NEW YORK — The Philadelphia 76ers have lost big for three years, when they appeared to value draft picks more than players.They got a huge victory May 17, and maybe the wins on the court will soon follow.The 76ers won the NBA draft lottery, giving them the No. 1 selection in June.“The pain that we’ve all gone through, the pain of losing is real. You can’t camouflage it,” said coach Brett Brown, who represented the 76ers on stage. “The city has been incredibly patient, tolerant, choose any word you want. I think this validates some of the pain we went through.”The Los Angeles Lakers finished second but also felt like winners, as they would have dealt their pick to Philadelphia had they fallen out of the top three.The Boston Celtics, with a pick dealt to them by the Brooklyn Nets, remained in the No. 3 slot.Nobody moved up in the lottery, which sets the top three picks. The remainder of the 14 teams are slotted in the inverse order of their won-loss record.The 76ers finished 10-72, just off the worst record in the history of the 82-game schedule, and had a 26.9 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick (their own 25 percent chance, and Sacramento’s 1.9 percent chance, since the 76ers had the right to swap picks with the Kings from a previous trade.)They would have garnered another top-five selection had the Lakers tumbled a couple of spots, since they would have been entitled to the pick the Lakers originally dealt to Phoenix for Steve Nash that the 76ers later acquired in another trade.“It’s been a long year,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. “Because of the contingencies of the deal, there was a significant chance we would lose the pick. That would have been disappointing. We would have gotten over it and moved on to the summer, but that would have been disappointing.”Philadelphia certainly won’t complain, not after doing no better than No. 3 in the previous two drafts during a three-year process where the focus was more on building for the future than trying to win in the present.“We can now make the decision all by ourselves,” said Brown, who is 47-199 in his three seasons. “We don’t have to wait and see what someone else does. It gives us the injection we need.”Their win certainly won’t quiet those believers in lottery conspiracies, as former 76ers center Dikembe Mutombo — who works for the NBA as a global ambassador — accidentally tweeted congratulations on their victory about four hours earlier. He sent a subsequent tweet saying he was just excited but was keeping his fingers crossed.“I want to let people know there was no conspiracy,” Mutombo told The Associated Press in a phone interview, saying it was a mistake and that he thought “a lot of people understood the error that was made.”Lottery night was always going to be the highlight of this season for the 76ers, who started it on a freefall that never stopped.They started 0-18, finishing a 28-game skid dating to 2014-15, en route to a 10-72 record that was just a game better than the all-time worst in an 82-game season.They never attempted to put a competitive team on the court under General Manager Sam Hinkie, who resigned in April after overseeing a plan to accumulate draft picks but not wins.They also have the 24th and 26th picks in the first round, and their young players are expected to be joined perhaps next season by Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, who were previously drafted by Hinkie but haven’t played in the NBA, with Embiid sidelined by foot injuries and Saric remaining in Europe.“Trust the process. … Hopefully the last time we’re in the lottery,” Embiid tweeted.The draft is June 23 in New York, with LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram considered the top two picks.The Lakers will have the No. 2 pick for the second straight year after taking D’Angelo Russell last June. They went 17-65 in Kobe Bryant’s final season.Boston can add another good piece to a team that won 48 games this season, and might not be done getting lottery picks from the Nets.The Celtics can swap picks with the Nets next year, and own their first-round pick in 2018, all as payment for the trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn in 2013.“There’s a lot more things to be disappointed about on this night,” general manager Danny Ainge said. “It could have been worse, it could have been better. It is what it is and we’ll move on and do the best we can to build a great team.”Phoenix will pick fourth, followed by Minnesota, New Orleans and Denver. The Suns picked up another lottery pick when Washington fell out of the top 10 to No. 13.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Dabo Swinney has become one of college football’s greatest head coaches, leading the Clemson Tigers to multiple national championships, including a blowout win over Alabama in last season’s College Football Playoff title game.The 49-year-old head coach still hasn’t completely gotten over an old critical comment from ESPN, though.Swinney, 49, admitted on a recent ACC Network roundtable that he’s still using an old comment from ESPN as motivation.“Probably the biggest thing (I remember) is I was a D-plus hire,” Swinney said. “You know, ESPN in 2009 all the new coaches, I don’t know it was 15 new coaches; it’s about 15 a year or so. And my name, and I was a D-plus. And I was so happy to get that plus. You know, and you’ve heard me say this this past week, I come to work every day with that mindset. I’m a D-plus hire. And that’s one thing that I’ve probably hung on to. The rest of it I flush it on right out the door.” “I was a D+ hire.”Look at Dabo now 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/2l288tC3lB— ACC Network (@accnetwork) September 4, 2019Swinney, who became Clemson’s head coach in 2009, was given a D+ hire grade by then-ESPN college football writer Pat Forde.From that column:Swinney was part and parcel of a failed season, but somehow got a promotion out of the deal. Who knew that beating Duke and Virginia could lead to such ample rewards? Clemson fans loved the fact that the Tigers closed the regular season by beating rival South Carolina. But hey, Bowden beat the Gamecocks seven times in nine tries and look where that got him. Swinney has the same thing going for him that Sarkisian has at Washington: the in-conference competition in the ACC isn’t that stiff.Swinney has since gone on to win two national championships and five ACC championships. He has an overall record of 117-30.That’s pretty good for a “D+” hire.
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Allianz Global Assistance Reveals Where Travelers Are Heading This Festival Season, and How Fans Could Save Thousands with Event Ticket Protection and Travel Insurance** Richmond, VA, March 08, 2019 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival®, more widely known as Coachella®, is bringing in 46 percent more travelers by air than South by Southwest® (SXSW®), and 89 percent more than Ultra Music FestivalTM this year, according to Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance and assistance company. Allianz Global Assistance analyzed customer trips to determine which popular U.S. festivals attracted the most travelers, and from which cities they are traveling. From early March through late April, music and arts fans from all over the country will travel to participate in three of the top music festivals in the United States: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.; Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Fla.; and South by Southwest (SXSW), in Austin, Texas. Past Coachella festivals have drawn as many as 250,000 attendees from across the world, which means hundreds of thousands of people have bought festival tickets ranging from $429 to $1,000, not including the expense of travel to the festival, lodging and more. Tickets for Ultra Music Festival run from $380 to $1,500 per weekend. SXSW badges to access music, film, or interactive events through the festival cost $1,325 each, while a platinum badge to access all three types of events, is $1,650. “Each year, Americans shell out thousands of dollars to participate in festivals across the country,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Allianz’s Event Ticket Protector could reimburse up to 100 percent of the ticket price, including taxes and shipping, if you can’t attend an event because you or a family member gets sick, your flight is delayed, you lose your job, or a number of other covered reasons, depending on the product. 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Noticeably missing from this list of top ten departure cities is San Francisco, the home of Silicon Valley’s tech professionals, coming in as number 20 in departure cities for the festival. The top five domestic departure cities for attendees traveling to Coachella include New York, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia and Boston. Weekend One and Two of Coachella are neck in neck for attendees, with 12.1 percent of air travelers arriving April 13, 2019 and 12 percent arriving on April 18, 2019. Ultra Music Festival is drawing the most air travelers from cities including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington. Much of the crowd, 36.5 percent, will be traveling on March 27, two days ahead of the festival’s opening day on Friday, March 29. 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The Government is looking to see how it can improve assistance to residents in drought stricken parishes. Approximately half the island is now being affected by worsening drought conditions due to the current dry season, which is approaching its half-way mark. Data from the Meteorological Office of Jamaica (Met Office) reveals that already seven parishes have been experiencing drought conditions ranging from ‘normal’ to ‘severe’. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill who received a report on the matter at a heads of agency meeting last Wednesday (February 27), called the situation alarming. Mr. Pickersgill said that he would have discussions at the Cabinet level to see how the delivery of potable water to affected areas can be improved. The Minister had previously told Parliament in January, that the National Water Commission (NWC) would be moving to implement a number of drought mitigation initiatives. Among them was a programme to rehabilitate several tanks to full functionality or replace them. A provision of J$3 billion is being made for this purpose under the K-Factor programme. In the meantime, head of the Climate Branch, Clifford Mahlung, warns that conditions could worsen before the dry season is over at the end of April. He is advising residents in drought stricken areas to store water and use what they have efficiently. The parishes affected include: St. Mary, Hanover and St. Catherine which are experiencing normal drought condition; Westmoreland, Clarendon and St James which have severe drought conditions and Trelawny, which is experiencing extreme drought condition. In addition, some areas of St. Elizabeth are also being affected.
zoom Swedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has decided to extend four time charter agreements with Greece-based shipowner Top Ships.Under the deals, Top Ships’ tankers M/T Stenaweco Energy and M/T Stenaweco Elegance will continue working for Stena Bulk for a period of 12 months, while M/T Stenaweco Evolution and M/T Stenaweco Excellence were hired for 18 more months.Top Ships informed that it expects a total gross revenue backlog associated with these time charter extensions of USD 27.4 million.“The total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of all of the company’s operating fleet stands at about USD 131 million and when adding the 50% of our joint venture vessels it increases to about USD 147 million, with cashflow visibility reaching into 2021,” Evangelos Pistiolis, President and CEO of Top Ships, said.“Our business strategy continues to be focused on further expanding our fleet as it is important that we achieve a certain critical mass in terms of fleet size with an aim to maximize our operational efficiencies and synergies,” Pistiolis added.
Spending on research and development has increased by almost $63 million or nine per cent in the Maritime provinces between 2004 and 2005, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission announced today, Nov. 25. The commission has released statistics on research and development funding in each Maritime province and university. The tables are available for download from the commission’s website, www.mphec.ca . They include statistics on gross domestic expenditure on research and development, research and development expenditure in the higher education and business enterprise sectors, and research and development income from the three granting councils; Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs Program and provincial governments. Between 1996 and 2005, expenditures on research and development in the Maritimes increased by 80 per cent to $770 million from $424 million. Of the $770 million, Nova Scotia at $464 million accounted for nearly 60 per cent of that total, followed by New Brunswick at $243 million then Prince Edward Island at $63 million. Research and development funding in Prince Edward Island increased nearly 54 per cent between 2004 and 2005. This increase appears to be largely due to an investment in bioresources by the National Research Council. During the same period, funding increased by eight per cent in Nova Scotia and five per cent in New Brunswick. In the Maritimes, the higher education sector has a greater proportion of research and development funding than the national average but business enterprise expenditures lag. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974. The commission’s 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public. Its mission is to assist institutions and governments in enhancing the post-secondary learning environment. As part of this mission, the commission collects and maintains data pertaining to post-secondary education in the Maritimes. The commission also conducts research on issues in post-secondary education; reports and research articles are available on the website www.mphec.ca.
Third reading for another Local Area Service parcel tax bylaw for two paving projects was rescinded before the bylaw was amended and passed third reading once again. That Local Area Service project would see road improvements made along 98th Ave. between 102nd and 104th Streets, and 104th Street between 97th and 98th Avenues at a total cost of $1.3 million. If approved at the next council meeting, the City would cover $884,536.11 of the project’s budget, while property owners would be paying a total of $457,540.19. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council approved a number of bylaws that will allow the City to levy parcel taxes for Local Area Service projects.Council voted in favour of adopting the bylaws for road improvements, including paving and the installation of sidewalks, streetlights, storm drains, and gutters for three sections of road in the City. The first bylaw covers the improvement of 86th St. between 91st and 93rd Avenues, the second covers 87th Ave. west of 107th St., and the third covers 104th Ave. between 101st and 102nd Streets. The total cost for the three road improvement projects is just under $1.9 million. Of that, the City will be covering $1.2 million, while owners of properties affected by the road improvements will be paying a combined $685,155.20 over a period of twenty years.
Hyderabad: With Rajasthan Royals putting on 198 after taking strike against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, it was believed that the Royals had put on a winning total. But Sanju Samsons brilliant 100 went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down the total with six balls to spare. Speaking after the game, RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that despite putting up a good total, the Royals ended up on the losing side due to some brilliant batting from Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “First of all, 190+ on that wicket was really good. Initially when Sanju and me were batting the wicket looked slow — it was stopping and coming — and we thought 150 was a good total. But when players like Warner bat like that there is a very small margin for us. They didn’t lose any momentum when someone got out and they played really well,” he acknowledged. Rahane was also all praise for Samson and said that the batsman needed to work on his consistency to make it to the next level. “We all know how talented Sanju is. He will go miles and consistency is going to be the key for him,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later SRH skipper Kane Williamson was all praise for his boys and was really happy to see the plan to have Rashid Khan bowl to RR batsman Jos Buttler work. He even praised Rashid for putting up a good show with the bat towards the end of the chase. “It was nice that it came off (Rashid bowling to Buttler). He’s such a wicket-taker for us and Jos is a threat for us. Rashid was supposed to bat 7 or 8 depending on the situation. His batting has improved so much in the last year or so. It’s nice to be on the right side of the result tonight,” he smiled. Commenting on the show put up by the players as they chased down 199 on a wicket that wasn’t very conducive to batting, Williamson said: “A very tough game. Rajasthan Royals played really well to get to that total after the start we had with the ball. It was a brilliant chase. The openers set it up for us. A good collective effort, we needed parts to work well for us tonight. Really good experience for us as a batting unit to chase it down.
New Delhi: Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on Friday acquired 13,440 shares of Mindtree from the open market, as per a regulatory filing. Earlier this month, L&T had purchased around 20 per cent stake of V G Siddhartha and Cafe Coffee Day in Mindtree through a block deal for about Rs 3,210 crore, and has since topped that up with share purchases from the open market. “Larsen and Toubro Ltd has acquired 13,440 equity shares (with a face value of Rs 10 each) of Mindtree Ltd on May 16, 2019,” a Mindtree filing said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra After the latest transaction, L&T’s shareholding in Mindtree stands at 26.48 per cent. The latest stock purchase was made at Rs 979.98 apiece. On Thursday, L&T had acquired 8.86 lakh shares of Mindtree from the open market. In all, the infrastructure major is eyeing up to 66 per cent stake in Mindtree for around Rs 10,800 crore — marking the country’s first-ever hostile takeover bid in the information technology industry. L&T had proposed to buy additional stake in Mindtree through an open offer that was slated to begin on May 14 and close on May 27. However, the open offer seems to have been postponed as the engineering major is yet to get nod from the Securities and Exchange Board of India. Reports suggest that the offer could be delayed by a fortnight. Shares of Mindtree ended at Rs 981.80 apiece on the BSE on Friday, 0.16 per cent higher than the previous closing.
“The Secretary-General personally believes that any attempt to cast doubt on the reality of this unique and undeniable horror must be firmly resisted by all people of goodwill and of whatever faith,” Mr. Annan spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, told the daily UN news briefing.“The Secretary-General would deeply deplore any conference whose purpose is to question or deny the reality of the Holocaust. Only a year ago the General Assembly passed a resolution which ‘rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or part,’” Mr. Dujarric added. He noted that Mr. Annan spoke to Mr. Ahmadinejad about the issue when he met with him in Tehran, Iran’s capital, in September. Mr. Annan also voiced “shock” last year when the Iranian leader was first reported to have made the remarks and to have called for Israel to be wiped off the map.In his statement today, Mr. Dujarric recalled that the General Assembly resolution designated 27 January as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and he stressed that Israel is a full UN member and its rights need to be fully respected, just like those of all the other 191 Member States.
In other news, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that with tens of thousands of civilians pouring out of Fallujah in recent days, $17.5 million is urgently needed to meet their immediate needs. “The funds are desperately needed to expand the number of camps and to provide urgently needed relief supplies for displaced people who have already endured months of deprivation and hardship without enough food or medicine,” UNHCR Spokesperson Ariane Rummery said in another news briefing in Geneva. “We also need funds to provide psycho-social and other support to this exhausted and deeply traumatized population.” More than 85,000 people have fled Fallujah and the surrounding area since a Government military offensive to retake the city from extremists began a month ago, on May 23. About 60,000 of those people fled over a period of just three days last week, between 15 to 18 June, and thousands more could still be planning to leave the city, the spokesperson said. UNHCR and its partners have been providing tents and relief aid to displaced families in Amiriyat al Falluja, Al Khalidiya and Habbaniyah Tourist City – all within 20 to 30 kilometres of Fallujah. But with last week’s surge in arrivals the overcrowding is growing, Ms. Rummery said. “Two and sometimes three families have to share tents in many cases, while others sleep in the open, without hygiene facilities. Rising temperatures, the absence of shade and insufficient clean drinking water are compounding an already desperate situation,” she said. These escalating needs have pushed UNHCR funding into crisis levels. Almost half-way through the year, UNHCR has received only 21 per cent of funds needed for Iraq and the surrounding region, according to the spokesperson. Only $127.7 million has been received against the projected needs of $584 million in 2016, and UNHCR is exhausting available resources in Iraq to deal with the rapid developments in Fallujah, the spokesperson said. Six camps have already been established in Amiriyat and Fallujah. Three more are being built in Khalidya and Habbaniya Tourist City, while two others are being expanded. UNHCR expects that 20 more will be needed over the coming weeks to house 30,000 people. Ms. Rummery added that funds are also urgently needed for blankets, mattresses and jerry cans, as well as other support. In addition to Fallujah, UNHCR is responding to the displacement over the past three months of more than 20,000 people from Mosul and surrounding districts due to renewed offensives there. In the past few days, close to 3,000 people arrived in the already crowded Debaga camp in Erbil Governorate, pushing the population there and in a nearby stadium to 10,000, Ms. Rummery said. The new arrivals are staying in a severely overcrowded reception centre, now seven times above its capacity. At the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva earlier today, Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said her Office is “deeply concerned” about continuing allegations of serious human rights violations and abuses against civilians fleeing Fallujah by armed groups operating in support of Iraqi security forces. “We’ve received shocking footage showing the body of a man being dragged at speed by a military truck while a man wearing a military uniform hits his disfigured and bloodied head,” Ms. Pouilly said. “Another video shows people being struck with a rifle and kicked in the head by men wearing military uniforms while they exit a truck. Although we are not in a position to authenticate these videos, they depict violations which have been reported to us by several sources and which we’ve previously condemned,” she added. The spokesperson said that on 12 June, a committee set up by the Anbar Governor to investigate violations perpetrated against civilians during the military operations in Anbar stated that 49 people had been killed and that at least 600 men had disappeared after being taken into custody by armed groups operating in support of Iraqi security forces. It also found that the people taken into custody by these groups were ill-treated and/or tortured. These violations allegedly occurred from 2 to 4 June near a cemetery in the Saqlawiya area, northwest of Fallujah, and in the al-Mazra’ah area, east of Fallujah, Ms. Pouilly said. “We welcome these initial findings and hope that the committee’s investigations will be pursued rigorously and extended to cover all such alleged violations. Following the announcement by the Iraqi Defence Minister that four army members have been arrested, we call on the Iraqi authorities to ensure that there is no impunity for the very grave violations and abuses that have been reported,” the spokesperson said. “While we acknowledge the measures taken by the Government of Iraq, including the establishment of another committee by the Iraqi Prime Minister on 6 June, we wish to emphasize the urgent need for Iraqi leaders – across political and sectarian divides – to articulate and publicly commit to a shared, concrete, deliverable road map towards building a truly inclusive, prosperous and peaceful society,” she added. Humanitarian workers interact with newly-displaced people displaced from Fallujah in Amiriyat Al Fallujah camp. Photo: UNICEF/Mark Beresford
“Negotiation is the only way out, and deserves every effort. Parties should meet each other halfway by addressing each other’s legitimate concerns,” he told the Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate, adding that China has tirelessly sought peace on the Korean Peninsula, and would stay firmly committed to its denuclearization. He said that 19 September marked the 12th anniversary of the Six-Party talks Joint Statement, in which the parties, including China, formulated a roadmap towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. While some felt that statement has now become outdated, such peaceful trends never become obsolete. Underscoring tireless efforts China has made for peace on the Korean Peninsula, he urged the DPRK not to go further along its dangerous direction, while calling on the United States to honour its commitments in the region. However, “we are once again at a crossroads,” he said, noting that the world is faced with the choice between unity and division. In particular, he cited the Syrian crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian issue, highlighting that the work of the UN must be driven forward, and all must embrace the spirit of the UN as a “guardian of world peace.” Turning to development, the past five years have witnessed a momentous journey for China, said Mr. Wang, citing remarkable achievements on a number of fronts, which will bring more benefits to the world as it is an “anchor of world peace.” China’s project of the century “Belt and Road” initiative, he highlighted, will not only offer a new paradigm for efforts to promote world peace, but it will also inject fresh impetus to the pursue of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Full statement (in Chinese) available here
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Suspect in fatal stabbing of GDF rank turns self inJanuary 2, 2019In “Crime”4 years jail for teen who killed trio in accidentJuly 9, 2015In “Crime”Corentyne triple murder: Fourth suspect chargedSeptember 22, 2016In “latest news” Accused: Kamal Matthews also called “Son”The accused in the Philippe murder of Guyana Defense Force (GDF) lieutenant Mark Bagot was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court to answer to the capital offence.Kamal Matthews also called “Son”, 26, of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on December 23, at Philippe, Corentyne he unlawfully killed Mark Bagot.Matthews is being represented by Attorney at law Chandra Sohan.Magistrate Renita Singh has set January 21, for the accused to return to court when the police will present a progress report.Scores of residents from the Black Bush Polder and also from the Village of Philippe were present during the proceeding on Monday.Murdered: Mark BagotAt the time of the incident Bagot was reportedly sharing a drink with a friend at the Beer Garden when an argument ensued between Bagot and the suspect over the purchasing of “Guinness”.Bagot was subsequently stabbed during a confrontation.He was taken to the Port Mourant Hospital treated and transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.On Wednesday last, Matthews, who was being sought by the police, turned himself in accompanied by Sohan to the Whim Police Station.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister headed home Sunday night after a whirlwind three days in South Korea, where she sat among world dignitaries at the Olympics and tossed a diplomatic offer to the South aimed at ending seven decades of hostility.Kim Yo Jong and the rest of the North Korean delegation departed for Pyongyang on her brother’s private jet, a day after they delivered his hopes for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a lunch at Seoul’s presidential palace. It was a sharp, but possibly fleeting, contrast with many months of rising tensions connected to the North’s continued development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.They capped their final day in South Korea by joining Moon at a Seoul concert given by a visiting North Korean art troupe led by the head of the immensely popular Moranbong band, whose young female members are hand-picked by Kim Jong Un.Accepting North Korea’s demand to transport more than 100 members of the art troupe by sea, South Korea treated the Mangyongbong-92 ferry as an exemption to the maritime sanctions it imposed on the North, a controversial move amid concerns that the North is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in international sanctions.South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon hosted the North Koreans for lunch Sunday before Moon’s chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, hosted them for dinner ahead of the concert.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford needs to improve his finishing skills and increase his goal tally irrespective of his position on the pitch, according to Club legend Bryan Robson.Rashford, who turned 21 on Wednesday, has managed to muster one goal in seven Premier League appearances and failed to deliver in the game against Everton.Robson was pleased with the improvement in Rashford’s strength and stamina but said the England international had to improve other aspects of his game, according to Reuters.Rashford aims a dig at Mourinho in Solskjaer comparison Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be “a bit more understanding” than his predecessor Jose Mourinho.“The only thing I’d like to see is his finishing being that little bit better, where we get Marcus up to 20 or 30 goals in a season, whether he’s playing out wide or through the middle,” Robson, who spent 13 years at United, told the club website.“He’s adapted well because he has been playing wide as a player for quite some time now. But it educates you as a player and Marcus is going the right way to be a top-class player for Manchester United over the years ahead,” the 61-year-old added.
In an effort to streamline the business and integrate recent acquisitions, United Business Media’s TechInsights group today announced a “leadership reorganization” that has resulted in the elimination of roughly 10 percent of its global workforce, or about 25 employees.“We continue to invest in strategic acquisitions and we constantly innovate our business and content models,” CEO Paul Miller said in a statement.The reorganization aligns TechInsight’s businesses into three verticals: media (which includes EE Times and TechOnline), marketing services and professional services. Leading these new groups will be Paul Way (senior vice president of media), Harry Page (SVP of professional services) and Jenn Markey (chief marketing officer).As part of the reorganization, Miller will serve in a sales leadership capacity on an interim basis for EE Times and TechOnline. In terms of growth, TechInsights will be making its biggest investments in online, performance marketing and professional services, Markey told FOLIO:. “We’re approaching an inflection point between the sponsored-driven side of our business and the audience-driven side,” she said. “The services side comes strictly from the audience perspective and the other side comes from the sponsor. We’re looking to for opportunities to marry the two and reuse content from the services business into the media side while trying to subsidize some of the cost the sponsors are currently bearing for that content in that particular space.”Markey declined to speak about specific layoffs other than to say “less than 10 percent” of TechInsight’s overall workforce was eliminated. Following the reorganization, the business will employ about 250 people worldwide, she said.This isn’t the first round of layoffs from TechInsights this year. In May, about 10 people were laid off across the board, including sales, editorial and production.
Map of JashoreA newlywed woman was found hanged at her house in Nehalpur in Manirampur, Jashore on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.Police recovered the hanging body of Labony Das, 20, wife of Paresh Das of the village, and sent it to hospital for autopsy.Locals said the family of Labony, also a 2nd year Honours student of political science at Manirampur College, fixed her marriage with a boy from Satkhira on 10 August. However, she eloped with Paresh, a Master’s student of Jessore Government MM College, on 9 August and married him.Victim’s in-laws said she went to sleep along with her sister-in-law Chaina on Tuesday night as her husband was staying in the district town for appearing at the Master’s examination.She was found hanged from the ceiling on Wednesday morning.Meanwhile, victim’s mother Lipika Das alleged that in-laws killed her daughter and hanged the body to make it appear as suicide.In-charge of Nehalpur police camp sub-inspector Khairul Basar said they suspected that Laboy committed suicide.
– / 16The Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts inaugurated its new downtown campus Monday, where more than 750 students will study music, dance, theater and other arts.Previously located in Montrose, the downtown campus places the fine arts school closer to the city’s arts and theater district. The 168,000-square-foot building has five-stories of classroom and program space, as well as two levels of underground parking. Though students started classes on the new campus on January 7, the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting took place February 4 in one of the school’s central areas: the Ruth Denney Theatre. Joe Brueggeman/Houston Public MediaThe opening ceremony featured performances by students.“The main theater, the Denney Theatre, is sort of the heart of the whole thing, so everything surrounds this from the first floor all the way to the fifth floor,” Principal Scott Allen, previously told Houston Matters. With a capacity to seat 800 people, the Denney Theatre can be used for every kind of performing art as well as to host all-school assemblies. In addition to the Denney Theater, the new campus also contains a black box theater, dance and music studios, and a fitness center, among other amenities.But the new campus also came with its share of controversy, after the Houston school board accepted a $7.5 million donation from the Kinder Foundation to fill a budget shortfall in exchange for naming rights. As of December 2018, HISD still had not received the funds in its account, a public records request by News 88.7 found. The first installment of the funds was later transferred at the beginning of January. Share
Pokemon continues to be a major success for Nintendo, selling millions of copies with every new game released in the series. And as is typically the case with very successful games, the formula isn’t messed with much from game to game.There’s more than a few gamers who would like to see a 3D Pokemon game released, and one independent developer by the name of Nilllzz has decided to make it a reality by unofficially developing Pokemon 3D.The game is based on the world of Pokemon Gold and Silver, and has you walking around just like you would in an FPS. Pokemon 3D is in the very early stages of development right now, but you can download and play what’s there already. It’s also listed on IndieDB and is being received very positively showing just how much desire there is for a first-person Pokemon game.Of course, the use of the Pokemon name and gameplay will surely make Nintendo take notice, and chances are Nilllzz will be receiving a letter from Nintendo’s lawyers before long. But a better fix would be for Nintendo to actually consider making such a game, especially as the 3DS hardware could handle it. There’s also the Wii U to consider, and that second screen on the GamePad. A 3D Pokemon game that used the GamePad display for battles could work very well.Nilllzz has been working on the game since August, but the first playable version appeared just a couple of days ago. It runs on Windows XP onwards, but requires the installation of both the .NET and XNA Frameworks if you want to give it a try.More at Nilllzz’s Tumblr and IndieDB