Sehwag says good team saw India win World Cup, not Dhoni’s captaincy

first_imgThe battle between Indian cricket captain Mahednra Singh Dhoni and his former deputy Virender Sehwag seems to have taken a bitter turn. Apparently unhappy with Dhoni’s handling of senior players, Sehwag on Friday took a dig at him saying that India’s World Cup win was a team effort and not the skipper’s miracle.The swashbuckling Delhi batsman made it clear that Dhoni’s captaincy was not responsible for India’s monumental World Cup success last year. He said it was a team effort that saw India clinching the ICC World Cup after 28 years.Sehwag was reacting when asked about the speciality in Dhoni’s captaincy a couple of days after the latter was retained as the leader of the Indian side for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.He cited an example of the Australian team which has done well because of a strong team and not because of its extraordinary captaincy.”We had a great team that is why we did well. It is not about captaincy. Just like Australia did well regardless of the captain, similarly we did well because of our team, backed by Dhoni’s captaincy,” Sehwag said.He also said that India won the Twenty-20 World Cup in 2007 because of a good team.last_img read more

What to do post-run to maximize your results

first_imgNo more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ RELATED STORY:Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathonSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As well as staying hydrated during a run in order to prevent injuries, cramping, and early fatigue, it is also important to rehydrate after you have finished, as well as maintaining your fluid intake throughout the rest of the day. If you are training for a marathon this is even more important; marathon runners can lose up to 5 percent of their total body weight during the race, or around four to five liters of fluids on average.To avoid dehydration and help the body replenish its reserves, be sure to drink plenty of fluids in the hours after your run, whether you prefer water, fruit juice or sports recovery drinks. You should also avoid alcohol if you really want to reach peak performance. Not only will it dehydrate you, but celebrity trainer David Kirsch also adds that “during a wellness program there is no room for hangovers. You need to be fresh, focused, and on top of your game to achieve the desired results.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGet a good night’s sleepDr. Andrew Murray, who works predominantly with runners but also swimmers and cyclists, says that the one thing they all have in common is they are “world class sleepers.” He recommends at least seven hours a night to reduce the risk of infection and stay healthy, plus a good night’s sleep is possibly the best way for your body to repair itself after exercise. Kirsch also adds that skimping on sleep “will sabotage your hard-earned workout gains,” so to get the most out of your run, as well as reach your true running potential in your next one, make sure you prioritize sleep. MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Image: Geber86/ via AFP RelaxnewsWith the Chicago Marathon taking place this Sunday, Oct. 8, many may be feeling inspired by the World Marathon Major to start their own running regime. Whether you’re a beginner or a marathon expert, here we round up some of the key things to do post-run to look after your body and maximize your performance.Drink upADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Refuel your musclesDalton Wong, trainer to Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence and founder of TwentyTwo Training advises a post-run combination of protein to repair, fat to help you feel full, and carbs to fuel the body. He recommends a protein smoothie or a proper meal between one hour to 90 minutes after your run, and nuts, seeds, and/or an apple as good options for snack until you can eat a real meal. Dr. Murray agrees, also recommending a ratio of three portions of carbs to one portion of protein within the hour after your run. Pasta or a baked potato with tuna, a chicken sandwich, eggs or pulses are all good choices.Stretch it outAlthough Dr. Murray says you don’t need to do a specific warm-up, just something to get you moving a little and ready for running, he does recommend a cool down, especially when you have done a more intense, longer run. Cooling down and stretching is a key step in any running plan to aid recovery, reduce muscle soreness and prevent injuries.Foam rolling can also be useful, not only straight after your run but also the day after and days following if you’re still feeling sore. It can also be particularly helpful when combined with stretching because it helps break up adhesions, which allows for a better and deeper stretch. JBADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TNT import Rice ejected early in Game 4last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s India has a fantastic chance to lift the World Cup feels Dilip…

first_imgAdvertisementIndia is one of the favourites to win this year’s World Cup.Former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar, made a big statement when he said that the Indian team under Virat Kohli has a ‘fantastic chance’ to lift that World Cup trophy, on Monday.“India has got a fantastic chance to win the World Cup. At-least last four they will go definitely. But the final, I can’t predict, to be honest. But we have got extreme potential and all the players are (in) good form,” Vengsarkar told reporters here on Monday.The Indian team begins their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on the 5th of June.This statement came in an event where the Mumbai Cricket Association announced the second season of the T20 Mumbai League, which will kick-off on the 14th of May. Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Gavaskar are the mentors in the league, whereas Sachin Tendulkar is the ambassador for the league. This tournament closely follows the IPL, and many known names are set to feature in this league.“T20 Mumbai League is soon going to be a league that most of the players from across the nation will want to participate in. For so many years, the (way) Ranji Trophy team has played if given a choice a number of players would have wanted to be part of Mumbai Ranji Trophy because the brand of cricket was different and everyone wanted to be part of it,” said Tendulkar. Sachin also felt that there is still enough talent to carry Mumbai forward in the coming years.Gavaskar also praised this league and said that this league has helped players like Shivam Dube and Suryakumar get big contracts at the IPL, and hence urged the authorities to schedule the league before the IPL auction. Advertisementlast_img read more

Rohit, Warner, Kohli: What would be the best combined ODI XI in contemporary cricket?

first_img Saurabh Kumar New DelhiSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 16:17 IST Rohit Sharma and David Warner topped the run-charts at World Cup 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli, who had a middling World Cup, smashed back-to-back hundreds after the first match was washed outWorld Cup 2019 contributed its fair share of evolution to the game, especially on the batting sideWorld Cup saw plenty of players punching above their weight, making sure they leave a markMore than two months have passed since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which started on a dull note with some washed-out matches but ended with one of the most exciting and enthralling finals which saw England winning their maiden title. Only six ODIs have been played after the World Cup and not much 50-overs cricket is to be played in the next few months either.India took on the West Indies in a 3-ODI series. Virat Kohli, who had a middling World Cup, smashed back-to-back hundreds after the first match was washed out. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had faced off in 3 ODIs and Lasith Malinga had brought the curtain down on his career in the middle of that series.World Cup 2019 contributed its fair share of evolution to the game, especially on the batting side, considering the fact that more than 3 batsmen had amassed 600-plus runs during the showpiece event. However, a tournament in which one expected to witness ODI cricket’s first 500+ team score, considering the English conditions and some imperious batting lineups, the bowlers ensured to keep the scores well under 400.The World Cup saw plenty of players punching above their weight, making sure they leave a mark in a tournament that had 10 teams in contention.Here we choose the current era’s best ODI XI:Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma, who is placed 2nd in ICC ODI Batting Rankings, failed to emulate his World Cup form during the West Indies tour as he managed to score mere 28 runs in the 3 innings he played. Rohit had hit a purple patch in the World Cup 2019, scoring 648 runs in 9 games at an average of 81.00 with five hundred and a half-century. During the tournament, he became the first batsman in World Cup history to score five centuries in a single edition.advertisementDavid Warner: Australia opener David Warner, who returned to international cricket after serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in 2018, was in sublime form throughout the World Cup, helping his team qualify for record eight semi-finals. Warner ended up one run short of Rohit’s tally with 647 in 10 matches at 71.88 with three hundred and three fifties.Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli is currently the top-ranked ODI batsman in ICC rankings and in terms of numbers, there’s a simple argument to suggest he’s arguably the greatest ODI batsman ever. Kohli shook off the World Cup ‘failure’ (only by his standards) during the West Indies as he amassed 234 runs in 3 matches, getting out only once. Kohli scored 443 runs at an average of 55.37 in World Cup 2019. During the tournament, the Indian run-machine went on to score 5 consecutive half-centuries against England, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and West Indies.Kane Williamson (C): Kane Williamson almost single-handedly led his team to the final of the World Cup where New Zealand tied the final and the Super Over only to see England being awarded the coveted trophy on a superior boundary count. The New Zealand skipper was proclaimed the Player of the Tournament as he amassed 578 runs from 10 matches at 82.57, which was the highest average by any batsman in this tournament.Shakib Al Hasan: The Bangladesh veteran was promoted to No.3 and he showcased the true extent of his batting skill, accumulating 606 runs at an average of 86.57 while striking at 96.03. Shakib also picked up 11 wickets at 36.27 with an economy rate of well under 5-and-a-half. The ICC World No.1 all-rounder became the only player to claim 10 wickets and amass 500-plus runs in a single World Cup edition.Ben Stokes: Stokes was England’s crisis man throughout the World Cup as he led the hosts to their maiden triumph. Stokes amassed 465 runs at an average of 66.42 and also picked up 7 wickets to prove his credentials as England’s most valuable player in the showpiece event. Stokes hammered an unbeaten 84 in 98 balls in a nail-biting final to help England draw the final.Jos Buttler(WK): Buttler was in the thick of things during the World Cup final as England’s 44-year wait for the sport’s biggest trophy ended in the most dramatic way imaginable against New Zealand. Buttler scored 312 runs at an average of 34.66 and also took 12 catches behind the stumps to help England clinch their maiden World Cup trophy.Rashid Khan: Rashid Khan, who was supposed to be the flag-bearer of Afghanistan’s bowling attack, had a rather flop outing. In the 8 innings, Rashid picked 6 wickets and leaked 416 runs for his side. However, Rashid Khan is ranked 5th in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings and his credibility as a match-winning leg-spinner is still unquestionable. Rashid will walk into any dream ODI side of the current era.advertisementJofra Archer: Barbados-born Jofra Archer made it to England World Cup squad after playing only three one-day internationals. The 24-year-old impressed with his raw pace went on to pick 20 wickets in 11 innings during the World Cup 2019. On the back of disciplined bowling, Archer was given the task to bowl an all-crucial super over in the final. Such was his impact in the World Cup, that Archer also got his maiden Test call-up in England.Jasprit Bumrah: Jasprit Bumrah, who is currently the top-ranked ODI bowler in ICC rankings, is very swiftly staking a claim to be India’s greatest white-ball bowler of all-time. With the help of his quick-arm action and unplayable yorkers, the pacer picked 18 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 4.41 in World Cup 2019, helping Kohli and Co. dominate the opposition throughout the tournament.Mitchell Starc: Mitchell Starc led Australia’s excellent campaign with 27 wickets and in the process, went on to break compatriot Glenn McGrath’s record of taking the most wickets in a single edition of the World Cup (26 wickets in 2007 WC). Starc, currently ranked 8th in the ICC ODI bowlers ranking, is the unstoppable bowling force who can make any batsmen shiver with his searing yorkers.Also Read | 6 for 7. Meet Sri Lanka’s 17-year-old Slinga who bowls like MalingaAlso Read | Based on Virat Kohli’s workload, India can try a different captain for shorter formats: Yuvraj SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World XIFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow David Warner Rohit, Warner, Kohli: What would be the best combined ODI XI in contemporary cricket?Over the years, the World Cup has seen the greatest players that have ever lived go toe to toe, which begs the question: who would make it into a current era’s World ODI XI?advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump sons visit to India

first_imgNEW DELHI – “Trump has arrived. Have you?” shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper.The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who is in New Delhi to sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on wealthy Indians who have already bought units in a Trump-branded development outside the Indian capital.The newspaper ads promise that buyers who order apartments in the development by Thursday will get “a conversation and dinner” with Trump Jr. a day later.President Trump has pledged to avoid any new foreign business deals during his term in office to avoid potential ethical conflicts. While the projects that Trump Jr. is promoting in India were inked before his father was elected, ethics experts have long seen the use of the Trump name to promote even existing business ventures as tricky territory.The distinction between old and new projects can be hazy, they note, and new deals can be shoehorned into old.Several foreign deals touted over the past year by the Trump sons have “stretched the definition of what ventures were previously in the works,” said Scott H. Amey, general counsel for the non-partisan Project on Government Oversight in Washington.“The president should be putting the public’s interest before his business interests. That can’t happen if his son is flying around the world trying to trade on the fact that his father is sitting in the Oval Office.”This isn’t the first time that President Trump’s sons have raised ethical concerns as they promote their eponymous brand across the world.Early last year Trump Jr. and his brother Eric opened a Trump-branded golf club in Dubai.The brothers, who now lead the Trump Organization, watched as fireworks lit the sky over the Trump International Golf Club to mark the event.On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump Jr. posed for photos in New Delhi with Indian developers building complexes in four cities. Among the business partners accompanying him was Kalpesh Mehta who heads Tribeca, the firm described as the main Indian partner for Trump-brand real estate projects.Mehta came to notice soon after President Trump’s November election victory, when pictures of him and two other Trump Indian real estate partners with the president-elect in New York made a big splash in Indian and American media.Later in the week, Trump Jr. is scheduled to give a speech about Indo-Pacific relations at a New Delhi business summit, sharing the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Trump Jr. may be raising another set of ethics concerns by offering his thoughts on international relations, said Lawrence Noble, senior director of the non-profit Campaign Legal Center in Washington.“The assumption is he has his father’s ear,” Noble said. “By talking about international relations and sharing the stage with government officials, he’s acting as an informal ambassador for the U.S. at the same time he’s selling properties in India. It just blurs the lines even more.”Trump Jr. is on a private visit and the State Department has not interacted with him regarding his meetings or his speech, spokesman Heather Nauert said from Washington. “Mr. Trump’s comments during the trip reflect his personal views and not necessarily those of the U.S. government.”In Gurgaon, the sprawling and ever-growing New Delhi satellite city where a new Trump Towers will eventually rise, the construction site is just mountains of dirt and unruly shrubbery, one of many residential projects yet to be built. Buyers can hope to move into their swanky homes sometime in 2023.For miles upon miles, the landscape is little more than tin-roofed huts for construction labourers and tiny makeshift food shacks to keep them fed.And while there’s almost nothing at the Trump construction site, a handful of burly guards enthusiastically insisted on keeping journalists out of the area.The Trump Organization has licensing agreements with all its Indian business partners, who build the properties and acquire the Trump name in exchange for a fee. The organization has five projects in India, making it the brand’s largest market outside the United States. A luxury complex is already open in the central city of Pune, with other developments in varying stages of construction in the coastal cities of Mumbai and Kolkata, and two in Gurgaon.The apartments are expensive, though not outrageously so in the overheated real estate world of the Indian rich. Still, in a country of 1.3 billion, where many people can barely afford $100 a month to rent a shack in a crowded shantytown, apartments in the Trump Towers complex in Gurgaon run between $775,000 and $1.5 million.The rest of the details of Donald Trump Jr.’s itinerary are hazy despite repeated emails to the Trump Organization and its Indian partner Tribeca. However, local media have reported that he is slated to visit other Trump projects across India.On Wednesday he is expected to be in the eastern city of Kolkata to promote luxury housing bearing his family name there. On Thursday he is reported to be in India’s business capital, Mumbai, where he is to quaff champagne with the city’s elite at a reception hosted by the Lodha Group, the real estate company that is building the golden-hued Trump Tower there.Trump Jr.’s visit so far has been very different from his sister Ivanka Trump’s high-visibility visit to India in November, when she led the U.S. contingent at a global business conference. The city of Hyderabad filled up potholes and cleared away beggars ahead of her visit. Modi flew to Hyderabad for the conference and hosted her for dinner at a historic palace turned hotel. Television stations broadcast her speech live.In contrast, Trump Jr.’s visit seems all about keeping the spotlight on business.___AP Writers Stephen Braun and Matthew Lee contributed to this report from Washington.last_img read more

Here’s a list of April inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

OTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was two per cent in April, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.2 per cent (1.0)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.3 (1.1)— Halifax: 1.1 (1.3)— Saint John, N.B.: 1.7 (1.7)— Quebec: 1.3 (1.2)— Montreal: 1.9 (1.9)— Ottawa: 1.7 (1.7)— Toronto: 2.2 (2.0)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.6 (1.2)— Winnipeg: 2.2 (2.2)— Regina: 2.0 (1.6)— Saskatoon: 2.1 (1.6)— Edmonton: 2.1 (2.1)— Calgary: 1.8 (2.1)— Vancouver: 2.5 (2.5)— Victoria: 2.7 (2.7)The Canadian Press read more

Derby perch missing in action

PORT DOVER – Anglers in Port Dover are trading theories as to why the 22nd annual perch derby came and went with no one catching a winning fish.Forty tagged perch with a combined value of $23,500 were released into the harbour at Port Dover the day before the derby began April 27. That was the last anyone saw of them.Katrina Ferguson, chair of the Port Dover Board of Trade event, says some suspect it has something to do with murky water in the harbour.Fish can’t see what they are doing or where they are going in turbid conditions, nor can they keep tabs on predators. Under these circumstances, fish keep swimming until they find an environment where they are comfortable.“They would’ve headed out to clear water as soon as they could,” Ferguson said Monday. “They apparently do not like murky water.”Whatever transpired, some took valuable tags with them. A fish with a blue and white tag and the number 19 – this year’s “Super Perch” – was worth $2,000.A 22nd anniversary perch was worth $1,500 while another 18 fish with white tags were worth $1,000 each.Jan Overend, general manager of the board of trade, says another theory holds that the water was too cold and the fish were not hungry as a result. Overend has also heard speculation that pike – a predatory fish – is abundant in the harbour and that the perch in question either got out of town or became their lunch before anyone could get a hook into them.The board of trade saved cash in unredeemed fish.However, Overend pointed out that dozens of great prizes were awarded every day over the course of the competition. A total of 110 donated items were raffled off at the Cast-Off Party April 26 along with 12 door prizes.“Overall, we had tremendous participation,” Overend said. “And catching perch is only one component of the derby.“The business community here is to be commended for its generosity.”Overend added the derby would be impossible without strong volunteer support. A total of 90 volunteers alone were needed to staff the derby cabin on Harbour Street 12 hours a day over the 15-day duration of the event.The biggest catch of them all went to Port Dover resident Grant Burr, 68.This weekend, Ed Laevens of Bridge Yachts in Port Dover informed Burr he was the winner of a draw for a 12-foot aluminum boat with a 9.9-horsepower Suzuki motor and an EZ Loader trailer. Total value of the package is $7,300.“It takes me back about 50 years,” Burr said as he collected his prize Monday. “I had a 12-foot aluminum boat back then.“A 12-foot boat is easy to handle on your own. You can put it in and out of the water yourself. The only thing really is you have to watch for the wind while you’re fishing.”Laevens said anglers were shut out at another perch derby several years ago. The derby was extended several days but Overend said that wasn’t possible this spring due to a change in format.Overend said the derby today is run under a lottery licence and has a distinct beginning and end like an outdoors show. Once the deadlines arrive and the permits expire, Overend said the board has to wrap it read more

Womens soccer coach Lori Walker earns 200th win with victory over Morehead

Shelby Lum / Photo editorWomen’s soccer coach Lori Walker directs her players during a game against Eastern Michigan on Aug. 25, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-1.In a night that saw a career milestone for Ohio State coach Lori Walker, it was two players just starting their careers that took the spotlight.Second-half goals from freshmen forwards Nichelle Prince and Lindsay Agnew helped No. 23 OSU defeat Morehead State, 3-2 in its regular season opener Friday night at the Bert L. and Iris S. WolsteinField at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.“We are in our 20th year as a program and I’ve been here for (17) of them, and it’s a pretty special feeling to know the milestone,” Walker said about earning her 200th victory as coach.Although the Buckeyes held an 18-5 advantage in shots for the game, it was not until the 85th minute that they took their first lead of the night. Agnew put OSU ahead for good off a ball from sophomore forward Michela Paradiso.“I went sprinting across, slashing, and (Paradiso) just found the perfect ball, and then I just tried to find the inside of the net,” Agnew said about her late goal.Morehead State junior forward Macy Cobb tried her best to spoil Walker’s historic night, as her two goals in the 14th and58th minutes put the Eagles in the lead on both occasions.Those leads did not last long, though, as OSU was quick to answer each of those goals. Senior midfielder KristenNiederhaus got the Buckeyes on the board in the 27th minute, and Prince’s goal in the 67th minute evened the score at two.“To have a couple of freshman that have the explosive power and explosive speed that Agnew and Prince have, it’s pretty special,” Walker said.Prince also added an assist on Agnew’s game-winning goal late, and said she felt good about the win in her first match as a Buckeye.“It felt really good. I committed (to OSU) when I was in grade 10… and I’ve been anticipating this moment forever,” Prince said.She also spoke about her coach’s 200th win.“I’m so glad to be a part of that win, and I know there (are) going to be many more to come.” read more

Over 300000 children are being taught by unqualified nursery staff charity warns

Children with a poor vocabulary aged five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary, research shows Over 300,000 children are being taught by unqualified nursery staff, a charity has warned, amid concerns that children are starting school unable to read or write.There are over 10,000 nurseries, playgroups and children’s centres across the country where staff do not have suitable qualifications, according to figures obtained by Save the Children.An analysis of data obtained through Freedom of Information requests by the charity reveals that there is a shortage of around 11,000 early years teachers in England.  The warning comes after Education Secretary Damian Hinds said it is a “persistent scandal” that youngsters are starting school unable to talk in full sentence or read simple words.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– He pledged to halve the numbers of youngsters beginning their schooling without the early speaking and reading skills they need at that age.  Steven McIntosh, Save The Children director of UK poverty, urged ministers to invest in high quality childcare, arguing that this would ensure children have the relevant skills to start school aged four.  “High-quality childcare, led by graduate early years teachers, can ensure children are ready for school,” he said. “Many early years teachers are leaving the profession or are close to retirement and the numbers starting training are plummeting.”   Official figures show that investment in promoting early years teacher training is less than one per cent of what is spent on school teachers, he added.  Relevant qualifications for nursery teachers include qualified teacher status (QTS) – which is typically held by school teachers – early years teacher status (EYTS) or early years professional status (EYPS), which are broadly equivalent and focus specifically on early years education.Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Headteachers, said that early years is the most crucial phase of education, adding that: “If children fall behind at this stage it can prove difficult, often impossible, for them to catch up later, even with additional help”.He said: “It is therefore obvious that the most cost effective way to improve educational outcomes for all children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, is by investing in early years education.”Children with a poor vocabulary aged five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary, research  published last month by the Department for Education shows.  Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, warned that improving nursery education is a complex task, and should not be reduced to staff qualification.He added: “Parents, and providers who do not employ degree-level staff, know quality is about more than staff’s academic achievements – and that degree is not the sole marker of the experience, passion and in-depth knowledge high quality practitioners need.” Children with a poor vocabulary aged five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary, research shows 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

Extinction Rebellion Activists glued to Treasury after London Stock Exchange and Square

Phil Kingston, 83, said he was demonstrating over concerns for his grandchildren A police officer tries to remove the hand of protester Diana Warner, glued to a train Climate protesters have targeted HM Treasury in Westminster Credit:Peter Nicholls/Reuters Police have begun removing seven glued #ExtinctionRebellion climate change protestors blocking the entrance of London Stock Exchange. Police on site say they can be arrested on two charges – criminal damage and aggravated trespass. @bbcnews— Kathryn Stanczyszyn (@stanchers) April 25, 2019 An 83-year-old grandfather joined activists on top of a train at Canary Wharf.Phil Kingston, Christian Climate Action, is thought to be demonstrating because of concerns he has for his grandchildren.  9:17AMProtests taking shape across City 8:10AMOctogenarian among train protesters at Canary Wharf Police have warned people to expect disruption across the City of London today as demonstrators prepare to “swarm” locations in attempts to disrupt traffic.Protesters are understood to be targeting a number of locations today with Cannon Street, Fleet Street and Bank station thought to be among them. 8:05AMBritish Transport Police “working to remove the protesters” Police have made five arrests as climate protesters targeted Canary Wharf station this morning.The demonstration, the second in just over a week at the DLR station,  saw activists climb on top of a train as services were disrupted.British Transport Police said five people had been removed and have been arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway.  Activists have begun demonstrating at various locations across the City of London.Crowds have formed in Bank junction, where protesters are sat in the middle of the road, while some are holding banners that read: “Climate emergency” and “We Can’t Eat Money”.Police tweeted: “We are currently aware of protesters at various locations across the City, including the Bank and Southwark Bridge areas. We have a policing plan in place to manage any direct action.” 9:22AMPolice removing protests from London Stock Exchange Climate change activists held up banners on the roof of a DLR train at Canary Wharf station Police remove Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances at the London Stock ExchangeCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Climate protesters block City of London around the Bank of England Credit:Gavin Rodgers Police are here at #CanaryWharf— Extinction Rebellion 🐝⌛️🦋 (@ExtinctionR) April 25, 2019 The protest at the London Stock Exchange was described as the first in a planned day of disruption in the Square Mile.Activists have glued themselves to two entrances this morning.In a statement, Extinction Rebellion said: “Today (Thursday), Extinction Rebellion will focus the financial industry and the corrosive impacts of the financial sector on the world we live in.”First up the London Stock Exchange where protesters are glued on to the front and back entrances preventing people from entering.” The activists have now been removed from the stock exchangeCredit:Matt Dunham/AP In a statement, XR said: “Many of the most environmentally destructive companies in the world have their stock market listings at the London Stock Exchange (LSE).  This institution literally trades in the devastation of our planet.”These include fossil fuel and highly destructive mining businesses as well as those who are creating ecological catastrophe, such as the cutting down of virgin rainforest for palm oil production.”A spokesman for City of London Police, which deals with the Stock Exchange, said: “We are aware protesters have taken direct action in the City this morning. We have a policing plan in place to manage protester activity.”Yesterday, protesters in London agreed to remove blockades and campsites at Marble Arch and Parliament Square before a ‘closing ceremony’ takes place in Hyde Park. A man takes part in a demonstration at the London stock exchange during an Extinction Rebellion protest 9:46AMAll protesters removed from London Stock Exchange Cathy Eastburn, 51, Mark Ovland, 35, and Luke Watson, 29, were charged and are due to appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on May 16. Today’s protests are understood to be part of co-ordinated action against the financial industry, which Extinction Rebellion claims facilities climate change, to mark the final day of demonstrations in London.Protesters from Extinction Rebellion have glued themselves to the front of the Treasury in Westminster.The nine protesters, two men and seven women, have formed a chain of people preventing people from entering One Horse Guards Road. They include Alan Heath, 55, a research scientist, Jen Witts, 38, a support worker, Sian Vaughan 53, a retired head teacher, Debbie Rees, 57, a gardener and artist, Kef Shimidzu, 55, a tutor, Lucy Galvin, 53, a civil servant and Johnny Woon, 60, who is retired.A further six protesters, five men and one woman, also from Extinction Rebellion also blocked a second entrance to the stock exchange.Among that group is a 42-year-old tree surgeon, Ben Barrage, and Dr Sandy Biden-Hoskins, 64, a doctor of archeology.All the demonstrators were removed.  Phil Kingston, 83, said he was demonstrating over concerns for his grandchildrenCredit:Dylan Martinez/Reuters The other protesters on top of the DLR train were Ruth Jarman, 55, from Hampshire, Nick Cooper, 36, who teaches shoemaking at Northampton University, Ian Bray, and Richard Barnard, 45.They held a prayer vigil during their occupation of the train, Christian Climate Action said.British Transport Police said five arrests had been made.The protest is the second to take place at Canary Wharf station after two men and a woman were accused of gluing themselves to a train last Wednesday. The disruption is expected to last for most of the day Protesters block traffic at Bank Junction during the Extinction Rebellion protest Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have glued themselves to the Treasury, hours after a similar protest at the London Stock Exchange, on a day of protests aimed at disrupting London’s financial district.Nine protesters, two men and seven women, formed a blockade to prevent people from entering One Horse Guards Road in Westminster.The demonstration came hours after activists blocked two entrances at the London Stock Exchange, climbed on top of a train at Canary Wharf station and swarmed roads across the Square Mile.Protests began today at the stock exchange where two men and five women, wore LED signs reading: “Climate emergency”, “Tell the truth” and “You can’t eat money”, as they linked arms outside the financial institution before 7am.Extinction Rebellion named the activists on its website and gave their ages and occupations.  Climate protesters block City of London around the Bank of England  Protesters block traffic at Bank Junction during the Extinction Rebellion demonstrationCredit:Simon Dawson/Reuters 10:19AMProtests staged outside Goldman Sachs The protest is part of a planned day of disruption across the financial district Activists from Extinction Rebellion have been removed from both entrances of the London Stock Exchange. Extinction Rebellion have said 12 arrests have been made after climate activists demonstrated at the financial institution this morning.According to the group, 10 people who were glued at two entrances were held along with two supporters. Dozens of Extinction Rebellion members have demonstrated outside the offices of bankers Goldman Sachs on Fleet Street in central London.The group is moving down the road and blockading it at short intervals.Protesters are carrying banners and include around a dozen drummers. Protesters glued to the London Stock Exchange are now being removed by police as demonstrations across the financial district take place.Specialists teams were called to the financial institution to remove seven activists outside the front entrance, and six blocking the back one. Swarms of climate change activists are demonstrating across several locations of London’s financial district. Extinction Rebellion said it would focus its efforts on the finance industry “and the corrosive impacts of the financial sector”.In a statement, the group said: “The global financial industry is currently enabling climate and ecological destruction on an almost unimaginable level, and a considerable proportion of this money flows through London.”Crowds of protesters are disrupting traffic near the Bank of England. A police cordon is in place while attempts to unglue the protesters take place In a statement announcing the end of its action XR said: “We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth.”We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency.”More than 1,000 people have been arrested during the protests which started on April 15, while more than 10,000 police officers have been deployed.The action has seen Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus blocked and a “die-in” at the Natural History Museum.A Transport for London spokesman said: “We are aware that there are demonstrations taking place across London which may cause disruption to travel.”The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we’re working closely with the police to manage the impact on London’s transport network. We would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel.” Activists climbed on top of a train at Canary Wharf station Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion glue themselves to London Stock ExchangeCredit:Mason Boycott-Owen/PA 8:56AMExtinction Rebellion looking to disrupt traffic across City of London Extinction Rebellion protestors formed a road protest outside Goldman Sachs The protest is part of a planned day of disruption across the financial districtCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA The activists have now been removed from the stock exchange Climate protesters have targeted HM Treasury in Westminster  Police remove Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances at the London Stock Exchange Environment protesters from Extinction Rebellion glue themselves to London Stock Exchange One of the protesters includes 83-year-old Phil Kingston. He participated in the demonstrations, on his birthday, over concerns for his grandchildren.Minutes before, Mr Kingston, a retired Bristol University lecturer, was videoed eating a packed lunch whilst cross-legged on the DLR roof, having climbed up there using a portable ladder with other activists.The 83-year-old’s arrest came just days after he shared a temporary stage with 16-year-old Swedish climate campaigner, Greta Thunberg at a Marble Arch rally. We are aware protesters have taken direct action in the City this morning. We have a policing plan in place to manage protester activity.— City of London Police (@CityPolice) April 25, 2019 Opposite bank station— Charlotte Maher (@CharMaher) April 25, 2019 Scotland Yard said 26 people had been arrested outside the London Stock Exchange on suspicion of aggravated trespassing.The total number of arrests made in connection with climate protests stands at 1,130, with the current number of people charged remaining at 69, the Metropolitan Police said.Elsewhere in the financial district, protesters climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station, while at least one woman glued herself to the side.At least four people, understood to be from Christian Climate Action, were on top on the train holding signs saying “business as usual death” and “don’t jail the canaries”. Police are starting to unglue activists from the London Stock Exchange after demonstrators blocked a front and rear entrance this morning.Specialists teams at arrived at the financial institution while police have put a cordon in place.Extinction Rebellion have warned the operation could take some time because it is “delicate”. 8:30AMWorkers prevented from entering London Stock Exchange Phil, 83, is here to #tellthetruth about his fears for the future of his grandchildren— Extinction Rebellion 🐝⌛️🦋 (@ExtinctionR) April 25, 2019 A police cordon is in place while attempts to unglue the protesters take placeCredit:Ollie Millington/Getty Outside Goldman Sachs right now— Extinction Rebellion 🐝⌛️🦋 (@ExtinctionR) April 25, 2019 Police are trying to remove a woman’s hand glued to a train as protesters targeted Canary Wharf station again during the Extinction Rebellion protests.Activists climbed on top of a DLR train this morning, while Diana Warner attached her hand to one of the windows.Police are in the process of trying to remove the demonstrators.  8:34AMFemale protester glues herself to DLR train A police officer tries to remove the hand of protester Diana Warner, glued to a trainCredit:Dylan Martinez/Reuters 9:27AMFive arrests at Canary Wharf station Climate change activists held up banners on the roof of a DLR train at Canary Wharf stationCredit:AFP Extinction Rebellion protesters formed a road protest outside Goldman SachsCredit:Joe Newman A man takes part in a demonstration at the London stock exchange during an Extinction Rebellion protestCredit:Simon Dawson/Reuters 8:39AMProtesters being unglued from London Stock Exchange 9:53AMSquare Mile targeted by climate change protesters The disruption is expected to last for most of the dayCredit:Gavin Rodgers Activists climbed on top of a train at Canary Wharf stationCredit:Jack Hardy Officers from the British Transport Police say they are responding to the demonstration at Canary Wharf.The force said specialist units had been deployed to the scene and it was working to “remove the protesters”.The Docklands Light Railway said it was operating with “minor delays” because of the “customer incident” at Canary Wharf.In a statement, BTP said: “Shortly after 7.15am this morning (25/04) officers from British Transport Police were called to Canary Wharf station after a number of protesters had climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) service. “Specialist units trained in protester removal were immediately deployed and are now working to safely remove those obstructing the DLR service. There are no arrests at this time.  “Some DLR services may be disrupted while teams respond, please check with Transport for London before you travel.” A horn sounds bringing the @ExtinctionR Bank Junction blockade to a close. With demos at the @LSEplc and #CanaryWharf station to a standstill @itvnews— Tyrone Francis (@TJFrancisLive) April 25, 2019 We are currently responding to a protest incident at Canary Wharf station where a @LondonDLR service is being obstructed.Specialist units are on scene who are working to remove the protesters. Please check with @TfL for travel update.— British Transport Police (@BTP) April 25, 2019 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

Enda Kenny and 6 other Irish people are attending the World Economic

first_imgTHE ATTENDEES AT the World Economic Forum will hear all about Ireland’s good points today from the Taoiseach – and six others.Enda Kenny is journeying to Davos in Switzerland for the WEF, where he intends on promoting Ireland as an excellent place to invest.Alongside the Taoiseach will be six other people, including Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin; Minister for Finance Michael Noonan; Denis O’Brien, Digicel Group chairman; and Mary Robinson, former President.According to the New York Times, the cost of membership and a ticket to the WEF is in the region of more than €52,000 (€70,000), and some powerful people have chosen not to attend because it has “not had much impact”.This will be the Taoiseach’s third visit to the WEF and the first since Ireland successfully exited the bailout programme.He is expected to take part in a busy schedule of meetings, panel discussions and workshop events. His office said that while there, “the Taoiseach will focus on the continued promotion of Ireland as a top-class destination for international business and investment”.Kenny is due to meet individually with leaders of several major multinational firms, where he will speak to them about how “a pro-business, world-class R&D environment and well-educated workforce set Ireland apart”, as well as the fact “our young and well-educated flexible workforce [are] key elements that make Ireland an excellent place to invest”.He will also participate in a number of WEF events, one of which will include President Jose Manuel Barroso as well as the Prime Minister of Sweden, Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance and the President and CEO of Siemens.He is expected to meet Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, United States Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Citigroup’s James Cowell during the event.On Thursday evening, the Taoiseach and Minister Noonan will participate in an IDA-hosted event for senior executives of major international companies.Minister Noonan said: “I will be meeting senior executives of major international companies and key policy makers. I will be updating them on developments in Ireland and discussing the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.”They are also expected to meet Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, and Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Minister for Finance of Switzerland while there.Read: Pretty much everyone in Davos thinks the economic crisis is over>last_img read more

Man dies when car he is driving collides with bus in Cork

first_img Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 7:58 AM 19,754 Views Man dies when car he is driving collides with bus in Cork The bus driver was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 2 Comments File photo of N72 near Mallow Jan 29th 2017, 7:58 AM Share Tweet Email center_img A MAN IN his 20s has died after the car he was driving collided with a bus in Co Cork.The incident happened at 6.15pm yesterday evening on the Mallow to Killarney Road (N72), approximately 4km from Mallow.The man was the only occupant in the car.The male bus driver was taken to Cork University Hospital where his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The local coroner has been notified.The stretch of road was closed to facilitate a garda forensic collision examination and local diversions were in place.Investigating gardaí have appealed for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Setback for Trump as US judge stops deportations under refugee ban Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo of N72 near Mallow Image: Google Maps By Órla Ryan Image: Google Mapslast_img read more

Google Buzz le réseau social intégré à Gmail

first_imgGoogle Buzz : le réseau social intégré à GmailGoogle Buzz est la nouvelle plate-forme de réseau social développée par Google. Ce service, associé à l’interface Google, sera bientôt relié au compte Gmail des internautes.Le géant Google ne compte pas se laisser dépasser par Facebook et Twitter : en créant son propre réseau social, il espère rester leader de la Toile en nombre de pages visitées. Les caractéristiques de Buzz ne sont pas si différentes de celles déjà proposées sur Internet. Comme les autres réseaux sociaux, Buzz permet à ses utilisateurs de partager des fichiers et des informations personnelles : rendre publics des statuts, des actualités, échanger des photos et des vidéos, ou mettre en ligne des liens divers. Seule révolution, et c’est bien là que Buzz se distingue de ses concurrents : Google propose aux membres du service de choisir le mode de partage des publications. Un mode qui permet, au cas par cas, de différencier les échanges publics et les échanges privés. À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinDe plus, Buzz est rattaché à la messagerie électronique Google, Gmail : avantage concurrentiel car ce réseau est directement relié cette l’interface. Le répertoire de contacts de Buzz sera constitué d’une part, à partir de la base de données courriels des utilisateurs, et d’autre part, via leur messagerie instantanée.Disponible dès à présent, le service sera opérationnel d’ici quelques semaines sur les mobiles, en combinant ainsi messagerie instantanée, plate-forme Internet et réseau social.Découvrir une vidéo de présentation de Google Buzz : 10 février 2010 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Library outshines itself with LEED Gold

first_imgo More than 90 percent of the library space has natural daylight.o Hands-free, low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce water usage by more than 41 percent.A library is all about using materials over and over and over again. That’s not enough to qualify as an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly facility, however.When Vancouver’s downtown library was recognized as a green building project, it was a result of design decisions and construction choices.Regional library officials announced Friday that the new flagship branch has been awarded LEED Gold certification.The Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., actually overachieved in its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ambitions, its architect said.“We set a goal of LEED Silver,” said Adin Dunning, an architect with The Miller Hull Partnership. “As we were tracking everything, we were falling into LEED Gold as a result of good decisions on long-term sustainability, and maintenance and operational efficiency.”Platinum is the highest LEED designation.One of the library’s hallmark design elements was what Dunning called “a ton of daylight.”“We had an opportunity to use a lot of glass,” Dunning said by phone from his office in Seattle.There are trade-offs, he noted.“You get less insulation value, but you gain ‘daylighting,’” Dunning said. The project also benefitted from rapid advances in window design, he said.“Ten years ago, we couldn’t have built that building,” Dunning said. It became possible, he said, “because of evolving glass technology.”LEED standards, established by the U.S. Green Building Council, also emphasize conserving resources. More than 20 percent of the construction materials were recycled.“Composite wood products come from recycled material,” said consultant Ralph DiNola. “Steel has a highly recycled content. Carpeting can be made with recycled plastic, like milk bottles.”There also is an educational element built right into the library, and that can score LEED points. With so many young library users, “It’s a great tool for education,” said DiNola, a principal at the Portland office of Green Building Services.last_img read more

Elon Musks lawyers say SEC is making unconstitutional power grab

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better As part of his deal with the SEC, Musk has agreed to seek preapproval for tweets that could affect Tesla’s market prospects. Musk got no such approval for the Feb. 19 tweet, but the filing argued that the tweet was consistent with previously public information. “The tweet was simply Musk’s shorthand gloss on and entirely consistent with prior public disclosures detailing Tesla’s anticipated production volume,” the filing read. Back in February, the news of the SEC’s request caused Tesla’s shares to sink by as much as 4.6 percent in after-hours trading. As the court filing noted, Musk’s Feb. 19 tweet caused no “notable” movement.Musk’s problems with the SEC began last August, when he tweeted: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” That amounted to a false and misleading statement to investors and the public, according to the SEC. The ensuing legal battle led to the aforementioned agreement — as well as Musk stepping down as chairman of Tesla’s board and paying a $20 million fine. Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estimated to be about 400k.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2019 Post a comment Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim More From Roadshow Xinhua News Agency A tweet from Elon Musk has landed the Tesla CEO in hot water yet again.On Monday, Musk’s lawyers defended Musk in a 33-page court filing over the CEO’s Feb. 19 tweet claiming Tesla would manufacture 500,000 cars in 2019.An agreement struck last September between Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) forbade the CEO from using social media to divulge information material to investors. The SEC in late February moved to hold Musk in contempt of court for violating that agreement with his tweets about Tesla’s production estimates.”Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500k in 2019,” Musk tweeted. He clarified about 30 minutes later, “Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estimated to be about 400k.”In the Monday filing, Musk’s lawyers stated there’s “no basis to issue contempt sanctions against him” and calling it an “unconstitutional power grab.”The Feb. 19 tweet “did not contain information that could reasonably be considered material,” the filing argued.center_img Share your voice 0 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Tags Roadshow Tech Industrylast_img read more

German bank evinces interest to provide loan to ZBNF

first_imgAmaravati: The Germany-based Kreditanstalt Fur Wiederaufbau Bank evinced interest in investing zero-based natural farming in Andhra Pradesh. The representatives of the Bank met Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam at the Secretariat here on Thursday and discussed various issues with him. It may be recalled that the State government had prepared climate resilient programme as part of zero-based natural farming (ZBNF) at an estimate of Rs 2,479 crore to the Centre which in turn sanctioned it. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The Centre had also given permission to the State government to obtain loan from the German Bank. The Bank has now evinced interest to extend loan of Rs 1,735 crore and the rest of the Rs 744 crore will be borne by the state government. The Bank, the Centre and the State government are likely to sign the agreement in November regarding the loan. The German Bank is likely to release the loan amount in two phases—Rs 744 crore in the first instalment and Rs 900 crore in the second instalment.last_img read more

Allergan and Actavis Agree to 66 Billion Acquisition Deal Valeant Loses Hostile

first_imgAllergan Inc., the famous Botox-maker, announced on Monday that it has agreed to a $66 billion take-over bid from Actavis Plc, the global pharmaceutical firm, beating Valeant Pharmaceutical’s hostile efforts to acquire the wrinkle-treatment manufacturer.Money TermsUnder the terms of the deal, Actavis will pay $219 per share of Allergan and will fund the amount through a combination of cash and stock. Through the deal, the companies hope to create a combined synergy of $1.8 billion and also hope to double revenues generating more than $23 billion by 2015 and create free cash flow of more than $8 billion by 2016.”This acquisition creates the fastest growing and most dynamic pharmaceutical company in global healthcare, making us one of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies,” Brent Saunders, CEO and president of Actavis, said in a statement.”We will establish an unrivalled foundation for long-term growth, anchored by leading, world-class blockbuster franchises and a premier late-stage pipeline that will accelerate our commitment to build an exceptional, sustainable portfolio,” Saunders added.What’s in the DealThe deal will allow both companies to reach about 100 international markets and also expand their product lines while improving revenue and growth. The combined company is also committing to $1.7 billion R&D investments and will fuel 15 new projects to add to Actavis’ portfolio.”Today’s transaction provides Allergan stockholders with substantial and immediate value, as well as the opportunity to participate in the significant upside potential of the combined company,” David E. I. Pyott, chairman and CEO of Allergan, added in the statement.”We are combining with a partner that is ideally suited to realise the full potential inherent in our franchise. Together with Actavis, we are poised to extend the Allergan growth story as part of a larger organisation with a broad and balanced portfolio, a meaningful commitment to research and development, a strong pipeline and an unwavering focus on exceeding the expectations of patients and the medical specialists who treat them.”Valeant’s DefeatThe deal marks a huge defeat for Valeant Pharmaceuticals which was trying to pursue an acquisition for months with Allergan. After a few initial attempts, Valeant roped in hedge fund expert Bill Ackman to help seal the deal. Valeant raised its offer price, even went hostile with the bid approaching shareholders, but in vain.The Valeant-Allergan battle was deemed one of the most complicated acquisition-bid of the corporate world.The Actavis deal is a classic example of how force doesn’t work all the time. According to Reuters, Actavis approached Allergan only a week or two ago when the Botox-maker was still dueling off Valeant’s unruly ways in court. By taking a friendlier approach, Actavis emerged victorious.The Actavis-Allergan deal is expected to close by the second quarter of 2015. The merged company will be headed by Saunders while all employees of Allergan will be absorbed. Two members from the Allergan board will join the Actavis board and the integration of the two companies will be led by the senior management of both teams.The new company will operate from California. Shares of Allergan are up 5.31% while that of Actavis is up 1.71%.last_img read more

Watch Government Shutdown Temporarily Ends Amid Protests In Downtown Houston

first_img Share President Trump announced Friday a temporary end to the government shutdown, which means federal workers in Houston will soon receive back pay. But the relief couldn’t come soon enough, as federal workers missed their second paycheck on Friday. Many have had to dip into savings, use food pantries and borrow money to survive the government shutdown. “I had to take out a loan just to pay my bills,” said NASA management analyst Vanessa Jordan. Hours before Trump’s announcement, Jordan joined dozens of protesters and furloughed workers to rally against the shutdown at Senator Ted Cruz’s office in downtown Houston.“I don’t want to lose my house. I have a mortgage to pay,” she said. “Imagine what our Christmas was like being furloughed just days before Christmas?”– / 2Furloughed Johnson Space Center project manager Creig Rhodes also protested the shutdown. “Right now I’m tapping into my savings which will probably run out in a couple weeks,” Rhodes said. The government shutdown is the longest in the history of the United States, reaching day 35 on Friday.last_img read more

Colins Super Bowl LII Betting Preview Podcast

first_imgColin and RJ Bell sit down to look at the Super Bowl LII matchup between the Eagles and Patriots and where the Vegas wiseguys are coming down on the most bet sporting event of the year.Colin and RJ preview the game; Super Bowl betting trends; which team the public is on; playing the moneyline or the spread; and the best prop bets on the board.Spread:Eagles at Patriots (-4.5)last_img