In a Rugby World Cup final few expected them to reach, the Wallabies produced a comeback that seemed improbable at halftime. Rather than capitulating under the might of New Zealand, the refreshed and resilient Australians slashed the defending champions’ lead from 18 points to only four.With 15 minutes remaining under the Twickenham floodlights in front of 80,000 fans after converted tries from David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani, the stage was set for a thrilling finale on rugby’s greatest occasion.”We clawed our way back into the contest,” said Australia coach Michael Cheika, “and changed the momentum.”But – yet again – Dan Carter intervened for the All Blacks with more precision kicking from his boots.This time, Australia was foiled by an audacious drop goal from 42 yards, rather than a penalty kick, from the game’s greatest-ever international points-scorer.”They set that up so well,” Cheika said. “The painful part was the scrum penalty afterwards, I think that was a little bit surprising for me.”As New Zealand continued to rack up the points – reaching 34 in the highest-scoring final in the 28 year-history of the World Cup – Australia remained stranded on 17.The Antipodean rivals were both chasing a record third world title. Instead, the Wallabies fly home still waiting to lift the Webb Ellis Cup in the 21st century, having triumphed in Britain in 1991 (Twickenham) and 1999 (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff).”When you look up and see you haven’t (won) that’s when it’s painful,” Cheika said. “There is not much more I could have asked them to do and we came pretty close tonight.advertisement”We swung the momentum back our way even though the first half didn’t go our way. A bounce of the ball here or there, a call here or there, and it could have been a bit closer.”But even reaching the title match seemed noteworthy for a team that was in the doldrums last November, when the men in green and gold lost three out of four tests in Europe at the start of Cheika’s reign.Parachuted into the job after Ewen McKenzie’s sudden resignation, Cheika has gradually restored the team’s harmony – and consistency.”I was just a bit surprised I was even asked to do it (the job) from sort of where I’ve come from,” said Cheika, who was never selected for the Wallabies during his playing career.”(The final) came pretty quick for us as a group and we tried to make the best of it … I know many people didn’t expect us to, but believing has to start somewhere.”Expectations had been raised by beating New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina to win the Rugby Championship in August. Now the mission is to chip away at New Zealand’s supremacy and catch the champions on the world stage in time for Japan in 2019.”Every single time you play them, it’s as tough as it gets in the game,” Australia captain Stephen Moore said. “They’re a great credit to their team. They thoroughly deserve what they got today.”And the World Cup performances of flankers Michael Hooper and Pocock underpin Cheika’s confidence for the future.”Pocock and Hooper are both not only outstanding players but outstanding people, and that usually sets the right agenda for longevity in the game,” Cheika said.The only sour note for Cheika was being prevented from joining his players on the field pre-match for the national anthem, “Advance Australia Fair.””The heart and the courage I believe that has been built in this team will last us going forward,” Cheika said. “They wanted to stay in the battle until the end, which I thought we did.”
Strange things happen on a cricket field by what happened with Quinton de Kock late on Day 2 of the fourth Test takes the cake.South Africa had Australia reeling at 91 for 4 with a lead of 397 runs and had the chance to pick up the fifth wicket when Shaun Marsh stepped out of his crease to play a flighter delivery from Keshav Maharaj, but he missed the ball.Quinton de Kock, who had just taken a brilliant catch to send back Usman Khawaja in the previous over, shelved the chance and gave a reprieve to Marsh in what seemed like an easy stumping chance.Steve Smith’s father dumps son’s cricket kit in family garage, says ‘He will be fine’But replays revealed the truth behind the missed stumping as de Kock got stung by a bee at the very same moment which is why he couldn’t collect the ball and Marsh got away.WATCH DAVID WARNER’S EMOTIONAL APOLOGYHere is what exactly happened on the final ball of the 31st over bowled by Maharaj.30.6: K Maharaj to Marsh, STUMPING CHANCE MISSED! Marsh slinks down the ground and goes past the tossed up ball outside off. But it stays low and passes through de Kock’s legs. Hard to blame the keeper here but yes, there will be a blemish against his name now. Shaun is lucky to be batting out there. He picks up a bye. Oh dear, replays show that de Kock was stung by a bee which put him off completely and he couldn’t collect the ball. Ouch!advertisementAfter all that has happened in the last few days, the Aussies have resorted to asking insects to help them. #RSAvAUS #qdk #beesting pic.twitter.com/qEhFMEW6twRick Joshua (@fussballchef) March 31, 2018Bees have in the past caused problems at the Wanderers stadium. Last year a beekeeper had to be called to the ground to get rid of a swarm of bees that interrupted play in the pink ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka.Steve Smith a cry baby: British media has no sympathy for fallen Australian heroThe series between the Proteas and the Aussies has been in the news for all the wrong reasons thanks to the spat between David Warner and de Kock in the first Test which was followed by the Kagiso Rabada-Steve Smith incident when the fast bowler brushed his shoulder after getting him out and got a two-match ban from the ICC which was later overturned.Ball-tampering row: Australia captain Tim Paine eager to ‘build back the respect of fans’Then the ball-tampering scandal happened on day 3 of the third Test at Cape Town which resulted in Smith, Warner getting a one-year ban from Cricket Australia while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months.Smith was also stripped of captaincy and won’t be getting back the post before two years while Warner will never be considered for the post. Smith and Warner also got banned from IPL 2018 while coach Darren Lehmann will also step down after the Johannesburg Test.David Warner was coached to avoid specific questions, says body language expertBut the bee-sting incident managed to put a smile on the faces of everybody on the ground after all that has happened in the past one week. Commentator Mark Nicholas even went on to say that this was the highlight of the series for him.The hosts were earlier bowled out for 488 in the first innings with Aiden Markram top-scoring with 152 runs while Temba Bavuma made 95 not out.Australia in reply, with its morale in pieces following the cheating saga of the last week, collapsed to 110/6 still 378 runs behind at stumps on the second day of the series decider at the Wanderers.
zoom Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, has released the world’s first mobile app containing all up-to-date IMO conventions.This brand new facility is based on KR’s award winning KR-CON software which is an international database program containing the full up-to-date texts of all IMO Conventions, Codes, Resolutions and Circulars.It enables users to identify regulations relevant to a specific task and helps ensure all IMO requirements are applied correctly. KR-CON is currently being used by surveyors, port state control inspectors, shipping companies, shipyards and design houses in more than 30 countries across the world.The app version of KR-CON was developed to meet an increasing demand from users wanting to access information whilst on the move. KR-CON is now in its 12th iteration and migrating the system to an app environment was the next logical step in its evolution.The app may be downloaded from the Google and Apple play stores.On its launch, Dr. Chon Young-kee, Chairman & CEO of KR said: “The mobile version of KR-CON facilitates easy and on-the-go access to our database which enhances its user-friendliness and satisfies the wishes of our current users. This new version includes photos, diagrams and videos related to the IMO conventions and codes. These will illustrate what used to be a text only system and will help our users further understand complex IMO communications. Our aim is to maximize our users’ understanding of these conventions”The 12th edition also includes an enhanced record-tracking facility which now covers 10 conventions and codes. This allows users to easily identify and track the many amendments which have been applied to IMO instruments.Recent amendments adopted at the 28th IMO Assembly, the 92nd MSC (Maritime Safety Committee) and the 65th MEPC (Maritime Environment Protection Committee) are included in this release of KR-CON and the database is continuously updated via the KR website.KR, April 4, 2014
APTN National NewsOTTAWA-Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ suggestion that citizens living near the Canada-U.S. border around Akwesasne could use armed, vigilante justice if they encounter smugglers has drawn rebuke from Mohawk chiefs.Earlier this month, Toews told property owners along the St. Lawrence River in south-western Quebec that his government was planning to change laws to bolster the right of people to use self-defence to protect their property, according to a report.He suggested they could use a gun if there was a “legitimate” reason, according to the Ottawa Citizen.The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne issued a statement Tuesday saying Toews’ comments were “disturbing.”Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell said the Conservative government should be promoting peace, not vigilante gun violence.“Guns are not the answer,” Mitchell said, in the statement. “As we have learned in past years, we should be promoting peaceful resolution at all cost.”During the meeting with property owners, Toews heard stories of smugglers burning or vandalizing the property of residents who refused to cooperate, cottages being invaded and smugglers offering large sums of cash to residents to keep quiet, according to the newspaper report.Toews suggested they could use guns on the smugglers if there was a “legitimate” reason.“We’re changing the laws on self-defence and your right to protect your property,” Toews told the gathering. “I’m not advocating that people use (guns) but if there’s a legitimate….”Organize crime groups attempt to exploit the jurisdictional tangle around Akwesasne to move illicit goods north and south across the river.The area is also the epicentre for the black market tobacco trade which carves smuggling routes for drugs, guns and illegal immigrant smuggling.The Canada-U.S. border cuts through the Mohawk community. Some parts of Akwesasne that are in Canada can only be accessed by crossing into the U.S. The Ontario and Quebec border also slices through the territory.Toews, however, has refused to meet with the Akwesasne chiefs who believe they can help control smuggling through their territory, Mitchell said.“Akwesasne has been asking for a meeting with Minister Toews since the beginning of his term, and the answer has been a consistent ‘no,” said Mitchell. “He has refused, and yet was photographed making statements about Akwesasne for this article just a few miles from our territory.”Toews, however, told the Citizen that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was “personally aware” of the border situation and wanted it “dealt with.”Toews also confirmed that the federal government had decided to move the Canadian port of entry currently in Cornwall, Ont., to Massena, NY.He said the government was in talks with the U.S. on the issue.A U.S. State Department cable released by WikiLeaks revealed that the federal government had asked the U.S. to allow Canada to place its border post on American soil.Canada Border Services Agency shut down the original border post in Akwesasne in 2009 after Mohawks said they would not allow armed border guards on their territory.The border crossing was temporarily shut down for several weeks, severely impacting the economies of Cornwall and northern New York State.The border post is currently operating at a temporary location at the foot of the bridge linking Cornwall to Cornwall Island, which is Akwesasne Mohawk territory.Toews’ office could not be immediately reached for comment.
APTN National NewsA candidate in Thunder Bay’s municipal election is under fire over a reward she’s offered to help solve an alleged crime.Tamara Johnson’s $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of seven so called “punks” involved in a swarming beating is being called a “bounty” by the chief of the nearby Fort William First Nation.It’s not the first time Johnson has created controversy over comments and actions that some have deemed as racist.APTN’s Dennis Ward had more.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday with gains limited amid a big disappointment in U.S. retail sales and a revision to Chinese growth expectations, which elevated worries about the global economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11521.18 +0.06% +6.65S&P 500 — 1353.64 -0.23% -3.14Dow —12727.21 -0.39% -49.88Nasdaq —2896.94 -0.4% -11.53The S&P/TSX composite index was 6.65 points higher to 11,521.18 and the TSX Venture Exchange was down 3.6 points to 1,183.35.The Canadian dollar was down 0.01 of a cent to 98.55 cents US a day before the Bank of Canada makes its next scheduled announcement on interest rates. Economists expect the bank will leave its key rate unchanged at 1%. But analysts will be looking at the tone of the bank’s accompanying statement for indications of when the bank might start to raise rates.U.S. markets were negative as American retail sales data for June came in much worse than expected. Sales slid 0.5% versus the 0.2% gain that had been forecast. The decline followed a 0.2% dip in May.And the International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for China’s slowing economy Monday and said a “hard landing” was still possible.The IMF reduced its Chinese growth outlook for 2012 by 0.2 percentage point to 8% and for 2013 by 0.3 points to 8.5%. Data released Friday showed that China’s second-quarter growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6% as exports, consumer spending and factory output weakened.The IMF also said in a quarterly update that the world economy will likely expand 3.5% this year, down slightly from its previous estimate of 3.6% in April.However, as on Friday, investors were encouraged by the possibility that such weak data would persuade officials in China and other countries to embark on further stimulus to push the economy ahead.“If we get a meaningful amount of stimulus out of China and inflation remains relatively contained, that would be hugely beneficial for the Canadian market because the TSX has been under the heavy thumb of declining commodity prices for the last several months,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“And if we could start to see a hint of acceleration out of the Chinese economy, that will go a long way towards pushing external commodity demand up and the TSX will benefit greatly.”The Dow Jones industrials dropped 49.88 points to 12,727.21, the Nasdaq composite index dipped 11.53 points to 2,896.94 while the S&P 500 index declined 3.14 points to 1,353.64 .Traders also looked to a raft of U.S. corporate earnings statements that should shed more light on the state of the U.S. economic recovery.Citigroup reported earnings that beat expectations. The bank said earnings excluding extraordinary items came in at US$1 a share, versus expectations of 89 cents. Revenues came in at US$18.4 billion, less than the $18.76 billion that analysts expected and its shares rose 16 cents to US$26.81.Over the course of the week, around 90 companies listed on the S&P 500 are due to report earnings.Commodity prices were mixed after sharp runups in oil and copper at the end of last week.The energy sector was up 0.79% as hopes for more central bank stimulus helped send the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.33 to US$88.43 a barrel. Cenovus Energy climbed 21 cents to C$33.49.The telecom sector was also supportive, up 0.39% as Rogers Communications rose 36 cents to $38.07.The base metals group was the biggest decliner, down 1.88% as copper prices slipped two cents to US$3.48 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines shed 24 cents to C$8.25.The gold sector was off about 0.45% as bullion moved down 40 cents to US$1,591.60 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. was down 20 cents to $34.33.Research In Motion Ltd. helped depress the tech sector. Its shares lost 26 cents to $7.09 after a California jury ordered the troubled BlackBerry maker to pay $147.2 million to Delaware-based Mformation Technologies in a patent lawsuit. RIM said it is “disappointed”’ and is “evaluating all legal options.”The consumer discretionary segment was also weak with Tim Hortons stock down $1.15 to $52.53 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to sell. The move was based on concerns that more moderate recent same-store sales trends are underpinned by declining restaurant traffic. Analyst Michael Kelter told clients this may be an early sign of impending saturation of the Canadian market or a sustained increase in quick-service restaurant competition.In other corporate news, two Canadian real estate trusts are teaming up with a 50-50 partnership that will redevelop or intensify some of their properties in downtown areas of major cities. RioCan Real Estate and Allied Properties say they will work together to satisfy the growing demand for mixed-use properties in Canadian cities. RioCan units were up 23 cents to $28.33 while Allied units gained 66 cents to $29.64.Atco Group said Monday it is starting a new business that will provide pre-fabricated buildings to remote and aboriginal communities across Canada. The Calgary-based company said the new subsidiary, Atco Sustainable Communities can design and build entire communities, including offices, schools, day care centres, housing, hockey arenas and retail outlets. Its shares added four cents to $73.93.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RIM shares take hit after BlackBerry maker ordered to pay $147M in patent suitNew mortgage rules slam door on cooling housing marketFormer Barclays COO says he believed BOE sanctioned Libor movesIMF cuts global growth forecastON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Manufacturing sales & orders (May): Economists expect 0.6% rise from the month before 9 a.m.Bank of Canada announces interest rate decision: Economists expect rates to stay at 1% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Consumer price index: Economists expect no change from the month before, 1.69% gain year over year 9 a.m.Foreign purchases of U.S. securities (May) 9:15 a.m.Industrial production and capacity utilization (June): Economists expect a 0.3% rise in production and 79.2% capacity 10 a.m.NAHB housing index (July) CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESGoldman Sachs Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.37 a share Intel Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 53¢ a share Yahoo Inc. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 23¢ a share Mattel Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 21¢ a share Johnson & Johnson Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.29 a share The Coca-Cola Company Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.19 a share Forest Laboratories Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 27¢ a share
US productivity advances at 3.3 per cent rate in spring, best showing since late 2013 by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labour costs declined.Worker productivity increased at an annual rate of 3.3 per cent in the April-June quarter, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. That was a rebound from the first quarter when productivity had fallen at a 1.1 per cent rate and a sizeable upward revision from the government’s first estimate of a 1.3 per cent growth rate.Labour costs fell at a 1.4 per cent rate in the second quarter, indicating that wages are not rising even as unemployment declines.Even with the strong gain in the second quarter, productivity over the past year has increased by just 0.7 per cent, far below the long-run average of 2.2 per cent. Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, has been sluggish since the recession and economists have been at a loss to explain the reason for this weakness.“This update does not change the underlying story. Productivity growth remains low,” said Patrick Newport, an economist at IHS Global Insight. “Productivity’s slow pace has the (economics) profession puzzled.”Faster productivity growth allows employers to boost pay without pushing up inflation. The Federal Reserve closes monitors both productivity and labour costs to determine whether inflation is starting to become a problem. However, the deep recession of 2007-2009 has left workers with less ability to demand higher wages.The latest productivity figure reflects the revised estimate the government made for overall economic growth as measured by the gross domestic product. It revised GDP growth for the second quarter up to a 3.7 per cent rate of gain, more than a percentage point higher than the initial estimate of 2.3 per cent. This change triggered the higher estimate for productivity.Productivity has risen an average of just 1.3 per cent a year from 2007 through 2014. That is far below the strong 2.8 per cent average annual growth that occurred from 1995 through 2004, gains that economists attributed to efficiency boosts the economy was getting from more widespread use of computers and the Internet.Some experts believe that improvements in software and other high-tech products are not being accurately measured in the government’s statistics. But other economists argue that companies are failing to fully exploit the efficiency gains offered by smartphones, computer tablets and other recent innovations.
“I welcome this appointment. It now paves the way for the conduct of governorate council elections in early 2013,” said Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq. He added that the UN remains committed to supporting the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and its new Board of Commissioners in the preparations and conduct of elections. “We now urge the Parliament to complete the process to select the last commissioner and the deputies as soon as possible,” said Mr. Kobler, who serves as the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). While welcoming the appointment, the envoy voiced regret at the absence of women from the Board, and encouraged the Parliament to take proactive action to include women at all levels of public life.The IHEC, established by the Council of Representatives in May 2007, is responsible for conducting all elections and referendums in Iraq.
Madden ratings are, of course, subjective at their core, which makes them a matter of fierce debate each year — as you would expect to be the case when fans’ favorite players are put on trial using an arbitrary scoring system. By contrast, 40 times are objective and allow for absolute comparisons (mostly), but the only publicly available versions come from a player’s rookie year, which doesn’t necessarily offer a snapshot of how fast a player is later in his career.In other words, there’s no perfect way to measure team speed. But there is a mild correlation, -0.31, between the Madden method and Barnwell’s process (the correlation is negative because Barnwell summed all the players’ 40 times, meaning higher is slower). And the two approaches share conclusions. Like Barnwell hinted at in his piece, speed isn’t necessarily associated with good offenses. I found a negative correlation between a team’s “Madden speed” and its offensive Simple Rating System (SRS) score from last season. (If you’re curious, defense had a very slight positive correlation with speed.)And here’s the twist: In terms of overall team quality (as measured by winning percentage, where the correlation to speed was a paltry -0.056, or SRS, where it was -0.082), how good a team was bore essentially no relationship to how fast its players were. For instance, while the league’s three fastest rosters — Kansas City, Philadelphia and Seattle — had good seasons in 2013, Nos. 4 and 5 on the speed list — Washington and Houston — each won fewer than 20 percent of their games.Looking at the whole league, it appears Al Davis’s all-consuming obsession with team speed was misguided. In 2013 at least, the speed of a roster was completely incidental to how well a team performed. Last week, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell put together a method to determine the fastest (and slowest) teams in the NFL, aggregating the combine and pro day 40-yard dash times for each team’s starting offensive skill players and secondary. It’s a clever way to address the nebulous question of “team speed,” but it made me wonder about alternative ways to quantify which teams are the fastest.My idea? Use the player “speed” ratings from EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 15” video game and compute the team average for every 2013 NFL roster, weighted by each individual player’s Approximate Value (Pro-Football-Reference’s attempt to generate a single numerical value representing the quality of any player’s season, regardless of position).By that method of computation, here were the fastest and slowest teams from a year ago:
Two years of research, testing, product development and canvassing of mining industry authorities, equipment manufacturers, mine workers and safety advocates have resulted in the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) approval of an RSL Fiber Systems’ lighting product, which the company believes will revolutionise the way mine equipment is illuminated.The key federal approval of RSL’s Mine Equipment Visibility Outlining System gives RSL and its West Virginia-based sales and distribution partner, CAI Industries/Gauley-Robertson the green light to market the “ground-breaking technology” to coal mine equipment manufacturers and operators and install it on a wide variety of heavy mining equipment for underground operations in permissable (hazardous) locations.“This is a monumental day for RSL Fiber Systems and provides a new opportunity for coal mine operators and equipment manufacturers to elevate safety and productivity in the mine environment,” said RSL President and Chief Technology Officer Giovanni Tomasi. “We are confident this new technology and the ensuing line of products it will generate, including the newly-approved Mine Equipment Visibility Outlining System, have the potential to change the way we illuminate mines and mine equipment forever,” said CAI/Gauley-Robertson President Chuck Lilly.