Kabul: At least 13 civilians were killed, mostly children, in an air strike by “international forces” in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz late last week, the United Nations said Monday. The strike happened between late Friday and early Saturday in support of ground operations conducted by pro-government forces fighting against Taliban militants in the area. “Initial fact-finding indicates that 10 of those killed were children, part of the same extended family whom were displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country,” the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe US is the only member of the international coalition in Afghanistan that provides air support in the conflict. A NATO spokesperson told AFP the coalition was investigating the claims. The deaths come as ordinary Afghans continues to bear the brunt of the war in Afghanistan, with more civilians killed in the Afghan war in 2018 than during any other year on record, according to a UN report. The uptick in violence in 2018 coincides with a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by the “deliberate targeting of civilians”, according to the report, mostly stemming from suicide attacks by insurgents allied with the Taliban or Islamic State (IS). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAn increase in air strikes by US and Afghan forces also led to more civilian deaths in 2018, with more than 500 civilians killed by “aerial operations for the first time on record”. Fighting continues to flare across Afghanistan even as the US and Taliban press forward in peace talks aimed at ending nearly 18 years of fighting. The ongoing peace talks with the Taliban follow years of escalating violence in Afghanistan.
“The deterioration and breakdown of water and sanitation facilities in Gaza is compounding an already severe and protracted denial of human dignity in the Gaza Strip,” Maxwell Gaylard said in a joint statement issued today with the NGO Association for International Development Agencies (AIDA). “At the heart of this crisis is a steep decline in standards of living for the people of Gaza, characterized by erosion of livelihoods, destruction and degradation of basic infrastructure, and a marked downturn in the delivery and quality of vital services in health, water and sanitation,” added Mr. Gaylard, the Deputy UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and UN Humanitarian Coordinator. Israel’s closure of Gaza’s crossing points, imposed since June 2007, has meant that equipment and supplies needed for the construction, maintenance and operation of water and sanitation facilities have not been able to enter the area, leading to the deterioration of these services. Currently, some 10,000 people do not have access to the water network, while another 60 per cent of Gaza’s population of 1.5 million do not have continuous access to water. In addition, some 50 to 80 million litres of untreated and partially treated waste-water have been discharged daily into the Mediterranean Sea since January 2008, due to damage to sewage treatment facilities, lack of treatment capacity because of postponed plant upgrade projects, and a critical shortage of fuel and electricity necessary to operate them. Mr. Gaylard and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) called on the Israeli Government to take immediate steps to ensure the entry into Gaza of the necessary construction and repair materials to respond to the water and sanitation crisis. “Without addressing both the immediate basic needs of the population and facilitating the longer-term development and management of the degraded water and sanitation sector, public health and the wider environment will remain at significant risk,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator. “Pollution does not recognise borders or barriers, and communities throughout the region are threatened by the deficiencies of Gaza’s water and sanitation system,” he added. 3 September 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory today joined aid agencies in calling for the immediate opening of Gaza’s crossings to allow the entry of spare parts and materials critical to restoring the area’s water and sanitation services.
CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. says it’s building a $1.5-billion extension to its pipeline system in northeastern British Columbia that will help deliver natural gas to an export terminal planned for Prince Rupert, B.C.The North Montney Mainline will extend TransCanada’s existing Groundbirch pipeline by adding some 305 kilometres of new large-diameter pipe.Progress Energy, a subsidiary of Malaysian energy giant Petronas, has signed up to ship two billion cubic feet per day on the North Montney Mainline. TransCanada says it’s also in talks with other potential customers.Progress is planning to build a liquefied natural gas terminal near Prince Rupert so the resource can be exported to lucrative Asian markets.The North Montney Mainline will link up with a separate $5 billion pipeline that TransCanada is building to connect northeastern B.C. gas with Progress’ Prince Rupert terminal, called Pacific Northwest LNG. TransCanada aims to file a regulatory application later this year for the North Montney line.The southern segment of the North Montney line should be up and running by the second quarter of 2016, the northern portion a year later, and the export delivery facilities in 2019.
If the threat of a recession gives you pause when it comes to your personal finances, remember now is a time to prepare, not panic.Worries about the economy increased this week when a fairly reliable recession warning emerged from the bond market. But without a crystal ball, it remains unclear when a recession might hit. Still, financial experts say people should consider taking certain steps that are beneficial in any economy but would aid households greatly in a downturn.DON’T PANICThe longstanding advice remains — do not panic and stay the course on your financial plan.It is sage advice, said Dan Keady, chief financial planning strategist at TIAA, but it also goes against the grain for many people. “It’s hard just to do nothing,” he said. “The best investment strategy is a long-term one. If you buy and sell your investments frequently, you’ll more likely than not buy and sell based on emotion — panic or excitement.”If you simply cannot sit still, use this pressure as an impetus to check your plan. Are your goals the same? Are your investments allocated where you want them? It makes sense to periodically rebalance your portfolio to ensure your investments have not become too heavily weighted in one segment or another, particularly after a long stock market run-up like the one in recent years.Say, for example, you started with 60% of your nest egg in stocks and 40% in bonds. The stock portion could have easily jumped to 70% thanks to strong gains in technology sector. Whatever the portion of your portfolio is in stocks, remember that it can lose 10% or 20% of its value regularly as recessions come and go. That’s the price investors have paid historically for the stronger long-term returns of stocks versus bonds.While it may be difficult, fight the urge to readjust your portfolio solely based on market conditions. People who sold during the last recession, for example, likely suffered a loss and then either missed out on major stock market gains in subsequent years or had to pay the price to jump back in.If you originally designed your portfolio to match your long-term investment goals and risk tolerance, stay true to it, Keady said. If you don’t think you can be objective, ask a professional for help.Try not to get too tied up in the ups and downs of the stock market too. Even those without money in the market — about half of all U.S. households — might be tempted to see the market’s move as a sign of the times even though it can have little impact on their direct financial wealth.And remember a recession is a natural part of a market cycle, said Lauren Anastasio, a certified financial planner at SoFi.“The advice is don’t panic,” Anastasio said. “But that doesn’t meant there aren’t steps to be prepared for whatever is going to come.”SAVE UPOne of the smartest moves anyone can make is to build up an emergency fund. These are a great idea at any time to help weather unexpected expenses, but can become critical in a downturn.A recession typically comes with job losses, and an emergency fund can be a lifeline for many families. Even those with good job security should take heed as everyone can feel an income pinch during a recession, as companies might eliminate bonuses, reduce overtime or slow pay increases, Anastasio noted.Americans, by and large, don’t have enough set aside in savings to handle financial hurdles.Experts recommend having enough set aside to cover anywhere from three months to nine months of basic expenses. But nearly four in 10 Americans say they are not confident they would be able to pay an emergency expense of $1,000, according to a recent survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.So, set aside whatever money you can and keep it in an account you can readily access. Even in this low interest rate environment, there are some savings accounts earning near or above 2%.PAY OFF DEBTIt is important to pay off any high-interest debts, such as credit card balances.Americans dramatically reduced their debts after the last recession, but those debt levels creeped back up. This can be costly as the average interest rate on a credit card is 17.82%, according to Bankrate. It hit a record at 17.86% last month.Paying down those debts will not only reduce the amount paid over time, it also frees up available credit that may be needed in a pinch ahead. That is important as banks tend to tighten lending during recessionary periods, so it could be harder to get a loan or line of credit.MAKE GOOD CHOICESIt should go without saying, but be judicious about big financial decisions.Consider holding off on any big purchases like a car or home remodeling if it is a stretch, Anastasio suggested. If you are going to need cash in the next few years — say for the birth of a child, a sabbatical or a return to school — make sure you have that available and not tied up in something that may lose value.“I definitely think that it has been long enough (since the last recession) that here are plenty of people who have gotten comfortable with the period of growth and expansion and have forgotten some of the lessons we have learned in the past decade,” she said.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 5:00 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,745.38 down 13 points):TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 3.42 per cent, at $1.51 on 7.76 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Unchanged at $5.07 on 6.55 million shares.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.45 per cent, at $4.42 on 6.03 million shares.San Gold Corp. (TSX:SGR). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 15.15 per cent, at 19 cents on 5.25 million shares.Denison Mines Corp. (TSX:DML). Miner. Down three cents, or 2.19 per cent, at $1.34 on 4.97 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (930.48 up 1.10 points):Rodinia Oil Corp. (TSXV:ROZ). Oil. Down half a cent, or 25 per cent, at 1.5 cents on 3.90 million shares.Africa Hydrocarbons Inc. (TSXV:NFK). Oil and gas explorer. Up 1.5 cents, or 23.08 per cent, at eight cents on 3.76 million shares.Company reporting major news:AlarmForce Industries Inc. (TSX:AF). Home security. Up 20 cents, or 2.04 per cent, at $10 on 14,870 shares. The home alarm company fired its chief executive Joel Matlin after a year-long strategic review of the company. AlarmForce named chief financial officer Anthony Pizzonia as interim president and chief executive and started a search for Matlin’s replacement.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM). Miner. Up 33 cents, or 4.47 per cent, at $7.71 on 426,225 shares. An Ontario court has ruled that three lawsuits against HudBay around alleged shootings and gang rapes at a mining project Guatemala can proceed to trial in Canada. The suits allege that security personnel, along with members of the police and military, attacked and raped 11 women in 2007 who were forcibly removed from their village in relation to the Fenix project.Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Telecommunications. Up 18 cents, or 0.59 per cent, at $30.83 on 2.78 million shares. The telecom company said it will double the amount it is willing to spend to buy back its stock. It said it will to spend up to $1 billion to buy back its shares by the end of this year. As of June 30, Telus had spent about $281 million buying back its stock.
WASHINGTON – A surprisingly lacklustre economy last quarter served as a reminder of how choppy the pace of growth has been since the Great Recession ended seven years ago. Businesses pared their stockpiling and investment through the spring. But consumers — the heart of the U.S. economy — kept spending.Most economists foresee faster, if still modest, growth the rest of this year.The Commerce Department’s report Friday showed that gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of the economy — grew just 1.2 per cent in the April-June quarter. That was far weaker than the forecasts of most analysts, who had expected growth of twice that pace in a bounce-back from a slump at the start of the year.Earlier this week, a statement from the Federal Reserve had led many economists to conclude that a strengthening economy would lead the Fed to resume raising rates as soon as September. But after Friday’s tepid GDP report, many said a September rate hike was now probably off the table.“The GDP data have significantly reduced the chances of a near-term rate hike,” said Paul Ashworth, chief economist at Capital Economics. Ashworth predicts only one interest rate increase this year, in December.The biggest factor for the shortfall in GDP growth last quarter was that businesses reduced their restocking by the most since 2011. That pullback in stockpiling subtracted 1.2 percentage points from annualized growth in the April-June quarter — more than economists had expected. It was the fifth straight quarter in which weak inventory building has dampened the economy’s growth.But most analysts say the efforts by businesses to adjust their stockpiles to more closely match their sales is probably ending and will be followed by increased restocking, which would deliver a boost to GDP in coming quarters.“Businesses have overdone the inventory reductions, and that is likely to reverse in the third quarter, which will help growth,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight.Behravesh predicted that GDP will accelerate to an annual growth rate of around 2.5 per cent in the second half of the year. Even with that rebound, growth for the full year would amount to a sluggish 1.5 per cent. It would be the slowest pace since the recession ended.For 2015, revisions that the government issued Friday showed that the economy grew 2.6 per cent, more than its previous estimate of 2.4 per cent.Economists are counting on the consumer sector, which accounts for about 70 per cent of economic activity, to remain solid in the second half of the year, boosted by continued job gains.For the April-June quarter, consumer spending did not disappoint: It grew at a healthy annual rate of 4.2 per cent, the fastest increase in more than a year and more than twice the first-quarter rate.Last quarter’s overall GDP growth of 1.2 per cent followed an even weaker pace of 0.8 per cent in the first quarter. The fourth quarter of 2015 was also subpar, with GDP expanding just 0.9 per cent.Trade was a slight positive in the second quarter: It added 0.2 percentage point to growth, which may signify that export sales have stabilized after a slide resulting from global weakness and a strong dollar, which makes U.S. goods costlier overseas.In the spring, the government sector contracted at an annual rate of 0.9 per cent, led by weakness in state and local spending.Business investment declined for a third straight quarter as the energy sector cut further in response to low oil prices. Analysts say these reductions may finally be tapering off, allowing investment to start rising again in the second half.Housing construction, which had been a bright spot, shrank at an annual rate of 6.1 per cent last quarter. But economists said this likely reflected a warmer winter, which brought forward building activity that normally would have occurred in spring.Both Democrats and Republicans used the GDP report to make political points. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, called the report disappointing and said it “hardly inspires confidence that our economy will reach its full potential any time soon.”Jason Furman, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, said the report “underscores that there is more work to do” and said the Obama administration would keep pursuing policies to strengthen growth and boost living standards.Republicans have largely blamed Obama administration policies for GDP growth that has averaged just 2.2 per cent annual gains since the recovery began in June 2009, the weakest of any expansion in the post-World War II period. Democrats point instead to structural changes in the U.S. economy and to obstructionism by Republican leaders in Congress who have blocked spending initiatives.The economy this year has withstood a host of problems, from market turbulence caused by fears over how an economic slowdown in China could weaken the global economy to a nosedive triggered by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.Economists, however, are mostly confident that the country is in no danger of toppling into a recession, in part because the job market, after a slowdown in April and May, came roaring back in June with the biggest monthly hiring gain since October. US economy expected to pick up after weak growth in spring by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The BBC is to axe its Red Button teletext service, the last remnant of the old Ceefax, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. A leaked email from Dan Taylor-Watt, the BBC’s Head of Product for iPlayer and the Sounds app, reveals the plans. But as the vast majority of people now access that information online, the service is becoming obsolete. It will disappear in January next year. When Ceefax closed in 2012 as part of the digital switchover process, its news, sport and weather stories continued to be accessible via the red button. Under the heading “the evolution of Red Button” and flagged as a “confidential update”, Mr Taylor-Watt wrote to staff: “The BBC’s Executive Committee has made the difficult…
PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has visited the grave of deposed Chilean leader Salvador Allende on the fourth day of his visit to South America.The president, accompanied by his wife Sabina and junior minister Joe Costello also visited home of poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda.He has already met with the president of Chile and is due to meet with the leaders of Brazil and Argentina later this week. He will travel to Brazil later today where he will be accompanied by more than 40 Irish companies and education institutions as part of a major trade mission.Here are some pictures of what he’s been up to on day four of the trip:
Oh, DEVO, how we’ve missed you. After releasing its first studio album in two decades this past June, the band is going on tour starting in March. And that’s not all — DEVO is also joining the long list of musicians with their own line of headphones. DEVO’s Energy Dome DJ Headphones feature the iconic Energy Domes that have been integrated into the design of the retro-style headpphones. According to the site, the headphones are “made to channel a mix of quality audio & hearty orgone energy to your head.” I have to admit, these are the coolest looking musician-endorsed headphones I’ve ever seen. Take that, Dr. Dre. The headphones cost $49.95 and are available through DEVO’s Web site. Check out the full press release for more info.
Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for the early registration discount for Commodity Classic—America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com. A complete schedule of events is also available on the website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a huge trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Boosters Association is holding its annual Dance on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 7pm at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Lodge (777 South Street, Tewksbury). This fun evening includes live music from the local band WildFire. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food.Tickets cost $25 each. For ticket sales or to donate a raffle or auction item, contact Dedi Pitzi at 978-430-3375 or another WHS Boosters member.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club To Hold Cootie Party & Sundae Fundraiser On August 4In “Community”WHS Boosters Announce Dance Fundraiser On January 20In “Community”Wilmington Youth Hockey To Hold ‘Drop The Puck’ Street Hockey Tournament Fundraiser On August 25In “Community”
BOSTON, MA — Below is an announcement from State Senator Bruce Tarr:I had the pleasure of introducing the members of the Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team at [Thursday’s] Senate session. The team was recently named a recipient of the 2019 Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association Program of Excellence Award for their 2018 season. I am proud of the accomplishments they have achieved. It was a delight to provide them with a tour of the Senate Chamber.Accompanied by coaches Susan Hendee, Shane Kligerman, Erin Cowden, and Andrea McCullough, the team comprised Thea Alberti, Hailey Collins, Cassidy Collins, Gina Mastrorilli, Olivia Rourke, Tori Sheehan, Jessie Wargo, Aly Colantuoni, Madison Grace, Jessie McCullough, Alyssa Morrison, Annie Wingate, Amber Flynn, Tori Gemellaro, Samantha Papastathis, Jenna Sweeney, Kali Almeida, Amanda Broussard, Audrey Curdo, Alyssa Granara, Kaitlyn Maguire, Kayla Bourrell, and Joycelyn Palmer.Best wishes for a good summer and congratulations on your accomplishments on and off of the field.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Wilmington High School Wins Eastern Mass. Girls Soccer Coaches Association’s Program Of Excellence AwardIn “Sports”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidInstallation of Porous Pavement on Shady Lane Drive — Deadline: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10amCanyonlands Trip — Deadline: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:30pmBoiler Replacement at Wilmington Memorial Library — Deadline: Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:00amReplacement of Vehicle Fueling Storage System — Deadline: Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 1pmAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”
Share your voice TV and Movies Originally published Aug. 12, 7:21 a.m. PT.Update, 11:03 a.m.: Adds more background on The Crown. Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies will play Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the upcoming season of The Crown. Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix The Crown is coming back to Netflix, but this time with a new queen. Netflix on Monday revealed that season 3 of the series will return on Nov. 17. This will be the first season with Academy Award winner Olivia Colman taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II. Netflix also released a short teaser video showing Colman as the queen. She’s dressed in an evening gown with a royal blue sash and crown, along with a serious look on her face. Colman told Vanity Fair last November that it’s been a challenge to summon Queen Elizabeth’s steely stoicism. Post a comment Tags The third season of the historical drama will feature an all-new cast in the lead roles. Colman takes over for Claire Foy, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, while Tobias Menzies steps in for Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter takes over for Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.The third season of The Crown will span the years 1964 to 1977, according to Netflix. This time period covers royal family events like Prince Charles’ coronation as the Prince of Wales, as well as cultural moments like Winston Churchill’s funeral and Beatlemania.Season 1 and 2 of The Crown are available to stream now on Netflix. 0 2:31 What’s new to stream in August 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Netflix
Graham Reid was appointed as coach of the Indian team earlier this yearHockey IndiaGraham Reid played 130 international matches for Australia in his career and won Olympic silver with the Kookaburras in 1992. As a coach, he has led Australia and Netherlands in the past an also had the opportunity to work with the illustrious Ric Charlesworth when the latter was the head coach of the Kookaburras. Australian team before taking over as head coach. Currently at the Sports Authority of India facility in Bengaluru where the national side is having a training camp, Reid, in an exclusive conversation with Akshay Saraswat of International Business Times, India, discussed a wide variety of issues related to the Indian team and his role with it.In the first part of the interview, the 54-year old talks about his background, his decision to join the Indian side, the commonalities and difference in the hockey cultures of India and Australia and the current status of the Indian team.You have worked with legendary Australian coach Ric Charlesworth in the past. He had been the coach of the Indian team as well. Did you talk to him before joining the Indian side and get any inputs?Reid: Yes, I spoke to him after the (2018 Hockey) World Cup and he suggested I apply for the position. He thought it would be good timing for the Indian team. Also, from my point of view, I was really enjoying living in Holland and my wife and son were there as well. But I always saw coaching India as something that was in my future.The question was the timing of it and when the opportunity came up, I thought it was a really good team and I would love to be involved with them. My passion for seeing India return to the top of the hockey world has been paramount for me. Australia has been a regular supplier of coaches to the Indian hockey team. But were you worried about the instability regarding the coach’s position in the Indian hockey set up?Reid: Let me address the first part about Australia and India’s hockey relations. I think there is a link between India and Australia in hockey and if you look back at history, especially in Western Australia, where hockey is very strong, there was a very strong presence of Anglo-Indians in hockey.There were a number of those sort of players that had an Anglo-Indian background. So, when we grew up, we were always informed and told about how important India was to the world of hockey. That’s why there is always a bit of interaction with Australia. I think the way we play is also very similar. We both love to attack. Trying to get people to defend is always difficult with our teams. It’s the same in Australia and India. Was I worried? You can’t afford to be. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have taken the job. I just go, “Okay, here I am, I am what I am and we will do what we can do. And I’ll try to get this team to be as good as it can be.” I try to teach the players that you have to focus on the process and not the outcome. Whether you have the job or not is the outcome, the process is making sure that they can be as good as they can be.For millennial Indian hockey fans, Australia was a greatly feared side as they always seemed to score heavily against India. Was there something about the Indian team at that time which made them especially vulnerable to the Australians?Reid: Yes, that mentality was very strong in the Australian team at that time. And it’s as much about resilience as anything else. I think you would hear the Dutch team of that time say the same thing. Perhaps not so much the Germans as they and Australia were the two best teams of that time. So, I don’t think it was only the Indian team.I think the mentality that the Australian team had at that period was very much, “Okay, we need to get the next goal and the next goal and the next goal.” We didn’t sit on our lead, which, for some cultures and some teams, is difficult to understand. Especially, the European football scene is much more about protecting the lead. That was not in our vocabulary. There has been a clear improvement in the performances of the Indian team in recent years. Which are the areas where you have seen the most improvement and how much has Hockey India League (HIL) been responsible for it?Reid: It’s always difficult to point out the causes and reasons for this improvement. I am sure the Hockey India League had a fair bit to do with it. I think the guys now get a better understanding of what’s required to be at the top and there is no easier or better way to learn than having people around you with different mentality or a mentality that is different to your own.I am not saying it is better, but that it is different. So, Australia had a large contingent of players in the HIL but there were also Germans, Dutch and players from other countries. There were different mentalities and also different coaches. So, all that has helped mould these youngsters into better players and come through with a different mentality in understanding what’s required.Mark Knowles (former Australia captain) had said in an interview, when asked if he would like to see a tournament similar to HIL in Australia, that he would. Now, there is a brand new tournament that is being launched called Hockey One. What do you think about it and would you like some Indian players to take part in it?Reid: It would be really interesting to see how Hockey One goes. Anything that can generate interest in hockey in the world is a positive step. When I was there, they were trying to generate more interest in the national competition. I was suggesting at the time that Australia should put a couple of teams in HIL when it was going well. Previously, the Australian national competition had an Indian side and a New Zealand side but it was more of the under-21 teams from those nations. So, it can be very interesting to see how it goes. When you joined the Indian team, did you introduce anything new, perhaps in their style of play or their thinking?Reid: One of the advantages I have is that my assistant Chris Ciriello (former Australian penalty-corner specialist) started working with the Indian team about a year and a half ago. He was under us for nine or ten years. So, he understands the way I like to play hockey.The major things that I am starting to do is change the way we press and make it a little more, well, pressing! I like to put pressure on the opposition and the speed of our team lends us to that. I also think that’s the best way to defend.In India, people often complain about hockey not getting as much attention as cricket. But in your country also, despite Australia having been a top team consistently and winning World Cups, the sport hardly gets any attention compared to cricket, rugby, Aussies-rules football or even tennis. Is the hockey fraternity in Australia also concerned about the lack of attention to this sport?Graham Reid: Look, I don’t think it’s necessarily a concern. But it’s something that we will like to see change and increase the exposure that the game gets, as we would like to do in India also. One of the things, that I think, HIL started to do that. That’s been a real positive for the game.From the Australian point of view, I think they have accepted the fact that that’s where we sit. The thing is the changing landscape of hockey. The world is changing and that’s part of the thing that sports has to do – work out what is your niche. We have been talking for a long time about hockey getting a wide appeal. To be honest, in India, I think, compared to Australia, the appeal of the game to the public is much higher.You said that you and your family were enjoying your time in Netherlands. What about India? Have you bought your family over here as well?Reid: My wife arrives next Wednesday. My son is staying in Holland because he is studying there and will be finishing off his studies there. So, it would just be my wife and myself. She is really looking forward to it. She has a job in an online business. So, she is able to do that wherever we are. That’s a nice positive thing.
Share The Force With This Star Wars Gift Guide!George Lucas’s 11 Worst Decisions Stay on target Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in just two weeks, and if you’re like most Star Wars fans, that’s two weeks too long. To keep the excitement train rolling, Disney put together a Rogue One live stream on Twitter featuring a Q&A with the cast and a previously unseen clip from the movie.The clip was shown first, and like most of what we’ve seen so far from the movie, it’s pretty promising. It’s a short, funny scene involving Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) bickering over Jyn’s blaster. While it doesn’t give away much plot, it is a nice reassurance that the movie won’t be short on humor, an often overlooked, but important part of any Star Wars production.Then the Q&A began for real. After being led into San Francisco’s Presidio Theater a pair of Stormtroopers, director Gareth Edwards, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Donnie Yen answered from fans on Twitter. Unfortunately, the stream was riddled with audio problems, so it wasn’t the most pleasant thing to listen to.This close to the movie coming out, there wasn’t much in the way of new information. Probably the biggest takeaway from the interview was how completely full of Star Wars geeks this cast appeared to be. They grew up on the original trilogy, and are clearly reveling in the fact that they get to play around in this universe now. Watching the cast interact, laugh and just have fun with each other onstage was one of the cutest things we’ve seen all day.When asked what kind of music their characters listen to (or would if the story didn’t take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away) the cast had actually thought about that. Jones said she listened to M.I.A. on set, and that does seem a natural fit for what we’ve seen of Jyn Erso so far. Tudyk said his droid character; K-2SO would listen to Hall and Oates, but probably mostly Oates’s later solo stuff. Mendelsohn said Orson Krennic, an Imperial weapons designer and the villain of the movie, probably listens to something like the sound of an old dial-up modem connecting to the internet.Luna didn’t even realize that Edwards wanted him to be in Rogue One. He described a meeting in which he was convinced that Edwards wanted him for a smaller film he was preparing in case he didn’t get Star Wars. The meeting lasted three hours, and the entire time, Luna says he wondered why Edwards was telling him so much about this movie. By the end of the meeting, he still though Edwards was going to ask if Luna knew anyone that could play the part. Even after being asked to submit an audition tape, he still had to wait six months to learn he’d officially been cast. Luna says that as hard as the process was, it was all worth it. Now he can (and does) walk up to strangers in bars and brag about being in Star Wars.Ahmed’s audition sounded a lot like what any of us probably would have done if we were asked to audition for a Star Wars. He submitted a ridiculous number of audition tapes, each with a different costume or accent. He also constantly emailed Edwards afterward for updates. He said that Edwards giving him his personal email address was a big mistake. Edwards agreed, saying the constant spam made him question whether he really wanted to work with Ahmed. Well, that enthusiasm clearly worked anyway, because here he is in the movie.And hey, it wouldn’t be a Star Wars panel without the cast being asked who their favorite character is. Surprisingly, only one person, Jones, said Han Solo. Luna said that while he always wanted to be Han Solo as a kid, his true favorite character had to be Vader, who still occasionally haunts his nightmares. Yen agreed, and he and Edwards gushed about his introduction in the opening scene of A New Hope. Mendelsohn liked Obi-Wan, Tudyk liked Yoda and Ahmed… he liked the Ewoks.Edwards actually talked about how the opening scene of Rogue One is kind of the opposite of Vader’s entrance in A New Hope. Krennic is introduced wearing white surrounded by black-clad Stormtroopers in a flashback to Jyn Erso’s childhood. You’ll recall that the colors were switched around in the original movie.The biggest applause of the night was for Luna who shared his thoughts on the message of Rogue One. “I think it sends a powerful message that people who are very different from each other, who apparently have nothing in common can put their differences aside and achieve great things. It’s a great message for the world we’re living in.”The stream concluded with a tour of Lucasfilm’s offices with Tudyk and Ahmed. Highlights include Jar Jar frozen in carbonite and Tudyk trying to steal some Star Wars toys under his jacket.
Kolkata: A thief was nabbed within 40 minutes of committing the crime, at New Alipore on the wee hours of Wednesday.According to police, at around 2:30 am on Wednesday, police control room received a call from Arindam Chatterjee of Shitalatala Road, at Sahapur in New Alipore. He stated that someone had entered his house by breaking the latch of the window on the first floor and climbing up the sewage pipe. The accused then managed to steal two high-end mobile phones and some cash from Chatterjee’s room. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataNew Alipore police station was alerted about the incident soon. Within a few minutes, a team from New Alipore police station reached the spot and started probing. While inspecting the premises, a slipper was found near the boundary wall of the house. Based on a hunch, police divided themselves into teams and started searching for possible suspects at New Alipore and Majherhat railway stations. At around 3:15 am, a police team noticed a youth at the platform of New Alipore railway station, who was wearing only one slipper. He was detained immediately. While searching him, police recovered 15 mobile phones, including the two stolen from Chatterjee’s house, as well as the cash. He was later arrested at New Alipore police station.
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Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – A top Russian general said Saturday that Moscow expects to secure a deal to extend Russian military presence in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan by the first half of 2013.Russia’s ground forces commander Vladimir Chirkin said in an interview on Ekho Mosky radio station that outstanding issues on the terms of the deal will continue to be discussed with Tajikistan until the end of March. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Russia’s military presence helped negotiate an end to the five-year civil war that devastated Tajikistan in the 1990s.Tajikistan has in recent years struggled to quell a series of relatively small-scale domestic Islamist-inspired insurgencies and stamp its authority across all regions of the largely mountainous nation of seven million people.Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to visit Tajikistan on Oct. 5.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Some 7,000 Russian soldiers are posted across three garrisons in Tajikistan, which is a major transit point on the northbound trafficking route for Afghan heroin.Tajikistan and other ex-Soviet neighbors of Afghanistan fear a spillover of violence in the event of a renewed outbreak of civil conflict after the NATO coalition’s withdrawal in 2014.An agreement to extend the current lease, which expires in 2014, has been delayed amid reported disagreements about the financial terms.Chirkin said the Russian troops would work in a coalition with local forces, something that Tajikistan is believed to have pushed for during negotiations.Tajikistan has said it would like $300 million annually in cash or equivalent in military assistance for the bases.“We will undoubtedly provide military and technical assistance so that this coalition is fully supplied,” Chirkin said. “How large (that assistance) is to be will be calculated by the specialists.”In September, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the current lease might be extended by 49 years.The Russian 201st Motorized Rifle Division deployed in Tajikistan is the largest current deployment of Russian troops abroad. It is based in garrisons near the capital, Dushanbe, and in the southern cities of Kulyab and Kurgan-Tube, both close to the Afghan border. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share Top holiday drink recipes