Football: Manchester United in for Croatian winger Ante Rebic

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementPhoto Credits: Getty ImagesManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has previously stated that he is willing to add two more players to his squad.The 24-year-old winger Ante Rebic impressed critics through his performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and played a key role in Croatia reaching the finals.It looks like Old Trafford have shifted their focus towards Ante Rebic after not being able to acquire Rebic’s Croatian team-mate Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.Rebic is an industrious player with a high work rate and immense shot power. He has an adaptable and fluid playing style that makes him a versatile footballer.The Croatian international currently plays for German club Eintracht Frankfurt where he scored 8 goals in 49 appearances.Read also: Football: Some facts to know about Barcelona’s latest signing – Malcomlast_img read more

Super Greece Beats Montenegro, Qualifies for World Champ Semis

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary — Greece laid down its claim for World Championship gold with a crushing victory over Olympic silver medallist Montenegro.Greece punctured the Montenegrin goal and virtually settled the result by halftime. The rest was pure strength and showmanship. Montenegro could not get a look in for some time. In fact, it took until 4:18 in the second quarter before Sasa Misic steered an extra-man pass into goal, , FINA reports.By that time Greece already had four in the bag. Greece shot out to 6-1 before Radovic blasted one in to send Greece into the second half with a four-goal margin. Greece was composed, full of energy and made sure of shots. There were six different scorers with the best probably coming from Angelos Vlachopoulos, launching a rocket from about 12m. Captain Ioannis Fountoulis brought up the sixth and then the seventh to start the third quarter.Alexandros Gounas almost faked a shot for 8-2. Montenegro was in self-destruct mode while Greece was rampant. Konstantinos Mourikis (GRE) and Bojan Banicevic (MNE) were sent from the match with red cards after the Gounas goal. Then Uros Cuckovic (MNE) gained his third major on penalty, gifting a goal to Fountoulis — his third and, more importantly, 9-2. Both teams used their timeouts and neither team connected with a goal. With 14 seconds left, Fountoulis grabbed a fourth and 18th for the tournament.Just when we were about to slip out for a drink in the last break, Drasko Brguljan decided a shot was better than a swim so skipped the ball an incredible 20m into goal, stunning Konstantinos Flegkas and changing the score to 10-3. Montenegro narrowed it to 10-5 and traded goals until Darko Brguljan’s penalty goal at 1:24, proving a distance too far to cross, resigning itself to the play-offs for 5-8. It was a spectacular statement by Greece and one wonders just how far Greece can go. TweetPinShare66 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Belgium showed their worth to the world, says De Bruyne

first_imgBelgium star Kevin De Bruyne was happy after knocking Brazil out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia because according to him, playing Brazil is never easy.The attacking midfielder, who scored a wonderful goal in the quarter-final against Brazil to give the Belgians a 2-0 lead in Kazan, said that the Selecao’s are a tough team to play and beating the South Americans proved what Belgium are capable of.”It is not easy to play against Brazil, they are such a wonderful team. But I think the power we have as a team we showed today. Especially the first half, we were magnificent. We took the advantage. They changed tactically and it was difficult, but even then we created some chances. And after their goal it was a character test, and we showed the world what we are capable of,” said De Bruyne.(REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)However, the Manchester City attacker is aware of France’s fire-power and said that they will do everything possible to win the semi-final in Saint Petersburg.”Now we face an extraordinary team in France but any time you reach the semi-finals of a World Cup, you know you’re not going to face weak opposition. We’re on an equal footing with them and we’ll be doing everything we can to win.”#BEL #BEL #BEL| @DeBruyneKev after winning the @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch #WorldCup #BRABEL pic.twitter.com/wEFJLTxfKAFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018Belgium struck early and held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller.advertisementA Fernandinho own goal and a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike gave Belgium a spot in the last four for the second time in their history — where they will face France on Tuesday. They reached the last four for the first time since 1986 and sent Brazil home at the quarter-final stage for the third time in the last four World Cups.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESpeaking about the win, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said that it was an incredible effort and”There were incredible hearts out there. Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil have so much finesse and quality that they’re going to break you down. But we didn’t accept it. Not for one minute did they give up. This was something special. These boys deserve to be very special people back in Belgium,” said Martinez.”I hope everybody back in Belgium is very proud. The execution of the tactics was magnificent. In two days they changed their tactical disposition, I couldn’t be prouder. We cannot let people down. We need to enjoy beating Brazil in the knockout phase, treasure it, and pass it down the generations,” he added.Impossible#REDTOGETHER#WorldCup #Semifinals pic.twitter.com/NPpCgIDCZVAxel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) July 6, 2018However, he is aware of the upcoming game against France and said that the Red Devils will look to be as good in the semi-final.”But we need more energy for the next game. We will be as good as we can be in the semi-final,” said a confident Martinez.last_img read more

Two Conservative riding associations return event proceeds to donors

first_imgOTTAWA — A pair of Conservative campaigns that were forced to refund the proceeds from two separate fundraising events earlier this year say Canada’s new political financing law should not be applied retroactively.Two Ontario riding associations returned proceeds from the January events — one attended by Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt in Mississauga—Streetsville, the other featuring foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole in his Durham riding.Because of loose ends arising from their bids for the Conservative leadership in 2017, Raitt and O’Toole were still considered leadership candidates at the time of the fundraisers, under Elections Canada’s interpretation of Bill C-50, which took effect in December.That law, introduced last summer by Electoral Reform Minister Karina Gould, requires events that feature a prominent attendee — a leadership contestant, a party leader, an interim leader, or a cabinet minister — to be reported to Elections Canada, which the riding associations did not do.O’Toole, who was forced to return about $30,000 from what was his largest riding association event of the year, said he disagrees with Elections Canada’s interpretation, which he didn’t learn about until several weeks after his fundraiser.The forgone proceeds, combined with how long it took to find out Elections Canada was applying the law retroactively, was “quite frustrating” and “not great form,” O’Toole said in an email.There’s nothing in the bill to suggest it would apply to candidates from races that were completed before the bill came into force last year, he added.“From a legal perspective, all legislation is prospective — going forward in time only — unless there is express government intention to apply the new rules to past events,” O’Toole said.“There was no such intention when Minister Gould introduced the bill.”But O’Toole said he ultimately decided he did not want to engage in a dispute with Elections Canada and was as transparent as possible throughout the process. He said he proactively told Elections Canada about his event when he learned how they were applying the law.David Bishop, president of the Mississauga-Streetsville electoral district association, echoed O’Toole’s frustration.“No EDA would want to put themselves in a position that costs them time and money ahead of an election,” Bishop said, “but we have strived to be completely transparent and to work with Elections Canada as soon as we learned of their view.”Bishop did not disclose how much the event raised.A spokesperson for Elections Canada said the chief electoral officer, Stephane Perrault, “recognizes the challenge posed by the application of the C-50 rules once leadership contests are over.”Natasha Gauthier said Perrault was going to make a recommendation in a report after the election “to address this situation,” and it would be up to Parliament to change the rules around reporting.The event featuring O’Toole was held Jan. 17 at the Albany Club in Toronto, while the Mississauga-Streetsville event Raitt attended took place Jan. 21.The event attended by Raitt was attended by 18 people and required at least one person to pay $250 to attend, according to Elections Canada documents. O’Toole’s event was attended by 46 people, and required at least one person to pay $500 to attend. It’s not clear whether all attendees for the events paid the amount listed in the documents.Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

YOU HAVE DONE YOUR DUTY TO HONOUR YOU IS OURS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – The Military Police Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in a joint effort with the US Embassy Marine Corps, Bahamas Branch, spent this past Saturday sprucing up the country’s World War II Cemetery, which they recently adopted and have committed themselves to caring for.This joint effort was the direct result of a conversation between Chief Petty Officer Lincoln Rolle and Gunnery Sargent Walter Merrith, Head of the United States Embassy Marine Corps, Bahamas Branch who both agreed that cleaning and maintaining the cemetery on a more consistent basis felt like their honorable duty.They removed weeds, mowed grass and painted the entrance to the cemetery.   However, this initial effort is only the beginning of what is expected to be a larger project to overhaul the space.   There are plans for reviving the landscape and repairing broken grave stones.Commanding Officer of the Military Police Section, Commander Fredrick Brown noted that the project taken on comes with no difficulty and that it was an honor to be a part of the effort.Chairman of the British Legion- Bahamas Branch, Comrade Cephas Ferguson was also there and in an interview expressed his appreciation and thanked the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and all parties involved who made the effort a success.Commander Frederick Brown, the Commanding Officer of the Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection Unit extended heartfelt thanks to members of his Unit and the United States Embassy Marine Corps Unit at the US Embassy… “We are grateful for your kind gesture in adopting our small military cemetery.”Also in attendance were Comrade George Collymore (World War II Veteran), Comrade Leonard Knowles (World War II Veteran), Father Andrew Topin (Executive Committee) and Adina Munroe (Executive Secretary at the British Legion Bahamas Branch and Defence Force Representative).Commodore Bethel praised the efforts of the participants in the joint initiative for their acts of patriotism, partnership, and volunteerism.   He also commended the hard work and dedication of Defence Force Reservist and representative at the Legion, Adina Munroe, for the many programs she has coordinated for the purpose of honoring the lives, sacrifices, and memories of members of the British Legion, past and present.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is honoured to be a part of this project and will continue to assist as an organization showing its appreciation to those who have paved the way and fought for the freedoms that every Bahamian still enjoy today. By: Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II(Photos by Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II)Captions:   Photo 1: Pictured from Left to Right: Woman Marine Adina Munroe (Executive Secretary at the British Legion Bahamas Branch and Defence Force Representative – Reserve), Comrade George Collymore (World War II Veteran), Father Andrew Topin (Executive Committee), Comrade Leonard Knowles (World War II Veteran) and Commander Fredrick Brown (Commanding Officer of the Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection Unit)Photo 2: Representatives from Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection UnitPhotos 3 – 8: Defence Force Marines at workcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

TCI Ministry of Health Advises Persons Traveling to the 2018 FIFA World

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, May 22, 2018 – Providenciales – The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia June 14th to June 28th 2018.  It is a time when people from all regions of the world gather to cheer on their team.  With large gatherings of this kind, disease outbreaks are expected and vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are no exception.The measles virus has rebounded in the WHO European region. In 2017, there were 21,315 cases and 35 deaths caused by measles.  This is an increase from the reports of 2016 which was 5,273.  The World Health Organization (WHO) noted large outbreaks in countries such as Romania, Italy and Ukraine.The Region of the Americas have been certified free of Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome(CRS); this certification means that no measles, rubella or CRS can be contracted from within the countries in the Americas.The Region of the Americas has, however, seen imported cases from persons traveling from other affected regions of the world.  Between 2011 and 2017, there have been 58 measles outbreaks between the USA, Canada, Argentina and Venezuela.  In 2018, WHO have already reported 1,115 confirmed measles cases within the region, affecting seven other countries in addition to those already mentioned.  It is important for us to maintain the elimination status by protecting our population through vaccinations.Measles is a highly infectious disease characterized by fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat and conjunctivitis (red eyes).  Two to three days after the symptoms begin, tiny spots may appear inside the mouth.  Three to five days later, a red rash will appear which will begin at the hairline and spread downwards to the neck, abdomen, arms, legs and feet. When the rash appears, the fever may increase.  The incubation period for the measles virus is 7 to 14 days.Measles is spread through droplet infection when an infected person coughs or sneezes into the air. The virus can last on surfaces for up to two hours. Infected persons can spread the virus for four days before and up to four days after the rash appears. 90% of persons who are not immunized against the measles virus will contract it if they have an encounter with an infected person. The only way to prevent the measles virus is through immunization.To this end, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services wishes to advise persons traveling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup games who have not been vaccinated, or those who are unsure of their immunization status, to be vaccinated with the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) and the Yellow Fever vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel.The vaccines are offered free of charge at the Primary Health Care clinics throughout the TCI.For further information, please contact the following numbers: Strengthen your defense against vaccine preventable diseases and let us keep the TCI Vaccine Preventable Disease free! Senior Public Health Nurse (649) 338-5464Public Health Nurse (Cheshire Hall Medical Center clinic) (649) 338-5474Public Health Nurse (Blue Hills Community Clinic) (649) 946 5613Public Health Nurse (Grand Turk) (649) 338-5462 Related Items:last_img read more

India property market Cloud of uncertainty grips housing lenders as mortgage rates

first_imgConcerned over weak and uncertain revenue outlook going ahead in the wake of sheer marginal cost-based lending rate (MCLR) cuts, leading brokerages Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse have downgraded LIC Housing Finance stock.Also read: Comparison of interest rates on deposits by senior citizens after PM Modi’s speechWhile Morgan Stanley slashed the target price by 20 percent to Rs 560 from Rs 700 for the stock downgrading it to equal weight from overweight, Credit Suisse also lowered its price target to Rs 620 from Rs 670 earlier while retaining the Outperform rating.After State Bank of India on Monday sharply cut the MCLR to new borrowers by 90 bps to 8 percent, rest of the PSU and private sector banks followed the day after with similar rate cut announcements by first lowering the MCLR by 70-90 basis points and then tweaking rates for MCLR-linked other loans.The housing loan portfolio of banks increased by 15.6 percent in the months to November 2016 while outstanding home loans remained at Rs 8,15,300 crore, according to the Reserve Bank of India data.On Tuesday, Housing Finance Development Corporation (HDFC), India’s largest housing finance company (HFC), cut retail home loan rates by 40-45 basis points and will offer a rate of 8.65 percent to women borrowers for home loans up to Rs 75 lakh, and 8.7 percent for other borrowers.Indiabulls Housing Finance will also offer the same rates.Probably indicating that the MCLR rate cut may not lead to increased profitability for the housing finance companies and there will be pressure to grow profitability, Morgan Stanley believes that going forward, banks will be aggressively pursuing loan takeovers and in that case, housing finance companies will have no place to hide.”The one-time meaningful cut has raised the risk of higher prepayments/repricing pressures for HFCs and will weigh on NIM (net interest margin),” Morgan Stanley analysts Subramanian Iyer and Sumeet Kariwala wrote in a note to clients, as reported by BloombergQuint.The brokerage has cut earnings per share (EPS) estimates for LIC Housing Finance by 1 percent for the current financial year. It also revised EPS lower by 16.5 and 22 percent for the next two financial years. Additionally, the home lender’s net interest margin estimates are expected to take a hit of about 35 basis points over the next three financial years and the credit growth has been revised to 12 percent from 16 percent due to balance transfers and demonetisation.Shares of LIC Housing Finance were trading 1.1 percent down at Rs 525.3 at 10.52 am on Wednesday, while HDFC was trading flat at Rs 1,216.Other smaller mortgage lenders in the India housing segment are Repco Home Ltd, Gruh Finance Ltd and Can Fin Homes Ltd.last_img read more

Apache Spark 240 released

first_imgLast week, Apache Spark released its latest version, Apache Spark 2.4.0. It is the fifth release in the 2.x line. This release comes with Barrier Execution Mode for better integration with deep learning frameworks. Apache Spark 2.4.0 brings 30+ built-in and higher-order functions to deal with complex data types. These functions work with   Scala 2.12 and improve the K8s (Kubernetes) integration. This release also focuses on usability, stability, and polish while resolving around 1100 tickets. What’s new in Apache Spark 2.4.0? Built-in Avro data source Image data source Flexible streaming sinks Elimination of the 2GB block size limitation during transfer Pandas UDF improvements Major changes Apache Spark 2.4.0 supports Barrier Execution Mode in the scheduler, for better integration with deep learning frameworks. One can now build Spark with Scala 2.12 and write Spark applications in Scala 2.12. Apache Spark 2.4.0 supports Spark-Avro package with logical type support for better performance and usability. Some users are SQL experts but aren’t much aware of Scala/ Python or R. Thus, this version of Apache comes with support for Pivot. Apache Spark 2.4.0 has added Structured Streaming ForeachWriter for Python. This lets users write ForeachWriter code in Python, that is, they can use the partitionId and the version/batchId/epochId to conditionally process rows. This new release has also introduced Spark data source for the image format. Users can now load images through the Spark source reader interface. Bug fixes: The LookupFunctions are used to check the same function name again and again. This version includes a latest LookupFunctions rule which performs a check for each invocation. A PageRank change in the Apache Spark 2.3 introduced a bug in the ParallelPersonalizedPageRank implementation. This change prevents serialization of a Map which needs to be broadcast to all workers. This issue has been resolved with the release of Apache Spark 2.4.0 Read more about Apache Spark 2.4.0 on the official website of Apache Spark. Read Next Building Recommendation System with Scala and Apache Spark [Tutorial] Apache Spark 2.3 now has native Kubernetes support! Implementing Apache Spark K-Means Clustering method on digital breath test data for road safetylast_img read more

This one prank at airports is making travellers really really angry

first_imgYour face when you realise it’s a sticker pic.twitter.com/oekFFujlaZ— Dave (@vi079) August 8, 2018 Travelweek Group Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Posted by This is just cruel. RT @Atrioc: Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life. pic.twitter.com/vvzPIaM7vx— Fresco K. Söze™ (@EDotFresh) August 6, 2018 TORONTO – Practical jokes are supposed to get a good laugh out of people, not induce rage around the world.Such is the case with certain hyper-real stickers of wall outlets that are being placed around airports. Available for purchase on Amazon for about US$9, the stickers have already been spotted this year at various airports in the U.S., including Los Angeles International Airport and St. Louis Lambert International Airport.Sometimes they’re placed on sensible spots along walls where outlets should be, while other times they pop up on items like garbage bins that make no sense at all. Either way, they’ve tricked one too many travellers and have caused a firestorm on social media.People putting outlet stickers on walls at airports are the real terrorists— Patrick (@manoftomorrow01) August 8, 2018 WHO KEEPS PUTTING THOSE OUTLET STICKERS ALL OVER THE AIRPORT WALLS — ebony (@LaughinSoHard) August 10, 2018center_img Tags: Airport, Funny, Sticker Same pic.twitter.com/FFmxLHNkDf— gypsy (@srosasxo) August 12, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> This one prank at airports is making travellers really, really angrylast_img read more