Shops selling merchandise ‘in a spot’

first_imgWith a day to go for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, the Organising Committee is still grappling to find ‘ideal’ spots for the placement of its merchandising stalls to maximize sales.The OC officials have sought a police nod for the placement of stalls at newer spots in the Capital, according to Delhi Police officers. The reason? Given the ‘strange’ placement of merchandise stalls inside the security cordon areas leading to the Games’ venues, most people haven’t been able to reach them.And those who’ve managed to get in haven’t been able to buy as such items aren’t allowed inside the stadia. According to Games officials their initial merchandise sales target was `8 crore from across 70 stalls in the Capital but only a fraction of them actually opened.”They blame us for the stalls but the fact is that before the Games started there was a meeting of the Delhi police commissioner, sports secretary and the OC where we told them that we were not informed about the exact location of the stalls. They were told that it could become a security concern at the end but there was no response,” a police officer said.The few stalls that opened were at ‘awkward’ spots leading to low sales. More than a dozen other stores are at some distance from the Games’ venues for security reasons. Take for example the merchandise stall at the OC headquarters itself.”Only the OC officials, staff or accredited journalists and athletes have access to this area,” a senior OC official said. The Delhi police officers confirmed that the issue of opening up fresh merchandise stalls at exit points of many of the venues had been raised by the OC officials. But the chances of them getting a nod were bleak.advertisementlast_img

England smash 444/3 vs Pakistan, record highest ever ODI score

first_imgEngland smashed a world record-breaking 444-3 against Pakistan in their third one-day international on Tuesday, after opening batsman Alex Hales hit England’s highest individual ODI score with 171. (Scorecard)Hales struck 22 fours and four sixes in a 122-ball blitz at his home ground in Trent Bridge, beating Robin Smith’s 23-year-old England record of an unbeaten 167 against Australia.444 reasons why this is England’s best ever group of One Day Cricketers…… Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 30, 2016BUTTLER HITS ENGLAND’S FASTEST FIFTYJos Buttler (90 not out) also punished Pakistan’s bowlers by notching England’s fastest-ever ODI half century in just 22 balls. Captain Eoin Morgan, who won the toss and opted to bat, profited from a dropped catch to remain unbeaten on 57.Together with Joe Root (85), who hit his third successive half century of the series, Hales added 248 runs off 190 balls as England bettered the previous world record of 443-9, set by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in 2006, when Buttler hit a four off the last ball.Highest ODI totals:444/3 England vs. Pakistan, Nottingham, 2016443/9 Sri Lanka vs. Netherlands, Amstelveen, 2006439/2 South Africa vs. West Indies, Johannesburg, 2015438/4 South Africa vs. India, Mumbai, 2015438/9 South Africa vs. Australia, Johannesburg, 2006434/4 Australia vs. South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006418/5 South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, Potchefstroom, 2006418/5 India vs. West Indies, Indore, 2011417/6 Australia vs. Afghanistan, Perth, 2015414/7 India vs. Sri Lanka, Rajkot, 2009last_img read more

Joe Randle Truck Stick

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OU’s compliance department is happy for OSU to lose money

first_imgThey do understand that every school in the Big 12 will likely lose money because of this OSU loss, yes?Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 2.40.50 PMIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

9 months agoEx-Real Madrid GM Valdano: Isco must do some soul searching

first_imgEx-Real Madrid GM Valdano: Isco must do some soul searchingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano says Isco needs to “do some soul searching”.Valdano recognises Isco is on the outer of coach Santiago Solari’s plans.He said, “A year ago, Isco and Asensio were the great sources of hope at Real Madrid; [now] one has lost his way and the jury is out on the other.”Everyone knows something’s up, but nobody knows what; it has to be resolved in private. Today, [B-team striker] Cristo played ahead of Isco, [so] the issue has clearly developed into a very serious one. I imagine it’s something they’re discussing within the club. Isco needs to do some soul-searching.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoAgent reveals Juventus serious about buying Ramsey this month

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent reveals Juventus serious about buying Ramsey this monthby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveItalian agent Andrea Boscolo has revealed Juventus are attempting to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey this month.Juve and Ramsey have settled on Bosman terms, with the Welshman happy to move to Turin in June when his Gunners deal expires.However, Boscolo has confirmed reports of Juve wanting to buy Ramsey immediately to take part in the remainder of their Champions League campaign.He told TMW: “I know that Juventus are trying to get him now because he could be important for the Champions League, he is an experienced player who will not have difficulty entering the Italian league and (coach Max) Allegri’s tactical board. “The ideal position is a midfielder that is good for the two phases, like (Claudio) Marchisio: he can assist and score, he can give something more to the Juventus midfield.” last_img read more

SCs status quo on Essar Steel sale to ArcelorMittal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled status quo on the sale of Essar Steel to ArcelorMittal. A bench headed by Justice Rhinton F. Nariman admitted the appeals by Essar Steel lenders and ArcelorMittal challenging the order of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). The court said it will conduct detailed hearing on the contentions made in the appeal and also look into the issues emerging from the Essar verdict. The top court will hear the matter at length after two weeks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalA consortium of lenders led by the State Bank of India had moved the apex court against NCLAT order that claimed Essar Steel’s operational creditors have to be treated on par with financial creditors at the time of settling claims in the deal. Essar Steel is under a debt of Rs 30,030 crore to financial creditors and Rs 11,969 crore to operational creditors. State-run banks are primary financial creditors of Essar Steel while its operational creditors are vendors and suppliers. The tribunal has asked the committee of creditors to engage professional firms to finalize the exact amount to be distributed among each operational creditor.last_img read more

Countries agree on need of global response at UN climate change conference

31 August 2007A United Nations climate change conference, preparing the way for a major December summit in Bali, wrapped up in Vienna today, with countries reaching agreement that a global approach is crucial in tackling the issue. “Countries have been able to reassess the big picture of what is needed by identifying the key building blocks for an effective response to climate change,” said Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said at the five-day conference. “There is a consensus that the response needs to be global, with the involvement of all countries and that it needs to give equal importance to adaptation and mitigation.” The upcoming Bali summit, scheduled to take place from 3 to 14 December in Bali, Indonesia, seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012. “This is the first step that has laid the groundwork for the Bali Conference,” Mr. de Boer noted. “It shows that Parties have the necessary level of ambition to move this work forward.” The “Vienna Climate Change Talks 2007” were attended by nearly 1,000 representatives from over 150 governments, business and industry, environmental organizations, journalists and research institutions. Country delegates also discussed a recent UNFCCC report which underscores the major changes to patterns of investment and financial flows required to tackle climate change in the next quarter century. “The report clearly shows that energy efficiency can achieve real emission reductions at low cost,” the Executive Secretary said. “It also shows that many cost-effective opportunities for reducing emissions are in developing countries, but also that industrialized countries need aggressive emission reduction strategies.” read more

Steelhead LNG pulls out of Vancouver Island project Huuayaht First Nation says

ANACLA, B.C. — A Vancouver Island First Nation says a Vancouver-based liquefied natural gas company has pulled out of a planned LNG development just months after it was announced as a major milestone.In an open letter, Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis and hereditary Chief Derek Peters say the First Nation has been notified by Steelhead LNG that it has “ceased current project work” on the Kwispaa LNG project.Dennis and Peters say the First Nation is “deeply disappointed” and expects to provide a further update by the end of the month.The letter does not contain a reason for the Steelhead LNG decision. ‘Very inviting opportunity’: Vancouver Island First Nation gives nod to proposed LNG export facility Alberta natural gas producers eye west coast pipelines as eastern market share erodes Seven Generations buys up minority stake in Vancouver Island LNG proponent Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht announced in March 2017 that they would work together to develop Kwispaa LNG, an export facility at Sarita Bay on the west coast of Vancouver Island.A news release issued just four months ago by Steelhead LNG said the Kwispaa project had entered the next phase of development with a submission to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.In the open letter published Friday, Dennis and Peters say the Huu-ay-aht will evaluate the implications of this decision by Steelhead LNG and decide how to move forward.“Huu-ay-aht remains committed to pursuing initiatives for meaningful economic reconciliation where we create opportunities to generate value in a global context and create employment and revenue opportunities locally,” the letter says.“As a nation, we continue to be open for business as we work to improve the lives of our citizens by seeking out economic opportunities,” Dennis and Peters write.At the time the project was announced, Steelhead CEO Nigel Kuzemko said the company had National Energy Board licences to export 24 million tonnes of LNG through the Sarita Bay facility annually.How the natural gas would be transported from northeastern B.C. and Alberta to Vancouver Island was still being worked out, he said.The company said it planned to make a final investment decision on the project by this year or next. read more

DR of Congo boats from UN mission test navigability of Congo river

The patrol boats are escorting a barge carrying fuel and vehicles, and are expected to reach Mbandaka in seven days. The convoy includes 12 crew members of the Uruguayan riverine unit.The mission aims to test the safety on the river in order to open it to normal traffic, in a bid to resume trade between the Congolese provinces.Yesterday, a team of three MONUC observers boarded a boat from Mbandaka to the northeastern town of Kisangani to prepare the openness of the river to free movement of people and goods.All these movements are in line with the Security Council decision to open the river Congo, as announced recently by the Council mission to the Great Lakes region. read more

SMMT welcomes government support for HGV move to gas

Industry task force instrumental in delivery of forward-looking fuel move for heavy trucks.Operators could benefit from lower fuel costs and improved CO2 emissions.Diversifying fuel options delivers improved energy security.Greater uptake of gas power could see air quality improvements.Today, the Department for Transport (DfT) published papers and recommendations setting out plans to facilitate HGV vehicles’ move to biomethane/natural gas as a lower carbon fuel option.This follows a series of recommendations made by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and its members as part of the Low Emission HGV Task Force. This group fed into DfT decision makers throughout the process of evaluating the latest set of proposals.As part of a range of new and emerging technologies, SMMT and the Task Force consider the use of natural gas and biomethane in HGVs as an important part of reducing carbon emissions from freight operations. This option is particularly important in the regional and long-distance freight sectors, where there are a limited number of realistic technological options for substantial CO2 reduction in the short to medium-term.In 2012, SMMT led a report by the Low Emission HGV Task Force that set the groundwork for these recommendations.“Delivering certainty for investment in this alternative fuel is crucial to its development over the coming years,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Now, with government support, investment in the necessary infrastructure, vehicle and technology developments can be made with greater confidence.”In the 2013 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor acknowledged the need to incentivise a move to gas to help reduce emissions from HGVs. His guarantee to ensure a duty differential for gas against the price of diesel until 2024 marked an important step that secured the business case for gas.Throughout its liaison with government, the Task Force made clear the benefits of increasing the use of natural gas and biomethane. Beyond CO2 reductions, there are wider benefits including lower fuel costs for operators, improved energy security (through less reliance on diesel) and potential reductions in air pollution.Click through to view the full report and recommendations.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Daffodil Day collections down 50 per cent but you can still help

first_imgDAFFODIL DAY STREET collections are down more than 50 per cent on last year – but you can still donate, no matter where you are.With weather conditions being bad around the country, the annual collection day for the Irish Cancer Society has been greatly affected. However, there are still a number of ways you can donate, and lessen the gap between the 2012 collection and today.CampaignInitial indications show that funds being collected from street sellers around the country for Daffodil Day are significantly lower than previous years, at more than 50 per cent down. If this continues, it will make it unlikely that the Irish Cancer Society will reach its ambitious target of €3.4million.Without a successful Daffodil Day, the society said it “will struggle to continue to provide the same level of care, support and information services in 2014″.If you would like to donate, here’s how you can help:How you can support Daffodil Day: Some businesses and shops may also still have daffodils for sale. There are generally around 4,000 volunteers out collecting on the day, but this too was affected by the inclement weather.The spokesperson said that the feedback coming back from those collecting on the streets was that people were giving generously – but there simply hasn’t been enough people out on the streets to donate.VolunteersTribute was paid to the volunteers who went out in the rain, wind and downpours in order to collect.John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said:“I would like to send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to our volunteers and supporters, around the country, who braved the cold and wet to collect or donate for Daffodil Day today. Unfortunately the bad weather has had a disastrous event on the fundraising day and many of our volunteers and supporters have been driven indoors due to the bad weather.The society is now appealing those who didn’t get to buy a daffodil to show their support by giving money online or via one of the ways listed above.Funds raised on Daffodil Day by thousands of volunteers across Ireland go directly to providing information, care and support to those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.The National Cancer Helpline is available at freefone 1800 200 700.Read: 11 shocking cute reasons why you should buy a daffodil today>Read: 10 tips to best help someone diagnosed with cancer>Read: Where does Daffodil Day money go to?> Make a donation online, visit www.cancer.iePhone CallSave 1850 60 60 60 to donateText Daff to 50300 to donate €4 (100 per cent of your donation will go to the Daffodil Day) Buy a virtual daffodil on the Irish Cancer Society’s Facebook pagelast_img read more

Hannah Andersons kidnapper may have been her father his family says

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The family of James Lee DiMaggio is asking for a paternity test to see if he is the biological father of his kidnapping victim, Hannah Anderson, and her little brother, whom he allegedly killed.DiMaggio abducted 16-year-old Hannah Anderson this month after authorities say he killed her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, and her mother, Christina Anderson, in his home in San Diego County.The kidnapping triggered a multistate Amber Alert that led to DiMaggio’s killing in the remote Idaho wilderness by federal agents. Hannah was rescued after the shootout.On Monday, DiMaggio family spokesman Andrew Spanswick revealed DiMaggio left $112,000 in life insurance to Hannah’s grandmother.Now, Spanswick told KGTV in San Diego, the family wants to learn whether DiMaggio was the children’s biological father.“We are going to be requesting from the Anderson family that we try to get DNA samples from Hannah. And if they have anything left from Ethan — that we get a DNA sample,” Spanswick said. “There has been a lot of rumors that Jim might be the father of either or both children.”DiMaggio’s sister made the request, KGTV reported.The latest twist comes as the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the case is winding down.Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that detectives are working to “close the book” on the case.“Our investigation is winding down, and we hope that the attention does as well,” Caldwell said. “Because we hope that Hannah and her family can begin this arduous process of grieving and learning how to deal with the new normal that they have.”last_img read more

Capitalizing on the Convergence of Social Media and Content Curation

first_imgFOLIO: Explain how important the sense of community has become to your content model and how you foster that community engagement.Arora: When Glam started, we were the first company to recognize that content is going to get fragmented and that re-aggregation will occur from a social content perspective. Content used to be one-directional prior to Glam and prior to social media. Glam was the first commercial company to recognize that content was becoming social.For example, we heavily favored fashion bloggers very early on that had an authentic voice and a huge following demonstrated by social interaction around their blogs. That same theme has continued today. We view all content as a two-way conversation between the author, editor or curator and the consumer. We have a very high level of community conversation or what we call “social activation.”In some cases, we find that community comes first and content comes second. This was the reason we purchased Ning, the largest community-based social networking platform in the world for independent communities. I think Glam is a pretty unique company in which we start with content that is inherently social and community-based with professional authors and content creators as our goal. More recently we launched Foodie.com, which is our first product built on top of the Ning platform, so we take it to the next level [with] social discovery. It’s more like a Twitter or Facebook social networking model specifically for food content. I think your question is at the heart of almost everything Glam does today.FOLIO: How are you innovating on your advertising model and formats? Arora: Glam is an unusual company. We’re a technology company first and media company second. Fundamentally, we innovate through technology and engineering products. Long-term, that is the only model of sustainable innovation in media. If you look at content-only companies like Condé Nast, what you’ll find is that the proportion of engineering of products is very small, maybe 5 or 10 percent of the company. In our case, it’s 61 percent of the total company people headcount. Everything we do comes from technology innovation first.Most media companies today run their advertising products on existing platforms. All innovation in advertising has to be done on the commonly shared platform that everybody else also has. It’s very difficult for one publisher or magazine to differentiate themselves from others because they’re all using the same platform.We’re fundamentally different. We’re top 8 in volume of premium display advertising served in the U.S. and 100 percent of our advertising products—display, rich media, mobile, iPad and in video—are delivered using Glam’s own ad technology. We built the base platform to innovate on top of which allows us to be completely different. Most people view us as one of the most innovative companies—the secret is [that] we are a technology company first.If you’re looking to better understand how your brands can thrive in a converged media landscape, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaNext event on October 28-30. If you can combine your social media networking abilities with quality content, the opportunity to grow your audience is greater than ever. Here, Samir Arora, CEO of Glam Media, a lifestyle company, and keynote speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext event, October 28 to 30 in New York, talks all about the changing content aggregation platform, custom advertising models and how to stay competitive.FOLIO: As more publishers go after the content aggregation model, how do you stay competitive in the verticals you cover?Samir Arora: A lot of people are trying to emulate parts of Glam Media’s model of aggregation, as well as original content creation—at scale. The biggest differentiator Glam has is that it is number 1 overall in lifestyle globally with over 310 million consumers a month. In the U.S. it’s about 90 to 100 million consumers a month. I think there’s some level of competitive advantage for us when we enter a new vertical. People expect that our model will scale and grow because we’ve done it for so many verticals already.last_img read more