Praveen Kumar ruled out of World Cup

first_imgIndian medium-pacer Praveen Kumar has been ruled out of the World Cup starting on February 19 in Dhaka due to an elbow injury.Praveen Kumar checks out his elbow as Sachin Tendulkar looks on. APPraveen had hurt his elbow during a practice session ahead of the ODI series in South Africa and has not completely recovered from it.The medium-pacer was reportedly flown to London for a check-up last week, where he underwent an examination at the King Edward VII Hospital and was advised rest.He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.Despite knowing that Kumar was carrying an injury ever since his tour of South Africa, the selectors picked him in the 15-member squad without a fitness test. Key players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had also missed the ODI series against South Africa after being injured and Sachin Tendulkar was flown back mid-way during the series due to a hamstring injury. However, they are expected to be fully fit by the time the Indian camp starts in Bangalore on February 9.Ishant Sharma or S. Sreesanth may replace Kumar in the squad.last_img read more

Turning point: South Africa vs West Indies World Cup tie

first_imgThe turning point in the South Africa vs West Indies World Cup match that was played at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday has to be the third wicket stand between South Africa skipper Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers.The two put on 119 runs for the third wicket after the West Indies bowler struck early removing Hashim Amla (14) and Jacques Kallis (4). From 20-2 they pushed the score to 139-3 and eventually helped the team win by seven wickets.Man-of-the-Match AB de Villiers went on to score a century remaining unbeaten on 107 and even earned a MoM award for his efforts.last_img

Video: Watch Las Vegas Go Crazy When VCU Hits Meaningless Layup vs. Ohio State To Cover Point Spread

first_imgFans in Las Vegas go nuts with VCU backdoor cover vs. Ohio State.VCU lost its Second Round NCAA Tournament game against Ohio State Thursday afternoon, 75-72, in overtime.Those who bet on the Rams were victorious, though, as the Buckeyes were 3.5-point favorites. That betting victory came at the buzzer, as VCU’s Jonathan Williams made a meaningless layup as time expired that meant everything to the point spread. Check out the reaction at the Las Vegas SportsBook and Planet Hollywood when Williams made the layup. There were a lot of happy people in that room. VCU covers the spread & the crowd at @LVSuperBook Westgate Theater goes wild. #OhioState #VCUrams pic.twitter.com/zCcUVpWvnE— Tommy Lorenzo (@sportsbooktom) March 19, 2015Sometimes in #Vegas it’s not about who wins, it’s about by how much. Reaction to a last second layup, to lose by 3. pic.twitter.com/lDKgSlEbJZ— Planet Hollywood (@phvegas) March 19, 2015Perhaps VCU can take some solace in the fact that they covered the point spread. Ohio State is set to face Arizona on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on CBS. (The Wildcats are favored by eight.)last_img read more

Michigan Fan Finds Way To Troll Both Ohio State And Michigan State In 1 Sign

first_imgMichigan's band playing on the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 4: The Michigan Marching Band performs during the NCAA football game between the Ball State Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines on November 4, 2006 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won 34-26. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is in Ann Arbor this morning ahead of Michigan’s big rivalry game with Michigan State, but one fan wasn’t content to come up with a sign that just trolls the Spartans. No, he also had to include Ohio State too.In the below sign, shown on television Saturday morning, a Wolverines supporter pokes fun at both Ohio State’s schedule and Michigan State’s academics. Pretty clever.You can see more signs from GameDay here.last_img

Fergie Supports New GenderBased Violence Initiative

first_imgThe Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women – a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State – has presented a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative.Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Alyse Nelson, CEO of Vital Voices, Fergie, Avon Foundation Ambassador, William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, and Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, Inc.In making the announcement, Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson said, “we are delighted to be part of this new initiative that leverages the knowledge and expertise of our global women leaders to rapidly and effectively identify and respond to the immediate needs of victims. From providing legal services to women who have suffered domestic violence, to creating viable employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking these leaders know their communities and they have designed solutions that restore freedom and dignity. They are bringing us closer to a world free of violence.”The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative is a first-of-its-kind global program dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The Initiative takes comprehensive steps to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, honor crimes and other forms of gender based violence by providing critical support to survivors. By providing short-term emergency grants to cover medical care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other related costs, the program allows victims in urgent situations to access life-saving services.“Gender-based violence is a global epidemic and an affront to humanity,” said Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. It is our privilege to join in launching the GBV Initiative, a unique partnership which aims to uphold the dignity and advance the human rights of women and girls around the world.”The Initiative takes a holistic approach to addressing these crimes by creating a global gender-based violence training program for law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, government officials, and NGO advocates – The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence. Over the next two years, the program will work with criminal justice professionals and service providers in India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and other countries to develop and provide training that promotes a victim-centered approach to holding offenders accountable for their crimes.Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie said, “The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their promise. It will go even further to protect women who are victims of violence and secure justice for them. I am so proud to announce this pioneering new partnership of the Avon Foundation for Women, Vital Voices and the State Department.”Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership and a former specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor, states “we are honored to be part of these groundbreaking, comprehensive initiatives that will provide victims of gender-based violence not only with the critical services they need, but also with the justice they deserve.”last_img read more

Duncan puts money on the table pushes ahead with First Nations education

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Thursday the Harper government would be putting money on the table to go along with contentious plans for new legislation governing First Nations education.Duncan issued a statement following a late afternoon meeting with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and three other chiefs, including Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador regional Chief Morley Googoo.Duncan said the Harper government would meet its obligation to consult under the Constitution.“Our approach will be consistent with our obligations … and will include intensive consultation with First Nation parents, students, leaders and educators, as well as provinces,” said Duncan’s statement. “We will also explore mechanisms to ensure stable, predictable and sustainable funding for First Nation education.”The Harper government’s plan to pass legislation that would provide a framework for on-reserve, K-12 education is one among several of the irritants that led Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario chiefs to try and enter the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday.Duncan told the chiefs he had a cabinet mandate directing him to proceed and begin consultation on new legislation.The Atleo-led delegation told the minister that issues of treaty rights and funding needed to be addressed. The two sides agreed to meet again in the New Year.“All issues were put squarely on the table and we will follow-up by transmitting the resolutions along with our national action plan once it is confirmed by us,” said Googoo in an email sent to chiefs and band officials at about 6:35 p.m. following the meeting. “Key issues included the urgent need for fair, equitable and stable funding, regional diversity including the absolute need for respectful implementation of our rights and Treaty implementation and support for First Nations controlled systems supportive of our languages and cultures.”The meeting began sometime between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., moments after Atleo’s speech to wrap up a special chiefs assembly when he declared “now was the time for action.” Its time was set while chiefs were still gathered in the assembly.The AFN’s chiefs committee on education had sent a letter to Duncan last week requesting the meeting.There were some questions immediately after the AFN and the minister issued their statements as to why Duncan didn’t meet with all the chiefs at the assembly.Treaty chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario have said federal education legislation would infringe on their constitutionally-protected treaty right to enact sovereign laws over how they teach their children.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations distributed a pamphlet with a stark warning about Ottawa’s plans.“The last time Canada introduced federal legislation in education for our people,” says the pamphlet above two photos of Cree child Thomas Moore before and after he entered an Indian residential school in Regina. In one photo Moore has his long hair in braids and wears traditional beaded clothing and in the next photo his hair is trimmed short and he wears a tight fitting suit.The FSIN has passed three resolutions demanding the AFN stop working with Ottawa to develop federal education legislation.Under then-Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jim Prentice, a minority Harper government passed B.C. specific legislation in late 2006 that allowed for harmonization between provincial and on-reserve education systems.Treaty chiefs don’t want provinces at the table.last_img read more

North American stock markets in the red as Canadian dollar trades lower

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index continued trading lower Wednesday amid slumping commodities prices, while U.S. markets also receded further into the red.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 34.65 points to 15,878.48, with the base metals and energy sectors leading decliners.It’s the sixth negative session in a row for the commodity-heavy TSX after hitting a record high last week.“When you look at the TSX, it’s just a continuation of the weakness we’ve seen over the past week,” said Macan Nia, senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“The weakness has been driven mainly by the sell-off in the commodity complex from oil, to base metals to really gold as well.”On Wednesday, the December crude contract retreated 37 cents to US$55.33 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down two cents to US$3.08 per mmBTU.The December gold contract fell US$5.20 to US$1,277.70 an ounce and the December copper contract gave back two cents at US$3.08 a pound.Nia linked depressed commodities prices to a host of factors, particularly a slowing Chinese economy that has performed weaker than the markets have expected. “And as goes the Chinese economy so follows the commodity complex, and so follows the TSX,” he said.A report from the International Energy Agency pointing to strong production growth in the years ahead, particularly in the U.S., has also weighed on oil prices this week.“Despite the equilibrium between demand and supply coming closer over the past couple of months, there are more signs that we’ll get more supply coming on and that will tilt the balance to more supply than we need,” Nia said.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) were up 3.34 per cent to $14.85 at the closing of markets after the struggling mortgage lender reported third-quarter net income of $30 million, about half of what it earned in the year-ago period before it was hit with allegations it misled investors.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) also got a boost, with its stock up 6.08 per cent to $1.57, after the oil and gas company said it had reached a US$8.5-million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud-related charges filed earlier this year.Meanwhile, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) saw a meagre increase in its shares after the grocery and pharmacy giant announced plans to close 22 unprofitable stores by the end of the first quarter in 2018.South of the border, U.S. stock indices were also negative on Wednesday as investors watched a batch of economic data, while keeping an eye on Washington as lawmakers began to push a tax cut bill through Congress.The U.S. Labor Department said that consumer prices edged up 0.1 per cent last month, the smallest gain in three months. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.2 per cent in October. And a closely watched report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed manufacturing expanded at a slower pace this month in New York, but remained at a healthy level.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 138.19 points to 23,271.28. The S&P 500 index gave back 14.25 points to 2,564.62 and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 31.66 points to 6,706.21.“In the U.S. the markets are just taking a breather. We’ve had a very good return profile in 2017 and we haven’t had volatility this year,” noted Nia.“I think that if we do not see a pullback from the peak of greater than five per cent by the end of the year, this will be only the second year in 30 years that we haven’t had at least one five per cent pullback.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.29 cents US, down 0.25 of a U.S. cent.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

May to argue 2nd referendum would violate public trust

first_imgLONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy.In remarks released ahead of her speech in the House of Commons on Monday, May says that staging another referendum “would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver.”She’s also expected to argue that such a ballot would exacerbate divisions rather than heal them.May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another vote.With time growing short toward Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure, it remains unclear whether the country will leave with a deal or crash out with no deal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

City cancels evacuation alert for Sewage Lagoons

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has rescinded the evacuation alert for the City’s South Sewage Lagoons.The alert was issued on October 10 as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the area to the Peace River Regional District Evacuation Orders.The Peace River Regional District also downgraded some areas of the Old Fort from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert. The majority of the community remains under an evacuation order.last_img

‘Modi jacket’ sales register fall in Aurangabad district

first_imgAurangabad: The popularity of the ‘Modi jacket’, a rage during the 2014 elections, is on the wane, with orders of the apparel recording a drastic fall, garments traders in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra said Tuesday. The ‘Modi jacket’ is a half-sleeve coat often worn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A local trader said there was a time when around 35 such jackets used to be sold from his outlet per day. Now the number is down to one per week, he added. Another city businessman Gurvinder Singh said factors like the GST, demonetisation and drought-like situation in the state have impacted the sale of these jackets, like all other apparels. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Many traders in Gulmandi, Tilak Path, Aurangpura, Sarafa, Osmapura and Cidco areas here echo similar views. Cloth merchant Rajedra Bhawsar, who used to keep a stock of these jackets along with other readymade ethnic wear, says since since the last one year not more than 10 pieces were sold from his outlet. “I now face a problem as the unsold stock is more and I invested a big amount, but there is no profit,” he said. Local tailor Dilip Lokhande, popular as Haroon Master, says with summer just around the corner, people are now showing more interest in khadi, linen and cotton shirts.last_img read more

Fighting through injuries adversity molds Ohio State captains

OSU senior quarterback Braxton Miller. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen Urban Meyer named the Ohio State football captains for the 2014 season, he seemed to set the tone for the rest of the year.Despite being out for the season, senior quarterback Braxton Miller was voted a captain by his teammates for the second season in a row. He headlined the list of five players who will lead the Buckeyes on the field.Coach Meyer said Miller was a “high vote getter” and the team will try bring him along when it travels as often as possible.“He’d be one of the 70 (players to go on the trip) if he can go. He won’t be able to go this time because of his (shoulder), but there will be times we have to make that decision,” Meyer said of Miller, who is currently in Florida to meet with Dr. James Andrews for shoulder surgery. Meyer said his surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.The other four players, all seniors, include cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive lineman Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.Doran Grant, the only returning starter in the Buckeye secondary, has had impressive spring and fall camps, Meyer said Aug. 16, adding that Grant was playing like an all-Big Ten conference corner.Curtis Grant struggled for most of his Buckeye career to crack the starting lineup as he was constantly battling for time against former Buckeye Ryan Shazier, but then was eventually replaced by former converted fullback Zach Boren because of lack of production.Despite that, he’s emerged as a starter and team captain for the Buckeyes this year because he’s been putting the team first, junior linebacker Joshua Perry said.“Curtis has been here for a few years and he has tried a lot of different things to be successful and some of them have worked better than others,” Perry said. “This year his mentality was to be a guy who is about the team and to help everybody in our unit out. I think by doing that, that made him a better overall player and leader.”Meyer also made a point of singling out Curtis Grant, who has started 13 games in his Buckeye career.“That’s one of the great things about what we do for a living is to see young people grow up, and boy, has Curtis Grant done a nice job,” he said Monday.Bennett, who has remained a model of consistency at OSU, is coming off of a season in which he started 13 games and recorded seven sacks.Bennett is the fourth Buckeye from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, to be named an OSU captain along with now-ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit (1992), Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2004) and Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (2005). All three went on to be named team-MVP at the end of the year.He has played 34 games so far in his Buckeye career.Rounding out the captains is Heuerman, who, like Miller, is coming off of an offseason injury.Meyer said that although Heuerman still isn’t 100 percent healthy, he anticipates the tight end will play in the opener against Navy.The senior from Naples, Fla., recorded a career-best season in 2013 with 26 catches for 466 yards and four scores.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Bierhoff Sanes World Cup omission was good for him

first_imgGermany team manager Oliver Bierhoff suggests that Leroy Sane benefitted from being left out of the nation’s World Cup squadManager Joachim Low made the controversial decision to omit Sane from his final 23-man squad for Germany’s doomed campaign at Russia.This was despite Sane’s standout campaign at Manchester City last season, which saw him win the PFA Young Player of the Year award after helping the club claim a domestic double in breathtaking fashion.However, Bierhoff reckons the World Cup snub may have done Sane good in the end for his development.“The issues with Leroy have been sorted out positively. You see how Leroy is playing. Perhaps it was also a good sign for him,” Bierhoff told The Sun.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have said it was a mistake not to take him to the World Cup, because he is a talent. But he felt what it means not to be part of the team.“And we have seen from him in the last few games, since he came back, that he is so motivated and focused on playing well.”On a possible Mesut Ozil Germany comeback, Bierhoff added: “I’m sad how it finished but that chapter is over.”Sane has managed six goals and seven assists in 18 appearances across all competitions for City this season.The 22-year-old even scored his first two goals for Germany in the previous games against Russia and Netherlands.last_img read more

Prime Minister Minnis Addressed Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas at Reception

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, December 20, 2017 – Washington, DC – Bahamas Ambassador to Washington, D.C., His Excellency Sidney Collie and Consul General Theo Neilly hosted an Official Reception attended by Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield, and Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas residing in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland in the George Washington Room of the St. Regis, Washington D.C. on Saturday, December 16, 2017. On his first visit to the US capital since becoming Prime Minister, Dr. Minnis told the gathering his administration’s programme of reform and transformation includes innovative thinking about the role of government, “as we create new and innovative partnerships for national development. We are stabilizing public finances and reforming government. We are ensuring the greater ease of doing business for Bahamians and foreign investors. The Bahamas has a highly favourable investment regime. We are cutting the Red Tape and too-often-long, waiting times for international investment projects to be vetted and approved.”Photos show the Prime Minister in the mix and mingle with guests. In the group photo are: Prime Minister Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, fifth and sixth left; Minister Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield, third and fourth left; Ambassador Sidney Collie and Mrs. Mavis Collie, first and second left; and Consul General Neilly, at right.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)Release: BIS Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Two Transported To CPH Following HeadOn Collision On Kenai Spur Hwy

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Fire Department and Alaska State Troopers responded to a two vehicle head-on collision at 9:15 a.m., this morning, at mile 15.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Bud Sexton, with Nikiski Fire Department: “One individual in each of the two vehicles were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” Sexton: “Just a good reminder to everybody in these snowy conditions to make sure to leave plenty of distance between the vehicle in front of you, take it slow, and leave early.” The accident briefly halted traffic in both directions of the Spur Highway while crews remained on scene. Sexton stated that it was a ‘relief’ that both patients were in the condition that they were and not injured more severely in the accident.last_img read more

Thai boys share cave experience

first_imgThe 12 boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave arrive for a news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on 18 July 2018. — ReutersThe 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand recounted details of their ordeal on Wednesday, at their first public appearance, during which they waved, smiled and offered traditional “wai” greetings on a national broadcast.Doctors, relatives and friends, some in yellow traditional garb, greeted the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, who wore T-shirts emblazoned with a red graphic of a wild boar and carried in footballs they kicked gently on the set.“Bringing the Wild Boars Home,” read a banner in Thai that used the name of the soccer team to welcome them on the set, designed to resemble a soccer field, complete with goalposts and nets.A crowd of media and onlookers was penned behind barricades as the boys arrived in vans from the hospital where they had stayed since last week’s international effort to extricate them from a flooded cave complex in which they had been trapped.“I told everyone fight on, don’t despair,” said one boy, describing how the group had battled to stay alive during the excruciating days spent in the cave in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai.Another, Adul Sam-on, 14, recalled the moment when two British divers found the group on 2 July, squatting in a flooded chamber several kilometers within the cave complex.“It was magical,” he said. “I had to think a lot before I could answer their questions.”That discovery triggered the rescue effort that brought them all to safety over the course of three days, organised by Thai navy SEALs and a global team of cave-diving experts.The order in which the boys eventually left the cave did not depend on the state of their health, said their coach Ekkapol Chantawong, who has been credited by some parents with keeping the boys alive.“The ones whose homes are the furthest went first, so they could tell everyone that the boys were fine,” he added.“WE ONLY DRANK WATER”The group had planned to explore the Tham Luang cave complex for about an hour after soccer practice on 23 June. But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them.“We took turns digging at the cave walls,” Ekkapol said. “We didn’t want to wait around until authorities found us.”But their efforts were to no avail, he said, adding, “Almost everyone can swim. Some aren’t strong swimmers, however.”The group, which had eaten before going into the caves, took no food on an excursion they had intended to last only an hour, and had to subsist on water dripping from stalactites in the cave, he added.“We only drank water,” said one of the boys, nicknamed Tee.“I had no strength. I tried not to think about food so I didn’t get more hungry,” added the team’s youngest member, who goes by the name Titan, and was greeted with a rousing cheer from the audience on his arrival at the news conference.Thoughts of their parents also preoccupied the boys, with one admitting, “I was afraid. That I wouldn’t go home and I would get scolded by my mother.”The boys, who sported crisp haircuts, had gained 3 kg (6.6 lb) each on average since the rescue, and ran through confidence-building exercises ahead of Wednesday’s event, said hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal.The rescue effort drew global media attention and hundreds of journalists. Excitement picked up again in the usually sleepy town of Chiang Rai ahead of the much-anticipated 90-minute live broadcast on dozens of channels.“We don’t know what wounds the kids are carrying in their hearts,” said justice ministry official Tawatchai Thaikaew, who asked for the boys’ privacy to be respected after the discharge, for fear the media attention could affect their mental health.But the moment was bittersweet, as two of the boys held up a framed pencil sketch of Samarn Kunan, 38, the former Thai navy diver who died while he worked underwater, laying oxygen tanks along a potential exit route.“Everyone was very sad,” said the coach, Ekkapol, adding that the boys would spend time as novice Buddhist monks to honor the diver’s memory. “They felt like they were the reason he had to die and his family had to suffer.”last_img read more

Looney Tunes Battle Game on Deck From Warner Bros Scopely

first_img“The Looney Tunes are literally timeless, and the originators of over-the-top, animated slapstick comedy,” said Tim O’Brien, Scopely’s chief revenue officer. “‘World of Mayhem’ perfectly integrates that trademark contemporary humor into a mobile experience that gamers of all levels can pick up and play, while offering the deep multiplayer RPG combat and builder gameplay that will engage them for months and years.”For Warner Bros., the deal represents a new avenue to monetize the Looney Tunes intellectual property, and it’s banking on the game having appeal among adults who grew up watching the antics of Bugs Bunny and the rest of the crew.“Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem” is available for pre-registration on Google Play, and will be available as a free download on both iOS and Android this fall. The free-to-play game will include in-app purchases, which is a typical industry model.L.A.-based Scopely is now valued at more than $700 million, after it closed a $160 million Series C round. Investors include Revolution Growth, Greycroft Partners, Evolution Media, Greenspring Associates and Horizons Ventures. Hollywood execs who have invested in Scopely include Peter Chernin, Tom Staggs (former COO of Disney) and Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos.The company, founded in 2011, has produced several top-grossing games, including “The Walking Dead: Road to Survival,” an RPG based on AMC’s hit TV show; “WWE: Champions,” a puzzle-matching role-playing game; “Wheel of Fortune Free Play”; and “Yahtzee! With Buddies.” Get ready to do battle with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird and other Looney Tunes characters — complete with plummeting ACME anvils, exploding presents, and giant space lasers.Mobile game “Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem,” slated to be released this fall, will bring together more 70 characters from WB’s Looney Tunes franchise to wage prank-combat and cause other mischief. In the role-playing game, users collect and battle with characters that have ridiculous, unique abilities to fight against each other in different game modes. Players also can build personalized “Toon Towns” in the app.The game is being published by Scopely under a pact with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and it’s developed in partnership with Brazil’s Aquiris Game Studio. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Tribal craftsmanship at its best

first_imgNational Tribal Crafts Mela Aadishilp, organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED), was inaugurated by Jual Oram, Union Tribal Affairs Minister at Dilli Haat on November 5. On this occasion, Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram said, “These kinds of exhibitions provide our tribal artisans an important platform to showcase their talents through their products to urban India. TRIFED, through its 44 sales counter all over the country, is providing much needed marketing system for tribal products.”The main objective of organising Aadishilp is to give tribal artisans an opportunity to showcase and sell their traditional art and craft works directly to the customers and get their feedback which would help them in having valuable design related and other inputs. It also provides them a platform for direct interface with art and craft lovers, share their talent with the urban elite and know the customers’ taste and preferences for adapting their product designs and creations accordingly. Commenting on the importance of encouraging tribal artisans of the country, he said, “Ministry of Tribal Affairs will provide more and more such platforms for tribal artisans so that they can sell their products directly to the consumer without middlemen”. He also urged media, NGOs and particularly urban youth to come forward to popularise the tribal products and bring the tribals into the main stream of the society. TRIFED, which focuses on training for skill upgradation and capacity building of tribal artisans and minor forest produce gatherers, has been taking a number of promotional initiatives for marketing of tribal products. From a single sales outlet of TRIBES India in 1999 at 9, Mahadev Road, Delhi, it has established 34 outlets of its own and 10 Consignment outlets across the country. TRIFED has also initiated the concept of sourcing tribal products by organising Tribal Artisan Melas (TAMs) to identify new artisans and products from different regions/ states where tribal artisans are invited to display their products for selection and inclusion in the range of products marketed by TRIFED.The exhibition, which will be open till November 11, will have hand crafted items, handloom products, dry flowers, cane and bamboo products, tribal jewellery, Dhokra craft, tribal weaves, embroidery, tribal paintings etc, showcased at the venue.last_img read more

6 Questions to Ask About Your Printing Setup That Could Save Money

first_img In the past, IT was often viewed as a cost center. But today’s IT professionals are business-savvy executives responsible for bottom-line results. They are important members of the corporate management team, tasked with improving productivity and efficiency. However, many CIOs may be surprised to find a significant business loss caused by their own departments.For example, a CIO at a company with 500 employees can potentially recover more than $100,000 per year, according to our study, by asking six key questions and making simple changes that often require zero development costs. They’re easy fixes that many IT professionals may be overlooking.Related: Sneaky Recurring Contracts: 10 Common Ways Your Business Is Getting OverchargedHow does your company compare? Run through these questions and find out.1. Approximately what percentage of your workflow is paperless?A self-assessment tool for small-to-medium business users offered by Brother International Corporation has shown that paper is still critical to business operations in most industries. On average, only 36 percent of respondents are utilizing paperless workflow.While paper will likely never go away entirely, businesses can utilize technology to help reduce the paper, increase efficiency and minimize printing-related costs. To potentially do this, consider adopting electronic document capture and sharing, enabling mobile-based printing and scanning, leveraging cloud-based services and moving to sustainable/“green” printing.2. Do you currently utilize output management software to help secure, redirect or track print jobs in your office?The data collected from the Brother self-assessment tool shows that only 19 percent of businesses are making use of these valuable tools. Output management software can help you control costs and reduce paper usage. An InfoTrends whitepaper titled “Device Underuse and Unbalanced Fleets” reports that organizations can maximize cost savings and productivity through print management/cost recovery solutions to automate a range of print, copy and scan tasks, including activity tracking, cost allocation, quota setting/enforcement, secure printing, job redirect and reporting.Industry-specific solutions are also available. For example, healthcare organizations can deploy software that securely integrates printers with electronic medical records or claims management systems, enabling jobs to be properly transmitted to the appropriate repositories.3. How many pages does your organization print per month?InfoTrends research shows a steady decline in printing, which can be attributed to a number of factors. Many employees choose to work from smartphones and tablets rather than from printed documents. Most print jobs are now five pages or fewer, and the decline in print volumes will persist as more operations move from paper to digital. This knowledge can translate into big savings for your organization.Here’s a trick to aid in improving your bottom line: Many multifunction printers are capable of printing at least 100,000 pages per month. However, many businesses typically print no more than 10,000 pages per month. For businesses committed to a common 100,000-page per month contract, this 90 percent underutilization wastes valuable capital. Determine your organization’s print volume and recalibrate to match the needs and help curb the monthly losses.Related: 10 Essential Startup Expenses, and 10 You Should Avoid4. Which best describes your current printing environment?It is printers for every desktop; a mix of desktop printers, shared printers and standalone copiers; or primarily a shared standalone printer/copier?The ideal solution is a mix of desktop printers, shared printers and standalone copiers. Current Brother self-assessment results show that 18 percent of companies provide a printer for each employee and 25 percent have a mix. However, more than half (57 percent) rely on a shared standalone printer/copier — a strategy that may kill productivity and hurt the bottom line.5. What is the approximate number of printers and printer/copiers in use at your company?To optimize productivity, maintain a worker-to-device ratio of approximately eight to one. A survey conducted by Clarus Research Group reveals that workers with more shared printers are also more digitally engaged. A greater number of these respondents say their companies encourage the use of digital documents, use multiple screens, find reading on screen easier, use more mobile devices than they used to and are more environmentally conscious.Those that have centralized printers are more than two times more likely to say their company printers take too long to finish printing jobs. But just adding more printers won’t solve your challenges.6. What’s the average distance an employee needs to walk to use a standalone printer/copier?Printer placement is the most critical step in maximizing your cost savings. InfoTrends data shows that poor allocation of office devices is a drain to corporate profits, wasting more than 4,000 hours and nearly $130,000 per year in long walks to and from copiers and printers. The solution? Make sure you have one printer within 25 feet of every workgroup.The Clarus survey shows that trips to the printer can also be a significant drain on productivity. Non-work conversations at the printer are 98 percent more likely to result in stops to other colleagues’ desks to chat about personal things, but only 28 percent more likely to chat about work.In fact, 61 percent of employees have conversations at the copier/printer vs. just 31 percent who have conversations at the water cooler. This wasted time could be costly to SMBs. As the CIO, you can easily mitigate these business losses with more appropriate device allocation.Many IT leaders overlook office devices when optimizing for cost and efficiency. If your company is like most, your printers may be too big, too far away and too expensive. A balanced deployment strategy the results in right-sizing your printer fleet can help you save time and money, and it’s surprisingly easy.A number of free resources are available to guide you through the process and help improve the bottom line. For a more in-depth assessment of your organization’s challenges, along with custom recommendations, use the free Brother self-service assessment tool.Related: Broken Tech: Should You Fix it or Replace it? (Infographic) May 21, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min readlast_img read more

Reunion Island voted best emerging tourist destination in India

first_imgReunion Island won the trophy for best emerging tourist destination from India in the second edition of the South India Travel Awards 2015 recently. The South India Travel Awards presented around 40 trophies, called ‘Maya’, to the winners of the different categories competing for the occasion. This meeting destination received the Black Maya prizes as the best in class for emerging tourist destination in India. This distinction rewards the company’s marketing strategy by Reunion Island Tourism (IRT) in the Indian market for two years now.The awards were presented by the Minister of Human Resources Development and the Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism during the official ceremony held in Andhra Pradesh in South India.The South India Travel Awards 2015 in the category of best emerging tourist destination in India, is an excellent communication tool for meeting destination Reunion Island which wants to develop territory arrivals from the Indian market.last_img read more

Would the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up

first_imgWould the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up?After a dominating opening-game performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, the Niners got smacked early and often in a 43-18 loss at Pittsburgh last Sunday.For the first time in 2015, we’ll get to see the new-look 49ers take on a division foe when they head to Glendale to face the undefeated Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday. • Cardinals ready for Kaepernick to scramble on third downs (CSN Bay Area)The Arizona Cardinals want to squeeze the middle of the field and force 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to throw the ball outside the numbers, safety Tony Jefferson said on Tuesday.• 49ers’ O-line ranks last in pass protection (CSN Bay Area)While the 49ers own the league’s top rusher through two games, the offensive line ranks as the league’s worst pass-blocking unit, according to Pro Football Focus, which grades the performances of every player in every NFL game.• Anatomy of a Play: Colin Kaepernick’s 75-yard Touchdown Pass to Torrey Smith (49ers.com)One bright spot from the San Francisco 49ers Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was the second-half performance of the passing attack.Colin Kaepernick completed 22-of-31 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns after the break. The biggest play came midway through the fourth quarter when the quarterback hooked up with Torrey Smith down the middle of the field for a 75-yard score.Tuesday, September 22• Right side of 49ers offensive line showing its warts (ESPN.com)The San Francisco 49ers’ rebuilt offensive line, with only one starter remaining at the same position he played at in the 2014 opener (paging left tackle Joe Staley), was a concern entering this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Colin Kaepernick: Not fun being down by 20-plus points (ESPN.com) Yes, Colin Kaepernick got his passing groove on late in the San Francisco 49ers’ 43-18 loss Sunday at the Pittsburgh Steelers.No, he did not have much fun in finding that rhythm with first-year 49ers receiver Torrey Smith.“I don’t ever see it being fun being down by 20-plus points,” he said Wednesday.• 49ers injury report: Bush plans to play vs Cardinals (CSN Bay Area)Bush sustained a calf strain in the first half of the 49ers’ season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. He did not make the trip to Pittsburgh. He remained in the Bay Area to rehabilitate.• Tomsula weighs in on Mitchell’s ‘low tackle’ against Hyde (CSN Bay Area)“He came in to tackle him low,” Tomsula said on Wednesday, the first time he has been asked about the play. “I put it as a low tackle. Carlos is a big, strong, physical back. That’s all I have to say about that. It’s not a knee or a hip, it’s a quad.”• Tomsula: No personnel changes planned for 49ers’ secondary (CSN Bay Area)Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Pittsburgh had pass plays of 59, 56, 48, 41, 35 and 28 yards. The 49ers surrendered an average of 13.7 yards for every Steelers pass attempt. After two games, Pinion ranks 24th in the NFL in gross average (44.4) and 15th in net (40.9). Meanwhile, Lee, a three-time All-Pro, ranks second in gross (55.0) and third in net (45.8).• 49ers’ Kaepernick free to run and gun (SFGate.com)In the season’s first two games, the 49ers have used far more of the pistol formation Kaepernick ran at Nevada and have frequently rolled him out of the pocket. The 49ers have run 45 percent of their plays (73 of 163) from the pistol — a shortened version of the shotgun in which the quarterback lines up only 3 or 4 yards behind center — this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Last year, they used the pistol only 6 percent of the time (65 of 1,088 plays). They have also used either a shotgun or pistol formation on 88 percent of their snaps this season (53 percent in 2014).• 49ers defense expects Palmer to look deep (CSN Bay Area)There is little doubt that if Carson Palmer has time to throw on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals face the 49ers, he will look repeatedly for the home-run ball.• 6 Bold Predictions for San Francisco 49ers’ Week 3 Matchup (Bleacher Report)San Francisco 49ers starting running back Carlos Hyde will struggle against the Arizona Cardinals—that’s bold prediction No. 1. • Pros and cons of Colin Kaepernick: Does the good outweigh the bad? (SFGate.com)Colin Kaepernick set career highs for attempts (46) and completions (33) in the 43-18 loss in Pittsburgh. Overall, Kaepernick played solidly and corrected some mistakes from last week and last year. Here are the good and bad from Kaepernick in the game.• 49ers notebook: Kaepernick comfortable in revamped offense (San Jose Mercury News)“The biggest thing is I’m being asked to be myself this year,” Kaepernick said Wednesday. “I don’t think anyone knows how to be myself better than me. It’s a comfort zone for me.“It’s a situation where I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.”Wednesday, September 23• 49ers defense singing the third-down blues (ESPN.com)The 49ers also had a hard time getting off the field on third down in the first half, with the Steelers converting four of five third-down opportunities and six of 10 overall. And if it seemed like Pittsburgh had some big plays on those conversions, you’re right.• 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, Torrey Smith could be impressive tandem (SF Gate)The 49ers hope so after one of the few bright spots in their 43-18 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday was a 75-yard touchdown from rocket-armed Colin Kaepernick to fleet wideout Torrey Smith. Top Stories center_img Comments Share • Jim Tomsula updates injuries for Torrey Smith, Reggie Bush, other 49ers (ESPN.com)The San Francisco 49ers had been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL after Week 1, with running back Reggie Bush the only player listed on the team’s injury report through last Thursday. But then receiver Bruce Ellington landed on it with a sprained ankle.• Colin Kaepernick: ‘We don’t play for moral victories’ (ESPN.com)Because while Kaepernick had his fourth career 300-yard passing game with 335 yards, 274 of those yards came after halftime … when the Steelers led 29-3.• Transcript: Tomsula addresses 49ers’ struggle on defense (CSN Bay Area)49ers head coach Jim Tomsula addressed the media in the aftermath of his team’s 25-point loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.• 49ers snap count: Davis takes over as backup RB (CSN Bay Area)Jarryd Hayne opened the game Sunday as the 49ers’ backup running back against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but rookie Mike Davis quickly replaced him in that role while making his NFL debut.• Bowman: ‘You’re comparing this team to what we had in the past’ (SFGate.com)What happened to a defense that’s ranked among the NFL’s top five in yards allowed every season since 2011? Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman provided the most sobering and honest assessment. All week, we’ll keep you updated on the happenings in the Bay Area as the 49ers prep for the Cardinals. Friday, September 25• Kenneth Acker expects Cardinals, Carson Palmer to test him like Steelers (ESPN.com)Has Kenneth Acker recovered from his baptism by fire at the feet of Antonio Brown this past weekend?If not, the rite of passage for the San Francisco 49ers’ first-year cornerback will continue this weekend in the Arizona desert against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald.• NaVorro Bowman returns to practice, Reggie Bush still out (ESPN.com)As noted earlier, inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who had a vet’s day off Wednesday, returned to practice and was a full participant. Meanwhile, running back Reggie Bush, who has not suited up since straining his left calf in the season opener, remained sidelined.• 49ers ‘strip’ back playbook for Colin Kaepernick (ESPN.com)Colin Kaepernick raised eyebrows Wednesday when he said, unsolicited, that he was now “being asked to be myself this year,” as opposed to the past, when he was “asked to do things outside of my character.”• Growing pains: Pinion, 21, aims to emerge from slow start (SFGate.com) “You’re comparing this team to what we had in the past,” Bowman said. “We had probably eight or nine vets on our defense.”• 5 Things We Learned from Jim Tomsula to Start Cardinals Week (49ers.com)The San Francisco 49ers coach spoke about cleaning up mistakes from the Pittsburgh Steelers game as well as looking ahead to a Week 3 divisional showdown versus the Arizona Cardinals. • On 49ers: Can defense gain its footing? It’s been done before (Sacramento Bee)There were plenty of problems Sunday in Pittsburgh, especially safeties who were either late arriving on deep passes or, in the case of Antoine Bethea in the second quarter, had a Steelers wide receiver blow past him for a touchdown.• Red-zone failures continue to haunt 49ers (San Jose Mercury News)What the 49ers want to play out better is their red-zone offense. Only 3-of-8 red-zone possessions have led to touchdowns this season. The Cardinals, Sunday’s opponent, are 7-of-7 through their two wins.Thursday, September 24• Reggie Bush still sitting out practice (ESPN.com)A week ago, the San Francisco 49ers’ injury report consisted of one player — running back Reggie Bush. But after Sunday’s 43-18 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers, the report has grown to eight players.• Cardinals QB Carson Palmer expects 49ers defense to ‘clean up’ mistakes (ESPN.com)But while Palmer, like Roethlisberger, is a vet, he does not anticipate the 49ers breaking again on third down come Sunday in Arizona.“We’re not expecting that to happen,” the Cardinals quarterback said in a conference call on Wednesday, referencing the 49ers getting caught out of position often by bluffing at the line of scrimmage before the snap.last_img read more