Jordan wins Roosevelt disability award for best efforts at following UN programme

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan will accept the award, which comprises a specially commissioned bust of former United States President Roosevelt by artist Jo Davidson and $50,000 for a worthy disability cause in Jordan, which will be identified at the presentation.”Jordan, one of the first Middle Eastern countries to enact disability-specific legislation and introduce building codes aimed at accessibility, is being recognized for a wide range of activities aimed at improving the lives of its people with disabilities,” said the World Committee on Disability and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the sponsors of the award.The prize was instituted in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. read more

Big bus outlook downbeat coaches weak and unsettled

DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) •          Positive contrast of firm growth in 3.5 to 8.5t buses over March to June 2010. •          Big coaches down 22% at June 2010 on 2009; improved recent trend undone. Big bus outlook downbeat, coaches weak and unsettled •          Big buses fall 36% June 2010 on 2009; sharp fall for single and double-decks. “June saw big bus registrations fall as the sector continues in recession so public spending cuts need to be carefully aimed to avoid weakening already damp demand,” said Paul Everitt, the SMMT’s chief executive.  “For firms dependant on UK business the outlook is downbeat.  Spring’s seasonal lift in big coaches was from a low base and didn’t last. But at least the 3.5 to 8.5t sector still shows a welcome growth trend. Finally, good news comes from the government’s recent plan to spend £15m to help put more than 150 new low carbon buses to work in English bus fleets.” read more

Lucy Worsley My father said I would be cleaning toilets for a

Ms Worsley went onto read Ancient and Modern History at New College and, in November this year, she was given an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to history and heritage. “My father is a geologist and he really thinks that scientists are going to save the world,…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– But when Lucy Worsley, who recently released her eleventh book on Queen Victoria’s diaries, told her scientist father that she wanted to study History at the University of Oxford, he told her she “would be cleaning toilets for a living”. She is one of the UK’s leading female historians who has risen the ranks to chief curator at the Historic Royal Palaces and regularly features on the BBC with her own TV series.    read more

Schools Under14 football league to kick off on June 2

Oil giant ExxonMobil, in collaboration with the Petra Organisation and the Education Ministry, has set out to establish Guyana’s first Schools’ Under-14 football league.Petra Co-Director Troy Mendonca receiving the sponsorship cheque from ExxonMobil’s Kimberly BrassingtonThe competition, which will cater to both boys and girls, is expected to kick off on June 2 and will conclude by the end of July.With over 20 schools in and out of Georgetown already on board, the male and female competitions are scheduled to run concurrently with both boys and girls playing on a split field.Petra Co-Director Troy Mendonca is of the view that ExxonMobil’s sponsorship would allow the organisation to fill a void between the pee wee and senior school competitions.ExxonMobil Public and Government Affairs Guyana Senior Director Kimberly Brassington noted that the company was elated to be on board with such an initiative, stating, “We are lucky as a company; ExxonMobil is proud to be here. And while it’s the inaugural U-14 Tournament, it’s also ExxonMobil’s first instance in sponsoring football.”Additionally, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Youth Development Coach Brian Joseph revealed that this competition would pave the way for larger competitions to come later in the year.The Federation is expecting to participate in the Under-14 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) male and the Under-15 CONCACAF female championships.With regard to the female competition, Joseph stated that this Under-14 event would create a great pool of female players who have been difficult to identify in the past.So far, a total of 23 schools have expressed interest in the competition: Annandale Secondary, Marian Academy, Christ Church Secondary, Chase Academy, Dolphin Secondary, East Ruimveldt Secondary, Lodge Secondary, Mae’s Schools, St George’s Secondary, Friendship Secondary, Kingston Secondary, Vergenogen Secondary, Queenstown Secondary, School of the Nations, Uitvlugt Secondary, South Ruimveldt Secondary, St Rose’s High School, Tutorial Secondary, the Bishops’ High School, Charlestown Secondary, Ann’s Grove Secondary, Buxton Youth Developers, and Tucville Secondary. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTucville, North East La Penitence battle for championship glory tonightJuly 17, 2016In “Sports”3rd Petra/Limacol Football tournament officially launchedAugust 25, 2018In “latest news”New GPC refreshes Limacol Tournament for fourth yearAugust 23, 2019In “latest news” read more

Carlos Ruesga debut for FC Barcelona on Wednesday

← Previous Story VIDEO: Grabarczyk sent off after only 36 seconds… Next Story → BM Fraikin Granollers sign young right back Alex Marquez Carlos RuesgaFC Barcelona Lassa Spanish playmaker Carlos Ruesga will have his debut in FC Barcelona Lassa T-shirt on Wednesday, when Spanish beat team will clash Teucro in ASOBAL match. Experienced 30 years back player didn’t play since his knee ligaments injury in the second part of the season 2014/2015, when he was a member of Hungarian MVM Veszprem.Ruesga made his name with Portland San Antonio (2005-2010) and BM Ademar Leon (2010-2013). His service will be more than necessary in moment when Filip Jicha won’t be able to play in the upcoming matches… read more

Weve been saying GIF wrong here are 14 GIFs to ease the

first_imgPurple Lightsaber / Tumblr6. This other Star Wars pugvia Buzzfeed7. This Oprah spoofvia Gif Garage8. This rather good Friends onevia GifBuffet9. The excited KermitMy Gif Dump / Tumblr10. Jean Claude Van Damme Dancingvia Twisted Sifter11. Obama as Beyoncévia Buzzfeed 12. This thoroughly excited childvia Gif Central 13. This doggy encountervia PBH214. The ultimate pug GIFBlair Bear Booger/ TumblrLong live the GIF! (Whatever way you pronounce it)5 incredible gifs of Phil Lynott in Dublin>9 children and dogs who know how to celebrate Mr. T> IF YOU’RE A fan of GIFs (and who isn’t) then you’ll know that they make the internet a better place.They make a quick point and are always good for a laugh and have been a staple of the internet since their inception in 1987 (!).Last night, GIF creator Steve Wilhite accepted a lifetime achivement award at The Webby Awards to honour his work inventing the file format.Wilhite also pointed out how we’ve been saying GIF in real life is all wrong.Most of us say it as GIF with a hard g (like garden or gate) but Wilhite insists that it’s pronounced JIF.Noting that The Oxford English Dictionary says both pronunciations are acceptable he points out:They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.Given that the word “JIF” gives us flashbacks to this:via ICT CoolWe have been left reeling by this news.Do Not Eat The Yellow Snow / TumblrWe’re not sure if we’ll ever call them by their supposed correct name but we will always love GIFs.To celebrate the achievement of their founder here are some of our favourite ones ever.1. The dancing dog with armsDan-O-Vision / Tumblr2. The “Yeah sure cool no prob-OHMYGODWHATJUSTHAPPENED” from Jennifer Lawrencevia E! Online3. The truly shocked catvia Twisted Sifter4. The sea of adorable puppiesA Mess of a Dreamer / Tumblr5. This Star Wars puglast_img read more

Search results make up only 185 percent of Google

first_imgIt’s been said so often that Google’s interface puts search first, that it has to be true, right? It is definitely true that Google made its name by offering fast searches without a lot of clutter, but UK developer Alex Yumashev makes the point that feature creep and ads are encroaching more and more on search results.It occurred to Yumashev during a recent Google expedition that the actual search results are being crammed into a fairly small space. He has estimated that when the search results load, the links are only allotted 18.5% of the page. The rest goes to tools, Google services, and lots of ads.The Google search page has three columns these days. The far left one has some tools to refine searches, which most users don’t touch. The middle column has the results, but the top section here has ads. The far right column is all ads. The number of ads varies based on the search term, but results still get second billing.When Yumashev split up all the clickable links on a sample Google search page, he found that only 11% of links are for the actual results. If you add in tools and Google services, that’s still only 27% of links not related to advertising. Thus, Google search pages have a roughly 4:1 ad to search link ratio.Using some older screenshots of Google search pages, Yumashev estimated how much screen real estate has been lost over time. In the early-mid 2000s, the search links got about half the page. The big changes in the interim were the addition of more ad space above links, a taller header with more links to Google services, and the tools panel on the left.It could be said that Google results are better than they were years ago, so perhaps you need less space anyway. Even though this is probably a bad trend, users seem content with Google’s relatively straightforward interface.via JitBitlast_img read more

Fukushima deux techniciens sintroduisent dans le réacteur 3 de la centrale

first_imgFukushima : deux techniciens s’introduisent dans le réacteur 3 de la centraleLa compagnie Tepco, qui opère la centrale de Fukushima au Japon, a annoncé aujourd’hui l’entrée de deux techniciens, pour la première fois, dans l’enceinte du réacteur 3. L’ampleur des dégâts est considérable : son cœur a partiellement fondu et une explosion due à une accumulation d’hydrogène en a détruit le toit. Après les réacteurs 1 et 2, c’est au tour du numéro 3 d’être inspecté. Depuis le violent tsunami qui a déferlé sur le Japon le vendredi 11 mars, ces trois installations présentent un état extrêmement critique. Deux techniciens ont pénétré aujourd’hui dans l’enceinte du réacteur 3, à l’intérieur duquel ils n’ont pu rester que dix minutes, exposés à des doses trop importantes de radiations. Selon les directives du gouvernement japonais, les employés travaillant sur le site de Fukushima ne doivent pas s’exposer à des radiations au delà de 250 millisieverts pendant toute la durée des opérations.Préparer l’installation du système de refroidissementÉquipés de vêtements de protection et de systèmes respiratoires, les employés de Tepco ont pu mesurer les taux de radioactivité au sein du réacteur. Leurs relevés indiquent une dose de 160 et 170 millisieverts par heure près du sas conduisant à la partie centrale du bâtiment. Comme pour les deux réacteurs précédents, l’opération a pour objectif de préparer l’installation des systèmes de refroidissement au sein des réacteurs. Pour cela, l’intervention consiste dans un premier temps à installer au sein du bâtiment un système de filtration de l’air afin de faire baisser le taux de radiation à un niveau acceptable. Une fois cette étape réalisée, un système de circulation de l’eau sera installé afin de refroidir les réacteurs au moyen d’un circuit fermé. Réacteur 1 : la fusion du cœur liée à une erreur humaineÀ lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLes dégâts des trois réacteurs sont considérables, en raison de la fusion des combustibles situés au sein de leur cœur. D’autre part, le Japan Times a révélé hier que les dommages causés sur le réacteur 1, seraient sans doute liés à une erreur humaine. Une supposition basée sur l’analyse de documents internes de Tepco. “Le système de refroidissement d’urgence du réacteur 1 de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima 1 a probablement été fermé manuellement avant que le tsunami ne touche [le Japon] le 11 mars. Une partie du système de refroidissement, connu comme étant le condensateur d’isolation, était à l’arrêt pendant trois heures, ce qui a pu contribuer à la fusion du cœur du réacteur”, a indiqué le quotidien. En réponse à cette accusation, le gouvernement a mandaté l’agence gouvernementale de sûreté industrielle et nucléaire afin de fournir des analyses et des rapports détaillés sur ce sujet. Actuellement, les ouvriers continuent de déployer leurs efforts pour éviter une catastrophe nucléaire. D’après les estimations de Tepco, les eaux polluées radioactives stockées dans la centrale s’élèvent à plus de 100.000 tonnes. Cette quantité considérable laisse craindre des risques d’inondations massives d’eaux contaminées fuyant vers l’océan Pacifique. Une semaine auparavant, les mesures révélaient un taux de césium radioactif 18.000 fois supérieur à la normale dans certains échantillons d’eau de mer.Le 19 mai 2011 à 13:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Forbes names Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “highest paid actor” in Hollywood, Enzo and Cass…

first_img Kelly Clarkson Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Enzo and Cass on WWE has posted their weekly interview where this week, Michael Cole interviews Enzo Amore and Big Cass about their match with John Cena against The Club at Battleground and the possibility of them being broken up at next week’s WWE Draft. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipDwayne Johnson leaves honeymoon early to appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:19/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 98.03%0:05Remaining Time -1:15 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii Forbes names Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “highest paid actor” in HollywoodOn Wednesday, Forbes named former WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson the “highest paid actor” in Hollywood. The Rock posted the following on Instagram in reaction to being given the honor by Forbes: Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Dwayne Johnson leaves honeymoon early to appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ The Kelly Clarkson Show Welcomes Dwayne Johnson Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson Google+ Dwayne Johnson Leaves Honeymoon Early to Appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Kevin Hart Videos Articles Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Kevin Hart Undergoes Surgery After Car Accident The Rock cuts honeymoon shortlast_img read more

American Soybean Association CEO Named St Louis Regions Ag Leader of the

first_imgThe St. Louis Agribusiness Club named American Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Stephen L. Censky as the area’s “Agribusiness Leader of the Year” this week.Since 1981, the St. Louis AgriBusiness Club has presented the prestigious award to a person who has made a substantial contribution to the well-being of agriculture in the St. Louis area, either on a local or national scale. Censky was nominated by Melinda Whittle, Kimberly Magin, and Molly Cline (retired) from the Monsanto Company, as well as by Dick McWard, an Illinois farmer and former Bunge North America executive.The award is presented to someone who has made a substantial contribution to the well-being of agriculture in the St. Louis area, either on a local or national scale.“Steve has continually pursued opportunities for soybean farmers throughout the U.S. to improve their position in agriculture,” they said. “Whether in DC, Beijing, Brussels, or Hong Kong, Steve Censky has sought to maximize the opportunities of both the U.S. Soybean farmers and their very important customers.”Censky is the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Chief Executive Officer, a staff position he accepted in April 1996. As ASA’s top executive, Censky is in charge of managing ASA’s legislative, trade policy, international market development, membership and leadership development programs.Prior to joining ASA, Censky worked in Washington, D.C. for over a decade. He began his career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for agricultural and transportation matters to Senator Jim Abdnor (R-SD). Later he served in both the Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush Administrations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), helping to craft the 1990 Farm Bill and eventually serving as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service where he was involved in global trade negotiations and running our nation’s export programs.Censky received his Bachelor’s of Science degree of Agriculture from South Dakota State University and his Master’s Diploma in Agriculture Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He grew up on a soybean, corn and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minn.Censky accepted the award during the club’s February meeting on Feb. 10, 2015.“I’m honored to receive this award from the St. Louis Agribusiness Club,” Censky said. “Each member of this respected group has a hand in helping those who produce the food, fuel and clothing for our growing world population. I’m proud to be part of this team lending its voice to agricultural issues, leading innovation and ensuring growers have the tools and technology they need to continue feeding the world.”In addition to his work on behalf of all U.S. soy growers, the nominators sited Censky’s contributions at home in the St. Louis area, working as a leader in agriculture to bring together the diverse interests of the grain trade, farmers, transportation, trait providers and politicians to create an environment where agriculture and farming can lead in the fields of innovation and profitability.“We can think of no individual more deserving to receive the honor of St. Louis Agribusiness Club Agribusiness Leader of the Year,” they said. “Throughout his career, Steve has continually sought new and innovative approaches to the challenges and opportunities facing not only soybean growers and the soybean industry, but also St. Louis Agriculture overall.”Founded in 1981, the St. Louis Agribusiness Club provides educational, networking, and professional development for nearly 400 members while promoting a positive image for the agricultural industry. The Club works to attract agricultural companies and associations to the St. Louis area and plays an important role in helping government leaders better understand the importance of agriculture to our nation. Agribusiness accounts for 12 percent of the St. Louis region’s total area economic output and 20 percent of the region’s workforce.The American Soybean Association is a national, not-for-profit commodity organization with over 22,000 members and is headquartered in St. Louis. ASA works as the domestic and international policy advocate for soybean producer members.last_img read more

Banking data breach an ill omen

first_imgBanks are supposed to be among the most secure places on Earth, guarded against physical attacks and cyber-intrusions with extensive security measures.But after JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, said this week that more than 80 million customers were affected by a breach of its computer system, security experts warn that Wall Street remains vulnerable to cyberattacks and that other industries may be even worse off. The JPMorgan attack affected significantly more people than many experts initially thought, making it one of the largest breaches of a financial institution in recent history.“As you’d expect, banks face a lot of scrutiny in terms of regulation — and they do spend a lot of money on security,” said Ben Johnson, an expert at cybersecurity firm Bit9+CarbonBlack.“Credit cards and retailers are obviously one huge target right now,” he said, “but banks have all sorts of financial and personal information” that makes them attractive to hackers.JPMorgan said 76 million households and 7 million small businesses were affected by the cyberattack, which was first reported in August. There was no indication that hackers were able to take customers’ account information, including PINs or Social Security numbers, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. However, hackers did get their hands on customer names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses — plus internal bank information “relating to such user,” according to the filing.There have been a series of huge breaches over the past year, mostly attacks on major retailers in which malware was used to compromise payment systems. Last year, Target said data on up to 110 million of its customers had been compromised in a cyberattack. Last month, Home Depot said a breach at its U.S. and Canadian stores over a six-month period may have put an estimated 56 million payment cards at risk.last_img read more

Wynn Resorts promotes gender equality with launch of Culture and Community Department

first_img Load More RelatedPosts “Wynn Resorts gives every employee the same for professional growth and unlimited success,” said CEO Matt Maddox. “Now more than ever we are committed to ensuring equality, creating leaders and giving back to the communities in which we operate. The launch of our Culture and Community Department speaks to this promise and will help us continue to be the industry employer of choice.”The Culture and Community Department will include a Women’s Leadership Forum, designed to “further close the gender gap in management, provide career growth for female employees at all levels, create pay and title equity and ensure a safe workplace.”Several focus groups, studies and surveys have been commissioned to pinpoint possible inequities and areas where female employees could be advancing faster, Wynn Resorts revealed. The results will help shape new programs including mentorships, panel discussions and town hall meetings geared towards female employees.As Vice President of the Culture and Community Department, Clement will oversee the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts while also bolstering leadership development, employee education experiences and community relations.According to Wynn Resorts’ announcement, Clement has more than 20 years of experience in mobilizing and motivating global employee teams and has been featured as a thought leader in several best-selling books for her successful track record of engaging employees and increasing performance.She has worked with Wynn Resorts since 2014, serving first as Executive Director of Human Resources for Wynn Palace in Macau where she was responsible for all learning and advancement operations, as well as team member communications. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Innovation and Creative Development at Wynn Las Vegas.Before joining Wynn, Clement served in communications, diversity, branding, marketing, partnership development, and human resources capacities at MGM Resorts and was an executive leadership coach and consultant for clients including Coca-Cola NA, the World Series of Poker and the Phoenix Suns. Clement has helped raise millions of dollars from employee giving campaigns for a wide variety of charitable causes. Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Wynn Resorts has announced the creation of a new Culture and Community Department, to be headed by Corrine Clement, in the wake of the Steve Wynn sexual harassment scandal.According to an overnight announcement, the Culture and Community Department will support diversity and inclusion, gender equality, fair treatment in the workplace and employee charitable efforts in the community. Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this yearlast_img read more

Aero India 2015 Russia Hopes to Sign FifthGen Fighter Aircraft Deal with

first_imgRussia expressed confidence that the long delayed concluding agreement with India on the joint production of the fifth generation fighter aircraft can be signed this year.The two countries signed an initial contract in 2010 to build the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme, however, they have not been able to agree to the final terms of the contract.”We are in the final stage of negotiations for the FGFA contract,” United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC) Yuri Slyusar told the press at the ongoing Aero India airshow in Bengaluru, according to a Reuters report.The Indian RequirementsThe quibble relates to how the Indian version of the Russian-designed Sukhoi T-50 will differ from the Russian model, and over the amount of technology the Russians are willing to transfer. A Russian T-50 fighter lands at an airfield of the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturing plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. A new fighter aircraft seen as Russia’s response to U.S. advances in military aviation made a successful first test flight, plane maker Sukhoi said.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India was no longer satisfied with weapon deliveries or assembling, and added that transfer of technology to local companies and production within India would be a clause attached to the lucrative deals.India is expected to spend as much as $250 billion over the next decade in modernising the defence forces and the equipment.Aero India 2015″We think there is a possibility to sign the agreement within 2015. At least the Russian side think it will be done in 2015,” Slyusar said.Meanwhile, the ageing fleet of Russian-made MiGs and French Mirage fighter jets are now being replaced with India-made Sukhoi Su-30s and its upgradations.The French are eager to see the ink dry up on the contract to supply 126 Dassault Rafale, which has been stuck over Dassault unwilling to offer the necessary guarantees for localised production of the fourth generation fighter jet.Fifth Generation Fighter AircraftThe FGFA aircraft possess more advanced design and build, which equips the aircraft with significant stealth capabilities and would provide operators with deep penetration hits in enemy territory.”FGFA planes are important in terms of future capability,” Air Force Chief Arup Raha said on Thursday, at the Bangalore air show. Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA jet fighter lands after a demonstration flight at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow.ReutersRuha noted that a firm timeline for the closing of agreement was difficult to forecast.There are a total of five fifth-generation fighter jets in existence – the US-based Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II (the world’s most expensive defence programme ever), both combat-proven, though the F-35 has been plagued with issues.China has developed the J-11 and the J-20 FGFA, which could end up in the Pakistani fleet, who would be unable to persuade the Americans to sell them.The Russian Sukhoi T-50 forms the final name in the short list. The initial design has been agreed between the two nations in 2013, and they continue to work on the detailed design.In December, during his visit to the country, Russian President Vladmir Putin said that Russia would continue to remain India’s top defence partner.last_img read more

Nirmala Sitharaman as defence minister is good news for Make in India

first_imgDefence industries in India will likely gain momentum under the rule of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, only the second woman to hold the title in the country after Indira Gandhi, and the first to hold it full-time.Indian companies like Larsen and Toubro, Tata Power, Tata Motors, Cochin Shipyard, Bharat Electronics, Reliance Defence, Ashok Leyland and Bharat Forge have been waiting for years for India’s sizeable defence capital expenditure, Economic Times reported.But despite having many home-based defence companies, India is still one of the largest importers of defence products.Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India being the world’s largest defence importer, according to an International Peace Research Institute report. India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports between 2012 and 2016.India’s defence technological advancement has been clearly very slow, and if there is any war, India may not be prepared for it.However, the government is now pushing for faster and better improvement in the defence sector, propelled by surging geopolitical threats — mainly from China and Pakistan. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman returns a microphone after speaking with media at the 3rd Intersessional Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam May 22, 2017.Reuters fileMany significant defence projects, such as making submarines, frigates, battlefield management systems, artillery guns and tactical communication systems, are still on hold and need to be executed sooner than later.Make in India under Nirmala Sitharaman With Nirmala Sitharaman now appointed defence minister, expectations of local defence manufacturing companies are high that activities will likely gather steam in the defence sector and boost the Make in India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Make in India programme was launched in 2015 to encourage national and multinational companies to manufacture their products in India.If the overall activities are fast-tracked, analysts say India’s defence outlay could reach $250 billion over the next 10 years.That means the 30 percent local sources rule that applies on defence orders alone would offer a minimum opportunity of $75 billion for domestic players.However, defence companies in India have not shown any growth and neither received any order so far despite the government’s Make in India initiative. Now, with a full-time minister appointed, the sector is expected to grow.”With the support of the Prime Minister, so many things have happened in the ministry like Start-up India, Make in India, etc. There is some misconception about Make in India, but it will be answered,” said Nirmala Sitharaman after her appointment. Close 5 little-known facts about India’s new Defence Ministercenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Is HDFC Bank the secret of top funds show in beating benchmark

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is seen at the BSE building in Mumbai, India, January 25, 2017. Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) policies have helped buoy banking stocks. ReutersBanking and financial institution stocks have been outperforming the market from December when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) began pumping liquidity into the economy, despite some bad debt woes. HDFC Bank may have emerged as the best bet for equity investors as it has helped deliver for top fund managers more growth than the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50. No wonder that four of the five equity mutual funds that topped the 11.7 per cent growth of the National Stock Exchange’s (NSE) benchmark index, which rose from a low of 10,488 on December 10 close to mark a high of 11,761 on April 3, had HDFC Bank as one of the top three stakes on their portfolios.Since former bureaucrat Shaktikanta Das took over as RBI governor from Urjit Patel, who left after strident criticism by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over a liquidity squeeze that smothered economic growth, the central bank has taken a series of measures to help build liquidity in the market. The economy’s liquidity is vital for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is heading the coalition government of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), in the general election 2019.The RBI added to the liquidity by reducing the repo rates twice by 25 basis points each. It is making available to the government dividend to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore, a substantial part of which has gone to recapitalise the ailing public sector banks that have been victims of bad loans and banking scams including by some high-profile economic offence fugitives who fled the country. Foreign institutional investors (FII) have sustained a healthy net fund inflow through the first three months of the year, sustaining a long due market rally.From October 31, 2018, low of 1885, HDFC Bank rallied to top 2,332 on April 1, 2019. The stock has come off the highs during the last two weeks, with the chart last week showing signs of a reversal, closing the week on Friday at 2,265 after hitting a high of 2,272. HDFC Bank building. The top private bank has been one of the top three stocks on the portfolios of four of the five funds that beat the benchmark index in growth since December 2018.ReutersNifty Bank has been doing well over the last two quarters with the sectoral benchmark hitting an all-time high of 30,648 on April 1, 2019. After a consolidation over the past two weeks, technical experts say another uptrend is in sight unless there is some grave election campaign goof-up on the part of the ruling party. The daily chart is showing the bullish inverted hammer on April 11, and closed the week on Friday at 29,938, coming off the day’s high of 30,000. With the RSI (relative strength indicator) reigning above 60 showing strong momentum and price action above the Ichimoku cloud, experts suggest the prices must be headed north.Of the five funds that the Economic Times surveyed last week, the HDFC Multicap Fund, IIFL Focused Equity Fund, Franklin India Focused Equity, and SBI Focused Equity Fund had HDFC Bank as one of the three top stocks on their portfolios. Only HDFC Equity Fund did not include the bank stock. The HSBC Multicap Fund, which has Rs 516 crore assets under management (AUM) achieved 13.14 per cent growth while IIFL Focused Equity Fund with Rs 164 crore AUM notched up 16.33 per cent growth, according to the report. SBI Focused Equity Fund with Rs 3,580 crore AUM came with returns to the tune of 13.11 per cent while Franklin India Focused Equity handling Rs 7,445 crore achieved returns of 13.84 per cent. Only the Rs 22,503-crore HDFC Equity Fund’s 12.95 per cent returns were managed without HDFC Bank on its portfolio.last_img read more

Rickshaw puller stabbed dead

first_img.A rickshaw puller was stabbed to death by some unidentified miscreants near the Hindu goddess Kali’s temple in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat early Wednesday.The deceased is Santu Das, 29, son of a certain Raghunath Das of Sonarpatti Kundupara in the district town, reports UNB.A group of miscreants swooped on Santu and stabbed him indiscriminately while passing through the Sweeper Patti area around 12 am, leaving him dead on the spot, said sadar police station officr-in-charge Maminul Haq.The motive behind the killing could not be known immediately, he added.Police, however, detained Joy, 31, a sweeper by profession, for interrogation in this connection, he said.last_img read more

Tis the Season

first_img Holiday Hurdles 15+ min read What Not To Sell There is more to making the most of the holidays than having the products everybody wants. Shipping policies and procedures, timing, site design, payment options, sourcing and more all play roles in getting the most from the year-end opportunity. Of them all, timing may be the most vital. Experts and experienced sellers all sing the same tune: Start early.”You have to start very, very early,” stresses Hess. “Online, people tend to shop early, so we start about October 15.” Why so soon? Hess explains that his listings generally run 10 days. “If we start October 15, those seemingly early auctions will end October 25, the following ones will end November 3 and so on,” he says. “We’ll have only six to eight cycles to take full advantage of the Christmas holiday [season].”Others say October is late. “Theoretically, it starts on Thanksgiving, but there’s a lot of planning that starts before then,” says Joseph T. Sinclair, author of eBay Business the Smart Way. “If you don’t plan, you’re going to get caught short. You won’t know whether to promote something because you won’t know whether you’re going to get it in stock. September should be the target [planning] date for the [holiday shopping] season, so everybody’s ready to go in November.”Early is the time to line up a trusted source of supply, especially for items you think will be your best movers. “Make sure you have reliable suppliers who are going to deliver when they say they will,” stresses Schepp. “What could be worse than trying to put your listings up on December 15 because the product you were promised by November didn’t show up [on time]?”Another key early task is staffing. “This is not a time to scrimp,” says Schepp. “You might have to hire people to get your shipments out, and those are things you don’t want to be putting in place the first week of December. You want to make sure you have everything ready to go.”You may also want to change your look and feel. “Have your webmaster dress up your pages with a Christmas theme instead of using your normal template for your [item listings],” suggests Sinclair. One specific suggestion is to take advantage of the eBay gift icon. The wrapped-gift logo tells shoppers you can help them check an item off their to-do list by gift-wrapping their purchases and mailing them directly to gift recipients.Shipshape ShippingOffering gift-wrapping and delivery to a gift recipient can be a powerful word-of-mouth tool for expanding your marketing, says Barbara Weltman, a small-business consultant and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting an eBay Business. When the wrapped gifts arrive, recipients will be exposed to your business, Weltman says. “This is an opportunity to reach people who aren’t your customers, and perhaps gain new customers.”You may want to offer free shipping on Buy It Now items, says Schepp. “If you offer it strictly for Buy It Now customers, you’re giving them a little bonus, and you’re also encouraging people who want to get their shopping done and don’t want to wait five or six days for your [listing] to end.”Whether you decide to offer free shipping or not, make sure you ship sold items quickly, says Kitchener. “The main thing we do is ship fast, especially at Christmastime,” he says. “You get all kinds of people with deadlines.” Dangerous Threads ships via the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx Ground, and usually ships items within 24 to 48 hours, which gives most shoppers enough cushion to make sure their items arrive in time for the holidays.Because of those deadlines, take extra care to clearly explain shipping policies in your listings. Consider how you could simplify your shipping policies to make everything as fast and easy as possible for the hurried gift-purchaser. Says Hassler, “We include a standard shipping rate to the U.S., Canada and other international locations so people aren’t slowed down by having to write to us and ask for [the shipping costs].”When designing holiday listings, make sure your terms include accepting payment through PayPal. Faster payment means faster shipping, which makes it easier for shoppers to make their deadlines.To make it even more likely that gift-buyers will make their deadlines, you can and should consider refusing to guarantee holiday arrival after a certain date. “People will buy things on the 23rd of December, expecting to have them before Christmas,” explains Hassler. “That’s been a problem, so we’ll quit having [listings] a few days before.”Kitchener stops selling some products much earlier, particularly custom items. “We make some beautiful custom guitar straps,” he says, “and we’ll cut off the orders for those about three weeks before Christmas because of the shop time required to make the items.” Be sure not to promise buyers items you can’t deliver.Hess employs a more complex solution. As the number of days before Christmas shrinks, Hess Fine Art reduces the lengths of its listings. From the usual 10 days, Hess goes to seven-, five-, three- and even one-day listings. The formula is simple: “Count the days to Christmas, subtract the days for shipping, and figure when those auctions will end.”Selling PoliciesYou should also consider your terms of sale. Start by thinking about adding more Buy It Now items. “Impulse buys are better that way,” says Hassler, who does primarily Buy It Now sales during the holidays instead of the auction-style listings that are her usual method. “People don’t want to wait a week to get a book that someone else may have on Buy It Now.” To increase the speed of the sale, use Buy It Now with immediate payments through PayPal. The transaction is instantaneous and saves you critical time spent waiting for payment.During the holidays, it may be more important for you to offer PayPal Buyer Credit, which allows your buyers to finance their purchases through GE Money Bank, the financial entity behind PayPal Buyer Credit. “During the rest of the year, it might not be worthwhile for some sellers,” says Sinclair. “But during Christmas, when everyone is scrambling for money to buy gifts, they might [offer] it for one month.”When everyone is scrambling, they’re more likely to buy the wrong item, one that doesn’t fit, or one that just isn’t what the recipient had in mind. For that reason, returns tend to go up during and shortly after the holidays. So it’s important to keep a relaxed attitude toward customers who, after being relatively easy to please all year, have suddenly turned uncertain, demanding and difficult during the holidays.”You have to be a little more liberal and a little more giving and caring,” as Hess puts it. “You have to be more friendly and more forgiving, because clients are more emotional then in their buying habits.” Experienced eBay sellers say there’s not always an obvious reason why some items move better during nonholiday periods, but it does happen. Jeff Hess, owner of Hess Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida, says, “It’s difficult to sell large diamonds on eBay [during the holiday season]. Not expensive diamond jewelry–[that’s] easy to sell. But large solitaires, one carat and up, are difficult.”Likewise, holiday shoppers at Dangerous Threads, based in Nashville, Tennessee, snub the leather-craft supplies that are mainstays the rest of the year. Owner Bob Kitchener thinks he knows why. “It stands to reason,” he says. “You don’t want to hand somebody a gift of a pile of rivets.” Generally, experts say, holiday-unfriendly items can be anything not usually regarded as a gift.Celebrate All Year LongDon’t assume you’ve got it made because you nailed Christmas. The final quarter is the biggest for most eBay sellers, but it’s not the only important holiday season. For some on eBay, it’s not even the most important. “Halloween is a real good one,” says online sales expert Debra Schepp. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day herald sales surges for flowers, perfume, candy and jewelry; themed decorations can be hot for Easter and the Fourth of July.Make a List, Check it Twice…You’ll be in great shape to take advantage of the busy holiday season if you prepare in advance for the rush. This handy checklist will help you prioritize what needs to be done:Get started early, as many consumers start their holiday shopping as early as October.Sign up for PayPal, and offer it on all your listings.Check your eBay preferences, and update your listing and shipping policies if necessary. You can also change your default template to give your pages a “holiday” theme.Find reliable supply sources. Make sure they’ll be able to deliver when they say they can.If you sell custom-made items, stock up on bestsellers, and start your listings early.Gather marketplace data via a Completed Listings search or other method.Sell in-demand products to boost sales this holiday season. Check Seller Central for hot items.For a useful merchandising and promotion calendar of important dates, visit third-party sources for the scoop on what’s hot. Terapeak Marketing Research offers its own “Hot List” reports, based on eBay data going back as far as a year. The buzz on upcoming movies can be found at and Internet Movie Database. And check out “Hot Stuff” on page 48 for our preview of 2005’s top sellers.Assess staffing requirements, and hire temps if necessary.Order ebay/usps co-branded shipping boxes from the U.S. Postal Service.Order wrapping paper and gift enclosure cards. The eBay Shop sells eBay wrapping paper; type “paper” into the search box to find it.Reconfigure your shipping assembly line to accommodate special requests, such as wrapping gifts and shipping directly to gift recipients.Explain shipping prices and policies clearly to buyers. Consider offering free shipping on Buy It Now items.Save the DatesYour customers expect their purchases to arrive on time for the holidays, so it’s critical you ensure every item ships when you say it will. These guidelines on shipping basics can help you stay on top of deadlines–and keep your customers happy:Make sure last-minute shoppers know your terms and policies. Tell them clearly and in advance if what they’re buying won’t arrive in time, or if getting it there requires extra shipping fees.Keep in mind that neither FedEx nor UPS delivers on Christmas Day; however, both offer one-day shipping services. An item shipped on December 23 will arrive the next day. The U.S. Postal Service does not deliver normal mail on Christmas Day. However, if an order is shipped using Express Mail, the USPS will attempt delivery on December 25, unless it’s a Sunday.Priority Mail from USPS, which usually takes two to three days to deliver, can take up to two weeks in the busy month of December, so plan accordingly. Guaranteed service by your carrier of choice is the best way to go.Different deadlines apply when you’re shipping internationally, so check with your carrier in advance for details.Hot StuffBefore making your list of products to stock this holiday season, make sure you check out the latest “Hot Categories Report”. As you approach the high tide of holiday sales, the reports available here will tell you where both demand and bids for items are growing.But why stop there? There’s a lot more you can do to find out what is likely to sell well for the holidays. For instance, some categories are always in demand. Perennial holiday winners include cameras, cell phones, clothing, collectibles, dolls and bears, electronics, jewelry and watches, sporting goods and, of course, toy and hobby items.Want to know which items will be especially hot this year? Check the roster of Hollywood films slated for holiday release, suggests Jim Migdal, senior category manager for eBay Toys & Hobbies. “Those always drive sales,” he explains.With that in mind, this December 9, Walt Disney Co. will release The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the perpetually popular children’s books by C.S. Lewis. You can find more info on upcoming movies at and Internet Movie Database.You can also find information about the categories you specialize in. The scoop on hot toys, for instance, can be found in forecasts by Toy Wishes. In the spring and fall, this journal’s editors list toys they think will be most in demand during the summer and holiday seasons. Another way to find forecasts for what will be hot this holiday season: Type “holiday watch 2005” into an internet search engine, and check out the results.Sellers of dolls and collectibles can reliably predict increased demand for certain items during the holidays. Prewar Lionel trains, Hot Wheels cars from the 1960s, and bisque dolls from France and Germany are always scarce and in demand at the holidays, explains Migdal.Climate also plays a role with holiday hot-sellers such as sporting goods and clothing. That’s why ski jackets will tend to outsell bathing suits. And when it comes to popular categories such as electronics and jewelry, consider offering more expensive items than you might at other times of the year–shoppers’ wallets are open, and they are, after all, in a giving mood.Finally, keep an eye on current events, and stay alert for one-of-a-kind opportunities. One of these occurred when a manufacturer mistakenly made just 6,000 Polar Express trains. Says Migdal, “They sold out very quickly, and we saw them on eBay for two or three times the list price.” For the latest hot sellers by category, go to Seller Central. Click on “Category Tips,” then click on “In Demand” under the appropriate category.Mark Henricks writes on business and technology for leading publications and is author of Not Just a Living. Everyone else may be getting out their sweaters, but on eBay, holiday time is the hottest season. For many brick-and-mortar retailers, November and December are the make-it-or-break-it months, when the offline world racks up as much as 50 percent of annual sales and an even larger percentage of profits. So it’s not surprising that eBay sellers report that the holidays are important to them as well. “We probably do a little more than a third of our business in that period of time,” says Jenanne Hassler (eBay User ID: jenanne), who, along with her husband, sells an average of $3,000 worth of video games and video-game books each month on eBay from Waynesville, North Carolina.Many larger eBay sellers have similar experiences. Jeff Hess, 54, owner of Hess Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida, does close to $5 million annually on eBay, selling vintage watches, jewelry, art and antiques. About 25 percent are holiday sales, says Hess (eBay User ID: hessfine), who adds that since he began emphasizing eBay over his brick-and-mortar store several years ago, the holidays have become even more important. “In the past, like most vintage retailers, we didn’t have a very active Christmas season,” Hess says. “Our season was essentially over by November 15. With the advent of eBay, we found we were more like the standard Christmas holiday retailers, [which see an increase during the holiday season].”There are a couple of reasons why the holidays are critical for eBay sellers. One is that eBay increases its advertising budget during the holidays, executing a wide array of marketing, advertising and promotional tactics to encourage buying holiday gifts on eBay. Every retailer should take advantage of the significant effort eBay makes to drive traffic to its site during this crucial time of year.Another reason is that eBay is so mainstream, it can’t help but be affected by society as a whole, says Debra Schepp, a writer in Middletown, Maryland, who co-authored eBay PowerSeller Secrets: Insider Tips From eBay’s Most Successful Sellers. “It’s becoming more and more true as people are more comfortable with shopping on eBay–and devoted to shopping on eBay,” Schepp says. “Plus, there are lots of things that make it convenient [for buyers] to shop on eBay, like the fact that you can offer [them] gift-wrapping and direct shipping to recipients. That makes eBay competitive with any online shopping [destination].” The proof, Schepp says, is the fact that the biggest shopping day of the year–the day after Thanksgiving–is the same for both offline retailers and eBay sellers.Best SellersSince making the most of the holiday season is a priority for most businesses on eBay, where do you start? First and foremost, sell what people want to buy. So what are the hottest holiday items on eBay? “It all depends on what you’re selling,” says Marsha Collier, author of eBay Business All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies. “That’s the magic [of] eBay. People can come and buy just about anything, and people want just about anything.”The holiday hotties on eBay tend to mirror what’s hot elsewhere (and often what you can’t find elsewhere). As a marketplace of many small sellers rather than one dominated by a few mega-retailers, it’s truly a democratic free-for-all, with the decision about what sells ultimately resting in the hands of the buyers. “Since what’s for sale on eBay isn’t dependent on a big corporation or a bunch of executives deciding what to sell this season, it’s a reflection of what’s happening [all over] America,” Schepp says. “Anything that’s popular somewhere else is going to be turning up on eBay.”With that in mind, eBay sellers who want to make the most of the holidays should make it a point to know what’s selling well in society at large during the period. When an in-demand item is hard to find offline, buyers turn to eBay. For instance, notes Schepp, when the iPod was scarce in traditional brick-and-mortar channels last year, units were still available on eBay–and selling like hot cakes.A few recurring themes outline what makes a product hot during the holidays. For instance, Hassler, 37, says higher-end rare books sell better during the holidays than at other times of the year. In other words, if you’re selling products like watches during the holidays, think Rolex. Bundled products–items sold together at a special price–are also better sellers during that period, Hassler says: “It’s a focus on items that may not sell during the [rest of the] year because you’re not going to buy them for yourself, but you’re going to put them on your wish list.”One-of-a-kind custom orders also move better during the holidays for Bob Kitchener, owner of Dangerous Threads, a Nashville, Tennessee, eBay retailer of leather goods and craft items (eBay User ID: bobkitchener). “Custom stuff is really good at Christmastime, along with customized things like [guitar] straps and belts with names on them,” says Kitchener, 53.The price tag is likewise a key indicator of what will sell for Hess. “It seems like everything expensive sells better during the holidays,” he explains.To know everything about what sells, you’d have to survey all eBay sellers, or at least a large sample of them. Luckily, you can use a variety of tools that track, analyze and report on the bestselling items instead. The “Hot Categories Report” is an eBay tool for sellers that lists Hot, Very Hot and Super Hot categories each month based on factors including month-over-month bid growth, bids-per-item and conversion rate. To view the report, go to Seller Central, click on “What’s Hot,” then click “Hot Items by Category.” eBay Pulse gives you a sense in real time of what people are looking for. You can also find out what items are hot in a particular category by going to Seller Central, clicking on “Category Tips,” and clicking on “In Demand” under any category.There are also third-party sources for information on what’s hot for the holidays. Terapeak Marketing Research licenses eBay transaction data and goes back as far as a year to provide its own “Hot List” reports. Andale is a third-party subscription service that includes detailed research tools, including information on hot-selling products.Finally, don’t neglect to place at least some trust in your own well-honed instincts, advises Jim Migdal, senior category manager for eBay Toys & Hobbies. He’s been impressed and occasionally amazed at how eBay retailers seem to intuitively stay ahead of hot-item trends. “Our sellers just have a nose for that stuff,” he says. “And they find it and get it on the site.”center_img It’s All in the Timing Holiday selling isn’t, in fact, all about having fun and making a bunch of money. The holidays present special challenges in addition to trickier sourcing and more frequent returns.For instance, if you gift-wrap and send items directly to the recipients, you won’t be protected by the PayPal Seller Protection Policy, because that applies only when items are sent to verified addresses. You’ll need to decide how much your customers will appreciate being able to ship wrapped gifts directly to recipients, and balance that against the value of PayPal coverage. “It is very convenient to have items shipped directly to the recipient,” says Collier, who adds that you don’t have to advertise your gift-wrap policy, but can apply it on a case-by-case basis. “If you get a special request and the person has a good feedback rating and you’re comfortable with the situation, you might want to do it,” she says. If you do choose to offer gift services, practice your due diligence. It’s a great strategy for the holidays that could lead to many more sales.Another issue: Since every other holiday-savvy eBay seller is going to be tuned in and looking for the next hot product, it’s going to be that much harder for you to be first. And if you do happen to find yourself with a garage full of hot-selling items, your holiday-happy rivals may realize it nearly as soon as you do and flood the market with their own similar items. “If you find something is selling really well, you can’t be complacent with it,” warns Schepp. “Ultimately, it’s going to show up on the hot list, and everybody’s going to see it. You can easily end up with an overstocked item when the bottom drops out.” Use eBay resources such as the “Hot Categories Report” and Completed Items searches to keep tabs on the competition and avoid having too much “me, too” product on hand.Remember, as eBay has grown into a global, multi-cultural phenomenon, the meaning of the holidays has gotten less clear in terms of the entire audience of buyers on eBay. So while you should certainly try to take advantage of the end-of-the-year gifting binge, it’s also important to do it in a way that recognizes cultural differences. Many eBay buyers don’t celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other year-end holidays, or they celebrate differently.For instance, in Canada, the biggest shopping day of the year is traditionally not the day after Thanksgiving, but the day after Christmas, a holiday known as Boxing Day and celebrated in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand. Keep such differences in mind. Advertising only a “holiday sale” instead of a “Christmas sale” will help you remain inclusive. “You need to be selling for everybody,” advises Collier, who suggests simply promoting a “sale” in your listing titles and saving the rest of the character count for important keywords.If there’s one overriding and enduring theme to the holidays, it may be that this is when you should keep an open mind, be creative and be willing to do things differently. While it’s certainly nice to get some extra sales at the holidays, it can be even better to learn something new that will help sustain your sales throughout the year. “The holidays are a great time to experiment because there’s a lot of traffic,” says Sinclair. “If you want to experiment with what sells and what doesn’t, what sells better on sale and off, you’ll get better feedback during the holidays than at other times of year.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 31, 2005last_img read more

LGBT Travel Belgium includes Brussels Your local power

first_imgEXHIBITIONS “SEXUAL TOWN” Benoit Geets Dates: 04/05 > 03/07 Opening: 04/05 – 8 pm Venue: RainbowHouse Brussels More information:“Pandora’s Box” LGBTQI+ violence, resistance and appropriation Collectif Mixture: François Harray, Michèle Barley, Nathalie Gassel, Michel Elias, Tamina Beausoleil Dates: 03/05 > 30/06 Venue: ULB-VUB Museum of Contemporary Art – ALLENDE Room Opening: 03/05 – 6 pm More information: “Let’s get HIV out of the closet!”- Dates: 06/05 and 17/05 Venues: “Out! Village” at the Iris Festival (06/05) and “Ihsane Jarfi Day” (17/05) More information: DOCUMENTARIES Cinédames Film debate in collaboration with the association Activ’Elles Date: 03 May Venue: Schaerbeek House of Women More MASSIMADI Festival LGBTI+ films and documentaries Date: 03>05 May Venue: Bronks More information: Ciné-club Pride Dates: 03/05 >20/05 Venue: Jacques Franck Cultural Centre More information: SHOW “Speak Easy with Frej Haar” Open, queer and multilingual scene Date: 03/05 – 8 pm Venue: Pianofabriek More information:“King Kong Theory” Stage adaptation of the book by Virginie Despentes Date: 07/05 – 8.30 pm Venue: Théâtre des Riches Claires [Theatre of the Rich Clares] More information: The Sassy Cabaret: Pride edition Sassy and elegant variety show Date: 17/05 – 8.30 pm Venue: Jacques Franck Cultural Centre More information: “Melting Pot” performance Ritual and improvised group dance Date: 19/05 – 11 pm Venue: Zodiac (Los Niños party) More information: Speed debating: Your local power! Meeting between politicians and activists on local topics Date: 14/05 – 5-10 pm Venue: RainbowHouse Brussels More information: “Fatlesque” with Rubyyy Jones Date: 16/05 – 6-8 pm Venue: RainbowHouse Brussels More information: “Echos Tango” with Edith & Marcelle Mixed beginners queer tango course for LGBTI+ Date: 16/05 – 8.30-10.30 pm Venue: RainbowHouse Brussels More information: Colonial oppression and sexual emancipation Meeting with Abdella Taïa Date: 08/05 Venue: Royal Museums of Fine Arts More information: Out and Home: Cross-dress codes Meeting with artists? Sara Selma Dolorès, Gurshad Shaheman, Mademoiselle Boop Performances: “Benediction” collective Date: 12/05 Venue: La Bellone More information: Rainbow Tours of Brussels From unusual anecdotes to the noteworthy events in LGBTQI history, Marian Lens, sociologist, will introduce you to cosmopolitan Brussels in its rainbow colours. Dates: 6-11-13-16-18/05 Departure point: Grand-Place and RainbowHouse More information: COMMUNITY EVENT Ihsane Jarfi Day A commemorative event to combat discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic, cultural and religious origin. Date: 17/05 – 5-10 pm Venue: Place de la Monnaie More information: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Share this:center_img Like this:Like Loading… Within Belgian Pride 2018, the Belgian Pride Festival, which will be held from 3 to 20 May, will this year address the theme “Your local power”. A wide range of activities, evenings, workshops, guided tours and events on this subject will be on offer during these two weeks. Like every year, the various PRIDE FESTIVAL events will take place in the month of May. It is a key moment in the life of the LGBTI+ communities in Brussels. That’s because, apart from being a festive event, Belgian Pride is the ideal time for putting forward the community’s appeals and suggesting new lines of political thought. The theme chosen for this year is “Your local power”. The chance for the three main Belgian LGBTI+ associations – RainbowHouse Brussels, Arc-en-ciel Wallonie et çavaria – to call out their future elected representatives on questions of respect for diversity in everyday life, as the communal elections approach.People’s lives are lived first and foremost in their street, district, municipality or city, where they live or through which they pass. Local politics therefore have a huge impact on the daily life of every citizen, including that of these LGBTI+ residents. This is why in 2018, Belgian Pride is putting municipalities and cities under the rainbow banner. On Friday 18 May, it will be the Rainbow Village’s turn to kick off the Belgian Pride weekend’s festivities. The bars in Saint-Jean district will host DJ sets and other performances put on for the occasion. On Saturday 19 May, the unmissable Belgian Pride procession, the grand finale of the festival fortnight, will fill the centre of the capital with life. Here is an overview of the activities offered by the Pride Festival… Get ready for the Belgian Pride Festival from 4 to 20 May in Brussels23rd edition of Belgian Pride will be full of new featuresFor two weeks, Brussels has welcomed thousands to Pride Festival and Belgian Pride 2018More articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

Costa Rica lets win slip away draws 11 with El Salvador

first_imgRelated posts:CONCACAF Gold Cup preview: Ticos look to re-establish themselves as region’s top team Injury may keep Costa Rica’s star goalkeeper Keylor Navas out of the Gold Cup Costa Rica loses to Mexico on heartbreaking penalty call in Gold Cup quarterfinals Costa Rica’s La Sele throttles Jamaica 3-0 A maligned Costa Rican defense stuck tight for 90 minutes only to crack open in the final seconds of its 1-1 draw with El Salvador in Saturday’s Gold Cup game. Despite holding another seemingly comfortable lead for 30 minutes, the Costa Rica men’s national team now faces potential elimination in the tournament’s group stage.In the 61st minute, team captain Bryan Ruiz netted what looked to be Costa Rica’s game-clinching goal before El Salvador’s Dustin Corea tied the match in stoppage time. After the draw, a clearly frustrated Ruiz told a television reporter that the defensive error that led to El Salvador’s late goal was unacceptable.“They attacked us and we gave them the draw they were looking for,” Ruiz said. “We have to do better.”This marks the third consecutive match with a regional rival where Costa Rica has let a clear lead slip away into a tie. Just as the defense collapsed in second half of games against Mexico and Jamaica, it did so in the most untimely of ways against heavy underdog El Salvador, which is ranked 88th in the world.CONCACAF Gold Cup preview: Ticos look to re-establish themselves as region’s top teamWanchope is still looking for his first win as the head coach of the men’s national team, as his record drops to 0-3-4. The young coach looked content to protect the one-goal lead when he substituted veteran defender Michael Umaña for striker Álvario Saborío, who had been effective and set up Ruiz’s goal in the 61st minute.When questioned about his tactical moves and substitutions after the game, Wanchope said it’s always easy to criticize a coach’s decision after the match has been decided.“When you make substitutions and you win, it was a good decision, but when you make substitutions and you lose, you were wrong,” Wanchope said.The former national team star turned coach said his team played much better in the second half after a scoreless first period. However, a draw leaves Costa Rica with just two points in Group B play, leaving it tied with El Salvador behind first-place Jamaica, who the Ticos tied on Wednesday.Aside from Ruiz and Saborío, both Celso Borges and Esteban Alvarado continued their stellar play from the opener.Midway through the first half, a brilliant effort from El Salvador’s captain Arturo Álvarez nearly led to a goal for La Selecta, but Esteban Alvarado used all of his 6-foot-4 frame to deflect the high-arching shot. El Salvador had several breakaway opportunities where a forward was left one-on-one with a Costa Rican defender, but Alvarado stood tall to shut the Central American rivals out for the first 90 minutes.Without Cristian Gamboa, who was ruled out earlier in the week with a right knee injury, the midfield struggled to choke control of the ball. Borges was the singular bright spot in the middle while Gamboa’s replacement, Francisco Calvo, slid to the back line.Borges nearly scored La Sele’s second goal when his free kick in the 64th minute ended up just left of goal after ricocheting off a defender’s knee.Costa Rica’s closest chance to score in the first half came when Saborío lofted a pass into a crowd that took El Salvador goalie Derby Carillo far out of net. The ball dropped to captain Bryan Ruiz, who missed a contested shot that left the Ticos scoreless.It was almost a black cat sign for the defense when a fan ran onto the field to take a selfie with Alvarado in goal. Just minutes later Alvarado stood stunned as Corea’s goal slipped the rug on Costa Rica’s lead. Now, instead of being tied atop Group B with four points, Costa Rica will look to claw its way into the Gold Cup’s knockout stage with a win Tuesday over Canada, who will have the privilege of hosting the game in Toronto.“It’s an error that can’t happen but it happened and now we have to look forward to winning this last game,” Ruiz said. Mariana Loaiza/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

China submits oceanic claims to United Nations

first_img Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona A statement posted to the Foreign Ministry’s website gave no specifics, but China had pledged to make such a submission shortly after its dispute with Japan over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea flared again in September. Japan angered China by buying the islands from their private Japanese owners to block a rival bid by Tokyo’s nationalist mayor, a move Japan had hoped would prevent a bigger crisis.Violent anti-Japanese protests then broke out across China to assert what many Chinese believe is their country’s ages-old claim on the rocky outcrops, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Taiwan also claims them.China’s move is a way for it to underscore its claim, but will have little real impact. The U.N. commission to which it submitted its claim, which comprises geological experts, evaluates the markers on technical grounds but has no authority to resolve overlapping claims.The U.N. submission represents one aspect of China’s approach to the dispute. Another involves dispatching vessels to patrol in the area and confront Japanese Coast Guard ships.On Thursday, China for the first time dispatched a plane over the islands, prompting Tokyo to accuse it of violating Japanese air space. Japan’s Defense Agency said four Japanese F-15 jets headed to the area in response, but the nonmilitary Chinese plane was nowhere to be seen by the time they got there. The Foreign Ministry said a formal protest was sent to the Chinese government through its embassy in Japan. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – China provided the United Nations with detailed claims to waters in the East China Sea on Friday, apparently padding out its legal argument in an ongoing territorial dispute with Japan.The Foreign Ministry said it submitted documents claiming waters extending beyond its 200-nautical-mile (370-kilometer) exclusive economic zone. It said geological features dictated that China’s claim extended to the edge of the continental shelf off the Chinese coast, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Japan’s Okinawa island. How do cataracts affect your vision? How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation The islands lie in a strategic location between Japan and Taiwan, and the surrounding waters hold rich fish stocks and a potential wealth of oil, gas and other minerals.The area China claims overlaps with Japan’s exclusive economic zone and includes undersea natural gas deposits that China at one time had pledged to tap jointly with Japan. Such joint measures have since been shelved by Beijing.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more