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Artificial Intelligence in Sales – The Sales 3.0 Revolution, with Gerhard Gschwandtner – Episode #85

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episodeSales is about to undergo the most monumental shift in our lifetimesClick To TweetWhat role will artificial intelligence play in sales? We have to decide nowClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:11 — 20.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThe buzz about artificial intelligence is growing every day, and for good reason. The changes happening on a technological level are astounding and will change the landscape we live in for the long term. But very little that is helpful has been said so far about artificial intelligence in sales and how it will impact the people who make their living selling things. That’s why I invited my friend Gerhard Gschwandtner In The Arena today. He’s renamed his popular sales conference to reflect the changes he sees coming – It’s now The Sales 3.0 Conference (previously 2.0). We talk A.I., emotional intelligence, machine learning, and a whole lot more on this episode of In The Arena.Artificial Intelligence in Sales – The Sales 3.0 Revolution, with Gerhard SchwanderClick To TweetSales is about to undergo the most monumental shift in our lifetimes.Gerhard Gschwandtner believes that the sales community is about to experience the most monumental shift any of us have seen in our lifetimes. He believes this because of what he’s already seen in terms of how technology has changed the way we live and because of the rapid rate of change that continues to happen because of technology. The advent of artificial intelligence ups the stakes even more. The sales world will change and those of us who make our living by selling will have to adapt or be left behind. You can hear what Gerhard believes is coming and how it will impact you and your organization on this episode, so be sure you listen. You want to be one of those who is prepared for what is coming.Is it true that 80% of transactions in the future are going to happen between machines?As we consider the advent of artificial intelligence in sales it’s been suggested that at least 80% of transactions between companies in the future will be made machine to machine. Can you imagine it? But more importantly, can you imagine the impact that sort of change will have on you as a sales professional? Gerhard Gschwandtner is my guest on this episode of In The Arena to talk about the way we need to think about the coming changes to the sales community and the preparation required if we are going to not only keep up but thrive in the new sales environment. Be sure you listen.Is it true that 80% of transactions in the future are going to happen between machines?Click To TweetWhat role will artificial intelligence play in sales? We have to decide now.When it comes to the governance of artificial intelligence many helpful steps are already being taken. Mercedes and Microsoft are examples of companies that have established clear policies regarding the way their use of A.I. will be implemented for the good of their end users. It’s a wise and much-needed aspect of the A.I. revolution that has to be applied to the sales community as well. On this episode of the show, Gerhard Gschwandtner and I chat about how artificial intelligence in sales is going to change the way we transact business and the way we make a living, and what safeguards and safety nets are going to be needed to ensure that the people being served by the software remain the primary concern. It’s an intriguing conversation you won’t want to miss.At what point will human beings say, “I prefer to work with a human being, not a machine?”There will always be a need for human to human interaction. It’s wired into the way we work as human beings. But exactly what form that sort of interaction will take in a future that is saturated with artificial intelligence is anyone’s guess. But some people are better equipped to make those guesses than others because they’ve proven to be wise observers of the trends and movement that create the future. My friend, Gerhard Gschwandtner is one of those people. On this episode, we discuss the way artificial intelligence in sales is going to impact human to human interactions and transactions and how we might come to relate with each other in business relationships in that A.I. future.At what point will human beings say, “I prefer to work with a human being, not a machine?”Click To TweetOutline of this great episode Who is Gerhard Gschwandtner – founder of Sales 3.0 Conference? Gerhard’s prediction that sales is about to change in the biggest ways possible. How quickly are these changes going to come? How people with high emotional intelligence are needed to govern artificial intelligence in sales. Sales in the industrial age, the tools needed then and where we are now. What will the A.I. Toolbox look like for us in the future and how should we use it? Will any of our existing sales tools go away (including sales people)? The Sales 3.0 Conference and why you should attend.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeThe Sales 3.0 ConferenceSalesforcewww.Jigsaw.comwww.Data.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more

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India braces up for the Games, targets second position

first_imgAn illuminated view of Commonwealth Games village near the Akshardham Temple, in New Delhi. PTIAfter a tumultuous and scandal hit run-up, the large Indian contingent is hoping to capitalise on home environment and support to improve their medals tally when the Commonwealth Games, the biggest sporting spectacle to be staged in the country till now, opens in New Delhi on Sunday.With the large amount of negative publicity generated in the Games build-up due to the poor condition of the Games village, described as “filthy” and “unlivable” by several participating nations, the hosts are hoping that a record medal haul and standing in the table at the end would obliterate the bad vibes.The country is hosting for only the third time in its history a multi-discipline sports spectacle, after the 1951 and 1982 Asian Games, and a smooth conduct to the Games after what is being promised as a dazzling opening ceremony, would be the ideal balm to the billion-strong population after the shoddy build-up.Delhi sports new look for CWG | CWG: IAF to provide security | Delhi welcomes Queen’s batonIndia, fielding a record 619-strong contingent, are targeting to finish not lower than third in the medals table, and are even harbouring hopes of finishing second overall, even without major contributions from their athletics or swimming squads.The hosts are expecting to reap rich rewards from the shooting range, which offers 36 gold medals for men and women, the wrestiling mat (21 gold on offer for men and women) weightlifting arena (15 gold at stake for men and women) and the boxing ring (10 men’s gold medals up for grabs).advertisementBesides the country would look up to their archers, shuttlers, paddlers, squash players and men’s and women’s hockey squads to significantly boost the medals scoop from the 19th edition of the Games that began in 1930.India’s Chef de Mission Bhubneswar Kalita said earlier this week that the home country was gunning for a second-place finish on the podium.”We are fielding the largest contingent (619). We are aiming to finish second but we don’t want to finish below third,” said Kalita.India ended up fourth at Melbourne four years ago, behind host Australia, England and Canada in that order, with a final haul of 49 medals, including 22 gold that was four behind Canada’s.In 2002 at Manchester there was a neck-to-neck fight for the third spot between India and Canada with the latter edging to third place with a haul of 31 gold as compared to the former’s 30.Eight years ago the country had bagged a whopping 69 medals in all and would have to aim much higher than that figure, especially of the yellow variety, to shoot past Canada and finish at least third. The best haul for India is expected to be provided by their marksmen (19), which includes the country’s lone Olympic Games individual gold winner Abhinav Bindra, and women (11) who have been training hard for the event.Coach Sunny Thomas has kept his fingers crossed and is hoping the shooters would handle the pressure of expectations following their superb haul in the last two Games.India won 27 medals, including 16 gold, in the last edition of the Games in Melbourne, and 24 medals in the 2002 Manchester Games, and according to Thomas, it takes years and years of rigorous training to do one better.”We know that India’s best chance of winning maximum number of medals is shooting but the rising expectations put a lot of pressure on our shooters. We won 24 medals in Manchester but it took us four years to make it 27 and it will take an effort to make it 28 this time,” Thomas said.”But according to the existing selection policy, this is the best team we have, so we are confident of bettering our Melbourne performance,” Thomas said referring to Olympic silver-medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s last-minute pull-out from the Games.Rathore skipped the Games selection trials citing irregularities in selection procedure.”From five medals – three gold and two silver – in 1994 to 24 in Manchester and then 27 in Melbourne, it’s a huge achievement. It’s difficult when you look at those numbers but it should not be a big problem, winning more medals than the previous two editions,” Thomas said.Tejaswini is expected to spearhead the women’s challenge with support from seasoned Suma Shirur while pistol shooter Samaresh Jung would hope to recapture some part of his superb form of 2006 where he was dubbed “Gold Finger” for his five-gold heist.The two contact sports of boxing and wrestling would also be looked forward to by the home country to further boost its medal haul.advertisementA few grapplers and ten men pugilists have the capability to add to the country’s medal chest.Freestyle wrestler Sushil Kumar is the favourite for a gold medal after having becomd the first grappler to win a world championship title at Moscow. The country has tradionally done well on the mat with a total return of 23 gold, 24 silver and 11 bronze from the 1970 Games.The matmen are eyeing their best-ever show at the Games, with the hopes in freestyle resting mainly on Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Sushil (66 kg), Yogeshwar Dutt (60), Anil Kumar (55) and 2002 Games winner Anuj Kumar (84 kg).”Wrestlers have always contributed to India’s medals tally in the Commonwealth Games and we are excited to repeat the same performance again this time,” Sushil said in the tune-up to the Games while ruing its absence at Melbourne four years ago. “I was disappointed wrestling was not there in 2006 Games. I won gold at the Commonwealth Championships, and was a strong contender for gold in Melbourne,” Sushil said.Rajinder Kumar (55kg), Ravinder Singh (60kg), Sunil Kumar (66kg) and Dharmendar Dalal (120 kg) hold a lot of promise in the Greco-Roman style. Women’s wrestling is making its debut.Boxing is the other sport that has looked up since the 2000 Sydney Olympics where Gurcharan Singh reached the quarter finals.For all their success in the past two years, Indian boxers have managed just two gold medals — Akhil Kumar (2006) and Mohammad Ali Qamar (2002) — in Commonwealth Games but the sport has not been the same ever since Vijender Singh clinched the historic Olympic bronze in Beijing.The strapping Vijender, with his good looks to go hand in hand with his box of tricks inside the ring, would spearhead the host country’s challenge along with Akhil who would be defending his bantamweight crown won at Melbourne.There are other talented boxers such as Suranjoy Singh (52 kg), Jai Bhagwan (60 kg) and Manoj Kumar (64 kg) who are poised to do well.The main challenge would come from English, Canadian, Australian and Nigerians.The weightlifing arena has provided India with both euphoria – in the form of a bagful of medals and shame – by virtue of the country’s participants testing positive for banned substances – over the years.Even participating in the Games looked out of bounds for the country’s lifters who have been repeatedly caught doping by the authorities and India are hoping these shameful acts are not repeated when they are hosting a multi-discpline sporting spectacle after 28 years. Fifteen men and women bar bell handlers would be seen in action in the Games in the discipline which has provided the country with 93 medals, including 33 gold, since 1966 at Kingston, Jamaica.The Indian tally from the lifting stage is third overall behind Australia (145) and England (105) and once again the lifters are expected to reap a huge medal haul at the same time being dope-free.In 2002, two Indian lifters — Sateesha Rai and K Madaswamy — were caught doping and booted out of the Manchester Games.advertisementFour years later, the ignomity was repeated when two women — Shailaja Pujari and B Prameelavalli — tested positive for banned substances just before the Melbourne Games while Tejinder Singh and Edwin Raju were caught for doping during the event.The Indian lifters’ participation in the Delhi Games itself has been made possible due to the eleventh-hour bail-out by the CWG Organising Committee headed by Suresh Kalmadi.The OC paid the last instalment of Rs 1.75 crore fine due to be paid to the International Weightlifting Federation following the six lifters flunking dope tests conducted by WADA last year. The total fine imposed by IWF was 500,000 USD.The lifters are confident that they would win at least a dozen medals through 15 participants including eight men.Favourites to win gold medals are K Ravi Kumar (men’s 69 kg), Soniya Chanu (women’s 48kg) and Renubala Chanu, defending champion in women’s 58kg.”Most of our lifters are among top three in Commonwealth rankings and we are expecting 12-14 medals,” said Indian Weightlifting Federation President Birendra Prasad Baisya.Indian archers are targeting a rich medal haul on home turf without the challenge from world champions Korea and formidable China.”We have a strong side with a lot of experience. With home condition, we should get at least six gold medals with top places in men’s and women’s recurve section,” chief coach Limba Ram said ahead of the competition.With senior archers Olympians Tarundeep Rai and Dola Banerjee and cadet world champion Deepika Kumari in the ranks, the squad is a blend of experience and youth.Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee make a strong men’s recurve side with Rai, who has made the cut at the expense of Beijing Olympian Mangal Singh Champia.The trio is high on confidence especially after their gold medal triumph in the World Cup Stage 4 in Shanghai with a record 224 score, highest so far by the men’s side.In all, 24 medals are up for grabs but India’s best bet is the recurve bow event.In the racquet sports of badminton, tennis, table tennis and squash the country has good chances to win a few medals, including the yellow metal.Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, one of the country’s leading gold medal hopes, looks well-set to clinch the women’s singles crown — the first if and when it happens for India.More medal heists are expected from the badminton court through mixed doubles specialists V Diju and Jwala Gutta.In tennis, Sania Mirza looks well-set to clinch a gold with none from the East European nations — to whom she has been losing of late — in fray. She is also to partner veteran Leander Paes in the mixed doubles event.Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are favourites for the men’s doubles crown while Somdev Devvarman, the country’s highest ranked singles player, and Rohan Bopanna should be among the front runners to get a medal, even a gold, in the absence of top players like Andy Lloyd and Lleyton Hewitt.In table tennis, Achanta Sharath Kamal and the men’s doubles pair of A Amalraj and Soumyadeep Roy would hope to defend their titles.In the last phase of preparations, the Indian players have again gone to the ping-pong powerhouse — China — for training and Kamal is brimming with confidence that it will stand them in good stead.”I am very confident of retaining the singles title in the Commonwealth Games. I had started my mental preparation three years ago, because to win such a big event you need to formulate a long-term strategy, things do not happen overnight,” said Kamal ahead of the competition.In squash, the country would depend on the understanding between their two mixed doubles pairs — Sourav Ghosal with Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Sandhu with Joshna Chinnappa — to clinch medals apart from the chemistry between Dipika and Joshna in the women’s doubles.In hockey, in which the men are aiming to win a medal for the first time and the women to regain the gold, things do not look rosy.The men are expected to face a tough challege from World Cup champions Australia, Pakistan, England and Malaysia in their quest to win a medal since the game made its debut in 1998 at Kuala Lumpur.The women have done better — a gold medal in 2002 followed by a silver four years ago — but things remain a bit unsettled after the sacking of chief coach M K Kaushik a few months ago.Athletics, the mother of all sports, is one area where India are yet to get a gold medal since Flying Sikh Milkha Singh’s golden 440-yard (quarter mile) run in the 1958 Games.Only a handful (1 gold, five silver and four bronze) medals have come off the track and field event for the country with women athletes being the lone medal winners in the last two Games.Neelam Jaswant Kaur and Seema Antil bagged a silver medal each in discus throw in 2002 and 2006 while the women’s relay team bagged the second place at Melbourne.A jumbo squad of 58 men and 52 women are being fielded by India in the discipline in which 46 gold medals are on offer.But the returns for India do not look promising in the face of some top-class competition on the track even without some top crowd pullers.Athletics has been hit the worst by star pull-outs with the likes of three-time world and Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt, England’s world champion triple jumper Phillips Idowu, Australia’s women’s discus world champion Dani Samuels, world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis of England and 800m women world champion Caster Semeya staying away.Among others who will not be in Delhi are Jamaicans Veronica Campbell-Brown (Olympic 200m champion), Shelly-Ann Fraser (Olympic 100m champion)) and former world sprint record holder Asafa Powell.But despite the pull outs, the track and field lineup still features numerous accomplished athletes.A whopping 50 gold medals (24 for men and 26 for women) are up for grabs in swimming (including diving and synchronised swimming), but it would be a huger surprise if any metal comes India’s way.India’s chances to attain medal standard in gymnastics, lawn bowls, netball, rugby sevens and cycling appear next to nothing though they are participating in all these discioplines.QBR visits Commonwealth games VillageThe Queen’s Baton Relay of the Commonwealth Games visited the athletes’ village on Saturday accompanied by the Organising Committee officials.The Baton arrived here at 11:00 am, 15 minutes behind the scheduled arrival, at Gate no 2 of the athletes’ village and was taken for a ride inside the residential complexes and international zone.Waiting media contingent and people from all walks of life jostled with each other to catch a glimpse of the Baton, which will be put at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium on Saturday for the opening ceremony, where a grand celebration has been planned.OC deputy director general, SPS Dhillon carried the baton to the Games Village where it was handed over to the Village’s mayor Dalbir Singh.The baton reached the village after visiting Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib and St Columba’s School.”It is a great moment for us. We are hosting the Commonwealth Games and we are very proud of that. We have provided world class facilities to the athletes and we are ready for the grand opening of the event tomorrow,” said mayor of the village, Dalbir Singh.Athletes of different participating countries, school children and other member OC officials welcomed the Baton inside the residential towers. Some of the school kids also got themselves snapped with the Baton.The Baton had entered the host city on Thursday from the neighbouring state Haryana after completing its 20,000 kilometers journey, passing through all 28 Indian states and seven union territories.The Baton was then taken to the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee headquarters situated opposite Jantar Mantar on Jai Singh road in the afternoon, where Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi received it.On Friday, the Baton visited Vijay Chowk, India Gate, Teen Murti Bhawan, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple.The 1.9 lakh-km-long QBR’s journey across 71 countries will culminate on Sunday at the JLN stadium before the opening ceremony of the Games.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 6.1: Every difference you wanted to know

first_imgThe Nokia 6.1 Plus is finally here in India, and it took HMD a little while to bring it. Announced as the Nokia X6 in China, the global variant of it is called the Nokia 6.1 Plus, which suggests this is an upgrade over the Nokia 6.1 from earlier this year. This is true in a lot of ways, but the two phone are miles apart from each other that you cannot really call this a successor or an upgrade. That being said, I’m sure a lot of Nokia 6.1 owners right now must be feeling a little depressed after seeing the Nokia 6.1 Plus launch in India.This article is meant to pinpoint the differences between the Nokia 6.1 and the 6.1 Plus for those 6.1 users who are probably thinking to upgrade, and the yet undecided Nokia consumers out there. But before we get into it, it’s important to know that the two phones are targeting two different markets in India. The Nokia 6.1 is primarily for the offline market, although you can find it online as well, while the 6.1 Plus is an online-only model that is targeting the millennials.– The first thing that will strike you is how different the Nokia 6.1 Plus looks compare to the 6.1. The Plus model keeps in line with the current industry trend and comes with the notch. This is notably the first Nokia phone to sport a display cutout. It allows HMD to pushe the display to the edges, allowing for a near bezel-less display on a very compact form factor. The device is able to pack a tall 5.8-inch FHD+ display on a footprint that’s smaller than the 6.1. The Nokia 6.1, in comparison, looks very dated now. It looked dated back when we reviewed it as well because the phone brings a tradition 16:9 display with chunky bezels on all sides. Both are 2018 phones, but the 6.1 Plus actually looks like a 2018 phone.advertisement — Another thing that makes the Nokia 6.1 Plus stand out in this affordable segment is its all-glass design. The phone sports Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back which is glossy and reflective and gives it a really premium look in a segmented dominated by plastic and metal phones. The Nokia 6.1, on the other hand, has an all-metal construction, which is no doubt solid as a tank, but not as premium looking. The 6.1 will arguably sustain a lot more drops and damage than the Plus model, but if we are talking purely about design, then the 6.1 Plus is a lot more fashionable to sport around today. It’s also a lot more compact,lightweight and curved than the 6.1, which makes for a better in-hand feel.– Hardware sees some changes as well, but not significantly. The Nokia 6.1 is powered by a Snapdragon 630 SoC, which is a pretty powerful chipset in its own right. This is coupled in a choice of 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The Nokia 6.1 Plus, on the other hand, gets a Snapdragon 636 processor, which is the same as the one powering the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This is one of the most powerful chips you can get on an affordable smartphone right now and the difference in performance can be noted. I’ve used both the phones and the 6.1 Plus definitely has an edge in multitasking, gaming and general day-to-day performance.– Cameras have been upgraded as well. I was a little disappointed that the Nokia 6.1 only brought a single rear camera sensor in a time when dual cameras have become the norm. The Nokia 6.1 Plus corrects that and brings a dual camera system which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with autofocus and f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth sensing. So you can now capture some bokehs apart from more detailed pictures under bright light.– What hasn’t changed, however, is the software. Both te devices are part of the Android One program. Both ship with stock and clean Android Oreo out-of-the-box. Both the devices will receive timely security updated from the company as well as Android 9 Pie and Android Q in the future. As far as software experience goes, you’re going to get the same clean and simple UI on both the devices and things are going to run efficiently. — Battery is largely the same for both the devices. The 6.1 brings a 3,000mAh capacity while the 6.1 Plus gets a marginally better 3,060mAh battery. In real world usage, you’re unlikely to find any difference, Both the devices will offer you a good day and a half of life on average usage. If you use the devices intensively through the day, they should survive before the day ends.advertisement– Design and specs aside, perhaps the most notable aspect about the Nokia 6.1 Plus is its pricing. At Rs 15,999, the device is cheaper than the Nokia 6.1’s Rs 16,999 price tag for the 3GB variant and a lot cheaper than the Rs 18,999 4GB variant. Just ahead of the Nokia 6.1 Plus launch, HMD slashed the prices of both the variants by Rs 1,500. Still, pricing of the Nokia 6.1 Plus is so much more competitive considering everything it offers and puts it in a better position to take on the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro than the 6.1.last_img read more

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Spurs forced into FA Cup replay against Newport County

first_imgNewport County 1 Tottenham 1: Kane spares Spurs FA Cup embarrassment Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 03:24 1/28/18 kane-cropped Getty Images Tottenham rode their luck, relying on a late Harry Kane equaliser to secure an FA Cup fourth-round replay with Newport County. A late goal from Harry Kane spared Tottenham’s blushes as they rescued a 1-1 draw at fourth-tier side Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round.Padraig Amond’s first-half header deservedly put Newport ahead and they went close to hanging on, but they were ultimately denied by Kane eight minutes from time to earn Spurs another bite of the cherry in a replay.Spurs showed precious little evidence of occupying a division three rungs higher in the English football pyramid, particularly in the first period when Newport started with great intent and looked far more threatening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The visitors found themselves trailing seven minutes before the break, as Amond headed in a teasing right-wing delivery, sending the home fans into raptures.Spurs improved after the break, though a bad Kane miss just before the hour mark saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men waste a rare opportunity.4 – Harry Kane has scored in each of his last four games for Tottenham in all competitions, his best scoring streak since November 2016. Equaliser.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 27, 2018Spurs’ pressure towards the end became increasingly intense and, although Newport often found themselves with 11 men behind the ball, their desire failed to trump the visitors’ desperation, as Kane tapped in to give the away side the opportunity to do it all over again at Wembley.For all the quality in their starting XI, Spurs looked rattled early on and could count themselves lucky not to be behind in the fourth minute.Joss Labadie did well on the right flank and squeezed a low delivery into the penalty area which fell to the unmarked Frank Nouble, but the former West Ham forward inexplicably fired over from 12 yards.Further chances fell to the home side, as Scot Bennett sliced wide a few minutes later and Kieran Trippier sent a glancing header into the side-netting of his own goal.Spurs appeared to get to grips with Newport as the half progressed and Kane forced Joe Day into a smart stop in the 32nd minute.38’ NEWPORT COUNTY LEAD TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR! What a goal! Padraig Amond has headed in at the back post and the Exiles are 1-0 up! Unbelievable! pic.twitter.com/3sSX8eSCFk— NCAFCLive (@NCAFCLive) January 27, 2018But Newport took advantage of slack defending soon after to take a deserved lead – Amond heading in at the back post after Trippier failed to deal with Robbie Willmott’s cross.Spurs looked more focused after the restart and they should have levelled in the 58th minute, but Kane headed over from inside the six-yard box.That ushered in a period of real dominance for Spurs, who withdrew the ineffective Fernando Llorente for Dele Alli with just over 20 minutes to go.And he nearly made an immediate impact, feeding Son Hueng-min into the left side of the area and he tested Day.But Day was beaten in the 82nd minute as Newport’s defences were finally breached.Son’s corner delivery went all the way through to the back post where Kane was left unmarked to tap in one of the simplest finishes he is every likely to produce, saving Spurs from an embarrassing defeat.Key Opta stats:- Spurs failed to beat a fourth-tier side in an FA Cup match for the first time since January 1996, when they drew away at Hereford United.- Newport avoided defeat against Spurs for the first time in their history, having previously lost all four meetings.- Harry Kane has now scored 30 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League player.- Kane has scored in four consecutive games for Spurs in all competitions, his best run since November 2016.- Padraig Amond scored his first FA Cup goal since November 2015, when he scored a brace against St Albans City for Grimsby Town.- Robbie Willmott has assisted seven goals for Newport in all competitions this season, more than any other Exiles player. read morelast_img read more

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New Bridge for Cumberland County

first_imgResidents and visitors to Cumberland County will soon have asmoother drive over a new bridge on Route 301. A $2.4-million contract has been awarded to replace the Lower EelCreek Bridge on Route 301, which connects Trunk 6 to Oxford. Thebridge is located near Port Howe, west of the intersection ofRoute 301 and Trunk 6. “This project is part of continuing improvements to roads andbridges in Cumberland County,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “Improving Nova Scotia’sinfrastructure provides economic benefits and improved safety foreveryone travelling on our roads and highways.” Replacing the Lower Eel Creek Bridge is the final stage inimprovements to Route 301. This summer saw the last section ofthe road repaved, from Carrington Road east to Trunk 6. The new two-lane concrete bridge will replace the existing one-lane steel truss and bailey bridge, built in the late 1940s. The contract was awarded to Alva Construction. The tender closedon Aug. 27 and work is expected to be complete by early 2005. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from district offices located inBridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Les ministères financent un programme pour la sécurité

first_imgLes aînés de la province pourront profiter d’un nouveau programme pour la sécurité et d’autres projets grâce à des subventions provinciales d’une valeur de plus de 710 000 $. Les ministères des Aînés et de la Justice financent la Subvention pour la sécurité des aînés afin d’aider à élaborer et à améliorer les programmes de sécurité, d’améliorer la communication entre les aînés et la police, de financer les postes de coordonnateurs de la sécurité, et d’encourager un plus grand nombre de programmes entre les aînés et les jeunes visant à promouvoir le respect et les relations positives entre les générations. Cette année, des subventions d’un total de 270 000 $ seront accordées en vertu de ce programme. Le ministère des Aînés contribue 220 000 $ dans le cadre de la Stratégie de la Nouvelle-Écosse sur la violence envers les personnes âgées : Sensibilisation et prévention. Le ministère de la Justice contribue 50 000 $ dans le cadre de la stratégie de prévention de la criminalité intitulée « Time To Fight Crime Together ». « Cette subvention est une autre mesure que le gouvernement prend pour permettre aux aînés de vivre en toute sécurité et de se sentir à l’aise dans leurs communautés, » a dit Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, ministre des Aînés. « Pour atteindre ce but, il a fallu beaucoup de travail d’équipe par le gouvernement et par les gens dans les communautés de la province. » « La prévention est la pierre angulaire des efforts du ministère visant à combattre la criminalité et à rendre les communautés plus sécuritaires, » a dit Cecil Clarke, ministre de la Justice. « Le gouvernement, les groupes communautaires et les particuliers doivent travailler ensemble, et ce programme de subvention en est un exemple idéal. » La Subvention pour la sécurité des aînés remplit les engagements pris par les ministères des Aînés et de la Justice visant à appuyer les programmes qui permettent aux aînés de vivre dans un environnement sécuritaire et favorable. Le ministère des Aînés invite également les nouvelles demandes en vertu du Fonds pour le vieillissement positif et du Programme sur les communautés amies des aînés, qui ont été annoncés en février, à l’appui de la Stratégie pour un vieillissement positif. Le montant maintenant offert en subventions par chaque programme est de 220 000 $, soit le double du montant qui était offert plus tôt cette année. Le Fonds pour le vieillissement positif aide les groupes à but non lucratif à créer et promouvoir des projets à l’intention des aînés et qui mettent l’accent sur la santé, le bien-être et la participation communautaire. Les subventions permettent de couvrir 100 pour cent des coûts du projet, jusqu’à concurrence de 10 000 $. Le Programme sur les communautés amies des aînés aide les municipalités à s’assurer que leurs services et infrastructures sont plus accessibles aux aînés, afin de leur permettre de vivre une vie saine et active. Depuis l’annonce de ces deux programmes, une somme approximative de 281 000 $ a été versée à 44 projets. « Le succès de ces programmes démontre qu’ils sont nécessaires pour les aînés et les communautés, » a dit Mme Bolivar-Getson. « Nous offrons plus de subventions pour permettre un plus grand nombre de programmes afin de mieux servir les Néo-Écossais. » Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les subventions et pour obtenir les formulaires de demande, consultez le site Web du ministère des Aînés au www.gov.ns.ca/scs ou composez le numéro sans frais 1-800-670-0065.last_img read more

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Out of 1748 Sanskrit teachers posts 809 vacant in 120 universities HRD

first_imgNew Delhi: It seems the tall claims of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote the Sanskrit language in colleges have fallen flat as the universities are facing acute shortage of Sanskrit teachers.According to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, there are about 120 universities in the country which offer Sanskrit as a subject or language and the universities are running short of 809 Sanskrit teachers. In a written reply to a question asked by BJP MP Rahul Kaswan, the HRD Minister told Lok Sabha that there are 15 Sanskrit universities of which three are deemed universities and fully funded by the Central government, while 12 universities are funded by the state governments. “There are 1,000 traditional Sanskrit colleges affiliated to these universities with about 10 lakh students,” Pokhriyal told the House. As per the HRD Minister’s reply, the vacancy of Sanskrit gurus (teachers) is about 46 per cent of the total number of teachers as the universities are having 949 Sanskrit teachers out of the total sanctioned post of 1,748. With 490 sanctioned posts, Delhi has the maximum sanctioned number of Sanskrit teachers, followed by Bihar with 350 posts and Kerala with 220 posts. Delhi has a shortage of 163 teachers, while universities in Bihar offering Sanskrit as a subject/language are running with a shortage of 228 teachers (65 per cent vacancy) and Kerala has a shortage of 47 teachers. The HRD Minister’s home state Uttarakhand is running short of 28 teachers out of total sanctioned posts of 60 Sanskrit teachers, while Uttar Pradesh is short of 113 teachers out of a total 172 posts as the BJP-ruled state has just 59 teachers. Gujarat, the home state of the Prime Minister, has a shortage of 12 teachers out of total the sanctioned posts of 26, while Haryana has no Sanskrit teacher as both the sanctioned posts are vacant. Andhra Pradesh has a vacancy of 38 Sanskrit teachers out of total 109 sanctioned posts, while Assam is short of 15 teachers out of total 27 sanctioned posts. Out of total 44 posts, Rajasthan has short of 20 teachers, while West Bengal is running short of 28 Sanskrit teachers out of total strength of 53 and Madhya Pradesh has a vacancy of 26 Sanskrit teachers out of a total 37 posts.last_img read more

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Gurugram commuters too face traffic snarls due to waterlogging

first_imgGurugram: Like its bigger neighbour Delhi, commuters in Gurugram too faced difficulties due to the water logging caused by heavy rains on Monday. The areas that were badly affected included National Highway-8 starting from Shankar Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Hero Chowk and Rajiv Chowk. Other areas where there were huge traffic snarls due to waterlogging were Sohna Road, Golf Course road, having Chowk, Old-Delhi Road, Jacobpura, Basai Chowk and Sector-10 Road. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsMost of these areas faced the problem of slow-moving traffic and a traffic blockade with an average time of 10 to 20 minutes. Owing to thunderstorms, there were also instances where the trees were uprooted, this further worsened the traffic situation especially in areas around the Jharsa road. The proactiveness of Gurugram traffic police however ensured that there was not much of problem faced by the commuters. Not only did the police department made sure that the citizens of the situation of traffic digitally but more than 1000 professionals were on the ground managing the traffic. They, in turn, made sure that the traffic moved slowly and did not get stalled. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Few hours of rains, and Gurugram roads turn into a river. During this, it is advisable to not travel by cars but by boats. What is even more shameful is that the recently revamped roads where hundreds of crores have been spent also get waterlogged,” said Mayank Bharadwaj. According to public officials, the situation was not as bad as in the previous rains. It is a big challenge for the state government to ensure that like previous occasions, the city does not get flooded. For this purpose, the public agencies have already claimed that the Badshahpur drains have been widened. Moreover a survey by Municipal Corporation of Gururgam (MCG) claimed that there are 38 sensitive areas in the city, which are prone to flooding when it rains. These 38 areas include main junctions or stretches like Hero Honda Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Sohna road and Narsinghpur, among others.last_img read more

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New unit to help departing military members with physical mental illnesses

first_imgHALIFAX – The federal government detailed its plans Friday to create a special unit to support injured Armed Forces members as they prepare a return to civilian life.Treasury Board President Scott Brison spoke at a Halifax military family resource centre, two days after Ottawa announced a revamped defence policy which proposes to spend an added $198 million on health and wellness in the next decade.He said the money will help fund a 1,200-person Canadian Forces Transition Group to begin “over the next several years.” It will include 400 specialized staff and 800 personnel “whose only mission will be to heal” from physical and psychological injuries, including PTSD.Nova Scotia was the scene earlier this year of a tragic murder suicide where former soldier Lionel Desmond — who was being treated for mental illness — fatally shot his wife, daughter and mother.The Jan. 3 killings in Upper Big Tracadie, N.S., prompted a difficult debate over soldiers with PTSD, domestic violence and what should be done to prevent such tragedies.Brison stopped short Friday of promising any public review into the tragedy by Ottawa, but said the federal government will learn from the internal review of Desmond’s suicide as it crafts new policies on transitioning personnel to civilian life.“It reminds of the urgency with which we need to take this on,” he said. “We get this and it’s one of the reasons we’re making the investments.”Maj.-Gen. Wayne Eyre, deputy commander of military personnel, said in a telephone interview that the unit expands the number of people on “restricted employment” who can be helped as their military jobs are backfilled.He said there are currently only “a couple of hundred” of spots where personnel can leave their jobs for treatment and transition out of the Forces while someone fills in for them.Others using transition services may be leaving jobs vacant, decreasing the Forces’ capacity.Eyre said the change means up to 800 people can be in the transition unit while their jobs are backfilled.“We’re getting the money we need for this,” said Eyre.Eyre said there are plans to hire more staff for the transition unit by this summer, though he was unable to provide specific figures.The general said the unit will eventually be capable of providing about 30 days of assistance to all departing personnel.Meanwhile, the defence review has called for 200 more medical staff, some of whom could be assigned to help personnel who have mental or physical injuries as they prepare to leave the Forces.last_img read more

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Stylist Box partners with Judy Inc and Plutino Models for Designer of

first_imgAdvertisement Toronto, ON – Canada’s exclusive fashion and celebrity showroom, Stylist Box is opening their Designer of the Season Award to independent designers across Canada in partnership with artist agency Judy Inc and Plutino Models.After four successful seasons partnering with the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) at their seasonal Press & Buyers Brunch, the Designer of the Season Award is now going national to mark the fifth award. The competition is open to all independent accessories, menswear, and womenswear brands which are owned and operated in Canada and available for sale to consumers across Canada. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment  follow on Twitter | like on Facebook A look book photo shoot with a top team from premiere artist agency Judy Inc; including photographer, fashion stylist, hair and makeup artist and professional model from Plutino ModelsOn-going business mentorship with Stylist Box founders Christian Dare and Gail McInnesInclusion in The Stylist Suite – an exclusive celebrity styling lounge held during the Toronto International Film FestivalAn editorial feature in The Pull MagazinePrevious winners of the Stylist Box Designer of the Season Award include Christopher Paunil, Patrica Wong, Bano eeMee, and Miriam Baker.The contest is open to independent womenswear, menswear, and accessory designers who are based in Canada and available for sale nationwide. Applications are available by emailing gail@stylistbox.com. Designers will be judged based on brand development, media kit, product quality, and marketing materials.Deadline to apply is 11:59pm EST Friday, April 28, 2017. The announcement of the Stylist Box Designer of The Season Award will take place on Monday, May 8, 2017.For interviews, images, or additional information, please contact Gail McInnes, Magnet Creative Management, gail@magnetcreative.ca or 647-283-1931.ABOUT STYLIST BOXStylist Box connects emerging and established fashion and accessory brands to high-profile personalities, top fashion and celebrity wardrobe stylists, and fashion editors. Founded by fashion veterans Christian Dare and Gail McInnes, Stylist Box offers inimitable and attainable promotional opportunities for designers to appear in the pages of magazines and on celebrities for high-profile events.Stylist Box clients’ designs have been seen on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Canadian Screen Awards, Juno Awards, Toronto International Film Festival, as well as in numerous national and international publications, including VOGUE Italia, ELLE Canada, Marie Claire (Philippines), Glamour (Russia), Harper’s Bazaar (Kazakhstan), FASHION Magazine, FLARE Magazine, and many more. Celebrity clientele includes the likes of Susan Sarandon, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Patrick Stewart, John Travolta, Mischa Barton, Kim Cattrall, Natalie Brown, Nelly Furtado, and Stacey McKenzie. For more information, visit stylistbox.com.ABOUT JUDY INCJudy Inc is Canada’s leading artist agency with international reach and offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Judy Inc represents top artists in the divisions of hair, makeup, wardrobe, prop and food styling; as well as offering creative/art direction and photography services. Recent clients include Holt Renfrew, Simons and Lise Watier. Celebrity clients include Celine Dion, Robert Pattison and Jennifer Hudson. For more information, visit judyinc.com.ABOUT PLUTINO MODELSPlutino Models is a premier agency that takes into account each individual and their own unique brand as model, talent and influencer. The experience of the managers has played a major role in some of the most recognizable models over the past two decades. For more information, visit plutinogroup.com. Facebook “I always love the process of discovering new designers and strategizing with them on how to gain maximum exposure through our services. It’s always very exciting when they see their designs on the red carpet or in leading fashion magazines,” says Stylist Box co-founder Christian Dare.“Canada has such a wealth of fashion talent which deserves to be seen on an international level; our mandate at Stylist Box is to do just that,” says Stylist Box co-founder Gail McInnes, “Knowing first-hand the struggles independent designers in have to promote their brand makes this award all the more important. For our fifth season, we have partnered with the professionals at Judy Inc and Plutino Models to create a prize which will elevate the winning designer to the next level of their brand development.”The winning designer receives a prize package valued over $18,000, including:a six-month contract with Stylist Box valued at over $7,800 of services and monthly exposure valued at an average of $100,000 per monthplacement in the exclusive Stylist Box fashion and celebrity showroominclusion in special events and VIP/Industry seasonal previewscelebrity gifting and dressing opportunitiespromotional and sales opportunitiesmonthly reports, including inventory pulls, exposure values, celebrity images and editorial tears Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Feds ask court to stop human rights tribunal thats already started

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government is trying once again to quash human rights tribunal hearing looking at First Nation on-reserve child services funding.This is the third time Ottawa has turned to the courts in an effort to kill the case.Only this time the tribunal has already started and is looking at allegations the feds discriminates against First Nation children because of lack of funding.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis was at the federal court in Ottawa Wednesday.last_img

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Halifax programming darling DHX launches strategic review could be sold

first_imgHALIFAX – Less than five months after scooping up the Peanuts gang of children’s cartoon characters in a blockbuster US$345-million deal, the decision this week by DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX.B) to consider putting itself on the auction block has some speculating the Halifax-based children’s entertainment company may have taken on too much debt.The surprise decision to launch a review of strategic alternatives came Monday. On Tuesday, the chairman of DHX’s strategic review committee, Donald Wright, distanced the Peanuts acquisition from the review.“Whenever you purchase something as large as Peanuts it takes a lot of management time and effort to integrate it,” said Wright, president and CEO of The Winnington Capital Group.“We’re pleased with where we are on the Peanuts integration. We took on some debt but we also have a plan and we’re committed to lowering the leverage ratio over the next couple of years substantially.”Wright said it’s not unusual for a company like DHX to look at strategic alternatives from time to time, especially in light of the company’s recent drop in revenue and stock value.DHX posted disappointing financial results last week for fiscal 2017. In the fourth quarter, the company recorded a year-over-year decrease in revenue of more than 15 per cent. The company’s stock price took a hit following the lacklustre results, which included transactional charges related to the Peanuts deal.“I think it’s fair to say the board looks at the value of our businesses and assets and thinks they’re worth a lot more than the stock price indicates,” Wright said.David McFadgen, an analyst with Cormark Securities, said the company took on too much debt in acquiring its most recent gang of characters.“Their financial leverage is very high,” he said, noting that the fourth-quarter results were “quite a bit below expectations.”As the world’s largest independent owner of children’s content, DHX has positioned itself as a global player with many potential suitors. The company’s impressive library of brands includes Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and Degrassi.As for possible buyers, McFadgen said a Canadian suitor is more likely to buy the entire company because a foreign buyer like Netflix would not be able to take advantage of certain tax credits and government incentives.However, Adam Shine of National Bank Financial says a large U.S. media company could acquire DHX’s library while avoiding its broadcasting assets, given foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian broadcasters.“We don’t rule out Canadian buyers of DHX, but these are not obvious and leverage is high,” Shine said in an analyst’s note.An analyst’s note issued by Drew McReynolds with RBC Dominion Securities said the launch of the review was a surprise.“The company owns a variety of valuable content assets that could be of interest to what appears to be a proliferating pool of potential buyers,” he said. “However, there remains considerable uncertainty with respect to scope, probability, timing and valuation of any potential transaction or transactions.”Michael Donovan, executive chairman of DHX, said during an earnings call last week that over his 37 years in the business, it’s “never been this positive.”“It’s getting more and more positive in terms of demand than it was six months ago, and that was breaking new ground,” he said. “We are very … well positioned as the leading independent owner of content in this space.”The company has said it is poised to take advantage of growing demand from industry giants like Netflix, Disney and others as they look for family-friendly premium content for their video-on-demand services.Donovan said Netflix’s recent promise to fund $500 million in Canadian production was like “a starting gun” going off for “a whole new arms race.”As for the company’s poor financial results, he admitted management “took our eye off the ball,” saying the acquisition of the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake brands “took really all of management’s time for six months.”last_img read more

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IMF says it is reviewing data provided by Venezuela

first_imgWASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that it is reviewing delayed economic data provided by Venezuela.IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters that the executive board will meet in coming weeks to determine whether the South American country has met its obligation to share periodic information.“At this stage, we are reviewing data that we have received from Venezuelan authorities,” Rice said.He would not say when the data was received.The IMF issued a declaration of censure against Venezuela in May for its failure to implement remedial economic measures and provide required information.At the time, the IMF gave Caracas six months to respond with updated figures.Venezuela’s central bank hasn’t published official economic data since 2004, although member states of the international coalition are expected to do so every year.Venezuela’s currency has lost almost all its value as the country’s deep economic crisis has led to one of the worst cases of hyperinflation ever seen.Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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International tourism continues its steady improvement UN agency finds

International tourism continues to rise around the world, with only the Middle East and North Africa lagging, and even those regions expected to improve later this year, according to the latest United Nations figures.The World Tourism Barometer, released yesterday by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at its headquarters in Madrid, shows that international tourist arrivals rose by 4.5 per cent in the first four months of this year compared to the same period of 2010.About 268 million tourists travelled between January and April, up from 256 million last year, which was affected by the closure of much of European airspace because of the ash cloud resulting from the eruption of an Icelandic volcano.Regions around the world recorded strong year-on-year growth, led by South America (up 17 per cent), South Asia (up 14 per cent) and South-East Asia (up 10 per cent).But the political and social unrest in the Middle East and North Africa led to falls of seven per cent and 11 per cent respectively in those regions.UNWTO’s Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said those regions, and other destinations facing difficulties, such as Japan in the wake of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in March, should see demand recover towards the end of the year.“It is time to support those destinations and help their tourism sectors to rebound, contributing to overall economic and social stability and progress,” Mr. Rifai said.He warned that high rates of unemployment and the introduction of austerity measures in some countries could have a dampening effect on international tourism.Mr. Rifai said that tourist operators and industry experts were nevertheless upbeat about the short-term outlook for international tourism, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, where the peak summer season has started. 1 July 2011International tourism continues to rise around the world, with only the Middle East and North Africa lagging, and even those regions expected to improve later this year, according to the latest United Nations figures. read more

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US producer prices slipped 02 per cent in May in sign of

WASHINGTON – The prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services fell in May, offering evidence that inflation is mild.The producer price index, which measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.2 per cent last month, the Labor Department said Friday. The decline was driven lower by cheaper food and gas, and follows two months of strong gains that had suggested inflation might be perking up after being dormant for two years.In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen 2 per cent, matching the Federal Reserve’s inflation target. That’s down from an annual gain of 2.1 per cent in April.“The underlying details of the report suggest that producer price inflation is still fairly contained despite the big increases in the last few months,” Omair Sharif, an economist at RBS Securities, said in a research note.Excluding the volatile food, energy and profit margin categories, core producer prices were unchanged in May. The result comes after a 0.3 per cent gain in each of the two preceding months. Core prices have risen 2 per cent in the past year.Wholesale food prices fell 0.2 per cent after four months of steep increases. And wholesale gas prices dropped 0.9 per cent, suggesting consumers may see some relief at the gas pump in coming months.Another reason producer prices fell: retailer and wholesaler profit margins declined 0.5 per cent after two months of strong gains.The drop in profit margins comes after robust increases in April and March. Retailer and wholesaler profit margins had fallen in the winter as companies rolled out discounts to lure shoppers through the doors during harsh winter storms.Wholesale prices rose 0.6 per cent in April and 0.5 per cent in May. Some of those increases have been passed onto consumers. The consumer price index, the most widely followed inflation measure, rose 2 per cent in April compared with 12 months earlier. That was the largest yearly increase since July.The Federal Reserve prefers inflation at about 2 per cent as a guard against deflation, which occurs when prices actually fall. Deflation can also drag down wages and typically leads to recessions.Inflation, as measured by the consumer price index, has been mostly below 2 per cent for the past two years.Consumers may like low prices, but weak inflation also occurs when the economy is sluggish. Wage growth has been meagre for the past four years, and unemployment remains at historically high levels. That limits consumer spending and makes it harder for businesses to raise prices.Still, low inflation has enabled the Fed to pursue extraordinary stimulus programs to try and boost the economy. It has begun to unwind some of that stimulus, cutting its monthly bond purchases to $45 billion from $85 billion last year.The bond purchases, intended to lower long-term interest rates, are expected to be trimmed by another $10 billion when Fed officials meet again next week. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US producer prices slipped 0.2 per cent in May in sign of tame inflation by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2014 6:38 am MDT read more

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Missing teenager caught up in London Bridge attack found

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Members of her family posted in the early hours of Sunday morning saying the young woman still had not been found.Her aunt, Kezi Alam, wrote on Facebook: “My niece Asya Mustafa was on route home to london bridge and we haven’t heard from her. Please keep her in your prayers and if anyone has seen or spoken to her and knows she is ok let us know. Please share everyone we are besides ourselves.”Later, she posted: “4am no news! Awaiting the casualty line to contact us back. Her phone is off since it happened and she was due to return home when the incident happened. Her walk home is borough market. Praying so hard. If we hear we will update. Thank you for all your prayers and offer of help and support x”Another aunt, Tijen Mustafa, wrote: “For all your prayers friends sharing posts and the community spirit… We thank you.”It’s actually worse than it is showing on the news. You have to live it to know what it’s like. I wish it on no one. I pray my niece comes home safe. remaining calm is so difficult .police ringing us every hour. they have no news and neither have we. they say stay calm .Asya please come home”. “She would have had to have walked through Borough Market. I haven’t spoken to her yet so I don’t know if she saw it all happen. But we know she’s safe.”Tamir, whose parents look after Aysa at their home just a stone’s throw from the bridge, on Porter Street, said he had been out watching the football when he started receiving frantic calls from his parents who didn’t know where Aysa was. He believes her phone battery may have died and as the whole area was cordoned off she couldn’t get home or let her grandparents know where she was.”They tried to leave to look for her but they were told to stay inside by police. The road was full of police. My mum said she heard the shots and explosions from inside the house.”The desperate relatives of 16-year-old Asya Mustafa  worried all night after she went missing during the London terror attack.According to her aunt, Asya Mustafa was walking home through Borough Market and is not answering her phone. “Her friends said she had left the party and was on her way home.center_img She was due to return home to her family when the incident happened.It appears she lives with her aunts in the London Bridge area. A teenager who went missing during the London terror attack has been found safe.According to her family, she was “caught up” in the crowd fleeing the attack and lost her phone.Her aunt wrote on Facebook: “Just spoke to my mum…. Asya was caught up in in and her phone lost whilst police making people run away from area. She’s not home yet but apparently safe.”Least we know she’s alive…. Please thank every friend that reposted posted and got asya trending. It has been so emotional and worrying. We are so glad to hear she is safe. Thank you all for your shares likes posts and concerns. It means so much to us”.The family of Aysa Mustafa waited all night for news of Aysa, who did not come home after being at a friend’s house in south london for a barbecue.Her uncle Tamir told The Telegraph they had finally heard from a friend of Aysa’s this morning that she was safe and was on their way home.He said: “She was due home at 22:30 last night and when she didn’t come back my mother started to worry. I was ringing her and ringing her but she wasn’t picking up.last_img read more

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Hillsborough revisited in The Real Thing short story

first_imgTHIS MONTH, THE families affected by the deaths of 96 people at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield in 1989 heard that new inquests will be held close to home.It was a welcome piece of news for the families who have spent 24 years campaigning for the truth to be revealed about the circumstances of their loved ones’ deaths.Irish writer Niamh Cooper O’Sullivan contacted TheJournal.ie after the 24th anniversary of the disaster, with permission to publish her awards-shortlisted short story, a fictional account of the terror of the day. She said: “I want to share it with you for publication, for those who are still trying to make sense of the horrific events of 15 April 1989.“Just hold on! Hold on!” I can see him just in front of me, trying to reach back, trying to grab my hand. “Hold on!” I hear him say again. It’s warm, very warm, the sun is shining on my face, but there is more heat, too much heat. I feel pinned into my jacket and try to shake it off. But it only seems to wrap itself closer around me. It’s Mark’s jacket, his pride and joy, pounds scraped together so he could afford another crest, worn open upon his chest, such as not to obscure his lucky jersey. “Dad! Dad!” “Dad!” I try again, my voice fading thinly once again. Stop pulling, I tell myself, and try the other side. The shorter end of the scarf comes off more easily and relieved, I shake it off. It falls onto my chest, and lingers for a moment, then continues on its journey to the floor. I can’t bend down. “I’ll get it later.” I tell myself.Just then an excited roar ripples through the crowd and flushed faces raise themselves eagerly as their bodies try to follow, hundreds of sweaty, hot fans, a sea of red, now writhing, surging as one. “Beardsley. It was Beardsley!” I hear a man shout at his friend, who, like me, can’t see. Has the game even started? But before I can understand how the other man can see what so many of us can not, almost immediately, there comes the disappointed “awww” as we try to take a few steps back from the people in front of us. I don’t know the cause of our collective groan but then the answer comes from a few lads further back. “The bar, he hit the bar!” So close. But it’s early days yet, early days, that’s what I’m sure Dad just muttered into the crowd.Our bubbles have long since merged into one gelatinous mass, rolling forward like a wave crashing towards the shore, on the verge of sharing a moment we thought was the beginning of the victory everyone was expecting, then retreating back in search of a more spacious vacuum. Except there is no space. No room to move. I cannot direct my feet to go where I want them to go. The sun is stinging my eyes. Or is it the sweat. I can’t wipe my brow, but then it suddenly gets roughly taken care of by the bald man’s shoulder as we get bumped forwards once more. Dad’s hand slips out of mine and falls away. Dad’s voice sounds distant, though he is only a few feet away. Odd and high-pitched. Not like Dad.The bodies close in. “Adam! Stay close!” I look up, gasping for air. Hands are reaching down. I try to grab them but I’m not tall enough. The April sun strikes my eyes, an overwhelming wave of burning light, too bright to bear, its glowing core summoning me. I avert my gaze and look instead at faces, hands, hoardings, almost within reach. Another surge and suddenly I am higher than the crowd, there are those hands again, outstretched, inviting me upwards. I cling to an outstretched arm, then another, and several heaves later I am lifted above the sea of red.“Dad!” I see him just below me, he is trying to reach my feet. “Hold on, Adam. Just hold on.” “Pull, lads, pull. We’ve got to get him out of there.” More hands reach for me. “Hold on mate. That’s it lads, we’ve got him.” Hands grab me and pull. My feet walk themselves over the hoarding, I am not alone, never alone. I meet firm ground and am out of the sun’s angry gaze. “But Dad! That’s a whole year! I’ll stay close to you, I promise!”“The answer is no. It’s a long enough trip and there will be people everywhere, there’ll be a fair crowd, sure there’s hardly a more important game than this semi-final. We have them, we almost have them!”“Come on, I’ll wash your car every week for a month. And anyway, what will you do with the ticket? You can’t waste it, not today. And Nicky and the lads are all going too, and Rob’s Dad said there were still tickets left so no one would buy it anyway. So can I Dad, please, can I?”“Maybe he’ll be ok.” Dad had reassured himself hopefully, with a nod of the head in Mark’s direction.But just then Mark’s ash-green face had appeared from the depths of his blankets. He’d shaken his head and that had sealed my fate. Within minutes I had been ready and back in his room, and when he had taken a sip of the ice water Mum had handed him, Mark had pointed at his wardrobe with a shaky hand. “Take it. You can wear it. It’s the real thing, mate. The real thing. Guard it with your life!”Mum and I are sitting on the long wooden bench, the long corridor full of people. As she brings the hot cup to her lips with shaking hands I see a man in a white coat making his way towards us. He stops to talk to a nurse, and my attention is caught instead by a young man with a blood-soaked bandage around his head. He seems to be walking around aimlessly, why is there no-one with him? Just then I turn my head see the nurse pointing him our way. Moments later the bearded doctor has reached our bench. “Hold on! Just hold on! I’m coming.” “No, you’re too young. You’ve never been to a game, Mark was fourteen before he went.”center_img “It’s ok son, I’m here. I’m here.”We try to reach around a stone-washed trouser leg but it’s no use. A few feet away I see the high wire mesh separating us from the pen to our left. My feet are not my feet, they are being commanded by another force and my body sways with the men on either side of me, in front of me, behind me. I don’t want to lose him. I glance at the fence. Knuckles dig into the back of my ribcage, an elbow swipes my neck, meeting my head with an involuntary blow. I try to shake them back but there is no give in the mass around me. Then suddenly a surge, as a sweaty-faced man yells expletives, then falls silent. The once steadfast buttress behind me, rows of man upon man ten or so deep, has suddenly gone limp. I manage a few sideways steps. Then a few more. The fence looks high. It’s less crowded over there. “Dad!” Where are you Dad? I see his head bobbing in front of me, further to my right now. Screaming faces down below. They are shouting, crying, grown men are yelling, pleading. Further down a man is slumped forward, onto another man who is still. A woman is wailing, her mouth wide open but I don’t hear a sound. A group of lads with their faces painted cling together, their expressions pained. Screaming faces. And many, oh so many still faces. Silent faces. “Where is my jacket?” Mark’s jacket! He’s going to kill me. “Dad!”My father lost me in the crush when the alarm went off. I tried to hold onto his hot, greasy, safe hand. But I was losing it. I grabbed harder but it slipped away. “Dad!”Every time the same. The faces. The heat. The sea of red. The smell of sweaty, swaying bodies. The sunlight on my head. The noise. People shouting. Yelling. Cursing. Beseeching. The uncontrollable lean as I am the crowd, unsure whether to writhe this way or that, a single headless mass. My body is moving in and out with the tide around me, yet we are rudderless, we can only move as one. The arms pinned to my side. The smell, oh the putrid, sticky smell. The jacket. And Dad.Sometimes I manage to hold on for longer. But I always let go, I always let go.I lie back in my bed, remembering that morning. “This is the real thing, mate. The real thing. Guard it with your life!” The persistent hand finally finds mine. I seize it. I didn’t expect it to be this cold, this wet. I have to readjust my grip so I don’t lose it again.I feel drops of sweat forming on my brow. Very soon they are going to start rolling down my forehead, my nose, my cheek. The heat is unbearable. The man to my left jolts forward and his hat hits me on the shoulder. I try and shake it off before I realise that he won’t be able to retrieve it if it hits the floor. I hold still as he reaches for it. Seconds later it’s back on his head, his arm strangely suspended somewhere the height of my shoulder. I try and lean into it to move it on but it’s wedged between us. The April sun is beating down on us, I can feel it warming my head.Maybe I’ll start with the scarf. With difficulty I untangle my left arm from the hip next to me and wriggle it upwards so I can undo the bright red banner Dad bought me on the way in. “You’ve got to have one of these! It’s your first one, it’s a special day, you’ll need something to remember it by!” I poke the bald man in front of me in the ear and mumble “Sorry mate!” He can’t hear me but I feel better for saying it.The man next to me sways into my ribs and I pull down too hard; the scarf wraps itself tighter around my neck, too tightly, too tightly, I gasp. “Dad!” He’s right there in front of me, his arm bent uncannily backwards, like that time Mark was trying to teach me the police grip. I stare at his oddly distorted limb, then suddenly feel how strongly he’s grasping my hand. He can’t hear me above the roars. “Mrs Jones? We have found your husband.”Niamh Cooper O’Sullivan is a bilingual writer, based in Co Cork. She writes, edits, ghost-writes, tweets and can sometimes be found behind a drum kit. Check out her latest project on @thehellrun, or at theHellRun.com. More writing can be found at niamhcooper.com.last_img read more

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Sorry Purists 12 Cooler NonGen 1 Pokemon

first_img Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee have been announced, and that has Pokemon fans reacting. On one hand, they aren’t core Pokemon JRPG games, so we have to wait until 2019 for the dream of playing a mainline Pokemon game on a home console. On the other hand, they’re remakes of Pokemon Yellow, so they’re taking everything back to the nostalgia-filled land of Kanto and the first 151 Pokemon. Purists are excited about that, because they think the original Gen 1 Pokemon are the best. They’re wrong.I give tons of credit to Pokemon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow (it was Green in Japan, not Blue, which is why the Game Boy Advance Gen 1 remakes were Fire Red and Leaf Green). They started a movement, and include dozens of classic designs. They aren’t the be-all and end-all of Pokemon, though, and they aren’t all amazing. No one’s going to go to bat for Pinsir or Tangela. Despite what your nostalgia might say, not every Gen 1 Pokemon is fantastic, and not every Gen 2-7 Pokemon is stupid.G/S, R/S, D/P, B/W, X/Y, and S/M all have some great Pokemon, and it’s time to look past our love for the Kanto region and appreciate some of them. Here are 10 of the best Pokemon designs the come after RGBY. No legendaries or starters, because that’s too obvious.CastformThis is one of those weird experimental Pokemon you find at a science center. It looks like a blob or a ghost, but it’s actually personified weather. When it uses weather effect moves, it changes into sunny, rainy, or snowy forms, switching from Normal type to Fire, Water, or Ice type. That’s pretty unique and interesting.GarchompSpeaking of strong combinations, Garchomp is a Rock/Dragon that looks like an evil kaiju. Those two types mean if you don’t have any Ice (or, post-Gen 6, Fairy) type moves, you’re screwed. Its design is one of several badass monster dragons that pop up in nearly every Pokemon generation.Gurdurr“What’s Hitmonlee’s power?” “It kicks you.” “What’s Hitmonchan’s power?” “It punches you.” “What’s Gurdurr’s power?” “It hits you with a freaking steel girder.” Yeah, I know which Fighting type Pokemon I want on my side. The one that cheats with construction equipment.HoundoomThe Pokemon series has several cute or fearsome dog-like Pokemon, but Houndoom is special. That’s because Houndoom is the dog of SATAN. Dark/Fire type, with huge horns and a spade tail. It even has metalhead cuffs on its feet, which makes me want to bring it to a Cannibal Corpse show.MarillPikachu’s the mascot, but Marill’s the cute Pokemon for the real fans. I’m going to straight-up say it, Marill is a cuter design than Pikachun. Almost orb-shaped, round mouse ears, and a zig-zagging tail with a little blue pom on the end? Also, water-type is way more useful than electric type.MismagiusThe Gen 1 lovers have Gengar and Gastly and Haunter. Mismagius is better than all of them. It’s a floating purple ghost like the classic ghost-type Pokemon, but it’s also a wizard. It’s the “Magical” Pokemon, and its body has a big pointy wizard hat, long flowing wizard sleeves, and a weird mystic Dracula trophy.SharpedoIt’s a freaking shark. Pointy. Looks angry. Sharp teeth. Name is a portmanteau with “torpedo.” Might be the deadliest fish Pokemon out there.ShedinjaThis is a weird, creative, and downright spooky Pokemon. You get it from evolving Nincada, but only under specific conditions. It isn’t the evolved form of Nincada (that’s Ninjask), but is instead its shed shell. This is a ghost-filled husk of a Pokemon, complete with weird halo. If that isn’t spooky enough, the Pokedex says that trying to look into the crack of its supposedly empty shell will steal your spirit.SlakingWhat happens when you combine Slowbro with Snorlax and give him way more swagger? You get Slaking, an evolved sloth-like Pokemon who radiates chill. It’s just kicking back, head propped up, relaxing. It’s the “Lazy” Pokemon, and canonically even more of a slacker than Snorlax. And is cooler when doing it.ZangooseIf this isn’t a David Bowie reference, I’ll eat a Game Boy Advance.MetagrossMetagross is one of my favorite Pokemon, mostly because it was so busted the first time I played with it. It’s Psychic/Metal type, which is an absurdly strong combination. It also looks like a four-legged alien tank, which evolves from a two-legged alien tank, which evolves from a forearm with an eyeball on it.XatuThere are a lot of bird Pokemon. Xatu is one of the weirdest. It’s the “Mystic” Pokemon, a Psychic/Flying type with wings that look like pre-Colombian ceremonial robes. Like it’s some sort of totem on a Mayan temple. Also, it stays completely motionless and can see the future. Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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West Ham set sights on Liverpools Dominic Solanke

first_imgThe out-of-favour Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke could be on his way out in the January transfer window after several Premier League sides expressed their interest in the talented EnglishmanWith Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Daniel Sturridge all preferred by Jurgen Klopp, the 21-year-old striker has found himself on the fringes of Liverpool side this campaign.Solanke is yet to get his first minutes in the top tier football, so he could be willing to depart Anfield searching for some regular first-team football.According to Sportslens.com, West Ham United have set their sights on the former Chelsea man and are looking to make a concrete move in the upcoming winter transfer session.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…With Javier Hernandez Chicharito and Marko Arnatuovic residing the only reliable options in the final third, Manuel Pellegrini would like to reinforce his attacking department ahead of the second half of the season.In addition to the Hammers, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace are also interested in taking the Liverpool outcast away from Merseyside.Solanke, who arrived from Chelsea back in 2017, has registered 27 top-flight outings for the Reds, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process.last_img read more

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