I like to support local businesses. To that end, for the last 10 years I’ve used a local dry cleaner. They’re a very small shop, and they’re inexpensive. I used them because they’re local.A few months ago, this little local dry cleaner damaged a really nice shirt. The word “damage” doesn’t go far enough; it was ruined.They’re a small business, and accidents happen, so I didn’t say anything about the damaged shirt. But then they completely mangled two more shirts, both of which were kind of expensive. I didn’t want to hurt them because they’re a small business. So I didn’t ask them to replace the shirts. But I did decide to save the rest of my shirts and find another dry cleaner.I didn’t know another dry cleaner that picked up and delivered dry cleaning, so I went to a larger chain. This meant I had to drop off and pick up my own dry cleaning. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but when you’re busy it isn’t something that you want to do. (Okay, to me it’s own of the worst things in the world. I hate having to take it in and pick it up.)Timing Is Everything (Almost)A few weeks ago another local dry cleaner, left a card on my door comparing their pricing to the big chain I was now using, also pointing out that they pick up and deliver. To sign up, all I had to do was call the number, sign up for service, set up billing, and basically take 20 minutes to organize the relationship. So I never did it.Then a few weeks later this new local dry cleaner dropped off another card, but this time they included a very nice branded plastic bag in which I could drop my dry cleaning. All I needed to do was put my clothes in the bag, fill out the information tab on the bottom, and leave it on the front porch. They would take care of everything from there.Establishing a relationship with a dry cleaner isn’t really very complicated. But this new dry cleaner got my business because they made it easy for me to buy.It’s Not Always ComplexA lot of what we talk about here at The Sales Blog is about the complex sale. It’s about identifying dream clients, creating value, building consensus, and capturing some of the value that we create. But sometimes winning new business means being there at the right time (something you’ll never be if you don’t prospect and if you don’t persist) and being easy to do business with.Remove the obstacles to a “yes.” Make it easy to order. Make it easy to pay. Everything matters. Everything counts.QuestionsCan you remove the obstacles between your client and a “yes?”What do you do that makes it difficult to buy?What can you do to make it easier to buy?How can you remove the obstacles that prevent your client from saying yes to your offer? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Warriors have 12 players back, including all five starters. But they don’t have their shooting touch yet, going 4 of 33 from deep. Their four All-Stars were a dismal 1 for 19.NBA Finals MVP Durant scored 10 points in nearly 24 minutes, Curry had 11 in the NBA’s preseason opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLater Saturday in Southern California, Lonzo Ball made his highly anticipated Lakers debut in Anaheim against the Timberwolves, playing their first game with All-Star Jimmy Butler. Ball’s first basket was a 3-pointer with 3:47 left in the first quarter.Warriors and Nuggets players stood through the national anthem, a week after President Donald Trump rescinded his White House invitation to Curry and his team. Warriors coach Steve Kerr indicated before the game he didn’t expect any kind of protest. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Martinez fails to qualify for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “It wasn’t a discussion or a decision,” Draymond Green said. “We said what we had to say. Everybody knows where we stand. We don’t need to do anything else to show where we stand. Everyone knows where we stand.”Lakers and Wolves players stood with arms locked during their anthem.Paul Millsap had 22 points and 11 rebounds in his first game for Denver. Nikola Jokic added 12 points and six rebounds, making 7 of 10 free throws. Emmanuel Mudiay had 19 points and six assists off the bench.Kerr only planned to use his starters 20-25 minutes with an international trip ahead. The Warriors were set to leave Sunday for China, where they will play a pair of preseason games against Minnesota.Golden State rookie Jordan Bell had a nice alley-oop dunk in the third quarter from Green, who received his Defensive Player of the Year trophy from Ben Wallace just before tipoff.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s just from last year, working on things from last year,” Popovich said. “It’s gone a little more slowly than we thought.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games New Warriors forward Omri Casspi was away from the team for the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur, and so was analytics guru Sammy Gelfand.“I talked to him a couple days ago. Sammy Gelfand also will not be here tonight as he observes the holiday as well,” Kerr said. “Whatever each person needs to do then obviously we afford them that right. It’s an important holiday for people of the Jewish faith. Omri has our full support.”Golden State played a September game for the first time since facing Portland on Sept. 30, 1980, in Seattle. This marks the Warriors’ third trip to China after playing there previously in 2008 against Milwaukee and ’13 against the Lakers.REMEMBERING HAMBLENKerr fondly remembered Frank Hamblen, who died Saturday at age 70. A moment of silence was held before the Lakers tipped off.Hamblen won seven NBA championships as an assistant to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles and Chicago. The Lakers said Hamblen died in Del Mar. They did not provide a cause of death.“He was my assistant coach in Chicago, a good friend and great coach. He will be missed,” Kerr said before the game. “He was just a good coach, good guy. I would see him in San Diego summertime. … He was funny, he was a great basketball mind. I still remember when Frank came to the Bulls, we had basically the whole team back and the first day of camp Michael Jordan said, ‘Our motivation this year is to get a ring for Frank.’ He was new that year. He said, ‘Everybody else in this room has a ring but Frank doesn’t have one so we’re going to get you one this year’ and we did — thanks to me and Michael.”LEONARD SIDELINEDSan Antonio star Kawhi Leonard will miss the entire preseason while rehabbing an injury to his right quadriceps and the Spurs don’t have a timetable for his return.Coach Gregg Popovich told reporters in San Antonio that the thigh has bothered Leonard since the playoffs. The two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year has been rehabbing since the season ended. Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton (5) looks to pass away from Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant drove through the paint for a quick one-handed slam. Stephen Curry dazzled with his dribbling and pulled up for quick 3-pointers that weren’t quite as accurate as usual.The Golden State Warriors still looked like the dominant team they were in winning a championship just a few months ago, even in a 108-102 preseason loss to Denver on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES
With new contract, Stephen Curry vows to do more off court The 36-year-old Malignaggi, who retired from boxing five months ago, walked out of training camp last week after he said McGregor used him like a pawn, disrespected him in the dressing room and housed him and the other sparring partners in dumpy accommodations. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former boxing champ Paulie Malignaggi says he has no regrets about quitting Conor McGregor’s training camp, describing the mixed martial arts fighter as a “scumbag” who surrounds himself with “a bunch of yes men.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMcGregor is preparing to face boxing star Floyd Mayweather in a Las Vegas boxing ring on August 26 in what could be one of the richest fights in history.ADVERTISEMENT Malignaggi indicated that Mayweather should have little trouble with McGregor over 12 rounds of boxing as long as he goes to the body on a regular basis.“From about six rounds on, he became very hittable,” the former champ said. “So much more hittable that I was putting more weight on my shots and sitting down more on my shots, and of course, the body shots started to affect him more and more.“In MMA the body shots aren’t the same as in boxing in that there is consistency to body shots in boxing. There is a debilitating breakdown from the body shots in boxing. Little by little you feel the air come out of you with fatigue.”He said McGregor’s biggest asset against Mayweather will be his excellent conditioning.“Conditioning wise he could push the issue a little bit more than I could,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Malignaggi, a former multiple world champion, said despite training little during retirement he had no trouble getting the better of McGregor.Malignaggi said McGregor is more concerned about putting on a spectacle in training camp than getting ready for a serious boxing debut against one of the greatest fighters of all-time.Malignaggi was also upset about training camp pictures made public that show the Irishman in a positive light.“The guy is all about his ego. He’s actually not trying to get better. He’s got a bunch of yes men in his corner who tell him he’s doing good even if he’s doing bad. It is just about him and cheerleading,” Malignaggi told MMA Hour.He said he asked McGregor to stop releasing misleading sparring photos that showed the MMA fighter getting the better of the exchanges. McGregor refused.“At this stage I’m waiting for Ashton Kutcher to walk into the dressing rooms and tell me I got Punk’d. I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way this guy is that much of an asshole,” he said.– ‘Some kind of crackhouse’ –“I showed up with the best intentions to camp and at a certain point you start to realize you are being used as a pawn where somebody’s trying to get ahead at your expense and not through your help.“I said ‘I can’t deal with this.’ His team is a bunch of cheerleaders. They are not improving him. I don’t need to be around these people. It is not like they brought me in for anything tactical.”He said the training camp accommodations were better suited to drug dealers. “They put me in some kind of a crackhouse,” he said. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers “He’s a scumbag,” Malignaggi said of McGregor in an interview Monday with the American website The MMA Hour.pic.twitter.com/DTJ0MQMSlv— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017He also gave a detailed breakdown of how their sparring sessions went, no doubt providing Mayweather with a blueprint on how to beat McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
Fishermen busy with their daily choresArms thrown out, failing to balance myself, I gingerly trod up the moss-covered boulders that rose in a strange formation on the beach. The surface was slippery, washed by giant waves. Any minute, I could land into the water below. But I wasn’t bothered. In front of me, a few feet below in a crevice, a fierce fight was on: two large palm-sized crabs were having a vicious go at each other. As I watched, slowly one of them began gaining the upper hand, and the other, quickly realising he just wasn’t cut out, slowly slunk away.I was disappointed that my free entertainment had come to an end. Ordinarily, I am no fan of combat sport. And on any other day, a crab fight would not even have registered as a blip on my mindscape. But this was no ordinary day. Faced with a long weekend, and wanting to go neither very near nor very far from Bangalore, Sri Lanka seemed tailor-made. And so, just an hour’s flight out of Bangalore, a further 90-minute ride, and I was at Bentota, south of Colombo, a stunningly beautiful beachside location, made further sweet by Taj Exotica which stood facing the vast expanse of water.The Deluxe Room at Taj Exotica overlooks the seaA sprawling structure, Taj Exotica personifies its title: red-roofed and set amidst grassy stretches with golden sands and the sea for an enviable background, it is indeed exotic. The entire hotel speaks about space and luxury, especially the invitingly large lobby area populated with plus sofas and chairs. My room was an extension of the same theme: spacious with lovely furniture.Strangely, even though I had mentally stamped this trip as my bolt hole, with nothing on the agenda except lounging around. I was up early in the morning and decided to become a beachcomber. A couple of hotel guests as well as a few locals were on the beach. The sea seemed like a comfortable companion: spread out in a soft blue expanse, waves gently discharging their energy on a shore, the water cool but not cold. A cluster of boulders beckoned and as I climbed up and lay down to let the sea’s rhythm wash over me, I became a spectator at the crab fight-fest.advertisementJiva, the spa at Taj ExoticaFight over, and with the sun rising into the sky, the spell was broken and I headed back into the hotel for a lovely breakfast at the shaded restaurant overlooking the sea. I opted instead for local delicacies such as hoppers, spicy chicken curry, an assortment of sambols. A lot of it looked familiar, but was distinctly different on the tongue and left me with that pleasant feeling.In the mood for some more pampering, I made my way to Jiva, Taj’s signature spa, which was like an oasis of calm and serenity. It is styled like a traditional Kerala house, with a huge central courtyard, and the verandah lined with comfortable wicker sofas and loungers. I chose a relaxing massage and my petite masseuse mixed a range of aromatic oils and got to work. The soothing music in the background further added to my sense of ease, while the masseuse coaxed out the stubborn knots and chased away my aches and pains. I felt like a new person.The sprawling Taj Exotica property at BentotaInvigorated and strangely hungry again, I was debating what cuisine to choose from, when Resident Manager Sandeep Kachroo, who I knew as chef when he was back in India, took the decision out of my hands. “I want you to taste something that we have been planning to put on our menu.” ‘Something’ turned out to be a three-course Sri Lankan ‘thali’, a veritable feast for the senses at the Sea View Restaurant. Many things stood out–Seared Prawn Salad, kottu (shredded Sri Lankan parantha mixed with slivers of veggies and meats and grilled), mildly spiced cashew, pea and carrot curry, a fiery fish, Ambul Thial (creamy curry), all of which was accompanied by fluffy Samba rice. For dessert, I had Coconut Wandu, a creamy concoction with treacle syrup.In the evening I went for a leisurely stroll, watched fisherfolk repair their nets and prepare for the next day, and gaped at a sunset that was breathtakingly beautiful. As darkness fell, I made my way to the S.H.A.C.K, the hotel’s seafood restaurant designed to look like one. A tempting array of seafood was out on an ice-bed and I feasted on an assorted platter of prawns, lobster and fish.advertisementA toddy tapper at Bentota beachThe next morning I wanted a change of scene so I drove to Taj Samudra in Colombo, also located near the sea. Located conveniently in the middle of the capital’s business hub, the hotel is also far enough for a leisurely holiday. Set amidst landscaped gardens, the hotel faces the sea. Since it is a business cum leisure hotel, the ambience is one of understated luxury: high ceilings and comfortable furniture. Almost all the restaurants are located on the ground floor. The hotel has over 290 rooms.For lunch, I opted for a meal at the Golden Dragon restaurant, the signature Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine, and thoroughly enjoyed the steam boat experience. Though full from the meal, I was keen to check out the shopping scene, but was not interested in the run of the mill. “Then go to these places,” Niranga, the hotel’s communications executive told me, handing me a list, and I set out for some serious shopping. Seared Prawn SaladAt Paradise Road (yes, that’s the name of the shop) I was taken in by the charming boutique housed in a lovely white building which was crammed with locally made items like cane and bamboo artefacts, spices, handwoven fabrics and an array of things just too many to name. At the end my hands were groaning from the weight of my shopping.Back at the hotel I rushed down to Navaratna, considered to be the best Indian restaurant in Sri Lanka. I soon realised the title was not unjustified. The fare was traditional and done in the way it should really be done–fluffy rotis, delicious kebabs, aromatic spicy mutton biryani, and the best thing of all, the raan, with the meat so tenderly cooked that it was almost falling off the bones.The suite at Taj SamudraThe next morning, it was time to head back home. It was a lovely and relaxed trip. As usual, as at the end of every vacation, I was a tad wistful about leaving. And then I reminded myself that Colombo is only an hour’s flight away, and I could just hop when the mood overtook me. I was wistful no longer. Fact fileParadise Road, a lovely boutiqueGetting there: Sri Lankan flies to Colombo from major Indian cities. Fare from Bangalore is Rs. 15,000 (approx). Visa is on arrival.When to go: Throughout the year.Plus saysStay: Taj Samudra, Galle Face Centre Road, Colombo; tel: +94 11 244 6622Taj Exotica, Bentota; tel: +94 34 227 5650Eat: Sambol, kiribath (milk rice) and lunu miri (red onions and spice mix).Shop: Artefacts from Paradise Road boutique.See: Visit the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. It is one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in Colombo.Hot DealTaj Samudra at Colombo is a spacious property with lots of greeneryEnjoy Sri Lanka: Stay for 2 nights each at Taj Samudra and Taj Exotica at Rs. 25,999 per person with return airfare and Colombo city tour. Tel: (011) 4620 6600FYIadvertisementTravel tips: There are certain things you need to be careful about while travelling around the country. One of them is practice of never showing your back to a deity in a Buddhist temple. So, you must not stand and pose in front of a Buddha statue for a photograph.
Samsung is on an update streak, the company has released substantial updates to all its budget aswell as mid-range devices. The South Korean company is also looking forward toupdate its own Tizen line-up which seems like has been in works since forever.Similar to Samsung’s other devices that have been given the same name with the’2016′ tag, the successor to the Tizen Z1 will also maintain the same tag.Despite the budget constraints, the device is believed tosport Samsung’s trademark AMOLED display. The first generation device hascompleted its annual update cycle in February this year. The company has alsobeen working on a new Z5 variant in the Tizen line up, which might be a higherversion of the Z3 launched last year.With the introduction of AMOLED screens in the Tizenline-up, we can assume that the South Korean giant is signalling towards agrand plan for their own operating system. The Tizen store has already expandedin the international arena but lacks good hardware support. We will have moreclarity regarding Samsung’s plan for Tizen once the second generation of theTizen Z1 is launched.
(Eds: Adds detail)New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was today questioned for over nine hours by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here in connection with a money laundering case registered against him and others.Singh, who arrived at the agencys office in his official car with a covered beacon at about 12 noon, left the premises at about 9:20 PM.Official sources said the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case recorded the chief ministers statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).The IO is also understood to have confronted him with some documents the agency had seized and recovered in this case of alleged disproportionate assets.They said dozens of questions were put to Singh and he is likely to be summoned again.Earlier, when the chief minister arrived at the ED office, sporting his trademark Himachali cap, he did not interact with mediapersons on the spot but was seen raising his fist in the air and heard reciting some lines of a patriotic poem: “Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil mein hain, dekhna hai zor kitna bazu e qaatil mein hai (The desire to make a sacrifice is in our hearts, let us see what strength there is in the arms of our executioner).”The chief minister had last week sent a communication to the agency stating his reasons for not being able to appear before it all this while and had sought a new date from it, after which the new summons was issued for today.advertisementThe ED had yesterday refused to give any assurance in the Delhi High Court that it will not arrest Singh when he appears before it.The submission was made before Justice R K Gauba by the ED during the hearing of Singhs plea for quashing of the money laundering proceedings against him.The ED summons has come close on the heels of filing of a charge sheet by the CBI against Singh, his wife and others for allegedly amassing assets worth around Rs 10 crore disproportionate to their known sources of income.The ED has already questioned his wife Pratibha and son Vikramaditya in connection with the case.It had filed a case under the anti-money laundering law against the Himachal Pradesh chief minister, his family members and others after taking cognisance of a complaint filed by the CBI in September 2015.The agency is probing allegations against Singh and his family members of amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income between 2009 and 2011 when he was the Union Minister of Steel. It has also attached assets worth about Rs 14 crore in the case.The CBI charge sheet alleged that Singh had amassed assets worth around Rs 10 crore which were disproportionate by 192 per cent of his total income during his tenure as the Union minister.The final report was filed against nine persons for alleged offences punishable under section 109 (abetment) and 465 (punishment for forgery) of the IPC and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, arrayed around 225 witnesses and 442 documents.Besides the 82-year-old Congress leader and his wife Pratibha Singh, the report also arraigned Chunni Lal Chauhan, Joginder Singh Ghalta, Prem Raj, Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, Lawan Kumar Roach and Ram Prakash Bhatia as accused.It also named as accused LIC agent Anand Chauhan, who is currently in judicial custody.Chauhan was arrested by the ED on July 9 last year in this money laundering case. PTI NES SMN
ATHENS – Costa Navarino’s 3rd International Messinia Pro-Am was held February 20-23, marking the start of the tourist season with the participation of 31 teams from 20 countries.More than 120 professionals, celebrities and amateur golfers enjoyed the game at the award-winning The Dunes Course and The Bay Course among century-old olive trees overlooking the Ionian Sea and the historic bay of Navarino.Among the participants were Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe Award-winner Bill Murray, former rugby player Mike Tindall who represented England 75 times and five times as captain in his 17-year career, and basketball legend Joe Arlauckas.Accommodation was provided at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and all participants had a unique experience on and off the greens, with a rich program including a series of themed social events culminating in a memorable gala dinner and award ceremony.The competitive action included two rounds of golf on The Dunes Course, and one on The Bay Course. All players warmly embraced the charity bowling night, and continued to lend their support for SOS Children’s Villages Greece initiatives through the Messinia Pro-Am website.The tournament concluded with the “Buena Vista” gala dinner and award ceremony, hosted by pro golfer and TV presenter Iona Stephen and golf coach and YouTube star Peter Finch, including a special moment with actor Bill Murray who enthused, “This is the best place I’ve ever been. The golf courses are great; I’ve never been treated nicer anywhere. This is a different level; it is not like anything I’ve ever seen.”At the 54-hole Strokeplay individual competition, professional golf players claimed the total prize pool of 31,000 Euros. Alessandro Tadini (PGA of Italy) with 197 points, 15 under par won the tournament, second place went to PGA of GB&I Professional Stuart Boyle, and the PGA of Portugal’s Tomas Gouveia finished in third.The Bay Course at the 3rd Messinia Pro-Am. Photo by Elias LefasGouveia also won the Team Pro-Am event with his teammates Ivailo Dimchev, Lyubomir Minchev, and Konstantin Sinapov. Second place went to Berni Reiter (PGA of Austria) with Franz Pichler, Johann Schygulla, and Gottfried Traintinger, whilst the team of Antonis Sotiropoulos (Chairman of PGA of Greece) took third place. In the other categories, Milada Tupova-Faensen won “Closest to the Pin” award, George Vafiadis claimed the “Longest Drive Men,” and Belgian Delphine Dewitte the “Longest Drive Ladies” and “Best 4-Hole Net Score.”Aegean, a member of Star Alliance, was the official airline partner of the event.Vodafone Business, Eclectic Greece by Kyvernitis Travel, Ford Motor Hellas, Athens International Airport and Hertz were the official sponsors of the event.Luanvi was the official sportswear partner.Official supporters of the tournament included Ecolab, “Vikos” Natural Mineral Water, J. Vourakis Sons EE, Poseidonia, Pylos Poems, Metaxa, Luc Belaire, Paulaner, The Blue Beetle, Nescafé Alegria and Kalamata Papadimitriou.Fysiotek was the physio partner of the event providing rehabilitation and prevention services for sports injuries with its rehab station.The tournament was assisted by Salty Bag, Stoli, Fever-Tree, Ahead, and BiancoNero.The winners posed for a photo at the 3rd Messinia Pro-Am award ceremony. Photo by Elias LefasErasmus was the official travel partner coordinating and ensuring the smooth registration and accommodation process.The 3rd Messinia Pro-Am was organized in collaboration with the PGAs of Europe and was held under the auspices of PGA of Greece and the Hellenic Golf Federation.The awards were created by J. Vourakis Sons EE. The gifts on the “Buena Vista” Night were offered by Luc Belaire, Salty Bag, and Ahead.More information is available online: messiniaproam.costanavarino.com.Hashtag: #messiniaproamAbout Costa NavarinoCosta Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history. Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centers, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and children. Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two luxury 5-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino; Navarino Residences, a collection of luxury villas for private ownership; The Residences at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, fully-furnished resort apartments for sale; the signature golf course The Dunes Course, Anazoe Spa, a 4,000m2 spa and thalassotherapy center; the state-of-the-art conference center, House of Events; specially designed facilities for children; as well as a variety of gastronomy venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities. Navarino Bay, the second area, is home to the signature golf course, The Bay Course. Navarino Hills, with two 18-hole golf courses, is currently under construction, and there are two further sites underway.TweetPinShare129129 Shares
Rohde & Schwarz is collaborating with wireless module vendor Gemalto to overcome the problem of extensive real network drive tests in different countries. The solution is to automatically reproduce field-recorded network configurations of Gemalto Cinterion modules on an R&S CMW500 mobile radio tester. Manufacturers can use virtual drive tests during the development phase of LTE and LTE-Advanced modules that will ultimately be used in smartphones as well as in M2M and automotive applications. Network-specific integration tests and field tests include analysis of call drops, cell handover problems and roaming issues, which are especially critical when crossing country and cellular network borders.Together, Rohde & Schwarz test equipment and Gemalto cellular modules ensure that the protocol stack operates synchronously across all networks and conditions supporting seamless cellular coverage and reliable connectivity before continuing integration and performing further field tests.Rohde & Schwarz has developed R&S CMWcards software – a graphical protocol test tool that provides a wizard for importing field logs generated by different types of drive test tools (R&S ROMES) and chipset logging tools. After import, R&S CMWcards extracts the base station and core network parameters are extracted along with RF data such as power levels. All relevant field network parameters can be used to recreate the collected drive test data in the lab, using R&S CMWcards for protocol and application tests. This is especially relevant for LTE/LTE-Advanced, WCDMA and GSM as well as cellular IoT standards such as eMTC and NB-IoT.Accelerating the network drive test process results in faster time to market. Unlike other simulated drive test solutions, R&S CMWcards is the first virtual drive test solution to offer replication of signaling and RF conditions in an easy-to-operate GUI on the R&S CMW500 mobile radio tester.At MWC 2018, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase this test solution with R&S CMWcards on R&S CMW500 and a Gemalto Cinterion LTE-Advanced wireless module.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon acquires Merus AudioNext ADLINK supports SGeT’s UIC with XRCE middleware for device-fog-cloud computing
She is the great new hope of Indian badminton and he is the legendary coach behind a series of young champions. P.V. Sindhu may have lost an opportunity to win gold at the Rio Olympics 2016, but coach Pullela Gopichand still embraced the moment with tears. The Dronacharya of Indian,She is the great new hope of Indian badminton and he is the legendary coach behind a series of young champions. P.V. Sindhu may have lost an opportunity to win gold at the Rio Olympics 2016, but coach Pullela Gopichand still embraced the moment with tears. The Dronacharya of Indian badminton tells the ace shuttler how proud he feels when players from his academy represent the nation on a global platform.SINDHU: Looking back for a moment at Rio. Did you think I would win a medal?GOPICHAND: Well, I recall you losing in the first round earlier in Australia. You had an injury from which you had to recover and then train. We took the flight home sensing that with some proper planning there were prospects for an Olympic medal, like it happened with Saina (Nehwal) in 2012.SINDHU: I remember clearly you telling me that these are the last days you will get to enjoy as tough training lies ahead for the Olympics. You also gave me a letter listing dos and don’ts, especially no mobile phone and no junk food.GOPICHAND: It was inevitable and somewhere in my mind I was confident it was possible-there was a feeling of ‘yes, we can’. I don’t know if you remember 2010, but when I came back from the Asian Games, I called up and said, “Tomorrow morning, we start at 4.30 am.” Neither you nor your father asked me a question. You said, ‘We’ll be there.’ So somewhere down the line I was confident that you would make it. The phone was a tricky thing. I knew you were addicted to that phone. So I had to make sure that distraction disappeared. We did some unusual things too, like using towels as nets and practising taps in the room. I thought it was bizarre. But today, do you think it was useful?advertisementSINDHU: Yes, in a way, it was very useful in the game. Even practising the dribbles and cross-court strokes using chairs. It was bizarre.GOPICHAND: I recall vividly the first match against Michelle Li. Every morning, we practised a particular stroke for an hour-and-a-half, several hundred times, so that you practise and familiarise playing that shot. But you did not play that stroke in the first two games. Then, 17 points into the third game you still had not played that effective stroke. Finally, you did for what was probably the most important point of the match. What were your thoughts at that point of time? Did the strokes that you trained to play at practice sessions cross your mind?SINDHU: When playing against Michelle Li, my first game was very important. It was my first Olympics match and I was, I must confess, a bit nervous. And, after losing the first game, I was wondering what was happening. You helped restore my confidence saying, “Okay, just one point and keep the focus.” Even after winning the second and third game, I was feeling low. But yours was a timely reminder, asking me to play one point at a time. It infused confidence in me and I began enjoying the way I played. (Laughs)GOPICHAND: Do you recall the Asian Championship match you played against Wang Yihan? Do you also remember leading, losing it, crying and then saying you do not want to play any more, you want to come back? There were a couple of such instances during matches in different championships. Those seem funny now, but to me they were great moments.SINDHU: Were you tense when I was playing the Olympics?GOPICHAND: Before that historic semi-final, I actually thought that I was beyond the stage of turning tense about anything. Even during the World Super Series finals, if someone had assessed my stress levels, he would have discovered that they were very low. At the Olympics, when you played that tough first round match against Michelle Li, I was okay. It was the same even during the finals against Carolina Marin. No stress whatsoever. Some tense moments though… a little bit. It’s a match. Anything can happen. You were friendly about the match and you took things in your stride. I have always thought of myself as somebody who handles pressure very well. Then, in a rush, the memories of my experience at Sydney, way back in 2000, crossed my mind. I thought it did not exist within me. But it surfaced suddenly on that day before the semi-finals. What passed through me was the feeling that we have won, we have beaten a Commonwealth champion, beaten Tai Tzu-ying, beaten Wang Yihan and then the grim prospect of losing the semi-final. You could lose the third position, finish fourth and actually end up without a medal. Those were anxious times. Now that you are done with it and have an Olympic medal, you have probably another 8-10 years of play ahead. I am happy for you.advertisementSINDHU: After the semi-finals at Rio were over, you had tears in your eyes. I did not really expect that from you, but I was happy that I had one more round to play, having made it to the finals. But your eyes welled with tears.GOPICHAND: Those tears were waiting to flow and you were probably too young to understand what it meant. I think the very thought that you will be getting at least an Olympic silver, if not gold, in badminton, after Saina’s bronze at the earlier Olympics, meant a lot more to me than to you. For me, the entire enervating experience was like being in a treasured zone. The fact is that I was so obsessed about the training programme that I wanted to go back home and was even very clear what food I would have as a tremendous satisfaction following the rewarding experience. There was no question of going out to dine as we had to prepare for the finals. My worries were also as to what would happen if I am injured and how it would affect your practice sessions in the run-up to the final. I was in a way paranoid about the apprehensions of falling ill or being injured and what it would do to the entire training schedule. All of them seemed like critical elements in the preparation for the final. Somewhere for me, the whole thing was very sacred, very vital and the tears were very genuine. It was not so during the finals. My deep desire is to watch two of my students play the finals of an epochal event and then listen to the national anthem being played.SINDHU: Beyond badminton, what were your thoughts after that historic day at Rio, while I was sitting with Wang Yihan at night and you came over and asked, “Are you aware…?”GOPICHAND: I have travelled on the circuit for 10 to 15 years. I have had good friends. But I have never had a Chinese friend who does not speak the language. You beat her in the quarter-finals and won the medal and yet she was very happy that you won and she came into the room and both of you warmed up to each other. Following her loss to you in the quarterfinals, she announced her retirement from professional badminton. She’d been world No. 1, Asian Games gold medallist, Commonwealth and All England winner. You took photographs too. I think that for me was the moment. I think as much as I like what you do as a player on court, the way that you bond with people off court delights me even more. I really hope that this medal and this adulation which has come post-Rio doesn’t change the genuineness that people like in you.advertisementSINDHU: On our return, I did not imagine or expect the overwhelming response. People were saying you have no idea what actually happened. Those were amazing moments for me, definitely for you as well. I never thought I would be welcomed back home with such a warm reception. There were children standing at many places on the route from the airport to the stadium at Gachibowli. I was almost in tears with all the joy.GOPICHAND: To me, it was like a playback of the reception that then chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu gave on my winning the All-England championship. The reception he gave me was phenomenal and there was an equally good reception in my hometown too. When Saina won too, there was similar adulation. I also know it’s not going to be forever. But I think the intensity, the fever, the fervour with which people actually latched on to you as a person and to that coveted medal, what it actually meant for me was that it was not merely a story of us but what sport can do for a nation. For me, I never imagined that a medal would lift the spirits of a nation so high. That said, how do you see badminton in the future? How do you think sport will be for the next generation and especially for women?SINDHU: I think it has changed a lot. There has been a defining change. I don’t feel the pressure of expectations-not every player gets this rare privilege. There is now a sense of pride about sport, women in sport, and especially badminton. I have a sister, a doctor. When we were children and I started to play badminton and decided to take it up as a career, several people asked my mom, “Is it okay? Is she doing well?” Definitely, my parents had an innate belief in me. Now, there is a sea change. If I talk about women in India today, nobody would assume that a woman cannot do well and excel. Now, there is greater faith in what women can do and achieve. It happens at the badminton academy itself where parents come up to me and ask for suggestions about becoming sportswomen. (Laughs) All I say is “Work hard, do well”, and wish them all the best. There is no scope for complacency if you want to be on top of the world. That’s true for any of them as it is for me.
features Share on Messenger The Knowledge The Boltmakers Arms’ Oasis-sponsored shirt. Photograph: 991.com Football “Across the Tasman Sea, the Mount Albert electorate is also represented by a sitting Prime Minister, namely Jacinda Ardern of Labour but as she’s only been PM for a few weeks, there hasn’t been a Kiwi football championship decided in that time. More relevant is the fact that the seat includes both Eden Park and the less famous sporting venue of Kiwitea Street, home of Auckland City FC. They were champions of New Zealand in the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, all while their incumbent MP was Labour’s Helen Clark. As an added bonus, somewhere in the middle of all that they won their first Oceania Champions League as well.“Sadly I could not find any such luck for Canadian heads of the executive branch, even at the provincial level. I tried cheating by widening the criteria to take in ice hockey and that country’s own peculiar code of football, but to no avail. Montréal Impact’s stadium is agonisingly situated less than a 10-minute drive from Justin Trudeau’s riding. Then again, they have failed to win anything during his two years as Prime Minister so far anyway!“Lastly, in Germany, the CDU’s Walter Wallmann might well have held a constituency encompassing the stadium of Eintracht Frankfurt during their most recent moment of glory in 1988, but it is tough to verify that because there is astonishingly (as well as frustratingly) little easily searchable and available constituency-level information online for state-level elections in West Germany from the pre-digital era.”Kudos to Alexander Scott who provided less detail but also pointed out that Turnbull’s seat was home to Sydney FC.Knowledge archive Twitter Facebook Pinterest Andrés Palop has a Euro 2008 winners medal but no caps for Spain. Photograph: Jon Super/AP Dylan Mitchell (@build_a_fire)Can’t be many games where away support outnumbers home support – @TheKnowledge_GU? https://t.co/XYZ3kZLexDNovember 18, 2017 “Which derby-match teams have to change to their away/change/third strip when they play? I am thinking that most of these blood feud teams deliberately chose colours nothing like their rivals, so there perhaps are not many.” Cheers, Colin Harris.“In the light of next year’s World Cup taking shape, I spent the international break reliving the last World Cup and noticed that Argentina scored their last goal in the competition in the eighth minute of their quarterfinal game against Belgium. Despite this, they came within minutes of a penalty shoot-out in the final, which they may well have won. My first question is what was the longest goalless run of any winning team at a major competition? And my second question is, given that Argentina went without a goal for a total of 322 minutes (they played extra time in both the semifinal and the final), and this is longer than being eliminated in the group stage without scoring, was this the longest goalless run of any team in any major competition ever?” Thanks, Boris Cule, Antwerp, Belgium.Send questions and answers to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU Topics The PMO (@thepmo)The Prime Minister congratulating @vuka20 and @SydneyFC on winning the A-League Grand Final last night. pic.twitter.com/ThAqijXT5FMay 8, 2017 Share on Pinterest “Guitar-toting indie tyro Jake Bugg is sponsoring Notts County’s kit throughout November. Is this the first time an individual has been a professional club’s shirt sponsor?” poses Gregg Bakowski.“Gregg Bakowski need not have been a detective to find at least one previous instance of an individual personally sponsoring a strip,” quips Raith Rovers fan Iain Wallace. “Crime writer Val McDermid was Raith’s primary strip sponsor for two seasons from 2014 and her name remains emblazoned above our away stand (in memory of her father, a club scout). She also only recently stepped down from the board of directors.”Several Knowledgeable folk have written in to point out the very same fact, thank you George Cook, Niall MacGalloway and Iain Wallace. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Twitter “Spanish goalkeeper Andrés Palop has a gold medal for winning Euro 2008 but has no caps. Is this unique?” mused Robert Abushal in 2013.“No,” says David Lucardi. “In the 1934 World Cup the Italian team took four players (Pietro Arcari, Giuseppe Cavanna, Guido Masetti and Mario Varglien) without a single cap at the time the tournament began. In the following years Masetti and Varglien did play for their national side but the Milan forward Arcari and Cavanna, a Napoli goalkeeper, never played for the glorious Azzurri’s team of the Thirties. Coach Vittorio Pozzo did it again in 1938, calling up five players without a cap at the time. One of them, Bologna’s right-winger Amedeo Biavati, earned a starting place in France, while Mario Genta and Renato Olmi earned caps in some matches in 1939-1940, but the other two (Triestina’s Bruno Chizzo and Bologna’s Aldo Donati, both midfielders) never played for Italy. So, there’s at least four players who became World Champions without a single cap.”Despite extensive but not necessarily absolutely exhaustive digging through our most far-reaching international archives, the Knowledge has come up with no evidence that the 1950 Uruguay medal-winners William Pablo Martínez and Washington Orturio ever won a cap, while we are fairly certain that Hector Zelada, Argentina’s third goalkeeper in 1986, never played for his country. Paul Steiner came the closest anyone could possibly come to joining that list without actually making it, coming on as a substitute to make his international debut at the age of 33 in a friendly against Denmark. He was a surprise selection for West Germany’s 1990 World Cup squad but never made it as far as the pitch. Brazil’s Jair da Costa beat him by a nose, given that he actually started his only international – a 3-1 victory over Wales in São Paulo in May 1962, shortly before he secured himself a World Cup medal.Can you help?“I’m sure you’re as keen a follower of Yr Seintiau Newydd (aka Welsh champions TNS) as I am, and are fully aware of their fantastic win against Queen of the South on November 12 in the Irn-Bru Cup quarter final,” says Algy Taylor.“It got me thinking. The World Cup final and European Championships finals are both shown simultaneously on two domestic TV channels (BBC & ITV). But, if we get a final with TNS against a Scottish team (say TNS vs Dumbarton), that would also join them as it’ll be televised on both BBC Alba and S4C. “It made me wonder, is it only the three massive games (World Cup final, European Championships final & Scottish League Challenge Cup final) that enjoy being simultaneously broadcast by two separate stations in the same country?”“I was wondering, historically, what the best seed (FIFA Rankings) to be, to win a World Cup? Is it the first seed or something more random, like sixth?” Regards, Mike Britton. Share on Facebook “Sheffield Wednesday have been sponsored by individuals on two separate occasions. Currently by Dejphon Chansiri their tuna chairman and also by some bloke called Mr Tom!” Whilst Putu Winchester is correct about Mr Chansiri, Mr Tom is a delicious peanut-based snack bar (other peanut-based snack bars are available and they may or may not be delicious). The Chansiri sponsorship was also spotted by Peter Russell.Along the same lines as Mr Chansiri, Nick Turnbull highlights a similar circumstance at Ipswich: “Marcus Evans has been sponsoring Ipswich Town since he bought the club, which has always seemed slightly bizarre to me.” Not quite sure what Nick considers bizarre, Evans buying Ipswich or putting his name on the shirt.Robert McHugh has a tangent but it is a good one. He writes: “Not strictly an answer, given they are not a professional club, but there was quite a stir in Keighley in the mid 90s when, at the height of their fame, Oasis sponsored local pub team, the Boltmakers Arms. It is a classic 90s kit as well.”The Knowledge’s own contribution is along the same lines, not strictly speaking an individual but related to a lone musician. During the 2004-05 season Brighton released a special edition kit in conjunction with music label sponsors Skint to promote Albion fan Fatboy Slim’s new album Palookaville, with the album title serving as the shirt sponsor. The kit was later adopted as the official third shirt and became something of a lucky charm as Mark McGhee managed to keep the Seagulls in the second tier thanks to wins at West Ham and Sheffield United as well as unlikely draws at both Leeds and Wolves all whilst in the change navy blue strip.Champion prime ministers“Maidenhead United are reigning champions in National League South, sixth in the English pyramid,” cheers Kári Tulinius. “York Road stadium is within Theresa May’s constituency of Maidenhead. As far as I can tell, that is the second highest league trophy won by a club within the constituency of a sitting British prime minister, only beaten by Manchester City’s old Second Division triumph in 1903, when Hyde Road was within the boundary of Arthur Balfour’s Manchester East constituency. City were also the only team, as far as I can tell, to win the FA Cup while their MP was PM, in 1904. I could not find a national champion in Wales or Scotland either represented by a sitting PM. Did I miss something? And have any other countries with first-past-the-post single-member-district electoral systems featured a national football champion being represented by a sitting prime minister or premier or whatever?”This requires not only a deep dive into the pantheon of champions but also a thorough investigation of worldwide electoral constituency borders. Step forward Oliver Raven with this fabulous submission: “To answer this we have to discount some countries that use presidential systems since in those the head of government does not have a constituency, but we do not have to disregard all countries that do not use FPTP (first past the post). France’s two-round system and Australia’s preferential one still rely entirely on single-member districts for their lower houses, whilst a significant proportion of Germany and New Zealand’s legislatures are chosen by simple plurality voting – as do the dubious methods employed in Hungary and Japan.“Outside of those, only India and some less developed countries in Africa and the Caribbean are left. Unfortunately it can be difficult to find information in those cases on both the exact location of the national soccer champion’s home ground and the precise limits of parliamentary constituency boundaries (especially at state/union territory level in India, since chief ministers also count). “We do not have to rely on the fact that the question setter says that premiers are omitted, though. It is to Australasia that we can turn for some success stories for federal and nationwide political leaders.“Long before the A-League was established, a Melbourne-area team called Brunswick Zebras (then known as Brunswick Juventus) won the 1985 National Soccer League. Their stadium, Sumner Park, appears to fall just inside the current borders of the Division of Hawke. At the time, that constituency was represented Bob Hawke of the Labor Party, who also happened to be the prime minister of Australia. The Zebras, meanwhile, will be playing in the Victoria State League Division 5 North in 2018.“The story was repeating itself very recently indeed as current PM Malcolm Turnbull of the Liberals represents the Division of Wentworth, which contains the Sydney suburb of Moore Park, where 2017 champions Sydney FC play their home matches at a ground known at the moment as the Allianz Stadium for sponsorship purposes. Reuse this content
Under the new fund, child care spaces created by child development centres or Indigenous communities remain eligible for 100 percent of the cost of their projects, up to a maximum of $500,000. Not-for-profit organizations will be supported to create new child care spaces under the new fund, with these organizations remaining eligible for up to 90 percent of the total cost of their projects, up to a maximum of $500,000. Private child care providers remain eligible for 75 percent of the total cost of their project, up to a maximum of $250,000.Conroy said that the government will adopt a streamlined application process with a continuous intake, rather than fixed application dates. Boards of education will have 100 percent eligibility of the total cost of their project up to a maximum of $500,000 for child care spaces they create.“Too many parents are dealing with a lack of good options when it comes to child care, and that’s only made worse as spaces close due to financial pressures on child care operators,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “With our Childcare BC plan, we’re letting operators and parents know that government is on their side, and investing in their future. Creating these new spaces is the latest step in making child care more available and affordable for more families.”More information on these changes will be available later in the coming months. COQUITLAM, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be funding 22,000 new licensed child care spaces coming over the next three years.The new spaces will be created through a $221-million investment in the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, which replaces the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program. Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy said that the government will be looking to leverage existing facilities – such as those on school grounds, in churches, at recreation centres, and other public places – to expand child care for B.C. families. Creating new infant and toddler spaces will be a priority.“Parents are struggling to find quality, affordable child care, and it’s time we made the investments that are good for families, and for our economy,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Creating more licensed, affordable child care spaces is a key part of our new Childcare BC plan, so parents can have the peace of mind they need and quality care they can rely on.”
Rabat – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made a rare public appearance on Tuesday, following a weeklong trip to France for medical reasons. The North African leader sat with Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the Deputy Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE), during the Gulf leader’s one-day trip to Algiers.The government-run Algerian news channel showed footage of the 79-year-old head of state speaking with the Emirati official on joint economic development projects.Bouteflika returned from Grenoble last Tuesday after completing “routine” health checks in the French city. The president’s shaky health condition has been the concern of Algerians, especially after the stroke he suffered in April 2013. Bouteflika was transported to a hospital in Paris for treatment.After a three-month stay in the European country, the leader fulfilled most of his duties via letters to the Algerian people and private meeting with his closest political allies.Since then, Bouteflika, who took power in 1999, has made several rounds to French and Swiss hospitals for check-ups and treatments related to his mental and physical health.Sources from Algiers say a power vacuum formed in 2013, leaving the largest country in Africa by landmass without clear political vision.After global oil prices took a dive two years ago, the country has struggled to pay wages to its massive public sector workforce. As pointed out by the International Monetary Fund earlier this month, the country’s weak private sector would make it difficult for Algerians to find work if recommended austerity measures and economic reforms were to be carried out.
Rabat- Spanish authorities discovered two Moroccan migrants hiding inside the engine compartment of a tourist bus.After a three-day trip in Morocco, Spanish tourists stopped their tour bus in the mountains about an hour after arriving in Spain at Algeciras when the tourists heard voices speaking Arabic from inside the bus.The tourists informed the police, who discovered the source of the voices to be two Moroccan minors, Spanish news outlet La Razon reported on Monday. A video of the incident shows the two boys, exhausted and covered in engine oil, barely making their way outside the bus engine and lying down defenselessly on the ground.Spanish authorities placed the two undocumented migrants in custody, pending their admission to a temporary internment immigrant center.Recently, a video of a young Moroccan trying to get to Spain by crossing the Mediterranean sea on a tube went gone viral on social media.The young man was rowing just with his hands before he was saved by a Spanish fishing boat and offered a banana, water, and a jacket.Spain and Morocco are continuously cooperating to combat undocumented migration. Morocco, a transit country for migrants, has thwarted more than 54,000 undocumented immigration attempts to Europe in 2018.In 2017, Morocco stopped more than 65,000 migration attempts to Europe, a number that is up from 32,000 the previous year, according to Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.Moroccan authorities are also overseeing security at the Morocco-Spain border, where hundreds of migrants try to jump the high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. On July 26, more than 600 sub-Saharans successfully crossed the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Dozens of migrants were injured along with border guards during the incursion.Video Playerhttps://www.moroccoworldnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Vido-Espagne-deux-mineurs-marocains-cachs-dans-le-moteur-dun-bus-H24info.mp400:0000:0002:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 10.09 points to 15,212.46, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 101.24 points to 21,714.67. The S&P 500 index was up 1.37 points to 2,478.50 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 9.26 points to 6,421.44.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.79 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 79.96 cents US.The September crude contract was up 40 cents to US$48.28 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down three cents to US$2.90 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $4.40 to US$1,247.70 an ounce and the September copper contract was up two cents to US$2.87 a pound.
The United Nations Security Council today condemned the spike in Somalia’s weapons trade and extended the mandate of a group of experts monitoring the flow of arms for an additional six months.Acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for the use of force, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution stressing that States must comply with the arms embargo against Somalia.It condemned “the significant increase in the flow of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia” and said it would “consider specific action to improve implementation of and compliance with measures” which were imposed in 1992, a year after President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled. The country has had no functioning national government since then and has been wracked by factional fighting.The Union of Islamic Courts, which controls the capital Mogadishu, and the Transitional Federal Parliament, which is based in Baidoa, are scheduled to hold peace talks in mid-December, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia François Lonsény Fall told the Council earlier this month. Describing the current situation in Somalia in its latest report to the Council, the monitoring group says, “The contest is overwhelmingly military in nature, with rampant arms flows to both sides. The arms flows are a premier part of a deliberate, ongoing and broader military build-up taking place on both sides.”To stem this deadly trade, the group makes a number of recommendations for tightening the embargo, including a total border surveillance and interdiction effort involving a combination of sea, air and land military forces as well as a financial-assets freeze on all Somali-owned and -operated businesses located inside and outside Somalia that are connected to either side.The group also calls for a “concerted and immediate international political and diplomatic initiative” aimed at underscoring “the very real possibility of an extended war and military conflict in the Horn of Africa” while working towards disengagement. It also urges “encouraging the involvement of all essential Somali actors in meaningful political dialogue leading towards a political solution to the Somali situation.”
The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps have opted to let go of nine players, including starting goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.The club announced Monday that it will not exercise options on the contracts of three defenders (Jose Aja, Roberto Dominguez and Aaron Maund), three midfielders (Marvin Emnes, Aly Ghazal and Brek Shea), a striker (Myer Bevan) and two goalies (Marinovic and Spencer Richey).Seven other players have had their contracts extended, including Canadian defenders Doneil Henry and Brett Levis, midfielders Nicolas Mezquida, David Norman Jr. and Yordy Reyna, striker Erik Hurtado and ‘keeper Sean Melvin. The ‘Caps still have 10 other players under contract, although one — captain Kendall Waston — has publicly stated his intention to leave the organization.Newly minted head coach Marc Dos Santos says in a statement that the decisions on options are the “first of many off-season moves for the club.”The Whitecaps will have an opportunity to make more moves on Dec. 9 during Major League Soccer’s half-day trade window. Free agency will begin on Dec. 11.
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) looks to pass while Purdue junior guard Ashley Morrissette defends her in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorWith first place in the Big Ten on the line, Purdue came to Columbus, looking to defend its top spot.No. 5 Ohio State (13-4, 5-1) and Purdue (14-3, 5-1) are both oiled machines offensively and defensively, but when the final buzzer sounded, it was the Buckeyes that came out with the 90-70 victory.The Boilermakers’ transition defense has been one of their specialties the entire year, limiting their opponents to just 2.7 fast break points per game. On Sunday, however, Purdue had a bit of trouble keeping that statistic intact, as it allowed the up-tempo Buckeyes to score 12 points off fast breaks, with a majority of them coming off their nine steals.Putting on a shooting clinic from behind the arc, splashing shots from all over the perimeter, OSU finished the game shooting 57 percent and 13-of-23 from downtown.“We shot the ball really well today,” said coach Kevin McGuff on his team’s shooting performance. “That was the difference in the game. It was a great win versus a very good team.”Both teams applied pressure early with all types of defensive schemes. The Boilermakers, who are known for the execution of their half-court offense, had troubles finding the gaps in OSU’s defense, forcing the officials to blow their whistles three times for shot clock violations.Although the Buckeyes were able to make the stop on the first shot that went up from Purdue, they allowed 19 offensive rebounds, giving Purdue many second-chance opportunities.The game began going back and forth, but the Buckeyes were able to take advantage of their stellar shooting performance, gaining a nine-point lead going into the locker room at halftime.In the second half of play, OSU got its hands on loose balls and forced turnovers, which resulted in clean looks on the other end. Also continuing its shooting success, Purdue was unable to match the Scarlet and Gray’s efficiency.Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, who continues to make impressive strides in her collegiate career, finished the game with 27 points. Mitchell’s scoring is definitely the strong point of her game, but sometimes her ability to get others involved gets overlooked. When the Boilermakers began to close the open window for her shots, she found her teammates, dishing out a total of six assists.OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper (32) pulls up for a long 2-pointer in a game against Purdue on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Photo EditorThe other half of the Buckeye backcourt, senior guard Ameryst Alston, acted like a defensive back in football, intercepting a multitude of Boilermaker passes, then converting them on the other end. Alston added 25 points and tallied three steals.Being one of the more experienced players on the team, acting as a leader, Alston was a lot happier with her team’s performance Sunday rather than last Thursday in its upsetting loss to Northwestern.“We came out with a lot of intensity,” Alston said on the comparison between the two games. “When you start the game off with high energy and great intensity, it carries on.”When the Mitchell and Alston both score more than 20 points, it is usually a sign of good things to come for OSU, as it is 9-1 this season when the duo eclipses that mark.The depth of scoring OSU has helped the team tremendously down the stretch, and it normally begins with junior forward Shayla Cooper, a 6-foot-2 versatile player who knows how to score the ball in a profusion of ways. Although not typically known as an outside shooter, she did not miss one 3-pointer Sunday, going a perfect 4-for-4 from deep. Purdue did not have a strategy to defend Cooper’s outside shooting, allowing her to end the game with 16 points.“Ameryst (Alston) gets mad when I pass up those shots when I was wide open,” Cooper said after the game. “A lot of teams tend to play off of me for the drive, so I knew that I would have a lot of open shots.”For Purdue, senior guard April Wilson was the leader, dropping 19 points and distributing six dimes to her fellow Boilermakers.On deck for the Buckeyes is “that school up North,” as they are set to travel up to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thursday in hopes of continuing their winning streak against the Michigan Wolverines.
Sandvik continues its development of equipment for longwall mining with the launch of its next generation Sandvik MB670-1 bolter miner. The company says this new MB670-1 “increases productivity, reduces total cost of ownership and improves safety and ergonomics for operators.”Developed out of the proven and reliable Sandvik MB670, it is purpose-built for longwall mining. The fully automatic cutting cycle results in constant and faster advances, shortening panel development times in stable ground conditions by up to 30% and ensuring smoother mine floor conditions. The machine itself suffers less wear and tear. All of this will help increase productivity and lower total cost of ownership.“Our new Sandvik MB670-1 bolter miner has an innovative sump frame mechanism that incorporates cutting and bolting, allowing coal cutting and ground support installation simultaneously,” says Bruno Reumueller, Product Line Manager, Underground Coal and Minerals, Sandvik Mining. “While the machine is stabilised for installing the ground support, the sump frame mechanism continues to move forward to cut out the next cycle.“This enables our customers to get more out of their mine. Sandvik initiated invention of the bolter miner concept 25 years ago, and we are rapidly approaching 300 bolter miners in operation today. Our patented design is proof that our range of bolter miners helps our customers drive down their total cost of ownership and improve productivity. The new Sandvik MB670-1 is no exception.”Sandvik offers customers everything they need for longwall development — from excavation, support and loading products to transportation and logistics. Sandvik bolter miners simultaneously cut, support, gather material and convey it into shuttle cars, coal haulers or a continuous haulage system so that it’s ready for transport.This, coupled with a comprehensive parts and service offering, helps customers remove risk from their operations. Highly trained, expert engineers from Sandvik provide the right parts and service for safe operation, low operating costs and long service life.