Lionel Messi’s retirement from Argentina could hurt his legacy

first_imgLionel Messi’s surprising decision to stop playing for Argentina could damage his legacy with the national team and fans back home.If Messi sticks to his announcement, made in the heat of the moment shortly after Argentina’s penalty shootout loss to Chile in Sunday’s Copa America final, Argentina will be left dwelling on the fact that it was not able to win any significant title despite having one of the best players of all time.Many fans back home didn’t like the fact that he thrived in his adopted country Spain but failed to consistently produce brilliant performances with the national team.Some national team fans resorted to social media, calling their biggest star a quitter and saying that the 29-year-old would still be young enough to at least try to help Argentina win the coveted title in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Messi moved to Barcelona in 2001 when he was 13 and never seemed to be as welcome at home as he was in Spain with the club that made him the star he is today. His connection with Barcelona grew stronger over the years and some fans back in Argentina were bothered by it, especially when success continued to elude the national team.”I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, and then for everyone, “Messi told the Argentine network TyC Sports not along after missing a penalty kick in the shootout. “I think there’s lot of people who want this, who obviously are not satisfied, as we are not satisfied reaching a final and not winning it.”advertisementMessi was clear about his intentions but a change of heart cannot be ruled out considering he was speaking after just falling short of the title in heartbreaking fashion. “It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me,” Messi said.Messages sent to Messi’s agents seeking further comments on Monday were not immediately answered.If Messi doesn’t reconsider the decision and indeed ends his international career without a major title, he will fall further behind former great Diego Maradona in the always lively discussion in Argentina about who was the best player of all time, Maradona or Messi. (Also Read: Lionel Messi announces international retirement after Copa America loss)Some of Maradona’s best moments came while wearing the jersey of Argentina, which he led to the World Cup title in 1986 and to a runner-up finish in 1990. (Also Read: Did Diego Maradona trigger Lionel Messi’s shock decision to retire?)Messi played in three World Cups, taking the team to the final in 2014 but playing a lackluster game in the loss to Germany, when he missed an easy scoring chance early in the second half that could have changed the outcome.Messi’s only triumphs with Argentina came at the 2005 Youth Championship, a tournament played with under-20 squads, and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, when he helped the team win the gold medal. He lost three Copa America finals (2007, 2015 and 2016) and was on the team eliminated at home in the 2011 quarterfinals of the South American competition.”That’s it, I’ve already tried enough,’ he told TyC. “It pains me more than anyone not being able to be a champion with Argentina, but that’s the way it is. It wasn’t meant to be.”With Barcelona, it has been nothing but success for Messi, who led the Spanish giants to four Champions League titles and three Club World Cup trophies. He also won eight Spanish league titles, scoring 453 competitive goals in 531 games, including a league-record 312.He is Argentina’s career leading scorer with 55 goals in 113 international appearances.  (Also Read: Lionel Messi’s journey: Goals, heartbreak and unparalleled greatness)Argentina’s next competitive match is a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay in September, but now it’s uncertain what kind of team it will have then, as other players from Messi’s generation may also decide to leave the national team.Messi, meanwhile, is expected to return to preseason with Barcelona in Spain, where it should be another successful season for him at the club level.last_img read more

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Van Dijk will be fit for Liverpool – Koeman

first_imgVirgil van Dijk is fit to feature in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, according to Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman.Van Dijk was ruled out of his country’s friendly with Belgium on Tuesday after the Royal Dutch Football Association confirmed he was still suffering from a rib injury sustained in Liverpool’s meeting with Southampton last month.The 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s Nations League win over Germany – scoring the opener in a 3-0 win – before returning to his club for further treatment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, Koeman has revealed the decision was a mutual one between club and country, with the Netherlands boss believing the centre-back will be ready to go when the Premier League resumes this weekend.”He’s back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week,” Koeman told a media conference.”He’s taken a rest. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he would play only the Germany game and then after that go back to Liverpool.”He is ready to play next weekend.”While Van Dijk was substituted in the Southampton match with the rib problem, and missed Liverpool’s next match – a 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea – he was able to feature in all of the club’s next three matches.  | That feeling! @VirgilvDijk #NEDDUI pic.twitter.com/tTWda7370S— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) October 13, 2018If Koeman’s prognosis proves accurate, it will be welcome news to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has seen his side pick up a few knocks during the international break.Star man Mohamed Salah suffered an injury late on for Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland and his status for Liverpool is now up in the air.The Reds remain undefeated in the Premier League but will be looking to snap a four-match winless streak across all competitions when they square off against the Terriers. That will be followed by a midweek clash against Red Star Belgrade and a home date the next weekend against Cardiff City.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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No high hopes from Pakistan at hockey World Cup: Waseem

first_imgBy Mona Parthsarathi Melbourne, Sept 30 (PTI) Former captain Waseem Ahmed is not hoping much from Pakistan side at the upcoming hockey World Cup, saying the premature exit of coach Roelant Oltmans will hurt the team badly. Oltmans, who was also India coach, left the Pakistan shores barely nine month after joining as their head coach, citing lack of suitable circumstances. “I personally do not expect a lot from Pakistan in this World Cup because they have a difficult pool. They have to beat Malaysia and finish third in pool to play cross over match with other pool. After the sudden resignation of Oltmans it will be more difficult for them, Waseem said. Under Oltmans, Pakistan could not do much at CWG, Asian Games and the Champions Trophy but Waseem felt that the team was showing progress. “The timing of his resignation is really bad. He was doing a good job and Pakistan team was improving gradually but he resigned just before Asian Champion trophy and WC. It will definitely hurt Pakistan team,” Waseem said. The FIH World cup will be held from November 28 to December 16 in Bhubaneshwar, where stadiums were packed during Hockey India League, Hockey World League and Campions Trophy matches. “WC will be played in India this time and I think India are one of the best hosts. Lot of people are coming to watch the games live, there good media coverage and a lot of sponsors. It makes Hockey really big there, said Waseem regarded as one of the best left-halves in the World and the most capped player for Pakistan.advertisement “People in India love to watch Pakistani players and as far as my experience is concerned I always enjoyed playing in India where people give so much respect and love that I never felt that I am away from my country. India are surely one of the best places to play hockey,” said the former captain. Waseem was all praise for the Indian team. “Indian team has improved a lot and they are improving overall which includes Hockey structure there. After Harendra paji took over they are doing great. At the Asian Games they were very unlucky to concede a goal in last minute against Malaysia and were forced to play shootout. Luck was not on their side,” he said . Waseem is in Australia to play Victoria State Premier league for Saint Khilda club. He is also assistant coach of the club and is also involved with the Victorian Academy. He said apart from playing FIH tournaments, India and Pakistan should also resume bilateral series. “It will also revive the interest in the sport with more sponsors and TV coverage. Pakistan hockey need that very badly, he said. PTI MJ ATATlast_img read more

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Watch: Lionel Messi scores two stunning free kicks as Barcelona thrash Espanyol

first_imgLionel Messi recently finished fifth in the race for Ballon d’Or but on Saturday night, the Barcelona ace showed exactly why he’s right at the top. Barcelona eased past local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in the La Liga and it was Messi who shone the brightest on the day.Barcelona did not just score four goals but two of them were spectacular free kicks from Messi that absolutely deflated Espanyol.In the 17th minute, Messi whipped a free kick into the top right corner giving the Espanyol goalkeeper absolutely no chance to get to the ball.Messi then scored another special free kick in the 65th minute to stamp his authority over the match.It was not just the free kicks but Lionel Messi was everywhere in the Barcelona victory. Soon after scoring a free kick, Messi brilliantly set up Ousmane Dembele for a beautiful goal.Luis Suarez then added the third just before halftime with a shot from a tight angle that deflected in off goalkeeper Diego Lopez.Espanyol could have got a consolation but VAR ruled out the goal from Oscar Duarte for offside.Espanyol’s fourth consecutive league defeat left them ninth in the standings, but they didn’t stand a chance with Messi in this mood.”We know what Leo is like, he doesn’t need to demonstrate anything to us, we don’t agree with the Ballon d’Or rankings,” Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic said.”We had a great game, a derby is always difficult and we deserved the four goals.”advertisementMessi tormented Espanyol’s defence and created several openings for his team mates, with Suarez hitting the post from one delightful lobbed pass.Dembele also impressed, starting on the left ahead of Philippe Coutinho as a reward for his recent improvement in form.Along with Suarez, who caused havoc with his work-rate and grit, the trio were simply too hot for Espanyol to handle.With the win, Barcelona took the top spot in the La Liga table again with 31 points from 15 games. Sevilla are second with 28 points, Atletico Madrid third with as many points and Alaves complete the top four with 24 points. Real Madrid are fifth with 23 points from 15 games.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Diego Maradona was much better than Lionel Messi, says PeleAlso Read | It is a unique feeling, hard to describe in words: Modric after winning Ballon d’Orlast_img read more

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Business Leaders Welcome Decision Not to Implement New Taxes

first_img Several business leaders have welcomed the Government’s decision not to implement new revenue measures to fund the 2018/19 Budget, which amounts to $773.6 billion.Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, in opening the Budget Debate on March 8, indicated that Government expenditure for the fiscal year will be primarily financed from the existing tax and non-tax revenue and grants regime.He says emphasis will be placed on boosting compliance to improve collections particularly at Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) and Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) President, Larry Watson, welcomes the decision, citing it as one of the Budget highlights.He tells JIS News that the decision reflects a promise kept by the Government, which he describes as “good and solid.”“I think it is clear that steps are being taken to make Jamaica more efficient in tax collection. The fact that we are seeing the revenues surpassing budgeted amounts is a big positive and hopefully, this is bringing more persons and businesses in the informal economy into the formal economy,” the JCC President says.He further points to studies indicating a potential reduction in tax rates if all income earners begin fulfilling their statutory obligations.Noting that “overall the Budget was good” Mr. Watson says it suggests that “we are on a path of recovery” which, he points out, commenced under the previous Administration and is continuing under the current Government.He, however, expresses concern about crime and the potential to derail economic gains and as such, welcomes the increased allocations for national security as “a very positive move.”The JCC President says the fact that some unions representing public sector workers have not yet signed the four-year wage agreement with the Government is also a matter of concern.He notes that Jamaica being locked into an International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement and benefitting from other resulting multilateral financing support requires the country to “toe the line” as regards programme and policy implementation.Mr. Watson says, however, that unlike the earlier years of the multilateral support that were characterised by more stringent guidelines, “I believe toeing the line is now more comfortable (and) palatable.”He urges civil servants to exercise some constraint and consideration.“If we can get the restraint of the public sector groups, I am pretty confident that the economy will grow and that would allow for a little more generosity in the wage guidelines. Success is journey, not a destination,” Mr. Watson says.The JCC President further points to the fact that the economy has not achieved the levels of growth as expected, due primarily to adverse weather conditions, which affected the agricultural sector.“Once we have good weather this year we should record some more growth,” he contends.He says there is need for steps to be taken “to now really put the economy into gear” to achieve sustainable levels of growth.To this end, he cites the need for more investment and infusion of technology in agriculture, further diversification of the country’s production base, and advancing work with the Special Economic Zone Act and accompanying engagements.Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) President, Metry Seaga, says he too is “extremely pleased” that there are no new taxes in the Budget and that “the economy seems to be on the right track.”“I think there will be renewed confidence over the forthcoming fiscal year. I think that people will be happy to hear that there are no new taxes and with that will come some additional confidence and investments,” he tells JIS NEWS.Mr. Seaga maintains that the prevailing macroeconomic stability is creating an environment that can enable Jamaica to achieve higher rates of growth.He calls for greater focus on manufacturing in order to achieve the desired growth levels.For his part, Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) President, Hugh Johnson, welcomes plans for the creation of a micro stock market or “nano market” on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE).Minister Shaw, who made the announcement during his Budget presentation, said the nano market would cater to the needs of micro enterprises.“The march towards a formal economy is an absolute requirement because it helps to promote discipline and, ultimately, it enhances the productivity and profitability of businesses. In that context, we have to keep looking out of the box,” he indicated.Mr. Johnson describes this as a timely decision that will enable fledgling businesses to access capital “that they wouldn’t have normally been able to get”, adding that “the best part of the proposal is that it’s providing equity financing.”Meanwhile, he says the SBAJ welcomes the decision not to impose new taxes this year, and the heightened focus that will be placed on boosting compliance.“We have been saying all along that if they get more people into the net, they will be able to reduce even the burden on those who have been bearing it for many years,” Mr. Johnson points out.In this regard, he lauds the TAJ for taking steps to improve client service delivery.Noting that previously, customers had to interface with multiple officers, he says “it is now just a one stop process, where you can go on your computer and within 15 minutes, you can file your returns… and we see these as welcomed improvements to the system.”“That is what we have been saying all along… that business operators aren’t against paying taxes… what we need is the ease of paying taxes. Hence, we have been seeing an influx of new entrants and also we are shooting for the second year in a row, above projected targets of revenue. So unlike previous years, when we used to fall way below targets, now we are shooting ahead of projections,” he adds.Mr. Johnson, however, cites several areas which he says the Government needs to focus on doing more work.Among these, he tells JIS News, are the implementation of more substantial measures that will facilitate heightened growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; allocation of significant resources for farm road rehabilitation; and ensuring that arable lands earmarked for agriculture are so utilised and not used for unrelated engagements. Several business leaders have welcomed the Government’s decision not to implement new revenue measures to fund the 2018/19 Budget, which amounts to $773.6 billion. Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, in opening the Budget Debate on March 8, indicated that Government expenditure for the fiscal year will be primarily financed from the existing tax and non-tax revenue and grants regime. Story Highlights Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) President, Larry Watson, welcomes the decision, citing it as one of the Budget highlights.last_img read more

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Ive always been an activist Cree woman takes over the helm of

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsCheryle Changnon-Greyeyes says she’s been an activist for a long time.Now the woman from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan who now lives in Calgary, will have every opportunity to put what she knows to work.Changnon-Greyeyes was elected as the leader of the Green Party of Alberta.She is the first female Indigenous political leader of a provincial party.“I’ve been an activist for a long time. Always wanting to save the world since I was a little girl,” she says.“When I did my research, it occurred to me that the six principles of the Green Party, the international green party, the only international political party, align with the seven sacred teachings of the Cree. How come nobody’s ever picked this up before? This is as close as we get to an Indigenous Party. These are values of balance and moderation of putting people over profits.”A factor that encouraged her to run was Premier Rachel Notley’s decision to back the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.“I felt betrayed, I felt very much stabbed in the back and totally against the NDP platform that I knew and was familiar with. So I was angry and upset and felt hopeless, like, what am I going to do?”So she ran, won and is ready to put her Indigenous teachings to action.“I really want to push the fact that we are caring about people, we care about the environment, we care about out mother earth, we are looking seven generations to the future. What’s out planet going to look like in seven generations with this headlong rush to have oil pipelines across the country?”Chagnon-Greyeyes is an environmental activist who works at the University of Calgary.Her first big test will be the provincial elections in the spring.tpimentel@aptn.ca@aptn_tamaralast_img read more

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Reaction to Niagara police pay increasae

We now have reaction to the raise awarded to Niagara Regional Police officers by an arbitrator on Wednesday.The 3% raise was two percent more than the local Police Services Board was willing to pay.Lauran Sabourin takes a look at the new deal and has reaction from all sides.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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British soldiers arrested by terror police for allegedly being members of banned

first_imgJo Cox and Thomas Mair File picture of an anti-mosque demonstration in Bolton in November 2016. National Action became the first extreme right-wing group to be banned in Britain in DecemberCredit:Joel Goodman/LNP 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. “This will mean that being a member of, or inviting support for, this organisation will be a criminal offence.”National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology, and I will not stand for it.”It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone.”How National Action endorsed the murder of Labour MP Jo CoxAfter the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in June 2016, National Action endorsed her killing.The group posted a message, which read: “Our thoughts go out to Thomas Mair #Britain-First #JoCoxMP’ and, ‘Don’t let this man’s sacrifice go in vain. #JoCox would have filled Yorkshire with more subhumans.”Thomas Mair was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering the politician. “These arrests are the consequence of a Home Office Police Force led operation supported by the Army. This is now the subject of a civilian police investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”What is National Action?National Action became first extreme right-wing group to be banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.The proscription meant that being a member of or inviting support for the organisation is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to ten years’ imprisonment.An entry for National Action in the official list of proscribed groups says it is a “racist neo-Nazi group” that was established in 2013 and has branches across the UK which “conduct provocative street demonstrations and stunts aimed at intimidating local communities”. The arrests were carried out by police in conjunction with counter-terror units from the West Midlands, Wales and the East Midlands.Several properties are being searched in connection with the arrests.A police spokesman added: “The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led; there was no threat to the public’s safety.”An Army spokesman said: “We can confirm that a number of serving members of the Army have been arrested under the Terrorism Act for being associated with a proscribed far right group. Jo Cox was murdered by far-Right fanatic Thomas Mair, right, in June 2016Credit:PA Serving British soldiers are among four alleged members of National Action, the banned neo-Nazi group, arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.The men – a 22-year-old from Birmingham, a 32-year-old from Powys, a 24-year-old from Ipswich and a 24-year-old from Northampton – were held on Tuesday.The Ministry of Defence confirmed that “a number of serving members of the Army have been arrested under the Terrorism Act”.West Midlands Police said the four men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.A spokesman said they “have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000; namely on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation (National Action) contrary to sec 11 of the Terrorism Act”.All four men are being held at a police station in the West Midlands. The document adds that the group is “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic”.Its activities and propaganda materials are particularly aimed at recruiting young people, according to the list.What the Home Secretary has said about National ActionAnnouncing the move to ban National Action, Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the group as a”racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation”. She said:”As Home Secretary, I am clear that the safety and security of our families, communities and country comes first.”So today I am taking action to proscribe the neo-Nazi group National Action. The flag of National Action, which was established in 2013Credit:Joel Goodman/LNP National Action flag File picture of an anti-mosque demonstration in Bolton in November 2016. National Action became first extreme right-wing group to be banned under in Britain in December The phrase “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”, which was said by Mair in court, appears alongside the listing for National Action’s website on Google.In the wake of Mair’s conviction, warnings emerged that the terror threat from the extreme Right could be growing.last_img read more

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Pacific Potash complete technical report on its Amazonas Basin Potash Project

first_imgOwning a potash mine in Brazil is like controlling a water-well in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Brazil is the world’s third-largest consumer of potash.  In 2012 it imported 7.5 million t of potash which accounts for around 90% of its total consumption. The country has a single operating potash mine operated by Vale which produces about 8% of Brazil’s potash needs, and is expected to be exhausted by 2016. The Brazilian government has stated its goal to become ‘fertiliser independent’ by 2020, which means a number of potash projects are going to be fast-tracked to production.Pacific Potash has a 100% interest on 795,824 hectares within the Amazonas Basin in Northern Brazil. The Properties are situated approximately 20 and 40 km from Petrobas’ Arari and Fazendinha potash deposits. Pacific Potash recently completed NI 43-101 compliant technical report on its Amazonas Basin Potash Project. Balbir Johal, Pacific Potash Executive Chairman said “The completion of this report confirms that there is a great opportunity for the development of potash within the confines of our property.”Current exploration programs by Brazil Potash and Cowley Mining affirm that the Amazonas Basin has world class potential. Pacific Potash’s 795,824 hectares are on trend and surrounded by Brazil Potash and Cowley. Brazil is in desperate need of a domestic source of potash which would eliminate high transport costs. 2012 was the second consecutive year in which Brazil was the largest global importer of potash, while its production continues to decline. Pacific Potash is currently trading at $0.16 with a market capitalization of $9 million.last_img read more

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Expect Blizzard to launch a game for Linux this year

first_imgIf there’s one thing that 2013 will be remembered for it’s as the year gaming on Linux got serious. This is already pretty much assured due to the launch of Steam for Linux and the dozens, if not hundreds of games that will bring with it to the Linux OS. On top of that you’ve got the launch of Ouya, which puts Android, and therefore Linux, in a console for just $99.If that wasn’t exciting enough for January, then there’s another bit of news making the rounds this week: Blizzard is set to release a game for Linux before the year is over.Michael Larabel, the man behind the Phoronix website and who first broke the news about Steam for Linux, has had it confirmed by a source at Blizzard that such a game is in the works. It looks likely to be a port of an existing game from one Blizzard’s very popular series, we just don’t know which one yet. Initially it will be targeting Ubuntu users.Blizzard hasn’t released games on Linux in the past as the company failed to see a market big enough to warrant the cost of supporting it. It also helped that the Windows version of games like Diablo III run fine on Linux using Wine, even if Blizzard did ban such players last year.It also turns out Blizzard already runs a lot of code on Linux, such as the server code used in a growing number of its games that require a connection to the Internet. A Linux client for the MMO World of Warcraft has also been actively developed and maintained as far back as 2011.The top contenders for a Linux port have to be Diablo III, StarCraft II, or World of Warcraft. With WoW already having a Linux client working alongside two years of maintenance updates, it seems likely that will be the game Blizzard choose. The only question that remains is why they are doing this now?If I had to make an educated guess, I’d say Blizzard is embracing Linux so as to ensure it can target more gamers in a fragmenting market. The market for Linux gamers is going to explode this year due to Steam for Linux, Windows 8 isn’t exactly doing great, and until now Windows has always been where Blizzard made its money so it must be a little concerned for the future. You then have to consider the emerging platforms such as Ouya, which already has over 63,000 backers waiting for their console to ship.Blizzard already has Windows covered, but by embracing Linux it can appeal to the same market as Steam for Linux as well as target new platforms like Ouya. And who wouldn’t want World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft games running on a TV using a $99 console? That’s potentially millions of living room gamers Blizzard could cater to with both game purchases and monthly subscription charges.via Phoronixlast_img read more

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Funding approved for 83 new houses to address homeless crisis

first_img OVER 80 new ‘rapid build’ houses are to be built in the coming months after Simon Coveney approved €20.4 million in funding.Twenty-four homes, at a cost of  €5.9 million, will be built on the Killininny Road, Firhouse, Dublin 24 while 59 modular houses will be constructed on St Cuthbert’s Park in Clondalkin, costing €14.5 million.Speaking today, Minister Coveney said: “I have approved two projects estimated to cost €20.4million which will deliver 83 homes for homeless families. These homes will take families out of commercial hotels and provide them with a home until they move to permanent social housing.”Coveney said that by the end of 2016, a total of 350 rapid build homes were in the process of being built. He said 22 homes were completed occupied in 2016.He added: “My department continues to work closely with all local authorities in relation to increasing and accelerating the delivery of a range of social housing programmes and supports, including rapid build homes.”Read: Unions say they’re ‘ready for battle’ as Bus Éireann announces widespread pay cuts >Read: Three remanded in custody over Tuesday’s gun seizure > 17,561 Views Friday 27 Jan 2017, 7:10 PM 56 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Share Tweet Email2 Image: Brian Lawless Image: Brian Lawless http://jrnl.ie/3209932 Funding approved for 83 new houses to address homeless crisis Coveney approved funding of €20.4 million for the projects. Jan 27th 2017, 7:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Vancouvers Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop fading to black

first_imgHoward Zidell remembers when there were six pawnshops in downtown Vancouver.Having worked in Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop and its predecessor since the early 1950s, the 70-year-old Zidell remembers a lot more about what once was the city’s retailing epicenter.Today, there are only three downtown pawnshops.After mid-November, there will be two.Zidell and business partners Donald and Susan Morgan have decided various factors make this an ideal time to close the transaction counter for good. The store that Zidell’s father purchased in 1955 will cease doing business with a Nov. 17-18 auction of inventory, including office items.A thriving economy, internet competition, a lack of foot traffic and the owners’ ages figured into the decision to close, said Zidell. He said there would be no attempt to sell Cameo Main Street and that no heirs are interested in taking over — as Zidell did from his father.His father, Theodore “Ted” Zidell, purchased Main Street Loan in 1955 when it was located at 904 Main St. The 93-year-old Ted Zidell, once a well-known fixture on Main Street, now lives in a retirement home. Main Street Loan had been in business for perhaps a decade before that purchase.Main Street Loan moved to 902 Main St. in the mid-1970s. It moved in 1982 to its present location — a 4,000-square-foot retail space at 604 Main St. in the historic brick Schofield Building. Main Street Loan merged with Morgan’s Cameo Loan in 2003.last_img read more

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OBITUARY Janice A Ricci Hughes 77

first_imgREADING, MA — Janice A. (Ricci) Hughes of Reading, formerly of Somerville, passed away on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.Janice was the daughter of the late Peter J. Ricci, Sr. and the late Rose (Salines) Ricci. She grew up in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School.Janice and her beloved husband of 55 years, William F. Hughes lived in Reading for more than 5 decades. In addition to raising her family, Janice worked and retired from Textron Corporation in Wilmington, MA.Janice is the beloved wife of William F. Hughes. Devoted mother of William Hughes and his wife Anna of Marblehead, Susan Surabian and her husband Ronald of Burlington and Christopher Hughes and his wife Kimberly Hughes of Georgetown. Cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren, whom she loved with all her heart, William, Caroline, Thomas, Elizabeth, Kathryn, Alexandra, Ava, Olivia and Brendan. Janice is also survived by her sister Patricia Nocella and her husband Raymond and her brother Peter J. Ricci, Jr.Funeral from the Doherty-Barile Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., Reading on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 9:30am followed by a funeral mass celebrating Janice’s Eternal Life at St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading at 10:30am.Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Janice’s family in the funeral home on Monday, April 29th, 2019 from 4 to 8pm. Parking attendants and elevator are available.Interment will be in Wood End Cemetery, Reading.Janice Hughes(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Doherty-Barile Funeral Home.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Octopus eggs hatch at Alaska SeaLife Center

first_imgA 24-hour-old hatchling. (Photo courtesy Alaska Sealife Center)The Alaska SeaLife Center’s family of octopuses is growing. A giant Pacific octopus, named Gilligan, laid thousands of eggs about a year ago. Less than a hundred hatched this month. Aquarium curator Richard Hocking expects the remaining eggs to hatch by the end of May.Listen nowOnce the eggs hatch, staff transport them to a separate tank where they can feed on zooplankton.Young giant Pacific octopuses are about a quarter-inch long and have fully developed eyes. An adult is between nine and 16 feet long.But the odds the hatchlings will make it to adulthood are slim. The survival rate of hatchlings is 1 percent in the wild, and there is only one documented case of a giant Pacific octopus successfully being reared in an aquarium.The Alaska SeaLife Center has attempted to raise hatchlings twice before. Both attempts were unsuccessful. The center says the babies are extremely delicate and have complex nutritional needs. Still, the staff is hopeful this time will be different.Visitors can see Gilligan and her hatchlings in the aquarium’s “Octopus Grotto” exhibit.last_img read more

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Actor Premji Amaren bidding goodbye to bachelorhood ready for marriage

first_imgPremji Amaren.PR HandoutActor Premji Amaren has apparently given a hint about bidding goodbye to singlehood. The comedian’s latest post on Twitter has indicated about his marriage.He has tweeted a picture in which a design of a man and woman in wedding attire is seen with the words ‘game over’ written below. It is an informal announcement made by him about his wedding, according to his followers on Twitter.Many have also asked him to confirm the news, but he is yet to formally announce about it.Premji Amaren is the son of film composer and singer Gangai Amaran. He is the younger brother of filmmaker Venkat Prabhu, who has hit movies like Ajith Kumar’s Mankatha, Saroja and Goa to his credits.The 40-year old initially wanted to be a filmmaker, but started his career as an assistant to his cousin and musician Yuvan Shankar Raja. He turned independent music director with Gnabagam Varuthe.He donned grease paint for the first time in Kanda Naal Mudhal, thus starting his acting journey. Since then, he acted in over 30 films in supporting roles and prominently featured in his brother Venkat Prabhu’s directorial movies.last_img read more

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Illinois Reports Strong March Home Sales Statistics

first_img The “”Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR)””:http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/ has released March data that shows the strongest performance for home sales in the state since 2007.[IMAGE] In addition to the rise in homes sold during the month, the IAR also reported that median pricing in the state received a lift, breaking 20 months of price declines.Sales of single-family homes and condominiums rose 21.1 percent year-over-year in March, with a total of 9,575 properties sold. The total represents a solid uptick over numbers from March 2011, during which 7,904 homes were sold.Year-over-year, median home prices in Illinois stayed static at $130,000. The findings from March mark the first time in nearly two years that the median price didn’t display a decrease on a year-over-year basis.””There’s no doubt that these are strong numbers to open the spring selling season,”” said Loretta Alonzo, CRB, GRI, president of the IAR and broker/owner of “”Century 21 Alonzo & Associates””:www.century21alonzo.com/ in La Grange Park. “”To see such good sales numbers, coupled with a measure of price stability is encouraging news no matter what side of a real estate transaction you happen to be on.””Alonzo cited a drop in foreclosures and continued low interest rates for mortgages as the chief catalysts behind the positive statistics seen in March. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage in the state’s North Central region was 3.99 percent during March, down from 4.86 percent one year prior.Over half of Illinois counties, 54 of 99, reported year-over-year home sales increases for March, and 67 or 99 counties recorded a rise in median pricing on a year-over-year basis. In the Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area, home sales were up 23.8 percent year-over-year, with 6,590 properties sold in March.””Realtors are continuing to see an increase in the number of buyers looking to buy a home today, as rents are going up and interest rates are at an all-time low,”” said realtor Bob Floss, president of the “”Chicago Association of Realtors””:www.chicagorealtor.com/ and broker/owner of “”Bob Floss and Son Realty””:www.bobflossandson.com/. “”While we are still closely monitoring the impact of distressed properties now and those that may enter the market in the coming year, continued stabilization of the market will ultimately come from buyers looking to make a long-term investment in a community with the dollars they invest today.”” Share April 25, 2012 418 Views Illinois Reports Strong March Home Sales Statisticscenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-04-25 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk 13

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) makes a touchdown catch as San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tyvis Powell (30) and cornerback Jimmie Ward (20) defend during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 0 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. — Through three quarters of Sunday’s game at State Farm Stadium, it looked like the same old uphill slog for the Arizona Cardinals’ offense.Sure, the guy calling the plays was different, but Arizona had managed only 134 yards of offense and three points against the struggling San Francisco 49ers.But the fourth quarter looked and felt different; the Cardinals moved the ball efficiently and exploded for 15 points to escape with a hard-fought 18-15 win in front of 61,923 fans. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, making just his fifth start as a pro, completed 12-of 18 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the final quarter, spearheading the Cardinals’ comeback.Related LinksCardinals base defense stands up against 49ers run gameThere’s a first time for everything: Larry Fitzgerald spikes the ballRapid Reactions: Josh Rosen gets first comeback victory for CardinalsRosen, Fitzgerald lead Cardinals to comeback win vs. 49ersThings looked bleak early in the quarter after San Francisco’s Robbie Gould nailed a 20-yard field that capped an 11-play, 73-yard drive and gave the 49ers (1-7) a 15-3 lead. What the Cardinals’ offense has shown through the season’s first half gave that deficit an unsurmountable feel.But Rosen wasn’t having any of it. On the ensuing possession, he marched the Cardinals down the field with the big play coming on a 37-yard completion to Larry Fitzgerald, which was coupled with a roughing-the-passer penalty on Arik Armstead, which moved the ball all the way to the San Francisco 13-yard line.On second down, Rosen hooked up with Fitzgerald again on a 13-yard scoring strike to pull the Cardinals to within five points.Fitz passes Tony Gonzalez for 7th on the all-time TD receptions list 💪(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/x79gk5hViq— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 28, 2018San Francisco punted on its next possession, and the Cardinals appeared to be on the move again. On 2nd-and-8 from the Arizona 40, Rosen hit tight end Jermaine Gresham down the left sideline for a 17-yard pickup. Gresham, however, fumbled (and the ball inexplicably remained inbounds) and it was recovered by linebacker Fred Warner with just 4:44 to go. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Four plays later, facing third-and-goal from the 9, Rosen located Kirk in the back of the end zone for a beautiful touchdown pass to give Arizona its first lead since 3-2 in the second quarter. For good measure, he found Fitzgerald on a two-point conversion pass to pad the lead to three with :39 left.Rookies lead the comeback in Arizona!(via @AZCardinals) pic.twitter.com/qNMEuNhOvL— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 28, 2018The defense held and the Cardinals earned just their second win of the season.The 15-point outburst marked just the fourth time this season the Cardinals have hit double-digits in a single quarter and also established a new season high. The 49ers didn’t do anything on their next possession either, punting the ball back to Arizona with 2:16 to go.Needing 73 yards for a score and the lead, Rosen didn’t exactly tiptoe into the huddle meekly, as most rookies in that situation would have.“We’re about to win this (expletive) game, that’s what he said,” left tackle D.J. Humphries said of Rosen’s late-game motivational words. “Excuse my French. That’s what he said. Josh is always like that. That’s how he moves.”Facing a third down at the 27, Rosen looked to Fitzgerald again, completing an 11-yard pass and moving the chains on the final play before the two-minute warning. On the next play, he hit Fitzgerald again, this time for 20 yards into San Francisco territory. After an incompletion, Rosen found fellow rookie Christian Kirk for 19 yards down to the 23.Strangely enough, Rosen’s best pass of the game might have been an incompletion. On first down, the 21-year-old laced a rocket down the seam to J.J. Nelson, who was matched up against 49ers corner Richard Sherman. The throw was right on the money, but Sherman had good enough position to prevent Nelson from making the catch. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Michel Reybier founder

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMichel Reybier, founder of La Reserve, has acquired the house of the founder of Cos d’Estournel, Chateau Pomys to make it a country residence. This European summer, this elegant, refurbished hotel surrounded by vineyards in centuries-old grounds will reopen with simple, attentive service within a refined and relaxed décor.La Maison d’Estournel is located next to the St Estèphe property and was already a hotel when acquired by Cos d’Estournel’s current owner, Michel Reybier, in 2017.Due to reopen this winter, the refurbished hotel, surrounded by vines and the estate’s parkland, boasts 14 rooms, a restaurant, library and tasting room.Located in Saint-Estèphe in the Médoc, a few hundred meters from Cos d’Estournel, La Maison d’Estournel is part of the property inherited by Louis Gaspard d’Estournel in 1791. Nicknamed the Maharaja of Saint Estèphe, he lived in Pomys, Cos being devoted to the wine business.Michel Reybier has now brought together the two fundamental elements of the estate, and the property has been returned to its original structure: Cos d’Estournel, palace dedicated to wines, and La Maison, warm home of the founder.La ChartreuseLa Chartreuse adjoins the main château, offering an indoor pool and hammam, as well as patios overlooking the garden to bask in the morning sun and ornate fireplaces to settle before in the evenings.La Maison d’Estournel prices start from $485 per night. La Chartreuse is occasionally available and priced from $30,000 per night.For more information, contact Lea Seguier – La Reserve’s representative in Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney. Phone (02) 9299 0971.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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