Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgThe Virat Kohli-Tim Paine exchanges during the Perth Test match may not have had any adverse affect on the seasoned Indian team. But they certainly got the Aussies going.Did Virat miss a trick in engaging Tim Paine’s Australia into verbals? It was the Indian captain who first poked his counterpart on the batting crease that it could be 2-0 if they messed it up.Paine responded by reminding Kohli who had to bat last. Given the match result, Kohli would admit his team could not walk the talk.Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar thinks Kohli will have to factor in many aspects before initiating a go at the Aussies in the future.”There are some people who play with a certain attitude that comes naturally to them. But when you come with a confrontationist attitude, you also have to see if it affects your teammates,” he told India Today.The Australian team has been under more scrutiny than ever before following their internal culture review report after the ball-tampering scandal.While exchanges may have come from either side, cameras showed that Kohli was in the thick of the action.Gavaskar compared Kohli’s on-field persona to Javed Miandad.”There are some players like Miandad who would want fielders to speak to him. If you are silent, he would lose his tempo. He would look for a confrontation. So we would all be silent when he was batting. If we spoke we would be inviting a hundred against us. So each one has his style,” he said.advertisement”But because Javed likes a confrontation does not mean, other members in your team also want it.”So while with Kohli, he would be motivated by getting verbal, it may not work with other players of the side. This is one thing he has to bear in mind, if what I am doing affects my team,” he observed.Gavaskar had earlier said the Indian team are no saints and he believed they were the ones who began the sledging war in Australia and now they had to be prepared to cop it. Ironically, Kohli had promised his men won’t start any verbal wars and would react only if the Australians played dirty.”Tim Paine is not in the Indian dressing room.. So how does he know Vijay does not like Kohli?,” Gavaskar told India Today.”These are the kind of things which are called gamesmanship. We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it.”In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar slams Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour after spat with PaineAlso Read | Mohammed Shami on Kohli-Paine spat: Can’t mind these things too muchAlso Read | You seriously cannot like Virat Kohli as a bloke: Tim Paine tells Murali Vijaylast_img read more

Paul Finebaum Tabs Jim Harbaugh As His Choice For National Coach Of The Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum on FSU on ESPN.Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, 2015@finebaum harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, 2015@finebaum that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.last_img read more

Artificial intelligence pilot to look for suicide warning signs across Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – An Ottawa-based firm has been tapped by the federal government for a three-month pilot project designed to look for warning signs for suicide before tragedy strikes.Advanced Symbolics Inc., is an artificial intelligence service company set to examine suicide hot spots across the country to better understand precursors to suicide.The pilot, expected to start by the beginning of February, will examine all parts of the country including Indigenous communities, said chief scientist Kenton White, though he stressed the goal is not to focus on any particular group.“What we would like to try and understand is what are the signals … that would allow us to forecast where the next hot spots are so that we can help the government of Canada to provide the resources that are … going to be needed to help prevent suicide before the tragedies happen,” White said.There were a number of high profile “hot spots” in 2017, White added, noting northern communities and places like Cape Breton were hit particularly hard by spikes in suicide.Advanced Symbolics’ pilot will not identify individuals, White added, saying safeguards are in place to ensure individuals can’t be identified within samples.“This is not Minority Report and we are not identifying individuals who … have risk of self harm,” he said.“We are not knocking on doors or contacting individuals. We have nothing that is personally identifiable about any individuals in this study.”Instead, the company turns to a technique to create randomized, controlled samples of social media users in all regions.The project will only use anonymous data already in the public domain for surveillance purposes, according to the Public Works contract award document posted online.White, also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, said Tuesday his biggest hope is the research can demonstrate a positive application for artificial intelligence.“So many times in AI research we hear the stories about AI is going to take jobs … Big Brother is spying on us,” he said.“If you can show that (suicide) rates have gone down because we have deployed this sort of study, that would be most gratifying.”Dr. Stan Kutcher, a Dalhousie University psychiatry professor who examined a spate of Cape Breton teen suicides in 2017, said this summer that authorities need to look beyond bullying in their response to tragedies, adding there is a tendency to assume it causes “every single problem” young people have and that it is “just not true.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

DavidsTea swings to loss on charges but says ecommerce improving

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea Inc. says it swung to a loss in its last quarter as onerous contract charges and impairments weighed on its balance sheet.The specialty tea retailer says it had a loss of $16.1 million for the fourth quarter ending Feb. 3, compared with net income of $2 million for the same quarter last year.The company says the charges included onerous contracts of $13.5 million due to underperforming stores opened in prior years, as well as impairment charges of $10.1 million.Montreal-based DavidsTea says sales of tea accessories continued to be a challenge over the holiday season, as it worked to improve its selection.The company says it recently launched a new e-commerce platform and saw double-digit internet sales growth over the fourth quarter a year earlier.It has also invested in more merchandising and marketing staff which, along with the e-commerce investments, the company hopes will help sales in the second half of the fiscal year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DTEA)last_img read more

Court tosses DeLorean widows Back to the Future lawsuit

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the widow of automaker John DeLorean over royalties stemming from the “Back to the Future” movies.Sally DeLorean claimed a Texas company using the DeLorean name had illegally accepted royalties from Universal Pictures for the promotional use of images of the iconic car. But a judge ruled Friday that a 2015 settlement agreement in a separate lawsuit over trademarks prohibited her from suing for the royalties.The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors was featured in the movie franchise starring Michael J. Fox about a kid who travels back in time to engineer his parents’ meeting.In her lawsuit filed in April, Sally DeLorean, who lives in New Jersey, claimed the Texas-based DeLorean Motor Co. had illegally profited from a 1989 agreement between her late husband and Universal. That agreement gave John DeLorean and his heirs 5 per cent of net receipts for any merchandising and promotions that featured the car and logo “as a key component.”The Texas company isn’t affiliated with the one John DeLorean started, but under the 2015 settlement agreement was allowed to use the DeLorean name and trademarks.Sally DeLorean claimed in the current lawsuit that the Texas company had illegally represented to Universal that it had the right to the royalties and had already received “a substantial payment” from Universal. She argued in the lawsuit that the 2015 settlement didn’t transfer contractual rights to the company.In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Jose Linares wrote that the 2015 settlement agreement covers the Universal agreement even though it doesn’t mention it explicitly.“As both agreements apply to the use of the word ‘DeLorean’ and the DMC logo, and relate to the DeLorean automobile’s image, the Court concludes that the subject matter of the agreements overlap,” he wrote.Attorneys for the two sides didn’t respond to requests for comment Monday.John Z. DeLorean left General Motors in the 1970s to start his own company and eventually produced the distinctive DMC 12, which became known simply as “the DeLorean.” Only about 9,000 of the cars were produced before the company went bankrupt in the early 1980s, but it attained cult status due to its inclusion in the “Back to the Future” movies.DeLorean died in 2005. His former estate in the rolling hills about 50 miles (80 kilometres) west of New York was converted into a golf course by then-developer Donald Trump in 2004.last_img read more

Germany Hannover Airport intruder ordered held in custody

first_imgBERLIN — Police say a judge has ordered the continued detention of a young Polish man who forced open a locked perimeter gate at Germany’s Hannover Airport and drove his car onto the airfield.The 21-year-old suspect’s motive remained unclear on Sunday, but police said they still had no indication his alleged actions were terror-related.Authorities say he was apparently under the influence of drugs during Saturday’s incident. At the airport, officers pursued him until he stopped the car underneath an airliner with 172 passengers on board.The judge ordered him kept in custody pending possible formal charges. He is being investigated on suspicion of dangerous interference in air traffic, resisting police and driving under the influence of drugs.A statement from police says he was previously known for narcotics violations.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Want to work more with her Sanjay on Madhuri

first_imgMumbai: Karan Johar’s ambitious production “Kalank” brings together the on-screen pairing of Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit after over two decades and the “Munna Bhai” star on Tuesday said he would like to work more with his longtime co-star. Sanjay and Madhuri were one of the most popular reel-life couples and worked together in several hit films in the ’90s such as “Saajan”, “Khalnayak”, “Thandedar” and “Iaalaka”. Asked how it was to team up with Madhuri for the film, Sanjay told reporters, “It felt good to work together after a long time. I’ll try to work more with her.” Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The actor was speaking at the teaser launch of “Kalank”. Madhuri said reuniting with former co-stars is always enriching. “We are working after more than 20 years. Recently, I worked with Anil after a long time. It’s always wonderful to work with actors you’ve worked with before. Even here, it was wonderful,” she said. “Kalank” also features Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. Directed Abhishek Varman, the period-drama is backed by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and is scheduled to release on April 17. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Originally, Sridevi was meant to do the film, before she passed away last February. The role eventually went to Madhuri. When asked how it was to take up the role, Madhuri said, “When I was approached to do the role, I had a heavy by heart. She was a great artiste and a good human being. When you get a role, you do it your way. But, of course, we used to miss her everyday on set. “Once you start work, you have to look beyond that and play your character to the best of your abilities.”last_img read more

Kashmiri shawl seller attacked miscreants flee with Rs 2 lakh

first_imgKolkata: A Kashmiri shawl trader who has been doing business in Kolkata for more than eight years was slashed with a knife by some miscreants who decamped after snatching nearly Rs 2 lakh from him. The incident took place near Park Circus railway station on Friday evening. The trader, identified as Shafur Ahmed Shah has sustained several cut injuries with the miscreants inflicting several slashes with the knife. Shah has lodged a complaint with the Ballygunge GRP alleging that four miscreants were involved in the attack. According to his complaint, the miscreants escaped after snatching cash worth Rs 1.95 lakh that he was carrying with him. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSources in the Ballygunge GRP informed that the trader was carrying the cash to hand it over to a businessman from whom he had taken a loan. “I had just crossed the rail tracks and was walking by its side under the bridge when I was surrounded by four persons. They asked me whether I am a Kashmiri and when I answered in the positive, they attacked me with a knife. I suffered several cut injuries and when I fell down, they snatched the money I was carrying and fled,” Shah said. He managed to call up one of his friends who lives nearby. The latter came to the spot and rushed Shah, who was badly bleeding, to the National Medical College and Hospital where he was treated and discharged. Police informed that Shah is a resident of Santoshpur in South Kolkata.last_img read more

JNU student commits suicide in campus depression suspected

first_imgNew Delhi: A JNU student allegedly committed suicide on Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university.The investigating agency said that the deceased was undergoing some treatment as per preliminary enquiry. They are also probing weather the student was under depression. According to police, they were alerted about the incident on Friday at about 12 pm. A PCR call was received in Vasant Kunj (North) police station regarding the suicide note of a JNU student which was received by a professor. The investigating team reached at the spot which was School of Language. After contacting the caller who was the office in charge of Mahi Mandvi hostel. “He said that he received a message from warden regarding Rishi Joshua Thomas, student of MA 2nd year English language JNU, residing at JNU’s Mahi Mandvi Hostel. In the note, it was written that he is committing suicide,” an investigator said. Police further added that during investigation it was revealed that in the basement of library one room was locked from inside. “On knocking no one responded. From the window Rishi Joshua was seen hanging from the ceiling fan, the door was forcibly opened and the body was taken down by cutting the cable,” added city police press statement. The statement further reads that at the spot a doctor from JNU declared him dead. Later for collecting clues and to further probe the crime, team visited the spot. The body has been shifted to Safdarjung Hospital. “Relatives informed one cousin brother Mathew Varghese also reached JNU. One suicide note mailed to Prof of English language. As per preliminary enquiry, no foul play is suspected. Further investigation is in progress,” police said. The JNU in the press statement said that they express its deep condolences at the untimely demise of an MA student in one of the academic buildings of the university. Police were informed forthwith and the case is being investigated. His body has been sent to the Safdarjung Hospital and his parents have been informed about this unfortunate incident. Police are also probing if it was due to a relationship gone wrong or because of some other reason.last_img read more

London Mayor calls for preferential norms for Indian businesses students

first_imgLondon: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for similar preferential norms for Indian companies and students as those offered to China in order to boost foreign direct investment (FDI) from India into the British capital.The mayor, who reiterated his London is Open message, attacked the UK government’s hostile immigration policies as a barrier to increased investments and students coming from India into London. The government’s got to make it easier for businesses to come to London. Immigration policies have got to change, it’s got to be easier for Indian students and business people to come here, Khan said on the sidelines of the annual Asian Voice Charity Awards here on Friday evening. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe government has made some changes to make it easier for China, and I welcome that, but also India deserves the same sort of preferential treatment I worry because of this government’s hostile immigration policies, we aren’t seeing many talented students coming to London, particularly talented Indians. I am hoping the government realises this is a huge opportunity lost, he said. China being included on a list of countries offered easier UK student visa application norms is one of the preferential routes currently not open to India. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysKhan, a former Labour Party MP who has been a vocal advocate of a second Brexit referendum, said the Theresa May government was a “million miles away” from what was promised during the June 2016 referendum campaign. Parliament is in gridlock, we should give the British public a say on the deal negotiated by the government with the option of remaining in the European Union. I can’t think of anything more democratic than giving the British public a final say, said Khan, who was presented with a Political and Public Life Award at the awards ceremony. The Asian Voice Charity Awards, powered by due diligence network Charity Clarity, reward charities and individuals that try and solve the most pressing social issues in Britain and globally. Some of the winners this year included Indian-origin entrepreneur Leah Chowdhry, who was named the Most Inspiring Young Person for becoming the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel to raise funds to combat child trafficking in India. The Sarvam Trust, which facilitates and supports the work of the Sri Aurobindo Society to help the under-privileged in rural areas of India, was the winner of the Audience Choice Award. The theme of this year’s awards was around combatting knife crime, an issue that has dominated the London Mayor’s agenda. Charities have an important role to play in filling in the gaps in the social safety net, Khan said. CB Patel, Publisher and Editor of UK-based Asian Voice’ weekly newspaper which organises the awards, added: One of the ills that now plagues our community is knife crime, and this requires the collective effort of individuals, families, educational institutions and community organisations to put an end to the menace. His Editor’s Choice Award for the year went to the Damilola Taylor Trust, which provides inner-city youths in Britain with opportunities to play and learn, free from fear and violence. The Charity of the Year award went to Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, an independent medical charity working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer and other severe medical conditions, and the Social Impact Award was presented to Child Rescue Nepal, which works on the ground to free children from slavery and captivity. The awards are absolutely unique in that each applicant goes through a rigorous Charity Clarity rating process before the very best are shortlisted for the judges’ consideration, Pratik Dattani, from Charity Clarity, said.last_img read more

Mel Kiper Jr weighs in on Buckeye draft hopefuls

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. talked about Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, as well as three former OSU players hoping to hear their names called during the draft in a teleconference on Wednesday. Kiper said he knows what scouts need to see from Pryor in his final season. “Accuracy,” Kiper said. “Throwing the football is the main thing. “He has to throw the ball, and he has to be precise with the football, and he has to do the things from a pure passing standpoint.” Pryor’s final season, however, will be shortened by the five-game suspension he and four of his teammates face. Kiper added that he projects Pryor as a tight end at the next level, citing Pryor’s size, athletic ability and the transitions other players have made over the years. “Did he need to play those five games to prove he can be a quarterback? Yeah, he did,” Kiper said. “I think there is going to be some concern whether he is going to be a quarterback or a position change, like I said, to a tight end spot.” Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, a projected first-round pick, also was a subject of conversation. “Cameron Heyward is a real, real good 3-4 defensive end,” Kiper said. “I think he’d fit the New York Jets and certainly the Green Bay Packers. He would fit the Pittsburgh Steelers … the New England Patriots, any of those 3-4 teams is what Heyward would fit ideally.” The Jets, Steelers, and Packers pick 30th, 31st and 32nd respectively, while the Patriots hold the 17th and 28th overall selections. Kiper said Heyward is not an ideal fit in a 4-3 defensive scheme, but Heyward disagrees. “I think over my four years here I have enjoyed so many different positions and it’s made me more versatile,” Heyward said in a press conference on March 30 after working out for NFL scouts. “I think I can play any position you put me at.” Kiper weighed in on two other Buckeyes entering the draft. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was projected as a possible third-round selection, and running back Brandon Saine was projected as one of many backs who could be picked on the third day in the fifth, sixth or seventh rounds, based on his pass-catching ability. The 2011 NFL draft will be held April 28–30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Alex Kopilow contributed to this story. read more

Ohio State semester switch could benefit Buckeyes athletes

With the switch to semesters approaching, most students have been gearing up for the change by deciding what to pack into their 72-day summer, and planning for the effects of the shorter break. For Ohio State student-athletes, the shorter summer and semester switch bring different adjustments and challenges, but also several advantages and opportunities. Starting Aug. 22, student-athletes in winter and spring sports will be able to begin out-of-season skill and instruction work. Previously, winter and spring athletes had to wait until the quarter started in late September to begin this work. The NCAA will still govern the football team’s and all fall sports’ practice start dates in accordance with NCAA rules. “Under the quarter system, OSU student-athletes in the winter and spring sports could not begin this instruction until the quarter began, leaving them at a considerable disadvantage to other schools, whose student-athletes in those sports were able to start the first day of their fall semesters,” OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said in an email. Beginning in 2013, the end of Spring Semester will be followed by a four-week May class session. Following this accelerated session, which some refer to as a “Maymester,” there will be a one-week break, and then the regular seven-week summer session will begin, Emig said. There is no May session in 2012. Emig said the “Maymester” period will give many student-athletes an opportunity to participate in several learning opportunities, such as internships, study abroad programs and research efforts that were difficult to fit into their schedules during the quarter system. Steven Fink, the associate executive dean for curriculum and instruction in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-chair of the Semester Conversion Coordinating Committee, said each university department will handle the four-week May session differently, creating several different opportunities for students. “The curriculum is still being developed since it is not beginning until next summer, but we have a number of departments who are already designing courses for it,” Fink said. “I think it’s particularly well-suited for certain kinds of special topics or intensive experiences. A lot of programs are using it for study abroad, service learning, internship experiences or co-ops. Every department is going to decide on its own how it wants to handle that instructional period.” Although the teams will not have any additional or any fewer actual practice days or hours because of the switch, student-athletes may feel the effects of the change most in their free time. This year, fall athletes will begin classes about two weeks after they begin fall camp, as opposed to under the quarter system, where athletes did not start classes until about six weeks after the start of camp. Each OSU sports team has a different schedule and practice routine over the summer break, which bring varying changes depending on each athletic team’s agenda. Grayson Overman, a junior middle blocker on OSU’s volleyball team, said not much will change for him personally, but he’s excited for the switch. “I’m pretty stoked for (the change),” Overman said. “It’s going to be a lot slower pace which will be a break and might make volleyball more exciting.” OSU women’s golf coach, Therese Hession said that although there are no team-oriented events in college golf during the summer, the players are on their own schedule qualifying for tournaments. With the semester switch, the student-athletes will not get much of a rest. “We will just get started a little bit earlier than we normally do,” Hession said. “They’ll be coming right back and jumping into school.” Summer classes begin on June 18 and conclude Aug. 3. Exams will take place Aug. 6 through Aug. 8. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State hires Mike Netti as special assistant to the

Ohio State continued to add to its men’s basketball coaching staff when former East Carolina assistant Mike Netti was hired by the Buckeyes as special assistant to the head coach Tuesday evening.Netti, who has spent the past four seasons coaching the Pirates, worked with first-year coach Chris Holtmann when the new Buckeyes head coach led the Gardner-Webb program from 2010 to 2013.The Syracuse graduate also coached with Holtmann when the duo worked as assistants at Gardner-Webb from 2003-08.The former East Carolina assistant isn’t the only coach who has ties to Holtmann on Ohio State’s staff. Holtmann brought all three assistant coaches who worked under him at Butler – Ryan Pedon, Terry Johnson and Mike Schrage – to Columbus in the same roles.Netti joins strength and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks and director of player personnel Scoonie Penn as recent additions to the Buckeyes’ support staff.Since Netti will not be one of Ohio State’s three assistant coaches, he will be unable to recruit off campus or coach during practices. read more

Report Juventus target Chelseas Emerson

first_imgJuventus are reportedly considering making a move for Chelsea full-back Emerson PalmieriThe Blues had only signed Emerson from AS Roma last year in a £17.6m deal in a bid to bolster their defensive options.But the Italy international has made just 18 appearances at Chelsea since then and appears to have fallen completely out of favour under new coach Maurizio Sarri with not a single start in the Premier League this term.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.This comes in light of Marcos Alonso’s solid displays in the left-back position at Stamford Bridge, which saw Chelsea award him with a new five-year contract in October.Therefore, Emerson’s time in England is looking set to come to an end soon with Calcio Mercato claiming that Juventus would be interested in offering him a return to the Serie A.Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri is understood to be keen to find a backup option for Alex Sandro as they enter the second half of this season hoping to end their 22-year wait for Champions League glory.last_img read more

Seven year courtship culminates in I do for RitzCarltonTurks and Caicos

first_img TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches Resort does not owe TCI Gov’t; both sides want multi-million dollar dispute resolved Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 27, 2018 – Five golden-coloured shovels adorned with turquoise ribbons and matching hard hats cemented a seven-year courtship which is touted to bring 317 rooms and villa residences in a new 12-storey hotel development to Grace Bay Beach.The project, with the help of Turks and Caicos Islands realtor, Walter Gardiner, in late 2017 finally received the nod of approval from the Physical Planning Department to go forward with the controversial construction and now, according to the country’s Premier the knot is tied.“The Turks and Caicos and #RitzCarlton and the Desarrollos Group have flirted for many years, and today on this beautiful Grace Bay Beach we are all at a destination wedding.  A destination wedding of huge proportions, today before God and man we promise to come together to deliver a new experience for visitors to our shores, joining a family of strong members who are equally as excited,” said Hon Sharlene Robinson.Members of the former government administration were on hand too; then Premier Rufus Ewing with the Governor and Finance Minister announced the Memorandum of Understanding for the project, which at the time was projected at $224 million – that was in 2015.Premier Robinson commended the Planning Department team for its work in ushering the #DesarrollosGroup project to the point of a ground breaking ceremony.  It was additionally a bonus morsel that the turning of the sand at the new home of the hotel came just days after the Turks and Caicos learned that it had secured the enviable top spot on a TripAdvisor list.“We are again on the World’s Best Beach and I say congratulations to you on being able to get a slice of the World’s Best Beach.”The Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson in her remarks at the ground breaking on Monday afternoon explained that a new thrust for tourism in the Turks and Caicos will under-gird this and other industry partners. “And with my Government’s endorsement last week of a new tourism strategic direction, we are on the cusp of ensuring that we remain a well sought after destination, consistent with the strong TCI brand that many continue to work to maintain.”Mr. Gardiner, in an interview with the Turks and Caicos Weekly News explained once work begins, it will be a six day work week – Mondays to Saturdays from 7am to 5pm.Already 75 per cent of the residences at the property are sold, the total construction period is three years and there are projected to be two phases of construction. Related Items:#GraceBayBeach, #ritzcarlton, #sharlenerobinson, desarrollos TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more

Millennial job study finds employees greatest value in job satisfaction and flexibility

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new study by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce studies the workforce characteristics of “millennials,” the largest segment of the county’s working population.Employees born 1981 and 1996 now make up almost 40 percent of the region’s workforce, constituting the largest workforce segment.The study surveyed 400 working millennials in San Diego County to learn what strategies could work best for attracting and retaining millennial workers.Ninety percent of those surveyed found their jobs at least “somewhat meaningful.”Although most were satisfied, nearly 52 percent said they were thinking about leaving their jobs in the next six months.To attract and engage the workers in this age group, the Chamber of Commerce study said companies and organizations need to create and foster a purpose-driven work culture that gives employees a sense of meaning in their work.Of those who said they were ready to leave their job, 30 percent said finding meaning in work was a major factor behind their job satisfaction.Professional development was cited by 22 percent of the millennials as a prime reason for satisfaction in their jobs, compared with just under 6 percent who valued perks. Frequent communication with managers was also important to millennials in the workplace.As a sign of the changing times and the less restrictive nature of work, 71 percent of the millennials said they did not think it was necessary to put a in a full eight hours at the office.Seventy-one percent said it was not reasonable to expect to log eight hours every day, while 53 percent said it was “fairly” or “very” reasonable to respond to emails, calls and/or text messages outside of regular business hours.The study did uncover one aspect that could affect the future growth of the San Diego economy.Forty-four percent of the millennials said they were considering leaving San Diego County in the next two years. Of the smaller number that said that was “very likely,” more than two-thirds said a lack of affordable housing options was one of the main reasons.On the public policy side, the study recommended more incentives to build housing. Posted: May 23, 2019 May 23, 2019 Sasha Foo Updated: 8:21 PMcenter_img Sasha Foo, Millennial job study finds employees greatest value in job satisfaction and flexibility Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

DoItYourself Mobile Delivery

first_imgDynetic, which began in Europe and now operates worldwide, works with some of the largest European publisher groups, as well as eBay and Yahoo!. “We’re currently in discussion with North American publishers that have some presence in mobile but are still looking for the right solution to make it a profitable channel,” says Farmer. “All they really need are the tools, and we help with that.” Publishers first used the Web to post static pages from the magazine. Then, to make money, they had to create some Internet-based experiences so users could interact. That’s when the Web really started to take off. “Mobile is following the same path as the Internet,” says Ran Farmer, managing director, North America, of Dynetic Mobile Solutions, Inc. Dynetic helps publishers create similar interactive experiences on the mobile Internet. Its Web-based NetbiscuitsTM software platform enables publishers to transfer their PC Internet program to the mobile Internet. “The big challenge in the mobile sector,” Farmer says, “is to overcome all the variations in the handsets, which use different kinds of software and operate differently, and in the carriers, which have different rules and different markup languages. Our software is a layer that sorts out all those problems for developers and content owners. They just create their mobile sites as they would for the Internet and publish it. We make sure that it is optimized and delivered globally to any kind of device that may request it.”Publishers simply create an account on netbiscuits.com to start building a mobile application. The software allows them to integrate directly with their Web content management system, so that editors can edit the articles, images and content in one place and then feed it either to the PC Internet or to mobile. The mobile site needs to be designed only once to accommodate the smaller screen and buttons. Dynetic also has a professional services group that provides some handholding during setup, if necessary.Netbiscuits is a subscription service. The monthly fee ranges from $645 for 200,000 page views and basic delivery of text and graphics to $2,595 for a million or more page views and rich media, video, audio, streaming, breaking news and more. Multiple titles can be published from the same subscription. last_img read more

To Monetize Podcasts Think Sponsorships Not Ads

first_imgA study released earlier this year advocates sponsorships over advertising as the best way to monetize podcasts. The Association for Downloadable Media along with Edison Research report that podcast listeners HATE radio style ads but relate much better to “this content is brought to you by” sponsorships. The study says that it helps if the podcast host makes the sponsorship announcement. When podcast listeners were asked about traditional radio style ads their response was negative with 62% saying they “generally dislike” them. But when the same audience was asked about sponsorship plugs instead 67% responded they “Don’t mind them and occasionally find them useful.” Sponsorships seem the way to gain exposure for advertisers without without turning off listeners. There were other findings as well. According to Edison Research Vice President Tom Webster, “A podcast advertising buy is not a redundant media buy for advertisers and marketers. These are attractive, affluent consumers that mass media is losing.” He also notes, “Ninety percent of these respondents indicated that they had taken some kind of action as a result of podcast advertising or sponsorship, and over 40% reported purchasing behaviors, which indicates that they are receptive to the right message, in the right context.” More findings include: 1. Active Podcast consumers are mobile media consumers – and content creators and advertisers alike should continue to take advantage of that fact2. Active podcast consumers are not receptive to interrupt advertising, but they are receptive to targeted messages in podcasts3. There is a “halo” effect ascribed to brands, products and services that sponsor podcasts.To download a PDF of all the ADM Edison Study findings or watch an hour-long Vimeo video where Edison Research presents the findings, turn to Josh’s original blog here.last_img read more

ADB Sells 52 Petronet Stake to Citigroup and HDFC

first_imgAsian Development Bank (ADB) sold its entire 5.2% stake in Indian gas supplier Petronet LNG Ltd for 7.14 billion rupees ($116.8 million) on Friday via block deals, BSE data showed.ADB sold over 39 million shares of Petronet LNG on BSE in various block deals, at an average price of ₹183.2 a share.The shares were bought by Citigroup Global Markets Mauritius Pvt Ltd and HDFC Mutual funds among others, according to BSE data.Citigroup bought 8.8 million shares, HDFC Top 200 Fund took 3.77 million shares, while HDFC Equity Fund purchased 4.67 million shares at ₹183.2 a share eachThe gas supplier’s shares ended down 3.8% at ₹185.50 on Friday on BSE.ADB had on Thursday launched a share sale in Petronet LNG to raise up to $120 million, three sources with direct knowledge of the deal had told Reuters.last_img read more

SpiceJet launches Independence Day sale offers discounted airfares at Rs 299

first_imgBudget carrier SpiceJet has announced a new promotional offer for Independence Day. The carrier launched a limited period Great Independence Day sale and offered one way base fare of Rs. 399 for domestic travel and base fare price of Rs. 2,999 on non-stop international flights. The three-day-sale is valid from Tuesday (Aug. 9) until Friday (Aug. 11) for travel period between Aug. 18 and Sept. 30, the carrier said in a statement. SpiceJet is offering the discounted airfares on Ahmedabad-Mumbai, Amritsar-Srinagar, Bengaluru-Chennai, Bengaluru-Kochi, Coimbatore-Hyderabad, Jammu-Srinagar, Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Hyderabad amongst others on the domestic routes. Similarly, on the international network, the discounted airfare starting at Rs. 2,999 is available for Dubai-Delhi and Dubai-Mumbai routes.In addition, the airline is also offering attractive fares on various direct flights across the network.The flight tickets can be booked on SpiceJet airline’s website, mobile app or through travel agents. The discounted airfares are being offered on first-come, first-served basis and are refundable. Domestic air carriers such as IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Go Air flew 79.75 lakh passengers in June this year, a growth of 20 percent over 66.01 lakh passengers who flew in June 2015. SpiceJet improved its market share to 12.7 percent during the month. The carrier topped the passenger load factor (PLF) statistics at 93 percent during the same month. Last month, SpiceJet launched promotional offer during the time of Eid. The ‘Eid Mubarak’ discounted airfare offer was open until midnight of July 6, 2016, UAE time (around 1.30 a.m. IST).The SpiceJet stock was trading at Rs. 61.40 at around 2.48 p.m. on Tuesday, down 1.44 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more