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first_imgDo you have your steering wheel turned in the right direction?Have you kept it that way long enough for the wheels to finally grab and begin to move you in the direction you want to go? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Here in Ohio, we’ve had some snow and ice. Because I am teaching my two teenage daughters to drive, I want more snow and ice. The best way to learn how to drive in snow and ice is to go to a big open parking lot and slide around.When you are sliding on ice, it’s important to keep the wheel turned in the direction of your slide and your foot off the brake. It’s scary when you’re sliding until the wheels catch. You keep sliding for a while even though you are doing everything right.This is true in other areas of your life, too. In sales, you can be doing everything right and still not yet achieving the results you need. You are spending a third of your time prospecting. You are nurturing the relationships you need inside your dream client by feeding them value. You are following up consistently. Maybe you are even spending some time each week on your personal and professional development and improving your business acumen.Because you are sliding in the wrong direction, you might think you need to change everything, try something new, or do something that would seem to make more sense. A lot of the time, you just need to keep the wheel turned long enough to get some traction.This morning I received an email from a consultant who promises his clients “instant results.” Most of the results you want and need couldn’t be obtained instantly. You can’t get rich quick, and you can’t lose weight fast.Longer term, sustainable results are the results of doing the right thing, which always includes a few fundamentals that most people find unpleasant, over a long period of time.last_img read more

Yusuf Mannan pays ode to Burma teak

first_imgMannan’s line of library furniture looks like colourful waves on the wallAllium sativum, better known as garlic, is a mundane kitchen essential. But Bangladesh-based designer Yusuf Mannan has put a new spin on the staple with his Lehsoon range of lamps, which mirror the shape of their namesake. The lampshades,,Mannan’s line of library furniture looks like colourful waves on the wallAllium sativum, better known as garlic, is a mundane kitchen essential. But Bangladesh-based designer Yusuf Mannan has put a new spin on the staple with his Lehsoon range of lamps, which mirror the shape of their namesake. The lampshades, fashioned out of translucent fabric, mimic the delicate garlic casing while the pedestal is a roughly-hewn piece of teak wood.The Lehsoon lamps are fashioned from fabric and teakThe National Institute of Design (NID) graduate’s other muses are equally eclectic. He claims to be inspired by the Shakers, an 18th century religious group founded in England, local Gujarati artisans called kakas and even charming doll’s houses. Inevitably, this 33-year-old’s creations reflect his varied influences while celebrating individuality and technique.Mannan believes that beauty and functionality go hand in hand. As a result, his line of furniture and lifestyle products bear the unmistakable stamp of originality while addressing practical concerns. The designer’s miniature collection is made out of salvaged scraps of woodThough imaginative, the young designer likes to steer clear of over-the-top ornamentation. Instead, he loves to play around with natural textures and shapes while crafting his products.At his Dhaka studio, you can browse through the Mangrove Collection which sings paeans to untreated wood. The series is noted for its spartan chairs, tables and recliners with grainy, unpolished surfaces. “I am mostly inspired by the natural world. When in doubt, I try and draw parallels from nature to come up with a solution,” he says by way of explanation.Despite possessing a bare-bones aesthetic, all his furniture pieces exude personality. And yes, his designs are a far cry from heavily-embellished items that populate most urban living spaces. “A lot of my recent creations take inspiration from Shaker furniture that rarely sported elaborate details,” says the maverick.Over his decade long career, Mannan has worked with sundry materials but it is wood that ticks all his design checkboxes. “My first and only love is wood, Burma teak to be more specific. It has beautiful grains, the sweetest fragrance and is very forgiving too,” he explains.Reconfiguring familiar shapes is Mannan’s forte. So his Library Collection has curved racks in vibrant tones instead of conventional straight-lined shelves. Cocking a snook at tradition, the designer has also come up with a miniature line of furniture with thumb-sized beds, tables and dressers that are just right for a doll’s house. “I salvaged scraps of wood and set out to make miniatures. At that scale you really begin to understand the material better and when you revert to actual scale, you start being more precise,” he elaborates on his style, adding that his next step would be to make entire dollhouses, down to the last little detail.The Time Tree installation, made for Wipro, combines wires and clocksNo stranger to the world of unorthodox shapes and proportions, Mannan has a unique way of functioning. He barely sketches on paper anymore. When an idea strikes, he rushes to his workshop, starts drawing on a piece of wood and eventually executes the design. All his creations are handcrafted and retailed through his website.But this avant-garde designer, who employs traditional wood-crafting techniques in new ways, also has a knack for fashioning thematic interiors. He started a firm called Bent by Design in 2007 with Hidish Salam, a furniture designer from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and T.When an idea strikes Mannan, he executes the design without drawing on paperKuldeep, another alumnus from NID. Since then, the trio has worked on different platforms of design. But the jewel in the label’s crown is the futuristic experiential space in the Wipro campus, Bangalore. From an installation made out of clocks and colourful cables titled Time Tree to lines replicating race tracks, the space is built around a Formula 1 theme.”The F1 pit stop has been used as a metaphor for speedy customer service,” explains the designer.Just like the sport, design, according to Mannan, is synonymous with play. But it is serious play, and he definitely wants to stay ahead of the pack.advertisementlast_img read more

Suzuka on typhoon lockdown as F1 bosses hope Japan Grand Prix can go ahead

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Should Sunday’s rescheduled qualifying session not be possible then Valtteri Bottas will be on pole position by virtue of being was quickest in Friday practice, a whisker ahead of teammate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton.The Mercedes pair, benefiting from an aerodynamic upgrade, was followed on the timesheets by the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, with the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel fourth and fifth.Qualifying has been rescheduled to 10am Sunday, with the race at 2:10pm , providing the weather improves in time. Mercedes sitting pretty As it stands Mercedes are sitting pretty as they look to secure the one-two finish they need to clinch a record sixth successive constructors championship.ADVERTISEMENT Thousands of sandbags were deployed to protect pit lane garages from flooding, electronic timing gear was moved inside and even the victory podium signage dismantled and packed away.Formula One sporting director Steve Nielson said the aim of the massive lockdown was to ensure that “when we come in on Sunday morning, the timing, the start lights, the GPS, the light panels around the circuit are in an environment where they have a chance of surviving the storm.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manHe told on Friday that the sport’s technical staff faced an unprecedented logistical task to keep at bay one of the biggest typhoons to hit Japan in decades and would work throughout Saturday night “connecting everything back up again and systems-checking” once the worst of the storm had passedThe 10 Formula One teams also went into survival mode with mechanics and support staff working furiously to raise sensitive equipment off pit lane floors in case of flooding and protecting garages with sandbags and plastic sheeting. Olympic gold medalist retires after receiving 20-month ban Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan PLAY LIST 03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan00:50Trending Articles04:47DOST-PAGASA 4 P.M. weather update, October 12, 201902:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Becoming his own mancenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect A win for Hamilton on Sunday would leave only Bottas, who lies 73 points behind, able to catch him in the drivers’ standings with just four races to come after Japan.It would also put the Englishman in line to wrap up a sixth drivers’ title, a feat only previously managed by Michael Schumacher, and third world title in a row at Mexico later this month.The typhoon is already wreaking havoc across Japan and has forced the cancellation of two matches at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday.Rated “large and very strong”, the storm was forecast to crash into land in central or eastern Japan early Saturday evening, packing maximum gusts of 216 kilometers per hour (134 miles per hour) Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the second practice session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)Japanese Grand Prix organizers were hoping that Sunday’s race would be able to go ahead as Typhoon Hagibis began to lash a deserted Suzuka Circuit with wind and heavy rain on Saturday.A huge ground operation to protect the track and infrastructure was launched as soon as Friday practice ended and lasted late into the night after Saturday’s entire program was canceled on safety grounds.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

U-19 WC star Ishan Porel wants to focus on speed & accuracy, not India call-up

first_imgIndia’s U-19 World Cup winning star Ishan Porel brushed aside any hopes of a India call-up and said that in the next few months, he will look to focus on his speed and accuracy.The lanky pacer from Bengal picked up six wickets in the tournament, including a 4/17 against Pakistan in the semi-finals. And after his tremendous success in the World Cup, Porel’s coach Bibhash Das had stressed a few days ago that his student should now aim breaking into the India team for the 2019 World Cup. But his ward has other ideas.The 19-year-old said that he wants to work on his skills for now and not focus on a senior team call-up. (Prithvi Shaw: The journey from Shivaji Park to ICC U-19 World Cup glory)”I am not thinking about that (senior team call up) at the moment. For now, I will have to work on my speed and I want to bowl closer to the batsmen, maintaining the line and length,” Porel said.WATCH”Now everyone wants me to play in India team. But I don’t have a remote control that I will play in the senior team. It’s a step by step procedure. I’ve do well in Ranji Trophy, Hazare, Mushtaq and then India A,” he pointed out.#U19CWC CHAMPIONS – INDIA! World Cup (@cricketworldcup) February 3, 2018And it won’t be easy indeed. India have a tremendous set of pacers at their disposal currently and everyone is in top form. Therefore, the Bengal pacer feels that he should try and emulate the senior team pacers and walk on their path in realising his “dream” of making the 2019 World Cup squad.advertisement”My aim would now be to first recover from my injury and then try to emulate our senior team bowlers. (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) they all have so much variation in their bowling and I will look to do that as well. (ICC U-19 World Cup: Every experience along the way has helped, says Prithvi Shaw)”It won’t be easy to get into the Indian team like that and playing for India in the 2019 World Cup is still a dream,” Porel told IANS after touching down in Kolkata, days after helping the U-19 team lift the World Cup for a record fourth time in New Zealand.He returned to India along with his teammates to India on Monday and then took a flight to Kolkata on Tuesday morning. It was a festive atmosphere outside the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport around 10:50 am when Porel was scheduled to arrive from Mumbai. (Pakistan coaching staff had high praise for Indian Under-19 team: Rahul Dravid)Scores of supporters thronged the premises cheering Porel’s name and holding aloft the India flag.Shutterbugs kept on clicking to get the best shot as the wiry 19-year old came out of the airport, all smiles and soaking in all the euphoria, a first for him.There was a lot of jostling among media persons to which Porel took note and obliged all of them at a city government guest house later. (ICC U-19 World Cup: Shubman Gill, Anukul Roy emerge as India’s brightest stars)”Nothing has changed for me. It’s the same as earlier,” Porel said reflecting on the hoopla surrounding him since winning the Cup.”It’s just that getting more attention. I want to know what I’m doing. It’s an advantage as I will be keenly followed in whatever tournament I play. And, if I’m able to perform well, it will help my cause.”Now everyone recognises my face, many also clicked selfies. It’s another experience. I’m getting everything I desired as a kid, maybe slowly it’s happening. But I will always keep in mind that it’s just the beginning. I will have to focus on future,” Porel said reflecting on all the hoopla surrounding him.Hailing for Chandannagar, a town in Hoogly district, 52 kilometers from Kolkata, Porel is not likely to play the Vijay Hazare 50-overs domestic tournament for Bengal in order to recover fully from his foot injury.Porel picked up the knock during India’s opener against Australia and could not play the next league engagements before returning to the fold against Bangladesh in the quarter-final.Porel was was instrumental in India’s win against Pakistan in the semi-final, grabbbing four wickets. He took two wickets in the final as well, where India beat Australia by eight wickets.”When I got injured, I broke down and was angry on myself,” Porel said.advertisement”Then when I heard Aditya Thakhare will replace me, the determination to get back and play increased. I just had to comeback.”Porel made his Ranji Trophy debut against eventual champions Vidarbha last year, returning figures of 4/139 in the first innings.”Last year I would have made my debut in the Ranji opener against Rajasthan. But I had to return because of an injury. I was out for three months. Knee injury, ligament was out for six-seven months. A pacer is always injury-prone.,” Porel said.Asked about coach Rahul Dravid’s statement on Monday that India were not at their best in the final, Porel said, “We played well that’s why we won. But yes the brand of cricket we played in the quarter-final and semi-final, we could not replicate that maybe. There was pressure of final.”Behind the scenes as the celebrations continue for India in the changing room! #U19CWC World Cup (@cricketworldcup) February 3, 2018Porel will now go to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for rehabilitation.”The injury is still there and in the final it was paining while I was bowling. I did not let that affect my performance. Now I will do rehab at NCA and try to get back in shape. I am going to NCA after 7-8 days,” the Dale Steyn and Brett Leee fan signed off.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Summer transfer window: club-by-club guide for the Premier League

first_img Midfielder Fred has joined Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk. Photograph: Manchester United/Man Utd via Getty Images Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Premier League Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues Cardiff City’s Bobby Reid takes on Torquay in a friendly. Photograph: Simon Galloway/PA features Play Video Cardiff CityA solid window so far for the promoted side, who have raided four old Championship rivals for additions in key areas. The arrival of striker Bobby Reid from Bristol City is particularly eyecatching. Two more signings are likely though and the Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, who spent the second half of last season on loan with the Bluebirds, is being sought for a longer stint. The West Brom winger Matt Phillips is another target. Nick AmesIn Bobby Reid (Bristol City, £10m); Josh Murphy (Norwich City, £11m); Greg Cunningham (Preston, £4m); Alex Smithies (QPR, £3.5m).Key outs None.ChelseaThe arrival of Jorginho should help bring the “pinch of quality” Maurizio Sarri wants to add to his midfield, although far more will be needed in what may be a frantic few weeks. Aleksandr Golovin, the CSKA Moscow midfielder, and the Juventus defender Daniele Rugani are among Chelsea’s top targets. Pre-season plans would be thrown into chaos if Sarri cannot persuade Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to stay. NAIn Jorginho (Napoli, £50.4m).Key outs Kenedy (Newcastle, loan); Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town, loan); Mason Mount (Derby County, loan). Transfer window: the most expensive signings so far this summer – video Pinterest Crystal PalaceRoy Hodgson says Palace must be frugal but there are areas in glaring need of improvement, particularly at centre-forward. They also hope to persuade Ruben Loftus-Cheek back from Chelsea for another year, a plan that depends on Maurizio Sarri’s views. External interest in Wilfried Zaha will remain until the winger signs a new deal; another forward, Bakary Sako, has rejected a new contract. Brentford’s Ollie Watkins is a potential replacement for the latter. NAIn Vicente Guaita (Getafe, free).Key outs Yohan Cabaye (Al-Nasr, free); Damien Delaney (Cork City, free); Lee Chung-yong (released); Diego Cavalieri (released).EvertonMarco Silva is still waiting on his first signing as Everton manager, with the much-needed improvements to a poor squad yet to materialise. Interest has been registered in several left-backs, notably Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Lucas Digne, and Digne’s Barcelona teammate Yerry Mina is a central defensive target. An attacking midfielder is also wanted at a club looking to slash its squad size and wage bill. Andy HunterIn None.Key outs Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal, £4.4m); Wayne Rooney (DC United, free); Joel Robles (Real Betis, free). Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic with new signing Jean Michaël Seri. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Pinterest Twitter Facebook The rush after Russia – Premier League clubs struggle with new transfer deadline Facebook 1:29 Topics Burnley TottenhamThere was relief when Mauricio Pochettino ignored Real Madrid’s interest, but otherwise much of the focus has been on the move into the new White Hart Lane. The pace should pick up when the departures of Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembélé and Danny Rose are finalised, with Pochettino targeting Wilmar Barrios, Jack Grealish, Antony Martial and Wilfried Zaha. JSIn None.Key outs Keanan Bennetts (Borussia Mönchengladbach, £2m).WatfordGerard Deulofeu and Ben Foster are well known to the Premier League and, as former loanees, to Watford fans, but of the new arrivals Adam Masina, who is expected to become the first-choice left-back, could be the most important. A new striker is still required but with a bloated squad Watford are looking to sell first. SBIn Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, £11.5m); Ben Foster (West Brom, £4m); Adam Masina (Bologna, £3.5m); Marc Navarro (Espanyol, £3m); Ken Sema (Östersund, £1m); Ben Wilmot (Stevenage, undisclosed).Key outs Nordin Amrabat (Al-Nassr, £4m); Mauro Zárate (Boca Juniors, £2m); Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest, £2m). Pinterest Facebook Leicester CityRiyad Mahrez’s departure has been partly offset by the addition of James Maddison in creative terms, while Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans look excellent defensive additions. The Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has joined, while Lazio left-back Jordan Lukaku has been linked and there is an obvious need for a wide man to help fill the void left by Mahrez. Monaco’s Rachid Ghezzal has been linked and interest in Jack Grealish could be revived. NAIn James Maddison (Norwich, £24m); Ricardo Pereira (Porto, £17.5m); Jonny Evans (West Brom, £3.5m); Danny Ward (Liverpool, undisclosed).Key outs Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, £60m); Ben Hamer (Huddersfield Town, free); Robert Huth (released).LiverpoolSpectacularly done and star-dusted, it would seem. Some £176m has been spent improving last season’s Champions League runners-up, with the midfield overhauled by Naby Keïta and Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri offering variety to the attack and, most importantly, Alisson addressing the longstanding goalkeeping problem for a world record fee for that position. A £53m deal for Nabil Fekir is not expected to be revived. AHIn Alisson (Roma, £65m); Naby Keïta (RB Leipzig, £52.8m); Fabinho (Monaco, £40m); Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City, £13.5m).Key outs Danny Ward (Leicester, undisclosed); Emre Can (Juventus, free); Jon Flanagan (Rangers, free). Share on Pinterest Sign up for The Fiver, our free daily football email. Transfer window FulhamThe £30m double deal for Jean Michaël Seri and Maxime le Marchand from Nice was a declaration of intent but there is more work to be done. Most importantly Fulham require a striker, with the on-loan Aleksandar Mitrovic having been instrumental in their promotion before returning to Newcastle. Work continues on a deal to secure his return. SBIn Jean Michaël Seri (Nice, £25m); Maxime Le Marchand (Nice, £7.5m).Key outs David Button (Brighton, undisclosed); Ryan Fredericks (West Ham, free).Huddersfield TownLast season’s goal shortage explains David Wagner’s signing of Monaco’s Adama Diakhaby for around £8m. The France Under-21 striker scored only three goals in 30 appearances last term but Wagner clearly spies potential. Ditto with Egypt’s former Stoke winger Ramadan Sobhi, one of six newcomers to have signed for a collective total approaching £30m. They include marquee buy Terence Kongolo, whose £17.5m permanent move from Monaco makes him Huddersfield’s record signing. Louise TaylorIn Terence Kongolo (Monaco, £17.5m; Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, £5.7m); Jonas Lössl (Mainz, £2.3m); Adama Diakhaby (Monaco, undisclosed); Juninho Bacuna (FC Groningen, undisclosed); Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed); Ben Hamer (Leicester, free).Key outs None. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Pinterest Angus Gunn will battle Alex McCarthy for a starting spot in the Southampton first team. Photograph: Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images West HamManuel Pellegrini has wasted no time restructuring his squad since replacing David Moyes. West Ham broke their transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson in a deal worth up to £42.5m and hope that Jack Wilshere will prove a worthwhile gamble. Their business is largely done, but they could still target a striker and a defensive midfielder. JSIn Felipe Anderson (Lazio, £33.5m); Issa Diop (Toulouse, £22m); Andriy Yarmolenko (Borussia Dortmund, £17.5m); Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City, £7m); Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians, £3.5m); Ryan Fredericks (Fulham, free); Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, free).Key outs Reece Burke (Hull City, £1.5m); Ben Wells (QPR, undisclosed); James Collins (released); Patrice Evra (released).WolvesAn offshoot of the Portuguese league is establishing itself in the West Midlands, with goalkeeper Rui Patrício arriving from Sporting Lisbon as the headline signing of the summer and the Mexico striker Raúl Jiménez joining him on a season’s loan from Benfica. Wolves have been linked with Manchester City’s young Ukrainian prospect Oleksandr Zinchenko, though given what has already happened a move for Inter’s João Mário (briefly seen on loan at West Ham last season) seems more likely. PWIn Diogo Jota (Atlético Madrid, £12.6m); Benik Afobe (Bournemouth, £10m); Willy Boly (Porto, £10m); Léo Bonatini (Al-Hilal FC, £5m); Rúben Vinagre (Monaco, £2m); Rui Patrício (Sporting CP, free); Paulo Alves (Liverpool, free); Raúl Jiménez (Benfica, loan).Key outs Benik Afobe (Stoke, loan); Jonathan Flatt (Scunthorpe, free).• This article was amended on 31 July 2018. An earlier version said Mauro Zárate had left Watford for Vélez Sarsfield. This has been corrected to Boca Juniors. Share via Email Twitter Twitter Twitter Manchester CityPep Guardiola missed out on Jorginho, the midfielder choosing Chelsea, meaning the Catalan has managed only half of his proposed summer business. The word is Guardiola may not chase an alternative as he has Ilkay Gündogan and Fernandinho competing for the one berth, but it is worthwhile watching this space. Jamie JacksonIn Riyad Mahrez (£60m, Leicester).Key outs Angus Gunn (Southampton, £10m); Pablo Maffeo (Stuttgart, £8.1m); Angeliño (PSV Eindhoven, £5m); Olarenwaju Kayode (Shakhtar Donetsk, £2.6m); Yaya Touré (released).Manchester UnitedJosé Mourinho set out to upgrade his full-backs and though the 19-year-old Diogo Dalot is untested the manager is now thought to be content with the position on each flank. Dalot will understudy Antonio Valencia on the right, and Luke Shaw is to be given the chance to challenge Ashley Young on the left. Romelu Lukaku apart, those charged with scoring – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard – can be enigmatic so he may strengthen here, too. A player of Mahrez’s ilk would have been perfect so why Mourinho never moved for him is a puzzle. JJIn Fred (£55m, Shakhtar Donetsk); Diogo Dalot (£19m, Porto); Lee Grant (£1.5m, Stoke).Key outs Daley Blind (Ajax, £14.2m); Sam Johnstone (West Brom, £6.5m). Arsenal Facebook Brighton & Hove Albion Newcastle UnitedRafael Benítez anticipated spending around £45m but has now been told he must sell to buy. A striker is his priority yet Salomon Rondón’s potential £16.5m move from West Brom remains contingent on Newcastle selling Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham for £20m. So far £4.5m has been invested on making the former Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s move permanent. Chelsea’s Kenedy has rejoined on loan and Ki Sung-yueng arrived for free from Swansea. Mikel Merino has gone to Real Sociedad for £10m and Benítez covets Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend. LTIn Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague, £4.5m); Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea, free); Kenedy (Chelsea, loan).Key outs Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad, £10m); Massadio Haïdara (Lens, free).SouthamptonSouthampton have been proactive after last season’s relegation scare. They will expect Angus Gunn to take the No 1 spot off Alex McCarthy, Jannik Vestergaard to strengthen a leaky defence and Mohamed Elyounoussi to fill the creative void left by Dusan Tadic, while Stuart Armstrong could also be a smart addition. However, Guido Carrillo’s loan to Leganés is a reminder of recent failings. JSIn Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach, £18m); Mohamed Elyounoussi (Basel, £16m); Angus Gunn (Manchester City, £10m); Stuart Armstrong (Celtic, £7m).Key outs Dusan Tadic (Ajax, £15m); Guido Carrillo (Leganés, loan). Cardiff City Pinterest Bournemouth Read more Twitter Facebook ArsenalA new manager has arrived and five players have joined, with key signings in goal, defence and, not before time, defensive midfield. Unai Emery has since declared his squad “complete”, with further arrivals unlikely unless “a big opportunity” presents itself. Simon BurntonIn Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria, £26.5m); Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen, £19.2m); Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund, £17.7m); Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient, £8m); Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus, free).Key outs Santi Cazorla (Villarreal, free); Jack Wilshere (West Ham, free).BournemouthThe 20-year-old Welsh midfielder David Brooks, signed from Sheffield United for an initial fee of around £10m, is the only arrival so far but certainly won’t be the last. A new left-back appears to be the greatest focus, with Leganes’s Diego Rico, Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Genoa’s Diego Laxalt linked in recent weeks. SBIn David Brooks (Sheffield United, rising to £11.5m).Key outs Benik Afobe (Wolves, £10m); Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest, £6m); Max Gradel (Toulouse, £1.8m); Adam Federici (Stoke, undisclosed). Reuse this content BrightonChris Hughton has already done some shrewd business. Leon Balogun, an experienced Nigeria international, and Bernardo, a promising Brazilian, will add competition in defence, while there are high hopes for Yves Bissouma after the 21-year-old Mali midfielder’s arrival from Lille. Luring Isaac Hayden from Newcastle would cap a productive summer. Jacob SteinbergIn Yves Bissouma (Lille, £15m); Bernardo (RB Leipzig, £9m); Florin Andone (Deportivo La Coruña, £5.3m); Jason Steele (Sunderland, undisclosed); David Button (Fulham, undisclosed); Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns, undisclosed); Leon Balogun (Mainz, free); Hugo Keto (Arsenal, free).Key outs Connor Goldson (Rangers, £3m); Jamie Murphy (Rangers, £1m); Uwe Hünemeier (Paderborn, undisclosed); Steve Sidwell (released); Liam Rosenior (released).BurnleySean Dyche has not signed anyone yet, though it is no secret he would like Swansea’s Sam Clucas, a player he attempted to buy before the midfielder left Hull for south Wales. Burnley have released Scott Arfield and Dean Marney and Dyche admits the squad is “skinny” for a club with Europa League commitments. Bringing Jay Rodriguez back could be on the cards and there is also interest in his West Bromwich teammate Craig Dawson. Paul WilsonIn None.Key outs Scott Arfield (Rangers, free); Dean Marney (released). Xherdan Shaqiri puts pen to paper for Liverpool. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Imageslast_img read more

Visitor Experience Strategy Coming for Halifax Harbour Islands

first_imgThe province announced today, Feb. 12, it is developing a visitor experience strategy for the Halifax Harbour islands, at a cost of about $100,000. The focus will be on Georges and McNabs Islands. “By investing in these iconic places, we are making sure that travellers from all over the world have amazing experiences when they visit our province,” said Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan. “At the same time, the investment will help our tourism operators grow their businesses and contribute to an even more vibrant tourism sector.” This strategy is part of the $1.5 million announced in July for the Halifax waterfront under the Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program, administered by Tourism Nova Scotia. The $6 million infrastructure funding program aims to revitalize Nova Scotia’s most compelling tourism sites and creating opportunities for private businesses to develop new excursions and experiences. Five sites have been identified for development over the next three years, including the Halifax waterfront area. Develop Nova Scotia will lead this project in consultation with property owners, management agencies, island users, and visitors. The public will also have the opportunity to share their ideas through pop-ups and an online survey. “This strategy will build on the excellent work already done by the Department of Lands and Forestry and Parks Canada, as well as organizations like Friends of McNabs Island who have dedicated significant time and energy to these beautiful places,” said Jennifer Angel, CEO, Develop Nova Scotia. “The Harbour islands, and access points on the Halifax waterfront and Fisherman’s Cove, will enable connections for more people across and around the harbour. We are looking forward to continuing conversations with the public and key stakeholders to decide how we accomplish this sustainably and in an inspiring way.” Develop Nova Scotia is also leading the planning and implementation of tourism infrastructure enhancements at Peggy’s Cove, another project announced through the Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program, which includes consultation with community and business stakeholders. For more information, visit .last_img read more

Migration benefits sender and receiver countries Annan says welcoming new panel

But while migration can be managed, it should not be halted, because migration brings benefits to sender and receiver countries, Mr. Annan said in a speech in New York.“Migration is one of the tools we have to help put more of the world’s people on the right side of ? and ultimately, to eliminate ? the vast divides that exist today between poor and rich, and between fettered and free,” he said in the Emma Lazarus Lecture on International Flows of Humanity, given at Columbia University.Mr. Annan said he supported the proposed Global Commission on migration, an independent, non-UN body to be launched next month in Geneva. It will be co-chaired by Jan Karlsson of Sweden, a former Migration Minister from that country, and Mamphela Ramphele of South Africa, a managing director of the World Bank.According to a senior UN official, the idea for the Commission came from a core of 11 countries from the North and South, led by Sweden and Switzerland. The panel is expected to begin work in January and complete its final report by the middle of 2005.The official said the Commission would have a three-part mandate: to bring the issues surrounding international migration to the top of the global agenda, to analyze shortcomings and gaps in approaches by governments or other bodies to migration, and to make practical recommendations for how to manage migration better.In his speech today, Mr. Annan said migration could be a solution to economic problems. Migrants provide vital skills to receiver countries with a labour shortage and an often ageing population, and send home vast amount of remittances to their families in home countries.Last year alone, the Secretary-General said, migrant remittances from the developed world were at least $88 billion, more than the amount sent in official development aid to the same developing nations.“Emigration also relieves the pressures of overpopulation and unemployment, and in time endows sender countries with an educated diaspora who often bring or send home new skills, products, ideas and knowledge.”Mr. Annan added that more needed to be done to create economic opportunities in poor countries so that potential migrants have a greater incentive to stay home, and said tighter border controls in receiver countries have generally not been successful in reducing migration.“Instead, immigrants are driven to enter the country clandestinely, to overstay their visas, or to resort to the one legal route still open to them, namely the asylum system.”The Secretary-General said these issues highlighted the value of countries harmonizing their policies on migration and maintain networks of cooperation and information-sharing against people traffickers.He also called for receiver countries to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families ? so far only sender countries have ratified the treaty. read more

Up to 50000 Indonesian families still lack shelter after Mays earthquake in

As many as 50,000 families who lost their homes in the deadly earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s island of Java in May are still without sufficient shelter for the approaching rainy season, the main United Nations humanitarian office warned today, as it highlighted ongoing appeals for funding from the World Bank and other donors.“To address these families’ needs, the Indonesian Government, UN agencies and other humanitarian partners have developed a joint ‘roof first’ strategy. To date, 23,000 roof structures have been constructed and tens of thousands of additional roofs are planned to be delivered by early 2007,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release.“Preliminary conclusions… indicate that 40 per cent of all those who lost their housing remain in insufficient shelter to last the rainy season, which translates into approximately 50,000 families in need of urgent shelter assistance,” it added, referring to the effects of the 27 May earthquake, which killed nearly 6,000 people, injured almost 40,000 and destroyed or damaged more than 300,000 homes and other buildings.The earthquake’s impact was particularly severe in the city of Yogyakarta and in Klaten and Bantul districts, which suffered the greatest losses. From the start, the Indonesian Government has led the response and reconstruction effort in the wake of the earthquake, with the support of the UN and wider humanitarian community.Elsewhere, parts of the sprawling archipelago are still recovering from an earthquake off Sumatra island in December 2004 that caused a devastating tsunami which killed more than 230,000 people and affected more than 12 countries in Asia. read more

ATT blocks Google Play Movies over LTE and 3G

first_imgIt feels like, out of all the carriers in the US, AT&T has been the most restrictive. They blocked FaceTime on the iPhone over 3G to save bandwidth, they disabled NFC on several Android phones over the last year, and it is rumored that they will soon be re-structuring their payment tiers on iOS to restrict WiFi hotspots. It’s not that long ago the company used to block the installation of third party apps on Android phones as well. So, when I received a warning (during my review of the Motorola Atrix HD) this week telling me that I couldn’t watch a movie over AT&T’s budding LTE network, I can’t say I was surprised. While I certainly wasn’t expecting the warning, it really just feels like par for the course when it comes to dealing with AT&T.Since just about every Android device comes with the Google Play Store, and by extension Google Play Movies, I typically use the service to give me a good idea of network streaming quality and the device’s ability to render an HD movie over HDMI. Like every other device I had tested in recent memory, I opened the Play Store, selected a movie I hadn’t seen in awhile, and took my seat while it began playback. Instead of The Anchorman, however, I was greeted with an error message telling me that I was not allowed to stream this movie over the mobile network. Assuming it was just an error, I tried again and got the same message. After a few minutes of playing with settings, it became clear that I was not going to be able to watch this movie without WiFi.Yes, it seems that AT&T has removed the ability to watch Google Play Movie files over their 3G and LTE networks. This only happens with Google Play Movies, and only on AT&T. I can watch Netflix, YouTube, and HBOGO with no problems at all. The only difference is that I need to install apps for everything but YouTube and Google Play Movies. YouTube files are comparably much smaller, and therefor use far less bandwidth than a movie, so that app remains unrestricted. Curiously enough, you can download or “pin” a Google Play Movie over 3G and LTE and the only warning you get is one from Google explaining that you might incur data costs.I can’t imagine any real world justification for this behavior. If you pay your carrier for an internet connection to your phone, should the provider really be allowed to control how you use that connection? What’s more is that this happened over AT&T’s high speed and mostly empty LTE network. I can easily create a wireless hotspot on this same phone and stream a video from the Nexus 7, using the exact same data connection to accomplish the exact same task. This move is confusing at best, and AT&T is going to quickly alienate customers eager to take advantage of their brand new LTE devices as they receive them.last_img read more

117 WWE Smackdown Live Ratings Viewers up for Steel Cage main event

first_imgFacebook Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced This week’s 1/17 WWE Smackdown Live drew 2.65 million viewers on Tuesday night on the USA Network according to a report by is up from last week’s show that drew 2.533 million viewers. Smackdown Live was the top rated show on cable on Tuesday night in the key 18-49 demographic.WWE Smackdown Live Ratings and DemographicsSmackdown, headlined by Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch in a Steel Cage match for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship, averaged a 0.90 rating among adults 18-49. This is up from last week’s show that drew a 0.85 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE RawVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:51/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:45 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Videos Articles Becky Lynch Wow,first RAW and now Smackdown’s ratings are up?! Comments are closed. Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Cameron Huff Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Makes History At WrestleMania WWEs Becky Lynch Invited To RAW 1 COMMENT Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next January 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm Google+last_img

Critically injured shifted to Mumbai hospital

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Joshi, who was critically injured when an offshore supply vessel, Coastal Jaguar, caught fire in Visakhapatnam recently, was shifted to Mumbai by helicopter on Sunday for better treatment. The 24-year-old was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai under the supervision of Joint Collector II Venkateswara Rao and District Medical and Health Officer S Tirupati Rao for better treatment. According to sources, he was shifted to Mumbai hospital following a directive by Tourism Minister M Srinivasa Rao and District Collector V Vinay Chand. Meanwhile, seven persons were undergoing treatment at MyCure Hospital in Visakhapatnam. Of which, the condition of Bharadwaj,24 and Anwat,39 is said to be in critical.last_img

Hands on with Mario Kart 8 and Wind Waker HD for the

first_imgNintendo’s E3 presentation was nonexistent when compared to Sony and Microsoft, but a couple of the games they announced are already in ready to play states so we went hands on.Rather than have a big press event at E3 this year, Nintendo opted to take their demo experience out of the convention center and into the hands of people who could already buy a console or pre-order the games they just played. Select Best Buy locations around the US offered a few users a chance to play. We stopped by and took a look at Mario Kart 8 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U.First up is Mario Kart 8. From the title menu, Mario Kart fans will enjoy the HD boost to the game. Everything looks fantastic, and still feels very familiar. Choose your character, choose your track, and you’re good to go.The demo was limited to two players, one on the Gamepad and one on the WiiMote. The Gamepad could either be used to steer with the controls or with the gyroscope in the pad. The size of the Gamepad lends itself well to steering, especially for Mario Kart users who prefer to stick their WiiMotes in the plastic steering wheel for a more comfortable feel when they play. The added driving modes, like driving up the wall and ramping so high that you deploy a hang glider, all feel like natural additions to the game. Mario Kart fans have a lot to be excited about here.If you were a fan of the original The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, you’re really going to enjoy this HD remake. It’s not enough to make you buy a Wii U if you don’t already have one, but it looks very nice and was very comfortable to play on the Gamepad.The controls are always available on screen, while the display on the controller gives you a look at things like inventory and occasionally just a textured background with red text that says “look at the TV”. For the actual gameplay, it feels very much like the original Wind Waker. This isn’t as cool as, say, an actual new Zelda title, but the combination of nostalgia and desire to see this game in HD will likely be enough to drive both new and old fans to pick it up.The big question is whether or not Nintendo’s strategy worked. At the Best Buy I went to, there was quite the crowd. It was clear that the staff was not anticipating a crowd this size, and many people were willing to stand in line for hours just to get a few minutes with these games. I didn’t see anyone walking out of the store with a Wii U, however, and people walking around the store who didn’t already know about the event didn’t see any reason to hang around and ask questions or learn about the console itself.last_img read more

Nanophotonic light sails may travel at relativistic speeds

first_img Designing light sails is a major engineering challenge, however, requiring conflicting features that sound nearly impossible: an ideal light sail should be several meters wide and mechanically robust enough to withstand intense radiation pressure, yet be merely 100 nanometers or so thick and weigh just a few grams. Further requirements arise from the mechanism by which light sails work. According to Maxwell’s equations, light has momentum and as a result can exert pressure on objects. However, light sails are not simply pushed by radiation pressure like a sailboat is pushed by the wind. Instead, the push results from the light sail reflecting the radiation. As a result, an optimal sail should reflect the majority of the radiation in the laser beam’s near-infrared spectrum, while simultaneously emitting radiation in the mid-infrared range for efficient radiative cooling.Nanophotonic sailsIn a new study published in Nano Letters, researchers Ognjen Ilic, Cora Went, and Harry Atwater at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, have shown that nanophotonic structures may have the potential to meet the stringent material requirements for light sails capable of traveling at relativistic speeds.Previous light sail designs have used materials such as ultrathin aluminum, various polymers, and carbon fiber. Unlike these materials, nanophotonic structures have the ability to manipulate light at subwavelength scales, giving them an advantage in addressing the simultaneous requirements of efficient propulsion (reflection) and thermal management (emission). As an example, the researchers showed that a two-layer stack of silicon and silica shows promise due to the combined properties of both materials. Whereas silicon has a large refractive index—which corresponds to efficient propulsion—but a poor cooling ability, silica has good radiative cooling properties but a smaller refractive index.In their paper, the researchers also proposed a new figure of merit that measures the trade-off between achieving a low sail mass and a high reflectivity. In the future, this concept will help to minimize constraints on the laser power and the size of the laser array. Background on light sailsAlthough conceptualized for nearly a century, only in the past few decades has technology caught up to scientists’ early visions of propelling a spacecraft with the pressure of light. Inspired by the way that the Sun’s radiation pushes a comet’s tail in the opposite direction, the earliest concepts were of solar sails that use the radiation pressure from sunlight rather than from lasers. The first solar sail was launched in 2010 by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and successfully reached the orbit of Venus in six months, powered only by the radiation pressure of sunlight. Now researchers are working on designing solar sails capable of greater accelerations that are competitive with rocket acceleration, offering the possibility of launching spacecraft without the billion-dollar cost of conventional propellants.Although solar sails may achieve rocket-like speeds, sunlight radiation is relatively weak compared to a high-power laser array. As a result, a laser array offers the potential for much faster propulsion, up to relativistic speeds—but more work is needed before such laser-powered sails are demonstrated. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2018 Researchers develop new solar sailing technology for NASA More information: Ognjen Ilic et al. “Nanophotonic Heterostructures for Efficient Propulsion and Radiative Cooling of Relativistic Light Sails.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02035center_img Journal information: Nano Letters A light sail requires multiband functionality: high reflectivity in the near-infrared range for propulsion and high emissivity in the thermal (mid-) infrared range for cooling. Credit: Ilic et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Citation: Nanophotonic light sails may travel at relativistic speeds (2018, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from One day in the not-so-distant future, light sails may hurtle through space at speeds of around 20% of the speed of light (or 60,000 km/sec), propelled not by fuel but rather by the radiation pressure from high-power lasers on Earth. Traveling at these relativistic speeds, laser-powered light sails could reach our nearest neighboring star (other than the Sun), Alpha Centauri, or the nearest known potentially habitable planet, Proxima Centauri b, in about 20 years. Both objects are a little more than four light-years away.last_img read more

Death threats sent to Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black for announcing

first_imgThe Olympic star and Oscar-winning screenwriter chose Valentine’s Day as the perfect time to reveal a picture of an ultrasound scan.But now internet trolls are trashing the couple, with some even sending hideous threats online.Death threats sent to Tom and Dustin for announcing baby‘Die f*gs,’ one said on Instagram.‘Your choices will lead you to hell,’ another said. ‘Your choices will speed your way to the Devil’s kingdom!’Others said the couple should be ‘put to death’ for involving children in a rainbow family.‘Do not involve previous children in your sin! The baby should stay with the mother and be brought up in a normal home!’‘Sickness leads to sickness!’And other trolls were just biologically and factually inaccurate.‘Children born of gays are more likely to have Down’s [syndrome]!’ one said. ‘Sickness leads to sickness!’Another said: ‘Did one of you have to get a womb transplant??’And some just couldn’t spell.‘Repent at cross of Christ 4 ur idolatory homo sin,’ another said. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Tom Daley says he and Dustin don’t know which of them is their child’s biological dadTom Daley and Dustin Lance Black announce birth of their sonTom Daley and Dustin Lance Black reveal sex of their babyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have announced they are having a babycenter_img Attacked on the radio after baby newsIt’s not just internet trolls either. On LBC, one host derided the couple as ‘sinister’.‘Is there something sinister about the woman’s exclusion in this scenario?’ the radio station tweeted.Listeners slammed the debate.Richard Littlejohn in Daily Mail goes on transphobic and homophobic rantAnd in today’s Daily Mail, Richard Littlejohn attacked Daley and Black.Under the heading, ‘Please don’t pretend two dads is the new normal’, he went on a homophobic and transphobic rant in his column.Littlejohn accused the couple of treating a baby like a ‘fashion accessory’ and seeing the woman as a ‘breeding machine’.He also referenced a trans woman who had hoped to breast feed as a ‘he/she’.‘Someone in possession of a full set of wedding tackle is a man, not a woman,’ he said.He concluded: ‘Stop pretending this is the new normal. Not in our house, it isn’t. Nor, I suspect, in yours or 99.99% of the rest of the world, either.‘Still I’m looking forward to the photos of Tom Daley breast-feeding his new baby.’But there’s a lot of support for Tom and DustinThankfully, largely the majority of the comments directed at the couple have been supportive.Just one of several tweets reads: ‘Congratulations! I love you both and you will be the greatest family!’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Death threats are being sent to married couple Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black following the announcement of their baby.last_img read more

Commonwealth Games influx keep Sunshine Coasts record international a

first_imgNovotel Twin Waters ResortCommonwealth Games influx keep Sunshine Coast’s record international arrivals strongThe latest International Visitor Survey released today shows a record 301,000 people visited the Sunshine Coast in the 12 months to December 2017, up 3.4 per cent on the previous year.Released by Tourism Research Australia, the survey also shows total international nights in the region during the past year increased to 3.1 million up 7.2 per cent, with an average stay of 10.2 nights.Fittingly, the Sunshine Coast’s record figures were supported from the key nations of New Zealand (65,000), UK (60,000) and Canada (14,000); as the region looks to welcome nine international teams and over 500 visiting athletes and officials in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.Teams using the Sunshine Coast as their pre-Games training base include Scotland, England, Wales, New Zealand, Isle of Man, Singapore, Niue and St Helena along with a number of athletes from domestic sporting teams, including Australia’s Olympic champion women’s sevens rugby squad.Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Latchford was delighted to crack 300,000 international arrivals for the first time.“It is very pleasing to see our campaigns and work with key partners in primary markets paying off. From the traditional areas of Europe including the UK, the Sunshine Coast attracted 162,000 visitors with an increase of 6.8 per cent through to work in newer markets such as Asia recording 25,000 arrivals up 4 per cent.“Although this is a record result for the Sunshine Coast’s tourism industry, there is still work to be done to increase length of stay and yield. As we move closer to the completion of the new airport redevelopment, support for more appropriate tourism developments and accommodation stock will assist to increase international incentive travel and special interest, high end travel (based on our nature and food).“The Commonwealth Games presents another great international marketing opportunity for the region and Sunshine Coast Council must be commended on their work in attracting over 500 athletes from nine countries to prepare for the event.“Not only will it be the millions of dollars injected into the economy during the visit, but if the teams feel welcome and have a great experience; it will be the word of mouth, media spotlight and return visitation that can expect to deliver longer term benefits.“Working with partners, we have been able to leverage this initiative with promotions in the UK including two Scottish competition winners to arrive next week and enjoy a 12-day ultimate Sunshine Coast trip and opportunity to meet the Scottish team,” added Mr Latchford.The Sunshine Coast’s Novotel Twin Waters Resort has been particularly successful in attracting international and domestic sporting teams to the resort, with its extensive grounds including a full-sized football pitch, running circuits, a large lagoon and adjacent beach which make the resort the ideal venue for a wide range of sporting and conference groups.General Manager of Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Warwick Kahl said the past year was exciting for conferencing at the resort with increases seen in all financial quarters, well above previous delegate numbers and with a continued uplift of international delegates.“In addition to conferencing, we continued to focus on hosting national and international sporting teams as they were able to take advantage of the resort’s Sunshine Coast location and onsite training field and gym facilities.“This month, the resort will welcome Scotland and the Isle of Man for pre-Commonwealth Games camps. This presents the perfect platform to market the resort as the preferred Sunshine Coast accommodation provider for future national and international teams and events,” said Mr Kahl.For more information and to access the International Visitor Survey go to: = Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img read more

Top 10 Cities For FirstTime Buyers

first_imgTop 10 Cities For First-Time Buyers According to a report entitled,  “The Top 10 U.S. Cities to Buy Your Starter Home—or Your Forever Home.” by, America’s largest-ever generations, millennials and baby boomers, are entering their prime home-buying years at the same time. Choosing a U.S. city can be daunting with the number of hot metros on the map. The report indicated that while most millennials are prowling the market for affordable starter homes that will enable them to move out of their parents’ basement or finally trade in their apartment keys for deeds, older Americans are often seeking “forever homes” with amenities and flexible, universal designs that will enable them to seamlessly transition into their twilight years.  There’s a reason why the ranks of both forever homes and starter homes have recorded an upward spike, according to It noted that millennials have waited longer than previous generations to settle down and buy homes, not always by choice—student debt and high home prices delayed pulling the trigger. Recent data suggests that millennials of today are settling into their first homes, making them the nation’s largest group of buyers—the biggest chunk of them are just now hitting their 30s.To find the top places for buying a starter home by the report factored in the percentage of home buyers aged 35 and younger and the percentage of typically more affordable homes under 2,000 square feet. It also looked into median down payment, median mortgage borrower’s FICO score as well as the percentage of income of those aged 35 and younger, going toward median monthly housing costs. For buying a forever home, the percentage of residents aged 60 and older, median list price, the number of homes adapted for seniors, and the number of folks aged 55 and older moving in were the key factors taken into account.Lake Charles, Louisiana topped the list of best cities to buy starter homes, followed by Provo, Utah; Appleton, Wisconsin; Bloomington, Illinois; and Amarillo, Texas. Read the full report here: February 19, 2019 893 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Share First-Time Homebuyers Millennials Starter Homes The Top 10 U.S. Cities 2019-02-19 Donna Josephlast_img read more

All photos by SDP Media

first_imgAll photos by SDP Media Go back to the e-newsletter2015 was a record-breaking year for the Australian tourism industry and a perfect backdrop to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, held on Friday 5 February 2016. More than 850 industry leaders and operators converged on the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for a gala ceremony held in honour of excellence among the nation’s tourism providers. TV personality, Natarsha Belling, reprised her role as the evening’s host, joined by Australian actor and musician, Hugh Sheridan. Entertainment featured throughout the evening, with a final performance by Kate Ceberano. Other notable guests included the Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, and Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Hon John Eren. Signature Media and LATTE were also present at the celebrations as sponsor for the ‘Unique Accommodation’ award, taken out this year by Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo for its new and luxurious Zoofari Lodge. Victoria took home 10 of the 26 awards (including Major Tourist Attraction for Sovereign Hill in Ballarat), while Geoff McGeary OAM, founder of APT, was honoured as the 2015 Australian Tourism Legend for his extraordinary personal contribution to the industry.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more