SA vs UAE: AB de Villiers, Behardien propel S Africa to 341/6

first_imgIreland will face a stern test against South Africa in the Pool B clash on Tuesday Skipper A B de Villiers dazzled yet again, while Farhaan Behardien provided the late spark as South Africa recovered from a slow start to post 341 for 6 against the UAE in a pool B ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup here on Thursday.De Villiers once again proved to be the crucial cog for the Proteas, who have endured an unexpectedly wobbly campaign so far. However, the prolific right-hander missed out on a hundred by a solitary run even though he walked back with a smile on his face after entertaining the sparse crowd with an 83-ball innings. His 99-run effort included half a dozen fours and four lofty hits over the boundary.Later, Behardien played out a sensational unbeaten 31-ball 64 to propel the South Africans to a mammoth total. The number seven right-hander struck five fours and three sixes during his aggressive stay at the crease.For the UAE, medium pacer Mohammad Naveed stood out with figures of three for 63 in his 10 overs. The South Africans, coming off a shock loss to Pakistan in their previous match, were off to an edgy start with openers Hashim Amla (12) and Quinton de Kock (26) failing to provide a solid platform for the middle order.But Rilee Rossouw (43 off 49 balls, 4×8) lent some stability before de Villiers took it upon himself to rescue the side yet again. The dashing batsman combined with David Miller (49) for a 108-run fourth-wicket stand which helped South Africa recover from a rather precarious 96/3.advertisementThe duo took the team total past 200 before Miller was castled by Naveed after a 48-ball stay, during which he struck two fours. De Villiers made his way back after taking the side past 250, caught at third man by Kamran Shazad off Amjad Javed.The South Africans capitalised on the momentum provided by de Villiers through Behardien, who finally came good after an indifferent campaign so far.last_img read more

Want to back socially relevant projects: Guneet Monga

first_imgBy Shubha DubeyNew Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) With films like “The Lunchbox” and “Peddlers” to her credit, Guneet Monga has become a force behind independent Indian films and the producer says she wants to back socially relevant cinema.Guneet, who started her production stint with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, went on to open her own production house Sikhya Entertainment in 2008 and has been backing content-driven films ever since.”I always wanted to make something socially relevant which impacts our life. The passion to back films like Masaan, Zubaan, Haramkhor and others came from the directors.”We did not think about the commercial success of the films. I think today the market is so well that films like Badlapur and NH10 have done well. We can now present films of such league,” Guneet told PTI.The producer feels the commercial success of a project depends on the budget put during the making of the film.Sighting example of her most successful film “The Lunchbox”, she said, “The film didnt made Rs 100 crore but it was the best ROI (Return on Investment) in 2014.”She has four of her most ambitious projects –“Haramkhor”, “Peddlers”, “Khoya” and “Monsoon Shootout” at this years Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival.Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer “Haraamkhor” and “Peddlers”, starring Gulshan Devaiah and Nimrat Kaur, is crowd-funded.”The sole reason to crowd fund these films was because I wanted to gather a group of visionaries, who wanted to make good cinema without caring about earning money.”I feel Peddlers and Haraamkhor are going to be extremely profitable projects as the market has now increased. And that for me is commercial success,” she said. (MORE) PTI SHD BK JCHadvertisementlast_img read more

POLLUTION-REAX 2 LAST

first_imgGerman luxury carmaker BMW is less affected as only six ofGerman luxury carmaker BMW is less affected as only six of its 20 models sold in India are impacted by the ban. These include the 5 Series 530D, 6 Series 640D and X640D.BMWs model range in India includes hatchback 1 series, sedans 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series, along with SUVs X1, X3, X5, sports car M Series and hybrid model i8, which are priced between Rs 29.9 lakh and Rs 2.29 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).Rival Audi is the least affected as only two of its models — SUV Q7 and sedan A8 — come under the ban. The company has a total of 13 models in India, starting with the A3 priced at Rs 25.5 lakh, going up to sports car R8LMX which is tagged at Rs 2.97 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).Homegrown utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra will also be hit hard by the ban as its popular models, including the XUV500, Scorpio, Xylo and Bolero, have engines above 2000 cc. These vehicles are priced in the range of Rs 6.6 lakh to Rs 17.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) will also be hit as two of its best selling models, multi-purpose vehicle Innova and SUV Fortuner are affected. These are priced between Rs 10.47 lakh and Rs 27.02 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).Tata Motors utility vehicle Sumo Gold, SUV Safari and MPV Aria are also affected by the order. These models are priced between Rs 6.52 lakh and Rs 15.52 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). PTI MSS RKL STSlast_img read more

5 benefits of joining a co-working space

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Flourishing in freelance or founding that start-up is a daunting prospect. Going it alone takes guts, and the main drawbacks of lone-working are hard to overcome: Distraction, lack of motivation, stunted networking opportunities and even loneliness can stop you achieving your goals.Many freelancers and entrepreneurs have found a solution to these roadblocks in co-working. A co-working space is basically just an office where freelancers can find motivation or submit to procrastination together!Co-working gives you the chance to be around other professionals and innovators while also offering a stable and productive work environment. And here are 5 steps to take to make it work for you.Find Your WorkspaceEntering an office environment may have previously made you want to slap yourself in the face with your company-appointed headset, but studies show that the office environment is the best way to encourage productivity. You just need to find the space that works for you! Here’s a clue… It isn’t your dining table.Most co-working spaces offer an open-plan, open-arms office-space designed to bring together creatives and companies to work alongside each other. Check out a few in your area before selecting one that’s a good fit for you!NetworkCo-working gives you the opportunity to meet fellow innovative professionals. Now you could drag yourself to after-work networking events or you could just meet dozens of fellow freelancers simply by working alongside them.We’ve seen many a connection made just by people shaking hands at the coffee station, so maximise the value of the hours you spend working by doing it in a co-working office.Remember, people love making introductions between their contacts that might be able to help each other. Don’t lock yourself in at home and miss opportunities.Use Their RecoursesWhen we become freelancers, one of the most obvious resources we miss are the physical hardware. Convenient printers, fax machines, and even the space to meet with clients become fixtures of the 9-to-5 past.In response to this problem, some co-working environments, like The Workstead in Hampshire, offer private rooms, equipped with everything you’ll need to hold any event from boardroom meetings with multiple clients to training sessions for up to 20 people. Try pulling that off in your kitchen!Furthermore, co-working spaces create vibrant atmospheres to meet clients without having to elbow your way past the queue at Starbucks. An office setting is more likely reassure your potential client that you’re a functioning professional – not a caffeine junky.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberSet A ScheduleA lot of people going in to freelance count working from home among the top of the list for perks of the job. But it never lasts; ask any seasoned contractor and they’ll tell you how eye-achingly hard it is to make yourself focus at home.So even if you have kids or other businesses, set up a schedule for co-working and stick to it. Even just one or two days a week at “the office” can greatly improve your organisational skills and productivity, a plus for any enterprise.Attend & Host EventsMost co-working spaces host events and seminars that appeal to their members – the menu could include anything from cupcake classes to community fundraising efforts for charities. As a member, you can not only partake, but turn your own pastime to productivity: set up a networking event yourself, share your skills!Looking for a virtual space to co-work? Join our Hives discussion groups to connect with freelancers across a variety of fields and topics.Lucy Futter is a Co-Working blogger and owner of The Workstead, an exciting meeting, office and networking space in Winchester. She also likes gin.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s comments on Ravi Shastri will not influence CAC: Anshuman Gaekwad

first_imgFormer India coach and member of BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee Anshuman Gaekwad has said the CAC will approach the new head coach selection process with an open mind. Gaekwad added that the 3-member committee headed by Kapil Dev won’t be bothered by captain Virat kohli’s comments.Anshuman Gaekwad’s comments come after India captain Virat Kohli said that the team would be happy if Ravi Shastri continues as head coach.”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted,” Kohli had said before Team India left to the US for their tour of West Indies.Shastri’s and the India support staff were handed a 45-day contract extension following ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.BCCI appointed a 3-member Cricket Advisory Committee to conduct interviews for the post of head coach and other support staff for the Indian cricket team. Incumbent Ravi Shastri and his support staff have been given an automatic entry to the selection process.Stressing that the CAC is waiting for guidelines from the BCCI, Gaekwad said the captain’s comments are for BCCI to take note of and they will have no impact on the committee’s approach to the selection process.”The captain can say anything. It doesn’t bother us. We are a committee. That’s his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us,” Anshuman Gaekwad told the IANS.advertisement”It all depends on BCCI. BCCI has to give us guidelines and then we will go accordingly. He has already said yesterday (what he wants). When we chose the women’s coach, we did not contact anybody. We did it on our own,” he added.”We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things.”While Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh have applied for the head coach role, former Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody and former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson are expected to apply.Anshuman Gaekwad said that the 3-member CAC will look at three parameters, including planning, man management and technical expertise while assessing the applicants.”Basically, what is important is…I have been a coach. Kapil has been a coach. What is important is man management, planning, and technical expertise,” Gaekwad said.”These three things are most important for a coach to succeed. The Indian team is doing well. But to get them to do better, these are the three things. There are a lot of things. But these are the main things.”However, the hiring procedure for the new coach of Indian cricket team may get delayed CAC has not yet given the undertaking of conflict of interest, news agency ANI has reported.Also Read | Hiring process for new head coach of India may get delayedAlso Read | Fighter Prithvi will come out of doping setback stronger: Childhood coachAlso See:last_img read more

Another Texas Longhorns Player Enters The Transfer Portal

first_imgA Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)For the Texas Longhorns, the transfer portal giveth, and the transfer portal taketh away as the team is poised to lose another player on an off-season transfer move.According to 247Sports, Texas senior kicker Joshua Rowland is set to enter the transfer portal in order to play one more year at another school.As a junior in 2017, Rowland went 11-of-18 on field goals, and was 38-of-38 on extra point attempts.Rowland did not play in any games this past season. Freshman Cameron Dicker won the starting job and finished the season 18-of-25 on field goals and 51-of-52 on extra point attempts.In entering the transfer portal, Rowland joins a crop of Texas players that have either left or on the verge of leaving.Quarterback Cameron Rising is on his way to Utah, while quarterback Shake Buechele, running back running backs Kyle Porter and running back Tristian Houston are all waiting for the right move.The Longhorns have gotten plenty of benefit from the transfer portal though. They recently landed five-star rated receiver Bru McCoy on a transfer from USC.Texas finished the season with a 10-4 record – their best since 2009 – which included an upset win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.last_img read more

Wisconsin Player Sends Message To Michigan QB Dylan McCaffrey

first_imgMichigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey drops back to pass.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 01: Dylan McCaffrey #10 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a pass while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Wisconsin-Michigan got ugly real fast on Saturday. The Badgers absolutely humiliated the Wolverines in a 35-14 blowout — it could’ve been even worse, too.In the process of the blowout, Michigan and Jim Harbaugh opted for a quarterback change in the first half. Dylan McCaffrey, younger brother of Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, replaced the struggling Shea Patterson.In the second half, though, McCaffrey absorbed a brutal hit on a 5-yard run — brutal’s putting it lightly. The defender lowered his shoulder and hit McCaffrey in the head/neck area.Oh man. Dylan McCaffrey got absolutely rocked. #MICHvsWISC pic.twitter.com/cUHW0PN1Ws— Ikaika Valeria (@ikaikavaleria) September 21, 2019 The defender who hit McCaffrey — Reggie Pearson — took to Twitter to send a message to the Michigan QB.@dcaf20 I wish you nothing but the best and hope you’re doing OK. Never my intent to slow down the big things you have ahead of you. God bless.— Reggie (@reggiepearson21) September 21, 2019Certainly a classy move by the Wisconsin safety. Especially considering Pearson was ejected for the hit. Sometimes, some things just mean more than football.McCaffrey reportedly suffered a concussion because of the hit. It is currently unclear if the backup QB will be available for next week’s game.The Wolverines certainly need help at the quarterback position moving forward. Shea Patterson simply isn’t playing well, consistently missing open receivers. Many expect McCaffrey to be a big improvement and help the offense.The four-star high school prospect came to Michigan as apart of the 2017 class.Michigan is set to host Rutgers in Ann Arbor next Saturday.last_img read more

US Canadian fighter planes scramble to escort Russian jets

first_imgPETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were travelling near the North American coastline.The North American Aerospace Defence Command says two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Friday morning.There were no reports of conflict between the Russian and the U.S. and Canadian jets.NORAD says it uses radar, satellites and fighter aircraft to patrol the skies and monitor aircraft entering U.S. or Canadian airspace.“NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. Our ability to protect our nations starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace,” General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

19 killed in Bangladesh fire tragedy; rescue operations on

first_imgDhaka: A massive fire engulfed a 22-storey building in Dhaka’s posh Banani area on Thursday, killing at least 19 people, including a Sri Lankan national, and injuring 70 others, in the second major blaze to hit the Bangladeshi capital since last month. The incident, which happened on Thursday afternoon in a building that houses several garment shops and internet service providers, left several people trapped inside as the blaze spread to two adjacent buildings. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USUntil now we can tell you that the inferno killed 19 people, one of them being a Sri Lankan national. Seventy others are wounded,” a senior fire official said. At least six of the killed, including the Sri Lankan national, died after they jumped off from various floors of the high-rise building for safety. “A Sri Lankan citizen identified as Niras Chandra, was declared dead at Kurmitola General Hospital. He fell off the building while trying to escape the fire,” Kazi Shahan Haque, officer-in-charge (OC) of Cantonment police station, was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAnother person, who was yet to be identified by the authorities, was declared dead at Kurmitola General Hospital after he fell off the building while trying to escape the fire. “Similarly, three more male victims were declared dead on arrival by the doctors of United Hospital,” officials were quoted as saying. A 35-year-old student at Dhaka University died due to the effects of the blaze. A woman identified as Amina Yeasmin died of her injuries at Apollo Hospital. Several other injured people were rushed to the nearby hospitals. “Over 30 people are being treated at different government and private health facilities, some of them with critical wounds caused by the blaze in the building,” officials said. Apart from 21 fire tenders, Bangladesh Air Force helicopters and Navy commandos teamed together to douse the blaze. The fire is now extinguished, a fire service official told reporters. Fire officials said the blaze erupted on the eighth floor of the building and gradually went upward engulfing ninth, 10th and 11th floors, but could not immediately say what sparked the inferno. Five military and air force helicopters were deployed to drop water on the blaze as flames and thick black smoke poured out of the windows. Firefighters broke open the building’s glass walls to free toxic gas while over a dozen were rescued or they managed get themselves out from the burning building. A 20-member military team has entered the building with necessary equipment to salvage the trapped people, a military officer at the spot said. On February 20, at least 70 people were killed and over 50 injured when a fast-moving fire swept through an apartment buildings and chemical warehouses in Dhaka’s congested Chawkbazar area.last_img read more

Argentine President calls for reformulation of UN to restore multilateralism

23 September 2008Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today called for the reformulation of multilateral organizations, including the United Nations and global financial institutions. “This is necessary so that we can again reconstitute a multilateralism which has been lost, making the world much more insecure,” she told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate. Such reform was necessary to enable the UN to function properly and achieve concrete results.The current global financial turmoil was evidence of the need for reforming financial institutions, Ms. Fernández de Kirchner said, citing what she called the “jazz effect” for the present troubles originating from the United States, just as an earlier financial crisis that started in Mexico but affected the world economy was called the “tequila effect.”She also called on Member States to ratify the global treaty that outlaws enforced disappearances and allows victims’ families the right to learn the truth about what happened. Argentina, where thousands of people are estimated to have disappeared under the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s, has been a strong advocate of the treaty.So far, only four of the 74 countries which have signed have also ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, which contains an absolute prohibition on the practice and calls on all States Parties to ensure that it is an offence under their domestic laws. The treaty will enter into force once 20 countries have ratified it. The treaty’s monitoring body will be entitled to receive requests for urgent action on individual cases, to conduct visits with the agreement of States parties concerned, and, in the situation of suspected widespread or systematic cases being practised in the territory under the jurisdiction of a State party, to urgently bring the matter before the General Assembly.Turning to another issue, Mr. Fernández de Kirchner called on Iran to hand over Iranians implicated by Argentine judicial authorities in the blowing up of the Israeli embassy and a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994 respectively. read more

UN aviation agency hails cost saving pollution reducing rules for the Americas

As of last Thursday, the minimum vertical distance has been reduced by half, to 1,000 feet, from 2,000 feet, at altitudes between 29,000 and 41,000 feet, resulting in more efficient flight, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced.“This latest achievement is another significant step forward in ICAO’s global cooperative effort with its contracting states, airspace users and service providers to maximize operational benefits for all concerned, while at the same time ensuring that safety remains our top priority,” ICAO Council President Assad Kotaite said.The so-called Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) was first implemented in 1997 in the airspace of the North Atlantic and applied successively thereafter over Europe, the Pacific, Asia, the Middle East and in the Europe to South America corridor.On the same basis of regional agreements, it will be expanded progressively to eventually cover all airspace around the world. The cost-benefit analysis in the North Pacific showed a 0.5 per cent to 1 per cent reduction in fuel cost for a saving of approximately $8 million per year for aircraft using this airspace.For the Caribbean and South and Central American regions, it is expected that airlines will save approximately $400 million in a 15-year period for international flights alone, while for North America the fuel-saving benefits would be approximately $5.3 billion for the same period. read more

JPMorgan Chase CEO to keep running bank while battling throat cancer considered

JPMorgan Chase CEO to keep running bank while battling throat cancer considered to be curable AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2014 5:57 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, a feisty leader who steered the banking company through the perils of the Great Recession, is battling throat cancer.The condition is considered to be curable, according to a memo to JPMorgan Chase & Co. employees and shareholders that Dimon released late Tuesday.Dimon, 58, said he plans to remain on the job and be actively involved in key decisions while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. The eight-week treatment will begin soon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York.The cancer remains confined to Dimon’s throat and adjacent lymph nodes on the right side of his neck, according to the memo.“I feel very good now and will let all of you know if my health situation changes,” Dimon said.Despite the words of reassurance, Dimon’s illness could raise leadership concerns at one of the world’s biggest banks.Those worries could be magnified by a recent succession of departures among high-ranking JPMorgan Chase executives once considered to be Dimon’s potential successor. The list of defections have included former co-chief operating officer Frank Bisignano and former investment banking head Michael Cavanagh, who had been known as Dimon’s “Mr. Fix-it.”JPMorgan’s stock fell 37 cents to $57.20 in Tuesday’s extended trading.Dimon, JPMorgan’s CEO for the past eight-and-half years, won praise for his savvy in the aftermath of the mortgage-market meltdown that nearly toppled the banking industry before miring the U.S. in its deepest recession since World War II. His reputation, though, was tarnished in 2012 by the revelation of a stunning $6 billion loss triggered by risky bets made on complex debt securities by a JPMorgan trader in London.The setback, known as JPMorgan’s “London Whale,” contributed to an unsuccessful shareholder campaign last year to separate the jobs of chairman and CEO — duties that Dimon still holds.JPMorgan also reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department last year that required the bank to pay $13 billion to cover losses from the sale of toxic mortgages that later collapsed in value.Another legal settlement negotiated last year required JPMorgan to dole out $4.5 billion to investors in bundles of shoddy home loans. JPMorgan said most of those troublesome mortgages were inherited from investment bank Bear Stearns and savings and loan Washington Mutual, companies that Dimon negotiated to buy during the financial crisis of 2008.Even amid public outrage over bankers’ role in the mortgage meltdown, Dimon remained one of the industry’s staunchest advocates. He supported big paydays for bankers and derided some of the U.S. government’s proposed reforms designed to minimize the chances of another financial crisis.JPMorgan’s stock is up 45 per cent since Dimon took over the bank’s helm on Dec. 31, 2005. The S&P 500, meanwhile, has rising 58 per cent in that period. read more

US retail sales rise a solid 07 pct in November spending up

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US retail sales rise a solid 0.7 pct. in November; spending up on autos, clothes, electronics In this Oct. 28, 2014 photo, a woman shops at the Century 21 Department Store in Philadelphia. The Commerce Department releases retail sales data for October on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales perked up in November with the start of the holiday shopping season, led by online buying and purchases of autos, clothing and electronics.Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 per cent last month, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices caused purchases at gas stations to decline 0.8 per cent, but that potentially freed up income to be spent elsewhere.Excluding gas stations, sales climbed a healthy 0.9 per cent. Spending on motor vehicles accelerated 1.7 per cent, while purchases at clothiers, online retailers, electronics stores and department stores all improved. Non-store retailers, which include online and mail-order outlets, rose 1 per cent.The sales figures indicate that consumers have pumped up their holiday shopping, despite initial signs within the retail industry that Black Friday shopping plunged compared to the previous year.Sales are up 5.1 per cent over the past 12 months.“In the months ahead, we expect consumers keep spending the extra income gained from the strong job market and the collapse in energy prices,” said Laura Rosner, an analyst at the bank BNP Paribas.Average national gas prices have slid to $2.64 a gallon, down nearly 30 cent, or 9.8 per cent, over the past month, according to the AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge.Many analysts believe that holiday spending could rise by at least 4 per cent this year because of recent job growth. The hiring spree since February has bolstered the number of people with steady paychecks by nearly 2.65 million, and consumer confidence has also improved.Employers added 321,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 per cent, the Labor Department reported last week.Still, initial indicators suggested that the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend was bleak for traditional retailers.An estimated 133.7 million people shopped in stores and online, down 5.2 per cent from a year ago, according to a survey of 4,631 people conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation. Total spending for the weekend was projected to fall 11 per cent to $50.9 billion from a year ago.That hints at the absence of meaningful wage gains for many workers, despite recent job growth. Average hourly wages have risen just 2.1 per cent over the past 12 months, slightly ahead of inflation.But consumer tastes might also be shifting. There are signs that holiday shopping began earlier in the month than last year, as consumers have become fatigued by Black Friday mania. Also, there are signs of people forgoing smaller expenditures to replace bigger ticket items such as automobiles.Motor vehicles sold in November at an annualized clip of 17.2 million, a 4.6 per cent increase from the prior year, according to Autodata Corp.Subaru and Chrysler led the major automakers with sales increases around 20 per cent on strong demand for their small SUVs. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2014 7:42 am MDT read more

UK weather New Year travel chaos as fog leads to more cancelled

first_imgNew Year travellers are being hit by another day of transport chaos as fog leads to the cancellation of more flights amid a warning of severe rail disruption caused by a new strike.A blanket of heavy fog covering the South East on Saturday morning again disrupted planes due to take off from Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports.Although the thick cloud was expected to largely lift ahead of New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, air passengers were warned to check for delays before they travelled.And Southern rail passengers have been warned that services will be “severely disrupted” over the next few days because of a fresh strike by guards and an ongoing overtime ban by drivers.Meanwhile, Public Health England (PHE) warned of an incoming cold snap with temperatures expected to plummet as low as minus 5C (23F) on New Year’s Day.A “yellow” weather warning was also issued in north-west Scotland, with heavy rain and gale-force winds expected to bring difficult driving conditions ahead of Hogmanay celebrations.The Met Office fog warning across the South of England was earlier extended until 10am on Saturday, with drivers being urged to take extra care.Met meteorologist Mark Wilson said visibility in the morning could be as low as 100 yards (metres) after the lingering, freezing fog spread further overnight.He said: “We think it will gradually improve throughout the morning, but it will be a slow process.”Some patches of fog could persist into the evening “but not so much, not as widespread or as dense”.Mr Wilson added that temperatures could drop to minus 5C (23F) in the evening on New Year’s Day but the “short-lived cold spell” should end after the Bank Holiday.He said: “It will turn colder though tonight and New Year’s Day and Bank Holiday Monday, but also there will be more sunshine to enjoy.”Dr Deborah Turbitt, from PHE London, urged people to look out for others, particularly the very young, old and ill, during the cold snap.She said: “Every winter thousands of people die because of their exposure to cold weather and doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and other parts of the NHS are kept busy as people fall ill – that’s why it’s really important that we all do everything we can to ensure everyone stays well this winter.”The blanket of fog covering the South East on Friday morning caused cancellations and delays at major airports, including Heathrow, where around 50 flights were cancelled.Friday’s weather disruption saw 70 departures and 70 arrivals cancelled at Gatwick Airport. There were seven arrivals and eight departures with delays of more than 60 minutes at the airport on Saturday, a spokeswoman said.Gatwick and London City Airport also experienced disruption because of the fog, and passengers were urged to check flight information in advance.A driver and 16 of his passengers were hurt when a coach veered off an M40 slip road and overturned in heavy fog near Milton Common in Oxfordshire at 2.45am on Friday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It happened 20 miles (32km) from the scene of a fatal pile-up on the A40 in similarly treacherous conditions on Wednesday morning.Meanwhile, members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for three days from New Year’s Eve in a long-running row over the role of conductors, while Aslef is continuing with a ban on overtime in protest at driver-only trains.The action will cause more travel chaos for passengers who have suffered delays and cancellations for months because of the industrial action, shortage of staff, sickness and other issues such as signalling problems.Passengers are being advised to check before they travel over the New Year period.Southern said it will have a team of “contingency conductors” keeping key routes open, but services on some routes will be reduced and finish earlier, while other routes will have no services or a replacement bus service.Services on all routes will be subject to possible cancellation and severe disruption because of the on-going driver overtime ban.Alex Foulds, Southern’s deputy chief operating officer, said: “While we will do everything we can to get passengers where they want to go, we have to warn people that journeys may be disrupted and take longer than normal.”Our best advice is to check on the day you travel, particularly if you are heading out to New Year celebrations, as services on some routes finish early in the evening.”We are sorry that yet again passengers will have their plans disrupted by what is pointless industrial action. Our door remains open for meaningful talks and we urge the RMT to see sense and join us in delivering a better railway for everyone in 2017.”RMT leader Mick Cash said: “The solution to this continuing chaos is in the hands of Govia Thameslink Railway – which runs Southern – and the Government.”If the owners, the Go Ahead Group, spent a fraction of the millions they are stockpiling in profits and dividends on staffing and safety this dispute could be resolved overnight. RMT remains available for talks.”Will Southern trains be running on your route?On New Year’s Eve there will be no Southern train services on these routes: Clapham Junction – Milton Keynes; Chichester – Portsmouth/Southampton; Lewes – Seaford; Eastbourne – Ashford International; Oxted – Uckfield; Haywards Heath – Lewes; Redhill – Reigate.These routes will either have ticket acceptance with another operator or a replacement bus service.On Sunday 1 January there will be a Sunday service and on Monday 2 January there will be a Saturday service.On both 1 and 2 January there will be no Southern train services on these routes: Ashford – Hastings; Hurst Green – Uckfield; Havant – Portsmouth Harbour; Clapham Junction – Milton Keynes; Redhill – Reigate.These routes will either have ticket acceptance with another operator or a replacement bus service.On 2 January there will also be a significantly reduced service from Brighton for stations towards Hove, Littlehampton and Havant and Southampton. Services that would have run from London or Brighton to Portsmouth will run only to or from Chichester.last_img read more

15 billion people gained access to more Irish produce last year

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs renewed access to more Irish produce to a market of 1.5 billion people, its latest report has detailed.It has published, for the first time, an overview of the economic and promotional activities undertaken by the Department.Ireland’s Economic Diplomacy in Action 2013 details the 136 “high-level visits with a significant economic or promotional dimension” conducted in 52 countries, including an increase in the number of trade missions from 8 in 2011 to 18 last year.Imports banAccess to several new markets was also secured, including the lifting of the ban on Irish exports to Japan, and a ban in several Middle Eastern countries on the import of Irish beef and sheep meat.“Embassies in a number of other key markets, including the US and China, continued to work to achieve full market access for Irish beef,” the report said.Over the course of 2013 saw the Department engage with 1,152 representatives of the international media, reaching a potential audience of over 50 million people, the report details.It also had 661 engagements to “promote Ireland’s economic position to office-holders”, and 734 specific engagements to “facilitate trade and investment supporting Irish jobs”.“Some examples were an ‘Invest in Ireland’ roundtable hosted by the Tánaiste in Atlanta during the St Patrick’s Day period, a financial services event in Luxembourg, a seminar on Ireland’s R&D environment in Hokkaido, an event for the Irish Funds Industry Association in Edinburgh,” the report said.This year five new embassies will be launched, as well as three consultate generals, at an expected annual cost of €4.7 million.“This will allow us to take advantage of opportunities in key emerging markets and regions, and will provide a platform for further promotion of Irish exports, investment, tourism and education,” the Tánaiste said.Read the full report online here.Read: Government to reopen Vatican embassy, 26 months after closing it >Previously: Government “is satisfied” without Vatican embassy >The Gathering: Last year was officially our best for tourism since 2008 >last_img read more

Greek vinegar in Aus top three

first_imgPapadimitriou C.C.S.A., one of the largest food processing companies in the south of Greece, was founded in 1939 in Messinia, near Kalamata. This family owned and run business, with products based on the nutritional concepts of the Mediterranean diet and clients that range from Greece all the way to 28 other countries, has managed in the last seven years to make an impact in the Australian market as well.The balsamic vinegar produced by the Papadimitriou Company, which has been number one in the Greek market since 2005, has managed to become the third most sought after balsamic vinegar in the Australian market.The Greek food processing company, headed by Christos Papadimitriou and his father Konstantinos, entered the Australian market seven years ago through the Sydney International Food Festival, and today its balsamic vinegar is sold through the Coles and Woolworths chains of supermarkets throughout the continent.The CEO of the company, Christos Papadimitriou, attributes their success in sales in this country to the strong support their product has received from the local Greek Australian community, the dietary similarities of the wider community with the Greek community, and to the willingness of Australians, who love cooking as he said in the Greek daily To Vima, to try out new tastes and products. Balsamic vinegar and cream, mustard, Corinthian currants, dried fruits and other organic offerings are all produced by the Kalamata based company for Greek and international markets, which include amongst others Japan, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa.Last May, Papadimitriou C.C.S.A. became only the fifth Greek company to join Endeavor Global, a non-profit international organisation aiming to establish high impact entrepreneurship in emerging countries, as the leading force for sustainable economic development. The turnover of this Greek success story last year reached 10 million euros and 75 per cent of that income was generated from overseas markets. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Jouer à Pacman avec des microorganismes cest possible

first_imgJouer à Pac-man avec des micro-organismes, c’est possibleLe jeu vidéo vivant débarque. Du moins à l’Université de Stanford en Californie, où des chercheurs ne manquent pas d’imagination. Les héros de la partie ? Des paramécies, minuscules organismes unicellulaires. Pour jouer, il faudra cependant brancher un écran sur un microscope et se doter d’une manette très spéciale. Explications. “Pac-mecium”. C’est ainsi que les ingénieux chercheurs de l’Université de Stanford, en Californie (Etats-Unis), ont nommé l’un de leurs jeux dits “biotiques” (tout ce qui est relatif au vivant), en référence au célèbre Pac-Man. Ce jeu vidéo japonais, sorti il y a plus de 30 ans, mettant en scène un personnage jaune en forme de camembert à l’intérieur d’un labyrinthe, a fait le tour de la planète. Les chercheurs américains ont donc essayé de recréer cette ambiance, mais à leur manière, avec “Pac-mecium”. Le principe ? Le joueur guide les micro-organismes vivants en temps réel. Ceux-ci doivent engloutir le plus de petites boules possible.Sciences et Avenir indique que Ingmar H. Riedel-Kruse et ses collègues de Stanford ont créé ce jeu en plaçant des paramécies dans une petite boîte remplie d’un liquide. Les micro-organismes sont ainsi filmés par un microscope et une caméra, qui envoie les images sur un écran vidéo. La direction du mouvement des micro-organismes est influencée par un équipement qui contrôle la polarité d’un champ électrique appliqué sur le fluide. Une manette est branchée à cet équipement et permet donc au joueur de les faire progresser vers les petites boules à avaler. Et comme dans tout jeu qui se respecte, un score s’affiche à la fin de la partie, en fonction de l’évolution de la paramécie sur la vidéo.Ingmar Riedel-Kruse a déclaré : “L’objectif est que les joueurs aient du plaisir en jouant avec les interactions des processus biologiques, sans devoir suivre la rigueur d’une expérience formelle”. Ce n’est pas le premier jeu biotique qui est mis au point à Stanford. Il y a déjà “Pond Pong”, “Ciliaball” et “Biotic Pinball”, une sortie de flipper vivant, où la paramécie est aussi la vedette de la partie. Les chercheurs espèrent pouvoir un jour faire jouer plusieurs centaines de personnes en même temps, tout en continuant leur travail. Le jeu vidéo prend ainsi un chemin pour le moins inattendu. Découvrez comment les chercheurs jouent à “Pac-mecium” en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 19 janvier 2011 à 10:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Councilwoman warns Homestead residents of possible bear in the area

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A bear sighting in the Homestead area has led a councilwoman to warn residents to be careful.Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough took to Facebook on Thursday afternoon to inform residents that the Homestead Police Department is investigating a sighting of a black bear in the backyard of a home near the 3100 block of Southeast Second Drive.“I was surprised. I’ve never even heard of a bear sighting anywhere in South Florida,” said Homestead resident Monica Dtrinidad. “I’m concerned, obviously. I have two little boys.”The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the bear was last spotted at 5 a.m. by an officer but has not been spotted since.Fairclough said the bear is believed to be up to 200 pounds and stands approximately 4 feet tall.“They play around, come out in the front yard. I’m a little worried,” said Dtrinidad.Mike Estevez, a cyclist in the area, said he found the bear roaming behind the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday. Estevez snapped some photos of the bear from a safe distance.“We just stopped, froze in our tracks, and the bear kind of stood its ground for about five minutes,” he said.The cyclist said he was left stunned after seeing the bear.“It’s just such an odd thing. It’s like seeing a UFO,” Estevez said. “It’s unheard of. I’ve never heard of it in my life. I’ve lived here 40 years, and I’ve never heard of that.”FWC is asking residents of the area to report any possible bear sighting and keep their distance if they do spot the animal.“We’ll be looking out for that area every time we ride now, I’m sure,” Estevez said.Bear sightings are common in Florida, due to the animal being a native species. “We’re building homes and we’re breaking into the Everglades, so obviously they have nowhere to go,” said Dtrinidad.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New Yorks New Section Design Explained

first_imgDixon and his team also bumped the crossword puzzle a few pages and introduced a new back page infographic, Artifact, which the magazine’s editors describes as “pure observation, a moment grabbed and preserved.” Dixon adds that they “had been looking for the perfect end note to the magazine for a year or so,” and that “this seemed to be the best way to finish off the experience of the issue.”More here …[Editor’s note: For more intelligent design talk, buy Jandos’ new book.] Print has a short behind-the-scenes look at New York’s recent section reshuffling:There’s been some sadness around this office that New York decided to get rid of their High Priority feature, a half-page graphic that opened their listings section each week. Created by a different designer every issue, High Priority showed off the talents of designers new and established, with the only restriction being that the design be done in red, black, and white.* Chris Dixon, the magazine’s design director, jokes that they “ran out of typographers” after three years, but adds on a more serious note that High Priority had a tendency to be “a little removed [from what the magazine was actually recommending] for the reader’s good.” […] last_img read more