10 months agoAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 years

first_imgAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 yearsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn Aldridge says the current Liverpool team is the best seen in 30 years.Aldridge wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “This is the best Liverpool team since the title-winning side I played in back in 1987/88.”Over the past 30 years we’ve had some great teams but none of them have played consistently at the level we’re seeing from Jurgen Klopp ‘s side this season.”We famously went 29 games unbeaten from the start of the season en route to winning the title in 1988. I would absolutely love to see the current crop beat that record.”Can they do it? I don’t see any reason why not. They are 20 games unbeaten already and confidence is sky high after that 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.”Going into 2019 seven points ahead of City is a great position to be in. Klopp and the players are saying all the right things about keeping their focus and not getting carried away.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more

GasLog Partners Secures Charters for LNG Carrier Pair

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog Partners has inked agreements with an unnamed party for two new charters plus options for an additional two.The agreements include an approximately three and a half year charter for GasLog Santiago commencing in the third quarter of 2018 and a one year charter for a GasLog Partners’ 145,000 cbm steam vessel beginning in the fourth quarter of 2019.As informed, the 145,000 cbm vessel will be either Methane Jane Elizabeth or Methane Alison Victoria.The charterer has options to extend the GasLog Santiago charter for up to an additional seven years and the steam vessel charter for up to an additional four years, both at escalating rates, GasLog Partners added.GasLog Santiago, the 155,000 cbm tri-fuel diesel electric LNG carrier built in 2013, is currently on a multi-year time charter with a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell through July 2018. The vessel will undergo a scheduled drydocking during the second quarter of 2018 when a reliquefaction module is to be installed.Methane Jane Elizabeth and Methane Alison Victoria are also chartered to a subsidiary of Shell, with charters expiring in October and December 2019, respectively.“These charters will provide continuous employment for GasLog Santiago and either Methane Jane Elizabeth or Methane Alison Victoria, increase the partnership’s contracted revenue visibility, diversify our customer base and support our year-on-year distribution growth guidance of 5% to 7% in 2018,” Andy Orekar, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog Partners, commented.Last week, GasLog Partners revealed plans to purchase from GasLog 100% of the shares in the entity that owns and charters the 2016-built GasLog Gibraltar. The acquisition, worth USD 207 million, is expected to be closed in the second quarter of 2018 and is in line with the company’s growth strategy.last_img read more

European plan to bypass US sanctions falls short Iran

first_imgTehran: The mechanism set up by European powers to help Iran skirt US sanctions will be of limited use but it has highlighted a welcome distance between Washington and its allies, Tehran’s top diplomat said Monday. The EU said Friday after a crisis meeting aimed at salvaging a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that the INSTEX payment mechanism was finally “operational” and that the first transactions were being processed. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed'”Although it does not meet the demands of the Islamic republic, (or) Europeans’ obligations… it has a strategic value (in showing) that the closest allies of the United States are distancing themselves from America in their economic relations,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “This will certainly have long-term effects,” he added, during a speech broadcast on state television. Britain, France and Germany launched the special payment system in late January after US President Donald Trump abruptly quit the nuclear deal last year and reimposed sweeping sanctions on Iran. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingIt is seen as key to EU efforts to preserve the deal but its promise of easing the bite of US sanctions, which have cut Iran off from the international financial system and decimated its oil exports, has been slow to materialise. In response to the US measures, Tehran announced in May it would abandon some of the limits on its nuclear activities imposed under the deal, threatening to give up two others by July 7 if the other signatories to the accord do not help it break the US embargo. INSTEX was designed to only support transactions in the pharmaceutical, medical and agricultural-food sectors.last_img read more

Trudeau taps veteran Jeremy Broadhurst to run Liberal reelection campaign

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned to veteran Liberal Jeremy Broadhurst to run the governing party’s bid for re-election this fall.Broadhurst, who is currently serving as chief of staff to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, is to take on new duties as national campaign director by May 13.The appointment signals an attempt to reach out to long-time Liberals, some of whom have privately grumbled that their experience has not been tapped or valued by the Trudeau team.Broadhurst is a Team Trudeau insider but he’s also got a long history with the party.He has served in senior positions with every Liberal leader, permanent and interim, since 2006, including a stint as Trudeau’s deputy chief of staff.He ran the Liberals’ war room during the 2011 campaign and, as national director of the party, played a key role in its 2015 election victory.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Toronto stock index moves slightly lower US stock markets rise

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index slipped slightly lower Monday, while markets south of the border inched forward after seeing some losses earlier in the day.The S&P/TSX composite index shed 13 points to 16,026.26.The indice’s performance is tied to geopolitical tensions, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel.Ongoing trouble between the U.S. and North Korea, as well as other global political issues have led to concerns about an oil supply disruption, he said, driving the commodity price higher and creating a resource-rooted rally for the exchange.However, the price of oil didn’t move much Monday — with the December crude contract gaining two cents to US$56.76 per barrel — leaving the TSX relatively flat as well, Pashootan said.On Wall Street, indices continued to question whether U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver on promised reforms, like a corporate tax cut, Pashootan said, and indices dipped into the red.“But there’s no question that the underlying enthusiasm and appetite for buying equities continues to remain strong,” he said, adding that’s what lifted indices before markets closed.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 17.49 points to 23,439.70, the S&P 500 index rose 2.54 points to 2,584.84 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 6.66 points to 6,757.60.Pashootan expects U.S. markets to show volatility over the next couple of quarters, moving higher when optimism about Trump’s reform grows and retreating at any sign of challenges in the president’s way.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract rose US$4.70 to US$1,278.90 an ounce and the December copper contract advanced roughly four cents to about US$3.12 a pound. The December natural gas contract fell about five cents to roughly US$3.17 per mmBTU.The Bank of Canada, which publishes the daily average exchange rate of the Canadian dollar, is closed in lieu of Remembrance Day.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Serbs and Montenegrins protest against autocratic rulers

BELGRADE, Serbia — Thousands of people have rallied in Serbia and Montenegro to demand the resignations of their autocratic leaders over allegations of corruption and the lack of democratic freedoms.Some 10,000 demonstrated Saturday against long-serving Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, and several thousand others marched in Belgrade against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.Djukanovic and his party have ruled Montenegro virtually unchallenged for three decades. He led the country to independence from much larger Serbia in 2006 and defied Russia to join NATO in 2017.In Serbia, the protesters have for months been urging more democracy in the country that is firmly under control of populist leader Vucic, a former nationalist who says he wants to lead the country into the European Union.Both Vucic and Djukanovic have rejected calls to resign.The Associated Press read more

Vicious attacks on civilians force thousands to flee in eastern DR of

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in the village of Sonsa, a particularly virulent rampage by Mayi-Mayi elements active in the area prompted the flight of some 100 individuals to the town of Manono. During the attack, 15 females – including eight girls – were raped and forced to flee naked, able to move only at night due to their lack of clothing.Wholesale looting took place and 11 of the village’s 30 houses were burned to the ground and, OCHA said in a press release. The terrified displaced people arrived in Manono, Katanga, on 31 May.OCHA say that more than 1,600 individuals fled their homes in the villages of Kyungu and Nkumbu to seek shelter in Mpiana, another town in the Manono region, for fear of attack by Mayi-Mayi active in the area. Although the group managed to bring some basic household goods with them, they no longer have any food.Four villages may have been burned after the internally displaced people (IDPs) left the area, OCHA said.In the South Kivu town of Nindja, militia members killed 19 civilians on 23 May and prompted an estimated 6,000 people to flee to Ihembe, near Walungu. Among the seriously wounded, some had had their limbs hacked off by machetes. Another group of villagers, estimated at up to 50, were carried off by armed men in an area where kidnapping of civilians for ransom happens often, OCHA said.IDPs in six overcrowded camps in Ituri’s Djugu and Irumu areas, where many have live for six months seemed unlikely to be able to return home in the near future, it said. Should the security situation deteriorate further, the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to these camps could become problematic. A suspension in aid could leave more than 100,000 individuals, mostly women and children, without water, health care and food, the agency said.Meanwhile, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, told reporters after briefing the Security Council today on the DRC, that the situation in Ituri had somewhat improved, particularly since nearly 14,000 militia had been disarmed, which was a very significant number.But at the same time, the situation in Ituri had not completely stabilized. He reported to the Council that a Nepalese peacekeeper protecting a human rights investigative team in the region had lost his life earlier this week. “So that tells us that there are still people who are prepared to kill – to prevent the consolidation of peace and human rights in Ituri.” There were still very serious dangers in the Ituri province, and he had warned the Council that “we need to remain vigilant there because we don’t have peace yet.” read more

Many investors afraid to change strategy from lowincome investments CIBC poll

by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2013 4:00 am MDT Many investors afraid to change strategy from low-income investments: CIBC poll MONTREAL – A new poll suggests low interest rates have been taking a toll on investors, but more than half were afraid to make changes to increase their returns.The CIBC poll found that 54 per cent of investors with low-yield investments said they weren’t considering changes, with the main reason being “too risky.”The bank noted that as a result of this fear, many investors have simply been parking their money in investments that often guarantee a return that’s less than inflation.The survey also found that 42 per cent of those polled said they were not satisfied with the returns they were generating in their investment portfolios.CIBC says with an extended period of rock-bottom interest rates and people living longer, investors may reach a point where they need a new strategy and a chat with a financial adviser.Only 10 per cent of those polled said they were “completely satisfied” with the income their investments were generating.“People waiting for higher returns could be waiting a heck of a long time,” said Patrick O’Toole, CIBC’s vice-president of global wealth.But O’Toole said there are dividend stocks and balanced funds, for example, that can boost investment income.“Generally, you want to see some return well above inflation because you’re protecting your purchasing power,” he said from Toronto.“Sitting on cash is not an effective strategy because you are basically guaranteeing that your earning return is not keeping up with inflation. You have to look for alternatives out there,” O’Toole said.He said there’s still a lot of merit to a diversified portfolio, but noted that during the financial crisis in 2008-2009, all types of investments took a hit.“That shook a lot of people’s faith in diversification. I don’t think it should shake their faith permanently.”As a result, investors suffered a lot of “psychological damage” and they have to try to get over it and adjust to lower growth, he added.“Gone are the days of bond yields at six or seven per cent and stock returns annually in the double digits. It is a new environment and it doesn’t mean you should be sitting on cash waiting for rosy days again.”There’s always some hesitancy when you see the headline ‘Risk,’ but there have still been solid returns in both the equity markets in both Canada and the U.S., he said.The online poll was conducted by Leger Marketing from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4 and surveyed 1,541 English and French-speaking Canadians with an investment portfolio for retirement. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

No progress to speak of as first round of UNsponsored Syrian peace

“We haven’t made any progress, to speak of,” UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi told a news conference in Geneva, site of the eight days of talks, noting that the opposition has agreed to return for a further session on 10 February but that the Government delegation said they needed to check back with Damascus first.“There is absolutely no doubt that the key positions are still very wide apart,” he said of the talks, the first time Government and opposition representatives have sat down together in the UN-sponsored bid to help end nearly three years of civil war in which well over 100,000 people have been killed and nearly 9 million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted between President Bashar al-Assad and various groups seeking his ouster.The basis of the talks is full implementation of an action plan adopted in the so-called Geneva Communiqué of 2012, the first international conference on the conflict, which calls for a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections, but a major issue has been access to humanitarian aid for 1.6 million Syrians, some of whom have been trapped for almost two years without regular food supplies, and on this Mr. Brahimi reported virtually no progress.“A little bit of good news came yesterday, with the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees (near Damascus), but so much more is needed,” he said, stressing that the UN will continue humanitarian discussions with the governor of Homs and the authorities in Damascus.Only 12 kilometres away, UN trucks are on standby to deliver urgently needed food and medicines to 500 families, some 2,500 people, trapped in the Old City of Homs without aid for almost two years, once the warring parties allow access. Overall, some 1.6 million civilians in Syria have been without regular UN World Food Programme (WFP) aid for months.In a statement that he read before taking questions, Mr. Brahimi said he wanted to speak “almost only about the few positive elements, because we want to look to the next steps. And I sincerely think that there are some elements that can be, that can offer a beginning, and a ground to stand on, if there is political will to look for a solution,” he added, noting that this was a very modest beginning.“It was a very difficult start. But the sides have become used to sitting in the same room. They have presented positions and listened to one another. There have been moments when one side has even acknowledged the concerns and the difficulties and the point of view of the other side. Progress is very slow indeed, but the sides have engaged in an acceptable manner. This is a very modest beginning, but it is a beginning on which we can build.”While the gaps between the sides remain wide – “there is no use pretending otherwise” – Mr. Brahimi said he observed a little bit of common ground, including the commitment by both to discuss full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué to achieve a political solution their recognition that to do so they must agree on the permanent and comprehensive end to the conflict and the establishment of a transitional governing body.“Both sides understand that the conflict in their country has imposed immense and unacceptable suffering on the Syrian people. Both sides recognize the urgent need to bring that violence to an end. We hope they will also redouble their efforts to seek earlier opportunities to reduce, to at least reduce, the level of violence on the ground,” he said.“I hope that we can start to build more common ground when next we meet, in Geneva. We will now have a short break in the negotiations, to allow the sides to prepare their more detailed positions on the issues raised already, and on all other aspects of the Geneva Communiqué.”After today’s end of the current talks, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos voiced “deep frustration and disappointment” at the failure to agree on access to aid for civilians blockaded in towns and cities across Syria, noting that more than 3 million people are trapped in areas where heavy fighting continues or that are besieged by Government or opposition forces. “I am extremely concerned that, while the discussions continue to try and find a political solution to end the crisis, ordinary men, women and children are dying needlessly across the country and others are desperate for want of food, clean water or medical care,” she said in a statement.“The situation is totally unacceptable. The international community has clearly called for immediate action to facilitate safe and unhindered delivery of assistance across the country,” she added.“We need urgent action now. Sieges must be lifted. Ceasefire agreements must be agreed and convoys allowed to proceed immediately and safely. Border crossings and roads need to be opened to allow the regular flow of vital aid supplies. Those who fail to protect civilians or facilitate assistance are violating international humanitarian law.”UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Jens Laerke told a Geneva briefing said that with regard to Homs the “bottom line” is that the parties on the ground had not yet reached modalities for providing safe conditions for an aid delivery.For its part, WFP voiced concern that that up to 6.5 million people inside Syria might be severely food insecure and would require food aid. It has sent food to an unprecedented 3.8 million people in December and has ramped up logistics and operational capacity to feed 4.25 million people in January, but major road closures are a challenge, spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said. read more

Laytons hiatus presents a critical time for the NDP expert

NDP leader Jack Layton is temporarily stepping down to focus on his health. Other members will have to do “heavy lifting” to preserve the party’s gains, says a Brock expert. Photo: ndp.caWith Jack Layton temporarily stepping down for health reasons, preserving the NDP’s recent gains depends on the ability of its prominent MPs to step into the spotlight, says a Brock expert in Canadian and labour politics.All eyes have been on the NDP this week after Layton announced Monday that he had a new type of cancer. He is stepping down as leader but plans to return in the fall. The party has backed his pick for interim leader, rookie Quebec MP Nycole Turmel.Larry SavageThis is the time for some of the party’s other potential stars to step into the spotlight, said Larry Savage, associate professor of Political Science and Labour Studies. And it’s critical that they present themselves as able to govern.“When people think of the NDP, they think of Jack Layton,” he said. “His personal popularity outstrips the popularity of the party. Life without Layton will be difficult for the NDP, so it’s important for his shadow cabinet to step up.”Savage predicts that in addition to Turmel, the public will see more of foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar, and deputy leader Libby Davies, and even agriculture critic and Welland MP Malcolm Allen.“They’re going to have to do some heavy lifting,” he said.The NDP saw a landmark growth in this spring’s election. By becoming the official opposition, it knocked the Liberals out of second place and the Bloc Quebecois into near extinction. Much of this had to do with Layton’s personal charisma, particularly with “Layton Liberals” – people who previously voted Liberal but instead switched to the NDP.Layton’s announcement has created a crucial moment for the party, Savage said. In the coming months, it is critical that the party consolidates its support in Quebec to get repeat voters. It is also important for it to perform competently and flawlessly to earn the public’s trust, and to keep the Liberals in third place. The party seems to be aiming for the latter by drifting closer to the centre, he said. Recent moves include proposals to remove the word “socialism” from its constitution earlier this year.Layton’s gaunt appearance at the press conference startled people, but he would not be the first opposition leader to come back from a health crisis, Savage said. Jean Chretien underwent surgery to remove a nodule from his lung in 1991 and eventually became Prime Minister. Former Bloc Quebecois leader Lucien Bouchard lost his leg to necrotizing fasciitis (“flesh-eating disease”) in 1994 and went on to become Premier of Quebec.Turmel is not a shocking choice for leader, Savage said. She is bilingual and uncontroversial. She is an experienced labour leader and has no leadership aspirations of her own.“It makes sense to put someone with her organizational experience into an interim leadership position,” he said. “She does, however, have pretty big shoes to fill.” read more

Dirty dozen Nadal beats Thiem for 12th French Open title

For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could he make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?That the questions were raised at all was significant. The answers, perhaps not surprisingly, arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.“I gave everything I had,” Thiem said. “It’s amazing: 12 times here. It’s unreal.”No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that many times. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.Looking at the bigger picture, Nadal is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20.Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. It was an impressive display of athleticism, skill and will, with Thiem managing to give just as good as he got, particularly with his ferocious backhand.From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after seven games and 45 minutes, eliciting some whistles and catcalls from the crowd.Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day, because of rain that jumbled the schedule. Nadal, meanwhile, entered Sunday having played just once in the previous four days.Not only that, but while Nadal dismissed Federer with relative ease in a straight-set semifinal that concluded Friday, Thiem was forced to work overtime, eliminating Djokovic in a five-setter that wrapped up less than 24 hours before the final began.Thiem showed he can play defence. Showed he can flip to offence in a blink. Showed power off both sides. Showed precision, too, making only three of the match’s first 12 unforced errors.Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand winner to earn the first break point of the final, then converting it with an overhead to cap a 20-stroke point for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where all of his supporters were on their feet, yelling and shaking fists, too, including his girlfriend, French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic, who won the women’s doubles championship earlier in the day on the same court.Not so fast.Nadal snapped to, immediately. He grabbed 13 of the set’s last 18 points, and its final four games, doing so with elan, using a drop shot to help him break Thiem for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. How couldn’t it be?To play as well as he did, for as long as he did, going toe-to-toe with — by any measure, objective or subjective — the greatest clay-court performer ever, and even taking the lead, yet end up with absolutely zero to show for it?At the ensuing changeover, Thiem didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Roger Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. He didn’t spike a racket or kick a tennis ball.He casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing to his left at Nadal.Perhaps Thiem was thinking: Is there anything I can do? The answer, it turned out, was “Yes.” But only briefly.They appeared headed for a tiebreaker in the second set when Thiem broke to take it. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal had a run in which he took 25 of 26 points on his serve, before a loss of focus, perhaps, did him in. With spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames — “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — Nadal pushed a backhand long. That gave Thiem the first set he’d managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.But Thiem, put simply, wilted a bit. He made three unforced errors in the fourth set’s first game to get broken at love. Thiem created an opening and Nadal barged through. By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net.All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up. BROWSE french open | Rafael Nadal | tennis read more

Womens Basketball Strong third quarter pushes No 16 Ohio State to 8869

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorAfter coming off of a brutal loss in which Ohio State let South Florida junior guard Kitija Laksa drop 41 points on it in an 84-65 loss, the team’s main focus was to bounce back — and bounce back it did.No. 16 Ohio State (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten) went on the road and beat Illinois (9-18, 0-13 Big Ten) by a commanding score of 88-69. The Buckeyes received a lot of production from senior guard Kelsey Mitchell and redshirt senior Linnae Harper. Mitchell finished with 28 points, while Harper added a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.Ohio State’s strong third quarter proved to be the difference maker. After a rough end to the first quarter and strong second quarter, Ohio State finished the third quarter outscoring Illinois 28-15. Heading into the fourth quarter, Mitchell had 21 points with the Buckeyes up 66-48.The Buckeyes came out of the gates strong, quickly jumping out to a 13-4 lead to start the first quarter thanks to a couple of Mitchell 3-pointers. That lead quickly disappeared when Illinois closed out the quarter on a 17-3 run to take a 21-16 lead after one quarter. The Buckeyes again jumped out to a strong start in the second quarter to regain a double-digit lead. However, Illinois clawed its way back into the quarter and made its halftime deficit a manageable seven points, 38-31. Ohio State’s lead at the break would have been larger had Illinois junior forward Alex Wittinger been held in check. Heading into the second half, Wittinger had 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting with eight rebounds. Wittinger finished with a double-double, 30 points and 16 rebounds.After the third quarter, the Buckeyes cruised the rest of the way. Illinois trailed significantly while Mitchell continued to drain basket after basket in the fourth. After going down 21-16, the Buckeyes outscored Illinois 67-53 the rest of the way.With three games remaining in conference play, Ohio State will look to close out the regular season strong heading into the Big Ten Tournament. It returns home to face Purdue for Senior Night at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Geek deals 419 for Dell Latitude 3330 ultraportable 229 27inch IPS monitor

first_imgWhen it comes to recommending a laptop to someone, my first suggestion is always a business-class laptop. They may not have the same bells & whistles or aesthetics as a more run-of-the-mill consumer laptop, but they more than make up for it in design and reliability. Business-class laptops are designed to last through years of daily use and abuse. The chassis is reinforced to prevent common failure points, parts are usually easy to access and replace, and you can count on parts and service being available for years to come.Dell’s Latitude 3330 is a new model built around a 13.3-inch screen and slim 0.8-inch chassis with an aluminum top cover. It weighs in at just 3.5 lbs, making it a very portable machine that doesn’t compromise size for durability. It also manages to keep a plethora of ports and connectivity options despite its tiny design. You get two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port (which will also charge a mobile device), Gigabit Ethernet, both VGA and HDMI video outputs, a media card reader, and 802.11n WiFi. Unlike may of the ultra-thin laptops available these days, you can still swap the battery on the Latitude 3330 and even have an extended 6-cell option.Normally, business laptops hold a bit of a price premium over comparable consumer machines, but we found an aggressive discount on this model. The $419 base configuration uses a lowly dual-core Celeron to keep costs down, but performance should be more than sufficient for the average user since it is based on the same Ivy Bridge architecture as all of Intel’s other chips. You can step up to a Core i3 for $539 and all models run Windows 7 if you don’t fancy Windows 8.Dell Latitude 3330 13.3″ Dual-core Laptop for $419 + free shipping (reg. $634.85)Our other top deals:$100 off select tablets at AT&T with 2 year contract, like 4G iPad Mini for $309.99 (iPad, Galaxy Tab, others available)Western Digital 3TB Red 3.5″ SATA Internal Hard Drive for $144 + free shipping (reg. $169.99)LG 27EA33V 27″ 1080p LED Backlight IPS Monitor for $229.99 + free shipping (reg. $299.99)last_img read more

Blue Haven Resort Marina officially opens December 6th2013

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe new recruits from the Blue Haven Resort and Marina, found in that very well attended job fair a months back will get to show their stuff. The resort official opens this weekend and activities are scheduled to take place from Dec. 6- 8. On Friday will be the “Blue your mind party” at the Salt Bar & Grill starting from 5:30pm. Then on Saturday and Sunday the 4th annual Turks and Caicos Friends of the Art Foundation, Art &Craft Expo takes place along with the Beach Volleyball Tournament, the two events will run from 11 am- 4pm both days. The company will also be celebrating the opening of the property’s casual dining restaurant, “Fire & Ice” from 5pm-7pm on Saturday Dec. 7. The weekend’s activities close out with the Turks & Caicos Football Association Beach Soccer Tournament on Sunday Dec. 8 from 11am-4pm. It is also hoped the kite boarding six will make it here on time for the opening of the resort; they are kiteboarding along colomubus path to the TCI… it would be the longest down winder relay by kiteboard ever, once Enable Passion completes the mission.last_img read more

Housing prices show signs of growth

first_imgClark County’s free-falling housing prices may have actually hit bottom over the winter and started a slow ascent in March, due to stronger demand for mid-range to upper-end houses.The demand, coming mainly from the employees of newly relocated companies such as PeaceHealth and Fisher Investments, likely contributed to a 6.7 percent increase in county home values in March compared with February’s prices, according to Terry Wollam, an agent with Re/Max Equity Group in Vancouver. He also cited a shrinking supply of houses listed for sale. Others say rising rents, growing consumer confidence and improvements in household budgets could help finally strengthen the housing market.There are caution flags: National housing analysts warn that the market still could be flooded by a “shadow inventory” of bank-owned houses and units that have not yet been vacated by delinquent owners.In Clark County, the median home price — half sold for more, half for less — was $176,000 for houses sold by licensed real estate agents in March, according to Portland-based RMLS. That price has risen slightly compared with recent months, after a period of relative stability that began in mid-2011.“That’s when we started to see it (the median price) level out,” Wollam said.Now, he and other real estate brokers expect housing prices to rise, based on rising demand and a shrinking supply of houses listed for sale in Clark County. At the lowest level since September 2006, it would take just 6.4 months to sell off the inventory of housing units listed on the market if no new listings were added, RMLS reported.last_img read more

2 young boys dead after Wash house fire

first_imgCLE ELUM — Two young boys died Friday in a house fire in this small Cascade foothills town despite efforts to save them by their mother, police and fire crews, a Kittitas County fire official said.The boys were under the age of 5, Kittitas County Fire District No. 7 spokeswoman Richelle Risdon estimated.Their mother suffered non-life-threatening burns and was treated at a hospital, Risdon said. The names of the children and their mother were not immediately released.Police and medics arrived within a minute of the call that came in shortly after noon and tried to enter the home but were driven back by thick smoke, Risdon said.Scott Ferguson, police chief for Cle Elum, Roslyn and South Cle Elum, said officers from the police department, Kittitas County sheriff’s Office and the Forest Service tried unsuccessfully to enter the burning house.“Unfortunately, we were turned away by heavy toxic smoke,” he told The Daily Record of Ellensburg.“When I got there, flames were rolling out the front door, the windows, the sides, with heavy smoke,” Risdon said.Some 30 firefighters from three departments fought the blaze, she said.Kittitas County Fire Marshal Brenda Larsen was investigating the scene Friday night.“This has been a rough couple of days,” said Risdon, noting Wednesday’s death of 7-year-old Clayton Everley of nearby Roslyn. He died after a pile of sand collapsed on him at his home. The spokeswoman said the Roslyn boy was a friend of her own son.last_img read more

Suspicious package along with threats left at Surfside synagogue

first_imgI can confirm that Young Israel of Bal Harbour received a suspicious package this a.m. w/threats & anti-Semitic rhetoric. It must be known that the Jewish community will NOT cower in fear. We stand strong, united, and proud. Thank you Surfside & Bal Harbour PDs for your response. pic.twitter.com/1kxmmECUkr— Mayor Gabriel Groisman (@GabeGroisman) July 29, 2019 SURFSIDE, FLA. (WSVN) – A threatening message along with a suspicious package was left at a synagogue in Surfside.Bal Harbor Mayor Gabriel Groisman tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday that a package with anti-Semitic threats was left at the Young Israel of Bal Harbour synagogue, located near Abbott Avenue and 95th Street. The threat comes just a day after a man was shot in the leg outside of the Young Israel of Great Miami Temple.He is expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more