Mayweather responds to Pacquiao, mocks Jack Ma

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress It certainly did not go unnoticed with Mayweather offering a quick counter to Pacquiao in a video on TMZ.“I know what he said but when he finally see me, I’ll beat him,” Mayweather, who retired with an undefeated record of 50-0,  said in the video.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIn the video, Pacquiao, the current WBA (Super) welterweight champion, challenged Mayweather to a “real fight” after he entertainingly worked Ma’s mitts.“Floyd, if you want a real fight, fight me. If you want an exhibition then my guy, my friend, Jack Ma will take care of you,” said Pacquiao referring to Mayweather’s last appearance in a boxing ring when he fought an overmatched Japanese kickboxing star in a three-round exhibition that lasted only one round in 2018. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis MOST READ Mayweather, who earned $9 million for the event, also mocked Ma when asked about the a possible exhibition with the Alibaba founder.“Who? I don’t even know who he is,” said a laughing Mayweather, pertaining to Ma.Floyd Mayweather Mocks Manny Pacquiao, Disses Billionaire Jack Ma— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) October 30, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Hard work pays off as Olympic dream continues for PH basketball in 3×3 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! FILE – Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands in the ring before Errol Spence Jr takes on Mikey Garcia in an IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at AT&T Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—It’s been more than four years since Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather squared off in the biggest boxing match in the history of the sport but speculations of a rematch, be it real or a gimmick, continue to surface from time to time.Just recently, Pacquiao called out Mayweather in a video he posted on social media with Chinese billionaire Jack Ma.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brazil beat Germany 2-1 to reach semis

first_imgPaulinho’s stunning second-half strike helped three-time champions Brazil script a memorable come-from-behind 2-1 victory over European heavyweights Germany in the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-finals here on Sunday.The South American U-17 champions have now booked a semi-final date with England.Brazil will take on the English at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday.In front of over 66,000 spectators at the buzzing Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Germany weathered the initial Brazil onslaught to take the lead through Jann-Fiete Arp in the 21st minute via a penalty.FT | #FIFAU17WCQUARTER-FINAL – KOLKATA????Germany 1-2 Brazil????Weverson and Paulinho take Brazil through to semis! #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 22, 2017Brazil, seemingly under the cosh in the first period, stamped their class in the space of six second-half minutes riding on goals from substitute Weverson (71st) and Paulinho (77th) during a quarter-final clash that fully matched its hype.After the winner, Paulinho, accompanied by his teammates in canary yellow, sprinted towards the raucous gallery to celebrate with the fans in scenes that would be remembered for a long time.Germany missed midfielder Yannick Kietel due to a hamstring injury while winger Dennis Jastrzembski sat out due to accumulation of yellow cards. Nicolas Kuehn and Josha Vagnoman replaced the duo.Brazil, on the other hand, started without left-back Weverson with Luan Candido playing in place of him.The opening exchanges saw the youthful exuberance of Brazil pinning down Germany, as the bulk of the stadium rooted for the players from Samba land.advertisementThe dangerous Paulinho got past a maze of defenders and Lincoln broke through to the box before Alan’s first time right-footer cannoned off the post sending the packed house into a symphony of “oohs”.Moments later, Paulinho combined with Lincoln so swiftly that the German backline of Lars Mai, Yann Bisseck, Josha Vagnoman and Dominik Becker were left chasing shadows.Brazil showed all the glimpses of taking an early lead but their rivals, known for their discipline and meticulous planning, profited from a rigid five-man midfield to close the door on the South Americans.The Germans reorganised themselves and carried a series of raids on the opponent’s citadel, The crafty German John Yeboah looked menacing as he moved into the box, and in desperation Lucas Halter brought him down. Referee Jair Marrufo pointed to the dreaded spot and Arp made no mistake, sending the keeper the wrong way. It was Arp’s fifth goal of the tournament.Soon after, Elias Abouchabaka shot across the face of goal and Yeboah’s stinging cross was cleared by a diving Brazilian skipper Vitao from in front of the goal.The Germans dominated the rest of the half with their midfielders holding sway.Brazil took off Candido with Weverson coming in after the break.The second-most successful team in the junior tournament should have pegged back in the next 15 minutes First, Lincoln’s strike from inside the box was parried away for a corner by German keeper Luca Plogmann. From the resultant flag kick, Lincoln headed just wide.Lincoln was in the thick of things moments later, passing for Alan across the face of the goal with the latter agonisingly failing to connect.The wave of attacks paid off in scintillating fashion for the yellow shirts. Substitute Weverson rattled the underside of the bar with a thunderous strike after Alan teed him up inside the area while the crowning moment came from Paulinho whose scorcher from 25 yards sent the crowd into raptures.In the final few minutes, Germany threw everything at Brazil but to no avail.last_img read more


first_imgIt is not legal to pass a stopped school bus in Iowa that has the Stop sign extended to let children on or off.Some drivers continue to ignore that law and that’s led the Le Mars School District to consider installing cameras on their buses to identify violators.Le Mars School superintendent Dr. Steven Webner says cameras are being requested due to the high number of vehicles reported to have passed a school bus while the bus had its lights flashing and stop sign extended:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………arms are out. :22School has been in session for only three weeks, but Webner says there have already been a high number of violators passing stopped school buses:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….exiting the bus. ;20The recently passed “Kaden’s Law” increased the penalties for passing a stopped school bus.Kaden’s Law was created because of a young girl who died after being hit by a motorist when they passed a stopped school bus.Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says the fine is expensive:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….on up to $675. ;06Vande Vegte says he favors having cameras equipped on school buses, and he encourages school officials to adopt the provision.last_img read more

Barca reveal Coutinho’s squad number

first_imgTransfers Coutinho follows in Cruyff’s footsteps as Barca confirm squad number Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 01:35 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona David Ramos Transfers Barcelona Primera División Philippe Coutinho The club-record arrival from Liverpool will take over the number vacated by the departing Javier Mascherano as he prepares to make his debut Barcelona have announced that Philippe Coutinho will wear the No.14 shirt with the club. Coutinho arrived from Liverpool in a £145 million deal earlier this month, and has yet to make his debut with the club while recovering from a thigh injury. The 25-year-old will take over the No.14 from Javier Mascherano, who wore the number for seven and a half seasons before his departure from the club was confirmed on Tuesday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mascherano will join Chinese side Hebei China Fortune on Friday, Barcelona have confirmed. In addition to Mascherano, the No.14 at Barcelona has also been worn by Johan Cruyff, Emmanuel Amunike, Gerard Lopez, Santiago Ezquerro and Thierry Henry.It will be the first time Coutinho has worn No.14 in his career.The Brazil international has joined up with Barcelona for training, and could make his Blaugrana debut on Thursday in the Copa del Rey against local rivals Espanyol.last_img read more

Brazil vs Venezuela: TV, stream & preview

first_imgBrazil will very likely secure their place in the knockout stages of the Copa America if they can overcome Venezuela in Salvador on Tuesday.Tite’s side, who are strong favourites to win the competition, needed a flurry of second-half goals to overcome Bolivia in the tournament’s opening match last weekend, but two from Philippe Coutinho and a late contribution from Everton sealed a comfortable 3-0 win.Venezuela, meanwhile, ground out a scoreless draw against Peru that leaves the door open for Group A’s other three teams to claim a place in the quarter-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Brazil vs Venezuela Date Tuesday, June 18 Time 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on Telemundo, ESPN+ and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo / Globo TV Internacional fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and can be streamed via Premier Player HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Player HD Squads & Team News Position Brazil squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Eder, Fagner Midfielders Casemiro, Arthur, Coutinho, Allan, Fernandinho, Paqueta, Willian Forwards Neres, Jesus, Everton, Firmino, Richarlison Neymar dropped out of the squad pre-tournament after suffering ankle ligament damage early in a friendly win over Qatar.Otherwise, Brazil have few serious concerns; Arthur is carrying a knock approaching this encounter but is expected to win his race against time to feature.Brazil starting XI: Alisson; Daniel Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Filipe Luis; Arthur, Casemiro, Coutinho; Richarlison, Firmino, Neres Position Venezuela squad Goalkeepers Farinez, Graterol, Romo Defenders Villanueva, Osorio, Chancellor, Rosales, Hernandez, Feltscher Midfielders Moreno, Herrera, Machis, Rincon, Savarino, Juanpi, Seijas, Murillo, Soteldo, Figuera Forwards Aristeguieta, Martinez, Rondon  Adalberto Penaranda of Watford dropped out of the squad on the eve of the tournament after suffering a muscular injury in his leg following a 3-1 loss to Mexico in a friendly match.There are worries over LA Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher, who spent the duration of the opening match on the bench.Luis Mago is suspended after he was dismissed against Peru; he is their only natural left-back and could be replaced by Feltscher, who has filled the role for his country previously.Possible Venezuela starting XI: Farinez; Rosales, Chancellor, Villanueva, Feltscher; Moreno; Savarino, Herrera, Rincon, Murillo; RondonBetting & Match Odds Brazil are massive 1/8 favourites to win this match with Bet365. Venezuela can be backed at 22/1, while a draw is available at 13/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Philippe Coutinho Brazil Bolivia Copa America 2019There may be no Neymar in Brazil’s ranks due to injury, but there is still a burden of expectation for the Selecao to perform strongly on home soil during the Copa America.It took them time to get going in their opening game against Bolivia, but once in their stride they looked formidable as they strode to a 3-0 victory thanks to second-half strikes from Philippe Coutinho, who netted twice, and Everton.The dominant display after the break offered catharsis on both a team level for Brazil and a personal one for Coutinho, who felt he had something to prove after a difficult 18 months since moving to Barcelona in January 2018.“I had a tough time on the field because I have not performed as expected, but football is like that and I’m working hard to improve,” he admitted after breaking his nation’s shackles in the opening match.“It’s a very happy day to have scored two goals, to have helped the team and come out with a victory.”Tite, meanwhile, was glad of his team’s reaction after a difficult start to the competition in Sao Paulo.“Having been at big clubs, when you sometimes don’t produce, then don’t expect the fans to understand. They will boo,” he said.“When you pass the ball along the back, from full back to central defender to goalkeeper, the first thing you hear is ‘BOOOOOOO!’“We need to understand. If we get forward and create chances then they will applaud.”Venezuela will have found the reaction of the Brazilian crowd instructive and will surely seek to stifle the tournament hosts just as they successfully nullified the threat of Peru in their opening encounter.Indeed, after a stunning 3-0 win over the USA in a pre-tournament friendly, they are now chasing a third-successive cleansheet, albeit in trickier circumstances.Their confidence is up, though, and even a point would give them a strong chance of making the knockout stages – their goal at the beginning of the tournament.last_img read more

JIS Donates Books to JIRC Reading Camp

first_img The packages were handed over by JIS Chief Executive Officer, Donna-Marie Rowe, at a ceremony at the JIS head office on Friday (June 16). The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has donated a series of its culturally-relevant publications to the Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic (JIRC), which will, this summer, be hosting reading camps island wide. The books are expected to be used in the camps, targeting children age six to 17, who are struggling with mastery of literacy. Story Highlights The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has donated a series of its culturally-relevant publications to the Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic (JIRC), which will, this summer, be hosting reading camps island wide.The books are expected to be used in the camps, targeting children age six to 17, who are struggling with mastery of literacy.The publications donated to the JIRC are: A Different Hurricane And Other Stories; Emancipation Tit Bits; Freedom Story; Jamaican Folk Customs And Beliefs; Proud To Be Jamaican: Activity Book 1; The Right Excellent Nanny Of The Maroons; What Is Our National Heritage?; and Wheel An’ Tun.The packages were handed over by JIS Chief Executive Officer, Donna-Marie Rowe, at a ceremony at the JIS head office on Friday (June 16).“Education is so important to the growth and development of our young people and for our nation. Without young people being literate, their development is stymied,” Mrs. Rowe said.She noted that JIS’ donation to the JIRC fits very well into the Agency’s corporate social responsibility activities and reflects a commitment to contributing to the development of the Jamaican society and promotion of the country’s heritage.“The donations we made, our titles on Jamaica, its heritage and culture will impact the young people, JIRC’s target group, positively. It will help them to feel better about us as Jamaicans, about themselves, about what makes us Jamaican, and just being able to appreciate where we are coming from as a people,” the CEO said.JIRC Executive Director, Santana Morris, expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that the nature of the material is in line with the organization’s thrust to promote reading through the use of texts and stories highlighting Jamaican culture and heritage.“We appreciate this very much and it will help us in getting children to have a better understanding of their culture,” she said.The summer reading camp, to run from July 24 to 28, is expected to cater to some 1,500 children and will be held at 18 locations across the 14 parishes. It aims to help children in need of literacy intervention and will address the five main components of literacy – fluency, comprehension skills, vocabulary development, phonemics and phonological development.Literacy specialists and principals have been engaged to recommend students most in need of the intervention. Registration forms will also be available online for parents to register their children for participation.Some 800 volunteers, including 300 teachers, have been accepted to help in the teaching and running of the camps.last_img read more

Toronto stock index plunges on tumbling energy prices loonie loses ground

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s largest stock index nose-dived Tuesday while U.S. stocks slumped as the price of oil saw its biggest single-day drop since October.The S&P/TSX composite index retreated 113.13 points to 15,913.13, with the energy sector leading the broad-based decline as the December crude contract fell US$1.06 to US$55.70 per barrel.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 30.23 points to 23,409.47. The S&P 500 index edged back 5.97 points to 2,578.87 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 19.73 points to 6,737.87.“We’re seeing continuing weakness in global markets. We’ve seen that all the major markets have kind of retreated from the highs that were set earlier in the month,” said Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments.“The decline in oil prices is really weighing on energy sectors in global markets, which of course is very important for the Canadian market.”Mattina said a dovish report on Tuesday from the International Energy Agency has played a role in softening energy prices. The report said that growth in U.S. oil outputs is supposed to be very strong, with very rapid growth expected between now and 2025.“We’ve seen a very impressive rally in oil prices recently which has been driven by hopes of continued OPEC production cuts as well as the uncertainty around the political drama in Saudi Arabia,” Mattina said.“But today we’re seeing a step back from that as there’s been a forecast of warmer than normal weather as well as very robust production in the U.S. over the coming years.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.54 cents US, down 0.31 of a U.S. cent from last Friday.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract was up US$4.00 to US$1,282.90 an ounce. The December natural gas contract gave back seven cents to US$3.10 per mmBTU and the December copper contract declined five cents to US$3.07 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Backcountry owner estimates his store might not open until next week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. —  The owner of Backcountry in Fort St. John says that the extent of the damage sustained during a break and enter that saw a man drive a pickup truck through the store’s exterior wall means he might not be reopening until next week.At around 4:30 Tuesday morning, a man at the wheel of a stolen pickup truck smashed through Backcountry’s exterior cinderblock wall before driving right into the store. Backcountry co-owner Steve Hewitt said that while nothing was stolen from the business, the suspect caused a “massive” amount of damage to the store and its contents.Hewitt said that the suspect struck one of the building’s main support columns, and the store’s owners are waiting for an engineer to assess whether the building is still structurally sound. He estimated repairs to the exterior wall could be anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000, while at least $75,000 worth of the store’s merchandise, displays, and equipment was also wrecked. Despite the unfortunate incident, Hewitt added that the feedback from the community has been incredibly positive as the store cleans up from the B&E and prepares to reopen.“We’ve just been inundated with calls from friends, customers, fellow business owners, everyone just offering help in one form or another,” said Hewitt. It’s kind-of reestablished our faith in humanity after having that stripped from us.”Hewitt said the store’s owners should have an update on when they’ll reopen after the engineer’s assessment is complete.last_img read more

Madeline Albright Morocco Africa Inspire Hope in a CrisisLaden World

Rabat – America’s first female secretary of state, Madeline Albright, has singled out Africa’s upbeat developments in a world witnessing many crises, both between and within counties.Albright, who led America’s diplomatic corps 1997-2001 during Bill Clinton’s presidency, was one of the leading guest speakers at the 7th Atlantic Dialogues, a geopolitical event in Marrakech December 13-15.Organized by the Center for the New South, formerly known as OCP Policy Center, the three-day event continued its tradition of inviting leading voices on diplomacy and global affairs to speak on some of the trends in international relations. In a speech that echoed this year’s Atlantic Dialogues’ theme, “Atlantic Dynamics: Overcoming the Choke Points,” the American diplomat copiously spoke of the growing friction between countries brought about by a politics of resentment and “rage.”Arguing that isolationism and rivalry are replacing international dialogue, Albright regretted the “dangerous rise of nationalism in the world, notably in Europe.”She particularly lambasted the West for the plight of migrants and refugees and called out Europe and the US for their increasingly security-oriented migration policies. President Trump, she said, is America’s “least democratic president.” “No one seems to understand how the system really works,” she said of the rise of post-truth, fake news, and conspiracy theories used by far-right parties to demonize migrants and push for nationalistic policies.She said nationalism is on the rampage while conspiracy theories threaten the order of the post-World War II world.Read also: UN Report: Morocco is 5th Most Ready for E-Shopping in Africa‘Remarkable’ changes in AfricaWhen asked at the end of the question and answer session to make a few remarks on important topics she felt were sidelined or not brought up at all in her speech and the questions that ensued, Albright was full of praise for Morocco and Africa.Referring to the Benguerir-based King Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which she visited prior to speaking in Marrakech, Albright said she was “blown away” by both the design of the campus and the aspiration of the university. “It was fantastic,” she said, explaining that Morocco and the African continent need such higher learning institutions to accompany and foster the optimistic dynamics that the continent has witnessed of late.“I think that what we should be asking ourselves is what is really happening in Africa, and I think it is remarkable in terms of a rising Africa and a new Africa.”Staying clear of some of the pejorative and stereotyped descriptions of Africa, Albright spoke of a continent full of potential with a bright future. She elaborated, “One of the things I think we need to talk about is the potential of Africa with a very young population that is now being educated and is in fact ready to play their role.”For her, despite some persisting social issues on the continent, African countries should be granted the space to “play their roles both as nation-states and within the context of globalization.”Rather than patronizing the continent, especially for the rising number of young Africans choosing to migrate, the West should take Africa’s concerns seriously and welcome it as “part of the solution to some of the issues.” read more

UN says it will not comment on authenticity of WikiLeaks documents

29 November 2010The United Nations said today it is not in a position to comment on the authenticity of the document disclosed by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on information-gathering activities on UN officials and activities. “The UN is by its very nature a transparent organization that makes a great deal of information about its activities available to the public and Member States. UN officials regularly meet representatives of Member States to brief them on UN activities,” Farhan Haq, spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters in New York.The documents allege that senior United States officials encouraged US diplomats to collect information on UN officials and their activities.Mr. Haq said that the UN “relies on the adherence by Member States” to the various undertakings contained in the UN Charter, the Headquarters Agreement and the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UN. He added that the Secretary-General was informed by the US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, about the documents before they became public. read more

Bitcoins deepening crash now approaches its worst bear markets as it freefalls

Oanda’s Erlam is among strategists who say traders confidence was shattered after Bitcoin crashed through US$6,000 earlier this month. The level had seemed to be a genuine support for the token all year and likely to have encouraged traders to put stop loss orders just below it.Other technical measures suggest more pain to come. The DVAN Buying/Selling Pressure Gauge is the most oversold and showing the strongest negative divergence since the May sell-off. In addition, the current price of Bitcoin is still far below the trend line indicating the selling pressure will widen further, which could indicate further losses to come.“When US$6,000 broke, you had an element of stops being taken out, but there are more factors at play,” Erlam said. “There are investigations, the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash knocked people’s confidence, volatility is back, and institutional money hasn’t really flowed in. The next line in the sand looks like US$3,000.”–With assistance from Kenneth Sexton (Global Data) Bitcoin broke below US$4,000 and extended its 2018 crash to within striking distance of the biggest cryptocurrency’s worst bear markets.The virtual currency conceived just over a decade ago slid as much as 14 per cent to US$3,675 on Monday, bringing its decline from last December’s record high of almost US$20,000 to about 80 per cent. All nine of its largest peers tracked in real time by Bloomberg fell, with drops ranging as high as 21 per cent for Monero.This year’s collapse, which has ensnared rival coins like Ether and XRP, is entering the same league as Bitcoin’s 93 per cent plunge in 2011 from its previous record high, and its 84 per cent rout from 2013 to 2015, during the collapse of Tokyo-based crypto exchange Mt. Gox. In dollar terms, the damage has been even bigger this time around: Virtual currencies tracked by have lost more than US$700 billion of value since the market peaked in January.This has been the worst week for cryptocurrency since the bubble burst, with losses now at $700 billion‘It’s getting nasty’: No end in sight for cryptocurrency sell-off as Bitcoin breaches $4,250‘I didn’t sleep well last night’: Bitcoin’s slide just the beginning as analysts brace for a 70% drop“There’s an element of almost shock: there’s nothing to suggest the sell-off is over,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at securities firm Oanda Corp. in London. “This was a market primarily driven by sentiment since last year, and it’s since been completely destroyed.”While bulls are betting that demand from institutional investors will stabilize prices, most big money managers have stayed on the sidelines amid concerns over exchange security, market manipulation and regulatory risk.The sell-off is “really testing the faith of a few key players,” said Ryan Rabaglia, Hong Kong-based head trader at OSL, a cryptocurrency dealing firm. “For this next push, we are going to need that institutional money to come in finally. To lend that support and help with growth.”This was a market primarily driven by sentiment since last year, and it’s since been completely destroyedCraig Erlam, senior market analyst, Oanda Corp read more

A47 crash Bus driver and passenger dead after double decker and lorry

Sixteen people taken to hospital after double decker bus and lorry collide on A47Credit:Terry Harris/THA Steve Wickers, managing director at First Eastern Counties bus company, confirmed a driver based at their King’s Lynn depot had died and said he was “shocked and saddened” by the incident.He said: “Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and we will be providing as much support to them as we can through this difficult time.”We will now be working with the police while they undertake their investigations.” An aerial shot of the A47 crash An aerial shot of the A47 crashCredit:Terry Harris/THE Sixteen people taken to hospital after double decker bus and lorry collide on A47 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The crash, involving a Bretts Transport lorry, happened near the firm’s distribution centre at Thorney Road in Guyhirn.A spokesman for Bretts said: “We acknowledge there has been an incident on the A47 this morning involving one of our vehicles just outside our premises.”At this stage we are giving the emergency services our full support and co-operation.” The lorry driver had escaped injury and round a three-mile stretch of the A47 was closed following the collision until 5.30pm yesterday. Emergency services deal with the incident on tha A47 Credit:Terry Harris/THA A bus driver and a passenger have died after a double decker smashed into a lorry on a busy Cambridgeshire road. They have been named today as driver Michael Elcombe, 45, of Swaffham, and passenger Brian Chapman, 76, of Kettering, Cambridgeshire Police said. Twelve other people were injured, five seriously, in the crash on the A47 near Guyhirn on Tuesday morning.The bus collided with the lorry as it was pulling out of a yard onto the road, Inspector Jamie Langwith said, and footage from the aftermath at the scene showed the bus, which had been travelling eastbound on the road, lodged into the side of the lorry.The driver was from Norfolk and aged in his 50s, while the fatally injured passenger was from Northampton and aged in his 70s, police said. Injuries sustained by those hurt in the crash at around 7.30am range from broken legs to brain injuries, but none are in a life-threatening condition, Inspector Langwith said.He added said: “What we do know is that they have a coming together where the HGV has pulled out of the yard and the bus has collided into the side of it.” Emergency services deal with the incident on tha A47  According to its website, Bretts Transport specialises in deliveries to the retail, food service and food manufacturing sectors, delivering more than 4,000 tons of canned food and other grocery products along with 5,000 pallets of food grade packaging each week.Those injured were taken to Peterborough City Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. read more

Darko Stanics case Price for RK Vardar was 800000 EUR

Darko Stanichandballhandball transfersRenato VugrinecRK Metalurg vs rk vARDAR ← Previous Story Uroš Zorman to miss clash against THW Kiel! Next Story → RK Zagreb’s coach Dvorsek before Veszprem: “3000 Hungarians will come, but we can do as Skopje” One of the biggest stories of the last handball summer was possible transfer of Serbian goalkeeper Darko Stanic from Skopje’s RK Metalurg. One of the best goalkeeper in Europe in the last few years was a target of many teams after his public dissatisfaction of his status in team of Lino Cervar. Clausule for freedom was about 200-300.000, only for the biggest rival RK Vardar – much more! That said also Slovenian right back Renato Vugrinec, who is playing with Stanic at “Autokomanda”:– Just when I extended deal with Metalurg last March, in that time coach of RK Vardar Veselin Vujovic called me to ask for possible move. I told him that he had to call me before if he was interested. They wanted also Darko Stanic. Metalurg wouldn’t let us to move to Vardar. In case that I wanted to left Macedonia, they would made some transfer fee. Metalurg set price of 800.000 EUR for Darko Stanic transfer to Vardar! On the other hand, second goalkeeper Petar Angelov left to Vardar without problem. Rivality is so huge here – said Vugrinec for SIOL.NET. read more

Samsung earnings fall as mobile growth slows down

first_imgQUARTERLY EARNINGS AT Samsung fell for the first time in two years as sales of smartphones and tablets slowed in developed countries.The South Korean company estimated an operating profit of 8.3 trillion won (€5.7 billion) for the final three months of 2013, a 6 per cent decline over a year earlier.The result was lower than forecast by analysts and an 18 per cent drop from the third quarter. Sales rose 5 per cent to 59 trillion won (€41 billion).Since the last quarter of 2011, Samsung’s operating income has increased every quarter, peaking at 10.2 trillion won (€7 billion) in the July-September period.The fourth quarter performance shows that explosive growth in Samsung’s lucrative mobile device business has come to a halt.It will release its net profit result for the fourth quarter later this month.Analysts said Samsung’s profit fell because its businesses supplying advanced displays and chips for iPhones and Galaxy smartphones posted smaller profit.They said Samsung’s smartphone business making Galaxy smartphones and Galaxy Gear smartwatches was not as lucrative as before because of higher marketing costs.“It’s an earnings shock,” said analyst James Song at KDB Daewoo Securities. “The profit at mobile communications business must have been much lower than expected although it’s likely that Samsung gave bigger bonuses to employees.” Song had estimated 9.3 trillion won of operating profit for Samsung.Samsung Electronics’ smartphone business also faces more competition in China. Starting next week, Apple is scheduled to begin selling iPhones through China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier, a move that could threaten Samsung’s growth in the smartphone market.Samsung held 21 per cent market share in China’s smartphone market during the third quarter, up from 14 per cent a year earlier, while Apple’s share declined to 6 per cent from 8 per cent, according to research firm Canalys.Read: LG and Samsung unveil similar 105-inch TVs on the same day >Read: This Samsung advert is the most hilariously awful thing you’ll see today >last_img read more

How the Wax Museum is using Pokémon tech to bring Brendan Behan

first_img Mar 18th 2017, 9:30 PM Subscribe for more videos How the Wax Museum is using Pokémon tech to bring Brendan Behan to life Augmented Reality features will add an extra layer of experience at the attraction’s new home. Share Tweet Email2 Short URL 7 Comments THE WAXWORKS AT the Wax Museum’s new home will come out and talk to you.Not literally, of course. But Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality specialists have been brought in to help make the attraction more interactive and educational, as preparations continue for next month’s planned opening.The revamped museum has also been ‘gamified’: people can use their phones to follow clues and collect ‘treasure’, as they make their way around the exhibits.Speaking to at a media tour of the under-construction museum on Westmoreland Street this week, Eoghan Kidney of Antics VR said he tended to reference Pokémon Go when describing the new feature, as it was something a broad audience understood.Everyone has a screen in their pocket these days, Kidney said.“So we’re taking that hardware and offering visitors an app that they can install that, as they move through the museum, will give them an extra virtual layer of experience that hopefully will add more value to their visit.There’ll also be opportunities to look at pieces of video through the app. There’ll be loads of extra information. It will offer different languages so people from different countries can have a better experience.While the gaming features on offer in the museum will obviously be on a much smaller scale than Pokémon:They’re both augmented reality. They both use the camera on your phone and overlay digital 3D objects into the world that the camera sees.Kidney showed off two demo versions of the features that will be offered – including a virtual tour of the city, and an interactive Brendan Behan.The museum’s not quite finished – so you still have to use your imagination to a degree. A picture of the famous Dublin writer was standing in for his waxwork this week, Kidney explained, “because his head is still in a box in my office”.But the concept was clear as he demonstrated how it worked: hold your phone in front of the figure, and the writer’s floating head will appear on your phone, telling you more about his life and work.Kidney and his colleagues in Antics VR spent about two months on research and development before the elements that would be included in the new museum began to take shape, he explained.Initially, the attraction’s owner, Paddy Dunning, said he was interested in both VR and AR – but space restrictions at the new O’Connell Bridge-adjacent location meant that any potential VR projects had to be put on hold for the moment.“In future attractions, we’re looking at it.”Formerly located near the Black Church to the north of Parnell Square, the wax museum brand was taken over and relaunched by Dunning as the National Wax Museum Plus, near College Green, back in 2009. It vacated that property before Christmas, after the Irish Stock Exchange bought the building. Work continuing at the new Wax Museum on Wednesday. Source: Rollingnews.ieWhile some of the old 1980s and 1990s-era figures will be on view again on Westmoreland Street, the new attraction couldn’t be further removed from the old northside version of the museum, which was owned by former Fianna Fáil TD and Senator Donie Cassidy.In addition to the obligatory Chamber of Horrors, there’ll be a music room, an area dedicated to Irish myths and legends and displays dedicated to characters from The Simpsons, along with other fairytale and sci-fi inspired features. Downstairs, it’s planned, there’ll be several history areas covering everything from 1916 to the Good Friday Agreement. Star Wars features heavily too – and there’ll be an area dedicated to Father Ted.You’ll also be able to buy reproductions of the wax figures, if you have deep enough pockets. And, thanks to new 3D technology, there’ll even be an opportunity to replicate yourself (click here to take a look at our tour of the museum).Read: The Wax Museum is back (again) – just don’t call it a Wax Museum >Read: Dublin’s Wax Museum to close within two weeks after Stock Exchange court push > Source: By Daragh Brophy 8,561 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 9:30 PMlast_img read more

Bharat movie review and rating Critics verdict on Salman Khans film

first_imgBharat movie review and ratingPR HandoutSalman Khan starrer Bharat has been released on the big festival of Eid. The movie has huge hype around it, and critics have finally come up with their reviews.Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat is based on the Korean film Ode To My Father. Apart from Salman, the film features Katrina Kaif, Disha Patni, Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff among others.Bharat is set on the backdrop of India-Pakistan partition, and showcases the journey of a common man along with the changes happening in the country. It presents Salman in five different avatars, portraying his story from childhood to old age.Disha plays his love interest in his initial life, while Katrina becomes his lady love in the later part. Jackie is seen as his father, and Sunil his childhood friend. Bharat involves moments of light humour, emotion, romance, action and a lot of drama.The movie is blessed with decent music, and apparently has all the elements to impress the audience. However, some of the critics are not impressed by the film. A lot of expectations are associated with the film as it brings back the hit pairing of Salman as actor and Ali as director.Bharat has received mixed response from the critics. So without further delay, let’s check out what critics have been saying about Bharat. Taran Adarsh: “#OneWordReview… #Bharat: SMASH-HIT. An emotional journey that wins you over… Salman is the lifeline. He’s exceptional… Katrina excels… Ali Abbas Zafar blends humour + emotions wonderfully… Slight trimming needed… Get ready for #Salmania.”Rating: 4 StarsThe Times Of India: “While emotional manipulation happens in every film, the fact that it’s evident here makes it a tad overbearing. The reverence is blatant. A little subtlety and crisp editing would have done wonders.Bharat is well-intentioned, entertaining and doesn’t succumb to the trappings of commercial potboilers. The fact that it tries a bit too hard to prove that, is its problem.Our overall critic’s rating is not an average of the sub scores below.”Rating: 3.5 StarsHindustan Times: A lot like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman emerges as an advocate for peace between India and Pakistan. A long drawn out sequence underlines how both the countries lost their own identities during the Partition, and how wounds are far from healed may feel manipulative, but it works – I witnessed more than one person wiping away a tear. That is where Bharat and Zafar score. Despite knowing what the film is trying to do, in some cases easily guessing plot turns in advance, you cannot help but enjoy it. This one is an Eid winner. Bhai just got his mojo back.Rating: 3 starsFirstpost: The best of Bharat comes right in the beginning and then almost towards the end. The initial portrayal of the Partition and later efforts to reunite families separated at the time may seem emotionally over-wrought to some, but I confess I was reduced to tears in both portions. Unfortunately, what comes in between, though largely inoffensive is only sporadically rewarding. Far from being a Forrest Gump with Salman Khan, Bharat is mostly a plodding trek through post-1947-to-present-day India.Rating: 2 starsThe Indian Express: Yes, it’s hard to believe that a 70-year-old can beat off four menacing young men bent upon making mincemeat of him. But then this IS a Bhai movie. He staggers, but is the last man standing. But of course. He may have fixed a grey beard to his chin, but his chest still ripples. What else? In a Salman Khan movie, anything is possible, even tall tales that can transcend borders.Rating: 2 starsBollywood Hungama: “On the whole, BHARAT is a super-entertainer with emotions as its strong USP and Salman Khan like never before. The superb combination of Salman Khan, emotions and the release period [Eid] will ensure fireworks at the ticket windows. At the box office, it will fetch bumper profits for all concerned.”Rating: 4.5 StarsKoimoi: “Bharat is no Sultan or Tiger Zinda Hai – it’s the weakest film of Ali Abbas Zafar. The pace is the culprit along with the length. In order to keep something for everyone, Ali also keeps nothing for someone.”Rating: 2.5 Starslast_img read more

UAE state minister visits Rohingya camp

UAE state minister visits Rohingya camp

first_imgShe also met Rohingyas and UAE-sponsored Malaysian Field Hospital in Ukhiya of the district, said the UAE embassy in Dhaka. The UAE state minister also called on UNHCR representative in Bangladesh Steven Corlliss and senior advisor to the representative of World Food Programme, Naila Sattar.They discussed the severity of Rohingya situation and assessed the humanitarian needs of the refugees. UAE ambassador to Bangladesh Saed Mohammed Al Mheiri and deputy head of the mission of the UAE to Bangladesh Abdulla Ali Al Hmoudi and director general (UN) ministry of foreign affairs, Bangladesh Nahida Sobhan accompanied the UAE delegation during the visit. United Arab Emirates (UAE) state minister for international cooperation Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy. Photo: UNBUnited Arab Emirates (UAE) state minister for international cooperation Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy visited a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar district on Friday and saw the situation on the ground, reports UNB. The UAE state minister will leave here on Saturday.center_img The UAE has extended its support to emergency food relief for Rohingya women and children in Bangladesh through the UNHCR, Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Big Heart Foundation, Hope Foundation, Kuwait Society for Relief, Khalifa Foundation and Red Crescent, UAE etc.  Hashimy, also the director general, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, met foreign minister AK Abdul Momen. She was accompanied by assistant minister of international cooperation Sultan AL Shamsi, office manager minister of state of international cooperation, UAE.last_img read more

The Paradise Papers Revelations Spring From Leaked Records Of Worlds Wealthy

The Paradise Papers Revelations Spring From Leaked Records Of Worlds Wealthy

first_img Share Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesU.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been named among the 120 rich and powerful people who are mentioned in the Paradise Papers, a new release of data about offshore tax havens and obscure financial dealings.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and a key ally to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among the 120 rich and powerful people who are mentioned in the Paradise Papers, a new release of data about offshore tax havens and obscure financial dealings.The Paradise Papers are a massive trove of 13.4 million records — many of which were leaked from the offshore law firm Appleby, which was founded more than 100 years ago and operates in places ranging from Bermuda and the Cayman Islands to the Isle of Man, Mauritius, Shanghai and Hong Kong.Reflecting millions of loan deals, financial statements, emails and other documents, the data reveals how specialty firms handle the money of wealthy individuals, families and corporations.Some 380 journalists collaborated to unravel the connections in the Paradise Papers’ nearly 1.5 terabytes of data. The trove was acquired by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which says the records show how the wealthy and powerful sometimes duck taxes, regulations, sanctions and “at least their social responsibility.”Wilbur Ross “was a major client of Appleby,” the ICIJ says, saying that the law firm administered more than 50 companies and partnerships linked to investments on behalf of his private equity firm, W.L. Ross & Co, LLC.“Ross divested himself of most of his business interests when he joined the Trump Cabinet in February 2017,” the group says. “But he kept a stake in the shipping company Navigator Holdings through a chain of companies in the Cayman Islands, Appleby’s files and public records show.”Discussing Ross’s Paradise Papers file with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly, reporter Jon Swaine of The Guardian said Ross’ investments link him to Navigator — which is in turn linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law.“Navigator is paid about $20 million a year to ship gas out of Russia for a Russian company named Sibur,” Swaine said on Morning Edition. “And Sibur is co-owned by Putin’s son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov.”In an interview with the BBC, Ross said on Monday, “There is nothing whatsoever improper about Navigator having a relationship with Sibur.”Ross said that Sibur wasn’t under sanctions when the deal was made, and that it’s not under sanctions now. But critics of the arrangement note that in addition to Shamalov, another of Sibur’s co-owners is Gennady Timchenko, a close Putin ally who is currently under U.S. sanctions.As for the money generated by the deal, Swaine says, “Navigator’s brought in about $68 million in revenue since 2014 from the deal. The contract is worth at least $200 million a year, and it’s scheduled to continue for about a decade.”Referring to Sibur, the commerce secretary said, “The fact that it happens to be called a Russian company does not mean that there’s any evil in it.”Referring to his financial disclosure form 278 that was filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Ross said, “Where there is evil is the misstatement that I did not disclose those holdings in my original form.”Another high-profile figure named in the papers is Queen Elizabeth, who reportedly had around 10 million pounds (some $13 million) of her money offshore, the BBC says. The queen’s investments included a previously undisclosed stake in a Cayman fund in control of a rent-to-own company called BrightHouse, which as the Guardian reports, has been criticized “for exploiting thousands of poor families and vulnerable people.”The Guardian notes that Elizabeth’s estate, the Duchy of Lancaster, says it was unaware of the holding prior to being contacted by news agencies. The ICIJ notes, “the queen voluntarily pays tax on income received.”Other notable names include tech giants Facebook and Twitter — which the news site Reveal says benefited from large investments that were indirectly made by “two Russian government-owned firms known as vehicles for the Kremlin’s politically sensitive dealings.”Those investments — reportedly $191 million, in the case of Twitter — were used to buy early stakes in Twitter and Facebook via the investment firm DST Global, according to Reveal, which adds that DST’s founder, Yuri Milner, and others made profits of more than $1 billion when it sold some holdings after the two social media giants took their stocks public.Those revelations come as Russia’s attempts to use social media to influence the 2016 U.S. election remains a hot topic. Both tech firms and members of President Trump’s inner circle have faced scrutiny; the Paradise Papers add to that conversation.“More recently, Milner invested $850,000 in Cadre, a real estate firm co-founded by Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner,” the ICIJ reports.The ICIJ adds, “Milner is a Russian citizen who lives in Silicon Valley. His ties to Twitter, Facebook and Kushner’s firm have been previously disclosed. But his links to the Kremlin financial institutions weren’t known.”Many of the deals and documents cited in the Paradise Papers have to do with avoiding taxes — and that’s the focus of reports on Apple, the most valuable publicly traded company in the world.Recording billions in profits, Apple began to look for a new way to shelter itself from taxes after Ireland toughened its stance on international corporations in late 2013. That prompted Apple to make a plan with Appleby to use subsidiaries to park money in Jersey, a tax haven in the English Channel, according to the ICIJ.As The New York Times reports, “Apple has accumulated more than $128 billion in profits offshore, and probably much more, that is untaxed by the United States and hardly touched by any other country. Nearly all of that was generated over the past decade.”Another Trump Cabinet member, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is mentioned in the documents as a former director of a Bermuda company named Marib Upstream Services Co., which the ICIJ says was “created to conduct oil and gas operations” in Yemen. Tillerson reportedly served on Marib’s board for roughly a year, from 1997 to 1998.The report also highlights two Democrats who are not currently in government. Former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is said to have transferred shares of two companies into a limited liability corporation that’s referred to as being “owned by trusts that are for the benefit of Penny Pritzker’s children,” the ICIJ says, citing Appleby documents. The move was made just after Pritzker was confirmed; the report says she later filed ethics paperwork in which the holdings were “simply listed as having been sold.”In a shorter entry, former presidential candidate Wesley Clark is mentioned for his ties to Amaya, an online gaming company that is now called the Stars Group.The Paradise Papers are the fruit of a new branch of the work that brought the Panama Papers to light in 2015 and 2016. Those leaked documents caused embarrassment among the elites in several countries, from the U.K. to the Ukraine; they also resulted in the prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan leaving office.The leaked Appleby records that are at the heart of the Paradise Papers detail more ties to the U.S. than to any other nation, according to the ICIJ.“At least 31,000 of the individual and corporate clients included in Appleby’s records are U.S. citizens or have U.S. addresses, more than from any other country,” the ICIJ said in a statement about the release. “Appleby also counted clients from the United Kingdom, China and Canada among its biggest sources of business.”In Canada, the CBC reports that the names of more than 3,000 Canadian citizens, companies, and other entities appear in the Paradise Papers, including three former prime ministers: Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin.Also mentioned is Stephen Bronfman, a key fundraiser for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Noting that Trudeau has mentioned tax fairness as a priority, the CBC says that Bronfman, a Seagram family heir, and his investment company, Claridge Inc., “were key players linked to a $60-million US offshore trust in the Cayman Islands that may have cost Canadians millions in unpaid taxes.”More revelations seem likely to come from the Paradise Papers — so far, we’re seeing only a sampling of the documents, as the stories that were launched by dozens of collaborating media outlets on Sunday reflect only the data’s highlights. A member of the ICIJ’s data team says the group will release “the full structured data from the Paradise Papers investigation in the coming weeks.”As for the timeline described in the leaked documents, the ICIJ says the records date back to 1950 and run forward to 2016.In response to the reports, Appleby released a statement saying in part, “The journalists do not allege, nor could they, that Appleby has done anything unlawful. There is no wrongdoing. It is a patchwork quilt of unrelated allegations with a clear political agenda and movement against offshore.”The law firm added, “We wish to reiterate that our firm was not the subject of a leak but of a serious criminal act. This was an illegal computer hack.”News of offshore accounts and tax havens has been grabbing headlines since it broke on Sunday. But the ICIJ warns against assuming the guilt of anyone mentioned in its reporting. Noting that there are “legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts,” the group says, “We do not intend to suggest or imply that any people, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly.”The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists was founded in 1997, as part of the Center for Public Integrity; it became an independent organization early in 2017.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more