Seychelles’ opposition coalition, which holds a majority in parliament, said on Tuesday it would not ratify a deal signed with India to build a military base on one of the archipelago’s outlying islands.The deal would see India invest $550m in building the base on Assumption island to help it ensure the safety of its vessels in the southern Indian Ocean.Read it at News24 Related Items
Advertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: CricketCounty) Rohit Sharma smashed a magnificent 137* as India cruised home vs England in the first ODI here at Trent Bridge.India after winning the toss and put the hosts into bat first. England got off to a flying start by scoring 70 of the first 10 overs without losing any wicket. But what followed after that was absolute carnage from Kuldeep Yadav.The Chinaman bowler picked 3 successive wickets in consecutive overs to put a stop to the run flow. Buttler and Stokes tried to revive the inings by scoring 50s but they couldn’t carry on as Kuldeep returned to claim both their wickets.Finally Kuldeep ended with figures of 6-25 with England being restricted to 268 from once when they looked to get in excess of 300.Coming back from the break, the Indian openers got off to a quick and solid start. Dhawan scored a quickfire 40 before perishing to Moeen Ali. The wicket saw the Indian captain take center stage.Kohli combined with Rohit Sharma to add 167 runs for the 2nd wicket to take the game away from the opposition. Kohli scored a solid knock of 75 that comprised of 7 fours.Rohit on the other side carried on till the end scoring a magnificent 137*. His explosive knock came of just 117 balls which comprised of 15 fours and 4 sixes.Him along with KL Rahul saw India home in the end. This win sees India take a 1-0 lead in the 3 match ODI series. The 2nd match is set to take place at Lord’s on Saturday.Brief Scores:England 268 (49.5) (Ben Stokes 50, Jos Buttler 53, Kuldeep Yadav 6-25)India 269-2 (40.1) (Rohit Sharma 137*, Virat Kohli 75, Moeen Ali 1-60)Also Read:India vs England: Twitter hails Kuldeep Yadav for wrecking the English batting line up with 6 wickets
Mumbai, Feb 17 (PTI) Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has joined as the mentor and brand ambassador of a nation-wide talent hunt programme to pick 15 youngsters in the 8-14 age group for a comprehensive five-year residential schooling in Kolhapur, western Maharashtra. Under the programme titled DreamChasers and started by three retired army personnel, youngsters would be provided top-class coaching and technical expertise by Sporting Clube de Portugal, for whose reserve side Chhetri had played for a while in 2012-13. The talent hunt will be held in 15 venues and 10 cities, after kicking off here in April, to cover Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur (all in Maharashtra), Baroda, Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Kerala, Delhi, Kolkatta and Guwahati, it was announced at a media conference here today. The selected lot would be nurtured and would undergo professional training until the age of 18 at the residential training centre of Proforce — housed at the Dr Cyrus Poonawala International School in Kolhapur.They would be entitled “to a 14-days sponsored training camp at SCP (Sporting Clube de Portugal). They will also be inducted into the special training programme, which is a commitment for five years,” it was announced.Besides football training, their education as well as lodging and boarding will also be looked after. The programme will include 10 months of football training in Kolhapur and one month of free training every year at SCP.Chhetri, present at the announcement, said that he will be actively involved in the initiative.”I am going to be part of all major decisions taken. They will be provided the best possible training. Everything will be provided for. The most important thing is coaching,” said the 31-year-old national captain.advertisement”When I went to Sporting Lisbon I was 26 and had a four year deal, I was there for seven months and I just played six games. I was improving and enjoying my time over there with the training and the kids I was playing with,” said Chhetri. (More) PTI SSR NRB AH AH BAS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants interviewed a pair of defensive coordinators for their vacant head coaching job.The Giants confirmed that they interviewed defensive coordinator early on Jan. 7 and talked with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin in the afternoon.New York talked with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo on Tuesday, the day Tom Coughlin said goodbye to the team.Austin met with team President John Mara and General Manager Jerry Reese at the team’s headquarters. The 50-year-old has been the Lions coordinator the past two years. The unit finished second in the league in 2014, but slipped to 18th this past season.Prior to joining the Lions, he spent three seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary coach. He also coached defensive backs for the Seattle Seahawks from 2003-06 and the Arizona Cardinals from 2007-09. He has coached in college at Penn State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Michigan and Florida, where he was the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach in 2010.Spagnuolo, 56, returned to the Giants this past season for a second stint as defensive coordinator. His unit ranked last in the league this past season, giving up nearly an average of 300 yards passing.His defense lacked a pass rush most of the season, had little talent at linebacker and no depth in the secondary, especially at safety.Spagnuolo, who was the Giants defensive coordinator when they beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl in February 2008, was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11. He was 10-38, but inherited a 2-14 team and had them within one game of the playoffs in his second season.McAdoo joined the Giants in 2014 after they finished 28th in offense. In his two seasons, the offense has ranked 10th and eighth. Quarterback Eli Manning has had two of his most productive seasons under McAdoo.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
I know many of you think stats are for losers, but stats can actually tell us some interesting things when used properly. One of those interesting things is that Oklahoma State was far better on offense when it had its back against the wall.On overall non-garbage time drives, OSU scored 2.84 points per drive. Nearly a field goal every time they touched it. That’s good. That’s good enough for No. 17 in the nation. Better than Clemson, Michigan State and USC.But let’s look at long drives and … holy crap! Oklahoma State scored 3.44 points per long drive (defined as starting inside its own 20). The only team better was … Baylor at 3.72 points. OSU was also good at value drives (starting on your own side of the field and reaching at least the opponent’s 30).So why was OSU so good when it was backed up inside its own 20. I have two words.James. Washington.Washington is averaging 20.7 yards per catch this season on 52 catches. That’s historically great. It’s only been done a few times since 2000 in NCAA football.Even fewer in Power 5 conferences.Since 2000, here are all the Power 5 WRs who have averaged 20+ yards a catch with 50+ catches. pic.twitter.com/xOLY5FgYZJ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 2, 2015Washington has four TD catches of 70+ yards (which leads the nation). The President certainly has more room to roam when OSU is backed up to its own end zone. But the reality is that maybe OSU should just got to him more even when they aren’t.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Transfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Ozil and Wilshere deals close Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:42 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Ozil & Wilshere deals closeMesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are set to hand Arsenal a welcome boost by committing to new contracts, reports The Sun .The Gunners duo are among those heading towards free agency at Emirates Stadium, with no fresh terms agreed as yet.Both are, however, locked in talks and are ready to bring the uncertainty surrounding their respective futures to a close by putting pen to paper. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal’s Auba comments irk DortmundArsene Wenger’s willingness to discuss Arsenal’s links to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “disrespectful”, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.The Gunners boss was quizzed once again on Thursday about his reported interest in the prolific Gabon international.Zorc has hit back by saying: “We consider it disrespectful to speak about players from other clubs. We assume that Wenger has enough to do dealing with his own players.”Read the full story on Goal.Welbeck on Besiktas’ shopping listArsenal striker Danny Welbeck is on Besiktas’ shopping list, according to Bleacher Report .The Turkish outfit recently sold leading forward Cenk Tosun to Everton, and they are also monitoring Islam Slimani, Javier Hernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho.No offers for EvansWest Brom boss Alan Pardew says the club have not yet received an offer for centre-back Jonny Evans.The Northern Ireland international is reportedly a target for Manchester City and Arsenal in this transfer window, with rumours placing his value at around £23 million.Read the full story on Goal.Auba possible, but Arsenal out of Malcom race Arsene Wenger is keeping his plans to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal “secret”, but admits a move for Malcom will not happen.The Gunners have been heavily linked with attacking talents at Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux, but only one of those mooted deals is now a possibility.Find out what Wenger has had to say right here. Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals closeArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years. It’s likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it’s not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed.”He added on Mkhitaryan: “This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”Read the full story on Goal. Wilshere talks ongoingArsene Wenger insists Arsenal still want Jack Wilshere to stay at the club, as talks over a new contract are ongoing.As well as Gunners stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the midfielder faces an uncertain future as his current deal expires at the end of the season.Wenger has said: “We know what we want. We want him to stay.”Read the full story on Goal. Dortmund in contact over GiroudBorussia Dortmund are in contact with Arsenal over a deal for Olivier Giroud, who the Bundesliga club want as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to RMC . The report claims that BVB only want the French striker as a stop-gap for the rest of the season, with a long-term replacement to come in this summer. ‘Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal’Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.Read the full story on Goal. Juve plot Bellerin bidJuventus are ready to make a move for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, reports Tuttosport , with discussions having already been opened.The Serie A giants are eager to refresh their defensive ranks over the summer and see the Spaniard as an ideal addition.Malcom to snub Gunners?Arsenal are in danger of missing out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, according to The Times .The Gunners are eager to land the 20-year-old Brazilian amid uncertainty regarding the respective futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.They have, however, been unable to agree personal terms with the youngster, while a compromise on a fee is also yet to be reached.Walcott sends message to Arsenal fansTheo Walcott sent an emotional message to Arsenal supporters after his 12-year spell at the club came to end following his move to Everton.Walcott completed a £20 million switch to Goodison Park on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.Check out what he had to say to Gunners fans right here! Juventus eye Ozil and EriksonJuventus are hoping to add Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as options to be their new No.10, according to Corriere dello Sport .Erikson is keen on a new deal with Spurs, while Ozil will hit the open market this summer. The Sun reports that the Serie A champions would end up paying a combined total of £62 million for the pair.Walcott: Rooney conviced meEverton signing Theo Walcott revealed Wayne Rooney played a big role in his decision to make the move to Goodison Park.”I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton,” Walcott told evertontv .Read the full story on Goal! Arsenal players want Alexis goneArsenal’s players want the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga to be resolved before their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for Alexis after Manchester City pulled out of the race, although it appears to hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction .Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, Arsene Wenger stated he was expecting Alexis’s future to be decided within 48 hours .However, with no resolution reached, the Arsenal are squad are determined to see the Chilean on his way before their next match at home to Palace at the weekend.Walcott joins Everton in £20m dealEverton have completed the £20 million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.The 28-year-old makes the switch from the Gunners and becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun’s arrival from Besiktas.Read the full story on Goal! Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal careerTheo Walcott’s impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after his 12-year stint with Arsenal ended with a move to Everton on Wednesday, writes Goal ‘s Chris Wheatley.Read the full story on Goal! Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contractAlexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph . United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.Chelsea not in running to sign AlexisChelsea are not in the running to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.The Blues have decided not to rival Manchester United for the Chile international, who interested Manchester City prior to them pulling the plug on interest of their own.Alexis is understood to want between £350,000-£400,000-per-week to leave the Gunners, and Chelsea have baulked at the costs involved in pursuing the 29-year-old.Read the full story on Goal! Auba’s father in London as Dortmund eye BatshuayiPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father, who also acts as his agent, is travelling to London for talks with Arsenal, with Dortmund wanting Michy Batshuayi as his replacement, according to Bild . The Gunners have been strongly linked with the Gabon international and it appears negotiations are progressing well, while the Bundesliga club see Batshuayi as a decent option to replace their star striker.
The reigning European Champs were put through their paces in the finals series before securing both the Men’s and Women’s Open titles against Wales.The English Women’s Open team with 2007 World Cup Women’s Open MVP – Melanie Carsons, at the helm as player/coach, built their campaign on rock-solid defence as they swept a clean path through the opposition in the rounds. The English Men’s Open team also finished the rounds ranked number one in defence, and thus set the scene for the ‘Lions’ to hold their mantle as king of the hill in the European Touch community. England would not have it all their own way however, and in the Mixed Open division, it was 2011 World Cup hosts, Scotland, that rose to the top with a high scoring 12 – 9 victory over the reigning champs, preventing another clean-sweep. England were too good for Scotland in the Men’s 30’s division (6 – 3), whilst Wales prevailed over the Scots 6 – 4 in the Men’s 35’s, and Ireland outclassed France 9 – 3 in the Men’s 40’s category.After dominating all before them in the rounds, Sydney Rebels and the NZ Academy fought out a gritty encounter. NZ Academy just edged out Sydney Rebels 4 – 3 in the Mixed Open – Rest of the World Final in which Wagga Wagga’s Luke McKenzie was appointed as a referee to the final. In all, forty-five teams attended the event including teams from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and Wales.Men’s Open ResultsGold Medal Game: England (5) defeated Wales (4)Bronze Medal Game: France (9) defeated Scotland (1)Rest of the World Final: Colonials (9) defeated Netherlands (4)Women’s Open ResultsGold Medal Game: England (3) defeated Scotland (2) Bronze Medal Game: Scotland (2) defeated Germany (1)Mixed Open ResultsGold Medal Game: Scotland (12) defeated England (9) Bronze Medal Game: Wales (7) defeated France (5)Rest of the World Final: NZ Academy (4) defeated Sydney Rebels (3)Men’s 30’s ResultsGold Medal Game: England (6) defeated Scotland (3)Bronze Medal Game: Wales (6) defeated France (3)Men’s Masters (35’s) ResultGold Medal Game: Wales (6) defeated Scotland (4)Men’s Veterans (40’s) ResultGold Medal Game: Ireland (9) defeated France (3)Full scores can be found on the official European Champs website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-5205-0-0-0&a=COMPS Thanks to the Federation of International Touch website for providing the article content.
The first day of play of National Touch League 2018 and Elite 8 was a beauty. Participants took the revised game touchdown turnaround format in their stride and played some superb touch football.And in the spirit of International Women’s Day, we were celebrating the fact that 58 of the 123 teams were either Women’s or Mixed – with a total of 812 female players.Speaking of awesome women, in the Women’s 27’s, NQ remains undefeated, as do the Cobras in the Women’s 35’s and the Hornets in the Women’s 40’s.Another division we want to give a big shout-out to is the new addition – Men’s 60’s. The Scorpions did particularly well in that division, coming out on top after day one.The Men’s T League has a wealth of strong contenders, with the CQ Bulls, Sunshine Coast, the ACT Raiders and Sharks all undefeated.The Men’s 30’s is another particularly competitive division, with the Sharks, Scorpions and Hornets undefeated on day one.In the Men’s 40’s, the Scorpions came out on top, and in the Men’s 45’s the Cobras and Sunshine Coast didn’t lose a game.In Senior Mixed, Tasmania prevailed, and three teams in the Mixed Opens – the Sharks, Rebels and Cobras – remain undefeated.In Elite 8, Queensland teams are at the top of the Men’s and Women’s ladders by the end of day one: the Women’s Titans and Men’s Cowboys. That’s despite the fact that the star try scorers for the Elite 8 tournament came from other teams – Ashleigh Quinlan for the Rebels (8 touchdowns throughout the day) and Tommy Quinlivan from the Broncos (7 touchdowns).The other top try scorers for the day were Serena Albert, with 8 touchdowns for the Rebels in the Mixed Opens, Braydon Hegarty, with 8 for the CQ Bulls in the Men’s T League… And the player who made the most tries for the day – Troy Nichols, who made 9 for the Sharks in the Men’s 30’s.We’re looking forward to seeing how the action unfolds tomorrow! Catch up on Thursday’s Field 1 games at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEfkB8ylEJ8 and watch tomorrow (Friday’s) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WsFEEAPHB0.
Drivers along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore will soon have a smoother trip because of a road-paving tender announced by the province. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has called a tender to repave Highway 107 from near the Exit 19 overpass at Porters Lake east for 8.4 kilometres to west of the Exit 21 overpass. The tender also includes repaving of the ramps at exits 19 and 20, as well as the connector road between Highway 107 and Trunk 7 at Exit 20. In addition, the tender calls for repaving of East Jeddore Road from the intersection of Bakers Point Road for 3.8 kilometres to the end of pavement. “Highway 107 is an essential life line for the communities along the Eastern Shore,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This project will make these sections smoother and stronger.” The project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure as outlined in the speech from the throne. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
The Western Regional Enterprise Network will include the towns of Yarmouth and Digby and the municipalities of Yarmouth, Argyle, Clare and Digby. The final step is the network’s incorporation, which will happen when the municipalities sign an inter-municipal agreement. “From the onset, the partnering municipalities in this network agreed that regional collaboration was a fundamental principle in long-term economic development,” said Alain Muise, chief administrative officer, Municipality of Argyle. “Today is a big day for us. We are extremely impressed with the interest and caliber of our all-business board.” A committee made up of municipal and provincial representatives appointed the board. “Naming the province’s first regional enterprise network board could not have been better timed than with the release of Ray Ivany’s report yesterday. There is a sense of renewed optimism about our economic opportunities in southwest Nova Scotia,” said Allister Surette, interim chair of the new board. “My colleagues and I see regional enterprise networks as a symbol of the spirit of cooperation that exists between municipalities and the province and is so critical for our success.” More information on the board members and a guide prepared by the province to support the set-up of these organizations are available at http://novascotia.ca/econ/ren/. Dr. Michel Comeau Craig Leblanc Allister Surette David Saxton Warner Comeau Angela Thurber Clark Sigfridson Ronald Smith David Arenburg Municipalities in western Nova Scotia are on track to forming one of the province’s first regional enterprise networks. The government and six municipalities named a nine-member board of directors to oversee the new Western Regional Enterprise Network in Clare, Wednesday, Feb. 12. A partnership between the government and municipalities, the network will develop economic strategies, co-ordinate economic development efforts within the region, and focus on helping local businesses grow. “With a committed board in place, western Nova Scotia is very close to having a regional enterprise network. I want to congratulate the municipalities for their leadership and for taking a collaborative approach to economic development in their region,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “I’m pleased to see communities making progress in establishing regional enterprise networks across the province,” said Mr. Samson. “With the expertise and knowledge of local business leaders, and by working together, communities will be able to make the most of the economic opportunities before them.” The nine board members bring a wealth of experience in business and economic development. They are:
NEW DELHI: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility and Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), India’s largest CNG distribution company, on Monday announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at New Delhi towards setting up integrated customer services and value optimization. The MoU was signed between E. S Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL and Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power in the presence of B. C. Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL. Speaking at the signing in ceremony, B. C. Tripathi. Chairman said, “This initiative shall bring together synergies among two leading utility players and can go a long a way in improving operational efficiencies as well as customer experience. The two companies should also explore the possibilities of generating electricity from bio-gas using fuel cell technology”.
Virtual reality (VR) technology can enhance the quality of life for people with dementia by helping them to recall past memories, reduce aggression and improve interactions with caregivers, says a study. The technology helped patients recall old memories by providing new stimuli difficult to achieve, due to ill health, or inaccessible within a secure environment, said the team from the University of Kent in the UK. These memories not only provided positive mental stimulation for the patients but also helped their caregivers learn more about their lives before care, thereby improving their social interaction. Also Read – The Puja carnival”VR can clearly have positive benefits for patients with dementia, their families and caregivers. It provides a richer and more satisfying quality of life than is otherwise available, with many positive outcomes,” said Jim Ang, Professor at the University of Kent. For the study, the researchers picked eight patients aged between 41 and 88 who are living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Each patient used a VR headset to ‘visit’ one of five virtual environments of a cathedral, a forest, a sandy beach, a rocky beach and a countryside scene. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe sessions were monitored with feedback gathered from patients and their caregivers. The patients also demonstrated their own choices during the experiment, with some keen to explore different VEs within a session, while others explored the same environment repeatedly. “With further research it will be possible to evaluate the elements of virtual environments that benefit patients and use VR even more effectively,” Jim Ang added.
Congrats on saving up for that down payment! And hats off for committing to mortgage payments, homeowners insurance and property taxes. Now for your reward: home sweet, sparsely furnished home.Furniture shopping may be the last thing you want to do, but it may be necessary if you moved into a bigger space or parted with unwanted goods in that process. Avoid overspending with these strategies.STICK TO CASHEarmarking savings for furniture can help homeowners pay for it in cash. And that’s the “absolute best way” to buy, says Justin Nichols, certified financial planner and director of operations at Garrett Planning Network. How much to save for furniture depends on your needs. (More on that later.)If you already bought the house and didn’t budget for furniture, do what you can to stick to cash — and live with some open space while you save. “In the big scheme of things, it’s OK for a room to be sparsely appointed or even sit empty for a while as you save to pay cash,” Nichols says.If you can get a credit card with a no-interest promotional period, and you know you can pay off your purchases in that time, that’s the next best option, Nichols says. The worst choice? Renting-to-own furniture , he says. The Federal Trade Commission warns against it, too. From the FTC website : “(B)uying on a rent-to-own plan can cost double or triple what you would pay for the item with cash, on layaway, or on an installment plan.”PRIORITIZE PURCHASESIdentify and buy whatever essentials are missing from your new home first. “Formulate your strategy around your most urgent family needs,” says Dan DiClerico, home expert at HomeAdvisor, a digital marketplace for home services. Those needs could include a kitchen table if you never had one in your small apartment, for example, or a crib if you’re expecting a baby.Next, shop for a few big, functional pieces. “Even if you can’t afford to fill the space with furniture, adding a large rug will help the space look full,” says Betsy Helmuth, interior designer and owner of the Affordable Interior Design firm. Rugs also protect your floors and serve as a “decorative statement,” she says. Helmuth recommends the websites RugsUSA and Wayfair for affordable rugs and suggests saving money by choosing synthetic fibers rather than wool.A sofa, preferably a sectional, will also make your home feel fuller — and cozier, Helmuth says. She adds that for her, “It’s all about Macy’s” for sofa shopping.INDULGE IN AFFORDABLE EXTRASIf you have cash to spare, buy a few items that are both practical and decorative. These can make an unfamiliar house feel like home and show off your style. For example, Helmuth says, lamps are like “sculptures for the room,” and, unlike overhead lights, they “create cozy pools of light on a human level.” She recommends LampsPlus.com for inexpensive options.Drapes are an “affordable way to add visual interest to your walls” and “soften up a space,” Helmuth says. She also suggests hanging a few prints, even if they’re placeholders until you can afford nicer, more expensive art. Consider painting the walls, too, which “immediately infuses personality,” Helmuth says. “You will not want to paint later when you have furniture in the space.”DON’T PAY FULL PRICEYou can sometimes save a few hundred dollars by negotiating furniture prices, DeClerico says, particularly on “big-ticket items” like sofas and tables. At independent retailers, he suggests mentioning your interest in supporting local businesses when you haggle. At big-box stores, you’ll have better luck requesting discounts on floor models with wear and tear, he says. Take advantage of price-matching, coupons and seasonal sales in January, July and holiday weekends, too, he adds.Warehouse clubs like Costco have some “pretty amazing deals,” DiClerico says, although selection may be limited. Furniture from thrift stores, as well as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and Nextdoor, can also be inexpensive. And, of course, you can’t get any cheaper than hand-me-downs from family and friends.While paying little for furniture may be financially responsible, Helmuth warns against filling your new home with stuff you don’t love just because it’s cheap or free. “You start creating a space you’re not crazy about,” she says, adding that getting rid of furniture once you own it can be tough. Whatever you buy, she says, “keep in mind it’s going to stay longer than you think.”________________________________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Laura McMullen is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @lauraemcmullen.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: Why Would Anyone Rent-to-Own? http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-why-rent-to-ownFederal Trade Commission: Rent-to-Own: Costly Convenience https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0524-rent-own-costly-convenienceLaura McMullen Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press
Inspectors from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will return to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to monitor the shutdown and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities, it was announced today.The decision to dispatch the experts came after the IAEA’s Board of Governors, meeting in Geneva, approved a report detailing the agency’s future activities in the Asian country.“This is the beginning of a long and complex process, but I welcome the return of the DPRK to the verification process,” IAEA’s Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters after briefing the Board.He said that the inspectors’ mission to the DPRK is contingent on receiving an invitation from the country, but he predicted that IAEA inspectors would travel to the country in the next several weeks.“According to our experts, the shutting down of the facilities should not take much time, probably a few days,” Mr. ElBaradei said.Cameras and other equipment also need to be installed to monitor the sites, he added.Late last month, IAEA inspectors visited Pyongyang and reached agreement with the DPRK regarding arrangements for the agency’s monitoring and verification of the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility and the reactor under construction in Taechon.Additionally, the Board adopted a 4.2 per cent budget increase for the year 2008-2009.Although he noted that he is “pleased” with the surge in funding, Mr. ElBaradei said that he “made it clear to the Board that this is far from adequate to meet our increasing responsibilities in the area of verification, safety, security and development.”In his address to the Board, Mr. ElBaradei said that “the Agency remains under-funded in many critical areas, a situation which, if it remains unaddressed, will lead to a steady erosion of our ability to perform key functions.”He welcomed the support offered by United States President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their Kennebunkport meeting last weekend in which they “made it clear that they fully understand the need for additional financial resources for the for the Agency to meet its increasing responsibilities including the growing interest in nuclear power.”The Director General also voiced hope that there would be a breakthrough with Iran, to which an IAEA team is heading tomorrow to discuss how to resolve outstanding issues with the country’s authorities.“I very much, sincerely hope that Iran will seize that opportunity to work in earnest with us in a fast-track mode,” Mr. ElBaradei told reporters.“I think that this would be a major breakthrough, but I have to reserve that judgment until the mission comes back.” 9 July 2007Inspectors from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will return to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to monitor the shutdown and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities, it was announced today.
OTTAWA — The Trudeau government’s influential team of economic advisers is pursuing solutions to an issue that has preoccupied policy-makers for years: how to open the spigot on business investment.Dominic Barton, chair of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s growth council, told The Canadian Press that the group’s next report, due this fall, will outline ways to encourage more business investment with the aim of reversing several years of decline.“We’re still in the diagnostics (phase) to try and understand more what’s happening,” said Barton.“Are there levers that we can pull to try and encourage more investment?”Since its creation last year, the group has produced eight reports containing recommendations that have played a key role in the development of government policy.Ottawa’s growth council proposes spending to upgrade skills for swiftly evolving job marketAdvisory council recommends Canada embrace trade, become global hub to ‘jolt’ economyThe council, Barton added, is also working to build upon past recommendations on how to ensure Canadians are ready for the rapidly transforming needs of the country’s labour market.Earlier this year, the group suggested Ottawa establish an arm’s-length national agency to help workers upgrade their skills. It warned that nearly half of Canada’s jobs are at high risk of being affected by future technological change, such as automation.Barton, the global managing partner of consulting giant McKinsey & Co., said this time the advisers will focus on a plan to help higher-skilled workers who, like lower-skilled workers, face the possibility of losing their jobs.“We’re worried about the skilled workers that will lose their jobs,” said Barton, who hopes eventual solutions will be driven by the private sector.“So, how do we make sure there’s a system in place to help?”However, he was reluctant to share some of the council’s possible recommendations for job skills or for business investment, since it’s still early in the process.On business investment, Barton said the group will also weigh the potential impacts on Canada from the Trump administration’s plans for trade and corporate taxation.He said the council hopes to build on existing research, including work conducted by the Conference Board of Canada, the C.D. Howe Institute and tax-policy expert Jack Mintz. The group has already had a 90-minute session with Larry Summers, a one-time U.S. treasury secretary and former president of Harvard University.A discussion paper released in March by C.D. Howe said business investment in Canada was relatively strong between 2009 and 2014, which was marked by an oil-price shock.But since then, the think tank found there’s been a large decline in corporate spending across the country — from $15,100 per worker on new business investment in 2014 to a projected $11,700 per worker this year.“Capital investments by Canadian businesses have fallen sharply and 2017 looks especially bleak,” said the paper, which recommended policy measures to promote business investment: liberalized trade, less-intrusive regulations, cheaper electricity and lower taxes.Last month, the Bank of Canada’s business outlook survey detected early signs of a “modest” pickup in corporate investment over the near term, even amid considerable uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economic agenda.The Canadian Press
Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is brought down during the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorYet another key player for the Ohio State Buckeyes is going to miss time because of injury this spring.Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman suffered a foot sprain during practice last week and is slated to miss the rest of spring practice after having surgery Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. Meyer said he expects Heuerman to be back in June for summer workouts.“Jeff Heuerman had surgery on his foot. What it was was a sprain, and I don’t want to get too technical because I usually screw those things up,” Meyer said. “It’s a six-week in a cast/boot, and we should have him ready to go full speed by June.”Heuerman is the latest OSU player to be shelved for the remainder of spring practice, after sophomore safety Vonn Bell, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, senior quarterback Braxton Miller and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer have all been out with injuries. Miller and Spencer’s injuries occurred in January’s Discover Orange Bowl, while Bell and Marshall went down with knee injuries earlier in spring practice.“So that’s three guys that we’re dealing with, but Jeff didn’t need as many reps. But we lost Jalin and we lost Vonn Bell,” Meyer said. “The positive is that they’re all (going to be) back … fairly early too. Sometimes you lose that summer training which is terrible.”Heuerman was an important part of OSU’s success last season, hauling in 26 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns, as well as earning the the praises of Meyer and co-offensive line coach Ed Warinner for his run blocking skills.The Naples, Fla., product was looked to be more of a leader next season on the line after the Buckeyes lost four starting linemen to graduation.Heuerman’s backup, redshirt-junior Nick Vannett, along with freshman Marcus Baugh will likely get the most snaps at tight end as Heuerman recovers from the injury. He is expected back in June.After the annual spring game April 12 at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
The problem has been attributed to changes to services at local tips – with many councils putting up fees and cutting opening hours, or closing them altogether – as well as changes to household dustbin collections. There has been a trend among councils to reduce the frequency of bin collections, both to save money and to encourage recycling.In some parts of the UK, general waste is only collected every four weeks Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Fly-tipping is an epidemic, it’s reached crisis levels and something needs to be done about it.”Local authorities are overwhelmed with instances of criminal fly-tipping and we need to address this urgently.” Fly-tipping has reached “crisis levels” in Britain, with the problem being blamed in part on infrequent rubbish collections, an investigation has found.In some council regions, incidents of fly-tipping rose by more than a fifth year-on-year, according to figures obtained from freedom of information requests.In Haringey, north London, there were nearly 40,000 reported incidents of waste being dumped illegally between November 2015 and December 2016. In Manchester, the figure was over 30,000, or 77 per day, numbers obtained by ITV News showed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Government announced tougher penalties last year for offenders, with councils given powers to issue on-the-spot penalties of up to £400.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said waste crime costs the economy millions of pounds a year in clean-up costs and poses a risk to the environment.However, it is difficult for offenders to be caught and prosecuted. In 2016, the Woodland Trust recorded its worst year on record for fly-tipping and littering, but it took just one suspect to court.The offender was ordered to pay £200 compensation for leaving a coffee table, mattress, bed frame and children’s playhouse at Little Wold Plantation in Yorkshire.The charity said its annual rubbish clearance costs have increased by 264 per cent since 2010, costing the charity £354,031 over the past six years. In some parts of the country the number of incidents went down, for example Birmingham, where the figure dropped by 13 per cent. However, there were still 21,000 offences recorded, or 53 per day, putting Britain’s second city at number three in the list of the worst areas for fly-tipping of the 264 councils that responded to the request. Councils say the cost of clearing up the illegally-dumped waste is diverting money away from crucial services like social care for the elderly. Nigel Murphy, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services at Manchester City Council, told ITV News: “It costs us just over £100 per tonne before we take into account the staffing costs for doing that [..] that’s money that’s not going into services like adult social care, onto children, onto neighbourhoods in general which could be better improving the environment.”We’re now having to spend it on clearing up people’s rubbish.” Grot Spot Britain – worrying new figures on the scale of fly-tipping on tonight’s @ITVEveningNews pic.twitter.com/aKx7r0ZVPR— Chris Choi (@Chrisitv) February 13, 2017 Fly-tipping is an epidemic, it’s reached crisis levels and something needs to be done about itAllison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy
Generally, taking a closer look at integrating geological and geophysical data, “exploration is becoming harder,” MiraGeoscience explains, “with greater focus at depth or under cover. Decisions need to be made to eliminate ambiguity and decrease uncertainty within 3D models, supported and cross-validated by multiple data sets. An integrated interpretation is not a simple approach, but provides answers to geoscientific questions which are stronger than interpreting individual data sets on their own. In terms of integrating geological and geophysical data, the essential goal is to interpret the available geophysical data in terms of the geometry and properties of geological domains. Better models underpin better business decisions.”The integrated process requires a common sense approach to interpretation that is flexible, adaptive and objective driven. It is not an exact formula or workflow; particularly when multiple geophysical surveys are involved. Understanding the relationships between geology, geophysical responses and rock properties is the key to success. First, you must identify how geophysical signatures relate to geology to develop a geological basis for your integrated interpretation. Following this, rapid 3D geological modelling and geologically-based geophysical forward modelling and inversion are essential for model validation and quantitative integration of data.The Mutooroo iron project area, in Australia, is a good example of developing a geologically-based magnetic model using a variety of interpretation, modelling and inversion techniques. Due to limited constraining data on the magnetic units, construction of the starting model was based predominantly on interpretation of magnetic data. In this instance, the goal was to first develop a geologically plausible 3D representation of homogeneous magnetic domains beneath non-magnetic cover that explains the majority of the measured magnetic response. This was supported by the sparse geological data and magnetic susceptibility provided by drilling under cover. The robustness of the magnetic domains are validated by assigning a homogeneous susceptibility to each domain, forward modelling and observing a good correlation between the predicted and measured magnetic data. A final stage of inversion, to solve local susceptibility variations within the domains, highlights magnetic anomalies that may be associated with potential targets or areas of geological complexity that require further investigation. This model, consistent with geological constraints and geophysical survey data, provides a basis for confident decision-making, and can easily accommodate new and evolving information as it becomes available.The Mutooroo image shows:a) Magnetic domain boundaries interpreted from magnetic data. The domains were incorporated in the starting model as sub-crop of magnetic units at the base of cover/oxidation level.b) Final susceptibility model at 120m RL (~300 m depth). Integrity of geological domains after inversion validates the developed geological framework and highlights local variations within the domains.© 2011 Minotaur Exploration Ltd. All rights reserved
← Previous Story SHAMEFUL: RN Lowen win after 84 seconds of “doing nothing” in the last attack Next Story → Bozidar Djurkovic is new Serbian Handball Federation president Dainis KristopansRK Vardar Skopje According the most popular handball media in South-Eastern Europe, Balkan-Handball.com, Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans is on the way to RK Vardar Skopje. The tallest handball player in Europe with 215 cm should replace Alex Dujshebaev, who signed deal with reigning EHF Champions League winners – Vive Tauron Kielce.This means that 26-years old Latvian will join Macedonian champions in summer 2017.Kristopans plays at HC Meshkov Brest since summer 2015. He made his name in European handball by playing at Slovakian Tatran Presov in period 2009-2015.Another option on right back position in team coached by Raul Gonzales should be Spaniard Jorge Maqueda, who has valid contract until 2018.Lefthanders day on the busy handball market. Holger Glandorf decided to decline offer from FC Barcelona Lassa and stay at SG Flensburg. Kiril Lazarov has valid contract with the Spanish champions until summer 2017, but obviously, the most successful team on the Earth will have to extend it or to find another solution.
It looks like Verizon Wireless did a pretty good job of grabbing some quick iPhone market share from AT&T last month. Verizon’s launch of the iPhone in February marked the first time AT&T has faced competition for iPhone users since the carrier first teamed up with Apple to launch the phone back in June 2007. Though Verizon ended up offering the iPhone 4, rather than a new version of the iPhone, they still had an edge with their phone since it was the first iPhone to support mobile hotspot functionality out of the box.Chitika Insights, which is the research arm of the Chitika online advertising network, stated on Tuesday that it was seeing stats indicating 12.7% of the iPhone users on its network were from Verizon Wireless. The next day, that share dropped to 9.4% indicating some interesting usage patterns of Verizon iPhone users, but Chitika Insights felt pretty good about estimating that Verizon iPhone market share is probably around 10% based on what it has seen over a period of seven days. Initially, there were indications that the 12.7% may have been falsely elevated due to a snafu with Chitika’s database, but the update today is that the database issue didn’t result in a different number being reported.Unfortunately for AT&T, now they face competition when it comes to 3G iPads as well thanks to the introduction of the 3G version of the iPad 2 which is available for both AT&T and the Verizon Wireless network. Verizon Wireless began offering the Wi-Fi version of the iPad last year bundled with a MiFi mobile hotspot, but the iPad 2 marks the first time a 3G model will be available for both networks.Read more at Chitika.Brian’s OpinionLet me be the first to note that assuming Verizon Wireless has an iPhone market share of 10%, it still means that AT&T enjoys a healthy market share of 90% so there is little chance AT&T will be throwing in the white towel anytime soon. The 10% number should be a warning to the carrier that they should do what they can to patch up any perceived leaks in the dam before there are greater losses. I think AT&T has done a pretty good job with that so far by adjusting data plans to closely match Verizon’s, but they should be prepared to get more aggressive if the market calls for it.I always believed that the predictions indicating Verizon Wireless would crush AT&T’s market share of iPhone users practically overnight was a bit unrealistic. AT&T has had an opportunity to “dig in” and retain its iPhone users over more than three years of offering the iPhone. What I believe is more realistic is a slow trickling of iPhone users from AT&T over to Verizon Wireless as subscribers finish their contracts. After all, the iPhone 4 just came out last year which means plenty of users will be on the AT&T network for at least another year and a half. Also, there are other Verizon Wireless users still in their contracts waiting for them to end so they can get their hands on an iPhone as well.I think we really won’t know how successful AT&T has been at holding off Verizon’s entry into the iPhone market for at least another 18 months. That being said, I find it hard to believe by that time Verizon Wireless won’t have more than 10% market share.