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EPL: Raheem Sterling brace hands Manchester City 3-1 win over West Ham United

first_imgRaheem Sterling scored an early goal and struck again in second-half injury time to help Manchester City beat West Ham 3-1 in the English Premier League on Sunday.Fernandinho scored the other goal for City, which has won its first three matches of the campaign under new coach Pep Guardiola to be level on points with title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.It didn’t come easy for City, though, with Michail Antonio’s 58th-minute header making it 2-1 and setting up a tense finish at Etihad Stadium.City’s passing and movement was irresistible in the first half, with Sterling’s sidefooted finish in the seventh minute coming from one of the team’s many flowing moves. Fernandinho added a second goal in the 18th minute with a powerful header from Kevin de Bruyne’s free kick.It needed Sterling’s second goal, when he rounded the goalkeeper and scored from an acute angle, to settle City’s nerves but Guardiola will be concerned with how his team’s level dropped in the second half. He might also be worried about the immediate future of striker Sergio Aguero, who appeared to thrown an elbow at Winston Reid in a second-half incident not seen by officials.City’s next game is against United, after the international break.City played at an intensity and zip that West Ham couldn’t live with in the first half. Even then, Guardiola didn’t stop gesticulating to his players, wanting more, demanding perfection and showing his disapproval when City conceded possession.West Ham’s players had barely touched the ball by the time its goalkeeper Adrian was picking it out of the net.advertisementDavid Silva carved open the visiting defense with a through-ball to Nolito, who squared a cross for Sterling to steer home with a first-time shot from a central position.City took a more direct route for the second, with De Bruyne curling over a pacey free kick which Fernandinho met with a thumping header that flew past Adrian.West Ham will have been happy to go into halftime only 2-0 down but Antonio’s header – a replica of his winner against Bournemouth last weekend – meant this was no longer an exhibition for City.last_img read more

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Yankees Close Out Rays, 4-2

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Lesson learned.First-year Manager Kevin Cash chose not to intentionally walk Brian McCann with two on in the fifth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays paid.McCann drove in two runs with his second double off Jake Odorizzi, a pitcher he has had a lot of success against, and the New York Yankees went on to beat Tampa Bay 4-2 on April 28.“The option, or choice, on not walking McCann, looking back, that’s on me,” Cash said. “We put so much confidence in our pitchers and in Odo, but at that point in the game, we very well could have easily walked him.”McCann had an RBI double in the first inning as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead on a night they found out ace Masahiro Tanaka would be sidelined at least a month because of a mild forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis.The Yankees’ catcher entered 8-for-13 with four extra-base hits against Odorizzi, who was aware of McCann’s success against him.“It’s not a fact of backing down, but it’s just a reality that he hits the ball well off me,” Odorizzi said. “If I was really thinking about it, maybe I should have done it myself. … It’s unfortunate that it’s the same guy but nothing changes.”The Rays spent much of their day working on the details of moving their series scheduled to open May 1 at Baltimore back to Tropicana Field because of unrest in the city after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died while in police custody.And the Rays came out flat against Chase Whitley, who was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make a spot start to give Tanaka an extra day of rest.Cash said the upheaval of their schedule did not have much affect on the field.“There were some people distracted that simply work with us,” Cash said. “There are some guys that have had some hectic nights but I don’t think it was too much of a distraction for the players.”Tampa Bay loaded the bases in the second on three one-out singles, but Whitley (1-0) calmly took care of the next two batters on a strikeout and fielder’s choice.The Yankees jumped on Odorizzi (2-2) for the second time this year. They scored three runs against the right-hander on April 18. Odorizzi only allowed two runs in his other three starts.Odorizzi allowed nine hits and four runs in 6 1-3 innings.Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI double in the third and Logan Forsythe hit an RBI triple off Chasen Shreve in the sixth.Whitley (1-0) gave up six hits and one run in five gritty innings. He was pitching at the same time general manager Brian Cashman was explaining Tanaka’s injuries.“I had to battle a little bit, but I felt good,” Whitley said.Brett Gardner had an RBI groundout against Odorizzi in the Yankees’ second win over Tampa Bay in this series and 10th in 12 games overall. Chris Martin yielded a two-out single in the ninth before finishing for his first career save.Tanaka started the season 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and was superb in his last two starts, alleviating fear about the partially torn ligament in his elbow that forced him out for 2 1/2 months last season.But he surprised the team by complaining of pain in the side of the wrist when he arrived April 28.He had MRIs on both the wrist and elbow, and the test on the wrist showed no issues, but it hurt to the touch. While the elbow was clear, Cashman said Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad identified a “very mild” strain in the forearm.The Yankees immediately chose to place him on the 15-day disabled list and he won’t throw at all for seven to 10 days.“We want to make sure this doesn’t lead to the more horrific problems that we’re all trying to avoid,” said Cashman, referring to Tommy John surgery that would force him to miss 12 to 18 months.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: India, Pakistan face off in men’s hockey bronze medal match

first_imgIndia and Pakistan find themselves in a place where neither wanted to be. They face each other in the bronze medal men’s hockey match at the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday.The scene could not be further from what happened just four years ago, when the two sides had met in the final at Incheon and that too after a gap of 24 years. It was India who prevailed walked away with the gold after a nail-biting shootout.Pakistan has the most number of gold medals in Asiad history with eight, whereas India have three gold medals, and the two neighbouring countries have a total 14 medals.Defending champions India were handed a heartbreaking 6-7 loss by Malaysia in sudden death after an exhausting shoot-off with the game finishing at 2-2 in regulation time. India’s failure to secure their place in the final meant that Malaysia had denied them a direct entry into the 2020 Olympics.READ – Defending champions India’s gold medal hopes endPakistan on the other hand lost 1-0 to Japan.India, who had scored a record 76 goals in the group stage, were left stunned after SV Sunil missed his attempt in the sudden death. Only Akashdeep and Harmanpreet scored in the first five shots of the shoot-off while Manpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Sunil faltered.Interestingly, India had defeated Japan in their group phase match 8-0, whereas Pakistan beat Malaysia 4-1 in the same round.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSGoalkeeper PR Sreejesh kept India in the game as he only let in two goals from Muhammad Ashari and Fitri Saari. Tengku Ahmad, Faizal Saari and Muhammad Azuan missed the target for Malaysia.advertisementIn sudden death, Malaysia’s all five attempts were successful while India scored the first four before Sunil cracked under pressure.Earlier on Friday, the Indian women’s hockey team failed to break the 36-year-old gold jinx after losing to Japan 1-2 in the final.READ – India take silver after losing to JapanIn the other match of the day, Malaysia and Japan will be fighting for their first gold medal in men’s hockey. Japan will look to become only the second country to win both the men’s and women’s gold medal, after the Republic of Korea had achieved the feat back in 1986 and 1994.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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India vs West Indies 2nd T20I Dream 11 Prediction, Captain and Vice Captain

first_imgIndia will clash for the 2nd time in 2 days against West Indies in the 2nd T20I of the 3-match series at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday. Having already won the 1st game by 4 wickets on Saturday, India will look to clinch the series before the teams shift base to the Caribbean for the latter part of the tour.Debutant right-arm pacer Navdeep Saini was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he claimed three wickets conceding just 17 runs. The 26-year-old pacer will aim to replicate the show on Sunday and cement his place in the side.Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked two wickets in India’s win while Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also grabbed a wicket each.The Indians were also helped by some poor shot selection by the Windies batsmen.Chasing 96, India made heavy weather of the small target before overhauling it 17.2 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma was the top scorer for India with his 24 runs while Kohli and Manish Pandey contributed with 19 runs each. While the bowlers were decent, the batsmen struggled with the bat as the wicket was not easy to bat on.While India won’t try to make any changes in their playing eleven and would stick to the winning combination, West Indies could include an extra spinner in Rovman Powell as the wicket might again be on the slower side.Dream 11 team, WI vs IND 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (vice-captain), Krunal Pandya, Keemo Paul, Navdeep Saini, Sheldon CottrelladvertisementIndia squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep SainiWest Indies squad: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Anthony Bramble, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas. (With IANS inputs)Also Read | Raw talent Navdeep Saini can definitely build a name for himself: Virat KohliAlso Read | Navdeep Saini relives dream debut, reveals Virat Kohli’s role in Kieron Pollard dismissallast_img read more

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Robert Hines Glass Workshop

first_img Celebrate America with the Return of the Old Camp Whiskey Patriot Pack The Most Interesting Drinks From Around the World You Can Try Today Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Biking up North King Street in Charleston, South Carolina, where run down delis and rickety old wig shops are slowly getting turned into slick bars and restaurants, I discovered a languorous store front filled with a passel of old mirrors, gilded frames and a light film of dust, giving the tall old windows a look of mystery and decay. Naturally I hopped off my bike and took a peek inside.The interior was a treasure trove of old and new mirrors, frames and clocks. It was as if I had entered the attic of a once grand plantation owner who had stored everything, never to return. Fortunately this is exactly how the proprietor, Robert Hines likes it to be. He is one of the last old school tenants on North King Street and his craftsmanship is second to none. He greeted me with a warm voice and firm handshake and took me though the store showing me his work consisting of mirror glass, handmade mirrors and mirrored furniture.  I soon realized that many of these mirrors are actually new and he and his team have painstakingly crafted  various patinas and colors on them for clients around the country from Harvard to New York and Santa Barbara.We spoke to Bob to learn more about his work, trends in glass making and his favorite projects.How did you get started?I have been an artist all of my life. The glass part of that started when I was at the University of Texas in Austin pursuing interests in Art and Architecture where I was awarded an apprenticeship in Stained Glass. I ended up doing three apprenticeships – two in architectural stained glass and one in a hot glass shop- before starting my own glass shop  in 1988.Have you seen a spike in sales with people who want original work and quality and who are tired of that ‘Pottery Barn’ aesthetic?I have seen a growing  interest in a high quality level of workmanship over the years. But no – not  a spike in sales. I think the illusion of handmade quality offered by large companies who outsource overseas has diluted or offset the real interest. I am lucky to have a  good selection of returning professional clients who appreciate our work. For us, the artists and craftsmen who imagine something from nothing and skillfully create  beautifully crafted objects, it is a difficult world to live in. This process is almost always undervalued as it is compared to the price of objects mass produced.Tell us about some of your favorite projects.We were recently commissioned by a second generation New York antique dealer to exactly reproduce a large 1920 art deco mirror with cast and cut crystal prisms. It had been previously reproduced in a New York workshop who had to send it off to a Chinese company to cast the crystal prisms. We were very proud to be able to do everything in our South Carolina workshop. We installed it in his client’s home in The Hamptons Long island. He has since ordered three more.Are there certain trends in mirrors and glass that you are noticing?Mirrors that are actually old and gently decayed will always be beautiful and sought after. They have stories. Living in a gently decaying old city like Charleston has a way of growing on you and getting into your soul. And it is the reason why we make mirrors. The trend is not a trend . I think it is a desire to be connected to things that are genuine and to things that last through time. If there is just one thing that motivates a deep level of care and respect for what we do while we are doing it, and what we have done, it is the knowledge that these beautiful objects will be around long after us.last_img read more

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Consultations publiques sur la stratégie pour la santé mentale

first_img Petit-de-Grat, campus de Petit-de-Grat, 3433, route 206 Pointe-de-l=Église, campus principal de Pointe-de-l’Église, 1695, route 1 Grand-Étang, campus de Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, 12521 Cabot Trail Tusket, campus de Tusket, 1 Slocumb Crescent Greenwood, le lundi 18 avril de 8 h à midi, 14e Escadre Greenwood, centre de formation Birchall, salle The Chamber Amherst, le mardi 26 avril de 8 h à midi, 98, rue Victoria Est, théâtre Tantramar Sydney, le mercredi 27 avril de 8 h à midi, Université Cape Breton, 1250 Grand Lake Road, salles polyvalentes A et B Halifax, le mardi 3 mai de 13 h 17 h, Université Saint Mary’s, édifice Burke, théâtre Burke B (entrée sur la rue Inglis) Bridgewater, le jeudi 5 mai de 9 h à 12 h 30, hôpital régional South Shore, salles de conférence 1-3 (3e étage) La consultation en français aura lieu à Halifax le lundi 16 mai de 8 h à midi à l’Université Sainte-Anne (1589, rue Walnut). Elle sera également diffusée dans quatre communautés :center_img Les Néo-Écossais auront la chance de contribuer à l’approche future de la province envers les services de santé mentale et les services de prévention et de traitement des dépendances alors que débute la phase des consultations publiques de la stratégie pour la santé mentale et les dépendances. Le comité consultatif sur la santé mentale et les dépendances, qui dirige l’élaboration de la stratégie, tiendra six consultations publiques à l’échelle de la province à compter du 18 avril à Greenwood et se termineront le 16 mai par une consultation avec la communauté acadienne et francophone. Des consultations auront aussi lieu à Amherst, Sydney, Halifax et Bridgewater. « Je demande aux Néo-Écossais de nous aider à restructurer les services de santé mentale et les services de prévention et de traitement des dépendances dans toute la province en participant aux consultations publiques, a dit Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être. Les commentaires nous aideront à offrir des soins de santé améliorés aux Néo-Écossais et à leur famille. » La stratégie pour la santé mentale et les dépendances a été annoncée dans le discours du Trône prononcé en mars 2010. Mme MacDonald prévoit recevoir les recommandations du comité consultatif d’ici octobre. Le comité consultatif est formé de 12 experts en matière de santé, chercheurs, cliniciens en santé mentale et personnes atteintes d’une maladie mentale ou touchées par une maladie mentale. Dans le cadre de son travail, le comité a rencontré des groupes dans le domaine de la santé mentale et des dépendances. Jusqu’à présent, les représentants du comité ont rencontré près de 50 groupes et ont prévu d’autres rencontres en avril et en mai. « Les consultations avec les intervenants nous ont permis d’obtenir des renseignements précieux pour le travail du comité consultatif, a dit Joyce McDonald, coprésidente du comité consultatif de la stratégie pour la santé mentale et les dépendances. Nous avons eu le privilège de rencontrer différentes personnes et différents groupes, ainsi que des professionnels qui travaillent dans le domaine. » Les gens peuvent aussi soumettre leurs commentaires en ligne ou par la poste. Pour soumettre des commentaires en ligne et pour obtenir plus d’information sur la stratégie, consultez le www.nshrf.ca/mentalhealthandaddictionsstrategy(en anglais seulement). Les gens peuvent également composer le 902-424-4043 pour obtenir une copie papier du questionnaire à remplir. Voici les dates des consultations :last_img read more

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JEANNE BEKER PICKS HER FAVOURITE VINTAGE FINDS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It’s bargain-hunting season, and where better to look than your local vintage and consignment shops? Our fashion expert Jeanne Beker picked her favourite pieces from the past and many of the shops are holding the items just for you.A) BODACIOUS BOOTS“This is a dressy boot with a ’70s vibe, but the way that it’s colour blocked makes it contemporary.” Curvaceous Consignments, 7670 Yonge St., $70B) PRINTED PUFFER“This Pucci puffy coat is just perfection. Put on a big pair of sunglasses and walk around the ski village.” Second Nature Boutique, 514 Mt. Pleasant Rd., $600 Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Aecon Group beats expectations as Q3 profits surges to 42 million

first_imgTORONTO – Aecon Group Inc. beat expectations as its net profit surged to $42 million and its order backlog reached a record high.The Toronto-based construction firm says it earned 60 cents per share for the period ended Sept. 30, up from 37 cents per share or $24.6 million a year earlier.Revenues grew 34 per cent to $1.02 billion, up from $759.7 million in the third quarter of 2017.Aecon was expected to earn 48 cents per share on $849 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company’s order backlog has reached $7 billion, up from $4.3 billion a year earlier, paving the way for higher revenues and profitability through 2019, says new CEO Jean-Louis Servranckx.Among the projects is its 20 per cent interest in the $5.7 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge and Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation project in Toronto.Companies in this story: (TSX:ARE)last_img read more

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CUPW requests mediator as deadline for Canada Post offer expires without deal

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued a request Saturday for the federal government to appoint a mediator in its contract talks with Canada Post, as it rejected the Crown corporation’s latest offers.Canada Post issued new, time sensitive, proposals last week aimed at reaching agreements with its approximately 42,000 urban employees and 8,000 rural and suburban carriers.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Saturday night with a last-minute plea to the two sides, just hours before the midnight deadline on the Crown corporation’s offers expired. In a Twitter post, Trudeau cited the arrival of the holiday shopping season and urged both sides “to resolve their differences quickly and reach a deal.”But as the deadline on the offers passed, CUPW issued a statement that said it had responded “by presenting the Corporation with our own global offers that address our needs and demands.”The union also said that it had asked the government to appoint a mediator to help the two sides reach an accord after nearly a year of talks, adding “We believe that our proposals can be the basis of collective agreements.”CUPW had said on Friday that the new proposals from Canada Post made positive steps, but not enough to end the rotating strikes that have shut down postal operations in more than 200 communities, creating a huge backlog of undelivered mail. It said it would not bring the offers to a vote of its members, although both sides remained at the bargaining table.On Saturday the Retail Council of Canada urged Ottawa to “bring an immediate end” to the rotating strikes through back-to-work legislation.“Just as retail merchants, our workforce of two million and our customers enter the busiest time of year, the postal system is grinding to a near-halt,” council president Diane Brisebois wrote in a letter to Trudeau.Earlier in the week, eBay called on the government to legislate an end to the dispute in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events tied to the American Thanksgiving.Trudeau said last week that “all options” would be on the table to end postal disruptions if there was no progress in bargaining.A government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said decisions on how to end the job action by postal workers could come as early as Sunday, adding that “‘all the options’ does include legislating.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Budget watchdog says federal deficit this year to be 161 billion

OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget watchdog is projecting the federal deficit this fiscal year will come in $2.1 billion lower than the Liberals have predicted.Yves Giroux’s office chalks up the change to higher-than-anticipated income-tax revenues that the government has collected this fiscal year, which closes in March.A report out this morning from the parliamentary budget office predicts that this year’s budget deficit will be $16 billion, less than the $18.1 billion the Liberals anticipate.Had the economy been weaker or tax revenues lower, the report says, the federal deficit for the 2018-2019 fiscal year could have hit $23.2 billion when taking into account extra spending in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fall economic update.More than half the $7.2-billion swing in the projection is due to stronger tax revenues than Giroux predicted in the fall.The report says corporate income-tax revenues are $3 billion higher than the watchdog forecast in October.The Canadian Press read more

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Justin Trudeau to promote Canadian tech lure foreign investment at closeddoor Microsoft

VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to pitch major multinational companies on investing in Canada’s technology sector on Wednesday, joining top business leaders inside the closed-door Microsoft CEO Summit in Redmond, Wash.Trudeau’s visit comes as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration poses both challenges and opportunities for Canada’s high-tech industry. Trump’s “America First” rhetoric and his plans to slash corporate taxes could mean more investment flows south of the border, but his restrictive approach to immigration could draw talent north, experts say.Trudeau is the first sitting head of government or state to be invited to address the annual gathering of CEOs, his office said.“The prime minister’s participation in the summit is an important opportunity to encourage innovation, promote investment in the technology sector, and draw global talent to Canada,” said press secretary Andree-Lyne Halle in a statement.“The PM will showcase Canada’s skilled, hard-working, creative, and diverse workforce. It is an ideal venue to remind decision makers and investors that Canada is recognized as a world leader in research and development in many areas like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and 3D programming.”The summit, under the theme “The CEO Agenda: Navigating Change,” will bring together more than 150 executives to Redmond, just outside of Seattle. Trudeau will meet with investors to discuss what Canada has to offer and hear their perspectives, ideas and advice, Halle said.The event is closed to media and Microsoft declined to make a representative available for an interview. Trudeau has no media availability other than a photo opportunity prior to a meeting with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday.Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press Files Werner Antweiler, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, said the prime minister’s main goal at the summit should be to “put Canada on the map.”Trudeau needs to promote Canada’s standard of living and ease of immigration, qualities that make the country an attractive place for global talent as well as investment, Antweiler said.After Trump signed an executive order barring citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries in January, dozens of Canada’s technology CEOs signed a letter asking Canada to offer immediate entry visas to those affected. The American order was struck down by the courts and a second, similar order is now being challenged.“Trump says ‘America First’ but then he’s putting America last when it comes to attracting talent from abroad,” said Antweiler.“A lot of people from Europe, from Asia, from the Middle East, are going to look at the United States and say, ‘Well, wait a minute, am I feeling comfortable moving there when there is a government that is quite hostile to certain types of immigration?’”Paul Preston, director of science, technology and innovation policy at the Conference Board of Canada, said in order to attract more global investment, Canada must give incentives to its businesses to spend more on research and development.Google-parent Alphabet applies to turn 12-acres of Toronto ’s waterfront into connected high-tech city: sourcesCanadian universities chosen for North American self-driving car competition with 2020 deadline“Compared to other developed nations, we spend a lot less,” he said. “The more we can continue to attract investment from other places around the world and encourage our businesses to spend on R&D, then we’ll start to push the envelope and create more globally competitive ideas and companies.”The summit is an opportunity for Canadian companies to become part of supply chains for the firms involved in the meeting, said John Reid, CEO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, an industry group.“Once you sell to a large company, it opens up the doors to other marketplaces,” he said.Namir Anani, CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council, said attracting international companies to Canada not only creates jobs but creates the ecosystem for future entrepreneurs to connect with local markets.For example, General Motors added 1,000 jobs in Oshawa to create autonomous cars, allowing an entrepreneur developing an innovative battery system the opportunity to pitch to GM and access international markets, he said.Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators, said his industry group’s focus was making sure that domestic companies can scale up and grow in Canada.“If foreign investment dollars are flowing, let’s make sure that our domestic firms are still able to hire talent here in Canada as well and be able to compete with multinationals.”The Canadian Press read more

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Oil nears 102 as Egypt crisis intensifies traders eye increase in demand

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2013 2:12 am MDT Oil nears $102 as Egypt crisis intensifies, traders eye increase in demand AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BANGKOK – The price of oil neared US$102 a barrel Wednesday for the first time since May last year as Egypt’s political crisis intensified, raising the risk of fuel supply disruptions.Benchmark crude for August delivery was up $2.07 to $101.65 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $1.61, or 1.6 per cent, to close at $99.60 on Tuesday in New York.Embattled Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi vowed not to resign hours before a deadline to yield to the demands of millions of protesters or see the military suspend the constitution, disband parliament and install a new leadership.The Islamist leader demanded that the powerful armed forces withdraw their ultimatum, saying he rejected all “dictates” — from home or abroad. Outside on the streets, the sense that both sides are ready to fight to the end sharpened, with clashes between Morsi’s supporters and opponents killing at least 23 people, most of them in a single incident of fighting outside Cairo University.Egypt is not an oil producer but its control of the Suez canal, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes which links the Mediterranean with the Red Sea, gives it a crucial role in maintaining global energy supplies.Traders are also awaiting the Energy Department’s weekly report on U.S. stockpiles of crude oil Wednesday and expect the figures to show an increase in demand. Data for the week ending June 28 is expected to show a drawdown of 3 million barrels in crude oil stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.Brent crude was up 94 cents to $104.94 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline was up 2.7 cents to $2.81 a gallon.— Heating oil added 2.6 cents to $2.927 a gallon.— Natural gas was down 1.2 cents at $3.642 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

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The true transformers Cheap and fast robots can now assemble themselves from

The true transformers: Cheap and fast robots can now assemble themselves from sheet of paper AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 12:16 pm MDT WASHINGTON – In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons.Borrowing from the ancient Japanese art of origami, children’s toys and even a touch of the “Transformers” movies, scientists and engineers at Harvard and MIT created self-assembling, paper robots. They are made out of hobby shop materials that cost about $100. After the installation of tiny batteries and motors, a paper robot rises on four stumpy legs and starts scooting in a herky-jerky manner. It transforms from flat paper to jitterbugging four-legged robot in just four minutes.This small lightweight type of robot could explore outer space and other dangerous environments, and get into cramped places for search-and-rescue missions, researchers said. But that’s just the start of what may be a long-envisioned robotic revolution.This eventually could be as technology-changing as the three-dimensional printer, said experts unconnected with the study and Harvard robotics researcher Sam Felton, who is lead author of the paper published Thursday in the journal Science.Felton and study co-author Daniela Rus of MIT say they see a time when someone who wants a dog-walking robot would go to a store that has specialized equipment to make the device — “some sort of robo-Kinkos,” Felton said.And eventually the technology could produce more complex machines.“In principle it will be possible to say, ‘I want a robot to play chess with me,’ and generate a machine that has the computational abilities to play chess with you,” Rus said.Today it costs a lot of money to build a robot, but this method is fast, cheap and specialized, Rus said.“This is a simple, flexible and rapid design process and a step toward the dream of realizing the vision of 24-hour robot manufacturing,” Rus said.These robots aren’t quite Transformers of movie and cartoon fame. Once they assemble themselves automatically with heat-activated hinges that allow the folding, there are no more changes, Rus and Felton said.The robots themselves start out a bit smaller than a normal 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of paper. Off-the-shelf batteries and motors are embedded at a cost of about $80. Altogether, the early machines researchers made, along with the equipment to build them, cost less than $1,000 apiece, Felton said.The robots, which the researchers did not name, are about 6 inches long, 6 inches wide, and about 2 inches tall. They weigh less than 3 ounces. They move about 2 inches per second. But they can be made bigger or smaller, with some limitations, Felton said.He said the way heating activates the hinges was inspired by the children’s toy line Shrinky Dinks, which shrivel and fold when put in the oven.Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks, an MIT emeritus professor who wasn’t part of the research, said this could be close to other momentous changes in technology, such as the first 3-D printers or even 1947’s ENIAC early computer.“Lots more people will join in working on these techniques, each making incremental progress and decades from now we’ll wonder why it took so long to get where we’ll then be with it,” Brooks said in an email.___Online:The journal Science: http://www.sciencemag.org___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbears read more

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No 8 UCF has goals beyond beating archrival South Florida

TAMPA, Fla. — No. 8 UCF isn’t content with having the nation’s longest winning streak. The Knights want more. A lot more.The defending American Athletic Conference champions can complete a second consecutive undefeated regular season by beating intrastate rival South Florida on Friday.Next on their list of goals is winning the AAC championship game — which they’ll host on Dec. 1 — to remain in the conversation about which teams are deserving of berths in the College Football Playoff.“From where this program’s come, it’s just getting started,” quarterback McKenzie Milton said. “I think we’re just scratching the surface and UCF is going to be good for a very, very long time.”First-year coach Josh Heupel, who inherited a team that went 13-0 but was left out of the CFP last season, agrees.“This is the most unique story in college football in my opinion because it’s continuing to build what it’s going to be,” Heupel said. “Blue-blood programs were built in the 30s, 40s and 50s. We’re right in the midst of what’s going on here.”And the rest of the country is taking notice, especially after last week’s 38-13 rout of Cincinnati in a prime-time matchup capping a day in which ESPN’s “College GameDay” broadcast from Orlando for the first time.“Waking up in the morning … turning the TV on and seeing it’s in Orlando on UCF’s campus on Memory Mall, that was unreal … a childhood dream to me,” senior defensive lineman Joey Connors said.The Knights (10-0, 7-0) climbed three spots in the AP Poll this week and will face the winner of Friday’s game between Houston and Memphis in the AAC title game. South Florida (7-4, 3-4) has lost four straight following a 7-0 start that propelled the Bulls into the Top 25.“Central Florida’s playing with a lot of confidence, something we don’t have right now,” South Florida coach Charlie Strong said.“When you start winning, when you start playing with confidence, you feel like no one’s going to beat you,” Strong added. “That’s what they have going on right now.”Some other things to know about the Knights and Bulls:I-4 RIVALRYThe schools are situated about 90 minutes apart, with Interstate 4 connecting Orlando and Tampa.The series, which USF leads 6-3, has been dubbed the “War on I-4.” Since 2016, the winner has been presented with a travelling trophy that’s 4-foot, 3 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.MEMORABLE GAMEUCF won a 49-42 thriller a year ago in Orlando. USF’s Quinton Flowers had 605 yards total offence and the Bulls rallied to tie the score 42-all on the quarterback’s 83-yard scoring pass to Darnell Solomon and a two-point conversion with 1:41 remaining.The Knights went ahead for good when Mike Hughes returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.“You had two teams evenly matched, and it came down to a kickoff return,” Strong said. “If we would have covered it better, who knows what might have happened.”POTENT OFFENSEMilton, eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting a year ago, has thrown for 2,577 yards and 24 touchdowns. UCF is sixth in the nation in total offence (528.9 yards per game) and scoring (43.6) and has scored at least 30 points in 23 consecutive games. That’s the second-longest streak since 1936. South Florida did it 24 straight times from 2015-17.USF has allowed 57, 41,35 and 27 in losses to Houston, Tulane, Cincinnati and Temple during its longest skid since 2013.“It’s a lot of home run balls for them,” Strong said. “We can’t allow them to take the ball and pitch it over our heads for 60, 70-yard plays. If anything, you’ve got to make them drive the ball and you’ve got to be great in the red zone.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Fred Goodall, The Associated Press read more

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Pair of new coaches to dot Buckeyes sidelines

(Left) Former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of The Daily Collegiate Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of Arkansas Athletic DepartmentOhio State coach Urban Meyer has been known to be a quick worker on the recruiting trail when it comes to student-athletes.It looks like the same could be said about coaches.According to separate reports by “Sports Illustrated” writer Pete Thamel, Meyer snatched up two defensive coaches within 13 hours — Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash and former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in separate emails Tuesday that he did not “have any information (to) share at this time” regarding the reports, which were released about Johnson and Ash late Monday night and Tuesday at about noon, respectively.Ash is set to fill the void of former OSU co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers, who was announced as the next head coach at James Madison University Dec. 20. Johnson is slated to replace former defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who announced that he was leaving OSU for a job with the NFL’s Houston Texans via Twitter Thursday. Vrabel’s move comes after Houston announced the hiring of its new head coach, former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, Jan. 3.Ash came to Arkansas before this past season with Razorback coach Bret Bielema, whom he coached with the three years prior at Wisconsin, helping lead the Badgers to consecutive Rose Bowls from 2011-13.Bielema posted a statement to Twitter via his account, @BretBielema, Tuesday about coaching changes, but did not specifically mention Ash’s name.“Have always felt transition on my staff has allowed us to get even better. Have had success hiring right people and will again. #woopig #1-0,” Bielema’s initial tweet read, sent at 1 p.m Tuesday.He followed it with another tweet 12 minutes later.“Very happy for former coaches that decide to move to new challenges, the respect our staff gets nationally will continue to grow. #woopig,” the tweet read.At Arkansas, Ash made $550,000, according to the USA TODAY coaches’ salaries database. In his second and final year at OSU, Ash’s predecessor, Withers, earned $585,000.The Razorback defense finished ranked 73rd in passing defense during the team’s 3-9 campaign in 2013, giving up an average of 235 yards per game. OSU’s pass defense finished ranked 112th in the country, giving up an average of 268 yards per game.Johnson spent the last 19 years in State College, Pa., coaching the defensive line for the last 15 seasons. At Penn State, he groomed a total of seven first team All-Americans, including the top pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, defensive end Courtney Brown. Johnson’s salary was not available on the USA TODAY coaches database, but in his final year at OSU, Vrabel’s base salary was $291,004.According to PennLive, Johnson was offered to stay as the defensive line coach at Penn State by James Franklin — who was officially hired as the Nittany Lion head coach Saturday — but declined.The new faces on the OSU defensive staff look to strengthen a unit that has digressed in Meyer’s two year tenure. The Buckeyes finished with the 19th best defense in 2011 — the year before Meyer arrived — 34th in 2012 and 47th overall this past season.The Buckeyes are set to kick off their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

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Geek deals 50 percent off the Lenovo N5902 media remote

first_imgIf you’ve ever tried to control a computer without sitting right in front of it, you know the frustration that comes with wireless input devices. A traditional mouse, even when wireless, just isn’t convenient to use if you don’t have a flat (and non-reflective) surface to mouse around on. A wireless trackball works reasonably well, since you just control it by moving the pretty ball around with one of your digits, but such archaic devices are few and far between these days. It seems peripheral manufacturers have abandoned the traditional trackball in favor of touch interfaces and good old mice.What if you need to type on your PC from a moderate distance away? Sure there are plenty of wireless keyboards, and having it in your lap is no different than a notebook PC for the most part. If the PC in question here is serving as a home theater media device, do you really want a full keyboard stuffed under the coffee table when all you need to type are a few words when searching Netlifx or Hulu for your favorite flick? I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to have this dilemma, with an older laptop setup in the entertainment center to feed video into my HDTV and give me big screen access to all the internet has to offer.You may have heard of Lenovo’s multimedia remote with keyboard. Just like it sounds, this is a palm-sized device that has a full QWERTY keyboard and pointing device all in one small package. The original model, N5901, used a physical trackball and had a nano USB receiver that stores in the base of the device. If you think of an old school Palm Pilot, that is about the size of this neat little toy and it was quite handy. If you’ve ever hated trying to type with a controller on your favorite game console, you can plug the USB dongle into those as well and type away with ease. The only complaint I’ve had in 9 months of usage is that with the lights turned down for optimal movie enjoyment, it was very difficult to see the black keyboard.Enter model N5902. Released just last week by Lenovo, the N5902 takes an already good idea and improves on what few things needed improving. A backlit keyboard is now included for your late night viewing pleasure and the design slightly tweaked with a rubberized finish and chrome mouse buttons. The physical trackball wheel has also been replaced by a small capacitive touchpad, akin to those in late model Blackberry phones, and you have a convenient capacitive touch scroll bar to boot.Even though the N5902 is a brand new model, Lenovo has tossed out a massive 50% off coupon that will get this sweet little gadget to your door for $39.99. This coupon will expire after limited uses, so don’t wait long to get your hands on such a hot geek toy.Visit Logic Buy for a deal on the N5902last_img read more

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Gardaí appeal for witnesses after cars damaged in Castleknock

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3357240 Share24 Tweet Email4 By Paul Hosford 21,736 Views Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 12:40 PM GARDAÍ IN BLANCHARDSTOWN are appealing for witnesses after a spate of incidents in Castleknock overnight.It is believed a number of cars in Castleknock Park in the west Dublin suburb were damaged in the incidents.It is also understood that gardaí believe the incidents are linked.Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious or anyone who may have CCTV or dash cameras to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01-6667000, the Garda confidential line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda station.Read: Thai man murders child and kills himself on Facebook Live Image: Google Mapscenter_img Castleknock Park Image: Google Maps Short URL Castleknock Park 44 Comments Gardaí appeal for witnesses after cars damaged in Castleknock It is understood that gardaí believe the incidents are linked. Apr 25th 2017, 12:40 PM last_img read more

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Nintendo DS victime dun piratage massif en Europe

first_imgNintendo DS : victime d’un piratage massif en EuropeFrance – Nintendo doit faire face à un phénomène de piratage massif concernant sa console portable DS. L’entreprise nippone connaît ainsi une baisse de 45% des ventes en Europe.Grâce à ses moyens juridiques et technologiques, Nintendo essaie de lutter contre le phénomène de piratage de grande ampleur qui se développe notamment en Europe et en particulier en Italie, en Espagne et en France. Les particuliers n’hésitent pas à utiliser une cartouche R4, qui contourne facilement les dispositifs de sécurité de la Nintendo DS. La firme japonaise accuse une baisse de 45% des ventes en Europe, quand celle-ci n’atteint que 11% aux États-Unis et 7% au Japon. En juin dernier, Nintendo avait surveillé plusieurs sites internet permettant de se procurer illégalement des jeux de ses consoles vedettes DS et Wii. L’entreprise a constaté que ces programmes avaient été téléchargés 238 millions de fois ! La 3DS, bientôt commercialisée, saura-t-elle résister au phénomène ?Le 22 avril 2010 à 12:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Albiol expects Ronaldo to struggle

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol has revealed he expects Cristiano Ronaldo to struggle this season in the Italian Serie A.The former Real Madrid centre-back who played with the Portuguese superstar will struggle to score 40 goals after he joined Italian champions Juventus this summer.Ronaldo managed 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real Madrid before leaving for Juventus, but he is yet to register in his three Serie A appearances for the Italian champions.Ronaldo scored more than 40 goals in eight of his nine seasons at the Bernabeu, but Albiol has said that “football is more tactical and defensive” in Italy, and the 33-year-old will therefore struggle to put up similar numbers.“It’s true that in Italy, football is more tactical and defensive, as well as being very physical, so you have to know how to play,” Albiol told AS, according to Sports Mole.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Cristiano’s a great player with tremendous quality, but in Italy it’ll be harder for him to score 40 goals.“Also, I hope he doesn’t because it would be good for Juventus but bad for Napoli. He also started slowly with Madrid last season.”“He didn’t score goals at the start of the campaign, yet he finished up again with some mindboggling numbers. If Cristiano has spent his entire career scoring bags of goals every season, it’s not by chance.”Juventus are next in action at home to Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

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Man Utd activate De Gea 12month option

first_imgManchester United exercised their option to extend David de Gea’s contract for another 12 monthsThe 28-year-old has developed into one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers at United following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.But De Gea’s original contract was due to expire at the end of the season with talks over a renewal being delayed for over two months.Now Sky Sports report that United have activated their option to extend De Gea’s stay at the club for another year.The extension means De Gea cannot enter talks with a foreign club to sign a pre-contract agreement in January to join them for free in the summer.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…United manager Jose Mourinho recently expressed his hope that the club will be able to persuade De Gea to commit his long-term future at Old Trafford.“He’s the best goalkeeper in the world and if our ambitions are to be a big club, a winning club you need the best goalkeeper in the world,” said Mourinho.“You also need some other best players [in their position] in the world, in this case we only have the best goalkeeper in the world.”De Gea has kept 123 clean sheets in 333 games for United across all competitions.The Spaniard has also won the Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the Europa League.last_img read more

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