Maoist commander gunned down in Chhattisgarh encounter

first_imgPolice gunned down a Maoist commander in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh on June 8. “An exchange of fire took place between police and Maoists near the Jaramongia village under the Bhairamgarh police station limits of Bijapur around 5.30 a.m. on June 8. Around 25 to 30 Maoists were present on the spot led by Maoists’ platoon commander Mallesh. The exchange of fire lasted for around 30 to 40 minutes after which the Maoists ran away, taking shelter in the thick forest and river,” said a police official posted in Bijapur.The police recovered one body in Maoist uniform. “One 7.62 mm pistol with three live rounds, one INSAS rifle magazine with live rounds, explosives, detonators, wires, tiffin box bomb, spikes, Maoist literature and other Maoist material were also recovered from the spot of the encounter,” the official said.The person killed was identified as Moti Farsa, Ider area militia platoon commander of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).last_img read more

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Sai Praneeth vs Kento Momota Semi-final HIGHLIGHTS, BWF World Championships: Praneeth Settles for Bronze

first_imgPraneeth vs Momota is the repeat of last World Championships quarter-final where the Indian lost 12-21, 12-21. Praneeth will look for a massive upset and will want to turn around the results that he has faced in their past three meetings.In their head-to-head record, Praneeth trails 2-3 against the Japanese but the Indian has lost the last three times they have met, including as recently as Japan Open 2019. However, in the Singapore Open earlier this year, Praneeth took a game off Momota and he will look to take the match this time around.Praneeth has shown great physical strength and attacking accuracy this World Championships and he will need to be at the top of his game if he is to beat Momota.”I need to prepare for the semi-final. We have a 3-2 head-to-head record. But that won’t matter now. It will be who plays better on the day,” Praneeth had said after his quarter-final win.last_img read more

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SPORT-IND-BOARD

first_imgVisakhapatnam, Feb 14 (PTI) Scoreboard of the third and Visakhapatnam, Feb 14 (PTI) Scoreboard of the third and final T20 International between India and Sri Lanka here today. Sri Lanka: Dickwellast Dhoni b Ashwin 1 Dilshan lbw b Ashwin 1 Chandimal c Pandya b Ashwin 8 Gunaratnec Raina b Ashwin 4 Siriwardana b Nehra 4 Shanaka b Jadeja 19 Prasannarun out 9 Perera c Jadeja b Raina12 Senanayake c Dhoni b Raina 8 Chameeranot out 9 Fernandob Bumrah 1 Extras: (LB-2, W-3, NB-1) 6 Total: 82 all out in 18 overs Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-3, 3-12, 4-20, 5-21, 6-48, 7-54, 8-72, 9-73 Bowling: Ashwin 4-1-8-4, Nehra 2-0-17-1, Bumrah 3-0-10-1, Jadeja 4-1-11-1, Yuvraj 1-0-15-0, Pandya 2-0-13-0, Raina 2-0-6-2. More PTI AHlast_img

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OILSEEDS-PRICES (BCM15)

first_imgMumbai, Feb 18 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs)Mumbai, Feb 18 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 4650 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6300 Javas 60/70: 7750 Javas 70/80: 7550 Javas 80/90: 7350 Kardi 3000 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 5700 Sesame 95/5/1: 5500 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 4850 Sunflowerseed 4025 Nigerseed 7600 and Castorseed Bombay 3125.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 930 Kardi Expeller 875 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 690 Refined 765 Cottonseeds Refined 602 Palmolein Refined 525 Soybean Refined 631 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 800 Rapeseed Expeller 770 Copra White 820 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 850 Castoroil Comm 655 FSG 665 Kandla n.a. Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 625.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 28,000 Kardi Extraction 12,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 22,200 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 24,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48%3 34,640 and Castor Extraction 5000. —- Oilcakes: Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 30,500/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD PTI JBH ADI MR PTPlast_img read more

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Jose Mourinho set to sign three-year deal with Manchester United: Reports

first_imgSacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the current season, media reports said today.India Today has not been able to confirm this development independently. (Mourinhio tells friends Manchester United job is his )Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and his lawyers are working on a “maze of clauses” in his United contract, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.The report claims that Mourinho’s three-year-deal until 2019 will earn him a cool 15.5 million pounds-a-year. (Van Gaal upset with Mourinho-United link-up )Earlier, the Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a “done deal”.Mourinho had hinted a few days ago that he would like to continue his coaching career in England.”At this moment I don’t know where football will take me, because in football you never know. But as a family, our home will be in London,” he had said.last_img read more

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Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech sets world record in women’s 3000m steeplechase

first_imgKenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech obliterated the world record in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase by more than eight seconds in a stunning Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.Six other season leading performances were set or tied in the meet.Already the fastest in the world this year, Chepkoech, 27, won in a time of eight minutes 44.32 seconds to break the previous record mark of 8 minutes 52.78 seconds set by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet in 2016.”I am so grateful,” Chepkoech told reporters. “I said from the beginning, from the first lap, and I was watching the time, and I knew I was going to break the world record.”Chepkoech, whose previous best time was 8:59.36 in Paris last month, finished fourth in both the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2017 London world championships.American world silver medallist Courtney Frerichs took second in a North American record of 9:00.85.”That race was incredible,” Frerichs said. “Eight seconds under the world record. It’s such a huge step for the event.”American Noah Lyles, meanwhile, added a personal best in the 200m, running 19.65 seconds for another season-leading performance.”I didn’t get my best start, but I was able to pull it together,” said the American, who celebrated his 21st birthday this week.In other world leading runs for 2018, Bahamian Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran a lifetime best 48.97 seconds, Botswana’s Nijel Amos won the 800m in 1:42.14 and Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot clocked 3:28.41 in the 1,500m.Moroccan world silver medallist Soufiane El Bakkali took the men’s steeplechase in 7:58.15 and Russia’s Danil Lysenko equalled the season’s best in the high jump with a leap of 2.40 metres.advertisementOlympic and world champion Caster Semenya continued her dominance of the women’s 800m, winning her 26th consecutive final in 1:54.60. The South African has not lost over the distance since 2015.last_img read more

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JIS to Continue Support at Mount Olivet

first_imgThe Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is committing to a fourth year of support to the Mount Olivet Boys Home in Manchester in 2013. “We want to commit ourselves once again for another year. We know that these boys will do well and we will be supporting them to the best of our ability,” said the agency’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Donna-Marie Rowe. The home, located in the hills of Walderston, is home to 28 boys, ages six to 18 years. The JIS adopted the home in December 2009, and since then, has been making quarterly visits, to spend quality time with the boys and mentor them, provide school supplies and items for the home, and carry out refurbishing work. The agency’s outreach activity is bolstered by a number of organisations, which have continued to positively impact the lives of the boys. These include long standing supporters Josephs, Lasco Food Distributors, Continental Baking Company Limited, AzMart, Jamaica Broilers, and Wisynco, with Yohan Blake’s YB Afraid Foundation joining the list of sponsors last year, and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and Sandals Foundation coming on board this year. Last weekend (December 15), the JIS staff journeyed to the home for the annual Christmas luncheon and awards ceremony. They were joined by well-wishers and sponsors, including triple Olympic medallist Blake, who brought Christmas cheer and well-needed items for the home. The day’s activities included the presentation of certificates to high-achieving boys, the planting of a vegetable garden through partnership with RADA, and the handing over of items by the sponsors. Mrs. Rowe said she was pleased with the development of the boys over the four years. “We are touched every time we come here. It is a very moving experience for us to see the boys grow right before our eyes. Every boy here is very precious to us and we have purposed it in our hearts to mentor them,” she said. She stated that the JIS will keep its word on mentoring and visiting the boys in the coming year. Rev. Norbert Stephens, General Secretary of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, which operates the Mount Olivet and Pringle Home in St. Mary, lauded the work being done by JIS and other civic-minded organisations at the facility, and expressed pleasure with the day’s activities. “I really do appreciate the partnership the church has with the wider community, and moreso those who, like JIS, are good corporate citizens,” Rev. Stevens said. Director of the Home, Sonia Lowe, also expressed gratitude for the assistance being given and spoke of the progress being made by the boys. Mrs. Lowe pointed out that the boys have faced many challenges in their lives and some continue to struggle, but noted that “today is a day to focus on their accomplishments.” Most of the boys, she informed, are attending “structured counselling sessions”, which have proven to be worthwhile.  “I see that as an accomplishment. They come and ask about these sessions and I see it as an achievement for us and for them,” she told JIS News. Lauding the mentorship programme through which JIS staff members ‘adopt’ a child and maintains contact throughout the year, Mrs. Lowe said: “we appreciate the fact that you call them on a regular basis and send letters. We are thankful for those who are on this journey with them.” Mr. Blake, for his part, informed that his foundation has installed water storage tanks to provide steady water supply to the facility, which previously had to purchase water. “When we started, we realized that they had a water problem, so we decided to do a water project for them,” he said. YB Afraid is also responding to the need for recreation by donating a flat screen television and Nintendo systems for a games room. Mr. Blake also informed of plans to create a library at the home. He also had a word of encouragement for the boys. “This is not the end of the world. Many have gone through it. Just keep your head up high and never say never,” he told them. RADA Extension Officer at the Mandeville Region, Hopeton Panton, whose team was on hand to assist with the planting of broccoli, lettuce, sweet peppers, and cabbage seedlings and will oversee the progress of the vegetable garden, told JIS News that RADA will be providing “day-to-day management of the crops”. Lay pastor and member of the board of the home, Jeffect Watson, expressed gratitude for the vegetable garden and told JIS News how beneficial it will be for the facility. “We are trying to see if we can be self-sufficient with vegetables and animals. It will also cut off some of our expenses. When we reap, we sell some to the market and I think that it is something worthwhile. We were looking forward to this for a very long time. We are very happy for the JIS and RADA coming in and helping us with this,” he stated. Mr. Watson also thanked the YB Afraid Foundation for the water tanks. “When we heard of Yohan Blake coming to help us with our water we were very grateful. We had owed a lot of money for water and so we were very thankful,” he said. Fourteen boys received awards for outstanding performance in various categories including most improved behaviour, most helpful, most outstanding student and Boy of the Year. A variety of items were given to the boys and staff at the home including blankets, sheets, toiletries, toys, food items, snacks, juices.last_img read more

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Clint Black Announces The Finalists Of The Dream Recording Session Contest

first_imgToday, county music legend Clint Black announced the four finalists for Chideo’s Dream Recording Session Contest.Head to Chideo.com to vote for your favorite original song and the winner gets the opportunity to record with county superstar Clint BlackThese finalists will now compete for America’s vote in the hopes of winning a chance to record an original song with Clint, all while raising money for charity. By partnering with Chideo — the cause network dedicated to using celebrity-based experiences and exclusive content to raise awareness and funds for charity — proceeds raised through the competition will be donated to Rettsyndrome.org, whose mission is to accelerate research to cure Rett Syndrome and empower families with knowledge and connectivity.“We are thrilled to announce these talented finalists and to work with Chideo to continue our commitment to raising money and awareness for Rett Syndrome,” said Clint Black. “We are excited to invite every fan to join this process and choose which of these four will come to my studio to record. Most importantly, as we celebrate these talented musicians, we can all lend our voices to this important cause.”Launched in May just after the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), The Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest received an overwhelming number of submission videos from aspiring singer-songwriters across the nation, each donating $20 in support of Rettsyndrome.org.The Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest finalists include: • Blake Esse of Culpeper, VA, Original Song: Feels Good Don’t It • Jefferson Clay of Austin, TX, Original song: San Francisco • Julie McCloud of Waynesboro, PA, Original song: My Little Men • Sasha Aaron of Nashville, TN, Original song: Red Roses And White WhiskeyEach finalist’s original song will be featured exclusively on Chideo where fans will cast their votes to decide who will win the opportunity to record a song, which will be produced by Clint Black in his home studio in Nashville. Voting closes on September 3, 2015, when the winner will be announced and flown to Nashville for the recording session, video shoot, and audition with Black’s management group, The Collective. Chideo and Black will host an exclusive premiere of the song and video with proceeds benefitting Rettsyndrome.org.“Clint Black and Chideo have proven to be great partners,” said Rajat Shah, Rettsyndrome.org Board Chair. “Because of opportunities like this, we are able to continue research for a cure and provide hope for thousands of families.”Rett syndrome is a unique postnatal neurological disorder that is recognized around 12-18 months and is almost always found in girls, but can be rarely seen in boys. Every two hours a girl is born with Rett syndrome, but very few people know anything about the disorder. Affecting 1 in 10,000 live female births each year, it is more common than Huntington’s disease and Muscular Dystrophy. Clint Black currently serves as Honorary Chair for Rettsyndrome.org’s “Research to Reality: Funding Progress” campaign, which helps to accelerate treatments and research to find a cure.last_img read more

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JEREMY DUTCHER WINS POLARIS PRIZE FOR WOLASTOQIYIK LINTUWAKONAWA

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Jeremy Dutcher accepts the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his album “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” during the Polaris Music Prize gala in Toronto on Monday, September 17, 2018. (TIJANA MARTIN / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement The trained operatic singer, who was raised partly in the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, sings the album entirely in the endangered Wolastoq language in hopes of preserving its roots.Dutcher accepted the prize saying he hopes it marks a step in the “continuum of Indigenous excellence.” Twitter TORONTO—Jeremy Dutcher has won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his album “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.”The project, which is performed in the Wolostoq language, was selected by an 11-member jury as the Canadian album of the year based on its artistic merit.Dutcher’s album was a culmination of five years of work that involved digging into an archive of recordings of his ancestors dating back nearly a century. Facebook Advertisement The Polaris prize is considered one of the country’s most prestigious music awards. Former winners include Arcade Fire, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Kaytranada. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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One of the killers in the videotaped beating death of girl in Sagkeeng

first_img(Serena McKay, 19, of the Sagkeeng First Nation was beaten and left for dead in April 2017. A 16 and 17-year-old girl were each charged)The Canadian PressWINNIPEG – A teenager who helped beat a young Manitoba woman and shared the footage of her bloody death apologized to the victim’s family at a sentencing hearing Tuesday.Serena McKay’s body was found on the Sagkeeng First Nation last April and two teenage girls, who were 16 and 17, were arrested.The older girl, who has since turned 18 but can’t be named because she was underage when the beating occurred, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December.“There are no words to describe how sorry I am,” the girl told McKay’s family in a Winnipeg courtroom. “I am living every day with this guilt and shame … I want to do things in Serena’s honour.”The Crown and defence are jointly recommending the girl receive the maximum youth sentence of seven years. The Crown wants the girl to spend four years behind bars and serve 1 1/2 years in the community.Defence lawyer Greg Brodsky, who said his client has shown remorse, is asking for one year in jail with the rest of the sentence to be served in the community.McKay had been at a house party in the Sagkeeng community when there was an argument about alcohol, court heard.Two videos, which later circulated on social media, showed McKay being attacked.McKay’s family members stood up and left before the videos were played in court. The woman being sentenced held her head in her hands and sobbed as the graphic footage showed McKay being punched and kicked while she begged for the beating to stop.Crown prosecutor Jennifer Comack said the woman texted the videos to a friend first, along with a message boasting that she “stomped her” out. The videos were widely shared, Comack said.McKay’s mother recalled the pain of seeing her daughter’s bloody, swollen face as it was circulated on social media.“I dream about her,” Delores Daniels told court as she clutched an eagle feather and broke into tears. “I wake up crying and sad that she is not here and wonder what she would have become in life.“This has been a nightmare to me … How can an only daughter be replaced?”In a statement read in court, McKay’s father, Harvey McKay, said he was at work in northern Manitoba when he was horrified to discover people around him were watching videos of the beating.“I will never get over what happened to my baby Serena,” his statement said.Some 24 victim impact statements were submitted to the court from family and friends. There were more from people who didn’t know McKay, including two from people outside Canada.Judge Rocky Pollack is to decide which can be included in the court record and how long the teen will be jailed. The sentencing hearing is scheduled to continue Thursday.A year after a Sagkeeng First Nation teen was fatally beaten – a video of which was posted on social media – one of her killers’ sentencing hearing has begun.Serena McKay, 19, was found dead on April 23, 2017, outside a residence in the community located 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.McKay, a grade 12 student who was set to graduate two months later had her life was cut short by two female schoolmates, aged 16 and 17 and the time. They attacked her outside a party, brutally beat her and left her to freeze to death.The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder late last year. She is now 18 and has been in custody since the killing.The girl, who cannot be named because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was seen on one of two videos shared online, delivering a series of vicious boot-stomps to the victim’s head after the younger teen already mercilessly beat McKay.The two videos of the attack were played in court Tuesday while the shackled young woman in jail garb bent her head and sobbed, covering her eyes and ears.The Crown is asking for a sentence of four years in addition to the year she’s been in custody, followed by 1.5 years living in a supervised community setting.The maximum sentence for second-degree murder under the Youth Criminal Justice Act is seven years in custody.More than 30 people submitted victim-impact statements detailing how McKay’s death has left them devastated, or how the video recording of the killing that made rounds on social media, affected them.A judge will hand down a sentence on Thursday.The 16-year-old involved in McKay’s death pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this year.A date has not been set for her sentencing.@aptnnewslast_img read more

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WestJet pilots union to also represent Swoop pilots says arbitrator

first_imgCALGARY – A federal arbitrator has ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly its new ultra-discount carrier Swoop that’s set to launch next week.Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet’s Air Line Pilots Association, says the decision means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.WestJet and the union will now make a joint application to the Canada Industrial Relations Board to amend pilots association’s bargaining certificate to include Swoop flying.The parties also agreed that WestJet and Swoop are common employers.The two sides scheduled mediation/arbitration dates over the summer to address all remaining issues.The threat of a strike by pilots was averted two weeks ago when the airline and union agreed to a settlement process and, if necessary, to use final and binding arbitration.WestJet CEO Ed Sims said it recognizes and respects the interim order that WestJet pilots should be able to operate Swoop aircraft.The Air Line Pilots Association is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including about 1,500 WestJet pilots and approximately 500 at WestJet Encore.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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Trading in MEG mixed after it rejects Husky Energys hostile takeover bid

first_imgCALGARY – MEG Energy Corp. shares rose and fell in choppy trading Thursday after it formally rejected a $3.3-billion hostile takeover offer from oilsands rival Husky Energy Inc.The target company said after markets closed Wednesday that the Husky offer is opportunistic and undervalues its assets and prospects, adding it intends to conduct a formal process that could identify a white knight to make a better offer.MEG’s shares rose by as much as 21 cents to $11 in morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange before falling back to hover near Wednesday’s close of $10.79.Husky CEO Rob Peabody refuted MEG’s position in a news release Thursday.“Nothing in the MEG circular changes the clear and compelling value our offer delivers to MEG shareholders,” he said. “Existing and ongoing market challenges … underscore the benefits of a Husky-MEG combination.”Husky is offering a combination of cash or shares worth $11 for each MEG share. The maximum cash available under the deal is capped at $1 billion and the maximum number of shares is limited to 107 million.Husky values the transaction at $6.4 billion, including the assumption of $3.1 billion in debt.Analysts continued to speculate in overnight reports that Husky will have to raise its bid to win over MEG’s management.They also found it doubtful that an alternate bidder will emerge for MEG given that its only product, oilsands bitumen, is facing severely discounted prices as new oilsands production from northern Alberta makes worse an export pipeline bottleneck.MEG’s investor presentation includes a description of its plan to achieve the regulator-approved 210,000-barrels-per-day capacity production from its Christina Lake steam-driven oilsands wells by 2028.The cost of the growth, specified for the first time, works out to be about $2.3 billion, pointed out AltaCorp Capital analyst Nick Lupick in a report.MEG says it is currently producing 100,000 barrels per day of bitumen and has spent substantially all the capital required to increase production to 113,000 bpd by 2020.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:MEG, TSX:HSE)last_img read more

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Average US rate on 30year mortgage rises to 408 per cent 15year

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 9, 2015 a sold sign is displayed in the yard of a newly constructed home in the Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill, N.C. Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year, according to data published by mortgage giant Freddie Mac on Thursday, July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) WASHINGTON – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.08 per cent this week from 4.02 per cent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.24 per cent from 3.21 per cent.Mortgage rates have increased in recent weeks, in the midst of the spring home buying season, as the economy has shown signs of improvement.A year ago, the average 30-year rate was 4.12 per cent; the 15-year average was 3.22 per cent.Data issued Tuesday showed that home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit gains in Denver and San Francisco. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.9 per cent in April from 12 months earlier, roughly the same annual pace as March.Strong job growth and low mortgage rates have prompted greater demand for housing, boosting home values. The continued gains are at roughly double the pace of wage growth, but current levels appear more manageable than the double-digit home price increases seen during parts of 2013 and 2014.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage declined to 0.6 point from 0.7 point last week. The fee for a 15-year loan was unchanged at 0.6 point.The average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages ticked up to 2.99 per cent from 2.98 per cent; the fee remained at 0.4 point. The average rate on one-year ARMs rose to 2.52 per cent from 2.50 per cent; the fee was unchanged at 0.3 point. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.08 per cent; 15-year rate up to 3.24 per cent by The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2015 9:53 am MDT Last Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Football Runpass option highlights the difference between Haskins and Barrett

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Minnesota on Oct. 13. Ohio State won. 30-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State might be the No. 2 team in the country, with a 7-0 record and have its best throwing quarterback in recent memory in redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins. But the team is lacking one thing every team led by head coach Urban Meyer has always had: a run game.In the Buckeyes 30-14 win over Minnesota, Ohio State failed to reach 100 rushing yards for the first time since its loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff two seasons ago.Much of this can be attributed to Ohio State’s lack of a dual-threat quarterback, with J.T. Barrett amassing 798 rushing yards in his redshirt senior season last year, much of which was through the run-pass option, or RPO.Barrett was often the answer to short third-down plays, and the extra threat with his feet allowed more space for running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber. So much more space, in fact, that Dobbins ran for 1,403 yards and 7.2 yards per carry as a freshman.The RPO seems to have been majorly lost with Barrett’s departure, but Meyer said that is not necessarily true.“A lot of those passes are RPOs, like when you see Parris [Campbell] in the flat or K.J. [Hill] on a hitch, those are all RPOs,” Meyer said. “You’re reading someone, you trigger, you throw the ball. So I’d say there’s at least 10 to 12 called runs that the ball is being thrown.” This season, Haskins has 30 rushes for 49 yards and a touchdown on the ground, averaging 1.9 yards per carry. Against Minnesota, Haskins had a career-high nine carries and totaled just six yards, losing yardage on three sacks.However, the RPO for Haskins is still completely different than the play-calling Barrett had under Meyer. Instead of Haskins running the ball himself when an RPO is called, he is looking for an opportunity to hand the ball off, finding a hole for whichever running back is in the game, whether its Dobbins or Weber. However, instead of Dobbins and Weber putting up the same types of numbers they combined for last season, the Ohio State rushing game has struggled, ranking as the No. 51 rushing offense in the NCAA with the yards per carry average for both backs decreasing from a season ago. The defensive schemes Ohio State has seen over the first seven games of the season has indicated that opponents view the rushing offense, without a dual-threat option behind center, as one-dimensional.“I don’t want to give you a number, but there’s some pass yards that are run plays,” Meyer said. “They’re loading the boxes, we’re not going to run the quarterback.”To make up for it, Haskins threw 412 yards and three touchdowns, giving him back-to-back 400-yard passing games. The Ohio State program has had three 400-yard passing games in its history, two coming in the past two weeks.While Barrett gave the offense a strong weapon on both fronts, Haskins has been making up for lost ground by drastically out-throwing any season Barrett ever had. In the RPO, Meyer said he understands this difference, and that’s why there has been such a shift in the offensive numbers.“We went back and studied everything, and had that conversation about these are 10 run calls that we’re flipping the ball out there and making plays with it,” Meyer said. “That’s kind of what Dwayne gives you. Maybe J.T. gave you something else, where it was more of a run-run option; this is a run-pass option.”The Buckeyes will travel this Saturday to face a Purdue rush defense that has been middle of the road so far this season, allowing 146.8 yards per game and four yards per carry to opposing backs.It remains to be seen if the Ohio State offense will move toward the run aspect of the run-pass option, or if the offense can continue to survive on the historic pace that Haskins’ passing game is working on. read more

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Gemcom attains gold certified partner status in Microsoft Partner Program

first_imgGemcom has further distinguished itself by earning Microsoft competencies in networking infrastructure solutions and ISV/software solutions. As a Gold Certified Partner, Gemcom has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft-based technologies. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, helping to give them a competitive advantage in the channel.“Technology partners like Gemcom Software International that achieve Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status have a deep understanding of Microsoft-based solutions and a passion for Canada’s growing technology industry,” said Lora Gernon, Senior Director Partner Group, Microsoft Canada.“Gemcom’s worldwide customers have realised significant cost savings and productivity gains by partnering with us and adopting our enterprise solutions which incorporate industry-leading systems like Microsoft SQL Server,” said Rick Moignard, President and CEO of Gemcom (interviewed by International Mining in the forthcoming February issue).  “Microsoft-based technology plays a key role in our solutions and in our customers’ success. With centralised data management, our customers have overcome the data chaos inherent to mining operations. This has enabled them to improve operational decision-making and collaboration by establishing on-demand access to a single, managed source of data, wherever and whenever it is needed. Gemcom’s achievement of Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program further underlines our ability to deliver effective, value-adding enterprise solutions.”As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Gemcom had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Gemcom has attained two Microsoft Competencies: Networking Infrastructure Solutions and ISV/Software Solutions, which are detailed below. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a technology partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft-based technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency have proved their expertise in implementing technology solutions based on either the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server operating system, with a particular focus on Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. These implementations may include crafting solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the Internet; installing a server farm; or building a small-business Windows Server stand-alone solution that includes file and print capabilities.The ISV/Software Solutions Competency recognises the skill and focus technology partners bring to a particular solution set. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that have obtained this competency have a successful record of developing and marketing packaged software based on Microsoft-based technologies.“Solutions competencies are an important way for Microsoft to better enable ISVs to help meet customer needs,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, Corporate Vice President of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft. “They allow ISVs to keep and win customers through their deep knowledge of solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history of working closely with ISV partners to help them deliver compelling solutions and applications to our mutual customers, and the Microsoft Competencies are an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs worldwide.”The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to the success of technology partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated framework that recognises technology partner expertise, rewards the total impact that technology partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help technology partners’ businesses be successful.last_img read more

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Crysis 2 is back on Steam as Maximum Edition

first_imgIn June last year Crysis 2 disappeared without warning from Valve’s Steam digital games service. It wasn’t a mistake. The game was violating Steam’s terms of service due to an agreement made with another digital download service, namely EA’s own Origin.It has taken almost a year to resolve the issue, but now the game is back in enhanced form and with a big discount for anyone who purchased the title on Steam previously.The “new” version is called Crysis 2: Maximum Edition. As well as the core game you get 9 additional multiplayer maps and new game modes for them, 2 new weapons (FY71 Assault Rifle and M18 Smoke Grenades), the Scar weapon skin, a Scar hologram decoy to attach to your weapon, platinum dog tags, and access to bonus XP through custom and preset classes.The whole package costs $39.99, but if you bought the game previously through Steam without the extras then Valve is offering 50% off. Whether you take them up on the offer really depends on how multiplayer-focused you are.What remains to be seen now is if other EA-published games will make it on to the service. The two big omissions currently are Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3. Valve also needs to sort out whatever the specific issues is that causes games to be pulled for future releases. It can’t afford to miss out on key title releases if it wants to remain the number one digital games service.Another problem Steam faces by effectively re-releasing a game like Crysis 2: price drops elsewhere. Buying the Maximum Edition may bag you a few extras, but why spend $40 when Amazon is offering the game for $9?More at Steam, via Joystiqlast_img read more

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These Mater Hospital nurses are raising money to help make patient stays

first_img Short URL These Mater Hospital nurses are raising money to help make patient stays feel more ‘like home’ The nurses are raising money for items such as exercise bikes and other forms of holistic care. Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 6:00 AM By Hayley Halpin Image: GoFundMe A GROUP OF nurses at the Mater Hospital in Dublin are raising money for non-medical items for in-patients to make the ward feel more “like home”. Six nurses who work on the St Vincent’s Ward, an in-patient oncology and hematology medical ward, are planning to run the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on 2 June to raise money for items such as exercise bikes and other forms of holistic care. “Unfortunately, we all know a family member who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis,” the nurses wrote on their fundraising page. “As six nurses working on St Vincent’s Ward … we see what patients and families go through first hand, and our aim is to try to improve their experience with us as much as we can from diagnosis to discharge,” they wrote.Many patients stay on the ward from between six months to a year receiving chemotherapy and other treatments, according to the nurses. On 13 March, they carried out a survey on the ward to ask patients and families what they thought would make their stay at St Vincent’s Ward easier and how they could feel more “at home”.The nurses said patients felt they would benefit from fitness equipment such as exercise bikes and other forms and holistic care. And with that, the nurses are now aiming to raise money to buy six or seven exercise bikes for the 24-bed ward. They’re also looking at getting an entertainment station for the ward. “We’d like an Xbox, Playstation, all that kind of stuff that can be loaned out to different rooms, maybe an iPad,” one of the nurses, Joanna Lambe, said. When asked whether she thinks these sort of items should be funded for the ward through the HSE, Lambe said: “If the HSE was providing for all that kind of stuff then there’d be less funds to provide for the actual treatments that the patients need. https://jrnl.ie/4559587 17,042 Views center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13 Comments Image: GoFundMe Share58 Tweet Email3 This is totally independent of the hospital, we’re doing this off our own back. It’s just something that we want to do for our patients.Lambe said that having exercise facilities on the ward will be beneficial to the mental health of the patients. “A lot of patients wouldn’t have the resources … to go out and buy things like that for a sudden hospital stay, if it’s unplanned for,” Lambe said.“Especially the exercise bikes. There is physio and there is all that kind of stuff but just for them to be able to do a bit in their own time, it’s going to be amazing for them,” she said.Exercise helps everyone’s mental health and if they’re inside four walls for five or six months and not being able to get out, it’s going to be great for them. Fundraising pages have been set up on Facebook and GoFundMe. Mar 26th 2019, 6:01 AM last_img read more

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Chrome le navigateur internet de Google dépasse Safari aux ÉtatsUnis

first_imgChrome : le navigateur internet de Google dépasse Safari aux États-UnisÉtats-Unis – Numéro trois mondial depuis septembre 2009, Chrome, le navigateur Internet de Google, s’est enfin hissé à cette place aux États-Unis où il peinait à dépasser Safari, le navigateur d’Apple.D’après StatCounter, Chrome a en effet gagné la troisième place du classement des navigateurs les plus utilisés aux États-Unis, dépassant Safari depuis la semaine dernière. Le navigateur de Google détient aujourd’hui 8,69% de parts de marché, quand celui d’Apple se place juste derrière, avec 8,22%. Derrière Internet Explorer et Firefox, qui détenaient en juin respectivement 53,23% et 28,25% des parts de marché, Chrome occupe cette place depuis plusieurs mois au niveau mondial. Un bel exploit pour Google qui, deux ans après le lancement de son navigateur, est parvenu à approcher les 10% de parts de marché outre-Atlantique comme dans le reste du monde. L’objectif des 10% pourrait ainsi être franchi très prochainement par Chrome qui accapare déjà 9,44% des parts de marché à l’échelle mondiale, contre 30,96% pour Firefox, et 52,82% pour Internet Explorer.Le 29 juin 2010 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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LinkedIn Rolls Out FacebookEsque Reactions

first_img Pro-Tip, Don’t Say You Write for Geek.com to Steal StuffGoogle, Facebook and other US tech companies team up to take on governme… Stay on target A picture emoji is worth a thousand words (as anyone who regularly relies on Facebook’s Like button can attest).So it’s no surprise that business network LinkedIn has introduced its own set of “Reactions” for quick and constructive communication.Aside from the classic thumbs-up icon, the platform now includes:Celebrate (clapping hands): praise an accomplishment or milestoneLove (heart emoji): express deep resonance and supportInsightful (light bulb emoji): recognize a great point or interesting ideaCurious (thinking face emoji): react to a thought-provoking topic“We took a thoughtful approach to designing these reactions, centered around understanding which ones would be most valuable to the types of conversations members have on LinkedIn,” Associate Product Manager Cissy Chen wrote in a blog post.That included looking at what people already talk about, to better understand what feedback they want to express and receive.“For example, we analyzed the top [one- to two-word] comments being used and what types of posts people are sharing most,” Chen said. “We also conducted global research with LinkedIn members … to ensure [reactions] were universally understood and helpful.”Choose from five reactions (via LinkedIn)The new feature, rolling out now to the mobile app and website, will be available globally to all members “in the coming months.”Social media is no stranger to “reactions”: The double-tap-like is Instagram’s bread-and-butter, and folks have been retweeting posts for more than a decade.But Facebook upped the ante in 2015, when it introduced six new buttons—”love,” “haha,” “yay,” “wow,” “sad,” “angry”—designed to let users better empathize with friends.Now, LinkedIn is following suit.“One of the things we regularly hear from all of you is that you want more expressive ways than a ‘Like’ to respond to the variety of posts you see in your feed,” Chen wrote. “At the same time, you’ve also told us that when you post on LinkedIn, you want more ways to feel heard and understand why someone liked what you said.”To learn more about the product principles, research, and design journey, check out this article from the design team.More on Geek.com:Facebook Adds Tributes Tab to Memorialized AccountsUK to Hire Digital Safety TzarSnapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Gameslast_img read more

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