Nigeria vs Burkina Faso friendly called off due to visa muddle - Football

(Reuters) - Nigeria’s friendly against Burkina Faso in London on Monday has been called off because seven of the Burkinabe players were unable to secure visas to Britain. “The match in question is called off due to no fault of either the organisers or the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF),” said NFF technical committee chairman Chris Green. “The Burkinabe Football Federation on Friday telephoned the match organisers to say some of their players and officials were unable to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom and therefore would not be able to honour the match.”The match was scheduled for Barnet's Hive Stadium where Nigeria and Senegal drew 1-1 in another friendly on Thursday. Both countries were using the game to prepare for the start of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers in June and the resumption of the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition in August. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Toby Davis)

March 26, 2017 09:33 UTC

Chinese orthopaedic surgeon performs surgery wearing leg brace - Regional

BEIJING: A doctor in Shanghai performed two operations with his left leg in a brace after he injured his Achilles tendon five days ago, news portal reported. Chen Yunsu, vice-director of the orthopaedics department at the Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, injured his left ankle playing badminton on the morning of March 15. He underwent surgery on the tendon the next day and rested the following three days because he was unable to walk, the report said. On March 20, Chen returned to work with his leg in the hi-tech splint and performed orthopaedic operations. "There are so many patients in the hospital and we can save them money if their operations are not delayed due to shortage of surgical staff," Chen said.

March 26, 2017 09:22 UTC

One killed, at least 13 wounded in Ohio nightclub shooting - CNN - World

CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early Sunday morning, killing one person and injuring 14 others, and at least one shooter was at large hours after the mayhem, authorities said. The motive behind the shooting was unclear, but Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said on Twitter that "there are no indications this incident is terrorism related." "At this point it's unclear exactly what instigated the shooting," Captain Kimberly Williams said at a televised briefing. The shooting came less than a year after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. "Saddened to learn about last night's shooting in Cincinnati," Kasich said on Twitter.

March 26, 2017 08:54 UTC

Eight pricing strategies that drain your wallet - Business News

THERE are many different pricing strategies that all attempt to do the same thing: to make you voluntarily spend as much money as possible.Below are eight pricing strategies that are used against your wallet.1. Freemium pricing is used in many apps, notably Angry Birds, Farmville and the ever-popular Pokémon app. Anchor or decoy pricing is used to manipulate your reference set. Tiered pricing is used to get you to buy more in exchange for a discount. Dynamic pricing is the most sophisticated pricing mechanism and is used mostly online.

March 26, 2017 07:18 UTC

A fun-filled day at WOW Talks and Bazaar - Nation

PETALING JAYA: Crowds throng SEGi University, Kota Damansara here from as early as 9am Sunday to join in the festivities at the WOW Talks and Bazaar. Among the rare yummy treats that could be found here are the homemade Sandakan UFO tarts by Sandakan native Genevieve D'Souza, 37. Made of natural ingredients such as flour, the play dough would not cause any harm if accidentally consumed, she said. A jar of play dough is sold at RM10 while a 2kg set of kinesics sand is priced at RM45. Entrepreneur Cassandra Tan, 32, is making exclusive custom-made breast milk jewellery for moms who wish to document their breastfeeding journey.

March 26, 2017 06:48 UTC

Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari - Motorsport

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to dash Mercedes' hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One. The victory was Vettel's fourth for Ferrari but his first since the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015. "For all of us, it is a positive surprise," a beaming Vettel said at the post-race media conference. On the front row next to pole-sitter Hamilton, Vettel got off to a sluggish start and his British rival broke clear to avoid Albert Park's usual messy log-jam at turn one. Vettel showed the reigning constructors' champions a clean set of heels and quickly established a six-second gap, which only got wider as the race progressed.

March 26, 2017 06:41 UTC

Hong Kong's leader-elect Carrie Lam says first task is to reduce social tensions - World

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Carrie Lam, who won an election to become Hong Kong's first female chief executive on Sunday, said afterwards that her first job is to reduce social tensions. Most of Hong Kong's 7.3 million voters have no say in the choice of leader in the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The election took place at a time when tensions with Beijing have been on the rise. Lam, 59, most recently Hong Kong's number two official, has to unify the Chinese-ruled city as public resentment swells at Beijing's growing interference in its affairs despite being promised a high degree of autonomy. (Reporting by Venus Wu; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Richard Borsuk)

March 26, 2017 06:22 UTC

Let’s get more women into aviation, says AirAsia CEO - Nation

PETALING JAYA: Although low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd and its long-haul sister company AirAsia X Bhd already have quite a number of women on board as pilots and engineers, it wants more. The two companies have a total of 54 female pilots and 69 female engineers, but they are still actively trying to get more girls interested in pursuing careers in the aviation industry, said AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Aireen Omar. “This is actually very common at AirAsia because we believe that all our colleagues, regardless of gender, are capable of anything. “Everyone comes from such diverse backgrounds, races and nationalities, but we all come together and work together,” she said. The WOW Talks and Bazaar is the culmination of Star Media Group's almost month-long women's campaign in partnership with AirAsia.

March 26, 2017 05:48 UTC

Turtle-ly devoted: KL boy bakes cookies to raise money for turtle conservation

He has become committed to saving sea leatherback turtles after his science teacher showed him and his classmates a video of the endangered species. He plans to donate the money to the Turtle Conservation Society in Terengganu and help save the sea creatures. "I was told that the leatherback turtles do not land in Peninsular Malaysia anymore. According to the WWF, the leatherback turtle last landed in Terengganu in 1993. But in the last 30 years, the number dwindled to less than 2,000 adult female leatherbacks, making them the world's most endangered turtle species.

March 26, 2017 04:41 UTC

Brexit sparks race to host European Banking Authority - Business News

LONDON: Along with banks that have signalled they will be moving jobs abroad, Brexit will probably see the European Banking Authority leave London -- and rival cities are jockeying to be its next host.The London headquarters of the European Union's financial regulator, in the Canary Wharf district, has 170 staff members from 27 of the 28 European Union nations.Brexit is "a major talking point among the staff", executive director Adam Farkas told AFP, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to take the historic step of launching the exit process this week. "The outcome of the referendum, which will likely lead to a removal of the EBA from London, is having a major impact," said Farkas, 49, aHungarian who has headed the EBA since 2011.Britons voted in June to quit the EU bloc in a referendum that sent shockwaves across the globe and prompted several banks to announce plans to move jobs from London to continental Europe.Media reports suggest that cities including Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, Paris and Vienna could be trying to woo the EBA away. "We do not have a formal role in deciding this," Farkas said. "If we see some sort of shortlist emerging... we would of course consult the staff and seek for their views. ""We have not done so until now because it would probably be too open-ended and not very conclusive -- but we engage with the staff very actively.

March 26, 2017 04:41 UTC

China to open more to foreign investment as others do - Business News

BOAO, China: China will substantially cut the number of sectors not open to foreign investment as it seeks fairer treatment for Chinese firms investing overseas, China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Sunday.Zhou Xioachuan, speaking during the Boao Forum for Asia, said that when China opens wider, "we want China to get fair treatment overseas".He added that Beijing was waiting on the new United States administration to see how to move forward on trade and investment negotiations.He also said monetary policy is not a panacea and governments should optimise the use of policy instruments to manage the economy.He added that great vigilance must be paid to global reflation, though he added that it is too early to tell if there is a trend of global reflation.

March 26, 2017 02:48 UTC

It’s your poor attitude, youths told - Nation

GEORGE TOWN: Fresh graduates cannot find jobs after completing their studies because they have attitude problems. StudyExcel Sdn Bhd general manager Jerry Tan (pic) said some blamed the employers for not giving them a chance because they are fresh graduates. The Malaysia Employers Federation said there are about 200,000 unemployed graduates in the country. He added that 68% of employers think that fresh graduates have unrealistic expectations of salaries and employment benefits. Besides their poor attitude, Tan said most fresh graduates were unemployed because of their poor English and poor communication skills.

March 26, 2017 00:57 UTC

Reynolds and Fisher honoured with humour, music and dance

A troupe from Reynolds' dance studio performed an homage to "Singin' in the Rain," the film that catapulted Reynolds to stardom at age 19. Todd Fisher recounted his mother's final moments and her remark that she wanted to be with her daughter. Fisher and Reynolds had a complex relationship, with some years of estrangement before they reunited and became close confidantes. Dunne recounted living with Fisher in New York when they were both young actors, and her initial reactions to working on "Star Wars." When speakers weren't delivering one-liners — some that had been uttered or penned by Fisher and Reynolds — music and dance took over the stage.

March 26, 2017 00:56 UTC

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda 'leader' in Afghanistan - Pentagon - World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Saturday a U.S. strike in Afghanistan this week killed an al Qaeda militant who was responsible for the death of two American service members and accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009. The Pentagon said in a statement the strike took place on March 19 in Paktika province and killed Qari Yasin, "a well-known al (Qaeda) terrorist leader." "The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice," U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in the statement. (Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Sandra Maler)

March 26, 2017 00:56 UTC

Indiscipline costs Reds in 22-8 defeat to Jaguares - Rugby

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Jaguares took full advantage of the Queensland Reds' indiscipline by scoring two first-half tries while the Australian side had two men in the sin bin on the way to a 22-8 victory at Velez Sarsfield on Saturday. The match, the first in Super Rugby between Argentine and Australian teams, was scoreless midway through the first half when Reds wing Eto Nabuli and lock Kane Douglas were yellow carded within a minute of each other. An exchange of penalties by rival flyhalves Jake McIntyre and Hernandez as halftime approached saw the teams change ends with the Jaguares 15-3 ahead. The Jaguares added a third try, De la Fuente's second, early in the second half. The win put the Jaguares second in the Africa 2 Conference, one point behind the Lions, while the Reds remain third in the Australian table.

March 26, 2017 00:33 UTC

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