Late bloomer Koepfer in awe of unreal US Open run

first_imgNew York: Dominik Koepfer arrived at the US Open with just two career tour-level wins, but the German has eclipsed that total in New York alone with his stunning run to the last 16. Koepfer, 25, spent four years studying for a finance degree at Tulane University, in New Orleans, twice earning All-American honors as one of the nation’s top collegiate tennis players. This time a year ago Koepfer, currently 118th, was ranked outside the top 200 but his unexpected success at Flushing Meadows will easily propel him into the world’s top 100, almost doubling his career prize money at the very least. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Koepfer, who turned professional in 2016, had pocketed USD 332,732 prior to the year’s final Grand Slam but is guaranteed to collect a check for a minimum of USD 280,000 following Friday’s 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-1 win over Georgian 17th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili. “It’s obviously great to be here. Qualifying for the first time and playing it, winning three rounds now — I didn’t expect that, to be here two weeks. It’s amazing, it feels unreal. I can’t believe it. I’m kind of speechless,” Koepfer said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Koepfer is based in the Florida sunshine in Tampa and cites compatriot Tommy Haas, a former world number two, as a hero of his in his youth. “I met him at Indian Wells this year, went there and didn’t get in, which was a bummer,” he said of the Masters event last March. Life on tour for those in the lower echelons of the sport can be tough. While there is a concerted behind-the-scenes push for increased prize money that filters further down the rankings, Koepfer admits his bumper US Open payday is a huge source of relief. – Pressure reliever – ===================== “Obviously the money takes a lot of pressure off me. It’s not easy playing challengers, losing first round – you get like USD 300,” Koepfer said. “It’s not easy to pay your coach every week and travel expenses, hotels, food, rent back home in Tampa. It definitely takes a lot of pressure. It’s unreal, it should cover the next year or two.” Koepfer and South Korea’s Chung Hyeon, who faces Rafael Nadal in Saturday’s third round, are the lone qualifiers remaining in the men’s draw. Despite the extra workload, Koepfer insists he still feels “pretty good” as he bids to become just the third qualifier to make the US Open quarter-finals — after Nicolas Escude (1999) and Gilles Muller (2008). “First round I was struggling against (Jaume) Munar, cramping in the third but I recovered well. Against (Reilly) Opelka at night I kept it pretty short. Today it was like two hours and 40 minutes. I felt good out there,” he said. “I’m pretty happy about my body, nothing hurts so let’s hope I can come back on Sunday.” It took the eventual champion, Andre Agassi in 1999 and Roger Federer in 2008, to halt the runs of Escude and Muller in New York. Should Koepfer find his way into the last eight, he could well come up against top seed and US Open title-holder Novak Djokovic.last_img read more

Furnish figures of jobs given to north Indians in last 5 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Stepping up its attack on Union minister Santosh Gangwar for saying that recruiters complain of lack of “quality people” in north India, the Congress on Monday demanded an apology from him, while its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked him to provide figures for jobs given to people from that region in the last five years.The Congress general secretary also posted a video of the interaction in Bareilly, held on Saturday, during which Gangwar said that recruiters complain of paucity of “quality people” in north India for the posts they wish to fill. The minister represents Bareilly constituency in the Lok Sabha. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At the Congress briefing, party leader Rajiv Shukla said the minister’s remarks that “youth of north India are not employable is a very big insult to them. The government and the minister concerned should clarify their position. The minister should apologise or should say that this is the policy of the government.” Clarifying his remarks, Gangwar said that his statement “had different context”. “What I said had different context that there was lack of skills and the government has opened Skill Development Ministry…,” the Union labour minister added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Mr Minister, you have said such a big thing, so please also give the figures now. How many jobs you have given in the last five years and 100 days? How many jobs you have given to north Indians in the last five years? How many jobs were given under the skill India programme?” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. “Do remember that figures of job losses are with the people,” she added. “Mr Minister, it has been more than five years of your government. There is no job creation. Whatever jobs were there, they have been snatched due to the economic slowdown brought by the government. You want to escape by insulting north Indians,” she added. Shukla also urged the government to take note of the serious problem of economy and unemployment and address the issue seriously and not be in a denial mode, as it was currently. Shukla said,”if the country’s labour minister himself is saying that the youth of north India is not employable, is incompetent and are not worthy of jobs, then the government’s problem is over…This is a very serious issue.” He claimed that though the government has initiated the Skill India campaign but only 30 per cent of those enrolled have got jobs.last_img read more

Toys R Us Canada selects Cineplex Digital Medias Digital Signage and Kiosks

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: “We are very pleased to be working with Toys “R” Us on this exciting and innovative project,” notes Nick Prigioniero, President, Cineplex Digital Media. “We look forward to enhancing the in-store experience by integrating our custom digital technologies into an easy, one-stop-shopping process for their customers.”The installation includes a large feature wall with 2×2- 55″ LCD screens, six 18.5″ digital end caps and four POS integrated kiosks. Cineplex Digital Media will lead all content creation for the kiosks, and provide content management for the digital end caps and feature wall signage.On a mission to revolutionize digital experiences where people work, shop and play, Cineplex Digital Media has made a name for itself in the Out-of-Home, Retail, Financial and Quick Service Restaurant industries by providing strategic, digital display and network solutions for its clients, including Toys “R” Us. CDM’s industry leadership stems from its expertise in offering clients a full-service, end-to-end digital signage solution, including research and creative strategy, content production, installation and technical support, digital asset management, media sales and data analytics. For more information on Cineplex Digital Media, visit CineplexDigitalMedia.com.About CineplexA leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX: CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes 75 million guests annually through its circuit of 164 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media) and amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group). It also operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment,’ The Rec Room, and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). Additionally, Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs over 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App. Advertisementcenter_img Cineplex (CNW Group/Cineplex) Facebook Advertisement TORONTO, July 25, 2017 – Today Cineplex Digital Media (“CDM”) announced that it has been selected to install an in-store digital signage and kiosk network for Toys “R” Us’ new concept store. Located in Langley, British Columbia, Cineplex Digital Media’s innovative technologies play a pivotal role in the deployment of the new store concept.“Our Langley store is the evolution of our digital future,” says Clint Gaudry, Vice President, Marketing & Store Planning at Toys “R” Us. “The new integrated network elevates the shopping experience and makes it easier for customers to locate the products they are looking for, gain in depth information and make their purchases directly from a number of kiosks located throughout the store.”Toys “R” Us will deploy an ‘endless aisle’ solution where customers can use the kiosks to browse not only in-stock items, but the brand’s entire offering. Powered by Cineplex Digital Media technology, the kiosks will feature videos and provide comprehensive product information to shoppers before making their purchase. Then by selecting “Get it now!” customers can complete their transaction right at the kiosk and pick up their purchase at the front of the store or have it shipped directly to their home.last_img read more

MICHAEL MOORE ERROL MORRIS DOCS AND NEW HALLOWEEN ALL COMING TO TIFF

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment New films from from famed documentarians Michael Moore, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog and — with the former two both turning their eyes on Donald Trump — along with new revamps of the Predator and Halloween franchises are all coming to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the fest revealed Thursday.Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 — named both in homage to his earlier Fahrenheit 9/11 and in reference to Nov. 9, 2016, the morning after Trump’s election victory — is described by the fest as “a radical and humorous look at the United States” under Trump. Morris’ American Dharma looks at controversial Trump strategist Steve Bannon. The film from Moore makes its world premiere here in Toronto, while American Dharma’s screening will be a North American first.Other docs coming include Herzog and André Singer’s Meeting Gorbachev, on the former Soviet leader; Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks’ Quincy, which profiles Jones’ endlessly quotable musical icon father, Quincy Jones; Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s The Elephant Queen, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, tracing the epic journey of an elephant herd; Billy Corben’s Screwball, a true-crime comedy on doping in Major League Baseball; and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s The Truth About Killer Robots, investigating the lethal consequences of automation. Twitterlast_img read more

Shopping while brown InFocus tackles racial profiling

first_imgInFocusRacial profiling can come in many forms. Have you ever been followed by store staff while shopping? Do you seem to get served differently in restaurants or in stores? Does it happen regularly?  Has you changed the way you act in stores because of this?If you said you yes, you may be the victim of racial profiling.  This week, Host Melissa Ridgen put Shopping While Brown InFocus.What exactly does it mean to be racially profiled in store?Tomee Sojourner-Campbell is a Master of Laws candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and founder of Prevent CRP (Consumer Racial Profiling).She has been working for years to bring awareness of this problem and works with businesses to prevent it.“Consumer racial profiling is when you walk into a store and someone is following you and it’s the assumption that the person they see in the store or going into the bank, usually racialized Black or Indigenous is going to do something wrong,” she said. “Because it’s often, not only the assumption that somebody is a threat but its in the way you get treated.”“It’s not just about people assuming that you’re going to steal but its about the lack of context, the lack of respect that’s afforded to the individual that’s come into the store to purchase an item.”Amy Anderson is a Winnipeg resident who has had enough of these experiences.  She told Ridgen that she recently had an unpleasant experience in a local restaurant that is frequented by many Indigenous patrons.Anderson, along with her parents were ignored after they sat down.  They had to ask multiple times to have someone take their drink order.  When they finally got to order their food, they waited for an hour for it come – and once it arrived, she found a pubic hair in her dish and her mother’s chicken wings were undercooked.“My parents have been at this hotel numerous times and it seems like it’s the same service, the same treatment and it just so happened that both my mom and my food was tampered with. How could that be a coincidence?” Anderson said.“It did feel discriminatory towards us.”last_img read more

States need help in cooperating with arms embargoes UN official

“Such support could include technical assistance for improved monitoring of national air spaces and maritime borders as well as the development of means to identify and prosecute those that violate arms embargoes” said Hannelore Hoppe, Officer-in-Charge of the Department for Disarmament Affairs, as she introducing a review of progress in the area since a milestone 2002 report by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In that report, Mr. Annan called for support to a small arms advisory service within the UN to assist States’ control efforts. Ms. Hoppe said initiative, called the Coordination Action on Small Arms (CASA), had made great strides but required more backing from Member States. The report had also called for an international convention to identify and trace illicit arms, suggesting that countries fully utilize the Interpol tracking system for weapons and explosives. Ms. Hoppe noted that the General Assembly had recently adopted a politically binding international pact for that purpose, as well as an arms-trade protocol to the convention against trans-national organized crime. She suggested the Council urge States that have not yet ratified or acceded to that treaty to do so. The 2002 report also urged the Council to include in the mandate of peacekeeping operations clear provisions for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants, including measures for the collection and disposal of weapons. There had been some progress in that area, Ms. Hoppe, but efforts to systematically integrate long-term weapons control measures in the DDR process had to be intensified. An encouraging sign of progress, she said, was the increased focus on the link between the illicit arms trade and the illicit exploitation of natural resources, as well as on measures to disrupt that linkage. In her presentation, Ms. Hoppe called attention to the upcoming major UN conference to review progress made in the implementation of the 2001 programme of action to eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. She said the intensity of the debates during the preparatory process for the conference confirmed, on the one hand, that States remained as committed as they were in 2001 to tackle the challenges posed by the trade. On the other hand, she said the wide diversity of views expressed regarding the question was “symptomatic of the complexity of the challenges posed by the problem of the illicit trade and its multifaceted nature.” The conference will be held from 26 June to 7 July. In the day-long discussion that followed Ms Hoppe’s presentation, in which some 40 delegations took part, most speakers agreed that in order to halt conflicts, particularly those decimating Africa, it was crucial to complete the implementation of the 2001 action programme and the 2002 recommendations of the Secretary-General. This year’s Review Conference presented a vital opportunity to focus on areas where obstacles to full implementation persisted, namely marking and tracing, brokering regulations, transfer controls, ammunition, and the integration of small arms measures into development assistance, participants said. While the majority of speakers welcomed the recent adoption of the instrument for marking and tracing arms, they regretted that it did not have a legally binding character or contain provisions regarding ammunition. read more

Ohio State mens soccer blanks Oakland 40

All season long, the Ohio State men’s soccer team has struggled to score. Before Wednesday the Buckeyes had only found the net seven times in its previous 13 matches.Against Oakland, though, the Buckeyes couldn’t stop scoring. OSU beat the Golden Grizzlies, 4-0, Wednesday to record their first victory since Sept. 8.Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic said it felt great to string together a few goals.“We were finally able to finish which was nice,” Ivancic said. “Getting on them early has been a key of ours, so it was good to see that.”The scoring started early when freshman forward Danny Jensen crossed a ball into the box. Junior midfielder Yianni Sarris headed the ball to Ivancic who was able to finish it for the goal. Ivancic’s third goal of the year makes him the leading goal scorer on the team, in just his first season as a walk-on.In the 27th minute, Jensen was able to make it 2-0 when he headed home a corner kick, from sophomore midfielder Zach Mason, as he was left unmarked. The goal was Jensen’s first of his career.“It was a pretty easy header but it felt hard because the struggles I’ve been having,” Jensen said. “It’s nice to have though. I can’t describe a better feeling right now.”Just after half, junior forward Kenny Cunningham tallied his first goal of the season off a cross from freshman defender Austin Bergstrom. Sarris then joined in on the scoring affair, notching his first of the year.Coach John Bluem was impressed by his team’s defense and quality goals.“I thought Oakland was a very good attacking team,” Bluem said. “We were able to score good goals against them and they weren’t like they were cheap ones. Kenny Cunningham’s goal was a beauty.”Redshirt-junior goal keeper Alex Ivanov recorded his sixth shutout of the year and the seventh on the season for the team. Ivanov recorded seven saves in the match, officially passing former Buckeye and current Columbus Crew goalkeeper, Matt Lampson, as 10th all time in single season saves. Ivanov is also currently ranked second in the nation in saves with 87.“I have a lot of respect for Matt Lampson, he’s a guy that I definitely emulate,” Ivanov said. “It’s pretty awesome but we’ve done well as a team so that’s good.”Senior defender Sage Gardner was helped off the field in the second half after an apparent ankle injury. Redshirt-senior defender Ben Killian did not play due to injury.Up next the Buckeyes play Cleveland State Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Football Running game unable to pick up Ohio States offense against Oklahoma

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during the Ohio State-Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFor the first time since last year’s 62-3 victory against Maryland, the Ohio State offense finished a game with more passing yards than rushing yards in its 31-16 loss to Oklahoma.Unlike that game against Maryland, it was not for an outburst of high yardage totals in both categories. Rather, it was the result of an offense that seemed out of sync, fell behind quickly in the second half and attempted to pass its way out of the hole.“We thought we had some running game going,” co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said after the game. “We thought we had some mix and pass, but again we were just pretty much out of rhythm.”The offense finished the game with 167 rushing yards on 34 attempts, while redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett completed 19-of-35 pass attempts for a total of 183 yards. The only touchdown came from freshman running back J.K. Dobbins on the ground, the first score of his collegiate career.Dobbins — who rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries against Indiana — was the starting running back in this game and led the team in rush yards with 72. “J.K. was hitting the ball pretty hard and doing some good things,” Meyer said. Despite Dobbins’ performance, it was Barrett who led the team in carries.Barrett has often led the team in carries. He did it in each of the last three games of the 2016 season — including the Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson. Saturday, he often broke out to the side on option plays, and opted to keep the ball for the quarterback run rather than dump it off to the running back following him along the sideline. And while Barrett was successful running the football on the option plays, the coaching staff does not want him to be the team’s leading rusher.“[J.T.] compliments the running game; he’s not a featured guy,” Wilson said. “J.T. was the viable read guy, and they made him keep the ball. I think our tailbacks need to be our runners.”But in order for Barrett to assume the role as solely a compliment and not as a featured runner, Ohio State must have all of its offensive weapons ready. Heading into the game, the coaching staff had hoped to rely on a tandem of running backs, with Dobbins listed as the planned starter and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber — who has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury — as another option.But the hamstring injury for Weber again emerged as an issue for him during the game, and it limited his ability to consistently contribute. He rushed just three times for 29 yards, and though he did catch a pass, it was clear he wasn’t at 100 percent. Weber acknowledged as much during the postgame press conference, and he said this might not be an issue that goes away quickly.“The goal was to come in here and help the team the best way I can, and it didn’t work,” Weber said. “I was told that that was going to happen throughout the season. My best way is to manage it the best way I can and do what I can for the team.”Being limited to just four plays over the past two games, Weber has been able to do nothing but watch as Dobbins, a true freshman who received high marks throughout fall camp, has done exactly what the coaching staff expected from him: excel on the field.Though the combination of the lingering injury and the performance of Dobbins could limit Weber’s playing time moving forward, the third-year running back doesn’t choose to view it that way.“I try not to think about stuff like that,” Weber said. “It’s what about that team at the end of the day. My job was to get healthy and help the team the best way I can.”One thing Weber feels confident about is that if he can stay healthy, he and Dobbins could make for quite the running back threat that could ultimately prove to be just what Barrett needs to take that step back in the running game that the coaching staff wants to see. “It’s going to look scary, actually,” Weber said. “I get healthy and he gets better each game. I help him each game and he helps me. We both come out on the field fresh. It should be really scary.” read more

Portal 2 Valentines Day gift buyers guide video

first_imgDepending on where you are in the world Valentine’s Day may be just starting, coming to an end, or you’re in a midday panic still trying to get a gift to help romance blossom tonight.For those still shopping for the perfect gift, Aperture Laboratories has a few tips. While chocolate and flowers may be the most popular and obvious choices, they also come with a few potential dangers. Diamonds are a much more expensive gift with which to demonstrate your love, but danger lurks in those shiny jewels.AdChoices广告Be careful this Valentine’s Day and be sure to pre-order Portal 2 on PC, PS3, or Xbox 360.last_img read more

18 Underpopulated Primary Schools To Be Closed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 21 (JIS): Approximately 18 primary schools with small populations ranging from a low of 16 to a maximum of 68 students will be closed effective September 2015.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, made the announcement during today’s (July 21) sitting of the House of Representatives.He explained that the closures are intended to achieve greater levels of efficiencies in the school system. The Ministry is projecting savings of $23 million in operational costs from the school closures.Minister Thwaites noted that the 18 schools are among the more than 200 public institutions offering primary level education, which are all underutilised, with an enrolment of 100 students or less. “In most cases, enrolment has declined steadily during the five-year period 2010-2014. In some communities, where the schools are located, the population has been declining, with a small number of youth and many older persons as residents,” Rev. Thwaites said.He added that this has negatively impacted the operational cost for these institutions, noting that while the average per capita expenditure at primary schools amounts to $88,000, in many of these small schools, it is costing up to twice as much to operate them.“Nearly all of the 18 schools targeted for imminent closure have performed below or at about the national average of 77.2 per cent in the 2014 Grade Four Literacy Test. This academic performance is despite the fact that the teacher pupil ratio is less than one to 20 in most of the schools; the ratio is as low as one to seven in several institutions,” Rev. Thwaites noted further.He told the House that the process of closing these schools involved extensive public consultations with stakeholders including parents, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), churches, community leaders and political representatives. “The team from the Ministry of Education has been very responsive to concerns raised. However, in the final analysis, we have to make a decision in the interest of student achievement and the efficient use of financial resources,” he said. Meanwhile, the Education Minister assured parents that where the relocation of students has resulted in transportation needs, transport operators will be contracted to take children to and from school.He added that the estimated total cost for transportation is $106,000 daily, with an estimated annual cost of $20 million.Also, permanent staff at the schools to be closed will be facilitated for employment through the relevant authorities and unions.“Through the necessary consultations and agreement with affected parties, teachers will either be relocated under the voluntary relocation exercise, retired or to be asked to opt for early retirement,” Rev. Thwaites said.He noted that the students from the affected schools have been transferred to others, where they can “access richer and more diverse learning experience.”“We encourage parents and school personnel to assist the students as they grow through a period of change. We are confident this can be a positive move for the children in attaining their education,” the Education Minister said.The schools, which will be closed in September are: Bowden Hill Primary, Tower Hill Primary, Clifton Primary and Mount St. James All-Age in St. Andrew; Black Hill All-Age and Belvedere Primary School in Portland; Pear Tree River Primary in St. Thomas; Preston Hill Primary and Rose Bank Primary in St. Mary; Brittonvale Primary, Clydesdale Primary, Jefferyville Primary and Watsonville Primary in St. Ann; Alps Primary and Infant school in Trelawny; Hillsbrook Primary in Hanover; Auchtembeddie Primary and Junior High in Manchester; Hopeton Primary in St. Elizabeth; and Hartlands Primary in St. Catherine. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:closed, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, Minister of Education, primary schools Recommended for you Banks closed, storm updates CLOSED: Revenue and Treasury Offices overrun with mold Education Ministry To Spend $775 Million To Purchase Textbookslast_img read more

AGDC Working With The City Of Kenai To Find Alternative Water Sources

first_imgKenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “The proposal that was presented by the group was to run a water main from Kenai, tapping into the Kenai system, and running it out north to provide water for this project. Local water in close proximity to the plant, the results from those tests were unsatisfactory, and some contamination concerns came up as a result of those tests.”   Jesse Carlstrom with the AGDC said the project began working with the City of Kenai to find a viable water source after the initial testing: “Alaska LNG project proponents looked at sourcing water locally from the site of the liquefaction facility. Due to unsatisfactory test results and water contaminants the AGDC looked at the City of Kenai for the possibility of securing water from the Kenai water system to supply the liquefaction facility.”  According to Carlstrom, the terminal and plant will need about 150 gallons per minute of fresh water during operation. 135 gallons would be used for power generation and 15 gallons as potable water and for other utility uses. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is continuing to work with the City of Kenai to find a viable water source for the LNG project after initial water testing in the Nikiski area came back as ‘unsatisfactory’. Mayor Pierce spoke at the borough assembly meeting last night about the need for an alternative option after the initial test results: “We met with them, we talked with them about the concerns, and they are willing to look at an alternative water source.” Currently the City of Kenai water system serves both residential and commercial users spanning over approximately 8 square miles. Carlstrom: “The AGDC is working with the City of Kenai to identify a viable water source.” The original wells tested in Nikiski underperformed or exceeded government standards for contamination, according to the AGDC.last_img read more

Jane Pratt Named EditorCreative Director Style With SAY Media

first_imgPratt has written for Elle, Marie Claire and Maxim magazines. After founding Jane, Pratt left her position as editor in the summer of 2005; she was replaced with ElleGirl founding editor Brandon Holley. Conde Nast then shut down Jane magazine for good, with the August 2007 issue as its last. Since her departure from Jane, Pratt’s whereabouts have supplied a fair amount of media fodder. In 2007, it was rumored Pratt was to start a magazine with Gwen Stefani, lead singer of pop group No Doubt; then in November 2010, Pratt was said to be partnering with fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson on a magazine for “wallflowery teenage girls.” Other names tapped to join xoJane.com include Emily McCombs, former managing editor of Asylum.com and contributing editor of Lemondrop.com, who will act managing editor of xoJane.com. Cat Marnell joins the xoJane.com as beauty editor; previously, she acted as a freelance writer and beauty editor of Lucky Magazine. Other xoJane.com contributors will include Christina Kelly, Laia Garcia and Eric Nicholson. Jane Pratt, former editor-in-chief of Sassy and Jane magazines, has been named editor and creative director of style with SAY Media. In this new role, she will be acting as editor-in-chief for xoJane.com, a new women’s-interest site owned by SAY.last_img read more

3 CRPF men killed in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgThree CRPF personnel died in an encounter with Naxals, while a girl was killed after being caught in the crossfire, in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Friday, police said. The gun battle took place around 11 am close to a culvert near Keshkutul village when a joint team of the CRPF’s 199th battalion and state police was out on an area domination patrol on motorcycles, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Divyang Patel said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Two girls were caught in the crossfire. One of them, Jibbi Telam (14) died, while the other was injured, police said. The motorcycle-borne patrolling team was heading towards Bhairamgarh from its camp in Keshkutul, which falls under the Bhairamgarh police station area. When it was advancing through Keshkutul, the team was ambushed by a group of armed rebels and a gunfight ensued, Patel said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us While two CRPF men were killed in the encounter, another CRPF man later succumbed to injuries, officials said. The deceased CRPF personnel are assistant sub-inspectors Mahadeva P (50) and Madan Pal Singh (52) and head constable Saju O P (47), officials said. While Mahadeva hailed from Gulbarga in Karnataka, Singh hailed from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and Saju from Idukki in Kerala. Advertise With Us Two minor girls travelling in a goods carrier were caught in the crossfire when their vehicle was passing through the encounter spot, the SP said. One of them died, while the other was injured, he said. Reinforcement has been rushed to the spot and the injured were admitted to a hospital in Bhairamgarh, he said. During a search of the encounter spot, two pressure improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered, Patel said. According to another police official, Naxals looted an AK-47 rifle, its four magazines, one bulletproof jacket and a wireless set of security forces during the encounter.last_img read more

SBI Shanghai becomes first Indian bank to link up with China

first_imgBEIJING: The State Bank of India’s Shanghai branch is now connected to China’s National Advance Payment System (CNAPS), becoming the first Indian Bank to operationalise it, a senior bank official said on Friday. The CNAPS, launched in 2008 by People’s Bank of China (PBOC) provides real-time settlement services for all payments cleared in mainland China, as well as in all clearing banks in offshore yuan centres, such as Hong Kong. Also Read – Article 370 fallout: Pakistan Foreign Minister now dials up South Korean counterpart Advertise With Us The CNAPS system is complemented by its international counterpart, the CIPS (China International Payments System or Cross-Border Inter-Bank Payment System), launched in 2015 with the aim of boosting international use of the Chinese currency, yuan. The CIPS already has participants from multiple countries across the globe. The SBI is the only Indian bank to have obtained the license to do business in local currency and also inducted to the CNAPS by the PBOC as on date, K Swaminathan, Chief Executive Officer of SBI, Shanghai told PTI on Friday. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us The SBI has obtained the PBOC approval in December 2016 for implementation of the CNAPS and after successful installation of various hardware and software, testing it is now connected to the PBOC live system on July 8, 2019, he said. After being a member of the CNAPS, SBI Shanghai can also offer the real-time transfer of local funds within China by routing them through the PBOC. Advertise With Us It eliminates the need of tie-up and maintenance of accounts with multiple Banks for fund transfer, he said. The CNAPS will also be used for cross border RMB payments which are hitherto being made through local correspondent banks. This will also give SBI opportunity to do a business of Bankers acceptance drafts (BAD), he said. The SBI has started its representative office in 1997 and began its commercial operation in 2006. Currently, it is the only Indian bank with a license to deal in RMB, the local currency, as well as foreign currency. With total customer credit of nearly USD 500 million and staff strength of 40 people that includes 32 Chinese nationals, the bank has always been at the forefront of facilitating India-China trade and investments apart from serving the Indians working in China in the field of IT and others, Swaminathan said. The bank extends bank guarantee facility to Chinese corporates undertaking various construction, tech, and investment projects, he said. The bank has also been extending term as well working capital credit facilities to Indian corporates and companies promoted by Indians in China to facilitate Indian investment in China, he said. The bank has also been an active participant in local syndication arranged by major foreign as well as Chinese banks. Other than the activities on the asset side, the bank has been facilitating Indians working in China in their remittance as well as other banking needs, he said.last_img read more

US centres force migrant children to take drugs

first_imgA view from Mexico of the US Customs and Border Protection is housing underage people caught illegally entering the United States at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Guadalupe Bravos, nearby Ciudad Juarez, state of Chihuahua, Mexico on 19 June 2018. Photo: AFPImmigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at US government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit.Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents’ consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law.The Shiloh centre, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.The lawsuit was filed on April 16, days after the introduction of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy to separate children from parents who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally. Trump abandoned the policy on Wednesday.“If you’re in Shiloh then it’s almost certain you are on these medications. So if any child were placed in Shiloh after being separated from a parent, then they’re almost certainly on psychotropics,” said Carlos Holguin, a lawyer representing the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law.Officials at the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which oversees such centres, were not immediately available for comment.Taking multiple psychotropic drugs at the same time can seriously injure children, according to the filing, which highlights the need for oversight to prevent medications being used as “chemical straight jackets,” rather than treat actual mental health needs.ORR-run centres unilaterally administer the drugs to children in disregard of laws in Texas and other states that require either a parent’s consent or a court order, the filing said.The lawsuit seeks a shift in ORR policies to comply with state laws and prevent the prolonged detention of children.Some youths at Shiloh reported being given up to nine different pills in the morning and six in the evening and said they were told they would remain detained if they refused drugs, the lawsuit said.Some said they had been held down and given injections when they refused to take medication, the lawsuit said.One mother said neither she nor any other family member had been consulted about medication given to her daughter, even though Shiloh had their contact details. Another mother said her daughter received such powerful anti-anxiety medications she collapsed several times, according to the filing.last_img read more

Oculus Rift takes 90 year old Grandma to Tuscany

first_imgFrom the perspective of someone who is constantly using technology, Oculus Rift is an impressive leap forward. From the perspective of someone who was alive before having a television in every home was even close to normal, Oculus Rift is nothing short of magic.Putting on an Oculus Rift is the closest you can get to being teleported to another place. The headset is designed to block out all of your vision, replacing it with the curved images generated by the display in the headset. The two optical sockets makes sure there’s nothing else in your field of vision than the images being generated by the computer. Combined with the head tracking sensors in the headset, it is very easy for any user to become truly immersed in whatever is being shown on the display even if you’re deeply familiar with how the technology works.Imagine using something like Oculus Rift from the perspective of someone who doesn’t sit in front of their computer all day. Someone who doesn’t read technology websites, or has no desire to stand in line on the day the next great smartphone or game console comes out. Take that person, and sit them down in front of an Oculus Rift, and see what happens.One Rift developer sat his grandmother down to the Tuscany demo, which is available to any Rift developer. This demonstration is a 3D rendering of Tuscany that the user can walk around, including the ability to walk down to incredibly real looking water and watch the reflections and ripples.This is a perfect example of a use for Oculus Rift that has nothing to do with video games, and everything to do with an all new form of virtual reality. The ability to send someone to another place altogether.As we look into a world powered by Google Maps Street View and the HFR cameras being used in movies, it’s not hard to imagine a time not too far in the future where someone could slide on a Rift headset and be convinced they are somewhere they may otherwise never have been able to visit.last_img read more

India suffer 03 loss against Iran

first_imgIndia on Tuesday slumped to their third successive loss in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualfiers as they suffered a 0-3 thrashing at the hands of mighty Iran in a group match here.Lacking in international exposure and vastly inferior in technique as compared to their more fancied rivals, the Indians put up a gritty fight in the first half but broke down later by conceding two quick goals in the early part of the second session in the Group D match at Kanteerava Stadium. Also Read – A league of his own!The good work from the central defenders Arnab Mondal and Sandesh Jhingan ensured that India trailed just 0-1 at half time but the Asian heavyweights, the highest ranked team in the continent, pumped in two goals in the space of four minutes to kill the game at that stage itself.Sardar Azmoun (29th), Andranik (47th) and Mehdi Taromi (51st) were the goal scorers as Iran broke the Indian defence gradually as the game progressed. The visiting side, coached by Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, could have scored more had they utilised the chances that came their way. Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachOn the other hand, the Indians did not have even a clear look at the Iran goal as the visitors compeltely dominated the match. The Indians could string together very few threatening moves and they had to deseperately defend their citadel for most part of the match.To be fair to the Indians, who are ranked 155th in the FIFA charts as against the visting side’s 40th, maintained the shape in defence to deny the Iranians’ incessant attack for a large part of the match. With the loss , India are yet to open their account in the qualifying round. They have lost to Oman and Guam in their earlier matches. Iran, on the other hand, jumped to the top of the group with seven points from three matches.last_img read more

Colins 9 NFL teams that can win the Super Bowl in 2018

first_img Advertisement We’re 6 weeks into the 2018 NFL season, and the real contenders are starting to separate themselves from the unsustainable upstarts and the teams just playing for draft position.Today, in The Herd, Colin revealed the nine teams he thinks have a legitimate shot to take home the Lombardi Trophy, and two teams he needs to see more of to determine if they can join the group.Here are Colin’s 9 teams that can win it all.The 9 teams that can win the Super Bowl according to @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/ajhzY3ZC75— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 15, 2018last_img read more

Helen Wong says Vietnam strong

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Helen Wong’s Tours held its annual Christmas function at their Sydney offices on Wednesday. Mike Smith, general manager public relations and marketing for World Trade Travel, the principal company of Helen Wong’s Tours, was excited about the opportunities 2010 has brought and what is on the horizon for the coming year. “It’s been a challenging twelve months, for everyone in the industry and we’re seeing positive results with the re-introduction of Macau and Hong Kong to our range of products,” Mr said. According to Mr Smith, a growing trend toward independent travel has placed extra emphasis on Helen Wong’s Vietnam program for 2011-2012. “Our Vietnam sales are up. “Independent touring coupled with the popularity of World Heritage sites such as Ha Long Bay and Angkor Wat in South East Asia has driven an active focus on our Vietnam market,” said Mr Smith. Helen Wong’s Tours recently released an exciting new cruise program, spanning to Alaska, making it a cruising feature for their comprehensive 2011-2012 China catalog. “We’ve really squeezed the best deals from outgoing operators we possibly can and passed those savings onto our consumers,” Mr Smith told e-Travel Blackboard. Helen Wong’s Tours will be launching their new-look website early in 2011, along with an online booking tool for travel agents.Be sure to check HERE for a full photo gallery of the afternoon’s event.last_img read more

CFPB Replaces Acting Deputy Director Again

first_img January 8, 2016 639 Views in Government, Headlines, News David SilbermanIn July 2015, Steven L. Antonakes, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s second-in-command official, announced in a memo to employees that he would step down from his position with the Bureau. To replace Antonakes, the CFPB named Meredith Fuchs to serve as Acting Deputy Director.Now, six months later, the CFPB has made yet another change to its Acting Deputy Director.The CFPB recently announced that David Silberman will serve as Acting Deputy Director, replacing Meredith Fuchs. The new change will go into effect starting next week.  He will serve as Acting Deputy Director until the CFPB names a new replacement.At the present time, Silberman serves as Associate Director for Research, Markets, and Regulations, where he has worked since 2011 and will retain in the interim, the CFPB announced.Silberman served for 12 years as General Counsel and EVP of Kessler Financial Services, a privately-held company focused on providing advisory services in developing and marketing financial service products through distribution partnerships.“David has been an integral part of the Bureau’s leadership team from the very beginning, and I am pleased that he will be taking on the role of acting deputy director,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.Cordray continued, “David has helped to lead the Bureau’s policy and regulatory efforts and put in place new protections that will benefit all Americans. David’s knowledge, fairness, and judgment will continue to be invaluable to the Bureau as we carry out our work improving markets for consumers. And although we will miss Meredith, we remain grateful for her contributions to the Bureau and the public we serve.” CFPB Replaces Acting Deputy Director, Againcenter_img Acting Deputy Director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 2016-01-08 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more