Shanghai Masters: Daniil Medvedev Beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to Reach 6th Straight Final

first_imgShanghai: Daniil Medvedev reached a staggering ninth final this year as he defeated fellow rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.The US Open finalist from Russia plays Alexander Zverev of Germany or Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s decider as the next generation takes centre stage in China. The 23-year-old Medvedev, who has lifted three titles in a breakthrough 2019, beat Greece’s Tsitsipas 7-6 (5), 7-5.Medvedev has now seen off the 21-year-old — who defeated world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday — in all five of their matches.58 Match Wins45 Hard-Court Wins21 ATP Masters 1000 Wins9 ATP Tour FinalsThis is some sort of season from @DaniilMedwed 👏🎥: @TennisTV | @SH_RolexMasters pic.twitter.com/hbBKXarNzj— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 12, 2019 There was nothing in it as they entered the first-set tie break after 43 minutes of high-quality tennis.Seventh-ranked Tsitsipas blinked first, gifting set point when he shanked a forehand and then doing the same moments later to put the fourth-ranked Russian a set up.Medvedev broke the Greek — who repeatedly tried to gee up the crowd — in the third game of the second set.The Russian served for the match at 5-4, only for Tsitsipas to dig in and break for 5-5, before Medvedev did likewise.Tsitsipas smacked the ball out the court in a rage, before Medvedev sealed match in the 12th game of the second set.The 22-year-old Zverev — who ousted Roger Federer on Friday — and Berrettini, 23, play their semi-final later Saturday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevATP TourDaniil MedvedevMatteo Berrettini First Published: October 12, 2019, 4:16 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Cummins grabs breakthrough after England dominate

first_imgEngland’s Mark Stoneman talks with fellow batsman James Vince as they walk off the ground at lunch during the first day of the first Ashes cricket test match.   –  Reuters COMMENTS × Ashes Test: England collapse to 302 all out null RELATED Australia paceman Pat Cummins bowled Mark Stoneman in the final over before tea to end his stubborn partnership with James Vince as England moved to 128 for two on the first day of the series-opening Ashes test in Brisbane on Thursday.Cummins’ breakthrough eased a session of frustration for the hosts as Ashes debutants Stoneman and Vince dug in with a 125-run partnership on an unresponsive Gabba pitch to give England the upper hand by the break.Vince, who averaged 19.27 from his seven tests leading in, struck his maiden half-century and was 72 not out, with England captain Joe Root on one after surviving the final four balls.Stoneman and Vince had resumed on 59 for one after rain delayed the second session by about 90 minutes, with only Alastair Cook falling for two in the morning after Root won the toss and sent his side in to bat.Vince, England’s surprise selection at number three, opened his shoulders after the interval as the ball lost its shine.A flashy square drive off Josh Hazlewood brought up his maiden 50 in his eighth test, having never before surpassed 42 in his previous seven matches.Emboldened by his team mate, the more cautious Stoneman then punched a Hazlewood delivery wide of mid-on for a four to push England past 100 runs just before the drinks break.Stoneman drove confidently past mid-off for two to bring up the 100-run partnership straight after drinks, an unthinkable turn of events for local fans expecting Australia’s fire-breathing pace trio to dominate.The pair progressed in brilliant sunshine before Stoneman raised his 50 with a streaky edge off Cummins, the ball falling short of second slip before racing off for two, leaving fielder Peter Handscomb punching the turf in frustration.Worse was to come for the hosts in the following over as recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine grassed a chance to have Vince out for 68 when he nicked spinner Nathan Lyon.Paine had taken Matthew Wade’s place in the test squad in a surprising selection, beating out Peter Nevill, and the miss saw captain Smith fling his head back in exasperation.Soon after, however, Cummins buoyed the home side with a fine delivery that removed Stoneman’s middle stump with the batsman on 53.While the Gabba wicket showed a green tinge, Smith said he too would have liked to bat first and his fast men rarely threatened, struggling to extract much pace or movement off the seam.The exception was a peach of a delivery from Starc which moved away slightly from Cook and kissing the outside edge on the way to Handscomb in the slips.Smith earlier confirmed opener David Warner and Shaun Marsh would play after they suffered neck and back strains in recent days. Published on COMMENTcenter_img England’s Mark Stoneman talks with fellow batsman James Vince as they walk off the ground at lunch during the first day of the first Ashes cricket test match.   –  Reuters November 23, 2017 Ashes test series: Australia’s Marsh joins Warner under injury cloud cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Australia captain Smith confirms Warner, Marsh fit to playlast_img read more

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Osmania University to celebrate centenary in 2017

first_imgOsmania University (OU) had held meeting with the former vice chancellors, retired judges and bureaucrats to discuss regarding the lack of financial stance to celebrate its centenary in 2017.News in brief: The university has been lately preparing to mark the celebration of attaining 100 years in 2017The university has approached both the state and the Union Human Resource Ministry for funds after learning the HRD Ministry extended Rs 100 crore to universities that has completed 100 yearsOn the occasion the university will facilitate 100 luminaries who were once a student of OUIt is been speculated that the Union Minister of Labour and Employment, Bandaru Dattatreya has urged the HRD Ministry citing in a letter to extend Rs 175 crore for the celebration to Osmania University for centenary celebration”The year 2017-18 will be the glorious years in the history of Osmania University as it will be entering in its centenary year. It is time to acknowledge the services rendered by the university to the nation building. It is also time to improve the university’s infrastructure, such as buildings, laboratories, hostels, sports facilities etc to commemorate with the stature as one of the biggest state universities in India and to meet the ever growing needs of the university,” said the letterThe university would also approach the corporate organisations seeking for financial assistance for the same. The university has decided to set up a study centre for Telangana studies to mark the grant celebration. The university ensure that Telangana study centre will help the state government in its implementation of policies and various decision makings.Source: Examswatch advertisementRead: Scrap no-detention policy, says Education Minister Vinod Tawde Read: HRD to introduce National Testing ServiceFor information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Garbine Muguruza’s second injury withdrawal a week before showpiece Down Under

first_imgGarbine Muguruza pulled out of the Sydney International due to a leg injury on Wednesday, throwing off the world No. 3’s preparations for next week’s Australian Open into disarray.Hours after battling past Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6(6) to advance to the quarter-finals in her opening match, the 24-year-old Spanish top seed withdrew with a right thigh complaint.”I am disappointed but I have talked to the WTA doctors and my team after the match and following their recommendation, I have to withdraw from the tournament,” Muguruza said in a statement.WATCH VIDEO”I have felt pain in my right adductor since I started practising here. Yesterday, I felt better and wanted to play. However, during the match today the pain has been there all the time but I wanted to compete.”The Wimbledon champion accepted a wildcard into the tournament after retiring with leg cramps during her opening match at the Brisbane International last week and called for a medical timeout after just three games against Bertens.Muguruza, however, returned to the Ken Rosewall Arena and appeared to be moving freely, initially allaying fears of another injury setback by overcoming a woman who had beaten her in straight sets in their three previous meetings. “Since the start I felt a little bit my adductor,” Muguruza said after registering her first win of the season. “I already felt it in Brisbane, so I thought I was going to be much better, but it came back.”You always have to adapt… Sometimes you don’t need to have a pain. You just want to play a certain style of game or some tactic.advertisement”I figured out that being a little bit more aggressive, shorter points, that might help me and might help me also for my game. So it’s like a winning situation.”Muguruza’s withdrawal allows Daria Gavrilova a direct route to the semi-finals after the Spaniard’s scheduled last eight opponent won an all-Australian clash against Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-2.Elsewhere, Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2013 champion and last year’s losing finalist in Sydney, kept her preparations for the year’s first grand slam on track with a 7-6(4) 6-0 win over teenage American qualifier CiCi Bellis.The Polish 28-year-old will meet Camila Giorgi for a place in the last four after the Italian qualifier ousted twice Wimbledon and former Sydney champion Petra Kvitova 7-6(7) 6-2.Giorgi, belying her ranking of 100th in the world, beat U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round and added another grand slam champion to her list of victims in just under two hours when Kvitova blasted a forehand wide.In the men’s draw, Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi ousted top seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in the second round.Ramos-Vinolas needed treatment for a leg problem early in the second set and fell 6-3 7-5 to the 36-year-old Lorenzi, who is ranked 45 in the world.last_img read more

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Google to allow users to comment on search results

first_imgSan Francisco, Nov 18 (IANS) Google is planning to launch a new feature that will enable users to leave in search results comments that could be seen by others.While the feature has not yet gone live, an official Google help document has described how it would work, the Search Engine Journal reported on Saturday. The feature will bring to Google Search certain features commonly found on social media platforms. Users will not only be able to read comments left by others, they will also be able to “like” or “dislike” their comments on Google search results.It could also allow users to add comments to sports games, while they are live.The comments will, however, be subject to Google’s policies for content posted by users on Search. “Comments that don’t follow the policies might not be shown,” stated the Google help document.”Your comments are public, so anyone can see what you write. The name on your About me page shows with your comments. You can’t add an anonymous comment,” it added.This means that one cannot leave comments on search results without logging-in.Users will also be able to delete their comments.–IANSgb/sedlast_img read more

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Sathianathan: ‘Why did we let 12 key players leave?’

first_imgFELDA United Sathianathan criticises Felda United’s pre-season squad culling Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:45 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) B Sathianathan Satianathan ATM MSL 24052014 FAS FELDA United FELDA United v Kedah Kedah Malaysia Cup Outspoken coach B. Sathianathan has questioned his own club Felda United’s decision to part ways with their key players before the 2017 season started BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter When met by the press days before Felda United’s first leg Malaysia Cup semi-final match against Kedah, the Fighters boss Sathianathan Bhaskaran praised their opponents’ squad retention.According to him, this ran counter to his team’s decision to part ways with a number of their key players at the start of the season, when they had done well in the 2016 season.Although the Fighters ended their 2016 Super League campaign in the second place and qualified for the 2017 AFC Cup, then head coach Irfan Bakti Abu Salim left them for Terengganu, followed by Lutfulla Turaev, Ferris Danial, Adib Aizuddin Abdul Latif and Shukur Jusoh. They also parted ways with several stars such as Syamim Yahya, D. Christie Jayaseelan and Forkey Doe. Star striker Thiago Augusto Fernandes also left, but later returned in the 2017 mid-season transfer window. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. They started the 2017 season shakily under new head coach Azmi Mohamed, but he resigned barely two months into the season. It took the appointment of Sathianathan and the return of Thiago to revitalise the Fighters’ 2017 campaign, and in the second half of the season they emerged as one of the best sides in the Super League to currently sit in third with one round remaining, and have now reached the cup semi-finals.Ahead of the first leg clash in Jengka on Sunday, the former Malaysia head coach praised the Red Eagles’ decision to keep their key players over the past years, while questioning the Fighters’ squad culling in the pre-season.”The core Kedah squad has been retained for the past three, four years and they’ve been playing together for a long time, including two of their foreign players. “They have that stability, which gives them an edge, unlike us who constantly undergo revamping. We were second in the standings last year, yet 11, 12 of the players were dropped, I don’t know whose idea that was.”That’s not a healthy way of running things if you want a competitive side. Only teams that have no ambition sack that many players (at the same time),”We should have not lost Christie, Syamim, good players, to Pahang. Look what happened to Felda in the first round. Only when we signed quality players in the mid-season transfer period did we improve; with nine wins, one draw and one defeat,” lamented Sathianathan when met by the press on Friday.The first leg match between Felda and Kedah will be played at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium, Jengka this Sunday, while the return fixture will take place at the Darul Aman Stadium next Saturday.last_img read more

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Gary Cahill says England ‘are very aware’ of threat posed by Radamel Falcao

first_imgShare on Messenger Arguably, the Colombia duo of Falcao and Juan Cuadrado have even more reason to bring misery to England after both endured a torrid couple of seasons in the Premier League. Falcao has an affinity with England and not just because of the two years he spent living in the country. The 32-year-old has British blood, his great-grandfather George King having been born in Selby, North Yorkshire, before moving to South America in 1932.In his home country, Falcao is known as El Tigre, a nickname first given to him by a teammate early in his career, in recognition of a ruthlessness in front of goal. Colombia World Cup 2018 Read more Read more World Cup In France’s Ligue 1, Falcao has reignited his career at Monaco, scoring 54 goals for club and country since leaving England, and was nominated for the 2017 Ballon d’Or.“Outside of England he’s a very high-profile player,” Cahill said. “He’s scored many goals. He did have a difficult time in England, showed his character when he went to find his form again. He’s someone we’re all very aware of.” Share on Pinterest It is a moniker that would have seemed almost laughable to those who closely watched his underwhelming spells at Chelsea and Manchester United. But Cahill, who played alongside Falcao at Stamford Bridge, remembers a player who worked hard despite struggling to make an impact.“It was a bit stop-start for him,” Cahill said, “Sometimes, you don’t get loads of opportunities, you’re in for one or two games, then you’re out or not even a full 90, that was his frustration for us. He never really got up and running, or got a good spell of games back to back to find any sort of form. Obviously the competition was there and I’m sure for him it was difficult but he showed his character to go on and find his goalscoring form again. He’s been banging goals in again ever since.” Share on Twitter news Share via Email England must be wary of ‘formidable’ Colombia, warns Lukasz Fabianski Topics Share on Facebook Radamel Falcao Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Gary Cahill believes England will face a far more deadly Radamel Falcao when they play Colombia on Tuesday than the player who failed to make an impact in the Premier League.From Cristiano Ronaldo in Germany in 2006, to Mario Balotelli and Luis Suárez in Brazil four years ago, England are painfully aware of the damage that can be inflicted by Premier League alumni on the big stage. Whether it is a keener awareness of the opposition or some deeper motivation to prove a point to those who doubted them, each has contributed significantly to England’s exit from the World Cup in tournaments past. Share on WhatsApp England Colombia’s Davinson Sánchez ready for battle with Spurs clubmate Harry Kanelast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 There will be a 20 minute closure of Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. today, Aug. 25, for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs. -30-last_img

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Target hits on all cylinders in the fourth quarter

MINNEAPOLIS — Strong online sales, traffic growth in newly remodeled stores and expanded delivery options pushed target beyond most expectations in the crucial fourth quarter, when retailers ring up holiday sales.The Minneapolis retailer reported a 31 per cent spike in comparable digital sales Tuesday, and a same-store sales increase of 5.3 per cent. That topped the 5 per cent analysts polled by FactSet expected.Traffic grew 4.5 per cent in the quarter.For the three months ended Feb 2, Target Corp. reported $23 billion in revenue, beating the $22.92 billion forecast. It earned $799 million, or $1.52 per share. Its adjusted earnings were $1.53 per share, a penny better than Wall Street expected.Shares are up almost 6 per cent before the opening bell.The Associated Press

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UNESCO chief speaks out against murder of Mexican photographer

27 February 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the murder of a Mexican news photographer in an attack that also seriously injured another journalist, calling for the those behind the act of violence to be brought to justice. On 13 February, photographer Jean Paul Ibarra Ramírez of El Correo newspaper and Yenni Yuliana Marchán Arroyo of Diario 21 were riding a motorcycle to cover a car accident in Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero, when they were shot.When both fell to the ground, one of the assailants shot Mr. Ibarra Ramírez again and killed him, bringing the number of Mexican journalists killed since January 2008 to four, according to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters Without Borders.“I trust that the authorities will do all they can to bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime against democracy and the rule of law,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General. read more

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MR to sack Shirani

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake within the next few days, a presidential spokesman said.Presidential spokesman Mohan Samaranayake told the Colombo Gazette that under the constitution once parliament decides under a 2/3rds majority to impeach the Chief Justice then the President must act accordingly. Report by Easwaran Rutnam “There is no other option than to remove her,” Samaranayake said. Parliament yesterday voted by a majority to impeach Bandaranayake, with 155 in favour and 49 against it.Meanwhile there is speculation that former Attorney General Mohan Peiris may be appointed as the new Chief Justice.  (Colombo Gazette) Asked when she is likely to be removed, he said there is no specific date but it will happen within the next couple of days. read more

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Sri Lankan Navy detains eight Indian fishermen

The fishermen have been lodged at a camp in Karainagar in Sri Lanka, Yuvaraj said. In recent months, fishermen from Tamil Nadu have been being chased away for fishing in the island nation’s waters and this is the first arrest in some months.On December 11, over 3,000 fishermen from the state were allegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan navy personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet. Eight Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy near Neduntheevu for allegedly fishing in the island nation’s waters, an Indian official said Monday, according to the Press Trust of India.The fishermen from Mandapam in Ramanathapuram district were fishing near Neduntheevu late Sunday when they were arrested by Lankan Navy personnel, Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department, Assistant Director, Yuvaraj, said. The Sri Lankan navy also seized their boat, he said, adding that the fishermen had allegedly gone to sea despite an advisory issued by the authorities in view of rough weather conditions. read more

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Scotiabank hikes dividend but profit slips 4 amid significant market volatility

TORONTO — The Bank of Nova Scotia hiked its dividend as it reported its first-quarter profit slipped to $2.25 billion from $2.34 billion a year earlier, missing market expectations.Canada’s third-largest bank raised its quarterly payment to common shareholders by two cents to 87 cents per share. The Toronto-based lender’s earnings for the three-month period ended Jan. 31 amounted to $1.71 per diluted share, compared with $1.86 a year ago.On an adjusted basis, the bank reported first-quarter net income of $1.75 per diluted share, down from $1.87 per diluted share a year ago. BMO profit beats expectations despite ‘challenging revenue environment’ Royal Bank of Canada keeps its powder dry in pricey U.S. market RBC hikes dividend as profit rises in challenging market conditions That was below the adjusted earnings of $1.82 per share expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. “We had a solid start to the year with strong earnings growth in international banking and wealth management. This quarter also saw good progress related to the integration of recent acquisitions which is proceeding as expected,” said Brian Porter, Scotiabank’s chief executive in a statement.“While significant market volatility impacted some of our business lines, we still experienced strong growth. In addition, credit quality remains strong and in line with recent quarters.”The Toronto-based lender’s Canadian banking arm saw net income attributable to equity holders slip by three per cent to $1.07 billion but its international banking division reported a 17 per cent increase in earnings to $782 million.Scotiabank’s global banking and markets business however saw a 26 per cent drop in net income attributable to equity holders to $335 million.Provisions for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, was $688 million, up from $544 million a year earlier.The bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio, a key measure of the its financial health, was 11.1 per cent, down from 11.2 per cent a year earlier but unchanged from the previous quarter.Scotiabank also announced Tuesday that it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding regarding its interest in Thailand-based Thanachart Bank Public Co. Ltd, also known as TBank. TBank and TMB Bank Public Co. Ltd., also based in Thailand, have been planning to merge, subject to approval.“It is currently expected that the merger and related transactions would result, if concluded, in Scotiabank significantly reducing its investment in Thailand and holding a significantly smaller stake in the combined bank and receiving proceeds which is expected to result in a gain on sale,” the bank said in a statement. read more

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US factory production posts biggest fall in 19 months as auto output

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 7:33 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Automakers cut back sharply on production in August, lowering overall factory output and highlighting one of the economy’s weak spots a day before a key Federal Reserve meeting.Manufacturing production dropped 0.5 per cent, the biggest decline since January 2014, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. The drop in auto output accounted for most of the decline. Production of computers, airplanes and furniture also fell.Fed policymakers will begin a two-day meeting Wednesday to consider whether to raise short-term interest rates for the first time in nine years. Slowing overseas growth and the strong dollar, which are holding back factory output, could cause them to delay a rate hike.“Looking through the swings in auto assemblies, the ongoing weakness in manufacturing is evident,” Michelle Girard, an economist at RBS Securities, said in a note to clients. “Manufacturing is now the weakest sector of the US economy, faced with headwinds of a stronger dollar and weaker global growth.”Overall industrial production, which includes mining and utilities, dropped 0.4 per cent in August, after a 0.9 per cent rise in July.Auto production plunged 6.4 per cent, its steepest fall in more than three years, after an outsized gain of 10.6 per cent in July.Those swings partly reflect difficulties in seasonally adjusting the data and are likely temporary. U.S. carmakers in the past have temporarily closed their plants in July to retool them for new models. Those shutdowns were much shorter this year, boosting production in July and leading to a corresponding drop in August.Auto sales are strong and on track to top 17 million this year for the first time since 2001.Utility output rose 0.6 per cent last month, likely because Americans used more air conditioning. Mining production, which includes oil and gas drilling, fell 0.6 per cent.Factory output has been flat this year, largely because of global headwinds that have cut into exports. The dollar has risen about 14 per cent in value against other currencies in the past year. That makes U.S. products more expensive and therefore less attractive to overseas buyers.China’s economy is also faltering after decades of breakneck growth. It has been a critical source of demand for American-made industrial machinery, such as mining trucks, construction equipment and agricultural machines. Its slowdown has hit sales and profits for companies like Caterpillar and United Technologies.Falling oil prices have also dragged down factory output. Crude oil prices, which were around $60 per barrel in the spring, have fallen to about $44. The decline has forced energy firms to curtail drilling, eliminating much of the need for new pipelines and equipment that had boosted factory orders in previous years.There are signs that some companies are stepping up their investment in machinery and equipment, which is boosting demand for factory goods. Orders received by U.S. factories rose 0.4 per cent in July, after a 2.2 per cent gain in June.A key category that tracks business investment plans climbed 2.1 per cent in July, the strongest gain in 13 months. US factory production posts biggest fall in 19 months as auto output drops sharply read more

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Plans for new WindsorDetroit bridge held up by delays in buying properties

DETROIT – An official says plans for a bridge linking Windsor, Ont., and Detroit are being held up by delays in buying properties in both cities.Dwight Duncan, interim chair of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/29NWHEQ) that about 30 of the roughly 900 parcels needed in the Delray district of Detroit could pose potential problems if owners resist selling.In Windsor, meanwhile, the newspaper says negotiations are taking longer than originally anticipated with Hydro One, which has facilities and transmission lines in the zone for the bridge.The delays have held up release of the bridge authority’s formal Request for Proposals, the detailed bid document initially expected by the end of 2015.The Gordie Howe International Bridge is scheduled to open in 2020.___Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com Plans for new Windsor-Detroit bridge held up by delays in buying properties by The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2016 5:13 am MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A photo of hockey great Gordie Howe was unveiled at the announcement that the Detroit River International Crossing will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge, on the waterfront, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday May 14, 2015. An official says plans for a bridge linking Windsor, Ont., and Detroit are being held up by delays in buying properties in both cities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley read more

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UN human rights chief deplores Egypts outrageous mass death sentences

“It is outrageous that for the second time in two months, the Sixth Chamber of the Criminal Court in Al-Minya has imposed the death sentence on huge groups of defendants after perfunctory trials,” High Commissioner Navi Pillay said in remarks read out by her spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani in Geneva.According to information received, some of the 683 defendants sentenced yesterday were charged with killing a policeman and breaking into the Edwa police station in Al-Minya on 14 August 2013. This legal decision follows the 24 March conviction of 529 defendants on charges that include membership in an unlawful organization (the Muslim Brotherhood), incitement to violence, vandalism, unlawful gathering and the killing of one police officer. All the charges relate to events in August 2013 after the Government of President Mohamed Morsi was ousted.As in the previous cases, the exact charges against each defendant are not clear, given that they were not individually read out in court.Ms. Pillay lashed out at the verdicts made “at the hands of a judicial system where international fair trial guarantees appear to be increasingly trampled upon.”She noted that Egypt has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and said that “it is high time that Egypt takes its human rights commitments seriously.”In a news release from her Office (OHCHR), Ms. Pillay stressed that the death penalty can only be applied for the most serious crimes and after the most stringent trial safeguards.“This has clearly not been the case in these two trials before the Al-Minya criminal court. A mass trial of hundreds of people, rife with procedural irregularities is simply not good enough for imposition of the death penalty,” she reiterated. read more

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Syria UN envoy travels to Turkey for talks on freeze of conflict

In Istanbul, Mr. de Mistura met yesterday with a delegation of the Syria National Coalition, headed by Hadi Al-Bahra, the president of the Coalition. According to a UN spokesperson, the two exchanged views on his proposal to “freeze” the conflict in Aleppo and on ways to make that plan operational on the ground. The Special Envoy’s plan, first presented to the UN Security Council on 30 October, would initially seek to halt the fighting and create an environment whereby humanitarian aid could reach the beleaguered population in Aleppo. It would also provide visible proof that the on-the-ground narrative can be shifted from a military one to a political one.Mr. de Mistura met separately with the Under Secretary at the Turkish Foreign Ministry and today he travels to Gaziantep, in southern Turkey, to discuss his plan with key rebel groups from Aleppo.The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has led to well over 150,000 deaths, and more than 680,000 people have been injured. At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced.The violence has also spawned a refugee crisis flooding neighbouring countries with some 2.5 million people. read more

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Ohio State baseball stumbles into Big Ten Tournament

It wasn’t pretty, but the Ohio State baseball team earned its spot in the Big Ten tournament over the weekend. Indiana swept OSU in its three-game series, but the Buckeyes still earned the sixth and final spot in the tournament because of a tiebreaker against common opponents in the conference. OSU falls to an 11-13 record against Big Ten opponents after losing the series. The Buckeyes received some assistance from Minnesota defeating Illinois in their series finale Saturday to secure OSU’s spot in the tournament. OSU coach Greg Beals said he wants his players to come with more energy for the tournament since they weren’t able to build momentum against Indiana over the weekend. “We did not play loose and relaxed in our final conference series this weekend and we need to change that heading into this week,” Beals said. “We’re very fortunate that we have been given another opportunity and we need to come out re-energized on Wednesday.” One advantage OSU will have heading into the tournament is home field. Columbus’ Huntington Park will host the Big Ten tournament again this year and some players think it can help them get some wins. Tim Wetzel, sophomore center fielder, said the team can have success in the tournament playing at home. “No team’s going to want to play us (in Columbus),” Wetzel said. “We can make some noise in the tournament.” Beals, on the other hand, said playing for a Big Ten championship is the main priority and that playing in Columbus isn’t a big deal. “Our guys have an expectation to play for a championship and it doesn’t matter where it’s at,” Beals said. Kirby Pellant, junior shortstop, said winning the tournament is at the top of the team’s goals. “One of our main goals all year has been to win the Big Ten Championship,” Pellant said. Despite the losing effort over the weekend, the team can still reach its goal starting at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday against No. 3 seed Penn State. Beals said people shouldn’t count OSU out even though the team is stumbling into the tournament after a rough weekend. “Ohio State should be in the discussion when you’re talking about Big Ten Championships,” Beals said. read more

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Sierra to Pick Szeged – Mikler to Veszprem

Jose Manuel SierraManolo CadenasPick SzegedPSG Handball Spanish goalkeeper Jose Manuel Sierra (36) will leave PSG next summer and join Hungarian vice-champion Pick Szeged! Experienced goalie who was the first option of Manolo Cadenas during Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, will join the squad of another Spanish coach – Juan Pastor. PICK Szeged has contracted experienced Swedish left wing Jonas Kallman.Arrival of Sierra means that the “number 1” between the posts in Szeged, Roland Mikler will leave the team. Unofficial information speaks about his transfer to the biggest rival – MVM MKB Veszprem! ← Previous Story ASOBAL lowers limit of number of non-domestic players Next Story → Women’s EHF CL TOP 8 begins: Buducnost in Gyor, Larvik in Ljubljana!

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