Guardiola lauds ‘essential’ Aguero

first_imgSergio Agüero Guardiola lauds ‘essential’ Aguero after quick-fire double rescues Man City Russell Greaves 02:22 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Sergio Aguero Manchester City FA Cup Alex Livesey/Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City v Burnley Guardiola Burnley Manchester City FA Cup The Argentine scored two in quick succession to bring his side from a goal down to a commanding win over Sean Dyche’s men Pep Guardiola hailed Sergio Aguero as “an essential player” after the striker scored twice to spark a Manchester City revival against Burnley in Saturday’s FA Cup tie.The hosts fell behind at the Etihad Stadium when Ashley Barnes blasted the Clarets into the lead, but Aguero netted a double inside 93 seconds to turn things around in the second half.Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva added further gloss to make it 4-1 as the Premier League leaders coasted into the fourth round in the end, but it was Aguero who stole the show to earn rich praise from his manager.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Both of Sergio Aguero’s goals were amazing, they were clever and quick and I am happy with both of his goals,” said Guardiola.”It’s an honour for me to have Aguero under my command. The quality he has is amazing and we need him to score a lot of goals.”Aguero is the kind of player that in a matter of seconds can score two goals. He is an essential player for us.”Sergio Aguero Pep Guardiola Manchester City 06012018Midfielder David Silva was applauded by the home fans in the 21st minute – he wears the number 21 – in support of his son, who was born prematurely and remains in medical care.It was confirmed Silva, who announced the news on his Twitter account this week, would fly back to Spain to be with his family and Guardiola added: “David Silva is a legend for the club for what he has done.”I am happy for him to have made his statement and it is not easy for him to travel to Spain and England back and forth.”last_img read more

Texas Tech Will Not Use #WreckEm in Light of OSU Homecoming

first_imgTECH FANS, PLEASE SHARE:Athletics is asking that everyone please keep OSU in mind as we take them on at the Jones on…Posted by Devin Ward KCBD on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Out of respect to Oklahoma State and the fan base regarding the recent car accident that killed four and injured dozens, Texas Tech is doing their best to advise fans to refrain from using their popular #WreckEm hashtag on social media.Texas Tech uses the hashtag to aim towards their specific opponent (i.e. #WreckOSU), but they have informed the fans to use the #GunsUp hashtag instead this weekend in light of the recent events that transpired in Stillwater. What a classy move.Also, Tech is planning a black out on Halloween. Here’s what Devin Ward of KCBD shared on Facebook:AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

PFB Readers: Get a Free Coffee Mug In September

first_imgIf you have read Pistols Firing in the last two years, you know Hoboken Coffee in Guthrie has been our longest-standing sponsor. I drink their coffee every morning while I write the Bullets (or Mullets) which they sponsor, and I absolutely love it.But I also love their business. Its owners (Trey and his wife Mallory) set up shop in Guthrie, Oklahoma where they run their shop and host yoga classes and concerts when they aren’t pouring drinks. They are passionate about their local community (something I could learn from) and love Oklahoma State and great coffee (ditto).Anyway, for the month of September they are offering a free mug (see below) when you buy a bag of coffee online. Here are the details from Trey:Buy a bag of coffee online and get a free mugDiscount code: mulletThe free mug offer will be available all month longThe discount only works when you add one bag of coffee and a mug to the cart, you can’t add several bags and get a free mug.Hope you guys take advantage — you can purchase the coffee right here — and love it as much as I have. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

James Washington Talks Next Level, Accountability: ‘We Can’t Start Thinking About Ourselves’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. AdChoices广告You can’t talk about the upcoming season without the topic of discussion turning, at some point, to Mason Rudolph and James Washington, the two players who decided to forgo a chance at the NFL and return for one last ride in Orange and Black.For Washington, there is a lot expected. He’s a Biletnikoff frontrunner and could end up being Oklahoma State’s fourth consensus All-American wide receiver. Head Coach Mike Gundy himself thinks Washington is up there on on the Mount Rushmore of great OSU receivers.“James Washington is up there with the Dez Bryants and the Blackmons and the Rashaun Woods, the guys that have been terrific football players,” Gundy said. “I think James is just scratching the surface. I think the next ten years for him, really the sky’s the limit for two reasons. One, because he’s just starting to develop. Two, he’s got a terrific attitude, and he’s unselfish, and he loves to play the game of football, and he’s tough. So he ranks really high up there, in our opinion, with the wide-outs that have been at Oklahoma State.”Despite the praise, Washington admits there are still parts of his game he knows he needs to work on. “Working on myself, I would say my blocking has got to be more explosive off the line,” he said at Big 12 Media Days.Washington admits to have already been thinking some about life after OSU, even reaching out to talk with former Cowboy receiver Jordan Sterns.“I actually talked to Jordan Sterns two weeks ago and I asked him what the transition’s like,” Washington said. “Basically its just like college except there’s no school so you got a bunch of time to strictly focus on football and watch film. There’s a ton of people who are willing to help you because you’re in the league. He’s definitely helped me out with that process.”But don’t let that conversation fool you into believing that Washington doesn’t know what lies ahead, how important this upcoming season is, and what his role in it all is.“It all comes back to our accountability for each other and leadership. If our leaders don’t hold guys accountable for their mistakes or hold other leaders for the mistakes it can take this team down. We can’t start thinking about ourselves, we got to stick to what we need for the team.”There are a lot of expectations for this team and Washington himself. If they can make it about the team, and play up to expectations, they (and Washington) might just reach the mountain top.last_img read more

Ozil: Easy to say yes to Arsenal extension

first_imgMesut Özil ‘It was easy to agree new Arsenal deal’ – Ozil hungry for trophies with Gunners Chris Burton 22:30 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Mesut Özil Arsenal Premier League The Germany international brought uncertainty surrounding his future to an end when penning fresh terms and insists he never considered leaving Mesut Ozil claims it was “easy to say yes” to an Arsenal contract extension, with his sights being set on “some titles with the team”.Intense speculation regarding the Germany international’s future lingered at Emirates Stadium throughout the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, with an expiring deal offering cause for concern.Ozil was, however, to commit his future to the Gunners in February, with a new long-term contract ensuring that he will not be heading the same way as Alexis Sanchez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The World Cup winner insists he never considered heading elsewhere, with the 29-year-old having unfinished business at Emirates Stadium following three FA Cup triumphs to date.Ozil told Arsenal Player on his decision to put pen to paper: “It feels really good.“I’m really happy to sign here for such a big club like Arsenal. I’ve always said to the club that i’m happy here and now I’ve signed, I’m really happy. “My team-mates and family have always supported me. I have a lot of goals here with the team, I want to reach those and I’m really happy. I love the city.“Before I signed the contract, I spoke with my family about what the best decision was for me. At the end of the day, it was really easy for me to say ‘yes’ to the club.“I’m here for more years and I hope we will win some titles with the team. I believe in that.”Mesut Ozil easy to say yesOzil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee of £42.5 million in the summer of 2013.He has gone on to make 189 appearances for the club, netting 37 goals and providing a steady stream of assists.Arsene Wenger will be hoping for another key contribution from his star playmaker on Thursday when the Gunners take in the next season-defining fixture of a testing campaign, with AC Milan due in north London for the second leg of a Europa League last-16 tie which Arsenal currently lead 2-0.last_img read more

RED Redux: AdAge Weighs In

first_imgI’m in Miami today for Marketing Sherpa’s Email Conference where I’m presenting with Mark Rovner. I’m going to share some of the useful information from today’s sessions later today. In the meantime, pursuant to my post on Seeing Red and Pink and the cause-related marketing backlash, here is the headline in today’s AdAge:Costly Red Campaign Reaps Meager $18 MillionBono & Co. Spend up to $100 Million on Marketing, Incur Watchdogs’ WrathYou can read more with registration here. To state the obvious, the honeymoon is over for cause-related marketing – just as it is for charities in general. By that I mean, there isn’t sufficient infatuation with our sector that we can think all we do will be seen in a good light, even when we have the purest of intentions. People are skeptical, ESPECIALLY when it comes to where the dollars are going. And ESPECIALLY when it comes to marketing. Even if a lot of marketing dollars got directed to a good cause, people not only want to ask how much got to charity, they are also digging into ROI!PS If you haven’t checked it out, the discussion is really rich at Marketing Profs.last_img read more

Petkovic denies deliberate Neymar fouls

first_imgWorld Cup Petkovic denies deliberate Neymar fouls as Switzerland rough up Brazil Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:48 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Getty Images World Cup Brazil v Switzerland Brazil Switzerland Neymar The Swiss coach claims his side did not set out to target the Paris Saint-Germain star, although he was was awarded 10 free-kicks during a 1-1 draw Neymar was not deliberately targeted with aggressive fouls in Brazil’s opening World Cup match, according to Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic.The Brazil star was awarded 10 free-kicks – more than any player in a World Cup match since 1998 – during Sunday’s 1-1 Group E draw at Rostov Arena and appeared to be limping in the second half.Valon Behrami, Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner were all booked for fouls on Neymar, but Petkovic insists Switzerland did not set out to target the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who started his first game since February after recovering from a foot injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “No, most of the duels were perfectly clean and very often we had one-on-ones with Neymar,” Petkovic told a news conference.”One of the key ingredients [of the result] was to neutralise him but there are different players in the Brazil squad who have great quality and they have shown that on the pitch.”Of course, it was a strategic, psychological type of discipline and I am very proud of the discipline with which my team played and they did everything we talked about, which was very important in one-on-one situations but also collectively against this opponent.”We were not actually able to implement it in the first half and that invited Brazil to be dangerous. As far as yellow cards are concerned there were a bit too many. I didn’t see any bad fouls. My team played it very cleverly. We did some good things and I’m pleased.”I hope people will start taking notice of us. Sometimes there is a lack of recognition and that’s a pity because we played very well and only conceded once. We demonstrated that this team always believes in itself and we will continue to play with that consistency.”Tomorrow we will recover a bit and then focus on the very difficult match coming up against Serbia.”10 – The last player to be fouled more in a #WorldCup game than Neymar v Switzerland (10) was Alan Shearer in 1998 (11 v Tunesia). Down. pic.twitter.com/5uE51q1Irx— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018Brazil felt Miranda was fouled by Steven Zuber as he headed home the equaliser for Switzerland.Gabriel Jesus also saw a penalty appeal fall on deaf ears after tangling with defender Manuel Akanji in the penalty area, with Petkovic backing both decisions.”The opponent’s defensive players were not well-positioned – it wasn’t a foul,” Petkovic said of Switzerland’s leveller.”I didn’t see the penalty but I don’t complain because we have referees outside and inside the field. I saw it as a very clear situation.”last_img read more

‘This is not football’ – Carvajal criticises Iran tactics

first_imgWorld Cup ‘This is not football’ – Carvajal criticises Iran tactics Jamie Smith 06:20 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Dani Carvajal Getty Images World Cup Spain Iran v Spain Iran Even though a fortunate Diego Costa strike earned the Roja a 1-0 win over their plucky opponents, the right-back hit out at their tactics. Dani Carvajal described Iran’s tactics as “disloyal” even though Spain recorded their first World Cup win.Diego Costa’s fortunate goal settled a tight contest in Kazan, moving Spain level on points with Portugal at the top of Group B.Iran had a goal disallowed following a VAR review, while Mehdi Taremi was among those to miss chances for Carlos Queiroz’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Real Madrid right-back Carvajal, though, felt Iran’s defensive tactics were over-the-top, while hitting out at what he perceived to be play-acting.”The team sits back and that is a tactical strategy that is part of the game,” Carvajal said. “But the injuries are simulated.”This is not football, it is disloyal, but everyone there with their conscience.”All to play for in Group B for #POR #ESP and #IRN in the final round of fixtures… #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/75h32KvqE6— FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Carjaval is now hoping future opponents at Russia 2018, starting with Morocco in their Group B closer, are more ambitious in their play.”It has been hard for us to open the door,” Carvajal added. “But we kept the clean sheet despite the chances they have had – they are three very important points.”We are a team that plays direct, open and I hope we do not have rivals that put many players in their area.”last_img read more

Buffon bids emotional Juventus farewell

first_imgJuventus ‘Seventeen years in black and white end today’ – Buffon bids final farewell to Juventus as contract expires Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 19:58 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GianluigiBuffon - cropped Getty Images Juventus Serie A The goalkeeper has still not revealed his future but has looked back fondly over his past as he leaves Turin Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon bid a final farewell to Juventus on the last day of his contract.The 40-year-old did not renew his deal in Turin and will leave Juve after 17 seasons, nine Serie A titles and four successive domestic doubles.Buffon has made 176 appearances for Italy and is reportedly set for a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, the iconic World Cup-winning keeper’s attentions were solely on Juve as he brought a lengthy and decorated chapter in his illustrious career to a close.”Seventeen years in black and white end today,” Buffon posted on Twitter on Saturday.17 anni in bianconero che si concludono ufficialmente oggi. 17 anni di amici, compagni, lacrime, vittorie, sconfitte, trofei, parole, rabbia, delusioni, felicità e tante, tantissime emozioni. Non dimenticherò mai nulla. Porterò sempre tutto con me. #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/Qu1vb0UOH2 — Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) June 30, 2018 “Seventeen years of friends, team-mates, tears, victories, trophies, words, anger, disappointments, happiness and many, many emotions.”I will never forget anything. I will always carry everything with me.”Juve have signed Mattia Perin to compete with Wojcech Szczesny to start between the posts for Massimiliano Allegri’s team in 2018-19.Buffon turned down a call-up for Italy’s friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and Netherlands in June, but he and Roberto Mancini remain open to working together on the international stage in the future.last_img read more

9 months agoWest Ham captain Noble hopes Arnautovic stays

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham captain Noble hopes Arnautovic staysby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble hopes Marko Arnautovic will stay this month. But he admits it was “realistic” for the Austrian to be considering a big-money move to China.West Ham last week rejected a £35m bid from a Chinese Super League club, believed to be champions Shanghai SIPG, for Arnautovic, whose brother and agent has said he wants to leave.”I spoke to him (before the match) and he said, ‘Mark, whatever happens, it is out of my hands, but as long as I play for this team, I am going to give 100pc’,” Noble said.”You saw that (against Arsenal). Marko has got a reputation of maybe being a little sulky but, let me tell you, he is a great lad around the dressing room. Do we hope he doesn’t go? Of course, he’s probably our best player.”But I always think it is such a short career. You work until you are 35 and then you have got to find another living. You go to China for five years on £400,000 a week, you don’t.” last_img read more

City crews switching to clearing out culverts during weeklong thaw

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John work crews say that almost all city streets have been graded during this week’s spring thaw, and crews are now bringing in steam trucks to clear out culverts to avert potential flooding.The City’s GM of Integrated Services Victor Shopland says that crews have been working to clear snow from curbs on city streets so that storm drains are accessible, and have begun the process of using steam to melt ice that has frozen inside of those during the winter months. Shopland said that the City has four steam units at its disposal, and staff have begun reaching out to private companies with the potential of contracting additional units.Shopland said that city crews have noticed that the thaw does not appear to be as intense as last Spring, though with it being the middle of March, colder temperatures could make a return. He explained that residents that notice large puddles and areas with poor drainage can help point crews in the right direction by notifying the City via its mobile app or on the City’s website, fortstjohn.ca. Earlier today, the provincial government said that a higher-than-normal snowpack in B.C. could cause the potential for flooding this Spring. The River Forecast Centre says it is monitoring stream levels closely in case the province sees a repeat of last Spring, when over 2,500 were evacuated from their homes.last_img read more

45B Fiat Chrysler plan to add 6500 jobs in Detroit area

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion investment plan it said would increase its workforce in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs by about 6,500 jobs to build all-new or next-generation SUVs.Under the plan, the company said it would reopen a shuttered engine plant in the city and convert another in the same complex into a future assembly plant for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a new, three-row, full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid models for all.The Motor City was once home to about a dozen massive auto production plants, but a rash of closures helped to push Detroit’s unemployment rate to a peak of around 25 per cent in 1990. Unemployment was down to about 8 per cent last fall.The new Chrysler plant would be the first to be built in the city since in 1991 and is expected to add 3,850 jobs. The company said in a news release that it would add another 1,100 new jobs at its Jefferson North Assembly plant, and roughly 1,500 new jobs at facilities in the neighbouring suburb of Warren.Officials say the SUVs remain in demand, with strong sales and growth potential both domestically and in some overseas markets, such as the Middle East. The company’s chief financial officer told investors in June that trucks and SUVs would account for 80 per cent of revenue by 2022.Fiat Chrysler said the additional investments are subject to tax incentive packages it’s working out with the city and state of Michigan. The automaker would need to acquire property for the project.If those deals are approved, construction is expected to start later this year and the first new vehicles could be in production by the end of 2020.The automaker’s injection of money and jobs into the Motor City contrasts sharply with news from rival General Motors Co., which announced plans to shutter its Detroit-Hamtramck plant next year and plans to close four others in the U.S. and Canada.Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press read more

Ahead of rainy season UN wraps up EthiopiaSudan repatriation programme

The trip was organized jointly by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).Despite the exhausting trip, which was hindered by heavy rains from Bonga Refugee Camp, the returnees – who spent up to two decades in exile – were in good spirits upon reaching Blue Nile state in Sudan.“I was born in Bonga camp,” said Samira, an 18-year-old mother, upon arriving in the village of Gindi. “This is the first time I will see Sudan.”She and her family plan to stay with other relatives until they can construct their own tukuls, or traditional circular shelters made of wood, mud and grass.“If not, we will sleep in the open,” she added. “It does not bother us, as long as we are in our own country.”Gindi and another village, Chali, are the two main return areas in southern Blue Nile state, and both have grown rapidly since repatriation picked up steam in the past year.“When I arrived here a year ago there were only a few people around,” said Jelvas Musau, a field officer for UNHCR. “Since repatriation started in April 2006, we have received 17 convoys and brought back 11,747 people to this area.”He added that a surge in population has highlighted the need for improved infrastructure, basic services and income-generating projects. UNHCR has repatriated 13,200 refugees to Blue Nile over the past year.However, development projects in the region are impeded since the state is considered a transitional one whose borders have yet to be formally established.Those who returned home on the convoy voiced eagerness to contribute to the revival of their home districts struggling to recover after years of conflict.“I was trained as a blacksmith,” said Oda, a father of four who had spent more than 20 years as a refugee in Ethiopia. “If I can get tools, I will open a shop. If not, I’ll work as a farmer on my land.”Upon reaching Sudan, UNHCR distributed supplies including plastic sheets, buckets, mats, kitchen sets and mosquito nets, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) provided food rations to last three months.“The plastic sheets are particularly needed now that the rains will start,” noted Fouven, who returned home from Ethiopia last year and now works as a community services assistant for the Sudan Social Development Organization, UNHCR’s partner on the ground.UNHCR will monitor the situation of the repatriated during the rainy season and focus on reintegration efforts, including schools, health clinics and sanitation plants.While approximately 300,000 Sudanese still live outside their country’s borders, as of the end of last month, the agency has repatriated almost 59,000 refugees to southern Sudan from neighbouring countries. A 2005 peace pact ended the country’s north-south war, but a separate conflict is still raging in the western region of Darfur. 7 May 2007A 17-truck convoy carrying over 600 refugees, including a newborn baby, completed a three-day journey to southern Sudan, marking the end of the United Nations refugee agency’s repatriation programme from Ethiopian camps before the rainy season begins. read more

Home affordability gets worse in first quarter as prices in Vancouver Toronto

OTTAWA — The Royal Bank says housing affordability in Canada worsened in the first quarter as the cost of ownership in Vancouver and Toronto increased.It says the higher cost of ownership in most other areas of Canada was modest relative to income.The bank says its aggregate affordability measure rose by 0.8 percentage points to 47.1 per cent in the first quarter, its fourth consecutive quarterly increase.Renovation spending expected to rise in 2016 as people just can’t afford to moveHousing crash in Canada could cost mortgage lenders almost $12 billion, Moody’s warnsThe measure is the proportion of median pre-tax household income required to pay the cost of mortgage payments, property taxes, and utilities based on the average market price.Royal Bank says the affordability of a single-detached home in Vancouver hit the worst recorded level for anywhere in Canada due to an “epic surge” in home prices.The bank’s affordability measure for a single-detached home climbed 9.9 percentage points to 119.5 per cent in Vancouver and 1.2 percentage points to 71.7 per cent in Toronto. read more

Sri Lankans found stranded off Indonesia

Residents of the nearby Sendangbiru village  helped the Sri Lankans by giving them food after the boat drifted near the shore. The Sri Lankans are to be handed over to the Immigration Office in Malang.  (Colombo Gazette) The 21 Sri Lankans were eventually brought ashore and the authorities were then informed. A group of 21 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka have been rescued by Indonesian authorities after being stranded in the waters of Sendangbiru, Malang, East Java for a week, without food or water.The Indonesian media reported that the Sri Lankan boat, which had faced engine failure, was first spotted by a local fisherman. According to the Head of the Police Air and Sea Air operations, Inspector Prayitno, 21 Sri Lankans were on the boat and information about them is still being collected.“They are still weak because they have not eaten for a week,” he told the local media today. read more

At CES gadget show Internetonly TV subscription from Dish new sets go

Jim Sanduski, President of Sharp Electronics Marketing Corporation of America, stands in font of Sharp 4K Ultra HD televisions Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas. Beyond improving picture quality, Sharp is incorporating Google’s Android TV software so that viewers can use a variety of streaming apps, such as Netflix and Hulu, without a separate device. (AP Photo/John Locher) At CES gadget show: Internet-only TV subscription from Dish; new sets go beyond offering 4K by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 10:46 am MDT LAS VEGAS, Nev. – One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.Here are the television-related highlights from the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas on Monday. The four-day show formally opens Tuesday.___LIVE SPORTS — NO CABLE OR SATELLITE BILLDish will offer a package of channels, including ESPN and CNN, starting at $20 a month. The availability of ESPN as part of the Internet package addresses a major reason people were loath to “cut the cord” — live sports. NFL games will be blocked on mobile devices, however, because Verizon has those rights.Dish said it isn’t worried that its current subscribers will cancel satellite service in favour of the cheaper Internet package. Rather, Dish is hoping to lure those who don’t pay for TV channels at all because they find it too expensive.“A lot of big incumbents don’t like change, but everything else is changing around you,” says Joe Clayton, Dish’s CEO. “Technology is broadening the consumer viewing opportunity, and they are taking advantage of that.”Sony Corp. also has an Internet television service, PlayStation Vue, expected to debut by the end of March, with channels from Viacom, Discovery, CBS, Fox, NBCUniversal and Scripps. HBO and Showtime already have announced plans for stand-alone Internet offerings, and CBS launched one in October. Those are limited in live sports, though, given that ESPN has rights to many of the leading leagues.The Dish offering, dubbed Sling TV, will launch in a few weeks and also include channels from Disney, Scripps and Time Warner’s Turner. About 20 channels will be available, such as the Disney Channel, ABC Family, the Food Network, HGTV, the Travel Channel, TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network. Sling TV is not to be confused with the SlingTV device that allows viewers to watch TV remotely. Sling Media, the maker of that device, is owned by EchoStar Corp., which was spun off from Dish in 2008.The $20 price for Dish’s basic package will be far cheaper than what people would pay for a cable or satellite. (Dish said its average monthly bill is about $85.) Dish says it keeps the Internet service cheap by excluding most over-the-air network channels, which can be costly for pay-TV providers as broadcasters demand higher fees. An Internet service also won’t require special equipment, such as a satellite and receiver dishes. For those who want more than the basic channels, Dish will offer various add-ons for $5 each, including extra channels for sports and a package for kids.The catch: Only one person can watch at a time. Family members who want to watch different channels simultaneously will need separate subscriptions.Meanwhile, Dish is adding Netflix and other video apps to its Hopper set-top boxes, so viewers can watch both traditional channels and online video services through the same device. And anticipating that more Internet video will be shot with an increased resolution known as 4K, Dish is adding 4K capabilities to its Joey devices for multi-room viewing.____NOW, WHAT TO WATCH IT ON?— SHARPER THAN 4KAlso known as Ultra HD, 4K offers four times the sharpness of today’s high-definition video. (Not that a lot of content is shot in 4K just yet). Now that 4K TV sets have dropped in price, with some models available for less than $1,000, TV makers are looking for ways to make their sets stand out.Sharp is turning to an engineering trick to make its high-end 4K set look even sharper. While TVs typically show colours by mixing red, green and blue subpixels, Sharp’s top-of-the-line model will add yellow as a fourth subpixel to improve colours. It then splits each of those subpixels in half, creating a total of eight subpixels in the space of three.Content isn’t yet available to take advantage of those extra subpixels, but Sharp uses some mathematical formulas to fill in the blanks. The Aquos Beyond 4K Ultra HD TV will measure about 80 inches diagonally. It will be out in the second half of the year. The price hasn’t been set.Sony is also introducing new 4K television models this year, and at a news event late Monday, the company promised to create more 4K content to watch on those sets. Sony said four popular shows from its entertainment division — “The Goldbergs,” ”The Blacklist,” ”Masters of Sex” and “The Night Shift” — will soon be available in 4K. It also said it’s working with partners including Netflix and YouTube to deliver more 4K streaming video.— BETTER COLORSSamsung is offering a premium line with better brightness and richer colours, not just increased sharpness. It uses a technology called quantum dot — essentially a layer of materials that allows for purer colours and a wider colour range. Samsung says the TV is also brighter because there’s no need for a filter to compensate for colour distortion. It will be called SUHD and cost more than regular 4K sets, though specifics haven’t been announced.Stephen Nakamura, a digital colorist who has worked on Hollywood productions such as “Quantum of Solace” and “The Hurt Locker,” came on stage at CES to praise Samsung’s new TVs for reproducing colours the way filmmakers intended.Samsung is also pushing curved TVs, including one high-end model that has a flat screen that can bend, or curve, when the viewer wants a more immersive experience. LG announced quantum-dot and curved sets, too, including a bendable model. LG is also pushing organic LED screens with richer colours and pure black — the kind typically limited to smaller displays such as phones because of price.Beyond improving picture quality, TV makers are enabling Internet video access right from the set.___STREAMING MEETS DVRTo address the growing availability of online video, TiVo’s digital video recorders will offer new menu options to bring Internet and traditional TV programs in one place, so past seasons of ongoing shows are easier to find on Netflix or Amazon. Streaming through TiVo was already possible, but shows weren’t as centrally located.The SlingTV device for viewing television on the go is adding additional functionality for in-home use: a YouTube app for streaming video on regular TV sets without needing a separate streaming device. It won’t have an app for the Dish’s new Sling TV service, though.___AP Technology Writer Brandon Bailey contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN Security Council agrees 30day ceasefire in Syria

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday in favor of a 30-day cease-fire in Syria, and demanded immediate lifting of sieges on war-ravaged east Ghouta, where, earlier this week, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said some 400,000 people are living “in hell on earth.”In addition to a 30-day nationwide ceasefire, the resolution demanded weekly aid convoys, medical evacuations and the immediate lifting of sieges, particularly eastern Ghouta.The resolution affirmed that the cessation of hostilities will not apply to military operations against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIL/Da’esh), Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front.Prior to the vote, Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog, a co-drafter of the resolution along with Kuwait, called it a “resolute and urgent attempt to take action,” saying he counted “on each and every one of you to do the right thing,” adding the humanitarian convoys “are ready to go.”“Our unanimous adoption of this resolution today, after long and arduous negotiations, reflects the keenness of the authors of the draft resolution, Kuwait and Sweden, to ensure consensus on this, said Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi of Kuwait, President of the Security Council, in announcing the results of the vote.Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement welcoming the resolution’s adoption, stressing his expectation that “the resolution will be immediately implemented and sustained, particularly to ensure the immediate, safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services, the evacuation of the critically sick and wounded and the alleviation of the suffering of the Syrian people.”“The UN stands ready to do its part,” the statement added.Mr. Guterres reminded all parties of their “absolute obligation under international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure at all times.”  “Similarly, efforts to combat terrorism do not supersede these obligations,” concluded the statement. read more

Sugar workers finally receive their salaries

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh Court rules that ex-Wales sugar workers be paid their severance with interestDecember 6, 2018In “Business”Court action likely over unpaid severance – UnionFebruary 23, 2017In “latest news”GuySuCo pension fund: 2016 audited accounts show $32.8B net deficitJune 6, 2018In “Business” In light of high-level meetings regarding the financial state of the sugar industry, workers were finally paid but only after information surfaced that several categories of employees had not been paid for their services for about two weeks.At Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) request for urgent monies was granted which paved the way for workers across the estates to receive their salaries.This publication was told that workers at Uitvlugt and at Wales received their weekly salaries by Wednesday afternoon.The disbursements for workers at Wales followed a nearly three-hour meeting at that entity on Wednesday morning where workers, in some tense moments, had demanded to know why they weren’t paid up to that point. Many workers had earlier contended that their dwindling finances were affecting their ability to feed and send their children to school and to meet other financial needs. This publication was made aware that the lack of finances during the period also hit the village economy.It was reported in the media that the industry’s “cash-strapped” status was directly impacting workers. Workers across the industry were turning up at the various estates only to be told that there was no money available to pay them.Workers still attached at the downsized Wales Sugar Estate had been called to a meeting on Monday, where they were informed of the industry’s financial state. When workers inquired as to when they will be receiving payments, officials at Wales were, at that time, reportedly reluctant to commit to a date but said that as soon as finances are available, the sugar workers would be paid.On Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo along with GuySuCo’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clive Thomas and Chief Executive Officer, Errol Hanoman, met to discuss “urgent cash flow relative to wages, salaries and other payments at GuySuCo.”GuySuCo had revealed that at the high-level meeting, it was agreed on the steps to be taken to ensure the employees are paid for services provided to the Corporation for the past week. GuySuCo had disclosed that the Chairman and the CEO were “given assurances that the matter is being given the utmost consideration by the Government and the Corporation.”At present, the Guyana Sugar Corporation employs close to 17,000 people but it has been estimated that its planned downsizing could directly affect the livelihoods of some 10,000 sugar workers and thousands more via their family members and communities that depend on the sugar industry.Government has long contended that the necessary measures to re-organise sugar must be implemented for it to be sustained and the Wales Estate was the first entity to be closed under the policy decision which was met with much criticism and protests. read more

Une forte odeur de gaz du mercaptan sentie de Rouen à Paris

first_imgUne forte odeur de gaz, du mercaptan, sentie de Rouen à ParisDans la nuit de lundi à mardi, une forte odeur de gaz provenant d’une usine chimique de Rouen s’est étendue jusqu’en région parisienne, suscitant une vive inquiétude parmi la population. L’entreprise a affirmé que les émanations étaient non toxiques et que l’incident devrait s’achever dans la journée.C’est dans une odeur nauséabonde que se sont réveilléess ce matin bon nombre de personnes vivants entre Rouen et Paris. Lundi soir, un incident est survenu dans l’usine chimique de l’entreprise Lubrizol : une réaction chimique s’est produite aux alentours de 20H et a conduit à l’émanation d’un gaz de type gaz de ville connu sous le nom de mercaptan. Or, ce gaz présente une forte odeur qui, poussée par les vents, a remonté la vallée de la Seine jusqu’à gagner les rues de Paris, où elle restait perceptible à l’aube.”Ça pue à Rouen”, “Purée ça sent l’huile de vidange dégueulasse dehors”: les commentaires se sont répandus comme une traînée de poudre sur les réseaux sociaux dès lundi, rapporte l’AFP. Plus sérieux encore, des personnes se sont plaintes de maux de tête : “C’est horrible la fuite de gaz, j’ai mal à la tête et les yeux qui me piquent”. Si le mercaptan possède une forte odeur, les émanations ne seraient en revanche pas toxiques selon les autorités. “Le mercaptan est un marqueur très olfactif de type gaz de ville, connu de tous, et qui ne présente pas de risques pour la santé”, ont expliqué les autorités évoquant un gaz “de concentration très faible”. Mais dans la nuit, l’odeur a inquiété bon nombre d’habitants et des milliers d’appels ont été reçus par les services de secours, très vite saturés, en Normandie comme en Ile-de-France. Les pompiers de Seine-Maritime ont reçu quelque 2.900 appels d’habitants inquiets, les pompiers, dans le Val-d’Oise, 2.130, entre minuit et 7H30 (sur un total de 4.500). Devant l’avalanche téléphonique, les autorités ont demandé à la population de ne plus appeler les secours, notamment les numéros 18 et 112, afin de prévenir toute saturation.”Bon espoir” que l’incident se termine dans la journée À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?”Tout le monde dit qu’il ne faut pas s’affoler, mais on a dit la même chose pour le nuage de Tchernobyl”, a dit à l’AFP Patricia Cousteau, une mère de famille qui “s’inquiète pour ses quatre enfants”. Une autre personne se présentant comme un “témoin olfactif” s’est elle plainte des “longues minutes d’attente du 112 qui lui a dit que le mieux était de se calfeutrer”. Les pompiers de Paris ont quant à eux expliqué que le nuage devrait se dissiper “naturellement en fonction des conditions météorologiques”.De son côté, l’entreprise Lubrizol a affirmé, ce mardi à 7H30, avoir “bon espoir” que l’incident soit résolu dans la journée. “L’incident n’est pas encore complètement terminé. On est encore en phase de neutralisation. On a bon espoir que ça se termine dans la journée”, a ainsi déclaré à l’AFP la porte-parole de la société Lubrizol, Nathalie Bakaev. Cette dernière a précisé que l’incident chimique n’avait pas provoqué de dégâts matériels et que l’usine, située sur les communes de Rouen et du Petit-Quevilly, au sud de la cité normande, n’avait pas eu à évacuer ses quelque 300 salariés.Mardi matin, “c’est tout à fait respirable dans les bureaux, même si l’odeur n’est pas très agréable”, a-t-elle témoigné. Toutes les sources interrogées par l’AFP ont exclu que le mercaptan puisse avoir un impact sur la santé. Une source au sein des services de secours a elle estimé qu'”il peut y avoir quelques cas isolés d’intolérance au produit, mais on est surtout dans la réaction psychologique liée à l’odeur”.Le 22 janvier 2013 à 15:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Plane crashes east of Jamul Casino pilot moderately Injured

first_imgPlane crashes east of Jamul Casino, pilot moderately Injured Posted: August 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, August 15, 2019 #JamulIC [final] The aircraft is a single engine private plane. The pilot is being transported via ground ambulance with moderate injuries pic.twitter.com/RyEcgmkyv7— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) August 15, 2019center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter JAMUL (KUSI) – A pilot suffered moderate injuries Thursday when he crashed a single-engine plane in an area east of state Route 94 in Jamul, authorities said.It was reported shortly after 10 a.m. east of the Jamul Casino, located along state Route 94, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.The aircraft ended up on a hillside and was not blocking the roadway, according to the incident log.Firefighters responded to the scene and contacted the pilot, who was then taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said.The pilot was the only person aboard the single-engine private plane, Sanchez said.The circumstances leading up to the crash were under investigation. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more