first_imgMoeen Ali grabbed nine wickets in the match to spin England to series-clinching victory over India in the fourth Test in Southampton on Sunday.Chasing a tricky 245 for a win, India were bundled out for 184. England won the match by 60 runs an took an unassailable 3-1 series lead in the 50-match contest.A gritty 101-run partnership between captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had raised India’s hope after they lost three early wickets in their chase of 245 for victory.But when Kohli was dismissed for a fighting 58 by Moeen Ali just before tea, India’s resistance crumbled and they lost their last six wickets for 51 runs.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | MATCH REPORTRecalled off-spinner Moeen also claimed the wicket of Rahane (51) and ended with figures of four for 71, having bagged five wickets in India’s first innings.Ravichandran Ashwin blazed away for a spirited 25 to keep England waiting before Sam Curran finished it off by trapping him lbw.All-rounder Ben Stokes was all smiles to end up on the winning side.”Came here with a bit of pressure after that performance at Trent Bridge. We could have easily crumbled but we showed great character. Pretty special day. The lead that we had was always crucial regardless of their batting line-up. Took me back a few years to score those runs (smiles). I just thought that the time I spent out there was crucial. I said to Stuart [Broad] I have gone away, away, away, is it too greedy to throw one back in and he said, no it’s No. 9 and it worked,” Stokes said.advertisementAlso read – Joe Root delighted with Moeen Ali’s best performance in England shirtSam Curran, who was dropped for the third Test, said it was special feeling to contribute to England’s victory. Curran scored a crucial fifty and also picked two wickets in the match.”I can’t believe what’s happening. It’s a special feeling to contribute to the win and most importantly we have won the series. I am just trying to play naturally as I have done for Surrey, luckily a few have come out of the screws nicely,” Curran said.James Anderson was all praise for Moeen Ali and said the off-spinner made the job of England pacers easy.Also read – England exposed India’s deficiencies in Southampton Test, says Sunil Gavaskar”I was praying for something to happen. Mo bowled so well. The pressure that he created was immense. Made our job easier. We were praying for half-chances, few LBWs to go our way. He’s [Kohli] their best player. If not, one of the best players in the world. We’ve put him down in the series a few times but you got to give him credit. Wasn’t expecting it [the dropped catch of Ashwin]. If Ashwin can get a few away, nerves will start getting to us. So, need to convert those half-chances,” Anderson said.Stuart Broad credited both the teams for playing the series with intensity.Also read – Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enough”Fantastic. It’s been a brilliant series, quite emotional too. It’s been a great series so far, each day you are not really sure which way the Test match is a going to go and it’s a great feeling walking off with a series win. Huge credit to both teams for the way they have played. Both teams have shown amazing character. When Ashwin was hitting like that and with just 60 odd left we were a bit down and thinking could they do it? Brilliant feeling any time you win any Test match of a series particularly against a number side in the world. Has been really intense. We have been helped by the pitches in the first three Tests. Our workloads have been manageable, but still tiring,” Broad said.The fifth and final match of the series will be played at the Oval from September 7.last_img read more

first_imgAnother person who thought they could get away from authorities during an attempted traffic stop has gone to jail.A Dakota County Sheriff’s Deputy tried to stop a vehicle Thursday night on Old Sawmill Road.Authorities say the driver, 36-year-old Timothy Freeman Jr. of Hubbard, Nebraska fled north across Highway 20 and then on to several other area roads.The chase ended on old Highway 20 where South Sioux Police deployed tire spikesAuthorities say Freeman fled on foot and a Dakota County Deputy stopped him with a tazer.Freeman was taken into custody and booked into the Dakota County Jail on 14 charges.last_img

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed gas carrier owner Solvang ASA and partners have signed a contract with Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the construction of two 78,700 cbm Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers.The vessels will be Panamax VLGC vessels, with the feature of being able to transit both the new and old Panama canal, Solvang said in a stock exchange filing.The new vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q2 and Q3 2017 respectively and will, upon delivery, enter 10 year timecharter contracts with an undisclosed oil major.Solvang will be the managing owner of the newbuilds and the vessels will be placed into one of the existing shipowning companies where Solvang has 30% ownership.The order follows delivery of the third and last of the three Large Gas Carriers (LGC) constructed at HHI in August. The first vessel from the batch was delivered on April 8th, and the second vessel was delivered on June 1st.Solvang currently owns 50% of the existing global Panamax VLGC fleet.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians ordered by the courts to make restitution payments now have the option of paying online. “This is part of a continued effort by government to remove barriers and make more services available online,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Mark Furey. “Online payments speed up processing times and that is important to the victims of crime who will benefit.” Like online payments for speeding and other summary offence tickets, the online option for restitution payments will be available around the clock and processed immediately. Until now, payments were only accepted at the courthouse. Close to 1,200 restitution payments were made at the courts last year. In 2018, more than $411,000 in restitution fees were collected with the proceeds going to the victims of crime. For more information, or to make a restitution payment, visit: https://novascotia.ca/sns/services/restitution-payments.asp .last_img read more

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, Dec. 29———MUCH OF CANADA STILL SHIVERING IN BITTER COLDAnother day — another battle against the bitter cold in much of the country. Environment Canada’s list of regions under an extreme cold weather warning early Friday include broad sections of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in addition to virtually all of Ontario and southern Quebec. Overnight lows approached the minus 30 range on the Prairies and the mid-20s in central Canada.———PARENTING OF DEAD B.C. GIRLS RAISED IN COURTCourt documents show the mother of two young girls found dead in a Victoria-area home had concerns about their father’s parenting abilities. In a decision released in May, a B.C. Supreme Court judge said Andrew Berry displayed poor judgment in dealing with his children. The bodies of two children — identified by a friend and a family member as Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe Berry, 6, were found Christmas Day.———STUDY: BARGAINS CHANGE CONSUMER BEHAVIOURAs shoppers search for the best post-Christmas deals, a study by the University of British Columbia has found bargain hunters tend to dehumanize customer service staff. The study, published month in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, looked at bargain-hunting mentality and found it causes shoppers to be less attuned to the human needs of employees and more likely to report bad service.———LIST OF RECALLED SANDWICHES EXPANDEDFederal health officials have expanded a list of recalled sandwiches due to Listeria contamination. The initial recall on Dec. 21 listed 19 sandwiches produced by HQ Fine Foods. The list now includes 36 varieties sold across the country under several brand names with a best-before date of Feb. 1, 2018. There have been no reported illnesses linked to eating these products.———MAPLE LEAFS TO HONOUR JOHNNY BOWERThe Toronto Maple Leafs say the club will host a celebration of life honouring legend Johnny Bower at the Air Canada Centre. Members of the public will join past and present Maple Leaf players and guests from the NHL at the event on Jan. 3. The Hall of Fame goaltender died Tuesday at age 93.———CANADA-USA HOCKEY RIVALRY MOVES OUTDOORSCanada and the United States will battle the cold and each other today when they play outdoors in the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship in Buffalo. It’s expected to be around minus 9 Celsius when the puck drops at 3 p.m. ET. Canada 2-0 in the tournament following wins over Finland and Slovakia.———last_img read more

first_imgThe Prince of Wales recently attended a meeting on the role of design and innovation in the plastic recycling industry.Prince of Wales at a meeting on the role of design and innovation in the plastic recycling industryCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe meeting, which was hosted by The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and Business in the Community, brought together business leaders, designers and material experts.The Prince’s ISU is working to highlight the important role that innovation and design can play in shaping the plastic value chain and reducing the associated environmental impacts. Business in the Community has formed a Circular Economy Taskforce, which is building a programme of collaborative action and innovation within different sectors.Video: The Prince of Wales speaks about reducing plastic waste in our oceansThe Prince said during a speech: “One critical part, as I see it, of the transition towards a circular economy, particularly in relation to plastics, is that of innovation and the need to rethink the way we design products.“This would entail moving from a model that encourages a buy, use, throw away mentality to one that facilitates re-use, recovery and regeneration.“We do need to consider, from the very beginning, the second, third and, indeed, fourth life of the products we use in everyday life.”Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

The Committee, mandated with monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, received the two complaints in 2016.The women had been prosecuted, convicted and fined in 2012 for wearing the niqab, based on a 2010 French law which stipulates that “no one may, in a public space, wear any article of clothing intended to conceal the face.” The law has the effect of banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil in public, which covers the whole body, leaving only a narrow slit for the eyes. The Committee of 18 independent experts from around the world, stated in two rulings, that the right to practice one’s religion includes the wearing of distinctive clothing and head coverings. “The State has not demonstrated how the full veil presents a threat in itself for public security to justify this absolute ban,” the decision read, adding that the French Government had not adequately explained why hiding one’s face is forbidden for religious reasons, while it is authorized in other contexts such as sports, or artistic settings.The experts also concluded that the ban, rather than protecting fully veiled women, could have the effect of confining them to their homes, impeding their access to public services and marginalizing them.The Committee acknowledged that Governments’ law enforcement entities must be able “in some circumstances” to demand that individuals show their faces, meaning they would have to uncover them in specific and “concrete situations”, where public security was at stake, or for formal identification purposes.Committee members noted, however, that the scope of the French law was not limited to such specific contexts and that it prevents people from hiding their faces in public spaces “at all times”.“The decisions are not directed against the notion of secularity, nor are they an endorsement of a custom which many on the Committee, including myself, regard as a form of oppression of women,” said Yuval Shany, Chair of the Committee.He explained that the decisions reflected the position that a general criminal ban did not allow for a reasonable balance between public interests and individual rights.Anyone can bring an alleged violation of human rights to the attention of the United Nations committees tasked with monitoring the realization of various international human rights treaties, and thousands of people around the world do so every year. Once a case has been deemed admissible and a decision has been made, there is no possibility to appeal against the committees’ decisions, as they are final.If a committee concludes that a violation of a treaty has taken place, the decisions – which are not legally-binding – offer recommendations for the State involved in the case, which then has 180 days to provide information on the steps it has taken to implement those recommendations.In these two specific cases, recommendations include a compensation of the two petitioners, and measures to prevent similar violations in the future, including a review of the 2010 law. read more

BERKELEY, Calif. — Matt Bradley scored 11 of his season-high 15 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes and California pulled away to beat Santa Clara 78-66 on Monday night.Juhwan Harris-Dyson also had 15 points including a soaring one-handed dunk late in the second half for Cal. Justice Sueing added 11 points and six rebounds. Andre Kelly scored 13.Coming off back-to-back losses to St. John’s and Temple in the Legends Classic, the Golden Bears (2-3) jumped out to an early double-digit lead then had to hold on after the Broncos made a late push.Bradley’s scoring down the stretch made the difference in the first meeting between the two Northern California schools since 2006.After Trey Wertz made a 3-pointer to pull Santa Clara within 59-55, Bradley made a layup to start a 13-3 run. Bradley also had a 3-pointer and scored on consecutive layups, and Harris-Dyson followed with his dunk to make it 72-58.Wertz scored 16 points for Santa Clara (1-5). Tahj Eaddy and Josip Vrankic had 12 points apiece.Darius McNeill got the Bears going early with consecutive steals leading to a pair of fastbreak layups. Sueing added a pair of free throws and a thunderous one-handed dunk off a feed from Paris Austin that put Cal up 21-5.Sueing had another dunk early in the second half and made a 3 that pushed the Bears lead to 40-25.Santa Clara got off to a sluggish start. The Broncos had seven turnovers in the first seven minutes and didn’t score until Vrankic’s layup with 12:15 left in the first half.BIG PICTURESanta Clara: The Broncos showed some grit in coming back after being down by 16 in the first half, but they continue to sputter offensively, a trend that’s followed Herb Sendek’s team since losing leading scorer KJ Feagin to a broken left hand on Nov. 15. Santa Clara outrebounded Cal 33-24 but committed 22 turnovers.California: It wasn’t easy, as nothing seems to be for coach Wyking Jones’ team. The Bears needed Bradley’s late lift to scrape by against a team it dominated the entire first half. Kelly is finding his rhythm. As the Bears search for a collective vibe, Kelly’s work down low will be key.UP NEXTSanta Clara: The Broncos return to Leavey Center for the start of a seven-game homestand beginning Thursday against Jackson State.California: The Bears will take a short 20-minute trip to St. Mary’s where they’ll play the Gaels for the second consecutive year. The two teams will play again at Haas Pavilion in 2019.__More AP college basketball:https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketballandhttps://twitter.com/AP_Top25Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press read more

first_imgYouTube/Dtwo Harcourt15. Maybe because he’s a bit of an athlete himselfSource YouTube/rte16. And he doesn’t let a psyche-out from his rivals get to him17. Even if sometimes it’s just like ‘I cannot deal right now’18. Did we mention he tells a great ghost story?19. Basically, he’s probably the most adorable president ever20. And that’s before we even get to this“Michael T Higgins”.Twitter/liane_costello21. Happy birthday, Michael D!All images Photocall Ireland! and Press Association except where noted. H/T to Darragh Doyle.More: Barack Obama has better things to do>6 people who are NOT happy about spring> Here’s our President, Michael D Higgins.Enjoying a bit of breakfast.It’s his birthday! He’s 72 today, and still going strong (other than a bit of a gammy knee).So we’ve compiled this list of reasons why he’s our most adorable president yet.1. He’s a dashing international jet-setterOK, train-setter.2. He gives great hugsBasically him being president means he’s hugging all of us, all the time.3. He’s a man of the people(Even the guy on the right.)4. But especially the ladies5. In fact, he’s a bit of an all-round heartthrobMichael D and the way he might look at you.6. No woman is safe from his charms7. Sometimes he just loses the run of himself altogether8. I mean come on – he has his own SONGBy the SAW DOCTORS fer Chrissakes.All together now: “Michael D Michael D, Up on his bikeldee…”YouTube/conboys9. He sensibly wears a vest under his shirt, so he won’t catch coldAnd he’s not afraid of statement eyewear. “Get me Michael D on the secure phone, NOW.” (juicyecumenism.com)11. And early-90s Tom Cruise is his hair inspiration12. But it’s not all megastars for Michael. He’ll also share his match programme with the less fortunate©INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy13. He trashed Martin McGuinness in this thumb war (just out of shot)14. But he’s not afraid of bigger mencenter_img 10. He’s BFFs with Martin Sheenlast_img read more

first_imgLooking for a honey of a deal on a hot new Android phone? Get yourself over to Amazon stat and pick up the Droid Razr for just over a hundred bucks.The Razr and its sexy carbon fiber backplate are on sale for just $111.11 (in keeping with the 11/11/11 11:11 launch theme) on a new two-year contract. It’s currently fetching $299 if you purchase directly from Verizon. You’ll also be on the hook for a minimum $20 per month data package, but that’s par for the course with high-end phones like the Razr.Regardless of the lifetime costs (which add up no matter which phone you purchase), the $111.11 Droid Razr is an amazing price. The Razr packs a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor running at 1.2GHz, a gig of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion, and an 8MP HD-capable front camera. It also features the slick Smart Actions software, which allows you to pair pre-programmed tasks with specific locations — like turning on and off your phone’s Wi-Fi radio when you arrive at or leave your house.Motorola’s re-born Razr stacks up favorably to other top-shelf Android phones like the Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound, and it’s the thinnest of the bunch, too. It could be a real game changer. The original Razr phones were some of the best-known and most popular flip phones around, and that popularity could translate into bucketloads of street cred for the new Razr.If the Razr looks like the phone you’ve been waiting for, go snap it up right now — before the launch day deal at Amazon runs out and you have to shell out more than double to pick it up from Verizon.More at TechCrunch and Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgGerman and Greek leaders have blasted Balkan countries for shutting their borders to asylum seekers ahead of an European Union ministers meeting, with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warning that the EU “has no future if it goes on like that”. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said the closures were “neither sustainable nor lasting” in tackling Europe’s biggest migrant crisis since World War II, and would leave Greece bearing the burden of the influx. Underlining the deep divisions cleaving the bloc, Ms Merkel and Mr Tsipras’ reactions flew in the face of the response of EU President Donald Tusk, who welcomed the route closure as being part of a collective response of the 28-member EU. The strong words came after Slovenia, Croatia and FYROM barred entry to transiting asylum seekers, and Serbia indicated it would follow suit. EU member Slovenia said it would only allow in migrants and refugees wishing to claim asylum there or those seeking entry “on humanitarian grounds and in accordance with the rules of the Schengen zone”. Prime Minister Miro Cerar said the move meant that “the (Balkan) route for illegal migrations no longer exists”, while Mr Tusk on Twitter called the decision “not a question of unilateral actions but a common EU28 decision”. “I thank western Balkan countries for implementing part of EU’s comprehensive strategy to deal with migration crisis,” he wrote. Mr Tsipras retorted on Twitter that Mr Tusk should “focus efforts on implementing our common decisions and not encourage those who ignore them.”Leaving Greece in the lurchUnder pressure at home to reduce the influx, Ms Merkel acknowledged the western Balkan states’ action “will obviously bring us fewer refugees, but they put Greece in a very difficult situation”.Her Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel noted while some at home were “secretly pleased that the Balkan states … are doing Germany’s dirty work”, their actions would not help in the long term.Ms Merkel is battling to avoid leaving Greece in the lurch as the number of asylum seekers stranded there is still steadily growing.Since the migrant crisis began, several nations have imposed some form of border checks and obituaries for Schengen are already being written.Greek authorities said on Thursday there were 41,973 migrants and refugees in the country, including some 12,000 stuck at Idomeni on the closed Macedonian border.The EU has been locked in dispute over how to stem an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers that reached more than a million in 2015, many from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and most aiming to reach wealthy Germany, Austria and Scandinavia.Ms Merkel wants a comprehensive European deal with Turkey to stop asylum seekers from jumping on unseaworthy rubber boats to get to Europe.The plan involves joint action with Ankara to tighten the EU’s external borders, while also distributing migrants and refugees among EU members.“If we do not manage to reach a deal with Turkey, then Greece cannot bear the burden for long,” she said.“That’s why I am seeking a real European solution, that is, a solution for all 28 (EU members),” stressed Ms Merkel, who was once vilified in Greece over her hardline push for austerity, but is now standing firmly by Athens.In the meantime, asylum seekers also did not appear dissuaded by latest developments, and were still risking their lives to cross to Europe.At least another five asylum seekers, including a baby, drowned as they tried to sail from Turkey to Greece, local media reported on Thursday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img There’s nothing like seeing a classic film in the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. You can watch Casablanca on your computer nowadays, but before home video was even a thing, you had to see these classics in the theater.Fathom Events is bringing many of cinema’s most iconic films back to theaters in 2017 in the TCM Big Screen Classics series. Each film will only be in theaters for two showings only and will be provided with commentary from TCM hosts Ben Mankiewicz and Tiffany Vazquez.“The TCM Big Screen Classics series presents a unique opportunity for movie lovers to experience some of the most beloved classics of all time, on the big screen and with a live audience, as they were originally intended to be shown,” said Genevieve McGillicuddy, vice president of partnerships and brand activation at Turner Classic Movies.The full list of movies set to hit theaters is as follows:Some Like It Hot (1959)The Godfather (1972)The Graduate (1967)Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)An Affair to Remember (1957)All About Eve (1950)The Princess Bride (1987)Smokey and the Bandit (1977)Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)Singin’ in the Rain (1952)North by Northwest (1959)Bonnie and Clyde (1967)Casablanca (1942).Classic cinema, along with Turner Classic Movies, is making a comeback thanks in part to services like Filmstruck, which features films from the Criterion Collection and harder to find entries from Stanley Kubrick, and the Soviet Union.The first films to hit theaters are Singin’ in the Rain on Jan. 15 and 18, and An Affair to Remember on Feb. 12 and 15. Many of the screening are milestone anniversary events too (it’ll be Singin’ in the Rain’s 65th anniversary). You can see the full schedule at the Fathom Events website.My personal recommendations: Some Like it Hot, a comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who go undercover as women to escape the wrath of a Chicago gang, and The Princess Bride, which I’m sure most people have seen, but you never know who among us is hiding a secret. Singin’ in the Rain is also a shockingly good comedy and musical about Hollywood politics that holds up decades after its initial release. Stay on target Watch ‘Doctor Who’ Xmas Special in Cinemas Dec. 27When ‘MST3K’ Met ‘Who’: RiffTrax Takes ‘Th… last_img read more

first_imgDAYTON, Ohio — Federal and state authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed onto an Air Force base in Ohio on Thursday amid reports of an active shooter at a medical center.Workers at Wright-Patterson were told to shelter in place on the sprawling base.Video from outside of the hospital showed service members and others standing outside the building about two hours after the base said emergency workers responded to reports of active shooter. WHIO-TV reported that an announcement was made telling some people to leave the building with their hands on their heads.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter it was among several agencies.Stacey Geiger, with the base’s public affairs office, said the base was on lockdown but she had no other information to release.Local police were directing traffic away from the base, which is Ohio’s largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel.The Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police also had officers at the base.The base was the site where the Dayton Peace Accords were finalized in 1995, an international peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia.last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has vowed to do the “impossible” and deliver Juventus a first Champions League title since 1996The Bianconeri have enjoyed great success over in Italy with seven Serie A titles in a row along with four domestic doubles in the past four seasons.But things in Europe haven’t gone so well over the past two decades with their last triumph coming in 1996 where they defeated Ajax in a penalty shoot-out at Rome.Since then, Juventus have suffered defeat at the final stage of the Champions League five times with the most recent ones coming in 2015 and 2017.Meeting fans in Dubai ahead of the Globe Soccer Awards, Ronaldo gave them a promise after they sang “bring us the Champions League” to him.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I swear I will do the impossible to win the Champions League with Juventus,” said Ronaldo, according to Football-Italia.“The fans aren’t asking me to save the country though…”Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times for both Manchester United and Real Madrid and is the competition’s record scorer with 121 goals.The 33-year-old forward will return from his winter break on January 12 for Juventus’ Coppa Italia game against Bologna.last_img read more

first_imgFriday — 2,639 adult spring chinook, 1,154 jack chinook, 77 steelhead, 4,904 shad. Temperature was 55.5 degrees. Streamflow averaged 268,000 cubic feet per second.last_img

first_imgPrecious Cells has launched a new benefit for its 40 employees that allows staff and their families to cryogenically store their stem cells for free.The benefits scheme, Accellerate, includes adult stem cell storage for both employees and their family members, as well as cord blood and cord tissue storage if an employee wishes to store the stem cells from their baby’s umbilical cord. Employees and their families can then use the stored stem cells in treatment for  conditions.The benefit also features access to the organisation’s stem cell registry, and provides personalised reports, such as human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing if an employee needs to find a tissue match for a transplant, and a personalised genomic report to help employees understand potential genetic risk factors and traits.Employees will also have access to a personalised wellness report, which includes a health screening service that analyses an employee’s current state of health and provides guidance on areas where they could possibly make improvements.The organisation has introduced the benefit scheme with the aim of enhancing employee engagement and motivation, and to aid with talent attraction and retention.Providing staff with this benefit also aligns with Precious Cells’ organisational mission to connect potential stem cell donors.Dr Amr Abid, chief operating officer at Precious Cells, said: “Attracting and retaining the right talent is vital to the success of Precious Cells. We wanted to adapt to the evolving needs and circumstances of our employees to be part of our future success, and that meant bringing something completely new to the table, something which has never been offered before.”last_img read more

first_imgIt appears that the pullback in advertising spending is beginning to take its toll on Condé Nast. The publisher, according to a memo from CEO Charles Townsend, has hired reorganization consultants McKinsey & Company to help “rethink” the way it does business.“We are not immune to the effects of the substantial revenue losses resulting from the deep and prolonged recession,” Townsend wrote in the memo. “Consequently, we must realign Condé Nast to be a successful business in an emerging economy that is now predicted to be painfully slow in recovering.”A Condé Nast spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment when asked by FOLIO: to confirm note. It’s no wonder that Condé Nast is looking to tweak its business strategy. Its magazines took a beating through the first half, combining for an average 32.1 percent decline in ad pages, according to the most recent PIB figures. The period was punctuated by losses at Architectural Digest (-49.5 percent), Wired (-47.6), Gourmet (-46.1) and W (-44.2). Even Glamour, Condé Nast’s longtime breadwinner, saw ad pages fall 20 percent through the first six months.In April, Condé Nast shuttered ailing Portfolio, which saw ad pages plummet 60.9 percent during the first quarter.Men.Style.com to FoldMeanwhile, the publisher said today it is launching Details.com and will fold its Men.Style.com site into GQ.com.“Consolidating Men.Style.com with GQ.com and launching Details.com gives us an opportunity to give each brand a site for their own unique voice,” Condé Nast Digital president Sarah Chubb said in a statement.  “Both GQ.com and Details.com will now be able to differentiate themselves online and leverage their sites to expand engagement with their audience.”The new sites are set to go live in October, the company said.last_img read more

first_imgSanjay Manjrekar’s views have often been controversialTwitter/Sanjay ManjrekarCricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar is known for airing his views without reserve. Though sometimes these opinions can land him into controversy, his forthrightness also enriches the debate and makes him a major figure in cricket’s chatterati.In an interview given to Forbes magazine for their special India edition on sports, Manjrekar again freely presented his ideas and talked at length about various aspects of cricket broadcasting. But the most important part of this interaction was what the retired cricketer said about Test cricket and its place in the modern world.Views on different formatsOn being asked which format of the game he likes to commentate on most, the veteran broadcaster chose Test matches but then also pointed out the reasons why it is, in his view, not an exciting product today. “I love commentating in Tests. But the problem with Test cricket is that it’s outdated. It’s irrelevant to today’s audience and lifestyle. It’s almost like a heritage structure that we are proud of, but not something that is functional,” the 53-year old remarked.He then went on to praise the T20 game and once again expressed his not-so-high opinion of 50-over cricket. “T20 cricket is the in-thing. People love it and it is played at a time when they can watch the games. The problem with Test cricket is that it is played when people are in office. I was initially sceptical about T20. But when I worked on my first assignment (of T20), I loved it. I am not somebody who is caught in a time warp to say that it’s Test cricket and nothing else. In fact, I find one-day internationals the least exciting of the three formats. Test cricket has its own charm, T20 is fun and 50-over cricket a struggle,” the former Mumbai batsman added. Anil Kumble wasn’t very successful as a commentatorSpektacomViews on KumbleTalking about the art of cricket commentary, the man who scored 4 Test centuries was of the opinion that an entertaining style is required by the broadcasters. “What happened with IPL and other formats is that white ball cricket became more popular. As a result, non-purist cricket fans also started watching the game. And if you are too analytical or serious, it puts them off. Take, for instance, the IPL. You need excitement, entertainment, analysis. You can’t be deadpan serious, otherwise it will kill the product. So you have to change according to people’s tastes,” Manjrekar opined.But in a comment that is quite surprising, he almost put Anil Kumble in the category of boring people and said that was the reason for him not becoming successful at commentating. Describing the kind of personality needed for excelling in his field, the former middle-order batsmen said: “You need to have an X factor. The most important thing is that you should not be a boring person. If you are a boring person off air, you end up being boring on air as well. Anil Kumble is a great example. He is not an entertaining, fun guy. So when he is doing commentary too, he is a bit like that. Anybody who is interesting becomes a good commentator.”Kumble had made his debut as a commentator in 2009 during the World T20 that year, held in England. But soon, the broadcasters decided to have the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid ahead of him. The deep voice of the former leg-spinner, that Manjrekar actually mentioned while working with him, didn’t prove good enough for the channels to hire him.last_img read more

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League-led 14-party alliance and principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have announced to hold rallies in the capital on the same day, on 29 September.The ruling camp will hold its rally at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in Gulistan, the alliance coordinator, Mohammad Nasim said after a preparatory meeting at its headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue on Tuesday.The BNP has shifted the date of its meeting to 29 September from 27 September.BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the new date at a press conference at the Naya Paltan central office on Tuesday, without assigning any reason for rescheduling of the rally date.The opposition party, he said, will hold the rally at Suhrawardi Udyan, subject to permission from the police, however.Once the opposition party came up with its public rally programme, especially after joining the National Unity Process convened by Kamal Hossain, the AL-led alliance has taken the step to ‘take control of the Dhaka city’.The 14-party alliance spokesman Mohammad Nasim has asked the leaders and activists not to allow the ‘evil force’ to take to the streets.He also told the party men to resist others.“The conspirators will take to the street. We will observe those who will do and who won’t,” said Nasim, also an AL presidium member.He asked the leaders and activists to remain alert in their respective localities. “If there are conspiracies and anarchies, we will resist them.”Nasim also urged the leaders and activists of the alliance to make their own rally on 29 September a success.The AL leader mentioned that the ruling camp, under the leadership of the AL general secretary, began election campaign at upazila and district levels. Its partners have also launched their campaign across the country, he added.“We want a competitive election. But when somersault politicians, who have no ideology and permanent address, talk about democracy, we suspect conspiracy has begun,” Mohammad Nasim said.Criticising the convener of Jatiya Oikya Prokriya (National Unity Process) Kamal Hossain, Nasim said, “We have so far seen that the players are hired during the match. Now we see the leader like Kamal Hossain is being hired. If you want to play, play with us, there is no problem.”“Can you achieve victory being a hired player? You can’t. Can the parties, that have no existence of their own, find any existence in other parties?” he asked.Nasim went on to say, “You (the leaders of Jukta Front and National Oikya Prokriya) are deceptive. People have no trust on you. Even your activists have no trust on you.”He insisted that no attempt to foil the election will be successful.”When certain movement for democracy was launched in the country, these known faces repeatedly tried to defer elections,” Nasim said.The parliamentary elections will be held in the stipulated time, he said.Nasim alleged that the armed forces are being instigated, when demand is made to deploy the army personnel during the national elections.last_img read more

first_imgNASANASA tests evacuation of its Orion crew module off the coast of Galveston on July 13, 2017.Four miles off the coast of Galveston, astronauts in bright orange spacesuits are crawling out of a capsule in the shape of a cone. That capsule is a mock version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The astronauts are practicing how to evacuate from it once it splashes down in the ocean.The astronauts went back and forth from Orion to a raft preparing for different circumstances. Astronaut Suni Williams helped develop the procedure.“It’s also a test of all the equipment and all the assumptions we’ve made leading up to this,” Williams said. “To make sure the raft is good, to make sure the survival equipment is good, the radio, how the rescue forces would actually come and present themselves.”– / 8NASA says what makes Orion special is its ability to go in to deep space — and possibly traveling to Mars. And when it lands in the ocean, it can sustain a crew for 24 hours.“Another scenario is the capsule touches down and rescue forces or recovery forces are not there, and they have to get out themselves,” Williams said. “So they deploy a raft and they jump out the side hatch and get into the raft and start their survival waiting for rescue forces to get there.”Once the spacecraft is pulled from the Gulf, NASA will assess all factors that need to be improved and plan to retest.NASA’s Dustin Gohmert, who serves as the Orion Crew Survival Team Lead, said it’s important to test these procedures outside the controlled environment of the labratory.“It’s not nearly as controlled out in the real world,” he said. “But in the real world, things behave differently. And so waves make you to stumble inside the vehicle, make the raft drift differently. The currents will pull the lines that hold the rafts taught to the vehicle in different ways and create chaos we hadn’t previously anticipated. So it’s important to get out of the laboratory and into the actual operational environment to make sure we haven’t overlooked anything.”Gohmert said his team will take videos and reports from this week’s tests back to the lab and use them to improve pieces of hardware on Orion, the rescue raft, the astronauts’ spacesuits, etc. and bring it all back to the field to test again in several months to a year.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/14101838/Orion-test.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Sharelast_img read more