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Tottenham’s Pochettino insists club will be competitive despite no signingsTottenham’s Pochettino insists club will be competitive despite no signings

first_imgTottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League side to not sign a player in the transfer window as it shut on Thursday.But despite the lack of signings, manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was happy with his squad despite it looking certain that they won’t sign any players in the transfer window which shuts on Thursday.The Argentine appeared at the end of last season to call on the club’s owners to make some signings after Spurs finished in the Premier League top three for the third consecutive season.Their pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has ended but Pochettino seemed content when speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s league opener at Newcastle United, saying it was not about making “fashionable” signings.Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes sign for Everton, Kalinic moves to Atletico”It’s difficult to understand for people that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell a player, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently and we’re happy with our squad,” he said.”If we cannot improve our squad it’s better to keep it together. When it’s not possible it’s not possible and you have to move on and believe in the way we work and be competitive.”It’s not about adding because it’s fashionable. I have no doubt we are going to be competitive, with or without signings.”Tottenham will move into a new 62,000-seater stadium in September after playing their first ‘home’ game against Fulham at Wembley Stadium where they lodged last season.MASSIVE EFFORTadvertisementPochettino praised the work being done on the club’s new ground and the training complex and in securing top players like England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli on long contracts.”The club made a massive effort to extend contracts like Harry Kane,” he said. “It’s making an amazing effort to finish our stadium. We finish the lodge at the training ground.”With so many Tottenham players involved in the latter stages of the World Cup, Pochettino has had little time to work with the whole squad leading into the first game.He even joked he was thinking he could get a game.”I am with full energy, I am fitter than last season because I was thinking if a player involved in the World Cup arrives not fit then I have a possibility to play,” the former Argentina international defender said at the club’s training ground.”I am so happy with the way they came back to training on Monday. I am so proud of them because they were very focused on trying to arrive in a very good condition.”Some need more time to get fit than others. Some will be fit to start the game. Some will be fit to be on the bench. Maybe some will stay here to try to reach the level, to give more time, because maybe we don’t want to take risks.”Tottenham, who also played Newcastle in the first game of last season, are without midfielders Victor Wanyama (knee) and Erik Lamela (muscle injury) for Saturday’s trip north.last_img read more

RFU sets out ambitious aim to eclipse football as ‘strongest’ sport in EnglandRFU sets out ambitious aim to eclipse football as ‘strongest’ sport in England

first_imgShare on Facebook Topics Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Coming from a union that was in meltdown less than six years ago following the acrimonious fallout from the 2011 Rugby World Cup, it also reflects the more settled atmosphere at Twickenham, with the 2015 World Cup having delivered a financial windfall and Jones having transformed the team’s fortunes.For English rugby to continue to flourish, however, there is also official acknowledgement not everything in the rose garden is healthy. Injury concerns, financial uncertainty among Championship clubs and the numbers of players who give up the sport in their late teens remain obstacles to Brown’s desire to persuade floating fans that “rugby is good for you”.Most pressing is the need to protect the game’s battered leading players amid talk of strike action. Nigel Melville, the RFU’s director of professional rugby, revealed he would be meeting players’ union representatives on 6 November to discuss their concerns over the mooted extension of the domestic league campaign.“I think we’re very much in line with the players,” Melville said. “I’m not waiting until the end of the season, I want them to know now that we are listening to them.”Melville and others are also looking forward to receiving precise comparative statistics on whether injury rates are on the rise at club level. The verdict of the sports scientists will, in turn, dictate how long a summer break players can expect in future. “There’s no point sitting in a room and talking about what the off‑season should be until we’ve got the data,” Melville said. “We’ve got to find out what’s the best way to go. That determines where you start and finish.”Brown, meanwhile, has backed the England captain, Dylan Hartley, before his latest disciplinary hearing for striking a French opponent in the Champions Cup last weekend, suggesting the outcome would not affect the player’s position. “My personal opinion is that Dylan has been a superb captain for England,” the chief executive said. “I would withhold judgment until we see the outcome of any hearing.”He also indicated England were targeting another Six Nations title – “A grand slam is hard to achieve but we are not planning to come second” – and said the RFU is “already scanning the horizon” to identify the best replacement for Jones when he steps down in 2019. “We need to have plans A, B and C ready. Eddie also wants to leave a legacy and a system that works. I think we’re probably in a better place than we have been in the past. We need it not to be a distraction going into 2019.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Dylan Hartley among three forwards cited on damaging weekend for England England rugby union team Share on LinkedIncenter_img Reuse this content Since you’re here… news Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Rugby Football Union Read more No one could accuse the Rugby Football Union of not thinking big in the latest five‑year mission statement announced by its new chief executive, Steve Brown. Eddie Jones has long been focused on bringing back the 2019 World Cup but Brown has gone further by seeking to make rugby England’s strongest sport.The day when rugby overtakes football as the country’s pre-eminent team sport is unlikely to dawn imminently but recent events at the Football Association have done little to dissuade the RFU it can set standards others will eventually seek to emulate. Brown admits the target is ambitious but is unapologetic.“Our definition of strongest isn’t necessarily biggest,” he said, when asked how he imagined his vision would go down at Wembley. “That may be some way off for us but you don’t have to be big to be strong. We want to be the best in the country in terms of the way the game is governed and set standards that are a step change for us and other organisations as well.” Rugby unionlast_img read more

10 months agoSamir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debut10 months agoSamir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Samir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri was pleased with his debut for West Ham’s FA Cup win over Birmingham City.Nasri impressed during an hour-long debut.“I’m happy to get my first minutes in the West Ham shirt, but most important was the team performance and winning 2-0, keeping a clean sheet,” he said. “That was the goal today and that’s what we did.“It was important to not let Birmingham get into the game with confidence, so we pushed from the start and scoring the goal that early made everyone more comfortable on the ball and able to play our football. “The coach rotated the squad and had young players in the team, so it was important to score an early goal for everyone to be a little more free on the ball.“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.“I felt good, honestly I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago.“I’m just relieved that everything is now behind me and happy about those first 58 minutes. It was good and I’m just looking forward to the next game.” last_img read more

Look At What Georgia Did With An Injured Player On The FieldLook At What Georgia Did With An Injured Player On The Field

first_imgA general view of Sanford stadium during a Georgia Bulldogs game.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats on November 19, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia’s football program is facing some major scrutiny tonight for what the Bulldogs did with an injured player on the field.Auburn defensive lineman Nick Cose was injured during tonight’s game against the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens.As Coe was down on the field, Georgia’s stadium had a fan contest a few feet away.“They’re holding a contest just feet away from an injured Nick Coe on the field. Gotta get that sponsorship money. Remember, it’s all about the student-athletes,” Brandon Marcello tweeted.They’re holding a contest just feet away from an injured Nick Coe on the field. Gotta get that sponsorship money. Remember, it’s all about the student-athletes. pic.twitter.com/VB2rezt6Pw— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) November 11, 2018Georgia was probably contractually obligated to run that contest, and it’s not like it affected the treatment of the injured Auburn player, but still, it’s a terrible visual.The Bulldogs are leading the Tigers, 20-10, in the third quarter.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

Rashid Khan should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Gulbadin NaibRashid Khan should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Gulbadin Naib

first_imgRashid Khan should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Gulbadin NaibAfter a blow to Rashid Khan’s head, while batting against New Zealand, Gulbadin Naib needs his main strike bowler to be fit for the next World Cup game against South Africa.advertisement Next Press Trust of India TauntonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 12:04 IST Rashid Khan should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Gulbadin Naib. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan suffered their third defeat on Saturday, after losing to New ZealandRashid did not bowl after being hit on the head by a Lockie Ferguson bouncerNaib is not too worried over Rashid’s fitness as he has a week to recover before their next matchAfghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib is expecting his main strike bowler Rashid Khan to be fit for the side’s next World Cup game against South Africa on June 15, following a blow to his head while batting against New Zealand.Star spinner Rashid did not come out to bowl after being hit on the head by a sharp Ferguson bouncer in the first innings. Afghanistan eventually suffered their third loss in a row here on Saturday.Rashid underwent a concussion test and thereafter it was decided that he would not take the field for the remainder of the game. However, Naib is not too worried over Rashid’s fitness as Afghanistan’s next game is a week away, giving him plenty of time to recover.”He’s feeling now better. The doctor said don’t go to the field but now he’s feeling well. So he needed rest. So obviously we have a couple of days. He’s fine now,” Naib said after the seven-wicket loss to New Zealand.”I asked the physio if he needed rest, some headache. We have a rest of one week for the other game. So now he’s feeling well. So he should go to the hospital and check for some tests. He’s well. Afghani people is strong. So it’s just a small thing,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand retain top spot after dominant win over AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZAlso 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 Rashid KhanFollow Gulbadin NaibFollow New Zealand vs Afghanistanlast_img read more

VIDEO: Paul R. Tregurtha Runs AgroundVIDEO: Paul R. Tregurtha Runs Aground

first_imgzoom Paul R. TregurthaThe biggest vessel sailing in the waters of Lake Superior, Paul R. Tregurtha, ran aground on Saturday, September 20th in the mud just off the shore of Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth Harbour, the Great Lakes.The laker, owned by the Interlake Steamship Company, was carrying over 68, 000 tons of coal cargo when it got stuck.According to the latest reports, the vessel managed to free itself with the assistance of Kentucky and Minnesota tugboats, owned by the Great Lakes Towing Company.There have been no reports of injury or pollution.The vessel has been moved to the Duluth Seaway Port Terminal for inspection by the United States Coast Guard.  The 1000 Ft Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth at 00:20 Sunday morning, Duluth Harbour said.The cause of the grounding is under investigation.World Maritime News Staff, September 23, 2014last_img read more

I use my heart more than my mind KareenaI use my heart more than my mind Kareena

first_imgMumbai: Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is making her television debut as a judge on reality show “Dance India Dance – Battle of the Champions”, says she always thinks from her heart and that she does not differentiate among mediums when it comes to entertainment. Asked if she is feeling any pressure about how the audience will accept her real-life personality on TV, Kareena said here: “I think all my fans out there who know me or have seen me in films for years, are very well aware of the fact that I am taking all my decisions of my career from the heart. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “In fact, I use my heart more than my mind. So, my journey as a dance judge will also be thought out from the heart. I do not think I will be very tough. We have to understand that all the participants who are performing on stage, have reached there after crossing a lot of hurdles. So they need that encouragement and support.” The actress was present at the launch of the show on Thursday along with the other two judges of the show — choreographer Bosco Martis and rapper Raftaar. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ Kareena has herself featured in several dance-heavy numbers, including “Chammak challo”, “Mauja hi mauja” and “Yeh ishq hai” in Bollywood films. She said that in the past five years, she had many TV show offers coming her way. But she didn’t give the nod. Explaining why, she said: “TV has long shooting hours… they work for 12 hours. I cannot work more than 8 hours after (my son) Taimur’s birth. “I am a working mother and I always make sure that I have to reach home before his dinner. That evening time is our time. I will not compromise on that. Thankfully, with the ZEE TV and the ‘Dance India Dance’ team, we are working out on that nicely. I can start my day early but I have to reach home before Taimur eats dinner.” The lines between mediums of entertainment are blurring — whether it is about Amitabh Bachchan hosting a TV show or Saif Ali Khan acting in a web series. Asked if she has any interest in exploring the fiction TV space, she said: “I have absolutely no problem with any medium. It is about the script and the part that I am offered to play in that. For instance, when I was offered ‘Dance India Dance’, I wanted to do that. “I am always a performer and in this show, being a judge, I am going to watch it from the other side. This is exciting and that is why I said, ‘Yes, let me try this’.” “Dance India Dance” will start in July.last_img read more

Mayapur ISKCON Rath Yatra to draw one lakh devoteesMayapur ISKCON Rath Yatra to draw one lakh devotees

first_imgKolkata: Over one lakh devotees from 81 countries including India are set to participate in the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra festival and Fair at the global spiritual headquarter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)in Mayapur of Nadia district from July 4. As part of the colourful rituals, three carts of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra will be taken out on July 4, from the ISKCON Rajapur temple with the journey culminating at the main ISKCON Mayapur campus covering a distance of six km. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga On the way, the three decked up carts will pass through the birth place of 16th century Vaishnava saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. “Considering the mammoth crowd, of more than 1 lakh, that Rath Yatra at Mayapur pulls every year we have made elaborate security arrangements and also plan to set up medical booths on the way to take care of people in case of any emergency,” said Subroto Das, Media Spokesperson of ISKCON Mayapur. The fair and festivities would conclude with the Ulto Rath or the return journey of the three carts from the Mayapur campus to the Rajapur temple on July 12. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Around 4,000 of the devotees would be visiting Mayapur during the festival from 80 foreign countries like Brazil, Australia, USA, UK, China, Spain and Russia. The novelty this year lies in the construction of a huge pandal depicting the Jagannath temple which will become the Gundicha temple, where the Lord Jagannath will rest along with His siblings – Baladev and Subhadra for nine days till the return journey on July 12. A variety of cultural programmes would be presented by professional artists over the nine days. “It has been planned to distribute Chhappan Bhog (56 delicacies) for free to all visitors during these nine days,” said Das. The festival commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladev, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt’s place, the Gundicha Temple. The Rath Yatra was first celebrated by ISKCON in San Francisco in 1967. Currently, the festival is being organised in more than 1,000 centres across the world.last_img read more

Renewed efforts to find Montreal boy a year after his disappearanceRenewed efforts to find Montreal boy a year after his disappearance

first_imgMONTREAL — A year after 10-year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou vanished after setting out to visit a friend in north-end Montreal, new efforts are being launched this week to find him.On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Montreal Transit Corp. will display the boy’s photo on electronic screens in all 68 stations of the city’s subway system. His photo will also appear on the CIBC’s monthly billing envelopes for the month of May.The initiatives are promoted in collaboration with the Missing Children’s Network and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.The public is also invited to join Ariel’s family and friends Tuesday evening at Saint-Joseph-de-Bordeaux church, near the riverside park where he was last seen. A mass will be celebrated for the boy.His parents, Fred and Noella Kouakou, thanked Montreal police and the public for the support and “outpouring of love” they have received in the past year.On March 12, 2018, Ariel left home to visit a friend who lived nearby, but there was nobody home. Surveillance cameras captured Ariel entering a park on the banks of the Riviere des Prairies, but he was never seen leaving the park.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EU withdraws ban threat on Thai fisheries after reformsEU withdraws ban threat on Thai fisheries after reforms

first_imgBRUSSELS — The European Union has withdrawn its threat to ban Thai fisheries exports into the bloc after Bangkok pushed through reforms to contain illegal fishing.Thailand, one of the main global fish exporters, had been faced with the threat of a ban for more than three years over its failure to combat illegal fishing, but consultations with the EU and legal and compliance reforms allowed the bloc to take back the so-called yellow card.EU fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella met with Thai deputy prime minister Sarikulya Chatchai Tuesday and said that as combating illegal fishing remains a priority for the EU, he was “excited that today we have a new committed partner in this fight.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Govt curtails sale period of electoral bonds in May to 5 daysGovt curtails sale period of electoral bonds in May to 5 days

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Wednesday curtailed the time period for sale of electoral bonds by the SBI in the current month to only 5 days from May 6, instead of 10 days as was announced earlier.The government, however, did not give any reason for reducing the time period for sale of electoral bonds. “The Government of India has now decided to restrict the next phase of Electoral Bonds sale to May 6, 2019 to May 10, 2019 (instead of May 6, 2019 to May 15, 2019 scheduled and notified earlier),” a finance ministry statement said. Ahead of the general elections, the government in February had announced that electoral bonds will be sold in three tranches from March 1-15, April 1-20 and May 6-15. The 7-phase general elections, which begun on April 11, will continue till May 19 and counting of vote will take place on May 23. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is hearing a petition by NGO ‘Association of Democratic Reforms’ which had prayed that the issuance of electoral bonds be stayed or the names of donors be made public. The Supreme Court last month had asked political parties to furnish by May 30 all the details of funds received through electoral bonds to the Election Commission in a sealed cover. The government had brought in electoral bond scheme as an alternative to cash donations made to political parties as part of its efforts to bring transparency in political funding. The State Bank of India (SBI) has been authorised to issue and encash electoral bonds through its 29 authorised branches, in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, Ranchi, and Bengaluru. The electoral bonds will be valid for 15 calendar days from the date of issue and no payment will be made to any payee political party if the bond is deposited after expiry of the validity period. The electoral bond deposited by an eligible political party in its account will be credited on the same day.last_img read more

Lebanon Israeli troops start withdrawing from two more areasLebanon Israeli troops start withdrawing from two more areas

Indian and Ghanaian Battalions of the enhanced UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are to set up checkpoints and conduct patrols today in order to confirm the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) withdrawal and coordinate the deployment of Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) into the area tomorrow.“I welcome the continued withdrawal of IDF from South Lebanon,” UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Alain Pellegrini said of the moves from the area south of Naqoura and the general area of Mays al Jabal.“They have vacated most of the territory in the South. I expect the rest of the IDF troops to finalize their withdrawal by the end of the month. We are almost there, and with the assistance of UNIFIL, LAF will very soon be able to take control of the whole South Lebanon including the areas along the Blue Line (separating the two countries),” he added. Security Council Resolution 1701 that ended the 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hizbollah mandated strengthening the UNIFIL up to a maximum of 15,000 troops. In his latest report to the Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said there was a general understanding that Israel would completely withdraw once the UN Force reached 5,000, a step achieved this week, and the Lebanese army was ready to deploy at the full strength of 15,000 troops. read more

US judge gives partial victory to exAIG CEO in claim of unfairUS judge gives partial victory to exAIG CEO in claim of unfair

by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jun 15, 2015 12:47 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, former AIG CEO Maurice Greenberg for a meeting of the insurance company’s board of directors, in New York. A federal judge has handed a partial victory to Greenberg, who claimed the government’s bailout of the insurance giant in the heat of the financial crisis was unfairly punitive. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) US judge gives partial victory to ex-AIG CEO in claim of unfair bailout; no damages awarded WASHINGTON – A federal judge handed a partial victory to the former CEO of American International Group, who claimed the government’s bailout of the insurance giant in the heat of the financial crisis was unfairly punitive.Judge Thomas Wheeler ruled Monday to validate the allegation made in the lawsuit by former AIG Chairman and CEO Maurice Greenberg. But the judge rejected Greenberg’s demand for some $40 billion in damages for himself and other AIG shareholders from the government.The suit alleged that the $85 billion bailout of the teetering insurance giant in September 2008 violated the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment by taking control of AIG without “just compensation.”The unusual case raised the issue of limits on the government’s power in responding to financial catastrophe. It brought the rare spectacle of back-to-back courtroom testimony in a trial last fall by three former leaders of the government’s bailout — then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and New York Fed President Timothy Geithner.The eight-week trial, without a jury, took place in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Greenberg’s lawsuit, filed in November 2011, had been deemed a long shot by many legal experts.Wheeler called the government’s conduct in its taking control of 80 per cent of AIG’s stock an “illegal exaction” and criticized its “unduly harsh treatment of AIG in comparison to other institutions.”The Fed “possessed the authority in a time of crisis to make emergency loans to distressed entities such as AIG, but they did not have the legal right to become the owner of AIG,” Wheeler wrote. “There is no law permitting the Federal Reserve to take over a company and run its business in the commercial world (in exchange) for a loan.”Officials asserted during the trial that the government imposed losses on shareholders of bailed-out companies that were in proportion to the bad decisions made by their managers. That would appear to explain the big equity stake the government took in AIG and the interest rate on the taxpayer-backed loan, which was set at about 12 per cent annually.That was much higher than what other big financial companies paid in the bailout. For example, there was a 3.5 per cent rate on the government’s loan to Citigroup Inc., which received a $45 billion bailout.At the same time, Wheeler said in his ruling it is undeniable that AIG would have collapsed and filed for bankruptcy if the government hadn’t stepped in with aid. That would have pushed to zero the value of the shareholders’ stock. By making the loan to AIG, the government “significantly enhanced” the value of the stock, he said.Therefore, while the takeover of 80 per cent of the stock and the running of AIG’s business violated the law, “the government did not cause any economic loss to AIG’s shareholders,” Wheeler wrote.The government may appeal Wheeler’s decision, which would be weighed by a federal appeals court. If it stands, it could have an impact on future government actions toward failing financial companies in times of crisis.Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas said the agency is reviewing the decision. Greenberg’s representatives didn’t have an immediate comment.By not awarding damages, the judge confirmed that AIG’s shareholders weren’t harmed by the government’s actions, the Obama administration said in a statement.“We disagree with the court’s conclusion regarding the Federal Reserve’s legal authority, and continue to believe that the government acted well within legal bounds,” it said.The Fed said its actions in the AIG rescue were “legal, proper and effective.” The terms of the loan “were appropriately tough to protect taxpayers from the risks,” the central bank said in a statement.New York-based AIG, which had operations around the globe, buckled after making huge bets on mortgage securities that soured. Government officials were concerned that if AIG were allowed to fail it would send shock waves through the financial system, which was already reeling after Lehman Brothers collapsed. The government initially stepped in with an $85 billion loan from the New York Fed. The aid eventually grew to nearly $185 billion.AIG has since returned to financial health and fully repaid the bailout.Bernanke testified during the trial that he was initially reluctant to have the central bank rescue AIG. But he ultimately came to believe the bailout loan to the company was needed to avert a shock to the financial system.AIG’s shares rose 68 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $62.57 on Monday. read more

Cheaper gas wireless plans keep US inflation in checkCheaper gas wireless plans keep US inflation in check

WASHINGTON – Lower costs for gas, airline tickets, new and used cars and wireless mobile phone plans kept U.S. consumer prices flat in June, evidence that inflation remains muted.The unchanged reading followed a drop of 0.1 per cent in May, the Labor Department said Friday. Inflation has climbed just 1.6 per cent from a year ago. That’s down sharply from February, when prices rose 2.7 per cent from a year earlier.Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, prices rose 0.1 per cent in June and 1.7 per cent from a year earlier.As inflation has slowed, the Federal Reserve’s plans to raise interest rates once more this year and three times next year have come under greater scrutiny. The Fed typically hikes rates to ward off rising inflation, yet price gains have declined this year.Fed policymakers have lifted their benchmark short-term rate four times in the past 18 months.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted on Wednesday that the Fed could slow its rate hike plans if inflation continues to run below the Fed’s 2 per cent target. That caused a rally in the stock markets as investors celebrated the prospect of lower interest rates for longer.Yet on Thursday, in a second day of testimony before Congress, Yellen sought to clarify those views and said it would be “premature” to conclude that inflation will remain weak. Fed officials have previously cited big drops in the cost of wireless communications plans as a temporary factor holding down prices.On Thursday, Yellen said the low unemployment rate would likely force employers to raise pay to attract and keep workers, which in turn should push up prices.The measure of wireless phone costs fell 0.8 per cent in June and is down 13.2 per cent in the past year. That mostly reflects new unlimited data plans. The government records additional goods or services for the same price as the equivalent of a drop in price.Gas prices fell 2.8 per cent in June, after a 6.4 per cent fall in May. Electricity costs slid 0.6 per cent. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2017 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cheaper gas, wireless plans keep US inflation in check In this Monday, May 15, 2017, photo, motorists pass a Chevron sign listing gas prices, in Miami Springs, Fla. On Friday, July 14, 2017, the Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices for June. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) read more

January 2015 – EV registrationsJanuary 2015 – EV registrations

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for January 2015 and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 21,680 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk. read more

16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 45 of its storage used16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 45 of its storage used

first_imgIf you’re excited about picking up a Galaxy S4 soon, make sure you either have a micro SD card handy or you buy one with upgraded storage.When a product’s packaging tells you that you’re going to get a certain amount of storage there’s an expectation that it will deliver something close to that amount for you to use. With Android phones, it’s common to simply not warn buyers that the available storage is partially used by the system and pre-loaded apps. If built-in storage is a big deal to you, the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 may not be your best choice.If you head to the Storage section of the Settings on a new Galaxy S4, you’ll find that only 8.82GB is available to the user. That’s the total space available to you, so applications that were pre-loaded by your carrier and anything you sync over during account creation will pull from that amount. The rest of that 16GB you can’t even see as the user — Android tells you that the phone only has 8.82GB total, entirely cutting out the space used by the system itself.The Galaxy S4 is far from alone in this. The HTC One lists 7.14GB consumed in an ambiguously labeled “Other” category on the phone, but the phone at least confirms that it does in fact have 32GB of onboard storage. Because there’s no 16GB version of the HTC One, it’s not nearly as noticeable.And, of course, there are plenty of ways around this for Samsung hopefuls. The phone offers a micro SD card slot that can expand storage by up to 64GB, and the phone itself comes in high capacity models if you are willing to spend the extra money. Just don’t expect to get anything close to 16GB from the entry-level S4.Photography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

Development brings hope to Kinglake residentsDevelopment brings hope to Kinglake residents

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Con Nicolas and business partner, Bruce Thomas, plan to bring hope to the victims of fire-ravaged Kinglake and boost local tourism with the development of a luxury hotel in Kinglake. The resort which expects to undergo construction in three months will consist of a 94 bedroom 4.5 star hotel accommodation with conference facilities, a restaurant, bar, a “wellness” centre, art gallery, farmers market and a produce store. “Initially we were apprehensive about whether we go ahead at this time given the tragedy of everything but I suppose what came to light for us is everyone is in rebuilding mode so what better time to go forward,” Nicolas said. “Not only will the development create jobs for the local community, but give people a little bit more motivation to get on with life again,” he added. The resort will be built on a 40 acre property situated at Pheasant Creek, on the Whittlesea-Kinglake Road. Part of the property was damaged in the bush fires, including most of their 4000 tree olive grove yet the duo are determined to begin the project anyhow. The project is now just pending funding, which Nicolas welcomes from both Government and private sources.When asked whether the resort may bring unwanted tourists to the area, Nicolas says that, “There is not much we can do about that but at the end of the day we are hoping to bring positivity to the locals and encouraging tourism might help this exercise”. He goes on to say that, “We are aware of the sensitivity of the people and respect their privacy, with Bruce being a Kinglake resident himself. Our main focus is to give some assistance back to community, and begin the rebuilding process. Kinglake was a pretty area before the fires and we think it’ll regenerate again- already the greenery is starting to come back and it’s not as black and dark as what it was. It’s just a matter of time”. Kinglake Ward Councillor for Murrindindi Shire, Peter Beales welcomes the development. “It has been an ongoing project that has undergone a public consultation process and everyone thought it was a good idea. “I believe it will encourage work locally, especially for young people to get training and apprenticeships in the area who otherwise would have to have travelled else where to work.”last_img read more

WWEs India tour now one Supershow Videos after 1113 WWE RAWWWEs India tour now one Supershow Videos after 1113 WWE RAW

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next November 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Pinterest In all fairness, it would be for them. For WWE, I guess this means they’re not as big of a draw in India as they thought they were. Facebook Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipDave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:40/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday 2 COMMENTS Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Google+ stinkelbaum Videos Articles TheCyberZon if this were impact wrestling or whatever they’re called today this would be a signal of impending doom for the company. Dave Bautista November 16, 2017 at 2:31 am WWE’s India tour now one SupershowThe Times of India is reporting that WWE’s scheduled India tour next month has now been reduced to just one big Supershow taking place on December 9.WWE had previously scheduled two live events in the country. Scheduled to headline the show is Triple H vs. Jinder Mahal, as reported on over the weekend.Newly signed WWE recruits Jeet Rama and Kishan Rafter are also scheduled for the show.Videos after 11/13 WWE RAWWWE posted these video clips after last night’s RAW in Atlanta. Triple Hlast_img read more