sindhu came from a set down to beat former world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying and assure herself her 5th medal at BWF World Championships.advertisement Press Trust of India BaselAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 19:19 IST PV Sindhu reached the semi-finals of World Championships on Friday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu defeated former world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying to reach semi-finalsWith this win, the Indian assured herself record joint-highest 5 medals at World ChampionshipsSindhu won two successive silver medals in last two editions of the eventIndia’s P V Sindhu staged a stunning come-from-behind victory over Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in the quarterfinals and inched closer to an elusive gold medal at the BWF World Championships here on Friday.Sindhu, who won back-to-back silver medals in the last two editions of the prestigious tournament, edged past former world no 1 and Asian Games gold medallist Tzu Ying 12-21 23-21 21-19 in a pulsating contest that lasted 71 minutes, assuring herself of a fifth medal at the worlds.The 24-year-old Indian, an Olympic silver medallist, will take on the winner of the match between China’s Chen Yu Fei and Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt on Saturday.Sindhu comes from behind to beat familiar foeSindhu showed tremendous grit after being blown away in the opening game, edging past her fancied rival, who enjoys an upper hand (10-4) after 14 career meetings.Sindhu, who had snapped a six-match losing streak against Tzu Ying with a win at the World Tour Finals in December, didn’t have the desired start, falling back 3-9 early on.A masterful Tzu Ying played some exquisite strokes to derail the Indian’s plans of constructing rallies and entered the break at 11-4, with a powerful cross court smash.Sindhu unleashed a smash and then gathered a point when her rival went wide but an alert Tzu Ying pounced on a weak return from Sindhu and also targeted her backhand to make it 14-7.Sindhu’s few weak returns and a shade slow on-court movement helped Tzu Ying as she reached 18-9 and then earned nine game points with a brilliant net shot.advertisementThe Indian saved one following an error from Tzu Ying, who took the opening game after her opponent went wide.In the second game, Sindhu showed better intent to open up a 2-0 lead before being tied 3-3.Tzu Ying’s repertoire of strokes made life difficult for the Indian, who slipped to 5-8.A gritty Sindhu, however, clawed back with three points – a cross court smash and two wide shots from Tzu Ying — and then made it 11-9 at the break with the help of a precise forehand return.After the breather, Tzu Ying gathered two points at the forecourt with her deception to make it 12-12.Sindhu stepped ahead, but her opponent again equalised at 15-15, with another accurate return.Another error on her backhand helped Tzu Ying gather a point but Sindhu neutralised with a powerful smash.Sindhu unleashed another big smash and when Tzu Ying missed the lines, it gave the Indian a 18-16 lead.The Taiwanese drew parity before Sindhu grabbed two game points after Tzu Ying went wide. Sindhu miscued a return and then went wide to make it 20-20.With Tzu Ying finding the net, Sindhu hung in but went wide to level the scores.A superb service return handed Sindhu the advantage and this time, she sealed it with a cross court return, which Tzu Ying couldn’t connect.In the decider, Tzu Ying brought to the fore her deception once again and jumped to a 4-1 lead.Tzu Ying displayed her superb technical skills to control the shuttle but Sindhu kept fighting to stay close. The Taiwanese led 8-4 at one stage and kept Sindhu guessing with her placements.Sindhu narrowed the lead to 7-9 but another magic stroke near the net gave Tzu Ying a point. The Chinese Taipei player entered the interval with a two-point advantage after producing another masterful backhand return.After the breather, Sindhu unleashed a lethal smash but Tzu Ying’s angled returns kept the Indian on the hook.A good-looking return took Sindhu to 12-13 before Tzu Ying again regained the two-point cushion.Sindhu unleashed a body smash to draw parity at 14-14 and then grabbed a lead after her opponent made a judgement error.The Indian maintained her one-point advantage at 18-17 when Tzu Ying committed two unforced errors and soon moved to 19-17, but the Taiwanese fought back when Sindhu found the net.A timely smash saw Sindhu grab one match point and she sealed it when Tzu Ying went wide.Also Read | BWF World Championships: Sai Praneeth emulates Prakash Padukone after stunning Jonathan Christie in quartersFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow BWF World Championship Nextlast_img read more

One Thousand CCTVs to be Installed Islandwide

first_img By year end, 1,000 closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) will be installed by the Government in strategic locations islandwide. JamaicaEye is a public-private partnership designed to network CCTV cameras owned by the Ministry as well as accommodate feed from privately owned CCTV cameras. By year end, 1,000 closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) will be installed by the Government in strategic locations islandwide.These CCTVs will be fully integrated in the monitoring system of the ‘JamaicaEye’ initiative.JamaicaEye is a public-private partnership designed to network CCTV cameras owned by the Ministry as well as accommodate feed from privately owned CCTV cameras.The feeds will provide useful footage in relation to criminal activities and other emergencies and will be monitored by a team of security professionals.Details were provided by Senior Director, Modernisation Initiatives and Strategic Projects, Ministry of National Security, Arvel Grant, in an interview with JIS News following a seminar presentation on JamaicaEye at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on June 18.Mr. Grant said at least 300 cameras have been installed in high-priority areas as part of the initiative. He added that several cameras were procured during the latter part of last year and early this year.“We have more than 400 cameras ready to be installed, so we are going through laying down the necessary infrastructure and doing the installations and connections now. We definitely plan to be at 1,000 cameras by the end of the year,” he told JIS News.The Senior Director noted that Jamaicans have been receptive to the initiative. “Many communities have already started procuring camera systems and installing them. We are guiding them through the process and helping the m to make sure that they get the right cameras, they place them at the right places and that they get connected successfully to the system,” he addedThe Ministry has already installed cameras in public spaces in Kingston, Montego Bay, Mandeville, Ocho Rios, May Pen and Negril.Persons wishing to participate in the JamaicaEye programme may visit www.jamaicaeye.gov.jm and register to be a part of the initiative.The seminar was organised by Women of Professional Excellence (WPE), a group of administrative professionals from various ministries, departments and agencies of government who are pursuing the Administrative Management Level Four Programme at MIND. Details were provided by Senior Director, Modernisation Initiatives and Strategic Projects, Ministry of National Security, Arvel Grant, in an interview with JIS News following a seminar presentation on JamaicaEye at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on June 18. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Colchester County Firm Eyes Export Expansion

first_imgA Truro-based leader in custom computer-controlled laser cutting and precision metal work is poised for export expansion. In just under seven years since start-up, Bartlett Plastics and Precision Machining Limited’s sales surpassed the $3 million mark. The province announced today, June 6, that it is investing $250,000 to help the Colchester County company seek new export opportunities and increase its sales. The loan helps secure the future of 34 full-time quality jobs, 10 to 15 additional sub-contractors, and the promise of a number of new full-time jobs in the near future. “Bartlett Plastics and Precision Machining is a strategic player in the province’s advanced manufacturing sector,” said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. “The company’s expertise in customizing parts enables a number of our exporters to provide superior products to world markets.” A leader in custom computer-controlled laser cutting and precision metal work, Bartlett Plastics and Precision Machining supplies custom-made products to a number of the Atlantic region’s major manufacturing enterprises such as dairy, aerospace, hardware, and other industries. “We have a good, solid business plan that will allow us to increase our markets and sales,” said Barry Bartlett, owner and president of the company. “With the province’s help, we will be providing more quality employment opportunities for skilled Nova Scotians.” Bartlett Plastics and Precision Machining is an ISO 9002 registered manufacturer of high-precision laser and tool and die work and custom moulded plastic products. The company strength lies in its strong management team, skilled work force and customized product. The loan, provided under the Industrial Expansion Fund, is fully repayable at competitive interest rates. It supports the province’s commitment to Nova Scotians to support rural development, export growth and the development of the advanced manufacturing sector. For more information on Bartlett, see the company’s website at www.bppm.ns.ca .last_img read more

Judge reserves decision on former child refugees request to pause deportation

first_imgHALIFAX – The sister of former Somali child refugee Abdoul Abdi said Thursday she was feeling hopeful after a Federal Court heard her brother’s emergency request to temporarily halt his deportation proceedings.“He would not be in these circumstances if it wasn’t for the government,” Fatouma Abdi said outside court in Halifax. “I hope that they correct their mistake and that they don’t go forward with the deportation.”Abdoul Abdi, who never got Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency after serving nearly five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault.Abdi’s lawyer, Benjamin Perryman, said federal officials turned down the 24-year-old’s request to press pause on a deportation hearing while he pursues a constitutional challenge.Abdi then asked the Federal Court to temporarily halt the deportation hearing — scheduled for March 7 — and Perryman made arguments on his behalf on Thursday.The former refugee was not in court because he had to work — one of the conditions of his release to a Toronto-area halfway house.Justice Keith Boswell reserved his decision, but said he would likely rule before the hearing next month.Perryman argued that going ahead with a deportation hearing while Abdi’s constitutional challenge is ongoing will cause irreparable harm.He said the Immigration Division hearing will inevitably lead to a deportation order given the circumstances of Abdi’s case. He said the independent division can only look at criminal records and citizenship status — Abdi was convicted of crimes and isn’t a Canadian citizen — and cannot look at other possible factors in his case, including international human rights law and the Charter.“What we’re asking for is some analysis, some consideration of the issues, particularly in the context of a child who grew up in the care of the state and was effectively denied citizenship by the failures of multiple governments in the country,” said Perryman.“If the deportation hearing proceeds, there will be no consideration of the merits of his case. He has to automatically lose his right to work and his right to health care at this key time in his rehabilitation efforts in Canada.“If he cannot work, he cannot meet the conditions of his release… He may be at risk of suspension and returning to jail.”Heidi Collicutt, a lawyer for the federal government, argued that Abdi’s request prematurely anticipates an unfavourable outcome at the immigration admissibility hearing, and it would not be appropriate to stop an independent body from carrying out its statutory mandate.“All of the possible harms discussed are speculative at best,” Collicutt told Boswell.She said if the division rules against Abdi, he does have some options, including obtaining a temporary work permit and asking for a judicial review.But Perryman said Abdi shouldn’t have to spend more time “going through bureaucratic processes to try to regain a status that he should have had in the first place.”“All of these take a significant amount of time and energy,” he said outside of court. “I think from Mr. Abdi’s perspective, he wants to try to reintegrate into Canada — go to work as he is today in Toronto.”Perryman has said Abdi is currently employed as a research assistant and community youth leader, working on a research project that studies “crossover youth” — young people who are involved with both the child welfare and criminal justice systems.“I understand that his role is going to be working with a youth facilitator to organize meetings and gatherings of crossover youths to hear directly from them what types of resources, programs and issues face crossover youths,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.“Mr. Abdi was brought in on this project because of his lived experience. Because he himself was a crossover youth, he can relate to the experience that other children are going through.”Perryman said if the division makes a deportation order, Abdi would not be deported immediately. Because he is a refugee, the government would have to get a “danger opinion” before he could be deported, said Perryman.Abdi’s constitutional challenge is still in its early stages.His case has become a rallying point for advocates who say it was wrong for the province to fail to apply for citizenship on his behalf. Roughly two dozen supporters attended the proceeding Thursday.Perryman has said deporting Abdi to Somalia — a country to which he has no ties and where he would be unable to care for his Canadian-born daughter — would be unfair.Abdi was born in Saudi Arabia in 1993. After his parents divorced, his mother — fearing persecution if she returned to Somalia — fled to Djibouti, where the family obtained refugee status.His biological mother died in the refugee camp when he was four, and two years later he came to Canada with his sister and aunts.But shortly after arriving, the children were apprehended by the Nova Scotia government. Abdi’s aunt’s efforts to regain custody were rejected, and her attempt to file a citizenship application for the children blocked.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

The Elders Condemn US For Quitting Paris Climate Agreement

first_imgThe Elders condemned the decision by President Trump to quit the Paris Agreement on climate change. They insisted that the decision does not mean the demise of the Paris Agreement, and urged other signatories to continue to respect its provisions.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: 
“Climate change is the great existential threat of our time. The Paris Agreement was born out of effective multilateralism and a desire to find a cooperative solution to a global problem. No one country can dismantle the Agreement. While the US withdrawal weakens that international accord, it will not trigger its demise.”The focus must remain on implementation of the Paris Agreement, with the remaining Parties continuing to show commitment and ambition to increase their efforts to address climate change, The Elders said. Within the United States, businesses and state authorities can and must take action where the federal government has withdrawn, they added. 

Mary Robinson, Elder and former UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, said: 
“The US reneging on its commitment to the Paris Agreement renders it a rogue state on the international stage. But the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will not stop climate action in the United States. At state level, in cities, in businesses and communities around the country the move away from fossil fuels is well underway. We encourage all actors in the US working to tackle climate change to stand their ground, share the benefits of their work and to keep making their voices heard.”The Elders repeated their concern at the US Administration’s decision not to provide climate finance to help developing countries to address climate change.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders, former UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, and former Chair of the Brundtland Commission that established the concept of sustainable development, said: 
“President Trump’s decision to quit the Paris Agreement and slash US funding for the Green Climate Fund weakens the already frayed bonds of trust between developed and developing countries. It places an enormous burden on other industrialised countries to mobilise the $100 billion per year promised to support climate action in developing countries. We call on countries, states, investors and businesses around the world to mobilise investment in the green economy and create a sustainable future for all.”last_img read more

BC rejects Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline

first_imgAPTN National News VICTORIA–The British Columbia government has rejected the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which plans to ship Alberta mined bitumen to the West Coast for shipping to Asian markets, over environmental concerns.In its final written submission to joint review panel studying the project, the provincial government said it could not accept Enbridge’s project as presented because it failed to address persistent environmental concerns.“British Columbia thoroughly reviewed all the evidence and submissions made to the panel and asked substantive questions about the project including its route, spill response capacity and financial structure to handle any incidents,” said Environment Minister Terry Lake, in a statement. “Our questions were not satisfactorily answered during these hearings.”Lake said the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel needed to “determine if it is appropriate to grant a certificate for the project as currently proposed on the basis of a promise to do more study and planning.” Lake said the outstanding questions should be answered before the project gets a green light from the panel.The B.C. government says the project needed a “world-leading marine oil spill response,” along with similar land oil spill prevention measures, settlement of Aboriginal and treaty rights issues along with the province getting a “fair share” of the economic benefits that reflect its risks from having the majority of the pipeline crossing its territory.Lake said Enbridge failed to provide “little evidence” it could initiate adequate spill response in the event of a pipeline rupture.“Our government cannot support the issuance of a certificate for the pipeline as it was presented,” said Lake.Enbridge, however, didn’t interpret the B.C. government’s position as a rejection, but rather an affirmation it would support the project if its conditions are met.Janet Holder, executive vice-president for western access, said the project’s proponent would meet the conditions by the end fo the panel’s review.“We are working hard to meet the conditions of the government and the people of B.C.,” said Holder, in a statement.The province will be providing their oral arguments to the panel on June 17 during a hearing in Terrace, B.C.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Only debate set for Mississippis hardfought US Senate race

first_imgJACKSON, Miss. — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her Democratic challenger, Mike Espy, meet for their only debate Tuesday night in a contest where the incumbent’s verbal gaffes have dredged up strong emotions about Mississippi’s history of racial violence.Senate races rarely gain national attention in this deeply conservative state. But this matchup — the last major race of 2018 midterms — has drawn scrutiny following Hyde-Smith’s caught-on-video remarks at separate events about “public hanging” and making it “just a little more difficult” for liberals to vote.President Donald Trump reiterated his support for Hyde-Smith on Monday ahead of a campaign visit to Mississippi next week. Meanwhile, former Vice-President Joe Biden endorsed Espy, a former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary who is seeking to become Mississippi’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction.Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate to temporarily succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired in April amid health concerns. She is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress.Hyde-Smith and Espy each received about 41 per cent of the vote when four candidates were on the ballot Nov. 6. If she wins the Nov. 27 runoff, Hyde-Smith would give Republicans a 53-47 majority in the U.S. Senate.Mississippi hasn’t elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982, and Republicans hold all but one statewide office. Still, Espy is seeking a longshot victory nearly a year after another Democrat, Doug Jones, won a Senate race against a troubled Republican candidate in neighbouring Alabama.The contest has intensified since the publisher of a liberal-leaning news site posted a video clip Nov. 11 on social media, showing Hyde-Smith praising a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: “I would fight a circular saw for him. If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”The same Louisiana-based publisher, Lamar White Jr. of The Bayou Brief, posted another video clip Nov. 15, showing Hyde-Smith at a Nov. 3 event in Starkville talking about “liberal folks” and making it “just a little more difficult” for them to vote.In a statement, Hyde-Smith called the hanging expression an “exaggerated expression of regard” and said it is “ridiculous” to read any negative connotation into it. She repeatedly refused to answer questions about it during a news conference in Jackson, but the issue is sure to come up at the debate. Her campaign has said she was joking about hurdles to voting.In a state with a history of lynchings and violent suppression of black voting rights, critics denounced her remarks as ignorant at best and racist at worst.Bishop Ronnie Crudup, senior pastor of predominantly black New Horizon Church International in Jackson, said Hyde-Smith’s hanging remark was “highly offensive.”“That statement has historical context to it, and it shows that she doesn’t really know black people,” said Crudup, who is supporting Espy. “This is something that has everybody in an uproar because, in 2018, you want to think that we’re beyond this. And probably for most of my folks, too, what makes it worse is not to apologize about it.”Merle Flowers, a white former colleague of Hyde-Smith’s in the Mississippi Senate, said she is being unfairly criticized for the “public hanging” comment.“She’s a fine Christian woman and she meant no ill will in what she said. I believe the national media has blown it out of proportion,” said Flowers, a Republican who is treasurer of Mississippi Victory Fund, a super PAC that has spent nearly $790,000 to help Hyde-Smith in the special election.Hyde-Smith served 12 years as a Democratic state lawmaker before switching to the Republican Party in late 2010 and winning statewide races as agriculture commissioner in 2011 and 2015.“I’ve never heard Cindy Hyde-Smith say anything derogatory,” Flowers said. “Black or white or Mexican or Chinese — I’ve never heard her say a derogatory word about anyone.”For Espy to unseat Hyde-Smith, he needs strong turnout among the African-Americans, who make up 38 per cent of Mississippi’s population. He also needs a significant share of the white vote.Crudup helped turn out African-American voters for Cochran in 2014 when the senator was in a Republican primary runoff against McDaniel, a state senator who had tea party support.Speaking of Hyde-Smith’s “public hanging” remark, Crudup said: “You never would have heard Thad Cochran say such. Thad was a statesman and a gentleman. Thad was somebody who was comfortable with all people. … And he was somebody who was appreciated and respected in the African-American community.”Cochran, who lives in Oxford, has retreated from public life and has not been active in the Hyde-Smith campaign.____For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics . Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter: http://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus .Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Magellan completes purchase of SDA Mill Mexico

first_imgMagellan Gold Corp has completed the purchase of the SDA Mill, Nayarit State, Mexico, from Rose Petroleum plc. Total consideration for the purchase of the SDA Mill was $1.5 million. Pierce Carson, CEO commented, “We are pleased to have concluded the purchase of the SDA Mill and wish to thank Rose for their efforts in effecting a smooth transition of assets and personnel. We are delighted to welcome Rose as a major shareholder of Magellan.“Acquisition of the SDA Mill will transform Magellan into a production company and is an exciting development for our shareholders,” continued Carson. “In November, we began limited processing operations under an interim toll agreement to process third-party ore. We intend to continue our strategy of resuming processing operations, building production and increasing cash flow.“Now that we own the mill, we are focused on acquiring nearby sources of high-grade gold and silver ore that can be trucked to the mill for processing”, stated Carson. “We have identified and are evaluating several attractive properties for potential acquisition.”The SDA Mill is a fully operational flotation plant that also includes a precious metals leach circuit and associated assets, licenses and agreements. The mill has the capacity to process ore at a rate of up to 200 t/d. The mill has a ten-year operating history. Historically its operation has been based on sales of flotation concentrates to smelters, and payment for precious metals content.last_img read more

Croatian girls are ready for the Olympic Games

← Previous Story Mocsai chose Hungary for London – Ivancsik out, Laluska substitute… Next Story → Latvian team at “Stanko Sivric BET – LIVE Cup” in Medjugorje For the first time in their history, Women’s NT of Croatia will participate at the Olympic Games in London. NT coach, Vladimir Canjuga presents a list of 15 players for that historical event.1. JELENA GRUBIŠIĆ KRIM GOALKEEPER2. IVANA JELČIĆ PODRAVKA GOALKEEPER3. MAJA ZEBIĆ ITXACO LEFT WING4. NIKICA PUŠIĆ-KOROLJEVIĆ PODRAVKA LEFT WING5. ANITA GAĆE PODRAVKA RIGHT WING6. DIJANA JOVETIĆ BUDUĆNOST RIGHT WING7. VESNA MILANOVIĆ-LITRE PODRAVKA LINE PLAYER8. ANDREA ŠERIĆ KRIM LINE PLAYER9. ANDREA PENEZIĆ KRIM LEFT BACK10. KRISTINA FRANIĆ KRIM LEFT /RIGHT BACK11. LIDIJA HORVAT PODRAVKA RIGHT BACK12. IVANA LOVRIĆ SAMOBOR PLAYMAKER13. SONJA BAŠIĆ LOKOMOTIVA BACK14. MIRANDA TATARI PODRAVKA PLAYMAKER15. MAIDA ARSLANAGIĆ KIF VEJEN LEFT BACK Croatia handballHandball in LondonHandball Olympic TournamentOlympic handball read more

Upcoming Xbox One games we cant wait to play

first_imgA new Xbox doesn’t just mean new hardware, it also means a ton of new games are on the way. Here is a quick look at the upcoming Xbox One games that we’re most looking forward to playing.One of the great things about this next generation of consoles is the ease with which game developers will be able to make their titles cross platform. The x86 architecture to the Xbox One will ensure that we’ll get games that are not only cross platform, but don’t suffer from the Day 1 rush that often ends in release titles that aren’t so great. It’s clear, based on what we’ve seen so far. that throughout the next year there’s going to be quite a few interesting games for this next generation console.Xbox One exclusivesWhile Microsoft is sure to have their staple titles available for the Xbox One, there’s some exciting exclusives that don’t have Halo or Forza in the name.Ryse: Son of Rome – A visually stunning fighter that puts you in control of a Roman legion, with elements of battlefield-wide strategy as well as one on one combat in the trailers we’ve seen so far. Ryse looks like it could be a really unique take on the army combat genre, as long as we’re not drowning in Quick Time Events.Killer Instinct – If for no other reason than sheer nostalgia, this game is pretty high on our list. The side scrolling one on one fighter has gotten a serious gameplay and graphics overhaul, while making it clear that this is still the game we all remember from our childhood.Titanfall – While this is technically a Microsoft exclusive and not an Xbox One exclusive, with releases planned for the 360 and the PC, Titanfall is a fantastic looking futuristic shooter with a serious eye on multiplayer. This is also one of the big titles to take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud gaming services for the Xbox One, and so far it looks like it will be a ton of fun.Multi-platform greatnessThe list of games that will be available for both the One and the PS4 that have been announced already make it clear that no matter which console you choose, we all win.The Division – The latest game to come from a Tom Clancy universe is strangely futuristic and set in the past at the same time. This shooter puts you in the middle of a world where a virus has crippled most of the US, and your team must step in and set things right. Everything from the HUD to the futuristic map layouts from the perspective of the character all feel like a great game to try out.Watch Dogs – Possibly the most anticipated game from the console launches so far this year, Watch Dogs sets you up as a hacker on a mission. The open world game gives you a smartphone capable of hacking just about anything, and a storyline that makes sure you’ll use it anytime you can to avoid getting shot to pieces. The multitplayer and player vs player aspects to the game are also very exciting, but it’s not been made entirely clear how well they tie into the core game yet.The Elder Scrolls Online – Each of the Elder Scrolls titles has been better designed and more popular than the last, and now it looks like we’ll be able to take on this world in a whole new way. An Elder Scrolls MMO is either going to be absolutely incredible or just mostly great, and with this game coming out on multiple platforms at the same time it is clear that there will be a ton of people eager to play when this game drops.Kingdom Hearts IIICautiously optimisticThere were a couple of titles announced recently that could be really great, but have equal potential to be really disappointing. We’ve got our hopes up, just not quite as high as some of the others.The Crew – A new take on the racing game, where you roam around in an open world and form a crew with other online players. As a crew, you can complete various challenges from street racing to big vehicle takedowns where you rob a truck Fast and Furious style for cash. It’s a great way to bring co-op gameplay to racing, and it looks like a lot of fun even if you’re not a huge fan of car games, but it’s not clear how the game would stay interesting after you rob your tenth tractor trailer full of computers.Kingdom Hearts 3 – It’s hard not to get excited about the first KH title for the Xbox, but so far there’s very little information about the actual game. The video that has been released brought back some of our favorite characters, but at this point a lot of the plot of the series has been distributed amongst Nintendo DS and 3DS games that most Xbox One owners are unlikely to have played. There’s a delicate balance here between catering to the hardcore fans of the franchise and making a game that is fun for people who have never played before.Which Xbox One titles are you most excited for? Are you eagerly awaiting the answer to why Master Chief is wearing a dusty cowl, or are you pricing out your next vehicle simulation rig for Forza? 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Block 10 development slowly progresses

first_imgIf development at Block 10 was on its previously announced timeline, construction would have been underway for nearly two months. But the city of Vancouver and Gramor Development haven’t even signed a purchase agreement yet. And a signed deal could still be months away.“Everything is still tracking. We just need to work out some of the details before we get into what an actual agreement looks like,” said Chad Eiken, the city’s community and economic development director.The vacant block, bounded by Columbia and Washington streets between Eighth and Ninth, is envisioned to become 250 apartments with a ground-floor full-service grocer, the first downtown in almost 20 years.The two parties met for the first time in September to discuss an agreement, a meeting that was originally envisioned for sometime in the summer of 2016. Eiken said the driving factor behind the delays is simply a full schedule.“Both on the city side and their side, our plates are full and we’re trying to carve out time for this as well among the competing priorities,” he said.last_img read more

FCA and TPR launch joint strategy to tackle fundamental pensions challenges

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) have launched a joint regulatory strategy, identifying issues contributing to inadequate saving for retirement and outlining priorities for addressing fundamental challenges in the pensions sector.The joint strategy sets out how the FCA and TPR will work in tandem in the future, with two new priorities for joint action identified.The first is a strategic review of the entire consumer pensions journey. This will take an in-depth look at the tools needed to enable individuals to make decisions about their pensions.Second, the two regulatory bodies say they will use their powers to drive value for money for members of pension schemes, including the setting and enforcement of clear standards and principles, where relevant.Christopher Woolard, FCA executive director of strategy and competition, said: “We have worked closely with TPR to produce a co-ordinated and cohesive strategy that will produce positive results for people in or approaching retirement. But success in delivering this strategy doesn’t just depend on action by us.“With the support and collaboration of the government, industry and consumers themselves, we can deliver an environment which contributes to people having higher incomes in their retirement.”The FCA and TPR say the publication of the strategy marks a new stage in the evolution of their working relationship, having already launched a joint campaign to combat the risk of savers being scammed out of their pensions.Lesley Titcomb, TPR chief executive, said: “The joint strategy further strengthens our close working relationship with the FCA, so that through our new approach we can together address earlier any issues that threaten the retirement outcomes for pension savers.“Our goal is to ensure the people who run workplace pensions meet our expectations so that members can have confidence their savings are protected. We are being clearer, quicker and tougher in the pursuit of this goal and working collaboratively with the FCA is vital.”Representatives of the pensions industry have welcomed the joint strategy.Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, said: “While the FCA and TPR have different remits regarding regulating pensions, there is now so much overlap that it’s very welcome to see a joint regulatory strategy, which we hope will lead to a long-term consistent approach across contract and trust-based pensions. This will benefit members who often have both types of pension, as well as ensuring efficiencies for schemes and providers through consistent regulation.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “A closer working relationship between the regulators can only benefit pension savers. There’s a clear indication that they’re targeting personal ownership of retirement to plug the saving shortfall in the auto-enrolment regime. The review of just what’s needed to help people make considered pension decisions should bring how to successfully engage members with planning for life after work to the fore.”last_img read more

State Senator Bruce Tarr CoSponsors Neros Bill To Improve Medical Responses To

first_imgGLOUCESTER, MA — Below is an announcement from State Senator Bruce Tarr, whose district includes Wilmington:I would like to let you know about a bill that I have co-sponsored called Nero’s Bill, otherwise known as An Act Providing For The Care And Transportation Of Police Dogs In The Line Of Duty.Nero the police dog was the K9 partner of the late police sergeant Sean Gannon, a member of the Yarmouth Police Department, who was shot and killed last year while serving a warrant. Nero was also severely wounded in this attack. He was shot in the face; the bullet which ripped through his head left holes in his throat and stopped in his shoulder. He was covered in blood at the scene for hours before receiving medical care.Existing state law prohibits police animals, injured in the line of duty, from being treated or transported by emergency personnel. Even though Nero’s injuries were life-threatening and trained safety officials were available at the scene, staff were all prohibited, by law, from giving Nero what he needed. The bill I am supporting will change that — provided of course, that there is no other injured person that is in need of medical care or transportation first.K9s have been proven to be immensely effective in police work for drug detection, first responder operations, and search and rescue situations – each of these are hazardous and make these dogs exposed to risk of grave bodily harm. There is much more to Nero’s story and subsequent recovery and I encourage you to find out more. Effective police work is vital and potentially dangerous; I am appreciative of all of those who entered the field even those with four legs. I thank Senator Montigny and Representative Crocker for championing this change.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Mass. Italian American Police Association Honors State Senator Bruce TarrIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Supports Interlock Devices For First-Time OUI OffendersIn “Government”last_img read more

Can exit polls fail some Indians ask

first_imgA man walks past the headquarters of India`s Congress party in New Delhi on 16 May, 2014. Photo: ReutersSome opposition politicians in India are taking comfort in the wrong predictions made by pollsters in the US presidential election in 2016, the Brexit referendum also in 2016 and in last week’s Australian election.Most of the exit polls in India show the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance winning about 300 seats in the 543-member parliament, a comfortable majority and above predictions made before the six-week election got underway in April. The opposition Congress party was a distant second.”I believe the exit polls are all wrong,” said Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in a tweet. “In Australia last weekend, 56 different exit polls proved wrong. In India, many people don’t tell pollsters the truth fearing they might be from the government.” Officials seal an Electronic Voting Machine at a booth in Kolkata after voting closed on Sunday.Votes will be counted on Thursday and results are likely the same day.Sriram Karri, a novelist and columnist, said exit polls were like “trailers for a movie.””Could mislead … but this time I feel the story they tell won’t go wrong,” Karri told the Reuters Trading India platform.In India, exit polls famously got it wrong in 2004, when they incorrectly predicted a victory for the BJP alliance.Karri said: “Exit polls can and may go wrong…but largely a repeat of 2004 is very unlikely here.”The Hindustan Times newspaper said Prime Minister Narendra Modi converted the election into a referendum on himself.”It was almost as if he was standing from all the constituencies, and candidates were irrelevant,” it said. “A substantial element of the electorate has thus chosen a PM, not their MP.”India’s benchmark Nifty stocks index was up 2.66% at 0635 GMT after exit polls predicted the BJP would win a comfortable majority in the general election, but investors said they were awaiting major reforms.”I’m not investing in India because it’s near its all-time high, and I don’t particularly want to invest in companies or countries where everything is at an all-time high,” said veteran investor Jim Rogers.”If stocks come down or Mr. Modi opens the economy, if he makes the currency convertible, if he makes it easier for people to invest in India, India could be very, very exciting. I don’t think he’s done what needs to be done in India for me to get involved.”The Nifty was last at 11,711 points, against a historical high of 11,856.Samrat Dasgupta, a fund manager at Esquire Capital Investment Advisors, said: “Once the results are out on Thursday, even if it is as expected, I don’t see much upside to the market.”The economy is passing through a rough patch because a lot of data indicators are showing a slowdown, so people will wait for announcements from the new government/cabinet to see what policies will be made.”The partially convertible rupee was trading at 69.53/54 per dollar at 0600 GMT, after rising to 69.3550 earlier, making it up 1.2 per cent on the day. The gain, if sustained, would be the highest since December.The benchmark 10-year bond yield was trading at 7.30 per cent, down 6 basis points on the day after briefly falling to a low of 7.28 per cent.A substantial amount of capital was on the sidelines awaiting the election results, and this should begin to flow into markets, market participants said.Mayuresh Joshi, senior vice president and fund manager at Angel Broking, however cautioned that if the final results, due on Thursday, were contrary to the exit polls, “then 10,900 is the level to watch out for in Nifty, because if that breaks we will see further downside”.Prime minister Modi was helped in the election by four key factors, wrote Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief of The Print news portal. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at his supporters during a roadshow in the city of Varanasi.India’s upper castes, usually divided or supporters of the opposition Congress party, appear to have consolidated behind Modi, said Gupta, a veteran writer on politics and television talk-show host.The BJP, he added, had overcome “disastrous macroeconomics with effective microeconomics”, providing some of India’s poorest with toilets, loans, cooking gas connections, housing and electricity.”These schemes have touched far too many people in quick time to not matter to them,” he wrote. “They neither understand nor bother about whether the GDP is up or down, reliable or fudged. They are too poor to yet be in the organised job market.”Thirdly, Gupta said, Modi’s government had a good record of building hard infrastructure, roads, bridges and ports. And lastly, he said, the huge chunk of voters who are under 22 have emerged as a huge support base for Modi.”They’ve known only one leader, heard just one message, have no reference to the pre-Google context,” he said. “Most important: They mostly haven’t yet gone out in the job market.”Votes will be counted on Thursday, and Gupta cautioned while the four factors had helped Modi, he was not sticking his neck out with a prediction.Other political strategists said Modi’s presidential-style campaign and his aggressive response after a surge in tensions with Pakistan in February-March appear to have worked well, and overcome concerns about unemployment and falling farm incomes.Anti-Pakistan wave helps ModiOther factors that could have helped the BJP were their enormous resources, and the inability of the opposition Congress party, led by Rahul Gandhi, to form meaningful alliances.last_img

Expanding Affordable Housing In Houston Is A Big Objective For Citys New

first_img X 00:00 /01:36 Courtesy of the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department / Rendering by Humphreys & Partners Architects L.P. This rendering shows The Village at Palm Center, one of the projects the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department is involved in and that entails units restricted at affordable rents.The recently named director of housing for the City of Houston has made providing more affordable housing one of his main goals.That is one of the objectives that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner set for his administration when he took office back in January.At the beginning of July, Mayor Turner named Tom McCasland Interim Director for the City’s Housing and Community Development Department, HCDD.One argument McCasland makes is that more than 20 percent of households in our region spend 50 percent or more of their income on housing expenses.“That’s a problem for us and it hurts us economically. We have to go out and put together a plan for tackling that issue at large, as opposed to nibbling around the edges and trying to manage that problem,” McCasland says.McCasland estimates that 100,000 households would benefit from more affordable housing in Houston.However, sometimes these projects cause controversy.That is the case with a project from the Houston Housing Authority – which is a separate agency from the HCDD — to build a mixed-income apartment complex near the Galleria that would include low rent units.Controversies aside, these processes with multiple layers as Kyle Shelton, a program manager with Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research who has studied urban development, points out.“It’s everything from trying to work with private developers to come up with alternative ways to get maybe smaller numbers of affordable units into new developments in high opportunity areas, it’s approaching the ways the various housing agencies at the county and the state and the local level are thinking about their big projects,” Shelton explains.One of the best resources Houston has to develop more affordable housing is funding from the federal government.The City estimates it will receive around $160 million between 2016 and 2019 in federal funding for housing and community development programs. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Tiger engine issues force return landing

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Engine problems forced a Tiger Airways aircraft bound for Perth to return to Melbourne airport. The airline confirmed the plane returned to Melbourne on Friday night after the pilot reported “an irregularity in one of the engines”, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Passenger on board the flight Iris Smith explained that up to 150 passengers were startled after hearing a “loud bang” outside the plane. “There was a big, huge bad sound,” she said. “No one said anything for a while.” Mrs Smith said passengers attempted to pass the sound off as the sound of a bird flying into the engine, engine failure or faults with the landing gear. “It is human nature but you try and justify in your head what happened,” Mrs Smith said. “We all sort of thought ‘is this it?’” Airport emergency services were on standby as the plane came to a safe landing. The aircraft is currently being assessed to determine the cause of the sound.last_img read more

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