Novak Djokovic labors into Monte Carlo 3rd round with scrappy win

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Gennady Golovkin returns to ring June 8 vs Steve Rolls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his tennis match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on the day 4 of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament on April 16, 2019 in Monaco. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)MONACO — Two-time champion Novak Djokovic struggled with his serve at times but reached the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a scrappy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber on Tuesday.Djokovic double-faulted eight times and needed five match points to beat Kohlschreiber, who lost eight of their previous 10 matches but secured a rare win in the third round at Indian Wells last month.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img He caused problems again for the top-ranked Djokovic in an error-strewn match which featured eight straight breaks of serve from when Kohlschreiber led 2-1 in the second set. Midway through that, Djokovic needed treatment for a couple of minutes on his right thumb. He appeared to hurt it while sliding at the baseline during the fifth game.“I lost my serve four games in a row in the second set, and that hasn’t happened too many times in my life,” Djokovic said. “I’m not a big server, but still, that’s quite a lot. It just didn’t feel so comfortable serving today. Let’s put it that way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter Kohlschreiber dropped serve at the start of the deciding set — the eighth straight service break — Djokovic saved break points before holding for 2-0.The 15-time Grand Slam champion, who will aim to win a fourth straight major when the French Open starts next month, then upped his level. He held to love for 4-2 and saved a break point to go 5-3 up, forcing his 35-year-old German opponent to serve to stay in the match. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kohlschreiber saved a first match point at 30-40 with a sublime drop shot and held.Serving for the match, Djokovic fluffed another three match points. After finally sealing the victory when Kohlschreiber’s return landed long, he whacked the ball away in frustration and then whipped another one up into the crowd.Djokovic, who lost in the fourth round of the Miami Open last month, seemed irritable at times and smashed his racket into the ground at 4-2 down in the second set. Later in the second, he lobbed his racket at the ball when retrieving a shot at the baseline and inadvertently sent it into the crowd.“The positive of today (is) hanging in there, fighting and grinding,” the 31-year-old Djokovic said. “In a way it’s good I got to spend two-and-a-half hours on the court in my opening match of the clay season. This surface is very demanding physically.”He next faces the winner of a second-round match between American Taylor Fritz and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.ADVERTISEMENT Also Tuesday, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka faltered in his second-round match against last year’s French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato after leading by a set and a break, losing 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 to the Italian.Wild-card entry Jaume Munar of Spain also went a set and a break up against No. 9 Borna Coric of Croatia, but was beaten 6-7 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-4.In other second-round play, Argentine Guido Pella downed seventh-seeded Marin Cilic 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, breaking the imposing Croatian’s serve eight times.There was another upset as Italian qualifier Lorenzo Sonego won 7-6 (4), 6-4 against eighth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov.In remaining first-round matches, 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime won 7-5, 7,6 (5) against Juan Ignacio Londero and next faces No. 3 Alexander Zverev.Fritz was 6-4, 2-0 ahead against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga when his opponent retired with a lower back injury.Defending champion Rafael Nadal, who is seeking a record-extending 12th title here, is in second-round action Wednesday against Spanish countryman Roberto Bautista Agut. Nadal has not played since pulling out with a right knee injury ahead of his Indian Wells semifinal against Roger Federer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Minnows follow age-old formula for causing upsets in Euro 2016

first_imgTake a tactically disciplined defence, add an eye for a timely counter attack and top off with boundless team spirit and a relentless work ethic and you have a tried and tested formula for a so-called minnow to succeed at the European championship. (Euro 2016: Iceland shock England 2-1)Whether it is Greece’s victory at Euro 2004, Denmark’s success in 1992 or Iceland’s run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, the similarities between successful smaller countries and their approaches seem striking.Iceland, who ended England’s tournament hopes this week, are a perfect example of how a team which lacks star players or the technical ability to hog possession can still thrive on the big stage. (Wake up France! Iceland next, says Patrice Evra)Jointly coached by experienced Swede Lars Lagerback and Icelander Heimir Hallgrimsson, they do not try to dominate the ball against opponents stocked with technically superior players.In fact, they have the lowest possession statistics of any side at Euro 2016 (35 percent), the second-lowest pass completion percentage (72%) and have attempted the fewest number of passes (907). (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)These are often seen as the metrics that define the best teams. Prior to the quarter-finals, world champions Germany, for example, topped Euro 2016’s possession table (64 percent) and had attempted the most passes (2568).So what are Iceland, and a host of successful minnows who have gone before, doing instead? Part of the answer is they are rigidly disciplined in their defensive duties and meticulous in their preparation.Iceland defender Haukur Hauksson said that coach Lagerback becomes almost monomaniacal in the build-up to a game, drumming tactical instructions into his players.advertisement”It’s almost like he’s brainwashing us with his tactics,” Hauksson said prior to the England clash.TACTICAL DISCIPLINEGerman Otto Rehhagel, who led Greece to their triumph against the odds, had a similar dedication to tactical discipline.Greece went into the tournament as rank outsiders with a completely unsung squad, but they played to their strengths — a solid defensive unit, guarded by the prowling presence of combative midfielder Theodoros Zagorakis, and a willingness to work hard all over the pitch.Rehhagel set out to frustrate opponents until they made a mistake and Greece won all of their knockout matches 1-0, including an upset of hosts Portugal in the final.They, like Iceland now, were committed to playing on the counter attack and making the most of limited opportunities.Greece had 21 shots on target, around half the amount of all the other three sides to reach the 2004 semi-finals.Similarly Iceland have had the fewest attempts on goal of any of the teams left in Euro 2016 with 29. They have still, however, scored six times. Belgium, by contrast, have had 84 attempts to score eight.Tactical and defensive discipline, however, seems to be only part of the story behind a successful minnow.They also seem to share an almost fanatical team spirit and a Stakhanovite work ethic.Perhaps counter intuitively, Albania boss Gianni de Biasi, whose side were knocked out in the group stage, suggested having a smaller pool of players might be an advantage.”Its more difficult when you dont have so much time together to try to develop as a team and individuals, but perhaps, for the smaller countries, it is easier to create that spirit,” he said.His point is seemingly that a lack of playing resources can make the squad and even the team almost self-selecting, creating a tighter, more cohesive group.TEAM SPIRITThere are parallels with how Leicester City shocked everyone to win the English Premier League, shunning possession in favour of direct, counter attacking football and starting fewer players than any of their title rivals.Iceland have used the same starting 11 in all four of their matches. Compare that to their last-16 victims England, who started a different team in three of their four games.While it remains an almost unquantifiable quality, an elevated team spirit was certainly present in Denmark’s victory at Euro 92.The Danes had failed to qualify for the competition but were invited to replace Yugoslavia at the last minute due to the conflict that was tearing that country apart.Their only real star player Michael Laudrup had decided against taking part, but they stunned everybody by reaching the final where they beat then world champions Germany 2-0.They had a solid core of players, who had been or were at Brondby, the first Danish club to turn fully professional and described by former keeper Peter Schmeichel as pioneers in the Danish game.Like Greece 12 years later, Denmark were able to play with the freedom that came from being nobody’s favourites. This pressure-free environment is also helping Iceland.advertisement”We want to win but we don’t absolutely need to. That is a big benefit for us,” Iceland co-coach Hallgrimsson said after downing England.The pressure will certainly be off when Iceland, a country of 330,000 people, face France in the quarter-finals on Sunday.Should they pull off another upset, it would seemingly be due to a blueprint that has served them and so many other smaller countries well.last_img read more

Azharuddin on India’s World Cup chances: Would be very disappointed if India don’t win

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has said India has all the ammunition needed to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup and insisted he would be “very disappointed” if the Asian giants fail in their mission in quadrennial event in England and Wales.Azharuddin, who had led India in three World Cups without much success, also opined India can play young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant at No.4 in the World Cup.Azharuddin’s comments come even as India are considered one of the hot favourites to win the upcoming World Cup. Under Virat Kohli, India have been phenomenal in the 50-over format of the game. With overseas series wins in South Africa, Australia and recently New Zealand, Kohli’s men would be heading into the year’s biggest cricketing event with a lot of hopes.Since the 2017 Champions Trophy, in which India lost to Pakistan in the final, the second-ranked ODI team’s only blip came in England where they were beaten 2-1 in a three-match series.”I think I would be very disappointed if India doesn’t win the World Cup in 2019. India has all the talent and ammunition to win the Cup in England,” Azharuddin was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.He added: “I think India should include Rishabh Pant in the playing XI and he should bat at the number 4 spot. But all said and done, Rishabh Pant still needs to improve his wicket-keeping skills in the longer format of the game, where focus and concentration come in to play.”India nearly have a settled squad with just one or two sports in the 15-member squad up for grabs. Rishabh Pant, who has been in phenomenal form in the longest format of the game, has to wait as veteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni is still India’s first-choice wicketkeeper.advertisementHowever, Pant, with his proven exploits in limited-overs cricket, is knocking the selectors’ door for a place in the 15-man squad. The Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman, who was rested for the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand, failed to deliver in the first T20I of an ongoing three-match series in New Zealand but bounced back to hit a match-winning 40 not out in India’s 7-wicket win in Auckland on Friday.Virat Kohli has mellowed down: AzharuddinMeanwhile, Azharuddin also opined on Virat Kohli’s style of captaincy, saying the India skipper has mellowed down. However, the Hyderabad star, who was one of the most celebrated skippers of India, maintained that Kohli’s aggressive style might not look good but works for him.”I think we all are different from one another. Also, from the time he first played for India up until now, Virat Kohli has mellowed down and maturity and experience have come in. Virat Kohli likes to play cricket in his way. It might not look good for some, but it works for him,” Azharuddin added.Also Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso Read | We learnt from our mistakes: Rohit Sharma after historic T20I win over New ZealandAlso Read | To be honest, Test cricket is dying: ICC chairman Shashank ManoharAlso See:last_img read more

Locals Will Not Be Displaced By Foreigners In Global Logistics Hub Initiative – Minister Hylton

first_img Jamaican workers will be employed in significant numbers in the Global Logistics Hub Initiative Story Highlights There are already protocols in place to ensure that a fair ratio of local to foreign workers Government is seeking to ensure that it maximises employment opportunities for Jamaicans Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has assured that Jamaican workers will be employed in significant numbers in the Global Logistics Hub Initiative.Addressing journalists at a press briefing held on August 30, at the Ministry’s St. Lucia Avenue offices, Mr. Hylton said there should be no fear that local workers will be displaced by foreigners.He noted that while the Chinese-owned, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is one of the leading foreign investors involved in the project, along with other international partners, Government is seeking to ensure that it maximises employment opportunities for Jamaicans.“We must get our people ready for the jobs and they must have world-class training and world-class standards. The Logistics Hub is a global asset, so there can’t be two standards, a Jamaican standard and a global standard – there can only be one standard,” he stated.Mr. Hylton further indicated that there are already protocols in place to ensure that a fair ratio of local to foreign workers are employed on all existing Chinese investment projects in the island.The Industry Minister also pointed out that the hub will be integrating Jamaica into the global economy given its world-wide connectivity and the integrated activities with the global value and supply chains.He noted that this will “link us into the global trading production systems, so it’s very important that we place due emphasis on training our people to world-class standards, which can be the only standard.”last_img read more

Pacific Jewel Faces Sulfur Fuel Fine

first_imgzoom The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, reportedly breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour.A fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers while the ship was berthed at the White Bay Cruise Terminal on the 26 February 2016 had a sulfur level of 0.293%, nearly three times the 0.1% sulfur limit, EPA said.Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises, has disagreed with the NSW EPA’s penalty notice.In appealing against the finding, the cruise company has called on the EPA to review the penalty notice on the basis that it failed to take into account available technical information that would have confirmed the ship had completed the changeover to low sulfur fuel within the prescribed time period.Carnival Australia said the company adhered to regulatory requirements wherever it operated and maintained that Pacific Jewel was using low sulfur fuel as required while berthed at White Bay Cruise Terminal.“Pacific Jewel’s transfer to low sulfur fuel was conducted in compliance with the new regulatory regime for Sydney Harbour and the fuel transfer was fully documented on board the ship,” the company said.“The single fuel sample submitted to the EPA for testing did not properly reflect Pacific Jewel’s successful transition to low sulfur fuel on the day in question and this has resulted in a wrong outcome.”Carnival Australia also claims that the EPA had also not taken into account a number of other significant technical indicators that “would have confirmed the ship was using low sulfur fuel.”According to EPA Acting Director Metropolitan Greg Sheehy, the ship’s crew had started changing over from using high sulfur fuel shortly after the ship had berthed at White Bay, but the sample showed that “the fuel being used in the ship’s engine during the EPA’s inspection did not meet the low sulfur fuel requirements.”Sheehy said that Carnival PLC had advised the EPA that its P&O Cruises Australia ships will start their changeover from high sulfur fuel earlier to address the problem.“The EPA has taken a further three samples from the Pacific Jewel since the 26 February and all have complied,” he noted.The company said there needed to be confidence in the process and it was particularly concerned about the time taken for the EPA to analyse fuel samples, which in Pacific Jewel’s case had amounted to some 20 days.“In the light of this delay and in line with its commitment to regulatory compliance, Carnival Australia was now having ship fuel samples tested independently to ensure timely confirmation of the company’s adherence to the low sulfur fuel requirement,” it added.The fine is the first to be issued under the new regulations which came into force from 1 October 2015. The regulations require cruise ships berthed in Sydney Harbour to use low sulfur fuel within one hour of berthing until one hour before departure.Since the 1 October 2015 the EPA has inspected over 140 cruise ships, taken 78 fuel samples from engine fuel lines, inspected log books and changeover records, and also observed stack emissions.“Figures before the regulation came into force showed that cruise ships produce around 40% of total fine particle emissions from shipping in Sydney Harbour. Therefore it’s vital that cruise ship operators adhere to the new regulation to protect Sydney’s air quality and the health of the community,” Sheehy said.The EPA added that it has issued three official cautions to cruise ship operators, including one to Carnival PLC for a non-compliance by one of its other P&O Cruises ships.“We are also investigating the results of samples from some other ships which may require regulatory action,”  Sheehy pointed out.last_img read more

Metrostar Orders Two More Aframaxes from Daehan

first_imgzoom Greek shipping company Metrostar Management Corporation has ordered two more Aframaxes from South Korea’s Daehan Shipbuilding, VesselsValue data shows.Under the agreement signed on June 15, the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the two 114,000 dwt vessels to Metrostar Management in 2019.Athough the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, VesselsValue informed that the ships have a market value of USD 41.4 million a piece.The order comes only a month after the Greek owner sealed a deal with Daehan for its first 114,000 dwt Aframax tanker duo.Metrostar Management, which is paying USD 86 million for the two tankers, expects to take delivery of the vessels in 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

International Tourism Leaders Celebrate Atlantic Canada

first_imgOver 1,800 tourism professionals from more than 30 countries gathered on May 15, at the Cunard Centre in Halifax, to discover what makes Atlantic Canada a compelling destination for travellers worldwide. Atlantic Canada Night, organized as part of Rendez-vous Canada 2018, Canada’s signature international tourism marketplace, was a unique opportunity to inspire international travel agents and tour operators to consider Atlantic Canada for their clients’ vacations. “We are pleased to welcome thousands of travel professionals to Nova Scotia for Rendez-vous Canada and to give them a truly Atlantic Canadian experience,” said Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan. “Events like this one showcase all that Atlantic Canada has to offer, helping us attract more visitors from around the world to our region.” A detailed news release can be found at http://www.tourismns.ca/international-tourism-leaders-celebrate-atlantic-Canada . -30-last_img read more

European court hands down opinion on unpaid and untaken leave for workers

first_imgThe advocate general at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a UK worker is entitled to holiday pay and that untaken leave may be carried over until it can be used.In the case of C King v The Sash Window Workshop, King, a self-employed salesperson who was paid on a commission-only basis, brought an employment tribunal claim against window and door installation organisation The Sash Window Workshop, seeking compensation for leave that was accrued but not taken, as well as for unpaid holiday days that he had taken over his 13-year tenure. There was no right to paid leave in King’s contract with the organisation.King was dismissed from his role at The Sash Window Workshop in October 2012, effective from his 65th birthday. In December 2012, King brought the case to the Employment Tribunal (ET), which was heard in August 2013.The ET ruled in favour of the holiday pay claim as well as an age discrimination claim brought by King with regards to his dismissal. The ET found that King was a worker for the purposes of the UK Working Time Regulations.The Sash Window Workshop appealed the ET’s decision in favour of the holiday pay claim, taking the case to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The EAT case, which took place in November 2014, allowed the appeal and remitted this element of King’s claim to be reheard by the ET. Consequently, King appealed to the Court of Appeal In December 2014, with the hearing taking place in February 2016.The Court of Appeal then referred the case to the ECJ to clarify components of European law relating to the Working Time Regulations 1998. This included seeking clarification on whether the worker in question would have to take unpaid leave and only after doing so would be able to test whether he was entitled to holiday pay, whether untaken paid leave can be carried over, and if paid leave can be carried over indefinitely.Advocate general Evgeni Tanchev issued the opinion that it is incompatible with EU law to require a worker to take leave first before being able to establish whether the worker is entitled to be paid.Furthermore, advocate general Tanchev considered that should the worker not be provided an opportunity to exercise the right of taking annual leave, the worker should then be given payment in lieu of untaken leave. He also stated that if the worker does not take all of the entitled annual leave because the employer does not pay the worker for leave taken, the paid leave will carry over until it can be taken.If the employment relationship is terminated, advocate general Tanchev also clarified that the worker is therefore entitled to an allowance in lieu of paid annual leave that has not been taken up until the date on which an adequate facility that for the exercise of the right to pain annual leave has been established.The advocate general’s opinion is not binding on the Court of Justice.Tanchev said: “I appreciate that the answers to the questions referred I am here proposing would require employers rather than workers to take all the necessary steps to ascertain whether they are bound to create an adequate facility for the exercise of the right to paid annual leave, whether those steps be the taking of legal advice, consultation with relevant unions or seeking counsel from Member State bodies that are responsible for the enforcement of labour law.“If an employer does not take such action, it will risk having to make a payment in lieu of unpaid leave on termination of the employment relationship. However, this would be in keeping with guaranteeing the effet utile of the right to paid annual leave, a fundamental right of substantive normative weight in Member State law, EU law, and international law, and would also be consistent with the practical reality, recognised in the Court’s case-law, of the worker’s position as the weaker party in the relationship.”John Turnbull, partner at Trowers and Hamlins, said: “The advocate general’s opinion is of particular significance to the gig economy where, on a number of different occasions, the label of self-employed contractor has been found to conceal an individual’s true status as a worker. Employers who find that those they have always regarded as self-employed contractors, actually have worker status [and] will now potentially be faced with a significant financial liability for unpaid holiday pay.“It will be of some comfort to remember that, under the Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 there is now a two year backstop on claims for holiday pay so employers’ liability for unpaid holiday pay will be limited. In the meantime it is not a foregone conclusion that the ECJ will agree with the advocate general’s opinion. The issue will not be finally resolved until the ECJ has handed down its decision.”last_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested For Punching Out Windows At Wildmans

first_imgDaniel Antila, age 53 of Soldotna, reportedly punched out the windows at Wildmans, in Cooper Landing. According to Troopers a janitor called to say that Antila was threatening him and damaging the building. Troopers located Antila at Mile 49 of the Sterling Highway.  Investigation revealed Antila punched out the windows, and assaulted the janitor. The value of the window and damaged items was approximately $1,400 dollars, according to an online Trooper dispatch. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Soldotna man was arrested on Wednesday for punching out the windows to a local business in Cooper Landing. Antila was arrested and remanded to Seward Jail. According to Troopers no one else was injured in the incident.last_img

St Lawrence Island assistance centers offer state aid for storm repairs

first_imgDHSEM employees assist residents with applications to receive State assistance for damages to their homes caused by the 2016 New Year’s Eve Bering Sea storm. (Photo: Davis Hovey, KNOM)The Department of Homeland Security and emergency management, or DHSEM, set up assistance centers on St. Lawrence Island after Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration almost two weeks ago.Listen nowDownstairs in the City office building where community bingo is normally played, people were waiting to fill out forms for the damage their houses sustained during the destructive Bering Sea winter storm that hit in the final days of 2016. One local elder, who had already completed her application, showed pointed out the home she’s lived in for over fifty years.Barbara Kogassagoon’s house is a short ATV ride away from the airstrip and an even shorter ride from Savoonga’s City office building. Her house only stands out from the others because of its unconventional front door.“My outside door, it came off. The nails came off, and my son was planning to put it back, but the yard cleaners threw it away, so I’m using a little tarp out there,” Kogassagoon said. “It’s getting worn out, so my living room gets so cold when it gets windy.”Kogassagoon’s home was one of more than thirty buildings in Savoonga that were damaged by the New Year’s Eve storm. Seven of her windows were broken, the outside stairs shifted, and the wind almost caused the house to tip over.Kogassagoon said it’s difficult for her to maintain the four-bedroom space that she shares with her nine grandchildren.“I’m getting old, so it’s kind of hard for me. I wish I was young, I would get a business and pay for things.” Kogassagoon choked up as she said, “My husband and I used to pay everything; ever since he died, it’s kind of hard for me.”Kogassagoon’s home was one of over thirty buildings that were damaged by the latest Bering Sea storm. Her front door was ripped off, and now, a tarp replaces it. (Photo: Davis Hovey, KNOM)The 90-year-old grandmother built this house with her husband, and she is hopeful that the State can provide the assistance she needs to keep her home in good condition and repair the damages.John Ramsey with DHSEM is part of the eight-man team running assistance centers in Savoonga and Gambell. He says their goal is to determine what the State can provide for identified residents who were affected by the late 2016 storm.“We’ll get their home address, all the pertinent information, what kind of damages did they have to their home, any losses we put down on that application. At the time we take that application, we have verifiers that come and do the inspections,” Ramsey explained, “and they will inspect the home and get an idea of what the cost will be. That’s part of making a decision on all of the damages that happened because of the storm and… (on what properties are) eligible for assistance.”Savoonga’s mayor, Myron Kingeekuk, is busy helping his fellow community members fill out paperwork and schedule appointments for the verifiers to visit their homes. He approximated 20 people have already come in as of Friday, but he said they’re behind schedule.Regardless of how many people have applied, Ramsey said the DHSEM team is scheduled to stay in Savoonga through the beginning of this week.“We’re still going to be here until Tuesday, and also, we are putting information out that people can call in by phone. We encourage them to call our office and take that application, and we’ll have our verifiers do that. So, if they can’t make it in, they can call in,” Ramsey reiterated.If the State is unable to meet Savoonga’s needs, then Ramsey says workers from Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, could also provide assistance. Ramsey expects the State, and any other involved agency, will arrive in Savoonga to start home repairs in about a month.last_img read more

Gold monetization scheme Deposits above 500grams without naming sources to be taxed

first_imgBe clear about the income sources before depositing gold over 500grams under the gold monetization scheme (GMS), as the government will levy income tax on such deposits on failing to name the sources.The idea behind the move is to make sure that the scheme does not get exploited to convert black money to white.”This is not a black money immunity scheme and normal taxation laws will be applicable,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.Aiming to reduce the gold imports by the country, the government last week approved Gold Bond Scheme (GBS) and the GMS, and said that there would be “no relaxation in know-your-customer (KYC) guidelines or the reporting requirements of banks.””Depositors may be informed by the banks that as per CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) instructions…in the course of IT search u/s 132, gold jewellery to the extent of 500 grams per married lady, 250 grams per unmarried lady and 100 grams per male member of the family need not be seized by tax authorities, but the tax penalties, as applicable, will be levied,” Livemint reported, citing a government internal note dated 15 September.Imposing tax on gold deposits exceeding 500 grams is also aimed at making clear the tax implications from taking part in the scheme. The estimates shows gold held by households in the country currently stands at over 20,000 tonnes.”This is a very good move. It will be wrong to give any kind of special dispensation to any asset class. This provides clarity to small retail depositors that they will not be subject to income-tax scrutiny and at the same time, ensures that the scheme is not misused. Why should retail depositors be subject to scrutiny under this scheme when they are not asked any questions when they use their gold holdings as a collateral to get a loan,” said Somasundaram PR, managing director, India, World Gold Council.According to the guidelines, banks are not permitted to use gold deposits to meet their statutory liquidity ratio and cash reserve ratio requirements. In the earlier draft, banks were allowed to do so.India imports about 800 to 1,000 tonnes of gold annually and is the world’s second largest consumer of the yellow metal. The two schemes are expected to help in curtailing country’s metal imports.last_img read more

59 held in Magura

first_imgPolice in a special drive arrested 59 people accused in a number of cases from different areas of four upazilas of Magura district in the last 48 hours.Additional superintendent of Magura police, Tariqul Islam, said that the law enforcers conducted a 48-hour long special drive in the upazilas and arrested them.The arrestees were absconding accused in different cases, the SP added.last_img

Simulations unravel mysteries of 2009 Jupiter impact

first_img Comparison of the atmospheric density distribution during the aftermath of two impact events, one at the SL9 impact angle (left) and one at the 2009impact angle (right). The undisturbed Jovian atmospheric density profile is plotted in the background. Image Credit: Pond, et al. © 2012 PhysOrg.com New evidence that asteroid, not comet, struck Jupiter in 2009 Of the eight objects modeled in the team’s simulations, most of the 0.5km objects cannot account for the disturbances seen in Jupiter’s atmosphere from the 2009 impact. The smaller objects appear to not penetrate far enough to explain ammonia observations in Jupiter’s stratosphere. Given the results of the 0.5km objects, the team was able to set a lower limit on the size and density estimates for the July 2009 impactor. Although most of the 0.5km objects were ruled out, the 0.5km basalt impactor, and all of the 1km impactor plumes penetrated far enough into Jupiter’s atmosphere to reach the ammonia ice cloud level in the troposphere. (PhysOrg.com) — During July of 1994, both amateur and professional astronomers were captivated as comet Shoemaker/Levy 9 broke apart and slammed into the atmosphere of Jupiter. While these types of impacts are generally rare, a second impact event occurred fifteen years later in July of 2009. The object responsible for the 2009 impact was not directly observed, so astronomers could only make inferences about the object based on the disturbances in the Jovian atmosphere, as shown in the image above. New research by Jarrad Pond (University of Central Florida), and a team from the University of Central Florida and University of California, Santa Cruz aims to help determine the object responsible for the 2009 impact on Jupiter. Without a direct observation of the event, the team used numerical simulations in order to better understand the object responsible for the large disturbance of the Jovian atmosphere. Using three dimensional hydrodynamics code, the team modeled the impacts of eight simulated impactors. The team used impactors of .5 and 1km, with different densities and compositions (basalt or ice). By using the same impact angle (69 degrees) and impact velocity 61.4 km/sec), the team was able to narrow down the potential size and composition of the object responsible for the July 2009 impact. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The team mentions that more simulations are necessary in order to better constrain the impact characteristics with additional parameters. Additionally, the team asserts that ammonia transport from the upper troposphere to the stratosphere by means of the impact plumes must be investigated. With additional research, the team hopes to further refine the possible causes of the atmospheric disturbances related to the July 2009 Jupiter impact event. The team’s work can be found in the February 1st. issue of The Astrophysical Journal (745:113), or via ArXiv.center_img By comparing their simulations of the 2009 impact event with simulations of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 events, differences in plume development were revealed. The angle of the 2009 impact appears to have led to a shallower impact depth, as well as a smaller and slower plume. The team’s simulations revealed that the 0.5km impactor events produced smaller and slower plumes, while the 1km impactor events produced larger and faster plumes. The penetration depths of the impactors appear to be related to the nature of the impactor. Given a fixed impact angle, the larger and denser the impactor, the deeper the object would penetrate into the Jovian atmosphere. When the team compared the aftermath of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact and the 2009 impact, they noticed several differences. The disturbances in Jupiter’s atmosphere from the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact were significantly larger and faster than that of the impact disturbances from the 2009 incident angle. Table of objects used in the team’s simulations. Image Credit: Pond, et al. More information: iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/745/2/113arxiv.org/pdf/1203.5356v1.pdf HST image taken on July 23rd 2009 showing the impact “scar” on Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Wong, H. Hammel, I. de Pater, and the Jupiter Impact Team Citation: Simulations unravel mysteries of 2009 Jupiter impact (2012, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-simulations-unravel-mysteries-jupiter-impact.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

49yearold man donates his organs

first_imgKolkata: The city on Tuesday witnessed another incident of organ donation at a private hospital.Ranjan Roy (49), a resident of Baruipur in South 24-Parganas was pronounced brain-dead on Tuesday morning by a team of doctors at a private hospital in Ekbalpore. The victim’s wife agreed to donate his organs after counselling.According to the hospital sources, two kidneys and the skin of the patient would be taken to SSKM Hospital after they taken, while his liver would be taken to a private hospital off EM Bypass. His eyes will be donated to a private eye hospital group. The process has started on Tuesday evening. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was learnt that SSKM Hospital and the private hospital have already arranged the persons who need the organs. A new lease of life would be given to a number of people. The victim was admitted to the private hospital following an accident. He had undergone a neurosurgery after he was brought to the hospital. He was declared brain dead after four days of the incident happened.The victim’s wife had shown great courage as she decided to let her husband’s legacy live on through the process of organ donation.The woman was present at the hospital premises along with her 9-year-old daughter when the process had been started this evening.”The donor’s wife played a crucial role for making this happen. We thank her whole-heartedly for this extremely compassionate act. We are proud to be part of this selfless donation and we will continue to build on this momentum,” a senior official of the private hospital said.last_img read more

Going to the Bank Again Say Goodbye to That

first_img Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now I started my company while I was a college student, swimming in technology; I could literally run my business from my phone in the hall between classes and have everything available at the touch of a button. Well, nearly everything. The big exception was . . . banking.Related: Five Fintech Startups To WatchAs I quickly learned, when you’re used to handling everything digitally, a trip to the bank can really slow you down.Fortunately, things are changing. I believe that the bank of the future will look very different from banks today, and my fellow millennials are helping to speed this change along. What’s driving this change? Expectations and frustration.Three generations compose the U.S. workforce today: baby boomers, Gen X and millennials — and as of 2015, millennials have become the largest group. Why is this important? Because millennials represent a lot of purchasing power, so our preferences matter.We don’t want to adapt our habits to fit the rigid way that banks operate today; that’s not our style. Instead, we expect banks to support our lifestyle. If everything else is on my phone, why can’t my bank be? Why can’t getting a loan, mortgage or credit card be as easy as plugging a new service into a Google Apps account?According to the Millennial Disruption Index — a three-year study that surveyed 10,000 millennials — my generation is generally frustrated with traditional banks, and one-third of us think that within five years we won’t even need a bank. The study also found that almost half of us believe tech startups are going to change the way banking works.I’m inclined to agree. Tech disruption in the banking sector is not some fuzzy future possibility — it’s already happening.Financial technology (FinTech) companies like Mint are forging ahead down this path. Sign up with Mint on your phone and within minutes you’ll have help managing your bills and analyzing your spending patterns, and figuring out what credit card to get. For tech-savvy millennials, user-friendly yet powerful services like this are clearly attractive.Other FinTech firms focus on areas like payments and money transfers. For example, nTrust allows users to securely manage and instantly move their money in the cloud, whether those dollars are going to a friend paying the bill at a restaurant or a family member travelling abroad. If you give millennials the choice to instantly transfer money for free by phone, versus paying a bank for a transfer that will take hours, it’s obvious which option we’re going to choose.As millennials embrace these powerful new FinTech services, traditional banks are realizing that they need to get in the game or risk being left behind. No surprise then that we have seen several recent examples of financial institutions partnering with fintech companies.Related: Fintech At The Forefront: PayFort Announces New MENA AcceleratorFor example, Santander UK partnered with two tech firms to create the KiTTi app, which makes it easy to pool money with your friends for things like vacations and team fees. In October 2015, three major banks invested in Kabbage, an Atlanta-based FinTech firm that helps small businesses open a line of credit. Nor are these partnerships confined to the United States or Europe: In January 2016, Alterna Bank partnered with a startup in Vancouver, BC, called Lendful, to provide simple online access to consumer loans of up to $35,000.These partnerships aren’t just financial institutions and FinTech companies working together to provide new services. I believe that we’re seeing the “bank of the future” being born.I also believe that millennials and companies like mine will come out on top, with financial services that are more aligned with our expectations — in other words, fast, digital and versatile. Meanwhile, the FinTech companies that best provide these services will thrive if they can continue to innovate and set the bar for tomorrow’s banks.Related: Fintech, The Wake Up Call For BanksI suspect that the big banks will also pull through, thanks largely to their deep pockets. But they will need to evolve much faster by partnering with FinTech firms or building their own teams to drive innovation, or perhaps doing both. 4 min read April 14, 2016last_img read more

Mortgage Interest Rates Remain Flat Zillow

first_img Weak economic news out of Europe and comments from the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ chairman last week conspired to keep interest rates for mortgage loans near all-time lows ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and flat ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô for another week.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Real estate Web site “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ found the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hovering at 3.81 percent, down from 3.88 percent last week.The 15-year loan averaged 3.04 percent, even while the 5-year and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages hit 2.57 percent.””Erin Lantz””:http://www.zillow.com/profile/Erin-Lantz/, director of the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, chalked up the flat rates to remarks by Fed chief Ben Bernanke about persistent unemployment and a dearth of demand for 5-year Treasury notes at auction.””Looking ahead, unless the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report significantly exceeds expectations, we expect rates to remain relatively unchanged this coming week as weak economic news out of Europe continues to overshadow moderate improvements in the U.S. economy,”” she said.The Web site found mortgage rates zigzagging in states across with the union, with those in California and New York each falling furthest at a clip of 11 basis points. Share April 4, 2012 459 Views Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Ben S. Bernanke Debt Crisis European Union Federal Reserve Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Zillow 2012-04-04 Ryan Schuettecenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Mortgage Interest Rates Remain Flat: Zillowlast_img read more

Insight Vacations notches up 40 years this month

first_imgInsight Vacations notches up 40 years this month, and has announced a national sales competition for travel agents to celebrate the milestone. Every guest booked and deposited between now and 30 April 2018 earns agents one entry into the incentive prize draw. Travel Agents must have a minimum of four passengers to be in the draw – with the major prize being a bucket list trip for two with Insight Vacations on the 7-day Christmas Markets of Vienna, Budapest and Prague trip, departing this December.The top seller in each state (NSW/ACT, VIC/TAS, SA, WA/NT and QLD) will also be in the running for a minor prize of a $500 e-gift voucher.“In April, we celebrate 40 fantastic years in business and we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our incredible travel agent partners,” said Angela Middleton, Head of Sales for Insight Vacations. “Visiting the magical Christmas Markets in Europe is high on the list for many of our guests and we look forward to sending the winning agent there to join them.”IMAGE:Christmas Markets Innsbruck, Austria agentsIncentiveInsight Vacationslast_img read more

AP PhotoRick Scuteri

first_img(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 5 Comments   Share   Top Stories It’s only February.But while the conclusion of the 2018-19 season is still freshly in our minds, it’s time to look ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft.Although the Arizona Cardinals possess the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, it’s not known what the team will do with the draft spot.Taking this into account, ESPN’s Nick Wagoner spoke with 11 NFL scouts during the Senior Bowl — which gives teams a good look at some of the college players entering the draft — who gave their vote as to what the Cardinals are planning to do come draft time. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Although it seems like a “preferred move” for Arizona, only three votes were in favor of trading the pick.But what about the third option?If the Cardinals decide to take a different route, some NFL scouts believe the team will turn to Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.“Bosa will have some risky stuff with the way the season ended. Plus, Williams could give them something on the interior they don’t have.”With two votes, however, Williams is the least likely option for the Cardinals.As a redshirt sophomore, Williams made 71 tackles, 19.5 for loss and 8.0 sacks. Pairing the defensive tackle with Jones could prove to be a dynamic duo in the desert.Though he’s not as polished as Bosa — Williams won’t turn 22 until December and is entering the draft as a redshirt sophomore — his upside could make him appealing to a team like Arizona that already boasts a top edge rusher.Jones, who made 49 tackles and 13.0 sacks in 2018, could get some relief from opposing offenses with a player like Williams in the trenches. While it only received three votes, the consensus among scouts was, given the chance, the Cardinals would make the move to trade down for added picks.“Given the chance” are the keywords here.“I’m sure they’d love to move down, and if that’s what they really want, they can probably find a taker. The thing for them will be finding a good enough deal to make passing on those top guys worth it.”“They will get offers. I just wonder if the offers will be for a team looking for a quarterback or someone like Bosa. If it’s for a QB, it would be better for them.”With an injury-riddled offensive line, the Cardinals could make the trade to bring in a few linemen to help shore up the protection for quarterback Josh Rosen.Picking later in the draft was a strong suit for Arizona last year.Mason Cole, the lone starter on the line to play in all 16 games and every offensive snap last year as a rookie, was selected in the third round.Christian Kirk, who flashed his potential before going down with an injury, was a second rounder, while Chase Edmonds, David Johnson’s backup, was picked up in the fourth. Offensive lineman Korey Cunningham, selected in the seventh round, started six games as well. Of the 11 votes taken, three options presented themselves for the team.Garnering six votes, the most likely possibility, according to the scouts, is Arizona going for the best available player in Ohio State’s Nick Bosa.What scouts are saying:“I just don’t think they’ll be able to trade for a package that would be worth missing out on Bosa unless someone just falls for one of those QBs.”“It’s so early, they probably don’t even know yet, but Bosa is the logical choice here in January.”“Someone could fall in love with a QB … or heck, maybe the coach [Kliff Kingsbury] isn’t married to the [current] QB [Josh Rosen]. But I’d think that was a big factor in landing that job.”Although the 21-year-old played in just three games, compiling 14 tackles, 4.0 sacks and a forced fumble before electing to have abdominal surgery in 2018, Bosa still put together a decent resume at Ohio State.Related LinksCardinals DC Vance Joseph plans to play aggressive 3-4 defenseThree ESPN writers tab Cardinals as favorite for No. 1 pick in 2020Arizona Cardinals sign former Falcons CB Robert AlfordArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?PFF ranks Cardinals’ Peterson as 60th-best NFL player in 2018In 29 games played as a Buckeye, the defensive end recorded 77 total tackles, 29 for loss, to go along with 17.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He also scored on a fumble recovery.The most likely choice is Bosa, but what about trading down? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more