D-League: Ebondo shines as CEU stings Zark’s Burgers

first_imgThat huge defensive stand gave CEU a 59-44 lead after three quarters as it ran away with the win.The Congolese big man delivered a monstrous 23-point, 21-rebound, and two-block performance to tow CEU to an even 2-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re slowly adjusting, but we still have lots of lapses,” said coach Yong Garcia. “We’re just trying our best to focus and improve every game. And it’s credit to the boys that they really focused on today’s game.”Christian Uri flirted with a double-double with his 11 markers and nine boards, while JK Casiño handed out 10 points, three assists, and two rebounds in the CEU win. Quarters: 27-22, 41-36, 59-44, 78-62.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The Jawbreakers could not sustain their winning ways after coach Jade Padrigao finally scored his breakthrough 109-91 victory against AMA Online Education last Monday.Clark Bautista topped Zark’s Burgers (1-4) with 16 points on a 4-of-6 shooting from threes, on top of four assists, while Robby Celiz got 10 markers and four dimes in the loss.The Scores:CEU 78 – Ebondo 23, Uri 11, Casiño 10, Wamar 9, Manlangit 6, Arim 4, Guinitaran 4, Jeruta 4, Cruz 3, Saber 2, Galinato 2, Intic 0, Aquino 0.ZARK’S BURGERS 62 – Bautista 16, Celiz 10, Mangahas 9, Nalos 7, Cudal 7, De Leon 6, Argamino 3, Sheriff 2, Cayabyab 2, Ferrer 0, Juruena 0.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCentro Escolar University tightened its grip on Zark’s Burgers in the second half to take home the 78-62 victory Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Rod Ebondo carried the load in the first half for the Scorpions, before they locked down on defense and limited the Jawbreakers to just eight markers in the third frame.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?center_img WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Six schools to host NCAA on Tour 1st round View comments MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

London Olympics: Ghosh wins while Ankita crashes out of table tennis

first_imgSoumyajit Ghosh kept India’s table tennis challenge alive as he moved into the second round of the main draw while an error-prone Ankita Das made a first round exit in the women’s single event of the 2012 London Olympics at the ExCel centre here on Saturday. The 19-year-old Ghosh, playing in his first Olympics, beat Brazilian Gustavo Tsuboi 4-2 (11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 12-10) in a keen contest that lasted nearly 40 minutes.Ghosh showed his attacking prowess and began in style by winning the first two games. But Tsuboi came back strongly to take the third game at 11-7 when Ghosh gave away some easy points.The Indian, however, managed to win the fourth extended game at 12-10 only to lose the fifth game as the Brazilian ran up a 4-0 lead.From there the game was going one way as Ghosh was struggling to put the ball back across. This helped only his opponent’s cause as Ghosh was at least two points behind the Brazilian all the time until the latter went from strength to strength from there to shut Ghosh out.Ghosh, unwilling to give in, put his best foot forward in the sixth game and led narrowly at 6-4 after the Brazilian had levelled at 3-3. The lead kept changing hands with both the paddlers attacking with beautiful returns and good topspin smashes.They were level at 7-7 and for the first time Gustavo went up at 8-7 before Ghosh restored parity at 9-all. Though the Brazilian went 10-9 up, Ghosh made it 10-all and then clinically finished him with two straight points to seal the match.advertisementGhosh was happy about his second round entry but said that he shouldn’t have allowed his opponent any room in the third game which allowed him a semblance of comeback.”I should have pushed him hard, but he was good. My shots and serves worked well today. I am happy I have progressed well,” said Ghosh, who will take on Matiss Burgis of Latvia in round two.Earlier, Ankita Das made a mess of her match against Spain’s Sara Ramirez to exit in the first round. The Indian teenager made far too many mistakes against the Spaniard and yet managed to win a game off her in a match that lasted 30 minutes in the round of 128.The Siliguri girl lost 9-11 8-11 7-11 11-8, 2-11. Ankita had earlier received a bye in the preliminary round.last_img read more

Top 25 Thoughts

first_imgNCAA Football: Texas at Texas A&MPhoto Attribution: US PresswireThe absurd early August USA Today top 25 poll came out at the end of last week. OSU is ranked a respectable #19, right within the range I thought they should have been ranked. Below is a table with all the ranked Big 12 teams along with a ranking range I feel would be justifiable for each squad….[table id=3 /]Why is OU #4? Seriously, why? Landry couldn’t throw it through a tire deployed by Halliburton after Broyles went down last year and their talent this year seems half real and half theoretical. I’m not saying OSU’s better than them…but 4th? Come on.They should be ranked right next to West Virginia.Texas at #15 is stupid also[1. Vince Young is not walking through those doors!!]. Again, not saying OSU is going to be better but unless Colt switches places with Case without anyone knowing (and nobody in Cleveland would know) then a ranking this high isn’t justifiable. Thumbs up on TCU and OSU. Cowboys could have sneaked into the top 12 if freshmen QBs weren’t treated like materials from the Manhattan Project [2. With extreme caution].I ride with Dana on Kansas State, they’re good. The schedule is brutal but #21, six spots behind of Texas is unacceptable. If you can’t believe in a guy who wears decade-old Holiday Bowl jackets in the biggest game of the year, then what can you believe in?!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Eoin Morgan proves his importance while seamers remain the final puzzle

first_imgShare on Twitter While England already know their best World Cup batting group, a disappointment for Morgan and his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, was that none of the fringe seamers truly grabbed their chance. Conditions and lack of match action were factors, admittedly. But there are now only five ODIs remaining before the provisional squad is named on 23 April and beyond Chris Woakes (typically slick with the new ball) and Liam Plunkett (a favourite of Morgan, albeit rusty after his late arrival on tour) things are not much clearer. Tom Curran appears to relish tight situations but does he have enough quality up front? Olly Stone caught the eye with his pace but took one wicket in 16 overs and is light on experience, while Mark Wood and Sam Curran were both knocked about a bit during their one-off appearances. David Willey, ready to return after ending a solid summer with a back injury, will likely replace the latter come the Caribbean but overall, seam bowling is the final squeaky cog in what is an otherwise well-oiled machine.Confident Rashid on song The true challenge on tour may yet be to come in the Test series but the value of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali to the one-day attack is unquestionable, such that Morgan now happily describes them as “our best two bowlers” without qualifying this assertion. As regards Rashid, it had previously been said that it was a case of his wicket-taking ability mitigating some profligacy runs-wise. But here the leg-spinner was second only to Woakes in terms of economy rate while remaining a constant threat. His googly should be well known to opponents by now but still it deceives, in part because it is deployed more thoughtfully. Fittingly, Rashid’s body language is unwaveringly confident at present.Football is going nowhere Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Cricket Women’s cricket to stand on its own feet at milestone World Twenty20 Read more Reuse this content Sri Lanka cricket team Jonny Bairstow’s twisted ankle gave rise to suggestions that football, as a pre-training warm-up, should be parked. But Morgan and Bayliss are having none of it (even if the latter doesn’t quite get this English obsession). During the three years since it returned to the daily routine, Bairstow is the sole player injured. And with tackling banned, the fact is his slip could easily have occurred when turning during shuttle runs or something equally innocuous. The squad are borderline obsessed with the game and this tour has seen the ante upped by a fantasy scoring system in which individuals are assigned transfer values. The coaches may still have to rein in some over-enthusiasm at times but as a source of camaraderie, the benefits continue to outweigh the risk.Don’t play in Sri Lanka in October The sight of the blue tarpaulin covers spread over the various outfields became pretty tedious, with all five matches affected by the monsoon rains. The England management reckoned more time was spent training than playing during the series, hence the final selection was as much about getting players such as Buttler and Ben Stokes more time in the middle. Granted there was an element of misfortune, with dry days in between matches, but there is a reason Sri Lanka rarely play at home in October. The ECB’s statement about the packed global schedule did not cut it, frankly. Boards chasing broadcast revenues create this situation, it is not handed down from above. And if you are going to chance your luck, at least have the common sense and flexibility to notice that the storms tend to arrive later in the day and switch all five games to morning starts. Share on LinkedIn Seam bowling is still a problem Since you’re here… Topics England in Sri Lanka 2018 Read more England cricket team features The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share on Messenger The importance of MorganEoin Morgan began the tour by saying he would be prepared to drop himself during next summer’s World Cup if his form was flatlining. But by the end of the series win – England’s ninth in a row – the captain’s importance was again underlined beyond just his batting (which after regaining some stillness at the crease, was the best on tour with 195 runs). Leaving himself out of the 219-run DLS hammering in Colombo was probably a bit too funky. Dead-rubbers may afford experimentation but why unbalance the team? And if a batsman really did have to make way, why not switch Joe Root’s thoughts to the Test series early? But what it did do was demonstrate what the players have been saying for a while: when the ball is travelling to all parts, Morgan’s icy demeanour holds things together more often than not. In the sapping humidity England lost their cool too easily and bickered away for what was their sloppiest fielding display for some time. Morgan’s stand-in, Jos Buttler, has stepped up well in the past. But having struggled a touch behind the stumps on tour, and gone into the match short of time at the crease, he could probably have done without it in this instance. Share via Email Vic Marks … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Virat Kohli’s record-breaking knock has fans debating who is the greatest Support The Guardianlast_img read more

5-Star WR George Pickens Flips From Auburn To Georgia On Signing Day

first_imgGeorgia's football team running onto the field.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 12: The Georgia Bulldogs enter the field to face the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia has been a thorn in Auburn’s side on the field over the last decade-plus. Today, the Bulldogs beat out the Tigers for five-star wide receiver George Pickens.Pickens had been committed to Auburn since July 2017. The Hoover (Ala.) star flipped to Georgia this morning in a Signing Day ceremony at his high school. He also considered Miami and Tennessee.The top player in the state of Alabama, Pickens is the No. 4 wide receiver and the 24th-ranked overall recruit in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Georgia has also signed the No. 5 wide receiver in the 2019 cycle, Marietta (Ga.) Walton four-star Dominick Blaylock.BREAKING: 5-star WR George Pickens has flipped from #Auburn to #Georgia. Huge get for the ‘Dawgs. pic.twitter.com/Mxva6DRrng— Keith Niebuhr (@Keith247Sports) February 6, 2019Overall, Pickens is the fifth five-star recruit the Bulldogs have picked up in this year’s class. Georgia has the No. 2 recruiting haul in the country, trailing only Alabama.You can view 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings for 2019 here. Four of the top six schools are SEC programs.Also, stick with the Spun all day today for the latest National Signing Day news. Today isn’t as busy as it used to be thanks to the early signing period, but there will still be plenty of action to follow.last_img read more

Smit Lamnalco Wins 10Year FLNG Services Deal in Mozambique

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Eni Marine services company Smit Lamnalco has been awarded a 10-year contract with additional extension options by Coral FLNG to provide integrated marine services to the first Mozambique floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) terminal.The development marks the first terminal services contract award for the Mozambique offshore LNG developments.The contract value for Smit Lamnalco amounts to around USD 200 million and services will commence early 2022.For the delivery of its services, the company will deploy three new 95 ton bollard pull tugs to provide escort, berthing and unberthing services to LNG carriers at the FLNG facility. A new offshore support vessel will be utilized to provide logistical and marine services support.Coral FLNG is a consortium of ENI, ExxonMobil, CNPC, Kogas, Galp Energia and ENH. The FLNG terminal is located some 80 kilometers offshore Palma Bay and operates in a water depth of 2,000 meters.last_img read more

Depression Awareness Booklet for Teens

first_imgTeens and young adults who think they may be suffering from depression have new resources to help them. A booklet and posters that focus on early intervention and awareness of depression were launched today, Dec. 15, at a teen centre in the Halifax Shopping Centre. They are part of the Department of Health’s three-year mental health strategy. “Depression is more common among adolescents than we might think. This resource is meant to help those teens who may be suffering from clinical depression and not realize it,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir, speaking on behalf of Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. The materials will be given to youth health centres and teen centres throughout the province to alert individuals to the early signs of depression and to raise awareness about when people should seek professional help. “We want to reach out to those at risk before it becomes a serious problem. It is our hope that teens will read this over and better understand when they need to talk to a health professional or how to help a friend they may think is showing signs of depression,” said the minister. A 2001-02 health survey by Statistics Canada found that nine per cent of Nova Scotians aged 12 and above reported being depressed, while 15 per cent reported being sad or blue for more than a two-week period. The booklet was developed after interviews with teens and input from the co-ordinators of youth health centres across the province. The materials are part of a broader campaign by the department to educate Nova Scotians — from school-aged children to the elderly — about the effects of mental illness on families, schools and workplaces. The Department of Health is currently working with people who have experienced mental health problems, psychologists, nurses and social workers as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations to develop more materials that will improve awareness. The teen booklet is available by following on the mental health link on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health/mhs .last_img read more

Iyer Khaleel shine as India A beat West Indies A by 65

first_imgCoolidge (Antigua): Shreyas Iyer made a match-defining 77 before the bowlers, led by left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, guided India A to a 65-run win over West Indies A in the low-scoring first unofficial ODI here. India A were in a spot of bother at 22 for 3 after opting to bat on Thursday before Iyer and Hanuma Vihari stitched 95 runs for the fourth wicket to lay the foundation for the team’s 190-run total. At a time when the spotlight is on the middle-order problems of the senior team following India’s semifinal defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup, Iyer made a case for himself with a timely knock that came off 107 balls and was studded with eight fours and one six. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherIyer had the challenging job to repair the innings after openers Rituraj Gaekwad, Shubman Gill and skipper Manish Pandey departed inside the first eight overs. Iyer, in the company of Vihari, who made a patient 34 off 63 balls, resurrected the Indian innings but once the duo departed, it all just fell apart for the visitors. After Iyer was run out by Rovman Powell in the 36th over, West Indies A skipper Roston Chase (4/19) ran through India’s lower-order with his off-spin to bowl out the opposition in 48.5 overs. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenPacer Akeen Jordan (3/43) too shone with the new ball for the Caribbeans. Defending the total, Khaleel (3/16 off 8 overs) produced a fiery opening spell and was ably supported by the spin trio of Axar Patel (2/16), Rahul Chahar (2/32) and Washington Sundar (2/37) as India A bundled out West India A for 125 in 35.5 overs. Jonathan Carter and Powell contributed 41 runs each, among only the three West Indies A batsmen who could reach double-digit scores. The second unofficial ODI of the five-match series will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua on July 14.last_img read more

Manitoba CFS changes ignore First Nations demands for jurisdiction say chiefs

first_imgManitoba Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced block funding for CFS on Feb. 11.Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated an AMC spokesperson said the organization wants to see the Manitoba-specific legislation tabled after the broader federal bill is introduced. It was in fact a Dec. 2018 AFN resolution that stated this.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsFirst Nation leaders in Manitoba say the provincial government’s announced child welfare reform this week ignores efforts by Indigenous communities that are trying to regain jurisdiction over their own children.On Wednesday the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issued a statement criticizing Monday’s announcement by the province that it will move to block funding for child welfare in April of this year.“Provincially-designed and imposed decisions continually miss the mark in reforming what’s known as the Manitoba humanitarian crisis of child welfare,” said Acting AMC Grand Chief Glenn Hudson of Peguis First Nation.On Monday Manitoba Families Minister Heather Stefanson said block funding for Child and Family Services (CFS) will fund the province’s four CFS authorities up front “to improve outcomes for children and families, not by the size of their caseloads or the length of a child’s stay in care.”The province, which has the highest rates among provinces and territories of Indigenous children in state care, had come under fire for operating a child welfare system in which agencies were funded based on the number of cases.Under that model, First Nation leaders and other critics have argued, agencies are incentivized to have children in care while also lacking resources to support families and prevent child apprehension.Manitoba was also criticized for forcing CFS agencies to turn over federal funding they received through the Children’s Special Allowance. The province previously argued those federal funds were a duplication of its existing investments into CFS.That practice will end with the block funding, Stefanson said Monday.“We want to give agencies the freedom to devote more money to prevention, early intervention, community and kinship involvement, and other positive supports,” the minister said, adding “the new model helps reduce their administrative burdens and improves autonomy and accountability.”But, potentially days away from the Trudeau government’s promised child welfare legislation, Manitoba chiefs aren’t pleased with the province’s move.“The province of Manitoba continues to ignore the longstanding position and resolutions of the AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly that seeks to reassert First Nations’ jurisdiction and approach to our children and families,” Hudson said in Wednesday’s statement, adding the province did not consult with First Nation leadership on the decision.The AMC has been fighting 30 years for First Nations jurisdiction over their own child and family matters.Presently, more than 11,000 children in Manitoba are in care. Ninety per cent are Indigenous.It’s 2014 “Bringing Our Children Home” report recommended, among other things, transitioning to a First Nations CFS system and a model of care focused on prevention.A subsequent 2017 report titled “Keewaywin: Our Way Home” determined that Manitoba’s CFS system “is simply an extension of cultural genocide practices found in the residential school system and 60s Scoop.”It put forth a First Nations-led plan for CFS reforms and options for implementing Jordan’s Principle.Keewaywin’s first recommendation was to “restore First Nation jurisdiction of children.”“First Nations never conceded jurisdiction of our children,” the report reads. “This was taken from us through years of purposeful, adversarial and invasive government Indigenous child welfare policies.“First Nations must lead child-welfare reform with reform options informed, mandated, designed and implemented by First Nations and First Nation leadership and citizens.”In December 2017 AMC signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada to address the province’s child welfare crisis.Former Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott said the MOU was “an important step forward,” and that the parties were “focusing on improvements that First Nations in Manitoba want to see in the child welfare system.”AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said at the time that “grassroots citizens insist we take back jurisdiction of our children and enhance First Nation capacity in all areas to address the Child and Family Services crisis in Manitoba.” The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Canada signed an MOU on child welfare in December 2017. AMC photo.Last year talks began between the AMC and federal government for First Nations in Manitoba to have their own federal child welfare legislation.The AMC consulted with community members, its women’s council, and then began drafting its vision for federal legislation it hopes Canada will table in the House of Commons.The Bringing Our Children Home Act was taken to ceremony and feast, and later reviewed by the AMC Women’s and Elder’s Councils.It was officially adopted in an AMC resolution last October.In December it was supported by the AFN at its special chiefs assembly in Ottawa.Last week AFN Regional Chief Kevin Hart told APTN News that Manitoba is among the provinces said to be resisting the Trudeau government’s impending child welfare bill.A number of sources have also come forward to say the latest draft bill doesn’t include the transfer of full jurisdiction over child welfare from the provinces to First Nations, which some leaders have said they were told was “doable” by Philpott.Current Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, and Trudeau himself, have indicated the feds are considering First Nations’ concerns and working to table the legislation soon.With only 12 weeks remaining on Parliament’s sitting schedule before the fall election, there’s already a significant chance any newly tabled legislation won’t make it through the legislative process in time.A resolution passed at December’s AFN assembly in Ottawa calls for Canada and Manitoba First Nations to “jointly draft a mutually agreeable draft Bill” of the Bringing Our Children Home Act “for Canada to introduce in the House of Commons in the very near future, after the federal enabling legislation has been passed.”Last September, the Manitoba government produced its own review of the CFS system.A report for the province’s Legislative Review Committee concluded that those who participated in consultations and information gathering processes “generally agreed that the existing CFS legislation, standards and regulations need to be fundamentally reformed, to develop a system that better supports and provides greater control and influence to families and communities.”A spokesperson for Manitoba Families told APTN Wednesday that the funding changes announced this week “build on Manitoba’s commitment to reform the child welfare system as outlined in the [report].”The report does not discuss Treaty Rights, nor does it recommend returning to First Nations jurisdiction over their children.It’s against this backdrop the AMC says Manitoba’s funding model change fails to account for what First Nations themselves say their children and families need.First Nation leadership “is working on reviving our inherent laws on families,” Swan Lake First Nation Chief Francine Meeches, who chairs the AMC Women’s Council, said Wednesday’s AMC statement.“Sadly, with the Province of Manitoba’s announcement, they continue to ignore us.”The AMC maintains that “the funding dollars for children in care should go straight to the First Nations so they may apply their own First Nations family laws to help keep our children with our families and within our Nations,” said Hudson.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Gold stocks financials push TSX higher

Canadian stocks were higher Monday as investors bought up battered gold and financial stocks that slipped last week in the wake of earnings reports from the big banks.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 57.13 points to 13,337.85 as traders also took in mixed economic news out of Asia.The Canadian dollar inched up 0.01 of a cent to 93.85 cents US amid a weak housing report.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said that housing starts came in at an annualized rate of 192,235 units in November, a decrease from 198,161 in October. It was also less than the 195,000 reading that economists had expected.U.S. indexes were positive following a strong slate of economic data last week, capped off by U.S. data showing strong job growth last month.The Dow Jones industrials were 11.05 points higher to 16,031.25, the Nasdaq gained 11.32 points to 4,073.84 and the S&P 500 index was up 4.12 points to 1,809.21.While the data was a welcome sign that the American economic revival remains on track, it also raised concerns that the Federal Reserve is set to start winding up its asset buying program sooner than thought, perhaps as early as next week when Fed members meet.“We saw the markets really drifting lower throughout the week on this premise that the economic data was looking good enough to maybe necessitate a Fed move earlier than expected,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Then we get good news on Friday (which) had all the makings of the ’good news is bad news’ scenario but I think we saw a bit of transition where investors were embracing good news a bit more.”Speculation about tapering those US$85 billion of bond purchases has weighed on markets as the stimulus has kept long-term rates low and supported a strong rally on equity markets this year.The gold sector ran ahead 1.7 per cent while February gold added $6.80 to US$1,235.80 an ounce. Barrick Gold. (TSX:ABX) advanced 52 cents to C$16.90.Guyana Goldfields Inc. (TSX:GUY) has revised up the total capital cost of its Aurora Gold project to US$249 million and approved a spending plan to bring it to commercial production. However, the new estimate is well below an earlier estimate, after the company scaled back its plans earlier this year.The earlier estimate for the project in northern Guyana had proposed a $525-million cost for a mine with a life of 22 years and total production of nearly 4.4 million ounces of gold. Guyana shares were ahead eight cents to $1.68.The financials sector was ahead 0.9 per cent, clawing back some of last week’s 1.6 per cent decline following a mixed earnings performance from the big banks.Fehr said despite a couple of disappointments, the banks are attractive because “they’re able to offset that by some other levers that they can pull within their diversified earnings mix.”Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gained $1.21 to $70.26.The energy sector was ahead 0.35 per cent with oil prices lower following a string of gains last week amid figures showing bigger than expected drawdowns in U.S. inventories. The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged six cents lower to US$97.59 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) improved by 38 cents to $34.58.Equal Energy Ltd. (TSX:EQU) says it’s entered into a definitive agreement to be bought up by Petroflow Energy Corporation and Petroflow Canada Acquisition Corp. for $5.43 a share. Equal says the total transaction value is approximately US$230 million. Equal shares were unchanged at $5.74.The base metals component was flat with March copper up a penny at US$3.25 a pound as China has posted its biggest trade surplus in almost five years, rising to US$33.8 billion from $31.1 billion the month before. Exports ran ahead 12.7 per cent from November last year, well ahead of October’s 5.6 per cent growth. But imports grew only by 5.3 per cent year-over-year amid tepid domestic demand. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 20 cents to C$25.20.In other corporate developments, food service distributor Sysco is buying rival US Foods for about US$3.5 billion in a cash and stock deal. It will also assume or refinance about $4.7 billion in debt, putting the total value of the deal at about $8.2 billion dollars. When the acquisition closes, Sysco will have annual sales of about $65 billion dollars. Sysco shares surged $4.50 or 13.12 per cent to US$38.81. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State stuns No 1 Michigan State with 8064 upset

Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drives to the basket in the first half of Ohio State’s 80-64 win against No. 1 Michigan State. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State and its sixth man showed up in the Schottenstein Center Sunday.The crowd of 17,599 was as loud as it has been in years and the players did everything they could to keep the fans energized as the Buckeyes (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) stunned No. 1 Michigan State (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) in an 80-64 upset. It was Ohio State’s first win over a top-ranked opponent since Feb. 25, 2007 when it beat No. 1 Wisconsin 49-48. After the game had ended and all the fans who had stormed the court began making their way to the exits, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann had a moment to reflect on the game that had just unfolded.“Whoa. That was quite an afternoon,” Holtmann said Sunday. “We’ll enjoy this one today here. I can’t say enough about the crowd. The energy was outstanding. Obviously to be expected, we played an incredible team and incredible program, but wow, they really lifted us and lifted our guys.”Buckeye fans celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State ended the first-half on a 16-2 run, capped off by an improbable buzzer-beating 3 from Youngstown on the half-court image by redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich to take a 41-29 lead, the largest halftime deficit the top-ranked Spartans have faced this season. “That really was a critical stretch. It was all things kind of went in our favor at our point,” Holtmann said Sunday. “All that kind of played into it and it broke open what was a really close game.”The Spartans appeared to seize momentum early with forward Miles Bridges making a mid-range jumpshot and forward Jaren Jackson making a 3 to put them up 5-0 just 36 seconds into the game. About a minute later, Jackson made another athletic layup, spinning while in the air to put his team up 7-2. Bridges finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jackson had 11 points before fouling out with 9:49 left in the game.But Ohio State remained in the game and progressively began to take over momentum. With every make by Ohio State and miss by Michigan State, the Schottenstein Center was brought to life.A mid-range jump shot by Tate to bring the Buckeyes to within two and subsequent make by redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop sent the crowd into a frenzy as the Buckeyes took a 12-11 lead. A 3 by Bates-Diop gave his team some breathing room and extended its lead to 15-11. He led the game in points with a career-high 32 and added seven rebounds.Bates-Diop caught a pass from Dakich in stride as he raced towards the basket, slamming it home for a one-handed dunk to give Ohio State the 31-29 lead with 1:05 left and forcing the Spartans to call a timeout.Tate took over the game for Ohio State in the final minute of the first half, making a layup to put Ohio State up 33-29. He blocked a layup attempt on the other end of the court by Jackson, dished it over to redshirt senior guard Kam Williams back in the Buckeyes’ offensive side of the court who knocked down a 3 to push the team’s lead to 36-29. Bates-Diop then made two free-throws resulting from a technical foul on Michigan State’s bench.The Buckeyes resumed their roll right out of the gate in the second half. Just 11 seconds in, Williams caught a pass from freshman center Kaleb Wesson and threw down a thundering one-handed dunk to put Ohio State up 43-29. After a Spartan possession, Williams knocked down a 3-pointer to go up 46-31. Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson made a defender fall to the ground with a crossover to the left and drove to the basket for a short-range jumper in the paint to put the Buckeyes up 65-42 with 12:23. Tate followed that up with a layup to give Ohio State the 67-42 lead, its largest lead over the Spartans.Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) brings the ball down the court in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorMichigan State began to regain some momentum, going on a 10-0 run to cut Ohio State’s lead down to just 69-55. But a dunk by Bates-Diop ended the run and shifted momentum back in the Buckeyes’ corner as the team went on a 8-2 run. The run brought back memories for several of the Ohio State players to last season when the team often blew leads late. And those memories proved fuel for the team to try and avoid letting up at the end.“We’ve been in situations where we’ve been up 20 and we’ve lost in the last one minute. It happened multiple times last year,” Tate said. “I think me, Keita and the guys that were here last year just continue to have those flashbacks in our mind. We call it, ‘Don’t fold. Like don’t fold like a lawn chair.’ And that’s all we kept saying was we are not folding today. And we got it done.”The Buckeyes shot 53 percent from the field — 47 percent from the 3 — while Michigan State shot just 39 percent from the field and 28 from beyond the arc. Ohio State outscored Michigan State 30-24 in the paint and 10-4 in points off turnovers despite losing the turnover battle 12-6.Ohio State will celebrate its upset victory today, but the players and coaches both said after the game thoughts will quickly turn to facing Maryland, which comes to the Schottenstein Center Thursday at 7 p.m. read more

New law could be made against upskirting in the UK

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. Justice Secretary David Gauke has signalled the Government could support creating a specific offence to deal with upskirting.He told MPs he is “sympathetic” to calls for further action against the practice and his officials are reviewing the current law to “make sure it is fit for purpose”.Mr Gauke added that there is a “case for making sure we’ve got something specific” to deal with upskirting.Campaigners say existing laws for voyeurism, public decency and public order do not provide enough scope for a conviction, with calls to create a specific sexual offence to deal with it.The first official figures obtained on upskirting – which often sees perpetrators taking photographs or videos of a victim’s groin area from under their clothing – showed complainants as young as 10. “As part of this work, we are considering the Private Member’s Bill put forward by (Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath).”Labour MP Gill Furniss (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough) said almost 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for upskirting to be a specific sexual offence – with MPs from the major parties backing a motion on the issue.She asked: “Why is the minister still refusing to act? We really need to make sure that our law reflects that of Scotland’s, where this has been incorporated into their Sexual Offences Act 2009.”Mr Gauke reiterated that he is sympathetic to the request for further action, adding: “There are offences in place where people have successfully been prosecuted for upskirting, in terms of outraging public decency, and also voyeurism can also apply under the Sexual Offences Act.”But I think there is a case to say these offences don’t necessarily cover every incidence of upskirting and that is why there is a strong case for looking at the law and whether we need to change it.”In response to a later question from Labour’s Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North), Mr Gauke said the impact of legislation in Scotland is being looked at closely. Only one-third of police forces in England and Wales have any data on the prevalence of upskirting Only one-third of police forces in England and Wales have any data on the prevalence of upskirtingCredit:Rafael Ben-Ari/AP The information, obtained by the Press Association, also highlighted that only one-third of police forces in England and Wales have any data on the prevalence of upskirting.Speaking in the Commons, Mr Gauke said: “I share the outrage at the distress that this intrusive behaviour can cause to victims and I’m determined to ensure that victims have confidence that their complaints will be taken seriously.”I am sympathetic to the calls to change the law and my officials are reviewing the current law to make sure it is fit for purpose. He added that there have been successful prosecutions in England under existing laws, adding: “I think there is a case for making sure we’ve got something specific.”Lib Dem MP Ms Hobhouse’s Voyeurism (Offences) Bill is included as part of Commons business on May 11 although it is near the bottom of the list.It is unlikely to be debated but would receive a second reading and progress to the next stage for further scrutiny if no MPs shout “Object” when its title is read out. read more

CiDRA wins third expansion contract

first_imgCiDRA Minerals Processing, a company offering real time process monitoring equipment, has been awarded, through Bechtel Chile Ltda, its third expansion contract to supply SONARtrac® process monitoring systems to Minera Los Pelambres in Chile, one of the world’s largest copper mines. The SONARtrac systems will provide volumetric flow measurements on critical slurry lines within the concentrator plant, and work integrally within the Los Pelambres expansion project awarded to Bechtel. This contract is part of the ‘Repower 2 Project – Minera Los Pelambres’, scheduled for completion in 2010 which will increase the capacity of the mine’s concentrator from 132,000 t/d to 159,000 t/d.The project, located in the Andes some 200 km from Chile’s capital, Santiago, comprises two main work sites: the mine area and primary crusher at an elevation of almost 3,000 m, and the concentrator at 1,600 m. A conveyor transports ore from the crusher to the concentrator. Minera Los Pelambres is renowned in the Chilean mining industry for having one of the lowest production costs.CiDRA’s SONARtrac flow technology is a new class of industrial flowmeter, utilising measurement principles that are distinct from all other flowmeter technologies operating in the mining industry.  SONARtrac non-intrusive flow monitoring systems make no contact with the slurry and can be removed and reinstalled when it is necessary to replace the pipe. As well, SONARtrac systems demonstrate a very stable output in the presence of a variety of ores, and demonstrate superior levels of performance. This passive, sonar-based technology enables measurements of single phase and multiphase fluids, as well as slurries, with the same level of accuracy and performance.last_img read more

Draw of the 2011 Super Globe Qatar THW Kiel and Ciudad Real

IHF Super Globe 2011Qatar handball The draw of the 2011 Super Globe in Qatar took place on 19 March in Doha, Qatar, conducted by Leon Kalin, President of the IHF Commission of Organising and Competition (COC).The results of the draw are as follows:Group A THW Kiel (GER)2nd team (QAT)Al-Saad (LEB)Pan America RepresentativeGroup BCiudad Real (ESP)Al Sadd (QAT)Africa RepresentativeSouthern Stars (AUS)The preliminary round matches will be played from 14 to 16 May followed by a rest day. The placement matches and finals will be staged on 18 May.The IHF will publish the playing schedule and further details in due time. ← Previous Story Marta Bon leaves Krim at the end of season Next Story → USA women’s handball – For the Love of the Game read more

The 9 Drunkest Presidents on Drunk History

first_imgHi. I’m Carli Velocci. Today we’re going to talk about Drunk History‘s, uh, history in depicting United States Presidents.This President’s Day, considering who is currently President, many of us will probably be (responsibly) drinking (and Feb. 18 is National Drink Wine Day so we might make it a weekend thing). In celebration of Presidents, drinking, and past Presidents, we turn to Drunk History, which has been helping its audience to understand some of the most exciting moments in history through the eyes of super drunk comedians. It might not always be accurate, but it’s at least entertaining.So in celebration of whatever you feel about President’s Day, we’re counting down our favorite Drunk History Presidents, which include a few that make multiple appearances. Because some Presidents are just more relevant and fun to talk about than others, even if they weren’t necessarily good at their jobs.Will Ferrell as President Abraham LincolnThis clip comes from before Comedy Central picked up the show from Funny or Die, and it’s interesting to see how little has changed. In the retelling of the friendship between President Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (who is dead, by the way), Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle tease the bromance comedy we kind of want in a full-length feature film. Ferrell is playing Lincoln with a stoicism that he’s able to exploit for some great deadpan reactions, but the way he wears the fake Lincoln beard is memorable enough. It looks like a drunk person put it on.Bob Odenkirk as President Richard NixonBob Odenkirk is one of comedy’s best straight men and overall actors, so his depiction of President Nixon is a little eerie. It’s not an outright, comedic impersonation, but he does inhabit some of the man’s more physical quirks. It’s more nuanced than you would expect from a Nixon impression, but because it’s Bob Odenkirk, you’re okay with it. It’s just perfect casting, minus the fact it’s also a great Nixon story.Stephen Merchant as President LincolnPresident Lincoln is probably the most popular president on Drunk History, and Stephen Merchant played him the most often, rare considering parts change from episode to episode. The lanky, bug-eyed Merchant is physically one of the best people to play the President, even if he’s British and probably knows nothing about playing him. Merchant knows how to use his giant eyes and his body to elicit a reaction from his audience. Just the way he moves is hilarious, and he knows it.Andy Daly as President Teddy RooseveltThis is the story of how Teddy Roosevelt became a “bad ass” and a “rock star.” It’s a great story, told by a man lying on the floor too drunk to stand. But Teddy Roosevelt didn’t lie on the floor. He went up that hill! He marched. And if anybody turned around, he’d shoot them.Nick Kroll as President Ronald ReaganFirst Lady Nancy Reagan takes center stage in this tale about how Ronald Reagan left the entertainment industry to become a politician, but I enjoy watching Nick Kroll play the clueless puppet to his wife. He’s innocent and wide-eyed, so probably not like the actual President Reagan, but he has a chiseled jaw. We can trust him. I promise.Joe Lo Truglio as President John AdamsHistory has some differing opinions on President John Adams’ legacy. The current view, echoed in Hamilton and in Drunk History, is that Adams wasn’t fit to be a leader. Lin-Manuel Miranda, as Alexander Hamilton in his musical, calls Adams a “fat motherfucker.” Drunk History looks at him like a petulant child, especially when talking about the election of 1800 against future President Thomas Jefferson (although in Adams’ defense, Jefferson doesn’t fare better). Joe Lo Truglio is known for playing borderline creepy man-children, which is perfect when you’re talking about how the Founding Fathers were actually just middle schoolers spreading rumors about each other.Courtney Cox as President Edith WilsonTotally counts! First Lady Edith Wilson made decisions in her husband’s stead while he was recovering from a stroke, so she basically did all his duties, effectively becoming the first female President. She even pulled a Weekend at Bernie’s and propped President Wilson up in bed to ensure that Congress didn’t catch on to the “true condition.”Jack McBrayer as President Andrew JacksonIf President Lincoln has the most appearances in Drunk History, President Jackson is a close second. Or maybe he takes the honor. There are plenty of stories to tell about the guy, who was a war general, war criminal, and genocidal maniac. If you’re going to depict one of the most violent Presidents in our nation’s history, why not cast one of the most adorable, bright-eyed actors? Jack McBrayer makes a living off playing lovable and carefree simpletons, so the comedy is in just the casting. He doesn’t even need to do much, but he brings some bright-eyed innocence to the role anyway.Michael Cera as President Andrew JacksonSpeaking of bright-eyed, here’s Michael Cera doing the exact same thing with a little more relaxation. Cera has played his share of politicians on the show, appearing in the very first episode as Alexander Hamilton, but as President Jackson, he’s able to be “bad ass” without showing off typical markers of the trait. There’s probably a reason why Drunk History keeps having him back on, and it’s probably because of how good he looks in a mustache and old-timey uniform. Yeah, nothing to do with his acting ability.Stream Drunk History here for free with your Hulu account.last_img read more

Broward theft suspect throws tantrum at bond hearing

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – There was disorder in the court at the Broward County Courthouse after a theft suspect lost his cool during a bond hearing.Security footage captured 32-year-old Bradley Quimbley as he threw a tantrum on Thursday, knocking over a podium when he didn’t get the outcome he wanted.Deputies quickly rushed the suspect and removed him from the courtroom.Quimbley became upset when his bond was increased during a hearing on theft charges.As of Thursday night, he remained behind bars.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

What is bitcoin worth Barclays has an answer to that

first_imgBitcoin, Ethereum are types of cryptocurrencies availableReutersBe it analysts, cryptocurrency experts, renowned researchers, no one has so far been able to derive the real value of bitcoin till date.However, analysts at Barclays think they have a useful method for tracking bitcoin trends — infectious disease models. And by their analysis, the cryptocurrency fever may have broken.The Barclays model divides the pool of potential bitcoin investors into three groups: susceptible, infected and immune.Just like any infectious disease, rise in prices is spread by word-of-mouth – via blogs, news reports and personal anecdotes – as nobody wants to miss out on the rally that made their friends and colleagues rich.”However, once full adoption is approached, the price decline is sustained and rapid,” Barclays analyst Joseph Abate wrote in a note to clients.”As more of the population become asset holders, the share of the population available to become new buyers — the potential ‘host’ population — falls, while the share of the population that are potential sellers (‘recoveries’) increases. Eventually, this leads to a plateauing of prices, and progressively, as random shocks to the larger supply population push up the ratio of sellers to buyers, prices begin to fall. That induces speculative selling pressure as price declines are projected forward exponentially.”The Barclays model suggests that awareness around cryptocurrencies is now almost universal, and only a small group of the population could now catch speculative interest, and buy in.”We believe the speculative froth phase of cryptocurrency investment – and perhaps peak prices – may have passed,” Abate said.Bitcoin has fallen by more than 50 percent in 2018, trading near $6,969 as of 9:00 a.m. Indian Standard Time.The cryptocurrency rose more than 1,300 percent last year, reaching a peak near $20,000 in December.While the cryptocurrency bounced back from past price collapses in 2011 and 2013, the high level of awareness this time around signals bitcoin may never return to its peak of nearly $20,000 in December, according to the Barclays model.last_img read more

Yusuke Murata Reveals New Garou Sketch

first_imgStay on target ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies After the announcement of One Punch Man Season 2 being picked up by Viz Media and character returns, we’re graced with even more exciting news from the illustrator Yusuke Murata. He shares an image of Garou, bruised and bloody with one punched fist out for all to see. ガロウ見開き pic.twitter.com/LvYLyE6ycv— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) May 20, 2018Yusuke Murata is best known for his illustrations for Eyeshield 21, Dangan Tenshi Fan Club and Gokiburi Buster. He’s also created some fantastic posters for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, his work on One Punch Man with the creator ONE is probably the best he’s ever done… so far. Murata has a style that’s beyond belief. This is what has fans so hyped about Murata’s image of Garou for the upcoming season.This image comes in the wake of Hikaru Midorikawa (Android 16 of Dragon Ball Z, Lin and Shin of Cowboy Bebop, Softon of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo) officially welcomed as the voice for Garou for the next season. He’s also set to play the character in the June 20th release of One Punch Man Maji CD Drama & Song in Japan.For those unfamiliar with Garou, Garou is a former student of Bang. He was kicked out for going on an absolute rampage in Bang’s dojo. Garou went on to do his own training. During this time, he defeated more heroes than you can count on your fingers. Garou displays an absolute hatred for heroes but entirely fascinated by monsters. People have called him the “Human Monster.” His abilities are ranged from supernatural senses, transformation, advanced growth, healing, indomitable will, adaptation, wicked strength, stamina, senses and much more.Garou made his debut in the anime in episode 10 as a cameo. Fans are already preparing for his arrival in the anime for him to finally make his mark within the series.One Punch Man started as a webcomic by ONE in 2009. Approached by illustrator Yusuke Murata in 2012, he offered to adapt the manga and publish it with Weekly Young Jump becoming an international sensation. Once it hit the site, it received millions of hits becoming wicked famous overnight. It’s still only just the beginning for this anime and manga becoming even more of a sensation to this day.One Punch Man tells the story of Saitama, a superhero who inspires to become a hero after stopping an attack. He trains as hard as he can, ending up with a massive amount of strength. He joins the Hero Association, but that ends up being a little bit of a burden when he keeps killing people after a single punch. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

A stringed affair

first_imgCarnatic music is considered as one of the main sub genres of Indian Classical Music. The main focus of Carnatic Music is on the vocal part where the music is composed in the way where they can be sung and when rendered through instruments, they are meant to be performed in the singing style. In order to enthral the Carnatic Music lovers, Carnatic Violin Concert by R Sridhar, disciple of Gurus V S K Chakrapani and presently Akhila Krishnan will be held today at the CD Deshmukh auditorium, India International Centre in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artist will present a musical homage to past violin maestros – Lalgudi Jayaraman, T K JayaramaIyer and others. Accompanying artists are N Padmanabhan (mridangam); and J Vignesh (kanjira).Sridhar is an accomplished violinist from Delhi who from a very early age displayed immense potential. With able guidance from his gurus, V S K Chakrapani and presently from Akhila Krishnan, Sridhar has carved a niche for himself in the field of Carnatic music.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn engineer by profession who is passionate about Carnatic music, Sridhar is interested in collaborating with other systems of music to achieve a musical communion.In recognition of his contribution to Carantic music, Sridhar received the title of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Asthana Vidwan by H H Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal in 2012; Natya Tarang Yuva Puraskar by Natraj Music and Dance Academy, Visakhapatnam 2013; the title of National Sangeet Mani conferred by the Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Orissa 2012; Yuva Ratna by Hindustan Arts and Music Society, Suta Nuti Parishad, Kolkata among others.Apart from performances, Sridhar is actively engaged in training and imparting his art to a younger generation of musicians many of whom have gone on to win prestigious scholarships. Sridhar has released two audio CDs titled ‘Rare Ragas and Rare Kirthis’ and ‘Bhakti’.last_img read more

Costa Rica moves to freefloating currency

first_imgCosta Rica announced that it would remove the country’s nine-year-old currency band system in favor of afloating exchange against the U.S. dollar, according to a statement from the Central Bank (BCCR) Saturday.The BCCR had not taken any measures to adjust the value of the colón, Costa Rica’s currency, outside the band since Dec. 12, 2013, arguing that the currency had been in a “de facto” float since then.On Oct. 17, 2006, the BCCR announced that it would implement the currency band, which established a floor and ceiling price between which the colón could float before the Central Bank would take steps to adjust its value. The band system was implemented as a way to gradually move the country from a fixed exchange to a floating one.The colón has depreciated roughly 8 percent against the U.S. dollar since February 2014, selling at 543 on Saturday, according to Monex. The BCCR said that Costa Rica had more than $7.3 billion in reserves. Facebook Comments Related posts:Recent exchange rate stability offers relief to businesses Dollar exchange rate maintains slight upward trend this year Dollar exchange rate reaches highest price in seven years Dollar exchange rate down following Central Bank’s intervention announcementlast_img read more