Japan’s Naomi Osaka clinched the battle of 20-year-olds for her maiden WTA title on Sunday.Osaka brushed aside Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-2 in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday.The unseeded Haitian-Japanese player became the youngest Indian Wells champion since Ana Ivanovic was victorious a decade ago. She dropped only one set in the tournament.Osaka ousted Maria Sharapova, fifth seed Karolina Pliskova and then world number one Simona Halep in the semi-finals on her way to the championship.Naomi Osaka is the first unseeded champion – and first player to win seven matches – in Indian Wells since Kim Clijsters in 2005 #BNPPO18 pic.twitter.com/YwkMcfaDFrBNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 18, 2018She won the final three games of the first set, then dominated the second, needing only 70 minutes for the win.”If you put in a lot of hard work you can play well,” said Osaka, who was playing in only her second final after being the runner-up in Tokyo in 2016. “If you try and believe in yourself, you can win.”After several unforced errors to open the first set, the youngster, who resides in the United States, took control of the tie.She won five consecutive games from 3-3 in the first before Kasatkina got on the scoreboard in the second.That moment when you become a title-winner for the very first time.@WTA pic.twitter.com/3yuniYOdtyBNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 18, 2018Up 5-2, Osaka closed out the match with a backhand winner.advertisement”She probably wasn’t going to give me any balls so I just had to stay very consistent,” Osaka said.Using her explosive power, Osaka delivered 23 winners to Kasatkina’s 10 and won 79 percent on her first serve.Meanwhile the Russian, perhaps fatigued, could not produce the sterling play that led to her giant-killing win over American Venus Williams in the semi-finals.The victory will enable Osaka to rise to a career-best 22nd when the new world rankings are announced on Monday.”In the beginning of the year, I just wanted to play every match really well,” she said. “Just focus one point at a time.”I think I am doing that so I don’t really mind where my ranking is because I am sure at the end of the year if I keep playing well like this it will be pretty high.”But she will need to practice on her acceptance speeches.”Hi, I’m Naomi,'” she started Sunday’s, quickly adding “OK, never mind.”Known for her shyness, she was definitely more at home on the court than accepting her first trophy.”This is probably going to be like the worst acceptance speech of all-time,” she said after forgetting sponsors and supporters she wanted to thank.(With inputs from Reuters).@Naomi_Osaka_’s reaction = priceless #BNPPO18 pic.twitter.com/FS7e0e6QXUBNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 18, 2018
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Real Madrid prepare €120m Pogba bid Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty/Goal Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Bundesliga Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Real Madrid prepare Pogba bidReal Madrid want to end Paul Pogba’s stay at Old Trafford by offering Manchester United more than €120m for the midfielder, according to the Sun.The 24-year-old returned to the Red Devils in 2016 for a world record €105m, but has found his form criticised and has been dropped by Jose Mourinho in recent weeks.AdChoices广告With Real Madrid also underperforming this season, they see the France international as someone who could help return them to the top of La Liga. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal scout Napoli duoArsenal sent scouts to watch Napoli’s Europa League tie against RB Leipzig on Thursday evening, according to Calciomercato.it.Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who played the full 90 minutes, and forward Lorenzo Insigne, who featured as a second-half substitute, were reportedly the targets.RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who scored twice as his side came from behind to win 3-1, is also said to be a player on Arsenal’s radar.Inter dreaming of Lamela signingInter have made Tottenham winger Erik Lamela their primary target for the summer window, according to Tuttosport.The Serie A club apparently began initial discussions with Lamela’s representatives at the end of January and are hopeful of landing the Argentine when the transfer window reopens.The Nerazzurri believe that, following Spurs’ acquistion of Lucas Moura from PSG, they may be able to tempt the Premier League club to sell Lamela.Liverpool pull out of Alisson raceLiverpool have pulled out of the race to sign £62 million-rated goalkeeper Alisson, Goal understands.The Reds have been linked with the goalkeeper since last year due to the inconsistent form of both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, with negotiations over a deal for Alisson having been close to a conclusion.But Alisson’s agent, Ze Maria Neis, has now been made formally aware that the Reds are withdrawing their interest as Jurgen Klopp looks to to put his faith in Karius as the club’s long-term No.1.Read the full story on Goal right here!Asensio used as makeweight for HazardReal Madrid are willing to sell Marco Asensio to Chelsea in order to get Eden Hazard, according to Mundo Deportivo.The Blues, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been linked with the 22-year-old, but Madrid had not been willing to sell one of their young stars.A move for Hazard is the only likely way the Spain international will leave Santiago Bernabeu, with Madrid eager to bring Hazard in the other direction.Hart set for second European loanManchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is prepared to leave England again on loan after losing his place at West Ham, the Sun reports.The 30-year-old is contracted to City until 2019, but is not part of manager Pep Guardiola’s plans, and sees his future elsewhere.He spent last season on loan at Torino and is readying himself for another similar move away from the Etihad Stadium as he seeks first-team football.Iniesta considering Chinese offerAndres Iniesta is considering a move to the Chinese Super League, claims Sport. The midfielder has been tempted with a huge offer for the summer, and the 33-year-old must now decide if he is willing to make the move. Barcelona are open to letting him leave, but Iniesta is a key part of Ernesto Valverde’s side and in unsure if he’s willing to give that up. Terry wants Chelsea coaching gigJohn Terry has set his sights on a coaching gig with Chelsea next season, reports the Mirror.The former Blues defender wants to be the club’s manager at some point and believes that his chances of reaching that goal will be better if he begins his coaching career at Chelsea rather than elsewhere. Terry could also be offered a playing deal for Aston Villa should the club win promotion to the Premier League. City talks with Mahrez started well before deadlineManchester City’s talks to sign Riyad Mahrez began more than a week before transfer deadline day, reports Sky Sports. Leicester manager Claude Puel had accused Pep Guardiola’s side of leaving it late to try and get a signing done, but the report claims that the clubs were in talks with time to spare. Mahrez put in a formal transfer request and has been absent for the Foxes throughout this month, though is push for a way back into the side for Friday’s FA Cup match. Poch to get big offer from SpursTottenham are set to offer manager Mauricio Pochettino a massive new contract to ward off other club, according to The Telegraph. Spurs want their current boss to lead the club into their new £850m stadium, and with the likes of Real Madrid chasing him want to lock him in with a new deal soon. Pochettino signed a new five-year contract in 2016 worth £5.5m-a-year, but the club are looking to add on to that and offer him a rise in pay to keep him with the club. Ince: Alexis signing to blame for Pogba formThe signing of Alexis Sanchez can be blamed for Paul Pogba’s poor form, according to Paul Ince.“Since Sanchez joined the club, Pogba’s confidence and mood seems to have gone in the opposite direction to earlier in the season,” the former England midfielder wrote for Paddy Power.You can read the rest of his take here.Barca to listen to Gomes offersBarcelona will listen to offers for midfielder Andre Gomes this summer, reports AS. Gomes joined the Blaugrana in July 2016 for €35 million, but has failed to live up to expectations at the Camp Nou and could be offloaded. Liverpool to stick with KariusThough they’ve been linked with several expensive goalkeeping options, Liverpool could now be set to stick with Loris Karius as their top option for 2018-19, reports The Telegraph. Karius has shown improved form over recent weeks, leading the Reds to conclude they may not need to go after Roma’s Alisson after all. Arsenal eyeing Dembele dealArsenal are prepared to make an approach for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele when the summer transfer window opens, reports Don Balon.The France international only moved to Camp Nou in 2017, as part of the funds raised from the sale of Neymar were invested in his potential.He has, however, endured an injury-ravaged start to his time in Catalunya and Arsenal could offer an escape route, with Gunners new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang urging Arsene Wenger to make a move for his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate.Spurs to sell Alli?Dele Alli is “replaceable” at Tottenham and could be sold this summer, says Jermaine Jenas, but Harry Kane is likely to stick around for another “season or two”.Both of the England internationals have been linked with Real Madrid and may be tempted to go chasing trophies outside of north London at some stage.Find out what former Spurs star Jenas has had to say on their respective futures here.Asensio asking price setReal Madrid president Florentio Perez has told suitors of Marco Asensio that his asking price is €700 million, reports Mundo Deportivo.Liverpool are said to have already seen a €150m offer for the highly-rated midfielder knocked back. 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Swinney’s decision has quickly sparked a debate around the college football world.College football analyst Danny Kanell took exception to Swinney’s move, saying “I hated Kelly Bryant leaving the team mid-season. But not giving him a championship ring is petty in my opinion.”He shared his criticism of Swinney on Twitter.I love Dabo and the way he runs his program. I hated Kelly Bryant leaving the team mid-season. But not giving him a championship ring is petty imo— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 8, 2019Both parties are in quality situations following their mutual breakup. Clemson remains one of the favorites to win the national title, meanwhile Bryant has the chance to shine at Missouri.Do you think Swinney is wrong for not giving Bryant a championship ring? RALEIGH, NC – NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a play against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter Finley Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Dabo Swinney is usually praised for the way he treats his players, but his latest decision involving former quarterback Kelly Bryant has been somewhat controversial.Bryant spent three full seasons with the Tigers before entering the NCAA transfer portal. This decision came after Swinney revealed that Trevor Lawrence would be the starting quarterback for 2018.Clemson didn’t miss a beat without Bryant in large part because of Lawrence’s rise to stardom. Swinney led his talented squad to their second championship in three years.Despite being part of the team to start the season, Bryant didn’t finish the year with the Tigers. It appears that decision has influenced Swinney, as he will not be giving his former quarterback his own championship ring.
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India to be held from Nov 2 to 21 next yearIndia was announced as the host country in March this year. Spain are the defending champions, having won the title of the biennial tournament in 2018.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 00:11 IST Indian women’s football team has got automatic qualification as hosts. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by India, will be held from November 2 to 21 next yearThe age group showpiece event of the FIFA will be held in four cities across the countryKalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar has been provisionally confirmed as a venue, pending FIFA approvalThe FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by India, will be held from November 2 to 21 next year. The age group showpiece event of the FIFA will be held in four cities across the country.Last month, the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar has been provisionally confirmed as a venue, pending FIFA approval. Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, Goa and Ahmedabad are in the running for the other three host cities.India was announced as the host country in March this year. Spain are the defending champions, having won the title of the biennial tournament in 2018.As India has got automatic qualification as hosts, it is not entering the Asian qualification campaign in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship which will be held in Thailand from September 15 to 28.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
Students and teachers from across the province are promoting the importance of building healthy relationships today, Sept. 12. The province and its education partners recognize the second Thursday in September as Stand Up Against Bullying Day by hosting a variety of anti-bullying activities including discussions, contests, assemblies and team-building events. “Bullying, in all its forms, is a heartbreaking and complex problem with no easy answers,” said Kathleen Richard, provincial anti-bullying coordinator. “At the start of the school year, it is important to have an opportunity to talk to, and teach, students about healthy relationships, diversity, respect and positive behaviours.” Students at Five Bridges Junior High in Hubley had an opportunity today to share their ideas on how to address bullying and cyberbullying with Ms. Richard. “I am happy to see heightened awareness of the root causes of bullying,” said Ramona Joseph, principal of Five Bridges Junior High. “We work to help students build healthy relationships, both in and out of school and find more positive, proactive solutions to problems.” For more information on bullying and cyberbullying, visit www.antibullying.novascotia.ca .
Dubai: Scientists have printed highly efficient organic solar cells using inkjet printing, that could pave the way for disposable electronics. Organic photovoltaic materials could soon replace inorganic semiconductors in solar-powered devices because of their lightness, flexibility and low cost. These materials are easy to modify and process in solution, which makes them highly attractive for customisation and large-scale production. In particular, customised solar cell designs can be used in conjunction with other printed electronics to power a plethora of applications, such as disposable electronics, intelligent packaging, interactive printed media and lab-on-a-chip devices. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have engineered inkjet-printable solar materials containing a nonfullerene acceptor and deposited these inks over large areas to produce photovoltaic cells. The resulting devices achieved efficiencies of six per cent, which is comparable to the efficiencies of their spin-coated analogues. PhD candidate Daniel Corzo said that inkjet printing presents several advantages over traditional spin-coating and blade-coating deposition techniques, including low material consumption and rapid design changes through digital platforms. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”This enables low-cost manufacturing, patterning into complex shapes, and multilayered device fabrication without the need for multistep lithography,” said Corzo. The researchers optimised the printing process by tuning the viscosity and evaporation behaviour of the ink to improve both how the droplets were ejected and how they interacted with the substrate surface. According to Corzo, this optimisation has provided a repeatable and commercially scalable process. The team also fabricated high-efficiency turtle-shaped devices, demonstrating the potential for the process to be customised. “It is amazing that we can now fabricate solar cells with complex shapes at the push of a button, opening the door to a wide variety of applications,” Corzo said. The researchers are currently developing fully printed organic solar cells and enhancing cell efficiency using higher-performance materials. They are also investigating ways to integrate the devices in modules and with other printed electronics for self-powered autonomous sensing.
Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to a young girl who had to miss one of the singer’s shows to undergo treatment for Leukemia.Video: Naomi’s Reaction to Taylor Swift DonationSwift made the donation through 11-year-old Naomi Oakes’ GoFundMe page. Naomi has been confined to hospital for at least six months, and reached out to the singer via a YouTube video.“To the beautiful and brave Naomi,” Swift wrote on Naomi’s page. “I’m sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more concerts. Let’s focus on getting you feeling better. I’m sending the biggest hugs to you and your family.”To find out more about how you can join Taylor in supporting Naomi, click here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
(Pictured: Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt)By Steve RennieThe Canadian PressOTTAWA–Canada’s Department of Aboriginal Affairs has been robbing Peter to pay Paul.In this case, “Peter” is the department’s infrastructure budget and “Paul” refers to its cash-strapped social and education programs.A new document shows Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) shifted half a billion dollars meant for infrastructure over a six-year period to try to cover shortfalls elsewhere.The result? The department’s already strapped infrastructure program is starting to buckle while its social and education needs are still falling short.“Significant reallocations from infrastructure to other programs have occurred over the past six years,” says the June 2013 document. “For example, AANDC has reallocated approximately $505 million in infrastructure dollars to social, education and other programs to try to fill the shortfall in these areas.“Since infrastructure was not able to cover off all of social and education needs in each year, other internal resources were used to cover off the remaining shortfall.“This ongoing reallocation is putting pressure on an already strained infrastructure program and has still not been enough to adequately meet the needs of social and education programs.”Using infrastructure money for other purposes has a real impact on aboriginal communities, said Franklin Paibomsai, chief of the Whitefish River First Nation in northern Ontario. Schools don’t get built and communities get put under boil-water advisories, he said.“So those are the impacts. They’re real, because they really hit home. They’re bread-and-butter pieces for every community,” Paibomsai said in an interview.“Somehow people don’t realize that, OK, we took half a billion dollars away to put into social programming to help First Nations, now somebody doesn’t have access to potable water. I mean, that’s real. That’s as real as it gets.”The 22-page document, which appears to be a slide show presentation, is buried within a mountain of paperwork filed as part of First Nations advocate Cindy Blackstock’s long battle at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to get aboriginal children the same funding from the federal government as non-aboriginal kids get from the provinces.The Liberal party’s critic for aboriginal affairs, MP Carolyn Bennett, said the document shows First Nations communities are not getting the funding they need.“Mr. Harper’s government can no longer hide their severe and chronic underfunding of critical needs like housing, clean water and education on reserve,” she said in a statement.“It is time for the federal government to work in good faith with aboriginal communities to properly fund these programs rather than hiding its mismanagement with dishonest shell games.”The end result of shifting infrastructure money elsewhere is an “inability to provide provincial-like services on reserve,” says the document.The federal government acknowledges it has no idea how its spending on aboriginals compares to provincial and territorial spending on the rest of Canada’s population.“No broad-based work has been undertaken comparing estimates of federal spending on Aboriginal Peoples to spending by provinces and territories on the general Canadian population,” says a memo given to Finance Minister Joe Oliver this past June.“Therefore, we are unable to contrast the $11 billion in annual federal spending on Aboriginal Peoples with aggregate spending on other groups.”The Canadian Press obtained the memo to Oliver, which is marked “secret,” under the Access to Information Act.Aboriginal Affairs is responsible for about $7.9 billion of the $11 billion spent by all federal departments and agencies on programs for aboriginals. That doesn’t include general programs and services that may also happen to benefit aboriginal people, such as old-age security.Since the mid-to-late 1990s, however, increases in spending on most on-reserve programs and services have been capped at two per cent annually. The slide show document says the cap isn’t keeping pace with rising expenditures.“Because price and volume pressures are greater than the two per cent annual escalator currently permitted, AANDC is redirecting funding from infrastructure programs … to meet current pressures within social (income assistance and child and family services), education, governance and emergency management.”The cap has long been a bone of contention between aboriginal leaders and past and present federal governments.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office was asked a series of detailed questions about the document, but responded only with a boilerplate statement blaming the education funding cap on the previous Liberal government.“Our government has made investments in education, infrastructure and key areas that are well-beyond the two per cent cap,” the statement said.“Our government will continue to make targeted investments that go beyond the minimum two per cent escalator when necessary and when it is a responsible use of taxpayer funds to encourage the conditions for an improved quality of life on reserve.”
New Delhi: Low-cost carrier and top rival SpiceJet appears to be making the most of the crisis at Jet Airways. Spicejet is now hiring engineers and pilots at much lower pay than their current salaries at the financialy-troubled Jet. Industry sources told IANS that pilots from Jet Airways are being asked to take salary cuts of 25-30 per cent, while engineers have been advised to settle at 50 per cent of their current pay package. Not long ago, many airlines including SpiceJet were luring the same pilots and engineers with joining bonuses and better perks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The prospect of closure is certainly one of the reasons for professionals agreeing to take salary cuts. But average salaries at Jet Airways have also been higher than the industry level,” a top aviation source said. A senior aircraft maintenance engineer who has applied to SpiceJet and Air India Express for a job said that he has got an offer in the range of Rs 150,000 to 200,000 a month while his current cost to company (CTC) at Jet Airways is nearly Rs 400,000 a month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The offer is much lower. It will certainly be a forced choice. We are hoping that some investor would take over Jet and our salaries will remain protected,” he said. A SpiceJet executive said that the budget carrier was offering salaries based on their own structure and not the highly inflated one paid by Jet Airways. A senior commander with Jet Airways said that pilots with 4-5 years of experience are going to other airlines as they are feeling the pinch of salary delays. “They have loans and other financial commitments so they are looking for places where there is certainty of jobs and timely salary payment. Not many senior level pilots have so far left Jet Airways. They are reluctant to go to either SpiceJet, IndiGo or Air India Express as they feel their seniority and salary will be impacted. They do not want to sign 3-5 year bonds,” he said. The flying veteran noted that many co-pilots who do not have much experience generally get about Rs 2.9 lakh salary month at Jet Airways, and they are willing to join other airlines for even less than Rs 2 lakh a month. Among various domestic airlines, only Air India Express and SpiceJet operate Boeing fleets, apart from Jet Airways. Those operating Airbus aircraft fear huge conversion costs for both pilots and engineers and are, thus, reluctant to hire the technical personnel from Jet. “We will have to train them for flying and maintenance of Airbus aircraft. In case of pilots, it will need six months of training, while for engineers the reskilling would take 3-4 months. This means the salary for entire training period will be a huge cost for us,” said an executive of a private airline operating Airbus planes. But aviation experts feel that the current situation is temporary and it will normalise once Jet gets back on its feet. “This is an unusual situation because Jet Airways remains almost grounded. Normally, supply and demand have been in favour of pilots and engineers. Now, it depends on how quickly Jet restarts again. If that happens things will stabilise. I won’t be surprised if many pilots and engineers go back to Jet,” said Rajan Mehra, a veteran aviation professional and Chief Executive Officer Club One Air. Saddled with mounting debt and losses, Jet Airways is fighting for its survival. The airline is in gradual descent and staring at closure with nearly 90 per cent of its fleet on the ground.
Gurugram: For finding a better job opportunity Ravinder had migrated to Gurugram, a place that was more than 800 kilometres away from his village in Mirzapur in eastern Uttar Pradesh.He was lucky enough to get a job on a contractual basis in a garment unit. On Sunday, his luck ran out after a short circuit in the factory, where he was working, resulted in him sustaining 75 per cent of burn injuries. He is now battling for his life. This is not a case in isolation. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn the span of six months, there have been three incidents of fire in the garment factories across Gurugram where 12 workers have been grievously injured. The factory according to officials was operating illegally and had therefore not renewed their fire NOC. According to an official estimate, there are over 600 garment factory units that are functioning in Gurugram most of it are operating illegally working with an unapproved building plan, less functional area, Old wires that are not able to bear the load of power and obsolete machinery. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaAs per rule most of the industries have to renew their fire safety license after every one year. The fire department officials mention that most of the industries do not renew their licence as they have not got the proper documents from the authorities. The fire department officials further claim that most of these factories do not possess adequate devices in order to deal with a major fire which further jeopardises the safety of the workers who are already working in difficult conditions. Even as large number of notices and even strict action has been taken against the illegal units in the past, the officials cited of the careless approach adopted by the owners in terms of fire safety. As per officials, most of the owners try to save the costs by opening their industrial units in the residential neighbourhoods. As their business grows most of the owners then try to add more floors the units further flouting the norms. “There is no denying the fact that most of the industries continue to adopt a careless approach as far as fire safety norms are concerned. Normally there is a designated area for the industrial units to open their bases but most of them try to save the costs by not getting constructed in the right locations. Most of the owners further avoid surveillance as they are functioning with obsolete machinery and poor conditions of working for the people who are working on a contractual basis,” said a senior official from Gurugram fire department. What makes the condition worse is the poor resources in which the fire department in Gurugram usually functions.
Toronto – According to a new report from BMI Research, a Fitch Group company, rising energy imports will at most have only a tempering effect on the kingdom’s current account status.“Morocco’s current account deficit widened to 4.4% of GDP in 2016, up from 2.1% of GDP in 2015, amid rapidly rising imports and sluggish exports. We now forecast the current account deficit to shrink to 3.5% of GDP in 2017 and 3.3% in 2018, benefiting from the recovery of key exports sectors,” reads the report.Sector-Wide Export Growth Export growth is rising in Morocco. BMI attributes this growth to strong government support and an improving macroeconomic outlook among eurozone trading partners.“The all-important phosphate sector has been on a positive trajectory since the start of the year, with exports expanding by 8.5% y-o-y over January-May 2017. While we expect prices to remain relatively subdued over the coming years, investment by state-owned company Office Cherifien Phosphates (OCP) will support production growth and exports.”The auto sector is also predicted to stay on a steady growth track owing to Morocco’s position as a “destination of choice for foreign auto companies.” The report, however, points out that over the first few months of 2017, growth has been modest.Spain and France accounted for 45 percent of Morocco’s total exports in 2016 and, while this is not expected to change for the current year, Morocco’s strategic expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to play a key role in future export growth.Regarding Imports BMI is predicting import growth to remain “robust” over the coming years, despite a recovering agricultural sector decreasing the need for food imports. This is expected to lessen the effect of high energy imports but not affect import growth adversely.“Morocco is a net energy importer, with energy accounting for close to 25% of Morocco’s import bill in 2014. Therefore, the country has been a net beneficiary from the slump in oil prices since H214. As oil prices recover, demand for energy imports will also pick up.”The report explains that the government’s plan to introduce renewable energy sources will effectively diminish the need for energy imports but cautioned this will take years to manifest itself.Risks to External Stability?BMI’s research indicates that the risks to external stability will remain low for the foreseeable future. They attribute this to Morocco’s continued strategy of nurturing foreign investment in the auto, aeronautic, energy, and tourism sectors, and the continued implementation of business-friendly reforms.“Morocco can also rely on strong remittances infows. In 2016, the balance of current transfers (remittances account for the bulk of it) came in at 7.9% of GDP, and we expect more gains over the coming years. At a time when Morocco is planning to gradually move towards a flexible exchange rate regime, strong ?nancing capacities support our view for a positive transition.”
In preparation for Homecoming and several 50th anniversary events happening this fall, the Brock Campus Store is pleased to offer Brock faculty and staff 20% off their purchase, excluding technology and textbooks.The promotion will run from Sept. 15-20, and faculty and staff are asked to show their employee card to receive the discount.The Campus Store has recently added Roots, Under Armour, Bruzer, Renu and a great line of Zephyr hats to their product offerings.
The charity football game, called “Play for Justice,” will be held on 13 March at the National Stadium and will pit the Court’s own team, the Indomitable Special Court United Football Club, against a Sierra Leonean all-star side.The event will also feature a pre-game demonstration match by an amputee squad, the Single Leg Football Club, which recently returned from a successful tour of the United Kingdom.Amputations of civilians by the rebels “became the brutal hallmark of the war in Sierra Leone,” UN spokesman Fred Eckhard noted.The proceeds of the event will go to the War Affected Amputees’ Association.
FILE – In this May 29, 2014, file photo, Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, introduces the SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. Musk predicted during an interview at the Code Conference in southern California on June 1, 2016, that people would be on Mars in 2025. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2016 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif. – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says if things go according to plan people will be on Mars just nine years from now.During an interview Wednesday at the Code Conference in southern California, Musk said that “we should be able to launch people in 2024, with arrival in 2025.”Musk also says he plans to go to space himself in about four to five years, but only into orbit around Earth.Musk also runs Tesla Motors, which has been at the forefront of self-driving car technology. He says he sees Apple as more of a competitor than Google in the autonomous vehicle market, but suggests they may be too late to compete with Tesla.He believes Apple will go into volume production of the cars no sooner than 2020. SpaceX chief Elon Musk predicts people on Mars in 9 years
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was helped off the practice field Wednesday after crumpling to the ground on a pass play and grabbing his left ankle.Sanders, who became the Broncos’ No. 1 receiver with the trade of Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans last month, missed four games last season with a right ankle injury.Sanders leads the Broncos (6-6) with 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also run for a touchdown and thrown for a touchdown.The Broncos have lost several starters to injuries, including star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (fractured fibula) last weekend. He avoided going on IR, however, unlike offensive linemen Matt Paradis, Ronald Leary and Max Garcia and tight ends Jake Butt, Jeff Heuerman and Troy Fumagalli.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapletonArnie Stapleton, The Associated Press
Manchester Arena bombing survivor Amelia Thompson received a ticket to the Royal WeddingCredit:Jon Super They have been described as the Royal wedding’s lucky golden ticket holders – members of the public granted access to the grounds of Windsor Castle to witness the festivities first hand.But the 2,460 people Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have invited “to feel part of the celebrations” will be the only people in the whole country unable to watch the ceremony.The guests will see the bride and groom arrive at St George’s Chapel but will then be reduced to listening to proceedings via a PA system, while the world and his wife watches it unfold on television.Even the crowds gathered on the Long Walk and throughout Windsor will be able to watch the wedding service on large screens erected across the town. The lucky few, including charity representatives and others nominated for their bravery or work in the local community, have already been told to bring a picnic lunch. The ensuing outrage prompted Kensington Palace to confirm that light snacks and drink would be provided.The crowd gathered inside the castle walls will be hoping that at the very least, Prince Harry and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, will stop and greet them as they arrive at the ceremony. Those granted exclusive access to the grounds will comprise 1,200 members of the public, 1,140 palace staff, 200 people associated with the couple’s favoured charities and 100 local schoolchildren. 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.
EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #BUS ÉIREANN: The industrial action undertaken by Bus Éireann staff over the last couple of days has cost €500,000 already, company spokesperson Andrew McLindon told RTÉ this morning. The strike has been suspended for 48 hours and management representatives are due to meet with the union over the next two days in the hope of reaching a conclusion to the dispute.2. #CORK: The body of a man was found at an apartment complex on North Main Street in Cork city yesterday evening. Gardaí said today they are “investigating all possibilities” and the state pathologist is due to carry out a post mortem examination today.3. #CATHOLIC CHURCH: An Irish priest is being sued in the US for the alleged rape of a Californian woman in 1970, TheJournal.ie can reveal. The priest, who is believed to be about 80 years old and living in Dublin, was visiting the diocese of Fresno when the alleged incident occurred, just days after the woman’s father had died.4. #RECESSION: A new report from the ESRI has shown that the impact of the recession was significantly greater on younger households as unemployment rates are higher and they are more likely to be in negative equity. The report notes that these households have dramatically decreased their expenditure since 2010 compared to those over 45-years-old.5. #CROKE PARK 2: Following a number of labour relations meetings with unions and representative groups, Minister Brendan Howlin will today brief the Cabinet on the progress made. Plans to delay increments to workers on over €65,000 – which were due to be frozen for three years – have been changed and extended working weeks will be delayed under the new deal.6. #BANKING UNION: EU finance ministers are meeting in Brussels today to begin negotiations on a banking union. The main issue for the talks will be how to handle the winding up of failing banks, with Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan hoping to settle on a hierarchy of creditors to cover losses, RTÉ reports.7. #BREAST CANCER: Actress Angelina Jolie has revealed that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. Jolie’s mother died of the disease at 56 and after tests she had been told she carries the BRCA1 gene, with an estimated risk of 87 per cent of developing breast cancer and a 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer.8. #FRANCE: The French government is considering introducing a new tax on internet-linked devices like smartphones and tablets, AP reports. The revenue from the one per cent tax would be used to help cultural industries create content such as music, images and videos.9. #TIME OF THE MONTH: A new survey has shown women believe that men would exaggerate their condition of they suffered from pre-menstrual syndrome every month. Though 16 per cent said they sometimes don’t recognise their own behaviour while experiencing PMS, almost half said they don’t do anything to manage their symptoms.Over on DailyEdge.ie: Robbie Williams makes a roomful of enemies, calls DJ a “b**tard”, Bieber and Bon Jovi robbed blind, and early pics of Jennifer Lawrence, it’s The Dredge.
Nokia : démission du responsable de la section smartphonesFinlande – C’est un petit séisme qui vient de secouer la direction de Nokia. Anssi Vanjoki, responsable de la section “Mobile solutions” a démissionné. La firme devra rapidement se réorganiser.Présent depuis près de vingt ans au sein de l’entreprise, Anssi Vanjoki a choisi de partir. Le responsable “Mobile Solutions” depuis 2008 a estimé qu’il était temps pour lui de quitter le groupe : “J’ai le sentiment qu’il est temps pour moi de rechercher d’autres opportunités dans ma vie.” Il doit à présent effectuer son préavis de six mois.Pourtant, le salarié était a priori destiné à reprendre le poste du directeur général sortant, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. Celui-ci laissera son siège vacant le 21 septembre et c’est Stephen Elop, un Canadien directeur de la section “Business” de Microsoft qui devrait prendre le relais. Anssi Vanjoki avait été à l’origine de la gamme N, véritable succès commercial de Nokia en 2006.Le 15 septembre 2010 à 13:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
Aspartame : Xavier Bertrand réclame une “réponse précise” sur le danger éventuelLe ministre de la Santé, Xavier Bertrand, s’est décidé à demander à l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses) une “réponse précise” sur les éventuelles “difficultés” que pourrait poser la consommation d’aspartame.Le 25 août dernier, le député PS Gérard Bapt avait écrit au ministre de la Santé, Xavier Bertrand, concernant les mesures annoncées la veille par le Premier ministre sur la taxation des boissons sucrées. Il expliquait dans son courrier qu’une telle taxation “posait problème” dans la mesure où elle “épargne les boissons adoucies par des édulcorants et peut donc conduire à l’augmentation de leur consommation”. Or, deux études récentes “ont lancé l’alerte” sur la possibilité d’effets indésirables de l’aspartame, l’un des édulcorants les plus consommés. Rien de très nouveau somme toute puisque, dès 1994, un rapport du Department of Health and Human Services faisait état auprès de la FDA (Food and Drug Administation) américaine des méfaits de cette substance, tenue pour responsable de plus de 75% des réactions défavorables liées aux additifs alimentaires. Présent dans toutes les boissons et autres sucreries “lights”, l’aspartame serait susceptible d’entrainer de graves problèmes neurologiques et une série de 90 pathologies parmi lesquelles des crises d’apoplexie, des nausées, des spasmes musculaires, des douleurs articulaires, de la dépression, des crises d’anxiété, de l’insomnie, une perte de mémoire, des problèmes auditifs et visuels, une perte du goût, des palpitations et de la tachycardie.Un groupe de travail réuni par l’Anses À lire aussiLe système de pharmaco-vigilance sera réforméXavier Bertrand a donc tenu compte de la mise en garde du député puisqu’il a indiqué au micro du Grand rendez-vous Europe 1/i-Télé/Aujourd’hui en France avoir demandé à l’Anses d’émettre une “réponse précise” sur les éventuelles difficultés que pouvait poser l’aspartame. “J’ai demandé à l’Anses, qui est l’agence qui s’occupe de ces questions d’alimentation, de santé et d’environnement, de nous faire une réponse précise : “Est-ce que oui ou non l’aspartame pose des difficultés ?””. Il a ajouté que “si c’est le cas il faudra que, au niveau européen, on prenne des mesures draconiennes, soit de meilleures informations ou de meilleures précautions”.”Il faut qu’on ait des études sérieuses pour en avoir le cœur net”, a admis dimanche Xavier Bertrand, précisant avoir demandé à l’Anses de “réunir un groupe de travail sur cette question dès le mois de septembre”. Par ailleurs, le ministre a réaffirmé l’importance de la taxation sur les boissons sucrées qui doit entrer en vigueur début 2012 et qui devrait rapporter 120 millions d’euros à l’Etat, rappelant qu’il s’agissait de lutter contre l’obésité.Le 5 septembre 2011 à 14:27 • Maxime Lambert