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Bale and Giggs rue ‘soft’ penalty call

first_imgGareth Bale and Ryan Giggs felt a contentious penalty decision took the game away from Wales in Denmark on Sunday.Wales lost 2-0 in Aarhus after a Christian Eriksen brace, with the second goal coming from the penalty spot after Ethan Ampadu was adjudged to have handled in the area.Stand-in captain Bale was particularly frustrated by the decision and suggested that the call would not have been made if Denmark were the away team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I can’t comment too much because, obviously, you get into trouble these days,” Real Madrid star Bale told Sky Sports.”But for me, it wasn’t a penalty. It was very soft.”Maybe if it’s not at home, it’s not given. That made it a lot more difficult for us being 2-0 down. At 1-0, we were still in the game, still fighting hard.”Manager Giggs added: “In the second half, we started really well. We were in it and then the penalty decision. Whether it was a penalty, yes or no? I don’t know. It’s harsh.”Then, after that, it’s an uphill task against a good team.”Before and after the penalty, Wales fell below the standards set in a 4-1 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, but Giggs is determined to get his side performing on a consistent basis.”It’s about coming back. We set the standard on Thursday and to repeat that is difficult, but that’s what I’ve challenged the players to do,” he said. “I think that we can do it.”Overall, I can’t fault the effort. We had two games in a short space of time and we were in it up until the penalty decision.”last_img read more

Vladimir Putin says World Cup 2018 has broken stereotypes about Russia

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that his country’s hosting of the soccer World Cup had helped debunk stereotypes about it.Russia’s host nation status had been met with resistance by some in the West who suggested the tournament could be unsafe and play into the hands of Putin, who stands accused by Washington of conducting “malign activities” around the world.But the month-long tournament, which ends on July 15, has so far been without major security incidents. Concerns about racism and hooligan violence that were discussed in the run-up have not been borne out and most visiting fans have spoken of a positive experience.At a meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and former soccer stars at the Kremlin, Putin said the tournament and its coverage on social media had “helped break many stereotypes about Russia”.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES”People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country, a friendly one for those who come here,” Putin said.”I’m sure that an overwhelming majority of people who came will leave with the best feelings and memories of our country and will come again many times.”LATEST PICTURES FROM WORLD CUPIncreasingly isolated on the global stage, Putin has used the tournament to send a defiant message to his opponents that Russia is succeeding despite Western efforts to hold it back.The Kremlin shrugged off on Thursday a fresh demand from Britain that it provide details about the Novichok nerve agent attack on a former double agent and his daughter in March after two British citizens were struck down this week with the same poison. Russia denies involvement in either attack.advertisement”NEW IMAGE”Moscow’s pedestrian streets have been flooded with fans and locals who have celebrated the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament until the small hours of the morning.”I was told people, police in the Red Square are smiling,” Infantino told Putin, laughing.”When they are asked for some information, they are very friendly. This is great. This is exactly what Russia is. This is the new image that we have about Russia.”The Russian team’s unexpected success at the World Cup has also added to the event’s appeal in the country.After entering the tournament as the lowest-ranked side, Russia made it through to the knockout stage for the first time in post-Soviet history before upsetting Spain to make it to the quarter-finals.Russia will face Croatia in the quarter-finals in Sochi on Saturday.last_img read more

Morocco Dispatches Medicines, Medical Equipment to Help Guinea Conakry Fight Ebola

Casablanca – Moroccan carrier RAM airlifted, on Wednesday, a royal donation made up of 15 tons of medicines and medical equipment to Guinea Conakry to help it fight Ebola epidemic.The health ministry said, in a statement to MAP, that this humanitarian aid is part of Morocco’s support for international efforts aimed at containing the virus, and of the reinforcement of solidarity and cooperation ties between Morocco and African countries in general, and Morocco and Guinea Conakry in particular.In a statement to the press at the Mohammed V airport, Abderrahim Karib, official in charge of medicines and pharmaceutical products supply at the health ministry, said that this royal donation, made up of 15 tons of medicines, medical products and biomedical equipment, is meant to assist the country in which new Ebola cases were detected. This donation will contribute to the improvement of health services in Guinea Conakry and will bring a major support to help fight the Ebola epidemic, he added. read more

African leaders unite to meet UN malaria eradication targets

24 September 2009African leaders are at the forefront of a landmark initiative to protect all those at risk from malaria with life-saving interventions by the end of 2010, the United Nations Envoy for efforts to defeat the deadly disease says. The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) is tasked with ensuring that more than 240 million insecticide-treated bed nets are distributed throughout malaria-endemic countries on the continent by the end of 2010, with the aim of ending unnecessary deaths from the disease by 2015.Malaria kills almost one million Africans every year and affects over 200 million more, mostly pregnant women and children under five years of age, resulting in at least $12 billion of costs every year through lost development and opportunity, according to a news release issued by ALMA. Launched at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, the alliance is a high-level forum set up to oversee the efficient procurement, distribution, and utilization of malaria control measures.“Malaria is borderless,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers at yesterday’s launch. “Therefore, we need an organization that transcends borders. This is ALMA.”He said that ALMA will work to “end deaths, enhance health infrastructure and grow economies. We know our investment in malaria can save one million lives each year.”Last year the international community provided $3 billion to contribute to the overall campaign against malaria.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to the launch that the world “holds no hope of fulfilling this promise without the mutual engagement of Africa’s heads of State and government.”The launch of ALMA is a critical step in the fight against malaria in Africa, added World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, in a statement echoing Mr. Ban.“The full engagement and political commitment of African leaders is essential not only to reach the 2010 target of universal coverage with malaria control interventions, but also to sustain these gains and ultimately achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs],” said Ms. Chan, referring to the internationally agreed targets – which include halting and reversing the incidence of malaria by 2015. read more

UNP concludes successful talks with Chinas Communist Party

The United National Party (UNP) has concluded successful talks with China’s Communist Party, the UNP said today.UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim led a delegation to China for talks with the Communist Party. Hashim said that the discussions helped strengthen the relationship between the UNP and the Communist Party.He said the talks also focused on matters of bilateral interest involving China and Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

Environment legal group challenges BCs Kinder Morgan pipeline conditions

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s five conditions for approval of the proposed $5.4 billion Kinder Morgan pipeline won’t be addressed if the province isn’t involved in the process, says a lawyer representing an environmental group.Ecojustice lawyer Karen Campbell said Thursday that the conditions set out by Premier Christy Clark are invisible during the ongoing National Energy Board process that is considering environmental approval of the pipeline.Ecojustice, on behalf of Living Oceans Society, filed a motion with the NEB requesting B.C. answer questions relating to the five conditions and the Kinder Morgan project. The province elected earlier not to file any evidence with the NEB.“We don’t know what position the B.C. government is planning to take and we don’t know what concerns they have because they’re not putting any evidence into the (NEB) panel,” said Campbell. “What are the risks? What are the benefits? What are you doing to make sure that the interests of British Columbians are going to be addressed adequately?”She said it appears the NEB is not expressly considering the five conditions the provincial government determined must be met for the province to support the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.B.C. decided to harmonize its environmental approval process with the federal government process five years ago to reduce duplication and save time and money. But critics have said it resulted in the province giving up powers to conduct its own reviews and reject projects.In 2012, Clark outlined five conditions that the pipeline company must meet before B.C. will agree to the Trans Mountain project.The conditions include: successful completion of the environmental review, world-leading marine and land oil-spill responses, agreement on First Nations legal and participation issues and a fair share for B.C.Kinder Morgan hopes to triple the bitumen-carrying capacity of its existing Trans Mountain line by laying almost 1,000 kilometres of new pipe between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. The expansion would increase the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet to 34 from the current five per month.Earlier this month, Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda attended an anti-pipeline protest in Vancouver, where she said she was willing to be placed in handcuffs while defending B.C.’s coast from oil tankers.The B.C. Environment Ministry said Thursday in a statement that pipeline projects must still meet the five conditions to receive approval.“Once we have reviewed all of the information on the record, the province will consider the extent to which the project meets our conditions,” said the statement. “We will then submit our final arguments to the NEB prior to the September 3 deadline and we will present oral arguments in Burnaby in September.” by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 25, 2015 11:28 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Environment legal group challenges B.C.’s Kinder Morgan pipeline conditions read more

Ohio State womens volleyball looks to keep rolling in rematch with Michigan

OSU freshman outside hitter Audra Appold (9) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a tough battle with rival Michigan in Ann Arbor three weeks ago, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is expecting more of the same when the Wolverines visit Columbus this weekend.In what OSU coach Geoff Carlston called “a total grind-out match,” the 14th-ranked Buckeyes (21-6, 10-5) defeated Michigan (16-10, 6-9) in four sets in their Oct. 24 meeting, with two sets going to extra points and all four sets being decided by the minimum of two points.OSU will be going for a sweep of its rivals on Saturday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It does help knowing that we’ve beat them before, but I think in the second half of the Big Ten, everyone’s a different team,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said. “So we’re still going to prepare for them just like how we would any other team.”Michigan has been reeling of late, losing its last four games — all against ranked teams — by a combined score of 12 sets to one, but Carlston said he knows the Wolverines will be out for revenge on Saturday.“Getting them at their place, that motivates them to come here and beat us,” he said. “It’s nice to be home … so we certainly need to take advantage of being in St. John this week.”In particular, OSU will have its hands full with sophomore outside hitter Caroline Knop, who has averaged nearly five kills per set in her team’s last five matches.Five seniors will be playing in their final regular-season game against Michigan, including Richardson, outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, outside hitter Katie Mitchell, middle blocker Andrea Kacsits and setter Emily Ruetter.The Buckeyes have split their six games with Michigan since Mitchell and Kacsits arrived in 2012, and the two seniors are looking to break that tie on Saturday.“It’d be nice to finish playing that rival my four years with a win and look back and say, ‘Yeah, we took care of them,’” Mitchell said.Richardson, who came to Columbus in 2014 after transferring from Middle Tennessee State, said she’s eager to “send them home with an ‘L.’”Buckeyes get pair of 2016 commitsOn Thursday, OSU announced that two high school All-Americans have signed letters of intent to join the Buckeyes next season.Brooke Bailey, a native of Canton, Ohio, is a 6-foot-2 outside hitter who was named a first-team all-Ohio player in each of the last three seasons while playing for Jackson High School.Madison Smeathers, of Vargersville, Indiana, plays multiple positions and was an all-Indiana selection the last two years.What’s next?In the first of three straight road games, OSU is set to head west to take on Iowa on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Buckeyes won the first matchup of the season against the Hawkeyes in four sets. read more

Owners angry after blind dogs banned from competitions

Blind dogs have been banned from taking part in competitions after the Kennel Club ruled the activities cause the animals too much stress.The unexpected move has prompted anger among dozens of owners of blind dogs who say their pets have long enjoyed taking part alongside other dogs.The ban was introduced by the Kennel Club over fears that taking part in what the organisation calls Activities Disciplines causes blind dogs “anxiety and stress”.In a statement the Kennel Club – the UK’s leading body for the  protection of the health and welfare of dogs – said: “It was felt that the stress of a busy, unfamiliar environment and the inability to see other dogs and their body language may potentially lead to hazardous situations and could cause anxiety and stress.“The Kennel Club is committed to the health and welfare of dogs competing in its various activities and considers this in the best interest of those dogs affected.”Introducing the ban it said it had concluded that “it is not in the best interests of blind dogs to compete in activities disciplines”, adding: “Following consideration by the Activities Committee and the Board it was considered that for the health and welfare of such dogs, they should not compete in any activities discipline.“This specifically relates to those dogs which have no sight whatsoever and does not directly apply to dogs with partial vision.”But the move has prompted an angry response from owners of blind dogs, who are calling on the Kennel Club to reverse the ban and allow their animals to continue taking part in organised activities and events.Nearly a thousand people have signed an online petition calling on the ruling to be revoked, claiming it discriminates against blind dogs who enjoy taking part in competitions.Joanna Holmes, who launched the petition, said: “As any moderately knowledgeable dog owner knows each and every dog is different. There are many dogs that find any of the activity competitions held by Kennel Club registered activity clubs stressful. There are often dogs, that we have witnessed ourselves, that find some of the aspects of the competition environment stressful. We have witnessed blind dogs at complete ease in the noisy and busy competition environment.Ms Holmes added: “If you were to ban all the groups of dogs that ‘could’ find the competitions and the competition environment stressful then all dogs would be banned for welfare reasons.“We feel that the rule is discriminatory and stops blind dogs from enjoying the stimulating activities that sighted dogs enjoy.”Owners of blind dogs say their animals benefit from taking part in activities, which they say provide their animals with “stimulation and enrichment”One owner of blind dog said: “I had a blind dog myself and know how well they adapt to life after losing there site. They accept their handicap and can continue living a full life. Not for one minute do they feel sorry for themselves.”Another owner, called Wendy, said: “A blanket ban like this is sheer discrimination. The owners of dogs know their dogs and what they are capable of. If a judge in any activity has a problem with the dog they can decide to discuss with the owner or the organisers as to whether a particular dog should not be working in their ring.”One blind dog owner called Elinor accused the Kennel Club of failing to properly research the issue, stating: “Dogs with compromised sight or even complete blindness use their other senses to ‘read’ signals from other dogs/people. The sense of smell and sensing of vibrations for example. Please re-think this poor decision.”The British Veterinary Association has however backed the ban, stating: “We appreciate that all dogs are different and that some with sight impediments may be able to undertake unexpected tasks. However, scenarios such as a competitive shows could be overwhelming and even distressing to a blind animal.”On the grounds of animal welfare, we support Kennel Club’s advice to competitors that it is not in the best interests of blind dogs to compete in such activities.” 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. read more

Woman arrested over heroin seizure is released

first_imgA WOMAN IN her 20s has been released after being arrested in connection with a drugs seizure in Thurles.Gardaí said this morning that the woman was released without charge last night.A file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions.A male in his 30s remains in custody.Heroin, amphetamine and cannabis with a combined estimated street value of €40,000 was seized when uniformed gardaí and members of the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house in Thurles on Tuesday evening.The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in Tipperary.Read: Man arrested after Tipperary heroin seizure>last_img read more

Major snowstorm to hit during upcoming WWE TV tapings

first_img Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions center_img Videos Articles A major snowstorm, Winter Storm Juno, is forecasted to heavily impact the Northeast area late Monday through Tuesday calling for 1 to 2 feet of snow. WWE will be holding a RAW taping tomorrow night in Hartford where weather could play a role. The Smackdown tapings on Tuesday night in Boston would appear to be the most impacted.Source: Weather.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Youth Department spearheading antiviolence workshop for Boys

first_img Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Related Items:akierra missick, anti-violence, jasmine parker, ministry of education, nixon dickenson, youth Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Feb 2015 – It may be seen as finally a proactive step to addressing the reality of some level of gang or territorial violence being prevalent in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that all boys on all islands will be exposed to a workshop to help them find healthier ways of handling aggression, anger and bottom line avoiding violence. The move is being spearheaded by the Youth Department of the country and the theme is “Saving our boys: Violence Prevention, the Time is Now”. There is a three pronged mission revealed in a media statement from the Office of Minister of Education & Youth, DP Akierra Missick. To get boys and young men involved in community awareness activities exposing violence against one another; to gain insight by hearing the perspectives of the participants and to acquaint these boys and young men with the laws and possible results of violent actions. These workshops will take place in Grand Turk (February 17, 2015 Community College 10am); South Caicos (February 20, 2015 Community Center 10am); North Caicos (February 23, 2015 The Library in Bottle creek 10am) and in Providenciales (February 26, 2015) the Environment Center Lower Bight Road 10am). Among the topics is conflict resolution and the Youth Department is seeking volunteers to help make the workshop happen. You can contact Jasmine Parker or Nixon Dickenson to lend support. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot programlast_img read more

Behind Teen Vogues Multiplatform Ad Sales Strategy

first_imgIn driving ad sales, publishers are often required to think big. It’s not just about taking a multiplatform approach, but creating tent-pole programs that almost have their own gravitational pull, generating increases across channels and attracting new categories. That combination has helped Condé Nast’s Teen Vogue boost pages nine percent in August and September this year. Here, Jason Wagenheim, who’s been the brand’s vice president and publisher for two years, describes how programs like Back to School Saturday, Fashion U. and the Insider app harness Teen Vogue’s highly social, mobile and fashion-forward readers to break 21 new accounts and the automotive category, which the magazine had never done before. Through it all, Wagenheim emphasizes the core element of every campaign—print.FOLIO: Teen Vogue serves a demographic that’s particularly dynamic on digital platforms. How are you advising brand partners on the best ways to reach your audience digitally, but without diminishing print’s role?Jason Wagenheim: Print still remains at the center of everything we do and where we still not only command the largest audience, but most of our revenue. But that’s just where the conversation starts for us and our advertising partners. The most successful programs we’ve created are rooted in print, but have strong digital, social and now mobile extensions that all work together and connect with our consumer 24/7, on any platform. It sounds counterintuitive, but that doesn’t mean you have to be everywhere all the time. It’s about picking the right mix between print, digital, social, mobile and experiential to tell whatever story an advertiser wants to tell. FOLIO: Your demographic also carries a lot of influence—what are some specific ways the brand is harnessing that influence to both broadcast its content and drive innovative campaigns among your brand partners?Wagenheim: One of the most unique things about our core audience is not just the influence they have, but the rate and propensity at which they can share it. Because of social media—more specifically when social went mobile with the invention of the smartphone—this generation has influence greater than any prior. We’ve really made a big investment in our social strategy to not only create positive social chatter for Teen Vogue, but for our advertising partners. One very successful example this year was our 10th Anniversary “It Girl Night In Parties.” We enlisted 150 of our most voracious readers from around the country to simultaneously host a party for 10-15 of their friends to celebrate our 10th. They received a trunk loaded with product from our advertisers, then took to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to post and share their experiences with Teen Vogue and the participating brands, all by simply using the same hashtag. The old model would have limited us to that party, in that market, with just those 15 girls. Now we have the power to bring our community together all at once and tap into their networks of hundreds and thousands of friends or followers. That’s incredible power for us to harness for our partners.FOLIO: Unlike most magazine brands, your audience is particularly at home on social platforms, presumably making it easier for Teen Vogue to capture some meaningful ROI on social. Can you describe how you’re doing this?Wagenheim: We’re one of the top 5 magazine brands on Instagram and we just passed 2 million on Facebook. That, along with our Klout score being the highest in the fashion magazine set make our social media strategies and credibility very compelling for advertisers. Word of mouth is such a big factor in a brand’s success right now, so we’re spending time and money on programs designed to get our audience talking about brands they love on social media. One example is our Keds photo challenge on Instagram this past summer, where users had to post photos inspired by themes Keds provided. Both Teen Vogue and our audience posted thousands of photos inspired by fun themes like “stars and stripes” or “first day of school.” We basically just tapped into both the platform and the behavior that our audience was doing on daily basis—using Instagram and participating in photo challenges—but we organically wrapped a brand around it all. FOLIO: On the flip side, print ad pages are strong as well. What are some specific initiatives that are leading to the paging increases?Wagenheim: Our two big tentpoles, Back-to-School Saturday and Fashion U., are all tied to significant print investments from our partners and driving much of our growth this year. The wonderful thing about these programs in particular is that while print is core, they have heavy digital, social and mobile extensions that are all designed to support the print components. I oftentimes position these programs as “print dressed in digital, social and mobile,” because they become more well rounded and attractive for advertisers when packaged this way—and that’s made our print business much more healthy. FOLIO: Describe the Back-to-School Saturday program from a business perspective–why it was set up and how you executed on it. Are big programs like these an absolute necessity these days to draw in more brands?Wagenheim: This program is among the most important and relevant that we’ve ever created. Simply put, there was a big hole in the back-to-school season and retailers for whom the season especially mattered were challenged by the downturn in the economy, a hard-to-find Millennial shopper and an increased competitive landscape coming literally from all over the world. We developed BTSS to rally the fashion, retail and beauty industries together, get behind one massive promotional day, and do everything possible on our side to get our readers out shopping. Our overall success these last two years is due in part to BTSS—we’ve been able to both grow existing business and break many new accounts because of it. I think big programs like this—when relevant and executed well—are especially critical to being successful these days. We intend to make it bigger and better each year from here. FOLIO: In the two years you’ve been Teen Vogue’s publisher, has the ad category mix changed? What are some new categories that have emerged that now want to target the teen girl demo? And how has the ad category landscape changed, if at all?Wagenheim: Most of our business comes from fashion, retail and beauty, our big three. We’ve seen a big lift in the prestige beauty category in particular, and the nail category overall within beauty is experiencing tremendous growth from which we and our competitors are benefiting. But we’re also breaking big new business. For instance, we hadn’t carried automotive advertising in our 10-year history until this year, when we partnered with Toyota on a massive integrated campaign to help educate teens about the dangers of distracted driving. Not only did it drive significant revenue in 2013, it was a very natural and organic partnership for us to get behind as a brand, especially considering how serious and important the topic is for our audience.FOLIO: How have you tied your Insider App to business opportunities? The app presumably caters to your most loyal readers, how are you able to leverage this with your brand partners?Wagenheim: Insider is not just an app, but a mobile Web platform and a mobile companion to Teen Vogue magazine. Our audience ostensibly Crazy Glues their phones to their hands so it was important for us to find a meaningful way to be there too. We’ve had nearly 100 brands participate since its inception in August 2012, we have more than 500,000 users and we’re fully committed to it each month. It’s not just a stunt to get advertisers in an important issue, it’s a fully integrated editorial and marketing vehicle. It’s helped drive print and digital revenue and brands who participate are generating more likes, shares, video/slideshow views, pushing deals and driving bricks-and-mortar store traffic for using Insider. Insider will be an even bigger part of what we do in 2014, especially around year three for Back-to-School Saturday.last_img read more

Roasting Twinkies Other Kid Wisdom From Camp In the Togiak Refuge

first_imgThe Togiak National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 4.7 million acres in southwestern Alaska, from the west side of Bristol Bay, near Dillingham, west to Togiak and north to the Quinhagak and Platinum region. Each year, refuge staff organizes a high school science camp, conducted via float trip, to show area students a little sliver of the refuge in their backyard. Earlier this month, six students from Dillingham and Twin Hills floated the Pungokepuk River.Download AudioTogiak National Wildlife Refuge Education Specialist Terry Fuller shows students, and adult chaperones, fire-starting skills at Pungokepuk Lake on August 5, 2015.Bristol Bay is known for fish, and the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge is no exception.During the high school float camp on the Pungo river, it was rainbows and resident fish, not reds, that lured anglers to keep casting.“Good day, I should be tallying up what fish I catch.”That was Savanna Sage catching yet another a rainbow, while Refuge Manager Susanna Henry rowed our inflatable blue raft down stream. Prior to the trip, she had caught just one rainbow this summer, up at Lake Alegnagik.A day into the trip, her tally was up to more than half a dozen, and climbing.Soldotna High freshman Drew Wassily snorkels in Pungokepuk Lake while Dillingham senior Savanna Sage casts with a spinning rod on August 5, 2015. Fish were a highlight of the four-day float from the lake to the Togiak River.The Pungo stretches 16 miles from Pungokepuk Lake to the Togiak River. The sun was shining nearly the entire time we were on the water, and until the final day, a light breeze kept the bugs away.And while 16 miles might sound like a short trip – there’s enough fish in the Pungo to make every mile last. It took us four days, with plenty of stops for fishing.Drew Wasilly caught his first rainbow on the trip. But he said it was his tentmate and fishing partner, Carleton Small of Twin Hills, who was the most prolific fisher.The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge was held on the Pungokepuk River, shown on August 7, 2015, this summer. The camp took six students on a 16-mile float.“He’s the rainbow slaying machine.”That doesn’t include the smolt caught by the whole group.Campers set out minnow traps before bed on the first night, baited with bacon. The next morning, refuge education specialist Terry Fuller helped intern Connor Ito and the campers ID the smolt they found waiting for them.“I’ve got a little bit of white and black look.”“Yes.”“So this is a silver.”“There are silvers to be found.”Camp wasn’t just about catching fish. Students put on a dry suit to snorkel with fish. And there were non-fishy activities, too – fire-building, berry-picking, a leave-no-trace activity, and hours on the river identifying plants and birds.Dillingham senior Savanna Sage and Togiak National Wildlife Refuge Intern Connor Ito roast Twinkies at Pungokepuk Lake on August 5, 2015.But Ito, a former camper herself, offered perhaps the most important lesson of all: how to roast Twinkies.“Now you want to very slowly roast the Twinkie until it is crunchy and golden brown on the outside, more than it already is, and the filling is bubbling out of the holes on the bottom.”The verdict?“It tastes more buttery,” Sage said.“He caught another rainbow.”And it’s back to fishing on Pungo Lake.last_img read more

Polishing up Money laundering rules to apply to gems and jewellery sector

first_imgRepresentational image.FlickrThe government said in a notification on Monday that the provisions of the Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, will apply to the gem and jewellery sector with immediate effect, the financial daily Business Standard (BS) reported.The notification, issued in the Gazette of India on August 23, said that any dealer of precious metals, precious stones and other high value goods with a turnover of Rs 2 crore or more in a financial year would be covered under the Act.It said that the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) will be appointed under the Act to monitor and adjudicate with respect to the gems and jewellery sector. The Rs 2-crore limit specified under the PMLA would be calculated on the basis of the previous year’s turnover.The notification has taken the sector by surprise, the newspaper added.The government’s move to apply the provisions of PMLA to the sector is a spillover of income tax raids on jewellers soon after the government’s decision to demonetise high-value currency notes last November. At the time, jewellers had sold gold and jewellery at a huge premium for banned currency notes.Last Friday, the government had banned gold coins and articles coming from South Korea at zero duty under the Free Trade Agreement. Before that, it had banned the export of jewellery above 22 carats.Gold imports from South Korea has jumped to $338.6 million between July 1 and August 3 this year. Imports in 2016-17 stood at $70.46 million. “Imports from South Korea of articles of jewellery and parts thereof, of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal; articles of goldsmith and silversmith wares and parts thereof and coins are restricted,” the DGFT had said in its August 25 notification.last_img read more

Exclusive Kapil Sharma Show producer Salman Khan strictly instructs comedian not to

first_imgSalman Khan on Kapil Sharma ShowYouTube ScreenshotKapil Sharma Show producer Salman Khan has apparently strictly instructed Kapil not to make any controversy like he did earlier.Kapil Sharma Show is doing well, and the comedian has also been keeping himself away from any wrong news since quite some time. We have learnt that Salman has a big role in Kapil maintaining a decent image for himself.”The show is doing really well. It is getting good TRP now. Salman has strictly told Kapil not to do anything silly ever again. Of course, Kapil cannot afford to risk losing a producer like Salman,” a source close to Sony TV told International Business Times India.When asked if there is any chance of Sunil Grover coming back to Kapil Sharma Show, the source replied in negative.Kapil had a bitter episode with Sunil Grover, following which the latter walked out of Kapil Sharma Show. Sunil’s characters of Dr Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabi were extremely popular. He was one of the key attractions of the show, and his ouster certainly affected popularity of the show.Apart from his infamous fight with Sunil, Kapil had earlier made headlines with his controversial tweets as well. He was in news once for even abusing a journalist with vulgar language over phone.However, lately the comedian has been completely focussing on his good work. Kapil is in a happy space as he and his wife Ginni are soon going to become parents of their first child. The comedian recently confirmed the news of his wife’s pregnancy.Currently, Kapil, Krushna Abhishek and Kiku Sharda are the star performers of the show. A lot of big celebs have been turning up to the show to promote their movies, and that certainly has been giving a boost to Kapil Sharma Show.last_img read more

Hong Kongers rally against government in heavy rain

first_imgRiot police walk past a shop as they chase anti-government protesters down Nathan Road in Mong Kok in Hong Kong, China on 17 August. Photo: ReutersThousands of school teachers joined an 11th weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Saturday, as shops pulled down their shutters and braced for another restive summer night.Weeks of increasingly violent demonstrations have plunged the city into turmoil. Water-filled barricades fortify the airport and government offices. Posters showing bloody clashes are stuck on street corners and there is a protest nearly every night.The unrest began in June in opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill, and have since grown to include broader demands.Following an escalation in violence over the past few days, rallies on Saturday and Sunday are a test of whether the movement can retain the broad support it has appeared to enjoy.Saturday’s mostly peaceful protest suggested that it may – though thousands also attended a pro-police counter-rally, and a clearer picture is not likely to emerge until Sunday when a protest is scheduled that could draw tens of thousands.”The government has been ignoring us for months. We have to keep demonstrating,” said CS Chan, a maths teacher at a rally of teachers, which police said up to 8,300 people had attended, in heavy rain. Organisers said 22,000 were present.Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement that has enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997.During the past week they have increasingly directed their frustration toward police, who have responded with fiercer determination to clear them from the streets.As storms cleared, anti-government demonstrators also marched through Kowloon – the main built-up area on the mainland side of Hong Kong harbour – while large pro-police crowds rallied in a harbourside park across the bay.”I’m heartbroken to see the city being split up like this,” a retired telecoms technician, Michael Law, 69, told Reuters at the pro-police rally. “What the violent protesters have been doing shows no respect for Hong Kong’s rule of law.”Shop ShutOrganisers said 476,000 people attended the pro-police rally, while police said 108,000 attended. Reuters was not able to verify either estimate.Many shops in Kowloon had shut early, even on big retail boulevards, in anticipation of clashes that have tended to turn nasty at night as front-line activists attack police.On Saturday, protesters who had surrounded a police station soon vanished when riot officers advanced with shields and batons.Some said they were saving their energy for Sunday, when the pro-democracy Civil Human Rights Front, which organised million-strong peaceful marches in June, has scheduled another protest.The increasingly violent confrontations have plunged one of Asia’s financial capitals into its worst crisis for decades. The unrest also presents one of the biggest challenges for Chinese president Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, has warned activists not tip their home into an abyss.The European Union urged all sides to engage in dialogue, following other calls for restraint as Chinese paramilitary police have run drills close to the Hong Kong border.Police in Australia also warned supporters and opponents of the Hong Kong protest movement to behave after scuffles at a rally in Melbourne.Chinese officials have likened some actions by protesters to “terrorism” and Chinese state media outlets have urged Hong Kong police to respond more robustly.Protesters have used slingshots to fire marbles at police, shone lasers at them and at times thrown bricks and firebombs.Having fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the streets, and at one point in a subway station, police are warning that they could get tougher.Although their stations have been attacked scores of times during the crisis, they have so far refrained from deploying water cannon, armoured cars or the dog squad.They have made some 750 arrests, charging some protesters with rioting, which can attract a 10-year jail term.But many remain on the side of the demonstrators.Yu, a secondary school music teacher in her 40s, said she was determined to show support for protesting students, even though she did not agree with all their actions:”I do appreciate their courage and caring about Hong Kong … they are definitely braver than our government.”last_img read more

NTPC powers India ahead despite coal input crisis

first_imgCountry’s largest power producer NTPC’s net profit dipped by 5 per cent to Rs 2,944.03 crore in the fourth quarter ended March, 2014-15 on stringent CERC tariff norms and higher depreciation under new accounting rules.Its net profit in the January-March quarter of the previous fiscal, 2013-14, was Rs 3,093.54 crore. The company’s turnover also declined to Rs 19,314.58 crore in January-March quarter of 2014-15, from Rs 20,939,08 crore in the year-ago period. NTPC said in a statement that as per power sector regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC) tariff regulation effective from 2014-15 to 2018-19, the financial incentives are to be based on actual generation of power than on the basis of available generation capacity. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashIt has linked the financial incentives to power producers with the purchase of electricity by power distribution companies. In present scenario, as discoms (power distribution firms) always have funds crunch to buy electricity, power producer’s generation capacity remains below the installed capacity. NPTC has filed a petition in the Delhi High court, contesting Regulation 2014 of CERC, said the statement. Also, NPTC said it has revised its accounting policy for depreciation of certain assets in alignment with Schedule-II of the Companies Act 2013 effective from April 1, 2014. “Consequently profit for the year ended March 31, 2015, lower by Rs 14.97 crore and fixed assets as at March 31, 2015 are lower by Rs 20.44 crore,” the statement said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsFor the entire fiscal 2014-15, the state-run firm’s net profit fell by 6.3 per cent to Rs 10,290.86 crore. The net profit was at Rs 10,974.74 crore in 2013-14. Company’s consolidated net profit also dropped to Rs 9,986.34 crore in 2014-15, from Rs 11,403.61 crore in 2013-14. However, consolidated total income has increased to Rs 82,700.95 crore in 2014-15 from Rs 81,710.75 crore 2013-14. The company’s plant load factor (PLF) during January-March quarter was 82.88 per cent for coal based plants and 26.68 per cent for gas-based plants. The PLF was at 88.70 per cent and 35.64 per cent respectively in same period a year ago. Similarly, PLF in 2014-15 was 80.23 per cent for coal based plants and 32.93 per cent for gas based plants compared with 81.50 per cent and 35.72 per cent in 2013-14. PLF is a measure of average capacity utilisation. The power company has total installed power generation capacity of 44,398 MW. During 2014-15, its average tariff was Rs 3.28 per unit. NPTC shares closed 1.26 per cent higher at Rs 136.70 a piece on BSE on Friday. Meanwhile, as CIL decision to offer coal to NTPC comes under high court’s radar, the PSU on Friday said the proposed pact with the power producer is a long-term arrangement and will depend upon the availability of coal. It may be noted that the Delhi High Court on May 25 asked CIL how it was offering coal from two Chhattisgarh mines to NTPC when it had cited production issues to cancel an e-auction of 49,000 metric tonnes (MT) of the mineral, mined from the same Gare Palma IV/2&3 blocks.In the coal auction earlier this year, Jindal Steel & Power (JPL) had emerged as the highest bidder for Gare Palma IV/2&3 blocks. However, the mines were not allotted to the company. The proposed MoU between South Eastern Coalfields (SECL), a CIL arm, and NTPC is yet to be finalised for Barh-II power plant from Gare Palma mines, CIL said in a BSE filing. Coal India (CIL) further clarified that delivery order for e-auction from Gare Palma IV/2&3 mine was cancelled as the “consent to operate” for the mines was awaited from Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board.last_img read more

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