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  • Kyrie Irving stays hot with 38 points, leads Celtics to close win over Grizzlies

    first_imgBoston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving goes to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies’ JaMychal Green during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Kyrie Irving’s 20-point third quarter wasn’t quite enough for the Boston Celtics to put away the Memphis Grizzlies.The star guard scored eight more in the fourth, finishing with 38 points and 11 assists while leading the Celtics to a 122-116 victory Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “This is what we’re capable of,” Bickerstaff said. “If we make 16 3s every night, I don’t know if that will happen, but just the way that we moved the ball, created for one another, we need to build on it for sure.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: Justin Holiday had 14 points, his highest-scoring game since arriving in a trade with Chicago on Jan. 3. … Shelvin Mack scored 15 points. Green and Omri Casspi had 12 apiece. … Shot 59 percent (13 for 22) in the second quarter while outscoring Boston 38-23. … Had five turnovers in the first quarter.Celtics: Aron Baynes had 12 rebounds in his second game back since missing a month with a broken bone in his left hand. … Turned the ball over seven times in the second period. … Irving was called for a technical with 3:27 left in the third quarter after getting tangled up in front of the Memphis bench with Mack, who also got a technical.UP NEXTGrizzlies: At the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.Celtics: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Boston beat the Grizzlies for the seventh consecutive time but had to hang on down the stretch. Memphis trailed only 111-108 with 3:13 left, but the Celtics responded with a 10-2 run. A few late 3-pointers by the Grizzlies came too late.“They’re physical. They make you work and they are always in the right spots at the right time. It took a whole group effort tonight,” Smart said.Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 26 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 23, and Marc Gasol had 11 rebounds and 12 assists.Boston led 96-91 after three, but the pesky Grizzlies would not go away. Conley’s three-point play with 4:53 remaining pulled Memphis to 106-104. Irving finally sealed it when he hit a 3 with 1:22 left to put the Celtics up 118-110.“We couldn’t get a stop the last four minutes of the game. You don’t get stops, it’s going to be really hard to win. It comes down to that,” Gasol said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “He was able to pick his spots and make plays,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “I thought it was a patient, really good, smart attack by him.”Marcus Smart had 20 points and Al Horford finished with 18 for the Celtics, who have won two straight behind Irving since a three-game skid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“You’re playing a team that has a ton of offensive firepower. They have one of the best shot-makers in the game and it’s difficult to get stops when he’s in his rhythm,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “I thought our guys defended him well but he just made shots, and give him credit for that.”Memphis has lost four in a row and 10 of 11 overall. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Manny Pacquiao awaits Adrien Broner bout in crossroads fight at age 40 Jaylen Brown had 12 points and Terry Rozier scored 10 for Boston.Rozier hit a 3 to start an 11-0 run that put the Celtics up 35-24 after the first quarter. Then he made another from beyond the arc while drawing a foul and converted the four-point play.The Grizzlies rallied late in the period, tying it 52-all on a layup by JaMychal Green and taking a 62-58 halftime lead on Conley’s layup just before the buzzer.KYRIE IS KEYIrving, who had 27 points and 18 assists Wednesday night in a win over Toronto, also added seven rebounds as the Celtics outrebounded the Grizzlies 52-39.“It means a lot. It’s big for us,” Smart said of Irving’s all-around performance the last two games. “You’re going to get open shots just because he draws so much attention. That helps our team.”MEMPHIS BLUESThe Grizzlies have lost six straight on the road, but did enjoy a solid shooting night.Memphis was 41 for 92 from the field and made 16 of 35 3-pointers, including a team-best 4 for 9 by Conley from beyond the arc.The Grizzlies also had 33 assists — four more than the Celtics — and turned the ball over just twice in the second half. 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  • Bundesliga: Defensive Woes Blight Niko Kovac as Bayern Munich Host Minnows Union Berlin

    first_img bayern munichborussia dortmundBorussia Moenchengladbachbundesliga First Published: October 25, 2019, 10:48 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Berlin: Pressure is mounting on head coach Niko Kovac as injury-hit Bayern Munich look to beat minnows Union Berlin Saturday with just two points separating the top nine Bundesliga teams.Third-placed Bayern are only a point behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach, having been knocked off the top three weeks ago when Hoffenheim grabbed a shock 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena. Union Berlin, in 14th place, have already beaten top-six clubs Dortmund and Freiburg in their first Bundesliga season and hope to deny Bayern a first win in three league games.Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge branded Bayern “careless” in Tuesday’s 3-2 Champions League win at Olympiakos and called on the team to beat Union at home to “meet the standard FC Bayern has set” by regaining first place in the league.However, a worry for Kovac is Bayern’s trend of conceding exactly two goals in each of their last five games, on top of their defensive woes with first-choice centre-backs Niklas Suele and Lucas Hernandez out long term.Suele could miss the next six months after tearing his cruciate ligament in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Augsburg, while Hernandez underwent surgery on Thursday for ankle ligaments torn in Greece.Sport Bild is tipping Ralf Rangnick, sports director at rivals RB Leipzig, to step in if Kovac is fired.The magazine claims time is running out for Kovac, 48, as Uli Hoeness, his chief supporter among the club’s senior figures, stands down as club president next month.However, Union’s head coach Urs Fischer refuses to perceive star-studded Bayern as vulnerable.”We can try to force mistakes from them and if you make it easy for them, you are going to have problems,” said the Swiss.With a phenomenal 18 goals in 13 games, Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski can claim a new Bundesliga record of scoring in each of the first nine league games if he hits the net.”It’s not just about Lewandowski,” added Fischer.”Obviously he’s a top striker, on one hand, you have to be brave in one-on-one challenges with him, but it’s also a team effort to defend.”Kovac is not the only Bundesliga coach with reason to feel nervous as Jose Mourinho has been linked to Lucien Favre’s position as head coach of Borussia Dortmund.Dortmund are a point behind ‘Gladbach in fourth before Saturday’s Ruhr derby against seventh-placed Schalke.”The hairs on the back of my neck go up when I talk about it,” admitted Schalke coach David Wagner before his first derby.”I have to make sure we all keep our feet on the ground.”ONE TO WATCH: JONJOE KENNYJadon Sancho, 19, scored Dortmund’s winner in the last Ruhr Derby in Gelsenkirchen, but fellow Englishman Jonjoe Kenny, 22, has made Schalke’s right-back berth his own this season, on loan from Everton, and will be looking to dull Dortmund’s attack.Kenny, whose role model is Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm, scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 3-0 win over Hertha in August and shone in last month’s shock 3-1 win at RB Leipzig.Also worth watching is Schalke’s playmaker Amine Harit, the Bundesliga Player of the Month in September who has netted four goals this season and was the catalyst when the Royal Blues came from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 at Dortmund in November 2017.KEY FACTS:35 – the number of kilometres (21.75 miles) separating Ruhr rivals Schalke from Dortmund.36 – millions in euros ($40 million) the Union squad is worth (according to compared to the 882.65 million euros for the Bayern squad.12 – the number of goals Lewandowski has scored in eight Bundesliga games in 2019/20. last_img read more

  • Sunny to undergo tests to assess his bowling actions tonight

    first_imgChennai, Mar 12 (PTI) Bangladesh off-spinner Arafat Sunny, who was reported for suspect action during a World T20 match against The Netherlands last Wednesday, would undergo tests to assess his bowling actions at the ICC-accredited Biomechanics Laboratory here tonight. According to sources here, the ICC had informed the Sri Ramachandran Arthroscopy and Sports Sciences Centre (SRASSC) here that Sunny, who is a slow left arm orthodox spinner would be reaching tonight. After the tests are done, the findings and report will be sent to the ICC in two days time. The sources confirmed that “Sunnys testing would be done even if it is late night and all arrangement for this has been already made at the SRASSC. Sources said the testing would be completed in about two and a half hours including calibration time and then he would join the Bangladesh team. Besides Sunny, off-spinner Taskin Ahamed was also reported for suspected action and the duo are required to clear the action in a weeks time until which they can continue to bowl. As far as testing of Ahmed is concerned, the Centre is yet to get information about his arrival here, the sources said. According to ICC regulations “every reasonable effort shall be made for independent assessment to be carried out and the independent assessment report furnished within a period of 7 days from the date of receipt of the Match Officials report.” The ICC in a release on Thursday had said that these two bowlers “are free to continue bowling” until the results of testing are known. It should be noted that these two bowlers have been vital in the teams balance and Bangladesh is slated to play Oman tomorrow in Dharamsala. Sunny, who made his debut in T20 for Bangladesh in Chittagong against Sri Lanka in December 2014, had so far claimed 66 wickets in 62 matches. PTI RE ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

  • For Andhra all-rounder Syed Shahabuddin set to retire

    first_imgHyderabad, Apr 28 (PTI) Former Andhra all-rounder Syed Shahabuddin, who is his states one of the leading wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy has decided to hang his boots. Primarily a right-arm seam bowler, Shahabuddin played 80 first-class matches scoring 2567 runs and taking 248 wickets. He had two first-class tons and 16 five-wicket hauls in a career spanning over 14-years. He has not been picked to play domestic cricket since 2013. The 36-year-old all-rounder, who made his first-class debut in 1998-99, told PTI that he decided to retire owing to his age and to let young players get a chance to prove themselves. He said he would formally announce his retirement tomorrow. Shahabuddin was also associated with popular IPL franchise Mumbai Indians for a season back in 2010. Shahabuddin, who hails from the non-descript town of Kadiri in the drought-hit district of Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, started with playing for Hyderabad in the Under-22 category but moved to Andhra subsequently. In addition to Andhra in the domestic circuit, Shahabuddin went on to play in the now defunct unsanctioned Indian Cricket League, at Mumbai Indians under legendary Sachin Tendulkar?s captaincy and also club cricket cricket in England. His career highlights include seven-wicket hauls against Baroda, Delhi, Karnataka and Hyderabad. In batting, he made a century against Delhi and seven half centuries. He was the highest wicket-taker in Ranji matches from southern India in 2005-06 season. Recalling some fond memories of his team winning against formidable sides in the domestic matches, he regretted not being able to play at the highest level. Post-retirement, Shahabuddin would be Sports Director for the famous Rural Development Trust (RDT) based in his native Anantapur district of AP. PTI SJR KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Huawei Nova 3, Nova 3i India launch today, will be Amazon exclusive

    first_imgHuawei will launch the Nova 3 and Nova 3i phones in India on Wednesday. The company is hosting a press conference in the National Capital at 11AM today where it will launch the two phones for the Indian market. Both the phones will be exclusive to Amazon India. While the Nova 3 is expected to be a high-end phone with a higher price tag, the Nova 3i will be a more toned down affair. You can watch the live stream here.The Nova 3 is a souped up P20 Lite and comes with Huawei’s in-house GPU Turbo tech. The Nova 3 will come pre-installed with graphically intensive games such as PUBG and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and will also provide 10 different vibrations for 30 different scenarios within these games including shots, explosions and quakes, Huawei has already confirmed.GPU Turbo technology is Huawei’s in-house graphics processing acceleration technology achieved through hardware and software integration resulting in “smoother and faster mobile gaming experience.” Games will apparently play with up to 60 per cent more graphics processing efficiency, while consuming up to 30 per cent less energy thanks to GPU Turbo, claims the company, adding that the technology will allow even standard games to render in HDR.Both the Nova 3 and the Nova 3i have already been launched in China but are making their way to India soon after.The Nova 3 will be more expensive than the Nova 3i since it crams in better hardware. It is powered by a Kirin 970 processor clubbed with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. It further sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16MP sensor and another 24MP sensor. It also comes with dual front cameras. The phone is backed by a 3,750mAh battery.advertisementThe Nova 3i on the other hand is powered by a Kirin 710 processor with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. It has the same dual front cameras as the Nova 3 but ships with a 16+2MP camera setup on the rear. The phone is further backed by a 3,340mAh battery.Both the phones come with a 6.3-inch notched display with a full-HD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.last_img read more

  • Ben Ryan: ‘I felt no joy in my last final with England … I was completely flat’

    first_imgFiji rugby union team Topics Rugby union Share on Messenger Bret Harris Since you’re here… Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Sign up to The Breakdown, our weekly rugby union email. Twitter Support The Guardian Pinterest center_img Meanwhile, despite Fiji’s gold medal, he wonders how much has really changed. “The Fijian boys are paid only about £4,000-£6,000 a year,” he says. “Sadly they don’t want to pay the boys the same money as a government minister, say, because they feel there’s so many people waiting to take a player’s place. They can be thrown away and discarded.“It’s very sad,” he adds, the pain evident, “but there’s no legacy in Fiji. Only another day and another struggle.”• Sevens Heaven, The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream by Ben Ryan, is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 31 May, priced £20 Ben Ryan (centre) waves to the cheering crowd in Suva upon their arrival from Brazil. Tens of thousands of Fijians cheered and some openly wept as they braved heavy rain to attend the victory ceremony in the capital. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Cipriani and Haskell keep World Cup hopes alive after joining new clubs Read more Initially he wondered whether he had made the biggest mistake of his life. It did not help that when he took his first training session there was no kit or water and only a couple of balls to practise with – or that he was not paid for six months.There were other challenges, too. At his first tournament he passed a player who had built a tower of 10 pains au chocolat each with a fried egg on top for breakfast – a meal the player considered healthy because he was getting plenty of protein. And just before the 2016 Olympics one of his players, Pio Tuwai, was convulsing in his room saying he had been possessed by a witchdoctor. “His eyes were rolling – it was very bizarre,” Ryan says.Many players were also very poor. Jerry Tuwai lived with his family in a one-room shack with corrugated-iron walls, no running water, gas or electricity, but was moulded by Ryan into one of the heartbeats of the team.But whatever clouds he faced always evaporated on the pitch. “It was absolutely joyful,” he says, beaming at the memories. “We weren’t chucking GPS units on. I wasn’t getting my boss telling me they’re only allowed 10 minutes’ contact a week. It was the purest form of rugby and I loved it.”Yet Ryan says the culture of the squad was just as important to Fiji’s success. Of all the stories he tells, one stands out: in 2015 the squad were on a plane when two passengers collapsed with suspected heart attacks. While the stewards revived them, his team got to their feet and took over the job of serving lunch and drinks to the rest of the plane. “They went down the aisles, handing out napkins and asking passengers whether they wanted chicken or fish,” Ryan says. “It wasn’t a stunt and they weren’t prompted. It was just a natural thing to do for them – to be nice. But that’s what we had as a group. Of course we worked hard. But none of the senior management team ever shouted at the players. And we had fun.”Never was that more evident than in August 2016 when Fiji’s 43-7 destruction of Great Britain in the final earned the country the first Olympic medal in its history. After what he had seen from his players in the tunnel, Ryan knew his team were going to win.“I can think of dozens of occasions where I’ve been more nervous than that Olympic final,” he says. “Honestly, hand on heart, there wasn’t any of that feeling – we were so relaxed beforehand I knew we were going to win. interviews For now Ryan is happy doing consultancy work with French Rugby, World Rugby and UK Sport. And while he will not comment directly on speculation he is on a shortlist for the head coach role at Harlequins, he does admit part of him would love to apply his philosophy to the 15-man game.“I would like to prove that with 15s you can succeed by playing a style of rugby that empowers the players, isn’t overly attritional and where everyone in the squad is treated with kindness and respect,” he says. Reuse this content Share via Email Read more “My captain, Osea Kolinisau, once said to me: ‘If you’re ever in a tunnel and you’re opposite a Fijian that’s smiling, you’d really better watch out.’ It’s their perfect state, they’re relaxed but ruthless. They are the loveliest people off the field but they can switch to being ultimately very ruthless on the field.”But life was not always perfect. Ryan moved to Fiji having not done due diligence and only later discovered the Fijileaks website, with its tales of corruption, bribery and prisons stacked with political opponents.He is unusually guarded when it comes to talking about Fiji’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, who seized power in a military coup in 2006, had a keen interest in rugby – as well as his brother-in-law Francis Kean, the president of the Fiji Rugby Union who served time in jail for kicking a man to death. He soon understood not to make eye contact with Bainimarama in meetings and let him dominate the grip when the pair shook hands.“But at least you knew where you stood with him,” Ryan says. That was not the case with the RFU which, he claims, failed to support fully his vision for the England sevens team. “My last tournament with England was the Sevens World Cup in Moscow in 2013,” he says. “We got to the final but I felt no joy. I was completely flat.”Would he go ever back to Twickenham? “It’s something I’ve thought about a lot,” he says. “Not on the performance side but I would seriously consider a role that involved getting more state school kids to play rugby.”Ryan is increasingly animated as he points out how the 80% of children who go to state schools should provide the talent pool for the national team. “But there is no one at the RFU in charge of state school rugby,” he says. “My old school down the road is the biggest boys’ comprehensive in the country but we haven’t produced any professional rugby players since me in 1997.” Super Rugby player drain looms as New Zealand’s biggest foe … 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. “I much preferred Fiji – even with a dictator in charge, a boss who was convicted for manslaughter, my phone being bugged, the bankruptcy and black magic – than my last year at the RFU,” says Ben Ryan, as he sips on a double espresso and reminisces about an extraordinary journey that culminated in him guiding Fiji’s sevens side to Olympic gold in Rio.We are in a cafe not far from Twickenham, where Ryan worked for six years as the England sevens coach before falling foul of what he calls the Rugby Football Union’s “machiavellian” struggles for power and influence, “with people above you who can only be trusted never to be trustworthy”.Ryan applied to become Fiji coach after a friend texted him to say he had seen it advertised on Twitter. One 3am interview by Skype later he was offered the job – and on a whim he accepted. “It was scary and risky,” he admits. “But it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”last_img read more

  • Oman The Nomadic Way

    first_img Agave-Adjacent Spirits Like Sotol Are Worth Your Attention Editors’ Recommendations Stainless Steel and Concrete Rise from the Desert Floor in this Net-Zero Home This Desert Oasis Is a Stylish Update on Classic Adobe Homes How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process New Mexico Road Trip Itinerary: 10 Can’t-Miss Stops to Add to Your Route Oman promises little but delivers lots; more culturally rich, politically stable and less religiously punishing compared to its Gulf neighbors, it has a great deal to offer. From unspoilt beaches to historic settlements to glorious deserts – in fact it boasts one of the largest all sand deserts in the world, The Empty Quarter, which it shares with neighboring Saudi Arabia. Although desert safaris seem to be materializing all over the world wherever there are a few grains of sand, unfortunately with most it is often a case of choosing either comfort or authenticity, not both – we are not sure how many Bedouins have tents decked out with air conditioning, wifi and mini bars, although who can really say.The Wahiba Sands of Oman, a 4,800 square mile desert to the north west of the country, is a less ominous and more convenient alternative to the Empty Quarter and is precisely where the Safari Desert Camp is based. This camp, composed of 12 traditional tents and 8 fixed huts each with attached rudimentary open-air bathrooms, is the ideal no-fuss set up ensured to give visitors a brief taste of nomad living. The tents are decorated with colorful carpets, tapestries and bedspreads. The food is mostly sourced locally and luckily the desert provides more than sand and dust. Dishes often consist of some kind of barbecued meat, usually goat, and the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables is compensated by an abundance of dried fruits and nuts, especially dates. To wash it all down they provide strong Arabic coffee, or fresh camel’s milk, which isn’t to everyone’s liking but much healthier than cows, thanks to its low lactose, high protein content. The meals at the camp are taken in the ‘majlis’ or traditional sitting area, where you can lounge like a sultan on scatter cushions under a cool canopy during lunch hours or around a warm fire beneath the starry nights.However it’s not all just lying around and stuffing your face with food. Alongside some macho dune bashing on 4WD’s, the Safari Desert Camp can organize pretty much anything camel related: group camel races, camel treks through the dunes and camel expeditions to the nearby Wadi Bani Khalid – a bona fide oasis featuring, springs, streams and azure pools of water.To avoid spontaneous combustion though, stay well away from May to August.last_img read more

  • Ongoing Darfur conflict threatens UNAfrican Union mission aid efforts – Ban

    18 December 2008Violent clashes between the warring factions in conflict-ravaged Darfur threaten humanitarian work and the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in the Sudanese region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the mission, urging all parties to end hostilities immediately. Violent clashes between the warring factions in conflict-ravaged Darfur threaten humanitarian work and the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in the Sudanese region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the mission, urging all parties to end hostilities immediately. Fighting on the western flank of Sudan “and displacement continue, humanitarian operations are at risk, clashes between the parties occur with regrettable regularity and the parties have not reached a negotiated peace agreement,” Mr. Ban writes.In this environment the UN-AU hybrid operation in Darfur, known as UNAMID, has focused on the protection of civilians, but are hampered by a severely under-deployed force.The Secretary-General notes that almost one year after handing over peacekeeping responsibility to UNAMID, the number of troops on the ground falls far short of the 26,000 blue helmets authorized by the Security Council. Less than 12,500 uniformed personnel, including troops, military observers and police officers, are in place across Darfur and the mission is also short of almost half of the civilian staff it requires to be at full capacity, with just under 3,000 posts recruited.In addition, Mr. Ban reiterates that UN Member States need to provide the units and equipment previously pledged to UNAMID, including 18 helicopters and additional units dealing with logistics, heavy transport, medium transport and aerial reconnaissance.The effectiveness of the mission also depends on Sudan’s cooperation, Mr. Ban says, while welcoming President Al-Bashir’s statement last month saying that the Government had called a cessation to hostilities. “However, I am greatly disappointed that military activity by the Government continues,” he says, adding “The reports of violence, clashes and aerial bombardments since the unilateral ceasefire declaration of 12 November are of serious concern.”He stresses that a genuine ceasefire is an essential precondition for talks necessary for a peaceful resolution to the conflict to begin.“The cessation of hostilities is also required to facilitate delivery of vital humanitarian assistance,” the Secretary-General says, adding “I am deeply concerned that insecurity continues to seriously affect civilians and hamper the humanitarian community’s efforts to provide them with life-saving assistance.”He also calls on the Government in Khartoum to comply with its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, in particular with respect to protection of civilians. “There are still disturbing reports of intimidation and harassment of internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially women, who are the victims of marauding militia groups.”The Security Council will discuss the report tomorrow when it is briefed on the UN-AU force in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed since fighting erupted in 2003 between Government forces, allied militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, and rebels. Some 2.7 million others have also been forced from their homes and now live as refugees or as IDPs. read more

  • CV registrations strong despite recent distortions

    ‘CV registrations are stabilising,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘This is despite the distortion caused by digitachs as operators scrambled to beat the 1 May deadline. Truck, bus and coach registrations have now returned to the stable volumes and modest growth we saw up until a few months ago. But Euro 4 in October will upset the apple cart again for a period, making registration volumes in 2006 difficult to call.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) CV registrations stabilise as distortion over previous quarter fades Year-to-date registrations up 0.6 per cent June registrations down 8.6 per cent to 32,920, year-to-date up 0.6 per cent Rolling year total down 2.2 per cent to 387,094 units read more

  • Gabby Douglas is Moving Beyond Criticism to New Projects

    Gabby Douglas wins her third gold medal at the Olympic Games (Twitter)Fresh off her turn at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, Gabby Douglas is putting the criticism behind her. Critics targetted the gymnast for her hair and lack of enthusiasm. But now, she’s looking ahead to a judging position in the 2017 Miss America pageant in September.“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year,” Douglas told USA Today in a statement Monday. “The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!”Douglas will critique 52 contestants in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show will air live Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.On top of judging Miss America, Douglas is also the new spokesperson for Venus razors.The athlete’s new roles follow her third Olympic gold medal win with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team dubbed the “Final Five.” Though she increased her Olympic wins, Douglas was the center of critique during the event.Complaints about her hair resurfaced from 2012. She stood at attention during the national anthem instead of putting her hand over her heart. That caused some backlash as well. Then, viewers pounced on her for not cheering for Simone Biles during the competition.“It was hurtful. It was hurtful. It was. It’s been kind of a lot to deal with,” she said at a press conference during the Olympics.Despite the negativity, today the 20-year-old is in good spirits.She told People magazine she had a “fantastic” time in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.“I had fun,” she said. “Maybe people weren’t being fair on social media, but that’s social media for you.”To mitigate the poor attitudes online, she stayed off social media for much of the games.“I just found things to be positive about,” she explained. “And there’s a lot to be happy about. We won the gold medal as a team, and it was just such an amazing experience. I came to the Olympics and won a gold medal! That’s still really awesome. I can only do what I can do and if people want to say their stuff on social media, I can’t stop them.” read more

  • Stephen Lawrence Day to be held annually on anniversary of teens murder

    Stephen’s mother Doreen, now a peer sitting in the Lords, said: “I feel honoured she has recognised the changes that have been made in Stephen’s name and the changes that are still needed.”Stephen was denied his voice but the Stephen Lawrence Day will be an opportunity for young people to use their voices and should be embedded in our education and wider system regardless of the government of the day.”Baroness Lawrence thanked those who had helped her achieve all she has and said that after 25 years “it is time to draw a line”. Stephen Lawrence Day is to be held on April 22 every year to remember the murdered teenager, Theresa May has announced.The anniversary of the 18-year-old’s death will be a national commemoration of his life and legacy and was hailed by his family as an opportunity for young people to use their voices.The prime minister was joined by public figures including Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle at a memorial service marking the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s murder at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in central London.Mrs May said: “For the past 25 years, Doreen and Neville have fought heroically to ensure that their son’s life and death will never be forgotten.”Their dignity, their courage and their sheer determination are an inspiration to us all.”She said the Government would work with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to establish the lasting legacy in his name, adding: “We will use this day to encourage and support young people in achieving their dreams, and to reflect on Stephen’s life, death and the positive change he has inspired.” The Prince, who met Stephen’s mother and brother Stuart before the service, delivered a personal message of support to the family from his father, the Prince of Wales, who in 2000 gave the annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture He told the congregation: “‘I remember vividly the profound shock that I felt at his senseless murder, a feeling shared by so many people across this country and beyond.”‘I remember, too, just how deeply moved I was by the determination of Stephen’s family to build something positive from the tragedy they endured and to ensure that Stephen’s story did not end with despair, but continued with hope.”‘A quarter of a century later, we can only imagine the man who Stephen would have become, and just how his extraordinary potential might have been fulfilled.”‘The Prince said that the Lawrence family had honoured him with everything they had done in his name and the changes they had instigated. Baroness Lawrence, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the serviceCredit:Victoria Jones WPA Pool/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the memorial service  Baroness Lawrence, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the service Stephen’s father, Neville, said: “We have got some justice and now this is like a mark of what we have been trying to do for years – our son’s memory is going to be enshrined in history.”The Macpherson report accused the Metropolitan Police of being “institutionally racist” following its flawed investigation into the murder.After a lengthy campaign for justice by Stephen’s parents, David Norris and Gary Dobson were found guilty of murder in 2012, but of the other suspects, three remain at large. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the memorial service Credit:DAVID PARKER/AFP/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

  • 5inch LG display packs 440ppi 1080p resolution

    first_imgOne common downside to the bigger, badder smartphones we’ve seen popping up over the last year or two is that their larger screens get a tad fuzzed out as the pixels become less densely-packed. That won’t be a problem any more for manufacturers who choose LG’s new 5-inch consumer display.The 16:9 1080p panel utilizes Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS). That means in addition to being razor-sharp, these new displays will also boast excellent color accuracy, excellent viewing angles, and reduced power consumption — thanks to AH-IPS’ super-efficient light transmission. In the official press release, LG Display VP Sang-Deok Yeo says the HD-friendly panel is a perfect complement to the powerful chips and speedy LTE radios in today’s phones and tablets.LG first introduced AH-IPS displays last year, when they announced 3.5 and 4.5-inch models that offered densities of about 330ppi. That put LG’s panels in the same ballpark as the super-crisp Mobile Bravia display in Sony’s Xperia Arc S and the HTC One X, both of which have earned heaps of praise for their quality. These new displays from LG will bring a whopping 440ppi. Unsurprisingly, LG says the naked eye can’t distinguish one pixel from another on the new panels.The 440ppi displays will begin rolling off LG’s manufacturing line later this year, and it won’t be long after that someone drops one into an Android phone.Let’s hope LG plans to offer up a desktop display with a similar resolution bump. It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for a reasonably-priced monitor that can crank out more than 1920 by 1080.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

  • The game in your head Inside the mind of Dublin footballer Paul

    first_img By Kevin O’Brien Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 15th 2017, 7:00 AM Short URL LEGENDARY COLLEGE BASKETBALL coach John Wooden put it best when he said: “Sports don’t build character, they reveal it.”If you want to understand the mindset of a great GAA player, watch them closely as they march behind the band on All-Ireland final day. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIn these final moments before battle, you’d hardly see a flicker of emotion from any of the 30 players. Whatever they’re feeling inside is kept well under the surface, behind a steely glare.There are no ripples or waves, but a silent storm is moving in.When Paul Flynn follows the Artane Boys Band around Croke Park, he’s not worrying about this opponent. He’s hardly even thinking about what he’s going to do. All that work has been done, filed away somewhere in his subconscious.Instead, he’s absorbing the occasion.“I actually really enjoy the parade,” he tells The42. “I probably do something – I don’t know whether it’s the right thing or the wrong thing to do – but I do it all anyway. I just soak it all in.“I just say to myself: ‘This is amazing, this is a great place to be. Look at the amount of people here. Someday I’m going to be one of them people sitting there watching this game and I’ve been that person before when I was younger.’ Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“I’ll just take it all in and tell myself this is a unique opportunity. I’ll think then about a couple of aspects of the game that I want to get into. But I think it’s important to embrace the moment as well. It’s not distracting me but it’s keeping me grounded more than anything else and keeping me in the present as opposed to thinking ahead or in the past.“You’re in the present and sports psychologists will always talk about when you’re in the flow-state, you’re in the present. You’re playing in the present. You’re not thinking about anything at all.”With four All-Irelands and four All-Stars under his belt, Flynn can consider himself in the elite bracket of Gaelic footballers. While his athleticism and skill have been painstakingly honed over the years, the Fingallians man recognises that his mentality has been a big factor in his rise to the top.In any sport there are countless examples of players who had the ability but lacked the mental toughness to perform at the highest level. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThroughout the course of Dublin 36-game unbeaten run, which was finally ended by Kerry last Sunday, the All-Ireland champions displayed a remarkable ability to thrive in high pressure situations.The mental side of the game is still an area that’s undervalued in GAA.Since 2000, Kilkenny have made the All-Ireland hurling final 14 times, losing on just three occasions. In the same period, Mayo have appeared in the All-Ireland football final in five separate years and lost all five. Ability on its own will only take you so far.Flynn has played in five All-Ireland finals with Dublin (including the 2016 replay), and he hasn’t lost one. He’s one of Jim Gavin’s most trusted lieutenants and, despite playing almost the entire season at wing-forward, he reignited the midfield engine room in last year’s replay win over Mayo.So often Dublin’s Mr Consistency, Flynn is one of just four footballers to win four All-Stars on the trot, alongside legendary figures Jack O’Shea, Pat Spillane and Paidi Ó Sé. Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly at Dublin’s homecoming in 2013. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOHe’s is the only player to put together such a long run of All-Stars since Ó Sé picked up his fifth in succession in 1985.Thanks to his ball-winning ability, constantly running engine and kicking skills, the Dublin star was almost untouchable during his apex between 2011 and 2014.While he wasn’t a standout player at underage level, it was in his teens when he recognised his capacity to perform under pressure. The mental side to his game would ultimately take him to unimaginable heights.“I definitely didn’t have a bullet proof confidence that I was going to make it,” says Flynn. “When I was minor and U21 I was always on the periphery. When it came to championship in both I started in midfield, but it was always a real battle.“I continued to work on my game and I always had confidence in one part which was my engine and hunger. I knew once the tougher the game and battle got, the better I’d get. I had confidence in some aspects of my game but I always knew there were areas to work on.center_img Follow us: Kerry rejig for U21 semi-final showdown in absence of captainSeamus Callanan’s ‘humble’ hero Eoin Kelly and Lee Keegan on lessons he learned from Cora Staunton “There’s the talent piece and the attitude piece. I was always very strong on the attitude piece and the commitment to honing in on my game and making sure I was the best me I could be. Whereas there were other players I played with who had the talent and probably didn’t put in the work or have the mental capacity to be able to take it to the next level.”Over the years, Flynn has fine-tuned his mental approach. He rolls out the same routine before every big championship game. He may tweak it depending on the circumstances, but the template remains the same.“You don’t always get into the flow-state but you’re trying to get there. I kind of feel I’ve got my preparation in order that I’m able to get into it. For whatever reason you get into it a bit more easy, you wish there’s a secret remedy to get you there everyday, but it’s not always possible.“I would keep the same routine of how I approach a week. The reason I do that is because it worked for me before when I got into that flow state.“It would start on a Monday. If you think about the week of a game, if the game is on a Sunday, you’re probably going to be training Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those days are fine, they’re grand because you’re with the group.“It’s the other days where you want to be filling up your days. On the Tuesday evening of a championship game I might go and do an ice bath or I might go to the beach – depending on the weather. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“It’s just a way of getting my recovery right. Then on the Thursday I’ll do something completely different, I might go to the cinema or go do something with my partner because you keep yourself completely occupied.“Sometimes I work from home after lunch on the Friday of a championship game, but other than that I like to keep the same battle rhythm.“The day before a game I might cut the grass or keep myself busy cleaning the house, whatever I need to do to distract myself so that I’m not thinking about the game at all.“For 10 minutes at one stage of the day, I’ll go and think about the core pieces – say for instance I might have a couple of things I want to concentrate on in that game, whether it be on my shooting, my passing, the kickouts or whatever.“I’ll just do a bit of visualisation for about 10 minutes, and that’s it and I won’t think about the game again.”On the morning of a match, he’ll visit a graveyard around the corner where he lost a few people who are close to him. It clears the head and brings perspective. Source: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILEThe 30-year-old believes keeping his mind off the game in the build-up helps his performance no end.“It is hard and that’s the biggest challenge. You feel like your mind is constantly thinking about it, but I just try to do is – if I start thinking about it, I’ll go back to the three or four things that I’m trying to do, say them in my head, ‘I’m going to do them well’ and then stop thinking about it.“Because what you can do is mentally drain yourself and you can actually feel like you’ve played the game a number of times over in your head. When you get there you’re a little bit lethargic in the game. I feel this way helps keep me fresh.”Flynn applies the same sort of commitment and dedication to other aspects of his life. He lived with Michael Murphy while they studied at DCU, and the Donegal captain found him to be a positive influence on and off the field.“It was a fantastic time,” said Murphy last year. “I got an education, I qualified as a teacher coming out of it. I was on a course along with Paul Flynn.“At the time me and him used to go out and kick ball together on our own and the sheer commitment to the game for him, the skill level in which he plays the game at, the intensity which he plays the game, was something which I really took a lot of things from.“He would be dragging you out to lectures when you wanted to stay around the home and it was likewise with the training. It’s no surprise to see that his talent really did prevail.”Flynn is just that type of character. Every aspect of his life is attacked with full gusto. It’s in his nature.“It’s probably something that sport has brought out in me, where I’ve this thing where if you’re going to go and do something, do it to the best of your ability and get the most out of yourself,” he continues. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“If you’re going to go into something whether it be a degree, sport or your job, go into it full-hearted and give it everything you have. That’s the way I approach everything now.“I wouldn’t even call it tunnel vision because if you’ve tunnel vision you’re not thinking about other aspects of your life. If I’d tunnel vision in sport I wouldn’t be thinking about my career or my fiance, you have to be able to have balance.”Dublin manager Jim Gavin often talks about the importance of balance to achieve a high level of performance in sport. He believes its important his players have a three-pronged approach to their lives.“The GAA will always be there for you,” Gavin told the Irish Times last year. “There’s a couple of glass balls in your life.“The first is your family and your relationships, that’s a glass ball that you can’t drop. Second is your professional life or your academic life in some cases, that’s a glass ball you can’t drop. Then there’s your sport or hobby.” Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHOAfter he finished school, Flynn worked as a plumber before heading to DCU to study PE and Biology. He qualified as a teacher with first-class honours.“I was doing teaching – it was a great course, loved it – but I probably went into it for the wrong reasons,” admits Flynn. “I was young and I was thinking, ‘I want to be a teacher now because I want to be able to have the summers off to play football.’“For me it was a big decision because you’ve a job there and teaching is a great job. However, if I wasn’t going to do something that I wasn’t going to be able to go full-throttle at and give it everything and be great at, I just said there’s no point going in and doing it halfheartedly.“You’re doing yourself an injustice but you’re also doing the students in schools an injustice.” Flynn consoles his former student Joey Wallace after the 2016 Leinster final. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOHe was attracted to the lure of the free summers months to facilitate his blossoming football career, but eventually Flynn yearned for something more. The job wasn’t fulfilling him off the field and he chose a different path.“Then when I was teaching I realised that maybe this wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. I went back, had a look at and realised I wanted to get into a sales role, I think it’s suitable to my own personality and to where I wanted to get to.“You have to balance things off. I was 27 at that stage. I got a great job at Aer Lingus before I moved to Lincoln Recruitment. But it does take time for you to understand that.“I would be even talking to some of the younger lads on the panel now, and saying to them that you have to be concentrating on both sides.“The job I’m in is very much a sales and commercial role. So I’ve got to be able to perform and it’s pretty black and white whether you’re performing or not. I’m director of the company now so I’m very involved in ensuring we grow and we do well. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“I’m much happier in the role I’m in. I’ve been able to give it my full attention as much as I can with football. I work hard off the pitch and I enjoy that too. It’s a healthy distraction from the football so it’s good in that sense.”“It’s vitally important that all players in all teams concentrate on their career as well as what goes on on the pitch. From the ages of 20 to 30 that’s the most important part of your playing career, but it’s also the most important part in the development of your career off the pitch. So you have to be able to keep an eye on both of them at the same time.”By juggling all three glass balls effectively, Flynn’s mind and body are become one as he takes the field for Dublin.When it comes to the parade on All-Ireland final day, his mind is quiet and his thoughts are clear, freeing his body up to explode into life and, hopefully, get into that flow-state.**********Paul Flynn was on hand at the GUI National Headquarters this week to launch the new offer which with AIG Insurance which allows GUI and ILGU members to avail of discounted rates on car and home Insurance as well as other great benefits exclusive to golfers. See for details.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! The game in your head – Inside the mind of Dublin footballer Paul Flynn All-Ireland final parades, developing a career off the field and getting into the flow-state – Flynn on the psychology of his rise to the top. Share Tweet Email1 15,869 Views last_img read more

  • Public asked to help identify body of man found in Columbia River

    first_imgOfficials are asking the public to help identify the body of a man found in the Columbia River near the Interstate 5 bridge.The recovery was made around 5:45 p.m. Thursday after crews aboard a Tidewater tug and barge spotted the body. The man had apparently been dead for several months before he was found, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The man is white and has “Devil Dog” tattooed on his upper left arm, along with several other tattoos. He was was wearing a long-sleeved blue zip-up hooded jacket, black pants and black shoes. He may have been released from the hospital prior to his death, the sheriff’s office said.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rian Hakala with the sheriff’s office at 503-251-2402.last_img read more

  • Suncity to drive 250 increase in Tigre de Cristal VIP volume in

    first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Suncity Group’s recent acquisition of a 29.77% stake in Russian IR operator Summit Ascent Holdings will likely see VIP volume at Tigre de Cristal grow by nearly 250% next year, according to Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen.In a research note published Monday, Govertsen observed that the April acquisition of a majority stake gave Suncity “real skin in the game” and, combined with Suncity director Andrew Lo being named Summit Ascent Deputy Chairman, provides considerable incentive to direct VIP volume Russia’s way. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage RelatedPosts Load More “While we had expected Suncity’s initial small stake in Summit Ascent to result in a material VIP uptick, the more-aggressive acquisition of shares, and the Deputy Chairman’s role, suggest to us that VIP volume will increase much more significantly than had been anticipated,” he said.Union Gaming had previously estimated VIP volume of around HK$30.3 billion (US$3.9 billion) in 2020, up from HK$15.6 billion in 2018 and an estimated US$17.2 billion in 2019. However, Govertsen said that estimate has now been revised to HK$59.7 billion (US$7.6 billion) in 2020.last_img read more

  • Aleppo Brewfest With Nearly 100 Craftbrews To Sample Set For September 29

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Aleppo Shriners are holding a Brewfest on Saturday, September 29 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). Doors open at 1pm. Event ends at 4:30pm.The Brewfest will feature nearly 100 varieties of craft brews, unlimited 2 oz. samples, and complimentary Octoberfest fare of Bratwurst & Pretzels.Tickets cost $50.00 per person. Absolutely no admittance under 21 For tickets, contact Maribel at: or 978-657-4202 xxt. 216.Processed to support the Aleppo Shriners to help Shriners do what Shriners do best.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”SAVE THE DATE: Feztival of Trees Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 22-24In “Community”Wilmington’s Shriners Auditorium To Host Huge Car Show On August 25In “Community”last_img read more

  • Jai Ganesh Samithi elects new president

    first_imgSangareddy: Jai Ganesh Bhakthi Samithi members have elected their new president. Kranthi Valeshetty from Rama Chandrapuram has been elected as the new president. A Jain Kumar Chary, MV Gyanendra Prasad gave the appointment letter to Kranthi. Speaking on the occasion, Kranthi said, “The main motto of the organization is to bring awareness among people avoiding Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols and use idols prepared by mud.” He further added, “We will try to bring awareness in people to use mud idols by the time of Ganesh Chathurdi in 2019.” Jagadeesh Patel, Jangam Siddeswar, Varun, Dhandu Vikram Yadav, Purushottam and others participated in the programme.last_img read more

  • Sensex gains 259 points to close at new 2016 high find out

    first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex gained for the fourth straight day on Thursday to close at a six-month high of 26,999.72 points, aided by a slew of global and domestic cues, ranging from the pay panel award to overseas equity markets making steady gains, erasing Brexit-induced losses.Top Sensex gainers were Dr. Reddy’s Labs, NTPC, Axis Bank, Tata Motors and Tata Steel.  Here are the reasons for the Sensex rallying on the day which also marked the end of June F&O expiry:Pay Commission boostThe government’s decision to accept the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission has been a big contributor to Indian stock markets rallying for two consecutive days. The news of the government likely to accept the proposals in totality laid the foundation for a bull run a day before, on Tuesday.Positive global cuesIn Britain, the benchmark index of the London Stock Exchange consolidated its two-day gains and hit a two-month high on Friday on Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson ruling himself out of the race to replace incumbent British Prime Minister David Cameron.”That is the agenda for the next prime minister of this country. Well, I must tell you, my friends, you who have waited faithfully for the punchline of this speech, that having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me,” Johnson said in a speech, reported The Guardian.The FTSE 100 — the benchmark index — was trading 0.12 percent higher at about 12.15 local time after hitting a high of 6,398.02.”The FTSE 100 has rallied to its pre-Brexit levels and is holding on to most of yesterday’s big gains this morning,” The Guardian quoted Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital, as saying.Monsoon on courseProgressive The satisfactory progress of the monsoon in the past few days also buoyed market sentiments. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) update for the period June 1 to 30 showed that the rainfall deficiency was 12 percent, indicating that the progression was broadly in line with the forecast. Besides, the possibility of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill being taken up by the Rajya Sabha during the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament also added to the positive sentiment.In the morning, select stocks were trading with gains in the range of 5 to 15 percent on the BSE while the Sensex was trading 143 points higher at 26,883 at around 11.30 a.m.The biggest gainer was GNFC, up 14.73 percent at Rs. 170.60, followed by JP Associates that was up 11.62 percent. PVR shares rose 7.18 percent on the government taking a decision to allow cinema halls and restaurants to function 24/7.Alembic Pharmaceuticals was up after the company informed that the USFDA did not find anything adverse during its inspection of the company’s plants in Mumbai.”Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd has informed BSE that the Company’s API Facilities i.e. API I and API II both located at Panelav have been successfully inspected by the USFDA between June 20, 2016 and June 29, 2016. The Company did not receive any Form 483 observations,” it said in a regulatory filing with the BSE on Thursday.Top 10 gainers among S&P BSE500:a. GNFC (Rs. 170.60) b. JP Associates (Rs. 8.74)c. PVR (Rs. 1,049)d. Sadbhav Engineering (Rs. 294.25)e. Alembic Pharma (Rs. 581)f. GSFC (Rs. 80)g. City Union Bank (Rs. 116.90)h. GIC Housing Finance (Rs. 320)i. Grindwell Norton (Rs. 733)j. Atul (Rs. 2,035) Indian stock markets extended Wednesday rally tracking global cues and the overall bullish sentiment prevailing after the Narendra Modi government approved the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).The Sensex was trading at 26,977, up 237 points, or 0.88 percent at around 10.35 a.m. Stocks that were leading the rally in the 30-scrip benchmark index were Tata Motors (up 3.2 percent), ICICI Bank (up 2.28 percent) and Hero Motocorp (up 2.13 percent).The State Bank of India was up 1.68 percent at Rs. 220.85. The bank had informed the stock exchanges that its board had approved to raise $1,500 million in long-term funds in debt either through public offer or private placement during the current fiscal.Shares of PVR and Inox were buzzing on the BSE after the Central government approved a legislation that would allow cinema halls, restaurants to remain open 24/7. The PVR stock was up 4.05 percent at Rs. 1,018 and shares of Inox Leisure were trading at Rs. 239.95 a piece, up 2.09 percent.The Model Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Service) Bill, 2016 allows non-manufacturing establishments with 10 or more workers to remain open 24 hours a day, throughout the year.The June F&O contracts expire on Thursday (today).Among sectoral indices, the BSE Realty was up 1.77 percent, while the FMCG index was trading marginally higher at 0.87 percent.Other stocks in the S&P BSE500 universe that were trading with high gains include GNFC (up 13.89 percent), JP Associates (up 7.92 percent), GSFC (up 7.03 percent) and Alembic Pharma (up 6.77 percent). The Indian rupee opened 14 paise higher at 67.54 to the US dollar on Thursday after closing at 67.68 to the greenback. The intra-day range was expected between 67.35-67.75 levels, IFA Global said in a note.Asian equities gained on Thursday in early morning trade on the back of a firm uptrend witnessed in European and US markets for the second straight day on Wednesday.U.S. markets extended its recovery and closed in the positive territory as worries continued to ease over Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Technology and Banking stocks, which took a hard hit after the vote showed some recovery,” brokerage Angel Broking said in a note on Thursday.”European markets too ended yesterday’s trading session in the green, extending Tuesday’s recovery following the BREXIT slump. Higher oil prices and possibility of monetary stimulus aided the markets,” it added.Back home, the acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th CPC is expected to drive consumption-drive growth in India in the coming months.Story republished with additional details at 5.07 p.m.last_img read more