Khandu expresses interest in cooperation with UK

first_imgItanagar, Jun 09 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today expressed keen interest of joining hands with the United Kingdom to hone the talent of youths in the state in the fields of education, music, culture and sports.Such cooperation will prepare Arunachali youths for 21st century skills and improve their employability, Khandu said while talking to a British Council delegation led by its Director Alan Gemmell, a CMO communique said. He inquired on support structure and nature of courses offered in the UK through British Council scholarship programmes and asked the delegation to come up with training programmes for school students in subjects like English, Maths and Computer Science. Gemmell said that as the Council?s priority area was teaching English it has developed a new methodology to teach the language at primary and middle level schools, which would improve soft skills of students and give them the edge for employability.The chief minister said that the state government would work out ways to avail programmes being launched by the British Council through the DONER Ministry, the communique added. PTI UPL KK KKlast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Fans should be very proud of what India has done, says England coach

first_imgEngland coach Steve Cooper on Friday lauded hosts India’s performance in their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup, stating that the fans can be mighty pleased with the way their team played.India, playing in a World Cup at any level for the first time, lost all their three matches crashing out of Group A but gave a good account of themselves especially against Colombia. (India’s future in safe hands as Dheeraj Singh shines bright at FIFA U-17 World Cup)Luis Norton de Matos’ colts lost 1-2 but levelled in spectacular fashion through Jeakson Singh in the second half and came close to eking out a point in the final stages of the game.Against the USA, they lost 0-3 but were impressive while a much superior Ghana thrashed them 4-0..@IndianFootball team lost d match but won hearts for their sheer spirit & determination.Well played! We are proud of u.#FIFAU17WC #SAI?????? SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) October 13, 2017The U17 @IndianFootball team inspired millions of aspiring young footballers across nation wid it’s indomitable spirit. #FIFAU17WC #SAI?????? SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) October 13, 2017″I did and we made a real point with the players of watching them, certainly the opening game for two reasons. One we respect the home nation. What a wonderful experience the boys had in representing the country in a home tournament like this,” coach Cooper told reporters on the eve of their game against Iraq in Group F.England have already booked their place in the knockouts riding two wins in two matches.advertisementCooper said coach Matos created a good identity for the team and the supporters can be very proud with the way the hosts approached all three matches.”The results haven’t gone India’s way but they must be very proud of the performances. Congratulations to the coach, he has created a real good identity. He was really clear as to how he wants the team to play. I personally think the fans should be very proud of what India has done.”Cooper said he spent some time with India counterpart Stephen Constantine during their pre-tournament camp in Mumbai and learnt more about India’s football.”I have spent some time with Stephen Constantine in the build-up in Mumbai. He spoke very well of how they develop footballers here.”Memorable moments of great sportsman spirit at the #FIFAU17WC, conveys the essence of true sportsman.#IndiavGhana @IndianFootball #SAI ?????? SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) October 13, 2017last_img read more

Offensive Aussie commentary hurts but nothing we can do about it: India bowling coach

first_imgIndia’s bowling coach Bharat Arun said that world number one Test side are “hurt” by the “offensive” comments made on air, referring to former Australian cricketer-turned commentator, Kerry O’Keeffe’s insensitive remarks during the Boxing Day Test.Arun also insisted that India are “right now” not thinking about an official complaint against the O’Keeffe over his comments.”Well, yes it does hurt you. But then when people make those remarks, there’s nothing you can do about it because it’s beyond your control. If you can channelise that hurt towards doing better on the field, then that answers all the questions,” Arun told the media after being asked if India were aware of the offensive comments made on air during the ongoing third Test.Arun’s comments came after O’Keeffe insulted Mayank Agarwal and the Ranji Trophy – India’s premier domestic tournament.O’Keefe, who played 24 Tests and two ODIs for Australia between 1971 and 1977, ridiculed Agarwal’s triple century in Ranji Trophy, saying the 27-year-old “apparently got his triple hundred against railway canteen staff”. He also added the bowlers from the said team were “chefs and waiters”.The senior commentator’s comments hit the nerve of cricket fans across the globe, let alone the ones from the Asian country.Head coach Ravi Shastri didn’t miss out on an opportunity to hit back at O’Keeffe when he was invited for a post-day show for the official broadcasters of the hard-fought Test series.Speaking to Fox Cricket, Shastri said: “He [Mayank] has got a message for Kerry… ‘when you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. He wants to compare it to the ones back in India…coffee here’s better or the ones back home’.”advertisementO’Keeffe though didn’t stop there. On Saturday, the former cricketer was heard on air, saying “Why would you name your kid Cheteshwar Pujara?” when legendary spinner Shane Warne, who was sharing the commentary box with him, asked why he has difficulty pronouncing India cricketers’ names.Aakash Chopra slams Kerry O’KeeffeFormer India batsman Aakash Chopra reacted strongly to O’Keeffe’s latest remarks, saying that it’s the commentator’s problem that he is not able to pronounce players’ names and not the other way around.”Canteen XI the other day. Why would you name your kid Cheteshwar and Jadeja (not even knowing that his name is not Jadeja) today. If you can’t pronounce someone’s name, it’s YOUR problem. Unfortunate. Unacceptable,” Chopra wrote on Twitter.Also Read | Ravi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank AgarwalAlso Read | Bharat Arun says India were extremely confident of Jasprit Bumrah’s Test successAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”Also Read:last_img read more

West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new stadium

first_img Next West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new stadiumPremier League: Tottenham Hotspur were handed their first defeat at their new stadium by West Ham United as Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the matchadvertisement Reuters LondonApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 20:27 IST Michail Antonio scored as West ham beat Spurs 1-0 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur lost to West Ham United 1-0 on SaturdaySpurs were handed their first defeat at their new stadiumWest Ham’s Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the matchTottenham Hotspur suffered their first defeat at their new stadium after Michail Antonio gave West Ham United a 1-0 win in the Premier League on Saturday.Tottenham made a number of changes to their side as they prepared for their Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday but Mauricio Pochettino’s gamble backfired against a resolute West Ham side.Spurs dominated the first half and could have been ahead after 11 minutes when Son Heung-min was played through by Dele Alli but his shot from the left was too close to the near post of Lukasz Fabianski who got down to save.The Pole also did well to deny Christian Eriksen who shot from close range after good work down the right from Lucas Moura.Tottenham were made to pay for those missed chances as West Ham took the lead after halftime. A lofted cross from Marko Arnautovic in the 67th minute found Antonio who lashed it in past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.That finish, @Michailantonio #TOTWHU League (@premierleague) April 27, 2019Spurs brought on Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen in the hope of getting an equaliser but could not find a way past. They remain third but will be under pressure from their top-four rivals, while West Ham stay in 11th position.Not much more than pride was at stake for the Hammers but goalscorer Antonio was pleased to have given the fans some cheer in a lacklustre campaign for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.”For us to come here and get the first win is a great achievement. The fans are loving it and we’ve just got to keep it going,” he told Sky Sports.advertisementPochettino was dismayed by the result but urged his side to pick themselves up quickly for Tuesday’s game.”I think the first half was good for us, second half they were better. They had more energy. We conceded a lot of space to run… We lost a lot of ball we gave them the possibility to make the game,” he told a news conference.”I’m disappointed; it’s a setback. We wanted the three points, we wanted to arrive at the Champions League game in a good way but it was not (to be) but now we need to move on. It’s about the recovery and get ready for Tuesday to play.”Also Read | Manchester United game is like a final for Chelsea, says PedroFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments last_img read more

Grass fire off 271 Road spreads over half a kilometre due to

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fire crews in Charlie Lake needed backup in dealing with a fast-moving grass fire that started west of Fort St. John yesterday afternoon.The Peace River Regional District’s Protective Services Manager Deborah Jones-Middleton said that the Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to the fire just north of IPAC Services on the 271 Road at around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Jones-Middleton said that upon arrival, fire crews noted that the fire was spreading extremely quickly due to high winds and dry conditions. Charlie Lake Fire Department crews battle a fire off the 271 Road on Wednesday evening. Photo submitted by Ryne Mott via Facebook. Charlie Lake Fire Department crews battle a fire off the 271 Road on Wednesday evening. Photo submitted by Ryne Mott via Facebook. Burn marks in a field off the 271 Road seen Thursday morning. Photo by Chris Newton Burn marks in a field off the 271 Road seen Thursday morning. Photo by Chris Newton According to Jones-Middleton, the Charlie Lake Fire Department called in additional fire crews from Taylor and Hudson’s Hope since sparks from the fire had started a spot fire roughly half a kilometre away. She said that 30 firefighters battled for roughly six hours, with the fire deemed under control by 11:30 p.m. However, Jones-Middleton added that at least one firefighter was monitoring through the overnight hours to ensure the fire did not flare up again. Jones-Middleton said that no properties were damaged by the fire, but she was not able to provide an estimate on the final size of the fire. At this point, there’s no word on what caused the fire, but Jones-Middleton did add a reminder that despite the sogginess of the ground, dead and dry grass and trees can spread fire incredibly quickly in windy conditions.last_img read more

Trev Talks – Update on the Old Fort Landslide

first_imgYou can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below.Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube. This week on Trev Talks, guest host Chris Newton sat down with Prince George, Peace River, Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer and local volunteer Jeff Garrison about the work they did earlier this week to help residents of the Old Fort.The two are now working with the PRRD to coordinate another visit to the community once conditions improve.  They could be looking for up to 400 volunteers to help once it’s safe to enter the community.  If you would like to help, contact MP Bob Zimmers Office at (250) 787-1192.Chair of the Peace River Regional District Brad Sperling also joined us to give an update on the slide conditions and what’s next for residents of the community.  The PRRD also release new photos and LiDAR data from the slide.  Click here to see that.last_img read more

Morocco Collides with Giants of the Continent in the Basketball African

By Yasyn MouhirMarrakech – The Moroccan National team is participating in the African Championship of Basketball, which kicks off in Tunisia on Wednesday 19 and ends August 30.Morocco is in Group B with Angola, Senegal, and Mozambique. Unfortunately the national team suffered from a period of instability regarding their coach immediately after qualifying to the finals in Tunisia.Since the departure of Said Buzada, the former national coach who is well acquainted with the team thanks to his experience with most of the players on the Salé team, the Moroccan Federation looked for his replacement before signing a contract in June with the Serbian-Dutch Tony Fujanic for just three months, subject to renewal.The national team will enter the competition this Thursday, facing Senegal, which is the only African team that managed to pass the first round of the World Championship finals, which took place last year in Spain.Next Saturday Morocco plays Angola, which has won 11 African Championships. Finally the last match will be against Mozambique on Monday.The1 6 teams participating in Tunisia are distributed into four groups. Angola, Nigeria, and Tunisia are the major candidates to win the competition, according to speculations. read more

Enbridge highly confident Platte not source of oil leak

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Enbridge Inc. says it’s “highly confident” that its Platte pipeline wasn’t the source of an oil leak near St. Louis.TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline also runs through the area where the leak occurred . A spokesman for the company didn’t immediately return an Associated Press request for comment Friday.A Missouri Department of Natural Resources spokesman says excavation of the Keystone pipeline in St. Charles County will begin Friday.The leak was discovered Wednesday. It prompted closures of sections of both the Keystone and Platte pipelines as crews sought out the source.Enbridge spokesman Devin Hotzel said Friday that the company expects its pipeline will be operating normally by Saturday.The Department of Natural Resources has said the oil did not get into any waterways.The Associated Press read more

PJD Pressures Saad Eddine El Othmani Over Government Reshuffle

Rabat – The Head of the Government’s individual meetings with the leaders of the majority parties are ongoing. The Party of Justice and Development (PJD), headed by Saad Eddine El Othmani, has been pressuring the head of government to keep the party’s current majority.According to the Assabah daily’s September 6 issue, some PJD members have warned El Othmani against making concessions that would reduce the party’s majority in the government.  The party’s reaction is allegedly due to the Socialist Union of Popular Forces’ (USFP) bid for influence over more government departments. However, PJD Islamists are hoping that the presence of parties in government ministries remains proportionate to each party’s number of seats in Parliament. This means that a party with 30 parliament representatives should not be able to govern more departments than a 100-representative party.El Othmani has not yet discussed with party leaders the new organization of the government, says Assabah newspaper.Even though the daily considers that the sovereign ministries (Interior, foreign affairs, Justice and Islamic affairs) will not be affected by the changes, the USFP suggested which ministries should be canceled. The Ministry of Higher Education, for example, could be removed from the government as Moroccan universities will be autonomous, while vocational training is expected to be assigned to the Ministry of Employment.The political parties are expected to choose the new ministers based on merit. The head of government has emphasized the need to provide competent profiles who focus on fieldwork and who can take over the priority issues, starting with the social issue, says LesEco. read more

I let a lot of people down Day after brownface photo published

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau prior to speaking at a town hall in in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Donovan Horvey described himself as a Liberal supporter whose voting decision is made. He said the painted skin controversy won’t change it.“I really personally don’t look that down upon it,” Horvey said.The Aladdin picture was taken at an Arabian Nights-themed dinner for teachers, parents and administrators at a Vancouver private school. The photo appeared in the 2000-01 yearbook for West Point Grey Academy, reported Time, where Trudeau taught drama, French and math. The photo depicts the 29-year-old Trudeau alongside four young women — his hands draped over one of them. He is wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck.Rhonda Rosenberg, the executive director of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, said her organization’s position has always been that “cultures are not costumes,” and that everyone is responsible for combating racism.Avish Nanda of Everyone’s Canada, an Edmonton-based non-profit, said Trudeau’s apology is only a starting point.“This is part of a broader narrative, a broader trend in this country, that we need to confront,” Nanda said. Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Rather than starting and ending his day with another Liberal promise amid much fanfare, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau began and finished day nine of the federal election having conversations with his candidates, the community and with his three children about the multiple times he has dressed in blackface and brownface.Trudeau spent Thursday, first in Winnipeg and then Saskatoon, dealing with the fallout from the release of a 2001 photo that was taken when he was a 29-year-old teacher. The bombshell picture showing Trudeau in an Aladdin costume with brownface makeup, wearing a turban and surrounded by four women, was published Wednesday by Time magazine.Trudeau said his decision to wear brownface and blackface on multiple occasions was “deeply regrettable.” Hundreds of people lined up to see Justin Trudeau’s appearance in Saskatoon on Sept. 19, 2019 as part of his federal election campaign. Condemnation of Trudeau was not universal, however. Sikh Society of Regina’s Bikramjit (Bill) Singh said he does not believe the Liberal leader made a mistake or hurt anyone’s feelings. In fact, Singh said, he “wasn’t even sure why (Trudeau) apologized for that.“My feelings: when you’re a kid, you do a lot of stupid things,” Singh said.Regina-Wascana MP Ralph Goodale said those who saw the picture would not feel “anything but great sadness and regret.” At the same time, Goodale expects support to be “very broad and very deep” for Trudeau.“I think the party and the public will expect to see a very strong and sincere and effective effort to heal the wounds, and (Trudeau) has already started in that direction. He’s been very clear. There’s no obfuscation or no excuse; totally assumed the responsibility that is necessary. And now dealing with repairing.”— With Saskatoon StarPhoenix files from Dave Deibert, Regina Leader-Post files from Arthur White-Crummey, National Post files and Canadian Press filesRelated Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at a town hall in in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, September 19, 2019. “We’re losing jobs here,” he said, referencing the struggles faced in recent years in the Western Canadian oil and gas sector.During the town hall, Trudeau also faced a question about what the government is doing to help protect the climate, from which he quickly segue into a discussion about his government’s controversial carbon tax.“No one can pretend to have a plan for the future and the economy if they do not have a plan to protect the environment for future generations as well,” he responded adding that the Conservative’s under Andrew Scheer “want to make pollution free again.”He also noted that the current tax rebate in place for the carbon tax in Saskatchewan will continue putting money back in the pockets of families. Zak Vescera / Saskatoon StarPhoenix On Wednesday, hours after the picture was published, Trudeau — long billed as a champion of inclusivity and tolerance — said it “was something that I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize, it was something racist to do.”Trudeau on Wednesday apologized for wearing the costume to a theme gala at the school where he taught at the time. He also admitted to wearing blackface — he referred to it as “makeup” — for a performance when he was in high school, singing Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day O).” That apology and confession was soon followed by the release of another image and a video, first reported by Global News, of a third instance of Trudeau in skin-darkening face paint, which the Liberals said was from the early 1990s. Trudeau on Wednesday night only acknowledged the Aladdin and Belafonte incidents.On Thursday in Winnipeg, Trudeau did not provide a direct response when asked if there were other similar incidents.“I didn’t understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every day,” he said, acknowledging that he grew up with great privilege which he claimed created a “massive blindspot.”Trudeau said that when he entered politics, he never told anyone he had worn blackface or brownface.“Quite frankly, I was embarrassed,” he said.After taking questions from reporters in Winnipeg, he travelled to Saskatoon for a town hall. More than one hour before Trudeau was set to appear, hundreds of people — mostly supporters — were lined up to get in for the standing room-only event.Trudeau was introduced, to chants and cheers, at the town hall by Tammy Cook-Searson, the Liberal candidate for Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River, who touted Trudeau’s record on Indigenous issues including lifting numerous drinking water advisories and building homes on reserves.“This is a record of reconciliation,” Cook-Searson said.Jurell Parris said that as a black man he found Trudeau’s actions offensive and disappointing. Parris said he’s not voting for a person, but rather for a party. He was attending Thursday’s event in Saskatoon to hear what policies that Liberals will bring forward, especially in the technology sector.David Snider was among the protestors displaying an “I Love Canadian Oil and Gas” banner. He said he was there to protest the Liberal government. A photo posted online by TIme with the following caption “Justin Trudeau, now the prime minister of Canada, appears in dark makeup on his face, neck and hands at a 2001 “Arabian Nights”-themed party at the West Point Grey Academy, the private school where he taught.” During a question and answer period during the town hall in Saskatoon Thursday evening, an attendee asked Trudeau to “round to the nearest five,” referring to how many times Trudeau had appeared in black or brownface in the past.Trudeau responded that he did not want to make light of the situation as “far too many people in this country face discrimination on a daily basis.”“What I did was inexcusable and wrong,” Trudeau told the crowd. “And it hurt a lot of people who consider me an ally and that is wrong — I am deeply, deeply sorry … As we move forward as a country, as I move forward and continue to fight against intolerance and racism with my actions, I also take responsibility for the fact that I lacked respect towards people who already face tremendous discrimination and that is something that I apologize for.” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at a town hall in in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, September 19, 2019. ‘I’m really sorry’: Justin Trudeau admits wearing brownface at 2001 costume party Third instance of Trudeau in skin-darkening makeup emerges; new video said to have been filmed in ’90s Christie Blatchford: Trudeau cuts himself the slack he has denied to others Federal election 2019 roundup: ‘An apology based on a lie is not a real apology,’ Scheer says Complete coverage: 2019 election Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau addresses the media on Sept. 19, 2019 regarding photos and video that have surfaced in which he is wearing blackface and brownface in the 1990s and 2000s. 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US stocks ease in early trading ahead of New Year holiday weekend

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower as trading winds down before the New Year holiday and as Greece heads for elections that could affect the country’s bailout program.The Dow Jones industrial average edged down 45 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 17,992 as of 9:32 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eased five points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,085. The Nasdaq slipped 12 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,794.European markets fell and Greece’s main index was down slightly.Benchmark U.S. crude oil was flat at $53.60 a barrel in New York. Oil has fallen 50 per cent since June.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.17. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2014 7:41 am MDT US stocks ease in early trading ahead of New Year holiday weekend read more

These Baby Fish Exercise Constantly So They Can Get Even Cuter

first_img ‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPGGeek Pick: JBL Endurance Peak Are Excellent Exercise Headphones Stay on target You probably know exercise is super good for you, right? It can drop all-cause mortality significantly, can dramatically improve brain health, and might be the single best thing you can besides quitting smoking (if that’s a thing you do). One thing it can’t do though, is totally change the shape of our faces. An adorable species of fish from East Africa, Lake Malawi cichlids, on the other hand, do.These tiny fish (about four inches long) need to grow a strong jaw. They suck algae off of the lake bed, and need a powerful set of muscles to control the bones in their face and produce the motions necessary to gather all those tasty (and slimy) greens. As babies, they will open and close their mouths hundreds of times each minute to develop the muscles needed to form the proper-shaped jaw. But, because they’re babies, they’re cute as hell and you should definitely watch this video from Science Mag because you’ll see how smol and adorable the little swimmies are.Video credit:Yinan Hu/Craig Albertson*Ahem*Cute talk aside, it’s easy to forget that bones are actually living tissue and they respond to the stresses placed on them. As your (or any animal) muscles move, they pull on the bones. Provided that they’re strong enough and that whatever creature is moving about has the right nutrients, most animals will simply rework their skeleton to adapt. This is a process called “remodeling,” and it’s really amazing.I studied forensic anthropology at university, and our final project in osteology (literally the study of bones) was to take a skeleton the school had in its archives and describe everything about it. You can often tell what broad class of job someone had, how old they were and plenty more just from various features and growths that happen over time. Sedentary people have markedly different skeletons than bodybuilders, for example.It’s amazing to see a principle that’s a bit of a fun luxury (or, if you have bad posture, a possible source of pain) for us be such an important part of the development of another species. Nature’s full of surprises. And this one, at least, is definitely squee-worthy.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

ET Deals Last Jedi in 4K for 23 Get an Xbox One

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Wireless IP Security Surveillance Camera (4-Pack) for $139.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: HZR7K6JC – List price: $189.99).Honeywell Econoswitch 7-Day Solar Time Table Programmable Switch for $26.49 at Amazon (List price: $49.99).HUANUO Full Motion Dual Monitor Mount for Two 13-inch to 32-inch Monitors for $24.11 at Amazon (Coupon code: 35OXAYZB – List price: $39.99).North Bayou Full Motion Gas Spring Monitor Desk Mount for 17-inch to 27-inch Monitor for $19.99 at Amazon (List price: $39.99).More Electronics and Tech Deals here.Tools and Home Improvement, Kitchen Gadgets, and moreFoldable Carbon Fiber 250W Electric Scooter by Enjoybot (Up to 16mph) for $129.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: BHZER8B5 – List price: $259.99).Amazon Deal of the Day: Halter ED-600 Preassembled Height Adjustable Desk for $109.99 at Amazon (List price: $169.99).iRobot Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $299 at Amazon (List price: $374.99).Ecovacs Deebot N79 Wi-Fi Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $159.98 at Amazon (Coupon code: I5V25QHP – List price: $249.98).iRobot Roomba 960 Wi-Fi Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $529 at Amazon (List price: $699).Motorola Smart Scale with Weight Tracking and Tare Function for $19.99 at PCMag Shop (List price: $44.99).GOOLOO 1000A Peak 20800mAh Power Bank Car Jump Starter (Up to 8.0L Gas or 6.0L Diesel Engine) for $69.29 at Amazon (Coupon code: POSUH6E6 – List price: $89.99).Aptoyu 6W LED Dimmable Aluminum Desk Lamp with Dual USB Charging Port for $11.59 at Amazon (Coupon code: 47WJ9PK9 – List price: $19.99).Haier 5000 BTU 115V Window Air Conditioner for $116 at Walmart (List price: $129).Ohuhu 77-in-1 Screwdriver Set Repair Tool Kit for $16.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: OHU8DOFF – List price: $24.99).Meterk Wire Stripper and Adjustable Crimping Tool for $20.14 at Amazon (Coupon code: EY7BTAQO – List price: $31.97).Simdevanma 7600 Lumen LED Car Headlight Conversion Kit for $25.08 at Amazon (Coupon code: 3IPYGONT – List price: $38.59).AmazonBasics 20-inch Cabin Size Hardshell Spinner Luggage (Slate Grey) for $29.99 at Amazon (List price: $59.99).For more great deals go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Man drowns in North Fork of the Lewis River

first_imgA 24-year-old swimmer drowned Friday in the North Fork of the Lewis River, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The drowning occurred at the mouth of Cedar Creek, which is off Northeast Etna Road at the northern edge of Clark County. It was reported to 911 around 3:15 p.m.According to a sheriff’s news release, the victim was with a group of four family and friends when he and one other person decided to go swimming. Once in the icy water, he began to struggle and slipped below the surface. The second swimmer returned safely to shore.The man’s body was recovered in about 15 feet of water and was recovered with the help of Clark County Fire & Rescue and a dive team.The man, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives, was reportedly from Klamath Falls, Ore.The air temperature was in the mid-60s at the time of the drowning, but the water was much colder, and was likely a factor in the death, deputies said.last_img read more

Magazine MA Waiting to Rise from the Dead

first_imgIt’s a shocking turn for an industry that saw record M&A spending in recent years, thanks to a surge in private equity buying. Many M&A specialists anticipated a rebound in deals for the second half of 2009, driven in large part by desperate, overleveraged owners who would be forced to sell cheap. As the industry enters the second half of a brutal year, Folio: looks at whether an M&A rebound will come true.Credit Availability: Still Tight and ExpensiveThe largest issue facing magazine M&A is the lack of senior bank financing, says Veronis Suhler Stevenson Secured Capital partner Hal Greenberg. “Even if it is available, the cost is around 10 percent,” he says. “Therefore, most private equity players are on the sidelines as they cannot borrow. This is even more true for companies with an EBITDA of under $10 million—there is little capital available to them.”Greenberg says this void has been filled, to a limited extent, by more expensive mezzanine financing. Taking on additional debt now could be possible for some buyers since asset values are low.And, until more bank financing becomes available, deal multiples will remain in the single-digits. “Right now, buyers can only borrow 2X to 3X EBITDA for an acquisition,” says DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “As the credit markets improve, that leverage will increase and provide the liquidity needed to get more deals done.”Strategic Buyers, Market ConsolidationNow, according to Greenberg, is a good time for private companies with strong balance sheets to take advantage of strategic assets for sale. One aggressive strategic buyer has been enthusiast magazine publisher Bonnier Corp., which completed three acquisitions in recent months. In September 2008, it purchased Working Mother publisher Working Mother Media Inc. from MCG Capital and founding CEO Carol Evans. In December 2008, it bought Scuba Diving from F+W Media. Then, in June 2009, Bonnier acquired American Photo, Boating, Flying, Popular Photography and Sound & Vision from Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. In addition to the print titles, the deal included associated Web sites, books, licensing agreements, videos and branded events.Deals Picking Up But Remain SmallMichael Alcamo, president of New York City-based investment banking firm M.C. Alcamo & Co., issued a bold prediction in February—based on his evaluations of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s empirical data—that the U.S. economic recession would end on or before June 1. By June 15, he was confident that a rebound had in fact begun. “The banking sector has stabilized,” Alcamo says. “There is enough investor confidence in the market that the stock indices are up 35 percent from their lows. Major banks have been in a hurry to return Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds and were simultaneously to raise capital from public investors. That would not be possible unless we were exiting a recession.”Alcamo, as well as several other M&A executives, predict an uptick in consumer and b-to-b magazine M&A activity through the remainder of the year; a mixture of low and high quality deals. “We are seeing signs that magazine M&A is rebounding, but it is a gradual recovery so far,” says Phillips. “I expect to see more non-core properties being sold as well as distressed titles. Mixed in will surely be some good properties, too, but for the most part the transactions will be of lower quality than in previous years.” The recession has hit b-to-b particularly hard, with many large- and mid-size publishers burdened with high debt levels from previous acquisitions, leaving them “vulnerable to a downturn in the economy,” Peters says. “Although the b-to-b market is currently consumed with debt refinancing discussion, our longer term view is that the next chapter for b-to-b media will likely be one of deconsolidation. We expect to see a shift from horizontal aggregators to smaller, vertically focused companies that offer a holistic market approach, built around multiple revenue streams, including print, events, online, data, research and marketing services.”Regional M&A, which also had a sluggish first half, is poised for a rebound, according to Regional Media Advisors president Kim Mac Leod. “We’ve started to see that more buyers have come back to the market,” says Mac Leod, noting the lack of significant deals through the first six months. “Although it is always tough on those sellers facing this kind of distressed situation, this market has shown that there are far more buyers for good but stressed regional publishing companies than we’ve historically seen. I don’t, however, anticipate that the market will be ‘normal’ until the businesses themselves start to see sustainable revenue growth.” Notable Deals of First Half 2009Some buyers are taking advantage of favorable M&A pricing. Here is a breakdown of some of the top publishing deals of the first half.  Date: January 8Buyer/Seller: F+W Media and Active Interest Media (F+W’s Home Buyer Publications, AIM’s Southwest Art and The Collector’s Guide)Soundbyte: “The idea of swapping assets to strengthen the core markets of both companies makes enormous sense.” Tom Kemp, CEO, Northstar Travel MediaDate: March 6Buyer: 944 MediaSeller: Six DegreesSoundbyte: “Regional publishing companies can maximize their margins by going deeper into existing markets before they expand into new ones, and this permits 944 to do both efficiently.” Kim Mac Leod, president, Regional Media AdvisorsDate: April 3Buyer: a subsidiary of ACI Capital and American SecuritiesSeller: First Capital Group (InnoVision Health Media)Soundbyte: “Our company really struggled the last several years … they got a great company for only a little bit of money.” Rob Lutz, president and group publisher, InnoVision Health Media Date: April 7Buyer: Sandow MediaSeller: private investors (Western Interiors & Design)Soundbyte: “The idea with the acquisition was to pick up a fantastic national sales team and a list of paid subscribers with great demographics [and merge the title with luxury home magazine network, Luxe].” Adam Sandow, CEO, Sandow MediaDate: April 12Buyer: Active Interest MediaSeller: Gloucester Publishers (Old-House Interiors, Arts & Crafts Homes, Early Homes and the Design Sourcebook)Soundbyte: “We think this is a time when you’ll see a lot of consolidation in the market by stronger players like AIM.” Reed Phillips, managing partner, DeSilva + PhillipsDate: June 1Buyer: WiesnerMediaSeller: WQED Multimedia (Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Guide, Home and Garden and Pittsburgh Weddings)Soundbyte: “Pittsburgh is a great market and it was a magazine that, under its former ownership, never got to realize its full potential.” Kim Mac LeodDate: June 2Buyer: Bonnier Corp.Seller: Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (American Photo, Boating, Flying, Popular Photography and Sound & Vision)Soundbyte: “This is an excellent time to buy quality brands and to grow market share.” Terry Snow, CEO, Bonnier Corp. There were 129 Media Transactions in the first quarter of 2009, down 36 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to media banker the Jordan, Edmiston Group. Deal values, meanwhile, plummeted 91 percent to a combined $1.3 billion.The second quarter didn’t fare much better, JEGI managing director Scott Peters says, as many of the deals that got done were “heavily weighted toward distressed situations.” “Market valuations have been under pressure due to the lack of debt capital and a general perception of the M&A market as being a ‘buyer’s market,’” he says.In December, London-based Reed Elsevier called off its 10-month-long auction of its b-to-b publishing arm Reed Business Information—a sale process that arguably evolved into a bellwether for media deals in a brutal economy. Other big magazine deals, like ABRY Partner’s sale of Cygnus Business Media, hung in the balance (now, Cygnus’ senior lender, GE Commercial Finance, is said to be working out the details of a debt-for-equity exchange with its other lenders which would transfer formal equity control of the publisher to GE). In June, b-to-b publisher Ascend Media, once a $150 million company, went on the block. Some observers say it could fetch as little as $20 million.last_img read more

Rodale Says Its Exploring a Potential Sale

first_img In a release received by Folio: this afternoon, the company states: “Its Board of Directors has initiated a process to explore a range of potential strategic alternatives to best position its industry-leading properties for the future. The company noted that strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, the sale of the company as a whole, the sale of select properties or groups of properties or individual businesses, or the continued implementation of its business plan.” So in other words, we will have to wait and see where things go. Just a couple weeks ago the company also announced it was closing the book on its direct mail division. That news also included an undisclosed number of layoffs. In fairness to Rodale, COO Beth Beuhler told Folio: sister site min in a recent interview that the company was exploring several ways to make the organization leaner and more efficient and was constantly examining the best ways to move the company forward. So today’s announcement fits that ethos. Rodale might be for sale. Or it might not be. That was the announcement the company sent out today. However, the company has hired Allen & Company to advise them in their strategic decision making. More layoffs could be imminent, as that is often the first course of action for any company looking to tighten their belt or position themselves for sale.  Organic Gardening’s original banner, Organic Farming and Gardening, was founded in 1942; 12 years after J.l. Rodale, grandfather of current CEO, Maria Rodale, founded Rodale Inc. in 1930. The rebrand to Organic Life in 2015, which included refocused editorial on more lifestyle content, didn’t last long in print, and became a digital-only publication early this year.center_img However, this is a pretty significant indicator that more big changes are coming to the health and wellness publisher. The writing has been on the wall for several months. The first indication things were rocky came a couple years back when it shuttered its content marketing division, Rodale Grow. Following that decision there have been leadership changes, layoffs, and other shakeups that included the elimination of ad pages in its digest-size newsstand book Prevention and a total rebranding of Organic Gardening to Organic Life.  Today’s announcement is rife with vagueness, even going as far as saying: “There can be no assurance that the process will result in a transaction(s) or on the terms or timing of such a transaction(s), if undertaken. The Board has not set a definitive schedule to complete its review process.” In terms of likely suitors? Well, this is merely speculation, but AMI could make a play, given it already has a portfolio in the health and wellness completive set. Although, it did just drop a cool $100 million on Us Weekly. So perhaps Meredith would be a more apt player. It not only has complementary brands, but it would also be gaining a new audience segment by acquiring Men’s Health. Not to mention it’s clearly shopping for more brands after it’s reported Time Inc. bid didn’t pan out. We will continue to follow this story. More on this topic Rodale Names Stephen Twilliger CFO Company-Wide Layoffs Hit Time Inc. Hearst Acquires Rodale’s Magazines Rodale Names Beth Buehler Chief Operating Officer Time Inc. “Rationalizing” Portfolio as Q1 Shows Continued Decline Industry Notes: Another Rodale Shakeup; Native Compliance Still a ChallengeJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered bylast_img read more

Rian Johnson Will Create a New Star Wars Trilogy New TV Series

first_img Star Wars: The Last Jedi isn’t out yet, but Rian Johnson already has his next project lined up. From the looks of things the director is going to stick around the Star Wars universe for a while. Disney and LucasFilm announced today that Johnson will take the helm of directorial control for the foreseeable future. Since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, everyone knew their plans extended far beyond a third trilogy of movies. Of course, they were going to finish up the Skywalker family story, but nobody could say what the company had planned after Episode IX. The only thing we knew for certain: Disney would keep making more Star Wars movies long after we were all dead.Johnson will write and direct the first film in the new trilogy, and his longtime collaborator Ram Bergman will produce. Not much is known right now about the new trilogy except for the fact that it will have nothing to do with the Skywalker story. That’s probably a good thing. By the time we reach the end of the current trilogy, we’ll have spent nine movies with this family. It sounds like it’ll also introduce new planets as well. The statement promises new characters “from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” Well, that sounds exciting.LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement, “We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”Though The Last Jedi is just under two months away, this gives us some pretty high hopes for the eight episode in the Star Wars saga. Johnson must have made one spectacular film for LucasFilm to give him their next whole trilogy to shape. Not that this would be a surprise. Johnson is a fantastic sci-fi director. If you haven’t seen Looper, I’d definitely recommend watching it right now. It’s seriously one of the coolest, most thoughtful and most fun time travel movies of the decade. With Johnson helming an entirely new Star Wars trilogy, I’m almost looking forward to that more than I am Episodes VIII and IX. Now the question is, how will they number the new trilogy. Since it’s an entirely different story will it be Episode I? Or will Johnson follow George Lucas’ lead and start with Episode IV?There’s no release date yet, but given the frequency with which Star Wars movies have been coming out, I’d look for it sometime in 2021.I hope the new corner of the galaxy has PORGS! (Via’s not the only piece of Star Wars news to come out today. Variety reports that in an earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a new live-action Star Wars TV series. There’s no word on what the series is going to be, but it will be on Disney’s upcoming standalone streaming service. Yeah, I know, another streaming service. Everyone’s doing one, and to make matters worse, they all seem to be developing really good shows to get you to subscribe. Warner Bros. is doing Titans for their DC-branded service. CBS All Access has Star Trek: Discovery. Now Disney will have the Star Wars live-action TV series and there’s no way we’re going to miss out on that. LucasFilm has been trying to make that happen for years, and the massive budget it would require has kept any network from biting. It being on a Disney-owned subscription service might be the thing that makes it possible.There’s no word on whether the Star Wars series will be ready for Disney’s planned launch of their streaming platform in late 2019. It’d be cool if it turned out to be that Star Wars: Underworld show George Lucas was working on in the years before Disney bought everything. They have the scripts ready to go and that show sounded pretty great. No matter what, we have a ton of Star Wars coming our way in the next few years. I can’t complain about that. Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on targetlast_img read more

How This Robotics Startup Is Reducing Risk of WorkRelated Injuries

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now November 17, 2016 Enroll Now for Free Robotics startup suitX is turning human laborers into bionic workers with a new modular, full-body exoskeleton that will help reduce the number of on-the-job injuries.The flexible MAX (Modular Agile eXoskeleton) system is designed to support those body parts — shoulders, lower back, knees — most prone to injury during heavy physical exertion.  A spinoff of the University of California Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering Lab, suitX built MAX out of three units: backX, shoulderX and legX. Each can be worn independently or in any combination necessary.”All modules intelligently engage when you need them, and don’t impede you” when moving up or down stairs and ladders, driving or biking, the product page said.Field evaluations conducted in the U.S. and Japan, as well as in laboratory settings, indicate the MAX system “reduces muscle force required to complete tasks by as much as 60 percent.”The full-body suit and its modules are aimed primarily at those working in industrial settings like construction, airport baggage handling, assembly lines, shipbuilding, warehouses, courier delivery services and factories.The full MAX Suit (BackX, ShoulderX, LegX together) will run you $10,000; the BackX and ShoulderX are $3,000 each; and a LegX is $5,000. SuitX suggests consumers contact for more details.The company is perhaps best known for its Phoenix exoskeleton, which enables people with mobility disorders to stand up, walk and interact with others. The lightweight device — still in the testing phase — carries a charge for up to four hours of constant use, or eight hours of intermittent walking. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min readlast_img read more

Sunwings Wintervention has savings worth up to 1000 per couple

first_img Monday, January 28, 2019 TORONTO — Sunwing wants to help winter-weary clients get out of cold and get into the sun with the return of its Wintervention sale, running now through Feb. 1.Clients can save up to $1,000 per couple on select packages to some of Sunwing’s top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central AmericaAmong the many resorts taking part, Grand Sunset Princess All Suites Resort and Spa on the shores of the Riviera Maya offers luxurious accommodations including swim-out suite options plus a wide range of dining facilities. There’s also a supervised kids’ club.Another top-rated family resort included in the promotion, Riu Bambu, is recently renovated and offers amenities and activities for guests of all ages including the RiuLand kids club and the Splash Water Park with weekly pool parties.Meanwhile at Royalton White Sands Montego Bay in Jamaica clients get Royalton’s signature DreamBeds, All-In Connectivity and more. Guests also get unlimited complimentary access to the resort’s on-site water park included in their stay.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJSunwing also reminds agents that it offers everything from Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals to no-single parent supplement fees at a wide range of family-friendly resorts. Sunwing’s Wintervention has savings worth up to $1,000 per couple Posted by Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The Mortgage Law Firm Expands its Footprint

first_img in Featured, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing December 6, 2018 521 Views The Mortgage Law Firm Expands its Footprint The Mortgage Law Firm has announced its expansion into Oregon and Washington, adding to the firm’s existing footprint of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Oklahoma.Jason Cotton, Owner of The Mortgage Law Firm, adds, “We opened these offices, first and foremost, to meet the current needs of our clients. But, the expansion is also a natural progression for our attorneys who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. It is important to The Mortgage Law Firm that we have meaningful roots in the states we represent and these states were a perfect fit.”Renee M. Parker joined The Mortgage Law Firm in 2017. She is currently the Managing Attorney for the firm’s Washington office. Ms. Parker has over 13 years of experience handling foreclosure matters, complex bankruptcy and civil matters, title insurance issues, and mortgage banking litigation.Parker was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2005, California State Bar in 2008, the United States District Court of Colorado in 2010. She was also admitted to The Supreme Court of the United States in 2011 (as well as all its District State Courts), United States Courts for the 9th Circuit in 2011, the Oregon State Bar in 2014, and the Arizona State Bar in 2018.During law school, Parker worked as a Research Assistant to Cynthia Starnes in updating the Article 9 section for Thomson-West’s Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated Uniform Commercial Code Forms, 3rd Edition to reflect the massive revisions of 2001.Eric Marshack is the Managing Attorney for The Mortgage Law Firm’s Oregon Office. Marshack has over 10 years of experience specializing in lender related bankruptcy matters, foreclosure cases, trustee defense, title issues, and related litigation in state and federal courts throughout Oregon and Washington.He graduated from the University Of Oregon School of Law in 2004. During school, he was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Certificate of Excellence in Bankruptcy. Mr. Marshack has spent his entire legal career in the fields of bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, and related litigation. He is admitted to practice in the states of Oregon and Washington, including all Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.The Mortgage Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services in the mortgage default industry, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, loss mitigation, litigation, REO, title curative, eviction, replevin, and deeds-in-lieu. With the recent expansion, the firm currently has offices located in Temecula, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Phoenix, Arizona; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Portland, Oregon; and Spokane, Washington.center_img Eric Marshack Expansion Jason Cotton Oregon Renee M. Parker The Mortgage Law Firm washington 2018-12-06 Donna Joseph Sharelast_img read more