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Jurgen Klopp confirms Mario Balotelli has no future at Liverpool

first_imgManager Juergen Klopp has told Mario Balotelli that with so much competition for places up front at Liverpool he should look for another club. (Latest Football stories)Balotelli has returned for pre-season training following an unsuccessful loan spell at AC Milan but is well down the pecking order at Liverpool, who also have Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and Danny Ings on the books.”I have spoken to him about this,” the manager told reporters. “He’s not at the stage of his career where he should be battling with four or five other players for one or two positions… so it’s clear we need a solution.”There will be a club around who would be happy to have the new Mario Balotelli. I have spoken clearly to the player about that.”Sampdoria have expressed their interest in the player, with president Massimo Ferrero saying they would be the perfect club for him to revive his career after scoring just three goals in 23 appearances for Milan last season.SAKHO AN INJURY DOUBTAnother player who is unlikely to be lining up for Liverpool for their Premier League opener against Arsenal on Aug. 14 is defender Mamadou Sakho, who underwent treatment for a long-standing Achilles problem.The France international has not played since April after being informed by European football’s governing body that he had failed a dope test.UEFA dismissed the case against the 26-year-old last week, but Sakho missed Liverpool’s Europa League final defeat by Sevilla in May and was dropped from France’s squad for the European Championship as a result of the charge.advertisement”Mama is injured. He had a little issue with his Achilles when he was playing, one day on, one off, this kind of thing,” Klopp said.”When he had his little ‘break’ he used the time to have a little bit of treatment and that now means another three or four weeks before he can train again.”Klopp did not want to get drawn into whether the matter was now closed.”I cannot say too much as a manager,” Klopp added. “I don’t know exactly what will happen now from Mama’s side or UEFA’s side.”Others have to talk about this because I don’t know what I am allowed or able to say.”last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Desperate England brace for ruthless India as semi-finals race heats up

first_imgWeeks before the first ball was bowled in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, India and hosts England were firm favourites. India’s bowling vs England’s batting – one of these two sides were certain to lift the Cup on July 14.As the World Cup moves into the last week of group matches, India have all but confirmed a berth in the semi-finals but England find themselves in a bit of a spot. They lost to Pakistan earlier in the tournament and then lost back-to-back games against Sri Lanka and Australia.This is a precarious situation to be in for England. If they lose to India on June 30 and New Zealand on July 3 and Pakistan beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Pakistan will make it to the semis and England will not.England have been dominant in ODIs home and away since the 2015 World Cup. They talked of breaching the 500-run mark but in the World Cup, they failed to chase down middling totals. This has raised questions on their batsmen’s abilities to deal with conditions less than ideal for them.That’s not just it. Jonny Bairstow, the explosive England opener, said critics at home want his team to fail.”People are waiting for us to fail,” Bairstow told reporters. “They are not willing us on to win. In many ways they are waiting for you to lose so they can jump on your throat.”It’s just showbiz, they are paid to have an opinion and if they don’t have an opinion they get sacked.advertisement”I was in a radio interview and was surprised with a clip of Vaughan’s comments. Bloody hell, that’s pretty rich. Everyone is talking like we are eighth or ninth in the table. Bloody Nora, chill out… You’re panicking,” he said.Pressure? Yes, @imVkohli is human too #TeamIndia #ENGvIND #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ePGdaxXWPCBCCI (@BCCI) June 29, 2019Former England captain Michael Vaughan did not take too kindly to Bairstow’s comments and reasoned the media was not to be blamed for England’s defeats in the World Cup.On the other hand, India despite obvious batting concerns, have worked like a well-oiled machine. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli – as expected – have done the bulk of the scoring and they have somehow been able to deal with Shikhar Dhawan’s absence after the Australia game.India’s middle order woes have not haunted them yet in the World Cup but MS Dhoni’s strike rate is certain cause for concern. Sachin Tendulkar was not particularly impressed with Dhoni’s lack of strike rotation against Afghanistan.”MS Dhoni is a senior player and should show positive intent. Afghanistan’s bowling is good but you can’t score only 119 runs in 34 overs. He did not show any positive intent against Afghanistan,” Tendulkar had told India Today.But India’s greatest talismans – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami and the two wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal make up for a large number of match-winners.Captain @imVkohli gives the new jersey an 8/10 – What about you #TeamIndia #ENGvIND #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/lYdqqS7TuZBCCI (@BCCI) June 29, 2019When India take on England on Sunday, the Indians will be raring to go. All their boxes (barring that middle order) have been ticked. England, on the other hand, will have to bring their A game to the park and they would want to prove detractors wrong.It’s never easy playing a World Cup at home. India in 2011 and Australia in 2015 were incredible. Can England seek inspiration from these two teams?Also Read | World Cup 2019: What happened when India last met England in a World CupAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh slams Basit Ali for his unsavoury comments regarding IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Match vs India not the toughest I will face, says Eoin MorganAlso Read | Virat Kohli rates Team India’s orange jersey 8 out of 10: I quite like itlast_img read more

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Ohio State, Nike Officially Release Black Uniforms Team Will Wear Against Penn State

first_imgOhio State black uniforms.Where does the black uniform rank?Ohio State will be wearing black uniforms against Penn State on October 17. We already knew that. But today, Nike and the school made it official. Ohio State released the full black uniform Saturday morning around 8:30 AM ET.The look features black jerseys, black pants and a black matte helmet. Nike also released what it calls the “Black Pack”, which features shirts, hats, shoes and other apparel related to the black uniforms. Check it all out:Ohio State unveils first-ever black Buckeyes uniforms. Buckeyes will wear alternate uniform vs. Penn State on 10/17. pic.twitter.com/haUyJnrvYf— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 3, 2015Lights out power. The all-new Nike @OhioStAthletics Black Pack. http://t.co/mX1C8L5gsm pic.twitter.com/V4dCoIXgEQ— Nike Football (@usnikefootball) October 3, 2015Ohio State fans – what do you think of the new look?last_img read more

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Making up for mistakes? Klopp hints at biased officiating

first_imgJurgen Klopp felt the officials during Liverpool’s 1-1 Premier League draw at West Ham tried to make up for a poor error in the first half.Liverpool’s opening goal at London Stadium on Monday, converted by Sadio Mane, should have been disallowed for an offside against James Milner in the build-up.Michail Antonio equalised within six minutes but Liverpool almost snatched a controversial late winner, substitute Divock Origi firing at Lukasz Fabianski in added time with the offside flag again wrongly staying down. 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? Klopp was clearly frustrated at the full-time whistle and had animated discussions with both West Ham counterpart Manuel Pellegrini and the match officials, led by referee Kevin Friend, before heading down the tunnel.And Klopp intimated he felt Friend attempted to right the wrong of his assistant’s earlier decision to allow Mane’s goal to stand by giving decisions against the Reds.”It was a tough game. You saw around the set-piece, we knew about the routine but when we trained we had three other players in the team,” Klopp told BBC Sport.”Apparently our goal was offside and maybe the referee knew that in the second half. It’s a point and it’s a fair point.”Probably all the reports are already written without me saying anything, I didn’t see anything about pressure that you can ask in the next few questions.”We struggled most with the set-pieces. We had ups and downs. At the end we were up again. Now we take the point and carry on. We lost balls in different moments. It’s a deep-defending side and we have to cope with that and create.”Asked to further explain his confrontation with the officials, Klopp told Sky Sports: “I was really calm. He [Friend] said we don’t talk at all.”There were so many situations where it was 50-50 or 60-40… [he gave a] free-kick for the other team. As a human being I know if I make a big mistake in the first half I don’t want to open the gap even more.”3 – Sadio Mané has scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances for Liverpool for only the second time, also doing so in August 2017 (a run of four). Opener. pic.twitter.com/oO10M8GvUB— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2019Pellegrini was also critical of refereeing decisions during the game, feeling West Ham could have taken all three points.”We had a lot of chances to win this game. We drew because they scored a clearly offside goal,” Pellegrini said to BBC Sport.”The last play of the game, Origi missed that goal. He was offside. It was a big mistake from the linesman.”Playing against a team who have scored so many goals with the best defence in the league, I’m happy with the performance but disappointed with the result.”We need to grow and be more consistent in our play, it doesn’t matter against who we play.” 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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World Cup 2019: Bangladesh will give their best shot against India, says Shakib after Afghanistan win

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Bangladesh will give their best shot against India, says Shakib after Afghanistan winICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Having given themselves a chance to make the semi-final with some consistent performances, Bangladesh faces in-form India after a 6-day break in a must-win match at Edgbaston. Shakib Al Hasan, their star performer, believes the team has it in them to test Virat Kohli’s men.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 10:29 IST Shakib Al Hasan. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh comfortably outclassed Afghanistan on Monday in SouthamptonWith 7 points from as many matches, Bangladesh are at the 5th spot of World Cup points tableBangladesh next face India at Edgbaston on July 2Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has conceded that their next ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against 2-time champions will be a stiff test but insisted that his team is ready for the challenge.Bangladesh thumped Afghanistan by 62 runs in Southampton on Monday to keep their hopes of reaching the World Cup 2019 semi-final alive. Some of their big names, including Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, have been playing inspired cricket in the tournament but Bangladesh needs to win their remaining matches to do what looked improbable a week ago.Bangladesh faces India on July 2 at Edgbaston and then take on Asian rivals Pakistan at Lord’s on July 5. Having sealed 7 points from as many matches to move to the 5th spot on the points table, Bangladesh has a 6-day break before their big match against India.Speaking to the press after Bangladesh’s big win over Afghanistan, Man of the Match Shakib Al Hasan said: “We have a very important game coming against India. They are a top side, one of the title contenders. It’s not going to be easy but having said that we’ll give our best shot.”They got world class players who can win matches single-handedly. We have to be at our best. I believe as a team, we are capable enough.”Shakib Al Hasan’s fine form has been one of the major reasons for Bangladesh’s impressive performances in the World Cup 2019. The top-ranked all-rounder has become the first player to score 400 runs and pick up 10 wickets in a single edition of the quadrennial cricket tournament.advertisementOn Monday, Shakib emulated former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh’s feat by becoming only the 2nd player to score a fifty and pick up a 5-wicket haul in a World Cup match.Shakib’s return to form, especially with the ball, gives Bangladesh a big boost for the upcoming matches against India and Pakistan.Former India cricketer and the current spin coach of Bangladesh cricket team, Sunil Joshi expressed Mashrafe Mortaza’s men can deal with the spin threat of India. He also added that Bangladesh will get their plans right before the Edgbaston clash against Virat Kohli’s men.”We all know they play spin well but so do we,” Joshi said.”We have shown in the white ball formats here and before this that we are a good side. We won in Ireland, we have beaten West Indies home and away and come close to beating India three times in the past three years.”I have seen India very closely when we have played them. We know where to bowl to them.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Bangladesh not a one-man army, says Shakib Al HasanAlso Read | World Cup 2019 scenarios: England can be knocked out, Pakistan still in the huntAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Bangladesh vs AfghanistanFollow shakib al hasanlast_img read more

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Dream comes true for Krunal Pandya’s childhood friend as he watches Virat Kohli bat

first_imgDream comes true for Krunal Pandya’s childhood friend as he watches Virat Kohli batIndian all-rounder Krunal Pandya reunited with his childhood friend Nisarg Chokshi when India played against West Indies in the 2nd T20I of the 3-match series in Florida on Sunday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 5, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 09:56 IST Krunal Pandya celebrates the fall of a wicket with his teammates (AP)HIGHLIGHTSKrunal Pandya was instrumental in India’s T20I series win over West IndiesPandya’s childhood friend Nisarg Chokshi was also present to watch the 2nd T20IChokshi has played cricket at the same ground where the 2nd match was being heldWherever India go, the team’s fans, families or friends are always up to support the players. Something similar happened during the 2nd T20I between Indian and West Indies at Lauderhill on Sunday when Krunal Pandya’s childhood friend Nisarg Chokshi turned up to cheer for him at the venue.Pandya while expressing his emotions said, “It was a proud feeling for me and I am sure they must be proud of me as well. He (Chokshi) is my childhood friend. We used to play U12 and U14 together. It was good to see him coming down and supporting me. It was a good feeling in fact.”Chokshi himself has played a number of times at the Central Broward Regional Park, the same ground where the 1st 2 T20Is between India and West Indies were held. Therefore, Chokshi couldn’t hide his excitement as he talked to ESPNcricinfo. He couldn’t believe his luck that Virat Kohli and other stars would be batting at the same ground where he did for years.”I was just thinking this morning – this is the same pitch where I have batted, the same ground where I have played my cricket for years where Virat Kohli is going to be batting today, where the legends are going to be playing. It’s just unbelievable, it’s just a dream come true to see that the same exact pitch where you have scored is where the international cricketers are right now. My childhood friend, we used to be in the same academy so I’m supporting him all the way from India as well.”advertisementWhen told about the upcoming ODIs between USA and Papua New Guinea in September, Chokshi told ESPNcricinfo that he is looking forward to supporting USA in more games in the future.”I would fly down to support my country,” Chokshi said. “This is my first T20I that I’m watching in the United States. I’m probably gonna come more and more. The stadium is fantastic. This brings cricket in the limelight in the United States and it’s a great boost for the country as well. This is the best sport in the world. It’s history-making. This is just the beginning. USA will go big.”Also Read | 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya star as India beat West Indies to take unbeatable series leadAlso Read | Virat Kohli lauds ‘clinical performance’ after India outclass West Indies in 2nd T20IFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Krunal PandyaFollow Virat KohliFollow West Indies vs Indialast_img read more

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Euronavs Quartet Is Now Complete

first_imgzoomIllustration: Cap Victor. Image Courtesy: Euronav Belgium’s crude oil shipping company Euronav has taken delivery of Cap Corpus Christi, a 156,000 dwt tanker newbuilding. The Suezmax is the final of four Ice Class vessels ordered by Euronav from South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries.Featuring a length of 277 meters and a width of 48 meters, the ship has a market value of USD 58.82 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The first three vessels from the batch — Cap Quebec, Cap Pembroke and Cap Port Arthur — were delivered to the company earlier this year.As informed, the vessel orders are accompanied by four seven-year time charter contracts with an unnamed refinery player.The Suezmax fleet additions are part of the company’s fleet rejuvenation strategy which also includes the sale of older tonnage.Euronav currently operates a fleet of more than 70 vessels comprising tankers and FSO ships.,The Suezmax fleet additions are part of the company’s fleet rejuvenation strategy which also includes the sale of older tonnage.Euronav currently operates a fleet of more than 70 vessels comprising tankers and FSO ships.last_img read more

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Rain likely ahead of monsoon arrival in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: With the monsoon expected to reach the national capital this weekend, rain is expected over the next two days thanks to moisture-laden winds from the Bay of Bengal, weather officials said. Light to heavy rain is likely in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab from Thursday night, as per the weather agencies. Parts of Delhi witnessed scattered drizzles on Thursday with Aya Nagar recording 10.1 mm of precipitation, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Subsequently, the mercury fell to 29 degrees Celsius on Thursday afternoon as against the prediction of maximum temperature of 39.4 degrees. IMD chief K.J. Ramesh told IANS: “We expect monsoon to come to Delhi in the next two-three days, around Sunday.” As per the latest data, monsoon winds have progressed till Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh. According to private forecaster Skymet, the monsoon can reach Delhi on Saturday as well. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “There are always rains for two-three days before monsoon hits. Areas around Delhi such as Faridabad, Gurugram have received good rainfall on Thursday. The monsoon can reach Delhi on Saturday,” said Mahesh Palawat, Director at Skymet. A thunderstorm is also expected in Haryana and Punjab in the next two days. During the last 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain occurred over Madhya Pradesh, southeast Rajasthan and parts of Uttarakhand and Maharashtra. Due to the likely westward movement of a low pressure system, widespread rain is expected in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region and east Madhya Pradesh during the next two-three days, as per the IMD. Goa, Konkan and Marathwada in Maharashtra, Gujarat, east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh are very likely to witness enhanced rain activity in the next three-four days.last_img read more

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British man seeks China state TV ban for forced confession

first_imgLONDON — A British corporate investigator has filed a complaint to U.K. regulators about Chinese state TV, saying its British license should be revoked because it broadcast his forced confession when he was imprisoned in China.Peter Humphrey filed a complaint Friday against China Central Television and its international division, China Global Television, for violating British broadcasting rules.Humphrey and his wife spent two years in prison after being convicted of illegally acquiring personal information of Chinese citizens.The couple had been hired on contract by pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline to look into a security breach, but became collateral damage when the Chinese government began investigating the pharmaceutical company’s bribery practices.The pair was shown on Chinese television purportedly confessing their crimes.CGTN is available on free and pay television channels in Britain. The broadcaster is reportedly expanding its presence in Europe with a new studio and production centre set to open in London by the end of the year.In 2012, Britain’s communications regulator, Ofcom, revoked Iranian state-owned Press TV’s license following a complaint by Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari that the station aired an interview with him while he was detained. Bahari said he was forced to do a scripted interview with his captors, who threatened him with execution.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Toronto to install 8800 solar panels

TORONTO — Toronto now has a new reason to hope for sunny skies.A joint project has been launched between the city and Toronto Hydro that will see 8,800 solar panels installed atop 10 city-owned arenas and community centres.The panels will generate about 2,600 megawatt hours of electricity annually for the next 20 years — enough to power roughly 215 households.The initiative is expected to bring in $16 million through a contract with the Ontario Power Authority that allows the city to sell the solar-generated power.The city also predicts the solar program will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by about 480 tonnes every year.More than a dozen cities and towns across Ontario are planning or implementing similar solar projects.A near-identical program in Belleville, Ont., has exceeded its projected annual revenue in only nine months, prompting city council to approve two additional solar panel locations on Monday.“It’s not only good for the community and the carbon footprint, but it’s also a revenue source,” said Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis.Ellis expects his city’s solar revenue to approach $1 million annually with the addition of the new locations.Like Toronto, Belleville has a 20-year contract with the Ontario Power Authority. After the contract expires, the electricity generated by the panels will power the individual buildings.The municipal solar projects mark the cities’ entrance into a sector typically dominated by private companies.“By far, most of the rooftop and solar installations that are being developed are by private developers on privately-owned buildings,” said Rob Maxwell, manager of the Toronto Renewable Energy Office.The panels being installed in Toronto will have an average lifespan of about 25 years, said Maxwell, after which they can be salvaged to offset an already “marginal” removal cost.Panel installations at Mimico Arena in Toronto’s west end, York Mills Arena in the city’s north and Goulding Community Centre west of the downtown began earlier this week. Construction will begin at the seven remaining locations through the fall.The City of Toronto will submit applications for additional solar panel locations in October.A response from the Ontario Power Authority is expected in early 2013. read more

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Probe ordered into sudden islandwide powercut

The CEB said that the high amount of electricity generated on Sunday could not cope with the little demand for electricity that night and this could have resulted in the breakdown. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said the islandwide blackout was believed to have been as a result of low electricity demand and an increase in the power supply, Power and Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has ordered an investigation into the sudden power cut experienced islandwide last night.The power cut lasted for several hours and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said that the electricity supply was eventually restored. read more

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Hottest crypto is up 360 per cent this year and its name

After peaking in January 2018, Litecoin transactions are down dramatically, falling about 84 per cent since the peak. They are up since the beginning of this year, however. And transaction fees in Litecoin have been unpredictable, jumping 10-fold in late May before dropping again, according to BitInfoCharts.com. Such volatility can make developers hesitate to create apps for this blockchain, as a jump in fees can impact usage.Litecoin “only thrives if Bitcoin is valuable,” said Aaron Brown, an investor who writes for Bloomberg Opinion. “It’s an established, convenient transaction currency well suited to a world in which Bitcoin is the store of value. I don’t think it has much value in a world in which Bitcoin prices are low.”Litecoin’s founder, Charlie Lee, cashed out of all of his holdings at the height of the digital asset bubble in 2017 when the token was trading for about US$375. It was a prescient decision — Litecoin lost almost 90 per cent of its value the following year. Lee, who founded the coin in 2011, said at the time that he sold or donated all of his holdings and that the liquidation was aimed at preventing a “conflict of interest.”Critics accused Lee of recognizing the frenzy around digital assets and cashing out ahead of a severe decline. Lee told Bloomberg News at the time that he was turning his focus to increasing use by merchants. Representatives for Litecoin didn’t comment.But now, with 53 days to go, Litecoin fans will continue to count down until the halving. “It’s a good potential trading opportunity,” said Tawil. “I don’t think it’s important in the broader fundamental development of crypto. To us, that’s much more important.”Bloomberg.com This year’s top-performing cryptocurrency is up almost fourfold and you’ve likely never heard of it.Litecoin, which has gained more than 360 per cent since the beginning of the year, is outpacing all its crypto peers, including Ether and XRP, as well as the best-known and largest token, Bitcoin. It has a market cap of about US$8.4 billion, making it the seventh-largest digital asset, according to data compiled by Mosaic Research Ltd.The rally can partly be attributed to Litecoin’s upcoming halving (also known as halvening), whereby the number of coins awarded to so-called miners is slashed by 50 per cent. The idea is that a cut in supply will not only drive up its price but will also prevent an erosion of value. Miners currently receive 25 new Litecoins per block, but following the halving — which is expected to fall on Aug. 6 — they will receive 12.5. Bitcoin jumps closer to $9,000 — but some warn the rally is running too hot Bitcoin is suddenly hot again as it surges past $5,000 — but no one knows why it’s rallying SEC sues Kik Interactive for illegally raising $100-million through initial coin offering Halving typically happens roughly every four years and the runup to it has, in the past, coincided with a rally in the underlying tokens. Four years ago, when the previous Litecoin halving occurred, the coin gained about 60 per cent in the three months beforehand, according to data from CoinMarketCap.com. And the phenomenon isn’t isolated to Litecoin — Bitcoin is set to undergo its next halving in May 2020 and its biggest proponents are already seizing on the drop in supply as a catalyst for further gains.“Every time we’ve seen a halving event in Bitcoin or Litecoin, the price has risen astronomically,” said Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at trading platform eToro. “So if that pattern continues, what we’ve seen so far is small potatoes in comparison,” he said. “This is quite normal for the crypto market.”Cryptocurrencies are undergoing a renaissance this year on the back of wider acceptance from mainstream institutions and increased attention from Wall Street. E*Trade Financial Corp. is said to be readying cryptocurrency trades on its platform, as is Fidelity Investments. AT&T Inc. now lets customers pay their bills using digital tokens, the first U.S. carrier to do so. And among the most anticipated developments is an upcoming announcement from Facebook Inc., which is reportedly set to release more details on the basics of its own digital token.These developments, among others, have pushed up the price of Bitcoin by 120 per cent since the beginning of the year. Ether, too, has gained close to 100 per cent. Litecoin, which was trading below US$30 at the end of last year is now worth US$133.Is it reasonable to think that this halving, this catalyst, should allow the Litecoin to reach its previous highs? I think so. I think it could.David Tawil, president, crypto hedge fund ProChain Capital The elements behind the rally “are justifiable and real and factual,” said David Tawil, president of crypto hedge fund ProChain Capital. “It’s just a question of by how much does it gain?,” he said. “Is it reasonable to think that this halving, this catalyst, should allow the Litecoin to reach its previous highs? I think so. I think it could.”But the recent resurgence in digital assets is masking an unwelcome reality: relatively few are using Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, for anything other than speculation. Merchant transactions account for only about 1.3 per cent of economic activity, according to data from Chainalysis Inc., a number that’s stayed little changed even over the boom-and-bust cycles of the prior two years. Huge upswings or downswings in prices from day to day — which isn’t uncommon in the crypto world — make it difficult to utilize for things like bill paying or even to purchase a cup of coffee.That begs the question: if hardly anyone is using the world’s largest cryptocurrency, then who’s using Litecoin?I don’t think (Litecoin) has much value in a world in which Bitcoin prices are low.Aaron Brown, investor read more

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Tobacco museum marks 40th anniversary

jpg, BR Paul Smith, the architect who designed the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre, was one of many people to visit the museum for a special 40th anniversary celebration and open house. Vincent Ball DELHI Paul Smith chuckles when asked about his involvement with the creation of the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre.“I remember thinking it was a great opportunity and then I met the mayor and council of the day,” the museum’s architect said Sunday at an open house marking the museum’s 40th anniversary.“They said they didn’t want some sort of Taj Mahal. They wanted something simpler, something that would be in a tobacco barn.”That’s not exactly what Smith had in mind but now he can say the politicians were right.“It’s a nice building that … continues to provide excellent service to the community.”Smith was just one of many people at the open house, which was part of a weekend celebration that included a performance by The Schotts – Darrin and Alison — southwestern Ontario singer-songwriter who play a mix of country, bluegrass and folk music. The duo have played clubs and festivals across Canada and Europe and perform several songs related to Norfolk County.“It was a wonderful performance and a great way to celebrate our 40th anniversary,” said museum curator Carene Morrison. “We had 44 people attend the performance and they thoroughly enjoyed it.”She said the open house was a chance for people to see exhibits and a video showcasing the history of the museum and the nearby Quance Park.Although many people know about the community’s ties to the tobacco industry, they may not know the history and importance of milling in the area, Morrison said.The museum, located on a hill in Quance Park on Talbot Road, was built in 1979 on land given to the Township of Delhi by the Quance family. The property is on Talbot Road (Highway 3), just west of the downtown.The exhibit, which continues to Dec. 20, includes the deed of the property now known as Quance Park. It also includes information and displays highlighting the beautification of the property over the past 45 years.The museum is home to numerous exhibits, including machinery used on local tobacco farms, and holds events throughout the year.“The museum and its exhibits tell the story of the important role tobacco played in the building of the community,” Morrison said. “People came here as immigrants and discovered it was a good area for growing tobacco.“They worked hard and built good lives for themselves and for others. It’s a Canadian story.”She noted that tobacco built community halls and churches and allowed people to send their children to university.The exhibit also shows the resiliency and innovative spirit of the community, said Morrison, adding that many local farms are now being used to grow alternative crops, including ginseng.“Quance Park is a beautiful place to visit and what we’re hoping the people who visit the park and the museum will get a good understanding of the rich history of the land.”Vball@postmedia.comtwitter.com/EXPVBall read more

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Annan pleads for end to international deadlock on nuclear nonproliferation

With the world “sleepwalking” down the path towards more States, and possibly terrorists, acquiring nuclear weapons, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly urged the Conference on Disarmament to take action after nine years of deadlock and two recent high-profile failures to strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).“I do not discount the depth of the difficulty that you face in settling longstanding differences, especially over nuclear disarmament and negative security assurances,” Mr. Annan told the Conference, which was established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community and is meeting in Geneva.“Yet those difficulties pale into insignificance, when measured against the immense challenges that the global community faces in the broader sphere of non-proliferation, disarmament and arms control,” he said.He said that twice last year, governments had a chance to strengthen the foundations of the NPT – first at the review conference in May, and then at the World Summit in September – and failed both times. “This sent a terrible signal – of waning respect for the Treaty’s authority, and of a dangerous rift on a leading threat to peace and prosperity,” he said.He noted that the Conference and its predecessors have registered “some truly important gains,” such as the major treaties on weapons of mass destruction it negotiated. “But the last such success – the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty – was nine years ago, I repeat, was nine years ago – and it has still not entered into force,” he said, once again urging those States whose ratification is still needed to take action as soon as possible. The core of the impasse, he said, lies in the fact that the contract between the nuclear-weapon States and the rest of the international community, which is the basis of the NPT, has been called into question and that nuclear weapons worldwide still number in the thousands, many of them on hair-trigger alert. These facts have engendered a self-defeating debate between those who insist on disarmament before further non-proliferation measures, and those who argue the opposite, while both are essential, he stressed. He said nuclear weapons must be devalued for security, citing Japan, South Africa, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Libya as countries that have realized that security and status need not be equated with possession of nuclear weapons. Noting that it was also urgent to resolve two specific situations, he expressed hope that the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea “will listen to what the world is telling them, and take great care not to make the situation on the Peninsula even more complicated.”Iran, he said, needs to enable the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assure the world that its nuclear activities are exclusively peaceful in nature: “In both cases, we need solutions that are not only peaceful, but that buttress the NPT’s integrity,” he urged. read more

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Azorean official visits Brock

Dra. Rita Machado spoke with representatives at Brock on March 31.An official from the Azores was at Brock last week to visit the University Library and faculty members from the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.Rita Machado, Regional Director of Communities from the Azorean Regional Government, was at Brock on March 31. Her visit included a talk with University Librarian Margaret Grove, as well as Sheila Young, director of Brock International. It also included a campus tour by Recruitment and Liaison Services.Brock has a long-standing connection with the Azores, due in large part to the activities of Irene Blayer, professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. As a result, Azorean government officials have visited Brock, supported some students to pursue language and cultural studies in Portugal and donated academic books on Portuguese literature, linguistics, history and culture to the James A. Gibson Library.This was Machado’s first visit to Brock. It closed with a meeting with Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic. read more

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South Florida Is Lucky To Host Its TossUp Matchup With Louisville

Louisville and South Florida play Monday night in the second-round women’s NCAA tournament game that our March Madness predictions have the least certainty about. We’re giving Louisville, the No. 3 seed in the Albany region, a 52 percent chance to beat South Florida and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. It might as well be a coin flip. No other favorite in a second-round game had less than a 66 percent chance of winning.Why is the game so tough to call? It has more to do with the unusual structure of the women’s tournament’s first two rounds than with the teams involved. Typically, the top four seeds in each region get to host the first two rounds. This year, that happened for 15 of 16 top-four seeds. Louisville was the exception, because its arena is busy hosting men’s tournament games. Rather than head to a neutral site, the Cardinals had to travel to the arena of the next highest-seeded team in its quartet: South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa.Home court advantage typically is worth 3.5 points in women’s college hoops. So this scheduling conflict adds up to a 7-point swing in the Bulls’ favor as they look to make a dent in the Cardinals’ 26-4 record against them and avenge a loss last year that effectively knocked them out of the tournament.“Both teams know each other, are very familiar with both styles, with personnel, so it’s a shame we’re meeting this early in the tournament,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez told the Tampa Bay Times. “But I’m glad we’re home.”That bit of scheduling luck, and not South Florida’s strength, is what boosts the Bulls’ chances so much. South Florida is good for a 6 seed: Our mashup of power ratings and rankings says the Bulls are the 20th best team in the field, so they probably should have gotten a 5 seed. But Louisville might also have been underseeded. It’s the eighth-highest-rated team in the field, which usually is good enough for a 2 seed. The Cardinals won their first-round game by 33 points, compared to a 9-point win for South Florida. Texas, the fifth seed in the Albany region, and No. 4 California were rated much more closely than Louisville and South Florida are. In fact, Texas rated slightly higher than Cal, yet Cal, playing at home in Berkeley, had a two-in-three chance of winning. (Texas pulled off the upset, 73-70.)Monday night’s toss-up game is a good argument for changing the best-teams-host model in the early rounds, for two reasons. First, choosing neutral sites in advance would prevent the double-booking of arenas such as Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. And second, the women’s tournament probably would have more competitive games if it didn’t boost its already-strong favorites with hosting privileges.Through Sunday, men’s favorites, playing in neutral arenas, have struggled more than women’s teams that get to host their competition. Two of 16 men’s teams seeded fourth or better lost in the round of 64, and five more went down in the next round. The teams averaged a winning margin of 12.3 points in the round of 64 and 4.4 points in the next round. By contrast, all of the 15 women’s teams that were seeded that high and got to host made it to the round of 32, and just three of the eight that played at home on Sunday lost there. The 15 teams averaged a 23.3-point win in the first round and a 9.5-point win in the second round. Some of the difference is due to a wider spread of talent in the women’s field.1The difference between the eighth- and 24th-best teams in our normalized pre-tournament team ratings gives a sense of how big the spread is, since teams of around those levels play typical round-of-32 games. In both the men’s and women’s fields this year, that spread is 5 points. So this year the men’s field is about as spread out as the women’s, thanks in part to the men’s field being unusually top-heavy.Until the women’s tournament removes favorites’ hosting rights, here’s a more modest proposal for schools that have women’s teams as strong as Louisville’s (Elite Eight last year, national runner-up the year before): Don’t host men’s tournament games on the opening weekend, lest you put your women’s team at a competitive disadvantage.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Dec 7 2017

All newsletters See more college football predictions Oh, and don’t forgetKasparov with the jokes We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeOhtani narrows it to sevenJapanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his search for a MLB team down to seven, with New York and Boston notably absent from the list. Right now Ohtani looks to be 20 percent higher than the league average in ERA and on-base-plus-slugging, which is nuts. Only a few dozen players each year beat the 20 percent above average benchmark in either stat, it’d be crazy to hit both. [FiveThirtyEight]Russia’s bannedRussia was banned from competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in light of the complex doping regime the nation operated throughout the Sochi games. So far 11 medals have been stripped from Russians. But with the nation out of the 2018 games, it’s worth looking at which nations may stand to gain. Had Russia not competed in Sochi, and its 33 medals been reallocated, China would have left with five more, Norway four, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. three. [FiveThirtyEight]African players making gains in the NFLNative-born and first-generation African players are all over the NFL, with 30 teams having at least one African on their roster. Cleveland has the league high, with B.J. Bello, David Njoku, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and Victor Salako. African players have been making steady gains in the NFL since Howard Simon Mwikuta played for the Cowboys in a 1970 preseason game, and players who have returned home to start development programs have accelerated that progress. [The Undefeated]A Jonas testifies in soccer corruption trialKevin Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers, testified in Brooklyn that yes, he had gone to a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires in 2010. The circumstances surrounding the testimony have to do with the trial of Juan Angel Napout for money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Napout allegedly used his FIFA influence to score tickets to that concert. His lawyers refused to concede there even was a Paul McCartney concert, so prosecutors called on a celeb to solve the problem. Soccer is weird. [Vice Sports]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?LeBron remains the bestLeBron James remains as good as ever, notching career highs in true shooting percentage, three point percentage, assist percentage, block percentage, and the second highest free throw percentage of his career. While his defense is slightly off his peak performance, James hasn’t really missed much of a step. [FiveThirtyEight]They did it!The New York Giants are cleaning house, firing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo after a disastrous season. The team is in the capable hands of defensive coordinator, a man who is 10-38 as a head coach. [NorthJersey.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number284 kgCongratulations to Sarah Robles, who won the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, becoming the first U.S. woman to take gold since 1994. Robles lifted 126 kg in the snatch and 158 kg in the clean and jerk (three kilograms shy of the record) for a total of 284 kilograms. [Team USA]Leaks from Slack: emily : See more NBA predictions College Football emily :!! that means the two biggest buildings at nike HQ will be named after Serena Williams and Mia Hamm. hell yeah !!(also cause I guess the new big WHQ buildings are getting athlete names.. so the whole “She’s the only one!!!” isn’t exactly true)Predictions NFL NBA See more NFL predictions read more

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Gold The asset of last resort – the only strategy

first_imgLarry Myles reports that “compared to most assets, gold has emerged as the clear-cut winner in 2008.  Gold is the only asset that  holds no liability and is completely outside the tottering global credit system.  Will the unprecedented demand for bullion diminish in 2009?  Not a chance!“Eyeing the North American and European market, nearly every unbiased analyst and bullion expert agrees the rush to bullion will continue well into 2009. Even as bullion dealers impose increased premiums and western governments attempt to dissuade investors from buying bullion, the demand for these assets of real value continues to accelerate.“In my opinion, government roadblocks and slanted reports by a few self-serving analysts will be a complete waste of time.”China and India are the main reasons for this.  “Even as China moves into top spot when it comes to global gold production, their appetite for imported gold remains strong. It is no secret that China would like to purchase 300+ t of gold, while at the same time does not want to drive the price of gold off the charts.  Understanding China’s role here is extremely important. Of the worlds top three producers (China, South Africa and Australia); China is the only country that has managed to increase gold production. But with Chinese demand for gold also sharply increasing, not an ounce of Chinese production is making it into the global supply market. Remember: China remains an avid net importer of gold!But the real story comes out of India. In the past, gold analysts have become comfortable ruminating about India’s steady demand for gold – most reports never failing to mention ‘the world’s largest consumer of gold jewellery should continue unabated due to gold’s cultural importance’.” For more information see http://www.larrymylesreports.com/Case_For_Gold.htmlast_img read more

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ASBOs can change perception that out of control OConnell Street is unsafe

first_imgDESPITE CRIME RATES in Dublin being relatively low, the perception that O’Connell street and the city centre is a dangerous place is seriously damaging, said Richard Guiney of the Dublin City Business Improvement District, who said anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) will improve the situation.Speaking to TheJournal.ie today following a court ruling yesterday in which an ASBO was imposed on 19-year-old man and where O’Connell Street was described in court as “out of control”, Guiney said that ASBOs have been successful in other cities.“Figures show that only 74 per cent of people feel safe in Dublin by day and only 35 per cent feel safe at night,” he said, despite crime figures showing that there is only one in a million chance that you will assaulted on O’Connell Street.Perception“It is the perception that is damaging to the city and that needs to be changed,” said Guiney.“There is drug dealing taking place in O’Connell Street – often the sale of prescription drugs and also aggressive forms of begging – this is all adding to peoples’ perception that it is unsafe,” he said.“Asbos will work,” said Guiney, adding:I think they can work and that young people to pay attention to them. Research by Susan Fitzgerald from the University of York shows that they are actually beneficial to young people as the ASBO forces them to be removed from the gangs that they are usually hanging around with and removes them from the situation.He added however, that ASBOs should not be issued in isolation.“I think for ASBOs to have a lasting impact on both the city and young people, they need to be issued in combination with some other supports. Those given ASBOs should be contacted by supports, where the question of what brought them to this point is asked, so that it can be addressed,” he said.Guiney said that ASBOs were a workable alternative to jail time, stating that sending someone to jail for a few months with a moderate drug problem will only result in them coming out with a serious drug problem and this will not help to improve things for Dublin.He added that after discussions with retailers, anti-social behaviour in Dublin had its peaks but that it really was an “ongoing issue”.He said that it was the “fear factor” that Dublin was unsafe that needed to be addressed, stating that 59 per cent of the people visiting the island of Ireland will visit Dublin at some point. “We need to create a positive image of it,” he said.‘Out of control’Dublin City Councillor Ray McAdam of Fine Gael told TheJournal.ie had a mixed opinion about ASBOs but said he totally disagreed with the point that O’Connell Street is out of control.“I think that ASBOs may work for minor offences and first-time offences, but I think if they are repeat incidences then you should face the penalties,” said McAdam.He added that an increased police presence of the streets of the capital will help the situation, stating that the gardaí’s Operation Spire around the O’Connell Street area seemed to be working.McAdam said he agreed with Guiney that in fact it is only a perception that the street is dangerous, stating that crime figures show otherwise. “I’m not sure exclusion orders are the way to go. An increased garda presence will reassure visitors and deter criminals,” he said.Explainer: Why have just seven ASBOs been issued in Ireland in five years?last_img read more

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The Taoiseach met Maurice McCabe while canvassing in Mullingar

first_imgYOU MEET ALL sorts while out canvassing.Today, Enda Kenny was canvassing for Fine Gael candidate Gabrielle McFadden in the Longford-Westmeath by-election, when he met Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.Kenny crossed the street to shake hands with McCabe, whose testimony in the Guerin Report led to the resignation of Alan Shatter as Justice Minister.The Garda Sergeant was on duty in the town.https://vine.co/v/MH1A7PqPmMiRTÉ News says that the Taoiseach wished McCabe well before going back to his canvass.Read: Taoiseach and Justice Minister apologise to Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabelast_img read more

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