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India, Myanmar to discuss trade, security ties

first_imgIndian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna headed to Myanmar on Monday after reaffirming India’s commitment to economic and strategic cooperation with its Mayanmar’s new nominally civilian government.Krishna is the first high-level Indian official to visit Myanmar since an elected government replaced a military junta in March.India and Myanmar have developed deep economic and security ties over the past decade. India has said it believes talking quietly is a better approach than sanctions in dealing with Myanmar’s military-backed government, which has been widely criticized for human rights abuses.On Monday, Krishna did not reply directly to a question about whether he would meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his three-day visit. “I don’t know if I will get a chance to interact with other leaders during my brief stay in Yangon,” he said.India is also wary of China’s growing influence in Myanmar, and is in competition with its large regional rival for access to the country’s large natural gas resources.India and Myanmar have widened cooperation between their security forces since the mid-1990s, with both countries fighting armed insurgencies along their shared border.India says separatist rebels in its northeastern states often slip across the 1,000-mile-long border and take shelter in jungle bases inside Myanmar.Krishna, who will meet Myanmar President Thein Sein, said he will explore ways to increase trade and investment in oil and gas projects, hydroelectric power and railways.Two-way trade, which has doubled since 2006, reached $1.57 billion in 2010. The two countries will also review progress on a $110 million project to improve transport links to India’s remote northeastern states, Krishna said.advertisementThe ambitious Kaladan project includes the building of roads, a waterway on the Kaladan River and development of Sittwe port in western Myanmar, which will provide an opening to the sea for India’s landlocked northeastern states.- With AP inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Mark Hughes fired as Stoke City manager after FA Cup exit

first_imgMark Hughes has been sacked as Stoke City manager after his side’s 2-1 loss against Fourth-tier Coventry City in the FA Cup third round on Saturday night.Stoke dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone this week after a run of just two wins in its last 12 matches. It was surprising that Hughes made it to the Coventry match, given the significance of a home loss at Newcastle in the league on Monday.”I’m not naive,” Hughes said after the loss at the Ricoh Arena, “and I realize people will talk about my position.”Three hours later, he was out.Hughes was in charge for 4 1/2 years, guiding the club from central England to three straight ninth-place finishes in his first three seasons.This season, however, Stoke has been undermined by defensive problems – it has conceded 47 goals in 22 games in the league, more than any other team – and has lost eight of its last 11 games.In a brief statement, Stoke said it would look to hire a replacement “as soon as possible.”Stoke is in 18th place in the 20-team Premier League, the final relegation spot.Hughes, a former Manchester United striker, had exactly 200 games in charge of Stoke, following spells as coach of Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Manchester City, Blackburn and Wales’ national team.After taking over from the pragmatic Tony Pulis, Hughes tried to make Stoke more expansive and bought a number of talented players from across Europe who had lost their way after bright starts to their careers.advertisementThe likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic, Marko Arnautovic and Ibrahim Afellay impressed in spells but were not consistent. Stoke gradually lost its identity – it started to concede more goals but was never prolific at the other end of the field – and was in disarray in recent weeks.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

India vs Australia: R Ashwin practices alone on New Year’s day ahead of Sydney Test

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin is leaving no stone unturned to get ready for the fourth and final Test between India and Australia in Sydney this week. Ashwin, who was ruled out of the third Test due to a side strain that he suffered in the first match in Adelaide, was seen practicing alone in an indoor facility at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.Ashwin was the only one who turned up for practice on New Year’s day while the rest of the Indian team players took a day off.The Tamil Nadu off-spinner had team physio Patrick Farhart and another support staff member for company.Ashwin will be really key for India if he gets fit in time for the Sydney Test as the pitch at the SCG has the reputation of favouring the spinners more than the fast bowlers, especially after the second day.The 31-year-old was impressive in the first Test in Adelaide which India won by 31 runs. Ashwin picked up 6 wickets in the match, 3 in each innings, as bowled more than 86 overs.India dearly missed his services in the second match in Perth where his Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon picked up the man-of-the-match award for finishing with 8 wickets including a five-wicket haul in India’s first innings.Australian players on the other hand, were up early on the New Year’s day as they had an optional training session at the SCG.Australia’s pace quartet of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle along with the Marsh brothers Shaun and Mitchell and Travis Head skipped the training session, according to cricket.com.au.advertisementWhile newest member of their squad, Marnus Labuschagne was bowling at the nets, under-fire Aaron Finch did not bat but was seen taking a few slip catches.The Indian players meanwhile, welcomed the new year from Sydney. Captain Virat Kohli had spent the new year’s eve, partying with Bollywood actor and wife, Anushka Sharma. The couple had uploaded some adorable photos of themselves from the colourful streets of Sydney on December 31.India and Australia will meet at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the fourth and final Test of the fiercely-fought series.Having sealed a 2-1 lead after beating Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne earlier this week, Kohli’s men will be bidding to become the first Indian team to beat the hosts in a Test series at their own backyard.Also Read | Australian Prime Minister hosts Virat Kohli and Tim Paine’s men at official residenceAlso Read | Best babysitter: Tim Paine’s wife shares photo of Rishabh Pant with her kidsAlso Read | Melbourne Cricket Ground rated average by ICC after Boxing Day Testlast_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja 1st of his kind to 100 IPL wickets but also the slowest

first_imgRavindra Jadeja became the first ever left-arm spinner to take 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League. Jadeja is also the slowest to take 100 wickets in the IPL, reaching the milestone in his 161st match. He needed 2 wickets before the start of Chennai Super Kings’ match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Rahul Tripathi in his second over of the match to move to 99 wickets. In his next over, Jadeja got Steve Smith who swept a full delivery straight to Ambati Rayudu at deep midwicketRavindra Jadeja first played the IPL for Rajasthan Royals and was a crucial member of the team which won the inaugural IPL in 2008. He moved to Kochi Tuskers Kerala next before Chennai Super Kings bought him for Rs 9.8 crore in the 2012 player auction.In his very first year for Chennai Super Kings, Ravindra Jadeja made an immediate impact with 12 wickets from 19 matches including his career-best figures of 5 for 16. Jadeja was at his best in 2014, picking up 19 wickets from 16 matches.Milestone Alert: 100 WICKETS for @imjadeja in #VIVOIPLTake a bow, Jaddu pic.twitter.com/UGYhjYojZmIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 2019When CSK were suspended for two years following the spot-fixing scandal, Ravindra Jadeja played for Gujarat Lions in 2016 and 2017. In his first season for Gujarat Lions, Jadeja picked 8 wickets from 15 matches. In 2017, Jadeja managed to get only 5 wickets from 12 matches.Ravindra Jadeja found his groove again when he was reunited with his Chennai Super Kings teammates in 2018. He picked 11 wickets from 16 matches as CSK went on to win the IPL for the third time.advertisementwickets for Sir Jadeja #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/2Zap1QEn15IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 2019Only 12 bowlers had reached the 100-wicket landmark in the IPL before Ravindra Jadeja.Lasith Malinga leads the charts with 157 wickets from 113 matches. Amit Mishra, who now plays for Delhi Capitals is second in the list with 149 wickets. Piyush Chawla of Kolkata Knight Riders has 144 wickets while Jadeja’s CSK teammates Dwayne Bravo and Harbhajan Singh are 4th and 5th respectively.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Ashish Nehra, Vinay Kumar and Zaheer Khan are the other bowlers to have taken over 100 wickets in the IPL.Ravindra Jadeja is now the 6th spinner and 10th Indian to take 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League.last_img read more

Lucioni doping fail ‘down to cream’

first_imgWTF Benevento blame captain Lucioni’s failed doping test on cream Matthew Scott 16:37 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) FabioLucioni - cropped Getty Images WTF Serie A Benevento The Serie A newcomers have laid the blame for the positive result on a rather unusual source Benevento president Oreste Vigorito has claimed that a cream used to treat a wound caused the club’s captain Fabio Lucioni to fail a drugs test.The 29-year-old returned a positive sample for banned anabolic steroid clostebol following his side’s 1-0 Serie A defeat to Torino on September 10 and faces a lengthy ban.However, the club have protested their player’s innocence, saying Lucioni was using a medically prescribed ointment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “The blame lies with a cream to heal a wound,” Vigorito told Sky Sport Italia.”You can’t talk about doping. After a graze in training, the doctor prescribed him the cream that is normally sold in a chemist and thus can’t be the basis of a doping charge.”When you talk about these things, you have to understand if they really are mistakes.”Here’s simply a guy who has followed a medical prescription. However, we’ll accept the ruling, like we’ve always done.”last_img read more

Report: Brighton 1 Newcastle 0

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion 1 Newcastle United 0: Hemed the hero in second home win Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 00:50 25/9/2017 TomerHemed - cropped Getty Images Tomer Hemed was the hero as Brighton earned their second Premier League win of the season against Newcastle United. Tomer Hemed again netted in a Premier League success for Brighton and Hove Albion as they ended Newcastle United’s three-game winning run with a 1-0 triumph.Rafael Benitez’s men pipped Brighton to the Championship title on the final day of last season, but they came out second best on Sunday as Hemed – a scorer against West Brom in the Seagulls’ previous home game – hit the only goal.Chris Hughton – facing his former club – sent out a side playing with pace and verve in the first half, but he had to wait until after the interval for his forward to make an impact, feeding on the scraps of a well-worked free-kick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Joselu had earlier missed a golden opportunity for Newcastle, but they could muster no response to the Brighton goal, despite Jonjo Shelvey’s corner striking the woodwork.After consecutive wins against West Ham, Swansea City and Stoke City, the Magpies’ winning run ended at the hands of a team they beat twice last term.Jamaal Lascelles has been Newcastle’s danger man from set-pieces this season, but it was Mikel Merino’s volley from an early Matt Ritchie corner that forced Mat Ryan into a first fine save.Brighton responded well, almost profiting from a chaotic goalmouth scramble before seeing Hemed muster two harmless attempts.And the visitors were then fortunate to escape as Pascal Gross’ close-range shot deflected away off Anthony Knockaert after the ball had squirmed across the face of goal from the left.Solly March’s teasing centre almost caught Rob Elliot out, but Joselu should have netted the opener against the run of play at the other end, instead stabbing agonisingly wide as the ball fell kindly in the area.A fine move down the Newcastle left involving Christian Atsu and Chancel Mbemba created another opening and Ayoze Perez fired over the crossbar.The Brighton breakthrough arrived six minutes after half-time, with Benitez’s side undone from a set-piece as Dale Stephens nodded the ball down for Hemed to hook a finish past Elliot.Tomer Hemed celebrates with his Albion teammates after breaking the deadlock. #BHAFC #BHANEW pic.twitter.com/K1ZsE9oYGG— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) September 24, 2017Only a brilliant Elliot block with his right leg prevented March from quickly doubling that lead from a tight angle as Newcastle struggled to regain their foothold in the game.A Merino strike deflected narrowly past the right-hand post and substitute Shelvey hit the opposite upright with an optimistic attempt direct from a corner.Shelvey went close with a second effort from a free-kick and Atsu bundled a shot straight at Ryan, but there was to be no reprieve for Newcastle as Brighton held on. Key Opta stats:- Brighton have won back to back home league games in the top-flight for the first time since November 1982.- Tomer Hemed has been involved in three goals in his last two home Premier League games (two goals, one assist).- Hemed’s last six league goals for the Seagulls have all been scored at the Amex.- Hemed has had a hand in 20 goals in his last 23 league starts at the Amex for Brighton (15 goals, five assists).- Newcastle have lost 22 of their last 24 away Premier League games in which they’ve conceded the first goal (W1 D1).- Rafael Benitez has lost each of his last four Premier League matches against newly promoted sides, having lost only two of the first 40.- Newcastle have now lost their last three away Premier League games in which they’ve attempted at least 17 shots – also Sunderland in October 2015 (21, lost 3-0) and QPR in May 2015 (22, lost 2-1).  read morelast_img read more

Majili Movie Review: Samantha and Naga Chaitanya’s romantic drama is boring beyond words

first_imgMajili Movie Review: Samantha and Naga Chaitanya’s romantic drama is boring beyond wordsSamantha and Naga Chaitanya’s latest film Majili, directed by Shiva Nirvana, is a love story with overused ideas. The film is replete with scenes which we have seen films of the same ilk.advertisement Janani K ChennaiApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 19:11 IST Naga Chaitanya and Samantha in MajiliMajili opens to a brooding Purna (played by Naga Chaitanya), who seems to be living a life that he despises. Nothing in life excites him, even if it’s his favourite sport, cricket. Purna is passionate about cricket but he is grief-stricken and his life has changed completely. As he lives a life that he didn’t envision for himself, director Shiva Nirvana takes us on a journey that is replete with sob stories and a few laughs here and there.Purna aims to become an Indian cricketer, but the sport takes a backseat when he meets Anshu (Divyansha Kaushik). They fall in love with each other, but circumstances do not let them take their relationship to the next level. Anshu’s dad doesn’t approve of his daughter’s love and they are separated.Purna’s life takes a drastic turn and he ends up marrying Sravani (Samantha), who is the ideal ‘wife’. Sravani is devoted to her husband even if he doesn’t look her in the eyes. She understands that Purna is undergoing something tragic in life and waits for years for him to come around.Making a romantic drama is not an easy task, given that Tollywood churns out at least one love story a week. That is where director Shiva Nirvana’s Majili gets stuck. The entire film gives us a ‘been-there-seen-that’ feeling.Majili’s runtime is too long for its own good. While the first half featuring Naga Chaitanya and Divyansha Kaushik is quite interesting to watch, the second half is a bore fest with many unbelievable moments. The screenplay of Majli is lazily written. The film has nothing to offer and does nothing to its genre.advertisementNaga Chaitanya has delivered his career-best performance as Purna. As a grief-stricken guy, he shines in the portions where he is still recovering from his tragic break-up. Samantha has literally been on a roll from last year. From Irumbu Thirai to Majili, she has been delivering kickass performances one after the other. Especially in the climax scene of Majili, Samantha moves people to tears with her natural performance.If the scenes in Majili are done to death in similar films, the background score by SS Thaman is lifted off Tamil film Mouna Ragam and similar movies. Gopi Sundar’s music is soothing but the placement of the songs slow down the pace.Samantha and Naga Chaitanya’s latest film Majili, directed by Shiva Nirvana, is a love story with overused ideas. The film is replete with scenes which we have seen films of the same ilk.2 out 5 for Majili.ALSO SEE | Aaranya Kaandam gave me confidence to become actor: Fahadh FaasilALSO WATCH: I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, NayantaraGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byK Janani Tags :Follow Samantha AkkineniFollow Naga ChaitanyaFollow Majililast_img read more

Exploring Canada’s West Coast: The Best of Vancouver Travel

first_imgGrowing up on the West Coast, Vancouver was just a five-hour drive north. I remember visiting as a child when the Canadian Dollar was weak and it was a secretly affordable city that didn’t make many hot lists or “must-visit” stories.After the 2010 Olympics, that all seemed to change. The city underwent a major face-lift (not that it needed it) before the games and, in a way; it revealed itself to the world.Since then, tourists and nature lovers have been coming in droves. More than 10 million people visited the city in 2016 – the highest such number in its history. Vancouver is a diverse, cosmopolitan metropolis that’s rightfully earned its place among North America’s best.When we last visited in 2015, we ate our way through the city’s incredible Asian food scene. This time, we’re going to focus on other parts of Vancouver’s culture that makes it a must-visit, especially in summer and early fall. So take a trip out west and enjoy the best of Vancouver travel.StayBlue HorizonIf you’re looking for a trendy, hipster hotel, the Blue Horizon isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a respectable, reasonably priced stay with a solid restaurant and an unbeatable location, then look no further. The property has been in the heart of the Robson St. for decades and plops travelers in the middle of the action. Its oft-renamed eatery, Abode, is open all day with good variety to please everyone. Just about anything downtown is within walking distance and if you’re driving in, it still offers some of the cheapest hotel parking in town (under $20 US/night). The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Editors’ Recommendations center_img 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring EatStepho’s Souvlaki Greek TavernaJust down the street from the Blue Horizon is this top-notch Mediterranean café with huge portions and lusciously fluffy pita bread. It’s an excellent first stop in Vancouver and you’re almost guaranteed leftovers for the next day. Stick to their namesake souvlaki or try the BBQ chicken plate.Granville Island Public MarketAs touristy as it is, the Market is still a great way to get a large helping of the region’s best food in one place. More than two dozen stalls offer everything from baked goods to Mexican food and on a nice day, it has some of the best patio dining in town. Grab something to go and explore the shops on the Island.33 Acres Brewing Co.33 Acres Brewing Co.It seems every major West Coast city has a special craft beer scene and Vancouver is no different. One of the newer entrants is 33 Acres, which has a quaint-yet-stunning café and taproom in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. You’ll find many of the standard IPAs and Sessions, but opt for at least a taste of 33 Acres of Euphoria – a 9.2% Belgian Tripel that drinks with much less bite thanks to plenty of forward banana and lemon notes.ShopDish & DuerIt’s no secret that I’m a fan of Duer pants. Their newly remodeled store in Gastown is a utilitarian escapade in urban design: lots of exposed wood, brick and plenty of ladder rungs to test out the flexibility and wear of their latest gear. Their HQ (a former spa) is also here and you can see the rapidly expanding company at work behind the chain link divider. The store is central to much of what the neighborhood has to offer – just beware that parking in Gastown is tough.Flagship Playground at dish & DU/ERSitkaVancouver is one of those cities nicely situated with the mountains just 90 minutes away with the sea at its doorstep. As such, the clothing reflects a love of the outdoors, while still appealing to its urban culture. Sitka makes outdoor-ready gear with a big emphasis on sustainability. On the way to Kitsilano, stop by their store for a glimpse into the nature/city dynamic that makes Vancouver tick.Granville Island Public Market, VancouverPlayStanley Park Bike RideSummertime in Vancouver is as close to perfect biking weather as you’ll get anywhere. Use your Blue Horizon discount and head to Spokes for an easy, quick rental and take a casual ride around the Stanley Park Seawall. The path continues on through False Creek, or you can ride over to North Vancouver and take the SeaBus back. Vancouver made a point of setting up quality (and safe) bike routes, so take advantage and see the Lions Gate Bridge from below rather than at eye level.Jericho BeachThe beaches in Kitsilano can get crazy when the weather’s nice, but Jericho Beach remains the slightly less crowded option since it’s farther west towards the University of British Columbia. The adjoining park has plenty to do with soccer fields and tennis courts to stay active during your visit. The beach is a great place for a picnic too.last_img read more

KURT RUSSELL IS FILMING A SANTA MOVIE IN TORONTO

first_img Twitter KURT RUSSELL IS FILMING A SANTA MOVIE IN TORONTO RIGHT NOWKurt Russell, 1980s hot guy turned legendary Hollywood actor, has been spotted around Toronto lately rocking a long white beard and sometimes a red velour twinset.The Tombstone, Hateful Eight and Escape From New York star is reportedly in town to film a Netflix original Christmas movie produced by Chris Columbus – the guy behind Home Alone.  READ MORE T’isn’t the season! Kurt Russell, 66, looks just like St Nick as he gets to work in Toronto filming a Christmas movieChristmas might be the furthest thing from most people’s minds right now. But not for Kurt Russell, who was dressed as Santa Claus in the middle of Toronto on Thursday. The 66-year-old was filming an upcoming Xmas movie for Netflix, and made a pretty excellent St Nick. READ MOREKurt Russell to Play Santa Claus in Netflix Christmas MovieJudah Lewis, the star of Netflix’s ‘The Babysitter,’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ actress Darby Camp are also starring in the fresh take on the holiday family film.Kurt Russell is bringing Christmas cheer to Netflix.The veteran actor is teaming with Judah Lewis, the star of Netflix’s horror-comedy film The Babysitter, along with Darby Camp of Big Little Lies, to star in an untitled Christmas movie for the streaming giant. READ MORE Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

UNICEF urges Angola to spend on health at launch of measles campaign

“We’re asking the government to continue putting money where the children are,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in Luanda, the Angolan capital, at the launching of the biggest health campaign in the country’s history. “Give Angola a stable future by protecting her children. This will be the real peace dividend.”Spearheaded by Angola’s Ministry of Health and employing 33,000 workers, the campaign has received key financial, logistical and training support from UNICEF, with technical and supply support from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), in a country where one child in 10 dies from measles compared with one in 1,000 in developed countries.Since the signing of a peace accord last year that ended 27-years of civil war in which an estimated 5,000 schools and 60 per cent of all hospitals were destroyed, UNICEF has consistently asked the government to re-direct resources that were once earmarked for war towards basic social services.”What we’re seeing today are promising first steps,” Ms. Bellamy said. “And this country has the potential to lead Africa by example. But one million children remain out of school. The entire health system must be strengthened and conditions established across Angola for effective delivery of routine vaccinations. If this is done, then we will look back in five years time, when children are in school and child mortality rates falling, and 2003 will be recognized as the year Angolan children were put first on the agenda.”Calling for international support, she noted that against sizeable odds, Angolans were striving to strengthen the entire health and education system, restore public services to remote areas, and fight the causes of child mortality. “Much of this must come from within, but I trust the international community will continue to support Angola in these goals of reconstruction,” she added. “For now is the moment when strong partnerships will be rewarded by results.”More than 10,000 children die each year from measles in Angola, among the 10 countries with the worst immunization coverage – well below the average in sub-Saharan Africa – estimated in 2001 at 46 per cent. Angola has one of the world’s worst under-five mortality rates, with one in four children dying before their fifth birthday. read more

Who To Watch In The 2019 WNBA Playoffs

No. 1 Washington Mystics26-8, 9-1 in past 10 gamesYou may have heard that the Washington Mystics have a good offense. That’s true, but it’s a little like saying that UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma, an 11-time NCAA champion, is a good coach. Led by MVP front-runner Elena Delle Donne, guard Kristi Toliver, point guard Natasha Cloud and Meesseman, Washington recorded the highest points per possession (1.128), the highest effective field-goal percentage (53.6 percent) and the most assists (746) in league history over an entire season. Delle Donne became the first player in league history to shoot 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range, and 90 percent from the free-throw line.1With minimums of 100, 25 and 50 makes, respectively. Cloud just set a new Mystics single-season assists record, and Meesseman, Hawkins and guard Aerial Powers all have credible cases for WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year. With a double-bye to the semifinals, the Mystics get a nine-day break, which they will use both to rest their bodies and to fine-tune their play on both ends of the court. That break could be just what the doctor ordered for the Mystics to win their first-ever WNBA title. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks22-12, 7-3 in past 10 gamesEvery team this season has had to deal with players missing games, whether due to injury, the FIBA EuroBasket tournament in late June or personal reasons. For the Sparks, though, it was at a different level: The first time their entire roster was available to play was Aug. 22. So in many ways, it feels like Los Angeles’ season is just getting started. The good news is that the Sparks have three All-Star talents with championship experience in Chelsea Gray (14.5 PPG, 5.9 APG), Candace Parker (11.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.5 APG) and Nneka Ogwumike (16.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG). The bad news is that the roster is still settling in under first-year head coach Derek Fisher and, as The Athletic’s Sabreena Merchant recently detailed, the Sparks have struggled to close out games on the road. That could be a problem because the Sparks are unlikely to have home-court advantage beyond the second round. One player to watch in a potential semifinal series against Connecticut is Chiney Ogwumike, who was acquired from Connecticut shortly before the 2019 season. In three games against her former team this year, she averaged 14.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and shot 69 percent from the field. No. 7 Minnesota Lynx18-16, 6-4 in past 10 gamesIf you believe in the phenomenon of “odd-year teams,” Minnesota should be your bet to win it all in 2019, as the Lynx won WNBA titles in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. But head coach Cheryl Reeve’s team wasn’t even a surefire playoff team at the start of the year, returning only three players from 2018 (a fourth, Temi Fagbenle, rejoined the team midway through the 2019 season) and adding nine through the draft, free agency and trades. Center Sylvia Fowles (13.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG), point guard Odyssey Sims (14.5 PPG, 5.4 APG) and potential WNBA Rookie of the Year forward Napheesa Collier (13.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.9 SPG) have been Minnesota’s Big Three this season, and they will likely need to play like it to get Minnesota to the semifinals. The other crucial stat for the Lynx will be turnovers, which have been their Achilles’ heel all season. They turn the ball over on 20.5 percent of their possessions, which ranks last in the league, and surrender more than 16 points per game off of those turnovers. Those numbers will almost certainly need to improve for the Lynx to advance. No. 2 Connecticut Sun23-11, 7-3 in past 10 gamesConnecticut settled for the second seed after spending several weeks atop the league standings and finishing with a 15-2 record at home, tied with Los Angeles for best in the league. That home-court advantage bodes well for them in the semifinals, as the Sun will host the first two games and a potential Game 5. What else bodes well? They cannot draw Phoenix, their playoff nemesis of late, until the WNBA Finals (and even then, it would be a best-of-five series, not a single-elimination game).The Sun are led by center Jonquel Jones (14.6 PPG, 9.7 RPG), forward Alyssa Thomas (11.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.1 APG) and point guard Jasmine Thomas (11.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG). Guard Courtney Williams is one of the most exciting players to watch leaguewide: She grabs 5.6 rebounds per game despite standing only 5-foot-8, she can score in bunches, and she has the swagger to match her game. Backup center Theresa Plaisance could be an X-factor; Connecticut acquired her from Dallas at the trade deadline specifically to give the team the kind of veteran forward that teams like Los Angeles (Chiney Ogwumike), Washington (Tianna Hawkins, Emma Meesseman) and Las Vegas (Hamby) have on their benches. Put all of these pieces together, and the Sun have a strong chance of making their first WNBA Finals since 2005. No. 6 Seattle Storm18-16, 5-5 in past 10 gamesThe Storm are the defending champions, but they have an entirely new look in 2019 after seasonlong injuries to stars Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart. They can struggle on offense, ranking ninth in offensive rating, but are perhaps the most exciting team in the league to watch on defense. Point guard Jordin Canada and forward Natasha Howard rank first and second in the WNBA in steals per game, which fuels the Storm’s 17.3 points per game off of turnovers, good for the third-best mark in the league. Howard also ranks third in the league in blocks with 1.7 per game, making her the first WNBA player to rank in the top three in steals and blocks per game since Yolanda Griffith in 1999. Watching Seattle is even more exciting because it usually means seeing relatively few stoppages in play; despite playing such an aggressive defense, the Storm both commit the second-fewest fouls and draw the second-fewest fouls in the league, per 100 possessions. The Storm’s road to a championship looks quite different than it did last season, when they were the No. 1 seed, but tough defense, a talented point guard and a potential First Team All-WNBA forward aren’t a bad place to start. No. 4 Las Vegas Aces21-13, 6-4 in past 10 gamesBefore the season started, Las Vegas was a trendy pick to win the title behind three former No. 1 draft picks, sharpshooter Kayla McBride and 6-foot-8 center Liz Cambage. The team’s defense has been formidable, but the Aces have been inconsistent on offense, which may have cost them a chance at a double-bye. As SB Nation’s Mike Prada recently explained, they’ve actually been better when Cambage and starting forward A’ja Wilson — arguably the team’s top two players — are not on the court together. But the Aces made the playoffs for the first time since 2014, and they now have a chance to peak at the right time. Look for potential WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Dearica Hamby (11.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 48.8 percent shooting) to tip a game in the Aces’ favor with her energy and versatility off the bench. No. 8 Phoenix Mercury15-19, 4-6 in past 10 gamesThe Mercury still have Taurasi, arguably the greatest WNBA player of all time, but she is recovering from back surgery and is “day-to-day for the foreseeable future,” according to High Post Hoops’ Brendon Kleen. And, unlike the previous two seasons, the Mercury will start the playoffs on the road, where they went only 6-11 this season. To make another run to the WNBA semifinals, the Mercury will likely need a big performance from 6-foot-9 All-WNBA center Brittney Griner, who is averaging 20.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season while shooting 56.4 percent from the floor. Forward DeWanna Bonner, the Mercury’s other 2019 All-Star, will also need to be efficient on offense. She has carried the team at times this season and averages 17.2 points per game, but she has struggled with efficiency, shooting only 38 percent from the floor, including 27 percent on 3-pointers. An X-factor for Phoenix could be the experience of head coach Sandy Brondello, who has 17 career WNBA playoff wins and knows a thing or two about being the underdog from coaching Team Australia against the United States. Don’t be surprised if she has a trick or two up her sleeve. After more than three months of jockeying for position, four of the eight playoff-bound WNBA teams will begin their postseasons on Wednesday. As the No. 5 through No. 8 seeds, Chicago, Seattle, Minnesota and Phoenix will face off in two single-elimination games. The reward for the winners is another single-elimination game on Sunday against No. 3 seed Los Angeles or No. 4 seed Las Vegas. In the past few seasons, this playoff format has produced several upsets, including Washington over New York in 2017 (courtesy of nine 3-pointers from Kristi Toliver) and Phoenix over Connecticut in both 2017 and 2018 (courtesy of Diana Taurasi, who sports a career 13-1 record in playoff-deciding games).Meanwhile, atop the bracket, Washington and Connecticut secured double-byes, skipping the single-elimination games, and they now await the winners of the first two rounds for their best-of-five semifinal series.Let’s take a look at each of the eight playoff teams, starting with the four in action Wednesday and progressing to the title favorites. No. 5 Chicago Sky20-14, 6-4 in past 10 gamesBehind first-year head coach James Wade and point guard Courtney Vandersloot, the Sky surprised many onlookers by challenging for a top-4 seed. The Sky’s strength is its backcourt: Its top three scorers are starting guards Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Vandersloot. Vandersloot also recently broke her own WNBA record for assists in a season — finishing with an even 300 — and averages 11.2 points, 9.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. With center Jantel Lavender recently suffering a season-ending injury, Wade will have to come up with a game plan for Chicago to battle inside. One blueprint might be in the Sky’s 105-78 win over Phoenix on Sept. 1: Griner scored 26 points for Phoenix, but Chicago hit more than 50 percent of its shots, had six players score in double figures and committed only six turnovers to run away with the win. read more

Nearly 50 drivers an hour caught using their phone behind the wheel

first_imgCar phone  Repeat offenders will be reported to the police Suzette Davenport, NPCC lead for roads policing, said: “This week, forces will be working to make driving distracted as socially unacceptable as drink-driving through enforcing strong deterrents and powerful messages to make people think twice about their driving habits.”Encouraging results from last year’s campaign against mobile phone use show how effective new tactics and innovative approaches can be.”Officers will continue to use intelligence-led tactics to target police activity and resources and catch repeat offenders.”Forces will be working throughout the year to tackle this behaviour by motorists with national partners and the public.”Remember: when at the wheel, your calls or texts can wait. Keep your eyes on the road.”Under plans announced last year, the Department of Transport is set to introduce legislation doubling the punishment for using a handheld mobile phone while driving – with the fine rising from £100 to £200 and penalty points increasing from three to six.Ministers have also set out proposals that will see motorists who cause death while on a mobile phone face tougher sentences. By comparison, the totals for three previous initiatives were 2,690 in May 2015, 2,276 in September 2015 and 2,323 in May last year.The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) released the figures ahead of a fresh clampdown starting on Monday.Thirty-six forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland took part in the November campaign, stopping 10,012 vehicles.As well as detecting nearly 8,000 mobile phone offences, police delivered hundreds of verbal warnings while 68 court summonses were issued. Officers also identified 117 other “distraction” offences. Police car  More than 40 drivers were caught every hour during a police crackdown on illegal mobile phone use behind the wheel.Officers handed out 7,966 fixed penalty notices for the offence in a week-long campaign in November.The tally – equivalent to a rate of more than 1,000 every day, and 47 an hour – is the highest yet for a week of enforcement on “distraction driving”.center_img Remember: when at the wheel, your calls or texts can wait. Keep your eyes on the roadSuzette Davenport, NPCC Police forces are cracking down on the offence Credit:Alamy It is illegal to use a handheld phone while driving, with those falling foul of the rules facing penalty points and a fine.Calls for efforts to curb the practice intensified last year in the wake of high-profile cases and research indicating that it is widespread.This week, constabularies around the country will be running targeted operations and education campaigns.The crackdown will include patrols using unmarked vans, high vantage points and helmet cameras, as well as community “spotters” to highlight hotspots and repeat offenders to police. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Water treatment optimization through innovation

first_imgChris Biederman, Senior Water Process Engineer & Technology Development Lead , Water with Hatch notes that “water is an integral part of mining. Without ready access to it, ore processing and mineral production becomes prohibitively expensive, or is altogether impossible. Even when water is easily available, stakeholders expect that it will be used efficiently and sustainably by miners in return for being granted a social license to operate. “Ore processing is water intensive and results in the production of tailings. The recovery of water from tailings is essential to mining operations, especially in arid climates with scarce water sources. “In most modern mines, all of the available water in a TMF is recycled. The direct recycling of water from a TMF without treatment is preferred, given the large volumes of water in circulation. If treatment is required, steps should be taken to decrease water usage as much as possible and to optimize water treatment systems to manage operating costs. Bench-scale testing is one tool that can achieve this objective. Smart application of bench-scale testing is a cost-effective way to evaluate various technologies in support of new capital projects, or troubleshoot and optimize existing treatment systems. Bench-scale investigations should not replace long-term pilot programs at scale; instead, bench-scale tests should be viewed as complementary and used to inform the piloting phase. “Test at the source. When dealing with complex mine waters, variations in water quality often occur. These variations may be seasonal—for example, an increase in turbidity due to run-off—or they can be process-related and result in significant changes to water quality in a short timeframe. Testing should be conducted in the field to get the most applicable results. This way, changes to water chemistry that result from shipping samples off-site and sample storage conditions are eliminated. This is particularly important for water that may be saturated with dissolved salts, where fluctuations in temperature can cause precipitation to occur prior to testing. “Challenge the status quo. Typically the standard ‘jar test’ method is the go-to for coagulation and flocculation tests. Jar tests are best used to evaluate the performance of a small number of chemicals when precedent exists for treating a particular water stream. Each individual jar test requires one litre of sample, so there are practical limitations to the number of tests that can be performed in a reasonable amount of time for a given water sample. The volume of raw sample required to run numerous jar tests also limits the number of tests that can be reasonably performed. “At Hatch, we have successfully developed and applied high-throughput methods to test mining waters and tailings. The methodology involves simultaneous testing of up to 48 treatment conditions using small sample volumes (15 mL or 50 mL). The result is a very efficient method to screen multiple chemicals, oxidants, or pH conditions, all while minimizing the size of the raw water sample required and maximizing the number of tests and data collected. This method has proven to be very effective when testing mine waters having complex water chemistry. “Respond rapidly. Portable battery-operated instruments for water testing allow for in-field measurements and timely feedback to guide bench-scale tests. Further, water analytics are benefiting from miniaturization as chip-based sensors are becoming smaller and thus more portable. Innovative solutions are also available for measuring very low concentrations of select contaminants using biological-based sensors. All of this supports the ability to quickly mobilize water-testing equipment and analytical instruments for site-based testing globally.”Hatch recently completed a high-throughput testing study to evaluate and compare several coagulants and flocculants and combinations thereof against the chemical recipe used at an existing tailings reclaim water-treatment plant in Ontario. The testing program was developed to screen the performance of a wide range of chemicals at various dosages due to the limited data that was available for treating this particular reclaim water. Using a high-throughput testing method, 425 distinct tests using various chemicals at different dosages were conducted in three days. The results of this study were used to guide larger volume tests conducted at the mine site and to evaluate treated water toxicity. The testing demonstrated that more conventional chemicals could be used at reasonable doses, and that switching to the new recipe would result in significant savings in annual operating costs. While not guaranteed to have the same results at other sites, this high-throughput bench-testing method could be used at existing plants to quickly confirm whether dosing levels are optimal and whether costs could potentially be lowered.last_img read more

Le portage de médicaments sera expérimenté dans 76 communes françaises

first_imgLe portage de médicaments sera expérimenté dans 76 communes françaisesSur la base d’un accord trouvé entre La Poste, chargée d’acheminer le courrier, et le conseil général du Puy-de-Dôme, qui financera l’opération, 76 communes feront l’expérimentation du portage de médicaments gratuit entre le 15 novembre 2010 et le 15 mai 2011. Depuis cette année, La Poste s’est rapprochée de l’Ordre National des Pharmaciens et des Syndicats de Pharmaciens afin d’encadrer la prestation de portage de médicaments par une convention entre chaque pharmacien signataire et le service public.   Cette opération consiste à acheminer jusqu’au domicile d’un patient âgé ou handicapé le traitement dont il a besoin sans qu’il soit obligé de se déplacer. Les personnes fragilisées ou résidant dans un milieu rural sont les principales concernées.Ainsi, lorsqu’une personne âgée ou fragilisée rencontre un médecin à son domicile, et si celui-ci préconise un traitement, il n’a plus qu’à déposer son ordonnance dans une pharmacie, l’établissement se chargeant ensuite de préparer les médicaments et de les remettre à La Poste. Elle se chargera ensuite de les livrer.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Pour 76 communes françaises du Puy-de-Dôme, le procédé sera gratuit. Pour la première fois en France, il sera totalement pris en charge par le Conseil général grâce à la convention de partenariat signée avec La Poste lundi dernier. Un test qui devrait durer 6 mois à partir de la semaine prochaine. Le Conseil général du Puy-de-Dôme indique que ce nouveau service sera pris en charge par l’Allocation Personnalisée d’Autonomie et la Prestation de Compensation du Handicap pour les allocataires de ces prestations de solidarité pendant la durée du test. Le 10 novembre 2010 à 15:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Top 5 most insane maneuvers from NXT in 2018, WWE star to open a…

first_img WhatsApp Twitter WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events With 2018 coming to a close, WWE has posted a video (view above) taking a look back at the top 5 most insane maneuvers from NXT this past year.WWE star to open a coffee shop in 2019Current WWE Raw Star Seth Rollins posted to his Instagram that he is partnering with 392 Caffe to open up a coffee shop in early 2019.Rollins noted in his post that the new coffee shop is connected to the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy, which is located in downtown Davenport, Iowa.Rollins is listed as a trainer under his real name Colby Lopez in the about section on the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy website.You can view Seth’s Instagram post with all the details and a picture of the shop below: Facebook Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match)last_img read more

Hershey Retires Accepts Cambodia PostHare is New WISHH Executive Director

first_imgJim Hershey concluded 26 years of regional and global market development leadership when he retired as WISHH executive director on Oct. 19. Hershey has accepted the assignment to be ASA/WISHH’s Chief of Party (CoP) for the newly launched USDA Food for Progress-funded CAST project in Cambodia. Effective Oct. 22, Liz Hare took the reins as WISHH executive director.Hershey and his wife will move to Phnom Penh within the next few months. “Under new leadership, WISHH will continue to connect trade and development in partnership with the U.S. soybean industry, our customers and the public sector, such as USDA and USAID,” said Hershey. “As the CAST CoP, I will be able to help build a vibrant aquaculture value chain in Cambodia while expanding agricultural trade for soy, including from the U.S. One of the best parts of this new assignment is the continuing relationship with so many outstanding colleagues, farmers and industry partners.””Jim has been the steady hand guiding WISHH since its inception and his commitment to the soy family is to be commended,” said ASA CEO Ryan Findlay. “It is the demonstrated results in program planning, execution and evaluation, which make Liz an excellent fit for the executive director role of WISHH.”Hare joined WISHH in 2011 and has held multiple positions within the organization, including program manager of the FEEDing Pakistan aquaculture program, director of the Latin America division, and most recently, deputy director.  Prior to joining WISHH, Hare lived and worked throughout Latin America. In Washington, D.C., she served as a policy assistant in a Senate office. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Psychology from Saint Louis University and her master’s in development, management and policy from Georgetown University.last_img read more

Training for mock mass casualty incident begins Tuesday

first_imgIf you see firefighters working with badly injured people beginning Tuesday at the former Vancouver city hall, don’t get worried and call 911.It’s a “Mass Casualty Incident” drill that will continue on and off into early December.It’s operated by the Clark County Training Division, which trains three large fire departments: the Vancouver Fire Department, Fire District 6 and Clark County Fire & Rescue.The drill will be at 210 E. 13th St. Tuesday through Thursday and Nov. 15-17. It also will run Dec. 6-8. The drills will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.American Medical Response (AMR) and emergency 911 dispatchers will also take part in the mock emergency that will center on a tornado scenario that has partially destroyed the building and injured 12 people inside.Fire Cadets, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, and volunteers from the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics will act as victims with mock injuries that could appear real to onlookers. First responders will practice sorting and prioritizing treatment and transport of patients by the severity of their injuries.“A mass casualty incident can happen anytime, anywhere, so it’s important for us to be prepared so that we can work together effectively and efficiently when the real thing happens,” said Training Division Capt. Shawn Newberry.last_img read more

ESPN The Magazine Launches Own Web Site

first_imgAfter 10 years in print, ESPN The Magazine is finally getting its own Web site. Today, the company launched ESPNthemag.com, the first site dedicated exclusively to the magazine.“It was time,” says Robbyn Footlick, executive editor of multimedia. “A big ESPN initiative right now is focusing on developing all its content across all its platforms, so now seemed the right time to build out the magazine’s content online, including video.”The new site has been programmed like a TV network, Footlick explains, with a focus on what she calls “lunchtime programming” and updates throughout the day through blogs (what appears to be ESPN’s most aggressive blogging initiative to date) and a news infographic called “The World According to Us.” The site also features magazine content, online-exclusive stories and video. As part of the magazine’s 10th anniversary, the site includes a separate anniversary channel, featuring an interactive gallery of the more than 270 covers since the magazine’s launch.“The magazine has a different feel than the rest of the ESPN site and we really needed to represent that,” says Gabe Garner, director of interactivity for Sarkissian Mason, the firm that developed the site. He says the process took about six months. “We took a ground-up approach to the design and architecture of the site. We first needed to find ways regular readers of the magazine could get the print content they’re used to online. Then, we began to add rich media flourishes like ‘The World According to Us.’ That became a real centerpiece for bringing the magazine’s unique voice to the Web.”The site was soft-launched on Friday.last_img read more

For a Regional Magazine Print is Still the Main Source of Income

first_imgWhen you read the literature of journalism these days you might think that you must hurry to carve out your place in the digital world. That may be so for newspapers, but it is not so for magazines, particularly not for regional magazines.Berkshire HomeStyle is a controlled circulation regional magazine distributed in our core region of the Berkshires and Columbia County, as well as in Northern Connecticut and Dutchess county, the Capital District (Albany, Troy, Schenectady) and in Saratoga, an area approximately 50 miles from its central location in Austerlitz, New York. The magazine started in 1989, grew steadily until 2008, had a significant decline in 2009, and seems to be climbing back to steady growth in 2011. Where Are We Now? 2008 – 2011 Comparison with Competing MagazineBerkshire HomeStyle’s experience during these difficult years is quite likely similar to that of most magazines. In the Berkshires, HomeStyle had one direct competitor, also a monthly lifestyle magazine with nine issues a year. The graph below compares ads sold by both from 2008 to June 2011. The upper line is Berkshire HomeStyle and the lower line the competitor. The upswing each year illustrates the seasonal nature of the region—a major influx of second homers and tourists in the summer season. The bottom line x’s are the months when the competing magazine was not published (it folded at the end of 2010).During the three full years we can see that the drop in advertising sales was quite similar for both magazines. For the month of July, for example, the peak month in this region, HomeStyle had 188 ads in 2008, 161 in 2009, and 146 in 2010. The competitor had 157 ads in 2008, 108 in 2009, and 111 in 2010.Can Online or Digital Publishing Make Up for the Declines?In this case, the simple answer is no. Towards the end of 2009 the competing magazine took out full page ads saying “Now, more than just a magazine.” They were alluding to their various online publications. Since the magazine folded a year later, we might conclude that online did not rescue them. Our own experience with online is not very encouraging either. Visits to our online edition were 454 in January, 325 in February, 709 in March, 483 in April and 262 in May. Berkshire HomeStyle has opted to stick with the printed magazine. The brave new world of the Internet is still in the throes of development. Whether it’s PageTurn Pro developing its software to be more user-friendly or one of hundreds of their competitors coming up with a better system, there will be a better system. Whether Kindle or iPad will offer the best way to see Berkshire HomeStyle online, one of them or any one of hundreds of others will vie for Berkshire HomeStyle’s content.Potential for GrowthBerkshire HomeStyle today is the same monthly regional magazine it was in 2007. Total sales then had peaked, after 17 years of steady growth, at $553,491. The economic tsunami in 2008 took us down to a low of $367,534 in 2010. Today, having weathered the storm, we plan to continue our growth. The world today is quite different from 2007. The economy is sluggish. Housing, a major measure of confidence, will be bad for years to come. Unemployment will remain high for a while. Yet, well-managed companies, whether large corporations or small magazines, will prosper.  Berkshire HomeStyle’s growth will probably continue at the pre-2008 annual rate of around 10 percent, keeping the advertisers we have and gaining new ones in the course of our region’s normal business. In addition there are some major new growth areas. One growth area is regional expansion. Three months ago we hired a new sales rep to service northern Connecticut. The results are promising, and could bring as much as 5 percent in additional sales. Just last month we started a new division headed by our new Fashion and Style Editor. That may add as much as 20 percent to annual sales within two or three years. Our ad sales, as they have developed over the past 20 years, are heavily concentrated in home-related goods and services and in the arts. The first accounts for 27 percent of all ad sales, the second, for 24 percent. Our new Fashion division may well develop to be a major division much like Home and the Arts.Strange as it may seem, the brave new world of the Internet may well be one of our major sources for growth.  One of the terms that have been coined to describe the struggle for a place in the sun among the plethora of providers is “competition for eyeballs.” The magazine holds up very well in that competitive arena. There is the pleasure of holding a well-designed magazine and of reading intelligent and carefully edited text. And then there is the kind of world we want to live in. For the foreseeable future, the good magazine is likely to prevail.Henry Meininger is editor and publisher of Berkshire HomeStyle.center_img Two events affected publishing in recent years, the economic meltdown in 2008 and the appearance of the social network. They are not directly related, but the confluence of these two events does throw some confusion into thinking and planning.  If the economic meltdown was the result of many years of “irrational exuberance” then the correction is a natural one. Whether housing or retailing or advertising revenue, a correction of 25 percent to 30 percent is reasonable. And as to the future, we need to understand that growth will not be at the heady rate prior to 2008. Berkshire HomeStyle will probably continue to grow at 10 percent in 2011. That is a good growth rate for just about any business.The Social NetworkAll the buzz these days is about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others, all under the umbrella of the social network. This is certainly a humongous change in communication technology. It is so vast and so varied that the chances of a small, regional magazine to be on top of those developments and to harness them are very slim. Besides, if our print advertising can grow at 10 percent, say from $35,000 a month to $38,500, that’s a lot better than a 20 percent growth in Internet advertising, from, say $3,000 to $3,600.Berkshire HomeStyle has had a website since 2001. In 2010 we went online through Page Turn Pro. We do not sell ads on our online edition. Creating the administrative machinery to sell and service them is, at this time, just not profitable. We do use the Internet for marketing, but we avoid spending more than we can hope to recover from plunging into the brave new world of online.last_img read more