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first_imgAddArjun: Mama see baba is on TVAnjali: YeahArjun: He is hitting many sixesAnjali: Must be an ad beta…Sometimes it just takes a short message to give the big picture. This SMS joke best captures the cynicism and anger of cricket fans across the country. Within hours of India’s shameful exit,AddArjun: Mama see baba is on TVAnjali: YeahArjun: He is hitting many sixesAnjali: Must be an ad beta…Sometimes it just takes a short message to give the big picture. This SMS joke best captures the cynicism and anger of cricket fans across the country. Within hours of India’s shameful exit from the World Cup, this message was circulating across the country. Emanating from India’s commercial capital and authored first in Marathi, the SMS targeting Sachin Tendulkar is symbolic of the disillusionment of the fans. Are the fans justified? That is a separate debate but the perception definitely is that cricketers are sacrificing cricket at the altar of crass commercialism. From endorsing alcohol to lubricants, India’s cricket icons are selling it all. M.S.DhoniRs 8 cr75 days a year spent on advertising 15 brands @ 5 days per brandBRANDS ENDORSED Reebok, Reliance Comm, TVS, GE Money, Siyarams, Brylcreem, Titan Sonata, Exide, Castrol, Pepsi, Seagram etc The last one year has seen cricket stars dominating advertising mindshare on TV and mega bucks going into advertising on cricket properties on TV. According to a recent study, sportspersons had the maximum, 58 per cent share in celebrity-endorsed advertising on TV in 2006 with new kids like Mahendra Singh Dhoni hogging the limelight with 15 brands in his endorsement basket. Even though he is a junior player, Dhoni gets a retainer fee of Rs 30 lakh per annum from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a B-Grade player. In 2006, even an introvert Rahul Dravid endorsed 12 brands, appeared in 22 creatives and got 6,48,637 secondages on TV.From being a religion, cricket in India has become a Rs 1,500-crore business and riding this wave are cricketers. In the runup to the ICC World Cup, while other teams were strategising and focusing on the crucial championship, the calendars of the Indian squad were choc-abloc with endorsement appointments. From launching colas to jerseys, the Indian team was seen mostly at brand promotion events, rather than the practice nets. Those who didn’t have too many brands chasing them were busy giving interviews on TV. Sourav Ganguly was walking his talk for a channel on February 26. As the team landed on Caribbean shores, India XI’s victory over Windies in a warm-up match further fuelled the hype. It seemed like a dream unfolding, almost like the commercials they shot. But reality has a way of catching up. In less than a fortnight, their posters were targets for angry fans’ footwear and tar. The ultimate irony was up against the Mumbai skyline where a Reebok hoarding featuring Yuvraj Singh says, “Sponsorships can’t get me the runs.” Sachin TendulkarRs 40-45 cr70 days a year spent on advertising 14 brands @ 5 days per brandBRANDS ENDORSED Pepsi, Cannon, MRF, Adidas, Sunfeast, Pantaloons, Audemars Piguet, G Hanz and Nazara TechnologiesThe morning after, the brands left their ambassadors. It took very little time for the special edition World Cup cola, Pepsi Gold, to disappear from shop shelves. Commercials featuring cricketers have been replaced with Bollywood’s evergreens and some like Microsoft haven’t even bothered to formally launch their products (Yuvraj Singh Xbox 360).It’s perhaps time for Dravid and his boys to note that for them cricket should be the end and not a means to an end. Defending the ambassadors of this cricket capitalism, sports marketing and talent management companies are going blue in their faces screaming from the rooftops that endorsements have little to do with failure on the pitch. That may be so. But the team’s preoccupation with corporate commitments when they should have been training does seem to have impacted their performance. In the week before the tournament they were shuttling between cameras when their competitors were sweating at the nets. Indeed, many were doing multiple shoots. Videocon Chairman and Managing Director Venugopal Dhoot says the company has shot several campaigns with Dhoni and Dravid before they left for the West Indies in March. It might take a Duckworth & Lewis to arrive at the inverse correlation between Dhoni’s performance and his endorsement deals but few will dispute there is a connect. Rahul DravidRs 13 cr60 days a year spent on advertising 12 brands @ 5 days per brandBRANDS ENDORSED Bank of Baroda, Max New York Life, Hutch, Sansui, Britannia, Sahara, Pepsi, Reebok and CitizenStrangely the BCCI did not feel the need for a training camp. Says Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI’s administrative officer: “Normally, there is a camp for 10 days before a tour. However, since the team had been playing so much there was no camp.” The only team activity before the World Cup organised by the BCCI was the launch of the official World Cup kit with Nike. Compare this with global best practices. Eight weeks before the National Football League in the US, players are put into camp and not even allowed to meet their spouses. It is not different in cricket. The Aussie team was put on a “loading and tapering programme” by its coach and fitness coordinator in the runup to the World Cup even as they played the one-day series against the Kiwis. On the face of it, Indian cricketers need to devote five to six days to a brand for shooting commercials or promoting the product and it would seem not such a big price for a secure future. After all, they have put a few years of sunshine before stumps. But the equation gets lopsided by the sheer volume of the deals being signed. The top five players have around 10 products each which means they are off the wicket for at least 60 days a year. And when it happens to be before a crit-ical championship, it is bound to take the focus away from the game. Tendulkar, who endorses 14 brands according to an Adex study, would have to spend 70 days in a year on these deals, as he commits five days in a year to each brand. Virender SehwagRs 5 cr40 days a year spent on advertising 8 brands @ 5 days per brandBRANDS ENDORSED Adidas, Boost, Pepsi, Nazara, Hero Honda, Sahara and BritanniaWith increasing penetration of TV in India, the stakes are rising. Tendulkar, for instance, struck two mega deals last year with two companies, which would manage his endorsements in India and abroad. He has reportedly signed a Rs 180-crore deal with Iconix, the sports management arm of ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The deal will give Iconix the right to manage Tendulkar’s association with different brands in India for a period of three years. As far as marketing deals with Indian celebrities go, this is clearly the mother of all, as it guarantees Tendulkar endorsement deals worth at least Rs 54 crore a year. Iconix gets a percentage of the total endorsements as its fee. Tendulkar has another deal with World Sporting Group, for his international rights. His asking price is approximately Rs 3 crore for a one-year contract with a single brand. Explaining the cricket icon’s tremendous popularity with the brands, Saatchi & Saatchi India CEO V. Shantakumar, says: “Tendulkar is not merely a sports star, he is what is called a love mark, a celebrity who inspires irrational loyalty.” Nobody would grudge the Little Master his prosperity but when the team fails, it is the stars that get shot down first.With cricket being the only sport in India, corporates have been betting more and more money on players. It is estimated that about Rs 370 crore was directly riding on these men through advertising spots that media buying agencies bought on behalf of their clients from Sony Entertainment. TV has converted cricket from a sport into a business opportunity. Of course, Sony has been left with an inventory worth Rs 80 crore, which it was holding back and which will end up as a loss for the channel. As cable and satellite penetration touches 100 million in India, this is the only sport that delivers the Indian audience to marketers. Saurav GangulyRs 5 cr35 days a year spent on advertising 7 brands @ 5 days per brandBRANDS ENDORSED Chirag Computers, Hero Honda, Puma, TCL, Tata Indicom and SaharaWith 105 million cable TV homes in India, which add up to 500 million viewers, no marketer worth his salt can ignore a cricket-crazed country. The revenues from the ICC World Cup show how the game has increasingly been monetised by TV rights. Nimbus paid $550,000 (Rs 2.5 crore) for the rights for the 1992 World Cup and clocked revenues of $2.5 million (Rs 11 crore). At that time, India contributed 20 per cent to the total revenues. The current World Cup’s revenues tentatively stand at $300 million (Rs 1,300 crore) and India’s contribution is 65 per cent. Besides the rise in revenue, the number of sponsors has also gone up to 12, against eight and four in the 2003 and 1999 world cups, respectively. With cricket delivering ratings of 8 points, consumer companies have been chasing these eyeballs by both using cricket stars as ambassadors and buying ad spots for leading global cricket tournaments.This has seen the emergence of self styled talent managers who are in effect brokers trying to sell the celebrity to as 28 INDIA TODAY’Å APRIL 16, 2007 many buyers as possible as the intermediaries get a percentage of the deals they crack. Since the lifespan of a cricketer is no more than 10 to 13 years, he tries to cash in as much as he can in this period, claim experts. Thus, no sooner does a new player come into the horizon, dealmakers rush to him with a sign-on bonus and a yearly contract. And there are no clauses about performance. Devraj Sanyal, director at Percept D’Mark, a firm that manages the endorsements of Yuvraj, Ganguly and Sreesanth, says: “Slowly, the performance clauses are slipping in. For example, periods when Tendulkar is injured, there is a slackening of the contract and numbers go down depending on non-playing time, etc.” Yuvraj SinghRs 8 cr40 days a year spent on advertising 8 brands @ 5 days per brandBRANDS ENDORSED Pepsi, Microsoft, Hero Honda, SBI Cards, Seagram, Trent, Marico and ReebokWhat is shocking is that the BCCI has no norms governing endorsements. Barring a disclosure clause required by the Board, wherein all players have to share what brands they are endorsing such that there is no conflict with the Board’s sponsorships, it is a free for all. Players have raked in moolah even endorsing alcohol brands. In November 2006, the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notices to the Union Health Ministry and the BCCI in a case seeking directions to restrain Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj and Dhoni from appearing in an ad for Royal Stag whisky. Endorsements may not be the only reason for the dismal performance, but they have come under the scanner as they have taken the player’s minds off their core competency to play cricket. Sanyal agrees the team was “de-focused due to endorsements and appearance other than cricket.”Those who chose to bet their brands on the cricket bandwagon are now reviewing their strategies. With the Caribbean debacle, many players’s contracts are likely to be questioned as will cricket strategies of many brands. So far, the performance of the player, the number of matches he played and his place in the squad determined his annual income from a particular brand. But now the performance of the team and the individual player will be woven into contracts so that the brand is protected from any downside in the fortunes of the team and the player. Anirban Das Blah of Glob Sport, a sports marketing and talent management firm which manages Dinesh Karthik and Zaheer Khan, says: “Indians have a volatile relationship with cricketers, which is why we are not big on cricket as it is a risky proposition.” Dinesh KartikRs 40 lakh5 days a year spent on advertising only one brandBRAND ENDORSED NikeHaving burnt their fingers once, marketers will certainly review their practice of using cricket as an ad opportunity. Reebok shot with the players in January but has no plans to air the commercial anytime soon. With India out of the tournament, no one wants to see the players strutting on TV if they can’t perform on the field. Reveals adman Prahlad Kakkar: “After the team’s exit from the tournament, the production value of campaigns, which have ended up as losses, is anything between Rs 150 crore and Rs 200 crore for the industry. While Rs 1,000 crore was directly riding on these men, the industry will take a bigger hit in terms of poor revenues as sales of products will be hit.”On the back of this debacle, media buying companies and advertisers are asking Sony Entertainment to re-negotiate the advertising deals as they now want to place their ads on other bands as viewer ship has plummeted. Manish Porwal of Starcom, a media buying agency, says: “We want Sony to consider giving us inventory on other channels as the current deal will mean losses in efficiency and profit.”In the run-up to the World Cup, Sony Entertainment sold airtime worth Rs 370 crore to Indian corporates. Says Sajid Shamim, director, marketing, Reebok India: “The team in this World Cup was almost the same as the last World Cup, but we still went wrong.” Perhaps it is time for both sponsors and cricketers to introspect. It is time both sides took a commercial break.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) Ahead of the Asian Airgun Championships, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has terminated the contract of two of the longest-serving officials at the Karni Singh Ranges. Balak Ram (71) and Tilak Raj Suri (75), well beyond the superannuation age, but two of the most recognisable faces at the ranges for nearly three decades were told their services were no longer required. Balak Ram, popularly known as Bapu, and Suri, popularly known as Suri Saab, had joined the Ranges in 1990 and were only entitled to a monthly pocket allowance for nearly 15 decades. In 2000, following the intervention of one of the range administrators, they got SAI contracts. Both were in charge of the armoury, one of the most important places inside the shooting range, where all the guns and ammunition are stored. Their job was to issue guns, ammunition, targets and clay birds. They worked under eight different administrators even though it meant travelling nearly 35 km to reach the range every day. During major international events, including the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, they worked round the clock. “Both Suri and I worked day and night during all international events held at the shooting ranges. We always used to be at the shooters service till late in the evening. Even after dedicating 25 years to this range, we were never regularised by the Sports Authority of India – a fact that will always hurt,” said Balak Ram. “People suggested that we approach the court to get our services regularised but we were never interested in any kind of litigation.” Yesterday, a small farewell was arranged for them at the range and they left with tears in their eyes. PTI AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — After a downer of a finish the previous night, there was no carry-over for the New York Islanders.Twenty-four hours after yielding three third-period goals and giving up three two-goal leads in a 6-5 loss to the rival Rangers, the Islanders skated past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1.In a meeting between the first- and last-place teams in the Metropolitan Division, New York got 37 saves from backup goalie Chad Johnson and goals from four players, including one from Michael Grabner, making his return to the lineup in an injury-filled season.Although neither Grabner nor Johnson took the ice in the loss to the Rangers, both said they were eager to get back on the winning side.“I don’t think you want to get in a spiral, losing two, three four in a row,” said Grabner, who’s missed 40 of his team’s first 58 games. “It’s nice to get back the two points, put that behind us and move on.”Grabner’s third-period breakaway gave the Islanders a 3-0 lead and was more than enough for Johnson, who last won Jan. 10 against Columbus. He is 2-0 this season against Carolina.“He made some great saves,” Grabner said. “We gave up a lot of shots, and he bailed us out a lot of times.”The Islanders improved to 8-2 on the second end of a back-to-back and 38-19-1 overall.“This is where you can sort of build your identity as a team and show your true character,” Johnson said. “When you have a high-energy game like we had (Monday night), it’s tough to play back-to-back. But I think tonight, we really regrouped and stuck to our game plan and got a good result.”Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Grabner and John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who improved to 19-3 against the Metro Division behind Lee’s 19th goal of the season, Nelson’s 16th and Grabner’s sixth.Carolina, coming off a 6-3 win at Ottawa, outshot New York 18-8 in the second period and 38-30 overall, but couldn’t dent Johnson until Jiri Tlusty’s goal with 8:46 remaining.Tavares scored his 28th of the season on an empty net with 4:19 remaining.The Islanders outshot the Hurricanes 14-7 in the first period and easily could have had more than a one-goal lead. New York hit the post twice — Nelson and Grabner — before breaking through against Anton Khudobin on a power play late in the period.Lee grabbed his rebound in front and poked the puck through the legs of Khudobin with 2:54 left. The Hurricanes entered the game with the league’s No. 2 penalty kill (87.8 percent), but against the Islanders this season they allowed four goals on their first nine penalties.Jay McClement hit the post for Carolina in the first period from close range, but the Hurricanes got little pressure on Johnson.“We didn’t execute when we had some rushes,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said. “We had a 3-on-2 and a 4-on-2 that didn’t materialize into anything, so those hurt you.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMotorists traveling across Iowa are at a greater risk for hitting a deer right now.Mick Klemesrud, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says late May into the early part of June is the second-worst time of the year for deer running into traffic.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….THIS YEAR’S FAWN :17Only November ranks higher than June for vehicle-deer collisions. And the animals aren’t just darting into traffic early in the morning or late at night.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….THE DAY :05According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, 12 people were killed in vehicle crashes with deer in Iowa over the last four years.Hundreds of other people were injured, while thousands more have at least dealt with deer-related damage to their cars or trucks.The DNR has a deer advisory board, which has agreed to a statewide deer population that supports an annual hunting harvest of 100,000 to 120,000 deer.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….ACCEPTABLE :10Another reason for the rise in vehicle-deer crashes this time of year involves the increase in cars on Iowa roads due to the start of the summer travel season.last_img read more

first_imgThe initial board members have been announced for Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation, the province’s new independent administrator to help Nova Scotians reduce energy use. William Lahey, Hector Jacques, Carol MacCulloch, and Michele Wood-Tweel were appointed to the board today, Jan. 26. “We are fortunate these highly qualified and accomplished individuals have agreed to serve on the board,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “These individuals bring a wealth of experience to the table, and I am confident they will serve the board and Nova Scotians well.” Mr. Lahey will serve as the chair. Environment deputy minister Nancy Vanstone has been appointed as a non-voting board member. “I am honoured to have been recommended as board chair for this important new corporation,” said Mr. Lahey. “Efficiency Nova Scotia is critical to ensuring the lowest possible electricity rates in the future, while helping Nova Scotians use less energy and save money on their power bills.” The initial board of directors has been appointed for a term of two years. Under the Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation Act, the board has the ability to select up to six additional directors. Before the board announcement, legislation to create Efficiency Nova Scotia was proclaimed today. Efficiency Nova Scotia is being created after an extensive 2008 consultation process chaired by David Wheeler, who was dean of Dalhousie University’s faculty of management. “Stakeholders and experts confirmed that best practice internationally now requires an independent entity for energy conservation, and I am very pleased to see government accepted our recommendations,” said Mr. Wheeler. “Nova Scotians will have a single access point for energy-efficiency programs, and I am confident the new board will succeed in fulfilling this mandate.” More information, including biographies and a backgrounder, is available online at .last_img read more

first_imgThe first week of the Commission on Inclusive Education’s public engagement has already seen more than 1,400 Nova Scotians have their say, both online and in person. “We’re delighted with the response so far,” said Sarah Shea, chair of the commission. “It’s important for us to hear the perspectives of parents, students and teachers. We are looking to Nova Scotians to tell us about the successes and the challenges with the existing model of inclusion, and especially to provide us with solutions for moving forward.” Along with Ms. Shea, commission members Monica Williams and Adela Njie have visited schools from Yarmouth to Cape Breton, with more visits planned in the coming weeks. “We have seen some really innovative programs where administrative staff and teachers are working together to support student success,” said Ms. Williams. “However, we know this isn’t everyone’s experience, so we need to hear first voice stories, ideas and suggestions for making things better for our students.” “It’s been very inspiring to see the innovations underway in our schools – and equally frustrating to know that some students are still not getting the support they need,” added Ms. NJie.“Public engagement now and through to the submission of our final report will be crucial to achieving positive and meaningful change.” The public workshop in Halifax takes place today, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. with a full registration of 300 participants. The public engagement continues until Dec. 15 with an online survey and options to submit feedback in writing or by video. Visit for details on how to share feedback.last_img read more

first_imgLying naked on a bed fresh green vegetables below the words “Go Veggie – Your Body Will Love You for It”, Amanda Holden stars in a hot new campaign for PETA.The ad goes on to point out that vegetarians are, on average, slimmer than meat-eaters and have lower rates of heart disease and cancer. And the 45-year-old vegetarian star’s toned physique, which is 100 per cent un-retouched, speaks a for itself. The ad, available here, was shot by top photographer Trevor Leighton.“My vegetarian lifestyle keeps my body trim, gives me loads of energy and makes me feel happy. So when PETA suggested not retouching this image, I said, “Why not?” – the image is as natural as my lifestyle.”“I have been a vegetarian since I was 13 …. For me, there are many benefits …. My skin’s always good. I never feel bloated”, explains Holden in an exclusive video interview with PETA. “The best thing you can do for animals is to just leave them off your plate”.Going vegetarian isn’t only good for your health. Each person who goes vegetarian drastically reduces his or her carbon footprint and spares many animals every year immense suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats.Holden is part of a growing list of celebrities – including Vivienne Westwood, Sir Paul McCartney, John Bishop, Pamela Anderson, Lucy Watson and many more – who have teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote meat-free meals.last_img read more

Despite the Southwest monsoon in late May, which triggered flooding and landslides in the country’s southwest provinces, country-wide drought conditions are ongoing with the total affected population reaching over two million people in early September. However, the figures reported by the Disaster Management Centre have reduced due to brief inter-monsoonal rains experienced in mid-September across various districts. The UN however says these rains are unlikely to significantly alleviate the ongoing drought conditions which are predicted to continue in the coming weeks.In March 2017, one-quarter of households were seriously concerned about access to drinking water with levels of water available for general household use declining. According to assessments in August by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Ministry of Disaster Management, 45% of communities have reported that their closest reservoirs are now empty, with overall water levels in reservoirs at 18% in the beginning of August compared to 47% this time last year. Several suicides have been directly attributed to the effects of the drought in Sri Lanka, the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) news quoted the United Nations (UN) office in Sri Lanka as saying.Since late 2016, Sri Lanka has been experiencing a lack of rainfall which has developed into what is believed to be the worst drought in 40 years, with significant impacts on the economic activity, livelihoods and lives of communities. According to the Department of Agriculture, due to the floods in May and ongoing drought impacting the primary and secondary harvests of 2017, the rice production for 2017 is expected to be the lowest paddy production in the last 10 years. The production forecast for 2017 will be sufficient for just over 7 months of household consumption. As a result, over 300,000 households are estimated to be food insecure with many households limiting their food intake and in some cases eating just one meal a day.The inability of farmers to cultivate their land has also caused the availability of agricultural work to decline and consequently in many drought-affected communities, indebtedness is rising. 50% of households surveyed in a recent World Food Programme assessment reported that their debts have almost doubled compared to 2016 due to a lack of agriculture based income.The UN says this is having serious consequences for the health and wellbeing of communities, with several suicides being directly attributed to the effects of the drought. (Colombo Gazette) As of Tuesday, a total of 1,927,069 people were estimated to be affected by the drought across 17 districts, according to the Disaster Management Centre in Sri Lanka. read more

first_imgLong identified as staunch friends of Israel, Democrats are now being accused of anti-semitism The claims have echoes of those against Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Feb 23rd 2019, 6:01 PM Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar. Share20 Tweet Email1 WHILE LABOUR’S PROBLEMS in dealing with anti-semitism have been well documented in the UK, similar issues have been creeping up for US Democrats.The issues haven’t caused the internal upheaval seen in Labour, but they represent a glimpse into a changing party that is fascinating in its complexity.The most high-profile incident led to an apology by Ilhan Omar who, along with Rashida Tlaib, are the first Muslim women elected to congress.Omar was forced to apologise when criticism she made about US politicians’ support of Israel was accused of promoting anti-semitic ideas.In a tweet a fortnight ago, Omar had said this support was “all about the Benjamins baby”. A reference to a hundred-dollar bill, in the style of Puff Daddy.The initial tweet was vague in exactly what she was pointing too, something that posed a problem for the congresswoman.Politicians both inside her own party and out claimed that the tweet was potentially anti-semitic, hinting that Jewish money was having an outsized influence on US democracy.A trope that’s precisely within the definition as laid out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.Critics pointed the fact that the tweet ignored the myriad of reasons behind US support of Israel, such as geopolitical concerns in the region, and reduced them to money alone. Source: Ilhan Omar/TwitterHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among those to condemn the statement and demanded an apology from her Democratic colleague.The apology came from Omar but it was one which also asserted her right to criticise the influence of lobby groups in Washington.“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” she said in her apology, before later reaffirming what she called “the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics”.It was that latter point which garnered Omar support among left-leaning activists and commentators.The role of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, has long been a matter of debate in US politics.The lobby group has the stated aim of promoting Israel’s interests to US lawmakers and among other things brings new congresspeople on a sponsored trip to the country.In a follow up tweet to the one that caused controversy, Omar named the organisation as being particularly influential in Washington.Several writers and supporters have defended Omar for naming the organisation, stating that criticism of its lobbying should not be equated to anti-semitism.“We need to be able to examine the money and influence in politics that every special-interest group, including pro-Israel lobbying groups such as Aipac, wields,” Alex Kotch wrote in The Guardian. Notes with messages of support at Omar’s office. Source: PA ImagesWhat’s also noteworthy about the controversy is not the tweet alone but that it coincided with a genuine political debate about the boycott movement in the US.Similar to the ongoing debate in Ireland over the Occupied Territories Bill and the push to boycott some Israeli goods, Omar and Tlaib support the same campaign in the US. Known there as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.When congress met for the first time after the recent midterms, the first bill passed by the Republican-led US Senate was one which attacked the BDS movement.It forced Omar and Tlaib to come out against the legislation, putting them in opposition with the Democratic party leadership, which opposes boycotting.The subsequent controversy over the tweet has led to further concerns that genuine public debate over official policy towards Israel is conflated with a debate around anti-semitism.Or that those who oppose Israeli policies engage in anti-semitic language when doing so.This has proven problematic for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour with party members having been suspended, expelled or forced to resign as a result.Corbyn’s longtime Palestinian activism is popular among an enlarged Labour membership and there are certainly echoes of this among the leftward-moving Democrats.Former president Barack Obama and his testy relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu was one part of this, but changing electoral dynamics are another, as evidenced by the elections of Somali-American Omar and Palestinian-born Tlaib.But while Labour under Corbyn has warmly embraced protest-friendly politics, Democrats are more wary of doing the same. As seen when it dropped sponsorship from the hugely successful Women’s March movement because of its leadership’s links to the Nation of Islam.The controversy served as an example of the complexities inherent when a party expands its support-base and how it may become associated with groups it does not necessarily support or have influence over. Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez/TwitterThe charge of guilt by association is one that has become a constant in UK politics in relation to Corbyn and has even made its way across the Atlantic.Much-talked about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke to Corbyn himself and both shared complimentary tweets, earning her criticism from corners as mainstream as CNN.The primary difference of course between Corbynite Labour and the new breed of Democrats is that the latter have not yet become the dominant voice in their party.They are unlikely to in the same way too, such is the US political system and the lack of political whips.But in a reinvigorated party that is looking towards building a coalition of support for 2020, they can’t afford to be ignored either.The challenge therefore is to make sure when their voice is heard the language they use is appropriate, and not open to being dismissed as bigotry. center_img 16,430 Views Image: Alex Edelman/PA Images Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 6:01 PM 53 Comments Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar. 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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share41 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 12:30 PM Provincial Championship schedule to be broadcast by @rtesport for 2019. #TheSundayGame— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) April 30, 2019 59 Comments NINE MUNSTER SENIOR hurling championship games will be televised live this summer as part of RTÉ’s 2019 GAA schedule.The broadcaster announced the list of games it will be covering live today with the action in Munster dominating the provincial programme.A double-header of hurling action opens the live coverage on Sunday 12 May with Waterford taking on Clare in Walsh Park at 2pm and Cork facing Tipperary in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 4pm. There will be eight round-robin games covered in Munster before the final on 30 June while there will be two Leinster round-robin ties televised and then their decider will be broadcast also on 30 June. 27,553 Views Source: The Sunday Game/Twitter RTÉ’s coverage begins on Sunday 12 May.center_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Munster hurling dominates as RTÉ announce schedule of 31 live GAA games for 2019 season The season begins with live games from Walsh Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday 12 May. Apr 30th 2019, 12:30 PM RTÉ’s coverage begins on Sunday 12 May. Image: James Crombie/INPHO By Fintan O’Toole Subscribe Short URL In contrast there is a notable lack of live provincial football championship ties on RTÉ. The four finals in Connacht, Munster, Leinster and Ulster will be covered over an eight-day period between 16-23 June with just one other game to be shown, an Ulster semi-final tie on 8 June.The coverage will continue in the All-Ireland series with knockout games in football, hurling and camogie.2019 The Sunday Game Live ScheduleSunday 12 MayMunster SHC: Waterford v Clare, Cork v Tipperary.Sunday 19 MayMunster SHC: Tipperary v Waterford, Limerick v Cork.Sunday 26 MayLeinster SHC: Galway v WexfordSunday 2 June Munster SHC: Waterford v Limerick, Clare v Tipperary.Saturday 8 JuneUlster SFC: Fermanagh/Donegal v Antrim/Tyrone/Derry.Sunday 9 JuneLeinster SHC: Kilkenny v Galway.Munster SHC: Limerick v Clare.Sunday 16 JuneMunster SHC: Clare v Cork or Tipperary v Limerick.Connacht SFC finalSaturday 22 June Munster SFC finalSunday 23 June Ulster SFC finalLeinster SFC finalSunday 30 June Munster SHC finalLeinster SHC finalSunday 7 JulyAll-Ireland SFC qualifier Round 4Saturday 13 July All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Round 1Sunday 14 JulyAll-Ireland SHC quarter-final or All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Round 1Sunday 21 JulyAll-Ireland SFC quarter-final Round 2 (Croke Park)Saturday 27 JulyAll-Ireland SHC semi-finalSunday 28 JulyAll-Ireland SHC semi-finalSaturday 3 AugustAll-Ireland camogie quarter-finalSunday 4 August2 All-Ireland SFC quarter -finals Round 3Saturday 10 AugustAll-Ireland SFC semi-finalSunday 11 AugustAll-Ireland SFC semi-finalSaturday 17 AugustAll-Ireland camogie semi-finalsSunday 18 August All-Ireland SHC final Sunday 1 SeptemberAll-Ireland SFC finalSunday 8 SeptemberAll-Ireland camogie finalsSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

first_img Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 7:30 PM Developers looking to build 611 apartments and three townhouses on former RTÉ campus The site was purchased from RTE for €107.5m over two years ago. Aug 28th 2019, 7:30 PM 32 Comments Image: Sam Boal via Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share11 Tweet Email1 Image: Sam Boal via By Gordon Deegan 20,982 Views Short URL CAIRN HOMES HAS lodged planning documentation with An Bord Pleanála signalling its intention to build 611 apartments and three townhouses on the site it purchased from RTE for €107.5m over two years ago.The number of units planned is 114 – or 20.6 %- higher than the original 500 apartments and nine homes Cairn initially indicated it would construct on the 8.64 acre site at RTE’s Donnybrook campus after its purchase in June 2017.The site was sold at 43% above the guide price of €75m.In a notice published by An Bord Pleanála, the Cairn plans for the former RTE lands at Stillorgan Road and Ailesbury Close, Donnybrook, D4 is described as “611 apartments, three townhouses, two cafes, one childcare facility, demolition of one existing sports & social club, change of use of Mount Errol from existing office use to private residents member’s club & gym and associated site works”.Before the 2017 deal, Cairn Homes CEO, Michael Stanley stated: “If an opportunity like the RTE site comes along, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire a site of that quality.”The planning documentation lodged by the building firm starts a nine-week long pre-planning consultation with An Bord Pleanála (ABP).The consultation will involve Dublin City Council planners and at the end of the consultation, An Bord Pleanála will provide an ‘opinion’ on the development.It is then open to Cairn Homes to take into account of the views expressed by ABP before lodging an application directly to it under Government fast track planning rules.Speaking in March, Stanley said that Cairn Homes hopes to commence construction on the former RTE site in 2020.Last November, the appeals board initiated pre-planning consultation for Cairn’s then plan for 619 apartments and three townhouses at the RTE site but Cairn Homes withdrew the proposal on December 20th last.The Strategic Housing Development (SHD) rules allow developers to by-pass local authorities and have their applications decided by the appeals board. The new rules can save a year or more in the time required to have large-scale planning applications decided upon.Last year, Cairn Homes’s revenues increased by 125% to €337m as its pre-tax profits increased six fold from €6m to €37.6m.Third parties cannot make submissions on pre-planning consultations but when Cairn lodge its planning application, all documentation in relation to the pre-planning will be available to view and third parties will then be able to lodge submissions.Cairn is currently building on 15 sites in the greater Dublin area, which will deliver more than 5,250 new homes.last_img read more

first_imgLe piratage aurait coûté 172 millions de dollars à SonyLe piratage des services en ligne du géant japonais, notamment celui de son Playstation Network, aurait eu un coût qui s’élèverait à 172 millions de dollars.Pour la première fois, Sony a livré une estimation du coût du piratage dont ont été victimes ses services PlayStation Network, Qriocity et Sony Online Entertainment. Les “coûts connus” sont ainsi estimés à quelque 172 millions de dollars pour l’exercice 2011-2012, qui se termine le 31 mars 2012, explique ZDnet. En revanche, on ne sait pas ce que cette somme recouvre exactement, notamment le manque à gagner dû à l’interruption des services durant un mois.En plus du piratage, le tremblement de terre qui a secoué le Japon en mars a considérablement augmenté les pertes du géant nippon. Durant son année fiscale 2010-2011, Sony a indiqué qu’il avait enregistré une perte de 3,2 milliards de dollars, dont 280 millions pour le seul séisme. Un chiffre qui pourrait même être revu à la hausse lors du prochain exercice. Une année vraiment noire…Le 24 mai 2011 à 11:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgBefore ilani even opened in April 2017, the Cowlitz Tribe promised it would fund therapy for compulsive gamblers.That service became a reality this summer. Anyone struggling with a gambling addiction can seek help from three certified counselors who work for the Cowlitz Tribe.Kara Fox-LaRose, ilani president and general manager, said the counseling will operate autonomously from casino influence.“The tribe has been involved in health and human services for many years,” said Fox-LaRose. “In anticipation of the (casino) opening, the tribe made a formal commitment to the state of Washington by way of their compact to dedicate a portion of gaming revenue to programs and services in support of its dedication to fostering healthy communities. … This is a new service available to those seeking assistance with compulsive gambling.”The Cowlitz Tribal Treatment Program is at 7700 N.E. 26th Ave., Vancouver. Fox-LaRose said that staff at ilani won’t seek to refer gamblers who appear to have a problem, but will be able to give information to anyone who inquires.Fox-LaRose said the main emphasis is in training casino staff so that they are properly educated on all of the services if someone does want help. There is a Player Services area at the casino that can provide assistance. People may also call the Washington State Gambling Helpline: 800-547-6133. Cowlitz Tribe counselors can be reached at 360-947-2247.“We train our team members to be prepared if one of our guests are inquiring about programs that may be available or if they want to seek help,” Fox-LaRose said.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed he’s a little disappointed following his team’s 1–1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.The Gunners took an early lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but a goal from Brighton’s Jurgen Locadia ensured the home side took a share of the spoils at the Amex Stadium.Unai Emery’s men failed to turn their first-half dominance into a victory, meaning they have now just one win from their last five Premier League away games.“I’m a little disappointed,” Emery said, according to Goal.“I think the key today was the first half. We controlled the match like we wanted to, we scored and had two good chances from Aubameyang to get the second, but then they equalised.”kanu, arsenal'Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…“It gave us the second half to try again to control the match, create chances and be able to win, but we didn’t do that.”“In the second half we couldn’t do our ideas on the pitch to impose [ourselves]. We created less chances in the second half.”“Today was a very important three points, but football is like that and in 90 minutes we draw.”last_img read more

first_imgOn Tuesday, Commodity Classic launched an all-new mobile app allowing attendees to access information, receive messages and engage in social media from their smart phones and tablets. The free Commodity Classic convention and trade show mobile app gives show-goers the ability to make their own schedules, lookup session, event and shuttle times, navigate with maps, fill out surveys, and much more. Visit “We’ve seen first-hand how more people are turning to smartphones and tablets for information they need on so many things, and this new app makes sure you’re up-to-date on what’s going on at such a large event,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Rob Elliott.  “Each year, the technology gets better and better – not just for farm equipment, but for mobile devices, and our farmers are always very interested in using the best tools available.”In less than two weeks, a record-breaking number of soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers from around the country will gather at the 19th Annual Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas for an experience that will educate, enlighten and entertain. From new product rollouts to thoughtful discussion of important agricultural issues–education is a key element of Commodity Classic.Commodity Classic is the largest farmer-run agricultural convention and trade show in the nation. Each year, acres of displays, equipment and technology fill the trade show floor and 2014 is no exception, with the largest trade show in the event’s history. Exhibitors bring their most knowledgeable people to Commodity Classic, giving attendees access to the best problem solvers in the industry.The event is presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship—as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation.For more information or to register for Commodity Classic, which kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 27, visit read more

first_imgFirefighters quelled a fire Monday night in The Vision Clinic, 7600 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. That is the office of Dr. Frank R. Mossman, a longtime optometrist.Fire District 6 was alerted at 8:42 p.m., with the headquarters station only several blocks from the clinic.Firefighters hooked a hose to a hydrant and, just before 9 p.m., reported the fire was knocked down, including in the attic.No one was reported injured, said Dawn Johnson, spokeswoman for Fire District 6.No flames were seen but there had been heavy smoke, especially in the rear of the building.The Vancouver Fire Department also sent engines and crews to help, Johnson said.Firefighters were using powerful fans to ventilate the building and checking for hidden hot spots.About 9:05 p.m., a fire commander asked that a deputy fire marshal be sent to the scene to investigate. The cause and a dollar damage estimate were not available at The Columbian’s press time.Mossman has been at the clinic for 30 years, a family member said.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or read more

first_img Folio: Like most magazines, Men’s Health has a formulaic approach in its design, and it inarguably works. What changes have you already made to that formula? Folio: So what brought you back to Men’s Health? This story originally appeared on Folio:’s sister site, minonline. Schnaidt: The limitations prevent us from doing things for sure. What’s great about digital is it allows us to do things we can’t in print, like video. It enables us to expand upon our content. Folio: Anything exciting in the pipeline you can share? Schnaidt: My approach is to simplify. When you present a simple solution it shows you have really thought through the problem and it shows the reader that you understand. That takes a lot of work. When I’m asking editors questions I’m asking for more and more. I’m trying to get to a visual nugget and have a light bulb moment. I try to think like an editor. A designer is not just a designer and the same is true for an editor. Schnaidt: It’s funny because on the surface people think of Men’s Health as guys who only eat chicken breasts. But we did a reader survey and found the readers are more complex. They want actionable advice. That informed my redesign. We want to make the magazine look as easy as possible but also seem actionable. One of the changes we’ve made is the photography. We didn’t want to just do studio shots, we wanted more contextual shots in natural environments so readers can relate. Going forward, we really have to think about different kinds of readers and plan around our writing and visuals. It’s about striking the right balance. When Matt Bean was named editor-in-chief of Men’s Health in October 2016, he had a new vision for the brand, including a redesign of the magazine that reaches nearly 14 million readers. To execute that vision, he called on Mike Schnaidt to take over the reigns as creative director. Schnaidt is an MH alum, but also has a diverse résumé that includes stints at Entertainment Weekly, Popular Science, and Esquire. We wanted to get a better sense of how that background will play a role in MH’s new look, so we caught up with Schnaidt to find out.center_img Folio: What principles and philosophies are anchored in your approach, regardless of what publication you’re designing for? Folio: Can those limitations sometimes cause headaches that don’t exist in the digital space? Schnaidt: When I’m working in print I’m working within limitations. That makes you more creative. You think about page count, which is finite and dimension, which is also finite. It forces you to come up with new ideas page by page. And it pushes us to come up with new visualizations. Folio: What do you love about designing in a print medium? Mike Schnaidt: Matt’s excitement and vision. Before I accepted the offer, I knew he wanted to do a redesign and reinvigorate the brand. It’s energy I didn’t see when I was here before. Working my way up the ranks and seeing the magazine through different iterations, I had thoughts on what the magazine should be. Matt and I are similar in that way and are right in the middle of the audience in that we are into the same stuff our audience is. I joke around that it’s the one job I’m qualified to do. Schnaidt: One of our upcoming issues is on innovation and we’re shaking up the structure of the feature well. We’re really ready to make some changes to the classic magazine structure. The next issue will have some surprises.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday April 28th, the Town of Wilmington will be holding the Annual Town Elections, a week prior to the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday May 5th. One of those elected contests is for the position of Town Moderator.The primary job of the Town Moderator is to manage the business of the Annual Town Meeting efficiently, fairly and without bias. The individual must be articulate, respectful, and organized, with a thorough understanding of Roberts Rules of Order.Rob Peterson has filled that role admirably for the past three years. He has fulfilled all of the requirements of that position with decorum and an understanding of the process. Whether or not you agree with an expenditure or a specific article on the warrant, Rob will provide an individual the opportunity to express a viewpoint, question the proponent of an article, and moderate courteous and civil discourse as the process requires.I have know Rob personally for about seven years and I can think of very few young professionals or family people who have donated as much time and talent to organizations and causes that help to make Wilmington a better place to live. He has proven himself to be personally and ethically above reproach.Although Town Meeting is open to all registered voters, the reality is that Saturday May 5th is likely to be a busy day for many families. Perhaps it will even be a nice day outside! Please consider those who will be an attendance that day, giving up their time, serving your Community. Please get out to support and elect Rob Peterson for the position of Town Moderator on Election Day, Saturday April 28th, hoping for a fair, respectful and expeditious Town Meeting.Respectfully,Chris NevilleNOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Town Moderator Jim Stewart Endorses Rob PetersonIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Rob Peterson For Town ModeratorIn “Letter To The Editor”TOWN MODERATOR RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, June 5, 2019:An Avalon Drive caller believed someone went through his truck overnight, but he had to leave for work. Police responded and located 11 additional vehicles that appeared to have been rummaged through. An emptied wallet was found with no cash or credit cards. A handful of items found outside vehicles were taken to the station and logged. (3:49am)——–An Andover Street caller reported someone excavated onto his property. He’d like a no trespass order delivered. (6:55am) Police later issued a no trespass order. (8:42am)Fire Department responded to smoldering mulch in front of CVS. (10:52am)Animal Control Officer removed an injured gopher from Deming Way and brought to Tufts Veterinary Hospital. (11:15am)A caller reported her car was entered overnight at Avalon Oaks. The door was left unlocked. Nothing appeared to be taken. Vehicle was being borrowed from her nephew. (4:14pm)A Main Street caller reported 2 male parties were on her property, possibly trying to break into their utility trailer. Individuals took off towards Silver Lake area. Homeowner doesn’t believe anything was taken, but noted it was the second consecutive night they heard people in their yard. Police advised homeowner to call police if they hear people in their yard. Police checked the area, but were unable to locate anyone. (10:35pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 14: Unlocked Vehicles Entered Overnight; Trouble At Group Home; Street Sign & Mailbox VandalizedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_img More about 2019 Porsche Macan AWD Yes, you read that correctly. The Macan — Porsche’s compact SUV and the company’s best-selling model — will be an electric-only affair in the not-too-distant future.The next-generation Macan will go into production “early in the next decade,” Porsche confirmed in a statement Tuesday, and will be built at the same facility as the current Macan, in Leipzig, Germany. The Macan will ride on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture being co-developed by Audi, which will underpin a number of EVs across Volkswagen Group brands.Specific details are slim as of now, Porsche only confirming the Macan will have 800-volt charging technology. For reference, Audi says the 800-volt system will allow its upcoming E-Tron GT to achieve an 80-percent charge — good for about 200 miles — in just 20 minutes.Enlarge Image”Green” will soon apply to more than just the Macan’s paint. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The Macan EV will arrive on the heels of Porsche’s Taycan hatchback and Taycan Cross Turismo high-riding wagon, formerly known as the Mission E. “By 2022 we will be investing more than 6 billion euros in electric mobility, and by 2025, 50 percent of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the board of management for Porsche AG, said in a statement.As of now, the Macan is Porsche’s best-selling model by a long shot. The company sold 23,504 Macans in 2018, more than doubling the sales of its second-best-selling model, the Cayenne SUV. In fact, last year, the Macan outsold the entire Porsche 911, 718 and Panamera model ranges combined.Whether or not this will be a smart move remains to be seen. The global EV charging infrastructure will no doubt get more robust over the coming years, and by transforming its most popular model into an electric-only offering, Porsche is indeed jumping on that bandwagon something fierce.”Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology,” Blume said, “and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future.” Porsche Porsche Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 0center_img More From Roadshow 22 Photos Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2019 Porsche Macan: Why mess with success? 2019 Porsche Macan S: As lovely as ever Electric Cars Luxury cars SUVslast_img read more