Jamie Vardy double sends Leicester City closer to Premier League title

first_imgJamie Vardy’s double sent Leicester closer to a first Premier League title on Sunday, sealing a 2-0 victory over struggling Sunderland.Vardy took his tally for the season to 21 goals by ending a five-game drought. The goals sent Leicester 10 points clear of Tottenham ahead of the second-place London club’s game against Manchester United.Sunderland is four points from safety with six games remaining.The hosts held off the leaders until the 66th minute when Vardy met Danny Drinkwater’s high ball. The England striker tapped in his second in stoppage time after rounding goalkeeper Vito Mannone.It appears little can stop Leicester completing their amazing transformation from a team fighting relegation a year ago to lifting the league trophy in May.last_img read more

First Edition of Touchline

first_imgWelcome to the first edition of Touchline, a quarterly journal of sport and risk with an international perspective brought to you by Sportscover. We hope that you enjoy it. For further information on Sportscover, visit www.sportscover.comRelated Filestouchline_email-pdflast_img

TSX ends down along with US markets Cdn dollar makes slight gains

first_imgCanada’s main stock index joined U.S. markets in the red Monday as a Federal Reserve meeting looms and a share price hit at Facebook over improper data use weighed on the tech sector.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 121.94 points to 15,589.39, led by declines in energy and base metals as both oil and copper prices slipped.Aeroplan parent company Aimia Inc. was a bright spot on the TSX, up 25 per cent to $2 after announcing a partnership with online giant Amazon that will offer members rewards for shopping with the world’s largest retailer.The Canadian dollar made slight gains, closing up 0.05 of a US cent at 76.46 cents US, but could be tested later this week when the U.S. Federal Reserve gives more details on its rate hike plans, said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice.“With the Fed meeting Wednesday that’s definitely going to be putting some pressure on Canada.”The amount of pressure depends on how many rate hikes the Fed indicates, especially since the Bank of Canada isn’t giving any signs of a rate hike coming any time soon, said Currie.The potential hit to the Canadian dollar comes after steep declines in recent weeks, but it’s more of a return to the expected range, he said.“It’s still trading in the range. I think everyone was surprised a month or so ago when it was trading at 81 and a half, didn’t seem to be a lot of fundamental support on that one. So even though it’s been pulling back, it’s pulling back from a high point. Most people see it in the seventies.”In U.S. markets, the Nasdaq composite index was down 137.75 points to 7,344.24. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 335.60 points to 24,610.91 and the S&P 500 index was down 39.09 points to 2,712.92.Facebook was a drag on the Nasdaq, down 6.77 per cent after facing criticism from reports that a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign improperly obtained and then kept data on tens of millions of users.“You’ve got people in Canada, U.K., the States, EU all talking about the allegations they want to have hearings go on, so they’re obviously taking this pretty seriously around the world,” said Currie.The decline in the Nasdaq comes after the market hit a recent high, with it still looking quite healthy, he said.“We have to take it in the context that even though the Nasdaq is down pretty heavy, it’s still up five per cent year to date, and just last week it was at a record high. So probably more of a breather here on the tech stocks than a correction.”On the commodity front, the May crude contract closed down 28 cents to US$62.13 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down four cents to US$2.65 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed up $5.50 to US$1,317.80 an ounce and the May copper contract was down three cents to US$3.08 a pound.last_img read more

Canadas auto industry at risk if GM closes Oshawa plant union president

first_imgOTTAWA — Unifor president Jerry Dias says General Motors’ plan to close its car plant in Oshawa, Ontario puts it on the brink of leaving Canada completely.The head of Canada’s biggest private-sector union represents about 2,500 workers at the factory the carmaker plans to shut at the end of 2019.After meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dias said GM has moved production of five models of vehicles to Mexico and the United States in the past few years, and if the Oshawa plant closes, the company will have only one left here.Dias argues that if General Motors stops making cars in Canada, it would devastate the parts industry and that would cause big trouble for other car companies.He says labour standards in Mexico are low and Trudeau has to work with President Donald Trump to keep manufacturing jobs from shifting south.Dias says the revamped NAFTA deal should help eventually, but the parts that apply to the auto sector won’t kick in for years and by then it could be too late.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A starstudded award night

first_imgThe theatre fraternity and audiences came together in the national capital for red-carpet award night of 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival. Promoted by Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach programmes, the week-long extravaganza came to an end as the past year’s best plays from across the country were awarded the coveted META at Kamani Auditorium.The META is India’s most comprehensive theatre awards and much revered in the theatre fraternity, recognising both on-stage and off-stage talent across 14 award categories, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The jury for the 14th edition of META comprised of actor and screenwriter Akash Khurana, founder and former Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts Anmol Vellani, Ila Arun, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Managing trustee of Nrityagram Lynne Fernandez, Former editor of The Hindu Mukund Padmanabhan, internationally-renowned dance historian, scholar, author and critic Sunil Kothari, and present Director of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi Sunit Tandon. TAAM, Manipur’s Hindi Adaptation Andha Yug won the 2019 META for Best Play along with Prakash Mangaldin Singh winning for Best Stage Design and Sajida Saji for Best Costume. Rukmini Sircar shared the Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female) award with Anjana Balaji. Her Co-actor Dharanidharan U won the META for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for his role as ‘Aaya’, Janani’s maid, the one who helped her elope, bringing Chandâla, Impure a total of two wins at META 2019. Malayalam production Chillara Samaram from Little Earth School Of Theatre Kerala also won two awards including Best Ensemble and Best Choreography. The META for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) was awarded to Shrungha BV for his portrayal of ‘Abhay’, in the drama Kola. Whereas Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) was bagged by Mallika Lokhande. One of India’s most progressive playwrights, Mahesh Elkunchwar has conferred the META Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian theatre. In a message to META, he said, “I am very happy to receive this prestigious award. META has been consistently honouring good theatre. It is a nice feeling to receive an award from people who genuinely love theatre.” This year’s edition of the festival saw a record-breaking 414 entries sent in for various categories. These were viewed by an eminent selection committee, comprising well-known theatre practitioners. Hosted by renowned award-winning actor, director, and producer and one of the pioneer RJs of India, Mantra, the META Awards Night saw the presence of several stalwarts and influencers. Performances by The Revisit Project with their groovy music and exciting fusion in raag jog taal and teen-tal by The Project Ganganis, further enlivened proceedings. After the successful debut of Learning@META last year, the Festival also featured a series of Workshops and Panel Discussions during the non-performing hours of the festival. These panel discussions, curated in partnership with the Drama School Mumbai (DSM), were extremely well received and featured META-nominated stalwarts in conversation with theatre students, practitioners, and enthusiasts.last_img read more

Google honours Bach with first AIpowered Doodle

first_imgNew Delhi: Want to create your own music? Try Google’s first ever Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Doodle, dedicated to celebrate the birth anniversary of renowned German musician and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach, who lived during the Baroque period of the 18th century, produced hundreds of compositions including cantatas, concertos, suites and chorales. The Doodle, developed in partnership with Magenta and PAIR teams at Google, is an interactive experience where the composer is playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar, encouraging musicians to compose their own two-measure melody. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year With the press of a button, the Doodle uses Machine Learning (ML) to harmonise the custom melody into Bach’s signature music style. With the interactive Doodle, one “can create own melody, and through the magic of ML, the Doodle will harmonise your melody in Bach’s style”, Lauren Hannah-Murphy, Programme Manager at Google AI said in a statement on Friday. “You can also explore inside the Doodle to see how the model Bach-ifys familiar tunes, or how your new collaboration might sound in a more modern rock style,” Hannah-Murphy added. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India To create the AI-powered Doodle, the teams first build a ML model called Coconet and then customised it to match Bach’s musical style. Coconet can be used in a wide range of musical tasks-such as harmonising melodies, creating smooth transitions between disconnected fragments of music and composing from scratch. The team then trained Coconet on 306 of Bach’s chorale harmonisations. His chorales always have four voices: each carries their own melodic line, creating a rich harmonic progression when played together. Further, to ensure that people around the world could use the Doodle, the teams used PAIR’s TensorFlow.js, which allows ML to happen entirely within an internet browser. The ML model can also be worked on Google’s new Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), for cases where someone’s computer or device might not support TensorFlow.js. “The Doodle is the first one ever to use TPUs in this way,” Hannah-Murphy said.last_img read more

Chinese Ambassador Makes Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo made a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.The Bahamas and China recently recognized their 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations at a Reception on Friday evening at the British Colonial Hilton.    Photos show a gift presentation during the courtesy call, and the Prime Minister with the Ambassador in a group including, from left: Chinese Embassy officials, Ambassador Huang Qinguo (third left), Prime Minister Minnis, Office of the Prime Minister Senior Policy Adviser Joshua Sears, and Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson.(Photos/OPM Media Services)last_img read more

Lukaku opens up on the positive vibes in Uniteds squad

first_imgRomelu Lukaku revealed that Manchester United players are enjoying the happy atmosphere in training since the exit of Jose Mourinho.The Belgian forward may not be having more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he admitted the positive vibes in the squad has been a key factor to their success.“It’s different, a lot more positive,” he told Canal+.“People are smiling. At the moment everything is going well, and we have to continue like this. We’re enjoying it.”Lukaku further claimed everyone is getting back to their best again after a difficult start to the campaign, with the improved form of Pogba and Rashford a testimony to the assertion.“We tell him at training, Paul is happy, and then he laughs,” Lukaku disclosed via FourFourTwo.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“At the moment, everyone is playing at their level. That’s what’s good. Paul, Marcus (Rashford), even myself when I play, I try to bring something to the team, Anthony (Martial). The competitive mindset is returning in every player.“You see it at training when we do mini games, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see the players are wanting to prove themselves to the manager because they want to take their chance, but the most important remains the team. That’s what’s going to help us to return where we belong.”Up next for Manchester United is a tricky tie against relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday.Lukaku: “This competitive spirit is coming back out of each player, it has already started in training when we play small-sided matches, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see it the players want to prove themselves to the manager.” #MUFC #GGMU pic.twitter.com/74u1IXB7Jp— UnitedReds.com (@UnitedRedscom) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Easterseals helps veterans who are transitioning out of the military

first_imgEasterseals helps veterans who are transitioning out of the military Posted: August 12, 2019 August 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Easterseals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides employment services, as well as referrals to other resources, to help military personnel and veterans who are transitioning out of the military into a civilian job or starting their own small business.Director of Operations for the program John Funk and recently retired Chief Petty Officer Michelle Warnecke joined us at KUSI to discuss how Easterseals is helping men and women in the armed forces. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 7 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St Johns Prep

first_imgDANVERS, MA — St. John’s Prep recently announced the names of Wilmington students who earned academic honors for the second quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.Headmaster’s List (A- or above in all courses)Alex FlynnJonathan MoradPrincipal’s List (B+ or above in all courses)Nicholas AckermanJames CallahanCameron EichHonor Roll (B or above in all courses)Vincent CallahanNicholas Morad(NOTE: The above information is from St. John’s Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”last_img read more

Ahead of Panchayat polls Election Commissioner meets Governor

first_imgKolkata: State Election Commissioner A K Singh on Wednesday met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and briefed him about the preparations for the Panchayat elections scheduled on May 1, 3 and 5.”I briefed him about the security arrangement in place for filing of nominations and also informed him about the security measures that we are planning to put in place during the elections,” Singh told reporters while leaving Raj Bhavan after the meeting. Responding to a question on whether there were discussions about Central Force deployment, Singh only answered in the positive and did not elaborate. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere have been reports of violence during filing of nominations for the Panchayat polls that had begun from Monday and will continue till April 9.Top brass of the state secretariat, including Chief Secretary Moloy De, met the Governor on Wednesday.BJP workers held a demonstration outside the State Election Commission office, demanding free and fair elections.Alleging that the SEC is “incapable” of holding peaceful elections, the BJP said it has decided to move the Supreme Court with a plea to make arrangements for free and fair polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTrinamool Congress has termed the allegations as “baseless”. The BJP has filed 1,147 nominations, while CPI-M has filed 351. But still they are alleging that they are being prevented from filing nominations,” said Partha Chatterjee, minister of Parliamentary Affairs. A Trinamool Congress delegation will meet the Governor on Thursday.CPI-M state secretary Suryakanta Misra on Wednesday advised workers of all the Opposition parties to go to file the nomination together and resist if there is any violence to stop them. He criticised the State Election Commission for holding poll on the International Workers’ Day, which falls on May 1.last_img read more

The growth in popularity of watching catchup serv

first_imgThe growth in popularity of watching catch-up services via a PC is slowing down in the UK, according to regulator Ofcom’s latest Communications Market Report.The number of users watching TV via a PC-delivered catch-up service increase by just three percentage points year-on-year to 29% for the first quarter of 2012 as catch-up services become increasingly available via internet-enabled TV sets.The Communications Market Report also highlighted that 5% of UK households with a TV own a smart TV.  However, it noted that this figure is set to rise, as smart TV set sales have doubled in the past year and now represent a fifth of all TV sales. Among owners of smart TVs, 65% said they had used the internet connection on their TV. This is despite the fact almost half (47%) of smart TV owners said that internet functionality was not a consideration for them when choosing a new set. Ofcom also found that smart TVs are used most widely for watching catch-up TV.  Among users of smart TVs, 51% had used their set to watch catch-up TV, while activities including social networking (25%) and online shopping (13%) were less commonly undertaken on smart TVs.The Communications Market Report found that total TV industry revenues increased by 4.9%, or £579 million (€737 million), in nominal terms to £12.3 billion in2011, driven by continued growth in TV subscription income, coupled with an increase in TV net advertising revenue. Revenue from pay TV subscriptions has remained largely unaffected throughout the economic downturn and increased again in 2011 by £403 million (or 8.3%) to £5.2 billion.last_img read more