Amgen Tour: Leipheimer keeps three-second lead

first_imgGerald Coilek (T-Mobile) of Germany was second in the stage and Juan Jose Haedo (CSC) of Argentina, the second stage winner, was third. Both had the same time as the winner. Leipheimer (Discovery Channel), who assumed the race lead Sunday with his prologue win in San Francisco, finished 22nd in the main pack and kept his three-second margin over Jens Voigt (CSC) of Germany. The stage began under overcast skies, and the riders faced heavy periodic rain for much of the first half of the stage. The cyclists also rode most of the day along the Pacific coastline in tailing crosswinds that increased the riders’ pace. The winner’s average speed was 26.01 mph. “I was just trying to stay near the front and avoid and gaps that might happen,” Leipheimer said. “I feel very confident and I think I’m the strongest rider in the race.” Rory Sutherland (Health Net) of Australia remains third overall, trailing by 15 seconds. Bettini, also the reigning Olympic road race gold medalist, emerged near the front of the main pack as the cyclists approached the finish on a sharp left turn with about 300 yards left. “I always like winning, but I didn’t really come here with a goal to win,” said Bettini, 32, a multiple Tour de France stage winner who has claimed more than a dozen World Cup victories. “But yesterday on the climb I knew had good legs.” The eight-day, 639.2-mile race continues today with the 14.5-mile fifth stage individual time trial in Solvang before Day 9 reaches Santa Clarita and ends in Long Beach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SAN LUIS OBISPO – Italy’s Paolo Bettini, the reigning world road titlist, claimed a tight sprint victory and Levi Leipheimer of Santa Rosa maintained his overall race lead for the fifth day Thursday in the fourth stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Bettini (Quick-Step/Innergetic), competing in the United States for the first time in his career, surged in the final 100yards to complete the 132.6-mile road race in 5 hours, 5 minutes and 47 seconds. last_img read more

Prairie Mall shooting suspect arrested in Calgary

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP say that the suspect wanted in connection with last week’s shooting at the Prairie Mall has been arrested.23 year-old Liban Musse was named as the main suspect in the case of the shooting, which happened last Thursday. The single shot fired in the incident sent three people to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The RCMP’s investigation had officers learn that Musse was in the Calgary area. He was located and arrested at approximately 1:30 this morning today at a hotel in the northwest area of Calgary.Musse is currently in police custody, and is due to appear in court in Grande Prairie on September 26th. He faces up to six charges in relation to the shooting.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target scored a wonder goal then this happened!

first_img1 Antonio Candreva celebrates his goal for Lazio Liverpool and Arsenal target Antonio Candreva scored an absolute belter for Lazio on Sunday as they beat Palermo but his celebration ended in embarrassment.The midfielder was the match-winner as he slalomed into the penalty area and launched a fantastic curled strike into the top corner.But it went downhill rapidly as he ran to his adoring fans at the Stadio Olimpico, once at the barrier separating him from the Lazio supporters he attempted a jump but ended up smashing his knee into the fence and hitting the deck.Once the celebrations had died down it became clear he’d injured himself and after some treatment ended up being substituted.Thankfully, with just nine minutes to go his team-mates were able to hold on and Candreva was able celebrate a vital win.Check out the goal and the embarrassing aftermath below…last_img read more

Speculation brewing over Pixar-Disney deal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The more time that passes without a new distribution deal between The Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios, the greater the speculation, including a theory that Disney is angling to buy Pixar and install its CEO Steve Jobs as Disney’s chairman. Analysts believe a new distribution deal is likely – and soon. But they dismiss the notion that Disney would buy Pixar. An outright purchase would be too expensive, analysts say, and would not be wise for either company in the long term. “I think it’s absurd,” said David Miller, an analyst with Sanders Morris Harris. “It would have to be an enormously compelling offer to even have Mr. Jobs stop and consider it for maybe more than five seconds.” Still, guessing the terms of a deal has become a bit of a sport on Wall Street, with speculation pushing Pixar shares higher in recent days. Most analysts who cover both companies believe Pixar will soon announce a new deal that has Disney distributing its highly popular – and profitable – animated films. It’s current agreement with Disney expires later this year when Pixar delivers its latest film, “Cars.” During an earnings conference call last November, Jobs said of Disney: “We will know if we are going to continue our relationship with them by the end of this year.” That target date has come and gone with no elaboration from either side on the status of the talks, thus fueling the current rumors. Renewed speculation about a deal helped drive up shares of Pixar nearly 8 percent to $58.16 last Wednesday. Another possible trigger for the sudden jump was the expansion of an earlier deal between Disney and Jobs’ other company, Apple Computer Inc., to provide more entertainment for download on Apple’s iPod. Shares dropped back to $56 the next day and have been trading around that price since. Shares fell 37 cents to $56.04 at the end of regular trading Tuesday on the Nasdaq stock exchange. “Something has to happen soon,” Marla Backer, an analyst at Research Associates Llc, wrote in a recent report. The current Disney-Pixar deal expires with the June 9 release of “Cars.” Marketing plans for Pixar’s 2007 release, tentatively titled “Ratatouille,” must be made soon. “We continue to believe that a deal gets done with Disney that offers Pixar better economics and greater control of its characters,” Backer wrote. The most likely reason for the delay is that a new deal with Disney is complex, despite the mutual respect that has developed between Jobs and Disney CEO Robert Iger. Animosity between Jobs and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner led to the two sides breaking off talks in 2004. “There are a lot of moving parts here,” Miller said. “It’s not as simple as slapping together an extension of the current agreement.” Under the existing deal, Disney co-finances each of Pixar’s productions, and the two companies split the profits evenly after Disney takes a distribution fee. The two companies also share ownership of the films, and Disney has the right to make sequels on its own if Pixar refuses to participate. That has led to some conflict, especially over Disney’s announced plans to produce “Toy Story 3.” Pixar has said it wants to own 100 percent of its own films after “Cars” and wants to pay a straight distribution fee, without splitting any profits – an arrangement similar to the one George Lucas had with Twentieth Century Fox for his “Star Wars” films. Pixar has more than $1 billion in cash, enough to finance its own films. Analysts believe Pixar also wants to regain control of its film library from Disney and might also be pushing to keep more of the profits from “Cars” than the current deal allows. Perhaps the most intriguing bit of speculation is that Disney will buy Pixar and make Jobs its chairman. Not likely, several analysts say. “We reaffirm our view that a Pixar acquisition by Disney makes no sense,” Doug Mitchelson, an analyst with Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. wrote last month. Disney would have to pay a hefty premium for Pixar, anywhere from $70 per share, or $8.4 billion, to $100 per share, or $12 billion, analysts believe. Such a large deal would depress Disney’s stock, saddling it with enormous debt and lowering its earnings, some analysts have said. Jobs owns 50 percent of Pixar stock and would stand to make a fortune if he sells. But Miller believes something more than money drives Jobs. “He looks at Pixar like you and I look at our children,” Miller said. “Our children aren’t for sale.”last_img read more


first_imgFINN VALLEY AC NOTES: It’s all systems go behind the scenes for Sunday’s 5k at Finn Valley with a 2pm start.Entries can be taken on the day and honorary starter on this occassion will be Donegal Mayor Cora Harvey.The event is now really well extablished over some 40 years and the invitation is out there for walkers/joggers /runners to come along young and old. Should anyone wish to pre-enter contact would of course be helpful if entrants turned up early to register. Everyone welcome with refreshments afterwards.A happy christmas to all and of course a busy year lies ahead with the novice and uneven age championships on January 16th.So its a matter of fully focused over the holiday period .Congrats on the recent 25 years wedding celebration of Gerry and Kay Byrne attended by their many friends  at Finn Valley Centre. FINN VALLEY AC NOTES: ALL READY FOR SUNDAY 5K was last modified: December 20th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Power of Acting Now

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Results only come when you take action.Don’t Talk About ItA lot of people talk about what they want to do. They talk about their goals, their visions, their dreams. They talk about the business they want to start. They spend a lot of time talking.Talking is easy. But it doesn’t do anything to move you closer to your goals, visions, and dreams. You are better off taking massive action than spending your time talking. All talk and no action will get you nowhere.Don’t Get ReadyYou don’t need to get ready. You’re already ready. You are good enough now. You know enough now. What you don’t know you will learn along the way.Most of the time when people feel they need to get ready, they are only avoiding what they need to do. And the root of that avoidance is fear. They fear they will fail. They fear they will be embarrassed. They fear that they aren’t good enough.“Failure” is an event that leads to learning. You have nothing to be embarrassed about, even if you fail miserably. And you are enough now.Don’t Overthink ItYou need to plan. You need a strategy. You need to know what your end result will look like. You don’t need to spend countless hours over thinking things.Wars are won on battlefields. Strategies are necessary, and tactics are important. Without taking action on the strategies and tactics nothing happens.Don’t get wrapped around the axle over thinking what you need to do. Start taking action so you can capture some feedback and make adjustments.Don’t WaitThe single, nonrenewable resource in your life is time. You don’t know how much you have left. If you’re going to do something you have to act now.The biggest regret you will have later in life is not taking the actions you know you should take. You won’t regret having tried. You won’t regret having failed. You won’t even regret being embarrassed beyond belief, in fact, you’ll be proud of it.You get to choose your future regrets now. Don’t regret having waited while time passed you by. The power is an action.The only thing that produces results is action. If results don’t come, experience comes faster. And then the results follow.last_img read more

Want to Help Save the Planet? Ditch Your DVDs

first_imgIn 2011, people in the United States watched about 20.4 billion hours’ worth of movies and TV episodes online or on DVD, with an estimated 13% of that total being streamed over the Internet. The carbon footprint for that viewing—including emissions produced due to online viewing and those generated during the manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of disks, either directly to consumers or to stores where they’re sold or rented—was about 10.5 million metric tons, a new study suggests. (One of the largest contributors to that carbon footprint was vehicle emissions generated by consumers on shopping trips either to buy a DVD or to rent and then return it.) But a complete shift to video streaming, which generates about 400 grams of carbon dioxide for each hour of movie or television content viewed online, would cut those total emissions to about 8.6 million metric tons, researchers report online today in Environmental Research Letters. That’s the same benefit that would be achieved by cutting off power to almost 200,000 households. Which, to be honest, would make it a bit harder to stream those movies.last_img read more

BJP leaders pay homage to Sena founder Bal Thackeray

first_imgLeaders of the BJP, including former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, offered tributes to Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray at his memorial at Shivaji Park on Sunday, his seventh death anniversary, even as the Sena is on the verge of exiting the NDA and may even form a government in Maharashtra with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).No Sena leader, except party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s personal secretary Milind Narvekar, was present to receive Mr. Fadnavis, who has been engaged in a war of words with Mr. Thackeray. The former CM, accompanied by former education minister Vinod Tawde, also encountered Sena workers shouting party slogans at him. The BJP leader, meanwhile, posted a 1.46-minute-long video on his Twitter page, comprising lines avout self-respect from Bal Thackeray’s speeches. The video seemed to be aimed at Uddhav Thackeray for aligning with the Congress and NCP, which are opposed to the idea of Hindutva. The video — captioned “Honourable Balasaheb gave us the mantra of having self-respect” — included the Sena founder’s remark saying: “Till the time this self-respect is alive, the country will have golden days. Otherwise nothing will happen. Everything will vanish.” Another line said, “Name and money. Once your name is defamed it will never return. Money will come and go. Preserve your name.” The video ends with a remark on the Hindu religion. “The saffron flag of the Hindu religion should fly higher and higher.” Ever since the Sena decided to dump the BJP and sought help from the other two parties, questions have been raised whether the party’s ideology of Hindutva allies with that of the Congress and NCP. All three parties have repeatedly said the issue will be addressed only when an alliance is sealed.last_img read more

I searched for joy in cancer: Anup Kumar

first_imgAnup KumarThe side effects of chemotherapy are telling – hair loss being the most obvious. But Anup Kumar, 53, shows none of the visible scars that the treatment of a debilitating disease can leave you with.Here’s a survivor, among the 10 per cent of victims who battle cancer and continue,Anup KumarThe side effects of chemotherapy are telling – hair loss being the most obvious. But Anup Kumar, 53, shows none of the visible scars that the treatment of a debilitating disease can leave you with.Here’s a survivor, among the 10 per cent of victims who battle cancer and continue living life with all its ambiguities. In January 2000, he was given four months to live. “My first thought was whether I could live for 121 days,” says Kumar. It’s more than two years since. He’s back to work – and even sports a bristly beard.”I searched for joy in cancer,” says Kumar with hard-to-believe earnestness. The post-graduate in nuclear physics from Delhi University who has spent most of his working career in advertising agencies found it in his nicotine air-free home (he smoked 30-40 cigarettes a day earlier), from the knowledge of having invested his affections in the right people, in the time spent seeking solace in chanting Buddhist shlokas and meditating instead of long hours in office and in writing “live” – at his wife Amrita’s suggestion – The Joy of Cancer (Rupa).”Thinking positive from the day of diagnosis helped,” says Kumar, “and in working towards achieving mind-body continuum.” In his intimately autobiographical “book of hope”, which he initially wrote as a diary, Kumar shares the experiences of fighting his personal war against lung cancer with a seven-point battle plan.Along with his experiences, he includes a compendium of myths linked to the degenerative disease, side-effects of various kinds of treatments and new therapies available, a list of cancer societies and websites and cancer terminology.When Kumar was diagnosed with lung cancer, he had just lost his job but was planning for another one, oblivious to the cancer cells gnawing into his lifespan.advertisementThe knowledge of the disease has made future-planning difficult, besides leaving “big holes in my pocket” – the treatment cost Rs 12 lakh over a period of six months. “Cancer survival is about living each day as it comes,” he says.Despite the odds, Kumar has chosen to live it with joy. He’s even got himself a new job.last_img read more

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