India-based staffing firms hog a disproportionate share of H-1 B visas, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.Just 10 staffing firms, six of which are based in India, account for 11,000 H-1B visas, one-sixth of the 2009 total. Staffing firms place these workers at worksites of other companies.The GAO found that “demand for new H1-B workers is largely driven by a small number of employers …. And only a few employers (fewer than 1 percent) garnered over one-quarter of all H-1B approvals.” According to the report, “Since 2000, most people that were approved to be H-1B workers were born in China or India, were hired for technology positions, and increasingly held advanced degrees.” India accounts for almost half of all H-1B visas.The GAO concluded, “Taken together, the multifaceted challenges identified in this report show that the H-1B program, as currently structured, may not be used to its full potential and may be detrimental in some cases.”The GAO urged Congress to consider “the adequacy of the qualifications of foreign workers the U.S. admits through the program, the appropriateness of H-1B hiring by staffing companies, and the role of the program with respect to permanent residency” in considering key provisions of the H-1B program. Related Items
A leader of the Samajwadi Party was shot dead in Jaunpur by bike-borne assailants on Friday morning, while another was shot dead in Noida in the afternoon, adding to the list of murders of people linked to political parties in Uttar Pradesh after the declaration of the Lok Sabha election results.The police said Lalji Yadav, 45, was shot at by masked men while he was on his way to Jaunpur city. He was declared dead at a local hospital. Jaunpur ASP (Rural) Sanjay Rai said Yadav had parked his vehicle on the roadside and was “talking to someone when three people came on a bike and opened fire at him.” Former Jaunpur Samajwadi Party MP Paras Nath Yadav told the media that the party, and in particular Yadavs were being targeted in U.P. just days after the BJP government regained power. Yadav, who was a contractor, had contested the last Zilla Panchayat election unsuccessfully.In the afternoon, Ramteg Kataria was shot dead outside his house at Dadri in Noida while he was overseeing construction work. Noida SSP Vaibhav Krishna said it was a case of personal enmity and stressed there was “no political angle.” Rajendra Chaudhary, SP spokesperson, said following directions by party president Akhilesh Yadav, senior SP leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Ramgovind Chowdhary had been deputed to investigate the matter. Mr. Akhilesh Yadav is himself expected to go to Ghazipur on June 3 to meet the family of Vijay Yadav, a Zilla Panchayat member who was shot dead on May 24 by unidentified persons.Several other such incidents have been reported since May 23. On Tuesday, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Haii Ehsan and his nephew were shot dead at their office in Najibabad town of Bijnor district in west U.P. In a separate incident, former SP MP from Bulandshahr Kamlesh Valmiki was found dead at his residence in Khurja on Monday under suspicious circumstances. The police said he was poisoned.Last Sunday, a former pradhan considered close to newly elected MP of Amethi Smriti Irani was shot dead by unidentified assailants. Surendra Singh had actively campaigned for Ms. Irani.
Having represented the country at two consecutive Olympics, archer Laishram Bombayla Devi is coming to terms with the demands of performing at that level and now believes India needs a foreign coach to make a mark.The Indian women’s recurve team, one of the major medal contenders at the London Games, crashed out in the first elimination stage to unfancied Denmark, after finishing ninth in the ranking round.”A foreign coach would be very helpful for us to take the next step. All the other major archery countries have them, Koreans in most cases,” Bombayla told Mail Today from Imphal on Tuesday.”Apart from that, the services of a physiotherapist and mental trainer are necessary. Most importantly, these support staff should be constantly with us during our camps.”The Indian archery squad for the London Olympics had Limba Ram as chief coach with Ravi Shankar and Purnima Mahto as assistants. “Indian coaches are also good, but foreign coaches will be the better way to go,” said Bombayla.The archer, who also went to Beijing four years ago, felt conditions and fever played a key role in the underperformance of the archers.”We did not have much luck. On reaching London, most of us were down with fever. Also, the swirling wind and rain did not help matters. We had reached London 10 days in advance, but got to practice at Lord’s for only half an hour before the actual competition. The wind was completely different at the practice venue,” she said.advertisementThe wind, she said, was responsible for her missing the target board during her second round defeat to Mexican Aida Roman. “A sudden gust of wind came just when I was taking aim. The arrow also slipped a bit early from my fingers. It was a bit embarrassing,” she said.Despite rooting for a foreign coach, Bombayla said there was no lack of respect for the Indian coaches.”We respect them a lot but a foreign coach is the need of the hour, especially Koreans Lim Chae Woong or Lee Wang Woo,” she said.Bombayla is taking a break for about a fortnight, after which she will resume training at the Sports Authority of India’s Eastern Centre in Kolkata.”We have the Asian Championships in Korea next year, and also have to start preparing for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. The camp is likely to get underway in November or December,” she said.Bombayla is keen to have another crack at the Olympics in Rio, and wants to be better prepared for it. “We need to have planned training and focus on both the mental and physical aspects of the sport,” she said.
PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 (Exit 3A) Construction of the new roundabout is underway in the Town of Pictou. Construction vehicles will be turning on to West River Road off of Highway 106, Exit 3A, and turning into the former entrance of the visitor information centre during this phase of the project. Work is anticipated to be completed Friday, Sept. 30. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 246 Sections of Route 246, from 200 metres west of Kennedy Hill Road for about six kilometres west to Marshall Road, are reduced to one lane for upgrading including paving, slope stabilization, and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is stop-and-go, and work takes place from daylight to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348 Route 348 from Bridgeville Road easterly for about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 The southbound lanes of Highway 111, between Exit 6 and Pleasant Street in Dartmouth, are reduced to one lane during construction daily from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h during construction and the work is scheduled to be completed on Sunday, July 31. PICTOU COUNTY: Montreal Road Montreal Road, from Route 289 to Gairlock Lake Road, about four kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 8. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Yarmouth/Digby County line to seven kilometres west of Exit 28, is reduced to one lane to install centerline rumble strips until Friday, July 8. Signage and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107, Partridge River Bridge Until the end of July, traffic on Highway 107 near Exit 18 in Lake Echo could be reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The speed limit is reduced to 80 km/hr. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103 from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. HANTS COUNTY: Vaughan Road Vaughan Road, from Trunk 14 to Route 236, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and chip sealing until Friday, Sept. 30. Work is from Monday to Friday from sunrise to sundown. Drivers should expect delays, slowdown in construction zones, and be prepared to stop. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Bridge The Highway 101 Bridge over Highway 102 near Bedford is reduced to one lane on both the inbound and outbound lanes for repairs on weekends. There will also be a lane drop each way on Highway 102. Work starts on Fridays at 6 p.m. and ends on Mondays at 6 a.m. until Friday, July 15. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348 Route 348 (East River East Side Road) is closed to traffic between Bridgeville Road and Sunny Brae Eden Road for culvert replacement until Friday, July 15. Detour signs are in place. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the westbound lane of Highway 104 for about 19 kilometres from Londonderry to Westchester Station, are reduced to one lane for paving, widening, and the installation of rumble strips and guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk.
Sur Baher (Palestinian Territories): Israel began demolishing a number of Palestinian homes it considers illegal south of Jerusalem early Monday, in a move which has drawn international concern. The Palestinians immediately slammed the demolitions in the Sur Baher area which straddles the West Bank and Jerusalem, but Israeli defended the move as essential to its security. Before dawn, hundreds of Israeli police and soldiers sealed off at least four buildings in the area close to the Israeli security barrier which cuts off the occupied West Bank, an AFP journalist said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USReporters were prevented from reaching the buildings while residents and activists were dragged out of the homes. Earthmovers then began demolishing at least three multi-story buildings, of which two were still under construction, the journalist said. One man yelled “I want to die here”, after being forced out. Ismail Abadiyeh, who lives in one of the buildings under threat with his family, said they would be left homeless. “We will be on the street,” he told AFP. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIsrael says the buildings were built too close to the separation barrier that it built to stop attacks from the West Bank. Palestinians accuse Israel of using security as a pretext to force them out of the area as part of long-term efforts to expand settlements and roads linking them. They also point out that most of the buildings are located in areas meant to be under Palestinian Authority civilian control under the agreements between the Palestinian and Israeli governments. The Palestinian government said the demolitions were a breach of all agreements they signed with Israel. “What is painfully happening here is the biggest and most dangerous demolition operation outside of war operations,” Walid Asaf, the Palestinian minister in charge of monitoring Israeli settlements, said in a video from the site. “This operation aims to cut off Jerusalem from Bethlehem (in the southern West Bank),” he added. Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan accused the Palestinians of “lies”, stressing the demolition was validated by the state’s top court after a lengthy process. “The structures were built illegally next to the security fence and constitute a risk to the lives of the civilians and security forces,” Erdan cited the supreme court ruling in a tweet, noting the demolitions were due to be completed within the day. Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community. The Jewish state began construction of the barrier during the bloody second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in the early 2000s and says it is necessary to protect against attacks.
New Delhi: A 33-year-old woman constable of Delhi Police allegedly committed suicide at her rented accommodation in Dwarka’s Chhawla area. Police said that they have not found any suicide note from the spot. The investigation is going on to ascertain the reason behind the extreme step. The deceased was a resident of Dwarka district. “When the woman constable did not come for her duty at the police station. An enquiry regarding her whereabouts was made. Her friend was alerted. She (friend) went to her room which was locked from inside and her (deceased) phone was switched off. A PCR call was made,” police said. A team reached the spot and found hanging her inside the bathroom. The police rushed her to a hospital where she was declared brought dead on arrival.
WINNIPEG – The Manitoba legislature was evacuated today for over an hour due to a security threat.The fire alarm rang, and politicians, staff and visitors were ordered outside the building as Question Period was winding down.Speaker Myrna Driedger said there was a security threat in the public gallery.Premier Brian Pallister later said a threat was phoned in — something he called mischief-making and unproductive.There were many visitors in the public gallery, including group of students opposed to a bill that would ease restrictions on post-secondary tuition increases.The students had left the gallery before the security threat, however, and had briefly protested in a hallway.
Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday announced that it will release 360 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, this month in four phases, as a “goodwill gesture” amidst tensions between the two countries after the Pulwama terror attack.Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said the process of releasing the Indian fishermen will start on April 8 when 100 prisoners will be released. In the second phase on April 5, another 100 will be released. In the third phase on April 22, another 100 will be released and in the fourth and last phase on April 29, the remaining 60 prisoners will be released. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’We are doing it as goodwill gesture and hope that India will reciprocate it, Faisal said while addressing his weekly briefing to the media in Islamabad. The spokesperson said currently there are 347 Pakistani prisoners in India and 537 Indian prisoners in Pakistan. “Pakistan will release 360 Indian prisoners, of which 355 are fishermen and 5 are civilians,” he said. The fishermen will be taken from Karachi to Lahore and handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah border. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAnwar Kazmi, a spokesman of Edhi welfare organisation, which helps the released fishermen with clothes and food, told PTI from Karachi that the process of releasing the fishermen will start from Sunday. First a group of 100 fishermen will be taken from Karachi to Lahore on Allama Iqbal Express on Sunday,” he said. They are likely to be handed over to India on Monday at Wagah. They spent months and sometimes years before repatriated. Pakistan and India frequently arrest fishermen as there is no clear demarcation of the maritime border in the Arabian Sea and these fishermen do not have boats equipped with the technology to know their precise location. Owing to lengthy and slow bureaucratic and legal procedures, the fishermen usually remain in jail for several months and sometimes years. PTI
But on Saturday, Algerian news outlet TSA quoted an authorized source anonymously speaking on the King’s offer to Algeria.The source described the King’s offer as “questionable,” aiming for the “bilateralism” of the Western Sahara conflict. For Algeria, according to the source, King Mohammed VI’s offer “is a non-event that does not deserve a formal answer.”Politicizing the offer On the 43rd anniversary of the Green March on Tuesday, the King said that Morocco is open to receive any “proposals or initiatives Algeria may want to offer in this regard so as to break the stalemate in the relations between the two neighbors and sister nations.”For Algeria, however, King Mohammed VI’s call is not “sincere.”In an interview with Al Araby Al Jadeed, an anonymous Algerian diplomat said that Algeria would accept Morocco’s offer with conditions.Algeria’s conditions include the “end of diplomatic and media propaganda campaigns between the two countries; the end of the flow of drugs into Algeria; good neighborliness and a comprehensive settlement through dialogue; and neutralizing the conflict of Western Sahara and keeping it within the context of the auspices of the United Nations.”TSA’s authorized source has echoed the same conditions Morocco must meet before re-establishing bilateral ties is possible.According to the Algerian news outlet, Algeria will consider reopening the world’s longest closed land border, which has been shut for over 20 years, if Morocco meets its conditions.But Morocco will likely not accept Algeria’s demands because they are against Morocco’s position on the Western Sahara conflict.Algeria, which hosts Sahrawis in Tindouf, has denied responsibility in the conflict for many years. It also believes that the Western Sahara conflict should be solved between Morocco and the Polisario Front separatist group.Algeria is also lobbying against Morocco’s position on the conflict in the US.According to exclusive information obtained by Morocco World News, Algeria has signed a $30,000-per-month contract with the Keene Consulting firm, owned by John Bolton’s friend, David Keene.The contract, received by MWN, says that Keene “shall provide counsel to and conduct lobbying activities for Algeria to reinforce friendship relations and cooperation between Algeria and the US.”Since Bolton’s appointment in March, political analysts have speculated that Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, might use his voice against Morocco on the Western Sahara conflict.Bolton was a part of UN Special Envoy James Baker’s team and played a key role in the Framework Agreement plan known as Plan Baker II.Strongly rejected by Morocco, the plan provided for five years of Western Sahara autonomy under Morocco’s sovereignty followed by a referendum on self-determination with independence.Morocco, however, sees its autonomy plan as the only solution to end the Western Sahara conflict.
TORONTO — The Canadian dollar lost some momentum Friday, amid lower commodity prices and disappointing Canadian jobs figures.The loonie faded 0.58 of a cent to 93.34 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that the economy had an unexpected loss of 9,400 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate rising one-tenth of a point to 7.1% — the highest since last December. Full-time employment rose by 33,500, partly making up for the loss of 43,000 part-time jobs.Economists had expected another big month of job creation following May’s 25,800 gain, but June resumed what has become a year-long trend of weak demand for workers. They had forecasted the agency would report that about 24,000 jobs were created.The Canadian job market remains mired deep in a mid-cycle funk“The Canadian job market remains mired deep in a mid-cycle funk, with precious little employment growth over the past year,” said Doug Porter, chief economist with BMO Capital Markets.These latest jobs figures will no doubt be front and centre of the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement and release of its latest monetary policy report, due next Wednesday.Porter said it’s likely that the central bank will use it as a reason to continue to keep at record-low levels.“While there is much sound and fury surrounding monthly Canadian job tallies, often signifying very little, the underlying trend is unquestionably squishy soft,”he wrote. “Simply, this gives the Bank of Canada all the justification it needs to still sound quite dovish in next week’s interest rate decision and quarterly monetary policy report, even with the recent uptick in prices. Their focus will likely shift from ’too-low inflation” to “too-low growth.”’The Canadian dollar has been hovering around the 94-cent US range as of late, which has raised fresh concerns how the higher currency is affecting the country’s exports and manufacturing sectors. Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has been depending on a weakened Canadian dollar to help drive exports and aid in Canada’s economic recovery.The currency will also be looking for direction from the release of the latest inflation figures due next Friday.It also continues to look for hints that the fundamentals, including oil prices, are supporting its price. Oil rose for the first time in two weeks on Thursday, but pulled back from gains with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipping $1.47 cents to US$101.46 a barrel.Oil prices shot up in the last month to a 10-month high over concerns that strife in Iraq might disrupt supplies. However, they have since been easing back as al-Qaida-inspired militants’ gains in Iraq did not affect oil exporters.On Friday, Iraq’s Oil Ministry said Kurdish fighters have taken over two oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Friday.Meanwhile, the prospect of a sudden return of Libyan oil to the global market has also lessened global supply worries. Libyan exports have been all but cut off over the last several months because of labour and political strife that has shut ports and disrupted production. Agreements with local militias are now expected to open two ports, and a major field restarted production Tuesday.In other commodities, gold prices also dropped, with August gold bullion falling $2 to US$1,337.20 an ounce. September copper fell a penny to US$3.24 a pound.
by Marley Jay, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2017 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stocks jump following strong January jobs report FILE – This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows the Wall Street entrance of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are climbing Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, morning after the government said employers hired more workers last month, another positive sign for the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are climbing Friday morning after the government said employers stepped up their hiring last month, another positive sign for the U.S. economy. That’s helping small-company stocks, which stand to benefit more than others from faster economic growth. Banks rose sharply after President Trump took a step toward scaling back financial industry regulations.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 180 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 20,065 as of 11:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index advanced 16 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,297. The Nasdaq composite rose 25 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 5,660.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 16 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 1,373. Smaller, domestically-focused companies may have more to gain than their larger peers from faster growth in the U.S. The Russell made large gains at the end of 2016 based on those hopes.US JOBS: U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in January, according to the Labor Department. That’s more than last year’s average monthly gain of 187,000. The unemployment rate ticked up to a low 4.8 per cent from 4.7 per cent in December as more people started looking for work.REGULATION ROLLBACK: Financial firms rose after President Donald Trump took his first steps aimed at scaling back regulations on the industry. He signed an order that directs the Treasury Secretary to look for potential changes to the Dodd-Frank law, which reshaped financial regulations after the 2008-09 financial crisis and created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.The order doesn’t have any immediate impact, but suggests Trump is intent on reducing regulations, which could boost profits for financial companies and banks.Dow components JPMorgan Chase added $2.41, or 2.8 per cent, to $87 and Goldman Sachs rose $9.78, or 4.2 per cent, to $240.19. Morgan Stanley gained $1.91, or 4.5 per cent, to $44.04 and Invesco rose $1.19, or 4 per cent, to $30.74. Smaller banks, which could find it easier to lend money if regulations are cut, also traded higher.CARD SWIPED: Visa said shoppers stepped up their use of debit and credit cards in the fourth quarter, and the payment processing company also benefited from its acquisition of Visa Europe. Its profit and revenue were stronger than analysts expected, and Visa’s stock jumped $4.09, or 5 per cent, to $86.40.AMAZON DOESN’T AMAZE: Online retail giant Amazon traded lower as investors grew concerned about its sales. The company’s fourth-quarter sales fell short of analyst estimates and the company said it expects $33.25 billion to $33.75 billion in revenue in the current quarter. That’s more than $2 billion short of Wall Street estimates. The stock gave up $27.30, or 3.3 per cent, to $812.65.MACY’S SALE? Macy’s stock soared after the Wall Street Journal reported that Hudson’s Bay Co., the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, could buy the department store chain. The companies declined to comment.Macy’s jumped $2.69, or 8.8 per cent, to $33.41. The stock has been trading around five-year lows. Hudson’s Bay stock rose 4 per cent in Toronto.AMGEN ADVANCES: Biotech drugmaker Amgen disclosed a bigger profit and better sales than analysts had expected. It also reported results from a study that showed its cholesterol drug Repatha reduced risk of death, heart attack and stroke in patients with advanced atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. That could help boost prescriptions for Repatha, which was approved in August. Amgen $6.71, or 4.2 per cent, to $166.29.SAFETY CHECK: Network security company Fortinet reported a bigger profit and greater revenue than analysts expected and its stock climbed $4.44, or 13.4 per cent, to $37.62 Competitor FireEye slumped $2.06, or 15.8 per cent, to $10.92. That company disclosed a smaller profit and less revenue than expected, and it forecast weaker-than-expected sales for the current quarter.UGG-LY TURN: Deckers Outdoor, the maker of Ugg footwear, announced weak quarterly profit and sales. The company said it expects to earn around $3.50 a share in the current fiscal year, far short of the analyst estimate of $4.08 a share. The stock tumbled $9.49, or 17.1 per cent, to $46.05.NO-GO FOR GOPRO: Action camera maker GoPro slumped after another weak sales report. The company’s fourth-quarter total of $541 million in revenue fell about $35 million below analyst estimates and its first-quarter projection was even worse, as it called for around $200 million in sales in the first quarter. That was $68 million below estimates. The stock sank $1.38, or 12.6 per cent, to $9.59.BONDS: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.44 per cent from 2.48 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 42 cents to $53.96 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 48 cents to $57.04 a barrel in London.CURRENCY: The dollar dipped to 112.40 yen from 112.70 yen. The euro edged up to $1.0789 from $1.0764.OVERSEAS: France’s CAC 40 jumped 0.8 per cent. The British FTSE 100 rose 0.7 per cent while Germany’s DAX added 0.2 per cent. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo finish almost unchanged and Seoul’s Kospi added 0.1 per cent. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong shed 0.2 per cent.___AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/marley-jay
Mike D’Antoni beat out 11-time championship coach Phil Jackson for the Los Angeles Lakers’ job, replacing fired Mike Brown. And it was quite surprise.Most everyone believed Jackson would make his third stint with the team he won five NBA titles. Reports indicated Jackson would accept the job on Monday pending negotiations. But it never got to that point.“We signed Mike D’Antoni to a multi-year deal,” Lakers spokesman John Black said, mentioning the team’s owner and top two executives. “Dr. (Jerry) Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak were unanimous that Mike D’Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time.”D’Antoni, 61, coached the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, but neither to a championship. His style of play promotes a frenetic, speedy tempo with shots going up from all over the court, with no emphasis on defense. His teams in New York were last in the NBA in points allowed and field goal percentage against in all his three seasons with the Knicks.Questions about how such an up-tempo pace would work with the aging Lakers: Steve Nash is 38, Kobe Bryant 34, Pau Gasol 32. And his system calls for sound perimeter shooting, and L.A. does not fashion a lot of long-range marksmen.Still, the Lakers took him over Jackson. D’Antoni, with a three-year, $12-million contract, will officially take over the Lakers within two weeks, depending how quickly he recovers from knee-replacement surgery.The Lakers will introduce their new coach at a news conference as early as Tuesday but more likely later in the week. Bernie Bickerstaff will remain the team’s interim coach for now.Jackson was the overwhelming favorite to return to the Lakers until they heard his informal demands, which included a stake in team ownership, according to a person familiar with the situation.“He was asking for the moon,” said the person, who also declined to be identified because they are not authorized to discuss the situation.The Lakers then moved quickly to sign D’Antoni. He replaces Brown, who was fired Friday after the Lakers began the season 1-4, their worst start since 1993.Earlier Sunday, Lakers guard Steve Nash said it would “be a coup” for the Lakers to bring back Jackson, but he also had kind words for D’Antoni.“Obviously, I think everyone knows how much I love Mike,” said Nash, who played four seasons and won two MVP awards under D’Antoni in Phoenix. “If he were the coach, it would be seamless and terrific for me, and I think the team as well.”Kobe Bryant, who said he “loves” Jackson, was on board with the hiring of D’Antoni. “They know how I feel about Phil. They know how I feel about D’Antoni,” Bryant said Sunday. “I like them both.”D’Antoni’s coaching staff with the Lakers likely will start with two longtime assistants — his brother, Dan D’Antoni, and Phil Weber.The new Lakers coach has a 388-339 coaching record in the NBA. He led the Suns to the Western Conference finals in 2005 and 2006 with Nash running the show.Bryant became familiar as a boy with D’Antoni, who was a star in the Italian league in the 1980s, when Bryant’s father also played in Italy. D’Antoni helped Olimpia Milano win five league titles and two European club titles. D’Antoni also worked with Bryant on the U.S. national team as an assistant.
The 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t played a game yet, but they’re off to a historic start. Not only does the team rank first in the Associated Press’s preseason poll, but it also garnered all 61 possible first-place votes — making it the first time in the 66-year history of the preseason rankings that a team was unanimously voted No. 1.There’s no question that the Buckeyes are bursting with talent, having retained 14 starters (including three All-Americans) from last year’s 14-1 squad that won the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship. The metrics are fond of them as well: The Buckeyes rank No. 1 in ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index (FPI), with a 31 percent probability of finishing the season without a loss. (No other team has more than an 11 percent chance of going undefeated.)But as great as Ohio State figures to be, the share of No. 1 votes that a top-ranked team receives hasn’t historically been a reliable indicator of how strong it will be at season’s end.Among top-ranked teams in the preseason since 1992, there’s a passable relationship between the percentage of available No. 1 votes gathered and the team’s eventual end-of-season power rating.1As measured by the Elo-like estimated version of FPI we used here. But that’s almost entirely because voters (sensibly) tend to hand their No. 1 votes to teams that were already good in the first place. If we look at whether the share of No. 1 votes a top-ranked team receives in the preseason predicts the change in its rating from the preseason to the end of the year, there’s essentially no relationship at all.In fact, Ohio State’s accomplishment might actually be more indicative of an overall trend toward consolidation atop the preseason poll. In the five polls between 1992 and 1996, for instance, the No. 1 team accumulated 56 percent of all top votes on average. In the most recent five years, that average was 79 percent, with each of the past three preseason No. 1 teams garnering at least 95 percent of the vote.This year’s Buckeyes should be a treat to watch. But their unanimous No. 1 ranking doesn’t make them any more likely to dominate the season than a team with the same FPI but a less-impressive vote tally.
“However, on the date of the accident, the metal grenade was thrown by an actor, but hit the claimant in the face, knocking her to the ground, and causing her to hit her head and injure her back.”In court documents filed at Central London County Court, the Alan Goldsmith Organisation has denied negligence. Its lawyers insist it had nothing to do with managing the spectacle at the Norman-style fortress, which was restored by Alan Goldsmith in the 1980s. The defence statement also states that Miss Westerman, of Hammersmith, west London, sent text messages after the incident describing it as an “accident” and “just an incredibly unlucky event”.”Following this incident, not even Miss Westerman considered the event to be anything other than a mistake by the other actor involved, despite the assertions now made,” the company added.A trial will take place at Central London County Court on a date yet to be set. A “zombie” actress who says her face was scarred for life in a freak accident during a Hallowe’en show is suing the company that runs the castle where it was staged for £100,000.Helena Westerman, 24, claims she was left with five fractured teeth and permanent facial scarring after she was hit by a deactivated grenade at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex.She said the prop, thrown by another actor, struck her in the mouth while she was portraying a “mad scientist and zombie” character in an interactive show in October 2015.Miss Westerman was shuffling out of the shadows in full costume and makeup to terrify a fee-paying audience in the moments before the accident, court documents say.The writer and theatre producer claims she had to undergo six months of intensive dental treatment and suffered depression, anxiety and an “adjustment disorder” due to the incident. She has now sued the Alan Goldsmith Organisation Ltd – the firm that runs the castle – accusing it of failing to provide a safe system of work.Her solicitor, Nicola Hall, said: “On previous nights, she pretended to fall to the ground, giving the impression that the explosion had killed the zombies, and she would then get up shortly after. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman shot dead in T&TJune 26, 2017In “latest news”Mexican model crowned Miss World 2018December 9, 2018In “Entertainment”US immigration: Drowning exposes risks of illegal crossingJune 26, 2019In “latest news” (AFP) US immigration officials last week followed a 10-year-old undocumented girl with cerebral palsy to a Texas hospital and detained her after surgery for deportation, advocates charged Monday.The American Civil Liberties Union, in a letter sent to multiple government agencies in charge of refugee children, demanded Rosa Maria Hernandez be released to her parents, who live in the US city of Laredo along the Mexico border.“Forcibly separating Rosa Maria from her family inflicts serious psychological and emotional injury on her and on her entire family,” the ACLU said in its letter.The civil rights group gave the government until Tuesday afternoon to release the child, before it would take “immediate legal action.”Hernandez suffers from cerebral palsy, a brain developmental illness that affects body movement and muscle control.Her mother brought her illegally into the US from Mexico when she was three months old for better medical care, according to US media reports. They crossed from Nuevo Laredo to Laredo — adjacent cities separated by the border.The girl travelled last week by ambulance to a hospital in a nearby Texas city for surgery, accompanied by a US citizen adult relative.Immigration agents stopped them at a checkpoint and followed them to the hospital, where they monitored her medical treatment and took her into custody after doctors released her, according to the ACLU and media reports.Her arrest has caused outrage, with some questioning the Donald Trump administration’s priorities, amid increasing detentions of undocumented immigrants.US President Donald Trump has called for tougher enforcement, promising to focus on those who commit crimes while in the US illegally.Supporters raised more than US$26,000 on GoFundMe to help with Hernandez’s legal costs.The Washington Post, in an editorial, questioned “the judgment — not to mention humanity — of federal agents.”And, US Congressman Joaquin Castro — a Texas Democrat who sits on foreign affairs and intelligence committees — last week added, “A small child who just had surgery is not a threat.”The US agency in charge of child migrant care told AFP that it could not comment on a specific case. It said it generally endeavours to release children to approved “sponsors” through an application process.US Customs and Border Protection did not respond to a request for comment.
Alex DujshebaevBranko TamseDaniel DujshebaevRK Celje PLTalant Dujshebaev ← Previous Story David Balaguer to stay at HBC Nantes Next Story → EHF put Faroe Islands as host in Danish Skjern The youngest member of Dujshebaev dynasty, Daniel Dujshebaev, playing his second season at Slovenian best team RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko. The 20-years old left back, who won EURO gold with Spain at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, talked for Balkan-Handball.com, about his days in Slovenia, where is he loaned from PGE Vive Kielce, work with coach Branko Tamse, chance to play at EHF Champions League, but also answered on question “Who is the best handball player in the family – Daniel, Alex or Talant?”I think father is better than me and brother. Alex made fantastic results with RK Vardar, he played very good in Macedonia. My goal is to work hard to improve and come to that level – said Daniel.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY of Ireland said they are “disappointed that there has been no clarity” given in the case in which a Dublin man of putting his fist through a Claude Monet painting at the gallery.The jury deliberated for nearly nine hours spread over three days, but has failed to reach a verdict today.€7 million damageThe man is being accused of causing €7 million worth of damage to the painting.Andrew Shannon, aged 48, has denied the charge of criminal damage by claiming he has a serious heart condition that caused him to “collapse” against the art work on 29 June 2012.Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland said he would like to praise the staff of the National Gallery for their prompt response to the incident at the time and all the colleagues in the emergency services.“In particular, I would like to thank the staff involved for participating and relating to the court as citizens, as much as Gallery employees,” he said.Mr Rainbird added the gallery’s Conservation Department has undertaken a very complex project to mend and restore the Monet painting and thanked BNP Paribas who provided the necessary funds to undertake the restoration.Monet painting“We look forward to putting the Monet back on display to the public as soon as conservation work is complete,” he said.Judge Des Hogan remanded Andrew Shannon in custody until tomorrow when he will apply for bail.Read: Monet painting damaged during incident at National Gallery>Read: Monet painting sells for a whopping €34.4 million at NY auction>
Just yesterday, when we reported on the news that Apple might be working on licensing their new AirPlay technology to HDTV makers, we commented on what a bunch of hogwash the perpetual rumor of an Apple-branded Smart TV actually was. Now that rumor’s back again, with a vengeance. Read on to hear us debunk it all over again.According to an analyst speaking to investors, a routine supply check shows that the Cupertino tech giant is building a “Smart TV prototype.” The reason Apple is supposedly trying to build a television is summarized by Morgan Stanlet analyst Kat Huberty, who writes that each percent of the TV market that Apple could capture is worth $4 billion.We’ve heard all of this before. For example, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has long had a hard-on for the idea of a real AppleTV. He’s been predicting one for years, in fact.I just don’t buy it at all. Apple is not interested in making televisions: they are expensive and hard to get people to upgrade. People but televisions with the intention of upgrading them every decade, not every couple of years. Apple’s whole business is based upon the idea of getting customers on a regular upgrade cycle: they are just as likely to build a real TV as they are to build a car.In fact, they’re less likely to build a Smart TV than a car, because by simply licensing their AirPlay technology to other HDTV makers and selling the $99 AppleTV, they can turn any television on Earth in an AppleTV. They don’t need to build a real television to have a presence in the living room… they’ve already got it.Read more at Cult of Mac
Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share Tweet Email Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM By Stephen McDermott “THINGS HAVE CHANGED in society now,” author Carol Ann Lee says.“I hope we’re listening to victims more. The story should have been about the women in the story, but they got lost to a big extent.”During the research for her book about Peter Sutcliffe, better known as the Yorkshire Ripper, Lee faced an important question: would she confront the man responsible for killing 13 women over six years?Much has been written about Sutcliffe’s crimes in the almost four decades since he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the killings.However, Lee found that none of his victims had ever been given much attention, and instead decided to ignore the infamous killer in favour of telling their stories and those of the women’s families.“It was a difficult book to write, in terms of approaching people,” she tells TheJournal.ie.“Not only did families have to cope with never-ending horror and trauma of losing a loved one, they also saw the reputations of those they loved trashed in the media.“There was a huge amount of victim blaming for some women who, in a large number of cases, just went on a night out.”Irish victimThe resulting work is Somebody’s Mother, Somebody’s Daughter: Victims and Survivors of The Yorkshire Ripper.Each chapter of the book contains the story of Sutcliffe’s victims, the first of whom was Irish-born Anna Rogulskyj, who was born Anna Patricia Brosnan.Originally from Tralee, Anna moved to Yorkshire – where Sutcliffe carried out his crimes – to live with her sister at the age of 15.She got her married name in 1955 when she married Roman Rogulskyj, whom she divorced eighteen years later, before meeting a man called Geoffrey Hughes, with whom she struck up a dysfunctional and abusive relationship.On the night of 4 July, 1975, Anna had a fight with Hughes, after telling him that she wanted to go out to spend the evening alone.After socialising with friends, she returned home to find Hughes had moved out and walked to his house to confront him, during which an unknown man – who appeared to be Sutcliffe – propositioned her.Anna dismissed him, and reached Hughes’ house to find he wasn’t at home. She broke his window with her shoe, and left to go home.However, the attacker was waiting in an alley at the end of the road and attacked her, leaving her for dead.It was only a short time later that Anna was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood, before she was rushed to hospital.Although there was no evidence of sexual interference, Anna had been badly beaten: shards of bone had to be removed from her skull during a life-saving operation.Despite surviving the attack, she was never the same after her attack, and died alone at the age of 75 in 2008.Human natureFor Lee, her book is about showing that women like Anna had lives, before and sometimes after they were attacked.This, she says, is not something that’s not always possible with documentaries, which often reduce women to what she calls “a checkerboard of faces”.“Their faces always appear together as a composite, but I wanted to say that even though their deaths brought these women together, these women were living separate lives as different people,” she says.Despite this, she doesn’t blame the media for reporting on stories about serial killers or the public for being interested in them.Lee believes both go hand in hand, and that it’s simply human nature to look at various aspects of ourselves and the different sides of humanity, even the negative ones.“I’ve also written a book about Myra Hindley,” she says. “I’ve learned that the notoriety gets recorded. People might hate themselves for looking, but they’ll still look.”Ultimately though, she wants her book to do justice to Sutcliffe’s victims and their families, and change attitudes towards them.She feels that the discussions about women still focus on their preferences, habits, and appearances as much as they did four decades ago.“It’s just about making sure that people get a sense of each individual that was there,” she says. “I feel like it’s time that someone focused on the victims.”Somebody’s Mother, Somebody’s Daughter: Victims and Survivors of The Yorkshire Ripper, published by O’Mara Books, is available now. 2 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4608178 ‘I didn’t want to talk to him at all’: Why a new book about the Yorkshire Ripper isn’t focusing on the killer A new book has chosen to look at Peter Sutcliffe’s victims. Short URL Apr 28th 2019, 8:01 PM 13,094 Views Peter Sutcliffe being escorted into court during his trial in 1981. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Peter Sutcliffe being escorted into court during his trial in 1981. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Les découvreurs de “l’expansion accélérée de l’Univers” primés par le Nobel de Physique Mardi, l’Assemblée du Nobel a annoncé à Stockholm en Suède les noms des lauréats du prix de Physique. Il s’agit des Américains Saul Perlmutter et Adam Riess et de l’Australo-Américain Brian Schmidt, tous trois récompensés pour leurs travaux sur “l’expansion accélérée de l’Univers”.Le palmarès des Nobel se poursuit à Stockholm en Suède. Après le prix de Médecine décerné hier à trois chercheurs pour leurs travaux sur le système immunitaire, c’est au tour des noms des lauréats de la récompense de Physique d’être révélés. Cette année, ce sont trois astrophysiciens qu’a décidé de distinguer le Comité des Nobels : les Américains Saul Perlmutter et Adam G. Riess et l’Australo-Américain Brian P. Schmidt qui ont bouleversé la cosmologie avec la “découverte de l’expansion de l’Univers”. C’est en 1998 que les trois lauréats ont publié leurs observations révolutionnaires dans deux études distinctes, d’un côté Saul Perlmutter, du Supernova Cosmology Project et de l’autre Brian P. Schmidt et Adam G. Riess du High-z Supernova Search Team. Au cours de leur travaux, ceux-ci étudiaient en fait un type bien précis de supernovae, dites “1a”, qui sont créées par l’explosion de très denses résidus d’étoiles. Ces structures émettent une luminosité propre bien connue des astronomes qui peut atteindre celle d’une galaxie entière. Ainsi, elles servent d’étalons pour apprécier les distances dans l’univers, ce qui leur vaut le surnom de “chandelles-standard”, rapporte l’AFP. Mais en recherchant ces “chandelles-standard”, les astrophysiciens ont eu la surprise d’en découvrir une cinquantaine dont la luminosité était plus faible qu’elle n’aurait dû. Ils en ont ainsi conclu que l’expansion de l’Univers va en s’accélérant depuis le Big Bang (voici environ 14 milliards d’années), soit une théorie exactement contraire à ce que les chercheurs avaient pronostiqué jusqu’ici, partant du principe que la force de la gravitation freinait l’expansion de l’Univers. Une découverte plus qu’inattendue À lire aussiUn rover détecte un étrange gel sur la face cachée de la Lune”Nos travaux sur les supernovae, qui visaient initialement à mesurer la décélération de l’expansion de l’Univers sous l’effet de la gravité, ont en réalité démontré son accélération”, résume Saul Perlmutter sur sa page personnelle de l’Université de Californie à Berkeley. Il rajoute cité par l’AFP : “Ce résultat inattendu suggère que la majeure partie de l’univers – environ 75% – pourrait être essentiellement constituée d’une énergie jusque-là inconnue, maintenant appelée ‘énergie sombre’, qui est responsable de l’accélération de son expansion”. Bien que cette découverte ait été dure à croire, d’autres observations et travaux l’ont ensuite confirmée, révolutionnant la compréhension du cosmos.Au vu de tels résultats, il n’est donc pas étonnant que le comité Nobel ait choisi de récompenser aujourd’hui ces trois chercheurs parmi lesquels le professeur Schmidt, 44 ans qui a déclaré : “Je me sens un peu comme quand mes enfants sont nés (…) les genoux qui tremblent, très excité, très heureux”. Les lauréats se rendront le 10 décembre prochain à Stockholm pour recevoir leur prix. Le 4 octobre 2011 à 14:18 • Maxime Lambert