Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Gave up not once, not twice but three times!” said Mayweather. “Real fighters never give up.”BACKSTORY: Expletives, excitement as Mayweather, McGregor face offFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMcGregor, a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has conceded three defeats in 24 bouts, all by submission.The two men are set to face each other in a boxing ring in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be the richest fight in history. Stags shame Chiefs Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena A giant step forward from each had them nose to nose and brought more cheers from the crowd before McGregor launched into a lewd, crude address.“No one’s going to stop me walking around this place like I own it,” he said.Mayweather, meanwhile, was all indifference until it was his turn to speak. After a little back-and-forth with the crowd, he showered McGregor with handfuls of dollar bills from his backpack — a day after McGregor mocked the paltry stash of cash “Money” had brought to their promotional stop in Toronto on Wednesday.“They’re all ones!” McGregor said. “Because that’s all you’re worth,” Mayweather replied.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thursday’s show at the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, drew a pro-McGregor crowd of more than 13,000.It was the third such production in three days, with one more scheduled for London on Friday aimed at pumping up interest in the bout — although both men seemed to be running short of inventive invective.McGregor eschewed his sharp-tailored suits for a bare chest and white fur overcoat — which he swept from his shoulders as he took the stage to offer a flexed-arm pose that inflamed the crowd.LOOK: McGregor wears suit with ‘F you’ pinstripes to Mayweather presserThe Irishman then paced impatiently as Mayweather, draped in an Irish flag, made his way to the stage and they took their positions for the ritual staredown from opposite sides of the podium.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on as money rains down on Conor McGregor during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. AFP/GETTY IMAGESNEW YORK—Floyd Mayweather was on the attack on Thursday, branding Conor McGregor a quitter as the four-stop tour hyping their cross-combat superfight hit New York.“Eejit” and “Circus Clown” were the tamest epithets the former welterweight king, who retired from boxing with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, threw at McGregor, one of the biggest stars of mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
After a cakewalk against Zimbabwe in the One-Day International (ODI) series, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led visitors were handed a shock defeat in the first encounter of the three-match Twenty20 series by the hosts. (Mandeep’s maiden fifty gives India first 10-wicket win in T20s)India, who were without established stars Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, drubbed the minnows 3-0 in the ODI series for their second successive clean sweep against the hosts. The Indian team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, achieved the same feat last year.However, the visitors, who played with five debutants, suffered a shocking two-run defeat against Zimbabwe in the first T20.INDIA’S DASHING REPLYBut India were quick to bounce back in the second T20 with a crushing 10-wicket win to even out the equation before the deciding third T20 tomorrow. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s insistence upon “running hard” pays off for India)Young opener Mandeep Singh, who scored his debut T20 half-century to guide India to a huge 10-wicket win against the hosts, revealed how the team was able to get over from the shock defeat in Harare. THE SUCCESS RECIPE The 24-year-old batsman said the Indian players chose to relax on the eve of the second T20, rather than putting additional pressure on themselves.”A few boys went to see a movie yesterday, we played FIFA, so we had quite a relaxed day yesterday, and obviously we discussed quite a lot about the previous game, and I think we played really well today,” he said. (Barinder Sran smashes records on T20 International debut)advertisementIndian players went to watch Hollywood thriller “Now You See Me 2″ in Harare. The players, alongwith Dhoni, were also seen playing FIFA on PlayStation.”Obviously that defeat in the opening T20 was hurting, but we discussed a few points that what we need to do and I think whatever we have discussed in that previous game we implemented.”We have played five games now on this wicket. We discussed a few points and I think we implemented really well. So that was the main thing,” said Mandeep.SLEEPLESS NIGHT The Punjab batsman, who scored an unbeaten 52 in a modest 100-run chase last night, said the anxiety he felt before the match was surprisingly gone when he came in to bat.”I had a sleepless night before the match, things like pressure of winning a match or the series play on your mind, and also the fact that the selectors are watching you. Call it pressure or nervousness, whatever you want. But when you go in to bat, it becomes a little easier, at least for me. At that time, I just thought the target is 100, how do I achieve it?”Once I am inside, these things do not bother me, that the selectors are watching, that this series is very important. Before the match these things do play on my mind, this series is obviously very important, but honestly, once I go in, it is only, I have to bat and win the match,” Mandeep said.(With PTI inputs)
Bollywood queen Kangana Ranaut, who just returned from US after wrapping up Hansal Mehta’s Simran attended the Times Lit Fest at Mehboob Studios to speak on the topic ‘Being Kangana’. The gorgeous star was in an extremely jovial mode as she not only posed for the shutterbugs but also spoke to the media after her session.ALSO READ: Kangana’s revenge plans for Alia-Ranveer’s jibes at her on Koffee With Karan ALSO READ: Hrithik-Kangana legal battle gets uglier After addressing questions about her upcoming movies Simran and Rangoon, when Kangana was asked about Alia’s comments made on her at Koffee With Karan, she laughed and said, “I love Alia, she is so talented and such a lovely girl, I am pleased that she wants to know about my whereabouts. I don’t think it’s offensive. Alia is one person I try and reach out to, I love her work and her spirit. I haven’t seen her latest film but I believe she is incredible in it. She makes us very proud.”She also added that Alia is India’s official sweetheart.Not only Alia, onlookers around her also told us that when further coaxed about Ranveer Singh’s comments on the same show, the jovial star laughed and said, “Ranveer is my buddy and he is very curious about my love life… I remember once he tried to grill me about it but like we all know I am very mysterious and I don’t give in.”Well after Kangana’s such candid and sporting reactions on both Alia and Ranveer’s comments, we believe it’s time to put all the rumour mills to rest. Kangana once again proves that she’s the real Queen of Bollywood.advertisementINDIA TODAY EXCLUSIVE: Kangana opens up on being called witch, whore, psychopath
Cheteshwar Pujara hoped India’s top-order batsmen would learn from their mistakes on the opening day of the Adelaide Test and put up a far more improved show in the second innings of the first Test against Australia.After opting to bat, India were reduced to 41 for 4 as KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane perished to lose shots against Australia’s pacers. And just when Rohit Sharma had settled down, he attempted a hoick against Nathan Lyon and holed out.Pujara had to dig deep and produce one of his finest knocks to give India some kind of respectability – they finished at 250 for 9 at stumps. However, Pujara conceded India’s top-order batsmen should have batted much better.”To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions and I knew I had to stay patient and wait for the lose balls. But they bowled in the right areas,” Pujara told the media after the end of the first day. “I also felt our top order should have batted better but we will learn from the mistakes and put up a better show in the second innings.”Pujara showed it was not impossible to bat. You just had to remain patient and wait for the scoring opportunities. And his resilience paid rich dividends – Pujara brought up his maiden hundred in Australia and went past 5000 runs.Perhaps Pujara’s colleagues could take a leaf out of his book. They could learn how to prepare for a big Test series from close quarters. In 2014, Pujara had struggled in England and Australia – eventually, he was dropped. Four years later, Pujara has turned a new corner.advertisement”The top order made mistakes but hopefully, we will learn from those mistakes and we will bat better in the second innings. I had prepared well.. Overally my experience in Test cricket and first-class cricket helped me,” he said.Maybe Pujara was upset with the lack of support from any one of his partners in the top-order. Who knows how many India could have got had at least one of the others batted longer and showed some more application.Sunil Gavaskar was furious with the way the Indian batsmen approached the innings. “That [poor outside the off-stump] is an understatement. They [India batsmen] were just reaching out for deliveries which they could have very well left alone. The only exception may be KL Rahul but all the others played shots that they could have avoided,” Gavaskar told the broadcasters as India went to lunch at 56 for 4. “It was the first session of a five-day Test match, a five-day Test match and you had all the time in the world to build a good total.”You know that the Kookaburra ball swings around only for maybe a dozen overs or so. You can then cash in, capitalise and score plenty of runs. But everybody was like ‘I have to get my runs in this session’.”And if these players had been newcomers, understandable but these are all experienced players who played those shots outside the off-stump.”Thanks to Pujara, India now have a fighting chance. The onus will be on the bowlers on Friday and if they can restrict Australia, Pujara will get to see if his batting colleagues have indeed learnt from their mistakes.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar blasts India batsmen after poor shot selection in Adelaide TestAlso Read | Chocolate milkshake for Pujara after magnificent Test hundred in AustraliaAlso Read | Adelaide hundred one of my top 5 knocks, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso watch –
Mahindra XUV300 is scheduled to launch on February 14. The much awaited compact SUV has been receiving a lot of praise for its technical specifications, including powerful petrol and diesel engines. The company is expecting the XUV500-inspired vehicle to turn its fortunes in the segment.A major competitor for XUV300 in the compact SUV segment will be Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which has been quite popular ever since its launch in March 2016. India’s largest carmaker sold 148,462 units of Vitara Brezza in 2017-18, with average monthly sales of around 12,372 units. Maruti Suzuki Vitara BrezzaOnce XUV300 is launched, it will be interesting to see how it fares against Vitara Brezza. But for now, I give you a detailed comparison between the technical specifiactions of the two compact SUVs.EngineUnder the hood, XUV300 will offer a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel one. The petrol motor will produce 110 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque, while the diesel powertrain will churn out 115 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. The compact SUV’s petrol and diesel variants will return mileage-figures of 17 kmpl and 20 kmpl, respectively.Vitara Brezza gets only a diesel powertrain. The four-cylinder, 1.3-litre, DDiS 200 engine is good for 89 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. Maruti Suzuki claims a fuel a fuel efficiency of 24.3 kmpl for the compact SUV.DimensionsXUV300 will have a length and width of 3,995 mm and 1,821 mm, respectively. Its height will be 1,617 mm and wheelbase 2,600 mm. It will come with a 265-litre boot and a 42-litre fuel tank.advertisementVitara Brezza is 3,995 mm long and 1,790 mm wide. It has a height of 1,640 mm and its wheelbase measures 2500 mm. The compact SUV gets a 328-litre boot and a 48-litre fuel tank.TransmissionXUV300 will have a standard six-speed manual gearbox. There are expectations that the company will give the vehicle an automatic transmission in near-future.The diesel engine in Vitara Brezza is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with an option for an automatic transmission as well.BrakesXUV300 gets disc brakes on all four wheels. ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) is standard across all the variants of the compact SUV.Vitara Brezza comes in with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. It also gets ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) as standard across all its variants.TyresXUV300 gets 17-inch alloy wheels.Vitara Brezza only gets 16-inch alloy wheels.ALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300: Ahead of its launch on February 14, everything you need to knowALSO READ | Kawasaki Versys 1000 introduced in India, priced at Rs 10.69 lakhALSO READ | Land Rover Discovery Sport set to get major updates in 2019
New Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann says that he is relishing the chance to train and play alongside Lionel Messi at the club, stating that it will be ‘an incredible joy’ to play alongside the Argentine. The France international and World Cup winner has brought the curtain down on his half-decade spell at Atletico Madrid with a €120 million (£108m,/$135m) move to Camp Nou to join the La Liga holders on a five-year deal.Despite ongoing controversy swirling between the two clubs surrounding the exact cost of the 28-year-old’s move, Griezmann has kept his focus squarely on the field for the most part and what he can bring to the table with the Blaugrana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? In particular, he singled out five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, widely considered the lynchpin of Ernesto Valverde’s side, as the team-mate he is most excited to line up alongside.”I’m looking forward to seeing what Messi’s like on a day-to-day basis in training,” Griezmann told Barcelona’s official website. “Playing next to him is an incredible joy.”I’m really looking forward to working with my new-team mates and with the boss, and playing at Camp Nou and hopefully winning a lot of things.”Though Griezmann has faced Barca several times over the years with firstly Real Sociedad and later Atletico, the forward has never been under any illusions over the magnitude of their role in global football and he further stressed his desire to help them grow.”Barcelona is a big club and I hope to help it continue to be big or make it even bigger,” he added.”I’m very happy. I’m very excited and am looking forward to working with the squad and meeting my new team-mates.”[It’s] a new challenge, new targets. [They’re] important things and I hope I can do as well as I can, as I have been doing for my club and country. I hope to look good.”Asked what silverware he hopes to deliver to the Catalan outfit, he responded: “All of them, La Liga, La Copa, the Champions League. They’re the club’s goals and my goals, and I hope to win them here.”I like to have fun on the field and off it in the dressing room. I like to play with joy and I hope to bring a lot of joy to my team-mates and the fans, and hope we have fun together.”Griezmann is expected to be a member of Barcelona’s travelling party as they prepare to head to Japan for a handful of pre-season fixtures, including a clash with Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Story Highlights All Government of Jamaica Pensioners are invited to the Accountant General’s Department (AGD) Pensioners’ Forum 2017. The forum will also give the AGD an opportunity to get contact details of pensioners, including telephone numbers and email addresses, making it easier for the department to provide them with information on a timely basis. Among the participating entities are Sagicor; Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ); Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; National Health Fund (NHF); First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union; Administrator General’s Department; Chas. E. Ramson; and Cari-Med. All Government of Jamaica Pensioners are invited to the Accountant General’s Department (AGD) Pensioners’ Forum 2017.The event will be held at The Mico University College, 1a Marescaux Road, Kingston on Friday (November 17) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Acting Director for Communications and Customer Relations, AGD, Taneisha Weir Grant, told JIS News that the forum, which is an initiative of Accountant General, Carlene Murdoch, will provide the pensioners with access to various benefits and services.“When pensioners come into the AGD, we tend to get questions that are not necessarily for us but are related to what we do. So what we have done is try to get all (stakeholder agencies) at one place at one time that are able to answer all the queries that our customers have,” she explained.“Everything that they would need to visit various entities for, they can actually get it on the day,” she added.Among the participating entities are Sagicor; Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ); Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; National Health Fund (NHF); First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union; Administrator General’s Department; Chas. E. Ramson; and Cari-Med.Mrs. Weir Grant said that the organisations will provide on-spot services, including Tax Registration Number (TRN) and assisting with insurance queries.The forum will also give the AGD an opportunity to get contact details of pensioners, including telephone numbers and email addresses, making it easier for the department to provide them with information on a timely basis.The pensioners, in turn, will be able to meet their payroll officers and speak directly to the Accountant General.They will also receive free health checks and foot detox and have the chance to win prizes.There will be a writers’ corner, which will feature written and published works from pensioners.“Pensioners will be entertained, they can come and lyme and meet and greet persons that they have not seen for some time,” Mrs. Weir Grant noted.Pensioners unable to attend the forum can tune in to the live broadcast on Nationwide FM.
TAYLOR, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure isn’t able to say when work will resume on widening the South Taylor Hill to four lanes, though Taylor mayor Rob Fraser said that the costs of the remaining two-thirds of the widening project are escalating.Fraser met with Transportation Minister Claire Trevena on four separate occasions at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler last week, with the meeting involving Taylor District Council focusing largely on the topic of the South Taylor Hill.In 2016, the provincial government completed the first phase of the project, widening the bottom two kilometres of the hill and building a new truck chain-up area near Big Bam Road. Construction work has not yet begun on the middle portion of the hill, which would widen the road for the 1-kilometre stretch from the first phase to the curve in the road unofficially known as “Drive Shaft Corner.”Ministry spokesperson Danielle Pope said that design and project development is underway, and a $40 million federal funding partnership was announced last year.“The final delivery option remains to be determined based on the outcome of the ongoing project investigation. Once this is determined, the ministry will seek approvals from the Capital Board and Treasury Board to proceed with the remaining project phases. At that time, we will be able to provide details regarding the timeline and cost for the remaining work,” she said in an email.However, Fraser said that planning costs for that segment of road are escalating, especially after part of the hill slumped on the downhill side of the highway during heavy rains in the spring of 2017, which caused delays on the hill for the rest of the summer.“The Ministry was pretty clear that there’s an increase in design costs, the more they look at that one kilometre, the costs of changing that somehow are really starting to ramp up and increase.”Fraser said that while meeting with Trevena, he stressed the important role the highway plays in the regional economy and that the Ministry needs to look at the entire route of the road through the river valley, rather than in individual portions.
The Bank of Canada says the economy is well-positioned to ride out any economic shocks from China —even though the Asian country has become Canada’s second-biggest trading partner.Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins says the bank estimates that if economic growth in China’s economy comes in one percentage point lower than projections — then Canadian growth would slip one-tenth of a percentage point.By comparison, Wilkins says if the same decline happened to the United States, the impact on Canada’s gross domestic product would be six times greater.Global shockwaves from China are only going to get worse, IMF warnsIMF’s Christine Lagarde warns of political risks to global economy amid mediocre growthIn prepared remarks for a speech Tuesday to the Vancouver Board of Trade, Wilkins says the bank has been exploring how Canada might be affected by any shocks that could emerge as China’s maturing economy slows to a more sustainable pace of growth.She also notes that Canadian banks have little direct exposure to China and that any negative reverberations would mostly be felt through a slowdown in trade and weaker commodity prices.Wilkins says the Bank of Canada believes China has the potential to grow at an annual rate of about six per cent over the next 15 years.She says two-way trade between Canada and China has increased more than five-fold over the past 15 years and that about 400 Canadian companies now have footholds there.
The delegation, led by the UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka Abdulaziz Bin Abdurrahman Al-Jammaz, consisted of the envoys to Sri Lanka from Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia. “However, the protracted IDPs expelled in 1990s are yet to be resettled. The process in this regard is taking place as per the government promise,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) Several Muslims expelled from the Northern Province by the LTTE in a systematic and organized manner during a two week period in 1990 are yet to be resettled, the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.He said this when a delegation consisting of seven Ambassadors to Sri Lanka and a First Secretary witnessed the plight of Muslim IDP settlements in the Mannar region, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said in a statement today. The delegation visited Muslim IDP resettlements in the Talaimannar Pier area, the Museli division, and the Marichikatti divisions. They were temporarily sheltered in Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, and Colombo. According to the Report, around 14,000 Muslim families had returned to Mannar in 2011 and 2,455 to Mullaithivu.However he noted that due to landlessness, the original land becoming jungles, non-availability of infrastructure facilities and lack of assistance from the donor communities they couldn’t resettle themselves fully in their places of origin.The displaced during the height of war and later were accommodated at Menik Farm while the new IDPs from the war were all resettled. “They witnessed the plight of these helpless IDPs first-hand and lent a sympathetic ear to their issues,” the Ministry said.Minister Bathiudeen told the delegation that according to para 5.137 of the LLRC Report, 75000 families were expelled from the Northern Province by the LTTE in a systematic and organized manner during a two week period in 1990.
TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,273.57 down 145.42 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 41 cents, or 3.87 per cent, at $10.18 on 5,786,797 shares. The gold sector led all the subgroups in the red, closing 3.05 per cent lower to 337.43 points.Baja Mining Corp. (TSX:BAJ). Miner. Up a penny, or 11.76 per cent, at 9.5 cents on 5,197,333 shares. The Vancouver-based miner’s stock was one of the few that advanced, as news that a Korean consortium provided additional financing of US$6.7 million to Baja’s Boleo project in Mexico. The funding is an addition to the $90 million reported at the end of August.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down 25 cents, or 1.94 per cent, at $12.64 on 5,182,602 shares. The energy sector dropped 0.57 per cent to 259.11 points.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down 60 cents, or 4.12 per cent, at $13.97 on 4,024,690 shares.Canacol Energy Ltd. (TSX:CNE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 4.55 per cent, at 42 cents on 3,755,918 shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 31 cents, or 0.94 per cent, at $32.69 on 3,569,459 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,327.81 down 17.17 points):Porto Energy Corp. (TSXV:PEC). Oil and gas. Up 8.5 cents, or 58.62 per cent, at 23 cents on 10,662,825 shares. The U.S.-based company provided an operational update on its well in Portugal. President and CEO Josephy Ash said that he is “encouraged” by the preliminary findings.Sandstorm Metals and Energy Ltd. (TSXV:SND). Resource streaming. Down a penny, or 2.15 per cent, at 45.5 cents on 3,635,956 shares.Companies reporting major news:Garda World Security (TSX:GW). Unchanged at $11.95 on 81,775 shares. Advisory firms ISS Proxy Advisory Services and Glass Lewis and Co. support the proposed $1.1-billion privatization transaction led by Garda founder Stephan Cretier and a subsidiary of private equity firm Apax Partners.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Down 44 cents, or 5.46 per cent, at $7.62 on 3,153,782 shares. An analyst predicted the next generation of BlackBerrys won’t hit shelves until March, instead of the previously announced January launch. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2012 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets
It took Serena Williams a year to get her 22nd major title, the one she needed to tie Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era. She got it at Wimbledon last month, after tough losses late in the previous three majors. We think Williams has a 55 percent chance to get her 23rd title much faster, at the U.S. Open in New York two months after her Wimbledon triumph.For the first time, FiveThirtyEight is forecasting a tennis tournament. (Read more about our methodology.) And it’s potentially a historic one: Williams is the favorite to win her seventh U.S. Open, which would complete her remarkable run at Graf’s record after turning 30. Williams has younger rivals, including two who beat her in Grand Slam finals this year, but we aren’t giving any of them better than a 9 percent chance at the title. Also looming: Roberta Vinci, the Italian who upset Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals last year but who has beaten only one top 10 player since then. Williams could face Vinci in the final — a round that we think Vinci has a 1 percent chance of reaching.Aiding Williams’s chances is the absence of the two women who have been the most consistent among her rivals over the past five years: Maria Sharapova, the five-time major champion who is serving a suspension for using a banned substance, and Victoria Azarenka, the two-time major champ who announced last month that she is pregnant and will resume playing after her baby is born. Sure, neither woman has beaten Williams at a major in the past 12 years, but you have to stretch to find a big threat to the dominant No. 1. Her toughest competition at this event might be her older sister, Venus, who is the No. 6 seed at age 36 and took a set off her younger sister in a quarterfinal meeting at last year’s Open. Or it could be her tricky first-round match against Ekaterina Makarova, who ousted Serena Williams from the 2012 Australian Open and has beaten top 10 players eight times at majors; we give Makarova a 6 percent chance to win the match. Williams’s other obstacle might be her right shoulder. Inflammation caused her to skip a pre-Open tournament in Cincinnati (our forecast doesn’t directly account for injuries). Less is at stake in the men’s draw, because of a series of near misses.Had Novak Djokovic won at Wimbledon, he’d be going for his sixth straight major title and trying to become the first man to sweep all four in one year since Rod Laver did it in 1969. But American Sam Querrey upset Djokovic in the third round.If Querrey’s win had sparked a great run, Americans might hope to see the first win at the U.S. Open — or any major — by an American man since Andy Roddick in 2003. But Querrey has lost more matches than he has won since that upset, and we don’t give him or any other American man even a 1 percent chance of reaching the final.If Andy Murray had won in Cincinnati a week ago, he’d be entering the Open on a 23-match winning streak, with the potential to make it 30 by winning his second major in a row. But he lost in the final to Marin Cilic.And if Roger Federer were playing the Open, we’d give him a decent shot at winning a record 18th major title and the first major title by a man 35 or older since Ken Rosewall won the Australian Open in 1972; our rating system thinks Federer is better than every active male player besides Djokovic and Murray. But Federer isn’t playing any more this year; he’s rehabbing a knee injury.1Though Federer came to New York last week to promote a new tennis event with Laver; Federer promises to play doubles with Rafael Nadal next year at the competition.There are still plenty of open questions to answer at the Open. Can Rafael Nadal win his first big event on hard courts in three years and pass Pete Sampras to rank second in career major titles? (We give him a 6 percent chance of doing so.) Will Djokovic overcome the wrist injury that caused him to skip Cincinnati and win his 13th major title, resuming his dominance of the tour? (57 percent) Will Murray win his fourth major title, tying Rosewall, Jim Courier and Guillermo Vilas on the Open-era list and giving him two in the same season for the first time? (17 percent) Can Stan Wawrinka win his third after an inconsistent start to the year? (2 percent) Can Milos Raonic become the first Canadian man to win a major in singles, or can Kei Nishikori become the first man representing an Asian country to do so? (3 percent and 7 percent) If either one does, it’d be the first big title won by a man born in 1989 or later and the first real sign of a crack in the dominance of the old guard of men’s tennis. It could happen, but our model suggests a triumph by Djokovic or Murray is almost three times more likely than a victory by anyone else.Check out our U.S. Open predictions. We’re forecasting every match of the 2016 men’s and women’s U.S. Open tournaments. See our predictions here »
SANDYCOVE BATHERS’ ASSOCIATION will finally accept women members into its club.Since the 70s women were able to swim with the club at the Forty Foot, but were not allowed to use the two club huts. One is for changing and the other has kitchen and clubhouse facilities.Many women paid an annual fee to the club for maintenance but this did not entitle them to membership.Many protests have been made by women swimmers over the years. A vote was held on the issue by the association in 2012 but it was defeated 24 to 17.Councillors even called for the Government to review the 1937 operating licence for the club last October.Finally, it was decided in a meeting last week that women could become full members and two women have already been accepted.A new bathing shelter was put up by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council at the Forty Foot. The unisex changing room will now be used by the women swimmers.Dun Laoghaire Councillor Jane Dillon Byrne, told TheJournal.ie that, It’s long desired and people have been working on it since equality was introduced into Ireland in the 1970s.Read: Dún Laoghaire to get floating swimming pool and urban beach>
IF YOU’VE GOT a case of the Mondays, anxiously clutching at a stapler trying to combat The Fear, get your eyes around this.Created as part of a student project, the video uses tiltshift technology to make Dublin look like a glorious little toy town.Combined with Sigur Ros’ epic Hoppipolla, it’s lovely, just lovely.Created by Olivia Ricci, Stephen Duffy, Rafal Baran and Afshin Moosavi, Creative Digital Media students at Blanchardstown IT.You’ll never guess who’s helping Louis Walsh pick a new boyband>Things Taylor Swift doesn’t like>What is a Cronut and why are people queuing for ages to get them?
Chez le papa merle, la couleur des œufs fait toute la différence Publiant leurs travaux dans Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, des chercheurs canadiens ont montré expérimentalement que chez le merle d’Amérique, le mâle prend d’avantage soin de ses oisillons s’ils sont issus d’œufs bleu vif, gage de la bonne santé de sa femelle.Pour tester leur théorie, Bob Montgomerie, professeur de biologie à la Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada), qui étudie le merle d’Amérique depuis 25 ans, et l’une de ses étudiantes, Philina English, ont mené une expérience originale. Ils ont remplacé, dans les nids de plusieurs merles, les vrai œufs – normalement bleu vif – par des œufs factices arborant diverses nuances de bleu. Puis, à la période d’éclosion, substituant cette fois-ci de vrais oisillons aux faux œufs, ils ont observé le comportement du mâle du couple.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous voulions tester l’idée selon laquelle les mâles pourraient utiliser la couleur des œufs comme un signal de la qualité et de la santé de leur compagne, une femelle en bonne santé engendrant de ‘meilleurs’ bébés. Et effectivement, les mâles dont les nids contenaient des œufs bleus brillants ont nourri deux fois plus leurs bébés fraîchement éclos”, a expliqué le Dr Montgomerie, dont les recherches portent sur la sélection sexuelle et les soins parentaux chez les oiseaux.La couleur bleue des œufs du merle d’Amérique est due à la biliverdine, un pigment déposé sur la coquille de l’œuf lorsque la femelle pond. Il existe certains indices suggérant que les niveaux les plus élevés de biliverdine indiquent une femelle plus saine et donnent des œufs d’un bleu brillant. Les œufs pondus par une femelle saine semblent ainsi encourager les mâles à s’intéresser davantage à leurs jeunes.Le 20 mai 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Despite what you may have heard, Mass Effect Andromeda is a great game. While Bioware’s latest delivers a solid RPG experience, it does have issues. Most notably, the game’s facial animations. While previous games in the franchise have had their fair share of odd animations, Andromeda appears to have a great deal more. There may be a reason behind this, according to an ex-Mass Effect animator.Jonathan Cooper is currently an animator on the Uncharted series. Before that, he was an animator on the first two Mass Effect games. Yesterday, he got on Twitter to explain what he believes happened with Mass Effect Andromeda‘s animations.“Animating an RPG is a really, really big undertaking–completely different from a game like Uncharted so comparisons are unfair.” As he explained, a game like Uncharted 4 is “highly controlled.” Going through every animation on a game like that is possible since it is a very contained experience. That isn’t the case with massive RPGs.On that point, he said that “RPGs offer a magnitude more volume of content and importantly, player/story choice. It’s simply a quantity vs. quality trade-off.”Due to the quantity of animations in an RPG (Mass Effect 1 had eight hours, Horizon Zero Dawn, fifteen) designers (not animators) sequence pre-created animations together “like DJs with samples and tracks.” Given the sheer number of dialogue options and conversations, “dialogues are separated into tiered quality levels based on importance/likelihood.” This means that scenes with the lowest quality are handled by algorithms, and not by hand.Cooper believes that Andromeda “lowered the quality of its base algorithm,” and that Bioware “underestimated [the] task” of “hitting every line by hand.”Social media only makes things worse, according to Cooper. The amount of scrutiny Andromeda has gotten “is exacerbated by us living in an era of Share buttons and YouTube. Getting the lowest quality out to the widest audience.”Make sure to read Cooper’s entire thread on this topic since it really is quite fascinating. The Deadliest Assassins in Video GamesThe Best Buddies In Science Fiction
A ground-breaking ceremony Thursday morning marked the official start of construction on the long-awaited fourth and final tower of the Vancouvercenter.A crowd of more than 100 guests from developer Holland Partner Group and the City of Vancouver gathered on the construction site at the corner of Washington and Sixth streets to watch Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, CEO Clyde Holland and other dignitaries turn over the ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt.In a moment that emphasized just how long the wait has been, McEnerny-Ogle asked the crowd how many of them remembered the Vancouvercenter blocks back when they were home to Lucky Lager Brewing – and only a few hands went up.The mixed-use Vancouvercenter project began construction in 2000, six years after the city of Vancouver purchased the former brewery site to the east of Esther Short Park, which had been closed for almost a decade.The first three buildings were built more than a decade ago by developer Vandevco, and the foundations for the fourth building were completed as part of the underground parking garage beneath the block. But the tower itself was never built, due in part to the 2008 recession.The southeastern quadrant of the site has been fenced off ever since, empty apart from a couple of concrete and metal sheds that were built as caps on top of the protruding rebar for the future building’s elevator shafts.
Portland — The economic development groups Greenlight Greater Portland and Regional Partners will merge into a single public-private economic development organization for the Portland-Vancouver region, following unanimous votes Wednesday by the boards of the two organization.The new organization will retain the Greenlight Greenlight Greater Portland name and will be governed by a board of regional CEOs and elected officials, including the mayor of Vancouver and, from Oregon, mayors of Hillsboro, Gresham and Beaverton. Oregon’s Multnomah and Clackamas counties and the multi-county Metro agency also will hold seats. Under the nonprofit’s mandate, the board will have a private sector majority, and all organizations holding board seats will be investors in the group. Greenlight, created in 2007, had been a private-sector economic development organization. Regional Partners, formed in 1996, consisted of economic development professionals from local government jurisdictions. The new organization expects to hire a chief executive officer before its Regional Economic Summit on June 30.
Ridgefield High School was thrown into lockdown for more than an hour Thursday afternoon while police hunted down an armed man who fled from a traffic stop. The incident started when Ridgefield police pulled over a white Isuzu Trooper during a routine traffic stop at 2:25 p.m. at Northwest Carty and Hillhurst roads, about half a mile from Ridgefield High School. All four people fled the vehicle during the traffic stop. Police reportedly discovered multiple guns in the vehicle, along with law enforcement equipment. Three of the suspects were quickly rounded up and taken into custody. Battle Ground and La Center police and the sheriff’s office were sent to the area to assist Ridgefield officers in finding the one remaining suspect, who was believed to be armed.Police patrolled a stretch of Hillhurst Road, about 1 1/2 miles, in search of him. Meanwhile, the suspect allegedly forced his way into an occupied home at 23117 N.W. Hillhurst Road. There were reports he made off with several guns, but the sheriff’s office did not confirm those following the man’s arrest.A police dog tracked down the fourth suspect. Police questioned and patted down two suspects along the side of Hillhurst Road. Both were wearing green hooded sweatshirts and cargo pants.