first_imgNEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios understands that if he ever hopes to be considered among the best players in the world, he has to overcome one player: Nick Kyrgios.The big-serving 19-year-old Australian was hit with three code violations for fits of anger in his first-round U.S. Open match Monday — coming just one outburst away from disqualification. He hung on to upset 21st-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (1).Kyrgios, whose ranking soared more than 70 spots after he upset Rafael Nadal to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals, said he was frustrated by stretches of poor play against Youzhny when he slammed a ball out of the court to earn his first code violation in the second set.He got two more when he uttered audible obscenities in the third and fourth sets. Another would have resulted in default. “It was the heat of the moment. I was frustrated at the way I was playing, all that sort of stuff,” the 60th-ranked Kyrgios told reporters later.His last fit of pique gave Youzhny a 3-1 lead in the fourth set. But Kyrgios said after that he felt energized by the capacity crowd on sunken Court 17 and fed on that to roar back. He slammed 26 aces, seven in the last set, and won nine of the last 10 points to close out the match.“I’ve been an emotional player my whole career. Hopefully, I’ll be able to manage it better in the future. It’s a work in progress. I’m trying to get better at it every time I step on the court. But it’s something that’s always been there,” said the lanky, 6-foot-4 Kyrgios, who is frequently mentioned as one of biggest potential future stars of the game.“I’m probably expecting a lot out of myself at these sort of tournaments,” he said. “But I need to understand I’m still young. It’s going to take a long time. It’s a long journey.”Youzhny, a two-time U.S. Open semifinalist, said he didn’t pay much attention to how close he came to a default victory. “You try to play your game — some presents from him are good,” he said. “But it didn’t help me with the result.”(JAMES MARTINEZ) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Two days into the free agent market, the players’ association already is angry at a club.Union head Tony Clark issued a statement on November 6 in response to remarks attributed to Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos during a conference call with media.“Every day you get more information. And we’ve had time to connect with 27 of the clubs — obviously the Astros and (Nationals) being in the World Series, they were tied up — but we had a chance to get a sense of what the other clubs are going to look to do in free agency, who might be available in trades,” Anthopoulos said, according to the union.Baseball’s labor contract prohibits clubs from acting in concert in free agent negotiations.“The statements made by Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos call into question the integrity of the entire free-agent system,” Clark said. “The clear description of club coordination is egregious, and we have launched an immediate investigation looking into the matter.”Seeking to clarify his remarks, Anthopoulos issued a statement Wednesday night in response, ESPN reported.“In advance of the general managers meetings, I called around to clubs to explore the possibility of potential offseason trades,” he said. “At no time during any of these calls was there discussion of individual free agents or the Braves’ intentions with respect to the free-agent market. To the extent I indicated otherwise during my media availability on Monday, I misspoke and apologize for any confusion.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgCeline Dion is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet her backstage before her show, have a photo taken with her by her personal photographer, and watch her new show from VIP orchestra seats!The winner will be flown in from anywhere in the world and treated to hotel accommodations.To enter, all fans need to do is make a small donation ($5 per entry) to Aid Still Required to help women, children and farmers who are still struggling after Haiti’s devastating earthquake four years ago. Proceeds from this offer will support ASR’s programs for women who have been attacked in Haiti’s notorious shantytowns; at-risk kids in the northern slums; and farmers battling the effects of massive deforestation.If fans choose to donate more or share the campaign with their friends, they can increase their chances to win prizes. The top 3 sharers will each get a CD signed by Celine. Fans can also earn a campaign-exclusive t-shirt for a larger donation.Visit for all of the details and to enter to win!last_img read more

first_imgDelaney WindigoAPTN National NewsThe fight to clean up Grassy Narrows’ poisoned river is gaining support.On Thursday, people standing in solidarity with the community delivered a petition to Ontario’s legislature.last_img

first_imgFRANKFURT – European Central Bank policymakers view slower-than-expected growth as a temporary hiccup and believe that the 19-country eurozone’s upswing remains solid amid strengthening wage growth, the group said in a note released Thursday.The written account of the bank’s July 26 meeting says policymakers thought any dip in output “would be largely temporary.” However, they warned that global trade tensions posed a risk to their outlook.When meeting, policymakers were armed with the news that growth had eased to a quarterly rate of 0.4 per cent in the first quarter, after 0.7 per cent at the end of last year. Growth remained at 0.4 per cent in the second quarter.At their meeting last month, ECB policymakers viewed the upswing as “solid and broad-based” with support from “strong consumption fundamentals, notably ongoing employment growth.”Officials were more confident of achieving their goal of a sustainable inflation rate of just under 2 per cent in coming months, since at the time of the meeting it had hit 2.0 per cent in June and more workers were winning wage increases. The latest figure from July is 2.1 per cent.Inflation, they said, was supported by “the ongoing strengthening in wage growth.”The improving inflation backdrop is the main reason why the ECB has said it will end its stimulus program at the end of the year. However, it has said it will keep rates at record lows for longer to support the recovery — its main interest rate remains at zero while the rate on deposits the ECB takes from commercial banks is at an unprecedented minus 0.4 per cent.The negative rate was a penalty aimed at pushing banks to lend excess cash instead of keeping it at the central bank. The bank says it is confident enough that inflation is heading toward its goal that it can end the 2.4 trillion-euro ($2.8 trillion) bond purchase program, which pumped newly created money into the economy to raise weak inflation and slow growth in the wake of the eurozone’s 2010-2012 debt crisis.The ECB is well behind the U.S. Federal Reserve in withdrawing the emergency stimulus measures deployed in the wake of the global financial crisis a decade ago. The Fed is already raising rates amid strong growth and is letting its bond pile run down as the bonds are paid off, steadily withdrawing monetary stimulus.Stimulus withdrawal will have wide-ranging effects. The money added to the system during the stimulus by global central banks pushed up the prices of assets such as stocks and real estate, and encouraged companies and governments to borrow, in some cases excessively. Ending the stimulus should reverse those trends and put pressure on both financial markets and countries that have heavy debt loads. That is why the ECB is moving slowly as it heads toward the exit.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Real estate companies that were promised access to a Toronto Real Estate Board feed of Greater Toronto Area home sales data on Tuesday said some are still waiting to get their hands on the numbers and others were slow to receive them.John Pasalis, the president at Realosophy brokerage, said he sought access to the data by email on Monday evening. He followed up twice, but has yet to hear back, despite TREB saying the feed was due to be released on Tuesday at noon.“It is understandable that they are going to be a little bit backlogged, but on the other hand, they knew this was coming,” he said. “This has been in the pipeline for years.”Pasalis is no stranger to waiting on TREB. He was one of the brokers who helped the Competition Bureau argue over the past seven years that TREB should allow the data to be posted on realtors’ password protected websites because keeping it off the sites would be anti-competitive.Pasalis and the Bureau’s fight ended in August, when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an application from TREB that aimed to keep the numbers off password-protected sites because the board was concerned about privacy and copyright.Some real estate companies immediately published the data after the Supreme Court’s decision, only to receive cease-and-desist letters from TREB warning of loss of data access, revocation of TREB membership or legal action against members TREB believed were violating its user agreement by posting sale numbers online “in an open and unrestricted fashion.”Like Pasalis, real estate company Zoocasa watched the TREB case intently and soon after being told data would be available, applied for access, but spokesperson Jannine Rane confirmed in an email on Wednesday that her company was also still waiting for the numbers.Zoocasa was told TREB is working through a high volume of requests, she said.TREB did not immediately respond to a request from The Canadian Press about how long it would take for the companies to get access, but it sent a letter to its members earlier in the week that said the feeds would be available on Tuesday and that members would be allowed to use the feeds to post data on their password-protected websites for clients.Of the half dozen realtors The Canadian Press spoke with, HouseSigma Inc. was the only company who said they had been granted access to the feed and it came two days after its chief executive officer Joseph Zeng applied for it.Just after he received access, Zeng said he hoped to post the data on his website within a few hours.He suspected TREB was slow to release the numbers to him because the board has 50,000 members who are all eligible to request similar data.“Yesterday when we talked to (TREB) they said they had 600 requests within three hours and they have to approve them one-by-one,” said Zeng, noting that TREB estimated it would take four to five days to give him archived data from transactions prior to Sept. 2016, but it hoped it might be able to offer him more current data by the end of Wednesday.The wait angered his clients.“When we got the initial timeline from TREB we made the promise on our website that it will be published on (Tuesday) and just this morning we received an email (complaining),” he said.“Our clients have been extremely frustrated.”last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed down despite a rising crude oil price and strong performance from gold and metals stocks a day after Barrick Gold Corp. announced a deal to buy Randgold Resources.“We think the Barrick Randgold merger announced yesterday probably woke up some interest in the gold sector,” says Patrick Bernes, a portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.Base metals led the TSX, gaining about one per cent, following by the health-care, gold materials and industrials sectors.“The bid we’re seeing in base metal stocks likely reflects a bit more comfort that the trade war may not cause too much damage to global growth,” he said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 47.82 points at 16,159.50, after hitting a low of 16,159.50 on 237.4 million shares traded.The consumer discretionary sector led on the downside, driven by autoparts companies Martinrea International, Magna International and Linamar Corp.Bernes attributed the companies’ share losses to higher commodity prices and ongoing unresolved NAFTA issues.Crude prices rose for a fourth-straight day with the November crude contract rising 36 cents at US$72.44 per barrel, mainly related to tight supply.Data suggests Iranian production is dropping off rapidly and anticipated offsetting purchases from India and China aren’t materializing, Bernes said.A published report said Indian energy companies are expected to eliminate Iranian imports in November, likely because of pressure from U.S. sanctions, he said.Also, Saudi Arabia appears comfortable with higher oil prices and has been unwilling to fill the production drop off.Canadian energy equities did not benefit from Tuesday’s higher crude price because the country is still having a problem moving the oil, resulting in a widening gap between Western Canada Select and the West Texas Intermediate, Bernes said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed off 69.84 points at 26,492.21. The S&P 500 index shed 3.81 points to 2,915.56, while the Nasdaq composite was up 14.22 points to 8,007.47.Wednesday’s forecasted interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve is already priced in to stocks, added Bernes.“Markets are probably in a wait-and-see mode for the Fed,” he said in an interview.The November natural gas contract was up 2.9 cents at US$3.06 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 70 cents US at US$1,205.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.25 cents at US$2.82 a pound.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Having already acknowledged that it did opposition research on George Soros, Facebook says No. 2 executive Sheryl Sandberg had asked staff if the billionaire philanthropist had financial motivations against the company.Friday’s statement is in response a New York Times article that describes Sandberg asking Facebook staff to look into Soros’ financial interests in speaking out against the company in January. Facebook said the company was already researching Soros when Sandberg sent an email asking if Soros had shorted Facebook stock. Shorting a stock is essentially taking a bet it will decline.Soros’s Open Society Foundations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.In a Thanksgiving eve post, outgoing executive Elliot Schrage took the blame for hiring the public relations firm doing opposition research on critics.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgWith the Species at Risk Act (SARA) The Government of Canada can intervene on the way these at-risk species are being protected which has the Provincial Government creating the Provincial Caribou Recovery Program and the Section 11 agreement.The Provincial Government says Section 11 will be the opportunity to create agreements with herd by herd planning and designing the right approach with communities with a collaborative approach. Currently, this is a draft situation that needs to be worked upon.In partnership with West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations, the concern is for the Pine, Narraway and Quintette caribou populations found in Mackenzie, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. By changing resource practices in this area should minimize the risk of a federal order. Ensuring caribou recovery, meeting indigenous and treaty rights as well as minimizing impacts on communities.In the central group of caribou, the decline has gone from numbers of 800 animals in the early 2000s to now 220 animals today. The Province says if work is not done within communities to establish ways of supporting the needs of the caribou, to be able to regain their numbers. Having the Federal government step in and implementing an emergency order, could have unpredictable and economic loss. Whereas section 11 and the Partnership Agreements will minimize that risk.Through public engagement and independent economic evaluation. The Government says they want to work with partners and local governments to understand economic impacts on communities.The Government went on to share that public engagement will take place in the northeast and other key communities relevant to the Section 11 agreement. Through public engagement, conference calls with Indigenous communities and online. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government has released its draft plan with First Nations to recover Southern Mountain Caribou.The Provincial Government shared they have been working from 2012- 2018 to help conserve caribou herds in B.C. as part of their reconciliation with First Nations as caribou have cultural significance to some First Nations.With the Government mapping herds of caribou in B.C. and recognizing their decline in numbers and the space in which the animals require to thrive, the government says they need to take measures to help the caribou. By sharing that the resource sector in some areas has enabled the decline of the caribou due to new life cycles in the animal’s environments. With roadways and seismic lines and an increase of greater foliage, this increases numbers of moose and deer as well areas have been altered allowing predators to hunt with greater ease. No snowmobile closures were made in the agreements, the protected Partnership Areas only apply to resource development activities. An engagement process is being launched for snowmobile management and an independent, neutral third party with expertise in backcountry motorized recreation to lead the engagement process in May.Results from the public engagement process will be used to inform the final agreements between B.C. and the Federal Government.CLICK HERE, To submit your feedback to the Provincial Government regarding caribou recovery.Below is a copy of the draft agreement.last_img read more

first_imgBoth Dreyer and McLeod feel proud to be taking part in this tour and to help raise funds for such a good cause, such as cancer research.Up next, on Wednesday, the Tour will be moving on to Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd.Tour de North wraps up on September 23 in Williams Lake. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cops for Cancer Tour de North kicked off Tuesday in Dawson Creek and ended Day One with a stop in Fort St. John.This year, local RCMP Constable Christiaan Dreyer and local Community Rider, with B.C. Hydro, Sharon McLeod has joined the Cops for Cancer Tour de North.The Tour is passing through communities in the Peace Region to ride an 850 km route from Dawson Creek to Williams Lake and aims to complete a fundraising goal of $310,000 for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society.last_img read more