Swachh mission yet to penetrate rural Odisha

first_imgDespite the publicity and hype around it, the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)’ programme is yet to penetrate rural areas of Odisha in an effective manner. This was highlighted by a recent sample survey and physical verification made by an organisation, Youth for Social Development, in Ganjam, the home district of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. As per the survey, only 44% of the rural populace in Ganjam district is aware of the mission. Among those who know about it, 37% are not satisfied with the progress of the programme. “This low level of awareness is a major obstacle in the path of this programme. The information from Ganjam district hints that awareness level may be lower in underdeveloped tribal districts of the State,” said Bibhu Prasad Sahu of YSD.This sample survey and physical verification by YSD covered 1,969 households, 61 schools, 77 anganwadi centres, 15 healthcare centres in 20 panchayats of 10 blocks in Ganjam district. The findings were discussed with the administration at a workshop attended by Ganjam district officials.Construction of toilets is a major element of the Swachh Bharat Mission. During the survey, 80% of the respondents who had toilets built at home under the scheme claimed that they were using them. But physical verification by the surveyors hinted that only 51% of the toilets were being used regularly. Bribes paidThe survey also brought to the fore the delay in letters of permission and release of incentives for construction of toilets. Around 20% respondents alleged that they had to pay bribe to get them.The quality of toilet construction, where contractors or NGOs were hired to build them, was found to be low leading to low level of usage and dissatisfaction of beneficiaries. The survey also found that in around 15% high schools in Ganjam district, students were not being allowed to use the toilets. Most schools did not have facilities for menstruating girls.Over 50% anganwadi centres had toilets but availability of water and hand-washing facility was poor. The officials accepted that there were no toilets for children with special needs.Most public institutions in the district had toilets but only around 70% were functional. Availability of urinals was found to be too low at public institutions. Though drinking water was adequately available in government offices, very few of their toilets had proper water facility.last_img read more

Two policemen thrash biker in U.P., suspended

first_imgTwo policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Siddharthnagar district were suspended on Friday after they were caught on camera thrashing and humiliating a biker allegedly over a traffic violation.The footage of the incident was widely shared on social media, following which Sub-Inspector Virendra Singh and Head Constable Mahendra Prasad were suspended, police said.The matter relates to the Sakarpar police outpost under Khesraha police station in the district, which borders Nepal.In the video, shot on August 10, the two cops can be seen beating and hurling abuses at a youth, who was allegedly intoxicated.‘Dragged and kicked’A child, probably related to the biker, looked on as the policemen dragged the youth on the ground by his leg and also pushed him around. While the S-I pinned him down by standing on his thighs and grabbing him by his neck, the head constable kicked the youth in the back many times with his boots. All this happened in full public view.SP Siddharthnagar Dharm Veer Singh said it was an “ugly display” by the two cops in uniform and an “undignified act” for the entire police department.last_img read more

Venus Williams sued by family of man who died after Florida crash

first_imgVenus Williams was sued on Friday by the family of a Florida man who died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash that police say was the fault of the world’s former top-ranked tennis player.A civil complaint filed on Friday, days before the revered Wimbledon tournament, claims that Williams was negligent in the June 9 crash near her Florida residence in Palm Beach Gardens. A passenger in a small sedan that collided with Williams’ larger SUV, Jerome Barson, 78, died June 22, according to the suit and, separately, the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s office.While Williams was not given a citation by police for the crash, she was found at fault for failing to yield the right of way, according to a police report filed by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.The Barson’s lawsuit for wrongful death comes just days before Williams is scheduled to begin play at tennis’ most prestigious event, Wimbledon, and casts a cloud over her involvement in the tournament, where she is slated to play on Monday against Belgian Elise Mertens.Williams, 37, has won the tournament five times, although her last title there came in 2008.The suit says Barson died as a result of his injuries in the crash. The suit says those injuries included “severed main arteries, massive internal bleeding, a fractured spine and massive internal organ damage.”The suit alleges that Williams was “driving carelessly and recklessly” and that led to the collision of the Toyota Sequoia she was driving and the Barson’s Hyundai Accent.advertisementMalcolm Cunningham, attorney for Williams, said by telephone on Friday, “We think it’s an unfortunate accident.”Cunningham on Thursday and Friday told Reuters that Williams, “expresses her deepest condolences” to the Barson family, but offered no comment on the lawsuit.”The point is,” Cunningham said Friday, “that Ms. Williams entered into that intersection on a green light. She was there lawfully.”Williams told police she drove into an intersection on a green light, but stopped at the intersection to wait for cross-traffic to clear, then proceeded without seeing Barson’s car coming from the side.The police report estimated Williams was travelling at about 5 miles per hour (8 kph) at the time of impact and was not distracted or suspected of any drug or alcohol use.Jerome Barson’s wife of 33 years, Linda Barson, who was driving the sedan, survived but, the suit says, sustained multiple injuries.last_img read more

Salim Khan felicitated at lackadaisical IFFI 2018 closing ceremony

first_imgBy Radhika Sharma Panaji, Nov 28 (PTI) Veteran screenwriter Salim Khan was honoured for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema at the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Wednesday in what was largely a bland ceremony.Producer-actor Arbaaz Khan, son of Salim Khan, accepted the IFFI Special Award on behalf of his father.Khan, one half of Bollywood’s popular writing duo Salim-Javed credited for films such as “Zanjeer”, “Sholay” and “Deewar” among others, marked his presence via a text message which was read by Arbaaz, who attended the event with rumoured girlfriend Giorgia Andriani.”I want to thank IFFI, Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India for honouring me with Indian Personality for Lifetime Contribution to Indian cinema. I dedicate this award to Indore, my birthplace and Mumbai my workplace, the film industry which has given me everything.”I would so like to thank Mr Javed Akhtar without whose contribution it would not have been possible,” Salim Khan said in the message.In the valedictorian ceremony, Sergei Loznitsa-directed film “Donbass” won the biggest award of the evening, Golden Peacock.Lijo Jose Pellissery scored Silver Peacock for Best Direction for “Ee Maa Yove” while Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) went to Anastasiia Pustovit for “When the Trees Fall”. Chemban Vinod won Silver Peacock for Beat Actor (Male) “Ee Maa Yove”.Dominique Fishback and Tatum Marilyn Hall bagged Special Mention (Acting) for “Night Comes On”.Praveen Morchhale’s “Walking with the Wind” won the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award and “Los Silencios” bagged a special mention in the category.advertisementCentenary Award for Best Debut Film of a Director was given to Alberto Montreal for “Respeto”.”Aga”, directed by Milko Lazarov, won special jury award in the segment, whereas “Volcano” and “To-Let” received special mention.Vijai Sardesai, Minister for Town & Country Planning, Government of Goa, said people compare Cannes to IFFI and they plan to make Goa the “Cannes of Asia”.”They say Cannes is about freedom and IFFI is about red tapism. We will make amends next year… It will be a jewel in the crown of India,” Sardesai said.The minister also paid tributes to Italian filmmaker Bernando Bertolucci, who passed away at the age of 77 on Monday.KJ Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Govt. of India, talked about how he went from a child who would buy a 25 paisa ticket to watch a film in his village to a “Union minister in honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government”.Without naming Aamir Khan, the Union minister said it was through power of films (like “Dangal”) that the Bollywood actor had become the second most influential Indian in China after PM Modi.”I don’t know if anywhere in the world films are made on sanitary pads and toilets…” he said.Alphons added, “There are a lot of people who have sacrificed their lives for this country. There are a lot of ideas for filmmakers to make realistic films.”The daring dance act by XIX group on songs such as “Gajanana” and “Malhari” in the beginning set a tone to the event, which could not maintain its momentum.A romantic medley by Vipin Aneja did little to lift the spirits. The event was hosted by Sophie Choudry and Arjan Bajwa.This year country of focus was Israel and state of focus was Jharkhand.Also present were Anil Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Diana Penty, Rakulpreet Singh, Kabir Bedi, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari, among other stars and politicians.Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, urged people, via a video message, to be in Goa next year for its 50th edition.The movie extravaganza, that screened 212 films from 68 countries in the last eight days, was declared closed with a promise of meeting next year in Goa for the golden jubilee celebrations. PTI RDS BKBKlast_img read more

Ekta Bisht stars as India women thrash England by 66 runs in 1st ODI

first_imgIndia women defended a mere total of 202 runs and did it in some style as they beat England by 66 runs in the first one-day international of the three-match series on Friday. It looked an unlikely defence for India when England captain Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver built a 73-run partnership in the middle but Sciver’s wickets opened the floodgates and Ekta Bisht cleaned up the tail to wrap up the match for India.These ODIs are part of ICC Championship and each match is important for India to make it to the next World Cup. Ekta Bisht was the star of the Indian bowlers as she inflicted the run out of Sciver and returned with figures of 4 for 25.Apart from Bisht, Shikhar Pandey and Deepti Sharma picked two wickets each while veteran Jhulan Goswami returned with figures of 1 for 19.Chasing 203, England’s top three never really got going as they were down by three wickets by the 14th over. Shikha trapped Amy Ellen Jones leg before wicket for just one run in the second over itself. Tammy Beaumont (18) fell in the 10th over off Deepti’s delivery while Sarah Taylor (10) also fell to the lbw trap of Shikha Pandey.With the scoreboard reading 38 for 3, Knight and Sciver struck a brilliant partnership to take the score over 100 before Sciver’s run out cost the entire team.We defeat England Women by 66 runs in the 1st ODIThree wickets for Ekta Bisht in the 40th overWe take a 1-0 lead in the three match ODI series #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/80GC4MxKqRadvertisementBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 22, 2019Sciver fell in the 31st over with the scoreboard reading 111 for 4. From there, England could score only 25 runs and lost six wickets in 10 overs as India took the match away to take a 1-0 lead in the series.Earlier, Indian women’s team suffered a middle-order collapse to be bundled out for a modest 202 by England. Young Jemimah Rodrigues top-scored with a knock of 48, while skipper Mithali Raj hit 44 and Jhulan Goswami contributed 30.England women dished out a clinical bowling performance with pacer Natalie Sciver (2 for 29) and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Sophie Ecclestone (2 for 27) wreaking havoc on India.After a steady start, India women lost four quick wickets for 10 runs in the middle overs to slump to 95 for 5 at one stage.Later, veteran Mithali and wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia (25) tried to resurrect the innings with a 54-run stand for the sixth wicket.After Mithali’s dismissal, Jhulan ensured that the hosts crossed the 200-run mark.Georgia Elwiss (2-45) also shone with the ball and England’s fielding was also up-to-the mark as they orchestrated three-run outs at the Wankhede Stadium here.Also Read | Mithali Raj urges India to play positive brand of cricket vs England in upcoming seriesAlso Read | Harmanpreet Kaur ruled out of India-England series with ankle injurylast_img read more

25 days ago​Petit: Emery will ruin Arsenal with rotation

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Petit: Emery will ruin Arsenal with rotationby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit is warning current boss Unai Emery against heavy rotation.The Gunners have to manage their resources as they battle for several competitions, including the Premier League and Europa League.As they face a tough away test against fellow top four rivals Manchester United on Monday night, Petit believes excessive rotation could create a problem at the Emirates Stadium club.Petit wrote on the Paddy Power website: “What Unai Emery wants to create is a team.A collective unit.”Not just the first 11 but the whole group. This is why he’s constantly rotating his side and including young players.”I like this idea, but it’s difficult for players to operate in a system like this.”He changes so often – but you need to be playing regularly in order to adapt like this. His demands from the players are huge.”But if they show the character they’ve shown recently, they have the potential to do something.”Belief comes with results, but results come from what you bring to the pitch. That doesn’t come easily.” last_img read more

MOL Wraps Up LNG Bunkering Trial in Port of Kobe

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has undertaken an LNG bunkering trial on the LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin at the Port of Kobe.Organized by the Kobe City Port and Harbor Authority, the operation marked the first LNG bunkering in the Port of Kobe and confirmed that LNG fuel can be supplied safely at the port.LNG fuel for the trial was hauled by a tanker truck from the Himeji LNG Plant, Hyogo Prefecture.The LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin, owned by MOL and operated by Nihon-Tug-Boat, was supplied via a truck-to-ship system at the port’s Shinko pier.The milestone was made ahead of the upcoming IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap, to be implemented in January 2020. In response to the new standards, an increasing number of LNG-fueled vessels are coming into service, making the development of LNG bunkering ports in Japan an urgent task.The tugboat, delivered in February 2019, is the first such LNG-fueled vessel in western Japan. The unit will escort large-size freighters during port calling in/out operations, while MOL collects know-how on LNG-fueled vessels through its operation.last_img read more

Atlas Lions Player Sofiane Boufal Apologizes to Moroccans

Rabat – Sofiane Boufal, one of the two Atlas Lions players who missed the penalty that made all the difference in their game against Benin along with En-Nesyri, has released an apology to Moroccan fans.Benin snagged the win after a last-gasp penalty at the end of 120 minutes, which Morocco missed. Boufal, feeling the weight of his responsibility for the loss, has asked the Moroccan public for forgiveness.“We are all very disappointed to leave CAN today, especially for the Moroccans,” he started the statement by saying. “We beg your pardon. When I played, I tried to bring my maximum, and I think I did but here’s what I say: the penalties are a lottery, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but we’ll come back stronger, inch’allah!”The other members of the Atlas Lions expressed similar disappointment, as well as their coach, Herve Renard who went as far as saying he is ashamed.“It’s not the right time to talk about anything,” said Renard after the game. “The only thing I would like to say is thank you very much to all the fans who came to Egypt to support us.“I’m a bit ashamed in front of them, and especially about all the people who were supporting us since more than three years.”“You know in life, of course, some people are against you, but this is life. You just have to look forward and only remember the positive things.”Read also: Yet Another Soul-Crushing Disappointment for Morocco’s CAN Aspirations read more

Sri Lanka welcomes InterKorea Summit and Singapore meet

Sri Lanka also looks forward to the consolidation and advancement of the gains at the Panmunjom Summit at the Summit between the two leaders of the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that is expected to take place on 12 June 2018 in Singapore. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today welcomed the Inter-Korea Summit between the leaders of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 27 April 2018 and the adoption of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.The Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka looks forward to the implementation of the important commitments and agreed actions outlined in the Declaration aimed at progressing through dialogue, diplomacy and trust-building towards achieving sustainable peace and prosperity, and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. read more

UN presses donors to continue vital support for Malian refugees in Mauritania

In a joint press release, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), warned that current funding will barely cover the needs until the end of April.“The overall humanitarian situation in the Mberra camp has gradually improved since 2012, especially in terms of access to clean water, health care and community services for all refugees. These achievements are the result of joint efforts and must be maintained,” said UNHCR Representative in Mauritania, Mohamed Alwash. “Funding at this stage of the operation is crucial to sustain the progress made,” he underscored.Since 2012, the agencies have been working very closely with the Mauritanian Government and non-governmental organizations to help Malian refugees who fled the conflict in northern Mali and depend on outside help to meet their needs.UNHCR provides protection to refugees and access to primary education, health, housing, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as managing the camp and distributions of food and basic items. It also supports the self-reliance of refugees, especially through adult literacy classes, vocational training, and support to livelihoods and income-generating activities to reduce dependence on external assistance and to provide tailor-made assistance for the most vulnerable.For its part, WFP is providing food and nutrition assistance to Malian refugees Mberra camp. It provides food each month to all refugees and distributes nutritional supplements enriched with vitamins and trace elements for children under five, and pregnant and lactating women to treat and prevent malnutrition. WFP also provides a daily hot meal for camp primary school children.“Refugees in the camp have lost almost everything, and for many of them, food and nutrition assistance provided by WFP is a lifeline,” said the Director of the WFP office in Mauritania, Janne Suvanto. “We have seen the negative impact that the successive cuts in food rations in 2015 have had on the health of refugees, increasing the number of children and pregnant women falling into malnutrition. We know that the slightest change in food assistance could have dramatic consequences,” she added.In Mberra camp, which hosts some 36,000 children, UNICEF continues to strengthen access to quality basic social services in terms of nutrition, health and education. Thanks to UNICEF and its partners, children have access to formal and non-formal education. read more

New date set for US18M oil bonus case

A new date has been set for the court case against Government’s decision to deposit the US$18M signing bonus received from ExxonMobil into a private account. The decision was challenged by Member of Parliament, Anil Nandlall.Nandlall was represented in the High Court by attorneys Rajendra Jaigobin and Manooj Narine at today’s hearing before acting Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire in her chambers.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallDue to the Attorney General’s Chambers failure to file their affidavit in defense on time, an application for an extension was submitted.That application was heard today and was granted by the acting Chief Justice who has extended the time to March 20 to permit them to file same.The acting Chief Justice also gave timelines for the parties to file the requisite documents. Nandlall has to file an affidavit in reply on or before March 26.Thereafter, the applicant has to file the submissions before April 20 and the respondents have to file their submissions before May 11. The matter has therefore been adjourned to June 14 for hearing or ruling.The existence of the oil bonus and the renegotiated oil agreement with the company was kept a secret until evidence of the transaction was leaked in December 2017.After mounting criticism, President David Granger defended the transaction by saying it was the thing to do at the time.Government subsequently defended its move not to deposit the singing bonus into the Consolidated Fund by saying that it was holding the money to pay legal fees for Guyana should it have to take its border case with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Nandlall is contending however, that the $US18M deposited into an account established by the Minister of Finance within the Bank of Guyana and kept there without depositing same into the Consolidated Fund is in “breach of and contrary to, the letter and spirit of Article 216 of the Constitution of the Republic of Guyana and Section 38 (1) of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, Chapter 73:02.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedH2H Registration challenge: Unauthorized application filed for CJ to recuse herselfJuly 30, 2019In “Court”LLA alteration…AG’s jurisdiction application has no merit – Nandlall tells courtSeptember 28, 2018In “latest news”Appeal Court challenge to the GECOM Chairmanship ruling commencesJuly 25, 2018In “Court” read more

Patrekur Johannesson about shotclock We should test it why not

Debate about “Shot-clock” in handball becoming more global. Many TOP coaches, among them Gislason, Gudmundsson, Cervar and Djukic talked positive about time length of attack in handball as the way to improve our sport. Austrian NT head-coach Patrekur Johannesson shares for Handball-Planet.com his thoughts…– I think that it’s not bad to try “shot-clock” in some tournaments, for example, in pre-season, before start of regular Championships. After that we can talk about it, when we see how it is in practice. We could test it in training matches in August for example in many countries, then coaches, players and other handball people could discuss about that. Firstly, 70-80% of handball population have to try that innovation, and then, we can talk about implementation in handball game – says Icelander, who emphasizes possible positive and negative things of possible changes:–  Positive would be that rules became much more clear and that referres won’t have a problem to say when team plays too long in attack. Negative is that attack could became less organized with lower quality. We have to see how it works.Successful coach, who made fantastic progress with Austrians by winning 11th place at EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, answers to the question about “shot-clock” as new rule in handball which could help our sports to attract more fans.– Like I said, we have to test it. Yes, it’s happen that refferes sometimes give some teams to play longer, sometimes shorter. We have to try it, why not? – concludes Johannesson.SHOT-CLOCK – WHY AND WHY NOT?PHOTO: ÖHB/Wagner) Austri9aAustriaHANDBALL SHOT-CLOCKPatrekur Jóhannesson ← Previous Story NICE HANDBALL STORY: Wisla fans with Hungarian flag for Veszprem… Next Story → Lekic: Gullden has key role – Gullden: Lekic is dangerous read more

Coveney wants more communication between farmers and beef factories

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney said he would like to see “clearer communications” between farmers and beef factories.Speaking today on implementing reconsiderations contained in the Dowling Report on the beef sector, Coveney said that it was “critically important to restore confidence and build trust between suppliers and processors”.He said he would like to see action being taken on the recommendations made in the report, stating that more communication is needed on prices and specification.Dowling reportThe Dowling Report made recommendations in relation to the provision of clear, simple and transparent information to farmers on price and specification based on the grid system.It also referred to the need to ensure that any adjustments to specification take adequate account of the normal production cycle, and in relation to the development of contract models to give farmers more security when it comes to supplying animals.“Farmers need to have a simple, comprehensible framework for determining the price that will be paid for their animals. There has been an understandable period of reflection on the report’s contents at this stage, and I expect processors to take pro active steps to work with farming organisations to deal with these issues,” said Coveney.Irish farmersHe said that Irish beef farmers are “feeling the pressure at the moment” as prices have declined significantly since the highs of last year, not only in Ireland, but internationally.Coveney says this makes it even more important that the relationship between processors and farmers “is built on transparency and trust”.The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association’s (ICSA) president Patrick Kent said:“The Minister is now getting the message that there is a crisis of confidence in the beef sector,” said Kent.Coveney: Irish beef will be on American shelves by autumn>Read: Advice for beef farmers: Think twice before you squeeze…>last_img read more

Local bail jumper tracked down in Europe

first_imgClick to enlarge When Alexander Tishchenko jumped his bail bond, he jumped far. Faced with a 5-year, 4-month prison sentence and a court summons after his appeal case was denied, the 28-year-old did the opposite of turning himself in.He fled to Paris.Tishchenko was caught dealing meth in 2007 out of a Safeway parking lot as part of a police sting operation, according to Clark County court documents. Police sent a known drug addict to purchase meth from Tishchenko while officers waited in the parking lot, watching for the exchange. Over the next few years, Tishchenko fought the case, lost and filed an appeal. He lost the appeal and when he failed to return to court in June 2011, the court issued a warrant for his arrest.He was nowhere to be found — locally.“I’ve never had someone leave the country,” said David Regan, bail enforcement agent and owner of Regan Bail Bonds. He footed the entire bill, nearly $20,000, to help locate and bring back Tishchenko.Deputy U.S. Marshal Leland Rakoz confirmed through Homeland Security that Tishchenko flew out of New York City on a one-way flight to Paris.Regan chatted with Tishchenko online through a fake Internet dating profile of an attractive Russian girl to learn more about where he was and what he was doing. Through the profile, they found he was traveling back and forth between Ukraine and France. He worked as a transporter and often posted pictures of guns and money, Regan said.last_img read more

World Cup memories

first_imgAs nearly 25 million people tuned in to watch Team USA play Portugal in the World Cup, Mallory Stonier stood on the field.The 9-year-old Vancouver resident was one of 27 kids around the country who won a contest through McDonald’s that sent them on a five-day trip to Brazil. Just before Sunday’s match in Manaus, Brazil, Mallory and 10 other kids walked onto the field hand-in-hand with Team USA’s starting lineup. She was paired with midfielder Graham Zusi, whom she says is now her favorite player. He didn’t say anything to her, but “right before we walked out, he squeezed my hand twice,” Mallory said. Looking around the field before the roaring crowd, she said, it seemed like she was watching from afar. “I felt like it couldn’t be happening,” she said. The kids, who were called player escorts, stayed on the field till the end of the national anthems. “Then, we just ran off the field,” she said. They were trying to get off the field before Portugal came around to high-five the USA team. Not sure how fast to get off the field, they sprinted.“I enjoyed watching that,” said her dad, Brandon Stonier, who was waiting in the stands. “They ran fast.” About five minutes into the game, Mallory joined her dad to watch it. The crowd erupted into cheers when Team USA scored goal No. 2. Although Portugal scored at the last minute, resulting in a 2-2 draw, Mallory could not stop smiling.last_img read more

Recording Academys Neil Portnow Talks GRAMMY Noms Diversity

first_img Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Neil Portnow On Diversity In 2018 GRAMMY Noms recording-academys-neil-portnow-talks-grammy-noms-diversity-2 Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Facebook KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? News (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Wireimage.com Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: WireImage.com These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees More 60th GRAMMY Awards News Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: WireImage.com 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Twitter KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/WireImage.com These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Wireimage.com Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Read more Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Congratulations to the 60th #GRAMMYs nominees! View the full list here: https://t.co/FwSnpmZbC9 pic.twitter.com/3OIYfJZoXb— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) November 28, 2017 Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music MusiCares John Legend One clear example of the multicultural and genre-diverse nature of this year’s noms is the first-ever dual Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year nomination going towards a predominantly Spanish-language song; namely, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber.”It’s a reflection of the times, something we’re very proud of,” says Portnow. “I would say that we have to be careful in the sense that [the nominations] didn’t happen solely because of its enormous popularity and acceptance. That’s undeniable, but through the lens of our folks who listen to that record as a musician or a producer and listen to all those elements that got fused together and the production elements, the instrumentation and the diversity there, from a craft standpoint, it’s an extraordinary record.”Be sure to tune in to the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28, 2018, broadcast live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York. The 60th GRAMMY Awards telecast will air from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT. Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 28, 2017 – 5:30 am Record Of The Year Nominees | 60th GRAMMY Awards Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Recording Academy’s Neil Portnow Talks GRAMMY Noms, Diversity ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music John Legend Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: WireImage.com 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Imagescenter_img Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/WireImage.com Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards John Legend Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Indeed, the nominations for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards represent the wide range of today’s musical landscape, partially as a result of the Recording Academy’s continued efforts to diversify its membership.”We have taken a concerted effort to making sure that the voting membership of the Academy is representative of the creative community,” Portnow says. “We’ve got 84 categories. Are we well-represented with membership from all of them? Are we engaging them? Are they participating? We look at that regularly and to the extent that we find there are areas that need more attention, we’ll do that.”  Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? 60th GRAMMY nominations are “a reflection of our times,” according to Recording Academy President/CEO Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2017 – 3:15 pm This morning, many of the world’s best music creators woke up to some life-changing news: a GRAMMY nomination. For Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, the results were equally exciting.”I was very pleased,” Portnow told Billboard, calling the nominations “a wonderful reflection on our organization and how relevant and in touch and savvy our voting members are.”        Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com https://twitter.com/RecordingAcad/status/935502805913260032 Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Wireimage.com Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Prev Next MusiCares Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/WireImage.com Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 MusiCares See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards Email Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Rushanara records landslide win in UK polls

first_imgRushanara-AliAnother Bangladeshi origin Labour Party leader Rushanara Ali has won his seat again in the Britains snap polls.Rushanara Ali recorded the landslide victory in the Bethnal Green and Bow seat for the third consecutive time.The first Bangladeshi origin British MP, Rushanara bagged 42,969 votes while her rival Conservative Party candidate Charlotte Chirico got 7,576 votes.In 2015, Rushanara received 32,387 votes while her Conservative Party candidate Mathew Smith was voted 8,070, marking a 24317-vote victory for Rushnara.The Sylhet-born UK politician was first elected in 2010.last_img

Red Dead Redemption 2 Sold Even Better Than Expectations

first_img The game of sales expectations is really fascinating to me. Like, you want to be close with your predictions to keep shareholders from getting antsy about overall financial health, and obviously falling short of predictions is a bad look. But I guess you don’t want to be too conservative either to avoid looking like you don’t understand your own business. I’m sure some analyst could explain it better. All this to say that Red Dead Redemption 2, already the best-selling game of 2018, has now sold better than even what its publishers expected.And that’s funny to me because what were Take-Two’s more modest expectations? Red Dead Redemption 2 was Rockstar’s follow-up not just to the original but also Grand Theft Auto V, a game with absolutely absurd sales numbers. All big Rockstar games sell crazy like this. Between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, there are over 100 million potential customers for the game. So when Take-Two says Red Dead Redemption 2 sold over 23 million copies, my first though isn’t “Wow, crazy” but “Yeah, sounds about right.”In general it’s probably smart to not take astronomical success like this for granted, but it’s Rockstar. And again if Grand Theft Auto V is any example, this is just the start of Red Dead’s financial victories, especially if its online mode really takes off. It’s not like this was the only huge money-maker for Take-Two either. This is the same publisher for NBA 2K19, the third best-selling game of 2018. Heck, even Civilization VI on Nintendo Switch did better than they thought.Of course, whenever we talk about how much money a game make it’s also important to remember that money could be used to better treat the employees who actually make the games, employees who should get organized. So now might be a great time to give some hefty bonuses to anyone who worked 100-hour weeks to get Arthur’s beard hair just right. Don’t just use this money to pay off the Pinkertons.For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 read our review and check out this beautiful photo gallery.View as: One Page Slides1/241. A River Runs Through It — I couldn’t help but think of Norman McLean’s tale of coming and age and fly fishing, A River Runs Through It, as I spied this view from a perilous rope bridge.2. After the Bear Fight — I was ridging through a green field of beautiful flowers when my horse reared and a grizzly attacked me. I got a few shots off, but had my varmint rifle equipped. I survived the mauling and killed the beast, but was worse for wear.3. After the Hanging — I watched this poor soul lose his virtual life. Not a pretty sight.4. Altar Tight — A raven perches atop an altar of sacrificial bones. You’ll see some weird things if you wander off the beaten path.5. Amputation — I brought this fellow to the doctor, who had to take his arm. Nasty business.6. Arthur and Deer — I couldn’t resist posing for a selfie outside the taxidermist’s house.7. Arthur Twilight Mountain Selfie — The light was gorgeous in the game, trust me.8. Bear Hat Mouth Harp Selfie — I put on my bear hat, one of the first absurd hats you can get in the game, to snap a selfie in the Rhodes town square.9. Bird of Paradise — Arthur contemplates his decisions as he stands in front of a bird of paradise.10. Boat on River — I had a Georges Seurat painting in my mind when I framed this one.11. Dry Goods Vet — The general store in Rhodes is photogenic as hell.12. Dynamite Accident — This is what happens when you stand too close to a safe during the process of attempting to open it using dynamite.13. Gunfighter Lady —Gunfighting wasn’t just for the fellas.14. Hanging Guy In The Swamp — I had a legendary fish on my horse. But I saw this and stopped to take a picture anyway. Needless to say, I was immediately murdered by swamp people. I got the fish back, though.15. In Memory — Old gravestones are one of my favorite real-world photographic subjects, so I had to snap this shot of a wooden marker when I happened upon it.16. Law Office — An urban street scene at night—not sure what these dudes are up to, but the lighting grabbed my attention.17. Lighthouse — The lighthouse is one of the prettier spots in the game.18. Look On My Works — Serial killer? I don’t know. No spoilers. Unless you know where Gavin is.19. Mouth Harp — There’s a dude in Rhodes who just hangs out and plays a mouth harp all day. Who said they didn’t have hipsters in the 19th century?20. Notions — There’s just something about the townsfolk in Rhodes that makes me think of Deliverance.21. River and Mountains —Red Dead’s scenery is amazing, even if Arthur isn’t quite Ansel Adams.22. Snowy Cabin Body — One of Arthur’s victims lies dead in the snow.23. St. Denis Street At Night — As New Orleans is in the real world, St. Denis is one of my favorite places on the Red Dead map.24. Vesuvius Studio Shot — This isn’t from Arthur’s camera. I paid to have my portrait taken in St. Denis. The photographer had a backdrop with what is presumably Mount Vesuvius, so of course that’s the one I went with. Stay on target ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesThe Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ last_img read more

The Knicks have more past their prime talent than Caesars Palace

first_img Advertisement All of a sudden the Knicks fans have their most interesting team since they played in the Finals during the O.J. Bronco Chase. News broke today that the Knicks are expected to sign oft injured free agent forward Joakim Noah for around $18 million per year.Report: Knicks Expected to Sign Joakim Noah https://t.co/ZYeYCzBxZ1— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) June 30, 2016Noah has always been productive when he’s on the floor, but he’s only played in 29 games last season.  If recently acquired Derrick Rose and Noah don’t break in half, the Knicks could make the Playoffs in the feeble Eastern Conference, where there’s no clear cut second best team to eventually lose the Cavs. If the Knicks sign Noah, their lineup, including Rose, Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony would at least be interesting and have the potential to compete. It looks good on paper, where they can’t get hurt. The Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant Lakers also looked good on paper.Today in The Herd, Colin said that the Knicks are a lot like Caesar’s Palace, where you can see all the top acts five years out of their prime.“They’re not beating Cleveland, they’re not gonna beat Indiana. It’s a really fun team with a bunch of big names. I made the example earlier this week, it’s kind of what Vegas does. They bring in Elton John, and Celine Dion, and Brittany Spears. They’re past their prime, but they sell tickets. Caesar’s Palace isn’t bringing in like Kanye, maybe for a shoe line, but they’re not bringing in the top people who are red hot. Right now the Knicks are doing Caesar’s Palace.”Phil Jackson may be putting together the New York version of the 2010 NBA All Star team, but if Rose and Noah stay healthy at least the Knicks will have a pulse. It would be an improvement over the 20 car pile up that’s been on the floor at the Garden since Patrick Ewing walked out the door.“New York’s not a Destination Spot, it’s in a Desperation Spot” @ColinCowherd on @WhitlockJason‘s Kobe/Knicks theoryhttps://t.co/wEx1QDNDjm— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) June 30, 2016last_img read more

Avoiding the Shiny Object Trap How to Focus on What Matters Most

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 30, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Running a company in the 21st century maymake you feel as if you’re living in a world of infinite possibilities: Technology is causing things to change rapidly in every industry, and there are so many different things you can try, to out-innovate your competitors.Related: 3 Ways to End Technology DistractionBut becoming too enamored with the endless possibilities can cause you to divert your focus from the critical functions of the organization.Striking a proper balance, therefore, between learning when to embrace new opportunities and sticking to what you know is actually fairly straightforward. You just have to pay attention to the evidence around you, understand what makes you successful and never take your eyes off your customers just to chase a fad.Trust your data to keep you on track.One of the best things you can do for your business is to institute a comprehensive policy for collecting, using and managing performance data. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to spend the resources to do this, and then disregard your findings.According to a study from CEB summarized in the Harvard Business Review, companies still see a significant gap between collecting data and using it properly. Despite the widespread availability of data and the relative ease of gathering it, compared to what previously was the case, many businesses still struggle with employing analytics to aid in decision-making. Only 50 percent of senior leaders in the study were identified as being “data-savvy.”Related: 6 Ways to Master Distraction and Stay FocusedThe ability to be bold and take risks is important for any business leader. However, when you think you are on to the next great idea, and you refuse to listen to data that indicates otherwise, critical problems will likely arise.Experiment with new marketing channels slowly and carefully.Marketing in the digital age really is like holding a double-edged sword.On the one hand, there are more ways than ever to reach a captive audience of millions with personalized messaging. But it also seems like a new marketing medium pops up every few months. Just think of how few companies even considered marketing through Snapchat a couple of years ago. For business owners, trying to keep up with the latest platform can be a resource-intense distraction.It is important to follow the developments of new technology and try to reach customers through different marketing outlets, especially if your core customer base is made up of people who are likely to be using these platforms. However, it is unwise to divert too many dollars and staff hours away from your proven marketing channels in an effort to be on top of trends. Start gradually, at first, until you have a clear idea of what kind of results you can expect to achieve, and at what cost.Know your core competencies.One of the best ways to avoid getting distracted by all of the possibilities available to you is to understand what your company does exceptionally well, and funnel most of your energy into that. Then, allocate a small portion of your remaining resources toward piloting new projects and experimenting with novel campaigns.When GoPro decided to enter the drone market, the company shifted its focus and resources away from its core product, action cameras. Although this move seemed promising, the action-camera company was unsuccessful in manufacturing and marketing a drone that customers actually wanted. Earlier this year, GoPro decided to exit the drone business.Ultimately, you should never lose sight of what your customers expect from you, and never interrupt your mission to deliver that to them in a more effective way.Be willing to outsource.Your core competencies may be too important to stray from, but you have some wiggle room when it comes to anything outside of those functions. These are areas where you can afford to outsource work to other companies when that makes sense both financially, and from a quality perspective.With all the resources you put toward enhancing your core value proposition, you aren’t going to be able to do everything as well as some companies can do one thing. If your organization needs to outsource functions such as human resources or business development so you can focus on what you do best, then don’t hesitate.Always bring it back to the customer.The best way to ensure you aren’t getting distracted from your mission is to tie everything back to your relationship with the customer. If the choices you make are in service of improving your customers’ overall experience, then you’ll always find yourself on the right track.That doesn’t mean every decision will yield positive results, but it will help you narrow your decision-making so you don’t lose sight of the one relationship you absolutely can’t afford to ignore. Numerous studies have proven time and time again that the quality of the customer experience is, by far, the most important part of any business.Related: 5 Distractions That Are Productivity Poison (and How to Avoid Them)To succed, entrepreneurs must not get caught in the “shiny object” trap. Instead, they need to focus on optimizing their resources and delivering unparalleled value to their customers. 5 min readlast_img read more