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Mastermind Toys ramps up expansion even as Toys R Us floundersMastermind Toys ramps up expansion even as Toys R Us flounders

first_imgTORONTO – Jon Levy’s favourite playthings as a Toronto child growing up in the 1960s and 1970s included Lego blocks and fort-building kits — classics that still fly off the shelves of his Mastermind Toy stores today.“My true innovation in this business is being able to get inside my inner kid and determine whether it is something truly fun to play with,” said Levy, the chain’s co-founder, CEO and chief toy merchant.“Being able to explore that as an adult every day is quite an amazing occupation. And 90 per cent of the things I look at and interact with weren’t around when I was a kid.”Indeed, much about the toy retail landscape has changed since Levy and his brother Andy co-founded Mastermind Toys back in 1984.The latest evidence is the bankruptcy filing this week of big-box chain Toys “R” Us, and parallel proceedings by its Canadian subsidiary. It’s the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to struggle amid the rise of e-commerce and changing consumer preferences.And yet, Mastermind Toys is expanding its footprint across the country at the fastest pace in its history — aiming to grow from 56 stores to 60 by the end of the year, and 90 by the end of 2020.After that, the retailer will hone in on Quebec, where it has identified 18 to 20 potential stores.The chain’s focus on educational and specialty offerings that are harder to find at its bigger competitors — including Walmart, Amazon and Toys “R” US — has created a devoted following of Canadian parents.Mastermind Toys has carved out a nice, profitable niche within the toy business, according to retail analyst Bruce Winder, the co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network.“They differentiate by getting exclusive toys. And you can charge higher margins.”However, he added, Mastermind Toys may be moving too fast for a boutique toy store that is a small segment of the overall toy market in Canada — which topped $2 billion in 2016, according to the NPD Group.“There is only so much population in Canada,” Winder said.Quebec, where consumers prefer local brands and retailers must adhere to a different set of regulations, is “always a risk,” he added.“Having said that, I do think on the surface there is the same kind of niche there as in the rest of Canada.”The company’s president and chief operating officer Humphrey Kadaner hails from Quebec and says the province has historically been a stronger market for niche businesses and slower to warm up to mass-market or online retailers.“Conceptually, Quebec should be very receptive,” said Kadaner, adding the company is taking the time to research and prepare properly.Mastermind Toys started with a 300-square foot Toronto store focused on children’s educational software, but it hasn’t been a mom-and-pop shop for some time.In 2010, after 25 years as a wholly family-owned business, Birch Hill Private Equity made an undisclosed investment in Mastermind Toys. It’s now a majority stakeholder, said Levy, who along with his brother remain “substantially invested.”Birch Hill typically makes investments on a 10-year timeline, Kadaner said, and its current plans with the private equity firm take it through to 2020.Kadaner shrugs off the increased competition from the likes of online behemoth Amazon.Next year, Mastermind Toys aims to offer a so-called click-and-collect option for shoppers who want to order on the website and pick it up at the store — a service, Kadaner argues, that gives a physical retailer an advantage over a digital one like Amazon for those who “don’t want products sitting on their front step.”Levy says Mastermind Toys isn’t trying to compete on price with the likes of Amazon, but rather on “experience” by offering customers the ability to try out many products with the help of knowledgeable staff.“That’s absolutely very important, and not a priority at Amazon,” he said. “And if we have to fight on price, that’s a whole different platform. But that’s not where our business is premised.”Kadaner says, for now, Mastermind Toys has no plans to take on Amazon or Walmart on their home turf.“We really feel we’ve got more than enough to keep us busy in English Canada over the next two to three years. We know we have the opportunity in Quebec,” he said.“So, we have no imminent plans to enter the U.S. But of course we certainly haven’t excluded it.”last_img read more

UNbacked Middle East Quartet representative expresses concern at Gaza situationUNbacked Middle East Quartet representative expresses concern at Gaza situation

22 November 2008The representative of the United Nations-backed Middle East Quartet has added his voice today to the growing international concerns about the humanitarian situation inside the Gaza Strip and the recent renewed violence in Gaza and Israel. Tony Blair, the former United Kingdom prime minister, issued a statement saying he was “deeply concerned by the unfolding events” in Gaza, echoing a similar statement from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson yesterday.Israel’s closure of crossing points into Gaza this month following Palestinian rocket attacks has left the Strip, whose estimated 1.5 million inhabitants are largely dependent on outside aid, without access to many humanitarian supplies. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has warned that the situation is deteriorating quickly.“The immediate reopening of Gaza for the regular entry of essential humanitarian and commercial goods, including fuel, food and medicines is vital, as are efforts by all parties to facilitate the travels of Gaza’s pilgrims to the Holy City of Mecca for this year’s Hajj season,” Mr. Blair said in his statement.He stressed that the truce on Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli military assaults, agreed upon in June, must be maintained as it has provided much-needed security for the residents of both southern Israel and Gaza.“The only lasting solution to the desperate situation in Gaza will require an end to terrorist attacks, continued restraint, and the opening of the crossings. I reiterate the Quartet’s previously stated call for the immediate resumption of stalled UN and other donor projects in Gaza, which will facilitate economic activity, reduce dependence on humanitarian assistance and restore links between Gaza and the West Bank. “I also reiterate the Quartet’s call for the immediate and unconditional release of Corporal [Gilad] Shalit,” Mr. Blair said, referring to the Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian militants in June 2006.The Quartet, whose members are the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States, is spearheading international efforts to try to end the long-running Middle East conflict and lead to a solution where Israel and the Palestinians can live side by side in two States. read more

UN and Sri Lanka discuss deployment of troops to MaliUN and Sri Lanka discuss deployment of troops to Mali

McCauley and the other officials said that they will provide the necessary facilities and resources to uplift the standards of training for the troops. Convenient methods for the selection process was also discussed at the meeting.UN Advisor on Reconciliation and Development Ms. Gita Sabharwal, Additional Secretary (Defence) RMS Sarath Kumara, Deputy Military Liaison Officer Brigadier WANM Weerasinghe, Foreign Ministry official and senior officials of the Ministry of Defence were also present at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Ms. Una McCauley and senior officials of the Ministry of Defence participated at the meeting. During the meeting, cordial discussion were held regarding training, selection process of contingent members, pre-deployment training in curriculum, languages, social/cultural background, and knowledge on human rights (Women’s and Children’s Rights), the Defence Ministry said. The United Nations  (UN) and Sri Lanka held discussions on the deployment of troops to Mali, the Defence Ministry said.The discussion on the military deployment of troops from Sri Lanka for UN peacekeeping operations in Mali and training of peacekeeping forces was held at the Defence Ministry yesterday. read more

Shooting at UN troops in DR of Congo wounds one peacekeeperShooting at UN troops in DR of Congo wounds one peacekeeper

The report from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said that at about 8 p.m. the UN garrison outside of Bunia, near the Ugandan border, came under attack from a group of gunmen inside the town and from others outside it.”It is clear that the shots were aimed directly at the blue helmets of the MONUC,” the dispatch said, in what it called a “planned and synchronized” attack from guerrillas of the Patriotic Congolese Union (UPC), and from armed members of the Lendu tribe nearby.The UN brigade “vigorously responded to the military provocation,” MONUC said, in a firefight that lasted two hours. One UN soldier was lightly wounded and casualties on the other side were unknown.MONUC said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for the DRC, William Lacy Swing, had contacted Congolese military commanders to report the incident.At a meeting Thursday with all the military groups, except the UPC, MONUC had called for a demilitarization of Bunia and a prohibition of all public demonstrations not authorized by the UN peacekeepers.The MONUC statement said the UN believes “such provocations and attacks are intolerable” and warned that it will take “all necessary measures” to ensure security in Bunia. read more

HR REIT to sell partownership in real estate holdings for 731 millionHR REIT to sell partownership in real estate holdings for 731 million

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email H&R REIT to sell part-ownership in real estate holdings for $731 million TORONTO – H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HR.UN) has agreed to sell part ownership in a portfolio of Canadian and U.S. industrial properties for $731 million.The buyers are an affiliate of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board and affiliates of Crestpoint Real Estate Investments.A total of 101 properties are included in the transaction. The new partners will have a 50 per cent stake in the Canadian portfolio and 49.5 per cent interest in the U.S. portfolio.H&R will continue to manage the properties and receive fees for that service.Public Sector Pension Investment Board manages assets to fund retirement benefits for the federal public service, Canadian military and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It had $99.5 billion of assets under management as of Sept. 30.Crestpoint Real Estate is part of the Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group, which manages about $55 billion of assets for its institutional and individual clients. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 6:29 am MDT read more

DaimlerChrysler confirms support for the British International Motor Show 2006DaimlerChrysler confirms support for the British International Motor Show 2006

The British International Motor Show runs from 20-30 July 2006, at ExCeL London. details on Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands can be found at: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) DaimlerChrysler UK has confirmed its presence at the British International Motor Show 2006. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Mercedes Car Group will be exhibiting at London’s ExCeL centre, giving show visitors a chance to see the very latest from the company. Dodge makes its first appearance at a UK show at the same time that is enters the UK market. The Daimler Motor Company was present at the first official Motor Show, held at the Crystal Palace in 1903. In 2004, both the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and Maybach luxury limousine made their public British show debuts at the Motor Show Live whilst in 2002 the company celebrated 35 years of high-performance AMG models. Wilfried Steffen, president and CEO of DaimlerChrysler UK, said, ‘The Motor Show has always been an important shop window for what’s new and exciting in the motor industry. We are proud to be present with our brands – giving thousands of visitors first-class access to DaimlerChrysler products and services. ‘We will be celebrating our forthcoming Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands development on the Mercedes Car Group stand,’ Mr Steffen added, ‘by showcasing what visitors to our incredible new facility can expect when it opens later in the year.’ Commenting on the UK show premiere of the legendary Dodge brand, Simon Elliott, managing director, Chrysler Group, explained, ‘The launch of Dodge is going to be the big news of 2006, and alongside Chrysler and Jeep brands the British Motor Show is a world-class platform for people to discover Dodge for themselves. The new Caliber family hatch and the awesome Ram SRT-10 pick-up truck will both appeal to a broad range of customers. It’s a new brand with the added benefit of an established, expert dealer network.’ Dermot Kelly, managing director, Mercedes Car Group added, ‘Mercedes-Benz has previously used the British exhibition in an innovative way, and this year’s show is no different. 2006 is an important year for the company, with significant model introductions and the opening of Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands. This means our stand will be even more eye-catching than before.’ read more

Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 3330Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 3330

PITTSBURGH — Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.Badgley initially missed a 39-yard kick but Pittsburgh was called for offsides. Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but the Steelers were again flagged jumping across the line of scrimmage before the snap. He drilled his third attempt at the game-winner, and the Chargers gleefully declined another Pittsburgh penalty.Philip Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles (9-3). Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a score and Justin Jackson ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in place of injured starter Melvin Gordon. Desmond King added a 73-yard punt return for a score as the Chargers erased a 16-point halftime deficit.Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and two scores for the Steelers (7-4-1), who have lost two straight and are now clinging to the AFC North lead over surging Baltimore. Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for a season-high 154 yards and a touchdown. James Conner added 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.___More AP NFL: and Graves, The Associated Press read more

Womens volleyball Buckeyes Sweet Sixteen boundWomens volleyball Buckeyes Sweet Sixteen bound

Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team upset arguably their most important opponent this season, No. 14 Kansas State on Saturday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes eliminated the Wildcats in five-sets, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25 and 17-15. OSU secured their spot to play in Saturday’s second round by knocking off Missouri State in three sets on Friday, while the Wildcats swept Lipscomb, also on Friday. A pinch of sibling rivalry added to the competitiveness of the evening. OSU senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe looked through the net at her younger sister, freshman middle blocker Elle Sandbothe. Before the match, Taylor took to Twitter and expressed her excitement at the opportunity to play “her best friend.” The front row match-up would prove to be a factor during the entire match.The Buckeyes made their presence known from the beginning of the first set. A variety of hitters went to work, which resulted in an early 9-1 run for OSU. As Kansas State closed in on the OSU lead, the arena erupted, showing the home team support for the Wildcats. Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes wrangled in the final two kills of the set to give the Buckeyes the 1-0 advantage. OSU jumped out to an early lead again to start the second set, but the Wildcats weren’t letting the Buckeyes escape without putting up a fight. Kansas State battled to put the score within two points at 14-12, but OSU’s consistency and patience shone through to maintain control of the lead. Elle Sandbothe assisted on a major block for Kansas State, but it was immediately followed by a kill from her sister, Taylor. OSU held a narrow lead at 24-22, but sealed another set victory with a kill by sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold. After the second set, OSU was hitting .225 collectively, compared to Kansas State’s .056. However, it was the Wildcats who came out of the intermission with the momentum on their side. They held onto the lead for the first time in the match to begin the third set as the Buckeyes’ defense and serve reception began to unravel. OSU came back with aggressive swings and gained the lead for the first time in the third set at 15-14 before a back-and-forth battle ensued between the teams. The Wildcats focused on Taylor Sandbothe’s path and another block by her younger sister shifted the energy back to Kansas State. The Wildcats saw their first set point of the match, and the Buckeyes couldn’t counter back. Despite the Wildcat win, OSU still held the advantage 2-1 going into the fourth set. The Kansas State crowd made their voices heard to start the fourth set, cheering after every point that dropped on OSU’s side. The noise was egged on by the point-for-point play that characterized the entire set. When the dust cleared, it was again Kansas State who stole the set victory and forced a sudden-death final set. Errors are critical any five-set contest, and unforced errors by OSU allowed the Wildcats to take the two-point advantage 8-6 before switching sides of the court. The Buckeyes quickly changed their tone and after a handful of nail-biting final points, OSU claimed the crucial win to stay alive in the NCAA tournament. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer combined with Taylor Sandbothe for 36 kills. Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes finished with another triple-double to her name with 14 kills, 41 assists and 15 digs. The Buckeyes are off to the Sweet Sixteen to face Big Ten rival, the Wisconsin Badgers. read more

Kwatani bags huge screens order from leading open cast coal operationKwatani bags huge screens order from leading open cast coal operation

first_imgIn the single largest order for vibrating screens secured from any mine in the past two years, Kwatani has shown its mettle by supplying some of the largest vibrating screens in Africa to a world leading open cast coal complex. According to Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin, the contract comprised 44 large screens boasting widths of up to 4.3 m.“Our equipment may be large and heavy, but each individual unit has been customised for its specific application, to efficiently handle the ore required,” says Schoepflin. “Moreover, the vibrating unit must be engineered to seamlessly fit into a new or existing building, and must operate in harmony with the rest of the processing plant.”Among the larger units in the order were two double-deck, run-of-mine screens measuring 3 m wide by 9 m long, as well as three 2.4 m by 6 m degradation screens which will be installed in the mine’s drum plant. Also being supplied are twenty three screens and three  vibrating pan feeders for the cyclone plant. There are sixteen drain and rinse screens in the contract, four of which are generously sized at 4.3 m by 7 m, driven by two large gearboxes which deliver a centrifugal force of over 460 kN each.“The successful handling of this magnitude of contract is a testament to Kwatani’s technical capability,” she says, “as we can handle these larger contracts while continuing to service all our other customers.”Schoepflin highlights the skills and passion of the company’s family of 160 employees, combined with its extensive and well-equipped manufacturing facility in Spartan near Johannesburg. “The vibrating screen comprises of thousands of different parts and components, each requiring precision engineering and a number of fabrication processes, which at the end are carefully assembled by dedicated staff,” she says.She adds that Kwatani is the only OEM of vibrating equipment to engineer, assemble and test its exciter gearboxes in-house and at full load on its fit-for-purpose test bench – ensuring that every gearbox performs optimally before dispatch to a customer.last_img read more

Who will be the first star of Mens U2O EURO 2014Who will be the first star of Mens U2O EURO 2014

Only five days left to the start of the Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria. The 16 best teams will compete for the glory, but that will be also reserved for some individuals. ask you who will be the first star of the tournament…  Loading … ← Previous Story CASE “GERMANY – QATAR 2015”: Icelanders demand answers from EHF and IHF Next Story → ASOBAL schedule released, some teams yet to fulfill requirements Who will be the first star of Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria? Sander Sagosen Lasse Andersson Nemanja Mladenovic Tim Sutton Henrik Olsson Blaz Blagotinsek Nedim Remili Ignacio Plaza Filip Talevski Lukas Urban Norbert Gyene Nikola BilykView Results


ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE ALL STAR TEAM 2015/2016 ← Previous Story Over 25.000 votes for ADRIATIC World Young Female Player 2015/2016 Next Story → Anna Vyakhireva is ADRIATIC World Young Female Handball Player 2015/2016! Here are the complete results of voting Contest for the ADRIATIC WORLD BEST YOUNG FEMALE PLAYER 2015/2016:ADRIATIC WORLD FEMALE YOUNG BEST 7 – 2015/2016:LEFT WING: Ana-Maria Tanasie (HCM Baia Mare – Romania)LEFT BACK: Djurdjina Jaukovic (ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica –Montenegro)PLAYMAKER: Daria Dmitrieva (Lada Togliati – Russia)RIGHT BACK: Luca Szekerczes ( FTC – Hungary)RIGHT WING: Anna Vyakhireva (Astrakhanochka – Russia)LINE PLAYER: Ema Ramusović (ŽRK Buducnost – Montenegro)GOALKEEPER: Blanka Biro (VAC – Hungary)ADRIATIC WORLD FEMALE YOUNG PLAYER 2015/2016 –Anna Vyakhireva (Astrakhanochka – Russia)ADRIATIC World YOUNG FEMALE GOALKEEPER 2015/2016?Blanka Biro (VAC – FTC – Hungary) 14Ljubica Nenezic (ZRK Buducnost – Montenegro) 10Dinah Eckerle (Thuringer HC – Germany) 9Hanna Eriksson (IK Savehof – Sweden) 4ADRIATIC World YOUNG FEMALE LEFT WING 2015/2016?Ana-Maria Tanasie (HCM Baia Mare – Romania) 15Dorina Korsos (Gyori Audi ETO KC – Hungary) 13Ivona Pavicevic (ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica – Montenegro) 8Sanja Radosavljevic (ŽRK Radnički Kragujevac – Serbia) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE LEFT BACK 2015/2016?Djurdjina Jaukovic (ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica –Montenegro) 18Anne Mette Hansen (Kobenhavn Handbold – Denmark) 15Gabriela Perianu (HCM Baia Mare – Romania) 6Julia Eriksson (IK Savehof – Sweden) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE PLAYMAKER 2015/2016?Daria Dmitrieva (Lada Togliati – Russia) 18Gabriella Toth (Gyori Audi ETO KC – Hungary) 14Xenia Smits (Metz Handball – Germany) 8Cristina Laslo (Alexandrion Cluj Napoca – Romania) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE RIGHT BACK 2015/2016?Luca Szekerczes ( FTC – Hungary) 15Monika Kobylinska (Vistal Gdynia – Poland) 9Andjela Janjusevic (ŽRK Radnički KG – Serbia) 5Emma Ekenman-Fernis (IK Savehof – Sweden) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE RIGHT WING 2015/2016?Anna Vyakhireva (Astrakhanochka – Russia) 25Viktoria Lukacs (FTC – Hungary) 12Sara Ristovska (ŽRK Vardar – Macedonia) 8Marie Prouvensier (Cercle Dijon – France) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE LINE-PLAYER 2015/2016?Ema Ramusović (ŽRK Buducnost – Montenegro) 17Ainhoa Hernandez (BM Zuazo – Spain) 12Sara Trier Hald (TT Holstebro – Denmark) 6Vilde Ingeborg Johansen (Larvik HK – Norway) 5 read more

Mans Rolex brings in 66000 on eBay after it turns out toMans Rolex brings in 66000 on eBay after it turns out to

first_imgOne man’s junk is another man’s treasure… especially on eBay, the popular online auctioning site which just played host to its own Christmas miracle.It started innocuously enough. An older seller named Bob bought himself a Rolex watch on the Kwajelien Atoll from a Navy Exchange store fifty-two years ago, and wore it almost every day for the next forty years. He eventually replaced that watch, and put the old one in storage, but coming upon it again one day, he decided to chuck it up on eBay with an opening price of $10.Once he put it online, Bob quickly forget about the watch… at least until the bids started smashing their way into his email box. What started as bemusement that a crummy old watch was generating an auction price of a few hundred bucks soon transitioned into astonishment as the price rose above $30,000.At that point, Bob was convinced something else had to be going on, so he called his son, who did some research and discovered that his watch was the rare “Bond” Rolex Submariner Ref 5510, the same watch Sean Connery’s Bond wore in Dr. No, Thunderball and Goldfinger.Bob didn’t have gold on his hands, but he had it on his wrist: the final selling price of the watch was $66,100, quite a pleasant surprise for the older gentleman pictured above boozing it up with no lesser personage than Christopher Reeves, aka Superman. Of course, the buyer ended up getting a deal, too: if not for Bob’s ignorance of just what kind of watch he’d been wearing for forty years, he could have gotten over $100,000 for it.Read more at Hodinkeelast_img read more

Know Your Sport Take our weekly quizKnow Your Sport Take our weekly quiz

first_img 24 Comments Share Friday 27 Jan 2017, 5:09 PM By Niall Kelly Mayo You scored out of ! 67 Share Tweet Email1 You scored out of ! Connacht 60 Share your result: Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? Tweet 30 Three None Cora Staunton has committed to a 23rd season of inter-county football. How many senior All-Irelands has she won with Mayo in that time? Six 18 seconds Two Tweet Cork Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Four Share your result: Which club did Irish goalkeeper Emma Byrne join this week? 48 seconds Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. +4 Carl Frampton defends his WBA featherweight title against Leo Santa Cruz this weekend. How many times has Frampton lost as a pro? The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try again next week. Kildare 33 Wooden Spoon -1 23,663 Views The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! How many Grand Slam singles titles have the four Australian Open finalists – Federer, Nadal, and the Williams sisters – won between them? Tweet Courtyard Liffey Celtics -3 52 Gold Griffith Swords Thundercenter_img Brighton & Hove Albion Women Short URL And how old is the youngest of the four? Shelbourne Women Limerick Birmingham City Ladies Follow us: None Share 32 Jeff Hendrick and 35 other Irish players who could feature in the FA Cup this weekend 31 38 seconds How long was Jose Mourinho’s post-match interview following their League Cup semi-final against Hull? Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week? What score did Tiger Woods shoot on his return to the golf course this week? The three uncapped players in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad all hail from which province? Share Answer all the questions to see your result! Bronze Silver Share Share your result: Jan 27th 2017, 5:09 PM Tweet Munster +7 Share your result: Two You scored out of ! Leinster You scored out of ! Pyrobel Killester Doncaster Rovers Belles One 28 seconds Which of these clubs WON’T be in action in either the men’s or the women’s senior National Basketball Cup finals? The in-demand Conor Hourihane signed for Aston Villa – but what county is he from? 63 BFG Neptune Ulster Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mourinho targets top four by JanuaryMourinho targets top four by January

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his side will be in contention for top four by the end of the year.Manchester United are in eighth place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind Champions Manchester City after losing 3-1 to their bitter rivals at the Etihad before the international break but Mourinho is convinced they will close the gap by January.“It is a big gap but I know that until the end of December we have eight Premier League matches to play,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“If I’m not wrong I think there are eight.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We are speaking about 24 points for us to fight for and the other teams that are in the top four. I believe we are going to be there”Manchester United host Crystal Palace on Saturday at Old Trafford and are hoping to start closing the seven-point gap behind between them and Tottenham who face a tough London derby at home against Chelsea.last_img read more

BSO Man involved in I95 crash fatally shot former MarineBSO Man involved in I95 crash fatally shot former Marine

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are investigating after, they said, a man shot a retired U.S. Marine who was a longtime friend in Pompano Beach before he was involved in a crash that shut down Interstate 95 for several hours, Thursday.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the victim was shot dead at a park near Northwest 15th Place and Third Avenue, at around 7:30 p.m.“The victim was shot multiple times,” said BSO Spokesperson Joy Oglesby. “When he was found, he was pronounced dead on scene by Pompano Beach Fire Rescue.”Neighbors said the victim, 46-year-old Trevor Mitchell, was shot while barbecuing for a family in mourning.Mitchell was a retired Marine and was remembered by loved ones as someone who put friends and family first. “Hardworking person, would do anything for anyone, lost his life while doing something for someone else’s family,” said one woman.“He was just a heart that anyone could love,” said a woman who knew the victim. “What happened to him is very tragic.”According to reports, an argument between Mitchell and the shooter became heated. Detectives said the gunman, identified as Donel Bostick, then opened fire and Mitchell was killed at the scene. Police said Bostick fled the scene, heading south on I-95. Shortly after, officials said, Bostick was involved in a crash with another vehicle near Davie Boulevard.Police flooded the area, resulting in I-95 being shut down for several hours.“The suspect initially relented and did not want to get out of his vehicle,” said Oglesby. “There was a shot fired. However, he was not shooting at law enforcement officers. He was finally coaxed out of his vehicle and taken into custody.”The shooter’s truck was eventually towed away and the roads reopened by 11 p.m. Thursday.No one was injured in the crash or when the weapon was fired.Deputies said Bostick and Mitchell grew up together, but the motive behind the shooting remains unclear.“There’s no meaning in it to me,” said the woman who knew Bostick. “It just didn’t make any sense.” Bostick is facing murder charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Global warming Siberia forest fires spark potential disasterGlobal warming Siberia forest fires spark potential disaster

first_imgMOSCOW: Gigantic forest fires have regularly raged through the vast expanses of Russia’s Siberia, but the magnitude of this year’s blazes has reached an exceptional level with fears of a long-term impact on the environment. As fires sweep across millions of hectares enveloping entire cities in black smoke and noxious fumes, environmentalists warn of a disaster threatening to accelerate the melting of the Arctic. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us More than 3.2 million hectares (7.9 million acres) were in the grip of fires on Monday, mainly in the vast regions of Yakutia in the north and Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk in Siberia, authorities said. The fires, triggered by dry thunderstorms in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), were spread by strong winds, Russia’s federal forestry agency said. Also Read – Bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force central for global disarmament push: UN chief Advertise With Us The acrid smoke has affected not only small settlements but also major cities in Western Siberia and the Altai region as well as the Urals such as Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg, and disrupted air travel. “The smoke is horrible. I am choking and dizzy,” pensioner Raisa Brovkina, who was hospitalised in Russia’s third-largest city Novosibirsk, told state television. Advertise With Us On Sunday, the smoke reached neighbouring Kazakhstan. A “concentration of pollutants exceeding the norm” was recorded in several cities, including the capital Nur-Sultan, said the Kazakh meteorological service. ‘Ecological disaster’ Aside from health fears for the local population, environmentalists warn the fires may accelerate global warming. “The forest fires in the eastern part of the country have long stopped being a local problem,” the Russian branch of Greenpeace said in a statement. “It has transformed into an ecological disaster with consequences for the entire country.” According to the environmental group, almost 12 million hectares were burnt this year, causing significant CO2 emissions and reducing the future capacity of forest to absorb the carbon dioxide. “Then there is the added problem that soot falling on ice or snow melts darkens it, thus reducing the reflectiveness of the surface and trapping more heat,” the World Meteorological Organization told AFP in a statement. Some scientists posted satellite images from NASA showing the clouds of smoke reaching Arctic areas. Greenpeace Russia expert Grigory Kuksin said the soot and ashes accelerate the melting of the Arctic ice and permafrost — the permanently frozen layer that has begun melting — releasing gases that reinforce global warming. Kuksin called the impact on the climate “very serious.” “It is comparable to the emissions of major cities,” he said. “The more fires affect the climate, the more conditions are created for new dangerous fires.” Greenpeace has launched a petition demanding Russian authorities do more to fight the fires. No resources to fight fires But the situation is complicated by the fact that Russia does not have enough money to contain the wildfires, environmentalists add. The majority of the fires rage in remote or inaccessible areas and authorities make the decision to extinguish them only if the estimated damage exceeds the cost of the operation, experts say. Otherwise, the role of Russian authorities is limited to monitoring the wildfires, they say. Kuksin of Greenpeace said Russian officials do not prioritise financial resources to put out fires in remote areas, taking issue with such an approach. “The maximum amount possible should be put out from the start,” he said. “We need to plan and allocate resources, but we continue to save money claiming it is ‘economically impractical’.”last_img read more

Govt taking steps to stall Polavaram Devineni UmaGovt taking steps to stall Polavaram Devineni Uma

first_imgAmaravati: The TDP senior leader and former Minister Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao has said that the Polavaram projects works have stopped after YCP came into power. Speaking to media on Wednesday, Devineni Uma alleged that the project works were stopped to benefit the neighboring state. He also said that the government had spent too much time to criticise the opposition party in the Assembly. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The former Minister said the government is taking steps for re-tendering the Polavaram project. He also questioned CM YS Jagan’s government why the works of Vamsadhara-Nagavali and Sujala Sravanthi projects were stopped. On the occasion, he recalled that the Polavaram was awarded the best Implementation project, and that it also entered into the Guinness Book of Records for concrete works.last_img read more

Following Death Threats Peeple Founder Says She Was Wrong to Position AppFollowing Death Threats Peeple Founder Says She Was Wrong to Position App

first_imgOctober 5, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min readcenter_img Julia Cordray has had a rough couple of days. She learned a hard life lesson: Be careful what you say on the Internet. Google forgets nothing. Stick and stones may break your bones, but your words will always come back to bite you.The co-founder and CEO of Peeple, a controversial forthcoming app she infamously described to The Washington Post last week as “Yelp for People,” has received multiple death threats. She’s also been called “delusional,” “sociopathic,” and a “bitch” on “almost every social-media tool possible,” and that’s not even the half of it. Her investors, loved ones and colleagues are catching some serious heat, too.She says she’s gone viral and for all “the wrong reasons.” Her name has been smeared, slandered and slaughtered, dragged through the forever staining digital mud. Fake Twitter accounts in her name and likeness continue to burp up as part of the collective indigestion gurgling around her cruel-sounding concept of rating people like restaurants — romantically, professionally and personally, stars and all. Petitions to stop Peeple’s release are gathering steam.Related: This Creepy, Yelp-Like App Lets You Rate People Like RestaurantsStill, Cordray is undeterred. The 33-year-old Canadian recruiter told Entrepreneur in a LinkedIn message over the weekend that Peeple will indeed launch as planned, despite the growing backlash surrounding it. And, no, it’s “not a hoax,” she assured us. It’s very real and it’s really misunderstood.“Peeple will not be a tool to tell other humans how horrible they are,” Cordray wrote in a post she published on LinkedIn yesterday. “Actually, it’s the exact opposite,” she said. “Peeple is a POSITIVE ONLY APP. We want to bring positivity and kindness to the world. And now I’m going to use myself as an example for what can happen when negative comments can be made about you without your approval.”Cordray, also the CEO of 96 Talents and Career Fox, told us that the company was registered in Canada in October 2014. When we asked why she didn’t appear on Good Morning America (GMA) to defend Peeple last week, as promoted in a Facebook post published by her startup, she said she didn’t go on the show “because [GMA] got bullied by people when they found out we were being supported by them.” This morning, she agreed to a phone interview with Entrepreneur, even providing valid contact details, but has yet to schedule a time to talk.Related: 3 Ways to Manage Your Online Reputation Like a ProMeanwhile, Peeple, which Cordray co-founded with her best friend, Nicole McCullough, has completely vanished from the interwebs, aside from the glut critical headlines published about it, including ours. Not only is the official Peeple website gone without a trace, so are the startup’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. Cordray said in an open letter to Twitter today that she removed Peeple’s official account on the popular social media network because “we felt that Twitter is a place for abuse not business and they don’t do anything to protect its users.”Her product, will, however, protect the reputations of its users, she claims, swaddling them in “ONLY THE POSITIVE.” In fact, “There is no way to even make negative comments,” on Peeple, she says, in a total reversal from her earlier stance.Apparently Peeple, like its creators, is sorely misunderstood because now Cordray is positioning it as a feel-good, opt-in only social endorsement tool — a mutual admiration society in which people can’t be talked about without first supplying their “explicit permission.” Contrary to Peeple’s FAQ, which has also mysteriously disappeared, she also said there is no 48-hour waiting period to scrub negative comments.Bottom line: Like it or not, Peeple is coming, at least according to its makers, and people will have to deal with it. What about you? Would you rate your friends, colleagues and lovers on Peeple? We want to know. Tell us in the Comments section below.Related: 10 Steps to Building an Impeccable Professional Reputation Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAir New Zealand has been working with Auckland University of Technology to manufacture the fold down cocktail trays that form part of its award winning Business Premier seat using innovative 3D printing – also known as additive layer manufacturing technology.Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton says the move into 3D printing is one of many innovative moves the airline currently has underway.“Aircraft interiors are made up of tens of thousands of parts. Not only can’t we hold stock of every replacement part we might need, we often only require a small number of units which can be really expensive to produce using traditional manufacturing methods and can involve frustrating delays while a replacement part is delivered,” Mr Parton says.“A big advantage of 3D printing is that it allows us to make cost-effective lightweight parts ourselves, and to do so quickly without compromising on safety, strength or durability.”Air New Zealand hopes to start installing the 3D printed cocktail trays on aircraft in the coming weeks, pending final regulatory approval.Mr Parton says Air New Zealand is exploring opportunities to introduce further 3D printed components. “It seems the possibilities are limited only by our imagination.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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