Kenya’s Kipkorir Wins 36th Athens Marathon

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Brimin Kipkorir of Kenya has won the 36th Athens Marathon in the third fastest time, beating Ethiopia’s Tesfa Wokneth by almost two minutes.Kipkorir broke away from the leading group after 25 kilometers to win the hilly course in 2 hours 10 minutes and 56 seconds, 19 seconds off the course record set by his compatriot Felix Kandle in winning the 2014 race.Wokneth was second in 2:12:52 and fellow Ethiopian Asmeraw Mengistu was third in 2:13:20.Two other Kenyans rounded out the top 5.Shelmith Muriuki of Kenya won the women’s race — and was 17th overall — in a personal best of 2:36:46, beating fellow Kenya runner Rebby Koech (2:38:54) and Greece’s Eleftheria Petroulaki (2:46:09)A record 18,750 runners started the race Sunday morning.Kenya’s Misoi Brimin Kipkorir crosses the finish line to win the 2018 Athens Marathon, in Athens, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (InTime News via AP)Spectators cheer participants as they past Mati village, where 99 people died in a forest fire last summer, during the 2018 Athens Marathon, in Athens, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nokia 8.1 selling for as low as Rs 21,999 in May, makes it best time to buy the phone

first_imgThe Nokia 8.1 (Review) is available at its lowest price this month in India thanks to some big discounts as part of the “Nokia Mobile Fan Festival, May 2019.” Until May 13, the Nokia 8.1 will be available for as low as Rs 21,999 via the Nokia online store. Similar discounts will be available via offline retail stores until May 18. Both the 4GB and 6GB RAM variants of the Nokia 8.1 are seeing big discounts for the next few days, making it the best time to buy the Android One phone.The Nokia 8.1 4GB RAM variant is actually priced at Rs 26,999, while the 6GB RAM version is generally available for Rs 29,999. During the next few days, you can avail massive discounts on the two variants on the Nokia online store. To avail the offer, you have to use the promo code “FAN6000” to get a Rs 6,000 discount on the Nokia 8.1 4GB RAM variant, and “FAN4000” to get a Rs 4,000 off on the Nokia 8.1 6GB RAM option. This offer is valid until May 13, 2019 for online purchase.You can also buy the Nokia 8.1 offline via retail stores where the 4GB RAM version will be available with Rs 5,000 off and the 6GB RAM option will sell at Rs 3,000 cheaper than their actual price. The retail store offer will be valid until May 18.Nokia 8.1 specificationsThe Nokia 8.1 is HMD’s premium mid-range smartphone that touts a premium glass and metal design in Blue and Iron colours. It is an Android One device that ships with stock Android Pie and is powered by a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 710 chipset. It sports a 6.18-inch display with a FHD+ (2246×1080) resolution, 18.7:9 aspect ratio and up to 500 nits of brightness.advertisementThe Nokia 8.1 houses a 3,500mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging. It sports a dual camera setup with Zeiss optics. The system includes a 12MP primary sensor with 1.4 micron pixel, f/1.8 aperture, OIS support and 2 PD and a 13MP fixed-focus sensor. On the front, the Nokia 8.1 gets a 20MP selfie camera.Should you buy the Nokia 8.1?First launched in December, the Nokia 8.1 is very much a relevant smartphone even today. The wide, iPhone-like notch might not be as attractive in a time of waterdrop notches, but if you can ignore this, the Nokia 8.1 offers a lot of attractive features, especially at its discounted price.The Nokia 8.1 is one of the most elegant and premium-looking devices you’ll find in this segment thanks to its glass design, chamfered aluminium frame with silver accents all around. It also offers a vivid and sharp PureDisplay screen and a powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset that runs smoothly even while playing graphic intensive games.The cameras are decent in most lighting conditions, but they aren’t spectacular in low-light. But what really makes the Nokia 8.1 attractive is its stock Android Pie software. Not only is it up-to-date on Android security patches, but it is guaranteed to receive Android Q and Android R updates in the future. It is also one of a handful of phones to support the latest Android Q Beta update.ALSO READ | Nokia 8.1 review: Premium and Pie-poweredlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Swarm of bees invades pitch during SL vs SA match

first_imgThe World Cup 2019 game between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on Friday came to halt for few minutes due to an unexpected reason.It was in the 48th over of the game when a swarm of bees attacked the pitch, leaving the players and the umpires floored to the ground while witnessing this frightening scenario.However, at first it appeared that Chris Morris was just doing his rituals when he was shown doing some warm-up excerices while lying on the ground, but later when the camera rolled on to the other parts of the field, all the members were seen inclined to the ground.It was certainly a rare occasion to see bees in the cricket stadium, but it wasn’t the first time.In 2008, the third ODI between India and Australia was halted for over an hour after a swarm bees arrived in the field. Before that, same scenes were seen during a Test match between India and England at Delhi’s Ferozshah Kotla stadium.BEEEEWARE https://t.co/CuyshvsXJMCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 28, 2019Playing for pride, South Africa dished out a fine bowling effort to bowl out Sri Lanka for a modest 203 in their eight and penultimate league match of the World Cup, here Friday.On Friday, opting to bowl, South Africa bowlers produced a decent show from the ball to bundle out Sri Lanka for 203 in 49.3 overs. The Proteas picked up wickets at regular intervals after the first 10 overs to never allow the Sri Lankan middle-order settle down.advertisementDrafted into the playing eleven in place of Lungi Ngidi, pacer Dwaine Pretarius (3/25) justified his selection with a three-wicket haul while Chris Morris finished with 3 for 46.Also Seelast_img read more

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Which position unit will be best for OSU in 2015?

first_imgThis is a guest post by OSU student Kaid Kinzie. If you’re interested in helping out with PFB, email me at pistolsfiringblog at gmail dot com.There are already a great number of expectations heading into the 2015 season for Cowboy football. With such a powerful end to last season, and with the hopes of the first franchise QB stepping into the spotlight since Brandon Weeden left Stillwater, many are ready to see what this football team can bring to the table come September.Out of all the position groups preparing for a new year, which looks most impressive? This Cowboy football team looks better prepared for this season overall as a team, and an argument could probably be made for each position.For starters, CB is a position that was possibly being overlooked before the OSU spring game. Justifiably so, however, considering OSU was only able to force 14 turnovers as a defensive unit last season. But early on in the spring game, the cornerbacks came alive with two interceptions on back-to-back drives (I saw that pick, Ramon Richards, but Kevin Peterson’s pick six was better).A third interception came later from Darius Curry; maybe making some wonder if these picks will carry over into the fall. With OSU’s defense preaching their new catchphrase, “We’re taking it back”, Cowboy fans can’t help but let their hopes rise a little.The position that sticks out most is QB. After the way Mason Rudolph closed out last season, it’s hard to not be excited about his future potential.While watching the OSU vs. Baylor game in Rudolph’s first collegiate career start, it was hard to believe how calm and confident he looked behind that weak offensive line. If that confidence and poise can carry into this season, with a hopefully-improved OL, Cowboys fans will get a longer and sweeter taste of how good this kid can be.Also, with JW Walsh manning the 2nd-team slot with his quickness and running ability, and after a pleasantly-surprising spring showing from freshman John Kolar, the Cowboys could be tough to stop at QB.Overall, what other positions could be a force? With James Castleman gone but Emmanuel Ogbah still wrecking havoc on opposing offenses, how will OSU’s defensive line fair?With Rennie Childs trying to come in strong at the RB position and Todd Mays and Chris Carson on their way, what will OSU’s run game look like? And what about that WR group? With James Washington returning as a sophomore and Chris Lacy passing 100 yards receiving during the spring game.Several question marks still fill the Cowboys position groups, but for now, it would appear that QB is one area most fans can place their confidence.Returning as only a sophomore, and with both coaches and players saying he’s ready to lead the team, let’s hope we’re looking at Stillwater’s next Brandon Weeden in Rudolph.Photo Attribution: USATSIIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Shaqiri slams Stoke with Ronaldinho jibe

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri Shaqiri slams Stoke: ‘The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering’ Chris Burton 21:06 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City Premier League Getty Images Premier League Internazionale Bayern München Stoke City Bundesliga Serie A The Switzerland international has hinted at a summer exit after expressing his frustration at a “lack of quality” around him at the bet365 Stadium Xherdan Shaqiri has bemoaned the “lack of quality” at Stoke, suggesting that “even a Ronaldinho could do little” with the Potters.The Switzerland international moved to England in July 2015 for £12 million and was considered to be quite a coup.Having previously represented Bayern Munich and Inter, the 26-year-old had forged a reputation alongside the likes of Franck Ribery and Mauro Icardi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Shaqiri admits to missing his illustrious former colleagues, with his time in the Premier League having been a “sobering” experience.He told Schweizer Illustrierte: “The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering.”I had to realise that it’s a bit different when you have players like Ribery and Thiago at Bayern or Icardi and [Mateo] Kovacic at Inter.”Here at Stoke I cannot exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.”Having aired his frustration at seeing challenges for titles and European places swapped for a relegation scrap at the bet365 Stadium, Shaqiri has hinted that his days at Stoke may be numbered.He added: “I cannot just down tools but it would take something extreme for Stoke in the transfer market this summer to revive my enthusiasm.”Shaqiri is currently enjoying his most productive season with the Potters, even if those around him have struggled.He has managed seven goals and six assists across 31 appearances, but Stoke find themselves languishing inside the Premier League relegation zone ahead of a testing trip to Arsenal on Sunday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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‘Eriksen could slot into Liverpool’s team’

first_imgChristian Eriksen could “slot into Liverpool’s team”, says Dean Saunders, with the Reds considered to be in need of someone that can make them “more productive”.The general consensus is that Jurgen Klopp would welcome another playmaker onto his books.A move to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield from Barcelona has been mooted, but there has been a mixed response to reports linking the Champions League winners with the Brazil international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Saunders believes Liverpool could set their sights closer to home if looking to land a proven creative influence, with Danish star Eriksen being heavily linked with a switch away from Tottenham.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has conceded that a lot of interest is being shown in a player entering the final year of his contract, and it could be that a transfer scramble is sparked at some stage.Former Reds striker Saunders told talkSPORT when quizzed on whether Liverpool will spend their budget this summer and who they might target: “[They could] spend it maybe… I think Eriksen could slot into Liverpool’s team; somebody like Eriksen.“That type of player who will make their midfield a bit more productive.”Eriksen, who is said to be registering on the recruitment radar of Madrid rivals Real and Atletico, has admitted that he could be tempted to take on a new challenge this summer.He has told Ekstra Bladet on his future plans: “I feel that I am a place in my career where I might want to try something new.“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened at Tottenham – I will not be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.“I hope there will be a resolution during the summer. That’s the plan.“In football you do not know when a resolution will happen. It can happen anytime. Everyone wants the best to it to happen as soon as possible, but in football takes things time.”Eriksen has been with Tottenham since 2013, taking in 277 appearances for the club and recording 66 goals – along with a healthy number of assists. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Healthier Lifestyles Urged to Prevent Non – Communicable Diseases

first_imgStory Highlights Health Minister is urging increased engagement by persons in healthy lifestyles One out of six deaths is due to NCDs NCDs account for a significant percentage of deaths currently occurring in Jamaica Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is urging increased engagement by persons in healthy lifestyles which he contends can significantly reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).His call comes against the background of data suggesting that NCDs account for a significant percentage of deaths currently occurring in Jamaica. Statistics indicate that approximately one out of six deaths is due to NCDs, mainly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.Health statistics for 2009 showed that diseases of the circulatory and respiratory systems, endocrine and metabolic diseases, and cancer, accounted for approximately 60 per cent of deaths among men, and 75 per cent among women, that year.Data also shows that the cost to administer medical treatment for some NCDs, like cancer, averages as much as $3.6 million.Speaking at Friday’s (September 6) launch of Caribbean Wellness Day 2013, at the Rooms on the Beach Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Dr. Ferguson cited tobacco use, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity as the four main behavioural risk factors contributing to the high incidence of NCDs. These, he contended, “largely, are in our individual control.”“The excessive use of alcohol and tobacco smoking is helping to drive this increasing burden of diseases. Move towards having a low-salt, low fat diet, and increase fruits and vegetables intake. Become more physically active, reduce your alcohol consumption, and quit smoking tobacco products,” he urged.The Health Minister pointed out that life expectancy in most Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, is comparable to most developed countries, such as the United States and Canada.“Unfortunately, we are also seeing a higher disease burden as regards to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and some cancers, such as that of the prostate and cervix. We can, together, improve the situation. as eight per cent of heart diseases and diabetes, and 40 per cent of cancers are preventable,” he contended.Activities commemorating Caribbean Wellness Day 2013 are slated for Saturday, September 14, at the Ocean Village Shopping Centre, Ocho Rios, St. Ann.last_img read more

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Knutsen Shipping Orders Engines for Two LNG Carriers

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close zoom Knutsen OAS Shipping, the Norwegian shipping company, has placed an order for 2 × 2 7G70ME-GI engines in connection with the building of two 176,300 m3 capacity LNG carriers. The specified engines are also based on MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new, ultra-long-stroke, G-type concept to deliver an even higher, overall propulsion plant efficiency.MAN Diesel & Turbo has verified that, even when compared to the best, modern DFDE propulsion solution, an ME-GI engine delivers fuel savings of more than 30 tonnes of gas per day when operating at a normal ship speed of 15-17 knots. To date, MAN Diesel & Turbo has clinched orders for 42 dual-fuel units, representing a power output of 780 MW. The ME-GI engineThe ME-GI engine represents the culmination of many years’ work. Depending on relative price and availability, as well as environmental considerations, the ME-GI engine gives shipowners and operators the option of using either HFO or gas – predominantly natural gas. An ME-LGI counterpart is also being developed that uses LPG and methanol.Hyundai became the first MAN Diesel & Turbo two-stroke licensee to demonstrate the ME-GI concept in Korea in late-2012, with Mitsui following in April 2013. At the time, MAN Diesel & Turbo predicted a broad, potential market for its ME-GI engine. Subsequently, the company reported much interest in the engine and has since confirmed several orders from significant market players.MAN Diesel & Turbo sees significant opportunities arising for gas-fuelled tonnage as fuel prices rise and modern exhaust-emission limits tighten. Indeed, research indicates that the ME-GI engine delivers significant reductions in CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. Furthermore, the ME-GI engine has no methane slip and is therefore the most environmentally friendly technology available. As such, the ME-GI engine represents a highly efficient, flexible, propulsion-plant solution. MAN Diesel Turbo, December 16, 2013last_img read more

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Alexander Spirit Crew Supporters Hit the Streets Again

first_imgzoom Supporters of the Alexander Spirit crew have hit the streets again today with a crowd of a couple of hundred strong protesting outside the Caltex-run Kurnell refinery, condemning the company’s treatment of the fuel tanker’s crew and the wider working public, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said.In addition to Maritime Union of Australia members, the group was made up of supporters from the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, the Transport Workers’ Union, the Australian Maritime Officers Union, the Fire Brigade Employee’s Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, MUA added.Sydney Branch Secretary Paul McAleer used this opportunity to condemn the actions of multi-million dollar oil company Caltex.“We’re down here at the Caltex terminal, which was a terminal which used to have hundreds and hundreds of members,” he told the crowd.McAleer said Caltex’s decision to shut down the refinery was insulting.“Despite the profit, this is a company that has shed hundreds of jobs out of this community and now they’re going to sack another 36 off the Alexander Spirit,” he said referring to Caltex’s announcement of a half-year profit of $375 million a week after telling the crew of the Alexander Spirit they were going to be replaced.After further speeches by ITF National Coordinator Dean Summers and Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon, the crowd assembled on the road and marched to the terminal gates.The fate of the ship and its crew has been in limbo for more than fortnight after oil major Caltex announced it would replace the Australian workers with a cheap foreign crew on the same week it reported a USD 375 million half-year profit.The tanker was due to depart from Devonport to Singapore on Saturday, after several delays caused by crew shortages. However, the stand-off continues as the ship remains in Devonport, Tasmania.last_img read more

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VShips Offshore Takes FSO under Management

first_imgzoom V.Ships Offshore, a ship management arm of V.Group, has been awarded a contract to provide operations and full technical management of the floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel Pertamina Abherka in Indonesia.As informed, this is the second vessel owned by Jakarta-based shipping company Pertamina International Shipping to be managed by V.Ships Offshore.The 101,777 cbm FSO, currently operating at Poleng Marine Terminal, offshore west of Madura Island, also acts as an accommodation facility with a potential capacity of 250 including 21 crew members.The vessel will be managed by the V.Ships Offshore office in Singapore with a local support team based in Indonesia.“Our teams from V.Ships Offshore and Pertamina International Shipping have worked hard to ensure a safe and smooth transition as the vessel came into management. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the team in support of the Indonesian marine and offshore sector,” Sanford D’Souza, general manager, V.Ships Offshore Asia, said.V.Ships Offshore offers offshore services in the marine market. This includes platform supply vessels, dive support vessels, pipe layers, DP shuttle tankers, floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units, drillships, subsea construction vessels and offshore accommodation vessels and barges.last_img read more

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New Legislation Updates Court Procedure Rules

first_imgCivil procedure rules that regulate procedures for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal will be clearer because of legislation introduced today, Nov. 14, by Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke. The legislation ratifies and confirms the rules revised by the judges of the two courts. “The previous rules were made in 1972,” said Mr. Clarke. “Our judges have done considerable work to update them, make them more user-friendly, and put a new focus on plain language.” Although the rules have served the province well, concerns about delays, costs and undue complexity of court proceedings suggested they needed to be examined in detail and re-written as required. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia conducted a comprehensive review and revision of the rules over the past five years. At the invitation of the Supreme Court, the Law Reform Commission, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and the Department of Justice helped with the revision.last_img read more

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Canada preparing to deliver aid shipments for Texas hurricane victims

first_imgThe federal government and the governments of Ontario and Quebec are readying relief supplies, including baby formula and cribs, for victims of hurricane Harvey.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the governments are working with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to co-ordinate the help.The storm left vast swaths of Texas and parts of Louisiana flooded and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes.“We reached out to offer whatever support is needed, from airlift capacity to helicopters to whatever is necessary,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Friday in Saskatoon.FEMA, he said, responded by providing Goodale a list of badly needed provisions, and Canada was more than happy to oblige.Goodale said the relief supplies include hygiene kits, bed pillows, bath towels, baby formula, baby disposable bottles, baby cribs and baby linens.The Royal Canadian Air Force is preparing a cargo plane to fly the goods to Texas and it is expected to leave soon.Trudeau and President Donald Trump spoke Thursday about the floods and relief efforts.“We are there for our friends suffering this terrible calamity of hurricane Harvey, and we will stand by them and offer them whatever support they need,” Trudeau said.“This is who Canadians are; we’re there for each other in times of difficulty.”The American embassy in Ottawa expressed gratitude for Canada’s offer of support.“The people of the United States and Canada have a long history of supporting each other in times of need,” Elizabeth Aubin, the charge d’affaires at the embassy, said in a statement.“We once again thank our Canadian friends and neighbours for their heartfelt offers of solidarity and assistance.”Goodale said Canada stands by the United States, saying the country’s thoughts and prayers are with those affected.“I want to commend local volunteers, first responders and residents who continue to work selflessly to keep their neighbours and communities safe,” he said in a statement.On Thursday, Trump’s homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Canada’s “neighbourly gesture” of help was much appreciated, telling a White House briefing, “It’s an international expression of what we’re seeing here at a very local level.”Related:Trudeau offers Trump condolences, assistance in aftermath of hurricane Harveylast_img read more

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Asian shares mixed ahead of Fed meeting USChina talks

SINGAPORE — Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as traders await the conclusion of a Federal Reserve policy meeting and U.S.-China talks.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index retreated 0.5 per cent to 20,556.54 while South Korea’s Kospi climbed 0.9 per cent to 2,203.17. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.1 per cent to 27,564.19. The Shanghai Composite index dropped 0.2 per cent to 2,589.70. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 added 0.2 per cent to 5,886.70. Stocks were flat in Taiwan but rose in Thailand and Indonesia.WALL STREET: U.S. indexes reflected a mixed draw of corporate earnings on Tuesday. 3M, the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, posted upbeat fourth quarter results. Harley-Davidson reported a drop in sales. Apple announced better-than-expected earnings, and its shares surged 5.7 per cent to $163.50 in after-hours trading. The S&P 500 index retreated 0.1 per cent to 2,640.00 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.2 per cent at 24,579.96. The Nasdaq composite, which has many technology stocks, shed 0.8 per cent to 7,028.29. The Russell 2000 index lost 0.1 per cent to 1,471.45.FED MEETING: All eyes are on a Federal Open Market Committee meeting ending Wednesday. Although the Fed is expected to leave its short-term interest rate unchanged, the nuances of a press conference by Chairman Jerome Powell will be closely watched.CHINA-US TRADE: American and Chinese officials will begin two days of trade talks in Washington. President Donald Trump will reportedly meet Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in an attempt to move negotiations forward. But the Justice Department’s charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei, its subsidiaries and a top company executive may be a hurdle. China has urged U.S. authorities to end what it called an “unreasonable crackdown” against Huawei, which has been accused of stealing technology and violating sanctions on Iran.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Asia’s markets are trading quietly sideways this morning, and we would expect that to be the theme of the day as the event-risk needle swings much higher from tonight in North America,” Jeffrey Halley of OANDA said in a market commentary.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 5 cents to $53.36 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It gained $1.32 to settle at $53.31 per barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, picked up 13 cents to $61.33 per barrel. The contract added $1.39 to $61.20 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 109.26 yen from 109.35 yen late Tuesday. The euro strengthened to $1.1442 from $1.1432.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

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LGV Moroccans Can Park Cars for Free at New Train Stations

The news came in line with the inauguration of Morocco’s high speed train (LGV).The National Railway Office (ONCF) is also offering free trips aboard al-Boraq, Morocco’s high speed train, November 26-28. ONCF invites citizens wishing to get free tickets to apply via the ONCF website or by calling the company’s customer service line, 2255, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. starting November 23. Applicants must type out their full names, phone numbers, ID card numbers, and their desired date and time of travel, as well as their station of choice: Casablanca, Tangier, Kenitra, or Rabat.Read Also: Morocco’s ONCF to Offer Free LGV Rides for 3 Days If the reservations are accepted, applicants will receive a confirmation email or phone call with their seat and train compartment numbers.The beneficiaries should claim their tickets 24 hours ahead of the journey or their reservations will be canceled.The ticket prices for the LGV economy class from Tangier to Casablanca cost MAD 149-224.Depending on the three peak periods—low, normal, or high—second-class tickets cost MAD 93-139 for Tangier-Kenitra, MAD 115-172 for Tangier-Rabat, and MAD 149-224 for Tangier-Casablanca.First-class tickets cost MAD 162-244 for Tangier-Kenitra.On November 15, King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the high speed train. The train departed for the first time from Tangier with King Mohammed VI and Macron taking the first ride.The King also inaugurated the tripling of the Casablanca-Kenitra railway tracks, the complete doubling of the Casablanca-Marrakech railway tracks, the stations dedicated to high speed trains (Rabat-Agdal, Tangier, Kenitra, and Casa-Voyageurs), and the new stations of Oujda and Benguerir. The large-scale projects cost MAD 10.5 billion. read more

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In Chinese border city locals hope North Korea opens up

DANDONG, China — When a green-and-yellow train carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rolled slowly over a bridge into the Chinese city of Dandong late Saturday, few locals took notice.“I didn’t really know much about it,” a 79-year-old retired farmer who gave only his surname, Shi, said Sunday, pausing during a walk along the river Kim crossed on his way to Vietnam to meet President Donald Trump for their second summit.Over the past few decades, North Korea has receded into irrelevance as the contrast with China has grown starker and starker. Many Chinese now regard North Korea as a curious relic of the past, and Dandong does a roaring trade in tourism centred on China’s neighbour across the water.Street vendors hawk binoculars, boat tours and booklets of North Korean currency during the day, while digital billboards light towering apartments at night. Sinuiju, less than a kilometre (half a mile) away across the Yalu River, lays silent, with few signs of activity among its motionless cranes, marooned ships and squat, unlit apartments.But some in this border city of over 2 million expect that if North Korea opens up, they will be among the first to benefit.“Dandong is the biggest border city in China,” said Liu Yujun, a former trader from Dandong who says real estate prices have been going up in anticipation of detente on the Korean Peninsula. “Their economy could pull Dandong up along with it. If they open up, then we can invest a lot into their economy.”China’s economy is facing its worst slowdown since the global financial crisis amid a bruising trade war with the U.S. Strict U.N. sanctions on North Korea have hit Dandong’s traders and shippers hard in the past few years, with some cutting employees or pivoting toward other businesses, a former freight company executive told The Associated Press.But the sudden thaw in tensions on the Korean Peninsula over the past year has raised anticipation that tough sanctions against North Korea may soon be eased. Investors rushed in to snap up apartments, prompting Dandong’s government to enact new regulations on real estate last May. On the North Korean side of the river, a tall, round concrete building is under construction — a rare sign of development.Shi believes if North Korea follows China’s lead by reforming its economy and opening up to trade, it could boom. He thinks the reason why North Korea struggled while China surged ahead was because of Pyongyang’s overemphasis on military spending.“They put so much effort into missiles and nuclear weapons research,” Shi said. “If they didn’t focus on this research so much, they might not be so backward.”In his upcoming meeting with Trump in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday, experts say Kim will seek a U.S. commitment for improved bilateral relations and partial sanctions relief while trying to minimize any concessions on his nuclear facilities and weapons.While Kim wants to leverage his nuclear and missile program for economic and security benefits, there continue to be doubts on whether he’s ready to fully deal away an arsenal that he may see as his strongest guarantee of survival.But Xiao Yue, a food seller in Dandong, doesn’t care too much about the politicking that will take place in Vietnam. She simply wishes that one day, she’ll be able to mingle freely with North Koreans.“It’d help us communicate, culturally and on other levels,” Xiao said. “I just hope they can come over here and have some fun.”Dake Kang, The Associated Press read more

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SecretaryGeneral sounds alarm on fragility of Sudans northsouth peace accord

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending Sudan’s long-running north-south civil war has faced some of its most “volatile and challenging” months since it was signed in 2005, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a report made public today. Recent incidents – including the May attack by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on Omdurman, near the capital Khartoum, and fighting between the Sudanese armed forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Abyei – serve as “stark reminders of the fragility of peace in the Sudan,” Mr. Ban says in his latest report on the accord. Additionally, he notes that such instability highlights how the people of Sudan would suffer if the CPA – which he characterizes as “the bedrock for sustainable peace in the Sudan” – were to fail. Steps taken to consolidate the peace agreement have been thwarted by the crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, where as many as 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed as a result of direct combat, disease or malnutrition since 2003. Another 2.7 million people have been displaced because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen known as the Janjaweed. “Ultimately, peace in the Sudan is indivisible,” the report states, given that Darfur is part of the north and the CPA is the basis of the peace process between north and south. One of the biggest obstacles to implementing the accord, the Secretary-General says, has been the disputed town of Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between north and south Sudan. “The root cause of the problem has been the failure of the two parties to agree on an approach to implement the Abyei Protocol,” he notes, referring to the agreement to end the deadly fighting in the town. In June, the National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) agreed on a road map to resolve the Abyei dispute, including through arbitration. Mr. Ban says that implementing this road map in good faith would spur progress in other areas, and urges both sides to complete their redeployment out of the area as soon as possible. But the Abyei issue should not overshadow the other areas where improvements towards achieving the CPA need to be made, he warns. The Secretary-General congratulates the parties for having implemented a key benchmark of the peace accord, conducting a national census, but calls for the prompt demarcation of the 1 January 1956 border. “The delay in this process has caused the two sides to deploy forces along border areas to attain better bargaining positions, creating a de factor border line as a consequence.” 1 August 2008The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending Sudan’s long-running north-south civil war has faced some of its most “volatile and challenging” months since it was signed in 2005, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a report made public today. read more

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Buyers definitely in the drivers seat in Calgary

Stock photo by Posted Dec 1, 2015 1:10 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Buyers definitely in the driver’s seat in Calgary New numbers show more and more for sale signs are going up on properties in the city, which is having a negative impact on real estate prices.The chief economist with the Calgary Real Estate Board said last month sales were down 28 per cent compared to the same period a year ago and off nearly 20 per cent from the ten year average.Ann Marie Lurie said even though more for sale signs are up, they are still below the record high set during the last recession, which was also a buyer’s market.“Our inventory levels are still nowhere near as high as through that 2008, 2009 period,” she explained to 660 NEWS. “That was really the last time we’ve seen conditions really move into that.”As for price declines, Lurie said condo values are off four per cent year over year, while home prices down about one and a half per cent.Housing market conditions now favour the buyer, says CREB #yycre https://t.co/CyKsBP1qX7 pic.twitter.com/PQ1WOEpg3o— CREBNow (@CREBNow) December 1, 2015 read more

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Energy East pipeline is safe good for country TransCanada tells NEB hearings

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – TransCanada Corp. stressed its commitment to the safety of oil shipments as three days of hearings into the proposed $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline project opened in New Brunswick on Monday.“We are committed to delivering this oil safely, responsibly, and reliably, and our goal is to have zero incidents,” said John Van der Put, vice president of eastern oil pipeline projects for TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP).He told a three-member National Energy Board panel convening in Saint John that the project is “the safest and most environmentally responsible way” to transport crude oil from Western to Eastern Canada.He said more than 700 pipeline route changes have already been made as a result of a public consultation process with communities in the three years since the project was announced.“We submit that moving forward with the Energy East project is in the best interests of the country, of the province of New Brunswick, and the City of Saint John,” said Van der Put.A spokesman for manufacturers in the province emphasized the province is badly in need of jobs the project would bring, citing unemployment rates of up to 20 per cent in some counties.Joel Richardson of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters said as unemployed New Brunswickers return home from the West due to the downturn in the oil industry, there are growing numbers of skilled tradespeople in dire need of work.“We believe the approval of Energy East will help create new direct and indirect jobs for thousands of unemployed people in New Brunswick … and will generate tax revenue to help us cover health care, education and social services in New Brunswick,” he told the panel.However, groups including Nature Canada and the Sierra Club voiced their concerns about the potential environmental impact of the project.Emma Hebb, of the Sierra Club Foundation of Canada, said the project is simply the wrong one given the environmental challenges posed by global warming.“We do not believe that this is the best thing for the public interest because it entails an investment in fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when all good science tells us that we need to be switching away from these fossil fuel resources as soon as possible,” said Hebb.Both Hebb and representatives from Nature Canada quizzed the company on its plans in the event of an oil spill along the proposed 4,500 kilometre route.Van der Put said the key is to put in place a rapid response to any emergency anywhere along the pipeline.He said the company would be able to have field personnel on site within three hours of a spill and equipment on site within six hours.He also said TransCanada does site-specific planning to ensure those response targets are met.As part of the development, crude oil from Alberta would be shipped through the pipeline to Saint John, where it would be refined.Garry Prosser, whose Anthony’s Cove home is across from the proposed tank farm for the marine terminal where the oil will be stored, expressed frustration with a lack of answers from TransCanada about the effects on homeowners in the vicinity.Prosser said he hasn’t received answers to his concerns.“What price do I have to pay?” said Prosser. “My quality of life, enjoyment of property, health and safety, property values and sense of community will be dramatically affected by this project.”The executive director of the conservation group Nature NB testified that over 200 species and millions of individual birds migrate in the area where the pipeline is planned and over the waters where supertankers will steam with huge cargos of oil.Vanessa Roy-McDougall noted that species such as the eider ducks, Wilson’s storm petrels, Atlantic puffins, razorbills and terns have nesting grounds in the Bay of Fundy.Nearly 30 species of shorebirds migrate through the bay in late summer and early fall, and between 1.1 and 2.1 million semipalmated sandpipers — the bulk of the world’s population of the species — migrate along the coast each year, she testified.“Given the number of birds and species at risk, such as the northern right whale, that frequent the area, Nature NB is concerned about how the increased tanker traffic and the large amount of oil in storage will lead to an increased risk of oil spills in the area,” said Roy-McDougall.She said such a spill would be devastating to birds and marine species, “and in some cases devastating to a large percentage of the global population of the species.”Van der Put said there is a very low probability of such a spill.In all 337 interveners are scheduled to testify about the pipeline during hearings in cities across Canada.The hearings are scheduled to conclude in Kingston, Ont., in December and the energy board must make a recommendation to the federal government by March, 16, 2018. Energy East pipeline is safe, good for country, TransCanada tells NEB hearings by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2016 8:16 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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World leaders unite in Armistice tribute to those who fell

A handwritten message is pictured on the wreath placed by Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May at the grave of George EllisonCredit:GARETH FULLER /AFP This will be a weekend of reconciliation. At the Cenotaph on Sunday – and for the first time – a German leader will lay a wreath. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German president, will perform the duty on behalf of his nation in a historic act of reconciliation.After the service, 10,000 people, chosen by ballot, will have the chance to pay their respects to those who served in the Great War by taking part in the Nation’s Thank You procession past the Cenotaph in Whitehall.Across the country, the bells will ring out as they did at the end of the First World War – and a Westminster Abbey service will be held, along with others in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the 
 Abbey service. A handwritten message is pictured on the wreath placed by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the grave of George Ellison At St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons yesterday, Mrs May placed her note at Pte Ellison’s grave, quoting the Laurence Binyon poem For the Fallen, which was published in September 1914 and is often recited on Remembrance Sunday. Donald Trump waves as he arrives in ParisCredit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP French and British soldiers take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the WWI French-British memorial of Thiepval  French and British soldiers take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the WWI French-British memorial of Thiepval Credit: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty After lunch Mrs May and Mr Macron travelled to the Thiepval Memorial, the towering monument that commemorates the Missing of the Somme, the soldiers who have no graves.The two leaders laid a wreath of poppies and bleuets – the French equivalent of the poppy – and then visited two graves. One was that of Philip Ernest Stubbs, who was killed, aged 17, on Nov 3, 1916; the other was of Charles Baron, of the French artillery, who was killed, aged 21, on June 11, 1915. The wreath that was laid stated: “There lie the flower of youth, the men who scorn’d to live (so died) when languished liberty” – a quotation from A Soldier’s Cemetery by John William Streets, who was himself killed in 1916.This was a moment to reflect, said Mrs May, on the two nations’ efforts fighting side-by-side in two world wars, and a chance to look ahead to a “shared future, built on peace, prosperity and friendship”. Private George Ellison almost made it out alive. He died while on patrol just outside Mons, Belgium, at 9.30am on November 11, 1918, 90 minutes before the end of the First World War. He was the last British soldier killed – 886,345 UK troops had died before him. At the start of three days to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War yesterday, Theresa May left a hand-written note at Pte Ellison’s grave side, promising never to forget.Over the weekend millions will 
attend events, including the lighting of 10,000 lanterns at the Tower of London; tiny figures laid out at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to represent the 72,396 British servicemen killed at the Battle of the Somme who have no known grave; and portraits of the dead etched in the sand at 32 beaches in a project devised by Danny Boyle, the film and Olympics 2012 director.It will be a weekend of intense diplomatic activity. The Prime Minister met the French and Belgian presidents yesterday, while Emmanuel Macron sees Donald Trump today in Paris.On Sunday, while Mrs May and the Prince of Wales lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, Mr Macron hosts the US president and Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, at a ceremony at the Arc de 
Triomphe. The various events will be watched keenly for signs of a new world order. “They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted … We will remember them.”Opposite his grave, by a macabre 
accident of fate is buried John Parr, 17, of the Middlesex Regiment, who on August 21, 1914, became the first British soldier to die in the conflict.Accompanied by Charles Michel, the Belgian Prime Minister, Mrs May also laid a wreath at Pte Parr’s grave. There too she left a note, this time quoting from Rupert Brooke’s poem The Soldier.“There is in that rich earth a richer dust concealed,” Mrs May quoted on a card in memory of Pte Parr. Donald Trump waves as he arrives in Paris At Thiepval, Paul Evrard, 88, a Frenchman whose father and two brothers died in the Second World War, looked on, carrying a French flag as he has done for the past 46 years, on every Remembrance weekend.“It is important we remember the friendship and brotherhood between our two countries,” said Mr Evrard. By the afternoon, the Prime Minister had travelled to France to meet Mr Macron in Albert, a town in the heart of the Somme region that suffered a devastating bombardment.The statue of the Virgin Mary that sits atop the town’s church had leant precariously for much of the war. British troops had believed that when it fell the war would be over. The Leaning Virgin in fact toppled in April 1918.Albert has a special place in Mr Macron’s heart. His British great-grandfather George Robertson, from Bristol, fought there during the battle of the Somme. He stayed on to marry a Frenchwoman, with whom he had three children. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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