How to Design an Indian Classic

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Revive recreational activities at Amar Singh Club: J-K CM

first_imgSrinagar, Sep 17 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called for optimal utilisation of facilities at the Amar Singh Club here so that it is able to generate its own resources and urged upon members to revive activities at the historic recreational centre. “To function on a self-sustaining basis, Amar Singh Club will have to devise a strategy to explore possibilities of creating more recreational and sporting facilities for the members. It has an ideal location and used to be a lively club in the past. But now, the activities have somewhat diminished,” he said chairing the Annual General Meeting of the club here. Assuring the members of governments support in restoring the infrastructure in the club which was damaged in last years floods, Sayeed, who is also the President of the Club, said the responsibility of reviving it to its past glory lay entirely with the club management and its members. “It is my third visit here. I hope the members broaden the scope of the activities and make Amar Singh Club a vibrant and happening place,” he said, insisting upon making the club a family place with facilities of entertainment for children. The Chief Minister expressed hoped that the club would become a centre of recreational activities, just like its namesake at Jammu. “The Chief Secretary shall see that the Club finds its spark once again,” he said, while asking the management to showcase the Club by inviting tourists. The over 80-year-old club is one of the oldests clubs in northern India. PTI SSB TA KNDadvertisementlast_img read more

How to dress for the office – without making yourself gag

first_imgThese days, I write mostly from home – meaning that I often dress only for myself, my roommates, and the very tolerant fellas at my neighborhood coffee shop. As a result, my freelance style regularly falls somewhere between ‘backwoods yogi’ and ‘vaguely disreputable street urchin.’On occasion, however, I have to go on-site to meet with a client – meaning that I’m expected to dress like an actual professional. This is sometimes challenging, given that traditional office wear makes me feel like a cat on a leash. But by following a few sartorial rules over the years, I’ve managed to (somehow) pass as a perfectly respectable human being.Check inIf you’ve visited a client before, you probably have some idea of what their office culture is like. Try your best to aim for the slightly upscale version of what everyone else is wearing. If full-time employees of your client are walking around wearing jeans and sassy t-shirts, wear a (nice) pair of jeans and a neutral shirt. You want to look “on-brand”, but neat. It’s a sad truth that you have to look slightly more respectable than people your client sees every day, because you work remotely and thus are a scary alien.Be a respectable alien for one day.If you’ve never been on-site before, it’s completely acceptable to call and ask the receptionist what the office dress code is. If that’s not an option, aim for spiffy office casual – that means simple dress pants and a button-down or neutral sweater; maybe a tie, if you’re of the male or especially tomboyish persuasion.Stay simpleStick to staples – I even advocate simple color palettes, to begin with; that way, you can mix or match. Nice basic black or grey pants work for everyone; so do basic button-down shirts or neutral shirts and sweaters, either in subtle patterns or solid colors. If you’re female, I find that a long-ish black skirt can be worn over and over again. Own one pair of nice black shoes, and one pair of nice brown shoes; wear as needed.If you open any style magazine, they invariably make lists of wardrobe staples that include crazy seasonal stuff like berets and culottes, or whatever, as “must-haves”. Those are supposed to be ‘fun’ items.They do not seem fun.Style magazines say these things because they are deeply invested in you buying clothes. I am not invested in this, and so I tell you – don’t feel like you need to get fancy or ornate, or even particularly trendy. Have 2-3 basic tops and 2-3 basic bottoms; you can recycle them over and over again without anyone noticing (trust me, I have experimented extensively with this theory). Neatness is much more important than being on-trend.Dress the partUgh, I hate the saying “dress for the job you want” – I prefer to think of this as “dressing for the part”, because costuming sounds more fun than cutthroat ladder-climbing.Think of your role in the organization, and how you want the client to perceive you (or how you DON’T want them to perceive you). I’m a freelance writer/editor and I specialize in blogging, so I’m generally working in what we’d call ‘creative’. Thus, I’m actually motivated to under-dress a little bit; clients would be a bit disconcerted by a blogger wearing a pants suit. That being said, I still dress pretty neutrally – I leave the YOUR BOYFRIEND’S BAND SUCKS t-shirt at home. If I were a lawyer, I would need people to take me more seriously, and would spring for the suit. Dressing for the role you want to fulfill can really only benefit you.Invest in qualityAs I said, I’m not pushing clothes (although fashion companies are welcome to send bribes c/o the Freelancers Union) – so I understand the impulse to pick the cheapest garments possible. But investing in quality pays off.First of all, buying well-made clothing actually ensures that you CAN wear things over and over; repeated washings will often make a cruddy garment fall apart and warp. Second, quality actually shows – both to clients, and to yourself. People can often tell if clothing is poorly made, and nothing is worse than sweating through an interminable meeting in cheap polyester blends.I’m not saying you have to run out and buy an outrageously expensive designer t-shirt; don’t go broke. Just don’t choose the absolute cheapest option because it saves you a few dollars. Go with well-made garments that make you feel good. I hate spending money on this stuff, and I’m telling you – it’s worth it.By following these few simple guidelines, I’ve survived numerous on-site projects – and not one client has called security on me yet, despite my naturally anti-fashionista ways. Don’t listen to the style magazines. Keep it simple, keep it neat; it’s easier than it seems.last_img read more

Inter deny Icardi & Handanovic exit reports

first_imgTransfers Inter deny Icardi & Handanovic exit reports Harry Sherlock 17:49 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mauro Icardi Inter 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Internazionale Serie A The striker has been linked with a number of clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United, while the goalkeeper is reportedly of interest to Napoli Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has denied all reports that Mauro Icardi and Samir Handanovic could leave the club this summer.Icardi has been heavily linked with an exit from the Serie A giants, with his agent, Wanda Nara, claiming that “big clubs” are willing to trigger his €110 million (£96.5m/$129.4m) release clause. The 25-year-old has been touted as a possible target for Chelsea, while Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich are also reportedly interested. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Ausilio, who has also dismissed any idea of Handanovic leaving the club for Napoli this summer, insists that Icardi will not be going anywhere.“There’s no truth in Handanovic to Napoli. Icardi will not be leaving, absolutely not,” he told Sport Italia  .Ausilio has also weighed in on potential moves for Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano and Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, refusing to rule out a bid for either player.“We like lots of good things,” he replied when pressed on links with Politano.On Nainggolan, he added, cryptically: “It’s not just Spalletti who likes him.”Inter finished fourth in Serie A in 2017-18, 23 points behind champions Juventus.last_img read more

How Klopp turned Mane & Salah into world-class stars

first_imgWorld Cup Pride of Africa: How Klopp turned Salah and Mane into world class players Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane Getty World Cup Liverpool Mohamed Salah Sadio Mané Jürgen Klopp Poland v Senegal Russia v Egypt Russia Poland Senegal Egypt Opinion African All Stars The attacking duo’s talent has never been in doubt – but they have become superstars under the tutelage of the Liverpool coach They’ve already taken England by storm. Europe too. Now Liverpool’s African stars are looking to set the world alight.Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are both in World Cup action on Tuesday, looking to make their mark on international football’s premier competition.Mane’s Senegal get their Group H campaign underway against Poland in Moscow, while Salah’s Egypt will be looking to bounce back after their heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Uruguay in their opening game as they face hosts Russia in St Petersburg. It’s a big day for both. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Both players arrived at the World Cup on the back of a fruitful club campaign and both will carry most, if not all, of their nations’ hopes on their shoulders. Both will be looking to continue their unrelenting rise.What an impact these two have made at Liverpool. What a treat it has been to watch them in action. Two wide players who offer so much more; goalscorers, creators, dribblers, link-men, workers. Stars.Beacons, too, for the work Jurgen Klopp has done at Anfield. The Reds boss is known as a developer of footballers, and in Mane and Salah we can see two of his great success stories.Under Klopp’s guidance, they have been transformed from talented wingers into elite-level performers. They contributed 64 goals between them last season, Salah following Mane in collecting Liverpool’s player of the year award in his first year on Merseyside.The Egyptian’s progress has been remarkable. Liverpool knew they were signing a good player when they took him from Roma, but he has surpassed all expectations. His debut campaign may have ended in tears in Kiev, but before that came the goals and the assists and the moments and the records – all of them by the boat-load.Klopp, like Liverpool, had tracked Salah from his Basel days. He’d impressed in 2013, playing in a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund. “What the f*ck?!” was Klopp’s assessment of the rapid, skinny winger tearing his full-back apart that day.A few months later, Salah was seemingly on his way to Anfield. The Reds were going for the Premier League title under Brendan Rodgers, and wanted the then 20-year-old to give them an extra attacking option.Jurgen Klopp Mohamed Salah LiverpoolDetailed background checks were made, club scouts going so far as to attend a Basel training camp in the town of Davos in the Swiss Alps. There, they made notes on Salah’s mentality, attitude, the way he trained and the manner in which he interacted with team-mates, coaches and anyone else he came into contact with. The reports were overwhelmingly positive.Liverpool, though, were pipped to his signing by Chelsea, who were seeking a player following Juan Mata’s transfer to Manchester United. It didn’t work out for Salah at Stamford Bridge. He made just 19 appearances, and has since admitted it was the wrong time for him to come to England.His move to Italy, though, was a smart one. Salah’s form, first at Fiorentina and then at Roma, picked up drastically. Liverpool, through sporting director Michael Edwards and chief scout Barry Hunter continued to monitor him closely.By the time 2017 arrived, they were convinced that he was the one, and that he was gettable. The message to Klopp from the recruitment team was simple: “This guy will score goals!”They had explored other avenues – Mario Gotze, Christian Pulisic, Alex Teixeira, Julian Brandt and Julian Draxler were all looked at – but Salah was deemed the standout. It was not just his speed but his movement, his ability to get inside his full-back and open the game up, to play ‘from out to in’ and to deliver big numbers in terms of both goals and assists.Mane Salah Liveprool Goals PSAt Roma, he delivered 15 and then 19 goals in consecutive seasons, but there were other clear improvements too. Physically, Liverpool staff were surprised by how strong he was when he arrived at Melwood.Luciano Spalletti, his former coach at Roma, had drummed into him the need to protect the ball in tight areas or with his back to goal. Salah had the pace of a winger, but he was solid, too. He can shield the ball well, and it gives him greater options – particularly against aggressive or deep-lying defences.Where Klopp’s influence can be seen is in the way in which the £36.9million man works from the front. Crucially, Salah’s first pre-season at Liverpool was a full one, giving him seven weeks to learn exactly what his manager demands from all players. It is not enough to score or to dribble; attackers must understand positional play too, they must work and they must be permanently engaged, in and out of possession.Salah is not Roberto Firmino in terms of work-rate, but he bought into Klopp’s ideas quickly. His debut, at Watford, saw Klopp spend 45 minutes bemoaning him for being “too high and too wide” – at half time, he got the message. He scored after the break, and hasn’t looked back.By that point, of course, Mane had already established himself as one of Liverpool’s key men. Like Salah, he was a long-time favourite of Klopp’s, having been on his radar when at Red Bull Salzburg back in 2014. Then, he declined the chance to take him to Dortmund, with Mane instead joining Southampton. Three months later, Klopp said, “I would have punched myself!”Sadio Mane Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolAt St Mary’s, Mane proved himself a Premier League player. Ten goals in his first season, 15 in his second, at the end of which Liverpool were waiting. “No talks were necessary,” Klopp said. “It was a case of ‘let’s do it’”If Liverpudlians had doubts – and plenty did – they quickly evaporated. Mane’s debut came at Arsenal in August 2016, and just over an hour into it he chased a nothing ball down the right, worked his way inside two defenders into the box and smashed a brilliant left-foot shot into the top corner. He celebrated in the grand manner – by riding on his manager’s back!Softly-spoken and permanently smiling – he is similar to Salah in terms of personality – Mane made an immediate impact at Anfield. His pace turned Liverpool from a useful side into a deadly one, his willingness to chase and to press the perfect fit for a Klopp forward.He quickly forged relationships with Firmino, with Philippe Coutinho and with Adam Lallana. For Nathaniel Clyne, who played behind him at right-back, he was a dream, stretching the pitch one way, cutting it off the other.He scored 13 goals in his first season and would have had more had it not been for first the Africa Cup of Nations, and then an ill-timed knee injury.Salah’s arrival, though, meant a change in role. Mane was moved from the right to the left, encouraged to vary his play, to get in from the flank, connect with Firmino and co and find scoring positions. His first goal of last season, which also came in that Watford game, was the epitome of what Klopp was looking for; a well-timed run inside his defender, a sure touch and a clinical finish.June 19 FixturesThere were struggles – in particular, after a crucial miss against Everton in December – while ill-founded theories suggested Salah’s arrival had upset Mane’s rhythm. It was an easy assumption, but it wasn’t true.Salah and Mane get on well, while privately Klopp remained delighted with the Senegal star’s output. His work from the left gives the team balance, he felt, his mere presence enough to create uncertainty for defenders and space for team-mates. The goals, he was told, would come.They did, too. Mane’s personality is an optimistic one, he rarely sulks or loses focus. He listens to his coaches and he believes in his ability. He is, say Anfield sources, as positive an influence in the dressing room as you could ask for.Klopp may not buy into the idea of ‘star’ players, but he certainly understands the value of keeping his main men happy. When he and Salah were nominated for the African Footballer of the Year award back in January, Klopp allowed both players to attend the ceremony in Accra, Ghana, despite Liverpool having an FA Cup tie with Everton just 24 hours later.Salah won, Mane finished second – and then played 90 minutes the following evening. The gesture did not go unappreciated by either.Mane finished the campaign with 20 goals, his best return since his final year at Salzburg. Ten came in the Champions League, where he netted in each round from the group stage on, including in the final against Real Madrid. Not bad for a ‘quiet’ campaign.The good news for Klopp and for Liverpool is that both Salah and Mane are here to stay. Links with Real Madrid have surfaced, but both are happy where they are. Liverpool will not consider selling either.Little wonder. As signings go, these two are as good as it gets. And by Tuesday evening, the whole world will know it. 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New date in November confirmed for National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout

first_imgThe National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout confirmed for Dubbo’s Apex Park on 11-12 November 2017.Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service’s Quit B Fit – Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in conjunction with NSW Touch Football & Touch Football Australia and Dubbo Regional Council will host the 2017 National Indigenous Touch Carnival Knockout.“The organising committee agreed to change the date and also review the registration and competitor criteria to encourage more registrations to ensure a highly successful event for Dubbo,” said WACHS CEO Darren Ah See.The Knockout will be open to senior men, women’s and mixed and will feature a prize pool of up to $40,000 for winners and runner’s upThe key changes to the competition criteria include:The 2 day event will be open to senior teams only, with a minimum age requirement of players to be 16 years before 31 December 2017The event will be open ONLY to Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Mixed.Minimum of 10 players and maximum of 14 players per team with a minimum of 70 % players per team with Confirmation of Aboriginality (COA)COA is required otherwise players are deemed non-indigenous and NO protests allowed on COA if Common Seal Stamp is submittedFirst in best dressed policy with a maximum of 32 teams per divisionEntry fee $500 per team non-refundable to be paid by 16 October 2017Referees to be supplied by the Event organisers“The revised registration and competitor details are now available on the event’s website www.indigenoustouchknockout.sportingpulse.netMr Ah See encourages all interested players to get involved.“We have received overwhelming support from the community and we thank the sponsors on board already including the Western NSW Local Health District, Cloudwize, Sydney University, and Western Plains Zoo.“We will be moving forward in November with our plans to host a health hub and kids activity/entertainment area at the Knockout to promote healthy living,” he said.For more information visit the KO website or and follow @quitbfit on Facebook and #quitbfit on Twitter and Instagram.Media Contact: Rebekah Bullock 0407959781last_img read more

I wouldn’t want Pogba in my dressing room – Souness

first_imgFormer Liverpool boss Graeme Souness has renewed hostilities with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba ahead of Sunday’s season-opener, claiming he would not want the midfielder in his dressing room if he was in charge at Old Trafford.France international Pogba has endured an unsettling summer, but has offered reassurances to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he will not create a divide in the dressing room, and is even understood to be under consideration for the club’s captaincy ahead of the new campaign.The 2018 World Cup winner became the subject of almost constant speculation during the off-season, with a purported move to Real Madrid and subsequent rumours regarding his old club Juventus top of the agenda. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? However, ex-Scotland international and Sky Sports pundit Souness, who has a history of launching scathing attacks on the 26-year-old in front of the cameras, has questioned whether the player remains fully committed ahead of the Red Devils’ curtain-raiser with Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku, who left the club to join Inter on Thursday after a similarly destabilising spell, has also found himself in the line of fire, with suggestions that the pair are the reason United missed out on Champions League qualification last season.Speaking to The Times, Souness said: “If I’m sitting in United’s dressing room, I’m glad Lukaku has gone and don’t want Pogba in there with me either if he’s not up for the fight ahead and is also keen to get away.“They’re as responsible as anybody for the predicament United are in, yet have effectively said to their team-mates: ‘It’s everybody else’s fault’.“No, let’s get it right, lads, you’re part of the reason United are not in the Champions League this year.“Madrid are looking to nick Pogba on the cheap because they’re suspicious of his form, while Inter haggled over the asking price for Lukaku because he didn’t pull up any trees at United either.”United forward Marcus Rashford, who could play a pivotal role up front following Lukaku’s move to Italy, also found himself being questioned by the former Rangers and Newcastle boss. The 21-year-old, alongside the likes of Anthony Martial, will form the backbone of Solskjaer’s attack, but Souness says the England man might not be up to the job.”I’m not convinced he’s ready for it yet,” he added. “It’s not ideal and it would not have happened under (former manager) Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson).” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Premier Congratulates Nova Scotia Senate Appointees

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald offered his congratulations to the three Nova Scotians appointed today, Dec. 22, to the Canadian Senate. Stephen Greene, Fred Dickson and Michael MacDonald were among 18 senators named by the Prime Minister. “Each of these individuals has always been a proud supporter of Nova Scotia,” said Premier MacDonald. “I am sure they will continue to be as they take up their new duties in the senate.” Mr. Greene is particularly well known to the premier, serving as his deputy chief of staff. The premier said Mr. Greene was a crucial part in the settlement of the crown share agreement reached over the summer with the federal government. “I have spoken to Stephen and expressed my congratulations,” said the premier. “His role in settling the crown share can not be overlooked. He has made a major contribution to our province and I know that he will continue to do this in Ottawa.” The premier said he is still in favour of senate reform, including fixed terms, and he hopes the new members of the senate will continue to work towards that goal.last_img read more

Questionandanswer session with Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the annual conference of Wikimania, which is being held in Montreal this year, from Aug. 9 to 11.One of those taking part will be Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, who took part in a question-and-answer session with The Canadian Press ahead of the event. Here are excerpts from the exchange:CP: Why was Montreal selected this year?JW: We hold Wikimania every year. It’s our flagship event where we bring together volunteers from all around the world. We have a process whereby we have bids from various local communities as to why we should have Wikimania in the city. Montreal was chosen because they had the strongest bid and that was very good. Obviously, there’s a lot of excitement around the first time we’ve had Wikimania in a francophone region.— — —CP: Given the phenomenon of fake news and the fact Wikipedia’s content comes from members, administrators and contributors, how do you ensure quality control?JW: Fake news has been primarily a problem of Facebook in that people see something that looks like a real news site and it’s something alarming or it’s exciting to them and they share it with their friends, and they share it and share it and share it and it passes from person to person to person amongst people who aren’t particularly sophisticated consumers of news. Whereas the Wikipedia community is incredibly sophisticated, very media savvy…We’ve had very little impact of that kind of fake news.— — —CP: More and more people and public figures are being harassed online and are seeing their reputations attacked. What is Wikipedia doing to withdraw such pages?JW: This is something that we’re really very focused on. One of the things that I’ve always prided myself on is that Wikipedia is a community about knowledge, it’s about a positive experience, it’s about charity work. People give of their time. We take a very hard line on trolling and harassment…Like every website that’s open to the public, you always have a few people who come on who are problematic.”— — —CP: Wikipedia saw the light of day in 2001. Back then, not everyone was convinced of the reliability of the information being provided. How has the public’s perception changed over the years?JW: A very strong core value of Wikipedia is to be of quality. We’ve always said we wanted to be like a traditional encyclopedia quality or better. And obviously in the early days we weren’t that…Over the years, people added more and more information and better sources. And of course, we learned a lot as a community. We’ve written huge policy guidelines and gotten a lot of experience about what kind of thing is useful to the reader, what kind of thing is a good source versus a weak source. So we’ve just matured over the years. Obviously, we’re always careful to point out that Wikipedia is far from perfect. There are still mistakes in Wikipedia and that’s something we’re very diligent about. We don’t want to get complacent.last_img read more

US stocks move broadly higher trimming some weekly losses

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in morning trading on Wall Street Thursday following two days of losses.The early gains are helping to cut some of the broader market’s weekly losses, but it is still on track for its fourth consecutive weekly loss and its first monthly loss of the year. Stocks have been sliding in volatile trading all month as investors come to grips with an escalating trade war’s potential impact on corporate and economic growth.Technology companies led the early gains. Intel rose 1.8% and Micron rose 2.6%. Keysight Technologies surged 11.2% after beating analysts’ first quarter profit forecasts.Industrial companies and banks were also moving broadly higher. Ingersoll-Rand rose 1.1% and Deere rose 1.1%. Citigroup gained 1.3%.Clothing and apparel makes were weighed down by weak financial results. PVH, which owns Calvin Klein, plunged more than 12% after cutting its forecast for the year. Watchmaker Movado fell 7% after reporting weak earnings.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.5% as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 71, or 0.3%, to 25,195. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.6%WRINKLED FORECAST: PVH, the owner of the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, plunged 12.5% after cutting its full year profit forecast because of weak sales. PVH cited weak sales in the U.S. and China and put some of the blame on the ongoing trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.PVH said the forecast includes the impact of tariffs. It is the latest retailer suffering from the fallout of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. Retailers have seesawed this week as they express concern over tariffs squeezing their businesses.Abercrombie & Fitch, Canada Goose and Versace-owner Capri Holdings all gave weak forecasts this week.DOLLAR DEALS: Dollar General rose 6.8% and Dollar Tree rose 3.8% after the discount retailers gave investors solid quarterly earnings results.Dollar General beat forecasts for a key sales measure at established stores. It pegged part of that growth to customers buying more groceries and seasonal items.Dollar Tree matched profit forecasts while beating revenue forecasts for the quarter.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Amaya looking to pierce Indian market as it pursues global growth

MONTREAL — Amaya has its eyes set on India as it looks to grow its online poker business.“India is quite an exciting market,” CEO Rafi Ashkenazi told reporters Wednesday after the company’s annual meeting where shareholders approved a name change and headquarters relocation to Toronto.Amaya will become The Stars Group in August when its TSX symbol (TSX:AYA) will also change.It is opening a head office in downtown Toronto to complement about 300 people who work in technology development in Richmond Hill, north of the city. A small finance office will be maintained for now in Montreal.Amaya’s chief operating officer is in India working to finalize a structure that will allow the company to operate with an already licenced partner, likely beginning later this year.India is an attractive market because of its huge population and the penetration of smartphones that exceed the United States, Ashkenazi said.He said Amaya hopes eventually to capture at least half of the online poker market that could reach US$150 million in a few years.“It’s a booming country and we want to be there and we want to be there in time and make sure that we are as usual the market leader when it comes to poker.”Ashkenazi also has his eyes set on Asia and the United States.Online gambling is popular in Asia, but developing the right structure is key to entering a lucrative market valued at several billion dollars a year, he said.Several political initiatives could also eventually open online gambling in large U.S. states like California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois.Poker represents a market of about US$2 billion a year in the U.S. Casino games could be worth 10 times that much for the industry.Amaya has endured a challenging year. Its founder David Baazov resigned after facing several securities charges and its future as an independent company was in doubt. It withdrew from an attempted a merger with British betting company William Hill PLC and was the subject of an abandoned effort by Baazov to take the company private.Ashkenazi said those disruptions are in the past, adding that the company isn’t changing its name because the Amaya moniker is tainted.After selling Amaya’s legacy businesses, he said most people know the company for its ownership of PokerStars. read more

Plan underway to supply Churchill with ice road as rail remains knocked

WINNIPEG — Plans are underway to supply Churchill, Man., with an ice road as the rail link that normally provides a lifeline to the community remains out of commission.Mark Kohaykewych, president of Polar Industries, said Friday the company has partnered with the Fox Lake Cree Nation and Churchill-based Remote Area Services to carve out an ice road along the 300 kilometres of wilderness between the end of the working rail line at Gillam, Man., and Churchill.He said the partners hope to see some financial support from the Manitoba government, but for now plan to operate on their own tight budget.“This is a go. Right now without any support from any level of government, we’re sort of tied to a shoestring budget. But we’re hoping that they’re going to come to the table and step up and assist us,” he said.Kohaykewych said they plan to haul construction equipment and supplies, fuel, as well as potentially food and necessities for stores in the town.He said the route would take about 30 hours to run, but that time could be cut by as much as half if the company has enough resources to run dedicated teams to maintain the route.Government support would help with that, Kohaykewych said, while he’s also hoping government will step in with more direct food subsidy support for people in Churchill.Climate change has made some ice routes more difficult to maintain in recent years, but Kohaykewych said they’ll just adjust maintenance and scheduling to changing conditions to make sure the route remains open.“All that’s going to happen is we’re going to have to be vigilant with the changing weather, and at times have to shut down like we did last year, just to preserve the integrity and longevity of the road.”Kohaykewych said the ice road backup plan has been in the works since June when he surveyed the land and realized it could work, but kept quiet to not disrupt rail plans.“We wanted to make sure we didn’t overstep the town’s plan to try and get the rail line fixed, which is a more permanent solution for them.”Last week the federal government issued an ultimatum to Omnitrax, the company that owns the broken rail line, to fix the track within 30 days or face a $19-million lawsuit because it’s obliged to maintain the line.Kohaykewych, however, that time is running out to repair the line, so they’re going ahead with their plan.“As winter draws near, I mean they had a snowstorm a couple days ago up in Churchill, this plan needs to get executed.” read more

Energy storage membrane set to revolutionize rechargeable batteries

first_imgIf you want a rechargeable battery in a power-hungry device today, the only real choice is a lithium-ion battery. They are heavy, quite large depending on how much charge you need, and volatile. They also have a high cost and limited life span.A replacement for lithium-ion has long been sought after, and recently there have been some breakthroughs such as the jelly-like polymer battery. However, researchers at the National University of Singapore may have come up with the best solution yet in the form of an new energy storage membrane.Thought to be the first energy membrane ever created successfully, the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative at the university has managed to attach the membrane to a polystyrene polymer. When placed between two graphite plates it can be charged and stores a charge.Already, the membrane is at an advantage as it is thin and flexible meaning there’s potential for a number of configurations. But where the real benefit comes in is how much energy it can store and at what cost.A typical lithium-ion battery can store a charge of 1 microfarad per square centimeter. The energy membrane ups that to 0.2 farads. The membrane can also be easily mass produced at very low cost, meaning what we have here is a membrane that can store more energy and is cheaper to produce than existing battery technology.In real world terms the difference is quite staggering. A lithium-ion battery costs $7 to store one farad of charge. The energy membrane reduces that down to 62 cents. Another way to look at it is the membrane stores 20Wh (watt-hour) per dollar spent where as the lithium-ion battery is limited to 2.5Wh.The research team working on the membrane is led by Dr. Xie Xian Ning. He is keen to point out the benefits of the additional energy storage, low cost fabrication, and environmentally-friendly nature of the materials used. Because it takes the form of a very thin, flexible material, it could easily be integrated into solar panels, hybrid vehicles, or as an energy storage layer spanning a mobile device’s entire surface area, rather than the more typical block-like batteries we use today.A U.S. Patent has already be filed for the membrane and the university is now seeking investment to commercialize it as a battery. If the membrane performs as expected, I doubt there will be much trouble securing funding.Read more at the National University of Singapore and R&DMaglast_img read more

Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week

first_img TGIF. While you’re planning for the long weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you might have missed during the week.The Boys, a gritty series where a group of guys who go after evil superheroes, is hitting Amazon Prime Video on July 26, while CBS Films’ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a creepy film about horror tales gone wrong. From Netflix’s sci-fi series Wu Assassins to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Zombieland: Double Tap, here are the top movies and TV shows to keep on your radar.Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkGuillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal are creeping audiences out with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a film where a series of eerie tales comes to life for teens in an American small town. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark hits theaters on Aug. 9.Wu AssassinsA San Francisco chef acquires mystical Wu powers in the sci-fi series Wu Assassins. His quest to become an assassin and save the people of his city gets complicated though when he discovers that his father sided with the wrong team. Wu Assassins hits Netflix on Aug. 8.The GoldfinchAfter his mom is killed during an art museum bombing, Theo Decker goes on a lifelong journey to heal from the tragic incident and protect the only memory of her, a bird painting, in The Goldfinch. The movie, which stars Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, hits theaters Sept. 13.The BoysGood guys take out bad superheroes in Amazon Prime Video’s new series The Boys: When “The Seven,” a group of superheroes who have bad intentions, tries to hide their crimes, a vigilante squad tries to stop their shady activity. The Boys premieres on Amazon Prime Video on July 26.Zombieland: Double TapIt took a decade to get Little Rock, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Columbus back together to fight the undead, but Zombieland: Double Tap is coming to theaters on Oct. 18.Rocko’s Modern Life: Static ClingAfter 20 years in space, Rocko and his friends return to a high-tech O-Town, where iPhones, 3-D movie screenings, and other devices exist. It might not be the ’90s anymore, but Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling will debut on Netflix on Aug. 9. HarrietAmerican freedom fighter Harriet Tubman led many slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. See her story come to life in Harriet, which stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and Janelle Monáe, and debuts in theaters on Nov. 1.A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodTom Hanks stars as Mr. Fred Rogers, a famous TV personality who had one of the best kid’s series of all time, in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which hits theaters on Thanksgiving. The Righteous GemstonesA world-famous televangelist family goes on a quest to protect themselves from “evil forces” in HBO’s new comedy series The Righteous Gemstones. This show, which stars John Goodman, Danny McBride, Edi Patterson, and Adam Devine, is coming to HBO on Aug. 18.JoJo RabbitWritten and directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), JoJo Rabbit follows a young boy growing up in World War II Germany who has a life-threatening secret: His single mom is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic, who opens up his mind to non-nationalism perspectives.More on‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Trailer Resurrects This Franchise ‘The Boys’ Final Trailer: Good Guys Go After the World’s Worst Superheroes‘Invader Zim’ and ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ TV Movies Bring Nick Back to Netflix Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ last_img read more

30 years strong WSUV grows into educational economic force

first_imgAs Washington State University Vancouver approaches its 30th anniversary, there are few left on campus who have been there since its early days in Bauer Hall at Clark College.Renee Hoeksel, executive associate dean for nursing, is among them. A longtime nurse who left the profession briefly to earn her bachelor’s degree, Hoeksel began working at WSU Vancouver in 1990. It was a year after the branch campus was established, and she spearheaded the development of a nursing degree program created in response to Southwest Washington’s growing workforce needs.After years of nursing in Portland hospitals, Hoeksel said she wanted to pass her own experiences along to other nurses.“If I ever have an opportunity to give back in any way, to any nurses who are trying to get their degree, I’m going to do that,” she said.Hoeksel’s journey at the university, in some ways, reflects that of the university itself — a story cobbled together in the interest of increasing degrees in Southwest Washington after overcoming initial logistical challenges. Today, WSU Vancouver sprawls over 351 acres, with about 3,500 students enrolled in the college’s 33 degree programs.And nearly three decades later, WSU Vancouver’s eye is turned toward growth. There’s a new life sciences building slated for construction in the coming years, as well as undergraduate housing, a new venture for what’s traditionally been a commuter campus in Salmon Creek.last_img read more

Speakers Endorsers of Rally for Farm Bill Passage Announced

first_imgMembers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) will be on hand at the “Farm Bill Now!” rally as legislative representatives, agricultural leaders and hundreds of farmers and ranchers come together in chorus on U.S. Capitol grounds Sept. 12 to encourage Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire at the end of September.”Our coalition represents a broad cross-section of agriculture and is extraordinarily varied in its policy priorities,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb. “ASA and its coalition partners may differ on many of the individual aspects in various titles of the farm bill, but more important than that is our commitment first and foremost to getting a bill done. We will work with farmers, with our partner organizations, and with our representatives in Washington to get this job finished in the interest of providing America’s farmers with the security and certainty they need.”The “Farm Bill Now!” rally, which will take place at Union Square in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pond, will feature members from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives addressing the crowd, as well as leaders from a broad range of farm, conservation, energy, consumer and nutrition organizations.Legislative members slated to speak at the rally include Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture; and Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson and American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman will serve as a master of ceremonies for the event.Organizational speakers in addition to Wellman, Johnson and Stallman will include Fred Yoder, representative of 25x’25; Daren Coppock, president and CEO of Agricultural Retailers Association; Ambassador Tony P. Hall, executive director of Alliance to End Hunger; Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust; Gene Schmidt, president of National Association of Conservation Districts; Bing Von Bergen, first vice president of National Association of Wheat Growers; an elected county official representing National Association of Counties; Sally Greenberg, executive director of National Consumers League; Garry Niemeyer, president of National Corn Growers Association; Ken Nobis, president of Michigan Milk Producers Association; and Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy.The event has been endorsed by more than 80 organizations representing a broad range of associations and coalitions representing commodity crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, state and local governments, minor crops, energy and biobased product groups, farm cooperatives and financial groups.For more information on efforts to raise awareness of the plight of the farm bill, please visit represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary membership by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President, 402-269-3464, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Record Breaking 212 million North Slope Oil Lease Sales Announced

first_imgStory as aired: The results are considered interim until the Division of Oil and Gas determines that the winning bidders are qualified and the bids valid. Winning bids totaled nearly $21.2 million. By bid value, this North Slope areawide sale is the largest of its kind since leasing began in 1998, netting an average of $110 per acre. In the Beaufort Sea sale, the division received 19 bids on 16 tracts totaling 37,771 acres, with winning bids totaling nearly $1.3 million. The division did not receive any bids for lease tracts in the North Slope Foothills. In stronger than expected bidding, in the North Slope sale, the division received 124 bids on 103 tracts for a total of 179,680 acres, with winning bids exceeding $19.9 million. Oil companies this week had the chance to bid on 900 tracts within National Petroleum Reserve but offered bids on just seven. The Bureau of Land Management lease sale made available 16,100 square miles, the agency received bids on just 125 square miles and earned $1.16 million, to be split evenly with the state. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska held a record-breaking oil and gas North Slope lease sale Wednesday, receiving 143 bids from companies and investors from around the world who were seeking oil and gas leases on state lands in the North Slope, Beaufort Sea, and North Slope Foothills.last_img read more

EC rejects demand of Oppn to deploy Central forces for nomination filing

first_imgKolkata: The demand of the Opposition parties to deploy Central forces at the time of filing nominations of the candidates has been rejected by the Election Commission officials, as they have decided to conduct the nomination procedure in presence of the state police.The whole process of filing nominations by the candidates for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections would be conducted by the state police force. Various Opposition party leaders had earlier urged the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state to deploy Central forces during the filing of nominations, apprehending trouble. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Opposition parties had argued that during some previous elections, their candidates had been prevented from filing nominations. After assessing the situation, the CEO’s office found that there is no such law and order problem and hence decided that state forces will be guarding the nomination centres. Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Monday issued notification for the first phase of election, which is scheduled to take place on April 11 in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. The last date of filing nominations for the first phase of elections is March 25. A scrutiny of the nominations would be conducted on March 26. According to sources in the CEO’s office, Central forces would conduct route march and area domination in various districts. However, there will be no deployment of the Central forces at the offices where nominations would be filed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe mock drills of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in various districts would be conducted at all the DEO offices and the CEO’s office on Tuesday and Wednesday. During the mock drills, the election officials will check if the EVMs and the VVPATs are functioning properly. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that seven expenditure observers have been deployed by the Commission for the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections. The total number of complaints received through NGS (ECI) is 361, out of which 287 complaints have already been resolved. Out of the 486 complaints received through NGS (citizens), around 437 have been resolved, whereas out of the 1,139 complaints registered with the C-Vigil mobile application, around 677 were found to be valid and action has been taken by the Commission in this regard.last_img read more

Abhishek Banerjee sends defamation notice to Modi

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress sitting MP Abhishek Banerjee’s lawyer on Saturday wrote a strong letter to Narendra Modi for making derogatory remarks about his client during his recent rally in Diamond Harbour.Banerjee’s lawyer has also sought an unconditional apology from Modi for his derogatory comments. The letter also said that if Modi does not tender his apology to Banerjee within 36 hours, the latter will be constrained to initiate appropriate proceedings against him in accordance with law of the land. Abhishek, a sitting MP from Diamond Harbour, is contesting from the same seat in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring an election rally in Diamond Harbour on May 15, Modi allegedly passed some remarks which Abhishek found highly defamatory in nature. The letter to Modi reads: “…My client (Abhishek Banerjee) would have been inclined to welcome legitimate criticism against his name as any politician should, especially to serve his constituents better in pursuance of a robust electoral mandate. However, the malice with which you chose to invoke certain unverified, sensationalist and patently inaccurate information, ostensibly at the behest of your party members, even while knowing such information to be incorrect, has compelled my client to address you vide this letter. In effect, Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateyou made certain wildly fabricated allegations against my client with the sole intent to mislead the people you were addressing in order to besmirch my client’s well-earned reputation.” The letter further mentions: “…Your speech, punctuated by false, malicious, and defamatory content, was an embodiment of political calculation and mischievous intent. Your imputations were deliberate and mala fide, perpetrated through thinly-veiled references of bhatija (nephew) and didi while being fully aware that Mamata Banerjee is referred to as Didi and my client himself is the only nephew of Banerjee who is involved in public life and is the sitting MP from Diamond Harbour.” “In your speech, you referred to my client as a gunda or “goon”. Such statements, other than being attempts to deceive the public through rhetoric, are hardly appropriate for a person holding your position. My client denies all your claims and challenges you to provide proof of such deliberate misstatements,” stated the letter from Abhishek’s lawyer.last_img read more

LGBT tourism outreach You got to read this and participate…

first_imgClick to read the full article LGBT tourism outreach? You got to read this and participate…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBT travel is no longer “alternative.” Over 75 leading destinations and most major hotel chains actively market to the LGBT community. LGBT tourism and hospitality represents about 10% of the U.S. travel industry but is still often overlooked by travel suppliers. LGBTs travel far more often and spend more per trip and per year than […] LGBT tourism outreach? You got to read this and participate…International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association expands outreach in BrazilLGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM LondonMore articles on eTurboNews click herecenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more