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#KicksStalker: George dedicates 2nd shoe to up-and-comers

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first_imgPaul George has now become a legitimate superstar in the NBA but he began his career as a role player for the Indiana Pacers.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m more excited for those guys to get a chance to wear them and be in them and help them with their careers. At the end of the day that’s what I want.”George debuted the PG2 in an exclusive “PlayStation” colorway in the Thunder’s 148-124 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers wherein he put up 36 points and grabbed seven rebounds.The PG2 “PlayStation,” which will release on Feb. 10 on Nike.com, is a testament to one of George’s most loved passions—gaming.“I just had a knack for video games,” said George. “As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad—cutting out the clipping of a video game, cutting out clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his dresser.”“I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift and sure enough it was the PS2. I’ve been a PlayStation guy ever since.”ADVERTISEMENT George’s new signature isn’t only an homage to his love of gaming, but also a mirror of his lockdown play on the defensive end.Tony Hardman, the designer of both the PG1 and PG2, took away the strap that provides added lockdown on the forefoot and switched it with what he calls “dynamic wings.”Another piece of Nike technology on the forefoot is the 10-millimeter Zoom unit that gives added cushion and propulsion in the region. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Federer advances to Australian Open semifinal against Chung He used his sheer will and determination from averaging just 7.8 points in his rookie year to constant 20-point scorer in his eighth season and this hard work ultimately paid off for George as he is now considered as one of the best two-way players in the NBA.And with that notoriety came prestige in the form of his second signature shoe, the PG2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor George, his signature sneaker is not just for him, but also for those players who are now starting a name for themselves.“I’m really excited, more so again for the performance that it’s going to give guys that follow me and are trying to get a chance to get to the NBA,” said George in a press release from Nike. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Jay-Zs album 4:44 delves into his personal life

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first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 30 (PTI) Music star Jay-Zs 13th solo studio album “4:44”, which is his first LP in four years, has arrived and he seems to have dedicated a song to his wife and the mother of his three children, Beyonce.The albums title “4:44” appears to refer to Jay-Z and Beyonces fascination with the number 4.The rappers birthday is on December 4, while his superstar wifes is on September 4. Their wedding anniversary is April 4, and they sport matching IV tattoos.The 35-minute album features 10 tracks, including the titular and deeply personal “4:44,” in which Jay-Z hints at his relationship with Beyonce. He even apologizes for womanising, reported Entertainment Weekly.”I apologize, our love was one for the ages and I contained us,” he raps, later adding, “And if my children knew, I dont even know what I would do / If they aint look at me the same / I would prolly die with all the shame.”The rapper, who was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, also mentions about miscarriages in plural.”4:44″ also includes references to the ups and downs of their love.”And if my children knew, I dont even know what I would do / If they aint look at me the same / I would probably die with all the shame / You did what with who? / What good is a menage a trois when you have a soulmate? / You risked that for Blue?” JAY-Z says.He also talks about his children in the tenth track, titled “Legacy.” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

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11 Indians arrested for gambling in Nepal

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first_imgKathmandu, Nov 3 (PTI) Eleven Indian nationals have been arrested for gambling from a private house in Western Nepal’s famous tourist hub of Pokhara, police said Saturday. The police also seized Rs 9.74 million cash from them.They were found gambling in a private house situated in Nayabazaar of Pokhara Metropolitan City, 200-kilometre West of Kathmandu, police said.All arrested Indians, except three, have been identified.The Nepali house owner Dhruva Kumar was also arrested.Gambling is illegal in Nepal. Betting on any sports event is illegal in the country. PTI SBP MRJMRJlast_img

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Real Madrid rout Al-Ain to win record 4th Club World Cup title

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first_imgAbu Dhabi, Dec 23 (IANS) Real Madrid clobbered Emirati side Al-Ain 4-1 to clinch a record fourth Club World Cup title.The host club, which qualified by virtue of winning the most recent United Arab Emirates’ league title, were no match for the heavily favoured Champions League holders at the Zayed Sports City Stadium here on Saturday, reports Efe.Al-Ain came out boldly and nearly took the lead in the early going when an amateurish clearance by Brazilian defender Marcelo gave Hussein el-Shahat a golden chance to score.The Egyptian midfielder made a couple of cutbacks, including outmaneuvering Real Madrid net minder Thibaut Courtois, but his shot was saved at the goal line by Sergio Ramos.Shortly afterward, 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric opened the scoring for Real Madrid in the 14th minute on a curving left-footed blast from outside the area that gave Al-Ain net minder Khalid Eisa no chance.Real Madrid then had numerous additional opportunities to score over the remainder of the first half, but a shot by Lucas Vasquez grazed the woodwork and Karim Benzema sent a close-range shot over the crossbar.It was just a matter of time though for the Blancos’ superiority to be reflected on the scoreboard.At the one-hour mark, Marcos Llorente doubled Real Madrid’s lead when he rifled a volley on a corner-kick play just inside the left upright, while Ramos extended the La Liga club’s advantage to 3-0 with a header off a corner kick in the 78th minute that tipped off Eisa’s right hand and into the back of the net.Japanese defender Tsukasa Shiotani pulled one back for Al-Ain on a header off a free kick in the 86th minute, but Real Madrid stretched their lead back to three in second-half injury time when a shot by late substitute Vinicius Junior entered the goal after ricocheting off defender Yahia Nader.Gareth Bale, who had a hat trick in a 3-1 semi-final victory over the Kashima Antlers (the Asian champions) and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions in the championship match, was selected as the most valuable player of this year’s Club World Cup.Llorente was named the top player of Saturday’s final.–IANSajb/advertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoTottenham striker Kane can’t take satisfaction from impressive scoring start

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first_imgTottenham striker Kane can’t take satisfaction from impressive scoring startby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane takes little satisfaction from his good personal start to the season.Although Spurs have begun this season slowly, Kane has been in fine goal-scoring form, finding the back of the net nine times in as many matches for club and country.But the 26-year-old, who now has 169 goals in 260 games for the club, is only focused on improving Spurs’ form, saying: “My performances are as good as the team’s.”If we lose I take that as a loss for myself; if we win and whether I score or not, I’m happy.”I don’t worry about my individual status, I’m more worried about the team status.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Worn Out Wednesday – Ledbury’s Paul Trible

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Netflix and Chill: Mastering the Invite, Finding the Best Shows, and More Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Today we speak to Paul Trible, co-founder and CEO of Ledbury.I once had a girlfriend who was always embarrassed because I “dressed like a professor.” Then a few years ago, “dressing like a professor” became cool, and I somehow ended up with a clothing company. I am pretty certain that this trend – like most – will pass, and I will go back to embarrassing my girlfriend (now wife). But in the meantime, I keep winning her approval wearing tweed and herringbone with pride.I have always loved clothes, and I am not quite sure who to blame for that; maybe my grandfather who wore a seersucker suit every Sunday in the summer, or my father who wore a tie to dinner every night of my childhood. As a kid, I remember getting my first suit when  I was 10 years old. The suit was tan and double breasted. It made me feel like a mobster, and in fifth grade, that was a very good thing.Flash-forward to high school, and like many people who end up in the clothing business, I spent a lot of time in thrift stores. I had a tailor at 16 and would take clothes to him to be altered and then wear them to school the next day. A camel hair blazer, moleskin pants and shoulder-length hair made quite a statement against a backdrop of throwback jerseys in the high school halls of the late 90’s.Fifteen years later, this strange affinity for clothing had me passing up more lucrative pursuits and going to work for a tailor on Jermyn Street in London. He taught me most everything I know about clothing.  He stressed the need to have a few very well made pieces in the closet that are classic in style and simple in construction.   I remember his mantra, “simple things tend to last.”When I get dressed I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what works. I’m a guy, and most importantly I want my clothes to fit well, last and be comfortable.  When people look at how I am dressed, I don’t want them to say “what a great outfit,” I want them to think that guy “dresses well”.I think there are very few, if any, rules in dressing .  Maybe only wear sunglasses when sunny, and always wear a blazer on a plane.  The latter holds true as many pockets are a must, and I have found that if you look like you belong in first class, you can sometimes find yourself there.But that is about it.  In the end, I think a man’s clothes should fit well, last a long time and not embarrass his significant other.  On a good day, I can hit two out of three.As for Paul’s personal style:Jeans: Shockoe Denim. Good friends making great jeans in Richmond.Old Boy Nolley Rinse Jeans.Shirts: Ledbury slim fit brushed twill flannel.  Italian woven flannel sounds extravagant, but it’s worth itPants: Ledbury Franklin 5 pocket canvas pants.  Biased, I know, but I own two of every colorSuits: P. Johnson Tailors, Roma Suit. The owner, Patrick Johnson, and I share a mentor. After training in London and conquering Australia, they now have a showroom in New York.Shoes: Peter Nappi – Alfeo Cap Toe BootAccessories: 1967 Omega Seamaster.  Purchased in North London with my first adult paycheck.Outerwear: Freeman’s Sporting Club Deck JacketFavorite Cologne: Creed, Irish Tweed (wife’s favorite)Your favorite App: Politico (I’ll admit I am a junky)Favorite piece of technology: Sonos Speaker SystemNext tech purchase: Another Sonos Speaker Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable last_img read more

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Fantastic Seasonal Ingredients for Fall Grilling

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first_img How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Editors’ Recommendations With summer officially over, it’s time to swap out the tank tops for cardigans and get ready for fall. However, just because it’s getting cooler outside doesn’t mean you have to give up on all your favorite outdoor activities. Today we’re taking a look at how to master the art of fall grilling.As we transition into autumn, it’s as good a time as ever to fire up the grill and cook up some delicious eats for friends and family. But instead of sizzling up steaks and burgers, why not try your hand at grilling some seasonal ingredients? For some recipes and tricks on how to prepare these autumnal delicacies, check out our guide below.When winter roles around, read these tips on winter grilling and make sure your pit is properly stored.ApplesThere aren’t many food items that evoke fall quite like the apple. While this sweetly tart fruit is perfect on its own, it becomes even more delicious after taking a turn on the grill. You can either cut the apple in half and grill each piece flesh side down for three minutes, or cut the fruit into quarter-inch slices and grill each side for two minutes. Once they’re nice and crispy, pair the apples with vanilla ice cream or a simple spinach salad.ChestnutsAll you need is a good grill basket to enjoy these fall morsels. Rinse your chestnuts and cut a small “x” with a knife into the flat side of the shell so they don’t explode while cooking. Place them in the basket and grill at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss them every five minutes and watch carefully to prevent burning. The chestnuts need about 15 minutes to cook; the shells will start to open at the “x” when they’re done.BeetsNo matter if they’re red or golden, nature’s candy is a delicious fall treat when roasted over hot coals. Get your grill to medium-high while you trim and scrub the beets. Cut each beet in half, then each half into thirds. Toss them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Fold a large piece of aluminum foil in half and crimp the edges so the juices don’t drip into the fire. Cut a few one-inch vents in the top of the pouch to release steam. Place the foil packet directly on the hot coals and roast for 20 minutes, or until tender.Brussels SproutsGrilled Brussels sprouts make for a delectable vegetable side dish and couldn’t be easier to prepare. First, coarsely chop your fresh Brussels sprouts and toss them onto a medium-size piece of aluminum foil. Coat them with olive oil, pepper, salt, and a little maple syrup if you’re feeling especially fall. Place the foil package on a grill that’s at medium heat. Close the lid and wait four to five minutes. Open and stir the sprouts with a fork to ensure they’re golden brown. Serve.Sweet PotatoesWhile sweet potatoes are usually saved for casseroles and pies come Thanksgiving, this vegetable is also perfect for the pit. While it’s possible to grill the whole potato, we prefer to slice it up into wedges. Toss the pieces in olive oil and salt before throwing them on the center of the grill. Cook them for three minutes or so until they have solid grill marks, then move them off the heat to cook for 20 more minutes. Serve alone or with your favorite meat.Butternut SquashThough butternut squash is typically served roasted, grilling this fall vegetable really brings out its sweetness. To start, slice your squash into half-inch slices. Coat them with olive oil and whatever spices you’re working with. Place them on a grill at medium heat and cook for four to five minutes. You can either serve the slices whole with a roasted chicken or cut them into pieces and toss with a warm fall salad.EscaroleEating your greens has never tasted this good. We like mixing the charred leaves with white beans for a simple salad. Brush the escarole with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill, turning once until the leaves are wilted and slightly charred. Mix white beans with roasted garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice before spooning the mixture over the escarole.Lamb ChopsWhile it’s never the wrong time to grill lamb, there’s something about fall that seems particularly well-suited for a lamb chop. To get the perfect cook on these bad boys, sear the room temperature chops for two minutes before flipping them over for another three minutes on the other side. Pair with fresh rosemary and thyme.Last updated by Cody Grohl on September 22, 2017. Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Cook Steak in the Oven How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Timelast_img read more

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Maritime Delegation Participates in WTO Briefings

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first_imgA Maritime delegation attending the World Trade Organization talks is meeting daily to exchange information and assess the international negotiations on agricultural issues. The delegation, including Nova Scotia Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Chris d’Entremont, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, David Alward and, Prince Edward Island Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Kevin MacAdam are in Hong Kong to bring attention to the regional agricultural issues as Canada pursues new rules for international trade. “We are taking full advantage of the frequent briefing opportunities set up for the provinces and industry leaders,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “We also continue to meet with federal ministers Andy Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture and Jim Peterson, Minister of International Trade, who are leading the Canadian negotiations.” One perspective shared by members of the Maritime delegation is Canada’s need to be more forceful in promoting the attributes needed for the Canadian supply management systems. “The major proposals on the negotiation table involve minimal sacrifices on the part of the sponsoring countries and few or no gains for Canadian agriculture overall. In fact, the proposals entail highly detrimental ramifications for the supply management sectors,” said Mr. d’Entremont. The role of supply management at the regional level is almost twice that of the overall national level. The industry is concerned an agreement might be reached to change market access and this would be devastating for agriculture and related businesses in the Maritimes. The supply management sector in Nova Scotia includes farms producing dairy, poultry and eggs. Dairy farming is Nova Scotia’s largest sector, with 300 farms, and is the largest agricultural processing industry, employing more than 1,000 workers. There are more than 100 poultry farms in Nova Scotia employing 1,000 workers in Kings County alone. The province is also home to 28 egg- and pullet-raising farms and several egg grading stations. Industry members attending the conference are Barron Blois, former national president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada; David Fuller, national president of the Chicken Farmers of Canada; Willy Versteeg, Nova Scotia director with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Mark Davies, vice-chairman of the Nova Scotia Turkey Producers’ Marketing Board.last_img read more

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NYC Mental Health Film Festival Fights Stigma

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first_imgOn September 26, 2015, the 11th Annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival (#MHFF) will present six inspiring films about life with mental illness, including the U.S. premiere of the feature film No Letting Go, and the NYC premiere of the Voice Award-winning documentary Cracking Up.NYC Mental Health Film FestivalFilmmakers and cast members will be in attendance for an audience Q&A.Hosted by Community Access, #MHFF is the oldest and largest mental health film festival in the United States. The festival has screened more than 50 films, attracted over 5,000 audience members, and served as a positive voice promoting social justice and human rights for people with mental health concerns.Says Carla Rabinowitz, festival organizer at Community Access, “One in four people in the United States lives with mental illness, yet society continues to stigmatize mental health recipients as violent, weak or incapable, and in need of constant medication. This film festival shines a light on how mental health consumers and their families employ humor, courage, and their natural gifts to make positive contributions, earn respect, and counter preconceived ideas about mental illness.”No Letting Go is among this year’s official #MHFF selections. Based on the award-winning short Illness, this thought-provoking film by directed by Jonathan Bucari, is based on a true story and follows the journey of an American family faced with the daunting challenge of finding answers and help for their middle child, who is eventually diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. Starring: Cheryl Allison, Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives), and Noah Silverman, and featuring Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Kathy Najimy (Sister Act), and Janet Hubert (Fresh Prince of Bel Air).Say producers Carina Rush and Randi Silverman: “We can’t think of a more perfect way to premier No Letting Go than in our home state with the NYC #MHFF. We are thrilled to be part of such a worthwhile and amazing event.”WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015WHERE: Village East CinemaTICKETS: $25 to $60 (A limited number of $100 VIP passes are available, and include a private reception with cast and producers of No Letting Go & Cracking Up)WEBSITE: www.MentalHealthFilmFest.nyclast_img read more

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Sierra Leone UNbacked court sentences former rebel leaders

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19 July 2007The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) handed down its first sentences today, imposing lengthy prison terms on three former rebel leaders convicted of multiple counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the country’s civil war in the 1990s. The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) handed down its first sentences today, imposing lengthy prison terms on three former rebel leaders convicted of multiple counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the country’s civil war in the 1990s.Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu were each found guilty on 20 June on 11 charges, including committing acts of terrorism, murder, rape and enslavement and conscripting children under the age of 15 into armed groups.The three men, former leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), a group of Sierra Leonean soldiers who allied themselves with the notorious rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) during the civil war, were each acquitted on three other charges, including sexual slavery and forced marriage.The Court imposed sentences of 50 years for Mr. Brima, 45 years for Mr. Kamara and 50 years for Mr. Kanu. They will be given credit for time served since their arrests in 2003. The Court ordered that the three men begin serving their sentences immediately.The SCSL – the second international war crimes tribunal established in Africa – was mandated to try those bearing the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian and Sierra Leonean law within the country’s borders since 30 November 1996. read more

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New UN report details Shanghais green efforts ahead of Expo 2010

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18 August 2009Shanghai has made strides in ‘greening’ itself ahead of the Expo 2010, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which also called on the Chinese city to continue efforts to decrease its reliance on coal. Shanghai has made strides in ‘greening’ itself ahead of the Expo 2010, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which also called on the Chinese city to continue efforts to decrease its reliance on coal.“Like many rapidly developing cities, Shanghai faces enormous challenges in ensuring fresh air, clean water, sustainable energy, efficient transport and waste reduction for its population,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director.The agency launched a new assessment of actions taken by Shanghai, with a population of 20 million, to organize an environmentally-friendly Expo 2010, expected to be attended by 70 million people.China’s largest city has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, scaling up investment in environmental protection measures since preparations for the 2010 world fair kicked off in 2000.Shanghai has developed a green transport system, constructing a world-class 400-kilometre rapid transit network. It is also experimenting with new energy vehicles, including electric buses, hydrogen fuel-cell buses and hybrid buses.But the UNEP report also expressed concern over Shanghai’s high level of dependency on coal for electricity, calling for the city to boost the use of renewable energies, such as solar and wind power.Additionally, the safe disposal of waste continues to be a challenge, the assessment pointed out. A more comprehensive strategy is needed for both the city and the Expo, whose theme will be “Better City, Better Life.”Event though progress has been made in ensuring safe drinking water, UNEP said that nitrification of river systems continues to be an obstacle.“Shanghai is clearly determined to turn its modernization into a green example for urban development of the future,” Mr. Steiner noted.UNEP will produce a follow-up report after the city’s Expo ends on 31 October 2010. read more

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BrockUTT accord signing in photos

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With two prime ministers acting as witnesses, Brock University signed an accord with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) on April 25 aimed at accelerating levels of collaboration between Canada and its Commonwealth partner in the Caribbean.The Brock News was there to catch all the action when the accord was signed in front of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Trinidadian Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Watch the slide show above or visit Brock University on Flickr to view or download the photos. Read the story online about the signing of the accord. With two prime ministers acting as witnesses, Brock University today signed an accord with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) aimed at accelerating levels of collaboration between Canada and its Commonwealth partner in the Caribbean. – See more at: http://brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=22349#sthash.7eMuH1eW.dpuf read more

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US manufacturing grows at fastest pace since April 11 on stronger production

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – US factory activity expanded last month at the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years, an encouraging sign that manufacturing could lift economic growth and hiring in the coming months.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index rose in September to 56.2, the highest since April 2011. That’s up from 55.7 in August and the fourth straight increase in the index. A reading above 50 indicates growth.Manufacturers added jobs last month at the fastest pace in more than a year and ramped up production, the survey showed. They also received new orders at a healthy pace, though slower than in August.U.S. factories are showing signs of picking up after slumping earlier this year. A modest recovery in housing and strong auto sales are pushing up demand for steel and other metals, auto parts, furniture and appliances.Economists said the strong figures suggest that the annual growth rate in the July-September quarter could be healthier than current forecasts of about 2 per cent. The index has averaged 55.8 in the past three months, up from 50.2 in the April-June quarter.And the strength at factories has the potential to set the stage for even faster growth in the October-December quarter. Some analysts are forecasting growth at an annual rate of up to 3 per cent.“Another stronger than expected showing,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, a forecasting firm, said. “The data unambiguously point to a pick-up in the trend in manufacturing output growth.”Manufacturers also kept their stockpiles steady after cutting them for two months. Adding workers and keeping supplies on hand are signs of increased confidence and higher production ahead, economists noted.Still, the growth at factories could be offset by the partial government shutdown that began Tuesday. Late Monday, Congress and the White House couldn’t agree on a spending measure to keep the government open.Bradley Holcomb, chairman of the ISM’s survey committee, said that survey respondents weren’t worried about a possible shutdown last month, but would likely begin to raise concerns if it lasted for long.Most economists say that a shutdown of a just a few days would have little economic impact. But if dragged on for two weeks, it could shave about 0.3 percentage points from fourth-quarter growth.Factories had been hampered by weak growth overseas that lowered demand for U.S. goods. But exports grew last month, though at a slower pace than August. Europe’s economy is slowly recovering after an 18-month recession and Japan is also growing faster after two decades of stagnation.Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve said manufacturers boosted their output in August by the most in eight years. The gains were driven by a robust month at auto plants.Still, other data has been mixed. Companies placed only slightly more orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in August after a sharp fall in July. But demand for so-called core capital goods rose 1.5 per cent, after falling 3.3 per cent the previous month. Core capital goods are a good measure of businesses’ confidence in the economy and include items that point to expansion, such as machinery and computers.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber . US manufacturing grows at fastest pace since April ’11, on stronger production, hiring by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 11:24 am MDT read more

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South Sudan Demonstrators protest outside UN compound without incidents

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A thousand people today demonstrated in front of a United Nations compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and dispersed without incidents after handing over a petition, the UN Mission in the country announced. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported that the protestors gathered around the Tomping Compound, where tens of thousands of people had sought refuge from the latest bout of fighting in the country. Some people initially threw stones at the gate, but dispersed after handing a petition to the Mission, reportedly against a proposal by the African Union to deploy a regional peacekeeping force to the country. “A peacekeeping quick reaction force and formed police unit personnel were on the ground to control the crowd and no casualties were reported,” a UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, told reporters in New York.The security situation has been unstable in Juba and elsewhere since the recent fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing First Vice-President Riek Machar. Some 272 people, including 33 civilians, have been killed and at least 36,000 civilians displaced.Yesterday, two national UN staff members were physically assaulted by youth protestors in Bor, following a speech by the local governor.“UNMISS condemns physical attacks against its personnel and property and calls on all parties to respect the operations of the UN, its staff and assets,” Mr. Haq said today in reaction to the incident.The UN Mission also raised concerns about increased levels of obstruction of its operations, after the Government announced today that flight safety assurances for its rotary wing aircrafts would only be granted for travels to the Greater Upper Nile and Greater Bahr el Ghazal regions.“UNMISS is concerned by these developments, which are a clear violation of the Status of Forces Agreement signed with the Government, and which are preventing the UN from implementing its mandate in the country,” said Mr. Haq. Despite restrictions of movement, the Mission continues to conduct patrols in Juba, including the areas known as the “protection of civilians” sites, he added. read more

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Some scenes from Phagwah celebrations in Essequibo

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Jamaica engages Caribbean on Climate Change and World heritage

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, May 30th 2017: Jamaica is currently playing host nation to the region’s first symposium on Climate Change and World Heritage.This year’s theme, “Rallying for the protection of Culture and Heritage in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) under a sustainable 21st Century climate change agenda”. The aim, to bring awareness to the threat of climate change among world heritage site managers and policymakers, as well as the main elements of useful management strategies to respond to climate change.The meeting is hosted by Jamaica’s Culture Gender, Entertainment and Sport Ministry in collaboration with UNESCO and the Climate Change Division of Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.Some 40 delegates from 12 Caribbean countries with existing World Heritage properties are expected to attend.Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay says participants are persons who manage the heritage sites and are able to speak on how they function, and give policy makers a better understanding so they can speak to the various Government responses from the different islands. In addition, Dr. Lindsay says the sector’s best practices will be shared among stakeholders. In acknowledging the impact World heritage sites has on local economies, a second workshop will be held as a follow-up in the near future.#MagneticMediaNews#JamaicaEngagesCaribbeanOnClimateChangeAndWorldHeritage#HeritageSitesImportantToSIDSEconomies Related Items:last_img read more

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Tennessee Titans Safety receives the key of North Miami Beach

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first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Tennessee Titans Safety Johnathan Cyprien received the key to North Miami Beach.Formerly a North Miami Beach resident and Florida International University football player, Cyprien was honored at North Miami Beach City Hall on Tuesday.It was proclaimed Johnathan Cyprien Day.The South Florida native shared his appreciation and support for his college football team.“It’s all about FIU. That’s no secret. Butch Davis is doing an incredible job with my program,” said Cyprien. “FIU is about to blow the world up right now. We’re going to run in our conference already. I’m just so excited. If you think about a college, don’t take FIU off your list.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Page Views for Print Magazines

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first_imgDeSilva + Phillips, the New York-based media banking firm, published a report yesterday on the state of celebrity media. If you’re in the business of celebrity media—particularly the print side—it’s a must read. Spoiler alert: The outlook is, uh, not so good.You can read FOLIO:’s full synopsis of D+P’s report here.But here’s one interesting point I didn’t include in the write-up. On page 12, Ken Sonenclar, the author of the report, makes an interesting argument—and possibly invents a new metric–for celebrity magazine publishers wrestling over the ad dollars fleeing print for the Web:”Celebrity magazines offer a degree of reach that even the dominant websites should envy. The best way to view this is via the language of the Web, where many celebrity magazine “page views” dwarf web page views. Consider US Weekly. In a four-issue month, the magazine will publish 384 pages (96 pages/issue). Taking the magazine’s recent average circulation of 1.9 million, and assuming a conservative pass-along multiplier of three, yields in excess of 2 billion page views for US Weekly per month. That is seven times the page views of TMZ, the Web site with the most page views.” Calculating page views for print magazines. Did we just invent a new, viable metric here? Or is it merely the last (faint) gasps of desperation for a dying medium?last_img read more

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Adobe Opens Wired New Yorker Tablet Platform to Publishers with Analytics

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first_imgThe Digital Publishing Suite aims to be a comprehensive solution for turning traditional magazines created in InDesign into digital publications that can be distributed to devices of all sorts. But the one aspect that intrigues me most is this: It includes Omniture analytics for digital magazines. (Adobe acquired Omniture a year ago for $1.8 billion.)If you use the suite to produce tablet versions of your magazine, you can use the analytics service to get a bevy of information about how they’re being read—all aggregated and anonymized to avoid privacy issues. You can see whether readers are opening the issues they’ve bought. You know which stories they’re jumping to, and whether they tap through every page of an article or abandon it after the first one. You can confirm whether they’re watching ambitious multimedia elements such as embedded video. And you can tell whether they’re reading front-to-back, back-to-front, or hopping around randomly.It sounds like a goldmine of useful information that publishers could use to make publications that serve their readers better. And much of it might help with a magazine’s traditional, dead-tree version, too—I suspect that there’d be a correlation between covers that prompt tablet subscribers to open the issues quickly and ones that are newsstand winners.Analytics can’t tell you everything you need to know about your readers’ relationship with your content. Seeing that a lot of people chose to read a particular article, for instance, says nothing about whether they liked what they got once they finished. So traditional research such as surveys and focus groups still have their place, and free-form feedback such as reader comments on online versions of stories can be very useful. But I know that if I were editing a magazine with digital editions produced with Adobe’s suite, I’d be hungry for the new clues about reader behavior that these analytics could provide. Back when I was editor of PC World, creating a magazine that newsstand buyers and subscribers loved was one of the great pleasures of my job. It was also something of a dark art. There were plenty of signs we’d succeeded: issues flying off the stands, renewal rates staying healthy, high scores in the pricey reader surveys we conducted. But in the end, connecting the dots of reader satisfaction was difficult, and agonizingly slow.(The closest I got to instant gratification, incidentally, was when I traveled on an airplane and happened to sit next to someone who was reading PC World. Rather than introducing myself, I’d peek out of one corner of my eye and see which articles my neighbor lingered on, and which ones he or she skimmed right past.)On the Web, things are different.  Analytics services such as Omniture let editors and other media types see what’s getting read, what’s getting ignored, and how consumers navigate through everything a site has to offer. They let you make decisions in real time, rather than waiting for months.At Adobe’s MAX conference in Los Angeles this week, the publishing software company is announcing its Digital Publishing Suite, the fully-commercialized version of the system that Wired, The New Yorker, and other publications have been using to create iPad versions of their magazines. It’s rolling out in pre-release form for publishers who’d like to try it out; the final version is due in the second quarter of 2011.last_img read more

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Time Incs Fran Hauser on Accelerating Digital Development

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first_imgNew York – At the 2011 FOLIO: Show, Time Inc. Lifestyle & Style and Entertainment Groups digital president Fran Hauser shared insights into the publisher’s digital success. Two Time Inc. titles, People and TIME, currently hold the top spots for most followed magazine brands on Twitter; during a keynote presentation, Hauser explained how this reign is no happy accident.The need for a timely and well-executed social media presence is top of mind for almost all publishers, regardless of sector or audience. As many remember, this only recently became a pressing concern. Hauser reflected on when she first began at People, when its website was referred to as the “.com”, or sometimes simply “the dot”. Now, Time Inc. devotes many resources to making its “dot” a thriving web destination.Time Inc. properties attract 50 million unique visitors, and 40 million mobile uniques. Hauser broke Time Inc.’s intricate digital strategy into three steps scalable to most any publisher, “Create the right organization, invest in tech and focus on relationships.” Hauser also refers to creating a “second screen” experience with the Time Inc. audience. The second screen may be a computer, smartphone or tablet, and it allows users to engage with one form of entertainment while discussing it on another. To achieve this, Time Inc. staff is encouraged to directly converse with users on social media platforms during television shows, award ceremonies, etc. to create a real-time dialogue. Success in the digital world for Time Inc. also meant creating new roles in-house. This may mean adding on a digital or social editor, or encouraging general managers “to own digital as a business”. “It’s not just about evaluating existing roles and creating new ones,” says Hauser. “It’s about investing in training and tapping into resources both in and out of house.”For Time Inc., this need brought Time Inc. University to fruition. A curriculum of 150 courses on digital subject matter was created over a span of three and a half years to educate and prepare staff for the digital push. Courses included topics such as “The Anatomy of a Digital Start-Up” and “The Key to Selling Digital”.At Time Inc., the relationship between departments continues to be reevaluated for digital success. “It’s critical to rethink relationship with IT. It’s also important to have front-end web developers allocated to certain brands, and to have input with features,” says Hauser. “Some of our best ideas have come from developers.”“Succeeding in digital is not about throwing away old things, it’s about finding new ways to use them,” says Hauser. “For us, it’s about living up to the possibilities.”center_img In order to best place content in the social media sphere where it will glean the most visibility, Hauser and team monitor the arc of the day, tracking when users are engaging with various social platforms. last_img read more

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