Marcelino Confidence growing at Valencia

first_imgValencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral believes that his side are beginning to show flashes of their form of last season after defeating Manchester UnitedLos Che claimed a memorable 2-1 win over United at the Mestalla on Wednesday night in their final game of Group H in the Champions League.The victory may not have been enough for Valencia to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, but Marcelino reckons the result has given his players a timely boost.“Whenever you win the mood is different, when players have the perception that they have had a good individual and collective performance you can see that in their looks,” said Marcelino on the club website.“The other day I saw details that remind me of Valencia CF from last season, scoring at the start of the first half or the second.“Undoubtedly, victories produce joy and increase confidence, they show that this team has not forgotten to do things well, it has always been competitive, and with a favourable result we dare to do more things.”Now Valencia’s focus will turn to this evening’s showdown at SD Eibar, where they hope to kick-start their La Liga campaign.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).After finishing fourth last season, Valencia find themselves down in 15th-place with just three wins from 15 games.Although Marcelino knows all to well not to underestimate Eibar, who defeated Real Madrid 3-0 at their home ground last month.“It is clear that it is a very intense team, based its game on playing forward with precision, speed and decision,” said Marcelino.“it is the team that finishes the most in the area, generates many chances of goal and they play in a tough stadium.“We know what the idea and style of the opponent is, and this year we will try to counteract them and win, we have the illusion and the ambition to win.“They scored three goals against Real Madrid and four against Levante UD in their last two home games.”last_img read more

San Diegan Competing for Mrs International

first_img KUSI Newsroom, June 27, 2019 Posted: June 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom San Diegan Competing for Mrs. International 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  Mrs. California International will be competing for Mrs. International on July 20th in Charleston, West Virginia.Jocelyn Lomahan is from San Diego and is a has a passion in giving back to the community as well as youth sports. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of September 9, 2018:Address: 9 Adams StreetPrice: $659,900Buyer: Michael A. Bergeron & Kathryn BergeronSeller: Michelle A. BallouDate: 9/11/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,216sfAddress: 7902 Pouliot PlacePrice: $415,000Buyer: Maggie Tabach-LopesSeller: Richard C. Trainito & Teresa E. TrainitoDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 4,356sfAddress: 150 Salem StreetPrice: $369,000Buyer: Jeffrey Tucker & Tanya TuckerSeller: Anita Arsenault Est. & Elaine TuckerDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 23,958sfAddress: 279 Shawsheen AvenuePrice: $390,000Buyer: John L. JacksonSeller: Paul J. Howell, Jr. & Gregory J. HowellDate: 9/11/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 18,731sfAddress: 52 Washington AvenuePrice: $543,000Buyer: Kurtis A. DubeSeller: Rafik M. Bishara & Julie N. RheaultDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 47,045sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Joshua Buske Named To Deans List At University Of Hartford

first_imgWEST HARTFORD, CT — The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Joshua Buske, of Wilmington, has been named to its Dean’s List for Spring 2019.About The University of HartfordSpread across seven dynamic schools and colleges, the University of Hartford has been guiding the purpose and passion of students for over six decades. On our 350-acre campus alongside Connecticut’s capital city, approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students from 48 states and countries come together for a common purpose: to collaborate across different disciplines, diversify perspectives, and broaden worldviews. We’re a four-year private university focused on advancing the public good through meaningful connections within our communities. Our unique approach to comprehensive education gives us the critical perspectives that lead to impactful change, regionally and beyond. With degree programs spanning the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions, we focus on doing the work that matters. Visit http://www.hartford.edu for more information.(NOTE: The above announcement is from The University of Hartford via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University Of HartfordIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University Of HartfordIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University of HartfordIn “Education”last_img read more

Joe Jonas is incredibly proud of wife Sophie Turner for her Emmy

first_imgAfter the Emmy Award nomination list released on Tuesday, it was a call for celebration for the Game of Thrones cast. GoT received a record-breaking 32 nominations for the show’s finale.Among the nods, Sophie Turner received a nomination in the Supporting Actress category. To this, proud husband Joe Jonas wrote a cute message on Instagram. “Emmy nominated @sophiet I’m so incredibly proud of you,” he wrote, posting a picture of the newlyweds.Joe and Sophie are not the only ones who are happy over the Emmy nominations. Considering how about 32 categories have a Game of Thrones actor, actress or teammate, it is definitely a call for celebration.Further confirming that the Game of Thrones cast has a group chat (no surprise there!), they all seem to be in ecstasy as a majority of them bagged nominations.Emmy-nominated actor Alfie Allen (who plays Theon Greyjoy) told People, “32 nominations, it’s pretty insane. It’s collectively a mad thing.” He added, “We’ve got a group chat going, it’s going crazy at the moment. It’s amazing. It’s just incredible, I can’t wait for the actual night.” Joe Jonas’ post for Sophie TurnerInstagram”I was on out and about just doing stuff. I got a congratulations text and I just thought it was a group nomination, and I didn’t realize it was an individual one, which is crazy,” Allen explained. “I’m just ecstatic really, I can’t believe this. It really surprised me, I was not expecting it at all. I’m still in shocked, still happily in shocked. It’s amazing.” Joe Jonas and Sophie TurnerInstagramSophie and Joe, who are currently honeymooning in the Maldives, have been setting the social media on fire with their vacation pictures. From bikini bottoms to breathtaking views, Sophie and Joe’s Maldives rendezvous is a treat for whoever gets to see!The couple recently tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in France and headed straight for their honeymoon to the tropical islands. And like a dutiful husband that Joe is, he has been clicking some impeccable pictures of his wife!last_img read more

Tk 125b lost in JS quorum crisis TIB

first_img.Quorum crisis ate up 152 hours and 17 minutes during its 18 sessions of the 10th parliament, causing a waste of about Tk 1.25 billion, according to a new study conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), reports UNB.TIB revealed the study, titled ‘Parliament Watch’, on the operation of 14th to 18th session of the 10th national parliament at a press conference at TIB’s office on Thursday.The study report estimated that about Tk 1.63 lakh is needed to conduct a parliament session for one minute while 30 minutes were wasted on an average of each working day of the total 18 sessions due to quorum crisis.According to the study, from the 14th to 18th session, average meeting time and members’ participation in each working day increased than that of 8th and 9th parliament, the quorum crisis remained almost the same.On the other hand, percentage of time spent for legislation decreased than that of previous time, which is now 9 per cent of the total time spent from 14th to 18th session, said the report.A total of 260 hours and 8 minutes were spent from the 14th to 18th session of the 10th parliament where the most part of it has been spent for discussing about budget.Meanwhile only 35 minutes were spent for passing each bill whereas in Indian parliament the average time of it is 2 hour 23 minutes, according to the report.According to the collected information during the study, it was observed that, the practice of not presenting international agreements through the president and practice of unconstitutional behaviour and language in the parliament by both the government and opposition parties’ members violating rules of procedure 270 (6) were still visible.According to the report, though the leader of main opposition party was found doing constructive criticism of various activities of the government in political forums of public meetings, her role in performing the same role in the parliament were not visible. Among 327 working days of the 18 sessions, she was present in 79 working days, which is 24 per cent of the total.While presenting the report, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, parliament failed to perform expected role in ensuring good governance, democratic system through establishing accountability and resisting corruption. Both the government and opposition parties are responsible for the failure.”Those who are presented or those who claims themselves as opposition party in the parliament are facing identity crisis, which they themselves confessed at the last year of the current government’s period”, he added.Mentioning parliament as the main organization of democratic system, Sultana Kamal said, most of the time in parliament is being wasted in the acts of praising, condemnation, and confrontation.TIB advisor Sumaiya Khayer and director of research and policy department Md Rafikul Hasan were also present in the programme.In the conference, TIB also came up with 14-point recommendation to make the parliament effective.last_img read more

Sculpting thoughts

first_imgThis exhibition exhibits various form of sculpture such as imagination, leaf composition, Ganesh, melting form, emerging form, Akshay-Bateshwar, head series, bird bath etc by Gyan Singh. On the other side the rhythmic, architectural and many other forms are presented in the exhibition by young talented and versatile sculptor Amit Singh.National award winner and a gold medalist from BHU Varanasi, senior most sculptor Gyan Singh is the only world fame sculptor who works in variety of stones in the traditional ancient Indian form as well in the contemporary art form. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gyan Singh has been working on rhythmic series since a long period of time. His abstract yet attractive sculptures are worth watching. He has organised many national how along with solo shows and  has participated in numerable sculpture shows. He has been associated with world class camps and has been a mentor of many throughout the country. He has always converted his thoughts into sculptures. On the other side Amit Singh, post graduated from College of Art, New Delhi is a talented and versatile young sculptor who has earned many prestigious awards on National level. Contemporary artiste Amit works independently and he mostly carves on marble and do metal casting. Amit Singh is more than familiar with the artiste who mouthed the golden words. While he regards the works of Michelangelo as a textbook on sculpture, he draws inspiration from closer quarters. His father and the socio-economic developments in his immediate environment.Where: Sculptor Court, Triveni kala sangam, Tansen MargWhen: On till 11 AprilTimings: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more

Rocky Mountaineer WestJet update travellers on BC wildfires

first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert, WestJet VANCOUVER — Both Rocky Mountaineer and WestJet have released new updates to service in light of the ongoing wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta.Due to the wildfires in the Caribbo area, Rocky Mountaineer’s train departures on the ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ route have been affected. “We have put in place alternative plans for guests travelling on this route that involved travelling by both motorcoach and train,” said the company.The schedules for the trains travelling via Kamloops on First Passage to the West (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and Journey through the Clouds (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected. However, due to hazy skies in some areas, the visibility of scenery and air quality may be impacted at some points along the journey due to the wildfires.Passengers are asked to stay up to date on the situation by going to rockymountaineer.com/alert.WestJet has extended its discount offer to those impacted by the tragedy. The airline is offering 25% off for bookings between YXS and all Canadian and U.S. destinations, as well as 25% off for bookings between YLW/YYF/KYA and all Canadian and U.S. destinations.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTravel dates run from Aug. 4-Aug. 21, 2017. Bookings must be made by Aug. 14.For both GDS bookings and WestJet Agent (TA Web) bookings, use account code DEWF4WT. For SIREV/Revnet/Contact centre bookings, agents are asked to call the Travel Support Team at 1-877-664-3205.WestJet has also decided to waive change and cancel fees for all existing bookings made to/from and via YLW/YXS/YYF/YKA to/from Canadian destinations on or before July 9 for travel through Aug. 21, 2017.For GDS bookings, there is no need for agents to call to receive a waiver code for clients. Simply add the generic waiver code 201707yxs in the endorsement field and process the exchange or refund in the GDS. Friday, August 11, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Rocky Mountaineer, WestJet update travellers on BC wildfires Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

August 10 2018 When in doubt play it out Seeing

first_imgAugust 10, 2018When in doubt, play it out. Seeing as summer is nearing its close, this past Thursday night, a number of Arcosanti Residents gathered for a few friendly games of soccer in the Vaults. With enough people for more than two teams of five people, the residents found themselves having to make teams of three just so that everyone could get some play time in such a confined space. By the end of the games everyone was glistening with sweat, of course there were a couple of slight injuries here and there, but overall everyone had a fantastic time. There were many people left with the feeling of wanting more, so without a doubt, there will be another soccer game or two before it gets too chilly, and hopefully we will see you all out there for the next game!last_img read more

Rep LaSata eager for 2018 after successful first year in office

first_img State Rep. Kim LaSata had a successful 2017, taking a lead role in state higher education funding while also supporting key legislation to help move Michigan forward.“We have had many successes over the past year, including improving our higher education system, and submitting legislation inspired by the citizens of southwest Michigan,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This being my first year as state representative, I’m pleased with the strides we have made.”LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, focused on providing for the future of Michigan’s college and university students with her 2017-18 budget recommendations. The approved plan helped stabilize tuition costs, gave Michigan’s 15 public universities a 2.3 percent funding increase, improved state offered scholarship programs, and added new reporting requirements for sexual assault incidents that occur on campus.She also helped increase funding for local school districts by closing a tax loophole to prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. The legislation, later signed into law, was introduced because certain property owners intentionally declare a homestead property tax exemption on their second home in Michigan, while at the same time claiming a similar exemption on their primary residence in another state. The money these property owners were receiving from the loophole will now be sent to our schools and local governments.LaSata, inspired by a July 2016 courtroom assault in Berrien County, also had legislation voted through the state House to increase penalties for assault and battery on courtroom personnel, such as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, court reporters and recorders. The increase in penalties will make our courtrooms safer and give the personnel the same protections as first responders that coordinate with the same type of assailants.And, as a lover of the outdoors, LaSata advanced a bill to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs. This will make it easier for residents and organizations to clean up litter from the places they love and want to preserve.Other key advancements by the state House included:Advanced bipartisan legislation that ensures taxpayer access to public records by subjecting the governor and lieutenant governor to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and creating the Legislative Open Records Act to provide more transparency in the House and Senate;Assisted local communities and counties by increasing revenue sharing in the 2017-18 budget with a 2.5 percent ($6.2 million) increase for cities, villages, and townships and a 1 percent increase for counties;Approved added funding for roads, which included a $450 million increase for the upcoming budget year to help address state transportation needs;Record investment in our educational system with an additional $27 million in K-12 per-pupil funding, equating to $25 more in funding per high school student;Increased funding for expanding skilled trades programs by approving $41 million for Going Pro, a Michigan Economic Development Council program.“I could not have asked for a better first year as state Representative,” LaSata said. “I am extremely proud of, not only my own accomplishments, but also of my colleagues for their diligence and tenacity to improve our state. With a new year, there are new challenges like auto insurance reform, updating our state’s tax code to recent federal changes, and improving workforce training programs and I am excited to pick up where I left off in 2017.”##### 16Jan Rep. LaSata eager for 2018 after successful first year in office Categories: LaSata News,Newslast_img read more

The Next Crisis Even with the largest bidder in

first_img The Next Crisis Even with the largest bidder in the world on their side, investors can still panic. That would mean a big drop in asset prices, high-profile bankruptcies, and a new crisis. Things move fast. The feds may step in with more QE buying, but they may be a dollar short and a day late. A 20% drop in stock prices is equal to a loss of about $5 trillion in the U.S. alone. The bond market is roughly twice the size of the stock market, so add a 20% drop there and you’re talking real money – a total loss of $15 trillion… which could easily happen in a few days. Now, imagine a drop similar to the 2008-09 plunge… In round numbers, equities lost 50%. Today, there’s about $60 trillion worth of stocks worldwide, so that would be a $30 trillion loss. If the bond market fell in sync, you’d be looking at another $60 trillion or so… or a total loss of market capital of $90 trillion. What would the feds do? Yes, they would buy stocks and bonds. But they would buy at market prices. Owners would still take big losses. And the feds wouldn’t stop there. We are now almost eight years into the central bank’s various “stimulus” programs; they have coincided with the weakest recovery on record. After taking account of inflation, incomes for most Americans are lower today than they were in 2007. Clearly, reducing the cost of credit doesn’t work – even with yields on roughly $13 trillion worth of bonds in negative territory. Fire Up the Whirlybirds So what’s next? When the next crisis hits, central bankers will rush back into their tool rooms and bring out something new. It will no doubt include “helicopter money.” This is the term economist Milton Friedman used to describe direct giveaways of newly minted money without any corresponding increase in the government’s budget deficit. Huge new infrastructure projects will be announced. Tax credits, tax cuts, minimum guarantee incomes – we don’t know what the feds will come up with. But watch out… With the carrot will come the sticks. The feds will impose measures to crack down on tax cheats, tighten the noose on black-market operators, and shut off funds to causes they don’t like. They’ll use their money helicopters to “drone” you. That is, they’ll make sure you do with your money as they please. Mr. Rogoff’s nutty suggestion to restrict cash could become law. Regards, – BREAKING: Steve Sjuggerud launches new product We just discovered a “backdoor” into the world’s most profitable technology stocks. Most people think you need to get in early to make huge gains in Silicon Valley… but there’s actually a much easier and much more predictable way. Learn more. — Recommended Linkscenter_img Don’t touch Gold until you see this A radical new method for gold investing could make you 5 TIMES more money than bullion… beginning with just 60 cents. Details here. Bill Editor’s note: The “War on Cash” is already in full swing… Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Russia have all banned large cash transactions. The European Central Bank just killed the €500 bill. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers wants the U.S. government to end the $100 bill. Eventually, governments want to eliminate all paper cash. In other words, they want to trap your money in the digital banking system. This will allow the government to track, control, and “tax” your money at will. Now, the average person won’t surrender their financial privacy without a fight. We expect millions of people to pull cash out of their bank account and put it into gold, the ultimate “underground currency.” This could send gold prices through the roof. If you don’t own gold already, we recommend you get started immediately. But first, we urge you to watch this presentation. It explains how to take advantage of a little-known “loophole” in the gold market. In short, we may have found the cheapest way to buy gold coins in America today. Click here to learn more. Editor’s note: Governments have tried anything and everything to stimulate the economy since 2008. They’ve cut interest rates hundreds of times. They’ve printed trillions of dollars. Some governments have even adopted “negative interest rates.” Dispatch readers know these radical measures have failed miserably. But that won’t stop the government from continuing to experiment during the next financial crisis. Today, Agora founder Bill Bonner reveals what the government could do when the next crisis hits. Unlike previous measures, this new policy could directly target the money in your wallet. [This essay was originally published on September 12, 2016, in Bill Bonner’s Diary.] OUZILLY, France – We came back from South America poorer but wiser. For the first time ever, we have had to face the reality of politics; up until now, it was never more than an abstract, theoretical matter. We read about the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the passage of Obamacare. We knew politics was corrupt and repulsive. But except for a brief stint on the board of governors of our local church, we had nothing to do with it. Now the wolf is in our own backyard… so close that we can smell its hot breath and hear the clicking of its pearly teeth as it snaps at our heels. More as it develops… Criminalizing Cash But wait… money sometimes goes “full politics,” too. Take poor Kenneth Rogoff at Harvard. He wants a dollar with a voter registration card, a U.S. flag on its windshield, and a handgun in its belt – the kind of money that supports the Establishment and votes for Hillary. Writing last month in the Wall Street Journal under the headline, “The Sinister Side of Cash,” he noted that “paper currency, especially large notes such as the U.S. $100 bill, facilitates crime: racketeering, extortion, money laundering, drug and human trafficking, the corruption of public officials, not to mention terrorism.” Of course, large notes do make it easier for criminals to operate. Like cellphones. And sunglasses. And automobiles with air-conditioning. But that’s what money is supposed to do: make it easier for an economy to function. You use it as you please. Yes, dear reader, we are back to our regular beat. Money. But what’s this? Finally, we’re beginning to see some action. You’ll recall that the markets have been eerily quiet… with less movement in stocks than we’ve seen in the last 100 years. What gives? Perhaps it was the calm before the storm. The Dow fell nearly 400 points on Friday. We don’t know. It could be the calm before the storm. Or it could be the calm before more calm. How It All Ends There’s something fundamentally tranquilizing about having a central bank that gives out the word that it’s got your back. The Bank of Japan is buying bonds AND stocks (by way of exchange-traded funds)… pushing up prices for both. Under its €1.7 trillion ($1.9 trillion) QE program, the European Central Bank bought so many government bonds, it ran out of new bonds to buy. So, this summer, it added corporate bonds to its shopping list. According to Reuters, it will soon run out of corporate bonds, too. Then it will have to follow the Bank of Japan’s lead… and wade into the stock market… if it wants to keep its QE program going. And in the U.S., the Yellen Fed continues to jive and diddle… teasing investors with the threat of “normalizing” interest rates, but having neither the desire nor the fortitude to act. We’ve been wondering how it ends. Bear markets are facts of life. But if the central bank has set its face to stopping them, then what? Central banks – in the current system – can create unlimited amounts of fake money. They can use this money to buy real financial assets. Theoretically, they could buy all the world’s stocks and bonds. And theoretically, they can leave the feds with almost complete ownership of the planet’s capital. The rich get richer (selling their assets to the feds at inflated prices). The poor get poorer (as the misallocation of capital increases… price signals are distorted… and real wealth is wasted). What goes wrong? Everything. As in politics, the gap between theory and practice is as wide as the Sargasso Sea.last_img read more

She joined Hannah Cockroft on her lap of honour af

first_imgShe joined Hannah Cockroft on her lap of honour after finishing seventh behind Britain’s double gold medallist in the T34 200 metres in London 2012.But four years on, Mel Nicholls believes she has a real chance of causing an upset and beating Cockroft in one of her three events in next month’s Rio Paralympic Games.In London, the T34 track races were sprints – 100 and 200 metres – but in Rio there will be a T34 100 metres, a 400 metres and an 800 metres, a race which gives the mid-distance specialist Nicholls a much better chance of a medal.She told Disability News Service: “I have definitely got a chance.”A silver medal in the 800 metres at last year’s world championships was a “great boost”, she said, coming as it did soon after an injury lay-off.She’s world record-holder at 1,500 metres and loves the tactics of the longer races.Nicholls (pictured) said: “I am much more of a distance racer, I am not a sprinter. It definitely goes in my favour.“[The 800 metres] is still a short middle distance but you have got a good lap of time for some tactics, which I absolutely love. That’s my thing.“I see it as like a game of chess. Once you’re into the rhythm you can kind of see it… I know where people are, I know what I can do, and you just play it out, and that makes it really exciting.“With the 800, it’s almost anybody’s race. There are about five of us who can medal. I definitely want to be in that top five.”London 2012 was her first major competition as a wheelchair athlete, and she took part just four years after the last of three strokes which left her disabled.The build-up to Rio has been completely different to London, when she was “a complete unknown”.She said: “I wasn’t on the radar [at London]. I am now. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but since London I’ve been on the team and it’s my job, so there is a lot of different pressure.“That’s really exciting, but it’s a very different feeling.”Nicholls describes herself as a “perfectionist”, both as a person and as an athlete.She said: “There’s no harder taskmaster than I am on myself. You want to be the best you can be.“Also, I don’t want to let my team down. I’m really part of the team. My coaches, the country, everybody that’s invested in me and the sport, I feel I owe them back.“Always I want to please people; I want to please my coaches, my friends, my family. I work myself the hardest because I don’t want to let anybody down.”She copes with the stress and pressure partly through support from a sports psychologist and mindfulness training, which she said has “probably been my biggest help in my training”.The mindfulness proved crucial at last year’s world championships, she said, when she had only returned to training a month before, after an injury, and was lacking in confidence.She said: “I got a silver medal and it was my mind that got me through that race. Your mind is powerful and you can do a lot with that.”Like many Paralympians, she has had to make sacrifices. She hasn’t seen her mother, who lives in France, since last year.Nicholls said: “I don’t see my friends very much; sometimes they can get quite frustrated about that. I don’t see my family.“They understand that. It’s a short time and a small price to pay, I think. I know that they are there backing me and afterwards it will be worth it.”She is looking forward to the “vibrance and the colour” of Rio – “I am a fan of bright colour, everyone knows me for always being in pink” – and to being part of a team environment again.She said: “That was the main thing I noticed from London. I had never been in a team environment before and it felt like a big family.“The people supporting you back home and the team around us, it was a big family, and everyone was there for the highs and the lows.”She said that putting on the Rio 2016 ParalympicsGB team kit for the first time was “wonderful”.She said: “Putting on the kit is something really special. I can imagine putting on a wedding dress, it’s that kind of experience… I will take this over getting married any day.”She added: “We have this amazing crown design, which I absolutely love. It’s very regal. I love the royal family, I absolutely love the Queen, so I think it’s fantastic. If I could wear a crown to race, I would.”Like many Paralympians, she is hoping to inspire the next generation of athletes, as she was inspired herself by watching the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.She remembers joining Cockroft on her 200 metres lap of honour in London.She said: “It was the children, their faces, and they all wanted to high-five you. You could see the magic in their eyes, and that was really special, and that was disabled children or able-bodied children.“For me, if one person is going to take up sport, that’s such a positive, that’s what I want to do.”Nicholls put her wish to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes into action five years ago by starting an academy with her coach, basing it at the Coventry Godiva Harriers athletics club.There is now a core group of at least 10 athletes at every session, three times a week, and another 40 people who drop in and out; some of those who attend the sessions are amateurs and some of them professional athletes.She said: “Some of the children do it because it’s a social thing, they have friends there, but they are getting better and better.“The older guys want to come and get fit because they haven’t had the opportunity before.“So we have Paralympic athletes training with everyone else; everyone just mixes in.“It’s a social thing, it’s a confidence thing, a health thing and a competitive thing as well.”One of those training with her at the academy is 15-year-old Kare Adenegan, who watched Nicholls and Cockroft race four years ago in London and made headlines last September after becoming the first athlete to beat Cockroft in her senior career.Adenegan will be racing alongside and against both Nicholls and Cockroft in Rio.last_img read more

How to Solve Twitters Biggest Problems

first_img Add to Queue Twitter January 18, 2017 Columnist at PCMag.com Twitter’s problems stem from being a modern tech company that isn’t growing fast enough. I have two solutions. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Shutterstock Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter lately, most of it negative — it can’t make money on advertising, growth is down and online bullies remain a problem.Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweets daily; more every day since the election. This alone, you’d think, would draw more attention to Twitter and make it more popular. Twitter actually does over $2.5 billion in revenue, but tech companies are supposed to grow like crazy, not freeze up at a mere $2.5 billion dollars, which is ludicrous.   With that revenue, all Twitter needs to do is have a bunch of sales folks sell the ads and a slew of IT guys keep the thing running. That should not cost billions, although it looks like it does.So what’s the solution to this “problem”?When I listen to all the pundits, I see two solutions. The first is never brought up for any other billion-dollar company: stabilization. In other words, do nothing.In tech, there is a never-ending mad dash for growth. It stems from the late 1990s, when one company would replace another after the simplest of stumbles. The financiers, mostly venture capitalists, demanded high performance growth so they could dump the company and do it all over again with some other crazy idea. This is an unnatural way to do business. Most businesses stabilize and become fixtures. Not so with tech, where everything seems like a fad.Online customers can easily drop one thing and flock to another. Thus, Twitter’s $2.5 billion in revenue could drop to a billion — or nothing — almost overnight. It cannot just stabilize and coast for as long as possible, or die a natural death, or morph the way AOL morphed. It is a spawn of the go-go tech grow-like-crazy-or-die syndrome.The irony is that such companies often get acquired by other growth-oriented places like Google or Facebook. What happens then? They slowly die a natural death … usually quicker.Twitter, unlike many of these operations, has a different dimension, though. It’s a kind of public service. It breaks news and can trigger revolutions or protests. It’s casual, too. Twitter is an enjoyable product if you are not attacked by its mad dogs.That’s not to say there aren’t problems with Twitter. There is some sort of corruption with the “Who to follow” recommendations; it seldom makes sense especially for those signing up for a new account. Maybe that’s part of its advertising, although I do not think so. There is a lot of spam. I find fake accounts daily and do not see how they can possibly remain unless Twitter wants phony numbers. That said, its core users seem content.Which brings us to the second solution, which is simple. Do what LinkedIn did and add a premium tier. I’d pay $5 or $10 a year for an upper tier account. There are over 300 million active users. Sell them something! How hard can it be? John C. Dvorak How to Solve Twitter’s Biggest Problems Next Article last_img read more

How to Work On a Flight With No Laptop

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag How to Work On a Flight With No Laptop The laptopocalypse is coming. In one of the most insane tech and travel related decisions I’ve ever seen, the Department of Homeland Security is considering banning any electronic device larger than a smartphone on a wide range of commercial flights.I won’t get into the purported security rationale for this, except to say that we wouldn’t be “completely safe” in the air even if we all flew naked; terrorists could just put bombs where the sun don’t shine. In terms of 2017, flying without laptops and tablets makes business travelers feel pretty naked. In fact, airlines have downgraded their in-flight entertainment offerings over the past few years assuming that travelers are bringing their own gadgets.The mechanics of any future ban will probably play out like the ban on large electronic devices on flights from the Middle East, just on a much larger scale. Middle Eastern airlines have rallied by providing laptops and tablets to business and first-class customers. That doesn’t help coach class passengers on a 10-hour flight, though.Being forced to check expensive electronics would create all sorts of security and liability concerns. Right now, most airlines disclaim liability for damaged electronics in luggage. That means they won’t pay you if the baggage handlers break or steal your laptop.Airlines affected by the current Middle East laptop ban, for example Qatar and Etihad, have changed that policy. Hopefully, other affected airlines would as well. But even then, airlines may not pay you the full value of your damaged electronics: according to the Montreal Convention treaty, airlines are only responsible for about $1,560 worth of luggage per passenger on international flights.Pick the best airlineWith no laptop in the air, in-flight entertainment systems become more critical than ever. Every hour you spend watching that seatback screen is an hour you aren’t stressing about your laptop.So, first of all, don’t accept any flight without seatback screens. For transatlantic flights, various reports have said that Air Canada, Icelandair, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic are all good choices. Of the major U.S. based airlines, Delta gets the nod for best in-flight entertainment from Skytrax.Your mobile office: phone, keyboard, touchpad If your airline doesn’t lend you a laptop, it’s time to get used to working on your smartphone.Android and iOS phones support Bluetooth keyboards, and the Microsoft Office apps on these devices aren’t half bad. For email, web browsing and document management, you can get quite a lot done on your phone. Use a cloud storage service such as Dropbox or OneDrive for your documents, so you can access them on your home computer, your phone and any computers you get access to at the other end of your journey.You can get more done with a keyboard. The Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard works with your phone and includes a groove that will prop up your phone at the right angle on a tray table. There are a lot of smaller, weirder Bluetooth keyboards out there, but we really like this one.Not having room on your tray table for a mouse can be a problem, though. I tend to use a keyboard and the phone’s touch controls. Android users could also upgrade to the Logitech K830 keyboard, which has an integrated touchpad. iPhones don’t support Bluetooth mice or touchpads, alas.Stunningly, I think we’ve also just found a real use for Dex, the new desktop dock for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 phones. Bring a Dex dock with your S8, and you’ll be able to turn it into a desktop computer on the other end of your flight.For the kids: iPod touch Since the DHS ban applies to anything larger than a smartphone, that puts the tablets we use to entertain kids into peril. Even the Amazon Fire Kids Edition won’t hold up to this ban.Enter the iPod touch. Now available for $199, this will be family frequent fliers’ best friend: a small, portable entertainment device for kids that doesn’t require phone service and isn’t larger than a phone. Download movies from Netflix or the iTunes Store before leaving on a trip.There is no high-quality Android equivalent to the iPod touch. There were in the past, but they’ve gone off the market. If you don’t want an Apple product, your best bet is to get an inexpensive unlocked Android phone such as the $139 Moto G4 Play, and just not install a SIM card.How About Reading a Book?Books are good. Try one. Just not on an e-reader. They’ll be banned, too. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstock Flights 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article center_img June 12, 2017 4 min read Sascha Segan Banning laptops on flights in 2017 is an insane idea, but here’s how to deal if it happens. 90shares Lead Mobile Analyst Apply Now »last_img read more

The Intranet Grows Up

first_imgTechnology Sarah Pierce From MySpace-style profiles to video blogs, check out the cool new things businesses are doing with their intranets. It wasn’t too long ago that intranets–internal company websites–were considered the redheaded stepchild of a business’s technology efforts. Once reserved for HR policies and company documents, intranets took a back seat to the company’s website as an underdeveloped–and rarely used–tool for employees.But many are turning their attention back to their intranet and discovering cool new ways to engage employees. Whether it’s MySpace-style profiles or video sharing, intranets have expanded from a corporate bulletin board to a social networking tool.Intranets in ActionInteractive promotion company ePrize, based in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, expanded its intranet nearly 18 months ago to include more employee-centric features, including an area called the “Water Cooler” where employees can sell personal items, such as extra concert tickets and homes, and post announcements, such as needing a sub for the company’s softball team. Employees can also log into the system each morning to order from a daily lunch menu. The $4 lunches are automatically deducted from their paycheck and delivered that afternoon.Another new feature ePrize employees enjoy is the ability to create personal profile pages that include contact info, languages spoken, birthdays and wedding anniversaries.”The intranet is the way we stay connected and network within our company,” says Alesya Opelt, senior marketing director. “It isn’t a place reserved for boring HR guidelines and document sharing. We use our intranet as a place to interact, build and document our culture, and to get to know each other beyond just an e-mail address.”Developing intranets that allow employees to interact using the same tools they’re used to outside the workplace is a new trend many businesses are exploring successfully. Lois Paul & Partners, a public relations company headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, recently expanded its intranet from the usual company announcements, info and links to resources, by creating an “LP&P Underground” blog. The blog serves as an outlet for employees to talk about topics that interest them outside of work, such as the latest in pop culture, TV shows, music and other random topics.”It’s a nice way to take a break from the busy day to talk about something fun,” says Kristin Cronin, senior account representative. “It’s also a good way to get to know fellow employees a little bit better.”Cronin adds that the blog has been a great way for newer employees to engage with employees that have been with the company longer, and despite business owners’ fears, it hasn’t cut into productivity. “People here work hard and know when they have a few minutes to browse the latest blog posts and when they don’t,” she says. “Blog entries can be a quick thing that the multi-tasking Gen Yers, and even the Gen Xers, can handle with little interruption to work.”The AppealThis attempt to reach twentysomething employees is the crux of the new “social” intranet movement. As more and more Generation Y employees enter the workplace, employers have to find new and different ways to get employees involved.”What’s happening is people are gathering in intranet chat rooms to have events people used to have in a conference room,” says Richard Laermer, author of Punk Marketing and CEO of RLM PR, which helped its client Comcast be recognized as one of 2007’s “10 Best Intranets” by the Nielson Norman Group. “It’s a fun way to participate without having to go to a sock hop or company picnic, which is hard for people these days, who work more than they ever did,” Laermer adds.He encourages business owners to let employees share industry-related stories and video on the intranet. He refers to this as “edutainment”–the ability to blend educational material about the company and its field.”The last thing employees want to see on the company intranet is the company handbook,” he says. “Have a good time with it–put up videos and hold online chat sessions instead of meetings. Employers who set up intranets need to remember, it’s not supposed to be a brochure; it’s supposed to be ‘intra’-active.”Dr. Gerry McCartney, CIO of Purdue University, agrees. While other CIOs are trying to discourage viewing video online, he decided that if that’s how people want to communicate, then that’s the medium he should use. His video blog, Vignettes, engages his staff more than any e-mail or newsletter ever could, he says.McCartney sees the increasing use of Web 2.0 technologies as the future of the intranet. He predicts that as we move toward communicating more on mobile devices, businesses will begin delivering communication to employees via text messaging and providing access to the intranet through employees’ cell phones.Whatever stage your intranet is in, it’s time to pull it out of the past and start treating it as the valuable tool it is. Whether you’re connecting employees to important information or connecting them to each other, the intranet has become a powerful new way to internally strengthen your business. The Intranet Grows Up The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue –shares Apply Now » 5 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List June 20, 2007 Next Article last_img read more

What Brands Can Learn From Lilly Pulitzer and Targets SoldOut Collaboration

first_img What Brands Can Learn From Lilly Pulitzer and Target’s Sold-Out Collaboration Add to Queue –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Nina Zipkin Enroll Now for $5 Retail April 20, 2015 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article 3 min read Lilly Pulitzer’s headquarters in King of Prussia, Penn., is nicknamed the Pink Palace – but shoppers who hoped to get their hands on the preppy apparel maker’s line for Target might be feeling blue.That’s because the 250-piece limited-edition collection sold out almost immediately yesterday – in stores and online – with no plans of it coming back.The collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer is the most recent in a long line of designer partnerships between Target and high-end brands like Altazurra, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and, of course, Missoni, which also had the distinction of crashing Target’s website when it debuted in 2011.Related: Can Target’s New CEO Re-Energize the Big Retailer?Items in the vibrantly patterned Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection ranged from $2 to $150, with the most expensive dress going for $44 dollars. Dresses in Lilly Pulitzer’s main collection retail from $88 to $348 and are sold at high-end retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, as well as through the company’s website.Many of these high-low collaborations have been wildly popular, but do they actually help or hinder brands in the long run? Laura Ries, co-founder of branding consultancy Ries & Ries, says while this latest collection sold instantaneously, she wonders how it will impact Lilly Pulitzer’s core business – and if future high-low partnerships could end up devaluing it down the line.Related: You Don’t Create Your Company’s Brand — You Discover It.”The more popular it is at Target, the worse it is for Lilly Pulitzer the brand,” she says. “You see the same things happen with the outlets for some brands. Look at what happened to Coach; their outlet business went like hotcakes because you were getting Coach bags at the third of the price and, long term, it hit the exclusivity of their core business. Part of what drives high-end fashion is exclusivity.”Denise Lee Yohn, a retail consultant and the author of What Great Brands Do, says that though the prices were considerably lower, the limited nature of Lilly’s line at Target could end up bolstering the company’s exclusive reputation. “Even among the mass consumers that have an opportunity to buy it, it’s pretty much guaranteed they are going to get shut out…It almost makes the brand even more in-demand.”Related: How Can I Tell If There Will Be Strong Demand for My Product?Lee Yohn says she thinks that the collaborations are often a win-win, the designers can promote their brand and reach a different customer base while the Targets of the world can elevate their retail brand by association with the high end and exclusive. However, there is a downside to the frenzy: the reselling (and requisite marking up) of these hot-ticket items on sites like eBay. “That is less of a win for the retailer and the designer, because then it diminishes the strategy they are trying to implement.”Lee Yohn said that while it might inspire a raft of social media criticism, to protect the equity of the brand, next time, Target might want to look into setting a limit on how many items people could purchase. “In the long run, it might be a smarter way to do it.” Related: 7 Innovators That Changed Retail Forever Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Targetlast_img read more

If not taught lesson timely Congress would give allowance to stone pelters

first_imgUttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday attacked the Congress, saying if the party was not “taught a lesson timely” it would start giving “allowance to stone pelters” in Kashmir.Addressing an election rally here, he also slammed BSP chief Mayawati, saying her party would get zero seats in this Lok Sabha polls like 2014.“It’s important to teach a timely lesson to Congress otherwise it will start giving allowance to stone pelters in Kashmir as it sympathises with them,” Adityanath said.Taking a dig at Mayawati, he said, “Those contesting on 38 seats are dreaming of becoming the prime minister”. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have forged an alliance to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in the state.As per the seat-sharing agreement, SP is contesting 37 seats and BSP 38. Three seats have been given to the RLD. national elections SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Indian National Congress BJP Jammu and Kashmir COMMENTS April 08, 2019 Published onlast_img read more