PUY MARY, France: Primoz Roglic tightened his grip on the Tour de France overall lead as he dropped defending champion Egan Bernal in the final ascent of a gruelling 13th stage in the Massif Central on Friday. Colombian Dani Martinez prevailed from the breakaway at the end of a punishing 191.5-km trek from Chatel-Guyon before the big guns battled it out in the finale of the short, yet brutal climb up to the Puy de Mary, where the average gradient rose above 11per cent. Ineos-Grenadiers Colombian leader Bernal, who fares better on longer ascents, could not sustain the pace when Tadej Pogacar accelerated, with fellow Slovenian Roglic the only rider able to follow. The duo crossed the line 38 seconds ahead of a grimacing Bernal, who slipped to third in the general classification, 59 seconds off the pace. The 21-year-old Pogacar, the most aggressive of the main contenders who was already the best man in the Pyrenees last weekend, is now second, 44 seconds behind Roglic. "The … [Read more...] about Ice-cool Roglic strengthens Tour lead, exhausted Bernal fades
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BARCELONA: Lionel Messi looked back in his comfort zone during training with his Barcelona team mates on Wednesday (Sep 9) in preparation for the new La Liga season as he continued to move on from his aborted attempt to leave the club last month. Barca's all-time top scorer was seen smiling as he and his fellow players worked through persistent rain at the club's Joan Gamper training complex under the orders of new coach Ronald Koeman. Messi, who remains captain despite publicly declaring he wished to leave the club and lashed out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu, resumed training with the team on Monday after refusing to report back eight days previously while he continued to seek a departure. But the Argentine announced last Friday that he would stay at Barca for this year as he did not want to challenge the club in court over a disputed clause in his contract which he argued allowed him to leave without a transfer fee. Barca are sitting out the first two weeks of the new … [Read more...] about Football: Messi in good spirits during Barca training as departure saga fades
WASHINGTON: US consumer spending increased more than expected in July, boosting expectations for a sharp rebound in economic growth in the third quarter, though momentum is likely to ebb as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers and money from the government runs out. The report from the Commerce Department on Friday also showed a rise in personal income after two straight monthly declines, but a chunk of the increase was from unemployment benefits, which were bolstered by a weekly US$600 supplement from the government that expired on Jul 31. Both consumer spending and income remain well below their pre-pandemic levels. "The consumer is back spending at the shops and malls in July, but many of their purchases reflected pent-up demand following the pandemic lockdown," said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York. "The expenditures needed to fuel the economy's recovery in August are a big question mark given the hit to personal income nationwide with the loss of those US$600 … [Read more...] about US consumer spending rises strongly; outlook uncertain as fiscal stimulus fades
LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (Sep 14) a bill that would break international law by breaching parts of the Brexit divorce deal was needed because the European Union had not taken a "revolver off the table" in trade talks. Johnson accuses the EU of threatening to use the withdrawal treaty agreed in January to put up trade barriers between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland, and even to impose a food blockade, the latest brinkmanship of a four-year saga since Britain voted narrowly to leave the bloc. The EU says Johnson's plan would wreck trade talks and propel the United Kingdom towards a messy Brexit. A derivatives industry source said on Monday the European Commission had delayed a decision on euro clearing, ramping up the pressure. READ: EU warns Britain its international credibility is at stake in Brexit row As Britain's House of Commons began debating the Internal Market Bill, which the EU has demanded London scraps by the end of … [Read more...] about Johnson lashes out at EU as he clears first hurdle for Brexit treaty breach
Ela Gandhi , Mahatma Gandhi's grand-daughter and a peace activist was honoured on Thursday by President Pranab Mukherjee at Pravasi Bhartiya Divas-2014. Gandhi was born in 1940 in South Africa and now resides at Durban. She was the member of the South African Parliament in 1994-2004. She has been an active member of the African National Congress. In Parliament she represented the Phoenix area of Inanda in the KwaZulu Natal province. She spoke to rediff.com ’s Sheela Bhatt on the award. On the Pravasi Bhartiya award I feel very honoured. But I’m very conscious that the awardee is not just for me but the people who I work with so I’ll be receiving the award on behalf of those people. I think the PBD is a very good concept, something that’s very unique. It develops the identity in terms of culture value which is important no matter where you are. But you know it’s important to preserve some of the rich heritage that we have in this country. So in that … [Read more...] about ‘All of us have multiple identities’
SINGAPORE: Ever since personal finance blog The Woke Salaryman put out its first article last year — about the most important things to do to save S$100,000 by the age of 30 — its rise in Singapore’s personal finance landscape has been meteoric. And it started with an observation by one of its co-founders, He Ruiming, when he was working in advertising. “(My industry peers) were going to claw machines, buying sneakers, indulging in S$7 coffee every day,” he recalls. “Many creative people like to spend money on stuff that we wear as badges of identity — like, ‘oh this is me, I drink cold brew every morning.’” Whenever He shared “useful” articles on personal finance with these creative folk, he was told the articles from established voices on the scene, such as the Seedly community, were “so boring”. That was when he realised there needed to be a “really low bar” for personal finance — a platform “so accessible” that “even if you were a coffee-drinking, sneaker-buying person … [Read more...] about The rise of personal finance bloggers, out to save financially illiterate millennials
REUTERS: The U.S. labor market and broader economy made some gains this week, which history shows should be good news for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign. But the gains may be overshadowed by the tens of millions of Americans still out of work because of coronavirus-related shutdowns and growing concerns that there is no new government relief package in sight. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, in July soared to 6.6 million, nearly back to their pre-crisis level, a Labor Department report showed this week. For a graphic on Big rebound in job openings: https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-ELECTION/ECONOMY/xegvbodwxpq/chart.png Inflation firmed last month, vanquishing fears of growth-stunting deflation. Higher frequency data tracking people's visits to stores and restaurants also pointed to an economic upswing. However, the economy is nowhere near to rounding the corner to recovery. At least 29.6 million people were still receiving unemployment benefits as … [Read more...] about US economy is improving, weeks before the election. Will Trump benefit?
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . A little pop You can still find a few phones with pop-up selfie cameras, but don't hold out for this trend to make a comeback. Harish Jonnalagadda 28 Feb 2021 0 Source: Android Central Phone manufacturers have waged a war on bezels over the last four years, and the result is that even budget phones these days have ultra-thin bezels on all sides. Thin bezels mean you get a larger screen-to-body ratio, allowing brands to cram a larger screen without increasing the dimensions of the phone. For some context, the Galaxy S9+ had a 6.2-inch panel, and the Galaxy S21 offers the same screen size even though it is 6.4mm shorter. Xiaomi was the one to kick off this particular trend back in 2016 with the Mi Mix, which offered a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio. Xiaomi achieved this by changing the location of the front camera module to the bottom bezels, leading to an all-screen design. … [Read more...] about Why don’t we see any more pop-up selfie cameras?
MADRID: Atletico Madrid have been sitting comfortably as Spain's third power for the best part of a decade but that status is under threat ahead of the new La Liga campaign by a Sevilla side on the rise and an ambitious Villarreal. Atletico began last season as title contenders after a superb pre-season and making some eye-catching signings. However, that early promise soon faded as the new arrivals struggled to bed in and they had to pull together an impressive late charge to finish in the top four. Hopes for this campaign have been tempered following their Champions League defeat by unfancied RB Leipzig and little prospect of new signings due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With few arrivals on the horizon, there will be increased pressure on last year's recruits, particularly 126-million-euro (US$149.47 million) forward Joao Felix, who showed only flashes of brilliance in a campaign in which he scored nine goals in all competitions. "We had a lot of new … [Read more...] about Sevilla take aim at Atletico as La Liga’s third force
NEW YORK: Instant coffee, ketchup, Lululemon yoga pants and Nike Air Max sneakers are all in. Bottled water, pricey diapers and Burberry luxury trench coats are out. Welcome to America's pandemic consumer economy. And it's like nothing we've seen before. "Everything we knew about supply and demand, we can essentially throw out the window because consumer behaviour has changed completely," said Piotr Dworczak, assistant professor of economics at Northwestern University. A Reuters analysis of a varied basket of goods shows how the COVID-19 crisis has upturned a decades-old consumer model for everything from clothing to food. This has given some companies surprising power to raise prices or withdraw discounts. Many of the new trends can be attributed to one factor, according to retail specialists: Working from home. Almost overnight, a consumer-driven economy with clearly delineated work and home spending, changed profoundly. Rising demand for certain items, as well as global … [Read more...] about Coffee, ketchup and Nike Air Max: It’s the COVID-19 consumer economy