A SET OF SIX – VOLUME NINETEEN

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks  and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Nineteen.WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 1Average Joes too good in 5’s competition“Average Joes” were too fast, too furious, taking out the Summer Season Launch 5’s competition at UWA Sports Park on Sunday, 9 September 2007. “Average Joes” triumphed 2-0 over “Brothers” in the decider. Brothers performed strongly in the tournament but simply ran out of legs in the decider. The 11:45am final was their fifth 13-minute game since 9:30am!“Hung Over”, comprised of Fremantle-based played, played brilliantly throughout the tournament. Their 3-3 draw round game against Brothers was a highlight of the day, with only several diving saves on the line from Brothers preventing a Hung Over victory.Brothers then got the better of Hung Over in their semi-final, winning 3-1.Earlier in the day, State Manager Matt Bamford took novice players through an Introduction to Playing Course, going though rules and strategies of the game of Touch. Football. These individuals were then put into the Social Pool for the Fast and Furious 5’s. Quendas (Murdoch Uni Ladies), J.C. United (Tompkins Park Juniors) and Barbarians battled it out in a fun and friendly environment in the social division.A big thanks to the TouchWest staff for their assistance in running the event, and also to referees Amy McQuade, Karen Stone, Ross Mulhern, James Sollis, and Russell Moeahu who officiated the day. Other events:The Summer Season is well on the way with Northern Districts holding its registration day next Monday 17th September 2007. Bunbury is having its first of two registration days next Tuesday 18th September 2007 and Goldfields is commencing its six-week AusTouch program on Sunday 9th September 2007. All three areas have been assisted with radio advertising to encourage and promote individuals to be active and play Touch Football.The TouchWest web-site: www.touchwest.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 2Touch Football South Australia wins Sport Leadership Grants for Women fundingThe Australian Sports Commission’s Office for Women has awarded funding to Touch Football South Australia to conduct a Level 2 Coaching Course. The Australian Sports Commission received 442 applications for the $770 grant.The Coaching Course will be for men and women and will take place in the coming months. The grant will strengthen Touch Football South Australia’s commitment to getting more women involved in Touch Football. Other events:290 teams from around South Australia are raring to go for the South Australian Catholic Schools Competition. The competition will take place from 11 – 13 September 2007. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting tournament. The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auVICTORIAPlay: # 3Prospect of new Swan Hill Touch Football affiliateTouch Football Victoria Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich recently held meetings in Swan Hill to raise interest for the establishment of a new affiliate in the region. Touch Football Victoria is hopeful the new competition can be confirmed and initiated soon. Other Events:Touch Football Victoria would like to wish all the best to all those competing in the Victorian Catholic Schools competition on 11 September 2007. There should be some great Touch played and lots of fun had by all students and staff involved. Lots of affiliates are now hard at work organising their upcoming summer seasons, with much planning to be done before their competitions kick off in October and November.  The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play:  # 4PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League finalsThe PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) finals will take place this weekend 14th – 15th September 2007 at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association grounds – White Hill Sports Reserve, Camp Hill.The preliminary finals were scheduled to take place last Friday but were postponed due to inclement weather. Teams will be competing in the Men’s and Women’s Division 1, 2, and 3 A/B in Friday’s Preliminary Finals. The winning teams on Friday night will earn a berth in Saturday’s grand finals, where they will clash with teams that have already qualified for the decider via victory in the Major semi-final.Presentations will take place on Sunday at The Brewhouse Sports Bar and Grill, located at level 1, 142 Albert Street, Brisbane City, commencing at 2pm.Friday – preliminary finals:Men’s division 1Colts v Southern Storm – winner to play CCU in the Grand finalMen’s division 2Southern Storm v CCU – winner to play First Contact Allstars in the Grand finalMen’s division 3AUni Rebels Maroon v Tigers Cobras- winner to play Custard in the Grand finalMen’s division 3BTigers v Southern Storm – winner to play Crushers in the Grand finalWomen’s division 1Dodgers v Colts – winner to play Uni Rebels in the Grand finalWomen’s division 2AColts v Brothers – winner to play Southern Storm in the Grand finalWomen’s division 2BUni Rebels Maroon v Crushers-Hoodz – winner to play Tigers in the Grand finalWomen’s division 3AUni Rebels Gold v Caboolture Colts Blue – winner to play Caboolture Colts Red in the Grand finalWomen’s division 3BRochedale High v RATC winner to play Tigers in the Grand finalGood luck to all teams!Other events:The 2007 Queensland Police Games will be on this weekend at Redlands. The Police Games have been running for nearly 20 years and feature a range of sports. Eight police and emergency services teams will compete in a Men’s Open Touch Football competition, while nine teams will battle it out in the mixed division. FireysCops is the favourite in the men’s division, with a star-studded line-up including current Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker, and experienced representative players Justin Mitchell, and Matt and Simon Barclay. Reigning champions Swordfish will not relinquish their title easily and will be looking to retain the gold medal. Players will out impress in order to be selected for the 2008 Australia-New Zealand Police Games in Coffs Harbour.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 5Northern Territory Under-18 teams prepare for 2007 National ChampionshipsThe Northern Territory Under-18 Girls and Boys teams are into their last stages of preparation for the National Under-18 Championships in Coffs Harbour, 17th – 20th September 2007.  Northern Territory players will travel to the Gold Coast from Gove, Alice Springs, Melbourne and Darwin for a two-day training camp before travelling to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.The Boys team this year is very young and is looking forward to the experience. The Girls team has a mixture of youth and experience, with the two youngest players Jordan Ahsam, a National 18 Years squad member, and Jaylene Bonson, leading the charge.Other events:The Darwin Touch Junior Competition commenced last Wednesday 5th September. The Junior Competition in Darwin is growing with six under-13 teams and six under-16 teams. Opening night was attended by a large number of parents and children who thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into competitive Touch Football.Outgoing Game Development Officer Rebecca Houston’s one regret in leaving Darwin will be leaving the Junior Competition behind. Rebecca has thoroughly enjoyed establishing the competition and witnessing the enthusiasm of the children and their parents. Rebecca’s legacy will be the healthy competition, which will be a platform for further growth and professionalism in the future.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 6Another fantastic gala day for ACT TouchIn another clear indication of the growth in junior participation in the ACT, the Yr 3 – 4 gala was held on 5th September 2007 with a whopping 800 kids participating! The 180 games conducted as part of the tournament were completely officiated by junior referees. The focus of the day was participation and fun, with no scoring, ladders, or trophies.The Yr 3 – 4 event was the last of six successful ACT Touch gala days for 2007. Other events:ACT Touch was pleased to have TFA National Coaching Director Dennis Coffey in town last weekend to put six aspiring coaches through the theoretical part of the Level 2 course. ACT Touch thanks Dennis sincerely for his time and all his effort.The ACT Touch summer season commences on Tuesday 2nd October 2007 and runs through until 28th February 2008 with a 3-4 week recess over Christmas. An early bird incentive price of $950/team is available until 12th September 2007.Summer is generally a far bigger competition season than winter and ACT Touch is expecting a rush of teams nominating, so get in fast to secure your position in the competition.For more info phone (02) 6212 2880The Australian Capital Territory Touch Association   website www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of  “A Set of Six”.Be sure to visit each State website for all the latest news and views from around the nation.last_img read more

a month agoSheffield Utd manager Wilder talks Van Winckel influence

first_imgSheffield Utd manager Wilder talks Van Winckel influenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder insists he’s happy to work with Jan van Winckel.Van Winckel, who was appointed a United director before the dispute between Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah spilled into the public arena, has been a close confidant of the Saudi Arabian for over two decades.Wilder said, “There was talk about improving certain aspects of the club. I know the angle (about) Jan. He has been a member of the board for sometime so he has, of course, been involved in the decisions. Anything to improve the club, I am open to.”But I am a hands-on manager. In terms of Jan’s expertise, it is there to be seen in terms of his track record. He has been involved in all of the decisions, recruitment and the like because he’s on the board. I’m not pig headed enough to think I know everything.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Big win honors for Ohio State womens soccer

Ohio State women’s soccer’s season will continue after a big day on and off the pitch. On the field, the No. 21-ranked Buckeyes beat Nebraska, 1-0, in a Big Ten Tournament opening-round match Wednesday to advance to the next round of competition. Off the field, five OSU players received conference honors, the Big Ten announced. OSU, the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 2-seed, got the eventual game-winner from sophomore midfielder Ellyn Gruber just before halftime. Buckeyes freshman goalkeeper Jillian McVicker made one save in the game to help OSU advance. Prior to the game, the Big Ten Conference announced that five OSU players had received honors, including record-setting senior forward Tiffany Cameron. Cameron, along with junior midfielder Danica Wu, was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection to add to her recent success. On Monday, Cameron was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after scoring twice in a 5-0 win against Indiana to become OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer. After entering the match against the Hoosiers tied with former Buckeyes Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann for the all-time goals lead with 35, Cameron grabbed the record herself with two goals in the team’s regular season finale. Wu was a second team All-Big Ten selection last season and earned the first-team honor despite missing four games on international duty with Canada’s U-20 team. OSU senior midfielder/forward Kendyl Reed, McVicker and junior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman were also honored by the conference, according to a Wednesday OSU release. Reed was tabbed a second team All-Big Ten selection after posting one assist in 18 starts for the Buckeyes while McVicker was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team after allowing just four goals in almost 734 minutes in goal this season. Middleman was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship honoree. Members of OSU women’s soccer were not immediately made available for The Lantern’s Wednesday request for comment. OSU (14-4-1) will continue Big Ten Conference play Friday against either No. 3-seeded Michigan or No. 6-seeded Wisconsin. Kickoff for the tournament’s semifinal-round game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State stuns No 1 Michigan State with 8064 upset

Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drives to the basket in the first half of Ohio State’s 80-64 win against No. 1 Michigan State. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State and its sixth man showed up in the Schottenstein Center Sunday.The crowd of 17,599 was as loud as it has been in years and the players did everything they could to keep the fans energized as the Buckeyes (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) stunned No. 1 Michigan State (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) in an 80-64 upset. It was Ohio State’s first win over a top-ranked opponent since Feb. 25, 2007 when it beat No. 1 Wisconsin 49-48. After the game had ended and all the fans who had stormed the court began making their way to the exits, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann had a moment to reflect on the game that had just unfolded.“Whoa. That was quite an afternoon,” Holtmann said Sunday. “We’ll enjoy this one today here. I can’t say enough about the crowd. The energy was outstanding. Obviously to be expected, we played an incredible team and incredible program, but wow, they really lifted us and lifted our guys.”Buckeye fans celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State ended the first-half on a 16-2 run, capped off by an improbable buzzer-beating 3 from Youngstown on the half-court image by redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich to take a 41-29 lead, the largest halftime deficit the top-ranked Spartans have faced this season. “That really was a critical stretch. It was all things kind of went in our favor at our point,” Holtmann said Sunday. “All that kind of played into it and it broke open what was a really close game.”The Spartans appeared to seize momentum early with forward Miles Bridges making a mid-range jumpshot and forward Jaren Jackson making a 3 to put them up 5-0 just 36 seconds into the game. About a minute later, Jackson made another athletic layup, spinning while in the air to put his team up 7-2. Bridges finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jackson had 11 points before fouling out with 9:49 left in the game.But Ohio State remained in the game and progressively began to take over momentum. With every make by Ohio State and miss by Michigan State, the Schottenstein Center was brought to life.A mid-range jump shot by Tate to bring the Buckeyes to within two and subsequent make by redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop sent the crowd into a frenzy as the Buckeyes took a 12-11 lead. A 3 by Bates-Diop gave his team some breathing room and extended its lead to 15-11. He led the game in points with a career-high 32 and added seven rebounds.Bates-Diop caught a pass from Dakich in stride as he raced towards the basket, slamming it home for a one-handed dunk to give Ohio State the 31-29 lead with 1:05 left and forcing the Spartans to call a timeout.Tate took over the game for Ohio State in the final minute of the first half, making a layup to put Ohio State up 33-29. He blocked a layup attempt on the other end of the court by Jackson, dished it over to redshirt senior guard Kam Williams back in the Buckeyes’ offensive side of the court who knocked down a 3 to push the team’s lead to 36-29. Bates-Diop then made two free-throws resulting from a technical foul on Michigan State’s bench.The Buckeyes resumed their roll right out of the gate in the second half. Just 11 seconds in, Williams caught a pass from freshman center Kaleb Wesson and threw down a thundering one-handed dunk to put Ohio State up 43-29. After a Spartan possession, Williams knocked down a 3-pointer to go up 46-31. Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson made a defender fall to the ground with a crossover to the left and drove to the basket for a short-range jumper in the paint to put the Buckeyes up 65-42 with 12:23. Tate followed that up with a layup to give Ohio State the 67-42 lead, its largest lead over the Spartans.Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) brings the ball down the court in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorMichigan State began to regain some momentum, going on a 10-0 run to cut Ohio State’s lead down to just 69-55. But a dunk by Bates-Diop ended the run and shifted momentum back in the Buckeyes’ corner as the team went on a 8-2 run. The run brought back memories for several of the Ohio State players to last season when the team often blew leads late. And those memories proved fuel for the team to try and avoid letting up at the end.“We’ve been in situations where we’ve been up 20 and we’ve lost in the last one minute. It happened multiple times last year,” Tate said. “I think me, Keita and the guys that were here last year just continue to have those flashbacks in our mind. We call it, ‘Don’t fold. Like don’t fold like a lawn chair.’ And that’s all we kept saying was we are not folding today. And we got it done.”The Buckeyes shot 53 percent from the field — 47 percent from the 3 — while Michigan State shot just 39 percent from the field and 28 from beyond the arc. Ohio State outscored Michigan State 30-24 in the paint and 10-4 in points off turnovers despite losing the turnover battle 12-6.Ohio State will celebrate its upset victory today, but the players and coaches both said after the game thoughts will quickly turn to facing Maryland, which comes to the Schottenstein Center Thursday at 7 p.m. read more

Gonzalo Higuain back to training after ten days of absence

first_imgAccording to the Italian portal Calciomercato, AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has returned to full training after missing two straight Serie A encounters with Sassuolo and Empoli.A nasty looking thigh injury that threatened to sideline the former River Plate star for a while seems to be a false alarm, as Higuain should feature already in the next weekend’s encounter with Chievo Verona.The 30-year-old Argentinean arrived at the Stadio San Siro this summer from Juventus, as the Rossoneri desperately tried to secure the services of a top-class forward.After scoring a goal on his debut in a friendly match against Real Madrid, Higuain has made the Serie A breakthrough against Cagliari, after which he broke the deadlock against Atalanta in the following fixture. He also buried Milan’s winning goal in the Europa League opener against Dudelange.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Higuain’s goal pic.twitter.com/e8G4xm0jPN— #FreeLocatelli (@semo33) September 23, 2018With the Rossoneri’s Europa League clash with Olympiacos around the corner, Gennaro Gattuso might be looking to rest his number nine to avoid further complications and instead field Patrick Cutrone who seems to be finding his last season’s form.last_img read more

Emery looking forward to Liverpool test

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery says his side will test their progress when they face league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.Liverpool moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 4-0 victory against Newcastle United on Wednesday, while Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton leaves them at fifth place and two points behind Chelsea.Arsenal’s form and performances have been inconsistent so far this season and Emery believes playing Liverpool will be a benchmark for measuring their progress.“It is a very big match for us and them. They are unbeaten this season and will be confident,” Emery told Sky Sports.“For us, it is a big challenge and a good test, of who we are and the difference between them and us.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“In the table it is clear but I also want to look on the pitch. We have had one test against them, at the Emirates, which we drew [1-1 in November].“We played a good match but I think in Liverpool it is going to be a different game to the one we played here.”last_img read more

Former TCI Deputy Premier asks for six months delay to corruption trial

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:earl whitter, Floyd Hall, justice paul harisson, michael misick, sipt trial BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Dec 2015 – The lead attorney for former Deputy Premier and Finance Minister, Floyd Hall says he needs more time to review the evidence and made an application to delay the start to the SIPT trial. Earl Whitter told Justice Paul Harrison at the pre-trial proceedings for the SIPT yesterday that there was too much evidence and that he was too new to the case to be able to adequately represent his client without the extra time; he asked for the start date to be delayed by six months. Speaking for the Special Prosecution, Andrew Mitchell expressed shock in the courtroom asking ‘what on earth has gone on, what has Floyd Hall been doing for the last four years.’Whitter, QC reportedly explained to the Judge in the application that Hall stands to lose much in the case as all 17 counts and all the defendants are linked to him. While ex Premier Michael Misick has a limit set that he can be sentenced, if convicted, to no more than 20 years; there is no cap in the Turks and Caicos on sentencing for bribery, conspiracy to defraud TCIG and one can be jailed for 14 years for money laundering. There is not court today; it resumes Thursday with decisions expected from Justice Harrison on all of the applications put forth ahead of the trial start. Recommended for youlast_img read more

FiveYear Pentagon Initiative to Cut Staff Costs by 25 Percent

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A Defense Department “delayering” initiative will trim headquarters staff costs by 25 percent in an effort to save $1.9 billion, according to David Tillotson III, DOD’s assistant deputy chief management officer.About 300 positions from the office of the secretary of Defense are being eliminated, including 243 that are filled. In defense agencies and field activities, 1,260 positions are slated for reduction. The streamlining is part of a broader reform, in which the department is restructuring its business processes and practices, particularly in support areas, Tillotson told DOD News.The restructuring will be carried out over several years, with many of the cuts being implemented through attrition. So far, officials are not making involuntary cuts, he said. The vast majority of affected workers will be placed in other positions or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments.Last August, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work directed a 25 percent reduction of all appropriations funding for major DOD headquarters activities of military departments, the office of the secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, defense agencies and field activities, and combatant commands. The restructuring covers the period from fiscal 2016 to 2020.Tillotson said the savings generated by the initiative would be shifted into modernization and improving readiness and training.last_img read more

Trump Putin to meet in Helsinki on 16 July

first_imgDonald Trump & Vladimir Putin. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin will hold a summit on 16 July in Helsinki, the Kremlin and the White House said on Thursday, firming up the place and date for a meeting that had already been agreed on.“The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,” the White House said in a statement.Trump had said on Wednesday the meeting would likely take place after a 11-12 July summit of NATO leaders and that the Finnish capital was a possible venue.Moscow and Washington announced the time and place of the meeting simultaneously.The two countries struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit soon.Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov, speaking after Putin met US national security adviser John Bolton in the Kremlin, said the summit would take place in a mutually convenient third country and that several more weeks were needed to prepare for it.last_img read more

Caribbean Islands Begin Preparations For Hurricane Irma

first_imgNASA/NOAA via APThis enhanced satellite image made available by the NOAA GOES Project shows Irma, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. In the wake of Harvey, meteorologists are already looking warily at another system: Hurricane Irma, which intensified from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in just 30 hours, is steadily moving west across the Atlantic.Islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea made preparations Sunday for approaching Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm that could threaten the area beginning Tuesday.Hurricane watches were posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could near that region late Tuesday. It said islands farther north, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, should monitor the progress of the storm.The Antigua and Barbuda weather service said Irma was expected to bring heavy rains, rough surf and high winds to islands along the northern edge of the Antilles.Long-range forecasts indicated Irma likely would curve to the northwest beginning late Monday and skirt to the north of those islands on a path that could potentially take it to the U.S. East Coast, but it was too early to make a definitive prediction.Antigua’s prime minister, Gaston Browne, urged people to take preventative measures in case the storm should hit, including cleaning drains and removing objects that could be sent airborne by high winds. Workers began pruning trees and shrubs to reduce chances for branches to tear down power and phone lines.“The passage of a hurricane is not a matter to be taken lightly, but we must not panic,” Browne said in a statement.The U.S. hurricane center said Irma had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) Sunday night and some strengthening was expected over the next two days. The storm was centered about 710 miles (1,145 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west-southwest at 14 mph (22 kph).Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricard Rossello, said government agencies in the U.S. territory were prepared to deal with any emergencies caused by the storm.“We have established protocols for the safety of all,” he said at a news conference, while he also urged islanders to take precautions.In the Dominican Republic, Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo said workers there were clear away road works and also clean out blockages of sewer drains. He said President Danilo Medina would lead a meeting with emergencies agencies on Monday to discuss storm preparations. Sharelast_img read more

Costco Opens In Shanghai Shuts Early Owing To

first_img by NPR News Merrit Kennedy 8.28.19 4:03pm It looks like Costco is a hit in Shanghai. On Tuesday, the U.S. wholesale chain opened its first location in mainland China and was so inundated with eager shoppers that the store closed early owing to “security concerns.”The next day, Costco began limiting the number of shoppers in its warehouse to 2,000 at a time. “Local police will assist in improving traffic in the area, in order to lessen the disturbance to our neighbors, and we have improved our internal guest flow system,” the company said in a statement on the social media platform WeChat.Costco said that in the coming week, people who have memberships to the store will be notified “if we are nearing maximum capacity or if there are long wait times.”Photos from the store opening show long lines of customers queued up to apply for membership and crowds of people surrounding a roast chicken counter and freezers full of meat.The company, which first opened in the U.S. in 1976 under a different name, offers its members bulk items at wholesale prices. The cavernous stores are known for vast shelves with items stacked nearly to the ceiling.According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, membership to the Shanghai store costs about $42 annually. “Prices of general merchandise in Costco are 30 to 60 percent lower than market prices and the food sold there is 10 to 20 percent cheaper,” Xinhua noted.The low prices certainly created a commotion, with checkout lines two hours long and three-hour waits simply to find a spot in the parking lot.It’s worth noting that some major international brands have had a hard time in China. As Bloomberg reported, “Carrefour SA sold an 80% stake in its China unit at a discount in June while German wholesaler Metro AG is looking to sell its operations.”Sam’s Club, the Walmart-owned rival wholesaler, has had a presence in the Chinese market for more than 20 years. It currently has at least 23 locations there.Costco’s senior vice president for Asia, Richard Zhang, told AFP that the Chinese consumer’s familiarity with Sam’s Club could help his company. “Chinese consumers are ready to pay for a membership card that grants them an exclusive privilege to buy at a warehouse store, it’s not a new concept in the country,” he said.Still, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war could complicate the company’s supply. Zhang told the wire service that about 50 percent of the products are from overseas and that some fresh produce items from the U.S. have been replaced with items from Australia.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Costco Opens In Shanghai, Shuts Early Owing To Massive… Aly Songlast_img read more

Death of spouse ups irregular heartbeat risk

first_imgThe death of a spouse is linked to increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat up to a year after the bereavement, says a study adding that the risk is prevalent among those below 60.The condition known as atrial fibrillation — itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure — can also flare up in cases when the loss was least expected.According to Danish researchers, acute stress may directly disrupt normal heart rhythms and prompt the production of chemicals involved in inflammation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The elevated risk was especially high for those who were young and those who lost a relatively healthy partner,” said Simon Graff of Aarhus University in Denmark. The team collected information on 88,612 people newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and 886,120 healthy people.They looked at several factors that might influence atrial fibrillation risk which included time since the bereavement, age and sex, heart disease and diabetes, the health of the partner a month before death, and whether they were single. The results, published in the online journal Open Heart, indicated that the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat was 41 per cent higher among those who had been bereaved than it was among those who had not experienced such a loss. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe risk seemed to be greater during eight to 14 days following a death, after which it gradually subsided until after a year the risk was similar to that of someone who had not been bereaved.The highest risk was seen among people under the age of 60: they were more than twice as likely to develop atrial fibrillation if they had been bereaved and the risk also seemed to be greater where the partner’s death had been unexpected.Those whose partners were relatively healthy in the month before death, were 57 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.last_img read more

Awakening of Sufism

first_imgAfter having received a whole hearted response at the Jaipur Literary Festival, ‘Ajmer Sharif’, authored by Reema Abbasi and published by Niyogi Books was officially launched at Oxford Bookstore, Connaught place with eminent classical danseuse and researcher activist Manjari Chaturvedi and 26th Generation Gaddi-Nasin, Ajmer Sharif, Haji Syed Salman Chishty.’Ajmer Sharif’ – the heart of homage for thousands of all faiths, welcomes a tidal wave of humanity for the saint known as Gharib Nawaz (benefactor of the poor), whose spiritual order is the most lyrical and inclusive. This book showcases the absolute necessity of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in our conflicted times. Today, he is a signpost of unity; a reminder of the relevance of Sufism as a conduit of harmony and justice. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe pages of the book narrates the story of the founder of the Chishti Sufi Order in South Asia – who knew that hunger supersedes doctrines – and of his movement, which began in a mud hut over eight centuries ago. Muinuddin Chishti brought Qawwali, the genre of Sufi devotional recitals, and the ideal of acceptance to the world. He discouraged religious supremacy and patriarchy by example – his wife was a central leader and his only daughter became a caliph – an aspect practised at his seat, but cast off by other shrines of his lineage. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAn elaborately researched oeuvre on the history, spiritual journey, mystical power, and legacy of the 12th century Sufi giant – rich with accounts of Mughals as devotees, monuments, rituals, and over 200 unique, evocative photographs – ‘Ajmer Sharif’ traces the life of the saint and reveals the living force of his shrine.The author, Reema Abbasi was the recipient of the Gender in Journalism Award 2003 from UNESCO for the most gender sensitive reportage. At present, she is a columnist, and an independent contributor with international newspapers, and a regular commentator on socio-political issues. In the last decade, her writings have maintained a rabid focus on the values of secularism. With her last book ‘Historic temples in Pakistan: A call to conscience’, she aimed to stir a discourse that dispels intolerance towards any faith .An in-depth researched work on the history and spiritual journey of the Sufi saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti, the book describes the life and times of the Saint and the continued relevance of his much-visited shrine at Ajmer Sharif.last_img read more

CBI arrests Suman Chattopadhyay in chit fund case

first_imgNEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The CBI has arrested senior journalist and Director of M/s Disha Productions and Media Private Limited Suman Chattopadhyay, in an ongoing investigation of a case registered against I-Core Group, a Ponzi scheme company, said officials on Thursday.It has been alleged that Chattopadhyay, who is also the editor of leading Bengali daily Ei Samay, has taken money from some of the chit fund owners, they said. He was called to the probe agency’s Kolkata office for questioning, from where he was taken into custody, they said. A lookout circular was also issued against him, they said. Investigation has revealed that funds collected illegally by the I-Core Group were allegedly diverted in the accounts of M/s DPMPL, as well as the personal account of Chattopadhyay. He will be produced before the court of Special CJM, Bhubaneswar, on Friday. Further investigation is underway in this regard.last_img read more

Swissbased content protection specialist Nagra ha

first_imgSwiss-based content protection specialist Nagra has extended its partnership with Dish Network and EchoStar Technologies in the US.Dish and EchoStar are deploying Nagra’s MediaLive Player (NMP) – which includes its MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology – and Nagra’s studio-approved DRM solution, which will secure the Dish Anywhere multiscreen VoD service for computers, smartphones and tablets.“More and more consumers are demanding greater flexibility in the way they enjoy their Dish content. To successfully provide this service, we chose the Nagra MediaLive Player with PRM because of their proven ability to effectively protect our content investment while at the same time meeting the requirements of our premium content providers. What’s more, our close security partnership with Nagra allows us to focus on creating innovative new services,” said Vivek Khemka, Dish senior vice president of product management.Nagra is owned by Kudelski Group and claims to be the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions.last_img read more

Natural TV a Turkish channel focused on health a

first_imgNatural TV, a Turkish channel focused on health, agriculture, music and cultural content, is extending its reach to the West-African region.The channel has struck a new agreement announced with SES to use capacity on SES’s Astra 2G satellite as well as uplink services from its teleport in Betzdorf, Luxembourg.With a potential audience of five million TV homes in West Africa, the free-to-air channel, broadcast in English, will feature original content from Turkey.SES has established a strong presence in West Africa, predominantly in Ghana and Nigeria, where it reaches two million and 2.81 million TV homes respectively. Astra 2G, launched in 2014, is one of SES’s satellites covering the region from the prime orbital location of 28.2 degrees East.“We are delighted to carry the only private Turkish TV channel available to West-African viewers. Not only do we provide our broadcasting services, but we will also support Natural TV with our local presence and our involvement in TV platforms in Ghana and Nigeria,” said Daniel Cop, General Manager, Sales Nordic, Baltic and Eastern Europe, at SES Video.“We certainly expect Natural TV to bring a new look to the West-African broadcast schedule with original Turkish-made broadcast content,” said Tuncay Demir, General Manager, at Natural TV. “Starting as a free-to-air channel, we think Natural TV will soon find its audience and raise interest from local TV platforms.”last_img read more