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Evans doubtful, Ayanbadejo questionable on Ravens’ final injury report

first_imgFriday’s injury report supported Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s claim about the likelihood of Lee Evans playing against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.It’s highly unlikely.The veteran wide receiver is listed as doubtful along with linebacker Dannell Ellerbe despite both players having practiced all week on a limited basis. Evans has missed Baltimore’s last six games with an ankle injury.Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is questionable for Sunday and will take a concussion test on Saturday in hopes of being cleared for contact. Both he and Harbaugh expressed optimism, and Ayanbadejo has not experienced any further concussion-related symptoms this week.A day after sitting out practice, safety Ed Reed and linebacker Terrell Suggs were full participants and are listed as probable for Sunday, alleviating any lingering concerns regarding their availability against the Seahawks.Rookie running back Anthony Allen was ruled out as he continues to deal with a thigh injury.For Seattle, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and wide receiver Sidney Rice are both probable after practicing fully on Friday.BALTIMOREOUT: RB Anthony Allen (thigh)DOUBTFUL: LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle)QUESTIONABLE: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (head)PROBABLE: C Matt Birk (neck), S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (knee), TE Kris Wilson (calf)SEATTLEOUT: LB David Vobora (concussion)QUESTIONABLE: TE Cameron Morrah (toe, knee)PROBABLE: QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), WR Sidney Rice (foot)last_img read more

Oil’s not well: Cost of getting around is accelerating again

first_imgBut regular gas is already above $3 a gallon in many areas of Los Angeles, including the San Fernando Valley. Balaji Vemuma paid $3.05 a gallon to gas up his Toyota Camry at a Woodland Hills Chevron with regular and he was not happy about the tab. “They do bother me,” Vemuma, 28, of Woodland Hills said of the rising prices, “but I don’t have any alternative.” He needed to get to work. Prices typically increase this time of year because of a variety of factors, experts said. In February, gas stations switched to a more-expensive summer blend of fuel. Gasoline prices have started their spring ascent, jumping back to about $3 a gallon, and could set a California record by the summer driving season, analysts said Wednesday. That means last year’s record of $3.40 for a gallon of regular could be surpassed, predicted Mary Welge, an analyst at Oil Price Information Service. “It’s not out of the realm of possibility,” Welge said. She is predicting an increase of 10 cents to 30cents a gallon statewide. Wednesday’s average for a gallon of regular in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area was $2.92, up 13.2 percent from the $2.58 of a year ago, according to data from the Auto Club of Southern California. And scheduled and unplanned maintenance at refineries that make gasoline up to California standards curtailed supply. The raw material is getting pricier, too. On Wednesday, wholesale oil prices increased by more than $1 per barrel after the U.S. government reported an unexpected drop in crude inventories. Crude oil stockpiles dropped by 4.8 million barrels last week, to 324.2 million barrels, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. “We’re seeing a very tight supply situation,” said Susanne Garfield, a spokeswoman at the California Energy Commission, which monitors the supply of petroleum products. Of 14 refineries in the state that make California gasoline, a half dozen had planned downtime, Garfield said. Some of those had problems restarting production, forcing them to draw further on reserves or buy from wholesalers. Relief might not come for weeks, if past years are any indication. Gasoline prices, which have been creeping up about 2cents a day for the past four weeks as part of their usual early spring spike, often peak in May, Auto Club spokeswoman Marie Montgomery said. Prices then slack off until mid-August, when they frequently start rising again, according to Auto Club data. A second peak often comes in October or November. The double-humped-camel pattern has happened in years past, but not the most recent summer, when prices hovered just under the peak. “It’s like a mountain range that’s steeper on one end and then it doesn’t come down as far,” Montgomery said. Prices are high enough that customers are shopping around, said Raman Wason, manager of the Chevron station on Ventura Boulevard and Shoup Avenue in Woodland Hills. “They don’t just buy for convenience,” he said. “People are conscious. We don’t blame them.” The gas needy have two other choices at the busy intersection where Vemuma fueled up. Regular at a Shell station cost $3.09 a gallon and at a Thrifty, which appeared temporarily closed, a gallon cost $2.99. Jerry White did not like the price spike, either. White, 66, was heading back to his home in Las Vegas after visiting a doctor in Woodland Hills, where he used to live. He spent $50.69 for 16 gallons of medium octane to fill his Volkswagen EuroVan. “I was shocked,” White said of the prices. “When I filled up in Vegas, I paid $2.45 or $2.47.” [email protected] (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lindsey Vonn finishes with bronze medal in Olympic downhill

first_imgJEONGSEON, South Korea >> Lindsey Vonn cast a quick glance toward the sky after finishing what was likely her final Olympic downhill run, shrugged her shoulders after seeing her time and shook a friendly index finger at her good friend.No one could catch Sofia Goggia of Italy.Goggia won the women’s downhill Wednesday at Jeongseon Alpine Center and Vonn earned bronze. The American was looking at a higher finish before Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway turned in a surprise silver-medal performance …last_img read more

South African history: the death of apartheid

first_imgPrevious page: Three decades of crisisOn 2 February 1990, FW de Klerk lifted restrictions on 33 opposition groups, including the ANC, the PAC and the Communist Party, at the opening of Parliament. On February 11 Mandela, who had maintained a tough negotiating stance on the issue, was released after 27 years in prison.The piecemeal dismantling of restrictive legislation began. Political groups started negotiating the ending of white minority rule, and in early 1992 the white electorate endorsed De Klerk’s stance on these negotiations in a referendum.Violence continued unabated, a massacre at the township of Boipatong causing the ANC to withdraw temporarily from constitutional talks.In 1993, however, an agreement was reached on a Government of National Unity which would allow a partnership of the old regime and the new.The optimism generated by the negotiations was shattered by the assassination of Chris Hani, the secretary-general of the Communist Party: only a prompt appeal to the nation by Mandela averted a massive reaction. At the end of the year an interim constitution was agreed to by 21 political parties.See: Mandela: leader among leadersFirst democratic electionsSouth Africa’s first democratic election was held on 26, 27 and 28 April 1994, with victory going to the ANC in an alliance with the Communist Party and Cosatu. Nelson Mandela was sworn in as President on May 10 with FW de Klerk and the ANC’s Thabo Mbeki as Deputy Presidents.See: 72 days that shaped South AfricaMandela’s presidency was characterised by the successful negotiation of a new constitution; a start on the massive task of restructuring the civil service and attempts to redirect national priorities to address the results of apartheid; and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up primarily to investigate the wrongs of the past.The story continued …The earliest peopleColonial expansionThe discovery of diamondsGold and warUnion and the ANCThe gathering stormThree decades of crisisThe death of apartheidSAinfo reporterUpdated: July 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid fitness coach Mauri: Ancelotti would’ve kept winning

first_imgEx-Real Madrid fitness coach Mauri: Ancelotti would’ve kept winningby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni Mauri, Carlo Ancelotti’s long-time fitness coach, has spoken of their demise at Real Madrid.Mauri only ended his association with Ancelotti this season at Napoli, though his son is now part of the staff.On Real Madrid, Mauri told TuttoNapoli: “Not only did we win the Decima, but also a Copa del Rey, a Super Cup, a World Cup … The memory is beautiful, despite the end.”I went from being defined as a ‘hidden genius’ to being regarded as ‘the designated one’, and all for reasons of the Merengues leadership.”Yes, those seasons were the best of my career, a pity that it would end like that, we could have continued to win as my friend (Zinedine) Zidane did later.”They said that the defeat with Juve was the fault of our athletic preparation, which they defined as soft, but it was a lie: we know very well what was behind that year. We achieved the club’s record of consecutive victories, 22, and that says it all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoKenyon Newcastle takeover doc includes Bruce’s Euro ‘success’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon Newcastle takeover doc includes Bruce’s Euro ‘success’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe takeover offer for Newcastle United from Peter Kenyon includes highlighting manager Steve Bruce’s ‘European record’.The Sun reports former Manchester United and Chelsea chief Kenyon has been working with American firm GACP Sports – who also own Ligue 1 club Bordeaux – on a £300million offer to buy out Mike Ashley.But a document sent to potential investors said: “GACP Sports plans to support the current manager, Steve Bruce, who has had unparalleled success in Europe.”In fact, Toon boss Bruce has only had ONE failed European campaign as a manager with Hull City.And the Tigers lost to Belgian side Lokeren in the play-offs for the Europa League group stage in 2014-15.A plausible explanation for the inaccuracy is that Bruce’s name was hastily cut-and-pasted into an existing document after he replaced Spaniard Rafael Benitez on July 17. last_img read more

Jamaica Condemns Slave Trading in Libya

first_img Senator Johnson Smith said the United Nations, along with its member states must continue to publicize and educate citizens of the existence and different forms of modern day slavery and its consequences, especially on the most vulnerable. Story Highlights The Government has condemned the acts of slave trading which has been reported in Libya. “Modern day slavery is not limited to the inhumane treatment of African migrants on the continent. It includes the young girl in rural Jamaica answering an advertisement in the paper promising on the job training in customer service, who finds herself forced into prostitution or threat of death if she seeks to run away. The Government has condemned the slave trading that has been reported in Libya.“This human indignity is unreservedly and entirely condemned by the Government, and we commit to working with the international community to curtail this despicable trade in human beings, wherever it occurs across the world,” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith said.She made the comments during the sitting of the Senate on Friday (December 1), following local and international media reports of persons being sold as labourers in slave auctions.Senator Johnson Smith said the United Nations, along with its member States, must continue to publicise and educate citizens about the existence and different forms of modern-day slavery and its consequences, especially for the most vulnerable.“We encourage all countries to take the necessary measures within their borders to identify and eliminate this abhorrent practice, and in this regard, we note and welcome, even with caution, announcements emerging from the African Union/European Union Summit in Cote D’Ivoire… where specific actions are to be taken to address the situation of migrants of Libya,” she said.In the meantime, Senator Johnson Smith said even as the acts in Libya are condemned, Jamaicans should also focus their outrage and offence on issues occurring locally.“Modern-day slavery is not limited to the inhumane treatment of African migrants on the continent. It includes the young girl in rural Jamaica answering an advertisement in the paper promising on-the-job training in customer service, who finds herself forced into prostitution or threat of death if she seeks to run away.“(It also) includes the young boy who lost his parents and is taken in by a member of a neighbouring community, but who is made to work seven days per week, not attend school, not play, and he is given little food or drink but an abundance of beatings,” she added.Senator Johnson Smith said the Government is taking steps to increase awareness of the different practices, and working to reduce the vulnerabilities of the population.“In that regard, work has crossed Administrations, and we have established an inter-ministerial National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons, in which the Foreign Ministry is involved,” Senator Johnson Smith informed.She said as part of the country’s campaign against human trafficking, Jamaica was most recently an active participant in the United Nations High Level Meeting on Trafficking in Persons, held in September 2017.Senator Johnson Smith said while legislative frameworks are in place and task forces have been trained, “we still have to look around us and be aware of matters that should be reported”.Meanwhile, as Jamaica observes the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery today (December 2), Senator Johnson Smith reiterated the importance of safeguarding human dignity.“Let us pay special attention to the most vulnerable among us, as no form of slavery should be excused or tolerated in our societies. We must all remain vigilant to ensure the eradication of this scourge that is a stain on humanity, whether on the continent of Africa, or right here at home,” she said.For his part, Acting Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Dr. Floyd Morris, said “we on this side are fundamentally opposed to any form of slavery. Slavery has been a scourge on humanity”.last_img read more

Canada moves to block steel dumping with 25 surtax on select products

first_imgThe Canadian government says it will impose a 25 per cent surtax on some foreign steel products in a bid to head off dumping.The Finance Department said “excessive imports” are harming the steel industry, prompting it to impose a surtax on seven products that range from rebar to wire rods.The surtax, which begins Oct. 25, will be in place for 200 days, pending an inquiry by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal into whether longer-lasting safeguards are necessary, the government said.The announcement comes more than three months after Canada imposed tariffs on $16.6 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for hefty U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.The government also announced Thursday that some Canadian manufacturers can now import those products from the U.S. without paying the surtaxes that have applied since July 1. A portion of the relief will be temporary, offered until Canadian producers are able to adequately meet domestic demand.The exemption applies on a case-by-case basis to companies that applied for it, and pertains to American steel, aluminum and certain other products.The products affected by the fresh tariffs go into structures from condominiums to dams and bridges, “which encompasses a heck of a lot of steel,” said Jesse Goldman, a lawyer representing the Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel.He said the surtax puts the construction steel industry in “a very dire position” because of Canada’s limited domestic steel supply.“Because of the actual quota amounts for this type of steel from non-U.S. sources, U.S. steel is going to come into Canada at record high prices. They will simply pass on the 25 per cent retaliatory tariffs to their Canadian customers.”The surtax on steel plates and other products could “jeopardize” mega-projects in Newfoundland, which relies almost exclusively on foreign steel, primarily from Europe, Goldman said.A lot of imported structural steel has been put toward the refurbishment of the Parliament buildings, he added. “It’s more ironic than intentional, but it gives you an example of the importance of imported steel in Canada.”The country’s geography deters West Coast buyers from purchasing from central Canadian mills. It costs more than four times extra to ship a tonne of steel to Vancouver from Ontario than it does from China or Korea, said Richard Lyall, president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario.With rebar an essential component in residential towers, the new steel tariff could boost the price of new condos in Vancouver by up to $10,000 per unit, Lyall said.“Housing affordability got thrown under the bus on this one,” he said.Finance Minister Bill Morneau is slated to address the Commons international trade committee Tuesday on its study of how tariffs are impacting Canadian businesses and workers.last_img read more

Medium does not matter for Karan Singh Grover

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Karan Singh Grover, who is making his debut in the web space with ‘Boss: Baap of Special Services’, says the way he performs stays the same irrespective of the medium. On working on the digital space, Karan said: “It is my first time working in the web space. But I think for any artiste the way we perform, what we do and how we deliver stays the same whichever medium it is… It is cool because we can reach our audience and they don’t have to wait for a particular time to see us.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe mystery thriller on ALTBalaji unravels the story of a con artist operating in the northern belt of India. He crosses paths with a police officer under unusual circumstances. Asked about his role, Karan said: “The name of my character in ‘Boss…’ is Keshav and he is pretending to be someone else. Basically he is a con-man and does things in a non-conformist way, and in a way that normally a law abiding policeman would not. So that’s a fun mix.” On the silver screen, he will soon be seen sharing screen space with his wife Bipasha Basu in the upcoming film Aadat.last_img read more

France welcomes Moroccos initiative to organize a meeting on Al Quds

first_imgParis- France welcomed Wednesday, Morocco’s initiative to organize a meeting of the Al-Quds Committee, noting that all initiatives “for peace are welcome.” “We welcome the initiative of Morocco to organize a committee meeting Al-Quds on 17 and 18 January in Marrakech,” said the spokesman of the Quai d’Orsay, Romain Nadal during a press briefing, according to MAP. “All initiatives to encourage ongoing discussions and support international efforts for peace are welcome,” he added. In an interview with the Asharq Al Awsat daily on Monday,Salah Eddine Mezouar, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that Al Quds committee meeting is “a clear message to the international community so that it shoulders its responsibilities, force Israel to stop its illegal colonization and provoking acts, and make it respond favorably to the new talks dynamic under way.”last_img read more