Aston Villa manager wanted more from his players

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith says his side would have scored more goals but maintains he is okay with the final result.Aston Villa encountered Ipswith yesterday and left them with a 2-1 defeat.“We could have won five or six nil or 2-1 today it didn’t matter it was about getting a result and getting the win at home which I thought we thoroughly deserved today,” he told Birmingham Mail“It was comfortable until Freddie Sears stuck one in the top corner and then we probably had a four or five minute spell of panic, of trying to get over the line.“But then the last five minutes I thought we sorted it out really well. I’m disappointed it wasn’t as emphatic as it should have been.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“Tammy should have been walking away with his 20th and 21st goals today and John McGinn should also be walking away with two or three with the chances he’s had.“So we’ve had a number of chances today and if we’re more clinical we would have made the game a lot more comfortable.“That said, we’ve got some players coming back it was great to get Mile on the pitch today.“We’re hoping to do some deals before Thursday as well.“We needed to get that win today and I thought we thoroughly deserved it.”last_img read more

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Klopp Vardy will always pose a threat

first_imgJurgen Klopp is wary of the threat posed by Jamie Vardy in Wednesday’s Premier League game.Vardy has an excellent record against the Reds with seven goals in his last meetings against them in the Premier League.The former England international has scored more goals against Liverpool than any other club and has scored in his last two visits to Anfield.And Klopp reckons his defence will have to be on form to stop the striker from finding the net again.“He’s quality, the speed he has and the finishing skills he has,” Klopp told reporters via FourFourTwo on Tuesday. “A few times we made it easy for him – Lucas Leiva, did he get an assist for that goal? So I would have scored that goal!“But Jamie is a fantastic striker really, each fibre of his body is on this decisive situation. He always waits for the ball over the shoulder and is always more involved in defending than in the past, but this doesn’t make it easy to defend against him.“He’s a massive threat, to be honest, but he’s not the only one in that team. [James] Maddison – really, really good player. Not only from set pieces, a fine footballer.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.Stunning work from Robbo. 💪Well-taken by Sadio. ⚽️Our opener 🆚 @LCFC earlier this season. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/2LRl1TaDoC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 28, 2019“[Demarai] Gray, [Ricardo] Pereira, a lot of really quality players. [Marc] Albrighton. Experienced and in tune with all the other players, or very skilful and quick. Having [Ben] Chilwell make the left flank up and down, it makes it all interesting.“I don’t know why Jamie has such a good record against us. I would say minus one goal because that was the only one I thought he shouldn’t have scored.“The best one I think he scored when they won the title, he got the ball on the halfway line and shot pretty much [immediately], yeah that was a good year for them. Very, very good player and that’s the main reason why he is such a threat.”last_img read more

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PDM budget to finance ideas from KPMG Tourism Report Two developments touted

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 6, 2017 – Providenciales – Major Developments in tourism sector are expected to be rolled out in the coming months and will be in keeping with the recommendations put forward by the KPMG TCI Tourism Strategy Report completed and published since 2015.Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs showed obvious disdain for the former administration’s failure to implement any of the recommendations of the report.  Higgs said the PDM Administration is now ready to at least tackle the ‘low hanging fruit’ for transformation of the sector.  “For the first time since the introduction of the KPMG report, we have made funds available for the implementation of that report. So as soon as the budget is passed we will roll out a calendar of events carrying out the Change Document, consistent with the recommendations of the KPMG report”The minister in presenting the his ministry’s accomplishments in the PDM government’s First 100 days in office press conference, announced several projects on the cards including the Royal Reef Project, which is said to be in its final phases. The project is expected to benefit residents of North and Middle Caicos, whom the minister reminded were not forgotten by his administration.   Tourism is awaiting the sign off for the Royal Reef Project from investors and stakeholders, and he urged the developers to move quickly on their final plans.Royal Reef had been stalled and is expected to make a rebound and bring much needed employment opportunities to residents of the country’s two largest islands. Minister Higgs confirmed also that  approval was met for the development of a Boutique and Hotel in North Caicos.Meanwhile, plans include the creation of a future terminal in Sandy Point as discussed with the Ports Authority. It is expected that an Environment Impact Assessment will come first for the Sandy Point area. The minister says its aim is to quote “give relief to persons who use those channels for boating and shipping purposes” that there would be no negative environmental effect on the pristine waterway in North Caicos.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#twodevelopmentsforNorthCaicos#KPMGtourismreport Related Items:#KPMGtourismreport, #magneticmedianews, #twodevelopmentsforNorthCaicoslast_img read more

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NAD to close LPIA on Friday

first_img Related Items:#LyndenPindlingInternationalAirport, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Airport operations in New Providence may cease by Friday but it is hard to give a definitive time explained Nassau Airport Development company officials today.    The NAD hurricane plan is activated as the facility also watches the motion of Hurricane Irma, this was revealed today in a meeting held by NAD with community stakeholders.This timeline is for the #LyndenPindlingInternationalAirport only, though as the country’s main gateway the cessation of operations means airports around the country will be impacted.    NAD said they expected the suspension of service to last only to Saturday evening if Irma continued on its current path at its current strength.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Puel disappointed with Palace defeat

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has blamed their lackluster first half performance for their 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.Luka Milivojević’s long-range shot six minutes before the break was the difference on Saturday.Leicester hit the post in the second half after being crucial save by palace keeper Vicente Guaita as they tried to equalize.“Disappointed I think is the right word, of course,” Puel told the club’s website.“I think this team played with strong pressing and put us under pressure. We had difficulties to start with the ball, to find space and to find good moves behind their defenders.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We played a poor first half without the right intensity and we conceded a great goal. It was tough for us without the positive attitude in our game. [In the] second half, we played better with a good intensity, the right intensity, good play, good moves.“We had three or four chances to score and I think we deserved to come back into the game.“The fair result for me was a draw and we were unlucky in the second half. I regret our first half without the right intensity, the right ingredients.“We allowed them to start well and score the goal. I’m disappointed about this and the inconsistency in our game.“We made our reaction with a good second half but to get the points we needed to play the full game.”last_img read more

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Homeless man arrested in slaying of Oceanside man

first_img KUSI Newsroom, October 22, 2018 Posted: October 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A homeless man was arrested in connection with the slaying of a retiree two months ago in his Oceanside home, police said Monday.DNA evidence obtained from the scene of 77-year-old John Roth’s slaying in August led homicide detectives to identify 21-year-old Carey Lamont Reid Jr. as the perpetrator, Oceanside Police spokesman Tom Bussey said. Reid is known to be a transient who lives in Oceanside.Officers were called to the 500 block of North Coast Highway on Sunday for a person lying on the ground in a parking lot, Bussey said. Officers arrived, identified the man as Reid and took him into custody.Reid was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to jail records. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.The parking lot is located directly behind the residence where Roth was found dead, Bussey said.A back door was found open, but there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle at the couple’s home in the 500 block of North Tremont Street when Roth was found by his wife shortly before 7 a.m. on Aug. 14, Detective Erik Ellgard said.Roth had suffered severe trauma to his upper body, according to police, who have withheld the nature of the fatal wounds.Zui Pang, 41, had last seen her husband alive about 16 hours before she returned home, Ellgard said.Missing from the victim’s home were some of the couple’s possessions, including costume jewelry, a wooden jewelry box, an Asus laptop computer, an LG cellphone and Pang’s wedding ring.Four days later, an acquaintance of the victim found Pang’s stolen purse, photos of the couple and other personal effects of theirs dumped in an alley off North Ditmar Street, a few blocks from their home Homeless man arrested in slaying of Oceanside man Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Deadline Extended To Apply For Pipeline Risk Assessment Panel

first_imgMore than 200 miles of pipelines move oil, gas, and related products between offshore platforms and onshore facilities. To be considered, experts should have knowledge in crude oil production operations, pipeline inspection, leak prevention and detection, pipeline design, loss-of-integrity root cause investigations, common cause analysis, analysis of leak data, and general engineering practices. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) are seeking experts to provide recommendations on pipeline integrity and safety in Cook Inlet. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Experts wishing to participate in the Cook Inlet Pipeline Infrastructure Risk Assessment expert panel on pipeline integrity and safety now have until January 18, 2019, to apply. The previous deadline was January 5, 2019.center_img The panel will meet in Anchorage three times in 2019. It is a voluntary position, but expenses and an honorarium will be provided. More information for prospective applicants. Graham Wood with ADEC: “A panel of experts related to the pipeline and oil industry to discuss the identified risks and how to mitigate them.” last_img read more

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Magazine FASFAX Newsstand Decline Continues Subs Flat

first_imgThis is significant because those 25 titles account for almost 50 percent of the single-copy sales of all 521 magazines tracked on the newsstand by ABC.Among ABC’s top-ten single-copy gainers that sold more than 100,000 units, only one broke a double-digit percentage. Mother Earth News shot up 29 percent. The next highest gainer was Women’s Health at almost 9 percent. Four titles had positive newsstand growth in this range under 5 percent. [Note: this paragraph initially and incorrectly identified “overall” top-ten single-copy gainers. It has since been corrected to only single out the top ten that sold more than 100,000 units.]The six main celebrity titles—In Touch (-18 percent), Life &Style (-8 percent), OK! (-20 percent), People (-13 percent), Star (-14 percent), and Us (-3 percent)—were all notably down. However, the weeklies were particularly hard-hit when wholesaler Anderson News shut down in February, which caused sales losses and delays for its 25 percent marketshare.Nevertheless, this is the second period in a row the category has suffered decline. In the second half of 2008, those six titles were down more than an average of 25 percent.However, as reported last week, late second-half numbers may indicate an  upward trend on the newsstand. MagNet numbers show a 2.6 percent jump in single-copy sales in May and June and a 2.1 percent jump in revenue compared to the first four months of the year. “These numbers indicate to me that May and June may have changed the momentum on the newsstand for magazine publishers,” said Ken Godshall, MPA’s executive vice president of consumer marketing. “That’s a change in direction from what we’ve seen in the last couple ABC periods and may be a sign of hope for the future.”SubscriptionsTotal paid subscriptions remained relatively flat—up only .56 percent. Verified circ, which had grown as a source for many of the big publishers last year, was down almost 4 percent. Looking at the newsweeklies, Newsweek reported an 8 percent drop in paid subscriptions. Interestingly, its use of verified circ shot up 187 percent compared to same period last year. Time decreased its verified circulation by 88 percent and recorded a 2.6 percent spike in paid subscriptions. The Week remained flat with a .2 percent drop in paid subs and no reported verified use. Out of the top 10 paid and verified circ gainers with more than 100,000 circ, six were below 500,000 circulation; seven below one million. Global Traveller topped the gainers with a 48 percent jump in paid and verified circ. RELATED: Celebrity, Fashion Magazines Collect Dust on NewsstandsABC’s FAS-FAX report was released today and preliminary numbers show circulation and newsstand performance for the first half of 2009 did not do well. While overall paid subscriptions for 521 reporting titles remained flat, up about half a percentage point, single-copy sales are down 12 percent versus the same period last year.On the NewsstandAs a category, the top-selling 25 consumer magazines audited by ABC were all down save one—Real Simple squeaked out a 1.17 percent gain on the newsstand. Family Circle dropped the most, 22.55 percent compared to first-half 2008. last_img read more

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Source Interlink Expands Into Womens Market With New Magazine

first_imgSource is distributing 200,000 copies into U.S. and Canadian retailers for a 3-month period until the end of March. Distribution will include Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, drug store chains and grocery stores such as Kroger, Safeway and A&P. Cover price is $4.99 in the U.S. and $5.99 in Canada.Source took a similar newsstand-heavy focus with a spring 2010 launch, Bound by ink, an enthusiast title that chronicles the impact of art on tattoo culture. That title, however, has a close tie-in with Source’s stable of automotive and motorcycle brands. Source Interlink Companies’ publishing group, Source Interlink Media, has expanded its reach into the women’s market with the launch of a new title called Harmony. The magazine, which will feature content on balancing work, life and health for women, is currently planned as a newsstand-only special edition.In addition to its media distribution group, Source publishes about 70 magazines, all of which it purchased from Primedia in the heady M&A days of 2007 for $1.2 billion. Most of the titles are in the automobile, motorcycle, marine and home technology verticals. Harmony marks Source’s first solid entry into the women’s health and lifestyle market. Lynn Leahey, Harmony‘s editorial director, describes the magazine as more of a one-off, but if sales spike then the title could transition into a longer-term strategy. “We’re optimistic. If it works as well as we hope then you will definitely see more,” she says. The magazine straddles health, fitness, beauty, family and food coverage. It’s a crowded market, but Leahey says it offers a different point of entry, collecting content on all those topics in one title. last_img read more

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Jennifer Lopez Postpones Las Vegas Residency Dates

first_imgNews Jennifer Lopez Postpones Las Vegas Residency Dates jennifer-lopez-postpones-las-vegas-residency-dates Jennifer Lopez Postpones Las Vegas Residency Dates Email Facebook Latin GRAMMY nominee tables cancels dates of her Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino residency in aftermath of tragic Las Vegas shooting Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 3:27 pm “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have” at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is among Las Vegas’ hottest current attractions.However, given the tragic shooting that took place in Las Vegas during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, the Latin GRAMMY nominee will postpone three dates — Oct. 4, Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 — of her award-winning residency.​ https://twitter.com/JLo/status/914885980988964865 Twitter Ticket holders are eligible for refunds or exchanges for other performances.”Jennifer is heartbroken that such a senseless tragedy occurred,” read a press release regarding the postponement. “Her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”​Jason Aldean Pens Heartfelt Letter Following Las Vegas Shooting​Read morelast_img read more

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CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Reading Cooperative Bank

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Reading Cooperative Bank, which has two locations in Wilmington.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

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FCC chairman addresses 5G safety concerns in letters to lawmakers

first_img Share your voice FCC 6 Mobile FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says lawmakers need not worry about 5G safety concerns.  / Getty Images FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is trying to quell fears among lawmakers that 5G radios are dangerous to health. On Thursday, the chairman sent a series of letters to lawmakers in response to inquiries about health concerns related to 5G that been sent to him in the past couple of months. In each of the letters he said that the FCC places a “high priority on the safety of wireless services and devices.” He said the agency’s guidelines for RF exposure are derived from guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the industry group the IEEE and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. “The FCC relies on the expertise of health and safety agencies and organizations with respect to appropriate levels of RF exposure,” he said. “These institutions have extensive experience and knowledge in RF-related issues and have spent a considerable amount of time evaluating published scientific studies that can inform appropriate exposure limits.”The response comes as concerns about the safety of 5G wireless technology has been increasing among lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Three Congressmen in the past two months have sent letters to the agency expressing their concerns about potential negative health effects due to exposure to radio frequencies used in delivering 5G wireless service. Representatives Andy Kim, a Democrat from New Jersey,  Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat from New York, and Peter Defazio, a Democrat from Oregon, say their constituents are worried that 5G radios, which are being deployed atop street lights every few blocks in many communities, may have negative effects that are still unknown. “Small cell towers are being installed in residential neighborhoods in close proximity to houses throughout my district,” said Rep. Suozzi in his letter. “I have heard instances of these antennae being installed on light poles directly outside the window of a young child’s bedroom. Rightly so, my constituents are worried that should this technology be proven hazardous in the future, the health of their families and value of their properties would be at serious risk.”5G, which refers to the fifth generation of cellular technology, is the next big thing in wireless technology and it’s been hailed as the foundation for other big trends like self-driving cars and streaming virtual reality.Unlike previous generations of wireless, 5G will require up to five times the amount of infrastructure as 3G or 4G deployments. The big promise of 5G — a massive leap in speed — requires the use of super high-frequency radio waves, called millimeter-wave spectrum, that are limited by range and obstructions like trees. The result is a network requiring radios on every city block, versus 4G gear that transmits signals over miles.What this means is that there could be nearly 800,000 of these so-called small cells deployed in the US between 2018 and 2026 to provide 5G, according to a study commissioned by the wireless industry trade group CTIA. In a separate report, CTIA estimates that roughly 323,000 cell sites were in service at the end of 2017.Rep. Kim said in his letter that the FCC noted that the agency has not updated its regulations regarding radiofrequency RF safety since 1996. He also pointed out that the current RF safety guidelines don’t account for the higher frequencies that 5G service uses or the fact that so many more radios are needed to achieve 5G service coverage. He asked the FCC to answer a series of questions about what research has been conducted as it relates to the safety of 5G.”Despite the close proximity to sensitive areas where these high-band cells will be installed, little research has been conducted to examine 5G safety,” he said. He added that the FCC has admitted that its guidelines need to be reassessed with respect to the use of newer wireless technologies. Rep. Defazio noted that the Government Accountability Office made a similar recommendation in 2012. “It is unacceptable that six years later the FCC still has not conducted a reassessment of its 1996 guidelines,” Defazio said in his letter.In his letters, Pai noted that the FCC has had an open proceeding to address updating its guidelines since 2013. And he assured the lawmakers the agency is working through the “voluminous” record to see if anything needs to be changed or updated. But he did not address specific concerns brought up in the letters. He also offered to bring congressional staff into the FCC’s testing facility in Columbia, Maryland so that they could “see and speak with our engineers and technicians as they operate the RF testing equipment.”Pai’s response is consistent with comments he made to the press in April. When asked about the issue during a press conference in April, Pai acknowledged that the nature of 5G “will be very different” than  4G, since it relies on small cells. But he said that the radios operate at much lower power than traditional cell sites. He added that “from that perspective, I am confident that in consultation with the FDA, which is the lead on this issue, that the technology will be safe.” Tags Commentslast_img read more

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WATCH Congress leader in Telangana gets into fist fight with local worker

first_imgEmbarrassing moments are piling up by the dozen for political parties as the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections is just around the corner.The most recent incident took place on May 11, Saturday, in Telangana when Congress MP Hanumantha Rao got into a fight with a local Congress party leader, Nagesh Mudiraj, and their entire scuffle was filmed. Hanumantha Rao is a senior Congress leader in Telangana and also served as a Union minister. #WATCH Telangana: A scuffle broke out between Congress leaders V Hanumantha Rao and Nagesh Mudiraj during the protest by opposition parties today in Hyderabad against state govt over the issue of state board intermediate results. pic.twitter.com/lyUsD8ZDKU— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2019They were allegedly fighting over the seating arrangement on the stage and the argument led to blows. The fight then escalated to such an extent that the duo began to drag each other off the stage and to the ground. They only stopped when other leaders came in between and physically put an end to the fight.The incident happened during a meeting organised by the Opposition parties to rally against the TRS government and the irregularities of the results of the state board examinations which led to the suicides of 22 students. The opposition parties included Telugu Desam Party, Left and Congress.The TRS government had set up a committee last month to look into the IT firm which was involved in the publication of the exam results. Many students had resorted to suicide after their intermediate exam results showed that they had failed the exams.last_img read more

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IBM sacks 300 employees from services dept may hire talent in automation

first_imgAn employee speaks on a mobile phone as she eats her lunch at the cafeteria in the Infosys campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.Reuters fileTech giant IBM recently laid off 300 employees from its software services division to make room for people with upgraded skills in automation, machine learning and cloud computing. The development comes days after US-based Cognizant cut off at least 200 mid-senior level positions from its India offices creating ripples in the IT industry. IBM has taken the decision “to reinvent itself” and meet the changing needs of customers.”This in accordance with IBM’s strategy to re-invent itself to better meet the changing requirements of our business and to pioneer new high-value services. IBM “remains committed to being an essential part of its (India’s) growth,” the company’s official statement said, according to Economic Times.The entire IT industry is currently doing away with the traditional software roles and undertaking training employees or hiring fresh talent which has upgraded skillset on emerging technologies. IBM said that it took the decision after a reassessment of the current workforce and an increasing demand of adding workforce to the cloud, artificial intelligence and other evolving areas. It added that several employees are even being re-trained to be able to meet the new challenges.Notwithstanding the claims made by multinational as well as India-based IT firms of increased hirings, a report by the McKinsey & Company suggested that nearly half of the workforce in the IT industry will become irrelevant in next two years. This poses a serious challenging to India’s IT industry which employs nearly 3.9 million people.The fact remains that new technologies will also add 14 lakh new jobs to India alone by 2027 but for that, the firms would have to retrain its existent workforce to cater to the demands of their clients.  ReutersEven as the IT firms have been reluctant to state that automation is slowly replacing the human workforce in the sector, the companies are looking for a replacement of basic jobs such as in services sector that no longer addresses their needs. The retraining of a majority of the existent employees could be an extensive exercise which is not preferred by the tech giants in India or elsewhere.last_img read more

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Bring on the pomegranate ITC to foray into fruits vegetables and perishables

first_imgITC Chairman and CEO YC Deveshwar addresses during the Annual General Meeting of ITC in Kolkata on July 22, 2016.IANSITC will enter the fruits, vegetables and other perishables segment, Y C Deveshwar, the non-executive chairman said at the company’s 106th annual general meeting.The Kolkata-headquartered diversified conglomerate is also looking to invest in farming of aromatic and medicinal plants. ITC has started working on creating the infrastructure for it and is investing in supply chain, Mint reported.”Investments are underway to create climate-controlled infrastructure for an efficient supply-chain to unlock the potential latent in this area,” Deveshwar said in his speech to shareholders. “Investments have also been made in farming for aromatic and medicinal plants, keeping in mind ITC’s focus on agri-based health and wellness products,” he added.The move is aimed at providing options to consumers and consumers alike. The company will also offer fresh, frozen and dehydrated agri-products. ITC Master Chef Frozen Prawns, which was recently launched in select cities, will soon be sold across the country.The fruits and vegetables under the new brand will also be sold online, first via sellers like BigBasket, and later on other platforms.The company is working in the rural areas with the farmers from the year 2000 through its network of e-Choupal and over 4 million farmers have benefited from this initiative so far.The cigarettes-to-hotels conglomerate also has 20 integrated consumer goods manufacturing and logistics facilities under various stages of development. ITC chairman YC Deveshwar.Reuters FileITC’s consumer business presently comprises packaged food, personal care and educational stationery products, and is worth more than Rs 10,000 crore in revenues, having crossed the golden milestone in 2016-17. As per an official statement, ITC is now among the fastest growing branded packaged foods businesses in India, Business Insider reported.ITC’s net profit rose 7.4 percent to Rs 2,561 crore in the quarter ended June 30, over the corresponding quarter last year. The firm’s revenue increased 4.1 percent to Rs 13,800.4 crore, driven primarily by cigarette sales, which grew 6.6 percent to Rs 8,774 crore.last_img read more

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Gauri Khan happy with Aryan Khans blogger girlfriend from London

first_imgKaran Johar, Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh KhanInstagramIf you are a celeb kid, you are bound to be under constant media spotlight. And when you are the son of ‘Badshah of Bollywood’ Shah Rukh Khan, the limelight never leaves you. The media has constantly been monitoring Aryan Khan’s each and every move. And rumour has it that the star kid, who is currently basking in the success of The Lion King, is dating a blogger from London.Since Aryan Khan is the son of the man who has re-defined love and romance on the big screen, the buzz and curiosity around his love life seems quite obvious. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Aryan Khan is dating a London based blogger. And what’s new? Even Gauri Khan has met Aryan’s lady-love and is quite happy with her.Aryan Khan recently made his foray into Bollywood with the Hindi version of The Lion King, where he has dubbed for the protagonist Simba. Shah Rukh Khan has given the voice for Simba’s father Mufasa. Shah Rukh Khan had recently come under the unjustified wrath of Twitterati for promoting ‘nepotism’ and launching his kid through Disney’s most anticipated film.Shah Rukh Khan has always been vocal about his kids and has said that he wouldn’t mind if his kids decide to become a part of the industry and work here. However, SRK has just one condition for his kids before they enter showbiz – to finish their education.In an old interview with Rediff, Shah Rukh had narrated how Gauri was so sick during Aryan’s delivery that the actor thought he would lose his wife. During the same interview, the superstar also revealed why he chose to name his first son Aryan. “We just named him Aryan. I don’t know. I just liked the sound of the name. I thought when he tells a girl ki my name is Aryan. Aryan Khan, she’ll be really impressed,” he said.last_img read more

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Suspension of VAT to reduce revenue collection by Tk 200b PM

first_imgWhile placing his budget in Parliament on June 1, Finance Minister AMA Muhith proposed imposing the flat 15 percent VAT rate, which drew a widespread criticism from both the ruling and opposition parties in the House. Mentioning that the country is marching forward, she said it will continue its journey towards prosperity. Later, the Prime Minister, during her speech on the proposed budget, requested the Finance Minister to suspend the law for a few years. Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the suspension of the uniform 15 per cent VAT will bring down the revenue collection by Tk 200 billion in the current fiscal year, reports UNB.”The postponement of the VAT law will result in the reduction of Tk 200 billion of the targeted revenue as we’ve formulated our budget considering the new rate,” she said.The PM was delivering her winding-up speech in parliament.While formulating the budget, the government calculated everything taking into consideration the new VAT law and the revenue that will come from the mobile companies, Sheikh Hasina said.She, however, said the government will have to do something to recoup with the revenue loss. “We’ve to do something… we’ve to take loan from banks or cut short our development budget,” she said.Apprehending that there might be devastating flood in the country this year, the prime minister said, “For this, we’re importing food grains from abroad and stockpiling those so that if we can face any kind of calamities. The country’s people mustn’t suffer.”She made it clear that the government has taken all the steps for distributing relief materials among the victims of natural calamities. “We’ve taken measures for the rehabilitation of the affected people.”Hasina said each and every official concerned has been assigned, and everyone knows his/her duty. “Everyone is performing their duties sincerely.”She also said the leaders and workers of Awami League are doing their respective jobs.Reiterating her government’s ‘zero-tolerance’ stance on militancy and terrorism, the PM said there will be no place of militancy in Bangladesh.She said the main aim of the government is to contain corruption, curb terrorism and ensure people’s peace and security. Hasina hoped that the poverty rate will be reduced following the implementation of the new budget. “Our aim is to make the country a middle-income one by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. We believe that we can do that.” Later, Muhith kept the law on hold for the next two years.last_img read more

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Baltimore Area Leaders Seek to Remove a Number of Confederate Symbols in

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Baltimore area leaders are moving to address Maryland’s use and endorsement of Confederate symbols in the aftermath of the racially motivated shooting that left nine dead at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, the oldest Black AME church in the south.On Monday (June 22), Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called on the state of Maryland to stop issuing specialty license plates with the flag, a still potent symbol of slavery and White supremacy, while Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz has asked Baltimore City for permission to rename Robert E. Lee Park to Lake Roland Park (the park is owned by the city but has been operated and funded by the county since 2009).“The mayor finds the Confederate flag to be divisive and offensive. She believes that it should not be allowed as a symbol on Maryland license plates and should be recalled,” said Howard Libit, director of strategic planning and policy for the mayor’s office, in an email to the AFRO.In Annapolis, the mayor’s call is already generating activity among Democratic party leaders in the General Assembly. Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) is in the process of drafting a letter – to be signed by himself, senate majority leader Sen. Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore City), chair of the Legislative Black Caucus Del. Barbara Robinson (D-Baltimore City), and Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery County) – to the Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn on the issue.The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down a decision (Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc.) which held, in part, that license plates constitute government, not private speech. In light of this, Raskin says, the continued appearance of the Confederate symbol on Maryland license plates constitutes the endorsement of that symbol by the state itself.“The Confederate flag is the preeminent symbol of slavery, secession, armed rebellion against the government, White supremacy, and racial violence. It was the flag that waved during the Civil War for those forces that were attacking Union troops, and then even in the 20th century, after Brown v. Board was handed down, the Confederate battle flag was resurrected as the symbol of racism, Jim Crow, apartheid, and racial violence throughout the country. So hey, if [license plates] are government speech, we should dissociate ourselves from it as quickly as possible,” said Raskin.The name of Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore County has been an issue for county staff going more or less back to the time the county took over operation of the park in 2009, according to County Executive Kamenetz.The decision had been made to request the name change three months ago (the city alone has the authority to change the name under the current agreement with the county), but the formal request was not made until the events in South Carolina moved the name change up the priority list.“Lake Roland [Park] would better describe the central amenity in the park and also be a more inclusive term that we want to represent in our increasingly diverse county,” said Kamenetz.Kamenetz’s request to the city comes on the heels of a number of racial controversies that have occurred in Baltimore County. Back in March, a number of residents from the county’s Bowleys Quarters area posted comments to Facebook indicating that the best way to deal with unknown Blacks in the neighborhood was to shoot them. In January, Kelli Murray, a Baltimore County emergency dispatcher, left her job after comments she made on Facebook criticizing police brutality against Black men drew the ire of the local police union and others, who saw Murray’s comments as a critique of police in general and called for her removal (Murray was not removed by the county, but chose to resign when she felt the county was doing little to investigate harassment she had received after her post began to draw attention).Kamenetz insists, however, that those incidents had no bearing on the request for the name change. “I think that the county has a good record in recent years for promoting diversity and inclusion. That being said, because we are such a large county (830,000 residents), there’s still some knuckleheads out there who choose to voice their opinion whether reasoned or not. But in terms of county leadership, our goal is to promote diversity and inclusion, and having this name change symbolically furthers that goal,” said Kamenetz.Baltimore City councilman Brandon Scott, anticipates that the city will move to approve Kamenetz’s request. “I don’t think we’ll fight that at all,” said Scott, adding, “It’s extremely important that we change the name of the park.”“We know what General Lee stands for, we know what that name stands for and what it means to so many people across this country. Not just those of African-American descent like myself, but other folks who understand that our country has a history that is not always a great history, and we have to try to remove that stuff from public [places] whenever we can. We wouldn’t have a park in our city named after Hitler, so we shouldn’t have one named after Mr. Lee as well,” said Scott.Baltimore City councilman Carl Stokes also said that he does not anticipate a fight over renaming the park, though there may be some discussion about whether ‘Lake Roland Park’ will win out as the alternative.“I think it’s a great idea to rename the park,” said Stokes. “I’ve been thinking about it 40 years, why it’s named for Robert Lee and why we have the monuments to Robert Lee and other Confederate quote-unquote heroes. . . . I don’t see any opposition, I support it, [and] I think almost everyone in city leadership and government will support it also.”last_img read more

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Nature on Canvas

first_imgJohn Muir said that in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. Nayanaa Kanodia seems to have walked this path through her paintings in her last work, The Great Outdoors. Her body of work shows the close bond man has with nature. A union that helps him regains his lost innocence, enjoying a solace that can be derived from the peace and quiet of nature. Although a number of the paintings are set indoors trees, foliage and birds are skilfully integrated.     Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The conversation I hope to create in my work is a certain truth of life and on a deeper level, a well thought philosophy. I construct fantastic versions of accessible scenes, both rural and urban utopias. Individuals may interpret my paintings in vastly disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing,’ concedes the artist.Kanodia’s work is a salient artistic combination of a still life composition with a message. She is a painter of women who are on the cusp of telling their story. The excitement of what is the story going to be. The woman on the bicycle opens up a pastoral picture of married life with a dog that brings a smile to the face. It is an interesting mixture of East and West, the open umbrella accentuating the lure of the woman. Still life compositions of domestic middle class interiors with a collection of flowers are an interesting oddity when put in context of soulful women in saris. It is as if two genres work successfully side by side, a surprise at every turn of the page.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNo wonder that her collection enjoys such popularity. What is so special that so many of her women look as if they are about to tell a story but never start or finish it as ‘heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are sweeter.’  The imaginative journeys started by her creations can never have an end.         Self taught Nayanaa Kanodia pioneered Naif L’Art in India, a genre till then unseen and unheard of in India in a contemporary context.  In 1998, she was chosen from among artists of all The Commonwealth Countries by The Commonwealth Institute to have a solo show to inaugurate their newly renovated Complex in London.  Looking at the contribution she has made to L’Art Naïve, she was invited by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2001 to demonstrate her painting techniques in this prestigious Museum and also exhibit her paintings. You’ve got to go and see for yourself what this brilliant artist has to offer!Where: Art Alive Gallery, S-221, Panchsheel ParkWhen: 31 July to 20 August Timing:11am to 7 pm (Mon -Sat)last_img read more

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