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No decision on any meeting between Modi Imran at SCO summit

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first_imgNew Delhi: India’s policy of not having talks with Pakistan unless it stops cross border terrorism remains unchanged and no decision has been taken yet on any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Bishkek next month, official sources said. India has not been engaging with Pakistan since early 2016 following a terror attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in January that year, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCModi is attending the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyztan’s capital Bishkek on June 13-14. Khan is also scheduled to participate in the annual meet of the China-dominated grouping. Government sources said no decision has been taken on any meeting between Modi and Khan on the sidelines of the SCO summit. “A decision on the issue will be taken by the new government,” said a source. In a reflection of India’s reluctance to engage with Pakistan, the government has preferred to invite leaders of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries for the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as prime minister for a second term on May 30. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsBesides India, BIMSTEC comprises Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan. In 2014, Modi had invited all SAARC leaders including the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his swearing-in ceremony, in a major initiative to reach out to the neighbourhood. Sharif’s attendance at the swearing-in ceremony had triggered hopes of better ties between the two countries and there were several engagements between the leaders of the two countries. However, the ties derailed again after January 2016. In a carefully crafted move, the government has this time decided to invite BIMSTEC leaders apart from Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who is the current chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth for the swearing-in ceremony. “This is in line with government’s focus on its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy,” the Ministry of External Affairs said Monday.last_img read more

Canada captain Christine Sinclair looks to score for MS Society of Canada

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first_imgCanada soccer captain Christine Sinclair is stepping out of her comfort zone this summer.That means everything from serving root beer floats to kicking burgers at goal in a bid to put the boot to multiple sclerosis. The 34-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., whose mother has MS, is joining forces with A&W to raise money for the MS Society of Canada.According to the MS Society, Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, with an estimated one in 340 Canadians living with the disease.Now in its ninth year, A&W’s “Burgers to Beat MS” campaign is the single biggest fundraiser for the MS Society having already raised close to $10 million. The restaurant chain hopes to raise another $2 million this year.A&W will donate $2 from every Teen Burger sold across Canada on Aug. 24, augmented by other fundraising efforts.Sinclair will be making appearances at A&W restaurants in Vancouver on Aug. 23 and Toronto and Montreal on Aug. 24 as part of the campaign. She will also be featured showing off her soccer skills with burgers in a video on A&W’s Facebook page.“Being able to join this campaign, it’s massive for me,” Sinclair said in an interview. “All along I said I just want to be able to help and hopefully this is a start. Hopefully this is a start to be able to make a difference for those people living with MS.“Hopefully years down the road people aren’t having to deal with what my family’s had to deal with and that’s my ultimate goal.”Sinclair’s mother Sandi lives in a care home in suburban Vancouver.“She’s doing well,” Sinclair said of her mom. “She loves the summer, she’s out and about every day now. She loves the sun.“She’s proud of the journey that I’m starting.”The fundraising campaign has also united the family, with Sinclair’s aunt joining her on the cross-Canada trip.“It’s been amazing to see,” she added.Since announcing in June that she planned to take a front-line role in the fight against MS, Sinclair says she has been amazed by the support she has received via social media and other channels.“There’s so many people that are affected by MS that I had no idea. People that I know who have an aunt or a sister. So the support has been incredible.”While Sinclair is used to the soccer spotlight, she has largely kept to herself away from the field. That has changed, with this new role.“It’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” she said. “Because I am a private person, I keep everything to myself. But for me it’s good to step out of my comfort zone. Where I am in my career, I want to be able to make a difference.“Yes, I hope that I inspire young kids to play soccer, play sports, to reach and dream big. I hope I’ve done that over these years. But I don’t want it to end when my career eventually does end. I want to have a lasting impact and hopefully this is something that can continue for years and years.”MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). The disease attacks myelin — the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin, which is necessary for the transmission of nerve impulses through nerve fibres.The effects are wide-ranging and unpredictable: extreme fatigue, lack of co-ordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes.The cause remains a mystery — the belief is lifestyle, environmental, genetic and biological factors all contribute.The disease is most commonly diagnosed in people between 15 and 40. Women are three times more likely to develop MS than men.Currently there is no cure.“Burgers to Beat MS started with a small group of A&W operators wanting to make a difference,” Paul Hollands, chairman and CEO of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc., said in a statement. “Every year it has grown, making a real difference in helping those affected by this debilitating disease.”Sinclair has carried the Maple Leaf at the Olympics, represented her country 259 times, scored 168 goals and led Canada to back-to-back Olympic bronze medals.The Portland Thorns star was recently appointed to the Order of Canada, an honour she says that still leaves her near speechless.“To be honoured by your country for what you’ve done over the course of your career is pretty remarkable,” she said. “I think it just goes to show the progress our team has made. We’re now in the forefront of sports in this country. We have an impact on people’s lives and we’re making a difference in continuing to improve and grow the sport.“It’s been an honour to be a part of that journey. To be recognized (with the Order of Canada), I don’t know what to say.”— For more information visit www.BurgersToBeatMS.ca—Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitterlast_img read more

Commentary Halting of jersey sales does nothing for NCAAs image

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Courtesy of MCTNCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert speaks to the media during the Final Four press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, April 4, 2013.When NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Thursday that the governing body of college sports is putting an end to its jersey sales, the news sent shock waves across the country.But why does this really matter?Is this decision going to lead to bigger ones in the near future? WillEmmert and the NCAA instead start making formidable payments to its players?Emmert said on Thursday he realizes the organization’s actions could be seen as hypocritical.“In the national office, we can certainly recognize why that could be seen as hypocritical, and indeed I think the business of having the NCAA selling those kinds of goods is a mistake, and we’re going to exit that business immediately,” Emmert said. “It’s not something that’s core to what the NCAA is about, and it probably never should have been in the business.”It sounds like Emmert feels good about fixing what he simply calls the NCAA’s “mistake.” This recognition sounds to me like he’s pleased with himself for “doing the right thing.”A 2011 federal tax return indicated that Emmert made nearly $1.7 million annually, including $23,689 in what was labeled “nontaxable benefits,” according to USA Today. With a five figure sum like that, it could look like he and his buddies took a quite large scoop from the jersey sales pot. He has no reason to feel happy about halting jersey sales.Even though Emmert’s bank account may take a hit, fans of all sports are still going to pay their money to get their apparel, and the cash used in these transactions will just be funneled to different institutions like Nike, Reebok and Adidas, as well as the schools that they represent. All that’s really happening is the NCAA will stop making some money off these talented athletes who people pay obscene amounts of money to watch during the year.It’s probably the right move for the NCAA, so it can try and keep the word “amateur” relevant in college sports by setting college athletes aside from the pros somehow. But in the view of ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, “amateur” is not a word that’s been appropriate in college sports for years.Bilas has publicly criticized the NCAA for everything from not paying college players to selling their jerseys on its ShopNCAAsports.com website. He reportedly typed in the names of high-profile players like Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, among others, into the site’s search bar and found their matching jerseys. This caused the search function to be disabled by the site, probably because the NCAA feared that it looked like they were using these players’ talents to make money for themselves.I have a suspicion that the bigwigs of the NCAA were reaping the benefits of selling these players’ jerseys to the general public. Now that the practice has been shut down, though, the NCAA officials are seemingly proud of themselves. But what are they really proud of? Doing something that should have never happened in the first place? Good work!Who knows how long it would have taken for the NCAA to fix this “mistake” had Bilas not brought it into the public eye. Certainly the NCAA wouldn’t have halted the sales on its own.The bottom line is people are not going to change the way they cheer for their teams. Fans will still offer up the dough so they can dress like their favorite players.What exactly is going to be different after this change?The brands who produce jerseys and other college apparel will make a few more bucks, but passionate fans will still get their favorite uniforms. They will still support their team the same way, and will not have a second thought about it.Congratulations NCAA, you have done well to put an end to something that made you look like all you care about is filling your pockets with dirty money. Credit is simply due to Bilas for pointing that out.Maybe this is the first domino to fall to spell the end of the NCAA. Maybe Emmert and other NCAA executives will implement changes to college sports that will make those like Bilas believe that these athletes really are amateur. Or maybe we are a few steps away from all college athletes getting paid for what they do. Time will tell.Hopefully, the governing body of college sports makes a ground-breaking decision again soon. But regardless, it won’t change the way fans watch their sports. read more

Ball booted out of football ground ends up 1100 miles away in

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first_imgAccording to the club secretary, his visit is on one condition.”He has to bring the ball. Our treasurer would insist,” he joked. The ball appears to have been swept out to the North Sea after being kicked over a fence during a match along the banks of the River DeeCredit:Ross Johnston/Newsline Media Johnny Mikalsen wrote: “Hi! You properly [sic] have one of the best long distance kickers in the world.”A friend of mine found a football with your club name on it by the seaside.”It has travelled quite a distance. We are located 1,800km (1,118 miles) north of Aberdeen, on an island called Vanna, 10km north of Tromso, the capital of north Norway,” it continued.”The football is just a little bit dirty after such a long distance, but fully usable. See enclosed picture.”And there could be a happy ending to the tale on this occasion.Mr Ewan explained: “The man who found the ball has actually won a local competition to come over and visit Scottish distilleries.”We have, of course, invited him to our hospitality and to asked him to visit us when he comes over.” The ball appears to have been swept out to the North Sea after being kicked over a fence during a match along the banks of the River Dee Club secretary Tom Ewan said: “It happens semi-regularly actually. We lose about two balls a month.”We just never realised this is where they might be ending up.”However, they received an email stating otherwise, much to their shock.center_img Amateur footballers have been left stunned after a ball which was kicked out of their ground turned up 1,100 miles away in Norway.The ball was blasted over the 25ft-wide net at Banks O’ Dee FC’s ground in Aberdeen into the River Dee by a member of the under-19s side.Players assumed that the ball was gone forever, as so often happens to the balls which are kicked over the fence.But the ball is believed to have ended up in the North Sea before travelling all the way to the Norwegian island of Vanna. 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. We lose about two balls a month. We just never realised this is where they might be ending upClub secretary Tom Ewanlast_img read more

Very intelligent public schoolboy who threw bombs on motorway is jailed

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Judge Cutler said that Elger had written in a diary in hospital stating he wanted to kill patients and staff by “strangling and jumping on heads” and had also heard a voice telling him to kill his doctor.The judge previously lifted the defendant’s right to anonymity given to minors because of the public interest in the serious offences.The burglary and blackmail offences cost Winchester College £52,000 in stolen items and damage and the defendant twice demanded payment of £10,000 in the online currency bitcoin for him to stop carrying out further break-ins.Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said he was caught because of a “schoolboy error” by sending a typed blackmail letter but in a handwritten envelope which enabled staff to recognise his distinctive handwriting. Sentencing Elger, who wore a suit and tie in court, Judge Cutler told him: “I consider you are a dangerous offender.”There is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm from you in the future.”Describing the defendant, the judge added: “He’s very intelligent, possibly the most able chemist the college has produced in recent years.”He’s a very bright boy and for some reason he takes to burgling the school, blackmailing the headteacher and making incendiary devices and throwing them off motorway bridges.” Miss Hingston said that Elger, who has previously been remanded under psychiatric care, had told medical staff that he intended to kill someone in the motorway arson attacks.She added he told staff: “I do not regret the incident, I regret not doing them differently and not succeeding in killing.”Miss Hingston said that after the second firebomb attack “the M3 was closed for some 11 hours and caused massive inconvenience to the public and an estimated cost to the economy of £40 million.” Thee M3 motorway was closed for nearly 12 hours after the “flammable material” was thrown from a bridge onto the carriageway Credit:Solent News & Photo Agency A “very intelligent” public schoolboy who “wanted to kill somebody” by throwing firebombs on to a motorway has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.Nicholas Elger was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court for two arson charges for the two attacks on the M3 motorway in September 2017.The second incident caused the motorway to be closed at Winchester for 11 hours leading to major delays and causing £40 million damage to the economy.The 17-year-old was also sentenced for eight burglary and two blackmail charges against top public school Winchester College which he attended as a boarder and two charges of theft from a supermarket.Judge Keith Cutler sentenced Elger to the prison term with an extended licence of four-and-a-half years. Thee M3 motorway was closed for nearly 12 hours after the "flammable material" was thrown from a bridge onto the carriageway  If someone had taken avoiding action and swerved into another vehicle someone could have been killedTessa Hingston, prosecution lawyer She added: “The risk of really serious harm was great; if someone had taken avoiding action and swerved into another vehicle someone could have been killed and that was a realistic possibility.”Robert Morris, defending, said doctors had ruled out personality disorder or psychotic illness and said his actions had been caused by “immaturity and being upset by his parents’ divorce, leaving his school and support networks”.He said he had been a “kind and gentle” child who was “playing up to a bad boy character he had created for himself”. 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. read more

Danish girls win U19 EURO 2015

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The Danish women’s junior team won the gold medal at the European Championship 2015 in Valencia, Spain. The bronze girls from the U18 World Championship last year in Macedonia, beat Russia 29:26 (13:10) in the match for the gold.Sweden won bronze against Hungary 25:24.MVP and All-star Team announcedMost Valuable PlayerDjurdjina Jaukovic (MNE) Top Scorer & MVPAll-star teamTonje Haug Lerstad (NOR) – GoalkeeperMaitane Etxeberria (ESP) Right WingMarianna Egorova (RUS) Left WingEmily Bölk (GER) Left BackYaroslava Frolova (RUS) Centre BackCeline Lundbye Kristiansen (DEN) Right BackMaitane Etxeberria (ESP) Right WingSara Trier Hald (DEN) Line PlayerSofia Hvenfelt (SWE) Best DefensiveFinal rankings:1. Denmark2. Russia3. Sweden4. Hungary5. Germany6. Norway7. Montenegro8. Spain9. France10. Romania11. Serbia12. Croatia13. Belarus14. Portugal15. FYR Macedonia16. Lithuania ← Previous Story Dragan Adzic to lead ŽRK Budućnost until 2020! Next Story → IHF launches IHF Beach Handball Trophy read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

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first_imgBitcoin prices have plunged since China started to crack down on the digital currency. [Mashable]Thinking about buying a tablet? Here’s our guide to the best – and worst – features of some of the most popular tablets out there.PARTING SHOTDavid Simon is the creator of visceral dramas about American society including The Wire, The Corner and Treme. In this edited extract from a recent speech, he describes how America has been completely divided in its economics and politics and tries to pinpoint what has gone wrong. [Observer]Here’s what happened yesterday > The ESB strike has been averted after management and unions reached an agreement.A probe has started into allegations that some gardaí made fraudulent pay claims.Gerry Adams has challenged other party leaders to a debate on the past.A human skull has been found in Meath.Two motorcyclists have died in separate crashes on Ireland’s roads today.The Garda Commissioner wants to stop documents about Sophie Toscan Du Plantier from being released. [RTÉ]There’s no love lost between Pat Rabbitte and Colm Keaveney judging by these comments.The number of families losing their home in Dublin has doubled.Joan Burton says changes to maternity benefit won’t stop mothers from wanting to work.INTERNATIONALMembers of a choir pray at a mass in memory of Nelson Mandela at the Regina Mundi church, which became one of the focal points of the anti-apartheid struggle, in Soweto, Johannesburg today. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis). #PROTEST: Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Kiev in a giant pro-EU demonstration.#SLAVERY: Three men, believed to be victims of slavery, have been rescued by police in Bristol.#MADIBA: Some 60 heads of state and government will attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial or funeral in the coming days. [BBC]#AWKWARD: UK politicians aren’t happy about their 11 per cent pay rise – but there’s not a lot they can do about it.INNOVATION NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.Thousands of pro-EU protesters turn out at a rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine today (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)IRELANDlast_img read more

SPOILERS: WWE Smackdown taping results to air 3/10/16

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first_img WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) Shawn Michaels The following was taped on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.WWE Smackdown taping results for March 10, 2016:* Sami Zayn & Neville def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens & The Miz.* Brie Bella def. Summer Rae.* Sheamus & King Barrett def. The Lucha Dragons.* Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler & The Usos def. The Wyatt Family.Source: PWTorch.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Videos Articles Google+ SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Videos Articles Facebook Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollinslast_img read more

Will CM Punk show up at ALL IN, Goldberg on if he was asked…

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first_img Google+ During a recent episode of Wrestleview International Desk #314, Darragh O’Connor and Brin O’Rourke discussed the possibility of former WWE star CM Punk showing up at ALL IN this September. As many are aware, Punk lives in Chicago where ALL IN takes place.You can check out the clip above.Goldberg on if he was asked to wrestle at WrestleManiaChris Featherstone of DigitalSpy.com is featuring an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg where he shoots down a rumor that he was invited to participate in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34 this year.“Absolutely not, and I don’t know where that came from. But, when I read it online was the first I ever heard of it.”When asked if he would have entertained an invite to get back in the ring one more time at WrestleMania, Goldberg said he would have considered it.“If they did, they didn’t eloquate it to me. Uh, I don’t think so. I mean, let’s be perfectly honest, if they did, they would have asked me to be involved, and then I would have had to consider it. Man, it’s a tough, tough deal for me, because even if I was offered something, you know you have to take your legacy into consideration and it’s how I came back after such a long period of time and what happened, I just don’t know how it could get much better than that. To be able to share it with my family, to be able to come back and have at least one or two people remember who I was, and actually cheer for me, it was a very humbling experience. I’ll forever be indebted to Brock and to Vince McMahon for bringing me back and giving me that opportunity.” Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto WWE SummerSlam Results – 8/11/19 (Lesnar vs. Rollins, Kingston vs. Orton, Goldberg returns)last_img read more

BNSF replacing bridge over Washougal River

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first_imgReplacement of a century-old railroad bridge over the Washougal River is part of a $235 million capital plan for its Washington rail system, BNSF Railway officials announced Thursday.The money will go toward expanding rail capacity as well as maintaining and upgrading track facilities.The Washington portion of the work is part of a billion-dollar capital plan along BNSF Railway’s Northern Corridor between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago.Some of the maintenance work was recently completed in the Columbia River Gorge, while work on one upcoming Clark County project — the Washougal River bridge — begins this year and could extend into early 2016.Replacing the railroad bridge is budgeted at about $10 million, BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said.The 550-foot-long bridge, which is in Camas, was built in 1908; it has been upgraded over the years.The track will not close for the project; the construction work will be done around the daily train traffic, Melonas said. The bridge replacement will be finished in late 2015 or early 2016, he said.Some Vancouver-based crews already have been busy along the Columbia River, east of Vancouver.“Recently, as many as 200 regional track crew personnel working through Vancouver replaced rails and ties through the Columbia River Gorge,” Melonas said.The track replacement near Wishram, about 100 miles east of Vancouver, eliminates part of the soundtrack of rail travel, by the way.“It’s a seamless rail, continuously welded in quarter-mile sections,” Melonas said. “It eliminates the clickety-clack.”Amtrak’s daily Empire Builder trains use that track.Vancouver-based workers also were part of an upgrade project that started Wednesday on the Oregon side, Melonas said.BNSF also will make an investment in personnel in Vancouver, hiring about 100 new train crew members, track workers and signal and mechanical personnel, Melonas said.last_img read more

A Captcha Alternative for Publishers

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first_imgAs if there weren’t enough distractions on the Web, captchas have long caused annoyance for both Internet consumers and content creators. Meredith Corp. found an alternative for weeding out bots and quantifying consumer interaction with Solve Media, a performance-based brand advertising business.Solve’s product portfolio includes pre-roll type-in advertising, a model that has readers key in a simple ad message to access content, polls, etc. Meredith’s SVP of digital media Andy Wilson discusses why the publisher began to work with Solve almost two years ago, “We were having problems with spam getting through in a couple of our voting spaces, and we started having to use the captcha; the solution just wasn’t working. Our audience was getting very frustrated, so we decided to give Solve a try.”Though Meredith was concerned there would be a negative audience reaction to the new technology, Wilson says the changes were welcomed by consumers. “It solved our problem, but also gave a better consumer experience. And with that, our engagement rates went up. We ended up with more votes and with more people participating in the program. We also started a new advertising revenue stream,” says Wilson.Ari Jacoby, CEO of Solve Media, says products are sold on a cost per engagement basis. He also says his company is on the premium side of the ad business, “We know that premium advertising is immersive, emotive on the brand side, that delivers the kind of experiences that brands really want, is advertising that we can all really get premium prices on. Premium prices preserve great journalism. Whereas remnant prices, we know what that leads us to.” Wilson further explains Solve’s revenue share model, “So on our site, there will be an advertising message that plays, either in a video or static ad impression, with an slogan and that will be what the user is required to type in to bypass or prove that they are not a computer. So everyone of those you can sell them by Solve, which has been done in the past; or you can sell them on a CPM basis.” The extra dollars are reinforced by audience engagement. According to Wilson, Meredith receives five to seven million “type-ins” on a monthly basis.last_img read more

Kerala man takes up bicycle rally to promote environment

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first_imgKakinada: A youth from Trissur in Kerala Justin Shazi has taken up bicycle rally across the country for protection of environment and ban of plastic bags. The youth who started at his home place on 15th January so far covered Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and reached Kakinada on Friday pedalled 5,000 kilometres so far. Disclosing the details here on Friday the youth said that his aim is to cover 10,000 kilometres creating awareness to public on environment protection and need to ban plastic bags as part of this. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us Shazi who met National Green core East Godavari coordinator Kesari Srinivasa Rao at MSN Charities School in Jagannaickpur area in the city disclosed the details of his yatra on environment protection and for ban of plastic bags which are effecting protection of environment. Shazi also spoke to schoolchildren and explained his mission. He said that he will reach Kolkata passing through Madhya Pradesh.last_img read more

Houston Company Wants To Use Blockchain Technology To Improve Health Record System

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first_img 00:00 /03:31 Listen X If you’re into technology, you have probably heard of Blockchain, a digital accounting method for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.A Houston company wants to use this technology to create a new universal health record system.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, we sat down with Khalid “Ken” Parekh, founder and CEO of IT services firm Amsys and founder of its subsidiary Amchart.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. center_img Ed MayberryKen Parekh founded Amsys in 2003. Its subsidiary Amchart aims to use Blockchain technology to create a patient-controlled health data system To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

AKAs to Host 15th Annual Scholarship Crabfest

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first_imgThe Upsilon Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host its 15th annual scholarship crabfeast on Aug. 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. For ticket information, please contact Tania Davis @upsilontauomega crabfeast@gmail.com.last_img

VIDEO High school pitcher skips team celebration to console batter he struck

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first_imgToday’s society can seem like an unforgiving hell on most days, but occasionally we catch something that gives us some hope.During a Minnesota high school sectional championship game between Totino-Grace and Mounds View, Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn struck out the final batter of the game to send his team to the next round.As his team stormed the field to celebrate, Koehn headed past his teammates and made his way to home plate to console the devastated batter. It turns out the two have been friends since childhood and Koehn wanted to give him a hug and make sure he was okay.We need more moments like this, so when we catch something that’s this genuine and good we’re going to bring it to you. There is still hope.Check out the amazing sportsmanship at the end of this Minnesota high school baseball final. Full story here: https://t.co/SqoOIiEMXk pic.twitter.com/PnTCq5oqJs— Bring Me The Sports (@BMTNSports) June 8, 2018last_img read more

Phife Dawg brought humor and humanity to A Tribe Called Quest

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first_imgDespite all of the chest-puffy braggadocio, the great American rap songbook still contains a surprising amount of bad-luck songs — and none more endearing than “8 Million Stories,” a 1993 gem from A Tribe Called Quest.Across two jouncing verses, Phife Dawg explains why his “blood pressure’s blowin’ up” in priceless detail. Smash-and-grabbers lift the stereo out of his car. A flakey girl stands him up for a date. His kid brother throws a hissy-fit in the aisles of a KB toy store. And then, adding insult to injury, some referee tosses his favorite shooting guard out of the Knicks game: “To top if off, Starks got ejected.”Amazing that all of this high-spirited self-deprecation could still spark smiles on Tuesday as news spread across the Internet that Phife — born Malik Taylor — had died earlier in the morning. He was 45 years old, and while the cause of death wasn’t immediately announced, it’s widely known that Phife underwent a kidney transplant in 2008 after being diagnosed with diabetes in 1990.The rapper’s health problems became a significant plot-point in “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,” a 2011 documentary about the pioneering New York hip-hop group that Phife formed alongside Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White. The film centered itself around whether or not the foursome might reunite, zooming in on the creative tensions between Phife and Q-Tip in a way that resembled unseemly reality television.And so much of Tribe’s story is etched into its music, anyway — something that feels most evident the verses Phife contributed to the group’s 1993 masterstroke, “Midnight Marauders,” an album where the syllables bounced out of his mouth to mesmerizing effect. Tempering his boasts with confessional minutiae, Phife rapped about his earliest influences (“My favorite jam back in the day was ‘Eric B. for President””), his secret infatuations (“Used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue”), and his physical insecurities (“Height of Muggsy Bogues, complexion of a hockey puck”), all with brio to spare.Over and over, he went for big laughs by spilling his guts at the top of his lungs. There was so much generosity in that. Hearing about his bad days made ours better. “To top it off, Starks got ejected.”Rough day. Not as rough as this one.© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg dies at 45 Mathematics tracks the hip-hop ‘revolution’ Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey dies at 67 Pop icon Prince dead at 57last_img read more

Leaders face ambitious agenda at European summit

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first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories _The Spanish bank bailout has raised fears that Spain’s government couldn’t afford to repay its $125 billion eurozone loan. Some analysts say the solution is to rethink the bailout: Instead of lending money to Spain, pump it directly into Spanish banks and take an ownership stake in them. That’s how the U.S. Treasury fixed the U.S. banking system after Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008. Congress approved the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, and the money was used to strengthen bank capital. Most of the money has been repaid with interest, and the cost to U.S. taxpayers has been minimal._ EASING UP ON GREECEThe coalition government that emerged from Greece’s June 17 election has said it’s willing to make the painful budget cuts required under a bailout deal agreed to in March. Greek voters chose that approach over a government that would have rejected the bailout and likely led Greece out of the eurozone. But the new government wants more time. If Greece isn’t granted more time and fails to meet the targets, the EU, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund will have to decide whether to withhold further installments of bailout money. Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements A $125 billion plan to bail out Spanish banks has failed to calm financial markets. Even an election that brought a pro-euro-alliance Greek government to power failed to reassure investors that Greece would continue to pay its bills, keep using the euro and avoid a financial crackup that could set off a worldwide panic.The EU leaders will consider plans to:_Tackle Europe’s government debt problems._ Fix Europe’s banks._ Help Greece._ Stimulate Europe’s sluggish economy.Still, any proposals that might be approved at the summit may not be bold or fast enough to turn back the threats closing in on Europe. And Germany, wary of being stuck with the bill for a rescue plan, might veto the ideas first.“We’re seeing faster movement on the policy front,” says Barry Eichengreen, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. “The problem is, the crisis doesn’t wait.”Here’s a look at the more ambitious ideas policymakers are considering:_ TACKLING DEBTThe worldwide financial crisis and the recession that followed ripped a hole in the budgets of many European governments, leaving them with huge debts. Greece’s government debt now equals 165 percent of annual output; in Italy, it’s 120 percent; in Ireland, 108 percent. Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Without the money, Greece would default on its debts and probably stop using the euro. But Germany is resisting efforts to go easy on the Greeks. Greece spent recklessly, delayed reforming its economy and for years misled the rest of the world about its precarious finances. It’s now struggling with 22 percent unemployment._ STIMULATING GROWTHEveryone agrees Europe needs growth, which would help troubled countries pay their bills. Leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain agreed last week to push for a growth package worth up to $163 billion. But the plan is relatively modest. The money is expected to consist mostly of European funds already earmarked for development.Analysts worry that most of the proposals to aid Europe would take too long to work. The European Commission’s banking plans wouldn’t take full effect until 2018 _ not soon enough to calm depositors in troubled Spanish banks or allay fears of a banking crisis. And there might not be enough bailout money to back more than $3.1 trillion in combined Italian and Spanish debt.Some analysts want to see the ECB act more aggressively. They want the central bank to pump money into the financial system by lowering short-term rates and buying bonds to push down long-term rates as the U.S. Federal Reserve has done. But Germany worries that aggressive action by the ECB would unleash inflation. Top holiday drink recipescenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths _Handing power to a centralized eurozone budget authority to demand changes in individual countries’ taxing and spending plans if they break budget rules. This idea goes beyond earlier calls for budget limits on eurozone countries. It was proposed on the eve of the summit by key European leaders._Tapping the $625 billion available from the eurozone’s two bailout funds to buy government bonds on the open market. These purchases would drive the prices of the bonds up and the interest rates, or yields, on them down. That would help countries like Italy and Spain when they have to sell bonds to finance their deficits or replace maturing bonds._ FIXING BANKSEurope doesn’t just have a government debt crisis. It has a banking crisis, too. A collapse in housing prices buried Spanish and Irish banks in bad real estate loans. To rescue its banks, Ireland’s government needed a $106 billion bailout. Now Spain needs a $125 billion loan from the rest of the eurozone to rebuild its banks’ capital _ their defense against losses. At the same time, banks across Europe have been the biggest buyers of their governments’ bonds. So as yields have surged and the bonds have declined in value, banks have suffered losses. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Economists say anything above 90 percent saps an economy’s health. Bond investors, worried about the debt, are demanding higher interest rates. The result is that many countries’ borrowing costs have reached unsustainable levels. Ireland, Portugal and Greece have already needed bailouts to pay their bills. Spain is receiving a loan to save its banks, and on Tuesday its borrowing costs soared in a pair of short-term auctions. Cyprus this week became the fifth European country to request a bailout.Bailout money could run short if big countries like Italy need rescues, too. European leaders are expected to consider several ideas in Brussels:_ Spreading some of the weak countries’ debt loads to stronger countries that also use the euro. Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Treasury secretary, did something similar in the 1790s. He had the U.S. government absorb the debts the 13 original states ran up fighting the American Revolution.The 17 countries that use the euro could issue jointly guaranteed “eurobonds,” sharing responsibility for the weakest countries’ debts. These bonds could carry low interest rates because they’d be backed by the collective power of all the eurozone countries, including Germany. Or excessive government debts _ anything beyond 60 percent of a country’s output _ could go into a “European debt redemption fund,” guaranteed collectively and paid down over 20 to 25 years. Because the redemption fund would be a one-time move, it might be more palatable to Germany than a long-term eurobond plan. AP Economics WriterBRUSSELS (AP) – When they meet Thursday and Friday in Brussels, leaders of the 27 countries in the European Union will face a daunting task: Find a solution to a debt crisis that’s spread misery across Europe, raised doubts about the euro currency, rattled investors and threatened global growth.Investors have driven up interest rates on Spanish and Italian debt to unsustainable levels, raising the risk those big countries will need a bailout the rest of Europe can’t afford. Unemployment in the 17 countries that use the euro is 11 percent, the highest since the euro was adopted in 1999. Finally, Europe faces the risk of banks runs: Greek depositors are withdrawing money from banks because they fear Greece will stop using the euro. If that happened, their savings would be devastated as their deposits were shifted from euros into Greek currency worth perhaps half as much. Bank runs could spread if depositors elsewhere worried that their countries might also abandon the euro.So the EU is considering a banking overhaul. Among the ideas:_The European Commission, which writes laws and regulations for the EU, has proposed a deposit insurance fund to protect savers across the EU the way the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. guarantees up to $250,000 per account in the United States. Individual European countries now insure bank deposits within their borders. But bank failures could overwhelm those national funds._The European Commission has suggested establishing a Europe-wide banking union, policed by a centralized regulator. Europe now lacks a single regulator with authority to force weak banks to build more capital or to break them apart. National regulators have been reluctant to shut down weak banks.“No national government wants to lose control over their banks,” says Jacob Kirkegaard, research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “But that is, of course, precisely what is required if you want to have a European banking union.” As the eurozone’s largest economy, accounting for more than a quarter of its output, Germany is strong enough to support its weaker neighbors. But German taxpayers fear being stuck with a disproportionate share of the bill for bailouts.To ease that concern, top European officials have urged eurozone countries to yield more control over their national budgets. The plan is meant as a grand vision to save the euro and set up negotiations at this week’s summit.Economist Jonathan Wright at Johns Hopkins University says he worries that leaders will take “at best half- or quarter-steps” this week. He favors aggressive action by the ECB and a TARP-style rescue of the banking system.“The measures that are needed are very radical,” Wright said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Dealing with Private Debt and NPLs A Comprehensive Blueprint

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first_imgBy Renos Ioannides*The excessive private debt burden of households and businesses and the stubbornly high levels of non-performing loans are on top of everybody’s agenda these days, as they should be in light of their strategic importance for the country.2018 will be, one way or the other, a milestone year for local banks on both fronts. Despite the inroads made to date, the situation is not self-healing and far-reaching decisions ought to be taken. If they are not, the long-term stability of the financial system may be put at risk and the impressive rebound of our economy may be jeopardised.Solutions to the problems cannot be developed in isolation. A multi-disciplinary approach is required, which must be finely balanced so as not to jeopardise both the current and the potential state of the economy, public finances, the stability of the local financial system and the well-being of the people.Debt levels must be managed to match viable borrowers’ debt servicing capacity; this is the only way of converting unsustainable debt to sustainability. At the same time, those borrowers who are exploiting the prevailing system’s weaknesses at the expense of their fellow citizens must be exposed and efficienty dealt with. A much needed revamp of the facilitating framework, the insolvency, enforcement and judicial regimes in particular, is therefore imperative.Above all, what is required is a strategic view which shall be led and driven by a governing body of experts. This governing body should be fully accountable for progress and results via disciplined, pre-defined milestones and timelines.A comprehensive blueprint (“business plan”) must be drawn up, instead of a piecemeal approach, with specific pre-agreed milestones (short-term, medium-term and long-term objectives, detailed output deliverables, pre-defined timelines and the set-up of expert teams accountable for each output deliverable).A specimen blueprint is provided below, broken into distinct but inter-related step components, by way of indication of the multi-disciplinary approach that ought to be followed.Such high-level blueprints can act as the basis for further technical analysis and expert discussions on each of the constituent components to arrive at a country-level resolution policy.The specimen blueprint comes in two parts, the Core Key Portfolio Management Solutions on the one hand and the Peripheral Framework Facilitators on the other.The two parts are intrinsically inter-linked and should, as a result, run in parallel. (*) Renos Ioannides is a financial analyst rennos.ioannides@gmail.comYou May LikeMental FlareThis Crazy New Park Is Not For People Afraid Of WolvesMental FlareUndowww.TheDiabeticGuide.com12 Warning Signs of Diabeteswww.TheDiabeticGuide.comUndoL&C MagazineThe Most Unforgettable Oscars Outfits Of All TimeL&C MagazineUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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