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Injured Dele Alli out of England friendlies against Germany, Brazil

first_imgTottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been ruled out of England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley this month after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid.Alli was not named in Tottenham’s squad for Sunday’s Premier League game against basement side Crystal Palace but manager Mauricio Pochettino said the 21-year-old’s injury was not serious.The standout performer for Tottenham against European champions Real at Wembley on Wednesday, Alli scored twice as they booked their spot in the last 16. He has netted three times in 10 league games for third-placed Spurs.”Dele suffered a minor injury in his hamstring after the Real Madrid game… in some periods this happens. That is why the squad is so important. We have to show we’re a team,” Pochettino said.England confirmed that Alli was ruled out but did not name a replacement. Gareth Southgate’s side host World Cup holders Germany on Nov. 10 and Brazil four days later.last_img read more

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NFL Sued Over Player’s Suicide

first_imgLOS ANGELES  — The wife and sons of former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver are taking legal action against the NFL for wrongful death, blaming sports-related concussions for his suicide last year.The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the league, the Chargers, the New Orleans Saints and the corporations that own several helmet manufacturers. It also alleges fraud and negligence.It says that Oliver, 29, shot himself to death in front of his wife, Chelsea, and two sons last September at his home in Marietta, Georgia, about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta.The suit alleges that his death was a “direct result of the injuries, depression and emotional suffering caused by repetitive head trauma and concussions suffered as a result of playing football, not properly appreciating football’s risks with respect to head trauma” and using defective helmets.The suit claims that Oliver suffered “mood, memory and anger issues” associated with repetitive head trauma and that after his death, a pathologist confirmed that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy.That is a progressive degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma, according to the CTE Center at Boston University’s medical school.The suit contends that the NFL and others knew for decades about risks associated with such injuries but concealed the information, leaving Oliver ignorant about the risks of play when making football decisions “from his first snap of youth football to his tragic death.”It also claims the NFL encourages players to disregard the results of violent head impacts and glorifies the “brutality and ferocity” of football as a marketing strategy.The Saints declined to comment. Messages left for representatives of the NFL and Chargers weren’t immediately returned after hours on Sept. 23.The NFL has proposed a $765 million settlement of a different concussion-injury lawsuit that could affect thousands of athletes.Earlier this month, in a report prepared for the federal judge handling that class action case in Philadelphia, the NFL released actuarial data estimating that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India’s limited overs NZ tour to start with 1st ODI on January 23

first_imgWellington, Jul 31 (PTI) India’s tour to New Zealand early next year, which will comprise five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, will start with the first One-day International in Napier on January 23. The opener will be followed by two matches in Mount Maunganui on January 26 and 28, Hamilton on Janaury 31 and the final 50-over game in Wellington on February 3. The three-match T20 series will start on February 6 in Wellington, followed by matches in Auckland on February 8 and Hamilton on February 10. Besides, the Indian women’s teams will also feature in three T20I double-headers in early February. Prior to the T20Is, the Indian and New Zealand women’s teams will also square off in three ICC Women’s Championship fixtures that will help to identify seven direct qualifiers (excluding the hosts) for the 2021 Women’s World Cup to be held in New Zealand. According to the fixture announced by New Zealand Cricket today, the men’s and women’s ODIs between India and New Zealand will be played over consecutive days in Napier, Mt Maunganui and Hamilton, and the T20s on the same days in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton. NZC has also deferred the start of all games, barring the second T20I in Auckland on February 8, by one hour as per its agreement with India’s host broadcaster Star Sports. While the first and third T20Is will begin at 8pm local time, the Auckland game will start an hour earlier. The timing of Auckland T20I remained unchanged as there are restrictions on the number of events that can be held at night at Eden Park because of its proximity to residential areas.advertisement “NZC would’ve liked to have scheduled more India matches at Eden Park in Auckland but was unable to do so because of restrictions at the venue,” NZC’s chief operating officer Anthony Crummy said. All five ODIs between the men’s teams will start at 3pm local time. The joint initiative is one of the highlights of a 2018-19 International schedule that features visits from the two India sides plus the India A team to New Zealand. The India A side’s visit to New Zealand corresponds with NZC’s increased investment in the A programme, as announced in the new NZC-NZCPA Master Agreement, last week. It will feature three four-dayers in Mt Maunganui, Seddon Park and Cobham Oval, respectively, and three 50-over fixtures – all to be played at the Bay Oval. “It’s exciting to have the India men’s and women’s team here. The men are currently ranked No.2 in ODIs and T20s and the women arrive as ICC Cricket World Cup finalists,” the NZC COO added. Schedule of India’s tour of New Zealand: 1st ODI: January 23, Napier; 2nd ODI: January 26, Mount Maunganui;3rd ODI: January 28, Mount Maunganui; 4th ODI: January 31, Hamilton;5th ODI: February 3, Wellington. 1st T20: February 6, Wellington; 2nd T20: February 8, Auckland; 3rd T20: February 10, Hamilton. PTI SSC AHAHlast_img read more

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Watch: Rohit Sharma spends Sunday afternoon playing gully cricket in Mumbai

first_imgRohit Sharma is back on his home turf and gearing up to face the West Indies in the fourth ODI at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Monday.The right-handed opener is busy preparing for the big game but in between practice sessions Rohit found some time to play gully cricket in the streets of Mumbai on Sunday.Rohit shared a video where he could be seen playing cricket on a street with some boys with a makeshift traffic cone acting as the wicket.Also read – Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay back in India Test squad for Australia tour”Gully cricket kind of Sunday,” Rohit wrote on the post he shared on social media.Also read – Can Virat Kohli equal Kumar Sangakkara’s record of 4 successive ODI hundreds?Rohit will be hoping to regain his touch in front of his home crowd in the fourth game after a couple of single digit scores in the previous two games which came after the 152 not out he smashed in the first ODI in Guwahati last week.Also Read – Another Sachin Tendulkar record set to be broken. This time by Rohit SharmaRohit has so far scored 164 runs in the three games at an average of 82 and is the fourth highest run-scorer in the series behind Virat Kohli (404), Shai Hope (250) and Shimron Hetmyer (237).Team India meanwhile, will be looking to find the ‘perfect’ balance in their playing eleven and bounce back after losing the 3rd ODI by a margin of 43 runs despite Kohli’s 107 while chasing 284 in Pune.advertisementGoing with five specialist bowlers in Pune on Saturday did not work for India, who ended up as the losing side for the first time in the home series against the Windies.With the series surprisingly tied at 1-1 and two matches to go, Kohli’s team finds itself in a must-win situation at the Cricket Club of India (CCI).Credit must be given to the West Indies, who have not only moved on from a dismal Test series but have given the formidable hosts a run for their money in the one-day format.An unstable middle-order and lack of runs from MS Dhoni’s bat are another issues facing India, not just for Monday’s fixture but also in the long run with 15 games remaining before the World Cup in England next year.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Ganguly’s clarification on India vs Pakistan World Cup match

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar has told Sourav Ganguly there was no need for him to come up with clarification after media reports tried to pitch Ganguly’s comments on India-Pakistan World Cup tie against the ones made by him.”Never felt the need for you to justify. Strongly believe that all of us want what’s best for our nation,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.Tendulkar’s reaction comes after Ganguly hit out at media reports over the reportage of his comments on the boycott of the World Cup tie against Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir wherein 40 soldiers lost their lives.Notably, quite a few from the Indian cricket fraternity have been urging India to boycott the World Cup tie against Pakistan, scheduled for June 16 in Manchester. Sourav Ganguly had backed a complete boycott of cricketing ties with Pakistan even as emotions are running high after the dastardly attack.”He [Sachin Tendulkar] wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup. Whichever way you look at it,” Ganguly had said.Responding to media reports, Ganguly had clarified: “A lot of people in the media is trying to put my statement against sachin s when I said I want the World Cup My response has got nothing to do with his statement, nor is my statement against his .. he is, has been and will be one of my best friends for last 25 years (sic).”Tendulkar had said he would personally hate to see India gifting two points to Pakistan by not playing against their arch-rivals at the World Cup. Notably, India have not lost a World Cup tie to Pakistan.advertisement”India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar.”Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart.”Also Read | We were not up to scratch: Virat Kohli after 3-wicket loss vs Australia in 1st T20IAlso Read | India vs Australia: India players wear black armbands in honour of Pulwama martyrsAlso Read | Australia win last-ball thriller vs India despite Jasprit Bumrah heroics in Vizag T20IAlso Read | MS Dhoni records second-lowest strike rate by an Indian batsman in T20IsAlso See:last_img read more

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England’s Danny Rose says he would now happily let family come to Russia

first_imgnews Share on Messenger Topics Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn However, having witnessed England’s wins in Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod, and seen team-mates enjoy time with their families on days off in St Petersburg, Rose’s initial intransigence has mellowed. “I just want to get in the team and then, after that, I’d be open [to them coming to Russia],” he told IRN. “I’d definitely be open now to having my family out here, so let’s just hope we win on Thursday and then we beat whoever we play in the next round and we’ll see.”The left wing-back went public before the finals with details about his depression, triggered by the treatment of a knee injury coupled with family tragedy, and how he had considered time spent away with the England squad as something of a salvation.“We’ve had family days where we’ve had a day off and the gaffer has allowed people, families, to come to the hotel or we can go to our families’ hotel,” said Rose, who is likely to start Thursday against Belgium. “When people have had their families around, yeah, it has been difficult.“There’s a few of us here without families here so we’ve not had much to do and it’s been a bit difficult, but I’ve got three weeks just to dedicate my life to England and what we’re trying to do here. I am comfortable in not having my family here. I’m fine, I’m not on the verge of breaking down or anything. So, I’m fine [if his family opt against travelling] and hopefully there’s another two-and-a-half more weeks until the final and it’s not a long time. I’ll be able to manage.” Yet his brutal honesty on the flip-side of life within professional football remains. “It is the best job in the world, but people seem to think you just get your money at the end of the month and you play every week,” he said. “There’s so much more to football than what people see on a Saturday.” I don’t believe in hiding that from people. Even if I feel very privileged, with the things I’ve experienced within the game, I wouldn’t be shouting from the rooftops to recommend to people’s children to be a footballer because there are a lot of things that happen on a day-to-day basis at club footballs that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.”“There’s pressure, there’s politics … loads of things. My agent told me when I was 15 or 16: ‘You can have all the ability in the world but if you’re not mentally strong enough football will swallow you up.’ For years, I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. It wasn’t until this past year where I’ve realised exactly what he’s meant. He’s 100% right.” Gareth Southgate faces Harry Kane dilemma as Belgium match approaches World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Englandcenter_img World Cup World Cup 2018 Share on Twitter Danny Rose Share on WhatsApp Danny Rose is increasingly open to reversing his decision not to bring his family to Russia to attend England’s fixtures having been pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere he has experienced at the World Cup.The defender had made clear his concerns over potential issues with racism before the finals, and told his family they should not travel. He admitted his father had been “really upset” but said that he had not wanted his own focus to become distracted by concerns for his family’s safety. Share on Facebook Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Kirby Smart Intends To Platoon Nick Chubb, Sony Michel At Running Back

first_imgNick Chubb sprints on a treadmill.nick chubb sprints on treadmillWhen healthy, Nick Chubb is one of the best running backs in all of college football. While his rehab from last season’s knee injury is reportedly going well, and he’s already taking part in practice, new head coach Kirby Smart does not expect his star to be 100-percent to start the season. Luckily, Georgia has another ridiculously-talented running back in Sony Michel, and Smart wants to platoon the two to start the year.Kirby Smart told me today Georgia would ideally platoon Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, while developing another… https://t.co/XZiFz0Svrs— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) March 21, 2016 More from Smart, via ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg:…We’ve got a couple young pups, we signed a guy, but that’s the scariest position because even with Nick at 100 percent, which I don’t think he’s going to be 100 percent right away, we’ve only got two. We want to platoon them. There’s just too much unknown right now on Nick to feel certain.”Michel is a dynamic runner in his own right, but we hope to see Chubb back at full strength at some point this fall.[ESPN]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

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Depay responds to criticism from Lyon fans

first_imgMemphis Depay has hit back at Lyon fans, telling them to “get your facts straight.”The forward was quoted as saying in a recent interview that he would like to play for one of Europe’s biggest sides in the future, which unsurprisingly did not sit well with the Lyon faithful.Speaking to Helden he said: “Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich.“I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football.”Although the forward did finish his interview by claiming: “I’m focused right now on Lyon, and then we see where I end up.”Depay has since responded on Twitter, claiming his quotes were taken out of context and that fans should not ‘attack’ him over the interview.“Its really sad that other people, blogs and websites change my words just to put people against me! The real ones know. I would never say anything bad about Lyon they are the club that gave me the opportunity when I needed it,” he tweeted.I really like Lyon and People see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that @OL play better football then most of the clubs with big names! So before you try to call me names or attack me make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumors #Ivory pic.twitter.com/sF9XQZlek6— Memphis (@Memphis) January 30, 2019He followed that up with another social media post stating: “The blogs and several websites just take a short quote out a big interview I did with Helden 2 MONTHS AGO! and make it look bad so and change my words, but once again if you been in this football industry for a while you will know.”The forward added a final tweet in which he claimed to ‘really like Lyon’ and told fans not to attack him over ‘rumours’.Depay moved to Lyon in January 2017 and has been a key component of the side since. The Dutchman has not missed a single Ligue 1 or Champions League game this season and has registered six goals and 12 assists in those 28 appearances.Since leaving Manchester United, Depay has played in a more central position for Lyon, although he does still operate as a winger on occasions.He has also become a regular for the Dutch national side and played a huge part in their Nations League success earlier in the season. Depay netted in victories against France and Germany to secure the Netherlands’ spot as group winners.last_img read more

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Muslims at home in Quebec Couillard discusses mosque shooting a year later

first_imgSHANGHAI – It was 8 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2017, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard was at home in Saint-Felicien when he received a phone call about a shooting at a mosque in the provincial capital.A gunman had entered the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec City during evening prayer and killed six men while injuring 19 other people, five seriously.“I immediately assumed there was an element there of a hate crime, or a terrorist act, given the context,” Couillard said in an interview Thursday in Shanghai, China, where he is on a trade mission.Couillard, speaking just days before the one-year anniversary of the shooting, said he quickly understood the immensity of what had happened.“I realized it would be major, not just for Quebec, for Canada, but also that it would have ramifications beyond our borders,” he said. “I absolutely needed to reassure the population.”He headed to Quebec City that night and held a news conference.“It seemed to me excessively important to send a message to all Quebecers, first to Muslim Quebecers, who are certainly still traumatized today,” he said.“And the words I chose told them they were at home here, and I think that message needs to be repeated today.”The premier reiterated in the interview he opposes a Canadian Muslim organization’s call for the federal government to designate Jan. 29 — the anniversary of the shooting — as a national day against Islamophobia.Couillard said the state shouldn’t pick and choose which minority groups on which to focus when it comes to discrimination.“I think it’s preferable to mobilize around a day or a week of action, as is often done, to tackle racism and discrimination of all kinds,” he said. “There isn’t a kind of racism that is better or worse than another.”And on that point, Couillard said he doesn’t believe Quebec is worse than other societies or that Quebecers are more racist than other people.He did say Quebecers might be more “passionate” on the identity question.The one-year anniversary of the shooting will be commemorated over four days, beginning Friday.Events include a seminar, a film screening, an open house at the mosque where the tragedy occurred, and a vigil Monday evening.last_img read more

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Indigenous Affairs PS unable to account for over 40M in spending

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndigenous Affairs Ministry unable to account for millions in state assets- PS KingMay 11, 2017In “latest news”Minister grilled over inconsistencies as $1B approved for HEYSDecember 14, 2016In “latest news”City Hall to be audited again, non-cooperation this time will involve DPP – Auditor GeneralFebruary 20, 2018In “Crime” …Ministry in 2015 paid $2.5M for $250,000 voucher, unable to recover to date Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs PS Alfred KingPermanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Alfred King was today (June 12, 2017) hauled over the proverbial coals during this week’s sitting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament which was abruptly brought to a halt when the Accounting Officer was unable to produce a breakdown of $47M used at the Amerindian Hostel.King’s almost one hour long interrogation by Chairman Irfaan Ali was brought to a premature halt when he was asked to provide a breakdown of the money used for dietary supplies for the Amerindian Hostel.He was earlier unable to provide specific details on a $6.7M contract with a Bourda Market ‘greens vendor.’Asked to account for the remainder of the $47M allocation used for dietary supplies in 2015, King told the PAC he would need 20 minutes since that information was at the office.Ali immediately suspended the proceedings but on his return, the Permanent Secretary was still unable to provide a breakdown of the more than $40M.Nonexistent register King was found to be misleading too, when he had earlier in the session told the PAC that one of the contractors in question was sourced from the Ministry’s register of suppliers.King assured the Committee Members of the existence of the register but this was found not to been the case.The whirlwind session saw the Permanent Secretary visibly frazzled throughout the proceedings, changing answers seconds after advancing them in addition to the contradictory statements on the expenditure approved by that office.The PAC was at the time scrutinizing the expenditure and addressing the financial discrepancies raised by the Auditor General in his 2015 Report.Overpayment One glaring discrepancy for which the Permanent Secretary was unable to provide ready answers related to a $2.5M payment.The Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, prepared a voucher to make a payment to a Bourda Market vendor for the supply of fruits, greens and vegetables.The Committee heard that the voucher was prepared on December 15, 2015 for $251,000 but a cheque was actually made out to the supplier for $2.5M and the ministry is to date unable to recover the total amount.The discrepancies raised over that supplier Devindra Sugrim, were not limited to the overpayment.In fact, King told the Committee that the supplier was based on institutional memory at the Ministry in the form of a Register. This was also found not to be true.King earlier told the Committee that the supplier was secured using a three quota system but was unable to clearly inform PAC how exactly the supplier was chosen by the Ministry.Over the limit Other discrepancies were raised surrounding approval for expenditure by the Ministry more than twice the ministerial limit.One such payment was found to be for $663,480 while the limit is set at $250,000.King will have to return at a date to be set by the PAC. read more

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I knew nothing about the taxi industry and dipping my toes in

first_img Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3197684 Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 11:30 AM Jan 22nd 2017, 11:30 AM Brendan Kavanagh Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: Short URL FROM AN EARLY age I didn’t necessarily fit into the formal education model – not from an intellectual point of view, it was just because of my make-up.In second level, I was keen to get out and carve out my own career. But not through university, which I think is for slow learners; I needed experiential learning.So I finished at second level and joined an oil and gas engineering company. I intuitively lined myself up with the sales managers and the board members in terms of picking up as much as I could.I made myself available at all hours. At night when, let’s say, they were going for dinner, I would be there to pick them up, listen and learn from them.There is real gold in experience. That’s one of the pieces of advice I give to millennials – even if you are a 22-year-old in Silicon Valley with great ideas, you can’t beat experience.You might have technical knowledge of why something is good, but being able to recognise problems, demand and solutions is what business is about. Brendan Kavanagh (right) Source: HiUpFirst MBOBy the time I was 24 and working in this oil and gas company, I had orchestrated a management buyout of that business.The business was 35 years old and essentially the owner had inherited it from his father but probably didn’t really want it. I could pick that up, so I saw the opportunity.In the service-station market, there were changes happening. They were going from garage businesses to grocery stores. So it was there that I could see the chance to really get into technology and bring these solutions to businesses that would allow them to create one-stop shops for consumers.We ended up with a 90% market share in Ireland and we were growing out in the UK when hypermarkets, a combination of a supermarket and a department store, started taking over.This would have been near the year 2000, and four years later, I sold the business, Retail Petroleum Solutions to a listed company.They got in trouble not to long after that, and I bought back the business for about 10% of what we had sold it for, recreated it and sold it all again the following year.It gave two nice bumps along the way, and it was all based around staying ahead of the game.Keeping aheadIt sounds simple, but if you stay in touch with what is happening from a technological point of view and apply it to the business you are in, you can beat the market.That’s probably the secret of my success so far – being a step ahead of the status quo. But it’s also important to do what you know.One of the mistakes I made was I didn’t commit to the business I was in. When my kids were small, I got a bit windy and decided I should spread my bet a little bit more. So I remortgaged my house in 2002 and bought an Irish taxi firm for £85,000.The following week, Mary Harney deregulated the system and it became worth £5,000. That shows how important it is to know the business you are in, be passionate about it and commit. Former tánaiste Mary Harney Source: PA ImagesI thought I would be able to buy it and sub it out to give me an income on the side, if all else fails. I don’t know where my head was, but it taught me very quickly that I knew nothing about the taxi industry. Dipping my toe in there cost me.Education gameThe second sale of Retail Petroleum Solutions brought us up to about 2005. Two years later when the recession was kicking in, I decided to get into training services.I saw that I needed a have-to-have business, rather than a nice-to-have business.Due to my work in oil and gas, I had been responsible for blue-collar workers. That meant I was involved with compliance training and health and safety, so I set up a company called Olive Safety.At the time, multinationals like Intel were actually growing and expanding their plants. On the other side, large workforces were being laid off and put on the live register. Both meant there were people who had to be trained.Again from the point of view of staying ahead, I knew that classroom training and e-learning was the status quo. So I did something new and different, setting out to create digital training solutions for construction, retail, health and manufacturing workers.I could see huge amounts of money were being spent on training that wasn’t effective and caused a lot of downtime.Breaking IndiaAround this time, I also decided to climb Mount Everest – I had been talking all my life about doing it. I didn’t get to the top, but I got beyond 6,000m and during that time I was reflecting on this digital solution.I fell in love with Nepal and its industrious people, particularly its millennials, who are very clued-in with technology. There might be nothing in the fridge – they might not even have a fridge – but they all have a smartphone.It was around then I started to understand the future of internet access and training in the blue-collar workforce would be done through smartphones.I hired the Sherpa that led me up Everest, who had an MBA, the professor of digital media from Kathmandu University and five of his best students to develop these apps. We now have 230 digital media developers based in Kathmandu and Kerala, in India.What that allowed me to do was to create high-end content, build out our apps and win big contracts with some top Fortune 500 companies like PepsiCo, Aramark and Tesco.Now we are delivering training across 22 countries and have offices in Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. Tesco is a customer Source: PA ImagesRecruitment is deadI had created a virtual wallet that held a lot of qualifications people had accrued through different training courses, which led me to my latest project – HiUp.It’s an Uber- and Tinder-style app that sends jobs to people based on their actual skills and experience. This suits everyone from the employer to the worker.Basically, it only charges for training and makes recruitment free of charge – I believe it will turn recruitment on its head.The reason I was doing this was because, as an employer, it was frustrating I had to pay a penalty for creating jobs. The sweat and tears are put in by people building up their credentials, the training companies provide these, and the employers create the jobs.What real value do these recruitment companies bring by just taking 20% in the middle and throwing 20 CVs at you and hoping one will stick? Again, this idea came from reflecting on the trends were in Silicon Valley, seeing how they applied to my business and reacting to them.HiUp is growing at a fast rate with a pipeline of almost one million users. We raised capital last year in London, and after launching in Ireland and the UK, we will set up in the US, Germany, Australia and India this year.If you look at LinkedIn, it is an old-boys network for white-collar workers. They really don’t know much about compliance or training and can’t react to us. We are raising another $10 million at the moment and not having any problems doing it.So, from a technological point of view, recruitment is redundant. Or as I like to say, dead.Brendan Kavanagh is the founder of HiUp. This article was written in conversation with Killian Woods as part of a series on business mistakes and what can be learned from them.If you want to share your opinion, advice or story, email opinion@fora.ie.Written by Brendan Kavanagh and posted on Fora.ie Founder, HiUp Share Tweet Email 27 Comments ‘I knew nothing about the taxi industry and dipping my toes in there cost me dearly’ Eureka moments on Everest and hiring Sherpas has helped this businessman stay ahead. 329 Views By Brendan Kavanagh Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

first_imgStay on target Oh good, a new Eddie Redmayne movie! …said, nobody. Ever.Describing convoluted modern genre movies as being similar to bad fan-fiction has become a common criticism even I’m getting pretty sick of. But where it fits it fits, and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is far and away the closest thing to the grotesque incestuous fuckpile that defines the deeper recesses of modern “fanfic” culture ever to grace a movie screen: It’s a Doctor Who meets Pokemon mash-up rewritten into a tangential Harry Potter prequel. How did we get so lucky?It’s become pretty clear that the lasting effects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe experiment paying off huge is going to be with us for a long, long time: Shared continuity is the name of the game for big franchise movies with prequels, sequels, spinoffs and side stories now all grist for the Blockbuster mill; and no level of “deep lore” bullshit is too obscure to throw up onscreen and see if it sticks.Case in point: Here we’ve got a Harry Potter prequel that deigns to offer up the riveting backstory of… the guy who wrote one of Hogwarts’ zoological textbooks. Yeah.And they’re already planning four more of these! I assume if they ever decide to tell us where that talking hat came from it’ll be a 15-episode Netflix series. Anyway, the premise here is that Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander is a wizard animal-lover who’s been traveling the world collecting and studying magical critters so he can write a book convincing other Wizards to not be afraid of them. Why are they afraid? What brought him to this vocation? I couldn’t tell you – and the movie doesn’t care to elaborate. Yeah, I’m sure it’s all laid out piecemeal in the appendices of this or that book or on the Pottermore site; but I review movies folks, not whatever J.K. Rowling jots down on a goddamn cocktail napkin every time her house needs a new addition.I was only half joking about Scamander basically being Doctor Who: Pokemon Trainer, incidentally – he’s such a direct knockoff of The Internet’s favorite Timelord that it’s practically plagiarism: A tweedy, fumbling British eye roll-generator whose personality is wall-to-wall quirky affectation, flits in and out of trouble on his own vague agenda, picks up and discards goofy sidekicks including a lovable wide-eyed oaf and a pair of quirky “adorkable” ladyfriends and does his business by way of a seemingly modest base of operations that’s a lot bigger on the inside.Plotwise, Scamander shows up in 1926 New York City for reasons he keeps secret without a clear rationale as to why and through one of the most hackneyed plot devices in the screenwriter’s arsenal (identical suitcase mix-up – no, really) winds up having to recapture a bunch of the creatures who escape from his collection; a development that seemingly exists solely to pad out the runtime by turning the first two acts into a lazy Jumanji ripoff and to make sure our stammering, mincing fop of a hero can cuddle a floofy animal often enough to complete the Frankenstein’s Monster of Tumblr-bait that is Redmayne’s characterization.It’s certainly not there because the narrative demands it: In case you were wondering where all the promised “Potterverse” worldbuilding would be in this glorified bug hunt, the remainder of the film is built around a subplot with Katherine Waterston as a disgraced female Wizard Cop trying to suss out the connections between an anti-Witchcraft hate group, a mysterious dark force terrorizing the city and a proto-Voldemort supervillain whose gone missing from Europe. Is there a big important bad guy hiding somewhere in the tertiary cast? Gee, I dunno, have you not seen a Harry Potter movie before? (Yes, that cameo you heard about is, in fact, real, and it’s exactly the groaner it sounds like.)But this secondary storyline (which, as tends to be the case even in the good Harry Potter movies, blunders ahead and decides it was supposed to be the main story after all at the last possible minute) is actually interesting! It feels genuinely fresh after eight fucking Hogwarts movies, Waterston’s Tina Goldstein is instantly one of the most interesting characters in the whole franchise, Alison Sudol as her psychic sister Queenie is a constant delight and she has fascinating chemistry with the ever-underappreciated Dan Fogler as Scamander’s unwitting Muggle sidekick.And any time the movie is about these three characters? You could easily fool yourself into having a good time – they’re that appealing. Sure, you’d still have the problem that the on-the-nose Prohibition-era setting and underground jazz-scene aesthetic ends up (inevitably) as a vehicle for making a movie “about” persecuted minorities while still having an almost-entirely white cast… but seriously, the “sidekicks” are so much more intriguing and their storyline so much more theoretically compelling it’s fucking baffling that they aren’t the main feature: I mean, holy shit – you’ve got a promising star like Waterston playing “Hermoine but also Agent Carter” right there in the lineup, and you decide to build the whole movie around the screamy guy from Jupiter Ascending?But yeah, they more or less did exactly that. So what we’re left with is a pretty dull, dreary, uninspired, overall surprisingly shitty movie with (sort of) the idea of a good movie hiding in the middle of it and hoping that finishing strong with a surprisingly grim final battle sequence will make up for the rest of it basically, well… sucking. I get wanting any excuse to dive back into the Harry Potter universe, and maybe for the most profoundly devoted fan the familiar musical cues, creatures and general sundry “wizard stuff” plus the handful of good characters (in search of a better film) will be enough to get you through it – but for me it was a fucking slog.Sorry, folks – it’s just a bad movie. Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys last_img read more

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Tag team match headlines tonights 18 WWE Smackdown

first_imgFacebook Netflix and WWE Studios announce The Big Show is getting his own comedy series Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Twitter Seth Rollins The following is scheduled for tonight’s 1/8 WWE Smackdown on Syfy.* Adam Rose vs. Big E.* The Ascension in action.* Naomi vs. Alicia Fox.* The Usos vs. Goldust & Stardust vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow (WWE Tag Team Titles).* WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett vs. Sin Cara (non-title).* Seth Rollins & Big Show vs. Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose.Check back later tonight for a detailed recap of Smackdown here on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Shawn Michaels WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reignscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE Videos Articles WhatsApp Videos Articles Pinterest Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns talks about his relationship with Jon Moxley; Rollins and Lynch get challengedlast_img read more

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Imperial Pacific issues profit warning ahead of expected 2018 loss

first_imgImperial Pacific International (IPI) has issued a profit warning for the 12 months ended 31 December 2018, stating that it expects to record a loss for the year.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, IPI – which owns and operates Imperial Pacific Resort in Saipan – said its expected turnaround from profit in 2017 to a loss last year is mainly attributable to a decrease in total revenue and the impairment of trade receivables. The company will release its financial results before the end of March. Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment RelatedPosts Load More Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 IPI recorded revenue of HK$13.3 billion from record VIP roll of HK$385.9 billion in 2017, with profit of HK$637 million. However, outstanding receivables were HK$8.5 billion, up from HK$5.9 billion a year earlier.The company has also endured a lengthy list of construction problems, most recently due to a shortage of workers on the site of Imperial Pacific Resort. Despite the delays, IPI stated earlier this month that it expects to finish construction within this year.When complete, the property will comprise a 329-room luxury hotel; 14,140 square meters of gaming area; 3,870 square meters of food and beverage outlets; 186 square meters of retail space; 930 square meters of meeting space; 15 villas; and 1,500 square meters of spa/fitness area plus associated infrastructure.last_img read more

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5M State Grant to Provide Alternate Water Source to San Antonio Installations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR San Antonio officials believe the $5 million grant the region was awarded Thursday by the state to connect the area’s military installations to a backup water source will go a long way toward ensuring the viability of the area’s military installations over the coming decades.The Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) awarded the grant as part of $15 million in funding it plans to disburse this year under the state’s Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program to help communities support local installations.Bob Murdock, director of San Antonio’s Office of Military Affairs, said the award is critical for the future growth of Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), which is made up of Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph AFB.“It addresses Joint Base San Antonio’s top priority and I believe having access to an alternative water source makes JBSA significantly more competitive to garner additional missions when there is a future BRAC,” Murdock said.JBSA is currently under a drought warning, said Tim Trevino, senior director of strategic planning and communications for the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), which applied to the state commission for the money on behalf of the region.The situation is most critical at Camp Bullis — a training reservation attached to Fort Sam Houston — which relies on an aquifer that is susceptible to drought.San Antonio’s grant will go toward an $11 million-plus project to construct four miles of pipeline to provide an alternative water source for Fort Sam Houston; Camp Bullis; Lackland; and two individual sites at Lackland, the Medina Annex and Security Hill. Randolph already has a backup water source.The project calls for the San Antonio Water System to extend water mains and other equipment to the fence lines at each of those five sites, said Trevino. The project also will cover work inside the fence line at Camp Bullis, he said, requiring the Air Force to formally accept a gift from the local government. The Army, however, would be responsible for the labor at Bullis.The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2017, Trevino told 360.In a written statement commenting on Thursday’s award, Diane Rath, AACOG’s executive director, thanked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), the commission and local stakeholders.“This is truly a community and statewide effort, including the governor and the TMPC commissioners, and I could not think of a more exciting mission than to help secure our bases’ military missions. This couldn’t have been done without our state and local community partners, and this is truly a regional project that will be beneficial for communities throughout our surrounding counties,” Rath said.See Monday’s 360 for details about the other communities that received awards from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission.last_img read more

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Tesla pins Shanghai fire on single battery module

first_img Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker Enlarge ImageIt’s unclear if Tesla’s OTA update following the investigation was pushed to global Model S and Model X vehicles, or if it was limited to Chinese cars alone. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow In April, video surfaced of a Tesla Model S catching fire while parked in Shanghai, China. At the time, Tesla told Reuters it sent a team to investigate the conflagration and determine a cause. Now, a couple months later, Tesla put out a statement — and an update — to close the case of the mysterious blaze.Tesla on Friday posted a statement to its Chinese-language Weibo social media page. According to a translation, Tesla sent an investigative team comprising both Chinese and American technical experts to determine a cause and work with local government departments. The investigation determined that the fire was caused by a single battery module failure at the front of the vehicle. The statement points out that the battery system worked as intended, attempting to contain the fire to its initial location while expelling heat to protect the remainder of the battery pack. Tesla said anyone who had been in the vehicle when the fire started would have had time to leave the vehicle.Tesla said that it also pushed an over-the-air update to Model S and Model X vehicles in order to “protect the vehicle battery and improve battery life,” through updates to the charging and thermal management systems. It’s unclear exactly what has changed, and if this OTA update is limited to Chinese-market vehicles. Tesla did not immediately return a request for clarification on these fronts.All vehicles, electric or otherwise, are more than capable of catching fire. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has, in no veiled terms, been quite adamant that his vehicles are significantly safer from fire than your average gas-powered vehicle. It’s important to note, though, that there are major chemical differences between the two, which is why it wasn’t necessarily the scariest thing when the NTSB reported a Tesla battery catching fire twice after it was involved in a crash. Tesla explicitly recommends monitoring a post-crash battery with a thermal imaging camera to ensure that untouched stocks of lithium aren’t at risk of reigniting a subdued battery fire. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Arcade just made in-car gaming way more fun Comments 2:16 Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Electric Cars Car Industry 2019 Toyota RAV4 review: A lovable SUV, but rough around the edgescenter_img Tesla 45 Photos Share your voice Tesla Model S Long Range takes us back to the future 4 More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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Pakistan summons senior Indian diplomat over ceasefire

first_imgISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and condemned the alleged “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian troops across the Line of Control which resulted in the death a woman. Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal, who is also the foreign ministry spokesman, summoned Gaurav Ahluwalia and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control,” the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us On Sunday, firing in the Nezapir Sector, killed the woman in Mandhar village and injured three others. On the same day, another civilian was injured due to firing in the Kailer Sector along the LoC, it said. Faisal said that the Indian forces along the LoC and the Working boundary are “continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons.” Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us “This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violation,” it alleged. “The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” the statement said. Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.last_img read more

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International Participation High At Offshore Technology Conference Despite Downturn

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:26 Ed MayberryThe last couple of years have been tough for the energy industry. But you’d never know it on the exhibit floor of the Offshore Technology Conference.Exhibitors and participants from 130 countries came to Houston for this year’s event. “This year we have 30 companies exhibiting on our pavilion,” said Gerard Momplot, with the French Association of Oil and Gas Suppliers. “In a way this year is a bit difficult for companies in the oil and gas.”“But people who’ve been in this industry for a long time see cycles — you’ve seen this before?” asked Ed Mayberry. “We are used to, to living with the cycles in the oil and gas,” Momplot said. “We are to adjust the cost of the suppliers in the industry just to cope with the new oil price.”Claire Miller with the Energy Industries Council in London says even when oil prices hit a slump, it’s always worth making the trip.”“We have about 900 square meters here, and that equates to 52 companies in the pavilion,” Miller said. “They’re looking to see which products with that lower costs, and actually looking at the smarter ways of working. So innovation is key, but obviously in downturn, it’s even more important.”  Sander Vergroesen with the Association of Dutch Suppliers in Rotterdam says finding new ways to cut expenses tops the agenda.“I think the Dutch are particularly good at that,” Vergroesen said. “Of course it’s always important, but especially these days. You have to lower the price as much as possible and be more efficient and effective in your operations.” Since 1969, OTC has generated approximately $2.5 billion in income for Houston.Ed Mayberry X Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Carmilla to be made into a movie

first_imgStay on target 5 YouTube shows you should be watching The lesbian, vampire love story and webseries Carmilla is making the jump to the big screen, thanks to a deal to turn it into a feature-length film.You may not have heard of Carmilla, but it’s one of the most popular, scripted webseries on YouTube with a dedicated cult following. We named it one of the five YouTube series you should be watching due to the dynamic between the two leads and its addictive, updated take on the 19th-century gothic vampire novella.The series is currently in its third season and has been running since 2014. It has a dedicated following of 250,000 on social media, with its videos raking in around 50 million views. Smokebomb Productions airs the series on its YouTube channel KindaTV and will be spearheading the film.“The demand for Carmilla has been off the charts so we wanted to super-serve the fans by exploring the story further through other formats and platforms,” said Jay Bennett, senior vice president of creative and innovation at Smokebomb. “It’s not often that you have the opportunity to launch a film with the kind of built-in fan base that Carmilla has.”The movie is set to take place five years after the events of season three and will feature a lot of the original cast, including Elise Bauman, who plays our lead Laura Hollis, and Natasha Negovanlis, who plays Carmilla. It’ll feature a new mystery for the characters to solve in line with the show’s Veronica Mars-style stories.The script is currently in the works, but it doesn’t have a distributor yet. However, viewers can pre-order the movie through Vimeo’s VHX service for $9.99, and $14.99 for the film with extra features, including a blooper reel. Fans will also have more ways to experience Carmilla as Smokebomb is developing a live stage show, a TV series, and a jewelry line.Considering how attached we and other fans have become to Laura and Carmilla, along with the mostly-female cast of characters, the lesbian and queer storylines, and the touch of supernatural horror, you can say we’re excited.last_img read more

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Amazons New Facial Recognition Smells Your Fear

first_imgStay on target We hope you had a good Prime Day because it’s getting pretty tough to be jazzed about a fake holiday created solely to benefit a company as increasingly dystopian as Amazon. From employee exploitation to brutal crackdowns of unions that fight back, maybe it’s not so great that famous divorced dad Jeff Bezos has more money than god, a stranglehold on modern retail, and a major newspaper to boot.There are plenty of ways for Amazon to soften its image, even without really changing its behavior. But a great way to creep everyone out even more is proudly talk about your new fear detection tech.Amazon Rekognition is the company’s controversial face detection and analysis technology. The name alone sounds like it comes from a Paul Verhoeven movie. Since its launch in 2016, critics have decried the potential racial biases of the “objective” invasive software, which is especially dangerous if its profiling functionality is being used by the police, a group known for sensitivity towards marginalized groups.AdChoices广告But despite this, Amazon Rekognition is still a thing. And Amazon just announced the ways in which it is now even more accurate. The big new feature is detecting certain facial emotions in videos. Amazon can now determine if you are happy, sad, angry, surprised, disgusted, calm, and confused. If I know Amazon is profiling my face, I’m already pretty sure which of these emotions I’ll be feeling. Rekognition also now does a better job at estimating gender and age range.If you’re still skeptical about the rise of facial recognition software you aren’t alone. London police’s facial recognition system has an 81 percent error rate and the recent Facial Recognition Privacy Act aims to protect your ID. But as this tech spread, even coming into our schools, we have to make sure responsible groups are in charge. Amazon isn’t one of those groups. If you could see my face now, you’d see it’s sad. Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them last_img read more

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