first_imgThe curtains comes down on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow tonight and India can feel reasonably happy with their showing. By rough projections, by the time the final medal tally is arrived at, India would have finished with close to 60 medals.It is the gold medal count which decides the standings on the overall table but there is no cause for remorse as preparations this time have not been as elaborate as they were before the scandal-ridden Games in New Delhi in 2010.Freeze frames from the New Delhi CWG invariably remind us of chaos and confusion, be it over the Games Village dirt or rain ruining the stadia. That, however, did not stop the athletes from winning in a variety of disciplines. There was pessimism in the air before the teams left India for Glasgow. But looking at the glow from various arenas, the Indians have done well despite impeding factors.Without sounding cliched, we are still not a sporting nation like South Africa or New Zealand, so to hopefully finish ahead of them this time in the medal tally is a plus which one can be proud of. Then again, for a country which wants gold medals as if it’s buying them at a souk in Dubai, the funding for athletes has not been as lavish as it was four years ago.Agreed, for each medal India wins in the international arena as a result of sweat, toil and tears, there is invariably government funding with a few corporates chipping in.advertisementWithout getting into the nitty-gritty of counting where each rupee goes, let’s be sure that barring cricket, in each sport, an Indian athlete wins a medal as a result of the taxpayers’ money being spent. If you take a shooter — from his weapon to bullets and foreign coaches being hired, it’s all thanks to sarkari paisa. The story is the same in many other disciplines as well.So where does the government go from here in terms of supporting athletes? The Asian Games are just six weeks away and, in less than two years, the Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro. Without getting miserly, the government needs to fund the disciplines where medals have come from. This concept of ear-marking a few crores in the annual budget will not work.Sport needs to be given the same priority as infrastructure development as then alone can we dream of more medals in multidiscipline sporting events. Reflecting on the last ten days, it was sheer joy to see new faces winning medals in a variety of disciplines from wrestling to weightlifting and boxing to gymnastics.Shooting was a bit of a disappointment as the gold medal count is low compared to the performances achieved before this in New Delhi, Melbourne 2006 and Manchester 2002.The good thing about shooting is that new talent is being thrown up and we find youngsters like Malaika Goel, Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul winning medals.The way wrestlers and lifters have performed is a pleasant revelation as these are disciplines where allegations of drug abuse have been painful in the past. In weightlifting, it’s almost a new crop which has started delivering and in wrestling, Haryana’s contribution is awesome.Likewise, it’s very heartening to see Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal succeed in women’s doubles squash. These girls have worked hard for years in an unheralded sport, and their gold medal will work wonders for youngsters who love the sport.I am aware some people are still not happy with the number of medals won by India but considering that events like archery and tennis were not part of the Glasgow programme, one can feel happy. Also, the pairs event in shooting was done away with in Glasgow and has now again been reinstated for Gold Coast 2018.Medals in judo from Navjot Chana, Shushila Likmabam and Kalpana Devi and Dipa Karmakar winning bronze in artistic gymnastics are out of the blue for many of us. What it goes to show that there is talent, depth and drive among the Indian youth and winning medals is possible.In hockey, the much-maligned men’s team is in the final and faces powerhouse Australia once again. Riled and ridiculed after the poor showing in the FIH World Cup, the team is trying hard and should be encouraged.Looking ahead, if people think India will win the same number of medals in the Incheon Asian Games in Korea, it would be foolish. Apart from the hosts, China and Japan, even smaller countries from the Middle East have the power to win medals in a variety of disciplines. The biggest lesson to be learnt from Glasgow is that today Indian sport does not depend just on the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt. The new crop has arrived and needs to be encouraged.advertisementAs for the cynics, they have to stop comparing India with sporting powerhouses. Even today, the youth of the nation is forced to think twice before jumping into serious sport thanks to the pressure of the taxing academic system.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith made his first real gaffe of training camp, losing the football late in the New York Jets’ fifth practice of the summer.A mistake? Sure. An overall sign of progress? Definitely. “It was his first turnover at camp,” coach Todd Bowles said. “You don’t blow it out of proportion.”Except that for the mistake-prone Smith, it passes as news that he “finally” turned the ball over. Leger Douzable had a strip-sack — although there’s no real contact on the quarterback in practice — when Smith held onto the ball too long and had it knocked out of his hand.“I’ve just got to protect the ball better,” Smith said. “That’s about it.” So far, so good this summer.He still has no interceptions and has shown a fairly good understanding of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s system, one that has spread tendencies similar to the one Smith played in during his touchdown-filled college days at West Virginia.During his first two seasons, Smith turned the ball over 41 times, including 34 interceptions. Reading defenses better, releasing the ball quicker and not locking in on his primary receiver were all items on his to-do list this season.“I’m getting better every day, more comfortable with it every day,” Smith said of playing in Gailey’s offense.It wasn’t just Smith who made mistakes as the offense as a whole was a bit sloppy, including rookie Bryce Petty throwing two interceptions.But all eyes are obviously on Smith, who has the starting job over veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick — and needs to be consistent and limit the turnovers to keep his spot atop the depth chart.“You talk about it and you recognize it,” Bowles said of Smith’s turnover. “At the end of the day, he’s got to let the ball fly. He just can’t sit there and hold it.”Smith is likely the key to success for the Jets this season. The defense is expected to be stout with a line that is considered among the best in the NFL, to go along with a revamped secondary that includes cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.Add wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a solid receiving corps with Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, and it would seem that Smith is in a perfect position to be successful.“Being that I’ve got a bunch of experience, good and bad, I think I’ve been able to see a lot and I’ve been able to learn from a lot,” Smith said.“I feel a lot more comfortable in the pocket, and being back there, and standing back there, and seeing things. But the system is great. It allows us to play fast. It allows us to see the defense and get the ball out quick because we have so many answers.”And Smith hopes to be the answer to perhaps the Jets’ biggest question of all: Sure, they’ve added a lot of talent — but do they have a reliable quarterback?“I’ve watched him and I think it’s very unfair that he’s been pointed out as somebody who hasn’t really been productive,” said former wide receiver Laveranues Coles, who attended practice last weekend.“A lot of that has to do with the people they’ve had around him. You can’t ask someone to make something happen without having anything. It’s like going to get groceries. You can’t tell me to make spaghetti and you don’t get me any pasta. …“Now that he has the tools around him, if he doesn’t produce now, then it’s easy to make a fair assessment of where he belongs after this season.”Cromartie was with the Jets during Smith’s rookie season, when the young quarterback was forced into the starting job when Mark Sanchez went down for the year in the preseason with a shoulder injury. After a year in Arizona — in Bowles’ defense — Cromartie is back in New York, and sees a change in Smith.“The biggest thing, I think, is he’s carrying himself more as a pro, the way he comes out and tries to handle himself,” Cromartie said.“I think you don’t see those moments you saw his rookie year in camp or maybe last year where he would get slumped or he may get frustrated with certain things. He just lets that play go. If it happens, it happens and then he moves on to the next play.“From that point, that’s a growing step.”Smith had some issues last season that might have made some of his teammates waver in their assessment of him as the guy in charge on the field.His in-game mistakes derailed some of the Jets’ games and led to a few benchings, and off-field incidents — missing a team meeting, cursing at a fan in the stands — affected his credibility as a leader.That’s all in the past for Smith, who has come back rejuvenated and refocused.“I’m just growing as a person,” he said. “I think as you get older, you get a better understanding, so with that, you know, I’m definitely more mature. “I think if I wasn’t, that would be a problem.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLAKELAND — Miguel Cabrera hits a three-run homer off Vinnie Pestano in his first at-bat of spring training, Justin Verlander pitched two hitless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 3-0 Friday.Cabrera walked in the first inning and homered in the third. He hit 18 homers last season, his fewest since 2003, and was limited by injuries to 119 games as Detroit finished last in the AL Central after four straight division titles.Verlander struck out one and walked one in his first outing.Yankees starter Brian Mitchell, competing for a rotation spot, pitched two hitless innings and struck out two.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

first_imgStats Harry Kane matches Arsenal legend Bergkamp’s away goal record Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 22:38 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Stats Harry Kane Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur Huddersfield Town Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The 24-year-old is in the midst of one of the richest spells of away form in recent years as he completed what has been a remarkable month for him Harry Kane joined Premier League royalty in the form of Dennis Bergkamp when he struck twice during Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday.The England striker, 24, netted early on after powering clear on goal then added a second when he sent a fine curling effort into the corner from the edge of the area.Brighton 11/1 to beat Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Although there was to be no hat-trick for the England striker, he joined former Arsenal star Bergkamp as the only players to score twice in three successive away fixtures.He netted twice at Everton and West Ham prior to Saturday’s fixture, while he also grabbed a Champions League hat-trick away against APOEL last Tuesday. Harry Kane TottenhamAfter another scoreless August, Kane has been oustanding in September, scoring 13 times for club and country, a figure unsurpassed in his career to date.Highlighting just what a successful period it has been for Kane, he matched the highest tallies in a single month by Lionel Messi during March 2012 and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored as many in October 2010.13 – This equals the highest tallies in a single month by both Lionel Messi (13 in March 2012) & Cristiano Ronaldo (13 in Oct 2010). Peers.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2017Kane’s second at the John Smith’s Stadium took him to 84 career Premier League goals, matching the tally of Ronaldo, who played with Manchester United from 2003 until 2009.Remarkably, he has scored only twice at Spurs’ temporary home of Wembley, getting two against Borussia Dortmund in Tottenham’s Champions League opener.last_img read more

first_imgMatthijs de Ligt now feeling settled at Juventusby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatthijs de Ligt now feels settled at Juventus.Juve splashed out €75m to sign De Ligt from Ajax over the summer.“I’m getting used to how the lads play. Beating Bayer was good,” he told Veronica after yesterday’s 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.“Right now, things are going well. I was Ajax’s captain and there I was able to have my say, whereas here I had to find my place. Now I feel like I’ve found it and I’m happy about it.“Italy is known as a country with defensive teams, but the trend is changing: just look at how high they defend.“We have a new Coach and I’m not the only one who has yet to adapt. Unfortunately, I started badly, but it’s about improving every day and every game.“It’s what I’m doing and it’s going well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img No data available! scorecard advertisement graphs view more view lesscenter_img Rohan Sen HyderabadMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 00:38 IST Jasprit Bumrah finished with 2 wickets for 14 runs in his quota of 4 overs (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians (149/8) beat Chennai Super Kings (148/7) by 1 runJasprit Bumrah was adjudged man-of-the-match for his performance with the ballThe win was Mumbai’s fourth in the IPL and Rohit Sharma’s fifth title in totalQuinton de Kock’s mistake in the penultimate over of the IPL 2019 final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings could have been very costly for his team but fortunately he ended up on the winning side as MI beat CSK by 1 run in a thrilling game on Sunday to lift their 4th IPL title.Jasprit Bumrah was bowling the 19th over and he had been brilliant up until the final ball when he bowled a bouncer to Ravindra Jadeja who couldn’t connect and the ball went through to de Kock behind the stumps.It was a regulation take for Quinton de Kock but he couldn’t gather the ball as it moved away in the final moment and went to the boundary.Bumrah, rather than getting angry at de Kock for his costly mistake, chose to go up to the wicketkeeper and pat him on the back. He decided to forgive de Kock and told him it’s alright.The moment was captured on camera and lauded by the commentators and fans on social media.HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE JASPRIT BUMRAH. HE’S JUST AMAZING. May 12, 2019My respect for Jasprit Bumrah has gone up a level. Not for his bowling, which is superb of course. We all are aware of itThat conversation he had with QDK and calming his nerves is top stuff #IPL2019Final #IPL2019 #IPL #MIShruti Hariharan (@Shruti_2890) May 12, 2019At a time when every fan including me were losing their shit with the fielding blunders, loads of respect to Jasprit Bumrah for keeping that calm. I don’t think anyone would’ve managed to keep their nerves like him at that moment. #IPL2019Final#MIvCSK #MI #Csk akhtar (@BeingSAkhtar) May 12, 2019Jasprit Bumrah bowled a gem of a spell in a big game under pressure. He laughed it away when Rahul Chahar dropped Watson of his bowling. He consoled Quinton De Kock when he gave away those byes in a big moment. The man is captain material, as calm as a toad in the sun.Hardik Rajgor (@Hardism) May 12, 2019One of the best moments of the day. Jasprit Bumrah to Quinton de Kock after he dropped Jadeja on his bowling #MIvCSK #IPL2019Final (@SteynGun_) May 12, 2019Mumbai Indians ultimately defended 149 in 20 overs to lift their fourth IPL title in Hyderabad. Riding on Shane Watson’s 80, Chennai were cruising till the final over but made a mess of it in the end as Watson got run out off the fourth delivery.Lasith Malinga produced an incredible last over to defend nine runs as Mumbai Indians claimed undisputed supremacy in the IPL. CSK needed nine runs off the last over but the experienced Lankan paceman Malinga kept his nerve to concede eight. He trapped Shardul Thakur leg before in the last ball after Watson (80 off 59) got run out two balls earlier.Unprecedented scenes from Hyderabad as @mipaltan became #VIVOIPL champs for the 4th time!Lasith Malinga showing his true class in the last over #MIvCSK (@IPL) May 12, 2019Before that Jasprit Bumrah kept Mumbai in the hunt with his tidy overs and two wickets, getting rid of Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu. The premier Indian pacer produced 13 dot balls in his testing overs. Young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar also played a key role in the middle overs as he too created pressure by bowling 13 dot balls.superstar is the Indians’ superstar tonight with an exceptional spell of 2/14 @Jaspritbumrah93 is the Man of the Match in the #VIVOIPL final. #MIvCSK (@IPL) May 12, 2019Both teams were tied at three IPL titles each heading into the finale with Mumbai holding the upper hand, having beaten CSK thrice earlier in the competition.Also Read | IPL 2019 Final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in last-ball thriller to win 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019: Lasith Malinga recalls last-over nerves after MI win record 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019 final: Kieron Pollard protests against umpire call in last over from BravoAlso Read | Controversy in IPL 2019 Final: Rohit Sharma upset after Shardul Thakur’s rude send-off actFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? 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first_img Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen 1 of 4 Next Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality In 2017, Jávri Lodge received a makeover, bringing the hotel into the 21st Century while maintaining some of the original historic features. Rather than tear down the log cabins, architectural firm Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen made additions to the structures, creating a space that combines Finnish minimalism with traditional rustic mountain style.The main addition to the hotel are the copper-clad “Sky Suites” on the second floor of the main building. The exterior wall of the suites is made entirely of glass, allowing guests an unobstructed view of the Aurora Borealis right from the comfort of their beds. The rooms are simple and functional, a hallmark of Finnish design. Featuring light gray walls, black steel ceilings, and minimal furnishings, the rooms showcase window seats perfect for relaxing and taking in the views. With only four Sky Suites available, they offer some of the most exclusive views in all of Finland. Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu PirinenWhen most people imagine the ideal Finnish mountain getaway, clean lines, bright airy spaces, and beautifully minimalist spaces that connect them to nature are what come to mind. What people probably don’t expect is a traditional log cabin. But with Jávri Lodge, you get a stunning combination of both. The boutique hotel located in Saariselkä, Finland is a historic, rustic log cabin that received a thoroughly Finnish addition to create the ultimate mountain getaway.Jávri Lodge isn’t just an incredible vacation retreat, it comes with a fascinating history as well. The original log cabin structures once belonged to former Finnish president Urho Kekkonen. The property served as his personal lodge where he enjoyed the beauty of the Lapland wilderness while hosting an impressive array of guests from royalty to world leaders. Now the hotel, located on the edge of a forest, is a picture-perfect spot for nature lovers to enjoy all that Finland’s northern region has to offer, including hiking, skiing, and catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.  center_img Next Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen 1 of 5 Previous Previous Along with the Sky Suites, the architects also enhanced the main entry and dining hall. A barrel-vaulted ceiling adds volume to the space yet maintains a sense of intimacy thanks to black-painted steel. A wall of windows lets diners enjoy views outside while letting natural light into the space. Outside, the new barrel vault was clad in copper, creating a dramatic contrast against the original wooden logs. The copper is untreated and over time will age to deep black, mimicking the black steel inside. Throughout Jávri Lodge the strong connection to nature that is important in Finnish design was mintained. Slate flooring in the public areas emulates the dark Laplandic stones and blurs the line between inside and out. Most materials were left untreated to allow for natural aging over time (much like the roof). Windows were carefully placed to frame beautiful exterior views. And furnishings are simple and understated, allowing those beautiful exterior views to be the star of the show. It’s a careful blending of nature, history, and relaxing style that has us packing our backs to head to Finland.To plan your stay at Javri Lodge, check out the hotel’s official website. Editors’ Recommendations Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement For both access points:Eligible projects are awarded funding on a first-come, first-served basis until resources for the program are depleted or until the final closing date (January 10, 2020), whichever comes first.Eligible applicants may apply to the program with a maximum of one project (for this year).Successful applicants receive non-interest-bearing advances, which are repayable upon first day of official preparation for principal photography or other use of the script, or upon transfer, sale, assignment, or other disposition of the script.Expenses that can be funded are set out in the program guidelines, but they include scriptwriting and related costs, up to $40,000 for the Writer Access Point and up to $46,000 for the Creator Collaborator Access Point, though these costs cannot have been incurred before the 2019-2020 CMF fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).Additional key informationThe Writer Access Point clearly contemplates direct access by Canadian screenwriters. However, nothing in the Creator Collaborator Access Point guidelines prevents screenwriters from applying that way if they prefer, either themselves or in partnership with a producer, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements for that access point.Eligible projects for both access points must be linear audiovisual content that is developed as a Canadian production or intended as an audiovisual treaty coproduction. This means, among other things, that it is a 10/10 CAVCO-point production, for which the underlying rights are owned and significantly and meaningfully developed by Canadians, and shot and set primarily in Canada.Funding is available for English- and French-language projects, but the above summary refers to English projects where applicable. Just a reminder: This is a CMF program, so the CMF’s own guidelines and interpretations will apply.How to applyFull eligibility requirements and other details can be found on the CMF website here. The program opens on June 20, 2019.Further questions should be directed to the closest CMF Program Administrator/Telefilm Canada office. These offices also provide pre-application consultations, which can assist  further. In addition, the CMF will hold a webcast on April 9 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss new programs and to answer questions.The WGC will monitor this new program closely to see how effective it is for supporting Canadian screenwriters and great Canadian content. We hope that this is just one step towards further empowering Canadian screenwriters — the authorial voice of Canadian programming — to continue to thrive in this rapidly evolving global industry.WGC ~ WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has launched its new Early Stage Development Program. What differentiates this CMF funding program from others is that it’s the first time since the government org’s founding that it is giving writers the chance to access development money directly, without a producer or broadcaster attached. The WGC has been working with the federal government for several years to get more direct financial support for content development led by Canadian screenwriters — and this is the first step. Screenwriters who are interested and meet the CMF’s eligibility criteria — as this fund is fully operated and administered by the CMF — should apply.So, what’s in this new program?CMF Early Stage Development funding is available via two access points. The Writer Access Point can be employed directly by writers who have:Completed a minimum of 10 produced hours of written work in one of the CMF’s four supported genres —drama, children & youth, documentary, or variety & performing arts — that was broadcast by a Canadian broadcaster.Received at least one producer-level credit (like exec producer or associate producer for live-action productions) or one story editor credit (for animated productions).Are incorporated, as applicants must be a Canadian single-shareholder company meeting the CMF’s eligibility requirements.The second is the Creator Collaborator Access Point. For this stream, an applicant:Must be a Canadian company that has a writing agreement with a writer and a letter of interest from a Canadian broadcaster, “Eligible Distributor,” provincial funding agency, or CRTC-recognized certified independent production fund.Is not subject to a minimum requirement for produced hours of written work, and does not need any financial commitment from a broadcaster.last_img read more

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsCheers and applause greeted three Labrador Land protectors who were back in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Supreme Court Monday morning after spending the last 10 days in jail.Jim Learning, Eldred Davis and Marjorie Flowers were charged with contempt of court for breaching an injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy, a provincially-owned Crown corporation.On July 21, all three refused to sign an undertaking to stay one kilometre from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam and were taken into custody and sent to the St. John’s jail 1,500 km south.On Monday morning they were back in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and before Justice George Murphy who was appearing via video conference from Cornerbrook.The judge cautioned the people in court against disrupting the proceedings after emotional outburst July 21.When Davis came into court, he was met with a quiet show of solidarity as people raised their arms and waved.Davis has refused to eat while in jail.“My mind was tested to the limits,” Davis told the court on his time in jail.The judge told Davis he didn’t want to send him back to jail, but if Davis refused to comply with the court order, he had no choice.His next court date is set for the end of August.“I don’t know if I could last that long,” said Davis. “I feel I have no choice, for my sanity…my health.”(Supporters go through security at the Labrador court house in Goose Bay. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN)He agreed to sign the undertaking this time.But Learning refused. When sheriffs escorted him into court, he smiled at the land protectors filling the room and said: “A full house.”The 79-year-old has fought the hydro project at Muskrat Falls for years. Nalcor alleges Learning trespassed on its property on June 25 and 26. Then blocked traffic entering the main gate at the Muskrat Falls site on July 18.Murphy said there’s a difference between protesting and breaking the law. He urged Learning to sign the undertaking, saying he didn’t want to send him back to jail.“I don’t want to sit there either,” said Learning. “But there’s no choice for me here. I’m not giving up my fight.”Flowers consulted with her St. John’s lawyer Mark Gruchy who asked the court for the option of house arrest in lieu of jail time. Murphy agreed. Flowers has to abide by an undertaking she previously signed in November 2016.The judge then offered the same option to Learning.The court took a short recess so Learning could consult with his partner Roberta Benefield and lawyer Mark Gruchy.(Eldred Davis is hugged by a supporter after court in Goose Bay. “I feel I have no choice, for my sanity…my health,” he said. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN)Learning steadfastly refused to sign an undertaking but agreed to house arrest over going back to jail.When the three land protectors were released after the court proceedings, they were met with hugs and cheers.Learning and the others will appear in court again at the end of August. Fifty land protectors are facing civil charges.Thirty-seven people are also facing criminal charges related to protests at Muskrat Falls.The hydro project has been criticized for its impacts on the environment, skyrocketing costs now over-budget at $12-billion, and a lack of consultation.Contact Trina here: troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Millennials are a burned-out bunch.Millennial workers are more likely than older generations to report being burned out at work, according to a 2018 Gallup study. The gig economy, the temptations of social media and the high expectations millennials have of themselves contribute to this trend, behavioural finance experts say.Add to that record student debt levels, the cost of health care, slow wage growth and little work-life balance, and you have a recipe for emotional exhaustion.“Millennials have this double whammy of anxiety coupled with a really strong work ethic,” says Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist and professor emerita at Golden Gate University. “Before they even get started, millennials approach their tasks in life with a (base) level of anxiety, which depletes their resources for managing stress.”This is not to say “adulting” is especially difficult for this generation, or to assume that all millennials are struggling. But understanding how burnout harms financial decision-making can help you or a loved one break through it and achieve goals.BURNOUT TRICKS THE MINDBurnout isn’t the same as stress.The World Health Organization , which added burnout to its handbook of recognized health conditions this year, says symptoms include “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.”Burnout is linked to your job, but it can also affect your financial decisions outside of work in the following ways:— YOU PAY MORE FOR CONVENIENCE. You could be spending money regularly on takeout, Uber rides or grocery delivery, for example.People are often willing to pay more for convenience because they’re exhausted — from working multiple jobs, long hours or being available for work all the time — and because it makes mundane tasks easier, says Theresa Stevens, 26, a financial coach who works with millennials at Declutter Your Money in Providence, Rhode Island.— YOU SPLURGE AS A REWARD. “Treat yourself” isn’t just a hashtag; it can be a coping mechanism. When it comes to rewarding ourselves, “our mind tricks us into taking us off the hook,” Yarrow says.“You might think: I already have student loans and credit card debt and my rent is half my income so I might as well go out and eat, because what difference will it really make?” Stevens says.Social networks and the ease of online shopping make it harder to resist temptation, says Mariel Beasley, co-founder of the Common Cents Lab, a behavioural science research lab at Duke University that focuses on improving financial well-being for low- and middle-income households.“We see the food people are getting at fancy restaurants, the cute new shoes they bought or the places they’re travelling to,” Beasley says. “We’re seeing their spending; rarely do we see what they’re saving.”HOW TO BREAK THROUGH BURNOUTYou can’t fix the economy or wish away debt. But by recognizing burnout, you can make things easier on yourself. Here’s how:— KNOW YOUR “WHY.” Your values motivate you when you’re paying off debt or saving money for a dream vacation. They can also help you prioritize what you’re willing to spend money on and cut back on.Values aren’t the same as goals. Paying off a credit card is a goal, but achieving financial freedom is a value, Stevens says.— BUDGET STRATEGICALLY. Budgeting isn’t about cutting out the small things that give you joy, like the occasional Uber or your latte habit.Taking a big step to save money — think moving into a cheaper living situation, refinancing your student loans or cancelling subscriptions — is more sustainable in the long run than, say, resolving to eat out less, Beasley says.“Every day when you’re making a decision to spend less, it’s hard to keep going,” she says. “We naturally bounce back to our old habits.”After you’ve identified your values, a budget is a tool to help you live them. The 50/30/20 budget, which divides spending into needs, wants and savings, is a good place to start.— CHANNEL MONEY MOTIVATION: When you’re feeling motivated, take a one-time action that will save you effort, Beasley says.Set up a small transfer — perhaps 5% of your income — to a savings account so the money is out of sight, out of mind. Or cut up a credit card (but don’t close the account) to make it a little harder — but not impossible — to buy things you don’t value._________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Amrita Jayakumar is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @ajbombay.RELATED LINK:NerdWallet: The 50/30/20 budget Jayakumar Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

Again, not every DNF or DQ is a crash, and research has shown that per-run injury rates are still highest in the speed disciplines (downhill and super-G) versus the technical ones (giant slalom and slalom). This jibes with common sense: Although it’s easy to get disqualified for missing a gate in slalom, those miscues don’t always result in terrifying crashes. Making a mistake at the speeds involved in downhill, on the other hand, can have more devastating consequences.All of this is worth keeping in mind while watching Olympic races over the next few weeks. Some of the most seemingly terrifying sports can actually rank among the lowest in terms of on-course incident rates — although what few mishaps there are tend to be quite dangerous. Meanwhile, anything can happen in the most technical skiing events. As it turns out, hurriedly weaving down an icy slope on skis is difficult to do without skipping a gate or crashing. Who knew?— Ella Koeze contributed research. In addition to skeleton and bobsled, luge is another sport that seems prone to disaster, with its high speeds and steeply banked turns. However, roughly 96 percent of competitors end up finishing their runs unscathed, an even better rate than bobsledding can claim.4That doesn’t mean luge isn’t dangerous, of course. At the 2010 Olympics, amid concerns over an excessively quick course, Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died after a crash in practice. Short track speedskating, by comparison, has a more deserved reputation for mayhem, with nearly 9 percent of runs ending prematurely — though the list of offenses that can get you disqualified from a race is fairly lengthy. On the short track, crashes and chaos are features that add to the excitement.But the undisputed king of ending athletes’ races prematurely — and thus dashing gold-medal dreams — is Alpine skiing. Since 1994, nearly a third of all ski runs have ended without the racer actually crossing the finish line. And the breakdown within the sport varies pretty heavily by event: Perhaps surprisingly, the lightning-fast downhill discipline has skiing’s lowest rate of incidents, with only about 10 percent of runs going unfinished. That number would still be higher than any of the sports we looked at above, but it’s low compared with other familiar high-speed activities such as NASCAR (where 16 percent of individual races ended in a DNF last season) or Formula 1 (24 percent). Downhill takes tremendous speed, skill and courage, and we’ve all seen what can go wrong when a racer makes a mistake, but those moments are still rather few and far between by Alpine standards.DNFs and DQs become much more common, however, in disciplines featuring tighter turns and more gates — those pesky markers that a skier must navigate around to complete the course. Whatever the discipline, failing to send the tips of your skis (plus boots) inside of a gate will get you disqualified from the race.In the super giant slalom (or “super-G”), racers gather speeds comparable to those seen in downhill, but they also must make sharper cuts around more gates, which are bunched more closely together. (They also aren’t allowed practice sessions beforehand, which doesn’t help matters.) Between the men and women, only about 78 percent of Olympic super-G runs are completed cleanly.And super-G is not considered a “technical” skiing event. Giant slalom is, and it involves even more gates and more side-to-side turning. Since 1994, a third of Olympic giant slalom runs ended in DNF or DQ. But the ultimate tough-to-finish Alpine discipline is the standard slalom, with skiers zigzagging back and forth across the slope around pylon-like gates in rapid succession. Almost 50 percent of slalom runs fail to cross the finish line, a testament to the perfection required to clear every gate at world-class speed.Nothing in slalom is guaranteed. For instance, even in successful runs like the one that clinched the gold medal for the great U.S. racer Mikaela Shiffrin at the 2014 Olympics, disaster is always lurking around the next gate: At one point midrace, Shiffrin’s left ski lost contact with the ground, requiring an expert recovery to avert a missed gate — or worse. Tianyu Han of China and Yuri Confortola of Italy, at right, crash during men’s 1,500-meter short track speedskating qualifying during the 2018 Winter Olympics. Richard Heathcote / Getty Images At the climax of everyone’s favorite bobsleigh-based film, 1993’s “Cool Runnings,” disaster strikes the upstart Jamaican team when its ricketty sled flips over during the final race. Everyone from Calgary to Jamaica fears the worst — but the teammates shake off the wreck, determined to finish the race. Together, they hoist up the sled on their shoulders, carrying it over the finish line. Cue that inspirational slow clap.It was a real thing that actually happened … well, aside from a few bits of artistic license. (For instance, they never carried the sled; the fact that all four racers walked away from the crash at all was remarkable enough, given how it looked in slow motion.) But one of bobsledding’s most iconic moments was also a total rarity. As far as Winter Olympic sports go, bobsled has one of the lowest rates of in-race mishaps, with racers completing roughly 95 percent of their runs. In other sports, by contrast, finishes aren’t anywhere near as guaranteed — we’re looking at you, Alpine skiing.To measure how often a run goes awry, we grabbed data from’s Olympics site going back to 19941The year the Winter Olympics switched to its current cycle. for events in nine timed sports: skiing (Alpine and cross-country), skeleton, luge, bobsled, speedskating (short and long track), biathlon and Nordic combined. For each event, we tracked how often it ended in a DNF — “did not finish” — or a disqualification.To be sure, not every DNF or DQ represents a crash like the Jamaicans suffered in 1988.2Technically, they were disqualified for the wreck. For example, in skeleton (you know, the one where you slide face-first down an icy track at stomach-churning speeds), the only DNF or DQ happened not on the course but when Canadian racer Mike Douglas was late for a pre-race inspection.3It should be noted that, before 2002, skeleton had appeared in only two Olympics: 1928 and 1948. The sport was reintroduced to the Olympics in 2002. But DNFs and DQs do usually correlate with the difficulty in staying on course and avoiding spills, missed gates or other sources of misfortune.Since 1994, these are the winter sports with the lowest (and highest) rates of DNFs and DQs among the timed events in our data: read more

The outgoing head of the family court has revealed he was once asked to rule on a child’s haircut because his parents couldn’t agree.Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, says he has had to make decisions on too many disputes that should be made by parents.The judge said he was once asked to rule on a disagreement about the length of a six-year-old boy’s hair because a father wanted a “crew cut” and a mother “more flowing locks” – saying no judge should have to make that ruling.He also said the family court is being undermined by “downright untruths” on social media. Sir James, who retired on Friday, said his efforts to increase public trust in the courts by making them more open and transparent had been made more challenging by online commenters. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The judge said in 2014 that family courts should publish judgments online in significant cases and has called for the most secretive court, the Court of Protection, to be made more accessible to journalists. “The simple fact is that in relation to a huge amount of the stuff on social media today and the web today, one could have the most transparent system in the world and it wouldn’t stop people saying what they say. “One could have every single family court completely open to the world at large, one could have complete freedom to report everything except the names, and one would still I suspect, I fear, see on social media the kind of material one sees today,” he said.He said the problem “didn’t exist in the old days” but the internet was now a “completely free, completely unregulated marketplace of information, ideas, dissimulation, misunderstanding, in some cases just downright untruths.”The judge also said he thought the current situation, in which journalists are allowed into some family court hearings, but excluded in some cases, for example adoption proceedings, or when the judge believes that justice could be impeded, has “just about got the balance right”. Sir James, who will be succeeded by Sir Andrew McFarlane, has been outspoken since he took on the role in 2013. He also drew attention to access to justice, suggesting that “mobile courts” could take judges to litigants, rather than them having to travel, in a similar way to a mobile library.  “Why should we assume axiomatically that all litigants have to go and see a judge? Why should the judge not go and see the litigants?” he said.  He said he still believed that free speech means the “truth will triumph in the market of ideas”, but added that social media means this “doesn’t always work”.  One could have every single family court completely open to the world at large, one could have complete freedom to report everything except the names, and one would still I suspect, I fear, see on social media the kind of material one sees todaySir James Munby Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgAgnico Eagle Mines is in the process of installing an ore sorting pilot plant at its Pinos Altos gold-silver operation in Mexico as it looks to improve the feed grade to its processing facilities.The announcement came in the company’s September quarter financial results, which also mentioned a planned trial of automated underground mining equipment at the La Ronde Zone 5 mine in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada.Agnico said testing of the ore sorter was expected to begin later this month and continue for some six months.“Over this period, samples will be processed from all the orebodies to determine the merits of implementing the technology in Mexico,” the company said, adding that similar ore sorting pilot testing was being considered at the company’s other operating regions.Pinos Altos is an open pit and underground operation that produced close to 250,000 oz of gold last year.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 9, 2018 – Nassau – The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the National Junkanoo Committee held a ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton, on December 22, 2017 to induct 22 persons into the Junkanoo Legends Circle.   The event was held under the patronage of Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (front row, sixth right) and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (standing front row, fifth left).Also pictured with those recognized for their contributions to Junkanoo were Director of Culture Rowena Poitier Sutherland (left of Minister), and Co-Chairs of the National Junkanoo Committee Kishlane O’Brien (first row, first left) and Dr. Dwight Marshall (first row, first right).The 2017 Induction Class included: David Wilfred Thompson; Leonard “Laddy” Bain;  Peter “Cheaper” Clarke, Jr.; Godfrey “Gully” Collie; Howard Bethel, Jr.; William Gregory “Big Mull” Bethel; Herbert “Herbie” Bain; Lynden “Mojo” Rahming;  Kendal “K.C.” Campbell;  Ronald “Lugga” Cartwright, Jr.; Mrs. Emmaline Richardson; Barry Howard Herbert Wilson; Anjoun Armaly; Neville “Radio” Mitchell; Wendell Duke “Dukie” Smith; Rudolph “Billy” Burrows; Linda Christina Stubbs nee Wood; Jeffrey Rahming; Robert Andrew “Andy” Ford; Lincoln Young; Valentino A. Hanna; and Shane “Gabriel” Moncur (for Junior Junkanoo).(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgCrain Communications has seen three of its veteran executives leave in recent months, including David Blake (a 24-year-vet who most recently served as publisher of Crain’s Chicago Business and who retired in September), Bob Simmons (a 30-year vet who oversaw the Akron-based group including Plastics News, Rubber & Plastics News, Tire Business and Waste & Recycling News–which he founded–who retired earlier this month) and Marty Ross (who had been with Business Insurance since 1985, most recently as vp/publisher), who moved to the new position of vp/managing director of events and business development before leaving. However, some sources are saying Crain is asking some long-time executives to retire or transition to new roles and has changed the compensation plan to make transitions easier internally. “Bob Simmons ran Akron as an empire for 30 years and was forced to retire a couple weeks ago,” says one source. “Word is that if you were over 50, you had trouble. Where you used to get a week’s pay for every year, now they get three weeks, period.” (“That couldn’t be more wrong,” says a company spokesperson.) “They don’t handle executive transitions well,” says another source. “It’s either too soft a touch or right out the door.”Chairman Keith Crain denies any of the three executives were asked to leave. “All three were totally different circumstances, all three were in different cities,” he told FOLIO:. “Those things happen when you have 1,000 people working for you. It was a coincidence that they all retired around the same time. All had enough tenure, all had enough relationships, all left on good terms. Sadly, it happens. In full disclosure–Marty got his new role and didn’t like it and left.” Ross declined to comment. Crain says that his sons, including K.C. Crain–who was named vice president/group publisher of the Akron group last fall and Chris Crain–vice president and group publisher of Pension’s & Investments, Business Insurance, Workforce Management and Staffing Industry Analysts–are overseeing more of the company as well as planning for future transitions. “As a guy who is a senior executive, I see a lot of people who reach retirement age and say, ‘What do you mean? I’m not going to retire!’” says Crain. “I look around at people who’ve been around for 20, 25 years and think, are they going to stay forever? My sons, who are very much involved in the company, are looking at the transition issue. That’s one I’m not going to have to worry about.”Earlier this month Crain announced that it will move its Chicago office from what’s been its location for the past decade–360 N. Michigan Avenue–to three floors at 150 N. Michigan Avenue in 2012.last_img read more

first_imgOsmania University: Telangana Vidyarthi Samakhya (TVS) state president Harish Goud on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Telangana Admission and Fee Regulation Committee (TAFRC) Chairman Justice P Swaroop Reddy seeking action against private engineering colleges that are collection excess fees from students.He demanded the colleges to return the excess amount to students. He sought TAFRC to do flawless supervision of auditing reports submitted by the colleges. TVS state vice president A Jitender, P Prakash and A Sudheer Reddy were present.last_img

first_imgHyderabad: Mounting pressure on already cash crunched power distribution companies of the State, the Southern Regional Load Dispatch Centre has made it clear to the power generating stations to acquire letter of credit a day in advance. In the instructions issued to the power generating stations, the Southern Regional Load Dispatch Centre said the generating stations must announce their power generation capacities a day in advance as per the LCs received. No changes should be made after that. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us On the other hand, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has strongly opposed Ministry of Power order making it mandatory to open and maintain adequate letter of Credit (LC) as payment security mechanism under PPA by DISCOMs. Speaking to the media, AIPEF chairman Shailendra Dubey, secretary general Prathnakar Rao and TSPEA secretary general P Sadanandam termed the order as anti-people and anti-consumer and has appealed to Union Power Minister RK Singh to withdraw the order immediately as it will not be practically feasible to implement this mechanism from within two days i.e. from August 1. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us They said the DISCOMs will not have access to procure electricity even from the power exchange, if they have not opened the adequate LC. The order further says that in case where dispatch of power by generating companies is not done due to non-opening of LC, the DISCOMs are liable to pay compensation to the generator as per the PPA terms and conditions which would adversely affect the financial position of DISCOMS. The AIPEF office bearers said due to this unscheduled load shedding would take place and massive power cuts would be imposed for the common consumers, particularly to Agricultural sector.last_img read more

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday mourned the demise of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley and recalled an interesting remark that the BJP leader made that ‘India has the same place in International Cricket Council (ICC) as the United States has in United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’. “I never forgot one of his best lines to me talking about cricket when I was still at UN — India has the same place in ICC as the US has in UNSC. As a minister, he was very impressive. I thought that asking questions to him in Parliament was always rewarding as he gave you serious answers, precisely expressed,” he said while talking to ANI here. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend from Delhi University days, Arun Jaitley. We have known each other since we were students. He was the president of DUSU when I was the president of St Stephens College Student’s Union. We were not on the same page politically. In fact, my union was not political whereas DUSU at that time was under the control of ABVP of which Arun Jaitley was a leading light,” he added. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Tharoor said they had mutual regard for each other. “To my surprise, he supported my candidacy for the academic council as student representative even though we didn’t agree politically about certain issues. He said we need people of your kind of quality to represent the student body in the council,” he said. Stressing that Jaitley was somebody he kept in touch with after leaving for United Nations, he said, “When I came back to India, he was one of the people already in politics who became once again somebody I could maintain very friendly relations with. It was not a political friendship. It was a very pleasant relationship.” Advertise With Us The Congress leader said he will remember Jaitley in many ways as a consummate Delhi insider, somebody who was completely at home in Lutyen’s Delhi. Fondly recalling crossing swords with him in Parliament, Tharoor said, “In debates, in the Budget session for example, I had the privilege of representing my party’s views. I was very pleased that I was able to cross swords with him.” “He and I spoke quite often. I spoke to him on the phone just a little while before he passed away. He said don’t come now — I am not feeling well now to receive a lot of visitors. He said I am fine,” he added. The Congress leader said he felt a terrible sense of loss at the veteran politician’s demise. “It’s a great sense of loss for India, for the spirit of mutual respect across political divides that is so important in a democracy. My profound condolences to his family. My thoughts are very much with his loved ones,” Tharoor said.last_img read more

first_imgYoutubeYouTube announced Wednesday it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.The announcement by the Google-owned video-sharing platform was the latest of a series of tech industry moves to filter out hateful and violent content, which have spurred calls for tougher regulation.”YouTube has always had rules of the road, including a longstanding policy against hate speech,” a company statement said.”Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.”The move comes after a call by world leaders in Paris last month to curb extremism online, following revelations about the livestreaming of a mosque massacre in New Zealand.”We will begin enforcing this updated policy today; however, it will take time for our systems to fully ramp up and we’ll be gradually expanding coverage over the next several months,” YouTube said.YouTube and other platforms have also been seen as havens for conspiracy theorists denying Holocaust or the 11 September attacks, and for Nazi and white supremacist groups.The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks white supremacists and other extremist groups, said the ban will be positive only if YouTube enforces it.”As with other outlets before it, YouTube’s decision to remove hateful content depends on its ability to enact and enforce policies and procedures that will prevent this content from becoming a global organizing tool for the radical right,” said the group’s intelligence director Heidi Beirich.”Tech companies must proactively tackle the problem of hateful content that is easily found on their platforms before it leads to more hate-inspired violence.”Tougher measuresIn January, YouTube said it would stop recommending specious videos such as those claiming the earth is flat or promoting bogus theories about the September 11, 2001 terror attacks or the 2012 killings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. But it stopped short of banning that content.YouTube said it would seek ways to keep some of the violent content to make it available to researchers.But the latest move is likely to eliminate numerous “channels” that use the platform for monetization.”We have longstanding advertiser-friendly guidelines that prohibit ads from running on videos that include hateful content and we enforce these rigorously,” the statement said.”Channels that repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies will be suspended from the YouTube Partner program, meaning they can’t run ads on their channel or use other monetization features.”Earlier this year, Facebook announced it would ban praise or support for white nationalism and white separatism as part of a stepped-up crackdown on hate speech.The moves by social media have prompted criticism among right-wing activists in the United States, and President Donald Trump has claimed that online platforms are seeking to suppress conservative voices.YouTube did not disclose the names of any groups or channels that may be banned.The YouTube move comes after a report in the tech news website The Verge documenting harassment of a journalist based on his race and sexual orientation by right-wing commentator Steven Crowder.According to The Verge, Crowder’s channel was still operational.But YouTube said later on Twitter it had suspended monetization of Crowder’s channel, barring him from getting YouTube ad revenues.”We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies,” the company said.Andrew Surabian, a Republican strategist and former White House aide, said the move suggests YouTube has caved in to pressure from activists.”If that’s their new standard, will they now demonetize all the rap videos with homophobic slurs on their platform?” he said on Twitter.last_img read more

first_img Bureau of Labor Statistics Federal Reserve Jobs Labor Department 2014-08-01 Tory Barringer Job Growth Wanes in July; Unemployment Rate Edges Up Share in Data, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img August 1, 2014 529 Views Updated.U.S. payrolls grew less than expected in July, a potential sign that the labor market recovery might be cooling following an early summer hiring spike.According to the Department of Labor, the economy added 209,000 jobs last month, coming in under the 233,000 predicted by economists. The national unemployment rate ticked up from 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent.While weaker than anticipated, July’s payroll figures mark the sixth consecutive month that employment has grown by at least 200,000, the longest streak since 1997.Meanwhile, payrolls for May and June were revised to reflect slightly stronger growth, coming up to increases of 229,000 and 298,000, respectively.The biggest gains in July were seen in professional and business services (+47,000 jobs), manufacturing (+28,000), retail trade (+27,000), and construction (+22,000).As of July, nearly 9.7 million people in the United States were counted as unemployment, an increase of 200,000 from June. The change reflects a surge in people returning to the labor market, which brought the labor participation rate up to 62.9 percent.In less encouraging news: Out of those Americans who are unemployed, nearly a third have been jobless for more than 27 weeks. At the same time, about 7.5 million Americans are employed part-time for economic reasons (such as having their hours cut back), while an addition 2.2 million are “marginally attached,” meaning they’re not in the labor force but have looked for a job sometime in the last year. About a third of that group are classified as “discouraged”—not currently looking for work because they believe there is nothing for them.The July report comes during a big week in economic news. On Wednesday, the Commerce Department reported annualized GDP growth of 4.0 percent in the second quarter, a sharp turn from the 2.1 percent contraction reported in the first quarter. While the Q2 estimate is likely to come down in future revisions, analysts still took it as a sign of a reversal of momentum for the economy.Also on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced plans to continue tapering its monthly asset purchases, keeping its policy on track to close by the end of 2014.Though the latest data indicates there’s still some slack in the labor market, analysts see little reason for the Fed to veer from its current path.”[T]here is nothing here that changes our view that the Fed will begin to raise rates in March next year, a little earlier than most expect,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics.Among other indicators: The average workweek for all employees on nonfarm payrolls was 34.5 hours, unchanged for the fifth straight month. Meanwhile, average hourly earnings just barely inched up to $24.45.last_img read more