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NBA: DeMarcus Cousins regrets being loyal to Sacramento Kings


first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, the three-time NBA All-Star revealed that he should have bolted out of the franchise much sooner than he did.“My biggest regret is, why didn’t I leave when I had the chance,” the mercurial big man told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.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 shutout“I had the chance, but I fought it. … I wanted to give it a chance. My representatives, they told me I shouldn’t stay. You know, being…I guess you can say stubborn and loyal, I wanted to make things work.”Before teaming up with another generational talent in Anthony Davis, Cousins shouldered much of the load for the lowly Kings, who failed to clinch a playoff spot throughout his tenure. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 3-time major champ Wawrinka needs coach after Norman leaves CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the second half of a game against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFPDeMarcus Cousins is certainly in the upper echelon of centers in today’s NBA.Although his talent is undeniable, the 27-year-old Kentucky product remains hounded by his fair share of turmoil—particularly during the six and a half seasons he spent with the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img The constant losing only fueled Cousins’ frustration, which eventually led to his inevitable exit.“When you come in, you know it’s a business. How are you going to be loyal to something that hasn’t been loyal to any player that’s ever played this game? I was a fool,” he said.With his return to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento looming, Cousins bared his expectation on facing his former team.“I’m excited to play in front of the fans and see their reaction,” he said.  “But as far as it just being like a revenge game or anything, I’m past it. I’m in a good place, I’m happy where I’m at. We have a chance to win. We’re playing for something. So I’m good.”The now revamped Kings will host the Pelicans on Thursday (Friday in Manila).  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View commentslast_img read more


Copa America: Messi rues draw


first_imgA frustrated Lionel Messi said a joke goal had complicated Argentina’s Copa America start as the hosts struggled to impose themselves in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia in the tournament’s first match on Friday. Argentina had to chase their Group-A opener from the 47th minute when an error by midfielder,A frustrated Lionel Messi said a joke goal had complicated Argentina’s Copa America start as the hosts struggled to impose themselves in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia in the tournament’s first match on Friday.Argentina had to chase their Group-A opener from the 47th minute when an error by midfielder Ever Banega allowed Bolivia to sneak into a shock lead before substitute Sergio Aguero equalised half an hour later.”They surprised us with a crap goal and we managed to draw thanks to Kun (Aguero), but we’re sad because we didn’t reach our objective. We did some things well but we have to keep improving,” Messi told reporters.Bolivia’s point in the match in La Plata was the first they have ever picked up in a competitive match on Argentine soil.It also denied Argentina revenge for a 6- 1 roasting under former coach Diego Maradona in a World Cup qualifier at high altitude in La Paz two years ago. ‘A night without altitude’ was the headline in the daily Clarin in a play on words on the expression in Spanish which would better translate as a night without class.Argentina played into the hands of a modest but well- organised Bolivia, failing to execute coach Sergio Batista’s passing game modelled on Messi’s club side Barcelona. “It’s very difficult to play like Barcelona, but the idea is ball possession,” Batista told reporters.”We tried to play and be a team with a lot of the ball, but Bolivia put a lot of people in the middle and clogged the spaces. It was a difficult debut.” Batista said on the eve of the match he had not recalled forward Carlos Tevez just because of popular demand. He explained that with the player of the people in his side he would get more football and less vertigo, meaning less headless running at the opposition defence.advertisementYet Tevez and Ezequiel Lavezzi, the two players flanking Messi in attack, did just that with the former earning some of the lowest match ratings in Saturday’s papers. Messi received an ovation from the crowd, but not for the reasons he would have liked, when he stood up to Bolivia’s captain Ronald Raldes after a clash.Colombia winStriker Adrian Ramos earned Colombia a 1-0 win over 10- man Costa Rica that put them top of Group-A after their first match at the Copa America on Saturday.Ramos beat the offside trap to run onto a through pass from winger Fredy Guarin, round goalkeeper Leonel Moreira and put the Colombians ahead seconds before half-time.Costa Rica had been reduced to 10 men after 27 minutes when forward Randall Brenes was shown a straight red card after a dangerous tackle on defender Luis Perea.Meanwhile, Brazil play Venezuela in their opener on Sunday and will be approaching the game with caution, after Argentina’s result.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more


10 months agoKeylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…


first_imgKeylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas says he still feels wanted by Real Madrid.He has lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season, but remains confident that he can win it back.”The day that I think I can no longer start, I’ll go home and focus on something else,” Navas told EFE.”I have always worked to start.”In the end the coaches make the decisions.”I’m not playing as much as I want, but when I go on the pitch I think that I’m performing well and you have to value this.”Courtois has suffered an injury, but the Costa Rican isn’t sure if that’ll open the door for him to return to the starting role in the long term.”I think that you have to wait, as we don’t know what’s going to happen and only the coach knows this,” he said.”I’m 100 percent committed to the coach and the team, above all to a team that has to stay united.”I see myself here for many years.”In the future nobody knows, like in life, but I try to live in the present and my present is Real Madrid and I’m going to continue giving my all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


9 days agoHeurelho Gomes happy to have played on with Watford this season


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Heurelho Gomes happy to have played on with Watford this seasonby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHeurelho Gomes is happy to have played on with Watford this season.The Brazilian goalkeeper claimed he was 99 per cent certain he would be hanging up his gloves at the end of last season, but that the Hornets convinced him otherwise.He told Voetbal Primeur, “Last year I was sure that I was going to stop.”Not because I was not fit anymore, but because I was mentally tired. We reached the cup final against Manchester City, but we lost it. I had it again the hunger to play. If I had to go to another club, I would have stopped. Watford said: no, we want you to stay longer.” last_img


Milestone announcement expected for East Village


first_imgDetails on the operation of Calgary’s new Central Library cafe are expected Tuesday morning.Other milestones for the East Village will also be included in the announcement. Councillor Druh Farrell will attend the event, along with members of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and the Calgary Public Library.The new library is expected to open later this year.Tuesday’s announcement takes place at the St. Louis Hotel at 11 a.m.last_img


Rogers Q1 profit adjusted earnings soar on revenue growth


first_imgTORONTO – Rogers Communications Inc. saw its first-quarter profit soar from the same time last year as its wireless division experienced a growth spurt that exceeded analyst estimates.The wireless, cable, internet and media company’s net profit was $425 million, up 37 per cent from $310 million in the comparable period last year.Adjusted earnings grew even more, rising by 45 per cent to $477 million, while total revenue was $3.63 billion, up eight per cent from $3.37 billion last year.The net profit reported by Rogers, under a new accounting standard that it adopted for this year, amounted to 83 cents per share, up from 60 cents per share.Growth in consolidated EBITDA, earnings before taxes and other items, was 11.1 per cent — above the consensus estimate of 5.9 per cent.More than half of total revenue for Rogers was from the wireless division, which was up nine per cent to $2.19 billion.Rogers chief executive Joe Natale told analysts in a conference call after the results were released Thursday afternoon that the overall wireless marketplace, including the company’s rivals, appears to have had healthy growth during the quarter.In addition, he said, Rogers made progress in reducing the loss of customers — or churn — by proactively looking for ways to retain customers and investing in improvements at its call centres.“If you look at what we’ve been focused on, we’ve been focusing on doing a better job of managing our base of customers and really kind of looking through our base and looking at retention — proactive retention opportunities,” Natale said.He said the investments in systems “will continue to pay dividends for us.”Among the wireless performance metrics that contributed to the quarter was 95,000 net postpaid additions — compared with 60,000 a year earlier — and reduced postpaid churn of 1.08 per cent, down from 1.1 per cent a year earlier.The consensus estimate had been for about 55,000 net postpaid additions and churn of 1.13 per cent.The first quarter’s wireless results were a stark contrast to the fourth quarter, when 72,000 net subscriber additions were below estimates.Natale said estimated on a Jan. 25 analyst call that technical problems in December, during a seasonally important period, had cost Rogers about 35,000 net additions to its subscriber base in the fourth quarter.Rogers has one of Canada’s three national wireless networks, operating under the Rogers, Fido and Chatr brands.It also owns the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team through its media division and one of Canada’s largest cable TV networks, based mostly in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.Natale said revenue growth at the Rogers media division — which was up 12 per cent from a year ago to $532 million — was primarily due to sports.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more


Chowkidar Narendra Modi PM flaunts prefix


first_imgNew Delhi: A day after launching the “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign on social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed the title of his Twitter account to “Chowkidar Narendra Modi”. BJP President Amit Shah followed with “Chowkidar Amit Shah”, and tweeted: “The one who made cleanliness a moral value… he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again).” Shah’s remarks came after senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, J.P. Nadda, Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan followed suit, changing their names similarly on Twitter accounts. On Saturday after Modi launched his party’s “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign ahead of the general election that begins in April. He posted a video with the same title on Twitter, saying: “Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation”. The campaign counters Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s repeated attacks on Modi and his government over various alleged malhandling of economic and defence deals and situations, with the slogan, “Chowkidar Chor Hai (watchman is a thief)”. “Five years ago, chowkidar said he wanted to fight corruption. He said he wanted to make it a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. Today, the slogan of ‘Acche Din Aayenge’ has changed to ‘Chowkidar chor hai’,” Gandhi has been repeating at rallies. Gandhi latched on to the word “chowkidar” as Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaigning promised to work as a “chowkidar” to guard people’s money and their trust once elected.last_img read more


San Francisco may ban police city from facial recognition use


first_imgSan Francisco: San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more than a decade to scan databases for suspects and prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools, making it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or protester in a moving crowd or for retailers to analyze a shopper’s facial expressions as they peruse store shelves. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportEfforts to restrict its use are getting pushback from law enforcement groups and the tech industry, though it’s far from a united front. Microsoft, while opposed to an outright ban, has urged lawmakers to set limits on the technology, warning that leaving it unchecked could enable an oppressive dystopia reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel “1984.” “Face recognition is one of those technologies that people get how creepy it is,” said Alvaro Bedoya, who directs Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology. “It’s not like cookies on a browser. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThere’s something about this technology that really sets the hairs on the back of people’s heads up.” Without regulations barring law enforcement from accessing driver’s license databases, people who have never been arrested could be part of virtual police line-ups without their knowledge, skeptics of the technology say. They worry people will one day not be able to go to a park, store or school without being identified and tracked. Already, a handful of big box stores across the U.S. are trying out cameras with facial recognition that can guess their customers’ age, gender or mood as they walk by, with the goal of showing them targeted, real-time ads on in-store video screens. If San Francisco adopts a ban, other cities, states or even Congress could follow, with lawmakers from both parties looking to curtail government surveillance and others hoping to restrict how businesses analyze the faces, emotions and gaits of an unsuspecting public. The California Legislature is considering a proposal prohibiting the use of facial ID technology on body cameras. A bipartisan bill in the US Senate would exempt police applications but set limits on businesses analyzing people’s faces without their consent. Legislation similar to San Francisco’s is pending in Oakland, California, and on Thursday another proposed ban was introduced in Somerville, Massachusetts. Bedoya said a ban in San Francisco, the “most technologically advanced city in our country,” would send a warning to other police departments thinking of trying out the imperfect technology. But Daniel Castro, vice president of the industry-backed Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said the ordinance is too extreme to serve as a model. “It might find success in San Francisco, but I will be surprised if it finds success in a lot of other cities,” he said. San Francisco is home to tech innovators such as Uber, Airbnb and Twitter, but the city’s relationship with the industry is testy. Some supervisors in City Hall are calling for a tax on stock-based compensation in response to a wave of San Francisco companies going public, including Lyft and Pinterest. At the same time, San Francisco is big on protecting immigrants, civil liberties and privacy. In November, nearly 60% of voters approved a proposition to strengthen data privacy guidelines.last_img read more


Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals his biggest influence in football


first_imgSwedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic granted an interview to L’Equipe where he gave a surprising statement about his real influence in football.We have lived inside a lie for all these years, we always thought that Ronaldo Nazario was Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s biggest influence in football but we were mistaken.The Swedish striker just revealed the truth about this during an interview with L’Equipe where he spoke about the time when he played for Juventus during a small period of time and met the player who taught him the biggest lessons in the profession, that man is French midfielder, Patrick Vieira.It’s weird I know, but if you stop to think about it, this revelation actually makes a lot of sense.During that period when Zlatan Ibrahimovic had just moved out of his bubble in Holland where he became a world-class player at Ajax from Amsterdam, coming to Serie A was one of his biggest career moves and he arrived in a squad that was filled with some of the biggest names in football at the moment.There he would meet a couple of French legends who quickly grounded him and made him realize that he was a flawed individual, one who could achieve greatness but needed to learn a few life lessons first.Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira wishes Zlatan Ibrahimovic good luck at Manchester United: https://t.co/3q9ivJrSUZ pic.twitter.com/44oFNV5nEe— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 1, 2016At the time, there was actually no one better than Vieira to teach him those lessons and both players quickly developed a close bond. Even when Juventus was part of that match-fixing scandal in 2006, the two of them decided to play for Internazionale Milano together and they continued to make their friendship flourish.This reveal is really weird because now the video of Zlatan Ibrahimovic admiring Brazilian Ronaldo when they met at a Milano Derby later on, just looks a bit creepy now because we always believed that Zlatan’s biggest influence was the legendary Brazilian striker.But then again, Patrick Vieira does look like a man who could teach a few things to anyone about football, maybe that’s why he decided to become a manager after his career ended.Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the news to eveybody on his latest interview to French journal L’Equipe, where he also spoke about the possibility of going back to Paris Saint-Germain as a manager in the future, hinting that this could be the next career path for him.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals Patrick Vieira was the biggest influence on his career – “he was always on my back, it was never good enough”. https://t.co/pkqI022Yeg #Juventus #FCIM pic.twitter.com/DLvY6KAIgb— footballitalia (@footballitalia) November 9, 2018“When I met him at Juventus, he had a really different mentality from the other players I’d known,” Ibrahimovic told L’Equipe.“He was always on my back, I thought I was doing things right but it was never good enough. He showed me that you have to give more, want more.”“He taught me that we play as we train. That’s how it works: if you train well, you play well. I don’t need to tell you the player and the professional he was.”“He was a phenomenal player who will remain in history, but I’m happy I knew the player and person. He deeply influenced my game by pushing me to give 120 percent every day, every game.”“I’m not surprised he became a Coach, he already had that in him: his experience, his maturity, his way of helping others.”“He was always available to talk. He really helped a lot of players, not just me. There were big stars at Juve at the time, and to please them you had to give a lot, you got nothing for free,” he concluded.Zlatan Ibrahimović: “Vieira is one of the best players I played with. He was a monster. He taught me so much.” pic.twitter.com/pg9ogekbBM— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) December 2, 2015What do you think about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s unexpected revelation about his biggest influence in football? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.last_img read more


Readers Digest Association Announces Business Realignment


first_imgAbout three weeks after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Reader’s Digest Association has announced a realignment of its U.S. business operations. Suzanne Grimes, president of RDA’s Food and Entertaining division, will now serve as president of the newly-created U.S. Affinities division, which will be made up of the Food and Entertaining and Home and Garden groups.In addition, Alyce Alston, who served as president of the Home and Garden and Health and Wellness groups, was named president of the newly-created Emerging Businesses division, which will be responsible for developing and launching new businesses across the company.According to RDA president and CEO Mary Berner, the new divisions are designed to “enable us to bring our U.S. affinities closer together under one organization to drive growth and efficiency, as well as enhance collaboration, effectiveness and best practices among the various teams.” Going forward, Berner said, a single organization will lead and support RDA’s U.S. affinity businesses, including brands like Allrecipes.com, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Taste of Home, Birds & Blooms and the Family Handyman. A single leadership team also will oversee advertising and division-specific marketing programs. No layoffs were associated with the realignment, an RDA spokesperson told FOLIO:. Eva Dillon, the company said, will continue to serve as president of the Reader’s Digest Community group, separate from RDA’s new affinity structure. Neil Wertheimer, who served as editor-in-chief of Home and Garden as well as Health and Wellness, was named vice president and editor-in-chief of Emerging Business and Content Development, reporting to Alston. The Health and Wellness group, the spokesperson said, has not been made into an affinity. The group’s health books operation has been renamed Content Development.RDA’s Weekly Reader Publishing Group, which publishes 12 titles, also will report to Alston.When it filed for bankruptcy protection last month, RDA said it reached an agreement in principle with a majority of its senior secured lenders on terms of a restructuring plan to reduce the company’s debt from $2.2 billion to $550 million, which has its senior lenders exchanging a “substantial portion” of the company’s $1.6 billion in senior secured debt for equity. The agreement also called for RDA’s lender group to provide $150 million in debtor-in-possession financing which would be convertible into exit financing upon emergence from Chapter 11.The spokesperson said RDA could emerge from bankruptcy “in under four months.”last_img read more


The Rapid Rise of The News Group


first_imgThe breakneck growth of The News Group in 2009, thanks largely to its acquisition of Anderson News’s assets, has given it close to 50 percent market share—almost double its previous footprint—and unprecedented leverage with retailers. The impact of the wholesaler’s size and influence will be a major factor in the years ahead.The News Group U.S. is the Smyrna, Georgia-based division of the Canadian distributor and part of the massive Vancouver, BC, Canada-based Jim Pattison Group, which had sales of $6.7 billion in 2009 with holdings in the automotive dealership, packaging, food sales and distribution, and export and financial industries.The News Group entered into the U.S. in the late 1990s by partnering with several regional wholesalers and grew its footprint in the country with a model based on limited partnerships. “[The U.S. Group] was created that way to service the U.S. without having to invest in the infrastructure,” said David Parry, president of The News Group U.S. “It gave us the ability to go to national chains and service those locations in a broad sense.” Now, the Pattison-owned portion of the group is 65 percent, with 35 percent representing LP-agencies. Those distributors are separately-owned and operated with their own P&Ls, said Parry, who added that Pattison has first right of refusal. In other words, if one of the LP agencies wanted to break away, they’d need to go to Pattison first.The limited partnership model gives The News Group a shared resource structure and fixed-cost efficiencies. “It’s a marketing, promotions and accounting joint venture,” said Parry. “We can work with our retailers on a national basis and bid with them. It’s the same thing with purchasing—we’re one voice to the publishers. We can consolidate our data and look and feel as one entity to simplify the process.”The Anderson FactorIn February 2009, wholesaler Anderson News abruptly shut its doors, blowing a chunk of the supply chain right off the rails and brought, for several months, magazine distribution to a standstill. About 25 percent of the market was suddenly up for grabs. The event spooked everyone—from publishers to retailers—and highlighted in stark relief the frailty of the distribution channel.The News Group quickly stepped into the void and hammered out a deal to purchase what was left of Anderson. That action is widely credited with mending a fatally broken supply chain after the Anderson implosion.The News Group picked up 15 of Anderson’s major distribution centers, 60 depots, 1,300 trucks and hired 4,000 employees. “We hammered out the deal in about 48 hours and did the rest in about 60 days,” said Parry.All told, Parry said The News Group spent in the high seven figures, with investments ongoing in scan-based trading and other infrastructure.Bigger Size, More LeverageNow, however, we’re left with a very different distribution landscape with The News Group commanding a 46 percent market share, according to Parry. That size gives the wholesaler some obvious benefits, but those benefits trickle back to publishers, too, he said.Along with Anderson’s assets, The News Group took over distribution into 10,225 stores.News Group’s new size and the shock of the near-collapse of the distribution chain helped the wholesaler negotiate more favorable terms with retailers, which have historically been the 900-pound gorilla in the room. Parry said he struck new, multi-year contracts with retailers, and confirmed rumors that he shaved a “couple of points” on the terms in his favor.“The fragmented nature of the business was the biggest point of leverage,” said Parry. “The fragility of our business was our greatest asset to reworking the deals. The retailers had to reconsider the margins they were getting in the category.”Those terms may be favorable now, but what happens when contracts are up for renewal in a few years? “They’re sustainable,” reassured Parry, who seemed to think there was only one direction to keep moving in. “It’s human nature to try to get more,” he said, referring to retailers who might try to negotiate terms back in their favor. “That might be the situation, but the question back to the retailers is how steadfast they are in maintaining profitability. I can say we will not go back. We were 12 years with losses.”Over the last several years, those losses have been diminishing. The News Group, prior to Anderson’s closure, had already been working on improving its deals, consolidating its infrastructure and distribution centers, and reorganizing management. “We saved $10 million to $15 million in operational expenses,” said Parry.Those actions will result in a projected profit in 2010. “It will be a mild profit, but it’s better than losing money,” said Parry.Going forward, Parry said that they’ll continue to look at operating costs and try to keep them as low as possible without impacting service levels. He said the company will turn to publisher accounts and examine them for efficiencies, promotional involvement, cover pricing and “which ones pay their way and which ones don’t” in an effort to adjust margins wherever possible.“There’s no way around the fact that they took on so much business that costs skyrocketed,” said Rodale’s senior vide president of retail sales Richard Alleger. “In my view they must have looked at every account and how valuable it is and how many resources they could put against it. As a publisher I applaud that. Anything they can do to make themselves more financially solid is a good thing.”SBT Still on the TableScan-based trading is still a looming and contentious issue. Parry said fully 60 percent of News Group’s volume—driven by Wal Mart, Target, Safeway, Kroger, and others—is handled with SBT, noting that represents “millions of dollars sitting on wholesalers’ books. We’re taking all of that inventory as a receivable and creating a liability. The banks look at it as debt, not equity. That’s where, in the future, the wholesalers are going to need help from the publishers.”Yet publishers, who’ve long used their national distributors such as Comag and Time/Warner Retail Sales and Marketing, as a shield-like go-between in deals with the wholesalers may not be ready to get directly involved. “‘Publisher’ is an open-ended term,” said Alleger. “While I’m a publisher, I don’t have a contract with the News Group, my national distributor does that. Any discussion on that line will have to go through the national distributor, regardless of how I feel. That is where the discussion is going to have to happen.”Keeping Product on ShelvesWith all the business that The News Group picked up, publishers are concerned over its ability to merchandise magazines consistently. Rife with turnover, merchandising requires bodies in stores to make sure titles are stocked and restocked. “[The News Group has] to find all these folks to merchandise on a regular basis,” said Alleger. “Most of those jobs are the most difficult in retention. I can’t even imagine the juggling they have to do.”Parry, however, is confident the merchandising end is taken care of. “With the addition of our Select Merchandising team and our partners, we have over 7,000 merchandising employees working our retailer displays today. We have never been in a better position to service and execute on behalf of the publishers.”last_img read more


Madrasa teacher held for praying for Banghabandhus killers


first_img.Police detained a madrasa teacher from Gopalpur upazila headquarters in Tangail on Saturday morning for allegedly seeking salvation of departed souls of the killers of Banghabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.The arrested teacher is Faizul Amir Sarker, principal of Gopalpur Kamil Madrasa, hailing from Muradnagar upazila in Comilla district.Witnesses said Gopalpur upazila administration arranged a special prayer programme in upazila freedom fighters’ office around 8am for seeking salvation of the departed soul of freedom fighters who laid their lives for the country.Faizul conducted a munajat in the programme where he sought salvation of the departed souls who were hanged in connection with killing of Banghabandhu in the presence of upazila chairman Yunus Islam Talukder, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Dilruba Sharmin and others, said Al Mamun, officer-in-charge of Gopalpur police station.Immediately after the incident, police detained Faizul and started filing a case against him, added the OC.last_img read more


Tornillo Detention Center For Immigrant Children Will Remain Open At Least Another


first_imgU.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesBunk beds are lined up inside an air-conditioned tent at the Tornillo facility for unaccompanied immigrant children near El Paso.The immigration detention center at Tornillo used to hold undocumented immigrant children will remain open for at least 30 more days, a government spokesperson confirmed Monday.The facility opened at the U.S. Customs port of entry last month. It houses undocumented minors who came to the United States alone or were separated from family members or guardians by U.S. immigration officials under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.During a media tour of the facility two weeks ago, the incident commander for BCFS Health and Human Services, which operates the facility, said he didn’t see a need to keep the shelter open longer than the July 13 end date for the current contract.But a Health and Human Services spokesman said on Monday that the facility will remain active at least through Aug. 13.“HHS is legally required to provide care and shelter for all unaccompanied alien children referred by DHS, and works in close coordination with DHS on the security and safety of the children and community,” spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe wrote in an email.The facility at Tornillo opened after regular shelters reached capacity during the Trump administration’s separation policy. Evy Ramos, a spokeswoman for BCFS, said that as the government continues to reunite separated children with their families, space will free up in shelters for the minors staying at Tornillo.“Until then, we will not abandon those at Tornillo and will continue to provide services on a week-by-week basis,” she said.The facility has attracted worldwide attention since it opened, with immigration rights supporters and politicians holding several protests and marches outside the facility and calling for separated families to be reunited.The government initially said the facility only housed immigrants who came to the country by themselves. But during the media tour two weeks ago, officials confirmed the population had expanded to include a small number of minors who were separated from their families. The facility held 326 minors at that time, the majority of them from Central America.  Sharelast_img read more


Black Virginia Voters Feel Betrayed Left in NoWin Scenario


first_imgBy Errin Haines Whack, The Associated PressEva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first Black president.But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Feb. 8, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore Blackface as a medical student 35 years ago.In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, from left, Lt. Governor-elect Justin Fairfax, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring and Governor-elect Ralph Northam listen as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses a joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees at the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, Va. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)“I really believed in him,” said Siakam, a 28-year-old student. “To find out that he dressed up in Blackface is disappointing. He’s shown his disdain for Black people.”Black voters who factored prominently in the 2017 election that helped Northam become governor are feeling betrayed over the scandals that have engulfed the state over the past week, leaving them with a less-than-ideal set of choices at the top of the Democratic Party: a governor and attorney general who wore Blackface and a lieutenant governor who stands accused by two women of sexual assault. The next person in line for governor is a conservative Republican.Many are struggling to come to grips with a list of nagging questions: Do they forgive the Democrats, keep Republicans out of power and demand the governor get serious about racism? Should Northam step down and hand the office to African-American Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations? Or should all three of them walk away and let principle prevail, even if the other party takes charge?The dilemma was being weighed in Black barber shops, salons, restaurants and living rooms and in activist and political circles across the state in the midst of a still-unfolding reckoning around race and scandal in the Old Dominion.“We don’t even know where to take the conversation from here,” community organizer Chelsea Wise said at a meeting of Democrats in Richmond on Feb. 7. “Do we want to address all of them, or are we just sticking with Ralph right now? The fact that it’s all of our top leadership shows that we need to take a hard look at the Virginia Democratic Party as well.”The governor has been facing calls to resign ever since a photo emerged from his medical school yearbook page in 1984 that showed someone in Blackface next to a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.Northam later admitted wearing Blackface and impersonating Michael Jackson around the same time. Days later, Fairfax was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, and Attorney General Mark Herring came forward to admit that he, too, wore Blackface in the 1980s.As of Friday night, Northam informed his cabinet that he was determined to stay in office, Herring remained in a wait-and-see posture, and Fairfax had denied a second accusation of sexual assault, this one from a classmate at Duke University who said he raped her in 2000. Northam is vowing to start an honest conversation on race to begin to heal Virginia’s lingering racial legacy.Siakam said she thinks Northam should resign, but said the conversation must now turn to the larger impacts of racism on communities of color.“There’s nothing you can do for us to forget, but we should focus more now on structural racism,” she said.African Americans, who make up 20 percent of Virginia voters, overwhelmingly supported the commonwealth’s top three Democrats in 2017, in large part as a repudiation of what they saw as the racist rhetoric and policies prevalent in the 2016 presidential campaign and the White supremacist rally in Charlottesville just months before the election. Both Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring campaigned heavily in Black areas, and were given entree into many communities by local officials, faith leaders, business owners and regular citizens.Wise said she had reservations about Northam’s commitment to Black communities during the election, but supported him anyway and was prepared to hold him accountable amid a racially divided national climate.“We knew Trump had just gotten elected and we needed a Democratic governor in Virginia, especially because of the importance of the state in national elections,” Wise, 34, explained. “I almost felt like I couldn’t question him because of the urgency add the importance of what we just had on the national level.”Wise said she felt betrayed by Northam’s revelations, particularly because he remained silent about his own past after the events of Charlottesville.“How in the world did you not come out and do your own truth telling?” she said. “That makes me recognize that you don’t have the insight and emotional capacity to take on what we need in Virginia at this time.”Shemicia Bowen campaigned for Democrats up and down the ticket. The 44-year-old Richmond resident said she gasped when she learned the governor had worn Blackface 35 years ago. She finds Herring’s revelations were even more alarming because he’s the state’s top lawyer and has to deal with daily decisions affecting Black people in the criminal justice system.Still, Bowen struggles with the way forward for Black Virginians. She doesn’t think anyone will step down, and as a loyal Democrat, she’s not sure they should turn over the state to Republicans.“We can’t just throw the whole ticket away at this point,” said Bowen. “But we have to understand that Blackface is a blatant form of disrespect. If an elected official isn’t aware of that, what else are they not aware of? What else do you feel like is not a big deal? How are you able to effectively be a voice for every person?”Norfolk native Joe Dillard said Northam should resign, and that the allegations against Fairfax should be investigated before discussing what consequences he should face. But the idea of a Republican governor should all three step aside was not unpalatable if it’s the right decision, he said.“Do I think I should support Democrats to the point where I allow certain things that my great grandparents would slap me in the face for letting slide? No, I won’t,” Dillard said. “I am not a Democrat before I’m an African-American man. For me, it’s always people over party.”Dillard and Bowen, both members of a group of young Blacks active in Virginia politics, said Northam should immediately allocate at least $20 million to the state’s historically Black colleges and universities, which have been underfunded. Dillard also suggested an African-American liaison in the governor’s office, to establish a pipeline for young Blacks to rise to meaningful positions in government. Wise is already looking ahead to future cycles, where she feels more Black women in leadership would help to restore her confidence in the party.Jim Scurlock, a longtime elections supervisor in Richmond who went to segregated high schools in Roanoke before experiencing the sting of Jim Crow as a young soldier in the Army in 1960, was withholding judgment on Fairfax. And he said given the national political climate and the country’s racist legacy, everyone deserves a second chance.“Probably many, many more in the General Assembly wore Blackface,” Scurlock, 82, said. “Virginia is still a racist state. It hasn’t changed much. And look at the president and all he has done . I haven’t forgiven the president, but he’s still in office, so why should they resign?”last_img read more


Polytron predicts glass smartphones by end of year w Video


first_img More information: www.polytronix.com/privacyglass_tech.html Citation: Polytron predicts glass smartphones by end of year (w/ Video) (2013, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-polytron-glass-smartphones-year.html The phone is being showcased in its early stages; there is no software running on the prototype. The goal is to get OEMs motivated enough to consider what this technology can offer. Polytron is anticipating that handset makers will want to build products with its special glass. As the prototype reveals, not all of the phone components are invisible; one can see the batteries, camera, and cards. In future design phases, when the phone proceeds further toward production, the plan is to hide the visible components with a darker cover. The glass technology behind this prototype phone is the company’s special glass which can transform itself from a cloudy-white, translucent barrier to an optically clear state. The company explains how this works. Explore further “The ordinary refractive index of these liquid crystal does not match that of the polymer, and the incident light is thus scattered, resulting in a translucent state. When an electric field is applied across the material, the PDLC droplets re-orient so that the extraordinary refractive index of the liquid crystal matches that of the polymer. Therefore, the incident light can pass through, resulting in a transparent state.”Consumer attraction toward modern design and consumer delight in the novelty of owning a glass phone cannot be dismissed, but a research director at Current Analysis noted that, despite the novelty, the glass phone realistically can hope to sell if the display quality is up to par with the best of today’s AMOLED and LCD screens.Polytron Technologies, meanwhile, has also produced a transparent USB memory stick that will go into production soon. The USB stick will come in 8, 16, and 32GB choices. The USB has an embedded LED so that the user knows it is connected and working. There was no information on pricing. A prototype transparent phone.center_img (Phys.org)—Polytron Technologies confidently says that this could be the very year that smartphone featuring transparent glass are available. Taiwan-based Polytron Technologies says the phones could arrive in late 2013. The company, which focuses on electronic and optical-vision glass, is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Polytronix. Polytron has been showing off a prototype smartphone that was built from a light piece of glass. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. AGC creates 15% lighter glass for mobile deviceslast_img read more


Bengal driver economy for eastern states says Fin Com


first_imgKolkata: Stating that Bengal’s economy is a “driver economy” for many other states in the eastern part of the country, N K Singh, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission, praised the development projects taken up by the state government.The 15th Finance Commission headed by Singh and other members including Saktikanta Das, Dr Anoop Singh, Dr Ashok Lahiri and Arvind Mehta, Secretary, held a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Finance Minister Amit Mitra and senior officials of the state government on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter the detailed discussions with the state government, Singh said: “Some of the development initiatives that have been taken up are commendable in multiple ways in terms of job creation, harnessing the comparative advantage that Bengal has in terms of its intellectual capital.”The Chairman also stated that the Finance Commission has recognised that in the past few years the economy of Bengal has made enormous progress in terms of key macro-economic parameters on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), on improved debt management and on enhancing its own tax revenue. “The state has also made several strides on human development particularly in education and health sector,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Commission’s Chairman said: “Some initiatives in which job and employment hubs of a labour intensive nature have been undertaken, particularly the issues of Information and Technology sector and leather industry are the two illustrative cases which were brought to the Commission’s notice.”He maintained: “There are many virtuous features in what Bengal has done in terms of the tier three governance structure and delegation of substantial powers to the Panchayats and in terms of harnessing the comparative factors’ advantages of Bengal. These are the examples of key initiatives that would not only add to Bengal’s development but would be a pointer of how to harness comparative advantages of other states too.” Singh further added: “We agree based on today’s meaningful discussions to continue interaction and dialogue with the state government on what needs to be done in both short and medium term for Bengal to become an important multiplier state in terms of the overall growth picture of the country.”In the same breath, he said that it is a fact that the state’s economy is very strategically placed with three countries bordering it. It is a driver economy for many other states in the east that shares the border with Bengal.last_img read more


Onduty doctor of staterun hospital dies suicide suspected


first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a doctor who was declared brought dead at SSKM Hospital on Sunday.The victim, identified as Saswata Hira (34), who was attached to Ramrik Das Haralalka Hospital (RDHH), an annex unit of SSKM Hospital, was found unconscious at RDHH on Sunday morning.He was taken to SSKM Hospital by the staff where Hira was declared brought dead.It was learnt that Hira had a night shift at the ICU of RDHH on Saturday.According to hospital sources, he was there at the ICU till 2 am on Saturday night. He was absolutely fine when the staff last saw him. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Sunday morning, some staff spotted Hira lying unconscious inside the hospital campus.He was immediately taken to SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead.According to SSKM and RDHH, the cause of his death will only be confirmed after his post-mortem report is available.According to the sources at RDHH, the victim doctor had been suffering from mental depression due to some family problems.He had been under medication for his ailments.A section of the hospital staff suspects that he might have fallen inside the doctors’ room and this might have led to his death. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice have already started a probe in this regard. They are investigating if the victim had committed suicide following mental depression.Cops are also suspecting that the doctor might have administered an injection to commit suicide.They are interrogating others doctors, nurses of the hospital and also the family members of the victim in this connection so far.The investigation officers are waiting for the post-mortem report which might throw some light on the nature of his death.Police are also looking into if there was any foul play behind the death of the doctor.last_img read more


Mapzen an opensource mapping platform joins the Linux Foundation project


first_imgYesterday, the Linux Foundation announced that Mapzen, an open-source mapping platform is now a part of the Linux Foundation project. Mapzen focuses on the core components of map display such as search and navigation. It provides developers with an open software and data sets that are easy to access. It was launched in 2013 by mapping industry veterans in combination with urban planners, architects, movie makers, and video game developers. Randy Meech, former CEO of Mapzen and current CEO of StreetCred Labs, said, “Mapzen is excited to join the Linux Foundation and continue our open, collaborative approach to mapping software and data. Shared technology can be amazingly powerful, but also complex and challenging. The Linux Foundation knows how to enable collaboration across organizations and has a great reputation for hosting active, thriving software and data projects.” Mapzen’s open resources and projects are used to create applications or integrate them into other products and platforms. As Mapzen’s resources are all open source, developers can easily build platforms without the restrictions of data sets by other commercial providers. Mapzen is used by organizations such as Snapchat, Foursquare, Mapbox, Eventbrite, The World Bank, HERE Technologies, and Mapillary. With Mapzen, it is possible to take open data and build maps with search and routing services, upgrade their own libraries and process data in real-time. This is not possible with conventional mapping or geotracking services. Simon Willison, Engineering Director at Eventbrite said, “We’ve been using Who’s On First to help power Eventbrite’s new event discovery features since 2017. The gazetteer offers a unique geographical approach which allows us to innovate extensively with how our platform thinks about events and their locations. Mapzen is an amazing project and we’re delighted to see it joining The Linux Foundation.” Mapzen is operated in the cloud and on-premise by a wide range of organizations, including, Tangram, Valhalla and Pelias. Earlier this month, Hyundai joined Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and the Linux Foundation for innovation through open source. It was a cross-industry effort for bringing automakers, suppliers and technology companies together to accelerate the development and adoption of an open software stack. Last year, Uber announced that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member with an aim to support the open source community. Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation said, “Mapzen’s open approach to software and data has allowed developers and businesses to create innovative location-based applications that have changed our lives. We look forward to extending  Mapzen’s impact even further around the globe in areas like transportation and traffic management, entertainment, photography and more to create new value for companies and consumers.” According to the official press release, the Linux Foundation will align resources to advance Mapzen’s mission and it will further grow its ecosystem of users and developers. Read Next Newer Apple maps is greener and has more details Launching soon: My Business App on Google Maps that will let you chat with businesses, on the go Atlassian overhauls its Jira software with customizable workflows, new tech stack, and roadmaps toollast_img read more


WestJets ultralowcost carrier launch pushed back to summer 2018


first_imgTags: WestJet Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — WestJet says its new no-frills, low-cost airline won’t launch until at least next summer, with an initial flight schedule expected in early 2018.WestJet announced its plans for an ultra-low-cost carrier in April 2017 and all indications pointed to a fast-tracked launch for the end of 2017 or early 2018.The initial fleet for the ULCC is expected to include 10 ‘high-density’ B737-800s. In May 2017 Bob Cummings was appointed Executive Vice-President. Cummings, who has been with WestJet since 2005 at the EVP level, will be accountable for all aspects of the yet-to-be-named carrier, including planning, branding, pricing, product development and operationalization.News about the ULCC’s launch date came as WestJet released its 2017 second quarter results. The airline’s net earnings totalled $48.4 million, compared with $36.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 32%. Year-to-date net earnings came in at $96.7 million, down 22% from year-to-date 2016.Total revenue for the quarter was up 11%, from $949.3 million in Q2 2016 to $1.55 billion in 2017. Year-to-date revenue was also up, by 9.5%WestJet also achieved its 49th consecutive quarter of profitability and flew a record 5.9 million guests.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“I am very pleased with the positive momentum we are seeing in our business as we reported second quarter earnings growth, margin expansion, double digit revenue growth, and for the second consecutive quarter positive year over year RASM growth,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “Clearly our business fundamentals are strong and we are confident that the strategic initiatives we are pursuing position us for continued profitable growth.”Air Canada has also released its Q2 2017 results, including record-breaking earnings totalling $670 million, up from $605 million in Q2 2016.Air Canada’s Q2 2017 operating income was $281 million versus $277 million in Q2 2016. The airline’s adjusted net income was $215 million compared to $203 million in Q2 2016.“I am pleased to report that, in our second quarter, we delivered record operating revenues, record EBITDAR and ended with record liquidity levels, exceeding last year’s financial results and analysts’ consensus estimates for EBITDAR,” said Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu. “We also improved our guidance for key financial measures, including a significant improvement in projected free cash flow for 2017.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAir Canada launched 16 international and U.S. transborder routes this quarter alone. “On June 29th we served close to 167,000 customers, setting an all-time record which we expect to surpass during the upcoming August long weekend,” said Rovinescu.He said demand continues to be robust in a stable fuel and pricing environment. In 2018, capacity growth, driven by Air Canada’s wide-body fleet expansion, will begin to slow as the airline shift its focus to its mainline narrow-body fleet replacement program which is expected to further reduce our unit costs and improve operating margins.With files from Canadian Press WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier launch pushed back to summer 2018last_img read more