Football: Premier League Giants Liverpool Are All Set To Bid €90M For This Juventus…

first_imgAdvertisement(Image Courtesy: Google Images)According to reports, Premier League Giants Liverpool are looking to take advantage of Ronaldo’s move to Turin in an attempt to complete the signing of Argentine star Paulo Dybala.Following the arrival of former Los Blancos star Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin, future of Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic have been brought into doubt with the Protuguese star set to be in seen in a talismanic role. And now according to Argentine News Outlet TyC Sport, Liverpool are willing to take advantage of this situation by offering starlet Paulo Dybala a way out of Italy.According to reports, Liverpool are willing to do everything to bring him to Anfield and will even break their club transfer record by paying him upto €90 Million to see him in red stripes of Merseyside. Let’s see how this transfer saga unfolds.Liverpool are ready to bid £80m for Paulo Dybala after Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus. (Source: TyC Sports)— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 11, 2018Also Read: Rajon Rando is signing a one year contract with Lakers. Advertisementlast_img read more

Boxing: Carl Frampton says he will lay out Jackson cold

first_imgAdvertisementFRAMPTON will turn nasty the moment he looks across the ring and sees Luke Jackson in the opposite corner.He gets the chance to silence Jackson (16-0) when he defends his interim WBO featherweight crown against the Australian challenger at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Saturday August 18.Jackson has angered Frampton suggesting he’s over the hill as a boxer and claimed he looks overweight in training.That means an exciting night for 20,000 fans and viewers watching on BT Sport, but bad news for Jackson.Frampton (25-1) said:  “He has annoyed me a little bit, but not enough to take my mind off the game and be overly aggressive.“He has annoyed me enough to wanna flatten him and put him out cold, properly.“I haven’t knocked anybody out in a long time, but Luke Jackson is a guy who is going to get knocked out.”Jackson, 33, has also teased Frampton over his amateur career claiming his experience in the London 2012 Olympics and other major championships betters the Belfast man’s achievements in the unpaid code.Frampton added: “He keeps talking about his amateur career. Who give a f**k what he did as an amateur? He isn’t Vasyl Lomachenko.“Let’s not forget he is based in Australia. If Australia sent a ten man team to box an international against Ireland they would get beat 10-0, and that’s a fact.“His amateur career wasn’t even that good when you look at it.“The reason Australia can send almost a full team to the Olympics is because they box Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.“It is a lot easier qualifying process compared to what Ireland and GB have to go through for the Olympics.“This is professional boxing and it’s almost a different sport. He will see on the night.”Also on the BT Sport televised bill Lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury faces a step up when he tackles two-time world title challenger Francesco Pianeta.Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar’s PSG move makes little business sense but could spark transfer scramble

first_imgBrazil striker Neymar’s world-record move to Paris St Germain makes little business sense for the French club and could have its roots in Qatar’s political situation, experts have said.The Qatari-owned PSG paid 222 million Euros (USD 263 million) to take the Brazil striker from Barcelona to the French capital in a move that also appears to make little sense for the player from a footballing perspective.The jaw-dropping deal is the first time that a world record transfer fee has been doubled in one swoop with Paul Pogba’s move last year from Juventus to Manchester United having set the previous benchmark at 105 million euros.PSG activated a buy-out clause rather than a negotiate a typical transfer fee for Neymar and while fans of the French club will be delighted at signing one of the world’s top players, the money invested in the Brazilian is unlikely to be recouped.No amount of shirt or ticket sales can bring in the kind of money spent by PSG on activating the contract clause or on the Brazilian’s huge wages, reported by French media to be around 550,000 euros per week.”For the football club it doesn’t make any business sense,” football finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University said.”No matter how many different angles we look at this from I can’t see how the football club can make any increase in revenue back that will be sufficient to cover the transfer fee, let alone the whole package. The sporting performance is a different matter but I can’t see how they can get any decent return on the investment at all,” he added.advertisementAlmost all of the previous world record fees have been for players moving to bigger or more successful clubs but in this case Neymar is joining a team with much less history and presence among soccer’s elite.Barcelona, 24-times Spanish champions and founded 117 years ago, are five-times European champions. PSG, created in 1970, have never even reached the final of the Champions League.Yet PSG, owned by the state-backed Qatari Sports Investments, have been publicly stating their goal of conquering Europe since buying the club in 2012.The club’s heavy investment has been rewarded domestically with four straight French league titles, until last year when they finished second to Monaco.POLITICAL STATEMENTIn Europe, however, success has been elusive. Last year they exited the Champions League in the round of 16 after giving up a 4-0 first-leg advantage by losing 6-1 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp with Neymar scoring two late goals.The Brazil forward should improve PSG but whether he will be good enough to transform them into a squad that can beat the likes of Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is another question.The fact that Qatar is currently embroiled in a diplomatic and economic dispute with four Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, raises the question of whether there is a political aspect to the deal, according to University of Salford professor Simon Chadwick.Chadwick, who has closely followed Qatar’s ‘soft power’ approach to sport, believes the massive interest in the deal could be well-timed for the Gulf state, which has been accused by its opponents of supporting Islamism, a charge Doha denies.”Neymar’s PSG move, while beneficial to the French club, may be motivated by the political statement it makes and the soft power influence it is likely to have. At a time when the likes of Saudi Arabia want the world to be talking about Qatar in negative terms, Doha has become a focus for the biggest story of the year in the world’s favourite sport,” he stated.In more concrete terms for football fans, PSG’s willingness to pay such a sum could well lead to a series of big-money deals across the continent.Barcelona will quickly be under huge pressure from their fans to bring in a high-quality replacement and have been linked by Spanish media with another Brazilian, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.The Anfield club will have no desire to sell their creative lynchpin, but Barcelona, flush with a huge amount of spare cash, could make an offer that would be hard to refuse.Borussia Dortmund’s French forward Ousmane Dembele is another player reported to have been on Barca’s radar but the club’s hierarchy might feel they need to bring in a bigger, more established name.Wherever Barca turn for a replacement, will leave another club with a pile of money to spend on compensating for their own loss and with less than a month left before the transfer deadline, the deals could be lucrative.advertisementlast_img read more

Saudis say Crown Prince Doesn’t Intend to Buy Man United

first_imgBy: Rob Harris, AP Global Soccer WriterSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman does not intend to buy Manchester United, the kingdom’s government said, while confirming its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship talks with English football’s most successful team.New York-listed United has been valued at around $4 billion and British newspaper The Sun reported Prince Mohammad was stepping up a bid over the weekend.The crown prince was at the center of a global outcry last year over the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. That put United’s already-close links with the Saudi government under scrutiny.Speculation has grown about Saudi interest in United since the club signed a “strategic partnership” with the kingdom’s General Sports Authority in 2017. But Saudi media minister Turki Al-Shabanah has distanced the country from a takeover of one of the biggest brands in sports.In this photo released by the Press Information Department, visiting Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, listens to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his four-day regional visit on Sunday, arriving in Pakistan where he is expected to sign agreements worth billions of dollars to help the Islamic nation overcome its financial crisis. (Press Information Department, via AP)“Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false,” Al-Shabanah tweeted from a verified account.United is owned by the Glazer family, who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Glazers bought United in 2005 and maintained control after floating part of the record 20-time English champions on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012.Al-Shabanah tweeted that United held a meeting with Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund “to discuss sponsorship opportunity. No deal has been materialized.”The club did not comment on the reports about takeover interest from Saudi Arabia ahead of the minister’s denial.The Glazers have turned United into one of the biggest money-making machines in soccer, with the club last week projecting revenue for the financial year of between 615 million pounds ($794 million) and 630 million pounds ($813 million).Ed Woodward the executive vice chairman of Manchester United waits for the start of the Champions League round of 16 soccer match between Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Feb. 12,2019.(AP Photo/Dave Thompson)In 2017, United attached itself to Saudi’s Vision 2030 — a blueprint advanced by the crown prince to wean the kingdom off its reliance on oil.The killing of Khashoggi cast a shadow over Saudi international business dealings. Khashoggi, who had written critically about the prince in the Washington Post, went missing in October.After denying for several weeks that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing, including several officials close to the crown prince. The kingdom denies the crown prince knew of the plot. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stones daring to ‘dream’ of CL glory with City

first_imgManchester City Stones daring to ‘dream’ of Champions League glory with Man City Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:38 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD John Stones Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City UEFA Champions League Pep Guardiola’s side made a winning start to their 2017-18 campaign against Feyenoord, with their England international hoping to go all the way John Stones says Manchester City have a Champions League “dream” as they seek to conquer the continent for the first time.Having continued to spend big over recent years, the ambition of those at the Etihad Stadium is to complement domestic successes with a European triumph.Aguero 20/1 top scorer Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing City made it as far as the semi-final stage in 2015-16, but have crashed out at the last-16 in three of the last four seasons.Pep Guardiola’s side were, however, to get off to a winning start in the current campaign on Wednesday, as they eased past Feyenoord 4-0, and Stones believes their sights should be locked on chasing down major silverware.The England international told CityTV: “We’ve got a dream and we have to feel confident that we can do it. Why not?“We want to be in every competition, trying to win things.“We’ll take things game by game and see where it takes us. It’s a great start; hopefully, we can take it into the next game.”Stones played a leading role in the commanding victory on Dutch soil, as he bagged a brace and helped to keep a clean sheet.The 23-year-old is delighted to be playing his part in City’s trophy quest, with Guardiola having assembled a star-studded squad which is being widely tipped to challenge at home and abroad.John Stones Manchester City Champions League dream“It was brilliant,” Stones added. “Getting an early goal always helps. We controlled the game.“To come away from home in the Champions League, score four goals and keep a clean sheet is a massive boost for us to take into the next game.“I’ve never scored twice in a game, apart from probably when I was about seven!“Kevin De Bruyne put it on a plate for me though – I couldn’t really miss! That’s one of Kev’s great strengths – his deliveries; both in the air and on the floor. We just have to keep getting on the end of them.“I’m pleased with scoring and keeping a clean sheet – that’s pleasing for us defenders!”City are back in Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Watford, with Guardiola’s side currently sat joint-top of the standings alongside arch-rivals Manchester United.last_img read more

Video: J.T. Barrett Participated In The Circle Drill With A Fan At Student Appreciation Day

first_imgJT Barrett Circle Drill.JT Barrett Circle DrillToday was Student Appreciation Day at Ohio State, and as you can imagine, the turnout at Buckeye spring practice was strong. Fans usually love seeing players participate in the “Circle Drill,” but don’t often end up getting involved themselves. Quarterbacks are always excluded from the action as well, so naturally today saw an OSU QB and a young fan face off in the circle.Lori Schmidt of Columbus’ 97.1 The Fan has the video of J.T. Barrett “defeating” a young woman in the Circle Drill. Surely this was a thrill for her to be face-to-face with one of the Buckeyes. Ohio State QB JT Barrett participates in circle drill at the team’s student appreciation day practice.— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) April 2, 2016That will undoubtedly be the only time you see Barrett in the circle during his career in Columbus.last_img read more

Top 4-Star JUCO LB Announces Commitment

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of the game between the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and the Texas Longhorns on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Warhawks 59-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)One of the top junior college linebackers in the country is off the board. Caleb Johnson is bound for Texas.The four-star Murrieta (Calif.) Fullerton College product announced his commitment to the Longhorns tonight. Johnson chose the UT over Arkansas, Oregon and Colorado.He was originally committed to Iowa State but reopened his recruitment in October.Blessed to say I’m committed to the University of Texas??. I’m thankful for everyone that believed in me and helped me get where I am today?? #FJCPRODUCT @TexasFootball @FullColl_FB— CJ (@CalebJohnsun) December 18, 2018Johnson is the No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 39 overall recruit in the junior college ranks, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Here is an updated look at Texas’ 2019 recruiting haul.Texas checks in at No. 7 in the 2019 composite team recruiting rankings. You can see those full rankings here.last_img read more

Day of Mourning Ceremony Remembers 29 Workers

first_imgNova Scotians will remember and pay tribute to 29 workers today, April 28, who lost their lives on the job in 2008, at ceremonies across the province to mark the National Day of Mourning. Minister of Labour and Workforce Development Mark Parent, and Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour attended the Day of Mourning ceremony today at Province House. “The Day of Mourning is an opportunity for all of us to remember and pay respect to all of those who lost their lives on the job. It is a day to show our compassion for the suffering experienced by the victims, their families, friends, and colleagues,” said Mr. Parent. Each year on April 28, government and labour leaders join friends and family members to remember those workers killed or injured on the job, and to renew their commitment to protecting the health and safety of workers in Nova Scotia. “As we mourn for the victims, there is a collective responsibility of business, labour and government to take up the challenge, commitment and responsibility to fight for the living, providing them with healthy and safe workplaces, said Mr. Clarke. According to the Workers’ Compensation Board, 31,753 employees reported on-the-job injuries in Nova Scotia in 2008. The total of lost-time claims in 2008 was 8,050. This represents a decrease of 2.2 per cent from 2007. Health, social services, manufacturing and retail industries had the most lost-time accident claims in 2008. “The Department of Labour and Workforce Development continues to make occupational health and safety a priority. We are committed to working with employers and employees throughout Nova Scotia to make it the safest province in Canada to live, work and raise a family.” said Mr. Parent. The Day of Mourning was started by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, as a day to honour the dead and remember the living. The ceremony has spread across Canada and to more than 80 countries around the world. For more information on occupational health and safety in Nova Scotia and how to protect yourself at work, see the department’s website at For more information on the Day of Mourning please visit read more

Delhis Sunday air quality best of the year so far

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites on Sunday breathed the cleanest air of the year so far, thanks to widespread rainfall in the National Capital Region over the past few days, officials said. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index in the city on Sunday was recorded at 47, which falls in the ‘good’ category. The AQI improved from 49 on Saturday, the CPCB said. An AQI between 0 to 50 is considered ‘good’ air quality. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “Sunday’s was the best AQI this year so far,” an official said, adding the air quality will remain in the ‘good’ category for the next three days. For major part of the year, the city witnesses poor air quality. The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) attributed the improved air quality to widespread rainfall in and around the NCR. “Increased west to North rainfall activity in association with the interaction between western disturbance and monsoon low is ensuring longest spell of best air quality of the year. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “It will continue for today also. Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall and isolated heavy rainfalls are also expected. Delhi Air quality is predicted to be in good category for next three days,” it said. The Delhi-NCR has received widespread intermittent rainfall over the past few days. Delhi received 1.4 mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday, while in 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Saturday it received 7.3 mm rainfall. Some parts of the city received rains on Friday and Thursday as well. An AQI between 51 and 100 is considered ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. The level of PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre) was recorded at 26 and the PM10 level was recorded at 17 on Sunday, the SAFAR said.last_img read more

As US plans in Syria shift Canada tries to plan for own

first_imgThe commander of Canada’s special forces says officials are watching closely to see what impact U.S. plans to withdraw hundreds of soldiers from Syria could have on Canada’s mission in neighbouring Iraq.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Maj.-Gen. Peter Dawe said the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria has not yet had any material impact on his soldiers’ mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is up for renewal at the end of March.“We are tracking it all very closely, the entire coalition is to see ultimately how that plays out and what the timelines are and what subsequent plans might look like,” said Dawe. “Because from a coalition perspective, there are sort of broader implications.”The Trump administration said Friday that it plans to leave about 400 U.S. troops in Syria, the latest in a continually shifting plan that started with President Donald Trump ordering an end to the military mission in December.The U.S. has about 2,000 soldiers in Syria tasked with fighting ISIL. But while the extremist group has lost most of its territory there and in Iraq, there have been concerns that a U.S. withdrawal will let it regroup in both countries.Canada has about 500 service members in Iraq next door, including 200 who are part of a NATO training mission and 120 special forces who have been helping Iraqi forces root out ISIL insurgents around the northern city of Mosul.A recent report by the U.S. Defense Department’s lead inspector general quoted the U.S. Central Command, which oversees the Iraq mission, as echoing those concerns — and suggesting ISIL, or ISIS, was already regaining strength in Iraq.“If Sunni socio-economic, political, and sectarian grievances are not adequately addressed by the national and local governments of Iraq and Syria it is very likely that ISIS will have the opportunity to set conditions for future resurgence and territorial control,” it said.“Currently, ISIS is regenerating key functions and capabilities more quickly in Iraq than in Syria, but absent sustained (counterterrorism) pressure, ISIS could likely resurge in Syria within six to 12 months and regain limited territory.”The Trudeau government has yet to announce whether it will extend the special-forces mission in northern Iraq, which first started in September 2014 with Canadian troops working with Kurdish forces to stop ISIL’s advance across the country.That could be in part because of the uncertainty around U.S. plans for Syria.Dawe, who said he has not received any orders from the government to start packing up, said his troops are now helping Iraqi forces with counter-insurgency missions to eliminate leftover ISIL fighters around Mosul.The city was liberated in July 2017 after three years of occupation.While he wouldn’t get into specifics, citing operational security, Dawe said Canadian troops are continuing to operate under the same “advise and assist” mandate that has governed their mission in Iraq since the start.That includes providing Iraqi forces with information and intelligence and helping them plan missions against ISIL weapons caches and hideouts.“This is very different than what we were doing with our Kurdish partners along the Kurdish defensive line where, by the very nature of the work we were doing there, we had to be physically proximate to advise and assist in a defensive line,” he said.“This is a little bit different because the Iraqis are being very proactive and they’re going after the insurgents in a way that is quite surgical.”Questions and concerns have been raised in the past about the conduct of some Iraqi security forces, which includes allegations of torture, kidnappings and extrajudicial killings, but Dawe said the units that his troops are partnered with have been carefully screened.“I can tell you we spent a lot of time in this space in terms of ensuring that the people with whom we partner are professional and meet an appropriate standard,” he said. “And that they abide at all times by all of the appropriate sort of conventions.”last_img read more

Homecoming weekend a big success

Despite weather warnings and dark clouds the crowds flocked to Homecoming 2015 at Brock University.Over 1,000 students participated in Homecoming weekend, continuing one of Brock’s oldest and messiest traditions at the annual Grape Stomp and then continued the party downtown at the 2015 Steel Blade Hockey Tournament at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.On Saturday, students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members gathered to officially open the new athletic artificial turf field at Brock University as Alumni Field. Named in part as a tribute to current and former students who helped pay for the project along with the help of an anonymous alumnus donor.After the official opening of the field, students and alumni watched as Brock athletics took over and won their first game on the new turf field.Brock alumni spent the day reuniting with one another during reunion celebrations and participated in sold out tours.During the Alumni Recognition Reception five Faculty graduates were awarded and over 100 individuals received their Cameo Club pin recognizing their success since graduating from Brock University 25 years ago or more. Dan McGrath (BAdmin ’85) was presented as the 2015 Brock University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni.The day finished with the much-anticipated Red Dinner welcoming over 450 alumni and friends back to campus. Pat Hewitt returned to campus and kept the party going all night long. read more

Head of International Monetary Fund says improved policies needed to boost weak

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2014 10:20 am MDT WASHINGTON – The head of the International Monetary Fund says that six years after the financial crisis, the world is still mired in a disappointing economic recovery and will only be able to regain momentum through improved government policies.IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Thursday that the world has experienced a sub-par recovery that is “brittle, uneven and beset by risks.” Those risks include potential escalation of the strife in the Middle East and Ukraine, as well as the Ebola outbreak in Africa.Policymakers must pursue reforms to break out of a prolonged period of mediocre growth, Lagarde said in a speech at Georgetown University to preview next week’s meetings of the 188-nation IMF and its sister lending agency, the World Bank. She called for reforms of labour markets and increased spending on infrastructure.“There is a recovery, but as we all know … the level of growth and jobs is simply not good enough,” Lagarde said. “The world needs to aim higher and try harder.”She said a mix of bolder policies were needed to make sure that the “new mediocre” doesn’t become permanent.In addition to the IMF and the World Bank, finance ministers and central bank presidents of the Group of 20 nations will hold discussions on Oct. 10. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will represent the United States.Among advanced economies, Lagarde described current growth as strongest in the United States and Britain, modest in Japan and weakest in the group of European countries that use the euro currency.More than 200 million people are still unemployed around the world, about 75 million of which are young people, she said. And with the exception of the top 1 per cent, most people have seen their incomes stagnate or shrink in recent years.She called for increased job training to attack unemployment and weak wage growth and suggested that some nations consider expanding labour market participation, especially among women.Lagarde said that public investment in infrastructure was also critically important, citing one estimate that $6 trillion would be needed globally for electricity grids, roads and other infrastructure over the next 15 years.“There is an obvious imperative in many countries where bottlenecks and obstacles to transportation and energy supply abound and hamper development,” she said.Lagarde praised a commitment made by the G-20 finance officials meeting last month in Australia to pursue strategies to lift economic growth by a collective 2 per cent or $2 trillion over the next five years. Head of International Monetary Fund says improved policies needed to boost weak global growth read more

Working in Clark County Milton Copeland sales manager Dick Hannah Honda

first_imgAs a young man, Milton Copeland worked in food service and the entertainment industry for a number of years, struggling to find his way while supporting a wife and child. A chance meeting with a sales manager from Dick Hannah Honda led to a career where he now finds himself a sales manager, earning multiple salesperson of the month awards and holding sales records for the dealership.“He saw something in me, maybe passion, enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard, somebody he could shape and mold into someone who would do a good job. Failure was not an option when you have a wife and kids — maybe he saw that kind of thing.”Residence neighborhood: Old Evergreen Highway Neighborhood.Employer: Dick Hannah Honda.Business address: 3321 N.E. Auto Mall Drive, Vancouver.Age: 35.Educational/professional background (include where you’re from/your early interests, jobs): I grew up in a government housing complex with my mother in Grand Rapids, Mich. I always wanted money because we didn’t have much, so as a kid I would wash cars and shovel sidewalks for money. At 14, I got my first real job at Burger King and worked in food service for several more years. I went to Grand Valley State in Grand Rapids for two years but had to drop out to support my wife and soon-to-be child. I was transferred to Las Vegas to help with the company’s live shows and front-of-the-house duties but was laid off after 9/11. After painting holiday decorations on windows for a few months, I found my first sales job selling coupon books. Within a month, I became the top salesman. My employer moved us to San Francisco a few months later. The transition wasn’t smooth and we lost everything. After having to sleep out of my car for a few weeks, but still hitting my sales numbers, I was transferred to a better territory in Portland.How — and when — you got started in your business: I started with Dick Hannah Honda almost 13 years ago. I had been selling for a door-to-door sales company that wasn’t doing so well when I ran into a manager at Dick Hannah. He saw something in me and offered me a job. I had never sold cars before, but he seemed to think I would be good at it. The Hannahs do a good job of hiring morally ethical people, so many of the managers became role models for me. Being only 22 when I started and growing up where I did, I didn’t have many successful people to learn from. It seemed you could make a good living selling cars while staying morally ethical, and that was important to me.Personal/business philosophy: My personal philosophy is “life is a downhill race, even if you fall, you are still moving forward.”Many people in life quit or make easy goals and don’t take risk. You can’t get what you truly want until you are willing to lose what you already have. I had no choice when I lost everything, but it helped me understand everything.last_img read more

Kohls and Paula Deen Make Memorable Ad Impressions in Food Magazines

first_img1. Paula Deen Ventures at the Southern TableMagazine: Cooking With Paula DeenPublisher: Hoffman MediaNoted: 90%Issue-Specific Audience: 3,295,000 3. KitchenAid Major AppliancesMagazine: Food & WinePublisher: Meredith Corp.Noted: 85%Issue Specific Audience: 6,304,000 5. Kohl’s Kitchen ProductsMagazine: Food Network MagazinePublisher: HearstNoted: 82%Issue Specific Audience: 13,147,000 2. Kohl’s Kitchen ProductsMagazine: Food Network MagazinePublisher: HearstNoted: 89%Issue-Specific Audience: 13,147,000 Kohl’s Kitchen Products scored two of the top five most remembered print ads placed in culinary magazines in December, based on data from GfK MRI’s Starch Advertising Research.In the epicurean category, the highest noted ad score—that is, the percentage of readers of an issue who recalled noticing the advertisement—went to a two-page ad for the book “At the Southern Table with Paula Deen,” which appeared in the December issue of Cooking with Paula Deen. It scored a 90 percent.Two separate gatefold ads for Kohl’s Kitchen Products (Food Network Magazine) checked in at 89 and 82 percent, and KitchenAid Multi Major Appliances (Food & Wine) had a score of 85.In fourth place was a one-page, largely black-and-white ad featuring actor Christoph Waltz for the pricey (nearly $400) Dom Pérignon P2 Champagne. Appearing in the December issue of Wine Spectator, the ad was Noted by 84 percent of survey respondents.Along with data on the top ads that consumers noted, GfK MRI also provided the audience for these magazine issues from its Issue-Specific study. These metrics show how each issue performs compared to the magazine’s average issue audience estimates from GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer™ over the two most recent Waves of Survey data. Top 5 Noted Ads 4. Dom Pérignon P2 ChampagneMagazine: Wine SpectatorPublisher: M. Shanken CommunicationsNoted: 84%Issue Specific Audience: 3,975,000last_img read more

Navy Would Lose Carrier Air Wing under FY17 Request

first_imgThe Navy would cut an aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., along with its five associated squadrons, under its $165 billion budget request for fiscal 2017 released earlier this week.The proposal would reduce the number of aircraft carrier air wings in the Navy from 10 to nine.“This proposal will allow the Navy to match the number of air wings to the number of deployable aircraft carriers,” Rear Adm. William Lescher told reporters during a budget briefing Tuesday. “It reflects the practice of having one carrier in refueling and complex overhaul, and one carrier in an extended maintenance availability at any time,” said Lescher, the service’s deputy assistant secretary for budget.The aircraft would be allocated among the remaining squadrons and would boost readiness among the squadrons by reducing the dwell time between deployments, he said. Deployments can last for up to four years for wings attached to carriers undergoing refueling and a complex overhaul, reported Navy Times.The plan already has been attacked by the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas.) told reporters the Navy’s proposal was “a little disturbing,” but said would study it more closely before offering an official position. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the request likely was a non-starter.Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower Subcommittee, pointed to the plan as simply the latest attempt by the Obama administration to shrink the Navy, reported Politico. “So far, we’ve been pretty successful in putting all that back,” he said. “When you look right now and we have gaps with our carriers currently, and they’re going to take out an air wing? I mean, it really doesn’t make good military sense,” Forbes said.The budget request also calls for the Navy to eliminate 6,300 sailor slots, shrinking the service from 329,200 billets to 322,900 billets. The proposal includes the cruiser modernization program, which the service first broached two years ago. It would dock up to half of the fleet’s 22 cruisers to reduce staffing needs and extend the ships’ service lives.“This is an approach that leverages the saving of over $3 billion over [the next five years] in operating costs and maintains the best overall force balance,” Lescher said. “It retains the air-defense commander capable platforms in the force into the 2040s and allows us to reallocate personnel elsewhere in the fleet.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

TMO Demands Extension Of Deadline For Harvey Victims To Sign Up For

first_img Al OrtizReverend Simon Bautista, of Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral and a member of TMO, speaks at a press conference the group held to demand the extension of the deadline to sign up for D-SNAPMembers of The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) demanded Friday that the state of Texas requests to extend the deadline for Harvey victims to sign up for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program, also known as D-SNAP, which provides funds to buy food.The deadline to sign up is this Friday, October 6th, and TMO, which is a multi-faith group, says the Texas Department of Health and Human Services should request from the federal government an extension of at least one week.TMO argues that many individuals and families from greater Houston have not had enough time to sign up because the lines at the facilities designated to do it were too long.On Friday morning, there were about 8,000 people waiting in line to sign up for D-SNAP at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in downtown Houston.“It is nothing short of a travesty,” said Deacon Sam Dunning, director of the Office of Justice and Peace at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and a TMO member, during a press conference held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, near downtown Houston.The Convention Center is scheduled to close its doors at 7 p.m. this Friday, October 6th.According to preliminary data, more than 200,000 people have received D-SNAP funds so far in Harris County, the Houston Chronicle reported. Listen 00:00 /00:57 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more

What to keep in mind while curating personal space

first_imgNew Delhi: All the elements in your house have an impact on how you feel and live which is why it’s essential to focus on them while curating your own personal space, say experts. Experts have a list: 4Back to nature: Nature has been the initial habitat for all living creatures on earth, and adding it back into our space is extremely important. Be it a contemporary minimalistic space or a cosy Bohemian home, adding indoor plants in planters that match your aesthetics is a great step towards bringing in more positivity to your home. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4A pop of colour: An otherwise soothing and neutral home isn’t complete without a hint of character. A pop of colour would do just that. 4Sustainability is on: Environmental preservation is the need of the hour and what better way to make your contribution by adding sustainability into your living or work interiors. Adorn with materials like terracotta pottery, bamboo and more. 4Go for handmade things: When you buy a traditional handmade object, you are buying a one-of-a-kind art piece that has been created through timeless craftsmanship and emotions. Adding your interiors with such pieces, infuse life into your space. 4Feeling of textures: Textures make a room feel more intimate which helps to feel more comfortable in your surroundings. Adorn interior walls with textured wall claddings, and create a cosy and pleasant vibe for your home.last_img read more

Ticos increasingly worried about crime report says

first_imgNo related posts. Half of all Costa Ricans say they are worried about street crime, despite this country being one of the safest in Central America, according to a survey by the United Nations Development Program’s Latin American Opinion Project (UNDP-LAOP).Murder rates in Costa Rica have picked up in 2013 after showing a decline in 2012. The Judicial Investigation Police reported that one person dies every 24 hours in the country and that 300 homicides were committed between January and October of 2013. Most killings were related to robberies, but 60 were linked to organized crime.Costa Rica’s murder rate had decreased by 15 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, but new statistics show it is increasing this year.Costa Rica was one of the few countries in the region – along with Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador – where murder rates were decreasing.“Latin America is the most unequal and most insecure region in the world, despite showing economic growth and social improvements,” the U.N.’s report, “Citizen Security with a Human Face,” noted.Crime and violence cost Costa Rica about 2.5 percent, or $915 million, of the country’s gross domestic product in 2010, the report said. Honduras, the most violent country in the world outside of combat zones, incurs the highest cost of crime and violence as a percentage of its GDP, at 10.5 percent, or $1.7 billion.Crime contributes to public expenditures on health care and law enforcement, and affects private investment, the report noted. For example, Costa Rica has the sixth largest number of private security guards in the region, totaling 500 per 100,000 people. Panama, Honduras, Guatemala and Brazil have more than 800 private security guards per 100,000.Also, one-third of Costa Ricans reported to the LAOP survey that they have restricted their entertainment options due to a perceived lack of public security.One in five Costa Ricans said organized crime and drug trafficking are a major threat to public safety. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

North Korea TV shows Mickey Mouse Winnie the Pooh

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments   Share   ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Patients with chronic pain give advice New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh have taken the stage in North Korea during a concert for leader Kim Jong Un in an unusual performance featuring a cast of Disney characters.Still photos aired on state TV Saturday show performers dressed as some of America’s most memorable cartoon characters dancing and prancing as video of “Snow White” and “Beauty and the Beast” played on a massive screen behind the stage. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The state-run Korean Central News Agency says Kim and other top officials saw the performance by the new Moranbong band Friday. KCNA says Kim assembled the band a few months ago as part of a plan to “bring about a dramatic turn” in the arts under his new leadership.Kim took power after father Kim Jong Il died in December.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Retired CIA operative becomes breakout spy novelist

first_img“Some of the things that we’ve accomplished are absolutely magnificent, and have kept the bad guys at bay,” he said. “You never actually win 100 percent, but we’ve pushed (weapons) programs back, and we’ve embarrassed bad people and eliminated other people.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The hero in his new book is clever, competent Nathanial Nash, everything one would want in a CIA case officer except perhaps for the forbidden love affair he carries on with his asset, Dominika Egorova, a former ballerina and trained seductress who dispatches attackers with a lipstick gun and her bare hands.Matthews, who could pass for an insurance salesman but for the thick-framed, fashion-forward glasses, spares few details in his steamy sex scenes.“I’ve read a lot of thrillers, and some of the sex is almost offhand and embarrassingly vague,” he says. “So I wanted to go to the other end of the spectrum and be embarrassingly graphic.”The Americans are the good guys in these books, while the Russians are mostly corrupt torturers and thugs. Putin, a central character in “Palace of Treason,” is portrayed as amoral, venal and paranoid.Agency reviewers have focused more on scenes that depicted the main characters using disguises and carefully reading faces during hours-long surveillance detection routes to get “black” before a secret meeting. These “are accurate, richly detailed renderings of anxiety-filled tasks conducted daily by intelligence operatives around the world,” former CIA officer Jim Burridge and an unnamed employee wrote in a review of “Red Sparrow” on the CIA’s Web site. He says his books amount to “a love letter” to the Central Intelligence Agency of his memory, one that he fears is slipping away. His specialty was classic espionage — sneaking around foreign capitals persuading sources to betray their country.It’s a different discipline than that employed by the many CIA case officers who spent the last decade doing tours in Baghdad and Kabul, often conducting source meetings in an armored vehicle with a military escort. Nor does it bear much resemblance to the man-hunting involved in tracking terrorists to target in lethal drone strikes.Human intelligence, or HUMINT, is the “the patrimony of CIA,” Matthews says. “The irony is that the global war on terror has actually taken away resources and institutional focus from classic HUMINT.”Matthews’ novels are a celebration of HUMINT — the art and science of gathering it, the consequences when it goes wrong. He found an amenable setting in modern Russia, which is proving an increasingly nettlesome U.S. adversary. Unlike parts of Syria and Iraq, the CIA can still send Americans to spy in Russia, where the biggest risk to an operative with diplomatic immunity is being sent home. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories In this June 4, 2015, photo, CIA operative turned best-selling author, Jason Matthews, a 30-year CIA veteran and author of the new novel, “Palace of Treason,” poses for a portrait in Washington. When Matthews retired after more than three decades as a CIA operative, writing fiction proved a form of therapy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Top Stories That book won Matthews the Edgar Award for best first novel by an American and a reputation among his former colleagues. The agency reviewers marveled at how Matthews got all the tradecraft, as spies call it, past the CIA’s Publications Review Board, which reserves the right to black out secrets in anything written by a former employee.Matthews said he hit a snag, however, with his follow-up novel and was forced to fly to Washington and change part of his ending to get final sign off.Still, the narrative bristles with reality.When a Russian military officer wonders why his CIA handler isn’t offering him frequency-hopping mobile phones like the Russians use, the CIA man marvels to himself: “If they (only) knew how the FBI and the NSA were crawling up their frequency-hopping” posteriors.Matthews depicts plenty of buffoonery by senior CIA officials, too, including a blustering, dangerously unqualified Moscow station chief whose inability to spot surveillance puts operations at risk. At headquarters, the chief of operations is caught in flagrante delicto with his female assistant.Matthews’ institutional criticism doesn’t extend to the agency’s harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees, excoriated in a recent Senate report. Although he played no role, he defends his friends who did. The sum total of the CIA’s work has been a force for good, he said. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Five years on from his retirement, Matthews is back this week with a sequel, “Palace of Treason,” set in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.And the most interesting accolades are coming from CIA insiders, who marvel at how he manages to slip so much past the agency’s censors, portraying the heart-pounding rhythms of on-the-street espionage better that any novelist in recent memory.They are not alone: The New York Times dubbed Matthews’ new book “enthralling” in a recent review.Matthews, 63, spent most of his career overseas specializing in “denied areas,” places where Americans were closely watched and their movements restricted. He is part of a long line of former spies who turned to fiction but the first to have spent a full career at the CIA, rising to management, and then emerge to write with such commercial and critical success.Matthews speaks six languages and helped manage seven CIA stations, sometimes working in tandem with his wife, Suzanne, also a retired CIA officer. They raised two daughters in countries they aren’t allowed to name. At one point he was operations chief in the counter-proliferation division, tasked with slowing Iran’s nuclear program, among other things. WASHINGTON (AP) — When Jason Matthews retired after more than three decades as a CIA operative, writing fiction proved a form of therapy.Living in Los Angeles, cut off from the agency and its secrets, Matthews channeled his energy into the 2013 novel “Red Sparrow.” It became a best-seller and critical success, resulting in a reported seven-figure movie deal.“I started thinking about war stories,” he said in an interview. “Pretty soon I blinked and I had like 300, 400 pages.” Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more