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British-Indian Minister To Lead UK Business Team In Indore

first_imgA major UK business delegation to Global Investors Summit in Madhya Pradesh will be led by a British Minister of Indian origin. Related Itemslast_img

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Lassiter shows he’s more than a sniper

first_imgAfter their win over the Elite, Lassiter now averages two swipes a game.“Sometimes my offense doesn’t show up,” said Lassiter who went 2-of-9 from deep. “And [playing defense] is one of the first things they know about me, but it’s always good to do both.”And Lassiter is also willing to bring his three-and-D style of play to the national team once the officials start calling.Lassiter has worn the tricolor several times in his career and he’s willing to do it again if given the chance.“Being a three-and-D player, and having multiple dimensions to your game, it helps a lot,” said Lassiter. “If they ever call again, I’m always available.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel swingman Marcio Lassiter has long proven his shooter label, with a 39.9 percent shooting clip from deep his first five seasons, but on Wednesday he showed that he is more than that.Lassiter filled up the stat sheets with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, and eight steals, which was the best way to tell people that he is as a two-way player.ADVERTISEMENT French Open: One and done for home hope Tsonga BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve always known I can play defense, it’s one of my calling cards and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” said Lassiter after the Beermen’s 124-113 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.READ: San Miguel gets back-to-back wins ahead of final elims gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’m just playing the passing lanes, and I was just being active, and just reading what the defense was giving,”Lassiter, prior to their game against the Elite, was averaging 1.40 steals a game and had a streak of two games with at least two steals a game.last_img read more

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Denden Lazaro adds depth to already-stacked Petron roster

first_imgMOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Collegiate stars, former pros suit up in Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lazaro, who started practicing with Petron on Monday, helped the Asset Managers to several playoff appearances but the team never found the strength to threaten the likes of Petron and F2—two teams who won five combined titles in 2017 and 2018,The former Ateneo Lady Eagle is expected to fill the role of Buding Duremdes, who will now return to Far Eastern University for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament that will start in February.Lazaro joins a stacked team that features fellow Philippine internationals Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Ces Molina, and Rhea Dimaculangan with Americans Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell serving as Petron’s reinforcements for the conference.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MANILA, Philippines—There’s no stopping Petron from beefing up its defense of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Fresh from winning the All-Filipino Conference, the Blaze Spikers added national team libero Denden Lazaro to their loaded roster ahead of the Grand Prix.According to reports, Petron got hold of Lazaro’s signature after the defensive stalwart finished her two-year contract with former club Cocolife.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Denden is a person of high character and a consummate pro. She proved that she could still play at a high level after helping us reach the semifinals in the Grand Prix. So with a heavy heart we announce her transfer to a new club,” said Cocolife team manager Joshua Ylaya in a statement.“We wish her well in her quest for her first PSL crown.”last_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket

first_imgGautam Gambhir has announced his retirement all forms of cricket. Gambhir, who played a key role in helping India win the World T20 in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup, made the announcement on Twitter.”The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life,” Gambhir tweeted.While he scored a blazing 75 against Pakistan in the World T20 final at Johannesburg, his 97 against Sri Lanka in 2011 helped India lift the World Cup at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Gautam Gambhir reached the career-high ranking of No.1 in Tests in 2009 two years after he was ranked No.1 T20I batsman. In ODIs, Gambhir achieved his career-best 8th rank in ODIs.Gambhir played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India since making his international debut in 2003 in Dhaka. The left-handed bat scored 10,324 runs in international cricket.The 37-year-old had recently stepped down as Delhi’s Ranji Trophy captain.The Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Andhra Pradesh starting Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be Gautam Gambhir’s last match of his glorious career.Gambhir had a successful career in the Indian Premier League. He led Kolkata Knight Riders to glory in 2012 and 2014 and is only one the three captains to win the IPL title two times.He is also the second most successful captain in the history of the league with 71 wins in 129 matches.Gautam Gambhir played 154 matches over 11 season of the IPL and scored 4218 runs. Gambhir also jointly holds the record for most half-centuries the cash-rich T20 league.advertisementAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir retires: 6 games of IPL 2018 and I knew my time was upAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir and his love for World Cup finals: A brief recapAlso Read | IPL 2019: Delhi Daredevils now Delhi CapitalsAlso watch –last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal bows out of Barcelona Open, fails to make history

first_imgDominic Thiem knocked favourite and 11-times champion Rafael Nadal out of the Barcelona Open with a stunning 6-4 6-4 victory in Saturday’s semi-final, avenging his defeat by the Spaniard in last year’s French Open final.The Austrian will meet 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final after the Russian also pulled off a surprise by edging out fourth seed Kei Nishikori 6-4 3-6 7-5 in a tight match.Thiem had lost his last two matches against world number two Nadal, at Roland Garros as well as a thrilling five-setter in the U.S. Open quarter-finals, but he won their last meeting on Spanish soil, beating the Mallorcan in last year’s Madrid Open.The Austrian, ranked fifth in the world, broke Nadal to take a 3-2 lead in the opener and held in the next game thanks to a stunning crosscourt forehand winner before seeing out the set.He broke Nadal again in the fifth game to lead 3-2 and edged towards victory by taking a 30-15 lead before Nadal pulled himself back into contention by winning the next three points.Thiem was serving for the match but Nadal dug deep to earn three break points only to lose each one, Thiem levelling the game with an ace after a marginal call from the umpire.He sealed his fourth career victory over Nadal in 12 matches with a softly-struck backhand which the Spaniard had no chance of reaching, ending Nadal’s chances of a fourth consecutive Barcelona Open title.Twice Barcelona champion Nishikori beat Medvedev in the final of the Brisbane International in January but the Russian took an early advantage by breaking the world number seven in the seventh game.advertisementMedvedev comfortably saw out the set but was pegged back by the Japanese, who won five games in a row to take the second set and make an ideal start to the decider.Medvedev, ranked 14th, soon broke back to level the match and as both players consistently held their serve a tiebreak looked inevitable.But Medvedev earned the first match point with a down-the-line winner and needed only one opportunity, clinching an entertaining match that lasted two hours and 25 minutes when Nishikori found the net with a forehand.Sunday’s final will be Medvedev’s third of 2019 but his first final on clay.Also Read | Stuttgart Open: Naomi Osaka pulls out of semis with injuryAlso Read | Andy Murray optimistic he can play this year, says mother JudyAlso Seelast_img read more

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John Wright was more of a friend than coach, says Sourav Ganguly

first_img“He was more of a friend than a coach to me,” said ex-Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly while talking about former coach John Wright.Both Ganguly and Wright, part of the commentary team at the ongoing World Cup, gave Indian fans a moment of nostalgia on Thursday before the game between India and New Zealand was finally called off due to rain at Trent Bridge.In a video posted on the official Twitter handle of the Cricket World Cup, the duo reminisced about some of the best moments during the New Zealander’s stint as India’s coach. Their talks ranged from the New Zealand match to India’s performance in the 2003 World Cup.”He was more of a friend than a coach to me”Former India skipper @SGanguly99 relives the glory days with his “favourite coach” John Wright. pic.twitter.com/uGATBe5ZwhCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 13, 2019Ganguly recollected the first time he found out that Wright had been appointed for the role and his immediate reaction to it.”I met him first time in Kent, when Rahul (Dravid) came in and said he’s our coach. I said, ‘I’d love to work with him’. We have a great relationship, we’re genuine friends,” said Ganguly.”We had gone to New Zealand and had got thrashed by a club team before the World Cup. But we went on to have a great campaign, and he was responsible for it,” he added.Wright, 64, while recalling his five-year stint from 2000 to 2005 as India’s first foreign coach, said, “I always thought it was the greatest privilege to have the opportunity to work in India.advertisement”I never expected it. It was a hard start, for both of us. You were a new captain and I was the foreign coach. You remember the good times,” he added.Under ‘Dada’ (as Ganguly is fondly called), India went on to register some of the most famous wins of Indian cricket. It was under his leadership that India won the unforgettable 2002 NatWest series final against England at Lord’s. Apart from this, India won tournaments in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies during Ganguly’s stint.Ganguly also led India to the finals of the 2003 World Cup where they lost to Australia.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan is a fighter and he will come back stronger, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Trevor Bayliss will have to accept it: Jason Holder on Sheldon Cottrell’s salute celebrationAlso Seelast_img read more

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a month agoPSG coach Thomas Tuchel linked with Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Thomas Tuchel linked with Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel is being linked with Manchester United.United sees him as an alternative to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should the Red Devils boss fail to improve results, says Le 10 Sport.The Old Trafford-based club gave Solskjaer a three-year contract just six months ago.Barcelona are also interested in hiring PSG boss Tuchel.The Red Devils failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League last campaign in which Solskjaer took over half way through. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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13 days agoMan Utd insist Pogba can make Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd insist Pogba can make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United aren’t panicking over Paul Pogba’s toe injury.The Sun says he is winning his race to be fit for Manchester United’s huge clash with Liverpool after the international break.The French World Cup winner has played in just two of United’s last seven games.Reports in France have suggested Pogba also has a cracked toe picked up in the Carabao Cup game against Rochdale although manager Solskjaer made no mention of that when discussing his injury.United will desperately need him for the Old Trafford date with Premier League leaders Liverpool a week on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Disney Cruise Line Adds One to Meyer Werft Orderbook

first_imgzoom The US-based cruise company Disney Cruise Line has decided to further expand its fleet as it added a third vessel to its orderbook.The first two vessels under the company’s next phase of expansion were ordered in March 2016 from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard. The new cruise ship will also be constructed by the same yard.The earlier ordered ships are scheduled to be finalized in 2021 and 2023, respectively, while the third newbuilding is set to be completed in 2022.Disney Cruise Line said that all ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development. The three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas and be the same size of around 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned, slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment, and imaginative innovations that are fantastically fun and uniquely Disney,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said.last_img read more

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Ktaka logjam Speaker turns down HDK request

first_imgNEW DELHI/BENGALURU: The Karnataka assembly was thrown into disarray as the Speaker turned down Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s request for more time before the trust vote and asked the MPs to keep their speeches short. Amid huge slogan shouting, the house was adjourned temporarily and both the Chief Minister and Congress’s Siddaramaiah left. The slogan-shouting continued even after it reconvened and the exasperated Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was heard saying that they could continue till “10 pm, 11 pm”. The BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa said he was ready to “wait till midnight if need be”. The coalition has been asked to prove majority after its 16 MPs resigned and two independents withdrew support. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe BJP has accused the government of using lengthy speeches in the assembly to delay a floor test it is certain to lose after 18 exits. The coalition has accused the BJP of trying to wean away MPs to unseat the government. There were reports that the Speaker had asked the rebel MPs of the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular alliance to be present in the assembly by 6 pm. The lawmakers, who have stationed themselves at a Mumbai hotel, say they will not attend the assembly under any circumstances. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAmid the chaos in the assembly, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy went around distributing copies of what he claimed was a fake letter of resignation that was being circulated by his political rivals. On Friday, no trust vote took place despite two deadlines from Governor Vajubhai Vala. The house was adjourned after marathon speeches by Kumaraswamy and a few other coalition leaders. Two Independent legislators who have withdrawn support to the Congress-JDS government urged the Supreme Court to order a floor test. The court may take up their petition Tuesday. Senior minister and Karnataka Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar claimed HD Kumaraswamy has told the Congress that it can appoint any leader of its choice as Chief Minister to save the coalition. There was, however, no confirmation from the JDS that it has made such a proposal though there were reports earlier that such a suggestion by HD Kumaraswamy was shot down by his father and JDS chief HD Deve Gowda. HD Kumaraswamy and the Congress had moved the Supreme Court on Friday, accusing the governor of interfering with the assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was underway and sought clarification on its July 17 order, which they said, stopped them from issuing a whip to the legislators.last_img read more

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Press Trade Union Presents Annual Report on Press Freedom in Morocco

Rabat – Moroccan press trade union (SNPM) presented its annual report on press freedom, on Friday in Rabat, at a press conference on the eve of the World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3rd.The report surveys the press situation in Morocco, whether at the legislative level, the obstacles facing journalists while practicing their job or concerning the situation in the different public and private press institutions.During this conference, the SNPM president Younes Moujahid criticized the legislative measures meant to guarantee press freedom, saying that they are negative. He added that neither the press law, nor the professional journalist statutes, or the law on access to information have been promulgated yet.

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Amazon says 10 million items now qualify for 1-day delivery

NEW YORK — Amazon, which has been working to deliver orders faster, says that more than 10 million items now qualify for next-day delivery.The online shopping giant is in the process of upgrading its Prime membership, which costs $119 a year, to one-day delivery from two-day. Amazon declined to say when the switch will be completed. Currently, more than 100 million items qualify for two-day delivery through Prime.Hoping to catch up to Amazon, Walmart rolled out next-day delivery last month. But it’s for much fewer items: Walmart offers next-day delivery on 220,000 products in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California. It plans to expand it to most of the U.S. by the end of the year.Amazon said its one-day shipping for the 10 million items is available nationwide.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

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Researchers learn grantwriting tips in latest ORS workshop

Robert Porter shares with researchers strategies on how to create winning research proposals.The research grant system is competitive, and always has been, but you actually have more control and chance for success than you think, according to grant-writing expert Robert Porter.Porter explained to researchers attending a recent grant-writing workshop that, overall, funding proposals have roughly a 20 to 30 per cent chance of being funded.But when you look closely at the numbers, he says, some 60 per cent of applications are rejected on first reading because the proposal did not match the program’s goals and objectives or the person applying did not follow application instructions.“It’s easy to be discouraged, but when you think about this particular data set, are you less discouraged?” he asked the crowd. “These things are easy to avoid.”Porter, who is director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee, conducted a workshop at Brock last month focusing on strategies on how to create winning research proposals.He began by contrasting academic writing – the “world of ideas” – with grant writing, which places a high emphasis on language that is easily understood by non-experts, talks about future actions, and uses persuasive, personal prose to “sell” ideas and convey excitement.“The writing style and habits that make you successful as an academic are not quite the same set of writing skills that will make you successful as a grant writer,” he told workshop participants. “We have to break our writing habits and adopt a new set of writing skills.”Using examples of comments made by actual reviewers and samples of past grant applications, Porter outlined a “12-step program” for researchers to follow when apply for grants.Highlights of Porter’s presentation include:• Before starting the process, flesh out the “problem” – an important need or issue that should be addressed, a gap between where we are now and where we could be, a limitation of current knowledge – and why the problem is important• Make sure your proposal matches the funding agency’s priorities. “You want the reviewer to see right away that what you want to do is exactly what that sponsor wants to pay for.”• Use clear, direct language in an “active” voice, avoiding jargon and acronyms. “If reviewers don’t understand what you’ve written, they don’t blame themselves – they get annoyed at you.”• Allocate more time than you think you need to put your application together, so that you can consult with Brock’s research officers and get others to proofread your work.Throughout the workshop, Porter stressed the need for a can-do attitude.“Even the best grant writers are turned down more often than they’re successful,” he said. “When you’re turned down, you will be disappointed. But you can choose not to be discouraged.“You have to develop a tough, competitive attitude. You have to say to yourself, ‘I’m going to stay in this game until I’m successful’.”June’s workshop is part of a series of events that the Office of Research Services (ORS) hosts to support researchers with funding applications and other tasks.In May, ORS held “Research Leadership Day” that opened with an overview of TriCouncil and other external grant application support. Following that, a panel – representing each agency and consisting of Jeffrey Atkinson (NSERC), Wendy Ward (CIHR) and Diane Dupont (SSHRC) – addressed the question “What happens to applications in the committee room?”Break-out groups then discussed such issues as: how to diplomatically respond to feedback; how to write a winning Impact section; how to write a winning Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) section; how to write a winning summary; how to write a winning budget and questions and answers about the Common CV (CCV) and Brock Peer Support.“We have an incredibly talented pool of researchers and faculty,” Associate Vice-President Research Kevin Kee says. “The Office of Research Services and the Office of the Vice-President, Research are committed to easing the administrative burden placed on our faculty so that they can have the time to concentrate on what they do best: pursue cutting-edge research that makes a difference to the world around us.”ORS also holds a yearly Research Celebration in February that includes posters and presentations highlighting the broad array of Brock University research. read more

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Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid to be subject of

Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid to be subject of TV series ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Italian-born nun who once challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs, opened hospitals and schools in the American Southwest and is now on a path toward possible Sainthood soon will be the subject of a TV series.Saint Hood Productions based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is scheduled Wednesday to announce a new project around Sister Blandina Segale — a 19th-Century nun whose clashes with Old West outlaws and work with immigrants has been the stuff of legend.“At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” aims to be a fictional account based on Segale’s life and largely will use material from her 1932 book with the same name. That book consisted of Segale’s letters she wrote to her sister about the lawlessness in Trinidad, Colorado, and in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also discussed working with immigrants and prisoners.Her encounters with Old West outlaws later became the subject of an episode of the CBS series “Death Valley Days,” titled “The Fastest Nun in the West.”According to one story, she received a tip that Billy the Kid was coming to her town to scalp four doctors who refused to treat his friend’s gunshot wound. Segale nursed the friend to health, and when Billy went to Trinidad to thank her, she convinced him to abandon his violent plan.Allen Sanchez, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph’s Children — an Albuquerque community health organization born of Segale’s work — said the nun is a perfect subject for a television series since many of the same issues she faced still resonate.“She saw a divided country. She fought violence with nonviolence. She worked to stop discrimination against immigrants,” Sanchez said. “These are all things we are seeing today.”The new production comes as Albuquerque has become a popular filming location for television series, ranging for AMC-TV’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” and NBC’s “The Night Shift.”It also comes just as the Roman Catholic Church is examining Segale for Sainthood.In October, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe formally closed its inquiry on why the legendary nun should become a saint and sent its findings to the Vatican.The public inquiry, headed by former Archbishop Michael Sheehan, was aimed at determining if there was enough evidence to move her case through the largely secret process at the Vatican.Witnesses said Segale fought against the cruel treatment of American Indians and sought to stop the trafficking of women as sex slaves. They also testified that in death, Segale has helped cancer patients and poor immigrants who have prayed to her for help.It’s the first time in New Mexico’s 400-year history with the Roman Catholic Church that an inquiry was completed in the state on the cause of beatification and canonization.Officials say determining whether Segale qualifies for sainthood could take up to a century. The Vatican has to investigate her work and monitor for any related “miracles.”Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and an advocate for Hispanics and Native Americans, founded schools in New Mexico and St. Joseph Hospital, a predecessor of the Albuquerque health organization. She worked as an educator and social worker in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.Tomas Sanchez, executive producer and director of the Segale production, said 98 per cent of the cast and crew will be from New Mexico.“I am honoured to tell Sister Blandina’s story,” he said. “This task requires lots of attention to history and demands that we hire the best New Mexican cast and crew to execute some very technically challenging film sequences.”Officials said the production is working on finding a network to air the series.___Follow Russell Contreras on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/russell-contreras by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Jul 13, 2016 1:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2016 at 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Macys plans to close 100 stores boost online investment

FILE – In this July 10, 2015, file photo, shoppers walk into a Macy’s department store at the Hanover Mall in Hanover, Mass. Macy’s reports financial results Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Macy’s plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments, the nation’s largest department store chain said Thursday, as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 per cent of its stores under the Macy’s brand.The company, which operates Bloomingdale’s stores as well, said it would increase its exclusive products and would prioritize its investments in the stores that offer the highest growth potential.That follows Macy’s move to shutter 40 stores this spring, and comes as Macy’s reported another quarter of falling profits and sales. But the results were better than analysts feared. Summer weather helped drive sales of clothing, and Macy’s says it’s seeing results from efforts to add sales staff and revamping its fine jewelry area. Its shares rose 17 per cent, or $5.80 to $39.80 in midday trading.“The announcements we are making today represent an advancement in our thinking on the role of the stores, the quality of the shopping experience we will deliver, and how and where we reinvest in our business for growth,” said Macy’s President Jeff Gennette, who will succeed Terry J. Lundgren as CEO early next year.Macy’s had been a stellar performer since the Great Recession, but in the past year and a half has seen slowing sales as it battles competition on all fronts and changing shopping patterns. People are spending more on home improvement as well as experiences like travel or spas. And when they do buy clothing, they’re going to T.J. Maxx or fast-fashion chains like H&M. They’re also increasingly researching and buying online, and gravitating toward Amazon.com, which is bolstering its store private label fashion brands. Amazon.com is by some forecasts expected to surpass Macy’s as the largest online seller of clothing next year.Under Lundgren, Macy’s has been looking for opportunities to boost sales, from buying upscale beauty brand Bluemercury to launching its own off-price stores called Macy’s Backstage. But since this past May, it announced it has to accelerate its efforts to get shoppers excited.With the store closures, Macy’s will have 666 stores including 38 Bloomingdale’s locations. That’s down about 23 per cent from a peak in January 2007 of 868 stores including Bloomingdale’s. Annual net sales at the stores Macy’s plans to shutter were estimated at about $1 billion. Many of the stores will close in early 2017, with the balance closing as leases or other agreements expire or are amended. The company has not specified which locations but said it will still have a presence in virtually all major markets.Macy’s has been under pressure from investors to sell some of its valuable real estate. Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet told analysts the company is in talks with potential buyers of its San Francisco men’s store. The plans are for the men’s store to be recombined into its main Union Square store. It’s also looking at Herald Square in New York, State Street in Chicago and downtown Minneapolis, Hoguet told analysts.The company said it earned $11 million, or 3 cents per share, in the quarter ended July 30. That compares with $217 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding charges related to store closings, the company earned 51 cents, which is above the 48 cent estimate from FactSet.Revenue fell 3.9 per cent to $5.87 billion. That topped the $5.77 billion estimate from FactSet. Revenue at stores open at least a year, including licensed businesses like beauty, were down 2 per cent in the second quarter. Excluding licensed departments, sales were down 2.6 per cent. That’s the sixth straight decline for that measure.The number of transactions was down 5 per cent compared to last year but that was an improvement from the prior quarter.The company said it was sticking to its outlook. Macy’s had said in May that it expects revenue at stores, including business from licensed departments, open at least a year to be down 3 per cent to 4 per cent. Macy’s also said it still expects earnings to be in the range of $3.15 to $3.40 for the year._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/adinnocenzio Macy’s plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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CFIA destroying herd linked to TB cow in Alberta brings in more

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 12:10 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CFIA destroying herd linked to TB cow in Alberta, brings in more inspectors MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – Canada’s food safety watchdog is warning that more ranches may be quarantined as part of the investigation into a case of bovine tuberculosis found in cow that came from southeastern Alberta.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said only one case of the contagious bacterial disease has been discovered, but 30 ranches in the region remain under quarantine and rules that restrict the movement of cattle.Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, Canada’s chief veterinary officer, said that number could change as the agency brings in more investigators to trace the movement of potentially exposed animals over the past five years, and do more on-farm tests.The investigation involves a significant number of herds and is expected to take months, he said.“As the disease investigation proceeds, additional premises may need to be quarantined while cattle are tested for bovine TB,” Kochhar said Thursday in a statement.“Testing, humane destruction and disposal are carried out as required.”The agency said it has already started to destroy a herd in the area linked to the cow that came from a ranch near Jenner, about 250 kilometres east of Calgary.Kochhar said the CFIA recognizes the quarantines and investigation are having a significant impact on producers, especially on those who were planning to sell cattle this fall.“The CFIA will pay compensation to producers as quickly as possible for any animals ordered destroyed,” he said.Alberta Beef Producers, an association that represents 20,000 producers, has said the CFIA needs to be more transparent with ranchers about the bovine tuberculosis case.Bovine TB can be transmitted from affected animals to people, causing a condition similar to human tuberculosis, but the CFIA website says the risk to the general population is very low.The United States Department of Agriculture reported the case of bovine TB to Canada in September after the disease was found in a slaughtered cow from Alberta.Bovine TB is a reportable disease in Canada and has been subject to a mandatory national eradication program since 1923.The CFIA said Canada is considered to be officially free of the disease, although isolated cases may occur. The agency said this finding does not affect Canada’s current status.— By John Cotter in Edmonton read more

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Should Jets Stick With Mark Sanchez Over Tim Tebow

Changes might be coming for the New York Jets.Mark Sanchez losing his starting job won’t be among them.Rex Ryan again stood by his quarterback Monday despite Sanchez’s struggles in an ugly mistake-filled 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday that left the Jets coach searching for answers and fans chanting for Tim Tebow to take over.“I think Mark’s our guy,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark.”There’s no question, though, that the Jets (3-5) need to figure things out, and quick. They have games at Seattle and St. Louis after their bye-week break, followed by a home game on Thanksgiving night against New England.Ryan originally planned to have the players report to the facility on Monday and Tuesday, but decided to give them the full week off to be with their families and prepare for Hurricane Sandy.“I want them to get away and when they come back, we have to be all in,” Ryan said during a conference call. “The only chance we have is if we are 100 percent all in. We have no wiggle room. We need to start playing a ton better.”Ryan will brainstorm with his coaches this week before they take a few days off, and he expects suggestions on how to fix “everything” from everyone on his staff.“Is it a little change? Is it a radical change?” Ryan said. “I’m up for anything.”While Tebow won’t be the solution as the full-time quarterback, Ryan acknowledged that he’ll explore how the versatile backup can be used more on offense after seeing minimal playing time during the season’s first half. Tebow has played in just 54 offensive plays, averaging less than seven per game.“I think we’ll take a hard look at how we’re using him, what we’re asking him to do,” Ryan said. “Are there other things we can do with him? I think you’re absolutely right. We will definitely look at that.” Read more:  WSJ read more

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Major jobs boost for Dublin as 700 new jobs announced in IT

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3106966 20,068 Views Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 7:56 AM Image: Chris Radburn Short URL LinkedIn file picture. Source: ShutterstockLinkedInEstablished in Ireland in 2010 with just three employees, LinkedIn now has 1,000 employees across product lines and supports over 50 markets, from the UK to South Africa.Under the announcement, 200 additional roles will be created in the regions of sales and sales support, customer operations, and engineering.Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, said the jobs highlight Ireland’s importance to the company.“At LinkedIn, we’re continuing to invest in the people and infrastructure required to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce,” he said.Ireland has proven to be a very strategic location for us to headquarter our EMEA operations, and we look forward to growing our footprint in Ireland by expanding our already 1000-person team with another 200 employees.The announcement comes ahead of the completion of LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ at Wilton Place, with construction set to finish in 2017.The new office space includes an in-house gym, 300 bicycle parking spots, barista stations and a music room.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the jobs were good news for the government’s jobs plan.He said:Today’s announcement is further demonstration that our skilled people are highly attractive to the world’s leading technology firms.“We have worked hard to create a positive business environment for companies like LinkedIn who are investing here because of our open economy, skilled people, and our strong relationship with Europe and progressive society which makes Ireland an attractive place for people to work and live.”With reporting from Paul Hosford.Read: Irish jobs: Unemployment is down again but we shouldn’t be complacentRead: “I felt like I had a mountain to climb”: How these young Dubliners got back to work Share163 Tweet Email3 center_img Major jobs boost for Dublin as 700 new jobs announced in IT and manufacturing Cork firm Voxpro, LinkedIn and West Pharmaceuticals have announced the roles. Image: Chris Radburn Nov 29th 2016, 7:56 AM By Darragh Peter Murphy 44 Comments Updated 7.54amTHREE FIRMS HAVE announced 700 jobs for Dublin, including 600 in the city’s IT hub.Voxpro, a Cork-headquartered company is recruiting 400 people at a new office in the Point Village in the city’s docklands. It will bring its total number of employees in Ireland to 2,000 – with plans to expand to 3,000.The firm, which was founded by husband and wife team Dan and Linda Kiely, provides customer, sales and technical support services to technology firms.“After an exceptional year of growth for Voxpro, we are very pleased to open this new, state of the art base in Dublin,” Dan Kiely said in a statement.We work closely with some of the best known tech companies in the world to deliver exceptional and beautiful customer experiences.Recruitment website LinekedIn will create a further 200 jobs in its Dublin headquarters, it has announced. The announcement of the roles came after a meeting between its CEO Jeff Weiner and Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night.Separately, West Pharmaceutical Services is to create 100 jobs at its Mulhuddart facility.The Pennsylvania firm is expanding its contract manufacturing plant in west Dublin, and will add the jobs over the next five years.The company makes packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. It said its expansion is in response to customer demand for medical devices – particularly to combat diabetes.West is also growing its proprietary product business in Waterford, where it previously announced the construction of a centre of excellence for its elastomeric sheeting and injectable component product lines.That plant is expected to begin commercial operations in 2018.last_img read more

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BAT to open transit hub at Piraeus port

first_imgBritish American Tobacco (BAT) is almost ready to open a transit hub in the port of Piraeus, while its subsidiary BAT Greece is planning investments of €100 million over the next three years.The multinational has already chosen a location to lease in the broader port district and is looking to close a deal with an international logistics firm within the next few days so the transit centre can be up and running by March, BAT Greece CEO Gianpiero Pazzanese told a recent press conference.Other than the Greek market, the aim of the Piraeus hub is to also serve Malta and Cyprus, eventually expanding to 10 markets in total. It is estimated that the hub will be able to distribute 3.1 billion cigarettes a year, or €1.1 billion worth of merchandise.Regarding the impact of the capital controls, Pazzanese said that BAT Greece spent an additional €500,000 on promotional activities in the August-October 2015 period in a bid to boost retail sales, while it already buys 15 per cent of the country’s tobacco crop.In 2015, BAT’s turnover in Greece came to €477 million, 85 per cent of which went toward taxes. Overall, said Pazzanese, the company has paid €3.2 billion in taxes in the past five years, in a market that has seen annual legal sales drop at an average rate of six per cent. The rise in cigarette prices and taxes has sent many smokers into the arms of the illegal tobacco trade, which currently accounts for 29 per cent of the market.Nevertheless, Pazzanese said that in terms of consumption, Greece is BAT’s biggest market in Europe and the company is committed to strengthening its presence there.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Mysterious Man Caught Dead Wearing ThighHigh Leather Boots

first_imgStay on target 7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France3,300-Year-Old Chamber Tombs Filled With Bones Discovered in Greece Archaeologists working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel in London discovered a male skeleton buried face-down in the mud—with a pair of in-situ thigh-high leather boots.Currently under construction, the 16-mile passageway will capture, store, and transport combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges currently overflowing into the River Thames.“The Tideway archaeology program has allowed us to gather really interesting new evidence for how Londoners have used the river throughout history,” Jack Russell, lead for Tidway, said in a statement.Marks of human activity along the river—i.e. bridges, watermills, prehistoric burial mounds—date back to pre-Roman Britain. These days, rowing and sailing clubs, kayakers, and canoers can be seen on the Thames, which also hosts the annual Boat Race and Henley Royal Regatta.But, as MOLA Headland Infrastructure pointed out, the river is a dangerous place, and our mysterious man—perhaps a fisherman or mudlark—could have fallen to his death. Or, in a more nefarious turn of events, may have been pushed.“The discovery has sparked an investigation by a team of our archaeological and osteological experts who are unravelling the mystery of the booted man in the mud,” the consortium said.Specialists have already dated the shoes to the late 15th or early 16th century, when leather was expensive and often re-used. Which rules out the idea that someone would have been buried in such a highly prized item.A mysterious male skeleton was discovered lying face-down deep in the Thames mud, with a pair of in-situ thigh-high leather boots (via MOLA Headland)On the other hand, the boots’ height would have made them ideal for wading through the river and sticky mud.They were built to last, according to MOLA, which revealed that the footwear was reinforced with extra soles and stuffed with an “unidentified material” for added warmth or improved fit.“By studying the boots we’ve been able to gain a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a man who lived as many as 500 years ago,” MOLA Headland Finds Specialist Beth Richardson said. “They have helped us to better understand how he may have made his living in hazardous and difficult conditions, but also how he may have died.“It has been a privilege to be able to study something so rare and so personal,” she added.There is no evidence (yet) of injuries or a cause of death.Scientists, however, have determined the man was no older than 35 when he died, lived an active life, and suffered from osteoarthritis. Plus, deep grooves in his teeth suggest a repetitive action—like passing rope between his chompers, as a fisherman might.“Studying a human skeleton provides incredible insights that allow us to create osteo-biographies of a person’s life,” Niamh Carty, human osteologist at MOLA Headland, said.“With the booted man, examining his teeth has given clues about his childhood,” she explained. “And marks on his skeleton have allowed us to proffer ideas about the aches and pains he may have suffered from on a daily basis, the toll his job took on his body, and even a little about what he might have looked like.”If I learned anything from Kinky Boots, it’s to never doubt a man in fabulous shoes.“As we work toward our goal of cleaning up the Thames and reconnecting London with it,” Russell said, “it’s really important to acknowledge the lessons we can learn from significant discoveries like this.”More on Geek.com:3D Model of Neanderthal Rib Cage Sheds Light on Ancient Human AnatomyAncient Toddlers Also Loved Climbing Trees7 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would Wearlast_img read more

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