Mumbai, June 25 (PTI) Puneri Paltan began the defence of their title with a naroow 28-24 win over Telugu Titans in the opening game the fourth season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League, here today. The Titans started aggressively and put in a solid all-round performance with their attack and defense working well in tandem. Paltans raider struggled in the first half and their Nitin Tomar was restricted to zero points. It took nine minutes for the Titans to inflict the first all-out of the match with the score at 11-6. It looked like the defending champions were losing their grip on the match but came back to reduce the deficit to two points and the score at half time was 15-13 in the favour of Telugu Titans. The second half, however, was a different story as Paltan showed their mettle and their star man Manjeet Chhillar was solid at the back. With the game on knifes edge at 18-17, Puneri Paltan struck at the right time to inflict their first all-out. Vinod scored five points for the Titans as did Sandeep Narwal. Tomar who was looking out of sorts for the most of the game crucially scored his first point to make ita four-point game in favor of Pune. With score at 22-18, Telugu Titans captain Rahul Chaudhry failed with a do-or-die raid. For a while, it looked like Titans might just stage a comeback and with two TV reviews going in their favour but Puneri Paltan held their nerve. Chhillar marshaled his troops magnificently and showed why he is considered one of the best players in the league. Both teams showed their defensive prowess and it was a bit surprising to see both teams missing out more than a few do-or-die raids. Paltans Sonu Narwal was adjudged the best raider of the match whereas Chhillar was the best defender. PTI AT ATadvertisement
CM meets Hima Das’ parentsKandulimari(Assam), Jul 17 (PTI) Assam Chief MinisterSarbananda Sonowal today visited the parents of ace sprinterHima Das who created history by winning gold at IAAF WorldUnder-20 Championships at Tampere in Finland recently.Sonowal visited Hima’s home at No 3 Kandulimarivillage in Dhing area of Nagaon district and interacted withher parents Ranjit and Junali Das as well as other members ofher family.He congratulated her parents on the success of theirdaughter in world sports and lavishly praised Hima’s stunningsuccess saying that her achievement has raised the stature ofthe people of the state globally.Sonowal also felicitated them with the traditional’gamosa’ (Assamese scarf of honour), ‘sarai’ (brass metaloffering tray with a stand) and a citation.”Hima’s feat inspires Indians and the gold won by herproves that hard work, commitment and sincerity are thecornerstones of success”, he said adding that her feat wouldinspire the young generation.Hima’s victory has given renewed momentum to womenempowerment in the country, he added.The chief minister also told Hima’s parents that PrimeMinister Narendra Modi was very elated with her success andhas expressed his sentiments at a public programme recently.The state government, he said, would felicitate thesprint queen at a state-level programme after her return toAssam.She would be appointed as the sports ambassador ofAssam and a reward of Rs 50 lakh would be given to her as perthe earlier announcement, Sonowal told Hima’s parents.advertisementDuring the interaction Ranjit Das requested the chiefminister for steps to improve the condition of the playground,library and Naamghar (prayer hall) of their village.Sonowal assured him that necessary support would beextended by the government in this regard and directed theNagaon district deputy commissioner to immediately submit aproposal.The chief minister also directed the Nagaonsuperintendent of police to take necessary steps to reopen theerstwhile police outpost at Sologuri as asked for by Hima’sfather. PTI ESBKK KK KK
Hima to be sports ambassador of Assam : Sonowal(Adding information)Kandulimari (Assam), Jul 17 (PTI) Assam Chief MinisterSarbananda Sonowal today met the parents of ace sprinter HimaDas and said that she would be appointed the sports ambassadorof Assam.Hima, who created history by winning gold at IAAFWorld Under-20 Championships at Tampere in Finland recently,would be the first sports ambassador of the state, officialssaid.The state government, he said, would felicitate thesprint queen at a state-level programme after her return toAssam, Sonowal told Hima’s parents Ranjit and Junali Das attheir home.He visited Hima’s home at No 3 Kandulimari village inDhing area of Nagaon district and interacted with her parentsas well as other members of her family.Sonowal congratulated Hima’s parents on the success oftheir daughter in the world of sports. He lavishly praised her”stunning success” saying that her achievement has “raised thestature of the people of the state globally”.Hima would be made the sports ambassador of the stateand a reward of Rs 50 lakh would be given to her as per thegovernment’s earlier announcement, he said.Sonowal also felicitated Hima’s parents with thetraditional ‘gamosa’ (Assamese scarf of honour), ‘sarai'(brass metal offering tray with a stand) and a citation.”Hima’s feat inspires Indians and the gold won by herproves that hard work, commitment and sincerity are thecornerstones of success”, he said adding that her feat wouldinspire the young generation.Hima’s victory has given renewed momentum to womenempowerment in the country, he added.advertisementThe chief minister also told Hima’s parents that PrimeMinister Narendra Modi was very elated with her success andhas expressed his sentiments at a public programme recently.During the interaction Ranjit Das requested the chiefminister for steps to improve the condition of the playground,library and Naamghar (prayer hall) of their village.Sonowal assured him that necessary support would beextended by the government in this regard and directed theNagaon district deputy commissioner to immediately submit aproposal.The chief minister also directed the Nagaonsuperintendent of police to take necessary steps to reopen theerstwhile police outpost at Sologuri as asked for by Hima’sfather. PTI ESB KKKK KK KK
The operational capabilities of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been enhanced with the employment of advanced stealth communications equipment, and the establishment of a language training centre, courtesy of the British Government. Consisting of over 100 Personal Role Radio (PRR) sets, with spares, and a Fixed Base Force Protection System (mobile re-broadcast equipment), the communications equipment isexpected to significantly improve combat effectiveness of the JDF by providing effective and clear communication to soldiers doing front line duties. The language centre, which has been set up at the JDF’s headquarters at Up Park Camp in Kingston, will serve to improve the military’s skills in French and Spanish in the JDF, which will improve their ability to engage and operate in the Caribbean region, particularly in terms of counter-narcotic and counter-illicit traffic operations. The donations were presented to the Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, during a ceremony at the British High Commission in Kingston on November 27. Mr. Bunting thanked the British Government for the PRRs, which he said will not only improve the effectiveness of the JDF’s communication, but further enhance its support to the police force. “It also brings home to me the value this will have, in not just improving soldier safety, but also improving safety of the communities that they are operating in, and avoiding or reducing the risk of miscommunication, particularly within a built up urban environment,” he said. In terms of the language centre, Mr. Bunting said this would be “very useful in terms of co-operation in our maritime domain, particularly in the counter narcotics effort, in terms of increasing our effectiveness in tackling the guns for drugs trade, particularly (in) Haiti, where we want to increase our capacity for co-operation with the Haitian police.” British High Commissioner, His Excellency Howard Drake said the gift was “yet another indication of a close and enduring relationship between the UK and Jamaica in the defence field, not just law enforcement (but) national security issues (in) general.” According to a press release from the British High Commission, operations within infantry units are much slicker, more effectively applied, better co-ordinated and safer with the use of the PRR sets. “Key improvement areas are: increased tempo of operations; improved situational awareness; improved targeting and direction of fire; element of surprise maintained, particularly in urban operations; improved survivability; reduced friendly fire; quicker briefings; and better/quicker re-supply operations,” the document reads. In terms of the language training centre, the release notes that the laboratory will considerably enhance Jamaica’s security forces’ ability to operate in the complex and multi-lingual environment of the Caribbean. The centre will be equipped with 13 computers,two touch screen computers, a projector, a server, hard drive, language software and network equipment.
Taroudant – Head lice has reportedly been spreading among students in schools in several Moroccan cities.According to the Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah, families received verbal and written warnings from school teachers and administrative staff, urging them to check their children’s heads on a daily basis.The same source said that the issue, which has been present in schools for the past three years has been met with a blind eye by the ministry of education and the ministry of health. The daily newspaper added that both ministers have done nothing to prevent the spread of lice.According to the same source, students with head lice have been reported in schools in Sidi Kacem, Marrakech, Casablanca, Nador, Agadir, Berrechid and other Moroccan cities.Assabah points out that mothers are particularly sensitive to this crisis as they consider its presence in their children’s hair as a sign of their negligence in keeping their children clean.A pharmacy assistant in Casablanca told the daily newspaper that several people are ordering drugs, lotions and shampoos that treat head lice and nits, (lice eggs).Head lice has reportedly been eradicated in the late 80’s in Morocco, after nearly all families have begun to have access to hygienic facilities and cleaning products.Head lice is still a big issue worldwide, including Canada and the U.K.A hot debate is now taking place in Canada on whether to allow students with head lice to attend classes or wether they should be bared until they are lice and nit-free.The small, wingless insects live and feed on scalps by simultaneously sucking blood and injecting saliva. Females can produce five to six eggs a day for 30 days. Each lice has a shell that sticks to the hair shaft.
Rabat- The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) forecasts rising temperatures around the kingdom on Tuesday, April 17.Scattered, low-level clouds will cover the horizons of the Central coasts, reliefs of High and Middle Atlas, and other regions of the country throughout the day.Temperatures will go up in Central coasts, plains of phosphates, and interior plains. Minimum temperatures will range from 00 to 06 degrees Celsius on the reliefs; 06 to 11 degrees Celsius in the Oriental region, Oulmes, and plains of phosphate; 09 to 14 degrees Celsius on the northern, central, and southeastern coasts. Maximum temperatures will be 16 to 22 degrees Celsius on the reliefs and Mediterranean; 26 to 32 degrees Celsius on the northern and Central coasts; 20 to 25 degrees Celsius north of the Oriental and the Atlantic coasts; 30 to 36 degrees Celsius in the Souss and Saharan provinces.Weaker winds are forecast in the northern coasts and southern provinces which will experience blowing dust and sand.Low sea-levels are expected in Tarfaya and Larache, in contrast to high sea-levels in the Mediterranean region, Boujdour, and Lagouira.
ALGIERS, Algeria — A media company in Algeria says its owner was kidnapped by security forces and tied it to his blaming the president’s brother for alleged corruption.The television channel of the Echourouk Group reported that chief executive was abducted Thursday as he left home for work.Fodhil alleged this week on TV that Algeria was run by “extraconstitutional forces” and that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s younger brother, Said Bouteflika, was “head of the gang.”Corruption has long been considered widespread in the North African country, but the president’s critics allege it has grown during Bouteflika’s two decades in power.It’s among the chief complaints of protesters who have been demanding that Bouteflika step down.Massive protests started last month and have thrown Algeria into an unprecedented political crisis.The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has released her tax return for 2018, reporting that she and her husband paid more than $200,000 in taxes on a joint income of about $900,000 last year.The move by the senator from Massachusetts on Wednesday follows similar tax return disclosures from fellow presidential candidates Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Their front-running rival for the party’s 2020 nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, has vowed to release his tax returns by Monday amid political pressure.Warren, who previously posted a decade’s worth of tax returns online, has proposed legislation that mandates the public disclosure of tax returns for presidential and vice-presidential candidates and for sitting White House occupants.“I’ve put out eleven years of my tax returns because no one should ever have to guess who their elected officials are working for,” Warren said in a statement. “Doing this should be law.”Warren and her husband, Bruce Mann, jointly reported a gross income of about $900,000 on their return, with Warren reporting income of $176,280 for her job as senator and about $325,000 from her writing career. Warren has penned 11 books, including several as a law professor before entering politics.Mann, a professor at Harvard Law School, earned more than $400,000.The couple also claimed a small tax credit for the installation of residential solar electricity equipment.Among the other Democratic presidential candidates who have released past tax returns as they seek the party’s nomination to take on President Donald Trump is Washington Gov. Jay Inslee .Trump broke with tradition in 2016 by not voluntarily releasing his tax returns. He routinely says he’s under audit, but there is no rule prohibiting taxpayers under audit from releasing their tax returns.House Democrats are seeking Trump’s tax returns as part of investigations into his business dealings and his Republican presidential campaign. One of Trump’s lawyers claims the Internal Revenue Service can’t legally release the information.Elana Schor, The Associated Press
Stocks plunge amid growing North Korean-U.S. tensions, gold continues rise by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Stock markets nosedived Thursday as investors continued moving into gold amid escalating political tensions between the United States and North Korea.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 143.08 points to 15,074.25, with nearly all of its sectors moving lower.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 204.69 points to 21,844.01, while the S&P 500 index dropped 35.81 points to 2,438.21 and the Nasdaq composite index slid 135.46 points to 6,216.87.After seeming to shrug off the heated rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea over the last couple of days, investors are becoming more wary as the standoff between the two countries continues ratcheting up, said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice.Strong gains in New York, where the Dow saw repeated record highs up until three day ago, had kept investor optimism high when news of the conflict first broke, Currie said.“But now we’re seeing increasing rather than diminishing tensions,” he said. “I think a few investors are capitulating to it.”Earlier on Thursday, North Korea revealed a plan to launch ballistic missiles toward a major U.S. military hub in the Pacific. Later in the day, President Trump warned the regime to “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble.The Vix, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, jumped 34.8 per cent, the biggest increase since May.The price of gold also surged for the second day in a row as the December bullion contract advanced US$10.80 to US$1,290.10 an ounce. The precious metal is often seen as a safe haven for investors during times of uncertainty.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.67 cents US, down 0.04 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract advanced 20 cents to US$49.76 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up seven cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The September copper contract was down two cents to US$2.91 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
← Previous Story Tanja Medved new sports director at HC Vardar Next Story → Ulrik Wilbek furious over Croatian cheating claims croatiaeuro 2014handball Croatian national team had failed to go through to the final of the European championship. Croatia lost 29:27 to the host and defending champion, Denmark in the semifinal of the European championship.Slavko Goluža almost broke down in tears at the press conference, as the Croatian national team coach had to stop talking to prevent the tears.The host has done everything possible to claim the gold medal here. Every single thing was in their favor, and we were living like the animals here; in three different cities! I haven’t got a decent sleep during the night, until I came to Herning. At the game tonight, my players were falling down in the middle like we were bowling, not playing handball. Few years ago I have promised to refrain from commenting on the referees, but I can’t take any more.Jakov Gojun was full of support for his coach. The player added that the refereeing in the semifinal was a disgrace and humiliation for sport.After the Danish coach Ulirik Wilbek said that this was the “worst press conference in his life”, Goluža apologized, saying, “everything has been said impetuously and hot-headed“TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICsource: vecernji.hr
Just four weeks out from the Victorian state election, education and health are shaping up to be the most important issues for the Greek community. We would prefer the government to be more direct in its dealings with school council, in terms of having the capacity to enforce whatever direction it has. Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) President, Bill Papastergiadis, said he’d like to see state government getting more involved with school councils. He said that while the Brumby Government has been encouraging, the GOCMV has had “difficulties” negotiating with school councils for use of facilities for after school care courses, and the inclusion of Modern Greek in Languages Other Than English (LOTE) programs. “We would prefer the government to be more direct in its dealings with school council, in terms of having the capacity to enforce whatever direction it has,” he said. “Because at Wales Street Primary for example the government has fully funded the LOTE program for Greek, and the school won’t implement it.” Mr Papastergiadis said the state government is currently preparing a policy on LOTE, and he’s looking forward to seeing Greek feature, and added that the GOCMV has good relations with the Labor and Liberal parties in Victoria. “We’re happy with the government in terms of its policies on multiculturalism, in how it engages with the communities,” he said. Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) committee member, Roula Tsiolas, said the most pressing issue is the inclusion of Modern Greek on the national curriculum. She said the issue affects more than simply education. “It affects a lot of Greek community issues – Greek community businesses and Greek community schools,” she said. “We’ll be lobbying that quite extensively, you’ll certainly hear about that,” she said. On the issue of the economy, Ms Tsiolas said both parties are capable of ensuring Victoria’s recent economic stability continues. Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MGTAV) President Manthos Kokkinakis, returning from Sydney for a meeting about the national curriculum, agrees it’s the most pressing state issue in the Victorian election. But he said he isn’t worried about the continuing presence of Modern Greek in Victorian schools and after care programs. “We’ve got some wonderful programs, and the local government has reiterated a million times that they’re looking at three things: continuity, quality and network affiliation,” he said, adding that the MGTAV have a good working relationship with both the Labor and Liberal parties in Victoria. But Fronditha Care CEO, Penny Michael, called for more flexibility in the state health system, to meet the changing needs of elderly Greek Australians. “It’s about providing a number of choices in terms of care needs,” she said, adding that the system needs to provide more interpreter services. She also stressed the need for state and federal governments to work together on hospitals. “We can’t be negotiating between different levels of government as to whose responsibility it is,” she said. Ms Michael said Fronditha would continue to work with whichever party forms government, and she understood health was a difficult area of state policy. “It’s a high-cost area, it’s a high-need area, but at the end of the day people require services and this has to be met,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Almost 12,000 Greeks of various ages were able to study, train or volunteer abroad in 2014 as part of the European Union’s Erasmus+ program aimed at modernizing the education sector and improving students’ skills.According to data published by the European Commission on Tuesday, 23.4 million euros was granted to Greece in 2014 to fund some 250 projects in which a total of 11,853 Greeks took part. Almost 4,500 of those were students in higher education who undertook studies or traineeships abroad, which is nearly double the figure from six year earlier.Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University led the way in sending students abroad, followed by Athens University and the Athens University of Economics and Business. The most popular destination for Greek students was France, followed by Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK.Some 3,000 foreign students came to Greece to study or train during the same period, with France, Spain and Poland leading the way.Erasmus+ expands on the previous Erasmus program for student exchanges and has a budget of 14.7 billion euros for its seven-year duration.“During the first year Erasmus+ has proved a true success,” said EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics.“The impressive number of participants is proof that the program is making a difference in improving young people’s employment prospects, helping them acquire new skills and experiences, and supporting the modernization of Europe’s education, training and youth systems.”Source: Kathimerini
Un Galaxy Note 10.1″ dévoilé au MWC ?Samsung a publié, mardi 15 février, son programme pour la journée des développeurs qui se tiendra lors du Mobile World Congress à Barcelone. Si on sait déjà que Samsung n’officialisera aucune nouveauté, le programme faisait pourtant mention d’un modèle encore jamais évoqué. Alors que le Galaxy Note 5,3 pouces (13 cm) vient juste de sortir, se pourrait-il que Samsung profite du MWC 2012 pour dévoiler un Galaxy Note 10,1 pouces (26cm) ? En tout cas, la firme coréenne l’a fortement laissé entendre. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le programme de la journée développeurs, publié puis retiré le 15 février, citait en effet un mystérieux “Galaxy Note 10.1” dans la liste des produits à découvrir à l’occasion du MWC. Ce dernier serait notamment doté du fameux stylet S-Pen. Cependant, cette nouveauté, réservée aux développeurs, pourrait en n’être qu’à la phase de développement. Le site The Verge aurait même réussi à mettre la main sur une annonce de casting pour une publicité consacrée au Galaxy Note 10.1. Par ailleurs, le S-Pen et l’OS Bada 2.0 pourrait également faire l’objet d’une présentation. Le stylet devrait ainsi être intégré sur toutes les tablettes de la marque Samsung qui sortiront en 2012. Le 16 février 2012 à 20:00 • Maxime Lambert
L’Archaeopteryx n’était pas le seul dinosaure à “cervelle d’oiseau”Selon une nouvelle étude, l’Archaeoptéryx, un dinosaure volant qui vivait il y a environ 150 millions d’années, n’était pas le seul dinosaure à posséder un cerveau proche de celui des oiseaux actuels. Une découverte qui suggère que leur cerveau a évolué avant même que les dinosaures sachent voler.Après plusieurs années de recherches et d’études, la question mérite encore une fois d’être posée : l’Archaeopteryx est-il oui ou non l’ancêtre commun de tous les oiseaux ? Selon les derniers travaux réalisés, ce serait bien le cas. Mais une nouvelle étude remet la question sur la table puisque, selon l’équipe de chercheurs conduite par Amy Balanoff, du Muséum américain d’histoire naturelle, son cerveau ne ressemblait pas plus à celui des oiseaux que d’autres espèces de dinosaures à plumes.Pour bien comprendre, il faut savoir qu’on peut distinguer des cerveaux en fonction de leur poids mais surtout suivant leurs fonctions. Par exemple, le cerveau des oiseaux et celui des reptiles sont relativement identiques, en revanche comparativement à leur poids, celui des oiseaux est énorme. C’est ce qui explique par exemple leur grande acuité visuelle et leur capacité à coordonner les mouvements nécessaires pour voler.Un dinosaure pas si spécialSi l’Archaeopteryx, vieux de 150 millions d’années, a longtemps été considéré comme le plus ancien oiseau fossile, la chose ne cesse d’être remise en question avec les découvertes incessantes de nouvelles espèces de dinosaures à plumes. Pour une nouvelle fois mieux comprendre l’arbre généalogique des oiseaux, les scientifiques américains, à l’aide d’imagerie haute résolution, ont donc estimé et comparé les volumes crâniens d’oiseaux d’aujourd’hui, d’Archaeopteryx et d’autres espèces disparues.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Publiés dans le revue Nature, les résultats obtenus révèlent que si Archaeopteryx avait les capacités neurologiques nécessaires pour voler, c’est également le cas pour d’autres dinosaures à plumes. “Archaeoptéryx a toujours été considéré comme une espèce unique de transition entre les dinosaures à plumes et les oiseaux modernes, un point à mi-chemin”, explique Amy Balanoff cité par l’AFP. “Mais en étudiant le volume crânien de dinosaures proches parents, nous avons appris qu’Archaeopteryx n’aurait pas été si spécial que ça”, indique la scientifique.Un cerveau apte à voler chez des dinosaures non-volantsSelon la recherche qu’elle a menée, plusieurs dinosaures qui ne pouvaient pas voler tels que l’Oviraptor ou les Troödontidés, avaient un plus gros cerveau par rapport à la taille de leur corps que l’Archaeopteryx lui-même. Ceci suggère que le cerveau d’oiseau a commencé à se développer avant que la capacité de voler n’apparaisse. “Si Archaeoptéryx avait un cerveau apte pour voler, ce qui est presque certainement le cas compte tenu de sa morphologie, c’était aussi le cas pour au moins plusieurs autres dinosaures non-aviens”, conclut Amy Balanoff.Le 2 août 2013 à 12:57 • Maxime Lambert
Danilo shared his delight at opening his account for the season away at Huddersfield to help Manchester City to a 3-0 win.The Brazilian’s first-half strike set the tempo for the Blues 3-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium to reduce the gap at the top of the table to four pointsAnd he said he and his City team-mates were determined to not to slip up in the battle to retain their Premier League crown.“I’m happy for sure to score. I’m very happy to help the team and we have to keep going that way to try and win the league,” said the Brazilian full-back via the club’s website.Official: Danilo leaves City to join Juventus Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 Brazilian defender Danilo has joined the Bianconeri for the next five years after an exchange of money and defender Joao Cancelo.“We are happy as we won the game it was not easy and we have to keep going that way.“If we want to win the Premier League, we have to win every week – we have to do our job and at the end of the season we will see.”First #PL goal of the season for Danilo 💥#HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/1aV9xcaaKo— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2019
Chuck Chronis surveys the crowd at Chronis’ Restaurant’s free Thanksgiving meal Thursday. There was a VIP waiting list Thursday to get into Chronis’ Restaurant & Lounge for the eatery’s 29th annual Thanksgiving feast offered at no charge to the community.The venerable downtown establishment on Main Street welcomes anyone who wants to eat, many who are low income or don’t have family nearby to celebrate the holiday with. But that’s not the case for those who want one of the coveted volunteer positions on “Team Turkey.” The team of about a dozen volunteers dish up turkey and stuffing or deliver piping-hot beverages and tempting desserts to tables.Joining that elite group isn’t easy.“It’s like getting into a great country club,” quipped volunteer Tiffany Kelly of Vancouver. “It’s like somebody has to die or something to get in.”Chuck Chronis, the restaurant’s owner, said he turned away at least 50 people who wanted to serve food at the restaurant on Thanksgiving.“If we don’t limit the number of volunteers inside, people are tripping over each other,” said Clark County Judge Rich Melnick, who has organized the annual feast with Chronis for the past 29 years. The food is donated by the restaurant and other community donors.Volunteer Kim Nigg snagged a position this year by pure luck when a slot opened up last minute.“That’s amazing,” volunteer Mickey Thompson Giese commented dryly as she hurried a plate over to a table. “It usually takes 10 years (to be allowed to volunteer).”
As publishers continue to embrace open source CMS, where can they find technical support? While day-to-day content changes should be handled by staff, alterations to site architecture, as well as site maintenance, need to be handled by individual developers or Web firms who know what they’re doing.Most open source CMS communities, including Drupal, Joomla and Plone, offer resource centers where users can find developer and technical support. Standalone Web sites such as ScriptLance and eLance also offer links to freelance developers, including cheaper overseas programmers. While the CMS community tries to qualify people who register by asking for links to documented projects, the publisher still needs to vet that individual developer by looking at past work and talking to previous clients.Developer or Agency?Publishers can chose between a dedicated Web development firm or an individual developer within the open source community. They both offer advantages and disadvantages: Web firms typically offer better support but a more entrenched, bureaucratic process for getting things done while an individual developer may offer more flexibility and cheaper prices but less support. Many Web development firms, such as GCN Publishing or Godengo, work within a specific open source CMS. GCN Publishing uses TYPO3 as the CMS for clients such as menswear site Marketplace.com.Alisa Cromer, founder of newmediahub.com, an online trade journal for digital media executives, recounts her experience trying to get her site built. “Open source CMS is a tricky road to travel,” she says. “While my site was built fairly quickly and reasonably, the first developer stopped 80 percent of the way through. It was like a housing project, I had a hard bid but the developer spent more time than they had estimated and was eager to move on to new customers paying big upfront dollars.”Cromer switched to a local programming group which she says was initially fine except, “the main contact farms it to a secondary contact who farms it to freelance contractors and when extra hours build up due to poor communications there is a squabble over what the hard bid was. I get a hard bid on, say, the ability to automatically post seven to 10 blogs in an area on the front of the site and the estimate comes in at three to five hours. But the things that to me are obvious, i.e., don’t stretch photos and don’t cut off excerpts in the middle of a word, wind up being an extra round of ‘charges’ at $75 an hour.”Today, Cromer is migrating toward more turnkey solutions and paying the designer on the front end. PricingOffshore developers are typically $35-$45 per hour while a “good guy in his basement” may charge between $75 to $125 per hour. Agency rates range between $150 to $175 per hour but they often work on a sliding scale, such as giving the client a package of services for $200 per hour, then dropping the price to $125 per hour when the site has been built and is in maintenance mode.Cheaper developers may be tempting but remember you get what you pay for—and a good developer can save you a lot of money down the road. Offshore developers can be cheap but publisher satisfaction varies. “If you pay for someone less experienced, you still pay them by the hour,” says a Web project manager at a large consumer publisher. “A good developer can do in two days what it might take someone else two weeks. You could pay someone $175 per hour for two days or $60 per hour for two weeks and the final cost will be the same. Besides, the architecture may be better from a more experienced developer.”Requirements for PartnersTry to offer a sense of what you want before developing the site architecture and include all the templates you’ll need in the initial build.Cromer encourages spending more to create a Photoshop model of the design before any functional changes are made. She provides Photoshop examples of each page she wants, including all check-out forms. Cromer is spending roughly $1,000 on Photoshop pages and $2,000 on the directory portion, $1,000 of which is programming changes to existing software and $600 of which is customization. “Spend the time and money on design and the rest is 100 percent better and easier,” says Cromer. “One programmer told me, ‘wire frames are almost useless.’”Build in contract hours toward documentation (which offers a roadmap of how a site was built) so the project can be handed off to a new developer if need be. SIDEBAR #13 Things Your Development Partner Needs to Get the Job Done Right: 1. Requirements Gathering – Think through exactly what you want in detail before you initiate a project, not in the middle of the development process. On the cheap: Provide a description of what you want with a list of all the elements you can’t live without.Upgrade: Formal requirements document with workflowsand use cases.2. Wireframes – On the cheap: Sketch out how you think the requested elements will look on page.Upgrade: Professional UI with annotations. 3. Visual Design – On the cheap: Photoshop new elementsonto the existing page.Upgrade: Professional PSDs, Web-ready and sliced. SIDEBAR #2Resources for CMS HelpBoth individual platforms and third-party sites can steer you toward a developer. Here are some options:www.drupal.org/profile/drupal-servicesA link to developers who specialize in Drupal.www.resources.joomla.org/A link to develpers who specialize in Joomla.www.plone.org/supportA link to developers who specialize in Plone.www.scriptlance.com/A site for custom freelance programmers.www.elance.com/A site for freelance developers.
Under the terms of the agreement, What’s Up Moms’ Elle Walker, Meg Resnikoff, and Brooke Mahan will contribute a bi-monthly advice column to the print edition of Parents, starting with the May issue, as well as help produce a new What’s Up Moms digital video series for Parents.com. Meredith Corp. will publish the Spring and Summer 2016 issues of GFF, leading advertising sales and distribution for the independent brand that launched on Kickstarter in October, 2014. Both issues will see newsstand distribution of 250,000 copies each, a dramatic jump from the magazine’s 12,000-copy circulation up to this point. “Millennial moms are our fastest growing audience segment and this program helps ensure that we’re producing video content that both entertains and informs them,” said Tracy Odell, general manger of Meredith’s Parents Network, in a statement. Just a half hour after revealing the Whats Up Moms agreement, the publisher announced yet another youth-oriented partnership, this time with GFF: Gluten-Free Forever magazine. Since being spurned on a potential merger with Media General by telecommunications giant Nexstar Broadcasting Group in late January, Meredith has been looking to capitalize on what it considers to be an unparalleled young female audience. The publisher shuttered the older- and more affluent-skewed title More in February, then signed a deal with Unconventional Studios to produce a syndicated TV series featuring its brands—a move about which the publisher was abundantly clear in its desire to further target millennial women. But Meredith wasn’t done there. Editor-in-chief Erika Lenkert and her San Francisco-based staff will continue to produce all of GFF’s content, according to Meredith, and the print magazine will continue to be published in a high-paper-stock, bookazine format. Meredith Corp. and YouTube-famous parenting brand What’s Up Moms announced this morning an exclusive partnership under which the two parties will collaborate to create and distribute lifestyle content for Meredith’s Parents Network—which includes titles Parents, Family Fun, and Fit Pregnancy and Baby, among others—across both print and digital channels. The gluten-free movement has been overwhelmingly driven by young people, with 37 percent of Generation Z consumers and 31 percent of millennials willing to pay a premium for gluten-free foods, compared to just 22 percent of Baby Boomers and 12 percent of the “Silent Generation”—those currently between the ages of about 75 and 90—according to Nielsen. For now, the agreement encompasses only the next two issues, but Meredith Corp. and Lenkert will come together after the Summer 2016 issue drops to evaluate and determine whether the partnership will continue, Meredith Special Interest Media’s editorial content director, Doug Kouma, tells Folio:. “With the increasing consumer demand for gluten-free recipes and products, GFF: Gluten Free Forever fits into our portfolio of wellness-minded publications, resonating with Meredith readers who are looking to adapt to a more health-conscious lifestyle,” adds Kouma in a prepared statement. Terms of both agreements were not disclosed. For a great majority of magazine brands, the millennial demographic is, without a doubt, a hot commodity. Meredith, the publisher that claims to reach nearly three-quarters of millennial women in the U.S. across its various titles, is ramping up its efforts to capture the remainder. A major focus for all of Meredith’s parent-focused brands is identifying fun and engaging ways to connect with their millennial audiences, according to Parents Network president, Carey Witmer. Kim Martin, Meredith’s chief strategy officer, says consumers can expect more partnerships like this from Meredith in the coming months.
(Graphic courtesy of Chad Farrell)Depending on where you go in Anchorage, you could be standing in some of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country. But, the level of Anchorage’s diversity and effects of that diversity aren’t always clear.Listen nowChad Farrell is a demographer and chair of UAA’s sociology department. Farrell’s research has determined there is a great deal of diversity in Anchorage, despite not having the same type of diversity as the United States.“In some ways, for example our African American population, our Latino population, in percentage terms, is quite a bit smaller than the nation as a whole. So in that sense, we’re kind of less diverse than the nation as a whole,” Farrell said. “But then you take the indigenous population, you take the Asian/Pacific Islander population, those groups are much larger here than in the nation as a whole.”Farrell said a large population shift has been occurring since the 90s where Native groups transitioned from rural areas to the city. He also said that being a Western state, Alaska is more likely to have higher Asian and Pacific Islander populations due to close proximity to those areas.(Graphic courtesy of Chad Farrell)In his work, Farrell has shown Anchorage has the three most ethno-racially diverse neighborhoods in the country, the top being the Mountain View area. And Anchorage’s schools show the city to be a cultural melting pot with the top 26 most diverse public schools in the country — in the Anchorage district.Farrell said lots of local attention has been focused on those numbers, and misconceptions sometimes arise where people assume that Anchorage is the most diverse city in the country. Anchorage actually ranks in the top 15th percentile for diversity in the nation overall — so it’s still pretty high nationally speaking, but it’s not among the most diverse in the country.(Graphic courtesy of Chad Farrell)Farrell said the most diverse cities have what demographers call “no majority” populations, like New York City or Oakland, CA, where no singular ethnic group makes up more than 50 percent of the population.“Now these are truly diverse communities, and we are not a no majority community,” Farrell said.Farrell said that even though Anchorage boasts some of the most diverse areas in the country, the differences between America’s most diverse areas area pretty marginal.“If you parachuted into any of these super diverse neighborhoods or super diverse schools, you wouldn’t be able to tell that one had a diversity index of 96.8 and one had a lower diversity index of 95. You would know you were in an extremely diverse environment.”Farrell says having high diversity numbers doesn’t necessarily reflect a high treatment of all diverse groups. He notes certain groups are still economically disparaged and even in diverse communities there are levels of ethnic segregation.“Whether we’re talking about in the economy, or schools, in our justice system, in our healthcare system, whatever sorts of institutions we’re talking about, they’re all being affected by this increasing racial and ethnic diversity,” Farrell said. “So I think this is one of the crucial questions that our nation faces: How are we going to navigate this trend?”(Graphic courtesy of Chad Farrell)Farrell said that these diversity numbers are often a baseline for communities and aren’t always indicative of how communities interact with each other. Anchorage activist Kokayi Nosakhere agrees. He’s the community coordinator for Anchorage’s NAACP branch. He uses a different definition for diversity.“I don’t know if we’ve reached a level of diversity,” Nosakhere said. “We’ve reached a level of integration, but I don’t know about diversity yet.”Nosakhere doesn’t think simply having different groups of people living in one neighborhood necessarily reflects a diverse population. In his opinion, having interactions between those different groups of people is what makes an area diverse.“What I think will go to the next level which is beyond the acknowledgement scientifically, that we numerically have these people in our community, is the sharing at the interpersonal level of world views,” Nosakhere said.There are steps that members of the community are taking to share cultures inter-personally, and Nosakhere said that is the direction to go for diversity in communities.“When we happen to find an organization like Catholic Social Services that’ll do Refugee Day, and you’ll start seeing the song dance and clothing differences of expression — all up on stage — we’re having an expression of that diversity,” Nosakhere explained.With so many different groups in Anchorage, there remain more opportunities for these expressions of real, community diversity — even in a city that shows numerical diversity.
Close ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Hardik Pandya wished KL Rahul on the occasion of the latter’s 27th birthday and this prompted Netizens to ask the Kings XI Punjab batsman to keep his distance from the Mumbai Indians all-rounder in order to stay away from trouble. Rahul turned 27 years old on Thursday, April 18, and many players took to their respective social media accounts to wish the batsman luck for the World Cup but Pandya’s post stood out given the history between the two players. Pandya and Rahul are very good friends on and off the cricket field as they can often be seen spending time together. The two even exchange jerseys when their respective franchises meet in the Indian Premier League. As any good friend would, Pandya took to his Instagram account and wished his teammate. He uploaded a picture of them posing together in a restaurant and captioned the image, “Brothers for life !!!!! No matter what !!! Love u bro KL Rahul happy birthday. Let’s make it our year” Pandya wished Rahul on his birthday.Hardik Pandya InstagramPandya and Rahul have treaded down rocky paths in their respective careers this year following a massive controversy that resulted following their appearance on a popular talk show. The two cricketers were hosted by Karan Johar on his talk show Koffee With Karan and their episode was aired on January 6. This caused an immense stir as the comments made by the Indian cricketers were deemed to be “sexist” and “misogynistic”. Pandya had issued an apology for his comments but the Board of Control for Cricket in India sent both cricketers a show cause notice before suspending them. The cricketers were in Australia at the time, preparing for India’s three-match ODI series which would begin on January 12 and both were sent back home. They consequently missed the entire series before their suspension was lifted later that month. Subsequently, Pandya was called back into the national team to play in the ODIs against New Zealand but Rahul only found a place in India’s A side which was playing touring England Lions team. Rahul was going through a bad patch as he was not scoring runs and thus his place in the World Cup team was put in serious jeopardy. Karan Johar (M) with Hardik Pandya (L) and KL Rahul (R)Karan Johar InstagramBut Rahul managed to work his way back to the national team after finding form with the bat. Self-admittedly, both men have managed to come out of the incident wiser and have found a place in India’s 15-member squad which will fly to England to participate in the ICC World Cup 2019.But fans on social media referenced the difference in the roads to their respective comebacks and asked Rahul to keep his distance from Hardik Pandya. Here are some of the comments on Pandya’s Instagram post. pankayaw4 – Hum to doobe hai sanam tumko bhi le doobenge had facessuraj.yadvv – Par itna fix hai dono sath me coffee nahi piyenge_nikhil_goyal_ – Aaj mat karna bhai ondhu13 – Savdhan rahe satark rahenot_your_type_._ – Kabhi coffee peene sath math jaana bussb_trixx – Tum log aaj karke aaoge na?honey_sungra – Lgta h fir se career barbaad krega