‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, final confirmation of the trade has been delayed amid ongoing questions surrounding Thomas’ injury, which forced him to miss the end of the Eastern Conference finals last season.Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday that there was no question he would come back from his injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am not damaged,” Thomas said. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”Thomas insisted that medical professionals had assured him he would recover his fitness. Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US Open Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games NBA player Isaiah Thomas attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFPLos Angeles, United States — Isaiah Thomas insisted Tuesday that he would return to fitness from a hip injury as concern over his condition threatened to stall his move from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Thomas is poised to join Cleveland with several teammates in a blockbuster trade that saw Cavs star Kyrie Irving head to Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN.“Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”Thomas said he had remained in touch with Cleveland since a physical on Friday but was in the dark about the team’s plans.“I don’t know what [the organization] is doing,” Thomas told ESPN. “It’s out of my control. I just want to talk about what I can control, and I know that this (hip) won’t be a problem into the future.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “When they asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up, in kindergarten I always said I wanted to be a farmer,” she said.She’ll have to settle for the baddest woman in UFC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNamajunas plowed through her competitors and landed in the biggest garden of ’em all — Madison Square Garden, and in the fight of her life at UFC 217. She left Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a battered heap and walked out the 115-pound UFC strawweight champion. With a buzzcut and steely determination that made a hybrid of some sort of Ripley meets Eleven sci-fi character, Namajunas dominated in a flash and thrust herself into the conversation as the new face of UFC.“I was the talk of the town that night,” she said. “I’ve always felt that I was a star. I always knew that I am a star. The only thing that was missing was the belt.” Oh, Namajunas has the belt in the suburban Denver home she shares with fiancee and training partner, Pat Barry. It’s in her closet.“It’s got an energy to it, you know? We want to make sure we don’t too wrapped up in it,” she said. “But we’ll shine it up. Give it some love.”Namajunas has felt nothing but love since winning a title on a card that fans, starting with UFC President Dana White, widely called one of the best in the company’s 25-year history. Namajunas, T.J. Dillashaw and Georges St. Pierre all won belts as challengers.“The UFC in general, we’ve been in kind of a weird spot lately,” she said. “That card is something that doesn’t come by very often. We haven’t seen a card like that in a really long time and it was something special to remember.”UFC has spent the year craving a new box office star that can carry the promotion into 2018 and beyond while stalwarts Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Jon Jones are on the bench. UFC’s promotional push had been all-in on Jedrzejczyk, the Polish fighter who was a win away from matching Rousey with six straight title defenses.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Namajunas is used to taking the shine off UFC’s brightest female stars.Paige VanZant’s rise into championship contention was chopped when Namajunas choked her out in 2015.Michelle Waterson was pegged as the next one until Namajunas choked her out, too, in April.And Jedrzejczyk?She was never a factor in their fight. Namajunas dropped her early in the first round with a big right hand, finished off a combination with a vicious left and pounced on a fallen Jedrzejczyk to finish her off.The MSG crowd that was solidly behind Jedrzejczyk during the walk to the cage roared with cheers whenNamajunas won. Namajunas choked back tears as White placed the championship belt on her shoulder.“I make my environment what I want it to be,” Namajunas said. “I went to her castle where she felt comfortable, where she wanted to be in New York City and I took it from her.”UFC announcer Joe Rogan said a superstar was born in New York.“I hope the UFC realizes, and I think they do, that’s a … star. That’s a real star,” he said this week on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “She’s a genuinely nice person. When you look like her and you’re 115 pounds and you’re a woman and you (mess) up the Boogeyman, yeah, crowds are going to gravitate to that. If she doesn’t become as a big a star as any other woman in MMA, I would be stunned.”Namajunas said that as champ, she wants to skip the brash trash talk that shot McGregor to mainstream stardom and has been imitated throughout UFC, including by the champions Jedrzejczyk, Michael Bisping and Cody Garbrandt, who all lost at UFC 217.Namajunas, who said she earned the nickname “Thug” as a kid from one of her neighbors, used her post-fightinterview to preach kindness. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Rose Namajunas posed with a UFC championship belt around her waist and a tomato plucked from her garden in her hands.Namajunas has always had a bit of a green thumb, a labor of love passed on from her mother who could make strawberries blossom even in a tiny patch of yard in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This was the fight I had been fighting for,” she said. “Yes, the belt is a goal. But in this fight in particular, I wasn’t fighting for the belt but the bigger picture. Ever since I lost to (Karolina Kowalkiewicz), I decided I wanted to change the world.”Namajunas has said she was a victim of abuse and violence in a childhood complicated by watching her father suffer from schizophrenia. She also spoke out against the toxic atmosphere she found early in her MMA training at Roufusport. As Namajunas takes a turn trying to steer the women’s division into the future, she hoped she could serve as role model for someone looking for a voice.“Of course I want to leave things, especially negative things, in the past,” she said. “But if it can help somebody overcome something, then I want to make sure it ends up on a positive note. I don’t want to dwell on negative things.”The big negative in New York? Someone played the wrong walkout song. She requested “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald.“They played some Oasis song or something,” Barry said.“It was definitely not my type of music,” Namajunas said.Namajunas planned to take some time off headed into the holidays and had no contender or timeframe in mind for her first title defense.She just knows that next time, everyone will be watching for her.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S review: A polished Redmi Note 7 and worth its extra price

first_imgXiaomi usually launches two phones under its Redmi Note series every year. This has been the case for the last few years for now. But this time, it is different. Probably because pushed by tough competition from brands like Realme, Samsung, Asus, Xiaomi is moving faster this year. This move fast approach is seemingly behind the new Redmi Note 7 phone that the company launched just a week ago in India. This new phone is the Redmi Note 7S, launched last week at a price of Rs 10,999. The launch also came as a surprise to many, for the Note 7S replaces the Note 7 in the company’s line-up.There is a limit to how fast you can move, though. While the Note 7S is a new Xiaomi Note, at its core it is still mostly Redmi Note 7, a phone that was launched around 4 months ago in India. In other words, the Redmi Note 7S is the Redmi Note 7 with better back cameras.Over here at India Today Tech we reviewed the Redmi Note 7 earlier this year and we liked the phone. I had written: “The Redmi Note 7 is one of the best under Rs 10,000”. Given that the Note 7 was such a good phone — was because it has been discontinued now — the Redmi Note 7S is equally capable. The key question then is not whether the Note 7 is a nice phone or not. The question is: Is it a phone that is worth extra Rs 1000 or not? Is the new 48-megapixel camera in the Redmi Note 7S better than the 13-megapixel shooter that we got in the Redmi Note 7 or not?advertisementRedmi Note 7S design and displayThe Redmi Note 7S looks exactly the same as the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro. And it too comes with gradient finish and glass body. Similar to the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the all new Redmi Note 7S also follows Xiaomi’s “Aura Design” philosophy. If you have read the India Today Tech review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi Note 7, you’ll know that the design style used by Xiaomi’s in this year’s Note phones is impressive and delectable. When I reviewed the Note 7 Pro and the Note 7 earlier, I loved the way they look. I feel the same about the Redmi Note 7S. The Redmi Note 7S sports a clean design and the minimal bezels while the dot drop notch adds up to the overall looks. The Note 7S is available in India in several vibrant colours. It comes in three funky colours: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Onxy Black. In this review, the Sapphire Blue Colour is what you see in the images. And I must say that it is one of the most beautiful phones you can find under Rs 20,000. The Redmi Note 7S is fairly sturdy, courtesy Gorilla Glass 5 on both back and front.The build quality of the Redmi Note 7S is great considering its price. It is slightly bulky, but not so much that it will be a bother to you. The overall fit and finish is impeccable and all the metal and glass does make the Note 7S look and feel in hands a more premium phone than what its price of Rs 10,999 suggests.This year whenever I have reviewed a Xiaomi Note phone, I have said that display could have been better. The same I say about the display of the Redmi Note 7S. It’s good but no sauce. It could have been better. I understand that for the price of Rs 10,999 it is unfair to expect AMOLED or a display with super contrast, but it is easy to see that a better display would have made the Note 7S a much better phone.The Note 7S is available in India in several vibrant colours. It comes in three funky colours: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Onxy Black.The Redmi Note 7S comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS LCD display with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. In my one week with the phone I have found that the display of the Note 7S gets adequately bright in indoor situations, but under the blazing sun it has issue. Under the bright, scorching Delhi sun, the display of the Redmi Note 7S is not bright enough to let you enjoy a crisp video or two on YouTube.Redmi Note 7S performance and softwareIn terms of core hardware, the Redmi Note 7S and the Redmi Note 7 are the same. The Redmi Note 7 comes with Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is expandable via microSD card. I must mention here that although on paper the hardware setup of the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7S is the same I believe the software running the new Note is better optimised. I’m impressed with the overall performance of the Redmi Note 7S but one problem that occasionally makes it difficult to use the phone is the innumerable Ads. Xiaomi must make the MIUI 10 software ad free, or rein in the ads in a way that they don’t affect the user experience.advertisementI used the Redmi Note 7S as my primary phone for a week and for most of things it works very well. I used the Redmi Note 7S for clicking hundreds of pictures, using social media, sending emails, making phone calls, WhatsApp video calls, voice calls and so on. The performance was good. The gaming with lighter games like the Temple run 2 is smooth on the Redmi Note 7S. The gaming performance with more demanding titles like PUBG is not. This is an area where the Note 7S struggles a little. There is also some lag while switching between the apps if one of those apps happens to be the camera app. While I do find the Note 7S a tad smoother than the Note 7, which was launched with some sort of early software, I believe that Xiaomi still needs to fully optimise the MIUI for the Note 7 series hardware.Redmi Note 7S cameraThis is one area where the Redmi Note 7S and the Redmi Note 7 are different. The Redmi Note 7S comes with a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for capturing data used in portrait shots. However, unlike the Redmi Note 7 Pro the Redmi Note 7S doesn’t come with Sony IMX 586 sensor. Instead the phone uses Samsung GM 1 sensor. Overall, after using the Redmi Note 7S for over a week, I can say that it is one of the best camera phones available in its price segment currently, but it isn’t as good as the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Goes without saying!IMAGE SAMPLESI mostly liked the photos that I clicked with the Redmi Note 7S, especially the ones that were shot outdoors and in daylight. These photos clicked in the good light have spot-on colours and they have enough contrast in them to look appealing and not dull. The amount of details in these photos is good. Only issue that I noticed was that in strong sunlight, the Note 7S camera tends to shoot photos that have oversaturated colours. For the portrait mode the Note 7S does a good job. The colours are nice in portrait photos and the edges are sharp.When I tried the Redmi Note 7 Pro, I was mighty impressed with its Night Mode. Compared to the Night mode in the Note 7 Pro, the one in the Note 7S is not as good. The pictures clicked in the Night Mode with the Note 7S show slightly better colours and details, but it doesn’t match what the camera of the Note 7 Pro can do.advertisement One the front, the Redmi Note 7S — similar to the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro — sports a 13-megapixel selfie camera. Sadly, the selfies I clicked with the Redmi Note 7S lacked details. the colours were fine, though.Redmi Note 7S batteryThe Redmi Note 7S scores big here. For me, the Redmi Note 7 battery once charged fully lasts slightly more than a day, which is incredible. In my one week of usage (also travelled with it) I used the Redmi Note 7S for chatting on WhatsApp, browsing Facebook, scrolling through Instagram, gaming, sending emails, taking phone calls and other things.While I do find the Note 7S a tad smoother than the Note 7, which was launched with some sort of early software, I believe that Xiaomi still needs to fully optimise the MIUI for the Note 7 series hardware.Surprisingly, the Redmi Note 7S 4000mAh battery lasted more than one day of rigorous usage. Another good bit is, the Redmi Note 7S comes with USB Type C charging and data transfer port.Should you buy the Redmi Note 7S?The Note 7S is a good phone. And it is totally worth its price of Rs 10,999. The problem for the Note 7S is the Note 7 Pro, which is a much better phone at a price of Rs 13,999. So here is the deal: if you don’t mind spending extra Rs 3,000, then go for the Redmi Note 7 Pro as it offers much better camera and core hardware. The Note 7S should be your choice if you are strictly limited to Rs 10,999 and it goes without saying that at this price tag the Redmi Note 7S is a sweet deal.Redmi Note 7S review8/10ProsBattery lifeGlass and metal designBuild qualityConsSoftware bugsSelfie cameralast_img read more

Van Persie dismisses long-term injury talk

first_imgRobin van Persie Van Persie denies career is over after latest injury Last updated 2 years ago 21:40 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robin van Persie Netherlands Getty Images Fenerbahçe France v Netherlands Fenerbahçe v İstanbul Başakşehir Netherlands France WC Qualification Europe Süper Lig Reports emerged that the 34-year-old could miss the rest of the season after suffering another injury, but he says he will be back within three weeks Robin van Persie has dismissed claims he faces a long period on the sidelines with an injury.The striker withdrew from the Netherlands squad after suffering a knee problem in a substitute appearance against France last Thursday, but saw out the rest of the game.European WCQ odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Reports circulated in Turkey that the 34-year-old would be out for the rest of the season, possibly bringing an end to his career.Fenerbahce later revealed treatment had already started on a partial tear in his anterior cruciate ligament, and Van Persie followed it up by insisting he will be out for just a short time.pic.twitter.com/QWRJpMxKxr— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) September 5, 2017″I regret that any statements about my injury have been made without my consent and approval,” a statement he posted on Twitter read.”At the moment, I have a minor knee injury which has an average recover time of three weeks.”This is the conclusion of several knee specialists that come highly recommended, based on the scans, clinical tests and the face I could resume the match after the moment the injury happened.”I’m looking forward to being back on the training pitch soon.”Van Persie joined Fenerbahce from Manchester United in 2015 and has scored 40 goals in 91 games for the Turkish club in all competitions.last_img read more

NFL seeks $2m from Cowboys owner Jones after clashes over Elliott and Goodell

first_imgThe NFL is exploring options to get more than $2m in reimbursement for legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over his threat to derail Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension, as well as court costs for running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fight to avoid a six-game suspension, said a person with knowledge of the situation.Many NFL owners were consulted on seeking restitution, including members of the finance committee, according to AP’s source. Some of the finance committee members are on the compensation committee that was at the center of what became a legal back-and-forth over Goodell’s deal.The attempt at restitution is rooted in a 1997 resolution that states owners can seek repayment for legal fees if a fellow owner is responsible for getting them involved in legal action. Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The Cowboys declined to comment on the owners’ actions.Jones’ attempt to derail Goodell’s extension, which came after Elliott was suspended over domestic violence allegations, led to a volley of threatening letters from lawyers for both sides.  After eventually relenting, Jones said after the owners meetings in December that he got what he wanted with an agreement to consider changes to the power of the commissioner’s role through the league’s constitution.  Jones denied that his attempt to scuttle the contract was tied to Elliott’s suspension, but made repeated references to Goodell’s power to punish players.With Jones and Goodell in the same room for a news conference after the December meetings, the commissioner said he didn’t take Jones’ objections to the extension personally. Goodell also denied assuring Jones that Elliott wouldn’t be suspended before announcing the punishment in August. Jones and the Cowboys were supportive of Elliott’s lawsuit, which was led by the players’ union and resulted in federal court hearings in three states over a span of two months. The suit eventually failed and Elliott served the suspension.  Share on WhatsApp US sports Read more NFL Topicscenter_img Dallas Cowboys Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share via Email Jones to reportedly sue NFL over Roger Goodell as storm continues for league news Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Dan Evans must prove himself after drugs ban to get any wild cards, says LTA

first_imgShare via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content news Venus Williams upstages Serena in third-round blockbuster at Indian Wells Topics Dan Evans, who is due to return to tennis from a drugs ban next month, will not get the same welcoming embrace the game extended to Maria Sharapova last summer when her 15-month suspension ended. Share on Pinterest Tennis Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Support The Guardian The Lawn Tennis Association controversially gifted a wild card to Sharapova in the pre-Wimbledon Birmingham event although the Russian, who tested positive for meldonium in 2016, ultimately made her slam comeback at the US Open. However it was confirmed on Thursday that Evans, who was banned for a year after traces of cocaine were found in a sample taken in Barcelona last April, will have to satisfy the LTA that he has mended his ways before it will offer him similar free passage into any tournament.The LTA’s performance director, Simon Timson, said: ”We’re not discussing wild cards with Dan at this stage. There is an awful lot of water to get under the bridge before [that]. We’ve been really clear with Dan that there’s some things that he needs to do.”Evans, who has dropped to No 608 in the rankings having been the world No 50 before his positive test, will have to battle his way back on the Challenger circuit. Timson and the Great Britain Davis Cup captain, Leon Smith, a staunch supporter of Evans throughout the player’s volatile career, spoke with the 27-year-old recently and were encouraged by his responses.“He appears very committed to getting back to playing at the level he was prior to his suspension,” Timson said. “We don’t condone doping in any way, shape or form and we’ve taken a very firm line on that with Dan. At the same time, I think that everybody deserves a second chance.“We have a duty of care to our players to support them in the right ways for the right reasons. That’s what we’re doing. We’ve agreed a programme with Dan of what he needs to do. If he commits to that, we will support and monitor his progress with it. When the time is right, we’ll start to talk about his tournament schedule, and when he’s ready to step back on to the court and compete.” Share on Facebook Drugs in sportlast_img read more

Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun

first_imgIndian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun India vs Australia: India cricket team bowling coach heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah while revealing the reasons behind fast-tracking the in-form pacer to the Test team in January last year.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 18:15 IST India’s Jasprit Bumrah picked up 21 wickets and finished the four-Test series in Australia on top of the bowlers charts alongside Nathan Lyon (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah shone in Australia, picking up 21 wickets from four matchesBumrah made his Test debut in South Africa last year after having been considered a white-ball speciallistBumrah has been rested for the limited-overs series in Australia and New ZealandIndia’s bowling coach Bharat Arun shed light on the team management’s thought process that led to the selection of Jasprit Bumrah in the Test squad for the first time in South Africa last year.Jasprit Bumrah had been considered a white-ball specialist before he was fast-tracked into the Test team in 2018. Chief selector MSK Prasad, while speaking to India Today on Monday, even revealed they had faced criticism for the move but they went ahead and backed the 25-year-old, who has evolved into one of the top Test bowlers over the past year.Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler, picked up 49 wickets in his first year in Test cricket and formed a lethal combination with Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. The trio went on to break a 34-year-old record for the most wickets by a pace bowling group in a calendar year set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding, and Malcolm Marshall, who had taken 130 wickets.Bumrah excelled in his very first Test series in South Africa, picking up 14 wickets from three Tests at an average of 25.21.He added more variety to his bowling during the five-Test series in England last year and emerged as Virat Kohli’s go-to-man. He instilled fear in the Australian batsmen’s minds and led India to a historic series win, picking up a joint series high of 21 wickets Down Under.”I think there were discussions in the team about Bumrah and they felt that he is one of the most difficult bowlers to face and also with the pace he is generating, he is extremely accurate. That is something that was extremely encouraging for us to pick Bumrah [for the South Africa series],” Bharat Arun told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in Sydney on Tuesday.advertisementHe added: “And rightfully so, the team management felt that Bumrah should be unleashed in South Africa because he has the pace and most batsmen who played him in the IPL, and our players felt that you picked up the ball that much late because of his awkward action.”Jasprit Bumrah has been handed a well-deserved rest as he is not going to be part of the upcoming limited-overs series in Australia and New Zealand. Mohammed Siraj and Siddharth Kaul have been named as replacements for Bumrah for the ODIs and T20I, respectively.Meanwhile, chairman of the senior national selection committee, MSK Prasad also heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the in-form pacers’ performance has helped them shut their critics down.”Absolutely, this kid [Bumrah] is phenomenal. Within a short span of one year, he has become very professional. When we picked him for South Africa, not many people accepted with us. They said many things ‘he is a white-ball specialist and he is prone to injuries’. But we went ahead with the selection. Having said that, we took that in the right spirit. We still took inducted him and he is now among the top of the ICC rankings,” Prasad had told India Today.Also Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019Also Read | India vs Australia: This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Bharat ArunFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Ravi ShastriFollow MSK PrasadFollow India cricket teamlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Need to show we’re not only good on paper, says Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 17, 2019UPDATED: May 17, 2019 11:54 IST Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan is keen on helpin Afghanistan shine World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRashid Khan will lead Afghanistan’s bowling attack at 2019 World CupAfghanistan begin their campaign against Australia on June 1Afghanistan shone in Asia Cup 2018, reaching the Super Four stage of the tournamentWorld No. 1 T20 bowler Rashid Khan has conceded Afghanistan lack World Cup experience but said that the team is determined to punch above their weight in the upcoming quadrennial tournament, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Afghanistan qualified for the 10-team World Cup after winning the qualifying tournament by beating the West Indies in the final. The Asian side’s growth in world cricket has been phenomenal and they will be participating in only their 2nd 50-over World Cup after their maiden appearance in 2015.Afghanistan managed to beat only Scotland at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and crashed out in the group stages. However, Afghanistan shone at last year’s Asia Cup as they finished ahead of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to qualify for the Super Fours.Afghanistan, led by Gulbadin Naib, will begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against Australia on June 1 while they take on Pakistan and England in warm-up matches.”It is time for us to deliver something. That will be the main target. We prepared hard for it. It doesn’t make sense that we are happy Afghanistan who got the opportunity to be playing at the World Cup. Our aim is we are not just going to participate in the World Cup, we need to do something different,” Rashid Khan was quoted as saying by The Advertiser.”We have the skills, everything. We won’t have as much experience at the World Cup as other teams but we have to take advantage of our talent and play well in a big situation.advertisement”We need to show the world we are not only good on paper. That was the plan for Asia Cup and will be for World Cup as well. We didn’t do well in the past under pressure but I think this World Cup it is about beating big teams and play good cricket like we did in the Asia Cup,” Rashid added.Speaking about the switch from T20s to ODIs after having played a lot of T20Is in the recent past, Rashid Khan stressed the need for consistency and patience. Afghanistan will play two ODIs in Ireland before their warm-up matches at the World Cup.Rashid, ranked No. 3 on ICC ODI bowlers rankings, has picked up 123 wickets from just 57 matches at an incredible average of 15.00. Rashid along with mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman have the ability to trouble the opposition batsmen at the World Cup.I will have more time to get a batsman out, switch off T20 and switch on ODI. It doesn’t need to change your skills or slower the ball. You need to be the same rhythm, energy, bowling and speed. You just need to be more consistent with your line and length,” Rashid added.Rashid Khan also pointed out that IPL 2019 was the ideal platform to prepare for the high-pressure situations at the World Cup. Rashid shared the dressing room with some of the best in the business, including India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Australia opener David Warner, England opener Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson among others.”It is always tough performing on that stage and a good preparation for me for the World Cup. We had David Warner, Kane Williamson, Bhuvi Kumar. Playing with some big names will give me courage and experience,” Rashid added.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly among 3 Indian commentators for Cricket World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 batsmen who can break Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old recordAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rashid KhanFollow Afghanistan national cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow IPL 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Sunrisers Hyderabad World Cup 2019: Need to show we’re not only good on paper, says Afghanistan’s Rashid KhanAfghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan says the team won’t be content with just having had the opportunity to feature in the World Cup but that they are keen on doing well in the quadrennial tournament, starting May 30 in England and Walesadvertisementlast_img read more

INMEX INDIA 2013 Opens Its Doors to Thousands of …

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location INMEX INDIA, October 9, 2013 zoom South Asia’s largest and most Successful Maritime Event opened its doors to thousands of maritime professionals who had the opportunity to see the latest products and solutions, network with industry leaders and discuss business opportunities.“The Indian maritime sector – which handles 90% of India’s International trade – facilitates not only transportation of national and international cargo but also provides a variety of other services such as cargo handling services, shipbuilding and ship repairing, freight forwarding, lighthouse facilities and training of marine personnel etc.” says Guru Prasath, Group Exhibitions Director, Informa Exhibitions.The event has over 550 participating companies from 35 Countries including 7 Country Pavilions from Holland, Norway, Korea, Singapore and China among others The products and solutions showcased at the event include dredging, marine equipment, marine offshore technology, ocean engineering, port equipment, port technology, ship repair, Marine telecommunications and navigational equipment, shipbuilding and underwater robotics among others.“Despite challenging market conditions, INMEX INDIA has consolidated its strong position in the global maritime calendar for many companies and consistently continued its growth which underscores the importance of genuine business opportunities gained from the show. This year’s edition is hosting more than 500 participating companies from 35 countries, thereby successfully establishing itself as South Asia’s definitive event for the maritime and shipping community.” Says Guru Prasath.A high level INMEX Technical Conference themed “One Maritime Voice” takes place alongside the event, wherein over 40 prominent Indian & International speakers comprising of Industry leaders, policy makers and experts on the Shipping & Maritime sector will involve in deliberating issues related to the Indian Maritime sector. The panel discussions at the technical conference will be added feature which will highlight and offer solutions to challenges being faced within the industry.Organized by Informa Exhibitions India, one of the leading global exhibition organiser, part of the UK based INFORMA plc group, INMEX INDIA is supported by the Ministry of Shipping and several important maritime associations from within India and abroad.last_img read more

Appel de candidatures pour les conseils juridictionnels et non juridictionnels

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais qui désirent aider à soutenir et à servir leurs collectivités peuvent présenter leur candidature à l’un des nombreux postes vacants au sein des 160 agences, conseils et commissions de la Province. Le gouvernement provincial a lancé sa campagne de recrutement du printemps aujourd’hui 10 avril pour que les gens soient au courant des possibilités qui s’offrent à eux de jouer différents rôles. « Je tiens à remercier et à applaudir les nombreux Néo-Écossais qui consacrent bénévolement temps et connaissances au profit du bien public, indique Joanne Bernard, ministre du Secteur bénévole. Les agences, conseils et commissions jouent un rôle important dans nos collectivités et j’encourage toutes les personnes intéressées à prendre le temps d’examiner les postes à pourvoir et à poser leur candidature. » Les commissions, agences et conseils juridictionnels, qui ont des fonctions quasi-judiciaires, jouent différents rôles et servent des intérêts divers. Les membres de ces conseils examinent la preuve, formulent des constatations en fait et en droit, et prennent des décisions qui ont une incidence sur la liberté, la sécurité ou les garanties juridiques d’une personne. Pour prendre leurs décisions, ils doivent appliquer des principes juridiques, professionnels et techniques solides. Voici quelques exemples de commissions, d’agences et de conseils : le Conseil sur les pratiques agricoles, le Comité d’examen en vertu du Code criminel, le Comité d’appel sur les frais de scolarité et le Comité d’appel en matière de véhicules automobiles. Les agences, les commissions et les conseils non juridictionnels prennent des décisions ou formulent des recommandations pour le gouvernement sur des questions de finances, de réglementation, d’affaires ou de politiques. Leur travail a des répercussions dans de nombreuses sphères d’activité importantes des Néo-Écossais, y compris les services aux jeunes, l’administration du système de santé et la réglementation professionnelle. Les candidats sont évalués en fonction de leurs compétences et de leurs qualités, tout en tenant compte des besoins de chaque commission, agence ou conseil. Les demandes pour faire partie des commissions, agences et conseils non juridictionnels sont acceptées en tout temps. Elles seront évaluées à compter du 11 mai. La date limite pour présenter une demande pour faire partie des commissions, agences et conseils juridictionnels le 19 mai. Les candidatures reçues seront examinées pour les postes à combler dans l’immédiat et au cours de la prochaine année. Les membres se voient rembourser leurs dépenses et, dans certains cas, reçoivent aussi une faible rémunération pour leurs services. Les personnes qui désirent présenter leur candidature peuvent s’adresser au Bureau du Conseil exécutif au 902-424-4877 ou au numéro sans frais 1-866-206-6844 si elles ont des questions au sujet des postes vacants ou du processus de présentation d’une candidature. Le gouvernement provincial a une politique d’équité en matière d’emploi. Il encourage les personnes autochtones, les Afro-Néo-Écossais, les membres d’autres groupes raciaux visibles, les personnes handicapées et les femmes à présenter leur candidature. Il les invitent aussi à signaler leur appartenance à ces groupes dans leur demande, leur lettre de présentation ou leur curriculum vitæ. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les profils des postes à pourvoir au sein des conseils, les possibilités actuelles et la façon de présenter une demande, consultez le http://www.novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/current-opportunities.asp (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Dream to play the God at Arthur Ashe arena Nagal on playing

first_imgNew York: Earning a dream Grand Slam debut for himself, Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal set up the US Open first round against one of the greatest players of all times the legendary Roger Federer. When Nagal stepped on the court to take on Brazil’s Joao Menezes in the final qualifying round, he would not have thought a win would pit him against a global superstar, who has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name. Nagal lost the first set but regrouped for a 5-7 6-4 6-3 win over the Brazilian in two hours and 27 minutes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 22-year-old has become only the fifth Indian male player to feature in a Grand Slam singles main draw in this decade. Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni and Prajnesh Gunneswaran are the only ones who played at singles Majors between 2010 and present. Nagal will take on the Swiss great on Tuesday, 5:45 am (IST) at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nagal had also become only the sixth Indian player to win a junior Grand Slam title in 2015 when he won Wimbledon boys doubles with Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It means a lot. Everyone dreams about this. I played well in Qualifiers. Every match meant something, I had some history with all of them. It was a roller-coaster. Of course, I am super happy. I don’t even know what to say,” Nagal told PTI. “It will be a great opportunity to play Roger at Arthur Ashe stadium. It’s probably the best thing that could have happened. I was hoping I get to play Roger someday. He is God of tennis, so yeah I am looking forward to it,” added Nagal. Now India will have two players in the Grand Slam main draw for the first time since 1998 when legends Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi competed at the Wimbledon. Prajnesh is set to clash with Cincinnati Masters winner and world number five Russian Daniil Medvedev, who conquered Novak Djokovic during his title triumph. Nagal came into the US Open qualifiers confident, backed by terrific results during the Clay court season. Consistent results on the Challenger Circuit meant that he broke into the top-200 for the first time in his career and has now earned himself a chance to play a match which every tennis player dreams of. He had started the year outside the 350 bracket and had to overcome a difficult period, encountering injuries but came back strong.last_img read more

Gwyneth Paltrow Named As Frederique Constant Charity Brand Ambassador

first_imgAs a brand deeply involved in Charity for many years, FREDERIQUE CONSTANT is delighted to present Oscar-winning actress and philanthropist Gwyneth Paltrow as its new global Charity Brand Ambassador.Video: Frederique Constant 2016 Charity Ambassador GWYNETH PALTROW Behind the scenesHer natural and classical beauty, inspirational involvement in Charity and undisputable charisma make her the perfect match for the independent and family-owned Swiss watch brand.Since 2004, Frederique Constant has engaged in supporting causes, with $50 donated for each watch sold from the Ladies Collection to various charities. These charities include those related to the heart, children and women. FREDERIQUE CONSTANT’s slogan is “Live your passion”, and the brand does. Passion definitely shows through its craftsmanship, as well as its engagement toward charity causes.Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the Hollywood’s most philanthropic women, making a significant difference in her chosen causes every day. With her incredible philanthropic work and her personal commitment to fostering change, Gwyneth Paltrow becomes the new global Charity Ambassadress of FREDERIQUE CONSTANT on March 1st, 2016, directly supporting the educational projects of the DonorsChoose.org organization, involved in supporting education for children.“I am very proud to be Ambassador of the Frederique Constant Charity campaign,” said Gwyneth. “I think Frederique Constant is a wonderful company and we are well aligned in our passion for Charity and giving back. It’s amazing to be able to work with a company with a strong value system.”Aletta Stas, Board Executive and co-founder of FREDERIQUE CONSTANT said: “We are very happy and honored to have Gwyneth Paltrow as our new Charity ambassador. Thanks to her and to our brand’s engagement, we will be able to improve the lives of many children. By purchasing one of the latest models of our Ladies collection, our consumers will not only feel the joy of having a beautiful timepiece on their wrist; they will also help people who need it the most.”last_img read more

Over the Rainbow Moving to Manulife Centre in 2018

first_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, May 3, 2017 – Iconic Yorkville denim and clothing retailer Over the Rainbow has announced plans to expand its Yorkville presence with the introduction of a new flagship store in the soon-to-be transformed landmark Manulife Centre located at Bay and Bloor. The new and improved store will feature a larger footprint, innovative design and provide a world class customer experience to Over the Rainbow’s loyal clientele.  Award-winning architectural design firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. has been commissioned by Over the Rainbow to carry out the new design for the retail project, which is slated for completion in late 2018.Founded in 1975 by Joel Carman, Over the Rainbow is an independently owned shopping destination, with over 42 years’ experience in the Bloor-Yorkville area and recognized as Canada’s largest independent specialty store for premium denim. Commenting on the re-location and expansion space Joel Carman said: “This new store has been in the making for many years! We are so excited to finally reveal our plans, and we can’t wait to deliver a bigger, modern space for our customers, in what we view to be a crown jewel of a building in the Bloor-Yorkville area.  We believe the dynamic redevelopment plans to Manulife Centre complement our store’s vision for the future. Not to mention being surrounded by great retailers in the building and having direct access to the subway and underground parking facilities. We believe the new store will be a home run for our customers while allowing us to deliver the same comfortable and friendly experience that comes with shopping at Over the Rainbow! It’s an exciting time for our family business!”About Over the Rainbow Ltd.Over the Rainbow is a family-owned business founded in 1975 by Joel Carman. Over the past 42 years, Over the Rainbow has been a landmark shopping destination in the Bloor-Yorkville area, winning the hearts of loyal customers with attentive & knowledgeable service and great product. Over the Rainbow is one the country’s largest independent premium denim destinations, becoming a leader in the constant development of denim and casual wear trends. Joel and his team shop the world for the finest products and take pride in being able to fit anyone in a great pair of jeans. Over the Rainbow also offers in-house tailoring services for denim purchases as well as a fully integrated e-commerce store. http://www.rainbowjeans.com/ | @RainbowJeans416 Login/Register With: About Giannone Petricone AssociatesGiannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects (GPAIA) is a Toronto-based, interdisciplinary design and architecture firm led since 1995 by Ralph Giannone and Pina Petricone. Recognized internationally, GPAIA is known for award-winning life-style, retail and hospitality environments that set the stage for rich, urban experiences. These alluring spaces are fashioned with a close attention to detail, an innovative use of materials and clear cultural layers which customize each project as unique. Recent GPAIA projects include: Cumbrae’s Butcher Shops; Terroni Restaurants, Toronto and Los Angeles; Sud Forno Bakery and Retail; and Eataly Copenhagen and the upcoming Toronto flagship in the Manulife Centre. http://gpaia.comAbout Manulife CentreManulife Centre, located at 55 Bloor Street West and 44 Charles Street West, was built in 1972 as Canada’s first retail shopping centre with an attached high-rise residential building. Since then, it has turned the corner of Bay & Bloor into a landmark intersection for shopping, eating and city living. Today, Manulife Centre boasts nearly 800 rental suites, a three-floor retail concourse, a three-level parking garage and weather protected access to the Bloor & Yonge subway line. Manulife Centre’s new redevelopment, beginning in 2017, will include an additional 35,000 square feet of retail space and a new glass façade on the exterior of the building. Manulife Centre currently has over 40 retail shops, services and eateries and recently announced the addition of Eataly to the Centre. This new three-level, 50,000-square space is slated to open in 2019. http://manulifecentre.com | @ManulifeCentre Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

New York Launches Social Media Campaign to Fight Islamophobia

New York – The City of New York has launched a social media campaign in response to a sharp increase in hate crimes against Muslims.Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads “I am Muslim. I am NYC,” according to the New York City Commission on Human Rights.The social media campaign comes after several hate crimes have occurred in the New York. Last month, an imam and his assistant were shot in the back of the head execution-style after leaving the afternoon prayer in Queens.  Their death ignited fear in the Muslim community and calls for Mayor de Blasio to provide greater security at mosques.  A Hispanic man was charged with this heinous crime.Then the aunt of a Muslim traffic officer was stabbed to death not far from her home in Queens.  The assailant has not yet been apprehended.More recently, two Muslim women pushing their strollers were viciously attacked by a Brooklyn woman called them “Muslim bitches” and told them to “get the F—k out of America.” The assailant was charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child for pushing over the baby stroller.The campaign also comes just over a week since authorities allege Ahamd Khan Rahami set off bombs in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea and on the Jersey Shore after being inspired by Islamic extremism.Rahmani was charged last week with the use of weapons of mass destruction in both states and five counts of attempted murder of police officers in New Jersey.  The Chelsea bombing injured 31 people in Manhattan.“Now more than ever, it is important for every New Yorker to stand united as one city and reject hate and violence,” de Blasio said in a statement released by New York City’s mayor’s office announcing the scheme. “In New York, everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Agnostic, and Atheist — it doesn’t matter. We are all New Yorkers and we all deserve to live safely and free from hatred or discrimination. We will not tolerate discrimination or violence of any kind and we will not rest until all New Yorkers, including our Muslim brothers and sisters, are treated with the dignity they deserve.”There are claims that Anti-Muslim sentiments have been generated by the campaign rhetoric of GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.  Trump has advocated not allowing Muslims to enter the U.S. on a temporary basis “until we can figure out what is going on,” said Trump. read more

Morneau insists LNG export terminal shows Canada can deliver big projects

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau argues that a $40-billion project to eventually ship liquefied natural gas to Asia from Canada’s west coast shows the country can still get big things done.The federal Liberals have been facing criticism from some political foes and business leaders over Canada’s regulatory hurdles, including those blamed for holding back the construction of oil pipelines out of Alberta.Morneau insists work is already underway on the LNG Canada project in British Columbia because efforts were made to listen to people opposed to the venture as well as those advancing it.LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz says between 2012 and 2018 governments of different stripes — in both Ottawa and B.C. — provided important support for a project that will include an export terminal in Kitimat.Morneau’s comments come as the government releases a list of the types of projects that will be assessed for their environmental, health, social and economic impacts under Canada’s proposed update of how major new energy projects are evaluated.He says it’s important for Canada to have a regulatory system that works — and he argues the new environmental assessment law, if adopted, will make the process more collaborative.The Canadian Press read more

WatchMortgage rate hikes at Big Six banks could trigger rise in qualifying

TORONTO — Canada’s Big Six banks have all increased their benchmark fixed-rate mortgage rate, a move analysts say could trigger a rise in the Bank of Canada’s qualifying mortgage rate as early as Wednesday, making it more difficult for some to take on home loans.The Bank of Nova Scotia on Tuesday became the last of Canada’s biggest lenders to raise its posted rate for a five-year fixed-rate mortgage — from 5.14 per cent to 5.34 per cent. They also increased the posted rates for other fixed-rate term lengths.Such rates are different from the actual mortgage rates offered by banks to borrowers, which are not seeing the same increases. But the Bank of Canada uses the posted five-year fixed mortgage rates at Canada’s biggest banks to calculate the rate used in stress tests to determine whether borrowers can qualify for both uninsured and insured mortgages.The central bank’s conventional mortgage five-year rate, which is updated weekly, was 5.14 per cent as of May 2. It posts the rate every Wednesday.“This will raise the qualifying rate,” said Cormark Securities analyst Meny Grauman.“On the margin, every time that goes up, you’re excluding more people from being able to get mortgages, all else equal… But people have different strategies to bring themselves on side.”Homebuyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment seeking an insured mortgage must qualify at the central bank’s benchmark five-year mortgage rate. And as of Jan. 1, buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance must prove they can make payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate or the central bank’s five-year benchmark rate.Nearly half of all existing mortgages in Canada will need to be renewed this year, according to a CIBC Capital Markets report released earlier this month.In late April, TD Bank was the first of the Big Five lenders to raise the benchmark rate, increasing it from 5.14 per cent to 5.59 per cent, due to factors including the “competitive landscape, the cost of lending and managing risk.”Royal Bank later raised its benchmark rate to 5.34 per cent, followed by CIBC which raised its posted rate for five-year fixed term mortgages to 5.14 per cent. Earlier this month, National Bank of Canada raised its posted five-year fixed rate to 5.34 per cent while the Bank of Montreal upped the benchmark rate slightly to 5.19 per cent.Mortgage planner and rate comparison website founder Robert McLister said after the recent string of rate increases, he expects the central bank’s minimum mortgage qualifying rate will jump 0.20 points to 5.34 per cent on Wednesday.Grauman said a higher qualifying rate will make it more difficult for some borrowers to qualify for a mortgage, but expects that some may make some adjustments such as seeking a smaller home as a result. He anticipates that this will have a “small impact” on the banks’ mortgage portfolios.The mortgage rate increases from Canada’s biggest lenders come as government bond yields rise, signalling higher borrowing costs for corporations. The yield on the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond was 2.14 per cent on Monday, compared to 1.01 per cent roughly one year ago.Grauman said there are a number of factors which are driving these increases, including higher funding costs.“There’s that element which motivates the banks to raise the rates at which they charge their clients,” he said. “But you also have competitive dynamics as well that are at play.”At the same time, several of Canada’s biggest banks have cut their posted variable mortgage rates, which are more directly tied to changes in the Bank of Canada’s interest rate.BMO is now offering a five-year variable closed mortgage rate of 2.45 per cent until the end of May.“Our five year variable rate is reflective of the competitive environment and is a great rate for customers seeking a variable mortgage,” said a BMO spokesperson in an emailed statement.“Customers that choose this product can also renew to a fixed rate mortgage with the same or longer term at any time with no fees.”RBC late last month said it will reduce its offered rate for a five-year variable closed mortgage to 3.3 per cent from 3.45 per cent.TD Bank last month cut its five-year variable closed rate offering for new and renewed mortgages earlier this month to 2.85 per cent which is 75 basis points less than its prime rate. Previously it was 2.95 per cent.McLister said in a rising rate environment, banks are inundated with demand for fixed rates and these discounts in part reflect banks’ efforts to balance their books.As well, the margins — or profit made on loans — on variable rate mortgages will improve if interest rates rise, he added.Still, the difference between mortgage rates banks offer and their funding costs for a given term, known as the spread, is shrinking, McLister said.“This is true for both fixed-rate mortgages and variable rates,” he said in an email.“In short, banks are accepting less profit as competition gets more aggressive for the fewer and smaller prime mortgages that now exist.” read more

Annan recommends 6month extension for UN observer mission in Prevlaka

In his latest report to the Security Council, the Secretary-General notes that despite the generally positive situation in Prevlaka, violations of the agreed security regime have continued – with small numbers of both Croatian and Montenegrin police interfering with UN operations.”The illegal checkpoints at Cape Kobila, which interfere with the free movement of the United Nations military observers within the zone, should be removed to the boundaries of the zone or their continued operation regulated by an agreement,” Mr. Annan observes. “The Croatian authorities should lift their restrictions on the free movement of the United Nations military observers in the demilitarized zone.”As for a settlement to the dispute, Mr. Annan welcomes the steps taken by the parties to form an inter-State commission to address the issue of their common border and the ongoing process of bilateral consultations. He offers the continued availability of the UN’s good offices – including the package of confidence-building measures proposed in October 1999 – should the sides need that kind of help.The Secretary-General also approves of the start of demining activities by Croatia in the northern part of the demilitarized zone, and says such activities should be extended to other areas, as resources permit.Troop contributors to UNMOP are scheduled to have a private meeting with the Security Council tomorrow, and the Council is expected to hold consultations on Prevlaka next Monday, a UN spokesman said in New York. read more

Greater locallevel autonomy in Viet Nam would be litmus test for religious

Wrapping up a 10-day visit, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief expressed his concerns and hopes regarding the current situation in Viet Nam, where the right of religious communities to independently operate is often restricted and unsafe. He noted that there are many serious violations of freedom of religion or belief, in particular affecting independent religious groups from Buddhist and Protestant communities, and activists within the Catholic Church.“Granting autonomy for religious communities to function independently would be a litmus test for the development of freedom of religion or belief in Viet Nam,” Mr. Bielefeldt said.He expressed appreciation towards the Government`s effort to improve freedom of religion or belief via legal instruments.However, he also underlined the need for long-lasting improvement. “Official registration status with the Government is no guarantee that freedom of religion or belief is fully respected,” Mr. Bielefeldt said.In this respect, Mr. Bielefeld particularly underlined the need for the new Government legislations on religious affairs to extend existing norms and practices to everyone’s right of freedom of religion or belief.“Freedom of religion or belief has the status of universal human rights to be respected prior to, and independent of, any particular acts of administrative approval,” he stressed.During his recent visit to the country, which began on 21 July and ended today, the Special Rapporteur met with various Government officials and local authorities to discuss issues related to his mandate. In his effort to meet recognized and unrecognized religious or belief communities and civil society organisations, however, Mr. Bielefeldt encountered many people under “heavy” surveillance by the police.“I received credible information that some individuals with whom I wanted to meet had been under heavy surveillance, warned, intimidated, harassed or prevented from travelling by the police,” he noted. Mr. Bielefeldt is currently working on his conclusions and recommendations report regarding the current situation of freedom of religion or belief in Viet Nam, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in 2015.