Aleksandr Golovin agrees to join AS Monaco

first_imgAS Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow in a €30m dealThe Russia international impressed at the World Cup this summer and proved to be an important member of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 48 years.Golovin has been linked with a move to Chelsea over the past couple of months, but he has instead opted for the French Riviera with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev suggesting that they could offer the 22-year-old something their rivals could not – regular playing time.“Monaco and CSKA this afternoon finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin,” said Vasilyev, according to Metro.“They really were complicated. Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer.’Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In addition to Chelsea, there was Juventus for Golovin. In early May this year I heard from one the leaders of the Turin club that Aleksandr’s transfer to their team was a done deal.“However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin. Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great respect. However, the midfield in the English team is overloaded.“In my opinion, Golovin will definitely play in any of the leading clubs in the world. But it will him some time, a transition stage.”Golovin is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.last_img read more

Fletcher loved playing with Rooney and Ronaldo

first_imgManchester United’ own Darren Fletcher, revealed what it was like to play with two of the best forwards in the club’s history: Rooney and Ronaldo.The generation that won the last Champions League at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson was truly brilliant, it was filled with talented players like Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo and people like Darren Fletcher had the honor of playing alongside both players.The former Scottish player was able to give a better insight into his career with the Red Devils, he talked about many topics but he was especially excited to mention both of the best players in the modern era who also happened to play alongside him at Manchester United.When Fletcher spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo, the Scotsman revealed that there was a sensation he would become the best player in the world from the very start of his career as the Portuguese forward was a very dedicated athlete.Fletcher first confessed that a lot of people doubted Cristiano Ronaldo’s resolve and determination, but somehow he felt that the star would get to where he wanted sooner rather than later.Out of all the players he shared a locker room with, Darren feels like Ronaldo was the biggest example of how to be a professional and he always followed that example as a player.The brilliant nickname that Cristiano Ronaldo gave Wayne Rooney at Manchester United… https://t.co/vGRHinpEPq pic.twitter.com/EC1QGVpY28— SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 6, 2018It was quite evident that Cristiano was a winner from the very first day he arrived in Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon, Fletcher was there almost from the very start and he recalled the first years of Ronaldo’s career on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.“He had a mindset that he was going to be the best player in the world from the day when he came into the club,” said Fletcher during the interview.“He took training to another level. At first, people loved the desire but he did get stick for it with people saying: ‘It’s easier said than done.’ But people respected it and liked that mentality of wanting to be the best.”“There were times when he was putting ankle weights on for training and doing fast feet. The lads were laughing at him but he didn’t care and it didn’t deter him.”“Ultimately people respected it. The lads saw it as a bit of banter but deep down they respect that work rate, that desire, and that sheer determination to be the best player in the world, and he went on to achieve it,” added Darren Fletcher on the Sky Sports program.Ronaldo on Wayne RooneyRomelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I miss him. The future, nobody knows, maybe we’ll play one day together again.” pic.twitter.com/eCp5WAevJM— Sánchez (@OMDItsme) November 5, 2018During the long interview about his career at Manchester United, Darren Fletcher also remembered Wayne Rooney and how both players were the youngest on the squad.Being the newcomers on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team meant that both players developed a unique connection: “Wayne was fantastic,” said Darren.“We were two of the youngest in the dressing room and we built up a good relationship very early. There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked.”“You could tell Wayne was going to go on and be a Manchester United great. The only worry was would a Real Madrid or someone like that come in for him, because that was quite possible.”“But there was no doubt that he was going to go on and win everything, go on and be club captain and end up England and Manchester United’s leading goal scorer – what an achievement.”“I don’t think he gets the appreciation he deserves. Still, people don’t realize how good Wayne Rooney was, and always was, at Manchester United. And again, he was a team player. He sacrificed himself at times for the good of the team,” he concluded.With 80 caps for @ScotlandNT and over 200 appearances for @ManUtd, Darren Fletcher has played alongside and against some of the best around! 💫🗣 Got a question for him?Tweet it to us using #MNF and it could feature on the show! pic.twitter.com/H3kbNmZNhF— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) November 5, 2018What do you think about Darren Fletcher’s take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney during his days at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Solari Benzema is playing through pains

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari is proud of striker Karim Benzema who has been playing through the pain barrier in recent games.Madrid are currently playing with a thin squad after their squad was decimated via injuries to key players like Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale.Benzema, however, delayed a surgical repair after suffering a broken finger in the win over Real Betis on January 13th.The French international went on to feature in the La Liga win against Sevilla and the Copa del Rey victory over Girona where he scored the fourth goal and played the entire 90 minutes in both matches.And Los Blancos boss Solari singled him out for praise in his Saturday morning press conference and cited via Football Espana.“I am very pleased with Benzema. He is a very generous player, who is having a great season so far.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is showing that generosity at the moment, as he is helping the team by playing with a broken finger and playing with the pain.”A decision is likely to be made on whether or not he will undergo surgery later this week, with key returns to the squad likely to allow Benzema the time to recuperate.‘Generous’ Benzema playing through the pain – Solari https://t.co/mj3eQiOJPH pic.twitter.com/ERR3QoC7IQ— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 26, 2019last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time/Part-Time Assistant Manager at Panera BreadPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Regulatory Specialist at SOVOS CompliancePart-Time Sales Associate at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Manager of Client Services at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Program Manager at NuPath, Inc.Full-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members & Shift Leaders at Dunkin Donuts(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Mini John Cooper Works GP gets shaken down at the Nurburgring

first_img Tags 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Share your voice More From Roadshow 39 Photos More about 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… The Mini John Cooper Works GP is almost ready for prime timecenter_img Mini Hatchbacks Performance Cars 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Mini Cooper… 1 Comment Enlarge ImageThere’ll be no mistaking this model for any other Mini. Mini Mini first introduced the John Cooper Works GP hot hatch by way of a wildly styled concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, as we approach its official debut, Mini wanted to show off its latest creation a little bit, so it went to the one place a proper performer can really stretch its legs — the Nurburgring Nordschleife.Mini this weekend showed off its John Cooper Works GP hatchback to the public for the first time. It was still clad in camouflage, mind you, but it nevertheless arrived at the Nurburgring as part of the 24-hour race this past weekend, and it cooked its way around the ‘Ring in less than 8 minutes, which is a huge leap forward from the last GP variant, which needed 8 minutes and 23 seconds to lap the Green Hell.While its Nurburgring lap time is new, Mini didn’t give out any more details that we didn’t already know. Its turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine will make in excess of 300 horsepower, but Mini hasn’t given an official output yet. It’ll be pretty easy to tell the GP apart from other John Cooper Works creations, because it’s rocking some crazy fender flares and a big ol’ wing out back. Only 3,000 models will be built, and it’s unclear how many are set aside for each market, so it’s likely that your home country will be getting far fewer than that total number.Mini first confirmed that it would build a new John Cooper Works GP model in late 2018. Since then, the automaker has been relatively mum about the vehicle, teasing only a bit of its rear wing and mentioning the estimated power output. We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more — a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, but we’ll have to wait for Mini to confirm that. 1:30 Review • 2018 Mini JCW Hardtop: Small and sporty, but a bit too sharplast_img read more

Police stabbed assailant shot at UK parliament

first_imgPolice tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London. Photo: ReutersBritish police shot a suspected attacker outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a “terrorist” incident.The building in the heart of the British capital was immediately sealed off and MPs and staff ordered to remain inside.David Lidington, the leader of parliament’s lower House of Commons who is responsible for arranging government business, told MPs: “What I am able to say to the house is there has been a serious incident.”It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police.”There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster,” he said.He said he could not go into further details until there was confirmation from the police and security authorities.Prime minister Theresa May is safe, a statement from her Downing Street office said, and she was seen getting into a car and being driven away from parliament.Lidington said an air ambulance was at the scene to take away casualties.TV pictures showed traffic halted on the nearby Westminster Bridge and emergency vehicles swarming around. The busy bridge was completely shut off to traffic.Armed police swarmed to the area which was quickly sealed off to the public.The incident came on the same day that Belgium was marking a year since its most deadly attack, when 32 people were killed in suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and a metro station.In July 2005, four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attacked London’s transport system during rush hour, killing 52 people.Two weeks later, there was an attempt to carry out a second wave of attacks.A spokesman for the House of Commons told AFP: “We can confirm that the sitting has been suspended in the Commons at the moment. We are aware of a security incident that has taken place.”London’s metropolitan police said on Twitter: “We were called at approx 2:40 pm to reports of an incident at Westminster Bridge. Being treated as a firearms incident — police on the scene.”Officers — including firearms officers — are on scene and dealing with the incident.”A staff member in parliament, who did not want to be named, told AFP: “I definitely heard shots. I saw someone in dark clothing go down.”Westminster station on the London Underground train network, which is opposite the Houses of Parliament, was closed over to the incident.Read more:UK parliament in lockdown after ‘shots fired’Assailant shot, at least a dozen injured in incident at UK parliament: Reuterslast_img read more

Robert Mugabe under house arrest after army seizes power

first_imgPresident Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe attend a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare. ReutersZimbabwe’s military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest and his generals denied staging a coup.Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be slipping as armoured military vehicles blockaded parliament, soldiers took up positions at strategic points across Harare and senior soldiers commandeered state television to broadcast a late-night address.“The president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed,” Major General Sibusiso Moyo said late Tuesday.“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”Moyo added: “This is not a military takeover of government”.Their shock announcement was later followed by heavy gunfire close to the 93-year-old president’s private residence, and prompted angry responses from around the world.Mugabe later told South African President Jacob Zuma that he was effectively under house arrest—though unharmed. Several supporters of Mugabe and his wife Grace are reportedly in military custody.Pretoria said it would deploy a military and intelligence delegation to Harare to help broker a resolution to the crisis on behalf of southern Africa’s regional bloc.The Southern African Development Community said it would hold an emergency meeting in Botswana on Thursday to discuss the situation.South Africa, the European Union, the United Nations and Britain, Zimbabwe’s former colonial master, all called for restraint.Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson warned against handing power “from one unelected tyrant to the next”.Collision courseZimbabwe’s army was set on a collision course with Mugabe last week when the ailing leader abruptly fired his vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, a lynchpin of the country’s defence and security establishment.Mnangagwa, 75, was previously one of Mugabe’s most loyal lieutenants, having worked alongside him for decades, but he fled to South Africa following his dismissal and published a scathing five-page rebuke of Mugabe’s leadership and Grace’s political ambition.Army chief General Constantino Chiwenga gave an unprecedented press conference on Monday, flanked by dozens of officers, and warned Mugabe that he would intervene if he continued to purge the ruling ZANU-PF party of leaders like Mnangagwa.Mnangagwa has been embroiled in a long-running feud with Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, that included a bizarre alleged ice cream poisoning incident that laid bare the pair’s rivalry.Both were seen as leading contenders to replace Mugabe when he died or retired, but Mnangagwa had the tacit support of the armed forces which viewed Grace—a political novice—with derision.The ZANU-PF party on Tuesday accused Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct” for appearing to threaten Mugabe with a palace coup.Speculation has been rife in Harare that Mugabe had sought to remove Chiwenga, seen as an ally of Mnangagwa’s.The African Union, in a strongly worded statement, said the crisis “seems like a coup” and called on the military to pull back and respect the constitution.‘Need a fresh start’The military’s actions pose an existential threat to Mugabe’s regime which has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.On Wednesday, state television played liberation struggle songs, while many citizens in Harare shopped at markets, drove to work or queued outside banks despite the turmoil.“We want to have food on the table, not one side having everything and others dying of hunger. Mugabe was once a good person but he lost it. Now we need a fresh start,” Keresenzia Moyo, a 65-year-old housewife, told AFP in Harare.“What is good is that this has happened at the top and it is not affecting us people on the ground. People could be killing each other,” she said.Foreign embassies in Harare have told their citizens in the country to stay in doors and avoid political gatherings, warning that security forces could clamp down violently.Security officers at Harare airport deported several foreign journalists as they arrived in the country to report on the situation.Mugabe and his wife have made no public comment and their exact whereabouts are unknown, while government and army spokesmen have been unreachable.“The government’s silence on the military deployments seem to confirm that President Mugabe has lost control of the situation,” said Robert Besseling of the London-based EXX Africa risk consultancy.Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state, but his poor health and listless public performances fuelled the bitter succession battle between Grace and Mnangagwa.His lengthy rule has been defined by brutal repression of dissent, mass emigration, vote-rigging and financial ruin since land reforms in 2000.As the economy began to fail in the wake of the botched land redistribution, Zimbabwe was engulfed by hyperinflation and was forced to abandon its own currency in 2009 in favour of the US dollar. Unemployment now stands at more than 90 percent.Before the military’s shock intervention, Mugabe had declared his intention to contest presidential polls scheduled for next year.Grace Mugabe vocally pushed for her husband to stand as she became increasingly active in public life in what many see as a process to help her eventually take the top job.“I think the army are in negotiations with Mugabe and Mnangagwa,” Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP.“Mugabe reappoints Mnangagwa as vice president, briefly—Mugabe then retires,” he speculated.last_img read more

CEC disappointed as BNP boycotts UZ polls

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoChief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, on Sunday expressed his disappointment as some major political parties like Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) decided to boycott the upcoming union parishad elections.The CEC came up with the remark while addressing a training programme as the chief guest at the Election Training Institute in the capital’s Agargaon.”A number of major political parties decided not to join the upcoming upazila election. It’s very disappointing for us as we always wanted a competitive election,” he said.There is no doubt that the upazila election will be a competitive one as many qualified persons are vying for it, he said.Issuing a warning to the officers related to the election, the CEC said strict measures will be taken against those who will be responsible for disrupting the elections.He also urged the election officials to act neutrally while discharging their duties during the elections.Mentioning that the poling agents are an important part of the election process, the CEC urged the election officers to ensure safety and security of the agents when they return home after performing their duties.Elections to 87 upazila parishads in 12 districts under Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions will be held in the first phase while the second phase of the election is slated for 18 March, the third for 24 March, the fourth for 31 March and the fifth for 18 June.last_img read more

3 on fresh remand over Feni madrasa student murder

first_imgFeni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. File PhotoA Feni court on Wednesday placed three accused on one-day remand in the case filed for Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder, reports UNB.The accused are — Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Javed Hossain and Jobayer Ahmed.Senior judicial magistrate Md Jakir Hossain passed the order.Earlier, the three accused gave statement to the court confessing their guilt.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) inspector Md Shah Alam, also investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a two-day remand for each.Madrasa student Nusrat was set afire on 6 April at an examination centre for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against the principal of the madrasa.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

North Texans Sweep The National Spelling Bee Taking First Second And Third

first_imgSCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE / FLICKRKarthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.Karthik Nemmani of McKinney defeated 15 finalists, including three North Texans, in the 2018 annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.Nemmani, 14, won the bee on the word “koinonia” in Round 18. The Scoggins Middle School eighth-grader also spelled “haecceitas” correctly after 12-year-old Naysa Modi from Frisco missed the word “Bewusstseinslage” in the final round. Abhijay Kodali, 11, of Flower Mound came in third after misspelling “aalii.”“I had confidence, but I didn’t really think it could happen,” Nemmani said after the trophy was presented. “It was a dream come true.” Congratulations to Karthik Nemmani, #Speller471, the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. He correctly spelled “koinonia” to win the title. #SpellingBee pic.twitter.com/IyjGWmKg3W— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) June 1, 2018Students from North Texas made up a quarter of the 16 finalists. Rohan Raja, 12, of Irving was eliminated in the ninth round on the word, “loratadine.”The competition dwindled from more than 500 students who traveled to Washington D.C. from across the country this week. The finals began Thursday morning with 41 spellers. (Click here to get to know them.)The last Texan to win the national spelling bee was Nihar Saireddy Janga from Austin in 2016. He was co-winner with Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar. Just 11 at the time, Janga was the youngest speller ever to win the national spelling bee.Last year’s winner was then-12-year-old Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California. Sharelast_img read more

Bowser Campaigns for Todd May

first_imgBrandon Todd (l) is a Ward 4 candidate, and LaRuby May (r) is a Ward 8 candidate in the April 28 D.C. Council special election. (Photos courtesy of dcyds.org (Todd) and Facebook (May).)The April 28 special election to fill the D.C. Council member positions in Wards 4 and 8 has a number of candidates but the District mayor is out working for this candidates she supports. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has endorsed former council staffer Brandon Todd and former Ward 8 2014 campaign coordinator LaRuby May for the Ward 4 and 8 positions respectively. Bowser vacated the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat in December to assume her mayoral duties and the death of D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry in November opened up his seat.Bowser said that she wants Todd and May to win because they want the District and its residents to prosper. “We share a vision to move the city forward,” the mayor said. “All three of us are committed to closing gaps in housing and education, and supporting economic development. I would also like to note that a number of the present council members share the same agenda.”Terry Goings, a political activist in Ward 4, backs Todd. “He is the best candidate for the job,” Goings said. “He has been working for Muriel for a number of years, he knows the ward and he is an intelligent guy. I think it is important to have a councilman that has the ear of the mayor.”Joan Thomas, a longtime Ward 4 political activist, said Todd has her support because “he can do the job.” Lori Murphy Lee, an attorney in the District, said Todd is a “determined and dedicated individual.”“I know he will be a great representative,” Lee said.Todd held a fundraiser on Jan. 29 in a heated backyard tent at the Ward 4 home of former D.C. Council member Bill Lightfoot and his wife, Cynthia. Bowser was the featured speaker at the Todd fundraiser and emphasized that Todd is a candidate with “high integrity and high ethical standards.”“He has a history of getting things done in Ward 4 and he is going to work hard at city hall,” Bowser said.Political activists and candidates throughout the city attended the fundraiser, including May and, in a surprise appearance, one of her opponents, Christopher Barry. Barry came to the event wearing a Todd button and shook hands with the crowd.“I am here to support Brandon,” Barry said.Barry did not make an appearance at a fundraiser for May on Jan. 31 at the Uniontown Bar and Grill in Ward 8. Bowser headlined the event and praised May highly. “We want someone to represent Ward 8 who is smart, honest, and who is running for the council for the right reasons,” the mayor said. “She will be the best prepared council member from Day One.”May said she wants to help “Ward 8 rise because it is the right thing to do.”Todd faces 13 opponents and May will vie against 15 others. Todd has been endorsed by D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and May has gained the support of D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1).Some political observers believe that if Todd and May are elected, they will be sycophants for Bowser on the council. In the case of Todd, Lee disagrees. “Brandon Todd is an independent thinker,” she said. “He will work with the mayor to do what is in the best interest of the ward.”Wain Jenkins attended the May’s event and said that his candidate will be no puppet for the mayor. “I know that some of her opponents are going to try to portray her that way but she is an intelligent, thoughtful person,” Jenkins said.May has a sharp response to those who think she will be a lackey for the mayor. “I am my own person,” she said. “My name is LaRuby May.”last_img read more

KMC to float fresh tender to procure hot mix from outside

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon float a fresh tender for procurement of hot mix from outside and using it for road repair”After National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the use of hot mix plants in the city, we are unable to operate our two hot mix plants located at Palmer Bazar and Goragacha Road near Taratala. Hence, we have to procure hot mix from outside for road repair. We will float a tender and select an agency from whom we will be getting the hot mix,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said after a high-level meeting at KMC headquarters on Friday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe civic body will also float a tender for selecting consultant for construction of a pollution free hot mix plant or similar alternative infrastructure. “We will float the tender after seeking advice from experts and then will ask time for around six months from the court to set up the infrastructure,” Hakim said. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority as well as the state Public Works Department procure hot mix from outside through tendering process. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe meeting between the Member Mayor-in-Councils (MMiC) was held at KMC where a few councillors gave the proposal of shifting the hot mix plant situated on Goragacha Road to Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. The decision in this regard is yet to be taken. Sources at KMC said they will appeal to NGT for relaxation in operating two plants for a certain period and will inform in detail about the steps they are taking to switch over to other alternatives for curbing pollution. The matter is scheduled to be heard again by NGT on December 18. In the last month, a private company had demonstrated before KMC on how cold mix technology can be used for road repair. The KMC engineers are analysing the pros and cons of the technology. KMC has also written to its mother organization PWD regarding their idea of using coal mix for road repair.last_img read more

Bengal aims to make 6 lakh youths independent within current fiscal

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has set a target of providing employment to around 6 lakh youths within the current financial year.Purnendu Bose, the minister of Technical Education, Training & Skill Development in the state, said that altogether 6 lakh youths would be undertaking various skill development training, before they secure employment. The state government would ensure that the unemployed youths become economically independent through the training programmes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTraining has already been provided to 2.5 lakh unemployed youths, while the remaining number of candidates would complete the courses within March 31 next year. After completion of the various training programmes, the youths can also start up their own business, Bose said. After being instructed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Technical Education department has started various vocational training programmes for youths, free of cost. A large number of youths have been undergoing training at various centres. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that after coming to power, the Chief Minister had laid great stress on the generation of employment in the state, through technical training. The Utkarsh Bangla scheme, which was launched by the Bengal government, has also been providing vocational training among unemployed youths. The beneficiaries of the scheme are being imparted knowledge on skill development. There are various government departments that are rendering assistance on skill development, thereby helping village youths secure employment. After successfully completing the training, the youths can step into the IT sector, work in various service centres, or even start a new venture, Basu said. He also added that the state government will extend all possible assistance to the youths so that they can start small units after going through the training. Setting up new units will generate employment for others as well. “We will train as many as 6 lakh youths within this financial year, some of whom have already completed the training course,” he said. Basu had earlier stressed on the importance of training among local youths in various sectors like soil testing labs, soil diagnosis, seed production, production of bio fertilisers, etc. If the unemployed youths are trained in these sectors, they will be able to contribute towards the growth of agri-economy in the state.last_img read more

How Can App Makers Improve Revenue and Keep Users Engaged

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals With millions of choices available across the various mobile app stores, discovery is a massive challenge for both consumers and developers. As of this past summer, Android’s Google Play Store had 2.2 million apps to choose from, while Apple’s App Store, the second-largest app store in terms of product diversity, had 2 million choices. That’s quite an array.Just seven years prior, back in the summer of 2009, the Google Play Store listed some 70,000 apps, while the Apple App Store had 65,000. So, we’re looking at inventory growth on both platforms of around 3,100 percent. But, consumer struggles when looking for apps don’t end with a massive amount of choice. There’s also plenty of unreliable information and questionably authentic user reviews.Related: The Top 5 Myths of Mobile Apps — And Why Believing Them Will Hurt Your BusinessRetention rates aren’t great either — to the point of calling it a “mobile engagement crisis.” The average app abandonment rate is nearly 25 percent after one use. This is where Appnext can be of help. The company tripled its year-over-year revenue in 2016. Much of this growth came as a result of its self-serve technology, which connects app providers with ad partners, effectively boosting monetization and discovery for app publishers. It’s clearly working. Today its network of participating apps encompasses some 650 million unique audience members.I spoke with Appnext CEO Elad Natanson to learn more about his take on the mobile app economy.Do you believe you can sustain that kind of growth?Natanson: Last year was the third year in a row that Appnext achieved triple-digit growth. Looking into the future, we are aiming even higher. The ecosystem is changing, and we are on the verge of the next mobile revolution. The smartphone era as we know it has barely changed since 2007, when the first iPhone was introduced. Apps have become better, but the overall mobile experience hasn’t. We’ll see a big change in this regard in the next one to two years.Up until recently, app growth was considered one of the major challenges for successful app businesses. Today, app usage has become the new “growth hacking” goal, with vast majority of apps opened only once after being installed. Users are tired; they are overwhelmed. App developers, platforms and operating systems will have to adjust to this reality. App streaming, introduced by Google in 2015, hints at the direction the industry is likely to be taking.Related: How Being App-Happy Undermines Your BusinessIn-app monetization is notoriously tricky stuff for many app developers. What’s the best way to monetizing an app?In general, I believe that every product change or feature release should be geared towards engagement. The same holds true when you are aiming for monetization.If you have an in-app purchase (IAP) strategy, your goal is to build a habit rather than push an incremental sale. This ongoing engagement is just as important — maybe even more so — for the ad-based monetization used by 80 percent of developers.App abandonment is rife in this industry. How do you find the sweet spot between ad revenue and user engagement?I agree app abandonment and fast fading user interest are definitely among the top challenges for app developers. However, app abandonment is not exclusively correlated to ad-based monetization. There are tons of apps that don’t monetize at all, focusing instead on growth, but they’re still facing high churn ratios.As users, we want to have a great experience, enjoy great content and be entertained. Interestingly, only 3 percent of users are willing to pay for the mobile content they consume, although I believe we’ll see this trend changing in the coming years. In this regard, apps must follow basic business logic — making sure their average revenue per user (ARPU) exceeds effective acquisition cost (in the case of apps, effective cost per install or eCPI).Developers should not be bombarding users with ads, intruding on the user experience. They should definitely be paying much more attention to ad relevance.Related: 5 Thing Developers Don’t Share About Making Successful AppsIn the past few years, many developers embraced ad formats entwined with the app or game experience, blending naturally into the UI and product context; formats like native ads, video and rewarded video in particular. I think this trend is still rising, and we will see more and more native experience formats, optimized dynamically to reflect changing user interests. For example, audio ads can be an interesting fit for the so-called background apps we use for music, podcasts and the like.The bigger wave, though, I believe, will unite technology and usage, triggering mass adoption of app-as-a-platform phenomena. WeChat is a great example of this: Millions of users leverage WeChat for a variety of daily actions, like ordering a taxi, food delivery, paying bills, shopping and much more. Their recent introduction of “mini-programs” sheds light on what mobile will look a few years from now, both in terms of experience and monetization.What’s next for the app discovery market?As I mentioned above, the coming trends will be much wider, not limited to app discovery as we think of it today. The major trends lay in hacking app usage, and here new models will emerge, with re-engagement definitely being a major focus and outpacing new user acquisition.Over the next few years, we’ll see our phones becoming even more personalized, with real-life context becoming the new king on mobile. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 5, 2017 Register Now » 5 min readlast_img read more

Nodejs and JS Foundation announce intent to merge developers have mixed feelings

first_imgYesterday, the Linux Foundation announced that the Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation have agreed to possibly create a joint organization. Currently, they have not made any formal decisions regarding the organizational structure. They clarified that joining forces will not change the technical independence or autonomy for Node.js or any of the 28 JS Foundation projects such as Appium, ESLint, or jQuery. A Q&A session will be held at Node+JS Interactive from 7:30 am to 8:30 am PT, October 10 at West Ballroom A to answer questions and get community input on the possible structure of a new Foundation. Why are Node.js and JS Foundations considering merging? The idea of this possible merger came from a need for a tighter integration between both foundations to provide greater support for Node.js and a broader range of JavaScript projects. JavaScript is continuously evolving and being used for creating applications ranging from web, desktops, and mobile. This calls for increased collaboration in the JavaScript ecosystem to sustain continued and healthy growth. What are the goals of this merger? Following are few of the goals of this merge aimed at benefiting the broad Node.js and JavaScript communities: To provide enhanced operational excellence Streamlined member engagement Increased collaboration across the JavaScript ecosystem and affiliated standards bodies This “umbrella” project structure will bring stronger collaboration across all JavaScript projects With a single, clear home available for any project in the JavaScript ecosystem, projects won’t have to choose between the JS and Node.js ecosystems. Todd Moore, Node.js Board Chairperson and IBM VP Opentech, believes this merger will provide improved support to contributors: “The possibility of a combined Foundation and the synergistic enhancements this can bring to end users is exciting. Our ecosystem can only grow stronger and the Foundations ability to support the contributors to the many great projects involved improve as a result.” How are developers feeling about this potential move? Not many developers are happy about this merger, which led to a discussion on Hacker News yesterday. One of the developers feels that the JS Foundation has been neglecting their responsibility towards many open source projects. They have also seen a reduction in funding and alienated many long-time contributors. According to him, this step could be “a last-ditch effort to retain some sort of relevancy.” On the other hand, one of the developers feels positive about this merge: “The JS Foundation is already hosting a lot of popular projects that run in back-end and build/CI environments — webpack, ESLint, Esprima, Grunt, Intern, JerryScript, Mocha, QUnit, NodeRed, webhint, WebDriverIO, etc. Adding Node.JS itself to the mix would seem to make a lot of sense.” What we think of this move? This merger, if it happens, could unify the fragmented Javascript ecosystem bringing some much-needed relief to developers. It could also bring together sponsor members of the likes Google, IBM, Intel, and others to support the huge number of JavaScript open source projects. We must add that we find this move as a reaction to the growing popularity of Python, Rust, and WebAssembly, all invading and challenging JavaScript as the preferred web development ecosystem. If you have any questions regarding the merger, you can submit them through this Google Form provided by the two foundations. Read the full announcement at the official website of The Linux Foundation and also check out the announcement by Node.js on Medium. Read Next Node.js announces security updates for all their active release lines for August 2018 Why use JavaScript for machine learning? The top 5 reasons why Node.js could topple Javalast_img read more

Nationwide Title Clearing Promotes Sustainable Practices

first_imgNationwide Title Clearing Promotes Sustainable Practices Share While the world’s largest companies have focused their sustainability practices on the global level, Florida’s “”Nationwide Title Clearing””:http://www.nwtc.com/ (NTC) is working to make a difference on a smaller scale.[IMAGE]NTC’s environmentally friendly efforts start with its everyday business procedures, which are all geared toward preserving the Palm Harbor community where the company is headquartered. According to a release, NTC strives to work with suppliers and customers to reduce their environmental impact by providing paperless documents whenever possible–a step exemplified by its electronic recording initiatives.In addition, NTC has pushed to develop strategic partnerships to increase the use of digital data sharing and has established a Web portal for all nationwide abstractors to submit fulfillment orders in a paperless environment.Outside of the digital space, the firm has implemented a companywide recycling program and put into place paperless payroll processes. In addition, NTC has a solar energy program created to reduce consumption.The company also encourages its employees to suggest their own measures to improve company sustainability and benefit the surrounding community.””Different viewpoints often create better solutions because we hear points that we may not have considered otherwise,”” said CEO John Hillman. “”We consistently look inward for solutions to sustainability–our employees are the key to helping [NTC] remain current.””For businesses considering incorporating their own sustainability programs, Hillman said employee education is the key.””Share company goals with employees, as well as the facts about what the program actually does–employees want to hear about how much is being recycled or how the community is being impacted,”” he said. “”That is what induces the willingness to take action and participate.”” July 5, 2013 477 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Nationwide Title Clearing Processing Service Providers 2013-07-05 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

January 7 2001 Paolo Soleri examines a styrofoam

first_imgJanuary 7, 2001 Paolo Soleri examinesa styrofoam furniture model to be cast in our bronze foundry. Full scale versionsof the furniture are commissioned to be designed by Paolo and then crafted instone by an Italian company. Also displayed on the table are other prototypemodels.last_img

New laws expand students class choices

first_img Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,News Johnson, McBroom bills expand state curriculum for voc edState Rep. Joel Johnson delivers comments during the governor’s signing of his legislation that updates the Michigan Merit Curriculum to include more flexibility for career and vocational high school courses.Michigan high school students can have career and vocational technology course options more easily count toward graduation with the signing of Public Acts 208 and 209 today by Gov. Rick Snyder.State Reps. Joel Johnson of Clare and Ed McBroom of Vulcan have worked for more than three years to adjust the Michigan Merit Curriculum so school district can offer students more opportunities for education exploration and career training.McBroom’s House Bill 4465 allows math and other curriculum requirements to be satisfied by CTE courses that include the same lesson materials. Johnson sponsored House Bill 4466, now PA 209 of 2014, to ensure students and parents are informed about career and technical education options. The law also streamlines the personal curriculum development process.State Reps. Joel Johnson and Ed McBroom attended a June 25 ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder to see their legislation allowing schools to count certain career and vocational education courses toward graduation requirements be signed into law.“Career and vocational ed courses were a strong component of Michigan’s school systems for decades, but in recent times have been squeezed out because of limited time and resources in the school day,” Johnson said. “Our local educators and parents recognized the loss and disservice this does to students.  It’s important not only to have the CTE option available, but to also actively inform students and families of the opportunity.”Johnson’s legislation also allows high school graduation credit requirements to include vocational education course work, including using anatomy and agri-science courses for science requirements, while McBroom’s bill also promotes availability of foreign language courses prior to high school grades.“The state’s curriculum has been geared with course mandates for students pursuing college degrees, but that path isn’t practical for all children and their families,” said McBroom, sponsor of the new Public Act 208 of 2014. “For those students, they need an option that allows freedom for elective classes and job training skills that will be useful to their future growth, development and potential employment.”The bills were signed at the Dakota High School in Macomb, part of the Chippewa Valley School District’s career and technical education programs.Rep. Joel Johnson was joined at the bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder by his wife, Dawn Johnson; local educators Doug Pummell, Clare-Gladwin RESD Career Center director, Darren Kroczaleski, Arenac Eastern School District and Standish-Sterling Community School District superintendent, Mike Foster, Perry Public Schools superintendent; Ben Frederick, Johnson’s legislative director, and Aaron Bayliss, Johnson’s constituent relations director. 25Jun New laws expand students’ class choiceslast_img read more

Italian channel operator Switchover Media has recr

first_imgItalian channel operator Switchover Media has recruited Fabrizio Salini as head of entertainment and factual channels. Salini will head entertainment and factual channels at the company and oversee the launch of new digital terrestrial channels across those areas this summer. Switchover has thus far focused on kids and youth-skewing services K2, Frisbee and GXT.Salini joins form Fox Italy where he was running a portfolio of entertainment channels. He has also worked at Sky Italia, where he managed the platform’s entertainment and movie offering.“The success of our free-to-air digital kids channels in an extremely competitive environment, gave us the incentive to take on new challenges, said Francesco Nespega, Switchover Media’s managing partner. “The addition of an experienced and competent industry professional like Fabrizio to Switchover Media’s management team will be a key factor to the success of our new adult targeted free-to-air channel brands”.last_img read more

Dear Reader Im on my way home from the justco

first_imgDear Reader, I’m on my way home from the just-concluded, first-ever Sprott Natural Resource Symposium. The show was well attended, which I expected, given the stature of the Sprott organization, but what really struck me was the very upbeat mood of most of the attendees. Given that gold’s two rallies thus far this year have fizzled, and there’s much uncertainty about the next near-term move—and given how bearish so many gold investors have become over the last three years—this was a very pleasant surprise. You can see the same bullishness in our stock prices, many of which are up over 100% from their December 2013 lows, while gold is currently up less than 10% over the same time period. That’s important because, in our sector, the stocks often lead the metals. But for a more fundamental look at what makes our investments tick, Casey Research Analyst Laurynas Vegys has a look at the rallies and corrections thus far in this metals cycle. The “so what?” of it all is quite compelling. Before I turn the show over to Laurynas, however, I want to remind readers that it’s not too late to sign up for our Casey Summit coming up in September, in San Antonio, Texas. These things really are a lot of fun, and the amount of knowledge and insight transmitted is huge. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Sincerely, Silver 20.72 21.12 20.15 Silver Stocks (SIL) 14.13 13.91 13.53 Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.23 3.17 3.19 Gold 1,306.73 1,322.60 1,328.80 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 42.89 41.19 42.68 One Year Agocenter_img Oil 102.09 106.50 105.49 Gold Producers (GDX) 26.82 25.76 27.21 TSX Venture 1,017.24 1,015.04 924.17 One Month Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 15,455.00 14,974.65 12,669.14 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Researchlast_img read more