Talwalkars partners Mickey Mehta

first_imgMumbai, Nov 23 (PTI) Fitness chain Talwalkars today entered into a strategic partnership with holistic health expert Mickey Mehta.Talwalkars has a national footprint of over 220 fitness centres, while Mehta has 15 wellness centres across the city, Talwalkars Better Value Fitness said in a statement.This partnership will leverage Talwalkars infrastructure to promote Mehtas wellness offerings and intellectual property and also help expand the footprint of Mehtas brand.”This partnership with Talwalkars will give me a national platform and is a first step in building a global brand footprint,” he said.Mehtas wellness offerings and branded IPs include wellness foods, nutraceuticals, fitness/sports merchandise among others.”We want to create more value through wellness foods, nutraceuticals, merchandise, digital Mickey and Mickeys IPs and services via the Talwalkars network,” Talwalkars managing director and chief executive Prashant Talwalkar said. PTI DS AA BEN BENlast_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka team profile

first_img BAN The Lankans have the oldest squad at the tournament with an average age of 29.9 years, but only four of their players have more than 100 ODI caps.Former captains Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal, who have played 381 ODIs between them, were dropped due to poor form, and mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and opener Danushka Gunathilaka also did not make the cut.The choice of test captain Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka’s ODI skipper has raised eyebrows because the opener has played only one 50-overs match in the last four years against Scotland earlier this week.Karunaratne’s ability to lay the foundations for an innings is well known in tests but the 31-year-old has two half-centuries to his name in the 18 ODIs he has played since his debut in 2011.advertisement”I was surprised,” former Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold told Reuters earlier this month.”Sri Lanka needed an opener to steady the ship… I do think (Karunaratne) has a role to play and he should have been brought in earlier, but not as captain.”Experienced all-rounders Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera will need to fire for the Lankans to do well and much will depend on veteran pace bowler Lasith Malinga, who has taken 43 wickets at previous World Cups.Malinga, 35, has lost some of his searing pace after multiple knee operations, but he still has the guile to torment opposition batsmen and took a decisive last-ball wicket in last month’s Indian Premier League final.The side have arguably been weakened by a clash of schedules that, unlike past years, prevented the majority of their players from participating in the world’s biggest T20 competition this year.”Sri Lanka are an unpredictable team,” former Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas said last month. “It’s now time for young guys to take the initiative. I’m sure when given the chance they’ll grab it and perform well.”Their campaign begins against New Zealand on June 1. NZ Avishka Fernando Avishka Fernando ENG AUS All-Rounder Wicket Keeper Suranga Lakmal Suranga Lakmal Wicket Keeper Dhananjaya de Silva Dhananjaya de Silva Jeevan Mendis Jeevan Mendis Lasith Malinga Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka Isuru Udana Isuru Udana Dimuth Karunaratne Dimuth Karunaratne Batsman All-Rounder All-Rounder PAK The last four years have not been kind to Sri Lankan cricket and the island’s once-powerful side arrive at the World Cup struggling for form under a newly appointed captain who has played a single one-day international since 2015.Sri Lanka have won 24 of 86 ODIs since stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara retired after the 2015 World Cup, with the captaincy changing hands six times since.The island nation, who were world champions in 1996 and reached consecutive finals in 2007 and 2011, are ranked ninth among the 10 teams at this year’s tournament and have not won a bilateral series against a top-10 nation since 2015.The side’s form in 2019 has been dire, losing eight games in series whitewashes by New Zealand and South Africa, against a backdrop of political instability at home and the deaths of more than 250 people in last month’s Easter Sunday bombings. All-Rounder Bowlercenter_img Kusal Mendis Kusal Mendis IND Lahiru Thirimanne Lahiru Thirimanne AFG Bowler Bowler SA SL Jeffrey Vandersay Jeffrey Vandersay Batsman Kusal Perera Kusal Perera Bowler Kasun Rajitha Kasun Rajitha All-Rounder Batsman Angelo Mathews Angelo Mathews WI Milinda Siriwardana Milinda Siriwardana Thisara Perera Thisara Perera All-Rounder Team Profilelast_img read more

SOUTHERN TOUCH EXPANDS IN THE APPLE ISLE

first_imgHobart’s Southern Touch affiliate is experiencing a surge of popularity as Touch Football spreads like wildfire in Australia’s island state. In the past two years Southern Touch has added an extra 18 senior teams and 14 junior teams, a new field at the Wentworth Park sporting complex and a new Premier League competition. 163 senior and 98 junior teams will use nine fields for the 2007/08 Summer Season, which commences this week. Wentworth Park has been Southern Touch’s home for the past decade but with competition currently running at capacity five days a week administrators are considering contingency plans to deal with the numbers. General Manager Phil Mascall said a new venue at the Showground was one option being considered to allow the affiliate to reach its full potential. “The Showground had racing there, but the racing has all finished up now and where the race track was they’ve actually been able to expand their field size,” he said. Mascall said the Southern Touch committee was anticipating it would reach an agreement with the Showground for next summer’s competition. An additional venue would take pressure off the junior competition. “With two venues we’d run a number of schools over at that venue and a number of schools at Wentworth Park and we could basically just about double what we’re taking now. As far as next season goes it will allow a massive, substantial amount of growth,” Mascall said.  The Mixed competition is the most popular category at Southern Touch. There are currently 65 mixed teams with 64 men’s and 34 women’s sides doing battle. Southern Touch has a strong association with business and corporate teams who value the Mixed Touch competition as an opportunity for colleagues to interact and have fun in a social environment. The affiliate is also making changes which allows for a greater division between the social and the elite teams that are part of Southern Touch. The formation of the new SportsCo Eastlands Premier League will boost top-level competition while the traditional Boags Southern League will remain for social teams. The new competition structure was introduced to push for more elite competition without interfering in current social tournaments. “It’s been a structural plan that the Association has had in the woodwork for a number of years. It was always anticipated since maybe two years ago to develop the competition and split it to break away the elite side of things from the social side of it. Due to staff and committee changes over the past couple of years it never got implemented but this year everything has been rolling along pretty well. We’ve got a firm committee and obviously the staff supported it so it was a good year to do it,” Mascall said. There will be four teams in the Men’s and four in the Women’s divisions in the new Premier League, which taps off for the first time this Friday night.It is hoped that numbers will expand in coming years to include eight self-supporting clubs that will field Premier League teams in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed, first and second division. Recent newspaper coverage will undoubtedly further add to the popularity of the sport in Hobart. As well as featuring a double-page season preview, local paper ‘The Mercury’ will run a weekly report on the Premier League and keep Tasmanians up to date with the latest news in Touch.  Touch Football Australia would like to wish all the best to everyone involved with the busy season ahead at Southern Touch and congratulate them on their success thus far.last_img read more

Halftime Huddle Signals Aussies’ Intent

first_imgBy @JulianTFAMountfort Park, Manurewa, New Zealand“How much do you want it?” came the cry.“How much do you want it?” “How much do…” You get the drift. Certainly the under 18 Mixed players got the drift and message loud and clear from their effervescent and ever-affable coach, Danny Goodwin at the halftime junction of game two in the Under 18’s mixed series.As the players echoed loudly back their response to his mantra, it became something of a clarion call for his and all other Aussie teams here at South Auckland. Perhaps too it was just the tonic to provide the overall contingent that all important second wind on the ever more important second day of the three test series across divisions.By the halfway mark of the 2017 Youth Trans-Tasman tournament following the 18’s boys gripping drop-off encounter, Australia had staved off a very spirited New Zealand in two of the morning’s three matches; dropping only one match, the girls 18’s losing a very tight game against an impressive Kiwi outfit, 3-4.  At the halfway mark of nine matches against the regulation 18 to be played overall across the three divisions, Australia streaked ahead of their Trans-Tasman rivals, seven games to two and with eyes firmly fixed on the Trans-Tasman prize and the magic number 10.With the Mixed and Girls 20’s then also winning their respective matches and series’, all eyes were affixed to the Boy’s 20’s match at day’s end. Looking to keep their series alive, the words of coaches Goodwin (18’s Mixed) and no doubt Dave Nolan and co, certainly had the desired effect.And by the time the sun went down on day two, so too went the Kiwis chances in this overall series, with only the Boy’s 20’s and Girl’s 18’s series’ still alive in terms of deciders tomorrow.The Australian Boy’s 20’s showed the grit and determination all Australian teams before them have shown with their backs against the wall. The difference of their Saturday performance against the Friday instalment was stark. They came to play and smoked their opposition with a clinical display from the outset.With a spring in their step, the Boy’s 20’s went in early with Jake Grech going over off a great Kai Simbolin ball. Then Fiveash went over for the Kiwis out wide quickly followed by Cridland again featuring with a long ball to Damon Moore to stretch the lead to 4-2. Tyla Love threw a great ball in exactly the same area as Cridland moments before to hit Luke Osborne to build out the lead to 5-2.“How much do you want it?”Much. Mills then took off from half and Simbolon crossed inside the touchline to stamp the Aussies’ class and authority on this match. A great try in reply to New Zealand’s Mase Parsons courtesy off a bat back from winger brought the deficit to three.With the rain tumbling down the handling of both teams slipped and seemingly the Kiwis’ prospects in this match. Ashby’s hand-off to Osborne for his second effectively ended the contest and brought the Aussies back from the mire and the spectre of a series defeat.Bouzounis then hit Malcolm Kenny on the right flank taking the score to 8-5. Osborne then picked up his treble off a difficult long pass to close-out the match 9-5 and keep alive their chances on day three.In the Girl’s and Mixed 20’s match the Aussie teams knew they were in for a match.The Girl’s 20’s got the show on the road early with Maddi Crowe crossing out wide straight after New Zealand’s early try. About 10 seconds in after the break, Patricia Hopcroft crossed for the Kiwis in the middle catching the Aussie defence unawares with Samantha White going over out wide to edge them ahead. Tamika Upton who was having another stellar match, threw a brilliant long ball left to Luc Sciglitano to draw ahead 4-2.Then when Crowe darted away into the backfield to pick up Rebecca Mi Mi and Katee Maller crossed the stripe courtesy of another Upton overhead pass, the game was as good as over, with the girls winning the match 6-2 and the series.Captain Shellie Davis said “It has been fabulous over here – our girls are amazing and setting the standards every year and those standards are getting higher and higher, se are all very pleased with the effort and the outcome.”For the Mixed 20’s Harrison Griffin and Chris Elbitar’s doubles were a standout among strong performances from all players, but it was Jack Hughes who was dominant throughout including a desperate and welcome save late in the match.“It was awesome coming away with the win, New Zealand typically came out hard but we got through with our speed and fitness in the end which was awesome,” he said post-match.EARLIER TODAY…First out of the blocks early Saturday was Danny’s boys and girls, led by one of Rockhampton’s and QSST’s finest young products, 15-year-old Aaron Moore. They wanted it bad and it was manifest in several ways; not the least their stirring 11-8 victory to lay the groundwork for the day’s play.Speaking of Aaron, younger sibling of Blake Moore in the Boys’ 20’s he had a day out to remember. Finishing with a treble and causing all manner of headaches and ultimately heartache for the Kiwis, he proved unstoppable throughout. Scheming and scoring and steering his team to the first series victory of this tournament in fine fashion, you couldn’t wipe the smile off his victorious dial.“Playing for your country and among a great group of players, this feels awesome; it is something you dream of as a child,” he said post-match which you could imagine was probably not that long ago considering his tender years.And he had some willing accomplices too.Jack Wright, Elise Wilson Ali Bakhach, Kiara Taylor all crossed the paintwork after some great lead-up work from their middle/link supports, while Rhiannon Podmore scored a brace. One of these the recipient of a great inside ball from Kiara Taylor out wide to close out the match.Following a beautiful, sunny first day, strong winds and blustery conditions was the order of the second day. And with the Under 18’s girl’s loss you could sense the winds of change were swaying across the South-Auckland arena; with the strong wind seemingly in the Kiwis’ sails as they troubled the Aussies in all matches. Certainly the 7-2 games score early on was very misleading such was tight and see-sawing battles between the world’s two leading nations.Star play-maker Kobe Nona set the tone early for the 18’s girls with some deft hands laying on a try to Tiarni Bryce early in the piece.Tries were hard to come by though and the frustration was evident. A knee injury to Nona seemed to stem the momentum of the girls and with some tries at either end it came down to Otago’s McKayler Moore who had the last say with a great try out wide to decide the match in the drop-off.In another drop-off decider, the Boy’s 18’s was a cracking match. Among a host of stars it was James Price who stood tallest scoring and laying on another mid-way through the match that swung the match Australia’s way.Among a flurry of tries from both sides, just 14 seconds in to the second half, Baillie List crossed for his second to extend the lead to two. Antonio Buncunga then went over again taking a 25 metre screamer from Daejarn Asi to edge Australia further ahead.The Kiwis came storming home though to level the scores late through Leaupepe and Wickham, only for Price to again shimmy and shape and swing the game the Aussies’ way delivering Baillie List the clincher winning the match 9-8 and thereby the series.The future of Australia’s playing stocks is certainly looking bright.And clearly they really wanted it.last_img read more

Economic Conditions Have Never Been Better

first_img This is consistent with the IMF’s position of the need to spur higher growth; reduce and maintain the public-sector wage bill at nine per cent of gross domestic product, and pursue modernisation of the civil service; and further strengthen the financial sector.    Story Highlights Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Government is pleased with Jamaica’s successful completion of the fourth International Monetary Fund (IMF) Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) Review.This, following the IMF Executive Board’s consideration and approval of the Review at its meeting on November 5.Consequent on Jamaica passing the fourth PSBA Review, an additional US$226 million is now available to the Government, if needed, which brings the total credit accessible under the PSBA to US$1.2 billion.In a statement, IMF Board Acting Chair and Deputy Managing Director, Tao Zhang, noted the Government’s continued impressive track record under the PSBA.This, he pointed out, is primarily evidenced by sustained macroeconomic stability, reduced public debt, and improving social and unemployment indicators.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Dr. Clarke said the Review’s outcome suggests that Jamaica’s economic conditions “have never been better”.He cited among the supporting indicators, first-quarter growth of 2.2 per cent for 2018/19, which, he noted, is the highest for that period in 10 years; further reduction in unemployment to 8.4 per cent as at July 2018, the lowest in the country’s history, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN); and reduction in the poverty rate, which fell to 17.1 per cent in 2016, the lowest in 10 years.The Minister further noted the fall in inflation to 3.2 per cent at the end of July 2018; a 16 per cent increase in private-sector credit, particularly to unbanked stakeholders; and a 25 per cent expansion in mortgages issued by the National Housing Trust (NHT) and other financial institutions.“So, we are seeing individuals and businesses taking advantage of what is an unprecedented time in Jamaica’s economic history,” he said.He noted the need for further expansion of credit to the private sector in order to accelerate growth, and for more private-sector stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities available to them to boost investments in order to sustain the cycle of growth “and even push it to higher heights”.Dr. Clarke told JIS News that the Administration remains focused on ensuring that Jamaica continues to be fiscally responsible, and pursues all avenues and strategies for attaining higher levels of sustainable growth.This is consistent with the IMF’s position of the need to spur higher growth; reduce and maintain the public-sector wage bill at nine per cent of gross domestic product, and pursue modernisation of the civil service; and further strengthen the financial sector.“This is a Government that aspires to do better and sets goals that are beyond what is considered immediately possible… because we believe that all of us, as Jamaicans, are an aspirational people,” Dr. Clarke said.Regarding the additional US$226 million now available to the country with the passing of the fourth PSBA Review, the Minister said that “this puts us in a very strong position”, in the event Jamaica needs additional funding support to counter domestic or exogenous shocks.The Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement, which succeeded the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in 2016, is slated to conclude in October 2019. Regarding the additional US$226 million now available to the country with the passing of the fourth PSBA Review, the Minister said that “this puts us in a very strong position”, in the event Jamaica needs additional funding support to counter domestic or exogenous shocks. In a statement, IMF Board Acting Chair and Deputy Managing Director, Tao Zhang, noted the Government’s continued impressive track record under the PSBA.last_img read more

Camps to hand over ration cards to leftout beneficiaries of Khadya Sathi

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is set to conduct camps in all the offices of Block Development Officers (BDO) across the state from September 9-26 to provide ration cards to 4 to 5 per cent of the total population in the state, who have still been left out of the Khadya Sathi scheme.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Assembly on Wednesday instructed the state Food and Supply Minister Jyotipriya Mallick to conduct an all-party meeting to take consensus and also to bridge the gaps which are still there in the system. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring her speech in the Assembly, Banerjee pointed out that many people in the state possess the ration cards but they do not avail facilities of the Khadya Sathi scheme, a brain child of the Chief Minister. On the other hand, there is another section belonging to the BPL category who possess the ration card and enjoy various facilities extended by the state government. The Chief Minister asked the Food and Supply minister to conduct a survey in this regard. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Following the announcement of the NRC by the Centre, some people in the state are scared and they want to hold the ration card for the sake of identity and not avail the benefits extended by the state. We have found that 4-5 per cent of the total population in the state is still deprived as they do not have a ration card. Hence, we have decided that camps will be conducted in all the BDO offices across the state so that the people left out can be brought under the Khadya Sathi scheme,” Banerjee told the House. Food and Supply Minister Jyotipriya Mallick during his speech in the Assembly said advertisements will be published to make people aware about the camps to reach out to the people who are yet to get a ration card. People have to come to the camps in the BDO offices with proper documents to receive their cards. The officials of the Food and Supply department will also be present at the camps. The whole process will be conducted within November 31. It was learnt that the Food and Supply department will hold the all party meeting in this regard on next Friday.last_img read more

Senegalese man suing Quebec congregation for alleged sexual abuse in Africa

first_imgMONTREAL – A Senegalese man is suing a Quebec-based Catholic congregation for $1.4 million, alleging one of its brothers sexually abused him when he was a boy in the 1980s at a school the religious order ran in Africa.Legal experts consulted by The Canadian Press said they weren’t aware of another case where a Canadian religious organization was taken to court for the alleged actions of its members in another country.Max Silverman, the Senegalese plaintiff’s Montreal-based lawyer, said the congregation indicated it will contest the Quebec court’s jurisdiction, setting up a legal battle over whether the province is the best place to hear the evidence.“The other side has made it clear they intend to contest the jurisdiction of the court and that debate will happen in the fall,” said Silverman, who filed the suit on behalf of the man who has chosen to remain anonymous.Known in court documents as NBS, the plaintiff alleges a now-deceased Quebec member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart congregation sexually abused him between 1984 and ’87, at a school the order ran in Kaolack, Senegal.The legal team for the congregation did not return a request for comment.Silverman’s case is not the only legal proceedings against the Brothers.The congregation is also the target of a $15-million class action lawsuit authorized last November in Quebec Superior Court. At least 18 brothers are accused of abusing male students at the College Mont-Sacre-Coeur in Granby over a span of decades.According to the suit filed by Silverman, NBS alleges the abuse began when he was about 12 years old at the hands of Marcel Courteau. Courteau died in Quebec in 2017 at the age of 92.The alleged abuse began with Courteau caressing the plaintiff and telling him he was cute.“Over the course of the next two years or so, Brother Courteau … repeatedly engaged the plaintiff in inappropriate actions, all of which constitute abuse and sexual assault,” according to court documents.NBS, who lives in Senegal, is remaining anonymous because he feels his life will be in danger if people in his country find out about the alleged abuse, said Silverman.“In Senegal there is a real culture of homophobia,” he said. “That extends to the point where a young person, through no fault of his own, if he is a man and associated with an assault by another man he is considered a homosexual and his life is in danger.”The lawsuit accuses the Brothers of the Sacred Heart of being liable toward NBS because the congregation was acting as Courteau’s school principal when the alleged abuse occurred.“Further, the defendant … was grossly negligent and failed to remedy a situation that it knew or should have known about, thereby aggravating the damages suffered by the plaintiff,” reads the statement of claim.Lawyer James Yap, who represents people and communities suing Canadian companies for complicity in human rights violations overseas, said “there is reason for optimism” from the plaintiff perspective regarding the upcoming jurisdiction debate.Article 3135 of Quebec’s Civil Code allows a court to “decline jurisdiction if it considers that the authorities of another State are in a better position to decide the dispute.”Traditionally, Yap said, that article has been an obstacle to similar claims against companies and “Quebec courts have been particularly reticent to hear those types of cases.”But new technologies, he said, have diminished the comparative convenience of holding these cases in the foreign state where the alleged violations occurred.Witnesses can testify via teleconference and evidence can be digitized, said Yap, who is not involved in the legal proceedings.And the key point of contention, he said, “factually speaking, is going to be what the congregation knew or did not know and all that evidence is going to be in Quebec. So in this particularly case, there is actually reason for optimism for the plaintiff.”Yap said he doesn’t know of a similar case filed in Canadian court against a religious order for the alleged crimes of its members in another country.McGill University Prof. Catherine Walsh, who focuses on private international law and international business law, told The Canadian Press she too is not aware of any similar lawsuit filed in Canadian courts before.Silverman said the congregation has until the fall to file any contestations of jurisdiction.Meanwhile, Robert Kugler, one of the lawyers who filed the separate class action against the congregation on Feb. 5, said 70 people initially came forward alleging abuse by at least 18 religious brothers at the school in Granby.“There is no doubt in my mind that every single year there were a number of kids who were abused,” Kugler said in an interview. “The question is how many (more) will come forward. More people are calling. I have messages to return now. The phone rings, if not every day, every few days.”Kugler said a judge will soon set a timetable for the class action proceedings.last_img read more

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Apple CEO Tim Cook believes he made a killer deal with 3

by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2014 10:37 pm MDT CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple CEO Tim Cook looked like he wanted to dance Wednesday as he discussed his company’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. The deal, by far the most expensive in Apple’s 38-year history, will give the iPhone and iPod maker a line of trendy headphones known for their hip appearance and thumping bass sound.But Cook seems most excited about the potential of Beat’s still nascent music-streaming service, which currently has more than 250,000 subscribers. That’s paltry compared to the more than 10 million people subscribing to Spotify’s rival streaming service, Cook is confident that will change once Beats has access to the data that Apple Inc. has accumulated while selling more than 35 billion songs to more than 800 million iTunes accounts during the past 13 years.COMBINING MATH WITH EMOTIONApple is intrigued with Beats Music’s approach to compiling playlists to suit the individual tastes of each subscriber. Rather than just grouping songs by genre or relying on toneless algorithms that analyze past listening habits, Beats also draws upon the knowledge and ears of tastemakers such as Beats’ co-founders — rap music pioneer Dr. Dre and longtime recording industry executive Jimmy Iovine, who has been an engineer or producer on seminal albums made by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Dire Straits.“We are getting the first music subscription service that got it right, that believes in human curation,” Cook said during a Wednesday interview at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. “We think this is killer. The feeling that you get from listening to this service is so different than anything else.”FILLING A VOIDApple is the top seller of songs downloaded over the Internet and has attracted 40 million listeners to its free iTunes Radio service since its launch eight months ago. But neither of those resonates with music lovers like a classic album or a playlist tailored for a person’s mood at a particular time, according to Eddy Cue, the head of iTunes.“With Beats, you can create a playlist that truly moves you,” Cue said Wednesday. “It gives you emotions, it gives you meanings, it tells about culture. Those are things you can’t get from a single song and we love that.”MONEY MAKERCook says Beats is already profitable, six years after Iovine, 61, and Dre, 49, started the company, which is now based in Culver City, California. Dre originally wanted to design flashy sneakers, according to Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, who considers Iovine to be his best friend. Iovine thought making a stylish line of headphones would be more lucrative. The company launched its music streaming service earlier this year.After generating $1.1 billion in revenue last year, Beats’ sales increased by 30 per cent during the first three months this year, Cook said. He expects Beat to boost Apple’s earnings beginning in October. Apple earned $37 billion on revenue of $171 billion in its last fiscal year, so Beats’ initial contribution won’t be that significant financially.A DECADE-LONG COURTSHIPIovine has disparaged the technology industry as “culturally inept,” but he says he has always thought of Apple differently since he first met the company’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, to discuss the state of digital music in 2003.“I came back to my team and said, ‘These guys get our industry and they get culture,’” Iovine said Wednesday. “This is a company that was founded by a person who respects music.”Cook, who worked closely with Jobs before succeeding him as CEO in 2011, says the admiration was mutual.Jobs “knew Jimmy very well and he loved Jimmy very much,” Cook said.THINKING DIFFERENTLYMany Apple watchers are convinced that Jobs would have never have bought Beats, no matter how fond he might have been of Iovine.Jobs, who died in October 2011, was famous for hoarding cash and when he spent money, he preferred investing it in research that would enable Apple to innovate on own. Until Wednesday, Apple’s biggest previous purchase had been its $400 million acquisition of NeXt Computer, a company that Jobs started after he was ousted from Apple in the 1980s.Jobs also had denigrated music subscription services, such as the one that Beats is trying to build.Cook says he tries not to ever consider what Jobs might have done if he were still alive, but he insists that his predecessor wasn’t as resistant to acquisition as most people think.“We have never been anti-acquisition,” Cook said. “We have looked at some very, very large companies and we decided not to buy them. But we didn’t decide not to do them out of religious reasons. There was no rule, ‘Thou Shalt Not Acquire.’ There was no rule that everything had to be built organically.”Apple has now bought 27 companies since September 2012. Most of them have been small deals that haven’t required Apple to disclose the price. Apple CEO Tim Cook believes he made a ‘killer’ deal with $3 billion acquisition of Beats AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

At conference Ban urges political will for twoState solution for Israel and

“During my trip, I reminded the leadership on both sides of the imperative of taking prompt action to restore hope in a peaceful future and to preserve the two-State solution – the only way to meet the national aspirations of both peoples,” the Secretary-General said in a message to the International Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace taking place in Geneva today and tomorrow. In his message, which was delivered by Michael Moeller, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), Mr. Ban noted that the title of the conference – Peace is possible – frameworks for a way forward is apt, as no one should give up hope of negotiating a settlement between Israel and Palestine. “All that is lacking is the political will to make that happen,” he stressed. The Secretary-General pointed to the expansion of Israel’s settlement enterprise in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as a factor that undermines trust and constitutes a significant threat to a viable Palestinian State. For its part, Palestinian leadership must live up to its responsibility to speak clearly and act firmly against violence and incitement, the Secretary-General said. “The United Nations remains committed to supporting a negotiated, just, comprehensive and enduring two-State resolution for the people of Israel and Palestine,” Mr. Ban said, adding that he will personally commit to working with their leaders and the international community to advance their essential goals, until the last day of his tenure as Secretary-General. The conference, which is being convened by the UN Palestinian Rights Committee, brings together experienced peace negotiators, international experts including from the UN, Israel and Palestine, civil society and academics, to discuss lessons learned from past initiatives related to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and assess recent initiatives by key actors. read more

Efforts to impeach Nepalese Chief Justice an assault on human rights –

According to a news release issued by the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR), the impeachment motion was filed days after the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Sushila Karki, revoked the Government’s appointment of a new Inspector General of Police, ruling that the Government had violated existing processes and regulations. “I urge the Nepal authorities to respect the independence of the judiciary, to withdraw what appears to be a politically motivated impeachment motion and to commit to the processes of transitional justice and accountability,” said the top UN human rights official, underscoring their importance to overcome the “tragic legacy” of the decade-long internal armed conflict in the South Asian nation. On 30 April, two ruling parties, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), filed the motion, alleging that the Chief Justice had encroached on the prerogatives of the executive branch, noted the OHCHR news release, adding that the move suggested a fundamental misunderstanding on the role of an independent judiciary. Also in the news release, High Commissioner Zeid stressed that recent Supreme Court rulings have been critical in advancing human rights in the country and ensuring redress for victims of crime and serious human rights violations. I urge the Nepal authorities to respect the independence of the judiciary, to withdraw what appears to be a politically motivated impeachment motion and to commit to the processes of transitional justice and accountabilitySome of these cases included overturning a presidential pardon recommended for Bal Krishna Dhungel, a leader of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) who had been convicted of murder, and a Government decision to withdraw criminal charges against individuals accused of serious crimes during Nepal’s civil war. Noting that the attempt to remove the Chief Justice also gave rise to serious concerns about the Nepalese Government’s commitment to transitional justice and the rule of law, High Commissioner Zeid added: “The failure to address impunity raises serious questions about Nepal’s […] obligations under international human rights law and the motion to impeach Chief Justice Karki undermines its commitment to strengthen democratic institutions and transitional justice.” Following the filing of the impeachment motion, Chief Justice Karki has been suspended from her post until the impeachment proceedings are concluded. A committee will now be established to investigate the allegations, after which Members of Parliament will vote on whether to impeach her. The process is unlikely to be concluded before the Chief Justice reaches the mandatory retirement age on 7 June, meaning she will not be able to participate in a number of politically sensitive cases that she had announced the Supreme Court would consider in the near future. However according to most recent reports, acting on a litigation challenging the impeachment motion against Ms. Karki, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued an interim stay on the motion and relieved her suspension. read more

Cooperation between Brazilian federation and Hypo ended

The cooperation between the Brazilian federation and the Austrian ‘rekordmeister’ Hypo Niederosterreich will end this summer, a cooperation which has seen many Brazilians play for Hypo. One of them – Alexandra do Nascimento, is leaving the club and will be joining Baia Mare in the summer. Hypo will be now orientating towards bringing more Austrian girls in the team, and giving them more chance to get experience and prove themself in order to secure better future for Austrian handball. Goalkeeper Apenhart is also leaving the team in direction Romania. A total of eight Brazilian girls are currently playing for Hypo. Alexandra Do Nascimentoapenhartbarbara apenhartbrazilhandebolhypo niederosterreich ← Previous Story Olafur Gustafsson set to join Aalborg in summer! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 22): Hannover out of crisis, beats Flensburg read more

Fuchse Berlin win IHF Super Globe 2015

Fuchse Berlin won the IHF Super Globe 2015! The biggest surprise in the history of the event happened in Doha, where after FC Barcelona, the EHF Cup winner overplayed another favorite Hungarian Veszprem – 28:27 (24:24 – 15:12) after two extra-times. The hero of the greatest victory in the history of the team from German capital was outstanding Petr Stochl with 16 saves, while the man who scored three of last four goals for his team and decided the match was right back Kent Robin Tonnesen.Berlin have been in lead during the most of the regular part of the clash with highest advantage +3 (7:4 and 15:12), but Hungarian powerhouse managed to get back to the game from the beginning of the second half. Through the whole second half teams were in lead with maximum one goal, which gave a lot of joy to the handball fans in Duhail Sports Hall in Doha.German team had last attack to win the regular part but Mirko Alilovic saved it. That pushed Veszprem’s hopes and Ortega boys made +2 at the start of the first extra-time, but Tonnesen and Vukovic made turnover for the spectacular triumph…STATISTICS ← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2015: Barca won third place, Al Sadd at the bottom Next Story → Women’s EHF CL QUAL: Glassverket and Baia Mare to host battle for last two spots Fuchse BerlinIHF Super Globe 2015veszprem read more

Greek jobless rate soars

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s jobless rate rose to 27.6 per cent in May from an upwardly revised 27 per cent in April, announced the country’s statistics service (ELSTAT) this week. It was the highest reading since ELSTAT began publishing jobless data in 2006, and more than twice the eurozone’s average reading of 12.1 per cent in June, reflecting the impact of a six-year, austerity-fueled recession. The number of unemployed people increased by 193,668 (a 16.3 per cent rate of increase) compared with May 2012 and by 30,558 compared with April 2013 (a 2.3 per cent rate of increase), ELSTAT said. Meanwhile, the country’s youth unemployment rate stood at 64.9 per cent.last_img

MovieBob Reviews A QUIET PLACE

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is A Quiet Place good?Yes!What’s it about?We’re about a year out from basically The End of The World and Earth (or, at least, most of North America) has been utterly laid to waste by rampaging monsters (apparently aliens though I don’t think implicitly referred to as such) who navigate entirely by ultra-acute sense of sound. They can’t see, don’t seem to do much smelling, but if you so much as breathe too loud they’ll find you; so the only way to survive is shut the hell up and stay that way.So how is anyone still alive?Funny you should ask: Our heroes are a family of upstate New York farmers who, by happenstance, have a daughter who was born deaf – so (it’s implied) they were already fluent in communicating via American Sign Language (or “ASL”) and this has given them a tactical survival advantage; allowing them to work out a fairly complex day-to-day living regimen and granting A Quiet Place the welcome novelty of having almost all of its “spoken” dialogue be performed in ASL with subtitles. Deaf child actress Millicent Simmonds, previously seen in Wonderstruck, plays the daughter.Who else is in it?John Krasinski plays the father, he also co-wrote and directed the film. Emily Blunt is the mom. Noah Jupe, the little boy from Wonder, is the brother. They’re pretty much it, apart from the monsters (who are CGI and mostly unseen until the last half hour or so.)Is it scary?Yes, but it’s more about suspense since they establish early on that the “rule” is that the monsters (whatever they are – we never really find out and there isn’t really a “twist” happening) don’t show up until AFTER there’s any kind of loud noise. So it’s not a jump-scare movie. It’s more on the lines of “Oh no, they bumped into something noisy – is the monster going to come now or not!?” or “Oh crap, the monsters are right the hell over there, how do they get out of here without making noise?”Can this really sustain a whole movie?I was surprised too, but yeah – pretty much. Like I said; it’s just a no-bullshit old-fashioned monster movie, and there’s not a big secret hook apart from the sign language or some kind of reality-redefining genre-bending Shyamalan twist: There are scary monsters out there, if you make a sound they’re going to get you so try not to do that… and that’s about it. We spend exactly enough time getting to know the characters, a sense of the general geography and what they do and/or avoid doing to survive, the various fail-safes and security measures in place to protect them.  Some setups are just a way to go wrong regarding slow-building interpersonal conflict, miscommunication or just “shit happens” random bad luck. And then hit the point where a whole succession of stuff that can go wrong DOES, in fact, go really wrong and we watch how they fight and/or scramble their way out of it.Any real downside?I sort of wish the monsters themselves were a little more interestingly designed, though I appreciate the matter-of-factness in selling the “mechanics” of them by effectively just giving them a bunch of ears. But otherwise, they kind of have that same “Xenomorph plus the Cloverfield Monster” look that it seems like every other movie monster has had for the last decade or so and I miss the variety movie monsters had back when we were less concerned about them looking biologically plausible. Still, they’re effective when they need to be, all teeth and claws stompy noises and rapid darting motion blurs.But it mostly works, you think?I do. There are very few things I like more than a good, pure, straight-up, no-bullshit monster movie and this is a seriously tight version of one. It doesn’t exactly have the special something-extra of a Tremors or an Alligator, but it’s above Anaconda or Deep Blue Sea (both of which I also enjoy – don’t get me wrong). And it’s probably far and away the best thing Platinum Dunes has ever released even if I do really like the second and third Purge movies. It’s solid, it’s suspenseful, and I’d definitely watch a “Part 2” if they did one.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

5 displaced by Washougal fire

first_imgA carelessly discarded cigarette was blamed for a fire that displaced five people at a Washougal home early today.The fire was reported about 3 a.m. at 2257 N. O St. The family of three adults and two children were sleeping when one of them awoke to hear the sound of the fire and a neighbor pounding on the door, according to Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart. The family safely escaped. One person was examined for smoke inhalation but was not taken to the hospital.Firefighters arrived a few minutes later to find the south side of the house on fire, including the roof and part of the attic.The fire was under control in about 30 minutes, but the house is likely a total loss, and all the contents were severely damaged, according to a a news release from Swinhart. The family, which was renting the home, is being assisted by the American Red Cross. They will be staying with other family members in the area.About 20 firefighters from Camas-Washougal, Vancouver and East County Fire & Rescue worked on the fire.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated and the cause of the fire is believed to be an improperly discarded cigarette, according to Swinhart.Property records list the landlords of the home as David and Laurie Turja of Washougal. The 1500-square-foot ranch-style house was built in 1996 and was assessed at about $142,000.last_img read more

List of ethnic minorities being prepared JS

first_img.The government is preparing a list of the country’s ethnic minorities, including the number of people of each group, reports UNB.This was informed at the 30th meeting of the Parliamentary standing committee on cultural affair ministry, held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with its chairman Simeen Hussain (Rimi) in the chair.The meeting was informed that an inter-ministerial meeting earlier gave directives to include the list of ethnic minorities in the gazette.The parliamentary watchdog suggested the ministry to take an initiative for the construction of a new Kabi Bhaban in place of old Kabi Bhaban and rename ‘Sarobar’ as Nazrul Sarobar in the city’s Dhanmondi area.The meeting decided that the committee will visit Mainamati in Cumilla and Panam city in Narayanganj on 2 August.Committee members cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Manoranjan Shill Gopal, Pankaj Nath, Pinu Khan and Jebunnesa Afroz were present at the meeting, said a Parliament Secretariat handout.last_img read more

NBA Legend AbdulJabbar Talks Auction to Help Kids in STEM

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaWhen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the NBA in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons.NBA.com reported that Jabbar’s list of personal and team accomplishments is perhaps the most awesome in league history: Rookie of the Year, member of six NBA championship teams, six-time NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 19-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, and a member of the NBA 35th and 50th Anniversary All-Time Teams.Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s Lakers NBA Championship Ring/Courtesy KareemAbdulJabbar.comHe also owned eight playoff records and seven All-Star records. No player achieved as much individual and team success as did Abdul-Jabbar.On Saturday, March 2, Jabbar auctioned off his championship rings, MVP and All-Star trophies and other rare items to benefit Jabbar’s Skyhook Foundation, whose mission per Jabbar, is to “give kids a shot that can’t be blocked.”“We do this by sending children from economically challenged schools to five days in the Angeles National Forest to experience the wonders of nature and learn the basics about science, technology and engineering, Jabbar told NNPA Newswire in an exclusive interview.He said the children participate in an “immersive hands-on experience that takes kids out of school for five days and four nights.”They go from auditory learning to utilizing all of their senses in the great outdoors.“Our hope is not just to get them out of the city to commune with the outdoors, but to stimulate an interest in the sciences that might lead them to fulfilling careers,” Jabbar said.He said he decided to sell the items because his foundation has struggled for a number of years and can use the funds.“I need to keep it working and I have these wonderful mementos of my career and they take up space, need to be insured and you have to take care of them,” Jabbar said.“I’d rather use these to make sure the foundation gets the funding,” he said.At auction, Jabbar’s 1971-72 NBA MVP Trophy sold for more than $76,000 while his 1987 NBA Championship went fetched more than $260,000.When final accounting is performed, the auction should easily net more than $1 million for the foundation.The funds will keep the foundation afloat, allowing underprivileged children a chance at an education in the STEM field.“So many young people think they have to be extremely talented like a LeBron James, Stevie Wonder, or Beyoncé. They don’t have realistic ideas on what their potential is and giving them this opportunity is showing them where the best jobs will be in the 21st century,” Jabbar said.“It gives them a leg up and hopefully [helps them] make connections,” he said.Foundation officials have discovered recent research that shows that 97 percent of girls and 92 percent of boys give up on science because of peer pressure and what’s hot in popular culture, Jabbar said.His mission is the change that.“When it comes to choosing between storing a championship ring or providing kids with an opportunity to change their lives, the choice is pretty simple – sell it. Besides I was there, I lived it,” Jabbar said.“Instead of gazing at the sparkle of jewels or gold plating and celebrating something I did a long time ago, I’d rather look into the delighted face of a child. Everybody has an ego and I’m no different,” he said, laughing.“But, I can’t take this stuff with me so it’s better that I share it in a way that enables me to do something really neat and the benefits I think far outweigh anything else.”To learn more about Jabbar’s foundation, click here.last_img read more

The 1399room former Revel casino moving under the Hyatt umbrella

first_imgTags: Atlantic City, Hyatt << Previous PostNext Post >> The 1,399-room former Revel casino moving under the Hyatt umbrella ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s former Revel casino is moving toward its reincarnation as the Ocean Resort Casino.The Boardwalk property said Monday it’s affiliating with the Hyatt hotel chain. The announcement came on the sixth anniversary of the opening of Revel.Colorado developer Bruce Deifik bought Revel in January and set about remaking the property.“Hyatt has an incredible 60-plus-year legacy in the industry, and its loyal global customer base will have access to an authentic way to experience all that makes Atlantic City attractive and popular,” Deifik said.Although Ocean Resort will own and operate the 1,399-room hotel and the casino, its affiliation with Hyatt will enable it to make use of their reservation systems and other infrastructure, a spokeswoman said.It also will include the 32,000-square-foot location of exhale, Hyatt’s newly acquired fitness and spa brand, which will feature 32 treatment rooms, a mind and body studio, and a retail boutique. Ocean Resort will be part of Hyatt’s “Unbound Collection” of hotel properties.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongOcean Resort plans to open sometime this summer, although it has not yet announced a date.Accessing the expertise of a major worldwide hotel chain – and its base of potential customers – could address two big reasons Revel failed. It shut down in 2014 after a little over two years of operation, during which it never came close to making a profit.“The global recognition of the Hyatt brand, its base of customers and well-developed loyalty program are major assets for the Ocean Resort Casino, and should provide a strong support for the resort when it opens this summer,” said Rummy Pandit, executive director of the Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at New Jersey’s Stockton University.“The addition of the exhale fitness and spa brand puts even greater emphasis on the resort’s non-gaming amenities and signals a focus on providing guests with experiences beyond casino gaming.”Ocean Resort recently got approval from state gambling regulators for the design of its gambling chips, and has been advertising jobs throughout the resort.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthIt is one of two shuttered casinos planning to reopen this year.Hard Rock is remaking the former Trump Taj Mahal casino that President Donald Trump opened in 1990 and fellow billionaire Carl Icahn closed in 2016. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 By: Wayne ParrySource: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

Ethiopian Airlines welcomes the new Boeing 7879 Dreamliner

first_imgEthiopian Airlines has become the first airline service in Africa to add Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet. The aircraft model is one of the most technically advanced, ultra-comfortable, fuel-efficient and environment-friendly aircraft in the 787 family that Ethiopian will operate. Ethiopian Airlines was the first in the world outside Japan to receive and operate the 787-8 back in August 2012.Both the 787-8 and 787-9 offer superior and unmatched onboard comfort, thanks to their unique features such as the biggest windows in the sky, high ceiling, less noise, distinctive lighting, higher air humidity as well as 20% less fuel. The 787-9 is 20 feet or 6 meters longer than the 787-8 and has more passenger capacity with 315 seats and more cargo space.Tewolde Gebre Mariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Continuing our legacy of pioneering aviation technology in Africa, we are proud to celebrate yet another first with the introduction of the cutting-edge 787-9 into our young and fast-growing fleet. Today, the 787 is our core fleet with 20 aircraft in service. Our investment in latest technology aircraft such as the 787 and A350, which makes us among the very few airlines in the world to simultaneously operate these two most cutting-edge aeroplanes. We invite the travelling public to join us in one of our flights to enjoy the new level of comfort of the B-787-9.”Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to more than 100 international destinations in five continents using 93 most modern and youngest fleet, 20 of which are B787 Dreamliner, deployed on its long-haul routes.last_img read more