RBC fires head of US capital markets over workplace relationship

first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – The Royal Bank of Canada has fired the head of its U.S. capital markets division for violating its policies about relationships with fellow employees.“Blair Fleming did not comply with our disclosure and conflict of interest policies relating to workplace relationships,” spokeswoman Gillian McArdle wrote in an email.“When the matter was brought forward, we investigated and acted promptly.”Fleming was the American CEO of RBC Capital Markets and US head of investment banking and oversaw all the division’s businesses in the U.S., says his LinkedIn page.Fleming, 56, began his career with Royal Bank in 1986 in London, Ont., and moved to New York City in 2009, where he and his wife live with their four daughters.The announcement of Fleming’s departure earlier in the week generated employee questions, Douglas McGregor, the bank’s group head of capital markets, said in an employee memo.“We want to be clear that inappropriate behaviour at RBC is unacceptable and in breach of our Code of Conduct and Respectful Workplace Policies,” he wrote.“RBC is committed to maintaining a professional workplace. It is only by acting with integrity that we can continue to build the trust of our people, clients, and the community.”In its 20-page code of conduct, the bank says working relationships could cause conflicts of interest if they can “favourably impact compensation, work conditions or promotion prospects of a close friend or family member.”It says there is no substitute for good judgment and common sense and says employees should speak to a manager if they have doubts about a relationship.The policy also says employees have a responsibility to speak up if they witness or experience inappropriate behaviour. They can raise it with their manager or through the bank’s confidential human resources resolution hotline.Global responsibility for investment banking is being assumed by Derek Neldner, head of Canadian and Asia Pacific investment banking.Jim Wolfe, head of leveraged finance, and Matthew Stopnik, co-head of financial sponsors, have been appointed co-heads of U.S. Investment Banking.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY)last_img read more

France Expels Moroccan Imam Accused of Legitimizing Jihad

Rabat- France continues its crackdown on suspected Islamic radicals with the expulsion of the Moroccan Imam, Mohammed Tlaghi, who is accused of calling believers to “pray for jihadists around the world” and to “destroy the enemies of Islam in France and in the world” in many of his sermons, French authorities announced on Wednesday. The deputy imam of the Torcy mosque, located in east of Paris, was deported to Morocco on Wednesday, following his arrest by police services early morning. “He will be taken back to the border under an expulsion order and must take a plane to Morocco during the day,” local authorities said. A deportation committee had issued in December 2017, a statement against expelling the 50-year-old, who had been living in France since 1992. Tlaghi also worked as a professor of mathematics before being suspended from his post by the National Education in France.“He is accused of having violated basic principles of the Republic,” his lawyer, Gilles Devers, said at that time. “If my client receives a notification of the deportation order, we will file an interlocutory liberty in the administrative court of Melun,” Devers added.The decision included sermons held in 2016 and 2017, during which “the two imams of the mosque had explicitly legitimized armed jihad by calling on the faithful to pray for jihadists around the world to destroy the enemies of the mosque in France and in the world.”The French daily, le Parisien, reported that the Torcy mosque, which could accommodate up to 500 worshipers, was the subject of an administrative closure order in April 2017, for being “a place where radicalism and incitement to jihad were advocated.”After the closure order, all Tlaghi’s assets were frozen by the French government. read more

Military impeding embargo inspections in Côte dIvoire UN experts say

19 October 2007Côte d’Ivoire’s military is thwarting the surveillance of the arms embargo in the divided West African nation, a group of United Nations experts said in a new report made public today. Côte d’Ivoire’s military is thwarting the surveillance of the arms embargo in the divided West African nation, a group of United Nations experts said in a new report made public today.According to the Group of Experts monitoring the embargo, refusals to allow impartial forces to carry out inspections have been on the rise since the Ouagadougou Agreement was signed in March.That pact sets out a series of measures to heal the split between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north in 2002.The latest report notes that the Group – which was established in early 2005 to gather and analyze information on arms caches and flows in the region – conducted investigations on the ground in Côte d’Ivoire from late July until mid-August this year.During those assessments, the Group “observed a lack of understanding on the part of certain Ivorian political authorities who believed that, with the signing of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement on 4 March 2007, their mission was out of step with the current reconciliation process.”It also voiced concern about the illicit trafficking in firearms, given Côte d’Ivoire’s porous borders and the availability of weapons in the region.“Furthermore, efforts to disarm and disband militias have, for the moment, been only partially effected,” the report said.Regarding the country’s natural resources, the Group met for the first time with the heads of three of the four quasi-Government agencies in the coffee and cocoa sector, and confirmed “the lack of transparency in the management of revenue in the coffee and cocoa and hydrocarbons sectors.”In contradiction to the diamond embargo preventing the exports of the precious stone out of the country, the Group reported that individuals interviewed in Seguela and Tortiya “unanimously acknowledged that most of the diamonds mined in Côte d’Ivoire are sent to Mali, but did not give details on the identity of the exporters or buyers.” read more

Technology and innovation can help expand education for all – UN official

“Technology and innovation are keys to accelerating progress towards the MDGs, particularly in countries that are falling behind,” Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs told the Global Forum on ICT and innovation for Education, referring to the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.The latest update on the MDGs shows that progress has so far been mixed, he noted at the event in the Mexican city of Monterrey.With some six years remaining before 2015, some goals are on target. For example, enrolment in primary education has risen from 83 per cent in 2000 to 88 per cent in 2007, and child mortality is steadily decreasing.At the same time, the current global downturn risks reversing some of the positive trends, he added, noting that an estimated 55 to 90 million more people will fall below the poverty line.“Education is the foundation of a modern and thriving economy,” Mr. Sha stated. “It empowers poor and marginalized communities and enables them to contribute to economic and social development.“ICT and innovation can open up new opportunities for both expanding the reach and improving the quality of education in developing regions, by providing practical and enabling solutions to current problems.”He said the advent of universally accessible information, the rapid development of next generation networks and multi-lingual software, low-cost hardware, new mobile platforms and other innovations “all present a real opportunity to developing countries to employ ICT to lift the quality of education and make it universally accessible.”The key to putting ICT to use in schools and colleges – where the main obstacles are the high cost of connectivity and computers and the lack of qualified teachers – is affordable connectivity, low-cost computing devices and applications that can be used for education and other services, he said, adding that training of instructors should go hand in hand with advances in access and connectivity. 3 September 2009Making use of the latest information and communication technology (ICT) and innovation can help countries expand educational opportunities for all in a way that also advances development, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

Shoal Point to lose drilling licence near Newfoundlands Gros Morne park

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — An oil exploration company that set off intense debate with plans to frack near Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland says it will lose its licence next month to drill wells near the UNESCO world heritage site.CEO Mark Jarvis of Shoal Point Energy Ltd. said his company’s bid to extend one of three exploration licences it holds in the province was rejected Dec. 5 by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board.The company said the decision means his company will lose the licence as of Jan. 15 as well as a $1-million deposit made last January for a one-year extension on drilling exploration wells.“We are disappointed by this decision,” Jarvis said in a statement Thursday.Shoal Point Energy and Black Spruce Exploration, a subsidiary of Foothills Capital Corp., had proposed to hunt for oil in shale rock layers in enclaves surrounded by the park using hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.The process involves pumping water, nitrogen, sand and chemical additives at high pressure to fracture shale rock formations and allow gas or oil to flow through well bores to the surface.The prospect of drilling in the Green Point shale near the picturesque park raised alarms about groundwater pollution and other risks.Last month, the provincial government shut the door on applications for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas while it reviews regulations and consults residents.In a statement issued Friday the offshore board said it considered and rejected three separate proposals from the company for a one-year extension to its exploration licence.The board said in making its decision it considered that the licence was issued based on conventional exploration work and that eight years had passed with minimal exploration undertaken.It said the company’s proposal did not identify a plan to proceed with the drilling obligation on the licence and instead identified “a physical and legal impossibility to undertake a drilling program” in the only format now under consideration.The board also said the company did not incorporate a forfeiture of its drilling deposit for not meeting the obligations of the licence to date.Shoal Point Energy said it was willing to give up more than half of the approximately 202 hectares covered by the licence if the board approved the extension, including the portion neighbouring Gros Morne.The company said it was also prepared to make an additional drilling deposit of $250,000, but the board denied both requests.Jarvis said the Vancouver-based company felt its application respected the importance of the park.“Our proposal balanced a desire to protect this unique and beautiful park with a desire to safely and responsibly develop a much-needed economic opportunity on the west coast of Newfoundland,” he said.In total, the company’s three licences cover approximately 291 hectares in western Newfoundland.“We still have a very large prospective resource to explore and develop in our remaining exploration licences,” said Jarvis. “We believe that the majority of people in this area want economic opportunity, as long as they are satisfied that operations are safe and respect the environment.”Canadian Press read more

Rona Inc to buy its 20 franchise stores in effort to simplify

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — Rona Inc. says it intends to buy the 20 franchise stores in its retail network — including 18 in Quebec.The company didn’t say how much it expects to pay and adds that the transaction will be subject to a review of the business at each of the franchised stores.In total, the Rona franchise stores have 2,600 employees and generate more than $500 million in annual retail sales.Rona Inc narrows loss as retail sales improve in first quarterRona Inc’s share buybacks point to dividend hikeThe Quebec-based company says buying the franchise locations will simplify its business. Rona says it will focus on sales at its independent dealers, who operate at 275 affiliated stores, and its own network of corporate stores.Rona says all 79 big-box stores across Canada will be wholly owned by the company. read more

SLFP demands due process when appointing new AG

He said that the President must nominate the new AG and the Constitutional Council must approve the nomination. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today demanded that due process be followed when appointing a new Attorney General (AG).SLFP member and Government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the appointment of the new AG must take place soon. There have been reports the new AG will be appointed through a process which goes against the 19th Amendment to the constitution. It has been reported that the Government will overlook Solicitor General Suhada Gamlath who is next in line to be the AG. The AG post has been left vacant following the retirement of Attorney General Yuwanjana Wanasundara.Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the SLFP will oppose appointing an AG selected from outside of the Attorney General’s Department. He said that in the past there was opposition from the United National Party to appointing an AG from outside of the Attorney General’s Department so that position should remain even now. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Loblaw expects more competition in 2013 from a customer who wants value

by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 8:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loblaw expects more competition in 2013 from a customer who wants value Canada’s largest grocer, Loblaw Companies Ltd. expects more competition and moderate sales growth in 2013, and says it’s considering consolidating some of its banners.Company president Vicente Trius said Thursday that Loblaw has looked at the number of grocery banners it operates, but noted how customers value them.“Banners have a lot of strong equity with the customers, so you need to be careful when you try to rationalize banners,” Trius told a conference call with financial analysts.“But we believe there are some opportunities on maybe some rationalization of banners,” he said, after being asked if Loblaw had given any thought to consolidation.Loblaw (TSX:L) is Canada’s largest supermarket operator with 22 different banners, including Independent, Zehrs, Superstore, Wholesale Club, Value-mart, No Frills, Maxi, Loblaws and Provigo.The Brampton, Ont.-headquartered company saw its fourth-quarter profit drop by 17.8 per cent after taking a $61-million restructuring charge that chopped 16 cents per share off the bottom line.Trius said 2013 will bring more “competitive intensity” and a customer “who is squarely focused on value.”“In this environment, I remain focused on improving our customer proposition, strengthening our competitive position through investment in price, assortment and labour to be offset by managing costs.”Loblaw is in stiff competition with major rivals, Sobeys (TRX:SBY) and Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU), as well as other types of retailers that offer food items, including U.S.-based department store chain Walmart and Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) as they compete for consumer dollars in a still weak economy.Chief financial officer Sarah Davis said 2013 sales growth will be moderated by such factors as competition and generic drug deflation.Davis added that she expects operating income growth for this year to be “modest,” which she described as being in the low single digits.CIBC analyst Perry Caicco noted the moderate outlook in sales and operating income growth for Loblaw.“In other words, as expected, no material sales or earnings progress,” Caicco said in a research note.But Caicco said sales for Loblaw came in at $7.4 million, higher than his forecast of $7.3 million.In its financial results, Loblaw said its net income was $143 million or 48 cents per diluted share in the three months ended Dec. 29. That’s down $31 million or 17.8 per cent from $174 million or 60 cents per share in the same 12-week period of 2011.Revenue rose 1.2 per cent to $7.46 billion from $7.37 billion.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw reported earnings of $190.9 million or 64 cents per share, beating estimates of $177 million or 63 cents according to a survey of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.For the full year, Loblaw reported net income of $650 million or $2.28 per diluted share on revenues of $31.6 billion. That compares with net earnings of $769 million or $2.71 per share on revenues of $31.25 billion in 2011.During the fourth quarter of 2012, Loblaw said it would reduce the number of head office and administrative positions by about 700.Loblaw also announced it will form a real estate investment trust that will be one of the country’s largest commercial landlords.The REIT would operate as a subsidiary of Loblaw and sold in an initial public offering expected to be completed in mid-2013, subject to regulatory approvals.“We’re feeling pretty confident with that deadline,” said Davis.The change would see Loblaw contribute real estate assets with a current market value of more than $7 billion to the venture.Loblaw isn’t the first such chain to make the move. Empire Co. Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A), operator of the Sobey’s supermarket chain, spun off a number of properties into Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:CRR.UN) in 2006.Shares in Loblaw were up 26 cents at $40.01 in mid-afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Windsor Hospital CEO wants patients to know cost of their health care

TORONTO – Watching “Breaking Bad” — the hit TV show about a teacher who turned to cooking meth to help pay for his cancer treatments — got David Musyj thinking about how little Canadians know about the cost of their health care.Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, thinks patients would appreciate health care more if they knew exactly how much it cost.“How can we have an educated debate regarding health care, which is consuming 40-plus per cent of our provincial budget — approximately $50 billion a year —when we have no clue on how much individuals are consuming or what is the cost of health care on an individual basis,” Musyj asked in an interview.In a report to his hospital’s board of directors, Musyj suggested people should be provided with a summary of all their Ontario Health Insurance Plan charges on an annual basis, or when a patient leaves a hospital.Instead of mailing invoice-like statements to patients, the government could set up a website so people could see how much their care costs the province, added Musyj.“The technology is available,” he said. “Why can’t we have a system where people log into a website and have their password and check out how much has been billed to OHIP on their behalf?”The New Democrats flatly oppose giving patients any sort of physical invoice or statement of accounts as a “waste of time, money and energy,” but they “love” the idea of letting people see their OHIP charges on a website.“They are taxpayers’ dollars and we should know how much money was spent for the service that we got,” said NDP health critic France Gelinas. “I think a lot of good would come of that, but it’s very different from an elderly patient getting a ‘bill’ from the Ministry of Health.”The Progressive Conservatives also support giving patients accurate information on how much their care costs the province.“I think it has a lot of merit because it helps people to understand the costs of health care, and I think it also helps them to participate in the discussion about health care that I think that we need to have,” said PC health critic Christine Elliott.The government said it was concerned about “significant new costs” of setting up systems to give patients access to their personal OHIP statements and hospital accounts, a sentiment echoed by the Ontario Medical Association, which represents the province’s doctors.“Cost transparency is an interesting idea, but we must ensure that new initiatives are supported by the best available evidence and worth the expense,” OMA president Dr. Scott Wooder said in a statement.However, Musyj said the ministry actually holds the licence for case-costing software but has only made it available to about one-third of Ontario hospitals.“This software is a great management tool for hospitals to know definitively every single case and all the costs associated with each case,” he said.“It would be a double win if all hospitals had access to it because they would be able to be better managers of their revenues and expenses, and a side benefit would be the ability to provide every single patient with a detailed account of their use of that system.”The Ministry did not respond to questions asking why the software was not made available to all hospitals in the province.It’s not the first time the idea of individual patient accounts has been raised. Former Ontario health minister Tony Clement floated the idea in 2002, but met resistance from health care professionals who were worried it was the first step from the Mike Harris Conservatives before patients got bills they had to pay.Musyj said he’s pretty sure of one thing: “Breaking Bad” wouldn’t have lasted long as a television series if it had been set in Canada.“If “Breaking Bad” was a Canadian or an Ontario series it would have been over in one episode because Walter White would have gotten his chemo without charge and would have gone into remission and the series was over,” laughed Musyj. “It wouldn’t have gone on because he wouldn’t have had to turn to a life of crime to pay for it.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2014 8:00 am MDT Windsor Hospital CEO wants patients to know cost of their health care read more

Puerto Rico governor protects pensions promises tax breaks

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s governor unveiled a budget Wednesday that prioritizes pension payments for tens of thousands of retired government workers who depend on a public pension system that is crumbling amid a deep economic crisis.The proposed $9.56 billion budget is more than a half million dollars larger than last year’s, and Gov. Ricardo Rossello said that for the first time in recent history the budget would be truly balanced.“In the past, money was taken from areas, increasing budgeted spending and hiding debt,” he said. “That’s over.”The U.S. territory is struggling to emerge from a 10-year recession that has prompted more than a half million Puerto Ricans to flee to the U.S. mainland. Rossello’s administration is in the midst of restructuring a portion of a $73 billion public debt load through a bankruptcy-like process in federal court after previous administrations borrowed millions of dollars to cover the island’s debt for decades. The budget calls for $400 million in debt service payments.Despite the economic woes, Rossello said he set aside $2 billion in the government’s general fund to ensure that retired government workers receive their monthly pensions as the island’s public retirement system that is underfunded by nearly $50 billion collapses. To offset that pension payment, Rossello proposes cuts such as eliminating millions of dollars in annual subsidies to Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities, prompting some mayors to start charging for garbage collection and possibly other services.Rossello also said he has budgeted for a $200 million reserve demanded by a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances that threatened to furlough tens of thousands of government workers if the reserve didn’t materialize.In addition, the governor said he will soon submit a tax reform bill that will include more than $200 million in tax breaks and will exempt everyone from paying taxes on the first $12,500 earned. He also said retirees would not pay taxes on the first $25,000 earned instead of the current $15,000 if the bill is approved.Opposition legislators criticized Rossello for not releasing a copy of the full budget. It was briefly available online hours after Rossello spoke, but then access to it was blocked. Officials didn’t explain why.“The lack of transparency has not allowed the people to understand how the budget is being increased to $9.5 billion during an economy that is shrinking,” said Rep. Rafael Hernandez of the island’s main opposition party.Hernandez said he also was concerned about deep cuts to what appeared to be non-profit organizations.“The weight and sacrifice that the people of Puerto Rico will have to bear in upcoming years will be place squarely on the back of workers and those who are most in need,” he said.The budget calls for increases to the island’s health, public safety and transportation agencies, among others. Meanwhile, it would cut the budgets of departments including education, natural resources, housing, agriculture, corrections and justice. It also includes more than $200 million in cuts for the island’s largest public university, which has been shuttered for more than two months amid a strike organized by students protesting the cuts.Puerto Rico legislators expect to hold public hearings starting Monday through June 25. The governor’s party controls both the House of Representatives and the Senate. by Danica Coto, The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2017 7:26 pm MDT Last Updated May 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Puerto Rico governor protects pensions, promises tax breaks read more

Air pollution the silent killer that claims seven million lives a year

At the Human Rights Council in Geneva, David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, insisted that air pollution is a “silent, sometimes invisible, prolific killer” which affected women and girls more than men.This is despite the fact that the right to a healthy environment is legally recognised by 155 States, Dr. Boyd explained. “Air pollutants are everywhere, largely caused by burning fossil fuels for electricity, transportation and heating, as well as from industrial activities, poor waste management and agricultural practices,” he said.Air pollution is present both inside homes and outside and is responsible for the premature death of seven million people each year, including 600,000 children, according to the Special Rapporteur’s report. “Every hour, 800 people are dying, many after years of suffering, from cancer, respiratory illnesses or heart disease directly caused by breathing polluted air,” he said, before highlighting that these deaths were preventable.Cleaner cooking fuel switch cuts indoor pollution  Some States, such as Indonesia have begun to address the problem of indoor air pollution linked to cooking by helping millions of poor families switch to cleaner cooking technologies.In India, a Government-funded programme provides women with funds to buy natural gas stoves, the goal being to equip 95 per cent of all target households by 2022.According to the Special Rapporteur, the number of households using solid fuels for cooking and heating is also decreasing in Latin America, parts of Asia, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.In the US and China, strong laws and policies promoting cleaner air have improved air quality too.In California, children’s lung function has improved, the Special Rapporteur said, while in Shenzhen, the level of particulate matter in the air has decreased by 33 per cent in the past five years.Among the Special Rapporteur’s key recommendations are a ban on new fossil energy power plants and the replacement of existing ones by 2030, along with support for the growth of distributed renewable energy generation systems.Pollution and emissions fight gaining speed: UN environment report In a related development, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) welcomed “accelerating” steps taken around the world to fight pollution on land and at sea, and reduce emissions.The agency also highlighted the significance of India’s pledge last year to phase out single-use plastics by 2022. That move was linked to action on plastic pollution, one of the themes of World Environment Day 2018, UNEP said in its Annual Report.To date, 127 countries have adopted legislation to regulate plastic bags, 27 now tax producers and eight States have banned microbeads, which are commonly found in cosmetics.Another “huge win for the planet” is the UN-led effort to protect a massive African peatland area in the Congo basin, UNEP said.Known as Cuvette Centrale and straddling the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, this biodiversity treasure trove contains around 30 gigatonnes of carbon, which is equivalent to 15 years of emissions from the United States. read more

Redskins RG III Practices Could Play Sunday

Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback who is authoring a special season, practiced Wednesday, three days after suffering a right knee injury on Sunday that the team feared would sideline him for the season.Turned out that the injury was a mild sprain. Still,  there were doubts that he would be healthy enough to play on Sunday.But there was Griffin at practice Wednesday, giving hope that he could start the  crucial game for Washington at Cleveland.He said, “Today, I feel really good,” according to The Washington Post.He was cautious in his appraisal of his healthy and the prospects of playing, however. He said he did not know if he would take the field, but the fact that he did workout with the first team was an indication of how much better he is feeling.For some reason, Griffin would not indicate how much the practice he went through; all but the last minutes of practice is closed to the media.“I did enough,” he said. He added that he will do more in practice on Thursday and Friday.Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin’s work was limited, but that he was impressed by how the quarterback looked. Griffin wore a brace.Griffin suffered a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee late in Sunday’s overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.Griffin will be evaluated on a daily basis and if he can go at full speed come the weekend, Shanahan said he will play.Considered in the decision of Griffin playing will be whether he would be putting his knee at risk of further injury. Also, it is almost assured his participation will not be confirmed until the last possible moment, to keep the Browns from knowing how to prepare during the week.Rookie backup Kirk Cousins, who took over Sunday and threw a touchdown pass and ran for a tying two-point conversion in the final minute of regulation, would make his first NFL start if Griffin could not go.“You have to go the distance when you start the game,” Cousins said. “That’s a lot of time to screw up, if you will, a lot of time to be exposed.”Cousins said he has been lauded with praise for his heroic effort off the bench in Sunday’s 31-28 victory. Cousins said he received about 140 text messages after the game but had time to return only a few of them.“You go two for two, everybody loves you,” Cousins said. “You go oh for two, everybody hates you.”Cousins said as a fourth-round draft pick playing behind Griffin might not afford him many opportunities. “If I’m good enough, I’ll be able to show people over time what I can do,” Cousins said. “If I’m not, I won’t.” read more

Bangladesh need toporder lift to challenge Windies

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrathwaite urges relaxed but disciplined approachJuly 31, 2018In “latest news”Rashid defends eight off the last over to seal 3-0 whitewashJune 7, 2018In “latest news”Windies skipper Holder tries to make sense of defeat to BangladeshJune 18, 2019In “latest news” Ashley Nurse rejoices after picking up a wicket AFPWest Indies will go into the second T20I in Fort Lauderdale armed with the confidence that their big hitters and aggressive bowlers are firing in tandem, presenting a challenge even greater for a Bangladesh side that hasn’t been able to sustain its success for any measurable period through this tour.As always, much of Bangladesh’s hopes would fall on their four senior batsmen, but there’s a lot more that the likes of Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Ariful Haque can bring to the table.Soumya, despite being thrown multiple lifelines, has failed to find a way out his wretched form, while Liton needs to capitalise on impressive starts and push on to producing something more substantial. Ariful is still young at the international level, but expectations from newcomers have never been higher in the Bangladesh set-up.The bowling load will be shared between Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman, who both are usually required to bowl at critical phases in T20s, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan providing support. Nazmul Islam, who debuted earlier this year, needs to adapt quickly if he is to survive in this spin attack.West Indies, the world champions, have very little to worry about. Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul and Kesrick Williams complemented each other, taking eight wickets together, before Andre Russell, returning from injury, Marlon Samuels and Rovman Powell upended the chase in a six-heavy onslaught in the last game. If those signs weren’t worrying enough for Bangladesh, they are compounded by West Indies’ superlative record at this venue: they are yet to lose a match in Lauderhill, have three of the four highest totals at this ground, and have bowled out the opposition twice in three completed games. Ominous?Perhaps the one factor that could come to Bangladesh’s aid is the crowd in Lauderhill; the local population has a strong subcontinental presence. The expatriates have already turned up in droves in South Florida for the double-header, meaning that Bangladesh’s first international match in the USA will likely have the feeling of a home game.West Indies (probable): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Andre Fletcher, 3 Andre Russell, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Keemo Paul, 9 Ashley Nurse, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Kesrick WilliamsSoumya Sarkar has been in miserable form in domestic cricket, and his inclusion in the squad was only as a result of the management’s plea. He would undoubtedly be under the scanner, with Mosaddek Hossain being the prime candidate to replace him.Bangladesh (probable): 1 Liton Das, 2 Tamim Iqbal, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mustafizur Rahman, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Rubel HossainThe last completed game in Lauderhill produced a run-glut, with West Indies and India totaling 489 runs and both innings producing a century.The weather has been quite warm, but it is likely to remain clear for both matches. (ESPNcricinfo) read more

One Punch Mans Saitama Reacts to Merch of Himself

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target One Punch Man remains one of the most popular anime series out there right now, but there just isn’t a lot of merchandise available in the US. It all seems to be localized in Japan, where you can buy the most character goods, and even then, some of it isn’t the best. Even in the One Punch Man universe, the merchandise isn’t so great, apparently, according to a hilarious few panels in the One Punch Man manga itself.There’s a special gag manga in the One Punch Man series where Saitama can be found holding a bizarre, deformed-looking keychain while chatting with Genos. It looks pretty bad, and Saitama is talking about it with his pal stating that the figure is “way off” in terms of the face, and isn’t really indicative of how awesome Saitama really is.Genos takes it upon himself to talk to the toy’s manufacturer and requests that the keychain be fixed, but also decides to buy every single keychain in stock from the company because, well, he’s just that devoted to his master. It’s a pretty fun little series of images that show off the manga’s lighthearted side, among all the fights and battles Saitama has to come out of on the winning side.TIL Saitama has his own (shitty) merch in-universe. I doubt I’m the only one to miss this greatness. from r/OnePunchMan The second season of One Punch Man is still on its way, so if you’re looking to find out what happens to Saitama and crew next, you’ll have to wait a little longer. In the meantime, you can read through the manga to get to the gag panels and see them for yourself or just get caught up on what you’ve missed. There’s plenty to get through if you want to cover a whole season.center_img ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 22 Train Issues At North Wilmington Station Truck

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, June 22, 2018:A ride-on lawn mower struck a vehicle on Towpath Drive. Injuries noted. Fire Department transported patient. (9:24am)Animal Control Officer spoke with Park Street residents regarding large snapping turtle in their yard. (12:39pm)A Jacquith Road resident found a small vile of liquid found in mailbox this morning. Police retrieved vial. (12:59pm)Resident reported losing an iPhone at library’s Touch-A-Truck event. (1:47pm)Police spoke with train conductor at North Wilmington Station. Conductor said he was not allowed to block road if headed outbound, but was allowed to block road if headed inbound. (2:17pm)Milestone Group Home reported a juvenile went AWOL from the program. (2:41pm) Police later returned juvenile. (8:47pm)Lifeguard reported multiple kayakers on baby beach. Police moved them along. (4:26pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Rideshare gigs demand a great car

first_img Pick the right car for driving rideshare 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Now playing: Watch this: Roadshow As with almost every question I get about which car to buy, I start by recommending with late-model used options. That’s even more important if you’re driving for a ride-hailing service as the higher usage is going to plunge a new car into the abyss of depreciation faster. Secondly, I think about something that’s massively popular. Ride-hailing doesn’t reward creativity in your choices. Go with the most mainstream cars that have been debugged by the most customers and miles. These are the ones with a vast and inexpensive repair supply chain that’s grown up under them. Rideshare all-starsThere are a slew of lists out there of the best cars for ride-hailing, but if you scan them you keep coming up with the same handful of makes and models. These five are pretty representative, all chosen from around the 2016 vintage: Uber Cooley on Cars viewer Brent C. wrote in with a question that perhaps 1 million other ride-hailing drivers US have asked at one time or another: What’s the best car for me to use when I gig for Uber or Lyft? He’s using a 2014 Camry Hybrid now which is certainly one of the top cars for rideshare drivers. The Camry Hybrid is roomy, durable, economical and about as cheap to repair and maintain as anything out there. But whatever you drive has to be selected first and foremost to not get in the way of the ride-hailing income you’ll be taking home. 2019 Toyota Camry Review 0 Toyota Prius might be the all around champ: Legendary fuel sipping, tough as nails and with a tight turning radius that can transform the tedium of downtown driving. Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion — go with hybrid versions when you can. These tend to smear into one big sweet spot, but they have a skosh more room than a Prius. They’ll also impress your customers with an appearance of comfort that a Prius tends to lack and are part of a sagging automotive sector, meaning you should be able to steal one. Kia Soul is a great choice for a compact crossover. It’s almost as if this thing was developed on spec for ride-hailing use with its easy utility and high economy on a compact platform. The Kia/Hyundai 10/100 powertrain warranty is also attractive for the heavy driver, though you may be at odds with their exception for “taxi, route delivery, livery or rental” use.kia-warantyWhoops. Know that your car’s warranty might be voided by you doing rideshare work with it, as would apparently be the case with Kia’s tantalizing 10/100 powertrain warranty. Kia Lexus ES is a big favorite for entering the Uber Select tier of premium rides at perhaps $7,000 to $8,000 more than a nice Camry. We didn’t love the circa 2016 edition, but many of our complaints are diluted by the particular needs of a ride-hailing driver.A Dodge Grand Caravan can qualify you to take higher earning rides and may actually cost less than a late-model used sedan of the same model year. Remember, a large vehicle can always handle a small ride, but the reverse is not true. Whatever car you drive, check out Uber’s tips for reducing wear and tear on it. They’re hardly revolutionary, but make a good reminder on how to lessen the financial payload on any vehicle.Don’t want to commit to buying a car for ride-hailing? Consider renting one: Fair, Hyrecar, Uber, Lyft Express Drive and others specialize in renting cars to ride-hailing drivers. But pencil out those numbers carefully if you find yourself renting one a lot. The economic tipping point to buying one of the cars recommended above may be nigh. Tags 6:11 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Share your voice Kia Toyota Dodge Ride-hailing all-stars: Cars that won’t let you down More From Roadshow Cooley On Cars Post a comment 5 Photoslast_img read more

Garbage pileup poses health threat

first_imgMoula Ali: Indiscriminate dumping of garbage at street no 9, Gayatri Nagar, Moula Ali has become a health hazard for the residents. Locals alleged that the civic authorities were negligent in performing their duties. A local resident shares, “There is no regular garbage clean up. the garbage van comes once a week and takes away the entire collected dump.” Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us “Till that time the wastage decomposes and starts stinking. This becomes a breeding ground for all types of infection and mosquitoes, posing a risk of spreading vector-borne diseases. It’s very frustrating to see the garbage lying because it is affecting the environment,” he added. Another resident said, “It’s sad that the civic authorities don’t care about citizens and their neighborhood and frankly the environment. There are elderly and infants who could get affected. I think now the colony members will have to come forward to clean and get rid of that stuff.”last_img read more

Why you will pay less for phone calls soon

first_imgMen speak on their mobile phones on a seafront in Mumbai August 28, 2014.Reuters fileThe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning on cutting the fee telecom service providers (TSP) levy on each other for connecting calls. The call charges will drop if the plan goes through.Currently the ‘interconnect usage charges’ (IUC) stands at 14 paise per minute, but the new tariff will be “comfortably under 10 paise per minute,” the Times of India quoted a source as saying.IUC has been a hot potato ever since India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio disrupted the telco scene with dirt cheap plans. Jio, which bears a massive bill over IUC, is pushing for a rate cut. Jio has termed IUC as an “artificial barrier created by incumbent operators with legacy technologies,” TOI reported.However, incumbent players like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea pocket thousands of crores of rupees from ICU and are rooting for a hike. Airtel, the country’s biggest telecom company, collected Rs 10,279 crore last year on ICU charges. The telco wants the rate to be over 30 paise per minute to offset the “actual cost”.In a recent letter to Trai chairman R S Sharma, Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal said, “The current IUC regime… is already well below cost,” and asked the regulator to set the rate at “costs discovered through a fair and transparent mechanism,”Jio, however, has been asking for a ‘bill and keep’ (BAK) method where companies charge their customers, not each other. Jio’s voice calls happen over 4G internet (VoLTE) and claimed IUC has no relevance as the whole industry is shifting towards IP-based (internet protocol) models.Airtel will have a national VoLTE presence by the end of this fiscal while Idea Cellular is also on the same path.Trai had released a consultation paper on ‘Review of Interconnection Usage Charges’ on August 5 last year. Trai’s recommendations are due for next month. Trai has noted in its paper: “In IP-based networks, traditionally, there has been no custom of levying termination charges for the traffic arriving in a particular network.”last_img read more

How To Get And Offer Help After Hurricane Harvey

first_imgPu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneEvacuees seek shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.If you’re a victim of Hurricane Harvey …Rescue and evacuationFind an open shelter near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). You can also use the FEMA mobile app.If you’re considering evacuating your home, the Houston Chronicle is compiling a map of flooded streets. Several counties have issued mandatory or voluntary evacuations over the past several days. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is keeping a running list of those counties on his website. Keep in mind, the director of the federal Hurricane Harvey relief efforts has warned people in flooded regions not to get into their cars, which could put more lives at risk and drain resources that could be used to rescue citizens elsewhere. Shelter and reliefThe U.S. Department of Education activated its emergency response contact center Tuesday. Education stakeholders seeking informational resources and relief from Department-based administrative requirements are encouraged to email HarveyRelief@ed.gov.Following reports that several Texans are missing in midst of the storm, the Red Cross is encouraging people to list themselves and their families as safe by clicking here. You can also receive disaster assistance from the Red Cross by calling 877-500-8645, or find a list of open shelters here.Call the United Way Helpline at 211 for information on shelters and other forms of assistance.The Texas Association of Business has established a hotline to provide resources to business owners affected by the storm. Call 512-637-7714 or see the website.Call the State Bar of Texas legal hotline at 800-504-7030 for toll-free answers to basic legal questions in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. If you need a lawyer, call the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service at 800-252-9690.If you lost your job because of the hurricane, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Apply here.To report a missing child, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570.For those looking for refuge, Texas State Park camping is free to hurricane evacuees. Talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.Harris County: Call 713-308-8580 to locate your towed car.TekDry is headed to Houston shelters to help victims dry and recover their wet cellphones and other devices. Representatives plan to be at the George R. Brown Convention Center by 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. For location updates, follow them at @TekDry or call CEO Adam Cookson at 720-625-1984.Victoria: Grocery store H-E-B has a host of emergency measures in place, including a mobile kitchen serving meals today in Victoria.Dallas: Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Monday that the city will start receiving people flown out of the flooded region this afternoon. The city will also open three emergency evacuation shelters at Samuell Grand Recreation Center, Walnut Hill Recreation Center and Tommie Allen Recreation Center. San Antonio: Several shelters are open for storm refugees, according to the governor’s website. Both San Antonio Shelter Hub and San Antonio’s American Red Cross Shelter are hosting those who have evacuated from the floods.Austin: The Austin Disaster Relief Network also activated a call center to provide both resources and information to families impacted by the storm. You can reach that hotline at 512-806-0800.Disaster recoveryThe Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one.Residents and business owners in counties who sustained disaster related damage due to Harvey can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.Lost Dogs of Texas is maintaining several active Facebook pages documenting pets they’ve found amid the storm. Here is some information (with photos included) on animals found along the Coast Bend area and those in the Houston area.Also, the U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $10 million National Dislocated Worker Grant to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in Texas.If your home was ravaged by the floods or sustained any storm damage, you can register your damage with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.Check whether you’re eligible for disaster relief.You can also file a personal claim with the Texas Department of Insurance’s consumer hotline at 1-800-252-3439.Follow government guidelines on replacing important documents. RoweDocs is offering online healthcare services to Harvey victims.If you want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey …Help with rescue effortsIf you have a boat or a safe high-water vehicle, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office wants your help; the office put out a call on Twitter for residents to help with rescues. Call 713-881-3100 to help.The City of Port Arthur tweeted Wednesday morning that individuals with boats are needed to help with rescues.See a flooded street? Tell the Houston Chronicle.If you’re stranded and in need of assistance: One Texan created www.hurricaneharveyrescue.org, a website where those who require rescues can post their locations, and where those capable of conducting safe rescues can see a list of locations where they are needed.Portlight Strategies is working to help to help older adults and those with disabilities. Donate here.  The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is helping displaced animals. You can donate at www.spca.org/give or sign up to adopt a displaced animal at www.spca.org/foster. Austin Pets Alive, which transferred more than 200 pets to its shelter as of Saturday morning, is also seeking help, as are the Animal Defense League of Texas and the Houston Humane Society. If you see a stranded marine animal, call the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southeast Regional Office at 1-877-942-5343.Provide shelter and suppliesFood banks are asking for nonperishable staples like canned meat and dry goods, as well as cleaning supplies; the Houston Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bankin Beaumont, Central Texas Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent and Corpus Christi Food Bank all accept online donations. See the Houston Press’s list of names and contact information for more food banks here.The Houston Food Bank announced Wednesday that is was open and ready to start distributing supplies to those affected by the flood. The food bank also emphasized the need for volunteers, who would be used to inspect and sort food and repack dry food, among other things.Donate food or cash to food banks in your area. Or you can donate to Feeding Texas, a network of food banks across the state. Find your local food bank here.You can also open your home to disaster victims through Airbnb.Make a cash or diaper donation to the Texas Diaper Bank, which is providing emergency diaper kits to displaced families. Donate cash or supplies for children with complex medical needs to Little Lobbyists.In East Texas, Athens First Presbyterian Church is accepting donations — including bottled water, nonperishable food, tarps, trash bags and clean up supplies — for hurricane relief efforts. The church is also looking for volunteers to help accept donations.Make a donationSeveral local and national organizations are collecting donations for general disaster relief efforts, including the United Way, Americares, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Global Giving, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.  Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has set up a flood relief fund, backing the effort with his own $100,000 donation.Gofundme has curated a list of Harvey relief efforts, with fundraisers for individual cities, families and homes.Individuals and corporations can donate to hurricane relief efforts through the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.The State of Texas Agriculture Relief fund (STAR fund) is collecting private dollars to help Texas farmers and ranchers recover from Hurricane Harvey.Help teachers in affected school districts rebuild their classrooms.You can help Hurricane Harvey victims by texting HARVEY to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross (or by visiting RedCross.org to give any other amount).The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, is accepting donations for flood victims.Give bloodSeveral hospitals are reporting blood shortages and seeking donations in the wake of the storm. O negative and O positive donations are particularly helpful, but people of all blood types are encouraged to donate.Carter BloodCare is sending donations to Southeast Texas; see where you can donate here. You can also give blood through the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center; find out more on their website or by calling 210-731-5590.Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi — which never lost power — is accepting blood donations as well as financial support.Living outside of Texas? You can still donate blood through the Red Cross.Volunteer your timeThe Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one.Experts expect it’ll take some time before the floodwaters drain in Houston. In the meantime, several groups are seeking volunteers to help with recovery efforts.Volunteers can sign up for trips to the affected area through organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group, Team Rubiconand Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.Volunteer Houston has launched a virtual Volunteer Reception Center to aid nonprofit agencies in flood relief efforts. More information here.If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can register to help at shelters through the Mass Care Task Force.Remote Area Medical is seeking medical personnel, as well as general support and supplies, to help with rescue efforts. Contact RAM at volunteers@ramusa.org or 865-579-1530.The Red Cross is seeking musicians to play at Austin-area evacuation shelters.The State Bar of Texas has a legal hotline to help people — specifically low-income Texans — with issues such as replacing lost documents and answering insurance questions. They also started a disaster relief volunteer form, which attorneys licensed in Texas can fill out here. Are we missing anything? Let us know at eplatoff@texastribune.org and asamuels@texastribune.org.Read related Tribune coverage:The director of the federal Hurricane Harvey relief efforts offered guidance to Texans affected by the storm and urged citizens to help. [Full story]As Harvey’s waters strand thousands of folks in their homes and send some onto rooftops — a chorus of onlookers have asked: Why didn’t more local officials order mandatory evacuations? [Full story]Nowhere was Hurricane Harvey’s devastation felt more than Aransas County, which has had one storm-related death and has had many buildings severely damaged. The region’s difficult physical — and emotional — recovery is underway. [Full story] Sharelast_img read more

Terror in Boston as bombs kill 3 injure more than 100 during

first_imgBOSTON, Massachusetts – At least three people were killed and more than 100 others wounded when two explosions struck just before 3 p.m. near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, sparking scenes of panic, police said.Police did not immediately say whether the explosions were part of a terrorist attack, but marathon organizers said it was a twin bombing and media outlets reported that other unexploded devices had been found nearby.The blasts left the streets littered with blood and debris, as paramedics raced off with stretchers and police locked down the area, according to witnesses, one of whom saw a man with his lower limbs blown off.Boston police initially reported two dead and 23 wounded on its Twitter feed, but those numbers were increased later in the evening.“There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today’s Boston Marathon,” race organizers said on the event’s Facebook page, without providing a source for the information.“We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened,” it said.NBC News, citing officials, later reported that police had found “multiple explosive devices” in Boston.A video clip posted online showed an explosion going off, apparently several feet back from the barricades and the line of national flags separating the race spectators and the street.One runner is seen staggering and then falling, while others kept going for a few more steps. Volunteers in yellow jackets covered their ears at the sound of the blast.“We saw people with their legs blown off,” Mark Hagopian, owner of the Charlesmark Hotel, told AFP from the basement of a restaurant where he had sought shelter.“A person next to me had his legs blown off at the knee – he was still alive.”“It was bad, it was fast,” he said. “There was a gigantic explosion. … we felt wind on our faces. … Police were saying: ‘Get out, get out, leave, leave there may be more bombs.’”Zara Bielkus, a 30-year-old spectator from Boston, said she heard two explosions seconds apart. Police then locked down the area.“When we heard them, everyone looked at each other and went very quiet, and within a minute police came,” she said.Local media reported a third explosion nearby, but cited police as saying it was a controlled detonation.U.S. President Barack Obama was notified about the incident, and his administration was in contact with state and local authorities, a White House official said.Obama called Boston mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to express his concern for the injured and to offer support.Security was stepped up in New York and Washington, sites of the 9/11 attacks. In the Big Apple, police said they were boosting security at hotels and “other prominent locations in the city.”The blasts in Boston rattled U.S. markets, sending the Dow and the S&P 500 down at the close.“Praying for those at the Boston Marathon today,” said one of the U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren.The Boston Marathon is one of the biggest annual athletic events held in the United States, with nearly 27,000 racers who must qualify to compete and tens of thousands of spectators.The race attracts world-class athletes, most of whom would have likely completed the race a couple hours before the blast went off.The video clip of the blast showed the marathon timeclock at 4:09:44.Video courtesy of The Boston GlobeStory updated at 7:08 p.m. on Monday Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more