10 months agoPremier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzellby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich ace Andre Dozzell is back on the radar of Premier League clubs.The Mirror says Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace are all tracking fit-again Dozzell.The 19-year-old midfielder – valued at £5 million by the Tractor Boys – is back in action after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on the opening day of last season that ruled him out for more than a year.Dozzell was a member of the England side that won the Under-17 and Under- 19 European titles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.Ipswich, rock-bottom of the Championship and 10 points from safety, may be tempted to cash in to help fund new signings in their desperate bid to beat the drop. last_img read more

Charlie Strong Says Texas Is “Trying” To Work Something Out With Texas A&M

first_imgCharlie Strong dons a cowboy hat.Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoTexas and Texas A&M haven’t met on the gridiron since 2011, but it certainly seems like Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is open to the idea of resuming the series. Friday, according to OrangeBlood’s Anwar Richardson, Strong, at the Touchdown Club of Houston, said that Texas is “trying” to work something out with its old rival. Richardson is also reporting, however, that Texas itself says no specifics have been discussed. So perhaps Strong got a little ahead of himself.Texas coach Charlie Strong was asked when the Longhorns would play Texas A&M again. Said there is something being worked out— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas coach Charlie Strong says something is being worked out to play Texas A&M again pic.twitter.com/RZVHNpGGs7— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016A UT spokesperson said no specifics have been discussed about Texas playing Texas A&M again when asked about Charlie Strong’s comment— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas vs. Texas A&M used to be an annual affair – until the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC. It’s certainly one of the rivalries that college football fans miss the most.last_img read more

Ban on Smoking – Health Ministry Clarifies Public Places

first_img A public place is defined as any structure accessible to the public The ban aims to protect children, non-smokers and workers Story Highlightscenter_img The Ministry of Health has clarified the term public places, as it continues its thrust to educate the public about the new Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013, which ban smoking in public places. The Regulations came into effect on July 15.The Public Health (Tobacco Regulations) 2013 stipulate that individuals should not inhale or exhale emissions of the ignited tobacco or tobacco products within a five-metre radius of the entrance, exit, window or area of ventilation of a public place.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 16, Legal Officer at the Ministry, Sheryl Dennis, said that the designation of a public place has been properly crafted within the legislation, and is defined as “any structure, facility or enclosed space that is accessible to the public.”A public place, Ms. Dennis said, can also be any place of assembly, or any place of collective use by the public. She also pointed out that an ‘enclosed’ place refers to any space that is covered by a roof, or enclosed by one or more walls or sides, regardless of whether the structure is permanent or temporary.Under the Second Schedule of the Regulations, smoking is prohibited or banned on public conveyances; all government-owned and occupied buildings; and health facilities, including pharmacies.Smoking is also not allowed in sports, athletic and recreational facilities designated for public use; educational institutions; bus stops; as well as areas specifically for use by children.Ms. Dennis advised that smoking is also prohibited in work places; as one of the Ministry’s roles is to protect and safeguard the health and well being of workers in keeping with the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.The Legal Officer said that a work place “is any space that is used by someone for employment purposes, or in their trade or business.” Continuing, she noted that a home can also be classified as a workplace, where a helper, gardener, painter, or any other person is contracted to carry out services for an ‘employer’ during a given time frame.“We are of the view that a person should not have to choose between their health and their employment,” Ms. Dennis emphasized.She also pointed out that there is a particular section in the Tobacco Regulations that “provides that where an employee is, or has been disadvantaged in any way by virtue of taking steps to protect his or her health, then the employer can be held liable in that regard.”Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, reiterated at the ‘Think Tank’, that the ban on smoking in public places aims to protect children, non-smokers and workers, and that its introduction was not a sudden decision by the Government.Rather, the Minister said the move by the Government is in keeping with international obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that was signed in 2003 by Jamaica and other countries worldwide.last_img read more

Fate of Atishi Lovely and Gambhir sealed

first_imgNew Delhi: East Delhi woke up to a brisk start as Delhi went to polls on Sunday. The constituency which snail-paced in the morning in terms of voting percentage picked up pace in the afternoon and closed at approximately 61.95, third after North East Delhi which scored 63.45 topping the list followed by Chandni Chowk which came second with 62.69 percent. With this, the fate of AAP candidate from East Delhi Atishi, BJP’s Gautam Gambhir and Congress Arvinder Singh Lovely is locked in the EVMs.The educational background of Atishi is up against the stardom of BJP’s Gautam Gambhir and the experience of Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely. Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, who is also the BJP candidate from east Delhi on Sunday voted along with his wife at a polling station in Old Rajendra Nagar area. “I urge the voters especially the first time voters to come to vote because voting is the biggest power one has. Even the voters should bring in their friends to the polling booths,’ Gambhir urged Delhi residents after casting his vote early morning. However, Atishi felt that women security is the biggest issue which women of east Delhi would vote for. Stepping out after casting her vote she appeared confident of her win. “I think women security is the biggest issue in East Delhi, especially for areas like Trilopuri and kalyanpuri where women struggle with illegal liquor being sold in the areas . It is, however, a clear battle between AAP and BJP and the silent voter has always been a voter of AAP,” Atishi said. “This is not an election for Arvinder Singh Lovely, it is an election for trans Yamuna people. The celebrity status of Gambir won’t work, we have seen Chetan Chauhan earlier, people haven’t seen him again,” Arvinder Singh Lovely said.last_img read more

Theres A Difference Between Broke And Bankrupt For ExNFL Players

Torre’s segment begins at 42:00. Embed Code It’s worth mentioning, for the uninitiated, that NBER working papers have not yet been peer reviewed.3Full disclosure: In college, my introductory economics professor was Martin Feldstein, president emeritus of, yes, the National Bureau of Economic Research (and a man who, in his capacity as former chief economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, inspired the creation of another, very different course). As the preamble to FiveThirtyEight’s In the Papers series perpetually explains, the papers’ “conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong).” But as crude as the methodology of this particular study may be, it does seem to be a useful analysis of a defined subset of NFL draftees. Had the paper existed back when I reported that 2009 SI article on how and why athletes lose their money, I would’ve added it — caveats included — to the depressingly brief roll call of academic research in this field.And that’s why one of the paper’s other prominent findings, as announced in a note from the authors, was so jarring to read. “The result of our comprehensive research on bankruptcy risk among NFL players,” they wrote, “is quite different from a widely-cited Sports Illustrated article, which reported that 78 percent of former NFL players are bankrupt or under ‘financial stress’ within two years of retirement (Torre, 2009). After 2 years of retirement, only about 1.9 percent of players in our sample have filed for bankruptcy.”One blog used that first sentence as the basis of a headline. In terms of economist trash talk, this was basically the authors flexing.But their summary of the 78 percent statistic was incomplete. Here is what my SI story said: “Reports from a host of sources (athletes, players’ associations, agents and financial advisers) indicate that: By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.”I called up the California Institute of Technology’s Kyle Carlson, one of the authors of the working paper, and mentioned this discrepancy. I pointed out that excluding the details about joblessness and divorce helped mask the difficulty of measuring a personal, complex issue. Financial health cannot be comprehensively captured by whether a person filed for bankruptcy or not. That their results are “quite different” from, well, an entirely different study should be surprising to approximately zero people.Bankruptcy, by definition, is an elective legal proceeding wherein a person publicly admits an inability to pay outstanding debts. It is also a sufficient but absolutely not necessary condition for defining financial stress; for various reasons, bankruptcy and financial stress can even be mutually exclusive. In my reporting, I have met athlete after athlete who knew to avoid the headline-generating shame of a bankruptcy filing. Even if their finances remained a shambles. Even if they were, by any reasonable standard, broke.Consider former NBA guard Allen Iverson, or ex-NFL receiver Raghib “Rocket” Ismail — whose case, by no coincidence, leads off that SI story — both of whom never filed for bankruptcy despite squandering their pro fortunes.“Bankruptcy is only one measure of a person’s status,” Carlson admitted to me. “It’s what we could get data on. There are many other ways in which a person could be in financial trouble. You might think of our number as maybe a lower bound for the number of guys who are actually in trouble.”And yet what Carlson called a “narrow” academic paper was promising a definitive analysis of a larger, albeit related, problem. Due to the academic marketplace — “Publish or perish” is an idiom for a reason — working papers tend to be hungry and ambitious. The goal is to make it into a journal and contribute knowledge to the world. But it can be tough to find the kind of dramatic angle that makes for an eye-catching study.Measuring financial health just through bankruptcy would be the equivalent of, say, assessing the mental health of a population by just tracking suicide rates, ignoring any other indicators of psychological stress. Pain isn’t exclusively about disaster.You often hear data people say that sample size matters. It’s not just size, though; it’s also the quality of the sample itself. Yes, the authors tell us about 2,016 players who were drafted by NFL teams between 1996 and 2003. But thanks to the relative inaccessibility of data on undrafted players, they also left out every player who didn’t begin his career by shaking hands with an NFL executive on a televised stage. In 2013, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, 638 undrafted players were on active rosters for at least one game — a staggering 31.4 percent of the entire NFL. And that does not even include the drafted or undrafted players who never make it to an active roster, toiling instead on the practice squad or injured reserve.My 78 percent number from 2009 is limited in its own ways, admittedly. I did not conduct the study myself, and, as I told Carlson, I wish I had access to all its component parts. But the statistic was vetted by multiple NFL and NFL Players Association sources who asked not to be quoted or only be quoted anonymously. Several of them shared with me that the stat had been presented at confidential meetings they attended. It was the last, best estimate anyone in this industry had seen; in the six years since SI published the article, neither the PR-obsessed NFL nor the Players Association has disputed the number’s validity in public.What the NFL did instead was eventually market its own study, published months after my SI article in 2009, with findings that were more pessimistic than the NBER working paper’s but more optimistic than the ones in my article. The league supplied University of Michigan researchers with an even more rarified sample of players: pension-eligible retirees, meaning those who had played a minimum of three years. The average career length among those interviewed was 7.3 seasons, far longer than the NFL average.4The NFL says the average length of a player’s career is six years, but that only counts players who make it onto a club’s opening-day roster in their rookie year. Several non-league sources estimate that the average for all players is closer to three or four years. “We had no way to include players with shorter careers,” one of the Michigan authors, David Weir, wrote to me in 2012, “and I would certainly agree that they would be an interesting group to know more about.” That same year, I received an email from an NFL PR person with the following results for me to chew on: “45% (age 50+) and 48% (age 30-49) of retired players said that they have at some point ‘experienced significant losses in business or financial investments.’”None of this was a direct comparison to the number cited in my article, not even close. But said PR person nevertheless included his own note, colored in bright red font: “a far cry from 78 percent.”The NFL has already convinced thousands of men to devote themselves to the pursuit of a lifestyle that is unsustainable at best and fictional at worst. Some of the enablers of this dream include, but are not limited to: the league’s financial literacy programs, which have historically failed to instill basic principles; the NFL Players Association’s certification program for financial advisers, which supposedly vetted a number of moneymen who reportedly allowed players to lose more than $300 million in recent years; and the players themselves, who are pressured to exaggerate the opulence of their existence.Even academics are susceptible. “I don’t think there’s really a problem with either of our numbers,” Carlson told me. “They’re really measuring different things.”That last sentence isn’t a great headline, no. But it’s 100 percent true. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Listen: Pablo Torre Discusses His Piece On Our Sports Podcast Seven years ago, I started reporting a piece for Sports Illustrated on the financial health of NFL players — a whole lot of them went broke soon after leaving the league. Ever since then, I’ve been seeking reliable statistics to help define the scope of a complicated problem. Just how many athletes emerge financially imperiled once their pro salaries dry up?And so my brain’s wonkiest pleasure centers lit up recently when an economist friend emailed me a PDF that bills itself as a new, “comprehensive” study of that very issue. What I wasn’t expecting was for the study — in the course of selling itself to the public — to train its sights on me.Presenting the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Working Paper No. 21085, “Bankruptcy Rates Among NFL Players with Short-Lived Income Spikes.” The researchers who put it together used Pro-Football-Reference.com to compile a list of 2,016 players who were drafted by NFL teams between 1996 and 2003. They then gave that list to a third-party service,1Since the working paper itself did not explain how the researchers managed to unearth addresses for 2,016 men whose homes and employers were scattered across the country, I asked one of the authors, Kyle Carlson of the California Institute of Technology, how they managed it. He is the one who provided me with this information. asking it to search for recorded addresses that matched those names, and had another service scan for bankruptcy filings that fit both the names and the addresses.The study’s big finding: Of the 471 draftees2This total was also provided to me by Carlson. who had been retired for at least 12 years, 74, or 15.7 percent, had filed for bankruptcy by year 12. By Pablo S. Torre read more

Football OSUs success motivated by enjoying the little things

The OSU football team and cheerleaders sing “Carmen” following the Buckeyes 62-3 win over Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes were riding high until they ran into a roadblock at Penn State. OSU lost its first game of the season after multiple games that sprung criticism of the offensive play-calling. The defeat prompted OSU coach Urban Meyer to give an alarming opinion on where the team should be at the moment.“We’re not a great team right now,” Meyer said after the Penn State game. “We gotta come back and keep swinging.”Since then, OSU has been playing its best football of the season and is in the heart of the College Football Playoff picture. But the turnaround after Penn State wasn’t the easiest thing. Several players vocalized the importance of learning from the humbling experience. However, it’s one thing to say it, and it’s another thing to actually learn from the mistakes and apply those lessons.For OSU, it is the appreciation of the little things that has made a difference.“If you don’t appreciate the little things of life, those things go away,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “You just have to appreciate winning around here. Wins in the Big Ten are hard; I mean really, really hard. So you have to appreciate every little thing.”Price and the rest of the offensive line were responsible for six sacks and 11 tackles for loss against Penn State. The unit gathered itself and returned to give redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett the pocket he needed to make plays in the passing game. Barrett had arguably his two best games of the year against Nebraska and Maryland. Combined, he gained over 600 yards and has been responsible for eight touchdowns the past two weeks.On the defensive side of the football, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said that the Silver Bullets are also buying into the little things since the Penn State game. He said that the unit was already strong, but adversity brought them together. He added that the bond among the players is paramount in November.“I think we’re only guaranteed like 13 more days together. These seasons, they roll by and people move on,”  Lewis said. “You have to value that time and that bond with your brothers because you’ll never get it back.”The timing of three top-four teams losing and OSU hitting its peak production couldn’t be better. OSU’s offense scored 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time in 20 years. Ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff poll, OSU looks to be in a prime spot to make its second final four in three seasons.Michigan’s loss to Iowa on Saturday makes the path to the Big Ten Championship Game a bit complicated for OSU. If OSU and Penn State both win out, the Nittany Lions will represent the Big Ten East in Indianapolis on Dec. 3 by way of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Despite that, Barrett and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard voiced their opinions on the team’s CFP fate.They see it like this: OSU wins out, the Buckeyes are in.However, the team is focused on Michigan State. Following the Maryland game, Meyer made that apparent.“November is here and we got a big one coming one week from today,” he said. read more

OSU wrestling team strives for another strong finish to season

After starting the season 11-1, the No. 3 ranked Ohio State wrestling team is looking to avoid a midseason slump and finish the season strong.  The Buckeyes were in a similar position the past two years and ended each season by finishing second in the nation. Coach Tom Ryan believes this team is capable of a similar finish.“Finishing second the past two years has resulted in a very positive environment,” said Ryan, the reigning National Coach of the Year. “There is a strong sense of pride among the team members.”The addition of talented freshmen along with the return of some key upperclassmen has the team’s outlook looking bright, senior captain Reece Humphrey said.“We’ve improved at every single weight class [since last year],” said Humphrey, who is the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds. “Younger guys have filled into their potential, that’s what it’ll take to win nationals.”Despite its young guns, the team’s heart and soul is its senior class, more specifically Humphrey, the national runner-up at 133 pounds last season. The two other senior captains, Mike Pucillo and Lance Palmer, are both three-time All-Americans.“Reece Humphrey has been wrestling well up at 141 [pounds] … Lance Palmer has been wrestling very well also,” Ryan said. “There are not too many surprises in the sport; the people that work hard consistently do well. It boils down to the right habits, those with great habits do well.”Ryan has gotten in the habit of watching his seniors have remarkable success, which he claims comes as no accident.“Our senior class is leading us,” Ryan said. “This is a team with five seniors who have worked very hard to bring the program to the level it is currently at.”Ryan believes the other team members feed off the triumphs of his accomplished seniors.“Success breeds success,” Ryan said. “Wrestling is a sport that requires a tremendous amount of energy and a strong mentality. It is very helpful when athletes at a very high level are training alongside each other; it gives them a great frame of reference to where they stand in the sport.”Humphrey believes the Buckeyes may finally have what it takes to bring home a national title after coming up short two years in a row.“We have the individuals to win the title,” Humphrey said. “If a couple of the younger guys turn it up at nationals, we’ll have a good shot.Ryan thinks the team’s achievements over the past few seasons have landed them a vast amount of faith in themselves.“This is a team that believes they can win an NCAA team title,” Ryan said. “The previous two runner-up finishes have strengthened this team’s confidence.” read more

OSU womens volleyball takes home NIU Invitiational title

Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior outside hitter Mari Hole blocks the ball during a match against Northwestern Nov. 7, 2012, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team took home the NIU Invitational championship with a 3-0 victory against Liberty Friday and a pair of 3-2 wins against Green Bay and Northern Illinois Sunday.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who dished out a total of 158 assists during the tournament, led the Buckeyes to the wins over Liberty and Green Bay before capping the weekend off with a victory against host Northern Illinois, which marked win No. 300 for Coach Geoff Carlston.Carlston said he was happy to see his team keep their composure in high stress situations, especially in the tournament finale.“We played almost perfect volleyball in the fifth set, with three freshmen on the floor at the same time.” Carlston said.The Buckeye coach said all of the freshmen contributed during the tournament, but he was particularly impressed with the play of outside hitter Kylie Randall, who made her collegiate debut against Northern Illinois.“She’s (going to) be an incredible player,” Carlston said. “Her first eight swings in college were kills, eight swings, eight kills, no errors.”Randall said in an email she could feel the intensity of the situation but found her comfort level with help from Sherwin.“I settled in when Taylor Sherwin looked at me and said be ready (to) go,” Randall said. “Then I knew it was time to make an impact.”Randall finished the finale second on the team with 18 kills and senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the team with a career-high 26 kills.Sherwin said via email that she did not realize she had put out an MVP caliber performance until after the tournament wrapped up, but she wanted to give credit to Randall and the other attackers.“That’s what matters most to me,” she said. “For me to be able to put them in the best situations.”While Sherwin and company put on an impressive display, Carlston said he recognizes that there is room for improvement.“We put in a new offensive system about a week ago,” Carlston said. “We just (have to) keep building on that.”Leary experienced some problems in the new offense, picking up 16 errors against Green Bay.“I wasn’t making good shot selections and adjustments throughout that whole game,” Leary said in an email. “But it motivated me to redeem myself in the next game.”She certainly stepped up in the finale against Northern Illinois, adding 22 digs to her career-high kill total.“I was very happy to see 22 digs on the stat sheet,” Leary said. “It shows the improvement in an area I needed and have been working on.”Beyond Leary’s performance, senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore said the team’s defense was strong throughout the tournament.“Everyone did a really great job taking care of the tips, rolls and back row attacks,” DiSalvatore said in an email.While the team performed well in both facets of the game, they still found time to honor their coach’s milestone, even though Carlston said he was not aware that it had been his 300th win.He said the players had noisemakers waiting in the locker room after the match.OSU returns to Columbus for an exhibition match against the Polish National Team at St. John Arena at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. read more

Everton transfer Marco Silva may Resign over transfer deal

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva says he will resign his position if the club sells Idrissa Gana Gueye.According to reports in France, the Toffees rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s initial offer of £21.5million on Monday but the player seems determined to move to the club.Marco Silva says the player missed Tuesday night encounter with Huddersfield due to injury noting thqat he intends to keep the player.“We tried to be honest with all of you and with our fans. After the match I tried to find out if something new has happened because I expected your question and there’s nothing new,” he told Express.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He has a minor problem with his groin. No new offers and hopefully he can continue with us.“I don’t know about a new offer or not. Nobody has told me. We were in the hotel last night preparing for the game, fully focused on the match.“I know the market is open until January 31, it’s always tough for us, but about the new offer, £30million, nothing came true.“I asked 10 minutes ago if there was something new, but there is not.”last_img read more

Press Club saddened over death of journalist Larry Smith

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 1, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Press Club is saddened over the death of noted journalist Larry Smith, who died Sunday, August 27, 2017. He died at his home from chronic heart failure. He was 67.Anthony Capron, president of The Bahamas Press Club recalls working with Smith during their employment at The Nassau Guardian.“I remember Larry as a reporter for The Nassau Guardian in the 1980’s and more recently in 2003 as the head of the transition team at The Guardian after it was acquired by Bahamian ownership. Larry was a dedicated journalist committed to truth and honesty.“The Bahamas Pres Club expresses sincere condolences to his wife, Joanna, his daughters and his family,” Mr. Capron said.Larry Smith, a prolific columnist was noted for his hard truth stance on a number of issues impacting national development and the environment.He was a principal at Media Enterprises Limited. He was also a writer and editor with The Bahamas News Bureau and he wrote a weekly column “Tough Call”.According to Mr. Capron, the journalism community in the country has lost another voice for truth and accountability.Press Release: The Bahamas Press ClubPhoto Credit: TBPClast_img read more

Budget 2016 Govt may raise FDI via automatic route in insurance to

first_imgAs part of its efforts to attract more foreign investments, the government is reportedly contemplating to allow 49 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance sector via automatic route.Currently, insurance companies are permitted to accept FDI up to 26 percent without the consent of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). But to raise FDI to 49 percent, they need to get approval from the FIPB.The government may raise the FDI limit for the sector via automatic route in the upcoming budget in a bid to improve ease of doing business also, sources told Press Trust of India.”If IRDAI is looking at the proposal, the RBI too is looking at and the management is in the hands of Indian then the government may do away with the FIPB approval route,” the sources said.About 10 FDI proposals, including those related to that of ICICI Prudential Life, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and Aviva Life Insurance, are awaiting clearance at various stages currently.At present, there are 52 insurance companies in India, with 24 of them running life insurance business and the remaining operating in the general insurance segment.Last week, a PTI report said that the government was planning to hike the FDI limit in state-owned banks to 49 percent from the existing 20 percent. Last year, the government had allowed the foreign banks in the country to seek FDI up to 74 percent.India witnessed a massive growth in FDI inflows in December last year. The country saw FDI inflows surge by 114 percent to about $4.5 billion (roughly Rs 30,440 crore) in December 2015, compared to December 2014’s $2.16 billion.Overall, FDI flows to India went up by 48 percent in the June-December period in 2015 against the corresponding period in 2014, according to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).last_img read more

SpiceJet to declare Q3 results on February 14

first_imgSpiceJet, the Ajay Singh-owned budget airline, will be declaring its December 2016 quarter (Q3) results next week. Jet Airways and Interglobe Aviation, owner of IndiGo, have already announced their Q3 financial performance, reporting a fall in net profit due to weak pricing and high fuel costs.”Spicejet Ltd has informed BSE that the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on February 14, 2017, inter alia, to consider and approve, the un-audited financial results of the Company for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016,” the company had said earlier this month.Read: SpiceJet cabin crew and ground staff get new uniform courtesy Nimish Shah; 5 best airline uniformsFor Q3, Interglobe Aviation posted net profit of Rs 487 crore, down 25 percent from Rs 650 crore in the corresponding period last financial year while Jet Airways saw its net profit fall 69 percent to Rs 142 crore in comparison to Rs 467 crore for the third quarter in 2015-16. The companies had attributed lower ticket prices and rising fuel (ATF) costs to the fall in net profit.The share price of SpiceJet closed 0.23 percent higher at Rs 64.05 on Friday (February 10, 2017) on the BSE. Jet Airways shares ended 0.19 percent lower at Rs 373 apiece while Interglobe closed 0.89 percent lower at Rs 838.For the second quarter ended September 2016, SpiceJet had reported 103 percent spurt in net profit to Rs 58.9 crore from Rs 29 crore in the corresponding period last year, on the back of lower fuel costs and higher operating income. It was also the seventh straight quarter when the airline earned net profit after years of losses.Its income from operations rose 35 percent to Rs 1,400.39 crore from Rs 1,040.13 crore in the year-ago period.Recently, SpiceJet was in the news for its mega order to buy 205 aircraft from Boeing for $22 billion.”SpiceJet’s new order underscores its drive to compete more effectively in India’s cut-throat low cost travel market. The deal for up to 205 737MAXs will certainly put it on par with Indigo for domestic dominance and the added range of the 737MAX fleet will allow SpiceJet to open up routes deeper into Asia and even parts of Europe/CIS states,” Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, told the International Business Times, India.The current fleet size of SpiceJet is 40 aircraft as against 126 of IndiGo and 114 of Jet Airways.Other players in the Indian civil aviation market include unlisted entities such as state-owned Air India, AirAsia India, Vistara and GoAir.IndiGo has the largest market share in terms of passenger volumes in the domestic air traffic business.last_img read more

Dear Virat Kohli dont blame media for speculating you and Rohit Sharma

first_imgVirat Kohli should have done more to dispel rumours of riftICCIn the press conference that Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri addressed before embarking on the tour of West Indies, the Indian captain lashed out at the media for wildly speculating about a supposed rift between him and Rohit Sharma.”In my opinion, it’s baffling and ridiculous to read such stuff. Public talks about how well we’ve played, and here we’re feeding lies and talking about negative things. And I’ve seen this being brought up for far too long now. It’s bizarre how people are creating these things,” Kohli stated emphatically.Now, it is a fact that the Indian media can be overzealous in speculating about the cricket team and famous personalities. But in this case, the media is in no way responsible for fuelling the speculation. Let’s be clear, reports of rifts in cricket teams, especially Indian cricket teams are a common phenomenon. From the supposed estrangement between Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar in the 1980s to the problems MS Dhoni had with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, such instances and their reporting are nothing new. Both men have not even posted a photo together despite being together in West IndiesGetty Images/ICCSo, Kohli cannot claim that he is being subjected to unprecedented scrutiny. The same media which builds up stars like him has the right to also ask questions which may not be flattering. But what makes the Indian captain’s anger all the more surprising is the fact that it is his and Rohit Sharma’s actions, or the lack of it, that has led the rumours become so widespread.Till that particular press conference, both men, and the BCCI refused to utter a single word regarding this issue. If Kohli finds these speculations in the media ‘baffling’ and ‘ridiculous,’ what stopped him from issuing a small statement or just posting a message on Twitter.Besides, some of the biggest stories on this issue has come through comments by highly-placed sources within the BCCI as well as an unnamed member of CoA. With a storm brewing in the media, was it not incumbent on the two players to put out just one sentence negating these reports, if indeed they were incorrect. The social media activities of the two players have also added fuel to the rumoursInstagramWhile Kohli lashed out at the media in the pre-tour press meet, Rohit has remained silent. Despite being together in the squad in West Indies, the two men haven’t even posted a photo together which can be the strongest proof of their being no resentment between them. This is a very strong clue of the reports of this dissension being very much true.Lastly, media-persons would remember what happened in 2017. There were stories in the media in the middle of that year suggesting problems between Kohli and the then coach Anil Kumble. At that time also, Virat had categorically rejected these reports, only for them to be proved right. So, media is perfectly justified in speculating.Till now, not a word has been heard from the side of Rohit and a picture that Virat tweeted of his team didn’t include him. If this doesn’t make people suspect, what will?last_img read more

Venezuelas Guaido seeks Brazil support

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido speaks during an interview with Reuters in Caracas, Venezuela on 31 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido arrived early Thursday in Brazil for talks aimed at securing more support from president Jair Bolsonaro, press reports said.Guaido, recognised as interim president by some 50 countries, traveled to the capital Brasilia from Colombia, where he has stayed since Friday despite a travel ban imposed by the regime of Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.There are fears he might be arrested upon his return to Venezuela.Guaido arrived in Brasilia around 0440 GMT, the news website G1 reported.Bolsonaro “will host Guaido in a personal visit, although Guaido will be officially welcomed by the minister for foreign affairs,” Ernesto Araujo, said the Brazilian presidency’s spokesman Otavio Rego Barros.He said the meeting with Bolsonaro would take place at 2:00pm (1700 GMT) at the president’s official workplace, Planalto Palace.A statement from Guaido’s envoy to Brazil, Maria Teresa Belandria, said he would also meet “a number of representatives of the diplomatic delegations in Brasilia (that) have recognized him as Venezuela’s legitimate interim president.”Brazil and Colombia are Guaido allies that have been stockpiling humanitarian aid the National Assembly speaker wants to bring into Venezuela.He failed to do so over the weekend, as a military blockade ordered by Maduro held firm.Guaido had not yet decided if he will visit the border area with Venezuela where four people were killed in weekend clashes with Maduro’s security services, a source in his camp said.He met US vice president Mike Pence at a Lima Group meeting with regional allies in Bogota on Monday, after which he said he would return home this week, despite having received threats.”A prisoner is no use to anyone. Neither is a president in exile,” Guaido told NTN24 television channel on Tuesday.”My role and my duty is to be in Caracas, despite the risks and regardless of what that implies.”Maduro told US channel ABC News that Guaido would have to face justice when he returns as he flouted a ban on foreign travel.Guaido has dismissed Maduro’s authority as illegitimate over his controversial re-election in May polls that were boycotted by the opposition because many of its leaders were prevented from standing.Venezuela has been struck by a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in poverty amid chronic shortages of basic necessities such as food and medication.last_img read more

Snap Taps 21st Century Foxs Julie Henderson as Communications Chief

first_imgFox PR veteran Julie Henderson has been named chief communications officer of Snap, parent company of social-messaging and media app Snapchat.Henderson, who is currently EVP and chief communications officer for 21st Century Fox, will report to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel. Henderson is set to start at Snap immediately after the completion of the sale of certain 21st Century Fox assets to the Walt Disney Company, a deal expected to close in the first half of 2019.“New Fox,” the entity remaining after 21CF sells 20th Century Fox and other pieces of its media biz to Disney, has recruited President Trump’s former communications director Hope Hicks as head of corporate communications.Henderson will assume the responsibilities of Mary Ritti, Snap’s VP of communications, who joined the company in 2013 and announced her decision to leave the company over the summer. Popular on Variety “Julie will be an outstanding addition to our team,” Spiegel said in a statement. “She brings incredible experience, talent, and integrity, as well as the respect of the tech, media and finance communities. We are excited to have Julie play a key leadership role in the next chapter of the Snap story.”Henderson commented, “The Snap team’s deep connection with its global community and their passion for creating innovative products made this an irresistible opportunity. As the company enters its next phase of development, its creativity and vision set the stage to grow Snap’s business and impact. I’m excited to work with Evan and my new colleagues to further their vision and belief in the power of visual communications.”Henderson was appointed chief communications officer of News Corp in 2012, before the company split its media business off as 21st Century Fox. Prior to that, she was News Corp’s senior VP of communications and corporate strategy, where she helped develop companywide marketing and distribution strategies. She first joined News Corp in 2006 as senior VP of corporate communications for Fox Interactive Media and Myspace. Before that, Henderson was an SVP at public-relations firm MPRM from 1994-2006.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Air Canada to launch Frankfurt London Gatwick flights from YVR next summer

first_imgAir Canada to launch Frankfurt & London Gatwick flights from YVR next summer << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img VANCOUVER — Air Canada will be ramping up international flights out of its Vancouver hub next summer with daily seasonal service to Frankfurt and three times weekly seasonal flights to London Gatwick.Flights departing YVR will commence on June 1 and June 8, respectively, and tickets are now available for purchase. Vancouver-Frankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, while Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.This means that next summer, Air Canada Rouge will operate to London Gatwick from two points across Canada: Vancouver and Toronto.“We will be the only airline flying non-stop between YVR and the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region during the peak summer travel period with the addition of London Gatwick. By next summer, Air Canada will serve five European destinations non-stop from YVR including two significant hubs, Frankfurt and London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dublin, and on a code-share basis with joint venture partner Lufthansa Munich, strengthening YVR as an important hub that connects our B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to our expanding international network,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn 2017, the airline will launch new international services between Vancouver-Taipei, Vancouver-Nagoya, Vancouver-Frankfurt, Vancouver-London Gatwick, Toronto-Mumbai, Toronto-Berlin, Montreal-Shanghai, Montreal-Algiers and Montreal-Marseille. Tags: Air Canada Posted bylast_img read more

Auto Europes Drive Your Rewards Travel Agent program is back

first_img Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Travelweek Group Auto Europe’s ‘Drive Your Rewards Travel Agent’ program is back TORONTO — Following its success in its introductory year, Auto Europe’s ‘Drive Your Rewards Travel Agent’ rewards program has been renewed, offering agents the chance to earn even more valuable rewards.Agents can begin earning after only three completed bookings. Prizes range from gift cards to Maine Lobsters to airfare for two to Europe. New this year is the introduction of travel credits that can be used toward any Auto Europe service including hotel, airfare, chauffeur and airport transfers on any continent, as well as free day car rentals for every booking made.“We are thrilled with how the travel agent community responded to the Drive Your Rewards Program in 2016,” said Robert Ardino, Auto Europe’s Vice President of Sales. “Our goal with designing this program was to show our appreciation to agents that offer us repeat business. This year we will continue with that commitment and are even increasing the value of the rewards earned at each tier. We will also continue to track the qualifying bookings made by each agent, making the redemption process effortless for participants.”Agents can easily enroll in this free program by visiting autoeurope.com/drive. As with last year, the program is open to Canadian and U.S. agents. Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Auto Europe, Britain & Europelast_img read more

Nick Saban to undergo hip surgery on Monday

first_imgSaban said the issue first appeared at the beginning of spring practice and worsened in the coming weeks. Swinging a golf club, Saban said, was not painful, but getting out of the cart was.“The only thing I hate about it is, I’ll have to not play golf for six weeks or so,” he told USA Today. “… But this is the best time for me to do it. I do a lot of speaking and evaluating and film work and stuff like that, but we’re not practicing. Other than playing golf, I probably wouldn’t be very active. So this is the best time, and then it gives me a lot of summer to get back in shape.”Saban keeps himself in excellent shape and operates at a level much younger than his 67 years of age might suggest, so fixing his hip should certainly allow him to keep coaching, in his words, for a lot of more years.As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Nick Saban said after Alabama’s spring game last Saturday that his hip had been bothering him and he could undergo surgery to get it fixed.As anyone who knows the man knows, when Saban identifies a problem, he doesn’t wait around to fix it.Saban will undergo hip surgery on Monday, according to USA Today and ESPN. The surgery will take six-to-eight weeks to recover from, though it will not leave him completely immobilized. It will also allow him plenty of time to recover before practice begins for the future Hall of Fame coach’s 13th season as the Tide’s head coach and his 47th season in coaching.“I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot of more years,” he said at the time.last_img read more

May 4 2004 Around 50000 people visit the Arco

first_imgMay 4, 2004 Around 50.000 people visit the Arcosanti Visitors Center each year. The gallery offers a beautiful collection of ceramic and bronze bells and tiles, publications, T-shirts and postcards. Tours start at 10 am to 4 pm and are available every hour on the hour. For large tour groups please call for reservation.[Photo & Text: sa] Palma Burdick and manager Nina Howard are part of the cheerful gallery staff.[Photo & Text: sa] Archive volunteer Siobhan Watts interprets the tour information into sign language for hearing impaired visitors. Tour guide Josh Krimmel.[Photo & Text: sa]center_img Myriam Barrancos-Ram is one of a few multi-language tour guides. The Arcosanti staff and students have come from many different countries. Languages, besides English, spoken at Arcosanti at this time are Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Tamil and a little Chinese.[Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

Polish service provider Netia managed to arrest a

first_imgPolish service provider Netia managed to arrest a year-on-year decline in revenue in 2016, posting revenues of PLN1.522 billion (€352 million) for the year, down 3%. The 2015 financial year had seen a fall of 10%.However, EBITDA for the full year was PLN447 million, down 5% year-on-year.Netia said its decrease in revenue was down to losing revenue-generating units served via third-party networks.Netia saw steady growth in take-up for its TV service, ending the year with 182,000 TV subscribers, up 5,000 in the fourth quarter, and average revenue per customer of PLN56.Next-generation access broadband subscribers increased by 14,000 in the fourth quarter, ending the year at 181,000.Business-to-business revenues also helped boost the company’s performance, delivering a 3% increase to PLN185 million thanks to an improvement in wholesale traffic.Chairman and CEO Tomasz Szopa said that he was happy with the solid results achieved in the face of strong competition. He sid trhat the number of services sold had increased and that Netia’s investment in its infrastructure was paying off.last_img read more