17 Nov

U-23 bowler Shiva Singh’s 360-degree turn hogs limelight

first_imgUttar Pradesh’s left-arm spinner Shiva Singh is making the headlines for his 360-degree turn just prior to delivery.From ambidextrous bowling to pausing in the middle of the bowling action, bowlers do unique things to get the better of the batsmen. Shiva’s style too is one of a kind.Shiva rotated 360 degrees in his run-up just before the delivery during a domestic game in Kalyani in Kolkata.However, his delivery was called a dead ball by the onfield umpire.Also Read – George Bailey’s batting stance leaves South African players in splitsThe incident took place on the third day of a CK Nayudu Trophy match between Bengal and Uttar Pradesh in Kalyani.Shiva has claimed that this was not the first time he had bowled in the 360-degree style but it was definitely the first time that umpire called it a dead ball.”I use different variations in one-dayers and T20s so I thought of doing the same because the Bengal batsmen were developing a partnership. The umpires said dead ball, so I asked ‘why are you calling it a dead ball?'”I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine. Batsmen always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers. But when bowlers do something like this it’s deemed a dead ball,” Shiva was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.Former England captain Michael Vaughan was impressed while legendary India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi called Shiva “weirdo”.advertisement”Love this … We keep saying bowlers must bring new innovation … No Issue at all with this,” Michael Vaughan tweeted.Love this … We keep saying bowlers must bring new innovation … No Issue at all with this … #Itsa10fromLen https://t.co/OqFH09PDuLMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 8, 2018″Weirdo…!! Have a close look..!!” Bedi tweeted.Weirdo…!! Have a close look..!! pic.twitter.com/jK6ChzyH2TBishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) November 7, 2018last_img read more

16 Nov

AAI needs reform, aim is to work for archers, says president post’s candidate Rao

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 20 (PTI) A strong candidate for the Archery Association of India president’s post, BVP Rao wants the controversial elections of the AAI to be conducted on Saturday, and said Thursday his aim is to work for the betterment of the sport. The much-delayed elections of AAI have become a major cause of worry for the Indian Olympic Association and the Sports Ministry, which wants the polls to be postponed. But the Delhi High Court-appointed administrator and returning officer S Y Quraishi is adamant on conducting the polls on Saturday as per a Supreme Court’s directive. “I have always worked for reform in sports and any sort of reform is always welcoming. I also want to work for the archers and create a system which can give us an Olympic medal which has eluded India for the last eight Olympics,” Rao said. Rao, in fact, has come out with a seven-point action plan which he plans to implement if elected. A list of candidates for the December 22 elections has been announced by Quraishi. Polling for seven posts president, senior vice-president, vice-president, secretary, joint-secretary, joint-secretary (a post reserved for former archer) and treasurer is scheduled to be held between 11am and 2pm at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. But the Sports Ministry, IOA and the current interim office bearers of AAI had objected to certain clauses in the amended constitution submitted by Quraishi, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India. Their objections are based on the ground that the amended constitution, in parts, did not tally with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.advertisement Quraishi’s amended constitution focusses on the revised draft of the sports code and Justice Lodha’s recommendations for the BCCI. The AAI elections were due from 2012 when it was de-recognised by the government for not following the sports code. PTI SSC SSC AHAHlast_img read more

16 Nov

Does Yuvraj Singh deserve a farewell match? Here is Sourav Ganguly’s take

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has said he doesn’t believe in farewell matches and that Yuvraj Singh’s achievements will become no lesser if he doesn’t get a “retirement match”.Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday at a press conference in Mumbai. One of India’s greatest match-winners in the limited-overs format, Yuvraj had not played for the senior national team since June 2017.Yuvraj’s decision to call it quits sent the social media into a tizzy with a section of India fans urging the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a farewell match for the hero of India’s World T20 and World Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2011.”I don’t think so [deserves a retirement match]. I don’t believe in these retirement matches. If it falls in the course of your continuation as a player… of you being a part of the team… part of a normal system of Test or ODI… then fine,” Sourav Ganguly said on a Facebook Live for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.”Whatever he has achieved as a player will not go down if he doesn’t get a farewell match. I don’t believe in it. He’s been a terrific player… a match winner. He should be very proud of what he has achieved,” Ganguly added.Yuvraj himself revealed on Monday that he was promised a farewell match if he had failed a yo-yo test in 2017.”I didn’t tell anyone in BCCI that I want a farewell game. If I had the potential, I would have left from the ground. I didn’t need a match. I was told that if I failed a Yo-Yo test then I can play a retirement match. I told them I don’t need the game, if I don’t pass the Yo-Yo test, I’ll go home quietly. I passed the Yo-Yo Test and rest is not my call,” Yuvraj said.advertisementIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma took to social media and said Yuvraj Singh “deserved a better send-off”. Yuvraj replied to the post, saying Rohit had figured out how he felt inside.Sourav Ganguly reveals fondest Yuvraj Singh memoryMeanwhile, Sourav Ganguly said he has many fond memories of Yuvraj Singh, who began his international career under his captaincy in 2000. However, he picked Yuvraj’s 6 sixes against England in the inaugural edition of World T20 as his fondest.”I have many, many fond memories of Yuvraj Singh. He started under my captaincy. We went to Australia and he was the Man of the Match on debut. We beat the best team of our generation in a Champions Trophy quarter-final. But my best memory of Yuvraj would be the six sixes in the World T20 in England,” Ganguly added.”It’s not about the sixes but to hit 6 sixes in an overs against an outstanding fast bowler in Stuart Broad. And then Man of the Match in the 2011 World Cup, those memories will always remain. He was an out-and-out match-winner.”Also Read | #YuviDeservesProperFarewell trending on Twitter after Yuvraj Singh retirementAlso Read | Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar pay tribute to retired Yuvraj Singh: We spent great time togetherAlso See:last_img read more

16 Nov

Hodak finalises Malaysia U18 squad

first_imgAFF U19 Championship Hodak finalises Malaysia squad for AFF U-18 Youth Championship Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 11:06 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pulau Pinang CEO Bojan Hodak Penang FA AFF U19 Championship Malaysia U18 Bojan Hodak’s Malaysia U18 has departed for Yangon to take part in the AFF U-18 Youth Championship, which kicks off on Monday. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter The Malaysian FA (FAM) has finalised the 23-man Malaysia U18 squad list for the U18 AFF Championship, which will take place from 4 to 17 September.In this list, only three players are registered as senior players with their respective clubs; Felcra FC’s Ammar Akhmall Alias in the FAM Cup, and Johor Darul Ta’zim II’s Hadi Fayyadh Abdul Razak and Perlis’ Zafuan Azeman in the Premier League. The rest compete in the junior competitions President’s Cup and the Youth Cup with their respective clubs.The biggest contributor to the squad comes from Premier League side Kuala Lumpur’s youth programme; which has five members in the final squad. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina NO NAME AGE POSITION CLUB 1. AHMAD TASNIM FITRI NASIR 18 DF FELDA UNITED YOUTH CUP 2. AZRI ABDUL GHANI 18 GK FELDA UNITED YOUTH CUP 3. ZAHRIL AZRI ZABRI 18 MF FELDA UNITED YOUTH CUP 4. IZZUDDIN ROSLAN 18 MF KUALA LUMPUR YOUTH CUP 5. FAIZAL HAFIQ OMAR 18 MF KUALA LUMPUR YOUTH CUP 6. QAMARUL ARIFFIN NORHISHAM 18 DF KUALA LUMPUR YOUTH CUP 7. AZHAR APANDI 18 DF KUALA LUMPUR PRESIDENT’S CUP 8. NABIL HAKIM BOKHARI 18 DF KUALA LUMPUR PRESIDENT’S CUP 9. NIK AKIF SYAHIRAN NIK MAT 18 MF KELANTAN PRESIDENT’S CUP 10. SYAIFUL ALIAS 18 DF KELANTAN PRESIDENT’S CUP 11. SAIFUL ISKANDAR ADHA SAIFUL AZLAN 18 MF SELANGOR YOUTH CUP 12. AIMAN ARIP ZULKARNAIN 18 GK SELANGOR YOUTH CUP 13. SHAFIZI IQMAL MD KHIRUDIN 18 MF PKNS FC YOUTH CUP 14. SHIVAN PILLAY ASOKAN 17 DF PKNS FC YOUTH CUP 15. HADI FAYYADH ABDUL RAZAK 17 FW JDT II PREMIER LEAGUE 16. ZAFUAN AZEMAN 18 FW PERLIS PREMIER LEAGUE 17. AMMAR AKHMALL ALIAS 18 MF FELCRA FC FAM CUP 18. ANWAR IBRAHIM 18 DF FELDA UNITED PRESIDENT’S CUP 19. AWANG FAIZ HAZZIQ AWANG FATHI 18 MF JDT III PRESIDENT’S CUP 20. AKHYAR RASHID 18 MF KEDAH PRESIDENT’S CUP 21. SHAFIQ AFIFI SUHAIMI 18 GK PKNP FC PRESIDENT’S CUP 22. NURFAIS JOHARI 18 MF PULAU PINANG PRESIDENT’S CUP 23. SYAFIQ DANIAL ROMZI 18 DF TERENGGANU YOUTH CUP The squad has departed for Yangon on Saturday afternoon from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.This year’s competition will be held in Yangon, Myanmar and the Young Tigers will be led by head coach Bojan Hodak. He will be assisted by Nenad Bacina and former Malaysia international Hairuddin Omar.Malaysia have been drawn in Group A alongside 2016 runners up Thailand, Timor Leste, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore.Meanwhile Group B will be contested by Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, hosts Myanmar and invitational team New Zealand. 2016 champions Australia will not take part in this year’s edition.The top two teams from each group will meet in the single-legged semi-final stage, and the winners in the semis will meet in the final match. In the previous edition, Malaysia’s campaign ended in the group stage, finishing third in Group A behind Vietnam and Timor Leste.Malaysia’s campaign will begin against Laos on 4.30pm Malaysian time September 4 at the Aung San Stadium. They will then face Singapore (September 6), Timor Leste (8), Cambodia (10), and Thailand (12).last_img read more

25 Oct

Mumbai Indians’ plan to promote IPL in US shot down by CoA

first_imgMumbai Indians’ plan to promote IPL in US shot down by CoADefending champions Mumbai Indians were mulling to head to the United States to play a few pre-season games in a bid to promote IPL but CoA did not approve the proposal.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 17:41 IST File photo of Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma with Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians would have headed to the US for a few pre-season matchesMI even asked the CoA to provide the window as per their suitabilityCoA were informed of the proposal but the Supreme Court-appointed committee turned it downIndian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians’ plan to promote brand IPL in the US has been shot down by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).The move was envisaged on the lines of top football clubs who travel to the Asian countries before the start of the season to not only promote the game, but also to expand the fan base of the teams.Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that it was unfortunate that the effort of the franchise to spread awareness about the IPL and increase the following of the cash-rich league was turned down by the CoA.”Since MI participate in a BCCI tournament, they must take written permission if they are looking at any such move. Mumbai Indians’ idea was to promote brand IPL and the game in the US and also to develop a new market for the game. The team would have headed to the US and also play a few games with local teams so as to attract cricket lovers in the region and get them up close and personal with their favourite stars.”In fact, MI was also keen to share any revenue earned in the process. The IPL clause says that if you as a franchise play outside of the tournament, any revenue earned is to be shared. MI had no problem with that as the idea was to take the game to more homes and increase the fan base,” the source said.”MI even asked the CoA to provide the window as per their suitability. Playing local matches would popularise the sport as we all know that cricket is not followed much there and also, there are many Indians there and the franchise wanted to go and experiment and see how they can give back to the game,” the source added.advertisementAsked if the franchise looked at it as a profitable venture, the source said: “Selling tickets wasn’t their idea because you never know if you would even have the top stars like Rohit Sharma playing as they have national commitments. The idea was to promote the brand and the game in the region. It was about making a noise. The franchise is very serious about the idea and wants to bring it up with the BCCI in the future as well. IPL is a global brand in cricket playing countries, but what about the upcoming nations?”Isn’t this why the football clubs come to Asian countries on their pre-season tours? That is how you expand the brand and make the game more popular. It is no mean project and MI is ready to do that and should get the required assistance.”While the CoA was informed of the proposal from MI, it decided not to grant approval.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow BCCIFollow COAFollow United States cricketlast_img read more

18 Oct

INX Media Case Live Updates CBI arrests P Chidambaram

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram was arrested on Wednesday hours after the Supreme Court posted for hearing on Friday his petition seeking a stay on the Delhi High Court order dismissing his anticipatory bail petitions in the INX Media case. In a dramatic press appearance in the evening, former finance minister P Chidambaram claimed that the FIR lodged against him does not accuse him of any wrongdoing. “If I’m asked to choose between life and liberty I shall unhesitantly choose liberty. Between now and Friday, I will walk with a clear conscience and my head held high,” he said while addressing the media. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Earlier today, the Supreme Court listed Chidambaram’s bail plea, seeking protection from arrest, for Friday. Meanwhile, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI issued a look out notice against Chidambaram and both investigative agencies, earlier in the day, filed a caveat against the former finance minister in the top court. The delay in the process of listing the matter occurred after the Registrar pointed out some defects in the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by Sibal. However, after clearing the defects, the case was still not listed by the court. The top court said the defects in the petition had been removed “just now” and it “cannot be listed for hearing today itself”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe CBI has finally arrested P Chidambaram after almost an hour of drama outside his residence. The former finance minister was driven out in the CBI car, TV news channel NDTV flashed. The team of about 30 CBI sleuths accompanied by Delhi police officials reached the Jor Bagh residence of Chidambaram and knocked at the doors for a few minutes before scaling the boundary wall to enter the premises. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

14 Oct

Atleo Time to stop fingerpointing on Attawapiskat and smash the status quo

first_imgAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo is meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Thursday afternoon as the political fallout over the housing crisis in Attawapiskat continues to escalate.The Conservative government has put Attawapiskat under third-party management, meaning an outside consultant will take over the administration of the band’s finances.Opposition politicians say the Conservatives are blaming Attawapiskat for its housing crisis instead of doing something to immediately improve the situation.Atleo said it'[s time to stop the blame game.“We need to move beyond the finger-pointing and blaming and first of all support the people of Attawapiskat,” said Atleo. “More broadly, we need to absolutely smash the status quo.”Harper is expected to meet with First Nations leaders in January for a historic First Nations-Crown summit.last_img read more

4 Oct

Nova Scotia will likely have to look to US to sate natural

Nova Scotia will likely have to look to U.S. to sate natural gas appetite: study AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 4:02 pm MDT HALIFAX – Natural gas consumers in Nova Scotia will likely have to look to increased exports from Pennsylvania over the next decade as supplies decline offshore, a study prepared for the provincial government says.The $85,000 study was commissioned by the NDP government after natural gas prices tripled in December — creating soaring costs for large users like hospitals and universities — due to shortages of local supply.The study by ICF Consulting Canada released Thursday says it’s expected supplies from EnCana’s (TSX:ECA) Deep Panuke offshore project will come on stream this year, making prices less volatile this winter.However, it predicts in most scenarios that the province’s gas needs will exceed local production regularly within the next 10 years as Deep Panuke production declines.The authors say suppliers of natural gas in the province should consider contracting for lower priced gas from the Marcellus basin of shale gas in the northeastern United States.The study says the gas could be imported by reversing the flow of the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, the pipeline currently used to export Sable Island Offshore Project gas to New England.“This would ensure a reliable source of gas as well as avoid the price volatility in New England,” says the report.The report says the pipeline owned by Spectra Energy has studied the possibility of reversing natural gas flow. A spokesman from the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline was unavailable for comment.The study also said it may be possible to import gas at less expensive times of year such as summer and store it in 700-metre deep salt basins near the pipeline in Nova Scotia, though such storage facilities haven’t been built.Energy Minister Charlie Parker said it is up to the energy industry to come up with projects that might increase the natural gas supply to Nova Scotia.“Our role is to work co-operatively with major consumers of the product,” said Parker. “Our role is to facilitate.”The study was due at the end of March. But Parker said revisions were made to the report after discussions between his officials and the consultant about the amount of natural gas that would be used in the Maritimes.Jamie Baillie, the leader of the Progressive Conservative party, said the government should aggressively promote methods of obtaining natural gas from Pennsylvania while also increasing use of domestically produced natural gas.“The time for studying this is over,” he said. “The time for getting on with it is now.”Baillie said Nova Scotia’s government should pass legislation requiring Nova Scotia Power to use natural gas from Sable Island to generate electricity in the province. read more

22 Sep

Mladen Bojinović ready for WC

Handball WC 2011Mladen Bojinović Many doubts was around Serbian back from Montpellier, Mladen Bojinović (34) and his participating at the World Championship in Sweden. He was injured in the last match of French Cup and like that went to the first day of Serbian preparation for WC in the last December. After medical treatment and many rumours, last examination showed that popular “Dugi” is ready to play for Serbia.Serbia will play in group in Malme and Lund with Algeria, Australia, Croatia, Denmark and Romania. ← Previous Story Nikola Eklemović in Wisla Plock! Next Story → Let’s enjoy Handball – Sweden vs Chile will open WC 2011 read more

21 Sep

Sensual Sights

first_img‘Sensual Sights’ is an art exhibition by Desma (Despina) Kastanos, featuring mixed media paintings and drawings, held as part of Festival Hellenika. The exhibition will also include collaborative works with artists from Tutti Arts. Desma’s art has been described as experimental, exciting, beautiful, featuring a lovely use of mixed media. Her meeting with Greek artist Takis Moraitis while in Athens in 2013 inspired this journey and she was able to complete a residency at his studio. All works showcased at the exhibition are for sale. For purchases and further information, contact Desma Kastanos on 0409 112 404 and check www.festivalhellenika.org.auWhen: Monday 30 March- Sunday 19 April Where: City of West Torrens Auditorium, Hamra Centre, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton, Adelaide Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

19 Sep

Sami Zayn undergoes second rotator cuff surgery WWE Superstar expecting fourth child

first_imgFacebook WWE Superstar expecting fourth childCurrent WWE Smackdown Superstar Karl Anderson announced on his Twitter he and his wife are expecting their fourth son on Wednesday.You can view Karl Anderson’s announcement on his Twitter below:Anyways…Having my 4th son in the morning..What a #PowerfulBrother I am Love n respect to all of the @WWE fans, and my friends n family Worldwide .. pic.twitter.com/jrpAOoRfhA— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) August 8, 2018 WWE.com reported Tuesday that current Raw Superstar Sami Zayn underwent left shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.  Zayn had his right rotator cuff repaired back in June and indicated the dual surgeries will likely keep him out of in-ring action until 2019.Zayn seemed positive based on his Instagram post which can be seen below: WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

16 Sep

National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan a Needed Commitment to Building the US

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) joined in welcoming today’s announcement of the White House’s National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan.The soybean industry is the largest provider of protein for the aquaculture industry, and has been advocating the development of a domestic marine aquaculture industry for several years.“Through this plan, there is a commitment to education, regulatory streamlining, and better monitoring and data,” said ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss. “It reflects a serious and thoughtful plan not only to tackle big problems, but also to take advantage of opportunities to work collaboratively with industry to build a domestic aquaculture industry.”ASA and SAA pointed to the plan’s acknowledgment that federal inefficiencies in the permitting and approvals process for domestic aquaculture operations has been a significant hindrance in the industry’s growth.“The Plan notes that more than 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, and we face a trade shortfall within the seafood industry of more than $11 billion, a number that grows annually,” added Steve Hart, SAA Executive Director. “The steps in the plan will go a long way toward establishing and nurturing a robust domestic aquaculture industry to help the American seafood industry take advantage of an area for huge potential growth.” While global production of fish from aquaculture grew more than 60 percent between 2000 and 2008, production in the United States remains stagnant.Hart has been invited to discuss the intricacies of the industry in an address to the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture, a key partner in the plan’s component to address and involve industry.The National Ocean Policy created a National Ocean Council through which agencies can work together cooperatively to share information and streamline decision-making. The Council developed the Implementation Plan over the past two years with extensive input from public and private sector stakeholders at all levels, including ASA and SAA, to focus on improving coordination to speed federal permitting decisions; better manage resources; develop and disseminate sound scientific information; and collaborate more effectively with public and private-sector stakeholders.“A very positive aspect of the plan,” added Murphy, “is that it ensures federal agencies collaborate efficiently in the interest of protecting the environment while at the same time reducing redundancies and red tape, all without creating additional regulations.”last_img read more

14 Sep

The Challenge of Cutting Distribution Costs

first_imgDistribution is where leaders throughout the production supply chain are looking to cut costs in 2008, according to opening remarks by Tom Fox, vice president of manufacturing and technology, American Express Publishing/Time Inc., at IDEAlliance’s Print Media Executive Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida last month. Fox, the conference chair, polled all attendees—top level executives in the paper, printing and magazine production fields—prior to the event and found that distribution trumped all other potential cost-cutting areas cited, including Asian paper import potential, improved print management through virtual tool adoption and finishing through automation and bindery productivity. Newsstand distribution took a big hit in January when roughly 1,000 magazine titles were cut from Wal-Mart’s shelves, affecting small and large publishers alike. At the time, Wal-Mart accounted for more than 15 percent of total U.S. magazine retail sales. But Doron Grosman, president of the magazine print solutions business at Quebecor World, sees recent newsstand hits as an opportunity for groups of publishers and groups of printers to collaborate on ways to better utilize printers’ capacity and assets and impose real change to distributor and wholesaler arrangements. “Right now, distribution is the tail that’s wagging the dog,” he said at the conference. “We have to address this as an industry. We’re being held hostage by distributors in terms of what they’re intending to do.” He says increasing publishers’ visibility into printers’ plants can help.Jerry Lynch, president of the International Periodical Distributors Association, a 37-year-old retail industry veteran and a Primex presenter, said the entire supply chain—publishers, printers, logistics, national distributors and wholesalers—needs to come together to find ways to add to retailers’ marketing messages. Retailers are contending with old pressures of space, gross margins, labor and inventory as well as new pressures of sustainability and simplicity of offerings, he says. Finding these types of solutions “will require commitment,” he said. “Unless the whole supply chain is engaged, it’s a challenge.”Ideas for Change Specific solutions the supply chain needs to come together on, according to Lynch, are improved sell-through rates; replenishment programs that offer an alternative to single drops of titles; product redesigns; improving speed to market; and scan-based trading, a process where suppliers own inventory in a retailer’s warehouse or store until items are actually scanned and purchased.According to ABC’s Fas-Fax numbers released in February, seven of the top 10 magazines in terms of total paid and verified circulation showed decreased single copy sales in the second half of 2007 versus 2006. Even with postal reform capping rate hikes at the rate of inflation and the news that this year’s increase for periodicals will be below that at 2.7 percent, the postal service has an exigency clause, as David Riebe, vice president of distribution at Quad/Graphics, pointed out at Primex. The clause would allow for hikes above the CPI index. “The USPS believes that applies to any time they can’t generate enough revenue to run their business with the CPI increase,” he said. With first class and standard mail flats down 15 and 13 percent respectively, exigency could be a threat, which makes keeping volumes up crucial.On top of that, presenters reminded the audience about the gravity of “Do Not Mail” legislation—a well-funded effort to restrict mail to requested-only pieces. “It’s an all or nothing situation that would lead to a drastically altered USPS and increased costs for all of us,” said Joel Quadracci, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics. Digital edition distribution is not seeming like a strong alternative either, at least not for the crowd at Primex. Guy Gleysteen, SVP of production at Time Inc., said, “We have not seen any fit for exact facsimile digital magazines to complement print or replace print. It has a niche mostly as a marketing vehicle.” What does work, he says, is integrating subsets of for-download content into a magazine’s Web site.last_img read more

5 Sep

Union Budget 2015 Will Achieve Fiscal Deficit MidTerm Target of 3 Says

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley noted that while it is important to maintain the pace of bringing down the fiscal deficit, it must also be focused on growth and has thus decided to continue with the medium term consolidation target of 3% of the GDP.He added that a timetable by itself would not be of much help to achieve the target, noting that he would take three years, instead of the earlier two years, to reach the target of 3%.Over the next three fiscal years, starting 2015-16, the fiscal deficit target is set at 3.9%, 3.5% for 2016-17 and 3.0% for 2017-18.last_img read more

5 Sep

Indian Stock Markets could See Selloff on Thursday

first_imgThe Indian equity markets witnessed selling pressure for the sixth straight day on Wednesday ahead of the expiry of monthly derivative contracts for March. In a cautious trading, the S&P BSE Sensex closed at 28,111.83, down 49.89 points and CNX Nifty fell 12.15 points to end at 8,530.80.While the Nifty corrected over six percent from its all-time high of 9119.20 hit on March 4, the Sensex has hit its lowest closing level in nearly two-and-a-half months.Traders believe that caution ahead of derivatives expiry and portfolio reshuffling ahead of the fiscal year ending is likely to have weighed on the markets. Market participants expect the sell-off to intensify on Thursday if the rollover of futures position fails to pick up.”The rollover till now has been below average. Just 39-40% of the positions got rolled till yesterday. On an average, we see around 45-50% getting rolled,” said Yogesh Radke, head of quantitative research at Edelweiss Capital, to NDTV Profit.If markets see a sharp sell-off, then 8,500 will act as a major support for Nifty index, added Mr Radke.NPTC topped the list of losers among Sensex and Nifty stocks on Wednesday with its share price closing down over 3.5%.However, in the broader market, the main loser was IPCA Laboratories as its stock price slumped 12.55% following reports of import alerts against its two manufacturing facilities issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).last_img read more

5 Sep

Janardhan Reddy to file contempt suit against ED for attaching his properties

first_imgJanardhana Reddy, Ambident Marketing Ponzi scemeThe former minister and mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy has threatened the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of filing a case of contempt of court against them for not releasing his attached properties.The ED had attached Reddy’s properties, Obalapuram Mining Company Ltd and Brahmani Industries Ltd worth Rs 885 crores in connection with cases of illegal mining in 2011. The Karnataka High Court had annulled the ED proceedings and had asked the agency to release the attached properties in 2017.”I want the ED to release my properties as per the HC order and if they fail to do so I will file a case of contempt of court against the agency,” he said. Janardhan Reddy and others were booked under the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation (MMRD) Act, Forest Conservation Act, Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act for offences they allegedly committed during a period that ended in July 2007, reports TOI.Reddy appeared before the ED on Wednesday and was questioned about the dealings and his involvement in the multi-crore Ambidant Ponzi scam from afternoon till evening. The directors of Ambidant Pvt Ltd, Syed Ahmed Fareed and Syed Ahmed Afaq is said to have cheated their investors to the tune of Rs 800 crores.According to the reports, after Fareed was arrested for running a Ponzi scam and had sought help from Reddy through one of his aides Ali Khan. Fareed had allegedly given Rs 20 crores in cash and gold to Reddy for his bail-out plan but Reddy had refused to this claim.However, Reddy was arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths on November 2018 but was let on bail three days later.last_img read more

3 Sep

Malaysia criticises US trade policy

first_imgMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad listens to a moderator during the International Conference on `The Future of Asia` in Tokyo Monday, 11 June, 2018.Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday he supports free trade but small countries like his should unite in a broad group to deal with challenges, especially as America is turning protectionist.Speaking at a Tokyo conference, Mahathir called for a free trade group that is not ruled by the US but one that allows smaller and developing countries to not fall behind powerful countries.America is now “indulging in protected trade,” he said at the “The Future of Asia” conference hosted by the Nikkei newspaper. “If America, a huge country with the biggest economy in the world … believes in restriction of trade, it is not justified.” He said small countries can compete in an arena where they are given adequate help.”The United States in the past seemed to want to impose its wills on all international organizations – Either we follow or else, we have to pay high price. That’s not the way the nations should behave upon negotiation,” Mahathir said. “All countries should have equal voice.”President Donald Trump has imposed steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and is now threatening tariffs on auto imports, moves already being criticized in Europe and other industrial nations.Mahathir said he is seeking a new organization in Asia where countries with different capacities to compete are given due consideration, comparing it with playing golf, where “the weakest players get the highest handicaps” so the competition is fairer.”It is the same with trade,” he said. He did not give a specific free trade group he had in mind.Mahathir also said regional countries should only have one trade group of the like-minded, rather than being divided in to smaller groups with different rules.The 92-year-old leader also urged other countries not to be cynical about North Korea’s recent overtures toward denuclearization. He said Pyongyang’s effort to improve its ties with the US and abandon nuclear weapons would also help ease tension in Southeast Asia. Then the improved ties would enhance trade between the countries and prosperity of the world, he added.A summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set for Tuesday in Singapore.last_img
3 Sep

CECs remark proves election held 29 Dec night says BNP

first_imgRizvi AhmedBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has said that its allegation of vote ‘robbery’ in 30-December national election has been proved true with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s comment, reports UNB.”The CEC has said the risk of stuffing ballot boxes the night before the voting will reduce if EVMs are introduced. The fact over the election has started to emerge from Pandora’s Box,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday. Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he also said, “The CEC’s slip of tongue has revealed the fact regarding the midnight election. His remark has demonstrated that the election was held at the midnight as the EVMs were not used.”Speaking at a training workshop of the election officials at the Nirbachan Bhaban on Friday ahead of upazila elections, KM Nurul Huda said the commission is planning to use electronic voting machines to make sure that ballot boxes cannot be stuffed on the night before an election.Since the national election, BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front have been accusing the ruling party of indulging in vote ‘robbery’ by stuffing ballot boxes on 29 December midnight.Stating that snatching people’s voting rights is tantamount to robbery, Rizvi said KM Nurul Huda committed a serious offence by holding a midnight election only to keep the current government in power illegally.”Your (CEC’s) remarks will remain as an important document to people about how a chief election commissioner allowed stuffing ballot boxes at midnight in a national election depriving people of their voting rights,” he said.The BNP leader questioned the CEC whether he allowed the ruling party to stuff ballot boxes on 29 December to justify the use of EVMs that were procured spending thousands crore of public money.He warned the CEC that he will have to be accountable to people some day for the midnight voting as sins never die.Rizvi said the CEC is trying to use the EVMs in the election as millions of taka is involved with it. “EVM is another means of indulging in vote fraud. No machine is required for ensuring a fair election, as only sincerity and commitment to democracy is enough for it.”He said not only the CEC, but also another election commissioner talked about the midnight voting carelessly as the truth cannot be buried.Rizvi voiced deep concern as their seriously sick chairperson Khaleda Zia is yet to be taken any hospital for treatment.He demanded the government shift her to United Hospital for ensuring proper treatment of her.last_img read more

1 Sep

Addon turns World of Warcraft into a storydriven RPG

first_imgWorld of Warcraft has a very rich story for a game that is primarily about grinding and raiding. The lore throughout the game, which drives quests and expansions, is often overlooked by players who just want to bang out their daily rituals and eventually get the biggest, baddest armor set they can find. The reason some players (like myself) may overlook some of the amazing story-driven content written into WoW may be because of a simple graphical issue.Welcome to Storyline, an add-on by Kajisensei which turns the quest dialogue interface into something akin of a classic RPG. It puts the quest box front and center, with the avatars on either side, and text that wipes in as it progresses. Very Dragon Age-like. It’s such a simple enhancement that completely changes the way you view WoW.Storyline streamlines the way you turn in quests, choose your rewards, and interact with NPCs. The 3D-rendered avatars of your toon and the quest-giver brings WoW in line with other popular RPGs. Even after just trying it out for a test drive, the game felt completely different, more immersive, and gave greater weight to the quests and story behind them.World of Warcraft has seem some major upgrades since the original game debuted in 2004 and revolutionized the way of MMORPGs. But the game has been having a difficult time retaining subscribers. With a new expansion on the way, and a highly praised (at least in the visual effects department) film set to come out next year, Blizzard is still putting a lot of time and money into their breadwinner. It’s great that they allow third party developers to create add-ons, visual and strategic enhancements that allow players to really customize how they play WoW. Maybe this is something they might want to consider when they introduce Legion.last_img read more

31 Aug

Provisional arrest of 3 Swiss officials sought

first_imgCBI on Wednesday told a Delhi court that the Indian Embassy at Berne has requested authorities there for provisional arrest of three officials of Switzerland-based Swiss Timing Limited, against whom summons were issued for their alleged roles in a 2010 CWG-related corruption case.The agency told the court that it had recently written a letter to MHA to apprise it about the progress of its request seeking provisional arrest of the three foreign nationals and the ministry’s reply was still awaited. The court had earlier issued summons to Swiss Timing’s GM Christophe Berthaud, Sales and Marketing Manager S Chianese and Multi Sports Events and Sales Manager J Spiri for their alleged involvement in the graft case.last_img read more