Proud of the fearless brand of cricket we played throughout the World Cup: Mithali Raj to India Today

first_imgMithali Raj and the Indian women’s cricket team are the toast of the nation at the moment after their stupendous success in the Women’s World Cup. The team is being hailed despite their loss in the final with the BCCI planning a grand felicitation ceremony for the team when they reach home.CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWMithali spoke to India Today after the summit clash which they lost by nine runs against hosts England at Lord’s on Sunday.The 34-year-old spoke of how proud she is of her team for the fearless brand of cricket they played throughout the tournament and how they would like to continue playing with the same intensity in future as well.”It’s something new for all of us to come back into the tournament from two defeats (against South Africa and Australia). The girls have really shown a fearless brand of cricket, a very confident brand of cricket. That is something we need to continue to do and improve on that,” Mithali told India Today.India came within touching distance of the 229-run target in the final but a middle-order batting collapse saw them lose the last seven wickets for 28 in a span of six overs as they got bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.Mithali said the defeat is still hurting the team and would continue to do so for a few more days.”None of the players would have had good sleep after the defeat on Sunday. It will take time for all of us to accept it and make peace with it,” she added.advertisementWith the matches being televised, the World Cup saw women’s cricket finally getting the kind of viewership that it was lacking for all these years. Veterans Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were relatively well-known before this tournament but players like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma became household names in the past few weeks.More people have started to follow women’s cricket now and hopefully this trend will continue. Mithali is also glad that her team got so much love and support from back home and in England with her phone ringing non-stop after the final.”In the larger picture it is good for women’s cricket in India. So many people have started to follow women’s cricket. The whole nation was rooting for us and made us feel very special on a very special location (Lord’s stadium). Sending messages from all quarters which was very overwhelming,” Mithali said.On the personal front the highest run-getter in women’s ODI cricket said that she wants to continue playing for a couple of years more and aims to get India a direct entry into the next World Cup.”I haven’t given it much thought. But as the runners-up in the World Cup it’s important that we need to again start grooming players for the next edition. The journey has to start in a couple of months time. Now it is important for us to maintain our No. 2 position and have a direct entry. For that we need to be in the top four in the ICC Championship.”If I’m playing for a few more years that would be my aim to see that the team doesn’t have to play the qualifiers unlike this time,” she concluded.last_img read more

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Ahluwalia elected Bombay Industries Association president

first_imgMumbai, Nov 16 (PTI) Industrialist Ajit Singh Ahluwalia has been elected president of the Bombay Industries Association (BIA).Ahluwalia took charge from the outgoing president Jeenanath Shetty at an event held here recently to celebrate the 54th foundation day of the association, a BIA release said.A sports enthusiast, Ahluwalia is director of Surindra Engineering Company, engaged in manufacturing pipes.He is also associated with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects aimed at providing quality education to the needy children. PTI APM RSYlast_img read more

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Ozil & Laca rested for Europa League tie

first_imgArsenal Ozil and Lacazette among seven Arsenal stars rested for Europa League clash against Koln Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 18:27 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Köln Köln Premier League Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka are also not expected to be involved in Thursday’s contest Mesut Ozil tops a star-studded list of Arsenal players who have been rested ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against FC Koln.The Gunners get their European campaign up and running at the Emirates Stadium but will have a notable number of absentees, with a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League just around the corner on Sunday.Arsenal 7/1 to win Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka joined Ozil in missing out on training ahead of the match on Wednesday.However, the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin were all involved in the first team training session at London Colney, suggesting that they are likely to be involved in some capacity.Several youngsters including Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock joined in training along with highly-rated teenager Marcus McGuane.Arsene Wenger revealed that he will take the competition “seriously” but admitted rotation will occur during the group stages as Arsenal look to challenge on all fronts.“We will take it seriously but the priority is to focus on the Premier League and combining the two,” said Wenger.“Then, in December, we will see, but at least we want to qualify for the next round. Thursday to Sunday morning is short so I have to think about that. But we have to win at home and you know how it is when you don’t win at home.”Francis Coquelin misses out with a hamstring injury sustained during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth while Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.last_img read more

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Many NFL teams have valid excuses for ignoring Kaepernick: these three don’t

first_imgShare on Twitter Tom Brady loses top receiving target Julian Edelman for entire NFL season Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Colin Kaepernick Share via Email San Francisco 49ers Share on Pinterest NFL Read more Read more So if Manning wasn’t desired by every NFL team, then it can’t be said that absolutely every job Kaepernick hasn’t landed is due solely to reasons of racism, politics and collusion. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump – the president who openly threatened owners with negative attention if they signed Kaepernick – but he also legitimately has zero football use for the guy, considering his roster already has a quarterback-of-the-now in Tom Brady and of-the-future in Jimmy Garoppolo. So as difficult as it is to give Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft the benefit of the doubt on anything, they’re in the clear … on Kaepernick, at least. Then there are other jobs that came open in which Kaepernick seemed a suitable option, but teams went elsewhere due to system fits. When Ryan Tannehill re-injured his knee earlier this month, head coach Adam Gase reached out to Jay Cutler – a debatably better quarterback than Kaepernick – but one who knew the coach from their time together in Chicago. Kaepernick has a higher upside than Cutler, but Gase picking the familiarity of Cutler is understandable, if perhaps not advisable. features Support The Guardian So now we are down to three teams: the Jaguars, Colts and Ravens. And their excuse for not signing Kaepernick is … well, absolutely no good excuse at all. Andrew Luck has not thrown a pass since January with the regular season almost upon us. And so Indianapolis will likely open the season with the quarterbacking zero that is Tolzien at the controls, while team owner Jim Irsay has tried to ignore the Kaepernick question. One has to wonder if Irsay would sign Kaepernick if the QB had ever been arrested and charged with four felonies, like someone the Colts owner knows quite well.Then there are the Jaguars, forever in need of a quarterback – and Kaepernick would be their best since at least David Garrard a decade ago. A week ago Blake Bortles was reportedly in line to get cut, and team owner Shad Kahn, who donated $1m to Trump’s inaugural committee, even told a local radio station that he would “absolutely” be OK with Kaepernick coming aboard if that was the recommendation of Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone. But then nothing came of it and, after a mediocre performance by Bortles in Jacksonville’s most recent pres-eason game – or a good performance by his standard – Marrone named Bortles the starter for week one. Somewhere between last week and now, the Jaguars front office decided they would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick.Finally, the Ravens – a team that fancies itself a contender, even though Joe Flacco has yet to throw a pass in training camp and the season starts in a week and a half. Head coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome reportedly want Kaepernick, but team owner Steve Bisciotti – who in the past publicly supported Ray Rice and built a statue of Ray Lewis – refused. And so the Ravens will open the season with Mallett at quarterback, who will play horribly and lose, but play horribly and lose after standing for the national anthem. Congrats, Ravens!Not every NFL team is actively blackballing Colin Kaepernick. But even in bending over backwards to give teams the benefit of the doubt – an Olympian task considering the NFL’s track record – there is also no case to be made that some teams aren’t. There are three cities in which Kaepernick can, and should, be starting in right now. Those teams are punishing Kaepernick for his decision to protest. Soon the standings will punish those teams for their decision not to sign him.center_img US sports Share on WhatsApp But even if you argue Cutler is better than Kaepernick as a quarterback or at least his equal, there are still 11 current starting QBs in the league who are objectively worse than Kaepernick: Josh McCown of the Jets; Ryan Mallett of the Ravens (filling in for an injured Joe Flacco); DeShone Kizer of the Browns; Tom Savage of the Texans; Blake Bortles of the Jaguars; Trevor Siemian of the Broncos; Mike Glennon of the Bears; Jared Goff of the Rams; Brian Hoyer of the 49ers; Scott Tolzien of the Colts (filling in for the injured Andrew Luck); and Nathan Peterman of the Bills (filling in for Taylor and Yates and currently higher on the depth chart than Wenning).Forgetting all the teams on which he would be a massive upgrade as a backup quarterback – Pittsburgh, which has Super Bowl aspirations, yet will give the ball to Landry Jones if/when Ben Roethlisberger suffers his annual injury; or Dallas, where Jerry Jones employs Ezekiel Elliott and employed Greg Hardy, but has Kellen Moore as Dak Prescott’s backup – Kaepernick is currently better than a third of the starting QBs in the league. One-third! And even when Flacco, Luck and Taylor return, Kaepernick will still be better than a quarter of the starters. Still, he can’t get a job in a league that supposedly only cares about winning and, to prove it, regularly hands jobs to men with dubious histories such as Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Richie Incognito.Yet at risk of painting with too broad of a brush, even some of those 11 teams have legitimate excuses for not improving at the quarterback position by signing Kaepernick. The Jets, for example. They are openly tanking the 2017 season, so why bring in a QB who could help them win some games, thereby missing out on a top draft pick next spring? The Browns have turned their team over to a rookie quarterback in Kizer, and the Bears have one waiting in the wings in No1 overall pick Mitch Trubisky. And while the Texans could likely win more now with Kaepernick than Tom Savage, DeShaun Watson is waiting to move up to starter in the next few seasons.That whittles the list down to seven teams with flimsy reasons for starting QBs worse than Kaepernick: Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, the LA Rams and San Francisco. But in an effort to be as magnanimous as possible, San Francisco gets a pass because Kaepernick chose to opt out of his contract there … although he did so because the 49ers were going to release him. The Rams get a very generous pass, too, because even though Kaepernick is better than Goff, Sean Mannion and Dan Orlovsky combined, Goff is only a year removed from being the No 1 overall pick and LA wants to give him the opportunity to sink or swim.Let’s give the Bills a pass, too, because Tyrod Taylor should be back from concussion soon and Wenning – again, with apologies to his undoubtedly proud parents – is likely just roster filler until then. And while Kaepernick showed he could quarterback a team with a stout defense to a Super Bowl in 2012, a service he could provide to the Denver Broncos, Denver undoubtedly hoped Paxton Lynch would have made the leap by this year and didn’t have free agent QBs on their radar. The Buffalo Bills signed someone called Keith Wenning on Monday. If you know that name, you are either Keith Wenning’s parents – and you should be very proud of your son – or you are Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, and you should be ashamed of what you’ve done.Wenning, a journeyman quarterback who has now joined his fourth team in the four seasons since he was drafted by Baltimore in the sixth round in 2014, has never actually journeyed far enough to make it on to the field in a real NFL game. He has yet to throw a regular-season pass for the Ravens, Bengals (2015) or Giants (2016) and, if things go Buffalo’s way, Wenning will never throw one in a Bills uniform either. (Note: since things never go Buffalo’s way, don’t be surprised if Wenning gets a lot of playing time there.)Beane made the signing because starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and his backup, TJ Yates, both suffered concussions in the team’s pre-season game on Saturday, leaving the Bills lacking at the sport’s most important position – for approximately the 20th year in a row. And so the Bills surveyed the QB free agent landscape and signed … former Ball State starter Keith Wenning. Topics Since you’re here… As is now the custom when any quarterback job opens up, or it seems even when a quarterback throws an incompletion, half the internet sat up and exclaimed WHAT ABOUT COLIN KAEPERNICK. By signing Wenning – a quarterback objectively much worse at playing quarterback than the still jobless Kaepernick, the Bills are now grouped as in on the alleged league-wide collusion to keep Kaepernick unemployed. But all quarterback situations are not equal. Five and a half years ago, when Peyton Manning was available as a free-agent quarterback, even he did not generate serious interest outside of a handful of teams. Overtures were reportedly made by Miami, Arizona, Washington, Seattle, Tennessee and the New York Jets before he signed with Denver. But approximately two-thirds of the NFL had zero interest in the future Hall of Famer. No one protested, even though many teams with far worse players at the position – names such as Christian Ponder, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Schaub, Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel – never courted the QB. Pinterest Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn’t know how to stop this row Sportblog Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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Pato still dreaming of World Cup selection

first_imgBrazil Pato still dreaming of World Cup selection Iain Strachan 07:49 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alexandre Pato - cropped Getty Images Brazil World Cup Tianjin Tianhai CSL A Brazil recall may appear unlikely, but the Tianjin Quanjian forward has not given up hope of appearing in Russia Alexandre Pato is desperate for the opportunity to impress Brazil coach Tite as he seeks to feature at the World Cup finals.The 28-year-old striker has not appeared for his country since October 2013 and appears hard pressed to force his way into selection contention ahead of the tournament in Russia, which starts in June.Pato, though, netted 15 goals in 24 appearances to help Tianjin Quanjian finish third in the Chinese Super League, a return he hopes will bring him to the attention of the Selecao boss.  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 “Well, I’ve worked all this year thinking [about the] Brazilian [national] team… which means extra physical work out of my house, and [the] gym at home too,” he told Omnisport.”I always worked to go back to the Brazilian team and I think I [played] a great championship. I helped the club to move on to a different level, [higher] than everyone expected.”Shandong Luneng pair Gil and Diego Tardelli, together with Renato Augusto of Beijing Guoan, have not been entirely discounted by Tite, despite being based in China.And Paulinho has shone since joining Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande, leaving Pato optimistic about his prospects.”I [produced] a great year and I think opportunities appear, such as have appeared for Gil, Tardelli, for Renato… and for Paulinho when he was in China. Now he went to Barcelona,” he said.”I think there is still a lot of time left for the World Cup. I think I have to work and be focused on my work here in China.”And if it appears – the opportunity – I’ll be very happy. I work on 100 per cent to return to the Brazilian team. I think this is my focus.”In each game, I give my best so I believe, who knows, I can receive an opportunity to [get] back. “And, who knows, maybe [I could] play a friendly match or anything else involving the national team, so that I can demonstrate my work again to the coach Tite.”last_img read more

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NBA Players Show Style and Passion Off the Court

first_img The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Whiskey Sour Out of all the American professional sports leagues, the NBA has long been on the front lines of promoting their players and their spectacular, balletic displays of athleticism and force. Never more has this been true than in the Age of Social Media, where the league has been quick to adopt the spreading and sharing of video content (Vince Carter dunk videos and Magic Johnson assist compilations anybody?) among the various social networks.So it came as no surprise last month when the NBA, in a partnership with American Express, unveiled its Off the Court section on the league’s website. Off the Court is an ongoing video series hosted by NBA Champion Rick Fox that delves into the interests that current and former NBA players have when they are exhibiting their talents during game time. The areas that will be covered in various Off the Court “webisodes” will be style, non-basketball sports, food, music, gaming and travel. Fans of the game will be able to watch live chats with their favorite NBA players where they can contribute questions via Twitter and Facebook. In addition, there will be pre-recorded vignettes that showcase players and their various interests.So far, Off the Court has focused on their “Style” section. In November, the first player chat saw NBA Champion and All-Star Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo discussing his “Collegiate Fresh” look, how his taste in clothes reflects his game, and his stint as an intern for GQ.  Also in November, retired All-Star point guard Baron Davis discussed his new show on the Esquire network as well as how he first got into style.Over the next few months, Off the Court will be posting content in each of the other interest areas listed on the site. In January, Chris Bosh, the All-Star power forward/center of the defending champion Miami Heat, will display his love of cooking by walking viewers through the creation of one of his favorite dishes. In February, when the NBA descends on New Orleans for All Star Weekend, Off the Court will explain how NBA players appreciate music before and after games. April showcases travel, so Chicago Bulls All-Star center, Joakim Noah, will “open up about traveling off the beaten path.”The NBA is always on the cutting edge in making sure that their fans are able to experience the game on a multimedia level—and Off the Court is just another example of this fact. Whether or not you love basketball, Off the Court is the place to learn how professionals live with style and find ways to keep themselves well-rounded with a variety of interests. Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTubelast_img read more

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Tech Essentials for the Modern Man

first_img How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Despite what advertisements will lead you to believe, you don’t need to be dressed to the hilt with all the latest tech gadgets and gizmos. Don’t get us wrong, we love technology as much as the next guy, but we’ve also found that keeping life simple is the best way to stay happy. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick list of tech essentials for the modern man. You won’t find any superfluous, circuit-laden nonsense here — just useful stuff that makes your life easier. Enjoy!Earbud headphones – Gargantuan over-ear headphones, while preferable in your home or office, are unbecoming when you’re out and about in public. Stick to earbuds if you’re going anywhere – they’re easier to transport and don’t make you look like an angsty teenage punk.OBD 2 dongle — This is the standardized on-board diagnostics port built into your car’s dashboard. A dongle (in addition to being a really fun thing to say) is a little receiver you can plug into this port to extract detailed diagnostic information about your car. It’s the best way to stay on top of mechanical issues. Newer ones can even wirelessly beam the data to your smartphone. Speaking of which …A Smartphone — It doesn’t matter what kind. So long as you can use it to look up driving directions, quickly find a good restaurant or bar on the fly, and keep a music playlist for every situation; it makes no difference if you’re rocking a boxy first-gen Droid or the latest Samsung Galaxy whatever. Also, never wear a phone holster – it’s like a postmodern version of the fanny pack.Waterproof Speakers — Usually electronics and water don’t mix, but thanks to the miracles of modern engineering, they now make Bluetooth speakers that can withstand stuff like water, mud, motor oil, and spilled beer. That means the party won’t stop when your drunk friend accidentally knocks the boombox into the pool – it’ll just get crazier.Cordless Drill/Driver — Even if you’re not the handyman type and you rarely use power tools, it’s still a good idea to keep a cordless drill around the house. They’re just so versatile. With the right bits and attachments, a cordless drill can be used not only as a drill/screwdriver, but also as a rotary sander, paint mixer, garden tiller, or even an egg beater if you ever feel like making the manliest omelette of all time.Capacitive gloves — these aren’t really essential, but they’re definitely nice to have if you live in a colder area of the globe. Basically, they look, feel, and perform just like any other glove; they just have capacitive fingertips on them, so you can still use touchscreen devices (smartphones, tablets, bank kiosks, etc.) while you wear them.Luggage tracker — Thanks to the meteoric rise of GPS and cellular triangulation technology, item-tracking tech is now both affordable and accessible. Get yourself one to use as a luggage tracker and you’ll always know where your bag is — even if an incompetent airline sends it to another state by mistake. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

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DMA: Modernization of Danish Pilotage Act

first_img Print  Close My location zoom  On 20 December 2013, the Danish Maritime Authority submitted a bill to amend the Danish Pilotage Act and various other acts for consultation.The main purpose of the bill is to make it possible to perform pilotage assignments in Danish waters in a more efficient manner and thus to contribute to protecting safety of navigation and the environment. The bill is intended to create increased competition in the pilotage area and will make it easier for existing and new pilotage service providers to operate in the market. The bill is a follow-up on the Government’s publication in the field of competition policy from October 2012 entitled “Enhanced competition for the benefit of Denmark” and the subsequent analysis of the Danish pilotage market.The bill also makes it possible for the Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board to investigate diving accidents and makes the level of penalty severer in case a marine accident is caused or in case of navigation contrary to sound seamanship. Furthermore, the bill contains minor adjustments of maritime law.It is the intention that the Minister for Business and Growth presents the bill to the Danish Parliament in late February 2014. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 DMA, January 7, 2014; Image: IMOlast_img read more

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GoodBulk Looking to Buy Up to 13 Capesizes

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of dry bulkers GoodBulk Ltd has entered into an agreement to acquire 7 to 13 Capesize dry bulk carriers from entities managed by CarVal Investors. Funds managed by CarVal Investors will receive for the initial 7 vessels up to 10.5 million common shares in GoodBulk, with USD 61 million of existing borrowings expected to be refinanced under current and new GoodBulk credit facilities.Upon completion of the base transaction of 7 Capesize vessels, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 19 vessels with an average age of 9 years, consisting of 16 Capesize, 1 Panamax, and 2 Supramax vessels.Delivery of the vessels is expected to occur during the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.GoodBulk will have the option to acquire up to an additional 6 Capesize vessels.“We are excited to partner with CarVal Investors in this transaction as we continue to execute upon the company’s strategy of building an industry leading platform for investment in dry bulk vessels,” John Michael Radziwill, Chairman and CEO, said.The transaction provides GoodBulk’s shareholders with increased Capesize exposure at “an opportune time in a recovering market,” the company said, adding that the purchase is expected to be immediately accretive to Net Asset Value per share while reducing GoodBulk’s normalized break even cost by ship ownership day and reducing the average fleet age by approximately 1.4 years.“Furthermore, with a significant share component priced at a premium to NAV this transaction underscores the value of the GoodBulk platform,” Radziwill added.The company’s leverage ratio of net debt to gross asset value is expected to remain below 30%.Following completion of the transaction, funds managed by CarVal Investors will be GoodBulk’s largest shareholder.“CarVal’s decision to partner with the company in this transaction further validates GoodBulk’s market positioning and ability to develop into a landmark dry bulk shipping platform,” Milos Brajovic, Partner of Lantern Capital Partners, said.last_img read more

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Newmans Own Foundation Honors Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole For Their Longtime

first_imgNewman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, honored Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their commitment to public service and especially their devoted leadership and support of veterans.An announcement was made at a special reception held in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC and attended by members of Congress, veterans, and organizations supporting veterans.In honor of the Doles, the Foundation is committing $6.7 million in support of military men and women, veterans, and their families. With this pledge, the total support for veterans from Newman’s Own Foundation and Newman’s Own exceeds $18.5 million since 2010.“The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans cannot be taken for granted. The men and women of our military, veterans, and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and support,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own, Inc. “Today we pay tribute to these men and women, and the nonprofit organizations and volunteers who provide special services and support to them. No two individuals better exemplify in their public and private lives this spirit of service and common good, especially for our veterans, than Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole. It is a very special privilege for us to honor them for all that they have done and continue to do.”Senator Bob Dole served our nation both on and off the battlefield. He is a decorated veteran of World War II and the recipient of numerous awards for his commitment and service to veterans. Senator Elizabeth Dole has helped military caregivers through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, focused on supporting military caregivers and bringing crucial resources to help these hidden heroes.Newman’s Own Foundation is providing grants to 26 nonprofit organizations around the country that assist veterans and their families. These organizations provide a wide variety of support to veterans, including education, career development, mentoring, guide dogs, adaptive vehicles, and other services.The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is one of the grant recipients. Funds will help support the creation of the Dole Caregiver Fellow Professional Development Training Program. A special grant is also being provided to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation for the training of guide dogs and the placement of these dogs with blind veterans.“Paul Newman volunteered to serve in the United States Naval Air Corps in World War II, and we are pleased to continue our longstanding support of military service organizations in his honor,” said Forrester, who served in Vietnam as an Army officer.The 26 nonprofits receiving grants as part of the $6.7 million commitment from Newman’s Own Foundation are listed below:Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (Bridgeport, CT) 
Bunker Incubator NFP (Chicago, IL) 
Caring for Military Families The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (Washington, DC)
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (Hartford, CT) 
Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) 
Farmer Veteran Coalition (Davis, CA) 
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (Wilton, CT) 
Head Strong Project, Inc. (New York, NY) 
Help Our Military Heroes (Easton, CT) 
IVMF at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) 
Operation Opportunity Foundation – Warrior-Scholar Project (Washington, DC) 
Patriot Boot Camp (Denver, CO) 
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) 
Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 
Rodale Institute (Kutztown, PA) 
Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (San Ramon, CA) 
Service to School (San Francisco, CA) 
St Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) 
Jonas Project (Laguna Woods, CA) 
The Posse Foundation (New York, NY) 
UCLA Foundation – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (Los Angeles, CA) 
University of Connecticut Foundation – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (Storrs, CT) 
University of Minnesota Foundation (Minneapolis, MN) 
Veterans Healing Farm (Hendersonville, NC) 
Women’s Business Development Center (Chicago, IL) 
Work Vessels for Veterans (Noank, CT)For more information about the Foundation’s support of veterans programs, click here.last_img read more

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DISNEY SEALS 71B DEAL FOR FOX ENTERTAINMENT TAKES OVER THE SIMPSONS AND

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Disney needs compelling TV shows and movies to persuade viewers to sign up and pay for yet another streaming service. It already has classic Disney cartoons, Star Wars, Pixar, the Muppets and some of the Marvel characters. With Fox, Disney could add Marvel’s X-Men and Deadpool, along with programs shown on such Fox channels as FX Networks and National Geographic. Fox’s productions also include The Americans, This Is Us and Modern Family.The deal helps Disney further control TV shows and movies from start to finish — from creating the programs to distributing them through television channels, movie theatres, streaming services and other ways people watch entertainment. Disney would get valuable data on customers and their entertainment-viewing habits, which it can then use to sell advertising.Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call in February that Disney Plus and other direct-to-consumer businesses are Disney’s “No. 1 priority.”Cable and telecom companies have been buying the companies that make TV shows and movies to compete in a changing media landscape. Although internet providers like AT&T and Comcast directly control their customers’ access to the internet in a way that Amazon, YouTube and Netflix do not, they still face threats as those streaming services gain in popularity.AT&T bought Time Warner last year for $81 billion and has already launched its own streaming service, Watch TV, with Time Warner channels such as TBS and TNT, among other networks, for $15 a month.In addition to boosting the Disney streaming service, expected to debut next year, the deal paves the way for Marvel’s X-Men and the Avengers to reunite in future movies. Though Disney owns Marvel Studios, some characters including the X-Men had already been licensed to Fox.Disney also gets a controlling stake in the existing streaming service Hulu, which it plans to keep operating as a home for more general programming. Family-friendly shows and movies will head to Disney Plus.No pricing has been disclosed for Disney Plus. The streaming service will feature five categories of material: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Disney charges $5 a month for ESPN Plus, a service that offers programming distinct from the ESPN cable channel.Meanwhile, Fox Corp. — the parts of 21st Century Fox that are not part of the deal, including Fox News, Fox Sports and Fox Broadcasting — started trading on the Nasdaq under the “FOX” and “FOXA” tickers on Tuesday.© 2019 The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting Cinderella, The Simpsons, Star Wars and Dr. Strange under one corporate roof.The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. It will also likely lead to layoffs in the thousands, thanks to duplication in Fox and Disney film-production staff.By buying the studios behind The Simpsons and X-Men, Disney aims to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention — and dollars. Twitterlast_img read more

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Experts calling for more data on foreign investment in Canadian real estate

A two-storey, 1,600-square-foot home seen in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver is shown here in this April 4, 2010 photo. Experts are calling for more data on foreign real estate investment, saying the knowledge gap needs to be filled if policy makers hope to maintain the stability of the country’s real estate market. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Experts calling for more data on foreign investment in Canadian real estate TORONTO – There is scant data available on how many foreign investors are snatching up Canadian homes, and experts say the knowledge gap needs to be filled if policy makers hope to maintain the stability of the country’s real estate market.Foreign investment has become a hot-button issue in Vancouver lately, with many residents blaming demand from offshore buyers who are looking for a safe place to stash their money for the city’s soaring home prices.Critics are also concerned that foreign investors are more likely to pull out of the market at the first sign that prices are heading south, which could exacerbate the extent of a housing correction.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson recently penned a letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark suggesting the province introduce a speculation tax on people who flip homes and on luxury properties — a suggestion that Clark shot down.The B.C. Real Estate Association maintains it’s Vancouver’s constrained geography and limited supply of detached homes — and not demand from foreigners — that’s sending prices through the roof.But Cameron Muir, the association’s chief economist, admits that hard data is difficult to come by.“The data is not being collected, currently, by government,” he says.All of the uproar over Vancouver’s affordability crisis — there is even a popular Twitter hashtag, #IDontHave1Million — has highlighted a national issue: data on foreign investment in Canadian real estate is scarce.“People are putting forward all these solutions on how to fix so-called foreign speculation, but we don’t even know if it’s really happening,” said Kennedy Stewart, the New Democrat MP for Burnaby-Douglas. “This really worries me, because you can really mess up your housing market if you don’t use the right mechanism.”Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., the country’s leading mortgage insurer, has tried to fill some of the gaps. Last year, while preparing its annual fall rental vacancies report, the agency polled condominium property managers on the percentage of homes owned by investors whose permanent residence is overseas.The resulting figures were much lower than many had anticipated. The survey found that roughly 2.4 per cent of Toronto condos and 2.3 per cent of those in Vancouver were owned by offshore investors, although in certain neighbourhoods in Vancouver, the percentage of foreign ownership was as high as 5.8 per cent.The highest concentration of condos owned by foreigners was 6.9 per cent in certain pockets of Montreal.The figures are so low that economists say it’s unlikely foreign investment is having a significant impact on the prices of homes.However, the agency was only able to collect data about condos — not other types of properties, such as detached homes.CMHC’s chief economist Bob Dugan says the agency is looking at ways to expand the scope of its research.“We’ve got one piece of the puzzle, but we want to explore ways to add more pieces to that puzzle so we can get as complete a picture as possible,” he said.Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC World Markets, says one of the challenges with collecting the data is determining who fits the definition of a foreign investor.Foreign buyers who have no connection to Canada make up only a small portion of the real estate market, says Tal. More common is a situation where the buyer is based overseas, but the property is occupied by his wife and children, who attend Canadian schools and participate in Canadian society.“So is it domestic money, or is it foreign money?” said Tal. “The concept of foreign investment is much more complex than perceived.”Follow @alexposadzki on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version misspelled Mayor Gregor Robertson’s name. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Visa reforms could lead to 26 million new jobs UN agency reports

In ‘The Impact of Visa Facilitation in APEC Economies’, co-produced by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), research indicates that while visa policies of APEC countries require an average of 63 per cent of the world population to obtain a visa, out of the 355 million tourists travelling to APEC destinations in 2013, an estimated 20 per cent needs to obtain a visa.That figure is expected to rise to 21 per cent during the 2014-2016 time frame. According to the report, APEC stands to gain between 38 and 57 million additional international tourist arrivals by 2016 from visa facilitation. The inflow of additional international tourism receipts generated by these additional arrivals could reach between $62 and $89 billion, an increase of 9-14 per cent.Moreover, the total number of jobs created as a consequence of this increase is estimated to range from 1.8 to 2.6 million, according to the figures in the report.“At a time when many world leaders are looking for solutions to address a fragile economic situation and widespread unemployment, travel and tourism offers concrete measures,” UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said in the foreword to the report.Presenting the report today to the APEC high-level policy dialogue on travel facilitation in Bali, Indonesia, Mr. Rifai noted that prioritizing visa facilitation “can translate into significant socio-economic benefits in terms of income and jobs generated by the growth of tourism demand.” In January, the UNWTO released a report underscoring the necessity of less stringent visa requirements around the world, as well as the facility of an electronic visa system. read more

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TT Uber driver found murdered

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFemale cop murdered in T&TMarch 16, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese businessman found dead in T&TMarch 23, 2017In “Regional”Cops probing murder of Guyanese man in T&TMarch 23, 2017In “Crime” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Police are probing the death of a 28-year-old Uber driver, whose body was found in bushes on Mucurapo Road on the outskirts of the capital on Thursday night.Police said that relatives of Christopher Mohammed had last seen him earlier in the day driving his vehicle in east Trinidad.Media reports said that his body was found with a single gunshot wound to the head Thursday night in the west of the island.The Trinidad and Tobago government has not officially given permission for Uber to operate in the island, but many local motorists are involved in the programme that allows a passenger to call for a car with a smartphone running the Uber application with the driver then taking the passenger to his/her destination.So far this year, more than 200 people have been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago. read more

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Hungary Pick Szeged finish 2012 unbeaten in the Hungarian league

Pick Szeged travelled to southwest for the final round of 2012 to meet 9th place Pécs.  The two main pillars of the local team’s attack are Bence Szöllősi, current topscorer of the Hungarian League with left wing and third best goalscorer István Szepesi. These two players have scored almost half of Pécs’s goals. Young Szeged pivot Péter Grünfelder who is on loan to Pécs definitely wanted to prove himself to the Pick managers.Before the match the local team’s executives presented gifts to four of Szeged’s players: Vadkerti, Mikler, Zubai and serbian international Prodanovic who all participated at the London Olympics. This fair gesture and the fact that Zubai was recently selected best sportsman of the year in Szeged ensured that the match would start in a festive mood. Szeged had two injured players: Swedish superstar Jonas Larholm and József Czina.Pick started the match well, however the local team kept the pace until the 15. minute (7-8). The guests then changed to a higher gear and achieved a comfortable lead by the end of the first half (13-18). In the second half the difference only got bigger with Fero Sulc (6 goals) leading the way.  Gábor Ancsin (5 goals) and  Antonio Pribanic (6 goals) were the other key players in Szeged’s  easy victory (25-34).Pick Szeged finsihed the year undefeated in the Hungarian League. Members of the Hungarian national team will soon start preparing for the coming World Championship in Spain while the others may enjoy a long Christmas holiday until 7. January.We from Szeged wish all Handball-Planet readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: Aurél Iványi ← Previous Story Buxtehuder’s Stephanie Melbeck ends career Next Story → Begona Fernandez joins Vardar SCBT, Mangue’s fate still unknown ancsinmiklerPick SzegedpribanicSzegedvadkertizubai read more

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Internet Explorer pourra être mis automatiquement à jour

first_imgInternet Explorer pourra être mis automatiquement à jour Un système de mise à jour automatique équipera prochainement Internet Explorer. Cela évitera l’utilisateur de se tenir lui-même au courant de ces mises à jour.Microsoft a annoncé que son navigateur Internet Explorer allait bénéficier d’un outil de mise à jour automatique. Cette fonction équipe déjà Google Chrome et Mozilla Firefox. Le responsable de la division Business and Marketing d’Internet Explorer a expliqué que cet ajout avait été motivé par le fait que : “le web est meilleur – et plus sécurisé – lorsque les gens utilisent la dernière version de leur navigateur.” La sécurité de son navigateur Internet est prise à cœur par Microsoft qui a mené une étude en interne sur 600 millions d’ordinateurs répartis dans une centaine de pays. Cette étude révèle que les nouvelles attaques proviennent des réseaux communautaires. La mise à jour automatique prend en compte cela.La firme de Redmond précise également que cette fonctionnalité sera accessible aux internautes qui utilisent les dernières dernières version du système d’exploitation Windows : XP, Vista et 7. M. Gavin a ajouté : “de la même manière, les consommateurs ayant précédemment refusé l’installation d’IE8 et IE9 au travers de Windows Update ne seront pas mis à jour automatiquement”. L’Australie et le Brésil seront les premiers bénéficiaires de ce système.Le 17 décembre 2011 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Knight Harwood embraces autoescalation

first_imgConstruction firm Knight Harwood’s group personal pension scheme started with a contribution basis of 3% and 3% and introduced the concept of auto-escalation, through what it calls the Pension Increase Pledge (Pip). This gives members the option to commit to increase their pension savings by 1% each year for a maximum of seven years.John Knight, the organisation’s managing director, says: “As a responsible employer, Knight Harwood has always been committed to providing a quality pension scheme for our staff and that is why we supported the concept of auto-escalation through what we call the Pension Increase Pledge.”The increase takes place on the scheme’s anniversary of 1 March. It applies to members who have opted for Pip and have been members of the scheme for six months. Contributions above 3% qualify for national insurance rebates, so this applies to all Pip increases. Members can opt out of Pip at any time.Having established the rules at the outset, the scheme has found auto-escalation relatively straightforward to administer. Knight Harwood was a start-up business and when the scheme was introduced it only had nine employees, all of whom joined the scheme, with seven opting for the Pip. Of these, five have completed the full increase programme, one stopped the increase once their contributions reached 6% and the other has left the firm.Over the years, a number of other employees have completed the full pledge and many more are part way through.last_img read more

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With a lot riding on it Samsung packs a lot into Unpacked

first_img Unpacked can’t come soon enough. Let’s face it, phones just haven’t been exciting lately. It’s become harder for manufacturers to cram new innovations into their rectangular slabs of glass each year, even though prices keep going up. Suffering from both phone fatigue and sticker shock, many of us are hanging onto our devices longer than before. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending.Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. “This was the first time ever in history the global smartphone market has declined on a full-year basis,” Strategy Analytics analyst Linda Sui said. “It is a landmark event.”Last month, Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits as the sluggish smartphone market took its toll. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered. Overall, Samsung shipped 291.3 million smartphones last year, Strategy Analytics said, down 8.3 percent from 2017. Samsung, which declined to comment ahead of Unpacked, hopes the changes it’s making to its lineup will be enough to get us to open our wallets again. At the very least, the company wants us to be intrigued enough to head to its new stores to see the devices in person.Galaxy S10 tweaksSamsung has struggled with the same problem as everyone in the mobile industry: making changes big enough to get people to upgrade. Last year’s Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 didn’t have many noticeable improvements from 2017’s Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8. Sure, the phones had faster processors and souped-up components, but the designs remained the same and they didn’t do anything all that different. That hurt demand for the phones.The Galaxy S10 design isn’t expected to be a huge leap from the S9 — there’s only so much you can do with rectangles — but it should include some tweaks that make it a better phone. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Event • What we know about Samsung’s foldable phone Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Feel like your Samsung phone’s a little boring? That’s about to change. Samsung’s phone lineup will take a huge leap this year. Among the advances: fingerprint readers, super-fast 5G connectivity and even foldable phones that expand into tablets. We’ll get a glimpse of those new features and more on Wednesday, when the company hosts its Unpacked event at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Auditorium. Samsung will kick off its keynote at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.The South Korean phone giant will use Unpacked to introduce its new Galaxy S10 lineup, the phones many of us will buy over the next year. It’s also expected to show off wearables, in addition to talking up its 5G push and foldable phone. The event will be jam-packed with some of the biggest changes to Samsung devices in years. reading • With Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable devices, Samsung hopes to get its mojo back Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags 1:28 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img “It’s been kind of hard for them” to make huge changes beyond what they’ve already done, Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “But some innovations we’re expecting and are rumored will be welcomed.”To start off, there’s expected to be an in-screen fingerprint reader. The Galaxy S10 should sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the first chip that works with Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader that’s embedded right into the display itself.That means Samsung fingerprint readers could return to the front screen, reversing an unpopular move to the back of the phone that reviewers and users complained about. The ultrasonic technology is expected to be much more secure than Samsung’s Face Unlock technology. With the 3D Sonic Sensor, Samsung can still offer a display that stretches across the entire front.Samsung is also expected to improve the camera in its devices, adding more lenses and a new “Bright Night” mode to take better images in dark environments. For those camera lenses on the front of the phones, Samsung is expected to continue to avoid the notch popularized by the iPhone. Instead, it could include a “hole punch” design for the camera that lets the screen take up even more real estate on the front of the device. It teased this design during its developer conference in November.Foldables and high speedsThe Galaxy S10 tweaks aren’t all that’s in store at Unpacked. Samsung’s other phone announcements should be real showstoppers. The biggest news is likely to be the unveiling of Samsung’s first foldable phone. The company has been talking about the device for years and finally showed off a prototype in November. It uses a new screen technology called Infinity Flex Display that lets you repeatedly open and close the device without screen degradation.The device will be a compact smartphone when closed and a more expansive tablet when fully opened. Apps will seamlessly transition between the display sizes, letting you pick up on the tablet where you left off on the smartphone. When the device is unfolded, you’ll be able to use three active apps.Beyond those early details, Samsung hasn’t said much about the foldable, including when it could hit the market. While it’s unlikely to sell in huge numbers right away, the foldable could point to the future of smartphones. Phones Components And then there’s 5G, another emerging technology that we’ll all eventually use.5G technology is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than today’s typical cellular connection and will be even quicker than service on a physical fiber-optic cable. It will also connect a device to the network faster, with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.The overall speed gains mean that phones will be better equipped to handle complex computing tasks in a fraction of the time they currently take. This could make possible advanced photography features, artificial intelligence actions and augmented reality apps, all of which would take far too long to process with today’s phones. 5G technology will also allow driverless cars and buses to talk to each other, as well as surrounding objects, such as smart streetlights.Samsung has said it will introduce a 5G phone for Verizon, AT&T and other wireless providers in the first half of 2019. One version of the Galaxy S10 is expected to come with 5G connectivity, though it’s likely Samsung won’t offer 5G on all its phones. 5G components are expensive and the service isn’t yet in all markets. So don’t expect the 5G version to be cheap.Samsung has a lot riding on Unpacked. That’s why it’s packing a lot in.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. 31 See All Comments Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android Apple See also Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Samsung sees slow phone sales too, but has hopes for Galaxy S10 debut Samsung’s foldable phone is real and opens into a tablet Qualcomm announces first ultrasonic fingerprint reader: Headed to the Galaxy S10? 21 Photos Qualcomm 5G AT&T Samsung Sprint Verizon Applelast_img read more

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Future uncertain for crumbling historic buildings in Anchorage

first_imgConnor Scher stands in front of the original Government Hill Wireless Station building. The Alaska Engineering Commission built it in 1917 to facilitate communication for construction of the railroad. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)There’s no placard marking the historical significance of the Government Hill Wireless Station.Listen nowThe property played an essential role in Alaska’s history. The Station used to connect Anchorage with the rest of the world. But now, it’s just three dilapidated buildings sitting in an overgrown lot surrounded by suburban homes. Yellow paint peels from around broken and barred windows.Connor Scher appears from around the corner wearing a wooden bow tie and a rubber rain jacket. He pulls out a drill to open the door of the main building. It’s topped with the original cupola, which once served as a beacon for Anchorage’s port.“This has sunken through, so don’t step on it,” Scher cautioned as we step inside.Graffiti covers the walls and bits of glass litter the sunken floor. But there are some reminders of the building’s glory days: like an old telephone and a painted map of Alaska.For more than three decades, the Station supplied radio communication between Anchorage and the outside world. Station employees radioed Nome during the winter of 1925 to tell the community life-saving serum was on its way, a trip that later inspired the Iditarod. And it was instrumental in the construction of Alaska’s railroad.But now, it’s abandoned.The inside of one of the original Government Hill Wireless Station building. “I believe the building won’t be occupiable within the decade,” Scher said. “So there’s that added impetus to do something.” (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)“I believe it won’t be occupiable within the decade. So there is that, that added impetus to do something,” Scher said.Scher wrote his master’s thesis on the station. He wanted to memorialize it by telling its story. He started researching the buildings while interning for the city’s historic preservation plan.“I just continued to get interested and inspired by the story and history that was here and how specifically that no one really remembered it. Outside of the neighborhood, no one has really heard of this structure,” Scher said.Some residents of the Government Hill neighborhood want to see the buildings restored. Some want the property turned into a tourist destination. And some want it to serve the community in some way, like as a library or housing. That’s what Scher wants too.“There is a chance for it to serve the neighborhood with an actual use, not just as a spectacle in a field, which too often is the fate of historic buildings,” Scher said.The federal Alaska Engineering Commission built the first of the three buildings in 1917 to facilitate communication for railroad construction. Scher says the development of the station corresponded with the development of Anchorage.“This was an arrival of modernization to this frontier,” Scher said. “And this building represented that development.”Connor Scher walks outside the historic Government Hill Wireless Station property. He wrote his master’s thesis on the buildings. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)In 2015, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city now owns the property, and last year, they put out a request for proposals for someone to develop it. But no one responded. Dealing with extensive repairs and hazards like asbestos would be pricey.Until someone foots the bill, an important piece of Alaska’s telecommunications history will continue to crumble.last_img read more

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Tax returns show Biden income spiked after leaving office

first_imgWashington: Democrat Joe Biden made more than USD 15 million in the two years since leaving the US vice presidency, according to tax returns released Tuesday, making him the wealthiest major 2020 challenger to President Donald Trump. The Democratic frontrunner’s income spiked to USD 11 million in 2017 from just under USD 400,000 one year earlier, when he was serving his final year as vice president. The majority of the USD 11,037,751 in 2017 income and the USD 4,580,437 in 2018 is attributable to book payments — Biden wrote “Promise Me, Dad,” and his wife Jill Biden penned “Where the Light Enters” — and “paid speaking engagements,” his campaign said in a statement releasing the tax returns. The income makes Biden the richest major candidate in the broad 2020 field to challenge Trump, who himself is a billionaire real estate mogul. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us By releasing their tax returns, the Democratic candidates are contrasting themselves with Trump, who broke with tradition and refused to release his returns when he ran for president in 2016. Of the other major Democratic candidates, only Senator Kamala Harris listed more than USD 1 million in income in 2018 — USD 1,889,156, according to her tax returns. Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic socialist and champion of the working class who is roughly tied with Harris for second in polling, listed USD 561,293 in income for 2018. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us But Sanders’s failed 2016 campaign made him a millionaire, listing over USD 1.1 million in income in 2017 and USD 1 million in 2016, largely due to proceeds from his best-selling book, “Our Revolution.” The wealthiest Democratic candidate, billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, entered the race Tuesday as a long shot to win the nomination. Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, is worth an estimated USD 1.6 billion, according to Forbes magazine.last_img read more

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