Cloudy morning in city

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a partly cloudy Tuesday morning in the city, with the minimum temperature settling at 25.6 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average. According to the MeT Department, the humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 85 per cent. The weatherman has predicted light rains in some areas of the city later in the day. “The skies will turn cloudy in the afternoon and the maximum temperature is expected to settle at 35 degrees Celsius,” he said. On Monday, the minimum temperature settled at 23.6 degrees Celsius while the maximum was 34.4 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

Staples snaps up Office Depot for 6B to keep up with changing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2015 5:18 am MDT Staples snaps up Office Depot for $6B to keep up with changing office supply landscape FILE – This June 2, 2008 file photo shows an Office Depot store on in New York. Staples on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 announced it is buying Office Depot in a cash-and-stock deal valued at nearly $6 billion. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – There are few places where evolving technology has been more disruptive than in the work place, which played out again Wednesday as Staples announced it would spend about $6 billion to buy Office Depot.Once one-time rivals will no longer compete in close proximity for the same customers, instead putting up a front of 4,000 stores to hold off encroachments from the likes of Wal-Mart, Target and sales of the new office-supply giant are expected to approach $39 billion.The two companies tried to combine forces before but were successfully blocked by anti-trust regulators. That was almost 20 years ago, however, and with the boards of both companies signing on unanimously to try it again, they appear confident that their landscape has changed substantially.“This is a transformational acquisition which enables Staples to provide more value to customers, and more effectively compete in a rapidly evolving competitive environment,” said Staples CEO and Chairman Ron Sargent.Big wholesalers and office supply manufacturers that will have one less company to sell products to may see it differently, said Citi Investment Research’s Kate McShane.It was slightly more than a year ago that Office Depot merged with OfficeMax for much the same reason. And it is the nod from regulators on that $1.2 billion deal in late 2013 that may be giving the companies more confidence that they now see things from their perspective.Sargent said Wednesday that while they do not know how the Federal Trade Commission will react, a lot has changed.When the FTC closed its investigation into the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax it seemed to agree, saying that the market for the sale of consumable office supplies had changed significantly.Staples did touch on some of those monopoly issues Wednesday, saying that it’s not required to close the deal with Office Depot if antitrust authorities require divestitures that deliver more than $1.25 billion of Office Depot’s 2014 revenues in the U.S. or if a requirement of the antitrust authorities has a material adverse effect on Office Depot’s operations outside of the U.S.While Sargent said it’s too early to talk about specific integration plans for the company, Staples and Office Depot each plan to close stores this year. Staples previously announced that it would close up to 225 stores by the end of 2015. Sargent said Wednesday that those plans haven’t changed. Office Depot CEO Roland Smith said the chain is looking to close 135 stores this year.In the proposed deal, Office Depot Inc. shareholders will receive $7.25 in cash and 0.2188 of a share in Staples Inc. at closing. The transaction values Office Depot at $11 per share, which is based on Staples’ Monday closing stock price — the last trading day before initial reports of a buyout began to leak. The companies put the deal’s equity value at $6.3 billion.Office Depot shareholders will own about 16 per cent of the combined company.Framingham, Massachusetts, where Staples is based, will serve as headquarters for the combined company. Sargent said that Staples will maintain a presence in Boca Raton, Florida, where Office Depot is based.Staples expects to realize at least $1 billion in annual cost savings by the third full fiscal year after the transaction is complete.“These savings will dramatically accelerate our strategic reinvention which is focused on driving growth in our delivery businesses and in categories beyond office supplies,” said Sargent, who will be chairman and CEO.The companies said Wednesday that they began negotiating in September, perhaps attempting to diminish what was seen as pressure on Staples from activist investors to do just that.Hedge fund Starboard Value LP disclosed a 5.1 per cent stake in Staples in December and last month began publicly urging it to make a move on Office Depot.The deal is expected to close by year’s end, but still needs approval from Office Depot shareholders. Once the closing occurs, Staples board will increase from 11 to 13 members and include two Office Depot directors approved by Staples.Staples said that it is temporarily suspending its stock buybacks so that it can concentrate on paying down debt related to the deal. It has agreed to pay a $250 million termination fee if the deal is called off due to antitrust roadblocks. There will be $1 billion in one-time costs related to the transaction.Shares of Staples shed fell $1.39, or 7.3 per cent, to $17.62 in morning trading. Office Depot’s stock added 26 cents to $9.54. read more

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman named head coach at Houston

Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom HermanCredit: Hayden Grove / Lantern TV Sports directorOhio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has officially been named the next head coach at Houston, the school announced Tuesday.Herman is set to be introduced at Houston in a Friday press conference, the school announced in a press release. His contract spans five years and is worth $6.75 million.The release said Herman will stay with the Buckeyes’ coaching staff until OSU’s run in the College Football Playoff comes to an end.“This is a tremendous opportunity for my family and I to come back to Houston and lead one of the top programs,” Herman said in the release. “I am looking forward to working with one of the top athletic directors in the country as well as (Houston Chancellor Renu) Khator in a partnership that will make the city of Houston and the great state of Texas proud.”Under Herman in 2014, the OSU offense finished fourth in the nation with 45.2 points per game. The Buckeyes were also eighth in the country with 507.6 total yards per game.In each of his three seasons at OSU, a Buckeye quarterback was named the Big Ten’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year.Current senior quarterback Braxton Miller won the award in 2012 and 2013 — as well as being named the conference’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year both seasons. After Miller was ruled out for the season after injuring his shoulder during fall camp, Herman coached redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett to a record-setting season and the Quarterback of the Year honor.In his only season as the starter, Barrett set the Big Ten and OSU record for total touchdowns in a season with 45 and set school records for passing touchdowns in a season and total yards in a season.Herman also picked up an accolade of his own this year, as he was named the 2014 Broyles Award winner. The Broyles Award is given annually to the top assistant coach in the nation.Herman — a California Lutheran University product —  joined the Buckeyes in 2012 along with coach Urban Meyer after holding the same position at Texas State, Rice and Iowa State in previous seasons. He also spent time as an assistant at Sam Houston State and a graduate assistant at Texas.The Simi Valley, Calif., native is set to replace Tony Levine at Houston after Levine led the Cougars to a 21-17 record over three seasons. Levine was fired on Dec. 8.Herman’s hiring was initially reported by Fox Sports on Monday.After coaching Barrett to an 11-1 record as a starter, Herman was also tasked with preparing another quarterback for their first collegiate start after Barrett fractured his ankle in the regular season finale against Michigan.With a week of preparation, Herman helped redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones throw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in his first start, leading OSU to a 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. The win also helped the Buckeyes secure a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff.Herman is set to coach Jones and the Buckeyes against No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. Kickoff for the semifinal matchup is set for 8:30 p.m. in New Orleans. read more

Urban Meyer coaches not going to change despite national title run

Coach Urban Meyer (left), co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck (center, without helmet) and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash led the Buckeyes on the first day of spring practice March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes kicked off practice less than 2 months after winning the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer has won three national championships and led the Buckeyes to their first title in 12 years less than two months ago — and he isn’t letting up. OSU senior linebacker Joshua Perry said Meyer and the rest of the coaches were just as intense on the first day of spring practice as they have ever been. “They want to coach us really hard and they want to put us in those situations where we have to kind of fight a little bit,” Perry said. “They want to make sure we get the best out of everybody and we want to develop young players and make sure the older players know what they’re doing and have great leadership.”Perry, who was part of Meyer’s first recruiting class at OSU, led the Buckeyes in tackles during their title run. Another member of his recruiting class, senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, said Tuesday that Meyer’s consistency is what has led to the success of the football program at OSU. “He is the same guy. He is not going to change,” Decker said. “He will recognize guys for their efforts but he is not going to change the type of person and the type of program or the culture that we have around here.”That culture took a slight hit this offseason as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman bolted to the University of Houston for a head coaching position while running backs coach Stan Drayton accepted the same position with the NFL’s Chicago Bears.Meyer said losing a coach like Drayton worries him. “You lose a Stan Drayton who is a heck of a football coach. You worry, will there be a drop off in that room?” Meyer said. “I am going to watch it even more closely now than I ever have.”Meyer will likely also be watching over the quarterback room, which is now occupied by Tim Beck, who was hired from Nebraska to replace Herman. Meyer said the reason for bringing in coaches like Beck to replace Herman and Tony Alford from Notre Dame to replace Drayton is important because of what they can add to an already established culture.“You look at what Nebraska, the last 10 years, it’s one of the winningest programs in America. I picked their brains about some of the things they did well,” Meyer said. “Then Tony Alford came from one of the great programs, they played for a title two years ago. I try to absorb and pull information out of them.” Make no mistake, though: Meyer is committed to what OSU is doing and is sticking to it. “We have a coach’s manual that we kind of went through. There is a very detailed way we teach. The expectation level of your unit room, the culture of the program, there are three parts of the culture you are expected to know,” Meyer said. “I would have to say that’s one area I am insane about.”But while Meyer is worrying about introducing new coaches into the OSU environment, he said he is also encouraged by the coaches who have already been in the system. “Our defensive coaches … they actually led a team meeting today,” Meyer said. “Chris Ash and Luke Fickell (led it) and it was magical. You have meetings that are reactive and proactive. Reactive meetings are awful. The meeting we had today was proactive.”While the defensive coaches are starting to lead team meetings, it’s an offensive coach who received an offseason promotion. Offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner was upgraded to offensive coordinator after Herman’s departure, which Decker said he was happy to see. “He deserved something like that, a promotion like that. When coach Herman told us he was leaving, I knew coach Warinner wanted that spot because he had been in that seat before,” Decker said. “I am completely confident in his ability to do that.”Warinner served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Kansas for three years before coaching for two years at Notre Dame.So with a mix of new and returning coaches, how is Meyer going to monitor his team? “That’s something I’m going to watch like a hawk,” Meyer said. “That the culture here is established now we have to just add to it not change it.”The Buckeyes are set to play their annual Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium before starting the 2015 season on the road against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7. read more

Gardaí appeal for help in locating missing woman Niamh ODonovan

first_imgGARDAÍ AT ANGLESEA Street, Cork are appealing for the assistance of the public to help trace the whereabouts of 41-year-old Niamh O’Donovan, who is missing from Cork city since 13 February 2013.Niamh is described as 4ft 11inches in height, of stocky build and has brown hair.When last seen she was wearing a light cream jacket, dark leggings and runners.Anybody with information is asked to contact Anglesea St Garda Station at 021 4522000, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.Read: Family renews appeal for missing Esra Uyrun two years on >last_img read more

Dublin City councillors in favour of having vote for directlyelected mayor

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL have voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing the people of Dublin directly elect their own Lord Mayor.Fifty councillors voted for the motion, one abstained and one councillor was absent.Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn tweeted tonight that the next challenge will be whether there will be enough support in the other three Dublin councils.CouncilsThe three other authorities will also hold votes on the issue in coming days. All four have to back the proposal for the plebiscite to go ahead, however — and it’s expected Fingal will veto the move.Speaking to this evening, Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick said that the result showed that there was a strong need for a political leadership role for Dublin, but she said that despite tonight’s positive result, she believed they were still some way off from achieving the goal of an directly-elected mayor, stating that the minister had put an obstacle in the way of the proposal by introducing legislation that the majority of all four councils were in agreement.“Having lived in New York I have seen first-hand the benefits to a city of having a directly-elected mayor,” she said, adding that it needs to coupled with local authority reform.Related: Dublin councillors vote today on directly-elected mayor (but it’s likely plan will be scrapped)>last_img read more

Opera to launch touch browser for tablets

first_imgIf you received a tablet during the holidays you no doubt want to take full advantage of the computer’s touch capabilities. Opera Software believes touch should also extend to your Internet browser. Considering the company prides itself on making a browser for just about any device, whether desktop or mobile, it makes perfect sense that Opera would introduce a touch browser.Opera plans to unveil the first public preview of Opera for tablets during the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this month. To help wet appetites, the company has also released a YouTube demonstration video featuring the browser running on an Android device. Two of the browser’s key features, demonstrated in the video, include smooth panning and smooth zooming. News of Opera for tablets comes on the heels of the latest desktop browser launched by Opera, dubbed Opera 11, which was launched last month.When you look at forecasts for tablet purchases in 2011 it becomes pretty clear why Opera would want to produce a browser specifically for tablets. All Things Digital recently reported that tablet sales are expected to triple this year according to Caris & Co. analyst Robert Cihra. Specifically, that’s a 226% increase accounting for up to 54 million units. The biggest winner of those tablet sales is expected to be Apple who is expected to claim 67% of those sales with iPads. Helping that number is the expected new 3G models of the iPad which can also be used on the Verizon Wireless network in addition to AT&T’s.Read more at Opera.last_img read more

Transatlantic flights from Cork finally get the goahead

first_imgNAI was granted a licence to operate from Ireland in 2014 after it was moved here by its parent company, Scandinavian airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, to avail of the EU-US Open Skies Agreement. The parent company already operates flights from Europe to the US.The agreement allows airlines registered in either the US or EU to operate flights between the two regions. Since Norway is not a member of the EU, NAI needed to register itself in Ireland – or another EU country – to avail of those rights.The airline announced that it planned to launch “low-cost” flights from Cork to Boston in May of this year, with the provision of operating another service to New York in 2017 if the first route was successful. It said it also hoped to operate flights out of Shannon. By Órla Ryan 40 Comments Source: Cork Airport/Twitter THE US DEPARTMENT of Transportation has granted a permit to Norwegian Air International (NAI) to operate services between Ireland and the US, clearing the way for transatlantic flight from Cork Airport.Norwegian Air International plans to initially launch a Cork to Boston service before introducing a Cork to New York route.Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport, said: “This is momentous news for air travellers on both sides of the Atlantic … I firmly believe this will permanently transform the transatlantic market in Ireland and further afield for the better.“Norwegian will do for transatlantic travel what Ryanair has done for European travel, bringing lower fares, increased competition and growth to the overall market.” 20,764 Views Short URL Dec 2nd 2016, 11:13 PM Transatlantic flights from Cork finally get the go-ahead The US Department of Transportation has granted a permit to Norwegian Air International after several delays. Share565 Tweet Email1 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 11:13 PM File photo Source: Ringo H.W. Chiu AP/Press Association ImagesEven though it “tentatively” agreed to grant NAI a permit in June, Washington has continued to postpone its final decision because of strong opposition from US airlines and trade unions.They claimed that Norwegian Air Shuttle is just using the subsidiary to skirt Norway’s strict labour laws and it will recruit cheap staff in Asia to cut costs at the expense of American jobs.MacCarthy said the decision is the result of “a tremendous amount of work undertaken to secure this route on both sides of the Atlantic”.“We must acknowledge the huge support received from political, business and local government stakeholders in Ireland, the EU and US. The final stages of the process have seen a significant contribution and support from the public too and I want to thank everyone who helped make this happen.”Good for Cork Transport Minister Shane Ross welcomed the decision, saying: “I am very pleased that a decision has been made and that NAI as an EU airline licenced by the Irish aviation authorities will finally be allowed to avail of the rights available to all EU airlines under the EU-US Open Skies Agreement.This is good news for consumers on both sides of the Atlantic, and I now look forward to NAI confirming its plans for the new services it announced last year.“The launch of those services, bringing additional capacity and the direct transatlantic connectivity into the region, will be a boost for Cork Airport and for Cork business and tourism, and I am sure that the services will be well supported by the people in Cork and the wider catchment area,” Ross said.Senator Jerry Buttimer described the news as “fantastic” for Cork. Cork Chamber and DAA also welcomed the decision.Contains reporting from Fora staffRead: Your crash course in… Norwegian Air’s Irish problemRead: Cork Airport’s boss on his plans for the future – like conquering Canada BREAKING NEWS. US Department of Transportation issues order for permit for NAI clearing the way for transatlantic flights @CorkAirport— Cork Airport (@CorkAirport) December 2, 2016 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Un robot sousmarin français pour mieux comprendre les océans

first_imgUn robot sous-marin français pour mieux comprendre les océansUn robot sous-marin élaboré par des institutions françaises vient d’entamer sa première mission en Méditerranée. Les données récoltées permettrons aux scientifiques de mieux comprendre comment évoluent les mers et océans en fonction des changements environnementaux. Il s’appelle SeaExplorer, est capable d’aller jusqu’à 700 mètres de profondeur et d’analyser des données scientifiques récoltées dans l’océan. Le prototype, développé conjointement par divers corps scientifiques et entreprises françaises de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Paca), est le premier planeur sous-marin de ce type développé en France. Plus précisément, c’est le “premier système robotique français de ce type”, a précisé Hervé Claustre, directeur de recherche du CNRS à l’Observatoire océanologique de Villefranche-sur-mer cité par l’AFP. À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Aujourd’hui, l’engin a entamé sa première mission en Méditerranée. SeaExplorer a d’ailleurs été mis à l’eau depuis Villefranche-sur-mer dans les Alpes-Maritimes. Son autonomie énergétique d’environ deux mois, lui permettra d’effectuer des trajets en s’éloignant jusqu’à 50 kilomètres des côtes. L’appareil a été conçu pour relever diverses mesures comme la température, la salinité, la concentration en produits chimiques ou encore celle en phytoplancton. Il lui suffit ensuite de remonter à la surface pour déployer son antenne et envoyer des données aux chercheurs. En analysant les données transmises aux laboratoires, ces derniers espèrent alors mieux comprendre comment évoluent les écosystèmes marins en fonction des changements environnementaux.En réalité, les scientifiques de la région utilisent depuis cinq ans des planeurs sous-marins de fabrication américaine, déployés entre la Corse et Nice. Néanmoins, le robot français, muni de batteries rechargeables, pourrait permettre des trajectoires plus précises et plus flexibles, estiment-ils. “Je cherche d’abord un engin performant pour faire ma science”, souligne Hervé Claustre, ajoutant que “les industriels ont évidemment envie de rentrer sur ce marché”, qui offre toutes sortes d’applications.Ainsi, le SeaExplorer d’un coût d’environ 100.000 euros se veut plus performant que ses semblables élaborés par les Etats-Unis. D’ailleurs, de nombreuses applications ont déjà été imaginées pour le futur de ce robot sous-marin comme la détection de méduses, d’hydrocarbures ou encore la recherches des boites noires d’avions perdues en mer. Le 7 juillet 2012 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hilariously Geeky License Plate Earns Hacker All the Tickets

first_img Who doesn’t love a good, geeky prank? A security researcher who uses the handle Droogie certainly does, and he likes to stick it to the man, too. Unfortunately, sometimes when you combine the two actions things can backfire. Spectacularly, even.You see, Droogie wanted to have a little fun at the expense of those annoying, privacy-invading Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs). He figured that by literally assigning a null value to his car he’d essentially become invisible to them. Regardless of whether or not that was his actual decision-making process, it’s still fantastic.Droogie paid for and received vanity plates that read “NULL.” Everything was fine until the day he received a ticket for a parking violation.The very plates that he joked would make him invisible to the system were now in that system. That’s when things went off the rails.While Droogie’s custom plates were the only ones that actually read NULL in the real world, that wasn’t quite the case in the ticket database. There were scores of other nulls queued up — likely due to the system failing to gather all the necessary data on those vehicles.A highly relevant xkcdWhen a real NULL showed up with complete driver and mailing information, the floodgates opened. Droogie received ticket after ticket. The misdirected fines totaled just over $12,000.He called the DMV and LAPD to set the record straight and reversed all but his own ticket. They also advised him to change his plates, which he did not. “I said, ‘No, I didn’t do anything wrong,’” Droogie told the crowd of DEF CON attendees as he told them about his misadventure.Despite his report, the system continues to send him errant tickets. He’s received another $6,000 worth already.One other way that having NULL on your plates messes with the system: it makes them hard to renew online. Droogie tried and was told his entry was invalid.Watch: Hackers Steal $32M in Cryptocurrency From Japanese ExchangeMore of Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA DataMIT ‘Hackers’ Transform Great Dome Into Cap’s ShieldYouTube Cracks Down on Dangerous Challenges, Pranks Stay on target Raspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA DataNetflix Hacks Highlight What Could Be last_img read more

TCI completes National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 28, 2017 – Providenciales – A team from the Financial Market Integrity Unit of the World Bank Group is in the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist in the completion of a National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. The risk assessment process itself is organized, led and undertaken by the national Anti-Money Laundering Committee using the World Bank Group’s self-assessment methodology. The Hon. Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE chairs the Anti-Money Laundering Committee.The assessment aims to identify the primary money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks in the country through a comprehensive analysis that will facilitate the making of comprehensive action plans to allow for a consistent approach to decrease the levels of risks, and strengthen controls and supervisory oversight in each sector. This will help allocate resources for the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing more effectively and efficiently, while meeting international standards as established by e.g., the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).The World Bank Group has assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands in understanding the underlying methodology and in the use of the tool. This way, the Turks and Caicos Islands will build the capacity to undertake future risk assessments with no or minimal external support. The self-assessment methodology supports collaboration between the different government agencies and private sector parties that are jointly responsible for the country’s anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing efforts. The World Bank Group has supported over seventy (70) countries in performing their national risks assessments since 2010.The Turks and Caicos Islands National Risk Assessment was launched during the first initial workshop which was held over the period October 21-23, 2014. This second and final workshop marks the end of the NRA project with around fifty stakeholders and representatives from both the public and private sectors from 26th and 27th June 2017 at the Blue Haven Resort Conference Room on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands from 8am to 4:30pm daily with a half day closed policymakers’ workshop on 28th June 2017.Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles said; “This exercise will provide an opportunity for the Turks and Caicos Islands to evaluate whether existing legislative and administrative arrangements are adequate and sufficient to address existing and emerging threats in line with international standards. The assessment will also assist the TCI, including financial sector stakeholders to apply a risk-based approach in their business practices. We have had the support of both public and private sector stakeholders and are very grateful for their collaboration.”For more information on the National Risk Assessment, please contact Khalila Astwood, Principal Crown Counsel, International at the TCI Attorney General Chambers at or Paul Coleman Head of the Compliance Unit at the Turks and Caicos Financial Services Commission at: pcoleman@tcifsc.tcPress Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Souness Liverpool are still missing something

first_imgSky Sports pundit Graeme Souness believes Liverpool are lacking a creative and clever player like David Silva maintaining that Manchester City are still favourites for the Premier League title.Liverpool are currently unbeaten after nine games and level on points with champions City at the top of the Premier League but the Reds legend is concerned they don’t have a creative spark in the middle.He said on Monday Night Football: “I think [concern about midfield] is how Jurgen sees it as well. He signed two midfield players this summer and went for Nabil Fekir from Lyon as the third. That tells you he thinks he needs to strengthen.“I think that’s what it is. They have three real workaholics in there, but I don’t think they’ve got anyone in there who is really cute and clever, like a David Silva or a Kevin De Bruyne. But these are hard players to find.”Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Souness regrettably admits Pep Guardiola’s side are still ahead of Liverpool but says anything can happen with injuries and form.“I think right now they’re still a wee bit behind City. It hurts me to say that, but who is to say, football is a strange game as we well know. Injuries to certain players, loss of form,” he said.“But right now I see City as being favourites.”last_img read more

Breakspear Park gives 300 pumpkins to staff for Halloween

first_imgHemel Hempstead-based business park Breakspear Park has gifted 300 pumpkins to employees based on-site, to help staff manage their work-life balance and avoid extra trips to the supermarket in the run up to Halloween.The pumpkin giveaway, which started last week, forms part of the business park’s wider wellbeing strategy, called Park Life. The strategy has been designed in accordance with results from an employee survey, conducted in August 2018 across 1,000 staff; this indicated that the organisation needed to create a focus on health and mental wellbeing.Dina Mistry, marketing manager at Breakspear Park, said: “Being more mindful and considerate about what is significant to the employees that work at the business park is very important to us. With the majority of many people’s days being spent at work, it is vital that we help support them in ways outside of the traditional pension scheme and holiday entitlement.”Park Life has been developed to offer employees a range of events to help lower stress and enhance happiness, as well as to help make their lives easier in general. Upcoming events within the Park Life strategy include complimentary massages, health screening tests, a car valeting service, sessions with inspirational guest speakers and a Christmas gift fair. Breakspear Park will also be organising its 30th birthday celebrations shortly.Park Life and its events are communicated to employees using regular emails and newsletters, as well as social media.Organisations based at Breakspear Park include Bam Construction, Boston Scientific, Britvic and Regis.Mistry added: “We are wanting to lead the way in Hemel Hempstead and champion how to truly reward members of staff. We actively encourage other [organisations] to follow suit and offer their teams privileges that go above and beyond expectations. By offering people extras in the office environment that they would usually attempt to do outside of work, we’ll help create a happy workplace setting and offer people true downtime when they are home.”last_img read more

Cuban migrants who landed on Virginia Key will be allowed to stay

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of Cuban migrants who arrived on Virginia Key, Tuesday morning, will be able to stay in the U.S., officials said.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, three men and one woman made it to shore near the lifeguard tower at Virginia Key Beach, in Key Biscayne. Miami Police contacted Border Patrol agents about the migrants at around 10:20 a.m.7SkyForce HD captured the moment the four migrants came ashore in the small makeshift sailboat they used to make the dangerous voyage.One of the migrants told 7News they are all doing well. “I’m OK, so everybody in my crew is OK,” said Luis Yebra. “We don’t have any health issues during the travel, so yeah, I’m OK and happy to be here.”They will be allowed to stay under the U.S.’s “Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot” policy.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Death jolts final hour of AFN convention

first_imgA man committed suicide at the Dena’ina convention center during the final hour of the AFN annual convention on Saturday. Anthony Chouette, 49, climbed over the third floor railing and jumped to his death.–Original story–According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage Police identified the man Sunday, as Anthony Choquette, age 49.His body fell to the first floor where hundreds of attendees were gathered.At first it sounded as if a gun had gone off.On the third floor, many rushed to look over. Police were on the scene within a few minutes.AFN President Julie Kitka and a member of the board of directors spoke with an Anchorage police officer moments later.The incident was announced to attendees in the main convention room.Officials cordoned off the scene. Anchorage Police and Dena’ina Center staff evacuated parts of building. Events in the main convention room continued at first, though the convention was already winding down.Marvin Roberts, a recently released member of the Fairbanks Four, took the stage minutes after the accident.Co-chair Ana Hoffman invited a gospel singing group to the stage to offer comfort to those still in the main room. A dance group from Juneau finished out the convention.The annual AFN banquet was cancelled.last_img read more

Runis right leg saved

first_imgThe right leg of a private university student was crushed as she was caught between a road divider and a bus in Farmgate area in the capital on Wednesday morning. Photo: Charles PritomThe right leg of the female university student whose leg was crushed under the wheels of a bus in the city’s Farmgate area on Wednesday could be saved from being imputed.Physicians at the Ibne Sina Hospital on Thursday said a minor operation was conducted on Runi Akhter’s leg that saved her.Professor Idris Ali conducted the operation on Wednesday evening.However, Tk 300,000 will be needed during the initial stage of her treatment.On Wednesday, the right leg of Runi, an MBA student of the University of Development Alternative (UODA) and a receptionist of Rangs Properties, was crushed under the wheels of a bus as she was caught between a road divider and the vehicle.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday July 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’ll speak to Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford about the opioid crisis in Maryland, violence in Baltimore and his work with Project CORE in the city, among other issues. Also, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on Mayor Pugh’s alleged plan to deter violence in Baltimore.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Snapchat Parent Company Raises 1265 Billion in Debt Financing Citing Potential Acquisitions

first_imgUPDATED: Snap, the money-losing parent company of Snapchat, issued $1.265 billion in debt securities in a private placement, with the proceeds to be used for working capital and potential acquisitions.Initially, Snap said it planned to raise $1 billion but late Tuesday announced the upsized long-term debt offering of $1.1 billion. Then, in an Aug. 9 SEC filing, the company revealed it sold debt securities with a principal amount of $1.265 billion, in agreements with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan Securities as representatives of the debt purchasers.In announcing the plans, Snap said it expects to use the net proceeds from the offering for “general corporate purposes,” which is standard boilerplate. The company also said it may use a portion of the funds “to acquire complementary businesses, products, services, or technologies” or for buybacks of Snap stock. Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content It’s the first time Snap is adding long-term debt to its balance sheet. As of June 30, the company had $335.7 million in cash and equivalents, as well as $849 million in marketable securities.The planned debt financing comes after the company returned to solid user growth in the first half of 2019. For Q2, Snap posted revenue up 48% to $388 million and a net loss of $255 million (versus a net loss of $353 million in the year-earlier period). As of June 30, 2019, Snap reported an accumulated deficit (negative retained earnings) of $6.48 billion.Snap said the $1.265 billion in debt securities will be unsecured obligations, with the principal amount of convertible senior notes due Aug. 1, 2026. The notes will accrue interest of 0.75% per year, paid semiannually. Debt-holders will have the option to covert the notes starting on April 30, 2026; on conversion, holders of the notes will receive cash, stock, or a combination of cash and stock. The company also granted the initial purchasers of the debt securities an option to purchase up to an additional $165 million principal amount of notes. Snap shares fell as much as 1.5% in early trading Tuesday after the announcement, closing down about 1% to $16.29 per share. Still, that’s up 181% year to date. Related Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions ×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 Popular on Variety last_img read more

GM Says the Bolt EV Will Have a 238Mile Range More Than

first_imgSeptember 13, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on Reuters This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read General Motors Co. said on Tuesday its electric subcompact Chevrolet Bolt EV will have an average range of 238 miles on a full charge, farther than rival Tesla Motors Inc. expects for its upcoming Model 3.The Bolt EV will be launched in a few months, nearly a year before the Tesla Model 3, with a starting price for U.S. consumers of $37,500 that is similar to the announced starting price for the Model 3.The sale price is before ancillary charges and a federal tax credit available to U.S. buyers that could be $7,500.The Bolt is on track to be the first fully electric car with at least 200 miles of driving range per charge and a starting price below $40,000. Tesla’s Model S and Model X offer driving ranges of more than 200 miles, but at prices that start at roughly double the Bolt’s.The Bolt is also seen as the first affordable fully electric car.The average selling price for a new vehicle in the United States is about $31,000, and GM reported that in August, its vehicles were sold to U.S. consumers at an average of $36,730. These prices reflect discount incentives to spur sales, which are not normally generous or even available for the newest of models.GM’s share price was little changed following the expected announcement. In premarket trading on Tuesday, shares were at $31.17, a cent lower than Monday’s close.GM has said that the Bolt, along with the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, will be made available to drivers of the ride-hailing service Lyft Inc., in which GM has invested half a billion dollars.(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Bernadette Baum) Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more