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After a stellar season Mandhana wants to add more power to her

first_imgNew Delhi: India opener and number one ODI batswoman Smriti Mandhana is in no mood to take it easy after a memorable season and is busy tweaking her all-round game in the lead up to the Women’s T20 World Cup early next year. The season that went by saw the 22-year-old reach the top of the ODI rankings. Mandhana is not just known for her stylish strokeplay anymore, she has added much needed power to her game to meet the demands of the modern game. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAfter a fruitful fitness camp at the NCA in Bengaluru, Mandhana said she remains a work in progress. “It was a good fitness camp. Finally after an year or two, we got a month off. It was good for us to come back and do a fitness camp. It was much needed because we are going to have a hectic eight months, so we have to get our body prepared for the grind,” Mandhana said after receiving the Arjuna Award here on Tuesday. On her own batting, she said: “I and coach Raman sir have been discussing quite a bit about my game. How I can become more consistent in T20 cricket, how I can add more power to my game. I still feel I need to improve on that front. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”You have to improve because other teams are also keeping an eye on you. Adding new shots is not something which I am looking for, I am looking to consistently hit the same length of balls in different places,” said Mandhana, who is confident of another stellar season in the Kia Super League to be held in the UK next month. While Mandhana was India’s stand-out performer in ODIs and T20s, the team’s performance in the shortest format has left a lot to be desired as it lost six games in a row. The team did not have enough fire-power and though the issues facing the side were discussed at length in the camp, Mandhana feels there is still a long way to go. “Fitness was a major point of discussion after the season ended. Raman sir and we collectively discussed that fitness needs to be better to be a potent T20 side. That thing is being worked out and girls are looking in better shape.” With the likes of Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur playing their part, the team needs more aggressive batters, especially in the middle order. “Our batting depth has to improve and Raman Sir has been speaking to all the batters on the aspect of power hitting. Improved fitness will not only help our power-hitting but will also help our fielding. “It is more mental than anything else. That is what Raman sir has been stressing on. He has given the freedom to the batters to express themselves in the middle rather than holding back,” she added.last_img read more

Fort St John Fire Department to purchase new special operationshazardous materials vehicle

first_imgCORRECTION – An earlier version of this article said the total budget for the project was $850,000.  That was incorrect, the budgeted amount for the truck was $1,248,000.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved the purchase of a special operations and hazardous materials response vehicle for the Fort St. John Fire Department.The Fire Department received only one bid for the project from Safetek Emergency Vehicles of Abbotsford.  The bid for $1.4 million including taxes will be funded from money carried over from the 2017 budget and money budgeted in 2018 and 2019 since the vehicle takes 400 days to build. The Fire Department had budgeted $1,248,000 for the purchase, but due to the decline in the Canadian dollar, the price of the response vehicle increased to $1.4.last_img read more

US firm to buy multibillion dollar stake in Spains Cepsa

first_imgDubai: US-based investment firm Carlyle Group will buy a stake worth several billion dollars in Spanish oil giant Cepsa from Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, the companies said Monday. The deal comes six months after Mubadala scrapped plans for a stock market listing for Cepsa, Europe’s largest privately owned oil and gas company which is fully owned by the UAE fund. Carlyle will buy between 30 and 40 percent of Cepsa, the companies said. The financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal values Cepsa at 12 billion which would make Carlyle’s stake worth up to 4.8 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The Abu Dhabi fund will remain the majority shareholder of Cepsa. Mubadala, which has held a 100-percent stake in the Spanish company since 2011, announced in September 2018 that it planned to sell a 25-percent share to raise around 2.3 billion. A planned initial public offering (IPO) was scrapped the following month. Cepsa is focused on oil and gas refining and distribution in Spain. It is also present in oil and gas exploration and production both in Latin America and North Africa.last_img read more

Former SNC head Pierre Duhaime formally charged with fraud

MONTREAL — Pierre Duhaime, the former chief executive of Canada’s biggest engineering firm, has been granted more flexibility to travel within the country pending trial on fraud charges.Duhaime, a prominent Quebec businessman and once the head of engineering powerhouse SNC-Lavalin, was formally charged with fraud on Monday.He was not in the courtroom as his lawyer, Michel Massicotte, pleaded not guilty on his behalf.A change was made to conditions surrounding Duhaime’s release. Initially, he was forbidden from leaving Quebec. The Crown has now agreed he can travel elsewhere in Canada — but not go beyond its borders.“We asked that his conditions permit him to go across Canada for purposes of work, to give him better opportunities and it was considered to be a reasonable alternative,” Massicotte said outside the courtroom.Duhaime faces charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and issuing false documents.Massicotte says Duhaime is currently not working.The next date in the case has been set for May 23 when Massicotte is expected to receive more evidence.Duhaime and another former top executive, Riadh Ben Aissa, face charges stemming from a contract involving the building of the multibillion-dollar McGill University Health Centre.The charge sheet alleges the infractions took place between April 30, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2011.Duhaime was relieved of his duties in March 2012 after an independent review showed he signed off on $56 million in payments to undisclosed agents.Duhaime was arrested last November by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad and released on a promise to appear on Monday. He was not required to be physically present in court.Ben Aissa was arrested in April 2012 in Switzerland and is awaiting a trial there on charges relating to corruption, fraud and money-laundering in North Africa. Crown prosecutor Marie-Helene Giroux says it’s unclear when Ben Aissa will be returned to Canada.“There is an extradition request to have him sent back to Canada,” she said.The Canadian Press read more

WatchCanadas premiers end impasse reach deal on national energy strategy after years

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canada’s premiers have announced a national energy strategy supporting both project development and the need for emission cuts, ending two days of sometimes tense talks on how to balance the two.[np_storybar title=”Which team is Alberta premier Rachel Notley really on?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/which-team-is-alberta-premier-rachel-notley-really-on”%5D Claudia Cattaneo: It’s time Notley figured out which team she’s on, because her provincial rivals are enthusiastically batting for theirsRead more [/np_storybar]A communique released Friday after provincial and territorial leaders met in St. John’s, N.L., said the plan helps set energy priorities and “encourage the transition to a lower carbon economy.”“It gives us a way forward,” Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis said as he closed the Council of the Federation gathering.Environmental groups pushing for faster, steeper carbon cuts were quick to pounce. They criticized a non-binding strategy that’s short on specific targets and broad enough that leaders across the country — from carbon-taxing B.C. to oil-reliant Newfoundland and Labrador — could back it.“It’s absurd that while Alberta is dealing with one of the largest spills in Canadian history that Canada’s premiers would try to help pave the way for more tar sands pipelines,” said Mike Hudema of Greenpeace Canada in a statement.“Not only would new pipelines bring spill risks to communities and watersheds across Canada, they would lock this country into a carbon-polluting future for decades to come.”Erin Flanagan, an oilsands analyst with the Pembina Institute non-profit energy think tank, said premiers must get serious about climate change.“We need to see real reductions in carbon pollution across the country. Each province and territory should begin by putting a meaningful price on carbon.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said pipelines are still the safest way to transport oil and gas despite what she called an unfortunate incident.“The strategy itself refers, of course, to the need to not only develop our energy resources responsibly and safely but to transport them responsibly and safely,” she added. “And we’re all committed to that objective.”The plan also calls for policies that would increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and advance new technology.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the premiers struck the right balance.A strong economy and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive, she said. “In fact, they must be complementary.“For me, that’s the foundational work of this document.”The strategy has been on the premiers’ agenda since 2012.Clark urged other provinces to follow B.C.’s lead, where carbon pricing was introduced seven years ago.“We lead the country in economic growth now despite the fact that people said a carbon tax was going to kill it.”The Canadian Press Despite those criticisms, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard both said the strategy is a vast improvement from where it started three years ago.Early drafts were “very light” on environmental emphasis, Couillard said. He also stressed that projects such as the proposed Energy East pipeline must clear environmental hurdles, including a review to be released in coming months.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall cut a solitary figure at times during this week’s meeting. He pushed other leaders to give greater emphasis to the economic importance of the fossil fuel sector.Canadians should be both proud and grateful for lucrative reserves of oil and gas “which are not four-letter words,” he told the closing news conference.Premiers’ national energy strategy will lack firm pipeline, emissions commitments, sources sayPeter Foster: Mickey’s provincial apprenticesWall earlier this week took aim at Ontario and Quebec, arguing parts of the country increasingly shun oil and gas even as those provinces benefit from the equalization funds those industries help raise.But Wall said a chapter of the strategy on moving oil across the country mentions energy self-sufficiency and adding value to what is exported. It helped win him over.“Our country, notwithstanding the vast oil reserves that we have in places like Alberta and Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador … we import oil from other countries,” he said. “That just seems wrong to me. We ought to use our own oil and add value to it here and then export it to markets other than the United States. We’ve got one customer for this product right now.”The strategy was announced as Nexen Energy apologized for a five-million litre pipeline spill of bitumen, produced water and sand southeast of Fort McMurray, Alta.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan read more

Authority to regulate Microfinance loans

The Government is to establish an independent authority to regulate and develop Microfinance loans, the office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said .The relevant Draft Legal Framework has been included in the Department of Project Management and Monitoring web site. The Government is to obtain public observations, comments and recommendations/proposals in this regard, the Prime Minister’s office said. Public comments can be forwarded to U.G. Ratnasiri, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs, Child, Youth and Cultural Affairs, Old Times Building, 1st Floor, Bristol Street, Colombo 01 or to the e-mail address ratnasiriudalamatta@yahoo.co.uk Public comments can also be conveyed through the Telephone Numbers 011-3010205 or 077-7003849. (Colombo Gazette)

Just 35 working days until Innovation Award deadline

There are only 35 working days to go before the entry deadline to SMMT’s third Award for Automotive Innovation sponsored by GKN Driveline and supported by The Times. Ahead of the midnight 2 September deadline, the wide range of entries received so far reflects the full scope of UK automotive engineering and design.The Award recognises innovations within UK automotive manufacturing, design and engineering, acknowledging ideas that deliver excellence in the sector. Short-listed entries for this year will be featured at the SMMT Annual Dinner on 27 November in front of an audience of 1,000 industry people, when the winner will be announced.Confirmed judges on the highly experienced panel will be GKN Driveline Chief Engineer, Dave Salt, Industrial Editor The Times, Robert Lea, television presenter and low carbon automotive enthusiast, Robert Llewellyn, Director Business Growth Fund, Ian Downing, and SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt.Last year’s winner was Jaguar Land Rover and its 4×4 plug-in hybrid concept, Land Rover Range_e, while Gordon Murray Design scooped the 2010 Award for its iStream manufacturing process.The Award is open to members and non-members, engaged in any aspect of the automotive industry in the UK. Entries should be for innovations created no earlier than 1 January 2010. Entry is free and open to anyone, be it an individual, team, department or a submission on behalf of an organisation, provided there is a link with the UK sector.To enter, please download the entry form from the SMMT website: www.smmt.co.uk/aaiThose who have already submitted their entry can register for updates by e-mailing updateinnovationaward@smmt.co.uk Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Letter Obscene derisive to attribute low sugar performance to workers

Dear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) refers to an article titled “Sugar sliding to worst performance in years as workers stay away” appearing in October 05, 2017 edition of the Kaieteur News. The article confirms, in some way, the Union’s conclusion that sugar production this year will be the lowest since 1990 when 129,920 tonnes was produced. For the GAWU, this is indeed troubling especially when the industry would have received billions from the Treasury since June, 2015 and a further $2B through the sale of lands to the State. It speaks a lot of the efficiency of the Corporation’s IMC.The article however, posits that the reason for the poor output is related to workers turnout which is stated to be around 60 per cent for the second crop thus far. We see this sordid conclusion as another stop along the ignominious road being taken by the GuySuCo hierarchy and its cheerleaders to shift blame for their poor stewardship to the hard-working sugar workers. This is most obscene and derisive.The lamentations about workers turnout are a complete 180 degree reversal from what GuySuCo was saying a few weeks ago. We recall that the Corporation’s Senior Communications Officer spoke ecstatically about improved turnout during the second crop. In reflecting on turnout too, it would be remiss if we failed to take account of improvements of workers’ productivity through mechanisation. Through the use of the semi-mechanical cane loaders, more commonly called Bell loaders, workers’ productivity is doubled. And at Skeldon the mechanical cane harvesters have been very helpful in augmenting production and productivity. It seems that the story should end with popular saying ‘talk half and lef half’.In speaking to workers turnout too, it must not be forgotten that field workers are not offered work 52-weeks per year. In fact, now-a-days, crop weeks may be just around 30 weeks per annum. It, therefore, means for just about half of the year they are not gainfully employed and have to seek alternative employment whenever and wherever it is practicable to take up. This notion cannot be disconnected from workers commitment and resolve. Also, we should not fail to consider that when taken together that workers must now confront an unfriendly and arrogant management and purchase in the market at 2017 prices with 2014 wages, it doesn’t take an expert to imagine what that would do to workers morale.The aforementioned article also, for whatever reason, does not take into account the state of the industry’s cultivation. Cane yields are very poor and not in keeping with budgeted figures and far from the potential of GuySuCo. This is the real and primary reason, GAWU contends, for the poor production that will be realized this year, not poor labour turnout as the article wants everyone to believe. An examination of the data would be revealing and would serve as an eye opener for many.We see the excuse of workers turnout as nothing less than a mere smokescreen meant to distract, deceive, and dupe many unwitting Guyanese. The anticipated low sugar production this year will, undoubtedly, be as a result of poor cane yield caused by gross mismanagement of the Company.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGAWU General Secretary Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuySuCo, GAWU spat continuesNovember 14, 2015In “Politics”‘More hardships on redundant sugar workers’ …GAWU pleads with NICIL for waiver of fee to access fishing landsFebruary 8, 2019In “latest news”Letter: Sugar value chain being affected by GuySuCo’s mismanagement, not GAWUSeptember 29, 2017In “Letters” read more

EHF CL Round 3 Kolding and Veszprem beat big names

Very interesting Saturday in Champions League – Group “B”. After series of bad results in domestic “Jack & Jones” League, KIF Kolding keep great performance in Champions League. Lead by Christiansen and Nikolic (both scores 6 goals) plus fantastic Everik on the post (16 saves), Danish team celebrated win over HSV Hamburg 32:30 (16:15) and now has maximal six points from three games.KIF Kolding: Petersen (3 saves, 1.-16.); Erevik (16 saves, 16.-60.); Bols n.e.;Nikolic 6, Christiansen 6/1, Mikkelsen 5/3, Spellerberg 4, Jensen 4, Karlsson 3, Toromanovic 2, Garralda 1, Oechsler 1, Forslund, Schnuchel n.e., Søndergaard n.e.HSV Handball: Sandström (13/1 saves, 1.-37., 47.-60.); Bitter (one save, 37.-47.);Lackovic 7, Lindberg 5/2, Vori 4, Hens 4, Kraus 3, Schröder 3, Duvnjak 2, M. Lijewski 1, G. Gille 1, Jansen, Flohr, B. Gille, Stabick n.e., Schliedermann n.e.After magnificent atmosphere at last weekend, when they beat HSV Hamburg, MKB Veszprem took off another big scalp – Montpellier 27:26 (13:15).VESZPRÉM: Fazekas – Iváncsik T. 3, VUJIN 7, Eklemovics, SULIC 4, Terzic 2, IVÁNCSIK G. 4. PERICS (kapus), Lusnyikov, Laluska, Vilovszki, Pérez 3, Császár 2, Gulyás 1, Nagy K. 1.  MONTPELLIER: STOCHL – Di Panda 3, TEJ, Juricek 2, N. KARABATIC 4, ACCAMBRAY 9, Guigou 4 (1): L. Karabatic, Bojinovic 3 (1), Kavticnik 1, ObradovicStanding:1. Kolding 3-62. Veszprem 3-63. Montpellier 3-24. Hamburg 3-25. Tatran Presov 2-06. Sävehof 2-0 HSV HamburgKIF KoldingMKB VeszpremMontpellier ← Previous Story Danish “Jack & Jones” League: New defeat for KIF Kolding Next Story → EHF CL (Round 3): Barcelona “blew” Celje PL read more

HSE introduces preferred drug initiative to save €15 million in budget

first_imgTHE HSE HAS today identified two ‘preferred drugs’ for prescribers in the first recommendation of this kind by the state in relation to medication.The two drugs recommended under a new preferred drug initiative are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), prescribed for patients with peptic ulcer disease and/or reflux, and Statin medication which is for high cholesterol.The preferred PPI is called Lansoprazole and the preferred Statin is Simvastatin.The HSE is asking doctors to prescribe these preferred drugs in order to save money, both for patients who pay for their medication and to deliver savings of an estimated €15million for the taxpayer. PPIs and Statins account for up to 15 per cent of the HSE’s drugs budget.By changing existing patients to the preferred drug, and by prescribing these drugs for new patients, the HSE said “significant savings” can be achieved.SavingsIf 50 per cent of all PPI prescriptions were Lansoprazole, instead of the others the market, the HSE would save in the region of €7.5 million on the drugs budget in 2013. By switching 25 per cent of all prescribed Statins to Simvastatin, the HSE could save a further €8 million.Patients who do not have a medical card could save over €300 per annum if they switch to the preferred drugs and the HSE has recommended patients discuss their suitability for changing to the drug with their doctor.Currently there are five PPI’s on the market and a recent review found that three of these products differ significantly in price but little in terms of efficacy.There are also five Statins on the market at present which, again, can vary significantly in terms of price. Patients who do not have a medical card and who pay for their medicines, who are suitable for treatment using the preferred drug, could save in the region of €130 per annum by switching to the preferred Statin, Simvastatin.The preferred drug initiative is part of the HSE’s Medicines Management Programme which is aiming to secure €20 million in savings this year.Read: Pharmacists: Increased prescription charges may lead to people being hospitalised>Read: 94 per cent of consumers favour increase in use of generic medicines>last_img read more

McDonalds will have over 40 billion in sales by 2020

first_img The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act The Pixel watch that never was: An inside look at how Google’s smartwatch efforts beat Apple to the punch, but then broke down and never recovered (GOOG, GOOGL) SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there Read: McDonald’s answers questions about where your food REALLY comes fromRead: Tofu McNuggets are now a thing in McDonald’s restaurants in Japancenter_img A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York THE US RESTAURANT market will not be dominated by burger chains within the next six years, according to a research note by analysts at Janney Capital Markets.But that doesn’t mean they won’t be making money.And burger chains still account for three of the top five US restaurant outlets by sales.McDonald’s takes the No. 1 slot with $35.9 billion in sales in 2013, followed by Subway ($12.7 billion), Starbucks ($11.7 billion), Wendy’s ($8.8 billion), and Burger King ($8.5 billion).In six years, Wendy’s and Burger King will slide down to the No. 6 and No. 8 positions, respectively, according to the analysts’ predictions. McDonald’s is expected to maintain its top spot with $43.8 billion in sales, followed by Starbucks ($18.8 billion), Subway ($18.4 billion), Dunkin’ Donuts ($11.6 billion), and Chick-fil-A ($10.8 billion).The graph below shows Janney’s full predictions for 2020.last_img read more

Clash in Patras

first_imgFour people have been injured in clashes between police and hundreds of immigrants in the Greek port of Patras last week. The confrontation occurred after an Afghan migrant was seriously injured trying to jump onto a moving truck bound for Italy. After he fell from the truck, fellow Afghans attacked the driver and also clashed with police officers who rushed to the scene. Police dispelled hundreds of immigrants with tear gas as they demonstrated in the streets and set fire to garbage cans, causing traffic jams for several hours. The injured Afghani was later transferred to hospital in a serious condition. Patras is home to a large number of illegal immigrants who hail from Afghanistan and are aged between 15 and 25 years. Many live in makeshift camps without proper water or hygiene facilities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Adelaide Glendi a roaring success

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Glendi Festival in Adelaide was held for the first time in October, after three decades of being held in March to commemorate Greece’s Independence Day. The move to hold the event on the weekend of October 3-4 was made to distinguish the festival from the “mad month of March”, which sees a multitude of festivals and events.Despite the date change, the Glendi, held at the Wayville Showground still managed to attract more than 10,000 people. “The highlight was John Katevas’s (from Greece) performance, and George Kapiniaris was also good,” said festival director, John Chefalachis. “We were also entertained by local dance groups performances, including two dance groups from Melbourne; Pontiaki Estia and Manassis.”Children enjoyed table wrestling, indoor soccer, and author Bea Julian’s reading of her new picture story book, The Fountain Cat, which was inspired by her time spent on the beautiful island of Rhodes.Greek cuisine (Kouzina) was the theme for the Glendi School’s Program, which saw children use art and clay to create lifelike Greek dishes.The real cooking was left to the experts, including a cooking demonstration by chefs from the popular Greek restaurant, Greek on Halifax. last_img read more

Bass Pro donates luxury boat to atrisk kids organization

first_imgSWEETWATER, Fla. (WSVN) – A group of kids are excited to set sail after getting their own boat.Bass Pro Shops at Dolphin Mall donated a luxury pontoon boat to the Mahogany Youth Corporation, a non-profit organization that aids at-risk kids by introducing them to fishing.The $50,000 vessel will allow the organization to expand opportunities to get children out on the water.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Last chance Grab these Mario Day Nintendo Switch bundles before midnight

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET Nintendo has been offering bundles and discounts on the Switch game console and five Mario games — including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey since Sunday, March 10 to celebrate Mario Day. (March 10 is “MAR10” — get it? It’s not unlike the way “May the 4th” is Star Wars Day.) But the sale ends today, Saturday, March 16, at 11:59 p.m. PT. The sale details: From March 10 to 16, select games featuring Mario receive a 50 percent discount ($30 off) when bought with a bundled Switch. The bundles cost $330 and remain available from Best Buy, Walmart and Target. (GameStop and Amazon no longer appear to have stock.)Those same five Mario games are were discounted by $20 (33 percent). The titles in question are:Super Mario PartySuper Mario Odyssey Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Mario Tennis Aces New Super Mario Bros. U DeluxeWe’ve updated this story to focus on deals that are still available in the final day of the sale. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. See It See It Nintendo Xbox One weekly game deals: Best under $10 Gaming deals: Titanfall 2 for $5, Red Dead Redemption for $10, GTA V for $20 and more Best Buy 2:34 Walmart $59 See It $48 Now playing: Watch this: Here’s why Super Mario Odyssey is so freaking great CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $59 Commentscenter_img More game deals See it Adorama Gaming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle deals: Switch console + Mario game for $330 As mentioned above, several major retailers are still offering the bundle, but the details have changed since Sunday. Right now, Best Buy appears to have the best option, followed by Walmart.Best Buy has a guided page that lets you choose which Switch color you want (gray or blue/red) and which game to add. But here’s the kicker: Best Buy seems to be the only retailer that lets you also choose the Switch bundled with a $35 Nintendo eShop credit, too. So, you’re getting the Switch, a half-price Mario game and $35 to spend on any Switch digital game at a later date. See Switch bundle at Best BuyWalmart also has a special page that lets you choose which Switch color you want and which game to add. While Walmart doesn’t offer the $35 eShop credit, it does throw in some Nintendo pins and — for better or worse — a Paw Patrol carrying case.  See Switch bundle at WalmartTarget is a bit more self-service, but it works: Just add the Switch console and one of the games above to your cart. When you prepare to checkout, you’ll see the discount applied to the game to get the whole order to $330. (There appears to be no eShop credit, nor any extras.)See Switch deals at TargetAmazon, by contrast, is a mess. It also has the products on a single page, but you need to add the console to your cart, then back up and add a game. But, as of Wednesday, doing so did not get us a discount in our cart, even though it had been working earlier in the week. Bottom line: This deal seems dead at Amazon.Discounted digital Mario titles are ‘sold out’When the Mario Day sales started on Sunday, many of the same retailers above had the digital versions of the five Mario games on sale for $40, of $20 off. But it appears that most retailers only had a limited number of digital codes available before they “sold out” of them. As far as we can tell, they’re gone from Amazon, Walmart , Target and Best Buy. This story was originally posted on March 9, and was updated extensively with related links once the sale started. Sale prices and availability verified Saturday, March 16 at 9:34 a.m. PT. 5 $49 Share your voice These new Nintendo Switch games are fun, creative and weird Mentioned Above Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) Tags 13 Photos Review • Mario Kart 8 is the Nintendo Switch’s best party gamelast_img read more

CBI files case in Pilatus aircraft deal searches Sanjay

first_imgThe CBI has registered a case against unknown officials of Indian Air Force, Ministry of Defence and controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari for alleged corruption in procurement of 75 Pilatus basic trainer aircraft in 2009, officials said Saturday. The CBI also carried out searches at the residence and office of Bhandari in connection with the deal, officials said.The fugitive arms dealer is wanted in India for alleged breach of foreign exchange rules and kickbacks in defence deals. Also Read – Custody of Ratul Puri extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Bhandari was booked by the ED in 2016 based on an Income Tax Department and Delhi police complaint of his alleged indulgence in dubious defence deals and land deals. In December 2017, the ED had seized assets worth Rs 26.61 crore of Bhandari and others for holding undisclosed assets abroad. The assets included undisclosed deposits in foreign bank accounts in the UAE in the various foreign currency denominations, beneficial ownership of companies incorporated in the UAE, one flat in Palms Jumeirah, Dubai and two flats in the UK. Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has also been named as an accused by the CBI in the case pertaining to the charges of irregularities and bribe of Rs 339 crore in the procurement, the agency said.last_img read more

Radicals and Visionaries

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story appears in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Turbulent times upend conventional thinking, and one of the most provocative ideas to surface in recent years is the doctrine of ‘free’–the idea that giving your product away is the surest, and perhaps only, path to success. In a special feature, Chris Anderson, who literally wrote the book on ‘Free,’ faces off with the tech gurus behind 37Signals, who call ‘free’ the great sham of the digital age.Free your mindDon’t be afraid to give your product away, Chris Anderson says, you’ll figure out how to make money laterThe secret to success in the digital age is giving people what they want–literally, says Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired and author of the controversial new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. It’s a matter of finding ways to make money around what you give away, he says, via a third party such as advertising or premium strategies. “It’s the media model,” Anderson notes. “Radio’s free to air, television’s free to air. Consumers get the content free and create a marketplace of attention, then producers sell that attention to advertisers.”Free is what the web has been about for a decade. Anderson says he’s merely providing an economic model for why free works. He’s stunned that his thesis has kicked up such a hornet’s nest in the media, where the likes of Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker have ripped it (calling it unsupported by the facts and the product of a “technological utopian”).Anderson maintains that free is simply the best form of marketing: Customers sample the actual product, creating word of mouth, which allows companies to charge for premium versions of the product later. In other words, market free for a while, then attach the price tag.Critics point out that Anderson’s top examples–YouTube, Facebook and Twitter–have yet to make a dime. But Anderson cites a report that YouTube could be profitable this year and predicts Facebook could be next year.He also admits there are limits to free; advertising can’t support every business. But he’s high on the “freemium” approach, using products as premiums for themselves (think Radiohead), and the fact that digital delivery costs are now next to nothing really drives the model.Anderson has started two businesses based on free, and his book is available free in digital form on Kindle, and for a while free on audio, in addition to paid hardcover. He says 200,000 free downloads of the book (which was roundly criticized for plagiarism; a footnote transcription error, Anderson says) in two weeks prove the validity of pricelessness. “That’s awareness, sampling, word of mouth.” And a lot of nonroyalties.Nothing Plus NothingDavid Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried of 37Signals say ‘free’ thinking will never amount to real businessIf you want to get Jason Fried riled, all you have to do is bring up the subject of giving your products away. Fried, the co-head of hot web application company 37signals, and his partner, David Heinemeier Hansson, detest free, a concept they see as little more than a sham, a sleight-of-hand that covers up the lack of a real product. If you want to make money, they say, you need a real product that customers will spend money on, a business basic that free web space has distorted.”You pay for everything in your life except some of the stuff on the internet,” Fried says. “That’s the built-in human behavior we’d like to mimic. The problem with this free thing is, if you’re going to hook people on free for four years, and all of a sudden start charging for things, that doesn’t work very well.”Entrepreneurs are getting the wrong message from the Klondike buyout of YouTube and the “ridiculous” valuation of Facebook, they say, pointing out both companies are still hemorrhaging cash and haven’t figured out a way to make money. Free is a bubble that will burst when investors run out of patience.”I’ve been talking to startups, and people have this notion that all they need is eyeballs, all they need is a lot of users and then something magical will happen, and then they’re going to be a huge success,” says Heinemeier Hansson. “That’s going to lead to a lot of unavoidable failures.”Fried, 35, and Heinemeier Hansson, 29, revel in exposing what they see as the entrepreneurial fables in the era of social media Kool-Aid. They’ve won a wide following for their ventings on their Signal vs. Noise blog, citing 100,000 daily visitors, and in a book about building software, Getting Real. Their themes–don’t risk it all, stay small, charge for value, free is stupid–fly in the face of the conventional image that web success comes from big startups that attract massive amounts of free users and then massive buyouts–yet they’re right in line with a time-honored business practice: making a profit.”The answer,” Fried says, “is to be fair on prices, deliver great services that your competitor can’t and simply outlast free.” Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Winners and losers in Nicaraguas Grand Canal project

first_imgNo related posts. By David Hutt | Special to The Tico TimesLEÓN, Nicaragua – Plans for building a waterway across Nicaragua have existed since Spaniards first stepped foot on Central America. Since then, many promises for investment in an interoceanic canal have been made, but all failed to materialize.Last month saw the Nicaraguan government sign a memorandum of understanding with the newly-created HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd, which will be financed by Chinese telecom giant Xinwei, for the construction of a wet and dry canal.The wet canal – in theory – would consist of an interoceanic waterway to connect the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Nicaragua. The expected route would use the San Juan River on Nicaragua’s southern border with Costa Rica to travel from the Atlantic to the east to Lake Managua near the western coast. A canal would be built to navigate across the Rivas isthmus.The dry canal is a euphemism for a railroad that would connect Monkey Point, south of Bluefields (the capital of Nicaragua’s South Atlantic Autonomous Region), with the Port of Corinto, on the northwestern Pacific coast.The cost of the entire project has been estimated at $30 billion and is likely to take well over a decade to complete. However, these are only preliminary estimates, and more informed data is expected in early 2013 when the engineering consortium Royal HaskoningDHV and Ecorys completes a feasibility study.According to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, revenue from the canal “will lift the country out of poverty.”  Thousands of jobs would be created while revenue from the canal could multiply Nicaragua’s gross domestic product, Ortega claimed.Last year, the Panama Canal brought in more than $1 billion for that country, and Ortega and Sandinista leaders expect a future Nicaragua canal to generate similar revenue. Officials said that as part of the deal, the Nicaraguan government would retain 51 percent of canal shares.One of the most optimistic individuals in Nicaragua is the man in charge of the canal, Edén Pastora, who under the nom de guerre Comandante Cero led a 1978 attack on the Nicaraguan National Palace and helped overthrow dictator Anastasio Somoza.“There is a selfish attitude in those who oppose the canal project, because they only think of political competition. When the canal becomes a reality, the government will undoubtedly gain prestige. But the biggest gains will be made by the people,” Pastora said in a recent interview with the Nicaraguan daily La Prensa.Comandante Cero was an ally of the Sandinistas during the years of revolution, but became disillusioned with the party and became a Contra fighter during the civil war. He then grew disillusioned with Nicaragua itself and left to take citizenship in Costa Rica during the 1990s.He later returned to Nicaragua yet again and patched up his differences with Ortega and Sandinista leadership in 2010. In the meantime, he also managed to start a diplomatic spat with Costa Rica over territory rights for an island at the entrance to the Río San Juan.Land disputes and lucrative plansIn 2010, Pastora was put in charge of a commission responsible for reviving the canal project. He was named minister of development of the Río San Juan Basin and was tasked with the job of dredging the border river.For his efforts, Pastora received a monthly government salary of $80,000; he joked that this was not enough: “It is nothing. I’m asking for $200,000 a month,” he said in an interview earlier this year with McClatchy Newspapers.In February, Pastora had even more reason to be happy when the government gifted him 34.5 acres of land near the city of Rivas. According to Swiss-born Walter Bühler, who claims he owns the land in question, armed police officers and state officials arrived on Feb. 13 to confiscate his property.Bühler said that officials informed him that land rights are decades old and belong to the government. Pastora was given a piece of adjacent land two years before.The extensive property is located near the area where a potential canal would likely pass as it exits Lake Nicaragua, from Las Lejas to Brito on the Pacific coast. Still, Pastora’s dreams stretch beyond the canal, as he is busy developing and promoting the Río San Juan area as a new playground for the wealthy. “The gentlemen millionaires will come on their executive jets, get on their yachts and go all over the Caribbean,” Pastora said. “All kinds and sizes of yachts will come, and they will pay.”Chinese investors also have much to celebrate. Orlando Castillo, president of Nicaragua’s telecommunications regulatory agency, announced that Xinwei will be allowed to compete against the nation’s two mobile phone providers. The Chinese company also will be able to invest as much as $300 million in the telecom sector in its first two years of competition, and $800 million for mobile phone and Internet rights.However, history has shown that optimism and contracts sometimes mean very little in Nicaragua. Perhaps the biggest problem for the project could be its irrelevance. The last major push for the canal came almost seven years ago, when the Panama Canal was reaching its size limitations. Ships were becoming larger and heavier, and the century-old canal was struggling to manage them. But in 2006, the Panamanian government held a referendum supported by 76.8 percent of citizens for the expansion of the canal. Expected to finish in 2015, the expanded third set of locks will see the canal double in size and allow it to modernize its capabilities to meet the demands of Post-Panamax ships.Other problems that may arise with Nicaragua’s canal project are the issue of land rights and environmental concerns. The dry canal railroad would have to cross much of rural Nicaragua and would be constructed within the vicinity of protected rain forests and national parks.A particular concern is the proposed construction of a new deep-water port at Monkey Point. “It would effectively destroy the Rama Indian and Creole ethnic community that has lived there for centuries”, a study by Nicanet, an international solidarity organization, noted. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

New Zealand police Czech tourist abused killed

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 must play golf courses in Arizona WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Police say a Czech tourist hitchhiking in New Zealand was sexually assaulted and murdered by a man who then killed himself.Police found the bodies of 31-year-old tourist Dagmar Pytlickova and 43-year-old Jason Frandi on Sunday in a remote forest. An autopsy Wednesday showed Pytlickova suffered neck injuries and Frandi self-inflicted wrist injuries.According to Inspector Greg Williams, Pytlickova had been touring the country since January and had recently been working at a vineyard in the town of Cromwell. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories He said she left Cromwell Saturday afternoon planning to hitchhike to Timaru and was picked up by Frandi, who drove her to the forest before killing her.Frandi previously served a three-and-a-half jail sentence for abducting a woman.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more