New York: Serena Williams nearly crashed out of the rain-hit US Open on Wednesday while top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic battled through shoulder pain and Roger Federer advanced despite a weak start.US eighth seed Serena Williams, seeking her 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, got a scare before ousting 17-year-old US wildcard Caty McNally 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. McNally, who hadn’t been born when Williams won her first Slam at the 1999 US Open, threatened a struggling Williams from the start before the six-time US Open champion won nine of the last 11 games to escape under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I survived tonight. I’m not too pleased with the way I played at all,” Williams said.”‘Serena, you made way too many errors today. What were you thinking?’ But I’m alive. I’m happy. I’ll do better next time. I promise.”Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero. “It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.”Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner who last won the US Open in 2008, rallied to beat 99th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, who also dropped the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his opener, answered the wake-up call despite 17 first-set unforced errors.”It’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there are that many errors and the energy is not kind of there,” Federer said. “But can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.”I clearly have to play better from the get-go.”What the year’s final Grand Slam event lacked in quantity, with 22 singles matches postponed by showers, it overcame with quality in amazing matches that challenged three of the greatest stars in tennis history.One point from surrendering a break into a tie-breaker, McNally won six of the final seven points, the last on a service winner, to capture the first set. Both players made 15 unforced errors.”I couldn’t play too much worse at that point,” Williams said. “I was making so many errors off my forehand. I knew I could play better.”Nishikori, Barty win Williams broke on a forehand winner in the sixth game of the second set and, after being denied on four set points on McNally’s serve, hit a backhand volley winner to force a third set.Williams opened the third set with a break on the way to a 4-0 edge and cruised home from there.”She really came out and played really well,” Williams said. “She showed no fear.”Djokovic’s injury casts grave doubts on his bid to be the first US Open repeat winner since Federer won from 2004-2008, admitting he wondered if he would even get through the first set.”This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots.”It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.”Five-time US Open winner Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month’s epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end.”I buckled down and told myself I was going to hang tough and not get broken,” Federer said. “That made a big difference.” Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, beat 108th-ranked American Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2).Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Grand Slam title, ousted 202nd-ranked Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4. Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1. Ashleigh BartyKei NishikoriNovak DjokovicRoger Federer First Published: August 29, 2019, 12:03 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Chandigarh, Oct 8 (PTI) Panjab University Chandigarh will set up a Chair in honour of hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior. Panjab University Syndicate, which met here today, approved to recommend the setting up of the Chair in honour of the 92-year-old Olympian at the Department of Sports and Physical Education at PU. PU Vice Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover presided over the Syndicate meeting. Balbir Senior, on his part, said he was humbled by this rare honour bestowed upon him. “I am humbled by this rare honour bestowed upon me by the Panjab University. I thank the almighty that I was able to contribute towards the honour of our tricolour,” he said. “I hope story of my life inspires future generations, to achieve laurels for our country,” he added. Balbir Sr. was a member of Indias three Olympic gold medal winning teams in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956 as captain). Besides being a player par excellence, Balbir Sr. was the manager and chief coach of the Indian team for the 1975 World Cup, which India won, and the 1971 World Cup (in which India settled for a bronze medal). During the London Olympics in 2012, he was felicitated as one of the worlds 16 iconic Olympians. PTI SUN PDS PDS
India’s singles campaign in French Open came to a screeching halt as the country’s top three shuttlers crashed out of the tournament on the same day, one by one. Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are now the only Indians in the tournament in Paris.Satwik and Chirag completely outplayed their senior compatriots Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy 21-17, 21-11 in just 31 minutes to march into the semi-finals of the tournament on a day that was largely disappointing for India with Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu being shown the door.This is a first French Open semi-final for the young duo of Satwik and Chirag, who have been showing a consistent progress on the circuit in the past year or so.Earlier in the year, Satwik and Chirag also won a historic silver medal in men’s doubles at the Commonwealth Games to stamp their class on the badminton circuit.Even as the young duo have made it remarkably into the semi-finals, they have an uphill task ahead as they face world No.1 and Denmark Open winners last week Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia.Young doubles duo, @satwiksairaj & @Shettychirag04 outplay compatriot @AtriManu & @buss_reddy 21-17;21-11 to storm into the semis of #FrenchOpenSuper750.This will be te first time a doubles pair has reached the semis.Well done boys! Give your best. #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/4Q0aZnj6wbBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 26, 2018Satwik-Chriag have met Gideon-Sukamuljo twice this year in the Asian Games 2018 for Team event and Indonesia Open 2018 early in the year. While Satwik-Chirag lost in straight games in Indonesia, they managed to take the world No.1 pair to three games in the Asian Games before losing out in a close encounter in 48 minutes.advertisementSINDHU, SRIKANTH OUTIn a strange singles day for India, all the Indians in contention proved to be no match for their opponents as Saina, Sindhu and Srikanth all lost to their opponents in straight games in Paris.Saina’s was the first Indian singles match of the day, where she went down to world No.1 and Denmark Open winner Tai Tzu Ying 20-22, 11-21 to bow out of the tournament.YONEX FRENCH OPEN 2018 | Badminton MS – QF – Highlights #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton pic.twitter.com/Dl1OjMt95IBWF (@bwfmedia) October 26, 2018Next up was Kidambi Srikanth against Kento Momota, who is currently ranked No.1 in the world and won the Denmark Open last week. Srikanth failed to stretch Momota and went down 16-21, 19-21 in 52 minutes.Srikanth initially had the lead in both games as Momota looked like settling into the match. However, once Momota got into his own, Srikanth simply found it difficult to counter him and find answers.Momota comfortable took the first game even as the second game was more of a battle.Srikanth once again was in the lead at the start of the game but Momota display his array of strokes and stormed right back in the game to level at 7-7 and then absolutely raced ahead, leaving Srikanth gasping for break, trying to figure out where he was going wrong.Srikanth was at the brink of defeated trailing 10-17. However, Srikanth suddenly found his touch, patient play and attacking accuracy while Momota began to make errors as a run of nine straight points saw Srikanth take a 19-17 lead.Right when it looked like Srikanth might take the match to the decider, he made two sloppy errors to let Momota level again at 19-19 and Momota then took the match away with an absolutely brilliant defensive stroke to cap his performance.PV Sindhu was the last player to take the court on Friday and simply failed to gain any ground against China’s He Bingjiao and went down meekly 13-21, 16-21 in just 40 minutes.YONEX FRENCH OPEN 2018 | Badminton WS – QF – Highlights #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton pic.twitter.com/W7q8AYQRYNBWF (@bwfmedia) October 26, 2018Bingjiao put on display her repertoire of deceptive strokes and instinctive play and Sindhu simply struggled to find her footing against the deception that the Chinese put behind the shuttle.Even though Sindhu did manage to show some delightful attacking badminton every now and then, Bingjiao largely controlled the match and that showed on the scoreline.With the loss, Sindhu has now lost her second straight match to Bingjiao and trails 5-7 in their overall head-to-head record. They earlier met in the Indonesia Open this year, where Sindhu lost in straight games as well.advertisement
Manchester United RB Leipzig features Chelsea Share on Messenger Read more You will notice, going back to the list of players Real Madrid are keen on, that there is nary a mention of Alexis Sánchez. That is perhaps because the Chilean has decided that Manchester City will be his next destination, no matter who else comes in for him, according to the Mirror. City fans may consider this encouraging, but would do well to remember that Sánchez originally joined Arsenal because “I thought they were the perfect club for me, the perfect club to win titles and compete in every competition”, since when they have indeed won titles and competed, but only in the FA Cup. His success-predicting skills therefore appear a little wobbly.RB Leipzig hope to shut down talk of Timo Werner’s departure by tying him to a new contract, a move their chairman, Oliver Mintzlaff, admits “is certainly a priority”. Perhaps it’s just as well, as the player’s mind is certainly straying – so far this week he has told one interviewer that though “I do not think what is ahead in one, two or three years,” he does “of course want to play at a big club”. On that occasion he went as far as listing the big clubs he might want to play at: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético or any of England’s top six. Then after RB Leipzig’s draw with Monaco on Wednesday, he admitted that “of course it is a pleasure to read that Real Madrid are interested” and that “it would be a mistake to say that I am not interested” but that “I’m not thinking about Real Madrid or any other big club, just RB Leipzig”.Talking of big-name signings from Germany, Manchester United are preparing to have another go at signing Thomas Müller next summer, according to the Sun. An attempt to sign the player two years ago came to nothing but, the paper writes, “sources close to Bayern say Müller accepts he may now need a new challenge”. In other German player news, Benedikt Höwedes’ agent has revealed that Arsenal were among the clubs that tried to get his man in the summer – along with Roma and Leicester – before the 29-year-old defender opted to join Juventus from Schalke instead. And in other Italy-based defender news, Liverpool want Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij to sort out their rickety backline. Back in Germany, André Breitenreiter, manager of Bundesliga side Hannover 96, has his eye on a surprise deal – for Robbie Williams, who back in July played a concert at the team’s HDI Arena and was so impressive the club’s scouts think they should let him entertain them on a regular basis – with boots on and with a ball at his feet. “We’ve got a space going up front. Robbie Williams can definitely pop by and join in a training session with the boys. Let’s see what he can do,” Breitenreiter said, after Williams enthused that Hannover had become “my favourite place in Germany” and was so bowled over by the city that “I want to start supporting their football team”. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Real Madrid Hannover According to Don Balón, Zinedine Zidane has his greedy eye on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who could be part of a wide-scale rebuilding project at the end of this season if it looks like Real Madrid’s current squad – and in particular their “BBC” attacking trident – are on a downward slope. David de Gea (inevitably), Paulo Dybala and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also mentioned, with the newspaper suggesting that “if Real’s performance is sub-optimal over this campaign, after two quiet transfer windows we could see a very busy summer in 2018”, adding that Zidane has given the current side until Christmas to impress him, after which he will begin serious planning for next season.There is news, though, about David de Gea’s immediate future. In April his £3.85m home was put up for sale (not by De Gea himself, mind – he was only renting) sparking rumours that he was about to leave Manchester for Madrid. Then in June, after the sale of the property was completed and just in time for the transfer window, he moved out. Now, three weeks after that window ended without an outbound transfer, he has moved into a new place just 500 yards from the first, a development the Sun has interpreted as “hinting at a long-term Manchester United stay”. Topics Eden Hazard Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Premier League transfer window to close early – but will rest of Europe follow suit? Share on LinkedIn Transfer window Share on WhatsApp Rumour mill Reuse this content
The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Editors’ Recommendations 1. Voormi 2. Voormi We Found the Best Merino Wool Socks After One Year of Testing Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Winter is upon us. For those of us that worship at the altar of the Snow Gods, this in-between seasons time is one of anticipation as we carefully watch weather forecasts, tune skis, and update gear. Every snow flurry brings hope that opening day at our favorite ski resorts will be that much closer. This year, we’ve carefully researched the best gear, found new trends in the industry, and discovered what will become favorite innovations. Stay tuned as we unroll our Ski Season Preview.It’s no secret that merino wool is a wonder fabric. From moisture wicking technical baselayers to wool based fleece and puffy jackets, the outdoor industry has a well deserved love affair with merino. However, one small Colorado brand’s model of locally sourced wool, jobs in the mountain towns, and new waterproof technology is poised to upend the outerwear market.Related: AMOS: Hand Crafted Goods | Woolrich Niner BootsVoormi got their start sourcing wool and sewing garments in a tiny shop in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Surrounded by more than a million acres of National Forest, they made local jobs and serious mountain inspired design a core foundation from the very beginning. Their early baselayers and hoodie designs show off that backcountry aesthetic, but it is the new Core Construction concept that has got us convinced that Voormi is the the future of wool.Voormi’s Core Construction model relies on knitting a single layer of wool around a waterproof core membrane rather than the typical laminated two and three layer market standard. This means that rather than relying on slow vapor transfer through a polyurethane or teflon membrane and bonded face fabric, your wool jacket can provide ultimate breathability like a soft hoodie, but water resistance of a serious soft or hardshell. Right now there are a few products in development for the season, but the one we are most excited to look at is the AN/FO 3.0. Before, a wool jacket and trousers would have been the realm of mid-twentieth century skiers, Voormi’s new technology could return natural fibers to the forefront of fashion and function in the outdoor world. Combined with their sustainable business model and USA sourced materials, We won’t be surprised to see them start to take over the very competitive wool market overnight. The Best American Liqueur
Dirty hands are the badge of honor a man wears after a hard day’s work. Or after he spills something gross all over himself. Or after stumbling comically into a puddle of mud after the movie’s dashing protagonist bests him in some sporting contest.Whether he has spent a long day hiking through the wilderness, tuning up a motorcycle, planting a garden, or renovating the garage, at times a man’s hands become deeply soiled, dirtied in that way that no mere thirty second scrub session is going to alleviate. You know this type of dirty hand: it’s that grease and grime that seems to seep down into the pores: you wash with regular hand soap and yet your flesh is still blackish-gray. Wash again and still the pattern of your fingerprints stands out against that grime bonded to your skin; try as you might, you can’t quite wash away that vague unclean feeling from your soul — er, wait — hands. Your hands, that’s what we’re talking about.If your manly hands are mighty dirty and regular soap and water just aren’t working, it’s time you tried some special cleaning tactics customized to the mess at hand, as it were. Put aside that bottle of Softsoap and bar of Dove, sir, and reach instead for these rugged and ready hand cleaning solutions.How To Clean Greasy HandsPour Some Sugar On Me. Meaning You.Whether it’s engine grease from servicing your vehicle’s… engine… or that gross goo that comes off a bicycle’s chain and gears, if you have a case of The Grease Hands, you’re probably not going to get properly clean using hand soap alone. But guess what cuts through grease? Give me some sugar, baby. Ideally you can use a paste made from a tablespoon of a rough, crystalized sugar mixed with some water, but really any sugar will do. Rub that sweet paste all over your manly claws, then wash as usual. Repeat as necessary, but often a single sugar scrub will help break up and lift off the grease.How To Get Spicy Residue Off HandsTwo words: Alcohol. Alcohol.So you just spent a half hour chopping up spicy habanero peppers? Excellent, a fine spicy dinner awaits. Now… don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or other people for an hour or two and you’ll be all set! Washing your hands with regular soap and water often fails to remove the spicy capsaicin that tastes great but will burn the hell out of your eyes with even a bit of contact. Fortunately alcohol rinses away capsaicin quite well. Concentrated isopropyl alcohol (AKA rubbing alcohol — do not drink) works best, but many hand sanitizes can also help remove the spicy stuff. And if you must, go ahead and rinse your hands with a shot of gin or vodka. Whatever you use, follow it up with a normal hand washing.Mud and Dirt and GritDetergent FTW.If your hands are just generally rather dirty, but not soiled with some specific compound (like oil or grass), then forget about the hand soap and turn to dish soap instead. While using dish soap on your hands as a routine matter will leave them dried-out, crusty, and hobbit-like, detergent is more than suitable for occasional use on the hands and forearms–and it cuts through caked on messes much more reliably than standard hand soaps. Do consider using a moisturizer if you use detergent on your hands regularly. Even a man needs his hands to be hydrated, dammit.How To Clean Grass Stains Off Your HandsBaking Soda and Vinegar: Beyond the Volcano.If your hands are stained a manly shade of green after a long day of mowing, edging, and otherwise perfecting your lawn (well done, man), then you need to combat the chlorophyl stains using science. Mix about a teaspoon of baking soda with about two ounces (a hearty shot’s worth) of vinegar, and then stand back! There will be (some) foam! For indeed this is much the same mixture used to make those totally awesome foaming volcanoes you made back in grade school. Rub the foul-smelling mixture all over your man hands, scrub, then wash with regular soap.The All-Purpose Approach to Cleaning Manly Hands Just Use the Right Manly Soap.That’s Duke Cannon Heavy Duty Hand Soap to be clear! This massive bar of soap is three times the size of a standard bar, and is designed to cut through grease, grit, and grime all at once. It is packed full of pumice, which helps to physically grind away built up hand gunk. Modeled after a soap originally designed for America’s GIs fighting in Korea and later in Vietnam (really), this soap is ready for pretty much any mess your hands get into. You probably don’t want to use it every time you wash your hands, as eventually you will be washing bone, but it’s a great soap to have around for clean up after those extra dirty days.If all else fails, turn to the old tried-and-true: Lava Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner. Editors’ Recommendations Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine? Here’s How to Help with This Year’s Harvest How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy 5 Survival Knives That Could Save Your Life
Even more interesting is how the car was designed.In 1966, Aston Martin went to Touring of Milan and commissioned the famous design house to pen the exterior and interior of what would be the forthcoming DBS Superleggera. And though Touring did indeed produce two prototypes, before Aston Martin could sign off on a finished design, Touring went out of business. This left Aston Martin without a complete design. In the end, Aston Martin brought in designer William Towns — who would later father the Aston Martin Lagonda — to finish the project and see the DBS brought to market.Since that first DBS in 1967, Aston Martin has only revived the nameplate once. In 2007, using the underpinnings of the DB9, Aston re-introduced the world to the DBS nameplate and produced the super grand tourer until 2012, when the company introduced the latest Vanquish.The new DBS Superleggera is now available to order with a price tag of $304,995 here in the U.S.; deliveries are set to begin at the end of this year. Now, Aston Martin, when can I drive it? Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy 1 of 23 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The expertly sculpted body panels, which pays homage to Aston Martin’s long history with the Italian coachbuilder Touring, is composed of lightweight carbon fiber and a look that elevates the marquee’s stunning new design language first shown on the DB11. But style isn’t everything when you have a grand tourer capable of 200-plus mph. You also need aerodynamics, and the DBS Superleggera has that in spades.According to Aston Martin, the DBS Superleggera features the next evolution of the aerodynamics package first seen on the DB11, including evolved versions of the curlicue around the front wheels and the rear’s Aeroblade. The new super grand tourer also receives a Formula 1-inspired double-diffuser at the back. In total, the DBS Superleggera can generate up to 397 lbs of downforce at VMax, which is the highest figure ever recorded for a production Aston Martin. We’ll likely see a much higher metric once the Valkryie hits the road next year. Previous 1 of 5 1. The original DBS Superleggera. 2. The return of the DBS nameplate in 2007. Inside the cabin are all the accouterments you’d expect from a flagship super grand tourer and customers are encouraged to personalize their DBS Superleggera to their heart’s content. Choices between leather and Alcantara, steering wheel design, sport seats, two new forged alloy wheel designs, and if selected, any color you’d like with the help of Aston Martin’s design team.Speaking ahead of the DBS Superleggera’s launch, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer said, “DBS Superleggera not only marks the return of a great Aston Martin name, but signals our return to the very pinnacle of the Super GT sector. Handsome beyond measure, its lightweight carbon composite and aluminum body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma. Thanks to the remarkable torque available from its twin-turbo V12, the DBS Superleggera also packs a breath-taking punch, yet its dynamics have been carefully honed to engage drivers of all ability levels. Immaculately styled, obsessively engineered, and outrageously potent, the new DBS Superleggera is every inch the Aston Martin flagship.”The Aston Martin DBS was first introduced in 1967 and was intended to be the successor to the firm’s DB6, albeit with more grand touring aspirations. However, the two were produced concurrently for three years. Previous Next The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Next When I replied, “715 horsepower! My word,” to one of Aston Martin’s spokespeople after the DBS Superleggera was unveiled, he replied, “Not slow.” Indeed, it is not, and as for the rest of the package, well, just look at it. It is perhaps, and I may be getting ahead of myself, the best grand touring machine ever built.First, let’s talk a little more about that master’s class of an engine. The twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 is the same engine as in the DB11, though it’s been thoroughly retuned to produce the aforementioned 715 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of tire-immolating torque. All of which is available at just 1,800 rpm. Sixty mph is handled in just 3.4 seconds and 100 mph in just three seconds after. Top speed has been pegged at 211 mph.Getting that power and torque to the ground, however, required a quite extensive evolution of Aston Martin’s aluminum bonded chassis that’s also in the DB11. The DBS Superleggera receives forged double wishbone suspension at the front and a new multi-link system at the back of the car. It also features the next iteration of the firm’s adaptive damping technology to ensure that through each setting — GT, Sport, and Sport Plus — the DBS Superleggera can switch between its Dr. Jekyll grand touring persona to the Mr. Hyde hellion that’s capable of putting all 715 horses to the road. 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Regional energy security is among the many issues to be discussed at the second meeting of the Ministers of Energy of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on October 24 and 25.The two-day meeting is scheduled to take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay, St. James. Jamaica is the first English-speaking country chosen to host the meeting.“It’s an indication of the leadership that the country has displayed on matters relating to energy from the formulation of an energy policy a number of years ago to very specific initiatives,” State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, told JIS News in an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Issues and Answers’ programme, on October 10.The State Minister pointed out that the Government has set a target “of having 20 per cent of our energy generated by renewals by the year 2030.”Additionally, he said the administration has embarked on a major energy efficient programme within the public sector, which should result in a 30 per cent cost saving over a three-year period. He also cited the just concluded selection of companies by the Office of Utilities Regulation to generate some 115 megawatts of electricity. “We are trying to replace our old generating plants,” he said.Mr. Robinson said that Jamaica and other Caribbean countries face common challenges in finding cheaper ways to produce energy.“We are heavily indebted countries. We spend significant amounts of money importing oil,” he pointed out, noting that Jamaica spent some US$2.25 billion importing oil last year, which accounted for 15 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.The Sate Minister said the meeting is an opportunity for energy ministers of the Caribbean and Latin American community to “put the energy issues on the table,” and to explore how they can capitalise and utilise the resources that are in the region.“We are very proud as a country to have been selected to host the meeting and we will continue to demonstrate our own leadership in driving an agenda, which ensures that the region is less dependent on oil and that we can find cheaper ways of driving our economies,” he said. Story Highlights Jamaica is the first English-speaking country chosen to host the meeting. The State Minister pointed out that the Government has set a target “of having 20 per cent of our energy generated by renewals by the year 2030.” Mr. Robinson said that Jamaica and other Caribbean countries face common challenges in finding cheaper ways to produce energy.
Join Wendy and Baby Hope Diamond for Animalfair.com’s 12th Annual Howloween Pet Costume Benefit benefiting the Lucky Diamond Critical Care Ward at the Humane Society of New York.AnimalFair.com HowloweenTheir celebrity judges include Law and Order SVU’s Richard Belzer, Real Housewives of New York’s Countess LuAnn, HGTV’s Dina Manzo, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and more surprise judges! Winner of the evening will win a $500 Doggy Bag of wonderful products!Dress up your dog to raise a paw (and money) for homeless animals! Get your dog’s paws pumped in the air as Snookie Schnauzer, or address the country as Mutt Romney or Bark Obama, Lady Doga or Katy Purry (yes cats can attend!) can belt out a bark and celebrate Howloween!Proceeds from this event will benefit the Lucky Diamond Critical Care Ward at the Humane Society of New York. For over one hundred years (that’s 700 in dog years!), The Humane Society of New York has helped injured, sick, and homeless animals in need through medical attention and adoption centers. The Humane Society’s veterinary hospital provides quality care, as well as spay/neuter services, to pet owners with limited resources. Its hospital and no-kill adoption center help more than 300,000 animals every year.You can purchase tickets or enter the photo contest for a chance to have your pet co-host the benefit and win free admission! See you and your pets there! The space is limited for the actual benefit so please buy your tickets in advance – No Tickets will be sold at the door! More info can be found here.WHEN: October 29th, 2012WHERE: AMNESIA NYC 609 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001TIME: 7:00-9:00PMATTIRE: Halloween Costumes for both two and four legged!TICKETS: $100 General Admission. Reserved tables $5,000.
CALGARY, A.B. – Pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. reports better-than-expected second-quarter earnings of $1.07 billion, as it worked to sell a number of non-core assets to help eliminate debt.The Calgary-based company’s profit amounted to 63 cents per share and compared with $919 million, or 56 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017. Both quarters included the impact of a number of unusual items.Adjusted earnings came in at 65 cents per share, up from 41 cents in the year-earlier period and beating analysts expectations for 53 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. During the quarter, the company announced agreements to sell $7.5 billion worth of non-core assets, significantly above its original $3 billion target.Enbridge said in May it would gain nearly $3.2 billion by selling renewable power facilities and natural gas gathering and processing assets in the United States.It also received positive news on its Line 3 replacement project, with a Minnesota regulator approving its plan.The company says it is on track to achieve its 2018 guidance and expects about $7 billion worth of new projects to be introduced over the course of 2018, the majority of which will come online in the second half of the year.
China’s technical hold allowed it the time to “examine” the proposal forwarded by the US, UK, and France to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. But of course, the technical hold also allowed China to reassess its undying commitment towards Pakistan and its global position as the core member of UNSC. In fact, China’s nod after a long opposition to listing Azhar is not mere compliance but a move for the greater good. There are not one but several factors that outline China’s assent trumping its own decade-long dissent. Pakistan’s long drawn support for terrorist outfits has attracted uncomfortable attention which is detrimental for its “iron brother” China. The mounting global pressure has, in a way, made China lift the technical hold allowing the UN to blacklist Azhar. Having supported Pakistan all along, being globally isolated due to it was too much of a risk and hence, agreeing to the UNSC 1267 Committee has been a clever move from China. This prevents China’s international credibility of combating terrorism from deteriorating. With its own problem of Islamic terrorism in Sinkiang coupled with JeM attacks on its workers and its consulate in Karachi last year, China’s reassessment clearly asserts a need to bring down Pakistan’s excessive utilisation of terrorists as strategic assets. And, with its flagship Belt and Road Initiative running right across the heart of Islamic terror stronghold (PoK), China’s attention is understandably aligned in securing its multi-billion dollar investment project. It certainly does not want Pakistan-sponsored terrorism to inflict any kind of damage on its infrastructural and economic strides in the region. Lastly, if China was considerate enough, its decision also removes the thorn which has abstained New Delhi and Beijing from progressively cooperating. China’s assent means a lot to India now since it did not nod even after developments in Wuhan. It also opens up an opportunity for both nations to sit down and discuss prospects of counterterrorism. If the stars are aligned perfectly, a combine of China and India against terrorism would be a lethal crackdown on terrorism in the area. But this development, judging by the recent past, remains a far cry. For all we know, China’s decision hardly has India in the fray. It may be more concerned over the strengthened relations of India with the West; Indian efforts to enlist Azhar has definitely played a part in mobilising key western countries such as UK, US, France, and even the Gulf countries to support us in the issue of terrorism at large. Risk-assessment, therefore, has saved China from attracting heightened criticism regarding Chinese support towards terrorism. Also Read – A compounding difficultyListing Azhar has been a victory indeed but countering terrorism, and especially cross-border terrorism via Pakistan-sponsored terror outfits remains paramount. Yesterday, Pakistan’s compliance was directed through its foreign ministry which stated that “the Federal Government is pleased to order that the Resolution 2368 (2017) be fully implemented”. Pakistan’s compliance is under strict vigil from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) which has given a long list of action points to it. And, failure to comply is a grave risk since Pakistan would then be globally more isolated on the financial front. And, that would not augur well for Pakistan given its precarious financial situation. With China being forced to draw an arm’s distance from Pakistan, Pakistan has to act. Pressure from the international community should enforce Pakistan to act against Azhar to the extent of prosecuting it for the acts of terror and completely incapacitating JeM. But a single instance of compliance by Pakistan in the crackdown on Azhar and JeM is not enough. Pakistan may revert to its primary tactic of deploying proxy outfits which is repugnant and therefore, it is necessary that sustained international pressure is maintained on it to yield a positive shift on the terror issue. Listing Azhar is the first of crucial decisions that are required to be taken to counter the growing terrorism in South Asia.
24 March 2007Iraq, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine and the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region were discussed during talks today in Cairo between President Hosni Mubarak and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the Egyptian leader is a key partner in dealing with these hotspots. “I count on the counsel President Mubarak and the support of Egypt to address all the problems in this region,” Mr. Ban said at a press encounter with Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit after the meeting.The Secretary-General observed that “In Lebanon, political instability threatens to undermine Security Council resolution 1701, which brought to an end to last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hizbollah,” adding that he and President Mubarak had agreed to work together to solve the issues involved.Concerning the formation of the Palestinian National Unity Government, the Secretary-General said, “We agreed that it is necessary for the international community to encourage this ongoing peace process” and added that he looks forward to meeting with Israeli, Palestinian and other leaders in the region.“On Iraq, the President and I agreed on the gravity of the situation in that country and the need to resolve internal disputes while encouraging the constructive engagement of all neighbours,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General placed particular emphasis on the discussions concerning Darfur, where the UN has been trying to deploy a hybrid force with the African Union. “I expect that President Mubarak and other leaders in the region will take the time and look at this issue more seriously to help the efforts of the Untied Nations and the African Union to address this issue as soon as possible,” the Secretary-General said.“I explained to him that while the issue was mainly dealt with between the United Nations and the African Union, at this time, Arab Leaders should also try to help.”Mr. Ban also met with Amr Moussa, the Secretary-General the League of Arab States. “We have had good discussions, very comprehensively on major issues,” he told the press following their meeting. “I am counting upon his continued support and cooperation as we work together towards building a more prosperous and secured peace in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world.”Asked about the UN’s role in Iraq, Mr. Ban, who travelled to Egypt from Baghdad, said while there he was “able to experience in person all the ongoing violence and security concerns.” A mortar attack took place an open field about 100 metres from the compound where Mr. Ban and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki were holding a joint press conference on Thursday.“The United Nations has been participating and contributing during the last four years in many aspects including political facilitation and social and economic reconstruction efforts, as well as humanitarian assistance and this will be continued by the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said.“But as you may agree, the situation on the ground has largely constrained the activities of the United Nations,” he added, pledging to “consider in what way, and what kind of contributions, and how we can increase our presence there to help the Iraqi people to be able to enjoy and recover their security – politically and socially and also enjoy genuine freedom and democracy.”
This is a defining week for many fantasy football teams, especially in leagues where it’s the last week of the regular season.There is little margin for error at this point, although fantasy owners with their backs against the wall should be open to high-risk, high-reward shots in their lineups.There are a handful of games (Rams-Lions, Chargers-Steelers, Redskins-Eagles) that could turn into free-for-alls, but there aren’t any locks for explosive fantasy numbers across the board. In fact, there are several games (Bears-Giants, Browns-Texans, Jets-Titans) that could temper scoring.START: Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions: Golladay has been targeted 36 times in the last three games. The Rams have given up 25 touchdown passes and are 29th in average yards allowed per catch (12.3), numbers that play right into the hands of Matthew Stafford in what could be a high-scoring affair. Golladay is a solid WR2 who should put up WR1-calibre totals.SIT: Eli Manning, QB, Giants: Facing a Bears defence that leads the league with 20 interceptions doesn’t play well for Manning despite his six touchdown passes over his last three games. Chicago is also sixth in the league with 34 sacks, which will greatly reduce the time Manning will have to throw. A poor game from Manning will have a ripple effect that will also impact Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, so owners of those players have serious risk of a letdown.START: Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings: He’s attempted at least 38 passes in four of his last five games and can make it five of six as he takes on a suspect Patriots defence that is 25th in fantasy points per game allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Cousins has thrown at least two touchdowns in four of his last five as well and will be in line for a huge afternoon, especially if Tom Brady helps turn this into a shootout.SIT: Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns: The rookie has a 13-2 TD to interception margin in his last five games and has completed 78.2 per cent of his throws over the past two games. However, he must hit the road and contend with a Texans defence that is fourth in fewest fantasy points per game allowed to opposing quarterbacks while also dealing with a pass rush tied for sixth with 34 sacks. Reality will hit both Mayfield and those who start him in brutal fashion on Sunday.START: Aaron Jones, RB, Packers: Coming off a season-best 17 carries in last week’s loss to the Vikings, Jones has a great matchup against a Cardinals defence that sits 30th in the league in rushing yards allowed. No defence has allowed more rushing touchdowns than the 16 Arizona has given up, bolstering the chances of Jones crossing the goal line for a fourth straight game. He has four touchdowns in his last three games. With Jamaal Williams an afterthought these days, Jones is now a borderline RB1 with room to grow.SIT: Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins: Since gouging the Giants for 149 yards in Week 8, Peterson has sputtered, failing to reach 70 yards in each of his last four games. His fantasy numbers would be worse if he hadn’t scored two short yardage touchdowns against the Texans in Week 11. Although the Eagles run defence has struggled against Ezekiel Elliott and Barkley in recent weeks, they are still 12th in stopping opposing ground games and Washington will be more focused on attacking Philly’s banged up secondary.START: Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers: With O.J. Howard done for the season, Brate will see an increase in targets, especially on Sunday against a Panthers defence that is the worst in fantasy when it comes to stopping opposing tight ends. Brate scored his first touchdown since Week 6 last week against the 49ers, and while he has yet to exceed 34 receiving yards in a game this season, his track record shows he can be more than just a presence at the goal line. Look for Jameis Winston to make him a staple of the Tampa Bay passing attack.SIT: Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers: Goodwin averages 19.9 yards per catch but has yet to have more than five targets in a game this season. The Seahawks would make for a good matchup for Goodwin, as they have given up at least 89 yards to six different receivers in the last five games, but his lack of volume, paired with this being a road game for San Francisco, makes him far too risky to consider even in deeper leagues.START: Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions: The Rams defence makes for a good slump-buster for Stafford, who has just three touchdown passes in his last four games. Los Angeles is tied for 27th with 25 touchdowns passes allowed and tied for 29th in average yards per catch allowed with 12.3. Those who own both Stafford and Golladay will have a great pairing that can put up huge numbers in what should be a fantasy gold mine.SIT: Marlon Mack, RB, Colts: Even if Mack clears the league’s concussion protocol, he’s facing a Jaguars defence that allows the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. He’s also cooled off after racking up 258 yards and three touchdowns in Weeks 7 and 8, rushing for a combined 175 yards and a score on 43 carries in his last three outings. There is little upside to plugging Mack into a lineup, especially for teams that must win.___For more Week 13 fantasy lineup advice and tips, visit RotoExperts: https://rotoexperts.comBrandon C. Williams, The Associated Press
Ohio State’s Joey McKenna wrestles Vince Turk in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (14-1, 8-1 Big Ten) dominated No. 6 North Carolina State (15-2, 5-0 ACC) 29-6 in its last dual meet of the regular season on Sunday. Winning eight out of the 10 bouts, Ohio State took control of the meet early when No. 2 Myles Martin beat No. 3 Pete Redna with an 8-1 decision win at 184 pounds. Martin missed the major decision by just three seconds of riding time. No. 7 Michael Macchiavello of North Carolina State upset No. 1 Kollin Moore at 197 pounds in the second match of the night. Macchiavello scored two late takedowns in the third period to give him the 7-5 decision. Moore has now lost two of his past three matches. No. 7 Joey McKenna upset No. 2 Kevin Jack of the Wolfpack 6-2 in the second upset of the meet. McKenna came out aggressive, scoring two takedowns in the first period. Jack was unable to score any attacks on McKenna, partly due to McKenna’s ability to prevent Jack from escaping. Ohio State’s senior No. 2 Kyle Snyder beat No. 19 Michael Boykin 23-8 via technical fall to give the Buckeyes an 8-3 lead, and they didn’t look back. The Buckeyes won the next four matches until NC State’s No. 3 Hayden Hidlay beat No. 7 Micah Jordan 6-3 at 157 pounds. Hidlay remained undefeated in his freshman season, improving to 19-0.No. 6 Bo Jordan won via pin at 1:37 against North Carolina State’s Daniel Bullard to bring the score to 29-6. Ohio State’s No. 4 Nathan Tomasello beat No. 5 Sean Fausz 12-6 in the second top-five matchup of the meet. Fausz opened the scoring with an early takedown against Tomasello, but Tomasello rebounded quickly, scoring a takedown and two back points to take the 5-3 lead into the second period after Fausz got an escape. Tomasello had three takedowns in the third period to seal the decision victory. At 133 pounds, No. 3 Luke Pletcher of the Buckeyes defeated No. 13 Tariq Wilson 7-3. Ohio State’s No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes won against No. 13 Beau Donahue and his teammate, No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell, picked up his first win since Jan. 5.Ohio State’s regular season has concluded, but it will take the mats on March 3 to begin the Big Ten tournament.
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. For many years dermatologists have identified that the skin of acne sufferers appears to age more slowly than in those who have not experienced any acne in their lifetimeDr Simone Ribero, King’s College London Experts had already noted that signs of ageing such as wrinkles and thinning skin often appear much later in people who have experienced acne.Now, scientists believe they may have discovered why.A study of white blood cells taken from individuals affected by spots showed they had longer protective caps on the ends of their chromosomes.Called telomeres, the caps can be compared with the plastic tips that stop shoe laces becoming frayed.They help prevent the chromosomes, packages of DNA, deteriorating and fusing with their neighbours during cell division.Telomeres shrink over time and are closely linked to biological ageing – people with long telomeres age more slowly than people with short ones. The new research shows that acne sufferers tend to have significantly longer telomeres and may therefore be blessed with the gift of long-lasting youthfulness.Lead researcher Dr Simone Ribero, from King’s College London, said: “For many years dermatologists have identified that the skin of acne sufferers appears to age more slowly than in those who have not experienced any acne in their lifetime.”Whilst this has been observed in clinical settings, the cause of this was previously unclear.”Our findings suggest that the cause could be linked to the length of telomeres which appears to be different in acne sufferers and means their cells may be protected against ageing.”By looking at skin biopsies, we were able to begin to understand the gene expressions related to this. Further work is required to consider if certain gene pathways may provide a base for useful interventions.”The study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, looked at 1,205 female twins, a quarter of whom reported having had acne.One of the genes involved in telomere length was also found to be associated with acne, suggesting that being spotty did not slow ageing itself but flagged up what was happening in a person’s cells.Analysis of skin samples from the twins highlighted a gene pathway called p53, which regulates apoptosis, or “programmed cell death” – a kind of cell suicide.When telomeres become too short, it can trigger a series of events that lead to apoptosis.The p53 pathway was shown to be less active in the skin of acne sufferers, although this is still under investigation.Co-author Dr Veronique Bataille, also from King’s College London, said: “Longer telomeres are likely to be one factor explaining the protection against premature skin ageing in individuals who previously suffered from acne.”Another important pathway, related to the p53 gene, is also relevant when we looked at gene expression in the skin of acne twins compared to twin controls.” Spotty teenagers may have the last laugh over their peers with perfect skin after research found that those who suffer from acne are likely to live longer.Their cells have a built-in protection against ageing which is likely to make them look better in later life, a study has found.By the time she reaches middle age, the spotty girl who could never find a boyfriend could be attracting envious glances from her grey and wrinkly peers.
President Donald Trump(BBC) US President Donald Trump has said he does not “have an attorney general” in his fiercest attack yet on Jeff Sessions.In an interview with Hill.TV, Mr Trump renewed criticism of Mr Sessions’ decision to step aside from the inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.He also said he was unhappy with Mr Sessions’ response to immigration.The attorney general is yet to respond to Mr Trump’s comments.It is unusual for a sitting president to attack their attorney general and critics accuse Mr Trump of trying to meddle in the legal system.After the president criticised Mr Sessions last month, two key Republican senators signalled that they would support Mr Trump if he were to fire Mr Sessions after the November mid-term elections.However, other Republicans told Politico they thought this would be a bad move and said they were standing by the attorney general.Mr Sessions has pushed back against previous criticism by Mr Trump. “While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” he said in August.“I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action.”Mr Sessions was an early supporter of Mr Trump’s presidential campaign.But he left the Russia investigation – which is reportedly looking into whether Mr Trump attempted to obstruct justice – in 2017, citing a potential conflict of interest, and handed control to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.The president insists there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and denies he has attempted to obstruct justice.What has Mr Trump said this time?“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Mr Trump said during Tuesday’s interview.He added that he was “very disappointed” about Mr Sessions’ decision to leave the investigation.Asked whether he would consider firing Mr Sessions, the president responded: “We’ll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that.“And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did [in recusing himself from the Russia investigation].”Mr Trump also told Hill.TV that he was “not happy” with Mr Sessions on immigration and other issues, and said the attorney general had performed “very poorly” during the nomination process for the post.“I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers,” he said.“Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFBI chief sacking: Trump warns Comey over leaks to mediaMay 12, 2017In “World”Trump presidency ‘dangerous’, says UN rights chiefOctober 12, 2016In “latest news”Trump to end protections for young C’bean immigrant ‘Dreamers’September 4, 2017In “World”
JOE CANNING HAS been announced as the new Galway senior hurling captain for next season.The Portumna club man will skipper the Tribesmen as they bid to improve after a disappointing 2013 campaign.St Thomas club man David Burke will be the vice-captain for Anthony Cunningham’s side. Burke is likely to captain Galway for the early rounds of next year’s Allianz hurling league as Canning will be tied up with club commitments with Portumna.The Galway club recently won the county senior hurling championship and are preparing for an AIB All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Limerick’s Na Piarsaigh next February.25 year-old Canning has been a member of the Galway senior panel since 2008. He has All-Ireland minor (2004 and 2005) and U21 medals (2007) to his name from an impressive underage career.In 2010 he won a National hurling league medal and last year won a Leinster senior hurling medal. All-Ireland senior honours have so far eluded Canning who has won three Allstars in his career in 2008, 2009 and 2012.Reminder: Every Gaelic footballer must wear a mouthguard from January 1stGAA needs to handle pay-per-view talk carefully, Dubs warn
Huis clos sur le net : Facebook et Twitter mis à l’épreuveFrance – Cette semaine, cinq journalistes francophones s’isolent dans le Périgord, afin de tester la fiabilité des informations dispensées sur les réseaux sociaux.Du 1er au 5 février, les médias France Info, France Inter et Radio suisse romande, ainsi que Radio-Télévision belge et Radio Canada isolent cinq de leurs journalistes dans un gîte rural. L’objectif de cette opération : tester la fiabilité de l’information qui circule à travers les différents réseaux sociaux. Durant leur séjour, les cinq cobayes ne disposent que d’une seule source d’information : un ordinateur, sur lequel ne sont installés que Facebook et Twitter. C’est-à-dire que ces ermites n’ont à leur disposition ni téléphones, ni journaux, ni radio, ni télévision. À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteSelon Sylvie Lambelet, directrice adjointe de Radio suisse romande, ce gîte “fera office de laboratoire permettant de tester les opportunités et les limites des nouveaux réseaux”. En effet, Facebook et Twitter rassemblent à eux seuls plus de 400 millions d’utilisateurs. Ces réseaux ont une image “cool”, permettent d’échanger dossiers, documents, fichiers et d’accéder à un nombre épatant d’applications. Mais sont-ils sérieux ? Difficile de distinguer le vrai du faux, les rumeurs étant légion sur ces nouveaux réseaux. Cloîtrés, les candidats devront parvenir à diffuser l’information et à poursuivre leur métier.Les journalistes opèrent de la manière suivante : rapidité et fiabilité sont leurs mots d’ordre. L’information doit être précise et accessible autant que faire se peut. Ce “test” n’a rien de scientifique, il est vrai, mais permettra de savoir si l’information divulguée sur Facebook et Twitter est déformée ou pertinente. C’est aussi le moyen d’opposer le journalisme de liens (opéré à l’aide de ces réseaux) au journalisme de sources (puisant ces informations chez les confrères et des sources fiables). L’opération prend fin vendredi prochain : nous saurons alors si le phénomène des réseaux sociaux permet d’enrichir le journalisme… ou pas. Le 1 février 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Twitter Facebook Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Announced for the Halloween edition of WWE Smackdown on Syfy this week (10/31) is a Divas Halloween Costume Battle Royal. This match will be taped Tuesday in Houston, Texas.Attending the tapings on Tuesday night in Houston?Send live reports to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to have yoru report featured here on Wrestleview.com! WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11
Half (50%) of employers do not think their benefits offering is meeting the needs of all generations within their workforce, with 89% believing that they will need to change their package to suit future generations entering the workforce, according to research by Aon.The Benefits and trends survey 2019, which polled more than 200 employers, also found that 199 respondents believe that employees expect more flexible working, while 181 stated that staff want more agile and home working opportunities. In addition, 161 employers said that employees now expect better awareness and handling of mental health issues, and 133 cited a better approach to diversity and inclusion as an employee priority.Almost two-fifths (38%) of international respondents have a single global benefits strategy or set of guiding principles; a further 13.5% manage their benefits using a single global benefits platform, compared to 60% that have no plans to use this type of tool. Almost eight in 10 (77%) benchmark their benefits with their peers.Only 25% of respondents stated that they have a clear EVP; of these, 68% feel that their EVP is clearly communicated and explained to staff. Among those respondents with an EVP, the majority noted a positive impact on staff: 65% said it impacts employee engagement, 63% said it boosts retention and 70% said it improves recruitment. Of the 200 employer respondents, 187 cited employee engagement as an objective for their benefits strategy. Other key objectives include retention (167), recruitment (148), and cost management (141).More than two-thirds (68%) provide additional money above statutory requirements for maternity leave, and 12% make return-to-work payments. Almost three-fifths (58%) have received shared parental leave requests; 38% match enhanced maternity pay for their shared parental leave policy, while 58% apply the statutory amount.Among the employers surveyed, 113 offer workplace adjustments as part of their health and wellbeing programme. This compares to 118 that provide support with workstation set up, 88 that conduct stress and resilience training and 86 that provide access to health risk assessments.However, 48% of respondents do not have a specific budget for their health and wellness programme, despite the fact that 56% agree and 20% strongly agree that the employer is responsible for influencing employee health and changing behaviours. Moving forwards, 170 respondents stated that they plan to focus on education and prevention for their health and wellbeing strategy.More than half (53%) of respondents deemed it extremely important to increase employee understanding and engagement with benefits, health and financial wellbeing; 30% of employers noted that augmented and virtual reality technologies have a part to play in this.Of those that offer financial education, 67 do so around their organisation’s pension scheme; 60, on the other hand, provide no financial education.More than four in 10 (45%) employers operate an online benefits or flexible benefits portal, while a further 20% sated that they plan to introduce this within the next three years.Sarah Robson (pictured), senior communication consultant at Aon, said: “[Organisations] say that understanding of and engagement with benefits is extremely or very important, yet the majority don’t put into practice communication techniques that could help programmes get better results through behavior change.“It is encouraging that more respondents are willing to increase their communication spend to help awareness in order that employees learn how their individual benefits can be of so much value. Plus, we are starting to see more employers doing some exciting things, not least by using new technology and apps.”