Don’t deprive hockey teams of fan support

first_imgIndian hockey’s Olympic dream, for both men’s and women’s teams, will begin next Saturday in New Delhi. It will carry on beyond the nine-day tournament if they finish on top as only the title winners will advance to the London Games beginning in July.India’s prestige is at stake, particularly in the men’s competition, as the country which won eight Olympic gold medals in the previous century would not be able to bear the setback of missing a second successive Olympics. The men’s team faltered at the last hurdle in 2008 and failed to qualify for the Beijing Games.Of course, the fate of the two teams would largely depend on the players’ performance. It remains to be seen how they would perform with the huge sword of expectations hanging over their heads. Booking a berth at the Olympics is not impossible, but it won’t be a cakewalk either, despite the home advantage.The hockey players would do well to motivate themselves by rewinding to the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led cricket team’s remarkable World Cup triumph under intense scrutiny and expectations last year at home.However, after all, hockey is a game and players too are human beings. They too can fumble, though one fervently hopes that they play their best hockey in that crucial nine-day period.But just in case the Indian dream is shattered, a portion of the blame would go to Hockey India (HI) – for having instituted tickets for the qualifying tournament. Knowing the mind-set of Indian sports fans, particularly those in Delhi – of trying to secure passes rather than buying tickets – the decision to have ‘gates’ is likely to discourage die-hard hockey fans from going to the stadium.advertisementLesser support could possibly mean a dip in the players’ performance. Ask any player and he/ she would say that they love to play in front of packed galleries as vocal support and the fluttering national flag pumps up their adrenaline and raises their game. It was entirely up to HI to have ‘gates’; the international hockey federation (FIH) puts no such condition, a source said.HI surprisingly feels that revenue is more important than attracting spectators to cheer the team in a crucial tournament. “If we don’t generate revenues, how will we meet our expenditure? Moreover, neither does the FIH pay a penny for staging the qualifiers nor the sports ministry,” she added. “In fact, all FIH-related payments to umpires/ officials, air fare for its officials and visa fees are borne by HI. So, we have to generate funds to meet all these expenditures. The government will only pay for the Indian teams’ accommodation.”The question is: what is the guarantee that people would definitely buy tickets when the matches are also going to be televised live? “There’s no guarantee, but there’s something called hope, and we expect people to buy tickets,” she put up a weak defence. Delhi’s fans have largely ignored hockey, and even cricket, as we witnessed during the India-England ODI last year when many seats at the Ferozeshah Kotla remained empty.During the hockey World Cup and the CWG in 2010, people thronged the 17,000-plus stadium but only for India’s matches. During the World Cup, when fans ignored non-India matches, complimentary passes were distributed to entities like the BSF, CRPF, ONGC, and Railways etc. to fill up the stands. And when the men’s and women’s Test matches were played recently, only a few hundred fans turned up at the National Stadium.HI should have learnt from those experiences and thrown open the gates to fans to support the team for the Olympic qualifiers. Of course, security can be cited as a reason, but there’s no guarantee that those who would buy tickets won’t make mischief. Imagine the plight of HI if fans keep away, the stands remain empty and the teams fail to qualify.===He seems to have changed his mind Skipper MS Dhoni emphasises that the rotation policy does not work with the Indian team.To rotate or not to rotate is the question in the mind of Indian skipper MS Dhoni. Dhoni, who had said last week that players would be rotated during the on-going triangular ODI series in Australia, had earlier emphasised several times that the rotation policy doesn’t work with the Indian team.Apparently the main reason, which he didn’t outline, is that we aren’t good at handling defeat. We are scared of giving opportunities to youngsters for the fear of losing and want to win each time with the same set of experienced players. Dhoni too maintains this belief, but one wonders what triggered this sudden change in thinking.advertisementOne reason could be that the team is away from the maddening home crowds and there would be less criticism if it loses while experimenting with youngsters. Otherwise, it’s difficult to comprehend that the selectors have made rotation of players a stated policy and the BCCI has agreed to it too.===Football suffers as AIFF refuses to mend its ways The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is headed by Praful Patel.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) functions in a bizarre manner. And the age-old narrow mind-set of administrators doesn’t seem to be changing.Irrespective of who is at the helm, AIFF seems to focus on petty issues, conveniently ignoring its larger responsibility of promoting the game around the country. And this, to a large extent, is responsible for the game not having grown to its true potential.Take, for instance, the issue of foreign players’ participation in the upcoming IPL-style Premier League Soccer (PLS). The Praful Patel-headed AIFF first allowed the Indian Football Association (IFA), the quaintlynamed governing body of West Bengal, to go ahead with the lucrative tournament. Then, apparently on second thoughts, it decided to find faults with the PLS.In reality, it’s a tale of insecurity on the part of the AIFF and ego clashes between officials of the IFA, AIFF and the promoters, say those who are in the know. “They will have to realise that no state has a copyright on football; it’s a national game and all AIFF decisions have to be taken in the national interest,” observed an official. “Unfortunately, the AIFF is effectively a spineless body as it can neither take decisions nor implement them without the approval of certain administrators in the IFA.===Awaiting sports act Mukul Mudgal, retired chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Even as he keeps his fingers crossed over the fate of the National Sports Bill that he helped draft, Mukul Mudgal, retired chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, says that he would be “delighted” if Parliament passes it. The revised draft is presently with the Union Cabinet.”If it comes into force within a year, I’d be delighted that I’ve done something for Indian sport,” Mudgal told Mail Today.He emphasised that the bill is not aimed at taking away independence of the national sports federations (NSFs), as some people fear.When Sports Minister Ajay Maken first presented the bill to the Cabinet, it was rejected. It was then re-drafted.”We’ve taken care to see that if anything arbitrary is done, there’s a sports ombudsman to look at it,” points out the sports-loving judge.last_img read more

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Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade,” he said. “So far, in the past three years I’m in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn’t report in a trade. So we won’t force the issue.”Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSince being dealt, he has just showed up once in the team’s practice before complaining of a kidney problem which needed hospitalization. That was the last time the team saw of the former Slam Dunk champion.In a tweet last November 12, Ellis seemed to be bidding his fans goodbye. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBlackwater owner Dioceldo Sy couldn’t be more disappointed with Chris Ellis after the Fil-Am forward refused to report to the squad’s practices.Speaking to the media, the amiable executive shared that he thinks that the 28-year-old Ellis is already on his way out of the league.ADVERTISEMENT UST rules UAAP Season 80 poomsae ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im Excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!”Sy admitted that the Blackwater camp still tried to get a hold of Ellis as much as they could, to no avail.“I’ve been asking around — both MVP and SMC group, I don’t think any of the teams have shown any interest. We offered some trade but there’s no takers, so let us stay as is and let’s see what he’ll do on his own career,” he said.Ellis’ contract expired last August, and if he decides to play once more in the PBA, the Elite will retain his rights.The high-flying forward averaged 6.4 points3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in his five-year run with the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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US Open: Djokovic, Federer face tough tests to making finals

first_imgNovak Djokovic and Roger Federer remain on course for a marquee one-two clash in the men’s US Open final, but each must first vanquish a formidable opponent and friend in Friday’s semifinals at Flushing Meadows.World number one and top seed Djokovic, seeking to finish a brilliant season with a third grand slam triumph, will try to end the reign of 2014 champion Marin Cilic of Croatia in the opening men’s semifinal.Number two Federer, first all-time with 17 grand slam singles crowns, follows onto Arthur Ashe Stadium court for an all-Swiss semifinal against French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.It is a high calibre last four that promises to produce a compelling showdown in Sunday’s final. Djokovic, beaten in the Roland Garros final by Wawrinka, has never lost to Cilic in 13 meetings, including the quarter-finals of the last two Wimbledons. But the 26-year-old Croat has felt the magic again in his return to Flushing Meadows.”It’s definitely the toughest matchup, I would say,” said ninth-seeded Cilic, whose season was hampered early by a shoulder injury but has picked up momentum with his return to Flushing Meadows.”I haven’t beaten him ever in my career. I had close matches the last few years, but I haven’t found the right formula to be able to win a match,” added the defending champion, extended twice to five sets on his way to the semi-finals.The 28-year-old Serb sailed through his first three matches without the loss of a set, then needed four sets to get past Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and 18th seed Feliciano Lopez.advertisementThe big serve of Lopez presented Djokovic with problems but may have been just the preparation needed to be ready for Cilic.”He has a big serve,” Djokovic said about Cilic. “The serve gets him out of trouble. I know him very well. I have played with him many, many times. We are great friends. Great guy.”I’m sure he’s gonna try to be aggressive, going to try to take his chances. That’s how he won last year’s US Open. I watched him play. He played great. Best tennis of his life.”Federer once ruled the Open, winning five straight from 2004. It has been seven years since he last hoisted the trophy but the second seed has shown prime form of late.Dominant on serve, Federer has saved nine of 11 break points he has faced in his five matches at Flushing Meadows, while averaging 82 per cent first serve points won.At the age of 34, he has not lost a set the entire tournament, but knows the threat posed by Davis Cup team-mate Wawrinka.”I’m looking forward to playing him, because he definitely is a big test and a big challenge for me. He beat me in straight at the French Open, so I hope I can do better this time.”Before that quarter-finals encounter at Roland Garros, Federer had won 16 of 18 matches against Wawrinka including all 11 of their hardcourt matches in a rivalry dating back 11 years.Warwinka, who beat Djokovic in the French Open final, long toiled in the deep shadow of Federer but now feels he is on even-footing.”I think the past three years I got closer to him. My level improved a lot. I’m playing better tennis,” said 30-year-old Wawrinka, who beat Rafa Nadal for his maiden major at the 2014 Australian Open.”I think now we are both nervous when we enter the court. Before it was only me. I was nervous because I knew I wasn’t at his level. And now I think we can see that he was also nervous … the past few years.”That’s a big difference, because that shows how much he knows that I can play at his level.”last_img read more

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9 months agoBenitez says he’s had many offers to leave Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benitez says he’s had many offers to leave Newcastleby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says he’s had many offers to leave the club.The Spaniard’s contract expires in the summer and, given his increasingly downbeat mood in recent weeks, it looks unlikely he will sign a new deal.”This club was an opportunity to be in the top 10,” he said when asked why he has not already quit.”We couldn’t save the team in the first year and then we won the Championship, so we said, “OK, now is the time (to invest)”.”Then you say the first year back in the Premier League is quite difficult but we finished 10th, “now is the time”.”Then it’s the third year, and you try, you try, but…’ Benitez sighed, before he added: ‘I had teams and agents talking (to me) with more money than here.”Still I want to do something here, I want to stay in England. I’m close to my family, the fans have been fantastic, so you try to do something properly.”It’s a challenge, but it’s a risk. Yes, it’s a risk. I will try to do my best to win every single game, but obviously it depends on the players that you have.” last_img read more

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Meet Up Mondays: Thom Sweeney

first_img Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Few things can make today’s post-metrosexual or “spornosexual” man fret more than not being ready for his close-up on the red carpet or his wedding day. Fortunately for him, there’s Thom Sweeney. Until now the British bespoke brand, best known for dressing the likes of David Beckham, David Gandy, Luke Evans, Bradley Cooper and Zachary Quinto in its contemporary bespoke tailoring and killer evening attire accompanied by its trademark horseshoe waistcoat, was only available across the pond. But as of this spring, the company introduced a non made-to-measure offering available worldwide exclusively through Mr Porter, specifically a tight capsule of four suits, two blazers, a trouser and an evening suit. Molded around the latter’s formal silhouette with a structured shoulder and a softer, casual shoulder and silhouette for mixing and layering, the collection is as timeless and versatile as it is sublimely crafted from Italian Barberis wools with the house’s signature nipped waist, abbreviated lengths, natural but roped shoulders and canvassing. Here, our recent conversation with founders Thom Whiddett and Luke Sweeney on their start and what makes them the most coolest tailors of the moment.Thom and Luke, did you always want to become bespoke tailors?Thom: Yes, bespoke tailoring was where we started.You cut your teeth at Timothy Everest in the East End of London. Explain to us, non-British folk, what the significance was of tailors such as Timothy Everest for you. Thom: I was 19 when I went there. That was 15 years go. And Tim alongside Ozwald Boateng and Richard James, they were the young tailors that got into the whole bespoke tailoring thing. They were a bit more fashion-forward and quirky. At the time it was just a modern more take on classical British tailoring.Both of you now design a bespoke collection and a ready-to-wear line. What’s the division of labor like? Is one more, say, the business “head” than the other?Thom: We kinda both cross over. We’ve both got the same skillset. We try to be in the bespoke shop as much as we can; we also like to check in on the cutters. We design the collection together.How did you approach your first ready-to-wear collection? Are there, say, five essential pieces in your collection you aimed to create? Thom: The first one was built around the bespoke work we’ve been doing. We wanted to do a whole wardrobe, Monday to Friday and Saturday, so we did gray and navy three-piece classic suits. We kinda did our favorite classic suit. And then we added in rope-shouldered classic jackets with a softer construction and a softer shoulder that’s easy to wear to offer separates that are less formal. In an interview with Mr Porter you alluded to creating the antithesis of a boring city suit. So tell us what are some signature details of a Thom Sweeney suit.Luke: There are no gimmicky, fancy colored button holes or fancy linings. It’s all about the technical aspects—slim sleeves, the shoulder line is not too heavy, the soft shoulder pad, the armhole is nice and high which gives it a really nice shape. And jackets are not too long as well, which we feel is really old. It’s a good length.How do you stay on top of what guys look for in menswear? Put another way, what’s Thom Sweeney’s biggest style inspiration these days?Thom: It’s stuff from traveling, seeing things, discovering new looks, just a real mix of cross-references, our friends, the people we see around London. We work a lot with the fabric mills. So often we’ll start with making a new fabric that will work for a new suit and then build a collection from there.What are some trends guys should retire?Thom: On the tailoring side, the skinny lapel thing. We’ve never been a fan of it. Five years ago, there was a huge influx of designers making skinny lapels. You just see it on everyone now. So we’ve never gone down that road. Long jackets as well.Tell us what does every guy need in his wardrobe right now?Thom: It depends on what he has already, but from the collection more texture, a casual jacket and blazer—soft construction, comfy to wear, still fitted but goes with anything. Green as well.What’s a smart off-duty look Thom Sweeney can get behind?Luke: If you’re going out to a party I would suggest a deconstructed blazer, whether it be single- or double-breasted, with a chino or a casual trouser with some texture and also fitted so it looks modern. And you can either team that with knitwear or a button-down shirt so you don’t look too stuffy or formal.What can we expect next from the brand? Will the ready-to-wear line stay online?Thom: We have a two-season exclusive with Mr Porter. In October we’re opening our second shop. That’s also going to be in Mayfair in London. It’s going to have our ready-to-wear and also a small collection so you can do made-to-measure as well. We’re adding in some knitwear pieces made in Scotland—crewnecks, polo necks, button-downs, fine-gauge knitwear in a mix of colors. There’ll be more further down the line!And what about the London Collections: Men, men’s fashion week in London?Thom: We’re involved with it. But for our type of product, we don’t need a catwalk.Finally, tell us about your own personal style.Luke: I like to keep things fairly simple and have fun with ties and hankies. I also like breaking up the suit. For example, today, I’m wearing a navy waistcoat with a gray suit—things like that or a very subtle twist on my outfit. Nothing too outlandish.Thom: Definitely. That mixing up of suits and separates. Or maybe doing a softer shoulder and a more classic formal fabric.Thom Sweeney tuxedo, suit and blazer above available exclusively at Mr Porter.  How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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FDX Offshore Acquires Womar Logistics

first_imgzoomllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Connecticut-based maritime finance company FDX Offshore has acquired Singapore’s tanker pool operator Womar Logistics.By combining their expertise, the duo wants to build “the best independent pool operator in the shipping industry.”Anchored in Womar’s current chemical tanker pools, the partnership intends to both expand its chemical tanker pools as well as initiate and grow independent pools in other classes of ships.“Womar has had a long and very successful relationship with BW Group. BW has recently sold its chemical tanker fleet, and this transaction is a logical progression for Womar to grow as the best chemical pool operator under new ownership,” Hans van der Zijde, Womar CEO, commented.“We have already been having discussions with many shipowners who are excited about what we have to offer as an independent operator and with FDX’s expertise and resources. We look forward to continuing those discussions as well as engaging in new ones now that the news is out,” he added.FDX is led by Managing Partner Jake Scott and Partner Andy Tuchman who will become Womar board members. Formed in 2013, FDX has been providing financial advice and capital sourcing to maritime and energy projects.“We believe FDX’s financial expertise combined with Womar’s excellence in pool management will allow us to expand the services provided to pool members, enhance their profitability and help pool members manage and grow their individual fleets,” Jake Scott from FDX Offshore said.Womar added that its entire team will remain in place and provide an ownership transition.last_img read more

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Premier Encourages Recognition of Greek Independence Day

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE–Premier Encourages Recognition of GreekIndependence Day Premier John Hamm encourages all Nova Scotians to join with theHellenic-Canadian community on Thursday, March 25, to celebrateGreek Independence Day. “The Greek community has deep roots in Nova Scotia,” said PremierHamm. “I would like to wish them all the best with regard totheir celebration of Greek Independence Day.” March 25 has been celebrated by the Hellenic-Canadian communityas Greek Independence Day since 1821. -30-last_img read more

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Apple bounces back in India logs doubledigit growth

first_imgNew Delhi: Tech giant Apple on Wednesday said the Indian market “bounced back” in the June quarter as the company logged strong double-digit growth in the country.Apple, which announced its third quarter numbers on Tuesday night, clocked 1 per cent year-on-year growth in revenue at USD 53.8 billion for the quarter ended June. International sales accounted for 59 per cent of the quarter’s topline. The company, however, does not give out country-specific numbers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”…we have emerging markets where we have low penetration and during the quarter tactically, emerging markets had a bit of a rebound. In fact on a constant currency basis, we actually grew slightly in emerging markets…India bounced back during the quarter. We returned to growth there. We are very happy with that,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during an investor call. Luca Maestri, the company’s chief financial officer, noted that Apple grew in “strong double digits in India and in Brazil”, and set new third quarter records in Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostApple’s performance in India had been slippery since the launch of iPhone X as existing iPhone users pushed back on purchases given the high price tags on the new devices. According to Counterpoint research, Apple’s volumes in the premium segment (Rs 30,000 and above) doubled in April-June 2019, driven by iPhone XR — thanks to a price correction in April. “Apple is also doubling down on its efforts to localise local manufacturing which will help them save 20 per cent on import duties and can potentially pass on to consumers or use it to build its retail footprint and upcoming festive season discounting/marketing,” Counterpoint said in its report.last_img read more

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SingTel may raise stake in Airtel telco to become a foreign entity

first_imgNew Delhi: Singapore-based telecom major SingTel may raise stake in Bharti Telecom, a promoter entity of Airtel, to more than 50 per cent, making the country’s first private telecom services provider a foreign entity. Bharti Telecom is the single-largest shareholder in Bharti Airtel with about 41 per cent equity stake, according to the BSE data. Sunil Bharti Mittal and his family currently own around 52 per cent stake in Bharti Telecom. “Bharti Telecom Limited (Promoter of Bharti Airtel Limited), in order to retire some debt may seek equity from its existing promoter group (which may include its overseas entities) and SingTel in proportionate to its holding,” Bharti Airtel said in response to an email query. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Even a marginal increase in foreign equity would take the foreign investment in Bharti Telecom above 50 per cent making it a foreign-owned entity. Once that happens, Bharti Telecom’s entire stake in Bharti Airtel Limited will automatically be considered as Foreign Investment,” Airtel said. Foreign shareholding in Bharti Airtel is 43 per cent at present and after the proposed SingTel investment, the total foreign stake would increase to around 85 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to sources, Bharti Airtel for the second time has applied for 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment approval offering clarity on the proposed investment. The Department of Telecom had earlier this year rejected Bharti Airtel’s FDI application as the company had not provided clarity around the foreign investor. “Bharti Airtel is committed to be compliant with regulatory regime for foreign investment and accordingly has applied for Foreign Investment for 100% to keep further headroom for FII/FPI investments as well,” Airtel said. With the proposed investment, SingTel is likely to hold around 52 per cent in Bharti Telecom which will effectively enhance foreign stakeholding in Bharti Airtel to around 85 per cent from 43 per cent at present. SingTel, at present, holds around 35 per cent stake in Bharti Airtel. Bharti Airtel is likely to use the SingTel investment to reduce its debt. Airtel’s consolidated net debt stood at Rs 1,16,645.8 crore as on June 30, 2019. A telecom entity is required to take FDI approval only if the foreign investment limit in the company is to be raised beyond 50 per cent. Older operators — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea — have been locked in a bruising tariff war following the entry of Reliance Jio, backed by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani. Jio’s free voice and dirt-cheap data offering have dented the financial metrics of these operators, deepening the impact of regulatory decisions like cut in termination charges, even though the voice and data usage, per se, have been growing at a scorching pace. That said, intense market competition has compelled telecom operators to continue infusing investments into network and infrastructure despite financial woes and burgeoning debt.last_img read more

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Telefilm Canada study finds Canadians want more entertainment on more platforms

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “We need to understand where Canadians are consuming, understand that preference, and we need to adapt,” Carolyn Pennell, a member of Telefilm’s strategy and research team, told CBC News.The study found that Canadians love their screen time, with most participants reporting they watch movies, documentaries, TV shows and “non-traditional videos” (such as YouTube videos, web shows or shorts) regularly. Advertisementcenter_img But rather than venture out, increasingly it seems we’d rather stay in to watch.92 per cent or participants said they primarily watch movies and other content at home, an increase of 11 per cent over the previous year.Almost 90 per cent of respondents said TV remains their preferred medium for watching movies, docs and shows (with TV including standard channels as well as other options such as Netflix).Canadians are increasingly using other options (such as tablets or smartphones) to watch content, driven by increased quality and accessibility.Mobile devices continue to gain momentum as far as viewing “non-traditional video content” (e.g. YouTube videos, webisodes) is concerned.It’s no surprise, since in this new age of must-see TV, there is amazing content being created, according to Richard Lachman, an associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Media Login/Register With: Attention moviemakers, TV producers and web video creators: Canadians are watching and are hungry for more.But just how and where we are consuming films, TV shows or online content — whether it’s a Xavier Dolan flick, the latest ep of Orphan Black or a comic bit from Lilly Singh — continues to change.That’s according to a new Telefilm Canada study diving into audience behaviour and viewing habits. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 Canadians conducted in late spring, as well as subsequent focus groups held earlier this fall, its research is meant to inform the country’s content creators. Facebooklast_img read more

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WGC SCREENWRITING AWARDS WINNERS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Canadian screenwriters were in the spotlight at the 22nd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards gala, held on April 30 at Koerner Hall in Toronto..The awards were hosted by Gavin Crawford, written by Kyle Tingley and included a special tribute to the Guild’s outgoing president, Jill Golick, who has made a tremendous contribution to the Writers Guild of Canada over many years. Many thanks to Jill!.And, of course, congratulations to all the award winners.. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: .CHILDREN’SMysticons, Season 1 “Sisters in Arms”Written by Sean Jara.DOCUMENTARYThe Hundred-Year-Old WhaleWritten by Mark Leiren-Young.FEATURE FILMEntanglementWritten by Jason Filiatrault.MOW AND MINISERIESAlias Grace “Part 5”Written by Sarah Polley.BEST SCRIPT FROM SEASON ONEAnne, Season 1 “I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me”Written by Moira Walley-Beckett.SHORTS AND WEBSERIESSpiral, Episode 101 “The Girl in the Dream”Written by Karen McClellan.TV COMEDYLetterkenny, Season 2 “Relationships”Written by Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney.TV DRAMACardinal, Season 1 “John Cardinal”Written by Aubrey Nealon.TWEENS & TEENSThe Stanley Dynamic, Season 2 “The Stanley Cheer”Written by Matt Kippen.SPECIAL AWARDS.WGC SHOWRUNNER AWARDMichael MacLennan.DENIS MCGRATH AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE WGCMark Ellis.ALEX BARRIS MENTORSHIP AWARDSherry White.SONDRA KELLY AWARDSarah Dodd Twitterlast_img read more

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Wildfire burning near Lower Post sees massive growth fueled by windy conditions

first_imgWATSON LAKE, Y.T. – Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that a wildfire burning southwest of Lower Post, which is located along the Alaska Highway southeast of Watson Lake, has seen massive growth in the past day.In an update posted on Twitter, the Wildfire Service said that the Lutz Creek Fire, which is approximately 11 kilometres southwest of Lower Post, has grown from 40 to 100 hectares in size.The BC Wildfire Service said that it has deployed firefighters to the fire to assess its size and assess fire behaviour. Meanwhile, the Blue River Fire which is roughly 15 kilometres southwest of Lower Post, has ballooned from 300 to 7,400 hectares in the past day, fuelled by high winds.The Wildfire Service says that it is currently monitoring the fire, which is causing large amounts of local smoke in the Lower Post area.The Wildfire Service said that despite the large growth of the fires, there is currently no evacuation alert or evacuation order in place for Lower Post.last_img read more

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Fire breaks out at restaurant in Shakespeare Sarani none hurt

first_imgKolkata: A fire that broke out in a restaurant on the second floor of a multi-storied building at Shakespeare Sarani on Sunday morning caused panic among local residents.They were aghast to see black smoke billowing out of the building. Fortunately, no injury or casualty was reported in the incident as firefighters quickly brought the flames under control. The incident took place around 7 am and three fire tenders were immediately pressed into action to douse the flames. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen people spotted the smoke billowing out of the restaurant they immediately informed the fire brigade officials. Fire officials and police have started a detailed probe in this regard. They were also investigating if there was adequate fire fighting mechanism in the restaurant. The fire officials are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the fire and the extent of the damage. Steps might be taken against the restaurant owner if adequate fire fighting mechanism is not found in place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the preliminary investigation, the police and fire department officials suspect a short circuit inside the kitchen caused the fire. Some local people and the security personnel of the building were the first to spot thick black smoke coming out of the second floor. The smoke soon spread on other floors. The security personnel evacuated the floors as a precautionary measure before the fire fighters reached the spot. The police reached the spot and cordoned-off the entire area. The traffic movement was also restricted in the area for sometimes. The restaurant was closed after the fire incident took place. The fire officials suspect that short circuit might have been triggered from the refrigerator in the kitchen. Local residents were moved to safety to avoid any untoward incidents. The area was also evacuated by the police and fire officials. The firefighters were able to bring the flames under control after an hour. The fire fighters initially found to difficult to breathe as thick black smoke had spread on the entire floor. They broke a portion of a glass wall of the building to release the smoke. The restaurant was damaged by the fire. “People were panic-stricken when they saw thick black smoke billowing out of the restaurant. None was inside the restaurant when it caught the fire. People who were on the other floors rushed downstairs following the incident,” a security guard of the building said.last_img read more

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FlightNetwork Ranks Agadir 37th Best City Beach Worldwide

Rabat – The website FlightNetwork.com has ranked Morocco’s Agadir beach 37th among the world’s top 50 city beaches. The website notes that the “golden sands” of the Agadir beach has something for everyone: A gradually sloping shore for non-swimmers, jet-skis for adventure-seekers, a tourist train for children, and vendors selling food for the hungry.Legzira beach in Tiznit was classified in both Africa’s top 50 beaches, and the world’s top 50 “untouched” beaches worldwide. The beach is perfect for people who desire to spend some quality time alone with mother nature while listening to the waves’ symphony.FlightNetwork said Tiznit’s “remote stretch of beach makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to a long lost land undiscovered by humans.” The website noted the beach’s two magnificent redstone arches that stretch into the ocean. The Agadir beach is a masterpiece, especially if viewed from Agadir Oufella, a mountain perch that allows the visitor to panoramically admire the city.The catalogue of the World’s Top 50 Beaches was collated by over 1,200 journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies’ feedback who have adopted the culture of traveling as lifestyle. read more

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Alberta energy regulator official quits ahead of being fired by incoming premier

EDMONTON – A member of Alberta’s energy regulator, who has been singled out by incoming premier Jason Kenney as a foe of provincial oil development, has quit.Kenney’s transition team confirmed that Ed Whittingham has resigned from the board of directors of the Alberta Energy Regulator.Kenney is to be sworn in as premier Tuesday and has promised that one of his first acts in the job would be to fire Whittingham.He has accused Whittingham of committing “economic sabotage” against the province’s oil and gas industry by supporting and abetting groups seeking to landlock it.Whittingham, a former executive director of the Pembina Institute, has denied those accusations.He could not be immediately reached for comment. read more

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Baytex Energy cuts spending ends dividend to preserve cash in oil collapse

CALGARY — Baytex Energy Corp. has announced “difficult but necessary steps” to weather a prolonged oil downturn, including the suspension of its monthly dividend and a drop in spending.Shares in the Calgary-based oil producer fell as low as $5.50 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, 17 per cent below Thursday’s close. By around mid-morning, the stock had gained some ground, down about nine per cent compared to Thursday.U.S. benchmark crude prices have touched six-year lows over the past week — around US$41 a barrel. And Baytex said the price of heavy oil, like the type it produces in Alberta, is only about US$25 a barrel.“It is imperative that we position our company to withstand the current low commodity price environment. We are committed to taking the difficult but necessary steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of our business,” CEO James Bowzer said in a release.Baytex said it’s suspending its monthly cash dividend after the Sept. 15 payment of 10 cents per share to avoid having to borrow more money to pay shareholders. With the current outlook, Baytex said it wouldn’t be generating enough funds from operations to pay a dividend, but will reinstate it when prices recover.Brace for more dividend cuts as Canada’s oilpatch runs out of cashOil glut heads north as traders scramble to find space to store Canadian crudeIt’s the second time Baytex has slashed its monthly payout to shareholders since oil prices began to plunge late last year. In December, it announced a dividend cut to 10 cents from 24 cents.The company said it will stop drilling in the Peace River and Lloydminster areas in Western Canada for the rest of this year and also look for further cost reductions the Eagle Ford shale in Texas.Baytex anticipates next year’s exploration and development spending will be around 25 per cent below the 2015 levels, dropping to a range of between $350 million and $400 million. This year, it’s expecting its spending to come in at $500 million, the bottom end of its projected range of $500 million to $575 million.“By recalibrating our business model in response to the current pricing environment, we believe we are preserving shareholder value in these extraordinary times and positioning our company for greater success when oil prices recover,” said Bowzer. read more

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JC Penney shares plummet to lowest level since 2000

by Sarah Skidmore Sell And Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2013 1:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – J.C. Penney Co. shares are trading at their lowest level in nearly 13 years, as the department stores operator is facing a rough road ahead to turn around its business.The retailer’s share plunge comes as the chain is trying to recover from a botched transformation plan spearheaded by its former CEO Ron Johnson that led to disastrous financial results. The board ousted Johnson in April after only 17 months on the job and rehired Mike Ullman, who had been CEO of the retailer from 2004 to late 2011.Wednesday’s free fall comes a day after a gloomy analysis by Goldman Sachs, which began coverage of its unsecured debt with an “Underperform” rating. In the report, Kristen McDuffy wrote that she fears that the beleaguered company will be forced to tap into the debt markets for more cash.“In our view, a combination of weak fundamentals, inventory rebuilding, and an underperforming home department will likely challenge J.C. Penney’s’ liquidity levels in the (third quarter),” wrote McDuffy. “In order to safeguard against a potentially poor (fourth quarter) holiday season, it is likely that management will look to build a bigger liquidity buffer.”McDuffy also said that she believes that the current and fourth quarter will be difficult, with business likely showing a slower-than-expected improvement.The analysis follows reports that have been swirling since late last week that the retailer is looking to raise more money, possibly through a combination of debt and equity. J.C. Penney’s reported search for more capital comes after it arranged a $2.25 billion loan this past spring with Goldman Sachs. McDuffy said she expects Penney to burn through $300 million of cash from inventory as it rebuilds its store label offerings, which were eliminated by Johnson.Daphne Avila, a spokeswoman for Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney, said she is unable to comment on stock performance or unconfirmed reports based on market speculation.J.C. Penney shares fell $1.56, or 13 per cent, to $10.36 in midday trading. The stock dropped as low as $9.93 earlier in the session, a level it last traded at in the fall of 2000. Shares are down nearly 50 per cent since the beginning of this year and have lost more than 75 per cent of their value since early February 2012, when investor enthusiasm was high over Johnson’s transformation plan.Penney ended up recording nearly $1 billion in losses and a 25 per cent drop in revenue in the fiscal year that ended Feb. 2, the first year of the transformation plan that involved getting rid of most sales events and bringing in trendy merchandise. But the moves intended to attract a younger, more affluent shopper ended up alienating its core shopper. Since returning to Penney’s helm, Ullman has been bringing back basic merchandise like loose-fitting khakis and restoring frequent promotions. But sales declines and losses continued into the first and second quarters as Johnson’s legacy continued to cast a shadow on the results.Even its overhauled home department, which was a project of Johnson’s and was rolled out in late spring with a slew of new brands, has been a disaster.Meanwhile, Penney is locked into a court battle with rival Macy’s Inc. over a partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.. A New York State Supreme Court Judge summoned lawyers for Martha Stewart, J.C. Penney and Macy’s Inc. to a hearing, almost two months after the three made closing arguments in a lengthy battle over J.C. Penney’s partnership with the homemaking maven.The judge was seeking more information before he plans to issue a ruling on whether Macy’s has the exclusive rights to certain merchandise like bedding and bath items. He told lawyers Wednesday that he will be making the ruling soon.Macy’s, which has a long-standing contract with Martha Stewart, sued Penney and Martha Stewart for signing a 10-year contract with the domestic diva in late 2011. The J.C. Penney deal was signed by Johnson as part of an overall plan to reinvent the retailer. The bedding and bath collection was part of the new home department. But sales of the merchandise have been disappointing. The New York Post reported that Penney is aiming to replace the Martha Stewart designed line bedding and bath collection with other brands.Penney also sells window treatments and party supplies not covered by Macy’s exclusive agreement.Martha Stewart Living on Wednedsay reiterated its statement issued earlier this month that “J.C. Penney remains one of our many retail partners.””Our agreement with them is in force, and we have no intention of ending it. We are committed to working with them to design high-quality, beautiful and affordable products for consumers around the country,” it said. J.C. Penney shares plummet to lowest level since 2000 read more

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London Crossrail opening delayed until autumn 2019

London’s new east-west railway Crossrail will miss its December opening date and services will not begin until autumn next year, a spokesman for the project said.More time is needed to complete “final infrastructure and extensive testing” to ensure a “safe and reliable railway” is delivered, according to Crossrail Limited.Services were due to begin running by the end of the year, but the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood will not be opened until autumn 2019.Rail minister Jo Johnson announced last month that the scheme’s budget has been increased from £14.8 billion to £15.4 billion due to “cost pressures”.The railway is known as Crossrail during the construction phase but will become the Elizabeth line once services begin. An Elizabeth Line test train is unveiled at Bombardier Transportation in Derby, as they are developed for the Crossrail project An Elizabeth Line test train is unveiled at Bombardier Transportation in Derby, as they are developed for the Crossrail projectCredit:PA When it is fully opened, trains will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west through 13 miles of new tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.Responding to the delay in the Crossrail project, a spokesman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “It’s obviously disappointing that Crossrail Limited have advised that they need more time than anticipated to complete the final pieces of infrastructure, and to carry out the extensive testing required before the next phase of the Elizabeth line can open. Services were originally due to begin in 2017, but a decision was made in October 2010 to push this back by 12 months.The start date of December 2018 has now been delayed until autumn 2019 as more time is needed to complete building work and safety tests.BudgetCrossrail’s budget was set at £15.9 billion in 2007, but this was cut to £14.8 billion in the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010.In July it was announced that £600 million of additional funding was required as Crossrail Limited and Network Rail both needed more money to complete the project.SafetyContractors working on the project were fined more than £1 million in July last year over the death of a worker and two other incidents.A joint venture of three companies, Bam, Ferrovial and Kier (BFK), pleaded guilty to three offences at Southwark Crown Court following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).Construction worker Rene Tkacik, 44, died after being crushed by falling wet concrete in March 2014.Two other men were injured in separate incidents within six days of one another in January 2015. The HSE said the incidents could have been prevented if “simple measures” had been taken. “This has been a 10-year construction project and is one of the most complex engineering schemes ever undertaken. It is essential that a safe and reliable railway operates from day one, and this has to be the top priority.”When complete, the Elizabeth line will transform travel across London and the South East, with new state-of-the-art trains taking millions of people more quickly across London, providing a boost to the economy worth billions of pounds.” InvestmentInvestment in Crossrail has fuelled frustrations among people who believe regions such as the North of England are being discriminated against in terms of transport funding.Think tank IPPR North claimed earlier this year that planned transport investment in London is two-and-a-half times higher per person than in the North.The Department for Transport disputes the figures. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling sparked anger in July 2017 last year by supporting a new £30 billion Crossrail 2 north-south scheme in London days after a series of rail electrification projects in Wales, the Midlands and the North were axed or downgraded. Mark Wild, London Underground and Elizabeth line managing director, said: “We will continue to work closely with Crossrail Limited as they complete the remaining railway infrastructure work and testing needed to deliver the new railway.”The delayed opening is disappointing, but ensuring the Elizabeth line is safe and reliable for our customers from day one is of paramount importance.”Concerns over schedule, funding and safetyThe announcement that Crossrail will not be operational until autumn next year is the latest hitch to the London engineering project. It has already proven to be a controversial project due to concerns over delays, funding and safety.DelaysThere have been a number of proposals for a Crossrail-style railway since the 1940s, but it was not until July 2008 that the current scheme was given parliamentary approval. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Against the default but not for austerity

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s embattled government on Wednesday 22 June, survived a confidence vote crucial to avoiding a sovereign default, as thousands of protesters chanted insults outside parliament. In the parliament the atmosphere was equally heated, with all party leaders debating the issue. Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing Greek Parliament called for elections and categorically rejected the referendum being promoted by the government. Samaras clarified that “we shall not become participants in your deadlock, we shall vote against the Mid-term and we shall vote for the clauses from the implementary law that we consider correct, while we shall continue to promote the renegotiation” of the memorandum. The ND leader further said his party has always supported the decrease of the country’s deficit and debt. “We support also the main tools for achieving these targets. The structural changes, the utilisation of the state’s property, privatisations and restricting the public spending. Not only [do] we support these measures but we were the first, before you, to promote them,” Samaras said. The main opposition leader reiterated his refusal to give consensus to a “mistake”, adding that he was ready to give his consensus for the correction of the mistake. He added that there were still margins for renegotiating the memorandum so as to correct the mistake. Samaras concluded by saying “if you like referendums Mr. (Prime Minister George) Papandreou, then make the best referendum, that is elections.” Greece’s opposition leader insisted the austerity program designed to pull the country out of its debt crisis “will not work” and must be renegotiated. Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) parliamentary group president Alexis Tsipras, speaking in parliament said “the government, with the tolerance of (the main opposition) New Democracy (ND) and LAOS (the Popular Orthodox Rally party), is sacrificing public property – even the very party that constituted the trunk of the democratic sector – so as to go ahead with this mixture of policy which is ruining the country.” Tsipras also denounced the Mid-term program and said the climate in the country’s political life resembles the political climate in 1965. Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga, addressing parliament described the latest “ultimatums” by the European Union, the eurozone and Scheuble to Greece as an “extortion with the fifth tranche of the memorandum as the challenge.” Papariga said the Greek people “must send their own ultimatum to the ultimatum given by the EU and the eurozone to the Greek people and telling them [to keep] their heads in, if you do not show consensus there is no fifth tranche.” Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis, called for a “government of national action”. “There may have been a difficulty, for us not to have been able to make a national action government, but we must all work in this direction for the country to be saved. Nobody benefits in giving arguments only to (rallies taking place in) the square,” he said. Karatazaferis also said “we must find a way of understanding at all cost, there are good proposals from all the parties and we must proceed in this framework.” Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Infant/Toddler Teacher at Wonder Years Learning CenterFull-Time Marketing Copywriter at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Delivery Associate Driver at AramarkPart-Time Customer Service Representative at Lapels Dry CleaningFull-Time Financial Analyst, Inventory Accounting at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Accountant II at Charles River LabsFull-Time Employee Communications Manager at Charles River LabsFull-Time Assoc. Dir. Category Procurement, Lab Operations at Charles River LabsHelp Wanted at Trinity Solar(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

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