Monthly Archives: December 2016

New York’s Times Square heats up ahead of New Year’s Eve revelry

New Year's Eve Ball in Manhattan, New York CityBy Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) – What will become a veritable sea of humanity has begun to converge on Times Square on Saturday to experience the annual descent of the New Year's Eve ball, a century-old tradition that will unfold this year under an unprecedented blanket of security. Michelle Adkins was so excited to stand at the crossroads of the world on New Year's Eve that she left her friend behind at the hotel and headed for the bright lights. "I've waited my whole life to see Times Square," said Adkins, 51, who works in a tire manufacturing plant in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina.

Willian extends Chelsea run, Pogba sinks Middlesbrough

Chelsea's midfielder Willian controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in London on December 31, 2016Willian scored twice as Chelsea claimed a record-equalling 13th consecutive Premier League victory by beating Stoke City 4-2 on Saturday to provisionally move nine points clear at the summit. Stoke twice hit back to level after falling behind at Stamford Bridge, but Willian's second goal and a late Diego Costa strike saw Chelsea match Arsenal's run of 13 wins within the same season from 2001-02. Antonio Conte's side pulled nine points clear of second-place Liverpool, who host third-place Manchester City later in the day in an explosive climax to the calendar year.

India’s PM Modi defends cash ban, announces incentives

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to launch a digital payment app linked with a nationwide biometric database during the "DigiDhan" fair, in New DelhiBy Rupam Jain and Malini Menon NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of incentives to the poor, farmers, women and small businesses on Saturday in a New Year's address, and defended his recent decision to abolish high denomination bank notes. The televised speech was widely seen as an opportunity for Modi to shore up support after a radical move on Nov. 8 to withdraw all 500 and 1,000 rupee bills, accounting for 86 percent of currency in circulation. Millions of Indians were forced to queue outside banks for hours to deposit old money and withdraw as much new currency as was permitted, causing widespread anger and raising concerns about India's economic growth in the current quarter.