NDA announces candidates for 39 of the 40 seats in Bihar

first_imgThe National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Saturday announced names of candidates for 39 of the total 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. The candidate for the seat in Khagaria, which has gone to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), has been left out as LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said there were several claimants to it.BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain, who had contested from the Bhagalpur seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll but was defeated by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Bulo Mandal, has been dropped this time.Social mixA good mix of social compulsions is also seen in the list. — 13 seats have gone to upper caste candidates, 12 to Other Backward Classes (OBC), seven to Economically Backward Classes (EBC) and six to Scheduled Castes (SC). One seat — Kishanganj — has been given to a Muslim candidate, Mehmood Ashraf, from the JD(U)’s quota.Of the 17 seats in its quota, the BJP has fielded 10 upper castes candidates, five OBC candidates, one EBC candidate and one SC candidate. Similarly, the JD(U), too, has tried to balance caste composition by six tickets each to OBC and EBC candidates. It has also fielded two upper caste, two SC and one Muslim candidate.As was widely expected, rebel BJP MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha, too, was out of the NDA list. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has replaced Mr. Sinha. The latter is likely to join the Congress in the coming days, and is expected to contest from the Patna Sahib seat against Mr. Prasad. Both Mr. Sinha and Mr. Prasad belong to the upper caste Kayastha community, which has a sizeable presence in this BJP stronghold constituency. Five sitting BJP MPs — Satish Chandra Dubey from Valmikinagar, Janak Ram from Gopalgunj, Om Prakash Yadav from Siwan, Birendra Chaudhury from Jhanjharpur and Hari Manjhi from Gaya (reserved) seats — have been dropped, too, as these seats have gone to the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) kitty under the alliance’s seat distribution.last_img read more

Title addict Guardiola retains Premier League with Man City

first_img“I push my staff,” Guardiola said, “and I push myself.”He sets standards on the field that require rivals to raise theirs.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Manchester City won its second straight Premier League trophy on Sunday, finishing one point ahead of Liverpool in a thrilling title race and giving Guardiola eight league championships over 10 years in three countries.“Winning the title gives you a lot of energy,” Guardiola said after the clinching 4-1 victory over Brighton, “and is so addictive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWinning was become routine for City in a way it never was before the flow of Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth began in 2008.When Sheikh Mansour bought City, City’s only English championships in a history stretching back to 1880 were won in 1937 and 1968. Mavericks say Kristaps Porzingis involved in altercation in native Latvia Now the club that was trampled over for so many years by Manchester United — and had to escape the third tier 20 years ago this month — is the force of English football with four titles in eight seasons. City finished first in 2012 under Roberto Mancini and ’14 led by Manuel Pellegrini, then under Guardiola became the first repeat champion in a decade.Guardiola earned six league titles as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona in the 1990s, the had hat tricks of league titles as coach at Barcelona and Bayern Munich City became the first team to retain the trophy since Manchester United won its third straight in the 2007-08, one of 10 it earned under manager Alex Ferguson.As City flew back to Manchester for a celebration with fans outside its Etihad Stadium, United supporters were reeling from a loss to Cardiff that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finish in sixth — 32 points behind its neighbor — and without any silverware.City remains on course for an English treble, having already collected a League Cup and preparing for the FA Cup final against Watford on Saturday.“We’ll go and celebrate,” Kompany said, “but we’re also thinking of that next game on Saturday.”Winning isn’t addictive just for Guardiola. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany lifts the English Premier League trophy after the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Manchester City defeated Brighton 4-1 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)BRIGHTON, England — All the strain Pep Guardiola feels during the pursuit of titles becomes worthwhile when a winners’ medal is placed around his neck.It happens a lot.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess City trailed Liverpool by seven points in late December but won its final 14 games after a Jan. 29 defeat at Newcastle and finished with 98 points, the second-highest total in English history behind its 100 last year. Liverpool, chasing its first championship in 29 years, finished with the highest total for a non-champion.“Liverpool was exceptional, I don’t mean to rub it in, it is what it is, they didn’t deserve to lose,” said 33-year-old City captain Vincent Kompany, who helped maintain the lead last week when his long-range goal in the second half provided a 1-0 win over Leicester. “It makes me so much more happy that we played such a great team all season.”During a 21-minute stretch in the first half at Brighton, City gave up hope to Liverpool supporters at Anfield, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) to the northwest.With both grounds bathed in brilliant sunshine, Sadio Mané put Liverpool in front against Wolverhampton in the 17th minute and a jittery City fell behind 10 minutes later — the first time the champions had trailed in a league game since January.“We heard the Brighton fans singing ‘1-0 to Liverpool’ just at the moment we conceded,” Kompany said.Even when Sergio Agüero leveled 83 seconds after Glenn Murray’s header, City only moved back into top spot when Aymeric Laporte nodded in from Riyad Mahrez’s corner in the 38th minute.It turned out to be the goal that decided the title.But there were still nerves to be eased in the second half. Mahrez netted in the 63rd minute, a rare high point in his first season after joining City in a record 60 million pound (then $80 million) signing in July.There was a stylish conclusion to City’s title defense when Ilkay Gündogan scored from a free kick in the 72nd minute for the team’s 95th goal in 38 league matches.“We were creating chances, finding the gaps, imposing ourselves,” Kompany said. “Though the pitch was slow I felt we were magnificent. We did everything we needed to do in a game such as today.” View commentslast_img read more

A summer special for children-join Dreamcatchers at Lavasa, a five-day long residential camp for 10-16 year-old.

first_imgCamp Out: May 3 to 7A summer special for children -join Dreamcatchers at Lavasa, a five-day long residential camp for 10-16 year-olds in which noted personalities like Lauren Gottlieb, Leena Mogre and RJ Glen will teach the participants varied activities ranging from film making, drama, outdoor adventure to music and,Camp Out: May 3 to 7A summer special for children -join Dreamcatchers at Lavasa, a five-day long residential camp for 10-16 year-olds in which noted personalities like Lauren Gottlieb, Leena Mogre and RJ Glen will teach the participants varied activities ranging from film making, drama, outdoor adventure to music and sports. There are treks and campfires to make this outing fun. At Lavasa Contact 75062 20604; lavasa.comlast_img read more

Ceres-Negros caps unbeaten season with Copa triumph

first_imgRice industry paralysis Having collected a third straight league title last month, the Busmen capped their incredible season with two trophies, including the one named after the late Filipino football great.What made the feat even more remarkable was the fact that Ceres only had 14 players and also missed head coach Risto Vidakovic. Five players, including talisman Stephan Schrock and top defender Carlie De Murga, did not make the matchday squad as they were on national team duty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceTop scorer Bienve Marañon and defender Super Herrera were also given a break as Ceres started its campaign as early as January.That hardly mattered in the final as assistant coach Jooc Treyes’ men came out hungry and motivated. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Still 0-0 mentality for Ravena, Ateneo as perfect season looms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES It took Mendy 30 minutes to break the deadlock after a flowing move involving Dylan De Bruycker and James Younghusband who laid the ball off to the Senegalese striker to stab home.Mendy turned provider for the second goal, cutting in from the left before laying the ball off for Robles to fire past Kaya’s Michael Casas in the 68th minute.Daniels gave Kaya a glimmer of hope with his long-range effort beating Roland Muller in the 85th minute, but the Busmen proved solid defensively to see out the match.The match offered little incentive as both clubs already qualified for continental competitions next year.But for Ceres, it was another display of grit and determination to end the season without a single defeat.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Ceres-Negros wins Copa Paulino Alcantara. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–An undermanned Ceres-Negros side completed its date with destiny after slipping past a gritty Kaya Iloilo, 2-1, Saturday night to capture the Copa Paulino Alcantara at Biñan Football Stadium.Goals in each half by Robert Lopez Mendy and Tristan Robles gave the Busmen the cushion they needed to hold off their fierce rivals who pulled a goal back five minutes from time through Kenshiro Daniels.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

Emami spends 17.5% of revenue on ads, promos

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) FMCG major Emami spent Rs 443 crore on advertising and promotions last fiscal despite demonetisation, with over 27 brand ambassadors from Bollywood icons Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan to sports celebs endorsing its products.About 17.5 per cent of Emamis total revenue was spent on brand building in 2016-17, unlike other FMCG makers which had pruned their ad campaigns following demonetisation.The Kolkata-based company is one of the highest spenders on advertising in its category. Emami products include Navratna Cool Talc, Navratna Oil, Kesh King, Boro Plus, Fair And Handsome and Zandu Balm.”Despite Demonetisation when consumer offtake moderated, the company invested Rs 443 crore in FY 2016-17 compared with Rs 430 crore in FY 2015-16,” Emami said in its annual report.In a sudden move, the government had last November demonetised high-value Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, withdrawing at one stroke about 86 per cent of the total currency in circulation and leading to huge cash crunch across all sectors of the economy.The company presently has a strong line of personalities from entertainment and sports world which includes Bollywood icons as Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.Besides it has Hrithik Roshan, Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawala, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Shruti Hassan, Parineeti Chopra, Yami Gautam, Sonakshi Sinha, Tapsee Pannu, Bipasha Basu, Jr NTR, Surya, and Huma Qureshi on its roles.While from sports world the company has roped in Milkha Singh, Sourav Ganguly, M S Dhoni, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and Sushil Kumar. Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj has also endorsed Emami.advertisement”Emami is one of the highest spenders on advertising and promotion in its category,” the company said.In 2016-17, it had a revenue of Rs 2,532.61 crore as against Rs 2,397.55 crore of a year ago.”Even as one would presume that the approach to advertising and promotion by most companies follows an established templates, Emami has walked the road less travelled,” it said.Besides traditional ATL and BTL, the company is also now spending on the digital platforms to get in touch with the new generation.”With an increasing number of consumers trending on the internet, Emami enhanced its social media presence. The company customised digital campaign around different product,” the company said.Emami is also taking the help of its analytic team in this regard.Besides the domestic market, Emami also spend in the global markets on advertising and promotions.”The company has also undertaken extensive marketing and advertising campaign overseas to increase its exports business,” said Emami.Emamis international business accounted for more than 11 per cent of its revenue in 2016-17.Emami was the first to engage in in-film advertising in 1980s through the film Agar Tum Na Hote starring Rajesh Khanna and Rekha. PTI KRH SAlast_img read more

2003 Grand Pré Prize Recipients

first_imgFilmmaker Paul Emile d’Entremont of Halifax and the musical groupBLOU are joint recipients of the 2003 Grand-Pré Prize awarded bythe Department of Tourism and Culture. They were honoured on Friday, Sept. 5 at an event in Grand-Préand were each presented with $1,000. The biannual award was established by the province in 1987 torecognize the work of Acadian Nova Scotians in the performingarts and film, the visual arts and crafts, and literary arts.This year the prize is being awarded in the category ofperforming arts and/or film. The purpose of the prize is torecognize those artists whose work reflects Acadian culturalvalues and traditions, while demonstrating excellence andoriginality. “I am pleased to extend congratulations to this year’s winnersfor earning this special recognition from their peers and fromthe province of Nova Scotia,” said Tourism and Culture MinisterRodney MacDonald. “It is important that we continue to recognizeartistic achievements within Nova Scotia’s Acadian community.” Paul Emile d’Entremont is a young filmmaker whose work, Seuls,ensemble, produced by the National Film Board in 2000, receivedcritical acclaim. The work also earned him the Linda Joy MediaArts Prize as the most promising new director. It was awarded bythe Director’s Guild of Canada Atlantic Regional Council at the2001 Atlantic Film Festival. Mr. D’Entremont’s recent projectsare documentary work for CBC television, including featureshighlighting the careers of singer Measha Brüggergosman andcellist Denise Djokic. BLOU is one of the most successful and popular Acadian musicalgroups from Nova Scotia. Founded 10 years ago, it has earnedcritical and popular acclaim under the direction of its foundingleader, Patrice Boulianne. The group has won a number of prizes,including the 1999 East Coast Music Award for Best FrancophoneAlbum of the Year. It has performed extensively internationally,having toured in Canada, the United States, South America, theCaribbean, and throughout Europe. It has been among those leadingthe way for music based on Acadian traditions while creating acontemporary and lively sound. Previous Grand-Pré Prize winners include author René LeBlanc forhis novel Derrière les Embruns; University Ste-Anne for itsseries of publications sketching life in Acadian Nova Scotia;singer/songwriter Eric Surette; photographer, Francois Gaudet;artisan, Denise Robicheau for her porcelain angels; writer,Father Amselm Chiasson; filmmaker, Phil Comeau; and visualartists, Denise Comeau and Simone D’Eon.last_img read more

NSLC Releases Second Quarter Results

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) today, Dec. 15, recorded earnings of $54.8 million on net sales of $137.9 million for the second quarter of 2005 (July 3 to Oct. 1). That marked an increase of 8.9 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2004. A detailed news release on the second quarter results can be found by following the About NSLC and Corporate News links on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com . -30-last_img

Moroccan Economic Growth to Fall to 26 in 2018 HCP

Rabat – After a growth rate of 3.8 percent during the fourth quarter of 2017, the national economy should experience a sharp slowdown during the first three months of 2018, as the growth rate is expected to fall to 2.6 percent.The High Commission for Planning (HCP) is not optimistic for 2018. In terms of prospects for this beginning of the year, the HCP expects a slowdown in growth during the first three months of 2018 to 2.6 percent, as a result of the downturn in agricultural activities in comparison with the notable performances achieved in 2017.“Unlike the previous agricultural campaign, which was characterized by favorable weather conditions for early crops, the 2017/2018 crop year will be characterized by less abundant autumn rainfall, the effects of which would be more noticeable in the area sown to cereals and pulses, but also at the level of irrigated crops,” reported the HCP. The source revealed that the filling rate of agricultural dams stood in mid-December 2017 at its lowest levels in the last six seasons, at 32 percent. “The return to normal winter weather conditions should limit the fall in agricultural value added to -3.1 percent year-on-year, in the first quarter of 2018, instead of an increase of 14.2 percent in 2017.”In terms of non-agricultural value added, the HCP expect an acceleration of its growth in the first quarter of 2018, benefiting from an improvement in the business climate in the advanced economies and which would result in a 4.5 percent increase in world demand addressed to Morocco.While the HCP set the 2018 growth rate at 2018, for the rest of the year, everything will depend on the rainfall situation in the coming months, and the possibility for the agricultural sector to catch up with some of the delay lived at the beginning of the current season.In 2017, the Moroccan economy performed rather well as the growth rate stood at 3.9 percent by the end of 2017, compared to 1.2 percent a year earlier.These achievements were recorded in a context where foreign demand addressed to Morocco strengthened by 5.1 percent, in the fourth quarter of 2017, in line with the evolution of world trade.The HCP also stated that the trade balance deficit declined by 3.4 percent while the coverage rate increased by 2.6 points to 57.6 percent. “The relief of this deficit would have resulted from the less significant increase of imports compared to exports,” explained the HCP. Exports, up 15 percent, benefited mainly from the good performance of exports of crude phosphate and natural and chemical fertilizers.With respect to domestic demand, the HCP noted that it continued its upward trend that began in 2016, despite a context of a slight rise in consumer prices. The increase in local demand resulted in a 4.2 percent increase in imports of consumer goods from households. read more

Ban welcomes release of US journalists from DPR Korea

5 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of two United States journalists by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) during the visit to Pyongyang by former US President Bill Clinton. “He appreciates the decision of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to release them on humanitarian considerations, responding to the repeated calls by the international community,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Laura Ling and Euna Lee arrived in the US city of Los Angeles this morning with Mr. Clinton, after DPRK’s leader, Kim Jong-il, granted them a special pardon.The two women, who work for an Internet broadcaster, Current TV, had been found guilty of entering DPRK illegally in March and sentenced to 12 years’ hard labour. Mr. Ban congratulated former President Clinton for his “successful humanitarian mission.” In addition, he reiterated his hope that dialogue will resume at the earliest possible time between the DPRK and the parties concerned towards resolving outstanding concerns including the nuclear issue, according to the statement. read more

Exports led AsiaPacific out of the global economic crisis – UN report

25 July 2011Exports have led Asia and the Pacific out of the global economic crisis, according to a new United Nations report, but it will be difficult to continue the growth without opening new markets within the region, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) reported today. “Export recovery has led Asia and the Pacific out of the 2009 global economic and financial crisis, allowing the region to emerge as an important stabilizing force and engine of world economic growth,” ESCAP said, citing its Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2011 Post-crisis Trade and Investment Opportunities, released today in Bangkok at the UN-backed Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF).“Trade in the region has returned to pre-crisis levels while foreign direct investment flows to selected parts of the region, in particular East Asia, have also fully recovered,” ESCAP said. “However, it will be challenging for Asian economies to maintain current levels of export growth unless they develop new markets within the region.”ESCAP estimates show that the export growth recovery in Asia-Pacific developing economies in 2010, estimated at 17.3 per cent, after negative growth of nearly 8 percent a year earlier, will stabilize to 9 percent in 2011. “Developed economies are still the major destination for the region’s exports, but with the European Union, Japan and the United States facing an economic slowdown, Asia-Pacific countries must rely more on intra-regional trade which can also make the region more resilient to external shocks,” ESCAP said. “Opportunities for export expansion will depend largely on the growth of intra-regional demand and the ability of various developing countries of the region to restructure and diversify their exports to meet that demand,” said Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary, in presenting the report. The report also recommends that Asia-Pacific countries take the lead in exports of climate-smart goods and technologies.“As the region will have to come to terms with the expected effects of climate change, there is a collective imperative to increase regional trade and investment in these goods,” Dr. Heyzer said. The APBF, along with the Committee on Trade and Investment – an annual regional forum for policymakers and stakeholders – are two key events during the Second Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week, which starts today and is organized by ESCAP with the theme “Post-Crisis Trade and Investment Opportunities for Asia and the Pacific.”Some 400 government and business leaders are discussing how Asia-Pacific developing countries can benefit from the current economic environment to boost business investment and trade within the region, and at the same time, ensure that this reduces wide socio-economic development gaps and promotes sustainable and inclusive growth. “The business community in the region will have to continuously demonstrate innovative and productive approaches to convert post-crisis challenges to opportunities,” Dr. Heyzer told the opening session. Collaborating partners for the Trade and Investment Week include the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, the Industry and Banking of Thailand (JSCCIB), the Greater Mekong Subregion Business Forum (GMS-BF), End Human Trafficking Now (EHTN), the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the Mekong Institute. read more

Drugstore chain CVS Caremark to buy Coram for about 21 billion

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Drugstore chain operator CVS Caremark Corp. said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy the drug infusion business Coram LLC, a unit of Apria Healthcare Group Inc., for $2.1 billion.CVS says the deal will make it more competitive and enable it to provide more services to its customers. CVS runs the second-largest U.S. drugstore chain behind Walgreen Co., and its Caremark unit is one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits managers.Coram provides medication and food that is administered through a vein or tube. Among those using such services are patients being treated for conditions such as immune deficiencies, rheumatoid arthritis and nutritional deficiencies.The Denver-based company says it serves more than 20,000 patients a month through home infusion and a national network of more than 85 locations, including more than 65 ambulatory infusion suites.The deal is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2014.CVS, which is based in Woonsocket, R.I., expects Coram to generate revenue of about $1.4 billion in the first year after the deal closes and add earnings of between 3 cents per share and 5 cents per share in 2015.Coram has about 4,500 employees around the country. Its parent company, Apria Healthcare Group, is based in Lake Forest, Ill., and is owned by investment firm The Blackstone Group LP.Shares of CVS rose 74 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $66.83 in midday trading Wednesday. Blackstone Group shares rose 28 cents, or 1 per cent, to $28.42. Drugstore chain CVS Caremark to buy Coram for about $2.1 billion by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Nov 27, 2013 7:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Womens soccer McVicker sees injury as stepping stone

Entering its game against Minnesota, the Ohio State women’s soccer team had high hopes for its season-opening run. Those high hopes were shattered on one serious play during the seventh minute, when redshirt senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker tried to make a save.McVicker collided with a Minnesota player, and sustained fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a lacerated kidney. She was quickly removed from the field and taken to a Minnesota hospital,where she remained in intensive care for two days before being downgraded to standard care.“Ohio State senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker is being held at a Minneapolis hospital through the end of the week for further treatment and testing after suffering an injury Sunday at Minnesota,” the athletic department said in a statement from an OSU spokesperson on Friday.McVicker has appeared in over 50 matches for the Buckeyes since joining the team in 2012. McVicker is a former assistant sports director for Lantern TV and also reported for The Lantern during the 2016 Spring Semester.After being released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon, she and her family drove back to Columbus, stopping in Chicago along the way before arriving back at OSU on Monday.Although not the first time the Metuchen, New Jersey, native has sustained an injury, this time, was different from the rest.OSU senior goaltender Jillian McVicker flexes as she recovers in her hospital bed in Minnesota. Credit: Courtesy of Jillian McVicker“I knew that it definitely wasn’t my muscle or anything. I just came out, I knew there was going to be a collision but I just had to get the ball,” McVicker said. “When I came out, I thought I had the wind knocked out of me at first, and then I couldn’t breathe for like a minute.”According to McVicker, her doctor said this type of injury is most common after being involved in a car crash, not with a sport like soccer.The injury has effectively ended the OSU career of McVicker, with a little over a month left in the regular season. Although her time as a Buckeye athlete has been cut short, she has still maintained a positive attitude and high spirits. “All the adversity I have faced, whether it be from injury or typical adversity that every athlete goes through, you just have to keep your head up and keep your mind on the process,” McVicker said. “Take it day-by-day and step-by-step. Which is actually very ironic because that’s exactly what I’m doing in my rehab right now.”As part of the healing process, McVicker can only lift things under 10 pounds, while limiting the amount of overall movement she has throughout the day.On social media, McVicker has received an outpouring of support from family, friends, teammates, players from other teams and, most notably, former United States Women’s National Team midfielder Julie Foudy. McVicker, a four-time OSU scholar-athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, has appeared in over 60 matches during her career with the Buckeyes. She is a double major in strategic communications and journalism, and will be graduating this December.After graduation and her injuries have fully healed, McVicker has intentions to continue her playing career outside of OSU.“I definitely want to graduate and want to look at playing overseas in Germany professionally or in America,” McVicker said. “I’m going to probably try to get an agent and figure that out once I graduate. It’s definitely not the last time I’m going to put on my keeper gloves and my jersey again.”Although she will no longer be lacing up her cleats for the Scarlet and Gray, McVicker said she will be embracing her new role of cheering her team on. Without the redshirt senior in the net, the Buckeyes will now be looking to the sideline when when she returns. From here on out, the focus of McVicker is to rally the troops to continue the team’s success. “Although this injury happened to me, my main thing for this season is for my team to be successful,” McVicker said. “Yes, this is horrible and I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone. But at the same time, all of my energy and everything when I get back is to prepare my the team the best I can in my new role.” read more

Prius Sells One Million Hybrids In USA

first_imgAs electric cars struggle to achieve mass appeal, Toyota has announced the latest milestone for its pioneering hybrid, the Prius, which has now sold one million cars in the United States.The Prius first launched back in 2000, so it took a solid 11 years for the car to reach the million sold plateau. But the car has undoubtedly been the most successful hybrid to date, with world wide sales of three million and, according to Toyota, 60 percent of the hybrid car market share so far this year.AdChoices广告“Prius paved the way for hybrids and while it is still the hybrid leader in sales and fuel economy,” said Toyota’s Bob Carter. “I’m proud to say that since its introduction, 13 other auto brands have seen the benefits of hybrid technology and joined the hybrid market.”last_img read more

Worker should receive €231k after having hours unilaterally and significantly reduced

first_img Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 4:00 PM By Hayley Halpin Share5 Tweet Email2 25,862 Views THE WORKPLACE RELATIONS Commission has recommended that a company pays a woman €23,118 after they reduced her weekly work hours from 33.5 to 21. The worker has been employed as a trainer with the company since 2010, and is paid €2,206 per month. In her case with the WRC, she has claimed that her hours of work were unilaterally reduced from 35 to 21 per week. She is seeking reinstatement of her full-time hours and full payment for her loss of earnings. The worker has a permanent contract of employment working 33.25 hours per week. She had raised a bullying and harassment complaint and was absent from work for a period of time. Upon her return in May 2016, she claimed she was told that her contracted hours would be reduced to 21 hours per week, working Tuesdays to Thursdays, with some flexibility required. She alleged she was also advised that the practice of two trainers giving the training was to be reduced to one. The woman refused to sign the revised 21-hour per week contract. She claimed she had to find alternative work to supplement her income following the loss of her hours. She had been expected to work the odd Saturday in the past, but she claimed this was not possible due to her supplementary work. The case was referred to conciliation in the WRC. Two meetings took place. The outcome was the same, her working days were Tuesday to Thursday and any additional days would be paid.She was also required to deliver additional training days on Saturdays on an irregular basis. Additional training requirements would be met by using external trainers.In her case, it was outlined that it is her position that “she is an excellent trainer and highly respected in her field”. She claimed the reason for the reduction in the hours was because of bullying allegations that she made and that she was the only worker in the company to have her hours cut. She alleged that she wasn’t offered fair procedures in the reduction of her hours. The worker said she has suffered huge financial losses and that she had been flexible and accommodating. The employer’s caseThe employer said that the worker is one of a small number of trainers who delivers training for the company. They said that due to the financial crisis, funding was drastically cut and they had to take significant measures to ensure its continuance. In 2009, there were cuts to salaries and hours of work. The employer claimed that between 2013 and 2015 there was a considerable drop in funding and income into the training department fell significantly. They allege that changes were voluntarily accepted by staff. In May 2016, they said, the worker returned to work following a lengthy absence to a reduced working week from five days to three, initially on a trial period, which subsequently became indefinite. While her working days were Tuesdays to Thursdays there were requirements for Mondays and Fridays occasionally, while Saturdays were required once or twice a year, the employer claimed. When working Saturdays the practice was to swap the day and receive time and a half for the purposes of time in lieu, according to the employer. They claim these changes were accepted and worked until late 2017. They said that in October 2017, she raised a grievance and sought to revert to full-time working and that consideration was given to this request but due to financial constraints it was not possible to grant.The employer also claimed the worker had proposed to revert to full-time five days a week or be paid for Fridays when worked and not swapped with a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.The employer gave a detailed response to her union and herself on 20 November 2017.She then informed the employer, they claim, that she was reserving her right to refer the matter to the WRC.The employer added that in early 2018 there was a requirement for Saturday work but she declined. Following the conciliation conference on 30 May 2018 they put in place arrangements to address her concerns.It was agreed to fix her days to Tuesday to Thursdays each week, according to the employer. She would be offered to work additional days for payment with no obligation to accept. It is the employers case that they do not have the funding to restore the hours of work and currently there is no demand for it. They argue they are not in a position to accede to her claim and despite their best efforts no solution has been found.DecisionWRC adjudication officer Eugene Hanly found that there was a significant reduction in the worker’s hours and noted that no compensation was paid for this reduction. Hanly also noted that the worker had to take on additional duties outside the company in order to supplement her income. He found the employer made genuine attempts to address her concerns, including the offer of some additional hours on an irregular basis but this was not successful.He also found no evidence the worker was signalled out for reduction in hours or that the reduction in hours was motivated by the grievance concerning bullying. Furthermore, Hanly found that the employer failed to appreciate the impact on the worker of the reduction in hours from 33.25 to 21 hours per week, having previously reduced the hours from 35 to 33.25.“I find that it was wrong to unilaterally reduce the hours and not to have had meaningful discussions on the implication of the reduction. I find that the worker was entitled to compensation for having her hours reduced,” Hanly said. “I find that there is no possibility of reverting to full-time hours as there are neither funds nor a demand for them.” He recommended that the employer pays the worker compensation of €23,118 within six weeks of 8 February 2019. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Short URLcenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4515622 Mar 2nd 2019, 4:01 PM Image: Shutterstock/KieferPix File photo Worker should receive €23.1k after having hours ‘unilaterally and significantly’ reduced The worker brought her case to the Workplace Relations Commission. File photo Image: Shutterstock/KieferPixlast_img read more

Documentary about Markos Vamvakaris

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of the repertoire of the Greek Film Society of Brisbane, a movie I Like Hearts Like Mine – Markos Vamvakaris (2000, 68′) will be screened on 24 June.Directed by Giorgos Zervas, the movie is a portrait of Markos Vamvakaris (1905-1972), one of the greatest creators of Greek rebetiko song. With rare footage, audio, sound tracks and interviews with family and musician friends, the director provides insight into the musician’s personal life and the milieu in which he lived and created. The documentary captures the rebetiko way of life epitomised in Vamvakaris whose music expresses its harshness and tenderness.The screening will be followed by a special rebetika concert with live bouzoukia.When: Tuesday 24 June at 7.45 pm Where: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone St, South Brisbane For more information, visit www.greekfilmsociety.comlast_img read more

Netflix is Finally Stepping Into the Big World of Merchandising

first_img I guess it was bound to happen eventually, but I’m surprised Netflix didn’t work towards this sooner.Netflix is finally getting into the merchandising business. According to Bloomberg, the company is looking to hire a manager in charge of licensing, who will form partnerships with retailers and help with the creation of related books, comics, and toys.“We are pursuing consumer products and associated promotion because we believe it will drive meaningful show awareness/buzz with more tangible, curated ways to interact with our most popular content,” Netflix said in the job posting. “We want licensed merchandise to help promote our titles, so they become part of the zeitgeist for longer periods of time.”If you think about it, Netflix itself doesn’t have original merchandise, as most toys you may see in the wild are through partnerships with other companies, such as with Marvel. But for original series like Stranger Things, the amount is lacking. Recently, Netflix tested its merchandising potential with a line of Stranger Things products at Hot Topic, which includes T-shirts, mugs, patches, and clothing lifted from characters like Eleven.Of course, you can buy fan-made merch on Etsy and unlicensed goodies on places like Amazon (who wants a House of Cards T-shirt?). However, with this new position, which unlocks a new strategy, consumers can be seeing a whole swath of things to buy.For example, the job posting (it’s still open if you want to apply), mentions books and comics as areas for opportunity, so it’s possible we could see tie-in graphic novels for some Netflix originals. What else is possible in this new land of merchandising and capitalism? I have some ideas.A manual of acting tips written by Count Olaf.A book on white privilege from the makers of Dear White People.Narcos toy drugs. You know, for kids.An iron-on patch that actually opens a portal to the Upside-Down.Bojack Horseman Secretariat action figures.Sense8 walkie-talkies to create your very own cluster.A recipe book on cannibalism to go along with Santa Clarita Diet. What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on targetlast_img read more

Get These 260 NoiseCanceling Headphones for Under 80

first_imgTREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones – $78.99See Deal Great sound, superior comfort, and elite features. TREBLAB Z2 wireless noise-cancelling headphones offer all this and more — and for the lowest price. Purchase a set now for just $78.99, a special limited time reduction from our already heavily discounted price.A general rule of thumb is that, when it comes to headphones, you get what you pay for. If a particular set costs less than another, then it must be because it’s deficient in some way. If that adage is true, then TREBLAB Z2’s are the exception. These cans feel and sound like they’re worth hundreds but they actually cost just a fraction of that. But no one needs to know that but you.TREBLAB Z2’s are an Amazon Choice Product. They feature neodymium-backed 40mm speakers for superior audio, T-Quiet™ active noise canceling technology, and are designed to fit ergonomically so you can wear them comfortably all day long. They have an impressively long 35-hour battery life and can be recharged in as little as three hours, so you’ll spend more time enjoying your soundtrack.Why pay hundreds for top quality headphones when you can get the same thing for less? TREBLAB Z2 wireless noise-cancelling headphones have an MSRP of $259.99. We normally discount them to $149.99 but, if you purchase today, you’ll get them for just $78.99. Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Want your products featured at the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! Stay on targetlast_img read more

New Florida Law Nixes Need for Autonomous Vehicle Operators

first_img Scania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle ConceptUber Driverless Cars Return to the Road After Fatal Arizona Crash Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week signed a bill removing “unnecessary obstacles that hinder the development of autonomous vehicle technology”—including backup drivers.The new law, which takes effect July 1, will allow a self-driving car (meeting all insurance requirements) to run without a human operator.It also exempts occupants from laws against texting and other distractions.“Signing this legislation paves the way for Florida to continue as a national leader in transportation innovation and technological advancement,” DeSantis said in a statement.Flanked by smiling supporters, the governor on Thursday signed House Bill 311 at the SunTrax transportation center, used to test autonomous vehicles.Also in attendance were Republican bill sponsors Sen. Jeff Brandes and Rep. Jason Fischer.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill allowing autonomous vehicle tests with no human operator (via Gov. DeSantis Press Office)“We here in Florida are pioneering the most exciting innovations in transportation,” Fischer said. “This bill on self-driving cars will usher in a new era of smart cities that will not only expand our economy but increase road safety and decrease traffic congestion.”And permit “active display” of TV or video in the car.The Sunshine State isn’t exactly breaking new ground: Last year, the California DMV introduced new regulations allowing automakers to test and deploy fully driverless vehicles.We still have a long way to go, though, before folks can start napping behind the wheel.High-profile accidents—an autonomous Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona; Tesla’s Autopilot feature was engaged at the time of a fiery Model X crash in California—have left some mistrustful of self-driving cars.Others, meanwhile, are ready and willing to move forward with the unpredictable technology.“Autonomous vehicles are the way of the future and Florida is leading the charge through the research, testing, and development of autonomous vehicles,” according to state Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault. “And now with this bill signed into law … Florida is ready to lead the nation with this innovative transportation advancement.”Brandes agreed, adding that “With the signing of this legislation we reaffirm our bold commitment to lead the country as we transition to a shared, electric and driverless future.”In February 2018, Ford unveiled a self-driving delivery pilot program that would see autonomous vehicles roaming the streets of Miami—notorious for its traffic congestion.More on Geek.com:U.S. Postal Service Begins Testing Self-Driving TrucksResearchers Teach Autonomous Cars to Predict Pedestrian MovementStudy: Even Self-Driving Cars Are Racist Now Stay on targetlast_img read more

Scientific Games announces pricing of social gaming IPO

first_img Scientific Games completes first installation of Quartz Hybrid at Seoul’s Seven Luck Casino Gaming opportunities down but Scientific Games holds steady in 2Q19 on growth in international, online segments Scientific Games Corp’s new social gaming arm, SciPlay Corporation, has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 22 million shares of Class A common stock.The shares will be offered at US$16.00 per share, with the underwriters granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 3.3 million shares at the IPO price. Scientific Games partners with Jumbo Technology RelatedPosts Load More In an announcement, Scientific Games said the shares would begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market from last Friday 3 May under the ticker symbol “SCPL” with the is expected to close this Tuesday 7 May.The company has previously stated it hopes to raise up to US$352 million via its IPO, with the proceeds to be used to reduce debt.last_img read more