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13 September 2011A Namibian campaigner for the poor, the Malaysian creators of a tunnel designed to relieve both traffic and storm water congestion and a Cuban research institute dedicated to cheap and eco-friendly building materials are among this year’s six winners of an annual United Nations prize rewarding work in the field of human settlements development. The Scroll of Honour Awards, announced yesterday by the UN agency tasked with promoting environmentally and socially sustainable cities and towns (UN-HABITAT), were given to individuals or institutions from Namibia, Malaysia, Cuba, Australia, Russia and the United States. Three other entities were commended for their good practices.The winners include Edith Mbanga of the Shack Dwellers Federation for Namibia, for what the UN agency described as “her outstanding efforts to improve land access and housing for the poor,” with particular benefit for women living in poverty.Since the early 1990s Ms. Mbanga has helped set up a network of savings and support groups for the poor so they can secure land. As a result more than 4,000 households have been able to buy land and at least 2,000 have built new homes.In Malaysia, the National Security Council was honoured for its Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, which is often beset by traffic jams or flash floods.The 9.7-kilometre tunnel is the longest multi-purpose tunnel in the world: during periods of heavy rains, it is closed to traffic and serves as a storm water diversion tunnel, while at other times it is a motorway tunnel used by as many as 30,000 vehicles a day.Cuba’s Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo de Estructuras y Materiales (CIDEM), which is attached to the Universidad Central de Las Villas’ faculty of construction, promotes the setting up of small community workshops where ordinary people can learn a trade and produce their own building materials cheaply.The research and development institute, created in 1992, has set up more than 50 workshops within Cuba and another 16 around the world, and has led to the construction of tens of thousands of environmentally friendly homes.For the first time an Australian project has been rewarded with the Scroll of Honour. Wintringham, a non-profit organization in the inner Melbourne suburb of Flemington, provides accommodation every night for about 1,000 elderly people who would otherwise be homeless.UN-HABITAT noted that Wintringham has also helped influence Government policy to include housing for homeless elderly citizens.Russia’s Yakutsk city administration is another winner, recognised for implementing a cold climate urban development in 2009 and 2010 that has given the city in eastern Siberia better roads, a new drainage system, a landscaped environment, new apartments for 5,000 families and retrofitted buildings to make the more energy-efficient.Yakutsk city administration is continuing to “winterize” its urban infrastructure to save energy and to deal with the city’s extremely cold winters.In the United States, the Austin Energy Green Building – an organization founded in the Texas state capital of the same name in 1991 – provides savings in electricity, fuel water and construction and ensures buildings are more energy-efficient.UN-HABITAT commended the organization for “being the first in the United States to lead the way in sustainable building practices and commercial construction”The good practices rewarded by the UN agency were: the Centre Africain pour l’Eau Potable et l’Assainissement (Burkina Faso), the Estrategia de Movilidad en Bicicleta de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City) and the Chiang Rai municipality (Thailand). read more

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by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 7:29 am MDT TORONTO – Some Canadians may be paying higher premiums for their home insurance starting this fall, as Intact Financial Corp. (TSX:IFC) boosts prices in light of recent flooding in Alberta and Toronto.“The frequency of severe weather events in the past few weeks has made it clear to me that the sustainability of home insurance in its current form is being challenged,” chief executive Charles Brindamour told analysts Wednesday.“While we’ve made meaningful progress with underwriting profits, on average, over the past three years in that line of business, our approach needs to evolve further, given the environment we face and will likely face in the coming years.”Intact had a smaller second-quarter profit than last year but exceeded analyst estimates following several recent catastrophes that will result in millions of dollars of payouts by the insurance company.On a per-share basis, the Toronto-based property and casualty insurer had 89 cents per share of net operating income.That was down from $1.35 a year earlier but 16 cents a share better than anticipated.Overall, Intact’s net operating income fell 32 per cent to $123 million, down $57 million from $180 million a year ago.Intact said the lower operating income in the quarter ended June 30 reflects losses related to storms and flooding in Alberta.It warned earlier this month that it expected to take a hit in both the second and third quarter from claims related to flooding in Alberta, flash floods in Toronto and the Lac-Megantic train crash in Quebec in early July.The company said it is tweaking its home insurance products, boosting premiums and working to educate clients on how to minimize potential future losses.“The plan we have in mind will focus on ensuring customers have a better understanding of the risks they face and what they can do to better adapt to climate change,” Brindamour said.“This issue is not one solely affecting the insurance industry, but rather society as a whole, and as such, we will work with communities across the country to raise awareness as to how they can better protect themselves against the impacts of extreme weather.”Intact’s net income in the second quarter was $103 million, down 20 per cent from $129 million a year earlier. Its net income fell to 73 cents per share from 95 cents per share.Other insurance companies have also felt the impact of recent severe weather events.Last week, Co-operators General Insurance Company (TSX:CCS.PR.C) dropped to a second-quarter loss of $5.9 million, mostly on costs from the floods in Alberta. The company said it lost around $77 million before taxes as a result of the Alberta floods, even after collecting reinsurance.TD Bank Group (TSX:TD) said Tuesday the flooding in Toronto and Alberta will likely result in a loss for its insurance business, which would have been profitable without the weather-related expenses.TD Insurance faces an after-tax net loss of between $240 million and $290 million for the most recent quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Intact Financial boosting home insurance premiums this fall due to weather read more

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first_imgWith smartphones becoming a serious competitor in the portable games market, no one really expects a new handheld gaming device to be released unless it comes from a Nintendo or Sony. But it looks as though SNK Playmore has decided there’s room for another system, and it carries the Neo-Geo name.This is in no way an official announcement, but multiple images of a portable gaming device called the Neo-Geo Portable have leaked via the Japanese gaming blog Famicom-Plaza. It could be a prototype unit, or it could be the final hardware. It looks a lot like a fat iPhone from the side, but has the necessary face buttons and thumbstick to make it clear this machine is setup for gaming.The NGP is thought to have a 4.3-inch display and 2GB of on-board storage. Additional storage can be added through an SD card slot. The unit measures 170 x 72 x 15mm and includes a 2200mAh rechargeable battery. Details of the processor and RAM have not been revealed, but it’s surely going to be an ARM chip and a decent amount of RAM.Included with every unit will be 20 classic Neo-Geo titles, which also means the on-board software will include an emulator. Maybe the games will be true originals, or have updated visuals. The games that ship with the NGP include:The Art of FightingBaseball Stars ProfessionalCyber-LipFatal FuryFatal Fury SpecialFrenzyKing of MonstersLast ResortLeague BowlingMagical LordMetal SlugMutation NationNam-1975Samurai ShodownSengokuSuper SidekicksThe King of Fighters ’94Top Player’s GolfUltimate 11World HeroesFor a portable system to succeed it needs new titles to be released on a regular basis. The hardware looks too good just to be for those 20 games it ships with. The inclusion of an SD card slot also suggests SNK Playmore intend more content to be added after sale. So now we have to wait and see if this is an officially planned product, or just a leaked prototype unit than SNK shelved. I’m hoping this is a planned release and it will be supported by some kind of retro game app store (there are 158 Neo-Geo games that could be offered). At the right price I’m sure there’s a market for it.More at Famicon-Plaza.com (translated), via Kotakulast_img read more

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first_img http://the42.ie/3242979 EOGHAN MASTERSON’S RECOLLECTION of the moment immediately after suffering a severe and rare knee injury that threatened to end his career tells us much of what we need to know about the man.The Connacht back row was playing in a Pro12 clash against Zebre in February of last year and had scrambled back to the fringe of a ruck after a linebreak by the Italians. Masterson is stretchered off in February of last year. Source: Francesca Soli/INPHOMetres from the Connacht tryline, Italy international Kelly Haimona got his hands on the ball and surged at Masterson, dipping his head and driving straight through the 23-year-old’s knee to score.“The first thing was that I was pretty disappointed he had scored the try,” says Masterson. “I thought after all of that effort to get back into position I would have stopped him scoring.”Then came the flood of pain, the uncertainty about the nature of the injury, a stretcher off the pitch and an ambulance to the hospital in Parma.Just over 12 months later, Masterson is now back playing and already has four games under his belt – one for Connacht Eagles, three for club side Galwegians and another to come today.That Masterson would ever play again was in doubt in the aftermath of the incident that left him with a ruptured ACL, ruptured PCL, ruptured LCL, ruptured popliteus, grade-two tear of the MCL and deep damage to the meniscus in his left knee.Having initially thought he was facing six months out with an ACL tear, Masterson was rocked by further scans after returning to Ireland.“My first thing to think was, ‘Jesus, that’s a lot to have going on at the same time.’ John O’Donnell, our doctor, gave me the results and I was starting to panic, thinking that it didn’t sound great.“Garrett Coughlan, our physio, rang me and said we were going up to see Ray Moran, the surgeon, and that he’d tell me which way to go – one way or the other.“I stopped because it sounded really weird what he was saying. ‘One way or the other? What do you mean by that?’“Garrett said it was his job to prepare me that Ray could tell me the worst news imaginable. I wasn’t able to speak on the phone anymore after that. It’s really, really nightmare stuff. 27,068 Views iTunes Masterson had been in outstanding form last season. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Those days before going up to Ray wasn’t the easiest time. You’re waiting to hear if your career is going to be over. I’ll never forget those days, just waiting.”Knee specialist Moran, who works out of the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry, confirmed that Masterson had suffered exceptional damage to the knee, so the Connacht man asked him straight out whether he would play rugby again.“He said he’d be cautiously optimistic. I just said, ‘That’s good enough for me. I’ll take it and run with it.’”Of course, it would be some time before Masterson would run, or even walk, again. The first operation came that weekend, although a complication with a cut on the outside of his leg meant the ACL couldn’t be remedied on that occasion.Moran fixed the LCL, pinned down the meniscus and fitted Masterson for a PCL brace, which sits around the outside of the knee and pushes the tibia bone forward, forcing the PCL into a position where it can stitch itself back together.The brace meant Masterson couldn’t walk or drive for 13 weeks. Despite the limitations, he was happy to have a chance to fight his way back to fitness.“Garrett told me it was an unbelievably rare injury and that lads had had to retire with less,” says Masterson. “That scared the crap out of me.“It became a real challenge that I wanted to overcome and I was really proud of having suffered it and having made the progress I was making.“I was determined to be one of those guys that suffered such an unusual injury and was able to come back from it.”The same week that Masterson’s Connacht team-mates were preparing for the Pro12 final against Leinster, he went under the knife to have his ACL put back together and then watched from the sidelines in Murrayfield on the Saturday.While Connacht had been enjoying the greatest months of their history, Masterson had been working through days that centred around five bouts of wiggling his toes for 20 minutes at a time. Masterson and some of the other injured players after last season’s Pro12 win. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“It was great for the lads to win, but I was missing out on all these big games: beating Leinster at home, the two Glasgow games, the final. I was happy with my progress, but to sit in the stand at the Pro12 final, it’s not easy. I had to accept it and I became unbelievably motivated to get back and contribute.”That spurt of motivation was timely, as Masterson looked towards June without the prospect of time off. Rather than jetting to Dubai or the US with his mates, he was learning how to do something all of us take for granted.“I had to learn to walk again. My leg was unbelievably wasted away, my calf and quad had completely vanished. But it was mainly because I hadn’t put my foot down in so long, my gait and the mechanics of walking – I had to learn it all again.“I remember putting my foot down on the ground for the first time and I was genuinely so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to hold myself up.“We did it and we learned to walk, then we learned to walk sideways, then we learned to jog a little bit on the anti-gravity machine, then learned to jog on the grass. It was a great journey.”Masterson flatly rejects the idea that he showed any great mental strength to come through those difficult moments, instead underlining that he had no choice.He didn’t jog on the anti-gravity treadmill until the end of August of last year, although the time away from playing did mean he finished his Arts degree in NUI Galway, graduating in October after specialising in economics and geography.With Masterson’s knee coming through each step up positively, he began to work hard with Connacht’s strength and conditioning coach Tristan Sharp in the province’s ‘return-to-perform’ programme, building his fitness and strength back up.Now, what was “a dream a long way in the distance” has come to happen, with Masterson coming through the first four games of his comeback unscathed and with his confidence boosted.The recovery demonstrates the sheer determination he possesses, but then it shouldn’t be a surprise to us, given how hard Masterson worked to be a professional rugby player in the first place. Masterson’s road to recovery was a long one. Source: James Crombie/INPHOA student of the non-rugby-playing St Mary’s CBS in Portlaoise, Masterson joined Portlaoise RFC at the age of five, while also playing GAA with the Park/Ratheniska club.His diligent attitude led to North Midlands representative honours as he rose through the grades, before he played for the Leinster provincial side and then captained Ireland U18 Clubs in 2011 – playing alongside future Connacht team-mates Ultan Dillane and Sean O’Brien.Having joined Clontarf and the Leinster sub-academy after school, a dislocated shoulder meant Masterson missed out on Ireland U19s honours, and he then found himself on the periphery for the Ireland U20s – dropped on the eve of the 2013 Six Nations.“At the time, that was the worst moment in my career,” says Masterson. “I didn’t realise I was going to have a bigger one to come. I got cut, but then got back into the squad for the Scotland game, a minute off the bench, then I was gone again.”Masterson’s father was born in Scotland to Irish parents – Achill and Donegal natives – before moving back to Ireland as a 17-year-old and meeting his future wife in Westport, her hometown.The Scottish link had led to the SRU enquiring as to Masterson’s interest in playing for them. The back row didn’t rule it out after the initial contact and when it became clear that Ireland were favouring others, and with the 2013 Junior World Championship looming, Masterson warmed to the idea.“I thought that if I wasn’t getting contracted anywhere in Ireland, what’s the point in waiting on an injury in their squad.“I could go to Scotland, who said they wanted me to come over, and the Junior World Championship is a great window to showcase yourself. I knew I couldn’t take a chance by sitting around.”Masterson played a trial match for the Scotland U20s, performed well, but was then dealt another blow when the coaching staff told him they couldn’t select him ahead of players who had been in the mix for longer. He was put on a standby list and then asked to play in one of the Scots’ pre-tournament warm-up games.“It just happened to be against Ireland in Ashbourne. I was thinking, ‘Oh God, this is a very, very awkward time,’” recalls Masterson. The number eight has always had huge determination to succeed. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“I wasn’t with Scotland and I wasn’t with Ireland but I was playing for Scotland against Ireland, with lads I had thought I should have been ahead of on both sides! I just said I didn’t care anymore and I would give it everything I could.”An injury followed in the Scotland squad ahead of the JWC, and Masterson was finally called in, going on to play in all five games – a valuable experience.“The main reason I did it was to showcase what I could do as a young player. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing, but it’s funny the way it worked out.”While his international career was stuttering, Masterson was without academy contract offers in Ireland and staring at a future outside rugby.But he wanted this career more than anything and was willing to ask for it. Having worked with Jimmy Duffy with the Ireland U18s, he rang up the then-Connacht academy officer and was encouraged to contact Nigel Carolan – another who he had worked with in underage Connacht camps.Carolan told Masterson that the academy was close to full, but the Portlaoise man offered to train for free during the summer. The province provided accommodation, Masterson threw himself into the opportunity and never looked back.“Maybe it was cheeky but it paid off and I’m in eternal debt to Nigel.”Masterson signed an academy contract in October 2013, played for the Eagles in November and earned his full senior debut a week later against the Scarlets in the Pro12.He went on to play 11 times in the 2014/15 campaign and was then outstanding at number eight last season, starting 13 games in the number eight shirt, before the knee injury cut him down.Masterson – whose younger brother Sean, also a back row, is in Connacht’s sub-academy and the extended Ireland U20 squad with another year to go at that level – recognises the need to be patient now that he is fit again, but is targeting regaining a place in the Connacht team as soon as is possible.His contract – negotiated by his agent Niall Woods of Navy Blue – keeps him at the province until the summer of 2018, so he has time to build back to where he was before injury. Masterson is back playing and training with Connacht. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe focus is short-term but for Masterson the wider goal in his career remains the same as it has always been – the green shirt of Ireland.“I’d love it more than anything in the world, but you look at the competition they have for Six Nations places and it’s absolutely crazy, even throughout the provinces and here in Connacht.“Coming back from a 12-month injury, I feel like I’m starting at the bottom of the ladder again and I have to climb back up there. It’s the biggest goal I have and I’d love to fulfil it. I dream about it, but I’ve got to keep working towards it.“It’s out in the distance there, but hopefully some day.”- This article was updated at 10.35 to correct an error stating that Masterson had been playing club rugby with his previous team, Corinthians, in recent weeks. He has been playing with Galwegians.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments Feb 18th 2017, 10:00 AM Pat Lam blasts Steve Hansen over ‘ex-New Zealander’ jibe‘I never spoke to Munster’ – French coach Sonnes stresses loyalty to Bandon Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM ‘I had to learn to walk again. I was so nervous I wouldn’t be able to hold myself up’ Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson is back playing after a severe knee injury that could have ended his career. By Murray Kinsella Android Share Tweet Email last_img read more

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first_img Related Items:BBB+, financial, rating, standard & Poor’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jul 2015 – Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has maintained its BBB+ rating with a stable outlook for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it announced Tuesday, 30th June 2015.This strong grading follows TCI’s first sovereign rating in 2014 which provided global recognition of its financial reforms and fiscal success.A team from S&P visited the islands in May and met with a range of politicians, officials and business leaders as part of the annual review process.“This is further expert recognition of our tremendous progress in making the TCI one of the fastest recovering economies in the Caribbean,” said Minister of Finance, Washington Misick.“S&P has recognized our ongoing success in consolidating public financial management reform and improving our fiscal resilience. BBB+ means that we are more highly rated than many countries in the Caribbean.”S&P again made clear that TCI’s close relationship with the UK, as an Overseas Territory, was a key factor in its rating calculation.One of the benefits of maintaining a BBB+ rating is in strengthening the TCI’s negotiating position as it holds discussions with financial institutions ahead of refinancing its UK-guaranteed $170m bond, when it matures in February 2016.The TCI plans to issue invitations to tender for its refinancing requirement in September 2015. It is TCI’s intention to use $110m already held in a sinking fund, plus an additional contribution from the first half of financial year 2015-16 to repay most of the bond, with the balance being covered by new bank debt. The BBB+ rating is a strong factor in attracting foreign direct investment to TCI and building confidence amongst its existing business community. The TCI economy grew by an estimated 4.6% in 2014 and is forecast to grow an average of 2-3% per annum over the next three years.The TCI government generated a US$77.3m operating surplus and a 16% increase in recurrent revenue to $246.5m for the financial year ending March 2015.The surplus further consolidates the Islands’ position as one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean region. In March 2015 the TCI government’s net debt to GDP ratio was approximately 24%, while its revenue to GDP is 30%. S&P Reaffirms FortisTCI Rating of ‘BBB’ Outlook: Stable FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL REPORT 2015/2016 Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Partylast_img read more

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first_img Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Melco Resorts & Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation (MRP) has changed its mind on a previously announced decision to delist from the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). However, the company will proceed with a voluntary tender offer for almost 1.6 billion publically-owned and MRP common shares.In a Friday filing, MRP said it had formally withdrawn its application to delist, although it failed to provide a reason for its change of heart. MRP had previously noted that under PSE rules, the company would need to obtain at least 95% of outstanding stock to delist. RelatedPosts Load More Nevertheless, MRP said it would proceed with the voluntary tender off “for the purpose of increasing the bidder’s shareholding interest in the issuer, instead of for the purpose of voluntary delisting of MRP.”Originally scheduled to commence on 22 October 2018, the new commencement date will be included in MRP’s amended tender offer report.last_img read more

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Video Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. An 11-person crew works on the site six days a week, methodically searching this corner of the glacier for remnants of the crash.The shifting glacier conditions obscured wreckage for decades, but also preserved debris materials, which were spotted in 2012. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.“We want to clear the debris off, for one,” said Allen Cronin, a civilian chief within the Air Force’s Mortuary Affairs Operations, based in Dover, Delaware.“More importantly, we’re looking for our service members who were killed in this incident,” he added.A crew-member about the Black Hawk helicopter flying between Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the staging area of the Colony Glacier. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public MediaThough Cronin is used to investigating crashes, this mission is unique.“They don’t have glaciers in Delaware.”Oversight of the project was shifted over to the Air Force last year, and many of the individuals working this season were given special training to help deal with the difficulties and nuances of the setting.Though the glacier preserved segments of the wreckage, decades of constant internal churning pulverized the physical remains. Video Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

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first_imgPipelines stretch toward the horizon on NPR-A land leased by ConocoPhillips. The company announced it’s found 300 million barrels of recoverable oil nearby. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Oil prices are up again.Listen nowAlaska North Slope crude jumped above $70 per barrel two weeks ago and has stayed above that mark. While that’s several dollars higher than state economists predicted, it doesn’t quite fill the hole in the state’s budget — and, it doesn’t mean oil prices are going to stay up.Still, when oil prices inch up it adds up fast for the state.“Once you’re in the $70s you’re getting maybe $80 million dollars or so of additional revenue for each dollar of oil price increase,” Alaska Department of Revenue Chief Economist Dan Stickel said.Each year, Stickel’s department puts out a forecast for the price-per-barrel of oil. Right now, prices are well above the $63-per-barrel price state economists predicted for the next fiscal year.But, in Juneau, lawmakers are still leaning toward balancing the budget using money from Permanent Fund earnings.That’s because prices are still well below the $91 Stickel said the state would need to fill the $2.5 billion hole in the state’s budget.If the legislature does decide to draw from the Permanent Fund earnings, Stickel said it would take about $72 per barrel to balance the budget.“So right around current prices,” Stickel said.But the effect oil prices have on Alaska’s economy is much broader than just the impact to state spending.Institute of Social and Economic Research economist Mouhcine Guettabi said another pressing question is how the uptick in prices could affect jobs and capital spending in the private sector — that is, money that companies spend on property or equipment or to take on new projects.“Nobody knows the answer to that,” Guettabi said. “I think what we can say is … firms have adjusted to lower levels of employment and so how quickly will they ramp up in terms of adding employees is the really million dollar question.”Alaska is in a recession. What what will it take for companies to start hiring again, to pump more money into local economies?That is not a simple question to answer. Oil development economics are dramatically different between fields. It’s not as simple as producers turning the spigot on and off whenever the math works out in their favor.Glacier Oil and Gas Chief Executive Officer Carl Giesler has some insight. Glacier is a smaller, independent oil & gas company in the state – so its economics aren’t necessarily the same as those of ConocoPhilllips or BP.But Giesler said there are some fundamentals to the relationship between oil prices and companies investing in Alaska.To get an idea of why companies haven’t rushed to hire more workers or bring more fields online, Giesler said it’s helpful to look at oil futures. Basically, oil futures are contracts that allow traders to buy and sell oil that will be delivered months or years later.This becomes kind of a prediction for what the price of oil could be.“The punchline is that even though oil prices are up meaningfully over the last three months or so, people are still cautious,” Giesler said.One reason they’re cautious is that the oil market has shifted into backwardation — basically the future price is less than the current price.“That backwardation is the one thing that’s giving a lot of companies pause before they really start ramping up drilling, before they really start ramping up hiring. Before they sort of jump in with both feet,” Giesler said.Still, Giesler said the jump in oil prices is good news.“I mean, holy cow, we’re above $70, we’re almost at $75 right? You know, fire the gun, lets start running. But, you know, if you look at the futures, you don’t want to run that fast because you know it’s going to be a long race, potentially.”last_img read more

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first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:02Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:01?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian military commanders have been planning to restructure the forces for the last two years to reduce manpower costs but the snail-paced development has halted any decision. Currently, more than 2.4 million retired defence personnel are getting pensions from MoD with around 55,000 being added every year. Laxman Behera, a research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, added, in last four years, the military’s spending on pay, allowances and pensions had jumped from 45 per cent to 56 per cent. In contrast, capital procurement sunk to 18 per cent from 21 per cent during the same period. Close Indian Army soldiers in KashmirCredit: ReutersThe Indian defence forces seeking a long-planned modernisation programme is likely to wait longer as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to get a meagre rise in defence spending in the 2019-20 budget. All the tri-services have requested for an urgent modernisation to remain effective in war.For instance, the Indian Airforce is in dire need of hundreds of fighter aircraft to fight a two-front war. It is already operating below its sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons. The navy has a long list of submarines and patrol ships to counter Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Similarly, the Indian Army has requested for almost every modern equipment from assault rifles to surveillance drones and body armour to increase its lethality. Sailors from the Indian Navy stand on a submarine as Indian as well as foreign warships began to line up off the Bombay coastCredit: ReutersBut all these plans have been kept on hold since a long time as the governments have been unable to allocate funds for modernisation programme due to a major chunk of money going for a 1.4 million standing military, the world’s second largest after China. The government allocated Rs 4.31 trillion ($62.27 billion) for defence, a 6.6 per cent rise as against last year in the interim budget announced in February before national elections. The allocations clearly meant that the amount would not be enough to add lethality to its forces.News agency, Reuters reported that upcoming budget to be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also going to be on the similar lines and any major jump in fund allocation to MoD is highly unlikely. One of the officials close to the development said, “Defence is our major spending and we give it as much as the budget allows. But this year, a significant rise to what has already been allotted looks difficult.” Indian Air Force to buy 110 fighter jets worth Rs 973.8 bnlast_img read more

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first_imgWithin a 45 minute span, two people were killed and two more people were injured in separate shootings over the weekend.On April 29 at around 10 p.m., in the 1800 block of Prestbury Street in the Sandtown-Winchester area of Baltimore, a 26-year old man was shot in the back while sitting in a car. He was driven to a nearby hospital where he is expected to recover.At 10:15 p.m., fifteen minutes later, officers arrived on the scene of another shooting at Baltimore and Carey Street where two men had been shot. Steven Jackson, 18, of the unit block of Poppleton Street, was shot in the head. The other man, 29-year old Larry Lawson of the 4100 block of East Lombard Street, was shot in the lower abdomen.Both men were taken to Shock Trauma where they were pronounced dead. Baltimore Police have not established a motive or identified any suspects.Responding to a third call for a shooting Saturday night, police arrived at an area hospital at about 10:40 p.m. where they came upon a 29 year-old man with a wound from a gunshot to the head. The man told Baltimore Detectives he was shot in the Pigtown area of the 1300 block of Sargeant Street.When officers went to that location, they saw no evidence of a crime scene.If anyone has information about any of these shootings, Baltimore Police urge that they call citywide shooting detectives at 410-396-2221, Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s time for the bibliophiles to rejoice as the Bengali Book Fair is back again. Organised by the Bengal association, the six day festival will mark its beginning from March 14 with an aim to preserve and expand the rich cultural heritage of Bengal at the Kali Bari premises in the national Capital. Started in 1998, at Sapru House, the Bengali Book Fair, popularly known as “Boi Mela” has grown to become the third largest Bengali Book Fair in India with publishers and book sellers from West Bengal, NorthEast India, Delhi and even from Bangladesh participating in the fair. This year, in the the 16th edition of the book fair there will be more than 60 stalls to accommodate publishers like Ananda, Deys, Rupa, Oxford, Niyogi, Abhijan, Lalmati, Sristisukh, Gangchil, Deb Sahitya Kutir and many more. With the book fair in mind, Bengalis from in and around Delhi are planning to huddle up to take home some new books. “I hope to get my hands on some rare Bengali classics. I am very excited for it,” said Tirtho Bose, a senior IT professional living in CR Park. The Book Fair is topped with literary festival in the afternoon and cultural programmes depicting grandeur and depth of Bengali culture and art in the evening. Renowned literary personalities like Sunil Gangopadhyay, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Nabanita Deb Sen, Painter Jogen Choudhury has honed the responsibilities of the Chief guest during various edition of the fair. This year eminent literary person Swapnamoy Chakraborty, Anita Agnihotri and Senior Government Officers like Dr Nandita Chatterjee, Atanu Chakraborty, Anuradha Mitra, Ranjan Mukherjee and other dignitaries will be present during the inauguration. “I am very fond of Bengali novels but in Delhi, they are not easily available. It’s going to be a nice week after Holi and I am hoping to get some good books,” said Shayan Das, a Delhi-based engineering student. During the six days of the festival, literary figures like Kinnar Ray, Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharya, Mandakranta Sen, Sadique Hossain, Shirsho Bondopadhyay, Binod Ghoshal, Subhro Bondopadhyay, Sridarshini Chakraborty will participate in various literary discussions. Famous actor Sabyasachi Chakroborty, business icon Satyam Ray choudhury and Ayan Dey will also remain present on various days. The conclusive day will see the presence of Sarod Maestro Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan. During the evening, cultural programmes will see artists from Delhi and Jaipur performing along with famous names like Satinath Mukhopadhyay, Ratna Mitra, Shraboni Sen, Suvomita and Lopamudra Mitra. Apart from these, there will be various contests for children like sit n’ draw, recitation, singing and quiz. There will be a lucky draw every day and the winners will be awarded with discount coupons for books.Established in 1958 with an aim to preserve and expand the rich heritage of Bengal through various cultural and social organizations in New Delhi, Bengal Association is a federative body of Bengali cultural associations, Bengali-medium schools and drama organizations spread across the national Capital. Besides cultural events throughout the year, Bengal Association organises Cine Festival, health camps and provide legal aid to needy persons. One of its noble projects includes helping the needy artists by providing them health insurances.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: To Curb the growing number of drug abuse cases in Kolkata, the city police has chalked out a plan to raise awareness among people in the run-up to June 26, International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.This year, the theme is #unitedagainstdrugs. The Kolkata Police has planned to reach out to maximum people through a competition. “Take a picture while performing any activity such as dancing, reading, running, sleeping, singing, playing, studying, writing or laughing. Put it up on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook with caption — “SAY YES TO (the activity that is seen in the picture eg. reading, running etc); SAY NO TO DRUGS”. Hashtag it with #kolkatapolice #unitedagainstdrugs in Instagram/Twitter/Facebook”, said a senior police officer. The three most innovative pictures will be felicitated by the Kolkata Police.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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first_imgJuly 8, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Landlines are becoming relics of a bygone era.About two-third of millennials live in a wireless-only house, according to the preliminary results of the National Health Interview Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Among adults aged 25 to 29, 66 percent live in a house without a landline. Among the 30 to 34 age group, 60 percent live in a house without a landline, according to the survey.Related: Mobile Technology for Business Owners On the GoThe percentage of millennials living in homes without landlines is higher than for adults in the U.S. overall. Nationwide, approximately two in five households (41 percent) live in a wireless-only household.While the percentage of adults living without a landline continues to increase, the rate by which it is growing has slowed over the years. The number of wireless-only households rose 2.8 percent from 2012 to 2013, and 4.2 percent from 2011 to 2012. Five years ago, annual growth was 5.2 percent.Related: More People Want to Get Shocked Than Sit in Total Stillness for 15 MinutesThe trends of wireless-only living also tend to correlate with home ownership. Of those adults living in rented homes, 62 percent had only wireless service. Among adults living in a home owned by a resident, only 29 percent lived in wireless-only homes.In addition to whether an adult owns or rents his or her home, part of what could be affecting the growth rate in the number of adults living with landlines is cable connectivity. Many cable packages include a landline phone, and so many adults who have presumably been set up with Internet and television service are also getting — or have already had — a landline installed as part of the package.Related: Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Police Can’t Search Smartphones Without a Warrant Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

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first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. When the live streaming service Rdio burst onto the scene in 2010, it seemed to have everything going for it: a pedigree from the founder of Skype, an early entry to market and $117.5 million from investors. But, by late 2015, Rdio was bankrupt, its intellectual property sold to Pandora for $75 million and its service shuttered.Related: 3 Steps to Building Your Brand’s Unfair AdvantageThe startup became an object lesson on the failure to develop game-changing technology quickly and correctly. Though Rdio was nearly first out of the gate, its cautious approach to generating revenue let it slip behind Spotify, which moved faster.Speed is crucial — and so is the need to stand out. At the same time, the competition to stand out has never been greater.The key is honing, refining and iterating ideas quickly. You know the adage that says, “Perfect is the enemy of good.” But business consultant David Roth takes it a step further when he says, Waiting to release a “perfect” product can make the difference between finding a market and missing it entirely.Startup troubles by the numbersWith 100 million businesses launched every year, entrepreneurs have no problem finding ideas. Venture capital activity soared in 2015, with $17.5 billion invested in the second quarter alone — the highest quarterly total since 2000.Yet influential investors such as Marc Andreessen predict an end to such go-go spending. Young companies more than ever face the imperative to get their technology done fast and right the first time. Developers who can manage projects and iterate quickly are in high demand, and investors trust entrepreneurs who deliver results.Almost half of new startups fail within five years, and the reason is clear: As 42 percent of failed entrepreneurs said in one survey, there wasn’t a market need for their products.Timing, then, is just as important as making sure your tech solves a concern. To stay relevant and competitive, and retain customers, you must hit on the concern, yes, but also deliver on it even as you’re building trust. If it takes too long to address a pain point, someone else may beat you to it.Matching speed with excellenceEntrepreneurs and top-notch developers can move fast — without sacrificing quality — by considering these four steps:1. Build out your knowledge base. My clients, the founders of Silvermine Capital Management, knew how to manage U.S.-leveraged credit portfolios but knew nothing about building apps. By honestly assessing their strengths and their shortcomings, they found a technology partner to help them build their ideas into a multibillion-dollar business that was acquired by Man Group in 2014.Conduct an honest evaluation of your knowledge base before jumping into the deep end. To cover the holes in your knowledge, conduct consumer interviews, read up on trends and reach out to experts who may be willing to get on board as collaborators.2. Let the release date determine the features. Place quality over quantity when it comes to the best features. Tight deadlines help entrepreneurs set boundaries, so that “nice but unnecessary” features don’t get in the way of delivering the product. Related: 7 Ways Quality Boosts Business That Quantity Can’t Match Whether the deadline is 30 days or 90 days away is up to you; there’s no set formula. What’s important is using the deadline as a discipline for prioritizing features to meet the market need. Then, make sure developers hit it. Quora’s Adam D’Angelo has said that meeting aggressive deadlines is the secret to his success — even if that means stringing together a few all-nighters. 3. Bring potential consumers into the conversation. NailSnaps has received great press for its fingernail art, but not before soliciting extensive feedback — first from a subset of its core audience, and later during its Kickstarter campaign.Lock down your product’s main consumer base; then ask a subset for its reaction. Determining who is receiving your deliverables makes your deadline much more real. And feedback from this group can give you a proxy before you go out into a wider audience.4. Cut the dawdling. You’ve set priorities, collected information and involved the right people for the job — now it’s time to get busy. At my firm, we start every project with a kickoff meeting, reviewing a brief that defines every detail: how we’ll communicate, who is responsible for what and when the deadlines are. We begin with the end in mind, schedule check-ins at the outset, and use daily stand-up meetings to keep the project moving.Related: 3 Companies Using Speed as a Competitive AdvantageGame-changing technology has no defined recipe for success. But, with technical know-how, a background in the industry and an understanding of the market space, you’ll be able to create an amazing user experience — before the opportunity passes you by. June 8, 2016 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The man charged with the brutal murder of gay college student Blaze Bernstein is officially going to trial for the crime. A judge ordered Samuel Woodward, 21, to stand trial in Orange County Superior Court on murder and hate crime charges. The decision came after prosecutors presented sufficient evidence linking Woodward to the crime.In early 2018, authorities found the body of Bernstein in a shallow grave in California. He had been stabbed over 20 times in the face and neck. A month ago, prosecutors also charged Woodward with a hate crime, finding evidence that Bernstein’s sexuality was part of the motivation for his death.To get him to trial, prosecutors showed the judge DNA evidence linking Woodward to the stabbing. They also revealed homophobic and neo-Nazi material on his phone.In emails to himself, Woodward alleged he sent photos of gay men being killed on Grindr. The background of his phone was the logo of Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi group.Woodward is pleading not guilty to all charges. A senseless act of hateBernstein was visiting his parents in California, home for winter break from the University of Pennsylvania, when he was killed.He allegedly connected with Woodward, a former schoolmate, on Snapchat. The two went to a park together after Woodward picked up Bernstein.Woodward told investigators he was ‘disgusted’ when Bernstein kissed him, but that he didn’t do anything violent. Authorties arrested him a week after Bernstein’s body was found.Forensic scientist Corrie Maggay testified in the case. Magay said blood from a knife found in Woodward’s bedroom, under his watch, and on the visor of his car matched Bernstein so closely that the chance of a match to someone else was 1-in-a-trillion.Defense lawyer Edward Munoz argued there was no evidence of a hate crime.‘I think in a hate crime instance you have to have an outward manifestation of your loathing to the world,’ he said, referring to Woodward’s emails only to himself.If Woodward is convicted for the hate crime and first-degree murder, prosecutors could seek a sentence of life in prison without parole.H/t: APGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Sam Woodward will stand trial for the murder | Photo: Twitter @OCDATony eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Blaze Bernstein murder was a gay hate crime, say prosecutorsMan ‘nearly died’ and lost an ear in violent homophobic attackFlorida man arrested for stabbing friend in the neck after sexRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-charged-blaze-bernstein-murder-stand-trial/last_img read more

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first_imgA 49-year-old woman was injured while hiking in the Drakensberg on Saturday afternoon (April 28).Emergency officials were called to help the woman, who had fallen and could not move.Also read: Police chopper crashes in the DrakensbergA combined rescue team hiked to the area on Saturday and stayed with the injured woman overnight.On Sunday morning, 15 Squad Unit, police, Search & Rescue and other emergency personnel flew up to the area and airlifted the woman to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg.The woman is recovering well after her ordeal. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

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first_imgTags: MSC Cruises, Venice Friday, June 7, 2019 Travelweek Group MSC Opera departure cancelled following Venice crash Posted bycenter_img VENICE — Following the dramatic crash of the MSC Opera in Venice earlier this week, MSC Cruises has announced a cruise cancellation as it awaits the completion of an ensuing investigation. According to an official statement, the MSC Opera was required to undergo repair works after it rammed into a dock in Venice’s Giudecca Canal on June 2. Though repairs were already completed on Monday, the ship is currently still waiting for authorities to give it the go ahead to sail.“As these procedures are taking a few days longer than originally expected, and we now know that the ship will not be able to depart in time for its next sailing, we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the upcoming cruise sailing from Bari on June 8, and from Venice on June 9,” said the cruise line.MSC Opera was due to host 2,451 guests from 53 countries on the cruise. MSC Cruises says it has informed passengers and travel agents about the cancellation, and is offering alternative options, including a full refund of the cruise fare and incurred travel expenses as well as any pre-booked services. More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAdditionally, the company is offering a 50% discount on a future seven- to 21-night cruise before the end of 2020. << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

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first_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/03newskitchen-a.jpg Exceptional value for this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home. Each bedroom has its own walk-in closet and full bathroom! Excellant quality ceramic/porcelain floor tile through-out. There is a 290 SF sunroom over-looking the property. There is also a backup water tank to make your living very comfortable and help free of stress. This beautiful home was well planned! The main house sits on the upper part of the 1.00 acre property overlooking 3 natural rivers, and lush tropical gardens; with many walking paths. Can you say; INCOME PRODUCING PROPERTY? AND Self Sustainability? That’s right, turnkey trout operation. You have several options with this property, you can have restaurant sales or if you chose, open to the public for trout fishing, restaurant and or public barbecuing. Many options to choose from, which ever you desire can be done! The 3 rivers supply just the right amount of water/oxygen for 4 trout ponds. Owners have created a good business of selling trout to many of local restaurants. There is also room to expand, see below! Sustain yourself and a family of 4 on a one acre tropical mini-farm; On this 1 acre property, there is plenty of room to grow your vegetables, to have a Jersey cow for milk, cream, butter and cheese; goats can also keep you in milk when your Jersey is not lactating, a few chickens. Not only do these animals keep you stocked in healthy fresh dairy products, but will also keep your lawn, flower and vegetable gardens fertilized. Waste not, want not! To see the entire article on “how-to” sustain yourself on a one-acre tropical farm.Also, this home has very fine wood cabinetry through-out the home. Jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom. 3 split-air conditioners, 2 ceramic heaters, and historical fireplaces for those cozy, warm romantic evenings or days! Several of the materials or items were brought in from USA.Come and see this home there are so many wonderful features, not enough space on this listing page for all the other nice photos, so ask to be emailed more photos. Call today to see this wonderful home.Start living your dream and immediately produce income and produce a Self-Sustainable lifestyle!USD $650,000.00 REDUCED to $350,000 https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/09newsbath-3-master-a.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/dscn9494.jpg Next Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/06newsdscn6659.jpg info heading info content Price: $650,000 REDUCED to $350,000Email: realestate@ticotimes.netBedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4Land: 4,052 M2Construction Area: 316 M2PROPERTY FEATURES: https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/04newsdining-area-a.jpg Previous Image 3 fireplaces4 trout ponds (generate immediate income!)Custom Gourmet Kitchen with one-piece granite counter-top, Professional Grade Appliances & a 5 gas burner range with 2 electric ovens, above sits an large hood exhaust fan (as your cooking your fresh trout for dinner)Master SuiteMaster Bathroom includes a relaxing Jacuzzi Tub and separate Walk-in ShowerHigh Quality Porcelain/Ceramic FlooringLiving room with wood burning fireplace100% cedar wood cabinetsRecessed lighting / Track lightingFenced and Gated (entire property)3 rivers (2 go into one)Cathedral open beam ceilings with detailed craftsmanshipLarge enclosed sunroom overlooking your Garden, pondsPotting shed or Butterfly farm!Tool shedWorkshop area adjacent to house or artist areaHigh-Speed Internet ServiceSatellite TV800 gallon water back up systemElectronic entry gate with video phoneSale Price includes the corporationFurniture is negotiable$2,500 laser alarm system35 minute drive to the SJO, Juan Santamaría International Airport! https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/08newssunroom-bz.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/05newskitchen-b.jpg See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTO ESSAY: Barrio Amón Shoe Repair Shop Fitch maintains Costa Rica’s junk bond rating International Design Festival: How to organize a massive, successful event in Costa Rica VIDEO: Argentina’s coast guard sinks Chinese fishing boat in South Atlantic https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/07newsstairway-to-master.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/02newsdscn1092.jpglast_img read more

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first_imgThroughout more than hundred years, China’s fortified tulous have protected entire villages from the outside world. Now the families living here open their doors to strangers.Source: BBClast_img

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img If the same Cardinals defense shows up on Sunday, then Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman and former Cardinal running back Tim Hightower should come out of the game pleased with their performances.“If I was him [Tim Hightower] I would be looking forward to playing our defense as well,” Whisenhunt said. “So hopefully we’ll get a little better this week.” With regards to Hightower, Whisenhunt is happy to see the running back succeeding in Washington. “Tim’s a good football player and we are looking forward to facing him on Sunday,” Whisenhunt said. “Every week you play you’re going against good football players.” While Whisenhunt and the Cardinals are familiar with Hightower, quarterback Kevin Kolb, a former Eagle, is familiar with the very team he is playing Sunday. That means the QB does have knowledge of the Redskins system, which Whisenhunt is using to his advantage. “From a standpoint of input from Kevin he definitely helps as far as the personnel and things that they’ve done against him in the past,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s all part of the preparation.” Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report Coming off a Week 1 win the Arizona Cardinals are looking to improve on a less than stellar defensive performance as they take on the Washington Redskins. The Cardinals gave up more than 400 yards of offense to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, most of which came through the air. “I think that we have to play better pass coverage than we did,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “Did a good job against the run and got pressure on the quarterback, but can’t give up those big plays some of it was technique some of it was mental lapses.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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