Burhan anniversary forces early vacation in J&K

first_imgThe J&K government on Thursday announced 10-day summer vacations, despite pleasant weather, to coincide with the protest calendar of the militant United Jehad Council (UJC) on the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. In the past, summer vacations were announced in the third week of July for schools in the valley.A government order said all educational institutions up to the higher secondary level in Kashmir “shall observe summer vacation from July 6 to July 16”.As schools and colleges remain restive in the Kashmir valley this year, the vacations starkly coincide with the UJC’s weeklong protest programme starting July 8, the day Hizbul commander Wani was killed in an encounter last year, fuelling a five-month long unrest that left over 93 civilians dead and more than 15,000 injured. The UJC has called for a shut down on July 8 and 13.Independent legislator Engineer Rasheed said there was no justification for the vacations. ‘Working days lost’“Most working days in educational institutions have been wasted due to law and order problems. The government seems to have given into Syed Salahuddin’s protest calendar,” said MLA Rasheed. He said vacations were usually declared when the temperatures reach its peak, “However, this year, the temperatures are comparatively moderate.”Netizens also took potshots at the government. “Summer vacations with students wearing woollens comes as a surprise,” wrote a Facebook user.last_img read more

Buffet-Gates Head To India

first_imgBillionaire philanthropists Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are headed to India as part of the “Giving Pledge” initiative to encourage India’s rich to pledge half their wealth to charity. In an open letter, the billionaires said they “come not as preachers, but more like cheerleaders,” adding: “Not that India needs us to tell them. When we talk about standing on the shoulders of giants in the United States in the personages of Rockefeller and Carnegie, it’s important to note that eight years before Andrew Carnegie would establish the endowment that created the American university bearing his name, Jamsetji Tata established the JN Tata Endowment, which would lead to creation of the world-renowned Indian Institute of Science. Six years later, Tata would pledge half his wealth to philanthropy.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Job survey: Multiple jobs created in corporate India in the year 2007

first_imgREAL ESTATE30% revenue growth1,19,153 new jobsJob seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs,,REAL ESTATE30% revenue growth1,19,153 new jobsJob seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs, high interest rates and a potential slowdown in demand, employment forecast for both the manufacturing and services sectors has never been this strong. Job seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs, high interest rates and a potential slowdown in demand, employment forecast for both the manufacturing and services sectors has never been this strong.IT & SERVICES35% revenue growthThe survey covered 114 units in thesector which employs 13,61,997 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…1,58,735 new jobsEmployment, as a measure of economic growth, has been on the uptick since 2004, but the activity has gained momentum over the last two years with companies adding capacities and increasing headcounts, thanks to rising domestic consumption. Projected to close the financial year with a growth rate of 9 per cent, India continues to be among the three fastest-growing economies in the world. Consequently, its contribution to global GDP is slated to increase from the present 6.2 per cent to 8.8 per cent by 2020. A lion’s share of this growth comes from the services and the manufacturing sectors, which have grown by over 11 per cent in 2006-07. With India gearing up to be a manufacturing hub for industries like textile, auto, steel and petroleum products, the war for talent is spilling on to the manufacturing sector as well.TEXTILE & GARMENTS20% revenue growthThe survey covered 109 units in thesector which employs 18,04,376 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…1,46,065 new jobsThe macro-environment may have turned tight with interest rates hardening, but there is little likelihood of a downturn in economic activity in the near future as companies are relying more on non-banking sources for their capital expenditure needs. As a result, higher interest rates are not expected to significantly impact investment and employment activity.The analysis by the Asian Development Bank, based on the numbers in the latest National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report on employment, indicates that the employment growth rate has picked up from 1 per cent between 1993-94 and 1999-2000 to 2.8 per cent during 1999-2000 and 2004.TELECOM & LOGISTICS43% revenue growthThe survey covered 77 units in thesector which employs 29,16,629 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…93,936 new jobsManufacturing saw the steepest employment increase at 5.8 per cent, which was followed by services at 3.9 per cent. The higher employment rate in the economy has also benefited those with less than secondary school qualifications. In fact, those who have studied until middle school are the biggest gainers from the growth in employment, capturing 42 per cent of the 70 million jobs that came up between 1999-2000 and 2004. For those who are wondering where to look for that dream job, the wait ends now. Looking for a job won’t be akin to finding a needle in a hay stack. The INDIA TODAY-Ma Foi Employment Trends Survey puts 16 sectors under the scanner to understand how many people will be added in 2007. Market research agency TNS Mode surveyed 1,294 units across all major industry segments, geographical areas, size, class, and ownership types to get a fix on how many new jobs would be created.The results of the survey indicate employment in organised sector is growing rapidly, after years of stagnation. Corporate India is expected to create 8,22,456 new jobs in 2007, across 16 sectors. All the sectors will witness growth in employment, except the banking and finance verticals. This is mainly because private banks are riding high on retail business, while the growth of public sector banks has been significantly lower. The employment fall is most marked in this sector on account of VRS as well as attrition not compensated by increased hiring.advertisementMEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT20% revenue growthThis nascent sector of economy has seenphenomenal growth. In 2007, new channelsand radio stations are expected to create…20,000 new jobsThe star performer of India Inc for job creation is the IT and ITES sector, which will create the maximum jobs, followed by textile and garment manufacturing, real estate and construction, transport and communication. Explains Satish Pradhan, executive vice-president, group HR, Tata Sons, “There is a growth story unfolding in India and this growth has intensified due to industrialisation, driven by domestic and international consumption.” Currently, there are 150 million Indians at an approximate income level of Rs 1.5 lakh per annum and by 2011, over 750 million will be in this income slab, which will drive consumption considerably. This class, also known as the mass affluent Indians, is getting better jobs and fatter pay cheques. IT SERVICES & ITES: The year 2005 witnessed the coming of age of the Indian IT multinationals, with the traditionally Indiacentric, indigenous players beginning to build noticeable presence in other locations-through cross-border acquisitions, onshore contract wins and organic growth in other low-cost locations. In keeping with past trends, the biggest employment generator this year will be the IT-ITES sector. The industry is likely to record $47.8 billion in annual revenues in 2007, an increase of nearly 28 per cent, taking the sector’s contribution to overall GDP to 5.4 per cent from 4.8 per cent last year. Multinational companies have announced investments to the tune of $10 billion in 2006-07, which will be invested over the next few years. By 2010, the IT and ITES industries aim to grow to $60 billion, which will mean an addition of 5,00,000 new jobs over the next three years.AVIATION25% revenue growthIndia has added 135 new aircraft intwo years. In 2007, private airlinesare expected to create…8,000 new jobsAccording to the survey, this sector will add over 1,58,735 people over the next 12 months. However, increases in employment due to off shoring are not being adequately captured in this survey as some of that is through offshore arms of Indian multinationals. Be it Wipro or Cognizant, the fourth biggest IT services provider in India, almost every IT company is adding to its head-count. NASSCOM projections show that the employment base of the software sector will touch 1.6 million in 2007, with big boys of IT services and their business process outsourcing (BPO) arms recruiting generously.Cognizant plans to add a net of 17,200 professionals in calendar 2007, taking its global headcount to at least 56,000, from 38,800 in December 2006. Says Bhaskar Das, vice-president, HR: “Over 85 per cent of the hiring will happen in India, of both freshers and experienced professionals.” IT services companies typically look for engineers or science graduates at the entry level with a compensation of Rs 2.4 lakh per annum, while the lateral placements (that of experienced professionals) could range from project managers to vertical heads. IT services giant Wipro’s growth momentum is likely to be the same as last year. It recruited 15,000 people across its software and BPO businesses and Pratik Kumar, head of its HR, expects to add almost the same number this year.CHEMICALS & PHARMA10% revenue growthThe survey covered 174 units in thesector which employs 7,26,163 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…39,968 new jobsIn an industry where attrition is in the range of 14-20 per cent, recruitment is not easy. In order to find the right kind of people, Cognizant is aggressively following the employee-referral programme. Approximately 51 per cent of Cognizant’s lateral hiring last year came from this programme, which translates into more than 3,000 professionals joining from this route. Cognizant encourages its employees, to “bring in” their friends and peers, with incentives up to Rs 50,000.From malls to night clubs, the BPO firms are all over the place, looking for people. In order to shatter the college canteen atmosphere, companies like WNS have started the concept of familiarisation trips for potential employees so that they know what a BPO job means. Explains Anirudh Limaye, HR manager at WNS: “It is important for people to understand that this is a serious business and not about fun.”Thanks to the shortage of talented manpower, companies like Wipro are even hiring young science graduates and putting them on the job where they acquire software skills by day and attend lectures of BITS Pilani professors by night. At the end of four years, these science graduates not only have a job with Wipro but also have an engineering degree to boot.AUTOMOBILE & AUTO COMPONENTS: While the software growth story has been unfolding for a while, the next big story is automobiles and components. The survey estimates that this sector will see 20,946 new jobs in 2007. With India slated to become a large auto market and an export hub for small cars, the world’s leading automobile companies are setting up manufacturing facilities in India. At the end of 2004-05, the total sales of passenger vehicles-cars, utility vehicles and multi-utility vehicles- crossed the 1 million-mark to touch 1.06 million, with exports of 1,66,000 vehicles. According to estimates, India will take over Germany in sales volumes by 2010 and Japan by 2012. The Indian auto component industry is also estimated to grow exponentially over the next few years as the country emerges as a auto hub, due to its engineering skills.FMCG & DURABLES9% revenue growthThe survey covered 73 units in the sectorwhich employs 18,53,596 people. In2007, it is expected to create…56,801 new jobs advertisementadvertisementThe biggest recruiters in this sector will be the new automobile manufacturing facilities of domestic and global companies. The sector has seen two big joint ventures, new manufacturing facilities by leading auto companies and green-field plants by auto component makers like Bharat Forge. The Mahindra & Mahindra, Nissan and Renault joint venture will invest Rs 4,000 crore in a facility, which will produce cars at a plant near Chennai. The plant will produce models for all the three partners, with capacity to produce 4,00,000 cars and utility vehicles. The M&M-Renault venture will add about 2,000 people and most of the employees will either have engineering talent or line expertise. Bulk of the new employees will be at the entry level, graduate trainees, who will either be groomed for management positions for the flagship or they will be engineers and science students for Tech Mahindra. Says Rajiv Dubey, group human resource head: “The group is in an expansion phase and will be recruiting a large number of people. People for the auto joint venture would have to have production experience and engineering skills.”AUTO & COMPONENTS12% revenue growthThe survey covered 74 units in the sector which employs 4,88,072 people. In 2007, it is expected to create…20,946 new jobsAnother such ambitious joint venture is between the Tatas and Italian car giant Fiat. The alliance, with aggregate investments of over Rs 4,000 crore, will create a facility at Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, with capacities to produce in excess of 1,00,000 cars and 2,00,000 engines and transmissions yearly. Both Fiat and Tata vehicles will be manufactured at the same facility. Says Anurag Jain, managing director of the Rs 1,500-crore auto-component company Endurance Group: “Auto and auto components industry will need high quality talent in all areas ranging from design and development, manufacturing, quality to sales and marketing.” The bulk of recruitment will be in the junior and middle levels. Primarily, people with good technical trade skills as well as bright engineers are going to be in demand in this sector.Companies have tie-ups in place to create their own talent pipeline. Bharat Forge, for instance, has partnered with BITS Pilani and University of Warwick, UK, to help its employees attain degrees in manufacturing management. Not only do professors come down for weekend courses but employees are also given one week in a month off to study. All this is creating the stickiness for employees.MANUFACTURING: India’s brick and mortar sector is shining too. Be it petro products, garments, packaged foods or colas, all companies engaged in their production are on a hiring spree. According to the survey, companies producing beverages, cigarettes and food products will recruit over 56,901 people in this calendar year, while those in the manufacture of wood products, furniture, jewellery, sports goods will add 69,912 people.RETAIL & TRADE30% revenue growthThe survey covered 98 units in the sectorwhich employs 6,39,384 people. In2007, it is expected to create…48,705 new jobsFor the first time in the last 10 years, industrial growth in India has exceeded 10 per cent. Also, for the first time ever, the manufacturing rate of growth has exceeded 12 per cent in six months (April-September 2006). Manufacturing accounts for about 80 per cent of India’s industrial production, while mining and electricity account for approximately 10 per cent each. Consumer durables and non-durables have also shown record upward trends. Consumer goods have recorded a high growth of 12.5 per cent with 12.6 per cent growth in durables and 12.5 per cent growth in non-durables. All these figures are now adding up to new jobs in each of these sectors.Besides consumption-led growth, job creation is expected to get a boost by the numerous special economic zones (SEZs) that are coming up. According to a study conducted by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), SEZs are the best tools to improve India’s social and industrial infrastructure. Close to 30 SEZs are already operational which provide direct employment to 0.15 million people and indirect employment to many more.Reliance Industries, the biggest player in the petrochemicals and petroleum business and a promoter of two big SEZs, plans to aggressively recruit for its new refinery coming up in Jamnagar by 2008. The new refinery, which is an SEZ, will add about 2,200 people in 2007. Says V.V. Bhatt, HR head: “Over the last few months, Reliance has added over 2,800 people and we will add about 5,000 people this year. We have a bias for engineers, so the new positions too will look at engineering talent or science graduates who we can train.” The group, which is also facing the heat of attrition, offers a massive project completion bonus to employees engaged in new projects, which is double their annual salaries. This apart, Reliance is also setting up an engineering college in Gujarat, which will be a deemed university and will supply manpower.REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION: A sunrise sector, it has billions of dollars in investments. Research estimates say that Indian real estate market is expected to grow from the current $14 billion to $102 billion in the next 10 years. According to ICICI Bank, the main growth thrust is due to favourable demographics, increasing purchasing power, existence of customer-friendly banks and housing finance companies, professionalism in real estate and favourable reforms initiated by the Government to attract global investors.  “For auto JV, people must have engineering skills.”Rajiv Dubey Group HR Head, M&M “Growth has intensified due to consumption.”Satish Pradhan Executive V-P, Group HR, Tata Sons Indian real estate has huge potential in almost every sector, be it commercial, residential, retail, industrial, hospitality or healthcare. Commercial office space requirement is led by the burgeoning outsourcing and IT industry. Estimated demand from IT/ITES sector alone is expected to be 150 million sq ft of space across major cities by 2010. In residential sector, there is a housing shortage of 19.4 million units out of which 6.7 million are in urban India. The increase in purchasing power and exposure to organised retail have redefined the consumption pattern and as a result the country has experienced mushrooming of retail projects. All this means more jobs. The industry would require individuals with finance, marketing and communications. The sector will see employment creation to the tune of 1,19,153, a huge number after IT and ITES sector. And for those interested in a career in real estate, the Promoters and Builders’ Association of Poona is setting up an academy that will train and assist individuals as well as existing developers, who wish to professionalise their operations.RETAIL: It is the next big thing in India, with the Birlas, the Ambanis and the Mittals getting into it. The good news is that it will also be people-intensive. Till recently, the sector was a chaotic mix of mom-pop shops and branded outlets. In 2000, global management consultancy AT Kearney estimated that it would grow to Rs 8,00,000 crore by 2005-an annual increase of 20 per cent. As of now, only Rs 20,000 crore of the market is organised which means there is huge potential. According to another study conducted by CRISIL Research and Information Services, the organised retail industry in India is expected to grow 25-30 per cent annually and will triple in size from Rs 35,000 crore in 2004-05 to Rs 1,09,000 crore by 2010. “We will double employee strength by 2008.”Sanjay Jog HR Head, Future GroupWith players like the Future Group doubling their stores from 150 to 350 in tier II and tier III cities by 2008, the need for manpower will only increase. “We will double employee strength from 17,000 to 34,000 by 2008,” says Sanjay Jog, HR head at the group. This is one industry that recruits maximum at the shop floor level. For its management needs, retail industry is recruiting from business schools like Welingkars, which are offering retail specific courses. All eyes are now set on the Reliance Group, which currently has 80 stores operational across Hyderabad, NCR, Jaipur, Ranchi, Chennai and now Bangalore. The company aims to recruit over five lakh employees by 2010.Aditya Birla Group and Bharti are finalising plans for their roll-out. This should drive recruitment higher by 2007-end. The need for talent is not only at the managerial level but also at the store level. With most retailers looking at managing exhaustive cold chains to feed their stores, people with agricultural degrees and plantation experience will be sought-after. For instance, the Future Group has tied up with universities and colleges that offer specialisation in agricultural business in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Punjab. All this opens up huge potential in the logistics sector which will manage the supply chain for retail outlets.It is not just IT and brick and mortar companies which are on the hunt. Emerging sectors too are big employers. With new airports and airlines, the booming aviation industry will absorb thousands of trained professionals as the country’s fleet strength increases to 500-550 by 2010. Add the hospitality sector which is riding piggy back on aviation. With occupancy levels touching 75 per cent as foreign tourist arrivals record the 4.5 millionmark, the sector too is on an expansion spree. With new budget and luxury spas on the planning boards, recruitment will only spiral. Keeping in line with India’s demographics, sectors like entertainment and media are expected to boom to cater to the 500 million youngsters. India is already the third largest television market in the world and will only grow. By the end of 2007, 600 radio stations will be on air across 100-odd cities, requiring at least 20,000 professionals only for these stations.It is a good time to be young and in the job market. Boom Town rapClick here to EnlargeSurvey MethodologyThe SurveyTNS Mode conducted a survey of 1,294 units across all major industry segments, geographical areas, size class, and ownership types. It involved both visits and telephonic conversations with senior HR managers and in some cases CEOs of the firms.Data SourcesData from various sources have been used for this study. Historical data on the manufacturing sector have been culled from various rounds of the Annual Survey of Industries and publications of the Central Statistical Organisation. In some cases, industry association data have also been used. This has been supplemented and crosschecked with data from sources such as the Statistical Outline of India, data from various surveys of the National Sample Survey Organisation and Labour Statistics of India.The above sources have the advantage of almost universal coverage of the organised sector within their specific domains. However, they suffer from two significant gaps. First, most of these secondary sources are not up-to-date. To make data more up-to-date, figures on output growth from IIP as well as sectoral GDP were used to supplement that data. Second, areas such as health, education, and other such services are not covered by any data source with universal coverage. Therefore, some sectors have had to be left out from the analysis frame. Efforts are currently on to find solutions to these data gaps such that future METS have universal coverage of the organised sector in India. Once estimates of employment as of December 2006 are obtained, estimates drawn from a primary survey conducted on organised sector establishments during December 2006 and early January 2007 on their expectations related to employment increases are used.last_img read more

Indonesia Open: Kidambi Srikanth stuns World No. 1 Son Wan Ho to enter final

first_imgIndian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth booked his place in the Indonesia Open Super Series Badminton tournament finals after producing a spectacular performance to defeat Son Wan Ho of Korea in an intense semi-final contest here in Jakarta on Saturday.In a gruelling last-four contest that lasted for 73 minutes, Srikanth defeated the second-seed 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 to set up the summit clash against Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.The Indian shuttler, who had produced a rich vein of form as he swept aside Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-14 in a one-sided quarterfinal clash yesterday, came out with a strong performance as he won the first game rather comfortably 21-15 against Wan Ho.Srikanth continued his form in the second game as well leading 5-2 before the World No. 1 made a comeback to close the gap to a solitary point at the break, Srikanth leading 11-10.The Korean then went along in the second half of the game as he dominated Srikanth, and eventually closed the game 21-14.The third game went on neck and neck as Wan Ho took a slender lead at the break, 11-10 and then a three point lead at 13-10.However, both matched each other point for point as they were tied 15-all and later 18-all.A HawkEye call by Wan Ho was overruled with the 22nd ranked Indian trailing 20-19 at match point and the third game was tied at 20-all.Srikanth then had three match points but the Wan Ho showed why he is the number one ranked player with his grit and class and came back every time to level the match up.advertisementThe 24-year-old from Hyderabad, however, brought an end to what was a marathon match on his fourth match point and entered his second consecutive Super Series final.Earlier, Sakai defeated India’s HS Prannoy 21-17, 26-28, 18-21 in a gruelling last-four contest that lasted for one hour and sixteen minutes to enter the finals.The Indian shuttler, who had stunned World and Olympic Champion Chen Long of China to enter the semifinals, won the first game 21-17 but his Japanese opponent came out with a more aggressive approach in the second game to build an early lead.However, Prannoy stuck to his natural game and clawed his way back to take an 18-17 lead. From then on the lead kept shuttling between the two till the Japanese edged out the mammoth game 28-26.Sakai, who is ranked 20 places lower to Prannoy, came out strong in the final game and built a healthy lead. However, the Indian came back again and took the lead which Sakai, holding on is nerves in the final stages, won the game 21-18 to seal the final berth.Both Prannoy and Sakai were appearing in their first Super Series semi-final. Their only previous meeting was at the Indonesia Open in 2013, where Sakai won 21-13, 14-21, 21-17.last_img read more

Latest On The Status Of Michigan Star Chase Winovich

first_imgmichigan star chase winovich celebrates a win over wisconsinANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Chase Winovich and his injury status are one of the biggest storylines heading into kickoff at Ohio State-Michigan this afternoon. Here’s the latest on the status of the Wolverines’ star defensive player.Michigan’s star senior was injured during last week’s victory, though Jim Harbaugh said things were looking promising for Winovich moving forward.Winovich has been questionable for the Ohio State game all week, with details surrounding his status being pretty scarce.The Michigan star defender has been hinting at his status on social media, though.Winovich posted the following image on his Instagram account last night:Take this for what you will, but Chase Winovich has this in his Instagram story pic.twitter.com/SfHHW2UTfU— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) November 24, 2018That’s certainly interesting.Winovich’s teammates believe he’ll be on the field with them come kickoff, too.Michigan’s star quarterback, Shea Patterson, told reporters earlier in the week that he thought Winovich would play against Ohio State.“You’d have to kill him to take him out,” Patterson said. “I’m not sure on the progress yet, but he’s a tough guy.“I’ve talked to him. He says he’s feeling better. I’d assume he’d play but you never know the severity of it. Knowing him, I think he’ll play.”We’ll likely get a final update on Winovich and his playing status sometime before kickoff.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Grooming Sets Are a No-Brainer Father’s Day Gift

first_img Surf Legend Laird Hamilton Has His Own Natural Supplement Brand For the Age Conscious Dad:Lab Series MAX LS Luxury Solution Kit$160, labseries.comYour father’s wrinkles are partly due to the stress-inducing antics of your youth so why not give him something to help reduce them. This anti-aging skincare will do the trick.What you get: Lab Series MAX LS Daily Renewing Cleanser, Age-Less Power V Lifting Cream and Instant Eye Lift, plus toiletry bag Does your dad or a dad you know like to look and/or smell nice? Are you still finding it difficult to figure out the perfect gift to celebrate all the things he does as a father? This is where sets come in because someone has done the work of assembling an excellent selection of products for you. Easy, right? We’ve gone ahead and found ten excellent kits for you. So now all you have to do is press a couple of buttons to snag an excellent present for pop. Being a parent is hard work but that doesn’t mean finding a gift for said parent has to be.For the Hirsute Dad:The Lodge – The Beardsman Mankit$75, lodgegoods.comYour dad has been sporting a beard since the Williamsburg set was a twinkle in some dude’s eye. But if his grooming habits are still circa 70s, then it might be time to introduce him to beard maintenance 2.0 and this set provides everything he needs.What you get: BeardScent Balm, BeardBuddy Beard Wash, BeardBrand Beard Oil, BeardBrand Moustache Wax and Beard Comb For the High Maintenance Dad:Byredo/Oliver Peoples Set$530, byredo.comYour father put up with a lot of your crap. You owe him. Luckily, Byredo, creator of incredible fragrances, has teamed up with Oliver Peoples, maker of fancy eyewear, to create a seriously cool sunglasses and scent set that will hopefully make your father forget about that time he bailed you out of jail.What you get:  Byredo Oliver Peoples EDP and Oliver Peoples sunglasses For the Globetrotting Dad:Baxter of California Want Les Essentials de la Vie Grooming Set and Wash Bag$250, mrporter.comThis all-in-one-place kit is the perfect go to bag for your well-traveled pop. All his grooming needs come in TSA-approved sizes and stashed in a heavy-duty canvas dopp kit that’s designed to withstand hardcore adventures.What you get: Baxter of California Facial Scrub, Super Close Shave Formula, After Shave Balm, Oil Free Moisturizer, Cream Pomade and tortoiseshell comb and Want Les Essentials de la Vie wash bag For the Dial Soap Loving Dad:Marianella Three Soap Luxury Gift Box for Him$48, marianellasoap.comDoes your father’s knowledge of grooming extend as far as a gnarly bar of soap? Enlighten him, but don’t push him too far past his comfort zone, with these nicely scented (re: not girly or medicinal), super moisturizing man soaps.What you get: Almendra, Lemonwood and Aura Elena Rejuvenating Face and Body Bars For the Outdoorsy Dad:Juniper Ridge Mountain Pack$130, juniperridge.comThis trio of wild-harvested goods will transport your nature-loving old man to his happy place—the woods.What you get: Big Sur Trail Soap and Backpacker’s Cologne and Siskiyou Cabin Spray Jim Beam Encourages Bonding Over Bourbon with the Ultimate Trip to Kentucky for $23 For the Hard to Please Dad:Birchbox Subscription $60 for a 3-month subscription, birchbox.com A Birchbox subscription is a gift that keeps on giving (for at least three months) and you can kick it off with this Father’s Day “Everyday Hero” box.What you get: Baxter of California hair cream, English Laundry Riviera fragrance, Jack Black shave cream, and an Izola soap dish, plus two additional boxes For the Posh Dad:Lafco Handcrafted Leather Dopp Kit$265, lafco.comYour dad takes his 30 year Scotch while sitting on a tufted leather sofa in his study slash fancy man cave. This smoky, woody scented three piece set is stashed in a luxe handmade dopp kit would feel right at home there.What you get: Lafco Feu de Bois Reparative Hand Cream, Bar Soap and Votive Candle and Waltzing Matilda artisanal black leather dopp kit Editors’ Recommendations 10 Father’s Day Gifts for Your Travel-Loving Pops For the Retro Dad:D.R. Harris 4 Piece Shaving Set$395, mrporter.comDoes your dad yearn for simpler, more gentile times? Appeal to his love of the good old days with this ye olde shave set from a brand established in 1790 while also acknowledging his need for convenience with a handle that fits a Mach 3.What you get:  Dr. Harris Starter razor and badger hair brush, chrome stand and lathering bowl How to Be the Coolest Dad on the Playground For the Clean-Shaven Dad:Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set$50, harrys.com Give your father a present he’ll always cherish (or at least won’t be able to re-gift). A razor and stand with his initials engraved on it—or you can get creative with the three characters.What you get: Winston Razor Handle, Razor Stand, Foaming Shave Gel or Shave Cream, 3 Blade Cartridges and a Travel Blade Cover For the Hip Dad:Blind Barber The Regimen$58, birchbox.comHe’s not a regular dad; he’s a cool dad. So get him a kit from the only barbershop slash bar in the country—Blind Barber. The cocktail inspired skincare and shave trio smells good, like a refreshing drink, and makes you look good to boot.What you get: Blind Barber Wild Watermint Facial Cleanser, Shave Cream and Aftershave Father’s Day Gifts for the Somewhat Fashionable Dadlast_img read more

Aboriginal justice forum tries to find solutions for Vancouvers Downtown Eastside

first_imgAPTN National NewsVancouver’s Downtown Eastside is plagued with crime, prostitution and drugs.Recently a forum on Aboriginal justice was held in the city.As APTN’s Tina House reports the goal is to come up with long term solutions for people who need help the most.last_img

US brands suffer collateral damage in Chinese corporate war

first_imgSHANGHAI – It was looking like a banner year for business in China. The U.S. clothing company was expecting a 20 per cent jump in online sales on Alibaba’s Tmall, thanks to the e-commerce giant’s massive reach.But executives soon learned that what Alibaba gives, it can also take away.The company refused to sign an exclusive contract with Alibaba, and instead participated in a big sale promotion with its archrival, JD.com Inc. Tmall punished them by taking steps to cut traffic to their storefront, two executives told The Associated Press. They said advertising banners vanished from prominent spots in Tmall sales showrooms, the company was blocked from special sales and products stopped appearing in top search results.The well-known American brand saw its Tmall sales plummet 10 to 20 per cent for the year.“Based on our sales record, we should have been in a prominent position, but we were at the bottom of the page,” said the brand’s e-commerce director, who spoke only on condition of anonymity for fear of further retaliation. “That’s a clear manipulation of traffic. That’s a clear punishment.”As the Trump administration pushes China to play by fair trade rules, companies are caught in a quieter but no less crucial struggle for fair access to a $610 billion online marketplace, an AP investigation has found.Executives from five major consumer brands told the AP that after they refused to enter exclusive partnerships with Alibaba, traffic to their Tmall storefronts fell, hurting sales. Three are American companies with billions in annual sales that rely on China for growth.In a statement, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said pursuing exclusive deals is a common industry practice and called the charges of coercion “completely false.”“Alibaba and Tmall conduct business in full compliance with Chinese laws,” Alibaba said. “Like many e-commerce platforms, we have exclusive partnerships with some of the merchants on Tmall. The merchant decides to choose such an arrangement because of the attractive services and value Tmall brings to them.”Imagine a company twice as profitable as Amazon that each year serves more people than live in all of North America. That’s Alibaba. It claims to be the marketplace for nearly $550 billion a year in sales — more than is sold online in the entire U.S. economy.The trials of the affected companies offer a rare window onto a bruising business culture forged in China that could spread as Alibaba takes its aggressive, innovative and hugely profitable model of e-commerce global. To the extent that their products are manufactured in the United States — and some are — constricting sales in China’s critical growth market can also deepen the imbalance of trade between China and the U.S., a gap that is a top concern for the Trump administration.The competition between Alibaba and JD.com is so infamous in China — and so dirty — it’s been dubbed the “great cat-and-dog war,” after Tmall’s black-cat mascot and JD.com’s white dog.The executives spoke to the AP only on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, but their concerns were echoed by a U.S. industry group, brand consultants and policy makers in China and JD.com itself.In a speech about cyberspace last week, Chinese president Xi Jinping said ensuring free and fair competition online was a regulatory priority, citing the need “to cultivate a fair market environment, strengthen intellectual property protection, and oppose monopoly and unfair competition,” state media reported.In its months-long investigation, the AP interviewed more than 30 people and reviewed two contracts from Alibaba that contained previously unreported exclusivity clauses. The AP found that the platforms that control access to Chinese consumers online wield such enormous power that even multibillion-dollar foreign companies can have trouble fighting back.“We urge the authorities to quickly investigate and take steps to ensure such practices are eliminated from the growing Chinese marketplace,” said Stephen Lamar, executive vice-president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, adding that members of his industry group had complained about unfair competitive practices by Alibaba.JD.com is a member and sponsor of the trade group.Wang Hongbo, a consultant who helps Chinese brands sell online abroad, echoed the problems cited by the companies who spoke to AP.“Many brands complained about this to us. Because they didn’t fall in line, they faced restrictions on Tmall,” he said.It’s not clear whether Alibaba’s actions would be illegal, nor is it certain that the evidence of coercion that brands have managed to collect would hold up in court. Under China’s anti-monopoly laws, companies that dominate a market cannot demand exclusivity without justification. A 2015 regulation also specifically bars e-commerce platforms from restricting brands’ participation in promotions on other platforms.The rules are designed to prevent dominant players from squeezing out the competition, which could ultimately hurt both brands and consumers by giving a single, monopolistic player absolute control over prices.JD.com said that over 100 Chinese brands defected last year due to pressure from its main rival, an assertion Alibaba and some brands have contested. The exodus appears to have had a lasting impact.“Based on the feedbacks we received from these merchants, the move was mainly due to the coercive tactics from our competition, which if proven true would be illegal and clearly against the merchants’ will,” said Sidney Huang, JD.com’s chief financial officer, said in a November earnings call.Peacebird, a Chinese fashion company, is among those that left JD.com last year. But Weng Jianghong, the company’s general manager of e-commerce, said Alibaba had not coerced them and the decision to focus on Tmall was strategic.“We will centralize and develop the limited resources of our company on Tmall,” he said.Many companies, including JD.com, do exclusive deals. However, JD.com maintains that it doesn’t strategically push merchants for exclusivity.“We support fair and open competition because greater choice is always better for brands and users,” JD.com said in a statement. “We are winning over customers by providing a superior shopping experience, rather than by limiting the options of brands or consumers.”JD.com is still trying to get brands to return. “We do believe there will be more merchants coming back,” Huang said in a call last month with analysts. “But I do not expect a very quick fix.”PLAY OR PAYTmall controlled six of every 10 dollars spent overall for business-to-consumer sales online in China in the second half of last year — and even more for sectors like apparel — giving it enormous power over companies that rely on Alibaba for access to Chinese consumers online.The contracts reviewed by AP offered a suite of benefits in exchange for exclusivity. One contract specified that brands must not operate storefronts on other e-commerce platforms without Tmall’s written permission. The other contract mandated that new products not be launched on competing platforms and barred brands from sales promotions on other platforms without Tmall’s written permission.Such sales events are the lifeblood of online commerce in China. The country’s massive Singles Day promotion in November, which started as an anti-Valentine’s Day gimmick, is now the world’s largest e-commerce event. Last year, Alibaba said $25 billion worth of merchandise was sold on its platforms alone, compared with just $14.5 billion in total online sales in the U.S. for Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, according to data from Adobe Systems Inc.Brands cited commercial, ideological and legal reasons for refusing to cut off business with JD.com.Some said that different people shop in different ways on JD.com and Tmall, so cutting off JD.com means cutting off access to a pool of potential shoppers.“It’s clear from the data we look at these are distinct consumer pools,” said the China head of a publicly-traded company. “If I lost the JD business I would lose a certain part of that business. Another part is on principle: This is blatant anticompetitive behaviour.”Others cited legal concerns. “We didn’t want to go for it in part because we thought it might be an illegal agreement in restraint of trade,” said an executive for a second publicly-traded company.“We’re chided when we participate in promotional events on other platforms,” he added. “What’s never said but actually happens when we don’t co-operate in the way they want us to is our traffic falls. It’s not a coincidence.”Two companies said they granted concessions to Alibaba, agreeing to exclusive product launches, raising their prices on JD.com, or removing ads promoting JD.com sales. Traffic to their Tmall shops rebounded. One company said it ultimately closed its flagship on JD.com to salvage Tmall sales.“You have to go beg,” said the China director of a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded company.THE GREAT CAT-AND-DOG WARTmall and JD.com have different business models but they are increasingly pushing onto each other’s turf.Alibaba’s online marketplaces connect buyers and sellers. Alibaba earns money from advertising, as well as commissions and fees. JD.com runs a similar marketplace but, like Amazon, also buys products from brands, then sells and distributes the merchandise itself.Alibaba has taken aim at JD.com’s long-standing dominance in electronics, while JD.com hopes to cut into Tmall’s core apparel category. Both have expanded into groceries and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into acquisitions to extend their reach into brick-and-mortar businesses.The result is an escalating turf fight that carries a chilling message for brands: Either you’re with us or against us. The Chinese have a name for this unwritten rule, “er xuan yi,” choose one of two.“‘Choose one of two’ is a tacit understanding that has been reached by everyone, but you do not say it directly,” said Zhuo Saijun, who until 2015 was a general manager of e-commerce research at Analysys Ltd., a Beijing-based big data consultancy. “This is certainly a problem for the development of retail sales channels. It is a business ethics problem, and this is how monopolies develop.”Some policymakers have raised concerns about monopolistic tendencies in Chinese e-commerce and called for more effective regulation and enforcement.“Unfair competition still exists,” Wang Bingnan, a deputy director at China’s Ministry of Commerce, said in a June speech about China’s e-commerce market. “Behaviours like forced ‘choose one of two,’” he added, “are hard for regulators to define, prove or deal with accurately.”JD.com has complained about anticompetitive tactics before. In 2015, the company filed a complaint with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, a corporate regulator, accusing Alibaba of pressuring brands into doing exclusive Singles Day sales promotions — a charge Alibaba denied. The complaint was kicked to a regional office in Zhejiang province, where Alibaba has its headquarters.Nothing more was ever heard about it.The regulators did not respond to requests for comment.Alibaba said that while JD.com focuses “on groundless complaints to explain why they are losing brands, we at Alibaba are squarely focused on making our platform the best for our merchants.”MR. MA GOES GLOBALThe battles now being waged within China’s e-commerce sector could well impact the culture and norms of e-commerce globally — at least if Alibaba’s chairman, Jack Ma, has his way.Alibaba aims to serve 2 billion consumers by 2036 — or about one in four people now on the planet. Already, the value of goods sold on Alibaba’s platforms in fiscal year 2017 was $547 billion, larger than the gross domestic product of Sweden.In June, Ma told investors that his company will rank as the fifth largest economy in the world. “Just say USA, China, Europe, maybe Japan and us,” Ma said.The company has been aggressively recruiting foreign brands to sell on its platforms, and they have come, in droves. Alibaba said it signed up 60,000 international brands for its massive Single’s Day sale in November, up from 5,000 in 2015.Alibaba’s retail sales outside of China also are growing fast — they more than doubled last fiscal year to 7.3 billion yuan ($1.1 billion), or 5 per cent of total revenue.America remains at the heart of Ma’s ambition. He told president-elect Donald Trump in Jan. 2017 that he would create a million U.S. jobs by facilitating trade between businesses in the U.S and consumers in China — a pledge he now says is imperiled by the brewing trade war between the two countries.Brands now caught in the great cat and dog war have adopted different strategies to avoid becoming collateral damage.An e-commerce manager at a major European brand said she’d be happy to offer totally different products on Tmall and JD.com to stay out of trouble, but worries her bosses won’t go for it because it cuts off potential buyers.Sometimes, she said, it feels “like we’re working for those platforms.”___Associated Press writer Anne D’Innocenzio in Las Vegas and researchers Si Chen and Fu Ting in Shanghai contributed to this report.Follow Kinetz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ekinetzSend news tips, documents, etc. securely and confidentially to AP at https://securedrop.ap.org/last_img read more

ED files supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana CM names immovable assets

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala in connection with a money-laundering case on Thursday.The agency mentioned in the chargesheet that immovable assets worth Rs 3.68 crore were attached by it on April 13 in relation to four properties in Delhi, Panchkula and Sirsa. It said the investigation conducted so far under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had revealed that Chautala laundered the disproportionate assets by depositing illegal cash in the bank accounts of his and his family members. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The ED said this was done to avoid the back trail of money, merge the illegal cash with genuine income and show it as untainted. This laundered money was further used to purchase new properties or carry out construction on the already acquired properties. The chargesheet was filed before special judge Kamini Lau, who posted the matter for consideration on May 16. Referring to Chautala’s affidavits filed before the 2005 and 2009 Haryana Assembly polls, the agency said he had disclosed his assets to publicly Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kproject the tainted properties as untainted. “During the period between May 24, 1993 and May 5, 2006, O P Chautala, while functioning as a public servant (the CM of Haryana), allegedly acquired assets disproportionate to his income to the tune of Rs 6,09,79,026. The value of the disproportionate assets acquired by O P Chautala is in the form of various movable and immovable properties which constitutes ‘proceeds of crime’ in this case. “The calculation of these accumulated disproportionate assets of Chautala was based on oral and documentary evidence collected by the CBI during investigation and included all sources of income and expenses. Chautala had invested these disproportionately acquired assets mainly in the following properties…,” the chargesheet said.last_img read more

Bret Bielema Urban Meyer agree on rivalry game

Ohio State football won’t play its annual game against Michigan until Nov. 24 , but there’s a rivalry game this Saturday to tide the Buckeyes over. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema labeled this weekend’s matchup with the Buckeyes as a rivalry game Tuesday at the weekly Big Ten football coaches teleconference. “It’s a big one,” Bielema said. Last year, OSU upset then-No. 12 Wisconsin in a game that Bielema called “heartbreaking.” The year before, Wisconsin gave a then-No.1 OSU squad its only loss of the season. Dating back to 2005, either Wisconsin or OSU has won at least a share of the Big Ten conference title. “What makes a good rivalry is when two good teams play significant games,” said first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer. “Over the past decade, certainly in recent history, these two teams have been near the top of the Big Ten. That’s made this a very interesting rivalry.” The current landscape of the Big Ten conference has allowed the OSU-Wisconsin rivalry to blossom. The Buckeyes and Badgers are both members of the Leaders Division, guaranteeing a meeting between the programs every year. Meyer said he has no doubt that Wisconsin will always compete for the division championship, making the OSU and Wisconsin game a pivotal one in determining the Leaders Division champion for years to come. That will be the case this weekend; a win against Wisconsin, and OSU will be crowned as king of the Leaders Division. Badgers not holding back Because OSU and Penn State are ineligible from postseason play, Wisconsin secured a spot in the Big Ten Championship game last weekend with a win against Indiana .  But that doesn’t mean the Badgers will hold back this weekend against the Buckeyes. “Our goal year in and year out is to win our division,” Bielema said. “Obviously, we have to beat Ohio State for that to happen this year.” Nearly every year in the NFL, teams will rest their starters during the final weeks of the regular season once their playoff destinies are finalized. Bielema said, however, that the thought of benching his key players until the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 1 hadn’t even crossed his mind. “We would probably have a mutiny if I tried to take anyone out of the game,” Bielema said. “This is a chance to play the team that’s No. 1 in our division. I want to win in the worst way because Ohio State has set the standard for winning in this league.” Although the goal is to beat the Buckeyes, the Wisconsin coach said his team doesn’t need to win the division outright to legitimize their inevitable spot in the conference championship game. “We’re going to play the schedule that’s laid out,” Bielema said. “All we do is play the schedule that’s in front of us and live with the results.” read more

Football Fourstar defensive end Andrew Chatfield decommits from Ohio State

A little over two months after committing to Ohio State, four-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield reopened his recruiting process Monday evening.I just open my recruitment please respect my decision — Andrew Chatfield™ (@Drew_Chatfield) August 8, 2017The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native committed to the Buckeyes June 1. Two weeks ago, he received an offer from the Florida Gators, fueling speculation he might flip his commitment to the in-state program.Chatfield is the No. 297 overall play in his class and the 14th-best weakside defensive end, according to 247Sports composite rankings.Ohio State now has 16 commitments in its 2018 recruiting class. One defensive end – five-star Georgia native Brenton Cox – remains committed to the Buckeyes.

Football Ohio State comes in at No 10 in first College Football

The Buckeyes prepare to take to the field prior to the start of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) comes in ranked No. 10 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings released on Tuesday.Coming in behind No. 5 Michigan, the Buckeyes are the second-highest team in the rankings in the Big Ten, along with No. 14 Penn State and No. 16 Iowa.Ohio State is coming off a bye week, with its last game being a 49-20 loss to Purdue. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 8 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.Ohio State plays a home game against Nebraska at noon on Saturday.Here are the full rankings:1.) Alabama2.) Clemson3.) LSU4.) Notre Dame5.) Michigan6.) Georgia7.) Oklahoma8.) Washington State9.) Kentucky10.) Ohio State11.) Florida12.) UCF13.) West Virginia14.) Penn State15.) Utah16.) Iowa17.) Texas18.) Mississippi State19.) Syracuse20.) Texas A&M21.) NC State22.) Boston College23.) Fresno State24.) Iowa State25.) Virginia read more

Christmas cards survive the digital age by going upmarket

first_imgOnly 1,000 of these cards were printed and sold. At a shilling each they represented a luxury item at the time.By the 1870s the cost of sending Christmas cards, had dropped to half a penny, establishing them as popular tradition.One of the original cards, sent by Sir Henry Cole to his grandmother in 1843, was sold at auction in Devizes, Wiltshire for £20,000 in November 2001 – making it the most expensive Christmas card on record. Everyone predicted the end of the greetings card, but it’s the one area of print communication that proved extremely resilient.Sharon Little, chief executive of the Greetings Card Association The world’s first commercial Christmas card, commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and designed by John C Horsley, goes on display at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Telford, Shropshire, in 2011Credit:NTI Media Ltd / Rex Features A Gibson Doyle card retailing for £16.95 each When it came to Christmas greetings it used to be a case of picking a card from a charity multi-pack and jotting a quick festive message.But people are increasingly willing to spend considerably more on individual cards, choosing to buy fancier, more fashionable and altogether more expensive cards to send to a loved one.It appears that in an era when traditional handwritten letters are in decline the novelty of receiving a personal Christmas card has become all the more welcome. Festive cards at Harrods retail for as much as £24.95 for six (£4.15 each), or even £42.95 for eight (£5.36 each), while a set of Katie Leamon’s 12 days of Christmas cards sells for £25 at Harvey Nichols.On top of that is the continued desire for a personalised, handwritten message which can be hung on a mantlepiece, rather than an impersonal email which can be deleted with the press of a button.A study by the Royal Mail this month has found that  72 per cent of people who celebrate Christmas would prefer to receive printed cards.Only six per cent would rather get a festive greeting via social media and 10 per cent via text.Indeed more than 60 percent of people questioned still keep addresses and postcodes of friends and relatives written down in a physical address book.Mrs Little said: “Sending and receiving a greetings card is still a prized form of communication. There’s an emotional connection between people by something that is handwritten and expresses a personal message.“Furthermore a Christmas card can be hung up and re-read over the festive period, brightening up a house in a way an easily deleted email simply can’t.”Christmas Cards: A brief historyThe habit of sending festive greetings dates as far back as the Middle Ages, when worshippers began distributing wood prints with religious themes at Christmas.The custom of sending Christmas cards as we know them today took off in Britain from the 1840s onwards, when the first “Penny Post” postal deliveries began where launched.Indeed the first Christmas card was commissioned in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole, who had helped to introduce the Penny Post service three years earlier. It was designed by John Horsley to be printed and then hand-coloured, either by the sender or receiver.center_img The world's first commercial Christmas card, commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and designed by John C Horsley, goes on display at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Telford, Shropshire, in 2011 A Gibson Doyle card retailing for £16.95 each Latest figures show that 105 million individually sold cards have been bought this year and although that number has remained the same the amount spent on each card has gone up.UK consumers have spent £184 million on 105 million individual cards this year, £15 million more than in 2015, according to the Greetings Card Association.And despite the long-heralded death of the Christmas card in the face of e-mailed greetings and postings on social media, the total number of cards, individual and multi-pack, sold this year has dropped by only 10 million ( 0.01 per cent) to 1.05 billion.The GCA estimates the total value of UK Christmas card sales this year to be worth £384 million.Sharon Little, chief executive of the GCA, said: “People are sending slightly fewer cards but are spending more on the ones they are sending to family and close friends.“Everyone predicted the end of the greetings card because of the fashion for digital. But it’s the one area of print communication that proved extremely resilient.”Industry experts put this down to a vogue for more personalised or bespoke Christmas cards, hand made by small-scale artists and frequently sold through high end stationers and department stores.The online handmade card retailer Gibson Doyle sells a range of individual Christmas cards for as much as £18.95 each. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Vive Targi Kielce – Mistrz Polski

← Previous Story Ljubomir Vranjes is new Serbian headcoach! Next Story → Karabatic and Liscevic MVP in France! VIVE TARGI KIELCE BECOME POLISH CHAMPION AFTER DEFEATING WISLA PLOCK IN THE THIRD MATCH IN PLOCK!Third match of the Polish play-offs belonged to Vive Kielce. Kielce beat Wisła Płock 27:24 and won their 10. Polish Champions title. As much as previous matches had more or less similar course, beginning of the third match was nothing like it. Kielce started brilliantly from the very beginning and gained considerable advantage. It may have seemed that the game would not bring any excitement but defending champions slowed down and Wisła stared catching up. Both teams had their good and bad phases and result was changing all the time from 6 goal to 2 goal advantage of Kielce. Even though the course of the match was different, half time result was exactly the same as in 2 previous matches – Vive’s 3 goal advantage. Second half brought much more nerves than it could have been expected. Kielce were still leading but they played worse, especially in attack, while Wisła seemed to improve. Płock were getting closer and closer but they did not manage to draw. In one moment both teams gave their fans a show of missed chances; it was Kielce that scored at last and got 2 goal advantage. Last minutes belonged to Iskra; they did not let go lead until the final whistle. The top scorer for Kielce was Michał Jurecki (9) and for Wisla Valentin Ghionea (8).TEXT: Martyna Usnarska Michal Jureckimistrz polskiPolish HandballValentin Ghioneavive kielce read more

Google buys Modu modular smartphone patents

first_imgBack in 2008 there was an Israeli company by the name of Modu going in a very different direction to anyone else with its smartphone designs. Rather than come up with a single smartphone unit, the company instead decided to produce a tiny phone module that could be plugged into different functionality jackets.Unlike other smartphones where you keep them for a couple of years and then get a new one, Modu gave you a core module, and let you buy the jackets that fitted your needs as and when they came to market. Or you could buy multiple jackets to fit different situations such as a large display touchscreen jacket for gaming, or a low power small jacket for work. There was even a plan to let the module plug into a laptop for 3G Internet.The idea was sound, but the implementation took far longer than it should have with more than a year passing before we heard anything from Modu again after that initial idea launch.Skip forward to today and the company has had its doors closed for a few months having run out of cash in January. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing of value left in Modu’s assets, and Google has decided to buy its patent portfolio for $4.9 million. While that money will be used to pay off Modu’s debts and give ex-staff money they are owed, Google now has itself a few dozen new patents to play with.What intrigues us is what Google intends to do with those patents. We don’t know specifics, but they must relate in some way to modular phone designs and communications between devices. Could a future Nexus smartphone have such functionality and accessories? Otherwise, Google may have just spotted a few gems in the patent collection it was worth getting hold off for future patent battles with other companies.Read more at BGRlast_img read more

Marée noire du gaz a aussi fui dans le golfe du Mexique

first_imgMarée noire : du gaz a aussi fui dans le golfe du MexiqueLa marée noire provoquée l’an dernier par l’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière du groupe BP a entraîné non seulement la dispersion de 4 millions de barils de pétrole mais également le rejet de près de 500.000 tonnes d’hydrocarbures gazeux.Le 20 avril 2010, la plateforme pétrolière de la société BP explosait, laissant s’échapper en trois mois 4 millions de barils de pétrole dans l’océan. Mais une étude qui vient d’être réalisée par Samantha Joye de l’université de Georgie, indique que des gaz d’hydrocarbures se sont également déversés dans le golfe du Mexique. Si les rejets de gaz d’hydrocarbures ne sont pas comptabilisés, l’évaluation d’une marée noire est faussée. Or, les calculs indiquent que les déversements atteignent entre 1,6 et 3,1 millions de barils équivalent pétrole.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merDans le cas de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon, l’explosion qui a eu lieu à 1.480 mètres de fond a subi les contraintes d’importantes pressions et de basses températures. Cela a entraîné la libération de gaz d’hydrocarbures à une profondeur comprise entre 1.000 et 1.300 mètres. Ils sont, à cette distance, digérés par différents microorganismes ou bien ils s’oxydent, entrainant la raréfaction de l’oxygène.Les chercheurs américains expliquent que “l’oxydation microbienne du méthane et des autres alcanes élimine l’oxygène du système pendant un certain temps parce que la reconstitution de l’oxygène à cette profondeur prendra de nombreuses décennies”, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Mais comme tous les hydrocarbures participent à cette hypoxie, il est difficile de déterminer quelle part est imputable aux gaz et laquelle est imputable au pétrole brut. Le 14 février 2011 à 13:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lutilisation dembryon humain désormais interdite de brevet en Europe

first_imgL’utilisation d’embryon humain désormais interdite de brevet en EuropeMardi, la justice européenne a décidé d’interdire de breveter à des fins de recherche scientifique tout procédé utilisant un embryon humain et entrainant sa destruction. Un arrêt critiqué par les chercheurs et qui aura des conséquences pour l’industrie pharmaceutique du continent.Il y a plusieurs mois, la Cour fédérale de justice allemande avait saisi les juges de l’Union européenne pour fournir une décision dans l’affaire concernant le professeur Oliver Brüstle de l’Institut de neurobiologie reconstructive de Bonn. En 1997, ce spécialiste a fait breveter un procédé permettant de créer à partir de cellules souches embryonnaires des cellules précurseurs neurales utilisées pour traiter des maladies neurodégénératives. Une technique que l’organisation Greenpeace avait jugée inacceptable, demandant à la justice allemande son annulation. Mais une fois cette dernière accordée, la Cour fédérale saisie en appel par le chercheur a décidé de s’adresser à la juridiction de Luxembourg, afin de statuer sur l’interprétation de la notion d’embryon humain. Hier, la Cour européenne a ainsi rendu son verdict : il est désormais interdit de breveter à des fins de recherche scientifique tout procédé qui utilise “le prélèvement de cellules souches obtenues à partir d’un embryon humain au stade du blastocyste et qui entraîne la destruction de l’embryon”. Les juges ont également précisé que la notion d’embryon humain devait être comprise “largement”. Autrement dit, “tout ovule humain doit, dès le stade de sa fécondation, être considéré comme un embryon humain dès lors que cette fécondation est de nature à déclencher le processus de développement d’un être humain”, ont-ils statué.De même, la notion d’embryon humain comprend également “l’ovule humain non fécondé dans lequel le noyau d’une cellule humaine mature a été implanté, et l’ovule humain non fécondé induit à se diviser et à se développer par voie de parthénogenèse”, ont-ils encore ajouté. Pour sa part, le professeur Brüstle dont le brevet a été annulé a condamné cette “décision malheureuse”, ajoutant : “elle efface d’un coup les fruits d’années de recherches transnationales des chercheurs européens, et les abandonne aux mains de l’étranger non européen”. Le brevet autorisé à des fins thérapeutiques ou diagnostic À lire aussiIg Nobel : de la banane glissante aux couche-tard psychopathes, le palmarès farfelu des “anti-Nobel” 2014En revanche, la Cour européenne a précisé que l’interdiction ne concernait que les brevets à des fins de recherche scientifique. Autrement dit, “l’utilisation à des fins thérapeutiques ou de diagnostic, applicable à l’embryon humain et utile à celui-ci, peut faire l’objet d’un brevet”, ont ajouté les juges. Pour exemple, ils ont notamment cité les procédés s’appliquant à l’embryon l’humain et qui lui sont utiles pour corriger une malformation et améliorer ses chances de vie. D’après les 23 évêques de la commission de l’épiscopat de la communauté européenne (COMECE), la décision rendue par la justice européenne est “une interprétation juridique claire de la notion d’embryon humain”. Cités par l’AFP, ils ont ainsi estimé : “cet arrêt pourrait donner un nouvel élan à la recherche scientifique sur des sources alternatives, jusqu’à présent restées dans l’ombre de la recherche sur les cellules souches embryonnaires”.Le 19 octobre 2011 à 10:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alerte Météo France orange 19 départements du nord toujours en vigilance verglas

first_imgAlerte Météo France orange : 19 départements du nord toujours en vigilance verglasJeudi, Météo France a maintenu en vigilance orange 19 départements du nord de l’Hexagone. Les températures restant basses, le verglas est très fréquent. Si la situation s’est arrangée en plusieurs endroits, 19 départements sont toujours en alerte orange après l’épisode neigeux qui a eu lieu en début de semaine. Depuis mercredi, des routes ont pu être dégagées et les couches de neige ont fondu dans de nombreuses villes. Néanmoins, les températures restent toujours proches de zéro et le verglas est particulièrement fréquent. C’est pourquoi Météo France a décidé de maintenir la vigilance orange dans tout le nord de la France. Les départements concernés se situent en Basse-Normandie, en Haute-Normandie, dans l’Ile-de-France, dans le Nord-Pas-de-Calais et en Picardie. Une liste à laquelle s’ajoute l’Eure-et-Loire. “Sur le nord du pays, avec des températures en fin de nuit souvent proches de -2 à -4 degrés, le verglas reste fréquent sur le réseau routier alors que quelques brouillards givrants se sont développés. Soyez prudents. Le froid est encore plus saisissant ce matin sur le Nord-est avec près de -6 degrés à Nancy, -8 à Colmar”, explique Météo France sur son site.Moins de difficultés sur la route et dans les transportsLes températures redeviendront positives dans l’après-midi mais il regèlera dans la soirée et au cours de la nuit prochaine. Par ailleurs, des averses de neige ajouteront localement des centimètres de neige supplémentaires. Météo France recommande donc de limiter les déplacements en voiture et de privilégier les transports en commun. Depuis mardi, le trafic dans les transports franciliens s’est grandement amélioré mais reste un peu perturbé sur les RER B, C, D, E ainsi que sur les Transiliens. Il est redevenu normal sur les bus, tramway et métro.À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeCôté autoroute, après des heures de fermeture, l’A1 a enfin été rouverte à la circulation dans le sens Paris-Lille. La circulation n’avait néanmoins pas retrouvé une fluidité normale, selon le Centre régional d’informations routières. “Le trafic va rester intense tant que toutes les voies n’auront pas été intégralement dégagées”, prévient le ministère de l’Intérieur cité par le Parisien. Les autres points noirs de mercredi, notamment sur l’A29 entre Amiens et Saint-Quentin et sur l’A2 près de Cambrai, se sont résorbés.Trois départements en vigilance vents violents Outre les 19 département en vigilance verglas, trois autres du sud de la France sont également en alerte orange, cette fois-ci pour vents violents. La Drôme, le Vaucluse et les Bouches-du-Rhône connaitront dans la journée de fortes rafales qui iront de 90 à 100 km/h voire 130 km/h dans le delta du Rhône. Les deux alertes sont valables jusqu’à vendredi matin 6H.Le 14 mars 2013 à 11:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trumps path to energy dominance in Alaska has a key opponent lawyers

first_imgBut Fjelstad acknowledged litigation “plays, certainly, a real role in things here” due to the vast amount of federal land in the state. But now, they’re gearing up for the most high-profile court battle yet: oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain. The first major opportunity for groups to sue will come this fall, when Interior is slated to release its final environmental analysis on a planned oil lease sale there. Eric Fjelstad, a partner at the law firm Perkins Coie in Anchorage who often represents oil, gas and mining companies, cautioned against giving lawyers too much credit for influencing the fate of the Trump Administration’s plans in Alaska. Economics are key, he said. Grafe lives and works in Anchorage, but Earthjustice is a national group, headquartered in San Francisco. Still, he rejects that narrative. In response to that charge, Interior officials have asserted they are not cutting corners, claiming that because the Coastal Plain oil lease sale is a top priority, more staff time and resources are being devoted to the project. The offshore drilling case highlights the key role of the courts as the Trump administration pursues its vision for Alaska. Two and a half years into this administration, when it comes to the “path for energy dominance,” lawyers in Alaska like Grafe have proven to be significant impediments. “The tax law did not wipe any of those off the books,” Brisson said. “What we do in our work now is to make sure that whatever program they are going to try to put in place complies with the law, and if they don’t, our role will be to hold them accountable.” Grafe is an attorney with Earthjustice in Anchorage. He was one of the lawyers behind a significant court decision in March, when a judge in Anchorage struck down Donald Trump’s executive order re-opening vast portions of the Arctic Ocean to oil leasing, after former President Barack Obama banned development there in 2016. The Trump administration is appealing. But for the time being, the ruling has effectively hobbled the administration’s push to expand oil drilling opportunities in some 125 million acres of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. And no matter what the White House’s agenda is — whether it’s to halt oil drilling to deal with climate change, or to pursue “energy dominance” — all Americans have a right to challenge that agenda in court. Grafe added that public lands belong to all Americans, not just Alaskans. “BLM’s draft EIS is so lacking and its analysis so flawed that bringing it into compliance with legal mandates will require significant revisions,” the letter stated. Earthjustice, Grafe said, “is built for this moment.” “From my perspective in the trenches, the markets, what’s happening with the economics of a project, its marketability, its ability to get financed — those are still the outsize issues that primarily drive whether things happen or not,” Fjelstad said. Brook Brisson, an attorney with Trustees for Alaska, in the Arctic Refuge near the Kongakut River and Brooks Range foothills in 2012. (Photo courtesy Brisson) Environmental groups and their lawyers have been critical of the work Interior has done so far. In March, they sent an over 400-page letter to the Bureau of Land Management picking apart the agency’s draft environmental analysis for oil leasing on the Coastal Plain.center_img Legal teams working for environmental groups have been preparing for this fight from the minute Trump took the White House, according to Brook Brisson, a senior staff attorney at Trustees for Alaska. Another criticism often lodged against Interior’s efforts to hold an oil lease sale in the Refuge has been speed. “We’re there to stop them by making sure that the laws that are meant to protect those areas, that are meant to allow the public to be involved in those decisions — that they’re upheld,” Grafe said. Along with coalition of other environmental groups, Grafe won against the President of the United States. In response to an interview request for this story, Interior spokesperson Molly Block declined to comment on litigation directly. In an email, Block said, “Congress has given the Department clear direction to establish and administer a competitive oil and gas program on the Coastal Plain.” “We are no more interlopers than the oil companies, for example, which are multinational corporations, after all, interested in extracting resources, which by its definition means taking wealth from the state, out of the state,” Grafe said. Erik Grafe at Earthjustice’s office in downtown Anchorage (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk) “You just can’t create an oil and gas leasing program, much less analyze fully a potential lease sale in an area that hasn’t had a history of that in two years or even less, really. You’re not going to make the right call on that,” said Peter Van Tuyn, a longtime environmental attorney in Alaska. “When you have that kind of rush, you’re guaranteeing litigation — that’s no surprise to anybody. I also think you’re increasing the likelihood of being reversed in court.” In Alaska, the pro-oil development side frequently points out that big green groups that sue to halt oil drilling are often based out of state. For that reason, environmental litigation is often cast as the work of interlopers, set on shutting down one of the state’s primary economic drivers, and who don’t have Alaska’s best interest at heart. Early on, the Trump administration made expanding oil development in Alaska’s federal lands and waters a priority, with former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proclaiming “the only path for energy dominance is a path through the great state of Alaska.” Drilling in the Refuge may now be legal, but it still must comply with a bevy of other laws, like the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, to name a few. As with the dispute over Arctic offshore drilling, the courts will likely determine who is right. And to be sure, lawyers on both sides acknowledge lawsuits over Arctic Refuge drilling are virtually guaranteed, no matter how long Interior works on it. This March, lawyer Erik Grafe won a big case. And he didn’t win against just anyone, either. last_img read more