ATHENS – After lots of big talk, Greek officials have bowed to FIFA demands to restore the country’s soccer tourney or risk an international ban.FIFA representative Costakis Koutsokoumnis – under fire in his home of Cyprus for wearing a Turkish uniform in a friendly match and agreeing to call his country South Cyprus as Turkey demands – made the announcement.Koutsokoumnis spoke after Greek Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis, who stopped the tournament because of violence and had defied FIFA, and Greek FA President Giorgos Girtzikis ducked the media.“We have reached an agreement, there is a commitment to begin the Greek Cup again,” Koutsokoumnis said.“The matches may be held outside Athens, perhaps without spectators or perhaps with only school children in the stands. This will be decided upon by Friday between Mr. Kontonis and the FA,” Koutsokoumnis said, Agence France Presse said.There is also talk that foreign referees may be called in for the two semi-final matches and the final which remain to be played. There was no discussion about what would happen if violence in Greek soccer, a tradition, continues.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Arsenal midfielder Torreira overjoyed with Vieira chantby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has spoken about his delight at chants comparing him to Patrick Vieira.The Uruguayan has been a sensation in midfield for the Gunners, scoring important goals and providing a physical presence they have been missing for years.A recent chant from Gunners fans has compared him to legendary French midfielder Vieira.And Torreira could not be more pleased.”It’s incredible. Every time I hear it, I feel so proud,” the 22-year-old told Arsenal’s website. “It gives me a real energy boost and that strength to go after every ball.”I can only really say thank you to the fans. They’re incredible and fill out every stadium, whether it’s home or away.”They’re singing for the whole 90 minutes and that’s massive for the team because it makes us feel that we have their support.”When we’re out there playing, we want to do our best to entertain them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Mi Days sale begins: Xiaomi, Redmi phones sell with up to Rs 6,500 discount on AmazonDuring the Mi Days sale Xiaomi smartphones, as well as accessories, are selling with big discounts. In addition to the discounts, Amazon is also offering 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI. advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 09:14 IST HIGHLIGHTSMi Days sale begins today, June 17, on Amazon India.The sale will continue until June 21 on the same platformDuring the sale, consumers can get Xiaomi smartphones and accessories at a discounted price.Xiaomi is back with the Mi Days sale. As always, during the Mi Days sale Xiaomi smartphones, as well as accessories, are selling with big discounts. The Mi Days sale begins today, June 17, on Amazon India and the sale will continue until June 21 on the same platform. During the sale, consumers can get Xiaomi smartphones and accessories at a discounted price. In addition to the discounts, Amazon is also offering 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI.Let’s take a quick look at all the offers available during the Mi Days sale today, which is the first day of the sale.–Redmi 5: The budget phone aka Redmi 5 is selling for the lower price of Rs 5,999. This price is for the 2GB RAM + 16GB of internal storage. The second or high-end model of the Redmi 5 with 32GB storage comes for Rs 8,199 while the 64GB storage model of the phone comes for Rs 9,280. In addition to the discount Redmi 5 buyers can get 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI.–Redmi 6: This is yet another budget segment smartphone and it is selling for starting price of Rs 7,499. This price is for Rs 3GB RAM + 64GB storage. In addition to the discount Redmi 6 buyers can get 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI.–Redmi Note 5 Pro: This is one of the best selling Xiaomi phones in India. During the Mi Days sale Xiaomi selling the Redmi Note 5 Pro for Rs 10,999. This price is for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model of the phone. There’s a 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and it sells for Rs 11,999 during the Mi Days sale. In addition to the discount Redmi Note 5 Pro buyers can get 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI.advertisement–Redmi 6 Pro: Launched in the second half of last year the Redmi 6 Pro was the first Xiaomi phone to come with notched display in India. During the Mi Days sale the Redmi 6 Pro sells for Rs 8,999 for the base model that comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model of the Redmi 6 Pro sells for Rs 9,999 during the Mi Days sale. In addition to the discount Redmi 6 Pro buyers can get 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI.–Redmi Y2: The selfie-focused Redmi Y2 also sells for starting price of Rs 7,999. This price is for the base 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model of the phone. In addition to the discount Redmi Y2 buyers can get 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI. Additionally, the Redmi Y2 buyers can also get extra Rs 1000 off on exchange. The Redmi Y2 4GB RAM model also gets extra Rs 1,000 off on exchange.–Xiaomi Mi A2: Both the variants of the Mi A2 are available of discount during the Mi Days sale today. The base model of Mi A2 sells for Rs 10,999 during the Mi Days sale. This version of the phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There’s a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model of the Mi A2 that comes for Rs 15,999. In addition to the discount Mi A2 buyers can get 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI. Additionally, Amazon is also offering Rs 3,000 extra off on exchange for 4GB RAM version of Mi A2. For 6GB RAM variant of Mi A2 Amazon is offering Rs 4000 extra off on exchange.–Redmi 6A: The desh ka naya smartphone aka Redmi 6A comes for starting price of Rs 5,999. This is for the base 2GB RAM + 16GB storage model. There’s a 3GB RAM + 32GB storage for Rs 6,499. In addition to the discount Redmi 6A buyers can get 5 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit card EMI. Additionally, Amazon is offering Rs 500 cashback via Amazon Pay balance.–Additionally, the Redmi 7 and Redmi Y3 are also on open sale in India right now.–During the Mi Days sale Xiaomi Mi Powerbank and Mi sports earphones are selling for starting price of Rs 899 and Rs 1499, respectively.ALSO READ | Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale begins today: Here are top smartphone discount offers you can’t missALSO READ | Huawei Mate X launch delayed till September due to Galaxy Fold debacleALSO READ | Realme 4 retail box leaks in video and hints at imminent launchGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow MIFollow RedmiFollow Amazon
Rabat – In collaboration with the Tikida Moroccan tourism group, Barcelo, a leading hospitality and tourism provider, has opened the Barcelo Anfa Casablanca hotel, Premium Travel News outlet reported.In a Casablanca press conference, Enrique Acrich Ecker, the hotel’s managing director, stated that Casablanca has been Barcelo’s favorite destination since its first establishment 12 years ago.Inspired by Art Deco, the new hotel pays tribute to the architectural heritage of Casablanca. Barcelo Anfa Casablanca hotel’s architecture and interior decor are architectural design concepts of the renowned Patrick Genard and Associates Studio.Opening on the busy Anfa street, the hotel offers on-site full-service restaurants, 206 rooms, 14 suites, 7 meeting facilities, a banquet hall, a 450 square-meter spa, and an “aquamarine” terrace with a swimming pool.The hotel’s restaurant offers buffets with various gastronomic specialties drawing from Moroccan and international cuisine.Over 12 years, Barcelo Hotel Group has built four-star establishments in Fez, Tangier, and Agadir. The Barcelo Anfa Hotel is the largest and Barcelo’s second in Casablanca, after Barcelo Casablanca Hotel.
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders are gathering again Friday after deciding that the political crisis in Britain over Brexit poses too great a threat to the world’s biggest trading bloc.In a move that underlined their loss of confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May, the leaders, set two deadlines for Britain to leave or to take an entirely new path in considering its EU future.At marathon late night talks, the leaders rejected May’s request to extend the Brexit deadline from March 29 — just one week away — until June 30.They agree to delay only until May 22, on the eve of EU elections, if she can persuade Britain’s Parliament to endorse the Brexit deal. Failing that, May would have until April 12 to choose a new path.The Associated Press
A passenger was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport with 124 tortoises in his possession.The Customs Department said that the tortoises were concealed in the baggage of the passenger. The passenger is a Sri Lankan and a resident of Negombo, a Customs Department spokesman said.He was about to leave for Malaysia with the tortoises in his baggage this morning when he was arrested. Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)
If you haven’t thought about the pension funds you’ve racked up at previous jobs, it might be a good idea to check in.Not keeping in touch with plan administrators at those old workplaces could see you missing out on important decisions, and in some cases could even lose you money.While there isn’t reliable data on just how many people are disconnected from their pensions, the federal government says the number could be rising with people switching jobs more often, qualifying for pension plans faster, retiring abroad more often, and not updating their mailing address because of increased reliance on online accounts.Administrators not being able to find recipients is certainly a problem, even if the amounts owing can often be small, said Todd Saulnier, chair of the national policy committee at the Association of Canadian Pension Management. Canada Pension Plan’s investment board racks up 8.9% return, more than enough to sustain fund until 2090 Why retirement planning needs to be a major political issue in 2019 and beyond Keep working: Your defined-benefit pension plan is worth less after the end-of-year stock plunge “For sure it is an issue. It’s an issue with all the plan sponsors and administrators.”Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, for example, has about 30,500 members that it can’t locate. And while the Canadian government hasn’t put a dollar amount to the problem, a difficult task with 10 separate regulatory regimes, the U.K. estimated there was about $682 million in unclaimed pensions in that country when it rolled out a pension-finding database a few years ago.The industry does use a variety of methods to try to track people down, including through Equifax, search firms and the CRA, but in the last case in particular, people don’t tend to respond due to suspicions they’re being scammed, said Saulnier.“The success rate is pretty darn close to zero. How would you feel if you got a letter from the CRA saying you’re owed money?”While pension plans are responsible for tracking you down, and funds are generally safe until you need them, there are reasons to reach out to administrators yourself.If you want to take a cash payout on the pension, you often have to do so before you’d qualify for the pension itself.“That delay of not contacting could close some option they otherwise would have had,” said Saulnier.Maybe you’re comfortable keeping it with your old employer, maybe you’d prefer to have it … under your own control.Todd Saulnier, chair, national policy committee, Association of Canadian Pension Management If the pension is the increasingly common defined-contribution type, then you also need to decide if you want to manage it yourself or keep it with the company. If you’re no longer an employee, you may be charged higher management fees.“It’s better to know where it is. Maybe you’re comfortable keeping it with your old employer, maybe you’d prefer to have it closer to home and under your own control. Each individual has to figure that out.”Depending on the province, if administrators can’t find beneficiaries the funds could be transferred to unclaimed property divisions, which could then eventually end up in general government revenue. That’s the case in some circumstances in Quebec and Alberta, while in British Columbia it only happens if the pension plan is terminated.Federally regulated pensions could also start transferring unclaimed funds, in this case to the Bank of Canada, if proposed changes go forward.If you want to track down an old pension, from jobs you worked at for either weeks or years, the most straightforward place to start is to call up the human resources or pension administrator at your old company.… if administrators can’t find beneficiaries the funds could be transferred to unclaimed property divisions, which could end up in general government revenue If the company’s been taken over, gone bankrupt, or otherwise hard to find, you can try getting in touch with the provincial regulator.Some provincial regulators, such as the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, also have databases you can search for the right contact information, and will be making more changes once a new regulatory body takes over in June. Ontario also now requires plan administrators to send out pension statements every two years, so if you have an Ontario-based pension, but haven’t received a statement, they may not know where you are.A surviving spouse should be able to get details on old pensions as well, because they often have the same rights to information. Other beneficiaries might have a tougher time jumping through privacy and legal hoops, but human resources will likely help out, said Saulnier.“I’m sure HR would be willing to do a certain amount of digging from that perspective, particularly if it allows them to clean up their records.”There is also a chance that you didn’t qualify for a pension, especially if the job was in the 1980s or earlier, but more recently people vest into the pension fairly quickly or right away.If you’re soon leaving a job, the biggest decision on a pension will be on whether or not to take a payout and what to do with it, said Ayana Forward, a certified financial planner in Ottawa.She said the sometimes large sums means you might want to be wary of commission-based advisers who want to sell you a place to park it, while people should also remember to keep any pension paperwork when you leave.“Have a file with all of that paperwork. It seems pretty simple, but not a lot of people do that.”
Freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) celebrates after a point during a match against Wisconsin at St. John Arena on Nov. 2. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is off to Manhattan, Kansas, for the first round of the NCAA tournament, and its first opponent is the same team that handed the Buckeyes an early preseason defeat.At 6 p.m. on Friday, OSU and the Missouri State Bears will face off for the second time this year — but this time around, the stakes are much higher. One team will keep its dreams of a national championship alive, while the other will leave empty handed. On Sept. 9, it was the Bears who locked down the tight, five-set win in front of a home crowd and gave OSU its second loss on the season. The Buckeyes finished off their regular season with two consecutive wins, while Missouri State split 1-1 with a win over Illinois State and a loss to Wichita State.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the match against Missouri State will be the culmination of all the work his team has put in thus far. “This is where all the days in the gym and all the stresses and all of the good memories, all of those things you keep in your backpack — you use them now,” he said. The Buckeyes have made numerous changes since their last encounter with the Bears, and the team is hopeful the new strategies will pay off. “We’ve definitely improved our offense, and I think throughout the season, we’ve run a lot of defensive systems and offensive systems,” said junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. “I think this versatility allows us to change and adapt in situations where they might be beating us in one area.” Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes added that OSU has stopped relying on one or two of its hitters, which has diversified offensive options. Hughes has also seen more attacking opportunities with the increased role of fellow setter, senior Abby Fesl. Hughes joined senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on Tuesday on the Big Ten’s All-Conference teams; Sandbothe received first team and Hughes earned honorable mention. A goal the team set at the beginning of the season was to advance to the Final Four match of the tournament, which will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this year. But if you ask them about that target right now, it’s the furthest thing from their minds. “We’re not talking about it. (We’re) focusing on one game at a time and that’s Missouri State coming up next,” said Hughes. With tournament play soon to be in full swing, every team will be fighting for their existence. One loss and it’s game over for the season. Carlston said the Buckeyes have been preparing for this pressure long before the tournament brackets were even released. “We’ve had practice and we’ve talked a lot about sense of urgency and treating every match we’ve played for the past three or four weeks as if it is our last,” he said. For Schirmer, she’s acknowledging the gravity that Friday will bring, but said playing with high risks comes with the territory of playing the sport.“Especially now, it’s like any day could be your last day, and I think that’s scary but at the same time that’s really cool because we’re fighting for our lives,” she said. “That’s what makes playing volleyball so exciting.” The first serve between the Bears and the Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Manhattan and can be viewed on ESPN3.
Roskill reports that Australian Triton Minerals has completed a DFS for its Ancuabe graphite project in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. The project is planned to include a 60,000 t/y processing plant and could operate for 27 years. Construction could begin in the first half of 2018 with production of concentrate by the second half of 2019, subject to approvals by the Mozambique Government. It aims to produce high-grade concentrate for supply to lithium-ion battery and expandable graphite markets. Operating costs are estimated to be $634/t. A JORC ore reserve figure was also released as part of the study for 24.9Mt @ 6.2% TGC.The picture shows a sample of graphite concentrate from Ancuabe at 98% TGCRoskill view: “Mozambique has become the focus of recent graphite developments. In November, another Australian company, Syrah Resources, began production of flake concentrate in Cabo Delgado at its Balama project. The project could ramp up to become the largest graphite mine in the world with a nameplate capacity of 350,000 t/y. Syrah Resources plans to produce 160-180,000 t of graphite in 2018 and could increase production to 250-300,000 t/y the following year.“GK Ancuabe began mining from a relatively small project in Cabo Delgado in June 2017 and has plans to ramp up to 9,000 t/y of capacity. The company is a subsidiary of the German graphite producer AMG Graphit Kropfmuehl, which has a number of graphite mines and plants around the world.“Several other companies continue to develop graphite projects in Mozambique. These include Battery Minerals, which completed a DFS on its Montepuez Central project in February 2017 and a value engineering study in October, and has plans to produce 45-50,000 t/y of concentrate. Battery Minerals is also developing the Balama Central project, while Triton Minerals has a second graphite project at Nicanda Hill.”
The models of the iPhone carrying an S after the number are typically just a tweaked update rather than a revolutionary increment. From the outside they looks the same, but inside you will find some updated components and new software features. In the case of the iPhone 4S, Apple added Siri and iCloud as well as a faster CPU and GPU.Later this year we are expecting Apple to roll out the iPhone 5S, and it looks to be the same deal as the move from the iPhone 4 to 4S. Evidence of that comes from FanaticFone, which claims to have got its hands on the front panel of the iPhone 5S.As you can see from the image above and below, very little has changed. In fact, everything about the iPhone 5S front panel looks to be exactly the same as the iPhone 5. The only difference you may notice is the flex cable, but that’s going to be hidden from view inside the phone casing.If this actually is the iPhone 5S, then we shouldn’t expect any surprise announcements from Apple when they officially announce it. The updated smartphone is probably going to have the same Retina display (not Double Retina) and same look as the iPhone 5, but inside it will have a new CPU/GPU combination and run iOS 7. We may also see some new or updated software features included.The next major update will be iPhone 6, including whatever new technology Apple has managed to perfect before October 2014. But this year, just expect another hardware bump to keep sales turning over and entice those still on a 4 or 4S to upgrade.
Opinions vary on when the Christmas season officially ends, but for those in Clark County waiting for a signal to pack up the lights and toss out the tree, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were there to help. On Saturday, hundreds of Scouts, unfazed by a spell of cold and blustery weather, combed the community and collected hundreds of dried-out Christmas trees — with the assistance of their troop leaders and some helpful adults. Roughly 900 Scouts from close to 50 troops and 700 adults in Clark County participated in this year’s event, said David Cramblett, one of the coordinators. In return for their work, the Scouts asked for cash donations or coats, which would be later given to the homeless by Friends of the Carpenter. Last year, the Scouts managed to collect about 1,200 coats and about 10,000 trees, Cramblett said.Although the Scouts sent out thousands of fliers indicating when they’d be coming for Christmas trees, inevitably some people missed the 9 a.m. Saturday deadline. But true to the Boy Scout way of always being prepared, Cramblett carried a phone and internet-connected laptop to map the locations of last-minute callers and dispatch nearby troops accordingly. “People will be calling as the scouts are out there. They say, ‘I forgot to put my tree out,’ ” he said. “It’s pretty hectic, but we try to get everyone’s trees.”
Earlier this month, the United States Postal Service issued new rules covering supplements to periodicals, product samples in periodicals, and “novelty pages,” which are said to be effective by September 7.According to David Straus, American Business Media’s Washington counsel and postal expert, the most promising of the changes, for b-to-b publishers, is the elimination of the requirement that supplements must have 25 percent non-advertising content. “That rule has caused many problems … especially when the supplement had a single sponsor and/or was prepared by a third party,” Straus wrote recently in an e-mail to ABM members. “With the elimination of this requirement, your advertising sales people ought to be able to sell more supplements and bring in significant new revenue.”This week, ABM released information about the rule changes and how exactly they should affect publishers. See below for the entire post: Changes to USPS Periodical Content Rules Affect PublishersABM’s ongoing effort to represent members’ best interests in Washington has included diligently monitoring the Postal Service’s decisions regarding supplements to periodicals, product samples in periodicals, and so-called “novelty pages.” ABM is pleased to present the new rules as they affect publishers.“These rules result from a too-long battle to obtain a loosening of these content standards in order to permit publishers to obtain additional, innovative advertising,” says David Straus, ABM’s Washington counsel and postal expert.Changes to the standards in this final rule concentrate on the four areas of pages, supplements, products, and mailpiece construction, which covers pieces without mailing wrappers, cover pages or protective covers.PagesIn response to a 1995 Postal Service ruling allowing publishers to fasten printed pages with grommets, string, and rubber bands—as well as with staples, saddle stitching, or spiral binding—while maintaining the USPS Periodicals shipping rate, publishers have argued that the rules “unduly limit creativity in designing publications that appeal to their readers and advertisers.” Citing technological advancements, publishers took issue with the fact that neither private shipping companies nor newsstands restrict sound devices or video components within a printed page, for example, while the USPS does.The Postal Service agreed and the recent decision changed the rule’s first sentence language from “fasten” to “non-paper” so that non-paper materials, in addition to fastening materials, would be accepted at the Periodicals rate; the language “Not all elements that make up a multilayer page must be printed” was inserted.“With the elimination of this requirement, your advertising sales people ought to be able to sell more supplements and bring in significant new revenue,” says Straus.SupplementsABM is pleased to announce that the 25 percent non-advertising material for supplements rule has been omitted “except for separately addressed loose supplements mailed with the host publication outside a wrapper or polybag.” This allows publishers more latitude in deciding where to place advertising.Product SamplesWhile the Postal Service continues to exclude products including stationery, cassettes, floppy disks, DVDs, and CDs from Periodicals rates, it now allows product samples in de minimis form to be included as part of a printed sheet.Further revised language includes (but is not limited to):■ Product samples may not be included in a Periodicals publication mailed at letter-sized prices.■ The combined weight of product samples in an issue of a Periodicals publication cannot exceed 3.3 ounces.■ Any product sample that is a “packet” is limited to a weight of no more than one ounce with a burst strength minimum of 3,000 pounds per square inch.Mailpiece ConstructionThe Postal Service rules on mailings without wrappers will be amended to allow a single sheet prepared as an attachment to be securely attached along the bound edge on the outside of an unwrapped publication, as long as the sheet does not exceed the dimensions of the cover, and allowing a 3/4-inch clearance of any open edge.Unwrapped pieces must have a cover page or protective cover that must cover both the front and back of the host publication and extend to within at least 3/4-inch of any open edge.Take Advantage NowAlthough the new rules are to be made effective on September 7, publishers may actually take advantage of them immediately by asking for an exception from the USPS’s Pricing and Classification Service Center, according to Straus.
We’ll talk about what many characterize as the abrupt dismissal of Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Gregory Thornton. Also, a conversation with Kristefer Burnett, the newly elected City Council member representing the 8th District. These stories and much more, coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes. Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u
Pandora announced today that it has named veteran music PR exec Heidi Anne-Noel as its new senior manager of communications. According to the announcement, in her new role she will oversee music communications strategy and outreach to the music press and music business community. She will be based in Pandora’s New York City offices.Anne-Noel joins Pandora from the independent publicity firm Press Here, where she worked with such artists as I’m With Her, Good Charlotte, Switchfoot and White Panda, among others. She also spent several years Capitol Records, where she rose to VP and was instrumental in Katy Perry’s rise. “Heidi Anne-Noel has been Katy Perry’s stellar publicist at Capitol Records ever since Katy signed there in 2007,” Perry manager Martin Kirkup said in 2014. “She is one of the finest PR people we have ever had the pleasure of working with.” While at Capitol she also worked with Capital Cities, Sky Ferreira, Anita Baker and others. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 She got her start in the business at the esteemed music publicity firm Girlie Action, working with such artists as Fischerspooner, Peaches, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, Bjork, Marianne Faithfull, Good Charlotte and Kelly Osbourne. Popular on Variety
Kharagpur: In a scathing attack on BJP, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said the party cannot win the Lok Sabha elections by conducting riots, playing the communal card or highlighting fake nationalism.He was addressing a mammoth rally here on Tuesday afternoon. “BJP is trying to win the elections by conducting riots or by using fake nationalism. Bengal has a different culture and no one can gain anything here by playing the communal card,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee alleged that the BJP leaders who are coming for election campaigns are all harping on the communal agenda to divide the Hindu and Muslim communities. “BJP sells Hinduism to win elections and with this in mind, spreads hatred against the Muslims. This is most unfortunate. Religion is private and in social life our only philosophy is to serve the people,” he added. Banerjee said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is “not a fight between Trinamool and BJP. It is a fight between Bengal’s rich tradition and culture on one side and the Centre’s extortion on the other.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe alleged that BJP has looted the country in the past five years. “You will not hear a single word from them on note ban which was implemented to stop black money and terrorism. BJP does not say anything on the hasty implementation of GST either, along with farmer suicides and why 2 crore people lost their jobs. They only talk on religion to incite one community against the other,” the Trinamool Youth Congress president stated. Banerjee urged people to cast their votes in favour of party nominee Manas Bhuniya. “Undivided Midnapore had played a major role in the freedom movement. In 2019, the district will play a major role in driving out the Modi government. On May 23 when the ballot boxes will be opened, people will see that Trinamool Congress has bagged 42 out of 42 seats,” he said. He also urged people to visit the polling stations early and exercise their franchise.
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Moscow hotels likely to see steady growth during World Cup monthsMoscow hotels likely to see steady growth during World Cup monthsMoscow’s hotel industry is projected to see growth in the range of 20 percent and 30 percent in revenue per available room (RevPAR) during June and July 2018, according to the latest market forecast from STR and Tourism Economics. A RevPAR increase in that range would be less than the growth realized in Rio de Janeiro (2014) and Johannesburg (2010), key markets for the previous two FIFA World Cup host countries. While occupancy is likely to grow between 8 percent and 10 percent to absolute levels just under 80 percent during the World Cup months, Moscow’s average daily rate is projected to increase between 15 percent and 20 percent. That trend would be consistent with previous World Cup tournaments as STR analysts note that room rates are more significantly boosted by the event whereas demand remains fairly stable in year-over-year comparisons. STR analysts note that while demand is helped by such a large event, year-over-year occupancy comparisons are typically hurt due to supply growth as well as other regular hotel business avoiding the market during major event months. Supply growth leading up to such “mega events” creates more room inventory and pressure on occupancy levels.In Rio de Janeiro in 2014, occupancy rose by double-digits from the previous June (+12.6 percent to 81.6 percent) and July (+18.3 percent to 80.0 percent) in the market. At the same time, ADR increased 72.8 percent and 64.4 percent during the two months, respectively, driving RevPAR increases of 94.5 percent.In Johannesburg in 2010, occupancy jumped from the previous June (+27.7 percent to 78.5 percent) and grew to a lesser degree in July (+7.4 percent to 63.7 percent). ADR increased 56.3 percent and 44.5 percent during the two months, respectively, driving RevPAR increases of 99.6 percent and 55.1 percent. Moscow’s room count is substantially higher than Rio and Johannesburg. That also creates less opportunity for substantial uplift in performance in percentage terms from a comparable number of additional visitors travelling for the tournament. Through the first four months of 2018, Moscow saw occupancy grow 6.7 percent year over year to an absolute level of 65.8 percent. Using the same four-month year-over-year comparison, ADR was down 0.8 percent to RUB5,363.70. Preliminary data for May showed occupancy 74.8 percent (+11.5 percent) and ADR RUB5,451.5 (+3.1 percent).Source = STR
With an array of activities to choose from, it is one big festival in Ireland during the autumn time.Ireland’s autumn festivals will always keep you well fed and nowhere more than at ‘A Taste of West Cork’ (September 7 – 16). Celebrating the bounty and beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, the festival flaunts the wonderful local food creators and food products in markets, cooking demos, tastings, talks, exhibitions, children’s events and numerous activities along the dramatic coastline.Visit the Dublin Fringe Festival (September 8 – 23), where 16 days and nights, 80 shows and 26 venues will let you discover exciting, meaningful and memorable cultural experiences. Circus, club comedy, dance, gigs, cabaret, live art performance, music, party – it is all there in a fresh and innovative approach to the arts from Irish and international makers.This year at Dublin Theatre Festival, Europe’s longest-running theatre spectacle (September 27 – October 14), there will be international productions, engaging and provocative Irish work, theatre for children, as well a series of critical talks and artist development programmes which will all be on offer over three amazing weeks.The autumn is Ireland’s oyster festival time and foodies will love the world-famous Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival (September 28 – 30).Meanwhile, Belfast, Lonely Planet’s No. 1 destination to visit in 2018, will reflect a changing, exciting and culturally vibrant city as the Belfast International Arts Festival rolls into town (October 16 – November 4) with over 120 world-class theatres, performance art, visual art, dance and music events.Highlights will include multi-Grammy award winner Angélique Kidjo touring her version of iconic Talking Heads album, Remain in Light; critically acclaimed Nina – A Story about Me and Nina Simone; and American folk and blues legend Eric Bibb.
The Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line has already suffered its fair share of injuries in 2012.Add starting right guard Adam Snyder to the list.The first-year Cardinal went down with a left quad contusion during the first half of Arizona’s Week 7 game in Minnesota Sunday.Rich Orhnberger has come in to replace Snyder, who is listed as questionable to return. 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
Arizona Cardinals fans, as GM of the Cardinals for the #PFFMock, I drafted: pic.twitter.com/CJyc1S9dHY— Jordan Plocher (@PFF_Jordan) April 20, 2017For the Cardinals’ purposes, it would be surprising to see a kicker selected before a quarterback — Plocher has Arizona drafting Cal’s Davis Webb in the fourth round — considering the pressing need.The Cardinals using a high draft pick on a kicker is even less likely considering they inked 42-year-old Phil Dawson to replace the departed Chandler Catanzaro this offseason.The counterpoint: Keim would be smart to hedge on the fact that the 18-year veteran Dawson won’t be around forever.Still, Plocher demonstrates just how highly sought-after Gonzalez will be in the NFL Draft. Alreay, PFF’s Gordon McGuinness wrote that Gonzalez could go by the end of the third round, and SB Nation’s Adam Stites predicted Gonzalez is off the board somewhere in the second round. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Could Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez be nailing 50-plus yard field goals in Glendale next season?Arizona Cardinals fans who are also ASU fans probably wouldn’t mind adding the Lou Groza Award winner. It’s just a question of what the price would be for general manager Steve Keim to acquire the Sun Devil product.In Pro Football Focus’ #PFFMock on Twitter, analyst Jordan Plocher, on behalf of the Cardinals, drafted Gonzalez in the third round of a seven-round mock. Top Stories 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez (5) kicks a field goal from the hold of Matt Haack (26) as Northern Arizona’s Maurice Davison (20) arrives late during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo