Want to enjoy winning run, we will lose at some point: Sania

first_imgHyderabad, Jan 31 (PTI) Following her Australian Open triumph, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza today said it was an unreal feeling to win three Grand Slam titles in a row and she would try to maintain the winning streak with her swiss partner Martina Hingis. “It?s an unreal feeling. We haven?t lost a match in a long time but also to win three grand slams in a row?it?s what really dreams are made of and I am really excited. It was a perfect way to start the year. We feel really happy. Three slams in a row who would have thought. I am taking a couple of days off before going to Fed Cup in Thailand,” said Sania after her arrival here. Reacting to another query, she said ?Nothing is certain. We still have to go out there and give our best and try and play the best that we can. Fortunately we have been able to do this for so many months and the whole year has been incredible. But the last six months especially. So we are going to keep trying to do that. I think we all know, in sports everyone loses and at some point we are going to lose and until we lose we are going to try and enjoy this streak. “I will leave for Delhi and then for Thailand for Fed Cup and then go to St Petersburg,” she said. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis were on Friday last crowned the Australian Open women?s doubles champions after they tamed the spirited Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in straight sets for their 36th win in a row. It was their third consecutive Grand Slam title for Sania and Martina, having won the Wimbledon and US Open in 2015. In an incredible feat, Sania and Martina have now extended their unbeaten run to 36 matches, winning eight titles in a row. They won five straight titles in 2015, starting from the US Open and before the Australian Open now. Asked on her Padma Bhushan recognition, Sania said “I am very honoured and I hope I can be here in the country (to receive the award) and it would be amazing. I was here for the Khel Ratna and hopefully I can be here. It?s a great honour for me and I feel privileged.” PTI VVK BS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Given ’em something to talk about…

first_imgIt’s been just about 3 months since Glassdoor.com first launched and we’ve been growing at a terrific pace – especially since we began showing salaries in currencies for more than 100 countries.One of our objectives in launching Glassdoor was to provide employees and job seekers with more information about jobs, salaries and workplaces than previously available. We feel this information is extremely powerful and we want people to use Glassdoor’s data to have more productive and informed conversations with their managers. We know these conversations are starting to happen at work through user feedback, but I’m also delighted the subject and debate of salary transparency is occurring within the international media. A recent New York Times article by Lisa Belkin discussed the benefits and potential pitfalls of this level of transparency (note: at Glassdoor we don’t think there are any pitfalls). Yesterday, Lisa was on NBC’s TODAY show (see Salary Transparency Secrets) discussing some of her findings and Glassdoor.com. Earlier in the week, CNBC’s Brooke Sopelsa took a look at the implications and even went so far as to encourage people to contribute to the site. In Kiplinger’s September issue, Jessica Anderson shows readers how to get the scoop on salaries. On September 1, the Sydney Morning Herald talked about the implications in Australia, while the Times Online in London kicked off significant chatter about the issue in the UK that landed yours truly on the BBC with an English economist.Of course, we love the attention because it leads more and more people to our site and underscores the importance of the work our team is doing here. But most importantly, it reinforces the cultural evolution afoot to make this information more accessible. What’s really gratifying is the involvement and activity we’re seeing from people around the world in a variety of roles in cross sections of industries. While we may have created the technology and forum, everyone who has used Glassdoor is really helping to drive this fundamental change and open the doors to companies and workplaces a little bit wider every day. Thanks to those who have contributed thus far. To everyone else still sitting on the sidelines – what are you waiting for?last_img read more

Shane Warne’s tribute to Alastair Cook: “One of those guys you wouldn’t mind your daughter marrying”

first_imgShane Warne, one of Alastair Cook’s harshest critics over the years, praised the former England captain saying that he is a very respectful guy with a lot of class. This comes after Cook had a tough tour of the sub-continent where he led England in a 4-0 series loss to India and a dismal display against Bangladesh. The Three Lions lost all wickets in a single session to lose the second Test match by 108 runs, allowing Bangladesh to level the series 1-1. (Also read: Alastair Cook ‘drained’ by England captain job, says Andrew Strauss)After returning to England and with some time in his hand, Cook decided to step down as Test captain after 59 matches in charge.The 32-year-old had taken over from Andrew Strauss and since became England’s most successful captain in the traditional format. Cook led England to 24 victories but also oversaw 22 defeats during his tenure from 2010-2016.”He’s been a wonderful ambassador for the game of cricket,” Warne said in a Facebook Live post. (Also read: Departing England captain Alastair Cook says ‘new voice’ was needed)”He’s one of those guys you wouldn’t mind your daughter marrying, he’s a wonderful guy,” he added. The legendary leg-spinner praised him for overcoming the tough times and standing tall.”He’s respected and I think he’s gone about it with a lot of class. He went through some really tough times a few years ago when a lot of us, me included, thought he wasn’t suited to the job. (Also read: Alastair Cook steps down as England Test captain after 4-0 defeat vs India)advertisementBut England backed him and he’s done a great job over the last couple of years. He’s respected by his teammates and the way he’s conducted things on and off the field. I think he’s done a wonderful job for England and I wish him all the best.”Warney wished him luck and said now Cook can go on a record breaking spree.”He’s got a chance to break all the records now.” “I think with that pressure off him it will allow him to make a lot of runs over the next few years,” he added.Warne’s comments come as a pleasant surprise given his rather acrimonious past with Cook.Warne had asked Cook to quit Test leadership in order to focus on his batting and also said that it is the “worst day of captaincy” he’d seen at international level as England loss to Sri Lanka at home. Cook was quick to respond and he suggested that the Australian’s criticism had become personal and that “something needs to be done” about the repeated attacks hurled at him.last_img read more

Manchester City hit back to earn a draw with Liverpool

first_imgManchester City had to come from behind to hold Liverpool 1-1 as both teams lost ground in the Premier League following victories for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.City, in third place, stayed a point ahead of the Merseysiders with a game in hand thanks to Sergio Aguero’s equalising goal.Knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco in midweek, City fell behind when full back Gael Clichy conceded a penalty six minutes after halftime and James Milner scored from the spot against his old club.Liverpool, who had come into the game more after a slow start, were pegged back 18 minutes later when Aguero scored from Kevin de Bruyne’s fine low cross.De Bruyne then hit a post and Adam Lallana missed badly for Liverpool in an exciting finish.last_img

Mission XI Million reaches 1 million children

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) Mission XI Million, the legacy programme of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, reached another milestone by reaching out to one million children. A Government of India and AIFF initiative, this pioneering programme reached the milestone in Gangtok, Sikkim, also the land of Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia. The one millionth child from the programme, Shrijna Subba, a student of Deorali Government Secondary School, Tadong, was given a memento at the MXIM seminar held in Gangtok. Present on the occasion were former India national team captain Bhutia, tournament director of U-17 World Cup 2017 Javier Ceppi, Sikkim Football Association president B K Roka and its general secretary Menla Ethenpa. All India Football Federation president Praful Patel expressed his delight at the initiative reaching one million children. He said, “This is a moment of absolute joy for us. Reaching one million kids that have been engaged with football in the country is a massive milestone. “Mission XI Million is really transforming football in India, and a testament of that is that the one millionth kid is a girl that comes from a government school from one of the corners of the country. “The revolution of football is happening in India through MXIM and having reached one million kids is a very evident sign of it.” Mission XI Million aims to take football to at least 11 million boys and girls across the length and breadth of the country before the FIFA U-17 World Cup begins in October later this year. Recently, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel undertook a mass football distribution drive at the Parliament, to encourage MPs to promote the sport in their respective constituencies. Commenting on the development, Goel said, “I am delighted to see the progress Mission XI Million has made in just a few months. Acting upon the vision of our Honble Prime Minister we want to develop football in the country and take it every village in the country. “We reached out to our MPs in an attempt to achieve the same and hopefully by the time the FIFA U-17 World Cup happens in India, we would have reached the objective of making football the sport of choice for every child in the country.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Colombia’s enigmatic José Pekerman is running out of time to save his job

first_img Yuya Osako snatches shock victory for Japan against 10-man Colombia Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more Read more World Cup Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Topics Colombia The Observercenter_img World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players It was yet another defeat to add to the four games Colombia had failed to win as they crawled across the line for a place in Russia last year. The “wonderful generation” that looked set to turn Colombia into a world footballing power never materialised. Even before the team had landed in Russia the alarm bells were ringing. Poor results and stodgy performances were primarily to blame but other issues also succeeded in withering away Pekerman’s once lofty reputation.Since signing a new contract on the back of the 2014 World Cup, the 68-year-old coach has become increasingly secretive. For the majority of the year nobody even knows if he is in the country. He has doggedly refused to grant a single interview in six years in charge and has turned to ever greater lengths to wedge distance between his team and everyone else.Between March and the eve of Colombia’s World Cup debut, Pekerman did not once address the media. Why had he chosen to play only one warm-up match? What of Edwin Cardona, the bad-boy midfielder who had featured in 15 out of 18 qualifiers and yet had now been chopped from Colombia’s final squad? Nobody knew but media frustration was mounting.Pekerman’s argument has long been that sacrifices were necessary to avoid the chaos and failures of the past. Indeed Faustino Asprilla’s hedonistic tales of how every night was a party during the squad’s short stay at the 1994 World Cup is a cautionary reminder of how far Colombia have come.But not since Pekerman took over in January 2012 has the mood been so polluted with negativity. As a consequence the murky role of the Argentinian businessman Pascual Lezcano has again been dragged into the spotlight. Despite nothing ever linking Lezcano with anything untoward, rumours persist that the agent, who also represents Pekerman, wields an unhealthy influence on selection.Working as an intermediary with other agents and always by Pekerman’s side, Lezcano, according to theory, helps players looking to boost their chances of a big transfer get selected. “Is Colombia’s World Cup squad really being picked by agents?” screamed the Cali newspaper El País while pondering the bizarre XI Pekerman picked to face Japan. They were frivolous rumours, nothing more, but Lezcano’s tight relationship with Norman Capuozzo, a Venezuelan who represents two of those playing their first competitive games against Japan, is the latest mud being flung around by journalists smarting from defeat and in a desperate quest to turn silence into answers. features This maelstrom of poor communication, isolation from the media and dirty gossip has been burning for some time. And yet Colombia still have very good reason to believe their nightmare start in Saransk can be buried in the past. Even with 10 men against Japan there were encouraging signs. In contrast to the stale performance Poland delivered against Senegal in their opening defeat, Colombia offered a taste of why they were considered Group H favourites.While Carlos Sánchez’s one-match suspension means the ferocious Boca star Barrios will be required to step up, the positive news is that the rest of the squad is now at full health.The biggest boost is that of James Rodríguez, the 2014 World Cup poster boy who was involved in 48% of all Colombia’s goals on the road to Russia. A persistent calf strain limited his role against Japan to half an hour but the No 10 has since returned to training and is keen on recapturing World Cup hero status. Changes are also expected in defence where the experienced head of Cristian Zapata is likely to add steel to the error-prone backline.One player who will keep his spot, however, is Radamel Falcao, whose rallying call this week was: “It’s either them or it is us.” Colombia’s all-time top scorer’s delayed World Cup debut did not go according to plan. But the Monaco man, who admits he has lost count of the times he has dreamt of scoring at a World Cup, knows that at 32 this could be his last chance to deliver.If he does, it would repay the patience and trust Pekerman placed in his captain during a torturous two-year spell in England. In the fickle world of Latin American football there is hope yet that Colombia’s mysterious coach may still recover his position as the country’s dream maker. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 For Colombia’s longest-serving and most successful manager, the Poland game may also ultimately determine how he is remembered.Back home the jury is still out. While many recognise that playing 87 minutes with 10 men was one of the key reasons behind the defeat, many also argue Pekerman was principally to blame.“I just don’t understand his team,” the football writer Ivan Mejia says. “It’s just extremely odd and very incoherent. Did he think we were playing a friendly?”Indeed, three starters – Johan Mojica, Jefferson Lerma, and José Izquierdo – had played only warm-up games for the national team, while the central defensive partnership of Oscar Murillo and Davinson Sánchez was lining up in only their second game together. For a manager like Pekerman, whose managerial mantra had always been forged upon “respecting a process” with eyes fixed on a long-term goal, something did not add up.Brows were also furrowed on his choice of substitutes. Dragging off an attacking player to shore up a midfield in danger of being overrun, made perfect sense. Wilmar Barrios’s introduction on 31 minutes swung the remainder of the first half firmly in Colombia’s favour. But the choice to remove the experienced winger Juan Cuadrado instead of the ineffectual Izquierdo puzzled.Yet it was Pekerman’s decision to go on the attack when the score was 1-1 that brought almost universal discord. In 29C heat and under a baking sun, Japan’s extra man was already starting to exacerbate Colombia’s decline. “My changes showed I was not planning to go defensive,” Pekerman claimed. “I still wanted to win the game.” But instead of injecting new life into a jaded midfield, Pekerman’s introduction of a second striker, Carlos Bacca, backfired almost immediately, with Japan scoring four minutes later. It proved a risky and unnecessary gamble. Four years ago José Pekerman was hailed as the dream maker. Argentinian by birth but adopted by Colombians as one of their own, he stepped off the plane after the Brazil World Cup to a hero’s welcome. Four straight victories had sealed history. Colombia’s joyous football and infectious dancing had helped heal an international reputation long battered by war, drugs and bad news. In front of hundreds of thousands of people who had deliriously spilled into Bogotá’s main park for the welcome-home party, the reticent coach shuffled across the stage to address the nation.“We’ve a wonderful generation of players,” Pekerman proclaimed. “We’re as good as anyone in the world.” At long last it seemed South America’s second-most populous nation was set to deliver on its immense promise.Yet things look very different now. Colombia’s calamitous opening three minutes against Japan in Saransk, in which Carlos Sánchez was sent off for handball and Shinji Kagawa turned home the resulting penalty, meant a shock 2-1 defeat. One game down and Colombia are already on the brink. Defeat by Poland in Kazan on Sunday would send Los Cafeteros tumbling home and almost certainly bring the axe down on Pekerman’s six-year reign. Carlos Sánchez death threats investigated by Colombian police Share via Emaillast_img read more

A SET OF SIX – VOLUME ELEVEN

first_imgA two page document addressing the Key Selection Criteria as specified in section D. of the Position Description; and A one page letter of introduction; Disability Week in Toowoomba. Attendance by Queensland Touch Game Development Officer Terry Mc Sweeney. Brisbane City and Sunshine Coast Under-14 and 16 Girls and Boys Team Selections – Sunday July 22, 2007.  The South Queensland Under-14, 16 and 18 Teams for the State Junior Championships have been announced. The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of a Set of Six.                                      Be sure to check out each State’s web-site for all the latest information from around the nation. A professional resume of no more than four pages. center_img Applications close July 27, 2007.All documents are to be sent in PDF format.  Other events:Selectors and Coaching Courses:LEVEL ONE SELECTORS COURSE:The practical session of a two-part Level One Selectors Course will be held at Premier League on Wednesday July 18, 2007. Theoretical aspects were covered on Thursday July 12, 2007.  LEVEL TWO COACHING COURSE:The Level Two Coaching Course will be conducted on the weekend of August 10 – 12, 2007. If you are interested in attending either of the courses please contact Chris Tarlinton at the ACT Touch office on 02) 6212 2880 or chris.tarlinton@acttouch.com.au  The ACT Touch Association website: www.acttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)                                                                          Play: # 4                                                                                                 Western Australia lose Barbarians Crown Western Australia has been defeated in the 2007 City of Perth Barbarians Cup. Darwin held the event over the weekend of July 13 – 14, 2007. Defending champions Western Australia was gallant in defeat against its National Touch League (NTL) franchise partner – winning three of the nine games contested.The majority of the games were fiercely fought battles which bode well for the Barbarians 2008 NTL campaign. Blooding some new players on the trip, WA was very competitive for all the games. Two West Australians to put their hand up for NTL selection were Andrea Hoskins (Women’s) and Junior Greg (Men’s) who had fantastic tournaments in a level of competition that they have not participated in previously.Other events:TouchWest will be holding its final National 18’s Selection Camp at Northern Districts Touch Association this weekend. TouchWest will be sending one Boys and one Girls team to this year’s event in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, September 17 – 20, 2007.The Touch West website: www.touchwest.com.auNEW SOUTH WALES (NSW)Play: # 52007 Blues Dinner and State Conference The 2007 Blues Dinner will be held this weekend, Saturday July 21, 2007, at Bankstown Sports Club. The Blues Dinner will commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) as well as cater for the presentation of the prestigious NSWTA Awards. The evening will celebrate the achievements of the last 12 months of affiliates, participants and volunteers of the NSWTA. Former elite swimmer and multiple Commonwealth, Olympic, and World championship medalist Elka Graham will be the special guest speaker for the gala.The Blues dinner will also pay homage to Southern Suns and NSWTA legend Rod Wise, and bestow Life Membership, and Hall of Fame status to exceptional contributors to Touch Football in New South Wales. About 150 guests are expected to attend the event, which will run in conjunction with the NSW State Conference (Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July, 2007). Tickets for the Blues Dinner are $45 per person and are available from the NSWTA office. If you wish to attend either please contact Jarrat Wood or Kylie Russell on 1800 640 668. Other events:                                                                                             The 32nd annual Vawdon Cup will kick off this Friday July 20, 2007. Sydney’s premier affiliate-based competition will pit more than 70 Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed teams against each other in 10 divisions. The New South Wales Touch Association website: www.nswtouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)                                                                                  Play: # 6                                                                                                              GDO to present to South East Queensland Sport Development AssemblyOn Wednesday July 18 2007, Queensland Touch Game Development Officer Greg Jones will conduct a presentation to the South East Queensland Sport Development Assembly.The presentation will focus on the way in which the structural changes to Touch Football Australia have impacted on the six fulltime and one part time Queensland Touch Game Development Officers. The presentation will be one of several presentations given by delegates from a range of sports. Other sports administrators will be present and are expected to use the information presented about Touch Football to consider how a similar change might impact on their sports. Other events: Central Queensland Regional Championships – Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2007, Rockhampton. Attendance by State Referees Director Dave Field. Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Eleven.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)                                                                              Play: # 1                                                                                                       Referee Courses in Mildura:Touch Football South Australia Game Development Officer Andy Crawford and Referee Course Presenter Sean Judge have recently conducted referee’s courses in Mildura. On Sunday July 15, 2007, a Level One and Level Two Referee’s Course was conducted at the Mallee Touch Association in Mildura.On Monday July 16, 2007, 10 students sat their Level 1 Referee’s Course at Mildura’s Chaffey Secondary College. The students will referee at affiliate level and take on refereeing as a part-time job. Touch Football South Australia will be encouraging more affiliates to follow suit in future.Other events:Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) is very pleased to announce the launch of the High Performance Coaching Forum. TFSA will be holding a High Performance Coaching Forum on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. The forum is open to coaches at all levels within the sport and will be a fantastic experience. TFSA is currently working with Touch Football Australia to secure some of the best coaches from around Australia.For further information contact the TFSA office on 08 8306 7500The Touch Football South Australia Website: www.touchsa.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)                                                                     Play: # 2                                                                                                 Northern Territory wins Annual City of Perth Barbarians CupThe second annual Barbarians Cup was held in Darwin on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July 2007.The Barbarians Cup is the annual clash between Barbarians Franchise partners, Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA). NT and WA’s best compete in Open Women, Open Men, and Open Mixed divisions for the Barbarians Cup. Darwin was host venue for the selection tournament for the Barbarians Open teams to attend the National Touch League in 2008. Two Barbarians squads of 30 will be announced in the coming weeks.Final team selection will occur at the end of November 2007.This year the Northern Territory secured the Barbarians Cup with a six to three victory.                                                                                    Results:Women’s Open  Game 1: NT 7 defeated WA 4                     Game 2: NT 6 defeated WA 5 (drop off)                     Game 3: NT 9 defeated WA 5 Men’s Open     Game 1: NT 4 defeated WA 3                     Game 2: NT 4 defeated WA 3                     Game 3: WA 7 defeated NT 6 (drop off) Mixed Open     Game 1: WA 12 defeated NT 4                     Game 2: WA 9 defeated NT 3                     Game 3: NT 7 defeated WA 6Bo De La Cruz (NT) won the “Bo De La Cruz” Award for the Women’s Open Player of the Series.2005 Australian Youth World Cup representative Kelvin Caspani (NT) won the “Matt Bamford” Award for the Men’s Open Player of the Series.Desley Motlop (NT) won the “Karen Kent” Award for the Mixed Open Player of the Series (female). Arthur Ramirez (WA) won the “Craig Green” Award for the Mixed Open Player of the Series (male). The other award presented on the night was the “Craig Pierce” Award, which is the most prestigious award for the Barbarians franchise.It is named in honour of Pierce, the late great Hall of Fame member who played the last years of his decorated career with the Barbarians and devoted much time, energy, and effort to furthering the progress of the Barbarians on the National scene.The award recognises the on and off field contributions of a player who epitomises the spirit and ethos of the Permit.The award was voted on at the 2007 National Touch League in March and presented at the Barbarians Cup on the weekend to deserving recipient, Andrew Knox.The Northern Territory Touch website: www.touchnt.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 3ACT Touch seeking a Member Services Officer:ACT Touch is seeking a motivated and professional individual to fill the role of Member Services Officer within the organisation.The primary purpose of the role is to coordinate and administer all Touch Football Competitions for the ACT Touch Association (ACTTA) in an efficient and effective manner. Refer to the attached Position Description for more details:   http://www.sportingpulse.com/pics/41/36/4136543_firstfileFILE.pdf Please apply via email to Matt Mc Kerrow, ACT State Manager, Touch Football Australia. Applicants are asked to provide the following when applying: last_img read more

Clemson Fans Will Love What Dabo Swinney Said After Today’s Game

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson’s football program played one of its most nerve-inducing games in recent memory this afternoon.The Tigers lost true freshman starter Trevor Lawrence to an injury in the first half and was playing from behind for much of its contest against Syracuse.Eventually, Clemson scored a game-winning touchdown with very little time remaining, and the Tigers’ defense held strong on the ensuing drive.Dabo Swinney was pretty emotional while speaking to ESPN immediately following the game. He had some great quotes in his press conference, too.The Tigers’ head coach says he doesn’t think he’s ever been more proud of a team.“I’ve never been more proud of a team in my life … I’ll never forget this one,” he said.“I’ve never been more proud of a team in my life … I’ll never forget this one.” – Dabo Swinney— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 29, 2018Clemson stayed undefeated with the win. Now, all attention will turn to Lawrence and his injury. It’s unclear what his status is moving forward.last_img read more

Anthony Veder Adding 30000 cbm LNG Carrier to Fleet

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Anthony Veder Dutch gas carrier operator Anthony Veder is expanding its fleet with a new 30,000 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that is currently under construction in Ningbo, China.The vessel will be completed by Zhejiang Xinle Shipbuilding under supervision of Anthony Veder and is expected to be ready for worldwide trading in the summer of 2019, according to the company.Anthony Veder said the vessel would be renamed with a Coral name following delivery. The company added that it would handle the commercial operation and ship management.“We are proud to add a new LNG carrier to our fleet in this relatively short time frame and look forward to our close cooperation with Xinle Shipbuilding to finalize the vessel,” said Jan Valkier, CEO of Anthony Veder.“Our company has a long history in building and delivering ships in China such as the LNG-fuelled LEG vessels Coral Star and Coral Sticho. We are excited to return to China for this latest addition to our fleet after five years of absence.”Anthony Veder currently operates a mixed fleet of 30 gas and ethylene, LNG and CO2 carriers, according to data found on the company’s website.last_img read more

Fourth application for nonmedical cannabis retail store location received

first_imgResidents and owners of businesses located within a 0.8 kilometre (1/2 mile) radiusof the proposed establishment may comment on this proposal by writing to:The City of Fort St. JohnAttention: Laura Howes, Deputy City Clerk10631 – 100 StreetFort St. John, BC V1J 3Z5Email: lhowes@fortstjohn.caPETITIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.To ensure the consideration of your views, your letter must be received on or beforeFriday, January 18, 2019. Your name(s) and residential/business address must beincluded. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicantor Government Officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licenceapplication process.There are currently no open non-medical cannabis retail stores in FSJ. The North Peace Region is home to the third non- medical cannabis retail store Weedmart, located in Pouce Coupe.Weedmart is set to open their doors to the public on Friday, December 21st, 2018. Hours of Operation are Monday to Thursday 10 am – 10 pm. Friday and Saturday 10 am – 11 pm and Sunday Noon – 8 pm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A fourth application has now been submitted to the City of FSJ under the name Cannabis Corner for a non-medical cannabis retail store.Previous to this application, the City has received an application from the Province, Hive Cannabis and Glory Cannabis Company. All which have proposed locations in the allowable area of the City’s C-2 (Downtown Core Commercial) zone for a cannabis retail store.Cannabis Corner’s proposed hours of operation are 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week. For more information on Weedmart CLICK HEREFor more on Glory Cannabis Company Application CLICK HEREFor more on Hive Cannabis Application CLICK HEREFor more on the Provincial Application CLICK HERElast_img read more

UNbacked containerprofiling project leads to seizure of drugs counterfeit goods

29 December 2009Latin American port authorities are seizing more drug consignments and counterfeit goods along container routes thanks to a United Nations-backed initiative that is showing growing success after its inception six years ago. Under the Container Control Programme – a joint project of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the independent, inter-governmental World Customs Organization – a newly established and trained Panamanian inter-agency profiling unit in the Pacific port of Balboa made their first seizures of containers carrying illicit goods.“In only three weeks, the unit, which started operations in November, seized four containers from China, destined for Chile and Venezuela,” UNODC said in a news release on the programme, which assists port authorities in establishing profiling systems and in using modern control techniques to detect illegal goods in containers without causing disruptions in the commerce of legal goods.“Inter-agency officials decided to inspect the respective containers because the declared goods were not consistent with the activity of the exporters. Large consignments of counterfeit T-shirts, fake branded shoes and towels were seized.”Earlier, container monitoring officials in Guayaquil, Ecuador, seized 25 kilograms of cocaine worth $1.7million in Belgium at the retail level from a container filled with bananas. Tracking details showed that the container was on its way back to Guayaquil because it had been rejected in the port of Antwerp, Belgium.Further investigations showed that several other containers had been similarly rejected there and three additional ones were found with a total of 75 kilograms of cocaine, worth over $5 million, hidden in the refrigeration section of the containers.In September, three containers from the small town of El Carmen in Ecuador were seized with various amounts of cocaine. As a result, the Ecuadorian shipping line ordered inspections of all containers originating from El Carmen, which is allegedly harbouring Colombian drug traffickers.The programme was launched in 2003 to improve container security. While most containers carry legal goods, some are used to smuggle drugs, weapons and even people. Exchange of information by officials in participating ports have led to seizures in Antwerp and Hamburg, Germany, where cocaine busts have taken place.It is expected these seizures will increase thanks to the innovative ContainerComm intelligence system, developed by the World Customs Organization, which facilitates communication between ports and provides vital information for risk assessments and container profiling.Countries currently participating in the programme include Ecuador, Ghana, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal and Turkmenistan. read more

Oakville teens missing

Two teenage girls from Oakville have been missing for a day and a half now, and Halton police are asking for your help in finding them.Police say the two teens, 14-year old Abbey Bergman (left) and 15-year old Polinah Ouskova (right) have been missing since Monday evening.Abbey was last seen wearing blue jeans, black high top Nike shoes and a grey zip-up hoodie with a pink polo t-shirt.Polinah was wearing dark blue jeans, a white t-shirt, black bench wind breaker jacket and black high top Nike shoes.The girls are believed to be together, and police say they could be in the area of downtown Brampton. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

UN agency signs accord to help poor States retain young scientists

Seeking to build scientific capacity in poor countries and stem a brain drain to the developed world, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has entered into an agreement with the International Foundation for Science (IFS) to provide wide technical information in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.Coupled with grants from IFS the agreement aims to foster greater technology awareness and enhance domestic research efforts among young scientists within developing countries to prevent their exodus to developed nations.”The common goal is to strengthen the research capacity of the developing countries,” Isabel Alvarez, chief of the Research and Technology Development Service at the Rome-based FAO, said in a news release today.IFS, an independent non-governmental organization (NGO), identifies promising young scientists in developing countries and supports them in their early careers at home. A grant can make the difference, promoting sustainable development in poor countries.In 2003, IFS offered 238 grants to young researchers in 35 developing countries on a competitive basis for a maximum of $12,000 each. read more

Ash to return next season as Rutgers coach

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Rutgers athletic director Patrick Hobbs says football coach Chris Ash will return next season.The Scarlet Knights lost their season finale 14-10 to Michigan State on Saturday night, finishing 1-11. Hobbs said afterward that the team never quit and has “a great core of young talent.”Ash is 7-29 after three seasons at the New Jersey school. Ash said he’ll “review everything” and make any adjustments he thinks will move the program forward.Rutgers won its opener against Texas State this year but lost its last 11 games.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtristerNoah Trister, The Associated Press

Tiny Robot newss 300 Miles in Two Weeks

first_imgWhat did you do over the last fortnight? Stuff yourself with food? Buy some stuff at a mall? Panasonic’s tiny Mr. Evolta robot mascot walked 317 miles. Now I’m not saying that Mr. Evolta is better than you, but let’s face it, he probably is.The little green and white ‘bot traveled from Tokyo to Kyoto along Japan’s ancient Tokaido high road, carrying 12 AA batteries in a wagon behind him. Some humanoid Panasonic employees followed along side him, offering up infrared signals to help him along his way.AdChoices广告Mr. Evolta peaked out at a top speed of 2-3 mph, but managed to finish the route ahead of schedule, rolling past crowds of enthusiastic onlookers along the way. Check out a (Japanese) video of the adorable little publicity stunt, after the jump.last_img

UK could block Greek migrants in case of euro exit Cameron says

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Britain could restrict the immigration of Greeks and other citizens of euro zone countries affected by Europe’s sovereign debt crisis in the event of “extraordinary stresses and strains”, Prime Minister DavidCameron said.“The legal position is that if there are extraordinary stresses and strains it is possible to take action to restrict migratory flows, but obviously we hope that doesn’t happen,» he told a parliamentary committee.“I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our country safe, to keep our banking system strong, to keep our economy robust,» he added.European Union rules allow the free flow of people to live and work around the group’s 27 member states, but fears have mounted in Britain of a wave of migrants from struggling states such as Greece and Spain if their economies continue to worsen.Cameron said greater European banking integration – a likely response by the euro zone’s 17 member states to the crisis – would not necessarily mean big changes for Britain if the right safeguards were in place.Some in Britain worry that a powerful euro zone banking bloc could change financial rules that impact London, Europe’s biggest financial centre and on which Britain relies for a large chunk of its revenues.Cameron wants safeguards that a euro zone banking union would not use its clout to bounce Britain into decisions it does not agree with.“If the 17 countries of the euro zone bring about a banking union for themselves, which I think frankly they need to do…and if we can get proper safeguards in place then that wouldn’t be a fundamental change for us,» Cameron said. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Segment announced for tonights 1028 WWE Main Event

first_img Twitter Dana Brooke suffers head injury during WWE Main Event tapings this past Monday in Los Angeles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE has announced a Miz TV segment for tonight’s 10/28 WWE Main Event on the WWE Network featuring special guest Mark Henry live from Houston. Henry will address his attack on Big Show this past Monday night on RAW.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Pinterest Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Match to determine the inaugural AEW World Champion to main event All Out in Chicago Triple Hcenter_img Google+ Facebook How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Does The WWE Cancelling Crown Jewel Mean Cancelling Shawn Michaels’ Comeback? Vince Mcmahon Mark Henry announced for Starrcast II; Undertaker and Kurt Angle pulled from event Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Videos Articles The Mizlast_img read more

Neville Sanchez looks like a shadow of the player United signed

first_imgFormer Manchester United skipper Gary Neville is concerned Alexis Sanchez has not hit the ground running at Manchester United.Sanchez joined the United squad in the January transfer window but has only two goals to his name raising concerns about the player’s form and class.And Sky Sports pundit and United legend Neville believes Sanchez and other stars in the Red Devils team have not lived up to the billing this campaign.“People keep asking me about this player and that player; I must have been asked about ten different players at Manchester United – what’s going on with Anthony Martial, with Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Luke Shaw – the answer is I haven’t got a clue!“I was at the game on Wednesday night against Valencia. I saw them huddle in the middle of the pitch – that’s the first time I’ve seen a Manchester United team do a huddle in the middle of the pitch before a game at Old Trafford, so I was expecting to see an explosion after that – and I didn’t.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Sanchez looks like a shadow of the player United signed; he looks like a shadow of the player Arsenal had. Alexis Sanchez has been a warrior of a player to watch over the last few years, and you don’t become a bad player overnight.“The idea that he now looks the way he does, more than anything I feel sad. When you see a player struggling like that it’s just sad, you know that player has been a great player over the last few years.“He’s a fighter; he chases back, he’s a hurrier and a scurrier, he’s everything you want to see on a football pitch. I expected him to hit the ground running this season and I’ve just got no answer for it.last_img read more

Mobile 101 How PCWorld is developing a Scalable Mobile Business

first_imgScherzer: The quality of the apps, no matter which category, and the ease of use of the storefront/app store will shape the future of mobile platforms. It is not only about the device; it is very much about the content and usability. Each category has very successful examples: services like Pandora, FourSquare, Redlaser or Siri are very popular. Productivity apps like Instapaper, GoodReader, Tweety or Evernote add a ton of value and apps like AllThingsD, NewsPro from Reuters or the USA Today content app have very high usage rates—and everyone loves games like Labyrinth or PaperToss. FOLIO:: What mobile platforms should you focus on? What can you afford to ignore for now? Scherzer: IDG has operations in over 90 countries and each market is different. Symbian-based systems, for example, still play a very important role in Europe, as Windows Mobile does. In Japan the iPhone plays no role and most of the services are subscription-based. In the U.S. we focus on the iPhone/iPad and spend time and resources with Android and Blackberry. But we monitor all other platforms carefully. For example, Palm had a great mobile OS, but it had no impact on the market. The combination which HP has changed the story significantly. Microsoft‘s Windows Mobile 7 is also on the radar. Media companies need to be able to present on all mobile platforms and develop a system that is scalable. Our content needs to be available for consumption if the user switches from his computer to his smart phone, a tablet or e-reader. For now Apple, RIM and Google are the pacemakers in the U.S. for mobile traffic and audience growth. Media companies need to come up with efficient workflows and spend development and design time to optimize internal production tools and set up a modern, agile project management process, so they can keep up with the very fast moving digital-only companies. At PCWorld and Macworld, we took the last year to set up a Scrum-based project management style and did a lot of database back-end work and optimized our digital production tools to be able to scale and grow into new platforms. FOLIO:: Do you need specialized designers for mobile? Sherzer: We have one interactive design team, which is responsible for our Web sites, the mobile experience on all Web-friendly devices and the user experience on tablets and e-readers. They also work very closely with our external app development partners. They really understand the different user experience on different screen sizes. We didn’t hire mobile designers and developers but we have specialists on each team who spend more time on mobile platforms than on the Web. We don’t develop platform-specific apps ourselves, we work with partners. But our team is able to manage those apps later in the process. Native apps leverage the relationship between the user and the device in a way that mobile Web apps probably can’t. We will find out if native apps create higher brand loyalty, better user metrics and deeper engagement. It’s very important that design and development teams work seamlessly together and that we put the user front and center. FOLIO:: What kind of analytics can you get with mobile and how do you obtain them? Scherzer: We use Omniture to measure Web site traffic and also traffic from mobile devices and mobile platforms. So we know how much traffic iPhone, iPad or Blackberry users generate per day and we see how important Webkit-optimized versions of our Web sites are for the user experience. We have also developed mobile-friendly versions for phones with simpler browsers like Blackberry and Windows Mobile. We get data and analytics for our apps from companies like Fleurry and Pinch Media. They are specialized on the major app platforms and are able to deliver very interesting insights about your apps. Key metrics for us are unique users, how much time they spent with our brands and how deeply they engage with us. FOLIO:: How do you market a mobile app? Scherzer: We are using all our media channels: we run editorial stories in the magazine and online, promote new apps in print and on our Web sites. We use our list and newsletters, we’ve done search engine marketing and promoted our apps at events and shows. It is great to have multiple channels to communicate with your audience. The combined reach of print, online and mobile creates a nice, strong momentum. We use the same tools and techniques we use for our advertising partners to drive value and connect buyers and sellers in an efficient, lasting and engaging way. Mobile is great fun and opens awesome opportunities for integrated media companies. Every day, a different magazine introduces a new mobile app. For PCWorld, mobile platforms aren’t just the flavor of the month but a way to create new business opportunities (as well as give new life to established channels). Here, PCWorld and Macworld executive vice president and general manager Stephan Scherzer [pictured] talks about making mobile a daily part of the publishing workflow and building a scalable business, rather than a series of one-offs. FOLIO:: How is mobile making money for publishers? Can it be monetized at this point or does it need to be value-added? Scherzer: IDG is in the business of information about information technology. If a brand is able to deeply engage an audience with buying power and decision making potential, money will follow the eyeballs. Right now we are focusing on growing our mobile footprint to deliver a great user experience and useful content across the relevant mobile platforms. We sell mobile campaigns, but also have integrated buys, using the Web site and our mobile versions of the site. We create additional value for users and advertisers but we sell it and don’t give it away. It’s still early days for mobile but as a media company you need to be all over it and give users what they want so brands stay relevant in the future. FOLIO:: What is the opportunity for reader-generated revenues? Sherzer: Mobile offers a great opportunity for additional reader revenues. In Japan, for example, a lot of mobile services such as games and content offerings are subscription-based. Users are willing to pay for convenience, for being part of a special community, for ideas and tools helping them to become more productive or if they know more than their friends because they have access to specific information. As a media company we need to make sure we have direct access to our customers, grow our databases and turn our users into loyal subscribers. We sell our Macworld super guides as iPhone apps, turn PCWorld super guides into Android apps and sell AppGems, an app which helps you to discover new and interesting apps. FOLIO:: What type of apps are most popular? last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Feb 27 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowDid Russia compromise Alaska election websites or systems? NBC News report says it didAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauHowever, Alaska elections officials had said in September that operatives did not compromise the election system. Alaska has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for any information related to the new news report.Committee scales back draw from permanent fund earningsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe House Finance Committee today voted to reduce the amount the state would draw from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for the state budget this year.State veterinarian urges farmers to watch for new diseases in Alaska wildlife, livestockTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksState Veterinarian Bob Gerlach told a crowd that turned out Saturday for the 46th Annual Delta Farm Forum that diseases that afflict livestock and wildlife are increasingly showing up in Alaska.Wind causes oil spill north of City of KodiakKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakOn Monday, high winds knocked up to 3,000 gallons of fuel off a dock roughly 50 miles north of the City of Kodiak.University of Alaska opens first all-gender restroomAssociated PressUniversity of Alaska’s first all-gender restroom has opened at the Fairbanks campus’ engineering building.Richardson Highway avalanche more inconvenient than dangerousDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Richardson Highway re-opened Tuesday afternoon in the Summit Lake area after being blocked by an avalanche this morning.Can Southeast share the wealth of tourism growth?Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauPassenger fees total about $45 million a year statewide, said John Binkley, president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska. He said pooling that would allow other cities to boost their industries, too.Unalaska revisits wind power, hoping for a renewable energy sourceZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaResidents are eager to find out if wind will be Unalaska’s ticket to a greener future.A recent earthquake leaves Kodiak’s fire station damaged, but energizes efforts to replace itMitch Borden, KMXT – KodiakLast month’s earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska left the city of Kodiak’s fire station shaken and cracked. It’s also stimulated the efforts to replace the building.Air Station Sitka: An airborne mission over Alaska’s maritime landscapeRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaAir Station Sitka commander Capt. Chip Lewin discussed the capabilities of his crews and their equipment in a presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more