Nokia/Microsoft Deal Confirmed: 5 Key Questions Answered

first_img3. What’s to Become of Qt? Nokia’s work at making its development environment Qt easier to use – efforts which were seeing moderate success, Nokia said in November – will no longer matter in the company’s new strategy. That’s because going forward, developers will use Microsoft’s tools for Windows Phone. Specifically, they will have access to Visual Studio 2010, Expression, Silverlight and the XNA Framework. Qt will be phased out, like Symbian.In a letter to developers, Nokia spelled out details of the changes, again downplaying the change by touting how Nokia still plans to sell “around 150 million more Symbian devices.” The company also noted that the MeeGo project will use Qt.In addition, Nokia boasted of Ovi Store numbers in the letter: 190 countries, with local specific content in 90 of those, 4 million downloads a day, 300,000 users signing up daily and 400,000 developers.As a part of the company’s organizational changes, its Services and Developer Experiences (SDX) unit will be responsible for Nokia’s global service portfolio, developer offering, developer community relations, and integration of partner service offering, the company said. That also includes Forum Nokia, which will continue to support developers for Symbian smartphones and Series 40 mobile phones.4. What’s Happening on the Organizational Level?Both Nokia itself and its management structure has be reorganized based on the new strategy. However, the rumors had gotten this part wrong – Elop isn’t dismissing its top execs, just moving them around.As of April 1, Nokia will have a new company structure, which features two distinct business units: Smart Devices and Mobile Phones.Smart Devices will be responsible for creating the Windows Phone portfolio and will also house the sub-units of Symbian smartphones, MeeGo Computers and Strategic Business Operations. Jo Harlow will lead this group.Mobile Phones will “leverage its innovation and strength in growth markets to connect the next billion people and bring them affordable access to the Internet and applications,” said Nokia. Mary McDowell will lead Mobile Phones.Niklas Savendar will run Markets, which is responsible for “selling products, executing compelling marketing and communications, creating a competitive local ecosystem, sourcing, customer care, manufacturing, IT and logistics across all Nokia products.”Tero Ojanpera will lead the Services and Developer Experience unit which is responsible for Nokia’s global services portfolio, developer offering, developer relations and integration of partner service offerings.Design, responsible for Nokia product and user experience design, will be led by Marko Ahtisaari.Rich Green will be CTO.Timo Ihamuotila is CFO.Corporate Development, responsible for driving implementation of Nokia’s ecosystem strategy and strategic partnerships, will be headed by Kai Oistamo.Corporate Relations & Responsibility, responsible for Nokia’s government and public affairs, sustainable development and social responsibility, will be led by Esko Aho.Human Resources will be led by Juha Akras.Alberto Torres, the EVP of MeeGo, has stepped down from the management team, effective February 10 to “pursue other interests.” sarah perez Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Nokia says Symbian will become a “franchise platform, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value,” but tried to downplay its death by touting sheer numbers:“This strategy recognizes the opportunity to retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come.”2. What’s Going on with MeeGo?MeeGo, a joint OS project built from Nokia’s Maemo platform and Intel’s Mobiln OS was, at one time, going to be Nokia’s means of competing in the smartphone market. Now, it will become an “open-source, mobile operating system project,” says Nokia. “MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.”What does that mean, exactly?It means that Elop didn’t think that Nokia could build a smartphone ecosystem around MeeGo quickly enough to compete on the new, and rapidly changing smartphone market. Now, says Elop, MeeGo will serve, “not as part of another broad smarpthone platform strategy, but as an opportunity to learn.”Only one MeeGo-based device will ship this year, probably because it’s so late into the process, Nokia sees no reason not to. However, after that phone ships, the MeeGo team will change focus to work on “exploration of future platforms, future devices and future user experiences.”Intel, which was a partner in Nokia’s earlier plans for MeeGo, has this to say: “While we are disappointed with Nokia’s decision, Intel is not blinking on MeeGo. We remain committed and welcome Nokia’s continued contribution to MeeGo open source.”center_img As expected, Nokia and Microsoft announced a new partnership deal ahead of Nokia’s Capital Markets Day which will align the two companies to compete together in the mobile economy. As part of the strategy, Nokia will begin using Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system on its mobile devices as its primary smartphone platform, and Nokia’s current mobile platform Symbian will eventually be phased out. Nokia’s original plan to use its MeeGo operating system on high-end smartphones also takes a backseat under the new deal – MeeGo will become an open-source “project” with just one device launching this year. Both companies will collaborate on development, marketing and their mobile roadmap, they said.Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Bing search engine and related services and its adCenter search advertising services will come Nokia devices.Nokia Putting Out Fire on its “Burning Platform”New Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft exec who took the helm last fall, has moved quickly to bring change to the Finnish company whose market share has been steadily dropping in the face of increased competition from Google and Apple. He recently sent a memo to employees, rallying the company to change. “I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times,” he wrote. “We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally. Nokia, our platform is burning.”With a deal of this magnitude, casual observers may have several questions. What does this mean for Symbian? What of Qt, Nokia’s development platform? What’s to become of MeeGo? Who’s in charge of what at Nokia?We’ll attempt to answer those questions below.1. What Will Happen to Symbian? (And When?)With Nokia’s new mobile strategy, Windows Phone 7 will displace Symbian…eventually. In a slide presented by Elop and Nokia CFO Timo Ihamuotila, it’s clear that Symbian will be wholly replaced by Windows Phone 7. However, the slide was not meant to be a forecast as to when that transition will complete. That said, Symbian will certainly begin to spiral downwards in terms of developer interest almost immediately – few parties will want to build apps for a dying platform with no future. Image credits: Engadget Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Additionally, Nokia will be cutting thousands of jobs in Finland and elsewhere in the world. Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks employed some 132,000 people at the end of last year, and of those 19,800 were in Finland.5. Does this Mean Nokia/Microsoft Will Have a New Tablet Strategy?Although nothing specific to tablets was laid out by either company, Elop did confirm that Nokia had tablet plans in the works.“When it comes to this platform, we reserve the right to introduce tablets on other platforms, he said. “Whether that be internal projects or we could take advantage of what Microsoft is innovating with, we’ve nothing to announce on that today.”However, the tablet will not run MeeGo, Elop said. When asked what would be the point of launching a tablet with a dead OS, Elop said “you’ve answered your own question there.”Nokia Press Release & VideoBelow is Nokia’s official statement:Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world. We both are incredibly excited about the journey we are on together.While the specific details of the deal are being worked out, here’s a quick summary of what we are working towards:•Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.•Nokia will help drive and define the future of Windows Phone. Nokia will contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.•Nokia and Microsoft will closely collaborate on development, joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.•Bing will power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter will provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.•Nokia Maps will be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience.•Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements will make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.•Microsoft development tools will be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.•Microsoft will continue to invest in the development of Windows Phone and cloud services so customers can do more with their phone, across their work and personal lives.•Nokia’s content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.We each bring incredible assets to the table. Nokia’s history of innovation in the hardware space, global hardware scale, strong history of intellectual property creation and navigation assets are second to none. Microsoft is a leader in software and services; the company’s incredible expertise in platform creation forms the opportunity for its billions of customers and millions of partners to get more out of their devices.Together, we have some of the world’s most admired brands, including Windows, Office, Bing, Xbox Live, NAVTEQ and Nokia. We also have a shared understanding of what it takes to build and sustain a mobile ecosystem, which includes the entire experience from the device to the software to the applications, services and the marketplace.Today, the battle is moving from one of mobile devices to one of mobile ecosystems, and our strengths here are complementary. Ecosystems thrive when they reach scale, when they are fueled by energy and innovation and when they provide benefits and value to each person or company who participates. This is what we are creating; this is our vision; this is the work we are driving from this day forward.There are other mobile ecosystems. We will disrupt them.There will be challenges. We will overcome them.Success requires speed. We will be swift.Together, we see the opportunity, and we have the will, the resources and the drive to succeed.last_img read more

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Formula One: Sebastian Vettel claims the Japanese GP, closes in on Alonso’s lead

first_imgSebastian Vettel put in a dominating performance in his Red Bull to win the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on Saturday and close in on Ferrari’s championship leader Fernando Alonso.The German led from the front to cross the chequered flag ahead of Felipe Massa in the Ferrari and local hero Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber.The retirement of Alonso (194 points) on the first lap due to a puncture after a rear-end shove from Kimi Raikkonen helped Vettel close the gap to just four points in the drivers’ standings, with five races remaining.”When you are dreaming at night, you dream one day about racing a car like that,” said a jubilant Vettel. “The balance was so good and that’s why there was a gap behind,” he added, in reference to his 20-second winning cushion.It was Vettel’s third win of the season after Bahrain and Singapore.For Massa it was a first podium finish since South Korea 2010. The achievement may have persuaded Ferrari bosses to stick with the Brazilian for next season.Also in the championship hunt along with Alonso and Vettel are Raikkonen (157 points), who finished sixth to stay within 33 points of the leader, and Lewis Hamilton (152), whose fifth place kept him in contention a further five points back.The F1 trail hits South Korea next week, before arriving in India, Abu Dhabi, the United States and finishing in Brazil November 25.Results:1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)3. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)4. Jenson Button (McLaren)5. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)6. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)7. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)8. Pastor Maldonado (Williams)9. Mark Webber (Red Bull)10. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)11. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)12. Paul di Resta (Force India)13. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)14. Bruno Senna (Williams)15. Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)16. Timo Glock (Marussia)17. Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)18. Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)19. Romain Grosjean (Lotus)Charles Pic (Marussia) Retired, lap 37Narain Karthikeyan (HRT) Retired, lap 32Sergio Perez (Sauber) Retired, lap 18Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Retired, lap 1Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Retired, lap 1advertisementlast_img read more

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Mighty Sports jumps right into action in Dubai tilt

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Philippine representatives to the 10-team tournament in the diverse metropolis will face American University in Dubai in the Group A matches on Friday 7 pm (11 pm in Manila), a team that Mighty knows little to nothing about.“We barely have any scouting report on who we will be facing right on the opening day but I am optimistic that we are more than ready to do well for our kababayans here proud,” said Mighty Sports owner Alex Wongchuking ahead of their game at Shabab Al Ahli.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMighty Sports is eyeing a better showing this time after finishing with a sorry 1-7 record in its tournament debut in 2017, and a lot of pressure will be put on the shoulders of two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom and Barangay Ginebra mainstay Justin Brownlee.Chinese Basketball Association Randolf Morris, who also played in the NBA with New York and Atlanta, is expected to patrol the team’s interior. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Doncic help Mavericks rout Knicks at Madison Square Garden Head coach Charles Tiu said he expects his team to go through the gauntlet in the tournament and especially in Group A wher they will face UAE’s national team.“I am expecting nothing less than a tough grind, every game here is important so we have to keep our collective focus on the task at hand,” said Tiu. “How we will perform in the first game will set the tone for our campaign.”Mighty will play four games in the preliminaries and will have to get into the top four of Group A to advance to the crossover quarterfinals that will start on Feb. 7.The semifinals will be played on Feb. 8 while the finals will be on the ninth.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—Mighty Sports will have its wits immediately tested just day after its arrival in the United Arab Emirates for the Dubai International Basketball Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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IDBI chief says Englands CDC,Spores GIC interested in stake

first_imgMumbai, Mar 1 (PTI) Public sector lender IDBI Bank today said international institutions like CDC of England and GIC of Singapore have shown some interest in buying stake in the bank.There were media reports that the government was in talks with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank Group member, to sell up to 15 per cent up stake in the struggling infra-lender- turned commercial bank.”You are talking about IFC, but there are many others — CDC is there, GIC is there, these investors are looking at buying stake, because they know IDBI is a very credible bank,” managing director and chief executive Kishor Kharat told reporters here.The government owns around 80 per cent stake in IDBI Bank and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the Budget yesterday had said the government was open to paring its stake in IDBI Bank below 50 per cent through a strategic stake sale.”The process of transformation of IDBI Bank has already started. The government will take it forward and also consider the option of reducing its stake to below 50 per cent,” Jaitley had said.The bank today announced a three-year plan to revamp it by doubling its business to Rs 10 trillion by FY19 and also to reduce its gross non-performing assets to below 3 per cent, which is close to 9 per cent now.In the December quarter, the bank had reported its worst numbers with a net loss of Rs 2,183 crore on a massive rise in NPAs, making it the second largest loss in the history of the nations banking history after BoBs over Rs 3,342 crore in the same period. PTI HV BEN NRB MKJ JMFadvertisementlast_img read more

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The best Football Manager 2019 free agents

first_imgFootball Manager 2019 is out now – in beta form, at least – and that means virtual bosses can get started on a brand new managerial project.While the game’s engineers have been meticulously delving into the minutiae of football management to make it a much more immersive experience, the simple mechanics of transfers can be the most enjoyable part.Indeed, when dipping into the transfer market in search of reinforcements, finding a bargain or, better yet, a top class free agent is one of the most satisfying aspects of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! At the beginning of the latest edition of the Sports Interactive management simulation, a host of quality players can be acquired without forking over a transfer fee, which makes them particularly attractive targets for cash-strapped clubs.Generally speaking, the players who tend to be without a contract are those at the end of their careers, but occasionally you will find a star who is still in his prime. Lots of factors come into play when attempting to lure a free agent to your club, such as wage demands and club reputation, so it must be noted that they won’t all be easily snapped up.To help you get started on your new managerial odyssey, Goal takes a look at some of the best free agents to sign in Football Manager 2019.Football Manager 2019 free agent goalkeepersThe standard of free agent goalkeepers available at the beginning of the new game is not really sufficient if you are managing at the highest level, but a number of players could fit in at Championship level or lower.Age can be a concern for players in outfield positions, but it is common to see goalkeepers ply their trade well into their late 30s and sometimes their 40s.Diego Cavalieri is a former Brazil international who was last on the books of Middlesbrough and he is probably the pick of the goalkeepers who can be picked up for free. Player Age Nationality Position Diego Cavalieri 35 Brazil GK Marco Storari 41 Italy GK Oscar Ustari 31 Argentina GK Vincent Enyeama 35 Nigeria GK Javi Varas 35 Spain GK Cedric Carrasso 36 France GK Other top-level international goalkeepers who can be signed for nothing are 31-year-old Oscar Ustari, who has represented Argentina, and former Lille shotstopper Vincent Enyeama.If you’re concerned about falling foul of work permit regulations, there are a number of European options too, including former Sevilla star Javi Varas and ex-Bordeaux number one Cedric Carrasso.Football Manager 2019 free agent defendersEvra West HamThere is an interesting array of talent available on free transfer when it comes to defenders and, while the age profile tends towards the older end of the spectrum, there are a few who players who are in their 20s.A host of senior internationals can potentially be signed, with the likes of Germany’s Serdar Tasci, Cameroon’s Sebastien Bassong and England’s Glen Johnson looking for a new club.If you’d like to get a true veteran into your ranks you could always try your hand at persuading former Inter and Argentina centre-back Nicolas Burdisso to join your project, or perhaps former Manchester United star Patrice Evra. Both players are approaching 40, so their physicality has decreased considerably, but their intelligence and skill set remains strong. Player Age Nationality Position Serdar Tasci 31 Germany DC Nicolas Burdisso 37 Argentina DC James Collins 34 Wales DC Robert Huth 33 Germany DC Joleon Lescott 35 England DC Christopher Samba 34 Congo DC Sebastien Bassong 31 Cameroon DC Florentin Pogba 27 Guinea DLC Russell Martin 32 Scotland DRC Chris Baird 36 Northern Ireland DRC/DM Sebastian Boenisch 31 Poland DRLC Benoit Tremoulinas 32 France D/WBL Patrice Evra 37 France D/WBL Benoit Assou-Ekotto 34 Cameroon D/WBL Eliseu 34 Portugal D/WBL Glen Johnson 33 England D/WBR Dennis Diekmeier 28 Germany D/WB/AMR You can sign Pogba for free too – Florentin, that is. The former Saint-Etienne man may not be at the same level as his World Cup-winning brother Paul, but he could certainly do a job at a lower level.The likes of Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, Robert Huth and James Collins may not be household names, but they all have years of Premier League experience under their belts, which is valuable.Football Manager 2019 free agent midfieldersSamir Nasri AntalyasporFormer Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri was once considered one of the best midfielders in Europe, so it is a surprise to see him among the free agents in Football Manager 2019.Perhaps all the France international needs is the right manager to resurrect his fortunes and, who knows, maybe he will have one final flourish before his career comes to an end – that could be you.Another fascinating name on the list of free agent midfielders in Football Manager 2019 is Portugal international Miguel Veloso, who counts Sporting Lisbon, Dynamo Kiev and Genoa among his former clubs.The defensive midfielder has appeared at two World Cups and two European Championships and, given his age, could probably still be relied upon to do a job for a top level club. Player Age Nationality Position Samir Nasri 31 France AMRLC Mbark Boussoufa 33 Morocco AMRLC Ederson 32 Brazil AMRLC Abou Diaby 32 France AMC Pablo Batalla 34 Argentina AMC Alberto Aquilani 33 Italy CM Didier Ndong 24 Gabon MRC Eugen Polanski 32 Poland DM Jan Kirchoff 27 Germany DC/DM Jeremy Toulalan 34 France DC/DM Denilson 30 Brazil DM Miguel Veloso 32 Portugal DM Mathieu Flamini 34 France DM Michael Essien 35 Ghana DM Fans of Arsenal might be tempted to bring old team-mates together, with the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Denilson and Abou Diaby joining Nasri among the former Gunners who are out of contract in the game.Other blasts from the past include former Chelsea enforcer Michael Essien and ex-France international Jeremy Toulalan.Football Manager 2019 free agent strikersDimitar BerbatovIf you’re looking for a bit of experience up front and can’t afford (or don’t want) to pay, Football Manager 2019 has a number of nostalgia-evoking options.Former Manchester United and Tottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov is available on a free and, amazingly, he still has rating of 20 for his first touch.Despite his advancing years, Berbatov’s finishing, technique and penalty-taking attributes are all still quite strong, so he could certainly do a job for a season at least.  Player Age Nationality Position Emmanuel Emenike 31 Nigeria ST Robbie Keane 37 Republic of Ireland ST Giuseppe Rossi 31 Italy ST Kenwyne Jones 33 Trindidad & Tobago ST Nilmar 33 Brazil ST Diego Forlan 39 Uruguay ST/AMC Dimitar Berbatov 37 Bulgaria FW/AMC Victor Anichebe 30 Nigeria AML/ST Spurs fans will be delighted to learn that a potential reunion with Robbie Keane is actually possible too, with the Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer also out of contract following his stint in India with ATK.Other free agent strikers include Giuseppe Rossi, but a thorough scouting may be preferable before making a move for the injury-plagued Italian.last_img read more

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Nationals Squeak By Mets, 2-1

first_imgWASHINGTON — Before his team’s 2-1 loss to the Nationals on April 8, Mets Manager Terry Collins was meeting with reporters, preparing for questions about lineup decisions, when GM Sandy Alderson spoke up from the back of the room.“Hey, Terry. Here’s your lineup for tomorrow,” Alderson said, then reached over and handed a blue card to Collins.Finishing the bit, Collins put the prop in a pocket and joked, “I was waiting for that all day.”Before their team even played its second game of the season, Collins and Alderson were drawn into a debate over whether the skipper or the front office is figuring out who bats where.That includes curiosity about Curtis Granderson leading off instead of Juan Lagares, David Wright’s move to the No. 2 spot from his usual No. 3, and pitcher Jacob deGrom hitting eighth instead of ninth.As it turned out, deGrom came up in a key spot with two men aboard in the second inning, tried to sacrifice them over, but popped up a bunt that first baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a headfirst dive to grab.“That makes a big difference in the game,” said deGrom (0-1), who allowed Zimmerman’s two-run homer in the first.Another important moment involved Granderson later in that inning. With the bases loaded and the count full, he struck out looking at an 86 mph slider from Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) that Granderson thought was a ball. When the call came from umpire Mike Everitt, Granderson leaned in for a chat.“I thought it was up,” Granderson said. “He said otherwise.” Through two games, the Mets have scored one earned run.As for the lineup choices, Collins and Alderson knew that topic would arise.“Well, first of all, you want to know who wrote that lineup? Who came up with it first? And he came up with it on about February 18 — (bench coach) Bob Geren,” Collins said before the game. “So I mean, sources around here, a lot of them don’t know what they’re talking about.”Asked whether he’s been told who should play and who should sit, Collins replied: “Absolutely not.”“The one thing the manager has in his power is this,” Collins said, referring to a lineup card. “He’s got one hammer, and that’s who plays. And I am certainly very, very lucky to have that hammer.”Alderson, for his part, said: “Look, I didn’t have any conversation with Terry about the lineup. I didn’t talk to Bob Geren about the lineup. I was probably as surprised as many about the lineup. But that’s his prerogative.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Chelsea team news & likely line-up

first_imgChelsea Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Stoke City Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 14:10 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Luiz Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Stoke City Eden Hazard David Luiz Antonio Conte Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon Chelsea’s four-game winning streak ground to a halt after a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal but they will continue their title defence with a tough away trip to Stoke City on Saturday. The Premier League champions got back to winning ways as they beat Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup midweek, while Stoke were knocked out by Bristol City. The Potters also lost to Newcastle in the league last time out, but Mark Hughes’ side will hope to bounce back from their recent disappointments.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 CHELSEA INJURIESAntonio Conte will welcome back Pedro after resting him against Forest, with the Spaniard having picked up a knock against Arsenal. Pedro sat out training for most of the week but will be part of the squad to face Stoke. Danny Drinkwater is a longer term injury concern and will once again miss out. The former Leicester man has a calf injury and could be out until after the October international break, having still not made his Chelsea debut.  Eden Hazard has completed the final steps in his recovery and on Wednesday played his first 90 minutes of football since the FA Cup final. He has been carefully eased back into the first team picture after breaking his ankle on international duty during the summer. Baba Rahman remains at Chelsea but isn’t part of the club’s Premier League or European squad due to a knee injury. He is expecting to return in late October or early November. The Blues have no other absentees but Diego Costa will not feature as he nears a transfer to Atletico Madrid. However, he has been included in the squad list for the Premier League this season, so he is technically available for selection. Conte confirmed the fitness of his players “No, all players are available for tomorrow apart from Drinkwater.”Pedro Chelsea 091717CHELSEA SUSPENSIONS David Luiz is banned for the trip to Stoke City and will also miss out against Manchester City next week. However, the centre-back will be available to play in the Champions League next week as suspensions only count for domestic competitions. He also suffered a fractured wrist during the match against Arsenal but has continued full training and can play through the injury for his side’s upcoming matches. Stoke Chelsea GFXPOTENTIAL STARTING LINE UP Andreas Christensen will deputise for David Luiz in the centre of a three man defence. The young defender has impressed Conte with his start to life at Stamford Bridge and he looks assured enough on the ball to take over in the middle of the back line. Conte has a choice to make on whether to pick Hazard or Pedro for the left attacking midfield role, but Willian will likely start on the right as he is the fittest of the three forwards. William 15/8 to score anytimeChelsea rested many players against Forest and Thibaut Courtois, Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta are just some of the big names that will return after a midweek break. Chelsea’s 3-4-3 remains the club’s primary formation after Conte won the title with the system last season. However, they have also lined up in the 3-5-2 formation on a few occasions this term. Chelsea team vs Stoke City GFXSTOKE CITY TEAM NEWS Kurt Zouma will be unavailable to face his parent club due to the terms in his loan deal, which causes defensive issues for Stoke with several other players out. Geoff Cameron is suffering from a hamstring injury so he also misses out in defence, while Ryan Shawcross is also a doubt with a back injury. Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland remain out with long term injuries, but the Potters have a clean bill of health for the rest of their first team.Jese Rodriguez BerahinoBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Stoke City have suffered 13 Premier League defeats against Chelsea in the Premier League; more than they have against any other opponent. Chelsea need a point in this game to reach 1800 Premier League points (currently 1799) – only Arsenal (1829) and Manchester United (2034) have more in the competition. Chelsea have been given as many red cards in their last five Premier League games (3) as they had in their previous 73. Willian has scored four Premier League goals against Stoke City; more than he has against any other opponent in the competition. Xherdan Shaqiri and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting have combined to create nine goalscoring chances for one another in the Premier League this season – only Spurs’ Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen (10) have combined more often. TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match isn’t being televised in the UK and it will kick off at 15:00 BST on Saturday. 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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India coach talks ahead of Colombia match

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup: Luis Norton de Matos: Important that India play without fear Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:37 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Norton de Matos India U17 Anselm Noronha/Goal U17 World Cup India U17 v Colombia U17 India U17 Colombia U17 The Portuguese tactician stressed that his team lacks in competitive experience compared to their opponents. India will face Colombia in their second FIFA U-17 World Cup match on Monday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi and head coach Luis Norton de Matos said the team is eager to earn a positive result.”I would like to win but I used to say that if I can’t win, the best result is a draw. As a coach, I don’t like to lose. I know the difference and all the gaps existing but now we are going to fight for a result,” he told reporters before the pre-match press conference.Matos once again expressed his displeasure against the penalty decision that broke the deadlock in the team’s 3-0 defeat against USA in the first match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. “My frustration, after I have analyzed the game with a calm mind, is about not scoring a goal seven minutes before the end. I am sure if the penalty didn’t happen, it would have become 2-1. We would have seven minutes after that and I know the mentality of these boys, they can fight till the end. They are very focused,” he remarked.The gaffer rued the individual mistakes that resulted in the goals, but stressed that technology would have had saved his team.”The second goal was a big mistake from us and in football, most goals are results of mistakes. It also was a fantastic shot from Durkin. The first goal was not a mistake of our team, it was the mistake of the referee. If it was a game with the video review or a referee near the goal, it would never ever be a penalty.”According to him, the difference in experience between the two teams can be a decider but he also stressed that Indian colts are much confident now, having faced some star players in the USA line-up.”Some of these players play in the first division in Colombia. But now we played against Sargent, who was the second highest goal-scorer in the U20 World Cup and it gives my boys the confidence to have played against the best. We have lost three points but have not lost hope and they are concentrated enough to earn a good result.”India had lost 3-0 against the Latin American side in a four-nation tournament played in Mexico earlier this year. Matos opined that it would be an advantage for his team that the boys already know their opponents.”I have seen many videos of Colombia and have also watched the first 25 minutes of their match. They made three similar moves down the left and that’s exactly the way they played against us in Mexico. They don’t score in normal way. They scored from two corners and another from dribbling inside the box. But we are very organized. Sometime, people say the team is defensive but that’s also important. You need to play according to your strength and for us, the biggest strength is our organization.”It’s important that the boys play without fear and it’s an advantage that they know the Colombian players,” signed off the coach, who rated Ghana and Colombia to be of the same level, albeit with different playing styles.last_img read more

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FA Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend

first_img1) Barkley gets the Goodison pariah treatmentRoss Barkley would have known what kind of reception awaited him at Goodison Park: the type rained down on previous Everton escapees such as Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott. Goodison might not be much longer for this world, with the latest suggestion being a new stadium for 2023, but for now it retains old‑fashioned menace to those who have transgressed the Evertonian code. Barkley’s crime among the faithful is to have left Goodison on a cut-price transfer to Chelsea in the January transfer window of last year after running down his contract. As he left the field after being substituted in the 65th minute, he responded to the hail of jeers by applauding all sides of the stadium. To Barkley’s credit, he has made himself a regular under Maurizio Sarri but like so many other Chelsea players at Goodison – and this season – he is wasted by the Neapolitan’s rigid thinking. John Brewin Share on Facebook Swansea City Manchester City The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. features 3Tottenham Hotspur302561 4) Swansea’s James attracting admirersPep Guardiola chuckled and raised his eyebrows as he described the speed with which the Swansea winger Daniel James soared away from Nicolás Otamendi. The 21‑year‑old’s 80-yard dance downfield against Brentford sparked Swansea to victory in the fifth round and, against Manchester City, the Wales international again relished centre stage, only this time the defenders he reduced to all fours were Premier League champions. The Championship side eventually wilted but they have laid down a marker for the rest of the season. “When I first came here, David Silva told me that at Swansea they always play good, and that this team always want to play. And we saw that.” As for James, who was set to join Leeds in January for a fee rising to £10m only for Swansea to pull the plug at the 11th hour, eye-catching performances such as these could start a bidding war. Ben Fisher• Match report: Swansea 2-3 Manchester City5) Maddison excels in unfamiliar roleBrendan Rodgers has not yet been at Leicester for three weeks but suffice to say he was not surprised when James Maddison struck with an inch-perfect free-kick. The manager recalled events on the training ground on Friday. “He had four free-kicks like that in succession where he bent it into the top corner. Top-level players can do that, find the top corner. That’s his strength, his technique, whether it’s a through-pass to Jamie Vardy or a free-kick. It’s not by accident.” If Maddison’s efforts were all the more admirable as illness kept him up on Friday night, he also showed his adaptability. Gareth Southgate cited the fact England do not use a No 10 to explain Maddison’s omission from his squad, but neither did Leicester in the rejig after Harry Maguire’s fourth-minute red card. Maddison excelled at finding space when cutting infield from a new role on the left. Richard Jolly• Match report: Burnley 1-2 Leicester City6) McDonald lets rip at RanieriThe phrase “refreshingly honest interview” is normally a long way from being accurate when it comes to the musings of a player in the matchday programme. Fulham – and more specifically, the midfielder Kevin McDonald – bucked the trend here. McDonald was no fan of Claudio Ranieri, the club’s former manager, who froze him out, but what about this? “His style of play didn’t suit the players he had,” McDonald said. “We were all a bit confused about what he wanted. The players were going out sometimes not really sure what they were meant to be doing. We were kind of winging it.” McDonald said Ranieri gave him “no reason” for the way he treated him. “Maybe he didn’t like me as a person.” Fulham endured a third defeat in three under Scott Parker against Liverpool but for McDonald – and others – the feeling is at least more positive. David Hytner• Match report: Fulham 1-2 Liverpool 11Everton31140 Millwall 2) Nuno’s Wolves go from strength to strengthWolves fans have been singing “Nuno’s the Special One” for a while but their chant carried particular pertinence on Saturday, as their Portuguese manager helped their team to outclass Manchester United. The hosts were sharper and shrewder at Molineux, a well‑honed unit against an extravagant mishmash. Ole Gunnar Solskjær did not seem to know what to do. He waited too long to make changes even though several of his players looked off the pace, especially in midfield, where, when the going got tough, captain Paul Pogba went missing. Perform like this again and United will be ridiculed by Barcelona in the Champions League and fail to climb back into the Premier League’s top four. “Man United, in April and May, we always find our form,” said Solskjær, who is in tune with the club’s glorious past but needs to do more in the coming week to prove he deserves to remain as manager next season. Paul Doyle• Match report: Wolves 2-1 Manchester United Brighton players celebrate winning in the penalty shootout – their manager Chris Hughton will have felt the match should have got that far. Photograph: Tim Ireland/AP Twitter Pinterest Ji So-yun breaks Durham hearts and fires Chelsea into FA Cup last four Facebook 1Liverpool315276 View gallery 8) Everton take advantage of Wenger-esque ChelseaEverton were as poor in the first half at Goodison as Chelsea were in the second. “We were lucky to get off at 0-0 at half time to be honest,” Séamus Coleman admitted. “It was poor from us in the first half,” Gylfi Sigurdsson agreed. “The second half was completely different and it needed to be. We started to win a lot more second balls.” The secret for Everton was simply upping the intensity once they stopped admiring Chelsea and realised they were there for the taking. How Maurizio Sarri can produce the same effect in his players is much more difficult to work out. Chelsea were unable to gain any advantage from having the best player on the field in Eden Hazard, or the most fluent runner in Pedro. Instead of overtaking Arsenal, Sarri’s side now seem to be turning into them, or at least they resemble a late-Wenger version: attractive to watch but too easily pushed aside. Paul Wilson• Match report: Everton 2-0 Chelsea Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Ten talking points from the weekend football Share via Email Was this helpful? Share on Messenger 7Wolverhampton30244 13Newcastle31-935 Facebook 5Man Utd301858 4Arsenal302460 Hide FA Cup 10Leicester31-341 9West Ham31-542 The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League and FA Cup photoscenter_img PosTeamPGDPts 3) Brighton have to do it the hard wayBrighton would have cried foul if they had not reached the last four of the FA Cup at Millwall’s expense. Chris Hughton felt they should have had a penalty in the first half, argued that Alex Pearce’s opener for Millwall should have been ruled out and was aggrieved when Jürgen Locadia had a goal disallowed for an incorrect offside decision against Martín Montoya in the final minute of extra time. VAR would probably have come to Brighton’s aid on all three occasions but the technology is not being used at grounds not in the Premier League. “It’s not fair,” Hughton said. “If I’m a team that benefited from it in one game, then I don’t think it’s fair on the teams that don’t benefit from it.” Brighton advanced after winning on penalties but the inconsistency worked against Swansea in their defeat by Manchester City. Jacob Steinberg• Match report: Millwall 2-2 Brighton (Brighton win 5-4 on pens) 8Watford30-243 Brighton & Hove Albion 12AFC Bournemouth31-1338 Football 14Crystal Palace30-533 9) Modest Gracia enjoys the momentJavi Gracia’s growing reputation as a manager was underlined in this victory against Crystal Palace. As well as making shrewd decisions, such as the one to introduce Andre Gray from the bench to allow the striker’s winning goal with virtually his first touch, the Spaniard has assembled a talented and hard‑working group of players who could yet go all the way in this year’s competition. The meeting with Wolves will be Watford’s seventh FA Cup semi-final and, having failed to reach the final every time apart from in 1984 under Graham Taylor, Gracia was typically modest in his assessment of their chances. “It’s something special, it’s something different,” Gracia said. “We will enjoy the semi-final. I think in this moment all the supporters will be very proud of our players and it’s a good moment for us.” Ed Aarons• Match report: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace10) Late goals show resilience of Benítez’s boysRafa Benítez has moulded his Newcastle side into one of the most committed and resilient in the league. This team cannot compete with that of the Kevin Keegan era for style but the fans do not mind: they hold their manager in enormously high regard for creating a side which has lost only twice in their past eight games, despite the lack of investment. The attitude was proved in their comeback win against Everton and then reinforced on Saturday when they scored a goal in injury-time in both halves. The first arrived thanks to a counterattack from a corner when many other teams would have been happy just to clear the ball at that stage. Instead Newcastle fought to get down the other end and earned a free-kick which Salomón Rondón curled into the top corner. Matt Ritchie smashed in the second to equalise moments before the final whistle, a testament to the battling qualities that will keep them up. Will Unwin• Match report: Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United Twitter 20Huddersfield31-3914 17Burnley31-2430 Share on WhatsApp 19Fulham31-4117 Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Topics Share on LinkedIn 6Chelsea301757 Premier League Share on Twitter Show 7) Hernández turns the game for West HamThe joys of Javier Hernández have been well documented over the years; he can score goals inside the 18-yard box and little else. Some managers have become frustrated with his limitations, meaning he struggled to be a regular at Manchester United and now West Ham. Considering set-pieces are West Ham’s most consistent method of scoring, it is quite useful to have the man with the quickest reactions in the capital sniffing around the area whenever the ball is lobbed into it. Not only did he score two vital goals in typical fashion, taking his tally to 52 in the Premier League (all from inside the box), but his energy in the final third changed the dynamic of the game for the hosts who struggled to get going against Huddersfield. Now it is up to his manager and teammates to give him the opportunities to become a focal point. Will Unwin• Match report: West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield Read more Share on Pinterest 2Man City305874 Reuse this content Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe 15Brighton29-1033 Pinterest 18Cardiff30-3028 Thank you for your feedback. Kevin McDonald spoke of a frustrating relationship with Claudio Ranieri. Photograph: James Marsh/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock 16Southampton30-1630last_img read more

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Belfast City Marathon course too long, organisers admit

first_imgThe organisers of the Belfast City Marathon have had to admit to runners and wheelchair athletes that the course they completed on Sunday was almost half a kilometre too long.“We would like to apologise to competitors of today’s race,” said David Seaton, chairman of the marathon organising committee.“Approximately 460 additional metres were added to the officially measured course of 26.2 miles (42.195km). This was due to human error, with the lead car diverting from the official route.”On social media, some runners were questioning whether the official figure was correct. David Hendron tweeted: Northern Ireland David Hendron (@deeboyh)The majority of Garmins were logging 26.7 miles. Be worth driving the course to confirm this. 460m isn’t enough.Otherwise a cracking day. Thanks for organisingMay 5, 2019 Running Share on WhatsApp Belfast Since you’re here… Read more Support The Guardian Topics “I can assure all participants that protocols will be put in place to ensure this never happens again. In the meantime, we are the process of adjusting runners’ times to reflect the correct distance,” he said.The race, which was won by Kenyans Joel Kositany and Caroline Jepchirchir, was being staged for the 38th time, but Sunday’s course was a new configuration. Organisers had hoped the change would lead to quicker times for runners.Seaton acknowledged that competitors who had recorded times close to their personal bests or “landmark” times such as three-hour marathons would be aggravated by the situation.“I can understand if you have been aiming for a sub three-hour marathon time and because of the mistake you have ended up being just outside three hours on the clock, that you are going to be annoyed.”At least the runners will have a time that they can claim for the race. For three years between 2013 and 2015, the Manchester marathon course was found to be 380 metres too short, which meant that 24,000 runners had their times declared invalid by UK Athletics. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Athletics news Share via Email Marathon running … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Marathon Share on Messenger Seaton was keen to let runners know that the mistake was a one-off. Share on Twitter A typical hour in the life of the Irish border Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Henry believes Monaco can survive

first_imgThierry Henry departs Monaco with “great sadness” but is confident they have the squad of players to remain in Ligue 1 under Leonardo Jardim’s stewardship.Henry was suspended on Thursday and his sacking was confirmed 24 hours later, the club’s former striker leaving after just three months in charge having replaced Jardim and failed to inspire a turnaround to move them away from the relegation zone.Franck Passi will take charge for the relegation six-pointer against Dijon on Saturday before Jardim reassumes control. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Henry’s departure comes with the club a point and a place above the bottom of the Ligue 1 table, with the former Belgium assistant having overseen a Champions League group-stage exit and a Coupe de France humbling at the hands of second-tier Metz during his brief spell.That defeat proved the final straw, having come on the back of a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Strasbourg in which Henry was involved in a foul-mouthed confrontation with their defender Kenny Lala, for which he later apologised.Henry averaged 1.22 fewer points per game than Jardim did in a tenure that saw him guide Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17, and the Principality club are banking on the Portuguese being able to rediscover that magic.However, Henry seemingly leaves on good terms, posting a statement on Twitter that read: “It is with great sadness that I part company with AS Monaco.”Despite the struggles and difficulties that we encountered along my short journey, I have still thoroughly enjoyed my time at this wonderful club”My ambition and philosophy from the day I joined will always be that the CLUB comes first. I strongly believe in this squad of players and that the team with all the recent new signings is now in a better shape to tackle the second part of the season and to go on a winning run and fulfil its potential.”I would particularly like to thank Vadim Vasilyev and Michael Emenalo who afforded me this opportunity at my boyhood club and of course the fans and staff who have given me such a warm reception during my tenure.”I sincerely hope that my successor will now take AS Monaco onto greater strengths and I wish them all the success for the future starting with a win in Dijon and then lifting the cup [Coupe de la Ligue] and getting us back into Europe.”last_img read more

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Seanergy Concludes Refinancing of Bulker Championship

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk shipping Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has concluded the refinancing of the 2011-built Capesize M/V Championship through a leasing agreement with Cargill International SA.The refinancing has released approximately USD 7.8 million of liquidity for the company.Pursuant to the agreement, the company has chartered back the vessel on a bareboat basis and subsequently entered it into a five-year time charter with Cargill at a rate which is linked to the 5-routes time charter average of the Baltic Exchange Capesize Index (BCI).Cargill will also cover 100% of the equipment and installation cost for retrofitting the vessel with an exhaust gas cleaning system.As part of the transaction, the company has issued 1,800,000 common shares to Cargill.As informed, the transaction is part of the company’s scrubber installation and time-charter program announced in October 2018. The company plans to equip five of its Capesize bulkers with scrubbers before the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulfur emission cap regulation.last_img read more

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Starting Friday Canadians to get emergency alerts on their cellphones

first_imgStarting Friday, Canadians won’t have to be near a television or radio to receive emergency alerts.Life-threatening emergencies will now be broadcast on compatible mobile phones.The National Public Alerting System — commonly called Alert Ready — will include wireless networks, in addition to traditional broadcast channels.In the case of a life-threatening emergency, officials will send a localized alert that will compel compatible phones to emit an alarm and display a bilingual text warning.Situations that could prompt an alert include forest fires, terrorist threats or an Amber Alert for a missing child.Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, has said that wireless carriers will conduct one test of the system during the week of May 6.The shrill, siren-like alarm tone is the same one that currently accompanies emergency broadcasts on radio and television.The Alert Ready website says individuals will not be billed for the messages.last_img read more

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Chief electoral officer decides to stick with voting day amid religious concerns

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s chief electoral officer says voting day this fall should not be moved.Election day can be no later than Oct. 21 under federal law, which this year falls on the Jewish holiday known as Shemini Atzeret, meaning Orthodox Jews are not permitted to work, vote or campaign.Elections Canada had been lobbied to change the date, but decided against it this close to an election, prompting a Federal Court challenge to the decision.Last week, the court ordered chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault to take a second look at the decision and balance the infringement on the charter rights of affected voters against the objectives of the election law.Perrault’s detailed decision says it is not in the public interest to move voting day.Cabinet now has until Thursday to make a decision about Perrault’s recommendation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Softwood lumber Canada takes its complaint to the World Trade Organization

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada is taking its softwood lumber case to the World Trade Organization, setting in motion a potentially years-long fight against the United States before the international commercial body.The Canadian government announced Tuesday that it requested WTO consultations over American lumber duties, an initial step in eventually establishing a panel for litigating the dispute.A similar battle dragged on for four years at the WTO in the last instalment of the Canada-U.S. softwood dispute, before a temporary agreement in 2006 put the on-again, off-again issue to rest for a decade.It re-erupted this year when the U.S. imposed a series of penalties, arguing that Canada unfairly subsidizes its lumber companies through cheap access to public land. In a letter to a U.S. representative at the WTO on Tuesday, the Canadian government criticized those duties, arguing they were based on bad data and flawed methodology.“The U.S. … decision to impose punitive anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber producers is unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling,” the Canadian government said in a statement.“We will forcefully defend Canada’s softwood lumber industry.”Canada is also fighting the case through NAFTA’s dispute-resolution system. The lumber fight has added a complex new wrinkle to the ongoing NAFTA negotiations, as the U.S. is simultaneously asking to kill the NAFTA panel system that handles softwood cases.Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S. are down about six per cent this year compared with last year, according to federal data analyzed by CIBC.The bank analysts say the biggest loser by far has been B.C. — its exports to the U.S. have dropped 20 per cent, partly due to forest fires. New Brunswick exports have dipped slightly. In Ontario and Quebec, exports have actually increased.But the biggest gains this year have gone to Germany, followed by Austria, Sweden, Romania and Russia. With duties on Canadian lumber and a hot U.S. construction market, CIBC calculates German softwood exports to the U.S. have surged more than 600 per cent this year. Germany alone has filled about half the void left by declining Canadian exports to the U.S.That issue of foreign lumber was one of the major outstanding impediments to a softwood deal.Canada agreed to a limit on exports under the deal, but insisted on a right to surpass that limit in the event of a hot American market, like the current one — so that the rising demand might be filled by Canadians, not Europeans and South Americans.U.S. industry shot down the proposal. Its support is critical. Any deal between the national governments requires industry approval, because the agreement would require that U.S. companies sign away their right to sue for duties.Canadian officials have expressed fear the U.S. industry might seek to repeat tactics of the past: Allow the fight to drag on for years, so duties on Canadian imports push up the domestic price of lumber.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Arrives In Libreville

first_imgLibreville- King Mohammed VI arrived on Wednesday evening in Libreville for a visit in Gabon, the last leg of an African tour that led the Sovereign to Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, and Guinea.On his arrival in Leon M’BA International Airport, the Moroccan monarch was welcomed by Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba.The official Moroccan delegation also includes Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics, Rebbah Aziz, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Health, El Houceine El Ouardi, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and the  Environment, Abdelkader Amara, Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad, and Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the King’s office. King Mohammed VI is also accompanied by a delegation of officials and business leaders representing the public and private sector, as well as other civil and military personalities.last_img read more

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Athabasca Oil outlines 798 million capital spending including Hangingstone

CALGARY – Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH) says it plans to spend $798 million on capital projects next year to develop its light and heavy oil assets in Alberta.The budget includes construction of the Hangingstone oilsands project near Fort McMurray, Alta.The Calgary-based company is aiming to have Hangingstone on stream before the end of 2014.Hangingstone’s Phase 1 is projected to produce the equivalent of 12,000 barrels per day of oil.The company expects Hangingstone Phase 2 and 3 will bring the area’s potential production to more than 80,000 barrels per day.Athabasca says it expects to exit 2012 with between 10,000 and 11,000 barrels per day of light and thermal oil production. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 7:08 am MDT Athabasca Oil outlines $798 million capital spending, including Hangingstone read more

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Google Glass distribution begins this week to selected contest winners computer programmers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Google is starting to distribute its new Internet-connected glasses, something seen as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.Google has picked 8,000 people in the U.S. who entered a contest. The winners will have to pay $1,500 apiece for a test version of Google Glass. The company also took an unspecified number of orders from computer programmers.Google said Wednesday it started making the glasses available Tuesday, though it may take weeks for recipients to get them.The excitement stems from a belief that Google Glass is at the forefront of a new wave of technology known as “wearable computing.” Published reports say that Google, Apple Inc. and others also are working on Internet-connected wristwatches.Google hopes to lower prices by the time it’s on the mass market next year. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2013 5:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Google Glass distribution begins this week to selected contest winners, computer programmers read more

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Simeone banned from Europa League final

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned by UEFA from contact with his team on the field at the Europa League final after misconducting at the first leg with Arsenal last week.Simeone was charged with insulting officials and improper conduct, due to which he was sent off. However, even then he continued to communicate with his coaching staff.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…He has been banned for four games, the first of which was the second leg at home against Arsenal, which his team won 1-0 and thus proceeded to the final with an aggregate score of 2-1. Watching the game from an executive box high in the main stand, Simeone claimed he felt what it is like to be a fan, according to the Chicago Tribune.He will be barred from joining his team at the locker room as well and even the touchline when Atletico will be taking on Lyon on 16 May. On top of that, he was fined 10 000 euros. He may appeal the sanction to UEFA, which will most likely happen next week.last_img read more

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World Cup squad Rayudu Rishabh Pant out Karthik in Why Shocking reason

first_imgMS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik after guiding India to victory in Adelaide.Daniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesChief selector of Board of Control for Cricket in India, MSK Prasad, and its acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary announced India’s 15-member World Cup squad on Monday, April 15 and the unlucky names to miss out are Ambati Rayudu along with young Rishabh Pant. The direct beneficiaries in place of the left out duo are Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik. Meanwhile, KL Rahul has been picked as the backup opener and Ravindra Jadeja will also be taking the flight to England given his three-dimensional ability — spinner, lower-middle order batsman and a terrific fielder. Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh KarthikAfter announcing the squad, MSK Prasad addressed the press, answering all questions regarding the spots that were up for grabs. He justified the inclusions as well as the unfortunate exclusions. “Well, it’s definitely a case where we have debated at length and all of us, in unison, felt that either Rishabh Pant or DK will only come into the playing XI if Mahi (MS Dhoni) is injured,” said MSK Prasad on the criteria for selecting the reserve wicketkeeper.  Rishabh Pant walks off after being dismissed in the first T20I.Hagen Hopkins/Getty ImagesThe chief selector went on to say that Karthik’s superior wicketkeeping ability gave him the edge of the 21-year-old Pant. “So at that juncture, it is a crucial match like the semifinal or an important game (of the World Cup), wicketkeeping also matters. So that’s the only reason why we went ahead with Dinesh Karthik, otherwise, Rishabh Pant was almost there,” MSK Prasad added. MSK Prasad addressed the number 4 debate and spoke about why Ambati Rayudu missed out. “We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is three-dimensional. Apart from his batting, he can bowl. If the conditions are suitable and overcast, he might bowl a bit; he’s a fantastic fielder. That’s the thing that went in favour of Vijay Shankar,” MSK Prasad outlined.  The entire nation will be looking up to Kohli during the World Cup.GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesAddressing Vijay Shankar as a batsman who can bowl, MSK Prasad said, “We are looking at him at number 4 and we are also looking at Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav — so we have plenty of options at number 4 at the moment.” The chief selector reiterated that their preferred number 4, to begin with, will be Vijay Shankar and changes can be made if he does not perform. He also spoke about the inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja and said that the wickets will get dry as the English summer progresses wherein an extra spinner will be of help. “There might be a situation where you might require an additional all-rounder in the playing XI. In the second part of the tournament, when the wickets might be a bit drier, so that’s where we felt Jadeja might come in handy and that’s the reason why he has been picked.”last_img read more

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