Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic Sets Up Quarter-final vs Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem Ousted

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevATP Tourdominic thiemGrigor Dimitrov First Published: October 31, 2019, 10:37 PM IST Paris: World number one Novak Djokovic had to dig deep in the opening set as he reached the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters with a 7-6(7), 6-1 win against Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Thursday.The 16-times Grand Slam champion, who has been slightly ill lately, was kept on his toes before racing to victory to set up a meeting with seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek beat Australian Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-4. Serbian Djokovic bagged the first set on his seventh opportunity and he did not look back after breaking for 2-1 in the second with a booming forehand winner.The 5️⃣0️⃣ Club is getting bigger! @DjokerNole beats Kyle Edmund 7-6(7), 6-1 to record his 50th win of 2019 Tsitsipas awaits…. : @TennisTV | @RolexPMasters— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 31, 2019 Fifth seed Dominic Thiem was knocked out in the third round when he lost 6-3, 6-2 to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov who will play his first quarter-final at a Masters event since Canada 2018.Dimitrov, who had been struggling since reaching the semi-finals at the US Open, played brilliantly throughout, taking advantage of Thiem’s fading condition after the Austrian won the title in Vienna last Sunday.Dimitrov next takes on Chile’s Cristian Garin, who beat local favorite Jeremy Chardy in three sets.Great players. Greater mates. @GrigorDimitrov | @ThiemDomi : @TennisTV | @RolexPMasters— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 31, 2019 Later on Thursday, world number two Rafael Nadal, looking to lift the trophy at Bercy for the first time, takes on old foe Stan Wawrinka.The Swiss, along with Frenchman Gael Monfils, De Minaur and Italian Matteo Berrettini, is vying for the remaining spot for the season-ending ATP Tour finals. last_img read more

San Beda, Letran clash one last time for NCAA Season 95 crown

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? “It’s really nice playing Letran. I really love to play against them,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose Lions are looking for their fourth championship crown in a row. “Whoever wins tomorrow (Tuesday), truly deserves it.”The Knights came close to sweeping the series in Game 2, if not for a cramp-stricken Fran Yu early in the fourth quarter when the Lions mounted a comeback from seven points down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We’re lucky, Fran Yu wasn’t there on the floor,” said Calvin Oftana, who delivered the decisive three-point play with 19.1 seconds remaining that allowed San Beda to force the decider. “Going into this game (Game 3), our desire to win will play a very important role.”With Evan Nelle and James Canlas alternating on him, Yu was practically unstoppable—knocking down three step back threes in one stretch and banked a shot in the lane that gave the Knights control late in the third. The Letran ace point guard capped his heroics with another three early in the fourth but was pulled out after suffering from leg cramps.“We just moved forward from that defeat and focus our energies in Game 3,” said Letran head coach Bonnie Tan, looking for his first NCAA title while aiming to provide the Knights their second crown in five seasons.Brawny center Larry Muyang, who kept Letran afloat after Yu didn’t show up anymore, will again provide an interesting faceoff with Donald Tankoua, San Beda’s Cameroonian center.“It was unfortunate for me. I will come in more prepared this time,” said Yu, the tournament’s most improved player who led the Knights throughout the stepladder semifinals until the second game of the title series.Attention will likewise be generated by the Knights’ graduating swingmen—team captain Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiller—versus the versatile Canlas and the hot-shooting Clint Doliguez.ADVERTISEMENT We have to win this. Execute properly, make big plays and always play hard defense,” said the Filipino-Canadian Canlas. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH Azkals legend Phil Younghusband retires at 32 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congresscenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The San Beda Red Lions thought they were just fortunate to stretch their NCAA Season 95 title encounter to its breaking point.The defending champion Lions don’t want to rely on sheer luck this time in the grand finale of their titular series with the dangerous Letran Knights on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is back with her purple lips

first_imgCannes, May 22 (PTI) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan decided to give a befitting reply to the criticism she received for her purple lips at the Cannes Film Festival last year as she flaunted the colour again this time.The 43-year-old star, who is attending the French Riviera as the face of LOreal, chose a bright purple lip shade for her latest appearance.Make-up artist Charlotte Willer shared a series of pictures on Instagram of Aishwarya with a stunning turquoise eye-liner and the purple lips.Last year, the beauty queen gave fashion fraternity a shock when she decided to sport purple lips for her final red carpet appearance.The choice received mixed reviews and Aishwarya ended up becoming a meme favourite on social media. PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams through to semi-finals

first_imgThe Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams have both qualify for the semifinals of the Asian Games, after their emphatic wins against their respective opponents on Tuesday.The men’s team, who are seven-time gold-medallists, bounced back from the shock 23-24 defeat against South Korea to beat Thailand 49-30 in their fourth and final Group A match. They had beaten Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28 before losing to South Korea.India is certain to finish among the top two teams in the group and qualify for the semifinals. But the groupwinner will be known later as South Korea is yet to complete its preliminary engagements.In the women’s competition, India played two matches and emerged victorious in both to top Group A with an all-win record and qualify for the semifinals.In the first match of the day, the Indian women’s team defeated Sri Lanka 38-12 before trouncing Indonesia 54-22 in their final group match.The Indians had beaten Japan 43-12 and Thailand 33-23 in their earlier group matches.India will play against the second-placed team in Group B in the semifinals.The semifinals will be held on August 23 while the final will be played the next day.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer shown pulling wife to ground in video

first_imgBaseball Share on Twitter Reuse this content Topics Larry Baer, the president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Giants, was involved in an altercation with his wife in which he knocked her from her chair in a public plaza on Friday afternoon.A video of the incident published by TMZ on Friday shows Baer attempting to take a cell phone from his wife, Pamela, pulling her to the ground as she shouts: “Oh my God, no, help!” MLB Share on Facebook San Francisco Giants Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Baer confirmed he got into an “unfortunate public argument” with his wife in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, saying he’s apologized to his wife and police were not initially contacted, though Chronicle reporter Evan Sernoffsky said authorities later turned up at the scene in the city’s Hayes Valley neighborhood to speak with witnesses.“My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said. “The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cell phone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”Baer, 61, joined the Giants as the team’s marketing director in 1980, working his way up and succeeding Bill Neukom as the team’s CEO in 2012.The couple, who has four children together, has been married for 28 years.A team spokesperson responded to request for comment from the Guardian with a joint statement from Larry and Pamela Baer, saying they were “deeply embarrassed” by the incident.“Regrettably today we had a heated argument in public over a family matter,” the statement read. “We are deeply embarrassed by the situation and have resolved the issue.”Major League Baseball released a statement saying that it “is aware of the incident and, just like any other situation like this, will immediately begin to gather the facts. We will have no further comment until this process is completed.”center_img Since you’re here… Bryce Harper to sign record $330m contract with Philadelphia Phillies … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn US sports Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read morelast_img read more

Georgia’s Loss Means There Are 4 Clear College Football Playoff Favorites

first_imgA Georgia player carries the ball.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: DAndre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers on September 29, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia lost to LSU on Saturday, meaning the Bulldogs are no longer among the ranks of the unbeaten. As a result, it looks like there are now four teams that should be considered favorites when it comes to inclusion in the College Football Playoff.To be clear, there are a number of teams – including Georgia – that still control their own destiny the rest of the year. But after seven weeks, there are four teams that looks like odds-on favorites to play for it all in January.The first, obviously, is Alabama. Assuming the Crimson Tide handle Missouri on Saturday, the defending champs will be 7-0 with the No. 1 ranking in the country. Tua Tagovailoa has looked unstoppable. It’s hard to see Alabama losing before the Iron Bowl or the SEC title game.The second is Ohio State, which looked pedestrian against Minnesota on Saturday. The Buckeyes don’t look dominant right now, but it doesn’t matter, so long as they keep winning games. Ohio State is also 7-0 with wins over TCU and Penn State – and they’re easily the favorite in the Big Ten.The third is Clemson, despite the team’s close call against Syracuse two weeks ago. The Tigers are still the class of the ACC, and it’s hard to see them losing a game before the regular season is over.The fourth, and most controversial, is Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have big wins over Stanford, Virginia Tech and Michigan and don’t play an incredibly difficult schedule the rest of the way. The main issue for the Irish? They probably need to go 12-0 to get in. Notre Dame isn’t in a conference and therefore doesn’t have the opportunity to win a league title game.Other contenders include West Virginia, Georgia, Washington, Penn State, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU and Florida.Georgia has to win the SEC title to get in the playoff. No other way now. Don’t have a Notre Dame win this year to help the resumé— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 13, 2018There’s a lot of football to be played, but it’s safe to say that if those four teams win out, they’ll all meet in the playoff. It’d be a great event.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma to return home after daughter’s birth, will miss Sydney Test

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 12:26 IST Rohit Sharma will miss the 4th Test as he left for India to be with his wife and newborn daughter (@rohitsharma45 Instagram Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma welcomed a baby daughter on Monday with wife Ritika SajdehBCCI congratulates Rohit and added that there will be no replacement namedBCCI said Rohit will join the ODI squad on the 8th of January 2019Rohit Sharma will miss the fourth and the final Test against Australia at Sydney after the India batsman left for Mumbai on the 30 December (Monday) to be with his wife Ritika Sajdeh and newborn baby girl.BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life and added that there will be no replacement player in the Test squad.Rohit will join the ODI squad on the 8th of January 2019, when the team begins their preparation for the ODI series starting 12th January.Update – Rohit Sharma to join ODI squad on 8th JanuaryIndia batsman @ImRo45 left for Mumbai on the 30th of December to attend to his wife who has delivered a baby girl. The BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life. (@BCCI) December 31, 2018Rohit came back into the Test side after missing the second Test in Perth due to injury and scored a patient 63 not out in the first innings as India hammered Australia by 137 runs to win the Boxing Day Test in Australia for the first time in history.Rohit revealed his wife Ritika Sajdeh’s pregnancy in a promotional video for Hublot with former Australia captain Michael Clarke.”I cannot wait to be a father; it is going to be a game-changing moment in our lives. I am eagerly awaiting the moment of becoming a father. It will be a moment to change our life,” Rohit told Clarke.The news of Rohit and Ritika’s daughter was confirmed by Ritika’s cousin sister Seema Khan, who is the wife of actor-producer Sohail Khan, when she posted an Instagram story tagging Ritika, with the caption “Baby girl, masi’s again”advertisement Actor Sohail Khan’s wife, Seema, confirmed the news on her Insta story (Seema Khan Instagram)Rohit had earlier said that his India teammates would tease him about being a father, because of his irresponsible mannerism and his tendency to forget things.”When my teammates got to know that I am going to become a father, they were laughing at me. They were like you are going to be a father?”The reaction came in because of the mannerism and the things I have done in my previous years. They think I am irresponsible, obviously in a funny way. But I am going make sure that everything changes,” Rohit said.Also Read | Proud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girlFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Ritika SajdehFollow Rohit Ritika babyFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 4th TestFollow Sydney Test Rohit Sharma to return home after daughter’s birth, will miss Sydney TestRohit Sharma is flying back to India to be with his wife Ritika Sajdeh and newborn baby girl. Rohit will miss the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydneyadvertisementlast_img read more

Cabinet Receives Report of Compensation Committee

first_img The Committee was established to investigate and determine claims for compensation, loss and damage to properties, and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect to the events of May 2010. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says Cabinet has received the report of the West Kingston Commission Incursion Compensation Committee. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says Cabinet has received the report of the West Kingston Commission Incursion Compensation Committee.“Cabinet is likely to consider it very soon, and, hopefully, by early November, that report will be laid in Parliament. It will be the precursor to dealing with all the recommendations of the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry,” Mr. Chuck said as he addressed the Rotary Club of Kingston meeting at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on October 12.The Committee was established to investigate and determine claims for compensation, loss and damage to properties, and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect to the events of May 2010.The establishment of the Committee was one of the recommendations of the Commission of Enquiry Report.Mr. Chuck informed that the report from the Committee indicated that they examined more than a 1,000 claims.“A deadline was set in December of last year for all claims to be made. When the claims started to come in, a number of persons, through the Public Defender, asked for an extension of that time. So, there was a further extension of the deadline, which caused additional files to be submitted, and the Committee agreed to do them,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck said recommendations have been made by the Committee for various amounts to be paid out.“A number of them… had to put in a proper matrix for those who got compensation immediately after the event. A lot of them were denied because you might have had two or three persons from the same family applying, and the Committee was able to discern that,” he said.Mr. Chuck said he and Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, will make presentations in Parliament on different aspects of the Tivoli Report.“The compensation, hopefully, will be paid out soon after, so that this unfortunate matter can be put behind us,” the Justice Minister said.The Committee was chaired by Retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton. Other members of the Committee were Ministers of Religion, the Rev. Rennard White and Rev. Herro Blair Jr.Ms. Carlene Larmond, an attorney experienced in litigation, served as Legal Advisor to the Committee. The Committee was chaired by Retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton. Other members of the Committee were Ministers of Religion, the Rev. Rennard White and Rev. Herro Blair Jr.last_img read more

Maersk Signs LOI to Boost Cargo Flows in Eastern Indonesia

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Danish shipping, trade and energy conglomerate Maersk Group has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministries for Maritime Affairs and Economic Affairs to enter an alliance on the maritime and economic development of Bitung in Eastern Indonesia.The scope of collaboration will include areas such as the processes around customs clearance, cargo release and other border procedures; the flow of goods through the port; the regulatory environment; and the shipping liner connectivity of Bitung in a regional and international perspective.The LOI is expected to enhance inter-island connectivity, and is in line with the Indonesia New Maritime Strategy. With trade being more developed in the Western part of Indonesia, the aim of the LOI is to accelerate trade and economic development in Eastern Indonesia. Bitung has therefore been identified as a special economic development zone and a strategic national transportation hub.Focus will be placed on driving increased connections from Eastern Indonesia to more developed parts of the country, as well as regional and global export markets.“We want to support the development of Eastern Indonesia by understanding the challenges and opportunities for the supply chains of key commodities such as tuna, coconut and their downstream products, as well as the potential of aquaculture development and the need to improve vocational skills in this area. We see the added value this will bring and expect this will enhance the economic activity and trade of the country,” said Jakob Friis Sorensen, President Director of Maersk Line in Indonesia.The signing ceremony was held at the maritime seminar “Increasing Connectivity,” during the Danish State Visit to Indonesia.“We have been operating in Indonesia for more than 50 years, and we see the potential for increased exports out of the Eastern Indonesia. We are excited to partner with the Indonesia government to enable trade and develop for example, the fishing industry, which will create jobs and economic development to the local communities. If successful, our aim is to make Bitung a model for replicating good practice in other parts of Indonesia to bring about increased trade for the country,” said Jakob Friis Sorensen. My locationcenter_img Print  Closelast_img read more

A chronology of events in the Site C dam project in British

first_imgVICTORIA – A chronology of events in British Columbia’s Site C hydroelectric dam project:Late 1950s: The location for a third dam on the Peace River is first looked at after the locations of WAC Bennett Dam and Peace Canyon Dam were identified.1970s: Engineering work is done to determine the feasibility of a third dam.1989: Plans for Site C are shelved because of local opposition to the project.March 2001: The chairman of BC Hydro says he would like to see the project revived and get fast-track approval from the government.April 2004: BC Hydro includes Site C in a package of initiatives it is studying to boost the province’s long-term supply of hydroelectricity.December 2007: Preliminary cost estimates for Site C show the project could cost between $5 billion and $6.6 billion, doubling previous estimates by the province.April 2010: The B.C. government announces plan to build Site C.December 2013: Public hearings begin on the project.May 2014: A joint review panel gives no clear yes or no answer but says B.C. will need new energy at some point. It says the project would cause significant adverse effects on the environment and wildlife, as well as Aboriginal communities and farmers in the area.October 2014: Provincial and federal environmental certificates are issued.December 2014: The B.C. government makes the decision to go ahead with construction.July 2015: Construction begins on Site C.July 2015: The B.C. Supreme Court dismissed a petition by the Peace Valley Landowner Association challenging provincial environmental approval of Site C. An appeal was dismissed in September 2016.August 2015: The federal court dismissed an application by Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations challenging environmental approval of Site C by the federal government. An appeal was dismissed in January 2017.February 2016: A judge orders protesters to leave their tent camp near the construction site after BC Hydro seeks an injunction.December 2016: The government says the project is on schedule and on budget.March 2017: The government says more than 2,000 workers are employed at Site C.Aug. 2, 2017: The province’s newly sworn-in NDP government asks the B.C. Utilities Commission to review the project as it considers cancelling or delaying its construction.Aug. 28, 2017: A United Nations panel says construction of the dam should be stopped until there is a full review of how it would affect Indigenous land.Nov. 1, 2017: The B.C. Utilities Commission says the project is over budget and behind schedule in its report to the government, which promises a decision on Site C’s future by the end of the year.Dec. 11, 2017: Premier John Horgan says the dam will be completed but the price tag is expected to rise from $8.3 billion to $10.7 billion.(Source: The Canadian Press, BC Hydro, B.C. government)last_img read more

Indigenous man reaches deal after being thrown out of Canadian Tire in

first_imgREGINA — An Indigenous man who was accused of stealing and thrown out of a Canadian Tire store in Regina has reached a settlement with the retailer.Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung First Nation filed a human rights complaint after an altercation with the store’s manager on July 26, 2017, when Cappo tried to buy a chainsaw.Cappo said he was approached by the manager who accused him of trying to shoplift, pushed him against some shelves and physically removed him from the store.Cappo posted a video to social media and alleged the encounter was an example of racial profiling.The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission says Cappo’s complaint was resolved through mediation.The commission says the store has formally apologized to Cappo, and will train its employees to serve customers of all backgrounds.“The store recognizes that members of Indigenous communities in Regina have suffered and continue to suffer from incidents of actual and perceived racism,” said store owner Francois Brien in a joint statement with the human rights commission.“As a result, the store has taken proactive steps to ensure that it can become an example for how to provide exceptional customer service to Indigenous customers.”Shortly after Cappo posted his video online, Canadian Tire announced the employee involved in the confrontation was no longer with the store.Regina police said they consulted with Saskatchewan Justice, which recommended no charges be laid. In a statement, Cappo said he accepts the apology from the store’s owner and called it a gesture of good faith.“I look forward to working with the store in developing effective change to address racism towards Indigenous communities in Regina, and perhaps develop models for others in the retail industry,” he said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NWT facing mining sector decline report

first_imgAPTN National NewsIf you live in the North, mining has long been the one bright spot for finding good paying jobs.In fact, mining is the single largest private sector employer in Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.However, as APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers found out, while two of the territories are seeing an increase in mining, one of them is looking at a decline in the short term.last_img

Like old photos memories fade over time

first_imgLike old photographs, the visual quality of our memories declines over time, according to a study. When people remember the past, they remember it with varying degrees of clarity. Sometimes people remember lots of details about an event, as if they are reliving the moment as it happened, said Maureen Ritchey, an assistant professor at Boston College in the US. Other times, it seems like the memory has faded, and the details are fuzzy, according to the study published in the journal Psychological Science. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPrevious research has shown that emotionally significant events – like a car accident – are remembered more vividly than everyday events. “We wanted to know whether this feeling of memory vividness is related to not just what is remembered, but how it is remembered – the visual quality of the memory,” Ritchey said in a statement. She said people reported changes to their memories akin to using a filter to edit a picture. “A simple analogy is what happens when you post a photo on Instagram. You are cued to apply a filter that changes the brightness or colour saturation of the image,” Ritchey said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn three experiments, participants studied emotionally negative and neutral images that varied in visual quality – luminance and colour saturation. They then reconstructed the visual qualities of each image in a subsequent test. The findings revealed that memories were recollected as less visually vibrant than they were encoded, demonstrating a novel memory-fading effect, the researchers said. Negative emotions subjects experienced when viewing the images increased the likelihood that images would be accurately remembered but did not influence memory fading. In addition, subjective ratings of memory vividness were lower for less accurate memories and for memories that had visually faded, the team found. These findings provide evidence that the vibrancy of low-level details – such as colours and shapes associated with an event – fade in memory while the gist of the experience is retained. People may remember going to a music festival and watching their favourite band, but the intensity of that sensory experience, including the bright stage lights and strength of the bass, will slowly fade. “We found that memories seem to literally fade: people consistently remembered visual scenes as being less vibrant than they were originally experienced,” said post-doctoral researcher Rose Cooper. “We had expected that memories would get less accurate after a delay, but we did not expect that there would be this qualitative shift in the way that they were remembered,” Cooper said. The fading effect happened less for memories that were rated as subjectively stronger. “We were also surprised to find that emotional memories did not influence the amount of fading, only the likelihood with which people remembered the images at all,” she added.last_img read more

Compact II Projects to Strengthen Socioeconomic Development in Morocco MCC CEO

Tetouan – The structuring projects, to be launched under the “Compact II” program of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), administered by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), will undoubtedly strengthen the socio-economic development and encourage investment in Morocco, said, on Saturday in Tetouan, MCC CEO, Dana Hyde.“The major projects to be launched under the Compact II are meant to mitigate two major constraints to economic growth in Morocco: education/training and land sectors, in order to support the structural reforms undertaken by Morocco, promote socio-economic development and encourage private investment with high added value,” Hyde told MAP on the sidelines of the launch of the program.She said that choosing Morocco for the launch of the second Compact is certainly not fortuitous, rather, it is a sign of recognition for the will of the Moroccan government to undertake reforms in the key economic fields for growth and investment, and for the encouraging results achieved under the Compact I. Concerning the Compact II program, Hyde said that it aims to improve the employability of young Moroccans and strengthen the governance and productivity of rural and industrial land, in order to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, promote investment in Morocco and reinforce the skills of young people to become development actors.“Morocco has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the achievement of the MCC’s goals and the implementation of the Compact I projects, and has every chance to succeed in the Compact II, due to the structuring reforms undertaken in several socio-economic areas,” she said, highlighting the “fruitful and exemplary” partnership between the United States and Morocco. read more

Fair elections key to stability in Central African Republic – UN envoy

8 December 2010General elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) next year will be a crucial step towards restoring stability to the country through a democratic process, but the polls must be free, fair and transparent, the United Nations envoy to the African nation told the Security Council today. “The UN and our international partners have provided considerable technical and financial support to the Independent Electoral Commission entrusted with the implementation of the electoral process,” said Sahle Work-Zewde, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to CAR.“There have been glitches along the way, but with a high degree of commitment from the Government working together with the Independent Electoral Commission and the opposition, solutions have been found and all major political obstacles lifted,” Ms. Work-Zewde said. The elections are scheduled for 23 January.She noted, however, that despite relative stability in the CAR’s capital, Bangui, and the south-western region, thanks to the presence of the national army, the eastern parts of the country remained prone to persistent acts of banditry, attacks by foreign armed groups, including the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and local politic-military factions that are not part of the peace process.“The lack of security is responsible for the considerable unnecessary loss of life, suffering and displacement of people,” Ms. Work-Zewde told the 15-member Council. “The Government is not in a position to address this state of affairs without adequate means and resources.” On the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process, the Special Representative said the verification of former combatants had been completed in the north-west, but the recent violence in the north-east has not allowed the exercise to be carried out there.“The development of a national reintegration strategy for ex-combatants, which is key to the DDR process will serve as an important incentive for armed groups to disarm and demobilize,” she said.Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, who serves as chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s Country-Specific Configuration for CAR, said that reforming the country’s security sector as well as entrenching good governance and rule of law will remain priority objectives.“At our Configuration’s request, UNDP [UN Development Programme] is currently working on a strategy paper for Rule of Law that will identify the priorities in this field, which should include impunity and human rights violations,” Mr. Grauls said, adding that special attention will also be paid to the issue of women in relation to peace and security, child protection and the rights of internally displaced persons.In his latest report on CAR, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the Council extend the mandate of the UN peacebuilding office in the country for another year to enable it to continue to facilitate the process of restoring stability.The mandate of the office, known as BINUCA, is due to expire on 31 December.“In the coming year, BINUCA will continue to implement its mandate within an integrated framework and in close cooperation with national authorities and the partners of the Central African Republic, with a particular focus on the reconciliation process, including through the completion of the electoral process,” Mr. Ban says in his report.BINUCA is also helping the national authorities to implement the DDR programme, and providing support to efforts to restore state authority throughout the country, reform the security sector and promote the rule of law and respect of human rights. read more

Loonie falls further following big drop on Wednesday stock markets close higher

TORONTO — The loonie continued to slide on Thursday, reaching its lowest level since March 2009 after losing more than a cent against the greenback following the Bank of Canada’s rate cut on Wednesday.The Canadian dollar declined 0.3 of a cent to close at 77.10 cents U.S. on the day after the central bank cut a quarter-point from its benchmark overnight lending rate and slashed its outlook for economic growth.Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments, said the Canadian dollar could fall even lower if domestic growth continues to be sluggish.He said the central bank could cut rates further later this year if the economy continues to stumble.“There could be pressure, downside risk in the growth outlook,” he said.He said the Canadian currency was also hit by testimony from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen in Washington indicating that the United States could begin to raise rates this fall, widening the gap between the two currencies and making the Canadian dollar even less attractive for investors searching for a return.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 68.80 points to 14,731.08, building on a 63-point gain on Wednesday.Mattina said Canadian markets have responded positively to the rate cut and signs of a recovery in the U.S.The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day up 70.08 points at 18,120.25, the Nasdaq index rose 64.24 points to 5,163.18, and the S&P 500 advanced 16.89 points to 2,124.29.The price of oil continued to fall as the August crude contract closed down 50 cents to US$50.91 a barrel.While economic growth seems likely to swing into the positive in the second half of the year, the country will be unable to rely on a bounce back in energy prices, Mattina said.Futures traders aren’t expecting a rebound in the price of oil until 2017, Mattina said, which means Canada’s recovery needs to come from non-energy industries. The price of oil has fallen by more than half since its peak in July 2014.Mattina said there were a number of issues driving down the price of oil, including cooling demand in China, a slowdown in global growth and the deal on Iran’s nuclear program that will open up that country’s oil supply to international trade.“That weighs on an already supply-heavy oil market as demand is pressured,” he said.On Wednesday, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said the poor performance of Canadian exports over the first half of the year despite the weak dollar was “puzzling.”The August gold contract fell $3.50 to US$1,143.90 an ounce and the August contract for natural gas was down 6.4 cents to US$2.85 per thousand cubic feet. read more

Fire at Tim Hortons Field causes 25000 in damages

A fire at the Tim Hortons Field early Saturday morning caused about $25,000 in damages.There’s still no word if the Labour Day Classic will go ahead as planned.Overnight security guards called firefighters to the stadium around 3:40AM.There was a fire in the third floor mechanical room.Authorities said a preliminary investigation suggested it may have been an electrical fire at Tim Hortons Field overnight.Police were called in to investigate.The Ontario Fire Marshal was also called in to help determine the cause.Tim Hortons Field was initially scheduled to open on June 30th.The date has been pushed back a number of times due to construction delays.The push is on to get the field ready for the Labour Day Classic on Monday.The fire raised more questions about whether or not that will happen.But the Tiger-Cats coach says the fire hasn’t changed anything.On Saturday the fire alarms were tested, guard rails were installed and the seats were examined as the team practised. read more

Chips recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall for Deep River Snacks brand Krinkle Cut Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips due to possible Salmonella contamination.The recall includes the small bag of chips (57 grams) and the larger size (142 grams) with best before dates from September 11, 2016 up to and including January 6, 2017.The CFIA says food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Ban welcomes validation of final results in Madagascars presidential poll

“He calls on all candidates to abide by the ruling of the Special Electoral Court and to channel any complaints peacefully through the established legal avenues,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued on Saturday.Hery Rajaonarimampianina was reportedly announced the winner of the 20 December presidential run-off by Madagascar’s electoral court on Friday after attaining 53.5 per cent of the vote.His rival, Jean Louis Robinson, who garnered 46.5 per cent, has alleged widespread vote rigging and has said he will continue to challenge the outcome, according to media reports.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson noted that the closely contested election was assessed as “peaceful and orderly” by international observers.“The Secretary-General calls on the new administration to reach out to the opposition and to lead the country in the interest of all its citizens. He encourages the political leaders and state institutions to work together toward genuine reconciliation, the deepening of democratic governance and economic recovery.” The UN, the statement added, will continue its support to development and democratic progress in Madagascar. read more

Severstal details new fleet for massive Yakovlevsky underground iron ore mine expansion

first_imgIM reported recently that Severstal was making massive investments to increase production by five times at its Yakovlevsky DSO iron ore mine in Russia, which is unusual for that commodity in being an underground operation. The aim is to reach 5 Mt/y by 2023 from the current capacity of just over 1 Mt. This includes purchase of more than 30 pieces of equipment in 2018, for which more details have now been given.They include eight Caterpillar R1300G LHDs used to clean the mine faces after blasting and to transport mined ore to the ore passes. The load capacity of the new machines is 6.8 t, and the bucket volume is 3 m3. Severstal says an advantage of the new machines is their autonomous fire extinguishing system and automatic lubrication system, which will reduce the time spent on their maintenance.Normet is another big OEM making up the order, with five of its Multimec SF 060 mulitpurpose trucks being supplied, and ten replaceable cassettes to go with them. Severstal stated: “Due to their replaceable cassettes, Normet equipment will perform many different functions in the mine. The cassette for transporting people in the mine is a special trailer designed for 14 passengers. All seats are equipped with seat belts and installed communication systems for workers to communicate with the driver. Another piece of removable equipment is its refuelling cassette. It has three oil tanks and one for diesel fuel, as well as a grease pump. This cassette is designed for filling and maintenance of self-propelled diesel equipment. Two other removable equipment units are scissor lifts. These are the so-called shelves that will be used for securing mine workings, charging faces with blasting materials, and installing communications.”In addition, as part of interchangeable cassettes, a cargo platform is included with a crane for loading & unloading materials into the mine and a tank for transporting explosive materials. To change the cartridges of the tractor, a special device is used, which removes them and installs new ones within one minute. The driver remains in the cab, moving the chassis to the next cassette.The mine also uses continuous mining methods for development using combines produced by Russia’s Kopeysk Machine Building Plant weighing more than 46 t. One of the advantages of the new combine is the design of the main body, which has a crown of axial rotation. Due to this, a more accurate development heading contour can be achieved. Miners at the operation expect that this will reduce the formation of dangerous domes. In total, there are ten combines in the mine and the expansion includes two more machines. Aside from development, the main iron ore tonnage is mined using stope drilling and blasting.In addition, four new KAMAZ dump trucks are replacing old MAZ trucks, which served the mine for 15 years. Their function is to transport sand from a nearby quarry to the backfilling complex. Among the advantages of the new technology are air-conditioned cabins, comfortable seats, a steering wheel with the possibility of regulation, and a high level cabin view. The load capacity of these new trucks is 22 t. One unit of equipment makes 17 journeys per 12-hour shift, which means about 748 t per day. The new technology is much more efficient to use. A more modern design of engines saves fuel, and the new type of tyres – all helping to increase their potential mileage to 120,000 km, while on the old technology this figure did not reach 80,000 km.Two new GAZ “next” gazelles have 16 seats each. They correspond to the Euro 5 standard, are equipped with an improved braking system, and have a diesel engine with 140 hp capacity. For passenger safety, they are equipped with seatbelts and have enlarged electric mirrors.A new bulldozer manufactured by the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant has entered the plant to replace the old one that has served the company for 14 years. The bulldozer is equipped with hydromechanical transmission, which makes it more comfortable to operate. The cabin has a six-sided form to improve visibility and increase the level of safety. Among the advantages of its new technology it has more reliable rollers with bearings, and a lightweight plastic hood. This, according to experts, will have a positive impact on the maintenance of the equipment. The dozer will manage the road surfaces and dumps in the sand quarry.Five new PAZ and NEFAZ buses will transport Yakovlevsky mine workers to and from the enterprise. The equipment corresponds to the Euro 5 standard and has a high cross-country capability. This is very important in winter, because many routes lie in the countryside. PAZ buses have 30 seats, with 170 hp. Also, both buses are equipped with seat belts. The new equipment accommodates 50 people.Lastly for loading iron ore into rail cars there are two new front loaders: a John Deere 744K-II and a Volvo model. “John Deere loaders are significantly different from their predecessors: they have an extended cab, air conditioning and a sealed keypad instead of standard toggle switches, as well as good noise insulation. The equipment weighs over 25 t and has a bucket volume of 4 m3. Its productivity is 60-70 cars of ore per shift. The loader will load the ore from the storage warehouse, then unload the products at the railroad warehouse into the wagons.”last_img read more