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Dubai, Jun 30 (PTI) Coach Srinivas Reddy today hit out at his Iranian counterpart’s allegation that India played “unfair”, saying kabaddi is meant to be a tackle sport and it’s no carrom. With India leading by a slender seven points at the break, Ajay Thakur and Co hit the top gear after the change over. In a fierce move, Rishank Devadiga tackled the Iran captain Amir Hossein Maleki, who complained that he was “bitten”. But referee dismissed the allegations and kept the match on with India stretching a 35-19 lead before sealing the issue 44-26. “We played with aggression. It’s a body contact game, it’s not carrom. Kabaddi is a tackle sport and is played like this. This was our last game in Dubai and we had to give our best,” Reddy told the post-match news conference. Reddy also hailed the overwhelming response from the crowd who queued up in the scorching afternoon sun at the Al Wasl Sports Complex to cheer India. “It was amazing. I could not believe my eyes… It seemed we played in India,” he said. “Our ultimate aim is to win the Asian Games in Indonesia in August-September. This will put us in the right stead. We will have a break for a week or so before we assemble for India camp. We will now have to start from zero,” Reddy, who won the title in his maiden assignment as coach, said. Iran coach Gholamreza Mazandarani claimed that both the coach and players “played unfair”. “Also the referees did not call any fouls. It was a good experience for me and the new players.”advertisement Sounding a warning bell, the coach said they would put up a transformed show in the Asian Games as they would have their full team for Indonesia. “It was a young side here. But we will be different in Jakarta,” Mazandarani said. Iran opted to give rest to big-name players like Meraj Sheykh, Fazel Atrachali and Abozar Mohajermighani for the six-nation meet. PTI TAP ATKATK
It’s time for the Weekend Roundup, and we’re here to catch you up on all of the latest happenings in the sports world. The streak is over, sorry to those that paid for a 13 second fight, and the Heisman Trophy goes to…Down go the Warriors: Golden State’s historic winning streak has finally come to an end. Life on the road proved to be too much for the Warriors in Milwaukee on Saturday night. After a 24-0 start to the season and a 28 game winning streak that dates back to last season, the Warriors lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in convincing fashion, 108-95. Ironic enough, it was Milwaukee that ended the NBA’s longest winning streak of 33 games by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1971-’72 season. Apparently, all winning streaks must come to an end in Milwaukee.In front of a sellout crowd, the Bucks knew they had to put together their best performance of the season to knock the Warriors off from their pedestal. However, this game wasn’t about stopping the streak for the Bucks. According to head coach Jason Kidd, it was all about beating the world champions. “For us, we didn’t talk about the streak. We talked about playing the World Champs and no matter what, we have to play our best. The guys responded.” Milwaukee big-man Greg Monroe certainly responded with 28 points, on 11 for 16 shooting, to go along with 11 boards. Monroe’s driving reverse layup with 5:29 left in the game was the nail in the coffin and the dagger in the heart of the Warriors.For the Warriors, it’s time to move on from the streak and focus on the regular season ahead. For Warriors forward Draymond Green, the regular season has just begun. “I just told the guys that now we can have a regular season. It’s been kind of a playoff feel just with the streak, all the media around, all the attention around.” Instead of focusing on the streak and just winning every game, the Warriors now have the opportunity to take a long look in the mirror to fix what may be missing. NBA MVP Stephen Curry scored 28 points in the losing effort. Curry said, “I think we can re-focus on not just winning games, but how we’re playing. The last week or so, with the road trip and things, we just found ways to win games but I don’t think we ever played our A-plus game.” After a grueling, 7 game road trip, the streak is over, but the Warriors are more than happy to be heading home.Conor McGregor KO’ed Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. Photo Credit: John LocherMcGregor knocks out Aldo in a record 13 seconds: Months and weeks of hype, trash talk, and promos, and it was all over in just 13 seconds. The (rightfully) cocky, Irish phenom Conor McGregor struck Jose Aldo with a powerful left hand to send him to the mat and claim the featherweight title at UFC 194 on Saturday night. The bout drew a crowd of 16,516 and raked in a U.S. record gate revenue of $10.1 million. It was a big money night for the UFC, and a huge payday for McGregor.After the fight, McGregor expressed why he was bound to beat Aldo. “He’s a phenomenal champion. He deserved to go a little bit longer. I still feel, at the end of the day, precision beats power, timing beats speed. All day, it would have happened.” Aldo must think otherwise because he immediately campaigned for a rematch following the bout. In the eyes of most, a rematch probably wouldn’t yield different results. McGregor was the clear, cut champion no matter how you looked at it. He appeared stronger, he was obviously quicker, and he threw a left hand that no one in professional fighting can handle. The Irish phenom even expressed his confidence in his left hand in the post-match interview, “These are fundamentals. That’s all it takes. These are fundamentals, especially when you have my left hand.”So, what’s next on Conor McGregor’s agenda? He has two different options: He could remain at featherweight and potentially face the top contender Frankie Edgar in a title match fight, or he could gain a few more pounds and move up to the lightweight division to claim that crown. UFC president Dana White sees the latter option as the more likely path for McGregor. No matter who he faces or what division he wants to fight in, McGregor will pledge to punish whoever gets in his way.Derrick Henry won the 81st Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. AP Photo/Julie JacobsonAlabama running back, Derrick Henry, takes home the Heisman: Derrick Henry stampeded his way through the SEC to a league record of 1,986 yards rushing and became the recipient of the 81st Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. It was a phenomenal junior campaign for Henry who led his Alabama Crimson Tide to a berth in the College Football Playoff. He became the first running back to win the award since Alabama alum Mark Ingram in 2009. Henry garnered 1,832 of the votes in what was an extremely tight race featuring stiff competition from Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Henry carried 5 of the 6 voting regions, while McCaffrey claimed the Far West region. It wasn’t a landslide by any means, but the award certainly went to one of the most incredible and humble players to ever grace college football.Henry thanked God, his family, and every single coach that has had the honor to mold the running back into the player and person that he is today. Holding back his emotions, he gave a tremendous amount of praise to his teammates. Henry said, “Coming into Alabama from Florida, they all accepted me, they all loved me and all supported me,” he said. “And this season, they’ve seen me as a leader, taken me as a leader. The offensive line takes pride in controlling the line of scrimmage, making sure I have success, and through this year, looking at these guys, the courage they had in me, the faith they had in me, I knew I couldn’t let them down.”His arrival in Tuscaloosa wasn’t easy for a talent like himself. He was thrown into a crowded depth chart that featured current NFL star T.J. Yeldon. As a freshman, he considered transferring, but after deliberation with his family, he stayed the course. Alabama head coach Nick Saban admired his hard work and determination to be the best running back. Saban said, “One day I said something to him and he said, ‘Coach, all this stuff is new to me. All they did in high school was turn around and toss me the ball and I ran with it,’ I really appreciate his hard work at becoming a complete player.” After the year he has had and a night filled with so much joy and emotion, it’s safe to say he made the right decision.Check back with us every Monday for a recap of the weekend’s biggest action in sports.Photo Credit: Benny Sieu-USA Today The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Editors’ Recommendations
Editors’ Recommendations How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind You need money. To get money, you need a job. To get a job, you need to nail the interview, which is sometimes seem easier said than done. Everyone knows the basics: dress nice, be polite, make eye contact, don’t lie about your experience, etc. Still, for every job opening there are an average of 118 applicants, only 20 percent of whom will be called for an interview. We’d like to give you a few advanced job interview tips that will not only help you stand out from the crowd, but will also make you analyze whether you are a good fit for the company you’re interviewing with. For expert advice, we enlisted the help of the Center for School, College, and Career Resources (CSCCR).Wait Patiently for the CallWaiting to be called in for an interview can be sheer torture. Even so, you should resist the urge to call and follow up on the status of your application — particularly if it’s only been a few days since you applied. Human resources representatives deal with a lot more than job applications and interviews in their daily work, and an antsy post-application phone call is more likely to hurt your chances of being interviewed than help. This doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t check up on the status of your application if you’re feeling anxious, but you should do so in a less obtrusive way: “It’s better to send an email that says, ‘Hello, just want to let you know I’m still interested in the position. I know you’re super busy, I look forward to hearing from you.’ It doesn’t require a response, but it puts your name out there,” advises Traci Fajardo, human resources expert and former HR Manager at Digital Trends.Do Some ReconnaissanceIt probably goes without saying that you should Google the company you’re interviewing for, but that alone isn’t going to cut it. A monkey can do a Google search, and that monkey might just swipe your job if you don’t do some serious research. Spend some quality time on the company’s website to get a feel for the business and culture, and dig deeper into the industry and competitors as well. Interviewers notice when you’ve put in the time and effort to learn about the business, and it shows them you’re someone who can take initiative and go the extra mile. If possible, try reaching out to someone who already works there so you can get a better grasp of the company’s needs and speak specifically to those during the interview. If you can’t do that, we highly recommend looking up the company on Glassdoor.com, where you can find employee reviews, salary information, and potentially even descriptions of the interview process from candidates who have already been through it.Prepare for Common QuestionsUnfortunately, you can’t predict every topic that may come up during your interview, but there are some common questions that you can prepare for before your meeting. Interviewers love asking specific questions about how you’ve used your skills in the past. You’ve probably heard questions like, “Can you describe a conflict you’ve had with a coworker and tell us how you came to a resolution?” or “What is your greatest achievement?” Don’t assume you’ll be able to tackle these questions on the fly – think about them before you ever even set foot in the employer’s office, and be sure you have true, applicable anecdotes prepared. “You should know the top skills needed for the job, then have some real life examples of how you’ve applied those skills,” says Fajardo. “If you have those stories practiced in advance, you can almost always direct a question back to one of your stories.” What to Wear to an Interview: 6 Tips for Men to Pick Out the Perfect Outfit Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App If you’re worried about your nerves getting the better of you, don’t be afraid to bring some notes into the interview. You don’t want to robotically read every answer you give from a note card, but having them there for quick reference can calm your nerves and help you incorporate your real-life experience into your answers. Avoid defaulting to stereotypical responses (i.e. claiming your biggest weakness is how much of a perfectionist you are). The person interviewing you has likely heard those answers a million times and isn’t going to be charmed (or fooled) by your clever wordplay. Remember that questions about your professional weaknesses aren’t there to weed out any candidates who aren’t utterly perfect; rather, they serve to help employers see if you can acknowledge and work to improve on any shortfalls. CSCCR offers a great piece of advice on how to respond to the age-old “biggest weakness” question: Mention a technical weakness you have (like a specific software or platform you only have basic knowledge of), and then follow it up by stating how you are actively working to improve that skill set (like taking classes or reading books on the subject).Be Nice to Everyone, Not Just Decision-MakersYou already know that being rude to your interviewer is a pretty bad idea, but it’s important to remember that your job interview begins the moment you step foot in the building, not when you officially sit down with the head honcho. Make an effort to be kind and respectful to everyone you encounter – after all, the hope is that people you come across during your interview will end up being your co-workers and customers. Not to mention the fact that they’re bound to talk to each other if you make a bad impression. Being nice isn’t just about how you speak to people, either – be sure to show the company they have your full attention by shutting off your phone and any other devices before you enter the building. Being interrupted by the Apple Marimba halfway through your interview is sure to leave a bad taste in a potential employer’s mouth.Be Confident and Enthusiastic, Not CockyThere’s nothing wrong with being confident during an interview – after all, you are basically there to sell yourself and your skillset – but the line between confident and cocky can be a fine one to walk. If you’ve ever had a co-worker who had trouble admitting to mistakes, you know how frustrating and counterproductive it can be when someone is too arrogant to learn. Employers know this frustration too, and they’re not especially prone to invite it into their business. It’s important to show them that, while you may be incredibly confident in certain skills, you’re not afraid to improve in others. Be sure not to bash former employers or co-workers, even if you legitimately feel they are to blame for past conflicts; the person interviewing you doesn’t know the full story, and it’s easy to come off as a blame-shifter. When talking about past issues, focus on what you personally did to assess and resolve them, rather than focusing on how other people made things difficult.Body language goes a long way in establishing the right level of confidence and energy, and it has a big impact on whether you get hired. According to LearnHowtoBecome.org (a fantastic online resource for expert career advice and stats), 33 percent of employers have passed on a candidate because of bad eye contact, and 22 percent have made a hiring decision based on bad posture. When you’re sitting behind a desk all day, you may succumb to the occasional slouch, but in interviews, employers want to see that you’re enthusiastic, engaged, and passionate. A lack of eye contact can give the impression of dishonesty, disinterest, or insecurity, so be sure to look your interviewer in the eye to let them know you’re fully engrossed in the process.Apply Your Skills to the PositionYou have skills and accomplishments. The company you’re interviewing with has challenges and needs. During the interview, your job is to bridge the gap between you and the company. Rattling off a list of relevant skills is great, but you really need to make them understand precisely how you will wield those skills to help their business thrive. “I like the people who come in thinking, ‘OK, how can I help this company solve this problem?’” says Fajardo. “A big turn-off for an interviewer is an interviewee who comes in and says, ‘This is what I need; I want this; I’m looking for this in my career.’”That doesn’t mean you should never bring up your personal career goals in an interview – if they totally mesh with the goals of the company, it may even be beneficial to mention them. Just make sure that your own needs and desires aren’t the primary focus of your pitch; the company is looking for someone who will be a valuable asset to their team, not just someone whose career they can boost for no returns. Be thoughtful about your responses to questions about your skills, and always bring your answers back to a central theme: how you can help the company.Ask Smart QuestionsOnce you’ve made it far enough into the interview to hear “do you have any questions about the position,” you may very well be tempted to answer with a flat “no” and head home, but you should look at this part of the interview as one of your best opportunities to snag the job. Asking good questions during or at the end of the interview serves two purposes: it helps you discern whether you’re a good fit for the company, and it makes you seem like a thoughtful candidate. And no, we’re not talking about questions regarding vacation, lunchtime, and whether there are free snacks in the break room. It’s possible the employer will bring up details about the salary or benefits, and if they do, it’s fine to make a few logistical inquiries. However, you should really focus your questions on the company, the industry, and the specific responsibilities of the position you’re applying for. This shows the interviewer that you’re interested in more than just the paycheck — you’re actually interested in bringing value. Here are a few thoughtful questions that Fajardo recommends asking:What are some of the challenges that you’re working on right now?What is the one skill or quality you’re looking for most of all?How did the position become available?Is the company growing?To help you come up with questions, it may be helpful to actively take some notes during the interview. Of course, you don’t want to spend the whole time with your head buried in a notebook, furiously writing down every word that’s exchanged. But jotting down a few quick notes during your conversation will show that you are genuinely interested in the job and can help you remember questions you want to circle back to at the end of the interview (or in subsequent interviews).Be YourselfSome candidates are so busy cultivating a shiny, flawless veneer that they forget to be themselves during the interview. Yes, you want to maintain a polite, professional attitude, but you also want to be honest and give the employer a chance to see how you will truly fit into their team on a day-to-day basis. Keeping your personality hidden can feel like hedging your bet, but it could actually end up costing you your dream job, since 23 percent of employers say they will pass on a candidate if they believe they won’t fit into their company culture.Follow Up in a Courteous WayJust as you shouldn’t pester a company with phone calls about your application, you also shouldn’t inundate them with questions about the position after you’ve interviewed. It’s likely they interviewed many candidates before and after you, and you shouldn’t have an expectation that they’ll get back to you with their decision immediately. Depending on the size of a company, you may never hear back at all, and there’s really not a whole lot you can do about it.That being said, a non-intrusive thank you note after your interview is considered a common courtesy, and it may prove to be an easy way to set yourself apart from other candidates who don’t bother. Don’t call to express your gratitude – it may seem like a nice thought, but you’re most likely just going to be an unnecessary wrench in someone’s busy work day. Instead, write a brief, thoughtful email to the interviewer thanking them for the opportunity to interview. Make it clear you’re still interested in the position, but don’t push for a definitive response.No two jobs or workplaces are exactly alike. You should always observe the vibe of each workplace and customize your approach to each interview, but these tips are a great way to help your prospects in nearly any situation. Just remember to prepare, be earnest, stay relaxed, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. If you’ve made it to the interview, the employer already sees potential – now it’s up to you to prove them right.For even more interview prep advice, as well as expert guidance on what to do once you’ve gotten a job offer, visit CSCCR.org or check out this in-depth guide from Learn How to Become.Article originally published by TJ Carter on April 28, 2015. Last updated LeeAnn Whittemore on February 15, 2018. Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers
zoom Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. has entered into a second amendment to its previously reported Waiver and Forbearance Agreement in order to facilitate continued discussions between the company and the lenders under its Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Facility (the Credit Agreement).The second amendment to the Waiver, which was originally announced on March 20, 2014, extends from April 30, 2014 to May 15, 2014 the milestone requiring the company and the lenders constituting “Majority Lenders” under the Credit Agreement to:(i) agree on terms of a restructuring of the obligations outstanding under the Credit Agreement and(ii) execute a binding restructuring support agreement or similar agreement documenting such agreed-upon terms.Under the terms of the Waiver, the lenders agreed to waive until June 30, 2014 certain potential events of default, subject to the company’s compliance with certain terms, conditions and milestones as set forth in the Waiver. The Waiver remains in effect on substantially the same terms and conditions, with certain modifications as set forth in the amendments.While Eagle Bulk is continuing discussions with its lenders as part of the Waiver, the company cautioned that there is no assurance such discussions will result in a comprehensive resolution.Additional discussion regarding the impact of a failure to reach a consensual resolution with the lenders can be found in the company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2014.Eagle Bulk, May 2, 2014
Nova Scotians living in the Pugwash area are already seeing the benefits of same-day or next-day medical appointments and 24/7 access to emergency care thanks to the collaborative emergency centre at the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital. Premier Darrell Dexter joined representatives of the Cumberland Health Authority in Pugwash today, Jan. 9, to officially open the province’s newest CEC. “This government is committed to ensuring families across Nova Scotia have access to the care they need, when and where they need it,” Premier Dexter said. “Collaborative emergency centres are an innovative solution that is helping to deliver on this commitment. In fact the model has proven so successful that other provinces are now jumping on board.” Since the Pugwash facility opened in September, more than 1,100 patients received better care sooner from the team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and paramedics that staff the centre. Pharmacist Walter McCormack of O’Brien’s Pharmacy in Pugwash said the collaborative centre has improved access to primary care for patients. “People in the community have said there is more flexibility in the new system to see a physician or nurse practitioner,” said Mr. McCormack. “Patients are finding it a little easier to see a provider for prescription renewals and other regular appointments.” The North Cumberland centre serves communities in north-eastern Cumberland County, including Pugwash, Malagash, Wallace, Wentworth and Northport. “We’re also investing in a new building for this CEC,” said Premier Dexter. “I look forward to returning to Pugwash, touring the new facility and seeing the positive change it will bring to the community.” The province is investing more than $2-million to plan and design the facility. Cumberland Health Authority and Department of Health and Wellness staff will work with the community to develop a plan for the new health centre. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2014. The community, led by the North Cumberland Community Health Foundation, will fundraise 25 per cent of the cost for the new building. The Cumberland Health Authority is pleased with the success of the collaborative centre in Pugwash. Board chair Bruce Saunders said the authority is looking forward to a new building. “It is clear that the CEC has enhanced the delivery of health care in this community and being able to offer our dedicated health care professionals and patients a new facility designed specifically to meet their needs will be yet another positive step forward,” Mr. Saunders said. Services at the collaborative emergency centre include: access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments 24/7 access to emergency care Collaborative emergency centres are now open in Parrsboro, Springhill, Tatamagouche and Annapolis Royal. CECs have are also planned for Musquodoboit Harbour, Lunenburg and New Waterford. Other provinces are following Nova Scotia’s progressive and innovative approach to health care. Saskatchewan announced it will implement a similar model after visiting Parrsboro, and Prince Edward Island is also looking into adopting the model. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner.
New Delhi: The GST Council has set up two sub-groups to look into the policy and technical aspects, such as turnover threshold and mode of generation, for e-invoice generation by businesses. While one sub-group will examine the business process, policy and legal aspects for generation of e-invoice, the other will recommend technical aspects for its roll-out. The sub-group on policy issues would also suggest some “immediate steps” to check fake invoices in case of business-to-business (B2B) supplies with a high threshold turnover and also recommend a carve-out for sectors like banking and telecom. Electronic invoice, or e-invoice, has been envisaged by the revenue department to mainly curb goods and services tax (GST) evasion. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe sub-group on policy issues for e-invoice would recommend legal aspects including invoice format, threshold turnover for invoice generation from the portal and immediate steps for ‘B2B’ supplies with a high threshold turnover. It would also suggest optional treatment for some sectors such as banking, telecom, tentative timeline for execution and phase-wise implementation. The sub-group on technical issues would suggest mode of generation, like app-based or mobile or SMS or offline and online, data security and system integration. Depending on the success of the project in the B2B segment, the revenue department would look at extending it to business-to-consumer (B2C) sales, especially in sectors where the probability of tax evasion is high. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefA 13-member officers’ committee, comprising central and state tax officials as well as the GST Network chief executive officer, has been set up to look into the feasibility of introducing e-invoice system to streamline generation of invoices and easing compliance burden. The two sub-groups have been set up under the committee. The proposed e-invoice is part of the exercise to check GST evasion. With almost two years into the GST implementation, the government is now focussing on anti-evasion measures to shore up revenue and increase compliance.
WINNIPEG – Great-West Lifeco Inc. reported a drop in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as it was hit by costs related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The insurance company says it earned $581 million or 59 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $674 million or 68 cents per share a year ago.Great-West (TSX:GWO), through its subsidiary London Reinsurance Group Inc., offers property catastrophe coverage to reinsurance companies.It says the most recent quarter’s results included losses related to estimated claims resulting from the hurricanes totalling $175 million after taxes.However, it noted that the loss estimate may change as additional information becomes available.Excluding the hit, the company says it earned $756 million for the quarter, up $82 million from a year ago, primarily due to higher fee income and lower expenses.
Rabat – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has called King Mohammed VI and requested Morocco to review their “brotherly relationship.”The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced the phone call in a statement on March 21.The phone call comes two months after Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita vaguely announced in an Al Jazeera interview that Morocco had withdrawn its troops from the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen against Houthi rebels. Many have speculated about the seemingly stormy relationship between Saudi Arabia and Morocco.Morocco took a neutral stance in the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar. A few days after the start of the blockade, King Mohammed VI asked the Moroccan government to dispatch food assistance to Qatar. In November 2017, King Mohammed VI flew from the United Arab Emirates to Qatar, being the first head of state to break the air blockade imposed on the small Gulf nation. Morocco’s neutrality and its offer to mediate the Gulf crisis did not resonate with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who many regard as the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. In the months leading up to a FIFA vote in which Morocco was vying to host the 2026 World Cup, an advisor to the Saudi royal family and Saudi sports authority Turki Al Sheikh made unfriendly comments about Morocco. Morocco lost the vote to the North American bid in June 2018.Read Also: Timeline: All You Should Know About Morocco-Saudi Arabia FrictionIn February, Bourita denied Morocco’s relationship with Saudi Arabia was under stress after international media reported that Morocco recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mustapha Mansouri. Bourita said the ambassador had returned to Rabat for a consultation.The Moroccan move came after the Saudi pro-government Al Arabiya television channel aired a documentary on Western Sahara, which was viewed as hostile to Morocco’s position on the conflict.The documentary displayed Western Sahara as an “occupied” territory, making the Polisario Front’s claims legitimate.Moroccans also took offense when the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) posted on Facebook a map showing Western Sahara removed from the Moroccan map.It remains to be seen whether this phone call will contribute to rekindling the strained relations between the two countries and give them a new impetus.
← Previous Story Alen Blazevic to Pick Szeged? Next Story → “Battle for ALL” in Austria: Alpla Hard or HIT Tirol? After two season, THW Kiel and Milutin Dragicevic (29) made an mutual agreement about contract termination. Serbian line-player doesn’t found himself in Germany, where he came in 2010 as the Best player of Danish League. Dragicevic well known as “Hercules” played in Denmark for BSV Silkeborg, before that in Romania for HCM Constanta.He signed contract with THW Kiel in time of Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic. After only six months among “Zebra” it was clear that he isn’t capable to fit in the system of Alfred Gislason, but he had contract until 2014.From the next season, THW Kiel will have three line-players, Marcus Ahlm, Patrick Wienzek (VfL Gummersbach) and Rene Toft Hansen (AG Copenhagen). BSV SilkeborgMilutin DragicevicTHW Kiel
The HP TouchPad only recently arrived on retail shelves, but consumers are starting to take notice. That has a lot to do with HP’s massive marketing campaign, with its giant banners outside big box stores like BestBuy, TV spots featuring Mr. Katy Perry, and a whopping 50GB of free cloud storage for life from the folks at Box.net.There’s also excitement building for the upcoming 4G TouchPad that is due to launch on AT&T’s network in August. In addition to breaking free from the Wi-Fi only constraints of the original TouchPad, the 4G model will also feature an amped-up processor running at 1.5GHz. That will rectify some early concerns reviewers had about the TouchPad’s speed, but HP is well aware of certain software niggles that need to be addressed.Those, of course, can be easily rectified via over-the-air updates, and there’s a big one coming to the TouchPad fairly soon. Though the release will only bump webOS to 3.02 on the tablets, it comes bearing three very big gifts: the Amazon Kindle app, HP MovieStore — which will allow you to leanback and rent your favorite flicks — as well as a music store of some sort.It had been previously revealed that MovieStore would be powered by Roxio, which has a long-standing relationship with HP and plenty of experience with digital content delivery. The music store, however, remains a bit of a mystery. If HP follows the lead of Songbird — which we already know powers the HP Play desktop app — it could very well be 7Digital who is serving up the tunes.The update is due by the end of July, so we won’t have to wait much longer to gets some eyes-on time with the news apps.via PreCentral
Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Concern in Passport Office as 66,000 applications outstanding (and the number’s growing) The number of applications outstanding has been consistently on the rise in recent times in the wake of the Brexit vote. http://jrnl.ie/3454074 53,381 Views Source: Shutterstock/AstroetteA SIGNIFICANT BACKLOG in passport applications has developed at Ireland’s Passport Office.Figures released to TheJournal.ie by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) show that currently 65,916 applications are outstanding (ie awaiting process).This represents an increase from the 60,404 such applications that were outstanding at this time last year.The single greatest reason for the backlog would appear to be Brexit.Since the UK voting to leave the EU in June 2016, applications for Irish passports have increased to a huge extent from eligible citizens living in Britain hoping to avoid issues with free travel (and employment) throughout the union once Brexit becomes official in March 2019.Last year saw a 33% increase (33,008) year-on-year of the number of applications received from Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.The first five months of 2017 have seen that trend explode – with a staggering 55% increase in the number of applications received from this time last year (29,792 additional applications received year-on-year until end May 2017).It’s understood that there is a deal of concern within DFA regarding the ongoing backlog in the process of applications, although waiting times currently vary depending upon the manner of application.TheJournal.ie contacted DFA for a statement in relation to this matter. A response had not been received at the time of publication. Source: DFAThe 66,000 applications currently outstanding are totalled from applicants in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and via DFA’s online passport renewals service.The breakdown of outstanding applications at present is:Irish applicants – 43,274 (66%)Northern Irish applicants – 10,288 (16%)British applicants – 8,609 (13%)Online renewals – 3,745 (5%) By Cianan Brennan Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 12:05 AM Share3929 Tweet Email20 Separate to the 66,000 applications waiting to be processed, nearly 97,000 such applications were received last month, a 7.6% increase on the same month in 2016.The lowest number of applications received and registered this year was in January – 70,771 (a massive 33% increase on the previous year’s total of 53,175).In the last three months there have never been fewer than 85,000 applications received.With the current outstanding total of 66,000, this suggests that applications are being received at a faster rate than the Passport Office can deal with them.Waiting timesThis does not as yet suggest that the backlog is creating a situation where applicants are having their passports significantly delayed.However, the average waiting times for applications vary depending on how and from where they were applied for.When applying (by mail, the only means to do so is via the Passport Express option through a post office – all other mail applications are returned), people are ‘strongly advised’ to get their applications in six weeks prior to travelling.Passport renewals typically take 14 working days, while first time applicants can expect a minimum wait of 20 days (four weeks).Emergency applications meanwhile necessitate an appointment with the Passport Office in either Cork or Dublin.The wait-time on online renewals (new applications can only be made via post) is significantly shorter at just 10 working days (not counting postage times).Applications traditionally spike prior to, and during, the summer months as people ready themselves for travelling abroad on holiday.Last year, 733,060 were issued in total, a 15% increase on the 635,600 figure from just five years ago in 2012.Backlogs regarding such State-issued documents or payments are not uncommon, with staffing issues often to blame.In recent times the Department of Social Protection, for example, has struggled with a backlog in the payment of maternity benefits which has seen many women having given birth for a number of weeks before receiving their payments.Read: Longford is getting natural gas for the first time after €3 million Center Parcs dealRead: Who got the nod? And who lost out? Here are Varadkar’s new junior ministers 48 Comments Jun 22nd 2017, 12:05 AM
The restoration of the Panagia Soumela Monastery in Turkey has revealed a stunning surprise.Closed to tourists for the past two years, restoration specialists undertaking the project have since stumbled upon a hidden chapel that is only accessible via a hidden passageway.Located in the Trabzon province in northern Turkey, formerly known as Trapezounta, the area was once inhabited by a large community of Pontian Greeks.The chapel features intricate murals with depictions of heaven, hell, life and death, and are believed to date back centuries.Once restorations of the entire monastery are complete, including the chapel, visitors will for the first time in years be able to access the chapel by climbing wooden ladders to a secret passage of corridors.Built in 386 AD, the monastery complex is a dedication to the Virgin Mary and is considered one of the most sacred Greek Orthodox sites in the world. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Port of Vancouver issued $30 million in revenue bonds late last month, the second in a series of releases.Due to strong order activity, the port’s “A stable” credit rating and good market conditions, the port received an interest rate that will save $4.2 million over the life of the bonds, according to a news release from the port.The repayment of revenue bonds is guaranteed solely by the port’s operating revenues; unlike the general obligation bonds issued in the past, which are secured by a municipality’s pledge to repay with any legal resources available.The 2017 revenue bonds will allow the port to complete large capital projects including the West Vancouver Freight Access Project and repairs to port properties and facilities.In December, the port’s Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a resolution approving the 2017 revenue bonds. They are the second in a series of three major debt issuances that support the port’s capital program.Next year, the port plans to issue the third and final bonds in the series, worth between $15 and $25 million.More information on the port’s finances is available at www.portvanusa.com.
From mostly near and occasionally far, new farmers and growers keep flocking to the Vancouver Farmers Market, which opened for the season March 17.“We’re seeing a lot of new interest,” said executive director Jordan Boldt. “We don’t usually see a ton of that every year. This is probably the most active we’ve been in a number of years.” There are 14 new produce and food vendors on the scene in 2018, he said.Thanks to the hot economy? Rising foodie fascination? All that and more, Boldt said.“We have at least two new farms from younger, more professional-background people who are coming from other industries and choosing to pivot into agriculture or the food industry,” he said. “I think we’re seeing people looking for secondary or supplementary careers where they can be creative and follow up their passions.“Starting a restaurant is so hard and expensive and risky,” he said, but launching a booth at the Vancouver Farmers Market “is a lower barrier to entry.”For example, there’s new mushroom maven Ash Tree Farms of Vancouver, which rents warehouse space in the city and grows its fungal delights indoors in bags of sawdust or on moldering old logs.“If you’re not a wild mushroom forager, this is a common way to cultivate mushrooms commercially,” Boldt said. (“It’s a crazy world,” he added.)
The Scottish team can come back to a UEFA competition after eight years without playing in one, but they need to beat Russian club Ufa at homeThe last time Rangers was in a European competition was eight years ago, but the Scottish team can change everything tomorrow.According to a report by The Scotsman, Steven Gerrard has urged his team to make history and win against Russian club Ufa at home this Thursday.“I wouldn’t say it’s the biggest game in our history because the history at Rangers is so big. The club has played in many games which have created our history for us,” he says.“It’s our responsibility to try to help that and to add to that. We have a responsibility to try to bring European football back.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The journey we have been on has been about this moment,” he added.“We’ve worked so hard and put a lot of effort in to get this chance, I just hope the players seize this moment.”“I want them to play relaxed and play the way they have done in the previous seven games,” he commented.“We’ve had massive occasions against Skhupi, Osijek and Maribor and the players have done ever so well.”
It appears that there is some truth to the Cygnus sale rumors, and at a rocky time for magazine M&A.According to sources with knowledge of the process, the due diligence phase is complete and a verbal agreement has been reached between Penton Media parent Wasserstein & Co. and ABRY Partners on the acquisition of Cygnus Business Media. The deal is expected to close before the end of the month.The final sale price for Cygnus was not immediately clear. It had been estimated that the company was seeking $200 million to $240 million, or about 8x estimated EBITDA.A Cygnus spokesperson declined to comment. In a June interview with FOLIO:, Cygnus co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien indicated that the company was exploring a potential sale. Cygnus went on the block in 2006 but subsequently pulled off the market that year.The news comes about two weeks after the deal that would have had Texas-based private equity firm Austin Ventures acquiring Entrepreneur Media failed, in part, because of the difficult credit market.
Huawei caught between US-China conflict HuaweiReutersHuawei, the Chinese smartphone manufacturing brand, has been witnessing a dramatic halt after the US government put a ban on US companies collaborating with the Chinese firms. This has led to a drastic setback for Huawei’s smartphone users who are denied the updates for their Android operating system.Curbing its way to find a solution and cutting down the dependency on foreign operating systems, Huawei had announced an independent operating system, Harmony OS on August 9. The company claims that the new OS is self-sufficient and can work at par with Android in all the smart devices produced by Huawei.The launch event of the OS presented some mind-boggling benchmarks that proved that Harmony OS provided its user with better performance and security than the Android and Google’s latest in-development Android operating system, Fuchsia OS. The announcement came as a relief for the Huawei users who were worried about their purchases and the credibility of their devices. HarmonyOS launchtwitterHowever, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, claimed that pushing the OS globally against the widely accepted Android has some setbacks. He further added that, if circumstances remain unfavourable then the company will roll out its independent OS to the global market, going head-to-head against Android.Though everything seems viable in terms of an estimated contextualisation, here are a few reasons stated by The Conversation that show why Harmony OS might not produce the expected results.Competition against Play StoreWith a rise in storage space and the boost in internet usage, smartphone users dependent mostly on applications for their day-to-day usage. An average user has a massive app count on its app board to fulfil all the requirements available online through the apps. The dependency of the users on the apps has resulted in luring the app developers to target the operating system with a large user base.Even if Huawei pushes all its users from the Android services to its new operating system, it will face a tough time to compete against Google’s App Store which integrates more than 2 million applications. Even if not theoretically, but Huawei will need massive alteration and finances to collaborate with the app developers to port their apps to the new operating system. HarmonyOSTwitterRichard Yu’s claims of providing the customers with a similar app-drawer within two days might not be viable to compete against the massive app store and keep it updated within the short time span. It would take more than a theoretical claim to prove the credibility of porting everything to the new operating frame.Transferring dataThe global internet boom has made the lives of people easier by making them dependent on the system to curate and organise their passwords, cloud drives, online banking links, photos, emails, and linked-logins. An email has become the vault to dump in all the precious details that run a user’s day-to-day requirements.Though cloning seems to be a trendy option, it works on the same operating system. So shifting all the data from one OS to the other is a tedious process and with no clue about the new operating system and the transfer apps allowed, it might enhance the problems in the data recovery process.As per the security and technical norms of Google and the tech ban on Huawei, it would not allow a seamless data porting to the users from HarmonyOS. It will also hold a barrier against the click-and-link login process by obtaining the credentials from the new operating system. This might create a hindrance for the user who would lose long sustained data. HarmonyOS launchTwitterAndroid is not the only problemHuawei’s struggle in the trade ban is not only against Google but against all US companies that include Facebook, Amazon, Uber, Paypal and of course eBay. These being the US companies cannot be simply ported to Harmony OS by paying the app developers a huge sum of money. There is a struggle that Huawei has to go through to gain special licenses to port them to their new operating system.Considering the rising trade tensions, Huawei might not find a loophole to gain the rights which is again a problematic situation for the company. Thus, one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers will be selling its expensive devices with an independent operating system that does not integrate the most used apps by its users.The problem beyondThus, Huawei amidst the trade ban has been trying to build its own technology against the barriers of privacy and data protection. Though it seems to be an act of creating its own benchmark to cut down its dependency on the biggest tech firms in the world, it is affecting its own telecoms equipment business globally.Building a new mobile operating system and handing over the declining market share of Apple to Huawei as retaliation against Apple are not the only means of solving the tensions. The current trend of exposure will put massive pressure on Huawei’s exports outside China. Close The present scenario is only boosting the tensions between the two superpowers. Huawei is significantly retaliating against the US’s dominance in the technology sector. 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Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APPresident Trump speaks to reporters Saturday during a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The Trump administration sent a list of immigration policy priorities to Congress that includes overhauling the country’s green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border.President Donald Trump pitched his tax plan as a boost for truckers at an event Wednesday in Pennsylvania, saying, “America first means putting American truckers first.”Trump appeared before about a thousand cheering people at an airplane hangar dramatically draped with American flags. Two big rigs were in the background.“It will be rocket fuel for our economy,” Trump said of a plan that would dramatically cut corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 20 percent, reduce the number of personal income tax brackets and boost the standard deduction.Trump said a cut to business taxes would help truckers because there will be “more products to deliver and more contracts to fill.” He also said his plan would benefit middle-class families by lowering rates, creating new jobs and making it easier for business owners to pass companies on to their children.“So many people have come up to me and said give it to the middle class, give it to people who need it,” Trump said.Trump is diving back into the tax fight after weeks in which his attention has shifted to rapidly emerging crises — including the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico — as well as dramas of his own making, such as his escalating feud with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and public tension with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.Taxes are the chief legislative priority for Republicans hungry for a major legislative achievement. With the 2018 campaign year looming, GOP lawmakers want something to show for their time as the majority party, and tax legislation remains their best hope.Trump has left it up to Congress to fill in many specifics of his plan, which omits details such as the income levels for his new tax brackets. The outreach to truckers in Pennsylvania is an attempt to give a blue-collar appeal to a framework that outside tax analysts say would largely favor the wealthy.About two-thirds of trucking firms are structured as small businesses in which the profits double as the owners’ income, what’s commonly known as “pass-through” companies, said Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations.The framework would cut the tax rate for these firms to 25 percent from 39.6 percent.“It’s pretty critical for our membership,” Spear said.But the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said few truckers would benefit from this preferential rate because the majority of truck drivers are employees rather than pass-through business owners, based on its analysis of Census data.Republicans in Congress aren’t solidly behind Trump, with some from high-tax states balking because the framework calls for eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes. That deduction is claimed by an estimated 44 million people and costs the government an estimated $1.3 trillion in lost revenue over 10 years.Fractious Republican lawmakers, especially those from New York, New Jersey and California, are wary of the potential financial hit to their constituents. They contend repealing the deduction would subject people to being taxed twice.“They need our votes” on the tax plan, said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a member of the group.Discussions with House leaders on a possible compromise took place last week but are on hold, Collins and other lawmakers in the group said Wednesday. They said they were confident of a compromise.Trump highlighted the tax plan’s provisions aimed at encouraging international companies to bring back, or repatriate, cash that they’ve kept overseas. All told, there’s more than $1 trillion in cash held abroad by S&P 500 companies, according to Deutsche Bank.“We will totally eliminate the penalty on returning future earnings back to the United States and we will impose a one-time low tax on money currently parked overseas so it can be brought back home to America, where it belongs and where it can do its job,” he said. He added that his Council of Economic Advisers estimates that the change, along with a lower tax rate, “would likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise.”“Could be a lot more than that, too,” he said.The $4,000 in additional income estimate comes from a back of the envelope calculation by White House economics adviser Kevin Hassett based on companies returning 71 percent of their foreign profits over the course of eight years.This estimate appears to assume that the returned profits would flow to workers in the form of higher wages. But many economists say much of it would likely be returned to investors in the form of stock dividends and buybacks.___Associated Press writers Marcy Gordon and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to show that Rep. Chris Collins is from New York, not New Jersey.
BlizzCon has been a highlight on the shows calendar for the past few years if you’re a fan of Blizzard games, but this year it isn’t going ahead. Blizzard have taken the decision to replace it in 2012 with an altogether different kind of gamer gathering.2012 will see the introduction of the Battle.net World Championships, which Blizzard hopes will bring together some of the best pro-gamers. Before you decide you can do without BlizzCon as long as you can attend the World Championships, think again. They aren’t being held in the U.S., so unless you’re willing to jump on a plane and fly to Asia, you’ll have to hope Blizzard streams the event.BlizzCon has been running since 2005, and with the exception of 2006 has been an annual event for gamers. The decision to replace it this year will surely be met with both anger and annoyance, but it can be tempered by the fact Blizzard have promised a BlizzCon 2013 will happen.The explanation for not running the show this year isn’t just because of the World Championships. Blizzard have simply said they are so busy trying to get Diablo III, the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion, and the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm sequel/expansion out the door, they just didn’t have time to fit it in. I doubt many will complain about that if it means getting games and content faster.As for when the Battle.net World Championships will occur and where, we will be told in the coming months as they won’t actually start until near the end of 2012. BlizzCon 2013 is most likely going to happen sometime between August and October next year.Read more at Gamerfront and Battle.net