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Will IIoT bolster industrial automation investments?

first_imgThe Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is proving to be a game-changer in many fields, none more structurally than in the automation industry. And a recent study by Morgan Stanley reinforces bullish sentiment for future automation investment thanks to the huge potential of IIoT.A new report co-authored by Automation World and Morgan Stanley predicts IIoT will be a significant driver of industry growth in the coming years. Over the next five years it expects IIoT-related spending will grow from around 8% to 18%. This growth underscored Morgan Stanley’s bullish outlook for automation investment in North America.“We believe recent macro volatility has not significantly altered a bullish medium-and longer-term outlook for automation investment,” said the report.“Over the medium term, the majority of suppliers we interviewed also continue to expect the automation industry to grow at a faster pace than global GDP,” Morgan Stanley said. “By geography, North America stood out as a top priority in our survey respondents’ medium-term investment plans.”“Discrete automation is expected to see the greatest [IIoT-related] growth opportunities given faster upgrade/replacement cycles and lower penetration of software compared to the process industries,” the report said.Traditional strategies most at risk from industrial automationTraditional industrial manufacturing strategies will likely see major disruption due to the impact of cloud-based analytics and the entry of new non-traditional software and IT players.“While automation players do compete effectively with the likes of Oracle and SAP in manufacturing execution system and asset management software, the increasing adoption of cloud-based data analytics opens up the potential for non-traditional IT and software competitors to enter the frame, such as GE’s Predix platform,” said Morgan Stanley.The report also predicts that the traditional IT suppliers will see disruption in the centrality of programmable logic controllers (PLC) used to run machinery on factory assembly lines“Our survey also highlights the risk that the high-margin PLC could become a less central component of the automation system longer term,” the report says.The report highlighted Siemens, Schneider Electric and Rockwell Automation as companies leading the push into new automation territory through new technologies like IIoT. Tags:#GE#GE Predix#IIoT#IoT#Morgan Stanley#Oracle#Rockwell Automation#SAP#Schneider Electric#Siemens Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is… The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Related Posts center_img Top 25 Black Friday Deals for Techies in 2019 Donal Power 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptionlast_img read more

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Kolkata restaurants celebrate IPL with cricket-lovers

first_imgThe Kolkata Knight Riders may have lost their grip over the almost clinching victory but that has not detered the cricket lovers in the city to continue celebrating the season with craze and fervour. As the 8th season of the popular Indian Premiere League (IPL) comes to its business end this weekend, the city’s food lovers are rushing to relish the cricket-themed cuisines and packages that several restaurants are offering in order to cash in on the IPL frenzy.The annual cricket fever that bewitched the sports-deranged city took a step further, as the love for the game went beyond the stands at the Eden Gardens and television screens at home. To ensure that the crazy fans are not devoid of the slice, restaurateurs thought that it was now their turn to hit a score; for the IPL matches were soon fixed on menus and tables instead.”The IPL is as important as football for the people of Kolkata. It is more like a festival that the city welcomes and embraces with joy. We wanted to make it special for the fans. We organised huge screenings for members and visitors in the coffee shop and lobby and offered special food items with attractive discounts,” says Sanjeev Ghosh, corporate general manager, The Spring Club.To tap into the theme of cricket and IPL, various food items named after the teams and players ruled the menus of most restaurants. While dishes like Royal’s Tandoori Aloo, Super King’s Stuffed Mushroom and Knight Rider’s Chicken tickled the taste buds of the customers at Spring Club, liquor and beverages came down well with others.advertisementAditya Mundhra, a pioneer member of the club feels “this is a pragmatic way of attracting all age groups to the dining table… besides food… it comes across as a unique way of friends get together with new dishes on platter.”There are many other restaurants in Kolkata who have tweaked there cuisine or names for the season.”We have named our mocktails after the Kolkata Knight Riders players. It was centred around players like Robin Uthappa, where the mocktail was named Robin Pinocola. Similarly, we named the other drinks as well,” says Adarsh Jalan, owner of Fly Kouzina in Salt Lake.If giving a new and unique touch to their recipes were not enough to satiate the customers, restaurants also began offering them at attractive deals. The deals reached their peak on days when KKR played a match.”When KKR was in the game, each time they hit a six, we provided free starters or beer to our club members. We also introduced schemes like buy two and get one free. Our main objective was to make it a big occasion for everyone to enjoy,” says Sanjeev Ghosh.”If KKR scored 150 runs, we provided a discount of 15 per cent on the total bill. Similarly, if they scored 178 runs, we gave a discount of 17.8 per cent on the total amount. This way, we managed to retain our customers,” says Rishi Singhal, Director, Fly Kouzina.So what if one could not avail the tickets to the Eden Gardens! Newly done interiors greeted the customers to hotel lobbies, giving them a feel of the stadium in the hotel itself.”We had some creative themes in mind. We decorated the lobby and the coffee shop with cricket gear and team logos and placed huge LCD screenings on either area. Our menus were prepared in the form of tent cards,” says Ghosh.Although the IPL season this time was much more than the cricket game, however, restaurateurs feel that there has been a dip in visitors and customers watching the sport on the big screen.”The response was good but compared to previous years, there has been a decline in the number of visitors. Perhaps this has happened due to the betting scams that encircled the game last season. Moreover, with the exit of KKR, the excitement has faded away slightly,” explains Ghosh.”But this does not mean that the IPL fever is already over in Kolkata. People are still excited to see Sachin Tendulkar play for Mumbai Indians and also like to cheer for the Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. We have been getting calls from people asking whether we are organising anything special for the finale day or not,” he adds.”The clubs and restaurants are doing a great job to give an exciting experience to its people. Just like no festival is complete without good food, similarly IPL is incomplete without amazing delicacies,” says Rashmi Agarwal, an employee in a private bank who is also a regular at clubs.advertisementThe IPL with its fan following and friendly rivalry allows people to have some fun time and what better way than adding a dash of mouth-watering food to go with it. Who wins the cup may be immaterial, but for the world of food, it is a great marketing and business opportunity which leaves the cash registers ringing.last_img read more

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ISL: FC Pune City sign former Aston Villa player Nicky Shorey

first_imgIndian Super League (ISL) team FC Pune City have bolstered their line-up for the second edition with the induction of former Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion left back Nicky Shorey. They have also signed goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, who was plying his trade for Scottish giants Rangers FC last season.Shorey has also played for a number of Premier League clubs like Reading, Porstmouth among others. Shorey was voted by the fans of Reading in the Royals best-ever eleven, where Shorey was voted the best left back for Reading ever.On signing with the team, Nicky said: “I am excited to be playing in India, I have tried to follow a few matches of last season and I am really looking forward to playing the ISL. Signing with FC Pune City is really exciting as I’d get to play under David Platt who has so much of experience to share. I am hoping to bring my experience on field and helping the team win the title.”International defensive midfielder @nickshorey22 joins the #FCPC squad for this @IndSuperLeague season #WelcomeShorey pic.twitter.com/g6JUkUn4dq FC Pune City (@FCPuneCity) July 21, 2015Simonsen is best known for his time at Stoke City for whom he made more that 150 appearances. Simonsen spent the last two years at Rangers, which won the the Scottish League One championship.”I am extremely honoured to be playing for FC Pune City, I heard a lot about the ISL from friends who played last season and I’m looking forward to being part of the FC Pune City journey and hoping to bring in my experience to win games & hearts together,” says Steve Simonsen.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL: Dhoni, Raina at the forefront again as CSK announce retained player list

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: The WeekThree-time IPL Champions Chennai Super Kings released their retained list of 22 players for the upcoming twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League. The list included captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and deputy Suresh Raina while England fast bowler Mark Wood and Indian uncapped duo of Kanishk Seth and Kshitiz Sharma failed to make the cut.Wood represented the franchise for a single game while Seth and Sharma remained unused last season. The Yellow Army marked their return to the competition after a two-year suspension in style by going all the way to win the elite trophy.As per the tournament guidelines, the franchises are expected to submit the list of the retained and released players by November 15 in lieu of the IPL auction scheduled to take place next month.CSK decided to go ahead with David Willey, who came in as a replacement for Kedar Jadhav who was injured in the very first match last season. The franchise also gave the green light to New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner who missed the 2018 IPL as a result of an injury.This announcement means that the defending champions will have 8.5 Cr INR in their purse to splash at the auction. 2Cr INR would be added to the existing 6.5 Cr INR left over from the last auction.Read Also:Indians lead the charge as Kohli and Bumrah retain ODI top spots in latest ICC rankingsBCCI makes weird umpiring adjustments in Ranji trophy after frequent bad decisions Advertisementlast_img read more

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6 Tips To Make Performance Reviews A Useful, Frequent And Fear-Free Tool For Growth

first_imgWe’ve talked before about performance reviews, and tips to handle a difficult or negative review. Since then there’s been a fair amount written about changing performance reviews altogether. In a social media world, especially with younger workers, waiting six or 12 months to for a review just doesn’t make sense.While most people dread reviews, they can be a really positive experience if they are frequent – almost real-time. In addition to supporting my theory that reviews should hold No Surprises for the reviewee, a weekly or monthly check-in can prevent the accumulation of bad feelings, grievances, shortcomings and transgressions. Managers would also benefit – they dread reviews as much as employees.Here are 6 tips to make reviews a regular, straight-forward and helpful process:Ask your manager for written objectives with specific ties to corporate goals. Take the objectives and tie them to a timeline of actions and tasks. Break this list into a monthly spreadsheet and prioritize tasks.Set up a monthly objectives review with your manager, and make sure the spreadsheet it updated for those meetings.If schedules allow, plan a weekly face-to-face that’s less formal but lets critical issues get the attention they deserve – before they go into the red zone.Take notes during the face-to-face and the monthly meeting. Update your spreadsheet as needed and make sure to send a copy to your manager after the meeting.Ask how things are going. Invite your manager to be direct. Don’t flinch if what you hear isn’t all roses; ask right then what steps the manager would like you to take to get things back on track.Look for events and opportunities to learn, and include them in your spreadsheet – show the boss you’re in it for the long haul and interested in continuous improvement.Of course, there are other things to keep track of that don’t fit into a spreadsheet. Remember to note your accomplishments and keep track of ways in which you have helped the company succeed.Remember to leave time in your schedule and spreadsheet for the inevitable last-minute projects and distractions that always pop up. About 15 percent of your time should be reasonably free to manage time-sensitive, unplanned tasks.Leave your emotions at the door during your monthly check-ins. This is a time to listen and learn, not a time to defend and react.Monthly check-ins are a good way to do exception-handling and manage expectations. Your responsibilities are bound to evolve on a timeline that’s a lot shorter than 12 months, so treat this meeting as a time to evolve your job to the next level.If your manager recommends improvements in one of your meetings, chances are it will be a slight mid-course correction and not a soul-killing rejection of your work. Treat performance appraisals as part of your routine, like checking for software updates and cleaning out your mailbox.  You’ll be on top of things and less likely to get an unpleasant surprise.And always remember: your manager isn’t criticizing you, the person. He or she is setting expectations and making sure they are met. Constructive criticism is a lot easier to take in small doses. A once-a-month check-in can take the sting out of a request for a change in direction or attitude. Let us know if this approach helps you and your manager stay in alignment throughout the year.last_img read more

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RB Leipzig vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, squad news & preview

first_imgCeltic’s Europa League campaign reaches a pivotal stage on Thursday, when they travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig.Brendan Rodgers’ side have three points to their name after being Rosenborg at home, but a 3-1 loss to Red Bull Salzburg at the beginning of October means they are tied on three points with the Bundesliga club, who also fell victim to the Austians in week one. After a sticky start to the season, the Hoops hope they have found some form after overcoming Hibs 4-2 in a thrilling match at the weekend, but they will be pushed to the maximum against the German side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game RB Leipzig v Celtic Date Thursday, October 25 Time 5:55pm BST / 12:55pm EST Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream n/a fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 3 and streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position RB Leipzig players Goalkeepers Gulacsi, Muller, Mvogo, Krahl Defenders Saracchi, Orban, Upamecano, Konate, Klostermann, Mukiele, Halstenberg, Hoppe, Bohmer, Talabidi, Rucker, Grimm, Jakel Midfielders Forsberg, Ilsanker, Laimer, Demme, Mekonnen, Hartmann, Majetschak, Bias, Winter, Kampl, Fontaine, Krauss, Ruhner, Stenz, Bottcher Forwards Sabitzer, Poulsen, Werner, Brumo, Cunha, Augustin, Krugen RB Leipzig have been rotating their squad heavily over recent weeks and are likely to continue doing so for this clash.Emil Forsberg is missing due to a muscle strain, while Marcelo Saracchi and Marcel Sabitzer are liable to come back into the team after minor problems meant that they did not feature at the weekend.Starting XI: Mvogo; Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano, Saracchi; Sabitzer, Demme, Ilsanker, Bruma; Cunha, Werner Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Hazard Defenders Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Benkovic, Lustig, Ajer, Ralston, Tierney, Izaguirre Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Hayes, Morgan, Christie, Rogic, Ntcham, Mulumbu, McGregor, Forrest, Eboue, Arzani Forwards Griffiths, Edouard, Johnston Celtic will definitely be without James Forrest after he was sent off against Red Bull Salzburg in a 3-1 defeat at the start of the month.Kristoffer Ajer is sidelined through injury, while Nir Bitton is also missing.Meanwhile, there are concerns over captain Scott Brown, fellow central midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu and striker Leigh Griffiths.Starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney; Ntcham, Brown; Christie, Rogic, McGregor; EdouardBetting & Match Odds Leipzig are priced at 4/9 to win, according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 4/1. A win for Celtic is priced at 13/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Bruma RB LeipzigCeltic find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being second in the Scottish Premiership table, having made a disappointing start to the season both domestically and in Europe.The Hoops failed to qualify for the Champions League and lost two of their opening seven matches in the league – a far cry from the team that has swept the board domestically in each of the last two seasons.And while their immediate priority lies with picking up three points in Germany, a League Cup semi-final against Hearts at Murrayfield awaits on Sunday.Wins over St Johnstone (6-0) and Hibs (4-2) either side of the international break have lifted them out of crisis and restored the confidence of a misfiring attacking line. Another positive result in Germany would further restore the belief that the club are on the right track, though Celtic have not beaten Bundesliga opposition in their last nine meetings and are notoriously poor away from home in Europe.Leipzig, meanwhile, lie fifth domestically, but have lost only one of their eight matches, drawing three times.Ralf Rangnick’s side have never previously faced Scottish opposition and are seeking to make progress in what is just their second European campaign. But despite their relative inexperience, they are favourites for victory in this clash.last_img read more

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How do you live & work? Take our survey!

first_imgThe freelance movement isn’t only about how we work. It’s really about how we live.The shift to more flexible work for tens of millions of Americans is having far-reaching effects on the nation’s economy — and on the real lives of those workers.Many freelancers would never give up the freedom (and responsibility) that comes with being an independent worker. Others think the freelance grind is a fair trade for the ability to follow their passions. And some would grab the first 40-hour-a-week-job-with-benefits they could find — if only those existed anymore.So, what does freelancing mean for the way you work and live?Please take a couple minutes to fill out this survey.Freelancers Union is trying to really understand how freelancers are changing the definition of success, and we need your insight to do it.Like I wrote in Fast Company recently, “Independent workers are establishing a new way to work–and in the process, they’re cultivating a new way of life. Success in 2014 is less about wealth than it is about value–the value of time, community, and well-being.”There’s no doubt freelancers are leading the way to what’s next.This survey will help us get there.(Oh, and if you take the survey, you’ll be entered to win a $250 gift card.)So, here’s the survey link again.Thanks for your help!(Official contest rules)last_img read more

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England’s Moeen Ali fit to return ahead of Ashes opener

first_imgEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali is ready to play his first Australian tour match in Townsville after recovering from a side strain.The 30-year-old missed England’s opening two games in Perth and Adelaide but is available for the final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI starting on Wednesday.”I am good. It’s just a slight strain on my side from throwing,” Moeen told reporters on Monday.”It was a bit frustrating but also not a bad thing, you get a lot more work done.”I feel like I am ready to play and I can’t wait to spend time in the field. We have got four days of cricket ahead. I can get a bit of game time in my system and then be ready to play, hopefully, at the Gabba.”It will be England’s last game before the Ashes series opener in Brisbane on November 23.Touchdown in Townsville! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/veOdwISXTI- England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 12, 2017England are on a 31-year winless streak in Brisbane but Moeen believes it is important for the visitors to set the marker for the rest of the campaign.”I’ve heard a lot about Brisbane,” said Moeen. “It’s something you have to block out. You have to focus on your game and the situation that the team is in.”I’m prepared the best I can. When you’re out there you rely on your instincts. I know it will be tough, but I’ve always backed my ability.”England head into the final tour match on the back of a convincing 192-run victory over a Cricket Australia XI in a day-night game in Adelaide.advertisementlast_img read more

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The Ashes: Matthew Hayden comments fired up James Vince ahead of Gabba Test

first_imgAmong a band of rookie batsmen in a team mocked as the “un-name-ables” by a dismissive Australian media, England number three James Vince did his best to garner recognition on Thursday with a defiant half-century on the opening day of the Ashes.Vince fell short of a potentially career-defining century on day one of the first Test at the Gabba, with Nathan Lyon running him out after tea, but the Sussex man’s composed 83 was a strong riposte to critics who questioned his place in the squad.Among them was former Australia opener Matthew Hayden, who raised England’s hackles by declaring he had no idea who half the team were.This lovely drive from James Vince earns the #Priceless Shot of the Day#Ashes @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/NL83hri6XD- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 23, 2017After sharing a 125-stand with fellow rookie Mark Stoneman, who also impressed with a knock of 53, Vince said he had taken notice of the commentary.”I think reading comments like that almost gives you an extra incentive to go out there and try and make a statement,” the 26-year-old told reporters.”The first innings is nice to get some time in the middle, get some confidence and if you didn’t know who we were at the start of the day then (you) probably (do) now.”Vince arrived with an average of less than 20 and a reputation for squandering starts, having never surpassed 42 in his seven previous Tests.Australia’s fierce pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood promised an uneasy Ashes debut on a green-tinged wicket renowned for its bounce and pace.advertisementEngland seemed destined for trouble when Starc had Alastair Cook nick behind for two in the third over but Vince anchored a defiant stand with Stoneman, plundering 12 fours during his 170-ball knock.Nimble on his feet, Vince struck a number of crisp cover drives as he and Stoneman held firm to the brink of tea, an improbable position for many in the crowd of 35,000.Australia captured two late wickets to leave the Test evenly poised with England on 196 for four.The surprisingly slow Gabba pitch undoubtedly helped their cause and Vince was dropped on 68 by recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine.He was unable to profit from the reprieve. Taking off for a risky single after tea, Lyon swooped in and threw down his stumps with an inspired piece of fielding leaving a touch of disappointment to the batsman’s big day.”I’m sure lying in bed I’ll have a few thoughts about (missing out),” he said.”But at the same time, at the start of the day if you offered me scoring 80-odd, I probably would have taken it.”So look at the positives from it.”The story of Day 1 from Brisbane#Ashes pic.twitter.com/sBt3VCZLAM- England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 23, 2017last_img read more

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11 injured in Palamedu jallikattu

first_imgMadurai (TN), Jan 15 (PTI) Gaiety and valour marked the conduct of jallikattu today at nearby Palamedu, famous for the bull taming sport, which left 11 competitors injured, police said. Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar inaugurated the grand event that saw participation of around 1,000 bulls and hundreds of sportsmen who vied for the honours. A large number of spectators also thronged Palamedu, one of the famous venues for jallikattu in the district along with Alanganallur and Avaniapuram, and cheered competitors. Attractive prizes, including gold coins, were given away to the winners who tamed the bulls. Similarly, the bulls which ducked the sportsmen and remained unconquered were also honoured with their owners getting prizes. Tight security arrangements had been made with deployment of 1,200 police personnel, police said. The sport was held in the presence of the members from the Animal Welfare Board of India and other officials. The 11 injured sportsmen were immediately treated at the medical camp put up at the venue and sent home. The sport synonymous with Pongal festivities in this region returned in its full traditional gaiety during the festive period after a gap of three seasons. Jallikattu remained banned following a Supreme Court order in May 2014 before the state government last year brought an ordinance to facilitate its conduct at the height of a massive protest held at Marina Beach in Chennai and several places across the state. Accordingly, jallikattu was held in some places during the third week of January and in the first week of February elsewhere, including Palamedu, last year. PTI SSN VSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mkhitaryan always wanted Arsenal move

first_imgTransfers Mkhitaryan been dreaming of joining ‘favourite team’ Arsenal for years Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 18:55 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Manchester United Premier League A. Sánchez The Armenia international’s transfer to the Gunners holds the key to Alexis Sanchez’s possible move to Manchester United and he is a fan of the club! The saga of Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan continues to drag on, but the Armenia international might well end up joining the club he has claimed to support in the past.Goal understands that Mkhitaryan is keen to receive a pay-off from United to join the Gunners as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who could move the other way, and that the deal has stalled as a result.However, Mkhitaryan, who has fallen dramatically out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, has previously professed his love for the Gunners. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Speaking to UEFA’s official website in 2009, when he was contracted to Armenian club FC Pyunik, Mkhitaryan said: “My favourite team is Arsenal.”I like their attacking play and fast style. Moreover, Arsene Wenger puts faith in young players while demanding results at the same time. I like that and want to play there one day.”Mkhitaryan’s agent, Mino Raiola, has confirmed that the former Borussia Dortmund star is integral to United’s pursuit of Chile international Alexis.”Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal,” Raiola told  The Times .”Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it’s his decision.”last_img read more

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Vine: Clemson Commit Ray Ray McCloud III Breaks A Defender’s Ankles, Makes An Odell Beckham-Style Catch

first_imgA general view of Clemson's stadium.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson is never short on freak athletes at the skill positions, and it looks like four-star running back Ray Ray McCloud III will fit right in. McCloud, who is from Tampa, was participating in a one-on-one drill… at least, he was, before he broke his defender’s ankles with a nasty juke. To add insult to injury, McCloud finished the play with an Odell Beckham-style one-handed catch. Luckily for us, someone grabbed a Vine of the impressive play.We can’t wait to see McCloud in college, well, at least when he’s not playing our favorite ACC teams.[Rubbing The Rock]last_img read more

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Andhra raises hopes of resolving of postbifurcation issues with Tgana

first_imgAmaravati (AP): The new government in Andhra Pradesh has raised hopes of an amicable settlement of all contentious issues between the state and the neighbouring Telangana, which celebrated its sixth formation day on June 2, 2019.In the last five years, there was more hostility than cordiality between the TRS government in Telangana, carved out of Andhra Pradesh, and the Telugu Desam Party dispensation in AP essentially due to political reasons. Consequently, none of the issues sharing of river waters and division of assets and liabilities among others could be settled between the two Telugu-speaking states. Last year, the TDP had even gone on a collision course with the central government. The governor, common to both the states, arranged a couple of meetings with the chief ministers and subsequently a three-member ministers group was formed on each side to resolve the issues but no headway was made. In the four years that it remained part of the NDA government at the Centre, the TDP failed to achieve much according to the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. But now, the YSR Congress government headed by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has begun with an advantage of having a non-confrontationist, if not friendly, relationship with both the TRS government and the Centre, springing hope of ending the impasse. With Reddy at the helm, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao too sounded positive over settlement of outstanding issues with AP, particularly over sharing of river waters. Rao, who attended the swearing in of Reddy as AP chief minister on Friday, however, did not publicly commit anything about division of assets and liabilities between the two states. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”It will take some time but we are hopeful of a positive solution. We don’t have a confrontationist stance and things will sure move forward,” YSRC MP and party general secretary V Vijayasai Reddy said. Once the new chief minister settles down, he would open dialogue with the Telangana government, he added. Sources said Jaganmohan Reddy might hold a formal meeting with his Telangana counterpart later this month or early next month to set the process in motion. Former chief secretary I Y R Krishna Rao, who negotiated on behalf of AP with the Telangana government many times during his two-year term, said political willingness was required to resolve the disputes between the states. It takes time after a state bifurcation for things to settle. But political willingness is important. Now, there could be a better climate between the two states and a solution to the long-pending issues is possible, Krishna Rao said. As per a White Paper released by the AP government in December last year, there is a dispute over division of assets worth Rs 1.97 lakh crore, related to government companies and corporations and state institutions, listed under Schedules IX and X of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. The Supreme Court, in 2015, passed an order in favour of Andhra Pradesh over division of assets related to AP State Council of Higher Education, listed in the Schedule X. Till date, the Telangana government did not honour it even as the AP government filed a fresh petition over it in the high court. The dispute over division of properties of AP Bhavan in New Delhi also was not settled. AP is also aggrieved over the non-settlement of a debt liability of Rs 33,478 crore which should have been in Telangana’s account that was passed on to the state.last_img read more

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Local firefighter hoping to recover stolen pickup truck and guitar

first_imgWinn explained that this morning he was made aware that some of his truck’s contents – including a drum and some harmonicas – had been strewn all over a road in Charlie Lake. However, he said that there was no sign of his bass guitar, which was also inside the truck at the time it was stolen.Winn said his truck is a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab, grey or silver in colour, with BC license plate #LV 5936. The missing instrument is a Fernandez bass guitar that is green in colour.A photo of a green Fernandez bass guitar, similar to the one that was inside the stolen pickup truck.Winn added that while neither the truck nor his guitar are particularly valuable, they are both extremely sentimental.“I got it when I was 11 years old, it was my first guitar. My truck was actually my first vehicle, I was hoping to maintain and run it my whole life. My grandpa helped me buy my truck, and he’s not doing so well right now. That was one of the reasons I wanted to hang on to it.”Anyone with information about the missing guitar or truck is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8140, or Crimestoppers at (800) 222-8477. UPDATE: Winn said that the pickup truck was located in Taylor over the weekend.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local firefighter in Fort St. John is hoping to get his beloved pickup truck and its contents back after it was stolen from outside the City’s fire hall early this morning.Firefighter Adam Winn, who also serves as President of the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society, said that after finishing work at around 8:00 a.m. Friday he noticed that his vehicle wasn’t where he parked it. Initially thinking his fellow firefighters were playing a prank, Winn said that a search of the fire hall’s parking lot came up empty. Upon reviewing surveillance video, he discovered that a pair of younger-aged men had jumped into his pickup at around 3:20 a.m. and driven off.last_img read more

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Apple: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) _ Apple Inc. (AAPL) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $11.56 billion.The Cupertino, California-based company said it had net income of $2.46 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.37 per share.The maker of iPhones, iPads and other products posted revenue of $58.02 billion in the period, also topping Street forecasts. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $57.55 billion.For the current quarter ending in July, Apple said it expects revenue in the range of $52.5 billion to $54.5 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $52.09 billion.Apple shares have climbed 27% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 18%. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $200.67, a rise of 21% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AAPL at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AAPLThe Associated Press read more

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DR Congo UN mission deplores attack on civilians in volatile east

13 May 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has strongly condemned a deadly attack against civilians and government troops, known as FARDC, which occurred in the eastern town of Busurungi over the weekend. The mission, known as MONUC, said it sent a team to the scene as soon as it heard of the attack, which reportedly resulted in the death of dozens of civilians. An investigation is underway to identify those responsible for these atrocities, it said in a news release.Several sources and witnesses on the ground are pointing the finger at the ethnic Hutu rebel group known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwandan (FDLR), stated MONUC. The group has recently been carrying out retaliatory attacks against civilians after being targeted by a joint Congolese and Rwandan military offensive.The mission said it will do its utmost to help the wounded and provide humanitarian assistance to affected people. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in the DRC Alan Doss stressed that “the series of recent attacks in recent days against civilians in Mbinga, Butalongola, Bital and now Busurungi clearly demonstrate the need to strengthen the capacity of FARDC in order to ensure the protection of civilians.” read more

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Ryder Trauma Center celebrates 25th anniversary

first_imgThey’re also designated as the South Florida hospital to treat the president of the United States, if need be, and the only national training center for the U.S. Army.“More police officers have survived attacks in the line of duty, more firefighters have survived dangerous explosions, more moms and dads have come to their children because of the work that’s done at Ryder Trauma,” said Jackson Health Systems president, Carlos Migoya.Former patient Maty Hallcroft was crossing the street in Coral Gables when she was hit by a car in February. Doctors at the hospital rushed to perform brain surgery on her.“If I had not been brought here, I might have died,” Hallcroft said.In fact, Ryder serves as a training facility for military healthcare personnel. Here, they learn to work as a team – providing care to those injured on the battlefield. “The primary goal is for the team to come together in a clinical setting,” said Dr. George Garcia.These students even handle surprise trauma simulations, mocking the potential situations they’ll face after deployment.In one situation, they aided a woman they thought had just flown through a windshield. They came to her rescue – as a team – before realizing it was all a show. “It was a big surprise, and I was sold all the way until the end when they stopped the exercise,” said specialist Brandyn Petty.The actress, Megan Rodriguez who is a paramedic student herself, was proud of what they accomplished. “They did amazing. They did great,” Rodriguez said.However, the trauma center’s success doesn’t stop here.After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Ryder created Project Medishare which opened critical care and rehab centers in Port-au-Prince. Over 130,000 patients were treated and saved in the process.From resuscitation to rehab, Ryder Trauma Center continues to be a world-renowned facility.Ryder Trauma Center was built, in part, from contributions of private donations. Contributions of all amounts are always welcome.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center celebrated its 25th anniversary on Thursday. From hurricanes to earthquakes, employees have dedicated more than two decades to helping South Florida residents heal.Saving lives for 25 years, this day marks the silver anniversary of Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.Hospital officials, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and former patient Carlos Rosario, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, attended a news conference in honor of Ryder Trauma Center’s anniversary, Thursday morning.Rosario was transported at Ryder Trauma Center after he was struck by a car while on the job.“They’ve just been amazing, and the way they helped me and my wife and my boys, and it’s such a trauma, so hard – they felt comfortable here, they never felt alone,” Rosario said.Regalado also told his own story of when Ryder Trauma Center saved the life of his daughter. “As a father, in 1994, my daughter was hit by a drunk driver, and she was airlifted here,” Regalado said. “She had spent weeks, [and] as this trooper, she was fixed, so as a father, I thank Ryder Trauma Center.”Ryder opened in 1992, shortly before Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida. Since then, the trauma center has been more than a place to heal the injured. “Ryder is an extraordinary source of education research,” said a doctor. last_img read more

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Train hits Publix tractortrailer in Deerfield Beach

first_imgAuthorities shut down Hillsboro Boulevard at Dixie Highway while crews worked to clear the scene.The National Transportation Safety Board has since stepped in to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities shut down Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach for hours after a train struck a Publix truck.The train hit the truck near Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway just after 8:30 a.m., Friday.The refrigerated truck was traveling eastbound and was trying to clear the tracks but was unable to do so before the train struck the tractor trailer.No injuries were reported.“It’s a mess. They’ll get it cleaned up. It could have been so much worse,” a woman at the crash scene said. “Someone could have got hurt, someone could have got ran over. At the end of the day, it was a Publix truck. At least no one was hurt in the process.”Milk and dairy products littered the road after the crash. Cleanup is expected to take several hours.“I got it off my phone from Channel 7, believe it or not,” said a man at the scene. “I just said, I got to come over and see this. You don’t see this every day. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but boy, it’s lucky that it just did that much damage. They could have tore that thing apart.” last_img read more

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Hindi language clause in NEP removed A BJP gambit to make inroads

first_imgSchool buildings are often used as voter registration and polling boothsUNICEFThe contentious three-language clause in the draft of the National Education Policy (NEP) has been removed after public backlash in several non-Hindi speaking southern states of India, particularly Tamil Nadu. The revised draft of the policy that is up on the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) website does not mention Hindi as compulsory along with English and other recognised Indian national language.The BJP-led government is trying to strengthen its foothold in the southern states especially Tamil Nadu and Kerala where it did not do well in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. The removal of Hindi language as a compulsory one in the schools from standard VI onwards is seen as a step in the same direction.Senior Officials in the MHRD told the Deccan Herald that the paragraph mentioning the inclusion of Hindi language as a compulsory one in the draft had crept into it and now stands removed. However, the officials declined to state why it was removed.  How language debate stirred controversy in South IndiaThe non-Hindi speaking states in India, especially down south, have always preferred their regional languages over Hindi which is the official language of the country. In the recent past, the controversy surrounding making Kannada mandatory in all the schools of Karnataka also drew criticism especially from the north Indian communities settled there.The idea of the inclusion of Hindi in the language curriculum across all the schools of the country revolved around inclusivity and nationalism which certainly hold ground in North India. But in South India, it has arguably stirred a controversy with the various groups criticising the Narendra Modi-led government for imposing language supremacy on them.The earlier draft of the Education policy read: “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one of the three languages they are studying may do so in grade 6, so long as the study of three languages by students in the Hindi-speaking states would continue to include Hindi and English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India, while the study of languages by students in the non-Hindi speaking states would include the regional language, Hindi and English.”The paragraph now stands missing and there is a reference to the three languages as a promotor of multilingual communicative abilities in India. The policy also suggests that the efforts should be made by the teachers in schools across the Hindi-speaking areas to teach regional dialects as well to develop unity in a multicultural and multilingual society.last_img read more