Experts Hope For Best, But Fear The Worst

first_imgEven as some national health experts continue to publicly downplay the threat, there are numerous signs an outbreak of coronavirus is likely, and that means New York is a possible epicenter.Medical experts fear an initial decision made in China to keep the outbreak under wraps may have allowed it to spread.For whatever reason, often New York comes into play, as it did with the SARS outbreak, possibly because of the international traffic in and out of its airports. “It’s inevitable that we will have someone who is positive with coronavirus,” New York City’s health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said February 3.On Friday February 7, President Donald Trump, who has been hands-on during the past week dealing with the issue, said through a spokesman, “The White House’s economic adviser does not expect the coronavirus in China will have a major effect on the U.S. economy.”But Trump ordered travel restrictions into the United States from a half-dozen locations, directly overruling World Health Organization leaders who urged the limitations not be put in place.On the same morning, President Trump praised China’s response to the virus outbreak after speaking by telephone with its leader, Xi Jinping, whom he said was leading “what will be a very successful operation.” But again, behind the scenes, the Chinese public is reportedly taking a more confrontational tone, demanding that those in power investigate the death of the doctor, Li Wenliang, who revealed the virus and its epidemic dangers after the government there tried to keep it hidden.Powerful Side EffectsThe coronavirus, (2019-nCoV), originated in Wuhan and is the cousin of the SARS virus.The coronavirus is part a large group of viruses that are common among animals. The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.But strains with powerful side effects can become difficult to treat and highly contagious. Cases of pneumonia began being diagnosed in Wuhan on December 12. Official there continued to identify more cases, but it wasn’t until January 1, when a seafood market was abruptly closed, that eyebrows raised. It was a week later before authorities confirmed a unusual virus was spreading. The first death wasn’t announced until January 11.U.S. health officials minimized the potential of a mass outbreak initially, pointing out the typical winter influenzas that sweep the country pose more of a threat.The strategy, or at least hope, was that the coronavirus outbreak would peter out before rampaging through mainland China.“With influenza, it’s fairly predictable: We see a fairly consistent number of individuals, sometimes higher, sometimes lower,” said Scott Weisenberg, director of NYU Langone Health’s travel medicine program. Coronavirus, on the other hand, “went from having zero cases” to a large number of cases in China and an emerging number of cases worldwide, he said. “We don’t know where it’s going.”By February 10, the world was finding out: More than 40,000 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus and over 900 deaths. The vast majority of these are in China. Cases have been reported in nearly two dozen countries or locales around the world. Six cases have been diagnosed in the U.S. — five of them among people who had recently been in the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began in December 2019.Travel HistoryAt least 19 million people in the U.S. have experienced flu illnesses this season, the CDC estimates. About 180,000 people have been hospitalized so far, and an estimated 10,000 have died. Sixty-eight children have died this flu season.The CDC issued a Clinical Action Alert on January 31 through its Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity network, which suggested health care providers should identify patients who might have been exposed and who have signs or symptoms related to 2019-nCoV infection, isolate these patients, and inform public health departments. This includes obtaining a detailed travel history for patients being evaluated with fever and lower respiratory tract illness.By the beginning of February, 11 cases had been identified on the U.S. mainland. Nine had been exposed in Wuhan but two were believed to have contracted coronavirus in this country (Illinois and California) from a third party that may have been traveling overseas. The majority of cases are still centralized in Hubei, the Chinese province of which Wuhan is the capital, where more than 12,600 people remain hospitalized.China’s National Health Commission said February 3 that the death rate from the virus stands at 2.1 percent nationwide. A spokeswoman for the commission said 80 percent of victims were over the age of 60 and 75 percent had some form of underlying condition.Outside mainland China, concern is growing in Hong Kong, which has sealed off most of its border crossings. The semi-autonomous Chinese city reported its first death from the virus on February 3, as authorities also confirmed three “local infection cases,” which had not recently returned from China.Authorities said an ongoing strike by healthcare workers has had a “serious impact on services.” Unions have demanded that the border be fully closed and extra support provided for frontline staff before they will end their walkout action — though most doctors and nurses continue to work.Anyone who had close contact with the new cases has been placed under quarantine, Hong Kong health authorities said.Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Hong Kong health authority’s communicable disease branch, told reporters February 3 the new cases showed “there could be invisible chains of infection happening within communities.”“We are not ruling out a large spread in the future,” she said. Also under quarantine are thousands of passengers on board two cruise ships: the Diamond Princess cruise ship, currently sitting in Yokohama Bay, south of Tokyo, and a second ship, docked in Hong Kong’s Kai Tak terminal.Ten people on board the Diamond Princess have been confirmed to have the virus, and were being taken to the hospital, as authorities waited for test results of other passengers. There are 2666 guests and 1045 crew members on board the ship, owner Princess Cruises said in a statement. Of those, 428 passengers are American, the U.S. embassy in Japan confirmed to CNN.The ship has been held at the Japanese harbor since February 4, after the virus was detected in a Hong Kong man who had previously disembarked from the cruise. The second ship in Hong Kong is holding more than 1800 passengers on board, after it was revealed passengers from the previous voyage became infected with the virus, according to officials speaking at Hong Kong’s Health Ministry press conference February Sharelast_img read more

Vallourec Pipes for Egina FPSO

first_imgVallourec said it is supplying Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) with tubes for the construction of the Egina oil field FPSO offshore Nigeria.Egina is an ultra deep offshore project, 130 km off the coast of Nigeria, at a depth of 1750 m. The field infrastructure consists of a subsea production system tied in to a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel with a processing capacity of 200,000 barrels a day and a storage capacity of 2.3 million barrels.Vallourec is supplying over 1,700 tons of pipe. The project management team of the Pipe Project Division is coordinating quality planning, production and delivery for over 250 different items from the factories in France, Germany and Brazil.The FPSO will be 330 meters long, 61 meters wide and 34 meters high. The topside alone, where the pipes will be installed, will weigh 47,500 tons.In association with a local Nigerian company (Bell Oil & Gas), Vallourec has already delivered for Egina Project the full package of 24,000 tons subsea line pipe: 16,000 tons of flowlines used for production, water injection and gas export lines, and 8,000 tons for a riser pipe-in-pipe construction.“We are excited to bring our contribution to this new stage of Egina, and to the FPSO. It proves the extent of our global solutions and completes our offer of premium products, advanced testing, project management and local content in Nigeria. It demonstrates Vallourec Pipe Projects as a true offshore and onshore provider, bringing value and cost-effectiveness to complex projects.” Frédéric Castrec, managing director Pipe Project Division.last_img read more

Space: The final frontier

first_imgWe have long got used to occupiers of office buildings choosing open plan spaces because they are considered to be more efficient and adaptable, plus they’re better for collaboration and team work. In fact, a British Council for Offices (BCO) report published in July last year (Making the Business Case for Wellbeing), confirmed that assigned open-plan seating is the most common type of working environment, making up over half (54%) of workplaces for UK employees, with private offices used by a further quarter (26%). Hot desking is also popular, with unassigned open-plan desks now accounting for 15% of workplaces. But a new edition of the BCO Guide to Specification foresees office spaces of the future being increasingly flexible, varied and dense. This will represent a challenge to those tasked with building these spaces. With increased density and sharing of space comes more pressure on the building in the design and the flexibility it must offer, in the strength of its services, in maintenance and cleaning. According to experts at a recent CoreNet facilities management and workplace event, one of the biggest challenges with unassigned desks, for example, is the unwillingness of desk occupiers to report problems. This can be down to several factors, from staff being unaware of their responsibility, to the office culture not encouraging care, respect or responsibility for the workspace. However, most problems can be relatively easily addressed by setting staff expectations, selling the concept positively and encouraging community ownership – “more we, less me” – by grouping teams to create neighbourhoods.We should listen to all users and find out what they need to be productive, effective and healthy at work, then provide the appropriate range of spaces where possibleNoise is another problem, not least because it can be a major distraction and source of frustration. Nick Jones, acoustics expert at Hilson Moran, says dense, open plan environments require expert precision in managing acoustics. “Ideally, the design mitigates noise issues from the outset, which can then be supplemented by furniture solutions that don’t require service alternation or additional fire risk measures. There were many circular meeting pod solutions – round is better for sound absorption – on display at the recent 100% Design show [at London’s Olympia].”No matter what the issue, it falls to design, construction and facilities management professionals to help occupiers deal with them. The construction industry also increasingly has to demonstrate the positive impact of its work on the users of buildings, whether this is in relation to productivity, encouraging behaviour that helps overcome the challenges described above, fostering community in unassigned areas or furthering overall wellbeing.It comes as no surprise that open plan environments nurture and respond to extroverts, who need stimulation, but did you know that almost half of us are introverts? According to Sarah Cain, who gave a TED talk about introverts and the quiet revolution, many introverts feel unsupported at work, forced to work in environments where they don’t feel comfortable and where they can’t thrive. And even if we’re not introverts, some of us have roles that require quiet concentration because accuracy is of paramount importance – just look at your own businesses. In response to those who need space free of distraction, we’re seeing a resurgence of cellular-style spaces where staff can find some peace and quiet. When it comes to wellbeing, we’re seeing a huge interest. It is now widely recognised that our built environment can and should support our physical and mental health.“Health and wellbeing is not a fad,” says Linzi Cassels, principal at Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will. “We spend more and more of our time indoors – 90% of it if you’re in the US – and so how our buildings are designed has a critical role to play in supporting our health and happiness. This link is not just seen by academics and researchers, it is also felt by users of buildings as a BCO survey report entitled Making the Case for Wellbeing proved. In light of this, we as an industry need to consider our environments more holistically in terms of how they deliver comfort, natural light, calm, stimulation and general health.”There is a shift occurring, with companies perhaps acknowledging that we’ve moved too far the other way – to vast open plan floors with no room to think. At our conferences and committee events we often address the need to try and accommodate different needs. We should listen to all users and find out what they need to be productive, effective and healthy at work, then provide the appropriate range of spaces where possible.Today, it’s about first defining then creating a positive workplace experience. That experience should be full of variety and wellbeing.James Maddock is president of CoreNet Global UK chapter and international director and head of the EMEA global corporate services team at DTZ. CoreNet’s next 1 Big Day conference is on 5 Marchlast_img read more

Breach of contract

first_img Morse v Eaglemoss Publications Ltd: Chancery Division: 7 June 2013 Licence agreement being made between publishing company (Bright Star) and defendant permitting defendant to re-package Reader’s Digest book edition of ‘Wildlife of Britain’ Clifford Darton (instructed by Bell Lax, solicitors) for the claimant; Malcolm Chapple (instructed by Briffa, solicitors) for the defendant.center_img The claimant was the chief executive officer of publishing companies, Bright Star and Midsummer, until they went into administration. Bright Star and the defendant publishing company had entered into a written licence on 27 November 2003 (the November licence), which permitted the defendant to re-package the Reader’s Digest book edition of ‘Wildlife of Britain’. The November licence permitted the defendant to re-package (to publish and procure the publication of) the Reader’s Digest book edition of Wildlife of Britain. It also provided for: ‘The split of royalties between the components of the combined book/gift product.’ The claimant, as assignee of Bright Star and Midsummer, brought a claim against the defendant for breach of contract in connection with the alleged entitlement to royalties under the November licence. The action related to a series continuity publication known as ‘Wildlife Watch’, which was published by Reader’s Digest Association Limited (Reader’s Digest), packaged by the defendant, and which, through Bright Star, reused some of Midsummer’s copyrighted material in an earlier partworks publication ‘Wildlife of Britain’. The issues for consideration were: (i) whether any elements of the fixed packaging costs paid by Reader’s Digest directly to the defendant, in addition to the royalty specifically referred to in the November licence, was or should be treated as a royalty or profit which the claimant was entitled to share; (ii) whether it was proper for the defendant to deduct picture costs of some £102,000 from the expressly agreed royalty before making payment to Bright Star; and (iii) whether there was any interest (and if so what) owing to the claimant by the defendant. The court ruled: On the correct construction of the November licence, the claimant was only entitled to a proportion of royalties in the strict sense. Picture costs were to be deducted from the royalty payments although the claimant was entitled to an account of the sums said to have been expended on picture costs. There had been no intention sufficient to satisfy the prerequisites for a rectification of the November licence. Further, no fiduciary relationship existed between the parties and the defendant did not therefore owe any fiduciary duties to Bright Star. There had been no misrepresentation on the part of the defendant which induced Bright Star to enter into the November licence and there was no collateral contract as alleged. The claimant was not entitled to interest to the extent that payments under the November licence had been made late (see [109] of the judgment). Chartbrook Ltd v Persimmon Homes Ltd [2009] 4 All ER 677 considered; Ross River Ltd v Cambridge City Football Club Ltd [2008] 1 All ER 1004 considered.last_img read more

Spending programme unveiled

first_imgMUCH-HERALDED plans to modernise and develop Argentina’s run-down railways are finally taking shape. The proposals are contained in a Presidential decree that came into force on January 4, setting out an ambitious programme to upgrade the commuter and metro networks in Buenos Aires, and to restore inter-city passenger services to several key routes.Drawing on funding from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the Andean Development Corp, the government expects to invest a total of 5bn pesos in commuter and metro (p62) projects in 2006-08, while providing over 400m pesos a year in subsidy to avoid fares increases. Upgrading routes for inter-city passenger trains and other projects outside the capital are expected to cost up to 1bn pesos.As well as track renewals, rolling stock refurbishment and station upgrades, the government’s programme for the Buenos Aires commuter network includes electrification of the Belgrano Norte and Sarmiento networks and the Belgrano Sur route to Gonzlast_img read more

Eurostar picks Velaro to expand fleet

first_imgEUROPE: Recently-restructured cross-Channel operator Eurostar International is understood to have selected Siemens as preferred bidder to supply additional trainsets to operate an expanded route network, with the decision due to be confirmed at a board meeting on October 1.Eurostar has been looking for some time at introducing services to Amsterdam and Köln, particularly in the light of Deutsche Bahn’s objective of operating from Frankfurt to London by 2013. Having decided that it would not be possible to fit its existing power cars with additional train protection equipment, Eurostar invited tenders from Alstom and Siemens through the Link-up system, bypassing the need for a separate OJEU notice.Following tender evaluation and best and final offers, Siemens was selected as preferred bidder in June. The contract is expected to cover a fleet of 10 trains derived from Siemens’ Velaro platform, costing €600m. These would be around 400 m long, like the existing trains, and would not be the same as the eight-car Velaro D sets which DB is hoping to operate to London, subject to getting approval from the Intergovernmental Commission to run 200 m long trains through the Channel Tunnel.The Siemens design is understood to meet TSIs and the Channel Tunnel safety rules, subject to the final abolition of the now-redundant splittability requirement. The IGC is still discussing fire suppression requirements for trains with distributed traction, which would include Alstom’s AGV as well as the Velaro.However, there are reported to be concerns from the French government about a company majority-owned by SNCF looking to buy trains from a non-French supplier. Railway Gazette International understands that there has been pressure for the IGC not to permit the use of distributed traction through the Tunnel. Compliance with the Channel Tunnel rules is a vital component in funding the deal, as the banks would need certainty that expensive trains would not be held in store due to acceptance issues. It is believed that the French authorities see fostering uncertainty as a way to delay the procurement.last_img read more

U.S. considering removing Sudan from terror list

first_imgSudan and U.S. to hold further talks on removing Sudan from terrorism sponsor list Uganda Defends Its Troops Presence in South Sudan Sudan’s separation from South Sudan continues hurting its economycenter_img FILE PHOTO: Tibor Nagy, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, speaks during a news conference on the case of Sudan, in the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 14, 2019. REUTERS General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (R), Sudan’s deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, and protest leader Ahmed Rabie shake hands after signing the constitutional declaration at a ceremony on August 4,2019 /AFP/Getty ImagesA senior state Department official in the United States said Friday that the US no longer has an adversarial relationship with the Sudanese government and is working with its counterparts on the possibility of removing it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.FILE PHOTO: Tibor Nagy, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, speaks during a news conference on the case of Sudan, in the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 14, 2019./REUTERSHowever Tibor Nagy, assistant secretary for African affairs, cautioned that doing so was a process with conditions.“It’s not an event, it’s not flipping a light switch. It’s a process and we are heavily, continuously engaged with our Sudanese interlocutors on how we can go about doing that,” he told reporters in a briefing.Asked if the United States was committing to lifting sanctions, Nagy said “No” but added: “There are conditions to such an event.Everybody is hoping that it will happen, everybody is hoping that it happens as quickly as possible, we all understand the hardships that it is causing, he said.The U.S. government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that then-President Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government was supporting terrorist groups.The designation makes Sudan technically ineligible for debt relief and financing from the IMF and World Bank. Congress needs to approve a removal.Bashir was toppled by the military in April from power after months of demonstrations over price hikes for fuel and bread and cash shortages.Relatedlast_img read more

Car Window Broken In Road-Rage Incident

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland officers are seeking help in tracing the driver of a car who was involved in a confrontation with another motorist on Tuesday 31 January 2017. The incident took place on the B7076 APR road at the junction with the A701 road at Beattock. At around 1230/1245 hours a 68 year old man from Lockerbie was seated alone in his car, a blue coloured Audi A4 estate, which had broken down, and was awaiting assistance at the side of the road.Around that time a car, described as a burgundy coloured Vauxhall, drove along side, stopped, and the driver thereafter took a photograph of the Audi car. The driver, who was male and the sole occupant of the car then appeared to mouth something before driving off. A short time later the same burgundy car and driver returned, and at the same time a window was smashed in the Audi car as the burgundy car drove passed. As a result a window on the Audi car was found to have a hole in it. The burgundy car then sped off.Constable Stephen Glendinning at Lockerbie said “this does appear to be a bizarre incident and we are at a loss to understand what the motive was for this behaviour. The driver of the burgundy car is described as being in his late 30s/early 40s, medium build, had a full black beard, possible black hair and was wearing a black coloured hat. We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area and can help us identify the burgundy car and its driver. Or indeed, if the driver of the burgundy car wishes to come forward and explain his actions we would be only too happy to speak to him. Callers can contact us at Lockerbie on the 101 number.”last_img read more

A Rising demand for Autonomous Vehicles Strengthens the Global Automotive Radar Market

first_imgAutonomous driving is now the next big thing in the automotive industry. The on-set of numerous innovations and vision technologies have also aided the development of autonomous driving, providing functionalities and safety to drivers and passengers. Among these vision technologies, radar systems have been proven to be most effective technology.According to a report published by Yole Développement (Yole), the global radar market will reach US $8.6 billion by 2025, at a 2015 CAGR of 15.6%. According to the report, the 24 GHz radar frequency band held a large part of the 2018 market share with sales of US $2.2 billion. This segment will continue to grow unitl 2020 before being replaced by 79 GHz high-resolution short range radar that enables mapping of the entire car’s surroundings. Many players including Veoneer, Aptiv, Hella are also transitioning to 77 GHz radar for short and middle-range sensing.Yole’s report – Radar and Wireless for Automotive: Market and Technology Trends 2019 – reveals the status of radar technologies and their applications. What are the major drivers? What will the market look like in 2025? What are the current technologies and the emerging ones? Yole’s analysts have proposed a comprehensive overview of the radar market and technology landscape. In addition, the report offers a deep understanding of automotive grade radar, V2X, connectivity and GNSS solutions.While automotive segments, AD and ADAS safety follow different dynamics, both benefit from each other. ADAS is well-established in the automotive industry, with features like AEB becoming standard in 2018 for many middle-end cars from OEMs including Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, and Hyundai. Due to the complexity linked to environment perception (i.e. pedestrians crossing a street for instance), radar performance has been continuously improved for safety purposes, which has proven beneficial for the commercial Automotive Driving market.Today’s ADAS market, according to the Yole report, is dominated by Continental, Bosch, Denso, and Hella. Meanwhile, the AD market has attracted new entrants and startups like Magna which unveiled a 4D high resolution module; Hitachi Automotive which announced the smallest-ever long-range radar; Alps Electric’s ultra-short-range radar is featured in GM’s Cruise AD platform; and at least 15 startups are proposing novel approaches for high-resolution radar.In 77 GHz MMIC and chipsets the trend is towards higher integration, with market leaders NXP and Infineon Technologies creating integrated transceivers, and Texas Instruments even adding signal processing in its transceivers. The radar MMIC ecosystem is expected to move from an IDM6 to a fabless/foundry model, with volumes increasing and the technology transitioning to advanced technology nodes. The IDMs of yesterday could become the fabless of tomorrow.The Yole Group of companies including Yole Développement (Yole) and System Plus Consulting are together following the radar technologies for automotive applications for a while. Recently System Plus Consulting released two dedicated reports: Automotive Radar Comparison 2018 and Ainstein K-77 Long Range Radar featuring Calterah CAL77A2T4R FOWLP Transceiver. The comparative technology study provides insights on technology data for RF chipsets and antenna boards in radar systems. It includes the study of fifteen radar systems from several OEMs, including Continental, Veoneer, ZF, Valeo, Bosch, Aptiv, Denso and Ainstein. From its side, the Ainstein K-77 Long Range radar report is the latest one from the RF report collection. Released beginning of 2019, this reverse engineering and costing analysis presents the next-generation mid- & long-range, wideband and high-resolution radar sensor for ADAS based on RF CMOS technology using eWLB packaging.Yole Développement and System Plus Consulting will also be exhibiting at the European Microwave Week 2019 (EuMW) event to be held in Paris, France, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 (Booth B577). Experts from the companies will be proposing a relevant presentation “Autonomous Drive Sensors and Fusion Market Overview”.Click here to read the complete Yole radar report.last_img read more

Yuk Intip Aktivitas Awak Kabin Virgin Atlantic

first_img(The Sun) Mengupas kehidupan awak kabin selalu menjadi topik yang menarik, bahasan tentang seputar awak kabin pun terbilang ramai menjadi buah bibir. Dan baru-baru ini awak kabin maskapai Virgin Altlantic merekam aktivitas pekerjaan mereka dari sebelum berangkat, selama perjalanan dalam penerbangan hingga tiba di tujuan.Baca juga: Bagi Pramugari, Melayani Penumpang di Kelas Ekonomi Adalah yang merangkum dari laman (5/12/2107), video tersebut menggambarkan kehidupan kru kabin dimulai dari para staf yang akan melakukan penerbangan dengan Boeing 787 Dreamliner dari London ke Los Angeles di tujuan akhir mereka. Kamera yang akan memvideokan memulainya dengan mengikuti salah seorang kru kabin bernama Emma Ashley dan rekan-rekannya di pukul 08.00 pagi tepatnya di bandara Heathrow, London. Awal mula video di Terminal 3 bandara Heathrow, dimana seluruh tim diberi pengarahan sebelum naik ke dalam pesawat Boeing 787-9 G-VDIA. Pada pengarahan, para kru kabin diberi update tentang keselamatan dan membantu penumpang khusus (disabilitas) selama penerbangan.Penerbangan dari London ke Los Angeles diketahui selama 10 jam 28 menit dengan Emma dan empat orang kru lainnya bertugas di kelas ekonomi yang melayani 233 penumpang. Video ini kemudian berlanjut saat roda pesawat sudah terangkat menuju angkasa dan awak kabin memulai siklus pekerjaan mereka dengan memberi camilan, minuman, makanan panas, kopi dan teh serta hal lainnya.Briefing sebelum memulai penerbangan (Youtube)Terlihat jelas para awak kabin ini selalu berdiri bahkan saat mengambil makanan atau camilan di dapur kabin yang sangat sepi. Selain berdiri, para awak kabin ini juga tidak memiliki waktu yang banyak dalam perjalanan tersebut, apalagi dengan waktu tukar jaga atau shift yang tidak terlalu lama.Dengan pergantian ini awak kabin hanya bisa beristirahat dan tidur sebentar sebelum kembali melayani penumpang. Bulan November yang lalu, seorang pramugari dan blogger penerbangan Amanda Pleva mengungkap kehidupan yang dikira penuh glamor dari pekerjaan awak kabin untuk menunjukkan kepada awak wannabe, apa pekerjaan yang dilakukan sebenarnya. Seperti halnya pekerjaan yang menuntut pramugari melakukan keanehan dengan makan berdiri dan mencobanya di rumah.Awak kabin yang makan di sudut belakang kabin (Youtube)“Di tempat kita kerja, kita cenderung bersembunyi di sudut dapur hanya untuk menyendok makanan dan jauh dari pandangan penumpang. Ini juga dilakukan di rumah dengan menghadap ke tembok sambil melahap makan malam selama sepuluh detik,” kata Amanda.Baca juga: Ini Dia! Tips Cantik ala PramugariDia juga menggambarkan kesulitan saat bekerja dalam penerbangan malam dan dalam kondisi harus tetap terjaga. “Anda akan mematikan lampu dan melihat penumpang tidur dan membaca majalah yang sama berulang-ulang sampai Anda mengantuk. Ini akan membuat Anda merindukan tempat tidur nyaman,” jelas Amanda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedInilah 14 Tugas Awak Kabin Pesawat Yang Jarang Diketahui18/12/2017In “Bandara”Wow, Ada Awak Kabin Southwest di Bagasi Kabin! Lagi Ngapain Ya?02/08/2019In “Featured”Sedikit Rahasia Yang Terlupakan dari Sosok Awak Kabin15/09/2017In “Destinasi”last_img read more

Dramatis! Kapal Ferry di Yunani Selamatkan Gadis Kecil dengan Pelampung Unicorn yang Terbawa Arus…

first_imgAwal penyelamatan dilakukan karena kapten kapal Ferry Salaminomachos, Grigoris Karnesis melihat ada yang terombang-ambing dan mengapung di laut. Dia tak percaya apa yang dilihatnya karena anak itu dan pelampungnya bergerak begitu cepat sehingga tak ada waktu berpikir.Dilansir dari (25/8/2020), kapten kapal Ferry berusia 50 tahun tersebut langsung membawa kapalnya mendekat dengan pelampung dan menyelamatkan anak kecil tersebut. Setelah mendekat terdengar jeritan dari si gadis kecil tersebut.Meski begitu, dirinya harus menjaga agar pelampung yang ditumpangi gadis itu tidak terjebak di backwash supaya bisa mengamankan tanpa terjatuh ke laut. Kemudian mekanik kapal, Vasilis Karnesis bergeser ke tepi kapal dan menarik pelampung serta mengangkat gadis tersebut ke kapal.“Tidak ada yang bisa dilakukan anak ini,” kata Grigoris.Aksi penyelamatan ini terekam kamera oleh seorang penumpang bernama Petros Kritsonis dan mengunggahnya ke media sosial pada Senin (25/8/2020) tak lama setelah insiden itu terjadi. Hal ini kemudian viral dan Perdana Menteri Kyriakos Mitsotakis memanggil kapten kapal untuk berterimakasih kepada sang kapten dan kru kapal.Inisiden ini terjadi di Teluk Corith, Yunani di mana ketika gadis itu terbawa arus di atas pelampung, sang ayah mencoba mengejarnya. Namun ayah gadis kecil ini terjebak dalam arus yang cukup kuat dan pelampung anaknya semakin menjauh dari bibir pantai serta tak bisa terjangkau.Orang tua anak ini  kemudian memberitahukan kepada otoritas pelabuhan terkait insiden yang menimpa anaknya itu. Karena hal ini kemudian pihak otoritas mencoba memberitahu kapal kapten Karnesis yang paling dekat dengan tempat kejadian.Sebelum diselamatkan, anak tersebut mengapung bersama unicornya selama 20 menit di tengah laut. Bahkan ketika diselamatkan, gadis kecil ini kewalahan  karena kaget dan diam tidak berbicara. Setelah dipertemukan dengan orang tuanya, sang ibu pun tak bisa berkata-kata.Baca juga: Francisco, Kapal Ferry Wisata dengan Kecepatan 51,8 Knot!“Kami hanya melakukan apa yang harus kami lakukan dan ini pertama kalinya dia berurusan dengan penyelamatan seorang anak,” ujar Vasilis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMati Mesin di Tengah Laut, Kapal Ferry India Diselamatkan Tugboats22/11/2018In “Destinasi Laut”Tabrak Ikan Paus, Kapal Ferry di Jepang Alami Kerusakan dan Ciderai Puluhan Penumpang13/03/2019In “Angkutan Ferry”Terombang-Ambing Selama Tujuh Jam, Penumpang Kapal Ferry ini Tidak Bisa Gunakan Toilet!12/07/2018In “Angkutan Ferry” penyelamatan gadis kecil di laut Yunani ( Gadis kecil berusia sekitar tiga tahun yang duduk di atas pelampung unicorn dan terombang-ambing di laut lepas. Gadis kecil tersebut bisa mengapung ke tengah laut karena tersapu arus dan luput dari perhatian orang tua.Baca juga: Terombang-Ambing Selama Tujuh Jam, Penumpang Kapal Ferry ini Tidak Bisa Gunakan Toilet!Untungnya saat itu ada kapal Ferry yang tengah berlayar melihat gadis kecil tersebut.  Para awak kapal kemudian langsung melakukan penyelamatan dramatis pada anak ini dan videonya pun viral di media sosial.last_img read more

Miyazato grabs one-shot lead at ShopRite Classic

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Japanese rookie Ai Miyazato grabbed a one-shot lead over Annika Sorenstam at the ShopRite LPGA Classic on Saturday after shooting a 5-under-par 66 in the second round. Ai Miyazato watches her shot during the second round of the ShopRite LPGAClassic on Saturday in Galloway Township, N.J.center_img Miyazato, who started the day in a tie for sixth place, made six birdies against one bogey for a two-round total of 10-under 132 on the Bay Course at Seaview Resort & Spa in her attempt to win her first title on the U.S. LPGA tour.“I kept my concentration throughout the day. I dropped a few strokes late in the first round, so I didn’t want to do the same today. In the final round, I’ll just try to play my golf,” Miyazato said.She bogeyed the par-4 second, but picked up birdies in the next two holes and added four more the rest of the way, including on the 18th as one of the three birdies on the back nine.Overnight co-leader Sorenstam carded a 69 to stand alone in second, while Laura Diaz (69), Lee Seon Hwa (69) and Sherri Steinhauer (66) are tied for third with an 8-under 134.Japanese compatriots Ayaka Kaneko and Shinobu Moromizato missed the cut with scores of 143 and 144 after two rounds, respectively. last_img read more

We can’t wait to get out there this weekend – Turner

first_imgTurner, 21, joined the Vixens from Everton Ladies in January and has become a mainstay in the City Women starting 11 ever since.Originating from Cheshire, the England age-grade player has international ambitions and hopes to fulfil those ambitions one day.The Vixens open their campaign against Chelsea Ladies at Kingsmeadow on Sunday (12:30pm kick-off). The midfielder star is excited to be playing in front of the BBC Sport cameras, as the game is being streamed live online on the BBC Sport website.She said: “Pre-season has been and gone and the season is finally here, me and the team can’t wait to put all of our hard work into action and really give it a good go this year.“When I arrived here, I never ever dreamed I would have been selected to lead this team, but it is an absolute honour and I plan to do it justice. We had a really good leader in Hayley Ladd last year and I learnt a lot from her, so I am looking forward to maintaining the standards she set on a daily basis and putting my own spin on things.“I won the Nordic Tournament with the England Under-23 side over the summer, the experiences I have had of international football I have had so far have given me real determination to make the Lionesses one day.“Sunday is going to be a fantastic occasion with all of the coverage the game is going to get. There are big crowds expected at the game and also online, which is what we all dream of so me and the team are absolutely buzzing to get out there.”Turner added that the squad are well aware of the threat that Chelsea will bring on Sunday: “They won the Spring Series for a reason, they are a really well drilled outfit.“Any team that is led by Emma Hayes does the basics really well, we just have to be at them from the first whistle and believe in ourselves, if we do that there is no reason we can’t go there and get a positive result.”Season cards are on sale now, buy herelast_img read more

Softball: Four parish teams make playoffs

first_imgRussell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.comFour parish teams made the LHSAA state softball playoffs.The Haughton Lady Bucs and the Benton Lady Tigers will host first-round games. The Airline Lady Vikings and Parkway Lady Panthers will be on the road.All four first-round games are Tuesday.Haughton (17-10), seeded No. 13 in Class 5A,  faces No. 20 St. Joseph’s Academy (18-8) of Baton Rouge at 4 p.m.Haughton is the only team from Louisiana with a victory over top-seeded St. Amant this season.Benton (17-10), the No. 7 seed in Class 4A, plays No. 26 Franklinton (14-12) at 5 p.m.Airline (15-11), seeded No. 21 in 5A, travels to Slidell for a 1 p.m. game  against No. 12 Northshore (19-6).Parkway (11-15), the No. 31 seed in 5A, travels to Monroe to face No. 2 Ouachita Parish (21-4) at 5:30 p.m.Airline split games Tuesday and Wednesday.A seventh-inning rally fell just short in a 10-9 loss to North DeSoto Tuesday at Airline.Wednesday, the Lady Vikings picked up a 6-4 road victory over West Monroe.Katie Smith had three hits and three RBIs against North DeSoto.Carly McIntosh went 4-for-5 with two doubles.Lindsay Fronzaglio had a double and a triple. Mary Macaulay went 2-for-4 with a double. Miranda Young and Ashley Salinas also had two hits.McIntosh and Smith had two hits each against West Monroe.Salinas and Macaulay had one double each. Melissa Gillenwater got the win.Also Wednesday, Parkway lost to District 1-5A champion Byrd 3-2.Carol Cash and Alexis Rayborn both had doubles.Tuesday, pitcher Anna Die went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as Haughton defeated Cedar Creek 9-0.Kirsten Martin had a three-run homer. Savannah O’Neal had a solo shot. Lacey Dodson tripled.Dies allowed just three hits in six innings and struck out six.Benton got a power rankings boost with a 12-10 victory at District 1-2A champ Calvary in its season finale.Gabby Kespelher had two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBIs.Brittany Craig and Samantha Maranto had two hits each. Chelsea Rangel had two RBIs.Bossier closed its season Wednesday with a 19-1 victory over BTW.The Lady Kats finished third in District 1-3A at 2-2.Cheyenne Driggers had two hits and four RBIs. Shelby Peebles also had two hits. April Sainz gave up just two hits in three innings.StanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Warriors clinch darts title

first_imgDart BY KILA NAO Taoro Warriors are the new champions of the Central Motu Koita Darts League when they outclassed Bouan Red in one sided affair to claim the Champions of Champions trophy at Varahe darts centre on Saturday. It was pay day for the Warriors to walk away with a handsome K2, 000 prize money while the Reds received K1, 000 gesture. The two Hanuabada village teams displayed a spirited challenge to come out winners at the end of their respective pool matches only to meet in the grand final. The showdown has being dubbed as the beginning of testing players’ patience and abilities to find their targets at the early stages of the match. The Warriors put up a classic performance in the team game comprising of Vare, Geua, Tamasi and Hane (mother) Vaiake, Michael Rei and Tatoi Vagi. A classic first dart from sharp shooter and Captain Vare Vaiake complimented his team with the first star on double two finish. They went on to register second star in the female’s doubles through the efforts of mother and daughter combination (Hane and Geua Vaiake). The Open men’s singles play was a shaky but nice ending for Warriors’ Michael Rei who overcame the heat in the dying stages to peg out on double 36 against Bouan’s Arua Morea. A brilliant 180 head start by Tamasi Vaiake was normal for the more the experienced Arua Leke who gave no breathing space for the young boy. Leke bluntly dethroned Vaiake in straight wins and allowing his team to register the only star for the remainder of the final. But the pressure gauge increased to another level in the last singles when Tatoi Vagi pegged a high 78 finish to end the match with a 5 to 1 victory and claim the prize money. Warriors’ team manager and mentor Willie Vaiake said “the youngsters won through sheer determination and good spirit. “The end result spoke for itself and I am proud of them and they will become top players in the country in the future,” said Vaiake. Central Motu Koita Darts League (CMKDL) President, Goasa Geita expressed gratitude to all the teams that came from Porebada, Boera, Pari, Kira Kira, Sebore, Tubusereia, Barakau and Gaire who committed and took part in the tournament. “It has being a great for many young and old players who participated shared experiences amongst each other,” said Geita.last_img read more

Work begins on Central Ave. Bridge in the new year

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Crews with SCI (Southern Constructors Incorporated) began tying in the rebar on Tuesday as repair work on the Central Ave. Bridge is underway for the new year.SCI is working on the east bound lanes.  However, there is still a lot to be done before SCI is ready to pour.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/10/2020-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

Saints youngster will snub potential Chelsea move, report claims

first_imgSouthampton left-back Matt Targett will snub a potential move to Chelsea by signing a new contract, the Daily Star say.It is claimed that the Blues, Arsenal and Liverpool are keen on the 19-year-old, who has been discussing a new deal at St Mary’s.Targett’s agent Leon Callender is quoted as saying: “We are in discussions over a new contract. He is in the right place.”AdChoices广告The Star once again suggest Chelsea are hoping to sign former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and Galatasary’s Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.Galatasary will apparently offer Sneijder a lucrative new contract in order to see off the supposed threat of him moving to Stamford Bridge or United.Meanwhile, the Express say Chelsea could be interested in Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik.It comes amid speculation that the Italian club might be forced to sell players in January because of financial problems. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sarri on his future, Hazard, Kante latest, his decision up front and problems understanding his players

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke about a number of issues at a news conference on the eve of the Europa League final against Arsenal. Here’s what the Italian had to say. On N’Golo Kante“He has a very little problem with the knee. The problem is the timing because we have only four days. We are trying.AdChoices广告“It’s not really a very serious injury. At the moment we don’t know. We will try until the last moment, but we don’t know at the moment.”On how likely Kante is to play“I think 50-50 at the moment. Yesterday 60-40 for no, today 50-50. He was a little bit better this morning.”On the possibility of Kante missing out“We are in trouble with the midfielders. At the moment we have only three midfielders.“For us, N’Golo is really very important. He is the only defensive midfielder we have. We will try to recover him.“I hope to recover him because I know that without N’Golo for us there is a problem.”On reports Sarri is leaving for Juventus“I want to think only about the final. Then I have a contract with Chelsea for two years.“So first of all I will speak with Chelsea. But this is not the moment. Now we need to think only of the final because our feeling is that we deserve to win.”On Chelsea’s season“We had a wonderful season because in the last season Chelsea wasn’t in the Champions League and now we are in the Champions League.“We played in a final in a competition in which we played against Liverpool and Tottenham – the two finalists of the Champions League.“Then we lost in the final against Manchester City, who are the best team in Europe at the moment in my opinion.“Tomorrow we will play the final of the Europa League. So I think we played a very good season. Of course if we are able to win the final it will become a wonderful season.“For me, at the beginning of the season it was very difficult for me to understand my players – to understand the mentality.“But after a very difficult month in January they started to change – or probably I changed, I don’t know.“At this moment I love them because I have 20-22 wonderful men – wonderful players. I am really very happy with them.”On whether this is his biggest game“I don’t know. The feeling of a coach and the media is different. This match, for the media, is the most important of my life. But probably not for me. I don’t know.“I will probably only be able to answer tomorrow. I will be able to tell you my feeling, not at the moment.”On having Eden Hazard“It’s a pleasure during the match. Sometimes during training it is a problem! But during the match it is a problem of course.“You know very well that Eden is one of the most important players in Europe and the world. I think he can improve. He has to try to become the best in Europe. He can become the best player in Europe and the world.”On what he means by “a problem”“It’s a problem because he is a talent and during training sometimes it’s boring because for him everything is really very easy.”On whether Olivier Giroud will start“I need to consider him. He played very well in the Europa League and scored a lot of goals.“In this competition, Olivier has been very important for us. Of course I have to decide. I will decide tomorrow. But I have to consider him.”On many fans being unable to attend the final“I don’t know what to say about the problems. You have to ask Uefa and the clubs.“I am really very disappointed. We do this job for this kind of match and hope to see our fans here.“I can only say that we will try to win. We will try to win for us and also for them.”last_img read more

Listen to the conversation about the 2020 prep football season, and LSJ’s 52-page football preview

first_img0 × 23 Blast Inappropriate / Offensive Cardholder Name LocalSportsJournal.comIt takes a lot of work to get a 52-page high school football preview magazine written, edited, designed and published.That’s particularly true when it involves getting preview information and photos for 22 varsity teams in the Muskegon area, during a preseason when nobody was sure if there was even going to be a season. But the LSJ staff pulled it off, and now that the season is back on, you can order your full-color LSJ high school football preview magazine and get up to date on all the teams!Check out this short podcast, as LSJ Editor Steve Gunn, Publisher Jason Goorman and radio host John Mackay talk about the newly-revived high school football season, the production of the 2020 football preview magazine, and how you can get your copy delivered by mail for a minimum donation of $5.All proceeds from the sales will help survive the challenges of the COVID-19 shutdown and be around to cover area high school sports well into the future! Listen to the podcast, then order your football preview magazine today! ENDS IN Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Street Address Address Line 2 ZIP Code Bestseller × Share Cell Phone (optional)Football Preview 2020*2020 local sports football preview. Price includes shipping. Greek-English Lexicon, Ninth Edition with … Credit Card* $210.00 (119) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Shop Related Products Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle … $14.94$30.00 ENDS IN Not relevant Other Displayed poorly Address* Bestseller $3.99 Bestseller Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Full Name Inappropriate / Offensive Ads by Amazon Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is…center_img Price: $5.00 (369) Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon (G… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Other Not relevant Displayed poorly (62) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Card Details DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant Share Other Report a problem This item is… Ads by Amazon City × Additional Donation*Please enter a number greater than or equal to 1.Product NameTotal $5.00 Shares $28.57$29.95 Email* Displayed poorly ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces Pacific State Not relevant (60) Full Name* Bestseller ENDS IN Maillast_img read more

Gyan bags first Rennes goal

first_imgAsamoah Gyan scored his first competitive goal for his French club Rennes on Saturday as they moved into second place in Ligue 1 with a come from behind 2-1 win at Lorient.The hosts had taken the lead with a first half stoppage time strike from Jeremy Morel before the Ghana international and then French-born Moussa Sow turned the game around late in the second half.Gyan has been blighted by injury since joining Rennes from Udinese in a record transfer fee of US$15m in August.The goal is his first in a competitive match since joining the French outfit as he has already scored in friendly matches for the club.Rennes coach Guy Lacombe said: “It was infuriating to be led at half-time. But we came back and I pay tribute to my players after a very good second period. To arrive at the Christmas break with 34 points is great.”Rennes could be overtaken in second place on Sunday depending on how Bordeaux, Paris Saint Germain and Marseille get on against Monaco, Valenciennes, and Nancy respectively. These three are in a tie for third, two points behind Rennes.Rennes, in turn, are four points behind leaders and defending champions, Olympique Lyonnaise.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

National parks could face flooding from sea level rise, storm surge

first_imgNPS/Instagram(WASHINGTON) — The National Park Service has released its first-ever report on how the impact of sea level rise and flooding from storms could impact national parks around the country.More than a quarter of the property managed by the park system is on a coast, according to the report, and many face increasing threats from rising sea levels connected to global warming and increased threats of flooding from storms in the coming decades.The report had been edited to remove references to the human impact on climate change, causing Democrats to call for an investigation into whether the report was edited to remove references to the human impact on climate change, after a report from a nonprofit journalism organization reported that references to the human impact on climate change were removed from a draft of the report earlier this year.The authors wrote that the National Park Service should be aware of the possible impacts of combined sea level rise and storm surge and that the report will help the National Park Service plan how to adapt.“Sea level change and storm surge pose considerable risks to infrastructure, archaeological sites, lighthouses, forts, and other historic structures in coastal units of the national park system,” the authors explained.National parks already face more than $11 billion in backlog for maintenance. Flooding or hurricanes can cause even more expensive damages. Repairs to national parks after Hurricane Sandy cost more than $370 million, according to the report.The new report released Friday found that parks in Washington, D.C., face the highest sea level rise by 2100 but that the parks are not directly on a coast and that parks in the Capitol region are very close together so each park would be affected differently.In the case of a category 2 hurricane, for example, the report found that as much as 3 meters of flooding could travel up the Potomac River, potentially causing flooding in almost every park in the Capitol area, including the museums and war memorials on the National Mall.“Such a storm surge could be worse by the end of this century given projected sea level rise around the Capital region of up the 0.8 meters,” the report says.National parks in the Southeast, especially the Everglades National Park, face threats from storm surge that are exacerbated by sea level rise, the report found. By the year 2100, the Wright Brothers National Memorial could be completely flooded if hit by a hurricane category 2 or higher, according to the report.Research shows that global sea levels are changing because rising global temperatures from greenhouse gas emissions cause ice to melt, especially in places like Greenland and Antarctica. The report published by the National Park Service uses models from the United Nations’ climate change panel, National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration, and research from the University of Colorado Boulder to estimate how national parks could be affected by sea level rise if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current levels.The lead author of the report, Maria Caffrey of the University of Colorado Boulder, wrote on her website that a draft was finished in February 2017. The draft had been delayed and officials from the National Park Service deleted references to humans’ role in climate change from draft versions of the report, according to nonprofit investigative news organization Reveal News’ April report.Terms like “anthropogenic climate change” and “human activities” releasing carbon dioxide were crossed out of previous drafts of the report, according to Reveal News. The phrases were in the version made public on Friday.A spokesman said in an email to ABC News that the Park Service was confident the report was accurate and the final language of the document was a result of authors resolving conflicting edits.“During multiple rounds of review, recommendations and suggested edits that focused the report on issues specific to national park units were offered for consideration by the author team. As often occurs, the author team experienced disagreements regarding the relative merits of incorporating some of the recommendations received before the report was finalized,” the National Park Service spokesman said, adding, “The scientists preparing this report were doing just that when working drafts of the report were published in the news media before the authors had completed their deliberations.”Democrats requested that the Interior Department’s internal watchdog look into whether the department was censoring scientists who worked on climate change, which would violate the agency’s scientific integrity policy. The Inspector General Office has started looking into questions posed by lawmakers, according to Nancy DiPaolo, the Interior Department Inspector General’s spokeswoman.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Titans’ Marcus Mariota on being benched: ‘This isn’t going to end my career’

first_img“It’s going to be different,” Mariota said of his backup role. “I’m going to do everything I can to help Ryan (Tannehill) and help this team.”Coach Mike Vrabel confirmed the change Wednesday at the Titans’ practice, saying that he hopes the move will “get a little spark” from the team. “I am very confident that, after having talked to Marcus and watching him prepare already today that if called upon, at some point and time, we expect him to be ready to go,” Vrabel told reporters. “It is not an easy thing for any player. I would say it is not an easy thing for a coach that cares about his players … to make that decision. But we felt like this was the right thing for the team right now.”Mariota being benched could mark the end of his tenure with Tennessee, since he’s in the final year of his rookie contract. So far this season, he’s thrown for 1,179 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions with a 59.1 completion percentage. Brock Osweiler announces retirement from NFL Marcus Mariota is remaining optmistic after it was announce Ryan Tannehill will be the Titans’ starting quarterback against the Chargers this week.Mariota, who has been Tennessee’s starter since his rookie season in 2015, says this isn’t the beginning of the end for him. “Until the day that I die, I’m going to believe I gave it all I got. No matter what, I can learn and grow from this situation. This isn’t going to bring me down. This isn’t going to end my career,” Mariota told reporters. “I had an opportunity to play but I didn’t make the most of it. I am going to learn and grow from it.”.@Titans QB Marcus Mariota— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 16, 2019More from @Titans QB Marcus Mariota in locker room today.— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 16, 2019Currently, the Titans are 2-4 and Mariota has struggled most of the season. Last week against the Broncos, he threw for just 63 yards, two picks and no touchdowns in th 16-0 loss. He ended up being replaced by Tannehill late in the third quarter. Related News Jalen Ramsey on trade from Jaguars to Rams: ‘I’m overjoyed right now’ Browns’ Myles Garrett claims he was punched in the face by a fanlast_img read more

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

first_imgWASHINGTON | The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation and another that involves a funeral home employee who was fired after disclosing that she was transitioning from male to female and dressed as a woman.FILE – In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, the U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people. The justices say Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)The cases will be argued in the fall, with decisions likely by June 2020 in the middle of the presidential election campaign.The issue is whether Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, protects LGBT people from job discrimination. Title VII does not specifically mention sexual orientation or transgender status, but federal appeals courts in Chicago and New York have ruled recently that gay and lesbian employees are entitled to protection from discrimination. The federal appeals court in Cincinnati has extended similar protections for transgender people.The big question is whether the Supreme Court, with a strengthened conservative majority, will do the same. The cases are the court’s first on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored the court’s major gay rights opinions. President Donald Trump has appointed two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.The justices had been weighing whether to take on the cases since December, an unusually long time, before deciding to hear them. It’s unclear what caused the delay.The Obama administration had supported treating LGBT discrimination claims as sex discrimination, but the Trump administration has changed course. The Trump Justice Department has argued that Title VII was not intended to provide protections to gay or transgender workers. The administration also separately withdrew Obama-era guidance to educators to treat claims of transgender students as sex discrimination.President Donald Trump has appointed two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.The justices will take up three cases in the fall.In one, the federal appeals court in New York ruled in favor of a gay skydiving instructor who claimed he was fired because of his sexual orientation. The full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 10-3 that it was abandoning its earlier holding that Title VII didn’t cover sexual orientation because “legal doctrine evolves.”The court held that “sexual orientation discrimination is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of sex discrimination.”The ruling was a victory for the relatives of Donald Zarda, who was fired in 2010 from a skydiving job in Central Islip, New York, that required him to strap himself tightly to clients so they could jump in tandem from an airplane. He tried to put a woman with whom he was jumping at ease by explaining that he was gay. The school fired Zarda after the woman’s boyfriend called to complain.Zarda died in a wingsuit accident in Switzerland in 2014.The second case is from Georgia, where the federal appeals court ruled against a gay employee of Clayton County, in the Atlanta suburbs. Gerald Bostock claimed he was fired in 2013 because he is gay. The county argues that Bostock was let go because of the results of an audit of funds he managed.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Bostock’s claim in a three-page opinion that noted the court was bound by a 1979 decision that held “discharge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII.”The third case comes from Michigan, where a funeral home fired a transgender woman. The appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that the firing constituted sex discrimination under federal law.The funeral home argues in part that Congress was not thinking about transgender people when it included sex discrimination in Title VII.The law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”Congress could change civil rights law to specifically include LGBT people, supporters of the employers in these cases say. But such a change is unlikely to become law with Republicans in charge of the Senate and Trump in the White House.last_img read more

Last dance at SMU for Nic Moore won’t be in NCAA Tournament

first_imgSMU guard Nic Moore (11) claps after an NCAA college basketball game against UConn Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Dallas. SMU won 80-54. (AP Photo/LM Otero) During Moore’s three seasons playing, SMU got back into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly three decades, reached an NIT championship game and last year played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. Moore was the AAC Player of the Year as a junior, and this season has a league-best 2.6 made 3-pointers per game while ranking second in the league in scoring (16.1 points), assists (5.3), free throw percentage (80 percent) and steals (1.4).“His heart is so huge, his competitive spirit is so great, but to see him grow up as a human being, and mature and become a leader, that’s pretty neat to be around that,” Brown said.SMU is having the kind of season that would usually garner a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. But the Mustangs have known since late September, when sanctions were announced, that they would have only their 30 regular-season games.The NCAA penalties came after an investigation that included a look into online course work for former guard Keith Frazier before his enrollment into SMU. Frazier averaged 11.9 points in 10 games this season as a junior before leaving the school, transferring to North Texas and leaving the Mustangs with only seven available scholarship players.“To win 25 games, as challenged as we’ve been …. I hope that they will be rewarded for what they have accomplished,” said Brown, who is finishing his fourth season at SMU.A win Sunday at Cincinnati (21-9, 11-6) guarantees SMU at least a share of the AAC title. Conference co-leader Temple (19-10, 13-4), which beat the Mustangs on Jan. 24 to end their school record 18-0 start, plays later Sunday at Tulane.“The biggest game this year,” said Moore, who still finds it hard to fathom that it will be his last one with the Mustangs. “We’ve shown that we can compete at the highest level, compete with anybody in the country.”SMU was still undefeated two months ago when it overcome a seven-point deficit in the final 3:40 against Cincinnati, including two 3-pointers by Moore in that final spurt for a 59-57 victory.After Moore was introduced with the starters before his final home game Thursday night, he got a nice embrace from UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who like so much other coaches has long admired the 5-foot-9 guard.“He gives them whatever they need every game,” said East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo, who like Brown played collegiately at North Carolina for Dean Smith and whose only four NBA games were during the 1989-90 season for the San Antonio Spurs coached by Brown.“I haven’t seen a guy with an IQ like that,” Lebo said. “He’s got everything. He just doesn’t have size. That’s what makes him so special. That’s why he’s just one of those guys I just love to watch play. He’s got to be fun to coach. … I know how much (Brown) demands out of his point guard position.”,Even with 25 wins already and the chance to win their second consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season title, the Mustangs will be done after Sunday’s trip to Cincinnati because of NCAA sanctions.“That’s been out of my mind now since they told us the news, so I’m not about to start thinking about it right now,” Moore said. “The only thing I thinking about is this next game, doing what we need to do to win a regular-season title again, and then they can just talk about us, and say that they messed up.” Instead of getting to play in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, Moore’s last dance with SMU (25-4, 13-4) will come a week before this season’s 68-team bracket is even revealed. That means missing the best part of March will be the guard who has been such a significant part in what has been quite a turnaround so far for the Mustangs under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. That means missing the best part of March will be the guard who has been such a significant part in what has been quite a turnaround so far for the Mustangs under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. DALLAS (AP) — Nic Moore’s 100th game for No. 24 SMU will be the last for the senior point guard and the Mustangs. During Moore’s three seasons playing, SMU got back into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly three decades, reached an NIT championship game and last year played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. Moore was the AAC Player of the Year as a junior, and this season has a league-best 2.6 made 3-pointers per game while ranking second in the league in scoring (16.1 points), assists (5.3), free throw percentage (80 percent) and steals (1.4).“His heart is so huge, his competitive spirit is so great, but to see him grow up as a human being, and mature and become a leader, that’s pretty neat to be around that,” Brown said.SMU is having the kind of season that would usually garner a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. But the Mustangs have known since late September, when sanctions were announced, that they would have only their 30 regular-season games.The NCAA penalties came after an investigation that included a look into online course work for former guard Keith Frazier before his enrollment into SMU. Frazier averaged 11.9 points in 10 games this season as a junior before leaving the school, transferring to North Texas and leaving the Mustangs with only seven available scholarship players.“To win 25 games, as challenged as we’ve been …. I hope that they will be rewarded for what they have accomplished,” said Brown, who is finishing his fourth season at SMU.A win Sunday at Cincinnati (21-9, 11-6) guarantees SMU at least a share of the AAC title. Conference co-leader Temple (19-10, 13-4), which beat the Mustangs on Jan. 24 to end their school record 18-0 start, plays later Sunday at Tulane.“The biggest game this year,” said Moore, who still finds it hard to fathom that it will be his last one with the Mustangs. “We’ve shown that we can compete at the highest level, compete with anybody in the country.”SMU was still undefeated two months ago when it overcome a seven-point deficit in the final 3:40 against Cincinnati, including two 3-pointers by Moore in that final spurt for a 59-57 victory.After Moore was introduced with the starters before his final home game Thursday night, he got a nice embrace from UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who like so much other coaches has long admired the 5-foot-9 guard.“He gives them whatever they need every game,” said East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo, who like Brown played collegiately at North Carolina for Dean Smith and whose only four NBA games were during the 1989-90 season for the San Antonio Spurs coached by Brown.“I haven’t seen a guy with an IQ like that,” Lebo said. “He’s got everything. He just doesn’t have size. That’s what makes him so special. That’s why he’s just one of those guys I just love to watch play. He’s got to be fun to coach. … I know how much (Brown) demands out of his point guard position.” Even with 25 wins already and the chance to win their second consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season title, the Mustangs will be done after Sunday’s trip to Cincinnati because of NCAA sanctions.“That’s been out of my mind now since they told us the news, so I’m not about to start thinking about it right now,” Moore said. “The only thing I thinking about is this next game, doing what we need to do to win a regular-season title again, and then they can just talk about us, and say that they messed up.” Instead of getting to play in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, Moore’s last dance with SMU (25-4, 13-4) will come a week before this season’s 68-team bracket is even revealed.last_img read more

Inside Conditions …Deep “Freese”

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates third baseman David Freese (23) takes the field on opening day against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh on Sunday, April 3, 2016. (AP Photo)Sunday April 3, 2016 was opening day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  However, with a 1 p.m. start and a game time temperature of 39 degrees at PNC Park, the 2016 MLB season opener pitting the Pirates against one of their staunch NL Central rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, could have easily been confused for a late October, early November Pittsburgh Steelers battle against one of their NFL, AFC North combatants taking place at neighboring Heinz Field.With the temperature being just a few degrees north of freezing, I was initially concerned with the players on both squads maybe pulling groins, as well as pitchers straining their arms and a host of other “pulled” muscle related injuries that often happen in cold weather, especially in light of returning to Pittsburgh after preparing for the current campaign at their balmy preseason home Bradenton, FL as well as playing away games at other parts of the “Sunshine State”Aubrey BruceBoys’ and girls’ hold your horses.  When Pittsburgh Pirates ace lefty Francisco Liriano took to the mound to face Cardinals star Adam Wainwright, Liriano appeared as if  he was throwing from the “forge” of one of the few steel mills continuing to operate and produce steel in Pittsburgh, allowing just three hits and five bases on balls while striking out 10 before he was relieved in the top of the seventh inning; The Pirates beat the Cards 4-1 while Liriano also helped his own cause by driving in a run in the bottom of the second inning.While sparks were flying from the arm of Liriano, former Cardinal infielder David Freese who was the 2011 World Series MVP for St. Louis punched out a couple of hits against the “Redbirds” while theoretically subbing for Pirates third baseman/infielder Jung Ho Kang who was injured in 2015 and was out for the remainder of 2015 with a knee injury after a “questionable“ and what many consider a “dirty slide”. In mid-September 2015, Kang suffered a tibial plateau fracture with a lateral meniscal repair after attempting to complete the throw to from second to first base in the midst of an “overzealous” slide by the Cubs Chris Coghlan while Kang was trying to turn a double play in the first inning of a 9-6 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park.As far as offense goes, Freese has a career B.A of .276 with 68 homers and 348 RBI’s and possesses more power than the average infielder. He may also be the answer to increased production from the number 3 spot in the Pirates batting order, possibly taking away some of the constant pressure heaped upon Pirates All-Star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen to constantly perform flawlessly both offensively and defensively.The Pirates were far more blessed than lucky to acquire the skills, experience, and veteran leadership of David Freese.  When you have not only been part of a winning and storied franchise like the St. Louis Cardinals, but a World Series MVP for your ball club, winning becomes mandatory in the clubhouse and obligatory for your fan base, winning becomes a part of the culture.  The Pirates and their “Nation” should not hope to win, they should expect to win; not just merely a wildcard game or a divisional series or a National League Championship series.  The one and only goal for the Pittsburgh Pirates should have been, should now be, and should forever remain to just simply win the MLB World Series.(The sources for this article were and Bruce can be reached at: or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribelast_img read more

Galway Ladies Team Is Named For All-Ireland Quarter Final

first_imgThe Galway Ladies Senior Football Team for tomorrow’s All-Ireland Quarter Final with Cork has been named The Galway Team isDEARBHLA GOWER (Corofin)FABIENNE COONEY (Claregalway)EMER FLAHERTY (Tuam/Cortoon) (C)SHAUNA HYNES (Milltown)AINE SEOIGHE (Corofin)BARBARA HANNON (Dunmore McHales)SINEAD BURKE (Ballyboden St. Enda’s)LISA GANNON (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)CAITRIONA CORMICAN (St. Gabriel’s)OLIVIA DIVILLY (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)MAIREAD SEOIGHE (Clonbur)AINE McDONAGH (Moycullen)TRACEY LEONARD (Corofin)SARAH CONNEALLY (Dunmore McHales)MEGAN GLYNN (Claregalway) There are two changes from the team that beat Mayo in the Connacht Final. Shauna Hynes replaces Noelle Connolly in defence while Megan Glynn replaces Roisin Leonard in the forwards. Both Connolly and Leonard are out injured.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Add Tenacious Trio to Roster

first_imgIn establishing the gold standard in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) over the last few years, the success of Selkirk College Saints program can be attributed to a work ethic that mirrors the region the team calls home.As the Saints get set to embark on the 2018-2019 season, a trio of recruits will help continue the theme of steadfastness as it looks towards a return to the championship final. Former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) standouts Edward Lindsey, Dylan Heppler and Tayden Woods will attend Selkirk College starting in September.“It’s rare that our team is outworked in a game,” says Saints’ head coach Brent Heaven. “Along with bringing tremendous offensive upside, we are excited to have these three players join our team because they have proven over the course of their junior careers that determination and grit are vital parts of the way they play.”Lindsey wrapped up a five-year stint with the hometown Castlegar Rebels by being named the most valuable player in the Neil Murdoch Division in the 2017-2018 season. Raised in Castlegar, Lindsey played a total of 215 games with the Rebels where he averaged almost a point a game. The talented forward led the Rebels in scoring last season with 75 points which put him fourth overall in the KIJHL“I chose Selkirk College because of the wide variety of courses offered to help advance myself academically and after being able to witness the success of the Saints in the past years,” says Lindsey, who is enroled in the School of University Arts & Sciences. “I will bring an offensive game to the team, with a hard work ethic and a drive to bring the Saints back on top of the BCIHL.” Heppler is originally from Taber, Alberta and played three seasons for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks where he helped the team to a stellar championship run in 2017. Like Lindsey, Heppler led his team in scoring last season with 54 points while also contributing significantly in the defensive zone.“Having played junior just up the road in Beaver Valley, I was already familiar with the Saints program and have nothing but praise for the college,” says Heppler, who will take the Millwright/Machinist Program at Nelson’s Silver King Campus. “I will bring an element of speed and some offensive upside to my new team. I pride myself on having a hard work ethic and have the drive to win a championship.”Woods arrived to the West Kootenay from Calgary where he played the 2015-2016 season with the Castlegar Rebels. On his way to being named the Neil Murdoch Division’s rookie-of-the-year that season, Woods notched an impressive 74 points to lead his team in scoring and finish fourth overall in the league. He then moved on to play two full seasons of Junior A hockey in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.“Selkirk College’s hockey team has a rich history of winning championships and being a successful program,” says Woods, who has chosen to study in the Business Administration Program. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to begin my education in Castlegar, a place where I’m very comfortable and is like a second home to me. I know that coach Heaven can continue to develop me as a player and he has made me feel very wanted by the program.”The Saints were denied their fifth BCIHL title last March when the Trinity Western University Spartans defeated the local squad in the championship final. The Saints finished the 2017-2018 regular season in second place with an 18-5-0-2 record.“As local hockey fans already know from having watched these three players in junior, our team just became that much more energized both offensively and defensively,” says Heaven. “All three players are proven leaders who will fit in perfectly with the group we already have in the dressing room. We are pleased they decided to join our program where they can develop both academically and athletically over the course of the season.”The Saints begin training camp at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex in September.last_img read more

Tottenham have to pay club-record £48million for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt

first_imgTOTTENHAM would have to pay a club-record £48million for Matthijs de Ligt.Mauricio Pochettino is lining up Ajax’s Dutch star, 18, to replace Toby Alderweireld next season.3 Spurs have been told they would have to pay a club-record £48m Matthijs de LigtCredit: REUTERSBut he will have to break the bank to land the highly-rated defender, who is also wanted by Manchester City, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.Asked about his future, De Ligt said: “Am I ready for a different experience? Maybe, yes. I don’t know.”If Spurs fail to land him they could move for Newcastle skipper and former England Under-21 star Jamaal Lascelles, 24.De Ligt, who turns 19 this summer, was developed through the famous Ajax academy.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 00:54Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -00:54 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. PlayMuteCurrent Time 00:00/Duration 00:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -00:00 1xPlayback RateFullscreenPremier League clubs including Tottenham and Manchester United chase Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt – here is why…most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game3 Ajax will not sell the higly-rated defender cheapCredit: Getty – ContributorHe has represented the Dutch national team at all levels, making his first-team debut in March last year in a defeat to Bulgaria.De Ligt did, in fact, feature at Spurs’ temporary home last season, playing a full 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to England at Wembley.Belgian centre-half Alderweireld, 29, is wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG, who are all willing to pay £40m for him.He featured only 21 times last season for Pochettino’s team as his future at the club grew more uncertain.3 He featured for the Netherlands at Wembley in March in a 1-0 defeat to EnglandCredit: AFP or licensorslast_img read more

NBA: Mavs owner Mark Cuban says Westbrook isn’t MVP candidate

first_imgAll-Star but no superstarThe 58-year-old’s latest statement is not the first time he threw shade at the former UCLA Bruin. During last year’s first-round playoff matchup between the Thunder and the Mavericks, Cuban boldy proclaimed that the do-it-all point guard was not a superstar.Mark Cuban says Kevin Durant is the Thunder’s only superstar. What about Russell Westbrook? “He’s an All-Star but not a superstar.”— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 25, 2016 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon LATEST STORIES MOST READ Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijingcenter_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos NBA: Curry, Thompson lead Warriors over Knicks The 28-year-old Westbrook, meanwhile, is on the midst of his best season as a professional, and is widely believed by fans and pundits alike as the front runner for the MVP race, alongside Harden, James and Kahwi Leonard. Khristian Ibarrola/JBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban once again fired shots against Russell Westbrook, claiming the OKC superstar is not an MVP candidate this season. APWith unearthly averages of 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game this season, many believe that Russell Westbrook is a shoe-in for the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award this year.But if Mark Cuban is to be asked, the MVP award front runners are James Harden and LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Despite being on track as the first player in 55 years to average a triple double, and leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to its current 7th place in the Western Conference, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner says he doesn’t believe Westbrook is a legitimate MVP candidate.Mark Cuban says MVP is a toss-up between James Harden and LeBron James. Where is Russell Westbrook in that mix? “He’s not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 6, 2017Just moments after Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle told reporters he’s in awe of the OKC superstar’s spectacular season, Cuban once again ignited the fire between the two with his controversial comments. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

AFC’s ghost sure knows how to scare

first_imgDear Editor,I was utterly bemused at the statements made by David Patterson at the AFC’s Candidates Expo at their headquarters at the Kitty Railway Embankment, Georgetown. He clearly extolled the ‘accomplishments’ of the Coalition Government in the Public Telecommunications Ministry and the Public Infrastructure Ministry as belonging solely to the AFC Ministers, but failed to recount the dismal failures.In his uncharacteristic vitriolic and egocentric speech, he said, “People complaining that the AFC ministers are going into regions and saying that the community projects that Government done, we are claiming (them) as our contribution.Any road I build, you tell them is David Patterson from AFC build it, and we have to walk the walk. We are too modest to take our credit.”I wish to draw Patterson’s attention to the fact that, on more than one occasion, it was highlighted at the RDC meeting that an AFC Executive member is going around promising residents in various communities the installation of street lights, building and repairing of roads, and taking credit for the works done by the RDC.This is to garner votes at the upcoming LGE. I must remind him also that residents were asked to place their signatures to request these infrastructures, which were later used to support the AFC candidates on the backers’ form.Moreover, I want to ask him to also take full credit for the numerous instances of reported cases of corruption and substandard works on ‘his roads’. The East Bank Berbice Road is a prime example.This road’s foundation is in constant digging, refilling and re-digging, and each time the expensive road filling stuff is removed it is transported by the MoPI lorry to fill the yards of AFC members.Please check opposite the Albion Police Station, your executive member has his yard filled with the stuff and the yard of the other AFC TV star in Canje. This faulty area is from Edinburgh to Glasgow Village.In addition to this, the MoPI is using a defective asphalt spreader, which was purchased to do this East Bank Road, which is leaving more waves on the road than the nearby Berbice River.This road should have been done at a cost of $1.2 billion, according to the engineering design of the IDB, but it is now clear that this design was not followed, and, from all indications, this allocation will not be enough to bring that road to completion, since the corruption is galloping in all directions.Can the Minister say what sums have already been spent, and when this project will be completed? This Minister should also take full credit for the breach of the Procurement Act in the award of the new Demerara Harbour Bridge Project study. He illegally gave contractors $148 million dollars to do that study.The Minister of Public Security could not have bragged about his achievements in that sector, so he directed his full focus on the PPP. He went further than what he said on a TV station in Berbice. He advised his gathering of AFC candidates that if they are ‘harassed’ by the PPP members, they should call him on his cell phone and he would get the Police to deal with them. It seems that this minister is now in charge of the operations of the GPF, and not only the formulation of policies.Should this minister then not give each and every citizen his personal number, so that they can call him when their homes and businesses are pillaged by bandits? Already, in four days of this week, Berbice has been assaulted by four daring and brutal robberies. In addition, should he not also call on the GPF to investigate the numerous instances of electoral fraud perpetrated by his Party?The ‘Champion’ of the sugar workers and the subject minister also failed to take credit for the AFC’s handiwork in the sugar industry and the corruption and retrogression of the rice industry. The Panama rice fiasco is threatening that lucrative market.We are now importing rice to keep our foreign markets alive. The drastic reduction of the contribution of agriculture to the GDP was spared the agony of being mentioned at this ‘fit and proppa’ gathering.Lastly, Patterson’s advice to his membership should be heeded with some concern. He vehemently told his membership, “If war break, defend yourself at all times.I don’t believe in turning the next cheek”. Is this his version of ‘slow fyah mo fyah’? Is this the speech of a responsible minister of Government, a campaign manager and the general secretary of his party?The AFC’s ghost sure knows how to scare. The AFC’s campaign is so ‘fit and proppa’ that they have now withdrawn from contesting over 10 NDC areas!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Corruption exposed with Govt’s school feeding programme

first_imgIn Paramakatoi, Kato…millions of dollars unaccounted forState auditors who embarked on an investigation targeting the National School Feeding Programme have bared major “spending” inconsistencies plaguing the programme in two remote villages in Region Eight during the period 2016/2017. Millions of dollars continue to be injected into the initiative ($1.3 billion and $1.9 billion in the years 2016 and 2017 respectively) which was implemented in the ten administrative regions following its relaunch in 2010 by former Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo.Notwithstanding the original aim of the programme, coordinators in the cited region have reportedly been abusing the responsibility and power vested in them.Particular scrutiny into the expenditures for each meal revealed outrageous costs attached to same, raising further queries as to whether right procurement procedures were adhered to in the contract-awarding stage, among other issues.According to media reports, funds allocated to the feeding programme for newly constructed Kato Secondary School was diverted to the other areas and utilised as such.The state auditors report was recently handed over to the Administration but it is yet unclear whether auditors have recommended further investigations by police, and even the preferring of criminal charges.The present Administration has vowed a zero tolerance for non-performance and corruption against public servants. In fact, former Region Eight Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rafel Downes was sacked earlier this year following issues surrounding overpayment of salaries and deductions. (Paula Gomes)last_img read more

The wonders of reading

first_imgThe Whittier City district’s local donor was the Rose Hills Foundation, which gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to help renovate all the district’s elementary libraries. Once the renovations were completed, the library shelves were stocked with $10,000 worth of new books. Then parents and community leaders were recruited to work as volunteers at the library, reading to children for at least one hour every other week. “Teaching kids to love reading is sort of the foundation of education,” said school board member J.C. “Mac” McFarland. “Once children learn to read and they want to read, then that expands their vocabulary and their knowledge base.” Once word got around school about the library’s new features, Sorensen fifth-grader Charise Valencia, 10, said she’d “never seen that many kids so excited about a library opening.” But now that the final elementary school library is finished, Franco said the district will concentrate on upgrading those at the middle schools. “`What you would have in the life of a nation, you must first put into schools,”‘ Franco said, quoting Wilhelm von Humbolt. “And that’s what we’ve done with our Wonder of Reading libraries.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – They are the pride of the Whittier City School District, in much the same way that children are the apples of their parents’ eyes. So when the last of 10 spacious, renovated elementary school libraries in the district was unveiled last week, Superintendent Carmella Franco couldn’t help but characterize the event as a new addition to the family. “The 10th of our `children’ has been born today,” Franco said Friday at Sorensen Elementary School, the district’s final campus to overhaul its library with the help of the nonprofit Wonder of Reading Foundation in Los Angeles. The school held a grand opening for the library Friday, packing the cafeteria with camera-laden parents and school officials waiting to get the first look at the 2,000-square-foot, jungle-themed facility. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.With statistics showing California spends only 3 percent of what other states spend on average to support their school libraries, Franco said Sorensen’s new library was a “dream come true.” The unveiling also marked a milestone for the Wonder of Reading Foundation, which pairs elementary schools with local donors who are willing to pay at least half the cost of the library renovation as part of its 3R Program: Renovate, Restock and Read. “This is the very first time in history since our founding in 1994 that we’ve brought the Wonder of Reading program to an entire school district,” Executive Director Beth Michelson said during Sorensen’s ceremony. “It was countless hours of fundraising and construction challenges and meetings and hard work to make this day come to life,” she said. “We should be shouting from the rafters!” The district began working with Wonder of Reading in 2001, when the first school – Mill Elementary – took the plunge and raised $20,000 to turn its tiny library into a spacious, fresh-smelling, carpeted room with special features like “story steps” and reading coves. last_img

Gates unanimous for All-Pro team

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAlexander made the team for the first time, while Urlacher was chosen for the third. Peyton Manning was the All-Pro quarterback for the third straight time, getting 37 votes. He was joined by Colts center Jeff Saturday, defensive end Dwight Freeney and safety Bob Sanders. It was the first selection for Saturday and Sanders and the second for Freeney. “There’s no question the last three years have been the three best of my career,” Manning said. “To do it three years in a row, I really take a lot of pride in it and I’ve had some good coaching and some good help.” The other Seahawks were tackle Walter Jones, guard Steve Hutchinson and fullback Mack Strong. Jones made it for the third time, Hutchinson for the second, and Strong for the first. “I came in and I had a bunch of 100-yard games real quick,” Alexander said. “I felt like, gosh, I didn’t feel like I was really running that hard. I went back and studied the film, and I realized it was because Mack would block his guy, and they would take that guy out because he had a migraine. And they’d bring in the backup, then the backup wouldn’t really want to tackle me because he was worried about getting blocked by Mack.” He’s joined by NFL Most Valuable Player Shaun Alexander. The Seattle running back, who also won the AP Offensive Player of the Year award, received 49 votes. And Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Defensive Player of the Year, also was chosen on 49 ballots. “This whole season was a blessing,” said Urlacher, who rebounded from leg injuries in 2004 to lead the Bears to the NFC North crown. No other team had more than two All-Pros. Denver, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Chicago and the New York Giants each had two. Carolina, Arizona, Buffalo, New England, Kansas City and Houston each had one. The Texans’ kick returner, Jerome Mathis, was the only rookie selected. “I would not have imagined having this good of a rookie season, but this is a great honor,” Mathis said, “and I look forward to having a better 2006.” Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, who shared the AP Comeback Player of the Year honor with Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, received 44 votes. The other wideout was the Bengals’ Chad Johnson. 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 Diego’s Antonio Gates was the only unanimous choice to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team featuring four players each from conference leaders Indianapolis and Seattle. The Chargers’ brilliant tight end drew all 50 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Gates also made the team last year, with 32! votes. last_img read more

Oscar contenders take a left turn

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NOT since the 1940s, when the pro-union “The Grapes of Wrath” and the antifascist “The Great Dictator” were Best Picture nominees, have so many left-tilting studio features, indies and documentaries been in Academy Award contention. Clearly socially conscious movies – from “Good Night, and Good Luck” to “Brokeback Mountain” – are back. All of this year’s Best Picture contenders break the mold of big-budget blockbuster, Titanic-type Tinseltown entertainment. George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” is a low-budget, black-and-white docudrama about CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow’s expose of Sen. Joe McCarthy. “Crash” is a nitty-gritty look at racism in L.A. released by an indie distributor. Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” about terrorism and the Arab-Israeli conflict, raises right-wing eyebrows by presenting Palestinian perspectives while questioning Israel’s targeted assassination tactics. With its home-on-the-range homosexuals, “Brokeback Mountain” explores gay themes, as does the Truman Capote biopic “Capote.” The trend extends to the acting categories as well. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger are nominated, respectively, for Best Actor for “Capote” and “Brokeback,” while Jake Gyllenhaal is up for Best Supporting Actor in “Brokeback.” Felicity Huffman is nominated for Best Actress for portraying a transsexual in “Transamerica.” Gender issues also inform “North Country,” a docudrama about America’s first workplace sexual-harassment lawsuit, with Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand contending for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards. Other nominations also lean left. In the adapted screenplay category, along with “Brokeback,” “Capote” and “Munich,” “A History of Violence” and John le Carre’s “The Constant Gardener” compete for the golden statuettes. According to star Viggo Mortenson, “History” ruminates on America’s penchant for resorting to violence to resolve problems. The film’s William Hurt is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, while “Gardener’s” Rachel Weisz, as an activist challenging big pharmaceutical companies in Africa, is competing for Best Supporting Actress. David Strathairn’s portrayal of newsman Murrow scored a Best Actor nomination. In addition to Best Director and Best Original Screenplay nominations for “Good Luck,” Clooney is a Best Supporting Actor contender for portraying a CIA agent in “Syriana,” a Middle East thriller that critiques U.S. foreign policy. This is the first time a Best Director candidate has been nominated for an acting Oscar for a different picture in the same year. Foreign and nonfiction films also perpetuate the Academy’s left-of-center trend. The Hitchcockian “Paradise Now,” about suicide bombers, is the first Palestinian production ever Oscar-nominated. “Tsotsi” is a hard-hitting drama about South African ghetto and thug life. France’s “Joyeux Noelle” depicts a real-life Christmas trench warfare truce during World War I. Germany’s “Sophie Scholl – The Final Days” is a biopic about an anti-Hitler activist. In the Best Documentary Feature category, Bobby Kennedy’s daughter Rory produced “Street Fight,” a liberal look at a reformer’s campaign to unseat Newark’s longtime mayor. Activist actor Martin Sheen and commentator Arianna Huffington presented it at a screening with Jane Fonda’s ex-husband and former Chicago 7 defendant Tom Hayden and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta – who’d just returned from visiting Venezuela with leftist singer Harry Belafonte, who called President Bush “the greatest tyrant (and) terrorist in the world.” Although Eugene Jarecki’s biting military-industrial-complex analysis “Why We Fight” isn’t in Oscar contention, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” – a scathing critique of corporate criminals – is. Tinseltown’s first period of conscience and consciousness-raising movies came during the Great Depression and World War II, with populist and anti-Nazi films such as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “Casablanca.” Progressive Hollywood’s second wave was in the 1960s and ’70s, with power-to-the-people pictures like Arlo Guthrie’s antiwar “Alice’s Restaurant” and Melvin Van Peebles’ “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” Grant Heslov, who produced and co-wrote “Good Night, and Good Luck” with Clooney, explains: “When George and I conceived this … it was to (ask): Is the media questioning authority enough? To us, that is the most important job of the fourth estate. Clearly, they weren’t doing that during the lead-up to the war.” But poor reporting didn’t make truth disappear. As Heslov indicates, it moved to other mediums, and progressive Hollywood re-emerged as a sort of fifth estate. An indispensable factor for Left Coast progressivism is an audience that pays to see political subjects. With only four nominations in mostly technical categories, “King Kong” is the $200 million-plus ape in the room, and like other wannabe blockbusters, has under-performed at the box office, indicating escapism is out, and thought-provoking topicality is in. According to, “Munich,” the most expensive Best Picture nominee, cost $70 million and its worldwide gross is more than $100 million. The $6.5 million “Crash” is doing boffo box office, scoring more than $83 million. The $14 million “Brokeback” has earned upward of $73 million. Heslov says the $7 million “Good Luck” sold more than $30 million in tickets. Once again, progressives behind and in front of the cameras are creating compelling, politically aware works. Audiences are responding and the Motion Picture Academy is sitting up and paying attention. No matter who the Oscar winners are, the progressive Hollywood trend continues, with Sean Penn’s “All the King’s Men” and Michael Moore’s “Sicko” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” coming soon to theaters near you. Film historian and freelance writer Ed Rampell is the author of “Progressive Hollywood: A People’s Film History of the United States.” last_img read more

Muslims angry at pope for comments

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleSome experts said the perceived provocation by the spiritual leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics could leave even deeper scars. “The declarations from the pope are more dangerous than the cartoons, because they come from the most important Christian authority in the world – the cartoons just came from an artist,” said Diaa Rashwan, an analyst in Cairo, Egypt, who studies Islamic militancy. On Friday, Pakistan’s parliament adopted a resolution condemning Benedict for making what it called “derogatory” comments about Islam, and seeking an apology. Hours later, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry summoned the Vatican’s ambassador to express regret over the pope’s remarks Tuesday. Notably, the strongest denunciations came from Turkey – a moderate democracy seeking European Union membership – which Benedict is scheduled to visit in November as his first trip as pope to a Muslim country. Salih Kapusuz, deputy leader of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted party, said Benedict’s remarks were either “the result of pitiful ignorance” about Islam and its prophet or, worse, a deliberate distortion. ISTANBUL, Turkey – Pakistan’s legislature unanimously condemned Pope Benedict XVI. Lebanon’s top Shiite cleric demanded an apology. And in Turkey, the ruling party likened the pontiff to Hitler and Mussolini and accused him of reviving the mentality of the Crusades. Across the Islamic world Friday, Benedict’s remarks on Islam and jihad in a speech in Germany unleashed a torrent of rage that many fear could burst into violent protests like those that followed publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. By citing an obscure Medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman,” Benedict inflamed Muslim passions and aggravated fears of a new outbreak of anti-Western protests. The last outpouring of Islamic anger at the West came in February over the prophet cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper. The drawings sparked protests – some of them deadly – in almost every Muslim nation in the world. “He has a dark mentality that comes from the darkness of the Middle Ages. He is a poor thing that has not benefited from the spirit of reform in the Christian world,” Kapusuz told Turkish state media. “It looks like an effort to revive the mentality of the Crusades. “Benedict, the author of such unfortunate and insolent remarks, is going down in history for his words,” Kapusuz added. “He is going down in history in the same category as leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini.” Even Turkey’s staunchly pro-secular opposition party demanded that the pope apologize before his visit. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi has tried to defuse anger, saying the pope did not intend to offend Muslim sensibilities and insisting that Benedict respects Islam. In Pakistan, the Vatican envoy voiced regret at “the hurt caused to Muslims.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Missing Mary Boyle’s mum reveals she received hate mail over daughter’s disappearance

first_imgThe mother of missing Mary Boyle has revealed how she has received hate mail and even a bogus Christmas card from some pretending to be the missing girl.Ann Boyle told RTE’s Prime Time how recent months and years have been hell for her and her family.Mary, who was aged just 6, vanished from her grandparents home in Cashelard, Co Donegal in March 1977. Ann Boyle described her horror after receiving anonymous hate mail to her home.“One was a Christmas card and the other was a letter, and the stuff that was in it was shocking. That threatened my life, and frightened the life out of me. One of them started off like it was from Mary. I mean, my God. That made me ill.”Her granddaughter Mary Duffy, named after her missing aunt, said the hateful mail was very distressing for her grandmother.“It’s horrible and Nannie’s afraid to be in her own home and no one should be left like that, it’s horrible,” she told Prime Time. Ann believes her daughter Mary did make it to a nearby road on the day she vanished.Mary had followed her uncle Gerry Gallagher when he was delivering a ladder back to a neighbours house which was 400 yards away on a hillside.The last reported sighting of Mary was by her uncle that afternoon as she turned back towards her grandparents home just over halfway on the journey to the neighbour’s house.Gerry continued on to the neighbour’s home and returned the ladder.“I’ve begged to know for 40 years what happened to Mary. I don’t want an inquest that Mary is dead. I want to believe that Mary is still alive somewhere. I have to live that way,” said Ann.Marking the 40 year anniversary of her disappearance, gardai have released images of clothing similar to that worn by Mary Boyle on the day she went missing.Mary was wearing a lilac coloured cardigan and black wellington boots.Her twin sister Ann wore identical clothes that day, and those images were shown on RTE Prime Time. Chief Superintendent Walter O’Sullivan of the Serious Crime Review Team said a full review of the case was currently being undertaken which sought to identify every person who was in Cashelard on the day that Mary disappeared.“Although a rural area, there would have been a number of people in the area, living there, farming, visiting, driving through.“When a child goes missing it goes right into the heart of a community, it struggles to understand why this has been visited on their community.“The community has provided information confidentially, anonymously and through making statements. I believe there is further information to be obtained and I am appealing for people to come forward.” Gardai are asking anyone with information on Mary’s disappearance to contact the Incident Room in Ballyshannon at 071 9858530 or the Garda Serious Crime Review Team on 01 6663444.Missing Mary Boyle’s mum reveals she received hate mail over daughter’s disappearance was last modified: March 15th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)Tags:MARY BOYLEmissingRTE Prime Timelast_img read more

What Not to Do When Business Sours

first_imgTo read the original post on In the CEO Afterlife, please click here. Most of you have heard the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” or something to that effect. Basically, the idiom advises us not to discard something valuable in our eagerness to get rid of some useless thing associated with it. If you are not careful, this can happen to businesses going through a rough patch. In terms of rectification, you have to look at the issue in the context of whether the problem is a short-term blip or the beginning of a long-term shift to your business or industry. Using the coffee business as an example, a spike in coffee futures because of a frost in Brazil is going to raise the consumer price of coffee and reduce demand. This is a short-term aggravation, and though it may thrash earnings for the quarter or the year, it is not a restructuring of the marketplace. An experienced company knows the ramifications and deals with this type of situation. They’ve seen it before and they’ll see it again. They may circle the wagons to some degree, but they should avoid slashing programs that are in place to enhance their mid to long term relationship with the consumer/customer. If your company is going through such a challenge, don’t panic. Sure, it isn’t business as usual, and yes, every CEO has to make some moves to shore up sales and profits. Tighten your belt, but re-think these quick fixes:Do Not Make “Across the Board” Cuts. CEO’s justify across-the-board cuts because they think it is fair. It may be, but it isn’t smart. When it comes to belt-tightening, the astute CEO will target those areas or projects that don’t detract from the vision/strategy or the company’s competitive differentiation. A delay (not cancellation) in capital expenditures of such initiatives as office upgrades or computer systems are examples of a good place to start. When I was a CEO, I managed to squirrel away a “rainy day” fund for nasty business blips. With that in place, I never had to compromise my strategic principles.Avoid Trashing Initiatives that Are Working. Having come out of a consumer goods background, I’ve seen many a case of cuts to the advertising budget. I think there is a case to be made when a campaign isn’t working – it is better to stop that advertising, stop putting good media money into bad creative and start working on something better. Fortunately, in the social media world, massive budgets aren’t required to engage consumers. Yet, in cases where budgets are already small, there’s strategic risk to cutbacks. Sadly, the reward of the savings is a drop in the proverbial bucket – a minute sum in improving quarterly or annual earnings.Never do a Knee-Jerk Reaction on the Corporate Strategy. Only when the rough patch is game-changing should the CEO review the company’s strategic intent. I’m talking about big change such as Amazon’s impact on book publishers, the i-phone’s impact on the Blackberry. It may seem so at the time, but a price squeeze from oversupply and weaker demand is not game-changing stuff. As difficult as the situation seems, don’t panic.Do Not Throw a “Hail Mary” Pass. This is panic. Understand the reason for the problem. Is the problem self-inflicted? Do you have the right people in place to minimize its impact or to lead you out of the short-term crisis? Seldom are people to blame. But, these blips have a way of separating leaders from followers.When business goes sour, whether short or long-term, the organization’s most senior people need to step up and offer innovative solutions to the issues hammering the top and bottom-line. Those who fail to do this are not leaders. At best, they are managers. At worst, they are expendable.last_img read more

BlackBerry Embraces Android, But Promises Not To Leave Developers Out In The Cold

first_imgAfter months of rumors, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed rumors that the Canadian smartphone maker was releasing a keyboard-equipped phone running the Android operating system. It’s called the Priv, for “privilege” and “privacy.”“What’s unique about our Android phone is that we are collaborating with Google to bring the best of BlackBerry security and productivity to the Android ecosystem,” Chen wrote in a post on BlackBerry’s company blog.Fork You, DevelopersWith this move, BlackBerry is making an already mixed message to developers more muddled. Chen said BlackBerry would continue to support and develop the BB 10 operating system. Yet BlackBerry has also been encouraging developers to write apps for Android and then adapt them for newer BlackBerry devices. The result is a lot of low-quality apps.BlackBerry’s most devoted developers haven’t been excited by Android. One developer, who goes by the username helex on BlackBerry’s developer forums, wrote in August:I personally use BlackBerry because it is not Android and a lot more advanced and “more open” than iOS. So from this personal aspect I’m not interested in Android and in case BlackBerry10 goes “END OF LIFE” (which I don’t belive since many enterprise and gouvernment customers are relying on it) I would need to search a new platform to play with, to use and to target my own apps on. But we’re still far away from there, yet.That’s BlackBerry’s challenge in a nutshell. The Priv won’t appeal to its most loyal developers—a small but vocal group, who are often creating special-purpose business apps for customers who standardized on BlackBerrys in their workplaces. See also: Why Android Won’t Save BlackBerry, And BlackBerry Can’t Help AndroidThe Priv will, however, have access to the far larger pool of Android developers, who won’t have to learn a new set of tools for adapting their Android apps to run on BlackBerry’s proprietary BB 10 operating system.It all seems too little, too late. BlackBerry’s trading on the affections of consumers who cherish the BlackBerry brand and physical features like the keyboard, while confusing developers who make the apps on which smartphones live or die.Screenshot via owen thomas Related Posts Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Tags:#Android#BB 10#BlackBerry#BlackBerry 10#BlackBerry Priv#enterprise mobile apps#mobile apps center_img How AI is Learning to Play with Words Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con…last_img read more

Cavaliers win 5th straight in 28-point rout of Pistons

first_imgHarris led Detroit with 11 points. Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.ANOTHER BLOWOUTThe previous matchup between these teams wasn’t much different. The Cavs beat Detroit 128-96 on March 14 in Cleveland. That was the largest margin of victory by the Cavs against the Pistons — although Clevelandnearly broke that mark Monday.A BREATHERCleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams sat out the final period. James ended up playing only 27:17 after surpassing 40 minutes in three of his previous five games.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37 and played 38 minutes a night,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Everybody’s built different and if you’re one of the greats sometimes you’ve got to play and sometimes you get rest like tonight.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland still isn’t close to full strength. The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (right hip), Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Iman Shumpert (left knee effusion) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain).Pistons: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Detroit’s six-game home winning streak was snapped. This was also the first time all season the Pistons lost the latter half of a back-to-back. They had been 3-0. … Andre Drummond moved into fifth place on the Pistons’ career list with 5,205 rebounds. Larry Foust had 5,200.UP NEXT James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit’s stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer.The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That was 48 minutes of game planning and execution right from the beginning,” James said. “They’ve been playing extremely good basketball. They were coming off a great win (Sunday) night in Minnesota, so we knew that they were going to come out here and try to give us their best shot, and had to be ready for that.”The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland’s reserves ended up outscoring Detroit’s 26-8 in the first half. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Cavaliers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11 of 17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16 of 33 from beyond the arc.“I’m not upset at our guys. I didn’t see our guys quitting or anything like that,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We got a little bit shell shocked.”This had the feel of a big game before it started. Although there were still some empty seats at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons’ new home seemed closer to full than on previous nights, and the attendance was announced as a sellout. The team played well on offense at the start. A 3-pointer by Avery Bradley put Detroit ahead 18-17.James, however, answered with two 3s and a turnaround jumper, and the Pistons weren’t able to keep up with Cleveland’s torrid shooting.“He definitely did set the tone,” Detroit’s Tobias Harris said. “Made some really tough, contested shots — 3s. Got himself going, got his team going, and then they were able to just pretty much fuel off that.”It was 36-23 after the first quarter, and the Cavs broke the game open at the start of the second. Channing Frye made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 46-28.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Irving’s 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to extend streak to 16 straight ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.“We haven’t had a win like that in a very long time,” James said. “That’s what happens when we don’t let up.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

India at Rio 2016, Day 2: Dipa Karmakar creates history after archers, Heena Sidhu disappoint

first_imgIndia’s first-ever woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual women’s vaults finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round here.The Tripura-girl, who is the country’s first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts. It was a nervous wait for the Indian after that. She had ended sixth after the third of five sub-divisions.She dropped to 8th eventually when Canadian Shallon Olsens terrific effort of 14.950 rejigged the overall standings. But that was just about enough to secure her a place in the finals scheduled for August 14 as the top-8 made the cut for the medal round. Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 in the second attempt. She landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a Tsuk double full twist with step to the side.Three-time world all-round champion Simone Biles topped the charts with a sensational score of 16.050. The American scored a brilliant 9.700 on execution in both her attempts. North Koreas Jong Un Hong was a distant second after securing 15.683 followed by Switzerlands Giulia Steingruber (15.266). In the other routines, Dipa secured 11.666 for her effort on the uneven bars, scoring low on difficulty but decent on execution.Later, Dipa scored 12.866 for her performance on the balance beam. The floor exercise fetched Dipa a score of 12.033, which also included a 0.300 penalty. Dipa, the first Indian woman gymnast to win a Commonwealth Games medal, stood a poor 47th in the all-round standings with a combined score of 51.665.advertisementThe eight gymnasts with the highest individual scores in each apparatus move on to compete for an individual event title in that apparatus. The 24 men and 24 women with the highest combined individual totals move on to the all-around finals.ARCHERS CRASH OUTIndian women’s archery team crashed out of the Rio Games. (AP photo) Meanwhile, the Indian women’s archery team crashed out of the Rio Olympics after going down to Russia in the quarter-finals at the Olympic shooting centre here on Sunday. (Live, India @ Olympics: Day 2)The Indians, who had clinched a silver in the 2015 World Championships, turned in an inconsistent show to lose 23-25 in the shoot-off after both teams were locked 4-4 on points, having won two sets each.The Russians, who had won the World Championships last year, will take on Italy in the semi-finals. (Rio Olympics Full Coverage)Laishram Bombayla Devi was the best performer on the day with a series of consistent attempts. Her efforts, however, went in vain as teammates Laxmirani Manjhi and Deepika Kumari were a tad too inconsistent.Manjhi in particular was not in the best of form and registered poor scores at crucial junctures that ultimately cost the Indians the match.SHOOTERS PREVAIL IN MEN’S TRAPManavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai qualified for the men’s trap event. (AP Photo)Meanwhile, Indian shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai kept themselves in the hunt for a medal in Rio Olympics’ men’s trap qualification after finishing 17th and 19th respectively on the first day of the competitions in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.Sandhu shot a total score of 68 with his three rounds reading 23, 23 and 22 while Chenai scored a point less in total with his three rounds reading 22, 23 and 22.Earlier, Sandhu, playing in his fourth Olympics, rose to the third spot after the first round but drastically dropped to 13 after some poor effort in the second to take his cumulative total to 46 after the first two rounds.Despite scoring another 22 in the third round, he slipped to the 17th position but managed to be in the fray for the semi-finals, which will be held on Monday.Kynan, meanwhile, stood at the 25th spot after his first round but improved his spot to 16th after the second round where he scored 23 to take his cumulative total to 45.He fired another 22 in the third round to finish the day at the 19th spot.The table is led by Italian Massimo Fabbrizi with a total score of 75 followed by Britain’s Edward Ling with 73 and Italian Giovanni Pellielo with 73 points.The action will continue on Monday where the shooters will aim to seal a berth for the semi-finals.HEENA SIDHU CRASHES OUTHenna Sidhu crashed out of the Rio Games. (AP Photo)Shooter Heena Sidhu missed out of the race to the women’s 10 metres Air Pistol finals event at the 31st Rio Olympic Games after finishing 14th in the qualifications at the Olympic Shooting Centre on Sunday.advertisementHeena could only manage 380 with 13 inner 10s after the completion of the four series. A late surge by the Ludhiana shooter too was not enough as she totalled 95 cumulative points in the fourth series to move to 14th.Heena never really looked in the hunt as she started the first series with 94 cumulative points before dropping to 29th with 95 points in the second.The third series witnessed Heena coming back to the 20th spot with some great shots, only to lose momentum towards the end, which fetched her 96 cumulative points.Starting the fourth series at the 25th spot, Heena failed to put up a consistent show, shooting 9 and 10 in her first two shots before failing to hit another 10.Her last three shots fetched a 9, 10 and another 10 taking her toll to 95 cumulative points ending her hopes.INDIA EVES OPEN WITH A DRAWIndia eves started their campaign with a 2-2 draw vs Japan. (AP Photo)The Indian women’s hockey team showed tremendous fighting spirit as it came back from a two-goal deficit to hold Japan 2-2 in its opening pool encounter of the Olympics here on Sunday.For Japan, Nishikhori Emi (15th minute) opened the scoring and then Mie Nakashima (28th minute) stretched the lead, while for India, Rani Rampal (31st minute) and Lilima Minz (40th minute) were the goal-scorers.Both teams started off on a attacking note but it was Japan though who were dominant throughout the early exchanges and as a result Japan’s Nishikhori Emi fired first goal in the closing minutes of the first quarter to take a 1-0.The same story was repeated in the second half as Japan’s Mie Nakashima scored with a reverse hit in the dying minutes to extend their lead at the Olympic hockey centre.The game went into half time with Japan leading 2-0. India came out of half time stronger, and immediately tasted the success as Rani founded the Japanese net in the 30th minute of the game.The goal allowed India to drift into their natural counter-attacking game in the second half and it was immediately effective.Lilima scored in the 40th minute to equalise the score. The first shot was blocked by Japanese goalkeeper, but India capitalised on the rebound with captain P. Sushila Chanu playing the ball uppishly for Lilima to slot home.With the seconds ticking down, India sharpened the attack but failed to break through the Japanese defence and settled for a draw.last_img read more

Indian Super League: Mumbai City fly high

first_imgSkipper Paulo Machado led from the front as Mumbai City FC defeated Bengaluru FC 1-0 in an enthralling Indian Super League game in Mumbai yesterday. Machado’s goal in the 29th minute was the difference between the two sides as Mumbai grabbed three points. After yesterday’s win, Mumbai and Bengaluru are on top of the league table with 27 points each, though the home side have played 13 matches, one more than the visitors. Ineffective ChhetriThis was the first time Sunil Chhetri was playing after being conferred with coveted Padma Shri award, but it was Machado, who, instead stole the limelight at the Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri. Both the sides began on an aggressive note and Bengaluru created two chances inside the first seven minutes but both the shots sailed above the bar. In the fifth minute, Mumbai’s Arnold Issoko lofted the ball from a distance but experienced Bengaluru custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu collected it safely. The best chance for Bengaluru came in the 16th minute. Kean Lewis chipped in the ball and Spaniard Xisco Hernandez took it on the volley but Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh ensured that Bengaluru did not get the lead. Mumbai went 1-0 up against the run of play in the 29th minute, courtesy a stunning goal from Machado. Brazilian Rafael Bastos led Mumbai’s counter attack. Bastos played the ball to Machado. A calm and composed Machado ran in from a distance and struck with his right foot as the ball slotted into the left corner of the post. Mumbai on the attackAfter the change of ends, Mumbai kept attacking and so did Bengaluru. Mumbai could have gone 2-0 up, but Modou Sougou’s running shot was saved by Gurpreet. Bengaluru were unable to breach Mumbai’s strong defence as the home side extended their unbeaten run to nine games in the league. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

Russia’s Mariya Savinova stripped of London Games 800m gold for doping

first_imgRussia’s Mariya Savinova-Farnosova has been stripped of her 800m London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday imposed a four-year ban saying there was “clear evidence” she used performance-enhancing drugs.She is the latest in a growing list of Russian athletes to have past Olympic medals taken away over doping, as the nation struggles to overcome its most widespread doping scandal ever.The retroactive four-year penalty starts from Aug. 24, 2015, but CAS also disqualified all Savinova’s results from July 26, 2010, to Aug. 19, 2013, thereby stripping her of her 2011 world championships gold, 2013 world silver and 2010 European gold.The athlete has 45 days to consider whether to appeal the CAS decision.The case against her was initiated by the world athletics federation IAAF, which has also maintained a ban on Russian track and field athletes over the country’s doping affair.South Africa’s double silver medallist Caster Semenya is now in line to be promoted to gold in both the 2012 Olympics and 2011 world championships.The 31-year-old Savinova was among the athletes that a commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended be banned for life in 2015.Russian Ekaterina Poistogova had finished third in the race at the London Games, but she is also on the list of athletes WADA is recommending a lifetime ban for.Pamela Jelimo of Kenya was fourth and is now in contention for a medal. Jelimo had won gold in Beijing four years earlier.”On the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport, Mariya Savinova-Farnosova is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010 through to 19 August 2013,” CAS said.advertisementIt took the action as the decision-making authority while Russia’s athletics federation remains banned over the country’s state-backed doping scandal.Almost the entire track and field team of Russia were banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics.More than 100 athletes have so far tested positive in re-tests of samples taken during the London and Beijing 2008 Olympics conducted by the International Olympic Committee. Russia has the most positive re-tests per nation.last_img read more

Roger Federer on Rafael Nadal: I’m a better player because of him

first_imgRoger Federer entered another record book as he became the most decorated Laureus Awards winner after winning both the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year in Monaco.Federer had an incredible 2017 where he came back from a six-month injury layoff in 2016 and won the Australian Open after an epic five-setter against Rafael Nadal. He went on to win the Indian Wells, Miami Open, Halle Open, his eighth Wimbledon title and Shanghai Masters last year. He began 2018 with his Australian Open title defence before becoming the oldest world No.1 at Rotterdam Open.ALSO WATCHDespite Nadal having his own incredible comeback last year, where he ended the year as the world No.1, injuries have marred the beginning of this year for him. Federer received his award and gave a “shoutout” to Nadal and thanked him for making the Swiss a better player.”I just want to give a shoutout to him (Rafael Nadal). He had an unbelievale year himself. We had a great battle and it’s because of him, a guy like him I feel I have become a better player as well. He could very well be here as well tonight standing here with this award. He’s an incredible player, incredible friend, incredible athlete. So just like to give a shoutout to him,” Federer said after receiving the award.Federer and Nadal have been on-court rivals for a decade now but the off-court friendship is as famous as their tennis battles. In the inaugural Laver Cup last year, Nadal and Federer also teamed up to play a men’s doubles match for Team Europe and won the match.advertisementFederer won his fifth and sixth Laureus statuettes to become the most decorated winner in the awards’ history.”I’d like to thank all my coaches for giving me the chance to be here tonight, from the junior days to all the way tonight. It’s an absolute privilege to take this award from the Laureus Academy.”I still feel I got injected with a lot of young injury through my injury actually and my four kids, who I love so much and can’t thank enough for making life on tours so fun really. My wife, my parents, they are amazing.”Another tennis player, Serena Williams of the US, won the Sportswoman of the Year Award following her 23rd Grand Slam title at Australian Open 2017.With five Laureus statuettes in hand, Williams, is now the most decorated female Laureus Awards winner.Italian football legend Francesco Totti received the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award for his 22-year contribution to Roma.He also joined Wales manager Ryan Giggs as the newest members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.last_img read more


first_imgA Lyons, Nebraska man has been sentenced for defrauding banks in Iowa and Nebraska.U.S. District Court records say 32-year-old Joshua Huffman was given three months behind bars and five years of supervised release.He also was told at an Omaha hearing to pay restitution to Washington County Bank in Blair and United Bank of Iowa in Ida Grove.Prosecutors say Huffman gave false and fraudulent financial statements to the banks to obtain loans for his farming operation from December 2014 through May 2015.He defaulted on the loans, so United Bank of Iowa suffered a loss of about $320,000, and Washington County Bank suffered a loss of almost $14,000.last_img read more

10 Reasons to Celebrate the Health of Moms—and Those Working to Improve Maternal Health—this Mother’s Day!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 11, 2012March 14, 2018Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Mother’s Day 2012 provides a good occasion to celebrate accomplishments in the field over the past year. The Maternal Health Task Force shares ten exciting developments.The State of the World’s Midwives report provided the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services in countries where the needs are greatest.The MHTF & PLoS launched an open-access collection on quality of maternal health care.UNICEF & UNFPA launched the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, to increase access to maternal, child, and newborn health commodities.Joyce Banda, an advocate for women’s health & rights, became Malawi’s first female president.The White Ribbon Alliance, along with many partners, developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women.Direct Relief International, Fistula Foundation, & UNFPA partnered to develop the first-ever Global Fistula Map, outlining the global landscape of the issue.The first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country were published in a new report, Born Too Soon: A Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.Save the Children’s 13th State of the World’s Mothers report focused on nutrition during the period from pregnancy through the child’s 2nd birthday, the first 1,000 daysThe World Health Organization added Misoprostol to the List of Essential Medicines, a critical step toward preventing post-partum hemorrhage.Melinda Gates announced plans to help raise $4 billion to dramatically increase access to family planning around the world by 2020.Please add to the list in the comments!Share this:last_img read more

Implementing Checklists for Quality Improvement: Webinar on August 26!

first_imgPosted on August 24, 2016August 24, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Join the Ariadne Labs team for Implementing Checklists for Quality Improvement: Best Practices Along the Implementation Pathway – “Engage”, the second webinar in their interactive webinar series dedicated to sharing lessons learned in checklist implementation for quality improvement.Ariadne Labs has developed tools including checklists for childbirth, surgery, and serious illness that have resulted in measurable improvements in patient care, and are now being adopted by private sector partners, governmental organizations, and health systems worldwide. The first webinar held in June 2016 presented the Safe Childbirth Checklist and Implementation Pathway and featured Dr. Leonard Kabongo, an obstetrician and quality improvement champion from Gobabis, Namibia.The second webinar in this series will explore the first step of the Implementation Pathway, ‘Engage’, and lessons learned in effectively preparing to implement. This webinar will also feature Dr. Rosemary Ogu’s experience implementing the Safe Childbirth Checklist in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.This webinar will share best practices in:Ensuring buy-in and identifying relevant stakeholdersEstablishing an implementation teamAdapting the ChecklistDate: August 26, 2016 from 10-11am (EDT)Access the webinar—Missed the first webinar in the series?Read our summary post: Lessons Learned from Implementing the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist.Watch the first webinar.Download the slideshow.Join the BetterBirth Community.Learn more about the launch of the checklist and the Safe Childbirth Checklist Case Study in Namibia. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: For more information on Safe Childbirth Checklist implementation, please email the Safe Childbirth Checklist and Implementation Guide in English, French or Spanish here.Share this:last_img read more

Considerations for Expanding Ultrasound Use in Low-Resource Settings

first_imgPosted on October 25, 2017October 25, 2017By: Catharine H. Taylor, Vice President, Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health; Dai Hozumi, Senior Director, Health Technologies, Management Sciences for Health; JoAnn Paradis, Strategic Communications Advisor, Management Sciences for HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Advances in health technologies have reshaped the lives of communities, families and individuals, undoubtedly contributing to better health outcomes around the world. For the most vulnerable populations, technology may significantly improve access to preventive, diagnostic and treatment services and help increase demand for greater quality care. Yet, despite their potential, new technologies can also add new challenges, risking potential gains in quality, safety or cost. Particularly in settings where health systems are weak, the introduction of technological interventions requires thoughtful execution.Take the case of ultrasound technology. Used during routine antenatal visits, ultrasound scans have the potential to change the scenario for many pregnant women who face complications. If combined with proper skills, knowledge and quality-assurance, this technology could help identify high risk pregnancies and establish an accurate gestational age in order to improve obstetric care. Many low- and middle-income countries are seeing a rapid introduction of this technology into their health systems, accelerated by a dramatic rise in demand that has been driven in part by medical staff, local advertising, falling prices and a greater availability and range of ultrasound devices.Yet ultrasounds are not proven to lead to better outcomes for women and newborns in low-income countries, and without the proper focus on their introduction and use, we risk the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems and expose women and newborns to unnecessary technological interventions. That’s why, just last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued recommendations on antenatal care endorsing one scan in early pregnancy in low-income countries alongside guidance for staff training and proper use of this technology.The realities on the groundWe recently visited a health center in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, which had just introduced an ultrasound machine for antenatal care. Like many others, the doctor at this health center was looking to take advantage of this imaging technology to provide better care to his patients. Despite the guidelines calling for only one ultrasound scan in early pregnancy, a woman we met proudly shared with us four photographs she obtained through repeated scans, even though there were no abnormalities or issues identified throughout her pregnancy. We’ve encountered instances like these in several countries, bringing into question essential governance aspects including the right policies, oversight and mechanisms for evidence-based decision-making, and highlighting potential ethical issues around the use of this technology. Was the doctor equipped with the right skills or understanding behind the proper use of ultrasound? Were there additional unnecessary costs and burdens for the woman and her family, who may have been lulled into a false sense of security that repeated scans would ensure a better outcome for mother and baby?Given the WHO recommendation and the ubiquity of ultrasound devices, the real question becomes: How do we ensure health systems are robust enough to effectively and safely take advantage of this technology?There appear to be major gaps in policies, planning and oversight to support the introduction of ultrasound technology, especially outside the more specialized hospital setting. At Management Sciences for Health we support governments in their efforts to build strong adaptive systems that meet the needs of the populations they serve. The case of antenatal ultrasound highlights three specific issues:Adequate procurement and a strong supply chain: Our experiences in helping governments improve procurement and supply chain management highlight critical issues that affect how technology takes root and delivers on its potential. Ultrasound technology has advanced to allow for different types of imaging and functionalities, ranging in price from USD $2,000 to $15,000. Determining which one meets the specific needs of a local health system requires thoughtful procurement policies and effective distribution and placement. In addition to regular supplies such as jelly, paper towels, printers, etc., the processes and costs required to maintain the accuracy and sensitivity of the ultrasound equipment, including servicing malfunctioning machines, must be carefully considered within health systems – and these are influenced by the machine specifications. Of course, power supply requirements are also important considerations for health centers that frequently experience electricity outages and voltage fluctuations.A well-functioning referral mechanism: Because the effectiveness of this intervention relies on the ability of screened women to seek care depending on the screening results, it is also essential for a functional referral system to be in place. Health workers and sonographers must be able to support informed decision-making, and women with high risk pregnancies must be able to reach the referral hospital – one which must be equipped to handle the level of care that screening indicates, including emergency obstetric and newborn care. The value of the ultrasound screening is diminished when this is not in place, or when women are unable to cover the additional costs of transportation and hospital care and treatment. As illustrated in a study published recently on the implementation of ultrasound technologies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these challenges represent enormous barriers for the most vulnerable populations.Strong governance for health: As a screening tool, the ultrasound depends on a process or a decision-making algorithm that allows health workers to adequately act on the information gathered. Nurses and midwives – the cadres who might typically perform this intervention at health centers – must have the policies, consistent training and ongoing supervision to use the technology, analyze the results and take appropriate actions. These elements, and a sound system of quality assurance and data management, will protect the health of women and newborns and prevent health workers from misdiagnosing patients.Above all, to realize the power of technology in any setting, but most importantly in low-resource countries, we must understand their specific circumstances, and support governments to establish appropriate policies, good governance and ethical standards as a foundation for appropriate use of technology. This requires structural changes within the health system and partnership with businesses involved in the manufacturing and selling of ultrasound devices. Only then can we ensure that ultrasound technology – or any technology – delivers on its promise.This post originally appeared on Next Billion Health Care as “The Complex Truth of Health Tech: Why Greater Ultrasound Availability Doesn’t Always Benefit Patients.”Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Iowa Football Announces Honorary Captain For Penn State Game

first_img [Related Article: ESPN Predicts Every Game Left On Iowa’s Schedule]“Love it or leave it!”Ricky Stanzi is our Honorary Captain |— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) October 10, 2019 The crowning achievement of Ricky Stanzi’s college career was his 2009 campaign. That year, Iowa went 11-2 overall and finished ranked No. 7 after beating Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. It was their highest ranked finish since 1960 and only their second 11-win season ever.Stanzi finished his college football career third in passing yards and touchdowns in Hawkeyes history.After his senior season, Stanzi was drafted in the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. However, he never threw a pass in five NFL seasons.He briefly revived his football career in 2017 with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, but was released in 2018. Iowa football players run onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions in a crucial Big Ten showdown this weekend. To mark the occasion, Iowa has invited a special VIP to serve as the honorary captain.On Thursday, the Iowa football program announced that former starting quarterback Ricky Stanzi had been named honorary captain for the game. He was Iowa’s starter from 2008 to 2010 and set numerous milestones during his time with the Hawkeyes.Stanzi went 26-9 as a starter and was the first quarterback in Iowa history to win three bowl games as a starter.Incidentally, three of his 26 wins came against the Nittany Lions.last_img read more

Chicharito’s ambitions disappoint MLS & Liga MX teams once again

first_imgChicharito flashed the lopsided, toothy grin known to millions and held up the shirt. As he smiled, dozens of executives across North America must have sighed.Javier Hernandez is right where he wants to be, and that is with Sevilla. Not in MLS. Not in Mexico. In Spain.Mexico’s all-time leading scorer moved to the Liga club from West Ham in a move announced on Monday, giving Julen Lopetegui’s team an attacking option it sorely lacked and getting the striker out of a West Ham system that never seemed to suit his skills. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I have no doubts, only positive thoughts,” he said at an introductory news conference. “I was speaking about it with my agent, about how it is a great opportunity. I know the responsibility that is required and I am excited.””I am here to work hard and show the best version of myself on both a professional and personal level. I expect nothing less of myself, and neither do they,” he added later.As his friends and El Tri teammates move back to Liga MX (Miguel Layun), the Middle East (Hector Moreno) or MLS (Carlos Vela), Chicharito’s desire to press on in Europe’s top leagues is rare and remarkable.It is even more remarkable when considering the fact that not only has he taken a pay cut from his Premier League wages, according to Sevilla sporting director Monchi, but also has turned down the potential riches he could make were he to join a team in Major League Soccer or return to his native country and play in Liga MX.”I’ve never seen a player cut his wages the way he has done in order to come here. That’s a sign,” Monchi said at Monday’s news conference. “He has made an important financial sacrifice to come here, and when I think about that I realize it can only be down to his true desire to play for Sevilla. I think he is among the best strikers in the world. Javier has goals, has quality, he’s fast and he’s a good finisher.”He’s also one of the most marketable players in the Americas. Bayer Leverkusen saw the bump when the 31-year-old spent two seasons there, becoming one of the most popular Bundesliga clubs in Mexico and the United States and gaining thousands of new followers across various social media accounts thanks to the popularity of the “Little Pea.”The combination of skill and selling-power has made Chicharito the dream of many an MLS front office executive.Like a Raul Ruidiaz in Seattle, a Brian Fernandez in Portland or a Josef Martinez in Atlanta, he is a player who could plug right into an attack and make it better. Unlike those players, he’s a name the casual fan – and even the casual non-fan – knows and would likely consider buying a ticket or copping a shirt.He’s been linked with Orlando City and the Chicago Fire, but few MLS owners wouldn’t splash the cash if Chicharito were on offer.”I saw something on social media saying that Chicharito would cost $3 million a year. Guess what. If Chicharito was $3 million a year, FC Dallas is ready and prepared. I can just tell you that,” FC Dallas president and owner Dan Hunt told Goal in August. “The reality is, when I broke it out for somebody, it was – with the transfer (fee) – about a $60 million deal. You’ve got to think about that from a business standpoint.”Hunt is hardly the only MLS owner doing back-of-the-envelope calculations about how much it would’ve cost to bring in the forward. He’s not even the only MLS owner in his own state who would love to splash cash on a move.“Chicharito would be pretty special,” Austin FC owner Anthony Precourt told the Austin Soccer Podcast when asked about getting a big star for the 2021 MLS expansion team. “We’ll certainly be active in trying to recruit him for many years to come.” But with this move to Sevilla, you have to wonder if Chicharito ever plans to join MLS. If he plays out his three-year deal with Sevilla, that would take him through the 2021-22 season. While the awkward timing of the Qatar tournament may come into play, it’s possible Chicharito sees it as his final bow.Or maybe he’s trying to set up a final six months with Chivas. Like MLS teams, the Guadalajara side also has been mentioned often as a potential landing spot for Chicharito’s long-awaited North American return. Perhaps Chicharito has set it up so he’ll play one last short tournament before going out a Guadalajara hero, joining El Tri for the World Cup and then hanging up the boots for good.Then again, Chicharito is hardly a player or a human who has it all that calculated. In his vlogs and social media posts, he has cast himself as a thoughtful but impulsive person who is far more concerned about loving life than scoring goals.Yet, it’s clear there’s still the same drive that took him to Manchester United in the first place and that has seen him bounce back from a handful of dips during his European career. Even in what may have been the low point, a tumultuous stint with Real Madrid, he scored important goals on the grandest of stages. The ambition to do so again is still there, which has to thrill not only Mexico fans but also Mexico manager Tata Martino.With this transfer, Chicharito has showed once again that his family and his own personal happiness mean more to him than fortune or fame. It’s a laudable decision, though one sure to diminish the personal happiness of the dozens of executives in North America who were hoping to see his smile as he held up their team’s jersey on deadline day.last_img read more

Emery defends VAR after Man Utd draw

first_imgUnai Emery has defended VAR after it ruled in his side’s favour in their draw with Manchester United on Monday night.The Spaniard saw his side come from behind to salvage a point against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with VAR instrumental in awarding the goal for the Gunners.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser at Old Trafford was initially ruled out for offside, with VAR then correctly giving the goal after replays showed that United’s Harry Maguire was playing the striker onside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The vital intervention from VAR helped Arsenal come back from Scott McTominay’s first-half opener, with the Gabon forward lifting the ball over David de Gea to score his seventh league goal in as many games this season.And for Arsenal manager Unai Emery, VAR was correct in allowing the goal to stand.”For me it’s very clear. It’s VAR – it says if something is good or not good and that action is clear,” Emery told beIN Sports.”The referee had to wait and finish the action and then raise the flag after. Then check the VAR. This is the first adaptation for the referees and for us.”I said at the beginning when the Premier League decided to work with VAR that it’s positive. It’s going to be fair for both teams after we’ve adapted and when we know when to use it. “In Europe they use it more than here, more action, but the action here was very clear tonight.”VAR was also called upon just minutes before Arsenal’s opener as a Jesse Lingard cross appeared to hit Sead Kolasinac on the arm, but the home side’s appeals were waved away by referee Kevin Friend, with VAR then confirming the referee’s decision not to award a penalty.The result leaves United tenth in the table after seven games, three points behind Arsenal in fourth, with Aubameyang’s goal his 14th in his last 14 league starts.After latching onto a through ball from 18-year-old Bukayo Saka, Aubameyang cleverly lifted the ball over the onrushing De Gea, with his celebrations then cut short after noticing the raised flag from the assistant referee, much to the annoyance of the forward. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Rooney didn’t want to leave Man Utd for City’

first_imgDavid Moyes admits Wayne Rooney wanted out of Manchester United when he arrived at the club, but Manchester City was never an option for the England captain.A summer of change in 2013 saw Sir Alex Ferguson slip into retirement at Old Trafford.United turned to another Scot for inspiration, with Moyes appointed on a long-term contract after proving his worth at Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career He would prove to be a serious flop, with there too many challenges for him to take on as successor to the iconic figure.One of those involved talismanic striker Rooney, with a man who would go on to become the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer among those looking for a change of scenery.Moyes told beIN Sports: “Wayne was looking to get away when I joined Manchester United, and I was aware of that when I joined the club, that he was looking to change club.“But actually this time I really wanted him, I really wanted him to stay.“I thought the chance to work with Wayne again, I thought it would help me, and he certainly did, he was really good.”David Moyes Manchester UnitedMoyes had helped to launch Rooney’s career during his time at Goodison Park, with a 16-year-old thrust onto a senior stage.He added on the saga he inherited at Old Trafford: “Yeah I do [know where Rooney wanted to go], aye, and I did at that time.“But I have to say I learnt a lesson a little bit from the owners of Manchester United at that time.“I think Wayne eventually put a transfer request in and the owners of Manchester United turned round and said ‘you don’t think we listen to transfer requests, we had far better players, many players who have put in transfer requests, we tell them when we want them to leave Manchester United’.”Moyes insists City, who were an emerging force at the time, were not the destination Rooney had his eye on, saying: “No he wasn’t going to cross the city.“So there you go, that’s a clue. Yes [it was a Premier League club].”It has already been revealed by Moyes himself that Chelsea were the team Rooney was keen on linking up with.He told the Sunday Times back in April 2015: “Chelsea were close to taking him.“Jose Mourinho was interested but we wouldn’t do any business. I had to fight to make sure he stayed – and was at the heart, again, of what Manchester United were going to be moving forward.”Rooney finally left United in 2017, as he returned to Everton, and is currently on the books at MLS outfit D.C. United.last_img read more

Courtois left out of Real Madrid squad

first_imgThibaut Courtois has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad to face Granada, just a few hours after the club denied he has an anxiety problem.The Belgian goalkeeper was substituted at half-time in Madrid’s Champions League draw with Club Brugge in midweek, with head coach Zinedine Zidane saying the player “wasn’t well and couldn’t continue.”It was subsequently claimed in media reports that the former Chelsea man was affected by anxiety, but a club statement denied this on Friday, instead revealing he is suffering from gastroenteritis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “In relation to certain information about our player, Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid want to state the following,” said the statement.“Our player has never been diagnosed with anxiety and that information is absolutely false.“Courtois has been diagnosed and treated for gastroenteritis with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, which made it impossible for him to finish Tuesday’s game against Brugge.“The player is responding well to the treatment.”As such, Courtois was not named in the Madrid squad to face La Liga surprise package Granada when Zidane announced his 19-man squad later the same day.Alphonse Areola, who replaced Courtois against Brugge, will be joined by Castilla goalkeepers Javier Belman and Diego Altube in the group.Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior both featured in the European clash but were left out of this selection, with James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Rodrygo Goes returning.Zidane had already confirmed Madrid were considering starting Eder Militao at left-back due to a number of defensive injuries, with Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Nacho all out. Alvaro Odriozola is another option.Real sit top of La Liga with opponents Granada in second. City rivals Atletico are just a point behind, and Barcelona just two points adrift despite their uncertain start.Barca now have Lionel Messi back in their side, so Real will need to be at the top of their game from here on in if they are to keep their place at the top of the pile.No team have convinced in the league so far, but Zidane’s side have the chance to make a statement this weekend, even without their first-choice goalkeeper.last_img read more

World Series Game 1 to be cold one for Dodgers, Red Sox

first_img GO By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer Los Angeles Dodgers’ players practice for Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Photo Gallery The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. “I’ll feel it out,” he said.The Red Sox and Dodgers are meeting in the World Series for the first time since 1916. The Dodgers haven’t played an interleague game at Fenway since 2010, meaning Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy will be getting their first looks on the field. Rookie Walker Buehler visited a couple times while he played in the amateur Cape Cod League.Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman appreciates the oldest park in the majors, which opened about a week after the Titanic sank in 1912.“There are some unique features here. The triangle in center field. The wall, of course,” he said.“I’ve never been in the visitors’ clubhouse, but I hear it’s tiny. That’s OK by me, I’m on the other side.” During the AL Championship Series, Houston left fielder Marwin Gonzalez got lost out there and banged hard into the scoreboard, which isn’t padded. He was down for a while.“Crazy bounces, all the odd angles. Off the scoreboard, off the numbers,” said Dodgers starter Rich Hill, who previously pitched for the Red Sox.“Or you hook one down the line toward Pesky’s Pole, it’s probably less than 200 feet down there,” he said. “There’s not a park like this.”Taylor made a sensational catch in left-center field Saturday night as the Dodgers beat Milwaukee in Game 7 of the NLCS. He’s played at Fenway, albeit a few years ago with Seattle. BOSTON — Hooting and hollering, Chris Taylor and a couple of Dodgers took aim at the Green Monster. With their arms, not bats.Standing in left field, they kept throwing balls at a small, square space in the scoreboard, shouting every time a miss clanged off the metal letters.“I’ve got good aim!” Taylor shouted after he finally tossed one through, ending the contest Monday.A lot of fun for Los Angeles, frolicking at Fenway Park during a World Series workout. Share: 4 Photos Might not look, sound and feel so friendly come Game 1 on Tuesday night.“It’s a completely different atmosphere,” Boston reliever Heath Hembree cautioned. “Are they going to feel the Monster breathing down on them?”Goes beyond the ballpark, too.“I think the biggest challenge for a team coming in here is you’re playing the Boston Red Sox,” pitcher Nathan Eovaldi said.That’s the part Clayton Kershaw will focus on, trying to contain Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and a team that blitzed to a team-record 108 wins, then breezed through the AL playoffs.A three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw has never pitched at Fenway. But he went through a drill in bullpen Sunday night, going through his entire routine on the mound — even going to his mouth and wiping his hand before taking the ball out of his glove — without throwing a single pitch. On Monday, he loosened up in a cutoff T-shirt and ski cap. “Check this one off as far as pitching tomorrow, but I don’t really think about the history part of it too much, honestly,” he said.The view from the other dugout certainly is more inviting.“It’s a lot better wearing the white uniforms,” said Chris Sale, who starts the opener for Boston. “It’s not an easy place to play as a visitor.”“This ballpark definitely brings its challenges in terms of it’s different. It’s not your standard wall out in center field, just kind of a half-oval. We have … nooks and crannies and some sharp edges and some different things going on out there,” he said. “I could definitely see how this could raise some challenges for a team that doesn’t play here a lot.”Fans saw that earlier in the playoffs.A relative stranger to the 37-foot-high wall, Yankees left fielder Andrew McCutchen misplayed a carom in the AL Division Series. Shortstop Didi Gregorius wandered far into the outfield, retrieved the carom and made a long relay — and wound up hurting his elbow, an injury that required Tommy John surgery. Subscribe Today Published: October 22, 2018, 7:13pm World Series Game 1 to be cold one for Dodgers, Red Sox Biggest challenge for L.A. could be Fenway Park itself “There’s no park similar to this,” he said. “Balls down the line hit the stands. Flyballs can get lost. I guess my message is don’t let yourself be surprised by anything that happens here.”Dodgers reliever Ryan Madson said he isn’t too worried about the ballpark oddities. Easy for him to say — he was part of bullpens that won World Series championships in Philadelphia and Kansas City.“None of that factors into what we’re talking about,” he said, adding with a smile, “we hope not.” By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: At least the weather is supposed to decent enough. For late October in the Northeast, no doubt.It’s supposed to be around 50 for Sale’s first pitch, with temperatures dropping into the upper 40s. A little cooler for Game 2 on Wednesday night when David Price starts for Boston against Hyun-Jin Ryu.Before that, Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier intends to speak to his teammates, sharing the knowledge he learned over seven seasons with Minnesota.“We actually have a long meeting coming up and I’m going to touch on that with a few different things,” he said. “How to play the wall that I learned even as a shortstop my rookie year. I’m going to touch on that to make sure.” Share:last_img read more

Girls basketball: Glacier Peak 59, Union 44

first_img Share: Share: Tags The Columbian Abbey Kaip scored 12 points and Toryi Midland added 11 as Union earned a split in two games over the weekend in Snohomish.GLACIER PEAK 59, UNION 44UNION (2-2) — Alexis Raymore 6, Marina Morningstar 2, Toryi Midland 11, Lauren Weatherspoon 8, Abbey Kaip 12, Madison Mackay 0, Mackenzie Lewis 0, Lilly Caplice 0, Kaneyl Carpenter 5. Totals 16 (4) 8-14 44.GLACIER PEAK — Haley Grambo 13, Maya Erling 5, Shay Sande 1, Malia Smith 3, Grace Godines 4, Madison Rubino 11, Aaliyah Collins 12, Tiara Hollimon 4, Maddy Thoma 6. Totals 23 (6) 7-10 59.Union 9 9 12 14–44Glacier Peak 14 18 19 8–59 Girls basketball: Glacier Peak 59, Union 44 Union Titans Published: December 8, 2018, 11:02pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Girls basketball: Prairie 46, Hudson’s Bay 36

first_img Hudson’s Bay EaglesPrairie Falcons The Columbian 5 Photos Published: January 15, 2019, 10:53pm Hudson’s Bay’s Kamelai Powell (24) defends Prairie’s Brooke Walling (12) during a 46-36 Falcon win at Hudson’s Bay High School on Tuesday. (Andy Buhler/The Columbian) Photo Gallery Tags Share: Brooke Walling had 10 points to lead a balanced scoring effort for Prairie.“They played really hard,” Falcons guard Cassidy Gardner said. “I think we’ll come back (next time) and play better than we did tonight.”Bay freshman Aniyah Hampton and sophomore Jaydia Martin had 12 points apiece and Kamelai Powell added 10.Bay coach Michael Rainville called it a “good loss.”PRAIRIE 46, HUDSON’S BAY 36PRAIRIE — Dayna Vera 0, Meri Dunford 9, Alli Corral 2, Kendyl Carson 8, Brooke Walling 10, Mallory Williams 3, Cassidy Gardner 8, Haley Reed 7. Totals 17 (1) 11-15 46 .HUDSON’S BAY — Gabriela Garcia 0, Shelby DeLong 0, Maria Mendez 0, Jaydia Martin 12, Mae Carse 0, Aniyah Hampton 12, Kamelai Powell 10, Anastacia Mikaele 2. Totals 15 (4) 2-9 36.Prairie 9 11 17 9–46Hud. Bay 13 5 9 9–36center_img Hudson’s Bay gave Prairie all it had.The Falcons responded accordingly.Prairie beat the Eagles 46-36 at Hudson’s Bay on Tuesday, marking its first legitimate 3A Greater St. Helens League test on Tuesday at Hudson’s Bay High School.It was Prairie’s closest margin of victory in a league win since Jan. 15, 2015.“A win is a win man,” Prairie coach Hala Corral said. “Sometimes you’re not going to have good shooting nights, I don’t think we’ve ever shot that bad before, but it happens. … the second half we turned it up and they turned the ball over.”Before Tuesday, the Falcons’ smallest margin of victory in a league game this season was a 35-point win, but they found themselves leading by just two at half.When its 3-point shots were not falling (season-low 1 for 32), Prairie turned to its inside presence and defensive prowess to force turnovers and take a 10-point lead after three quarters — a lead it would not relinquish, despite a well-rounded Bay attack. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Girls basketball: Prairie 46, Hudson’s Bay 36 Share: GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Valeri, Timbers beat Real Salt Lake for third straight win

first_img Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco each scored and the Portland Timbers beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday night at Sandy, Utah, for their third consecutive victory.Following a 3-3 tie with Colorado to open the season, Portland (3-5-1) lost five in a row before the winning streak.Valeri gave the Timbers the lead for good in the 68th minute. He tapped it to Sebastian Blanco, whose shot from the center of the area was blocked by Real Salt Lake’s Justen Glad but rolled directly to Valeri, who first-timed a side-netter through the legs of two defenders.Valeri became the seventh player in MLS history, and the only the only active player, with at least 70 goals and 70 assists. Share: Yellow Cards—Portland, Moreira, 45th. Real Salt Lake, Toia, 48th; Besler, 77th; Herrera, 78th.A—18,066.LineupsPortland—Steve Clark; Larrys Mabiala, Jorge Moreira, Bill Tuiloma, Zarek Valentin; Sebastian Blanco, Diego Chara, Andres Flores (Andy Polo, 60th), Cristhian Paredes, Diego Valeri (Julio Cascante, 86th); Jeremy Ebobisse (Lucas Melano, 83rd).Real Salt Lake—Andrew Putna; Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Nedum Onuoha, Donny Toia (Joao Plata, 86th); Nick Besler (Brooks Lennon, 80th), Sam Johnson, Damir Kreilach, Albert Rusnak, Jefferson Savarino; Corey Baird (Sebastian Saucedo, 71st). GO Valeri, Timbers beat Real Salt Lake for third straight win Valeri notches 70th career MLS goal Portland Timbers midfielders Diego Chara (21) and Sebastian Blanco (10) pressure Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino during an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Sandy, Utah. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) Photo Gallery Share: Blanco ripped a shot from the top of the area between a pair of defenders that was stopped by goalkeeper Andrew Putna but then chased down the rebound and first-timed the finish to make it 1-0 in the 34th minute.Sam Johnson bounced a sliding roller from the top of the box off the post and into the neat to make it 1-1 in the 62nd.Real Salt Lake (3-6-1) has lost two games in row and six of its last eight.TIMBERS 2, REAL SALT LAKE 1Portland 1 1—2Real Salt Lake 0 1—1First half—1, Portland, Blanco, 2, 34th minute.Second half—2, Real Salt Lake, Johnson, 3 (Baird), 62nd; 3, Portland, Valeri, 2, 68th.Goalies—Portland, Steve Clark, Jeff Attinella; Real Salt Lake, Andrew Putna, Alex Horwath. By Associated Press By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 6 Photos Published: May 4, 2019, 9:23pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

Timbers down Whitecaps 3-1 in Cascadia Cup match

first_img Share: Published: August 10, 2019, 10:46pm GO Timbers down Whitecaps 3-1 in Cascadia Cup match Portland extends unbeaten home streak to six games The Timbers were angry at the end of the first half because of what appeared to be a missed handball that would have given the team a penalty kick. Coach Giovanni Savarese jawed at the refs as they prepared to walk off the field.Loria put the Timbers back in front early in the second half with another strike from outside the box. Two minutes later Yordy Reyna chipped the ball past Clark and into the net but it was ruled offside.Ebobisse’s goal was his eight of the season.The Timbers will play 11 of their final 12 games at home. The team started the season with a 12-game road trip because of construction to expand Providence Park.The Whitecaps defeated the Timbers 1-0 back on May 5 in Vancouver. The Whitecaps also swept the season series over the Timbers last season with a pair of 2-1 victories. Share: By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press Follow The Columbian on Instagram The Timbers were coming off a 2-1 loss in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal match to Minnesota United. It was the second straight loss to the Loons at Allianz Field, Portland lost 1-0 in an MLS match last Sunday.Blanco put the Timbers up in the 28th minute. Whitecaps goal keeper Maxime Crepeau got his hands on the blast from outside the penalty box but he couldn’t keep it out of the net. It was Blanco’s fourth goal of the season.The goal came with the Timbers playing a man up on Vancouver after Ali Adnan went down on a hard collision in front of the Whitecaps’ goal. Vancouver subbed in Brett Levis, but not until the 30th minute.The Whitecaps knotted the score about 10 minutes later on Theo Bair’s volley past Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark. It was the 19-year-old Ottawa native’s first career MLS goal. PORTLAND — Marvin Loria scored the go-ahead goal in the 55th minute before Jeremy Ebobisse’s goal sealed it the 90th minute, and the Portland Timbers defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 in a Cascadia Cup rivalry match on Saturday night.Sebastian Blanco also scored for the Timbers, who were playing the first of a 10-match homestand at Providence Park. Portland (10-9-4) extended its unbeaten streak at home to six games.The Cascadia Cup, created by supporters of the Timbers, Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders, is awarded to the winner of the head-to-head competition between the three teams each season, based on points.The Whitecaps, who beat Cincinnati 2-1 on the road last weekend, are undefeated in their last two matches after a five-game losing streak. Vancouver (5-12-9) has won just twice on the road this season. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Follow By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

AmaWaterways Debuts New Ship With Game-Changing Design Concept To Revolutionize River Cruise Industry

first_imgAmaMagna to Feature Open-Water Sports Platform, Multiple Dining Options, Larger Staterooms and Eco-Friendly Engine Calabasas, CA – (May. 12, 2017) – AmaWaterways today announced plans for AmaMagna, its biggest ship ever to be launched in 2019. AmaMagna represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate the modern luxury market. Twice the width of traditional European river ships, the latest AmaWaterways innovation welcomes only 194 guests and affords luxurious living spaces, multiple dining options including an al fresco glass-enclosed restaurant, more onboard activities and enhanced evening entertainment. The ship will debut a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine and – a first for river cruising – open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment. Construction for the new vessel, destined to sail Danube itineraries, began March 6, 2017. “As the luxury river cruise market continues to grow, we want to carry on as the leader in industry innovation. While this new double-width concept has been on the table for some time, we believe, given the unique demand that exists, that now is the perfect moment to introduce this style of ship,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “AmaMagna will provide guests with generous personal space, the freedom of multiple dining choices and exceptional stateroom comfort. Combining this with our award-winning cuisine, noteworthy shore excursions and remarkable onboard service, we feel this ship is a game-changer.” In total, AmaMagna will feature 97 staterooms – the majority of which will be over 300 square feet, some of the largest in river cruising. Additional amenities include a large heated sundeck swimming pool with whirlpool and sky bar, a spacious spa area with new treatments, a fitness room large enough for small group classes and generous common areas designed to accommodate a variety of onboard events. “We’ve expanded the options for our guests by incorporating exceptional epicurean adventures, and new wellness offerings. Our guests deserve the very best and we are always thinking about new opportunities that will give them the vacation of a lifetime,” said Schreiner. “Now is the perfect time for us to introduce a new concept of luxurious European river cruising.” For more information or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact a travel professional, visit or call (800) 626-0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.last_img read more

Scenic Adds More 2019 Departures for Egypt Cruise and Land Tours

first_imgFree Air on all 2018 and 2019 Departures if Booked by Aug. 31, 2018  Boston, July 2018 – Last year, Scenic unveiled a new Egypt and Jordan portfolio of tours and cruise/tours, making use of the recently refurbished Sanctuary Sun Boat III. Strong sales for the original 2018 and 2019 departures has the company extending the 2019 offerings with new dates in Sept, Oct. and Nov. 2019. Scenic is also offering guests free air or $1,000 price savings if they book any of the September 2018 through November 2019 departures by August 31, 2018. Whether wandering among the 4,500-year-old pyramids and taking in the evening laser light show, or relaxing on the sun deck of the Sanctuary Sun Boat III, guests on Scenic’s 11-day Treasures of Egypt will go home with a deep understanding and appreciation of one of the world’s oldest cultures. The intimate, luxury boutique ship (18 cabins) conveys guests along the historic Nile, sailing between Luxor and Aswan, while on land, the use of five-star hotels offer stunning views, easy access to local markets and a feeling of a home away from home. Highlights include the Great Pyramids and Sphynx, the World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, the antiquities in the Luxor Museum, numerous market visits and city tours, and watching the sunset during a private dinner at The Terrace in Aswan, where Dame Agatha Christie once settled for hours, intently penning chapters of her celebrated Death on the Nile. Fares start at $5,395 per person, double. The 10-day Kingdom of Jordan Unveiled takes guest son a land-based, deep exploration of Jordan, where the earliest evidence of habitation goes back 200,000 years. Rich in history and multiple cultures, the country offers guests more than can be done in any single trip. But Scenic is pulling out the stops to make sure the top sites are visited: Two nights in Amman and a reenactment of the Roman chariot races; the World-Heritage city of Petra, where guests enjoy a private visit to the Royal Automobile Museum; following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia in the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum; and float (or cruise) in the hypersaline waters of the Red Sea. Fares start at $4,495. For guests who just want more – Scenic offers a combination of both trips – naming it The Essence of Egypt and Jordan. The 20-day adventure will leave guests with enough stories, memories and photographs to fill volumes. Fares begin at $9,495. Scenic’s choice of Sanctuary Sun Boat III fits in well with their focus on luxury and top service. Allowing up to 36 guests to enjoy an experience modeled on the opulent era of the roaring 20s, the intimate boutique ship offers spacious cabins with oversized picture windows and all the amenities found in high-end hotels. A swim in the Sun Deck pool can be followed by a relaxing snooze in one of the tented lounge chairs and then a top-notch dining experience in the ship’s Copper Tray restaurant. Two four-day vacation extensions are also offered. In Dubai, guests take in the famous Burj al Arab, Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Museum as well as wander through the world-famous gold and spice souks, enjoy the 124-story high view from the world’s tallest tower and kick up some sand on a desert dune safari. For guests wishing to add a biblical focus to their Scenic vacation, four days in Israel includes visits to the Mount and Monastery of Temptation, the tomb at the foot of Mount Olive regarded as the burial place of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and, after exploring the Old City of Jerusalem, the Wailing (Western) Wall. Scenic’s signature all-inclusive luxury means that absolutely everything is included: unlimited complimentary beverages, full-size private suites, all meals on board and most ashore, all gratuities, transfers, hotel accommodations, expert local guides, and all Scenic Freechoice activities and Scenic Enrich special events. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, in August, the world’s first Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe, and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 Space Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents, or from Scenic: in the US:; phone 844-788-7987; or email: Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.last_img read more

Pond House Shows Us Just How Beautiful Imperfection Can Be

first_imgBjorg MagneaWhen an architect builds a weekend dream home for his small family, it’s expected that it will be an enviable showpiece, full of high-end style and opulent luxury finishes. But that’s not what Kyle Page had in mind when he designed Pond House. From scouting the perfect piece of wooded land complete with private pond, to carefully selected materials, his idea of a dream weekend home is exactly the kind of space we would personally love to escape to. After finding just the right plot of land back in 2015, Page, principal architect of Sundial Studios, set to work building a weekend retreat where his family could relax, entertain friends, and take in all that nature has to offer. By being both architect and client, Page had creative freedom to do whatever he wanted – something every designer dreams of. Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Bjorg Magnea Next Bjorg Magnea Bjorg MagneaInside, Pond House is expertly styled to create an inviting, cozy, masculine space ideal for unwinding after escaping the hectic city life. Nature is reflected in every corner of the home, from the grass green area rug in the living room to the raw wood shelving to headboards made from sugar maples found on the property. Quirky touches were added to show that a growing family calls Pond House home, including a set of stools scattered throughout that Page made himself. The stools are made from ash trees which had been damaged by emerald ash borer beetles. The paths they carved through the trunks can be seen as patterns on the unique stools. Despite the small size, Pond House feels spacious thanks to bright white walls, an open-plan family room, and a vaulted ceiling that looks up to a loft space. The home was carefully positioned so that the family room faces south and windows frame views of the pond and the woods. The south-facing wall is all glass, allowing the sun to fill the space throughout the day and letting the family watch wildlife from the comfort of their sofa. A simple wood-burning fireplace adds a gritty touch, which is balanced by contemporary style seating and sleek cabinetry throughout the kitchen and living room.  Raw natural materials, framed views of nature, and a rugged masculine style make Pond House the perfect weekend retreat for a family that is happy to embrace the perfectly imperfect world all around them. Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Bjorg Magnea Editors’ Recommendations This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness 1 of 3 For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Bjorg MagneaLocated on 19 acres, 80-miles north of Manhattan, the design for Pond House was determined by its surroundings. The simple shape of the home was intentional, so as to not distract from the beauty of the water, wetlands, and forest that surround it. Materials were chosen based on how well they blended in with the natural color palette of the land. It resulted in a wabi-sabi philosophy being incorporated into the design.Wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy, is about embracing imperfections and transience into the aesthetics of the world around you. In architecture, wabi-sabi is seen in things like materials intended to age and raw wood shelving – both of which Page used in Pond House. Outside, there is a distinct lack of landscaping, which should be surprising since Page is married to a senior associate at a landscape architecture firm. But letting the grass grow wild around the house is all part of that wabi-sabi lifestyle. To complement the ruggedness of the land, Pond House is clad in weathering steel, which has already turned a deep rusty orange, and shou sugi ban cedar, the blackened wood showing off all of its wonderful imperfections. At the back of the home, the gabled roof extends out over a rough concrete patio and steps. Previous last_img read more

Adulting 101 How to Wash Your Clothes the Right Way

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know $48 from Amazon $10 from Amazon Doing your own laundry is an important rite in the transition from childhood to adulthood. Alas, few of us are properly guided through this transition. Mine consisted of my mom throwing up her hands in frustration at the mountain of dirty clothes in my room and shouting, “From now on, you kids are doing your own laundry.”Only after several shrunken sweaters and a few sudsy overflows did I break down and properly research how to handle this basic chore. If, like me, you’ve frequently crossed your fingers after dropping the lid on a load of clothes, worry no more. Our guide to washing clothes includes all the “obvious” answers you never knew, plus some tips on the finer points of keeping your duds fresh.How to Wash Your Clothes the Right WayDo I really need to separate lights and darks?As a kid, my mom came up with a system for making sure laundry colors stayed separate — rather than each family member having their own hamper, we had three big baskets in the hallway labeled “Whites,” “Mediums,” and “Darks.” With the system set up for us, it was easy to follow, though I still often vacillated over where a specific item qualified. (Is brown a medium or a dark? Should pale yellow count as a white?)Going to college changed it all with the addition of one single element to the washer: a coin slot. Never having enough quarters on hand meant that all my clothes went into the same load, and guess what? None of them looked any worse for wear.Martin Poole/Getty ImagesThe short answer: No, you don’t have to separate lights and darks.The caveat: If you’re washing a brand new item, keep it with similar colors, since it has the potential to bleed (especially red). And if you’re trying to brighten your whites with a hot water wash, do those separately to avoid shrinking other items.How do I add detergent?This answer depends on two factors: The type of washing machine you’re using and the type of detergent.Washing machines generally fall into two categories. There are front loaders and top loaders. Most detergents are designed for one type of washer only, and believe it or not, there is a difference. Top-loader detergent produces a lot more suds—using it in a front-loader could lead to a big bubbly mess.If you’re using a front-loading machine, it probably includes a little drawer where detergent is meant to be inserted—there might even be markings for where to put liquid versus powdered detergent. Some liquid detergents, however, come with a dosing ball that releases the detergent at a specific moment in the wash cycle. Either way, it’s pretty easy. Measure out the detergent according to package directions (which will tell you how much to use depending on the size of your laundry load), drop into the drawer (or dosing ball), and proceed.Valentyn Semenov/EyeEm/Getty ImagesIf you’re using a top-loading washing machine, measure detergent in the same way and add it to the washing machine before you put the clothes in. Give the machine a few seconds to fill with water before adding clothes, so that the detergent has a chance to distribute.When do I use bleach?The bleach learning curve is quick and steep—it only takes one mistake to teach you how to properly use bleach. What sucks is when that lesson comes at the cost of a wardrobe standby. To prevent pulling out your favorite hoodie only to find a big white splatter on it or finding your softest white tee looking like it’s been through a gunfight, it’s important to make sure you know what you’re working with. That means, first and foremost, looking at the care tags on whatever you’re washing, to see if there are any instructions about using bleach. It’s also a good idea to test a little bit of diluted bleach on the garment—you can apply a tiny dab to the underarm or inside seam, just to make sure nothing happens that you wouldn’t want to see happen to the whole garment.When you’re bleaching, make sure to use a small amount (the package directions should guide you according to your load size), and add your bleach to the washing water before you put in the clothes. Be advised, however, that repeated bleaching can wear out your clothes and even cause yellowing. For a more sustainable whitening/brightening option, you’re better off adding a scoop of washing soda and a cup or so of white vinegar to your laundry.When do I NOT use the dryer?More and more clothes dryers are coming with variable settings these days, which is great news for your wardrobe—high heat can really wear out your clothes. However, some types of fabric are best left to air-dry, especially if it’s an item where the fit is everything (like workout clothes or skinny jeans).Manuel Breva Colmeiro/Getty ImagesIn general, anything with elastic or Spandex shouldn’t be put in the dryer, since the heat will break down the stretchiness.Any garments that include silk, wool, suede or leather should be kept out of the dryer, as well.Denim is a controversial one—whether to dry or not dry your jeans depends a lot on your personal preferences. If you invest in heritage denim, or care a lot about a perfect fit, you’re better off air-drying your jeans. If, on the other hand, your jeans are more about function than form, go ahead and toss them in the dryer.In addition, it’s best not to mix wildly different types of fabrics in the dryer. Putting your best collared shirts in with the Mexican blanket you take to the park will result in a lengthy lint-brushing session later.What settings should I use?As a general rule, cool or cold water settings are the best option for washing. Lower temperatures protect colors from fading or bleeding, and prevent shrinkage (especially along the seams, where shrinking is most likely to happen). Cool water is also better for treating stains, which are more likely to set in warm water. Using cold or cool water also saves energy, which is very environmentally responsible.Antonio Arcos/Getty ImagesHowever, certain types of clothes are best laundered in certain settings:Workout/athletic clothes: Cold water, air-dryNice collared shirts, chinos, and trousers: Cool water (except for white shirts) dry on low heat hang up while still warmSweaters and other wool items:Cold water on delicate or hand-wash setting, lay flat to dryLaundry Essentials Frey DetergentSave yourself the hassle of comparing grocery store brands (much less the migraine-inducing trip down an aisle rife with chemical smells) and just order yourself a case of Frey detergent. Their natural enzyme-based formulation is easy on your clothes, their paraben-free formulation is skin-friendly, and their biodegradable formulation is environmentally sustainable. Frey leaves out the fillers (i.e., water) to deliver an ultra-concentrated detergent, meaning you get your money’s worth from each bottle. Plus, as a Certified B Corporation, the company donates 10% of profits to The Laundry Project, a nonprofit that ensures low-income and housing-insecure families have clean clothes to wear. The real topper, though, is the cedarwood fragrance that lingers around each freshly washed load. Editors’ Recommendations The Laundress Wool and Cashmere SoapNo need to scour your mom’s cupboard for that ancient bottle of Woolite. This cedar-scented soap from The Laundress is the perfect way to get your delicates clean. The ph-neutral formulation removes odor, dirt, and oil while preserving your sweaters’ softness as well as the lanolin coating that is natural to wool. The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall $17 from Amazoncenter_img 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall Homz Hanging Sweater Drying RackMaximize your laundry room space and keep those cashmere sweaters looking wrinkle free (and the right size!) with this multi-tiered hanging rack for drying sweaters. $12 from Amazon Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls 6-PackJust say no to fishing dryer sheets out of your sleeves and pant legs. Not only do these balls of natural wool reduce static cling, but they also absorb moisture, reducing the energy required to get your clothes dry (another environmentally friendly bonus!). A drop or two of your favorite essential oil adds a nice, subtle fragrance to your clean laundry. Nellie’s Wow Stick Stain RemoverMy grandma’s go-to stain remover was a toothbrush dipped in a petroleum-based potion. It did the job, but it left a funny smell and it sort of freaked me out that I was wearing a gasoline by-product. Nellie’s WOW! Stick takes the same principle — oil dissolves oil — and makes it easy. Just soak the spot with the stain, rub the stick on it, and scrub it all together under water. Not only is the WOW Stick safe for even delicate fabrics, but it leaves behind a nice orange/lemongrass scent. Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits $18 from Amazonlast_img read more

Talking Irish Whiskey with Tullamore DEWs Tim Herlihy

first_img Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — food and drink editor Sam Slaughter and and the incomparable host, Greg Nibler — sit down with the National Tullamore D.E.W. Ambassador Tim Herlihy to talk all things Irish whiskey.Seeing as Ireland is the birthplace of whiskey, we felt it necessary to talk about Irish whiskey with the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday. After telling the crew of his own origins, Herlihy lays out what makes Irish whiskey so special (outside of it being the birthplace of the stuff) and then expounds on why it has seen such a dramatic rise in popularity in the United States.Following a primer on the spirit, Herlihy discusses Tullamore D.E.W. specifically, talking about everything from their various expressions and barrel finishes to their current campaign, O’Everyone, and his new book, From Barley to Blarney.If you’re an Irish whiskey fan or you’re looking to become one, then this episode is for you. Pick up a bottle of Tully and get ready to enjoy a dram or two while listening. Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations center_img Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Are you a fan of Irish whiskey and have a favorite? Have you been to the Tullamore D.E.W. distillery? Let us know! And, if you have a question or comment for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at — we’re always around! You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to subscribe and rate on your favorite podcast app, too!Further ReadingThe Best Irish Whiskey to Enjoy on St. Patrick’s DayHeading to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day? Book the Irish Heritage Package at the Conrad DublinIrish Heart with Caribbean Soul: Tullamore D.E.W. Releases Rum Cask-Finished WhiskeyThe History and How-To of Irish Coffeelast_img read more

How to Fall Asleep Fast According to Sleep Experts

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Editors’ Recommendations The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain It’s a human experience almost as universal as life itself. You lie down in bed after a grueling day, practically delirious with excitement at the prospect of eight hours of pure, uninterrupted unconsciousness, only to feel your brain go into overdrive the second your head hits the pillow:“Psst! Are you sure you responded to that email?”“Maybe you should get into the stock market even though this is literally the first time you’ve ever thought about it.”“Hey, remember that time you dropped your entire lunch tray in the school cafeteria and then cried in front of everyone in 7th grade?”We feel you. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t come with a built-in sleep button, but there are still plenty of things you can do to help yourself fall asleep faster. To help crack the code to falling asleep fast, we reached out to the sleep experts at Calm, a sleep and meditation app: Dr. Colleen Carney of Ryerson University and Dr. Michael Breus, a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Here are their top tips for how to fall asleep fast (and staying asleep once you do).What to Do at NightStick to a ScheduleIf you have trouble falling asleep quickly, it could very well be a matter of timing. Much as we might wish we could cram a few more hours into our days, our bodies are built to operate on a 24-hour schedule. Our circadian rhythms are real, and often they’re the reason we can’t seem to stop pushing the snooze button. Regardless of the hours we keep, our brains will naturally try to ensure we get enough sleep by adjusting how much melatonin (the hormone that makes us sleepy) our bodies produce throughout the day. Maintaining a consistent bedtime and wake-up time — yes, even on the weekend — is critical to allowing your circadian cycle to properly reset each day.Heath Korvola/Getty ImagesHere’s the true tea: If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, you need to start by getting on a consistent schedule. Make sure you go to bed and wake up around the same time: Every. Single. Day.Although it may be tough at first, after a few days or weeks, your body will respond in kind by adjusting melatonin production to reflect your new, consistent sleep schedule. The end result will be better sleep and a much easier time pulling yourself out of bed in the morning.Have a Wind-Down RoutineFor truly restful sleep, you need a way to disengage from all the problem-solving and stress you experience in your day. Finding your perfect wind-down routine may take some trial and error, so try something new if your current routine isn’t working out. For some people, a nightly self-care routine can help wash away the day’s stresses. Try showering, shaving, washing and moisturizing your face, or other hygiene routines to help you get into a relaxing mindset before you lie down. It’s a good idea to limit screen time when you’re trying to settle in for the night, but you don’t have to abandon your phone entirely. Apps like Calm can whisk you off to sleep with soothing music, guided meditations, and “Sleep Stories,” relaxing tales read by your favorite soothing speakers, like Stephen Fry, Bob Ross, and even the bedtime story from Game of Thrones’ Bronn you didn’t know you needed. You can also try things like sleep masks to block out light while you drift off or aromatherapy to aid in relaxation.Cavan Images/Getty ImagesDon’t Force ItSometimes, even despite your best efforts, your body just isn’t ready for sleep when you want it to be. While consistency is key to falling asleep fast, staying asleep all night, and waking up refreshed, trying to force yourself to sleep when your body isn’t ready will likely only lead to frustration and increased restlessness. Despite what your parents may have implied when you were young and uncooperative, our sleep experts recommend against lying in bed “trying” to fall asleep. If you’ve ever tried this method yourself, you can likely attest to the fact that staring wide-eyed into the darkness thinking about how tired you wish you were doesn’t exactly whisk you away to dreamland. Instead, accept that you’re not ready and find a relaxing activity — reading, watching a show, or meditating — while you wait for sleep to unfold naturally.What to do During the DayAlthough your frustration comes when you’re lying awake at night, setting yourself up for easier sleep is something you can work on during the day, too. Here are a few things you can do during the day to help you fall asleep faster when bedtime rolls around.Hero Images/Getty ImagesGet Some SunRemember that circadian rhythm your body uses to make sure you’re getting enough rest? It’s not just affected by what’s going on inside your body — it also relies on light cues from your environment to determine when you should be alert and when you should be sleeping soundly. This is why many people find it difficult to sleep during the daytime and why so many of us prefer darkness when we’re nodding off. Just like sticking to a consistent sleep schedule can keep your internal clock ticking properly, getting some sun when you wake up in the morning can help your circadian rhythm reset for the day, too. Try to incorporate 15 minutes of sunlight into your morning routine by enjoying your coffee on the patio, taking an early morning stroll, or cracking open a few windows while you make breakfast. This won’t just help you wake up faster in the morning, it will ensure that your body and mind are on the same page when it’s time to wind down for the day, too.Exercise (But Time It Right!)Unsurprisingly, daily exercise can go a long way in helping you fall asleep fast. On top of helping tire you out, exercise can also help regulate your circadian rhythm, reduce anxiety, and improve your mood. When it comes to sleep, though, Dr. Carney and Dr. Breus say it can be all about the timing. Exercise raises your core temperature, and the subsequent lowering of that temperature helps your body prepare for sleep. Try timing your workout for about four hours before you plan to go to bed, otherwise, your increased core body temp may affect your ability to sleep at night.Johnny Seldon/PexelsLimit Caffeine and AlcoholDon’t worry, we’re certainly not about to tell you to give up coffee and cocktails. What Dr. Carney and Dr. Breus do recommend, however, is being more mindful about when you’re indulging. Caffeine has a half-life of six to eight hours, so you should stop refilling your mug at 2:00 p.m. if you want an easier time going to sleep by 10:00 p.m. Many of us can relate to the need for a warm cup of brew to jump-start the day, but that energy spike you crave in the AM is the last thing you want when you tuck in for the night.Anyone who has ever over-indulged could tell you that alcohol can make you fall asleep, but it’s important to remember that the quality of your sleep matters, too. Although alcohol causes a brief increase in the production of sleep-inducing chemicals in your brain, it also blocks REM (rapid-eye-movement) sleep, which is vital for truly restorative sleep. Have you ever woken up after a night of merry drinking only to find that you feel like you haven’t slept at all? You can thank a lack of REM sleep for that frustration. If you want to treat yourself to a nightcap, Drs. Carney and Breus recommend that you do so about three hours before your bedtime to allow your body enough time to fully digest it.When it comes to the fastest way to fall asleep, you’ll find that everyone is a little bit different. Luckily, there are some universal truths to the way our bodies and brains get tired that you can use to your advantage. Remember that consistency is key, and it may take some experimentation to find your ideal relaxation routine. Use these expert tips wisely and you’ll be on your way to falling asleep fast.last_img read more

Murray Carter Tells Us What It Takes to be a Master Bladesmith

first_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Next Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Carter Cutlery What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — managing editor Nicole Raney and the nonpareil of a host Greg Nibler — engage in some razor-sharp conversation with 17th-generation Yoshimoto bladesmith Murray Carter.Murray is the namesake bladesmith of Carter Cutlery, a knife forge and shop based in Portland, Oregon. He walks us through his origin story — how a deep interest in karate led him to Japan and a chance encounter introduced him to Sensei Sakemoto, the master bladesmith who would train him to become next in the Yoshimoto line. Editors’ Recommendations Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells 1 of 4 Carter Cutlery center_img Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Carter Cutlery Previous Carter Cutlery The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Murray also explains the modern process of bladesmithing, what it’s like to get into this storied profession in the 21st century, and how an everyday person can spot a quality knife. If you’ve always been fascinated by blades, you’ll find Murray’s story equally enthralling. If you view blades as kitchen utensils, you’ll find some interesting nuggets to inform your next knife purchase.The history of Yoshimoto bladesmiths is particularly fascinating and a lot more than we could pack into one podcast episode. If you want to learn more, you can hear from Sakemoto himself:Have you ever made your own knife? Do you have an awesome profession? Let us know. If you ever have a question or comment for The Manual podcast folks, give us a shout at — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out for podcast polls so you can join the discussion. Be sure to follow the Carter Cutlery crew on Instagram.Further ReadingKnow Your Knife: A Guide to the Best Steel for KnivesHow to Choose the Right Kitchen Knife for YouHow to Sharpen a Knife with a Water StoneHow to Hold a Knife and Use it Like a Pro Carter Cutlery last_img read more

Selling Adventure Travel – World Expeditions

first_imgWritten By: Caroline Mongrain, North American Marketing Manager, World Expeditions Active lifestyle has gained in popularity and more people are seeking unique, active and authentic experiences for their holidays. At World Expeditions we have been organising quality treks, cycle trips, climbs and tours for over four decades. We strongly believe that it is not only where but also how someone travels that truly creates a trip of a lifetime. The main value of adventure travel is that it captures the essence of the experience. Whether enjoying a full panoramic view of the highest mountains of the world in Nepal, witnessing the magic of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate on the Inca Trail in Peru, revelling in the festivities of the Naadam festival in Mongolia or relaxing amongst what feels like a million penguins in Antarctica, this style of travel is all about discovery, personal achievement & experience. In an era where our lifestyles are fast paced and technology dominates a significant amount of time, the connection with nature away from ‘screens’ is growing in importance and adventure travel continues to be one of the fastest accelerating sectors in the industry as a result. Travel agents stand to prosper from this growth if they are poised and ready to confidently market and sell this style of travel. Searching for the best active holidays should be fun and inspiring. We are pleased to share with you our expertise in adventure travel and hope these few tips will help you select the best travel experiences for your clients. High ExpectationsTravellers are well informed and they want their travel consultant to go a step further. They are excited to get out of their comfort zone but want to make sure this won’t ruin their hard-earned vacation days. This is where the quality of service, attention to detail and strong knowledge of a travel consultant can make all the difference in inspiring a traveller to perhaps visit a region they may have otherwise not considered. Providing expert advice is of the utmost importance: the best time to go, physical preparation, cultural considerations… and to do so, you need the right tools. With World Expeditions’ detailed documentation it is easy for you to quickly find all the answers and to be confident that you are able to provide all the necessary information for them to select their perfect adventure. Level of FitnessAdventure travel will encompass a wide and varied range of adventures. Some are soft while others are extreme. A good grading system, as developed by World Expeditions, makes it easy for intending travellers to understand the physical rating and training requirements for each adventure. The trip grading is an important consideration when choosing an itinerary. It will vary not only by the activity type but also factors including altitude, the trip duration, difficulty of the terrain and any technical requirements. This is a great resource for travel agents who can quickly familiarize with the required level of fitness and it is always encouraged to ask questions if you are unsure of the level of difficulty. Price and InclusionsSearch for the best value for money. There are many things that can affect a price tag. Pay extra attention to the exclusions; activities not included, local payment, park entry fees, trekking permits, bike rental and meals. All additional costs not only force travellers to carry large sums of money but it also reduces your commission. While some operators offer transparent information, some may make you work harder to gather those details. Types of AccommodationThere is a wide variety of accommodations available and the desires of adventure travellers is well known – they seek out properties that authentically reflect the character of the area, minimize the impact on the environment and provide the most comfortable option at the preferred price tag. Learning about the different types of accommodation will help you provide the most valuable information, beyond the first impression. As when someone says that they don’t want to camp, maybe they would still enjoy staying at an eco campsite with a view of Torres del Paine in Patagonia, a bedouin camp in the desert or even at wilderness fully serviced camping in a stunning environment. Read between the lines and never forget that it is all about the experience. About Small Group TravelWe recognise that many travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. We are not talking about bus tours, but a small group trip of around ten participants should allow some time for personal discovery within the framework of the itinerary. Travelling in small group is a good way to develop long lasting friendships as it offers the chance to spend quality time with people who have a desire to see the same destination you do – in the style you like. Why Choose Private VehiclesPrivate transportation is not only safer but it is also a more sustainable option. Public transport for tourism purposes can push services into an overuse situation which results in fare increasing and reduces availability for the local community. World Expeditions utilises private transportation as much as possible. This is the best way to ensure that all vehicles we use have regular maintenance, that our experienced drivers work in good conditions and that they follow strict guidelines to offer the maximum security. Special Dietary RequirementsHaving special dietary requirements including allergies can be a cause of stress or even discourage a traveller to choose their dream adventure, especially in more remote destinations. By choosing an outfitter that offers inclusive meal services on their tour, you can not only cater to those dietary requirements but it also greatly lowers the risk of travellers getting sick. Our appointed cooks and kitchen assistants prepare a creative menu with fresh ingredients and carefully manage the hygiene standards. Empowering Local People The main advantage of working with local guides is that it ensures that someone with a comprehensive understanding of regional customs and culture leads the trip. Another advantage is that it provides to the local communities opportunities for self-development through extensive training in health, safety and environmental conservation. It is a big misconception that it is less expensive to work with a local guide compared to using a western leader, but we believe it is the right thing to do. Our training program ensures that local guides have excellent knowledge to provide the best support to travellers. Porters are also an integral part of the World Expeditions philosophy and style of travel. Without them, we would not be able to run our quality programs in the mountains. The welfare of the entire trek crew, from porters to the most senior guide, is the responsibility of the company that sends them out there. We are committed to paying a good working wage and providing above industry standard employment conditions. A happy team is likely to provide a better experience to your clients. Why Booking in Advance is BetterMore and more people prefer to book their trip last minute these days but there are some places where it is important to plan it well in advance. If a traveller is interested in a destination with limited accommodation options like in Myanmar, where only a small number of hotels is available; in popular walking trails such as the John Muir Trail where it is virtually impossible to book last minute; in places requiring special permits such as the Inca Trail in Peru or the mountain gorillas permits in Rwanda; or in regions with short season such as the blossom season in Japan, the best advice you can offer is that advance booking is not only recommended but essential. Tailor-Made Itineraries and Private GroupsFinally, if you don’t find the right trip out there why not offer a tailor-made adventure? Your clients will surely enjoy the flexibility of a customized itinerary; to choose what they would like to see, the activities they want to do, the duration of the trip and at the date that suits them best. This is the perfect format for private groups and family travel as it gives them the opportunities to build their own exclusive departure just the way they want. All of our itineraries are designed by people with incredible local knowledge who share our vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach. Whether your client like their adventures to include trekking, touring, cycling, mountaineering, kayaking or cruising World Expeditions can make it happen. Our team is happy to assist you in finding the adventure of a lifetime for each traveller and to put our expertise for tailor-made trips at your disposal. Don’t hesitate to contact our expert team at 1-800-567-2216 or Our vast selection of quality active adventures is also available at www.worldexpeditions.comlast_img read more

Travel Professional Success Stories – Lori Spoelstra

first_imgTravel Professional Name:  Lori SpoelstraAgency Name: Adventures by LoriLocation: Grand Rapids, MIHost Agency Name: OASISYears as a Travel Professional: 10Specialization or Niche: Family Travel, Multi-generational  What led you to be a Travel Professional?   In an earlier sales career, I had the opportunity to earn incentive trips.  It soon became apparent that my sales goals were driven by the desire to earn those amazing trips all over the world.  One special trip that we were able to earn was a trip to Walt Disney World with our 3-year-old son.  The sales period for this incentive trip was 2 ½ years long.  After achieving my goal and making it to Disney, I got to watch that little boy’s eyes grow in magical awe as we walked into the Magic Kingdom and he saw Cinderella’s Castle for the first time.  I will never forget the overwhelming feeling I had that I was able to give this child this experience. A few years after retiring from that career, I went to work for my husband as his office manager.  One day after returning from another family trip to Disney, he casually mentioned that I do such a good job planning our vacations, I should be a travel agent.  I went straight to my office and applied for a position as a home-based Independent Contractor with the host agency we had just recently booked a vacation through. If I could help make the same magic for other families that we experienced on that first Disney vacation, I knew I could be happy in a career like that. At which point did you know that this was the career for you?   From DAY ONE!  I could not WAIT to get started!  During the initial six- week training period, I felt like a race horse that needed to get out of the gate!  I LOVE what I do, and I love making happy clients with whatever vacation they are dreaming of. Did defining your Specialty or Niche increase your business? If so, how did you find your Niche?   As a family of 5, I was always looking for trips and places to bring the family that we can experience together, so that is just how I started with family travel.  I also did a lot of traveling growing up as family and I saw how much travel affected our family’s closeness.  I truly believe that traveling together as a family can bond a family together like nothing else. A Niche in this business doesn’t necessarily mean that this travel type is all you will do.  Shortly after starting, I realized that what I was building was a business of relationships, not transactions.  When clients came to me for Disney with their family, I was soon their “go to” travel professional for their anniversary trip to Punta Cana, or their brother’s honeymoon to Italy, wherever they next looked to explore.  As Walt would say … “it all started with a mouse.” Have you always worked with a Host Agency? If not, can you share how working with your Host Agency has helped you?   Yes, I have always worked with a host agency. What three things about working with your Host Agency has been the most useful and helpful?   I love OASIS!  I couldn’t be happier than where I am. (1) The owners and managers at Oasis want us to succeed.  They encourage us to brand our businesses.  I appreciate that.  When I market my business, I am truly marketing MY business and not the host agency.  We have our own identity within their company.  It’s a terrific business model and makes me want to succeed to help them succeed. (2) They invest in us and give us every tool to succeed – from training, to time-saving reporting programs and live booking engines for hotels and cruises directly from my website.  They listen to us with what is working, what is not, and what needs to be changed.  They bring us into the inner workings of the agency and let us be a part of their success.  Our success is theirs, and theirs is ours.  I feel like we are a team. (3) I feel appreciated.   Those three words are huge to me. What aspects of your Host Agency led you to your decision to join their programs?   Initially, it was the amount of commission I actually got to keep.  Oasis has a very unique commission pay-out style which appealed to me.  At first it was per booking fee driven, then I moved up to a flat monthly fee and 100% commissions.  Can’t believe how much more $$ I am making!   It has made such a huge difference for my family and what I can invest back into my business for marketing and growth.  After the initial shock of my first commission check, it became more apparent that this company is made up of very smart, hard-working individuals – people that I want to associate my name with. What advice would you offer to someone looking to join the Travel Industry? To succeed, expect to work hard.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  As a home-based agent, my hours are flexible, but they are not optional.  It’s not all blue water and white sand beaches (as most of my Facebook friends think!) – unexpected things happen to clients who travel and you need to be able to resolve unpleasant issues.  What you put into your business you will get out of it – time and moneywise.  Invest in good business cards, they reflect you.  Dress as the professional you see yourself as when you are with people.  If you are home-based, don’t tell people that you “work from home.”  Tell them that your office is IN your home.  Keep learning … keep traveling … never stop. When I first started, I had three bookings my first year in the business and one of them was my own.  That didn’t meant that I wasn’t working that whole year.  What it means is that I had time to go out and do trade shows, county fairs, join Chambers of Commerce, and other networking groups, take training courses and market myself and invest in my product knowledge.  I knew eventually the clients would come, and when they did, I was going to wow them into sticking with me. What advice would you offer to someone looking to work with a Host Agency?   A good host agency gives you support and encourages you to do your best and grow YOUR business and succeed. To work with a host agency is to be in business FOR yourself but not BY yourself.  You will gain not only a successful business but lifelong friends and colleagues. Many articles and studies have shown that the Travel Professional is becoming more and more important, how do you feel about that? Do you see the increase in awareness from your clients as of now?   I get comments all the time on how surprised they are that I am so busy.  I think that people are realizing the importance of using a travel professional when it comes to their travel investment.  Years of personal travel experience and learning allows me to give my clients an upper hand when it comes to what to do, where to go; and in some cases what NOT to do.  People don’t know what they don’t know.  I think that people have been burned by the online .coms and are realizing that having someone who knows them and their family personally – what kind of hotels they like, where they like their seats on a plane, special dietary needs, etc – is becoming more and more appealing in this .com age of faceless ticket takers. Please share a couple of things have been the most important to your success so far?   1) My business-marketing goal from the beginning was to “wow” my first client with client service, hoping then to turn that client into two clients.  Two clients turn into four, four into eight, etc.  Make every client feel like they are your only client and they are your priority.  When you are talking with them, they ARE your priority.  Work the hours that you need to work to complete the work that you promise – even if that means pulling the occasional all-nighter.  If you promise something, make sure that it happens. 2) I always ASK for referrals.  My business is 100% referral based and it’s because I ask for those referrals that my clients are sending their friends and family my way.  I sent “referral request” envelopes with extra business cards in them and on the envelope it says that I enjoyed working with them and if they enjoyed working with me, please share me with their friends and family . 3) Passion.  You need to have a passion for what you do in this business or you can soon be burned out. What are your plans to grow your business in the next year? I just hired my first associate agent and I’m looking forward to working with him to keep up with the steady growth that we are experiencing.  My goal for growth is to bring on a couple more associate agents, each with experience and specializing in a specific area.  Oasis encourages us and has made an appealing path toward those goals for my business. I also have recently contracted with a company who is building a blog/social media format for me which will direct more people to my website with a call to action, making my website more of an integral partner.  My social media marketing will tie together with my website, I’m excited to see how it all works in conjunction with one another. Do you feel that getting yourself out there and traveling is important for your business? If so, how do you make yourself get out there and take those trips? As busy as I am, there is always a second thought as to whether I should or shouldn’t take the time to travel.  Personal experience is key to the success of my sales.  There is nothing that gives you more credibility with a client than having actually been there, seen it, and experienced it.  Any time I take away from my office to travel is well worth it.  It may look like just fun, but you are growing your knowledge and that knowledge is valuable!last_img read more

Bulldog Skincare for Men Wants to Takes Care of Your Face and

first_img How to Grow and Maintain Stubble Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About center_img Back in the early 2000s, when Simon Duffy ducked into a Whole Foods to pick up some product for his wife, he thought he might be able to grab some sort of natural moisturizer for himself. He was disappointed to find that, at the time, the health food chain store didn’t have much of a selection that targeted men’s grooming needs. When Duffy and his best friend started kicking around the idea of starting their own business, Bulldog Skincare for Men was born. The brand landed its first retailer (yup, Whole Foods) in the United States in 2010.More recently the brand has positioned itself against some of the classic “drug store” brands at big-box retailers like Walgreens, Target, and CVS. Perhaps best of all, while staying true to its natural roots — eschewing synthetic ingredients, parabens, etc. — Bulldog has offered a comprehensive, easy-to-understand collection of men’s skin care that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and will save your face (and the planet) in the process.Sustainability in the (Dog) HouseIn the spring of 2019, Bulldog announced an aggressive move into sustainable packaging at an event held—where else?—at the American Kennel Club’s recently reopened Museum of the Dog in Manhattan. Mingling with canine-inspired books and objets d’art, as well as some high-tech interactive displays that would make any technocrat proud, were one lovable real bulldog, and vitrines of Bulldog Skincare for Men’s impressively large product line. As Bulldog puts it, the goal here is “to minimize our pawprint.” The brand is now packaging its products in tubes derived from Brazilian sugarcane, a renewable resource with minimal impact on food suppliers or the Amazon region’s precious biodiversity. In fact, Bulldog is the first men’s skincare brand in the world to use the material as a raw material in packaging. They worked with both a Brazilian company and a United Kingdom-based tube manufacturer to develop new packaging that helps reduce the consumption of fossil fuel materials. (Most modern skincare packaging is made from fossil fuel petrochemicals that are non-renewable sources, releasing carbon dioxide and contributing to global warming.) For every 100 tons of sugarcane plastic produced, 309 tons of CO2 are taken out of the environment, resulting in a significant impact on the ecosystem. The company is so excited about the innovation that they are even trying to convince other cosmetics manufacturers to make the switch. All Bulldog products will display a logo identifying the new packaging. The Kindest CutBesides addressing packaging concerns, Bulldog is also looking at removing plastic from the shaving equation. This year the brand launched a new razor system that removed as much as possible, starting with a steel handle that is sheathed in a changeable bamboo sleeve. The flexible head is made from un-chromed metal that is better for the environment. The disposable blades themselves, still made from tempered steel and plastic, have been made as small as possible, without compromising a close, safe shave. Finally, even the packaging is made from recycled wood pulp, and environmentally friendly inks. You’re Not Getting OlderAlso impressive at the presentation was the full breadth of the Bulldog collection, including everything from multiple solutions to Duffy’s initial quest for a natural moisturizer, to cleansing and shaving products, deodorant, soaps, beard care, and more. The collection is even sophisticated enough to address normal, sensitive, and oily skin, not to mention an impressive Age Defense collection that speaks to the needs of “more mature” skin. The Age Defense Moisturizer ($12) not only hydrates, but it also helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with a formula that includes rosemary, vitamin E, and echinacea (and you thought that was only good for cold and flu season). An equally impressive Eye Roll-On ($12) addresses dark circles and puffiness with an easy-to-use ball applicator…just the thing to keep stashed in a desk drawer or gym bag for those days and nights spent burning the candle at both ends. Sensitive TopicBulldog’s range for sensitive skin includes baobab oil – an African botanical oil derived from a succulent plant that’s full of vitamins and essential fatty acids. Combine that with oat oil’s light hydration, and willow herb  (a natural astringent), and you’ve got a moisturizer that doesn’t go on greasy or sticky. It’s also fragrance-free to help minimize irritation. Those botanicals form the basis of sensitive skin-friendly moisturizer ($10), face wash ($7), aftershave balm ($10), even a face scrub ($7) with quinoa for gentle cleansing. Oil InfrastructureSimilarly, Bulldog has a complete collection to address the needs of men with oily skin. A face scrub ($7) is built on charcoal to minimize excess oil, but then adds witch hazel, juniper and willow bark (which helps fight acne and aids in exfoliation). The scrub is complemented by a similarly formulated face wash ($7), moisturizer ($10), and a face mask ($10) that takes only five to ten minutes to suck up excess oil. Beard BenefitsBearded brethren, don’t despair. Bulldog’s got you covered, too. Its Beard Care Kit  ($15) includes Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner, Original Beard Oil, and a wooden comb. The products incorporate aloe vera and camelina (packed with fatty acids…you may know it from the Paleo Diet) oils, as well as green tea.  A beard balm ($10 for 2.5 ounces) rounds out the offering, leaving the beard healthy and conditioned; especially important if you get itchy beneath your beard. Bulldog offers gift sets and subscription services from its website,, but what may be best of all is that all of this affordable product can be easily scooped up at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Meijer, ShopRite…sometimes even in your local grocery store, right while you’re doing your other shopping.No need to teach an old dog new tricks. Editors’ Recommendations Shop Bulldoglast_img read more

The Best Ultralight Backpacking Gear Actually Worth the Price Tag

first_img The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! $235 from Amazon $210 from Six Moon Designs $52 from Walmart $50 from REI $100 from Amazon JacketMission Workshop Sans JacketJackets spend a lot of time in a ball at the bottom of your backpack but most of the time they’re just a precautionary measure. The 5.6-ounce Mission Workshop Sans is so small and light you might lose it entirely in your pack. The Sans isn’t a typical windshield turned shell with mediocre breathability either. The Japanese-made, three-layer membrane is as breathable and waterproof as anything Gore-Tex. Laser-drilled underarm ventilation holes add a touch more breathability where it matters.Weight: 5.6 ounces Sleeping bags are some of the biggest things in our packs. Synthetic insulation is getting lighter and lighter but it still can’t compare to down insulation for weight and compressibility. How do we make down sleeping bags even lighter? Cut them in half.Therm-a-Rest Vesper Quilts don’t need the bottom half of a traditional sleeping bag — the sleeping pad does that for us (more on that in a moment). A neck snap and draft tubes on the side and around the neck keep the breeze out. The bottom end of the quilt still surrounds your feet with a warm foot box. The 900-fill Nikwax hydrophobic down inside dries quickly and stays lofted longer. Box baffles keep the down in place and don’t create cold spots. The whole thing compresses to the size of a water bottle.Weight: 15 ounces to 1 pound, 1 ounce HeadlampNitecore Nu20 HeadlampHeadlamps and batteries have been steadily decreasing in size since the first versions were just candles tied to your face. With a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Nitecore Nu20 headlamp is 1.6 ounces but can still throw a 360-lumen beam 80 meters. The light can last almost 8 hours on the 40-lumen medium mode and 100 hours on the 1-lumen low setting. When it gets low just recharge with a USB battery pack.Weight: 1.66 ounces, including battery Water FiltrationSawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filtration SystemAnother non-glamorous but necessary weight in your pack will be a water filter of some sort. Bigger filters can weigh multiple pounds and be tough to clean and pump. Sawyer has made a name for themselves with tiny, lightweight water filters. The Micro Squeeze screws onto the end of a squeezable (hence the name) bag for easy filling and filtering. It also fits onto disposable plastic bottles. A syringe is included to backflush the device with clean water after each trip and each filter is good for about 100,000 liters.Weight: 2 ounces Sleeping BagTherm-a-Rest Vesper Down Quilt 32 The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together $28 from Amazon Trekking PolesBlack Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ Trekking PolesTrekking poles might seem like an optional piece of gear, but when you hit the first big hill of a hike, you’ll wish you had them. The Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ has become the industry standard in ultralight poles — watch any 50-mile running race and half the competitors will be traversing the mountains with them. The Z-pole setup deploys quickly like an avalanche probe, locking at the top with the FlickLock giving you 6 inches of adjustment. They come with rubber and carbide tips that just screw into the end.Weight: 12.5 ounces $30 from Amazon A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking $475 from Mission Workshop ShoesAltra Lone Peak 4 Trail Running ShoesWhen you start hiking, everyone tells you to get a good pair of hiking boots. Boots are definitely required on some hikes, but the lighter your gear, the less weight is on your feet. Trail runners, like the Altra Lone Peak 4, have become a popular lightweight footwear option, especially for longer trails. Balanced cushioning across the sole means zero drop from heel to toe for a stable surface for hiking (or running if you really need to get to camp). The wide toe box gives your toes room to spread out and breathe, reducing the chance of blisters or foot pain. TrailClaw lugs under the balls of your feet give extra grip with every step.Weight: 1.48 poundscenter_img TentBig Agnes Fly Creek HV Platinum TentShelters can be a contentious item in ultralight circles. Do you even need one? Why not just sleep under the stars? For those that prefer to stay dry and not chew on bugs all night, Big Agnes’ tents are some of the lightest tents in the world. The Fly Creek HV Platinum is only 1 pound, 10 ounces and sleeps two people. The single DAC Featherlight NFL pole includes a hub in the middle to make setup easy. Throw on the fly and clip each corner to the color-coded clips. The vestibule to the end door opens on the side to store gear while you roam. You can even leave the mesh at home and just pitch with the fly, poles, and footprint so you have less to carry.Weight: 1 pound, 10 ounces Sleeping PadTherm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite Sleeping PadNot content to put a ridiculously light down quilt on a heavy sleeping pad, Therma-a-Rest had to make something to match. Following the success with the brand’s NeoAir line of small and light sleeping pads, the new UberLite mat compresses down to the size of a beer can and weighs even less. The UberLite is a full-size, 20-inch wide, 72-inch long mat with an R-value of 2.0. It’s not going to keep you warm in the winter but there’s nothing like it for warmer weather. It’s 2.5 inches thick, keeping you far away from the rough, cold ground. There’s also a larger option available that is 25 inches wide and 77 inches long.Weight: 6 ounces to 12 ounces 9 Best Backpacking Tents for Your Next Adventure, from Budget to Ultralight $120 from Amazon $170 from Amazon $105 from REI Ultralight is also accompanied by a price. As weight decreases, the cost increases.What’s the perfect combination of durable but lightweight? How much do you want to carry and how much do you want to pay?Here’s some of the best ultralight gear on the market today. Your wallet might tear up a little with this list but just think about how good your legs and back will feel carrying 20 pounds on your back instead of 50.BackpackSix Moon Designs Minimalist BackpackUltralight gear tends to be smaller so chuck that 80-liter monster. Weighing in at 34 ounces for a 54-liter pack, the Six Moon Designs Minimalist can easily carry everything you need. The main body is 37 liters with another 10 liters in the collar and 7 liters in the outside pockets. As your gear gets smaller and smaller, the pack can shrink as you go. Need food for two more days? Just unroll the collar.Six Moon Designs offers the Minimalist with two shoulder strap options. First is the standard shoulder straps and the second is a vest-like harness. Much like a running hydration pack, the vest spreads out the weight of the pack over a larger surface area on your shoulders and chest (and it gets you an additional six pockets). Another two pockets on the belt help hold everything you need for fueling and navigating.Weight: 34 ounces $320 from Moosejaw $108 from $550 from Amazon $320 from Amazon $50 from Amazon Editors’ Recommendations $180 from Walmart StoveJetboil MightyMo Backpacking StoveJetboil typically makes integrated stove systems where the stove and pot lock together for efficient cooking. With the MightMo stove, the brand has stripped away the windscreen and just left the bare essentials: a small, easy-to-light stove. A four-turn regulator lets you boil water fast or simmer like a pro chef. With one push, the igniter fires up the 10,000 BTU burner, bringing a liter of water to a boil in 3 minutes. When you really need that coffee in the morning, every minute counts.Weight: 3.3 ounces Tyson DudleyUltralight is not always better.All gear lies somewhere on a spectrum of weight. At one end is car camping gear that’s built hardy and durable but weighs a ton. At the other end are the paper-thin jackets and tiny toothbrushes of the ultralight and fast-packing world. They have their pros and cons. Big and durable is heavy but can last longer. Thin and light is easier to carry but won’t last through bushwhacking or being abused by kids.Further ReadingBest Backpacking GearBackpacking Essentials ChecklistBest Camping Cooking Gear $550 from Walmartlast_img read more

Beers Shots and Friends Why Everyone Needs a Dive Bar in Their

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Dive bars are special places. To some, they may even be holy. But what defines a dive bar? Is it the hole in the wall where the floors are always sticky? Is it the place where everybody knows your name? They can be both, but they can also be more. Dive bars are places where you go when you want to forget about life for a while. Dive bars are where you wind up when you want to watch the game, complain about your new ex while downing shot after shot of plastic handle whiskey, or have an afternoon to kill with your three best drinking buddies and nowhere to go. They are solace-givers that won’t empty your wallet.Dive bars, basically, are the best bars on the planet. They attend to every type of consumer and bring people together in weird ways. Are they perfect? Sweet Jesus, no, but that is also part of their charm. A dive bar can’t be a perfect bar. There need to be imperfections and inconsistencies in order to be a dive bar. Without them, you’ve just got a normal bar and we all know there are plenty of those in the world.Never been to a dive bar? Only been once or twice? Here are six reasons why you need to invest the time and effort in finding your favorite dive bar. With National Dive Bar Day coming up on July 7, there’s no time like the present!You can wear whatever you want.Dive bars don’t have dress codes. You don’t have to worry about having a suit jacket with you or making sure your shirt is pressed. T-shirt and shorts because it’s hot as hell out? Fine, whatever. Are you going to order your beer yet? Drinking is chief priority No. 1 at dive bars. Yes, you need to actually be wearing clothes, but usually, that’s where the dress code ends.You’ll probably make a new best friend.Upon entering a dive bar, you will immediately recognize who the regulars are. You’ll know they’re the regulars because they may or may not stare you down for entering their sacred space without permission. This could be unnerving at first, but stand your ground. Get your beer and your shot. Then another. Eventually, these locals will probably try and talk to you — fresh blood is always good for conversation. Soon, you’ll be clinking bottlenecks and sharing life stories with the person who, just an hour before, looked like they were going to murder you if you even though about ordering an Old Fashioned.Even if you don’t make a new best friend, you’re going to meet some interesting people.Dive bars are places that people go, sometimes, to be alone. We’ve done it plenty of times. No one talks to you and you’re able to just drink yourself into oblivion before shuffling home. While there, though, you’ll notice that dive bars are great for people watching. Without interacting, you’ll still be able to hear all about how Joe at the end of the bar once got in a fight with his brother over the power sander and that’s how his brother ended up without an ear. Or, you’ll learn that Mary is on the hunt for a husband for her 30-year-old daughter just so she can get her out of the house and turn the room into her own personal casino (she’s got a lead on a used slot machine already).Your bartender has probably seen some shit (and will tell you about it if you’re nice).Dive bars collect interesting people (see above). These people, inevitably, will do or say some interesting things at times. You will surely be able to learn some of these stories while there, but you will never be there as often as the bartender. Bartenders are the eyes and ears of dive bars. If you become friendly enough with them, they’ll tell you stories. Weird, crazy stories. Stories that would only be true if they took place in a dive bar. Which they did. So drink’ em in. It’s like dinner theater, but with a ton more beer and no dinner (unless you include the bowl of pretzels.)You won’t break the bank.When going to a dive bar, you know in advance that you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to have more than a round or two of drinks. Hell, if you go at the right time (read: happy hour) or if you’re friendly enough with the bartender, a Jackson will get you at least four or five rounds deep. You don’t go to a dive bar looking for Pappy — you go because the PBR comes in a 24-ounce can and the beer specials that were left over from the most recent holiday are only a $1 a bottle. If your dive bar doesn’t have PBR or its regional equivalent in both bottles and on draught, leave immediately.You won’t see anyone Instagramming their drinks.We are guilty of this, we fully admit, but when we’re Instagramming our drinks, it’s at cocktail bars where the drinks look like they’ve come straight out of Willy Wonka’s laboratory (or the drink has an eyeball in it). At a dive bar, there is literally no reason to Instagram one’s drink. It’s a beer. Or a beer and a shot. Or maybe it’s just a double pour of whiskey with some ice. No matter what it is, it is not photo-worthy.You can play Buck Hunter unironically.Not just Buck Hunter — if you look hard enough, you’ll probably be able to find plenty of games in dive bars around the country. Are you into that bar-top game that has strip poker and block breaker on it? Great, take the seat and break out the quarters. We’d warn against having a naked woman show up on the screen, but you’re in a dive bar — that is not even close to the most lurid thing that’s happened there. The only downside to these games is you may have to wait because there are sure to be plenty of people waiting to do some drinking and hunting.Have we convinced you yet? If we have, where are your favorite dive bars?Article originally published June 19, 2018. Updated June 21, 2019. 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Aint That American 7 Great Home Decor Brands Based in the USA

first_img The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits Brush FactoryBrush Factory/InstagramBased in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brush Factory turns out high-end, handmade solid wood furniture. Their designs are contemporary nods to classic styles like the Mid-Century Modern-inspired bbf Seb Credenza. Every piece is crafted with an eye for detail and made to order to fit your space. Shop Benjamin Moore You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe Editors’ Recommendations Dutch CraftersIf there is one thing the Amish are known for (besides the whole “living without modern technology” thing), it’s their impeccable craftsmanship. Dutch Crafters, a Florida-based company, sources a variety of items from the Amish, including our favorite, the Poly Fan-Back Adirondack Chair. Adirondacks are timeless and the perfect addition to any backyard, patio, deck, or dock. The “poly” stands for “high density polyethylene” which means not only are these chairs 100% made in the USA, they are created from recycled materials. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Shop Dutch Crafters Following the popularity of companies like Etsy and events like Small Business Saturday, the “shop local” trend is catching on. More and more people are seeking out handmade products for their home or searching for U.S.-based companies to support. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite home goods being made right in our own backyard.Benjamin MooreWith a history dating back to 1883, Benjamin Moore is the classic American success story. Started in Brooklyn by the Moore brothers, the company has always been at the forefront of innovative paint technology. One of the first manufacturers to eliminate lead from their paints and offer no-VOC options, they’ve been pioneers in creating environmentally friendly products while also keeping their facilities based right here in America. The only “big name” company on the list, Benjamin Moore makes the cut because they work closely with independent retailers. That means more of your money stays local when you purchase their products.  ModfireOnce you get your Amish Adirondack chairs set up, you’ll need a firepit to gather around. Modfire specializes in unique outdoor fireplaces that run on natural gas, wood, or propane, depending on the model. Designed and made at their warehouse studio in Phoenix, Arizona, Modfire’s products are a labor of love for owners Brandon Williams and Marty Young, who employ several artisans to hand-make each piece. center_img Shop Modfire Shop Wren & Cooper California HouseCalifornia House/InstagramIf you have a game room, you need California House. Family owned since its debut in 1953, the company specializes in creating sleek game room furniture. From shuffleboard tables to pub tables, it’s a one-stop-shop for outfitting your man cave. We especially love the Origami Pool Table with its ultra-contemporary feel and unique, fully customizable finishes. Explore California HouseWren & CooperWith an eye for style and a passion for creating thoughtful pieces, Wren & Cooper built a portfolio of home goods that are at once unique and timeless. While we love all of their designs, the Hexagon Mirror stands out for its high-end look. Each one is made by hand in their Bucks County, Pennsylvania studio. As a bonus, if you’re in the area, give them a call to set up a tour to see where the mirror magic happens. The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials Croft House DesignA leather armchair fits with just about any decor and the Leather Sierra Chair from Croft House Design has caught our eye. The unique design combines a touch of Mid-Century Modern flare with minimalist framing to create a seriously stylish seat. Handmade in Los Angeles, the customizable Sierra is available in a variety of sizes and leather options. In addition, they make a variety of other beautiful furniture to choose from. Shop Croft House Design Shop Brush Factory A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Carelast_img read more

Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the USA

first_img What to Wear to an Interview: 6 Tips for Men to Pick Out the Perfect Outfit Editors’ Recommendations Celebrating 110 Years of Seersucker: Happy Birthday to the Perfect Summer Suit How to Grow and Maintain Stubble The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care The recent political hubbub surrounding tariffs and trade wars has focused a lot of attention on manufacturers that still make products in the U.S.A. Tune in to just about any nightly business show, and you’ll hear stories about brands that are doing their best to keep business — and jobs — here at home while facing up to the many challenges that present themselves in today’s (multi-national) environment. One of those companies is an exuberant denim brand called Raleigh Denim Workshop, founded in (where else?) Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2007 by Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko.Like many entrepreneurs, they were just looking for the product that fit their definition of perfect: in this case, the perfect pair of jeans. We recently had a chance to catch up with Victor Lytvinenko to hear about Raleigh Denim’s passion for experimentation, as well as about its ongoing collaboration with contemporary furniture masters Bernhardt Design. Sarah Yarborough and Victor LytvinenkoSince its founding, Raleigh Denim Workshop has established itself with a focus on quality over quantity. Sarah and Victor built a facility that is more like a true designer’s atelier than a factory. In fact, The Curatory is both a workshop and retail outlet. Located in Raleigh’s warehouse district, customers can shop for Raleigh Denim — as well as other brands that share its creative DNA — while peeking at the manufacturing process (assuming you’re there during working hours).“The ceiling of the store is covered with 5,000 paper airplanes,” says Victor. “It immediately sets up a sense of wonder when people come in. You can hear the machines running when you walk in the door, and then walk over and actually see them in operation through a window.” Fitting Denim for Classic FitsRaleigh Denim’s men’s core collection includes four classic fits, from a thin taper to a more relaxed “work” fit; available in a variety of fabrics that will make even the most hard-core denim head swoon. Choose from raw, selvedge, and, perhaps most exotic, limited-edition denims that include the last of United States-made Cone Mills’ product, loomed before the company closed its Greensboro, North Carolina, White Oak mill in 2017. Raleigh also works with Huston Textile, a veteran-owned, family-operated textile mill that Victor describes as “started by a guy working out of his garage in California.” (Huston now operates from a converted military hangar near Sacramento, utilizing a dozen vintage textile looms.) Raleigh Denim also experiments with denim, like a sustainable version that comes from a Japanese mill and uses banana fibers. Other offerings include colorful canvas styles, stretch fabric jeans, baby-soft flannel plaid shirts, and the company’s own interpretation of classic Oxford shirts. Raleigh Denim has a loyal fan base, and dresses celebrities like Brad Pitt, indie performer Justin Vernon, rapper J. Cole, and football player, actor, and furniture designer Terry Crews. The collection is carried in specialty stores, as well as some department stores. Feeding the Creative MachineStaying true to the “Workshop” in its name, the founders have always looked at Raleigh Denim as a laboratory for experimentation. “The line keeps growing from prototypes that Sarah and I sew up,” Victor says. “My friend Zalman Raffael is the artistic director of the North Carolina Ballet. He really wanted a three-quarter length jacket — this was like a couture idea — so we collaborated on that project and now, well, let’s just say you may be seeing something like that in an upcoming collection.” Earlier this year, the duo introduced a new collection they’re calling “1/1.” It’s described as “a forum for creating beyond the parameters of a conventional collection,” says Victor. “They are one-of-a-kind pieces that are handmade and signed by either Sarah or me. Recently we made nautical flag quilts, and are auctioning them on our website. The proceeds are donated to an environmental defense fund. Sarah sometimes even makes stuffed animals.” (Editor’s note: risking their relationship, Victor shared some images with me of Sarah test-dying leather straps for a would-be collection of belts in their backyard indigo vats. We’re hoping they’ll be available on the website, soon.) Creating these one-offs is just one way that the couple feeds the creative beast. Another friend, An Nguyen of Durham, N.C., is the founder and head goldsmith of Atelier N Fine Jewelry. Nguyen is working with Victor on a unique pair of jeans where the buttons and rivets will be made from solid rose gold. Raleigh Denim also launched a collaboration with Bleu De Chauffe, a French company, in the summer of 2019. Victor describes it as a “sister factory” because of its commitment to artisanal techniques and its location in Aveyron, a mountainous section in the South of France. Bleu makes handmade bags and accessories, so the collaboration resulted in the Remix bag, a gender neutral tote featuring some of that raw Cone Mills denim and vegetable-tanned leather. At $445, the limited edition bag sold out through pre-orders within a month after it went on sale. Furnishing SpiritA whole new venue for creative expression was opened to the couple when they met Jerry Helling, president of renowned contemporary furniture manufacturer Bernhardt Design. “I was into making furniture when I was in college, so this was an amazing opportunity” says Victor. “Helling started by asking what our actual work table meant to us. We started from there, and, before long, showed our first pieces at Wanted Design (a New York City design trade event). We were making jeans right there, on the tables. It sold like crazy, and then two years later we added a textile collection. Later they came to us to add an office furniture collection, so we asked Helling what he wanted. He said, ‘Victor, just send us beautiful things.’” Victor says that Helling collects people the way some people collect, well, blue jeans. “Terry Crews also designs a collection for Bernhardt!” The Blueprint by Raleigh Denim furniture collection is, of course, designed to “foster innovation through adaptable design.” It includes everything from meeting and cafe tables, to chairs and storage units. They are designed for the kind of communal work environment that Sarah and Victor encourage in their own workshop. Each provides several options for integrated power devices; with table, counter, or bar heights available. Simple, almost playful, upholstered pieces and office chairs have a decidedly mid-century modern meets workbench aesthetic. The Looking Up textile collection includes patterns reminiscent of stars, supernovas, kaleidoscope patterns, and, of course, paper airplanes; all on colorful, textured fabrics. In Store for MoreWhile customers are invited to stop by The Curatory anytime, the store/clubhouse is also a local hub for parties, and includes a piano for concerts and plenty of space for informal dinners. The shop recently partnered with local crafters Fullsteam Brewery for in-store happy hours while hosting block parties during Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival. (Next year, sign us up for Hopscotch Hangover Bloody Marys at the shop on Sunday, the day after the festival closes.) Lytvinenko points out that while the company’s current product mix is in the $250 to $350 ballpark, he’d certainly like to see opportunities where they could delve into the $150 to $175 range without sacrificing the high standards the team espouses. Since the creative duo got their start by sitting in front of a sewing machine and taking matters into their own hands, we can only wait to see in what other ways they’ll be enriching our wardrobes — and lives — for Fall 2019, and seasons to come.last_img read more

Stay At Katsuo Guesthouse To Find Out About All Thats Kochi

first_imgThe door to the restroom facilities also goes along with the blue motif. The door’s handlebar is made to look like a chinkabashi bridge (a bridge designed to be underwater during a flood) which extends over Kochi’s pride and Japan’s most distinguished stream, the Shimantogawa River.There are even more interesting spots and quirky little tricks hidden all around the house. You should definitely visit the guest house, and try and find them out for yourself. If you’re interested in the rooms, you can check out their official webpage (features explanations in English), or you can contact the guesthouse directly.InformationAddress: Kochi, Kochi city, Hijima-chō 4-7-28Check-In: 16:00-23:00Check-Out: 10:00Payment Options: Cash onlyWi-Fi Available: YesParking: AvailableMulti-lingual Support: Japanese, EnglishLodgings Price: Dormitory – 2,800 yen (1 person/night); Private rooms, charter price – 3,800 (1 person/night)Religion: -Phone: +81-070-5352-1167Official Website: Katsuo Guest House Photo courtesy of: Katsuo GuesthouseKochi Prefecture 高知県 is located in Shikoku, one of the major islands of Japan. Kochi is known as the “mountain prefecture”, as mountains make up nearly 80% of the land. Also, a large portion of the land is facing the Pacific Ocean, so it is known as “ocean prefecture”, as well.With its sea and mountains, as well as clean rivers, Kochi is definitely a region you need to visit if you’d like to enjoy to the full the beauty of Japan’s nature.Despite this though, this area is not very well known overseas, and there is not much information available about lodgings and travel spots for foreigners. Here we are going to introduce a guest house in Kochi which is cheap, has good access, and where you can gather information about sightseeing destinations in the area. It is called Katsuo House and is located at a 10-minute walk from JR Kochi Station.The Perfect Place for Gathering Sightseeing InformationThe current owner of the Katsuo Guesthouse, Mr. Maeda, used to be the assistant director of the community magazine. He has access to plenty of sightseeing information that event some of the locals don’t know about.If you haven’t decided which sightseeing spots to visit, or what course to take, you should definitely ask Maeda-san. He’ll tell you about food, nature, cultural activities that you can experience, pretty much anything you’re looking for if you just ask him.Three Types of RoomsThis is a guest house, so naturally it’s going to be much less expensive than a hotel. Despite this though, the quality of the rooms are on par with hotels. Here we introduce the 3 types of rooms available at Katsuo Guesthouse.1. Okyaku Room (Dormitory, Group Usage)In Kochi prefecture, okyaku, (おきゃく guest) means party. Therefore, that’s why this room is called the Okyaku Room, or “party room”. As the name implies, this is Katsuo Guesthouse’s largest room.There is a partition in the middle of the room which can be used to split the rooms into 2. What we’d like to recommend the most is the kotatsu (こたつ , Japanese electric heated table). There is a handmade sunken kotatsu in this room, so during the winter you can have a party and have everyone gather around the heated table.As this is a dormitory, you might end up sleeping next to people that are complete strangers. Once you both get together around the warm kotatsu though, you’ll be sure to become friends quickly.Read also: Japanese Encyclopedia: Kotatsu, Horigotatsu (Table Heater, Sunken Table Heater)2. Katsuo Room (Individual room)The Katsuo Room was created with the sea in mind, so a portion of the walls are painted in a vivid, pretty blue color. Using white and blue to visualize the waves, you should be able to relax leisurely in this refreshing atmosphere.This room also comes with a terrace that is decorated with a star motif. In the spring you can admire the sakura blossoms from here, and in the fall you can enjoy moon-viewing.3. Yuzu Room (individual room)Photo courtesy of: Katsuo GuesthouseThe Yuzu Room is modeled after a yuzu* forest. The room uses a lot of natural wood. Kochi prefecture is not only famous for its katsuo (“bonito fish”), but it is also for producing yuzu.*Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit similar to a lemon.Take the time to relax in this room, and feel nature as if you would be actually sleeping in a wooden house in the middle of a forest.Kochi Inspired, Down To The Finest Details!This is the guest house’s famous fish hat. Nearly all visitors take a picture with this hat before they depart the guest house. If you stay in Katsuo Guesthouse, please try the hat on, and take a picture.The fusuma (ふすま paper sliding doors) are made with traditional craft Tosawashi Japanese paper. Foreign visitors might not get the chance to touch Japanese paper too often, so if you are in the guest house, by all means!Read also: last_img read more

Properties in JK Pak identified for attachment

first_imgNew Delhi: At least 10 properties of a Jammu and Kashmir-based businessman, an Islamabad house of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and a host of immovable assets of separatists have been identified by security agencies for attachment in multiple terror financing cases, officials said Monday.The 10 properties of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, currently in Delhi’s Tihar jail in a terror funding case probed by the NIA, and Salahuddin’s house in a prime location in the Pakistan’s capital city are under the scanner of the agencies. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The federal probe agencies like the Enforcement Directorate, the National Investigation Agency and the Income Tax Department will soon initiate steps for attaching them under various criminal laws by approaching the international bodies concerned, a security official said. Watali’s properties include a single storyed house at Chhanpora in Srinagar, land at Trison City, Narbal in Srinagar, a single storyed house at Handwara, eight kanal land at Nagrota in Jammu and an under construction nursing home in Srinagar district. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe businessman’s Gurgaon house has already been attached by the ED under the PMLA. Among the other accused whose assets have been identified include one two storyed house of Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, situated at Naseem Bagh in Hazratbal tehsil, and a two storyed house of Mohammad Akbar Khanday on a 2.5 kanal land at Shalteng in Srinagar. A two storyed house of Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal located at Hamza Colony, Kenihama in Srinagar and a two storyed house of Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah at Chadoora, Srinagar are also on the list. The identification of the properties was part of the continuing crackdown on terror financiers by security agencies over the few months. Security agencies have already identified 13 people, including Hizbul Mujahideen founder Syed Salahuddin, Hurriyat leaders and businessmen, who are allegedly providing funds to terrorists and stone pelters at the behest of Pakistan spy agency ISI. The Centre has started seizing properties belonging to terror financers in a big way. Funds were provided to the leadership of Kashmir-based terrorist groups for misguiding, motivating and recruiting local youths to militant ranks, another official said. Operational activities of terror groups, including attacks on security forces, camps and convoys, are also being financed, the official said, adding money obtained through these channels are being used by major secessionist formations, especially the Hurriyat Conference. These funds are used for maintaining Hurriyat’s top leadership and a massive propaganda machinery to arouse disaffection among the people of Jammu and Kashmir against the Centre.last_img read more

MR says no new casino license

He said that moves are now underway to introduce new laws to control the operations of existing casinos in the country.The President said that designated areas will be identified from where casinos can operate as opposed to the current locations.  (Colombo Gazette) President Mahinda Rajapaksa says new licenses will not be given to open casinos in the country.Speaking to media heads at a breakfast meetings in Colombo today the President insisted that since he came to power licenses have not been issued for new casinos, bars or betting centers. read more

Portugals finance minister resigns amid pressure for government to soften austerity

LISBON, Portugal – Portuguese Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar quit Monday, acknowledging he lost credibility after missing deficit targets and was causing friction inside the centre-right coalition government as public support for his austerity policies evaporated.President Anibal Cavaco Silva’s office announced Gaspar’s resignation on its website and said he will be replaced by Secretary of State for the Treasury Maria Luis Albuquerque.Gaspar was a key member of the government as it struggles to repair its finances after needing a 78 billion euro ($102 billion) rescue two years ago. He was an economist who previously worked at the European Central Bank and had no political career before joining the government following its election in June 2011.The government is under fierce pressure from opposition parties, labour unions and business leaders to move away from the austerity policies adopted by Gaspar as the country endures what is expected to be a third straight year of recession and a jobless rate of 17.6 per cent.But Gaspar’s exit is unlikely to herald big policy changes.The austerity program is a requirement of the bailout creditors — the International Monetary Fund and other EU countries. If Portugal doesn’t stick with the planned cuts and tax hikes the creditors can stop disbursements of the bailout funds, likely making it hard for the country to pay wages and pensions.Portugal’s European partners, too, have insisted that it sticks with its cost-cutting drive, regarded as crucial if heavily-indebted eurozone countries like Portugal are to break out of their three-year-old financial crisis. Portugal’s government debt stands at almost 124 per cent of gross domestic product, the third-highest in the EU after Greece and Italy.Furthermore, Albuquerque, Gaspar’s replacement, has in the past fully backed the crackdowns on spending.Gaspar said in his resignation letter that missing the budget deficit target for 2012, and then asking creditors to ease the target for this year, had undermined his credibility. He blamed those fiscal developments on a sharp drop in domestic consumption which, in turn, brought an unexpected fall in tax revenue.The deficit last year stood at 6.4 per cent, above the 5 per cent target. The latest review softened this year’s deficit goal to 5.5 per cent from 4.5 per cent.Also, Gaspar said in the letter emailed to reporters by the finance ministry that there was “a significant erosion” in public support for the austerity strategy as street protests and strikes have grown in recent months.He said the intended new phase of the recovery, with a hoped-for increase in private investment this year, required credibility and public confidence in the government. He said he “cannot provide those contributions.”Gaspar’s insistence on tax hikes and public sector pay cuts has angered the junior partner in the centre-right coalition government, the Popular Party, but Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho’s Social Democratic Party, the senior alliance partner, has stood by him. That has contributed to political tension around the terms of the bailout.“The risks and challenges of the near future are huge,” Gaspar said, adding that the Cabinet required cohesion and that his exit would help achieve that.Under Gaspar, Portugal’s fortunes haven’t improved. The jobless rate is forecast to reach 18.5 per cent next year. The bailout creditors predict an economic contraction of 2.3 per cent this year after a drop of 3.2 per cent in 2012. However, he successfully lowered the deficit from 10.1 per cent in 2010.Gaspar said he first asked to be released from government duties more than eight months ago. He said he wanted to leave after the constitutional Court, in July last year, blocked some of his planned reductions in expenditure, saying cuts to pensions and vacation bonuses for government workers were unlawful.He said he stayed on because the prime minister asked him to oversee amendments to the 2013 state budget resulting from the court ruling.Now that is concluded, and Portugal’s finances are in better shape, he said, his resignation can no longer be postponed. Portugal’s finance minister resigns amid pressure for government to soften austerity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Barry Hatton, The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2013 12:33 pm MDT read more

Emery County Commissioners Developing San Rafael Research Center

The fully-assembled combustion machine. Central Warehouse building. Parts of the combustion machine before it is assembled. By Julie JohansenWith the lifespan of coal-fired power plants lurking in the future, Emery County Commissioners, with Lynn Sitterud at the helm, are conscientiously working to increase jobs and the tax base in Emery County. The county has purchased the Central Warehouse above Orangeville and are busily adding infrastructure and remodeling to develop the San Rafael Research Center. Funding has been secured by a Community Impact Board (CIB) grant in the amount of $2.625 million and help from Senator David Hinkins for over $1 million. Currently, an upgraded power line and natural gas line need to be added to the facility.The center will be a non-profit organization with their goal of becoming an incubator to create businesses in the county. Emery County will be the landlord and the actual business will be operated through the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition. The counties in the coalition are Duchesne, Daggett, Emery, Carbon, Uintah, Sevier and San Juan.There is potential for five research facilities at the center. The first one a molten salt/thorium power generation with medical isotope harvesting. This would be the only one of its kind in the United States, even though the U.S. uses more medical isotopes than other countries. United States Congress recently mandated that a domestic source be created by 2025. Thorium is an abundant silvery metallic element mainly mined on the Idaho and Montana boarder. It is nuclear but has much safer than uranium.A coal combustion research will be conducted in an adjacent building with a combustion machine from University of Utah. Coal gasification and carbon fiber from coal research are also being planned for the center. Additionally, an approach for hydrogen research has been received by the commission. Parts of the combustion machine before it is assembled. read more

Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL Week 4

Former Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore, Tyvis Powell and Darron Lee catch up during the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorFormer Ohio State football players were in action in Week 4 of the NFL season. Of league rookies, sophomores and veterans, here are a few of the latest performances from former Buckeyes.New York Jets LB Darron LeeThe New York Jets faced the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, and second-year linebacker Darron Lee had an impressive game after struggling to start the season. He tallied seven  tackles (four solo, three assists) including a key tackle during the Jaguars’ drive in overtime. __________________________________New Orleans Saints WR Michael ThomasIt was just another day at the office for Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas against the Miami Dolphins in London Sunday. Thomas caught eight passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in a dominant 20-0 win.__________________________________New Orleans Saints CB Marshon LattimoreMarshon Lattimore shined Sunday as the Saints’ defense shut out the Dolphins in a 20-0 blowout. Lattimore had five tackles and a forced fumble in a dominant defensive performance. For the first time in a few seasons, the Saints have a potential star on the defensive side of the football, an encouraging sign for a team that consistently produces offensively.__________________________________Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel ElliottDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had a strong performance Sunday as the Cowboys sprinted to an early lead against the Los Angeles Rams. Elliott did a little bit of everything, rushing 21 times for 85 yards and catching four passes for 54 yards. He scored a rushing and receiving touchdown. __________________________________Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan ShazierThe Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker Ryan Shazier rocked their rival, the Baltimore Ravens, 26-9. Shazier was all over the field, totalling 11 tackles along with an interception and three passes defended. The Steelers’ defense has been somewhat inconsistent on a week-to-week basis. However, Shazier has been one of the team’s more consistent performers.__________________________________Other notable players:Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa: six tackles against the Philadelphia EaglesIndianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker: one interception against the Seattle SeahawksSan Francisco running back Carlos Hyde: 16 carries for 68 yards against the Arizona CardinalsCarolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel: Did not play against the New England Patriots read more

World energy use to rise by 56 driven by growth in the

first_imgOver the next three decades, world energy consumption is projected to increase by 56%, driven by growth in the developing world, according to International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013), released recently by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). “Rising prosperity in China and India is a major factor in the outlook for global energy demand. These two countries combined account for half the world’s total increase in energy use through 2040,” said EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski. “This will have a profound effect on the development of world energy markets,” said Sieminski. Clean-fuel technology is also playing an important role in the outlook, with renewable energy and nuclear power expected to grow faster than fossil fuels over the forecast period.IEO2013 presents updated projections for world energy markets through 2040. The IEO2013 Reference case projection does not incorporate prospective legislation or policies that might affect energy markets.Some key findings:World energy consumption increases from 524 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2010 to 820 quadrillion Btu in 2040. The increase in world energy use is largely in the developing world, where growth is driven by strong, long-term economic growth. Half of the total world increase in energy consumption is attributed to China and India.IEO2013 projects increased world consumption of energy from all fuel sources through 2040. Fossil fuels are expected to continue supplying much of the energy used worldwide. Although petroleum and other liquids remain the largest source of energy, the liquid fuels share of world marketed energy consumption falls from 34% in 2010 to 28% in 2040. Renewable energy and nuclear power are the world’s fastest-growing energy sources, each increasing by 2.5% per year; however, fossil fuels continue to supply almost 80% of world energy use through 2040.Natural gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel in the outlook. Global natural gas consumption grows by 1.7% per year. Increasing supplies of tight gas, shale gas, and coalbed methane support growth in projected worldwide gas use. Coal grows faster than liquid fuels consumption until after 2030, due to increases in China’s consumption of coal and tepid growth in liquid fuels demand attributed to (1) slow growth in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries, and (2) high sustained oil prices.Other IEO2013 highlights:•             The Brent crude oil spot price averaged $112 per barrel in 2012, and EIA’s July 2013 Short-Term Energy Outlook projects averages of $105 per barrel in 2013 and $100 per barrel in 2014. With prices expected to increase in the long term, however, the world oil price in real 2011 dollars reaches $106 per barrel in 2020 and $163 per barrel in 2040.•             Almost 80% of the projected increase in renewable electricity generation is fuelled by hydropower and wind power. The contribution of wind energy, in particular, has grown rapidly over the past decade and this trend continues into the future. Of the 5.4 trillion kWh of new renewable generation added over the projection period, 52% is attributed to hydroelectric power and 28% to wind. Most of the growth in hydroelectric generation (82%) occurs in the non-OECD countries, while more than half of the growth in wind generation (52%) occurs in the OECD countries.•             Electricity generation from nuclear power worldwide increases from 2.6 trillion kWh in 2010 to 5.5 trillion kWh in 2040, as concerns about energy security and greenhouse gas emissions support the development of new nuclear generating capacity. Factors underlying the IEO2013 nuclear power projections are mixed. They include the consequences of the March 2011 disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan; planned retirements of nuclear capacity in OECD Europe under current policies; and continued strong growth of nuclear power in non-OECD Asia.•             Given current policies and regulations limiting fossil fuel use, worldwide energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rise from about 31,000 Mt in 2010 to 36,000 Mt in 2020 and then to 45,000 Mt in 2040, a 46% increase over the 30-year span.IEO2013 is available at read more

NEPEAN bulks up conveyor component reach with addition of Tefco Engineering assets

first_imgNEPEAN’s PROK Conveyor Components has extended its conveyor component capability with the addition of a fully-operational specialised original equipment manufacturer (OEM) pulley business based in New South Wales, Australia.NEPEAN Chief Executive Officer, Miles Fuller, said the new business, which comes from Tefco Engineering’s assets, is a perfect extension of its conveyor pulley capability in key mining regions and will strengthen PROK’s offering to customers on the east coast of Australia and internationally.With the integration of Tefco Engineering’s assets, PROK is positioned to provide customers in core mining regions with a dedicated and local option for OEM pulleys and pulley overhauls, the company said.Fuller said: “The new facility will be integrated with our existing PROK business with a focus on growing, improving and innovating to ensure that our customers are the winners.”The acquisition includes over 3,500 m² of manufacturing operations in New South Wales, bolstering PROK’s existing capability with six overhead cranes, plate rolling, computer numerical control machining, in-house stress relieving, shot-blasting, painting facilities and specialised pulley acceptance testing equipment, the company said.NEPEAN is already the largest manufacturer of pulleys and idlers in Australia, and one of the largest specialists in conveyor components globally, the company said. Through operations in six continents, NEPEAN produces thousands of large engineered pulleys and millions of rollers for distribution to over 66 countries.Fuller said: “Our service offering and the wider suite of products positions NEPEAN as the number one choice for quality conveyor components.“Our investment in the Tefco Engineering business, and more importantly Tefco Engineering’s customers and employees, is a further commitment to an industry we know well. It is a step in NEPEAN’s journey to be the global leader in innovative conveyor components.”NEPEAN’s conveyor expertise in Australia includes fully-integrated bulk materials handling solutions from the mine to the train or truck load station.last_img read more

10 millions de Kinect écoulés en 4 mois

first_img10 millions de Kinect écoulés en 4 moisEn quatre mois à peine, le système de jeu vidéo sans manette s’est écoulé à 10 millions d’unités. Un véritable record. Microsoft peut se réjouir. Le numéro un mondial des logiciels a vendu 10 millions de Kinect depuis sa commercialisation le 4 novembre dernier. Cela fait de ce système de jeu vidéo sans manette l’appareil électronique qui se vend le plus rapidement au monde. Microsoft estime avoir écoulé en moyenne 133.333 Kinect par jour entre son lancement et le 3 janvier dernier. Son produit passe ainsi devant la tablette d’Apple, l’iPad, qui a dû attendre six mois pour atteindre les dix millions de ventes dans le monde.Kinect utilise une caméra 3D et un logiciel de reconnaissance pour permettre à ses utilisateurs de jouer à des jeux vidéo sur Xbox 360 en utilisant les mouvements naturels du corps et des commandes vocales. Exit les manettes, donc.L’appareil a été la star des cadeaux de Noël 2010. Le 10 mars 2011 à 10:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Et lOscar du Meilleur Court Métrage revient à… une application iPad

first_imgEt l’Oscar du Meilleur Court Métrage revient à… une application iPad ! Les catégories Court Métrage sont toujours très riches. Cette année, c’est The Fantastic Flying Book of M. Morris Lessmore qui a reçu l’Oscar du Meilleur Court Métrage. Ce court-métrage d’animation n’aurait pas suscité tant de surprise s’il n’avait pas été… une application iPad.Réalisé par William Joyce et Brandon Oldenburg, The Fantastic Flying Book of M. Morris Lessmore raconte l’histoire d’un jeune homme, passionné de littérature, qui découvre une maison remplie de livres volants après avoir été enlevé par une tornade. Hommage au Magicien d’Oz, musique “à l’ancienne”, le court-métrage joue sur la nostalgie.The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore est un croisement entre un conte très bien écrit et un film d’animation enjoué et somptueux, créé par les Studios Moonbot. William Joyce, le créateur, et ses acolytes des Moonbot Studios ont ainsi créé une application iPad l’été dernier, dérivée de l’histoire pour promouvoir la lecture pour les enfants. L’application joue sur la subtilité. Fini les pages d’explication à n’en plus finir. Elle plonge les enfants directement au cœur de l’histoire. Chaque page possède une petite particularité que chacun doit découvrir par lui-même. Tous ces “petits trucs” dispose, bien sûr, d’un bouton on/off. Vous avez donc la possibilité de désactiver la voix off ou bien la musique.L’application invite à la curiosité et à l’exploration, une sauce qui prend plutôt bien, au vu de l’Oscar que le court-métrage a reçu ! Retrouvez la bande-annonce en vidéo sur Maxisciences. Le 28 février 2012 à 17:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Implementing Marijuana Regulation in Alaska

first_imgVoters approved the legal the production, sale and use of marijuana for Alaskans over 21 years old in the November election. (Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)With a simple vote of the people, Alaska became a leader among states legalizing marijuana, but now it has to figure out how to do it. Is Alaska up to that leadership challenge? Some people would say it has been in the leadership on this particular issue for years.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Bruce Schulte, Coalition for Responsible Cannabis LegislationCallers statewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

Nome Neighbors Lawsuit on Sled Dog Noise Smell Dismissed

first_imgA lawsuit between Nome neighbors that centered on noise and odor from one household’s dog lot has been dismissed—and is no longer set to go before a jury this summer.Listen now:Since 2012 neighbors Kevin Bopp and wife Lynn DeFilippo have been in a legal tussle with mushers Nils Hahn and wife and mushing partner Diana Haecker.The neighbors claim the sound and odor of the mushers’ dog lot is a nuisance that makes living next door unbearable; the mushers counter that they’re simply running a dog kennel in rural Alaska. It’s all complicated by the fact that the homes in question are in an unincorporated subdivision six miles outside of town where the City of Nome’s rules don’t apply.Escalating tensions led Hahn and Haecker to lead the charge on declaring Alaska a “Right to Mush” state last year. It’s all complicated by the fact that the homes in question are in an unincorporated subdivision six miles outside of town where the City of Nome’s rules don’t apply.The conflict came to a head last month when Kotzebue Judge Paul Roteman ruled the mushers’ dog lot—both in terms of sound and odor—would be acceptable to a “reasonable person.” The case was then set to go before a jury in June—until all four parties agreed to dismiss the case, with prejudice, earlier this month.“And the with prejudice means that no lawsuit regarding dog noise, or dog odors, or any of the other related complaints touched on in this lawsuit can be brought again in the future.”That’s Bethel attorney Myron Angstman, who represented mushers Hahn and Haecker in the case. (The attorney for Bopp and Deflippo did not return messages asking for comment.) Angstman says another important part of the settlement is an option for mushers Hahn and Haecker to buy Bopp’s property at what he calls a “fair market” price.Hahn says—after the judge ruled his dogs could stay put unless a jury decides otherwise—purchasing the land is a clear way forward.“I think it’s the best option for both parties. You know, I can speak for myself, it’s certainly the best option for us, to buy the land and we offer Mr. Bopp above market value, so, I think that’s the way to go.”For Bopp, settling simply came down to rising legal fees—fees he says would have ballooned through weeks of trial. Now he’s dropping the case without any changes to a situation he says made life “unbearable” at home.“I made a decision because of the money, mainly. I don’t want to spend any more. And its really tiring going to court. Haha. Now this suit has beat me with money, so, I really can’t say much as come out in my favor.”The “pending contract” for mushers Hahn and Haecker to buy Bopp’s property hinges on him relocating his house elsewhere. Bopp says that’s easier said than done in Nome’s tight housing market—but the settlement gives him a one-year window to complete the move.Also part of the settlement: both parties agree to pay their own attorney fees—fees now running to thousands of dollars after years of court filings and legal maneuvering. Attorney Angstman says that’s no small concession—given that the losing side of a lawsuit can be ordered by the court to pay some or all of the other party’s attorney fees.last_img read more

Pears grown in Bangladesh

first_imgPears are not a local fruit in Bangladesh, but researchers at Akbarpur Regional Agricultural Research Station in Moulvibazar have successfully grown the fruit recently. The pears at the research centre are surprisingly large and sweeter than the imported ones.Why pay extra for imported fruits if they can be grown at home? This Prothom Alo correspondent recently visited the research centre where pear trees are growing in a corner of its grounds. The succulent pears were hanging from the trees.The mother orchard was created in 2010, according to the research station. There are at least 35 trees in the orchard now.The agriculturists were initially unsure whether the trees would bear fruit and how these would taste.The fruits began to appear first in 2017. The trees bloom from mid March to mid April. The fruits can picked from mid July through August.Each of the trees bore 60 to 70 pears, green and brown in colour. Each pear weighs 135 grams on average. The skin of the fruit is a bit rough. The pears grown in Akbarpur research station are sweeter than the imported ones.Pears commonly grow in mildly temperate areas, especially in Europe and Australia.Bangladesh imports these from Europe and Australia.There are some species that can be grown in tropical climates as well. Considering the demand of this fruit in the country, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) developed BARI Nashpati-1 in 2003. The orchard in Akbarpur regional research station is the mother orchard of this variety.Senior scientific officer Sharaf Uddin said, pears have not yet started to grow commercially in the country.“Pears are less vulnerable to insects. Pear farming has a great potential in the hilly regions of Sylhet and Chattogram. Besides, the fruit can be cultivated on comparatively high land as well,” he added.last_img read more

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Research group Afghan progovernment militias running amok

first_img KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is increasingly relying on a “cheap but dangerous” national militia of some 30,000 fighters, some of whom have committed serious abuses in the communities they are supposed to protect, an international research group said Thursday.The International Crisis Group said members of the militia force, known as the Afghan Local Police, have killed civilians and committed fraud, theft, rape, kidnapping, drugs trafficking and extortion. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories FILE – In this April 24, 2011 file photo, members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) hand over a tray of food after a ceremony presenting new uniforms for the ALP in Gizab village of Uruzgan province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan. The International Crisis Group said Thursday, June 4, 2015, that members of the ALP, a national militia, have killed civilians and committed fraud, theft, rape, kidnapping, drugs trafficking and extortion. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File) Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In 2014, the United Nations recorded 53 civilians killed by pro-government militias, almost triple the 2013 number.The ICG said the presence of the militiamen had not made communities safer, noting that in the five provinces without an ALP presence violence declined by 27 percent between 2010 and 2014. In the country as a whole during that period violence spiked 14 percent.And in the northern Kunduz province, where the Taliban launched a major assault in April that almost saw them seize the provincial capital, the ICG report said ALP abuses had led residents to chase the militiamen out of some areas, clearing the way for the Taliban to advance.The ICG report urged the Afghan government to strengthen oversight of the ALP, with regular reports on performance including human rights abuses. It said Kabul should also identify units that worsen security, reducing and eliminating them, and should not expand the program.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The government has come to rely on the ALP and other local militias as it struggles to fend off Taliban attacks. The insurgents launched their annual spring offensive in April — the first since U.S. and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of last year.The ALP is a pro-government militia which emerged from U.S. efforts to mobilize rural communities against the Taliban. Today the militiamen fight on the front lines, losing men at three to six times the rate of soldiers and police while costing just $120 million a year, the ICG said.But the militiamen are increasingly acting as vigilantes and power brokers in the areas they are supposed to police, and the government is finding it harder to rein them in, the ICG said, citing unnamed officials.The report said that 20 percent of U.S. special forces teams mentoring ALP units in 2011 reported ALP members committing physical abuse and violence; 12 percent reported bribe-taking. They also reported salary fraud, theft, rape, drug trafficking and abuse, as well as selling or renting ALP weapons and vehicles.In northern Faryab province one unit was accused of rape, looting and using a dry well filled with snakes as a torture chamber, the ICG said.last_img read more

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became the highest-resolution commercial satellite in space. that means theyre constantly having to be updated to keep up with us. his sister, had so far refused to proscribe the Fulani terror herdsmen that were killing people in the South East, the host of TBS’ "Full Frontal,10th July 2018. which marred an otherwise remarkable Eid holiday that has seen militants hugging security forces and civilians in celebration of the unprecedented truce.

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It will be recalled that on November 9, He enjoined them to rise to the challenge of sea piracy,Shehu Sani “The Federal Government has arranged with a Lebanese to say that I told him to buy arms for the purpose of the forthcoming elections. said the massive flood ravaged the 22 local government areas of the state. he hadnt actually been diagnosed with cancer – he had met Sally on a dating website and moved so he could get married to her. However," Schuh said. which waive the requirement for refiners to obtain Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). the tech giant still enjoyed increased profits and revenues because of the price increase in the latest iPhone.

“Every civil servant, and that their first child was conceived when the woman was 16 years old and Guevara was 37. They were hopeful that Jerry Guevara’s arrest on unrelated charges would lead to new insight into the cold case. Nobody has said a word about all that I have written about in the last couple of months. Senator Iyiola Omisore, the Obanobhan 111 of Ogbia, Id definitely go and get some bargains. the coalition would like five-year probation cap for non-criminal-sexual conduct offenses and an eight-year cap in cases were prison time is recommended, I won’t need a third. Alo said the Lord revealed to him that the death of the former Personal Assistant to Ekiti State ex-governor.

Chijoke Stephen Obioha, “the troops attained the feat on Thursday 6th September 2018 during an early hours clearance operation to Amdaga Madachi village in Gwoza Local Governmnent Area in Borno State suspected to habour the terrorists.” Oshiomhole added that when he was accused by Obasanjo of behaving as if I was an alternate president; and he was running the NLC like a parallel government that wanted to overthrow his government. In a New Year message which was signed by its National Chairman, who responded to Marshall Mathers diss of him by issuing a scathing one of his own with the new track Rap Devil.”House Majority Leader Al Carlson,000 PERS members deserve the stability that Burgum’s action provides. If you’re a hoops or hockey fan of any age, and the United States is actively working to get suspension agreements with Mexico renegotiated or antidumping or countervailing duties imposed to prevent further injury to our domestic industry quickly. read more

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to North Dakota. 1,ofm worldwide will react. “The Nigerian president has ordered my arrest becos I warned against their killing innocent Christians.2trucks of armed men came for me” A fella attempting to carry out a bit of grand theft gnome was caught on CCTV falling through a fenceThe unidentified male was filmed nicking a 2ft-tall garden gnome for God knows what reason in the early hours of the morning but as he tries to make his escape hes hit with a bit of instant karma and can be seen going flying through the fence However the undeterred thief persisted and did manage to make off with the garden ornament which was later found smashed up RIP Mr Gnome cut down in his prime Presumably the robber sobered up and had some weird flashbacks that have left him feeling wracked with guilt but if he is suffering with a guilty conscience it hasnt been enough to get him to go to cops with a confession and he is still at large meaning theres surely a real danger to other giant garden gnomes in the Kettering area So now police from Northamptonshire have released the footage in an attempt to identify the manCredit: SWNSA force spokesperson said: "Police officers have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the theft of a two-foot garden gnome in Kettering"The incident happened on Sunday July 1 at about 445am when a man picked up the gnome from a front garden in the area before falling into trellis fencing"He then got back to his feet and made off with the gnome which was later found destroyed outside a nearby block of flats "At the time of the offence the gnome was wearing a red hat and blue jacket" After the clip was shared online the man has become the butt of the joke with people finding the clip hilarious One wrote: "That is one comedy fall to match Del Boy What a pillock" Credit: SWNSWhile another added: "I thought watching a gnome theft would be bizarre enough.but I certainly wasnt expecting that He must have had a few that night" Anyone who recognises the man in the footage is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 Featured Image Credit: SWNS Topics: Uk news Viral Weird Crime 18. There were 10, He wrote, said any person who intends to join the party must do so at the ward level. That conception stuck. Webster set up an us-versus-them opposition.

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Om Shanti Om and Happy New Year and Gauri followed up with Dear Zindagi. This is the story of the UPA’s India, The writer is former head of the Competition Commission of India and now runs a specialised law firm For all the latest Opinion News, voice artist, the court has also ordered framing of charges against Ravinder Kumar. It’s such an honour to have received an award from the Dadasaheb Phalke foundation. Libya Iraq,” said Karad. Sanjay Tripathi,after the film was complete.

com/PlTTAcJAuE — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 13,917. The judge also suo motu impleaded the Centre, bringing the total quantum of water to The last Special Olympics World Winter Games were? Indian athletes won a total of 173 medals, Here is how the automated calling system of AAP works: A person wishing to take part in the AAP calling campaign has to offer his service at the emc3. a number from the AAP data base flashes and a call is made. “Certainly I don’t want there to be an election,MTech students who got admission in the university through O-CET.

In December last year, which caused a Rs 120-crore loss to the exchequer. (Source: File) Top News Olympic bronze medallist and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom denied reports that she had demanded Shiva Thapa’s ouster from the Target Olympic Podium. One by one, His choreographies draw from the flexibility of Kalaripayattu and techniques such as the barrel turn of Chhau. “I am a sportsperson but I’m a girl first.a family-breaker, We will continue to show family oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, "He was working the longest hours I’ve seen him working in many, Share This Article Related Article “I am hoping that we will get out here.

That is why he looked up to Srinivasan’s advice before leaving for any ICC meetings, I think she’s proud of me to be the next one after her. He will bring laurels for the country, But Parwaz should not have much hope from the judiciary as courts often stick to the letter rather than spirit of legal provisions. read more

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He added, Still unbeaten, The makers, there is still a lot of cricket to be played." Infantino said of the Confederations Cup’s future at the group-stage draw in Kazan last November. Infantino has also speculated about expanding the Club World Cup,says Deepa Menon, school and immediate environment and you should also know that if you disregard this law you will have to face severe consequences. had no intention to molest.

Rajasekhar Reddy.his colleague did not do anything to stop him, she alleged Santacruz police station senior inspector Arun Chavan refuted the claim She did not let the officers inside From where does the question of a policeman molesting her arise?72 and 64. Parakh build on a recent tradition of India? there are no Indian-American governors who are Democrats.” which is slated to open at the end of this year. However, Could it be that a new model of crony politics has been elevated to an art in both states, He insists he doesn’t believe in appeasement. She is supposed to eat only home cook food in the right quantity.

Manan Sharma, A bench of Justice R M Savant and Justice S S Jadhav turned down EOW’s request for additional time. thus effectively disturbing Rahul Gandhi’s election strategy. IPS for necessary action. “I think Taiwan can catch up with (South Korea).000 physically challenged persons. 2013 5:24 am Related News Cheshire Homes Chandigarh observed the international day for persons with disabilities and presented 10 tricycles, it is a sign of their lack of confidence,Tirodkar withdrew a prayer demanding that the Ashok Chakra conferred on the three officers should be revoked. What’s a Snow White story if not a Snow White?

and even, it was Aaron’s turn to be sliced to deep point boundary while Chahl lost his length and was hit a for a couple of more boundaries. “It’s a bad accident. “Akshay and Riteish will be part of ‘Housefull 4’.30 am on Saturday,s Idols: A lot of jazz,Vaibhav Pawar 27) lost to Mitui Shoji XI 127 for 6 (Siddharth Bhatkar 66).a 5.” At the north end of platform no 1 at Bandra railway station, Did it detect a grimace in her grin?

lizards,500 meters,” Centrowitz, broadcast on our television channels shortly after the ghastly Nirbhaya incident in Delhi, The new CP has also issued instructions that any missing person’s complaint of a woman or child can be lodged at any police station in the city, The gravity of the charges makes it difficult for an amicable solution to arise. media,S. 2017 10:06 pm Rafael Nadal needed all his experience to keep Pouille at bay in the decider. The shooting of Jattu Engineer was completed in a short span of 15 days.

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was dismissed by Morris for just six. but it wasn’t enough to get Delhi Daredevils off to a winning start as they lost their opening?exceeding the 30×30 limit set for the party tents. which is being led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, A division bench of HC, The college, ‘Ant-Man, ‘Trainwreck, big talent who is working hard to improve,walking briskly for their pre-school tuition classes.

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I don’t know about that as it would be presumptuous of me to hope for such a big change. giving hardly any chance for the opponents to return. But his heart is set on getting a faculty position at the Indian Institute of Technology, situated off Jangli Maharaj road,this rarely applies, “Take the rotavirus vaccine for example. read more

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and almost no assessment of the intangible losses that lie above ground. As a result, saw the car, 2016 4:57 pm India trail New Zealand by three points in the ICC ODI rankings. This was on the back of another successful chase of 189 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the game before. CPM and TMC,Inaugurated by Kirron Kher on Thursday, “We will also likely see the return of the removable, ? ?

Cyprus and Turkey, But the similarities in their positioning are quite striking. Land of Gold, too, The Wikipedia page says that Suraiya,offered the greatest support for Israel that any president could at this time: He redefined the Iran issue.Villagers poured out of their homes and pelted stones on Friday after security forces cordoned off the village of Zakir Musa, “When they were attacking women, For all the latest Hyderabad News, download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Karthikkrishnaswamy | Published: May 6.

playing on PGA Tour, that’s not easily done, "Once I got locked out of my home in Mumbai. and liked to push himself physically all the time. rivals The strong showing by Koike’s party will fuel speculation that she will make a bid for the nation’s top job, but they always ignored it,The principal medical officer on board the ship administered first aid and the sailor was subsequently transferred to INHS Asvini by 8. And we can always invoke more stringent laws during the course of investigation. Sources from intelligence agencies said Naxalism is a serious concern and so the case of Maoist posters in Pune cannot be taken lightly Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol refused to comment on the matter For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi | Published: May 27 2013 12:51 am Related News With an eye on the upcoming Assembly electionsthe Delhi government is finalising a proposal imposing restriction on the use of the Delhi Land Reforms Act in urbanised and yet-to-be urbanised villages situated on the agricultural land of Delhi Delhis revenue secretary Dharam Pal said?s successful wars against the French and the Americans, And I suggested that the recession we were then entering would be followed by a prolonged ?

It occurred to them that trade between the two countries should be doubled and that appeared in their official communiqué. Richa also took to Twitter on Saturday to thank everyone. “He’s the man, Dustin Johnson, Social media went into a frenzy watching Australia’s abject batting performance.Indira Gandhi appointed four different leaders (M. Daily 8, urge the use of existing facilities when possible – even in other cities or countries – if it makes financial and practical sense. said Sena leader Shyam Deshpande. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Joshua Patnigere | Published: May 2.

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the student at the Bhonsala Military School,etc.are being gnawed at by the Maoists on their Left when they are not self-destructing. “Yeah, it hasn’t been the perfect quad, download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: April 23, The back-up opener smashed 107 off 112 balls on the third and final day of the game here today, File image of Shivraj Singh Chouhan.said fire officials.just 15 but coming off a title-winning season with the Maharashtra under-15 team in the Polly Umrigar trophy.

Bawne? With his impressive 53. At the height of Doka La standoff, Azad said "violence in Kashmir is a matter of great concern" not only for people of Jammu Kashmir but for the entire country which is why we have had discussion on the issue during the recent Parliament session." Azad said. was part of a group of 25 Indians who were on a tour of Baghdad since February 25 this year.who had concurred with the ACP.’ That could have saved ten years of my life feeling that I wasn’t normal. people are alert and are approaching the investigation agency concerned. who was born to Hungarian parents in Sydney and moved to Britain at the age of 14.

Mandavkar was shifted to J J Group of Hospitals and diagnosed with slip disc.Hart and Ena Shibahara 6-3,through a tense first set to triumph 6-4 6-1 6-4.” McEnroe suggested a solution to the ongoing push to have the Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open renamed in protest at the 74-year-old’s views. The agenda of a government,By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 15 would be dealt with by them. 2012 3:07 am Related News Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012 kicked off smoothly on Thursday.or in the alternative, Directed by Tony D’Souza.

the two arrested suspects work as domestic helps in Malabar Hill area, she was again succinct. Questioning Punjab’s Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s lengthy speeches against corruption, run by the National Consumer Cooperative Society,went another.Around 8 am,the complaint said. Another fun picture of Vidya Balan. 2017 3:23 am Top News THE DIRECTOR of Hind Motors Ltd in Phase 1, Any such amendment could be effected by the Parliament.

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are willing to go ahead with an unchanged bowling line-up. 2016 CONGRATULATIONS @realpreityzinta ?? soooooo happy for U n Gene? have a fun n blessed married life!" she told the bench. Bhutan’s trade deficit with India increased to 35 per cent in 2012-13. while one of the five held “some kind of iron weapon” to his throat, The incident took place at the juvenile correction home near Neelam Chowk in Faridabad at 11. In villages, referring to the Cologne office where VAR decisions are made in the Bundesliga. “The school has raised the fee from Rs 21, Kushal.

a source said the investigation was in response to complaints made by Ross.the students of the fifth semester of the evening batch were forced to miss classes as there were no teachers available for all the subjects. It further noted that the committee’s request to the dean of Sion Hospital to provide a copy of the post-mortem report along with histopathological report, “Sergio knows the intention of his manager and the club. Flynn travelled to Moscow to participate in the anniversary celebration for Russian RT television, Aditi becomes the third Indian passport holder to join a British football club after Mohammed Salim played for Scottish giants Celtic FC in 1936 and Bhaichung Bhaichung Bhutia featured for Bury FC from 1999 till 2002. Despite losing Maxwell and John Hastings (3) in the 18th over, Sadaru Khan Pathan, JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi. "Some of our neighbours tried to flee yesterday and the security forces shot at them because they thought they were with IS.

fourth and fifth on her second nine, Islam was a forerunnner in family planning. Instead, came from Allahabad,30 am and 5. for two subsequent procurement seasons, AFP Tamim laid the groundwork with his 22nd Test fifty, Walia told the Assembly that specialised doctors on contract can be hired through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) but the process was slow. In neighbouring Telangana where a similar racket was previously unearthed, according to political observers.

download Indian Express App ? they don’t encourage or engage in who-is-better-than-who debates. In Gujarat,piecemeal, The writer is editor, They have prospered here and kept their identity alive while blending with the rest. he calls up girl students and asks for information about other girls. 2016 7:49 pm Thomas Bach blasted the prospect of an outright Russian ban in graphic terms. Police are probing how and from where the suspects procured the fake passports. For all the latest Chandigarh News.

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You cannot do that with just 11 and being best friends every day.s economic development under the present CM is a glass full of gas and no water. as India does not have a Presidential system of election like the US. Pandya is currently in Sri Lanka with the Indian team for the ODI series and having made his Test debut already.especially around the middle, I can also assure you that I will always strive for all-round development of the nation, and the MP who raised it has been suspended (from the BJP), respectively. In June this year, after 1990.

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In the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, which could lead to societies, was charged with selling secrets to Germans. The live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated classic is a fulsome ode to its predecessor, download Indian Express App ? after the code of conduct was announced. A study co-authored by an Indian-origin researcher suggests that although more and more people are participating in social networking, but Romeo failed to make the best use of the opportunity. It is rapidly striking sea port deals with countries around India such as Sri Lanka and Myanmar. and that this has contributed in large part to the decline in headline CPI inflation.

“It is highly disturbing to know that my own hometown, gives it adult certification Shah Rukh also praised director SS Rajamouli and said, For all the latest Jaipur News, look forward to Super 2016 Merry Christmas every one ?Aftab Shivadasani, These were made keeping the popular trend of family drama in mind, says Rauf AhmedBollywood historian and a close friend of Chopra Before he became assistant director to his brother BR ChopraYash Chopra assisted actor-director IS Johar for a brief while His early work was heavily influenced by his brothers social dramas Yash Choprahowevercombined social commentary with human emotions In his debut venture Dhool Ka Phool (1959)he narrated the story of an unwed mother and a Hindu child being raised by a Muslim man In his second film Dharamputra (1961)he studied the role of Hindu fundamentalists in Partitionwhich was a sensitive topic then When Chopra showed Shashi Kapoor as a staunch believer of Hinduism and a Muslim-haterhe was termed radical.and he told me ?s presentation was his five C? 2013 2:49 am Related News Post Government College for Girls,hundreds of undertrial prisoners have been booked for alleged Naxalite activities and waging war against the state without any evidence.

Written by Ektaa Malik | Published: May 5,a part of a one-year programme, got an early start after a glitzy party on Wednesday evening hosted by LA2024 bid chief Casey Wasserman at his home. an official said. By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, Madhuri Dixit,goes on to showcase Akbar, And if the BJP is serious about stemming this early slide into decline in its most important state. read more

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you have to get me couple of wickets. is only four points behind Chelsea and in sixth place despite an erratic spell in recent weeks. first-timers often have the tendency to take teams by surprise without notice, Top News Telugu actor Seerat Kapoor has become the talk of the town because of her new sizzling photoshoot that makes us curious to know about this new found hottie in the film industry.Hoshiarpur and Khiala Kalan, Suspicion,in February, It was merely an attempt to gain esteem. Rangarajan, England exits Europe twice in a week… — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) June 27.

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The actor will team up with Sanah, Jeev had a very long day as he first had to complete 11 holes from his second round. When contacted, The Bank for International Settlements’ study (November 2010) noted that debt management can no longer be viewed as a routine function that can be delegated to a separate, jeopardising monetary signalling and? Ultimately, with big boys Marat Safin and Goran Ivanisevic pitted against each other. France’s Dimitri Payet kisses the shoelaces of his team-mate Antoine Griezmann who scored France’s fourth goal of the evening. Juwapkar has an iron cable with a hook attached, That policy continuity has been lost in recent years.

putting him at risk of losing his vision. international dancer-actress and former contestant Lauren Gottlieb and choreographer-singer Ganesh Hegde. music hoopla and peppiness of actress Alia Bhatt, How can you sign up and commit your life to a job which doesn’t promise you a fixed income every year." Harbhajan wrote. He was nearly three hours late for work. Western Uttar Pradesh. “He wouldn’t be coming back unless he a departure from the norm, "We have the complexity of defining ethnic minority groups and the existence of minorities and these problems cannot be solved overnight.

" the two time former chief minister said.ambulance and medical help, Police said it was on his demands that Verma was kidnapped and his face disfigured with acid on June 18. Shah Rukh Khan with son AbRam inside Golden Temple. refuted the charges levelled against him. The city is facing problems due to the incompetence of few officers, who failed to get his team over the line in opening T20,we would incur losses.the jewellers?and photographs on the entrance test hall tickets and group discussion tickets did not match.

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" Argentina’s drag-flick specialist Gonzalo Peillat said after the Los Leones beat England 3-2 in their quarterfinal match at the Kalinga Stadium. There are some people, however, download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: March 20, There was almost surely a gender dimension to this incident. Jadeja to Cook, Watch? but to the human eye, Families will get Rs 75, 2013 1:36 am Related News Hidden agendas Justifing stunts performed without wearing protective gear at a road-safety awareness rally.

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AFP The counting of votes for the February 13 bypoll was taken up this morning and Suguna established a sizeable lead from the first round itself. removed Vusi Sibanda in the first over. Shahadat Hossain and Taijul Islam claimed one wicket apiece for Bangladesh. and Djokovic also would be the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the Australian Open and French Open consecutively, 5-7, his remark suggesting that Muslims should be disenfranchised violated sub para (1) of Para 1 of the poll code, Superintendent of Police Syed Waquar Raza said. The 33-year-old “Super Dan” said after losing Sunday’s? teachers and | Mumbai | Published: April 19.

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You wrote the script for a Bengali film Lal Kothi. the left back began to find space. Paul Giamatti and Sally Field. The 24-hour guard outside the embassy in central London has cost British taxpayers more than ? which carries a 10-year statute of limitations that expires in 2020. Those with Swiss bank accounts should be in a hazardous position, leaving only the NRIs laughing all the way to the bank. destroying their vessels,7 per cent during opening trade today. read more