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India’s GST is One of The World’s Most Complex Tax Reforms

first_imgWill India, a $2 trillion (£1.5tn) economy with 1.3 billion consumers, now become a truly single market? Related Itemslast_img

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ADL ‘wants €900m for Napoli’

first_imgAurelio De Laurentiis is only prepared to sell Napoli for a fee in region of €900m, according to Il Mattino. The Daily Mail claimed yesterday that the Al-Thani family of Qatar had offered €560m to buy Napoli. However, Il Mattino is today running the line that De Laurentiis values the Partenopei at almost double. Despite the club’s current situation, the Naples-based daily is adamant the patron has no intention of selling up. However, he would have held several meetings with members of the Qatari ruling family in January, concerning investment via sponsorship. De Laurentiis bought Napoli in 2004 and saved them from bankruptcy. They’ve won two Coppa Italia during his time as owner. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: MAR 02, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATINONAL New Delhi:Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh celebrating Holi (B) Kolkata:Holi celebration (A+B) Guwahati :Holi celebration (B) INTERNATIONAL Moscow: Russias new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile blasts off (B) Flensburg:Snow-covered cars are parked in a street (B) Washington:Protesters are arrested as they block the streets(B) Sydney : New Zealands Prime Minister in Sydney (B) Washington : Donald Trump speaks to businessman Steve Witkoff (B) Kabul :Suicide attack in Kabul (B) Montreal : A worker hugs Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (B) Hong Kong : A police officer stands guard with a shotgun (B) Cape Canaveral Air Force Station : Atlas V rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (B) SPORTS Rio de Janeiro:Neymar is pushed in a wheelchair after arriving to the airport (B) London: English Premier League soccer match (B) Acapulco : Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco (B) Columbus : SheBelieves Cup womens soccer match (B) Las Palmas :Spanish La liga soccer match (B) Mexico City : Mexico Championship at the Chapultepec Golf Club (B) Apeldoorn :World Championships Track Cycling in Apeldoorn (B) Dubai : Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship (B) Birmingham : World Athletics Indoor Championships (B) PTI PHOTO GCS dl DL DLlast_img read more

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‘Salah can light up World Cup’

first_imgWorld Cup Trophy Tour 2018 Mo Salah can light up World Cup – Saeed Al-Owairan Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy mohamed salah egypt 12112017 Getty Images World Cup Trophy Tour 2018 Mohamed Salah Saudi Arabia v Egypt Saudi Arabia Egypt World Cup The legendary Saudi Arabia international believes the Liverpool man can continue his remarkable form with Egypt in Russia Former Saudi Arabia international Saeed Al-Owairan believes Liverpool forward Mo Salah can star for Egypt at this year’s World Cup.Salah has hit a remarkable 23 Premier League goals already this term and, with eight assists also to his name, has been directly involved in more goals than anyone else in the competition.And Al-Owairan, who led Saudi Arabia into two World Cups, is confident Salah can lead the charge for the Arab teams in Russia. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I’m an optimist and we have enough time to prepare properly for the World Cup,” he said as the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola arrived in Dubai.“We have some clever players like Mohamed Salah who has shown some excellent performances with Liverpool, and many other players who are top professionals.“The World Cup is an opportunity for them to raise their value and their reputations, but also to share their happiness with their countries.“I expect the Arab teams will show good performances in this tournament.”Saeed Al-Owairan Saudi Arabia Belgium 29061994Al-Owairan’s Saudi Arabia will meet Salah’s Egypt in Group A, but not before kicking off the tournament against the hosts in the opening game, and Al-Owairan is hoping his nation make a good start.“I think our group is great with Egypt and Russia and the result in our opening game will determine our future,” he said.“We know that the beginning is always hard but we have to make a draw at least, and why not a win.”For more information on the Trophy Tour head to the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Instagram or Facebook pagelast_img read more

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Man City lose 36-game unbeaten home run

first_imgManchester City Man City end 36-game unbeaten home run with shock Basel defeat Goal 06:22 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Yaya Toure Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City UEFA Champions League Manchester City v Basel Basel Stats The Citizens had gone more than a year without losing at the Etihad Stadium but slipped to a surprise loss against the Swiss champions Manchester City’s incredible unbeaten run at the Etihad Stadium came to an end in shock fashion as Pep Guardiola’s men were downed by Basel on Wednesday. City, 4-0 up from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Switzerland, took the lead after just eight minutes with Gabriel Jesus marking his first start of 2018 with a goal. The hosts must have thought that another routine home win was imminent – but Basel had other ideas.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Mohamed Elyounoussi levelled the game less than 10 minutes after Jesus’ opener, before Michael Lang swooped in the second half to send Basel home with a memorable win. The Citizens nevertheless march into the quarter finals with a 5-2 aggregate win, but the loss ends an incredible run of form in front of their own fans since Pep took over. City last lost a home match on December 3, 2016, when eventual Premier League champions Chelsea inflicted a 3-1 defeat. Since that date Guardiola’s men had gone no less than 36 matches without losing at the Etihad, a run that included 29 wins and seven draws. The Premier League leaders will be back in action at home on April 7 against local rivals Manchester United – a match that could see City seal the Premier League title.last_img read more

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Role Play: Jarrick Bernard Back with Experience in Year 2

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jarrick Bernard is back for Round 2 and a year better for it.Oklahoma State’s group of safeties was almost comically inexperienced in 2018. The group took some lumps but enter this year with some much needed snaps under their belts. Bernard is the next player we’ll look at in our Role Play series.ProfilePlayer: Jarrick BernardPosition: SafetyNumber: 24Height: 6-2Weight: 195Safety Room: Tanner McCalister, Tre Sterling, Kanion Williams, Sean Michael Flanagan, David Thibodeaux-Benoit, Malcolm Rodriguez, Jason Taylor II, Kolby Harvell-Peel, Kris McCuneBackgroundBernard came to OSU out of Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana, a high school program that has a reputation of having its Division I prospects on-field ready. After winning a state championship as a junior, Bernard had two interceptions in the state semifinals in 2017, in what would be the final game of his career.He played in all 13 games as a freshman at OSU last season, being one of three true freshmen safeties to not redshirt. Bernard started OSU’s final nine games and finished the year with 59 total tackles. That number led OSU’s freshmen and was fifth overall on the team. His best game of the year probably came against Texas Tech. Against the Red Raiders, Bernard had 14 tackles and an interception. He also blocked a punt against Boise State.Ceiling/FloorYou have to imagine it’s only up from here for Bernard, and that has to be a terrifying thought for opposing offenses.OSU playing so many freshmen at safety last season was out of necessity, but entering year two in Jim Knowles’ system, guys like Bernard and Kolby Harvell-Peel have more than earned their places on the field.Bernard and Harvell-Peel were different players at the end of 2018 than they were at the beginning. That level of growth might start to slow down a little bit, but if they can get close to it this season, look out.Expectations/RoleA lot more is going to be expected out of OSU’s secondary in 2019 for a few reasons.One of those reasons is the group is more experienced as a whole. The Cowboys have two veteran corners and guys like Bernard, Harvell-Peel and Malcolm Rodriguez all have more experience. But the group might be asked to do more this season with the inexperience of OSU’s defensive line and depth questions at linebacker.It’s a total role reversal for Jim Knowles’ group where the front half of the defense was asked to pick up extra slack last season, and the back half might have to do so in 2019.Although he is more experienced, Bernard is also still a sophomore. I’m not sure this is a time to expect Tre Flowers levels of production, but Bernard and the safety group as a whole is definitely headed in the right direction.last_img read more

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How Consumers Think Green

first_imgI don’t put a lot of stock in focus group research – so often we ask the wrong questions (like, “what would get you to support our issue?”) and so often we get the wrong answers (what people think they should say). I’ve always been intrigued by ethnographic research, where you actually watch and witness consumers in their element, making decisions. A tax preparation software company once told me how they sent researchers to hang out for hours in people’s houses, watching them prepare their taxes amid the chaos of their daily lives – searching for lost receipts, sitting at the computer with a cat in their lap, getting confused by certain steps. They learned an awful lot, which doubtlessly led to a better product.I want to call your attention to some fantastic ethnographic research about just how consumers react to “green” products and claims, courtesy of my friends at BBMG and partners Global Strategy Group and Bagatto. You can watch consumers literally think out loud on this page, and it’s fascinating.What you’ll see are a group of very sophisticated consumers, which should come as no surprise if you’re a savvy marketer. Consumers know full well that corporations are jumping on the green, healthy, politically correct bandwagon in droves and with varying degrees of true commitment. They will scrutinize corporate claims and actions. If you’re a company that claims to be “good,” you’d better follow through fully.I think the same goes for charities — saying something is true is not enough. You have to show it. Prove your need and impact by regularly reporting on what donor money did and put a human face to your results… or else.Authenticity, transparency and tangible results are absolutely essential for all organizations today.BBMG’s Conscious Consumer report found all this, and more:Most consumers (9 in 10) self-identify as “conscious consumers.” They value health and safety, honesty, convenience, relationships and doing good.Health and Safety. Conscious consumers seek natural, organic and unmodified products that meet their essential health and nutrition needs. They avoid chemicals or pesticides that can harm their health or the planet. They are looking for standards and safeguards to ensure the quality of the products they consume.Honesty. Conscious consumers insist that companies reliably and accurately detail product features and benefits. They will reward companies that are honest about processes and practices, authentic about products and accountable for their impact on the environment and larger society. Making unsubstantiated green claims or over promising benefits risks breeding cynicism and distrust.Convenience. Faced with increasing constraints on their time and household budgets, conscious consumers are practical about purchasing decisions, balancing price with needs and desires and demanding quality. These consumers want to do what’s easy, what’s essential for getting by and make decisions that fit their lifestyles and budget.Relationships. Who made it? Where does it come from? Am I getting back what I put into it? These consumers want more meaningful relationships with the brands in their lives. They seek out opportunities to support the local economy when given the chance, want to know the source of the products they buy and desire more personal interactions when doing business.Doing Good. Finally, conscious consumers are concerned about the world and want to do their part to make it a better place. From seeking out environmentally friendly products to rewarding companies’ fair trade and labor practices, they are making purchasing choices that can help others. These consumers want to make a difference, and they want brands to do the same.And, of course, personal is paramount (as always): The most pressing issues by far are those that most directly affect consumers – safe drinking water (90%), clean air (86%) and cures for diseases like cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer’s (84%). By comparison, only 63% of those surveyed described the more abstract issue of global warming as an important issue.Finally, people are willing to do be “conscious consumers” in these areas, BUT they need us to make it easy for them. Remember how I’m always babbling about making it easy as possible for people to take action? Well, this research backs that up:Consumers willingly engage in “easy” behaviors, such as recycling cans, bottles and newspapers (55% always) and using energy efficient appliances (46% always), but they often fail to adopt a plethora of more “demanding” behaviors like using public transportation, carpooling or purchasing carbon offsets.Don’t forget – keep that call to action simple and easy. You can build to bigger actions later. Start with baby steps now. But don’t treat the consumer like a baby. They are clearly smarter than that.Thanks BBMG for reminding us of that valuable lesson.last_img read more

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How to Cultivate Donors Online: The “Field of Dreams” Problem and How to Fix It

first_imgMake it EasyOnce people can find your site, it’s important to engage them, motivate them to come back and make their experience easy and fulfilling. Three groups of people will visit your site:People with a plan to take action immediately. For them you need to have prominent DonateNow buttons, especially in the top portion of your page.Other people have an interest but aren’t ready to donate yet. For them you need to have accessible, interesting information and compelling imagery that draw them in. Have email signups offering things that will entice them, such as tips and updates.The third group of people will be using you as an information resource. For them, remember that your navigation should not be departments within your organization but rather the top things people will come to your site to see. In your quest for online fundraising supremacy you may fall into “The Field of Dreams” syndrome: “If you build it, they will come.” That sentiment is completely false when it comes to online fundraising. Believing it will result in the failure of getting your message out to enough people and into the right places. Those suffering from this syndrome may have symptoms including: not driving enough traffic to their site; not converting visitors into donors; ineffective email campaigns; and more. Don’t worry — even Kevin Costner could pull off the following quick fixes.Improve Your Emails and CorrespondenceEmail is a great way to communicate with donors and build loyalty, with much higher response rates than direct mail, low costs and immediate turnaround.Build a permission-based email list. Buying a list and sending information to people who don’t want it is ineffective. Gather emails from your website and from events. Promote across channels by requesting email signups in direct mail campaigns.The number one reason donors say they stopped giving is how they were treated. Thank your donors constantly. Tell them what you have accomplished and how their money has made a difference.Communicate with your audience with updates, stories and successes. Do this three to four times as often as you fundraise and send targeted appeals. More Tips:Always remember to super-size your donations. As in, “Do you want fries with that?” Any time a donation is made, ask if they want it to be a monthly donation. This can dramatically increase your fundraising results.Find the passionate constituencies concerning your issue that already exist. Set up a Google Alert to let you know when your cause is mentioned online and visit technorati.com to find which blogs are covering your issue.center_img Adapted from Mark Rovner and Katya Andresen’s Nonprofit 911 Presentation “Cultivating Donors Online”last_img read more

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Four Steps to More Donations

first_imgQ: I have a Donate button on my website but no one is clicking on it! How do I fix this?A: Try these four simple website tweaks to increase the number of clicks on your Donate button: 1. Make your Donate button easier to find. Grab a friend or relative, sit them down in front of your website home page, and count how many seconds it takes them to find and click on your Donate button. If it takes them more than two seconds, you need to place your button in a far more prominent position. Make it central to the page. Make sure it is above the fold. Make it big. Make it colorful. Make it impossible to miss. Here’s an example of an easy-to-find Donate button. 2. Frame the Donate button in a more compelling way. Now think about why someone should click on your Donate button. Your financial needs are not enough. Create an appeal around the button that is focused on donors, their interests, and what they get in return for their donation. What tangible change will result if they give? How is that tangible change relevant to them personally? Will it feel good to make the donation? Is clicking on the button fun or compelling? Here’s an example of a fun button, framed in a compelling way. And here’s another outstanding example of framing. 3. Add a sense of immediacy.You want to inspire someone to give right now, but that can be hard to do if it’s not December or if there’s not an urgent crisis to address. Create a sense of urgency for donating by creating a campaign with a goal and deadline, matching grant, or appeal for specific items or programs that are highly tangible. Malaria No More does a great job of of bringing a sense of urgency to an appeal by making it clear what the donation does (it buys a bed net). 4. Recognize that getting clicks requires cultivation. While you want someone to donate right away, it’s important to remember that it takes time to cultivate donors. Be sure your website includes a way to capture the email addresses of visitors so that you can build a relationship with them and turn them into donors in the future. Think beyond a newsletter sign-up. Here’s a nice example of an innovative approach to capturing emails.last_img read more

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Go Beyond Fundraising Appeals to Reach an Online Goal

first_imgHomepage graphic. We created a new homepage graphic for the fundraising campaign that linked to a divestment donation page and was featured in the rotating section in the prime real estate on the SaveDarfur.org homepage.The non-fundraising appeal methods (excluding the deadline extended appeal) raised $101,393, roughly one quarter of the campaign total.Although it is impossible to draw any solid conclusions from just this one experiment, it does seem like it would be worthwhile to try including some closely integrated email action alerts in your next online fundraising campaign to see if they help boost returns, as well as using the other methods listed here to increase donations.Source: MRSS I wanted to share some interesting information from a successful online fundraising campaign we launched on June 7th for our client, the Save Darfur Coalition (www.SaveDarfur.org). The campaign focused on the coalition’s Divest for Darfur advocacy campaign although the funds raised were not restricted to any one program or campaign goal. We set a public goal of raising $400,000 online by Friday, June 15th.We’d planned a series of three stand-alone email appeals to the email list as part of the campaign. We managed to meet and surpass the $400,000 goal, raising a total of $415,711 online in a week and a half’s time. However, we would not have gotten there had we stuck with our original plan of sending out just three email appeals.In order to reach our goal, we used a number of other successful tactics:A “deadline extended” appeal was sent to everyone who had not yet donated on Monday, June 18th. We extended the deadline to midnight on Wednesday, June 20th. Two divestment advocacy alert emails were sent to the full list (one on Wednesday, June 13th and one on Wednesday June 20th) during the fundraising campaign. These two alerts were a departure from our previous strategy. Although we’ve always had great success tying fundraising campaigns to advocacy efforts, we’d preferred to limit email communications to the list to just the appeals during the fundraising campaign in order to avoid distracting the list-members from donating. But we decided to test sending out an action alert in the hopes that it would increase returns (and because it was useful from an advocacy perspective, of course!) The first action alert was so successful that we sent out a second one a week later. Both email action alerts included the following key elements:o P.S. The footer of both alerts included a sentence or two of text updating the activists on our progress towards the goal and asking them to donate to help us get there with a link to a custom divestment campaign donation page.o Finish page. Anyone who took the action featured in the alert landed on a custom donation finish page that thanked them for taking action and asked them to help us reach the fundraising goal. The content of the page was specific to the divestment campaign and featured our standard one click to donate functionality.Non-divestment petition finish pages. For the duration of the divestment fundraising campaign we set the finish page for all the Coalition’s other live advocacy petitions on different topics to a special version of the divestment donation page that thanked the activists for their involvement and asked them to help us reach our goal. This allowed us to capture gifts from supporters who were active on other aspects of the Coalition’s advocacy work. Once the divestment fundraising campaign ended, we switched these petitions back to their usual user flow — take action -> tell a friend -> donate.last_img read more

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Change the World by Working in a Virtual One: Interview with Evonne Heyning

first_imgHow does your organization use Second Life?Amoration is a nonprofit studio developing ManorMeta, a futuristic TV/DVD series and interactive online network for families around the globe. ManorMeta’s growing architecture has quickly taken over our free time. ManorMeta premiered in early 2006 and quickly became a destination for world-changers and innovators in design, education, sustainability, artificial intelligence, and the arts. Our goal has been to produce a family media series built on a very fantastic new technological age.ManorTV is kid-friendly edutainment now in early production. Our virtual home has six foster kids, three adults, numerous animal and computer-generated characters, and is filled with music, humor, and technological magic. (Think: next-generation “Sesame Street.”)Amoration, our 501(c)3 organization, has produced media and developed new concepts for programming in the virtual world since December 2005. We have provided support on nonprofit projects such as Camp Darfur, producing crossover print and video machinima from our builds to compliment real world awareness events. The ZeroOne art show (a festival of art and digital culture that took place in San Jose, California in August 2006) increased demand for our rare designs and we opened two ManorMeta Mineral Matrix education shops to build a growing business in the virtual world.Why did you decide to do something in Second Life? After a fun job interview in the virtual world in the Summer of 2005 and encouragement from Sue Stonebender and friends from the Omidyar Network (a mission-based investment group committed to fostering individual self-empowerment on a global scale), I gave Second Life a test run in January of 2006. With the pilot for the ManorMeta series nearly finished, we needed a dynamic, collaborative building space that would help us develop our ideas on interactivity in real and virtual spaces. Second Life became a tremendous tool for set and character development and storyboarding – now, story ideas emerge from our Second dramas! We’ve successfully turned our early-adopter audience into active participants by starting our process in the virtual world.How was the project planned? What expertise was needed? We have had mostly positive results in presentations with potential partners, Amoration Advisors, and volunteers. The world is intriguing enough to gather interest, but few find they have enough juice and bandwidth to sign up for Second Life and join us in the virtual world on a regular basis. Those who meet us there and play often get very involved in like-minded projects! Some who cannot join us in Second Life still spread the meme through the Web; we provide them with a natural spotlight space with links and interactive content at no cost.Our first development award came from a key Linden partner so we did not worry that our investment in the platform would be considered wasteful. We found our virtual world meeting enhanced our work with Omidyar Network and other leaders from many different disciplines. We host some advisor meetings in-world (in Second Life) as a way to stay connected and integrated with our virtual space.The learning curve has been steep and it has taken us every bit of nine months to learn building, scripting, event hosting, and media production in-world. We have tried to do this without investing extra money into Second Life; instead of hiring scriptwriters and machinima producers, we learned how to do it ourselves.How did the project unfold? What were some of the challenges? What worked well? As a development platform, Second Life is an excellent tool. It works well for archiving drawings, ideas, storyboards, and movement directions. Of course, if you write about hackers and digital access, you’re bound to get hacked and “griefed” (the Second Life term for virtual harassment). As a networking device, it is clever and very sticky; it has tremendous potential as our computers and bandwidth catch up with the technology. Some of our primary mentors and advisors are unable to run Second Life smoothly on their primary work computers due to software and hardware restrictions, so we are not yet able to integrate them with our virtual-development process.How much time and money did you spend? To date we have spent less than $20 in Second Life. Our goal is to keep this project as sustainable as possible while providing financial stipends for the volunteer artists who have been working on this project for the last year. Amoration is a young 501(c)3 sponsored by the International Humanities Center; our staff has been working as volunteers for our arts education endeavors since 2004. We have approximately two dozen AMO Advisors who have given time and talent to help this project grow.How did you explain the project to organizational leaders or constituents? As an independent studio, we hold true to our organizational mission. We seek partners and projects that enhance a better world vision and we have made many new friends through the ManorMeta experiments.What are the benefits to your organization? The largest benefit to our organization is the interactivity, feedback, collaboration, and creative capital that we have exchanged in fun and captivating ways. There is so much potential as we build and bridge these new frontiers for kids around the world.What advice would you give to other nonprofits who might be interested? Write to us now at inkenzo@gmail.com We have found many tremendous pieces in this puzzle and we’d like to hear how you think they should fit together. If you have helpful leads for product and production partners for AMO Studio, please drop a line or introduce yourself in-world to In Kenzo, Common Cure, or any avatar from the ManorMeta group. We’ve been meeting tons of actors, stunt leads, musicians, and other talent and our team for this project is growing every week. We consider this to be a family and we invite people who want to create a culture of conscious compassion to tell us what you love to do.Copyright: CompuMentorSource: http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/internet/page5902.cfm?cg=searchterms&sg=second%20lifelast_img read more

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If you don’t get out now, we’ll ask for wheelchairs: An Aussie player once sledged Pujara

first_imgIf you don’t get out now, we’ll ask for wheelchairs: An Aussie player once sledged PujaraCheteshwar Pujara revealed a funny sledge from an Australian cricketer during the 2017 Test series in India.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 15:25 IST Cheteshwar Pujara batted for nearly 30 hours during the recent four-match Test series in Australia (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPujara led the charge for India with scores of 123, 71, 24, 4, 106 and 193The 31-year-old faced a record 1258 deliveries and batted for nearly 30 hours in the series vs AustraliaPujara was sledged quite a few times while batting during the recent Border-Gavaskar series by the Aussie playersCheteshwar Pujara was a constant thorn in the flesh for Australia during the four-Test series Down Under. He buried the Aussies with his hundreds and frustrated them with the balls he faced. Eventually Nathan Lyon asked Pujara if he wasn’t bored, having batted hours and hours against them.Pujara led the charge for India with scores of 123, 71, 24, 4, 106 and 193 in a historic Test series triumph in Australia. During his marathon 193 in the final Test in Sydney, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon asked Pujara “Aren’t you bored yet?”. Pujara smiled and continued to bat.But that wasn’t the first time the Australian cricket team got frustrated with their nemesis. Back in 2017, Pujara had grinded the Aussie attack in Ranchi,Pujara said he did not expect Lyon to say such a thing but recenty revealed there was something funnier he had heard during the 2017 Test series against Australia.”I never thought that he’ll say such a thing. And then when we were playing against Australia in the third Test in Ranchi in 2017, one of the players came and told me ‘Now if you don’t get out, we’ll have to ask for wheelchairs.’ I was batting on 170-plus. That’s the best sledge I remember from an Aussie player,” Pujara told the Times of India.”There were many instances but I remember the first Test. Nathan Lyon and Tim Paine tried to sledge me. They almost felt that the game was over when we were 40 for four, they thought that we’ll be bowled out for 150-160.advertisement”And even later on, I think in the third or fourth Test, they were trying to sledge me but at the same time, they started laughing in the end. Lyon came and told me: ‘Aren’t you bored of batting now? You’ve scored so many runs'” he said.Also Read | 521 runs. 1258 balls. 30 hours. Does Cheteshwar Pujara feel bad for bowlers?Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara thanks Team India physio after batting for 1258 balls in Australia seriesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Border-Gavaskar serieslast_img read more

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Dhoni had no business entering the ground, sanction light: Former umpire Hariharan

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 17:19 IST IPL 2019: MS Dhoni entered the field of play for a confrontation with umpire Gandhe, who backtracked after signalling a no ball during an IPL match. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni entered the field of play for a confrontation with umpire Gandhe, who backtracked after signalling a no ball during an IPL matchAs per laws, he had no right to enter the field of play and has got away with a fine of 50 percent of his match feesFormer umpire K Hariharan feels that it’s up to the umpires to withstand the pressure of star playersSundaram Ravi and Ulhas Gandhe’s bloopers have raised questions on the standard of umpiring in the IPL but it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s public outburst that has triggered a debate on whether star players get away with intimidating match officials.For the first time in his illustrious career, Dhoni, a two-time World Cup winning former India captain, entered the field of play for an angry confrontation with umpire Gandhe, who backtracked after signalling a no ball during an IPL match on Thursday night.”Obviously star players try to pressurise umpires but it’s up to the umpires to withstand the pressure. They will do what they feel but it depends on the personality of the umpire,” one of India’s most well-known international umpires, K Hariharan, told PTI on Friday.As per laws, Dhoni had no right to enter the field of play and has got away with a fine of 50 percent of his match fees, something that will be paid by his franchise Chennai Super Kings.The maximum punishment for this Level 2 offence could have been a two-match ban but even that was liable for appeal.Dhoni’s confrontation is the second incident in the first three weeks of the tournament in which a superstar cricketer has blasted the umpire.Earlier, it was Virat Kohli, who was livid with ICC Elite Panel Umpire Ravi for failing to spot a no ball bowled by Lasith Malinga which proved costly for his team in the end.”We are not playing club cricket. Umpires need to be smarter,” Kohli had lashed out.advertisementEven his rival IPL captain and India deputy Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) was critical of the quality of umpiring on that day.However, Kohli was not even reprimanded even though the ICC Code of Conduct clearly states that players cannot publicly criticise umpiring decisions.In Indian cricket, the domestic umpires have always been edgy when put under the pump by star players.”For any umpire, it is necessary to have courage to stick to his decision,” said Hariharan, who has stood in two Tests and 34 ODIs apart from officiating in first three seasons of IPL.Hariharan then came to the game specifics of the CSK versus Rajasthan Royals clash in which Dhoni had the unprecedented meltdown.”Let’s get this straight. As per ICC playing conditions, it was square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford’s prerogative to check waist high full toss. Umpire Gandhe had no business signalling no ball. He got it wrong.”Now coming to commentators and experts. No umpire can go upstairs to check for validity of a no ball if the batsman is not out. So, umpires couldn’t have referred it to TV umpire,” said Hariharan.”Lastly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had no business entering the ground as that is completely prohibited. For starters, the 50 percent fine is a very light sanction,” said Hariharan.He feels that not all umpires are bullied by players and ones consistent with their decisions get respect.”A good umpire is one who gets his decisions correct but a great umpire is someone blessed with ‘Match Management’ skills. It’s different from giving decisions. It’s about controlling the match.”But umpires are human and some decisions can have deep impact as he related one of the most famous bloopers of the pre-Internet social media era back in 1997.It was Hariharan’s international debut in an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka at Margao, Goa.Ajay Jadeja got the thickest of edges off a Sajeewa De Silva delivery caught by keeper Romesh Kaluwithrana.The Lankan players started celebrating and then it happened.The famous visual of Umpire RP Sharma raising his finger only to start scratching his hat as Arjuna Ranatunga looked bewildered.Jadeja was unmoved and he got a scratchy 50 after which Ranatunga mockingly shook his hands.”I can’t forget that match and Professor Sharma’s 15th match. He never officiated in any game after that. I wonder what would have happened in today’s time when people still remembered a match aired on DD,” Hariharan said.”My family was there for my debut and in the evening I found him sobbing in his room. He was shattered and depressed. We wanted to take him out for dinner but he was in no position. He was never the same man after that,” he recalled.The BCCI mandarins admit that the standard of umpiring has gone down in recent years and lack of quality umpires is an issue.Recently, the BCCI admitted that only 17 umpires are officiating in the IPL.Out of them, 11 are Indian and six foreigners from the Elite Panel. Apart from them, there are six more Indians as fourth umpires.advertisement”In a tournament which is as hectic as IPL, even umpires can have fatigue due to constant travelling and officiating in every second game,” a BCCI official stated, trying to put things in perspective.Also Read | MS Dhoni’s outburst at umpire in RR vs CSK match probably not right: Jos ButtlerAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fined after fierce on-field argument with umpires in tense CSK chaseFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow MS DhoniFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow umpiring standards Dhoni had no business entering the ground, sanction light: Former umpire HariharanFor the first time in his career, MS Dhoni entered the field of play for an angry confrontation with umpire Gandhe, who backtracked after signalling a no ball during an IPL match against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Step It Up With The New England Outerwear Co.

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Admit it. Five years after buying your first pair of Yuketens, when the brand first took off in Europe and launched a worldwide cult for moccasin boots, you’re something of a snob, if not a connoisseur, in the boot department. So what’s the next footwear brand you’ll want to be wearing this spring? The New England Outerwear Co.Based up in Rockport, Massachusetts, New England Outerwear is a small company of a dozen or so folks up that’s been quietly producing footwear since Nov 2012 and creating a stir for all the right reasons amongst footwear mavens. The company is known for its unique uppers that pop with color and fabric inserts, lasted crepe wrap soles, and exclusivity. How exclusive? For one, each shoe is virtually custom-made from start to finish by the same maker.Co-founders Dan Heselton and Greg Cordeiro also insist on sourcing the most precious and best raw materials such as water-resistant Chromexcel leather by Horween (the original pull-up leather) and controlling the quality of its products by producing everything out of its own factory. Where contemporaries might outsource production at factories such as the ones in Maine, New England Outerwear does everything in-house and to Heselton and Cordeiro’s demanding specs. Having worked with larger companies whose development teams aimed to simply cut material and labor costs to produce higher quantities, the founders wanted to do the complete opposite and forge a personal connection with the product.As Heselton sees it, “it’s how you do it that matters.” A case in point: vamps and kickers that could take up to an hour to sew and soles that actually comprise five layers of material that sit between the foot and the ground for unparalleled comfort. Plus, the true moccasin construction only means New England Outerwear shoes get better with age. It even offers one free resole with each and every pair. Heselton and Cordeiro aren’t stopping there, however. Their “Courtside” style for spring, for example—a unique twist on a vintage style Adidas tennis shoe that you could wear with shorts—might altogether spark a new direction for updated traditional footwear brands.Come fall, the company will have sunglasses, jackets, button down shirts and pants in its offerings. Says Heselton, “We can do a boring penny loafer any day of the week, but we won’t.”Courtside Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States center_img 1. The New England Outerwear Co. 2. The New England Outerwear Co. 3. The New England Outerwear Co. 4. The New England Outerwear Co. 5. The New England Outerwear Co. 6. The New England Outerwear Co. 7. The New England Outerwear Co. A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Menlast_img read more

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Sweden Unveils Its Largest Hybrid Car Ferry

first_imgzoomTellus. Image Courtesy: Danfoss Sweden’s largest hybrid-electric car ferry, Tellus, will soon begin passenger operations, technology firm Danfoss Editron said. Built and delivered by Baltic Workboats shipyard, the 100-meter-long ferry will be capable of transporting up to 297 passengers and 80 cars per journey on the 1.8km Gullmarsleden route linking Uddevalla to Lysekil.Commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration, the Tellus ferry will mainly operate on fully-electric mode, bringing the government agency closer to achieving its target of becoming fossil-free by 2045.Tellus will operate on one of Sweden’s busiest maritime routes, with over 100,000 vehicles transported per month, the majority being heavy trucks.As part of the collaboration with Baltic Workboats, Danfoss Editron delivered the electric powerplant and propulsion system for the newbuild.The lightweight electric powerplant is connected to the 12 battery-racks provided by Corvus batteries, which have a total capacity of 949 kWh. The batteries are currently charged at night via an on-shore charging station and can also be charged by diesel engines while the ferry is in operation.As explained, this temporary solution will be replaced by automatic charging stations at the harbor once the infrastructure is ready.In addition to controlling the ferry’s propulsion, the Editron load control system automatically supervises the powerplant and ensures that fuel consumption is optimized at all times, even when the ferry is not operating on fully-electric mode only.When in hybrid-electric mode, the ferry will operate on a single genset, with the rest of the propulsion supported by battery power. The control system’s separation operation mode ensures that the ferry’s captain can easily choose the most appropriate operation mode and swiftly switch between them if necessary, Editron said.“Similar ferries are already in operation in Finland and Norway, so we are thrilled to see Sweden joining the movement. The electrification of the marine industry is a trend which will continue to grow as more countries introduce legislation related to reducing emissions in the sector,” Jani Hartikka, Project Manager at Danfoss Editron, commented.“The Tellus ferry is a technical feat and we are looking forward to seeing more of ferries of its kind enter operation on Swedish waters. We are aiming to scale-up electrification in the marine industry and we are glad to have found a reliable partner in Danfoss Editron that shares the same vision,” Marek Müürisepp, Electrical Engineer at Baltic Workboats, said.“We are delighted to add the Tellus ferry to our fleet, which demonstrates that emission-free solutions are as efficient as their diesel counterparts. Our plan is to continue to upgrade our vessels with hybrid-electric systems in order to operate the most sustainable fleet possible in a near future,” Peter Peterberg, Environmental Coordinator at the Swedish Transport Administration, added.last_img read more

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Firefighting Service Visits Yarmouth

first_imgA Department of Natural Resources helicopter that helps fight wildfires across the province will touch down at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth on Saturday, Aug. 23, as part of Tri-County Firefighters Family Fun Day. The Mariners Centre is at 45 Jody Shelley Dr. The helicopter will be there between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. “The department is honoured to be part of this celebration of the men and women who protect our homes and property 24-7-365,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “We owe them a great debt of gratitude.” The McDonnell Douglas MD-500 is part of the provincial firefighting fleet which includes four other helicopters and 41 specifically designed fire trucks that support a ground force of 100 seasonal and full-time staff. Department staff have been called for 149 wildfires this year, which consumed 508 hectares of woodland and brush. Last year, they responded to 171 calls that affected 301 hectares of land. “When most people think of firefighters, they envision the traditional big red truck,” said Matt Rhyno, president of the Yarmouth Fire Department. “We are very pleased to have the DNR staff here, showing us the expertise they bring to protecting our lands and forests.” Over the past two years, in addition to protecting Nova Scotia, wildfire management staff have battled blazes in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Forest fire fighting in Nova Scotia is controlled from a control centre at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.last_img read more

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Loblaw signs deal to allow customers to pick up orders at GO

first_imgBusy consumers will soon have one more way to avoid going to the grocery store as Canadian retailers ramp up their e-commerce offerings in an apparent effort to beat tech titan Amazon, which recently entered the country’s grocery market.Loblaw Companies Ltd. announced Monday it will launch a new service in the spring that allows commuters to order groceries online and pick them up at one of five Go Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area the next day.“This is a logical extension of our increasingly popular e-commerce services, and the growing customer appeal for ordering groceries online and picking them up when it’s most convenient,” said Jeremy Pee, the company’s senior vice-president of e-commerce, in a statement.The company partnered with Metrolinx, an Ontario government agency that co-ordinates and integrates transportation modes in the GTA and Hamilton area.The partnership will initially start with stations in Bronte, Oakville, Rouge Hill, Whitby and Clarkson, the company said, but Loblaw plans to expand to additional sites in the region.Groceries will come from nearby Fortinos or Loblaws stores, and will be waiting in a special delivery truck, in lockers or in an enclosed kiosk, Loblaw said.The service is an extension of the company’s click-and-collect offering as it allows customers who travel on Go Transit a pick-up option that doesn’t require them to adjust their daily commute, Loblaw said.Loblaw launched click-and-collect in 2014 and now offers the online order, in-store pick up service at 300 of its stores. The company is rolling out that service at a rapid clip, with about one new store offering click-and-collect every day.In November, the grocer announced it would also start home deliveries in Toronto and Vancouver through a partnership with California-based Instacart.Canada’s grocers have doubled down on expanding their e-commerce offerings in response to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market, including its 13 Canadian locations, last year. The move sparked speculation among industry watchers that the company may be looking to expand its grocery delivery service north of the border.Shortly thereafter, Loblaw launched home delivery in two Canadian cities, and Sobeys Inc. signed a partnership to build a customer fulfilment centre in the GTA and launch home delivery in about two years.Earlier this month, Walmart Canada Corp. announced a partnership with Vancouver-based Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery to start offering home delivery in the city by the summer.Loblaw’s new PC Express service is consistent with the company’s goal to offer customers the highest level of convenience and value, and should help the company maintain and grow its customer base, said Irene Nattel, an analyst with RBC Dominion Securities, in a note.“In a world moving increasingly toward giving consumers the option of shopping how they want, when they want, wherever they want, Loblaw is continuing to extend its offering and relative advantage,” she said.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:EMP.A)last_img read more

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Government says Presidents UN visit a plus for Sri Lanka

This was the third time that President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the UN General Assembly. In his address to the UN the President apprised the world leaders regarding the policies of the country.While in the US, President Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena attended a luncheon hosted by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, for Heads of States attending the 72nd UN General Assembly.President Sirisena also held bilateral talks with Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon and the Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. He said the slot Sri Lanka got ensured the international community got an image of the progress taking place in Sri Lanka. The Minister said that the international community has begun to recognise the efforts of the Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena.President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the country today after concluding his visit to New York. The Government says President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to the United Nations (UN) this year was a plus point for Sri Lanka.Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe noted that Sri Lanka had the privilege of addressing the UN General Assembly on the very day US President Donald Trump spoke. The President also had talks with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Prince Zeid al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the UN General Assembly hours after President Trump spoke last Tuesday. He also met with the Sri Lankan community living in the US. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Thousands flee as Iraqi forces advance on ISILheld Tal Afar – UN

“Thousands of people are fleeing Tal Afar for safety,” said Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, in a press release issued yesterday. “Families are trekking for 10 to 20 hours in extreme heat to reach mustering points. They are arriving exhausted and dehydrated.”More than 30,000 people have already fled the district, said Ms. Grande, noting that it is not known how many civilians are still in the areas where fighting is occurring, but preparation is under way for thousands more to flee in coming days and weeks. “Food and water are running out, and people lack the basic necessities to survive,” she said, stressing that nothing is more important than protecting civilians during the conflict while urging the parties to the conflict to avoid civilian casualties.“The Government is leading the humanitarian operation, providing transport and aid. Humanitarian partners are helping to cover gaps by providing life-saving assistance at mustering points and supporting families when they reach emergency sites and camps,” said Ms. Grande.As of 20 August, less than 50 percent of the funding requested in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq has been received, she said, underscoring the need for additional resources. read more

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Lightning end Sabres 10game winning streak

TAMPA, Fla. — Cedric Paquette broke a tie with 5:41 left and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Buffalo Sabres’ franchise-record-tying winning streak at 10 games with a 5-4 victory Thursday night.Paquette beat Carter Hutton, who had won his previous eight starts, from then top of the left circle.Dan Girardi, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos also scored, and Luis Domingue made saves.Sam Reinhart had two goals for Buffalo, and Zemgus Girgensons and Tage Thompson also scored.After the Sabres took a 4-3 lead on Thompson’s goal at 2:29 of the third, Stamkos tied it 1:49 later on a power play.Buffalo pulled even at 3 when Jack Eichel’s pass from the left wing boards into slot went off Reinhart’s skate at 5:39 of the second.Eichel had two assists, giving him 25 this season.Kucherov put the Lightning up 3-2 from the slot during a 3-on-1 with 4:05 left in the first. The right wing also had an assist, and has an eight-game point streak (three goals, 17 points). He set career high for points in a single month with 23.After Girardi opened the scoring, Girgensons and Reinhart scored 63 seconds apart midway through the first. Killorn knotted it at 2-all just 43 seconds after Reinhart’s goal.Girardi couldn’t put any weight on his right leg after a collision with Thompson five minutes into the game but returned 10 minute later.Tampa Bay defenceman Ryan McDonagh went to the locker room at 11:50 of the first after being hit at the end boards by Eichel, who received a two-minute boarding penalty.Sabres defenceman Jake McCabe departed in the second with an undisclosed injury.NOTES: Lightning LW Ondrej Palat (foot) returned after missing 16 games. … Tampa Bay D Anton Stralman (upper body) sat out his 10th consecutive game and will be re-evaluated next week…. Sabres D Marco Scandella (undisclosed) and LW Conor Sheary (upper body) were both out of the lineup but could play this week. Buffalo D Matt Hunwick (neck) has resumed practicing with the team.UP NEXTSabres: At Florida on Friday night.Lightning: At Florida on Saturday night to start a three-game trip.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsMark Didtler, The Associated Press read more

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