June PV retail sales slide 46 on liquidity woes monsoon delay

first_imgNew Delhi: Automobile dealers’ body FADA Tuesday said retail sales of passenger vehicles (PV) in June declined by 4.6 per cent to 2,24,755 units as compared to the same period last year, hit by liquidity issues and delayed monsoon. According to Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), PV sales stood at 2,35,539 units in June 2018.PV wholesales, on the other hand, declined by 17.54 per cent to 2,25,732 units in June from 2,73,748 units in the year-ago period. Two-wheeler retail sales declined by 5 per cent to 13,24,822 units last month compared with 13,94,770 units in the year-ago period. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepCommercial vehicle sales dropped by 19.3 per cent to 48,752 units against 60,378 units in June last year. Three-wheeler sales saw a dip of 2.8 per cent to 48,447 units last month from 49, 837 units in the same period last year. Total sales across categories declined by 5.4 per cent to 16,46,776 units in June as against 17,40,524 units in the same month last year. “Despite starting the month with a positive outlook and hope, the monthly sales ended in a de-growth due to continued liquidity tightness and a much-delayed monsoon,” FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said in a statement. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsEven with inquiry levels being reasonably strong, retail sales got affected as consumer sentiment continued to be weak and purchase postponement was seen across all segments, he added. In the April-June quarter, passenger vehicle sales declined by 1 per cent to 7,28,785 units against 7,36,290 units in the same period of the previous fiscal. Two-wheeler sales declined by 6.4 per cent to 40,64,903 units in the April-June period as compared with 43,44,827 units in the same period of 2018-19 fiscal. Sales across categories declined by 6 per cent to 51,16,718 units as against 54,42,317 units in April-June period of the last fiscal. Kale said that due to delayed monsoon in June and uneven spread in the first half of this month so far, the near-term outlook of four-six weeks remains negative.last_img read more

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Deadline of filing ITRs not extended do it by Aug 31 IT

first_imgNew Delhi: The I-T department on Friday dismissed social media reports which claimed that the government has extended the due date for filing of income tax returns (ITRs) by a month and advised taxpayers to complete the process by the set deadline of August 31. “It has come to the notice of CBDT that an order is being circulated on social media pertaining to extension of due dt (date) for filing of IT Returns. It is categorically stated that the said order is not genuine. Taxpayers are advised to file Returns within extended due dt (date) of 31.08.2019,” the Income-Tax department said on its official Twitter handle. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The handle, @IncomeTaxIndia, is operated by the Central Board of Direct Taxes that frames policy for the I-T department. The clarification came after a fake order dated August 29 started doing the rounds on various social media platforms, including Twitter and WhatsApp groups, claiming that the government has extended the due date for filing income tax returns for individuals (financial year 2018-19) by a month till September 30. The I-T department also put up a photo of the fake order on its Twitter handle and put a red cancellation cross across it making clear that the contents are not genuine. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On July 23, the government had extended the due date for filing income tax returns by individuals for financial year 2018-19 by a month till August 31. The earlier deadline was July 31. Individuals, including salaried taxpayers, and entities- who do not need to get their accounts audited – are required to file their ITRs for fiscal 2018-19 (assessment year 2019-20) by Saturday, August 31.last_img read more

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Jimmy Carter returns to Winnipeg charity project after hospital stay

first_imgWINNIPEG – Former United States president Jimmy Carter has been released from a Winnipeg hospital a day after he became dehydrated while volunteering with a Habitat for Humanity home-building event in the city.A statement from the Habitat organization says Carter, who is 92, was released this morning and attended the daily devotional at the build site.Carter was helping to construct a set of stairs Thursday morning when he began to feel weak after two hours in the sun.He required assistance to walk to a nearby trailer and was taken soon afterward by ambulance across town to St. Boniface General Hospital.Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, said at the time that the former president received medical attention as a precaution, but was fine.Carter, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, was in Edmonton earlier this week helping Habitat, which builds affordable housing for low-income earners.last_img read more

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AMBERWOOD ENTERTAINMENT IN PRODUCTION ON THE GREAT NORTHERN CANDY DROP FOR CBC

first_imgAdvertisement Ottawa, June 26, 2017 – Amberwood Entertainment today announced that production is underway on new animated primetime holiday special The Great Northern Candy Drop for CBC. Starring Lorne Cardinal and Tantoo Cardinal, the half-hour special tells the story of famed Inuk pilot Johnny May and his long-standing holiday drop tradition in the Kuujjuaq community of Nunavik. May serves as a consultant on the special, which will premiere on CBC in December 2017.“We are so excited to be bringing this amazing story to life, and are honoured to be working alongside such top-tier partners as Kris, Jam Filled, Boat Rocker, and of course CBC,” said Jonathan Wiseman, executive producer.“Johnny May is one of Canada’s unsung heroes, and we look forward to sharing his inspiring story of commitment and dedication to community with the entire country this holiday season,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. Facebook Based on a children’s book published in 2015 by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, The Great Northern Candy Drop tells the true story of Inuk bush pilot Johnny May, who has flown over Kuujjuaq in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec to drop candy, toys and warm clothing to the children and residents of the community each holiday season for more than 50 years.Produced by Amberwood Entertainment, The Great Northern Candy Drop is written by Canadian Kris Pearn (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Arthur Christmas, Shaun the Sheep) and animated by Ottawa’s Jam Filled Entertainment, with Jamie Leclaire and Phil Lafrance serving as directors. The special is distributed by Boat Rocker Rights..About Amberwood EntertainmentAmberwood is a Canadian-based independent producer, financier and distributor of high quality animated and live-action content for kids and families..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of thecelebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Aphria stands by US investment despite enforcement crackdown delisting threat

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) says it stands by its decision to invest south of the border, despite a recent U.S. cannabis crackdown and a warning from Canada’s biggest exchange operator that cross-border pot firms could face a delisting.The comment from Aphria’s CEO Vic Neufeld comes less than a week after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal. This guidance, known as the Cole Memorandum, opened the door for several states to legalize the drug for medicinal and recreational use but marijuana remains illegal under federal law.Neufeld’s comments also comes as the TMX Group, which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture, reviews cannabis firms’ cross-border activities, after warning in October that federal law takes precedence over state laws, and that violators may face delisting.That raised questions about Aphria, one of the biggest Canadian producers with U.S. investments.“In terms of Aphria’s U.S. assets, I would like to convey the message that we have no delisting request whatsoever from any regulator,” Neufeld told analysts on a call to discuss its second-quarter earnings Wednesday. “And we remain on a path that will be receptive to the regulators, while at the same time, provide proper value to our shareholders.”Neufeld said in December the pot producer was in dialogue with the TMX Group and it was moving to reduce, where possible, any direct involvement in medical cannabis in the U.S., including by moving assets under subsidiary companies.Its Florida business already operates under the subsidiary Liberty Health Sciences, which it launched to acquire and operate U.S.-based companies in the medical cannabis market and the company has said it is looking to do the same for its Arizona licensed producer, Copperstate Farms.At the same time the TMX announced its strict policy, the umbrella organization for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators said that cannabis companies with U.S. operations were clear to list in Canada as long as they disclosed risks to investors. The Canadian Securities Administrators said this week it is “examining the recent recission of the Cole Memorandum.”“Given the critical importance of the legal and regulatory environment to issuers operating in this industry, we expect issuers to carefully consider whether this development results in material changes that trigger timely disclosure obligations,” the CSA said in an emailed statement.In Sessions’ Jan. 4 memo, President Donald Trump’s top law enforcement official said he is leaving it to federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal to decide how aggressively to enforce federal law.The new enforcement stance in the U.S. triggered a broad selloff in pot stocks, which have been on an tear in recent months as Canada moves to legalize the recreational use of cannabis by this summer.Aphria’s stock slipped 13.8 per cent on the news to close at $18.50 last Thursday. Shares were trading at roughly $23 in Toronto on Wednesday, after Aphria reported $6.45 million in net income for the fiscal second quarter, up from $945,000 in the same period a year earlier.The Leamington, Ont.-based producer saw revenues rise 39 per cent to roughly $8.5 million and the amount of product sold rise 45 per cent to 1,237 kilograms.However, Aphria’s overall costs to produce dried cannabis also rose roughly 32 per cent “temporarily” to $2.13 per gram as a longer-than-expected expansion approval resulted in a smaller yield, meaning overall costs were distributed across a smaller harvest.last_img read more

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Sushma seeks report on alleged conversion of Hindu girls in Pak

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Sunday raised with Pakistan an incident of alleged abduction of two Hindu teenaged girls and their forcible conversion to Islam in Sindh province even as a war of words broke out between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary over the issue.Offcial sources said India issued a note verbale — a diplomatic communication — to Pakistan, sharing its concerns over the incident and called for suitable remedial action to protect and promote safety, security and welfare of people from the minority communities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a tweet, Swaraj said she has sought a report from Indian envoy in Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on the incident. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already ordered a probe into it. According to Pakistani media reports, Reena and Raveena, hailing from village Hafiz Salman near the town of Daharki in Sindh, were kidnapped and forced to convert from Hinduism to Islam on March 20, before being married to Muslim men. Separately, there were Pakistani media reports of abduction and forced conversion of another minor Hindu girl, Shania from Mirpurkhas in Sindh, sources said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBoth girls have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab to avoid their arrest by Sindh Police, they said quoting latest reports. Responding to Swaraj’s tweet asking the Indian envoy to send a report on the incident, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “Maam its Pakistan’s internal issue and (be) rest assured it’s not Modi’s India where minorities are subjugated, it’s Imran Khan’s Naya Pak where white colour of our flag is equally dearer to us.” “I hope you’ll act with same diligence when it comes to rights of Indian minorities,” he said. Swaraj, in her response to Chaudhry, said she had only asked for a report from the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about the kidnapping and forced conversion of two minor Hindu girls to Islam. “This was enough to make you jittery. This only shows your guilty conscience,” she said. This prompted Chaudhry to respond again. “Madam Minister I am happy that in the Indian administration we have people who care for minority rights in other countries. I sincerely hope that your conscience will allow you to stand up for minorities at home as well. Gujarat and Jammu must weigh heavily on your soul,” the Pakistani minister tweeted. In a Twitter post in Urdu, Information Minister Chaudhry said the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. A number of Pakistani human rights activists have claimed that it is another case of forced conversion and abduction, which are becoming increasingly common in the southern region of Sindh. After kidnapping of the two girls, a purported video emerged showing that the underage girls accepted that they were converting to Islam with their own desire. In another video, a Maulvi is seen explaining that the girls were living in an area which was surrounded by Muslims and the girls were inspired by the teachings of Islam and wanted to convert. Sources quoting reports from Pakistan said an FIR of the incident was registered in Daharki Police Station on behalf of the victims’ brother, Shaman Das, son of Hari Das Meghwar. On 20 March, Das claimed that he was at home along with his family members when six persons, armed with pistols, entered their house, the sources said. The complainant said that the six men took the family members hostage on gunpoint and took away the two girls. According to media reports, the Hindu community in the area staged protests, demanding action against perpetrators of the alleged crime.last_img read more

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As rainy season starts UN health agency warns of cholera outbreak in

Somalia is suffering from the largest cholera outbreak in the past five years and the number of people killed is expected to double by the end of June, the United Nations health agency.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported close to 32,000 cases of cholera, including 618 deaths, since the beginning of the year.“The drought had led to a lack of clean water and the largest cholera outbreak in Somalia in the past five years,” Tarik Jasarevic, spokesman for the WHO, told journalists in Geneva.He noted that the case fatality rate of cholera is 1.9 per cent, with an emergency threshold of 1 per cent. Those numbers are expected to double at the end of next month, as the overall numbers jump due to the start this week of the rainy season.Lack of access to clean water and hygiene, food insecurity and malnutrition caused by drought are worsening the figures. “There may be more than 50,000 cases of cholera in 2017 in Somalia,” Mr. Jasarevic said.The UN is working with partners to provide medicines and medical supplies, and train health staff. In addition, a vaccination campaign reached more than 450,000 people in March, and a second round was launched yesterday.In addition to cholera, Somalis are faced with the threat of measles as a result of a low vaccination rate, and massive displacement and crowding as a result of the drought.A campaign had been planned to vaccinate half-a-million children between the ages of six months and five years of age, but the required $2.7 million have not yet been met. read more

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Human rights on film International festival celebrates mobile phone films for a

Over 700 films have poured in from 81 different countries in a call to #StandUp4HumanRights, the historic anniversary’s official hashtag.    The UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR), the European Union, and YouTube Creators for Change, jointly hosted the contest, asking participants to create films about human rights issues of interest, and adhere to three guidelines: one film, made on a single mobile device, lasting one minute or less.A jury of film and television professionals viewed the films on Tuesday night at a 600-seat theatre, joined by advocates, human rights experts, and government officials. Awards were presented for various categories, from best screenplay, to best director and actress, and recognized with grants ranging from three to 20,000 Euros.The Festival founder, Bruno Smadja, said the competition was an exercise in inclusivity.“Its easy today to find the access to a smart phone…by taking away the economic constraints, we make the same competition for everybody. Somebody can be from a very high school in the United States or in France or in Germany, at the same time as somebody that is a self-made filmmaker in Africa, in Russia,” he said in an interview with UN News.The aim of the festival is to reveal and support emerging talent, by giving them the floor from all different cultures and backgrounds.Mr. Smadja said a large number of contestants used the opportunity to tackle women’s rights, the rights of migrants, children, the LGBTQ community, and other minorities.A selection of 51 finalists’ films can be viewed on the Festival page, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. read more

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New code of practice for equipment fitting launched

The latest version of the code of practice for installers of in-vehicle equipment (known as MPT1362) has been launched by the Federation of Communication Services (FCS). MPT1362 includes detailed technical guidelines on safe installation, antenna installation, legal requirements, interference checks, customer communication and user training. With increased driver legislation and new vehicle-tracking services on the horizon through road pricing and pay-as-you-go insurance, the demand for accepted standards in after-market installation is very strong. The original code was first published in 1987, latterly under the remit of the Radio Communications Agency. When it merged into Ofcom in 2005, ownership of the code was passed to the industry’s trade association; the FCS. This is the first revised code to be published following a thorough review by the FCS Equipment Installers Group. The voluntary code is recognised by equipment manufacturers, equipment installers, fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, and transport and logistics companies. It has also been adopted by many local authorities and the emergency services. Stewart Gent, co-chairman of the FCS Installers Group said, ‘During 2005 the team, which comprised a comprehensive cross section of the industry and authorities, distilled a vast range of technical and regulatory knowledge to update the code. It has defined a contemporary document of best-practice that any installing engineer or vehicle equipment producer can use daily. The updated code will be used by all the equipment installers within the RQC Silver Award Scheme, the compliance scheme for professional installers. ‘ There are 29.3 million cars and 3.7 million commercial vehicles on the roads of Britain and, in addition to in-car audio and video entertainment systems, the number of complex aftermarket products such as voice and data communications equipment, navigation and tracking devices, security and asset management has risen steadily over the last 10 years with an estimated five million new installations every year. Jacqui Brookes,CEO of the FCS said, ‘The installation industry is fragmented with thousands of practitioners who are either specialist wireless equipment installers or who install all types of after market products. MPT1362 goes far beyond simple compliance with technical and road-safety regulations. Driver and public safety can be directly affected by faulty installations so we encourage businesses and individuals to select installers who understand this and know what the industry recommends.’ The code is available on the FCS website – www.fcs.org.uk/documents/mpt1362.pdf and a hard copy is available from FCS for a small charge. Other links FCS Homepage: http://www.fcs.org.uk/ RQC Silver Award Scheme: http://www.fcs.org.uk/services/qa/index.aspClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Monster Pitch finalist XpertVR

This is the third in a series of four stories featuring the finalists of Monster Pitch, the annual student business competition hosted by the Goodman School of Business student club Brock Innovation Group. This year’s competition will be held in the Goodman atrium Friday, March 1.Student-run company XpertVR is carving out its niche in the $45-billion market research industry.Founded by Goodman School of Business students Drew MacNeil and Evan Sitler, the company uses virtual reality (VR) simulations to enhance current projects that are being done by market research firms.Moving into the VR realm for this work allows companies to get more detailed analytics faster and at a cheaper price point than using conventional research set-ups. With a number of competing VR firms located overseas, XpertVR is finding success being able to provide in-person service to the Ontario market.XpertVR’s market research capabilities allow companies to view consumer behaviour in detail and easily tweak or change scenarios.“We are gaining traction based on how fast we can deliver projects on our timelines,” MacNeil said.The team has built their VR expertise over the last three years, which allows them to help new clients bridge the knowledge gap between the technology and business.Now in business for a year and a half, their company is starting to build an impressive portfolio. XpertVR’s client list includes RedBull, Niagara Falls Tourism, Hamilton Health Sciences and the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario.MacNeil and Sitler met through the entrepreneurship programs at Goodman Group Venture Development (formerly BioLinc) and they credit the centre for helping them through their early stage growth.Making the Monster Pitch finals carries a great deal of meaning for the team. MacNeil worked closely with the competition in his previous role as a BioLinc ambassador.“After being the person to promote Monster Pitch for a year, and then losing out in the semifinals the year after that, finally being the one who gets to walk onto the stage and step into the spotlight means a lot,” MacNeil said. This was Sitler’s third year pitching in the competition’s semifinal round, but will be his first trip to the finals.“The entrepreneurs we’ve talked to most and looked up to are past finalists. To be on the same stage as them finally shows that our company is moving ahead,” Sitler said.The sold-out event is hosted by Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and Goodman Group Venture Development and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.This year’s judging panel includes: Bruce Croxon, co-host BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13; Allie Hughes, CEO and Founder of marketing agency H&C Inc.; Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director and Founder and CEO, Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners. read more

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Villanova Oklahoma State LSU reach Advocare semifinals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Villanova took a step forward after dropping out of the Top 25 for the first time since December 2013.Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the defending national champion Wildcats stopped a two-game skid by beating Canisius 83-56 on Thursday in the opening round of the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World.“We pride ourselves on attention to detail, and as you can see right now we just don’t have it,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “We’ve got a lot of new guys, but it was a good step for us today. I thought a lot of good details defensively, good details on the glass.”The Wildcats outrebounded Canisius 51-24.Oklahoma State and No. 19 LSU joined Villanova in Friday’s semifinals. No. 14 Florida State and UAB played later Thursday for the other spot.Phil Booth also scored 15 points for the Wildcats (3-2). They will play Oklahoma State, which beat Memphis 84-64.Villanova went from No. 8 to unranked after losing to Michigan 73-46 in a rematch of last season’s national championship game and getting beaten 76-68 in overtime by Furman last week.“When we were in the AP poll we never talked about it, so when we’re not we don’t talk about it,” Wright said. “We were looking forward to playing better and that’s what I’m really pleased with.”Villanova stars Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman were all selected in the NBA draft after last season’s championship run.Canisius (1-3) got 19 points from Isaiah Reese. Takal Molson, who entered averaging 21.3 points per game, had 10.The Golden Griffins got to 63-52 with 4 1/2 minutes left before Villanova pulled away.Canisius and Memphis will meet Friday in the consolation round.___No. 19 LSU 67, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 55Emmitt Williams had 14 points and nine rebounds for LSU.“For the most part we controlled the game from tip to finish,” Tigers coach Will Wade said. “It got close there a little bit, but every time they got close we answered with big shots or big possessions or a big defensive stop.”Skylar Mays added 12 points for the Tigers (5-0), off to their best start since opening 6-0 in 2012-13.Tigers freshman Naz Reid, slowed by an ankle injury, had six points and two rebounds in 15 minutes. The forward had four points over 10 minutes in last Friday’s 74-67 win over Louisiana Tech.College of Charleston (3-2) got a season-high 27 points and nine rebounds from Jarrell Brantley. It was his 19th game of 20 or more points.Grant Riller, averaging 19 points per game coming in, was held to four on 2-of-10 shooting.“We’re trying to figure out where we are,” Cougars coach Earl Grant said. “You get a chance to play in a very competitive tournament. It’s good for us.”College of Charleston will face the Florida State-UAB loser Friday night in the consolation round.___OKLAHOMA STATE 84, MEMPHIS 64Oklahoma State dominated inside in a one-sided victory over Memphis.Cameron McGriff scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds, and Yor Anel had 12 points and six blocked shot as the Cowboys advanced to Friday’s semifinals.“We have a lot of size,” McGriff said. “We try and use that to our advantage.”Oklahoma State (3-1) shot 57 per cent.“I think this team has got a chance to become really good over the course of the season,” Cowboys coach Mike Boynton said. “I’m excited to see them continue to grow.”Tyler Harris led Memphis (2-2) with 14 points. The Tigers entered averaging 87 per game.Former Orlando Magic star Penny Hardaway is the first-year coach at Memphis.“It was really embarrassing today, to me, to have our team go out and defend the way we defended,” Hardaway said. “We knew exactly what was coming and they still punched us in the mouth. They swung first and they never stopped swinging.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Mark Didtler, The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State professors organization making waves in sports research

Trevon Logan, an associate professor of economics at Ohio State, poses for a photograph inside his office at Arps Hall. Logan is one of the head researchers involved with the recently created Sports and Society Initiative at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Trevon LoganA newly formed organization of Ohio State professors and other distinct faculty are challenging the traditional views of sports through in-depth research.The Sports and Society Initiative at OSU performs data analytics research to look at the way sports interact with the economy and society. The collective, which is composed of professors from five different majors, began in October. Despite being just five months old, SSI is already making headway through its multiple areas of expertise. Its members work toward developing new findings in the realm of sports research. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the driving forces behind SSI. Her role is to support the ideas and research done by professors, as well as galvanize outside donors, public officials and OSU alumni about this newly thriving organization.“(SSI) wants Ohio State to be the place to go for research on sports,” Box-Steffensmeier said. One of the leading professors on the forefront of SSI’s research is Trevon Logan.Logan, an economics professor who has been at OSU for more than 10 years, is the group’s main member that is deeply examining the correlations between sports and economics.“There are social science and policy aspects to sports,” he said. “They are just never brought up in the public sphere and talked about.”That is where SSI comes in. Its goal is to challenge the conventional wisdom of sports, as well as provide a platform in which research and discussion of sports issues can take place.“We want to make Ohio State sports-related research as prominent as the sports themselves,” Logan said.His recent research dove deep into the issues of compensation for student-athletes. The professor began delving into years of OSU data in order to analyze the effects the school’s recruits have on the number of wins and bowl game appearances.Thereafter, Logan took that information of wins and appearances and reviewed their connections to the university’s football-related revenue. The research revealed, based on revenues and expenditures, that a five-star recruit is worth about $900,000 for a university, Logan said. That number dips to $400,000 for a four-star recruit.“If you think about that number based on a five-star and four-star recruit’s salary in the NFL, those are honestly not too crazy of numbers,” Logan said.Next, Logan examined the data around transferring and the frequency of players departing early for the professional ranks across FBS schools.This research found that 15 percent of college football players will transfer to another university. The most common transfer position, Logan said, was the quarterback position. Additionally, the professor found that 11 percent of players will leave early for the NFL draft.“When these numbers were generated, I was shocked,” he said.SSI members will present this research — and more — in the coming months at a multitude of events regarding policy and economics in the world of sports.One of these events includes a forum centered on the pay-to-play model in high school athletics. The event is titled, “Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?” and it is set to be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 in Pfahl Hall room 202.Discussing the issue, Logan said, will be a panel of professors and politicians, such as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, State Sen. Cliff Hite, Scott Grant, a professor at the University of Findlay and Ohio University Professor David Ridpath.“The goal of this forum is to discuss ways to increase participation in high school athletics without increasing the costs,” Logan said.A separate gathering is slated to be held on April 15 to dissect compensation for collegiate student-athletes. This function will present sports experts and OSU alumni from across the nation to examine this subject, Logan said.  Arguably the crown jewel of the panel will be Vince Doria, an OSU graduate and senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.Research SSI has conducted concerning this issue will be presented at the forum, too, Logan said.“(SSI and the panel) want to discuss the implications of compensation for student-athletes and what it would mean for the future of college athletics,” he said.Box-Steffensmeier possesses similar goals for these cutting-edge gatherings. Her hope is to further dialogue about these important national issues while promoting the faculty involved with SSI and the research it has performed.Additionally, she said she also wants to intrigue students who have a passion for sports and encourage them to contact those involved with SSI. She said she believes that students doing this could spark new ideas and issues to research.She said she holds big aspirations for the future of SSI. “I would love major news outlets to have a hot sports topic and know that we have an outstanding roster of faculty and students to call upon about the issue,” Box-Steffensmeier said.SSI might be in its early stages, but the collective is taking giant leaps, reaching new, unexplored heights in the vast expanse of college athletics. “Ohio State is on the move in regards to sports-related research,” Logan said. And with the passion, intelligence and ability of this small group of faculty members, there is no telling just how influential its work might be. read more

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Equinox signs smelter agreement for KCM to process Lumwana concentrates

first_imgEquinox Minerals’ Lumwana Mining has signed a five year concentrate offtake agreement with Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) for annual quantities of between 70,000 and 80,000 t (dry) of concentrates from the Lumwana copper mine (IM, March 2009) with an option by mutual agreement for additional annual quantities of Lumwana copper concentrates under the same terms as the Agreement. The copper treatment and refining charges under the Agreement are to be determined annually based on Japanese Smelter Benchmark terms.KCM is majority owned by Vedanta Resources, a London listed metals and mining company. KCM recently installed and commissioned the new Nchanga smelter on the Zambian Copperbelt; a modern smelter with output capacity of 300,000 t/y of copper anode and 1,850 t/d of sulphuric acid. KCM also operates the Nchanga and Konkola copper mines, the Nkana Refinery and is developing the Konkola Deep copper mine.Commenting, Craig Williams, Equinox President and CEO said: “This new long term offtake agreement with KCM supplements the company’s existing long term offtake agreement with Chambishi Copper Smelter and together will account for a large majority of Lumwana’s budgeted production. Outside of these agreements, LMC continues to make deliveries of concentrates to international metal traders under short term contracts providing Equinox with concentrate off-take flexibility.”last_img read more

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Mariusz Jurkiewicz is back to Ciudad Real

← Previous Story Igor Kos in FTC CityLine Next Story → Predrag Dacevic in Crvena Zvezda A new-old player of Ciudad Real is Polish left back Mariusz Jurkiewicz (28).  Strong defensive player already played for three times EHF Champions League winner, after he spent five seasons in Arrate and last one in Portland San Antonio, who suffered from financial crisis and left “half of the team”. Now, Jurkiewicz, who started his career in Zaglieble Lublin, again will be in T-shirts of Spanish champion. read more

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Madagascar quand le tourisme agit en faveur de la forêt

first_imgMadagascar : quand le tourisme agit en faveur de la forêtUne communauté de Madagascar, Anja, vient d’être récompensée par les Nations Unies pour ses efforts fournis afin de préserver sa forêt, grâce à l’écotourisme notamment. Un parfait exemple du potentiel de l’économie verte quelques jours avant que ne soit donné le coup d’envoi de la Conférence des Nations unies sur le développement durable Rio+20.Les Nations Unies ont remis à la communauté Anja de Madagascar le “Prix Equateur”, un trophée qui récompense les efforts des communautés en faveur de la protection de l’environnement et du développement de l’écotourisme à travers le monde. C’est à Rio, lors de la Conférence des Nations unies sur le développement durable, que plusieurs représentants d’Anja se verront décerner ce prix, rapporte l’AFP.Mamy, l’un des membres de la communauté, est fier de faire visiter le parc d’Anja, et de montrer les lémuriens qui y vivent. Menacés de disparition il y a vingt ans, ces petits primates sont aujourd’hui 300 à vivre dans la forêt où Mamy est désormais guide. Dans les années 1990, cette forêt a été massacrée par des coupes illégales qui l’ont privée de la moitié de ses treize hectares. Les habitants ont alors décidé de s’emparer de cette catastrophique situation et ont créé en 2001 l’association Anja Miray. Celle-ci réunit six villages et bénéficie du soutien des Nations Unies et de plusieurs ONG internationales et locales. Pas moins de 30.000 euros ont ainsi pu être offerts à l’association qui s’est vu confier pour mission de sensibiliser toute la communauté à la nécessité de préserver son environnement, en misant sur l’écotourisme notamment. Ce marché permet aujourd’hui à la communauté de 2.500 habitants de gagner environ 30.000 euros chaque année. Une somme utilisée pour financer la surveillance du parc, l’observation des espèces qu’il abrite et le reboisement de la forêt. L’argent profite également au système de protection sociale destiné aux handicapés et aux personnes âgées mis en place par la communauté.Un appel lancé aux autorités malgaches À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Je ressens de la fierté pour cette communauté”, qui parvient désormais à se suffire à elle-même pour s’alimenter, s’est enthousiasmée Fatma Samoura, une coordinatrice des Nations Unies à Madagascar. “Aujourd’hui ces communautés, à travers la déclaration qu’elles vont faire à Rio, vont néanmoins lancer un cri d’alarme, en leur disant “écoutez, nous, nous avons pris l’option de ne pas être dépossédés de notre terroir, mais nous aimerions également que les autorités malgaches puissent vraiment nous aider à rester chez nous et à produire tout en sauvegardant la nature””, souligne-t-elle.Vingt ans après le Sommet de la Terre, 130 chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement sont attendus lors du sommet Rio + 20, qui se tiendra du 20 au 22 juin prochains. Cette conférence vise à obtenir un engagement des Etats en faveur d’un modèle économique durable tant sur le plan social qu’environnemental. Les débats seront centrés autour de deux principaux thèmes : “l’économie verte dans le cadre du développement durable et de l’éradication de la pauvreté” et  “le cadre institutionnel du développement durable”. Le 17 juin 2012 à 16:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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LawBreakers Publisher Blames PUBG for Games Failure

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘PUBG’ Story Trailer Teases the Unknown PlayerJordan Bans ‘Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ center_img LawBreakers received a good amount of press coverage prior to its release. After all, it was the passion project of Cliff Bleszinski. Unfortunately, none of that translated to game sales. LawBreakers was one of the biggest bombs of 2017, despite its pedigree. Publisher Nexon has all but written the game off. Interestingly enough, it blames the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as the chief reason for LawBreakers‘ demise.A recent financial report from publisher Nexon states the company’s revenues were up 36 percent year-over-year. Its earnings in North America, however, fell short due to the poor performance of LawBreakers. Nexon financial executive Shiro Uemura said: “Our results in North America in the third quarter were below our outlook, mainly due to the sales from Lawbreakers being below our expectations.”Uemura went on to say: “LawBreakers is a unique FPS developed for core users. We had very high expectations for its launch. However, the timing of its launch turned out to be unfortunate, specifically the blockbuster PC online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out right about the same time, making the market environment very tough for first-person shooters in general and for LawBreakers.”While PUBG has certainly been a massively popular game, it’s unlikely the cause of LawBreakers‘ ill-fortune. In truth, LawBreakers was too similar to other “hero” shooters like Paladins and Overwatch (two games not mentioned in the financial report). This was a comparison that stuck with the game before and after launch. Sure, LawBreakers had Cliffy B behind it, but it didn’t offer anything that was truly unique. We must also consider the fact LawBreakers was released well after PUBG went into early access in March of last year. The games didn’t launch close to each other as Nexon stated.On January 1, LawBreakers had a total of 50 concurrent users according to SteamSpy. On Dec 29, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds had well over 3 million users.last_img read more

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ASA Joins Fellow Ag Groups to Urge Practical Biotech Policy in FY2013

first_imgIn a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined eight other major agricultural associations in expressing support for a provision in the Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill that would give growers assurance that biotech crops that have already been approved by USDA can be planted and harvested under temporary stewardship conditions in the event of litigation against USDA’s decision. Introduced by Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), the provision addresses a costly vulnerability in the regulatory process for biotechnology that is discouraging innovation in agriculture and unnecessarily putting farmers at financial risk.”Opponents of agricultural biotechnology have repeatedly filed suits against USDA on procedural grounds in order to disrupt the regulatory process and undermine the science-based regulation of such products,” wrote the groups in the letter. “These lawsuits have also created tremendous resource constraints for USDA and have resulted in significant delays in approval of new, innovative products that will help growers provide Americans with an abundant and economical food supply while remaining competitive in the world market.””Section 733 provides certainty to growers with respect to their planting decisions. If enacted, growers would be assured that the crops they plant could continue to be grown, subject to appropriate interim conditions, even after a judicial ruling against USDA,” continued the groups. “The inclusion of Section 733 is a positive step to ensure that U.S. farmers and our food chain are shielded from supply disruptions caused by litigation over procedural issues unrelated to sound science or the safety of biotech crops. This legislative solution ensures that national agricultural policy is not being decided by the court system while providing a level of certainty that is critical to ensure that our agricultural producers continue to lead the world.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

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Weather Eye Weathers normal and extended forecast is uncertain

first_imgI would say the weather is getting back to normal with rain in the lowlands and snow in the mountains, the cold east wind replaced by milder Pacific air.Nothing really exciting is on the horizon — more showers today and a dry day Monday, then more showers Tuesday. Travelers heading east over the passes will have no problem Tuesday or Wednesday getting to their Thanksgiving destinations.Thanksgiving may be really nice, with sunshine and mild temperatures. I’m not totally confident in the extended range as there is a not a lot of consensus among computer forecasting models. Coming back over the weekend over the passes may be dicey if one follows certain models and no worry with others. Best to always plan ahead and then listen for updates.This month has not been so kind for the mountain ski areas — wet and mild, then cold and dry. The upper ski areas may get enough this weekend to have limited service by Thanksgiving — as long as rain doesn’t fall Tuesday and turn things mushy.So, how is Vancouver weather this month? As of 5 p.m. Saturday, 1.71 inches of rain was in the gauge, 2.40 inches less than average. The average mean temperature is 43.6 degrees, four degrees below average.last_img read more

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Doral Police motorman injured in crash released from hospital

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A Doral Police officer who was injured in a motorcycle crash has been released from the hospital.Officer Mauricio Oliveira was seen greeting colleagues from the department as he walked out of Jackson Memorial Hospital, Monday.Oliveira, a 10-year veteran with the force, spent the weekend recuperating from head injuries he sustained when, authorities said, he lost control, veered off the road and hit a tree along Northwest 112th Avenue, near 97th Avenue, Friday afternoon.The officer skidded back onto the pavement, dropping his department-issue bike.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Chinas Three Gorges Dam handles record flow

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories BEIJING (AP) – The operator of China’s Three Gorges Dam says the world’s largest hydropower project has withstood its biggest test, regulating a record amount of floodwater.China Three Gorges Corp. said Thursday the dam on the Yangtze River operated normally on Tuesday night when 71,200 cubic meters (2.5 million cubic feet) of water per second flowed into its reservoir.That was slightly above 70,000 cubic meters (2.47 million cubic feet) per second that hit the Yangtze in 1998. That was when some of China’s worst floods killed 4,150 people, most along the Yangtze. Sponsored Stories center_img Officials say the dam is the best way to end centuries of flooding along the river. But it has been controversial because of geological and ecological concerns and the number of people relocated to make way for its reservoir.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 must play golf courses in Arizona How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   last_img read more

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