For overseas expansion, startups look to hire foreign Ivy League interns

first_imgAs they prepare to expand overseas, Indian startups like Droom, Pepperfry and HealthifyMe are planning to hire foreign students from top universities including Ivy League schools for newer markets. Foreign interns are being hired ahead of expansion in order to not only familiarize them with the company’s operations but also prepare a pool of manpower for handling overseas markets.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

The UAE is like Disneyland for golf lovers. Here’s my pick of the top courses.

first_imgA few years ago, I hung up my racing goggles thinking I’d love the leisurely pace of regular life. Having been a professional athlete all my life, I found myself craving the discipline of training and competition instead. One evening, I watched a film called The Greatest Game Ever Played,A few years ago, I hung up my racing goggles thinking I’d love the leisurely pace of regular life. Having been a professional athlete all my life, I found myself craving the discipline of training and competition instead. One evening, I watched a film called The Greatest Game Ever Played and it inspired me to try golf. Two days on the course and I was well and truly hooked. It’s my goal now to, hopefully, go pro at this new sport. I train mainly in Pune and Dubai but over the last few years have played at several courses around the world, since I love to travel. Here’s a list of my favourite courses in the UAE, which you may want to try. The Emirates golf course The first thing that hits you when you enter the courses in the UAE, is the wide expanse of the undulating, beautifully manicured green fairways in the midst of the hot desert, always a testament to the power of human will! And the Emirates Golf Club undoubtedly offers two of the finest courses in the region, the Majlis and the Faldo. In fact, Majlis was the first all grass championship golf course to open in the Middle East. The club takes pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, and plays host to the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, where you can watch the world’s best in action.The club’s Faldo Course is also the only 18-hole course in the region to offer night golf. Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse, in my opinion, remains one of the most eye-catching in the region. If you respond well to good course management and enjoy that kind of thing, I suggest you make your way to the Emirates Golf Club.advertisementHoles you think look easy off the tee will keep you on your feet in your approaches to the pin, and for many, lines off the tee with your drives will be a challenge too. But no matter what level you play at, if you do end up visiting Dubai, don’t forget to make your way here. ‘The Emirates’ appeal is equally wideranging off course, with everything from fine dining to bar bites available alongside topnotch pool and gym facilities, tennis courts and a brand new spa. As for me, I somehow found the Faldo harder than the Majlis, and with the night golf on offer is definitely on my list of mustplay’s on my next visit.Green fees depending on peak/off peak Majlis Course AED635-1200 for 18 holes Faldo Course AED435-695 for 18 holes Faldo Night Golf AED365-450 for 18 holesThe Els clubThe Els club is one of the most courses in the UAE.I train at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, so the home course at The Els Club in Dubai Sports City, where the school is located is clearly one on my favourite lists as I play it most often while I’m in the UAE. The course was the first in the Middle East to be designed by US Open & British Open champion Ernie Els, and is aptly named after him. 18 holes, 7538 yards, with a par 72 layout the course combines a desert style setting with a links style design.You will see large sand waste areas, open undulating fairways and greens and massive bunkering. All this set on rolling slopes of native desert vegetation make it a lovely place to spend a few hours. The Els Club course is unlike any other I’ve played before.It’s a challenging design, and you need to plan your shot very well be fore you execute it, or you could end up hitting a great shot and still be in trouble. For instance a 270-yard drive could go straight into a fairway bunker where you’re bound to lose a stroke just chipping out sideways.The greens are quick and true, and test your short game. Reading slopes and lines for approach shots inside 100 yards can also be a challenge. They say ‘The hole isn’t over till it’s over’ and it’s more true on this course than other’s I’ve played. So if you are new to it, make sure you take the pro tips off the sat-nav in your golf cart, or play with someone who has experience with the lay of the course! It’s all this and more that makes the game so enjoyable at Els.advertisementGreen fees depending on peak/off peak AED 595-995 for 18 holesYas LinksThe staggering view at Yas Links.Nestled on the western shores of Abu Dhabi’s popular entertainment destination Yas Island, Yas Links is an hour’s drive from Dubai and promises to test professionals, enthrall amateurs and excite beginners with its pot bunkers, unpredictable wind conditions and uneven fairways.Set among undulating hills and wild mangrove plantations, the course has been designed by architect Kyle Phillips as Arabia’s only true links course. Often listed among the world’s top city golf clubs, the 7450 yard, Par 72 championship course has mesmerising views of the Arabian Gulf.This adds to the charm as you tee off at the course. In fact, eight of the 18 daunting holes run right up along the coastline. An added plus is the floodlit driving range that allows you to escape the heat of the day and put in practice time to perfect your swing in the cooler evenings, or after a busy day at work.If you’re planning a golf getaway, you’d be happy to know that this iconic golf course is served by seven island hotels, including the Yas Viceroy Hotel which is the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula F1 track. Aprivate boat mooring service and a fine dining restaurant with lovely views of Abu Dhabi’s futuristic skyline, and lawns with croquet add a fun touch if you’re travelling with friends or family. Green fees depending on peak/off peak day Regular AED600-899 Twilight AED475-675last_img read more

World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni or Sarfaraz Ahmed? ICC asks whose catch was better

first_imgIndia have been on a roll in the ongoing World Cup 2019 with 5 wins from 6 completed matches thereby already having a foot inside the door to the semi-finals. Their neighbours and arch-rivals Pakistan, however have taken an entirely different route with wins against England and New Zealand highlighting an otherwise dismal campaign till date.On Thursday during India’s crushing victory against their latest opponents West Indies in Manchester, MS Dhoni took a one-handed diving catch off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah, sending back the big-hitting Carlos Brathwaite for just 1 run to his name. A day ago, Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed had also taken a similar catch to dismiss New Zealand’s Ross Taylor off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi.The International Cricket Council (ICC) took to Instagram to ask viewers, which among the two catches they think is better. ICC posted a clip showing both the catches side-by-side while captioning the post: ‘Dive and conquer, who did it better? #CWC19 #Cricket #Pakistan #India #LoveCricket’While fans flocked the post to put in their replies, Dhoni’s effort was seen as the most popular answer, at least after a cursory look over the comments section.MS Dhoni is said to be one of the most trusted hands behind the wickets in the game but during India’s World Cup game against West Indies in Manchester, on Thursday, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had a rare bad day behind the stumps.advertisementAt Old Trafford, MS Dhoni conceded 9 byes, the most by him in an ODI in his career, as West Indies were out chasing 269 runs after India posted 268 for 7 in their given 50 overs. Dhoni surpassed the 7 byes he conceded in 2014, coincidentally, against the same side in Kochi.However, it would be safe to say that the former India captain compensated for all his misses when he pulled off a terrific catch behind the stumps to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite and help Jasprit Bumrah get his first wicket of the day.In a back of length delivery, angled in from Bumrah, Brathwaite got an outside edge that flew to the right of Dhoni. Though, Dhoni was wrong-footed, but he quickly got into stance to dive to his right and remove Brathwaite with his one-handed catch.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Ziva Dhoni waves tri-colour as India beat West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies: MS Dhoni concedes most byes in an ODI in his careerlast_img read more

No BBC for Real Madrid’s cup clash

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema missing for Real Madrid in cup clash Joe Wright 20:55 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gareth bale cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Karim Benzema Sergio Ramos Marcelo Primera División Leganés v Real Madrid Leganés Copa del Rey The Blancos will be without five senior stars for their trip to Leganes on Thursday, with Sergio Ramos and Marcelo also out of the matchday squad Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have all been left out of Real Madrid’s squad for the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg against Leganes.Benzema is yet to play in 2018 due to a hamstring problem and has not been risked for the meeting at Butarque.Bale and Ronaldo have also been omitted, with the latter reportedly following a similar fitness plan to last season, when he was given rest periods in order to be as fresh as possible for the crucial games at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Captain Sergio Ramos, who has a calf injury, and full-back Marcelo have also not been included in the 19-man squad.This is our 19-man squad for tonight’s Copa del Rey match against @CDLeganes! #RMMovistar | #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/zm4xOMBCaH— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 18, 2018Zinedine Zidane’s side face a hectic run of four matches over the next 10 days, including both legs of the Copa tie with Leganes and La Liga matches against Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia.last_img read more

IMG-Reliance not to broadcast Pakistan Super League over Pulwama attack

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 00:10 IST IMG Reliance will not broadcast PSL in protest against the Pulwama terror attack (@thePSLt20 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIMG Reliance is the only producers of the Pakistan Super League worldwidePSL will go off air unless the PCB brings in an alternate production serviceThe move comes in response to 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers being killed in the Pulwama terror attackIMG Reliance Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League in protest against the Pulwama terrorist attack.On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in a terror attack while several others are battling for their lives following what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.”Due to unfortunate events a couple of days back which resulted in the death of Indian soldiers, IMG Reliance is pulling out with immediate effects, from offering broadcast production services for PSL. The incident that occured is deeply regrettable,” stated a mail addressed to Sohaib Sheikh and Kamil Khan of Pakistan Cricket Board, the content of which is in possession of PTI.Being the only producers of the event, the development means PSL will go off air unless the PCB brings in an alternate production services, an official said.The fourth edition of PSL got underway in Dubai on Thursday.The six-team tournament is currently being held in Dubai and Sharjah before moving to Pakistan for final eight matches, including the summit clash in Karachi.Also Read | Pulwama terror attack: Pakistan Super League telecast suspended in IndiaAlso Read | Denounce India-Pakistan World Cup match: Cricket Club of India secretary to BCCIAlso Read | BCCI asks Committee of Administrators to sanction Rs 5 crore for martyrs of Pulwama attackFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Pakistan Super LeagueFollow PSLFollow IMG RelianceFollow broadcastFollow Pulwama terror attack IMG-Reliance not to broadcast Pakistan Super League over Pulwama attackIMG Reliance pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League with immediate effects in protest against the Pulwama terror attack. At least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in the terror attack on Thursdayadvertisementlast_img read more

Film Industry Contributes $1.2 Billion to Local Economy

first_img Miss Robinson pointed out that this was the first time the figure had exceeded $1 billion, noting that the expenditure is the value of the budget that international productions spend in Jamaica. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the local film industry performed remarkably for the 2017/18 financial year, contributing a record $1.2 billion in film production expenditure to the local economy. Story Highlights Film production expenditure, which relates to the value of the production budget that comes into the island to offset the services rendered, shows that for the 2017/18 fiscal period, some $1.2 billion was allocated, up from $745 million in the previous year, representing a 65 per cent increase. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the local film industry performed remarkably for the 2017/18 financial year, contributing a record $1.2 billion in film production expenditure to the local economy.Film production expenditure, which relates to the value of the production budget that comes into the island to offset the services rendered, shows that for the 2017/18 fiscal period, some $1.2 billion was allocated, up from $745 million in the previous year, representing a 65 per cent increase.Miss Robinson pointed out that this was the first time the figure had exceeded $1 billion, noting that the expenditure is the value of the budget that international productions spend in Jamaica.“So, this would be to hire cast, crew, drivers, rental of equipment, anything that is part of the production process that is being spent in Jamaica,” she added.Some 124 international film productions took place over the period and generated 2,781 jobs.Miss Robinson explained that the Commission is able to differentiate and segment the types of productions that are shot on the island by tracking through the film registration process.“Documentary productions led the genres, with 35 documentaries filmed in Jamaica over the period, up from 17 in the previous year, and TV productions followed with 24, up from 15 in 2016/17,” the Film Commissioner said.Three feature films were shot on the island: ‘Yardie’, directed by Idris Elba; ‘Like Father’ and ‘The Intent 2’.For the first time, a webisode production was filmed in Jamaica.“We also had some high-profile productions filmed in Jamaica over the period, including ‘Caribbean’s Next Top Model’, and we were fortunate enough to shoot the entire season. We also shot an episode of ‘The Amazing Race Israel’ and an episode of ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’,” the Film Commissioner informed.Other prominent productions included the ‘Pretty Bird’ music video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z; ‘Perfect Places’ music video by Lorde, and ‘Candice Patton’ by America’s Next Top Model celebrity guest judge, Kelly Cutrone.“So, there has been quite a bit of activity in the local film industry as we tracked the various international productions that come into the island and the local personnel and services that they utilise for their projects. We are committed to improving our tracking and monitoring strategies,” Ms. Robinson said.The Commission is mandated to promote the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector.last_img read more

Yarmouth Nursing Home to be Replaced

first_imgYarmouth-area residents will benefit from a nursing home to replace Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac, a 79-bed long-term care facility in the town. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont and Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt, announced the new facility today, Aug. 1. It will be built in the Yarmouth area and is expected to be completed in 2011. “Nova Scotians want to know that if they need it, long-term care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility that will be better able to meet the needs of residents now and in the future.” “This announcement gives our community members the peace of mind they want and deserve,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “The replacement of Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac will ensure that residents can continue to live in a safe environment where they can enjoy a high quality of life.” The replacement of the home is necessary because of its age and layout. Originally built as a hotel, the facility presents unique challenges as it strives to meet the changing needs of residents who generally require more complex care. New long-term care facilities will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. It will allow them to be located in more communities around the province, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location as their health requirements change.last_img read more

Team Announced to Address Suburban Concerns in HRM

first_imgA government team will take action on the issues facing suburban families in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, today, Nov. 25, announced the creation of the Suburban Priorities Team. The team consists of five MLAs: Mat Whynott Becky Kent Dave Wilson Sid Prest Michele Raymond Creating the Suburban Priorities Team fulfills a government commitment. The team will help to strengthen schools as centres of the communities, remove barriers to sustainable transportation and allow families to reduce their carbon footprint, no matter where they live. “Suburban HRM has seen a lot of growth in recent years, and that’s put pressure on those communities. We want to ease those pressures,” said Ms. Jennex. “This team will come up with simple, common-sense solutions that will make life better for families in the suburbs.” Last week’s bicycle safety legislation is an example of a priority that suburban families have asked government to address. The government will introduce three bills today, relating to clotheslines, solar panels and transit. They will help suburban families save money and reduce their carbon footprint. HRM is supportive of the legislation, which will complement municipal work in the suburbs.last_img read more

Protectionism doesnt really help preserve jobs Rajan

first_imgUnited Nations: Protectionism does not really help preserve jobs and offers little defence against the job-destroying effects of automation and Artificial Intelligence, Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has said, asserting that industrial and developing nations cannot afford to ignore the democratic reaction from those left behind by globalisation and technological change. Delivering the keynote address at the 2019 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development at the UN Headquarters on Monday, Rajan said the open liberal democratic market system that brought the world enormous prosperity in the six decades or so after the second World War is now under attack. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalInterestingly the critics are not the usual radical academics or leftist leaders, instead they come from some of the most prosperous nations in the world. These are nations that have benefited tremendously from the open world order, he said. Rajan, the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, said, We know that protectionism does not really help preserve jobs. In this competitive world, jobs gained by a country in the protected sector are often lost in other sectors that are now rendered uncompetitive because they pay higher prices for inputs. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe added that protectionism offers little defence against the job destroying effects of automation and Artificial Intelligence, which often are the larger source of job losses. The only guarantee against redundancy is to help the workforce stay ahead through constant retraining. As populations age in industrial countries, more of them will become reliant on foreign demand from younger countries outside, especially developing countries and emerging markets to boost growth, he said. Is it wise to block imports today from the very countries you will have to export to in the future? Probably not, he said. Rajan said that while nations recognise the cost of protectionism, it is true that we cannot afford to ignore the democratic reaction from those left behind by globalisation and technological change. This should be true both of industrial, countries and developing countries. We have to pay more attention to those left behind. He added that if concerns of these people are to be addressed while preserving an open world, we should start by recognising that the globalisation of trade and investment flows has disempowered people and their communities. The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) is an annual platform to promote consensus among key stakeholders on financing for sustainable development. Ministers, senior UN officials, high-level finance officials, civil society, business representatives and local authorities, are meeting at UN Headquarters for the four-day FfD Forum, which will run from April 15 to 18. Rajan told the audience at the forum that there is a need to preserve a world open to trade and investment but we need to keep democratic support in order to do it.” I would argue that we must follow the principle of subsidiarity much more strictly going forward. Decisions should be taken at the lowest level consistent with effective governance. These decisions must be taken with an idea of cooperation, they must be taken responsibly given the spillovers both to the country as well as to the rest of the world, he said. Given the very different impact of globalisation across countries and within countries, Rajan said we must create more room for countries to choose their unique way of coping and countries themselves will have to further decentralise power so that differentially affected communities can chalk out their own paths. This is as much a developed country problem as a developing country problem. To conclude, globalisation of markets may paradoxically require far more localization of governance. Rajan stressed that emerging markets and developing countries will have to take much more responsibility in the fight to keep the world open. To have a chance of succeeding though, the disparate effects of globalisation and technological change both within and across countries would have to be managed much better, he said. He further said that there may be even need to contain some aspects of globalisation in order to preserve an open world. “For many decades, we in the developing world were told that we should join the global trading system and be open to foreign direct investment. While we recognise this would affect some of our people adversely, we were pressed to see this as an inevitable cost of development. Perhaps because democracy was still nascent in our countries, we implemented this advice overriding domestic opposition wherever it emerged, he said. While global trade and investment and global competition more generally has enhanced prosperity in many of the countries, the rising tide has not lifted everyone. Studies show that in trade-affected districts in India, the incidents of poverty were relatively higher as was violent crime and property crimes. Rajan stressed that the reality is that trade while typically beneficial overall, has a distributional impact creating winners and losers. This implies we have to work harder whether in developing countries or industrial countries to help the affected adjust. It is not however a license for protectionism. Unfortunately that is indeed what we see arising in parts of the industrial world,” he said.last_img read more

WatchTSX ekes out narrow gain helped by high oil metal prices

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended slightly higher as energy stocks and miners advanced on the strength of higher oil and copper prices.The S&P/TSX composite index closed ahead 14.80 points to 14,957.21 — adding to gains last week after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated it would continue with its wait-and-see approach to raising interest rates.The energy sector rose 0.9% as the May crude oil contract settled at its highest level in two weeks, rising 88 cents to US$47.45 a barrel.The April gold bullion contract rose US$3.10 to US$1,187.70 an ounce, while May copper advanced 2.9 cents to US$2.79 a pound, helping drive the TSX metals and mining sector 3.3% higher.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average dipped 11.61 points at 18,116.04, while the Nasdaq slid 15.45 points to 5,010.97 and the S&P 500 index inched back 3.68 points to 2,104.42.The Canadian dollar was up 0.51 of a cent at 80.01 cents US. read more

Canadian digital content hub Wattpad looks to propel creators to offline stardom

Canadian digital content hub Wattpad looks to propel creators to offline stardom by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 11:38 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Author Anna Todd poses for a portrait at a bookstore in Mexico City, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Wattpad is venturing well outside the digital realm as the Canadian-born online storytelling service propels its galaxy of creative stars further into the multiplatform universe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Dario Lopez-Mills TORONTO – The Canadian online storytelling platform Wattpad has proven to be a popular hangout for passionate readers eager to embrace the work of new writers, particularly when it comes to fan fiction tales inspired by pop stars, actors and literary characters.Now the Toronto-based company is increasingly looking to propel the work of its creative stars more into the mainstream, with partnerships for books, TV and films.Traditional entertainment companies have taken notice of Wattpad’s growing influence with engaged young readers. The company says it has 60 million active users and 2.5 million active writers each month.Last year, Wattpad joined forces with Universal Cable Productions — a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment — to develop original content for TV.And it was recently announced that Wattpad will work in tandem with HarperCollins Children’s Books and its executive editor, Sara Sargent, on choosing teen stories already shared on the platform to be brought to market through traditional publishing. French fiction publisher Hachette Romans will also translate Wattpad stories in print and digital book formats beginning in September.“Not only do we have phenomenal stories from unique, diverse storywriters all over the world, we also have audience and data behind it,” said Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios. “We know what countries their stories are biggest in. We know how many people read it last month…. We know there were parts they love and parts they hate.“There’s a lot of things that change from the moment we work with a producer or publisher to put out a movie or publish a book. But when you’re starting with a built-in audience, people who love that property, you have a way higher chance of success than you would if you’re just taking a dusty manuscript out of a drawer.”Among the company’s biggest success stories is Anna Todd, who transitioned from a Wattpad reader into one of its most popular authors. Todd’s “After” series inspired by superstar boy band One Direction netted millions of reads, transforming the fledgling Los Angeles-based fan-fiction writer into a bestselling publishing powerhouse. The “After” series has been translated into more than 30 languages and a film adaptation is on the horizon.“She had a brilliant voice,” said Levitz. “She talked about subject matter that was interesting, new and different, and it didn’t matter that the character’s name was Harry Styles — she’s a good writer, period. So, it was easy for us to take that to Simon & Schuster and say: ‘Let’s change his name to Hardin Scott and publish this thing.’ And it was easy for us to go to Paramount and say: ‘This is a major motion picture, let’s get this thing into development.’”Wattpad’s analytics can also offer clues about whether interest is surging or waning in a particular artist or project, he noted.“We know what celebrities are having a good or bad week by how many people are talking about them in their stories, or casting them in their stories,” said Levitz.“It can be quite predictive in not only finding the next boy band or seeing which franchises have peaked, because those superfans that are writing that fan fiction or reading that fan fiction, when they start leaving to do other things that’s a notion we can look at.”Wattpad’s success has been fuelled by the fact that writers love the interaction they get from the community of readers who are thrilled to engage with their favourite authors, Levitz added.“You hear our biggest writers say: ‘I wrote my first thing because I wanted to, but I wrote my seventh, eighth and ninth book because the audience egged me on.’ That’s really what fandom is about: sharing that love and that passion.”Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter. read more

EU should seek common approach to address tragic loss of life on

In this context, UNHCR and IOM underlined the need for creating proper reception services and building capacity to register new arrivals, support the voluntary return of migrants, process asylum claims and offer solutions to refugees.Further, stating that they, together with partners on the ground, have made “tremendous effort” to deliver basic protection not only to refugees and migrants but also to affected local populations, which in some places are also in dire need of assistance, the UN agencies, however, expressed worry that security constraints continued to hinder their efforts. They also outlined that given the current context, “it is not appropriate to consider Libya a safe third country nor to establish extraterritorial processing of asylum-seekers in North Africa.” Expressing hope that humane solutions can be found end the suffering of thousands of migrants and refugees in Libya and across the region, the agencies added: “We stand ready to assist and enhance our engagement, conditions permitting.” Last year, 2016, was the worst year in terms of people perishing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. According to preliminary figures from UNHCR, of the 363,348 people who crossed the sea, 5,079 people – almost 1 in 72 – were lost (died or missing). “To better protect refugees and migrants, we need a strong European Union that is engaged beyond its borders to protect, assist and help find solutions for people in need,” said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in a joint statement today. Such efforts, they noted, should include building capacity to save lives at sea or on land, strengthening the rule of law and fighting against criminal networks. The agencies also expressed hope that the meeting, to be held tomorrow, will also help move towards the adoption of a common approach to migration by the European Union. They also appealed for addressing “deplorable conditions” for refugees and migrants in Libya and called for concerted efforts to ensure that sustainable migration and asylum systems are established in the country and in neighbouring countries. “This should include a significant expansion of opportunities for safe pathways such as resettlement and humanitarian admission, among others, to avoid dangerous journeys,” the noted, urging to shift away from migration management based on “automatic detention of refugees and migrants.” Migrants at a detention centre in the city of Zawiya, Libya. Photo: Mathieu Galtier/IRIN read more

Womens basketball Ohio State Notre Dame battle for berth in Elite Eight

Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell drives to the basket and atttempts a layup against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinal in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorThe No. 5 seed Ohio State women’s basketball team heads back to Lexington, Kentucky, for its second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, after ending the seasons of No. 12 seed Western Kentucky and No. 4 seed Kentucky in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament.The Buckeyes lost last season in the round of 16 to No. 6 Tennessee. This year, OSU squares off against No. 1 seed Notre Dame, which is dealing with the recent season-ending ACL injury of its leading scorer and rebounder, Brianna Turner.OSU freshman forward Tori McCoy was due to match up with Turner, and said she will make the best of the situation.“She’s a great post player, but if she’s not playing, I’m going to use that to my advantage,” McCoy said.This news comes at a time when the Buckeyes’ post players are hitting their stride. Senior forward Shayla Cooper has averaged 14 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in the eight games since redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga left the lineup with a right foot injury. McCoy has also found her groove recently. She is 11 of 12 from the field and averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds and four blocks in the past two tournament games. “I had to come alive,” McCoy said. “It was kind of weird a little bit, being able to take that role and being able to score like that. I know that it was meant for me to come out and try to do something and contribute a little bit.”OSU’s leading scorer and Big Ten Player of the Year, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell, got off to a slow start in the first round versus Western Kentucky, but ended the game with 15 points. In the second round, she scored a more characteristic 21 points, and said she will look to carry that confidence over to Friday’s game.“(I will) try to stay confident in my game,” she said. “Trying to stay confident in my play and the confidence my teammates and coach have for me. I want to continue to have that confidence, I think that should be fine. Then defensively make sure I’m on my P’s and Q’s as far as not fouling, staying out of foul trouble as much as possible, small stuff like that.”The Scarlet and Gray will have the advantage of familiarity as they head back to Lexington for their third straight game. OSU traveled to Lexington, Kentucky — the location of the first two rounds. However, the venue is different.“Even though it’s a different arena — we’re going to play in Rupp (Arena) now — I think being in the same place will bring some comfort to our team,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Although some might’ve seen playing in Lexington against the hometown Kentucky Wildcats as a disadvantage, McGuff believes it might’ve been for the best.“I think that tested our resolve a little bit, that Kentucky game, in a tough environment. So we had to show a lot of fortitude, and now you’re going up against one of the best teams in the country, and they’re going to test us in many ways,” he said. “We’re going to have moments where we face adversity, we have to stick together and have to execute. As hard as it was to go on the road, we’re better for it than we would’ve been if we played at home.”OSU will tipoff against Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Friday. read more

Melbourne gets its own White Tower

first_imgThe 32nd Sister Cities Festival has come and gone, but this year’s event has been particularly special following the unveiling of a White Tower replica. An initiative of Melbourne’s Thessaloniki Association, Vice President Christina Despoteris saw the project as an opportunity to honour the ongoing connection between the two cities with a tangible gift to the City of Melbourne that can be passed on from one generation to the next. Thousands gathered at the Federation Square for the Festival on Sunday, where Ms Despoteris made an emotional speech.“What started out as an idea around the dinner table when I was acting president of the Thessaloniki Association, developed into a multi-faceted, cross-cultural, intergenerational community project,” she said.“I just didn’t want to chair meetings and organise tavern nights. I wanted something more tangible, long lasting and a tribute to the sister city relationship.”Ms Despoteris spoke about her love for Thessasloniki, which started while working for the Ethnic Affairs Commission. She produced a concert to celebrate the coming together of the two cities based on the initial agreement signed in 1984 by the Mayor of Thessasloniki, Theocharis Manavis and the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Cr Kevin Chamberlain.She also thanked Susan Campbell-Wright, Chairperson of the Art and Craft Committee of the Royal Melbourne Show who contributed many hours of her own time to work on the project.“What you see in front of you today is a magnificent work of art. The White Tower Melbourne is immaculately decorated by hand made laurels, crocheted and knitted by ladies from the Greek and broader communities of Melbourne, Athens and Thessaloniki,” Ms Despoteris said.“These ladies have contributed either by crocheting one or two laurels at workshops or have made several hundred and in two cases, 1,000 laurels each,” which are the national flower of Greece, and an emblem of prosperity and fame.Also presenting on the day were the Thessaloniki Association’s President Paul Mavroudis, Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP, Minister for Families, Children & Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos MP, President of the GOCMV Bill Papastergiadis, and Secretary General of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association John Pandazopoulos. Susan Campbell-Wright (C) and her husband Steve after being bestowed Honorary Membership to the Thessaloniki Association for their contribution to the project by vice president Christina Despoteris.Attendees also had the chance to see snippets of the project from start to finish with a video produced from the many photographs taken throughout the process. Food trucks were set up with the smells of meat cooking over charcoal filling the air and sweet Nutella covered loukoumades, while dance groups took to the stage to entertain those gathered throughout the day.“The event went very well, there were people going through continuously. The whole afternoon there was dancing and singing, and the food stalls went very well,” Ms Despoteris told Neos Kosmos.“I have never been as proud, as overwhelmed, nor have I been as grateful for the Greek community and the broader community here in Australia. But I wasn’t surprised because I really believed in the project, and in the people around me.”The tower has since been relocated to its new home at the administration entrance of the City of Melbourne’s Community Services Centre next to the Town Hall on Swanston Street, with hopes that it will one day find a place in a gallery. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Reality check approaching for Clark County budget

first_imgMost residents of Clark County won’t notice the impacts of the $21.6 million in cuts and fund transfers proposed to balance the 2017-2018 budget. But county officials say that a lack of revenue and rising expenses for the county, largely from labor, could cause services to be cut in coming years.“This has been building for more than a decade,” Deputy County Manager Bob Stevens said. “For 15 years now, we have been incrementally dealing with the fact that revenues are a tiny bit shorter than our expenses.”Each budget cycle, he said, the county has had to come up with short-term fixes that don’t address how the county is structurally unable to raise enough money to cover its expenses.“We’ve put off maintenance, we’ve put off saving for the future with new buildings,” he said. “These are things that are going to compound and come home to roost.”County figures project expenses to rise 3.2 percent annually between 2016 and 2020 to cover the rising costs associated with employee retirement and medical costs. Wages and benefit costs are projected to rise $7 million in 2016 alone.last_img read more

Carragher back Salah for the POTY

first_imgJamie Carragher believes that Mohamed Salah should be rewarded for his fantastic season by being voted as the Player of the year in the Premier League as he will have to fight for it against Kevin De Bruyne.The former Fiorentina and AS Roma player has scored 29 goals in this Premier League’s season so far and Jamie Carragher believes that it is enough to top over Kevin De Bruyne in their race for this award.The former Reds defender spoke about Salah as he said, according to 101 Great Goals:“All season I thought De Bruyne would win it.”“About a month ago I said that Salah was on De Bruyne’s coattails but now I honestly think he’s gone past him.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He scored four against Watford, got the late winner at Palace and then scored home and away against City.”“What Salah is doing is unprecedented. Ronaldo is the only player who has scored that number of goals from playing out wide.”“Even Thierry Henry, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the Premier League, only got 39 goals in his most prolific season ever. That shows the kind of company Salah is in.”“He’s still got five Premier League games left and potentially three more in the Champions League.”“Salah has to win Player of the Year now. You’d be hard pushed to make a case against him.”last_img read more

Suspects steal over 500K from Hermes De Paris at Fashion Valley Mall

first_img FASHION VALLEY (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Western Division are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate multiple suspects wanted for burglarizing the Hermes De Paris store at the Fashion Valley Mall.On Jan. 21 at 4:18 a.m., three vehicles arrived at the north entrance of the Fashion Valley Mall, located at 7007 Friars Road, in San Diego. A total of ten suspects got out of the vehicles and then forced entry into the Hermes De Paris store by using a pry bar to open the front door.The suspects were inside the store for approximately two minutes and stole various items including purses, jewelry, and clothing. The total loss is estimated at over $500,000. These suspects may be related to a statewide series were high-end department stores are being burglarized.Description of Suspects:All of the suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves.Suspects’ Vehicles:The suspects used three vehicles and each one had paper plates. The vehicles are described as a white Chevy Suburban, and two blue colored sedans (possibly imports).Update:Investigators conducting follow-ups have recently recovered surveillance photos of the suspects believed to be responsible for this crime.Anyone with information on this case should call San Diego Police Department’s Western Division at (619) 692-4800 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Updated: 3:55 PM Suspects steal over $500K from Hermes De Paris at Fashion Valley Mall February 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

2 killed 5 injured after car collides with median in Nalgonda

first_imgTwo people were killed after their car collided with a median in the wee hours on Sunday at Peddhakaparthi village outskirts in Chityal mandal of Nalgonda district. Of the total seven inside an Innova car, two people were dead on the spot and five others were seriously injured. The police who received the information rushed to the spot and sent the injured to a hospital. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us A case was registered by the police and the victims are yet to be identified. On July 30, four persons were killed in two separate road accidents in erstwhile Nalgonda district. In the first case, two persons were thrown out of the car when it lost control on Narketpally-Addanki highway. In another case, two persons suffered head injuries after their bike was hit by an unknown vehicle.last_img read more

Fakhrul says Rangamati gun attack wellplanned

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirTerming Rangamati gun attack a well-designed one, BNP on Tuesday said violence and criminalisation by miscreants is growing centring elections in the country for lack of democracy and atmosphere for credible polls, reports UNB.”Bangladesh has got affected with the disease of terrorism. BNP considers killing of any people in terror attacks is a hateful act. I think the attack on election officials at Baghaichhari is a well-planned one. I strongly condemn and protest the incident,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.In a statement, he also demanded the government identify the attackers and mete out exemplary punishment to them.At least seven people, including an assistant presiding officer, were killed and 13 others injured in a gun attack on a vehicle of a motorcade carrying election officials and law enforcers in Baghaichhari upazila on Monday evening.Fakhrul said ruling party men themselves are indulging in violence and killing for establishing their supremacy in the voter-less upazila elections.”The criminals in their localities got encouraged to grab power through the midnight ballot stuffing during the 11th parliamentary election,” he observed.The BNP leader also said the ruling party leaders are now in a competition of capturing local power through vengeful acts as they do not have any accountability to people.He also alleged that people are getting killed in different dangerous incidents as ruling party men has taken violence and hatred as their political programme.Fakhrul claimed that people did not respond to Monday’s second phase of ‘unilateral’ upazila election as they do not believe that any credible election can be held under the current government.”The current government has moved away from people’s confidence. A one-party rule has been the only means for the government to cling to power,” he said.The BNP leader alleged that the government is using the state machinery to eliminate the opposition. “The government wants to stay in power by creating panic among people and threatening them.”He prayed for salvation of the departed souls of the gun attack victims and wished early recovery of those injured.last_img read more