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Expectations Rrise as Giannis, Bucks Move Into New Arena

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — In his never-ending quest to improve, Giannis Antetokounmpo connected in the offseason with one of the NBA’s retired greats.No way was the Milwaukee Bucks star going to be late for a summer workout with Kobe Bryant.But showing up three hours early? That sends a message.It’s all part of an effort by Antetokounmpo to help get the Bucks take another step in the postseason.“I just wanted to show him I’m not here to mess around … I’m here to get better, simple as that. I think he understood that,” Antetokounmpo said. “It was an amazing day. It was a dream working out with Kobe.”Expectations are on the rise in Milwaukee after three first-round exits over the last four seasons. The Bucks are moving into a new downtown arena, the Fiserv Forum, and new coach Mike Budenholzer has experience winning playoff series.The Bucks hope they’ll be able to get a top-four seed. Whatever the case, they believe they have the talent to get out of the first round.It’s just the type of growth that the ownership group envisioned after buying the team in 2014.FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks past Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, Calif. Antetokounmpo is still only 23, but he’s entering his sixth season in the NBA. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FIle)“When you look at what’s happened, every year has gotten better. Look, there are a lot of expectations on us … from the fans, from the team, from the coaching staff,” co-owner Marc Lasry said. “I think our goal is you want to keep on evolving and you want to keep on getting better.”SPACING IT OUTBoxes outlined in blue tape lined spots around the 3-point line of the Bucks’ practice court on the first day of training camp, a sign of one of Budenholzer’s philosophical priorities. He wants his team to shoot 3s.The hope is that proper spacing also helps open more 1-on-1 opportunities for Antetokounmpo to do what he does best: get to the lane for a dunk or a foul call. The Greek star also has the ability to dish to a teammate for an open shot, too.“I think it’s the best thing for Giannis to use his ability to just beat people 1-on-1,” forward Ersan Ilyasova said. “That’s why we try to give him more space and be in those blue boxes.”GET BACKThe offensive philosophy goes hand-in-hand with the focus on transition defense at camp. A missed 3 means the Bucks need to get back quickly to prevent a quick bucket by the opponent.“That’s where your defense starts. If you’re not good in transition, then you’re probably not going to be good, or you’re going to be taking it out of the net and playing a lot of offense,” Budenholzer said.FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer poses for a photograph during media day at the NBA basketball team’s new arena, in Milwaukee. The Bucks’ biggest offseason addition was the hiring of Budenholzer. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)AT THE COREAntetokounmpo is still only 23, but he’s entering his sixth season in the NBA. In his seventh year in the league, Khris Middleton is coming off his first season in which he averaged more than 20 points while playing all 82 regular-season games. Point guard Eric Bledsoe is going into his first full season with the Bucks after being acquired in November in a trade with the Phoenix Suns. Both Middleton and Bledsoe are going into the last years of their contracts, though Middleton does have an option in 2019.ON GUARDThird-year player Malcolm Brogdon is healthy again after missing much of last season with a quad injury, returning just in time for the first-round playoff loss to Boston. The absence of the 2017 NBA rookie of the year deprived the Bucks of one of their best two-way players. Expected to start in the backcourt next to Bledsoe, Brogdon can hit 3s and handle the ball. He also offers a fearless presence in driving to the rim.BIG SIGNINGSThe Bucks’ biggest offseason addition was the hiring of Budenholzer. General manager Jon Horst made less splashy moves in free agency with the signings of Ilyasova and 7-foot center Brook Lopez, though their additions could be just as important. Drafted by the Bucks in 2005, the 6-foot-10 Ilyasova is in his third career stint with Milwaukee. Lopez, an 11-year veteran, figures to start at center. Both will be asked to contribute from the perimeter.—By GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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USC Will Need To Beat Notre Dame To Become Bowl Eligible

first_imgusc starting quarterback jt daniels against uclaPASADENA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans scrambles out of the pocket during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)When Notre Dame and USC meet next Saturday, there will be a great deal on the line for both schools. The Fighting Irish will be fighting for a College Football Playoff spot. The Trojans will be fighting just to play in a bowl game.USC, after an ugly loss to rival UCLA, is now just 5-6 on the season. The Trojans gave up nearly 500 yards to the Bruins, who had just two wins on the season coming into the contest.As a result, USC will need to beat its other big rival – Notre Dame – in next week’s contest to finish with a 6-6 mark and become bowl eligible. It’s a tall task, considering the Fighting Irish are currently 11-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation.If you’re wondering, it’s been a long, long time since USC didn’t win six games in a season. While the school has dealt with bowl bans, they haven’t actually lost seven games in a season since back in 2000. Paul Hackett was the coach then.#USC will lose to a 2-8 #UCLA squad and now have to beat undefeated Notre Dame just to make a bowl game.There is no way Clay Helton should be back next season.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) November 18, 2018Clay Helton, in his first two seasons, finished with records of 10-3 and 11-3. It’ll be interesting to see how the schools handles what has to be considered a down year.Notre Dame and USC will square off at 8:00 PM ET next Saturday.last_img read more

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Minister Shaw Encourages Farmers to Boost Fruit Production

first_imgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on farmers to increase the production of fruits in order to reduce imports.The Minister was speaking to journalists on Friday (September 21) following a tour of the AUSTROJAM Ltd. farm in Bluntas District, St. Elizabeth, where farmer and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Martin Zsifkovics, is engaged in large-scale cultivation of fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, utilising irrigation technology provided by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC).“What Martin is doing is showing that we have to take things to a higher volume level, so that we can cut down the importation of these critical fruits that we can produce here at a higher quality than what we actually import from abroad,” he said.He noted that AUSTROJAM Ltd, which supplies hotels on the north coast as well as supermarkets across the island, is a great example of what can be achieved in Jamaica as it relates to import substitution.“He [Mr. Zsifkovics] is a source of inspiration to me as Minister to say to other farmers that they should raise the volume levels and get rid of the importation of these [fruits] that we can produce successfully here in Jamaica,” he added.Meanwhile, the Minister said that “apart from the hotel trade and the supermarkets locally, let’s target the other 15 CARICOM countries. Things like what we are producing here – cantaloupe, honeydew – can be sold into those 15 member countries because they are importing from the United States and other third-country markets”.For his part, Mr. Zsifkovics, noted that the visit from the Minister serves to underscore the importance of the agriculture sector for the country’s sustained growth. “Agriculture is everybody’s business. We have to get everyone together and work as a unified team to grow our (agricultural sector), as only together can we make the change happen,” he said.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries ( MICAF) , Hon. Audley Shaw, samples a piece of cantaloupe during a tour of the AUSTROJAM Limited farm in Bluntas District, St. Elizabeth, on Friday (September 21).AUSTROJAM Ltd., which is in its 10th year of operation, grows and distributes watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin, honeydew, and cucumbers all year round. The farm is also involved in pig rearing.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Kings County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Road Rainsforth Road will be closed for bridge repairs on Rainsforth Bridge today, May 6, until further notice. A detour is in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img

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Province supporting BMO Centre expansion

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Premier Rachel Notley has announced Alberta’s support for a major expansion of the BMO Centre.“East Victoria Park, which includes Stampede Park and BMO Centre, has long stood as the city’s cultural epicentre. With this announcement, we are going to kick-start urban renewal in Calgary’s downtown, create thousands of jobs, and increase tourism, business development and investment in Calgary,” Notley said Tuesday afternoon.City council has already approved its portion of the $550 million expansion of the BMO, with the mayor saying the doubling of the facility will move Calgary into the top tier of convention cities, similar to venues in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.READ MORE: Calgary BMO Centre to get a $500M expansion“This Community Revitalization Levy has been one of the most successful in the world, and the new vibrancy of the East Village is testament to that. Extending it for a further 20 years after 2026 will allow us to craft even better neighbourhoods, particularly south of the tracks in East Victoria Park where we are crafting a great cultural and entertainment district for Calgary,” Naheed Nenshi explained.In addition to the expansion of the BMO Centre on Stampede Park, the Calgary Rivers District CRL extension will allow for $140 million in infrastructure upgrades in Victoria Park, and future transformation of Arts Commons, which includes the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Max Bell Theatre, Martha Cohen Theatre, Big Secret Theatre and the Engineered Air Theatre.The province says the investment in the BMO Centre will create 2,250 jobs and contribute $223 million annually to Alberta’s economy.It’s hoped shovels can be in the ground by early next year.last_img read more

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Fire engulfs home 4 injured

The cause for the blaze was still not known and the fire was doused by the police with the asssiatnce of the public. All four inmates of the house were rescued from the top floor of the house after the fire was extinguished. A fire broke out at a house in Ragama early this morning injuring four people, the police media unit said.The police said that four people of the same family, including a couple and their children, sustained minor injuries and were admitted to the Ragama hospital. Police investigations are underway.UPDATE: A 10 year old child succumbed to her injuries in hospital. read more

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Côte dIvoire UNHCR plans to evacuate thousands of refugees

UNHCR is urgently looking at the feasibility of various options to evacuate thousands of refugees from western Côte d’Ivoire, including emergency repatriation to Liberia and/or temporary settlement in a third West African country. A spokesman for the Geneva-based agency said the plans would be executed “once security and logistical arrangements can be worked out.”Evacuation plans suffered a major setback on Sunday when a UNHCR ferry was damaged by hand grenades detonated by government forces. The ferry had been used in the past for the repatriation of Liberian refugees across the Cavaly River to the town of Pelebo in Liberia.UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski indicated that the agency was “told that the ferry was destroyed to prevent potential future intrusion of rebels into Côte d’Ivoire.” Voicing concern about the incident, he said it “affects the ability of UN agencies to operate in a climate of safety and respect for the UN property guaranteed various international agreements.”As fighting spread over the weekend, more than 6,000 additional people sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Over 36,000 refugees have now left the troubled country since violence erupted on 28 November. Of these, at least 22,000 are Liberians forced by the fighting to return to their own war-ravaged country. An estimated 4,000 people have also fled to Guinea, while over 2,500 refugees remain in Abidjan. The UN refugee agency describes the situation as “extremely volatile,” with an increasing number of Ivorian nationals as well as Liberian refugees being forced to flee. “Crossing the border is also becoming harder by the day as fighting gets more brutal,” UNHCR Representative in Liberia Moses Okello warned.Noting that the agency is now “running three different special operations in this part of West Africa,” he predicted that if the crisis worsens, it would have to further boost capacity there. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball tops Iowa in overtime advances to Big Ten

It was a win, but nothing came easy for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State women’s basketball team took down Iowa, 91-85, in overtime Saturday night, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament final.Tied 37-37 at halftime, the Buckeyes roared back to take out the Hawkeyes for their second straight tournament win in Hoffman Estates, Ill.Freshman forward Alexa Hart connected on a free throw with 17 seconds to play to give OSU an 81-79 lead, but the Hawkeyes answered with a layup at the three-second mark to tie the game and force overtime.Iowa held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, to 21 points in regulation, but she took over in overtime with a pair of 3-pointers and two late free throws, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.OSU is set to face No. 1 seeded Maryland in Sunday’s championship battle at 7 p.m. read more

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3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) carries the ball while being hit by a Hawaii defender during a game at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 12. OSU won, 38-0. Credit: Muyao Shen / Asst. Photo EditorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday afternoon to discuss the Buckeyes’ victory over Hawaii on Saturday as well as to discuss their upcoming matchup against Northern Illinois. Here are highlights from Meyer’s press conference:Gameday championsAfter each game, Meyer and his staff evaluate the performances of players and name the game’s best performers “champions.”Meyer announced those Buckeyes that obtained those honors against Hawaii.For the defense, which pitched a shutout against the Rainbow Warriors, the champions were rather abundant.Redshirt sophomore cornerbacks Eli Apple and Gareon Conley, as well as redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell, were evaluated as champions for their performances in the 38-0 win.“Our secondary is playing at very, very high level,” Meyer said.A pair of linebackers, senior Joshua Perry and sophomore Raekwon McMillan, graded out as champions. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis also was named, making it six Scarlet and Gray defenders.As for the offense, which Meyer said “didn’t play very well,” there were only two players who graded out as champions: junior tailback Ezekiel Elliott and sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel.He added that Elliott, who rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns, was the offensive player of the game for the Buckeyes.An update on the quarterback battleMeyer confirmed that redshirt junior Cardale Jones is still the team’s starter, for now.“He’s the starting quarterback. I met with him yesterday,” Meyer said.Redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, who quarterbacked the final eight minutes of the first half after a shaky start for Jones, continues to get reps in practice.Meyer said Barrett “has not beaten (Jones) out yet” but that he will keep getting opportunities to do that.As for the quarterbacks’ performances against the Rainbow Warriors, Meyer wouldn’t say he was disappointed but he wasn’t overjoyed.“I think we have two excellent quarterbacks, and I expect them to play very well. Neither of them played very well Saturday,” he said.The use of direct snapsSo far in their opening two games, the Buckeyes have run a lot of direct snaps to players who aren’t quarterbacks, especially redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller.Against Hawaii, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year had the ball snapped directly to him eight times.Meyer offered some insight as to the decision to run these types of plays with players like Miller, junior H-back Dontre Wilson, redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall or even Percy Harvin from his time at the University of Florida.“It’s hard to get receivers the ball. If they roll up on you or double you, you can’t get them the ball,” he said. “It’s not real hard — if you want to really give them the ball, put them behind center five yards and snap it to them.”Running those wildcat-like plays works at times, but Meyer said it’s “a little more complicated when people know you’re not going to throw.”However with Miller, a former quarterback, the possibility to throw does exist, but the question was if the shoulder he injured in August 2014 would be healed enough to pass.Meyer all but answered that question on Monday.“The good thing is Braxton can throw and will throw,” he said.Up nextThe Buckeyes are scheduled to be back in action on Saturday, against Northern Illinois. Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Artist says Magdalenes piece gives a voice to women who were never

first_imgAN ARTIST WHO created a piece based on the stories of women held in Magdalene laundries says she wanted to allow their voices to be heard.Olga Fitzpatrick’s work has been shortlisted for the Undergraduate Awards and is one of nine entries which went on display in Dublin last night.The artwork, which measures 8 feet by 8 feet and took a year to make, is made up of more than 100 clay vessels from which pre-recorded stories about life in the laundries  can be heard. The stories, which were recorded by actors, are made up of memories, both real and fictionalised, based on the experiences of women held in the institutions.The voices are deliberately low to encourage people to really listen to the stories. Some of the vessels are silent because “some of the women were silenced, their voices weren’t heard,” says Fitzpatrick.“I was always amazing by their story and how these women never had a voice,” she told TheJournal.ie. “The piece is just like listening to a play. These women are speaking of their memories, and it’s all about their stories and the narrative”.Olga was one of ten artists who made the shortlist for the visual arts category of this year’s Undergraduate Awards. The piece featured in her degree show at IADT.The ten shortlisted entries from the Undergraduate Awards will be on show in Block T in Smithfield in Dublin until Sunday.The exhibition will feature a cross-section of media ranging from photography and oil paintings to knitted furniture and a full-scale house made of latex.Olga Fitzpatrick’s work Memory Vessels: A Few Among Many. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)Read: 400 calls made to Magdalene redress scheme line > Read: Kenny “deeply regrets and apologises unreservedly” to Magdalene women in emotional speech > Pic: Enda Kenny meets Magdalene survivors in Dáil gallery >last_img read more

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Tourists Can Now Experience Life on Mars in a Cave in Spain

first_imgIt has “everything necessary to test all the technologies and human performance capabilities needed for 10 people to live on Mars,” according to Astroland’s website.Interested Mars explorers can book the experience through TripAdvisor, and the experience costs around $6,800. The first expedition has already taken place by a test “crew,” but Astroland has four expeditions to be held through November.“Stepping outside your comfort zone is one of the most exciting parts of travel, and for even the most adventurous, Astroland truly delivers,” Laurel Greatrix of TripAdvisor said, as reported by the Daily Mail.According to TripAdvisor, participants will also have online access to aerospace experts and psychologists, such as Gabriel González de la Torre, doctor of Neuropsychology at the University of Cádiz and one of the few leading astronaut psychologists from Spain, and Iñigo Muñoz Elorza, instructor of astronauts in the European Astronaut Center, part of the European Space Agency.In the meantime, NASA is continuing work on its new, as-yet unnamed Mars rover, scheduled to launch in July 2020 and land on the Red Planet in February 2021. In July, NASA scientists and engineers descended on the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull, to test a rover prototype. Experts say the terrain of the Lambahraun lava field is reminiscent of the surface of Mars.More on Geek.com:Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Tweet Goes Viral OnlineThis Smart Luggage Was Designed for Space TravelWatch: Scientists Simulate What a Marsquake Might Look Like NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 Stay on targetcenter_img While NASA has announced in June that it is opening the International Space Station to tourists from 2020, wannabe astronauts may have to wait a while to visit Mars. One company, however, is making it possible for adventurers to experience life on the Red Planet now – without leaving Earth’s atmosphere.The Astroland agency is offering thrill-seekers an underground expedition, located deep in a cave in the Canatabrian mountains in northern Spain, designed to simulate what it’s like to live in a human colony on the Red Planet.The adventure involves spending three days and nights in the cave at the Ares Station, a “scientific Space Center that mirrors the harsh conditions” of Mars. But the experience starts even before that — with a three-week remote training program, and another three days of physical and psychological training, where participants learn how to carry out spacewalks and take part in natural buoyancy tests.Inside the cave, the adventurers conduct “experiments” and test what human life would be like on Mars.“The Martian environment is very hostile with low temperatures, strong winds and high levels of solar radiation, which means the most suitable way of maintaining human life is… under the Martian surface,” Astroland CEO, David Ceballos, told the Telegraph. “These Cantabrian caves are the perfect location for similar conditions for these trials.”The 164-feet high, 3,900-feet long Ares Station is equipped with research laboratories, made-to-measure astronaut suits, technical clothing for various missions, life capsules, hydroponics lab, autonomous power and water production systems, 3D printers, kitchen, leisure areas, gym, survival kits, food supplies specifically adapted for each crew member, robot explorer, meters, and sensors.last_img read more

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Hierro leaves Spains national team

first_imgSpain’s coach Fernando Hierro that was appointed the eve of the start of the 2018 World Cup by Spain’s football federation, have “put an end to their relationship.”Hierro who had previously been in the role of sports director at the RFEF has now severed all ties.“The Royal Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup in Russia ended,” read a statement from the RFEF via Sportsmole.“He declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Hierro took over Spain’s national side after his boss Julen Lopetegui was dismissed for accepting Madrid offer without adequate communication to Spain’s football body.La Roja climbed through the group stage of the 2018 World Cup but lost on penalties to tournament hosts Russia in the last-16 stage of the competition.Spain will begin their qualification campaign for Euro 2020 in September.last_img read more

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Shelter of Hope travels throughout San Diego for the American Red Cross

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Shelter of Hope is traveling throughout San Diego raising funds and awareness to support local disaster relief from May 1-8 for the Red Cross.According to the Red Cross nearly every 24 hours the Red Cross responds to a disaster right here in San Diego and Imperial Counties, from devastating home fires to wildfires to floods and more. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 1, 2019 Updated: 12:03 PM KUSI Newsroom center_img Shelter of Hope travels throughout San Diego for the American Red Cross Posted: May 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers July Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s July 2018 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello, including news about staying hydrated and cool in the summer, a Game Night on July 19, and a Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner on July 26.Information about upcoming events, including: The Moving Wall; Line Dancing Class; Walking Group; Caregivers Support Group; The Buzz Book Club; Bocce; Summer Camp: Brain Gains; Gloucester Lobster Cruise in August; Fun Day in August; and Kimball’s Farm Visit in September.Information about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, and Get Well Wishes.The Senior Center’s July Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

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Volvo doubles profit in 3rd quarter but total sales increase only 1

first_imgGlobal manufacturer Volvo saw profits double in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, according to the earnings posted by the group.The Swedish truck and construction manufacturer saw sales rise to 73.3 billion SEK ($8.61 billion), a nine percent increase on the same period in 2014, and raised its forecast for the European truck market this year, Xinhua news agency cited a statement as saying on Friday.”We continue to strengthen our profitability in the third quarter of the year,” acting CEO Jan Gurander said, though he noted that total sales increased only one percent when adjusted for currency movements.Volvo group saw a quarter-on-quarter sales increase of 11 percent in its core market of western Europe and a 28 percent hike in North America.However, sales over the same period dropped by 33 percent in South America, with a 53 percent plunge in the Brazilian market.Profits, meanwhile, surged to 3.1 billion SEK ($364 million), double the figure Volvo group posted for the third quarter of 2014.”The work on the efficiency programme is running according to plan measured in local currencies,” Gurander said before re-affirming plans to outsource the company’s IT operations and sell off its IT consultancy wing.The company’s operating income rose over 70 percent compared to the same period last year to 5.1 billion SEK ($599 million), although that figure was boosted by currency exchange rates.Volvo replaced former CEO Olof Persson in April, with Martin Lundstedt expected to take the helm from November 1 this year.last_img read more

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Big bucks zero work 3 superstars who are being paid by WWE

first_imgThere might be discontent brewing within the company, the ratings might be going down, but as far as the revenue is concerned, WWE is galloping along. It is raking money and currently, the rating is perhaps the best in all these years. The margins are so huge that they can afford to sign wrestlers to do absolutely nothing, just to keep them away from the competition which keeps propping up.Here we take a look at three such wrestlers who find their names on the roster, but well, are contributing close to zilch for the show.Tyler BreezeYou see his work in NXT and one wonders if Tyler Breeze is the most underutilised wrestler in WWE currently. He is not idle though, and keeps Main Event tapings and then even making appearances on NXT house shows. However, there is talent on display, but then, he is not doing anything of note. WWE can now look at using him in the main event, and he can also be used as a proper midcarder if the company deems him fit. Also, it has to be said here that Breeze is a proper workhorse and can be a real asset if given a chance. Shelton Benjamin Image for representationReutersBack in 2016, Shelton Benjamin was roped in and was slated to be a part of the SmackDown Live roster, but then his career stalled when he was ruled out for a year due to a severe shoulder injury. He had to go under the knife and it took him one complete year to reclaim his fitness. His last appearance came when he was paired Chad Gable, but this not last for too long as Gable switched over to RAW in 2018. And ever since, Benjamin has been cooling his heels waiting for the next big break. There is proper potential on offer and he also has the presence in the ring and WWE should ideally chart out a path for him as he could possibly offer a lot to the company.EC3 EC3 fits all the criteria required by Vince McMahonEthan Miller/GettyWWE, in the past, have often shunted away superstars, but as far as EC3 is concerned, the company, for reasons unknown, has really made big efforts to bury him and not allow the wrestler any time in the sun.For a man with a great physical presence and charisma, EC3 ticks all the boxes as far as Vince McMahon is concerned, but why he is being wasted is a real dilemma. As of now, he is nowhere close to RAW barring a few minutes of cameo appearances, but well, the itinerary might not any good news for him either.last_img read more

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Indian rupee falls to hit 9month low foreign investors turn net sellers

first_imgThe Indian rupee is a on freefall almost in tandem with the demonetisation decision announced on November 8, 2016. On Friday, the domestic currency plunged 32 paise to close at 68.14 to the US dollar, almost a nine-month low, amid strong possibility of interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve.The fall also rubbed off on investors who preferred to wait and watch as events unfold. The BSE Sensex closed 77 points lower at 26,150 while the NSE Nifty ended almost flat at 8,074.”Any uptick in the market is short lived as the participants are shying away from taking fresh positions. The signals from the FED on December rate hike has inflicted more pain on the rupee and equities which was already reeling from the demonetization,” Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services said in a note.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 926 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) lapped up stocks and ended up as net buyers at Rs 1,143 crore according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday.India’s foreign exchange reserves dropped $1.2 billion to $367 billion as of November 11, 2016, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) weekly supplement released on Friday.The drop was mainly due to a fall of $1.1 billion in foreign currency assets that form the largest component of the world’s fastest-growing economy’s foreign exchange reserves.NTPC, Sun Pharma, Hero Motocorp and Bharti Airtel bucked the trend to end with gains in the range of 4.5 percent to 2.15 percent.Warning to tax evadersIn a statement issued on Friday, the finance ministry has warned tax evaders that attempts to use bank accounts of third parties to deposit black money will invite strict action.”There are some reports received that some people are using other persons’ bank accounts to convert their black money into new denomination notes for which reward is also being given to the account holders who agree to allow their accounts to be used. This activity is reported in case of Jan Dhan Accounts also.”It is hereby clarified that such tax evasion activities can be made subject to income tax and penalty if it is established that the amount deposited in the account was not of the account holder but of somebody else. Also the person who allows his or her account to be misused for this purpose can be prosecuted for abetment under Income Tax Act,” the statement said.last_img read more

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Federal Bank SpiceJet Maruti Suzuki Indiabulls Housing Hindalco Fortis hit fresh 52week

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is seen at the BSE building in Mumbai, India, January 25, 2017.Reuters fileSelect stocks flared up on the Bombay Stock Exchanges (BSE) to hit new 52-week high on Tuesday (May 2) morning though the BSE Sensex was down almost 50 points. Federal Bank, whose Q4 net profit rose 25 times, low-cost carrier SpiceJet, car-maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL), hospital chain Fortis Healthcare and metal company Hindalco Industries were trading with gains in the range of 2 to 5 percent after hitting new highs. Federal Bank hit a new year-high of Rs 115.30, SpiceJet Rs 112.90, Hindalco Rs 203.85, Fortis Rs 224.10, Indiabulls Housing Finance Rs 1,051.80 and MSIL Rs 6700.MSIL, which is India’s largest car-maker, posted 23.4 percent growth in domestic vehicle sales at 1,44,492 units for April 2017 as against 1,17,045 cars sold in April 2016.Nissan Motor India sold 4,217 cars (ncluding models of its subsidiary Datsun), up 39 percent rise from its April 2016 sales. “Nissan is proud of the performance of the recently launched new Terrano and the continued confidence that customers are showing in the Datsun redi-GO. Across India, we are strengthening our footprint, introducing products and services that customers want and value,” Arun Malhotra, managing director of Nissan India, said in a statement.In two-wheelers, Hero Motocorp sold 5.91 lakh vehicles in April 2017, a decline of 3.5 percent over April 2016 sales.On the other hand, Royal Enfield motorcycle sales grew 25 percent to 60,142 in April 2017 while exports rose 36 percent to 1,578 units.Hindalco was apparently up on the back of eight core industries reporting 5 percent growth for March 2017 on a year-on-year basis. The provisional data was published by the Indian government on Monday, May 1.Private-sector lender Federal Bank reported robust numbers for the March 2017 quarter (Q4) last Friday. The lender’s net profit rose 25 times to Rs 256 crore from Rs 10 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. The bank declared a dividend of 45 percent. The gross and net non-performing assets (NPAs) 2.33 percent and 1.28 percent, respectively, as on March 31, 2017.”Federal Bank has come out with a strong set of results for the quarter. Business growth remained robust with loan and deposits growing by 26% and 23% respectively. Slippages during the quarter at INR 244 cr were also lower compared to INR 274 cr in Q3FY17,” Siddharth Purohit, sr. equity research analyst-banking, at brokerage Angel Broking, said in a note.last_img read more

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A new poster for scifi movie The Meg has been released and

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Orange Is The New Black star Ruby Rose stars in the new sci-fi movie by Jon Turteltaub. | Photo: @rubyrose/Instagram Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ruby Rose criticized for donating to LGBTI center in wake of Hurricane Harvey I’m so excited to see this movie— Carrie Minaj (@MinajCarrie) July 31, 2018‘Without clicking on the photo and only seeing the name, I was hopeful it was a biography on Meg Ryan,’ a user tweeted.Without clicking on the photo and only seeing the name, I was hopeful it was a biography on Meg Ryan — cute, golden seductress of the 1990s…. but this looks amazing too. — Sarah Wood (@sarahwoodwriter) July 31, 2018‘[…] but this looks amazing too,’ she also wrote, adding a shark emoji. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Another The Meg poster has been released and it features Australian actress Ruby Rose.center_img While we’re eager to know more about her badass role, let’s get an idea of the movie by watching the trailer below:[embedded content]The plotMeg is short for a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon, thought to be extinct.The massive creature, however, is alive and kicking. It, in fact, attacks a deep-sea submersible —part of an international undersea observation program— leaving its crew stranded.The Meg will swim into theaters on 10 August. | Photo: WBWith time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao) against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew and the ocean itself from this unstoppable threat.Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature years before. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below. This will, of course, brings him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.An American-Chinese production, The Meg will hit theaters in both countries on 10 August.Read more from Gay Star News:Ruby Rose ‘glad’ she didn’t make gender changes earlier in life Shot in New Zealand, the movie has some serious Jaws vibes. The sci-fi horror, directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Jason Statham, is an adaptation of the 1997 novel by Steve Alten and will hit the screens later this summer.Ruby Rose is badass Jaxx HerdRose plays the role of Jaxx Herd, one of the fearless members of the crew helping Statham saving the day.The OITNB actress posted an image of the new poster for the movie on her Twitter account on 31 July.The Meg pic.twitter.com/QnTjRWjxx8— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) July 31, 2018Despite the laconic caption, fans couldn’t contain the excitement.You’re so pretty pic.twitter.com/sYUglRhU1e— Maria Andrade (@adaytomaria) July 31, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ruby Rose set to return to Orange is the New Black This Trump supporter criticizes the new lesbian Batwoman and Twitter is not having itRuby Rose gets emotional over being cast as Batwoman: ‘I’m so thrilled’Ruby Rose leaves Twitter after fan backlashRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/a-new-poster-for-sci-fi-movie-the-meg-has-been-released-and-it-features-ruby-rose/last_img read more

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Scenic celebrates 30th birthday with Today Show promotion

first_imgScenic celebrates 30th birthday with Today Show promotionScenic celebrates 30th birthday with Today Show promotionAs part of Scenic’s 30th birthday celebrations, the luxury cruise operator is running a consumer promotion on Channel 9’s Today Show and Weekend Today for viewers to win one of 30 luxury river cruises for two.The promotion, being hailed as the biggest network prize giveaway ever, will see two Gems of the Seine cruises won per day over 15 days, and will run from Monday 21 November to Monday 5 December. The special Today Show cruise departs on 27 September 2017 and the prize also includes Economy Class return flights to Paris from Australian capital cities.Michelle Black, GM Sales & Marketing, commented: “We are excited to partner with Channel 9 on such a big consumer promotion for their viewers. We will only celebrate our 30th birthday once and we wanted to do something extra special. It is the biggest network prize giveaway ever, worth over $700,000. Everyone loves a holiday and what better way to end the year than by winning a luxury cruise!” For more information on this promotion visit http://today.scenic.com.au/Source = Sceniclast_img read more

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