North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Despite their Four Continents bronze last month, Ryom and Kim had a few problems in practice. Ryom fell hard on a throw and failed to land two jumps, though she and Kim showed off an impressive lift, as Ryom perched on top of her partner with seemingly little effort.Ryom and Kim regularly consulted their coaches rinkside and Kim at one point visibly winced when a Japanese skater fell near him.They didn’t stop to chat with the dozens of assembled South Korean and international journalists.ADVERTISEMENT “We didn’t have much time to talk because our warmup schedule was different, but we just said ‘Hi’,” Kam said. “We were just talking about our schedule for this weekend.”Fresh off a third-place finish at the Four Continents championship in Taiwan last month, Ryom and Kim are the only North Koreans who met the Olympic qualifying standards in their sport prior to being invited. They’re also rare among North Korean athletes in having competed at several competitions abroad, where they’d mixed with foreign skaters including Kam and his partner Kim Kyu-eun.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey’re likely to be respectable mid-level competitors in Pyeongchang, though aren’t considered medal contenders.“They’re really friendly and really bright, so it wasn’t too difficult to get close to them,” Kam said. “It was nice to train alongside them because they’re a really good team, so when there’s good teams training with us, it pushes us a bit more.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Brady takes his 3rd Super Bowl loss, despite 500-yard game LATEST STORIES MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Nextcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum South Korea’s Kim Kyueun and Kam Alex Kang Chan, left, skate next to North Korea’s Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik during a Pairs Figure Skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)GANGEUNG, South Korea — North and South Korean figure skaters shared the same ice Monday for the first time at the Pyeongchang Olympics.The North’s pair of Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik didn’t socialize much with the South Korean and Japanese athletes in their practice session, but South Korean skater Alex Kam said they’d shared a few words.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Latest ICC T20, ODI and Test rankings

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has updated T20, ODI and Test rankings on its website.According to the latest rankings, New Zealand with 13 matches and a rating of 125 has topped the Men’s T20I list. India stands at 4th position behind England and Pakistan with 18 matches and 118 ratings.The following is the Men’s T20I Team Rankings:The ODI list is topped by South Africa with 45 matches and a rating of 123. India figures at 3rd position with 31 matches and 117 ratings.The following is the Men’s ODI Team Rankings:There is finally some good news for Indian cricket fans with the team clinching the first position in the Test rankings. India got the top rank with 41 matches and 122 rating.The following is the Men’s Test Team Rankings:About ICC:The ICC is the global governing body for cricket. Representing 105 members, the ICC governs and administrates the game and works with the members to grow the sport. The ICC is also responsible for the staging of all ICC events.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

AP Sources: Alibaba Exec to Buy Nets, Arena for $3.4 Billion

first_imgNEW YORK — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday.Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in 2021.Instead, he pushed up that timeline for full ownership of a team on the rise after signing superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in July.Terms were not disclosed, but those familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Tsai is paying about $2.35 billion for the Nets and nearly $1 billion in a separate transaction for the arena. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements are not complete.The deal is expected to be completed by the end of September and is subject to approval by the NBA’s Board of Governors.It will surpass the $2.2 billion that Tilman Fertitta paid for the NBA’s Houston Rockets, and that David Tepper spent for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.Tsai is the executive vice chairman of the Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant. He already had purchased the WNBA’s New York Liberty.Prokhorov became the NBA’s first non-North American owner in 2010 and oversaw the Nets’ move from New Jersey to Brooklyn two years later. He spent big in the first couple years after the move in a quest to chase a championship, but the team soon became one of the worst in the NBA before rallying to return to the playoffs last season.He boasted of trying to win a championship within five years of his ownership, rapidly going through players and coaches in the first few years in Brooklyn. But he spent less time around the team in recent years while focusing on his interests in Russia — which at one point included a campaign for president of the Russian Federation — and remained in the background after hiring Sean Marks as the team’s general manager in 2016.“It has been an honor and a joy to open Barclays Center, bring the Nets to Brooklyn, and watch them grow strong roots in the community while cultivating global appeal,” Prokhorov said in a statement. “The team is in a better place today than ever before and I know that Joe will build on that success, while continuing to deliver the guest experience at Barclays Center that our fans, employees, and colleagues in the industry enjoy.”Prokhorov had invested $200 million and made funding commitments to acquire 80 percent of the team and 45 percent of the arena project, after the team’s planned move across the Hudson River had repeatedly stalled. He later bought the remainder of the arena, which quickly became a popular attraction for concerts, boxing and college basketball, as well as the home of the New York Islanders.Tsai, a native of Taiwan, is positioned to take full control of the team by the time the Nets head to China to play two exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers in October. That comes at the start of a season of renewed excitement for the Nets, who just three seasons ago won an NBA-worst 20 games but are set to make a big move up the standings after landing two of the best players on the market when free agency opened.“I’ve had the opportunity to witness up close the Brooklyn Nets rebuild that Mikhail started a few years ago,” Tsai said. “He hired a front office and coaching staff focused on player development, he supported the organization with all his resources, and he refused to tank. I will be the beneficiary of Mikhail’s vision, which put the Nets in a great position to compete, and for which I am incredibly grateful.”Tsai, 55, graduated from Yale and its law school. He figures to help the NBA extend its growth in Asia, where the Basketball World Cup will be held in China this year before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The league is staging preseason games in both countries along with India, the home country of Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, whose teams will play in them.Brett Yormark, the CEO of BSE Global, which manages the Nets and its arena, will oversee the transition before leaving for a new role.By: Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC thrash FC Goa 3-0, finish on top of table

first_imgTen-man Bengaluru FC sealed their place at the top of the table with a stunning 3-0 win over FC Goa in the Indian Super League here Thursday. Full-back Nishu Kumar received his second yellow card and was sent for an early bath in the 42nd minute.Down to 10 men, Bengaluru produced a brilliant second-half performance to pick up all three points as Juanan (50′), Udanta Singh (58′) and Miku (69′) netted a goal each.The win sees Bengaluru assured of finishing top of the league for a second consecutive season while FC Goa will be disappointed at not pressing home their numerical advantage.FC Goa looked to be the better team in the opening session but the tables turned in the second.The hosts were given an early scare when Ahmed Jahouh stole the ball off Dimas Delgado’s feet in the midfield and unleashed a piledriver at the goal that ricocheted back off the inside of the post.Bengaluru also had a chance when Miku and Dimas combined brilliantly in the 20th minute but the scoreline remained unchanged, thanks to an alert Mourtada Fall.The defender stuck with Miku as he tried to get a show away after Dimas’ excellent lob, allowing Naveen Kumar to collect what turned out to be a tame effort.Bengaluru were dealt a blow just before the break after the referee showed a second yellow card to Nishu Kumar for dissent.The full-back, after bringing down Jackichand Singh, was punished for his frustration as the referee awarded a free-kick to Goa.advertisementDespite going down to 10 men, the hosts nearly scored at the stroke of half-time when Harmanjot Khabra forced a brilliant save from Naveen Kumar.Despite the numerical disadvantage, Bengaluru started the second half on the front foot and took the lead within five minutes.Xisco Hernandez delivered an excellent cross into the centre of the box and the ball fell for Juanan. The defender chested the ball and lashed a volley into the top corner.The hosts piled the pressure on the visitors and showed no signs of holding back.In the 58th minute, Dimas gained possession of the ball in midfield and played Udanta Singh behind the defence with a delightful through-ball.The Indian winger raced into the box and with just the goalkeeper to beat, finished with aplomb to double his team’s lead.Goa took risks and pressed further up the field to try and get back into the game. Brandon latched onto Edu Bedia’s ball into the box in the 66th minute but his effort was denied by the crossbar.Bengaluru exploited the space at the other end and added to their tally minutes later.Dimas found Miku in space at the edge of the box. The Venezuelan beat the Goa goalkeeper with a terrific long-range strike to score his first ISL goal after a long injury lay-off and end Bengaluru’s two-match losing streak.Also Watch:last_img read more

LOC’s lame response on ticketing

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup Ticketing Issues: LOC passes the buck to state association, government and broadcaster Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 05:07 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Ceppi Kushal Das Shaji Prabhakaran Joy Bhattacharya  FICCI Goal 2015 Convention AIFF Media U17 World Cup India U17 v Colombia U17 India U17 Colombia U17 The U-17 World Cup’s organization has left a lot to be desired after over three years of preparation for the mega event… The FIFA Under-17 World Cup was an opportunity for India to showcase their ability to host big tournaments.After the debacle of Commonwealth Games in 2010, the Under-17 World Cup was their biggest chance to change the world’s opinion on India having the bandwidth to host and organize mega events.While the infrastructure bit was taken care of in time by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), it was the rest of the organization which left a lot to be desired. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. At almost every venue, several seats were empty. At Kolkata, the local state association asked for 200 tickets for former footballers but only 85 was given while a lottery system determined who would get a ticket.“All the tickets that have been put up for sale, are the maximum number of tickets that can be sold at each venue discounting below mentioned commitments. When a venue appears sold out, it reflects the position of tickets that have been put out for sale,” read the statement from the LOC on Sunday.FIFA U17 LOGOInterestingly, it’s the next bit which is startling.“Discounting the contractual obligations with the Hosting Association (State Association), all the participating teams (24 teams), all the 13 commercial partners of the Tournament (adidas, Coca Cola, Wanda, Gazprom, Hyundai, Qatar Airways, Visa, Bank of Baroda, Coal India Limited, Hero, Dalmia Cement, NTPC and Byju’s), the host broadcaster (Sony), the signatories of host city (state government), stadium and training site agreements (Sports Authority of India) and other stakeholders with which there are contracts with regards to the Tournament, to provide tickets.”What this essentially means is that the LOC have been allowed to sell only so many tickets, which they have. However, if you do find fans not thronging to the stadium or not being able to buy a ticket, it’s because the LOC are obligated to share tickets with the State Associations, Central and State Governments, Sports Authority of India (SAI), Sony and the 13 sponsors. It must be added that most of the state association’s heads are part of the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Executive Committee and are affiliated members of the AIFF. This not only comes across as daft but shows the lack of coordination between the LOC and the rest of the above-mentioned organizations.The question is why are these being pointed out now? Why didn’t the LOC explain that they had to give so many tickets under obligation? So the sponsors and broadcaster has to take the blame despite having invested in the competition heavily, as per the LOC’s statement. Probably a thing or two needs to be learnt about managing commercial partners and not blaming them at the first instance.Why pass the buck when the stands are empty?last_img read more

It’s a message of peace, says Somdev Devvarman as India set to play Davis Cup tie in Pakistan

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 12:22 IST Former India No. 1 tennis player Somdev Devvarman (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia Davis Cup team is set to go to Pakistan in SeptemberFormer India tennis No.1 Somdev Devvarman feels it would be a message of peaceIndia has skipped most of the sporting events in Pakistan due to border tensions between the two countriesFormer India No. 1 tennis player Somdev Devvarman feels it’s a great opportunity for the Davis Cup team to “build relationships” with their Pakistan counterparts when they go there for the two-day Asia-Oceania Group 1 tie in September.”It’s great. Honestly, I wish I was part of the team,” Somdev told IANS in an interview facilitated by Sony Pictures Networks.”It’s a fantastic opportunity for our players to go and experience Pakistan. Amazing opportunity for young athletes to go and build relationships with countries that we have problems with historically,” said Somdev who is now the national observer for tennis.”It’s a message of peace and play tennis in a competitive environment with mutual respect. I hope they make the most of it,” he added.After the International Tennis Federation (ITF) gave Pakistan the green signal to host the Davis Cup tie at the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has begun the process of checking player availability and sorting visa applications.”We got the invitation yesterday. Now we will apply for visas. It’s a lengthy process, so we have to do it beforehand,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told IANS on Friday.The sports ministry has also cleared the Indian team’s participation in the tie. This will be the first time since 2006 that the two countries will meet in the Davis Cup.Pakistan did not host a Davis Cup tie for 12 years due to security reasons. The ban was lifted by the ITF in 2017.advertisementIf India do not turn up for the away tie, they would be slapped with a fine like Hong Kong were after they refused to play an away tie in Pakistan. They were not only fined but also relegated to a lower division.”None of the players or coaches have voiced any concern and I am hopeful they all will go,” Chatterjee said.There is no official announcement yet from AITA on their decision to send the team.Also Read | Hall of Fame Open: Leander Paes and Marcus Daniell crash out in semifinalAlso Read | Rogers Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal top seed after fatigued Novak Djokovic withdraws Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Somdev DevvarmanFollow India Davis Cup It’s a message of peace, says Somdev Devvarman as India set to play Davis Cup tie in PakistanAmid political tensions between the two countries, India Davis Cup team is set to go to Pakistan for the first time in 55 years to play the Asia/ Oceania Group 1 away tie.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Dorian LPG Hires ABS to Study the Use of LPG as Marine

first_imgzoom US-based ship owner and operator Dorian LPG has engaged the classification society ABS to evaluate the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a marine fuel, among other options.ABS will provide an in-depth engineering and economic analysis to assess the costs and benefits for Dorian LPG’s fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs) of using LPG to meet the new global emissions standards.If the economic viability of LPG as a bunker fuel is established, the company believes that “it could represent a significantly more attractive and cost effective alternative to the current methods available to comply with the coming emissions regime for environmental control areas.”The move was made ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) mandate to reduce sulfur emissions by some 85%.ABS’ work will consider the environmental, operational and financial impact of LPG as a marine fuel and deliver its findings in the coming months.As part of its newbuilding program, Dorian LPG proactively made certain enhancements to its VLGC design to allow it to have the option to use LPG as a marine fuel in the future.“We believe that the relevant technologies are sufficiently advanced to allow a meaningful analysis of this environmentally friendly and cost effective fuel. If the study proves the commercial viability of LPG for marine fuel use, the company will be at the forefront of this innovation,” John Hadjipateras, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dorian LPG, said.last_img read more

eMoney share in Indias payment systems reaches 215 RBI

first_imgNew Delhi: Getting a leg-up from the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in November 2016, the share of e-Money in India’s payment systems grew to 21.5 per cent in 2017 from 0.8 per cent in 2012, according to a new report prepared by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). With Rs 3,459 million e-Money transactions, India was only behind Japan and the US in 2017 with respect to the volume of e-Money transactions, said the report titled “Benchmarking India’s Payment Systems”. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The report, which termed demonetisation “a game-changer for e-Money”, provides a comparative position of the payment system ecosystem in India relative to comparable payment systems and usage trends in other major countries. “While demonetisation gave the necessary fillip, the availability of mobile infrastructure and alternate payment systems ensured that payment systems were not affected when cash was in short supply,” said the report. While medium to large-value transactions continue to be made through digital banking channels and cheques, the low-value day-to-day transactions shifted to e-Money, it noted. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief The study found that when it comee to using e-Money for online transactions, India is far ahead of other developed countries. “Although behind China, India has a decent 26 per cent of online transactions using e-Money,” said the report. In terms of the number of ATMs deployed, India is next only to China. Duuring 2012-2017, ATM deployment grew at a compound annual growth rate of 14 per cent. “While this is good from the customer service perspective, it depicts high demand for cash,” said the report. At the end of 2017, India had 2,22,300 ATMs which, however, dropped to 2,21,703 as on March 31, 2019. Debit and credit card payments made up 29.9 per cent of India’s payment systems volume in 2017. Based on the mix of the countries benchmarked, India is in the lower rung and ranks higher than only Germany and Indonesia, said the report.last_img read more

BJPs counter to AAPs freebies Desealing and regularisation of colonies

first_imgNew Delhi: With the AAP government announcing ‘freebies’ in the run up to Assembly polls, the Delhi BJP may push for de-sealing of properties and faster implementation of regularisation of unauthorised colonies to woo voters, according to sources.The issues of sealing and unauthorised colonies came up during a meeting BJP president Amit Shah had with senior leaders of Delhi unit on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, his predecessors, MPs and MLAs from the city. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe issue of creating awareness about the central government schemes in Delhi was also discussed, said a leader who participated in the meeting. The Kejriwal government has recently announced waiver on water and electricity charges which was termed as a poll stunt by the BJP. “De-sealing of large number of properties sealed for violations of Delhi’s Master Plan in the past one and half years and pushing for speedy regularisation of unauthorised colonies could be the answers to the freebies recently announced by Kejriwal government,” said another Delhi BJP leader who attended the meeting. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShah emphasised on “coordination” among Delhi leaders to ensure that the party’s programmes are run effectively in view of the Assembly elections due early next year. “Union minister and Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan and Manoj Tiwari were told to coordinate to popularise central government schemes and highlight failures of the AAP government,” he said. The BJP is seeking to return to power in Delhi after over two decades on the back of its massive victory in Lok Sabha elections earlier this year. In the 2015 Assembly elections, the AAP vanquished the BJP and the Congress by winning 67 out of 70 seats. The BJP scraped through with just three seats.last_img read more

George Michaels family asks fans to remove tributes from trampled Highgate park

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There is still no permanent shrine to the singer, after devotees campaigned  for a life-size bronze statue to be erected on Michael’s land outside the property, which had been backed by his record label, Sony, and local councillors keen to replace the soggy shrine with something more sightly.However, the family quietly decided not to erect a statue in the singer’s memory, because he was a private person and would consider such a gesture “embarrassing.” He said: “The desecration of a beautiful North London square by weepy morons. See my instagram stories for the FULL HORROR!” The desecration of a beautiful North London square by weepy morons. See my instagram stories for the FULL HORROR!— Giles Coren (@gilescoren) November 21, 2017 After George Michael’s death on Christmas Day 2016, fans flocked to leave tributes outside his home in Highgate, with flowers littering a nearby park, which has been trampled to mud.Now, over a year later, his family have asked those who leave and tend the blooms, lights and cards to take them elsewhere, for the sake of the peaceful, well-to-do neighbourhood.The singer’s relatives have promised to refurbish the shabby park and plant new turf once the shrine has been cleared away.Sisters Yioda and Melanie Panayiotou and father Jack made the request on Mr Michael’s website, where they affectionately refer to him as “Yog.”They wrote: “We’ve been touched by your many tributes celebrating and remembering Yog, reminding us how very much he is missed and loved. Shrine outside George Michael’s Highgate home still going strong— John Wilson (@JohnWilson14) April 5, 2017 “However, we feel we cannot expect our Highgate and Goring neighbours to continue to accept as normality, the memorials so personal to you all, to remain as and where they are any longer although, we do appreciate your recent efforts to minimise their impact. However, this is what we feel we now need to do.”BBC presenter and Times restaurant critic Giles Coren, who lives nearby, tweeted his frustration about the park last year. read more

Chelsea now refocused and ready for the semifinal

first_imgThe Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has reiterated his claim that it was the best decision to question the motivation of his players.Sarri spoke through a translator during a press conference and admitted how difficult it is for him to motivate his players. Stamford Bridge will host Tottenham on Semifinal on Thursday and the Blues vows to use it and make a statement of their new motivation.Refocused and ready for the semi-final! 👊— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 23, 2019Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I didn’t attack my players. I only explained to the journalists my problem,” Sarri said, according to FourFourTwo.“They are very good boys.“With this little problem that I think I can help them [with]. But I didn’t want to attack them. But if we have a problem, I think we have to discuss the problem. We have to try and find the reason for the problem. We have to try and do something to improve.“I cannot see a big problem with this. Why? Why would I keep it a secret? I said that, for me, it was very difficult to motivate them. Not impossible. It’s very difficult.“I put in discussion my ability to motivate them. For me, it’s very difficult to motivate them. I don’t know why, otherwise it would have been easy for me.”last_img read more

I was always confident – Chicharito

first_imgChicharito says the brace he scored in West Ham United’s 3-0 victory at Newcastle United on Saturday was down to confidence.After returning to West Ham’s starting XI for their Premier League game at St James Park, Chicharito scored a goal in each half to help Manuel Pellegrini’s side pick up valuable three points on the road.“I was always confident because I always know that I am doing well in training and I’ve been patient,” Chicharito told the club’s website.“I scored one goal against Burnley and I’ve done my best when I’ve come on in matches.“In this world, when you have the confidence and the manager gives you the opportunity, it’s more easy to perform like I did today and thankfully I was able to score twice.“Two [goals] is not bad! When you have those kind of chances, of course you want to be ruthless and get a third, but the most important thing in my mind was getting the next goal when the next chance came.“After the first goal, I knew the next chance was the most important. Then when I missed that, I knew the next would be most important. I did it very good and it was very good because 1-0 against Newcastle is difficult.“Then Felipe got his goal and he deserved that because he did well one-v-one, and it was a great goal. All my teammates did a very good job.“We are very happy because we came here to get the three points and we did it and the most important thing is scoring first.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“In this stadium, it’s very difficult with the support they have here, they keep pressing us so scoring first was very important for us.“We also were able to keep a clean sheet and score three, and we could have scored more – I had two more chances that I missed – so I think we did very well because we scored and created chances and got the clean sheet.“We have a very big squad and someone like myself, we’ve been waiting for our opportunities to show that we can start.“We have an opportunity to get three points at home now on Tuesday and hopefully, we can do that and start thinking about the weekend.”last_img read more

Issues at West Coast Ports Persist

first_imgSince July 2014 the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the Int’l Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have operated without a contract, while trying to negotiate a new agreement, causing systematic labor slowdowns that have escalated to the point of shipment delays and a large backlog at west coast ports. This not only increases costs to exporters, but risks permanently damaging customer relations.Last week, the PMA held a press conference and announced a “last, best offer” and the ILWU issued a response.  A federal mediator joined the talks in January, and while negotiations have not ceased, comments and actions from both sides has increased concern that a strike or lockout is possible.  A labor dispute in 2002 resulted in West Coast ports shutting down for more than 10 days before President George W. Bush invoked the Taft-Hartley Act and the ports were reopened while mediators negotiated a deal.A shutdown of the west coast ports would have a tremendous impact on the U.S. economy. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together handle approximately 40 percent of the country’s containerized imports. A report commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation estimates the cost of a West Coast shutdown at nearly $2 billion a day.On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security held a hearing titled “Keeping Goods Moving”.  Chairwoman Deb Fischer (R-NE) discussed the impact of the ongoing labor negotiations in her opening statement noting that “Members of Congress and the administration must pay close attention to these ongoing negotiations and the economic impact of service disruptions at our ports. This is particularly important as we face the potential for ports on both coasts to be negotiating simultaneously in 2018, which is when the current East Coast labor contract expires”.The witnesses at the hearing included Cargill, BNSF, Moffat and Nichol and the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors.  The Republican Senators in attendance (Fischer, Daines (R-MT), Thune (R-SD), Blunt (R-MO)) all mentioned the impact of the negotiations on constituents, and the need for resolution.  They also focused questions on the impact and how long it will take for the system to correct itself.The issue was also the subject of an exchange at a White House Press Briefing with White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz. Shultz was asked whether the White House would be willing to employ Taft-Hartley to force negotiations forward and for the workers to go back to work. Shultz responded that officials at the White House and across the relative agencies are closely monitoring the situation and their belief is that both sides should be resolving this at the negotiating table.last_img read more

Davler Media Group Buys Long Island Parent Magazine

first_imgIn all, Davler publishes 14 magazines and produces five annual live events. It distributes 3 million copies of its City Guide magazine to more than 300 hotels. The eight editions of NYMetroParents distribute 400,000 copies monthly. Davler Media Group, publisher of NYMetroParents, City Guide and Promenade, has acquired Long Island Parent and its associated website from Wordsmiths Media, LLC. Davler, which produces eight editions of NYMetro Parents for New York City, Long Island and Connecticut suburbs, plans to fold its Long Island titles into Long Island Parent and produce two monthly regional editions for Nassau and Suffolk counties. The rebranded, combined issues will start with the October issues. Wordsmiths Media founder Liza Burby will join Davler in a senior publishing role. “In addition to our readers, I believe our clients will benefit because they can cover their market more efficiently,” says Burby in a statement announcing the deal. “Over the next year we will be able to produce new opportunities for them, in print, online and through live events.”last_img read more

IndiGo poaching troublehit Jet Airways pilots with compelling offers

first_img Close Ethiopian Airlines Crash: All 157 People Onboard Killed IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:07Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img In July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersTo tide over a shortage of pilots, budget carrier IndiGo has been trying to poach commanders from crisis-hit Jet Airways with compensation for overdue salaries. Jet Airways has not paid salaries to pilots, engineers and people in senior management for three months now due to mounting financial woes.IndiGo, in response to a query by Press Trust of India, stated that all job offers are in line with the airline’s current terms and conditions. “IndiGo is offering Jet Airways’ pilots job opportunities,” the agency quoted an IndiGo spokesperson. The low-cost carrier has been forced to cancel around 30 flights daily since February due to an acute shortage of pilots. The situation came to a nought due to aggressive expansion by the Gurugram-based airline, which currently has over 210 planes in its fleet.”We are not offering a signing bonus. We are offering compensation for overdue salaries,” the spokesperson said. Besides hiring pilots, IndiGo is also trying to fix the problem internally by upgrading a sufficient number of existing pilots.”Our pilot hiring programme always includes hiring from the market and Jet Airways is part of the external hiring programme,” IndiGo told PTI. The shortage of pilots is not unique to IndiGo, experienced pilots are in short supply as airlines add fresh capacity driven by rapidly rising passenger traffic.Airfares Inch Up IndiGoA dearth of commanders at IndiGo coupled with the grounding of Jet Airways several planes has already led to a sudden spike in airfares on key routes. Lessors have grounded around two-fifths of Jet Airway’s planes after the cash-strapped carrier failed to pay their dues. Severely hamstrung by a curtailed fleet, the Mumbai-based company has been cancelling around 200 flights daily.The aviation industry has been passing through a tough phase lately with most of the carriers reporting a loss in the past few quarters due to rising fuel costs, falling rupee and inability to pass on the costs to fliers due to cut-throat competition.The latest crisis to rock the industry is the grounding of Boeing 737 Max passenger jets by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation after two planes of the same model crashed in a span of five months. Spice Jet and Jet Airways are the only domestic carriers with the aircraft in their fleets. While Jet Airways’ five Boeing 737 Max jets were already grounded by lessors, Spice Jet will have to temporarily stop using 12 aeroplanes of the model in its fleet.The latest decision by the sector regulator came after a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 on board.last_img read more

8 killed in suicide attack on Pakistan church

first_imgTwo women were among the dead at a Methodist church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province, said provincial Home Secretary Akbar Harifal.Several of the wounded were in serious condition, police added.Officials said security forces intercepted and shot one bomber outside but the second attacker managed to reach the church’s main door where he blew himself up.“Police were quick to react and stop the attackers from entering into the main hall,” provincial police chief Moazzam Jah told AFP.Balochistan provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti said around 250 people normally attend the church on Sundays, but the congregation had swelled to around 400 because it was close to Christmas.“God forbid, if the terrorists had succeeded in their plans more than 400 precious lives would have been at stake,” tweeted the home minister.An AFP reporter at the scene saw shattered pews, shoes and broken musical instruments littered across the blood-smeared floor of the church.No group has claimed the attack.Christians make up an estimated 1.6 percent of Pakistan’s 200 million people and have long faced discrimination-sidelined into lowly paid jobs and sometimes the target of trumped-up blasphemy charges.Along with other religious minorities, the community has also been hit by Islamic militants over the years.In 2016 Lahore suffered one of Pakistan’s deadliest attacks during the Easter season-a suicide bomb in a park that killed more than 70 people including many children.The bombing was later claimed by the Jamaat ul Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban.Police and troops have been battling Islamist and nationalist insurgencies in mineral-rich Balochistan for more than a decade.Balochistan, bordering Iran and Afghanistan, is the largest of the country’s four provinces but its roughly seven million inhabitants have long argued they do not get a fair share of its vast gas and mineral wealth.Efforts to promote peace and development have reduced the violence considerably in recent years.The push includes ongoing work on a mammoth Chinese infrastructure project-the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor-which will provide Beijing with a modern-day Silk Road to the Arabian Sea through Balochistan’s deep-sea port of Gwadar. Pakistani security personnel rescue an injured woman after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist Church during a Sunday service in Quetta. Photo: AFPAt least eight people were killed and 30 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service Sunday, just over a week before Christmas, police said.last_img read more

1 dead 39 missing in Mediterranean Sea Momen

first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul Momen Wednesday said so far one dead and 39 missing in the boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea have been identified as Bangladeshi nationals.“Our officials there so far identified one dead as Bangladeshi national while confirmed that at least 39 more compatriots are missing,” he told newsmen at a briefing at the foreign ministry in Dhaka.The minister said the Bangladesh officials of Libya mission, who are now in Tunisia, gathered the information about the dead and the missing Bangladeshis from statements of survivors of the boat that carried nearly 80 illegal migrants.“So far, one dead was identified as Bangladeshi national. The deceased is Uttam Das from Noria upazila in Shariatpur district,” Momen said.A total of 16 people were rescued by Tunisian fishermen after several hours of the boat capsized while among the survivors 14 are Bangladeshi nationals, he added.Among the survivors, four are now undergoing treatment with critical injuries at a Tunisian hospital while 10 others are staying at the Red Crescent camp there.“Our officials there are working to collect more information about the missing people” he said, adding, “It’s still uncertain how many Bangladeshi nationals are still missing,” he said.According to information receiving here from Tunisia, the foreign minister said, the tragedy unfolded after some 150 people including 130 Bangladeshis had left Zuwara on the northwestern Libyan coast late Thursday on a large boat.They were transferred to two smaller boats and the first boat had been able to reach offshore of Italy while the second one carrying some 70 to 80 people sunk off Tunisia, Momen said.“As per the survivors’ statements, they were forced board on the small boat. Even some were physically assaulted by traffickers for denying to board on the small boat,” he said.The foreign minister said the government will bring bodies of the Bangladeshi nationals back home whenever be found in Tunisia. Momen said the law enforcing agencies have already started work to identify the local human trafficking rackets in Bangladesh who had instigated the victims to migrate to Italy illegally.He said 23 fraud travel agencies in Sylhet have already been sealed off suspecting their involvement in human trafficking while a three-brother syndicate from Noakhali was identified as responsible for sending some of the victims.The foreign minister said officials of Bangladesh embassy in Libya went to Tunisia after the incident and they are keeping contact with the Red Crescent there.Currently, Momen said, Bangladesh is not sending any workers to war-torn Libya. These Bangladeshi nationals entered Libya via turkey and different countries of Middle Eastern countries with the help of the human traffickers, he added.“We have been informed that the traffickers even tortured them in Libya to get more money from their families at home. Those men were kept in Libya by the gang as like as hostages,” he added.Momen laid emphasis on taking coordinated efforts involving all relevant ministries and immigration police so that no Bangladeshi national can cross the country’s border with the intention of illegal migration.The identified missing Bangladeshis are – Abdul Aziz, Ahmed, Liton Ahmed, Khokon, Afzal Hossain, Momin Ahmed, Dilal Ahmed, Kashem, Zillur Rahman, Kamran Ahmed Maruf, Rukon Ahmed, Ayaz Ahmed, Sujon Ahmed, Indrajit, Jewel, Shoyeb, Saju from Sylhet, Maolana Mahbubur Rahman, Nazir Ahmed from Sunamganj, Hafiz Shamim Ahmed, Fahad Ahmed from Moulibazar, Muktadir from Habiganj, Ali Akbar, Zakir Hawlader, Shahed, Nayeem, Shapon, Nadim, Sajib from Madaripur, Sabbir, Jalaluddin, Sajal from Kishorganj, Abdur Rahim, owlader, Nasir Ahmed, Munir, Rajib, Parvez, Sumon, from Shariatpur and Jahid from Narshindhi.last_img read more

The First Streaming Radio Station for Kids Emerges in Baltimore

first_imgBaltimore’s first streaming radio station for kids “Kinkx Kids Radio” will launch, noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Hamilton-Lauraville Farmers’ Market Lot, 4500 Harford Road, Baltimore, Md. Guest speakers will be Deborah Phelps, educator, author, and mother of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, and former Harlem Globetrotter, Charles “Choo” Smith. Smith will perform his “Elevated by My Handles” presentation and give out autographed books. Musical guest will be Keon Myers, known as “Lil Key,” a 14 year-old inspirational rapper and a Baltimore City resident. Various children acts will perform in a talent showcase and vendors will be onsite to provide products and services to parents and kids.Kinkx Kids Radio is the vision of Baltimore entrepreneur Angelique Redmond, owner of Kinkx Studio, a hair braiding studio for children ages 3–14 years old. While serving her clients, Mrs. Redmond conceived the idea of the station after realizing there was a lack of kid-friendly music on radio stations. “I would have to constantly change the stations to avoid the children from listening to or mocking derogatory or inappropriate language,” Redmond stated. As the leading kids streaming station in the Baltimore area, Kinkx Kids Radio aims to promote clean entertainment that uplifts, educates, and energizes children.For more information regarding the event or to apply for sponsorship opportunities, contact Christina Fields at read more

Podcasting for Pennies

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » October 1, 2006 This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals At a minimum cost of $40 per thousand downloads, podcast advertising gives companies a relatively inexpensive way to reach ultratargeted markets, according to, a service that helps businesses advertise on podcasts. Because podcasts usually appeal to narrow, topic- or geography-specific markets, podcasting helps advertisers reach hard-to-define audiences. offers free consultations to businesses considering this medium, and it will also help advertisers create and upload their spots. Still not sure? Go to the site to browse a directory of podcasts that are accepting advertising. 1 min readlast_img read more