Griezmann hints at move away from La Liga

first_imgAntoine Griezmann is not sure if he will stay in La Liga amid links to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and La Liga winners Barcelona.  The star forward has made it clear he will depart Atletico Madrid after five years and the French World Cup winner has been tipped to join Spanish champions Barcelona.However, PSG have emerged as a possible destination for Griezmann, with uncertainty over star duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Griezmann’s has asked for patience on his future, as the 28-year-old hinted that a move away from Spain could be in the cards this summer.”There’s a need for patience, as it’s still soon,” Griezmann said following France’s 4-0 rout of Andorra in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.”I want my future to be decided more than anyone, but there’s a need to wait.”I don’t know if I’ll remain in Spain. Maybe in two weeks we’ll know something. I just want to play football and have fun.”Despite constant links to Barcelona since announcing his departure from Atletico, signs in recent times have made it increasingly clear that Griezmann could in fact be headed elsewhere. . @AntoGriezmann : “Han sido cinco años increíbles; muchas gracias por todo, os llevo en el corazón”. — Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 14, 2019 Atletico president Enrique Cerezo​ said he didn’t know where the French star would end up but that he had not been contacted by Barcelona.  And on the other side, Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti​ has said that he hasn’t heard any chatter around the Spanish club about landing Griezmann.  As for Griezmann, the only move he has ruled out is a jump to Major League Soccer to join David Beckham’s Miami side.  Griezmann – who was born in France and spent most of his career in Spain – joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014.Since arriving, he has won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana in Madrid.The forward netted 15 La Liga goals as Atletico finished second behind Barca in 2018-19, while he netted 21 in all competitions.last_img read more

Merlin Celebrates 10th Birthday at Maritime Museum

first_imgVisitors coming to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Saturday, May 19, will be part of a special birthday celebration for mascot Merlin the Macaw. A part of the crew since 2006, Merlin was first introduced at the museum during the Pets @ Sea March break event. Hatched in captivity, Merlin is a hybrid of the Blue and Gold macaw and Scarlet macaw, a hybrid that does not exist in the wild. The party begins at 1 p.m. with craft activities in the Small Craft Gallery. At 3 p.m., Merlin will be greeted by well-wishers singing Happy Birthday and there will be a present opening. A card will be available for everyone to sign and birthday cake will be served. Merlin’s birthday officially launches his live webcam at .The Maritime Museum website, , profiles Merlin and links to his webcam so people can see him in realtime. The museum is committed to Merlin’s well-being, safety and environment. Regular care practices for Merlin include exercise every day and visits to the veterinarian twice a year.last_img read more

Gold climbs Rs 200 on jewellers buying silver also firms up

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold prices Friday rose by Rs 200 to Rs 32,870 per 10 gram in the national capital on the back of fresh buying from local jewellers, according to the All India Sarafa Association. Tracking gold, silver also gained by Rs 150 to Rs 37,550 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Traders attributed the rise in gold prices to a pick-up in demand from local jewellers in the domestic market but said a weak trend overseas capped the gains. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Globally, spot gold was trading lower at USD 1,281.70 an ounce, while silver was down at USD 14.61 an ounce in New York. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity gained by Rs 200 each to Rs 32,870 and Rs 32,700 per 10 gram, respectively. Sovereign gold, however, held steady at Rs 26,500 per eight gram. Silver ready rose by Rs 150 to Rs 37,550 per kg, while weekly-based delivery was up by Rs 316 to Rs 36,550 per kg. On the other hand, silver coins held flat at Rs 79,000 for buying and Rs 80,000 for selling of 100 pieces.last_img read more

Stars Urge You To Protect Pets During Fireworks Displays

first_imgJust in time for Independence Day, actors Edward James Olmos and Bellamy Young — along with their dogs — have teamed up with PETA for two new videos that urge families to protect their animal companions during fireworks displays.Video: Bellamy Young: Keep Animals Calm and Safe While ‘Bombs Burst in Air’In her video, Young points out that, while fireworks are fun for humans, they’re terrifying for dogs like her beloved Bean. “The deafening blasts sound to them like actual ‘bombs bursting in air,’” says the Scandal star, “and they cause many animals to run away—sometimes breaking through screen doors or windows, or even jumping or frantically climbing over high fences, only to be injured, struck by a vehicle, or lost and never found.”Video: Edward James Olmos Says Fireworks Displays Are No ‘Blast’ for AnimalsIn his video, which he recorded in Spanish and English, Olmos adds that his dog Moe “loves a good celebration, especially if it involves treats and chewy toys, but not if it involves fireworks, firecrackers, or gunshots.” That’s why the Blade Runner 2049 star joins Young in encouraging families to take precautions such as staying home with animal companions, closing the blinds, and using the TV or a loud fan to block the noise from outside.last_img read more

Actress takes starring role in UN campaign to eliminate violence against women

17 November 2008Academy Award-winning actress and activist Charlize Theron said today she was honoured to go to work for the United Nations on the Secretary-General’s “UNite to End Violence against Women” campaign after being inducted as a UN Messenger of Peace. Ms. Theron was introduced by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro as a UN Messenger of Peace with a focus on ending violence against women in a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. “Charlize Theron is much more than a movie star. She is a great humanitarian who is using her capacity [and her] celebrity to draw attention to the plight of millions of nameless women who are suffering from violence and abuse,” Ms. Migiro said at the ceremony.Underscoring the importance of the actor’s task, Ms. Migiro highlighted the case of a 13 year-old girl who was stoned to death in Somalia in front of a huge mob last month for reporting her rape to local authorities.“She was brutalized twice first by her attackers [and] then by the authorities. Tragically this type of violence in perpetrated to various degrees all around the world,” the Deputy Secretary-General added.Ms. Theron told reporters after the ceremony that it was hard to ignore violence growing up in her native South Africa, where one in three women will experience rape in her lifetime. “Being born and raised in a country like South Africa, living in a country where it was very evident to me that violence against women and children was something that wasn’t going to go away, and as a matter of fact it has just gotten worse,” she said.“I really look forward to working with this great Organization and its wonderful people to get a strong message across, a message of no acceptance of this any more,” she added.The actress will be working on the Secretary-General’s campaign to end violence against women which was launched earlier this year and runs until 2015 to coincide with the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight internationally agreed objectives including gender equality. At least one out of every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, one in five women worldwide will become a victim of rape or attempted rape, and up to 130 million women have been genitally mutilated, according to a press release issued by the campaign.“I think we’re at a time where people just want to join together and cause change. People don’t want to live like this any more,” Ms. Theron told reporters. read more

Speculation cabinet reshuffle will take place tomorrow

Cabinet had met today with the President despite earlier reports cabinet will not meet till the reshuffle. (Colombo Gazette) There is strong speculation the much anticipated cabinet reshuffle will take place tomorrow.Reports said that the cabinet reshuffle will see some key changes in the Government. The reshuffle takes place with the return of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from China tonight.President Maithripala Sirisena had confirmed over the weekend the cabinet reshuffle will take place once Wickremesinghe returns from China.

WestJet Airlines pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

WestJet pilots have committed to not disrupting passenger travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend despite voting overwhelmingly to give its union a strike mandate.The Air Line Pilots Association said its WestJet members voted 91 per cent in favour of strike action.About 95 per cent of WestJet’s 1,500 pilots and WestJet Encore’s 500 pilots voted.“The goal is — and always has been — to secure a fair collective agreement that brings stability to the airline, and not to strike,” stated Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of the WestJet association’s master executive council.“The strong results of our strike vote and the excellent turnout at our informational picketing event earlier this week should provide management the added incentive it needs to bring serious proposals to the bargaining table that address our concerns.”The result was announced with eight days remaining in the 21-day cooling-off period after which the union can launch a strike or the airline can lock out employees.Pilots will be in a legal position to commence job action on May 19.“It’s clear WestJet pilots are ready to stand up for the fair contract we deserve — one that puts us in line with our peers across the industry,” McFadyen said.He added that it’s time for the efforts of pilots to be properly recognized in terms of industry-standard compensation and working conditions, and job security that prevents management from outsourcing jobs.WestJet CEO Ed Sims said the Calgary-based airline respects the outcome and recognized the mandate pilots have given the association.He also said the airline appreciates that passenger travel plans won’t be disrupted over the long weekend.“We remain at the negotiation table to drive a sustainable agreement, in the best interest of our pilots, 13,000 WestJetters and the 70,000 guests who fly with us daily,” he said in a news release.The union said negotiations will continue starting next week in Halifax and it is committed to staying there for as long as it takes to get a first collective agreement done.WestJet warned on Tuesday that its bookings have slowed as passengers respond to the threat of a potential labour disruption from pilots who are trying to negotiate their first collective agreement.Air Canada has capitalized on its rival’s situation with a suggestion that it is ready pick up the slack in the event WestJet’s pilots decide to strike.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC) read more

Canada very encouraged by progress on USMexican NAFTA talks Freeland

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she’s “very encouraged” by signals from Washington that the United States and Mexico are close to figuring out their bilateral issues within the three-country North American Free Trade Agreement.But even with the prospect of progress, it remained unclear Wednesday precisely when Canada might be invited back to the bargaining table, let alone when — or even if — the three continental neighbours might wrap up the renegotiation effort that began more than a year ago.Freeland said she has been in close contact with her U.S. and Mexican counterparts throughout their two-way NAFTA talks, which are now in their fifth week. The issue of rules of origin on autos has been central to the summertime U.S.-Mexico discussions, she added.“We are very encouraged by what we’re hearing from our NAFTA partners,” Freeland said in Nanaimo, B.C., where she’s taking part in a Liberal government cabinet retreat.“What we’ve agreed with the U.S. and Mexico is, once the work on those bilateral issues is done, then Canada is looking forward to joining the negotiation and a swift conclusion of the NAFTA negotiations.”There’s optimism that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo could conclude their face-to-face negotiations as early as this week — and open the door for Canada to re-enter the talks.A report by Politico, based on information from unidentified sources, said the White House is expected to announce a “handshake” deal between the U.S. and Mexico on Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to attend the announcement, the report said.In Washington, Guajardo said Wednesday that he hoped to have a solution in “the next couple of hours, or couple of days.” However, on the possibility of a handshake deal, Guajardo said it would have to involve all three countries.“What we’re doing here is trying to get and solve the issues that are most important between the U.S. and Mexico — that will lead to a trilateral meeting with Canada,” he said.“I think the handshake happens when everybody’s done.”Some observers believe the Trump administration has sidelined Ottawa from the NAFTA negotiations. The federal government, a few have warned, could find itself forced into deciding whether to accept a less-appetizing deal hashed out between the U.S. and Mexico.But Canadian officials, as well as officials from the U.S. and Mexico, have insisted the two-way NAFTA talks are necessary before the three-party negotiations can restart.“NAFTA is a trilateral agreement, but inside that agreement there are a lot of issues that are chiefly bilateral and that is what they’re focused on,” Freeland said.The rules of origin on cars is an issue that concerns all three countries — and one where detail matters, she added. “And Canada will very much have a voice in the finalization of all of this.”Last week, Trump suggested that Canada had deliberately been frozen out of the NAFTA talks.“We’re not negotiating with Canada right now,” the president said during a televised cabinet meeting. “Their tariffs are too high, their barriers are too strong, so we’re not even talking to them right now. But we’ll see how that works out. It will only work out to our favour.”Even after the trilateral negotiations resume, the three partners will have to deal with a number of tough sticking points. They include the U.S. proposal that NAFTA include a five-year sunset clause, which has been flatly rejected by the Trudeau Liberals.This week, media outlets have also said the talks could have a new hurdle: how to address energy issues in a renegotiated NAFTA.The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that the incoming government of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants energy investment rules kept out of any new NAFTA. Mexico’s current government, which is overseeing negotiations until Obrador takes office Dec. 1, has already agreed to such a chapter.Energy, the Journal reported, was left out of the original NAFTA when it came into force 24 years ago because Mexico’s state monopoly on oil didn’t allow private investment in the industry. In 2013, however, the Mexican government opened up the industry to investment — a decision opposed by Obrador.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

UN chief looks forward to peaceful credible presidential election in Gabon

“The Secretary-General calls on all Gabonese to exercise their civic duty responsibly and looks forward to the holding of the poll in a peaceful and credible manner,” Mr. Ban’s spokesman said in a statement.The candidates include President Ali Bongo, seeking a second seven-year term, and Jean Ping, a former chairman of the African Union Commission.Commending the Government of Gabon and the Autonomous and Permanent National Electoral Commission (CENAP) for the timely preparations for the election, Mr. Ban further welcomed the deployment of regional and international election observers in Gabon and stressed the importance of the free and responsible participation of the media, the spokesman said.“The Secretary-General urges all political stakeholders, in particular the candidates, to exercise restraint, abstain from any acts of incitement or the use of inflammatory statements, and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election,” the spokesman said, adding that Mr. Ban also called on all candidates to contribute to the integrity of the electoral process by addressing any complaints through established legal and constitutional channels. read more

Belterra becomes sole Canadian distributor for Martin Engineering conveyor products

first_imgIn a move designed to improve customer service and component availability across Canada, two of the region’s most respected suppliers have announced an exclusive alliance to deliver bulk material handling solutions.  Belterra Corp, Canada’s largest distributor of conveyor belting and material flow handling products, accessories and services becomes the exclusive distributor of Martin® components throughout the country.  “We’ve become very familiar with Belterra’s expertise and dedication to customer service through the company’s years as our distributor in Western Canada,” said Martin Engineering CEO Scott Hutter.  “With this agreement, we’re aligning two firms who share the same vision of delivering complete, customised solutions tailored to fit individual customer requirements.” Belterra’s stated mission is to serve as a single-source provider of turnkey engineered solutions for bulk handling from its 16 locations across Canada. Through long-established relationships with international manufacturers of conveying equipment, the firm represents Canada’s largest distribution network for belting, components and bulk material handling services. Since 1969, the Belterra sales and service network has been delivering leading-edge conveying solutions for its customers.last_img read more

Talant Dujshebaev on the HSV bench

One of the best handball player ever, which career of the coach is on the same way, Talant Dujshebaev (44) wants a new challenge and his name is – HSV Hamburg! A Team who miss a great opportunity to win a title in Bundesliga for the first time in their history announced that will change something in their structure. Current coach Martin Schwalb will get director function and place for a new TOP coach will be open. It is obviosly from past few years that only guy who know how to defeat THW Kiel is a coach of Ciudad Real, Dujshebaev. ← Previous Story Olafur Stefansson is missing pre-season period Next Story → Bielecki scored his “first goal”!

Colin Powell thinks his 60yearold selfie is better than Ellens

first_imgIN THE WORDS of the former US Secretary of State himself, “eat your heart out Ellen!”.Colin Powell has taken to his official Facebook page to reveal that that he was hip to the selfie groove long before Ellen DeGeneres’ record breaking Oscars antics inspired a selfie tsunami. Source: FacebookEvery Thursday Powell posts an old photograph or shares a story with his Facebook followers and this week he posted an image taken 60 years before the social network even existed.We’re glad to see he had no trouble with the concept way back when. If the person in the picture isn’t holding the camera, it’s not a selfie.Now write that out 100 times so you don’t forget.More: Joan Collins took her own celebrity selfie to rival Ellen’s record-breaking shot>Read: Tánaiste in Oscar-Style Selfie Pic of the Day>last_img read more

New Zealand bans sale of assault rifles with immediate effect less than

first_img Short URL New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 74 Comments 19,658 Views Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 7:04 AM Mar 21st 2019, 7:04 AM NEW ZEALAND IS banning the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons with immediate effect, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today, rapidly delivering on a pledge to tighten the country’s gun laws.The move comes less than a week after a white supremacist rampaged through two mosques killing 50 people as they prayed, sparking global revulsion.“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country,” Ardern told a press conference.Besides assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics, Ardern said the ban includes high-capacity magazines and devices similar to bump stocks – which can turn ordinary rifles into virtual semi-automatics.Legislation will be introduced in parliament when it meets in early April, but an interim measure means a ban on new purchases has – for practical purposes – already been enacted.Reaction in the still-shocked country was positive.“It’s a good thing, why would we need to have guns like this in our houses?” Kawthar Abulaban, 54, who survived the shooting at Al Noor mosque told AFP.“The semi-automatics, why would you keep that inside your house? It’s not right.”‘Real action’Alleged shooter Brenton Tarrant livestreamed the carnage in real-time, and the horrific scenes have prompted global concern over access to guns and the use of social media by extremists.New Zealand’s ban looked likely to intensify the gun debate, with debate sparked on Twitter almost immediately after the announcement as Americans and others around the world praised Ardern’s quick action, while American gun supporters called for defence of their constitutional right to bear arms.US Senator Bernie Sanders and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined the praise for the ban.“This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like,” Sanders tweeted.“We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA (National Rifle Association) and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States.”No reaction was immediately seen on the feed of US President Donald Trump.Bidding farewellFor a second day, hundreds of mourners gathered under grey skies in the shattered city to lay to rest more dead, including a local convert to Islam and an elderly man who died trying to greet his white supremacist killer.Amid the prayers and sobs there were Muslims, non-Muslims, schoolchildren and even at one point a phalanx of bikers.Pupils wept and embraced as they said goodbye to 14-year-old Sayyad Milne and 24-year-old Tariq Omar.Sayyad’s father John Milne said his son was gunned down while praying at Al Noor, the first of the two mosques attacked.Milne, who was at Thursday’s funeral, had previously described his son as “my special little one” who longed to play for Manchester United.Mourners arrived at the cemetery in long lines, schoolgirls struggling to keep scarves on their heads in windy conditions.A mournful cry of “Allahu Akbar” over a loudspeaker signalled that the service had begun. Mourners prayed before lifting the two victims above their heads and carrying them to their graves.Many shed tears, and held one another for support, as they left the cemetery following the ceremonies.Omar coached junior football teams.Local media reported that he was dropped off at the Al Noor mosque on the day of the killings by his mother, who survived the attack because she was trying to find a parking space when the gunman launched his assault.“He was one of those people that everyone knew,” Cashmere pupil Bailey Jordan, 15, told AFP as he left the funeral, which he described as “really heartfelt…a tough time for everyone.”Christchurch United Academy Director Colin Williamson described Omar as “a beautiful human being with a tremendous heart and love for coaching”.‘Number of graves waiting’One neighbour of the Milne family said the service was “very respectful, very moving” and attended by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.She said she looked across the cemetery to see that so many more funerals would need to be held in the coming days.“What struck me was the number of graves waiting… and the area they took up,” the woman, who declined to be named, told AFP.In a rambling “manifesto”, Tarrant said he was motivated partly by a desire to stoke religious conflict between Islam and the West.But people of all faiths in Christchurch have come together to mourn and denounce the killings, with the city festooned in flowers, cards and tributes.New Zealanders had already begun answering government appeals to hand in their weapons, prompting a barrage of derogatory messages online — most apparently from the US pro-gun lobby.Families of the victims had faced days of anxious waiting to receive the bodies as criminal investigators and pathologists rushed to formally identify each person.But police said today that all 50 victims had been identified.- © AFP 2019  center_img By AFP New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Image: Kyodo News via AP/PA Images Image: Kyodo News via AP/PA Images Share4033 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article New Zealand bans sale of assault rifles with immediate effect less than a week after mosque attacks Jacinda Ardern announced the move as hundreds of mourners gathered for a second day for the funerals of those who died.last_img read more

Mubarak resigns hands power to military

first_imgCAIRO — Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday and handed power to the military.“The people ousted the regime,” rang out chants from crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and outside Mubarak’s main palace several miles away in a northern district of the capital.The crowds in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and other cities around the country burst into pandemonium. They danced, chanted “goodbye, goodbye,” and raised their hands in prayer as fireworks and car horns sounded after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall.“Finally we are free,” said Safwan Abou Stat, a 60-year-old in the crowd of protesters at the palace. “From now on anyone who is going to rule will know that these people are great.”The protests have already echoed around the Middle East, with several of the region’s autocratic rulers making pre-emptive gestures of democratic reform to avert their own protest movements. The lesson many took: If it could happen in three weeks in Egypt, where Mubarak’s lock on power had appeared unshakable, it could happen anywhere.last_img read more

Cities Work To Make Sense Of New Online Sales Tax

first_imgAccording to Navarre, it is estimated that the borough will gain an additional $1 ,500,000 in sales tax revenue annually through the collection of remote sellers’ sales tax. Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom: “Amazon has begun collecting sales tax in the borough. There is a process through Amazon that you can fill out if you believe you have been unfairly taxed.” Amazon filed to collect an online tax from residents living in the borough. This is causing some confusion for those who live in city limits with overlapping zip codes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Local municipalities are now working out the kinks since Amazon’s announcement earlier this month that they will be charging a 7 percent sales taxes on certain products in Alaska. The Alaska Municipal League is establishing an initial working group intended to plan and hire a contractor to complete necessary steps to implement a statewide, independent, online sales tax administration system for sales by remote sellers. The Kenai City Council intends to introduce a resolution at their next meeting to address this issue. Kenai Councilmember Tim Navarre:“The public does have a right to be upset, they are getting taxed and there is not process in place. They are collecting the tax, and how do we know in which jurisdiction. People in Nikiski under 99611 are getting taxed, and I don’t want the City of Kenai to have that.”last_img read more

MRF shares hit a new high of Rs 50000 on BSE Ceat

first_imgMRF created a record on Wednesday on the stock markets when the company’s share price hit Rs 50,000, making it the most expensive scrip in India. The stock closed at Rs 49,734, a gain of Rs 3,135, or 6.73 per cent to its Tuesday closing price.The nearest to MRF’s share price is that of Eicher Motors Limited (EML), which closed at Rs 25,741, up 4.58 per cent from its previous close.MRF shares have gained 51 per cent in the past three months, based on the closing price of Rs 32,879 on June 28. The one-month gain is 32.65 per cent, calculated from its August 28 closing price of Rs 37,490.Another expensive is Bosch, which closed at Rs 23,209.60 on the BSE on Wednesday.The tyre industry, comprising major players like MRF, Ceat, JK Tyre and Industries, Apollo Tyres, Goodyear India and Modi Rubber, is expected to grow at about seven per cent in volume terms in the current fiscal, according to an update by India Ratings, though revenue growth will be comparatively lower.The industry is poised to benefit from “stead” demand from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and improvement in replacement demand, the ratings agency said in a note on September 22.”However, revenue growth for sector companies might be lower than the overall growth in volume demand due to an increase in imports as well as pricing pressure,” India Ratings said in its note.Spoiling the party for the industry is imports, especially from China.”Rising imports trend could continue increasing the pressure on the volumes of domestic manufacturers in FY17. Import volumes in both passenger car radial and truck & bus radial segments grew 22% and 40% yoy, respectively, in 1QFY17. The T&B segment accounts for around 55% of the industry revenue and a continued increase in imports in this segment could lead to a revenue decline for domestic tyre companies,” the agency said.”The revenue growth of major tyre manufacturers is likely to be in the range of 3%-6% (FY16: below negative 2.5% to positive 2.5%) in FY17, with higher volume growth negating the year-on-year decline in pricing. Companies could see a moderation in EBITDA margins, due to the recent increase in input costs as well as pricing pressures,” it added.Ceat shares closed five per cent higher at Rs 1,254.80, gaining 54 per cent in three months based on closing price of Rs 814.40 on June 28.Apollo Tyres gained 2.44 per cent to end at Rs 220.45.last_img read more

Legends of Tomorrows Music Moment Falls Flat

first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on target Legends of Tomorrow has been consistently great this season. While I’m generally happy about that, it does have a downside. It makes the occasional lackluster episode stand out all the more. Even though last night’s episode did plenty right, it wasn’t enough to make up for every opportunity it missed. We start in a guitar shop in the 1950s where a young musician wants to buy his first guitar. The one he picks happens to have been owned by Robert Johnson, the man who, according to legend, sold his soul to the devil for guitar skills. The boy is drawn to the guitar, and the lights go all crazy as he plays it. The terrified proprietor gives the young man the guitar and asks his name. It’s Elvis Presley.This week’s anachronism involves The King and a cursed guitar, and its effects on the Waverider are hilarious. We immediately know that something happened to make Elvis not a thing, and that has a ripple effect all throughout history. Instead of Guitar Hero, Zari plays Trombone Hero. Rory’s rat’s name is Josh Groban. Nate’s pomade never caught on, so he doesn’t have any. It’s fun watching them grow more confused about what happened. They finally figure it out, and head back in time to Elvis’s uncle’s church. I have to say the actor who plays the young King is really good at it. He has that attitude, the sneer and the all-important hip-shake that makes sure all the girls in town get the front pews at church.Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)It also makes Zari’s totem start carrying her into the air, inspiring a satanic panic in the small church. That’s all the evidence the Legends need to piece together that the lost totem is in the guitar. They start to hatch a plan to get the guitar away from Elvis, but Wally grabs it immediately. Having a speedster on the team is going to take the other legends some getting used to. Wally just wants so badly to help; he doesn’t realize that he’s kind of disrupting everyone’s flow. But hey, he gets results. You can’t argue with that.Unfortunately, losing the guitar shakes Elvis’s confidence. They replace it with a non-totem replica, but he can feel it’s not the same. He bombs a live show, and explains that his old guitar lets him feel like his brother, who died in the womb, was playing with him. As the Legends on the ship find out, that’s because the guitar is actually haunted. The totem embedded in it is the Death Totem. And it’s capable of leveling a whole city, which is what caused the anachronism in the first place. But a record needs to be made, so Nate convinces the Legends to let Elvis record one song with the cursed guitar. After that, they can take it back and hopefully Elvis will have the confidence to make Rock and Roll history without a haunted instrument.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixe, Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and Tala Ashe as Zari (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)And hey, the young King makes one hell of a record. His uncle fears that might be literal. He seizes the record and has the sheriff throw Elvis, Nate and Amaya in the jailhouse for the night. That means it’s Zari and Wally’s time to shine. Wally wants to handle things his usual speedster way, but Zari lets him in on why they do things the way they do them. It was a nice, natural way for Wally to be added to the team, while not letting the addition of a speedster become a cheat code for every situation. Some situations, Zari explains, require a more delicate touch. Wally and Zari have an honest discussion with Elvis’ preacher uncle, and he ends up giving the music a chance. That’s when the real trouble starts.The totem reacts with the music as it plays on the radio and a swarm of ghosts attack the church. It’s not the flashiest, or most exciting battle, but it’s fun watching Zari and Wally work together to ward off the ghosts. They’re bonding over their Pac Man skills, and it’s cute. I only wish the episode had spent more time focusing on their story. Instead, the focus shifts to Elvis Presley, whose dulcet tones are needed to put the spirits to rest. This is where the episode’s shortcomings become too obvious to ignore. Elvis’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” not only soothes the ghosts, but it also gives Nate and Amaya their music moment. It’s the one part of rock and roll that she likes. They start dancing and the rest of the church joins in.Tala Ashe as Zari and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)It’s all too cheesy, and it grinds the episode to a halt for nothing. The episode began with the promise of a town being nearly destroyed because of magic rock and roll. And this is all we get. Some cheap ghost effects, and a dull rendition of “Amazing Grace.” No matter how good this kid’s Elvis impersonation is, it can’t save this scene. It’s not helped by the fact that he’s obviously not playing the guitar.This episode is also the point where Legends of Tomorrow’s ignoring of racism in history starts feeling super lame. It’s never been the show to really engage with those issues. It’s not the kind of story this show wants to tell. That’s usually OK, until we come to an era that, in the grand scheme of things, wasn’t all that long ago. We still have a clear picture of what the world was like back then. Outside of a brief shot where the Legends get some sneers when they attend church, the racial tensions of the era are never brought up again. I don’t expect everyone in 1950s Memphis to be screaming racists, but Nate and Amaya dancing and kissing in the middle of a church in that era would get a few stares at the very least. Issues of race are given lip-service and then handwaved away, and that sucks.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel and Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixe (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)What’s even worse is the importance placed on Elvis above all other artists. Nate has one sentence where he mentions the black musicians that… inspired Elvis, to put it charitably. After that, the actual creators of rock and roll get about as much recognition from the Legends as they got from Elvis in real life. To build an episode around Elvis makes sense. He was an important figure in the development of popular music, and there’s a lot of fun to be had with his life and personality. To pretend that he was the sole arbiter of rock and roll, that without Elvis it wouldn’t exist, borders on being offensive. I know Legends of Tomorrow likes to focus on big historical icons, but just this once, I wish they explored more of what was going on in the Memphis music scene at the time. There are a ton of stories there that are way more interesting than Elvis’.It’s too bad because a trip to 1950s Memphis, even with Elvis as the focus could have been so much better. The show just didn’t do much with the period or with Elvis. The jokes about what would happen if Elvis never made rock and roll mainstream were funny, but we’ve come to expect more from Legends of Tomorrow. There is so much opportunity for playing around with history in this era, and most of it’s left on the table. This is an episode where they find out what the missing totem is, and get their hands on it. That should be a big deal, but it isn’t. They see a thing; they want it, they get it. It’s not exciting. You know an episode has problems when you’re wishing the Darhks had shown up to cause some trouble. But maybe they’ll make good on all this next week. The episode ended with the totem shaking ominously in its box. That could lead to something more meaningful. I hope.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Study of crabs suggests they are capable of feeling pain

first_img(—A pair of researchers with Queen’s University in the U.K. has found via testing, that contrary to conventional thinking, crabs appear to be capable of feeling pain. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Robert Elwood and Laura Adams describe how they subjected a group of crabs to jolts of electricity and the ways they tested them to see if the shocks elicited a pain response. ‘Shell-shocked’ crabs can feel pain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In humans and a host of other vertebrates, demonstrations of pain are obvious, from cries and moans to activities related to escape to avoidance behavior afterwards. But do invertebrates and/or fish feel pain? It is a reasonable question because of the way that some invertebrates are treated by humans—dunking them, while still alive, into a pot of boiling water, for instance. Doing so to a cow, pig or chicken would be unthinkable, yet it is done routinely with crabs and lobsters, which do generally attempt to escape their fate. The conventional view is that such creatures are not able to experience pain, at least in the sense that humans feel it, because they do not have brain parts that would appear to be able to process it. But, that may be oversimplifying things—to better define if a creature experiences pain, scientists have begun to establish rules or guidelines to help, such as noting types or degree of reactionary behavior or changes in hormone levels—if such guidelines are met, the creature can be said to feel pain, in whatever form.In this new study, Elwood and Adams set out to determine if common crabs experience pain. To find out they obtained 40 specimens and put them in plastic tanks—all had wires attached but only 20 were actually given shocks—for 200-milliseconds every 10 seconds for a two minute period. All of the crabs were watched to observe their behavior, before, during and after the shocks were applied.The researchers report that the shocked crabs displayed more vigorous behavior than those in the control group, which included walking around, taking a threatened posture or trying to climb out of the tank. Even more tellingly, they noted that the shocked crabs experienced spiked levels of lactic acid in their haemolymph—a fluid in crabs that is analogous to blood in humans. Taken together the evidence indicates very clearly, the team claims, that crabs do indeed feel pain. Journal information: Biology Letters A hermit crab.center_img Explore further Citation: Study of crabs suggests they are capable of feeling pain (2015, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 More information: Electric shock causes physiological stress responses in shore crabs, consistent with prediction of pain, Biology Letters, Published 11 November 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0800AbstractAnimal pain is defined by a series of expectations or criteria, one of which is that there should be a physiological stress response associated with noxious stimuli. While crustacean stress responses have been demonstrated they are typically preceded by escape behaviour and thus the physiological change might be attributed to the behaviour rather than a pain experience. We found higher levels of stress as measured by lactate in shore crabs exposed to brief electric shock than non-shocked controls. However, shocked crabs showed more vigorous behaviour than controls. We then matched crabs with the same level of behaviour and still found that shocked crabs had stronger stress response compared with controls. The finding of the stress response, coupled with previous findings of long-term motivational change and avoidance learning, fulfils the criteria expected of a pain experience.last_img read more

Looking at big picture can lead to better decisions

first_imgDistancing yourself from a decision may help you make the choice that produces the most benefit for you and others affected, suggests new research.It holds that one key to maximising benefits for everyone is realising that occasionally the best decision will benefit you the most.”The most efficient decision is the one that is going to maximise the total pie – and that is true whether more goes to you or more goes to someone else,” said lead author Paul Stillman who did this work as a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at The Ohio State University. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Sometimes it makes the most sense to seem a bit selfish if that is going to maximise overall benefits,” he added.According to the researchers, this “big picture” perspective is what psychologists call “high-level construal” and involves creating psychological distance from the decision, thus allowing you to step back and see the consequences of your decision and to see more clearly the best way to allocate resources.For the study, published in the journal – ‘organizational behavior and human decision’, the researchers had 106 students complete a task that prompted them to think in a big-picture way or in a more immediate, present-day way. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants were presented with the goal of improving health and were asked to generate a list of what goals this could help them achieve, such as “longer life.” This puts them in a big-picture frame of mind.Others were told to come up with a list of how to achieve the goal of improved health, such as “exercise.” This put them in a present-day frame of mind.All participants then played an economic game in which they had to make nine decisions about how to share money between themselves and four other people. The participants were told that the others wouldn’t know who made the decision, and none of the participants could share the money.For half the participants, maximising benefits always meant favouring others. For example, for every $1 they gave to themselves in the game, each of the other four people would lose $9. The situation was reversed for the other half of participants – maximising benefits always meant favouring themselves.The findings showed that participants who had been prompted to think big picture were more likely than others to make decisions that would maximise the total value – whether they were the ones who benefited the most or whether the others did.last_img read more

This Tech Certification Can Keep Your Business Competitive

first_img Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with StackCommerce so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.While it’s common for companies and business owners to ask of nothing but the best from their sales, marketing and product teams, occasionally IT security can fall by the wayside. But investing in IT certification training is especially crucial considering all the security breaches that have occurred over the last year (Yahoo’s and LinkedIn’s hacks resulted in hundreds of millions of compromised accounts).Any company that is serious about preserving its reputation should stay up to date on the latest security measures, and that means ensuring IT teams are up to date with the latest certifications. Granted, trainings can get pricey for companies where certifications are concerned—so for budding entrepreneurs, a good place to start is this affordable CompTIA-IT Certification Career Advancement bundle.This training covers the Network+, Security+, Cloud Essentials, and other industry-recognized certification exams—credentials that serve as proof that you’ve mastered fundamental IT security concepts. Anyone who dives into these methodologies will learn sophisticated methods of IT security, and be able to apply them to safeguard their companies’ resources.In other words, you (and your employees) will get the knowledge you need to succeed in IT security, with the flexibility to fit it into your schedule and learn on your own time.Buy it here and ensure your IT team holds globally recognized, foundational certifications key to the success of any company.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 8, 2017 2 min readlast_img read more