Jose Mourinho wants Paul Pogba’s World Cup focus at Manchester United

first_imgPaul Pogba was a vital clog in France’s World Cup win and his manager at Manchester United believes the tournament’s environment helped in bringing out the best in the midfielder.And Jose Mourinho is hopeful that Pogba can bring the same focus and intensity in the upcoming Premier League season.Pogba, who moved to United from Juventus for a then world record fee in 2016, lit up the Premier League with moments of sublime skill but his inconsistency has been equally frustrating for the Manchester United faithfuls.READ – Water canon salute, red carpet welcome French World Cup winners in ParisPogba was routinely criticised for his performances for Manchester United last season, but stepped up a gear in Russia, marshalling the France midfield alongside N’Golo Kante and scoring in the final as the side were crowned world champions for a second time.Papa et maman cest pour vous mom and dad, its for you! @equipedefrance #fiersdetrebleus pic.twitter.com/Gyh9lTfuL5Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) July 15, 2018″I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him, it’s about him giving the best he has to give,” Mourinho told ESPN. “I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give (their) best.READ – All roads lead to Champs Elysees for France’s World Cup victory parade”Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football. Where he’s with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.advertisement”During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMourinho said it was easier for a player to keep improving his game as his side progressed at the World Cup.”In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing… You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarter-finals, to the semi-finals, to the finals,” he added.READ – FIFA World Cup 2018 is over. And so is India’s obsession with football”This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player. So I think it was the perfect environment for him.”I think players in the World Cup, they really feel that extra commitment with a country… so they play for the team, and only for the team, and the team is the most important thing, and they do everything to try to succeed.”It’s the perfect environment for a talented player like him to focus, to fully focus on the job.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

ICC Test rankings: Shaw and Pant make giant strides, Umesh cracks top 25

first_imgVirat Kohli remained the No.1 ranked Test batsman in the world after scoring 139 and 45 in the Tests against West Indies in the two-match series, which India clean-swept 2-0.India thrashed the Windies by an innings and 272 runs in the first Test in Rajkot and then crushed them by 10 wickets in the second Test in Hyderabad to take the series.Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane registered scores of 41 and 80 in the two innings he played, which helped him jump four spots to move into top 20 in the world.The two young guns of the Indian team, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant dazzled in the series vs the Windies, enabling them to make giant strides up in the ICC Test rankings.Also read – Don’t think any of us were even 10 per cent of what Prithvi Shaw is at 18: Virat KohliShaw, who followed up his century on debut with scored of 70 and 33 not out moved up 13 places to become world No.60 while Pant, who scored 92 in both the innings he played, jumped 23 spots to take the 62nd spot in the rankings. Rishabh Pant scored 92 in both the first and second Test against West Indies. (AP Photo)For the West Indies, Kraigg Brathwaite had a horrible series where he registered scores of 2, 10, 14 and 0 in the two Test matches. He remained in top 20 Test batsmen at the 19th spot, tied with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. However, his disappointing series meant he slid four spots.Also read – Rishabh Pant hopes to convert 90s into 100s after missing second successive centuryadvertisementWhile Brathwaite saw a decline, Roston Chase was rewarded for his good show against India. Chase had scored 53 and 20 in the first Test and then registered scores of 106 and 6 in the second Test to move up 10 places to 31 in the world.Among the bowlers, Umesh Yadav’s 10-wicket haul meant he rose four places to crack into top 25 in the world with his career-best ratings of 613. Umesh Yadav bagged his maiden 10-wicket haul in the second Test against the West Indies. (AP Photo)Umesh was the star of the second Test for India, where he bagged six wickets in the first innings and picked four more in the second to rock the West Indian batting line-up.On the other hand, Jason Holder, who stood out individually in the one Test match he played against India, also benefitted in the rankings due to his showing.Also read – Who will be India’s reserve opener and backup wicketkeeper for Australia Tests?Holder, who returned as captain in the second Test for the Windies, picked up five wickets in the first innings, including the likes of Kohli and Rahane. For his solid display, Holder became world No.9 with career-best 766 points, moving up four spots.last_img read more

Guardiola available to Stones ’24 hours a day’

first_imgWorld Cup Guardiola available ’24 hours a day’ during World Cup for Stones Matt Dorman 17:49 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola John Stones Manchester City Getty Images World Cup England Tunisia v England Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Having taken his game to “another level” under the Catalan coach, the Manchester City defender will be seeking advice from his club boss this summer England defender John Stones will have a direct line to Pep Guardiola during the World Cup as he aims to make up for a “difficult” Euro 2016.Now an integral member of Gareth Southgate’s back three, Stones is set for his first minutes at a major tournament after going unused by Roy Hodgson two years ago.The then-Everton player watched from the bench as England scraped through the group stage in France before crashing out to Iceland in a deflating last-16 defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He has since blossomed into a Premier League winner under Guardiola at Manchester City and the 24-year-old will look to his club boss for guidance in Russia.”I will definitely speak to him in the tournament. He’s very open,” Stones told reporters.”He said we can call him or text him whenever we need to, 24 hours a day.”He’s always said that which is brilliant of him as a person in my opinion. Even if it’s not football-related. That’s important.”Stones has played under Guardiola for the past two seasons and attributes his greater importance for England to the Catalan’s influence.”Mostly Pep! Definitely Pep, the players I’m playing with at club level, and obviously becoming more mature, knowing myself and knowing the game better,” he said.”I think the thing for me is how he has made everything so simple. He has taken my footballing brain to another level.”Everyone thinks they know football and different systems but when I turned up at City and trained with him it was like a new door opening that I never thought would be there.”last_img read more

Trafigura IFM Investors Form JV for Impala Assets

first_imgzoomIllustration. Impala’s Porto Sudeste. Image Courtesy: Impala Commodity trading company Trafigura Group has decided to create a joint venture with IFM Investors for certain assets of Trafigura’s ports and warehousing company Impala Terminals and entered into a long-term partnership with the fund manager.Specifically, Trafigura entered into an agreement with IFM Global Infrastructure Fund under which the latter company will invest in Impala Terminals’ assets for an undisclosed sum.As informed, the 50:50 joint venture will own and operate a network of concentrates terminal infrastructure in Mexico, Spain and Peru, which play an important role in the movement of copper, lead and zinc in the global market.The joint venture will also include fluvial operations in Paraguay and a Swiss-based operation which provide global freight forwarding and multimodal transportation services in the African copperbelt for Trafigura and third-party clients.In addition, the JV will explore strategically growing the platform over time, including expanding the network with assets owned by Trafigura that are currently not included in the transaction perimeter.“Impala Terminals has (…) the potential to expand in existing and new markets and through handling increased volumes from Trafigura and third parties. This was a good point to bring in a strong partner, while allowing Trafigura to re-invest the funds raised into new projects that will support our trade flows,” Jeremy Weir, Executive Chairman and CEO of Trafigura, commented.This agreement is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.Impala Terminals is a multimodal logistics provider which owns and operates a network of ports, port terminals and warehouses which, combined with its transport assets, provide end-to-end logistics solutions for dry and liquid bulk cargoes, general cargo and containers.last_img read more

Accepting Antlerless Deer Hunting Licence Applications

first_img Phone lines accepting applications to hunt antlerless deer will open on Saturday, July 18. Nine-thousand permits are up for grabs this year. “Once again, hunters in Nova Scotia look forward to this annual tradition,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “These antlerless deer permits allow for the opportunity to enjoy a high quality deer hunting experience.” To manage the deer population in Nova Scotia, a zone system is used to set the number of antlerless licences based on the abundance of deer in various areas. This year, permits will not be required for zone 2A, near Lunenburg, in an effort to reduce the deer population in that area. Hunters may take either antlered or antlerless deer. The number of permits has decreased for zone 4, located in central Nova Scotia, because of a lower number of deer. Antlerless deer hunting permits will not be available in zone 3 near Cape Chignecto, zone 5 on the eastern shore, and zones 6 and 7 in Cape Breton Island, where numbers remain well below desired levels. Beginning at 7 a.m., July 18, hunters can call 1-900-565-DEER (3337) 24 hours a day, to apply. The line will remain open until midnight on Friday, Sept. 4. A non-refundable application fee of $6.90 will be charged to the telephone bill of the phone used to make the call. It is not possible to call from a cellphone. A computerized random draw will take place on Sept. 5. Successful applicants will be notified by mail during the week of Sept. 8, at which time all applicants can enter their Wildlife Resources Card on the Department of Natural Resources website to find out if they have been successful. Draw results will be available by phone, Sept. 12 to Sept. 18, at 1-877-535-1234 or 493-1412, if calling from the Halifax area. Hunters who do not apply or who are unsuccessful in the draw, will still be able to hunt deer where hunting is permitted. However, other than in zone 2A, they will be limited to hunting for bucks having antlers a minimum length of 7.62 centimetres (three inches)in length. Information on the 2009 draw can be found where hunting and angling licences are sold, or on the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw . Note: A list of the number of antlerless deer stamps available for the years 2006 to 2009 can be found at gov.ns.ca/news/Photos/2009/Jul/DeerChart.html.last_img read more

Judge gives final instructions to jury in murder trial of 12yearold BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge says jurors will need to use their common sense in assessing the reliability of an alleged confession by a man accused of killing a 12-year-old girl.In final instructions to the jury, Justice Austin Cullen says an undercover police officer posing as a crime boss provided financial and social inducements to Garry Handlen but the man was never threatened.Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack near her home in Merritt in 1978.Her remains were found 17 years later, near where Handlen told the supposed crime boss that he sexually assaulted and killed her.The RCMP began a so-called Mr. Big sting in early 2014, falsely telling Handlen police had DNA linking him to Jack’s murder and witnesses could place him at the crime scene but “things could be done to take care of it” if he told the truth.The trial began in October and jurors are expected to start deliberations on Monday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Poll suggests Canadians could learn more about quirky bits of countrys history

first_imgTORONTO — A new poll suggests Canadians haven’t made much progress in expanding their knowledge of the more colourful parts of the country’s history.The online survey from Historica Canada, the organization behind the country’s Heritage Minutes, quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky Canadiana using true or false questions and tallied the number of correct responses.The organization says 67 per cent of respondents who completed the survey got a failing grade.That’s more than the 62 per cent of respondents who failed a similar survey last year, in which Historica quizzed them on trivia tidbits such as the fact that the Montreal Canadiens once lost the Stanley Cup by the side of the road while changing a tire.This year, Historica says scores were particularly poor for questions related to science and innovation, with most test-takers failing to recognize that both the world’s first internet archive and the popular Jolly Jumper baby exercise toy were Canadian inventions.Poll respondents were also fooled by false statements, largely believing claims that the Newfoundland dog became an official national symbol after a former prime minister received one as a gift when the province officially became part of Canada.Historica Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wilson-Smith readily admits this year’s batch of questions were “nasty,” noting the poll results should not be taken for a sign of overall ignorance about Canadian history.But Wilson-Smith said the questions, if not the results, should serve to challenge what he views as a common myth about the study of Canada’s past.“It drives me crazy, this idea that Canadian history is boring,” he said in a telephone interview. “No, it’s not. People just haven’t bothered to look closely enough at the real human stories and quirky things that have happened here.”The survey of 1,002 participants, administered by Ipsos, broke questions down into five categories to quiz respondents on their knowledge of science and innovation, geography, culture, sports and animals.Survey participants demonstrated strongest knowledge of geographical questions, with 48 per cent scoring a passing grade in that category.Passing likely involved correctly recognizing that more people live in Canada’s smallest province of Prince Edward Island than the largest territory of Nunavut, and that the city known today as Kitchener, Ont., was once named Berlin and opted to change its name during the First World War.Questions related to literature also drew a relatively high number of correct responses.The survey found 47 per cent of respondents knew that “Anne of Green Gables” has been part of Japan’s public school curriculum since 1952.Even more, 68 per cent, were aware that Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real bear named for the city of Winnipeg that travelled overseas with a Canadian soldier during the First World War.On the flip side, the vast majority of Canadians were under the mistaken impression that the country’s men’s soccer team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, with only 23 per cent of respondents recognizing that claim as false.Only 19 per cent of those completing the survey knew that the first recorded instance of dressing in costume on Halloween in North America was documented in Vancouver in 1898.Overall performance was weakest in the science and innovation category. Only 30 per cent of respondents, for instance, knew that the first internet search engine was developed by a graduate student at Montreal’s McGill University. The engine was dubbed “Archie,” or “archive” without the v.Historica found regional discrepancies in participant’s quiz scores, with 37 per cent of respondents in Saskatchewan or Manitoba recording passing grades. That rate fell to 22 per cent for poll participants in British Columbia.Pass rates did not vary by age, the survey found, but were eight per cent higher among men than women.The online survey was conducted between June 11 and 14. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

YouTube picks Canadian Jessie Reyez to launch new marketing blitz platform

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian singer Jessie Reyez sings about her dreams of rising to the upper ranks of music and YouTube hopes its new marketing campaign will play a role getting her there.The streaming video giant says it’s picked the Juno Award-winning singer as its inaugural YouTube Artist on the Rise, a multi-platform publicity push that launches Friday.The new monthly program selects a musician YouTube deems “up-and-coming” and puts a massive promotional thrust behind them. It’s an effort by YouTube to catch the wave of new acts and help build further momentum behind them in the increasingly cluttered world of streaming music.Toronto-raised Reyez is considered one of the rising stars of Canada’s music industry. Her single “Figures” climbed the country’s pop music charts last year and she’s worked alongside big names such as Calvin Harris and Eminem.But getting placed on a YouTube pedestal is almost certain to skyrocket awareness for her music with mainstream listeners.YouTube says it will launch a marketing campaign for each Artist on the Rise that includes commercial spots before YouTube videos, physical advertisements on billboards and public transit, and clips about the artist produced by the streaming company.Each chosen performer will also appear in ads on social media and in-person for fan events held at YouTube’s creator studios in various cities.The plan comes as competition heats up in the streaming music industry, including at YouTube’s parent company, which also owns Google Play Music.Big companies like Spotify and Tidal have put considerable effort behind trying to stand out from their streaming peers by showcasing hot new acts and offering exclusive content.Last summer, Apple Music elevated Daniel Caesar through its monthly “Up Next” program, which included giving the Toronto R&B singer prime positioning on playlists and a billboard advertising campaign in some cities. The featured placement was pivotal in creating buzz around his name.YouTube spokeswoman Nicole Bell declined to outline the financial details of its Artist on the Rise program, but called the commitment “significant.”Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music and a former executive at Def Jam, said the relationship will extend beyond the initial featured spot as an Artist on the Rise.“We’re going to stay connected to the artist throughout their career — for better or worse,” he said.“We’re not one-and-run. We’re going to be basically white-gloving (them).”YouTube said the details of how its long-term commitment to Reyez and future Artists on the Rise is still being determined.Earlier this week, it was revealed that YouTube is bringing its ad-free video platform to Canada, throwing itself into the ring with other subscription services like Netflix and CraveTV.YouTube Premium, originally known as YouTube Red in the United States, will be home to original productions like “The Karate Kid” spinoff series “Cobra Kai,” as well as original movies and documentaries.It will cost $11.99 per month and launch in Canada in the coming weeks.YouTube Music is a new streaming audio service that incorporates official artist releases with YouTube’s library of live performances, covers and music videos. The playlists and suggestions are curated for each user. It will cost $9.99 a month.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Income tax efilers drop by over 66 lakh in FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: In a first in recent history of tax filings, income tax e-filings in FY2019 have dropped by more than 6.6 lakh, a trend that analysts said was surprising as tax base was expected to increase post demonetisation. According to statistics put out on Income Tax Department’s e-filing website, income tax e-filings in FY 2018-19 was 6.68 crore, down from 6.74 crore in the previous fiscal. E-filers in FY 2016-17 were 5.28 crore. Kotak Economic Research in an April 30 report said: “We are surprised with the decline in income tax e-filing in FY2019.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”If the filings are indeed plateauing, it will be a worry for the fiscal which has seemingly shifted its focus to compensatory expenditure,” it said. “Tax filings have surprisingly plateaued in FY2019. This is surprising given that post demonetisation it was expected that the tax base would continue to increase.” However, registered filers have been on the rise – they grew by 15 per cent to 8.45 crore as on March 31, 2019, the e-filing website showed. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysRegistered filers were just 2.7 crore at the end of March 2013 which almost doubled to 5.2 crore in March 2016 and to 6.2 crore in March 2017. In signs of lower compliance, the ratio of actual filings to registered filers was 79 per cent in FY2018-19, down from 91.6 per cent in the previous fiscal. The compliance ratio was 85 per cent and 83 per cent in the preceding two years. It was 79.3 per cent in FY2014-15, which was a decline from 82 per cent of FY2013-14. The data showed a steady rise in filers in the Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh range with 1.05 crore filings in FY2018-19 including 1.02 crore of individual taxpayers. Kotak said the declining e-filings “does beg the question whether compliance was weaker in the latter part of FY2019 given that the number of registered filers has continued to see steady growth.” “If compliance has been weak, the new government will aim at increasing the filings and collections in FY2020,” it said. “A focused utilization of the data on deposits during demonetization could yield better compliance, especially in the higher income brackets.” This combined with the granular GST filing data will be essential in increasing the filings as well as revenues over the next few years, it said. “The task is cut out for the next government looking at improving the tax buoyancy — essential to fund the increasing transfers in expenditure.” The government needs to look at further expanding the tax base (optimally using the data repository from demonetization and GST). Without a significant improvement in the tax base, the medium-term growth path will be at risk, Kotak said. It said that while it is hoped that the filings for the assessment year increase (around August when filings are completed), a relatively muted tax filing growth will create further headwinds in an already stressed fiscal space. “With the recent inception of direct transfers in the budget, the fiscal could easily be on a slippery slope unless there is a rationalization of expenditure,” it said adding around 55 per cent of central government expenditure is fixed in nature and the eventual impact could be on further lowering capex. Given the stressed fiscal space, debt markets are burdened with heavy government and PSE borrowings, which are likely to keep the yield curve steep in FY2020, it added. Kotak said while a number of activity indicators have been signalling a slowdown in parts of the economy, the tax collections corroborate it too. “Aggregate indirect tax revenues’ buoyancy has been weak along with targets being missed on direct taxes too. Further, persistently high borrowing cost for financial institutions and companies (given crowding out by the government sector) will weigh on the near-term aggregate demand in the economy,” it said. From a medium-term perspective, if the government does not expand its capital expenditure (higher transfers and muted tax growth), the growth prospects will be under doubt given estimated fiscal multipliers, it added.last_img read more

UN mission deploys extra police as fighting continues in eastern DR Congo

A reinforced platoon of 40 Indian police officers was deployed today in Goma, the provincial capital, to help support Congolese national police in that city, the UN mission – known as MONUC – said in its latest update on the situation in North Kivu.The police officers with MONUC will train their local counterparts and help maintain and restore public order by conducting joint patrols and interventions, according to the update. The new efforts come amid fighting between Congolese armed forces (FARDC) and the rebel National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) in recent weeks, leading to some of the worst violence and civilian suffering in more than a year. The mission has made repeated calls for an immediate ceasefire and a return to the Actes d’engagement, the January accord that was supposed to end hostilities. MONUC peacekeepers have now been increased in Ntamugenga and Mutabo to ensure the safety of civilians in those areas, while blue helmets arre acting as intermediaries between the warring parties in Katsiru, Nyanzale and Tongo. In Nyanzale, about 80 kilometres from Goma, major troop movements have been observed on both sides of the conflict, according to the mission. But the town of Kabizo has been occupied by FARDC since last night. 27 September 2008Fighting continues to rage in the North Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between Government forces and rebels, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the country reported today as it stepped up efforts to stabilize the volatile region. read more

BlackBerry maker hopes to turn new leaf as it launches delayed smartphones

TORONTO – After a year of persistent struggles, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion hopes to launch a comeback in 2013 as it works to convince customers its latest smartphones are a worthy alternative to the growing list of competitors.It’s a battle that won’t be won overnight, and depending on who you ask, might not be won at all.That’s the challenge facing RIM in the ever-changing technology sector, where critics say the company spent too many years enjoying the success of its products rather than innovating to create new ones.In 2012, RIM tried to recover from its mistakes with a major overhaul of its leadership and a revamped operating system called BlackBerry 10. On Jan. 30, the company will unveil a new line of smartphones running its latest operating system as it enters the most important months of its history, ones that will likely determine whether RIM survives in its existing form.“They can’t afford to have another failed launch,” said Richard Tse, an analyst at Cormark Securities Inc.“This is really their last kick at the can.”Once the most valuable company in Canada, RIM has endured a meteoric fall from grace over the past several years. Even loyal BlackBerry users scrapped their old phones to join the growing number of touchscreen alternatives that have hit the market, in particular Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3.But it was this past year in which RIM was forced to face what its executives had long denied: the company was losing market share to its competitors at an incredibly fast rate.“BlackBerry has become kind of an uncool name,” said Zeus Kerravala, a telecom equipment analyst at ZK Research in Boston.“Over the past couple of years product quality has gone down, they’ve had some service outages, battery life isn’t as good. They got themselves so far behind, and there’s no reason why a consumer would sit around to wait for a device where they’ve disappointed them before.”Signs of a troublesome year were already developing for RIM as the ball dropped in New York City on New Year’s Eve 2011.With no new products to promote, executives had attempted to reinvigorate the struggling brand with a splashy advertising campaign on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special, one of the most watched programs of the evening. Celebrities prominently handled the company’s BlackBerrys live on air while musicians performed in front of billboards for the device.But investors remained unimpressed with RIM’s slipping hold of the U.S. market and within weeks co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis bowed to pressure, receiving a combined $12 million to step down from their roles atop the company.The two men were shuffled to director roles, replaced by Thorsten Heins, the former chief operating officer. Balsillie left the company entirely two months later.With Heins in the top position, RIM began a major overhaul of its middle management. New executives stepped into key positions like chief marketing officer and chief operating officer, while Heins promised in May that RIM would tighten its focus and remove a “little fat on the hips.”But with all of the changes, Heins couldn’t overcome the fact that development of the BlackBerry 10 operating system was woefully behind schedule. Already delayed from a launch in 2011, the CEO was forced in June to further push the debut into 2013, missing crucial sales periods like the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.Analysts cringed at the decision, saying it could prove to be the unravelling of the company if executives were forced to dip into its $2 billion cash reserve in order to stay afloat over the six-to-eight months before it launched its new devices.Heins had a somewhat different idea for how to keep the company operating in the short term. While he warned investors that RIM would face further pressure on its financial results over the next several quarters, the company was also working on ways to help tide the company over in the short term.First, Heins launched a plan to save $1 billion across RIM’s operations by February 2013. The company closed some of its manufacturing facilities and announced plans to lay off about 5,000 workers.Then, the company began to refocus its sales efforts on developing countries like Indonesia and Nigeria, where consumers were hungry for low-cost smartphones and the BlackBerry was still considered a status symbol.Selling older phones to smaller markets has proven to be a temporary fix for RIM. In recent quarters, the company has managed to keep its overall subscriber base growing, even though it has booked quarterly losses. RIM is scheduled to report its third-quarter results on Thursday.With the company heading into uncertain territory in the new year, RIM’s stock price has traded erratically. Since falling to its lowest level in about a decade in September, the company’s shares have surged about 125 per cent, helped by a number of analyst upgrades.“Being delayed into 2013, it may not be a bad thing,” said Tse.RIM’s competitors “lined their products up before the holiday season, so this gives them a forum to talk about their new products (in the new year) without a lot of traffic in their way.”Kris Thompson of National Bank said the company still has a shot at regaining some of their former fame, but he noted that it doesn’t necessarily mean they need to knock Apple or Android out of their top spots.“When we’re growing up we’re always taught to be competitive, to be No. 1, but you’ve got to be realistic,” he said.“If RIM can get five per cent (of the market) they’ve got a good business model, if they can get 10 per cent, then fantastic.”Thompson also pointed out that some consumers have been dissatisfied with the latest incarnation of the iPhone, which was accented by the faulty Apple Maps programs that sometimes misdirected users to the wrong locations.“I have the iPhone 5 and I’m not really too jazzed about it,” he said. “I may even be willing to switch over.”But even if RIM proves naysayers wrong and delivers a top-selling device, the company will still have an uphill battle as it races against some highly aggressive competitors.“That’s one of my worries,” said Bill Kreher, a technology analyst with financial services firm Edward Jones.“Even if they have a great product at launch, there’s got to be followup and it has to be in a timely fashion.”That likely means that analysts will continue to speculate on the survival of RIM for months, or years, to come.Persistent rumours have suggested the company could sell off parts of its operations to shore up cash, but despite hiring two adviser firms in early 2012, no transactions have materialized.“Everybody loves a comeback story, but there’s got to be some legitimate follow-through,” Kreher added. BlackBerry maker hopes to turn new leaf as it launches delayed smartphones AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2012 9:02 am MDT read more

Cowardly killer on run after beating 85yearold widow to death at her

Detectives are now appealing for any information about the incident  An 85-year-old great-grandmother was was battered to death in a “despicable and cowardly” attack in her own home, police have said.Rosina Coleman was found dead by a handyman at the bungalow where she lived alone in Romford, east London.Scotland Yard believe she was subjected to a “cowardly assault” between 7.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday before being left to die alone. She was found later in the day.Following the attack the killer fled the scene and remains on the run, whilst police taped off the road to her home.Ms Coleman, who is believed to have two children and five grandchildren, lived in the property alone after her husband died a few years ago.Today neighbours were shocked upon hearing the news.Pensioner Freda Bridges, who lives on the same, said: “She was a very nice lady. She has a very nice family, but they live a long way away. A murder investigation has been launched following the incidentCredit:BPM Media “It is imperative that we find those responsible for this horrendous offence.”The incident comes in the wake of news that there was an increase in violent crime in Havering – including harassment, assault and grievous bodily harm – from 6,094 incidents in 2016-17 to 6,119 in 2017-18.There were also four murders reported in the borough between April 2017 and March 2018. The victim who has suffered serious injuries was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem is expected to take place tomorrow.Det Insp Paul Considine, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This is a despicable incident in which the victim, an elderly lady who lived alone, had been subjected to a cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries.”She was discovered by a handyman working at the address.”We suspect the incident to have occurred between 7.30am and 11:30am on Tuesday.”I want to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to call police immediately.”Did you hear anyone in distress or notice someone in the area who may have looked out of place? Even a fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: “We do not know what has happened at the moment – she was just a really nice neighbour.”I have not seen her for a month as we have been out of the country. I have known her for the 28 years we have lived here, she was very nice.”Detectives are now appealing for any information about the incident after launching a murder probe today.Police were called by paramedics just after 11.30am on Tuesday to reports of a woman found deceased at an address in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. “The police have been here all night and forensics, and the road is closed. We used to get on the bus together and go into London, she was still very active and used to clean her windows and everything.”Her husband died a few years ago but she was still going out with friends and that sort of thing.” A murder investigation has been launched following the incident Detectives are now appealing for any information about the incident Credit:BPM media read more

Nigella Lawson says restaurants should not play music because it drowns out

The loud thump of music is now something to be expected in many fashionable restaurants – but Nigella Lawson has said it leaves her unable to taste her food.The cook and television presenter has said she is “allergic to all noise” including “music in shops and restaurants”.She added: “It is utterly draining. And it drowns out the taste of the food.”I’ve always presumed that these decisions are made by people who feel uncomfortable without noise.”Chef Richard Corrigan, who has won two Michelin stars and cooked for the Queen, said he sticks to quiet jazz piano music in his Mayfair restaurants.The restaurateur, who owns Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Corrigan’s restaurant, said: “Loud music, personally I’m not a fan of it in restaurants, I don’t mind some music, some live piano like we have in  Bentley’s and Corrigan’s is good, but what you don’t want is speakers over the table. “A good playlist is as equal to a really good menu in the right environment. It shows soul and individuality. You need to stay away from restaurants that play Abba or Eric Clapton loudly.”He added that while those in their twenties may enjoy loud music as they eat their meal, getting older means that the noise is grating. Tom Brown of Cornerstone in Hackney Wick agreed, explaining: “I think having good music playing is essential. At Cornerstone, it’s the thing that people comment on the most, after the food. When you go out it should be fun. You obviously want to be able to have a conversation and there’s nothing worse than sitting in a silent dining room.”Action on Hearing Loss recently found that some restaurants play music up to 90 decibels on busy nights, while recommendations from the charity suggest establishments keep it below 50db.The organisation also recommends that restaurants make use of carpets and soft furnishings in order to absorb sound and better allow for conversations to be heard. Mr Corrigan said: “Getting old is a great, great thing, but as we get old, noise to your eardrums of any description has a detrimental effect. “It is more about age more than anything, as you get older you look for a bit more solitude. “When Nigella was in her twenties, she probably did love music in a restaurant”.Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The Art School in Liverpool, said that “great food needs to be tasted in a softer, more gentle environment”, adding that in his restaurant he tries to “create an oasis of calm and a sanctuary of restoration for the soul.”Oisin Rogers, who runs The Guinea Grill in Mayfair, said bad music can ruin one’s appetite. He explained: “Music. Everybody loves it. It provides instant atmosphere. But if there’s already a good vibe there’s no need for it. Restaurants provide sensory experiences. Good sights, delicious tastes and flavours, beautiful aromas, textures that intrigue and pleasant sounds.”Some get music really right…many don’t. Canned music is often an irritant, an annoyance. It might please some folk, but never all. And if it is irritating, Nigella is perfectly correct, it’s impossible to enjoy food while irritated.”However, some restaurateurs said music is a crucial aspect of eating out. Two Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains said: “I think it’s important to have music in restaurants, it creates atmosphere and is necessary at the beginning of a service when the room is slightly quieter. Obviously, it shouldn’t be booming but nice and subtle. The best type of music for me is guests chattering and having a good time.” Jason Atherton of The Social Company added: “Music is really important to me, I actually highlighted this to my restaurant teams this morning; you can be sat in the most amazing restaurant, tasting the most beautiful food but if there’s no music and the atmosphere is flat, the overall experience is ruined. “I agree music shouldn’t be overbearingly loud and it has to suit the restaurant’s ambience, but it’s such an important factor in the guest’s experience to get right.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Data61 group developing mapping drone that can fly in and out of

first_imgSurveying and mapping of underground mines can be a challenging and dangerous task. In many cases, it simply isn’t possible to map certain areas because of access issues. Mapping of stopes is one example. While emptying a stope, it is beneficial to map it for volumetric calculations. The designed shape can be compared to the actual shape to assess for over blasting leading to dilution, or under blasting.Traditional cavity monitoring systems (CMS) surveying of stopeshave limitations because of the reach of the CMS boom along with it being a manual process. In many cases, the CMS will only partially map the stope because of shadowing. The point density is limited and varies depending on the distance from the scanner. These systems also require surveyors to enter hazardous areas near the stope entrance.To overcome these issues, the CSIRO Data61 Robotics Group, a Mining3 member and partner, is developing a drone which can autonomously (without pilot operation) fly in and out of stopes and other inaccessible areas. This capability is achieved using LiDAR-based 3D simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) in real time to allow navigation without GPS, and it enables the creation of 3D point clouds. The LiDAR data is used to detect objects within a radius of the drone in all directions, which can then take autonomous collision avoidance actions.As the drone explores the stope, it generates a map with complete coverage and no shadowing. Beyond basic volumetrics, the resulting point density is very high resolution, enabling identification of geological features and other complex information from the rich data set.With support from South32, Hovermap has been trialled at Cannington mine in Queensland in January 2017 and more recently in July 2017. Mining3 provided the funding to help demonstrate the Hovermap capability in a mining context. The second trial delivered the world’s first autonomous drone flight in an underground mine. At a trial in Northern Star Resources’ Jundee mine in September 2017, this was extended to the world’s first autonomous, beyond the line-of-sight, flight underground. All of which are major milestones in demonstrating the new technology. Data61 is in the process of commercialising Hovermap and it is envisaged the new technology will be available commercially in the second quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Pérou  365 nouvelles espèces répertoriées dans le parc Bahuaja Sonene

first_imgPérou : 365 nouvelles espèces répertoriées dans le parc Bahuaja Sonene365 espèces encore jamais vues dans le parc national Bahuaja Sonene, au sud du Pérou, ont récemment été répertoriées, selon la Wildlife Conservation Society. Une expédition dirigée par la Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) dans le parc national Bahuaja Sonene, en Amazonie péruvienne, a mené à la découverte de 365 nouvelles espèces. Les spécimens, connues des scientifiques sur d’autres aires de répartition n’avaient encore jamais été observées au sein de la zone de protection mise en place en 1996. La région a été passée au crible par une douzaine de chercheurs assignés à l’analyse de l’ensemble du règne végétal, des insectes, reptiles, oiseaux et mammifères.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au total, 30 espèces d’oiseaux encore non documentées ont été mises en évidences dont notamment l’aigle noir et blanc, Le Phalarope de Wilson et le coulicou cendré. Deux nouveaux mammifères, chauves-souris, ont par ailleurs été répertoriés parmi la faune du parc (la Macrote de Nicéphore et la pipistrelle de l’Est) ainsi que 233 espèces de papillons diurnes et nocturnes. “La découverte de nouvelles espèces et particulièrement au sein du parc Bahuaja Sonene souligne l’importance des initiatives de conservation en cours dans cette région”, indique Julie Kunen, directrices des programmes menés par WCS en Amérique latine.

Avec une superficie recouvrant plus d’un million d’hectares, le parc national recèle une biodiversité étonnante. On compte actuellement 600 espèces d’oiseaux dont sept types différents d’aras, 180 espèces de mammifères dont notamment le loup à crinière, le cerf des marais et le fourmilier géant, 50 espèces de reptiles et amphibiens, 180 espèces de poissons et 1.300 types de papillons. Parmi ces divers spécimens, nombreux ont été découverts au cours de cette dernière décennie. Des données de la WWF recueillies entre 1999 et 2009 estiment la fréquence de découverte à une nouvelle espèce tous les trois jours. 
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Reunion will benefit Columbia River grads nonprofit in Nicaragua

first_imgDoug Effinger’s mission trip to an orphanage in Nicaragua in 2000 changed his life.“You feel the heat, you smell the smells, you’re out of your comfortable environment,” said Effinger. “With all that going on, I saw these kids living in conditions we wouldn’t allow anybody in our country to live in. They just stole my heart.”That means dirt floors, no electricity, meager education and the occasional landslide or washout that leaves a village landlocked and washes some people away.It’s not a pretty picture, but Effinger fell in love. Over the course of several more trips, Effinger’s wife, Julie, did too. Within a few years, the couple had sold their Felida home and purchased some Clark County rentals to generate income. They worked with one orphanage in Managua, the capital city, and then helped another orphanage pick up and move to an entirely new campus that Effinger helped build.“I was building buildings and helping find the funding to build buildings,” said Effinger, whose background is in construction, remodeling, heating and air conditioning. He is a 1978 graduate of Columbia River High School. “It was a 25-acre property with children’s homes, guesthouses, sports facilities — it was really cool.”Eventually, the Effingers started their own nonprofit organization, aimed at matching ambitious Nicaraguan young adults with educational opportunities. It’s called Nica-Impact and it’s a sort of subsidized boot camp, Effinger said, for poor rural students eager to study subjects such as nursing, engineering and business management.last_img read more

Seahawks fans cause 25000 damage to Pergola

first_imgSEATTLE — Seahawks fans celebrating the Super Bowl victory caused an estimated $25,000 damage to a century-old ornate glass archway called the Pergola in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.A Parks Department spokeswoman, Joelle Hammerstad, says people walking on top of the Pergola broke 20 glass planes. Each of the laminated panes has to be specially made at a cost of $800 or $900. In addition, she says climbers damaged copper flashing, which has to be replaced. And the whole thing will have to be spray-washed and painted to clean up graffiti.Because it’s an historic structure, the work has to be done to unique specifications.The Pergola was originally built a century ago to cover an underground restroom. The whole structure was rebuilt after it was knocked down by a truck in 2001.last_img read more

Architect Takes Home the Grand Neal at the 2018 Neal Awards

first_imgWith over six decades of experience in recognizing editorial excellence in b2b media, the Neal Awards have grown to become highly selective honors, using over 150 experienced business media editors to judge the growing number of applicants every year.Taking home the most awards from the most categories was Crain Communications Inc. with six total wins, three of which are attributed to their publication Ad Age. Ad Age won for Best Industry Coverage overall, and Best Single Issue of a Tabloid/Newspaper/Magazine as well as Best Overall Art Direction/Design within the brand revenue category of over $7 million. Crain Communications Inc.’s other brands won for Best Single Article ($3-$7 million), Best Series (over $7 million), Best News Coverage ($3-$7 million).Winsight came in second for achieving the most awards with five total wins across four of their brands. Its publication Restaurant Business took home Best Single Issue of a Tabloid/Newspaper/Magazine ($3-$7 million), as well as the Best Art Direction for a Single Article or Cover in the same brand revenue category. The company also grabbed awards in the categories of Best Overall Art Direction/Design, and Best Website.ALM and BNP Media followed behind Winsight, tied with each winning four awards. BNP Media’s Engineering News-Record secured all of the company’s awards in the categories of Best Use of Video/Webcast overall, Best Art Direction for a Single Article or Cover (over $7 million), Best Technical Content (over $7 million), and Best News Coverage (over $7 million). ALM won in the categories of Best Series (less than $3 million), Best Infographics overall, Best Website (over $7 million), and Best Range of Work by a Single Author ($3-$7 million).Architect‘s Grand Neal was one of three wins for Hanley Wood. Architect also won in the Best Subject-Related Package category, and The Journal of Light Construction took home a win for Best Technical Content.View the full list of Neal Awards winners here. Architect magazine took home the Grand Neal award, the top prize at the annual Jesse H. Neal Awards Thursday, for its article, “The Climate is Changing. So Must Architecture.” Designed to honor the “most outstanding entry” out of all of the winners in all of the categories, the Grand Neal is awarded to the entrant who scores the highest in the three areas of judging: journalistic enterprise, extent of service to the field, and editorial craftsmanship.“It’s heartening for an editorial package on climate change to earn the honor and exposure of a Grand Neal,” says Ned Cramer, editor-in-chief of Architect and VP of editorial. “The threat is existential, and our elected leaders are failing to address it.”Honorable mentions for this category include SourceMedia’s American Banker article “How Far Does American Samoa Have to Go to Get a Bank?” as the first runner up, IEEE Media’s IEEE Spectrum’s Blockchain Special Issue as the second runner up, and Crain Communications, Inc.’s Automotive News article “Redesigning the Industry” as the third runner up.last_img read more

EC to conduct polls under Hasinaled govt Anisul

first_imgAnisul HuqLaw minister Anisul Huq on Friday said the next parliamentary elections will be held under the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League government.“As per the Constitution, the Election Commission will conduct the polls under the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League government,” he said while addressing a rally at Kalinagar mosque ground in Akhaura upazila of Brahmanbaria, reports UNB.Describing government’s various development activities, including the enhancement of the per capita income to USD 1610 from USD 503, the minister sought vote for the Awami League in the next general election that the development trend continues.Later, the minister inaugurated a tree fair arranged by the upazila office of the department of agricultural extension and distributed seeds and fertiliser among farmers.last_img read more

Drag Races Pearl introduces Vladonna a DIY fashion doll

first_imgThe three versions of Pearl’s Vladonna Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- In collaboration with designer toy company Kidrobot and renowned doll collector Gina Garan, Vladonna is meant to inspire creativity by arriving, essentially, as a blank canvas.Kidrobot is known for their blank, customizable figures like Munny, so Vladonna fits right in.Vladonna’s origins‘Looking at her, she’s obviously different than other fashion dolls,’ Garan tells GSN. ‘Her aesthetic is really based on Matt’s childhood drawings, drag, and his interest in plastic surgery.’Garan met Lent through a mutual friend—drag queen Detox, Garan reveals. Detox was visiting Garan in Brooklyn and told her about Lent, who lived nearby. They invited him over and, upon seeing Garan’s collection of dolls, a collaboration was born.Garan’s know-how of the doll world led Lent to bringing his sculptures of Vladonna to Kidrobot as prototypes.‘Vladonna is essentially every creative avenue I’ve ever taken rolled into one gorgeous, hand-held item,’ Lent tells GSN. ‘I have always been obsessed and an avid collector of all kinds of dolls and figurines. Creating and designing a fashion doll has always been my ultimate fantasy project.’‘My inspiration came from being a kid who loved to repaint Barbie and Bratz. I would remove their face paint with nail polish remover and repaint her whole body and style her hair. I always wished for a more voluptuous-figured doll that could encompass more body types,’ Lent says. Future VladonnaWhile current iterations of Vladonna are featureless, it won’t always be that way. Eventually, other models with faces and clothing will be released.You can paint Vladonna to look any way you want‘Vladonna is one of the first fully customizable fashion dolls,’ Lent explains. ‘There have been other concepts, but Vladonna has an edge with her unique silhouette and multi-hair color options. When her first fully-clothed, fashion-forward versions release you will see how the modern world of art and fashion influence her design and upcoming concepts!’Controversial bodyWhile reactions to Vladonna have been mostly positive, Garan notes that many were slow to praise her because of her unrealistic body.‘But that’s the point,’ Garan says.Vladonna is meant to be an exaggeration and even a mockery of ridiculous female beauty standards—much like drag is.‘I can see how Vladonna could be misconstrued as a taboo or adult toy because of her bodacious bod,’ Lent says. ‘But I hope that when people see how Vladonna opens up the creative mind, you’ll see that she is not about sex or fetishizing.’Buy VladonnaVladonna was released on Friday, 13 April. She’s available now on the Kidrobot website. Vladonna retails for $40 [£28.09; €32.40]. RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7 queen Pearl Liaison (Matt Lent) has just released an alternative fashion doll named Vladonna. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) WATCH: This artist turns Barbies into RuPaul’s Drag Race QueensCute or creepy? Check out these amazing doll creationsCelebrating pop culture, drag queens, and porn starsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/drag-races-pearl-introduces-vladonna-diy-fashion-doll/last_img read more