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CWG: PM asks sports ministry for ‘relevant details’ on Aiyar’s letters

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the Sports Ministry for “relevant details” regarding the letters written by former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on last year’s Commonwealth Games.”The letters written by Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar referred to in a news item….are in the public domain….The Prime Minister has asked the Sports Ministry to provide relevant details in this regard,” a statement from the PMO said on Saturday.The statement also made a reference to Singh’s remarks on the subject during his interaction with the editors recently.”…Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote to me, but he wrote to me on purely ideological grounds–he was opposed to spending that much money on hosting the CWG,” Singh had said during the interaction.To a query from the Editors about the bloating budget for the sporting event, the Prime Minister had said “That is the job of his Ministry–to tell us because all the budgets were the responsibility of the Sports Ministry– they had to come to the Cabinet. I have no mechanism in the Prime Minister’s Office to look at all the minute details of the Budget. Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote many letters to me. These letters were all on ideological opposition to spend so much money on the Commonwealth Games, we should be doing more in other sectors. He did not bring to me anything wrong that was being done.”Saturday’s statement also said that the public may like to draw appropriate conclusions after going through these papers.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

UPA giving step-motherly treatment to farmers: BJP

first_imgBJP on Monday accused the UPA government was giving a step-motherly treatment to farmers in the country and claimed that peasants’ debt was increasing due to its “wrong” policies.At a dharna organised by BJP Kisan Morcha here, party president Nitin Gadkari alleged that Congress was “looting” the people and that the government led by it could not protect the interests of farmers.”Till there is Congress government, suicides by farmers will go on, prices of fertilisers will keep on rising. Farmers won’t get interest-free loans.”Congress is looting the people. Government cannot protect farmers. (It) cannot provide justice to them. Farmers are under debt because of UPA’s policies,” he said.Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, demanded that subsidy should be given to the farmers directly through their accounts just as it is being done in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.”There should be a review of subsidy policy and we demand rollback of prices of fertilisers. Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be increased for farmers’ produce. UPA policies have been always anti-farmer,” she said.”They cannot give interest-free loans where as in BJP- ruled states like Karnataka and MP, there is no interest and in Chhattisgarh, it is one per cent,” Swaraj added.Another party leader Rajnath Singh said, “We can only become a super power if India becomes the ‘agri capital’ of the world. UPA government is adopting a step motherly treatment towards farmers.”Everymonth farmers commit suicide. Since Congress took over, prices have increased for everything,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

Gagan Narang finishes fifth at shooting World Cup

first_imgLondon Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang finished fifth in the men’s 10 metre Air Rifle at the ongoing shooting World Cup here on Monday.Gagan, who is recuperating from a neck injury, struggled in the initial rounds, making it to the eight-man final in the eighth position. He gave a better account of himself in the final, moving up three positions with a score of 144.5.Cao Yifei of China won the gold with a final round score of 207.4, while Kim Sang Do (206.9) of South Korea finished with the silver and Petar Gorsa (186.5) of Croatia bagged the bronze.Former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, however, had a poor outing. He finished 14th in qualifying and could not make it to the final. Both Abhinav and Gagan have however secured quota places for next year’s Rio Olympics and would not be eligible for any more quotas as a result.The Indian men’s 50m Pistol troika of Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa and Omkar Singh, looked in ominous form in their respective elimination rounds to comfortably make it to the qualification rounds slated for Tuesday.Jitu, another shooter who has already secured his Olympic quota, shot 558 to finish fifth in his round, while both Omkar and Prakash finished third in their elimination rounds shooting scores of 557 and 555 respectively.In the women’s 25m Pistol event however, the Indian trio of Annu Raj Singh, Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat came away with disappointing performances. Annu Raj was 20th with a score of 288, while Anisa was 49th with 285. Rahi Sarnobat ended her day in the 57th position shooting a score of 284. They move to the Rapid fire stage of the event on Tuesday.advertisementIn the women’s 10m Air Rifle event, all three Indian shooters failed to qualify for the final. Pooja Ghatkar shot the best score among the three, finishing with 413.8 to stand 30th. Apurvi Chandela ended 45th with 412.6 while Ayonika Paul registered a score of 411.2 to lie 57th.last_img read more

Mets Down Punchless Yanks

first_imgNEW YORK  — A Yankees lineup missing Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury was little match for rookie Steven Matz and the stingy Mets pitching staff.The Yankees outhit the New York Mets in the opener of the Subway Series but showed little pop at the plate in the big moments, losing 5-1 Friday night while falling further back in the AL East race.“I’ve seen these guys put up runs before,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of his punchless lineup. “I know we don’t have Alex. I know we don’t have McCann, too, our big boppers. But we had our opportunities.”Masahiro Tanaka (12-7) was outpitched by Matz, a rookie, and the Yankees wasted a bases loaded opportunity with one out in the ninth against closer Jeurys Familia in losing for the seventh time in 10 games.This was the latest regular-season matchup between the teams, and the loss dropped the Yankees 4 1-2 games behind Toronto in the division with 16 games remaining.The NL East-leading Mets held their eight-game lead over Washington with 15 to play.Tanaka made two mistakes in six sharp innings. But the missed locations were big. Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy homered to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. The Japanese star yielded five hits and was lifted after throwing 82 pitches.“I think it’s the location. Bad location that I’m just giving it up to the batters,” Tanaka said through a translator when asked why he thinks he’s allowed 24 homers this season in 23 starts.Reliever Chasen Shreve gave up a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Juan Uribe in the seventh and the Yankees went into the ninth trailing 5-1, but the Bronx Bombers attempted a rally.A-Rod walked as a pinch hitter with one out to put runners on first and second. Ellsbury then grounded a shot off Familia’s leg that caromed into foul territory for a single that loaded the bases.Familia showed he was OK with a warmup pitch, then he retired Brett Gardner on a fly ball and struck out Chase Headley to end it.“He just made three really good pitches,” Headley said. “When you have that kind of stuff that’s what’s going to happen.”The second-largest crowd in Citi Field history of 43,602 was abuzz from the start in the most meaningful game between the teams since the Yankees beat the Mets in the 2000 World Series.New York has been a pinstriped city for two decades but the Mets appear to be poised to light the Empire State Building orange and blue this fall thanks to a staff of young aces and a rejuvenated offense behind trade-deadline addition Yoenis Cespedes.A foundering offense into July, the Mets have taken off since the arrival of Cespedes, Uribe and Kelly Johnson. The Mets three homers gave the team 29 in the past 17 games.Four Mets pitchers, meanwhile, ended the Yankees homer streak at 11 games.Mets manager Terry Collins talked about his young players gaining big-game experience in this set that would be helpful for the amped-up postseason.Matz, however, looked unsettled at the start. He walked Gardner leading off the game and allowed Chris Young’s sacrifice fly.“That was the most fans I ever pitched in front of and the crowd was pretty electric,” Matz said.Matz gave up two hits in the second. He could be seen in the dugout during the bottom half shaking his head and muttering to himself.The pep talk worked.The 24-year-old from Long Island settled in nicely, yielding three singles over the next four innings.“Just feeling comfortable out there,” Matz said proved to be the difference as the game went on.Murphy sent a two-out, full-count pitch from Tanaka into the Yankees bullpen for a 2-1 lead in the bottom half.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (elbow inflammation), shut down since last pitching Sept. 5, says he’s feeling much better. He will play catch for first time on Monday.Mets: Setup man Tyler Clippard wasn’t available because his back tightened up when he was throwing pregame. He said he had treatment during the game and it loosened. He expects to be available Saturday but will know for sure when he sees how he feels in the morning.WILD IDEAGirardi doesn’t like the one-and-done wild-card scenario used now in baseball. His preference: “My thought, it should be the best of three; you play Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and then your next series starts Thursday. So the penalty for not winning your division is you’re going to play five days in a row.”UP NEXTYankees: Michael Pineda is 1-1 with a 5.82 ERA in four starts since returning from a forearm muscle strain. He’s thrown 14 scoreless innings in two starts in NL ballparks, both with Seattle.Mets: Noah Syndergaard is set to make his 22nd career start, the second straight Mets rookie to get the ball in this series. In 10 starts at Citi Field, he is 7-1 with a 2.15 ERA.HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rangers Wipe Out Senators, 4-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Struggling to get wins the last couple of weeks, the New York Rangers believe they are close to regaining their consistency.Derick Brassard scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 6.Ryan McDonagh and Jesper Fast also scored to help New York snap a two-game skid and win for the second time in seven games (2-4-1).“It’s about building confidence,” Lundqvist said. “The last few games we’ve been moving in right direction. Step by step we are building something and we are coming closer to where we need to be.”The Rangers had an 11-0-1 stretch earlier in the season, but are 4-5-1 since.The win was New York’s first in regulation at home against Ottawa since Oct. 3, 2009.Marc Methot scored for the Senators and Craig Anderson finished with 27 saves. Ottawa snapped a two-game win streak and lost for the third time in five games.“It was a gallant effort,” Senators coach Dave Cameron said. “We just weren’t good enough. … We have to just do better.”McDonagh and Brassard scored power-play goals in the first period. After Methot got the Senators on the board in the second, Brassard got his second goal of the game midway through the third and Fast added an empty-netter with 1:31 left.New York led 2-1 after two periods primarily due to Lundqvist. The goalie made 12 saves in the second, including an eye-popping glove save on Dave Dziurzynski with 57 seconds left in the period.On Methot’s goal at 6:01 of the second, Lundqvist was screened by Chris Neil, who was able to get body position on Marc Staal in front of the New York goalie.“We’re just trying to get pucks deep and be smart about our energy; maximize and take advantage of our opportunities,” the Senators’ Kyle Turris said. “We weren’t able to do that.”Lundqvist picked up where he left off in the third by making a series of saves on a flurry of shots 1:26 into the period.“Smart and poised,” was how Lundqvist described the Rangers’ play.He could have also been talking about himself. With the win, he tied Evgeni Nabokov for 18th place on the NHL’s career wins list. He also passed Mike Richter for first place on the Rangers’ all-time regulation and overtime wins list with 302.The stops loomed large when Brassard ripped his second goal of the game past Anderson at 10:08. Brassard corralled a loose puck inside the blue line and slammed a slap shot from the left circle to extend New York’s lead to 3-1.“We made plays,” Brassard said. “That goal was really important.”McDonagh and Brassard scored 5:07 apart in the first. McDonagh, who also had two assists, opened the scoring at 8:40 with his fourth of the season. His goal was also the first for a New York defenseman since he scored against Toronto on Nov. 15.“A team like us wants to play fast, want to play quick and go north-south as quickly as possible,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said when asked about the play of his defensemen. “If it’s done with the right execution it makes our whole transition a lot cleaner. We need those guys on the top of their game moving the puck, and when they do we’re a good team.”Brassard made it 2-0 when he redirected McDonagh’s shot with 6:13 left in the period.New York finished the game 2 for 2 on the power play, and killed both of Ottawa’s opportunities with the man advantage.“It was great to see us capitalize,” McDonagh said about the team’s powr play. “A good job on our penalty-killing too because they’ve got some guys that can make some plays.“It was great to see us be pretty strong in the special teams.”(DENIS P. GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

KING TO HOLD 1ST 2019 TOWN HALL MEETING IN PRIMGHAR

first_imgIOWA 4TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING HAS SCHEDULED HIS FIRST TOWN HALL MEETING OF THE YEAR.KING’S MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN O’BRIEN COUNTY AT THE PRIMGHAR COMMUNITY BUILDING THIS SATURDAY FROM 9AM UNTIL 10AM.THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA.THE COMMUNITY BUILDING IS LOCATED AT 215 1ST STREET SOUTHEAST IN PRIMGHAR.last_img

Haryana CM hails party workers contribution to election victory

first_imgGurugram: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday visited Gurugram and thanked the party worker for the emphatic win in the recently concluded election. He even went to the extent of showering rose petals on the hundred of party workers who had come to hear him. Speaking at the Karyakarta Abhinandan Samaroh (Party Workers Thanksgiving Ceremony), Khattar said that it was the hard work of the party workers that had resulted in the massive win for the party in Gurugram. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkKeeping in mind of the Vidhan Sabha elections The Chief Minister coined a new slogan Mera Panna Sabse Chaukana (My booth head will be the most vigilant ) where he asserted the significance of booth head. He also motivated the workers to work towards achieving the target of the party getting 75 seats out of the 90 seats. Immediately after the rally, the Chief Minister along with the Cabinet Minister Rao Narbir Singh went to Delhi where they had a meeting with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.last_img read more

Behind the antifracking barricades

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been five days since Mi’kmaq people in New Brunswick and some of their allies  erected a barricade on New Brunswick’s route 134.The demonstrators say despite mounting police pressure they won’t take the barricades down until New Brunswick is free of shale gas exploration and fracking.Here’s APTN’s Ossie Michelin with a look behind the barricades.last_img

Tax change proposals divisive but more favour Liberal position poll

first_imgOTTAWA – A new poll suggests that Canadians who support the Liberal government’s tax-change proposal outnumber those opposed to the idea — barely.The Ekos-Canadian Press survey found that based on what people know of the idea, 49 per cent of respondents support it, while 44 per cent are against.The Liberals are proposing three updates to the tax code to close loopholes they say let the wealthiest Canadians pay less tax — changes the Opposition says will have far wider and negative implications for small businesses.Of those surveyed, 52 per cent said they support the Liberal argument that the changes will create a fairer tax system, while 40 per cent agreed with a statement that the changes amount to a tax grab.“The battle over framing is by no means over but, at this early stage, it appears the government is enjoying even stronger support on the basic fairness framing,” Ekos researchers concluded.The poll put questions on the proposals to 4,839 people between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1 as the issue dominated the start of the fall sitting of Parliament.The poll, which reached respondents on both cellphones and land lines, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 per cent, 19 times out of 20.Ekos researchers cautioned that the proposals up for debate are complex, and while they’re confident in their questions, a different approach could have yielded different results.There’s also what might happen next — public opinion could evolve as the proposals do as well, the researchers note. The consultation period closed on Monday and the Liberals say they have listened to the feedback they’ve received.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version included outdated details for the poll’s timing, sample size and margin of error.last_img read more

Moroccos Air Passenger Traffic Up 1064 pc in 1st Half of

Casablanca – Morocco’s Air Passenger Traffic increased by 10.64 pc in the first half of 2014, the Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) said Thursday.The number of international passengers flying into and out of Morocco amounted to 8.4 million passengers during the first half of 2014 compared to 7.5 million passengers during the same period in 2013, ONDA pointed out.Mohammed V International Airport and Marrakech-Menara were the busiest airports in the first six months of the year, welcoming 5.9 million passengers, that is 69 pc of the overall air passenger traffic in the kingdom.

Toxic Political Rhetoric Created Climate of Fear in 2016

Toronto – A new report from Amnesty International (AI) is painting a very bleak and damning portrait of 2016. Toxic political rhetoric was responsible for “creating a climate of fear for refugees and migrants,” according to a report in The Guardian.Although the London-based NGO was particularly hard on Britain, the UK had plenty of company. Still, Amnesty International’s UK director of campaigns, Kerry Moscoguiri, managed some harsh rhetoric of her own when describing the atmosphere surrounding the Brexit referendum. It “was a particular low point, with all too real consequences,” she said, referring to a 57% spike in hate crimes just a week after the vote. AI accuses the British government of “creating a hostile climate for refugees and migrants.” Leaders across the globe made liberal use of toxic political rhetoric to achieve their own agendas, according to the AI report. Donald Trump was singled out but he was not alone. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was remembered for calling for a referendum on refugees and the Philippines’ Duterte for having killed thousands in the name of a war on drugs. Still, US President Donald Trump’s pre and post-election rhetoric, likened to that heard during the rise of Adolf Hitler, seemed to amplify the “dangerous idea that some people are less human than others,” said Amnesty International’s director of crisis research, Triana Hassan. “This report,” she continued, “documents the very real consequences of politicians like Trump, Orban and Duterte wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people.”The AI report further warned that allowing this trend to continue doesn’t just place human lives at risk. It endangers the entire system of international and human laws which were the direct result of the greatest conflagration the world has even known, World War II. “Have we forgotten,” asked Hassan, “that human rights protections were created after the mass atrocities of the second world war as a way of making sure that ‘never again’ meant ‘never again’?”To prove her point and answer her own question, Hassan cites the indiscriminate bombing of civilian hospitals in Aleppo and Yemen, incidences of violent suppression of the human right to dissent and countless attacks on refugees and migrants. The report was a brutal indictment of the Russian-backed bombing of civilians in Aleppo in 2016. The inertia of the international reaction felt very reminiscent of the tone set in Rwanda during the 1994-1995 genocide. Echoing that conflict, major world powers and the UN were tangled into immobility by their own rivalries while civilians paid the highest of costs.Though the report did cite a few bright spots, such as the reawakening of the concept of resistance, as witness by the countless protests which have followed Donald Trump’s election, the report was, by far, weighted toward condemnation. It is a failing report card for current world leaders, summarizing that, “Ultimately, the charge that human rights is a project of the elite rings hollow. People’s instincts for freedom and justice do not simply wither away.” read more

Human Rights Minister Maelainine Had No Right to Remove Hijab in

Rabat – Morocco’s Islamist ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), received backlash after MP Amina Maelainine removed her hijab while on a trip in Paris.Pictures of Maelainine, who typically wears a hijab, emerged on social media weeks ago, showing her without a hijab. She received criticism from other PJD members, public figures, and her followers. After an initial denial, saying the pictures were doctored, Maelainine acknowledged the authenticity of the widely-circulated pictures.Now, it is the PJD Minister of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid criticizing Maelainine. Ramid said that people voted for Maelainine because, wearing a hijab, she presented herself in a certain way that reflected several values. “Therefore, she has no right to remove her veil once abroad.”The MP quickly responded to the remarks.Read Also: Moroccans Should Focus on MP Maelainine’s Politics, Not Her ClothesIn a Facebook post, Maelainine wrote, “The decision to wear the veil, now or in the future, is a private matter. It has nothing to do with the party. This does not fall under the conditions of membership or contracts with activists.”Commenting on Ramid saying she was hypocritical, the MP said that she only has one face. “This is what has made my positions unchanged since I joined the party when I was student. She added that changing her attitudes might have saved her from what she has experienced, including defamation, slander, and diligence.Maelainine received especially harsh criticism from Moroccan lawyer Lahbib Haji, who attacked her after she claimed the pictures were faked.Lahbib said that he knew the pictures were not “fake” because they reflected PJD’s culture of deceit and “fraud.” “Your party knows this with certainty, which means that it adopts this type of fraud,” he commented. read more

UN panel on Sudan referendum satisfied with polling commends organizers

16 January 2011The United Nations panel tasked with monitoring the referendum on the future status of Southern Sudan today welcomed yesterday’s conclusion of polling, saying the process was well organized and enabled the people of the region to express their will freely. The United Nations panel tasked with monitoring the referendum on the future status of Southern Sudan today welcomed yesterday’s conclusion of polling, saying the process was well organized and enabled the people of the region to express their will freely. The panel congratulated the people of Sudan for ensuring that the process took place on schedule and proceeded peacefully, giving credit to the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) and the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB) for overcoming serious time and resource constraints to carry out the referendum successfully. The 9 to 15 January plebiscite will determine whether the south remains part of Sudan or chooses independence, and is part of the process to implement the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended two decades of civil war between the north and the south. Sixty per cent of the nearly 4 million voters registered to take part in the referendum have to vote for the outcome to be valid. The Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan, headed by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, said that by having the referendum take place as stipulated in the agreement, both parties to the CPA had summoned the courage and political commitment required to ensure that the peace process moves forward. During the week of polling, the panel’s three members visited referendum centres in eight states, and its staff monitored the process in all southern states and across the north. The presence of over 22,000 Sudanese and international observers helped make the process transparent, the members of the panel said, adding that staff at referendum centres “coped admirably with the very high turnout.” “Based on its observations, and those of its staff in the field, as well as from accounts conveyed by various interlocutors in Sudan, the Panel is satisfied that the process allowed the people of Southern Sudan to express their will freely,” the members of the panel said in a statement to the press. They said the process of transmitting the results from nearly 3,000 referendum centres to county and state levels, and then to Southern Sudan’s capital, Juba, and Khartoum, the national capital has started. It will take several weeks before the final, official results are known, they added. “While the Sudanese would want to know the outcome of the referendum quickly, we urge the people of Sudan to be patient and be aware that only the results announced by the referendum authorities are official,” the members of the panel said. They urged Government authorities and the SSRC to make every effort to ensure that all citizens are kept well-informed of the progress towards the final results, and called upon the media and political entities to report on the progress in a responsible manner. “The Panel also stresses the importance of the protection of civilians in the weeks ahead. Southerners living in the North and Northerners living in the South must be able to go about their daily lives in safety and dignity, and the Panel calls on all sides to play their part to ensure the security of the population,” the panel members added. The panel is playing a good offices role on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to strengthen confidence in the Sudanese-led referenda process, and to encourage the parties and relevant authorities to resolve any significant problems or disputes as they emerge. The two other members of the panel are António Monteiro, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal and Bhojraj Pokharel, a former Chairman of the Election Commission of Nepal. Yesterday, Mr. Ban welcomed the end of the polling period and congratulated the people for their patience and peaceful determination to cast their ballots, which, he said, characterized voting over the past week. read more

US business stockpiles rise 01 per cent in March sales increase for

US business stockpiles rise 0.1 per cent in March; sales increase for first time in 7 months In this March 31, 2015 photo, pallets of lumber are moved at the Allegheny Millwork and Lumberyard in Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department releases business inventories for March on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2015 9:05 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles slightly in March, as sales picked up for the first time since July.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that business stockpiles rose 0.1 per cent in March after a 0.2 per cent gain in February. Sales rose 0.4 per cent in March, ending seven straight months of declines or no gains. Over the past 12 months, sales have fallen 2.1 per cent.The inventories reflect expectations by business of future customer demand, possibly signalling whether the economy is strengthening or weakening.Economic growth has basically stalled during the first three months of the year. Gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of only 0.2 per cent during the first quarter.But the modest increase in business inventories, coupled with other lukewarm indicators, led the bank Barclays to project that revisions will show the economy actually shrank at a 0.8 per cent rate at the start of 2015.Economists forecast that growth should rebound in the coming months as the impacts from a harsh winter and a stronger dollar begin to fade.There are signs that the economy is starting to heat up. Employers added 223,000 jobs in April, a strong rebound after gains totalled a mere 85,000 in March, the Labor Department said Friday.But a separate report released Wednesday showed that additional hiring hasn’t fueled retail sales growth. The Commerce Department said that retail spending was unchanged between April and March, a sign that factors beyond the harsh winter may be weighing on the economy because the anticipated spring upswing has failed to appear. read more

Donations needed for Prom Project Niagara

It’s not too late to give that gently used prom dress one more night on the town.As most members of the Brock community have already attended their prom, a local initiative is inviting them to dig out their formal attire one more time.In partnership with Education Foundation of Niagara, Student Life and Community Experience is collecting gently used dresses, suits, shoes, ties and other formal wear to donate to the Prom Project Niagara initiative.In the last two years alone, the Brock community has donated more than 300 items to the cause.The donations will be given to local high school students on Saturday, April 21 at three events taking place at high schools across Niagara.“There is a lot of need for items of all sizes in local schools,” said Prakisha Pradhan, Student Life and Community Involvement’s Community Outreach and Volunteer Assistant. “Some students have trouble affording the type of clothing that is normally worn to prom, but the Prom Project helps to remove that barrier.”Collection at Brock will take place outside of the Student Life and Community Experience office (MCA 204) and will run until Friday, March 16.For more information, visit the Prom Project Niagara website or email studentlife@brocku.ca read more

Bengals show inexperience fall to Bears 2421

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) intercepts a ball intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) during the second quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn their season opener in Chicago, the Bengals looked much like they did last year. Talented, inexperienced and overwhelmed under pressure. After building an 11 point lead in the second half, Cincinnati crumbled on the road due to penalties and miscues, falling to the Bears 24-21.The Bengals offense looked shaky early on, but settled down quickly. On their first drive of the game, quarterback Andy Dalton made an ill-advised throw intended for wide receiver A.J. Green that was intercepted by Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. This turnover proved costly, as Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler found tight end Martellus Bennett in the end zone for a catch that was bobbled at first but ruled a touchdown.Two series later, the Bengals decided to introduce their rookie running back, Giovani Bernard. He produced immediately with an eight yard catch followed by a run of six yards on his first drive. Soon enough, Dalton found Green down the right sideline for 42 yards. Three plays later Green managed to get wide open for a two-yard touchdown to tie the game.In the second quarter, Dalton continued to look for Green to mixed results. Tillman snatched his second interception on a pass that Green got his hands on and tipped into the air. But on the Bengals’ next possession, Dalton hit Green on the right side yet again for a 45-yard touchdown. With the offense seeming to have found its stride, Cincinnati found themselves leading on the road, 14-7.After Bears kicker Robbie Gould kicked a career-high 58-yard field goal with 37 seconds left in the first half, the Bengals answered back with an impressive opening drive in the third quarter. Dalton found three different receivers, and Tillman was called for what ended up being a 34-yard penalty when he interfered with Green on a deep pass down the right sideline. That setup BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ five yard touchdown run, making the score 21-10. However, the tide quickly turned after that.Chicago scored on its ensuing drive, when Matt Forte found the end zone from one yard out. The Bengals would punt on the next possession, but got the ball back on an interception by linebacker Vontaze Burfict early in the fourth quarter. However, the young Bengals failed to capitalize. With an opportunity to essentially seal the victory, second-year wide receiver Mohamed Sanu inexplicably fumbled after gaining ten yards. The Bears recovered, and with the momentum back on their side, marched down the field and scored on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to wide receiver Brandon Marshall.Perhaps even worse than surrendering the touchdown was the fact that the Bengals burned two timeouts on consecutive plays, one for for having too many players on the field, the other for only having 10. This would come to haunt them in the end.Dalton and the offense stalled on Cincinnati’s next possession, giving the Bears the ball back with 6:38 left. Cutler connected with Bennett for an 11-yard completion as Chicago proceeded to eat up clock. On third down with just 1:06 remaining, linebacker Ray Maualuga was called for unnecessary roughness, essentially ending the game as his mental error allowed the Bears to run out the clock.While Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis has much to teach his squad about discipline, there were still positives to be taken from the game. Bernard made clear that he will add a new dimension to the team and should be far more involved in the future. Also, rookie tight end Tyler Eifert (five receptions, 47 yards) already seems to be a favorite target of Dalton. One can only expect that this chemistry will develop in the coming weeks. When added to the phenomenal Green (nine receptions, 162 yards and two touchdowns), the Bengals now find themselves with plenty of options on offense. As a result, Cincinnati was 7-11 on third down conversions against a Bears defense with talented veterans. If not for the penalties and turnovers, Chicago was not much of a match for the Bengals. Cincinnati fans can only hope that these talented players learn how to carry themselves in critical situations in a hurry before the season becomes a major disappointment. read more

Bath Abbey sparks backlash as rector replaces 400yearold morning prayers with contemporary

first_imgA spokesman for the Prayer Book Society, which works to preserve usage of the text, said: “It was written by Cranmer over 400 years ago and it’s beautiful. “For many people who have used it all their lives, to suddenly have that taken away is devastating.”A Bath Abbey spokesman said: “Changes to worship are made carefully and after long periods of consideration and prayer.” Bath Abbey has sparked a backlash among churchgoers who are upset that it has replaced its 400-year-old Sunday service with a version said in “familiar” modern English.The church was among a handful to retain the Matins service, which is based on the Tudor Book of Common Prayer. After Easter it will be replaced by a modern choral Eucharist.The Abbey said it decided to change the service to make it more accessible as more people are familiar with the modern service. In a letter to the congregation sent in December, the Rector of the Abbey, The Reverend Prebendary Edward Mason, said: “Generations of Anglicans have now grown up with Eucharist not Matins. “Few are now sustained in their faith by Matins these days. Casual attenders, visitors and those returning to faith are much more likely to be familiar with a Eucharist.”But some worshippers are upset by the changes, which they say are based on making the service more “fashionable” and will drive older members of the congregation away.Ann Taylor, who is in her seventies and has been attending the service for 20 years, said she would not be attending the new Eucharist because it was in “supermarket” English.  She said around 300 or 400 people currently attended. “We think it’s been changed for fatuous reasons,” she said.”The lady who sits in front of me turned around last week and said ‘have a good Easter, but I don’t know when I’ll see you after that’. It’s very sad.” The Prayer Book was written by Thomas Cranmer in 1549 during the reign of Edward VI and revised in 1662. The version used in churches today is broadly similar to the Cranmer’s book.  The congregation watch as choristers take part in Bath Abbey's candlelit Advent Procession on December 1, 2013 in Bath, Englandcenter_img The Matins service at Bath Abbey was popular, a member of the congregation saidCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe 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.last_img read more

Igor Radjenovic is back to HC Conversano

Serbian left back, Igor Radjenovic (33) decided to go back to Italy and play again for HC Conversano.  Radjenovic, who spent last season in the Italian team, began preparation period with Borac Banja Luka, team from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but after 20 days went back to Italy.In career, Radjenovic played for HC Sintelon in Serbia, Insbruck (Austria), Madeira (Portugal), Bosna BH Gas (BiH), etc… Conversano handballHC CnoversanoIgor Radjenovic ← Previous Story TV Hüttenberg prepares for Bundesliga! Next Story → Reber is a new right back of Bern Muri

SPOILERS 21 WWE Superstars tapings in Birmingham

first_img The following was taped on Monday night in Birmingham, Alabama.2/1 WWE Superstars tapings:* Mark Henry & Jack Swagger def. The Ascension.* Stardust def. Zack Ryder.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His BloodVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Does The WWE Cancelling Crown Jewel Mean Cancelling Shawn Michaels’ Comeback? Videos Articles Pinterest Twitter Stephen Amell Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood Facebookcenter_img Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Cody Rhodes Harry und Meghan: Stars eilen zur Hilfe Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network SPOILERS: 8/15 Impact TV tapings in Mexico City to air on Pursuit and Twitchlast_img read more