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US Assures it Will Start Allowing Import of Table Grapes From India

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first_imgThe Indian Minister for Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh, has stated that the US will soon clear all obstacles and start importing Indian table grapes. The issue was discussed in a meeting with US Ambassador in India, Kenneth I. Juster.Read it at Fresh Plaza Related Itemslast_img

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SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt

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first_imgRead Next Back then, the Philippines went home with five gold medals but there were more boxing events.Marcial will vie in 69kg-75kg, Fernandez in 52kg-56kg, and Kazakhstan President’s Cup champion Carlo Paalam in 46kg-49kg in the preliminaries starting at 3 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoining them is two-time champion and Olympian Charly Suarez who will also vie for honor in 69kg-75kg.Bautista will go straight to the quarterfinals in 49kg-52kg division, needing just one victory to ensure at least a medal finish. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ The same thing with 75kg-81kg bet Marvin John Tupaz, who like Bautista will start his quest on Monday.center_img PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /KUALA LUMPUR — Four of boxing’s “Super Six” begin their quest for gold medals Sunday in preliminary bouts in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 8.Eumir Felix Marcial, Mario Fernandez and Ian Clark Bautista, champions of their respective divisions two years ago in Singapore, will lead the crew tasked to duplicate a daunting feat.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Australia enter WC quarterfinals with win over Kenya

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first_imgInspired by Michael Clarke’s 80-ball 93, Australia produced a splendid batting display to notch up an emphatic 60-run victory over Kenya in their Group A match and ease into the quarterfinals of the cricket World Cup in Bangalore on Sunday.Clarke and fit-again Michael Hussey (54) forged a fifth-wicket partnership of 114 runs to help Australia post a challenging 324-6 after losing three wickets for just 16 runs to be 143-4 at one stage.Collins Obuya (98 not out) and Tanmay Mishra (72) starred in Kenya’s runchase but they never looked to be in the hunt and were restricted to 264-6 as Australia stretched their unbeaten run at the World Cup to 33 matches.Australia is now placed third in the group A table, which is headed by New Zealand after their win against Canada in Mumbai today. Sri Lanka is at the second spot with seven points from five matches.Australia will now take on Canada and Pakistan in their last two league matches.Chasing 325 to win, Kenya were reduced to 46 for three but Collins and Mishra shared a 155-ball 115-run partnership to lift Kenya to 161 for four.Collins added another 86 runs off 72 balls with Thomas Odoyo (35) but in the end it proved too tall a mountain to climb for the Kenyans at the Chinnaswamy stadium here.Fast bowlers Brett Lee and Shaun Tait dealt the initial blows, removing openers Maurice Ouma (4) and Alex Obanda (14) to reduce Kenya to 21-2 in four overs.A terrible mix up between Obuyo brothers cost David his wicket as the minnows slumped to 46-3 in 9.4 overs but Collins and Mishra ensured there were no more hiccups and brought up the hundred in 20.6 overs.advertisementThe 24-year-old India-born Mishra blasted eight fours and a six en route to his second World Cup fifty before falling to a brilliant run out by Clarke in the 36th over.Collins and Thomas Odoyo then took Kenya across the 200-mark with a 86-run partnership after taking their batting powerplay between the 42nd to 46th over, were they scored 49 runs without losing a wicket.Tait claimed the last wicket of the day, cleaning up Thomas in the 48th over, while Collins remained unbeaten with a career-best score of 98 in the end. His 129-ball innings was laced with nine fours and three sixes.Tait was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Lee accounted for one wicket.- With PTI Inputslast_img read more

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Bright young thing

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first_imgAll of 21, this engineering student-turned-model decided to work his way up through the conventional mould of modelling industry. “One seldom finds a handsome Sikh guy on the ramp. So I decided to enter the profession and make the turbaned-look hot,” says Karan Singh Chhabra. Today, the sardar hunk from,All of 21, this engineering student-turned-model decided to work his way up through the conventional mould of modelling industry. “One seldom finds a handsome Sikh guy on the ramp. So I decided to enter the profession and make the turbaned-look hot,” says Karan Singh Chhabra. Today, the sardar hunk from Mohali has good reason to be optimistic. Having won the Super Model Hunt at Delhi in 2007, Chhabra has walked the ramp for several prestigious brands such as Kingfisher and imagesbazaar.com. An active member of the Chandigarh chapter of AIESEC, he presently has his hands full with anchoring assignments and print campaigns.A clothes horse: “I guess you could call me a bit of a clothes horse,” says the Piscean model, adding, “I do love shopping, especially when I travel abroad. I can spend hours shopping at the Mall of Emirates in Dubai.” He has a preference for Nike in sportswear and Van Huesen and Belmonte for its formal lines.Hair and now… “I am amazed by how much people still comment on my locks. Being a Sikh, long hair is natural to me. Though it was a conscious decision to sport trendy turbans, and that has become my trademark,” he says. He teams it with his favourite Longines watch and a chunky Punjabi kada. “True style must reflect one’s taste, culture and lifestyle,” explains Karan.Avant garde style: He believes that men this season are getting bolder about style. “Casual bottoms paired with funky t-shirts and bright sneakers are in,” says Karan, who’s currently fixated with Canali’s SS11 ties and scarves collection.On the spotadvertisementBhavna and Anisha Batra, two city-based designer siblings, unveiled their latest collection labeled Cover Story at their palatial residence in Chandigarh. The collection is an artistic fusion of contemporary art, Mughal Art and Eastern textiles. The belles of the ball were Manjeet Dhillon, Aazalia Liberty Singh and Geetanjali Gill.The British Library at Chandigarh celebrated the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The library had broadcast live coverage of the wedding on a big screen followed by cake cutting ceremony and toasting for the couple. The event was graced by a gathering of around hundred people.Buoyed by the excellent response received for the last two exhibitions, the students of Asia Pacific’s Premier Design Institute showcased their latest Spring/Summer collection at Chandigarh. “It is not just about the collection but the whole environment that we wanted to showcase,” says Omar Benitez, head of faculty.last_img read more

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Mercedes-Benz unleashes the Mercedes-AMG S 63

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first_imgMercedes-Benz on Tuesday launched its flagship Mercedes-AMG S 63 which combines driving performance with ultimate luxury. The new Mercedes-AMG S 63, highlighting Mercedes-Benz’s expertise in the automotive high-end segment, was launched for the Indian market by Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “The Mercedes-AMG S 63 leads the way confidently when it comes to perfection, high-class appeal and top-end quality. The new AMG V8 flagship model in the S-Class is a unique package that has no match in the competitive segment. Path breaking technology like MAGIC BODY CONTROL and a gamut of high-end features makes the Mercedes-AMG S 63 one of the most desirable luxury sedans in our range.”Mr Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India at the launch of the S-63 AMG in Bangalore on Tuesday. Continuing the aggressive product drive for the Indian market, Mercedes-Benz has now introduced as many as ten new products in the Indian market in 2015. This strong product drive underscores Mercedes-Benz’s customer focused approach which entails in offering the latest products to its patrons and enthusiasts from the global portfolio.Kern said, “This luxury sedan drives performance with the best of luxury like no other car in our portfolio. The launch of a high-end exclusive sedan like Mercedes-AMG S 63, is a fine instance of our successful ‘top of the pyramid’ product strategy.”The ‘Top of Pyramid’ model line-up plays a key role in creating customer fascination and an unparalleled modern luxury experience.Kern said, “This is our tenth launch of the year and we have been able to create a lot of excitement for the brand in a market that is gradually showing signs of improvement. This is true for the Mercedes-AMG brand in particular which is increasingly becoming popular across markets in India. This is the ninth AMG model we are adding to our portfolio and we already have five AMG Performance Centres, two of them in the south.”advertisementThe AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sports transmission combines huge emotional appeal and maximum driving pleasure with outstanding economy. The sports transmission is exclusive to Mercedes-AMG and combines the sporty, direct and agile responsiveness of a manual transmission with the maximum comfort of an automatic transmission. The AMG sports transmission also impresses with its low weight of just 80 kilograms. This is made possible by the use of lightweight magnesium for the transmission housing. Vibrations are effectively eliminated by a new, two-stage torsional damper, with ensuing benefits in perceived passenger comfort.L-R Mr Sharath Vijayraghavan, Executive Director, Sundaram Motors, Mr Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India at the launch of the S-63 AMG in Bangalore on Tuesday. In terms of maximum output and fuel consumption, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 bi-turbo engine remains the most efficient series-produced V8 engine of all. With an output of 430 kW [585 hp] and a torque of 900 Nm, the AMG eight-cylinder unit outperforms all comparable engines.”We have seen a strong growth rate at the top-end segment of the luxury car industry and Mercedes-AMG continues to lead the segment strongly. We are confident of our strong growth momentum in the Indian market,” Kern added.Mercedes-AMG S 63 can be customized using the newly launched ‘designo’ platform. Customers have the choice of selecting from hundreds of combinations of exterior colors, interior upholstery and design trim elements. Exciting performance and comfort features can also be added in the Mercedes-AMG S 63 as per the customer choice and wish.last_img read more

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For Subramanian Swamy, another day in Parliament, another set of remarks expunged

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first_imgSubramanian Swamy, who triggered huge protests from the Congress on Wednesday over his attempts to drag Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal row, today again made some controversial remarks in the Rajya Sabha which were immediately expunged and the BJP leader warned for “unnecessarily provoking” the opposition members. Expunging Swamy’s reference to the Constitution of another country that triggered vociferous protests from the Congress members, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien also ordered the media not to report the remarks. Trouble broke out during the Zero Hour after Chaudhary Munavver Saleem of the Samajwadi Party referred to Swamy being part of the movement in 1970s to protect the minority status of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Swamy got up to clarify, saying he had no objection to minority education institutions, but the Constitution prohibits the state from financing them. He was countered on this by the opposition to which he responded by dragging the name of another country, a reference that led to agitated Congress members rushing into the well of the House. Kurien said he was expunging the reference to the Constitution of another country but that did not satisfy the Congress members who continued to shout slogans against Swamy. The BJP MP, who took oath only on Monday, insisted that since his name has been taken by another member, he has a right to reply and again went on to refer to the country, drawing sharp rebuke from the Chair. “I will take action against you. Subramanian Swamy you are unnecessarily provoking. I will have to take action against you… you are provoking,” Kurien said. Observing that what Swamy said would not go on record, he said, “What has been expunged should not be reported by media.” The Congress members sought action against Swamy with Jairam Ramesh saying he was “needling and provoking” by bringing in reference to another country. “This is deliberate,” he said. With Congress members continuing to protest, Kurien asked them to return to their seats and said it was a deliberate attempt to subvert the Zero Hour. Asked by the Chair what the problem was when the remarkshave been expunged, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “The problem is the new gift of the BJP. Problem is not on this side.” Azad said Swamy is just two days old in the House and his remarks have already been expunged twice. “There are 365 days in a year, how many times are you going to expunge his words?” he asked the Chair. Azad said Swamy does not know the difference between street language and parliamentary words. “He does not allow his hair to grey, so he can learn and mature.”advertisementAlso ReadOn Day 1, Swamy sets Rajya Sabha on fire Congress braces itself for a slugfest as Subramanian Swamy enters the limelightlast_img read more

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First Jack-Up Vessel Built in Germany for Offshore Wind …

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first_imgzoom It is a first in the German shipbuilding industry: The “Aeolus”, the first jack-up vessel for offshore wind farms designed and built in Germany, which was constructed at Sietas Shipyard for the prestigious Dutch marine engineering company Van Oord, has left the shipyard. Having passed through the Este barrage of Hamburg port, the jack-up vessel now travels along the river Elbe to Bremerhaven.Berthold Brinkmann, administrator at Sietas Shipyard said, “I am proud of what the employees at Sietas shipyard have accomplished with this ship. They have always put in the maximum effort in the course of the insolvency process, and as a result a highly complex special-purpose vessel has been produced for demanding offshore wind farm projects. At the same time I would like to thank the company Van Oord and in particular Director, Mr Peter Bunschoten for their trust in Sietas shipyard with this order during the ongoing insolvency process. The vessel is proof of the efficiency and internationally competitive expertise in construction and building services at Sietas Shipyard. It is the first time a special-purpose ship such as this has been developed and built at a German shipyard. Sietas and Van Oord have reached a milestone in German shipbuilding today.”Dr Tobias Brinkmann negotiated and finalised the new Van Oord construction contract during the Sietas insolvency process for the administrator along with Director Peter Bunschoten and Legal Counsel Ingrid Pieters, both from Van Oord. Sietas Shipyard then built the ship without any public funding or loans.Design and building phasesFollowing the initial construction phase, the steel work for the hull was first completed on a building platform in the dock at Sietas Shipyard. The jack-up vessel was then removed from the platform so that it floated in the dock for final assembly. In recent months the deckhouse, containing the bridge, cabins for the crew and a kitchen, was erected, as well as four so-called jack-houses, each containing the hydraulics and the lifting system for the stilts on which the ship can be raised when at sea. In the last step, the crane was installed. It comes from the former Sietas subsidiary Neuenfelder Maschinenfabrik (NMF), now part of the TTS Group.With commissioning, the construction of the ship has now been completed. The special dimensions of its four stilts, each 84 metres in length, and their “shoes” mean that they have to be fitted outside of the port of Hamburg.During the construction period Sietas Shipyard also worked closely with the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), which kept the dock and access from the river Este to the river Elbe clear by dredging.Sietas shipyard, February 18, 2014last_img read more

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Ports of UstLuga and Kiel Ink Cooperation Deal

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first_imgzoom Russia’s commercial sea port of Ust-Luga and the German port of Kiel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in an effort to promote the development of Russian-German economic and trade relations. The cooperation has a goal to increase cargo traffic at the ports of Ust-Luga and Kiel, attract new customers, and create and develop relations between the Leningrad region and the German region of Schleswig-Holstein.The first phase of the agreement signed between the parties includes a new logistic service for cargo delivery between Germany and Russia which will be offered by Cis-Cargo GmbH and PUL Trans JSC.The new logistics service involves interaction on the principle of “one window” with a guaranteed term of delivery of goods, marked prior to shipment.The port of Ust-Luga operates the multipurpose terminal YUG-2 and the Auto-RailwayFerry Terminal.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Future leaders aiming to leave mark on the world

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first_imgAPTN National NewsFuture inventors, marketers and entrepreneurs hoping to make a mark on the world gathered in Ottawa recently.First Nations youth from across the country participated in a symposium organized by the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story about hope for the future.last_img

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CID investigating over 1800 phone numbers linked to bombers

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He also said that CDs, DVDs and other items are also being looked into by the CID. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is investigating over 1,800 telephone numbers from which telephone calls were either received or were taken to from the mobile phones of the bombers involved in the Easter Sunday attacks.Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the CID is also investigating laptops, desktops, mobile phones and tabs used by the bombers.

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2006 awards for innovative literacy projects announced by UN agency

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Innovative projects to teach women, adolescents and other marginalized populations reading skills in five countries around the world were announced today as the winners of the 2006 Literacy prizes of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“The UNESCO prizes are awarded annually in recognition of particularly effective contributions to the fight against illiteracy, one of UNESCO’s priorities,” the agency said as it named the projects in Cuba, Morocco, Pakistan, India and Turkey. “They call attention to the efforts of thousands of men and women who devote themselves year after year to advancing the cause of literacy for all,” it added. The 2006 prizes include:The $20,000 UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Award, awarded to the National Commission for Human Development of Pakistan for a national programme that provides literacy classes to adults and out-of-school children, collects data through door-to-door surveys, and encourages community involvement in the enrolment of children in school.The two $20,000 King Sejong Literacy Prizes, created by the Government of the Republic of Korea, went to the Mother Child Education Foundation (Turkey), which has developed teaching strategies for underprivileged girls and women as well as army conscripts, and to the Youth and Adult Literacy and Education Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Pedagogical Institute of the Republic of Cuba for its work in more than 15 countries, notably Ecuador and Venezuela.Two $20,000 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, established with the People’s Republic of China, which were given to the Ministry of National Education of Morocco an innovative national literacy initiative designed specifically for marginalized adolescents in rural areas and to the Directorate of Literacy and Continuing Education of Rajastan for its Useful Learning through Literacy and Continuing Education Programme in Rajasthan, the largest and poorest state in India.The winners will receive their prizes on International Literacy Day, celebrated on 8 September. read more

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UN chief appoints head of peacekeeping mission in Mali

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Albert Gerard Koenders of the Netherlands as the head of the recently approved United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali.Mr. Koenders will serve as Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in the country and will lead the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), which is tasked with supporting the political process in the country, in close coordination with the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).The Mission will help the Malian authorities to implement the transitional roadmap towards the full restoration of constitutional order, democratic governance and national unity. This includes the holding of elections in July, confidence-building and facilitation of reconciliation at the national and local levels.Mr. Koenders has been the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) since October 2011. To fill Mr. Koenders’ post in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Ban is appointing Aichatou Mindaoudou Souleymane of Niger, who has been serving as Deputy Joint Special Representative in the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).Also today, Mr. Ban announced that Haile Menkerios of South Africa will be his new Special Representative and Head of the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU). Mr. Menkerios will also continue his current assignment as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.Mr. Menkerios will replace Zachary Muburi-Muita, to whom Mr. Ban is grateful for his dedicated service with UNOAU since its establishment in 2010 and for deepening the African Union-UN strategic partnership.Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz of Brazil was also appointed today by Mr. Ban as Force Commander of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).Lieutenant General Santos Cruz succeeds Lieutenant General Chander Prakash Wadhwa of India, who completed his assignment on 31 March. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated and effective service during his tenure of over two years in MONUSCO. read more

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Streak continues for No 1 Bucks

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Winning 20 games in a season is nothing new to Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta. Winning 20 games before picking up his first loss, however, is a different story. OSU’s 73-68 win against Illinois on Saturday advanced the Buckeyes’ record to 20-0 and earned Matta his 11th consecutive season with 20 or more wins as a college basketball head coach. Only Mark Few of Gonzaga has started his career with such a streak. “It’s amazing,” Matta said. “You always want to get to 20. I mean, that was kind of like the benchmark for college basketball.” The Buckeyes’ 20-0 start is OSU’s first since the 1961-62 season when the team started the season with a 22-0 record. A season earlier, the 1960-61 squad got off to the best start in program history with a 27-0 record. Both of those teams went on to become the national runner-up in their respective seasons. Despite the Buckeyes’ hot start, Matta said he hasn’t noticed anyone on his team pay any attention to it. “I haven’t heard one guy say one word about not being beaten,” Matta said. “The focus has, I think, been primarily on who’s the next opponent, and you know, the job that we have to do to win that basketball game.” Kansas’ loss to Texas on Saturday — which snapped the Jayhawks’ 69-game win streak at home — leaves OSU and San Diego State as the only undefeated teams in the country. With six of their next eight games coming against ranked opponents — including road matchups at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue — the Buckeyes have their work cut out for them as they attempt to remain unbeaten. “The Big Ten’s a great conference, and there’s no easy games, especially on the road,” senior guard Jon Diebler said. “We’ve got some great tests coming up, and we’re definitely looking forward to those challenges.” OSU’s next test will be when it hosts Purdue at 9 p.m. Tuesday. With a Buckeye roster composed of accomplished veterans and blue-chip freshmen, Matta said the team’s history of success would play a key role in determining how long it remains unbeaten. “You’ve got a lot of guys on this team that have won at the high-school level, at the national AAU level,” Matta said. “I haven’t seen anything in regards to somebody letting their guard down.” read more

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Ariana Grande releases first music since Manchester attack with No Tears Left To

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Grande’s half-brother Frankie James called the track a “brilliant masterpiece”. Ariana Grande has released her first new track since the Manchester Arena attack which claimed the lives of 22 concertgoers.No Tears Left To Cry was teased by the 24-year-old through her social media channels this week and dropped at midnight on Friday in New York.It comes just under 11 months after Grande’s concert in Manchester was targeted by suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who detonated a home-made device in the foyer of the arena.Alluding to the attack and the One Love benefit concert held two weeks after the atrocity, she sings: “Ain’t got no tears left to cry.”So I’m loving, I’m living, I’m picking it up.”Grande resolves in the song to overcome fear and hatred “even when it’s raining down”.”We’re way too fly to partake in all this hate,” she sings. “We out here vibin’.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The dancer and singer wrote on Twitter: “Ariana u make me so incredibly proud every single day & today is no exception. i’m so proud of the way u have brought people from all over the world together tonight w/ £notearslefttocry.”music was made to unite & with this brilliant masterpiece u have done just that. i love u.” ʎɹɔ oʇ ʇɟǝl sɹɐǝʇ ou video out now on @vevo https://t.co/U6gm2Qk82o— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 20, 2018 At the end of the video, directed by Dave Meyers, a bee can be seen flying off screen – an allusion to the worker bee symbol of Manchester.The former Nickelodeon star interrupted her Dangerous Woman tour after the bombing, returning for the One Love Manchester benefit concert.Before Tuesday Grande had not posted since January 1 and she told her followers “miss you”.A 30-second teaser clip was watched more than a million times on Twitter before she announced the new track with a tweet saying “No tears left to cry out now” written upside down. read more

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11 people have been killed over the June Bank Holiday in the

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first_imgTHE ROAD SAFETY Authority and the gardaí are appealing to drivers to slow down this coming bank holiday weekend.National ‘Slow Down’ day is taking place from 7am this Friday to 7am on Saturday.Figures show that the June Bank Holiday has consistently been the most dangerous weekend over the past two years.Eleven people have been killed and 16 seriously injured, six people died in 2012 and five in 2013.Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has urged drivers to support national “Slow Down” day: The only way to avoid a repeat this year is if we all work together. Speed is still one of the biggest risk factors. “By slowing down we reduce the likelihood of a crash, and the severity of injuries. We are also asking drivers this weekend to watch out for dangerous road conditions because the weather is so changeable”.Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdock added that ”We are also heading into this weekend on the back of a really bad May Bank Holiday when we lost 5 lives on the roads.Nationally we seem to be heading in the same direction as last year. 71 lives have been lost compared to 73 up to the same date last year and last year was our worst in seven years.Assistant Commissioner John Twomey from the Garda National Traffic Bureau said, “Help us all make this June Bank Holiday a particularly safe one. Ask your family, friends and colleagues to heed the advice given to slow down”.He also added that gardaí will be specifically targeting drivers exceeding the speed limit over the weekend.Applegreen will give tired drivers a free cup of coffee on Friday between 2pm and 8pm at 17 stores.Drivers just need to mention the RSA at the till  on “Slow Down” day.Read: This is what a motorbike looks like after a fatal crash>Read: Drink-driving clampdown results in almost 1500 tests and nine arrests>Read: Almost 2,000 drivers arrested for drink driving so far this year>last_img read more

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This Ghibli No Face Sauce Bottle and Rice Scoop Will Have You

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first_imgStay on target AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant You can be the hero of your very own Studio Ghibli adventure with these kitchen accessories. If you’re ready to take responsibility for the fate of your cooking into your own hand, then equip yourself with this soy sauce bottle and rice scoop shaped in the likeness of Spirited Away’s No Face.Of course, if you’re not up for preparing food yourself, you can always gift these beautiful keepsakes to the chef of your heart’s desire. This kind of creepy little fellow will help to make delicious rice for years to come. If you need a place to rest your trusty chopsticks (or fork), there’s also chopstick rests in the forms of No Face, Otori-sama, mouse Boh, and a weird half-mouth, half- No Face that looks like something out of Berzerk.Taking a look at the scoop, it’s utilitarian, with an all-black finish and at first glance, it might appear to be any one of a number of quality, nondescript rice scoops. However, staring back from the scoop is the haunting visage of No Face, which you can quickly cover up with loads of yummy rice.The soy sauce bottle is a great accessory to the scoop. It’s a bit less low-key than the scoop, and with his crossed hands, he’ll be offering you soy sauce instead of gold coins. Honestly, that’s a lot better than coins if you’re hungry, because if you chomp down on gold coins, you’re going to be left with some pretty messed up teeth, and nobody wants that.If you’re ready to get your Ghibli on in the kitchen, you don’t have long to wait. In September these items will be available from Donguri Kyowakoku, known for their varied and quality Studio Ghibli item selection. Make sure you grab a few to deck out your otaku kitchen! いただきます! (Itadakimasu!)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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The Best Romance Anime Available

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first_imgStay on target If you’re into anime then you know that the genre loves a good, swoon-worthy romance. From high school puppy love to heroic, star-crossed couples, the best romantic anime can sweep you off your feet. Here are some of the absolute best romance anime series around, most of which are available to stream via Hulu.Ouran High School Host Club Haruhi Fujioka is the newest recruit in the Ouran High School Host Club, which typically gathers beautiful male students to entertain female “clients.” Only Haruhi isn’t a man, she’s a woman, who just works in service to the Host Club after breaking a priceless vase as an errand boy for the group. While becoming a valued host, she soon falls for club president Tamaki Suoh while learning to navigate the weird world of privilege she finds herself in at the rich Ouran Academy.Stream it HereClannadThis anime, based on a Key visual novel, follows a high school student named Tomoya Okazaki who’s lost interest in life. He begins hanging out with a young girl named Nagisa Furukawa, as the two start up the Drama Club and gradually open up to the world and others around them. Tomoya and Nagisa fall in love, while knowing illness could come back at any time to claim Nagisa – the two work together to live Nagisa’s dream of following the theater, and there are plenty of tearjerker moments scattered throughout.Stream it HereYuri on IceThis LGBTQ-friendly series introduces viewers to 23-year-old Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki as he works to become as great of a skater as his idol Victor Nikiforov. When Yuri Katsuki is pit against a Russian prodigy skater named Yuri Plisetsky, Victor pits the two against each other to see who he will coach. When Yuri Katsuki wins, he finds himself becoming ever closer to Victor, which ultimately results in the two becoming a couple.Stream it HereKimi no TodokePoor Sawako Kuronuma can’t catch a break. Rumors swirl around school about her (as students call her Sadako thanks to her appearance) because people think she can see ghosts and put curses on people. She actually just wants to make friends and fall in love. Popular student Kazehaya begins hanging out with her, and slowly but surely love begins to blossom, though other students and obstacles threaten to stand in the way of their burgeoning relationship.Stream it HereOrangeIf you could write your past self a letter urging you to change things in your life, would you do it? That’s the situation high school student Naho Takamiya finds herself in as she receives letters from her future self urging her past self to do something to safe Kakeru Naruse, a fellow transfer student. Will love blossom between Naho and Kakeru? Or does fate have something else in mind?Stream it HereKamisama KissWhen Nanami Momozono finds herself homeless after his father can’t pay his gambling debts, she’s invited to live in a man named Mikage’s home after chasing off a dog that was antagonizing him. She arrives to see it’s actually a shrine, and she’s been chosen to become the new Earth Deity of the shrine. There’s just one problem: Mikage’s familiar Tomoe doesn’t like her very much – but as we all know, things like that can change in a heartbeat when it comes to romance anime.Stream it HereMy Love Story!!My Love Story!! begins with two best friends who are different in every single way. On one hand, you have the typical bishounen Suna — a pretty boy who usually ends up with all the ladies he sets his sights on. On the other, there’s Takeo, who looks like anything but a typical “good-looking” conventional manga protagonist. This wouldn’t be an issue, except Takeo’s love life is exceptionally bankrupt. Every single girl he ends up crushing on inevitably falls in love with the suave Suna, and it’s tearing poor Takeo apart. When Takeo saves a young girl named Yamato from a subway groper, it looks like things are finally changing for the better – Yamato and Takeo are in love!Stream it HereFruits BasketHigh school student Tohru Honda’s mother died in a car crash, leaving her alone and living in a tent, supporting herself along the way. When she’s invited by classmate Yuki Sohma and cousin Shigure to live in the Sohma household, she finds herself wrapped up in the secrets surrounding the Sohma family and their strange curse: They all turn into animals from the Chinese zodiac. Tohru finds herself caught between a will-they-or-won’t-they love triangle involving Yuki and Kyo Sohma, but who will she end up with?Stream it HereSay “I Love You” Mei Tachibana has never had a boyfriend, and she doesn’t trust anyone in her life. Thanks to a certain incident due to bullying and betrayal during her childhood, she wrongly believes everyone she knows will betray her, no matter what. When she meets and befriends Yamato Kurosawa, things slowly begin to change, as the two begin to care for each other and even form a relationship, with Mei’s heart reluctantly shaping into something much more open than it was previously.Stream it HereYour Lie in AprilThis heartbreaking anime will give you all the feels as you follow piano prodigy Kosei Arima as he suffers a bit of a breakdown following the loss of his mother at a piano recital. He can no longer hear the piano as a result of his stress and shock, and it takes a young violinist named Kaori Miyazono to change it all. With Kaori’s influence, slowly Kosei blossoms into his old personality once more, and things are looking up – until tragedy inevitably strikes.Stream it HereMore Anime on Geek.com:The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeBest Horror Anime Available for StreamingThe Best Sports Anime ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… last_img read more

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Police search for armed mugger in NW MiamiDade

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first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for a crook who attacked and robbed a man at gunpoint outside a store in Northwest Miami-Dade.The armed man was caught on surveillance video, and according to Miami-Dade Police, the suspect attacked a man outside a convenience store near Northwest 18th Street and Rock Island Road on April 21, just after noon.According to police, the subject entered the store and followed the victim as he exited. The victim said he was then hit in the face and the head outside the store and had his belongings stolen. The victim somehow managed to escape, and he ran back into the store for help.If you have any information on this mugging, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Seven Ways to Monetize Marketing Services Online

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first_img“Beyond the banner” is a term that publishers have kicked around for years in terms of digital marketing opportunities. As the number of different channels grows, so does the opportunity to really go beyond the banner but it often requires a significant commitment.At the American Business Media annual conference last month, Mitch Rouda, president of Farm Journal eMedia, said he didn’t really know what the term “marketing services refers to,” but then proceeded to share several examples of how Farm Journal is monetizing many of its digital products through its digital “AgWeb” offerings. These range from news and analysis to market prices, weather, market guides and more than 60 blogs and social media products. “The Internet is a game of lure and reward,” said Rouda. “We’ve got four assets: our list, our content and design, our tools and our reader’s trust.” At AgWeb, Rouda has four direct reports—one in charge of technology, one in charge of editorial, one in charge of business and finance and one in charge of advertising. “That guy is really in charge of everything that makes money,” says Rouda. “We sell with one team that handles print, TV and digital.” Farm Journal also has two project managers, one that works with AgWeb and one that works for the sales department in general. “That’s a key part of how we work,” said Rouda. “Any time you do anything custom, you need hand-holding. You have to be prepared, like an agency, to have account executives. If it’s a microsite that’s totally paid, our editors won’t touch it, but they may be involved in the beginning on the concept. If it’s advertorial, we use freelancers.”When it comes to pricing, Rouda says to think of it in two ways: cost and time component. “Almost every project has both,” he says. “Just like an agency, we have to come up with a work plan, decide who’s touching it, how much they get paid, what G&A over-ride to put on it, what profit over-ride to put on it, then we stack a media plan on top of that. Almost every project has a media component as well and we give them a unified price that includes all this.”Here, Rouda breaks down some of the AgWeb offerings.Microsites and Sponsored SectionsLike many publishers, Farm Journal builds standalone microsites for advertisers as well as sponsored sections within its own sites. Pricing for microsites typically ranges between $20,000 and $100,000. “Microsite opportunities come from three things we bring to the table,” says Rouda. “Number one is speed. If a client has a great website, they may just want to drive contacts to that site. But often they don’t have one and we can make it happen faster. Number two is content—the client doesn’t always know how to do it. Right now we’re running a Dairy Life photo contest. The advertiser would rather have that on our site than theirs because it feels more official, even though when you get into it, it’s completely advertorial.”The third factor is technology. “We have no problem sharing our tech department with a client—unlike we would with sharing our editors,” says Rouda. AgWeb also features dozens of sponsored sections which range from large to small programs. “Some people buy our corn coverage, so the keyword is tagged and appears any time we talk about corn,” says Rouda. “Others sponsor very little things like polls.”  Sponsored sections typically stay up for one-year contracts. Weed Warriors is a sponsored section dedicated to how farmers are battling weeds (there is a Weed Warriors TV series as well). “We wanted to expand our weed coverage and that’s something driven by editors,” says Rouda.  Social Media: Partner Tweets, Partner Fan PagesAlmost every publisher is doing something with social media, even if it’s as simple as editors tweeting and posting to Facebook pages. However, not many publishers are actively monetizing social media yet. Farm Journal is tapping into social media as a marketing service, including both “Partner Tweets” and Partner Fan Pages. “The Twitter example is maybe the easiest,” says Rouda. “We set up a Twitter widget and we follow people who are sponsors. We set them up in a window and give them a certain number of impressions to start with and then we divide those impressions up among sponsors. Theoretically, they’re each getting a 12th of that inventory and we set a CPM on it. What’s cool about it—first it helps our whole audience understand how social media works with that widget, which isn’t just Farm Journal-focused. All of these guys are busy trying  Twitter; some of our customers haven’t tweeted yet, some of them have decided it’s important, but don’t know how to get an audience. But when they see it on our site and see the four or five big agri companies all chattering together, it grabs their attention. It makes more sense to look at it on our site than get individual followers.”Facebook fan pages operate in a similar manner only you can’t show anybody your feed, according to Rouda. “Facebook is based on privacy settings and we can trade out fan pages,” he says. “If we have say, 200,000 impressions and there are 10 sponsors, each gets 20,000 impressions. Every time you refresh you see a different fan page.” Mobile Text AlertsWhile many b-to-b publishers are taking a wait-and-see approach with tablet apps, the opportunity for mobile apps is huge, particularly with an audience that is not desk-bound every day. Farm Journal offers market updates, industry news and other updates that are often repackaged from the websites.In February, Farm Journal made an equity investment in CommodityUPDATE, a provider of agricultural information to mobile phones that’s delivered through a sponsored subscription model that costs $10 per month or $120 per year. “Farmers harvest once a year but they sell every day,” says Rouda. “The CommodityUPDATE products offer need-to-know information for people in the field. It’s information you can get online for free on AgWeb and several other places if you’re at your computer. We created a way to get alerts sent to the user’s phone on a regular basis while they’re in the field.” With the investment in CommodityUPDATE, Farm Journal decided to let agri-business offer sponsored subscriptions to farmers at steep discounts. “They had thousands of farmers who pay $120 per year but to get it running in hurry, why don’t you give it out for free to the best customers?” says Rouda. “There are a lot of farming companies giving out promotional clothes with their logos. You can give out your logo, or you can give them a subscription to something they really want, and they’ll see it between 8-9 times per day with your name on it. Suddenly there’s 50,000 subscribers at an average of $80.”Mobile Voice AlertsFarm Journal also packages a series of mobile voice alerts for subscribers of its paid newsletter, Pro Farmer. “This is a sponsored product and we’ve already had 5,000 of the 17,000 subscribers to the newsletter say, ‘I want you to call me every morning with your alerts,’” says Rouda. AgWebMedleyRouda refers to the AgWeb Medley—a series of products that include Cash Grain bids, Crop Comments and online polls—as “interactive eyeshiners.” “Some people sponsor littler, but more sexy things,” he says. Crop Comments is a sponsored blog dealing with the age-old topic of “how high is the corn.” “All season long people send in updates and photos on how high the corn is,” says Rouda. “There is a lot of video and audio, and it’s one of the most popular features on the site.” Cash Grain Bids is a sponsored calculator that lets farmers check pricing. “When farmers sell corn, it eventually goes to a grain elevator where prices change every day,” says Rouda. “We license data from a third-party that tracks prices and users can enter their zip code and see prices for all the grain elevators in their neighborhood.” Farm Journal uses CPM as a frame of reference to come up with a flat fee for almost every sponsorship. “In order to come up with a flat fee we’re still thinking in terms of CPM but we’re not taking the risk or reward of over/under,” says Rouda. “In the case of Cash Grain Bids, it’s a six figure sponsorship. We know how much traffic it does. In most of these things there are two elements to the reach the sponsor gets—the reach they get anytime someone sees the ads but also the promotion in e-mail blasts, in print, in our own house ads saying, ‘Come check out Cash Grain Bids, and oh, p.s., it’s sponsored by Bayer.’” Rouda says Farm Journal charges for roadblocking and for targeting. “You figure out your CPM, there’s an upcharge for roadbocking, there’s an upcharge for targeting, and then you add on the value for all the promotion,” he adds. “Maybe it’s only worth $10, but hey, we sent out 3 million of those things. Promotion is at a lower price, while  targeted stuff at is at a higher price.” Targeted PromotionsFarm Journal also works on targeted promotions with advertisers that are embedded into its sites. “101 Ways to Use Your ATV” was a promotion sponsored by Honda that featured video of farmers using ATVs throughout their workday. Entries were given to Honda as lead generation. “It’s kind of on the edge of edit/advertorial,” says Rouda. “It’s advertorial in the sense that it’s sponsored by Honda, if you submit you’re giving your name to Honda. Because of that, we tagged it as a Honda project.”  The Farm Journal Legacy Project Perhaps Farm Journal’s biggest effort is the Farm Journal Legacy Project, a comprehensive effort dedicated to the future transfer of farm ownership (the average age of the American farmer today is 58—in 10 years it will be 40). “The biggest transfer of American wealth will happen on American farms in the next few years,” says Rouda. “Most farmers are unprepared. They need contracts, plans, earn-outs. We decided we had to help farmers realize this is a problem and show them how to deal with it.”The program includes a special annual magazine, a TV show and 60 workshops around country. “This is deep into seven figures to operate,” says Rouda. “It’s like an institute that we created and we did it with generous sponsorship of a single company [seed company Pioneer]—so it’s almost like philanthropy. They have no editorial control or involvement, it’s handled just like a product sponsorship.”last_img read more

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Egge Mallesham takes part in TRS campaign

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first_imgHayatnagar: The TRS membership drive was held under the aegis of senior leader Chirumamilla Madhu at Auto nagar on Friday. MLC Egge Mallesham, constituency membership in-charge Puttam Purushotham Rao and corporator Sama Tirumala Reddy were the chief guests on the occasion. They said they were targeting for more than one lakh memberships. “Currently, the membership strength has come to about 40,000. It would be easy for us to complete the target as people are voluntarily coming to join the party,” they added, while speaking to the media. Ward member Anjamma, Amaravathi, Gaddam Balu, Uma, area members T Venkatesh, M Satthi Reddy, leaders Ashok Goud, B Bikshapathi, Bhaskar Sagar, Sridhar, Mallesh and others were present.last_img

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