Retailers work to attract shoppers to stores on Black Friday

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Retailers worked hard to attract shoppers to stores on Black Friday, offering in-person deals meant to counter the ease of shopping by phone on Amazon.A better economy and colder weather helped, to be sure. But stores have also tried to improve the store experience and offer better service. They’ve also made a big push toward offering store pickup for online orders, hoping to get people to pick up more items. But they’re fighting a circumstance in which online leader Amazon is the first and only stop for many shoppers.So they’re getting creative with the deals.Victor Moore said he arrived about two hours ahead of Best Buy’s 8 a.m. opening in Nashville and scored one of the about 14 “doorbuster” deals on a 55-inch Toshiba smart TV for $280, a $220 savings. Moore said he’s done some online shopping, but the allure of in-store-only deals drew him out from behind the computer.“This is the first successful doorbuster that I’ve ever been a part of,” Moore said. “I’ve been in lines before, but never actually got the items that I was waiting for.”Annette Peluffo usually avoids Black Friday and buys online. But a $250 gift card reward for buying an iPhone 8 plus at a Target store in Miami was hard to resist. She plans to use the money to buy toys for her nephews and nieces in the coming weeks. “I just came here for the iPhone. I am not going to any other store,” she said.Still, Black Friday isn’t what it used to be. It has morphed from a single day when people got up early to score doorbusters into a whole month of deals. That has thinned out the crowds. And brick-and-mortar stores face plenty of challenges.With the jobless rate at a 17-year-low of 4.1 per cent and consumer confidence stronger than a year ago, analysts project healthy sales increases for November and December. The National Retail Federation trade group expects sales for that period to at least match last year’s rise of 3.6 per cent and estimates online spending and other non-store sales will rise 11 to 15 per cent.But analysts at Bain say Amazon is expected to take half of the holiday season’s sales growth.Amazon said Friday that Thanksgiving continued to be one of its busiest shopping days, with orders through its app up over 50 per cent from a year ago. Overall, online sales on Black Friday rose 18. 4 per cent to $640 million, from a year ago, as of Friday morning, says Adobe Analytics. Thanksgiving generated a total of $2.87 billion in online spending, up 18.3 per cent from a year ago, the data firm said.About 69 per cent of Americans, or 164 million people, intend to shop at some point during the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to a survey released by the NRF. It expected Black Friday to remain the busiest day, with about 115 million people planning to shop then.“The consumer still likes to go to the stores,” said Charles O’Shea, Moody’s lead retail analyst. “I’ve seen a lot of traffic. Yes. There’s going to be a lot of online shopping. But I think the brick and mortar stores have done a nice job so far in attracting shoppers.”That’s true of Karre Wagner, a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student from St. Paul, Minnesota, who was shopping at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, with her boyfriend. She bought a Blue-Ray player at the mall’s Best Buy store. She says she started holiday shopping on Black Friday, but she likes to go to the mall to shop.“I like to see what I’m buying. I like to touch it, feel it, know exactly what I’m getting and part of it is the experience,” she said. “I mean, sitting online is fine, but there’s just something about starting the holiday season with Black Friday.”The shift to online buying is a major factor as industry analysts watch how the nation’s malls fare this holiday shopping season. The Mall of America in Minnesota says that 2,500 people were in line at the 5 a.m. opening Friday, in line with a year ago. Shoppers started queuing up as early as 5:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Jill Renslow, Mall of America’s executive vice-president of business development, said stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s and Best Buy were crowded. She said the items that caught shoppers’ attention included were voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo, nostalgic toys, clothing and shoes.Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette said customer counts are higher and business was better in the North and Northeast even with fewer promotions from a year ago.But much depends on whether people are buying or just looking, and if they’re buying things that aren’t on sale as well.Chuck Boyd said he and his son arrived at 4 a.m. as one of the first five or six in line at Best Buy in Nashville to get one each of about 14 “doorbuster” deals on a 55-inch Toshiba smart TV for $280, a $220 savings. Boyd said he never goes out for Black Friday deals and prefers online shopping. But his son wanted a TV for his apartment at school, so Boyd came along to get one too.“I’d much rather do online,” Boyd said. “But this was the deal you could only do in the store.”____Associated Press reporters Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami, Jonathan Mattise in Nashville and Jeff Baenen in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio at read more

New Zealand to kill 150000 cows to end bacterial disease

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd.Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday. They say it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and, if successful, would be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma bovis.Farming is vital to the economy in New Zealand, whose isolation has helped protect it from some diseases which affect herds elsewhere.Last July, Mycoplasma bovis was found in the country for the first time. Found in Europe and the U.S., the bacteria can cause cows to develop mastitis, pneumonia, arthritis and other diseases. They are not considered a threat to food safety, but do cause production losses.Officials say they plan to kill all cows on any farms where the bacteria are found, even if some of the animals are healthy. They say many of the cows will be slaughtered at processing plants and used for beef, but some cows will have to be killed and buried on the farms or dumped in approved landfills.Officials have the legal authority to forcibly enter farms and kill animals even in cases where a farmer might resist, but they said they hope they don’t have to use those powers.Katie Milne, the national president of the advocacy group Federated Farmers, said it was important to try to get rid of Mycoplasma bovis while there was still a chance. She said they would try to make sure affected farmers had all the support they needed, including adequate compensation.“This is a tough time, and the pain and anguish they’re going to go through is really hideous,” she said of the affected farmers. “And we have to support them as neighbours, community members, farmers, friends.”New Zealand is home to some 10 million cows, about double its human population. About two-thirds are dairy cows and the rest beef cattle. Milk products represent the country’s largest single export, and much of it is sold to China and used in infant formula.Mycoplasma bovis has so far been found on 38 farms throughout New Zealand, officials say, a number they expect to rise to at least 142 farms based on computer modeling. They say all the infections found so far can be traced back to a single farm, and that the bacteria likely arrived in New Zealand 18 months before they were first identified. Officials are still trying to figure out how the bacteria got into the country despite strict biosecurity controls.About 24,000 cows have already been killed in recent months and at least 128,000 more will have to be culled, most over the next year or two. The cost of the eradication program is estimated at 886 million New Zealand dollars ($616 million) over ten years. The government plans to pick up about two-thirds of the tab while farmers and the cattle industry will pay the rest.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she believes it’s still possible to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis.“We don’t know, in the long-term, what impact it could collectively have on an industry that is incredibly important to New Zealand’s economy,” she said. “So if we have an opportunity to be the country that eradicates this disease, then we’ll take it.”Officials say they expect to know by the end of the year whether the eradication plan is working.last_img read more

UN Source Disagreement Over MINURSO Mandate to Delay Adoption of SC

A source at the United Nations told Morocco World News that the draft resolution has not been presented yet to the “rest of the members of the Security Council.”Traditionally, the members of Group of Friends for Western Sahara hold a couple of meetings during which they agree on the overall language of the draft resolution. The small group, which includes, the US, France, the UK, Russia, and Spain, circulates the Western Sahara draft resolution to all Council members a few days ahead of the adoption of the resolution. However, the first meeting of the group took place only Thursday, October 25. MWN’s source said that that the US, penholder of the resolution,  has been unable to submit the draft resolution due to some differences with France on the duration of MINURSO’s mandate. France wants the mandate to be renewed for one year, while the US is in favor of a six-month extension only.Morocco, France,  and the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres,  are all in favor of a one-year extension for the UN mission in Western Sahara. In his annual report on Western Sahara, submitted to the Security Council on October 3, the UN chief said that a one-year extension would be beneficial for the UN-led political process.Guterres said in his report that a one-year extension would give him and his personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, time and space to create the necessary conditions to allow the UN-led political process to move forward.On Monday, October 22, Morocco’s ambassador to the US Lalla Joumala met with US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale. An official source, who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity, told MWN that the Moroccan ambassador sought to garner Trump’s administration support for a one-year extension for the MINURSO mandate.Following Hale’s meeting with Lalla Joumala, the US Department of State said that Guterres met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Hale on Tuesday, October 23.Though the communique of the US Department of State did not specify the agenda of the meeting, its timing suggests that the UN chief is trying to lobby the Department of State to endorse its recommendation for a one-year extension for MINURSO’s mandate. It remained to be seen whether the UN chief’s efforts have been successful in convincing the American administration, especially President Donald Trump’s national security advise rJohn Bolton, to mollify its position. Bolton has been notorious for his less-than-friendly opinions about the UN whether when he was US ambassador to the UN between 2005-2006 or after he left his position. Bolton, who served on the team of former UNSG Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James Baker, between 1997-2004, has often slammed the UN and denounced its ineffectiveness in resolving the issues on its agenda. Bolton has masterminded the Trump Administration’s decision to cut its contribution to MINURSO from $16 million to $8 million next year. read more

Moroccos Atlas Lions Beat Tunisia in Friendly Break Second Historical Curse

Although the match at Tunisia’s Stade Olympique de Rades was a friendly, it counted a lot in terms of team morale and quality assessment, especially as the two African giants are preparing for sterner challenges on the continental stage. Emerging from a draining week of CAN qualifiers, both teams are in the process of putting in place competitive squads to represent them at Africa’s foremost football tournament in June 2019 in Cameroon. On a chilly night of intermittently tantalizing football between the two North African country, Morocco’s Youssef En-Nesyri scored the evening’s only goal at the 41st minute of the game. There was energy and desire in the remaining minutes of the game. There was depth, though occasionally. Most of all, perhaps, there was, from both teams, a constant need to make a strong statement of quality, even superiority.While Morocco wanted to break the curse of Rades (where they had never won before), Tunisia, ranked above Morocco in FIFA rankings, had no desire to relinquish its on-paper superiority. There may have been no qualifying spot at stake, no trophy to win. But what was at stake looked great enough, big enough, worth fighting for: pride. Morocco’s Atlas Lions played to break from the psychological weight of never winning at Rades, an aspiration which Tunisia’s Eagles were determined to smash. Medhi Benatia and Romain Saiss showed a solid rock-solid defence and kept Tunisia at bay. A few minutes before the break, it was the captain, Benatia, who fired a shot from far away after Abdelilah Hafidi was fouled in the middle of half of the opponents’ area. Youssef En-Nesyri, aware of the rebound, scored his sixth international goal.Morocco, deploying a cautious 4-4-2 tactical disposition in the second half, foiled the Tunisian team’s regained energy. And despite repeated pressure from Tunisia’s Eagles, Morocco’s Lions seemed comfortable in their 1-0 lead. Tunisia’s striker Wahbi Khazri and defender Nordin Amrabat of Morocco received one yellow card each. Renard’s men struggled to find their feet at the start of the game and Tunisia did well to push them high up on the pitch.And so, Morocco, who had also won its latest game, a much urgent qualifier game against Cameroon, succeeded in maintaining its invincibility against Tunisia. If anything, the past few days have been enormously rapturous for Atlas Lions and their fans. After breaking the curse of never beating Cameroon, they’ve just broken that of never beating Tunisia in Rades. Perhaps, after all, that’s what Renard-coached teams do: they reduce the domains of implausibility.For all the criticism that Renard and his boys have received after their early World Cup exit and the immediate lacklustre displays that followed, Morocco’s team seems to have found its way back to a beautiful and confident football. read more

Vulnerability of indebted households to hit historic levels as rates rise PBO

OTTAWA — The expected, gradual rise of interest rates over the next few years is poised to push the financial vulnerability of indebted Canadian households well above levels seen over the last three decades, warns a new analysis.A report released Tuesday by the parliamentary budget officer predicted households that have been amassing debt will be left exposed to economic shocks at “levels beyond historical experience” when Canada’s low-rate era finally winds down.The study comes amid concerns that rising debt — largely fuelled by surging housing prices — has already made households increasingly vulnerable to events like job losses triggered by a severe recession or a higher-than-expected jump in interest rates.The rising rates threaten to make it harder for Canadians to pay down their debt because they will no longer enjoy an offset from the rock-bottom borrowing costs, the PBO said.The country’s debt service ratio — the household debt payments relative to disposable income — has already climbed above the historical average seen between 1990 and 2017, said Mostafa Askari, the assistant parliamentary budget officer.“That by itself has to be considered alarming because obviously it means that the households will be more vulnerable over time to any kind of shock to the economic system,” Askari said.Askari said the ratio will continue its ascent when rates start rising. Some analysts predict the first hike to come as early as this year.“We project that household debt-servicing capacity will be stretched even further over the medium term as interest rates return to more normal levels,” the report said.As the economy strengthens, the Bank of Canada has been signalling that it’s moving closer to hiking its benchmark interest rate. Its trendsetting rate has been locked at 0.5 per cent since 2015 and hasn’t seen an increase in seven years.The PBO is projecting the central bank’s rate to rise to three per cent by mid-2020.It predicts the household debt service ratio to reach 16.3 per cent in 2021, which would be nearly 3.5 percentage points higher than the 12.9 per cent average seen between 1990 and 2017.The debt service ratio has crept upwards over the last two years to hit 14.2 per cent early this year, the report said.“Based on PBO’s projection, the financial vulnerability of the average household would rise to levels beyond historical experience,” it said.“Households that are required to devote a substantial portion of their disposable income to service their debts are vulnerable to adverse income and interest-rate shocks, and are more likely to be delinquent in their debt payments.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. read more

Two youth further remanded over pics on stupa

They were produced before a Magistrate today who ordered that they be further remanded till February 27th. (Colombo Gazette) Two youth who were in remand for taking photographs while posing on top of a stupa, have been further remanded.The two youth had been arrested for posing on the stupa at the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya.

Security Council members condemn violence along Lebanons withdrawal line

“Council members condemned this renewed cycle of violence that has inflamed the already tense situation in the region,” the body’s current President, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, told the press. “They called on all parties to respect the Blue Line, to exercise maximum restraint, and to refrain from any action that would exacerbate the situation further.”Earlier, the Council heard a closed-door briefing by the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hédi Annabi, on what Ambassador Greenstock described as “a dangerous escalation across the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon established by the United Nations.”Council members also expressed deep concern about the recent “violent action” in the Gaza Strip and surrounding areas, Ambassador Greenstock said. He added that “Council members will continue to follow the situation in the region very closely.”Meanwhile, a UN spokesman confirmed today that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had spoken with the President of Syria yesterday as part of a “two-day blitz of telephone calls that he’s been making concerning the events in Israel and Palestine.” Spokesman Fred Eckhard said the conversation had been “friendly,” adding that the Secretary-General was “phoning around widely to heads of State and government in the region, as well as a few outside the region” in recent days. read more

India Cabinet agrees to let in foreign retailers again as part of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 8:56 am MDT India Cabinet agrees to let in foreign retailers, again, as part of flurry of new reforms NEW DELHI – India has agreed to open its huge market to foreign retailers such as Wal-Mart as part of a flurry of economic reforms aimed at sparking new growth in the sputtering economy.Cabinet minister Ajit Singh confirmed the Cabinet decided Friday to allow foreign firms to own a majority stake in multi-brand retailers here for the first time. It had agreed on the same proposal last year but then withdrew that decision because of protests from coalition partners.Since then, economic growth has fallen and business leaders and analysts blamed the government’s inability to pass major economic reforms. Singh said the Cabinet also agreed to allow foreign investment in airlines.A government decision Thursday to reduce fuel subsidies was hailed by the business community but angered allies and opponent. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse stumbles against Denver in first loss of the

It was a hard day shooting for the No. 12 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, which struggled to find the back of the net in its first loss of the season to No. 5 Denver Saturday. Despite outshooting the Pioneers 38-30, the Buckeyes lost, 10-9, snapping a four-game win streak to start the year. The shots from OSU, said coach Nick Myers, rarely challenged the goalie, something he credited to the Pioneers’ defense. “We felt like we had a plan and credit Denver for playing a great zone and their goalies playing really well,” Myers said. “We struggled to break the seal and couldn’t get the extra goal we needed.” Offensively, the game started slow, with neither squad being able to find the back of the net for almost the first seven minutes. The action, though, would pick up, as OSU (4-1) and Denver would score twice before the end of the game’s first period. Goals from OSU freshman attacker Carter Brown, senior attacker Logan Schuss and junior midfielder Michael Italiano in the second quarter gave the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead with about five minutes to play in the first half. From that point on, though, Denver would command the rest of the game. Scoring the next five goals, and seven of the game’s final eleven, the Pioneers kept the contest out of the Buckeyes’ reach until the very last minutes. A goal from sophomore midfielder Jesse King goal with just more than a minute remaining pulled OSU within one score with the hopes of sending the game into overtime. On the ensuing faceoff, senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won the ball and gave the Buckeyes possession in the last minute. But OSU could not capitalize as a shot from King sailed high and allowed Denver to run out the remainder of the clock. Italiano, who tallied two goals Saturday, was disappointed in the loss, but admitted Denver’s defense was the difference in the game. “We had the game plan to get the ball, get down there and try to get the goal,” Italiano said regarding OSU’s last series to try and tie the contest. “We didn’t get the look we wanted, credit Denver’s defense. They showed up today and got the stop and the win.” Denver swapped out two goal keepers, one in each half, who combined for 18 saves on the day, stifling a previously hot OSU offense. Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander said he thinks the Buckeyes’ poor shooting day had more to do with the goalies’ ability than an off-day for OSU’s offense. “Sometimes you play a hot goalie, or two hot goalies in their case,” Alexander said. “We’ve got good shooters on our team and I have confidence in any one of those guys.” The Buckeyes are set to travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on No. 9 Virginia on March 16 at 3 p.m. They will then head to Notre Dame, Ind., to face the No. 3 Fighting Irish on March 20. read more

Geosoft introduces packaged solution for Geophysical Information Management

first_imgGeosoft has introduced a packaged solution for Geophysical Exploration Information Management. The geophysical Exploration Information Management Solution (EIMS) bundles Geosoft professional services, that leverage the company’s experience with geophysical workflows, and its DAP Server technology, which is designed to organise and distribute large geophysical and exploration datasets, into one packaged solution that can be scaled to government agencies and exploration companies of all sizes.The Geosoft solution enables organisations to catalogue their geophysical data within a DAP server environment that enables data validation, quality assurance and metadata entry for data management, and handles tasks like re-projection of data for efficient project use. Once the DAP data repository is validated and organised, the Geosoft EIMS solution provides efficient and global access to data through spatial search technologies.“With our targeted Geophysical EIMS solution, we identified an opportunity to do what we do best at Geosoft,” says Steve Randall, Product Director with Geosoft. “We’re applying our in-depth expertise in geophysics, and technology that we’ve optimised to handle large geophysical grids and survey data, to help customers tackle one of their most challenging exploration data problems.” Officially launched in 2007, as a service and software business solution, there are now 48 deployments of Geosoft EIMS solutions and DAP server worldwide. Implementations have been within international Government Surveys, mandated to publish and increase access to exploration data for industry use, and with large mineral exploration companies motivated to free their exploration teams to focus on discovery rather than hunting down data resources.“The value and benefits of improving data management systems and practices have been best articulated by our clients,” says Randall. “The bottom line is providing access to information and insight for global teams to develop exploration programs and increase discovery success.”last_img read more

Water restrictions to remain as reservoirs remain at an unsustainably low level

first_imgWATER RESTRICTIONS SHOW no sign of being lifted early as Dublin City Council say that treated water reservoirs remain “at an unsustainably low level”.The council said today that, as announced last week, water restrictions will definitely remain in place each night between 8pm and 7am until at least Thursday.DCC say that production at the Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant has begun to improve, although it is still well below normal production levels.Dublin city engineer, Michael Phillips says that staff are working 24-hours a day on the problem: The key to the successful resumption of full treatment capacity is our systematic and structured approach in which treated water quantities are increased in a very controlled manner. However, levels are still 20 per cent below that required to meet daily demand for the Dublin region.“We are reviewing the water supply situation on a daily basis and a decision will be taken on the current restrictions as the situation evolves, ” he added.DCC again re-iterated their appeal for people to conserve water and thanked the over one million people affected by the problem for their patience.Drinks company Tipperary natural mineral water today donated of 20,000 litres of water to thousands of people in Dublin today as well as providing complimentary bottles to a number of Dublin charities.Read: New restrictions prompt calls for water project in Laois to be fast-tracked >Read: Kildare Council increases output level from River Barrow to tackle water shortage >last_img read more

Nucléaire lASN recommande daméliorer la robustesse des centrales

first_imgNucléaire : l’ASN recommande d’améliorer la robustesse des centrales L’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) a rendu mardi 3 janvier, son rapport sur les évaluations de sûreté complémentaires menées sur les 58 réacteurs que compte la France. Si l’autorité ne recommande la fermeture d’aucun site, elle insiste sur la nécessité de renforcer leur robustesse en cas de situation extrême.”L’ASN considère que les installations examinées présentent un niveau de sûreté suffisant pour qu’elle ne demande l’arrêt immédiat d’aucune d’entre elles”, annonce l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire dans son rapport sur les évaluations complémentaires de sûreté (ECS) menées sur les 58 réacteurs du pays à la demande du gouvernement au lendemain de la catastrophe de Fukushima. Remis aujourd’hui au Premier ministre François Fillon par André-Claude Lacoste, le président de l’ASN, le document souligne toutefois la nécessité “d’augmenter dans les meilleurs délais, au-delà des marges de sûreté dont elles disposent déjà, leur robustesse face à des situations extrêmes”. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylL’Autorité annonce alors sa volonté d’imposer aux exploitants un ensemble de dispositions, et entend renforcer ses exigences de sûreté relatives à la prévention des risques naturels, de ceux liés aux autres activités industrielles, ainsi qu’à la surveillance des sous-traitants et au traitement des non-conformités. L’ASN a ainsi donné aux exploitants des réacteurs nucléaires français jusqu’au 30 juin 2012 pour lui présenter “un noyau dur” de mesures visant à “maîtriser les fonctions fondamentales de sûreté dans des situations extrêmes”.Elle prévoit également la mise en place progressive, et ce dès cette année, d’une “force d’action rapide nucléaire (FARN)”, qui proposée par EDF, réunira des équipes spécialisées et des équipements qui pourront intervenir en moins de 24 heures, sur n’importe quel site, en cas de situation d’urgence. “L’accident de Fukushima marque l’histoire du nucléaire comme ceux de Three Mile Island et Tchernobyl : il y aura un avant et un après Fukushima. Notre approche de la sûreté évolue pour renforcer la robustesse des installations face à des situations extrêmes. Les ECS sont le début de ce processus” a souligné André-Claude Lacoste lors de la présentation du rapport à la presse.Fessenheim ne fermera pas Cet audit avait relancé ces derniers mois le débat sur une éventuelle fermeture de la centrale de Fessenheim. Ce site du Haut-Rhin, le plus ancien du parc nucléaire français, inquiète riverains et écologistes en raison de sa situation sur une faille sismique. A la veille de la publication du rapport de l’ASN, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet avait affirmé sur BFM TV être prête à fermer cette centrale si l’autorité le recommandait, ou si les travaux s’avéraient trop coûteux. “Il n’y a que deux solutions : soit l’Autorité recommande la fermeture, et à ce moment-là il y a fermeture, soit l’Autorité recommande des travaux importants et à ce moment-là, il y aura le choix entre faire les travaux et intégralement les travaux, ou fermer si les travaux s’avéraient trop cher”, avait-elle déclaré.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 18:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alisson is working for perfection

first_imgThe Liverpool goalkeeper is being pressured to be the perfect footballer after his £66.8 million transfer from Roma in the summerAfter Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, the transfer of Alisson Becker from Roma to Liverpool was the biggest of the summer transfer window.The Brazilian goalkeeper moved to the English Premier League for £66.8 million.And now he’s working on being the perfect player everybody is expecting.“I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect,” said Alisson to the BBC.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“It is not easy but I’m trying. I’m working to be better.”“It is really early to say if I’m satisfied with how I’m playing but I’m working to be perfect,” he added.“I am really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals.”“The Premier League has great intensity, you have to be really focused all the time,” he explained.“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.”last_img read more

Tender offer sees Melco increase stake in Philippines operations

first_imgMelco International Development subsidiary MCO (Philippines) Investments Limited has significantly increased its stake in Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) – the owner and operator of City of Dreams Manila –  to more than 96% following completion of a tender offer to shareholders.In a filing to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Melco revealed 1,338,477,668 of the 1,569,786,768 common shares in MRP held by the public had been tendered during the tender offer period and subsequntly accepted by MCO. Following crossing of the shares, which is expected to be completed on 10 December 2018, MCO’s stake will jump from 72.54% to 96.1% comprising 5,462,758,232 common shares in MRP. The remaining 3.9% of common shares are held by other shareholders.The company had originally planned its tender offer as a means of delisting from the Philippine Stock Exchange but was forced to reverse that decision in October due to a series of investor concerns. It said at the time that the tender offer would proceed instead for the purpose of increasing the shareholding of MCO in the company.“The change of purpose for the tender offer, which led to the withdrawal of the petition to delist by MRP on 19 October 2018, is aimed at alleviating certain investors’ concerns that the potential delisting may exert undue pressure on their decision process related to the acceptance of the tender offer,” MRP stated. Shares were offered at a tender price of Php7.25 per share.The company said it will issue another disclosure once its public float falls below the 10% MPO requirement under Philippine Stock Exchange rules after shares are crossed. Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Load Morelast_img read more

Get the Jabra Move Wireless headphones for 2999

first_img Share your voice 3:41 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Jabra Looking for a nice set of wireless headphones? The Jabra Move Wireless offers great sound, Bluetooth connectivity, an 8-hour battery and a detachable stereo cable if you’d rather plug in. They list for $100 (which is also the current price on Amazon), and the best deal I’ve seen elsewhere is around $62.For a limited time, however, and while supplies last, the Jabra Company Store (via Rakuten) is offering the Jabra Move Wireless headphones in red for $29.99. This being Rakuten, you also get 1% cash back and 10% back in the form of Rakuten Super Points, which can be applied to future purchases. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at RakutenAs it happens, there’s a promo code available as well, though not until Saturday (Aug. 31). Apply code SAVE15 at checkout to knock the price down to just $25.49. So you could roll the dice and wait a day, but I happen to know there’s a limited quantity of these available; they could be sold out by then.I don’t know much about these beyond what’s in the product description, but a little searching revealed overwhelmingly positive reviews from users and media outlets alike. (CNET hasn’t reviewed them, alas.)I do know that Jabra is a premium brand, and that a $100 set of headphones for $30 is a damn fine deal — even finer if you’re able to snag it for $25.49. Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Commentscenter_img Tags The Cheapskate What to look for when buying your next pair of headphones 2 Headphoneslast_img read more

Mouni Roy looks sensuous as she runs her fingers through her hair

first_imgMouni RoyinstagramTrust Mouni Roy to make your heart skip a beat and she will do it every single time with her ravishing looks. She never fails to awestruck her fans with her hot and sexy pictures on Instagram. And yet again, the sexy lady shared yet another sensuous picture on Instagram which will surely take away your Monday blues.Wearing a baby pink coloured nightgown and minimal make-up, Mouni can be seen running her fingers through her shiny long locks while looking straight into the camera lens.”I love it when you call me señorita,” Mouni Roy put out the steamy lyrics of Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’ song Senorita. She revealed in her Instagram post that she has been listening to this song on loop and it seems like the lyrics of this sensual song are driving her crazy.Let us tell you that the song is about ambiguous relationship between two people who are desperately wanting to be with each other. Their imagination is running wild thinking about the time when they will finally come face-to-face with each other and feel the warmth between them. But they are just not able to be together.We wonder whom Mouni is currently thinking about. And we would just like to leave it here for you to keep thinking about her as well. Take a look.  Mouni RoyInstagramPost-Naagin 2, Mouni made her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar starrer Gold and was recently seen in RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter alongside John Abraham. She also has a big-ticket Brahmastra produced by Dharma Production that has an ensemble cast including Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor.Despite having bagged good roles in movies, the gorgeous actress, who made her debut with television show Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in 2006, had earlier revealed that she would happily take up TV projects if she finds a project exciting enough.last_img read more

Study suggests blue hue for tarantulas not about attracting a mate

first_img Explore further A greenbottle blue tarantula (C. cyaneopubescens) on a branch. Despite its name, saturated, bright green color rarely occurs in tarantulas. Credit: Michael Kern, A look at the critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) from the underside. Metallic blue color can be seen on the femurs. Credit: Michael Kern, © 2015 A look at the critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) from the underside. Metallic blue color can be seen on the femurs. Credit: Michael Kern, A microscopic image of a multilayer nanostructure inside a tarantula’s hair that is responsible for its vibrant blue color. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego A microscopic image of a multilayer nanostructure inside a tarantula’s hair that is responsible for its vibrant blue color. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego A front view shot of a critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) and its reflection. Credit: Michael Kern, Scientists have known for quite some time that many species of tarantula have parts that are colored blue, but have not been able to figure out why that is. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to find that answer by looking at digital image of 53 genera, focusing on the different hues between species and the location of the coloring. They followed that up by obtaining samples of several species and examined them under a normal microscope and then used reflectance spectroscopy and electron microscopy to get a better look.Their close analysis revealed that the blue hue comes about due to the arrangement of nanocrystals in the hairs that grow on their body, which reflect blue wavelengths of light, though not all the shades in the different species are the same—they are very close. They also found evidence that indicated that the blue color evolved separately at least eight different times in different species, suggesting there must be a strong purpose for it, though they still do not know what it is. They also found that not all species cause blue light to be reflected in the same way, suggesting that it is not related to a different trait such as an ability to repel water. Journal information: Science Advances In addition to having poor eyesight, the researchers report that the tarantulas do not appear to try to use their blue color to capture the attention of a mate, suggesting the purpose is likely for signaling, such as to help with evading predators, or fooling prey. How that might work though, remains a mystery especially when noting that tarantulas are nocturnal—they hunt at night. Despite not solving the riddle of the blue hue, the work by the team did show that the colorations though bright, are not very iridescent, a finding that with more study could lead to wide-angle lenses for phones that are less energy intensive. More information: B.-K. Hsiung et al. Blue reflectance in tarantulas is evolutionarily conserved despite nanostructural diversity, Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500709AbstractSlight shifts in arrangement within biological photonic nanostructures can produce large color differences, and sexual selection often leads to high color diversity in clades with structural colors. We use phylogenetic reconstruction, electron microscopy, spectrophotometry, and optical modeling to show an opposing pattern of nanostructural diversification accompanied by unusual conservation of blue color in tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae). In contrast to other clades, blue coloration in phylogenetically distant tarantulas peaks within a narrow 20-nm region around 450 nm. Both quasi-ordered and multilayer nanostructures found in different tarantulas produce this blue color. Thus, even within monophyletic lineages, tarantulas have evolved strikingly similar blue coloration through divergent mechanisms. The poor color perception and lack of conspicuous display during courtship of tarantulas argue that these colors are not sexually selected. Therefore, our data contrast with sexual selection that typically produces a diverse array of colors with a single structural mechanism by showing that natural selection on structural color in tarantulas resulted in convergence on similar color through diverse structural mechanisms.Press release (—A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Akron and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has found via lab study that the blue color present in many species of tarantula does not appear to be related to attracting a mate. As they report in their paper published in the journal Science Advances, both genders have limited eyesight and do not appear able to discern the color blue. A critically endangered adult female gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica), native to India. A blue hair is observed under an electron microscope. The hair is symmetric with an array of rod-like, tubular foldings projecting longitudinally on its periphery.  Organized multilayered nanostructures were observed, which produced the bright blue reflection as seen under the microscope. Credit: Tom Patterson [upper]; B.-K. Hsiung, UAkron [lower]; D. Deheyn. UC San Diego (SIO) Image: Pluto’s blue sky Citation: Study suggests blue hue for tarantulas not about attracting a mate (2015, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

Paint the world festive

first_imgHave no concrete plans for Holi yet and are bored with the usual farm house parties in Delhi? Get a car and drive down to Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Three hours and we assure you that you will have the chance to experience a very different kind of Holi. The Braj Holi Festival organised by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan and the District Administration is being celebrated with lot of fervor and enthusiasm. The event, which will go on for the entire week ending with the final celebrations of Holi on 6th March, was held across Bharatpur, Deeg and. The district administration conducted a nature walk, photography exhibition and a seminar at the Keoladeo National Park. Spread over 29 square kilometers the reserve, locally known as Ghana, boasts of 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.      Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Besides a calming dose of a long walk through the reserve, Rajasthani folk artistes performed at the Udyog Mela, Gramin Haat in the evening of 28th February. Renowned singer, Anuradha Paudwal enthralled the audience at a mega evening concert, organised at the MSJ College Ground in Bharatpur. Known for her songs like Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi and many more, Paudwal got the city ready for Holi, not letting rains dampen spirits. On 1st March, various rural sport competitions like kabaddi, cricket match, wrestling and tug of war were organised at the Lohagarh Stadium. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Deeg Palace grounds thronged with people as artistes livened the mood with their performances. The sprawling palace grounds were bright with people celebrating amidst fountains of coloured water and spring flowers. Everyone present there, young or old, irrespective of their caste or creed participated happily as the rain clouds gave way to the sun.Later in the evening, the well known Shree Krishna Dance Ballet was performed by the Delhi-based Shree Ram Kala Kendra. At Kaman, various Holi festivals like Gulal Holi, Doodh-Dahi Holi, Laddu Holi, Phoolon ki Holi, Latthmar Holi were organised at Gokul Chandramaji temple, Madan Mohanji Temple, Radha Vallabhji temple, while Rajasthani folk artistes performed at different bazaars throughout the day. At Kot Upar Stadium, Kaman, artists performed at the Maharaas which was the centre of attraction for the audience.  Entry to all the events during the festival was free of cost with high security around.The Braj Holi Festival was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in the state and the entire region looked magnificent with the beauty of dashes of colors in the air. So if Delhi isn’t cool enough – you know where to head to! Have a great Holi!last_img read more

Want to Be a Web Developer Heres Where the Best Opportunities Are

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 8, 2015 2 min read Enroll Now for Freecenter_img With the constant talent wars waging on in major startup hubs, the ever-changing technology landscape and the skyrocketing salaries, it’s good be a web developer. But how good? Well, it depends.While there currently are approximately 18.2 million software developers worldwide (the figure is expected to balloon to 26.4 million by 2019), not all are treated the same, according to AppDynamics, a software application data analytics company.  Developers versed in programming language Ruby, C and Python are, on average, making six figures, whereas those proficient in C# and PHP are on the lower end of the wage spectrum, pulling in less than $90,000, which is still more than double the national income average of $44,888. If you have no idea what these languages are used for, don’t worry, the handy infographic embedded below provides a quick cheat sheet.  Related: 5 Pieces of Bad Advice You Should Ignore If You Want Your App to SucceedAnd it’s just not the type of developer you are that can make a difference but where you are located. Unsurprisingly San Jose, Calif. and San Francisco made the list of top cities for tech jobs but there were also some unexpected spots like Madison, Wisc. (Oddly, not included is New York City.)Whether you are considering becoming a web developer, you already are a web developer or you are a business owner looking to hire a web developer, you probably want to know where developers are and what they expect to be paid. Have a look at the infographic that was generated on behalf of AppDynamics.Related: 6 Techniques to Effectively Gamify a Mobile AppClick to EnlargeRelated: 7 Resources That Can Help You Create a Stunning Mobile App Design Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Democrats are demanding the US Census include LGBTI questions

first_imgThis bill, however, makes it the law for the Bureau to included these questions on all such surveys.Making LGBTI people seen‘We must expand data collections efforts to ensure the LGBTQ community is not only seen, but fully accounted for in terms of government resources provided,’ Harris said.‘This information can also provide us with better tools to enforce civil rights protections for a community that is too often discriminated against.’Carper added: ‘Today, despite the fact that roughly 10 million Americans identify as LGBTQ, the community is left unrepresented on the census.’Advocates have long campaigned and fought for the inclusion of such questions.In 2016 on Capitol Hill, Laverne Cox joined policymakers demanding for such change.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced the Census Equality Act to Congress on Tuesday (31 July).The bill describes its goal as improving data collection ‘by requiring the collection of information on sexual orientation and gender identity in the decennial census and the American Community Survey’.It further dictates that authorities must start enacting a plan to include these questions no later than a year after the bill passes. It also states the questions can be introduced earlier, but no later than 2030 for the decennial census and 2020 for the American Community Survey.Last March, LGBTI advocates slammed Trump and his team for not including such questions.The pressure led the US Census Bureau to keep a question on sexuality on a marketing survey for 2020. Democrats in Congress are pushing back against the Trump administration’s decision to take LGBTI questions off the United States Census. A person with rainbow tears | Photo: Unsplash/Christian Sterk Republicans believe there is less discrimination in America todayMore Yale incoming freshman identify as LGBTI than conservativeDemocrats introduce law to ban gay and trans panic defense in courtsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more