India vs England, Rose Bowl Test: Weather forecast for today and tomorrow

first_imgThe weather on Day 4 of the Southampton Test between India and England will not see a lot of change from how the conditions have been in the past three days with the sun shining bright at the beginning of the day.England will resume their second innings at 260/8 with Sam Curran resuming his innings at 37 on the fourth day. At stumps on Day 3 of the Rose Bowl Test, England were 260/8 and had a healthy 233-run lead over India.According to weather forecast, the conditions are expected to be partly cloudy for the first four and a half hours of play which should favour India if they are able to pick England’s remaining two wickets quickly.India may need to weather the storm later in the day as the forecast says conditions may get cloudy as the day progresses, which means the moisture content of the air can increase and help the English seamers.READ – Cheteshwar Pujara feels 4th Test pitch turning out to be favourable for IndiaWith the conditions expected to get cloudy, the wind speed may be low in the later half of the day with the humidity percentage rising. There is little to no chance of rain on Sunday. The weather is expected to get cloudy as Day 4 of the fourth Test at Southampton progresses. (UK Met Office Photo)Indian batsmen will have to make the best of Day 4 as the conditions are expected to be completely cloudy on Day 5 of the fourth Test. England lead the five-match series 2-1.advertisementIndian bowlers were made to toil extremely hard on Day 3 of the fourth Test at Southampton and in the end they had 8 wickets to show for their efforts on a pitch which is becoming easier for batting but it is England who will be the happier side thanks to their 233-run lead at the end of the day’s play.Resuming on their overnight score of 6 for no loss, England rode on splendid batting efforts from Jos Buttler and Joe Root to reach 260 for 8 at stumps in their second innings with a healthy lead over India.Buttler top-scored for the hosts with 69 runs while Root made 48 in a much improved batting display from the English team second time around. Keaton Jennings also contributed with 36 runs while Sam Curran will resume his innings at 37 on the fourth day.How quickly India get Curran out on Sunday will decide the quantum of runs that India would need to chase. The match could end on Day 4 if weather permits.Also read – England can win Rose Bowl Test against India, feels Jos ButtlerFor India, it was Mohammed Shami who was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets for 53 runs in 13.5 overs while Ishant Sharma got two important wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled 33 overs in the day and had one wicket to show for his efforts while Jasprit Bumrah, India’s main strike bowler, could only manage one wicket in 19 overs.It could now be a tricky chase for the Indian line-up especially with the track being two paced where handling Stuart Broad could prove to be a difficult proposition.This was Buttler’s ninth Test fifty and he showed a lot of application even though he was troubled by the initial spell from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.He survived a good spell of reverse swing from Shami and was ready to cut down on the shots square of the wicket.He only played the deliveries on the drivable length as his 122-ball innings had seven boundaries.In fact, England were in trouble at 122 for 5 when Joe Root was run out for 48. The lead was not even 100 runs but it was Buttler, who took the attack back to the opposition camp as Ravichandran Ashwin (35-7-78-1) despite being economical was not half as effective as Moeen Ali.The Tamil Nadu off-spinner couldn’t use the footmarks created by the trio of Mohammed Shami (3/53), Ishant Sharma (2/36) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/51 in 19 overs).His only success was Stokes, who has been showing his defensive traits in this series with some dogged resistance. He was finally out caught in the slips to Ajinkya Rahane after a stand that lasted for 22 overs.Buttler however continued to defy the Indian bowlers in company of Curran as they also consumed nearly 17 overs.Finally, it was the second new ball that did the trick as Ishant angled one into Buttler to trap him leg before.Curran however, batted in a positive fashion hitting Bumrah for a couple of boundaries.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

A Halloween cauldron and occasions of unseemly ghoulishness

first_img What exactly is he signing? Photograph: Serena Taylor/Newcastle Utd via Getty Images Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Hibs manager Neil Lennon struck by coin in fiery Edinburgh derby draw Read more Facebook ‘Make Us Dream’: Steven Gerrard’s highs and lows at Liverpool and beyond – video trailer The José Partridge years. Illustration: David Squires/The Guardian Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter RECOMMENDED VIEWINGAsif Kapadia goes again. Twitter Facebook Scott Dann talks “shark bites” and start-ups with Dominic Fifield.This week’s Classic YouTube.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!THE STATE OF THINGS Pinterest features South Korea defender Jang Hyun-soo has received a lifetime ban from playing for the national team after falsifying records relating to his military service exemption. “I am sorry to have disappointed everyone for such a shameful issue,” sobbed Jang.Dele Alli says he followed Harry Kane and others in committing his long-term future to Tottenham because they are on a journey together to “achieve something great”. They may even win the Rumbelows Cup.And Boca Juniors beat Palmeiras 4-2 on aggregate to set up a Superclásico for the ages against River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final that should keep The Fiver’s Fun and Games in South America Dept well stocked for the entirety of November. And December.STILL WANT MORE?Why does everyone have it in for Loris Karius in Turkey? Emre Sarigul explains.Proper Journalism’s David Conn discusses the wider impact of regeneration at White Hart Lane on the local community. Facebook Twitter Pinterest It’s well worth your time. Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian Topics SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism [the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – Fiver Ed] is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us. In return we can hopefully arm you with the kind of knowledge that makes you sound slightly less uninformed during those hot reactive gegenpress chats you so enjoy. And if you think what we do is enjoyable [again, etc and so on – Fiver Ed], please help us keep coming back here to give you more of the same.VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!Football Weekly, Barney Ronay, Suzanne Wrack, David Squires and Big Paper are all up for gongs at the FSF Awards. You can vote for them here.FIVER LETTERS“Re: yesterday’s Fiver. I personally think Gianni Infantino is thinking too small. Why not have a 256-team World Cup? This would allow for four-team groups in the first round (always a plus), and ensure that money-spinning giants such as the Netherlands and Italy would never miss out on a World Cup again. OK, so it would mean Fifa needs to recognise some additional ‘countries’ – perhaps Catalonia, Jersey, Occitania, et al – and Scotland could still get knocked out in a qualifying play-off by the Principality of Sealand. But that is mere logistics” – Nick Jeffery.“You failed to mention that while River Plate’s penalty for ‘handball’ was indeed taken in the 95th minute of their Copa Libertadores semi-final v Gremio (yesterday’s Bits and Bobs), the offence itself occurred in the 85th minute and was awarded in the 87th minute after a VAR review. It then took eight minutes for the referee to ensure that the local constabulary would come on the pitch and surround him at the final whistle before the kick was taken, in 14 minutes of added time. Oh, and their first goal was a handball” – Gareth Rogers.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Nick Jeffery.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSLeicester manager Claude Puel says the death of five people – including club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – in Saturday’s helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium has left everyone at the club “numb with sadness and shock”.A collection by fans, aided by the Liverpool FC Foundation, has raised almost £60,000 for injured Liverpool supporter Sean Cox, who was left with severe head injuries after being attacked by Roma fans last season.Jamaal Lascelles has inked a six-year deal at Newcastle that ought to add a few extra quid to his transfer value when he jumps ship. “Just knowing how loved you are and that [the fans] love to hear about me getting tied down is so important for me,” he Fifty Shadesed. Share on LinkedIn The Fiver Play Video Share on Messenger Twitter “It’s disgraceful,” said Lennon, who was previously attacked pitch-side by a Hearts fan while managing the Queen’s Celtic in 2011. “I don’t blame the club, you can’t legislate for the hatred of some individuals or the badness. What possesses people to throw things on the football pitch, I will never know. Why can’t individuals just behave themselves at a game? It was just mindless. I am lost for words at times.” With the world of Scottish fitba – perhaps more so than any other area of the industry of human unhappiness – notorious for being a hotbed of whataboutery, some commentators immediately accused Lennon of bringing the assault on himself. The Irishman, quite correctly, was having none of it.“Sorry,” he said. “But that does not wash and that’s why I am angry. And it could have been a lot worse.” His opposite number, Craig Levein, was equally critical of the misbehaving rogue home fans and police have since made one arrest and expect to feel a few more collars. While The Fiver is also duty bound to tut disapprovingly and say Down With This Sort Of Thing, it all helped make for a terrific evening’s fitba entertainment.QUOTE OF THE DAY“We, the fans, need to fight for this match by telling them: it’s good for the fans. It’s good for the game. Are you in?” – in-no-way-desperate La Liga suits launch their own petition in the USA! USA!! USA!!! to take a match to Miami, while also creatively rebranding themselves as grassroots American supporters.RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFootball Weekly Extra will be in this general vicinity.RECOMMENDED LOOKINGIt’s your boy, David Squires, and he’s got a new book out. Here’s an extract, a gallery and then you can exit through the gift shop. Share via Email 1:51 Football Share on Pinterest DERBY NIGHTSTo Wednesday night’s Edinburgh derby, where a fiercely contested festival of fitba may have ended scoreless but was no less entertaining for the disappointing lack of hot, digital scoreboard action. Once the whistle blew and the game kicked off in a simmering Halloween cauldron at Tynecastle, the fixture occasionally descended into unseemly ghoulishness. On the field, Neil Lennon’s Hibbees enjoyed the better chances against league leaders Hearts, severely depleted by knack. Indeed, given the blood-and-thunder nature of some of the tackles that were flying in, it was rather surprising both teams didn’t suffer more casualties.Already on a soft yellow with 25 minutes to go, Hibs striker Florian Kamberi got his marching orders for either an aerial barge on Oliver Bozanic or his role in the stramash that followed. Minutes later, Hearts goalkeeper Bobby Zlamel was laid out by an away fan who punched him as he went to retrieve a ball from behind his goal. In separate incidents, both assistant referees were hit by airborne “debris” but emerged comparatively and mercifully unscathed. The same could not be said for Lennon after Hearts had what looked like a late winner chalked off for offside, when he was struck by a nugget thrown from the stands. In a state of affairs that suggests Scots have in ill-deserved reputation for parsimony, Lennon was floored by a chucked £1 coin. And like so many fans who can dish out relentless abuse only to clutch their pearls like swooning Victorian ladies the moment any comes back their way, it seems our change-chucker took exception to the visiting manager ostentatiously goading Jambos fans for celebrating their “winner” prematurely.last_img read more

Pity the poor man who’s had the Women’s World Cup shoved down his throat

first_imgSign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Mr Have Fifa Got A PointI love this guy, who has spent years – decades – scoffing that Fifa are a bunch of incompetent chisellers who leech money out of the game, and do less than the bare minimum to grow it while lining their own pockets. Unbelievable that they don’t pay local taxes and have a cash surplus of $2.7bn when they should be a force for good. But this chap looks at the fact that the men’s World Cup prize fund is $400m, that the women’s is $30m. He knows he can’t fall back on viewing figure ratios, given that the men’s gets four times the viewers of the women’s, but 13 times the prize money. And he knows the gap between the men’s and women’s prize fund has actually risen over the past four years. Even so, and for reasons he can’t quite put his finger on: haven’t Fifa got a point in just this one case? Oh, just to be clear, that’s a rhetorical question. Which means you don’t get to answer it.Mr I’m Just Not WatchingShort of hearing what other people dreamed about last night, hearing which things other people aren’t watching on television is even better. Have you never seen an episode of Game of Thrones? Do you dislike Love Island? Are you not watching the Women’s World Cup? If so, this is massive. Make sure to tell as many people as possible today. Share on Facebook Mr Stop Shoving It Down My ThroatListen, this guy is absolutely fine with this tournament existing, being alive, whatever. He’s open-minded – it’s not the dark ages any more. Nothing against it. What he objects to – and he’d like you to know that you’ll find a lot of other perfectly decent people like him – is it being “shoved down his throat”. Yes, it’s the shoving. Down the throat. It’s like: fine. I’m happy for you to do your football in the privacy of your own wherever, but please: have some sensitivity and realise that not all people are like you. So basically just don’t do it in front of him, or involve him. Seriously: don’t involve him. Also don’t do it near his kids, especially the girl. For reference, ways that it can be shoved down his throat include “being on TV” and “being on a website he normally looks at”, for instance that of the British Broadcasting Corporation, which, by covering a sport that averaged 4.6 million viewers on Sunday night for England’s game against Scotland, is pursuing a right-on agenda. Actually, let’s be real for a minute: no one wants to see this. Put it away.Mr I’m Being Branded SexistThis guy is fairly sure he’s being “branded sexist” for not watching the Women’s World Cup. I think if you need to ask “by who, specifically?” then in a very strong but also abstract sense you’re part of the problem. He is definitely getting this definite feeling that he is being made to feel sexist. It’s all part of an agenda. No, he’d rather not continue this conversation. He can’t win, because you just can’t say anything these days.Mr Inferior ProductNothing but respect for the guy who declares “the game’s gone” about every tiny piece of commercialisation in men’s football, but falls over himself to describe the women’s game as “an inferior product”. I mean, on the one hand, a reminder: if you refer to football as either “product” or “content” – ever – you are an endless wanker. No exceptions. But on the other: I’m sure it felt like an interesting point when you made it. Your points are not inferior products: keep producing them to surplus. Women’s World Cup 2019 Mr I Prefer ParksNo one more than me wants to help the guy whose chief point about the 2019 World Cup is: “I would so much rather watch parks football on a Sunday morning.” I would also rather he did this.Mr Stop Telling Me It’s Massive When It’s Really NotTotally. But dude: read that one over and then probably just delete it. I know you’d hate for anyone to take it out of context. And that’s what they do; they take things out of context and then they twist what you say.Mr I Always Support EnglandAlways supports England, no matter what. No one loves his country more than him. But this isn’t “England” by any reasonable yardstick. Which bit of England do they represent then? Not a bit he recognises. Read more Topics comment Share on Messenger Women’s World Cup Sportblog Once again I am hugely grateful to the community that will not allow us to forget the great under-reported story of this Women’s World Cup: men. Most specifically, the men who are not watching it. We hear so much about the tournament itself. Too much, it is argued – and at the expense of one of the four great civil rights questions of our era: 1) When are we getting a White History Month? 2) When is International Men’s Day? 3) Isn’t it time we had Straight Pride? and 4) Can you imagine how sexist people would say it was if we had a men’s World Cup?I could not agree more with the gentlemen who dare to ask these questions – and not just so that I can buy time while I frantically locate the exit. Indeed, as part of this column’s tireless commitment to celebrating the underdogs, this week let’s redress the dangerous cosmic imbalance caused by the Women’s World Cup. Here follows a celebration of all the different guys who currently need to explain to you – at length – why they aren’t watching it. As always, you don’t have to be a woman to have met some of these men over the past week. But it certainly helps! Share on Pinterest Fifa Share on LinkedIn England women’s football team David Squires on … the Women’s World Cup and arms in unnatural positions Read more Women’s football Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Women’s World Cup match attracts bigger TV audience than cricket Reuse this contentlast_img read more

‘Hadouken!’ – Stones sees his goal-line clearance for first time

first_imgJohn Stones reacted with a mixture of delight and astonishment as he watched back his goal-line heroics that helped Manchester City defeat Liverpool 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.The England defender had smashed a clearance straight at Ederson that looped back towards goal and appeared certain to be gifting an opener to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.But Stones raced back to poke the ball away, somehow evading the onrushing Mohamed Salah too, to deny Liverpool and keep the score at 0-0 at the time. 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? And City’s official twitter account have released footage of Stones, and goalkeeper Ederson, watching the replay of the incident, with the centre-back heard shouting “Hadouken!” in delight.It proved to be a vital intervention too, with City going on to win the game 2-1 courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.The result means that the Premier League title race has been blown wide open, with City having now cut the gap to Liverpool at the top to just four points.Yes John, it was a pretty close call! 😅#mancity pic.twitter.com/CAfQfJBvLJ— Manchester City (@ManCity) 4 January 2019Indeed, Pep Guardiola went as far as suggesting that it would be almost game over for their hopes of catching the Reds, had they not beaten Klopp’s men on Thursday evening.”I am proud of them, but not just today,” he said. “We lost two games in four days but you can’t forget what they have done for 16 months. We knew that it was a final today, if we lose it is almost over. “All credit to these incredible players. That is how we have to play in the Champions League. Both teams tried to search for each other, we were not scared, we had no fear and we had a lot of pressure. “They are leaders, it is four points but we have reduced the gap. We knew that if we won we would be in contention to fight for the Premier league, if we lose it is over.” Stones has been in and out of the side in the 2018-19 campaign, making a total of 14 appearances in the league where he’s been deployed at centre-back and in a holding midfield position.City have won 10 and lost three of the Premier League games he’s featured in, while they’ve kept four clean sheets and conceded 13 goals when he’s been in the team.He’ll be hoping to keep his place in the coming weeks, however, with City facing Rotheram in the FA Cup on Sunday before their Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash with Burton on January 9.last_img read more

ODPEM Always Prepared for Disasters – Director General

first_img Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Major Clive Davis, is assuring citizens that the agency is always in a high state of readiness to respond to disasters. “We have a mandate to keep the nation in a perpetual state of readiness. This is a process that involves knowing the vulnerabilities, knowing what the nation could face and putting provisions in place to deal with those vulnerabilities, keeping the population informed, and the ongoing stocking and restocking process,” Major Davis noted further. Story Highlightscenter_img Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Major Clive Davis, is assuring citizens that the agency is always in a high state of readiness to respond to disasters.“The ODPEM is ready to face all adversities,” he said.“We have a mandate to keep the nation in a perpetual state of readiness. This is a process that involves knowing the vulnerabilities, knowing what the nation could face and putting provisions in place to deal with those vulnerabilities, keeping the population informed, and the ongoing stocking and restocking process,” Major Davis noted further.He was speaking at the launch of Disaster Preparedness Month and the start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season at Jamaica House on June 1.The ODPEM Director General said the preparedness measures include ongoing public education, and disaster preparedness and management training for schools, communities, churches and places of work; simulation exercises and specialised training for first responders; mitigation studies; updating response and contingency plans; and improving the agency’s internal operations.Major Davis said the public education and sensitisation measures are working, and persons, particularly those living in vulnerable communities, are heeding the warnings and taking action to protect their lives and property.The ODPEM head also praised media partners for their role in passing on vital early warning tips to the public, which has enabled them to take affirmative action and avoid major human catastrophes.The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season started on June 1 and runs till November 30.Forecasters are predicting an above-normal season with five to nine hurricanes, two to four of them Category 3 or stronger.The forecast calls for 11 to 17 tropical systems.last_img read more

March Tourism Stats Available

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed more than 123,000 visitors in March — the same as March 2006 — and had a one per cent increase in room nights sold for the month, over the same month last year. Room nights sold varied in the regions in March, with a 25 per cent increase on the Northumberland Shore and a 14 per cent decrease on the Eastern Shore. “Our visitor numbers are looking stable for the first few months of the year,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “With the upward trend in air travel and new flights coming to Nova Scotia, we’re looking forward to a successful year and we’ll get a better sense of how it’s rolling out over the coming months.” American visitors were up 17 per cent over March 2006 and visitors from other countries were down by one per cent. The number of people traveling to Nova Scotia by road decreased eight per cent, while air visitation was up 22 per cent. Air visitation will be boosted by a number of new flights coming to Nova Scotia. Icelandair resumed its service to Halifax on May 17. Zoom Airlines will begin flights from Belfast and Paris in early June. New direct flights are also coming from Chicago, New York and Atlanta. Air Canada and WestJet are adding new flights from Edmonton and Calgary, and WestJet is bringing in a flight from Montreal to Halifax. Porter Airlines is starting service from Toronto Island to Halifax via Montreal and Ottawa. An increased focus on targeting cities with direct air access to Nova Scotia is key part of the new tourism plan developed through the Tourism Partnership Council. Visitors continue to be encouraged to visit by road and ferry as well. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights . Statistics for April are expected to be released in early June.last_img read more

Sensitize SHOs IOs on important legal provisions Crime Branch to districts

first_imgNew Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has written to districts regarding the sensitisation of station house officers (SHOs) and investigating officers about important legal provisions. The move came after the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to senior government officials in all states and union territories about the failure to record information under sub-section (1) of section 154 of Cr.PC punishable under section 166 A of IPC. The copy of the letter was also sent to all DGPs and Commissioner of Police. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkSources added that the crime branch wrote to all districts/units and attached MHA letter. They (crime branch) talked about 154 (1) CrPc, section 166 A (c) IPC, section 173 CrPc. “All DCsP districts and units are requested to sensitize the SHOs and IOs to strictly adhere to the legal provisions. Further they are also requested to conduct refresher courses for SHOs/IOs on above-mentioned aspects of law, in order to increase awareness and compliance,” sources said quoting letter content. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHighly placed sources said that the letter from MHA was written by Joint Secretary rank official in which it was written that even with the provisions in law being in place, certain instances reported recently point to the failure of police in some states/UTs to adhere to these legal provisions. “This may not auger well for the delivery of criminal justice in the country, especially in context of women safety. In this context, it is requested that State/UTs may suitably reiterate instructions to the police to ensure strict compliance with the provisions in the law with respect to registration of FIR,” sources said quoting letter content. Sources further added that States/UTs may also consider conducting refresher courses for police personnel on this issue to increase awareness and compliance. Sources claimed that it was further written that the law enables the police to register FIR or a Zero FIR in the event of receipt information on commission of a cognizable offence, which includes sexual assault on women compulsory registration of FIR under sub-section (1) of section 154 of the code of criminal procedure, 1973 is obligatory.last_img read more

Terry Bradshaw Roasted At Friars Club ESPN Super Bowl Event

first_imgSports Legend and Broadcaster Terry Bradshaw was honored last week at the Friars Club ESPN Super Bowl Roast at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, AZ.Jordin Sparks opened the Roast singing The National Anthem. Terry Bradshaw entered to a standing ovation, trailed by cheerleaders from Arizona State University. Host Joel McHale started the roasting as soon as Bradshaw took his seat on-­‐stage.“Terry Bradshaw’s greatest achievement is being bald while still having a mullet,” McHale joked. “And as a thank you for a long, inspiring career, you’ll be insulted for the next hour.”Roasters included comedians, sportscasters and actors Rob Riggle, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Norton, Frank Caliendo, Jerry Lewis, Curt Menefee, Jeff Ross, Michelle Beadle and Reese Waters.To round out the event, Bradshaw’s NFL Sunday co-­‐host Howie Long presented the Friars Club Sports Icon Award to Bradshaw to honor his legendary sports career and commitment to giving back through his charitable work.After receiving his Award, Bradshaw thanked his Roasters, the Friars Club and his wife and daughter for supporting him and gave special recognition to Long for his kind words.“I’m glad Howie came up here and said some nice things about me because this was starting to wear on me a bit,” Bradshaw said with a laugh.Bradshaw added that he could still have a great outlook after two hours of jokes at his expense because the Friars Club Roast supports so many wonderful causes. Proceeds from the event benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Gift of Laughter Wounded Warrior Program, a project of the Friars Foundation that provides uplifting entertainment to enhance and increase the wellbeing and positive attitude of troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan who are currently in military hospitals throughout the United States and in Europe.Additional guests included Joe Namath, Franco Harris, former Governor Jan Brewer, Jerry Weiers (Mayor of Glendle, AZ), Mel Blount and Lydell Mitchell, among many others. Eric Crown, co-­founder and current Chairman Emeritus of the Tempe, Arizona based Insight Enterprises was also honored for his philanthropic work.Redd’s Wicked Apple is the Title Sponsor of the Roast and Broadcast. Redd’s has been a friend of the Friars having sponsored previous Friars Roasts including Boomer Esiason and Jack Black. Delta Air Lines is a sponsor of the event and the Friars Club’s signature airline. Godiva Chocolatier was also a major sponsor of the Roast.last_img read more

Manulife Q3 earnings get Asia boost while region weighs on Sun Life

first_imgTORONTO – Two of Canada’s biggest insurers delivered third-quarter earnings that beat expectations but while Manulife Financial Corp. got a boost from its Asia business, the region weighed down results for Sun Life Financial Corp.Manulife’s profit for the quarter ended Sept. 30 surged 42 per cent to $1.57 billion compared to the earlier-year period, helped by a roughly 22 per cent increase in core earnings in Asia that helped offset a drop in net income at home.Sun Life reported net income of $567 million to mark a 30 per cent drop year over year, but beat analyst expectations with its underlying net income of $730 million for the quarter. Still, the insurer’s underlying net income from Asia declined by 15 per cent.“Our Canadian, U.S. and Asset Management businesses each delivered double-digit earnings growth, while Asia results were lower this quarter from higher levels of new business strain,” Sun Life chief executive Dean Connor told analysts on a call Thursday.Canadian insurers have targeted Asia for growth in recent years, positioning themselves to benefit from burgeoning middle classes and demographic trends in the region. The strategy has paid off in previous quarters for both insurers in terms of strong profit growth, but provided differing contributions in the latest period.Still, both insurers beat analyst expectations. Sun Life reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.20, ahead of the $1.17 expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon. Manulife reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.75, ahead of the $0.67 expected.Power Financial Corp., whose subsidiaries include Great-West Lifeco Inc., reported on Thursday adjusted net earnings attributable to shareholders of $578 million or $0.81 per share, up from $0.65 a year ago but short of the $0.82 expected by analysts.Shares of Manulife were up nearly more than four per cent in Toronto at $22.37 in the afternoon, while Power Financial’s shares were relatively flat on Thursday afternoon at $28.68.Sun Life’s stock, however, was down by more than two per cent to $48.27.“While Sun’s ability to maintain the strong earnings from the preceding quarter is a positive, we note that the sequential and year-over-year decline in contribution from Asia will likely be viewed negatively,” said John Aiken, an analyst with Barclays in Toronto in a note to clients.“Management noted that the weaker performance was driven by higher new business strain, lower gains and higher expenses driven by investing in the business.”The underlying fundamentals of the economy in Asia still point towards “strong growth,” said Sun Life Financial Asia president Claude Accum. Philippines and India showed strong quarterly growth, while there was some slowdown in broker sales in Hong Kong, he told analysts Thursday.“That growth is not going to emerge in a straight line each quarter, but the underlying growth is robust.”Meanwhile, while Manulife’s latest quarterly results were positively viewed, comments by a prominent short-seller about the potential negative consequences of an impending court verdict continued to cast a shadow.U.S. short-seller Muddy Waters said last month that Manulife’s life insurance subsidiary’s recent trial in Saskatchewan involving an insurance contract purchased by a hedge fund called Mosten Investment LP, depending on the judge’s verdict, could lead to “billions of dollars of losses.” Mosten argued that it can deposit an unlimited amount of money with Manulife through the contract and received an annualized guaranteed return of at least four per cent — terms which could “financially cripple” the Canadian insurer.Manulife’s chief executive Roy Gori called this claim “commercially absurd” on Thursday, reiterating the company’s view that this is contrary to the purpose of these insurance policies and associated regulation.On a call with analysts discussing its latest earnings, Gori pointed to recent amendments to Saskatchewan insurance regulations which would limit the amount of premiums a life insurer may receive or accept for deposit in life insurance policies and associated side accounts.Gori reiterated that Manulife intends to make submissions to the court, in light of these new regulations, to dismiss the Mosten case.“We believe this should accelerate the resolution of the principal litigation matters in our favour… We remain highly confident that we will ultimately prevail in this matter and that it will not have any material impact on our business operations.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SLF, TSX:MFC, TSX:PWF)last_img read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 48.85 points to 15,866.85, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 72.67 points to 23,235.71. The S&P 500 index was up 7.43 points to 2,569.53 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 22.16 points to 6,627.23.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.33 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 80.14 cents US.The December crude contract was up 20 cents to US$51.71 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.87 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $5.60 to US$1,284.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$3.15 a pound. read more

CAA announces price hike

He also said that a 400g imported milk powder pack will be increased by Rs. 61 and 1kg pack by Rs. 163 also from todayMeanwhile he also said that a bag of cement will be increased by Rs. 70 from today. The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) today announced a price increase in domestic gas, imported milk and cement.Consumer Affairs Minister Johnston Fernando said that the price of a 12.5kg domestic gas cylinder will be increased by Rs.350 with effect from today.

With Lebanon facing multiple challenges Security Council reiterates support for countrys institutions

In a statement to the press, the Security Council reiterated its strong condemnation of the terrorist attack carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, on 12 November 2015 in Beirut, killing at least 43 and injuring more than 200 people. The Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these terrorist attacks to justice. Further to the statement, the members of the Security Council reiterated in these challenging circumstances their strong support for Lebanon’s state institutions, including the Lebanese Armed Forces and security services, in their efforts to safeguard the security and stability of the country. Expressing continuing concern at the negative impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon’s stability and the immediate threat to its security, the Council reiterated the importance of Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and called on all Lebanese parties to cease any involvement in the Syrian crisis, consistent with their commitment in the Ministerial declaration of the current Government and in the Baabda Declaration of 12 June 2012. On other matters, the members of the Security Council expressed deep concern over the 18-month vacancy in the Presidency of the Republic, which seriously impairs Lebanon’s ability to address the security, economic, social, and humanitarian challenges facing the country. As such, they called on all Lebanese leaders to adhere to Lebanon’s Constitution and to the Taef Agreement and National Pact, to put Lebanon’s stability and national interests ahead of partisan politics, and act responsibly and with leadership and flexibility to urgently convene a parliamentary session and proceed to the election of a President. The members of the Security Council noted with concern the deep socio-economic impact of the refugee crisis on Lebanon and urged Members States to increase assistance to Lebanon. Reiterating its full support for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the Council renewed its call on all parties to abide scrupulously by their obligation to respect the safety of UNIFIL and other United Nations personnel.The members of the Security Council expressed appreciation for the outcome of the latest ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG) convened by the Secretary-General on September 30, 2015 and urged the ISG to continue its work in coordination with the Special Coordinator to seek opportunities to help address rising challenges to Lebanon’s security and stability. The Council also noted that it was briefed on 18 November 2015 by UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the month-long 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah in Lebanon. The members of the Security Council recalled all of the Council’s previous resolutions and the statements of its President on the situation in Lebanon, and they reaffirmed their strong support for the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and political independence of Lebanon. read more

Survey Which are the most adorable brands in TOP Womens Handball

The world of the global sports brands involved on the handball court is always some kind of a mystery. Another battle, behind the goals, wins and defeats, fantastic halls and TV shares, is always about who will provide the best possible equipments for the players and the teams. Shoes are the most important part of the clothes for every handball players, amateur, professional or the TOP one.Handball-Planet.com presents a survey about the numbers of shoes by brand used by TOP female handball players at the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia.On that list, Asics had the highest number of players (83 in total) in front of Mizuno (72) and Adidas (70). Far away from the TOP was Hummel with 10 shoes representatives in the tournament which took place last December in four cities across Croatia and Hungary. A six more brands are included, closing in total a list of 256 players.The biggest domination of a single brand in one team has Asics with 12 Danish girls, who like their shoes ahead of Mizuno, which is adorable piece of equipment for the 11 Polish players.The WORLD FEMALE PLAYER 2014 Norwegian star Heidi Loke is also a part of Mizuno family.Here you can find complete results of the survey.EHF Womens European Championships 2014 official shoe count asicshandball brandshandball shoesmizunoSwedish women’s handballWomen’s EHF EURO 2014 ← Previous Story Spain win tournament in Oviedo Next Story → Gudmundur chose, Markussen stays home! read more

8 teachers you definitely had in secondary school

first_imgThey talked about Bob Dylan and the environment and probably cycled to school. You probably heard about human rights issues for the first time from this person.They were generally covered in chalk, and looking a bit of a mess, but god damn if they weren’t lovable.The one everyone fanciedThe only criteria for this was that they be under the age of 40 and not resembling Quasimodo.Standards were low in school, we all know that.The good oneThis is the teacher you actually learned from.They might not have been the most fun, or forgiving, but it was their exam you knew you didn’t have to worry about when the time came around.The scary oneThey didn’t care about you, or your life, and they didn’t want to hear your excuses.If you didn’t have your work done, you were in for an awful time… actually, you always had your work done for this one.  The fear was too great otherwise.The one who was about 167 Source: CineplexHow were they still teaching?  Actually, how were they still alive?Are your teachers in there?  Have we missed any?Bill Clinton retaliates with a Bono impression>Guy offers $1500 to the person who can find him his ideal girlfriend>21 things you’ll remember from secondary school> YOUR SCHOOL DAYS may only make up a small portion of your life, but it is a portion that stays with you forever.One aspect you never forget are your teachers, and when your school days come up during pub chatter you may find that you all had similar experiences, despite attending different schools.There’s a reason for this, and the reason is that everyone had the same teachers in school.Don’t believe us?  Check these guys out.The one in the wrong jobThey hate you. They hate young people. They hate this job and they hate their lives.Why are they there?  God only knows.The one with the bottle of whiskey in their drawerOr at least that’s how the story went.The cool oneYoung, a bit gas, and in touch with your lives, everyone loved the cool teacher.The hippylast_img read more

Pictures Crowds take to the streets for prochoice march

first_imgOVER A THOUSAND pro-choice campaigners took to the streets of Dublin today to call for a liberalisation of the country’s abortion laws.Members of the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC), Catholics for Choice and numerous other groups marched from the Garden of Remembrance to Merrion Square.An estimated 1,200 people took part. Crowds began gathering at the Garden of Remembrance at around 1.30pm, and the event finished up at around 4.15pm.It was organised as part of the “Global Day of Action for access to free and safe legal abortion”.last_img read more

ExGermany star warns Luka Jovic against La Liga move

first_imgFormer winger Mario Basler has advised Luka Jovic against pursuing a transfer to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.The 21-year-old forward has enjoyed a sensational second stint on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt this season and leads the Bundesliga scoring charts with 14 goals in 20 appearances.Jovic’s eye-catching progress in Germany has reportedly captured the interest of La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Premier League side Chelsea and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have also been linked.It’s understood that Frankfurt plan to take up their buy option on Jovic this summer for just €6m and will then allegedly make him available for sale with an asking price of €60m.Although reports indicate that bids in the region of €35m are more likely to be offered instead for Jovic’s signature, who is “honoured” by the strong interest in him.But Basler, who won two Bundesliga titles at Bayern between 1996 to 1999, has advised the young Serbian that staying at Frankfurt may be the best option for his career.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“What good does it do me if I wear the Barcelona jersey, but sit on the bench?,” Basler told Der Hessische Rundfunk.Former Frankfurt coach Dragoslav Stepanovic has also advised his compatriot to think twice about leaving the Commerzbank-Arena at the end of the season.“He’s now showing that he can become a really good player,” said Stepanovic.“But if he makes a switch now, two or three people will be in front of him again. It could ruin his career.”After graduating through the youth ranks at Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, who famously defeated Liverpool 2-0 in the Champions League earlier this season, Jovic joined Benfica in February 2016 but struggled to make his mark in Portugal.The Serbia international has since spent the last two years over at Frankfurt and has found the net 22 times in 42 Bundesliga matches.Luka Jovic becomes youngest player to score five goals in one matchFRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – OCTOBER 19: Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt (8) celebrates as he scores his team’s seventh goal and his fifth during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Commerzbank-Arena on October 19, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)last_img read more

Eibar proud of their female President

first_imgEibar president Amaia Gorostiza has spoken of her ‘pride’ of the club’s board being comprised of a female majority, reflecting the values of the Basque society.The Basque side have maintained their La Liga status since gaining promotion  in 2015 with Gorostiza leading the club“Eibar is a city where women have always had a very big role in every aspect of society and the club is nothing else but a reflection of this trait,” Gorostiza – whose side face Real Madrid on Saturday – told an interview with Reuters and cited by Football Espana.“We don’t have any policy in the club and this all happened naturally, we haven’t pushed it. Whenever we employ someone the only thing we look for in candidates is quality. We look for ability and worthiness without considering gender.“I cannot deny the evidence that today being a woman in a position of business responsibility still exposes you to certain attitudes which are never applied to men, but that is changing and those attitudes will disappear eventually.“I prefer not to give any importance to these incidents or enter into details. Things end up falling into place and you have to do things as naturally as possible.Barcelona play the kind of football De Ligt wantsMatch Preview: Eibar vs Barcelona Boro Tanchev – May 19, 2019 Barcelona travel to Eibar on Sunday afternoon for the last round of the 2018-19 La Liga campaign.“We’ve never aspired to be an example in this or any aspect, we just do what we believe.“But if there are other clubs and organisations that believe that there are some things they can learn from us that’s great, and we feel proud about that.”Eibar’s Patricia Rodriguez is the only female CEO in La Liga also spoke of the difficulties which her gender has brought her in football.“It was not easy. In my first months, when I spoke, sometimes my opinion was not heard as much as that of my male colleagues,” Rodriguez said in the same Reuters feature.“I had to make an effort to show people my work and achieve my targets at the club. I had to show I can do the same amount of work or be better than my male colleagues. But now I can say that all my colleagues behave normally with me.”last_img read more

Negligent driving blamed for headon crash north of Battle Ground

first_imgA Camas man caused a head-on crash when he drove across the center line of state Highway 503 Wednesday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.Nickelaus A. Depaolo, 32, was driving a 2000 Dodge Ram south on the highway when the vehicle struck a guardrail, crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming 2005 Hyundai Elantra about six miles north of Battle Ground, according to the WSP. The crash occurred about 5 p.m.The occupants of the Elantra were not injured.The WSP said that Depaolo was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, but hospital staff said Thursday morning that he wasn’t listed as a patient.Depaolo was cited on suspicion of second-degree negligent driving.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 15 and 21 September 2016 were:EXCLUSIVE: Hachette UK introduces financial education workshops for under 30sOngoing legal cases could impact employers’ pay and benefits strategiesGovernment officials reward journalists with pizza and vodkaOld Mutual launches financial education programme for staffGovernment launches inquiry into executive payPost Office staff strike over pensions and job cutsShared parental leave and gender pay are on the agenda at Employee Benefits Live22% are satisfied with their ability to measure the impact of employee benefitsHave your say in exclusive pensions researchEXCLUSIVE: Hutchison 3G to discuss benefits technology at Employee Benefits Livelast_img read more

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with some sweet freebies

first_img(WSVN) – They’re sweet, round, and a great addition to any breakfast, so in honor of National Doughnut Day, go ahead and treat yourself!According to Fox 59, businesses across the country are offering freebies and deals to doughnut lovers on Friday, June 1.Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away a free classic doughnut with the purchase of any beverage while supplies last. HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY!! Treat Do’ Self to a FREE donut with any beverage purchase today, 6/1! #NationalDonutDay 🍩🎉 pic.twitter.com/3MBKwduUgJ— Dunkin’ Donuts (@dunkindonuts) June 1, 2018Krispy Kreme is offering one free doughnut per customer at participating stores.Walmart expects to give away 1.2 million glazed doughnuts nationwide – one free glazed doughnut per person. For lunch, Burger King is jumping on the doughnut bandwagon by serving up a Whopper with a hole cut in the middle. But don’t worry, you’re not getting ripped off – not coincidentally, the doughnut-style Whopper also comes with a “free” mini slider.center_img we’ve found it: the holey grill. (coming 6/1) pic.twitter.com/fi9vE77cc5— Burger King (@BurgerKing) May 30, 2018Pizza chain, Papa John’s is also offering a sweet deal, giving away free doughnut holes with the purchase of any two pizzas. The deal can be claimed online with the promo code “DONUT.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more