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first_imgWindies embrace fans in fun day MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies players brought smiles to the faces of thousands of fans as they participated in the annual Family Day at the G event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. The day of fun was geared toward young fans and over 4,000 turned up at the iconic venue to be part of the festivities. The Australian team also participated as players signed autographs and took photographs. “It was a fantastic event for the players and the fans,” West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner said. “The players were all delighted to see so many cricket lovers, young and old, from all walks of life and from several parts of the world, who came out to see the training session, and then participate in the day’s activities. “It was a great day with excellent weather at the MCG, as we build up to the Test match this weekend.” Father blocks player’s transfer to Liverpool BELGRADE, Serbia (AP): Marko Grujic may not be signing a seven million euros ($7.6 million) contract with Liverpool after all. The reason: His father keeps his passport. Red Star Belgrade, the 19-year-old Serbian midfielder’s club, has reportedly agreed on a five-year deal and he was to travel to Liverpool for medical check-ups. Grujic’s father, however, says he should remain at Red Star until the end of the season when his price will be bigger. “His passport is with me and he is not going anywhere,” Goran Grujic told Belgrade media. He accused Red Star management of forcing his son to leave because of the club’s deep financial problems. Red Star says in a statement yesterday that if it doesn’t get the funds from Grujic’s transfer, the club will collapse financially. Smith lifts Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Australia Test captain, Steve Smith, has captured the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015. Smith, 26, was the leading run-scorer in Tests during the period under consideration, compiling 1,734 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 82.57, with seven centuries and six half-centuries. He also gathered 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60, with four centuries and eight half-centuries from 26 one-day internationals. “Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards,” Smith said. “While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.” Meanwhile, South African AB de Villiers was voted ICC ODI Player of the Year, while fellow countryman Faf du Plessis won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year for his 119 off 56 balls against West Indies in the second Twenty20 in Johannesburg last January.last_img read more

Economou Takes Over Larger Part of DryShips Debt

first_imgzoom Greece-based owner of dry bulk carriers and offshore support vessels DryShips revealed that its chairman and CEO George Economou has taken over the majority of the company’s debt. Namely, a company controlled by Economou has become the lender of record under DryShips’ USD 85.1 million syndicated loan previously arranged by Germany’s HSH Nordbank.Following this transaction, entities affiliated by Economou control “the vast majority” of DryShips’ debt outstanding with total aggregate principal amount outstanding of USD 154.5 million.The company further said that the remaining debt of USD 16.5 million is associated with third party commercial lenders with which DryShips has either reached or is in discussions to reach an amicable settlement.“With more than 90% of our debt now in the hands of our founder, it is safe to conclude that the company is no longer in any danger from its lenders exercising any of their rights under the company’s existing defaults under their respective loan agreements,” Anthony Kandylidis, executive vice president and interim CFO, said.He added that DryShips is already in discussions with Economou to amend the company’s debt and regain compliance.Last month, DryShips decided to sell its preferred shares for gross proceeds of USD 20 million to British Virgin Islands-registered Kalani Investments Limited. DryShips also said it may further receive up to USD 80 million if all of the preferred warrants are exercised, for total proceeds of USD 100 million.The company said that the net proceeds from the sale would be used for general corporate purposes and/or to repay indebtedness under one or more of existing credit facilities and/or to repay indebtedness incurred under the Revolving Facility with Sifnos Shareholders Inc.last_img read more

Alberta Métis settlements sign framework agreement with Canada

first_imgMetis Settlements General Council President Gerald Cunningham was joined by Metis settlement leaders from Alberta in signing a Framework Agreement with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett Monday in Ottawa. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.APTN NewsA group representing the eight Métis settlements in Alberta signed an agreement with the federal government Monday in Ottawa that they say signals a new relationship  with Canada.The Métis Settlements General Council (MSGC) and Canada signed a framework agreement that will serve as the basis for ongoing negotiations toward a reconciliation agreement with the eight Métis settlement councils representing the people of Buffalo Lake, East Prairie, Elizabeth, Fishing Lake, Gift Lake Kikino, Paddle Prairie and Peavine.More on the framework agreement from Annette Francis. MSGC President Gerald Cunningham said the agreement “cements our relationship with Canada,” and that the Métis laid out health, education, housing, governance funding, and title recognition of the settlements under Canada’s constitution as priorities of the agreement.“It is with all humility that we go forward in this partnership knowing that you know best what your communities need,” Bennett told Métis leaders gathered in Ottawa for the signing.Cunningham said the Métis settlements have long fought for bilateral relations with Canada, as their communities currently fall under provincial jurisdiction.Métis Settlements General Council President Gerald Cunningham said the framework agreement “cements our relationship with Canada.” Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.He said following a meeting with Bennett in January 2017 it appeared the minister “recognized that the Métis settlements, being the only legislated land-based Métis in Canada, were very unique, and that Canada had to deal with the Métis settlements in a separate bilateral process.”Cunningham said that in the new year the MSGC will “do as much as we can while we can” toward striking a binding agreement with the Justin Trudeau government before the fall election.“Although this is an historic moment there is still much work to do, but I am very confident that with this new relationship we have with Canada, and the relationship that we have with Alberta, we will make some great strides to fulfilling our goals of political autonomy, self-determination, economic self-reliance and instilling some hope and pride back into our youth,” he read more

Queiroz explains how Iran defeated Yemen 50

first_imgThe Portuguese manager believes his team was well focused on the victory in order to avoid any surprises in the 2019 Asian Cup.After many surprises, India winning 4-1 against Thailand, and defending champions Australia losing to Jordan, Iran didn’t want to repeat any of these mistakes.Iran defeated Yemen 5-0 after a brilliant showcase from their players, and manager Carlos Queiroz has explained why they won.“I really want to congratulate my players for the way they played,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are still at the beginning though and we are certainly not looking at results elsewhere as it is really none of our business.”Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“Having said that, some of the games we have seen so far have been, to be honest, a great lesson for Iran,” he added.“I told my players that they had to focus on their first game, and some of the early results have proved that if you don’t play with focus any team [here in the UAE] can beat another.”“The match was a typical first game at a [major] competition as some players started a little nervously,” he explained.“However, I think after we began with such a high intensity, we started to force Yemen into mistakes and we were able to use that to our advantage.”last_img read more

Association EPublishing Trends

first_imgWhile many associations are close to or ahead of the online curve, a study called E-Publishing Trends and Metrics from the Angerosa Research Foundation shows that others are just starting to make headway. “Associations have limited resources and need to deploy them wisely,” says Anne Zender, president of the Society of National Association Publications and vice president of communications, Journal of the American Health Information Management Association. “They are not in the business of being early adopters for the sake of early adoption itself.” She points out that associations’ online activities may not be visible to the public, which can make it hard for non-members to see movement.Online Content and E-NewslettersOf the 316 associations questioned, 66 percent post all magazine and journal content online. Forty-six percent offer original content online-which means more than half are not. Meanwhile, 85 percent put out at least one e-newsletter, and 67 percent publish more than one. Twenty-four percent still offer a print newsletter. Online Ads: To Sell or Not To SellWhile e-newsletters abound, most are not selling ads to support them-only 26 percent do. Among respondents, the median annual revenue for a primary e-newsletter is $15,000, with 13 percent bringing in more than $50,000 and a high end of $1.2 million. Eighty-three percent say they follow a non-commercial model-their primary goal is not to create a self-sustaining newsletter-but Debra Stratton, president of Stratton Research and head of the Angerosa Research Foundation, is seeing expanded recognition of e-newsletters as revenue tools. On magazine/journal Web sites and pages in general, one-third of all respondents sell ads. Twenty-six percent plan to sell in the future, while 41 percent have no plans to sell ads online at all but that could change. “If advertisers start to shift money into online publishing, I think we’ll see more association publishers finding ways to accommodate them,” Zender says. Overall, study respondents reported a median of $18,000 in annual Web ad/sponsorship revenue, with a high of $2 million.Protected Versus Open AccessA more even split exists between those who offer open access to content (47 percent of respondents) versus those who require login (44 percent). Eleven percent offer pay-per-view.Trade associations seem more likely to offer open access than individual membership organizations. The debate is between a fear of “cannibalizing membership versus an interest in providing knowledge,” says Stratton. She believes, though, that the number of associations offering open access will grow, as will the amount of open content offered. Zender’s forecast is similar: “The argument that content needs to be password protected to serve as a member benefit is still out there-but the appeal of being available to Google, blogs, and other social media may serve as a tipping point.”Other Bells and Whistles Associations are tapping into other digital media as well-36 percent offer Webinars, 26 percent have streaming video, 21 percent run podcasts (the same percentage as those with RSS feeds), and 19 percent have blogs. Most blogs-70 percent-are focused on general news rather than on the associations specifically. Social networking is also picking up speed, and Stratton and Zender expect this to continue. The International Society for Technology in Education, which publishes Learning & Leading with Technology, started with a MySpace page in November 2006 (they now have 170 friends), added Facebook and Second Life in January 2007 (with 200 and 2,000 members respectively), and joined LinkedIn in March 2007 (on which they have 54 members). Jessica Medaille, senior director for membership development at ISTE, says helping educators learn about Web 2.0 is part of their mission and that while the association considers itself an early adopter, there could be social media applications for other associations. Zender expects associations to advance with Web 2.0 tools, but not all at once: “They may not adopt all, but look for some to try one or two,” she says.More on this topic Associations Adopting Digital, Social Networking E-Publishing: How Associations Stack Up ABM Adds Nine Companies to Membership Roster 2009 Association Publishing Survey Paid Content and Blog Sponsorships Generate Highest E-Profits Association Magazine SurveyJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

DID YOU HEAR… The Detox Facility Proposals Public Hearing Has Been Postponed

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Public Hearing for the Detox Facility Proposal scheduled for the Wilmington Board of Appeals Meeting tonight (Wednesday, May 9) at 7pm at Town Hall has been POSTPONED to Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm at Town Hall.The applicant (Bettering LLC) requested a continuance. Their representatives will NOT be at the meeting and there is expected to be no discussion on the matter.The public hearing began back on February 14 when approximately 200 residents packed the Town Hall Auditorium. Attorney Mark Bobrowski and project engineer Ben Osgood received heavy criticism from three Board of Appeals members and more than 20 speakers from the audience, most of whom expressed a concern over a lack of answers and information, particularly surrounding the facility’s security procedures.After 3.5 hours of discussion, the board unanimously voted to continue the public hearing to its Wednesday, April 25 meeting.  The hearing was subsequently rescheduled to its Wednesday, May 8 meeting.  It is now scheduled to be taken up at the board’s Wednesday, June 13 meeting.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDID YOU HEAR?… Detox Facility Proposal’s Public Hearing With The ZBA Has Been Postponed AGAIN To September 12In “Government”DETOX NEWS: 10 New Developments Heading Into Tonight’s Board Of Appeals MeetingIn “Government”Concerned Citizens Of Wilmington Reminds Residents Of Public Hearing On Proposed Drug Treatment Center On Sept. 12In “Government”last_img read more

Bogra youth attempts suicide after killing wife

first_img-A young man has tried to kill himself allegedly after slaughtering newlywed wife at Chak Farid Pramanikpara of the district town.Police recovered the body of Fatema Khatun, 22, wife of Sujon Pramanik, 28, from their bedroom on Wednesday morning and sent it to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital for autopsy.Inspector (Investigation) of Sadar police station Aslam Ali said Sujon married Fatema barely a month ago.The newlywed couple went to bed after having their dinner on Tuesday night. “We suspected that Sujon slaughtered Fatema with a sharp weapon and tried to slit his throat,” the police officer said.He also said they took Sujon to the hospital under their custody.Meanwhile, a housewife allegedly slaughtered her husband at Kahpukuria village in Dupchanchia upazila on Tuesday.Police arrested Khadiza Khatun, 35, for killing her husband Shahidul Islam, 42, from the village.Officer-in-charge of Dupchanchia Police Station Abdur Razzak said Khadiza attacked Shahidul with a sharp weapon over a family feud on Tuesday noon, leaving him critically injured.He was taken to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the evening.last_img read more

Knotty affair with summer

first_imgScarves are summer must haves, they not only save your skin from the scorching heat but can also act as a style statement, say experts. Here are some styles that you can flaunt with a scarf.4Knot at the end: The conventional way to style a scarf is to loop it around your neck bringing the ends to the front side. Tie the ends together in a knot for a refined look.4The shrug look: This would work with a larger scarf. Fold the scarf diagonally making a triangle shape of the scarf. Drape the scarf around your neck keeping two ends of the triangle in front. Wear a stylish high waist belt over the scarf at your waist to accentuate the look. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4The airhostess bow knot: In case you want to go for a more subtle look, the best way is to fold the scarf until it becomes a two to four inch rectangle. Loop it around your neck and with the ends, tie a big bow on the right hand side of your neck for that sexy-yet-professional style statement.4Choker style: Fold a long scarf in half, lengthwise. Grab the diagonal ends and knot them together. Put it over your neck as a necklace and then twist it and loop again.4Bandana style: Fold your scarf in a triangle shape and put the biggest side over your head like a headband. Now tie the ends together behind your head.4Tie style: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang. Cross and tie the two ends in the centre. Adjust so that one is layered over the other to give it a tie look.last_img read more

5 refreshing drinks to beat the heat

first_imgThe blazing summer heat can leave us dehydrated, sweaty, fatigued and thirsty, making it imperative to increase our fluid intake. But for those who are bored of drinking the normal regular water, beat the heat with a few desi, cool, homemade drinks.”Go back to your Indian roots and satiate your thirst with desi thirst quenchers”, says Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist at Healthians. She has suggested a few natural homemade drinks, with no added preservatives: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAam Panna: This tangy healthy beverage is very popular in North India and is the perfect summer thirst quencher. It can be made by scraping, boiling and taking out the pulp of some raw green mangoes and adding water, some salt, cumin and pepper to it. Aam Panna has heat resistant properties and is a great remedy for heat stroke, dehydration, gastrointestinal disorders.Saunf (fennel seeds) Sharbat: It is a popular summer beverage of Gujarat. Usually, mishri is added to sweeten the drink and it can further be flavoured with cloves and cardamom. Another variation of saunf sharbat is with lemon juice and black salt. Fennel seed is a coolant and is good for digestion. It relieves abdominal cramps, gas and bloating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChaach or Mattha: It is one of the most popular summer drinks in North India. Chaach is low fat and is three times faster to digest than regular milk. All you need are four ingredients i.e. yoghurt, water, salt and jeera (cumin) powder to enjoy a delicious glass of Chaach. Bael Sharbat: Bael ka Sharbat or wood apple juice is made by beating the seeded pulp of Bael, mixed with the water. It boosts the immune system, fights bacterial and viral infections, gives relief from piles and respiratory disorders, act as a natural laxative and is good for skin as well.Sattu Drink: Sattu is a popular flour in U.P and Bihar. This traditional energy drink can be made with roasted gram flour, black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and water.It is a desi detox drink that helps to cleanse our system and remove all toxins. It aids in weight loss and has a low glycemic index, hence recommended for diabetics as well.last_img read more

Should You Do Business in the Cloud

first_imgMarch 11, 2010 Register Now » By now you’ve probably heard the term “cloud computing” mentioned in the press, thanks to the PR machines of Microsoft, Sun, Google and, among others. But what exactly is cloud computing, and what does it mean for small businesses?Simply put, it’s computing that is done on the Web. Rather than installing software on a computer that sits in your office, the applications that you need to run your business are stored on servers in data centers owned by the software company–“in the cloud” so to speak. You access your software and your business data via a Web browser–from any computer that is connected to the internet anywhere in the world. Some of the benefits to this approach include:Lower initial cost: Instead of buying software, you essentially rent it. You pay a monthly fee for each user. You also avoid the expense and hassle of paying for software upgrades. There is only one copy of the software running on the servers “in the cloud” and every time you log in you access the latest and greatest features without having to do anything extra.Lower overhead: Your IT infrastructures needs are greatly reduced with cloud computing. The company that “hosts” your software and data maintains the hardware, upgrades the software and keeps the service running. You can focus on running your business rather than on maintaining your computers. All you need is a computer with a fast and reliable web connection.Maximum mobility: Because your programs and data reside “in the cloud,” you can run your business from anywhere you can reach the Web. With today’s wireless laptops and smart phones, you don’t even have to sit behind a desk. You can check inventory while on a job site or run payroll while lounging poolside.Easier collaboration: Cloud computing makes it easier for you to collaborate with your clients, customers and employees while avoiding the logjam caused by sending large files. Instead of passing around a bulky digital file, such as a spreadsheet or a presentation, and hoping that all parties are looking at the most current version, you can all go to a Web address to view and work on a given project in real time.Increased safety: Cloud computing offers two key safety advantages. First, having your anti-malware software in the cloud generally means better, faster protection against the swarms of viruses, worms and other digital threats floating around out there. Rather than downloading the latest virus signatures to your computer to protect it at the endpoint, your security vendor can zap the bugs while they’re in the air.Second, having your business records backed up in the cloud better protects your data from losses due to catastrophes like a server meltdown. If your hard drive simply takes a nosedive, your data are backed up automatically and continuously at one or more remote locations. Of course, you are counting on the software company to take care of the data, but in almost all circumstances they are going to much greater lengths to double and triple protect your data because their entire business depends on it.What to Look for in the CloudSome key features to look for when shopping for cloud-based business software and services include:Interoperability: Your applications should work together in harmony, not alone in individual silos. For example, your accounting software should mesh with your customer relationship management software. You should not have to toggle back and forth between separate CRM and financial programs when talking with a customer or the phone or when planning a new marketing campaign. Once captured, data should flow freely between these critical business applications.Reliability: Because you are putting your business records and processes in the hands of a third party, you want to make sure that the vendor has a proven track record and will stay with you for the long haul. Choose carefully. If your cloud vendor suddenly goes dark, your business could do the same. Make sure the company you use has a good track record and is going to be around for the long haul.All in all, I’m a huge fan of applications “in the clouds” and recommend it over desktop software to almost all of the small businesses I talk to. The ease, affordability, mobility, accessibility and safety of cloud computing make it one less thing you need to worry about so you can focus on growing your business instead. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more