GJM to attend talks with Bengal government on August 29

first_imgGJM gives Mamata fresh list of demands The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Saturday said it will attend the August 29 meeting convened by the West Bengal government after the party received an official invitation for talks.“We have received an invitation last night so it has been decided that GJM will attend the meeting. A delegation of senior GJM leaders will attend the talks. It has not been decided who will be part of the delegation,” GJM MLA and senior leader Amar Singh Rai told PTI.The development comes on a day when the indefinite strike in the hills for a separate state of Gorkhaland entered its 73rd day today.A senior state government official said, “We have sent letters to various parties including the GJM asking them to attend the talks. Other parties such as the JAP, the GNLF, the ABGL and many other parties of the hills have also been invited for talks.”Also Read  The GJM, which had expressed its willingness to attend the talks, had set a pre-condition that they should be officially invited.The State government has called for talks on August 29 in response to a letter form the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) requesting a dialogue to restore normalcy in the hills.“As we have been invited now, there is no harm in attending the talks,” a senior GJM leader said.The GJM on Thursday wrote a letter to the West Bengal government expressing its willingness to attend the August 29 talks to resolve the Darjeeling stalemate.The letter, written by GJM leader Binay Tamang to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, had said, “No other alternative or modified step will do justice to our plight…other than creation of a separate Gorkhaland.”Mr. Tamang’s missive was preceded by a letter of GJM chief Bimal Gurung who wrote to the State government on Wednesday night requesting a “political dialogue” on the demand for a separate state.last_img read more

Tata Motors launches mid-spec Nexon XMA AMT variant

first_imgTata Motors has launched the Tata Nexon HyprDrive Self-Shift Gears (S-SG) – XMA, sporting the AMT gearbox in its best-selling XM variant. With this introduction, the Nexon range will henceforth have two AMT variants – XMA & XZA+ which will be offered in 1.2L turbocharged Revotron petrol and 1.5L turbocharged Revotorq diesel engines respectively.Priced at Rs 7.50 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, for the petrol variant and at INR. 8.53 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, for the Diesel variant, the Tata Nexon XMA will be the most affordable SUV with AMT in India to offer Multi-Drive modes (3 modes – ECO, CITY, and SPORT).Tata has also brought out the all-new “Ivory White” roof-color option to further accentuate the Coupe-inspired design of the Tata Nexon. Sporting a ground clearance of 209 mm, the car is loaded with features like the transmission controller, which includes features such as anti-stall, kick-down and fast-off; helping optimize the automatic gearshifts to provide best power output during overtaking maneuvers or quick acceleration requirements with 110PS power output from turbocharged motors.The Nexon AMT also comes with features like Smart Hill Assist and Crawl function, making the car high on convenience. While the Smart Hill Assist prevents the NEXON from rolling-back on uphill drives during bumper-to-bumper traffic, the Crawl function comes into play during slow-moving traffic by helping the car move ahead without pressing the accelerator.In terms of safety, the Nexon XMA provides standard safety features like dual frontal airbags and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution in all wheels, to ensure peace of mind while enjoying a spirited drive. The spacious cabin along with a 350L boot space and rear 60:40 seat split to store extra luggage.advertisementTata Motors launched the AMT version of the Nexon in May 2018 and branded all its 2 pedal transmission cars as ‘HyprDrive’ while all the AMT variants from the Company were termed as Self-Shift Gears (S-SG). With the remarkable response to the Nexon XZA+ Tata plans to capture more market share as a part of its on-going Turnaround 2.0 journey, the Company has quickly responded to market and introduced the AMT in its mid-variant.last_img read more

The Most Important Player in the Texas-OSU Game Is Not Who You Think

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’ve mentioned this in other posts, but I am incredibly concerned about this OSU-Texas game in Austin. It feels a little bit too … straightforward. OSU is good (we think), Texas is bad (we think) and so it will go.In a lot of ways, I’m actually glad Texas discovered Jerrod Heard last week and that his first game wasn’t against the Pokes. That would have been a classic “this clown is having the game of his life against us!” affair. You know what I’m talking about.But still, OSU is about to have a Jerrod Heard problem, and Glenn Spencer knows it. Heard threw for 364 yard and ran for 163 and three TDs last week against Cal. That’s not a joke.AdChoices广告UT OC Norvell on Heard: “The players believe in him. Because of what he’s done, they just know we have a chance with his hands on the ball.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 20, 2015“What’s scary about this situation is that you could have it all right, you could have that extra guy, but it’s always tough to have that extra guy,” said Spencer earlier this week.“If you’re trying to have an extra guy for the quarterback, than you’re giving up something else. There are no guarantees that you can make a play, which is scary. The guy can beat you at any time. He could make you look foolish.”I’m guessing Spencer actually does trust his secondary enough to have that extra guy. I’m also guessing that Jordan Burton is going to be that extra guy. “Twenty,” as Mike Gundy calls him.“He’s been active,” said Gundy last week. “He’s learning on the run. He should be much better by the middle of the season.”He’s literally going to be learning on the run this week in Austin because he’s going to be chasing the freewheeling Heard all over the field. OSU’s dreams have been crushed by running QBs in the past (especially those from Texas). OSU also hasn’t had dudes like Burton playing the STAR position in the past.We haven’t heard a ton from Burton in the first three games. He has seven tackles and one TFL. But OSU also hasn’t faced a quarterback thus far like it will see in Austin on Saturday. Containing No. 13 will be vital and Burton, I think, will be able to do it.“My main thing with Jordan is he just don’t stop,” cornerback Ashton Lampkin told ESPN earlier this year. “He only has one speed and that’s full speed.”I hope we see it on Saturday.last_img read more

Under-fire Ventura laments ‘incorrect’ Italy loss

first_imgItaly Under-fire Ventura slams referee as Italy’s World Cup hopes hang in the balance Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 07:19 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GianPieroVentura - cropped Getty Images Italy World Cup Sweden v Italy Sweden WC Qualification Europe The Azzurri face an uphill struggle to make Russia 2018 after tasting defeat in Friday’s play-off first leg against Sweden Italy head coach Gian Piero Ventura felt his team’s 1-0 World Cup play-off loss to Sweden was “an incorrect result”.The Azzurri face missing out on World Cup qualification for the first time in 60 years – a situation they must now remedy in Monday’s return leg at San Siro.Italy 4/1 to beat Sweden 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ventura reverted to the 3-5-2 formation employed by predecessor Antonio Conte for the match at Friends Arena but they lacked creativity in the face of a robust Sweden side, who claimed victory through substitute Jakob Johansson’s deflected strike in the 61st minute.Matteo Darmian almost equalised when his rasping drive cannoned back off the post, leaving Ventura feeling hard done by, and he reserved some of his frustration for the match officials.”[Gianluigi] Buffon did not make a save, we created opportunities and hit the post,” Ventura told Sky Sport Italia. | #Ventura : “Considering what happened on the pitch, the result was harsh. I hope that in Milan we get given what they were given tonight. In such an important match, a different approach was needed.”— Italy (@azzurri) November 10, 2017 “It’s an incorrect result. It needed more attention from the referee. Now I hope that at San Siro they allow us what the referee allowed them tonight.”A draw was the minimum we could’ve expected considering the two performances. I repeat, at this level, the referee needed to be more attentive.”There were chances from [Andrea] Belotti and Darmian. After the first 90 minutes they are ahead, now I hope that San Siro will give us a hand.”last_img read more

‘Conte too smart to take Milan job’

first_imgAntonio Conte ‘Conte too smart to take Milan job’ – Ex-Inter chairman Moratti doubts Chelsea exit Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:22 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Getty Images Antonio Conte Serie A José Mourinho Chelsea Internazionale Milan Premier League The former Nerazzurri supremo has taken a sly dig at his old rivals, while also comparing current Inter boss Luciano Spalletti to Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte is a “smart guy” and would not walk away from Chelsea to take the AC Milan reins, says Massimo Moratti.Having previously admitted that he intends to head home at some stage, the Blues’ Italian boss is now being linked with every high-profile post which becomes available.Conte was previously touted for a second spell in charge of the Italy national side, following their failure to reach the 2018 World Cup, while the departure of Vincenzo Montella in Milan has seen his name thrown into the hat at the San Siro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Former Inter chairman Moratti is not convinced a move will be made, though, with a man who tasted Premier League title success in 2016-17 a better fit for the Nerazzurri than the Rossoneri.He told Gazzetta dello Sport on Conte: “He is a great manager, the only difference with [Luciano] Spalletti is that Spalletti has yet to win a Serie A title, Conte has already won league titles in Italy and in England.“If he’d joined Inter and failed it would have been Inter’s fault.“A move to AC Milan? No, I don’t think so, he is a smart guy.”While taking a sly dig at Inter’s arch-rivals and the struggles they are currently enduring, Moratti has taken great pleasure in talking up his former employers.Luciano Spalletti InterInter sit top of the Serie A table at present, with Spalletti’s arrival as manager over the summer considered to have been the catalyst for a title tilt.Moratti considers the former Roma and Zenit boss to be among the best in the business and a man capable of emulating the success enjoyed at Inter by former treble winner Jose Mourinho.“I’d never give him advice,” Moratti said of Spalletti. “I’ve explained to him the mentality of an interista fan, but he already knew it.“I also wanted to hire him but I never managed to in the past. We were very close after the treble but he chose Zenit instead.“He can read the players’ mind just like Mourinho. Players like Ranocchia, Santon and Brozovic are reborn.”Spalletti has also been able to bring the best out of Ivan Perisic, with the Croatian winger having been talked out of a possible summer move to Manchester United to commit to fresh terms in Italy.“He is so strong, he has strength and quality,” added Moratti.“I don’t see better wingers in Europe right now but he needs to have consistency. Spalletti was very important for him because he blocked his exit last summer.”last_img read more

Reece Hodge inspires Australia to tense Bledisloe Cup win over New Zealand

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Australia 23-18 New Zealand: third Bledisloe Cup Test – as it happened Read more Share on WhatsApp The Observer … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. match reports Share on Facebook Topics Fittingly it was a drenched Brisbane that saw the Wallabies end the most worrying drought in Australian sport. Reece Hodge was the toast of the crowd, scoring the opening try and then, after taking kicking duties from Bernard Foley, booming two late penalties, the second from inside his own half, to provide the difference between the sides.Even with the Bledisloe Cup decided and facing an All Blacks side with six of their first choice XV unavailable, it had the feeling of a pivotal match. After coming heartbreakingly close in Dunedin two months ago, the Wallabies could not have stomached another creditable defeat and now they can look to facing the All Blacks as rivals rather than whipping boys after snapping the seven-game losing run. The factors you need to beat New Zealand were there. An under-strength All Blacks XV: check. Being gifted a try: check. Scoring on stroke of half-time: check. But the Australian effort was immense and they deserved every bit of luck they were handed.“I felt like we had the fight in us tonight, we really wanted it,” the Wallabies coach, Michael Cheika, said. “I think it’s the only way: to put pressure on these guys.” Although the win marked a remarkable turnaround from the 54-34 humbling by their rivals in the Rugby Championship opener, Cheika did not think it balmed the sting of failing to end their 15-year wait for the Bledisloe Cup. “As enjoyable as it was, the disappointment of not winning the cup still resonates. We know New Zealand are going to only get better and we’ve got to keep improving as well.”Without Hodge taking kicking duties at the end of the game, things might have been different. Had the Wallabies lost, just as in Dunedin Bernard Foley would have shouldered much of the blame as his one from four success followed on from his two from six in the last Bledisloe Cup contest.After squeaking victories against Australia and South Africa – following first-game demolitions over the same opposition – the All Blacks perhaps pushed their luck once too often, with Beauden Barrett (out following a concussion) the absence they could not overcome.The visitors looked set to dominate early but Will Genia’s pressure forced an errant pass from Lima Sopoaga straight into the arms of Hodge who ran 75 metres to score under the posts.Between this try and the cusp of half-time the All Blacks dominated territorially as handling errors shackled the Wallabies, but the visitors could only put one try on the scoreboard when Aaron Smith fed Waisake Naholo on the touchline to dive over. Sapoaga converted from out wide to level the scores and his two penalty kicks gave them the lead.Moments before the interval, Israel Folau took a short pass from Kurtley Beale, showed the ball outside and shrugged off two tackles before diving over the line to reduce the arrears to 13-12. Read more Since you’re here… Rugby union Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian The second half got off to a stilted start following a long stoppage as the Wallabies lock Rob Simmons was stretchered off with a neck injury – not thought to be serious – but after the resumption the Wallabies grabbed the momentum once more.A pivotal moment came in the 55th minute when twice they turned down the opportunity to kick at goal and it paid off as two minutes later Marika Koroibete dived over inside the left touchline after Folau fed him five metres from the line. Characteristically, the All Blacks kept on the attack, but Hodge’s kick increased the lead to seven.With nine minutes on the clock, Sonny Bill Williams drew two tacklers before off-loading, enabling Rieko Ioane to dive over for a try in the corner. But with Sopoaga off, Damian McKenzie took the kick and failed to split the uprights.It seemed like a time-wasting strategy when Hodge took a kick from his own half on a damp pitch and a wet ball with two minutes remaining but the wing’s boot was true and cleared the posts with metres to spare.With a penalty just before the hooter, the All Blacks had a last chance to win from a lineout but their coach, Steve Hansen, conceded that would have been undeserved. “They were the better side,” he said. “They took their opportunities, put us under pressure as well and prevented us taking ours.”Hansen wants his players to reflect on their first defeat of 2017 before looking to reassert their dominance in the northern hemisphere. “We’ll use the hurt to grow,” Hansen said. “A lot of these guys it’s probably their first loss in an All Black jersey. It’s an experience you don’t wash away. You learn your lessons from it and we’ll become a better team for it. The sun will come out tomorrow.” Australia sport Bledisloe Cup Share on Twitter Leicester’s Matt Toomua: ‘My mind is firmly here, I want a few good years here’ Australia rugby union team Share via Email Share on Messenger New Zealand rugby union team Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The mantra for this year: be generous and lazy!

first_imgNote: Some of my most popular posts this month, including the one below, are part of my newest eBook for Network for Good, called The 8 Online Fundraising Changes You Must Make in 2010.Get the full eBook – for free – here! Dear Nonprofit Marketing Friends:Help! I don’t have time for all of this Internet stuff!Does that sound like something you’ve said lately?Well, here’s what I have to say about that.You should not be thinking in terms of shortages of time and scarcity of resources. This year, that has to stop. You should be approaching your donor – and your life – from a place of abundance. (No, you’re still in my eBook and not an ashram.) I’m serious. If you’re focused on fundraising, you’re probably focused on inspiring generosity in other people. But how generous are you? I’ve found in life, in fundraising and in social media, the more generous I am, the more successful my efforts. Scrooges in terms of sharing information, credit and/or time get little. When you’re doing your online outreach, give credit to your supporters instead of yourself. Listen and follow more than you talk and recruit. When people re-Tweet your content or spread the word, profusely thank and highlight them. Spend more time pointing to the work of others and celebrating what they say than you do talking about yourself. Rather than pontificating on a topic, share the thoughts of another person and praise their insight.The more you do this, the more popular you become. It sounds paradoxical, but it works. Which brings me to laziness. The more you choose to highlight the work of others – and point to their content – the less you have to produce yourself. This is a lovely benefit of being generous – it saves you time.For example, if you’re panicked at the thought of blogging, don’t. Identify the influential bloggers who are talking about your issues (with google blog search or www.technorati.com) and research their posts. Comment on their blog and engage them on their content. Over time, send them customized emails about why your organization’s campaign is relevant or compelling to their readers. If you don’t have time to Tweet, don’t. Highlight the Tweets of people discussing your issue area on your site and in your outreach. Point to their content rather than generating your own. It’s the generous – and lazy – approach, and it works well as an engagement tool. Remember:1. Point, don’t build.2. Share, don’t create.3. Applaud more than you hold forth.last_img read more

Great storytelling and marketing lessons from the Stove Man

first_imgIf you work for a good cause, you know how hard it is to tell your story in a way that does justice to the needs you face and the miracles you make. But you have to find a way to do this well, because a nonprofit without a great story is like a novel with no plot. Who would want to buy that book – or give to that organization? Without story, we have nothing to capture imagination, stir emotions or compel actions. That’s why I’m always on the hunt for examples of stellar storytelling. And that’s why I sought out the Stove Man. He knows how to weave a tale.Here’s the background: The Paradigm Project is a social enterprise that strives to replace cooking on open fires with simple, sturdy wood stoves across the developing world. To promote the work of the project, co-founders Neil Bellefeuille, Greg Spencer and Greg’s son Greg W. Spencer, created “Stove Man,” a web video series that documents the travels of Greg Spencer (junior) and Austin Mann as they set out to support The Paradigm Project’s mission to bring 5 million stoves to families in developing countries by 2020. The second episode, featured here, takes Greg and Austin inside a hut in Kenya to experience what more than 3 billion women and children experience every day cooking on traditional cook stoves inside their huts. The massive amount of smoke and poor ventilation literally brings these two grown men to tears and seems physically unbearable. The exposure of smoke emitted by traditional cook stoves is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes daily, according to the World Health Organization, and claims the lives 1.9 million people every year. Episode 2: Cooking & Crying from The Paradigm Project on Vimeo. I called up Stove Man (Greg) to find out the story behind this great storytelling. He got started with The Paradigm Project after visiting Uganda with his father. Both Gregs fell in love with the country, and when the elder Greg, who had a career in greenhouse gas offset projects, wanted to look at how to develop a product to make life better for the people in Africa, the younger Greg said, “Dad, I’m in.” They recruited Neil to help run the company, drawing on his management experience with brands like Nike, PepsiCo, VF Brands, Conoco-Phillips and World Vision. Q. Let me start with the most important question: how are your lungs?A. I was hurting for two days after this episode was shot. I’d been in huts for a few seconds here and there, but never before for the preparation of an entire meal. After cooking one meal of rice and beans, I felt like I had the flu — eyes burning, nose running, chest and lungs hurting. Austin and I didn’t realize the gravity of the situation till we experienced it that way. One dinner and we were on the ground hurting. It surprised both of us. Q. In all your work, you do such a great job of taking an issue from the far reaches of the world and grabbing the attention of viewers in the United States. What are keys to great storytelling?A. The first thing that Austin and I were conscious about was to be real and genuine and if things don’t go as we wanted in filming we said: let’s show that. Let’s not try to manufacture something. Let’s bring it down to a personal level rather than relying on stats.I think another key is having an American talking to an American audience – because this is way outside the norm of our stovetops and microwaves. To see a couple of American guys go through that and communicate back really helps people relate.Third and most important, we’re super conscious about the people in the communities we partner with. We care about building relationships with them first and great video comes second. But the thing is, in the end, you get better shots and video by putting those relationships first. Q. What branding or marketing lessons from Neil’s Fortune 500 experience have you applied to your social cause?A. From my perspective, from the get-go, we focused on providing a big experience for people, with strong imagery and high quality branding. Instead of saying what can we do with $10K, we said, what do we need to go get that experience. That’s the downfall of nonprofits unfortunately – because they are budget constrained, they approach issues dollar by dollar rather than starting with goals and vision. We wrote out our vision, defined our brand and described the story we wanted to tell – then we created the marketing materials. We drew a lot of inspiration from Charity: Water, which does great work in this area.Find someone creative within the marketing department or get some consulting and create something UNIQUE. There are a million non-profit voices out there who are asking for donor funds and you have to find a way to set yourself apart in the way that you tell your story and the offering that you give people to support your group. Take a risk and do something special and different. If you play it safe and do another “sponsor a child” (not that there’s anything bad with that), you will be swept away in a sea of organizations with more resources and more experience with child sponsorship and will likely struggle to gain funding. Push the envelope, see what storytelling works for big corporate brands, reality TV, feature films, etc. and see how you can apply that to your work. Neil adds:Great marketing does not have to be expensive, it just has to be inventive. People tend to be fairly sophisticated consumers of marketing in general, likely because we absorb so many messages and learn to filter them efficiently. If you think about it, you know intuitively the brands and messages that stand out to you, and yet most people lose the ability to apply that filter when it comes to creating their own marketing messaging and end up producing work that is dull and that disappears in the noise. You need to understand and accept that people will not necessarily automatically care about the issues you care about. The world is saturated with good causes asking for help. If you can get your hands on them, great imagery and music and other emotive tools are very powerful when used in effective ways. More importantly, though, you need to approach your marketing in the same way you approached your business—with a clear plan that defines how you and your cause are unique and interesting. With that plan in hand, you are much better equipped to develop messaging that communicates that difference. Without it you are more likely to develop work that focuses on the common denominator (hungry children, mothers in need of work, etc.) without clearly defining why the viewer should choose your solution to those problems over others. Getting specific, social media is a great tool for sharing your passion from the heart. Use this venue to speak openly about why you care and why you think you have a great solution. Share yourself and be open and honest rather than trying to market to someone. It’s a venue for conversation, not broadcasting, so leverage its strengths and engage like-minded people in dialog that helps develop and tell your story more completely. It’s also a great venue for refining your messaging. Because it’s a two-way stream, you will have a lot of input on what parts of your story matter to your audience and be able to refine messaging on the fly. For more traditional forms of marketing, focus on specific elements of your story that have emotional power and that you feel you can own in comparison to the competition. What are your unique strengths and weaknesses and how can you use them to your advantage? For instance, being very small can be a distinct disadvantage. But you could also embrace that aspect of your brand and talk to people about engaging in a cause that has a real person and individual attention attached to their support. Yes, you may give up a portion of the audience that is focused on scale, but you if can’t deliver scale regardless, you shouldn’t be worried about that. Finally, this all leads to a pseudo golden rule for your marketing work: you can’t be all things to all people. Cliché as it is, this is a really critical concept. Many, many marketers know this and still produce work that is trying so hard to capture breadth that it completely fails to capture anyone. Instead, be so focused in your work that it makes you a little uncomfortable. Literally define the person you’re trying to reach as an individual with a name and a neighborhood and hobbies, etc. Find a fictional picture of them. Put it on your wall. Now develop messaging specifically for that person. What do they need to hear to respond to your message? It may seem odd building for one person like this, but it ultimately makes a lot of sense—the more intimate and focused you are on a specific audience, the more your messaging is going to seem like a conversation between two friends instead of a mass marketing message. And the more you can bring it to this level, the more powerful and resonant it becomes.last_img read more

LSU Releases Letter “Excusing” Fans From Work Early So They Can See Tigers Play Kentucky

first_imglsu cheerleaders run onto the field holding 'lsu' flagsJACKSONVILLE, FL – MARCH 18: Members of the LSU Tigers cheer squad take the court before the Tigers play the Texas A&M Aggies during round two of the NCAA National Championship on March 18, 2006 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)LSU is having a solid season, compiling a 17-6 record to this point. On Tuesday, the Tigers will be the latest team to take a shot at undefeated Kentucky. The game will tip-off at 6 p.m. so Tigers head coach Johnny Jones is getting creative in his attempt to make sure the stands will be packed despite the rush-hour start. Here’s a “letter” from Jones, courtesy of LSU Director of Basketball Ops Tom Kelsey, urging employers to let their workers out early so they can make it to the Maravich Center. here is your excuse to get off work early tomorrow. Tigers vs. Kentucky tomorrow 6pm @lsubasketball @LSUCoachJones pic.twitter.com/5f7Ypthg1O— Tom Kelsey (@coachkelsey) February 9, 2015Nice job by Jones drawing some attention to his team and this match-up. Given the fact LSU is in NCAA Tournament contention, and Kentucky is Kentucky, expect attendance to be quite high regardless of tip-off time.ESPN will broadcast Tuesday night’s Kentucky-LSU game.last_img read more

Maersks Fuel Costs Set to Rise by USD 2 Bn from Sulphur

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk The annual fuel bill of Danish shipping giant A.P.Moller Maersk is set to increase by USD 2 billion a year, at least, amid rising costs from the implementation of the 0.5 percent sulfur cap in 2020.Simon Bergulf, director for regulatory affairs at A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, told Bloomberg that the issues stemming from the new regulations have almost created a perfect storm, taking into account the expected tight availability of compliant fuels and required investments in infrastructure and research.As informed, the company spent USD 3.37 billion on fuel last year, meaning the new regulations are likely to almost double these expanses.Maersk plans to comply with the new rules by using low sulphur fuel. The company said earlier that it was not investing in scrubbers taking into account various operational concerns.As part of its efforts to ensure availability of compliant fuel, earlier this month Maersk tamed up with Royal Vopak, an independent tank storage operator, on a project aimed at launching 0.5 percent sulphur fuel bunkering facility in Rotterdam.Under the project, Maersk will be able to supply its ships with compliant fuel at Vopak’s modified facilities at Vopak Terminal Europoort.The 2020 sulphur regulation, which will ban ships from using any marine fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5 pct as of January 1, 2020, is expected to impose a heavy burden on owners as the annual fuel costs for the shipping industry are likely to jump by up to USD 60 billion, including by USD 10 billion for the containership sector alone.Fears have been raised that some owners might opt to dodge the regulations and not invest in compliant fuels as paying a fine for non-compliance would be much cheaper. Maersk CEO Soren Skou said earlier this year that the only way for creating a level playing field with the new regulation would be strong enforcement, including banning of non-compliant ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Hes gone just like that Man dies after walnut shells used at

first_imgEDMONTON – Justin Mathews had a lifelong nut allergy and was always careful, so his family is stunned that he died after visiting a work site where walnut shells were used to blast paint off walls.The 33-year-old was doing air quality tests at the old Rossdale fire station in Edmonton on Oct. 2, when he started having trouble breathing and went into anaphylactic shock. He suffered brain damage after going into cardiac arrest and was taken off life support five days later.“This whole story’s just insane,” his sister, Joyce Mathews-Goossen, said Monday.“My brother was there to check the air quality and the air was poisonous to him.”She said the family has more questions than answers about what happened, but hopes his death will prompt industry changes so no one else gets hurt.Mathews had been a plumbing apprentice until he lost his job during Alberta’s economic downturn, his sister said. A close friend recently gave him a job with an environmental engineering company, ESP HiTech Inc.He had already done some work at the fire hall, vacant since the ’90s and set to reopen next year. The walnut shells had been used to blast away old lead paint in the building earlier on Oct. 2, his sister said. A hopper containing the shells was still outside the building.When Mathews-Goossen saw her brother at the hospital, his entire body was swollen. Also allergic to nuts, she was afraid to touch him in case he was contaminated.“I still cannot believe he’s gone. He’s gone just like that,” said their mother Mabel Mathews.She said her basketball-loving son still lived at home. He was kind and polite, made supper when his parents were running late and was super-cautious about his allergy.“In 33 years, he ended up in the hospital once with eating some donair with some nuts.”The family said it doesn’t know if Mathews or his employer were aware that walnut shells had been used at the fire hall, if he was wearing a mask or if any warning signs were posted.They were told Advanced Remediation Solutions did the blasting work. When asked if a manager at the company was available for comment, a man who only gave his name as Dean said staff are co-operating with provincial investigators.He said it’s not conclusive that walnut shells caused the death, since nut oils that cause allergic reactions are removed from shells during processing. And there have been no recorded allergic reactions to their decade-long use for blasting in North America.“I don’t want to take anything away from the family, but the jury’s still out on this,” he said.Trent Bancarz with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety said investigators do suspect the death was caused by a severe allergic reaction to walnut shells at the fire station, although it’s still early in the review.“This is a very rare and unusual type of incident,” Bancarz said. “Certainly I’ve never come across this before.”Silica used in sandblasting is known to cause health problems such as silicosis and lung cancer. The construction industry years ago moved to using substitutes such as walnut shells, coconut shells and corn cobs, he said.last_img read more

Police American man charged with Calgary swatting incident

first_imgCalgary police believe a Los Angeles man accused in a deadly swatting incident in Kansas is also to blame for a call in this city.They have charged 25-year-old Tyler Raj Barriss after officers, including the tactical unit, responded to a false 911 call in December.Officers rushed to the scene when they got a call from a man claiming he had shot his father and was holding his mother and brother hostage.Officials say the man led police to believe the incident was occurring in Calgary on 17B Street S.W. Responding police began evacuating nearby units.While on scene, 911 got a call from a woman who lived at the address and said she was the victim of a “swatting” prank.The investigation led to California.Warrants have been issued for Barriss, allegedly a serial swatter.He’s charged after a man was shot by police in Wichita, Kansas, responding to a similar false 911 report.last_img read more

Art instructor charged with sexual assault of 7yearold girl at 4Cats Arts Studio

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto police have arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl while she attended his art classes out of a west-end arts studio.Toronto man Jordan Pereira was an instructor at 4Cats Arts Studio in the Junction Triangle where the girl attended a 10-week arts program.Police allege that Pereira sexually assaulted her during multiple program sessions at the Dupont Street location. Advertisement Joey Simon, the owner of 4Cats Enterprises Inc., said Pereira went through the same screening process as any one of their other instructors.“Our employees are required as a condition of employment, to undergo a strict police criminal records check prior to commencing employment. Mr. Pereira had undergone such a criminal records check and there was never any indication of prior inappropriate behaviour,” Simon said.Police are concerned that there are other victims.Police are advising parents to speak to their children who have taken classes at the studio. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Office of King Mohammed VI’s Lawyer in France Reports Burglary

Rabat – The office of King Mohammed VI lawyer in Paris Éric Dupond-Moretti was reportedly ransacked during a burglary attempt.According to French media reports, the burglary occurred Saturday at the lawyer’s Paris office on Raspail Boulevard. Éric Dupond-Moretti, the Moroccan monarch’s lawyer, was at the time in Rennes (northwestern France) for an infanticide case.French police investigating the burglary discovered that doors to the lawyer’s office were open and that files were missing. Two computers were also reported stolen. However, Dupond-Moretti told France Info that no sensitive data was stored on the hard drives of the stolen computers. Dupond-Moretti became known to the Moroccan public opinion during the Eric Laurent case in which the latter is accused of demanding 3 million Euros from King Mohammed VI in order not to publish a book that allegedly contained ‘critical revelations’ about the monarchy and its financial affairs.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Trump tweets that GM plans to sell Lordstown, Ohio, factory

DETROIT — General Motors plans to sell its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a company that builds electric trucks.President Donald Trump announced the deal Wednesday on Twitter. He also wrote that GM plans to spend $700 million at three locations in Ohio and create 450 additional jobs. He wrote that he got the news from GM CEO Mary Barra.The announcement comes after GM and the Canadian auto workers union reached a deal to save 300 jobs at an Ontario factory that is slated to close by the end of this year.But the remainder of the 2,600 workers at the plant in Oshawa, near Toronto, are still scheduled to be laid off.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

Despite economic growth job gains family incomes remain stagnant

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2012 1:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Despite economic growth, job gains, family incomes remain stagnant OTTAWA – The growing economy hasn’t done very much to boost Canadian incomes, a new report from Statistics Canada confirms.The agency reported Monday that median, after-tax income for families of two or more amounted to $65,500 in 2010, virtually unchanged from 2009 or the year before after adjusting for inflation.The result was slightly better for two-parent families with children. That segment saw median, after-tax income grow to $78,800 from $77,200 the year before.There was no data from 2011, but weekly wages and other income reports suggest that there would likely be little improvement last year as well, analysts said.That’s still a better record than what has occurred in the United States, where incomes have actually contracted, but economist Benjamin Tal of CIBC World Markets says Canadians should take little comfort.“Something is not working here (in economy), this is not a positive report,” said Tal.“Whenever we want to feel good we compare ourselves to the U.S. This is not good enough given where we are and given the nature of our economy, namely that we export commodities that the rest of the world is buying.”Since the recession, Canada has added about 750,000 new jobs, but Tal said the median income data, and other reports, shows that those jobs have not been of high quality. The median is the level at which half the population had higher incomes and half lower, hence is considered a reliable indicator of the overall trend in the country.Another factor restraining income growth, Tal said, has been poor productivity growth.The latest reading follows a report last week that showed average household debt in relation to disposable income had risen to a record 152 per cent at the end of 2011. Statistics Canada noted that the rise in the debt ratio was not due to Canadians borrowing more, but to stagnant incomes.“Growth in household disposable income slowed in the quarter as a result of a decline in household investment income and an increase in personal income taxes and other social contributions,” the agency explained.The latest report finds a wide disparity on median after-tax income depending on where Canadians live.At the upper end of the scale was Alberta at $78,100, followed by Saskatchewan, $70,100, and Ontario, $69,300. The Atlantic provinces and Quebec were at the low end, ranging from $56,300 in Newfoundland to $58,900 in New Brunswick.After-tax income is the total of earnings, private pensions, income from investments and other sources, less income tax.The median for female, lone-parent families was $38,700, while families headed by a senior had a median after-tax income of $46,800.For singles, median after-tax income was also unchanged in 2010, with non-seniors at $27,500 and seniors at $23,400. read more

Your paper insurance disc could soon be a thing of the past

first_imgYour paper insurance disc could soon be a thing of the past The committee chairperson had some harsh words for Insurance Ireland and the Central Bank yesterday. https://jrnl.ie/3100725 Image: Rollingnews.ie Short URL 37 Comments Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness speaking at the launch of the report yesterday. Source: Leah FarrellThe committee also called for further investment in technology by the insurance industry to lower the cost of car insurance.It said it would like to see telematics recordings used more. This allows the insurer to track the driving patterns of a driver. It’s believed the information could be used by consumers to get a reduced premium.The report called for the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to immediately be assigned responsibility for collecting information on claims data and said an integrated data hub should be established as a matter of urgency to facilitate data sharing between the National Car Test (NCT), insurance, tax agencies and the gardaí.Insurance IrelandYesterday, McGuinness was critical of Insurance Ireland – an organisation that represents insurance companies.He criticised the organisation for not furnishing further information that was requested by members after their appearance before the committee.McGuinness said it was not acceptable for the organisation to state facts and figures during the committee hearing and not supply the backup information to TDs.“No, they have not come back yet,” said McGuinness when asked if the information had been forthcoming.“It is this type of engagement that needs to change,” he stated, adding that if information is requested by Oireachtas members it should be supplied.In a statement, Insurance Ireland welcomed the publication of the report, stating that for the past 18 months it has repeatedly called for action to be taken to address the spiralling cost of claims which it claims has led to increases in motor premiums.Kevin Thompson, chief executive of Insurance Ireland said it has provided approximately 50 responses to the Department of Finance and will continue to engage fully in this process.“Insurance Ireland is committed to, and is actively working on, transparency initiatives and data submissions to inform policy responses to the rising cost of claims,” he added. Image: Rollingnews.ie Share22 Tweet Email2 Friday 25 Nov 2016, 6:01 AMcenter_img 24,134 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 25th 2016, 6:01 AM By Christina Finn Insurance Ireland want to work collaboratively with government to take the necessary actions to bring stability to the sector.McGuinness also called on the Central Bank to take a greater role and do more to protect consumers.‘Thrown to the wolves’: There’s no justification for 300% price hike in car insurance, says committee>Done deal: National Maternity Hospital to move to St Vincent’s site as row ends> We share our customers’ frustrations at the increase in motor premiums and recognise the public concern that exists on the issue. PAPER INSURANCE DISCS displayed on car windscreens could be no more, if government adopts an Oireachtas committee’s key recommendations.Over the last number of months, the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform has been listening to submissions about the rising cost of car insurance.Yesterday, committee chairperson Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness said consumers had been “thrown to the wolves” by the insurance industry with some drivers seeing a 300% price hike in their premiums.One of the recommendations contained in the report is to replace paper insurance discs with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.ANPR technology would allow gardaí identify the owner of the vehicle by scanning reg plates, without the need to check windscreen-mounted insurance discs.Paper discs It’s recommended this is done “as a matter of urgency” and that gardaí be given the additional supports, resources and training they need to bring the system online.McGuinness told TheJournal.ie there had been no costing of the measure, but said it was necessary in order to bring Ireland “up to speed” with other jurisdictions around the world.Fianna Fáil Senator Gerry Horkan said that “instead of gardaí at 11 o’clock at night flashing lights and pulling people over at the side of the roads” to check insurance discs, the ANPR technology would be a better use of garda resources.He said many other countries are leading the way with improved practices and better technology, adding: “There is no reason why we can’t follow other countries who are leaders in this”.last_img read more

Polish MEP barred from parliament after sexist remarks on womens pay

first_img Share Tweet Email1 “By offending all women, the MEP displayed contempt for our most fundamental values.Tajani extended his apologies to anyone who was hurt or offended by the MEP’s outburst, emphasising that such behaviour will never be permitted.Read: Polish MEP: ‘Women must earn less than men because they’re weaker, smaller and less intelligent’Read: Two right-wing MEPs have been suspended for making Nazi salutes Mar 14th 2017, 12:32 PM http://jrnl.ie/3286520 10,919 Views 37 Comments Source: euronews (in English)/YouTubeToday, President Tajani opened the voting session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg today by announcing the decision to punish the controversial Polish MEP for his remarks.The following sanctions have been imposed on Korwin-Mikke as punishment:Forfeiting the daily subsistence allowance for 30 daysSuspension from parliamentary activities for 10 daysProhibited from representing the Parliament for one year. The 74-year-old politician has previously been suspended from parliament after giving the Nazi salute and was also fined and suspended for 10 days after describing migrants as ‘human garbage’.Reaction to the remarks Polish MEP barred from parliament after sexist remarks on women’s pay Janusz Korwin-Mikke said that women deserved less pay because they were ‘weaker, smaller and less intelligent’. Short URL Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 12:32 PM European Parliament President Antonio Tajani addresses the media earlier this month. Source: Geert Vanden WijngaertThe remarks sparked an immediate backlash. One MEP who said that Korwin-Mikke was probably offended that she was in parliament representing women.“I think I need to defend European women from people like you,” she replied.Tajani said about the remarks:I will not tolerate such behaviour, in particular when it comes from someone who is expected to discharge his duties as a representative of the peoples of Europe with due dignity. By Gráinne Ní Aodha A POLISH MEP has been punished by the European Parliament for comments he made against equality.Last week during a debate on the gender pay gap, Janusz Korwin-Mikke said that the gap made sense, quoting specific disciplines as evidence. He said:“Do you know which was the place in the Polish theoretical Physics Olympiad, the first place of women, of girls? I can tell you – 800th. Do you know how many women are in the first 100 chess players? I can tell you – not one.”“Of course women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Breakthrough test could save hundreds of thousands of premature babies

first_imgFor expectant parents, premature birth is a nightmare scenario, and with very good reason. According to the World Health Organisation, 15 million babies are born worldwide before completing 37 weeks gestation, while in 2015 alone one million premature babies died, and of those who survive, 25 per cent will have at least one or multiple severe disabilities. But Dr Harry Georgiou from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is closer than ever to changing this data for the better. Ten years into a significant research project, Dr Georgiou, together with fellow researcher and gynaecologist Dr Megan Di Quinzio, has developed a simple test that can determine whether a pregnant woman is going to give birth prematurely between seven and 14 days in advance.Said to be “less invasive than the conventional Pap smear”, the test is conducted in a similar manner, taking a swab of fluid from the vagina, where the researchers found there to be hundreds of biomarkers (proteins), of which they have isolated about 10 directly related to childbirth, and present in all women who are just days away from giving birth.Identified after investigations into thousands of pregnant women who volunteered to be considered, Dr Georgiou told Neos Kosmos the aim is now to make the test “accessible in terms of price for all expectant mothers in the world”, which he believes in just five years will be part of the routine examination between 24 and 28 weeks’ gestation. The 10-year research has been made possible thanks to a number of charities and Australian National Research Council, and now Singapore-based Carmentix is also investing into the promising breakthrough.In the final stages, Dr Georgiou is now seeking 2,500 pregnant women to volunteer in clinical trials, which will be submitted for further investigation. “Although we are not currently able to help these women, they understand their help now will save many lives in the future,” Dr Georgiou said in praise of the volunteers, giving expectant mothers and their babies hope for a better and healthier life. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more