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  • Gasoline prices lift US consumer inflation 04 per cent

    first_imgWASHINGTON – Surging gasoline prices pulled U.S. consumer inflation up 0.4 per cent in November.The Labor Department said Wednesday that prices at the pump increased a sharp 7.3 per cent after falling in October. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core consumer inflation rose a modest 0.1 per cent in November.Over the past year, overall consumer inflation is up 2.2 per cent and core inflation is up 1.7 per cent.Inflation pressures have remained subdued even though the U.S. economy is gathering momentum. Economic growth has clocked in at an annual pace of 3 per cent or better in each of the last two quarters for the first time since 2014. The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low 4.1 per cent. But the tight job market has yet to generate significant wage growth, which would push inflation higher. Many businesses still fear losing customers if they raise prices.Even though hiring has risen steadily, wage gains have been modest.The Federal Reserve later Wednesday is expected to announce its third interest rate hike of 2017.Food prices were flat in November. Housing prices rose 0.2 per cent. Air fares fell 2.4 per cent. Apparel prices fell 1.3 per cent, biggest drop since September 1998.last_img read more

  • Police may have to give thumb impressions before going for railway station

    first_imgNew Delhi: In upcoming days, the Delhi Police teams who guard the various railway stations in the city may have to give their thumb impressions before going for patrolling.Highly placed police sources said that the plans are going on to increase the visibility of police and also to make sure that personnel are regularly patrolling. Police sources told Millennium Post that in the recent meeting between senior officers of Delhi Police railway unit there was a discussion on the staff’s visibility at different stations. Setting up of biometric machines at various locations was also discussed. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Through thumb impression, there will be a record of police personnel that when they came for patrolling and when they exit,” added the police source. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railway) Dinesh Gupta said that currently, they are maintaining registers of patrolling team in which they are keeping records of patrolling signed by staffs involved in the activity. “In the details of the register like the timing of patrolling, arrests, recovery is written, so that senior officers can keep the vigil at different stations and also alertness of the staffs,” added DCP Railway. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaHe further said that currently, they are also using technology like video calling to keep a tab at various railway stations. When asked about the thumb impression initiative, DCP Railway said that there are some planning but at a very initial stage. “It is in process but not finalized yet,” added DCP Railway. According to Delhi Police Annual Report 2018, the railway police looks after 45 railway stations and approximately 150 kms. track through its seven police stations and two police posts. 19 railway crossings are also located. The railway police has present strength of total 486 police personnel. “With this meager staff, the Railway Police takes all preventive measures to keep the crime and law & order under control including patrolling and strategic picketing. Constant listening with RPF and adjoining police stations of Delhi NCR and other agencies are being kept for better crime prevention and detection,” said Annual Report. The patrolling staff of New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin and other Railway Police Stations have been connected with a WhatsApp group.last_img read more

  • Mohammed VI is the Best King in the World Cheb Khaled

    Rabat – Cheb Khaled, the king of Rai, has hailed Morocco and King Mohammed VI in a press conference held on Sunday, on the sidelines of the ninth annual Rai Festival of Oujda. Cheb Khaled stated that “Morocco is experiencing a real revolution at all levels, to the point that His Majesty the King may God glorify him, became the best king in the world.”“May God prolong his life and protect him for all Moroccans and the Maghreb region,” Cheb Khaled added. The King of Rai received a standing ovation from all journalists attending the press conference, in appreciation of his comments.The author of the famous song “Aicha” also talked about his friendship with King Mohammed VI, saying it is based on respect and cordiality.Cheb Khaled, one of Algeria’s most famous artists who is married to a Moroccan woman, was offered Moroccan nationality by royal decree issued on August 20, 2013.Khaled told Telquel in an interview in 2009 that he had the honor to meet King Mohammed VI when he was still a prince.“When he became king, he did not turn his back on me. Quite the contrary, he has not changed and it touches me,” he explained.“We kept our friendship, because he is a character of my generation, who [has a young mentality]. He often invites me to his house when I’m in Morocco,” Cheb Khaled concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

  • Morocco Urged to Vote on UN Declaration To Protect Peasants Rights

    By Isabella WangRabat – La Vie Campesina, the international movement behind the UN peasants’ rights declaration, has urged Morocco to approve the measure at the UNGA. Next month, the United Nations General Assembly will take a final vote on the “Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas.” Negotiations on the declaration have lasted ten years. After a decade of debate and negotiating, under the guidance of the Human Rights Council, farmers’ unions and peasant associations are now waiting for the decision in New York. La Vie Campesina has urged Morocco to vote. Yabiladi Mohamed Hakach, coordinator of the MENA chapter of La Vie Campesina and member of the National Federation of the Agricultural Sector (FNSA) explained, “This is a very crucial moment for us.” The declaration’s text is created “in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.”La Vie Campesina is an international organization which coordinates farmers’ organizations from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. It is a coalition of 182 organizations in 81 countries. Why is the declaration important?The declaration sets out to affirm the rights of peasants. It entails the fundamental human rights of peasants and farmers, already recognized by the UN, while also incorporating new rights to protect peasants. The declaration asserts for peasants new rights, including the right to land in article 4, the right to seeds and traditional agricultural knowledge and practice in article 5, the right to the means of agricultural production in article 6, the right to information and agricultural technology in article 7, the freedom to determine price and market for agricultural production in article 8, the right to the protection of local agricultural values in article 9, the right to biological diversity in article 10, and the right to preserve the environment in article 11. The first article of the declaration sets out to create an international definition for “peasant,” differentiating the word from big farmers who focus on investment rather than actually working on the land. In Morocco, peasants, also known as small farmers, constitute a population of approximately 1.5 million people. The number does not include the small professionals who work in sectors involving the rural industry or in other trades in the countryside.  Creating a clear definition for “peasant” helps ensure that a clear set of human rights are applied to peasants, particularly when it comes to lawmaking. The declaration can regulate the parameters and laws applied to peasants and food production. Hakach stated that the declaration will aim to “strengthen the value of food sovereignty and put an end to the various violations that peasants suffer throughout the world.”Many countries now do not have specific laws in areas of food production and food sovereignty. Under the current laws, small farmers under the control of large corporation, unions, or government, can be prevented from choosing the type of agricultural production which best suits their environment. By enabling small farmers to have autonomy, the declaration not only aims to assure the rights and freedoms of the farmers but also aims to enable more effective production.The rights and sovereignty of small farmers has been critical to the drafting process of the declaration. When addressing the challenges which had delayed the treaty, Hakach stated, “The first is related to the parties that have no interest in this declaration being adopted, namely the multinationals and the big decision makers of this world. This vote will be a political decision and we are creating awareness amongst the Moroccan government on this.”He continued, “In addition, another limit is that of the peasant organization. In our country, it was not until last July that the National Union of Peasants was created. In the field, small rural workers have a lot of trouble defending their interests, because we are lacking the organisation [to defend them].Ramifications for MoroccoIf the declaration is successful, it is highly likely that Moroccan agricultural policy will undergo greater reform to assure the rights and benefits of peasants. Faical Ouchen, secretary general of the National Union of Peasants (SNP), one of 17 agricultural unions affiliated to the FNSA, stated that current agricultural policy in Morocco “is mainly based on the Green Morocco Plan (PMV) directed mainly to large farmers.”Consequently, the adoption of the treaty, with or without Morocco’s vote, would lead to reviews in Morocco’s agricultural policy and a greater focus on small farmers. The declaration has garnered support from many other African countries while facing opposition from some European countries.Ouchen highlighted the benefits for small farmers in Morocco. He explained that the declaration “protects them [small farmers] from random expropriations, which especially in Morocco, are operated by mafia real estate agencies and in addition large seed industries who produce non-reproducible seeds. Both of these force small farmers to depend on these large structures.” read more

  • Hurricane Dean UN stands ready to help affected countries in the Caribbean

    20 August 2007The United Nations has deployed a team of disaster assessment and coordination experts to the Caribbean to assist countries hit by Hurricane Dean which has left a trail of death and destruction in its rampage past St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Martinique, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and on towards the coast of Mexico. “The United Nations stands ready to support relief efforts with other measures, including the release of emergency funds,” spokesperson Michele Montas told a news briefing, adding that the world organization was is in close contact with the Governments of affected countries. In a statement, she said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was deeply saddened to learn of the human and economic losses brought on by Hurricane Dean in the Caribbean, and extended condolences to those who lost family and friends. Military and police units of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) joined local police in helping to evacuate some 2,000 people living near the shore. In addition, the mission helped warn the local people of the eventual health and other risks and necessary preventive measures in the wake of the powerful storm. Also in Haiti, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday sent drugs to support 2000 people for three months to Jacmel Hospital. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Population will be in charge of distributing the drugs based on emerging needs, according to a situation update produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more

  • New UN study examines social responsibility of transnational corporations

    The study – one of two issued today as part of UNCTAD’s series on Issues in International Investment Agreements – explores the relatively wide range of issues arising from the economic and social impact of transnational corporations. Based on a stocktaking of relevant instruments and codes of conduct, the paper describes options for dealing with social responsibility in international investment agreements. It concludes that social responsibility standards must be applied with sensitivity to the realities of local conditions in developing countries. The other study released today examines how international investment agreements address commitments to protect the environment. UNCTAD focuses on how to involve transnational corporations in the provision and use of environmentally sound technologies.The study sets out a number of options for dealing with environmental matters in international investment agreements, ranging from not addressing the issue to agreeing on mandatory legal duties to observe certain environmental standards.The UNCTAD series is addressed to government officials, corporate executives, representatives of non-governmental organizations, officials of international agencies and researchers. It seeks to provide an in-depth and balanced analysis of the issues that may arise in international discussions on, or negotiations of, international investment agreements. read more

  • UN rights experts speak out against outrageous conviction sentencing of Saudi blogger

    “This outrageous conviction should be overturned and Mr. Badawi immediately released,” said the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion, Heiner Bielefeldt; the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue; the Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez; and the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mads Andenas. “Mr. Badawi is a prisoner of conscience, who has been convicted for peacefully expressing his views on religious and other issues,” they added in a news release.They recalled the right of all people to “freely manifest their views in matters of religion or belief and to write, issue and disseminate information and ideas in these areas through any media without interference.” The detention and charges brought against Mr. Badawi “appear to be part of an ongoing practice of prosecution against people who publicly express dissenting religious views in Saudi Arabia,” they added.Mr. Badawi, the co-founder of a website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was detained in June 2012 on charges of “founding a liberal website,” “adopting liberal thought” and for “insulting Islam,” after publishing a number of articles on his blog site and social media. He was convicted in July 2013 to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. At the time, his lawyer claimed that his trial was marred by irregularities and contested the impartiality of the judicial process in the case. In December 2013, an appeals court overturned his conviction and sent the case to Jeddah’s Criminal Court for review. However, last week, the Criminal Court toughened the sentence imposed on Mr. Badawi. The experts reminded the Saudi Government of the international standards concerning the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of belief, and the obligation to ensure that prisoners are treated humanely. “Corporal punishment, such as flogging, violates international law, which prohibits torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” they said.Mr. Badawi plans to appeal this new decision. However, his attorney may not be present at the trial as he was recently detained and prosecuted for “undermining the image of the kingdom” and “breaking allegiance with the King.” The Saudi Government was urged to embark on “more comprehensive reforms” to bring its judicial system in compliance with international standards. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

  • Mens soccer OSU earns draw over weekend against No 7 Indiana

    With No. 7 Indiana coming to town, the Ohio State men’s soccer team looked to take down another Big Ten foe at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Coming off a dominant 3-0 win over Oakland on Tuesday, the Buckeyes looked to ride momentum in hopes of improving their conference record of 2-3.OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried (1) prepares to return the ball to midfield during the Buckeye’s game against Valparaiso on Sept. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 4-1. Credit: Janaya Greene | Lantern PhotographerOhio State and Indiana played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon, with neither team able to find a game-winner through two overtime periods.“It could have gone either way,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “Earlier in the year we lost three games in sudden-death overtime. I think our guys were determined not to let that happen again.”The Buckeyes opened up the scoring early in the first period.In the 5th minute of play, junior forward Nate Kohl secured the ball in the box after a failed clearing attempt by the Indiana goalkeeper. Kohl deflected the ball off his chest then slid down to redirect it into the back of the net, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.For Kohl, it was his team-high fifth goal of the season.Indiana netted an equalizer in the 18th minute with a header by sophomore midfielder Jeremiah Gutjahr.However, it did not take long for the Buckeyes to answer back.In the 20th minute, Kohl worked a ball down the sideline. He slotted a pass through the middle in between a couple Hoosier defenders, finding senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick, who used a good first touch to get around his defender. He then fired it into the back of the net from 12 yards out, putting OSU back on top 2-1.“Me and Ben have worked on and off the ball together pretty well,” Kohl said. “I know how he plays and he knows how I play so it just keeps getting better. Its sad it took until the end of the season to start working, but I guess it’s as good a time as any.”Just as it seemed like the Buckeyes had the game in the bag, Indiana upped the tempo and started applying pressure deep in the offensive zone.With just seven minutes remaining in regulation, senior defender Billy McConnell deflected an Indiana shot inside the box that rolled just out of reach of OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried to tie the game up at two.Neither of the two teams had many scoring opportunities in the two overtime periods, as the game ended in a tie.“When you let up an equalizing goal that late, your team could fold,” Bluem said. “For those last 27 minutes, our guys strapped them back up and fought hard to not allow that winning goal.”The Hoosiers outshot OSU 14-5, including an 8-1 advantage in the second period. Siegfried made five saves.The two teams seemed to have some bad blood, as things got chippy as time went on. Indiana accumulated a staggering 28 for calls, including four yellow cards for Indiana. OSU amassed 12 total fouls.“They were getting a little upset that they are the No. 7 team in the country and we were putting the pressure on them and taking the wind out of them,” Kohl said. “Things got a little chippy, but nothing we couldn’t handle.”Bluem said he was very proud of how his team played despite missing a few of their key guys to injuries.“We have a lot of talent sitting on our bench that can’t play,” Bluem said. “Yaw (Amankwa) couldn’t play today. Danny (Jensen) is out. (Marcus) McCrary is out. The guys that are being called upon in their place are really doing a great job.”Next up for the now 4-9-1 Buckeyes is a road contest against No. 4 Louisville on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. read more

  • The Browns Suckiness Defies Math And Reason

    32New Orleans136032Cleveland-307.6 30Arizona Cardinals1,676Kurt Warner3,069 32Cleveland Browns-2,805Derek Anderson353 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Cleveland is leading the league in instabilitySince 2000, the NFL teams with the most (and least) total CHAOS* points 29Green Bay132355 3Cincinnati18063Seattle+210.9 1New England Patriots21,050Tom Brady19,743 2Miami16711179 29Indianapolis147229Oakland-205.2 The Cleveland Browns will soon embark on their 20th season since the city got a second chance at an NFL franchise. And in one very specific, very depressing way, the team is right back where it started. When we fire up our NFL Elo ratings for the new season in a couple of weeks — Elo being FiveThirtyEight’s preferred method of tracking a team’s performance over time — the Browns will begin the year with a rating of 1302. (Average is about 1500.) Roll the clock back to Sept. 12, 1999, and Cleveland’s Elo going into the rebooted franchise’s very first game1A note for all the sticklers out there: Yes, the NFL technically considers the “New Browns” to be a continuation of the franchise that left Cleveland to become the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. We don’t, at least not for the purposes of Elo. Since they directly carried over the Old Browns’ roster, the 1996 Ravens were given the initial Elo implied from Cleveland’s performance in 1995, and the 1999 Browns started out with the Elo of an expansion club. was 1300, the same as any expansion franchise. In other words, two decades later, the Browns are essentially starting from scratch — again. ⋮ Most Valuable PicksBest Drafting Teams ⋮ 4San Francisco18064Carolina+166.2 ⋮ 30N.Y. Giants123249 28N.Y. Giants148328Tampa Bay-170.9 YABQ compares a quarterback’s passing and rushing performance (in terms of adjusted net yards) to that of a hypothetical backup-level NFL QB.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com At QB, the Browns are the bizarro PatriotsMost, and least, total yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL teams since 1999 ⋮ 2Indianapolis Colts19,266Peyton Manning16,559 1Cleveland18841Green Bay+296.3 26Miami Dolphins2,569Jay Fiedler998 31New England011340 25Jacksonville Jaguars3,551David Garrard2,117 5Pittsburgh Steelers12,954Ben Roethlisberger10,945 6Los Angeles Chargers11,999Philip Rivers10,634 * Cumulative High-Activity Organizational Strife points are a weighted sum of a team’s total year-over-year changes at owner (2 points), general manager (3), coach (7) and quarterback (10). Those weights are based on the effect of each type of change on a team’s performance, after controlling for a team’s baseline level of play.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Altogether since 1999, the Browns have sunk the league’s highest percentage of pick capital in the most volatile positions in the draft — receivers, quarterbacks and running backs — and the seventh-lowest percentage of capital in the most reliable positions — offensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. It’s indicative of the team’s get-rich-quick mindset: Cleveland keeps buying scratch-off lottery tickets, trying to end the franchise’s problems overnight, but instead it just keeps coming up empty. Super Bowl winners aren’t built in a day — but if you operate as though they are, there’s a good chance that your team won’t get to the Super Bowl anytime soon.As all the losses and the failed picks have piled up, Cleveland has also gone through countless leadership changes up and down the organization. Since the Browns were reborn, no team has made more season-to-season switches at general manager or quarterback, and only one (the Raiders) has changed coaches more often.11We aren’t including in-season switches in our count if the new quarterback or coach weren’t the primary person in that role the following season. Our research shows that these moves come with a heavy price: Even after controlling for a team’s Simple Rating System (SRS) score the previous season,12Since bad teams tend to shake things up far more frequently than good ones. teams that change primary quarterback tend to decline by 1.31 points per game of SRS the following season, while that number is 0.91 SRS points for teams changing coaches, 0.36 SRS points for teams changing GMs and 0.26 SRS points for teams with new ownership.We can roll those relative values up into an overall turmoil tally I’m calling the CHAOS (Cumulative High-Activity Organizational Strife) Score. Between any pair of seasons, you get 2 points for changing owners, 3 for changing GMs, 7 for changing coaches and 10 for changing your primary QB. And since 2000,13The 1999 Browns aren’t included here because brand-new expansion teams aren’t eligible for a CHAOS score — it’s taken for granted that they have all-new personnel, so the metric wouldn’t mean much for them. the Browns are the undisputed kings of CHAOS: 9Dallas Cowboys9,478Tony Romo8,138 Top Passer If only the past 20 years of misfortune could be erased that easily. After the team lost its final game of the 2017 season to give the 2008 Detroit Lions some company in the 0-16 club, Cleveland fans held an ironic parade to “celebrate” the team’s anti-accomplishment. But it is perversely impressive to craft a pro football team so dreadful. No other team in the entire history of the NFL has ever suffered through a stretch of 31 losses in 32 tries like the Browns just did. (The next-worst 32-game period belonged again to those Lions, who won two contests total during the 2008 and 2009 seasons; even the infamous expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 4-28 in their first 32 outings.) On paper, the chance of a totally replacement-level team winning just once in two seasons against a typical schedule is about 0.1 percent.Cleveland’s futility, then, borders on impossibility. It’s almost like you have to be trying to be terrible in order to reach the depths the Browns have encountered these past few seasons. And even if you were trying, you probably couldn’t pull it off. So how could such a hopeless situation emerge organically? And as we sit on the cusp of Year 20, is there any hope for the franchise to reverse its own brief, unpleasant history, restoring the tradition of the original version that won four NFL titles right before the Super Bowl era began?For one thing, this team was not well-positioned to succeed in its second NFL go-round. When the original Browns packed up and left for Baltimore in 1996, they took with them the core of a team that had been built by future coaching GOAT Bill Belichick2Whose Browns tenure was admittedly rocky but who also brought to Cleveland elements of the system that would later help turn the New England Patriots into a dynasty. and would be improved upon greatly by standout Ravens general manager (and former Browns tight end) Ozzie Newsome. That team — the old Browns/new Ravens — won the Super Bowl within a half-decade of leaving Cleveland. The team that took its place was an expansion squad built from other teams’ leftovers. Although some new clubs (such as the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers) have had early success, it usually takes five to 10 years before an expansion team can reach respectability.And as longtime Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer Terry Pluto notes in “False Start,” his book about the New Browns,3The book was written in 2004 but feels as applicable today as it did then — which speaks volumes about the Browns’ lack of progress during the intervening years. those teams had a significant advantage over Cleveland from day one. According to Pluto, the amount of time between owner Al Lerner being granted the new franchise and the team’s inaugural game (369 days) was the shortest for any expansion club since the New Orleans Saints in 1967 — and the third-shortest of any new team since 1960. By comparison, the Houston Texans (who joined the NFL just three seasons after the Browns were reborn) had a full 1,068 days to fill out their front-office and coaching staffs, and the Jaguars and Panthers each had in excess of 640 days.By Pluto’s estimation, the NFL spent two-and-a-half times as long (911 days) stalling to drive up the bidding on the Browns’ new ownership as the team had to actually build infrastructure and scout players for its new roster once an owner was finally in place. Is it any wonder, then, that the overmatched Browns went 5-27 over their first two seasons of existence?That, of course, doesn’t excuse the 17 seasons that followed. Even given the disadvantaged start, the Browns simply haven’t progressed like other expansion teams of the modern era.4Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. As noted above, in terms of Elo, Cleveland is the first modern expansion team to tumble back to square one after its first two decades in the league.A central paradox rests at the core of the Browns’ struggles. Since returning to existence in 1999, Cleveland has enjoyed the most valuable collection of draft picks in the NFL, according to the Approximate Value5Pro-Football-Reference.com’s method of approximating a player’s value in any given season. It’s far from perfect, but it’s one of the only methods available for comparing performance across positions and ascertaining where on the roster teams are getting their production from. we’d expect players selected in those slots to generate early in their careers.6Specifically, their first five NFL seasons. Yet the Browns have also been — by far — the worst drafting team in the league, in terms of the AV its picks have actually produced relative to those expectations. 31Chicago Bears-949Jay Cutler1,504 5Tennessee17475Atlanta+164.4 5San Francisco2479155 24Tampa Bay Buccaneers3,664Jameis Winston1,414 Times team changed… 28Baltimore Ravens2,059Joe Flacco2,490 10Atlanta Falcons9,100Matt Ryan8,251 3New Orleans Saints17,900Drew Brees15,628 23Carolina Panthers3,827Cam Newton2,831 Cleveland’s curse: Draft highly, pick poorlySince 1999, NFL teams with the most valuable draft picks (in terms of expected future Approximate Value by slot) and the best record of draftees exceeding the expected value of those picks 4Green Bay Packers16,894Aaron Rodgers10,992 3Buffalo16710169 RKTeamExpected AVRKTeamAV vs. Expected 29New York Jets1,886Chad Pennington2,588 RkTeamOwnerGMCoachQB⚡CHAOS Points⚡ 30Houston143430L.A. Rams-241.6 It’s a vicious cycle: If you pick highly and the draftees actually work out, then your future picks become less valuable because (duh!) you’re picking lower in the draft. By continually missing on high picks, though, the Browns keep spinning their tires in a constant loop of promising drafts gone to waste.Previous research suggests that much of draft success — after controlling for the typical value of a pick, as we did above — is just luck. But after getting negative pick-adjusted value 15 times in 19 drafts — and only one positive draft since 20077That was in 2011, when the Browns didn’t have an especially high pick and simply snagged a few useful players down the board, such as pass-rusher Jabaal Sheard and defensive back Buster Skrine. That’s the best draft they’ve had in more than a decade. — “bad luck” is no longer a satisfactory answer. Since its reboot, Cleveland has gone through three owners,8The second, Randy Lerner, was the son of original owner Al Lerner. nine general managers and nine head coaches. Somehow, all of them have contributed to the Browns’ poor decision-making in one way or another.Their unifying crime might be a penchant for all-or-nothing, quick-fix gambles. For instance, the Browns are infamous for their quixotic pursuit of the NFL draft’s biggest prize — the Franchise Quarterback™ — and they’ve burned through 29 different primary passers9Defined as a QB who led the team in passing attempts for at least one game. (including seven taken with first-round picks)10By either the Browns or another team. since 1999 trying to find one. (Numbers that don’t even include their No. 1 pick from this past spring, former Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield.) At the same time, they’ve also gotten easily the worst production from their QBs (in terms of yards above backup QB) of any team in the league: 27Buffalo Bills2,457Tyrod Taylor1,130 It’s this kind of constant upheaval that probably helps explain Cleveland’s deficiencies in so many of the proverbial “little things” that add up to improve a team’s talent base. They botch easy trades for credible QBs and cut solid defensive backs just before opening day. They waste the prime of a Hall of Fame left tackle and watch him retire from football at age 33. They draft a first-round receiver (after trading down from potentially taking a franchise QB), only to pawn him off for a seventh-round pick within 28 months. The basic operations of running a football team can’t be taken for granted in Cleveland.And just like the franchise’s abhorrent draft record, there are plenty of other factors plaguing the Browns that we’d normally chalk up to bad luck, but in Cleveland’s case we probably have to blame on something bigger. The team went 0-6 in one-score games last season, for instance, and had one of the worst turnover margins in NFL history. They had the third-worst red zone Total Quarterback Rating (2.7) of any team since ESPN began tracking the stat in 2006. As statheads, we know these things tend to regress to the mean over time. But for the Browns, who never stick with any strategy — whether concocted by old-school scouting types or newfangled math nerds14The latter of whom (including chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta) have since been banished from the draft process. Because the team’s pre-analytics approach was working so well before the number crunchers came along. — long enough to give it a chance, it’s fair to wonder whether this endless string of calamities was always more likely to happen in Cleveland, thanks to the scattershot way the team operates in the big picture.As always, there are new reasons that the Browns might begin to break their cycle of despair in 2018. Between underrated ex-Bills starter Tyrod Taylor and the analytics darling Mayfield — plus incoming receiver Jarvis Landry and more games (maybe) from former All-Pro Josh Gordon — Cleveland’s passing game should be substantially improved this season. (It’s not like it could get much worse.) The rest of the roster is littered with new faces as well, presumably the sort of “real players” new GM John Dorsey lamented the team’s lack of at the end of last season. And among the holdovers, second-year defensive end Myles Garrett has the potential to break out as a star. One would even think at least some of the luck-based failures detailed above will reverse themselves eventually.But for now, the Browns are a case study in how bad things can get when a franchise starts on the wrong path and keeps trying shortcuts to get back to the right one. The NFL is a league designed for parity, so it seems like any ordinary bad team would have stumbled across a winning formula by now, even if just by chance. But by the same token, some team eventually had to be as bad as the Browns are now. Although Cleveland may not be cursed, it does play host to the perfect storm of hasty expansion plans, terrible drafting, constant on-field miscues, perpetually bad roster risks, no clear long-term vision and a historic level of instability.Against such forces, did the Browns ever really have a choice but to start from scratch again sooner or later? 28New Orleans124366 1Cleveland28716237 31Washington138931Detroit-246.9 4Oakland12109168 8Philadelphia Eagles10,171Donovan McNabb6,713 7Denver Broncos11,795Peyton Manning4,659 32Pittsburgh111232 2L.A. Rams18602Indianapolis+258.2 RKTeamTotal YABQNameYABQ read more

  • Pregnant woman hit by fleeing car as she tries to stop attempted

    first_imgShe was said to have been on her own in the off-licence, in London Road, when the incident happened.An Essex Police spokesman said: “It is not believed the baby was harmed.”A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, assault, fraud by false representation and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.He was detained at an address in London on Tuesday and taken to Southend police station, where he remains in custody. A car has also been recovered.A friend, who did not want to be named, said: “She was on her own at the time and she is four or five months pregnant. It’s really sad, she only came over from Sri Lanka a year ago”Locals reacted in shock to the news that the family-run business was targeted.Tom Triggs, 54, said: “She has a little boy about two and they are a lovely family. My grandchildren go in there all the time – they are really nice people.” John Lloyd, a barber who works opposite the shop, said: “It’s scary, round here you wouldn’t expect it. I can’t get my head around it.”Detective Inspector Stuart Truss said: “The shop was very busy at that time of day and there were also a lot of people in the area who may have seen what happened.”I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information about it to come forward and contact us.” It’s scary, round here you wouldn’t expect it. I can’t get my head around itJohn Lloyd, a barber who works nearby A pregnant woman who tried to stop a crime at a shop suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a vehicle fleeing the scene.The woman, in her 30s and who is believed to be Sri Lankan, had tried to stop an attempted fraud at the shop where she works in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.Police said she was struck by a grey Volkswagen Golf and suffered injuries to her head and face and internal injuries.The victim, who is understood to be four or five months pregnant, was taken to hospital in a stable but life-threatening condition after the incident at around 5pm on Monday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

  • Classic ToeJam Earl heading to PS3 Xbox 360

    first_imgOne of the great cult classics from the days of old-school gaming is finally set to be re-released in all its glory for a everyone to experience all over again. ToeJam & Earl, which was introduced to the world in 1991 on the Sega Genesis platform, will be available on the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store in November. The game has been available on the Wii’s Virtual Console since 2006 and is available on Steam as well.The game garnered praise for its unparalleled-for-its-time cooperative play mechanic, allowing two players to wander off and explore the various game levels on their own. It also used a random level creation system, ensuring that players would never have the same experience twice.The plot of the game is that titular characters are rap artists from a distant planet in the galaxy, but after their ship makes a crash landing on Earth they have to find all the pieces of the damaged ship. There is a background jazz-funk soundtrack, which is just as iconic as the gameplay itself.The presentation is very sarcastic and sardonic in nature, giving it a tone that was really uncommon back in the day. Sadly, even though there were two sequels — one on the Genesis and a very disjointed re-imagining on the original Xbox — neither one managed to capture the same kind of magic as the original.Nevertheless, for players who want to see the sequel, Sega is also offering ToeJam & Earl 2 for the digital platform. On the PS3, each title will cost $4.99, but on the Xbox 360, users will have to buy both games bundled for $10.via Segalast_img read more

  • Notorious Citadel banking botnets taken down by Microsoft and FBI

    first_imgMicrosoft and the FBI have once again joined forces to disrupt a massive botnet. This time, it was actually more than just one: Operation b54 saw 1,400 total botnets powered by the Citadel malware shut down.It’s not a complete victory over Citadel, which is one of the most widely-used crimeware kits available in the dark corners of the Internet. It has been remixed a thousand different ways and redistributed. Nevertheless, Microsoft’s action will significantly disrupt operations. Richard Domingues Boscovich — Microsoft’s equivalent to McGruff the Crime Dog — said “the bad guys will feel the punch in the gut.”Now that operations have been disrupted, it’s time for the criminal investigations to proceed. Microsoft has identified an individual using the handle Aquabox as the botnet’s master, and an additional 81 botnet herders are listed as accomplices. The FBI and Europol are now coordinating efforts to locate the Citadel criminals and bring them to justice.Citadel has been responsible for pilfering more than $500 million worldwide. It’s been spotted on everything from family PCs to point of sale devices. Those who distribute the malware have modified it to do more than just log keystrokes on banking websites. Citadel has also been caught sniffing Quickbooks and Sage data — and even stealing credentials from remote control apps like Teamviewer, GoToMyPC, and VNC.The coordinated takedown will free many unknowing victims from the clutches of Citadel. It could also pave the way for a follow-up operation. Loads of data gathered during Operation b54 may help uncover the identities of additional botmasters.It’s also created some additional work for a few American IT teams. The Operation discovered 455 Citadel botnets being served up from 40 data centers in the U.S. Time to get to work, boys and girls. You’ve got some holes to plug.last_img read more

  • Un pancréas artificiel testé pour la première fois chez un diabétique

    first_imgUn “pancréas artificiel” testé pour la première fois chez un diabétiqueUn diabétique vivant à Montpellier a été l’un des deux premiers patients à tester un système de pompe à insuline portable. Ce “pancréas artificiel” lui a permis de vaquer à ses occupations sans avoir à se soucier de son traitement.Les piqûres d’insuline pourraient devenir un lointain souvenir pour de nombreux diabétiques. C’est du moins ce que suggère une expérience totalement inédite réalisée chez un patient montpelliérain. Ce diabétique âgé de 58 ans a été le premier en France à tester l’invention présentée à un congrès dédié aux technologies du diabète, organisé du 27 au 29 octobre à San Francisco. Sorte de “pancréas artificiel”, celle-ci lui a alors permis d’aller au restaurant, de dormir à l’hôtel et de passer une matinée sans avoir à se soucier de son traitement, tandis que sa vie était auparavant dictée par des mesures de son taux de glucose sanguin et un apport permanent en insuline, rapporte Le Point. À lire aussiDiabete gestationnel : régime, symptômes, taux, qu’est ce que le diabète de grossesse ?Concrètement, l’invention est un système de pompe à insuline portable qui est capable de s’auto-réguler. Pour cela, un appareil de mesure placé sous la peau relève de manière continue les concentrations de glucose et communique les résultats à un système de contrôle informatique installé dans un smartphone. Au vu de ces données, ce dernier transmet alors à la pompe la quantité d’insuline qu’elle doit administrer pour maintenir la glycémie à des niveaux convenables. Le dispositif élimine ainsi la nécessité de multiples tests sanguins, des injections d’insuline et allège donc le fardeau quotidien associé à la gestion du diabète, relève Santé log.L’an dernier, des médecins de l’université de Cambridge rapportaient, dans la revue médicale The Lancet, avoir testé avec succès un dispositif automatisé de distribution d’insuline chez une vingtaine d’enfants et d’adolescents diabétiques, qui avaient passé une cinquantaine de nuits à l’hôpital pour les besoins de l’expérimentation. Néanmoins, “l’élément innovant principal de notre système par rapport à celui testé à Cambridge est la miniaturisation du module de commande de la pompe selon le niveau glycémique.Jusque-là les expérimentations ne se faisaient pas à l’extérieur de l’hôpital.Autre progrès, le système qui vient d’être testé en France fonctionne en automatique, sans avoir besoin d’une intervention humaine. Notre dispositif autorise donc une grande liberté physique et pourrait-on dire ‘cérébrale’, commente le professeur Eric Renard, médecin au Centre d’Investigation Clinique INSERM-CHU de Montpellier.D’autres essais à venir Parallèlement à cette expérimentation, un second patient habitant cette fois-ci à Padoue en Italie s’est aussi vu brièvement installer le dispositif. Mais au vu des résultats, les essais vont se poursuivre et concerneront au cours des prochaines semaines huit patients supplémentaires à Montpellier et à Padoue, avant que la durée d’étude dans la vie courante ne soit étendue sur plusieurs jours, puis sur plusieurs semaines si les premiers succès sont confirmés. Le 31 octobre 2011 à 11:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • AL set to unveil election manifesto

    first_imgAwami LeagueAwami League on Tuesday completed all its preparations to launch its election manifesto, ahead of the 11th national election slated for 30 December, reports UNB.AL assistant office secretary Biplob Barua told UNB that prime minister and party president Sheikh Hasina will unveil the 21-point manifesto at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel at 10:00am.According to sources at AL sub-committee on its election manifesto, Awami League will release a pro-youth election manifesto giving priority to balanced development of the country, quality education and employment opportunities for youth.According to the leaders, Awami League is focusing on the new voters in this election as they can bring about a major change in the election.The Awami League sub-committee on its election manifesto, headed by its presidium member Abdur Razzaque, was assigned to finalise its draft manifesto encompassing issues relating to economic growth and human resource development as its plans to return to power for the third consecutive time.Other members of the committee included prime minister’s economic affairs adviser Mashiur Rahman, PM’s political affairs adviser HT Imam, Premier University vice-chancellor (VC) and Awami League adviser Anupam Sen, former Dhaka University VC AAMS Arefin Siddique and Awami League organising secretary Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel.The source also said the main slogan of the ruling party for the 11th general election is ‘Bangladesh’s road to prosperity’. Its previous slogan was ‘Bangladesh is moving forward’.last_img read more

  • Fakhrul says people now hostage to a party whim

    first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoStating that the current parliament does not represent people, BNP on Monday alleged that the country is now held hostage to the whim of a particular party.”We would like to clearly say the current government is not an elected one since people were not allowed to participate in the last national election,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “There’s no democracy and rule of law in the country as it lacks people’s representatives in parliament.”Amid the speculation of taking oath by some other BNP MPs-elect following the footstep by Zahidur Rahman Zahid, Fakhrul came up with the remarks.Greater Mymensingh Forum arranged the programme at the National Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and Jubo Dal general secretary Sultan Salauddin Tuku.BNP MP-elect Zahidur Rahman Zahid (Thakurgaon-3) was sworn in on Thursday prompting the party to sack him on Saturday for violating its decision.Now only five BNP MPs-elect, including Fakhrul, are left to take oath. As per the constitution, they must be sworn in by today (Monday) if they want to remain members of the current parliament.After assuming office, Fakhrul alleged that Awami League took a well-designed strategy to restore a one-party rule. “But it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t resist the move due to Awami League’s misrule and repressive acts. “He also said the struggle of democratic forces against the current ‘fascist’ regime has become incompatible due to the ‘unprecedented’ repressive acts.The BNP leader regretted that a trend of authoritarian rule is now prevailing all over the world while the democratic forces are gradually getting outsmarted.Under the circumstances, Fakhrul said they are now working to make their party stronger and dynamic further to launch a movement for freeing Khaleda Zia and other party leaders from jail and restoring democracy. “I believe we’ll surely turn victorious, if we can wage a movement with proper preparation and strategy.”He said their chairperson is going through a serious ordeal as she has been in jail for over 14 months in ‘false’ cases. “I can’t describe how much sick she is. She can’t move independently and can’t eat well.”Fakhrul alleged that though the government is carrying out a campaign of tremendous development in the country, the economy is now in a bad shape due to the government’s wrong policies and misrule. “The government has, in fact, failed to deliver on all fronts.”He called upon the people of all walks of life to get united to wage a strong movement for establishing a pro-people government.last_img read more

  • Solitude and Serenity

    first_imgIt was the celebration of Solitude and Serenity in our lives, although a human is bound to the society he lives in, he has a side only to his own, the solitude where he finds serenity.Sumit Sehgal who is Butterfly and The Bee’s literati wizard started the evening along with Yaseen Anwer, founder of Poets Corner group by quoting that encouragement, dedication and zeal are the hallmarks that decides the success of a team, as a team.Art is a wandering form that has many stoppages and destinations, it never ends evolving. And, with times where everything is commercialised, Art is too, not left uninfluenced. Where writing is commercialised, the ardent need of quality literature endeavors and its recourse comes into being. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Poets Corner is a group of enthusiastic and prolific poets across the country and beyond, given chance to more than 120 new and previously unpublished poets from no less than 19 countries together for the cause of reviving poetry. The evening saw four book releases. Storm to Serenity by Vandana Arora was released by Poet Dolly Singh. The Bliss of Solitude by Farah Siddiqui was released by Poet Meenakshi Singh; Kindle the Spirit by Kamlesh Acharya was released by best-selling author and poet Sujata Parashar and Anthology: Confessions of a Heartan affair with Words was released by poets.last_img read more

  • King used reverse psychology to make potatoes seem worth enough to steal

    first_imgWhile potatoes are everywhere on dinner plates these days, the idea of eating spuds in Europe is a relatively recent phenomenon. Go back 300 years and the crop was a tough sell. Believe it or not, it took a lot of time for Europeans to get their heads around the potato. In terms of world civilization, Mankind had known about them since 400 BC. Cultures as ancient as the Incas had enjoyed their diverse properties and they were regularly sprouting from the Andes. Yet when Spanish conquerors discovered the grubby-looking object in 1537, putting it in their mouths was the last thing they wanted to do.This bad reputation was down to a combination of aesthetics and associations. History Magazine outlined the main issues Europe’s developing population had with the humble potato.Potatoes alone supply every vital nutrient except calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D.“Even peasants refused to eat from a plant that produced ugly, misshapen tubers and that had come from a heathen civilization. Some felt that the potato plant’s resemblance to plants in the nightshade family hinted that it was the creation of witches or devils.” Tubers are crops that grow at the base of roots, of which the potato is a member (the Latin name for the plant is Solanum tuberosum).Adding to the foodstuff’s woes was its absence from the Bible, a detail which placed it squarely outside God’s plan for hungry worshipers. Russians even went so far as to call them “the Devil’s apples,” according to the New World Encyclopedia.An Irish Peasant Family Discovering the Blight of their Store, by Cork artist Daniel MacDonald, c. 1847. For economic reasons, the Irish peasantry had become dependent on potato crop.It’s a shame the perception lasted so long, because the little brown stalwart is so adaptable. It can be grown in various environments and forms the basis of a plethora of meals. Look at it that way and it could only have been put on the earth for humans to consume.The exact moment the potato was discovered is unclear, but there is archaeological evidence associating it with ancient Peru. The Inca practice of making “chuñu” was long-established. Chuñu was a clever way of dehydrating and mashing potatoes as an easily-stored meal should there be an issue with crops.The easily-grown plant has the ability to provide more nutritious food faster on less land than any other food crop, and in almost any habitat.In 2011, a Smithsonian article explored the resurrection of Incan farming techniques to preserve crops and fight climate change. Among the varieties of potato being cultivated for the benefit of future generations were, “huaña, a bitter potato variety that resists hail, frost, droughts and excess rain. After being soaked for days and frozen outdoors overnight to remove the bitterness, the potato is dried and can be stored for years.”The Incas also saw medical properties in the potato, applying it to injuries. They believed it helped childbirth, such was its power. Indeed, it was accepted in European medicine long before they embraced it as a food item. Potatoes were the edible superstar right under their noses, yet they were too busy feeding it to animals or treating it as a natural freakshow to care.That perception altered because of one key factor: humanity’s tendency to go to war with itself. Traditional food supplies were dying out under the strain of conflict, and battles couldn’t be won on empty stomachs. It was then that Europe began to see the potato in a new light.Potato ceramic from the Moche culture. (Larco Museum Collection) Photo by Pattych CC BY-SA 3.0Like many countries, England was resistant to the un-Christian soil dweller. History Magazine refers to “meat-loving England,” where “farmers and urban workers regarded potatoes with extreme distaste.” An endorsement from the prestigious Royal Society in 1662 fell on deaf ears.It was the Revolutionary Wars that changed peoples’ minds, as tried and tested ingredients became depleted. The spud got a thumbs up from government and began to enter the national consciousness. However certain deep-seated prejudices against the crop were set in stone, and it seemed there was no way round them.The Potato Eaters by Van Gogh, 1885. (Van Gogh Museum)It fell to the great and the good to change the conversation. That’s where Frederick The Great of Prussia comes in. Just as the upper classes in England and elsewhere were appreciating the value of the potato, so Frederick had an enthusiasm for the tuber. He saw within it a means of feeding a starving nation.Frederick attempted to engage his subjects with potatoes, but received a less than rapturous response. History Magazine details the following exchange:“When he issued a 1774 order for his subjects to grow potatoes as protection against famine, the town of Kolberg replied: ‘The things have neither smell nor taste, not even the dogs will eat them, so what use are they to us?’”Portrait of Frederick the Great, by Anton Graff, 1781.But Frederick (Friedrich) was arguably no ordinary King. The h2g2 website examines why his approach was less conventional than most:“Why was Friedrich’s interest in his peasants’ diets unusual? In the rest of Europe, while the peasants starved on grain mush and herbs, royal courtiers complained of diseases caused by overindulgence in foie gras. Not at Friedrich’s court: his courtiers complained about the tight budgets and insistence on self-discipline.”King Frederick the Great of Prussia, a potato proponent, inspects an early harvest. (Robert Warthmüller, 1886)It seems the man in charge ran a lean operation, and expected similarly high standards throughout his kingdom. Frederick also appeared to be sneakier than the average royal. As people on the ground refused to eat the devil’s apple, he devised a plan to get them thinking along different lines.18 Old English insults we need to bring backHe played to the peasants’ sense of enterprise by cultivating a particular field in a secretive fashion, positioning his guards around it to make people think there was something desirable growing in that royal soil. Something ripe for the pilfering.Naturally, opportunists took their chance to rummage in the dirt, with Frederick no doubt smiling all the while at his own ingenuity. When they pulled out potatoes they were probably surprised, but then they finally realized this was far more than a dirty lump coveted by godless peoples on the other side of the world.Potato harvest in Idaho, c. 1920.They had learned what a select handful of feasters had known for decades: the all round versatility of the potato, and its miraculous levels of resilience. History Magazine elaborates on this:“As well as providing starch, an essential component of the diet, potatoes are rich in vitamin C, high in potassium and an excellent source of fiber. In fact, potatoes alone supply every vital nutrient except calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D. The easily-grown plant has the ability to provide more nutritious food faster on less land than any other food crop, and in almost any habitat.”If only that had been in the Bible, then the potato would have had a far easier ride. As it stands, it took the hectoring behavior of the nobility to set the population straight. Certainly not a fashionable idea by today’s values. Nevertheless, it proved a masterstroke for Europe’s population. Some believe the growth in numbers is down to the injection of potatoes into the food chain. What Frederick did raised the spud’s standing in Prussia from unholy to sinfully delicious.King Frederick II, by Anna Dorothea Therbusch, 1772.Across the rest of Europe the potato was beginning to take hold of people’s palettes. Ireland, in particular, adopted the tuber as its national dish, though this development resulted in tragedy through the Great Famine of the mid-nineteenth century.Read another story from us: The reality behind the “Little House on the Prairie”Overall the story of the potato in Europe has been a successful one, but it got off to the rockiest of starts. It shows how durable the tuber is that it’s managed to survive human indifference to become one of its shopping list essentials. Who knows, it could still be growing long after our species has rotted into the soil of planet Earth.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img read more

  • Helloworld Travel New Zealand expansion

    first_imgNZ branded Milford AuklandHelloworld Travel New Zealand expansionHelloworld Travel Limited (ASX: HLO) today announced that a number of mid to large sized corporate agencies have joined, or committed to join, its New Zealand retail network, following on from the break-up of the First Travel Group.Gilpin Travel, Barlow Travel and Atlas Corporate with a combined annual Total Transaction Value (TTV) of Z$130m have all now joined the HLO NZ network. The NZ Travel Brokers (annual TTV circa NZ$125m) together with a number of other significant agencies, with a combined annual TTV of a further NZ$46m, have entered into agreements to join from June 2019.As announced last week, Helloworld Travel Limited has also purchased outright the business of sports and event travel specialist, Williment Travel.The total combined annualised TTV coming from this expansion, under the HLO NZ networks, is approximately NZ$300m, representing over 65% of the former First Travel Group’s TTV.Discussions are continuing with several other former First Travel Group members. With the addition of these new members to HLO’s New Zealand networks, HLO now has a total of 580 agency members in New Zealand including 280 travel brokers.Andrew Burnes, Helloworld Travel CEO and Managing Director said “The New Zealand acquisitions and network expansion has given our NZ business the size and resulting economies of scale to assist the Group to achieve our targeted EBITDA to Revenue of 25% in FY20. The team in New Zealand has done an outstanding job of building a strong value proposition which in turn has attracted these new agencies to our networks.”About Helloworld Travel Limited• Helloworld Travel Limited (ASX: HLO) is a leading Australian and New Zealand travel distribution company, comprising retail travel networks, DMC / Inbound operations, air ticket consolidation, wholesale travel services, corporate travel management services and online operations.• HLO has over 2100 staff located in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the USA, Asia, India and UK/Europe and over 2350 members of its travel agency networks in Australia and New Zealand.• Helloworld Travel is the proud naming rights partner of Volleyball Australia and the Helloworld Travel Volleyroos men’s and women’s national teams.Source = Helloworld Travel Limitedlast_img read more

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    first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 12:34 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Carnegie Hall season features festival on migration NEW YORK, N.Y. – Carnegie Hall’s 2018-19 season features a five-week festival devoted to “Migrations: The Making of America.”Running from March 9 to April 15, it focuses on three periods: the arrival of immigrants from Scotland and Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries, the influx of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe from 1881 to 1924, and the move of African-Americans from the South to other parts of the United States from 1917 into the 1970s.Concerts include Scottish, Irish and bluegrass music with Chris Thile; “From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture”; and concerts by jazz pianist Jason Moran and mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran. More than three dozen cultural institutions in the New York area are participating.Carnegie Hall executive director Clive Gillinson said Thursday the migration theme was chosen 3 1/2 years ago and was suggested by one of its trustees, former University of Chicago President Don M. Randel.Carnegie Hall’s season opens Oct. 3 with Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald and the San Francisco Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas, who will conduct seven programs with four orchestras during the season.Pianist Yuja Wang is featured in five concerts, and conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the orchestra of the Teatro Regio Torino in a concert performance of Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers)” featuring Angela Meade. Harry Bicket conducts The English Concert in Handel’s “Semele,” and tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings German operetta and lieder from the 1930s.___Online:https://www.carnegiehall.org/last_img read more

  • The only way Oprahs

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