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The amazing five-legged kangaroo

first_imgWatch a kangaroo in the Australian outback, and you’ll notice something strange—when they walk, they have five “legs.” As they graze on grasses and shrubs, they place their tails on the ground in time with their front legs, forming a tripodlike arrangement that supports their body while they bring their hind legs forward. Now, a study has shown that kangaroo tails are much more than just a passive crutch; they also play an active role in powering the animals’ unique, five-limbed walk.This unusual style of movement—called pentapedal, or “five-footed,” locomotion—has long attracted scientific interest. Kangaroo tails have more than 20 highly articulated vertebrae, whereas their legs have only a few long bones. Given these dissimilarities, researchers have traditionally assumed that the tail’s only role in pentapedal locomotion was to provide support for body weight, like a crutch, explains paper author Max Donelan, a biomedical engineer at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. “No one knew how much body weight support it provided, nor had anyone hypothesized about propulsion and power.”Recently, however, studies have indicated that there might be more to kangaroo tails than meets the eye. They have larger muscles than the forelimbs, along with a greater density of mitochondria—the cellular components which convert nutrients into energy—suggesting they might be capable of doing quite a bit of work. 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The ceiling of the walkway was hung at a height that prevented the animals from hopping, but did not interfere with their walk. By combining their video recordings with force measurements taken from a specialized plate installed in the floor, the researchers were able to assess the individual forces exerted by the animals’ forelimbs, hindlimbs, and tail.“We found that when kangaroos are walking pentapedally—which they spend more time doing than hopping—they use their tail just like a leg,” reports Donelan, explaining that the tail seems to not only support but also propel and power the kangaroos’ walk. The tail is very capable in this leglike role: While contributing little braking force, the tails provided more forward-moving force than both the animals’ forelimbs and hindlimbs combined, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. Evolutionarily, adding tails to their gait may have freed up kangaroos to reduce the size and weight of their forelimbs, Donelan and his colleagues suggest. That could have made the species’ famous bounding hops more efficient, helping them reach speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour.“This neat study provides, at last, definitive evidence of the use of the tail during pentapedal locomotion in large kangaroos,” says Natalie Warburton, a marsupial anatomy expert at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, who was not involved in the research. A kangaroo tail, she says, is “truly a fifth limb.”“This paper shows that tails are much more interesting” than we thought, adds Daniel Schmitt, a vertebrate locomotion expert at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who was also not involved in this study. “The surprising reality” when it comes to kangaroos and many other species, “is that we don’t often known what tails are used for.”last_img read more

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Rupert Murdoch marries Jerry Hall in London

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, March 4 (PTI) Media mogul Rupert Murdoch married model-actress Jerry Hall in a formal ceremony in London today.The 84-year-old chief of global conglomerate News Corp and publisher of The Times and The Sun newspapers in the UK married the 59-year-old supermodel at a low-key ceremony at Spencer House in London.The couple are set to celebrate the wedding on Saturday at St Brides Church on Fleet Street in London. The church is known as the journalists church as it is located in an area housing major UK publishing houses over the years.The couples six daughters ? including two of Halls and four of Murdochs ? from previous relationships were bridesmaids at the service.Their wedding comes just two months after they got engaged and less than a year after they were first introduced.The couple had announced their engagement in The Times classified section in January.Australian-bornMurdoch, who now has US nationality, split up with his third wife Wendi Deng in 2013, whileTexas-born Halls 23-year relationship with Rolling Stones frontman Jagger, with whom she had four children, ended in 1999.The former model had married Jagger in an unofficial Hindu ceremony in Bali, but their marriage was declared invalid by the Church of England in 1999.It is the fourth marriage for the media tycoon, who owns some of the worlds major media outlets.He was married to journalist Anna Torv before Deng and his first marriage was to Australian Patricia Booker.Murdochand Hall were first spotted together in public in October last year at the Rugby World Cup final in London between Australia and New Zealand. They were introduced to each other in Australia by one ofMurdochs nieces, Penny Fowler, last year.PTI AK BKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Cristiano better than Messi this season, says Ronaldo Nazario

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Best FIFA footballer of the year award in 2017, despite the fine performances of his rival Lionel Messi, according to Brazilian legend Ronaldo.”This year I would choose Cristiano Ronaldo to win it,” Ronaldo, a three-time recipient of football’s highest individual honour, was quoted as saying by Fox Sports on Sunday.”In the past two years he has been decisive. His statistics can’t be ignored.”Cristiano Ronaldo, a four-time winner of the FIFA player of the year award, has scored 40 goals and provided 12 assists in 45 matches for Real Madrid in the 2016-17 season, reports Xinhua news agency.Meanwhile, Messi — who has received the honour five times — has scored 54 goals and provided 19 assists in 52 matches.Real Madrid won the title of the Spanish La Liga and will play Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday. Barcelona, meanwhile, won the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.”I love watching Messi with the ball at his feet,” Ronaldo said. “He scores goals and everything else. Both players are fantastic but it’s a cruel comparison. Both players deserve respect,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Manchester United kick-off new Premier League season at home vs Leicester City

first_imgThe 2018/19 Premier League season starts with a bang as Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday.Last season’s runners-up have a squad that is under-cooked, at least according to manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese coach has clearly been disappointed by the club’s close-season spending and has rued the fact that, like other top-flight clubs, many of his squad have had minimal preparation having had time off to recover from the World Cup.Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup.”They return on Monday, train Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready,” he said, although he was happy that Chilean Alexis Sanchez was raring to go after a full pre-season.Arsenal fans heading to their clash with Manchester City on Sunday will do so with a sense of excitement and a little trepidation as new manager Unai Emery begins the post-Wenger era with the toughest of all opening matches. Last season’s runaway champions provide the opposition at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal begin a season without Frenchman Arsene Wenger in the dugout for the first time since 1996.With his second league match away to London rivals Chelsea, former Sevilla and Paris St Germain coach Emery could hardly have a tougher start to his first campaign in England.advertisementThe Spaniard is not the only new manager hoping to make an instant impact in the capital.The experienced Maurizio Sarri is the latest incumbent in the Chelsea hot seat having replaced Antonio Conte last month.The Italian takes his side to Huddersfield Town on Saturday where Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive keeper at 71 million pounds ($91.43 million), is set to make his debut. Liverpool, buoyant after a close-season spending spree, host equally busy West Ham United on Sunday.Juergen Klopp’s side, bolstered by the likes of Brazil keeper Alisson from AS Roma, compatriot Fabinho and fellow midfielder Guinean Naby Keita, are the most likely to close the gap on City who won the title by 19 points last season.Tottenham Hotspur, third last term, are heading into the new campaign with a gleaming new 62,000-seat stadium, which will be ready in Septemner, having not added a single player to their roster hours before the transfer window closed on Thursday.Manager Mauricio Pochettino has remained outwardly calm about the lack of activity in the market despite calling on the club’s owners to take ‘risks’ at the end of last season.His side will have a familiar look away to Newcastle United in Saturday’s early game. A fourth successive top-four finish would represent a good outcome for Spurs, but they will be under pressure from Chelsea and Arsenal who finished fifth and sixth last year, while big-spending West Ham could push for a top-six finish.Arsenal’s Emery will need to reverse a dreadful recent record for the club against City, however, if the new era in north London is not to start in disappointing fashion.In the three matches between the two clubs last season, City won 9-1 on aggregate.The Premier League is back Are you ready? #PLkickoff pic.twitter.com/NWbFb9Nap2 Premier League (@premierleague) August 10, 2018Arsenal have strengthened at the back though with German keeper Bernd Leno arriving from Bayer Leverkusen while former Juventus defender and Switzerland skipper Stephan Lichtsteiner and Greek Sokratis Papastathopoulos will add guile in defence.Of the three promoted clubs, Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers look capable of flourishing in the top flight after strengthening but it could be a long haul for Cardiff City who mark their return away to Bournemouth on Saturday.Fulham host Crystal Palace while Wolves face Everton.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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A history of Mexican crises: how El Tri rival England for self-inflicted pain

first_imgMexican football needs controversy. Where none exists it must be invented.The news this month that members of the squad had stayed out late has felt less like a crisis, and more like slipping into a comfortable pair of shoes. Mexican teams don’t necessarily thrive on drama, but its presence feels more natural than its absence. After all, if there’s one country’s press that can surpass England for beating up on its football team, it is Mexico’s.The current inquest into the nocturnal habits of the Mexican team appear positively PG compared to some episodes in the national team’s past. In 2011, the team competing in the Gold Cup lost five players to a doping test that found traces of the banned substance clenbuterol. Any other squad might have been floored by losing nearly a quarter of its members but Mexico eventually won the tournament, beating the US 4-2 in the final. The Chicharito enigma: has Mexico’s Javier Hernández era passed? Read more Topics Out of that mess and into the tournament came the glorious Miguel Herrera, whose sideline passions drove Mexico through the tournament as a gift to GIF animators everywhere. He was eventually fired after winning the 2015 Gold Cup … and then punching one of his media critics at an airport hours later. World Cup Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp US sports Mexico Mexico: North America’s teamcenter_img Reuse this content features Share on Facebook World Cup 2018 All the while the national media, the federation and the government made claims and counter claims about whether contaminated meat was at the root of the positive tests. The press initially thundered that the players were guilty, the agriculture ministry put out statements insisting that chicken was safe to eat, and the federation bravely prevaricated, before eventually coming out on the side of the accused players, who all tested negative in a second round of tests.Remarkably, that wasn’t even the biggest crisis that year. Around the same time the Mexican U-21 team were preparing to compete in Copa America – Concacaf having ordered the Mexican federation to play a full strength team in the Gold Cup to preserve the integrity of the tournament. The U-21s had a promising series of games in preparation for the Copa America, culminating in a victory over Bolivia that looked to be setting them up nicely.Unfortunately for the Mexicans, an impromptu party at their hotel after the game led to some players complaining that items had been stolen from their rooms, which in turn led to a hotel manager revealing to the media that the attendees at the soiree had included prostitutes. Eight players were sent home, though in fairness they could claim they were only following team tradition – two senior players were suspended and 10 fined after another party in Monterrey in September 2010 also included prostitutes among the guests.You can also add in El Tri’s absence from the 1990 World Cup after they were banned for fielding overage players at a youth tournament; drug test crises before tournaments in 1999 and 2005, which also saw players sent home; or for variety add in the entire team threatening to go on strike before the team’s first ever Copa America appearance in 1993, over the Mexican transfer system, which the players likened to slavery. Persuaded to play, and with the printing presses back home clattering happily, the team reached the final.And then there was the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, in which Mexico qualified by the skin of their teeth thanks to the intervention of the US. The curious mix of catharsis and vitriol this provoked in Mexico was perhaps best captured by a Mexican commentator bellowing “God Bless America” after the US goal against Panama that helped put Mexico through. On the surface of it, the cerebral Juan Carlos Osorio is a study in contrasts to Herrera, with his scientific research and squad rotation. An eye-watering 7-0 loss to Chile in the 2016 Copa America was described in the press as “the worst humiliation in the history of Mexican football”. The fact that Osorio is a foreigner – a Colombian – only increased the scrutiny. His reign could have spiraled out of control, but he adjusted, and steadied his team for a processional World Cup qualifying campaign.Yet there was definitely something strange about watching a relatively sober Mexico team head towards this tournament, just as it’s been a little odd watching the current glasnost around the England team. It’s why the news that the team have been partying, or even the fact that the coach seems to have unnecessarily accentuated his tinkerer’s reputation to the detriment of team chemistry, actually feels like the natural order of things.Indeed, far from being unsettled, the squad are reportedly happy to have at least a modicum of siege mentality restored as they head into the group opener against Germany this weekend. Even when midfielder Hector Herrera had to miss a training session to resolve a “family issue” supposedly related to the party, Osorio and the players went with the line that players were “people first” and seemed to relish closing ranks, even as the national tabloids agitated. We’ve been here before.There is one habit Mexico will be hoping to break, though. For the last six World Cup tournaments they have been eliminated at the round of 16 stage. If Mexico were to go further in Russia you could expect the story of last week’s partying to be lost in the story of the national party that would follow. For now, a familiar cultural anxiety is being dutifully expressed. Share via Email World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Read more Facebook Share on Messenger Twitter last_img read more

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SEC WR Arrested On Assault Charge

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders run on the field with flags.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 7: The Kentucky Wildcats take the field prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs game on November 7, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won the game 27-3. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)As Kentucky football awaits its bowl destination following its best season in some time, a Wildcat wide receiver is in hot water. Sophomore Zy’Aire Hughes was arrested earlier today.Details are very scarce so far. We do know that Hughes has been charged with fourth-degree assault.More, from the Courier-Journal:Kentucky sophomore wide receiver Zy’Aire Hughes was arrested Sunday on a charge of fourth-degree assault.Hughes was arrested on Woodland Avenue near UK’s campus and booked in the Lexington jail, according to the jail’s website. No other details of his arrest were immediately available.Kentucky football has reportedly said that it is aware of the situation with Zy’Aire Hughes.Hughes has played sparingly for the team this season.Against Murray State earlier in the year, he caught a 49-yard touchdown pass on a trick play double pass involving Benny Snell and quarterback Terry Wilson.It was one of just two catches on the year for Hughes.Kentucky football finished the regular season ranked No. 14 in the College Football Playoff rankings.[Courier-Journal]last_img read more

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Get Rishabh Pant into World Cup mix

first_img S. Kannan New DelhiFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 11:53 IST Rishabh Pant can be a viable option for India in the middle order (Reuters Photo)Nobody ever says too much cricket is being played. As the Men in Blue round off their long tour to Australia and New Zealand, the mood is one of cheer for results achieved in Tests and ODIs.These days, when for almost anything and everything you hear, “How is the Josh?” line from movie Uri, the Indian cricket team is no exception. There are memes on social media on the Indian cricket team as well and conversations taking place between Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and the gang.Yes, the josh was high till Trent Boult struck at Hamilton in the fourth ODI with his sharp movement to wreck the Indians for 94 runs. In almost no time, the knives were out for the Indian cricket team, in typical knee-jerk fashion.The problem with cricket experts, be it the former players or those who have never played even at the gully level, is they have an opinion. At a time when social media comes up with praise or condemnation within minutes in real time, reactions to India’s defeat were sharp.Agreed, one loss was not a big deal but it certainly managed to highlight a very relevant point about how this Indian ODI side has plenty of problems with the misfiring middle order. Till now, with the top three clicking and ageless wonder MS Dhoni also proving his competitive touch in Australia, the middle order did not come under scrutiny.If you carefully look at results where India have lost, it has been a case of the middle order not delivering when the top order failed. That happened, notably, in Hamilton.advertisementOnce the team returns to India, there will still be a lot of good press. Virat Kohli has got a well-deserved break and is spending quality time with wife Anushka Sharma, as is evident from his social media posts. Dhoni pulled his hamstring and has been forced to take a break.In the next few months before the ICC World Cup in England, India are not expected to play more than half a dozen ODIs. These matches at home cannot be taken lightly as it will serve as a valuable test for players who are on the fringe.Almost everyone who loves cricket, which is a few millions in India, has at one point or the other, already jotted down his or her Indian squad for the World Cup and what the final XI will be. While one does not have to spend too much time thinking about the top two batting slots, there is scope for a lot of tinkering from No.3 position downwards.One has seen in the ODIs played recently, the middle order slots revolve around Ambatti Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik. Shubhman Gill has also been flown out but it would be good if there could be some change from the one-drop position.The general impression is Rishabh Pant has been kept only for the Tests and T20s, but he would be a good candidate to play at the No.3 slot, so that Kohli can come in at the No.4 slot.Kohli has in the past opened the innings, batted at No.4 and even in some matches come lower down. The think-tank can ponder over Pant at the No.3 slot as he is in rich form and has been quite successful in England.Having scored a ton each in England and Australia, aggressive Pant could well play the World Cup purely as a batsman and chip in handsomely. It’s well known how big a hit Rishabh Pant was in Australia and made life miserable for the Aussies with his non-stop chatter.Weather conditions in England are bound to be different when compared to Australia, and this is where the middle order woes will look more pronounced should the top order fail. It has been a cold and wet winter in the United Kingdom and in summer there will be movement through the air and off the pitch.This is where it could be a good ploy to get Pant bat at No.3 and Kohli comes in at No.4. In the past, when Kohli batted at the No.4 position from 2009 to 2014, he scored 1,744 runs in 37 innings at an average of 58.13. It also included seven centuries and eight half-centuries.To be sure, given the thought process in the Indian team and Shastri now getting a lot of credit for India’s performances in Tests and ODIs, all options need to be looked at for bolstering the middle order. Rayudu can only bat as his bowling action has come under scrutiny from the ICC. Kedar Jadhav has done reasonably well.advertisementIt’s now a case of almost all options having been tried out for the middle order and smart picking will now come into play. Luckily, the fast bowling and spin combinations seem in good health. After all, India’s bowling has been a big hit in recent months.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhoni Get Rishabh Pant into World Cup mixVirat Kohli could come back to No.4 slotadvertisementlast_img read more

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Festival Queen Wants to Recycle Plastic Bottles

first_img According to the 23-year-old young woman from St. Mary, it has been heartbreaking for her to see drains clogged, and rivers, sea and shorelines polluted with plastic and other wastes. Story Highlights “My major project this year will be ‘Eco Money’. What it does, it provides entrepreneurial opportunities for young people, while preserving and protecting the environment, because it encourages them to use non-biodegradable items within their community, within their surroundings and recycle [to create] reusable items,” Miss Gowie told JIS News. Within a week of being crowned Jamaica’s Festival Queen for 2018, Ms. Ackera Gowie is optimistic about launching her national project – recycling plastic bottles. Within a week of being crowned Jamaica’s Festival Queen for 2018, Ms. Ackera Gowie is optimistic about launching her national project – recycling plastic bottles.According to the 23-year-old young woman from St. Mary, it has been heartbreaking for her to see drains clogged, and rivers, sea and shorelines polluted with plastic and other wastes.In keeping with this, she wants to tackle the issue, while creating an initiative that benefits youth who are unemployed.“My major project this year will be ‘Eco Money’. What it does, it provides entrepreneurial opportunities for young people, while preserving and protecting the environment, because it encourages them to use non-biodegradable items within their community, within their surroundings and recycle [to create] reusable items,” Miss Gowie told JIS News.She has already conducted a test run, before she was crowned, to see how successful her idea would be and how responsive children in the parish of St. Mary would be to a project of this nature.“We had a soft launch recently, and I used 50 children from various communities within St. Mary, and the first thing that we did, we went out and we got some plastic bottles and we made some pencil cases from plastic bottles. So, all of them are going back to school with custom-made pencil cases, made from plastic bottles,” Miss Gowie said.“They understand that plastic can be valuable. They know that it is detrimental to the environment. They know of the harmful effects of plastic to the environment and now they know that they are able to use their hands and use their creativity to transform the plastic into something that is great,” she added.In addition to this, Miss Gowie, who has a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, said she wants to use her history of overcoming obstacles at the tertiary level to motivate other youth in similar situations, during her one-year reign.She told JIS News that after being accepted to pursue law at the tertiary level, she was withdrawn from the programme because of financial challenges in the first year, but she never gave up her hope of acquiring a degree.After losing her space at law school, she applied for the Governor-General’s Summer of Service Scholarship. After receiving it, she enrolled in the Faculty of Social Sciences and started a new programme and, ultimately, graduated in 2017.This is a story she wants to use to encourage demotivated youth – that no matter what, they can start over after failing “I am going to be running my own personal development and youth consultation organisation, working with the schools St. Mary High, Mary Mount, St. Mary Technical [and] Port Maria High,” she said.Miss Gowie won a cash prize of $455,000, along with the Most Poised and the Most Culturally Aware sectional prizes at the 2018 staging of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition.Shantae Grant, who represented the parish of Hanover, finished in second place, winning a cash prize of $255,000, while Chris Ann Douglas, who represented the parish of St. James, finished in third place and was awarded a cash prize of $150,000. Ms. Douglas was also the winner of the Most Congenial sectional prize.last_img read more

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I miss you Sanjay on Sunil Dutts birth anniversary

first_imgMumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt posted a heartwarming message for his late father Sunil Dutt on his birth anniversary, saying he misses him every day. On actor Sunil Dutt’s 90th birth anniversary on Thursday, Sanjay took to Twitter to remember his father. The actor shared a black and white photograph of himself with his father and his sister. He captioned it: “Happy Birthday Dad. I miss you.” Sunil Dutt was a movie actor, producer, director and politician. He had worked in memorable films such as “Sadhna”, “Ek Phool Char Kaante”, “Gumraah”, “Mera Saaya”, “Mother India” and “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.”. In 1968, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the government. He died of a heart attack on May 25, 2005 at his residence in Mumbai. Sanjay’s fans got a glimpse of the bond he shared with his father through Rajkumar Hirani’s film “Sanju” that saw actor Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay.last_img read more

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Stitch Fix Tesla rise while Michaels Cloudera tumble

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:Cloudera Inc., down $3.59 to $5.21The cloud computing company’s fiscal year revenue forecast fell far short of Wall Street expectations and its CEO is retiring.Stitch Fix Inc., up $3.47 to $27.04The online clothing styling service surprised Wall Street with a fiscal third quarter profit and solid revenue.Michaels Companies Inc., down $1.16 to $8.18The arts and crafts store operator said sales at established stores fell more sharply than forecast during the first quarter and it cut its revenue forecast for the year.Ciena Corp., up $9.61 to $45.49The developer of high-speed networking technology beat Wall Street’s fiscal second-quarter profit and revenue forecasts.Tesla Inc., up $9.36 to $205.95The electric car maker is on pace to beat its quarterly record for deliveries, according to media reports.At Home Group Inc., down $10.01 to $7.50The home decor retailer’s first quarter profit fell short of Wall Street forecasts and it gave investors a disappointing outlook.La-Z-Boy Inc., down $4.17 to $29.34The furniture company’s full-year profit forecast fell short of Wall Street forecasts.Signet Jewelers Ltd., down 24 cents to $19.18The jewelry retailer reported that sales at established store fell more sharply than forecast and it cut its profit forecast for the year.The Associated Press read more

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UN peacekeepers helping train DR Congo police on security in mining centres

The absence of trained officers has led to a serious loss of revenue for the DRC authorities, both at provincial and national levels. It is hoped that the training will eventually contribute to resolving conflicts in Africa’s volatile Great Lakes region in general and the eastern DRC in particular.The three-week training by the police unit of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the country’s Provincial Division of Mines brought together 40 police officers, 24 from North Kivu and 16 from South Kivu, in the city of Bukavu in late November.The officers received training on capacity-building and the role they ought to play as police officers in the country’s minerals mining region. Lessons focused on self-defence, intervention tactics, human rights and the illegal exploitation of natural resources.Funded by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the training fell within MONUSCO’s responsibilities as mandated by the Security Council’s Resolution 1925, which requested that the mission assist the DRC authorities in fighting the illegal exploitation of its natural resources and to strengthen its capacity in that respect. 16 December 2010UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are helping train national police officers to secure trade centres in the mineral-rich Kivu provinces in the country’s east. read more

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Southern fishermen go fishing

The Department of Meteorology said this afternoon that there will be showers or thundershowers at several places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Galle.It said that winds will be at a Southwesterly direction and speeds will be 30- 40 km/hr. It also said that the speed may increase up to 50 kmph at times in the sea areas off the Western and southern coast. Fishermen in the South today decided to go out to sea despite the Department of Meteorology saying that the sea areas off the Western and Southern coasts will be fairly rough at times.The fishermen said that they are compelled to go fishing in order to make a living despite the risks they face. However, one week one, the fishermen say they cannot continue to stay away from fishing as that is the only source of income they have. The Department of Meteorology had issued weather alerts since last Sunday forcing fishermen to stay away from the sea. Over 50 fishermen were killed last weekend when strong winds damaged their boats after they went out to sea unaware of a storm which was about to hit them.The Department of Meteorology was later blamed for failing to alert the fishermen. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Stocks rise on strong earnings from Nike investors jump into market after

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock markets are closing higher on Wall Street, bolstered by strong earnings from companies like Nike.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 90 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 14,512 at the close of trading on Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 11 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,556. The Nasdaq rose 22 points, or 0.7 per cent, 3,245.Nike reported a surge in quarterly profit, and its stock was the top gainer in the S&P 500. Tiffany topped earnings predictions, boosted by demand from customers in Asia.Advancing stocks led declining stocks on the New York Stock Exchange, with advancers totalling 1,859 and decliners at 1,090. Stocks rise on strong earnings from Nike; investors jump into market after earlier declines by The Associated Press Posted Mar 22, 2013 4:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Canada inches up to 13th place on global competitiveness ranking

GENEVA – Canada has moved up two notches to 13th position in the latest Global Competitiveness Report issued Wednesday by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.The report says Canada improved its ranking mainly because of a lower budget deficit based on 2014 data and a more favourable assessment of its financial market development.It says Canada’s competitiveness is also built on such areas as “highly efficient labour markets” and a sound banking system, but cautions that exposure to a potentially overvalued housing market could become a risk in the near future.The WEF says that in order to counter the effects of lower energy prices, “Canada should continue to foster innovation at the company level.” The report says Canadian company spending on R&D is ranked 26th and its capacity to innovate is 23rd.Overall, says the report, global economic growth remains low and unemployment “persistently high” despite efforts to re-ignite a recovery in the seven years since the beginning of the world financial crisis in 2008.The agency says the recovery has been “less robust, more uncertain and taken longer than many expected,” suggesting a “new normal” of subdued economic growth, lower productivity growth and high unemployment.It adds that recent geopolitical shocks — from the crisis in Ukraine to conflicts in the Middle East, terrorism and the migrant crisis — have added to the world’s economic difficulties.Switzerland remains No. 1 on the list, a position it has held since 2007. Singapore is second in the annual ranking, followed by the United States, Germany and the Netherlands.The bottom five consists of Burundi, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Chad and last-place Guinea. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada inches up to 13th place on global competitiveness ranking read more

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Paris HC with 8 mil EUR budget – Hansen with 500000 per

← Previous Story Kim Andersson still free? Wisla Plock is “in the game”? Next Story → South Africa: 6.000 people play handball! Mikkel Hansenparisparis hcQatar Sports Investmen (QSI) Paris Handball had 2,5m euros budget last year and only saved themself from relegation in the last round of relegation. In the summer with the club takeover by the Qatar Sports Investmen (QSI), the club’s budget rose to 8 million euros! After acquring some of the world’s best like Dinart, Kopljar, Bojinovic, Honrubia and few others, the last signing of the club was the most resounding.They got Mikkel Hansen, and for signing the 4-year contract, he will be earning 500,000 euros per season! Some believe the interest of the Qatari’s in handball will be short-term one, but the club’s president Jean-Claude Blanc assures the opposite: “The Qatari’s are clear about it’s long-term interest in the club. The most obvious proof of that is that Hansen signed a 4-year contract on us insisting on it”. read more

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Looking to the future

first_imgIn early 2014, the 15 storey building including the four level Cultural Centre of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) will be open to all of the community – it will be a centre unrivalled in the global Greek diaspora. It will become the institution where we celebrate our Greek story. Bill Papastergiadis, president, GOCMV, says it is time for a change. “From my perspective the community needed a game changer,” Mr Papastergiadis tells Neos Kosmos. “It required a plan to inspire the interest of young Greek Australians. Time was also of the essence. Broad-based contribution by talented and motivated second and third generation Greek Australians in Melbourne was urgently needed so as to develop a community which offered appropriate services and also inspired cultural productivity.”A place of education, music, entertainment, song and dance, the centre will be seen as a hothouse of thoughts and ideas. It will offer the next generation a chance to create their new stories and cultural experience but at all times remembering and celebrating our migrant past. “The Centre should be seen as a hothouse of thoughts,” explains Jorge Menidis. “It aims to offer spaces for the generation of new stories and the celebration of old. The Centre will collaborate and lead. It will present opinions and ideas. It will educate and entertain.” The centre will have a collection of spaces some of which included a performance space; an exhibition space; an education space; hothouse and meeting space; and administrative space. With support from the Melbourne City Council via an incredibly speedy permit approval process and the State Government’s $2 million contribution, and support by all the members of the Greek community, the dream of the four storey Cultural Centre has become a reality. A lot of thought was put into the actual design of the new building. “Aesthetically, a new building would also act as a beacon for those who would take the baton going forward for our community,” explains Mr Papastergiadis. “Symbols play an important role in our lives. Symbolically, the new building would herald a fresh start. The design of any such building would need to ensure that there would be a reference point to the past and with it incorporating a vision for the future.” * This Thursday, Neos Kosmos will publish a supplement in Greek and English paying homage to the new Cultural Centre, but also remembering the past. We will look at the early days of not only the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria’s building, but the history of the community as a whole. For all those who have ever wondered if walls could talk – the walls of the Greek community building will speak to us about stories, events and past happenings that have shaped our community in Victoria, and Australia. We will give you a birds eye view of the architecture and symbolism of the new building, but also look at the demolition of what has been a large part of our cultural history. All in all, we – alongside the Greek community – look to the future, to create a place to inspire the next generation of proud Greek Australians. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ALM Changes Name to Incisive Media

first_imgALM—formerly American Lawyer Media—will drop the ALM name and operate under the brand of its U.K.-based parent, Incisive Media, the company announced today.ALM divisions such as Real Estate Media and Insight Information will use the Incisive brand while individual products—such as The American Lawyer and Law.com—will retain their current brands. CEO Bill Pollak [pictured] says suggesting the name change came from his team rather than Incisive. “We had too many layers of brands,” Pollak told FOLIO:. “I found myself introduced at one of our conferences as president and CEO of ALM and I was there to talk about the new headquarters for Incisive. Our customers recognize our product brands and above that we need one single corporate name.” And while Incisive’s $630 million acquisition of ALM last July gave it a major platform to build on in the U.S., the name change reflects a focus on taking ALM’s products abroad. “This will make it a lot easier to expand our footprint beyond our current markets,” Pollak said. “We’re always interested in add-ons to our legal portfolio and one of our priorities is to look for companies in the financial risk and insurance spaces that would fit what Incisive is doing in London. But for us here, the priority is how do we take something like American Lawyer to Asia?The company also will consolidate its existing New York City offices, including three ALM offices into 120 Broadway and a back-end operation at 4 MetroTech Center. ‘Behind Our Budget But Ahead of Last Year’Incisive’s acquisition of ALM effectively doubled the company’s total revenue to $500 million and with ALM generating $200 million in estimated revenue and $50 million in EBITDA, was considered one of the top deals of 2007. In April, ALM revealed it too was feeling the pressure from the credit market and a faltering economy, laying off 42 employees, scaling back plans to turn Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly, closing the operations department of Incisive’s Norwalk, Connecticut office, and making Law Firm Inc. magazine digital-only. Incisive took more direct control of ALM’s Events Division, with management of ALM’s SRI conferences shifting to Insight in Canada, Incisive’s Events Group in London and ALM’s Legal Publishing Division. Many of SRI’s financial events were also eliminated.“The overall company has weathered the storm reasonably well,” said Pollak, who added that he doesn’t anticipate further staff reductions this year. “The bulk of the U.S. business is in the legal market, which has performed comparatively well. Commercial real estate has been battered. We’re behind our budget but we’re still ahead of last year.” Pollak says ALM is a “bit over” $200 million in revenue now and that digital represents about 8 percent to 9 percent of overall revenue. “Digital continues to grow and we’re investing heavily online because it is growing and we need the growth, and it’s clearly the future,” Pollak said. “But right now it’s not as significant as print advertising or subscriptions.”last_img read more

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How Three Publishers Are Retooling for Growth

first_imgThe first step is investing in (to the tune of six figures) and redesigning Government Executive (conducted by celebrated design firm Pentagram, which also handled redesigns for The Atlantic and National Journal). “Even though we have an incredible web platform, the audience demographic is really 40 and 50-year-old people in high levels of government,” says Goldstone. “They still rely heavily on the magazine, which we felt was a bit neglected.” A website redesign follows in January. While he wouldn’t reveal hard numbers, Goldstone says that digital accounts for 65 percent of GE’s overall revenue. Beyond the magazine and website, the core for Government Executive Media is the Government Business Council, a research intelligence division that launched in 2007 to offer case studies to top GE advertisers. Services include research, content marketing, lead gen and events. “We can go to a company that wants proprietary research on a select topic—say cyber security—and create a research engine that funnels into custom content which can be used to create custom events,” says Goldstone. “Sponsors get assets from research and custom events which extend into webinars and white papers and other content marketing services.” Revenue for Government Business Council has grown more than 400 percent to almost $4 million, with research accounting for more than $1 million alone. “It’s also brought an additional $2 million to $3 million in media payments,” says Goldstone. “We wouldn’t have those media payments without the research and data delivery upfront.”Rhode Island Monthly Turns to…PrintThe most successful brand extension for regional title Rhode Island Monthly is actually a relaunch (and repositioning) of its spin-off shelter book, Home Design.“We, like most in the regional business, jumped on the real estate bubble and had a bi-annual home book,” says president and publisher John Palumbo. “When the economic tsunami hit it, the magazine became impossible to publish—even as an annual—profitably. In the ensuing two years we kept hearing from our home advertisers in Rhode Island Monthly just how awful the higher end of the category was business-wise.”Associate publisher/sales Kieran Keating came up with a concept for a marketing-friendly “home design guide” that would expose the higher end architects and designers builders. “It was not advertorial per se,” says Palumbo. “We had a special publications editor who would write about the projects featured in the magazine objectively—the advertiser had no right of approval.”Rhode Island Monthly also blew up the original distribution model (which included newsstand and controlled distribution to a “high earner list”) and mailed it directly to subscribers. While the publisher was worried it might cannibalize the home business for Rhode Island Monthly, Home Design more than doubled modest budget expectations, generating $177,000 in revenue in a still-struggling economy. “Keep in mind this market has experienced one of the higher unemployment rates in  the country,” says Palumbo.Advertiser packages ranged from $1,950 to $9,750. “We launched with a high-end party for the advertisers,” says Palumbo, who adds that some of the advertisers monetized their financial investment multiple times within the first week the book was out.Rhode Island Monthly is now looking at an e-newsletter for House Design, similar to what it does with its bridal book, Engaged.WATT Shifts from Subscription-Driven Data To Sponsored Aggregated DataLast year, WATT Publishing blazed a trail with the launch of the WATT Dashboard, a subscription service offering data for its select agri-business markets.Today, however, WATT has dropped the subscription model in favor of an aggregated, sponsor-driven Market Data section on WATT AgNet.com. “Ultimately, some of the best business decisions are knowing when to say ‘enough,’ and WATT Dashboard never met the business goals we had targeted,” says director of custom media Jeff Miller. “In my opinion, data is data but unless you have commentary on the data it’s not of value, especially for a monthly subscription. We did not have the editorial horsepower for consistent and intelligent commenting on the data. We thought about hiring but until we got to a tipping point where we could reinvest in the product, we elected to table it.”Instead, WATT decided to turn to an aggregated data model by working with MarkLogic which “scrapes” relevant data. “I hate the term ‘scrape,’” says Miller. “We set up parameters for the content we’re looking for, it’s not a raw scrape, it’s a targeted scrape.” Information includes USDA data such as grain prices and grain futures, which are automatically updated and formatted for the AgNet CMS. Charts can be printed out for presentations and the dashboard is formatted for PDA viewing (although not iPad or iPhone, since the charts are made with Flash).Eventually WATT will require registration to access this data (although it will remain free). “We wanted to tap into the growing necessity for our audience to have one source of reliable information and be able to download it and use it for presentations and reports,” says Miller. “Eventually we’ll gate this information and require registration to access it.” New opportunities abound for publishers but with that comes new challenges, including determining what’s worth the time and resource investment—and what’s not. Here, three very different publishers outline how they’re reinventing existing products.Government Executive Plans to Double Revenue in Five YearsAtlantic Media has invested heavily in remaking its flagship brand The Atlantic, as well as National Journal, and so far, has been rewarded on both fronts. Now the company is turning to its b-to-b division, Government Executive Media, with a plan to double revenue in five years. Shortly after joining Government Executive in February, CEO Peter Goldstone sat down with Jerry Shair’s Boiling Point ideation company to map out a plan. “We see five to seven opportunities around digital media, education (business learning), print, events, data, research and analytics,” says Goldstone. “Some platforms we already have, others we will be developing. We can take our horizontal play and go into other niches, or build out a vertical by audience or topic.” last_img read more

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Blow to Pakistan US may prevent another IMF bailout so that Islamabad

first_imgPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan believes that the reserves would take care of the economic crisis in the nationThomas Peter-Pool/Getty ImagesThree United States lawmakers have urged the Donald Trump administration to prevent a multi-billion dollar bailout package to Pakistan by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which the latter plans to pay off as its debt to China. Pakistan is currently heavily debt-ridden after its close ally China invested nearly $62 billion in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as other mega infrastructural projects in the country. Given the present economic scenario of Pakistan, the three US Congressmen – Ted Yoho, Ami Bera and George Holding – have expressed concerns that Prime Minister Imran Khan may be seeking IMF funds to repay the Chinese debt under CPEC. The letter was addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”We write to express our deep concern over attempts made by the Government of Pakistan to seek a bailout deal with the InternationalMonetary Fund to retrieve debts incurred from predatory Chinese infrastructure projects,” the letter, dated April 5, said.The letter stated that China has been notorious in making using its heavy transaction policies as a means to establish control over small Asian countries. The terms and agreements of the various economic deals between China and Pakistan are not explicitly clear which also raises apprehensions over the matter.It added that the debt repayment and profit repatriation terms have not been made transparent which has also raised concerns inside various circles of Pakistan. China has used its debt-trap policy in Sri Lanka when the latter was unable to make the due payments and had to ultimately hand over 1,500 acres of land to the former around the Hambantota Port. The letter said that China may follow its predatory financing methods in Pakistan as well to establish territorial control.Pakistan’s economic downturn raises concernThere are also growing fears of Pakistan being unable to bring its economy back on track despite seeking regular packages from IMF. The US lawmakers said that Pakistan has sought nearly a dozen bailout packages from IMF in the last two decades but that has not necessarily transformed into economic reforms. Russia has rubbished Pakistani media reports that claimed Moscow was joining CPEC. In Picture: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks at the inauguration of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor port in Gwadar, Pakistan November 13, 2016.Reuters”Another bailout that fails to provide transparency and address issues of balance of payment, high fiscal deficit, and unsustainable debt will again be doomed to fail, instead enriching China,” the Congressmen said.It added that the US should block China’s recurrent attempts to use the “hostage countries” under the garb of heavy debts as a means to expand its geostrategic territories.last_img read more

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Navi Mumbai airport GVK wins bid to build spanking Rs 16000crore Mumbai

first_imgHyderabad-based GVK, the diversified group that operates in several sectors including energy, resources, airports, transportation, hospitality and life sciences, has won a bid to develop the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA). KKR buys tour operator Travelopia for $403 millionGVK currently operates India’s first brownfield and greenfield airports as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru under the PPP model. Located in adjoining Raigad district near Mumbai, NMIA is a Rs 16,000-crore project and is expected to ease the air travel needs of the people in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. To be built in an area of 1,140 hectares, the proposed airport will have two parallel runways with provision for full-length taxi ways on either side of the runways. When operational, NMIA would handle about 10 million passengers annually in the first year, 20 million by 2020, 30 million passengers in 2025 and ultimately 40 million by 2030. In comparison, the Mumbai airport currently absorbs 26 million passengers annually. GVK emerged the bid winner leaving behind GMR Airports Ltd, which operates Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL), a joint venture formed as a consortium between GMR Group (54 percent), Airports Authority of India (26 percent), and Fraport AG and Eraman Malaysia (10 percent each). GMR had reportedly offered 10.44 percent of revenue share while GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) offered 12.60 percent share of the annual gross revenue of the project.”It is a matter of immense pride for MIAL and GVK to have won the bid for building, developing and operating the Greenfield Navi Mumbai International Airport project. This is further testimony to our commitment that was ably-demonstrated in the making of the iconic Terminal 2, along with the creation of efficient airside operations in a severely constrained Mumbai airport,” said GVK Reddy, executive chairman of MIAL and founder chairman and MD of GVK. At the request for quotation (RFQ) stage, Tata Realty-MIA Infrastructure and Zurich Airport-Hiranandani Group had also bid in addition to GMR and MIAL (GVK). However, on Monday, only GMR and MIAL (GVK) submitted their financial bids.last_img read more

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