Ben Stiller Donates Premiere Tickets To Rotary Club Giving Gala Auction

first_imgBen Stiller has donated the chance to attend the red carpet premiere of his new film – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – to the Highland Park/Highwood Rotary Club for their Giving Gala Auction on April 21.“There are no words to describe our thanks to Mr. Stiller,” said Highland Park/Highwood Publicity Director Dawn LoCascio. “His generosity will truly change the lives of so many students who will be the recipients of the scholarships that are funded from the money we raise at the Giving Gala Auction.”Included in the auction lot are the chance to meet Stiller, two passes to the after party, as well as airfare, luxury accommodations and limousine service in New York City.More Information can be found here. Bids will be accepted until April 20 at dawnrotary@gmail.com. The winning bid will be announced and awarded at the gala.Source:The Patchlast_img read more

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As I pray in the morning I cry because some of our

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe people of the four First Nations around Hobbema, Alta., have held a peaceful protest calling for an end to the gang bloodshed rampant in their community.As APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto reports, the rally took place even as the latest victim of the violence was being buried.last_img

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Millennial Money 4 mustdos if your order arrives damaged

NEW YORK — Nowadays, consumers shop online for just about everything. So you’ve likely experienced the stinging disappointment when a TV, piece of furniture or something else you ordered finally arrives on your doorstep — damaged.Here’s what you should do if your delivery comes in less-than-optimal shape.1. EXAMINE THE ITEM (THOROUGHLY)As soon as you receive a dented box or open a package only to discover broken merchandise, get to work. Take pictures to document the condition of the delivery when it arrived — retailers may want proof. Hang onto any enclosed packing slips and return labels.If the item is brought into your home as opposed to being left on your porch, inspect it for damage before you’re asked to sign off on the delivery. This procedure is common with large products such as a couch or dining set.2. CONTACT THE RETAILER (QUICKLY)Most businesses have return policies on their websites, and there will typically be a section within that policy that addresses damaged or defective items. With a quick Google search, you can pull up such policies for big-name retailers like Amazon, Overstock, Wayfair and Best Buy.Look for information about how the damaged product should be handled. The return policy at Lowe’s advises contacting customer care within three days of receiving a damaged item.Best Buy’s policy says customers can return products that were defective or damaged in shipping either to a store location or through the mail during the return and exchange time period. The retailer says to call for return-by-mail instructions and it’ll cover “all reasonable and customary ground shipping fees.”Report the broken item right away so the retailer doesn’t think you’re responsible for the damage, advises Kevin Brasler , executive editor at the non-profit Consumers’ Checkbook.If you don’t notice the damage for weeks, instead of shipping the item back to the retailer for a replacement, you may need to ship it to the manufacturer for repair.“If it’s a defective item, the store should just step up and make it right, get you a replacement item as fast as possible,” Brasler says. “If it’s a warranty issue — if the thing has broken since you’ve taken delivery — now you have to deal with the manufacturer and possibly their warranty underwriter.”3. UNPACK THE ISSUE (CALMLY)Once you get on the phone with a retailer — or hop into a chat with an online representative — clearly articulate how you’d like the problem resolved, says Nicole Leinbach , founder of Retail Minded and an author of “Retail 101 : The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business.”“Understand what you want from that conversation so that you can best lead that conversation to a resolution,” she says.Remaining calm can greatly benefit your interaction with a customer service rep. Acknowledge that your frustration is not directed at the agent, but rather at the situation, Leinbach says.Once you conclude the call, see the process through to completion. Ship the product back, if you’re asked to, and stay on top of the retailer to ensure your replacement arrives in a timely manner.If the seller isn’t willing to work with you on a legitimate issue, tell them you will report them to the Better Business Bureau, recommends Charles R. Taylor, a marketing professor at Villanova School of Business.If that doesn’t change their minds, and you paid for the item with a credit card, you can dispute the charge. Check with your credit card company for full details, but Brasler says 9 times out of 10, the credit card issuer will side on your behalf.4. READ RETURN POLICIES (PROACTIVELY)To save yourself time and hassle in the future, Leinbach recommends reading return policies before making a purchase. That’s particularly important for large items such as furniture, which may be more of a logistical challenge to send back.“Understanding the return policy upfront is so important to any online purchase decision,” Leinbach says.Similarly, keep time frames in mind. Ask yourself questions like, when is the product expected to be delivered? Will you be home? Will you be able to inspect it before the return window passes?Even if a damaged product arrives on your porch before you’ve done your due diligence, you can still follow the steps above to make things right. The good news? Taylor says many companies have favourable policies.It’ll just take a little extra work on your end to follow them.___________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Courtney Jespersen is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: 5 Good Times to Shop for Almost Anything http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-best-times-to-shopCourtney Jespersen Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State fends off sluggish start beats Delaware 7664

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) shoots a lay up. OSU won against Delaware, 76-64, Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerOhio State’s non-conference schedule is nearing completion, and as the team inches closer to the beginning of Big Ten play, things aren’t quite perfect in Columbus despite notching its 11th straight win to open the season.The No. 3 Buckeyes (11-0, 0-0) shook off a sluggish start to beat Delaware (5-6, 0-0), 76-64, Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.OSU shot just 3-11 from the field in the first four minutes of action against the Blue Hens, not earning its first lead until the 13:07 mark in the first half.“We missed some lay ups early, and I think that affected us a little bit,” senior guard Aaron Craft said after the win. “Sometimes you gotta find a way to win when you’re not able to put the ball in the bucket.”The Blue Hens came into the game averaging 83.0 points per game, but despite holding them to nearly 20 points below their season average, Craft said OSU was less than pleased with the way they played on that side of the ball.“We weren’t really connected on defense today, and that’s on us,” Craft said.A back-and-forth affair continued until OSU took the lead for good with 3:15 remaining in the first half. The Buckeyes used a 12-0 run before the halftime buzzer sounded to take a 37-26 lead into the break.“Things weren’t going well for us early, and I thought we once again finished the first half on a strong note,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game. “That was definitely, probably the difference in the game for us in terms of coming out, and getting an 11-point lead at halftime there was big.”The lead swelled to 16 at one point in the second half, but the Blue Hens cut it to eight with 1:48 to play before a combined eight straight points by senior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Craft helped close out the game.“That’s quite honestly what I want Ohio State seniors to play like. I think from a standpoint of what they did, the plays that they made (down the stretch) were big-time plays,” Matta said.Delaware’s leading scorer, senior guard Devon Saddler, finished with 17 points off the bench, six below his average. Blue Hens coach Monté Ross said he was proud of the way his team came out and almost pulled the upset.“I thought that our guys stood toe to toe, for the most part, with what I’m going to call the best team in the country,” Ross said after the game. “I’m going to say that, I’m going to keep saying that because we played them and I hope they win every game the rest of the way.”OSU had four players score in double figures, led by junior forward LaQuinton Ross with 19. The Buckeyes shot just 40.7 percent from the field, a dip from the 52.7 percent clip they held in their last three victories.Matta said he was unable to really say why his team was flat against Delaware Wednesday, but was happy to come away with a victory.“Sometimes you have some games where it’s not clicking the way you want it to,” Matta said. “I think the difference between the good teams and great teams is great teams can figure it out.”“We had practiced very well leading into this game, and we came out and we just weren’t as sharp as we needed to be on both ends of the floor,” Matta said.OSU is set to travel to New York Saturday to take on Notre Dame (8-3, 0-0) in its last game of the Gotham Classic. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

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Yellow vest protester James Goddard who called Anna Soubry a Nazi on

He has embraced Facebook and Twitter to promote his cause, claiming the “mainstream media” is biased. 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. James Goddard (centre)Credit:London News Pictures The self-styled yellow vest protester James Goddard has pleaded guilty to harassing MP Anna Soubry when he was filmed on live TV calling her a “traitor” and a “Nazi”.Goddard, who was often seen on demonstrations with his supporters wearing a hi-vis vest, had denied one count of harassment without violence outside the Houses of Parliament when Ms Soubry, then a Conservative MP, was called a “Nazi, traitor and scum”.On Friday, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, his lawyer said they would be seeking a Goodyear indication – where a defendant can find out what sentence they might face before considering their plea. But at around 3pm, he admitted the charge. Goddard also admitted one count of racially/religiously aggravated harassment/alarm/distress by words/writing, towards Pc Mindaugas Sciukas.Goddard, of Timperley in Altrincham, was thrown out of court during a previous case management hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last month after interrupting the judge.Ms Soubry – a prominent remainer and member of the Change UK party after defecting from the Tories in February – was expected to give evidence in person during the hearing, but did not take the stand because of the guilty plea.Goddard had previously denied any wrongdoing, insisting it was “fair comment”.  James Goddard (centre) The former forklift truck driver has previously declared he is a full-time political activist who will “rattle” the Establishment to ensure Britain leaves the European Union.In a Facebook video filmed outside Parliament he is seen stabbing his finger at police as he declares: “You wanna war, I’ll give you a war. You want it, it’s on.”  James Goddard in London Goddard has insisted he has done nothing wrong and has rejected the suggestion he was simply trying to make money through donations.He will be sentenced to the two counts of harassment on Monday. He then rounds on a policeman, asking: “Who do you think you are pint-sized? Don’t touch me” before apparently telling someone: “You’re fair game. You ain’t even f***ing British.”Goddard supports Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who as Tommy Robinson founded the English Defence League (EDL) in 2009 which held anti-Muslim protests, highlighting cases where Asian gangs had groomed young girls.Born Jamie Patrick Goddard in Leicester July 1989, he is the only child of Mark and Stephanie Goddard, who have since split up.According to a school friend, Mr Goddard attended a comprehensive school and then worked as a forklift truck driver before getting a job at a local taxi company.He came to prominence as a Far Right activist after persuading organisers at a ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ rally last summer in Westminster to allow him to speak on stage.Since then he has travelled to demonstrations in major cities across the UK, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester and Leeds. James Goddard in LondonCredit:Barcroft read more

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The allimportant weather report for the bank holiday weekend

first_imgIT’S SO CLOSE you can almost taste it. Almost.It’s just a matter of hours until the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend starts, so you need to know the most important stuff: what’s the weather going to be like for it?St Patrick’s Day can often fall victim to sludgey March weather, but the past few days have given brief signs of optimism with a respite from the terrible weather which has hit most of the country in recent months.Here’s what Met Éireann is saying right now. Today is going to be mainly dry, with temperatures hitting as high as 13 degrees (so far so good).Saturday is likely to see some drizzle in the north and west but everywhere else will be dry – PLUS Met Éireann is even promising sunny spells across the whole country by the afternoon. SUNNY SPELLS!But rein in the optimism: Sunday is going to be cloudy with some persistent drizzle and right now, Met Éireann says St Patrick’s Day looks like being very similar.Forecasters are promising outbreaks of drizzle in parts of the country but a mostly dry day, if rather cloudy. In what feels like a desperate attempt to placate our fears, Met Éireann says temperatures will be “no better than average generally but nights will be relatively mild and frost-free”.Well, at least that’s something.Read: It is not raining anywhere in Ireland right now > Read: There’s absolutely no denying it, there’s a grand stretch this evening > Read: Drivers warned to take care in fog and mist this morning >last_img read more

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Chelsea apologise profusely to Johnson over abuse

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3117963 By AFP Updated at 18.22GARY JOHNSON RECEIVED a public apology from English football giants Chelsea over the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player from late scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s.The club — who had been heavily criticised after Johnson claimed he was paid £50,000 by them not to go public with his allegations — issued a statement praising Johnson’s courage in talking about the traumatic experience.“It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely,” read the statement.Johnson is one of around 350 people to have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport.Chelsea also explained they had felt with the original agreement with Johnson a confidentiality clause was normal procedure but had revoked it after the slew of allegations of sex abuse across English football had emerged in the past fortnight.Johnson has told them through his lawyers that there were other cases of abuse at the club while Heath was employed there but had been unable to find any other players.“We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view” and are “fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises”. Source: Dave HowarthEx-Chelsea football star Alan Hudson said it was “common knowledge” that Heath was a paedophile.“It was common knowledge that Eddie Heath was a ‘nonce’ (slang for paedophile),” Hudson wrote on Facebook, cited by British tabloid newspapers.“I was around and it was common knowledge that Mr Heath was a danger to us youngsters, but luckily for me, he never came near me, almost as if I had a sixth sense.”Players from other London clubs he worked for, Leyton Orient and Charlton, have also come forward about his predatory behaviour.Jimmy Scott, former skipper of Orient where Heath worked during the 1950s and 60s, said he had retorted he would punch him when he was propositioned whilst a former trainee from Charlton, where he worked in the early 1980s, claimed in The Times he had ‘touched up’ two of his team-mates.- ‘Insular’ -Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said he didn’t believe the Football Association (FA) were in a good position to investigate how their predecessors had dealt with the matter.Sutcliffe, sports minister in the Labour Government from 2007 and 2010, said there was concern during his tenure about how the FA dealt with governance of the sport and with youth development.The 63-year-old said it would be preferable if an independent body, such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport looked at the issue rather than the FA investigating itself.“What I’ve seen in football over the years is that they’re very narrow, very insular, and may not do a proper job even though with the right intentions,” he said.According to reports, a former employee of Southampton Football Club accused of abusing young players in the 1980s is still working in the sport.BBC’s Radio 4 said it understood the employee, who faced allegations from four former players, left Southampton after concerns were raised about his conduct with youth team members, but went on to work for other clubs one of which asked that he leave as well.He was accused of inappropriate behaviour by a former Southampton youth player — the fourth one to come forward but who wished to remain anonymous — on the same programme on Saturday.The club said Friday it had been contacted by police “following information supplied to us in relation to historical child abuse within football”.Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy — in charge from 1973 to 1985 and winning the FA Cup as a Second Division side in 1976 beating Manchester United — – said he was ‘shocked and disgusted’ by the claims of grooming and sexual abuse.“Certainly if I’d known that was happening in my time — and I don’t think it did happen in my time — I would have got it killed straightaway,” he told the BBC.“If I thought for one minute that sort of thing was happening, I’d have acted … certainly I’d have gone straight to the police.”Former England captain and Southampton star Alan Shearer also urged footballers to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, saying he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the recent revelations.Comments are closed for legal reasons© – AFP 2016Read: Ex-football coach Barry Bennell charged with 8 offences of child sexual assault No Comments Share Tweet Email 35,802 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 3rd 2016, 6:24 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 6:24 PM Chelsea apologise ‘profusely’ to Johnson over abuse Around 350 people have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport. Short URLlast_img read more

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Suicides murders rise as Greek austerity takes health toll

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Greece’s economy took a plunge, murders and disease rates soared, according to a study published that suggests the impact of the European nation’s austerity cuts may be worse than expected. Suicide and murder rates climbed from 2007 to 2009, particularly among men, and unusual outbreaks of malaria, West Nile virus and HIV took clinicians by surprise, said the findings in the American Journal of Public Health. The decline in health came as Greece’s once robust economy collapsed into recession following the global economic crisis of 2007, with unemployment rising from 7.2 per cent in 2008 to 22.6 per cent in early 2012. Greece took out billions in loans to stave off financial collapse and implemented austerity measures that included a major downsizing of the Ministry of Health, where spending fell nearly 24 per cent from 2009 to 2011. For patients, the cuts meant many services that were once free now cost money out of pocket. There were salary freezes and layoffs in the health sector, and many preventive programs were halted. With debates raging in political and economic circles over the true costs and merits of austerity, a team of Greek clinicians and US researchers set out to document the effects of the policies on the health of people in Greece. “We were expecting that these austerity policies would negatively affect health services and health outcomes, but the results were much worse than we imagined,” said lead author Elias Kondilis, a researcher at Aristotle University. Among the general population of some 11 million people, suicide rates rose 16 per cent and murders climbed nearly 26 per cent from 2007 to 2009, said the findings, which draw on Greek government data. Meanwhile, deaths from infectious disease increased 13 per cent in those two years. Among men under 65 who were more likely to face the perils of unemployment, the numbers were higher – a 23 per cent higher suicide rate, a 25 per cent rise in murder rate and a 27.6 per cent rise in deaths from infectious diseases. Normally, preventive measures in developed nations like Greece are successful at keeping diseases such as malaria and HIV to a relatively low incidence, co-author Howard Waitzkin of the University of New Mexico told AFP. But when programs like needle-exchanges for drug users and condoms for at-risk groups were slashed, the disease rates ballooned. Researchers were surprised to see three infectious disease outbreaks in a span of 18 months from July 2010 to December 2011, he said. They included a spate of West Nile virus that infected 197 and killed 35 people, and an outbreak of malaria in southern Greece. Also, there was a 57 per cent spike in newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection, from 607 new HIV cases in 2010 to 954 in 2011. “These aren’t small percentage changes,” said Waitzkin, distinguished professor emeritus of sociology and medicine. The study said Greece initially attributed the outbreaks to environmental risk factors but the fact that public health measures had to be deployed after the fact implies that “the risks of transmission had not been addressed through prevention”. Waitzkin said similar problems were seen in Argentina a decade ago, and the same issues could loom on the US horizon as the American government implements across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester. “The concerns are much broader than simply Greece and these kinds of policies in our view are very dangerous for public health,” he said. According to Angela Mattie, an expert in healthcare management at the Quinnipiac University School of Business, good health is often linked to strong finances. “We know in the United States, for example, that employment status is tied to insurance coverage, which is tied to medical care, and early identification and treatment of disease,” said Mattie, who was not involved in the study. “People in better income brackets are at an advantage.” Source: AFP.last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Kate creating dark skies in areas of The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Nov 2015 – Tropical Storm Kate was announced as formed this morning and under Tropical Storm warning were islands in the Central and Northwestern Bahamas. Magnetic Media is told, weather is beginning to deteriorate in Nassau, Bahamas already. The system was originally forecast as having low chance of development on Friday but on Sunday gained strength and threatened to bring heavy downpours and gusty winds. Initially those islands in the two chains – The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos – which were most impacted by hurricane Joaquin were forecast to get the soggy weather but a merciful change altered the conditions. Kate is packing near 45 mph winds and set to swing northeast out into the open Atlantic. Meanwhile, islands under Tropical Storm warning are: GRAND BAHAMA, ABACO, ANDROS, BIMINI, THE BERRY ISLANDS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, THE EXUMAS, CAT ISLAND, LONG ISLAND, RUM CAY AND SAN SALVADOR. Related Items:bahamas, dark skies, tropical storm kate Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

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Golik Wolter intended to kill girlfriend

first_imgClark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik clutched a kitchen knife with a bent blade as he faced the jury. The knife was one of five Dennis Wolter used a to kill his estranged girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, in May 2011, Golik said during closing arguments Wednesday in Wolter’s murder trial.When one of the knives bent or broke, Wolter had to fetch another one to finish the killing. Each time, Golik said, Wolter had time to reflect for “more than a moment in time” about what he was doing. That’s the standard for premeditation, Golik said.Instead, “he went back to his grisly work,” the prosecutor said.Wolter, 46, is accused of stabbing Fredericksen, 41, more than 70 times in his Vancouver home at 1205 W. 39th St. He is charged with first-degree aggravated murder, which requires prosecutors to prove intent and premeditation. Though it is Washington’s only capital crime, the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty.Wolter’s attorney, Therese Lavallee, acknowledged the killing happened but argued that it was not premeditated. She claimed that the defendant has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and that it, as well as a traumatic brain injury at age 18, caused brain damage that interferes with his ability to premeditate. One defense expert testified that his brain functions at the level of a 12-year-old.The jury began deliberations around 4 p.m. Wednesday but adjourned an hour later without a verdict. They’ll resume deliberations at 9 a.m. today.last_img read more

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The legend of Ferrari finds space at City of Dreams

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More Among them are some legendary cars, such as the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the 288 GTO and the F40, as well as a few F1 models. Helmets, uniforms, pictures and, perhaps most interesting, master models that allow guests to enjoy a glimpse into how Pininfarina used to develop the aesthetic of the Ferrari are all on show.The title of the exhibition – Ferrari Under the Skin – is honored with the exposition of a bone-structure model and several engines that relate the story of the evolution of its mechanics.The exhibition has been organized together with the Design Museum of London.“The Ferrari exhibition again continues to position City of Dreams as the premier integrated resort for a premier audience,” said Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho.Admission to the exhibition is MOP$80 or free for with any spend at City of Dreams. It’s a must see for everyone who loves cars, design, history and everything that relates to the most legendary supercar manufacturer of all time: Ferrari.From 25 January to 16 June, Macau integrated resort City of Dreams is hosting an exhibition exploring the history of this iconic brand through a series of unique displays.last_img read more

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Hachette Cuts Frequency of Elle Accessories

first_imgWith a $4.99 cover price, Elle Accessories is available on newsstands and by subscription. Hachette declined to comment on the magazine’s circulation figures as it is unaudited.Hachette’s Elle has performed well this year in comparison to others in the women’s fashion category. Ad pages through the first nine months were up 6.4 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Estimated ad revenue was $144.1 million, up 11.7 percent.Allure, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, In Style, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Vogue and W reported declines in ad pages year-to-date. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. has cut the frequency of one of its special issues, Elle Accessories, from twice per year to annually.The magazine, which published spring and fall editions, now will be published only in the fall. “Given the challenges everyone is facing in the year to come, it is important that Elle—like everyone—focuses on its core business and so we decided to publish only one issue, a fall 2009 edition,” a Hachette spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.As a result of the scaled back frequency, four positions—fashion market director, senior market editor, assistant market editor and fashion assistant—have been eliminated.last_img read more

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Cars24 procures NBFC licence from RBI to offer loans against used cars

first_imgAbout Cars24Cars24 is a growing tech-enabled used car company that offers an efficient and reliable platform for customers to buy and sell used cars. It enables car owners to sell their cars within an hour of a single visit to one of their many Cars24 branches. Apart from instant payment, the company also takes complete responsibility for all the paperwork including RC transfer and enables end to end transaction. The company, in turn, sells these cars online through its proprietary auction platform to businesses across India, dealing in pre-owned cars.Within a few years of its inception, the company has witnessed an exponential growth and currently employs over 3000 people across India and has grown rapidly, making it a leading player in the Indian used car sector. With over 10,000 trusted channel partners from more than 230 cities across India, Cars24 has over 150 branches in 35+ cities. The company is backed some of the marquee investors like Sequoia India, Exor Seeds (a venture fund affiliated with one of the world’s leading holding companies controlled by the Agnelli Family), Apoletto (the investment vehicle of DST Global”s billionaire founder Yuri Milner), Kingsway Capital (London based multi-billion US$ fund) and KCK (Silicon Valley and New York-based investment firm). Cars24, a growing tech-enabled used car company, has announced that it has procured an NBFC licence from the RBI and will be venturing into the consumer lending business. With an aim to provide seamless and instant access to credit, the company has also announced the formation of a separate entity – Cars24 Financial Services under the Cars24 group. The company will be launching its services in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru in August and will scale up to the other cities gradually.Cars24, a used car buying and selling platform, will facilitate vehicle loans to customers as well as finance channel partners to help them expand their businesses. While the customers will be eligible for a credit based on the car value they are buying, channel partners will be eligible to credit as high as Rs 1 crore depending upon their requirement. For consumers, the average ticket size of a loan would be Rs 2.50-3 lakh.Commenting on the launch of consumer lending business, Vikram Chopra, Cars24 co-founder and CEO, said, “With less than 15% penetration of financing in the used cars segment, we feel that there is a massive market opportunity that can be tapped under the financing sector. We are delighted with this progress and intend to set a benchmark for delightful customer experience on our platform with our new offering. As a brand, we not only promise an ecosystem for buyers and sellers where they can evaluate their vehicles but can also avail loans for a quicker transaction. We have huge latent demand already in the system due to our scale and branding, and with our first movers’ advantage in the financing business, we are hopeful to make the lives of our end users hassle-free.” cars24.comThe company is planning to hire over 200 people for its newly launched arm and is targeting loan disbursement worth $25 million within the maiden year of its launch. The company will offer financing at competitive interest rates based on the creditworthiness of the consumers. It will also allow consumers to sell their cars to Cars24 at any time in the future to pay back the loan – a first of its kind feature in the Indian used car financing market.”With our lower turn-around-time for credit as compared to other banks, we believe that our consumer lending business will benefit both our customers as well as channel partners. The idea is to help those buyers who have been unable to fulfil their dream of owning a car due to a lack of funds and support from traditional institutions and banks. Our transaction led approach has been our strongest growth pillar and will further strengthen our ability to address the challenges of consumer business. Anyone who is looking for a loan can easily avail it by simply checking the eligibility criteria and completing the documentation work on our website. Once the application is approved by us, one can get the money in hours instead of weeks,” said Ruchit Agarwal, Cars24 co-founder and CFO.Cars24, which currently operates in 35+ cities with more than 150 branches, recently announced its foray into the franchise model and inaugurated its first outlet in Surat. The company intends to scale up its presence in 300+ tier 2,3 and 4 markets by 2021.last_img read more

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Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Teases a Retro Teenage Wasteland

first_img Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room The Stranger Things Season 3 trailer is finally here and it teases a thrilling ’80s summer with teenage romance, mall trips, and a new Demogorgon threat to Hawkins, Indiana.Netflix teased the new Stranger Things Season 3 trailer on Wednesday, and it brings back Mike, Eleven, and their crew, as they tackle growing up and more creepy surprises from the Upside Down. The series returns to Netflix on July 4.It’s 1985 and school’s out for the summer in Stranger Things Season 3. The trailer starts off with Dustin arriving home from summer camp and being surprised by all his friends. Except, he’s super creeped out with the robot prank they pull off.Obviously, there’s going to be a little drama going on with the characters: Jim Hopper is waiting for his date, while Joyce Byers is enjoying a yummy TV dinner. There’s a shot of Will crying in a corner with pictures of his friends, maybe he’s disconnected from what he used to know?And, there’s Starcourt Mall, an ’80s consumer paradise where everything looks so shiny, bright, clean, and it’s the perfect battleground for some new monsters. (Including the morbid looking one that appears at the end of the trailer.)Will the Stranger Things crew be able to escape (and tame) the supernatural threats that still linger around their town? You’ll have to watch Stranger Things Season 3 to witness a retro teenage wasteland thrown into creepy mayhem.More on Geek.com:‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Will Premiere on July 4New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode Titles‘Stranger Things’ Now Has an Eerie ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Starter Set Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Team develops most sensitive scale ever

first_img © 2012 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A Spanish research team in Barcelona working out of the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, has succeeded in building the most sensitive scale ever created. It’s capable, as the team describes in their paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, of weighing a single proton. Citation: Team develops most sensitive scale ever (2012, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-team-sensitive-scale.html Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology Explore further More information: A nanomechanical mass sensor with yoctogram resolution, Nature Nanotechnology (2012) doi:10.1038/nnano.2012.42AbstractNanomechanical resonators have been used to weigh cells, biomolecules and gas molecules, and to study basic phenomena in surface science, such as phase transitions and diffusion. These experiments all rely on the ability of nanomechanical mass sensors to resolve small masses. Here, we report mass sensing experiments with a resolution of 1.7 yg (1 yg = 10−24 g), which corresponds to the mass of one proton. The resonator is a carbon nanotube of length ~150 nm that vibrates at a frequency of almost 2 GHz. This unprecedented level of sensitivity allows us to detect adsorption events of naphthalene molecules (C10H8), and to measure the binding energy of a xenon atom on the nanotube surface. These ultrasensitive nanotube resonators could have applications in mass spectrometry, magnetometry and surface science. For most of civilized human history, people have been weighing things, all the while trying to improve on their ability to do so. Something’s mass quite often leads to its value, and modern scales are no different. A scale that can weigh not just atoms, but their parts, could be useful as a tool to help researchers distinguish between minute quantities of different materials, or medical researches looking to find differences between very similar molecules.The team achieved their feat by using a short carbon nanotube (~150 nm) that vibrates at a frequency of just under 2 GHz, working as a nanomechanical resonator. Measurements are made by noting changes in vibrations when objects are placed on it. By using a shorter than normal nanotube, the team was able to achieve better resolution than with current scales and found it could be used at lower temperatures as well. In their test, they weighed a xenon atom (in a vacuum) to the nearest 10-24 grams (one septillionth of a gram) or one yoctogram, after first heating the nanotube to remove any other atoms that might have been present. In so doing, they found they were able to weigh one single proton (1.7 yoctograms), a truly astounding achievement. The previous best mass sensitivity measurement was a whopping 100 yoctograms.The researchers suggest that the scale could be used for surface science, magnetometry and mass spectrometry applications to weigh cells, gas molecules and biomolecules.Unfortunately, while building a scale with such sensitivity is truly remarkable, there remains one more hurdle. As with any scale, its usefulness only becomes apparent when it becomes available to others. Thus, a way to create a process whereby such a scale could be produced in sufficient quantity at a reasonable cost still needs to be worked out. Once that happens though, it’s likely this new scale will become an important research tool in labs across the world. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers create the first thermal nanomotor in the worldlast_img read more

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Shrimp boat leaves Mazatlan dock catches fire

first_imgMazatlan, Sinolta — The beginning of shrimp season did not start well for one boat that was completely engulfed by flames shortly after leaving dock in Mazatlan.For reasons not yet specified, a shrimp boat caught fire Monday around 9:00 p.m. shortly after leaving its dock. The boat was see in flames approximately 300 meters from Crestón hill lighthouse (Faro de Mazatlán).Shrimp boat leaves Mazatlan dock, catches firePhoto: NorthwestThe vessel, Sebastián I which had just set sail, was completely destroyed. Members of the Armed Navy of Mexico were able to rescue the crew of seven fishermen, arriving to help extinguish the fire.The remains of the boat were towed to the dock of Parque Alfredo V. Bonfil for further investigations.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz has re

first_img Former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz has retired.In making the announcement Tuesday, the 31-year-old Cruz says he plans to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Cruz will contribute to variety of shows and make his ESPN debut Wednesday.Cruz was a seven-year veteran and a 2012 Pro Bowl selection. He joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from Massachusetts. He had his first 1,000-yard season and caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in February 2012.Cruz had 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011. He was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2017 but cut before the season. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2018 8:33 am PDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Victor Cruz, left, and Karrueche Tran arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) center_img Giants receiver Victor Cruz retires, joins ESPNlast_img read more

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Outgoing CBC chief says she was bullied and deeply hurt by media

first_imgOutgoing central bank (CBC) Governor Chrystalla Georghadji said she had been bullied and deeply hurt by certain stories during her five-year term in office, which ends in five days.Speaking to CBC staff on Friday, Georghadji, who will be replaced by Constantinos Herodotou, did not rule out suing those who accused her of falsifying her contract early in on in her tenure.“This will be resolved in court now that I won’t be governor,” she said.Georghadji had been accused of altering the terms of her contract to reflect a salary bump and less stringent conflict-of-interest restrictions – allegedly to overcome potential issues arising from the fact that her daughter worked for her father’s law firm, which was handling a banking case at the time.The firm represented ex-Laiki Bank strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos in a lawsuit by the CBC-appointed administrator of former Laiki over his role in the collapse of the failed lender.Subsequent revelations suggested that Georghadji had altered the two template contracts sent to her by the Presidential Palace at the time of her appointment after consulting with the CBC’s legal consultants to accommodate the pertinent provisions of the law on the operation of the central bank, meaning the contract’s legality could not be challenged.But a harsh statement issued by President Nicos Anastasiades suggesting he had been unaware of the changes found in the contract, left all fingers pointed squarely at Georghadji, who claimed that she had attached notes to the contract, informing the president of both amendments. The Presidential Palace said the notes were never found.On Friday Georghadji said that she had been asked by the president to sent him a contract and she sent two copies with a handwritten note saying “I’m signing both and I am prepared to accept whichever you prefer with any changes you want to make.”“Certain journalists and a lot of people considered this a falsification. Meanwhile, the two contracts I proposed could not be found,” she said. “But God almighty found the texts on the computer of my secretary. Then there was silence from the mass media.”Georghadji, who was auditor-general before taking over the central bank, also bemoaned the criticism against her over the handling of a helicopter purchase by the state.“And then the CID judged there was nothing untoward and that the case had been handled exceptionally. Silence once more. Nothing, not one came out to say Georghadji had handled the helicopters well and many such stories that hurt me deeply,” she said.Regarding her future, she said she would rest first and then consider three proposals from abroad to sit on company boards. One is from a Belgian company whose officials will come to Cyprus for talks.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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after expiry of the validity period The bond deposited by any eligible political party into its account would be credited on the same day London:The Premier League launches its latest auction of domestic live broadcast rights on Friday but football finance experts say global tech giants such as Amazon and Facebook are not yet ready to enter the fray Bids for 200 games a season between 2019 and 2022 must be in between 0800 GMT and 1000 GMT and if any are left unsold there will be further rounds of bidding next week with a result expected on Tuesday Representational Image AFP The 200 games up from 168 games a season under the current three-year deal are broken up into seven packages designed to appeal to different buyers Sky and BT paid more than 5 billion for the rights in 2016-19 matching the 70 percent uplift recorded for the previous cycle and are expected to take the lion’s share of the games in the new deal But the chance of another huge hike in domestic broadcast revenue appears unlikely because the two companies did a deal in December to sell their channels on each other’s platforms In a bid to draw other players into the market the Premier League is offering 32 extra games a season and experimenting with new slots and offerings One of the new packages offers 24 games at 2:00 pm on Sundays and eight games at 745 pm on Saturdays There are two packages that offer two entire rounds of games simultaneously on midweek evenings and a bank holiday Amazon Facebook BT is understood to be interested in the "simulcast" idea which is also designed to draw in one or more digital hosts such as Amazon Facebook Google or Netflix None of those companies have confirmed or denied if they are interested in the Premier League’s UK rights but there is increasing speculation they will become major players in the battle for premium international sports content Kieran Maguire a football finance expert at the University of Liverpool told Britain’s Press Association that he does not believe the tech giants are yet ready to enter the market "That is just the Premier League talking up auction prices" said Maguire "It makes no sense for them to bid domestically as the UK is insignificant when looking at global strategy There is some potential in overseas markets but there is still an issue of monetising subscribers — even Netflix hasn’t quite managed that yet" Roger Bell of the financial analysis firm Vysyble agreed with Maguire and said the domestic market appeared to have "reached maturity" "Sky’s economic performance has been challenged by the gravity of the current deal With a more open relationship between Sky and BT we don’t expect to see the previous hikes of 70 percent" However the expected slowdown domestically does not signal the end of bumper paydays for the Premier League with deals with Chinese and US broadcasters showing a significant uplift in recent years Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was optimistic about the potential for 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