England vs Scotland: Duggan and Stokes not fit to feature

first_imgEngland and Scotland have been building up to their World Cup opener for months but the day has finally arrived that the teams will get to face off at Nice’s Allianz Riviera.The Lionesses approach the tournament as one of the favourites to go all the way in France, though they suffered a hiccup in their preparations for the tournament with a 1-0 loss to New Zealand in a friendly in Brighton last week.Scotland, meanwhile, have qualified for the tournament for the first time and are seeking to continue an undefeated run of five matches that has seen them defeat Brazil and Jamaica in the last couple of months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game England vs Scotland Date Sunday, June 9 Time 5:00pm BST / 12 noon ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo / FOX Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One and can be streamed via BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayer Squads & Team News Position England squad Goalkeepers Bardsley, Telford, Earps Defenders Bronze, Greenwood, Houghton, Bright, Stokes, Williamson, McManus, Daly Midfielders Walsh, Scott, Moore, Stanway, Carney, Staniforth Forwards Parris, Taylor, Kirkby, Duggan, White, Mead Despite it being the opener, Phil Neville lacks the full set of players at his disposal.Toni Duggan and Demi Stokes may not have been fit to feature and did not make the XI, while Neville has opted for Bethany Mead over Karen Carney. The former Manchester United defender has suggested the XI that he uses on Sunday will be the one he picks in all the group games, where possible.Confirmed England starting XI: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Greenwood; Walsh, Scott; Parris, Kirby, Mead; White Position Scotland squad Goalkeepers Alexander, Lynn, Fife Defenders Smith, Docherty, Corsie, Beattie, Lauder, Arthur, Howard, J.Murray Midfielders Love, Little, Weir, Crichton, C.Murray, Arnot Forwards Evans, Ross, Emslie, Clelland, Brown, Cuthbert Scotland are similarly free of injury concerns approaching their opening World Cup fixture.Confirmed Scotland starting XI: Alexander; Howard, Corsie, Beattie, Docherty; Evans, Weir, Little, Emslie; Cuthbert; MurrayBetting & Match Odds England are hot favourites to win this match with bet365, priced at 2/9. Scotland are out at 12/1 while a draw is available at 19/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Scotland Women's National TeamAfter finishing third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, England intend to go all the way in France, having approached the tournament in a bullish manner.They received something of a knock, therefore, when they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to New Zealand in front of 20,000 in Brighton at the start of the month. Though they dominated the game, playing with an XI that was a little below full strength, it was not the ideal send off prior to Nice.“The challenge now is for us all to perform on the big stage,” manager Phil Neville said after that loss.“We’ve talked long and hard about it, we’ve not been shy about our expectations. Now we need to deliver. That’s my challenge and my excitement. We’ve dreamt of this moment all our lives.”When we get to it we’re going to have to perform. I’m going to have to manage better than I ever have and they’re going to have to play, to have any kind of success they are going to have superhuman efforts. People don’t just knock on the door and give you a World Cup medal.”Meanwhile, he shrugged off the defeat against opponents ranked only one spot higher than the Scots in the FIFA ranking.“If we’d have won today, it would be ‘it was just New Zealand’. The players are deflated because of the crowd. I think they know really that it’s all about the Scotland game now. Nothing in the Denmark or New Zealand game was going to change our thinking,” he said.Kerr’s side, meanwhile, were watched by a record crowd of 18,500 as they defeated Jamaica 3-2 in Glasgow on May 28, Erin Cuthbert’s long-range goal the highlight of a satisfactory night for the World Cup debutantes.“We experimented a bit. We wanted to see players in different positions. The most important thing for us is to go away and reflect,” the manager said after the Hampden encounter.“As much as there were good things in the game, there are things we need to improve on. Jamaica were very direct and they have some very quick players and at times we struggled to cope with that.”Nevertheless, Scotland travel to Nice undefeated in their last five internationals and hoping to stretch that record to six against the Auld Enemy.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol variant launch around September 2019?

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 13:48 IST Maruti Suzuki India had recently launched the Vitara Brezza Sports Limited Edition.HIGHLIGHTSNearly 1.58 lakh units of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza were sold in 2018-19.Vitara Brezza currently gets a 4-cylinder, 1.3-litre, DDiS 200 diesel engine.Hyundai Venue has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom).Ever since Maruti Suzuki India announced that it will stop producing vehicles with the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine from April 1, 2020, people have been wondering about the fate of the country’s largest selling compact SUV Vitara Brezza. A favourite among masses, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has been one of the flag bearers of the carmaker and has helped the company strengthen its position in the domestic market.Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched in India in March 2016 and it has been doing handsome business ever since then. In February 2019, the carmaker had announced that it had sold 4 lakh units of the compact SUV since its debut. Earlier this month, Maruti Suzuki India had said that the sales figures had crossed 4.35 lakh unit mark. In 2018-19 alone, nearly 1.58 lakh units of Vitara Brezza were sold.The news that there would not be Maruti Suzuki vehicles with present 1.3-litre diesel motor from next year when BS6 emission norms come into effect, had created quite a lot of stir. More so with regard to Vitara Brezza as the compact SUV is currently available only with a 4-cylinder, 1.3-litre, DDiS 200 engine that makes 89 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed AGS (Automatic Gear Shift).It has already been reported that Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza might get the K15 Smart Hybrid petrol engine. The motor has a dual battery set-up that provides idle start-stop, brake energy regeneration and torque assist functionality and it presently powers Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. This hybrid motor produces 103 bhp and 138 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is an option for a 4-speed automatic transmission as well.advertisementA report by Moneycontrol has claimed that Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5-litre hybrid petrol may be launched in India around September 2019. The introduction seems imminent keeping in mind the Hyundai Venue launch in India on May 21. Boasting of several impressive features and powerful technical specifications, Venue has been introduced at an introductory price of Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom).Not only Hyundai Venue has been aggressively priced keeping in mind the cost of Vitara Brezza and other compact segment players like Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300, but it has also been garnering positive reviews. Hyundai has claimed that over 20,000 units of Venue have already been booked.Considering the current compact SUV segment scenario, Maruti Suzuki India will have to take immediate steps to keep intact the market share of Vitara Brezza. The Vitara Brezza price starts at Rs 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The company had recently launched the Sports Limited Edition of Vitara Brezza and it can be bought by paying only Rs 29,990 more over the standard variant.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: First drive reviewALSO READ | MG Hector bookings to start on June 4ALSO READ | Toyota Glanza pre-bookings start, launch on June 6Get 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Vitara BrezzaFollow Vitara Brezza petrolFollow Maruti Suzuki Vitara BrezzaFollow Vitara Brezza priceFollow Hyundai VenueFollow Hyundai Venue launch Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol variant launch around September 2019?Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched in India in March 2016 and it has been doing handsome business ever since then. Earlier this month, the carmaker had said that Vitara Brezza sales figures had crossed 4.35 lakh unit mark.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Grey sales of highend phones causing revenue loss of 2500 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Sale of high-end mobile phones in the grey market is causing an estimated loss of Rs 2,500 crore annually to the exchequer, mobile industry body India Cellular and Electronics Association has claimed. The industry body has suggested imposing a maximum customs duty of Rs 4,000 on handsets priced above Rs 20,000 to discourage duty evasion and wipe out the premium for illegal sales. A basic customs duty (BCD) of 20 per cent is imposed on imported handsets at present. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”High-end phones that are getting sold in the grey market are estimated to cause a loss of Rs 2,500 crore annually on account of non-payment of basic customs duty (BCD) and also goods and services tax,” India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said. The industry body has requested Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that the BCD of 20 per cent should continue but with a cap of Rs 4,000 on mobile phones priced above Rs 20,000, Mohindroo said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe step will wipe out high margins on the illegal sale of high-end handsets and give a boost to legal imports, the ICEA has reasoned. “Revenue impact on this would be an additional duty of Rs 700 crore of BCD approximately, which will get netted off because of the reduction in duty on the legal import. Hence, there will be no net gain or net loss. The GST collection will, however, go up by over Rs 1,000 crore and the market environment will become much cleaner and regularised,” Mohindroo said. The ICEA said that recent budget was focussed on promoting electronics manufacturing in the country with a provision to write off capital expenditure for under section of 35 AD of Income Tax act. “The entire mobile phone and its components manufacturing ecosystem should be brought under the finally notified scheme,” he said. The industry body has requested the government to bring down GST on mobile phone parts to 12 per cent from 18 per cent at present as it is creating an inverted duty structure in the sector. The GST on mobile phones is 12 per cent while 18 per cent on parts such as back covers, batteries, headphones etc. Mohindroo said that the inverted duty structure has led to a serious cash flow issue for manufacturers and is adversely impacting the competitiveness of locally-produced mobile phones. India had two mobile phone factories in 2014 but now, it has 268 factories engaged in the manufacturing of mobile phones and their accessories. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 13th India-Japan annual summit had announced making India top mobile phone manufacturing destination. Though there is a mechanism in GST to provide a refund of input tax credit (ITC), there is no way to provide a refund of accumulated ITC on the GST paid on capital goods and services in case of inverted structure. “All new manufacturers are investing heavily on Capex (capital expenditure) and business promotion for creating a brand image. GST on such expense is an additional cost to the manufacturer, as they are not allowed refund of such accumulated credit,” Mohindroo said. The ICEA has urged the finance minister to reduce timeframe for refund of GST credits to at most a week. The industry body has also demanded input credit on manufacturing plant or shed, and canteen service, among others.last_img read more

Salman shoots promo for Bigg Boss 13

first_imgMumbai: Come September and Salman Khan returns as host of “Bigg Boss” season 13. Meanwhile, even as excitement builds, the Bollywood superstar has shot for the first promo of the show at Reliance Studios in Mumbai’s Film City. Colors channel, which will air season 13 of the show from September 29, posted a shooting still of Salman from the promo set, on its Instagram page. In the picture, Salman is seen in workout gear, flashing that trademark infectious smile. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Salman will share screen space in the promo with “Naagin” actress Surbhi Jyoti, and “Hate Story 4” actor Karan Wahi. In the promo, Salman flirts with Surbhi while jogging, and offers her a bouquet of flowers. Then, Karan Wahi, essaying her on-screen lover, enters the screen and snatches the flowers. Unlike the past years, the Bigg Boss house this year has been erected in Mumbai itself.last_img read more

West Indies set record ODI opening stand against Ireland

first_imgDublin: West Indies openers John Campbell and Shai Hope shattered the record for the highest first-wicket partnership in a one-day international with a stand of 365 against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. The duo comfortably exceeded the previous opening best at this level of 304 set by Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in July last year. Campbell made 179 and Hope 170 in an eventual total of 381 for three after the visitors were sent in to bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield at Clontarf. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHope was first to his century while Campbell quickly followed to him to a hundred — his first in international cricket. They were both dismissed in the 48th over, Campbell top-edging Barry McCarthy to mid-off with Hope falling three balls later when he holed out to deep square-leg. Campbell faced 137 balls, including 15 fours and six sixes, with Hope’s 152-ball knock featuring 22 fours and two sixes. The only higher partnership in the 4,128-match history of men’s ODI cricket also belongs to the West Indies, with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels sharing a second-wicket stand of 372 against Zimbabwe in Canberra during the 2015 World Cup. Ireland’s attack had sparked an England top-order collapse at nearby Malahide on Friday but had no answer as the West Indies ran riot in the opening match of a triangular series also featuring Bangladesh.last_img read more

Antipolio drive by UNICEF highlights Afghanistans day of unity for children

The designation by President Hamid Karzai of a “National Day of Unity for Children” comes as the drive towards a polio-free Afghanistan enters the last mile with the start today of the second National Immunization Days (NID) campaign for 2003, which aims to vaccinate 6 million Afghan children against the crippling disease.School children in Afghanistan will also be celebrating when a host of new and renovated schools open – part of UNICEF’s ongoing efforts with the Ministry of Education to bring youngsters back into the education process. A nationwide programme and enthusiastic participation by the Afghan children has generated real results in a country where not long ago, education for girls was virtually banned.The agency’s “Back to School” campaign has seen attendance double over the last two years – this academic year, 4.2 million primary school children are expected to return to the classroom, many of them girls.”Promoting unity through child rights is one long-term solution to problems of ethnic conflict and political instability,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. “But to be effective those rights must kept at the top of the agenda today and every day. That means taking action and delivering the services these children need.” read more

Gift Guide Cool tech toys for the kid in your life

by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Nov 22, 2016 12:47 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gift Guide: Cool tech toys for the kid in your life NEW YORK, N.Y. – Looking for a cool tech gift for a special kid in your life?There’s no shortage of fun and fairly educational items these days. New toys for the holidays include little robot friends full of personality and magnetic blocks that snap together to teach the basics of computer programing.Here are some toys designed to keep kids entertained without sacrificing on education:___HANDS-ON TECHTablet screens and apps haven’t gone away, but they’re just not enough on their own. With these toys, kids can create and build with their hands, not just a tablet.— Osmo. As kids arrange magnetic blocks or puzzle pieces, their creations show up on the iPad thanks to a mirror attached to the tablet’s camera. By arranging blocks, for instance, kids put together lines of code to guide an on-screen monster. Another game teaches entrepreneurial and math skills by letting kids run their own pizza shop. The base set costs $30. You then buy add-ons, such as coding for $50 and the pizza business for $40. It works only with iPads for now.— Makey Makey. You connect one end to a computer’s USB port and the other to any material that conducts electricity, such as coins or even a banana. Kids can then turn bananas into keyboards and pencil drawings into controls for video games. The basic set costs $25, though for $50, you get additional clips and connector wires.— Meccano sets. This is for the tween or young teen who is handy with a wrench and has a lot of time. Even the trio of smaller Micronoids sets ($40) require a decent amount of time and significant motor skills. The larger models, such as the $140 Meccanoid 2.0, can take the better part of a day to construct. Once assembled, these robots can be programed to dance, play games and interact with each other.— Illumicraft. Don’t let the girly colours or rainbow stickers turn you off. The $20 kit combines science and crafting to introduce basic circuitry. Projects include light-up diaries, jewelry organizers, smartphone speakers and picture frames.— Code This Drone. Software company Tynker and drone maker Parrot have joined forces to create this kit, which includes a drone and a one-year subscription to Tynker’s education service. The kit costs $100 to $150 depending on the drone selected. It teaches the basics of coding through games played with an app-controlled mini drone. Kids can program their own flight plan of flips and turns, or build their own game to send an on-app through an obstacle course, as the real drone mirrors the movements.___CODING FOR PRESCHOOLERS?Parents with dreams of future high-tech careers are eager for their children to learn computer programming. And some toy makers say it’s never too early to introduce coding concepts, even if a child is still in diapers.— Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar. Kids as young as 3 can “write” code by snapping together a $50 toy caterpillar. Each section signifies a command, such as “go straight” or “play sounds.” Hit the execute button to send the toy crawling in the chosen order. Older kids can program Code-a-Pillar to reach targets placed across a room, or send it through an obstacle course of their own creation. While the kids aren’t learning a coding language, the toy does try to teach cause and effect, as well as problem solving.— Coji. As its name implies, this $60 mini robot teaches pre-readers to code with emojis. It also reacts when you tilt or shake it, and you can control it with your phone or tablet.— Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set. With this $60 toy, kids build a maze with plastic squares and dividers, then program their mouse to make its way through to the cheese at the end.___ROBOTS WITH PERSONALITYKids want more than robots they can guide with a remote or smartphone. Kids want personality, a little friend to whom they can relate and who recognizes them.— Cozmo. This $180, palm-sized robot is expressive, adorable and fun to play with. A team of animators designed more than 500 reactions for the robot to pick from when it sees someone it recognizes, wins or loses a game, or completes a task. The result is a very cute and human-like buddy — think Pixar’s Wall-E.— CHiP. This $200 robot doggie cuddles, plays fetch and follows you around your house. When he’s close to running out of juice, he even heads over to his charging pad and parks himself. This little guy is very loud when he zips around the room, so apartment-dwellers with hardwood floors might want to invest in a rug.___ADDITIONAL REALITIES“Pokemon Go” isn’t the only way kids can play with augmented reality, the blending of the real and virtual worlds. And there are toys that make virtual reality affordable.— Airhogs Connect. With this $150 system, kids use an app to fly an included drone over a sensor pad that, combined with a phone or tablet’s camera, places the drone into the game on the screen. As the physical drone moves, so does the one in the game. Kids fly the drone through hoops and shoot down alien invaders. Play is limited by the drone’s estimated 10-minute flying time.— VR Real Feel Virtual Reality Car Racing Gaming System. This $30 car racing game includes a wireless steering wheel and a virtual-reality headset you stick your phone into. It’s not the fanciest VR technology, but it’s a lot of fun for what you pay. The system is set to ship on Dec. 12.___Follow Bree Fowler at https://twitter.com/APBreeFowler . Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/bree-fowler .___Online:AP’s look at how tech toys are going back to the basics:http://apne.ws/2ghszag read more

Security Council warns of Syrian civil wars impact on UN force in

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council extended the mandate of the 1,350-strong UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) which monitors the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war, until 30 June, and strongly condemned recent intense fighting on the Syrian side of the area of separation.Calling on the parties to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any breaches of the ceasefire and the area of separation, the resolution stressed that there should be no military activity of any kind there either by the Syrian army or armed opposition groups.It urged “Member States to convey strongly to the Syrian armed opposition groups in UNDOF’s area of operation to halt all activities that endanger United Nations peacekeepers on the ground and to accord the United Nations personnel on the ground the freedom to carry out their mandate safely and securely.”It noted the increased use by Syrian opposition and other groups of improvised explosive devices in the area, and recalled various incidents in October and November, including fighting in which an UNDOF member was injured, Syrian army fire on mission vehicles and the firing on and detention of four UNDOF personnel by Syrian opposition elements.The resolution called on all parties to “cooperate fully with the operations of UNDOF, to respect its privileges and immunities and to ensure its freedom of movement, as well as the security of and unhindered and immediate access for the United Nations personnel carrying out their mandate.”Forty-three UNDOF military personnel and one international civilian worker have been killed since the force was first set up. read more

Saving water on large mines to be demonstrated at MINExpo

first_imgHow the Debswana Orapa diamond mine, one of the largest in the world, located in Botswana, an extremely arid region of Africa, switched to this technology and has reported water savings of 1.1 billion gallons and dollar savings of $3.9 millionHow a mineral sands mine in South Australia made huge water savings, achieved zero leakage, and reported a rapid ROI just from improved pumping efficiency alone because it now pumps more undiluted product instead of flush waterHow a dramatic water saving made by a Canadian potash mine actually stopped the product from becoming dissolved by flush water. This will save it the loss of 1,314 t/y of potash, worth about $600,000 per pump. This should lead to a total saving of $30 million in potash product each year by eliminating the unnecessary mixing of water and potashIf you wish to attend, its Tuesday 25th September, 10.15 – 12.15, Room N-261 on the Upper Concourse, early arrival suggested. The water saving technology deployed by mechanical seal and systems manufacturer AESSEAL currently saves nearly enough water each week to quench the thirst of all 2.6-million residents of Las Vegas for a full year, the company says. The MINExpo Water Session will include case histories from major mining operations using this technology, who report a significant reduction in water usage and increased operational efficiencies (uptime). This includes: last_img read more

Motorola tempts enterprise BlackBerry users with 200 cash back

first_imgIf we hadn’t already upgraded to the iPhone 4S, the office where I fritter away my daylight hours would certainly have given the Droid Razr Maxx a look. That is, if we’d known Motorola had this deal up their sleeves. They’re offering up to $200 cash back if you trade up from your existing phone to a Moto Android.It’s a move that is undoubtedly aimed squarely at RIM, who’s seen their share of the corporate mobile device market take a beating over the past two years. Enterprise IT managers who once defaulted to BlackBerry phones are now deploying the iPhone and Android devices — and many are even instituting bring-your-own-device policies.Don’t get too excited by the special offer just yet. A large number of the devices on the trade-in estimator are eligible for “free recycling only,” so you might wind up paying full price if you decide to make the switch to a sexy new Motorola. RIM is currently running a trade-up program too, but it’s not much more exciting: the BlackBerry Curve 8530s my agency replaced are worth just $15. That’s better than free recycling, but not nearly enough of an incentive to stay locked in to the RIM ecosystem.In the end, you’re probably better off trying to sell your old devices on eBay or to company employees if you’re an IT manager. You’ll probably be able to claw back considerably more cash than you will from either trade-in program, and that’s money you can use to offset the cost of any manufacturer’s phones — Apple, Samsung, HTC, or whoever else you’d rather be using.More at Engadget and Motorolalast_img read more

At 16 Greek Australian Alessandra Kitinas is Australias youngest CEO

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Having just turned 16, Greek Australian teenager Alessandra (Ali) Kitinas was dubbed Australia’s youngest Chief Executive Officer last week, having successfully launched two businesses in Australia, while still attending high school. “The idea of me setting up my first business was born when my mother had a really bad corporate experience and I witnessed the pressure and struggles she went through at that difficult time,” says the young Sydney-based entrepreneur in an interview with Neos Kosmos. “At a very young age for most, I decided that I wanted to be my own boss so that I don’t have to depend on anyone and be financially secure by standing on my own two feet; although I am also a very passionate performer, I understand that it would be really hard to gain financial security in that field. “That’s why I decided to get into business, so that I could have the financial security to pursue my other passions,” says the year 10 student who launched her first social media marketing agency named Outside The Square (OTS) at the age of 11. “I am young and therefore the social media industry has always been of interest to me mainly because I understand the way it works,” Ali explains. The young entrepreneur’s second business, two-year-old company Freedom Scrub Foundation, produces ethically sourced body scrubs made from recycled coffee grounds and a portion of proceeds go toward helping impoverished and war-stricken children from Rwanda to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) through Ireland’s HOPE Foundation. “I visited India’s most dangerous city two years ago and I experienced at first hand children trafficking crimes and poverty. I feel that with this money we can help those children and the only hospital in the area treating them,” Ali says. Having started her first business, Ali, whose family originates from the islands of Lemnos and Kastelorizo, credits her entrepreneurial interests to the powerful influence exerted by many strong women in her life whilst she admits that her impeccable time management skills have a lot to do with her success so far. “School remains my main priority. Therefore, I make sure I schedule my day to start early so that it can be as productive as possible. In order to get enough time to do my homework during school hours, I set the clock for 6.00 am to do some work for the two businesses and during lunch and recess I catch up on the rest,” she explains. Another interesting aspect in the Kitinas family story is that, whilst Ali’s mum Lynne is still the boss of the household during the day, the dynamics change after hours. Lynne is currently employed by her daughter and her work performance is often being reviewed after school. “It is something we both laugh about at times as it is quite funny how our dynamic switches from one moment to the other. It works though. I try not to be too difficult as a daughter as much as she tries not to be difficult as an employee,” Ali explains.“To me, my mum’s contribution is important and I feel that overall, a young person should never let age or gender hinder their development and take the dreams away. Absolutely nobody has ever regretted the things they did, rather than the things they dreamt of doing but never did,” the 16-year-old stresses clarifying that it is her mum who first inspired her to pursue her dreams.Lynne, who fled her family home at the age of 14, was living on the streets whilst going to school. In spite of being in dire straits Ali’s mum worked two jobs in order to survive and pull herself together; she found a position as a retail assistant and also worked in a laundromat where she could wash and dry her school clothes.Now mother and daughter are enjoying life doing what they love; use their creativity and ingenuity for the good of others. The duo got to meet tycoon and Virgin founder Richard Branson after Ali was chosen to participate in a mentoring program for young entrepreneurs at his private estate on the Virgin Islands. Upon returning to Australia, Ali got straight back to work raising money to fight homelessness and poverty. The young Greek Australian is the youngest CEO ever to participate in the St Vincent de Paul’s CEO Sleepout fundraiser to date. “The organisers have picked the coldest winter night so that we can all feel how difficult and challenging it is to live on the streets,” says Ali who is also keen to expand her humanitarian activity overseas and work with the United Nations helping people in need. “We all need to give a helping hand where we can,” concludes the young businesswoman who is hoping to inspire young women to follow her example and change the dynamics of the world for the better. To help Ali raise money for the homeless go to ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/nsw-ceos/ali-kitinas or for more info go to ceosleepout.org.au.last_img read more

Take a Tour of the ESC Game Theater Lab

first_imgStay on target The controllers are modified iPod touches with added haptic feedback. The games are designed to be fast and fun local multiplayer games anyone can enjoy. So the touchscreen and motion control inputs work just fine for the casual gameplay. By knowing the player’s location, the patented spotlight system can do things like divide players into different teams by light or flash on a player who is doing particularly well in tandem with the emcee (in our case ESC’s Pete Vigeant) guiding everyone and adding color commentary. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form center_img Debuting just a few months ago, the ESC Game Theaters are immersive entertainment spaces for friends to get together and play some quick multiplayer games together on a huge screen with flashing lights and surround sound. The flagship shopping mall theater is in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, and it’s pretty awesome. To help keep it awesome, ESC tests new games in its New York Game Lab. We recently got to check out that lab, and it’s pretty awesome, too.Th ESC Game Lab isn’t quite as impressive as the full theater. After all, it’s meant for employees and playtesters, not the paying general public. But we did get a good taste of the ESC Game Theater experience. Up to 30 players stand in front of the expansive screen in marked spots. Will Greenwald and I played a deceptively strategic arcade sports game called Robot Basketball where players suck up balls and try to blast more of them into hoops than the other team. It reminded me of NBA Jam in a great way. It’s also one of the games ESC hosts pro tournaments for, giving prizes to budding eSports champions. Will you be Pelé of Cube Ball?We saw a bunch of the other available games, too. Fruit Tattoo has apples and oranges swapping ink. Sticky Floats Parade forces players to hold a giant balloon together while not getting pooped on by pigeons. Hat the Beast is pretty self-explanatory, and Bee Racing is the best bee-related thing since Jerry Seinfeld. Most games were developed by ESC’s own team. New York has a lot of untapped games talent after all. But a few were developed in partnership with Warner Bros. and BumbleBear Games, makers of 10-player Killer Queen arcade cabinet, another amazing multiplayer game. They also know the folks at Gigantic Mechanic, developers of the great local multiplayer Tetris remix Block Party, which I played at last year’s IndieCade East.Being a laboratory, the purpose of this New York space is to playtest new games and make sure they are fun and bug-free before getting played for real at the main ESC theater. Besides coaxing journalists like us with free food and games, ESC lets volunteers sign up for game-testing events in the lab from time to time. Check out Eventbrite if you’re interested. And when you’re ready for the real deal make the pilgrimage to the ESC Game Theater in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey.last_img read more

Ketchikan pastor teacher sentenced for sexually abusing minor

first_imgDoug Edwards is handcuffed following his sentencing hearing Thursday in Ketchikan Superior Court. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)Former Ketchikan High School teacher and local pastor Doug Edwards was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in jail for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl who was a student and member of his congregation. Doug Edwards was charged last spring with six counts of sexual abuse of a minor for groping the 14-year-old girl’s chest at the high school, at his home and at the church where he was a pastor. He pleaded guilty in early February to one consolidated charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor through a plea agreement.During the sentencing hearing, Superior Court Judge William Carey accepted the plea agreement, and sentenced Edwards to 18 years with 12 years suspended. Edwards will be eligible for good time, which could cut his time in jail by up to a third.Once released, Edwards will face 10 years probation, and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.The victim and her family had an opportunity to speak during the sentencing hearing. The victim participated by phone and declined to comment. But her mother and grandmother both spoke.Her mother read from her daughter’s written statement. In it, the victim said she doubted her own ability to understand what’s normal, and who was at fault.“He has kids, a wife, a reputation. Why would he abuse a student? Why would he pick me? He has nothing to gain from this and everything to lose,” her mother read. “What about his family? They’d be devastated, they’d be crushed. I don’t want to be a person who destroys relationships. Or maybe it was just a misunderstanding – something I’m reading far too much into. At this point, I now realize all the faults of my coping mechanisms and how untrue they were.”The victim’s mother later addressed Edwards directly.“The trust that you broke is perhaps the most sickening thing in all of this,” she said. “We trusted you with our most valuable possessions – our children. You are a shepherd, supposedly watching out for your flock. But instead you are the wolf, devouring many.”The victim’s grandmother said her granddaughter is a hero for speaking out about Edwards.“She showed Christ-like love when she thought of his family before she thought of reporting him,” she said. “He claimed to be a Christian, which meant he should have been Christ-like, and yet he didn’t even think of his own family above himself.”The family does not agree with the terms of the plea agreement, and asked the judge to consider a longer sentence.Edwards also spoke, and said he’s deeply sorry for the pain and distress his actions caused the victim and her family, as well as his own family, his church, the school district and the community.“To have been in such a prominent position and to have been so trusted makes my crime that much greater. There is no justification for my sin,” Edwards said. “Anything called repentance requires tangible evidence to prove that it’s real. I am committed to live out the rest of my life showing the change in my heart and the regret for my actions.”Judge Carey agreed with the victim’s grandmother that her granddaughter is a hero for coming forward. Carey called Edwards’ actions appalling, and said they will have long-term effects, especially on the victim and her family.“And my heart goes out to them for that,” Carey said. “She is never going to be the same, Mr. Edwards. This is going to stay with her (for) her entire life. This is going to stay with her family and those who are closest to her.”Carey added that there have been collateral effects throughout the community.However, Carey said the plea agreement is reasonable for this case. Edwards, who is 60 years old, has no prior criminal offenses. Carey said 10 years of probation and 12 years suspended jail time should provide a significant incentive for Edwards to behave once released.Carey did note that sexual offenders often are driven by strong urges, and Edwards will have some work to do toward rehabilitation. Part of his probation requirement is to participate in sex-offender treatment programs.Once released, Edwards’ contact with anyone under 16 will be strictly limited.last_img read more

Bangladeshi UN official charged with fraud granted bail

first_imgHamidur RashidHamidur Rashid, a Bangladeshi national charged with ‘visa and foreign labour contracting frauds’, was granted bail on ‘unsecured bond’ on Tuesday, reports UNB.US prosecutors charged Hamidur, a United Nations employee in New York, with committing visa fraud by bringing a female domestic worker from Bangladesh but reportedly failed to pay her a lawful wage.”Hamidur appeared before the court in Manhattan [Tuesday] and was released shortly,” consul general at Bangladesh Consulate in New York Shameem Ahsan told UNB on Wednesday.However, a senior diplomat, wishing to remain unnamed, said the latest incident seems to be “calculated attempt to harass the Bangladeshi employees by domestic aides for mundane gains.”The unsecured bond or no-cash bail was set at US$ 2,50,000 but due to Hamid’s strong ties with the US, especially having an American wife with significant property there, apparently waived him from any cash payment, another official told UNB.Hamidur, a programme director at the United Nations Development Programme in Manhattan, reportedly contracted with the employee to pay her US$420 per week, and submitted that contract to the US State Department to obtain a visa for her, according to international media.The employee arrived in the United States in November, 2012 and Hamidur had a new contract signed by her with a wage of US$290 per week, according to the compliant.Earlier, deputy consul general in New York Shahedul Islam was arrested from his residence in New York based on a case filed by his “absconding” domestic help Mohammed Amin.The foreign ministry, following the incident, summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the US embassy in Dhaka and lodged a ‘strong protest’ against the arrest of Bangladeshi diplomat. Later, he was freed on bail.Shahedul Islam was indicted on Monday (June 12) on charges of labour trafficking and forcing his domestic help to work without pay through threats and intimidation.A hearing of the case filed against Shahedul will be held on 28 June.Read more:Bangladeshi UN official in NY charged with visa fraud, underpaying workerlast_img read more

Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Across US Over Listeria Fears

first_img Share Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople walk by a Panera Bread in Manhattan in 2015.Panera Bread has announced it is preemptively recalling all of the 2 ounce and 8 ounce cream cheese products sold at its 2,000 U.S. locations. The fast-casual chain said it had made its decision “out of an abundance of caution” after samples of one of its cream cheese varieties tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.The company notes that “no illnesses have been reported.”“The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the U.S. with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility,” Blaine Hurst, Panera’s president and CEO, said in a statement released Sunday.He added that “only one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result” — though the company is including at least 10 varieties across both sizes in its voluntary recall:“Affected 2 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below): Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.“Affected 8 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below): Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.”Panera Bread CompanyPanera Bread provided images of the varieties of 8 oounce cream cheese included in the recall, including this shot of plain.All of the varieties with an expiration date on or before April 2 have been included in the recall.Listeria, a type of foodborne bacteria, has prompted several widespread recalls in the U.S. in recent years — including 2016, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recalled more than 350 frozen vegetable and fruit products at major grocers across the country.Panera Bread CompanyChive and onion is one of the varieties of 2 ounce cream cheese Panera Bread is preemptively recalling.At the time, Lydia Zuraw of Kaiser Health News explained the deadly dangers of a possible listeria outbreak:“Most healthy immune systems can keep an infection at bay, but if the bug makes it into the bloodstream, it causes listeriosis and kills 1 in 5 victims.“Older adults, pregnant women, newborns and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of infection. People 65 and older are four times more likely to get sick from listeria than the general population, and pregnant women — who may not develop listeriosis themselves but whose babies could be threatened — are 10 times more likely.”A listeria outbreak earlier this month in South Africa killed dozens of people and sickened hundreds more, after a poultry abattoir spread the bug into the wider population. Reuters, citing a food microbiologist, reported that the outbreak “appeared to be the biggest ever recorded.”Panera Bread, for its part, said the listeria found in its own varieties of cream cheese appears to be contained: “Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative,” the company explained in its announcement.For now, the recall affects Panera Bread locations in the U.S. only. Customers who purchased their cream cheese in Canada and elsewhere can continue to spread and dip as they wish.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Cardinals Head to Nebraska For Two Matches

first_imgThe Cornhuskers are 5-5 , but have won four of their last five. NU is coming off of a 2-0 weekend at home, taking down Wyoming, 5-1 and Drake 4-0 win. Junior Claire Reifeis has mainly played at No. 1 singles and leads the team in wins with four. The doubles team of Reifeis and freshman Jessica Aragon are 5-1 this season. Junior Hayley Haakenstad is just behind Reifeis with three singles wins. Wichita State heads into Sunday’s match having faced steep competition. With a 2-4 record on the season, the Shockers have fallen to No. 11 Kansas, Baylor,  and Missouri but have notched wins over Middle Tennessee and UT Arlington. The Shockers have made 10 straight NCAA Tournaments and recorded an NCAA Tournament win last season, their first in school history. The University of Louisville women’s tennis team travels to Nebraska this weekend for a double-header against Nebraska and Wichita State. UofL takes on Nebraska (5-5) Friday, Feb. 15 and will then battle Wichita State (2-4) Saturday, Feb. 16 in Lincoln.  Louisville moved to 9-0 after completing a sweep of Marshall and Pittsburgh last weekend. They downed the Thundering Herd 5-2 as freshman Chloe Hamlin picked up her sixth win of the year. Sophomore Nikolina Jovic dropped the first set 3-6, but battled back to win 6-3, 6-3 to keep her undefeated streak alive. In the ACC opener, the Cardinals defeated Pittsburgh for the third straight season. The doubles team of Jovic and junior Raven Neeley won both of their outings this weekend in their first pairing of the season.center_img Louisville returners to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center next weekend, taking on conference foes Syracuse and Clemson.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

What 3D Printing Could Mean for Small Businesses

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story appears in the February 2013 issue of . Subscribe » In formation: The olloclip lens and Shapeways products.Photo© Ben AlsopA ball. A cup. A gear. Even an electric car. 3-D printers can’t print money, but they can produce prototypes for almost anything else. And as prices for the desktop devices drop, entrepreneurs are seeing them kick out something more: tangible business results.3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, uses technology born of paper printing. But rather than outputting two-dimensional renderings, it makes actual physical objects. There are a few methods. Fused deposition modeling printers push heated material through a tube (much like inkjets), “printing” objects in three dimensions, one layer at a time. Selective laser sintering (SLS) units, meanwhile, operate like laser printers, shining a high-powered beam of light onto a bed of powdered resin, turning it into a hardened material. And stereolithography works similarly to SLS, but with liquid resin.”There are a ton of companies, from one- and two-person organizations to sub-100-person organizations, that actually make themselves competitive with the 10,000-pound gorilla in their particular marketplace because of the advantages they get with 3-D printing,” says Bruce Bradshaw, marketing director of Objet, a 3-D printing provider based in Israel that was merging with Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Stratasys at press time. He says Objet’s annual revenue has grown 35 percent over the past three years, driven largely by small- and medium-size business customers. Meanwhile, the average cost of basic 3-D printers has fallen from $200,000 to $15,000.Huntington Beach, Calif.-based company olloclip has used 3-D printing to make a big name for itself with its little iPhone accessory. The snap-on camera lens has garnered rave reviews and is one of the few peripherals stocked in every Apple Store (not to mention Best Buy and Target). “I can’t imagine doing this without owning our own 3-D printer,” says CEO Patrick O’Neill.Olloclip has invested $50,000 in 3-D printing, not only to prototype its own products, but also to create mock-ups of rumored iPhones so that lenses can be designed quickly each time Apple releases a new version. “We can literally sketch an idea in the morning, model it in the afternoon, pop it in the printer and have a sample made that evening,” says olloclip design director Chong Pak. Fast turnaround is key for companies in this space; olloclip finished and validated an iPhone 5 version of its product within days of the handset’s announcement.But olloclip’s biggest challenge is in fending off counterfeiters in China. Poorly made fake olloclips flood Asian markets. Thanks to 3-D printing, olloclip can keep its computer-aided design files in-house and safe, rather than having samples produced through rapid prototyping service bureaus, which have been known to leak blueprints. “You hope that the people you send the files to are ethical, but you just don’t know,” O’Neill says. “If you keep it in-house, you don’t have to worry about that.”The efficiency of 3-D printing has transformed business for Houston-based ClearCorrect, a maker of invisible braces. Previously it used milling machines to make models of customers’ teeth that were thermoformed with a thin, clear plastic to make braces. Only one model could be made before resetting the expensive, high-powered machinery, which often broke down. With 3-D printing, CEO Jarrett Pumphrey discovered, they could run batches of 60 to 70 models at once, taking five minutes each, vs. 13 minutes with milling.The 130-person company expected a 30 percent sales gain for 2012 and is now using only 4,000 square feet of its facility and three to four people to produce models, rather than the 11,000 square feet and 10 to 15 people needed with the milling machines.Still, investing in 3-D printing isn’t for everyone. That’s where providers like New York City-based Shapeways come in. It offers 3-D printing in more than 30 materials–including plastic, glass, metal and ceramic–and an online marketplace where anyone can sell products. It offers 8,000 shop owners a low barrier to entry by charging only for materials used in production, plus a 3.5 percent transaction fee. Clients include designers of jewelry, tech gadgets and housewares; Shapeways enables them to produce and sell their creations in limited numbers but in a cost-effective way. “Our value proposition,” says director of marketing Carine Carmy, “is that we can offer the price and quality of what you can buy in a store, and have that still be custom.” March 14, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Punta Venado used to transport passengers to from Cozumel

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Updated: Following the incident at the central ferry terminal in Playa del Carmen, passengers wishing to visit the island of Cozumel were able to do so from another dock.The maritime authority CALICA made way at their Punta Venado maritime terminal for the safe transfer of passengers to Cozumel. The main ferry terminal in Playa del Carmen remained closed after the explosion of a Barcos Caribe passenger ferry Wednesday.At the request of the Harbor Authority of Playa del Carmen and in coordination with federal, state and local authorities, CALICA put its facilities at the service of the community Wednesday afternoon to receive support boats which brought several hundred tourists from Playa del Carmen back to their cruise ship that was docked in Cozumel.Royal Caribbean passengers were able to continue without major mishaps after returning to the island on schedule. The terminal has facilities to receive cruises and vehicle ferries.Through a statement, the company Calizas Industriales del Carmen (Calica) said the Punta Venado maritime terminal was opened to support the transfer of passengers to Cozumel, however the main central ferry terminal in Playa del Carmen has since reopened.The Punta Venado maritime terminal is located at kilometer 282.6 of the Chetumal-Cancún federal highway, eight kilometers south of the city of Playa del Carmen.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

by Hillel Italie The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2018 5:29 am PDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oprah Winfrey picks prison memoir for her book club NEW YORK, N.Y. – Anthony Ray Hinton, wrongly imprisoned for nearly 30 years, can hardly believe how his luck has changed.Hinton’s memoir, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” is Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club pick, a dream for virtually any writer and beyond the imagination for a man who was once confined to a 5-by-7-foot cell. Tuesday’s announcement comes three years after Hinton’s release from Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Alabama. He had been convicted for two 1985 murders in Birmingham, where he still lives.Hinton, during a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press, called Winfrey’s endorsement “the second biggest surprise” of his life.“The biggest surprise was being charged with a crime I didn’t commit.”Published in March, Hinton’s book tells of his conviction for killing two fast-food restaurant workers during separate robberies, and his decades spent on death row. His efforts to overturn the conviction reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 2014 unanimously ruled he had been denied a fair trial. Hinton was freed after new ballistics tests contradicted the only evidence — an analysis of crime-scene bullets — that connected Hinton to the slayings. When he finally got out, the words he spoke to loved ones greeting him — “The sun does shine” — became his memoir’s title.Winfrey’s book club has created dozens of bestsellers and within hours of Tuesday’s announcement “The Sun Does Shine” was No. 1 on Amazon.com, displacing the Bill Clinton-James Patterson thriller “The President is Missing.” On Monday night, it was No. 6,861.Hinton, 61, likened himself to Job as a man who lost everything, but eventually saw his life restored. Speaking of his time in jail, he said, “Every day was hell, every night was hell, every waking moment was hell.” But upon leaving, “The sun was shining brighter than I could ever remember it shining.”Hinton’s legal case was taken on by the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative and its director, Bryan Stevenson, whose 2014 book “Just Mercy” is considered essential reading about the criminal justice system. Stevenson provided the foreword to “The Sun Does Shine,” which Hinton wrote with Lara Love Hardin. Her other credits include co-writing “The Book of Forgiving” with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.In a promotional video released Tuesday, Winfrey noted that most of her picks over the past 20 years have been works of fiction. But she said “The Sun Does Shine” was a worthy exception.“This story reads like an epic novel and it is all true,” Winfrey said. “You will, throughout the book, try to imagine yourself — falsely accused, and in a 5-by-7 cell for 30 years. He is a remarkable storyteller and when you read it you’ll be swept away.”Winfrey’s interview with Hinton will air Sunday on her OWN network. Her “O” magazine will highlight “The Sun Does Shine” in its July issue. In February, Winfrey chose a novel that also focuses on a man jailed for a crime he didn’t commit, Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage.”___Online:http://www.oprah.com/app/own-tv.htmlhttp://www.oprah.com/app/o-magazine.htmlcenter_img FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2017 file photo, Oprah Winfrey arrives for the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala and Concert, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Winfrey’s next book club pick is,,”The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” a memoir about a wrongful murder conviction and the long fight to win acquittal. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File) last_img read more