UPDATE: Missing Elkhart man found safe

first_img Twitter Pinterest UPDATE: Missing Elkhart man found safe Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – December 9, 2020 0 320 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewscenter_img Facebook TAGSElkhartElkhart Police DepartmentIndianamanmissingTony Needham Twitter Google+ (Photo Supplied/Elkhart Police Department) UPDATE: Tony Needham was reported found and safe Wednesday morning.Previous story below.Police are asking for help in finding a missing man out of Elkhart County.Tony Gene Needham, 71, was last seen Monday around 4:30 p.m. He’s believed to be driving a silver 2011 Chevy Traverse with Florida license plate LFPK31.Tony was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, white socks and black flip flops.Police report he takes medication and does not have it with him.Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Elkhart Police Department at (574) 295-7070. Previous articleWoman shot in Michigan City shooting Monday, suspect arrestedNext article400+ St. Joseph County employees to receive hazard pay stipends Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApplast_img read more

England seniors thrash Italy to secure third place in Portugal

first_img8 Sep 2012 England seniors thrash Italy to secure third place in Portugal England’s senior men put the disappointment of not being in the final by finishing third in the European Men’s Team Championships at Estorial Golf Club in Portugal. After losing to Germany 2-3 in the semi-finals, England thrashed Italy 4½ – ½ in the third place match without losing a game. John Ambridge and Andrew Stracey won the foursome 2 and 1 against Cesare Castellini and Marco Bussinello then English seniors champion Alan Squires got over the line quickly by beating Federico Lang 5 and 4. (image John Ambridge © Tom Ward) There were also solid victories for Martin Galway, 4 and 3 over Vincenzo Sita, and by Tyrone Carter, 6 and 5 against Lorenzo Sartori. In the final game, Chris Reynolds played a halved game with Francesco Ghirardi. Sweden retained the title by beating Germany 3½ – 1½ in the final.last_img read more

Kunitz’s 2nd PP goal gives Pens OT win over Isles

first_imgby Ira PodellUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back from their home disappointment and dished out their fair share to the suddenly shocked New York Islanders.All it took was Sidney Crosby and a very powerful power play to do the trick.Chris Kunitz scored his second man-advantage goal of the game 8:44 into overtime, off the third assist of the day by Crosby, and the Penguins rode a slew of ups and downs Sunday en route to a 5-4 victory over the Islanders that gave top-seeded Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.The Islanders came in still enjoying the positive effects of their 4-3 comeback win on Friday in Pittsburgh that gave them a surprising split of the first two games of the Eastern Conference series.The Penguins will try to take a commanding 3-1 lead Tuesday on Long Island.Crosby, playing his second game after missing a month because of a broken jaw, drew the decisive penalty against Brian Strait, who held the Penguins captain as he drove the net 33 seconds before the winning goal.“He kind of wrapped me up,” Crosby said. “I pulled up looking for someone. I didn’t see anyone so I thought I would take it to the net.“We were hoping we could get it done quickly.”The Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play and yielded Kyle Okposo’s short-handed goal, but held New York scoreless on its three advantages.“We had our chances. They scored on the power plays and we didn’t,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who declined to comment on the officiating. “You always talk about special teams being a big factor, and that was the difference.”When New York scored twice in the first 5:41 to go up 2-0 in Game 3, old Nassau Coliseum rocked as it did in the Stanley Cup-winning days of the early 1980s. However, this was the Islanders’ first home playoff game since 2007, and the fans were soaking it all in.Not so fast.The Penguins stormed back with a pair of power-play goals 19 seconds apart — first by Jarome Iginla on a 5-on-3 advantage, and then by Kunitz on the second half. When Pascal Dupuis gave Pittsburgh its first lead with 1 minute left in the opening period — capping the three-goal spurt in 5:42 — the early euphoria was gone in a flash.“You have to give them credit. They got up two and they showed no quit,” said Iginla, a key late-season trade pickup by the Penguins. “It meant a lot on the road to get those two back.“There is a lot of emotion, unpredictability in the playoffs. You have to learn to control that.”Douglas Murray pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 4-2 in the second, and it appeared the Penguins would cruise. But it was a bumpy road back to regaining home-ice advantage against the upstart Islanders.It was tough enough for the Penguins to erase their own deficit, but squandering a two-goal lead in the third period is certainly out of character for one of the Stanley Cup favorites.Pittsburgh took the series opener 5-0 on Wednesday, but since then has been dealing with an inability to hang on. Allowing two goals in the third period led to a loss Friday. Pittsburgh led that one 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period.“There was a lot of emotion in this game. They really came after us,” Kunitz said. Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, second from left, assists Pascal Dupuis (9), right, in his goal past New York Islanders’ Lubomir Visnovsky, second from right, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series on May 5, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)last_img read more

President’s Spokesman Bemoans Unfair Criticism

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Press Secretary, Jerolinmek M. Piah, has blamed the mass exodus of people, especially lawmakers of the ruling Unity Party (UP) on deception (cheating) and all the unimaginable vices in politics. What has drawn his attention, he says, is the level of falsehood and sweeping allegations against the President noting that it comes as no surprise because Liberia’s political history is replete with deception.Conversing with Executive Mansion reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia last weekend, Piah said it saddens him that people always want to accuse the President falsely especially when they are maneuvering for political positions.The Press Secretary was alluding to comments made by Grand Kru County Representative Wisseh Blamoh during a press conference following his resignation from the UP.Representative Blamoh last Thursday told reporters that President Sirleaf has been destabilizing the UP and running party affairs from her Executive Mansion office.  He further accused the President of undermining the chances of all Unity Party’s candidates in the ensuing senatorial elections, saying this comes at a time when the President had failed to undertake development initiatives which she promised the people of Grand Kru County.But Pia countered that Rep. Blamoh’s accusations against the President are based on fraud and deception, adding that people can be desperate and even sinister, especially during elections when politicians are seeking to outdo each other.“You can’t be running the party from the Executive Mansion and at the same time undermining it. But if the claims are true, then of course the President should have been in touch with the Unity Party,” he said.The UP, like all other political parties, says Piah, has a secretariat, headed by the Secretary General — and not the President — that runs the day-to-day affairs of the party.Mr. Piah said that it is an acceptable practice, something even guaranteed by the Liberian Constitution, for one to associate and disassociate oneself with any political institution. But it is disturbing when such moves are based on deceit, he added.“It is an acceptable thing that the man Wisseh Blamoh, and every other person myself included, has the right to do, which is to dissociate from any political party you want to disengage from. But what is sad is that when people take the interest to disengage from the original connections, they are always travelling on falsehoods and sweeping allegations. This I don’t think is the right thing to do.”Asked what he thought of Rep. Wisseh Blamo’s accusation that the President is undermining the chances of candidates running on the party’s tickets for the senatorial elections, Mr. Piah said “For Mr. Blamoh to say the standard bearer of the party is campaigning and undermining the chances of the party’s candidates is unfortunate.”He added that beyond endorsing all candidates of the UP and her assurance of support, the President has personally aided the campaign of all of the party’s candidates across the country.“For example, the party endorsed three other individuals, who are not members of the party but have the interest of the party in those counties. The President has given her personal support to these individuals. This you can confirm from the candidates themselves. Besides, the President has given financial assistance to all the candidates, in addition to what they receive from the UP,” Piah said.For his part, Rep. Blamoh said that his resignation from the UP-led government was based on the fact that it has failed miserably in meeting the expectations of the Liberian people, adding that the UP is dead, and he cannot be a part of any dead organization.He said UP is faced with serious internal squabbling, with the secretary-general and chair in one camp and the party’s standard bearer and others in another. This has led to the absence of cohesiveness in the party, he said.“Politics is interest. The Great America, you see, doesn’t have a friend; they have an interest. If my interest cannot be protected in any political entity, I cannot be a part of that entity,” said Rep. Blamo.In response to Rep. Blamo’s comments, Piah said: “I’m not here to speak for the UP, but to give some clarity on some of the false allegations against the President.”In recent times the UP has been plagued by infighting and accusations and has since lost many of its most devoted adherents, among them sitting lawmakers Senators Theordore Momo and Lahai Lassanah of Gbarpolu and Bomi Couties, respectively, as well as Representative Gabriel Nyenkan of Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Festive cheer and goodwill at Letterkenny teacher’s charity CD launch – Picture special

first_imgOver 200 people were treated to a magical night of Christmas music on Friday when Letterkenny teacher Anne Nicholls and guests launched a charity CD.Music, stories and special moments were shared at the launch of Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny at Arena7 in Letterkenny.The CD features local musicians and pupils of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, who worked together to create a unique Christmas gift in aid of St Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel. Sinéad Gibson, Anne Nicholls and Aisling Cheevers perform “Leitir Ceanainn” at the Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny CD launch on Friday at Arena7Bishop Alan Mc Guckian S.J. officially launched the CD and spoke of how delighted he was to see such a large turn out for the event. He commented on how great it was to see people come together and use their talents to help others. He said he has enjoyed listening to the CD in his car and has learned a lot about the history of Letterkenny from the song Leitir Ceanainn. He urged people to buy the CD, (or to buy two!) for the benefit of the Homeless Hostel.Bishop Alan Mc Guckian S.J. launches the CD “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny” in aid of St Colmcille’s Homeless HostelCiarán & Mary Maquire who run St Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel at the launch of the CD in Arena 7.Mary Maguire, on behalf of the Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel, spoke of the growing number of people who need the services of the hostel. She told of how this week they were able to set someone up in their own home and help them buy everyday items that we all take for granted like a duvet. The charity are delighted to be receiving the funds raised by this CD.The musical performances of the night began with Anne Nicholls’ rendition of her own composition “Leitir Ceanainn” accompanied by Sinéad Gibson on low whistle and Aisling Cheevers on violin. In the background the video which illustrates the history of the town compiled by Kieran Kelly played. Then Mrs Millar’s fifth classes from Scoil Mhuire took to the stage to perform “Said the Night Wind”. Soloist Kyra Mc Bride sang the first verse and timed the echo to perfection as Aoife Mc Geehan, Cora Gordan, Cassie  Campbell and Ida Kingue sang verse two. The rest of the class joined in and gave a fantastic performance. The girls were accompanied by Miss Anna Farren on keyboard, Ms Sinéad Gibson on low whistle and Mrs Aisling Cheevers on violin. Miss Farren’s fifth class perform “Said the Night Wind” accompanied by Aisling Cheevers on Violin and Sinéad Breathnach on low whistleMiss Anna Farren’s fifth class then performed the Christmas classic “Oiche Chiúin” in four different languages. Anne began with verse 1 in Gaelic and then harmonised beautifully with Thea Leadley as she sang verse two in French.  Katie Bork, Antonina Cukras, Antonina Blasyzk, Julia Zebrowska and Natalia Wojcik sang verse three in Polish and the whole class joined for the last verse in English. The cuteness factor went into overload as Rionn Sibbald from Senior Infants sang the last line. The students were conducted by Ms Toni Harvey and accompanied by Miss Anna Farren.Anne Nicholls and the students from fifth class Scoil Mhuire gan Smál perform “Oíche Chiúin” at the launch.Ida Kingue, Cassie Campbell, Cora Gordan & Aoife Mc Geehan perform at the launchKatie Bork, Antonina Cukras, Antonina Blasyzk, Julia Zebrowska and Natalia Wojcik sing Silent Night in Polish at the launchNext up was a little girl with a big future in the world of Music & Drama. Sadbh Breathnach performed “Child in a Manger Born”. Her brother Cormac then lit up the room with his performance of ‘Don Oíche Úd I mBeithil’ on the Uilleann Pipes as he and his mum Sinéad accompanied Anne on this beautiful traditional carol. Anne was then joined on stage by her son Pádraig Dunne as they performed Pie Jesu. A few tears were shed in the audience as mother and son dueted on this beautiful song from the musical Requiem.Sadbh Breathnach performs “Child in a Manger Born”Anne Nicholls and her son Padraig Dunne perform Pie Jesu at the launchAnne was then accompanied on stage by Anna Farren on keyboard and Paul Gillespie on cello as she performed “In The Bleak Midwinter” and “The Christmas Song”. Emotions ran high in the room as Anne showed a video of herself and her late father Pat Nicholls performing “O Holy Night” in a Letterkenny Music & Drama Group’s  Christmas concert from 1998.Anna Farren, Anne Nicholls and Paul Gillespie at the launch of “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny”You can support the St Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel this Christmas by picking up a copy of the CD “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny” by Anne Nicholls and guests. CD is available online at www.ceolmusic.ie or from local stockists. Stockists include Mac’s Mace, Quiet Moment, Xperia, Magee’s Chemist, Amelia’s, O Hehir’s Bakery, Clarke’s newsagents, Blakes’s Bar, Gildea’s butchers, Station House Hotel, Oldtown Stores, Sonder, Moonshine, Mt Errigal Leisure centre, Linda Orr hairdressers, Brewery Bar, Arena 7 and Caisleain Oir (Annagry) See more photos from the launch night below:Meadhbh Nic Fhionnaile congratulates Anne on her CDAnne with Noel Foley and Tommy Sweeney at the launchRoisín Doyle and Eibhlín Curran enjoying Launch Night in ArenaTeresa O’ Malley, Noel and Carla Jordan at the launch of “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny”Connor Dunne helps out the launch of his mum’s CD “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny”Enda Dunne and his sister Fiona helping to sell CDs at the launchJim Nallen attends the launchMichelle and Philip Gillespie with their son Paul who plays the cello on the new CDBack Row Fidelma Mc Teague, Terese Mc Monagle, Bernie Cahill, Kate Mc Teague, Anne Marie Mailey, Ann Gallagher, Ger Mc Teague, Maureen Keogh, Brighdin CarrFront Row Margaret Rowland, Sinéad GibsonAisling Cheevers, Rosie Houston, Toni Harvey enjoying the launch of the CD “Christmas Greetings from LetterkennyMartin Gallen and Caitríona Breslin enjoy the launch of the CDPádraig Dunne, Dominic Ferry, Séan Harvey at the launch in Arena 7Festive cheer and goodwill at Letterkenny teacher’s charity CD launch – Picture special was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:anne nichollsArena7CD launchchristmas greeting from letterkennyScoil Mhuire gan Smállast_img read more

Steve Kerr’s one season with Blazers gave him glimpse into passion of Portland fans

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors coach Steve Kerr has a first-hand sense of how much the Trail Blazers’ appearance in the Western Conference finals means to fans in Portland.Kerr spent the 14th of his 15 years as an NBA player with the Trail Blazers, averaging 4.1 points during the 2001-02 campaign.He wasn’t playing alongside Michael Jordan in Chicago or learning his future trade from Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, as he did earlier in his career. But the experience left its mark.“It’s just an absolutely …last_img read more

How the Zebra Got Its Just-So Story

first_imgEvolutionists have updated Kipling’s fanciful story, “How the Leopard Got Its Spots,” with a new, improved, scientific tale, “How the Zebra Got Its Stripes.”  They actually gathered empirical data to show for it.  Not all evolutionists are convinced, however, that it changes the genre from just-so story to scientific explanation.So how did the zebra get its stripes?  Previous theories explained the stripes as camouflage to confuse predators, as body temperature regulators, or patterns for recognizing mates, but none have proven satisfactory alone.  The new story is that they evolved the elaborate coat patterns to repel horseflies.  PhysOrg reported how Gabor Horvath, Susanne Akesson and colleagues from Hungary and Sweden performed field experiments to show that striped patterns attracted fewer bloodsucking insects.  BBC News shows the experimental setup.  The team erected four fake horses in a horsefly-infested field.  They were dressed in black, white, brown and striped hides coated with sticky material to catch bugs.  By surprise, the striped pattern attracted fewer flies than the light and dark hides.The scientists even came up with a physical explanation.  The stripes defeat the polarized light the bugs use to hone in on their targets.  “”We conclude that zebras have evolved a coat pattern in which the stripes are narrow enough to ensure minimum attractiveness to tabanid flies,” the team said.  “The selection pressure for striped coat patterns as a response to blood-sucking dipteran parasites is probably high in this region,” meaning Africa, even though the experiment was conducted in a field near Budapest.Rachel Kaufman at National Geographic News had some words of caution about this explanation:1.  The study was not conducted on live zebras, but on models.2.  it was not conducted in Africa, where the zebras live.3.  There may well be other factors the flies sense, like the zebra’s breath or heat, that are the primary attractors.4.  Human breeding may have altered factors in horses that changed their attractiveness to flies.5.  The BBC News article added that the stripes may have multiple explanations, not just one.6.  The BBC News article also questioned why, if stripes are so effective at repelling flies, other mammals did not follow suit.Other challenges can be lobbed against the conclusion.  For instance, did they test whether the stripes simultaneously deter mosquitoes, houseflies, lice, fleas, or bees?  Stripes that repel horseflies might backfire and attract other pests.  Did they test for pleiotropic effects – i.e., if natural selection favored stripes, did the genetic mutations cause deleterious effects elsewhere?  Given the ambiguity of the results, the explanation found on Uncommon Descent might work as well as any other:  “Don’t bite!! I’m just the test pattern. World of Blood comes on in a minute.”We do not fault the team for trying.  Getting out in the field and performing a clever experiment is certainly better than armchair theorizing. Putting forward a physical theory like polarized light is also classical scientific method that can be tested.   The team has added some information to our knowledge – just not necessary and sufficient knowledge to explain the origin of the stripes.  (Another data point in the articles is worth noting: zebra embryos start out black; the stripes materialize before birth. )The story illustrates a difficulty biologists have with scientific explanations: for every rule, there are exceptions.  If stripes-as-bug-repellants were a law of nature, all animals would have them, and the flies would go extinct or learn to eat plants.  Do zebra finches have stripes to deter houseflies?  Do zebra fish have stripes to deter water fleas?  When science has to keep changing the law of nature to account for different instances of the same pattern, or keep multiplying the laws of nature to account for different patterns, it’s hard to boast of a unified theory.The main fault in the study is the use of evolutionary theory as an assumption.  The stripes “evolved to” do something: e.g., “The team wondered whether the zebra’s stripy hide might have evolved to disrupt their attractive dark skins and make them less appealing to voracious bloodsuckers,” PhysOrg stated.   This is the just-so element of the story.  It is fallacious on two accounts: (1) Evolution, being an unguided, purposeless, moment-by-moment mechanism, cannot “evolve to” do anything.  (2) Making the “zebra’s stripy hide” the subject of “to disrupt” is a personification fallacy.  Hide cannot do anything (except maybe hide).A third problem with the evolutionary assumption is it rules out from the outset any non-evolutionary explanation, like design.  A zebra suit has fashion written all over it.  That’s why intelligent clothiers design gowns on the pattern (example).  It should be obvious that fashion models wear such gowns to attract mates (not deter flies) by design.  If the Designer of animals is intelligent, he might have his own purposes for outfitting each creature differently, including artistic as well as functional reasons.(Visited 156 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Why The Music Industry Should Be Thanking Illegal Downloaders

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App I still paid for some music, especially if it was recorded by a smaller, independent artist whose work I wanted to support. But of the several-hundred gigabytes of music I amassed in the early 2000s, the majority of it was pirated.Over time, though, my music consumption habits – along with my disposable income – evolved. So did the digital music ecosystem. These days, I spend $10 per month on a premium Spotify subscription and on top of that, am known to eagerly drop at least another $30 on vinyl records per month, on average. Last month, when I set foot in San Francisco’s Ameoba Music for the first time, I may or may not have gone a little overboard. It makes sense to me that those of us who hopped onto peer-to-peer networks are also quick to throw down some actual money for music, even while others aren’t. That isn’t to say that file-sharing hasn’t done very real, palpable damage to the traditional business model of the music industry. It has. Put more accurately, the changes in music consumption and consumer expectations brought on by the advent of the Internet, have crippled the old model. On one hand, that’s hurt deep-pocketed gatekeepers who are widely perceived as having hampered innovation for years (instead opting to sue Internet companies and consumers alike). It’s hard to shed too many tears about that. On the other hand, the decline in album sales has also hurt what musician and piracy critic David Lowery calls the “middle class of the music industry.” Music might be easier than ever to create, disseminate and discover, but it’s still quite difficult to make a living creating it. As encouraging as the National Assembly numbers might seem, paying consumers like me are not enough to “save” the music industry, or at least the version of it that existed 15 years ago. It’s gone. But maybe that’s okay.See Also: BitTorrent Downloads Booming – And Benefitting MusiciansPerhaps it’s time, as many have suggested, to stop thinking about recorded music as the cash cow it once was and instead treat it as a smaller revenue stream that has enormous promotional value to support an artist’s other work: touring, merchandise, licensing their music and selling it in deluxe package with extras that fans can’t download. It’s hard to picture overall music sales numbers climbing back up to their pre-digital heights anytime soon. Listeners are being conditioned to expect to find and listen to music instantaneously, with or without shelling out money for it. That trend started with Napster and continues today with more legitimate services. Today’s teenagers instinctively search for new releases on Spotify. If they’re not there, they check YouTube or SoundCloud. Some might pay for a download from iTunes or Amazon, but with so many free and ad-supported options, why bother forking over actual dollars?In 2005, authors David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard imagined a future in which everyone carries Internet-connected media players and subscribes to a massive library of music in the cloud. “Music like water,” they called it. That’s exactly where we’re headed with smartphones and services like Spotify and Rdio.Early research conducted in Sweden suggests that subscription services help reduce piracy. Yes, the financial viability of the services model is still unknown, and many artists are nervous about the financial payoff. But there’s still hope that with enough scale, those services can help the music industry thrive in the 21st Century. Even if it looks very, very different than it once did.Photo by susieq3c . 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Related Posts Next month, people who download music illegally may start getting anti-piracy warnings from their Internet Service Providers. If recent research is any indication, maybe they should be getting “thank you” notes instead. Turns out that people who frequently download music without paying for it actually end up buying 30% more music than everybody else, according to a study from the National Assembly at Columbia University. This isn’t the first research that has shown file-sharing to be beneficial to artists, but this comprehensive study blows yet another good-sized hole in the conventional music industry wisdom. It makes sense, though.That heavy-duty downloaders also pay for lots of music isn’t shocking, considering they’re likely to be much more passionate music fans than others. In Napster’s heyday, I must confess, I routinely queued up albums to download overnight, which I then burned onto CD-Rs before walking to high school in the morning (this was pre-iPod). I quickly grew accustomed to the immediacy of file-sharing and before I knew it, I had ripped the audio from all of my CDs so I could get rid of them once and for all. When Napster shut down, I switched to Soulseek and blog searches to find MP3s. See Also: Music Piracy Debate Reignites, Despite Evidence That Digital Distribution Payslast_img read more

Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea wraps up Olympics

first_imgSpurs preparing to play without Leonard this season Not counting the mostly South Korean hockey squad, the North’s best performance came from figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, who finished 13th in pairs.They were the only North Koreans to have actually qualified for the Olympics in pre-games competition, though the North missed a registration deadline and the two had lost their slot until politics intervened on their behalf.Here’s how the remaining North Koreans fared:—Short track skater Jong Kwang Bom, who is just 16, stumbled and fell at the start and was last in his 500-meter heat. The North’s other short track competitor, Choe Un Song in the 1,500, took a hard fall in practice and was also last in his heat.—Alpine skier Kim Ryon Hyang was 54th out of 54 finishers in the women’s slalom and 67th out of 67 finishers in the giant slalom. Choe Myong Gwang and Kang Song Il went 74th and 75th, out of 75 finishers, in the men’s giant slalom. In Thursday’s slalom, Choe was again the final finisher, while Kang failed to complete the course.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus With few athletes prepared and ready, the North sent more than 140 musicians, a demonstration taekwondo team, a 229-woman strong cheering squad and 21 journalists, though the sporting aspect of the Olympics has gotten virtually zero coverage in the North.Their athletes’ lack of experience and preparation showed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sentimental highlight of the North’s participation in the games was the joint Korea ice hockey team, which featured players from North and South for the first time. Although it was ranked below the Olympic qualifying level, South Korea won an ice hockey berth in the games because it is the host nation. South Korean President Moon Jae-in championed the effort to allow 12 North Korean players to join the team.The concept won emotional support from many South Koreans, but it was also controversial because it took slots away from more talented South Koreans who had trained hard for the Olympics. The team ended up losing every game they played — giving up 28 goals and scoring only twice in their five matches. They lost their final match on Tuesday to Sweden, 6-1. US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon PLAY LIST 01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City MOST READ Un Song Choe of North Korea in action during the men’s 1500 meters in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea’s 22 athletes wrapped up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday without a finish higher than 13th. And even that was in a field of 16.North Korea wasn’t expected to come to Pyeongchang until a last-minute announcement by Kim Jong Un on New Year’s Day that he wanted to send a team, which set off a flurry of North-South diplomatic machinations allowing their delegation to cross the border.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa —In cross country, Ri Yong Gum finished 89th out of 90 in women’s 10-kilometer free race, while Han Chun Gyong was 101st and teammate Pak Il Chol 107th in the 15 kilometer free. There were 116 men in that race.North Korea has participated in nine Winter Olympics, starting at Innsbruck in 1964. It has won two medals: a silver and a bronze, in speedskating and short-track speedskating. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Toronto market end losing week by closing at lowest level since November

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended a losing week by hitting a near two-year low while the Dow industrials average and S&P 500 index wiped out their gains for the year.The Toronto Stock Exchange has taken a beating, presenting great buying opportunities, says Patrick Blais, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“The real story I think is the underperformance of Canada for a number of years. I think it just speaks to a reliance on financials and energy and materials,” he said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 35.82 points to 14,888.26. It’s the lowest level since Nov. 18, 2016. The market hit an intraday low of 14.732.03 as 269 million shares were traded.The cannabis-heavy health care sector, telecom and technology led on the downside for the day, while materials and gold gained the most.October is living up to its reputation as being a challenging month.With just three trading days remaining in the month, the Toronto exchange is down 7.4 per cent, while the Nasdaq is down 10.9 per cent. The S&P 500 is down 8.8 per cent and the Dow industrials are off 6.7 per cent.Positive results Thursday provided a false sense of hope about a turnaround, Blais said.“To be honest yesterday felt like just a scramble and it was premised on a few companies reporting and didn’t feel healthy, just a relief bounce,” he said.Once Amazon and Google reported weaker than expected results, it was obvious the day was going to be a challenge.Corporate results this quarter haven’t been bad, but they highlighted the reluctance of businesses to invest, which points to potential economic problems to come.“They have to have the confidence to make investments and it seems their confidence is a little bit missing to make those big spends to keep the economy going,” Blais said.It could be only a matter of time before consumers start to feel the pressure with fewer employment opportunities and chances to extract wage gains.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 296.24 points to 24,688.31. The S&P 500 index was down 46.88 points to 2,658.69 points, while the Nasdaq composite was down 151.12 points to 7,167.21.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.29 cents US compared with an average of 76.48 cents US on Thursday.The December crude contract was up 26 cents at US$67.59 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 3.1 cents at US$3.22 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$3.40 at US$1,235.8 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.35 cents at US$2.74 a pound.last_img read more